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Photo: Sesame Street characters Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and Elmo

K is for Kindness

The popular children’s show ‘Sesame Street’ has begun teaching kindness, with the help of UW. “Providing parents and teachers the tools and resources they need to help instill kindness and empathy in their children is at the core of Sesame’s mission.”

Don’t ignore those light bulbs going on!

Do you have a great idea — an invention, a business or even an app? UW-Madison has several competitions to help you make them a reality. Awards are made during Innovation Days in the spring, but you need to get started now with entries.


What’s it like to shoot through a tube at 760 mph?

The UW-Madison Badgerloop team will reveal its Hyperloop pod for SpaceX’s track at an open house from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Discovery Building. Try out the tube-based, high-speed transport through a virtual reality station.


Photo: Collection of organic vegetables

Eat up — it’s all delicious

The approach of the holidays is the perfect time to plan for some good eating. Whether it’s planning slow food,  talking WUD cuisine, or even reflecting on the role of food in your family and culture, it’s all tasty.

Fifty years of helping UW students

Students walking into the offices of the Center for Academic Excellence feel welcome — and that’s a big deal. For 50 years, CAE’s mission has been to guide first-generation students, low-income students and students of color through the UW-Madison experience.


Regional bus tickets have a new campus home

Going home for the holidays? Beginning Thursday, you’ll buy your bus tickets at the Wisconsin Union Theater Box Office rather than the Essentials Store. The Box Office is open Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The pink purloiners…

The plastic pink flamingo will be repopulating its native territory of Bascom Hill on Friday, but how did that tradition begin? With 1,008 pink flamingos and a student leader with a genius for pranking…



Staffer’s video of exploding mushrooms goes viral

Nothing says fall like an “oddly soothing” video of puffball mushrooms popping in the rain, says Gizmodo. “It’s gotten way more attention than I ever expected,” says DoIT’s Cid Freitag.

They’d like to hit you with some clubs

Check out the Badger Cheese Club, the Tea Lovers Club, the Aikido Club and 800-plus other organizations at the Student Org Fair from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and Thursday in the Kohl Center. Video: Student orgs in action

Winning isn’t the only thing, probably

Ready to get sweaty? Intramural sports are a great way to exercise, relieve stress and most importantly, obliterate your fellow students. Choose from 15 different fall sports, Sign-up starts right away, or visit an expo!