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The Weekly

Official news and info for your week at UW-Madison December 4, 2013

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Holiday Gift Guide: UW-Madison gifts for the season

When shopping for those on your holiday list this year, don’t forget the many amazing gifts UW–Madison has to offer. We’ve compiled a list of some of the products available for the holiday season.

Students snag prestigious Rhodes, Marshall scholarships

Two seniors are bound for Great Britain after winning a pair of coveted scholarships. Andrew Bulovsky, a senior majoring in political science and communication arts, won a Marshall Scholarship to attend the London School of Economics. Earlier, Drew Birrenkott, (left) a senior majoring in political science, biochemistry and biomedical engineering, won a Rhodes Scholarship and will study at Oxford University.  

Photo: Donald Downs

Professor honored, surprised to be commencement speaker

Donald Downs says he takes his selection as the 2013 Winter Commencement speaker to mean he "wasn't that awful in the classroom." The longtime political science professor will deliver the charge to graduates Dec. 22.

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One stop holiday shopping at DoIT Tech Stores

The perfect gift is waiting at any of the three DoIt Tech Store locations. We can do special orders and even coordinate shipping.  Learn about free gift wrapping on Tues. Dec 10th

Campus Life

Photo: scaffolding inside Memorial Union renovation project site

Union of past and future

Where scaffolding stands today, standing ovations will resound next summer. “Pardon our dust” will give way to preserving the past. The first comprehensive restoration of the Memorial Union, including the Wisconsin Union Theater (above), is about building the future while maintaining the historic character of the iconic building. University Communications photographer Jeff Miller's slide show provides an inside look at how things are developing.

Holiday spirit: Trees and poinsettias on sale

Decking the halls for the holidays? Two campus groups are offering a one-stop shopping opportunity. The UW Forestry Club will hold its annual tree and wreath sale Dec. 6-8 at the Stock Pavilion along with the Horticulture Society, which is selling poinsettias and holiday plants.

Feedback sought on State Street, Library Mall project

The public will have a chance to weigh in on the final design for the reconstruction of the 700 and 800 blocks of State Street and Library Mall on Thursday, Dec. 5. The session, from 7-9 p.m., will be held in Conference Rooms B-1A and B1-B in the Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St.    

Badgers in the World

Students discuss what it takes to free a man from prison

Earlier this year, two Wisconsin Innocence Project students had the rare opportunity to draft a court motion that helped free a man from his 102-year prison sentence. They took up Joseph Frey’s case after learning that DNA evidence pointed to his innocence. The students, working with attorney Tricia Bushnell, built the case that exonerated Frey.

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Mad Madison Metals forges creativity

Mad Madison Metals provides students a chance to network with other metal artists to exercise their artistic flair. The group hosts a fundraiser featuring jewelry and metal work where members sell their work to benefit the club. The next jewelry sale is Dec. 13-15 in the Art Lofts Gallery at 111 N. Frances St.  


UW cyclist earns first place in competition in China

When Alex Meyer arrived in China, he was excited just to be one of a few Americans invited to participate in the Tour of Zhejiang for International Elite Universities, but he has returned home with much more.