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The Weekly

Official news and info for your week at UW-Madison December 7, 2016

Court-side Wisconsin Badgers volleyball players cheer on their teammates playing the Washington State Cougars during the second-round of NCAA Division 1 championship play at the Field House at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Dec. 2, 2016. The Badgers won, sweeping the Cougars, 3-0, and advance to the sweet 16 NCAA regionals, to be hosted at the UW-Madison Field House on Dec. 9-10. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

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Video: Study tips — coffee, concentration and llama socks

With final exams looming, students tell us they prepare with gallons of coffee, hours of study and frequent professor/teaching assistant visits. But it's also important to wear your lucky socks, and bring along your lucky rock with "think" written on it.

Students in Dan Pell's ESL 116 course study in the Active Learning Lab in the English as a Second Language (ESL) Department inside Helen C. White Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Nov. 23, 2016. The Learning Lab is designed to be configured for a number of teaching styles, and is equipped with a variety of rich technological learning tools. Pell is a faculty associate in the ESL Department. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

New ESL lab helps international students with English

More than 1,000 students at UW–Madison are united by a common thread: the need for English language skills, which they learn through the English as a Second Language program. Now they've got a new interactive learning lab to help them.  

Wisconsin middle blocker Tionna Williams (11) and setter Lauren Carlini (1) block a shot at the net as the Wisconsin Badgers volleyball team plays the Washington State Cougars during the second-round of NCAA Division 1 championship play at the Field House at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Dec. 2, 2016. The Badgers won, sweeping the Cougars, 3-0, and advance to the sweet 16 NCAA regionals, to be hosted at the UW-Madison Field House on Dec. 9-10. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Generous volleyball coach buys 1,000 tickets for students

The Badgers volleyball team plays its first regional NCAA tournament match at home Friday at 1 p.m. Coach Kelly Sheffield decided to pay for the first 1,000 students who want tickets. They can be picked up Friday.  

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Watch Team UW compete in Ninja Madness Sweet 16

Three UW students — "Science Ninja" Zach Kemmerer, pole vaulter Taylor Amann and "R.A. Ninja" Andrew Philibeck — will compete vs. Maryland in Team Ninja Warrior College Madness, airing at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 on Esquire Network. Viewing party info here and here.  

In the News

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‘Failure isn’t failure if you turn it into something else’

From the southside of Milwaukee to the United Kingdom. It's been quite a trip for Deshawn McKinney, a well-known and active student who has won a Marshall Scholarship to study in the U.K.  

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Scholarship winner: Find ways to reach out internationally

Get to know some international students on campus. Take advantage of study abroad. That's what Brian Drout did at UW, building a "global network." Now he's won a Schwarzman Scholarship for a year of study in China.  

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Program lets you create ‘public humanities projects’

Undergraduates who enroll in a new program will undertake “public humanities projects” to meet community needs. The Public Humanities Exchange for Undergraduates (HEX-U) will begin in the spring.

Your Health

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Beat that cold by dressing properly

It looks like winter is here to stay, so here are some tips from UHS on how to stay warm. The key? Dress in plenty of layers, wear good gloves and socks, and cover your head. Also, know your indoor exercise options.  

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