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The Weekly

Official news and info for your week at UW-Madison February 12, 2014

Be in the Know

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Sustainability a priority in Rec Sports improvements

Throughout the planning for needed improvements, Rec Sports has placed an emphasis on creating a plan that prioritizes sustainability at each facility. Because of that, new facilities would be more energy-efficient and cost-effective than the current ones.    

Restored, revamped Der Stiftskeller returns to action

It's back, and better than ever! In addition to the beautifully restored artwork, Der Stiftskeller features much more space and six registers for faster service -- including two windows to directly serve the Terrace. Related: More updates on the Memorial Union Reinvestment Project.

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Keep your heart healthy

From Feb 10-14, buy an Apple laptop from the DoIT Tech Store and get a free FitBit Flex! Or buy an Apple iPad and get a FitBit Flex at half price.

Campus Life

UW-Madison is tops in Peace Corps recruiting

With 90 alumni serving overseas, the university regained the spot it held from 2001-2006. UW-Madison has also helped make Wisconsin a top 10 state for Peace Corps volunteers, with 3.7 volunteers for every 100,000 residents. Related: Apply online by March 1 (Peace Corps Day) for remaining 2014 opportunities

Heating plant keeps campus going on cold days

When the weather outside is frightful -- like, oh, the last month or so -- the Charter St. Heating Plant keeps 65,000 students and staff toasty warm. Now this behind-the-scenes superstar is more efficient and environmentally friendly than ever.

In the News

Badger hockey stars on the trail of Sochi gold

Players with UW-Madison ties include Team USA stars Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, @RMcDonagh27, Joe Pavelski, @DerekStepan21, @rsuter20 and @vetter31. Meaghan Mikkelson plays for Team Canada. Tony Granato serves as assistant coach for the US men, while @carla_macleod is assistant coach for Team Japan (!).

Upside to nasty weather: killing bad bugs

As you struggle to stay upright on icy sidewalks, here's some good news about bad weather. Extended very cold temperatures help knock back some insects that we’d like to do without: the emerald ash borer, Colorado potato beetle, and the striped cucumber beetle, for example. CALS entomologist Russell Groves explains in a new CALS podcast.


Junior Cal Melberg becomes “the match”

Thousands of people with life-threatening diseases depend on a bone marrow or cord blood transplant to save their life. Melberg's blog, Cal and the Big Needle, chronicles his journey of bone marrow donation in the hope that it will eliminate misconceptions and encourage more people to register.

Badgers in the World

Video: Liberia, Madison, and “A Film Never Made”

In a chance meeting with Prof. Gregg Mitman, Liberian student Emmanuel Urey unexpectedly learned of a rare cache of film shot in Liberia by a 1926 Harvard scientific expedition. The footage is at once a national treasure and a painful and potentially explosive reminder of Liberia's deep land conflicts. Related: Follow updates on the film's Facebook page

Your Health

I’m sick… now what?

If you have flu-like symptoms, there's not much to do but stay home from school and give your body the rest it needs -- while preventing the spread of the flu to others! Unfortunately, the flu is caused by viruses, so a doctor’s visit for antibiotics won’t help.