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The Weekly

Official news and info for your week at UW-Madison February 4, 2015

Be in the Know

Governor backs away from proposal to modify UW’s mission

Language in the proposed budget bill would alter the UW System's mission, removing references to the Wisconsin Idea -- "to extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of its campuses" -- and adding workforce development. Governor Walker says it was an error.

Black History Month offers movies, meals and more

Looking for deep discussion or an opportunity to kick back with friends? Nearly every day offers different activities that celebrate the contributions of African-American Badgers, past and present. Related: Learn about the black history of UW Athletics

Photo: fox in snow

Campus foxes: they’re back!

Last year, a family of foxes took up residence on campus. With winter in full swing, the foxes have returned. Forest and wildlife ecology professor David Drake and his team are trying to track and better understand these urban canids.

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Show your ears some love!

Enter to win a free pair of Beats headphones from the DoIT Tech Store and get $20 to spend on Apple products just for entering. Use your coupon on Friday, Feb. 13 or Saturday, Feb. 14 at any of our three Tech Store locations.

Campus Life

Photo: Hans Zoerb pouring beer

Brewing and CALS: the perfect pairing

Babcock Hall is home to more than just award-winning cheese. What better place for would-be brewers to hone their skills? A CALS collaboration with a local brewery has students getting serious about joining the growing craft beer industry.

Photo: BioCommons in Steenbock Library

BioCommons opens for collaboration in Steenbock Library

After years of planning, a unique new learning space for students is a reality. While BioCommons is available to all students, it aims to provide a welcoming home base for bioscience students across campus.

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Final report on undergraduate initiative proves value of targeted funding

With the release of the final report, campus leaders agree: the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates has had a positive, long-lasting impact, helping students graduate with less debt and better preparation for working life. Related: Chancellor praises results

My Favorite Things

Photo: Worker cutting down tree with chainsaw

Sawn, but not forgotten: farewell to a tree

On Jan. 14, the President’s Oak — by far the oldest tree on campus — came down, following a lengthy illness. Born about 300 years ago, hard times had accelerated the tree's inevitable aging. Related: Why trees, like the Oak, rot from the inside out.

Off Campus

South Madison Partnership opens for business

A new presence in South Madison means more opportunity for students to participate in community-based classes and outreach. See who's setting up shop on South Park Street and what this means for those involved.

Video: From Wisconsin to “Wreck-it Ralph”

Screenwriter Phil Johnston, creator of the animated hit “Wreck-It Ralph,” says his days at UW-Madison helped him become successful in Hollywood. In the final installment of our Badgerwood series, Johnston explains what being a Badger has to do with show biz.