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The Weekly

Official news and info for your week at UW-Madison February 24, 2016

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Several hundred participants take part in “Moving Forward: Conversations on Racial and Ethnic Diversity,” a campus-wide forum for students, faculty and staff held in the Gordon Dining and Event Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 24, 2016. The event was facilitated by Chancellor Rebecca Blank; Lori Berquam, vice provost for student life and dean of students; and Patrick Sims, interim vice provost and chief diversity officer to encourage thoughts, concerns and creative solutions to issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

‘Moving Forward’ turns talk to action on diversity

More than 400 people turned out tonight for campus forum on diversity to hear about the progress UW-Madison has made and the actions to come.

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Town Hall on anti-Semitism: ‘We want to get rid of it’

How should campus leaders and the community respond when swastikas appear on a Jewish student's door? About 200 students turned out Tuesday to share concerns and call for change.

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New app helps everyone become a Siftr (and winnowr)

The best apps are simple, intuitive and visual. Siftr, in use around the globe and across campus, seems to hit all the right notes. “The vision is to create a clearinghouse for the creation of citizen science projects,” explains David Gagnon.

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Video: Union’s Storyteller Series talks Winter Carnival

From horsedrawn carriage rides to the Rail Jam -- snow or not! -- the Hoofers Winter Carnival has been delighting Union lovers for decades. As campus begins to thaw, we salute one of the signature events on the edge of Lake Mendota.

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Race and the Environment 2016 Symposium

An exploration of Black Faces, White Spaces, by Carolyn Finney, examining disparities in how Americans understand and interact with the environment. Tues., March 1, Pyle Center.

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Campus Life

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Pay hikes OK’d for grad assistants, student hourlies

Student employees earning minimum wage will see a rise in earnings at the start of the fall 2016 semester -- from $7.25 an hour to $9. And effective July 1, graduate assistants will receive a 2 percent hike.

A collection of snow snakes sits waiting to be used during an Ojibwa Winter Games event on a frozen Lake Mendota at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 5, 2016. The games included snow snake, hoop and spear, and atlatl, where participants propel an arrow with a hooked handle. The Ojibwa Winter Games celebrate and sustain traditional winter sports, and inspire children to get out and exercise during winter.  This year, a group of folklore students in the UW Scandinavian Studies Program partnered with educators in Lac du Flambeau to bring the games to UW-Madison. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

Video: Winter games connect Ojibwe culture with UW-Madison

A revitalization of traditional Ojibwe wintertime competitive games and activities connects cultures and teaches understanding, thanks to a partnership between UW-Madison folklore students and educator Wayne Valliere.

In the News

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UW-Madison still near top in Peace Corps volunteers

For the second year in a row, UW–Madison is the second-largest producer of Peace Corps Volunteers among U.S. colleges. 68 UW-Madison alumni currently serve in the field. Related: Take part in Peace Corps Week

Your Health

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Make your voice heard; take the Healthy Minds survey

The Healthy Minds survey will not only gauge the health and wellness of the campus population, it will help drive campus-wide health initiatives -- and give you an opportunity to tell leaders how to improve campus health services. Take the survey today!

Spotlight

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Quiz corner knows Carson Gulley was way more than a pie guy

Before you ask: yes, we've got the recipe. Did you figure out the correct answer for last week's quiz question? Try your luck with this week's offering. It's a piece of cake! 

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