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The Weekly

Official news and info for your week at UW-Madison January 18, 2017

A UW student wearing badger red stands out against the morning fog and pedestrian traffic while riding a bike on University Avenue on the first day of the spring semester at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during winter on Jan. 17, 2017. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

Be in the Know


The Union: More food options than cheese curds and pretzels

Three restaurants opened Tuesday in the Memorial Union. In addition to the Rathskeller's comfort food, the union now has Carte, a made-to-order salad and sandwich shop, and Strada, an Italian eatery with pizzas, pasta and piadinas.  

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Video: Berquam gives a hearty Badger welcome back

It's a whole new semester, and Dean of Students Lori Berquam wants everyone to feel welcome back on campus, she says in this video. And new students, don't forget your Wisconsin Welcome app, which can guide you around campus and to events.  


‘Awkward Black Girl’ to kick off Black History Month

Issa Rae — you may know her as the "Awkward Black Girl" — will speak from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, in Union South to kick off the UW-Madison Black History Month celebration.

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Campus Life

With winter temperatures in the single digits, the sun rises over the frozen Duck Pond inside the UW Arboretum at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Jan. 4, 2017. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

Winter in Wisconsin: Be ready for ice, snow and bitter cold

Campus has had a little bit of everything this winter: subzero cold, freezing rain and a big dump of snow. Here's how students can prepare to survive the UW winter, with tips on everything from clothes to forecasts to class cancellations.

In the News

Photo: Ab and Nancy Nicholas

Nicholas match raises $100 million for scholarships

A generous match has been completed, resulting in $100 million being raised to generate about $4.5 million in annual scholarships. In June 2015, Nancy Nicholas and Albert “Ab” Nicholas pledged a $50 million matching gift to get it started.


Ninja champions relied on energy, teamwork

There was no stopping the three-person Wisconsin team on their road to the "Team Ninja Warrior: College Madness" championship. " Zack Kemmerer, Taylor Amann and Andrew Philibeck beat MIT in the finals on Dec. 20. Kemmerer reflects on the triumph.

My Favorite Things

A statue of a female badger with young cubs is pictured as part of a City of Madison public art project at the intersection of North Frances and State streets near the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus during spring on May 24, 2016. The work, entitled "The Four Lakes" by artists Andrea Myklebust and Stanton Sears, refers to a traditional Native American name for the Madison region. Four surrounding boulders on the display create an abstract map of Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa. The badger animal with young is a symbol of the State of Wisconsin, and an allegory of "alma mater," the nurturing mother. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Don’t ignore those light bulbs going on!

Do you have a great idea — an invention, a business or even an app? UW-Madison has several competitions to help you make them a reality. Awards are made during Innovation Days in the spring, but you need to get started now with entries.  


Photo: Students working with power tools

Video: Building the future of transportation

It's not easy to build a pod that will move at 200 mph through a vacuum tube. A group of UW students is creating Badgerloop, which is competing in Elon Musk’s SpaceX Hyperloop design competition. The team will race the pod on a test track later this month.  

Your Health

Meningitis update