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The Weekly

Official news and info for your week at UW-Madison July 26, 2017

Be in the Know

So long, SERF! Workout options during the reno

As the SERF closes Aug. 18 for demolition and reconstruction, a new fitness center will open in Ogg and changes will be made to the Natatorium to help students stay active. Find out more about the upcoming changes.

Summer Term’s hands-on learning experiences

From legislative internships to rural health clinics, this year's summer courses provide ample opportunity for students to engage in learning-by-doing. Here are eight examples of hands-on education outside the classroom.

Meet the Badger football team!

Before the Wisconsin football season starts, don't miss your chance to meet this year's team and head coach Paul Chryst. Head over to Camp Randall Friday from 6-8 p.m. to get autographs, photos and a complimentary team poster. Admission is free.

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Campus Life

UW’s sailing team makes the most of a shoestring budget

With an annual budget of just $65,000 and no varsity status, the club sailing team does everything it can to compete against top-tier coastal teams — even if that means traveling 16 hours to attend regattas. Learn more about how the UW sailing team has placed ahead of teams like Harvard, Brown, and the U.S. Naval Academy.  

Help wanted: Jobs available for information guides

Information guides help answer questions about campus for students, staff, prospective students and other visitors at the Campus Community Information Welcome Desks — and get they paid to do it. If sitting at a desk isn't your style, you can also apply to be a campus tour guide. Apply by 9 a.m. on Friday, July 28.

Are refillable water bottles really more sustainable?

Last fall, University Housing gave housing residents a free water bottle in an effort to make campus more sustainable. Now they're doing research to find out more about these refillable water bottles. Do students use the water bottles? If not, what happens? In terms of energy, do refillable bottles compare well to bottled water?  

Pro Tips

Watch out for zebra mussels when you go swimming!

If you go swimming in Lake Mendota you might get cut if you make contact with broken zebra mussel shells, UW officials are warning. Zebra mussels attach to anything hard, so be careful when grabbing onto a pier post or a rock. It's best to wear footwear with decent soles, such as water sandals or water sneakers.

Your Health

Photo: Nurse giving flu shot

Don’t think you need health insurance as a student? Think again.

UHS isn't open evenings and weekends and does not provide emergency care, hospitalization, or specialty care for complex problems — meaning it's not a substitute for health insurance. Plus your parents' health insurance might not provide the coverage you thought. Find out more about SHIP, the UW-Madison Student Health Insurance Plan.