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The Weekly

Official news and info for your week at UW-Madison May 10, 2017

Be in the Know

Nigel: Don’t just shut up and play

Badger forward and all-around solid guy Nigel Hayes is graduating Saturday, meaning we won't see him in red anymore. But he's leaving us with some excellent advice, and as always, he's not afraid to stand up for his beliefs.

Photo: graduation cap on pile of money

Free help on your way to financial wellness

UW-Madison teamed up with Salt, a program created by the nonprofit organization American Student Assistance, to help students become financially savvy. The program allows students to create a free account that helps them budget.

A thank-you letter to UW-Madison, from a graduating senior

Saying goodbye to the one you love can be hard. The Weekly's own Kelsey O'Hara, who graduates Saturday, has a few parting thoughts.

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Campus Life

All you need to know about Commencement 2017

Two commencement ceremonies will be held in Spring 2017 — at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12, at the Kohl Center, for doctoral and medical professional candidates. And at noon Saturday, May 13, at Camp Randall Stadium, for bachelor's, master's and law degree candidates. No tickets are required for either ceremony.  

Photo: UW banner in front of Capitol

A look at campus diversity efforts

From Our Wisconsin to the first-ever campus climate survey, a lot has happened this year to promote a more welcoming, inclusive campus community. Vice Provosts Lori Berquam and Patrick J. Sims reflect on the progress and the work still to come.

Speaker: You have to be your own ignition

"I’ve learned to be kind since moving to Madison because everyone in this community is really friendly. And being friendly can go a long way," says Martin Weiss, one of Saturday's commencement speakers.

Coming soon: More space by the Terrace

The Wisconsin Alumni Association has announced the new opening date for Alumni Park. This new green space between Memorial Union and the Red Gym, hugging the shore of Lake Mendota, will officially open to campus and the community Friday, Oct. 6.

In the News

Campus response to protests aims to protect free speech for all

You've heard a lot in the news lately about protests against speakers on college campuses. UW-Madison works to ensure all sides can have their say.

My Favorite Things

Video: It’s been a good year!

In the final Free Rant Friday of this academic year, Cynthia Liu gets all mushy and admits that she really enjoyed her freshman year. And she thanks all those who helped her. Stay tuned for the outtakes!


Go Big Read Book tells of growing up in Rust Belt, escaping poverty

Go Big Read, the UW-Madison campus common-reading program, selected “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance for the 2017 -18 year. In the book, Vance tells the story of what it feels like to be born into a region and class that has experienced serious economic disruption.

Pro Tips

Need grammar advice?

Your days of being corrected by the grammar police are over. Grammar Badgers is a new website created by UW English linguistics graduate students to help students improve their grammar with videos, podcasts, quizzes and other learning tools.


Club Basketball teams battle to win at nationals

The Division of Recreational Sports and the University of Wisconsin-Madison were well represented at the 2017 NIRSA National Basketball Championships hosted by Ohio State University April 29-30.