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The Weekly

Official news and info for your week at UW-Madison November 20, 2013

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Nov. 22, 1963: A campus grieves for JFK

Each generation has a "where-were-you-when" moment that serves as a generational touchstone. For Baby Boomers, that moment happened 50 years ago this Friday, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a Dallas motorcade. On campus, stunned students, faculty and staff shared the burden of a grieving nation. They share their recollections of that tragic, defining day.

Eco-friendly University Housing increases emphasis on sustainability

The visible features of eco-friendly Aldo Leopold Hall are just the surface of a broader trend toward increased sustainability in campus housing. Residence Life has appointed two student sustainability involvement coordinators who will be responsible for developing sustainability-themed programs and activities.

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Could you survive a zombie attack?

Find out from Max Brooks, a preeminent authority on zombie preparedness and author of World War Z. Brought to you by the WUD Distinguished Lecture Series, Tues. Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Varsity Hall.

Campus Life

Photo: students playing in leaves

Slide show: Fall is fading

Fall is fading fast. Leaves are dropping, temperatures are dropping. One day the campus is ablaze in color, the next ... well, you've seen it. We're in the middle of autumn's final flurry, as this scenic photo slide show captures.


Organization offers support for students with physical illnesses

While succeeding in college with a serious illness may seem impossible, junior Shannon Strader wants students to know there is hope. After being diagnosed with a vascular disease, Strader launched a website to connect students with inspiration and support. She says her site, Bella Soul, is the first national organization aimed at connecting college students sick with physical ailments.

Badgers in the World

A new generation of students is taking dairy science global

Anuj Modi was nervous when he arrived for his summer internship at the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station. The 20-year-old freshman could have been back home in India. Instead, he was on the other side of the world, tasked with helping care for a large herd of dairy cattle.

Job Hunt

A summer research adventure tracking whales … and their poop

To most people, collecting whale poop might not seem all that appealing. One Nelson Institute student, however, had the experience of a lifetime doing just that. Makie Matsumoto-Hervol, a senior double majoring in geography and environmental studies, held a summer internship helping with research on endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales. Her job: collect samples of their scat.


Graphic: Mock Trial Association logo

Spirited arguments: Mock trial teams win in every way

First place says a lot — but first place and a sportsmanship award says it all, according to mock trial team captain Marissa Hatlen. In October, Hatlen’s seven-member team won first place at the American Mock Trial Association tournament at Bradley University, and captured the AMTA spirit award as well. Weeks later, the group turned around and won both awards again at the University of Washington.