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The Weekly

Official news and info for your week at UW-Madison October 26, 2016

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Be in the Know

Photo: James Lovell

And your winter commencement speaker is…

Capt. James A. Lovell, Jr., one of only 24 people to go to the moon and back. Tom Hanks portrayed him in the move "Apollo 13," which was based on a book by Lovell. The ceremony is Dec. 18.


Video: No need to wait till Election Day – vote now!

You can cast your ballot right here on campus through Nov. 4. Lots of students have done it already. And by voting early, you avoid the lines on Election Day.

Photo: Person holding vaccination needle

Don’t throw away your shot!

Hundreds of students have been vaccinated against meningitis serogroup B, with bandages on their upper arms testifying to their good sense. The free on-campus vaccine clinics continue Thursday at the SERF.  

Get Social

@uwmadison’s favorite tweets

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Your opportunity to #SpeakUp

As a UW-Madison student, you have been invited to participate in a campus climate survey. Check your email for your survey invitation and speak up.


Campus Life

Where is this?

The Weekly quiz — where is this??

For this week's Weekly quiz, tell us where these profound words are carved. Do you know which building? Email the answer to You could win free stuff! Click to see the answer to last week's question.

Photo: students under tree at Warner Park

Gain real-world experience. Earn course credit. Give back.

Learning doesn't have to be limited to the classroom. The listing of 40+ spring 2017 Service Learning courses can be found here. These courses get students involved in a hands-on project with a local community partner.

My Favorite Things

Approximately 400 plastic pink flamingos are seen on the lower third of Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Sept. 4, 2012, as part of a promotion for Flamingo Run, a convenience store in the newly opened Dejope Residence Hall. Gracing the hill with flamingos was first carried out by students representing the Pail and Shovel Party on Sept. 4, 1979. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

The pink purloiners…

The plastic pink flamingo will be repopulating its native territory of Bascom Hill on Friday, but how did that tradition begin? With 1,008 pink flamingos and a student leader with a genius for pranking...    

Off Campus


No potions, no disappearing acts, and stick with the wolf pack

It’s the most wonderful time of year in Madison: Halloween. With hordes of new people flocking in to celebrate and throngs of masks crowding the streets, it’s important to keep safety in mind.

Pro Tips


‘We’re a culture, not a costume’

When pulling together your costume, remember that some portrayals may offend without you realizing it. The Mariachi, the Kimono princess, the kung fu master — they're not funny to many, as they stereotype or appropriate other cultures.