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The Weekly

Official news and info for your week at UW-Madison September 16, 2015

Be in the Know

Student’s journey to amazing discovery started on Facebook

Graduate student Alia Gurtov was among the UW-Madison scientists who played an integral role in the discovery of Homo naledi, an entirely new branch on the human family tree. Related: Welcome to the family! Learn more about this incredible breakthrough.

Campus, law enforcement reading ‘Just Mercy’ as semester begins

Students and faculty aren't the only ones excited about this year's Go Big Read selection, "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption." Every member of UWPD will read it before training in ethics and fair and impartial policing.

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Campus Life

Men’s Project applications due Thursday, September 17

Media, hook up culture, alcohol, violence, pop culture; expectations around masculinity impact everyone. UW’s Men’s Project, part of the Multicultural Student Center, begins with an overnight retreat in October and follows with six weekly dialogues.

University Housing hosts outdoor movies and light-up sports

The best place to be on Friday nights is your own backyard. University Housing has late-night events every Friday and Saturday to help residents relax and recharge, from "glowtimate" sports to Pinterest crafts to an outdoor showing of Jurassic World.

Learning to fly starts on the ground with Introduction to Private Pilot

In this class, students are encouraged to keep their heads in the clouds. Navigating a flight simulator that alternates between cruising altitude and a terrifying nosedive, aspiring aviators get a leg up on aerospace careers. Related: one awesome summer job

My Favorite Things

Superstitious? In unpredictable games, some Badgers rely on a little luck

Basketball player Duje Dukan zips to games on his moped. Haleigh Nelson's volleyball ritual rocks a hair bow and her lucky number. Linebacker Vince Biegel devours a cookie and ice cream. Badgers prepare for competition in unique—sometimes delicious—ways.


Peace Corps journey leads Kloppenburg home

”The Peace Corps is an entry point,” says Micah Kloppenburg, the new recruiter in UW-Madison's Peace Corps office. “You don’t where it’s going to take you after. You just know that it’s going to be a defining experience.”

Pro Tips

Search smart for online health info

In a recent study, 72 percent of Internet users reported searching for health info online. But inaccurate and biased sources abound. It's best to consult your doctor, but Ebling Library's Michael Venner shares smart strategies for searching online.

Your Health

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Compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

All students are strongly encouraged to help make UW-Madison a drug-free place to live and learn. You can do this by learning about substance abuse, encouraging others to avoid abuse, and getting help if you need it – for yourself or someone you care about.


Quiz question results… and even more free stuff!

Check out the answer to our Week Two quiz, and try your luck with the Week Three question for a chance at freebies from our campus partners.