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The Weekly

Official news and info for your week at UW-Madison September 24, 2014

Be in the Know

Photo: New Bascom Hill staircase

New Bascom staircase to open in early October

It won't be much longer until you can actually walk up and down that big staircase being installed at the bottom of Bascom Hill. Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the new entrance to the hill from State Street, and a campus official says it will be open the first week of October — with completion of the entire mall following later in the month.

Photo: Vote button

Need a voter ID?

The rules around voting in the Nov. 4 election may seem confusing, but we're here to help. UW students are eligible to receive a free voter ID card at the Wiscard office in Union South. Related: Learn more about registration and Voter ID rules.

Photo: 'Amazing Race' Badgers

Duo has amazing summer on ‘The Amazing Race’

Amy DeJong and Maya Warren had a truly epic summer, but they can't tell you about it. These two UW Food Science grad students spent the month of June zipping around the globe as part of the cast of the 25th edition of "The Amazing Race."

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Boost your awareness of personal computing security

Join UW-Madison IT Security on Wed. Oct. 8 at Union South for Security Awareness Day. Enjoy free pizza and a chance to win a free tablet or laptop.

Campus Life

Photo: Chancellor's Convocation

Wisconsin, Minnesota residents well-represented in freshman class

Holy cow! The freshman class at UW-Madison is the third largest in school history, with 6,264 students, and features the second-largest number of Wisconsin residents in the past 13 years. This year's class includes 3,750 students from Wisconsin.

In the News

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UW celebrates its first official Latino Heritage Month

The Badger Herald reports on the efforts of student organizations to establish the first official Latino Heritage Month on campus“(We're) trying to promote and establish Latino community on campus,” organizer Christian Hernandez said. “There’s a division of organizations on campus and something like this rounds them up together.”      


Photo: Danielle Evans

‘Hip, Frank, Funny:’ Danielle Evans

Danielle Evans is funny. And not just on the page. The new assistant professor of creative writing’s short fiction often features laugh-out-loud dialogue from characters morosely making the best of a bad situation. "I think creative writing is ... a way of practicing being intuitive, and learning a kind of intelligent empathy," Evans says.

Badgers in the World

Photo: Sun over Milwaukee buildings

Study urges action on health effects of climate change

UN leaders and President Obama have spent the week talking about climate change in New York. UW released its contribution to the international conversation in the form of a new research paper, encouraging efforts that benefit both the health of the planet and the health of people.

Your Health

Photo: Flu shot

Free flu shots available for students starting Friday

Starting Friday, Sept. 26, University Health Services (UHS) will once again offer free seasonal flu shots for all registered students. Check the dates, times and locations of the clinics, and remember to bring your student ID. It's important to get vaccinated every year —  protection from a flu shot only lasts six to nine months.