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The Varsity Band Concert

February 27, 2014 1 comment

it’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Leckrone!

Walking on the Lake

November 11, 2013 2 reader letters

Based on the ski tracks and slushy footprints in the snow that cover the lake’s icy surface in the winter, plenty of people on campus appreciate the season’s serenity and count the days until the open water turns to ice.

Juston Stix

August 29, 2013 1 reader letter

They’re loaded with butter and cheese. What’s not to love?

Lakeside Cinema

June 13, 2013 1 comment · 1 reader letter

On summer nights for more than three decades, it’s been location, location, location for those who settle in to watch free movies on the Memorial Union Terrace.

Early Morning Rowing Practice

March 7, 2013 2 comments

The sacrifice? Heading to practice long before the campus comes to life. The reward? Seeing the sun rise and knowing you’ve done your best.

Paisan’s

November 10, 2012 2 comments · 1 reader letter

There appears to be a direct correlation between possessing a UW–Madison degree and having an affinity for Paisan’s Italian Restaurant.

Moving Day

September 5, 2012 2 comments

Every August 14, thousands of UW students face . . . a twenty-four-hour bout of homelessness.

Memorial Union’s Swimming Pier

May 30, 2012 1 reader letter

If the Memorial Union Terrace is UW–Madison’s patio, the lake’s T-shaped swimming pier is its beach.

Humorology

March 2, 2012 1 comment

When a young woman dressed as reality TV fixture Kim Kardashian says she’s never worked harder in her life, she’s not kidding.

Badger Hockey’s Super Fan

November 9, 2011 3 comments

Following the Badgers is a key part of his life.

Rennie’s: Then and Now

August 30, 2011 6 comments · 2 reader letters

The store and its name evoke memories both strong and sweet.

Library Mall Food Carts

June 2, 2011 8 comments

Library Mall is a little bit like Epcot theme park, but much easier on the wallet

Match Day

March 1, 2011 9 comments

When it’s all over, one thing is clear: Match Day for medical students has more authentic drama, excitement, and emotion than any episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

The Plazaburger

November 3, 2010 2 comments · 1 reader letter

Without the sauce, it might be just another burger. And without the burger, the Plaza Tavern might be just another bar.

Cane Toss

August 25, 2010 5 comments · 1 reader letter

One of Homecoming’s biggest spectacles doesn’t involve the marching band or the football team.

Babcock Hall Ice Cream

May 24, 2010 24 comments

The Babcock Hall Dairy Store churns out thousands of gallons of yummy ice cream annually — enough to evoke must-have memories for alumni and impromptu breakfasts for students dashing between classes.

Abraham Lincoln Statue

February 18, 2010

A visit with the Abe Lincoln statue is a high point of any UW commencement weekend, when graduates — not deterred by caps and gowns — clamber up into his lap for photos.

Traying

November 16, 2009 1 comment

When resourceful students borrow cafeteria trays to slide down snowy campus slopes, there’s just one unwritten rule: have fun!

Giant Pumpkin Regatta

November 4, 2009

The regatta has no rules and offers no prizes, and the chances of tipping into the water seem greater than winning one of the loosely organized heats.

Memorial Union Canoes

June 2, 2009 1 comment · 1 reader letter

Renting a canoe is a bargain for a little piece of serenity during a hectic semester or a chance to explore campus during the less stressful summer months.

The Grateful Red

February 28, 2009

The cheering mass of students clad in tie-dyed T-shirts debuted at men’s basketball games at the Kohl Center in 2002.