Traditions

Union South Bowling

Winter 2014

Whether a final score is 200 or somewhere south of 80, it’s fun.

Student Football Tickets

Fall 2014 — 1 comment

Long before Badger football season gets underway ... certain lucky students make the equivalent of a touchdown pass by securing season-ticket packages.

Badger Shirt Streak

Summer 2014

Rob Vitense ’99 turned a losing streak into a Badger streak.

The Varsity Band Concert

Spring 2014 — 1 comment

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

Walking on the Lake

Winter 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

Fall 2013 — 1 reader letter

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

Lakeside Cinema

Summer 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

Spring 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

Winter 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

Fall 2012 — 2 comments

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

Memorial Union’s Swimming Pier

Summer 2012 — reader letter

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

Humorology

Spring 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

Winter 2011 — 3 comments

Following the Badgers is a key part of his life.

Rennie’s: Then and Now

Fall 2011 — 10 comments · 2 reader letters

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

Library Mall Food Carts

Summer 2011 — 8 comments

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

Match Day

Spring 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

Winter 2010 — 3 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

Fall 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

Summer 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

Spring 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

Winter 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

Fall 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

Summer 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

Spring 2009 — 2 comments

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