Our Landline Love Affair

Winter 2019

A look back at the telephone’s heyday in UW residence halls.

Fencing’s Glory Days

Fall 2019

Over six decades, UW teams won 14 Big Ten championships.

The Rise and Fall of Ladies Hall

Summer 2019

No men allowed: a group of 1960s female students relaxes in the Elizabeth Waters Residence Hall courtyard. The dorm would be the…

What’s On?

Winter 2019

From 1953 to today, the TV-watching experience has evolved on campus.

Bad News Badgers

Winter 2018

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In 2017, the Badgers lost just one football game. In 1968, they couldn’t win one.

It’s almost…

Scary Story

Fall 2018

The creepy history of Science Hall provided inspiration for a UW professor’s gothic novel.

Diploma Homecoming

Summer 2018

The Law School’s diplomas were much larger in 1876 than they have been in recent years. Compared to his “postcard”-sized diploma, Peter…

Eloise Gerry

Spring 2018

Researcher Eloise Gerry blazed a trail for female scientists during her four decades with the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory in Madison.

6 Classes

Winter 2017

If you had been a female student at the UW in the late 1860s, your first year would have included the not-so-challenging courses…

Black Cultural Center

Fall 2017

A resource center for African American students has a new home on campus.

Russia in Focus

Summer 2017

The new Wisconsin Russia Project aims to help the U.S. be more prepared to manage a calculating Kremlin with yet-to-be-determined ambitions.

Cambodia Protests

Spring 2017

A look back at May 1970 through the lens of an alum’s camera

Campus Reacts to WWII

Winter 2016

A capacity crowd of students, faculty, and community members gathered inside the Field House on December 12, 1941. UW

Ali at the UW

Fall 2016

The late boxer visited campus twice — as an amateur athlete who competed at the Field House and as the heavyweight champion who was also an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War.

Campaign Roadshow

Summer 2016

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UW–Madison loves politics and, from time to time, politicians even return that love.

During this campaign…

Boom Box Parade

Spring 2016

When former student Leon Varjian passed away last September, UW–Madison lost one of its true legends.

Many Happy (and Chilly) Returns

Winter 2015

Benjamin Franklin was right. Taxation is an absolute certainty in life — even life near the South Pole.

The Red Gym’s Pool

Fall 2015

Once upon a time, the pool was for men only, and nude swimming was encouraged.

One Time at Band Camp…

Summer 2015

This is perhaps the most casual-looking canoeing tuba player we’ve ever seen. Granted, he’s the only canoeing tuba player we’ve ever seen.

India ink

Spring 2015

India’s Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru ended his 1949 U.S. tour with a UW visit.

And Now We Play Short-Handed

Winter 2014

The UW athletics community loses a teammate.


Fall 2014

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) may be the newest trend in higher education, but at the UW, the practice of using mass-media technologies to connect the public with university instruction dates back more than eighty years.

Out of Sync

Summer 2014

On March 7, 2014, the lights went out for the last time at UW–Madison’s Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC).

Creativity Is a Joke

Spring 2014

Sometimes, funny things make a big difference.

Many Moos

Winter 2013

It's all in the family for the UW dairy herd

Kletsch’s Klunkers

Fall 2013

Good luck, Coach Andersen

We’ve Got Mail!

Summer 2013

Travel back with us now into the shadows of ancient history, to the year A.D. 1993.

Jump Around

Spring 2013

Take a hop, skip, and jump back in time . . .

Badger DNA

Winter 2012

Before Bucky, there was a raccoon.

Farewell to the Head

Fall 2012

Badger Nation has lost its head.

All Wet

Summer 2012

In May 1969, [the Mifflin Street Block Party] began as a street dance and ended as a three-day riot

Torrid Madison

Spring 2012

. . . very little about Madison’s winter has been appropriate this year.

Flashback Winter 2011: Fiddlers on the Run

Winter 2011

... they are known for playing oldies. Really, really old oldies.

Flashback: Fall 2011

Fall 2011

When you enroll at the UW, you’d better be prepared to learn a lot — and to develop your upper body strength.

Tears and Gas

Summer 2011

. . . the teargas has been absent.

Foul Weather, Fair Ball

Spring 2011

Wisconsin does not, perhaps, have the most felicitous climate for outdoor sports.


Winter 2010

What's that campus that looks so much like the UW? It's the fictitious Grand Lakes University, which 25 years ago hosted non-grad Thornton Melon (aka Rodney Dangerfield).

Bye Bye, Bernie

Fall 2010

Happy trails, Bernie. Thanks for keeping our UW memories alive.

Seeing Is Believing?

Summer 2010

Did the Zoological Museum's taxidermists take on the Easter Bunny?

Badger Beauty

Spring 2010

What happened to the “Campus Mascot for the Seventies”?