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Student Life

Learning the Ropes — LiterallyFall 2019

Participants in UW Adventure Learning Programs (ALPs) ride a giant swing at a new facility in Stoughton, Wisconsin. ALPs — a student organization — administers the facility and runs team-building workshops for students and nonstudent groups. Photo by Jeff Miller…

Student Life

A Laboratory for Financial AidSummer 2019

Mackenzie Straub x’22 (pictured) was one of 796 incoming students during the 2018–19 academic year receiving free tuition through Bucky’s Tuition Promise. Jeff Miller The first brainchild of the UW’s new Student Success Through Applied Research (SSTAR) Lab, Bucky’s Tuition Promise, has provided financial…

Sports & Recreation

Safety CheckWinter 2018

Jeff Miller After a doctor affiliated with Michigan State University was convicted of sexually assaulting numerous young women under his care, including student-athletes, UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez requested a wide-ranging review of his department’s health- and safety-related policies and procedures. “We are treating this…

Environment & Climate

For the BirdsWinter 2018

Mason Muerhoff Nomen est omen, said the ancient Romans, who liked their maxims to rhyme: one’s name is one’s destiny. And while there’s little empirical evidence about this aphorism, put Anna Pidgeon PhD’00 down on the side of support. The professor with the columbiform name has…

Campus History

Reckoning with HistoryFall 2018

Bryce Richter Between 1919 and 1926, two UW student organizations took the name Ku Klux Klan, and a report delving into that era of campus history “does not make for comfortable reading, nor should it,” says Chancellor Rebecca Blank. In the wake of a white nationalist…


Lake InvadersFall 2018

How zebra and quagga mussels native to the Caspian Sea came to wreak environmental havoc in the Great Lakes and beyond.

Student Life

Surprise PackageSummer 2018

First-year students link arms and sing ‘Varsity’ at the end of the Chancellor’s Convocation for New Students, a Wisconsin Welcome event. Jeff Miller For Mackenzie Straub x’22, the good news just kept coming. Shortly after being accepted to UW–Madison, she learned that her tuition and fees…

Campus History

Mystery Solved

The List Issue featured four University Archives images in search of captions. Readers answered the call and helped identify three of them, with the first image (below) generating the most replies. The dueling knights were part of an event sponsored by the Society for Creative…

Student Life

Spring Break

Can we have class outside today? Environmental science students enjoy the environment on a spring day in 2017. Science Hall houses the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies — when it’s not outdoors. Photo by Jeff Miller…

Student Life

4 Classes You Wish You Had TakenWinter 2017

Jeff Miller Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 323: Science of Climate Change Communication Arts 540: Superhero TV and Cultural Power Computer Sciences 540: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence Food Science 535: Confectionary Science and Technology…