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The Arts

Wisconsin Singers

For five decades, the Wisconsin Singers have taken their act on the road to serve as goodwill ambassadors for the university. Former WAA president Arlie Mucks ’47, along with the School of Music’s Donald Neuen, founded the musical group in 1967. Originally called the University Singers, the students…

Student Life

SERF’s DownFall 2017

Jeff Miller For years, overcrowding and long lines have been the norm at the SERF (Southeast Recreational Facility), built in 1983 to give students a place to exercise. So it’s no surprise that in a 2014 student-government referendum, 87 percent of students voted to dedicate more…

Service & Advocacy

Physics MuseumFall 2017

Above and below: Students from the Milwaukee Excellence Charter School explored hands-on exhibits during a tour of the L. R. Ingersoll Physics Museum this spring. “I was always a tinkerer,” Steve Narf explains from his Chamberlin Hall workshop lined with towering cabinets, each one stuffed with an…

Politics & Government

Jake LubenowSummer 2017

Jake Lubenow x’18 With more than 300 dues-paying members, the College Republicans of UW–Madison is one of the organization’s largest chapters in the country. Chair Jake Lubenow x’18 is tasked with navigating the group through a time of heightened political tension. Despite bringing in…

Teaching & Learning

Lake Laboratory

Dawn patrol on Lake Mendota: Carolyn Voter PhDx’18 (right) and Alexandra Linz ’13, PhDx’18 collect water samples before sunrise. The work was part of a 44-hour limnology experiment that took place in July 2016 and examined how light affects bacteria and carbon exchange. Photo by Jeff Miller…

Campus History

Women Make WavesSpring 2017

UW Archives [UWYearBk1920.p0371]The war yielded some positive outcomes for female students. Many gained leadership positions on campus that had previously been closed to them, including editorship of the Badger yearbook. Twelve agriculture students established the first Women’s Agriculture Society in the United States, and…

Sports & Recreation

Taking a Stand

“Inside College Basketball’s Most Political Locker Room” was the New York Times headline for a fall story that featured Badgers Nigel Hayes, Jordan Hill, and Bronson Koenig. In September, Koenig joined protests against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Days before the article, Hayes and Hill stood one step behind…

The Arts

Spring Fashion ShowSpring 2017

In the moments before the music begins, the nervous energy is palpable. Nearly three dozen student models line up along a wall in a second-floor hallway inside Nancy Nicholas Hall. Some hold shoes in their hands, waiting until the last moment to step into gravity- defying…

Campus History

Diversity’s Complex HistoryWinter 2016

Jeff Miller When some schools barred the door, UW–Madison welcomed black students from around the country who then went on to successful careers in journalism, law, medicine, and a host of other fields. “When I told my dad I was going to Wisconsin, he…

Student Life

SOARSummer 2016

For most Badgers, it’s the first time to meet other new students. It’s the first chance to schedule classes. And it’s the first opportunity to learn the lyrics to “Varsity.”