The Beloved Badger Bash

Fall 2022

The pregame party has grown from low-key to high-powered.

How Summer Nights Got Hot

Summer 2022

The Terrace music series became a sensation in the ’80s and is poised for a comeback.

A Little Creepy but Totally Quiet

Spring 2022

Studying in Memorial Library’s cages has been a rite of passage for generations of students.

The Newspaper That Refused to Die

Winter 2021

Isthmus returns to the racks after shutting down during the pandemic.

The UW’s Loudest Sound

Fall 2021

The steam whistle signals boaters while startling Terrace crowds.

The World’s Greatest Garage Sale

Spring 2021

The SWAP shop gives new life to UW surplus while helping the environment.

Statue of Liberty 3.0

Winter 2020

The rise, fall, and rise of a beloved UW tradition

A Place Where You Belong

Fall 2020

The Multicultural Student Center offers a safe haven for students of color.

The Sound of a Madison Summer

Summer 2020

Pack a picnic for Concerts on the Square.

Walking, Talking, and Gawking

Spring 2020

The official UW–Madison tour brings a magical campus to life.

Food and Fellowship at UW Hillel

Winter 2019

Students and community members bond at traditional Shabbat dinners.

The Birth of Bucky Badger’s Push-Ups

Fall 2019

Here's the definitive account of how and when the tradition began.

The Rise of Women’s Studies

Summer 2019

Strength in numbers: a women-led UW faculty group meets in 1975 for the formation of what has become the Department of Gender…

Union Weddings

Spring 2019

The Wisconsin Union has hosted hundreds of weddings during the past 90 years.

Wheelhouse Studios

Winter 2018

Where the campus community gets creative.


Fall 2018

On the one night of the year when it’s perfectly acceptable to be someone (or something) else, there are sure to be just as…

Learning to Sail

Summer 2018

It was a gray Friday afternoon, cloudy and unusually chilly for September, with a heavy chance of rain. Most of the sailing classes offered…

Sailing Through the Years

Summer 2018

On a campus situated between two lakes, it’s only natural that students take advantage of the water. Just two years after the Hoofer

Becoming Bucky

Spring 2018

Each spring, a small group of students vies for the chance to become the most visible member of the UW’s Spirit Squad: Bucky Badger.

Winter Carnival

Winter 2017

Bryce Richter

When frigid temperatures have settled in and sunny skies are rare, what could bring UW students out of their…

Photo Gallery: Hoofers Winter Carnival

Winter 2017

Even Wisconsin’s harshest winters haven’t stopped students at its flagship university from outdoor antics. A tradition since the early 20th century, the UW’s

Marching Band Auditions

Fall 2017

Stop at the top!

Venetian Night

Summer 2017

For one night a year from 1911 until 1930, the shores of Lake Mendota sparkled with old-world charm.

Spring Fashion Show

Spring 2017

In the moments before the music begins, the nervous energy is palpable.

Nearly three dozen student models line up along a…

Distinguished Lecture Series

Winter 2016

Photo by Jeff Miller

UW–Madison’s long-standing tradition of fearless sifting and winnowing is rekindled each year through the

Ask Helen C.

Fall 2016

Bryce Richter

Even in today’s era of selfies and Snapchat, a bulletin board in the corner of the


Summer 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.”

Annual Spring Powwow

Spring 2016

Jeff Miller

Too often, we’re tempted to experience much of our world through the lens of a cell phone…

Bascom Hill Snowball Fights

Winter 2015

The winter battle between the Southeast and Lakeshore residence halls is epic.

Dane County Farmers’ Market

Fall 2015

It could be the cheese curds and the spicy cheese bread that set it apart. After all, the market is tucked into the heart of America’s Dairyland. Or perhaps it’s the fact that — with one hundred and sixty vendors offering their goods each week — the market is the nation’s largest producer-only farmers’ market.

A Cappella Groups

Summer 2015

With their voices becoming the instruments, six student groups are making beautiful music on campus and beyond.

Displays on Bascom Hill

Spring 2015

The Pail and Shovel Party was onto something: if you want to get your message across, take it to Bascom Hill.

Union South Bowling

Winter 2014

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

Student Football Tickets

Fall 2014

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

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

Walking on the Lake

Winter 2013

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

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

Lakeside Cinema

Summer 2013

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

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.