As students shuffled from booth to booth at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s fall student organization fair, many took wide berths around a certain org’s table. Others approached with questions and inquisitive looks.
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Tragic news, folks. Freakfest, Madison’s iconic downtown Halloween celebration, will be cancelled for the second year in a row due to COVID-19.
On May 26, 2021, the New York Times made the last update to its COVID-19 tracker for U.S. colleges and universities — the first full school year since the pandemic began had come to an end. The University of Wisconsin-Madison may not have medaled for most cases of coronavirus in the country, but it did come in fourth with 7,708.
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Students have long flocked to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to take advantage of its nationally-ranked research programs, reputation for innovation and upgraded facilities.
Since last summer, the city of Madison has seen many fresh new faces emerge in local politics and activism. From alder candidates to community leaders, residents have expressed being called to action after the May protests downtown — but not all of them have been so quick to step in the spotlight.
Each year, before classes begin, newly admitted students to the University of Wisconsin-Madison are welcomed to campus to receive their very own Wiscard — the “key to campus life” carried by every student. The beloved “Wiscard Lady” Almaz Yimam, cup of black coffee in hand, has long been the first face that greets them.
District 8 alder candidate Juliana Bennett released a statement Wednesday morning condemning a Facebook post made by her political opponent Ayomi Obuseh.
'Perkins borrowers are being failed again': UW withholds debt relief to loan holders amidst the pandemic
Last March, the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provided for the suspension of loan payments, stopped collections on defaulted loans and set a 0% interest rate on Department of Education-owned federal student loans. The measure was extended three times over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing for much-needed relief for loan hoalders.
“Asian is not the virus; racism is”: Hundreds march for Asian American lives in downtown Madison after Atlanta shootings
Residents and students took to the downtown area Thursday night to march for an end to the violence against Asian Americans, following a series of shootings targeting Asian Americans that took place in Atlanta earlier this week.
The Public Safety Review Committee voted 4-2 on Wednesday to recommend that the City Council not pursue using police body-worn cameras either in a pilot program or a full deployment. The Equal Opportunities Commission echoed the review committee’s concerns Thursday, voting against the pilot program 8-2.
The UW-Madison Public History Project published the results of a year-long research endeavor Monday morning, detailing the creation and contentious early years of an organization that may feel like it has been on campus forever:
The Dane County Board voted in favor of paying architecture and engineering firm Mead & Hunt an additional $717,000 for the reconstruction of the Dane County jail Thursday night.
Public Health Madison & Dane County reported 150 “suspected” cases of reinfection in Dane County on Thursday — a drastic increase from earlier estimates.
The Student Services Finance Committee discussed budgets for RecWell and the Wisconsin Union Thursday night, prompting tense discussion on the ethics of raising segregated fees during a pandemic.
Walking the Lakeshore Path after nightfall is not for the faint of heart. Not only does the trail suffer from non-existent lighting, aside from the streaks of moonlight through the trees, but it lacks access points for police or escape routes for walkers. This renders the path unusable at night — except for those walking in groups, keys clenched between their knuckles with their phones out and ready to call 911.
UW-Madison confirmed Friday that recovered students have been reinfected with COVID-19, though county and city-wide reinfection cases remain low.
The Nicholas Recreation Center is home to 30,000 square feet of fitness space, eight courts, five studios and an Olympic size pool. But while the facility continues to operate at 25% capacity due to COVID-19, these spaces can fill up fast, resulting in long lines and even longer wait times.
In an attempt to avoid legal challenges from the UW System, the ASM Reserve Board unanimously recommended an amendment to the COVID Student Relief Fund Friday morning, creating the position of “Mask Ambassador” pending the student council’s approval.
University Police Chief Kristen Roman has banned the display of “Thin Blue Line” imagery following Jan. 6’s insurrection at the Capitol in which extremists waved Thin Blue Line flags, effective immediately.