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UWPD investigating racist graffiti in Wisconsin Institute of Discovery

The University of Wisconsin Police Department is investigating a racist graffiti image found Monday in the first floor restroom of the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery, according to UWPD Public Information Officer Marc Lovicott. The graffiti was found around 7:20 p.m. Lovicott estimates the image was drawn late afternoon Monday between 3:30 and 7 p.m.


No criminal or hate crime charges to be filed against student in Sellery altercation

The UW-Madison Police Department will not file any criminal or hate crime charges against the student who was the aggressor in the Saturday Sellery Residence Hall altercation, according to UWPD Public Information Officer Marc Lovicott. Lovicott said there is “no evidence that racial discrimination” played a role in the altercation between the UW-Madison student Matthew Hseih and several other residents in Sellery Hall. In an interview earlier in the week, one of the students who reported the incident to the university, freshman Synovia Knox, said Hseih did insult her with hateful language directed toward her class and race. UWPD cited the student with disorderly conduct and underage possession of alcohol earlier in the week.


As reports of discrimination pile up, Blank announces new initiatives

UW-Madison freshman Synovia Knox was in a Sellery hallway with several friends from the 9th Cohort of First Wave the night before their Line Breaks performance that covered issues of racism, classism and sexism—when a male resident shoved her and spat in her face. During the assault, the aggressor, who was intoxicated, hurled hateful language about race and socioeconomic status at Knox and three other First Wave scholars: Maryam Muhammad, Nora Laine Herzog and Francisco Velazquez.

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Artificial eye that can see in the dark created by UW-Madison researchers

UW–Madison engineers have created an artificial eye that can see in the dark and be used for search-and-rescue robots, surgical scopes, telescopes and recreational purposes, including night photography. Hongru Jiang, a UW-Madison professor of computer and biomedical engineering and the study’s author, said he gained inspiration for the artificial eye from unique cells that make up the retina of elephant nose fish, according to a university release.


Computer science program aims to make technology open for all

To combat the decline of female and minority graduates in computer science, UW-Madison’s Department of Computer Sciences is offering the Wisconsin Emerging Scholars-Computer Sciences program to recruit a broader cross section of students to the field. The program enhances the department’s introductory programming course with small-group, peer-led learning.


BlackOut reissues demands during third protest of the Board of Regents

Nearly 40 students walked out of class March 10 as part of the BlackOut movement to protest the UW System’s mandatory standardized testing requirement for application at the Board of Regents meeting. The students stood up roughly an hour into their third Board of Regents protest and began to recite their list of six demands, which are focused on improving inclusivity and diversity on UW campuses. When the students started to yell, the Board of Regents quickly called a recess. “At this point it’s a clear recognition that the Board of Regents just doesn't care,” said Kenneth Cole, a UW-Madison senior and co-leader of BlackOut.

The GreenHouse Learning Community is housed in Leopold Residence Hall, and it holds 93 enrolled students who can get hands-on experience in the dorm's greenhouse. 

GreenHouse community plants importance of sustainability in residents’ minds

Hidden in the depths of the Lakeshore neighborhood residence halls is a living option with a feature unique to it: Aldo Leopold Residence Hall, which holds a small greenhouse on its roof, home to the GreenHouse Learning Community. GreenHouse is a group that allows students to learn about the environment and sustainability through doing hands-on experiments, reading materials by conservationist Aldo Leopold himself and other tools. The 93 UW-Madison students living in the learning community are given the opportunity to register for GreenHouse seminars; one is offered as an introductory course in the fall semester that students are highly encouraged to take, and four more are available in the spring that focus on various environmental topics, including globalization, agroecology and clothes-making. “There’s a lot of ‘DIY’ stuff that we do,” said Alan Turnquist, the GreenHouse Learning Community program coordinator.

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Woman arrested after violently resisting police officer near Gordon's

An altercation turned physical late Sunday night when UWPD officers attempted to intervene in an argument between two people outside of Gordon's Dining and Event Center, according to witnesses on the scene. Two UW-Madison students alerted a police officer near the scene as an argument began to escalate and an officer then tried to mediate the situation.


UW-Madison investigating incident of discrimination where three students were spat on, pushed

University Housing is leading an investigation into an incident of discrimination that occurred early Saturday morning in Sellery residence hall, according to an email sent to First Wave Scholars from Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer Patrick Sims. A student reportedly pushed three residents of Sellery Hall at roughly 2 a.m. The aggressor also spat on one of the students, according to an email sent to Sellery Hall residents later Saturday morning. No further details of the incident have been provided yet, but the email from Sims said the incident “affected the First Wave community.”



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