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Thursday, February 25, 2021

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A weekend of competitive sports organized by members of the Wisconsin Black Student Union  aims to get people to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate diversity.

First-ever Wisco-lympics event aims to bring students together

The Wisconsin Black Student Union and the Wisconsin Association for Black Men will host a weekend of competitive team sports in order to engage various student groups with the outdoors.  The event, called Wisco-lympics, will consist of two days of outdoor activities including basketball and volleyball tournaments. The games will take place at the Lakeshore basketball courts on April 20 and the Sellery courts on April 21.

The UW Band Spring Show this week will be the last performance directed by veteran band-director Mike Leckrone. 

UW Band director to give last performance after 50 years

Beloved UW-Madison Varsity Band Director Mike Leckrone faces his final curtain call this weekend at the band’s annual spring concert at the Kohl Center.  For 50 years, Leckrone has been directing the band on the Madison campus, bleeding Badger pride with every musical note. After half of a century of endless rehearsals and performances, he will conduct his final shows this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Turning off the lights, recycling, and taking the bus instead of using a car are just a few ways UW-Madison students can reduce their ecological footprint, and maintain the beauty of our campus.  

Lakeshore Nature Preserve updates master plan, seeks student input

The UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve is currently updating their decade-old master plan by creating a comprehensive strategic planning process to guide the use and management of the preserve. In 2006, the preserve created a master plan with the goal of protecting its natural features and providing enjoyment for the community. Now, with hopes of improving the preserve, UW-Madison students are being asked to contribute to the planning process by completing a survey about their use of the preserve. 

UW Health hosted a summit aimed at improving inclusivity for members of the LGBT+ community. 

Debut of Wisconsin LGBTQ+ Health summit introduces plans to eliminate health disparities

Through policy change, staff integration and more welcoming spaces, the UW-Madison School of Nursing aimed to create more positive relationships between medical practitioners and LGBTQ+ patients by hosting the first Wisconsin LGBTQ+ Health Summit.  The summit aimed to provide an opportunity for LGBTQ+ community members to navigate resources, educate healthcare providers on how to improve the health of LGBTQ+ individuals and create a public space for both groups to effectively communicate.

The first annual Wisconsin Womxn Lead Gala arrived at UW-Madison Wednesday, celebrating 150 years of women at UW-Madison. 

UW women undergraduates recognized for leadership roles on campus

Dozens of undergraduate women in leadership flocked to Memorial Union to be honored at the first annual Wisconsin Womxn Lead Gala for the work they have done in the community relating to women’s equality and overall success Wednesday.  The Gala took place to honor 53 nominees, who were appointed by their peers for demonstrating exceptional leadership in the Madison community. 

UW-Madison Arboretum became a national historic site.

Wisconsin Arboretum granted listing in National Historic Site Register

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum recently became a national historic site, as it is recognized as the birthplace of ecological restoration of prairie ecological communities.  In order to be listed on the register, a property must be at least 50 years old and demonstrate its significance in architecture, its association with a person of historic importance, its archaeological potential, or its history — which can include conservation. 

Panel of experts meets with UW-Madison community members at Memorial Union to discuss Greek life on campus. 

Access to alcohol among concerns expressed in external Greek Life review session

UW-Madison representatives expressed their concerns and suggestions about the university’s Greek community to a panel of experts at an open session held at Memorial Union Monday.  Representatives from University Housing, University Health Services and UW-Madison Greek Chapters along with other community members gathered at an open session held as part of an external review of UW-Madison’s Greek community, to lend their input on what works successfully in the Greek community on campus and what needs to be changed. 

UW-Madison Asian American Studies Program faculty host teach-in outside the Overture after “Miss Saigon” panel canceled. 

‘Miss Saigon’ discussion cancellation deepens rift between Overture, UW-Madison Asian American Studies Program

After receiving backlash for misrepresenting Asian narratives, a panel discussion on the Broadway musical “Miss Saigon” was organized to provide community members an opportunity to share concerns about the controversial musical. The panel, “Perspectives on Miss Saigon: History and Community,” organized by UW-Madison’s Asian American Studies Program in collaboration with the Overture Center for the Arts, was canceled Wednesday — less than 24 hours before the event.

UW-Madison researchers find that something as simple as turning off a light could save a life in new energy conservation study. 

New study shows turning off the lights could save a life

A team of UW-Madison researchers released new data that shows saving energy, even by simply turning off a light switch, can save consumers’ lives.   The team’s study, which was recently released in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, correlated reduced energy consumption to improved public health through decreased save lives by decreasing the adverse health effects attributed to air pollution.

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