Hello, my name is Jonah. Invariably, when I introduce myself at weekly recovery programs I am greeted with a chorus of “Hello Jonah,” from a group united by our challenges coping with friends or family who have alcohol problems. I go because I am a senior at UW-Madison who is a non-drinker. Friends old and new ask all the time why I don’t drink. “It’s just a personal choice,” “I never have,” “I have a bad family history,” I usually respond. I rarely ever tell people—even my closest friends—what the answer really comes down to. I’m terrified alcohol would take my life away.
It was the early years of the Women’s Studies Program at UW-Madison, and students in Susan Friedman’s “Images of Women” discussion section were talking about challenges many women in the 1970s may have been struggling with, but could never discuss in an academic setting. “My husband won’t let me come to class until I’ve cleaned the oven,” Friedman remembers one student saying, in response to analyzing an advertisement depicting a similar scene. Such an opportunity to analyze deeply personal and social issues in an academic setting gained formal structure in 1975, when the Women’s Studies Program—becoming the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies in 2008—was born at UW-Madison. “It’s an academic subject.
No. 4 Wisconsin received a fitting welcome to the Big Ten season three games in, outlasting Purdue 62-55 in an ugly, competitive game Wednesday.
It was quite thematic of the Badgers’ season.
After four unbearably long years, World Cup season returns and is coming to its spiritual home in Brazil. To preview this month-long celebration, here are my picks for what to expect at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. For each category, I first give an answer that is more on the obvious side, followed by a not-so-obvious answer that significantly less people are talking about. Finally, I give my predicted winner and break down why I see them hoisting the trophy at the Maracanã in Rio De Janeiro July 13.