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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Michael Makowski


New student-lead program aims to increase equitable access to the outdoors

With students at the lead, Hoofer Ambassadors places equity and inclusivity at the center of the conversation about accessing the outdoors.  The newly-formed, student-led program, Hoofer Ambassadors, places equity and inclusivity at the center of the conversation about accessing the outdoors.  The program took shape over the spring semester, and is a product of efforts to bring more inclusion to Hoofers, UW-Madison’s outdoors club.


Polar vortex, Lake Mendota ice demand discussion on climate change

Universities across Wisconsin canceled classes Wednesday due to extreme weather conditions, giving students the day off, but also bringing attention to a pertinent issue affecting the state —  climate change. Windchill temperatures accompanying a “polar vortex” reached 50 degrees below zero, prompting Gov. Tony Evers to sign an executive order that declared a state of emergency and closed non-essential state government offices.


Chazen’s ‘Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home’ creates awareness, opens dialogue around housing insecurity

Millions of people around the world lack access to shelter and refuge. Each year in Madison, over 3,500 people experience homelessness, according to Porchlight, a local organization that strives to reduce homelessness in Dane County by providing shelter, affordable housing and supportive services. At the end of November, a new art exhibit displaying difficult truths of the subject will make its way to the Chazen Museum of Art. “Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home,” is organized by Contemporary Craft, a gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Vos’ efforts come after Democratic nominee Joe Biden won Wisconsin by just 20,000 votes in the 2020 presidential election, including receiving a large influx of absentee ballot votes that were counted later in the night on Election Day. 

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