With just more than six weeks before the fall semester begins on UW campuses, the system’s administrators unveiled a program designed to give students an added incentive to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
For today’s show, Tuesday host Carousel Bayrd talks about uncovering UW–Madison’s campus history with Kacie Lucchini Butcher, director of the Public History Project. They discuss some of the project’s research, including fraternity ties to the Ku Klux Klan, housing discrimination, blackface and minstrelsy on campus, and the UWPD.
Reports of cheating and other forms of academic misconduct increased substantially at six of the University of Wisconsin System’s 13 universities when classes were moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Administrators say increased student stress was a major contributor, and they expect misconduct reports to decrease once more classes are taught in person.
David Kahl, the man charged with killing a University of Wisconsin-Madison student in 2008, has entered a not guilty plea.
David A. Kahl is accused of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of 21-year-old Brittany Zimmermann, who investigators say was stabbed and strangled. The 21-year-old from Marshfield was studying Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the time.
A single vehicle was involved, and officers found it off the road, on its roof. According to a report, the car seemed to have flipped multiple times. Officers say the driver was headed east when they lost control at a curve in the road.
One person died, and the teenage driver and other teenage passengers were taken to the hospital after a vehicle rolled Friday night.
One of the four passengers was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and three other passengers, all of whom were in their teens, were transported to a local hospital and later released.
The University of Wisconsin football team is over 85% vaccinated from COVID-19, according to coach Paul Chryst. Speaking with local reporters Friday at the Big Ten Conference football media days, Chryst said there was an instant surge of vaccination among his players once shots were available, and their total has climbed over 85% over the summer.
UW-Madison Police Department officers were called around 9:45 p.m. for a crash on Lake Mendota Drive near Frautschi Point, police said in a statement. The vehicle appeared to have flipped several times and had come to a rest on its roof, police said.
Noted: While some higher education institutions like the University of Wisconsin-Madison and The Johns Hopkins University feature sophisticated and user-friendly websites, and their leaders have instituted efficient, unencumbered application processes, college applicants may encounter inept websites and application processes when applying at many other institutions.
Abbie Esterline, a fifth-year student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, found herself missing fewer classes during the pandemic.
She has several chronic illnesses, such as gastroparesis and fibromyalgia, that can make it difficult to go in person to a classroom.
Quoted: Ryan Poe-Gavlinski is clinical director of the Victims of Crimes Act Restraining Order Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She said creating a lifetime protective order would put survivors of assault “in the driver’s seat.”
“If someone has committed sexual assault and that’s been determined, either at the (civil) restraining order level or through a criminal court, there’s no reason that that perpetrator needs to have contact with that victim going forward,” Poe-Gavlinksi said.
Worries are rising among some UW-Madison employees as the school year approaches, the delta variant of the coronavirus sweeps across unvaccinated pockets of the U.S. and university leaders plan to reopen without a mask mandate or vaccine requirement.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank issued an apology after UW-Madison and five other UW System schools announced plans to start the 2021 school year on a holy Jewish holiday will remain in place.
The developers, many of whom have done major projects in the city, responded to a city request for proposals for the project, which reimagines the prominent site at 415 N. Lake St., just a half block off State Street and Library Mall.
“This is an overlap which we should have identified when schedules were being set,” Blank said in the campuswide email. “Our process didn’t work in this instance and for that I’m deeply sorry. The first day of classes is a significant occasion and especially so this year as we return to in-person instruction — after last year, many students want the excitement and sense of belonging that comes with the first day of classes.”
Eating disorders like the one Natalie struggles with typically begin between 18 and 21 years of age. The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the number of students seeking treatment for eating disorders and other mental health issues. The amount of students requesting care at UW-Madison’s University Health Services (UHS) has increased, and students with pre-existing conditions have also been triggered.
Milwaukee Bucks fans tuned in to game six of the NBA finals from all across the state. In Madison, one watch party was at the Memorial Union Terrace on UW-Madison’s campus.
Less than a month after the NCAA ruled college athletes can profit from their names, image and likeness some Badgers Football players have begun to reap the benefits.
On July 1, the NCAA adopted a temporary policy to suspend rules that banned college athletes from getting paid for the use of their names, images and likeness. It was a significant shift but a small part of a larger debate over whether students should be paid to compete in college sporting events.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank is apologizing for a university decision to start the school year on the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana.
In a statement, UW Hillel President Greg Steinberger said the organization notified the UW administration about the beginning of the school year’s overlap with Rosh Hashanah seven months ago.
Students at the University of Wisconsin in Madison will not be required to be vaccinated, although the university says that it expects most will get one of the vaccines. Less than two hours away, at the private Marquette University in Milwaukee, students must get the vaccine.
The UW School of Medicine and Public Health has been selected as the first site of the National LGBTQ+ Fellowship Program to train early-career doctors to understand and respond to the needs of LGBTQ+ patients.
In a welcome change, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway unveiled plans last week to “likely” remove city buses from the lower half of State Street in Downtown Madison. Doing so would make way for a true pedestrian mall with cafes, public art, live music, trees, kiosks and fun events — without any motorized vehicle traffic. The street is already off-limits to most cars and trucks, but not buses.
Foster, 22, passed away on July 2 from medical complications sustained during surgery. He was remembered by his fellow peers, scholars and fraternity brothers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a person who could easily put others at ease and bring out the best in anyone.
A man charged more than a year ago with the 2008 killing of UW-Madison student Brittany Zimmermann was ordered Thursday to stand trial after a judge ruled prosecutors had presented enough evidence to show probable cause he is responsible.
A Dane County judge says there is enough evidence to move forward in the case of the man accused in the 2008 murder of UW-Madison student Brittany Zimmermann.
UW-Madison housing officials say they’re expecting an increase in students living on campus this upcoming school year. Many of them are incoming freshman and right now, the university is working to make room in the dorms.“Students are excited to have that on campus experience,” said Brendon Dybdahl, Director of Marketing & Communications for UW-Madison’s Division of University Housing.
Director of Marketing and Communications for University Housing at UW-Madison, Brendon Dybdahl explained, “The rooms are actually a pretty good size, especially some of those dens that are being used as quads. There’s there’s a lot of square footage there for them. And they wind up being pretty popular because there’s a lot of people in the room, and they just kind of become a hub of activity.”
UW-Madison is experiencing an unprecedented influx of students seeking on-campus housing — sparking thoughts and concerns among the incoming class.
An increase in demand for on-campus housing has left the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Housing division scrambling to fit all of its residents this fall.
With just over a month-and-a-half until students return to the University of Wisconsin-Madison residence halls, university officials say 92.5% of those who plan to live on campus plan to be fully vaccinated by the time they move in.
The University is planning for a fully in-person semester as they continue to monitor COVID-19 trends. While students are encouraged to get vaccinated, it is not required. Students living in residence halls who are not fully vaccinated will be required to test at move-in and weekly through the academic year.
According to a survey conducted by the Division of University Housing in late June, another 3.2% of students who plan to live on campus said they plan to get vaccinated once they get on campus.
A survey conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison has found 92.5% of incoming dorm residents will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of classes this fall.
Katie Nash, the head archivist at UW-Madison, read aloud snippets from pandemic-era headlines torn from newspapers. The clippings were cut out and pasted onto a collage designed by a retired UW-Madison professor to depict the heart-wrenching sentiments and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.
Major engineering schools in the state, such as UW-Madison and Marquette University, have diversity numbers that reflect the national data. “We do know that we need to increase diversity in engineering, at the undergraduate level, the graduate level, the staff level and the faculty level,” said Ian Robertson, dean of the College of Engineering at UW-Madison.
The Sunset Lounge & Outdoor Restaurant is the Memorial Union’s first full-service restaurant.
Concert on Market Street featured “Echoes of Camp Randall” Tuesday evening, ringing in the Badger spirit less than two months from UW-Madison’s first home game.
Climate activists on the UW-Madison campus have long argued that the university foundation’s investments in fossil fuel companies are immoral. Now they’re arguing that those investments are illegal, too.
Johannes Wallmann got the recording of his new jazz album “Elegy For An Undiscovered Species” in just under the wire. The director of jazz studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison brought 14 musicians, including a string section, together in the Hamel Music Center for a week in late February 2020 to record the tracks for the album. Two weeks later, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down everything.
The University of Wisconsin System campuses that inadvertently scheduled the first day of fall classes on Rosh Hashanah are moving ahead with the same start date despite calls from Jewish leaders and more than a dozen faith groups to change it.
The University of Wisconsin Law School may pare back some of its yearlong clinics in a change the school argues could increase student participation but some students fear would threaten the quality of their education and the work they do for clients.
Chris McIntosh joked Thursday that his first day as athletic director at the University of Wisconsin came amid a lull in college athletics.
Officials at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say that even without a vaccine mandate, they expect at least 80 percent of the campus population will be vaccinated against COVID-19 this fall.
Noted: Some athletes have already begun making plans to cash in on their renown. Jordan Bohannon, a men’s basketball player at the University of Iowa, has announced plans for an apparel line that will debut on Thursday, and the University of Wisconsin’s starting quarterback, Graham Mertz, posted a video with a personal logo.
The Terrace is back open to everyone, but capacity is still capped at 35%, or to put in terms of Sunburst chairs, 1,700, out of what Communications Director Shauna Breneman calls “an abundance of caution.”
In 2011, the computer science major at the University of Wisconsin – Madison had about 200 students. Today, it has more than 2,000. It’s now the largest major on campus, and it’s expected to keep growing.“I used to teach a class which I called a big class, which would have 60 or 70 students in it. Now this fall I’m slated to teach a course that will probably have 350 people in it,” said Department Chair Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau.
UW is aiming for approximately an 80% vaccination rate for students this fall, according to the press release.
In 2011, the computer science major at the University of Wisconsin – Madison had about 200 students. Today, it has more than 2,000. It’s now the largest major on campus, and it’s expected to keep growing.
Students, faculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will not be required to take a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of returning to campus, according to a recent announcement from the Big Ten university.
After enrollment lagged last year due to COVID-19, the University of Wisconsin System has seen a 29% increase in applications for the upcoming academic year, an early indication that students are still willing to invest in college after an uncertain year.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison said this week it will not require COVID-19 vaccinations this fall, as a growing minority of campuses across the country, including in the Big Ten, are doing so.
Officials are ramping up efforts to reach minority and other underrepresented high school graduates and get them to enroll at UW System schools.
When University of Wisconsin officials announced in February they were determined to have no restrictions on attendance at Camp Randall Stadium during the 2021 season, they acknowledged they were choosing to be optimistic.
After a 16-month hiatus from in-person screenings, UW Cinematheque has announced its summer programming series which begins Wednesday, June 30, marking its return to its screening room at 4070 Vilas Hall, 821 University Ave.
University of Wisconsin System campuses saw a jump in freshman applications for the fall semester, which could be due in part to a recent streamlining of the application process.
Dr. LaVar Charleston has been appointed University of Wisconsin–Madison’s chief diversity officer, deputy vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, vice provost, and Elzie Higginbottom Director of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA).
University of Wisconsin officials announced Wednesday that sporting events will have full capacity after being restricted to only players and coaches’ families last season due to COVID-19. Officials also announced key dates regarding ticket sales for football games.