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‘Some come every single day’: Wisconsin college students’ use of campus food pantries soars this year

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A ribbon-cutting event for a former storage room marked a milestone for Milwaukee Area Technical College.

MATC converted the small space at its Walker’s Square campus into a food pantry that opened Tuesday. It’s the last of MATC’s five campuses to open a food pantry for students, all of which launched within the last year.

The pantries couldn’t have come at a better time.

Soaring food costs have college students feeling the pinch. The need is especially great at Walker’s Square, which is on the near south side in the heart of Milwaukee’s Latino community. Many students at the campus are enrolled in the GED or English as a Second Language programs while working minimum wage jobs that don’t provide enough to cover rent, gas, groceries and other expenses.

Artist Quanda Johnson explores Black beingness in new exhibit

The Capital Times

The dehumanization of these Black lives drew Quanda Johnson, a doctoral candidate in interdisciplinary theatre studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to think about the psychological lynching of being subjected to trauma for centuries as a result of American slavery and systemic racism.

Johnson’s artwork will be in the UW-Madison School of Education Art Gallery through February 2023. 

Fans asked to remain in Kohl Center following Badgers game due to police activity outside


Fans were asked to remain inside the Kohl Center following Tuesday night’s Badger men’s basketball game due to police activity outside the center.

UW-Madison issued a statement on Twitter saying towards the end of the game, Madison Police asked UW Athletics officials to keep fans inside as police “dealt with a situation outside.”

Team USA defeats Iran in pivotal match-up to advance in World Cup


Quoted: About 150 people gathered at the Memorial Union on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to watch the game. Eyes were glued to the projector screen.

“It’s really relieving,” said UW-Madison freshman Owen Weisse, adding that the game marked “the first time in eight years they’ve been in a World Cup.”

“It feels so awesome to actually qualify out of the group stage,” Weisse continued. His father gifted him a USA jersey during the school’s Thanksgiving break.

Wisconsin’s pandemic-era high school students are now in college. Some need more help

Noted: At UW-Madison, the most selective school in the state, it’s too early to say what, if any, academic recovery will be needed, according to John Zumbrunnen, the university’s vice provost for teaching and learning. There hasn’t been a spike in tutoring sessions. Nor has there been a higher rate of D and F grades awarded. But the university offered two semesters of a pass/fail grading policy, which “muddies the data picture for us.”

That’s not to say Zumbrunnen hasn’t fielded concerns from some instructors. In math, there’s been a slightly larger share of students placing into pre-calculus instead of calculus. A STEM instructor told him this year’s crop of students scored lower on a basic exam than in past years. He’s heard from a social sciences instructor who felt that students this fall weren’t quite as ready to read at a college level than in past years.

UW alum, international journalist Jacob Kushner gives lecture

Badger Herald

Kushner’s lecture, “Into Africa: Reporting on the Return of Other Peoples’ Things,” addressed the debate over Africa’s lost heritage and the nuances of the issue, including whether certain artifacts should be displayed in museums. Kushner discussed his recent National Geographic pieces regarding the Humboldt Forum in Germany.

UW Zoological Museum preserves over half a million animal specimens for research, education

The Badger Herald

On the fourth floor of Noland hall, a fully articulated chimpanzee skeleton and taxidermy wolf block the whiteboard in a discussion room. Cabinets line the walls, and inside researchers can find pinned bat specimens next to possum skins and the skulls of squirrel species native to Wisconsin. All these preserved animal specimens are part of the UW Zoological museum, which houses over half a million specimens to help researchers answer questions about animal morphology and ecology.

UW Odyssey Project looking for community support to purchase books for Odyssey family home libraries


The UW Odyssey Project, a program that takes a whole family approach to break the cycle of generational poverty through access to education, giving adult and youth learners a voice, and increasing confidence through reading, writing, and speaking, is embarking on a book drive this holiday season and hoping that the greater Madison community will give the gift of books to Odyssey families to help the program expand home libraries for its many Odyssey families.

UW System relaunches controversial free speech student survey

Wisconsin Examiner

The University of Wisconsin System sent a survey to students on Monday looking for their feelings about the state of free speech on the system’s campuses across the state.

The survey had previously been planned for May, but objections from chancellors, including by UW-Whitewater Chancellor James Henderson, who criticized the survey when he resigned from his post, caused it to be delayed.