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What keeps Gary going?

Photo: Gary Andersen

Since last spring, Gary Andersen has been wearing a wrist band with the inscription, "Players make plays, players win games." He explained to Mike Lucas in Varsity Magazine, "It's something I believe in. You put your money where your mouth is as a coach day-in and day-out and we believe in taking care of the players." As a new season dawns, learn what makes the new coach tick. (Photo by Jeff Miller) Related: New amenities for fans.

Top Stories

The things they couldn’t leave home without

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Move-in week is full of excitement and nervousness, greetings and goodbyes — and, well, stuff. Some of our first-year students moving into residence halls took a break from unpacking to show off their most precious belongings and explain why they just couldn’t leave these items behind.

New chancellor to welcome new students

Photo: Rebecca Blank

For Rebecca Blank, the fall semester will bring many campus "firsts." She shares this with the incoming class of first-year and transfer students, whom she'll officially welcome at the 2013 Chancellor's Convocation Friday at the Kohl Center. She's talking to deans, directors and department chairs today and welcomed new faculty earlier in the week. Related: Live stream at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Help students find career success

September is “Career and Internship Exploration Month.” Encourage students to think about career development goals and to attend one of the many events happening this month.

Around Campus

UW earns high ranking from Washington Monthly

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Washington Monthly magazine’s 2013 College Guide puts UW-Madison at No. 15 of the Best National Universities, up from an 18th-place ranking last year. The only Big Ten university placing higher was the University of Michigan at No. 12.

Ground broken for long-planned library shelving facility

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Monday, Aug. 19 marked a “momentous day” for the UW Libraries. After almost 20 years of discussing plans for a new library shelving facility, a groundbreaking ceremony was held. The new Verona Shelving Facility will provide one million inches of space for the hundreds of thousands of books which will find a home there next spring.

Inside Info

For students, it pays to be focused on finances

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Paying for a college education is a major investment for most families. But by staying on top of financial matters and following some basic guidelines, students and their parents can get the best return on their investment. J. Michael Collins, UW-Extension family and consumer economics specialist, has tips.


Wear red Friday for College Colors Day

On Friday, don your favorite cardinal and white gear and show your Badger pride. College Colors Day is an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit. You can also vote on Facebook for UW as the top College Colors Day school.


Chavez recognized for scholarship in rhetoric

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Karma R. Chavez, an assistant professor of rhetoric, politics and culture in the Department of Communication Arts, has been selected to receive this year’s Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award, which promotes "philosophical, historical, or critical scholarship in rhetoric and public discourse.”

In the Media

Pamela Oliver: Advice for new hires

Pamela Oliver, professor of sociology, is embarking on her second term as department chair. Over the years, she's collected 11 tips for new assistant professors, which she recently shared in


Workshop to explore human microbiome

As scientists come to better understand the importance of the human microbiome, the potential for advancing human health is enormous. This emerging field will be explored in a Sept. 20 workshop to be sponsored by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging and the Center for Demography and Ecology.

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