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Saving pinball

Photo: Roger Sharpe with pinball machines

In 1976, as the New York City Council reexamined the city’s ban on pinball as gambling, UW alumnus Roger Sharpe testified that the game involves more skill than luck. After he successfully called several shots on a machine of the council’s choosing, the officials had seen enough. They voted unani-mously to lift the ban, and Mayor Abraham Beame signed it into law. “So I’m now a historical footnote,” Sharpe quips.

Top Stories

Commencement will affect traffic and parking

Photo: graduate in cap and gown

If you need to be on campus this weekend, be prepared for traffic and parking changes to accommodate commencement and residence halls move-out. Commencement visitors will get their pick of campus lots, and some streets around Camp Randall Stadium will have restricted traffic and parking.

What is #TheRealUW? Perspectives from Wei LAB

Photo: Jerlando F. L. Jackson

Two recent arrests for graffiti on campus — anti-racist in one case, anti-Semitic in the other — represent "the two poles of what many have called a toxic environment for people of color on the UW-Madison campus," says Wei LAB's "The Lab Report" blog. Jerlando F. L. Jackson and former UW officials analyze the situation.

Friday the 13th is your lucky day at the DoIT Tech Stores

One day only! On Friday, May 13, get $100 off Macs, $50 off iPads, treats all day, and more at the DoIT Tech Stores.

Around Campus

Simon team deciphers carrot genome

Photo: Bunches of carrots

Why are carrots so good for you? What gives them their vivid colors? Scientists have greater insight into these and other questions now that a team led by Phil Simon has deciphered the carrot's genome. Simon says the knowledge may point to ways to improve the crop: "Now, we have the chance to dig deeper."

Employees who work with students honored

Photo: James Skemp holding award

The Student Personnel Association recognized the work of seven UW-Madison employees who work in student services at its 2016 reception in April. The SPA exists to create cross-campus connections among people who work with students to support, enhance and reinforce the university's learning mission.

Odyssey graduates overcame obstacles

Photo: Odyssey graduate reading poem

Twenty-seven smiling faces beamed from the stage in Union South’s Varsity Hall last week. Friends, family and well-wishers shouted encouragement. A piano and conga played “Sunny.” The Odyssey Project’s graduation ceremony emphasized positive feelings, despite the students’ often painful journeys.

Tsunamis from the sky? Look to Lake Michigan

Photo: Lake Michigan waves in front of Chicago skyline

As if worrying about rip currents and rogue waves on the Great Lakes isn't enough, now Wisconsin Sea Grant researchers are learning more about another cause for concern: meteotsunamis. Instead of being caused by earthquakes, meteotsunamis are formed by strong storms that move over the water.  

Outside UW

Baldwin Endowment funds projects with impact

Photo: Man with dog at clinic

Projects large and small will help the university contribute knowledge across the state, thanks to the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. This year, nine grants of up to $120,000 were awarded as well as 11 mini-grants of up to $4,000 to encourage innovation and experimentation in small-scale projects.

Campus Initiatives

Working at UW has quick links to campus services

Check out the On Campus section of the new employee website Working at UW for links to parking and transportation, dining, technology, entertainment, and other resources you can use both personally and professionally. Bookmark Working at UW for quick access to a wide range of UW-Madison information.


Three graduates’ three graduates

Photo: Erica Tessmann, Thomas Larson and Mikaela Breunig

The boom boxes and big hair of 1986 have given way to today’s Twitter and “Game of Thrones.” But through three decades of change, tradition still matters. Three CALS graduates from 1986, who’ve been tight friends for the long haul, will see three of their children graduate together Saturday at Camp Randall.


Comings and goings in Athletics

Photo: Tam Flarup

Tam Flarup (left), the longtime UW Athletics communications director, has announced her retirement effective Aug. 31. And Daron Jones was named the division's director of external engagement. Jones will be responsible for comprehensive guest services operations and enhancing the fan experience.

Culver to lead journalism ethics center

Photo: Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Assistant Professor Kathleen Bartzen Culver has been named director of the Center for Journalism Ethics in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The center hosts an annual conference for journalists, students and the public each spring, most recently focused on race, ethnicity and media ethics.

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