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My Winter Break

Well, winter break is over and I'm reminiscing about all the things I learned. I had some new experiences over break and would like to share them with you.

#1 New York is has a lot of people in the city during the holiday. I've never been to New York City before and decided to visit a friend for New Years. The streets were so crowded, I was actually happy to take the subway. Also during this trip I learned to not stand to close to the end of the subway platform because those cars fly through the stops.

#2 If a man with a top hat and a cloak gets on the subway, don't get off, you will miss something fabulous. While riding the subway home one night a short man with a large mustache, top hat and cloak got on our subway car. Needless to say he was a little intoxicated, told some hilarious jokes and serenaded the train car to a beautiful rendition of a song by Carol Burnett. I wish I would have videotaped it.

#3 Weddings are all about facial expressions, sit back and watch the awkwardness ensue. I haven't been to a wedding in a long time and was asked to go with my friend to one just a couple weeks ago. I didn't know the couple but boy was it fun to just watch the reactions from the bride, groom and family. Much like the picture below, the bride seemed slightly insane and the groom scared out of his mind, and well the wedding party was mostly just drunk. All in all it made for quite the reception.

So these are some of the things I learned and experienced over break. Do you have any good stories to tell?


Barry goes to the Hall of Fame

Today we are sending a proud congratulations to former Head Coach and current Athletic Director, Barry Alvarez. Yesterday Barry was inducted into the college football Hall of Fame. Everyone from Biddy Martin and current Head Coach Brett Bielema to former players and friends and family from Alvarez's home town, Burgettstown, were there to support the Hall of Fame inductee.

Here at the UWDC we just want to say that we are proud of you, Barry!

The image on the left is from 1990, before Barry changed the football helmets to show the motion W. If anyone would like to see more images of Barry, visit our UW-Madison Collection.


Cure for the Cold

Today I'm feeling a bit under the weather and thought I'd blog about some of my cures for the common cold.

My first cure is hot tea. Every time I'm sick I try and drink as much hot tea as I can. It warms me up and soothes my throat. This tea pot from our Decorative Arts Collection looks like it could hold some delicious tea! and its extremely intricate.

Also when I'm sick I always have a bowl of soup. Sometimes chicken noodle or french onion, yum I love hot soup. I've never tried cheeseburger soup, which is what this artist book at the left is titled, but you never know it could hit the spot!


The last thing I like to do when I'm sick is watch a ton of movies. Today I think I'll watch How To Train Your Dragon, which if you haven't seen is a movie about Vikings and Dragons. I know it's a kids movie but it's exactly what this cold needs. This image on the right is of a silver Viking ship with dragon heads. It looks like it could be right out of my movie!

I hope this combination cures my cold! What do you do to make yourself feel better when you're sick?


The First Snow

The weatherman is predicting what could be the first big snow fall of the winter season. Personally the first snow fall is my favorite. Everything is clean and crisp and people want to get out and play in the snow.

Isn't this image on the left beautiful, so peaceful and white.

So what type of things do you like to do when the first snow falls?

Some of you students at UW-Madison might be preparing for the giant snowball fight that occurs every year. The snow fight always congregates on Bascom Hill and spreads to the surrounding areas. The image on the left is what it looks like just before the students charge.

One thing I never understood is how people can still ride their bikes after it snows. I guarantee my face would hit the ground almost immediately. This little girl on the right doesn't seem to happy about riding her bike in the snow either.

I love the first snow. I plan on curling up with some hot tea and watching a movie, in between the studying that is. I hope you all have a fun first snow!


The Finals Daze

Everyone keeps saying that the semester is winding down to a close, but this couldn't be more wrong. The semester might be ending soon but it is far form winding down, it is actually winding up. The libraries are full, printers are running out of ink from printing final papers and students are getting less and less sleep. I would definitely not consider this winding down.

We thought we'd look through the pages of old Badger Yearbooks to see what past Badgers have said about their finals experience. On the left is an article from the 1977 yearbook, page 85. The article talks about how books take priority over beer during finals and that students line up at the libraries to claim their "territory" for the day. The article gives a fun look into studying during finals.

Also in the 1977 yearbook, on page 86, I found this section titled, The Amateurs' Guide to International Etudiance. The section talks about students reverting to ancient methods of cramming for exams. The images are comical as is the text. Take a quick read and see what methods you may have tried.

We hope that these articles are a nice break from the study session you are most likely in right now. Let us know what else could make your studies a little more fun.

Both of these collections can be found in The State of Wisconsin Collection.

We hope everything goes well at the conference this week and maybe we will see some of you there!


What I'm Thankful For...

Since Thanksgiving is getting closer I thought I'd share with you some of the things I'm thankful for...

First, I'm thankful for sleep. This past week has been full of exams and papers for me and I will be thankful tomorrow night when I can finally sleep in my bed at home. This lullaby sounds like it could put me to sleep right here.

Secondly, I'm thankful for wine. My family drinks wine at every meal, especially Thanksgiving. It is a staple at family events and I am looking forward to having a glass and relaxing.

Now this third one goes out to my grandma who I am very thankful for. She is quite the character and I bet if you ask her what she is thankful for, she would say bananas. My grandma loves bananas so much I have contemplated buying her a banana tree. And once a banana goes bad, she makes banana bread, which I am also thankful for, because it's the most delicious bread you will ever eat.

Lastly, I am thankful for family. I love holidays when everyone comes over for food and drink.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?


German Studies

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! Today I thought would be a great day to blog about the German Studies Collection.  This weekend UW Madison with Humboldt College are paying tribute to Jost Hermand on his birthday.  Earlier this year the UW payed tribute to Hermand as the most famous living scholar of German literature and culture, whom still teaching in Berlin and Madison.

Within our German Studies Collection is a sub-collection called The Wisconsin Workshop. Beginning in 1969 the Department of German at the University of Wisconsin, Madison sponsored “The Wisconsin Workshop,” an annual, interdisciplinary conference traditionally held in the fall and focused on a topic related to German culture. It was remarkable in the way it brought together young and mature scholars of German literature, arts, culture, and history, creating a transatlantic bridge for scholarly exchange about “things German.”

Reinhold Grimm and Jost Hermand, the department’s two senior Vilas Research Professors, organized the annual event with support from younger colleagues and published the volumes from 1970 until 1982 in Germany and from 1986 until 1994 under the imprint of the University of Wisconsin Press.The selected proceedings of each Wisconsin Workshop were published in volumes that have accompanied and documented major trends in the discipline of German Studies. Many of these volumes are considered path-breaking contributions in the field, others have become standard reference works.

We hope you take a look at his collection, especially all you Germans out there. And lets all say a Alles Gute zum Geburtstag to Jost Hermand.


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