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Voices from the Badger Village

Today I wanted to share another new collection with you. The Badger Village Collection is the third collection in the UW-Madison Campus Voices series. Badger Village was a housing community for married student veterans and their families located in Baraboo, Wisconsin from 1946 to 1951. The collection consists of excerpts from interviews with UW residence staff, administration, and student veterans and their wives who lived at Badger Village.

Along with the audio recordings, the UW-Madison Collection also contains images of the village and many images of the students living there.

Take a listen to some of the interviews while looking at the image collection. You will learn about a little slice in UW Madison's student history.

Let us know what you think!


UW-Stevens Point

Over the holiday break, the UWDC went live with a few new collections. The one I want to highlight today is the History of UW-Stevens Point.

The History of UW-Stevens Point Collection includes resources that document the history and evolution of this campus. The collection includes published material as well as archival materials and may eventually include additional books, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs, maps and other resources deemed important to the study of our state's university system and its campuses.

The collection has some great images that will probably make there way to Twitter at some point. Take a look and let us know what you think!


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!


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