Terrace Views
How do They do that: Booking Bands for the Terrace
May17

How do They do that: Booking Bands for the Terrace

    The students in the Wisconsin Union Directorate Music Committee are so talented, they make putting on weekly concerts look easy. However, behind the beat, there’s a lot of work that goes on to make these shows possible, especially during the summer season of Terrace After Dark. With up to five shows a week, plus a weekly open mic night, Terrace After Dark programming is anything but scaled back for WUD Music. For...

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Bringing the ‘60s Back to Memorial Union
May16

Bringing the ‘60s Back to Memorial Union

Dust off your Mary Janes, and crank up The Beatles. The ‘60s are coming back to Memorial Union June 14-16 for the Madison Reunion, a party with a purpose. The Madison Reunion, a nonprofit created by Madisonians and ‘60s University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni Ben and Judy Sidran, will feature panels and performances, film showings, art, tours, tie-dye and free tunes on the Terrace. About 1,000 UW-Madison alumni will return to Memorial...

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A User’s Guide to the Terrace
May09

A User’s Guide to the Terrace

Some people rely on Groundhog Day to determine when spring will finally bloom. But at the Wisconsin Union, we have our own method to signify the start of a new season: The return of the Terrace chairs. Though a late April snowstorm delayed the Terrace opening, we were thrilled to see everyone line up to carry the famous chairs out to the Terrace April 24. Since then, the green, orange and yellow chairs have been filled with students,...

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Union 101: The History of the Wisconsin Union’s Creation
Apr18

Union 101: The History of the Wisconsin Union’s Creation

Almost 114 years have passed since former University of Wisconsin-Madison President Charles Van Hise called for a student union to be created during his inaugural address to the campus community. Inspired by unions at Ivy League universities and Oxford, Van Hise originally envisioned the union as a place for students to congregate after class. “When the students are done with their work in the evening, the attractive union is at hand,...

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Faces of the Union
Apr18

Faces of the Union

The Wisconsin Union could not exist without the help of students, UW-Madison faculty, Union employees, members and the community—a collaboration we’re so proud to facilitate. While every visit to one of the Union locations allows members to interact with plenty of staff, there are many key players working behind the scenes to make the Union the “heart and soul” of the university that it is today. Two of these key members include...

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