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Home is Stories
Dec13

Home is Stories

By Kelsey Pulera We at the Wisconsin Union have the honor of carrying on traditions that our predecessors established over the past century and creating new traditions that make all who visit feel at home in their campus living room. We are the caretakers of these places that are home to countless stories and memories. This year, we highlighted the moments that make our Union home with a new oral history project called the Storyteller...

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November Grace Period: Now and Then
Nov07

November Grace Period: Now and Then

As the temperature drops, the sun sets earlier and students finish up yet another round of midterms, everyone can start to enjoy autumn in Madison even more. Of course it’s important to remember this grace period before Thanksgiving has been enjoyed for generations of fellow Badgers. Check out the following collection of vintage photos from around campus. Is it any different than how you spent your fall in Madison? Photos courtesy of...

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Gold Star Honor Roll to Remember UW-Madison’s Fallen Soldiers
Oct25

Gold Star Honor Roll to Remember UW-Madison’s Fallen Soldiers

Have you ever wondered how Memorial Union got its name? A little-known fact is that the building was dedicated as a memorial to UW-Madison’s Civil War, Spanish-American War and World War I service members. The Gold Star Honor Roll Program will honor these fallen soldiers and tell their stories. The symbolism of the “gold star” dates back to World War I. A family that had a family member in the service displayed a card with a blue star...

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Tudor Dinners Keep Rich Traditions Alive
Oct22

Tudor Dinners Keep Rich Traditions Alive

As the legend goes, the traditional Boar’s Head Feast originated in England when a scholar was walking through the forest to Christmas mass. A wild boar emerged in his path, so he used the heavy book to knock out the animal before presenting it as the centerpiece of the banquet that night. While the Wisconsin Union uses more conventional methods to prepare the feast, the spirit of the tradition is kept alive through the Tudor Holiday...

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Fall Flashback
Oct06

Fall Flashback

It’s easy to get nostalgic this time of year. From carving pumpkins and showing off Halloween costumes, to taking new classes and cheering on the Badgers at Camp Randall, autumn in Madison is alive with people and festivities. Reminisce on the good ol’ college days and check out the following collection of vintage photos of campus through the decades, found deep in the digital archives.     Photos courtesy of the University...

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‘Banned’ from the Union Decades Ago, Back for a Night of Ska
Aug17

‘Banned’ from the Union Decades Ago, Back for a Night of Ska

Twenty-six years ago, the band members of International Jet Set were psyched to be playing a show at the Memorial Union. There was no doubt it would get rowdy–after all, their ’80s ska and reggae had nearly gotten house parties in Madison shut down by police. But they weren’t quite ready for the chaos that would ensue in der Rathskellar that winter night. Dan Fernández, the band’s vocalist, remembers that a few individuals...

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