Kait and the Badger

One student's search for the voice of UW-Madison

Moving Forward. Looking Back.

Apparently winter isn’t over, but at least most of the mid-April snow we saw melted already. While you’re cursing Wisconsin’s weather patterns, check out this springtime photo, taken between 1920 and 1929, of an old university truck in front of the Stock Pavilion!

StockPavilionThe Department of Agricultural Engineering’s trucks look a little different today than they did in the 1920s, but the Stock Pavilion’s classic architecture remains unchanged.

We’re evolving, and this photo essay is one way to show it. If you have an idea for a photo, or if you see an image in the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, that inspires you, share it! Email KaitandtheBadger@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to bring your submissions to life!

Student Spotlight: The science of fashion

Chloe Karaskiewicz is an undergraduate studying biological psychology and French at UW-Madison, but each week she dedicates hours to another passion: fashion. Karaskiewicz is the editor-in-chief of MODA, a fashion and lifestyle magazine run through WUD Publications. Although keeping up with her responsibilities at MODA while also maintaining good grades can be a challenge, Karaskiewicz is happy to do both. She plans on working in biological psychology, but enjoys the freedom of exploring something artistic like fashion.

Student Spotlight: Relay for Life

After Melissa Behling realized how many of her friends had been affected by cancer, she decided to get involved in Relay for Life, a fundraising event organized by the American Cancer Society in order to support cancer research. Behling, who lost a friend to a brain tumor at a young age, formed a team with her sister and several friends.

Melissa Behling sits with her sisters, Lizzy and Jessica, and their friend Shelby Gunderson, after the luminaria ceremony at this year's Relay for Life fundraising event.

Melissa Behling sits with her sisters, Lizzy and Jessica, and their friend Shelby Gunderson, after the luminaria ceremony at this year’s Relay for Life fundraising event.

“Our friend, Shelby, her mom passed away from cancer, so we kind of started this team for her,” Behling says. Also, Lupe, another of our friends, her mom is struggling with cancer. She’s still fighting.”

According to one of Relay for Life’s co-directors, Madeline Bireley, between 1500 and 1600 people attended. Bireley, who has been involved with Relay for Life for several years, believes that the event is an important way to bring community members and survivors together while raising awareness concerning cancer research.

“Both of my grandmas died of cancer, so I’m just really passionate about it,” Bireley says. “It’s a great way to do something to give back.”

The event began at 6 p.m. on Friday and continued until 6 a.m. this morning, featuring performances from groups like the Mad Tappers, a UW-Madison tap dancing group, and Pitches & Notes, one of the campus a capella groups.

One of the fundraiser’s main events is a luminaria, a memorial ceremony, where cancer survivors shared their stories while others mourned the loss of friends and family by lighting the track at Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center with electric “candles” in personalized paper bags.

“The luminaria portion of this is what it’s all about,” Behling says. “You can feel this energy that you’ve never felt before. Feeling connected to all these people who are trying to deal with this horrible disease. I can’t even imagine losing my mom or my sister to something like this.”

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Moving Forward. Looking Back.

Winter is officially over (fingers crossed)! In honor of a brand new construction season, check out this amazing photo, taken while the Education Building was being constructed.

_MG_9570 The Education Building was just being constructed in the spring of 1900. Although the trees have gotten quite a bit larger and the sidewalks wider, over a century later students still pass this iconic – and largely unchanged – facade each day.

We’re evolving, and this photo essay is one way to show it. If you have an idea for a photo, or if you see an image in the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, that inspires you, share it! Email KaitandtheBadger@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to bring your submissions to life!

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Some #badgerpride for @BadgerMBB

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Sprinting down State #BadgerPride #BuckyNotKentucky

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Moving Forward. Looking Back.

Living in a residence hall is one of the most timeless experiences of college. Each of the 19 residence halls on UW-Madison’s campus has a rich history, and each room can tell a story.

Chadbourne1Chadbourne Hall was born in 1901. It has seen quite a few renovations since then, but you’ll still find students studying and spending their free time in the residence hall, enjoying a stunning view of Capitol Square.

We’re evolving, and this photo essay is one way to show it. If you have an idea for a photo, or if you see an image in the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, that inspires you, share it! Email KaitandtheBadger@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to bring your submissions to life!

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