Kait and the Badger

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

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Student Spotlight: Putting the Sex back In Sex Ed

_MG_9766Sam Johnson may have made the sexually squeamish uncomfortable last weekend at the Wisconsin Festival of Ideas, but she was able to shed light on the growing movement supporting comprehensive sexual education. According to Johnson, the current sexual education programs in Wisconsin do too little, and ignore larger questions of human sexuality.

“I would argue that our sex education models are not comprehensive,” Johnson says. “They only talk about pregnancy prevention and STI prevention. They talk nothing about sexual pleasure or relationship maintenance.”

Johnson is finishing her graduate degree at UW-Madison in the School of Social Work with an emphasis on health, aging and disability. Her work focuses on sexual education, and allows her to collaborate with Sex out Loud, a campus peer-to-peer sexual health resource. Sex out Loud takes a sex-positive approach to sexual education, and uses pleasure-inclusive models which, according to Johnson, are important in emphasizing the many facets of human sexuality.

“Not only is preventing disease important, but sexual wellness is important,” Johnson says. “We know that people are more likely to remain in relationships and not get divorced when they’re sexually satisfied, and Americans are, by and large, not sexually satisfied.”

In her talk, Johnson stressed the importance of peer-to-peer models and inclusivity in order to create an open, encouraging and supportive learning environment.

“Trained students talk to students about sexuality, rather than taking an adult-child approach,” Johnson says. “Sex education should be modeling ways for young people to talk about consent, get permission and negotiate sexual activity, which is a conversation that hardly ever happens.”

Johnson was inspired to work with Sex out Loud and the UW-Madison School of Social Work almost immediately after coming to Madison for her undergraduate degree.

“My freshman year Sex out Loud came to my freshman dorm, and I was amazed that you could talk about this stuff,” Johnson says. “I saw there was a better way to do it. I chose the health concentration because of my interest in comprehensive sex-ed models. A lot of people who have designed and implemented really innovative HIV prevention programs are actually social workers.”

Johnson, who initially fell in love with UW-Madison because of the campus, stayed because of the academic quality and the opportunity for quality research.

“This is the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere. I fell in love with it,” Johnson says. “A public education that doesn’t cost that much money but still has a rigorous focus on academics is really impressive. Even in the tiny school of social work, I’m really amazed at how diverse the research interests of the faculty are.”

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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