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"UW Alum Tearing Up the World of BMX," January 30, 2013

As the beginning of second semester rolls in, UW-Madison students are starting to get back on their grind. For UW alum and Bicycle Motocross (BMX) pro Brian Kachinsky – he never got off the grind, even after he graduated. In this case “grind” not only refers to Kachnisky’s motivation and drive, but also his favorite BMX trick.

For almost two decades, 31-year-old Kachinsky has dedicated his life to BMX. This extreme sport involves doing different tricks and maneuvers on a 20-inch bicycle while utilizing ramps, railings, staircases, and anything else that happens to be in front of him


"'Wreck-it-Ralph' Has a UW Tie," August 29, 2012

“Wreck-It Ralph,” Disney’s 3D animated film about a video game character who smashes everything in his path, made history on Sunday after earning $49.1 million in ticket sales, the highest-grossing opening weekend in Disney animation history. The mega-success of the flick was predicted early on by the film’s assistant picture editor and UW graduate Rick Hammel.

“Right from the get-go I knew this movie was going to be awesome,” Hammel said in an interview with University Communications.


"Anders Holm: He Became a Workaholic in Madison," August 29, 2012

In this world, you never know exactly when or even how your UW background will come in handy. For former Badger swimmer and then-aspiring actor Anders Holm, it was during a post-graduation internship at a Hollywood production company.

Holm, whose pool specialty was the 50-meter freestyle, was looking for a break. He was able to bond with a top producer at the production company over their mutual interest in competitive swimming.


"UW students to represent USA in Hong Kong accounting competition," April 12, 2012

A group of University of Wisconsin-Madison students has been awarded the national title for the KPMG International Case Competition, and will be representing the U.S. this April when they take on teams from more than two dozen nations in Hong Kong.

The undergraduate team, including Jordan Heginbottom, Hannah Sugars, Matthew Zimdars and Andrea Nichols, was not expecting to make it this far when it participated in the first round of the competition last November.


"Virginia Tech officer tells UW how to protect from shootings," October 28, 2010

The Deputy Police Chief at Virginia Tech presented the profile of a school shooter to students and faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Thursday.

Gene Deisinger addressed the audience during the second annual End Violence On Campus conference and said school shooters are often male, Caucasian, control oriented and obsessed with violence. Deisinger then showed listeners a picture of a person that perfectly fits this description - the photograph was of him. 


"New Camp Randall policies," September 9, 2010

With the entire University of Wisconsin campus energized about the first home football game of the season, rain may not be the only thing putting a damper on the festivities.

With a recent policy change, umbrellas and other carry-ins such as flags and signs will no longer be allowed inside of Camp Randall Stadium, UW Athletics spokesperson Justin Doherty said.

Besides these restrictions, Doherty said UW urged the games’ attendees to “lighten their load.”


"A Word from Food for Thought," March 2012

It is finally March, and along with St. Patty’s Day and the end of Daylight Savings Time, we have a new set of Food for Thought articles for y’all to devour! The theme for our magazine this month is “Living Green,” and in our section we are doing just that. Whether you want to grow some green vegetation, eat some green guacamole, or save some green when shopping, this set of articles should be right for you.

If you have ever contemplated getting a pet in college – don’t.


"A Word from Food for Thought," February 2012

After two months of waiting, it is really starting to feel like winter. And sure enough, according to Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow we are in for another six weeks of cold.

But who says February has to be a month of cursing the weather and slipping around on the ice?

While February may be the shortest month, it is jam-packed with lesser-known holidays and great television that are just begging to be celebrated with friends, significant others, and most importantly – good eats!


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"Equinox Fitness Fashion Lifestyle," July 24, 2012

With its minimalist décor, state of the art exercise machines and a top-notch staff, Equinox raises the bar for health clubs.  At spacious facilities in seven major cities including New York and Dallas, men and women can take advantage of the services that the gym provides.

You can rock your body with Equinox’s signature Group Fitness classes like Whipped, which uses strength ropes and kettlebells; or Barre Burn, a ballet-inspired workout that creates a long, lean body.