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Changes coming to Library, State Street malls

Changes coming to Library, State Street malls

Big changes are coming to Library and State Street malls in Downtown Madison.

Thousands of walkers and cyclists regularly use the area at the end of State Street and there's a nearly $3.5 million project being planned.

City leaders hosted a meeting Tuesday night at Tripp Commons to get feedback from residents and to unveil some of the preliminary plans that will likely be funded by city bonds.

One of the proposals includes adding some green space and a water fountain.

Leaders will also discuss alternative ways to organize the food carts in the area to maximize the space.

A series of meetings were hosted and chalk boards were put up throughout the area to get feedback from residents.

Scott Resnick, the alderman of the area, said the area needs the face-lift because it resembles the 1960s and 1970s.

"At this point, many of the utilities need to be replaced. Some are dating back to the 1800s," Resnick said.

Plans announced for old Stadium Bar location

Plans announced for old Stadium Bar location

A Milwaukee-based company announced Tuesday they will collaborate with a Chicago-based firm to develop and construct a new student housing development on the former location of the Stadium Bar.

The Opus Group along with Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, a Chicago-based real estate investment management firm, will build Varsity Quarters, a new student housing development adjacent to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, according to a release.

The housing development will be built at the former site of the Stadium Bar at 1423 Monroe St., according to the release. The six-story private student housing development will include numerous amenities for tenants, including in-unit washers and dryers, parking for cars, bikes and mopeds, a fitness room, study rooms and a social/club room.

Officials said the development will include approximately 7,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

Pick Six: Ben Brust

Pick Six: Ben Brust

Badger basketball star Ben Brust is from Hawthorn Woods, Ill., and last winter cemented his place in Wisconsin Sports history hitting a dramatic 40-foot shot at the end of regulation to force overtime against Michigan at the Kohl Center.

But did you know Ben Brust is a big fan of NASCAR and was a spotter for Brendan Gaughan at the Nationwide Series race at Road America over the summer?

Learn more about Badger guard Ben Brust in our Pick Six feature.

Camp Randall unveils renovations, upgrades

Camp Randall unveils renovations, upgrades

Football season starts in just about a month, and if you're headed to a UW game, you?ll see some pretty big changes at Camp Randall.

As part of an $86 million renovation project, the football team got a state-of-the-art locker room, lounge and weight room for all student athletes.

"Our goal was to be in the upper echelon of the Big Ten and we feel like we definitely accomplished that with these new facilities," said Jason King, associate athletic director.

The locker room is modeled after the Packers and oddly enough, smells amazing.

"It smells good in here. I know it sounds kind of silly, yeah, but we spent a lot of money on ventilation," said King.

It's not just every room that's impressive. Every space has some sort of wow factor, even the hallways.

Reilly to leave UW System this year

Reilly to leave UW System this year

University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly said Tuesday he's leaving, but that it wasn't because of controversies over the past year.

Reilly is expected to step down by the end of the year or sooner. He will begin his new position advising the American Council on Education in January 2014, before returning to teaching, he said.

"We overcame financial headwinds to build a higher education system that expanded access to college classrooms for Wisconsin families and responded to the needs of our economy for skilled graduates able to compete and succeed in a global economy," Reilly said in the release.

Reilly has been the UW System president since 2004.

His departure is not without questions over whether a controversial year had an impact.

Reilly was at the center of a legislative storm earlier this year, after revelations that the UW System had stockpiled $650 million in reserves while it was raising tuition by 5.5 percent a year.

Pick Six: Beau Allen

Pick Six: Beau Allen

In News 3's "Pick Six" series, we get to know prominent local athletes a little better. This installment features UW Badgers defensive lineman Beau Allen.

Allen is a great player, a leader on the team and a funny guy who's not shy about his great head of locks.

Watch News 3's Pick Six: Beau Allen

 

 

UW researcher calls cyberattack attempts 'shocking'

UW researcher calls cyberattack attempts 'shocking'

The number of cyberattack at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is shocking, even to its top researchers.

UW's Associate Dean for Research Policy Bill Mellon said hackers are trying to break into the school's computer system anywhere from 90,000 to 100,000 times a day.

"I mean, I never realized, I guess, that it would be that kind of magnitude," said Mellon.

At one of the country's top research facilities, there's a lot to protect. To not compromise data, Mellon wouldn't detail what scientists are working on, only saying their work could modernize agriculture, medicine and satellite systems.

The attacks against that work are sophisticated, but so is the security to stop it.

"Ninety-five [to] 99 percent of those attacks are stopped by good firewalls, by good intrusion protection and good intrusion prevention systems that say, 'Hey, this is an attack, I'm going to stop it at a perimeter,'" said Nick Davis with UW Information Technology.