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Hoofer Sailing Club Presents Guest Speaker

A guest speaker, Captain Paul Exner, will join the Hoofer Sailing Club in Memorial Union’s Great Hall on Wednesday, On Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. to present the intrigue behind his sailing vessel Solstice which was built by hand in the farm fields of Wisconsin.

Exner will also discuss the Caribbean’s allure that inspires the sailing expeditions he now leads. The event will be filled with photos, explanatory diagrams and interesting stories that educate and entertain the audience.

To learn more about Captain Exner and the Solstice, visit Modern Geographic’s website at: www.moderngeographic.com/expeditions.html.

University Theatre To Perform 'The Grapes Of Wrath'

The Department of Theatre and Drama’s producing arm, University Theatre, will present Frank Galati's award-winning adaptation of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, directed by Professor Norma Saldivar.

A story of courage and endurance in the face of overwhelming hardship, Steinbeck's Nobel Prize-winning novel examines a family of sharecroppers who strive for the American dream in an environment that raises and then shatters their dreams and aspirations. 

"What makes this a really good piece for our students is the marrying of storytelling and community," Saldivar explained. "The story depicts the travails of a family caught in a time where the very fiber of who they are as individuals, family and community is tested.”

UW's Transportation Services Considers Adding Bicycles To Fleet

Transportation Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is putting a suggestion into action this month by downsizing at least one of its vehicles from four wheels to two.

Transportation Services staff from the Commuter Solutions and Field Services teams have been working together to add a bicycle to the Field Services fleet. The suggestion to use a bicycle instead of a vehicle was made at a recent campus forum.

Chuck Strawser, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for Transportation Services and a nationally certified cycling instructor, is providing training for Field Services staff members to ensure that they are well prepared to operate a bicycle safely and legally.

Field Services units ensure compliance with the university's parking policies, providing maximum utilization of spaces.

Badgers' Big Ten Basketball Schedule Released

The Big Ten Conference announced the 2010-11 conference schedule Thursday, revealing dates, times and television coverage for Wisconsin’s 18-game Big Ten slate.

The Badgers have finished among the top four teams in the conference standings for nine consecutive seasons, winning three regular season Big Ten titles over that span. 

Here are a few notes about the Badgers’ 2010-11 Big Ten schedule:

Traffic Detours In Place As UW-Madison Students Move In

Motorists might want to avoid the downtown Madison area this weekend as 7,000 University of Wisconsin-Madison students move into campus housing.

The first wave of move-in started Wednesday as 1,300 students arrived on campus.

Unlike previous years, ongoing road and utility construction will make the big move-in weekend even more hectic than usual. Several city streets will be closed and turned into one-way streets for several days this week. Large message boards will be up in the campus area to help direct people to the appropriate places, according to a release from UW officials.

The Park Street closure is forcing all residents at Lakeshore, Chardbourne and Barnard residence halls to be rerouted.

Connie Callan, who was moving her daughter in on Wednesday, said she has never seen the streets this confusing.

Disarray In Madison After Federal Stem Cell Ruling

Stem cell researchers in Madison face an uncertain future following a federal ruling that undercuts certain types of work with the embryonic cells.

Monday's ruling temporarily blocks the use of taxpayer money for stem cell research.

The ruling hits especially hard in Madison, considered the birthplace of the field because a University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher pioneered the work in 1998.

Beth Donley, an executive with a company called Stemina, said the ruling could prevent her from applying for federal grants up to $10 million, although she's optimistic the ruling will be overturned.

Tim Kamp directs the university's stem cell research center. He said workers are "befuddled" about how to continue.

UW Law School Students Provide Day Of Service

Oak Park Place, a senior community, will welcome 50 first-year law students for a Day of Service featuring intergenerational learning and activities on Thursday, Aug. 26 from 10:15 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. 

About a dozen of the students will go on an outing to Olbrich Gardens with residents from Oak Park Place’s assisted living community. Another group of students will be at Oak Park Place’s east side campus participating with residents in such activities as a current event discussion, recreational activities and helping with such household tasks as changing smoke detector batteries.

"At Oak Park Place we know it is important to our residents to remain connected to, and active in, the broader community and we provide many opportunities for them to do so," said Jasmine Rogness, regional director of marketing for Oak Park Place. "The Day of Service is a wonderful way to have a group of young people interact with our residents, learn from their experiences and it brings all the advantages of intergenerational activities right to our campus."

Oak Park Place serves seniors with a full continuum of care including skilled nursing, rehabilitative services, assisted living, Alzheimer’s and dementia care and independent living.