Campus Happenings – October 29–November 4

Student Affairs is providing weekly events, opportunities, and activities that Badgers can join online or in person. Building community is key to finding your home on campus. We encourage students to engage with others and find people to connect with at UW–Madison.

Join us this week for the following events and opportunities.

Highlights of the week:

  • Halloween: Click here for options this weekend to safely and respectfully participate in Halloween.
  • Nov.3: Election Day is Nov. 3. Make sure you have a plan to vote! Click here for more information.
  • Native November: Stay on the look out for events highlighting Native American Heritage Month in November. Click here for a list of events taking place this month.
  • Student Needs and Experiences Questionnaires: Both undergrad and graduate students received a questionnaire Oct. 27 asking students to share their needs and experiences during the fall 2020 semester. Each questionnaire takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. The undergraduate student questionnaire is due Nov. 9, and the graduate student questionnaire is due Nov. 16. Find more information here.

29: Fostering Dialogue and Community in the Current Sociopolitical Climate – Join the UW Community in a two-part panelist series as we work to foster productive dialogue in our current environment. Hear from students and staff about how to navigate difficult conversations and to build or repair our communities in a polarized climate. No need to register! Find related resources and learn more about upcoming events here. You can also submit your questions for the panelists. 12-1 p.m.

30: Rock the Vote Concert Featuring Disq and Alexander Kain – Join WUD for their Rock the Vote concert on October 30 at 7 p.m., featuring local indie legends Disq and rapper Alexander Kain. After their sets, directors of the WUD committees for Music, Society and Politics, and the Performing Arts will be giving statements and more information on how to make sure your vote gets counted in the upcoming election.

31: Purple Ribbon Awareness Project – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Help increase awareness by creating a virtual poster, craft to hand out, a flyer, a shirt, etc. Include at least two resources:, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), UHS Survivor Services, or Survivors Best Friend. Post your creation and tag @sbf.uwmadison by 1 p.m. on Oct. 31.

1: Hades Book Club with WUD Games Hades is a rogue-like dungeon crawler in which you defy the god of the dead as you hack and slash your way out of the Underworld of Greek myth. Available to rent for free from WUD Games steam library. Join the conversation to talk about Hades, share your thoughts, opinions, and insights. Hear what other people have to say about Hades. Or just come hang out. Everyone is welcome! 6 p.m.

2: Unpacking the Impact of the Election on Underrepresented Communities – Join the UW Community in part two of this panelist series as we work to foster productive dialogue in our current environment. Hear personal experiences and learn about resources available to support marginalized communities. No need to register! Find related resources and learn more about upcoming events here. You can also submit your questions for the panelists. 12-1 p.m.

3: MSC Elections Night Coverage with Jada Kline Be in community with the Multicultural Student Center (MSC) on election night with host Jada Kline ‘17, as they provide a nonpartisan, virtual, interactive space to cover key political races nationally and locally and offer resources for further political education and engagement. Election night watch party kits will be available for pickup starting Oct. 26 through Oct. 30 at the MSC front desk from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

4: COVID in Native Communities – As part of Native November, join the conversation about the effects of COVID on Native communities in collaboration with American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES). 6 p.m.

Ongoing Activities:  

  • Oct. 11–Nov. 20: “The Initial Step” Cyanotype Exhibition By Kerr Zhao – On display in the Class of 1925 Gallery at Memorial Union until Nov. 20: “Life is circular, and fate is also circular, just like a Mobius band. We come from nowhere and continue to go nowhere. We are somebody and meanwhile, we are also nobody. Similarly, where we start we are where we are going to end. It is like tracing the roots and finding a reason or person, even though it may never exist. Many are the whole process, the circulation, is the ultimate reason for living.”   
  • 29 (Thursdays): Trans Health Thursdays – Drop in to chat with experts, staff, and other students! Each week features a guest to advise on a special topic. This space is for trans, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and gender questioning folks and their friends, partners, and support people. Noon–1 p.m.
  • (On Demand): Online: UW Libraries Graduate Support Series: Library Micro-courses – Seven short nongraded online courses focused on aspects of the research process. Courses are available to all UW–Madison students. 
  • (Daily options, virtual, and in-person): Group Fitness –Enjoy fun and motivating group workouts designed for all fitness levels. Whether you want to connect to your breath with yoga or pump up the beat with Zumba, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our wide variety of classes. Limited in-person classes are available at the Nick
  • (daily, noon to 7 p.m.): Bowling, Billiards, and Climbing at Union South – Climb (if experienced), bowl, shoot pool, play games, and hang out at The Sett, the center of recreation at Union South. Sett Recreation is located on the lower level of The Sett Pub. Play until your heart is content, then head upstairs to grab a bite, hang out and watch all of your favorite sports at The Sett Pub. Your safety is priority, read the safety precautions here.