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jBEmailURL for final IS siteFocus of your story in one sentenceWhy is this story important?Name and brief description of person you interviewed before coming up with your ideaAre you a member of a group involved in your story pitch, or do you work with or at the organization?Comments from Stacy and Meredith - use these to help revise your pitch that you turn in MondayWho reviewed (so pose questions to this person if you have them)Final pitch in one sentence (If yours was approved, just copy your original pitch over. If revise or re-pitch, put your new one here.)
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MackensAshleyamackens@wisc.eduBennhttps://uwaroundtheworld.wordpress.com/A journey to discover how traveling and studying abroad impacts the lives and outlooks of students at UW-Madison.Our university offers a wide variety of abroad options for students of different majors. There are also other organizations that help students travel. A large population of our student body takes advantage of these opportunities. There must be a significant reason why travel during college is deemed beneficial. My roomate has traveled many places and is involved in the organization AIESEC on campus. Her outlook on the world, I believe, is different from those of us who have not traveled yet. She inspired me to look into this phenomenon. I am not a member of any particular group, but I do want to study abroad. Revise pitch. This is a fine topic, but it feels a bit broad at this point. Can you refine it a bit so there's some more direction? Would you want to focus on specific study abroad programs? Or looking more at the value of study abroad? You'll want to talk to some people who run programs in addition to students who have gone abroad. Can you repitch it with some focus in the box to the right?StacyA journey to discover the value in studying abroad through one of UW-Madison's many programs, and how students are impacted by their experiences overseas.
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LarsenCalclarsen4@wisc.eduBennOn a predominantly liberal campus, during politically dense times in the world and media, certain professors toe the line and stay professional, enabling students to form their own opinions while other professors make it a point to show their political colors.`Have not interviewed anyone. Plan on interviewing certain professors from various departments as well as students who may or may not have had those professors. Would also consider reaching out to Blank and getting her thoughts on politics around campus and what is expected of professors in this category.NopeRevise pitch. Your pitch is one that I think may be too narrow — you are going to want to pull out a bit to think about this one. You can talk to individual professors about their approaches, but what can you say from broader view about what you're hearing? You have to be careful about bringing too much of your own perspective in — you may think it's more professional for professors not to talk about ideology, but some would say that's part of their responsibility as academics and the tradition of academic freedom gives them the right to talk freely. You'll also have to think about sources beyond Blank — in the past, the administration has not been overly helpful in connecting students with her for these projects. Is there a lower-level administrator who might be more accessible who could also address this?
Can you please repitch your idea after thinking through some of this a bit more?
A deeper look into the life of an athlete: Is their daily schedule/overall college experience easier or more challenging than that of a regular student? Type of side angles include: What type of structure do they have, what does a normal day look like, how many are on campus and what is the scholarship data?
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HewesCarolinecfhewes@wisc.eduBennwww.transformationthrougheducation.wordpress.comA look into how greek life helps people get connections to jobs, internships and other opportunitiesMany cannot afford to be involved in greek life so I think it would interesting to look at what you're paying for when you joinnoRevise pitch. Did you talk with anyone connected with this story as you were developing your pitch? This idea would benefit from some more development — there's a story in the idea of how Greek life can help you network and find jobs, but you'll have an easier time if you can refine this a bit more. Can you repitch it with more focus in the box to the right?Stacy
A look into the Ethnic Studies requirement at UW-Madison and how the various Ethnic Studies departments are responding and changing in response to protests on campus last spring and the current climate on campus
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Meyer-SamargiaClaudiameyersamargi@wisc.eduBennA look into post-election depression, anxiety and fear for students on campus. After the recent presidential election, there have been very mixed reactions from youth including that of happiness and absolute fear and depression. Around the country, the prescription of anti-depressants has increased, as well as meeting with therapists and other counseling groups to discuss the aftermath of Donald Trump's win. On a prominently liberal campus of UW Madison, I want to focus on how college students are coping with the new, controversial president.I spoke with a member of College Democrats that told me about his post-election fear. He has since began attending counseling through UHS and has been prescribed medication for anxiety. NoApproved. This is an interesting look at politics on campus, and it's definitely topical. Be careful about straying too far into general mental health issues — there's another student working on that. But you should be able to get some perspective from both students and health professionals.StacyAfter the recent presidential election, there have been very mixed reactions from youth including that of happiness and absolute fear and depression. Around the country, the prescription of anti-depressants has increased, as well as meeting with therapists and other counseling groups to discuss the aftermath of Donald Trump's win. On a prominently liberal campus of UW Madison, I want to focus on how college students are coping with the new, controversial president.
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HogendornDarcy dhogendorn@wisc.eduBennhttps://luxuryatuw.wordpress.com/A closer look at the rush of finding and signing leases for housing for students and looking at the newer and more modern apartment buildings that are being built around campus like the James and the Hub, the history of these newer apartment buildings, and whether or not these buildings are actually being filled by students, or if they are choosing to live in cheaper options.With the opening of the new apartment buildings like The James, it will be interesting to see how many students are actually signing leases in these places, and how many students can afford to live in these apartments. A close friend of mine subleaded in The Hub over the summer and told me her experience living there, and she also recently signed a lease for the new building The James for next school year NoRevise pitch. Another student ahead of you pitched a story on tenants' rights and the hidden costs of leases. (See above.) Can you please repitch this so you are clear that you are taking this in a different direction? Also be careful about becoming promotional on behalf of the buildings. The downtown has certainly been transformed by these new apartments!StacyA closer look into how the newer, luxurious apartment buildings are impacting the decision making process for students and signing leases for housing.
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BlockEdieeblock3@wisc.eduBennuwsafespaces.wordpress.comAfter events that seem to have shaped hateful environments, it becomes even more important for people to gain the ability to effectively voice their opinions and ideas. It seems that many people have a lot of knowledge on the subject, but it is difficult for people to find spaces where they can learn more about a topic without feeling criticized for their lack of understanding. There have been many online groups that students have participated in where they are able to participate in "healthy debate." This, however, seems to promote and encourage only one way of thinking, and if someone does not think in the same way, it becomes difficult for them to ask questions and feel comfortable not knowing facts and controversies of not-so-easy subjects to take on. I have interviewed these people.No.Revise pitch. This idea seems vague to me — can you be more specific about how you would structure this story. Are there specific incidents or groups you would want to talk about? Your pitch needs some more direction and focus — can you please repitch it to the right?StacyI will investigate UW's use of safe spaces for people to discuss controversial topics, why they are important, whether it is effective and compare it to different schools' use (University of Chicago for one example).
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JohnsonElizabethejohnson53@wisc.edu Bennhttps://fundraisingforstudentclubsonacollegecampus.wordpress.com/An investigation into the relationship student orgranizations are buidling with area busniesses to host fundraisers and how they are bring publicity to the busniess. A large amount of student organizations look to area businesses to hold fundraisers. This investigation would look at the relationship between the student organizations and the area busniesses. I see Facebook events all the time of student orgs hosting events at area busniesses. I talked to one of my friends who is incharge of planning the fundraisers for her club. She talked about how some busniesses are easier to work with than others and the importance of establishing a relationship with the busniess. With so many clubs on campus it would be interesting to look at why area busniesses work with the clubs they do. No Approved. Remember that you'll need to see beyond the student angle - is it beneficial to businesses to partner with students? MeredithAn investigation into the relationship student orgranizations are buidling with area busniesses to host fundraisers and how they are bring publicity to the busniess.
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EnkeEmilieeenke@wisc.eduBennhttps://thursdaynightsatuw.wordpress.comWhy Thursday nights are the biggest and most prominent night for going out on campus and the effects of thisThis impacts much of the social scene in Madison, as well as clarifies the impacts it may have on Friday performance, law enforcement, and the local economoy, Personal crowd, police department, bar tenders/owners of most popular (and least popular) establishments (Lucky's, Blue Velvet, Red Shed, Plaza, Brickhouse, Chaser's) No, but I love frequenting Thursday night establishments, but why? I don't know.Conditionally approved. Are you 21? If you're not 21 you will have difficulty accessing sources. Since you do frequent this activity, remember to be objective and ask tough questions.MeredithA look into why Thursday nights are so popular on campus and how students balance going out with classes and priorities which fall on Friday mornings.
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MjaanesKelsey kmjaanes@wisc.eduBennhttps://uwdatingviolence.wordpress.com/A look at domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking at UW, its effect on victims, and the efforts of local organizations to end this on campus.Violence in relationships has the potential to be highly stigmatized and is often viewed as problem pertaining mostly to older couples, rather than college-aged students. Additionally, this story would cover ways to spot an abusive, or potentially abusive, relationship and analyze the effectiveness of campus resoureces such as UHS and EVOC.I spoke with several women at the Women's March in Madison who expressed the ways in which federally or state-funded services have helped them deal with violence in relationships.NoApproved. This is a very well defined story pitch that gives you room to explore some different angles. You might have to think about how to work wtih sources to encourage them to talk with you — please speak with Jesse or me if you're having trouble. But be sure to keep it focused on domestic violence and you should be good.Stacy
A look at domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking at UW, its effect on victims, and the efforts of local organizations to end this on campus.
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GodfreyLoganlgodfrey@wisc.eduBennA profile on UW-Madison students who are first-generation immigrants and college students.It’s important to show how coming to the United States can open up opportunities for those in other countries, as well as some unknown struggles they may face.I talked to people in the PEOPLE Program, many of whom are first-generation college students and immigrants.NoApproved. You might also want to talk with the Posse program. Be sure to also get some perspectives from the university (including admissions department, etc.) MeredithA profile on UW-Madison students who are first-generation immigrants and college students.
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BakerMorganmbaker7@wisc.edu BennAn investigation into social media on UW- Madison's campus, and how it specifically helps create/further friendships, communities, and personal relationships [online dating, communication, etc.]UW- Madison's social media culture allows students to interact with one another in various different ways. This creates movements, emotions, subcultures, and the spread of idea. We often seem too busy/lazy to have real meaningful face-to-face interactions that create relationships. This story would analyze how specifically UW Madison students use social media to create/further relationships with one another.A student who began a student organization/ movement on campus (with roughtly 200 members) solely from social media and connecting with UW- Madison students. A Communication Arts professor, Catalina Toma, who personally studies (and teaches a course on) "online communication and personal relationships. A few students who found their roommates/ first college friends via social media. NoRevise pitch. There are a lot of social media-related pitches. Can you be more specific about what particular angle you would take?StacyAn investigation into how students use social media at UW- Madison to specifically help them get internship and job opportunities.
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GoldsteinSamanthasgoldstein4@wisc.eduBennhttps://uwdietaryrestrictions.wordpress.comAn in depth analysis of antisemitism's precense on UW's campus and how students both Jewish and non-Jewish are affected by these acts of hate and discrimination against students of the Jewish faith. NEW PITCH: A deeper look in to how UW Madison and local campus restaurants cater to students with dietary restrictions (ex. gluten-free, kosher, dairy-free)As a Jewish student myself, I am passionate about learning more about the community I have immersed myself in here on campus. NEW PITCH: Many students on campus face the daily obstacles of what to eat when it comes to having food allergies and restrictions. Having a gluten allergy myself, I am passionate to explore the options available to students campus-wide and throughout the Madison community.I have talked to various students in the Jewish community, many of which have strong feelings on this topic and provided me with insight into it. NEW PITCH: Last week, a girl sitting next to me in one of my courses was eating a gluten and dairy free snack brand that I have heard of before. We got into a more in-depth conversation regarding food allergies and dealing with them on campus which got me interested in the topic.NoRepitch. Someone already claimed this topic. MeredithA deeper look into how UW Madison and local campus restaurants cater to students with dietary restrictions (ex. gluten-free, dairy-free)
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LessansSaraslessans@wisc.eduBennhttps://sexoutloudandstis.wordpress.com/A look into Sex Out Loud, UW-Madison's peer-to-peer sexual health resource, and how the organization works to destigmatize STIs and create consent culture among students through pleasure-inclusive sex educationMany STIs are treated with antibiotics, just like strep throat, yet there continues to be a stigma around STIs because they are related to sexual health. Despite free testing at UHS, many students do not take advantage of this resource. SOL offers students free, interactive events that allow for candid communication on the topic. By reducing the stigma around STIs through encouraging open conversation, Sex Out Loud may help decrease the prevalence of STIs on campus.I went to the Sex Out Loud office and interviewed a friend as well as other SOL students in order to understand how the organization works and the issues they commonly face on campus-- one of which is destigmatizing STIs so students will feel comfortable discussing the topic with potential partners and getting tested.NoApproved. You've found a narrow focus here on a bigger issue, which should make your IS more manageable. You'll want to get some perspectives from students, of course, as well as someone with a broader view of the situation.StacyA look into Sex Out Loud, UW-Madison's peer-to-peer sexual health resource, and how the organization works to destigmatize STIs and create consent culture among students through pleasure-inclusive sex educationhttps://soundcloud.com/sara-lessans/condom-sortinghttps://vimeo.com/212527951
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MishellSarimishell@wisc.eduBennhttps://uwislamophobia.wordpress.com/A look at how UW students view foreign policy as a mjor issue that affected their vote vs. previous generationsThe world is a much smaller than it used to be. As a result, local issues are not the only issues the media reports anymore. As a result, I want to look at how important UW students felt foreign issues were when voting. Since the world is so interconnected, are foreign policy issues more important than they were previously to young people?Interview student activists and protestors at the march supporting refugees.NoRepitch. This sounds more like a research paper than an IS story. It will help to interview someone to help you figure out some interesting angles to a story in this area. MeredithIslamophobia at the University-Wisconsin Madison and how it has manifested around the country.
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FabryStephaniesfabry@wisc.eduBennhttps://genderbiasuwathletics.wordpress.com/A profile on special treatment of male student-athletes on campus.Daily decisions on campus are influenced by a person's reputation--specifically if he is on a Varsity sports team. It can often be seen as unfair and unjust to the rest of the student body who do not receive the same type of "special treatment."The goalie of the men's hockey team here on campus, Matt Jurusik. No. I am not a male student-athlete. Although I am a female student-athlete here at UW, my story will focus on special treatment of solely male student-athletes.Repitch. This is too close to other social media topics pitched already. MeredithA profile on UW-Madison male student-athletes receiving special treatment on campus, in comparison to the rest of the student body.
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SchneiderBaileybjschneider3@wisc.eduDihttps://madisonactivistart.wordpress.comIn general, how the students in the UW Madison Art Department interact and create work on the political climate surrounding the university.The Art Department on campus goes mostly unnoticed, but students have been making relevant and interesting work (often based around social climate) since the department's creation. I'd like to maybe explore why political activisim through art is so important, especially coming from students at the UW.Fisal Abdu'Allah, Georgia Black, Rolando Cruz, Mychaela Bueche, others with the worry of government funding toward the arts being cut, people participating in plays having to do with politics (even distantly) on campus, First Wave studentsno. Involved in arts on campus, but don't know anyone I plan on interviewingConditionally approved. Did you talk with someone about your idea? You'll need to do that before we can approve it. You should be OK writing about this even though you've taken some art classes. The idea of exploring political activism is interesting, and you'll have to see if you can find an expert who can speak to the history of artists taking a political stance or protesting through their art. The visual potential for your different pieces is off the charts, so be sure to take some photos of what you're observing as you report.StacyIn general, how the students in the UW Madison Art Department and other art groups (plays, first wave, poetry and writing) interact and create work on the political climate surrounding the university.
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MullinsBrennanbmullins2@wisc.eduDichanginguwlibraries.wordpress.comHow the purpose of libraries on campus has changed and continues to change with the rise of technology.It is important because libraries are vital to student success at UW Madison, and our need for access to resources continues to grow.I talked about how strange it is to go to the library and see thousands of books that look like they've never even been checked out with my sister and developed this idea as a result.no Approved. Great topic. MeredithHow the purpose of libraries on campus has changed and continues to change with the rise of technology.
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CampbellCadeccampbell8@wisc.eduDimyuwchina.wordpress.comA profile on the relationship UW Madison shares with ChinaMany of China's great minds have been alumni from the University of Wisconsin. The population of international students coming from China continues to grow each year. As the Chinese population on campus continues to grow, many incoming students are unaware of the history UW Madison shares with contemporary Chinese society. This disconnection creates a 'call to action' for students to seek a better understanding of UW Madison's relationship with China as well as creating a better relationship between students and alumni whom share an interest in China. I have intereviewed three people: Laurie Dennis is the Associate Director of the Wisconsin China Initative and the Center for East Asia; Jerry Yin a Genetics professor and the Director of the Wisconsin China Initative; Tammy Tian is a Journalism alumni who has previously interned for Laurie Dennis and now works out of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China I am a Program Assistant for the Wisconsin China Initative and the Vice President of the Chinese-American organization "Project Pengyou"Conditionally approved. This is an interesting topic and it stands to be really relevant right now. You'll have to work hard to keep this from becoming promotional. You'll also have to consider some hard questions about what the obligations of a public land grant university are to the state/country vs the world (e.g., what does the increase in Chinese students mean for Wisconsin residents, other U.S. residents). If that's not something you can do with some objectivity and distance, we should find another topic for you.StacyI also would like to interview some activists who are determined to undo Trump’s executive orders and have taken to the streets to do so.
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HansonCarachanson7@wisc.eduDihttps://whatisuwmadisonbridge.wordpress.com/Create profile of the BRIDGE Program at UW Madison and demonstrate the positive impacts it has on international and American participants alike. UW Madison hosts students from all over the world, and this program helps to engage international students in American culture, meet people, and learn about the Wisconsin community. However, the BRIDGE Program also allows the American students that participate to grow into multicultural citizens, as they have the opportunity to learn about new cultures and gain a global perspective. Robin Ritchey is a junior at UW Madison who is a participant in the BRIDGE Program (haven't interviewed her, but she has told be about it)No. Revise pitch. This sounds like an interesting program that has a wide-reaching effect on campus. There's some great potential here for some of the other IS pieces, such as the audio story and the alternative story forms. Are you involved in Bridge? You wouldn't be able to do it if you're too closely associated with it. If you are, please repitch your IS in the field to the right. Also be sure it doesn't get too promotional.
Stacy
Create profile of the BRIDGE Program at UW Madison and evaluate and compare impacts it has on international and American participants.
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ZhangEmilyzzhang567@wisc.eduDihttps://safewalkuwmadisonstory.wordpress.com/Chinese New Year in UW-MadisonThere is a growing number of Chinese students in UW-Madison. Chinese New Year is as important for Chinese students as Christmas for Americans. However, Chinese students are not able to go back home to spend the special with their families because the school has already started in UW-Madison. Jing Luo, President of CSSA (Chinese Students and Scholars Association). CSSA will hold Chinese Spring Festival Gala in Madison every year, and most of Chinese students will attend the Gala. Yes, I am a member of CSSA and also one of the directors of Chinese Spring Festival Gala. Revise pitch. What is the story? Is what students do for the Chinese New Year since they're not at home? I'd also remember that if Chinese New Year was in January, what is the news value if this story comes out in April? MeredithA look into how the Safe Walk project serves students on campus and why UW-Madison provides this service. (Repitched)
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HebertHayley hhebert2@wisc.eduDihttps://uwstudentinsecurity.wordpress.com/A look into the homeless community on campus, specifically through relief programs, like Porchlight, and the impacts it has made when dealing with this urgent and ongoing struggle. Homelessness is very present on Madison campus - every student walks past at least one person asking for spare change en route to class or a bench-sleeper en route to class. Rather than ignoring the issue, it is important to further understand the homeless community/conditions in Madison and learn more about the impacts of organizations like Porchlight. A friend involved in a Occupy Madison Tiny Houses organization on campus that gives to the homeless of madisonnoRevise pitch. Are you talking about students who are homeless or are you talking about homeless people who are often near and around campus? (Remember that State Street is not campus.) MeredithA look into student “homelessness” on campus - those who are struggling with food and housing insecurities, and the actions UW has taken to provide resources for these students.
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DonohueJamiedonohue2@wisc.eduDi
https://lifeaftercollegesportsblog.wordpress.com/
A look into the life after graduation for college athletes, those going pro and those not. For many UW athletes, being an athete has always been a part of their identity- how does graduating change this? What aspects of being an athlete have translated into their future plans and careers?My roommate is a graduated UW athlete and often explains how she had trouble finding her purpose after she stopped playing a sport.I am a UW athlete, though I will just be focusing on graduated athletes and not current ones.Approved. This is an interesting take on the NCAA ad about how most college athletes will go on to do something besides sports. You'll have to keep your distance from anyone who's on your team — I hesitated on this idea because you might be too close, but you can talk to others who have made this transition.StacyA look into the life after graduation for college athletes, those going pro and those not.
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SklarJonjsklar2@wisc.edyDihttps://collegecoolers.wordpress.com/An examination of the recent real estate expansion in student housing at UW-MadisonAffortable housing is currently one of the most important political issues nationally, and the building of large apartment buildings such as The Hub and Lucky has certainly changed the culture of student housingJill Hodsgon, who is a property manager for JDM, a local Madison real estate companyI've negotiated leases for my fraterntiy as president, so I've seen firsthand many of the challenges to student housingRepitch. There's already a pitch above about the housing boom.Meredith
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HaagJordanjhaag2@wisc.eduDihttps://uwdrinkingpolicy.wordpress.com/Fake IDs are prevelant on campus, whether in restaurants or bars, so focus specifically on the ethical problem of serving underagers on workers and companies. Many students use fake IDs without knowing or believeing in the consequences that they personally can face, along with the consequences that the recipients of the IDs may face. A friend of mine that works in a restaurant, seeing many fake IDs and doesn't typically ID underage students, just provides them with alcohol. I have worked in a restaurant before and have seen this happen.Approved. This is a fresh angle on the issue of fake IDs if you focus on what it means for the people who could be held liable for serving someone who uses a fake ID. Do you think you'll have trouble finding sources? It might be interesting to ask students who use them what they think about putting someone else's life and job in jeopardy. There's a ton to explore here!Stacy
Fake IDs are prevelant on campus, whether in restaurants or bars, so focus specifically on the ethical problem of serving underagers on workers and companies.
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HuberJordanjhuber3@wisc.eduDihttps://yeahbuddystlf.wordpress.com/why-did-i-choose-stlf/ An inside look into how the student org Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) has impacted others and the members themselves.This org not only enriches the lives of those it helps, but also the members within it. The public may want to be aware of the difference it makes or how to become involved. There are many volunteer opportunities throughout the year, but the most fun and rewarding opportunity is the spring break trip where they stop in 5 cities on the way to a final destination.Nolan Billstrom- part of STLF Bus CoreYes, I will be going on the spring break trip this year to South Carolina.Repitch. If you're that involved in the group, it's going to be harder for you to write about it with perspective. Can you please submit a revised pitch in the field to the right? Jane or I can help you come up with a new idea if you're struggling.Stacy
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SidellLeahlsidell@wisc.eduDiuwmadisonstressless.worpress.comProfile of prominent UW Madison almuni who have returned to campus as commencement speakersEveryone is aware that UW Madison is one of the best public universities in the world and it is important to showcase how aumni are giving back by bringing them back to campus to inspire new graduatesRecent conversations with friends about excitement regarding the announcement of "Modern Family" co-creator Steven Levitan as the upcoming commencement speaker and will contact Wisconsin Alumni Association about their selection processes.NoRepitch. It's going to be too hard to get sources for this topic (profiling these famous alumni). You could, however, look into how commencement is put together (including selecting commencement speakers). Just consider that commencement won't happen until four weeks after you wrap up your project.MeredithHow UW Madison students relieve stress
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RoethleMaggiemroethle@wisc.eduDihttps://keepingpoliticsprofessional.wordpress.comInvestigating the effects of political activism on social media, especially within the context of showing participation in the recent protests on personal social media accounts, and how this could affect how your social media profile presents you professionally. Many students participated in the protests and showed their support on social media, and investigating the potential effects this could have on how future employers see this is important as students look for jobs and focus on maintaining a positive and professional online presence.A local business owner (financial advisor) was displeased that one of his employees shared a photo of her participation in the protest in Washignton DC featuring a slightly explicit sign. I thought it interesting that from an employers perspective, this was a potentially negative impact on his ability to maintain good personal connections in his local business.noRevise pitch. There's a lot to explore here, and your idea needs more definition. Can you narrow it to a more specific angle?StacyHow employer's views on political activism on social media affect student's professional development.
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MorgansteinMarthammorganstein@wisc.eduDihttps://uwmadisoncampuscarry.wordpress.com/A look into the potential legislation that would allow concealed weapons in classrooms. I would look at its effects on students' feelings of safetyas well as if the university has any services in place if this legislation were to pass.If this piece of legislation were to pass it would have probably have vastly different effects for different students depending on their upringing. Some students who have grown up around guns might be not be as effected as students who did not have any exposure to guns. This story is also important because of the current huge debate around the issue of gun control.Some of my friends who have grown up in small towns feel that this piece of legislation will not cause a disruption in their daily life whereas one friend of mine who grew up in a different environment said she would feel extremely unsafe if this legislation were to pass. NoApproved. By focusing on the legislation and the reasons for and against it — even if it may not be passed this legislative session — you've got a narrowly defined topic that still gives you room to explore. Try early to get an interview with the key lawmakers for and against it, and also see if you can get some perspective from the campus police.
Stacy
A look into the potential legislation that would allow concealed weapons in classrooms. I would look at its effects on students' feelings of safety as well as if the university has any services in place if this legislation were to pass
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WangVioletviolet.wang@wisc.eduDihttps://filminmadison.wordpress.com/A look into the film culture on campus and how different players influence and interact in this community.Although people automatically think of USC or NYU when talking about film, UW-Madison has a great film studies program and various film communities. Resources such as WUD film, Cinematheque, Wisconsin Film festival bring opportinuties for students and residents to watch films that they wouldn't normally have access to in a commercial cinema. One of my professor is the director of the cinematheque. I know a few people in WUD film. I have interacted with some organizers of Wisconsin Film Festival as well. Maybe I can get in touch of them and see if they can provide me any further resources.NoApproved. Remember to avoid being too promotional. MeredithA look into the film culture on campus and how different players influence and interact in this community.Password: film, Audio Slideshow: https://vimeo.com/212518146
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FangYutingfang38@wisc.edukDihttps://usageoftraditionallibrary.wordpress.com/Places for students' social activities change from traditional places like clubs and restaurants to library and academic workplacesAlong with the insertion of more advanced technology in the library, there are many unexplored resources that remain unused or unknown to students. It is important for students to know how to use library resources and support campus. A librarian that works in the Wisconsin Historical Society has information about the tradistional ways that researchers use in the librarynoRepitch. I don't understand the focus of your story.MeredithIn the age of technology, it is interesting to see how libraries are still maintaining the traditional ways of usage
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DonohueJamiedonohue2@wisc.eduDihttps://lifeaftercollegesportsblog.wordpress.com/A look into the lives of graduated student-athletes and how they cope with moving on from their days playing a college sport.While the stories of student-athletes that go on to play profesionally are well-known and rehearsed, it is much more common for these students to end up having fairly normal lives, similar to their other college peers, and their stories are not told as often.My roommate is graduating and used to be on the women's soccer team. I saw how hard of a time she had coping with losing the identity as a D1 athlete, and felt that other athletes probably felt the same way.I am a current student athlete, but I never played with any of my interview subjects (different sport, different school, or different age).
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Ronnestrand Alexandraronnestrand@wisc.eduFoleyhttps://communicatingwithuwmadison.wordpress.comA communication major is often a default major until students figure out what they want to do, but how often do students feel they should take a class in communications when they are in a different field of study. When out of college, which students feel communications was a waste of time or major and how many wished they took communication courses or think it beneficial in the world. There has become a desire for students to return back to the arts in a way, to become well rounded employees and people in the world. I wonder how many times engineering students take courses in the communication field, out of what form of interest or need to. How often do majors allow the time to take extra courses in a different field, especially communications. How often do employers wish their workers had stronger communication skills?A student in my communication class this semester is a senior in psychology and business. He took this film class for fun, but he thinks communication is a good idea for everyone. Everyone can benefit from being better communicators in the world. I am a communication major but the focus of my paper hopes to direct towards the outside world effects. Towards students who have already graduated with communications from UW-Madison and what they feel they have gained or losed from the experience. I would like to interview employers and see where they would like to see their employees stronger in--whether that is communications or maybe even it ends up being math or science or history. Repitch. There isn't a clear enough focus for an IS project (which, remember, is different from an academic paper). You also might be a little too close to the topic as part of the J School, and it seems like the pitch relies on a lot of assumptions. Meredith How well do generals prepare science majors for the workforce. How easy is it to take classes outside of their field when it will ultimatly benefit them in the workforce, especially with the increasing emphasis of the arts in education. https://vimeo.com/212533351/settings
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RovitzAmandaArovitz@wisc.eduFoleyhttps://underrepresentationinstem.wordpress.com/An overview of gender differences across different majors and how a lack of representation might affect students performanceInevitably, society holds different expectations for men and women. Ive noticed how the amount of women compared to men in the jounalism school differs drastically, and same with the amount of men to women in engineering. This is important because it shows how societal norms prove to be true, and how this affects its students.I have a close friend who is an engineering major, and one of the only females in her discussion. Consequently, I also have a close friend who is male in the journalism school and feels outnumbered. I could look at the range of females to males in the business school and how thats becoming slightly closer. NoConditionally approved. Remember that this is an informational project and not a research paper. Also, this topic is a debate that's been going on for a long time, so you'll need to find some fresh angles. This project will also require talking to more than students in the various majors. MeredithA look into the differences in genders across majors and how this affect's student performance based off of societal pressure.
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McGrailAnniemcgrail2@wisc.eduFoleyIS Site - https://uwalumnirelations.wordpress.com/ & Audio Slideshow Link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eztEh2rX70&t=1s The influence of social media on campus. How it effects students relationships, as well as the influence on building new relationships.This story is important becuase social media has become such a prominent role in todays generations and social media and the small technologies have become a social crutch for this generation.I have had many conversations with friends on the subject as well as discussions in my communication classes regarding the use of social media. I would be interested in interview a professor in the ComArts department who has a focus on social media.no Repitch. Topic overlaps too much with other social media topics and needs more focus. MeredithLook into the ways in which alumni give back to the University through donations as well as speaking to classes and organization. Wisconsin Alumni Association will be a resource, in addition to specific alumni will also be important in my IS story.
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MartinCarolinecmartin24@wisc.eduFoleyfilteringconsentblog.wordpress.comExamine the variety of Snapchat filters / Snapchat stories used on campus and what effect they have on the student body. How do they serve a purpose? What statements do they make? Who approves them? Why do people make them?We live in an age where Snapchat has become a heavily used app and it is expanding to affect our daily lives. I think students on campus use it for various reasons and the different types of filters have an impact on the student body as a whole and individuals.
Lana Scholtz- A junior at UW-Madison she created the "Badgers Get Consent" snapchat geofilter. Also Ella Sklaw, Tyriek Mack, Justine Jones and Marisa Skelley are students on campus who have created geofilters / are part of a student activist group that uses snapchat filters to promote events on campus / as public service announcements. I will also interview a variety of students on campus to understand how snapchat geofilters affect them. I am going to try and contact Snapchat.
NoRevise pitch. This story idea needs some more focus — how do you see yourself telling this story? What kinds of people are you going to talk to? In addition to talking with students, you'll want to find some sort of expert in social media to address how this is changing student relationships, etc.
Did you talk with anyone about how they're using it? Can you repitch it in the field to the right?
StacyHow do Snapchat geofilters on campus affect the student body / can they be used to spread awareness on issues affecting students on campus (I'm going to focus on the use of the "Badgers Get Consent" geofilter).
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RakowerElietterakower@wisc.eduFoleyhttps://chabadsimpactoncampus.wordpress.comA profile on Chabad UW-Madison, which is run by the Rohr family, and how it uniquely serves the Jewish community on campus. At such a large and diverse university, it can be hard for students to feel connected to their religions and traditions. Through Chabad, the Rohr family provides a unique, safe, and welcoming place for students to fully recognize their heritage. In the face of much recent antisemitism on campus, it is important to learn about Chabad and the various ways it helps Jewish students.I spoke with Eden Schuette, a junior at UW-Madison, about which organizations on campus she finds most useful and relevant to student life overall. She inspired me to consider the impact and importance of various religious institutions, and how they allow students to remain connected to their traditions and heritages.I am not a member of Chabad and do not work with them. However, I have attended a Shabbat Dinner hosted by Chabad and thus have experienced the impact it has.Approved. This IS project is going to be a little more intimate because of the nature of looking at one organization and what it does. But you should have enough to cover the different elements of the IS pieces. You'll have to be sure you use some stories/anecdotes from students/former students about what the organization has meant to their time on campus. Just be sure it doesn't get too promotional.StacyA profile on Chabad UW-Madison, which is run by the Matusof family, and how it uniquely serves the Jewish community on campus.
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HelmErikehelm@wisc.eduFoleyhttps://badgersgivebackblog.wordpress.com/The role that UW athletes in Madison and the lack of media coverage they recieve because they are not stars or future professionalsAthletes do much more than play their sports, they are role models for youth both in the area and nationally and often do not receive any credit for that.Professor ForsternoApproved. Interesting topic, but be sure not to be overly promotional. You'll also likely have better access if you focus on less covered teams like women's hockey, crew, etc. MeredithThe role that UW athletes in Madison and the lack of media coverage they recieve because they are not stars or future professionals
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WebsterJennajwebster4@wisc.eduFoleyhttps://informedmillennialsatuwmadison.wordpress.comWhile political tensions are high on our campus, known for being predominately liberal, and Donald Trump starting his first term as President, how do the members of the UW-Madison community (professors, teaching assistants, and fellow students) and their actions (the recent Women's March on campus and numerous protests in recent months) affect your beliefs/views on key issues and how do you feel about your political affiliation as a result of these people and their actions on campus?Because as college students and young adults we are the future and what affects us and our views/opinions on important -and sometimes controversial- political issues will impact the future of our country.After conversing with numerous college students of differing political ideologies I became curious about how informed they really are, what affects their beliefs, and howthey get their news and how this impacts their beliefs and political ideologies.NoRevise pitch. Can you define your pitch a bit more? It's unclear what the story is here — is it how people on the UW-Madison are responding to Trump's presidency? Are you going to talk about what's happening on both sides of the political aisle? There's a lot of potential here, but it needs to be more direct. Can you please try to do that in a revised pitch?StacyWhat role do the student-run news outlets the Daily Cardinal and the Badger Herald play in contributing to UW-Madison students' consumption of political news?
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KostJuliettekost2@wisc.eduFoleyhttps://orpheummadison.wordpress.comProfile on the Orpheum MadisonMusic is a compelling part of our world to me, to be able to have a inside look into the most popular concert spot for UW students is important. I am also interested in looking at their history and different bands/artists have played therenoRepitch. There's another pitch above on live music in Madison.MeredithA profile on the Orpheum, looking at its history, renovations, how they handle music shows versus comedy ones, some of the most popular artists they have had, and the venue's impact on UW-Madison.
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SalataMadelinesalata2@wisc.eduFoleyhttps://statestreetstayslocal.wordpress.comA look into the new stores that opened on State Street in 2016 and the politics/effects of shopping and eating locally.It is important to shop and eat locally to support the local economy, as well as teaching people how and why this is beneficial. These stores also provide UW-Madison students with jobs, which in turn also helps our economy. I also want to look into why these stores chose to open on State Street and how this has affected their business.My friend works at Don't Ask Why / the Coffee Shop / Tailgate, which is a chain that just opened up last year. NoApproved. Are these chains or independent businesses opening on State Street? That's going to be an important thing to explore. See if you can find someone to speak from a bigger perspective about the economy downtown.StacyA look into the new stores that opened on State Street in 2016 and the politics/effects of shopping and eating locally.
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UzeirovicMarkomuzeirovic@wisc.eduFoleyA profile on Madison's chapter of TAA examing its role in UW-Madison's long standing activist history as well as its goals moving forward.The TAA represent graduate student workers at the bargaining table, and every student and faculty member is impacted by graduate student labor.I talked with one of my TAs that was involved with TAA.NoApproved. Remember to do background research on how the TAA's role changed after Act 10. Be sure to avoid being overly promotional. MeredithA look at TAA's impact on UW-Madison, particularly post ACT 10 and the challenges of unionization in higher eduation.
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RoseMitchellmrose5@wisc.eduFoleywww.environmentuw.wordpress.comA look into energy usage on campus, focusing on differences between students and the administration. I would plan to compare how big of a priority energy consumption is to students compared to the administration and what students are doing about it copared to administration Climate change has been a big issue for years now, and greenhouse gas emissions from energy production are a big culprit in climate change. It seems the public is very divided on what to do about climate change since the Trump election has taken over, so this seems like a good time to investigate thisIn a class last semester, Faramarz Vikali, campus director of the We Conserve initiative, spoke to us about what the university was doing to try to save energy. It seemed as though the university was very foused on conservation, but not many of my friends were. But lately I have heard lots of conversations with friendsabout environmental policies and how people are afraid for the future. NoRevise pitch. As pitched, this topic sounds a little like a research paper. I'm not sure what you're comparing and what administration means. There's something good here, though; it just needs some revision!MeredithA look into UW - Madison's sustainability initiatvies over the years and what groups are doing now, including the efforts of university run programs (WE Conserve, Office of sustainability programs) and student organizations (Ethical and Responsible business Network, ASM sustainability comittee, 350 now)
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SchorrParkerschorr2@wisc.eduFoleyhttps://affordablehousinguw.wordpress.com/Understanding the exorbitant pricing of student dorm rent and answering the question of whether what you get warrants the cost.For students paying their way through college, a monthly rent of $1000 for one small, shared room can seem unfair and predatory. Even high-end apartments are often less expensive than dorm pricing. If there is to be any progress made on reducing the cost of college, dormitory rent is an obvious and important place to start. I've talked with many friends and peers who consistently feel that dorm pricing today is extreme and an unnecessarily heavy burden on their finances. NoConditionally approved. There is another pitch about the cost of private housing, so you'd have to stay focused on residence halls. Also, be careful about bringing any preconceived ideas into the story.MeredithUnderstanding the pricing scheme of student dorm rent and answering the question of whether what you get warrants the cost.
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GalermanPerripgalerman@wisc.eduFoleyhttps://studyspotsforbadgers.wordpress.comA deeper look into the different places to study on campus and how that contributes to student performanceEach study spot on campus has varying advantages and disadvantages. I want to explore those differences and how it impacts both the students performance and their choice to study in those locationsI spoke to two friends who prefer different spots to study. One friend goes to memorial, while the other prefers to study at Espresso Royal. These environments are very different, and I want to understand those differencesNoRevise pitch. This topic would lend itself better to a research paper than a reporting project — can you revise your pitch to make it more informational? Thinking about the news values we reviewed the last two weeks might help you to come up with some ideas related to this topic. MeredithA comparison between the various places on campus where students choose study and the advantages and disadvantages of each location.
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YiQianqyi5@wisc.eduFoleyhttps://uwita.wordpress.com/A closer look at how International teaching assistants are introduced to UW campus, and its impact to students' learning experience and UW as a wholeBecause teaching assistant plays a crucial role in students' learning. Recently, the number of international faculties, especially the teaching assistant has been increased greatly. Accordingly, UW has offered many programs and courses to help international TAs to build their teaching skills. This trend can affect students' learning expereince and also exert great influence to UW in terms of its cultural diversity. Heidi Evans, who is my ESL( English as second language)117 teacher and is currently teaching international teaching assistants on campus about the leacturing strategy and communication skills.NoApproved. You're on to something here — if you look at the numbers, I think you'd find that there's a trend of increasing numbers of international graduate students, which has changed the pool of teaching assistants for the university. Be sure to keep it tightly focused so you don't lose control of the story.StacyA closer look at how International teaching assistants are introduced to UW campus, and its impact to students' learning experience and UW as a whole
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AdamsZachzadams2@wisc.eduFoleyhttps://musicinmadtown.wordpress.com/A profile on Madison's live music scene, specifically focusing on venues such as the Orpheum, the Majestic, the Frequency, and Liquid Nightclub. I want to examine how and why certain musical acts are booked, and how Madison's many venues and concerts affect student life. I want to also explore WUD Music, the student-run music arm of the Wisconsin Union Directorate.Music is a very important aspect to the student culture here at UW. Each student has their own unique musical tastes, and there are a variety of venues on and off campus that cater to these different tastes. This story would be an opportunity to highlight an interesting facet of student culture and examine how different venues cater to appeal to different students and their needs. Additionally, music activism is an outlet in which many students voice their opinions-- the political and social implications of a music scene like the one in Madison's has an effect on the student culture. I spoke with fellow members of Emmie Magazine who are familiar with people who work for these venues and are very knowledgable about the local music scene.NoApproved. Just from past history I can tell you that students have had a hard time connecting with off-campus sources at music venues, but have better luck working with organizations like WUD. Keep that in mind as you get going. But you should have some different angles to explore for the different pieces of the IS.
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A profile on Madison's live music scene, specifically focusing on venues such as the Orpheum, the Majestic, the Frequency, and Liquid Nightclub. I want to examine how and why certain musical acts are booked, and how Madison's many venues and concerts affect student life. I want to also explore WUD Music, the student-run music arm of the Wisconsin Union Directorate.
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MattAlexmatt2@wisc.eduGhoshhttps://uwstudentpolitics.wordpress.com/ Competing student political organizations on campus and how they effect our political conversationWe are in a period of tremendous political changes, and happen to live in a politically active city. Our student body's political affiliations are reflected in our participation in political events, and organizations.I spoke with my friend, Noah Habenstreit, about a story he was writing for the Daily Cardinal about an 'alt-right' political organization on campus, which got me thinking about how student organizations engage in political discourse on our campusNoCan't decide on approval until F and G are completed. MeredithWhat role to student political organizations play in creating the political atmosphere at UW-Madison?
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BarreAmiraabarre@wisc.eduGhoshhttps://uwfoodinsecurity.wordpress.comHow does food insecurity impact the UW-Madison campus community? The number of people that cannot afford healthy and nutritious food is staggering. However, this issue is not often addressed especially regarding students on college campuses. People should not have to worry about being able to afford groceries or having to go to bed hungry. UW-Madison is unique because as I have started to look into this issue I have found a lot of reseach and support for people who are struggling to get fed and this deserves to be shared. I discussed the problem of food insecurity in the state of Wisconsin with a public policy director that works at the state capital building which made me wonder about how that impacts students on college campuses and if it is prevalent on UW's campus.noApproved. This is an important issue affecting students — you can bring in some detail about how the rising cost of attending college makes it harder to afford food. Did you know there's a student food pantry on campus?
You should be able to keep this manageable but still have plenty of options for the different elements of the IS piece.
StacyHow does food insecurity impact the UW-Madison campus community?
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BultenaCatherinecbultena@wisc.eduGhoshbecomingabadger.wordpress.com
Transitioning from a high school student to a freshman in college can be an emotional rollercoaster for many students, especially for those who struggle with their mental health.For some students, the transition into college is a breeze. For others, however, the transition may heighten certain mental health disorders. Professors pay little attention to students who battle depression and anxiety. It is important for incoming freshman students to be aware of the several mental health services that are available here on campus at UW.I interviewed my friend's roommate, Erin, who had an awful transition into UW-Madison due to her social anxiety.No.Revise pitch. This is a promising story idea, but it needs more focus. What about focusing on the transition to high school without getting into the added element of mental health? That's going to add a layer that will complicate your reporting and organizing. Can you repitch it in the field to the right?StacyFocusing on the transition of becoming a UW Badger.
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ChinitzDanielchinitz@wisc.eduGhoshhttps://uwcustodians.wordpress.com/An examination of the lower level workers on campus such as the custodial/dining hall staffs and trying to figure out if there is an apparent class distinction or percieved one by the employees. In the wake of the last election, there is a lot of discussion of class distinctions in the US and how people in the working class have been fed up with notions of elitism. I want to look at where these two groups meet and see if there is a clear distinction between the twoI discussed a similar topic with a custodian who worked in the residence halls when I was a freshman, after two years the topic seems more relevant nownoConditionally approved. Please complete columns G and H. MeredithAn examination of the lower level workers on campus such as the custodial/dining hall staffs and trying to figure out if there is an apparent class distinction or percieved one by the employees.
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NollenbergerHaydennollenberger@wisc.eduGhoshhttps://uwmadisonstudenttickets.wordpress.com/How rising trend of student ticket scalping has impacted UW sports student attendance, average ticket price, and student interestUW is different from many other schools in the way anyone can buy student tickets, and sit in student section. As badger athletic success has grown, so has the market for buying and reselling tickets. Is it a student's right to get tickets? Should some have priority? Should anyone be allowed to sit in student section?My angry roommate was mad that he couldn't get basketball tickets , and they were selling for 3 times face value by students who had just purchased them.I am a student at UW, but have not really been affected by thisRevise pitch. Can you address some broader questions about the ticket process? It also seems that you have a lot of preconceptions here (based on the writing), so be sure to stay objective. MeredithHow student ticket process (purchasing, reselling, using wiscard, student section etc.) affects typical UW student involvement in badger athletics.
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LewitzIanlewitz@wisc.eduGhoshhttps://uwmadisonschoolofmusicblog.wordpress.com/Profile on UW Madison School of Music UW Madison school of music is an important part of the universities makeup. Music students have an interesting and unique university experience.I've talked with friends who are students in the school of music.NoApproved. Be sure to avoid the traps of being overly promotional. You'll also need to be sure to add some news values to why we care about this project. MeredithProfile on UW Madison School of Music.
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KleinJasonjklein8@wisc.eduGhoshfacultyassistantsuw.wordpress.comWhat is the role of Faculty Assistants on campus, and how do they differ from Teaching Assistants?I recently saw a presentation made by a group of Faculty Assistants who are looking to be paid at the same level as Teaching Assistants. Their case was solid, and intriguing. First of all, it made me want to explore the story behind Faculty Assistants, a group which I had never heard of prior to the presentation. Second, I wanted to know more about their fight for a salary raise, and why they currently make less than Teaching Assistants.Jambul Akkaziev, a Faculty Assistant who teaches English as a Second Language, gave the presentation during an ASM meeting I was at.Nope.Approved. Great unique topic. MeredithWhat is the role of Faculty Assistants on campus, and how do they differ from Teaching Assistants?
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de VogelLuisaldevogel@wisc.eduGhoshdiverseminds.wordpress.comA look into mental health resources for students of color on the UW Madison campusIn light of recent hate and bias incidents, as well as high rates of depression and anxiety in college students in general, UHS as well as the MSC have offered increased mental health services for students of color. I think it's important that these resoures are offered, as well as important for students to be aware of why and how these resources are availableI spoke with a friend, Tyriek Mack, who has been involved with the MSC as well as Student Services Finance Committee, and the request for more money from UHS for mental health resources specifically for students of color.noApproved. Interesting angle on a topic we hear a lot. Meredith
A look into mental health resources for students of color on the UW Madison campus
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BertelsenNinanbertelsen@wisc.eduGhoshhttps://uwmedicalamnesty.wordpress.com/wisconsin-legislation/How does the presence or lack of medical amnesty laws efffect young adults, and the history of Wisconsin's policies. Many students don't understand their rights and make poor decisions, imforming people about this could promt them to ask for change from their legislators. Additionally Wisconsin is a alcohol heavy state but is unlike its neighbors by not having this law. Coming from Minnesota I didn't understand the difference in the laws between the states.A freshman I encountered at Madison had alochol poisioning but refused to go to the ER because she was afraid of getting a ticket and puked for 14hours. This is unlike people I know at the University of Minnesota who have been taken to the ER without fear of reprocussions. Addiontally I know someone who used to be a firefighter/EMT near UW Superior and heard some very scary stories about kids not going to help and getting hurt or freezing. I write for the Daily Cardinal and we cover most things related to UW, including alcohol. But I have never personally covered, nor researched, this and as I work for College News and not State News I dont anticiapte that I ever would. Approved. This is definitely a new twist on the alcohol/drinking issue, and it's good to highlight the reasons why Wisconsin's law is different. You'll have to think through who you can get to talk about the legal perspective — what kind of source could speak to that? You might need to cast a wide net to get at it. And it sounds like you have some good angles for finding people who can talk about how this law affected them, which will be important.StacyHow does the presence or lack of medical amnesty laws efffect young adults, and the history of Wisconsin's policies
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KanePeterpkane4@wisc.eduGhoshAn investigation into which major best prepares students for life after college, how do areas of study relate to real life skills and, ultimatly, what is the smartest major?Many people use college as a way to get a job later in life, but often their carrer doesn't relate to their undergraduate degree. Is there a major that leads to success later in life regarless of career path? I want to know.I live with a lot of engineers. While all of them are really smart when it comes to math or science, their classes don't put much emphasis on learning about the world, which I consider to be essential knowledge. I wonder what major does the best job at providing a well-rounded educationI thought of my IS pitch after having conversations with a few of my roommates, who are engineers. If you want their names they are Drew Monroe, Sam Broering and Tryg Gessner.Conditionally approved. Remember that your job will be to lay out the facts as you seek them, find them, and report them -- and not to make an argument. It's a trap a lot of students fall into when they have a strong opinion about a topic going into it. It's going to be hard to get your arms around this because what's the smartest choice is going to be different for everyone. Maybe you need to focus on job placement?MeredithWhat undergraduate major will best prepare students for life after collge? How do STEM majors find value in the Liberal Arts and vice versa?
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ReichelScottreichel2@wisc.eduGhoshhttps://uwjewishorgs.wordpress.com/Overview of the 3 major Jewish organizations (ie: Hillel, Chabad, JEM) on campus and each of their strengths and weaknessesTo provide a guide to Jewish students at UW-Madison who want to maintain their Jewish identity, but lack vital information about each of the organizations that can help determine which specific organization is the best fit for them personally.A fellow fraternity member who has gone to various events with me at each of these Jewish organizations on campus. I have also had various conversations with the head rabbis at each organization and would like to conduct interviews with each of them so they can provide me with important information regarding their specific organizationI have attended various events at each of the 3 Jewish organizations. Revise pitch. Someone already claimed a profile of Chabad. Remember that you do not want to sound overly promotional. There also are several topics already pitched related to the Jewish community on campus, so be sure not to overlap with others' topics. MeredithDiscussing the unique characteristics of the 3 major Jewish organizations (ie: Hillel, Chabad, JEM) on campus and discussing importance that each organization has on jewish life at UW-Madison
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PortelliSophiaportelli@wisc.eduGhoshhttps://themcburneycenter.wordpress.com/A look into students with disabilities on campus and how UW accomodates students with such disabilities, specifically through the McBurney Center as well as other provisions and special services. I believe that students with disabilities and the difficulties they face each day are extremely underrepresented in our college community. I also believe that not many people are familiar with the McBurney center and various accomodations that people with disabilities need everyday/and have access to on campus. It is important to raise awareness for these people and to better understand their hardships.I spoke to a friend who has a McBurney VISA for a learning disability, and this got me wondering about other students with disabilities (whether it be a learning, mental, or physical disability) and how UW accomodates them.NoRevise pitch. Are you going to find a couple of students who are facing different situations to talk about McBurney and what the support has meant, or are you going to focus on one area, such as learning disabilities? It would be good if you could refine your idea a bit and repitch it in the box to the right.StacyA profile on the McBurney Disability Resource Center and how its provisions and services have helped several different students with disabilities.
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Sprengeler Ben bsprengeler@wisc.edu Ghosh https://no1partyschooluwmadison.wordpress.com/A profile on UW-Madison's ranking as the "#1 Party School" by the Princeton Review and how different types of students percieve that ranking based on their own personal experience. UW-Madison has always had the perception of being a "party school", yet our campus is home to a diverse plethora of students. I am intrigued by this ranking and want to dive into how true this ranking is. How do real, actual UW-Madison students see UW-Madison? I interviewed one of my friends who chooses not to consume alcoholic beverages and I thought her preception of student life was interesting and unlike other people I've talked too. I am apart of the student body if that counts. Conditionally approved. Are you 21? If not, you're going to have trouble accessing sources for some of the story. I think you're good on the connection to the story idea! Are you going to explore the rankings and why the school has the party reputation, or are you going to focus on the students who don't party? That perspective is good to bring in — that could make for an interesting profile or audio piece — but be careful about covering two different stories. Can you repitch in the field to the right with more detail about your focus?StacyA profile on UW-Madison's ranking as the "#1 Party School" by the Princeton Review and how different types of students (ones that consider themselves "partiers" and ones that don't) percieve that ranking based on their own personal experience. (so essentially focusing more on student perceptions, not exactly the deeper history of why we have this reputation).
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ShenRuirshen7@wisc.eduGhosh https://individualstorybyrui.wordpress.com/A closer look at UW wheelhouse studios and to what extent it benefits the university students on art cultivation Wheelhouse studio is an art studio locating at Memorial Union. It provides open art working spaces as well studio courses with different topics varying from photography, handmade jewelry, glassmaking etc. Some courses are free but most require a course fee. It seems cool to have this kind art studio open on campus and provide non-art major students an opportunity to learn some art forms they like. However, not many students around me have ever been to that place, so I’m curious in seeing how well wheelhouse studio are going on campus and to what degree they are benefiting the students. Also, how much do students learn about it and is there any suggested way to promote this school resource?I haven't interviewed anyone yet, but I may interview the working staff or teaching artists there. No, but I'm thinking of taking a few courses from wheelhouse studio some time in the future. Approved. Great topic. MeredithA closer look at UW wheelhouse studios and to what extent it benefits the university students on art cultivation
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KlauckBerkleeklauck2@wisc.eduHillsscoopupmadison.wordpress.comA deeper look into the history of Babcock ice cream and how the creation and innovation of it has changed UW.The work that goes into bringing creamy Babcock treats to our bowls is often overlooked. I want to focus on the task of creating ice cream from start to finish, and how this creation being around affects students.I talked with students who frequently eat Babcock ice cream and it got me curious about the process as well as the health pros/cons associated with this particular brand of ice creamNoConditionally approved. Did you talk with anyone about your idea as you were developing it? Be sure to fill in that box to the left. But this is a fantastic idea — you've got a ton of potential for the various pieces of the IS project.StacyA deeper look into the history of Babcock ice cream and how the creation and innovation of it has changed UW.
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Ceesay Fatoumataceesay2@wisc.eduHillshttps://theblackexperienceatuwmadison.wordpress.com/UW-Madison's lack of exposure in regards to the historic relationship between different ethnic groupsToday, there are different ethnic groups on campus who don't feel like they're being catered to. Taking a look into the history behind why that is would really help students understand that the tensions that are arising aren't new.Students who have experienced a lack of appropriate response from the UW-Madison administrationNoRevise pitch. I like the potential of this idea, but it needs some more specific direction. Are there certain incidents or relationships you're going to focus on to make this point? This story has the makings of something really powerful, but can you please repitch it so it's a bit more narrow?
StacyThere are many black students who feel like UW-Madison isn't catering to them, especially after recent incidents and I would like to examine the history of the treatments of black students on campus, how it relates to them now, and the treatment of black students today on campus.
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LoganGarcialgarcia6@wisc.eduHillswww.latinxatuw.wordpress.com A look at how the election of Donald Trump has made an impact on campus Chican@ students, faculty, and staff, prompting larger scale movements to organize Latin cultures for more respresentation on campusChican@ students feel underrepresented and under attack at UW for their culture, which is a large part of their identity, and in the last few months major steps have been taken by campus staff and students to combat rascism and representationMolly Jo Bautch and Arturo Diaz are staff who helped coordinate the Latinx Townhall last semester to begin concerted organizing efforts who I heard speak at the meetingI am part Hispanic but it is not reallyl part of my identity so I will be able to stay neutral, no organizational tiesConditionally approved. Remember that Donald Trump's election will be 4 months prior to the publication. You'll also need to remain flexible since this will be a bit of a moving target as new information comes in. MeredithA look at recent developments on how campus Hispanic/Chicano/Latino groups are becoming increasingly organized, and their specific goals for improving representation at UW-Madison.
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WincklerHaleyhwinckler@wisc.eduHillshttps://animalsuw.wordpress.com/; https://youtu.be/tahwtvzFUwwMy story will profile UW-Madison's use of animals in teaching, research, and testing and discuss the ethical debate that rises surrounding this issue even though the University is well-known for scientific discoveries.While catching up with a friend this weekend, he mentioned the lab that he works/volunteers in here on campus that uses both deceased and living animals for research. I am intrigued to delve into the give and take involved in of the use of animals in testing/research. On one end, it should be explored how the use of animals in teaching/research prepares certain majors for their careers in addition to resulting in some scientific breakthroughs by the university. On the other hand, there is still debate on whether the use of animals is fair or ethical. I spoke with my friend, Trev Ziemer, a UW-Madison junior. He works in a lab here on campus and revealed that there is a lot more use of animals in research than the university probably wants us to see. I would plan to present opinions for and agaist the use of animals in these situations in addition to a faculty member leading some research involving animals.No, I am not in any scientific organizations or heading that direction for my career in the slightest.Approved. This is a huge topic and one that's attracted a lot of attention from animal-rights groups such as PETA. The challenge I see is that it's going to be hard for you to get someone from the university to talk to you about this becuase it has been such a touchy subject in the past. They are likely to send you to this site: https://animalresearch.wisc.edu/ Chris Barncard would be a good person to start with (he's listed on the press resources page). That's not to say you shouldn't tackle it, but I wanted you to be aware of some of the roadblocks you might encounter. It would be interesting to see how the attention from PETA a few years ago (on research using cats) maybe changed things? StacyMy story will profile UW-Madison's use of animals in teaching and/or research and discuss the ethical debate that rises surrounding this issue even though the University is well-known for scientific discoveries.
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StaffordIsabelleistafford@wisc.eduHillsuwsustainabilityblog.wordpress.comDespite UW-Madison providing sustainable resources for students, how knowledgeable are students really regarding sustainable living? UW Madison claims to be very eco-friendly and has a lot of sutainable projects on Campus, but I want to know how informed the students are. For example, in residents halls or academic buildings, there will be multiple trashcans, recycling bins or compost bins, but many students don't know what goes into what.I interviewed a friend of a friend while studying. She mentioned that she never knew which trashbin to use when they provided multiple. No, but I do believe strongly in living an eco-friendly lifestyle.Revise pitch. There's a lot to cover when it comes to sustainability. A student ahead of you pitched a story on food waste — can you find a different angle on sustainability to pitch? You can put it to the right.
StacyFocus on how informed students are with sutainability at UW, specifically with recycling and if UW is doing enough to inform students
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WerreJasonjwerre@wisc.eduHillsA look into Young Americans for Freedom, its history, and its controversy after being pegged a hate group by some.So far, it seems that the battle between Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) and more liberal students has been a game of he said she said. Students have called the organization racist, and
YAF of course denies this. Students will be interested to learn what the organization is really all about, and YAF should get a chance to explain themselves. Or, if the organization really is a hate group in disguise, it is important to reveal the motives behind it, and attempt to learn why students join it. In the tense political climate we have today, communication is key.
My roommate's friend is in the organization. He gave me a brief description and said that it was a controversial group that a lot of people don't actually know about.NoApproved. Remember that the "recent controversy" now will be months old then. Be sure to be flexible while reporting to keep adjusting as this story evolves. MeredithA look into Young Americans for Freedom its history, and its controversy after being pegged a hate group by some.
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O'DonnellJuliaJAODonnell2@wisc.eduHillsAnyway, I plan to do my story on a sort of movement that is going around in the downtown nightlife/music/bar scene that focuses on providing safe spaces for women, people of color and queer people. I would say that Lili is part of a growing movement that also includes the group "Queer Pressure" and DJ Boyfrrrnd, Sarah Akawa, and others (I'll have to do some more research before I know for sure who I would like to include.) Here is one article that begins covering the topic from a while back, but I feel that there is still more that could be covered/discussed. (http://www.tonemadison.com/articles/a-few-notes-on-safety-harassment-and-equity-at-shows/)The person I interviewed is Lili Luxe, a queer burlesque dancer/performer/event planner and promoter who has taken over the planning of the late night party events at the restaurant/bar I work at (Tavernakaya). I realize that we're not supposed to be closely involved with the topic we're covering, but I think my job isn't really the main focus of her work, it's simply one of the many locations that she hosts events at. The events all have a no-harrassment/"ask first" policy and gender-neutral bathrooms. Most make efforts to book female, queer or PoC DJs and many also feature things like a "sober area," go out of their way to be handicap-accessible, etc.Repitch. There needs to be a clear connection to UW–Madison. Meredith
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O'DonnellJuliaJAODonnell2@wisc.eduHillshttps://wordpress.com/page/madisonqueeralternativenightlife.wordpress.com/2A look at nightlife, social events and activities focused on the LGBTQ community on campus, with a focus on whether queer women and queer people of color feel included.I've noticed that while there are a few gay bars in Madison, none are on campus and the main ones (Shamrock and Plan B) seemed aimed mostly at gay men. I'm curious what the social lives of LGBTQ women in the area look like, and whether they are satisfied with their options or not.I talked to Lili Luxe, who helps organize dance/nightlife events (Like "Dyke Dive Pop-Up bars at Gib's, for example) for queer women in the capital/willy street areas, but does not organize anything with students specifically in mind. I've also reached out to Cabell Gathham, who taught my intro to LGBT studies course last semester and seemed to know a lot about LGBT life on campus, but have yet to hear back.)No (I'm bisexual and am a UW student but have not gotten involved with any LGBT campus life, or tried to.Take a look at the nightlife/social options on campus for LGBTQ women.
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AhmadLeilalahmad@wisc.eduHillshttps://marchingbandwisconsinsite.wordpress.com/A profile on the importance of UW- Madison's marching band to the undergraduate student body and marching band members.The marching band at UW- Madison has been a tradition since 1885. Game Day is one of the biggest events as a undergraduate here at UW. The marching band helps make this experience better and more enjoybale for students. Each member of the band helps cheer on the Badgers during sports events with lots of passion, and they are a key part of school spirit here at UW. Leila Sunier, a friend from home that joined the marching band at the University of Miami in Florida. She inspired me to look into the marching band here at UW- MadisonNo, I am not part of the marching band. The topic just interests me. I can't wait to learn more and conduct my own interviews.Revise pitch. Do you think you'll want to tell the story through the eyes of one band member, or a handful of students? It would be good if you could define this a bit more because right now it's very broad. Can you repitch it in the field to the right with some more detail?StacyA profile on UW Madison Marching Band (looking at a handful of students) specifically looking at how the time commitment to this extracurricular activity could be detrimental to a student's (marching band member) academics.
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LeggettMontanamleggett@wisc.eduHillsURL for the audio slideshow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw_3faSnF6Q URL for final site: https://theopiateepidemic.wordpress.com/
Focus on the history and current problems of drug use on the UW-Madison campus, the implications of this, and what is being done to combat this.
Drugs are becoming a negative aspect of everyday life, whether it's as simple as drug use or being affected by a drug overdose. Having this knowledge will allow others to better combat the current problems and allow future leaders to create revolutionary ideas they can implement when they get the chance to be in a position to make change.I have written several stories about heroin and opioids in the state of Wisconsin during my time at The Badger Herald. I have talked with numerous police officers and legislators about the issue and realize that these types of issues extend beyond members of the Madison and Wisconsin communities. Students here at UW-Madison can easily be affected and this has serious financial, emotional, and social consequences that have life-long impacts.NoConditionally approved. Sadly this is a big issue for students, and an important story to tell. Do you want to focus on one particular kind of drug issue — maybe heroin? It may be come too unwieldy if you try to talk about marijuana/heroin/Adderall in one story. Do you want to stick to opioids? You can bring in some of the bigger perspective about the size of this probelm beyond campus. Also, sourcing for you might be tricky — we generally don't allow students to use sources that won't let us use thier names, but for something sensitive like this, we would consider it. Just know that you'd have to share the person's name with me (acting in the capacity of your editor).
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I will look at the drug on campus which has the most negative impact on a large amount of students and interview experts to understand the history of this, how it is being dealt with, and what the path ahead looks like.
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BeckerSarahsbecker8@wisc.eduHillshttps://overturecenterforthearts.wordpress.com/A closer look at how The Overture Center on State Street impacts and enhances the music and art scene in Madison and on the UW campus.Art and music contribute so much to the nightlife on the UW campus, and The Overture Center is a huge addition to that. Students attend a wide variety of shows at the The Overture, and it plays a big part in entertainment on campus. The Overture also host numerous events put on by the university, such as "Night at the Overture" during welcome week. A fellow student who attends many broadway shows that are put on at The Overture, and looks for shows there every weekend. NoApproved. Be sure to keep a tight focus on Overture and what it means to the Madison community. There are a number of free events there, too, such as Kids in the Rotunda, so think beyond students to how it contributes to life here for many different kinds of people.Stacy
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JiSylviajji27@wisc.eduHillshttps://livingintheilc.wordpress.com/How International Learning Community (ILC) in UW-Madison Adams Residence Hall affect its residents in terms of their foreign languages learning process.As one of the most popular choices of UW-Madison residence halls, Adams Hall attracts many students by its language learning community ILC. I find it important to check out the story behind it when one of my friends asked for my advice whether to live in it, which is also a question faced by many UW-Madison students who are interested in learning a particular foreign language.I interviewed Steven, one of my classmates from Japanese class. He choce to live in Adams ILC because of his strong passion for Japanese learning. I asked about his feedback for it and he told me that it is truly helpful for foreign language learning by immensing in that environment as ILC offered.NoApproved. Be sure to avoid the traps of being overly promotional. You'll also need to be sure to add some news values to why we care about this project. MeredithHow International Learning Community (ILC) in UW-Madison Adams Residence Hall affect its residents in terms of their foreign languages learning process.
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SchmitzWilliamwschmitz2@wisc.eduHillshttps://uwmadisonhiphop.wordpress.com/A profile on UW-Madison students that are trying to make it in the music or acting industry and detail the hard work and sometimes lucky breaks that are necessary to break throughIt's important because it's a different route than most students take and there are some neat stories from young aspiring artists that should be told. My friend's RA is a musical artist who has told some stories and opened up a little bit about his path.NopeApproved. Meredith
A profile on UW-Madison students that are trying to make it in the music or acting industry and detail the hard work and sometimes lucky breaks that are necessary to break through
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GengXinyixgeng8@wisc.eduHillshttps://uwteachingandlearning.wordpress.com/How does the documentary Making a Murder affect Wisconsin Innocence Project.Making a Murder went viral last year. It helps a lot of people understanding criminal justice system and introduces Wisconsin Innocence Project to the public. I am interested in studying if there is any impacts Making a Murder bring to the WIP (Fundraise, case load, volunteer, news coverage etc.). Through this case, I want to further analyze the role media plays in wrongful conviction cases. I interviewed my major advisor. She told me that they received 3 times more volunteer appllicants than before. noRepitch. Someone already claimed this topic, and there won't be enough material to make these project substantively different. MeredithWhat efforts unviersity try to improve the faculty-student relations? Critical analysis of the U-CLaSS program. (U-CLaSS chats are designed to give students the opportunity to talk with faculty about common issues, challenges and possibilities in teaching and learning.)
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FormanMargaret mforman2@wisc.eduHills https://rebuildingthetatau.wordpress.com/A profile on the professional fraternity Theta Tao and how it differs from traditional frat stereotypes and how they've grown their memebership. Because when people hear the term "frat" they sometimes get negative connotations. This organization is thriving and growing. They have women engineers in leadership roles and build each other up professionally while also having the fun aspects on a frat.My good friend from my dorm last year is a memeber and has spoken to me about how they are somewhat of an unknown organization but are getting a lot of pledges this semester. No, I am not a memeber and I am about the farthest thing from an engineer. Approved. Just be sure to keep a tight focus on this particular group (another student is doing a story about how Greek life can help with networking) and be careful about becoming too promotional.MeredithA profile on the professional fraternity Theta Tao and how it differs from traditional frat stereotypes and how they've grown their memebership.
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RovitzAmandaArovitz@wisc.eduIxionhttps://underrepresentationinstem.wordpress.com/A look into gender discrimination and sexism within STEM programs on and off campus. STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) is extremly important in todays society. Women are often shut out to engage in such activity from the men who dominate the field. There needs to be a stronger representation of women who can change the course of STEM.I interviewed Emily Lawrence, a student in the engineering school. She is currently a sophomore. I realized that the lack of representation in her class was an issue that had global significance. I am not a member of WISE, or WISELI. I don't work with the organizations either.Conditionally approved. Remember that this is an informational project and not a research paper. Also, this topic is a debate that's been going on for a long time, so you'll need to find some fresh angles. This project will also require talking to more than students in the various majors. MeridethA look into the gender discrimination and unrrepresentation within STEM fields for women throughout all ages.
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rischCeciliacrisch2@wisc.eduOrnellahttps://homesicknesssite.wordpress.comA look at homesickness on the UW campus and how we can help the students who are suffering. This is important because UW Madison has a draw to out of state kids who may be suffering and students can perform to the best of their ability if they are missing home. UW freshman and UW health professionals noConditionally approved. Remeber that this is an information piece, so be sure not to fall into advocacy (e.g., "how we can help") Meredith
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BeckmanAlexandraabeckman3@wisc.eduRuferhttps://uwwomensrights.wordpress.comGender relations on campus, specifically related to the Women's Marches and new legislation affecting women's reproductive rightsWith the new president, there are a lot of changes happening to legislation in regards to women's health and here on cmapus we had almost 75,000 people march for women's rights From speaking with other women who attended the Women's March in Madison, I realized that we have a lot of women on campus who are passionate about these issues.noRevise pitch. Can you try to narrow this a bit? It's going to seem pretty unweildy if you try to take on too much. Would you want to focus on the recent protests related to what's happening politically? Or would you look at women's health? Be sure you get a range of perspectives, too — there isn't just one view for all women. You should repitch this with a more focused idea of what you would cover.Stacy
A profile on women's activist groups on campus and what they are doing to spread awareness and information about women's health and rights.
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FisherAnniefisher8@wisc.eduRuferhttps://insidewip.wordpress.comProfile of Innocence Project This is the UW chapter that helps wrongly convicted people prove their innocence Friend who had heard about the recent client successnoApproved. MeredithProfile of Innocence Project
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WeberCallencjweber5@wisc.eduRuferAn Investigation into the 12,000 year history of the Madison campus. Focusing specifically on the Native American culture that built this land and what regards we hold that rich history to in 2017. With an increase in student activism on campus we sometimes forget our rich histroy into the Native American culture and where the land and customs to build this university came from. Gabi DiBenedetto, who wrote a story on Native American culture and re-learning Native languages for Curb magazine. NoApproved. This is such a cool idea — you've got a ton of potential for the elements beyond the story. There are some great experts on campus for you, too. StacyWith an increase in student activism on campus we sometimes forget our rich history into the Native American culture and where the land and customs to build this university came from.
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MillerJulietmiller46@wisc.eduRuferA look into how students on campus manage mental health isses and whether or not they feel like the univesity provides enough resources to help themMany college students struggle with mental health issues and it is important that they feel like their university is providing them with the support they needA fellow classmate that has struggled with mental health while being in collegeNoRepitch. Someone else had pitched a story about student mental health. Can you repitch with a different idea? I can try to help you come up with an idea if you're struggling.Stacy
A look into how students on campus manage mental health isses and whether or not they feel like the univesity provides enough resources to help them.
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EricksonKristakerickson6@wisc.eduRuferhttps://menbcampusoutbreak.wordpress.comA profile on University Health Services and how they handled the 3 students diagnosed with meningococcal disease B as well as keeping other UW-Madison students informed and updated with their vaccinations. After the email notice about the student that was diagnosed with meningitis, many UW students entered into a panic. UHS was able to soften this through vaccinations and informing students. I also feel this is important because UHS did not offer the second dose of the booster some students were either frustrated or did not recieve one at all. One student who panicked, recieved the first dose and then was almost unable to recieve the second dose due to insurance. No Approved. This is a nice, specific pitch that should allow you to focus on this issue and what it meant for students. You're right, there was a lot of confusion over what is a very scary disease. The challenge will be reaching out to UHS — I'm not saying they won't cooperate with you on this, but you may need to hustle to get what you need from them. Stacy
A profile on University Health Services and how they handled the 3 students diagnosed with meningococcal disease B as well as keeping other UW-Madison students informed and updated with their vaccinations.
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WashaganKristinkwashagan@wisc.edu Ruferhttps://madisonmusicsolutions.wordpress.comI want to focus on the disparities in gender and race in Madison's music scene. The music scene is very much so dominated by white men, and I want to research why and propose potential solutions. This story is important because it makes emerging artists feel alienated from the community, and lacks diversity in general.I recently interviewed Tag Evers, a music promoter in Madison, and was immediately put off by the way he mansplained and patronized me, a female journalist, throughout the interview. I am currently the ArtsEtc. editor of the badger herald, and have seen time and time again the ways in which men have dominated the music scene and have been concerned. Repitch. There needs to be a clear connection to UW–Madison. MeredithOn campus and in the venues students frequent, there lies prominent gender and race disparities in both treatment of artists and audiences.
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SummersLaurenlsummers3@wisc.eduRuferA deeper look into UW's initiatives regarding food waste in dining halls on campus and if these policies are truly creating meaningful impact on the environment. UW-Madison is a large university, with over 7,000 residents in student housing and an even larger number using UW dining halls and facilities. Climate change a more pressing issue than ever before, and UW holds a social repoinsibility to dispose of food waste in a sustainable way. I am curious as to where this food goes.I have several friends who work in Gordon's and other dining halls who are angry over the fact that UW does not compsot or have an efficent food waste system for the amount of trash it generates. NoApproved. This is been a huge priority for the sustainability initiative at UW-Madison — composting does happen (Grainger does, I know), and from what I've heard, the waste disposal system at Gordon Commons is quite impressive. (See if you can get a tour!) This is a fresh angle on student life and you can have some fun with the different elements, such as the ASFs and the slideshow.Stacy
A deeper look into what exactly is being done with food waste at UW-Madison dining facilites and how students can do more to help this campus become more "green" in regards to food waste.trashtalkuw.wordpress.com
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SchreiberLivoschreiber@wisc.eduRuferhttps://kampsoncampus.wordpress.com/A profile on Kamps Fit, the new workout gym in Madison and its struggle to brand itself as more than just a "sorority girl workout" in a college townKamps will go out of business if we cannot develop a strategy to appeal to the citizens and over 20 adults of Madison, WI. How can they expand their brand and attain new customers while maintaining their current customer base? Ari Karl, founder of Kamps, and UW- Madison AlumnI work out there during the week, but I am not an employee under contract.Stacy
A profile on Kamps Fit, the new workout gym in Madison and its struggle to brand itself as more than just a "sorority girl workout" in a college town.
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BushmanMaggiebushman2@wisc.eduRuferhttps://studentcriminalhistory.wordpress.comEducating incoming students of the benefits and hardships of applying to college undecided and helpful tools to manage the stress of not having a major.There is a whole community of students on campus who were undecided at one point in their college careers. At times it may feel like students should be ashamed of being undecided. There are so many pressures to pick a major, but really this is the best time to explore. It would be beneficial to other students to have a story that lays out the benefits and resources on campus to help students find the perfect major for them.Students who are part of this overlooked community who would like to provide thier wisdom on this topic.NoRevise pitch. Did you talk to someone specific as you were coming up with your idea? There's some potential here, but it feels like you should have more definition to this idea — do you know how you'd get your arms around this topic? It seems like it could get out of hand. Could you repitch the idea with a bit more focus?StacyMy story will assess the possiblity of asking prospective students to provide criminal records on their applications and whether or not that is taking away a student right.https://soundcloud.com/user-758766066/support-for-studentshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STG1qpEFFlM
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ChandlerMaggiechandler4@wisc.eduRuferhttps://uwmadisonoffcampushousing.wordpress.com/My story will focus on how landlords have taken advantage of UW-Madison student tenants through unfair or vague clauses in the lease. (Will consult Tenent Resource Center, Student Resource Center, and Campus Square Apartments which is where my TA lives)The majority of UW-Madison students choose off-campus housing at some point in their college careers. Unfortunately, many students do not know what they are doing when they sign a lease and end up getting taken advantage of. Students should know what clauses to be wary of, their rights as tenants, and the landlord's rights. A friend of mine from the dorm last year put me into contact with a pair of roommates. They found several "hidden costs" in their 2017-2018 lease. None of these costs were in bold nor included in the total rent listed on the front of the lease. During the showing, the girls directly asked if there would be additional fees and the person showing the apartment said there wouldn't be. This did not turn out to be the case.NoApproved. You'll definitely want to tap into the tenant resources you mentioned — they're going to help you understand what's going on, because this could get complex pretty quickly. There's a lot going on legally — city regulations, state laws — so be careful about getting bogged down in all of that. It's going to be most interesting when it's focused on student tenants who are being leaned on for more money. StacyMy story will focus on how landlords have taken advantage of UW-Madison student tenants through unfair or vague clauses in the lease.https://soundcloud.com/user-859218773/chandler_maggie_audiostoryhttps://youtu.be/qUZ_wo5vik8
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KuemmelMeghanmkuemmel@wisc.eduRuferhttps://recreationoncampus.wordpress.com/A look into the benefits and consequences of the project to completely demolish and rebuild the SERF over the next few years, its impact on students and how it will improve the quality of the university.The Serf is the main workout facility used by upperclass students, and is usually very crowded on a normal week night. Without the Serf, the Natatorium will be very crowded. It will be difficult to work out. Many students will be forced to look to outside gyms, which cost more money, while still paying for a RecSports membership through their segregated fees. Having only the Nat, which is very old, many incoming potential students will be less likely to chose UW. I have heard from numerous staff and other fellow students how inconveniant this proejct is, and that it will not even be done by the time they leave/graduate. I also have heard from my brother, who is a senior in high school and looking at potential colleges, that other schools (such as the University of Minnesota) are more attractive because of the high class workout facility.I work at RecSports, but nothing close to the remodling project. I work only in member services. This rebuilding project is completely disconnected from my job. Approved. Your connection is pretty loose, so that won't be an issue. There are a lot of ways you can take this story in different angles for the various IS pieces — you have good potential for the alternative story forms (maps, timelines, etc.). StacyA look into the benefits and consequences of the project to completely demolish and rebuild the SERF over the next few years, its impact on students and how it will improve the quality of the university.
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BirosSofiabiros@wisc.eduRuferhttps://feminismfightspromotion.wordpress.comAn examination of female entrepreneurs on campus, from brand ambassadors to women with businesses of their own.Women on campus are becoming more involved in the business world, and it is important to feature and highlight those accomplishments.Liv Schreiber, who is in my lab, who runs a fashion business with a large social media presence.NoApproved. Great, creative topic. Just make sure to get beyond people you know. MeredithAn examination of female entrepreneurs on campus, from brand ambassadors to women with businesses of their own.
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GrandiSophiesgrandi@wisc.eduRuferhttps://historicandmodernmadisonrestaurants.wordpress.com/Restaurants near the UW-Madison campus allow students to enjoy all different types of food, often from different cultures than their own.Students get the oppurtunity to expand their experiences with diversity through food without having to travel more than a couple miles, but many don't know where to get certain types of quality meals.I interviewed my roommate who loves to try new foods, but was curious about where the best places to try it would be.noConditionally approved. You'll have to keep this one tightly focused on restaurants, as there are other pitches about State Street businesses.MeredithRestaurants near the UW-Madison campus allow students to experience all different types of food often from cultures other than their own.Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/212583438https://soundcloud.com/sophie-grandi-980461889/audio-story
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SanduskiTenleytsanduski@wisc.eduRuferhttps://madisoncarts.wordpress.com/The culture of food trucks on campus and how they affect the resturant business and why kids prefer one over the otherFood trucks are a beloved campus feature and it would be interesting to see the correlation, if any, between their business and local resturants'. I also would look into the "culture" surrounging food trucks i.e. how the ordering and eating proces is different to that of a sit down place and why it is that students like those aspects of it. I spoke to a man named JD, owner of JD's, a food truck frequently parked on the corner of Frances and University, and he gave me insight on what it takes to get a spot for a food truck and why he likes his food truck better than his former resturant.no Conditionally approved. By 'kids,' do you mean the adults (18+) enrolled in college and not local high school/elementary school children? Please clarify in the final pitch. There's a cool process involved in how/here the food trucks get a spot for the year. Be sure to check that out!MeredithA look into the culture of food trucks on campus, how they affect the restaurant business and why students prefer one over the other.
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GrandiSophiasgrandi@wisc.eduRuferhttps://historicandmodernmadisonrestaurants.wordpress.com/
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SullivanJacey jsullivan7@wisc.eduRufer http://uwschoolofhumanecology.wordpress.comA look into the drinking culture at UW-Madison and specifically the binge drinking behavior that students engage in due to the legal drinking age restriction.There are certain colleges in the U.S. that allow 18-year-olds to be served alcohol if they present their student ID to a bar tender. This allows students the opportunity to drink casually knowing they have the ability to freely drink in this specific environment. There is clearly an active drinking culture at Madison that is perpetuated by our top party school status and inability to access an environment where we can drink as 18 year olds. I talked with my TA and a previous j202 TA about this idea.no (accidentally deleted old pitch but filled in the blanks with my new idea)
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WagnerJordanjawagner7@wisc.eduTisbaucheruwmadisonsexualassaulteducation.wordpress.comWe hasusuI've talked to various students who can't seem to understand why this rate is so high, as they don't personally know anyone involved, or because incoming students do programs such as Tonight program. I want to figure out where the disconnect is.I was part of We're Better Than That as a general member; however, I will not be using resources from there. I was only at one meeting where we simply discussed the prevalence on campusRevise pitch. Can you address whether you're involved in a group that works on this issue? Sexual assault training is important — are you trying to do too much if you're looking at it across organizations, or would you want to focus on what happens at SOAR, for example, and whether that's enough. Just be sure you are able to keep it manageable.
Can you repitch it with some additional focus?
StacyI will examine what type of sexual assault education/training students of UW receive, with a focus on the Greek Community.
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McDonoughClairecmcdonough2@wisc.eduTischauerhttps://residentiallearningcommunities.wordpress.comA detailed look at learning communities on campus.Students in learning communities grow close because of the proximity and environment. There are different communities that have different focuses which would be interesting to looking at. I interviewd my cousin because he is currently on the ERLC floor. previously, however I do not know a lot about the cultural learning communities. I have never taken a class connected with a learning communityRepitch. Since you've lived in the learning community, you already have a lot of preconceived ideas about the program. MeredithA look and comparision into the many different kinds of learning communities on campus and how individuals in each community specifically define academic excellence. A look into the connections made between learning communities.https://soundcloud.com/claire-mcdonough-264728201/thestudiohttps://youtu.be/1TN-4JLmVsI
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TobinAlexandraatobin2@wisc.eduTischauserhttps://antisemitismoncampus.wordpress.com/Many individuals on campus experience antisemitism. How does UW-Madison and organizations on campus combat these struggles and prevent it from occuring? Being Jewish myself, I have been personally victimized by others due to my religion. This is an ongoing issue that many individuals experience each and everyday, and I feel that it's extremely important to raise awareness about the topic throughout society to prevent it from occurring in the future. I spoke to some of my sorority sisters, as well as others involved in the Jewish community, who share the same feelings about this specific topic that I do. I am apart of a nationally Jewish sorority on campus, and this is where I've had firsthand experience with antisemitism. Approved. You'll have to make sure you don't get too close to this with connections to your sorority. Can you find some others who have faced similar situations? But this is a very timely topic and you should have plenty to explore.StacyAn insight on anti-semitism on campus, and how the University of Wisconsin-Madison handles it. https://soundcloud.com/user-568685729/tobin_is_audiohttps://vimeo.com/212159082
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HopkinsAmandaachopkins2@wisc.eduTischauserWebsite: unionremodel.wordpress.com Slideshow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8Mz9BjDldgA look into what factors go into whether UW Madison students decide to go abroad or not. How to they decide where to go? Are there correlations between one's major and whether or not he/she goes abroad. Are there any patterns or stereotypes regarding where people visit?UW Madison provides many different programs and opportunities for students to study abroad. A large portion of the student body takes advantage of those opportunites, while others do not. I would like to know why this is and what goes into that decision. I am especially interested as a second semester junior which is primarily the time people choose to go.Three of my roommates as well as many of my friends and acquaintences chose to study abroad this semester. I also have a good number of friends who chose to stay in Madison.NoRepitch. There was another pitch ahead of yours about study abroad — can we find another topic for you to pitch? If you run into trouble, please see Jeff, Meredith or me.StacyA look into the recent rennovations of Memorial Union. What was done/what's new? How did the closing of the building and surrounding construction affect students/visitors?
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PattersonAnnaapatterson6@wisc.edutischauserhttps://eatingdisordersuwmadison.wordpress.comThe prevelance of eating disorders on campus and a look into what resources there are for people with eating disorders to get help while still going to school. Who is effected most, does the transition make freshmen more vulnerable? Is it possible to stay in school while getting treatment? Are there any policies in place with the school to help? What resources are available and how helpful are they?This story is important because a lot of people struggle with these disorders and if they go untreated they can be really dangerous. Because they are relatively common, it's important for there to be a support system in place and a way for students struggling to be able to continue with school.I was talking to my best friend who had to take a semester off and ultimately transfer because she had an eating disorder and there weren't enough campus resources for her to get better here. no Approved. Talk to Stacy about using anonymous sources. MeredithThe prevelance of eating disorders on campus and a look into what resources there are for people with eating disorders to get help while still going to school. Who is effected most, does the transition make freshmen more vulnerable? Is it possible to stay in school while getting treatment? Are there any policies in place with the school to help? What resources are available and how helpful are they?
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SobolevaAnnasoboleva@wisc.eduTischauserhttps://wordpress.com/posts/madisonundergradhousing.wordpress.comThe role of university dormitories in students' assimilation to college life. In my opinion, this story is important because it may help incoming students to better prepare for college and adopt to the new environment faster. Most importantly, I believe that there is a divide between people who live in the dorms and off-campus. I think it is important to address it and look into some of its causes. I talked to multiple friends that have different experience living in the dormitories. I found that their experiences varied according to where they lived and how involved they were in the social life on the dormitory floor as well as their participation in general dormitory activities. Additionally, I talked to my friends that chose to live off-campus during their freshman year and found clear distinctions in the experiences. noApproved. Be sure not to be promotional and remember that this a reporting project (not an opinion piece). You'll also need to talk to more than students to complete this project well. MeredithThe role of university dormitories in students' assimilation to college life.
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