Slideshow Becoming Bucky

May 3, 2017 By Jenny Price

Each spring, a small group of students vies for the chance to become the most visible member of the UW’s Spirit Squad: Bucky Badger. This year, 14 tried out for the role of the university’s beloved mascot. A three-night audition — filled with equal parts fun and intensity — put their creativity, strength and humor to the test. And to truly become Bucky, students must be anonymous. They can’t talk, but their actions must speak louder than words. In the end, four new Bucky Badgers made the cut, joining three veterans who will return for another year of pushups, polka dancing and bringing joy to Wisconsin fans.

PHOTOS BY JEFF MILLER / TEXT BY JENNY PRICE

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