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Hundreds of students engaged in the epic snowball fight held annually on Bascom Hill. The spirited battle pits members of the Lakeshore and Southeast residence halls against each other.
A campus wouldn’t be a campus without bricks and mortar, without indoor spaces to teach and learn and conduct research — especially when winter hits hard across the Midwest. But at UW–Madison, we also place great value on outdoor spaces, those spots where nature has dibs.
While cleaning out Sterling Hall cabinets that hadn’t been opened in decades, UW–Madison Space Place Director Jim Lattis and colleagues in the Astronomy Department struck historical gold: a collection of old photodiode and photomultiplier tubes dating to the earliest days of photoelectric astronomy. The university is donating 20 of the vintage photo detectors to the Smithsonian Institution for its permanent collection of astronomical instruments.
On Sunday, Feb. 8, hundreds of students engaged in the “Battle for Bascom 2K15,” an epic snowball fight held on Bascom Hill. In what is becoming an annual tradition, the spirited battle pits members of the Lakeshore residence halls against those from the Southeast residence halls. The Lakeshore team claimed victory this year, yet fun seemed to be had by all.