Morning Update: Friday, August 20

Morning Update: Friday, August 20

Good morning, Madison!

I just drew the winners for our gift card giveaway. Later this morning, I’ll be reaching out to the 75 people who won with details on how to claim their Madison Originals gift cards.

- Sam

🏘️ Afghan refugees could be resettled in the Madison area. The Cap Times explains how that might work.

  • Few details are available right now, but agencies in the area have experience helping refugees and could assist in relocation efforts.
  • Prefer audio? WORT also spoke with the executive director of Jewish Social Services, an agency that could be involved in the efforts.

🎼 Now open: The Wilder Deitz School for Creative Music.

  • Co-founders Wilder Deitz and Ruben Arndt have been active in the local music scene, including several area Black Music ensembles.
  • “It’s really been a joy creating the musical workshop jam clubhouse that we always dreamed of having when we were students,” Arndt told Madison 365.
  • The team will host an open house on August 27.

Screenshot via Channel 3000

💉 Channel 3000 asked all Wisconsin state legislators whether they're vaccinated against Covid-19.

🦡 The Badgers will welcome sports fans back as in-person spectators for the first time in 17 months.

  • It’s a double doozy. The Badger football team is hosting an open-to-the-public practice this weekend and the volleyball team is playing a scrimmage.

Credit: Sydney Bobb

🚨 A UW student participating in a study-away program captured this picture of a man who claimed to have a bomb near the U.S. Capitol yesterday.

  • Sydney Bobb was on her way to class when she spotted the erratic man, who said he had a bomb and dumped cash onto the street.
  • Bobb made it to class, just a short walk away from the man in the truck. She and her classmates were instructed to shelter in place for several hours until the situation was resolved.

📚 Your lunchtime read: "Warts and all: UW-Madison seeks to shine light on its past acts of discrimination" (State Journal)

  • A project commissioned by university leadership is bringing to light the painful history of racism and discrimination on the university campus.