Morning update: Monday, Sept. 27

Keeping score of Wisconsin sports

Good morning, Madison!

It's Monday, and I'd bet that more than a handful of y'all are waking up with a Packers-induced hangover. Some game, huh.

We've got the details on that and more this morning, so let's get to it.

— Hayley

🏈 Your Wisconsin sports roundup — buckle up because we've got a lot to cover!

  • Team U.S.A. was crowned champion over the weekend at Ryder Cup in Sheboygan. Veteran team captain (and Wisconsin native) Steve Stricker praised the U.S. Ryder Cup rookies, calling the victory a "new era" for golf. "These guys are young. They want it. They're motivated. They came here determined to win. I could see it in their eyes," he told ESPN.
  • Not a win, not a loss, but a draw. That's what the Forward Madison 'Mingos settled for Saturday in their matchup against Greenville Triumph at Breese Stevens Field. The 1-1 draw puts the Flamingos in a tie for sixth place with the South Georgia Tormenta. The top six teams in the league go to the playoffs.
  • The Badgers women's hockey team did what they do best: Win. The back-to-back national champions swept the Lindenwood Lions over the weekend, with a combined score of 18-1. Sophomore forward Casey O’Brien led the team with four goals against the Lions Saturday (not to mention her two goals on Friday).

🖼️ Three years later, the NAACP is calling for UW return Fredric March’s name to the Memorial Union Play Circle.

  • Some context: In 2018 after public outcry, UW-Madison removed Fredric March and Porter Butts' names from campus spaces over their association with a student group that shared a name with the Ku Klux Klan. Chancellor Rebecca Blank commissioned a report on the history of the Ku Klux Klan on campus, and found the KKK that March and Butts belonged to had no association with white supremacist group.
  • The NAACP along with "two dozen scholars, actors, and activists" sent a letter to the university arguing the award-winning actor Fredric March’s name should be returned to a “place of honor” on campus, the State Journal reports. So far, Blank stands by the 2018 decision.

🍼 The infant mortality rate of Hispanic babies has more than doubled in Dane County.

  • According to data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, since 2015-2017, there were five infant deaths per 1,000 births among Hispanics babies. Numbers from 2018-2020 show the rate has gone up to 11.3 deaths per 1,000 births.
  • There's no one cause for change, but according to the Wisconsin State Journal, health officials cite structural racism, toxic stress, and a lack of Spanish-language resources as contributing factors.

🍻 MobCraft wants to expand, possibly (back) to Madison.

  • Some context: The craft brewery started in Madison in 2013 and moved to Milwaukee in 2016.
  • The brewery has launched a fundraising campaign to expand their operation and "possibly bring back some production to Madison with a satellite brewpub," Isthmus reports. The company is currently eyeing locations in Waterford, Wisconsin; Woodstock, Illinois; and Denver, Colorado. If all goes well in fundraising, founder Henry Schwartz hopes to add a Madison location, too, noting that they've explored this option in the past but have yet to find a suitable location to rent or develop.

📚 Your lunchtime read: Wisconsin schools called police on students at twice the national rate — for Native students, it was the highest.

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