Morning Update: Tuesday, Feb. 8

Morning Update: Tuesday, Feb. 8

Good morning, Madison!

It's Tuesday. Do you know where your green toy soldiers are?

Tiny toy soldiers have been popping up around UW-Madison's Science Hall. Officially, no one is sure why. Unofficially, it's likely the product of an internet trend called Green Dawn, the Cap Times reports.

The mission is simple: strategically place army men throughout your hometown (or anywhere) and post their positions to the r/GreenDawn subreddit. "Use caution. This is a covert operation and discretion is advised," the subreddit warns.

The internet is a wild place but personally, I choose to believe that perhaps the ghosts of Science Hall are just having a bit of fun.

— Hayley

👮 Do you have thoughts on police-worn body cameras? Here's a chance to to make your voice heard.

  • The Madison Police Department is hosting a series of roundtable discussions this month on the "impact that body-worn cameras have on policing."
  • The first conversation will take place this Thursday from 6:30-9 p.m. at Memorial Union, preregistration is encouraged, as space is limited. Another in-person discussion will be held Feb. 24 at the MPD training center from 6:30-8, and virtual informational sessions will be held Feb. 17 and March 3.
  • The bigger picture: The city of Madison has been grappling with the concept of police body cameras for years. The city's 2021 capital budget has $83,000 set aside to fund a one-year pilot program that would bring 48 body cameras to officers in the city’s North District. City Council, however, has yet to approve the program. Madison is currently the largest city in the state without a police body camera program.

🏫 A look at school board elections around Dane County.

💖 Fresh out of ideas for Valentine’s Day?

  • Book a quick getaway now for a stay between February 11 – 22 and surprise someone you love with some quality time. Receive a discount of up to 40%, plus other special perks with your stay.
  • Book now.

🥕 The Old Fashioned's sister restaurant Harvest is keeping its doors closed for now.

  • The North Pinckney Street establishment focused on fine dining closed its dining room and pivoted to takeout-only for much of the pandemic. It operated as Harvest Go and offered a limited selection of takeout-friendly meals.
  • When Harvest Go ended last May, the restaurant's dining room remained closed. Now, the capitol square spot says the space will stay closed to undergo utility and kitchen upgrades, Isthmus reports.

🎮 The fight for union recognization continues at Raven Software.

🖼️ Jerome Chazen of the namesake museum has died.

  • Chazen was a philanthropist and UW-Madison graduate who went on to co-found the fashion brand Liz Claiborne Inc. He was 94.
  • Jerome, along with his wife Simona donated $25 million to fund the expansion of the campus art museum, which was subsequently named after them in 2005.
  • According to the State Journal, "the Chazen is the largest collecting museum in the Big Ten and the second-largest art museum in Wisconsin."

🥡 Your lunchtime read: Solving third-party delivery problems with sights set on Uber Eats, Grubhub and DoorDash.

  • From the Wisconsin State Journal: "Third-party food delivery services such as Grubhub, DoorDash, Uber Eats and Madison-based EatStreet can help restaurant owners connect with customers, especially during COVID, but they also can cause problems when they don't have a restaurant's permission to list their menus. A bipartisan bill introduced in the state Legislature last month seeks to rein in those services."

🦠 Covid-19 Update

Source: Public Health Madison & Dane County

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 59.6%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 77.4%


Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

📅 Events: Tuesday, Feb. 8


  • Winter Carnival, Monday through Saturday. All sorts of events! There's a fishing derby, a free showing of Frozen, an ice climbing exhibition, and more. And of course, Lady Liberty will be there, too. More details on that below.

(Header image via City of Madison)