Spring, sprang, sprung

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Spring, sprang, sprung
Throwback: This photo was taken in spring 2013 by Flickr user Richard Hurd.

Gooooood morning, Madison!

Spring has really, truly sprung.

How can I tell? The sun is shining, birds are singing, and I spotted no less than a dozen motorcycles speeding down East Washington Avenue over the weekend.

Now let's dive into some news.

— Hayley


🥡 New restaurants on the horizon.

Photo via Dina Nina Martinez-Rutherford 

🏳️‍⚧️ Meet Madison's first openly trans alder.

  • Dina Nina Martinez-Rutherford made history when she won the District 15 City Council seat.
  • Martinez-Rutherford is a comedian, entrepreneur, and now, Madison's first openly trans woman elected to the City Council. She beat challenger Brad Hinkfuss by a margin of 54 votes, running on a platform for affordable housing, mental health awareness, and LGBTQ+ representation.
  • "When I transitioned, I never thought that I would see trans people in public office, and knowing that I’m a part of this just, I feel honored, excited, and humbled, and I hope that I can live up to what it means to be first," she told Channel 3000.

🗳️ A recount is likely in District 14.

  • After all the ballots were counted, Noah Lieberman was named District 14's alder-elect by a single vote.
  • Former alder Isadore Knox, Jr. is the other candidate in the race. He has told multiple news outlets that he plans to request a recount. A losing candidate with a margin within 1% can request a recount.

⛔️ Watch out for construction on East Wash later this week.

  • The westbound side of East Washington Avenue will be reduced to one lane starting Thursday. The closure is expected to last six to eight weeks, according to the city.
  • Why? Construction that includes pavement replacement and water and sanitary updates.
Phot via Shutterstock

🎓 UW-Madison has named finalists for a top administrative position.

  • The university is in the process of searching for a new provost following the departure of John Karl Scholz, who was named president of the University of Oregon in March.
  • The finalists are Christopher Long, a dean at Michigan State University; Justin Schwartz, interim executive vice president and provost for Penn State University; Juli Wade, a dean at the University of Connecticut; and Charles Isbell Jr., who has spent most of his career at Georgia Tech, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
  • What does the provost do? According to UW, the provost provides "the guiding vision and framework for UW-Madison's academic leadership and administrative management." The role often is considered a university’s second in command, behind the chancellor.
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