Ask Abe

Ask Abe, a popular feature that’s now part of Badger Voice, is your chance to get the answers to the UW-Madison questions you always wanted to ask, but never did. Like, “Why is the Humanities building so hard to navigate?” or “How long has Scanner Dan occupied State Street?” or “Can I really buy beer at the Union without a student ID?” Sure, there were rumors. But Honest Abe will get you the real answers.

The Mystery of Modine Gunch

In August 1969, I was walking along the Union Terrace. There was a large banner hanging on the Union stating that today was Modine Gunch Day. I didn't take the time to find out what it was all about. I should have, because it was one of my last days on campus. Do you know what this was?

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The Octopus

Whatever happened to The Octopus, the eight-times-a-year humor mag that was in a constant battle with The Daily Cardinal? Thanks, Abe.

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Haresfoot Club

Do you have a list of the Haresfoot winners from way back to the early 1900s? My Uncle John B. Nelson was one of them and I wanted to know which year he won and anything else about him I can find.

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UW Marching Band logo

As I was watching the UW Marching Band perform at the 2011 Rose Bowl, it struck me that they still have the ‘pitchfork’ logo on their uniforms and drums. That was the university’s official logo when I enrolled in 1972. It was a great example of the clean graphic look that organizations were embracing at the time. The university’s logos have changed a few times over the decades, with the current Motion W for athletics and the Field House crest for the institution. So why does the band uniform still sport that early ’70s look?

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Required Credits

My husband and I are UW alumni and have a $100 bet regarding the number of credits needed to be a full-time student in 1980. What was the minimum number of credits a student needed to be considered a full-time student way back in 1980, the year we both started at UW-Madison?

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Teaching Assistants Association

I notice that the Campus Voices project is soliciting stories from 1970 when the Teaching Assistants Association went on strike against the university. I attended UW from 1979 to 1983 and seem to remember the TAs going on strike then, either my freshman or sophomore year. I remember coming out of Liz Waters for morning classes and being greeted by boisterous TAs encouraging us to skip class and go back to bed. Am I imagining this?

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