What the Flock is the Flamingle?
The Flamingle is a new, weekly newsletter created just for UW–Madison alumni. It’s quick, fun, and easy to read, making it the best way to reconnect you to campus. Each Friday, we curate and share a handful of the week’s top stories about campus and the surrounding community — from the quirky to the academic and everything in between. You’ll also get the latest installment of our column “Ask Abe,” which takes a look into campus quirks, traditions, and history. In short, the Flamingle lets you revel in everything you love about the UW.
So, why the Flamingle? Excellent question! On the morning of September 4, 1979, students trudging up Bascom Hill to their morning classes wiped the sleep from their eyes to see the entire hill turned pink. The Pail & Shovel Party, led by legendary jokesters James Mallon ’79 and Leon Varjian, “planted” 1,008 plastic pink flamingos on the Bascom lawn as a victory stunt after winning the student government elections. The flamingo stunt did more than give UW–Madison a reputation of “inspired goofiness.” It also solidified the bird as a campus and Madison icon: in 2009, the plastic pink flamingo became the official city bird.
Here at the Wisconsin Alumni Association® (WAA), we believe in helping all alumni stay tapped into the inspired goofiness of UW–Madison. So come on. Flamingle with us.
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WHA calls itself the “the oldest station in the nation.” Does it still exist and if not, when did it die?See Abe's Answer >
How does the Kohl Center go from being an ice rink to a basketball court?See Abe's Answer >
How many snow days has the UW had?See Abe's Answer >
What’s the highest number of degrees that one person has earned from the UW?See Abe's Answer >
Who wrote the famous “fearless sifting and winnowing” quote on Bascom Hall?See Abe's Answer >
During the early to mid sixties, a favorite treat at the student union was fudge-bottom pie — absolutely delicious, especially for the non–calorie counters! Do you have a recipe for it?See Abe's Answer >
Why do graduating Law School students throw canes at the Homecoming game?See Abe's Answer >
How many U.S. Presidents have visited UW–Madison?See Abe's Answer >
What ever happened to the Bucky Wagon?See Abe's Answer >
How steep is Bascom Hill, actually?See Abe's Answer >