The Flamingle

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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North Hall

Ask Abe: North Hall

North Hall was the first building constructed on campus, and South Hall was the second. But before there was a South Hall to oppose North Hall, what was North Hall called? (I've asked tour guides before and can't get an answer!)

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Helen C. White Hall

Ask Abe: Helen C. White Hall or College Library?

Has College Library always been called College Library or has it ever just been Helen C. White Library? My dad and I have had a disagreement about this since I started school in Madison. He attended in early 70's and claims it was only called Helen C. White Library when he was a student. I contend that it is College Library located within Helen C. White Hall. Who is correct?

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