UP: Geeks. More than 600 fervent lovers of videogames, science fiction and comics descend on UW-Madison for Geek.kon, a conference held by a UW student group of the same name. Guests at the conference, the first of its kind, include Monte Cook, author and designer of "Dungeons and Dragons." Rock on.
DOWN: Covance. The medical testing laboratory is dropped as a sponsor of a fund-raiser for a local domestic violence group after Gloria Steinem, the event's keynote speaker, complains. Steinem wants Covance out after the Alliance for Animals Primate Freedom Project informs her that Covance does animal testing at its labs. In a statement, Steinem says animal abuse is "connected to domestic abuse."