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The absolutely true diary of a part-time server

In May 2006, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. If you'd told me I would be back in Madison over six years later, waiting tables, I would have been utterly incredulous. I'd have been depressed. Yet, here I am. It helps my pride being in grad school, and knowing this is a temporary position. But for now, it's my livelihood. For some, it's a career. >More
 Meet the Meetups: My foray into the world of online social groups

Andrea Rutledge, 43, an organizer with Madison's Forever Young Meetup group, decided to become more active as she faced the prospect of the empty nest. "I knew my son would be graduating in a few years, and at that point my life had revolved around him," she says. Through the Forever Young group, Rutledge has since taken part in "lots of really fun activities that I'd never heard of before or done by myself." >More
 A new generation heads to Southeast Asia

A generation ago, Madison was the epicenter of the war at home. Thousands of students, including the city's current mayor, Paul Soglin, infamously clashed with police at the 1967 protest against Dow Chemical's on-campus recruitment. Young men burned their draft cards, and students protested against the U.S. government's involvement in Vietnam. But the 1970 bombing of Sterling Hall marked the end of Madison's radical antiwar movement. >More
 The masters of bass: Competitive anglers can have their fish, they just can't eat them too

There's a longstanding, anonymous saying about angling: "Catch-and-release fishing is a lot like golf. You don't have to eat the ball to have a good time." Wisconsin's competitive fishermen can surely relate. Since most tournaments are catch-and-release, anglers aren't reeling in their lunch or dinner out on the lakes. So is it for the money? >More
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