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Aerial view of the Treinen Corn Maze trilobite
UW Geology Museum staff inspired the theme for this year's Treinen Farm Corn Maze in Lodi, Wisconsin. It's designed to resemble a natural science collection from the Victorian era. The maze lures visitors into a "Wisconsin cabinet of curiosities" featuring a 480-foot trilobite, along with other specimens and treasures. Science magazine called it a "uniquely science-themed crop!"
Opposition to the Vietnam War had been building on campus. But 50 years ago, on October 18, 1967, a peaceful protest against the recruiting efforts of the Dow Chemical Company turned unimaginably violent. Three L&S alumni recall that unforgettable day and the lasting effects the demonstration had on the university and its students.
Gerrymandering illustration from the New York Times
Wisconsin's district map is at the heart of a new Supreme Court case about partisan gerrymandering. "But this isn't just a politics story," math professor Jordan Ellenberg writes in the New York Times. "Gerrymandering used to be an art, but advanced computation has made it a science." (For those who missed the backstory, political science professor Barry Burden provides "everything you need to know" about the case in the Washington Post.)
While paging through materials in the New York Public Library, Jonathan Senchyne of the Information School discovered a previously unknown essay by George Moses Horton, an enslaved man who wrote and sold poetry in the mid-19th century. "It was really a surreal moment," Senchyne told the New York Times of finding the hand-written work. "I thought, 'Wow, what is this?'"
Ada Deer, BA'57, former Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior (Quoted in an exhibit in Alumni Park)

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