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6/11 Photos: 30 Minutes In Madison

I bussed up to Wisconsin this weekend, going from O’Hare Airport to Madison to an outlet mall near Oconomowoc where I met up with my friends. I had a 30 minute layover in Madison, so I decided to some pictures of my old stomping grounds.

The majestic Memorial Union, the only college union in the U.S. that sells beer.

Boats out on Lake Mendota. I swam in there once or twice, not the best idea.

The Red Gym, an awesome looking building that is not Bowser’s Castle.

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Searching For Great Moments In Badger History

I’m currently doing some freelance research work for the Wisconsin Radio Network. My job is to find “shining moments” in Badger history to be featured in commercials for the Marshfield Clinic. Once I find the significant games, I have to assemble a fact sheet and find someone involved in the game to be interviewed.

We just finished the ads for the football season, and they will be uploaded to this site week-by-week.

I had to find significant moments/games against Penn State, Michigan State, Indiana and one other game against a team that UW was not playing this year (I chose the 1981 game against Michigan). Here are the “shining” moments I found:

Oct. 26, 1974: Wisconsin defeats Indiana 35-25

Freshman Mike Morgan rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start as the Badgers defeated Indiana 35-25 in Bloomington.

Morgan filled in for all-Big Ten running back Billy Marek who was sidelined by knee and wrist injuries.

Fullback Ken Starch added 99 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Gregg Bohlig completed 10 of his 17 pass attempts for 160 yards.

The Badgers climbed to .500 in Big Ten play. UW lost their previous two games to powerhouses Ohio State and Michigan.

Wisconsin finished the 1974 season 7-4. It was the Badgers first winning season since 1962.

WHO WE INTERVIEWED: I attempted to get a hold of Mike Morgan to no avail. Since we never got in touch with him, we didn’t use this game and we ended up replacing it with the 1997 UW/IU game. Matt Davenport kicked a field goal with four seconds left to give the Badgers the lead and the win. Davenport would go on to kick another game winning field goal the very next week against Northwestern. (Davenport was interviewed)

Sept. 13, 1981: Wisconsin defeats #1 Michigan 21-14

Former UW Head Coach Dave McClain

“It’s the greatest thing that ever happened to me. I’ve never had so much fun coaching as today. I told the squad before the game that nobody outside this locker room thinks we have a chance. Only we know that we can win this game.”

-Wisconsin Head Coach Dave McClain

“Our problems were simple. Our offense wasn’t any good, our defense wasn’t any good, our kicking game wasn’t any good, and our coaching was poor. It’s a miracle we were only beaten by seven points.”

-Michigan Head Coach Bo Schembechler

Wisconsin beat the #1 ranked team in the country for the first time in school history when they defeated #1 ranked Michigan on Sept. 13, 1981 at Camp Randall.

Wisconsin had not defeated Michigan since 1962, and the Wolverines had outscored the Badgers 176-0 in their previous four meetings.

It was Michigan’s first loss in a road opener since Harvard did them in 100 years earlier.

Wisconsin’s defense shut down Michigan quarterback Steve Smith (3-18, 39 yards and 3 INTs) and held star wide receiver Anthony Carter to just one catch.

Meanwhile, the Badgers were able to rack up 439 net yards. Quarterback  Jess Cole completed 8 of his 17 passes for 182 yards and threw touchdowns to Marvin Neal and John Williams. Fullback Dave Mohapp led the Badgers with 19 carries for 87 yards. Running back Chucky Davis rushed for 71 yards and one touchdown.

WHO WE INTERVIEWED: Safety and punter David Greenwood.

Oct. 16, 1982: Wisconsin defeats Michigan State 24-23

Wisconsin held on for victory as safety David Greenwood intercepted a pass on Michigan State’s two point conversion attempt in the final seconds.

The Spartans got the ball back trailing 24-17 with just under three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Late in the drive, Spartans quarterback John Leister escaped a savage rush to hit wide receiver Otis Grant with a 28 yard strike, moving the Spartans to the Wisconsin 10 yard line.

Two plays later, Lesiter found split end Ted Jones alone in the end zone, cutting the deficit to a point, 24-23.

Michigan State head coach Muddy Waters decided to avoid a tie (there was no overtime at the time) by going for two points and the victory.

“There was never a doubt about going for two points. We played to win,” said Waters after the game.

Leister rolled right, and with Grant open deep in the end zone, he under threw the pass and the ball fell right into the hands of Wisconsin safety David Greenwood.

The Badgers escaped with a 24-23 victory

WHO WE INTERVIEWED: We actually we’re unable to do a piece on this game. I got a hold of David Greenwood, but he had no recollection of the game. Instead, we interviewed Greenwood about the 1981 Michigan game. Bill Scott from the Wisconsin Radio Network replaced this game with the 1992 UW/MSU game that took place in Tokyo. The Badgers won that game to clinch a berth in the Rose Bowl. (Barry Alvarez was interviewed)

Sept. 30, 1995: Wisconsin defeats #6 Penn State 17-9

Former Badger QB Darrell Bevell, who is currently the offensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks.

Wisconsin went into Happy Valley and ended the Nittany Lions’ nation-best 20 game winning streak that dated back to the 1994 season. The loss also snapped Penn State’s 12 game Big Ten winning streak.

It was the first time Wisconsin and Penn State had played since 1970, and the first time the two teams had played as Big Ten Conference foes. PSU joined the Big Ten in 1993, but they did not play UW their first two seasons in the league.

Darrell Bevell completed 18 of his 22 pass attempts for 192 yards and two touchdowns. Bevell’s first quarter touchdown pass to tight end Matt Nyquist put the Badgers up 10-0. Nyquist ended the game with 4 catches for 40 yards and the one touchdown.

Bevell later connected with wide receiver Tony Simmons on a 21 yard touchdown pass that put the Badgers up 17-3 early in the fourth quarter.

The game was Joe Paterno’s 500th as a member of the Penn State coaching staff.

WHO WE INTERVIEWED: TE Matt Nyquist; 4 catches, 40 yards, 1 touchdown

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Warner Park’s Wild Side

I took these pictures this afternoon at Warner Park. It was a nice day to spend at the park, it really felt like summer. I made an audioslide show to accompany my story on Wild Warner but I don’t think I can post it to wordpress.

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Warner Park’s wild side gets a voice

A group of passionate Madison north side residents have joined together to preserve and celebrate the wild side of Warner Park.

Warner Park, founded in 1962, is Madison’s largest urban park. The park, encompassing just over 200 total acres, features 41 acres of “wild,” untouched land home to numerous birds, foxes, deer, rabbits and other animals and 60 acres of wetland.

The story of Wild Warner begins in the fall of 2009 when the city of Madison released a tentative neighborhood plan for the city’s north side. Details of the plan caught the eyes of some nature-loving north side residents. The plan called for numerous changes to Warner Park, including the addition of pontoon boats on the lagoon, a new soccer field, a new parking lot and more sidewalks.

A group of 25 residents appeared before the Madison Parks Commission where they asked for and won a delay in the plan. The controversial items were eventually removed from the final plan. The plan that was approved by the Madison city council had a statement written into it stating that Warner Park’s natural areas were to be “carefully evaluated to protect, preserve, and enhance habitat for birds, fish and other wildlife.”

In April 2010, the Parks Commission approved a plan that called for the kill of over 150 geese at Warner Park in order to protect Dane County Regional Airport. Many people were outraged at the plan, believing that the city had broken their promise to protect nature at Warner Park.

In response, a group of north side residents decided in July 2010 to formally create an organization to advocate for the protection of Warner Park’s wild side.

“People weren’t respecting the nature and its limitations and no one was speaking for the wild side,” said Wild Warner founding member Dolores Kester.

On Aug. 10, Wild Warner became a non-profit corporation. Doing so allowed the group to accept charitable contributions and also helped with grant eligibility.

The organization received their first grant of $2500 from the city of Madison last month. Members hope to use the money for a summer community learning project and materials, such as binoculars and magnifying glasses.

Jim Carrier, a writer and filmmaker, is the chair and co-founder of Wild Warner. Carrier designed and edits wildwarner.org and leads the group’s monthly meetings.

Carrier is pleased with the amount of progress the group has made in its short existence.

“We’ve only been around for a small time, I think we’re doing great work,” said Carrier.

The group speaks up for Warner Park’s wild side at city council and Parks Commission meetings. They also teach others about the park’s natural areas through events and nature walks, like the April 30 bluebird walk led by Paul Noeldner, an Audubon bluebird expert.

A birding club was recently founded at Sherman Middle School by Trish O’Kane, a leading member of Wild Warner and a graduate student at the UW-Madison Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The “Bird Buddies” study the birds at nearby Warner Park. The middle schoolers spotted the yellow-bellied sapsucker, the 100th different bird species found in Warner Park, last month. Warner Park is home to 105 known birds species as of May 3, according to O’Kane.

Carrier called the Bird Buddies programs “another feather in our cap.”

The Madison Parks Commission unanimously decided last month that the Cyclo-Cross bike race would not be held at Warner Park in 2011 after members of Wild Warner spoke up in opposition of the race. Last fall, members of Wild Warner worked with organizers of Cyclo-Cross, held on Nov. 7, to lessen the race’s impact on the park’s nature areas.

“The Parks Commission finally recognized that we have nature that needs to be preserved. Warner Park is visible as nature to people that didn’t see it that way before,” Carrier said at the Wild Warner meeting held on May 3.

A few members of Wild Warner, nicknamed the “geese peeps,” focus on the protection of Warner Park’s geese. The city is in the midst of developing a goose management plan. Throughout the process, Wild Warner has been giving the city advice on how to control the goose population without killing the geese.

“We want the park to be an example of humane management,” said O’Kane.

Wild Warner’s next step is to expand and become a more formal organization.

Nine members attended the May monthly meeting at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center, and according to Carrier, their biggest meeting had just over 20 attendees. The group has an e-mail list of about 50 people.

“Right now we’re just a great group of volunteers,” said O’Kane.

In recruiting new members, Carrier said he hopes the group can better reflect the north side by becoming more diverse. All nine members who attended the May 3 meeting were Caucasian.

Carrier also wants the group to create a develop a charter with some formal rules and regulations.

Even at their small size, Wild Warner will continue to fight to preserve the wild side of Warner Park.

“I love this park, and I want to preserve it so future generations can enjoy it too,” said Kester.

I wrote this story in May 2011 for my advanced reporting class at UW-Madison. I’m covered the Sherman neighborhood of Madison, WI.


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Maguire brings new voice, ideas to Sherman neighborhood

Megan Maguire created excitement among Sherman Neighborhood Association (SNA) members when she walked into the association’s quarterly meeting in Dec. 2009. Maguire was the first new attendee at a SNA meeting in several years. Maguire continued to impress SNA members at the next meeting when she brought a neighbor with her.

“They were floored. They thought, ‘not only is she new, but she brought someone with her!,’” said Maguire.

Just over a year after attending her first meeting, Maguire now serves as co-chair (along with Lynette Jandl) of the SNA.

Maguire first came to Madison in 1987 when she enrolled at the University of Wisconsin. After living in downtown Madison for nine years, Maguire moved to the Sherman neighborhood in June of 2000. Sherman became a target of her house hunting because she believed it was one of the only “decent-seeming” neighborhoods that had affordable houses.

Maguire was surprised by the diversity of the neighborhood she chose to live in.

“There is a truly amazing mix of average people. It’s a surprisingly eclectic neighborhood, much more so than maybe a lot of west side neighborhoods,” said Maguire.

Maguire says that she first became active when she felt frustrated by Wiggies’s Bar, which lies just a block from her home. Maguire spent 18 months working with police and city officials in an attempt to stop the increased crime, noise and littering from patrons of Wiggie’s.

In response to complaints from Maguire and other Sherman residents, Madison police imposed a comprehensive security plan on Wiggie’s Bar in Nov. 2010 that has led to dramatic improvements in the neighborhood.

Maguire decided to join the SNA after reading a news article about the association in the Oct. 2009 edition of the North Side News.

“They listed the date of the next meeting, and I realized I wanted to be more involved in the neighborhood as a whole, it seemed selfish to just focus on my little area,” said Maguire.

In Jan. 2011, Maguire and Jandl were named co-chairs on the SNA, replacing Diane Brown who could no longer hold the position due to other obligations.

While the other members of the SNA had been involved with the association for much longer than Maguire, they did not want to take on the extra responsibilities of being chair. Maguire was willing to give it a try, and according to Brown, Maguire is ready for the challenge.

“Megan seems to have a lot of energy and broad array of interests,” said Brown. “She enjoys visiting with neighbors and discussing issues of the day, and seems to have a gift for engaging people.”

Inexperience has made being co-chair has been a bit stressful.

“They have a way of doing things. I am new and have a different perspective. Some have been really great, some have been a little resistant to new ideas. However, I think they realize that if they don’t want to be chair, they have to at least consider change.”

Working along side the more experienced Jandl has been helpful for Maguire.

“I think we are perfect compliments. I think I am the one that gets the ball rolling, but she is the one that makes sure the ball doesn’t veer off track. I could not ask for a greater person to work with as co-chair. ” said Maguire.

Maguire spends three to four hours a week dealing with her duties as co-chair. Her main responsibilities include acting as a contact for the SNA and setting agendas for and running the quarterly association meetings.

Maguire’s first goal as SNA co-chair is to expand the association’s membership, bringing in fresh faces with new ideas.

“The SNA was wise but a but a bit stagnant, so getting more people in my neighborhood involved is essential. We have three new members that have a lot of great ideas and energy. We need many more to be a really great neighborhood association.”

The SNA received a grant from the city to increase membership through a mass-mailing and flyer distribution campaign. Maguire is hopeful that the grant will make more Sherman residents aware that the SNA is a useful, neighborhood resource.

Brown believes her successor will be able to meet her goal.

“I believe she will bring an infusion of new members or at least participants in information dissemination and discussions. I hope she will be able to encourage and involve people to assist with activities so SNA can make some progress,” said Brown.

As co-chair, Maguire wants the SNA to work with police to address increased instances of random property damage and excessive speeding on Aberg Avenue and Northport Drive. Maguire also hopes the SNA can make the neighborhood a more desirable location to businesses, hopefully filling some of the empty spaces in Northgate Shopping Center and Northside Town Center.

While being co-chair of the SNA has brought increased responsibility and accountability, Maguire is enjoying representing Sherman neighborhood and Madison’s north side.

“I think the north side is an under appreciated Madison gem, but sometimes I think I like it that way,” said Maguire. “I think the north side gets a bad rap, but northsiders are very down to earth, unpretentious and we’re a community oriented group.”

I wrote this story in March 2011 for my advanced reporting class at UW-Madison. I’m covered the Sherman neighborhood of Madison, WI.

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