University of Wisconsin

SCHOOL TRADITIONS

The Wisconsin Badgers have made their home along the shores of Lake Mendota in Madison since 1848, infusing the capitol city with youth and liberal vigor. Known as the Badgers since 1889, the Badgers began donning the official University of Wisconsin colors, Cardinal and White, in 1892. Although the exact origin of this color combo is not certain, UW’s first student newspaper, established in 1892, was called the “Daily Cardinal” and the colors have represented the school since that time.

School Colors: Cardinal & White
Nickname: Badgers
Mascot: Bucky Badger

BADGERS & BUCKY BADGER

Wisconsin most likely was dubbed the "Badger State" because of the lead miners who first settled there in the 1820s and 1830s. They lived like badgers in the winter, burrowing tunnels into small hillsides to keep warm. In 1889, the University of Wisconsin officially adopted the Badger as its nickname. Bucky Badger's full name is Buckingham U. Badger. The name is said by some to have originated ... (more)

STATE STREET HALLOWEEN

The State Street Halloween Party tradition never “grew” as most popular events do; this bash drew upwards of 100,000 people straight out of the gate in 1979. Run by student government, beer was sold on Library Mall and bonfires were constructed in the middle of State Street. With a... (more)

MIFFLIN STREET BLOCK PARTY

Held on Mifflin Street on either the last Saturday in April or the first Saturday of May. What began in 1969 as a street protest against the Vietnam War has turned into a drinking and dancing bash of around 20,000. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rq5jluf0CE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxpM2Tz2KW8... (more)

SLEDDING DOWN BASCOM HILL

On snowy days, sledding is otherwise known as “traying” down Bascom Hill, as many students use trays from the cafeteria to slide down the slippery slope. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlPcVunsKg8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFj_9Vz_bok... (more)

SCHOOL SONGS

On Wisconsin The University of Wisconsin official fight song, “On Wisconsin," was composed by William T. Purdy, with original lyrics written by alum Carl Beck. The song was first performed in 1909.  Originally written for a University of Minnesota song competition (the words were once “Minnesota... (more)