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Vitto Brown voting PSA

Badger basketball forward Vitto Brown sings about the importance of voting.

After singing the national anthem before a team scrimmage at the Kohl Center on Sunday, senior forward Vitto Brown of the UW men’s basketball team has lent his voice to another patriotic appeal.

“It’s your vote, come on vote ’cause you want to,” Brown sang to the tune of Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party” in a music video that was shot on Bascom Hill.

Brown continued, “You should vote too, ’cause it’s all about you.”

Brown also joined UW and Dane County officials on campus Monday afternoon for an event highlighting what students need to do to register and vote in the Nov. 8 general election.

Early voting started Monday at two UW-Madison locations: The Student Activity Center on the fourth floor of 333 East Campus Mall and the Marquee Lounge on the second floor of Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St.

Those locations will be open to all Madison voters through Nov. 4.

Academic calendar shortens school year

The next several school years at UW-Madison will each be seven days shorter under changes to the university’s academic calendar that were approved earlier this month.

The 2016-17 through 2019-20 school years will be made up of two semesters with 69 instruction days each, for a total of 138 teaching days. The prior academic calendar called for 145 days of instruction per year.

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UW officials say the changes will ensure the fall semester always starts on a Wednesday and spring semester on a Tuesday, rather than having the first day of classes on a Friday in the fall.

The calendar also shortens final exam week by one day, so that there won’t be any exams held on the day of graduation ceremonies.

Sheep research station sells off flock

UW-Madison’s dairy sheep research station sold off its flock this month after officials said state budget cuts forced the center to close.

The Spooner Agricultural Research Station in Washburn County was the only dairy sheep research station in the country, but UW officials have been winding down its operations as they manage a $250 million cut to higher education funding in the 2015-17 state budget.

The center’s 338 sheep were sold at auction Oct. 13, campus officials said, at an average price of $517 per sheep.

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