University of Wisconsin- Madison: Sun Returns to The Terrace
The University of Wisconsin is famous for a few things. Football, for one, is a massive part of our culture and school spirit. Being located in our state’s capital has many advantages and special opportunities as well. But one of the more hidden gems known by students attending the University of Wisconsin is the famous Memorial Union Terrace on Lake Mendota.
Even the seating at the terrace is famous- the colorful, uniquely shaped chairs seem to be on the bucket list of souvenirs for graduating students. Not to mention the culture of the area itself- being a part of Memorial Union means lots of food options, including some Wisconsin classics like the best brats and cheese curds on campus. Not to mention the famous specialty Babcock ice cream that is only available on campus! The mix of the wonderful and decadent classics of the Wisconsin menu is enough to send any student running toward Memorial Union.
Students, faculty, and alumni gather in herds on bright and sunny days to admire the view, and of course these delicious treats, on the Terrace.
Speaking of the view, the beautiful panorama calls to professional photographers and iPhone camera users alike. A typical day spent studying, hanging out, or just enjoying the view of the terrace involves the sound of cameras clicking away. Sometimes, it’s not unusual to see engagement or wedding photos taken in the classic terrace chairs or with Lake Mendota’s beautiful scene behind it. Littered with beautiful sailboats, canoes, and students enjoying the docks and water, this view is definitely enough to make anyone smile.
The Terrace isn’t just used for amazing food, ice cream, a hangout and study spot, or a photo op, however. It is also the host of many music events and cinema showings. So along with the food and the view, concerts of small bands can accompany the comfortable and classic ambience of the Terrace. So while you enjoy your brat and Babcock ice cream in between classes on a sunny day, you can expect there to be a band playing their latest ‘garage-born’ hit that you can bob your head to. The display of these small bands is something that makes the Terrace so unique- a way for students to showcase their talents in a place that surrounds them with their fellow Badgers, past and present.
All in all, the Terrace is a classic at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Whether you stop by to study, meet with friends, listen to a concert or just grab a bite, the Terrace welcomes all, and is always worth the visit.
Thanks to Megan “Meggie” Layer, University of Wisconsin Spring 2014 VIP intern for this awesome post!