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News Briefs for the week of June 26

UW-Madison grad wins Miss Wisconsin

At only 22 years old, recent UW medical school graduate Tina

Sauerhammer beat out 26 women, including five UW-Madison


students/alums, to be crowned Miss Wisconsin last weekend.

“I’m still in shock. The past few days have been crazy,” said

Sauerhammer in a telephone interview.

She will now represent Wisconsin at the annual Miss America pageant

in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 20, 2003.

According to Sauerhammer, this was one of the deepest crops of

women at the Wisconsin pageant in recent years.

“This was a unique year because there were nine returnees. All the

girls had strong qualities. It was a real honor just to be there

and to [be given the chance to] represent them [at Miss


UW graduate Julia Kraschnewski also placed, finishing as the

competition’s third runner-up.

UW engineering students win National Concrete

Canoe Competition

A 10-person UW-Madison undergraduate engineering team won the

16th annual National Concrete Canoe Competition in

Philadelphia, over the weekend.

The Badgers finished first in five races,

appearance and structural integrity, a written portion of the

competition, as well as an oral presentation.  Approximately

30 undergrads worked on the project, but only 10 team members were

permitted to officially register for the national competition.

Previously, UW had never finished better than

fifth in the national competition.

UW to require writing test for admissions

Applicants to UW-Madison will need to submit

standardized writing test scores, beginning with the freshman class

of 2006.

This new admissions policy coincides with

plans to add writing segments to both the SAT I and the ACT

Assessment during the next few years. The SAT I will feature a

mandatory writing section beginning in March 2005, while the

ACT Assessment will offer an optional writing

test beginning in the 2004-2005 school year.

According to UW admissions director Rob

Seltzer, writing-test scores will not replace or supersede existing

admissions criteria but will be instead be incorporated into the

current admissions process.

“Requiring a written assessment will give us

an additional factor to consider in our review of prospective

students,” he said. “Ultimately, we will be able to select

better-qualified students.”

The UW Faculty Senate approved the change May


French Wine Producers Feel Squeeze of U.S.


BORDEAUX, France (Reuters) – Calls to boycott

French products during the trans-Atlantic spat over Iraq

contributed to a slump in U.S. sales of French wines, which were

down by about a quarter from last year, wine merchants said.

“There’s been a drop of 14 percent in March

and 22 percent in April in sales of French wine,” said New York

wine importer Timothy Enos at the 12th biennial Vinexpo salon,

describing the U.S. backlash against French products as “ridiculous

and excessive.”

“The big wines still have their place. The

drama is for the smaller wines, like generic wines. I’m afraid that

for them the competition is much more difficult,” he said.

France’s opposition to the U.S.-led war in

Iraq, which prevented Washington getting United Nations approval

for its military campaign to oust Saddam Hussein, sparked U.S.

calls for consumers to boycott French products like wine and


Other merchants at the wine fair muttered

off the record that their sales were down as much as 40 percent,

and an online survey concluded that sales of French wine to the

United States fell 26 percent in volume terms in the month to

mid-May, compared to the same period a year ago.

While the United States accounts for less than

10 percent of overall French exports, the U.S. market is the

biggest buyer of Bordeaux wines which include favorites like


France’s wine producers are also suffering,

along with other traditional producers like Italy and Spain, from

increased production and tough competition from New World vineyards

in California, Australia and Chile.

Nicolas Gailly, chief executive of wine firm

Barton et Guestier told the French daily Les Echos this week that

his sales were down 25 percent in early 2003 “because of the weak

dollar and the boycott.”

Overall U.S. imports of French goods fell 9.6

percent in the first quarter. 

-compiled from staff reports

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