New Lakeshore Dorm - 'Waaksikhomik Hall' Opens Fall 2012

<p>Pronounced 'wawnk-sheek-home-ink' (Ho-Chunk word for Lake Mendota, meaning 'Where the Man Lies', also a village originally on the lake near this dorm site).</p>

<p>Division</a> of University Housing</p>

<p>Division</a> of University Housing</p>

<p>Division</a> of University Housing</p>

<p>Construction webcam:</p>

<p>UW-Madison</a> Division of University Housing Master Plan</p>

<p>...I think it's cool they're naming a dorm after something Native American, but couldn't they have picked something easier to pronounce??</p>

<p>Will they give the UW a cut from their huge casino now? Could use the money right now.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.ho-chunkgaming.com/wisconsindells/%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.ho-chunkgaming.com/wisconsindells/&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

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<p>I agree... what a ridiculous name.</p>

<p>Ridiculous or just unfamiliar?</p>

<p>Milwaukee, Wausaukee, Waukesha, Mississippi, Chequamegon, Wauwatosa, Kaukauna, Oshkosh ... etc. And let's not forget Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa and Chicago. </p>

<p>All examples of other native words we have grown quite familiar with here.</p>

<p>I suspect it will not be a problem.</p>

<p>...Maybe it will be okay with instate people, but everyone I know who lives out of state is completely thrown when they hear all the different towns in Wisconsin.</p>

<p>Holy moley, that looks pretty nice. Last time up there in August I saw the construction, but of course couldn't visualize anything. No more sleepy Lakeshore, almost a shame because it was very serene when my D lived there (Cole) two years ago.</p>

<p>And don't forget Elvehjem.</p>

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<p>Milwaukee, Wausaukee, Waukesha, Mississippi, Chequamegon, Wauwatosa, Kaukauna, Oshkosh ... etc. And let's not forget Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa and Chicago. </p>

<p>All examples of other native words we have grown quite familiar with here.</p>

<p>I suspect it will not be a problem.

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<p>True, but I think that names like Chicago are Oshkosh are shorter and easier to learn to pronounce (even through just guessing) than something like 'Waaksikhomik'.</p>

<p>Elvehjem is Scandinavian, I believe- a person. I'm sure the new dorm will have a short moniker, just as "Liz" has been used forever- when you think about it Elizabeth Waters is a mouthful as well.</p>

<p>Washington is full of Indian names. Nobody gets Puyallup right the first time. Or Snoqualmie. You do get used to them.</p>

<p>I looked up many more names for the fun of it but edited after too much time so lost my work. Monona (confused by some with Winona, MN) is local. Some place names have been corrupted from the European- De Pere, anyone? Have some fun and look up names in an atlas- Menomonee, Menomonie, Menomonee Falls. Try pronouncing Shawano correctly. Unless you are familiar with the Shikago sound you would try a ch sound as in chair. Place and people names that have many syllables are too often given up on by many, even if they are phonetic or use simple rules. Massachusetts is long but learned by everyone (and why is the ch different in it...). Can you pronounce Prairie du Chien? Easy if you took French, unlike the city of De Pere above.</p>

<p>How many names of Spanish origin have we learned up north in recent times? Is a "j" to be French, English or Spanish or other in pronounciation?</p>

<p>Elvehjem was Scandinavian, I believe. </p>

<p>Needs adjustment, but we are finally getting away from some of the Eurocentric views. Perhaps the dorm should have been named after a person, not a place- many possibilities from Wisconsin Native Americans, but that may have created conflicts in choosing which person to honor.</p>

<p>Mukwonago, Oconomowoc, Nasewaupee and Kinnikinnick are some of my favorite place names in Wisconsin.</p>

<p>New dorms look nice too. Hopefully, I will get in so that I have a chance at getting in one.</p>

<p>Please give the details on Elvehjem, what, where, how, when and why.</p>

<p>Elvehjem was a highly regarded prof who discovered Niacin and later became the UW President. He died too young.</p>

<p>Conrad</a> Elvehjem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia</p>

<p>and moved his name off the art museum. a nice donation can get your plaque shoved over.</p>