A great aspect of our department is the community that has developed amongst the grad students. One of our favorite spots for music, film, food, beer and just basically hanging out is the Union Terrace. During the summer, you can sit in one of the many multicolored chairs on the Terrace and look out over the beautiful Lake Mendota while eating a fresh cooked brat and enjoying one of the many locally brewed beers they have on tap.
After work on Friday, we usually head to the Terrace for a beer and then out to dinner afterwards. There is often someone who wants to go see a concert or a show (or is even performing in one) and generally others that want to come with. We are a close-knit group, and that makes living in a city like Madison all the more enjoyable.