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Madison Area Technical College is looking for a coach for its women’s soccer team, which will start play next fall. The move represents a follow-through by the college on its plan to balance out athletic offerings for men and women under terms agreed to after a federal Title IX whistleblower complaint was filed last fall.

Federal education officials last spring accepted the two-year college’s plan to add women’s soccer and make softball a scholarship sport. The school won’t face sanctions as long as it follows through on those plans.

A “primary goal and expectation” for the new soccer coach is to recruit and retain a 22-player squad, according to the job description. It should help balance out the number of athletes on MATC teams, which was a major reason for the federal whistleblower complaint.

While male full-time students in 2011-12 outnumbered female students at MATC by roughly 53 percent to 47 percent, according to the complaint, male student-athletes outnumbered female peers by a bigger margin: 63 percent to 37 percent.

UW-Madison creates flu app for students

Long before going to the doctor, people who feel sick may go to Google and tell the search engine of their health woes. This year UW-Madison is hoping to capitalize on the same dynamic to get ahead of its own flu outbreaks on campus, using students and smartphones.

The “OutSmart Flu” app is being offered free to students and will allow them to report how they’re feeling — from sniffly to fine. It may be innovative in many other ways, but On Campus was immediately impressed by its logo: an “achoo!” sneezey-face emoticon.

Researchers will monitor the anonymous reports daily to try and get ahead of the respiratory disease, which tends to hit its peak in the winter months. Knowing in advance that a flu wave is starting can trigger public health campaigns to remind people to take steps to avoid being infected. They include washing hands longer and more frequently, getting a flu shot and sleeping more.

Students can participate as much or as little as they want. Three $500 raffles will be held during the school year, with odds better for those who’ve participated more.

For more, write questions@outsmartflu.org or call 608-620-3586. The study director, Dr. Ajay Sethi, can be reached at 608-263-1756 or aksethi@wisc.edu.

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Reporter, Wisconsin State Journal