Madison Area Technical College hits the century mark this year and has a party planned to celebrate — and raise a pile of cash. The North Side college will host an event Oct. 26 at Alliant Energy Center to spotlight its array of programs that serve about 40,000 people annually through a curriculum of technical, liberal arts and sciences and adult basic education.

There will be food and dessert, not surprising for a school well-known for turning out top chefs.

The event, "A New Century of Promise," runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and costs $125 to attend. It will include presentations on the college's programs and an auction to benefit the school. More info is at

The college had humble beginnings. In 1912, 63 students crammed in a single room above a fire station on South Webster Street to take the area's first vocational classes from what was then called Madison Industrial School. Popular courses were hat making, typesetting and stenography.

The college is now embarking on its biggest building boom since the 1970s thanks to a $133.7 million building referendum voters approved in 2010.

Adidas status conference set

The legal proceedings between UW-Madison and Adidas, which outfits the university's athletes and coaches, continue in Dane County Circuit Court.

Judge John Albert has set a status conference for Oct. 11 to discuss a July lawsuit filed by Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen on behalf of the University of Wisconsin System. The conference was earlier scheduled for last Thursday but has been moved back.

In the suit, the university alleges Adidas must pay Indonesian workers up to $2 million in back wages and benefits to honor a code-of-conduct provision in its contract. Adidas, answering the claims in an Aug. 13 letter to the court, denied it's responsible for the payments.

UW law opens immigrant clinic

Third-year law student Kathryn Finley and the Latino Law Student Association won an Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment that will allow the UW-Madison law school to open the state's first immigrant justice clinic.

Under faculty supervision, law students will perform all aspects of their clients' representation over the course of two semesters, from the intake interviews to the final hearing in the Chicago immigration court. Students will also conduct twice monthly "Know Your Rights" presentations to detainees at the Dodge Detention Facility in Juneau.

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