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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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use Madison to refer to the city, not the UW–Madison campus; referring to the Madison campus is acceptable when it’s clear that the UW System is the subject
Madison Area Technical College (MATC)
The official name of the college is Madison Area Technical College (MATC). On second reference or in an informal context, use Madison College.
Madison College
see Madison Area Technical College (MATC)
Madison Magazine
initial caps, italicize
magazine issues
see issue names, magazine
maiden/birth/former names
see names and degrees
do not capitalize majors, programs, specializations, or concentrations of study when they are not part of an official department name or title, but proper nouns are capitalized: She received a bachelor’s degree in history; She majored in economics; He majored in English and French; view a list of undergraduate majors
Mallon, Jim
the student-government leader who was the president of the Pail and Shovel Party, which was responsible for the plastic flamingos on Bascom Hill in fall 1979 and the Statue of Liberty on the lake later, among other pranks; graduation year is ’79
March, Fredric
not Frederick
marching band
see UW Marching Band, UW Varsity Band
see CMS 8.112
Martin and Florence Below Alumni Center, the
WAA’s headquarters building at 650 N. Lake Street is currently called the Martin and Florence Below (pronounced BEE-loh) Alumni Center; subsequent references are the Below Alumni Center, the alumni center, or the center; as of the renovation that was completed in 2017, the building now includes One Alumni Place, which opens on to Alumni Park
Martin, Biddy (Carolyn)
use former chancellor Biddy Martin; her degree year is PhD’85
Matching Dollar Scholarship Program
the University of Wisconsin Foundation matches funds raised by the Wisconsin Alumni Association's alumni chapters through this program
matching gift (noun), matching-gift (adjective)
He will make a matching gift; Fill out the matching-gift form; Use the matching-gift process online; see also CMS 5.92 and 7.85
Meiklejohn Integrated Liberal Studies Association (MILSA)
initial caps
Meiklejohn, Alexander
founder of the Experimental College at UW–Madison in the 1920s; see also Ex College
Memorial Union
see Wisconsin Union
Memorial Union Theater
there’s no such thing; the proper title is the Wisconsin Union Theater; also called the Union Theater
see boys, men, girls, women
mental illness
Do not describe an individual as having a mental illness unless it is clearly pertinent to a story and the diagnosis is properly sourced. Mental illness is a general term. Specific conditions are disorders and should be used whenever possible. Avoid terms such as the mentally ill. Instead: people with mental illnesses. Do not use derogatory terms, such as insane, crazy/crazed, nuts, or deranged, unless they are part of a quotation that is essential to the story. Avoid using mental health terms to describe unrelated issues. Don’t say that an awards show, for example, was schizophrenic. (Source: AP Stylebook)
Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program
name for the program which administers the Chancellor's Scholarship and Powers-Knapp Scholarship programs. Scholarship recipients are referred to as Chancellor's scholars or Powers-Knapp scholars, but collectively are referred to as Mercile J. Lee scholars.
Meyerhoff Undergraduate Excellence Awards
initial caps
see mike, mic
compound words using this prefix are closed when the second word is not a proper noun or a figure: midweek, midterm, midsummer, but mid-January, mid-1960s
middle initials
in general, do not use a middle initial unless the person is adamant about including it or it appears in the official name of an endowment, foundation, award, scholarship, or the like.
mike, mic
use mike, not mic, for the abbreviation of microphone
military organizations
see CMS 8.112
see CMS 9.20 and 9.24
Monona Terrace Convention Center
the official name of the Madison convention center; it should not be called (anything resembling) the Frank Lloyd Wright Convention Center
Spell out in running text when not used with a day of the week: February 2, 2017. Abbreviate January (Jan.), February (Feb.), August (Aug.), September (Sept.), October (Oct.), November (Nov.), and December (Dec.) when used with a day of the week: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Do not abbreviate March, April, May, June, or July. The following style is also acceptable: 28 March 2017. When writing for news releases or Inside UW–Madison, abbreviate months when used with a date, with the exception of March, April, May, June, and July, which are always spelled out.
see CMS 8.141
more than, over
use more than when something can be counted: She bought more than 20 books; in general, over refers to spatial relationships: She jumped over the chair
Morgridge Match
capitalize Match
Motion W
when referring to this university symbol, "W" is uppercase roman, not italic
Muslim, Moslem
Muslim is preferred; see CMS 8.96
the personalized web portal for UW–Madison and a single entry point into secure information provided by the university (My UW); it gives students access to information on grades, tuition accounts, financial aid, and housing