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UW investigates strip show at school event

MADISON (WKOW) -- UW-Madison officials are investigating the presence of a stripper at a university-sanctioned function involving dozens of medical school students.

"This is not consistent with our school, our campus, our profession," UW School of Medicine Associate Dean of Students Patrick McBride said.

Officials and students said the incident took place at Great Hall at the Memorial Union April 17 during an annual social event dubbed The Black Bag Ball.

The event was staged by the UW Medical Students Association with financial support from the UW School of Medicine Alumni Foundation.  

Officials and attendees said approximately 150 students, guests, and, at times, faculty were present for an evening of dinner and dancing.

Medical school students, who asked not to be identified, said they confirmed arrangements were made for a stripper to perform at the ball. They said the strip show took place in a secluded section of Great Hall and was attended by a handful of people.

"We've identified students involved in planning [strip show]," McBride said.

Memorial Union spokesperson Marc Kennedy said facility staff were onsite during the ball but were unaware that a strip show had taken place.  

Kennedy said the presence of a paid strip show performer at the Union violated terms of reserving the facility's space, and said the medical student event would have been stopped immediately had staff become aware of the stripper's presence.

McBride said UW Dean of Students Lori Berquam is also investigating the incident. Berquam and UW Medical Student Association student liaison, Bob Zemple have been unavailable for comment.

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