Andrew Uehling wakes up to a green-blue view, with a carpet of rooftop grass in the foreground and the waves of Lake Mendota in the distance as he looks out the window of his dormitory.
"I like the closeness to the water," he said. "It's awesome."
A freshman biomedical engineering major at UW-Madison, Uehling lives in the university's futuristic $47 million new lakeside dormitory, Dejope Residence Hall. Officials named it to honor the Ho-Chunk American Indians who lived here long before European settlers. Students who've lived there since school started in early September have other names for it.
"It's the Taj Mahal of Wisconsin," said Uehling, of Shullsburg.