The Ups and Downs of Elevator Use on Campus

One of the most underrated aspects of living on campus is the importance of elevators for students with physical limitations. “Elevators are a major part of getting around from class to class” stated senior Abdul Najeeb of the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.  Najeeb uses a motorized scooter to get from place to place on campus.  Najeeb has not had any issues personally with the elevators on campus, but has his concerns about elevators during emergency issues.

While some students have been fortunate enough to not have had elevator issues when they need to use them, others have been not so lucky. Sophomore, Luke Russell shared his personal account of when he encountered an issue.  Russell stated that he has had elevator issues in the past, and has had to have another person carry his wheelchair up stairs while Russell crawled up the stairs to his class.  Russell is one of the fortunate few, who have an alternative method of getting to class when the elevators don’t work.  Lots of students however do not have the option of maneuvering up stairs without the use of an elevator.  Najeeb would email his professors, and not attend class.  He would also have other students turn in assignments for him if they were due the day the elevator wasn’t working.

The impact of the elevators not working on campus is not only felt by students, but by staff as well.  Office Associate and Alternative Testing Coordinator for Center of Students with Disabilities (CSD), Patty Beran is also effected.  Many of the students that Beran works with require the use of elevators to attend class and maneuver around campus.  Beran believes many of the elevator issues have been solved or eliminated through renovations to a number of buildings on campus.

One of the major problems not only for students but staff members is the distance that has to be covered in order to correct elevator issues on campus.  Many feel that there should be a trained member of the staff that can perform routine maintenance or minor repairs to the elevators on campus if necessary.  This trained member of the staff could eliminate many issues and reduce wait times for repairs which would allow students to get back to classes faster and return to their goal of receiving their education.

Although elevators sometimes pose major problems for students on campus, students and staff both believe there are many ways to solve them.  One of the ways that was mentioned was a potential social media account that could notify students all across campus of out of order locations, and ongoing repairs.  This possible social media account could not only alert students but also professors of issues in real time, allowing professors to make adjustments and accommodations for students that rely on elevator use.

While students receive their education, the use of the elevators play a major role in allowing students to get to the locations they need to for classes, extracurricular activities and participate fully in the college experience. The role elevators play in education is underrated but crucial to the success of many students throughout campus.

Jobs Addresses Graduates at Stanford Commencement

Graduation is always an exciting day, but the addition of Steve Jobs’ inspirational speech brought more excitement to the day. Jobs, the founder of Apple Computer Inc., who only attended six months of college, told graduates of 2005 his heart warming journey to his success.

At age 17, Jobs started his journey towards success at Reed College in Oregon.  He shortly discovered that the cost of college combined with his lack of interest in it, that college was just not for him.

During Jobs’ time as a drop in he went to many lengths to save money in order to not only stay on campus and feed himself, but to live. He recycled Coke bottles for the five cent deposit, and walked seven miles every week in order to get one decent meal.

Instead of dropping out completely though, Jobs decided to be a drop-in and take courses that he was interested in, such as calligraphy classes, instead of the required courses.  If Jobs had never taken the calligraphy course, it is likely that the Mac wouldn’t have had beautiful typography, and Windows wouldn’t have either.  He explained to the graduates, “None of this (calligraphy) had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me.”

After being a drop-in for 18 months, Steve decided to officially drop out of Reed College.   At age 20, Jobs and Steve “Woz” Wozinak became co-founders of Apple Computer, Inc.

During the rise of Apple, Jobs hired John Sculley, who was recently the president of Pepsi, to be his co-executive. Just as Jobs thought things were going well, Jobs and Sculley had a disagreement about the company and the board fired Jobs.

After being let go by the company he created, Jobs never gave up hope.  He remained optimistic in that, “The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”  Jobs then founded the company NeXT, which later was bought by Apple, resulting in Jobs returning to the company.  Jobs’ biggest obstacle, however, was not work related.  Less than a year ago, Jobs was diagnosed with a form of pancreatic cancer. First he was told to get his affairs in order because he was only supposed to live three to six months with his original diagnosis.

Later that evening Jobs had a biopsy, to which he was sedated.  However, Jobs’ wife told him that the doctor started crying because the biopsy revealed a rare form of pancreatic cancer, which could be cured with surgery, and now has a chance to live. Through all of this his wife, Laurene Powell, was by his side as support, along with what Jobs called “their beautiful family.”

Jobs lives his life by the phrase, “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”  He saw this phrase on the back of The Whole Earth Catalog, on the final issue, which was put out by Stewart Brand in the late 1970s. He explained, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”  This is the message Jobs left the 2005 graduates of Stanford University today.

Panthers Defense Stifles Cougers

Plymouth’s offense started off slowly turning the ball over three times in the first quarter, but the Campbellsport’s offense couldn’t muster a first down until mid-way through the second quarter in Friday night’s battle between two of the top teams in the conference.

Plymouth exploded for 20 points in the second quarter and another two touchdowns in the first five minutes of the second half to take a 32-0 lead.  Campbellsport scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to make the final score 32-14.

*Plymouth’s win keeps them undefeated in conference play, 6-0 (7-1 overall), assuring them a share of the conference title.  Plymouth can win the conference outright with a win over third place Kewauskum.

While Plymouth’s offense struggled early, Plymouth’s defense gave up only one first down and 45 yards of offense in the first half.

Plymouth’s second quarter scoring started with a three yard touchdown run by running back Brad Trakel.  Trakel followed up a couple minutes later with an eleven yard score.  Quarterback Kollin Neils, hit Zac Cain for a 21 yard touchdown pass to cap off the first half scoring.

Plymouth scored quickly in the second half with a double reverse, flee flicker.  Neils hit Cain for his second touchdown on a 47 yard touchdown pass.  Trakel finished the Plymouth scoring with a 27 yard gallop.

I was able to catch up with several of the Plymouth players after the game to get there thoughts.

Receiver Zac Cain, when asked about the turning point of the game, “They had the big running back open down the sidelines and he didn’t come up with the catch.  That play I feel woke us up and we knew we could be in for a battle”.

When asked about what they need to improve to get better, all the players pointed to the slow start they have had over the last few weeks.  “We can’t turn the ball over in the first quarter if we expect to have any type of run in the playoffs”, said quarterback Kollin Neils.

Plymouth, currently ranked ninth in Division 3 are looking forward to the playoffs, but are not looking past Kewauskum next week. “Our  number one goal is to finish the conference undefeated.  We need to get past Kewauskum next week to make this happen”, said Defensive Back Justin Picard.

When asked about season goals running back Brad Trakel, said, after next week we want to make a run into the playoffs.  We would love to get to Madison, but we know we will need to take one game at a time”.

If they can cut down on the first quarter jitters, they have an opportunity to make a nice run in the playoffs.

Home is Where the Heart is

AJ Bocchini

Journalism 237

Home is Where the Heart is

                After taking multiple coaching positions at different levels of college basketball, UW-Whitewater’s Nick Bennett finds himself back in familiar territory he likes to call home.  While growing up, Nick was surrounded by a family full of basketball coaches and players who helped grow his passion for the game. At a young age, he was exposed to basketball from attending games, practices, clinics, and breaking down film with people he is fortunate enough to call his family. This has made his transition from a player to a college coach even smoother. “The thrill of competition and I feel the nerves, excitement, and anticipation in basketball to be one of my favorite aspects of coaching,” says Bennett. Although Bennett has had individual success in his career, he now is driven to help his players succeed not only on the court, but in their own life as well.

Coach Bennett has made an impact on many young and talented men throughout his coaching career. He has had many wonderful opportunities at a variety of colleges such as the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, University of Marquette, University of Indiana, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Texas Pan American, and now currently at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Bennett has learned also many different coaching styles from being in so many different places.

Now that Nick has become a part of the UW-Whitewater basketball program, he says he sees no differences between the different levels of college basketball. “Basketball is basketball and it can be played at a high level regardless of division,” says Bennett who has seen the game from both a player and coach’s perspective.  He enjoys coming to work every day being able to teach basketball, reach the team’s goals, and being around great people.  Nick says, “Feeling comfortable and confident with where you are is a huge bonus to have.” His time at UW-Whitewater has been no exception to that.

Packers-Niners Preview


With the 2013 NFL Season about to get underway, the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers look to settle the score once and for all. The Packers who were torched by Colin Kaeppernick and the Read-Option to close out the season in the NFC Divisional Playoffs look for a better result this time around. With the season-ending injury to Bryan Bulaga, it will be interesting to see how the Packers deal with All-Pro Patrick Willis and the 49ers hard hitting defense. The biggest question however, may not be on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Question marks remain about the Packers special teams and specifically Mason Crosby, who at times struggled mightily last season. It will be interesting to see throughout the course of the season, whether Crosby can get back to his Super Bowl form or will his struggles continue like 2012. Really looking forward to this NFC Divisional Rematch to see how it plays out and to see which teams can make adjustments and pull out the victory.