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1.     According to the mayor, the city has to increase its spending greatly to build new sidewalks in town.

2.     President Barack Obama has rejected the Republican proposed budget cut.  The president feels it places too great of a burden on the nation’s poor people.

3.     A freight train carrying nitric acid ran off the tracks near Lincoln, Nebraska today. The crash forced evacuation of two hundred homes and sent thirty people to the hospital for respiratory ailments.

4.     The new proposed Air Force budget was released at the Pentagon today.  The new proposal would close two air bases in Asia, while spending thirty-three billion dollars on a new missile defense system.  The proposed spending on a new missile defense system drew an immediate veto threat from President Obama.

5.     Governor Frank Fitzhugh backed Senator Scott Smith’s idea to shut down the state veterinary clinic today.  The shut down would save the state nine hundred and eighty thousand dollars a year.

6.     Former president Ronald Reagan changed his tune when he became president by saying that unions hurt the output of American businesses.

7.     The bill raising minimum wage has been passed by Congress and is now being sent to the president.

8.     Cook country politics have been known for corruption, and now they’re getting more attention.  Former Chicago mayor Rod Blagojevich, who stepped down during a corruption scandal, will now be hosting a new reality-TV show called “The World’s Sleaziest People”.

9.     According to police, nine pounds of cocaine were seized and six people were arrested in the raid.

10.  The mayor wants to put over eleven hundred police officers on the streets of Omaha, an increase of about 100 from last year.  According to budget analysts, the plan would cost roughly an extra five million dollars in its first year.

By: Andrew Lowe

 

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is home to the most students in school history with a total of 12,148, up from 10,512 just 8 years ago. With the most students ever on campus, recreational facilities on campus, especially the weight room is becoming over crowded.

The Williams Center weight room and Kachel Fieldhouse are the training facilities to UW-Whitewater’s elite athletic programs, as well as the recreational areas for the normal student on campus.  Trying to be shared between teams and students at certain times during the day is becoming an issue due to the sheer number of people in an area at one time.

 

Lee Munger, head strength and conditioning coach at UW-Whitewater, says that the student population increase is only part of it.

 

A packed weight room alters my training assignments for my teams because I have a set plan that I want to accomplish with each team going into the day.  The number of additional users in the weight room affects what equipment is available and it forces me to create space which takes away from my other duties” said Munger.

 

Senior Ananda Conlon, a student at UW-Whitewater, enjoys working out during her normal days to help stay in shape and relieve stress.  Conlon avoids the weight room in the Williams Center at certain times due to increased number of people using the weight room.

“I never go between 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. because I know from experience that it will be too packed and have to be very selective on what to do” said Conlon.

 

Munger says that the student population increase is only part of it.

“The weight room has always been crowded at certain times of day, during certain seasons. What has made the biggest difference is that more students have made fitness more a part of their life than in the past which is driving up the number of students using the facilities” said Munger.

The Williams Center weight room currently does not have a max capacity number posted anywhere, so safety may become an issue if crowds continue to grow.
I think from a safety standpoint we need to come up with a max user capacity and then stick to that number during busy times.  When someone leaves, someone enters and so on” said Munger.

 

Junior Candice Wayne, a student and track runner at UW-Whitewater, has trouble getting through her training sessions at the weight room because of the crowds during the afternoon.

“I think that they need to close the weight room at certain times so the athletes can get in and do their training and get out with minimal distraction. That or administration needs to consider making the weight room bigger with more machines, weights, and cardio equipment” said Wayne.

 

Do to the layout of the weight room in the Williams Center; it would be almost impossible to expand the weight room where it currently lies.  Talk about an athlete only training facility has been brought up on campus between student-athletes and students both.

 

Munger feels differently than the students and athletes when it comes to the facility.
“Actually, I look at this from the other side.  I think a separate recreational center for general students is needed.  It is not fair to students, staff and community members to constantly have to alter their workouts because the weight room is too busy with athletes” said Munger.

 

Whether it be a new facility built for students or athletes, or controlling the number of people in the weight room at one time, something needs to be done to help out the recreation seeking students and athletes alike to help prevent over crowding.

By: Andrew Lowe

            “Let the thought of death drive you to change. Stay hungry, stay foolish.”  This is the advice that one of the greatest minds of our time, Steve Jobs, gave the Stanford graduates at their commencement yesterday.

Steve Jobs is one of the brightest and intelligent human beings of our generation, but he has had a tougher road to the top then most think. He shared highlights of his journey with the graduates in his speech yesterday to enforce the thought of staying hungry and foolish.

Jobs never graduated college. He attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon but dropped out after six months in trust that it would all workout okay.  He stuck around for 18 more months and dropped in on classes he wanted to take. Jobs loved this experience and said it turned out to be “priceless” over time.

Apple Computer Inc. was started by Jobs and his friend “Woz”, Steve Wozniak, in his garage back in 1976, and grew more than they expected. The Mac was the first computer with typography, a skill he learned back when he dropped in a calligraphy at Reed College.

“If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do.” Said Jobs.

Ten years after starting Apple Computer Inc. and being in charge of thousands of employees, Jobs decided to bring in John Sculley, who was very successful with Pepsi-Cola, to help run the company.

Sculley and Jobs did not mesh, and Jobs tried to run Sculley out of the company by taking his issue to board of directors, saying that Sculley was bad for Apple.  Board of directors sided with Sculley and Jobs was the one who was let go, let go by a company he created.

Jobs said that looking back, this was one of the best things that happened to him. It gave him the freedom of a beginner again, and he no longer had to worry about thousands of other employees. Jobs started NeXT Inc. in 1985 after being forced out of Apple Inc. NeXT was bought by Apple Inc. in 1996, sending Jobs back to the top of Apple Inc.

Jobs also created Pixar, which went on to become the most successful animation studio in the world

Jobs used this story to explain that you can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only look back to connect them.  Jobs was pushed out of his own company, but he picked himself back up, and created a new company that landed him back atop his original company, a better man and leader.

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love.” Said Jobs. “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

Jobs also talked about the thought of death, and how it helped him become what he is today. “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” Said Jobs. “Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

Jobs feels as if people hold back in situations in life because they feel as if they have something to lose.  People don’t have anything to lose because they are all on the same path to death, because no one can escape it.

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” Said Jobs. “You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

Commitment makes things happen, it drives people to achieve.  Commitment is also broken easily as well, and people quit.

*The Fellowship of Christian Athletes on campus at UW-Whitewater covered the important, and sometimes over looked, topic of commitment at their weekly meeting Sunday night at the Student Athletic Association Complex building.*

One of FCA’s leaders Jacques LaReau helped lead a panel of four from the Living Word Fellowship Church in Whitewater talk about the importance of commitment.  Commitment is big to FCA because this year’s theme for the group is “All in” and “you can’t be ‘All in’ without being committed” said LaReau.

Commitment is defined as “a promise to do something or give something” or “a promise to be loyal to someone or something” by Marian Webster’s Dictionary, but everyone has their own spin on what commitment means to them.

Steffi Heuer, gymnast and member of FCA at UW-Whitewater, defined commitment as “being faithful and showing respect and love for something by being there fully.”

After the group talked over what commitment meant to them personally, the next panel member challenged the group to think of and list reasons why they think commitment is important to team sports and how it helps them achieve goals.

FCA President Deven DuCharme thought this part of the discussion was the most beneficial. “The point I enjoyed most was when we talked about setting a commitment on your heart” said DuCharme. “It is crazy how by just setting it on your heart and being physically, mentally, and emotionally invested in that commitment, how much more successful you can be at it.”

Heuer felt that commitment is important in team settings because “it shows that you are completely invested in one goal all together. That having that commitment and investment as a team makes the team that much more successful at the end.”

FCA showed their commitment to members and athletes on campus when they took the last 20 minutes out of their meeting time to write letters of encouragement to be passed out during the week. “We wanted to take the time to encourage the athletes on campus and show them that when we say ‘All in’ we mean it, and we don’t just say it.” Said DuCharme.

FCA looks to remain “All in” as they reach out to student athletes and regular students who believe in Jesus Christ and are looking for something to help them grow spiritually.  “All students are welcome to join and we look forward to growing together and being ‘All in’ for the Lord” said LaReau.

“This is an emergency financial situation” said Mayor Gustavus G. Petykiewicz, mayor of Kittatinny.  Mayor Petykiewicz called a press conference Monday morning to release his proposed budget for the upcoming year.

His proposed budget includes actions that the mayor “does not take lightly”, including three major controversial topics; a tax increase, no police for eight hours a day, and charging for garbage pickup.

The first major topic is cutting the police patrols between 4 a.m. and noon by Kittatinny Police Department, and will now be covered by the Schuylkill County Police.  If there is an emergency during that time, police can be delayed up to 30 minutes depending on where they are patrolling at the time.

“I am not thrilled with the possibility of delayed response times” said Mayor Petykiewicz.  Police Chief Roman Hruska expects “worse outcomes of crime, but not crime rates” if the sheriffs take over the early shift. “Sheriffs can’t do everything and we are running a higher risk of someone being killed”, he said.  City Council President Denelda Penoyer said she “cannot live” with the police proposal, that it is something that “absolutely has to change.”

Chief Hruska offered to take a pay cut if the mayor, as well as the rest of the major department heads, also took a 10% pay cut to help the situation, setting a tone of shared sacrifice.

Another topic of the proposed budget is a tax increase of about 8% raising taxes roughly $30 a year for the average citizen.  City Council President Denelda Penoyer proposed a tax increase of $100 a year, and with that tax increase, the city would be able to keep Kittatinny Police on the streets during the early shift.

The third major topic is that city officials will be charging citizens about $200 a year onto their water bill, to cover the costs of garbage pickup.  This charge on top of the tax increase are putting a huge burden on the citizens of Kittatinny to cover up to an extra $300 a year.

City officials “don’t have an answer” on how people, some who were just laid off by Susquehanna Steel Corporation, will cover the extra $300 a year. The mayor has “been in touch” with state officials about a job replacement and training program to help citizens get back to work.

The mayor’s new budget proposal is highly debatable among top city officials and the city council has about two months to approve a new budget.  The mayor expressed that he would be “amazed” if the budget went through unchanged.

Mayor Petykiewicz wants to hear from the people, because he “wants to get through this together.”  He also asked that when you contact officials over the proposed budget, to have a “civil tone”.  You can get in contact the

            Beating teams like the University of Alabama, Missouri, Texas, and Illinois on the way to winning a national title is out of the ordinary for all the sports teams here at UW-Whitewater, except for the wheelchair basketball team. Luke Russell, a student athlete here at UW-Whitewater, is a special athlete.  Russell is a member of the UW-Whitewater Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team and is in a wheelchair full time.  He has a disability called Spina Bifida, and only has use of his upper abs and upper body, but this hasn’t stopped him from chasing his dream.

Luke learned of the sport of wheelchair basketball when he was 7 years old.  Russell immediately fell in love with the sport and had the opportunity to start to play when he was 8 years old and he took it and went with it.  Through the years, Russell loved the game more and more and watched his skills improve.  Late in his high school career, Russell set his eyes on attending UW-Whitewater and playing for their men’s wheelchair basketball team.

Luke ended up choosing UWW because of the success of the wheelchair basketball program in the past, and the opportunity to make it to the Olympic and professional ranks after playing in college. “That’s my goal. I want to play for Team USA and eventually play professionally in Germany,” Russell said. Russell wants to play in Germany because he has visited in the past and fell in love with the country, and he is 50% German ethnically.  Russell also spoke of all the UWW wheelchair basketball alumni who have gone on to play professionally, like Matt Scott, his favorite player, who is a Nike sponsored athlete in Turkey.  Russell keeps in contact with former and professional players so he can stay on top of his game.

Russell is now a defending national champion and well on his way to his dream of being a professional player. He is a great young man with a big heart. He always has the big championship ring on his finger and would love to tell you about it if you sit down with him.

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