Apr 24th, 2014 by Amber Levenhagen
Steve Jobs reflects on life, loss, love, and death in his commencement speech to the Stanford University graduating class of 2005.
Throughout the commencement speech, Jobs connected his life experiences to what he believes graduates need to take away: find what you love, and do it.
“Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even if it leads you off the well worn path. And that will make all the difference,” Jobs said.
Jobs had a rough start to his successful career. His unhappiness in college is what caused him to drop out and start pursuing what he truly found interesting.
This change in path is what led him to create what he is most known for, being the CEO of Apple Computers. Jobs used the knowledge he learned during his 18 month “drop in” to create the company.
While reflecting in love and loss, Jobs reflected on his removal from Apple Computers. Due to a disagreement in progress, Jobs and Apple went their separate ways.
Though discouraged, Jobs refused to let this prevent him from pursuing his passions. He had been rejected, but he still loved what he did.
Jobs continued to expand through the creation of Pixar and the computer system NeXT, which brought him back to Apple Computers.
“You’ve got to find what you love… the only to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do,” said Jobs.
On the reflection of death, Jobs connects his inspiration of death to the importance of following a passion. Knowing that he could die soon, gave him inspiration to pursue what he cared about.
His diagnoses of a rare pancreatic cancer only reassured his thoughts on death. Fortunately his cancer was cured by removing the tumor on his pancreas.
The cancer gave him a closer relationship with death which provided him the useful credibility to send his message to the students in the audience.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
Jobs’ speech to the Stanford graduating class held strong emphasis on the idea of living life to the fullest, using his personal life experiences to help send the message.
Throughout the speech, Jobs sends very straight forward messages to the audience. He openly states that through his experiences, he learned to follow what he loved and do what he was passionate about.
Through his life, loss, love, and death; Jobs sends a message to pursue to be the best possible being no matter how many challenges are faced.
Jobs concludes his speech with a phrase “stay hungry, stay foolish” as a takeaway for his audience of graduating students.
He doesn’t go into details as to what he specifically means by the phrase, he simply says it is a message he has carried with him and that he wishes it upon the graduates of Stanford University; a phrase to be interpreted by each individual as to what it means for them specifically.
“United and Unique”, the Greek community on campus grew stronger through dance, stroll, song, and spoken word as sorority and fraternity members joined together to showcase their talents.
Megan Morrow, secretary for the Greek council and member of Alpha Sigma sorority, had a vision of the Greek community on campus uniting through diversity.
“I wanted to show campus that Greeks can be parts of different things, that it’s not just about the stereotypes for us,” Said Marrow.
The event, held March 5 in the University Center at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus, was open to Greek and non-Greek students. Students were invited to watch fraternities and sororities showcase their talents through a friendly competition of dance, stroll, song, and spoken word.
Each fraternity and sorority was given the opportunity to present their act to a panel of judges. Each performance was graded on a number system based on the creativity/uniqueness of the performance, clarity and relevance to the sorority/fraternity, delivery, spirit, and adherence to the organization.
Maggie McCarthy, a non-Greek student, came to the event to “see what Greek life is all about”. She commented on the need to advertise more.
“I wasn’t sure if it was open to non-Greek students, but I’m glad I came and checked it out. It opened my eyes to a different side of Greek life on campus.” Said McCarthy
This was the first time a Greek Unity show had been hosted at the Whitewater campus, and many members of the Greek community hope for it to become an annual event.
Members of the Greek community commented on how this will help promote a positive image of their life on campus.
Amber Pikus, member of Alpha Sigma sorority, commented on the unity theme of the show.
“It’s fantastic! I love this idea, it shows that we’re not separate and can function as a whole. We might be separated in our letters, but we function as a family and can come together as a group,” Said Pikus.
Other members commented on how it’s “refreshing” to be able to showcase their individual talents in a competition that highlights the Greek community.
“It’s great for exposure, and it really is good for everyone (Greek and non-Greek). This shows more of who we are, what we do, and how we can help Whitewater through our diversity,” Said William Fenhouse, of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. Fenhouse and other members of his fraternity took first place at the show and were awarded $100 to their philanthropy.
Awards were given for a 1st, 2nd,3rd,4th, and 5th place winner. 3rd, 2nd, and 1st were awarded monetary awards for their respective philanthropy.
Second was awarded to Delta Sigma Zeta Sorority Incorporated, third was awarded to Alpha Sigma Sorority.
Shakeva Oliver, who was part of the performance for Delta Sigma Zeta Sorority Incorporated, said “It’s really exciting to be a part of this (the Greek Unity show), it proves that hard work pays off.”
The energy that flowed out of the room with the Greek and non-Greek members emitted unity and strength. Such energy of community and positivity leaves no doubt that the unity show left a positive mark on the campus.
Kittatinny mayor Gustavus G. Petykiewicz released the proposed budget for 2015, which now moves to city council for approval. The budget states the city lost almost $100,000,000 from its tax base.
This decline is a result of the layoffs at Susquehanna Steel Corporation, the city’s largest employer. 600 people were laid off last month as Blast Furnace Unit 1 at the corporation was decommissioned.
In order to make up for the loss, Petykiewicz suggested multiple budget cuts across all sectors of income.
A major loss comes in the removal of a police shift. The proposed budget reflects the removal of the early police shift, 4 a.m. to noon.
The removal of the police shift leaves the Kittatinny police force with 8 officers rather than the 10 currently employed.
“This was the hardest part of the budget. This loss of a shift means response times will be longer, which is far from ideal.” Petykiewicz said at the press conference held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
The shift will no longer be covered by the Kittatinny police force, but instead by the Schuylkill County sheriff’s deputies. This alteration in staffing moves incident response times up to 15 minutes during that shift.
“I cannot stand idly by and watch a city of this size be deprived of regular police protection for 1/3 of each day. Yes, I do think crime rate will go up. Citizens lives may be at risk.”, Chief of Police Roman Hruska said.
In addition to 2 police officers being laid off, the budget also includes the layoffs of two American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, AFSCME, from the city clerk’s office and the other in the city engineer’s office.
Martha Mittengrabben, president of AFSCME Local 644, said this will cause a slowdown of production in the clerk’s office.
“We cannot lay off 2 good workers without seeing an effect.” Mittengrabben said.
The proposed budget also includes an increase in property taxes from 4 mills to 4.3 mills. This increase means a $30 tax increase per year on a house assessed at $100,000.
Members of Kittatinny who spoke at the press conference suggested an alternative solution to the current budget crisis.
Denelda Penoyer, president of Kittatinny City Council, said that increasing the millage rate to 5, further than the suggested 4.3, would “solve the short term problem.”
The increase to 5 mills would mean an additional $100 a year for a house assessed at $100,000.
“A long term solution would be to diversify Kittatinny, to make this a place people want to move to; a place where people want to play and raise their kids. The short term solution is to further raise taxes. It’s the responsible thing to do.” said Penoyer.
An additional change from the 2014 budget is the removal of garbage pickup from the tax levy. A flat $20 monthly bill will be added to the charge of the city water bill for each resident.
A town meeting will be held within the next week where citizens can voice their opinions on the proposed budget. A full copy of the budget is available to all citizens.
“I invite you to talk to me, and city council as well. We need to work on this as a community.” said Petykiewicz.
Looking back at his first time leaving his Midwest comfort zone, local musician Zach Keenum reflects on the ups and downs of touring in a small town band.
At 11, Keenum began singing and playing guitar. In 2009, Keenum joined pop punk band Chase This City from Marengo, Ils.
What started as a group of guys playing casually together eventually morphed into a tight group of friends who relied on each other for support as they toured to the east coast in July 2013.
“It was an amazing experience, despite the early setbacks. There’s nothing else I would rather do,” said Keenum.
Earlier attempts at touring failed in comparison to Keenum’s journey in 2013.
Hundreds of dollars was stolen by their first booking agent as he disappeared from his job and never returned money to Keenum, or the numerous other bands looking to him for help.
A second attempt at touring was stopped due to their tour van breaking down.
Booking agent Alan Wood contacted Keenum with a tour opportunity. Wood offered help to plan a tour with band Priorities from Michigan.
Several months of planning went into preparing for the band’s first tour. Preparation included contacting other bands to play with, planning for food expenses, and finding places to sleep.
The band was able to save money on accommodations by sleeping at friends houses. Few nights were spent sleeping outside in dog parks.
The tour lasted two weeks and spanned from the Midwest through the east coast, from Indiana to New York.
“The first few shows were in bad locations and few people showed up. It was upsetting because it was our first experience with Priorities, but we shook it off and kept going.”
Chase This City continued through the tour that brought them closer together as a band.
When asked what his most memorable experience is from the trip, Keenum describes his stop at Niagara Falls. Him and Priorities hiked by the falls and ventured off the path to stan in the water and experience what Keenum described as “the most famous place I had ever been to”.
“It was the first time it really hit me how far away from home we were. It made me so grateful to be able to experience everything that we had, because so many bands don’t get this opportunity.”
Keenum and the rest of Chase This City are currently working on their first full length album and are planning to tour in the summer.
“I want to make more friends. I want to follow up on promises I made to friends about playing in their state. I want to make something that people can listen to all the way through without skipping any songs. This is important to me.”
For more information on the band, or to contact Chase This City, regard their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thisisctc .