[NARRATION]: Black Friday – Because only in America people trample one another for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have. This American-made holiday has been making a scene since the 1960s. Originated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the term Black Friday referred to the treacherous traffic and travel occurring on the day after Thanksgiving. Later in the 1970s, Americans began to refer to Black Friday as the time that retailers began making a profit, or were “in the black.” It is also nationally known that Black Friday is considered the beginning of the month-long Christmas shopping.

Since the beginning of Black Friday, many retailers would open around six in the morning, advertising their sale items weeks beforehand. But the new millennium brought changes to this American holiday, opening stores at even earlier times. In recent years, many retailers including Macy’s, Target, Kohl’s and Best Buy began opening their stores even earlier, at midnight. It wasn’t until 2012 when Walmart advertised that their store would open at eight p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

In previous years, I partook in Black Friday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where people acted insane. There was screaming all over the place – people running while getting yelled by retail workers. This year, I attended the Black Friday events in Las Vegas, Nevada, where I expected it to be even crazier. It was surprisingly mellow, probably because of the mass amount of retail stores in the area. I had a chance to catch up with an enthusiastic shopper, Meredith Larson, who shared her opinions on this year’s holiday. So what do you think about all this Black Friday madness?

[MEREDITH LARSON]: Well, I just really love it. I love the excitement and people’s faces when they get all up in it. You know, when they see the deals and their faces. I just really come out to see the people.

[NARRATION]: With this holiday comes extreme controversy among Americans. Many retail workers quit when finding out the time their stores were opening, stating that it took away from Thanksgiving festivities with their families. Black Friday has also recorded many fatalities throughout the years because of the chaos caused by the extreme sales retailers offer. It is known for attracting crazed crowds, assaults, shootings and trampling other to get the products before they are sold out.

This year, Black Friday outraged millions as retailers such as Walmart and Best Buy announced they would be opening at six p.m. on Thanksgiving night. Many social media channels were filled with irate Americans who worked in retail, stating that it took away from Thanksgiving completely, and that they couldn’t believe that these major retailers would open around dinner time. Another shopper, Jill Bohan, shared her feeling about Black Friday.

[JILL BOHAN]: I just think that everybody should just get back to the basics of what Christmas is all about. It’s not about materialism, it’s not about going out to get the biggest TV. It’s just too much commercialism.

[NARRATION]: We can only guess to what next year’s Black Friday will be like, and what time stores will open. Will this American holiday take over the tradition of Thanksgiving completely? Only time will tell…For WebHawk news, this is Angie Herrick in Las Vegas, Nevada.

WW Men’s Track and Field

November 22nd, 2013

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Petykiewicz No More?

November 3rd, 2013

Mayor of Kittatinny Gustavus G. Petykiewicz, 55, will face an unknown future due to his negligent behavior Saturday afternoon, causing an accident with relations to alcohol, and injuring a citizen from the city of Kittatinny. The accident happened a little after 1 p.m. in the town of Frontenac, where Deputy Gordon J. Slivovitz was first to respond.

Petykiewicz, driving a 2006 Ford Explorer, was seen by a witness rolling through the stop sign on Fonebone Road, and crossing into non-stop traffic on Highway 117, striking the driver side of a 1997 Buick Le Sabre.

The witness, later identified as Alice Q. Magarian, 32, was driving northbound on Highway 117 when she watched the accident unfold. “Several car lengths, just enough for me to stop and safely pull over,” Magarian said when asked about her distance from the accident.

The Buick’s driver was later identified as Robert H. Doane, 41, who was found by police in his vehicle disoriented, bleeding profusely and complaining of abdominal pain.

Both vehicles were found severely damaged, facing upright in a farmer’s field just east of Highway 117, but Petykiewicz’s vehicle was found with open intoxicants on the passenger-side floor.

When police arrived on scene, Petykiewicz was found disoriented, slurring his speech, and a half-empty bottle of Fleischmann’s vodka near him. “You’d be drinking too, if you were me,” Petykiewicz said when questioned by police. “Do you think we could just keep this quiet? I’m the mayor of Kittatinny.”

Police conducted a breath and sobriety test, by which the mayor failed miserably, blowing a blood alcohol content of .14, when Pennsylvania’s legal limit is .08. During the sobriety test, Petykiewicz stumbled onto the ground multiple times was quickly placed under arrest.

Petykiewicz was transported to the Schuylkill County Jail, where he was booked and finger printed. He is currently facing a criminal charge of causing great bodily harm by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, which can result in a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

At the scene, Doane was examined by paramedics, where they decided to call a Flight for Life helicopter because of his substantial injuries. Doane was transported and is currently receiving treatment at the Northeast Pennsylvania Hospital and Trauma Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

The hospital reported that Doane is now in satisfactory condition, with several broken ribs, a broken jaw, and various abrasions to the head, chest and abdomen.

During the whole incident, Petykiewicz practiced his right to remain silent, and was quickly freed by posting cash bail and released into the custody of his wife Gloria Petykiewicz. District Attorney Robert J. Morgenthau revealed that Petykiewicz’s preliminary hearing will be held Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.

The future for Mayor Petykiewicz in politics is unknown. More news will be released as the trail progresses.

Stanford University’s graduating class left their commencement ceremony today with knowledge and experiences shared by Steve Jobs, popularly known as the creator of Apple, Inc. Advice was given to the new graduates in the form of stories, where Jobs talked about how his life accomplishments were all interconnected to one another, which helped him through his career and life.

Speaking to the audience, Jobs, 50, described his experiences at Reed College, a prestigious but expensive institution, where he spent a short period of time. He felt his parents were spending their entire work on something that he cared little about, so he dropped out shortly after enrolling.

The time spent at Reed, Jobs took classes that were actually interesting to him. He took what he learned from a calligraphy class, and used it with a friend, Steve Wozniak, who together caused the start of formerly named Apple Computer, which is now a continuously growing international company.

“You have to trust that the dots will connect sometime in your future,” Jobs said when describing his path to success. Jobs’ speech was intended to inspire young professionals to follow their dreams and change the future, just as he has done.

Jobs spoke of his unsettling dispute twenty years ago with an unnamed colleague, who had him fired from Apple. John Schulley and Jobs feuded constantly, causing board decisions within the company, and ultimately pushing Jobs out of high power.

The devastation of losing his company, inspired him to transfer into a very creative time in his life. During this time, Jobs invented Pixar, who later created the most successful animated motion picture in the world, Toy Story.

During his absence from Apple, Jobs also created the company NeXT, Inc., later releasing the NeXT computer. This highly expensive computer was sold to universities, government facilities and hospitals.

“Sometimes life is going to hit you with a brick,” Jobs said when talking about love and loss during his time with and away from Apple, Inc. But Jobs advised graduates of Stanford to take their hard times and turn them into motivation to create, build and succeed. “The only way to do great work, is to love what you do,” Jobs said.

Finally, the guest speaker of Stanford’s commencement ceremony spoke about death as an invention. Jobs spoke about his pancreatic cancer that had affected his life tremendously.

Doctors told Jobs he would have less than a year to live, and that he should begin preparing to die. With such shocking and mind-numbing news, Jobs shared his different perspective on the subject, and how these graduates could learn from it.

Death is something inescapable, as Jobs explained, and concluded his speech with the advice of taking chances, following your gut and helping make the world a better place.

The speech delivered by a revolutionary genius, gave these college graduates something to think about before entering a lifetime of work. Anything you deliberately put your mind to can make a huge impact in the world.

Jobs completed the speech to Stanford’s commencement audience today with these final words. “Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

The UW-Whitewater men’s soccer team defeated Ripon College 3-1 Sunday at Fiskum Field in Whitewater. After a last minute goal led to a loss Saturday, UW-W bounced back to add another win, improving their record to 12-3-0. The Red Hawks fall to 3-10-0.

Senior Bob Shone of St. Charles, Ill. scored the first goal of the game after 29 minutes, the only goal during the first half. “I felt as though the team put forth a strong performance today against Ripon,” Shone said. “Twenty-for guys suited up for the game and twenty-four played and contributed towards the 3-1 win.”

Kyle Sundby, a defensive senior from Verona, Wis. spoke about the team’s performance against Ripon and their new season. “The team played great today and was able to work on a lot of things we had been working on in practice,” Sundby said. “It was also huge that everyone got to see the field during the game.”

After halftime, John Gottwald, a junior from South Milwaukee, Wis., was quick to drive the ball down the field and score the second goal of the game, assisted by Sam Kuchenreuther of Brown Deer, Wis. Gottwald leads the team in goals, compiling six this season.

Shortly after, Kyle Ricely of Lombard, Ill. scored his first goal of the season and UW-W found themselves ahead 3-0. “Before each game I think about what I need to do as my job on the field, and how best to help my team win,” Ricely said.

Alex Buchman of Waterford, Wis. played in goal for UW-W the entire game and faced just two shots, one a successful penalty kick. Buchman’s record as goalkeeper improves to 2-0-0 with the win.

This in the ninth consecutive win for UW-W against Ripon. The Warhawks hold a 20-7-1 advantage in the all-time series.

“Our team has many goals this season but a few of them are to go undefeated and win conference, and also be one of the host sites for the NCAA tournament,” Shone said when asked about team goals.

The Warhawks will host Loras College Wednesday at 7 pm at Fiskum Field in Whitewater.

Published (without quotes) here: http://uwwsports.com/news/2013/10/13/MSOC_RIPON.aspx

An extraordinary athlete

September 24th, 2013

One of the most self-effacing people I have ever met, Jake Williams, a Milwaukee native, without hesitation gave me a peek into his life last week. Part of the 2013 Men’s U.S. National Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball team who won this year’s America’s Cup, and a senior at UW-Whitewater, Williams gave me insight into how has been so successful despite an horrific accident that led to the loss of his mobility.

Williams took his last step at the age of 16, where he was struck by a car while bicycling to his day job as a lifeguard. It was at the hospital when Williams was told he was never going to be able to walk again. You’d think that if involved in such a tragedy, one would get emotional or sad when discussing it. This was not the case for Williams, who throughout the interview, was making sure I was alright as I hesitantly asked each question about his accident. “When I was in the hospital, one of the guys on the Whitewater team came to visit me. He gave my number to a coach that was around my area, and I started playing three or four months after I got hurt,” Williams said. This is where he began his record-breaking, world-known basketball career.

 

With such a quick turnaround and recovery, it is obvious that Williams has a persistent and hard-working attitude, which made him so successful after his accident. With such an unimaginable disaster happen to someone, it was enlightening to see Williams enthusiastic when talking about his success in wheelchair basketball.

 

When asked about how he overcame this obstacle in his life, Williams replied with, “the biggest thing is probably wheelchair basketball because I saw so many other people and children in the same situation as me, some were even in worse situations playing the sport. Seeing everyone come together really helped me through my situation.” Listening to this person speak with such dignity and incredible joy, has really helped me view life differently. Anything can happen, take every day and be grateful of what you own, what you possess, and what you can do. Because at any moment, your world could be turned upside down, and there are only a few extraordinary people in this world, like Williams, who can find the strength to carry on.

 

Why water?

September 10th, 2013

Water – just drink it! It is one of the most important liquids on Earth for the fact that it is essential for life! This boring liquid is a must when starting your life in the healthy lane. Although it may taste like absolutely nothing, H2O brings numerous positives to the working human body.

For starters, water brings energy. As I started my healthy lifestyle, I found out that a gallon of water should suffice for the allotted daily intake. I began to experiment new ways I could get this much fluid into my system. The best possible way: eco-friendly water bottles.

These bottles are cheap, usually come in a ga-zillion different colors, and are machine washable! (For the most part – Check your individual bottles before you quote me) Over the years I have collected many of these & lost hundreds, but they are portable, good for the environment and help you on your journey to healthiness!!

Hello world!

September 6th, 2013

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