In an effort to raise test scores and increase class attendance, Professor of Marketing Jimmy Peltier decided to try a bold new method of teaching this semester, podcast his lectures live.
With lectures ranging to almost 400 students, Peltier thought that some people might wish to view the class live from home and forego the trip to campus.
“I know for me because this is my only class on Wednesdays so its really nice to not have to worry about driving to campus, especially when the weather starts getting worse,” said Michael Charapata, an avid user of the live podcasted feature.
Based on the first exam of the semester the live classes seem to be working with the average score being a 77 percent compared to a 75 percent last semester.
“ I used to only record classes online and then post them as review material when the exam got closer but what I found was people would skip class and think they would just watch the recording later which they inevitably wouldn’t do,” Peltier said.
Now that people have the option to either come to class or stay at home and watch from their couch, they have no excuse for poor attendance. Peltier also said he will post the recorded classes as well, just to ensure that all students have access to any study material they could use.
Unfortunately, its not all-good news for the technology enhanced classroom, as it is well known using technology has its glitches and this is no different. First, the quality is obviously not on par with being present for the lecture, which can be a distraction. Also, if you decided not to go to class and something with the podcast doesn’t work and you cannot see or hear what is going on in the classroom, you have just missed an entire day of class that may have been filled with essential material. These are problems that the IT department in the COBE technology team is working on to correct.
“This really is the first classroom of its kind here at UW-Whitewater which means we really are improvising as we go,” said COBE technician Jonathon Kelley. “We really didn’t know how effective it would be for students but overall it appears everything is running as smoothly as could be expected which is really nice to see.”
It’s possible that this new type of class could begin to spread across campus, especially in the bigger lectures. This will save seating and allow students to attend class from wherever they would like while still ensuring that they receive the most quality education possible. According to Peltier, “The wave of the future is coming to campus and the business school is only the beginning”
By Christopher Clapper
On a sunny day in Palo Alto, California Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs came to help guide the new graduates of Stanford University off into the sunset. He brought with him a bevy of knowledge and experiences that most people could not fit into a lifetime, much less only 50 years. His stories of success, failure, and life and death will help propel these students into life after college.
After dropping out of Reed College and continuing on as a drop in student, Jobs and his best friend Stephen Wozniak decided to take a bold leap and start their own company, thus Apple Computers Inc. was launched.
During his college walk in years, Jobs discovered an interest in calligraphy after dropping in on a calligraphy class at Reed College. He credits this miniscule detail with the creation of the typography on all computers in production. This perseverance proved useful in his life and led the way for his passage into adulthood.
“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” Jobs said. That notion will go a long way in guiding these graduates in the unique business environment that Silicon Valley provides.
Nobody mastered the concept of perseverance quite like Jobs. After getting fired from Apple, he went and started another two companies NeXT and Pixar, the latter becoming the most widely known animation company in the United States. After the initial shock of being fired Jobs expressed a sense of relief at being able to start over again.
“The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything,” Jobs said. “It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”
Now that he was back at Apple, Jobs was able to look back at his life and reflect. To really take stock of his life and look at the company he had established, the family he had built, and the revolution he started. Even when the unthinkable occurred, Jobs never lost sight of his goals.
Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year ago Jobs stared down death and came to terms with the fact that someday he will die. He needed to come to terms that someday he would have to say goodbye to his family and friends, luckily this was not that day. He had a rare cancer that could be cured with surgery and today he is fine and able to continue working healthily and happily.
“This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept: No one wants to die,” Jobs said.
Death was his motivator; it was what allowed him to continue his technology revolution. It is what has made him so famous and the face of the technology era. He doesn’t believe in living in dogma. He doesn’t believe in living your life by someone else’s standards and that’s how he made his fortune and why his company is so unique. Nobody had done anything like Apple before Jobs and no one has done anything as innovative since.
Jobs says to “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” This is how he lives his life, and this is the advice he gives to these new college graduates. If you live your life by doing what you love some day, if you’re lucky, you may be able to look back at your life and connect the dots and be satisfied by what you see. Know that you were motivated by an inevitable end and lived doing what you love. That would be a great life to look back on.
By Christopher Clapper
“Mirror Mirror” Panel Leads to Great Discussion
At an event hosted by the Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority Inc., around 20 people attended the panel in the University Center about eating disorders and how serious they can be. Karina Tomei, president of Zeta Sigma Chi, discussed her own personal battle with eating disorders, among other topics.
“Especially in college and high school people really care about what other peoples perception of them is which can lead to an unhealthy self image and unhealthy eating habits,” Tomei said.
Having battled her own eating disorder, Tomei really wanted to stress being healthy overall. Having been a volleyball player in high school she knew that she exercised a lot but still wasn’t happy with how she looked. This led to low self-esteem and some unhealthy choices.
“I really just wanted to feel better about myself and at that age, if you feel like you have no one to talk to, you can make some pretty bad decisions,” she said.
Having a panel that included Dr. Jill from Ambrose Health Center and a personal testimony from Tomei really opened the eyes of the students in attendance.
“I attended this because I am a member of Zeta Sigma Chi and wanted to support my sisters but I actually ended up learning a lot,” Crystal Johnson of Zeta Sigma Chi said.
Zeta Sigma Chi members Azucena Gonzalez and Yadira Foulker also gave a talk about body image and discussed topics such as being comfortable with your body and positive self image.
They also incorporated games into the presentation hoping to make it more interesting and memorable. They started with a quiz to analyze yourself and then a fun and healthy game of Pictionary.
Dr. Jill from the Ambrose Health center also discussed things such as how we as peers can help people with eating disorders as well as statistics of males and females with eating disorders. She also gave out the phone number of the health center and brochures in case anyone needed help.
The theme of the day was to be open to anyone who may need help and not be judgmental.
“We’re all in this together and the more informed we are, the better chance we have of overcoming this challenge,” Gonzalez said.
The last event of the night was “I am” statements by everyone who attended with messages that helped promote positive self body images.
“I felt that it was important for all of us to speak up and say something positive at the end of the presentation,” Tomei said. “That way everyone knows that they are not in this alone and we all support one another 100 percent. “
This event supported great communication but even more than that it promoted safety and education, both of which are imperative to becoming a healthier and safer campus.
By Christopher Clapper
Mayor Declares State of “Financial Emergency”
“Crisis”, “Emergency”, and “severe” are not words you want to hear when discussing the financial stability of your town, but those were exactly the words being tossed around last Monday at the local city council meeting.
Mayor Gustavus Petykiewicz proposed big changes to this year’s budget it appears many people are unhappy with the current financial situation of Kittatinny, Pennsylvania and they should be.
With Susquehanna Steel Corporation considerably downsizing and a proposed tax increase on the table, residents of the little town are understandably shaken.
“We all need to tighten our belts,” Petykiewicz said.
Police Chief Roman Hruska even went so far as to say he was willing to take a ten percent pay cut and publically challenged the mayor to do the same if it would help promote a feeling of “being in this together,” among the townspeople. The mayor has yet to comment on the challenge but did propose a salary freeze on all of the higher-level council members in his budget.
Among other major areas of concern in the proposed budget is the firing of two police officers as well as completely eliminating the first shift police force.
“I’m not happy about it,” Petykiewicz said.
In a prepared and emotionally charged statement Hruska said, “I cannot stand idly by and watch a city of this size be deprived of police protection for a third of each day.”
Bjarne Westhoff, president of the Pennsylvania Police Association Local 34 offered up a possible renegotiation in order to save the police officers jobs.
“I cannot speak for the rest of the union, but I personally, would be up to it,” Westhoff said.
Unfortunately for the police chief, the layoffs are not his only problem. Luckily, as evidenced by the money reserved for a new police cruiser in the proposed budget he and the mayor are on the same page about one topic.
“We (the Kittatinny police force) need at least two operable police cruisers in the force,” Hruska said. “It could be very dangerous if one of the cars breaks down.”
Two more employees who could lose their jobs include the least experienced AFSCME members who, because of the contract that is set to last through March 2016, are facing possible termination in the face of this crisis.
Like the police association, Martha Mittengrabben, president of AFSCME Local 644 said “I would need to speak to my members about this but I personally would be open to a possible renegotiation.”
It appears that everyone in the community is willing to make some sacrifices in order to help keep this town afloat. Hopefully, the city council and the mayor can come to a conclusion that will help keep as many people happy and employed as possible.
In a less crucial development, the parking tickets and fees are expected to rise in order to raise a little more funds. Hopefully, this will provide a little more cushion in the budget. In this financial climate, everything is helpful.
By Christopher Clapper
Women’s Golf Finishes Middle of the Pack
The women’s golf season is in full swing and the Whitewater Warhawks are battling each week to improve their scores.
Last week at the Illinois Wesleyan Fall Fling the ’Hawks improved on their day one score of 363 to shoot a 349 on day two and finish fifth out of 10 teams.
Junior Sammie Leibham led the ’Hawks, tying for eighth out of 56 golfers. Shooting a day one 88 followed by a strong 82 on day two.
“This was a difficult course, the greens were playing extremely fast so I would‘ve liked to have played better on Saturday (day 1) because I shot an 88, but on Sunday (day 2) I felt better and shot an 82,”said Leibham.
As for the teams finish, Leibham was happy with the overall effort but still thought they could‘ve golfed better.
“ I think the girls that played did pretty well for the course because it was really hard and they‘re not as long of hitters so it played really long for them,” she said. “I think overall we did pretty decent but we would have liked to finish higher.”
The ’Hawks also were not playing with all of their top 5 golfers which made for an interesting afternoon according to Head Coach Brett Weber.
“I think the biggest factor that influenced the score for us was the length of the golf course,” he said. “We were missing 2 of our top 5 and I think they could‘ve handled the course a little better.”
After a disappointing first day many of the golfers turned their weekends around shooting better on day 2 and improving their overall scores.
“To go in a positive direction forward was encouraging,” said Weber. “Sammie came back and shot an 82 after an 88 which is where I think she should be most of the time.”
With their strong finish on Sunday at the Wesleyan Fall Fling the ’Hawks hope to use the momentum to give them a good showing on their home course next weekend, as they host the Whitewater Fall Classic at Delbrook Golf Club.
The tournament consists of 13 teams and begins Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. with day 2 play beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.