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Handicap Students overlooked in Heavy Snow?

On March 5, 2013, Whitewater, Wisc., suffered what could be known as our biggest snow storm of the year.

The university never cancelled class on that day. The simple fact that the university accepts so many handicap students is wonderful but do they truly consider them when we get massive snow storms?

Although we are in March, we are still receiving heavy amounts of snow. Many students at the university are handicapped but the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater also has many commuting students.

Chancellor Richard Telfer gave his comments on what it takes to cancel class on a day of heavy snow. “We consider the current weather forecast, typically checking again at 4:00 a.m. or 5:00 a.m.,” said Telfer. “We check with those in Facilities, Planning, and Management who are responsible for clearing streets, sidewalks, and roads. While we consider what other entities are doing, our circumstances are different. Most of our students are in Whitewater, so they can generally get to classes in even difficult conditions.”

Chancellor Telfer was right in a sense that more and more students live on campus each year. The number of students on campus are larger compared to the number of commuters. However, handicap students seem to be less considered.

Sammy White, a handicap student a UW-Whitewater, commented on the day of the snow storm. “It’s hard to get my wheels up the hills,” he said. “It’s easier to control the chair in normal conditions but it’s hard when you can’t control the chair at all.”

Zach Webster, another UW-Whitewater student and special education major, gave his thoughts on if handicap students should be considered more when it comes to snow days. “I mean, yea there are a good percentage of handicap kids here,” he said. “However, I don’t think they would want to be treated any different than us. It’s tough to say but if school doesn’t get called off for us. I’m sure they wouldn’t feel like they should call it off for them.”

Whether or not the university cancels classes, they need to understand that we do, although a small percentage, have handicap students here. I’m sure they feel as if the university doesn’t consider them as much when it comes to cancelling class.

On March 5, 2013, class was not cancelled and handicap students still had to make their way to class in very thick snow. The university does as much as they can to make sure classes still take place as far as clearly the roads, but on that day, when the snow kept getting heavier and heavier, handicap students could not have easily made their way to class.

The roads may have been clear on that day, but sidewalks continued to get heavy amounts of snow and drifts, causing it hard to even walk in. It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to travel through the thick snow in a wheel chair.

Jobs Preaches to Stanford Graduates

Steve Jobs gave a commencement speech to Harvard graduates Sunday, preaching to ‘stay hungry, stay foolish.’

Jobs gave what could go down as one of the greatest speeches of all time, covering every aspect of his life into it. He wanted the graduates to pursue their dreams and to see the oppurtunities in life’s setbacks, including death itself.

Jobs began his speech by beginning with life itself, starting with being adopted by his foster parents. His original parents never wanted him to be adopted by them because they didn’t think he would afford college but he was sent to college, Reed College in Portland.

Steve Jobs

Jobs would end up dropping out of college and pursue his dreams. He started Apple Computer in his garage with his friend, Steve “Woz” Wozniak. Almost 10 years later, Jobs was fired from Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.) after they favored John Sculley, former CEO at Pepsi-Cola.  Sculley was brought in to be CEO of Apple Inc. but him and Jobs never saw eye-to-eye, forcing Jobs out of the company.

“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me,” Jobs said. “It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods in my life.”

On top of talking about his life, Jobs talked about love and loss. Jobs talked about how he knew what he wanted to do with his life at an early age. When he was 20-years-old, Job started Apple Computer with Wozniak in his garage.

Once Jobs left Apple Computer (Apple Inc.), he was able to start his own company, NeXT Software Inc., which Apple Inc. bought in 1997.

“I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple,” Jobs said. “I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.”

Jobs moved on to what was the most inspirational part of his speech, talking about death. Jobs was diagnosed with cancer back in 2004. The doctor told Steve he only had about six months to live. Turns out, Jobs had a rare, curable form of cancer and underwent surgery. Although Jobs surpassed cancer, it was a huge reality check to him.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life,” Jobs said. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

Steve Jobs gave us one of the most memorable speeches in history. He talked his life from beginning to end. He talked about love and loss, his wife and kids, and Apple Inc. The most inspiring part of Jobs’ speech; beating death itself.

Steve Jobs may go down as one of the greatest history changers of all time. In his 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech, jobs came in staying hungry and staying foolish. At the end of the day, Jobs left the graduates with hope, with open eyes, and the hunger to succeed in society today.

Key for Warhawks win against Wisco, Conference win over Oshkosh?

On Feb. 13, 2013, the UW-Whitewater Warhawks girls basketball team was able to defeat UW-Oshkosh to win the regular season WIAC Conference Championship, 58-49.

This Friday, the girls head into the NCAA Tournament against a Wisconsin Lutheran team that has won their last 17 games. In order to defeat Wisconsin Lutheran, the Warhawks may have to use a similar strategy that they did against UW-Oshkosh in early February.

Warhawk Center Cortney Kumerow

During the game against UW-Oshkosh, the Warhawks would battle back in the second half, scoring five straight points to tie the game, 26-26.
The second half went back and forth until Kaitlyn Thill was fouled with 42 second left to play. Thill made the first shot to go up by one, and then missed the second but senior center Cortney Kumerow got the rebound, made the shot and was fouled.

Kumerow made the game 54-49, putting it out of reach for the Titans. The Warhawks were able to give Head Coach Keri Corollo her 200th win Wednesday as they beat the UW-Oshkosh Titans, 58-49. The Warhawks were also able to lock up a first round bye in the upcoming WIAC tournament with the win.

Corollo commented on getting her 200th win. “It’s great but my husband said to me a couple days ago, ‘you know you’re going to get your 200th win?’ Honestly I didn’t even no,” Corollo said. “It’s a great accomplishment as a coach but I don’t care about that stuff. I care about what these guys do and what it takes to win a conference championship more than anything.”

The Warhawks were also able to lock up the conference with a win. Senior center, Cortney Kumerow, had 15 points in the game and led her team to victory.

Kumerow made comments on locking up the conference championship. “It feels good to get that, but were not done yet,” she said. “We got more to go but it’s awesome. I called it in the summer time,” she said.

Whitewater freshmen guard Abbie Reeves scored 11 points off the bench. Junior guard Kaitlyn Thill not only scored the go-ahead points, but also had 8 points in the game.

Reeves commented on the feel of the game. “We were pretty confident we were going to win,” she said. “I knew that last time we played them, we didn’t make our shots. It was a great feeling as a freshman.”

Thill also commented on how physical the game was. “I think that it makes the game a lot tougher,” she said. “I think if I was a sophomore in a physical game, it would have been a lot tougher.”

The Warhawks momentum they took from this game died off when the lost to UW-Stevens Point, 76-71 in overtime.

If the Warhawks want to win against Wisconsin Lutheran on Friday at Kachel Gymnasium, they are going to have to keep playing their full court press defense while dishing the ball to their senior Center Cortney Kumerow. If every player plays their role, the Warhawks should win yet again on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Budget Story


Mayor Gustavus G. Petykiewicz has proposed a budget to the City Council for 2013 on Monday in which the city will have about 100,000 less in spending money.

The city made $4.3 million in industrial but because Susquehana Steel Corporation closed down last month after a Blast Furnace fire, the industrial will now only bring in $3.2 million. The huge loss in money has caused major changes in the proposed budget.

Petykiewicz commented on Susquehana Steel closing down. “Before the layoffs, Susquehana Steel employed 1600 people,” he said. “We now have 600 people out of work. But of course that’s last month’s news.”

Garbage pickup costs will now be added on to the utilities bill. Last year, garbage pickup costs the city about $190,000. Now residents will see extra money added on to their utility bill.

Petykiewicz commented on the garbage pickup being added to the utility bill. I never expect the garbage pickup to be taken away from the utility bill, he said. It will cost about $200 a year for residents to pay for garbage.

The police department was forced to cut two officers from their program. This was done to save officers money. The early shift from 4 a.m. to noon will no longer be staffed by Kittatinny officers. Instead, the shift will be handled by the Schuylkill County sheriff’s deputies.

Petykiewicz commented on whether he could justify losing two officers. “It’s something I don’t want,” he said. “I can’t justify it.”
Roman Hruska, chief of police, City of Kittatinny, commented on losing two officers. “I am not happy about this,” he said. “I can’t stand by and watch a city of this size be deprived of regular police protection. I’m not happy about this at all.”

Hruska talked about emergency situations. Sometimes people are taken hostage and there are shootings, he said. The city will be without police protection and that will put us in danger. I don’t know if crime will increase, but the response to the crimes we have will get worse; that’s the real problem.

The proposed budget has a decrease AFSCME wages because two members also had to be let go. There will be one layoff in the city clerk’s office and one in the city engineer’s office.

Martha Mittengrabben, president, AFSCME Local 644, commented on if their willing to reopen the contract to save layoffs. “There must be a spirit of shared sacrifice,” she said. “We won’t do this on our own. City officials from the mayor on down need to take a pay cut.”
Now that the mayor has purposed his budget, the City Council of Kittatinny will have to vote on the budget. In the budget, city official’s wages were put on a freeze, meaning there was no increase or decrease.
The City Council has yet to vote on the budget.

Whitewater Student Overcomes Odds

A UW-Whitewater student has come out and told his story on how he has overcome living on his own for almost three years to become a student at UW-Whitewater.

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Cameron Cudnohowski left his family once his parents got divorced when he was a junior in high school.  For almost three years, he has lived with three different families before finally making his way to Whitewater.

It wasn’t too hard of a change for Cudnohowski at first as he simply moved in with his neighbors after his parents divorced in Watertown, Wis., Cudnohowski said.  Because he only moved in with his neighbors, nothing really changed to him in his life at the time.

A little over a year later, Cudnohowski would decide to move out of where he was living and moved in with his friend in the village of Friesland, Wis.  It was hard to go from living in a town of about 20,000 people to a village of about 200 people, Cudnohowski says.  While living in Friesland, he took a full-time job at MATC-Portage in Portage, Wis.

It was hard for him to work till 4 p.m. and then go off to school till the late hours of the night Cudnohowski said.  On top of working and going to school, he also liked to fit in a daily workout.  Cudnohowski decided he wanted to move foward with his life so he applied to UW-Whitewater at the beginning of June last year.

It was nice for him to get his social life back as he went from living in a village to living on a college campus, Cudnohowski said.  Out of everything, he missed his social life.  He is now roommates with his best friend of many years at UW-Whitewater.