The fall season is a busy time for the Williams Center weight room not only because the rush of students that come into the gym everyday, but also because of what takes place behind the scenes, the cleaning.
With flu season coming up, the weight room staff is busy keeping the weight room clean and germ free, while members of the gym are sweating around them.
Cleaning is normally very important every time of year but during flu season, the staff comes together every other Sunday to clean the whole facility.
600 to 700 people come in and out of the weight room on the average weekday and different people use the equipment constantly.
The UW-Whitewater campus is small and close together so people interact frequently. There are only two places for students to exercise on campus, the weight room and the University Center in Wells Hall. Community members are also allowed memberships to on-campus facilities and they greatly increase the amount of people that use the gyms.
“Maintaining the cleanliness of a high traffic facility not only gets rid of dirt but also prevents the spread of germs,” weight room manager, Andrew Feder said.
Wipes are available and recommended to wipe down equipment after use, but it is never known if the patrons have done what they are asked. Glynis Albue, a weight room supervisor explains that cleaning is important because people normally do not clean themselves.
“Its disgusting to see how dirty it gets,” Albue said. “It’s part of our job to keep the filth recognizable to the staff only.”
Normally cleaning is done once a month but increases especially during this time of year. The weight room managers recognize the danger of flu season and they update their cleaning schedule as soon as they can. It becomes an annual change that is never questioned.
With hundreds of people coming in and out of the gym, members of the weight room notice the wholesome equipment and expect it to be clean everyday.
“It’s a place that I go everyday and I know that I don’t have to worry about getting sick,” Valerie Schmidt said. “ They do a great job.”
Along with the frequent cleaning on weekends, the staff also makes sure to keep the equipment clean during the day. Every shift has a different section of the facility to clean everyday to make sure everything is kept tidy.
Cleaning normally involves wiping down the machines with cleaning fluid that kills germs as well as gets rid of dirt and leftover residue. This method has been perfected over the years to maintain a germ-free gym.
Several other parts of campus contribute their own prevention of the flu such as the Ambrose health center giving out flu shots. Nothing is guaranteed to prevent it completely but making the extra effort does help.
“Since cold and flu season started, we do our part to prevent sickness from spreading to our members and to ourselves,” Feder said.
Steve Jobs gave a commencement speech in front of thousands of graduates from Stanford University yesterday.
The CEO of Apple Inc. and Pixar captured his audience with a preview of his life and gave the graduates advice on how to overcome challenges. The speech contained three different stories.
Jobs was born to two unwed college students and he was put up for adoption. He attended Reeds College in Portland, OR but only stayed for six months.
Jobs said that he did not find it useful and he thought as if he was wasting his parent’s money. He felt that he was taking useless classes and wanted to focus more on what he was interested in.
After dropping out, Jobs was able to sit in on many classes that he wanted and he specifically mentioned a Calligraphy class, which he later said, influenced the making of the first Mac computer ten years later.
Although Jobs was scared about the decision he made about dropping out, he trusted that everything would work out and he wanted to do something he loved.
“You cannot connect the dots looking forward,” Jobs said. “You can only connect them looking back.”
Jobs explains that if you trust yourself and the decisions you make that no matter what, the end point will be where you want it to be.
The second story that Jobs told the graduates was about his friend Steve “Woz” Wozniak and how they developed Apple Computers Inc. which 10 years later became a multi-billion dollar company.
Jobs brought in John Sculley, the head of Pepsi-Cola, to be his new chief executive at Apple. After a while Sculley ended out firing Jobs from his own company.
Although this drastic event was unfortunate for Jobs, he said that he still loved what he did and continued to move forward.
He bought Pixar and turned it into a success and continued to build his company, Next.
It was not long before Jobs was back at Apple. Apple bought out his company Next and soon enough Jobs was back where he started, where he wanted to be.
During his period of time away from Apple he met his future wife Lauren Powell Jobs and although this was a difficult time for him he still got something out of it.
“I now have a beautiful family,” Jobs said. “It was the best thing that ever happened to me.”
His last story had to do with the topic of death.
Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and he said that it opened his eyes to death and gave another reason for him to live life the best way that he could.
He later found out that the cancer was treatable by surgery but he said that now he is better able to see what is truly important in his life.
“If you live each day as it were to be your last, and someday you will most certainly be right.”
Jobs advised the students to accomplish as much as you can in life before it’s over, but make sure it is something that you love.
He left the graduates with three lessons from personal experience and a different look on life. His life was not easy, but it lead him to be as successful as he is today.
The UW-Whitewater volleyball team suffered a tough loss against Washington University on a very special Friday night.
*Emotion was evident in the Williams Center as the Whitewater volleyball team hosted their annual Dig Panici night to represent and honor the life of former Warhawk volleyball player, Lisa Panici, who died from brain cancer in December 2012.
The gym was filled with parents and students wearing purple Dig Panici T-shirts and cheering on the volleyball team as they played a game completely dedicated to Lisa Panici.
Washington University has always been a tough competitor for the Warhawks and the score was close the entire game. The Warhawks lost in the fifth set 14 to 16.
Although the team lost, the players were still in high spirit.
“This has always been a special night,” starting setter Kim Frei said. “We play for her and as long as we play well and do the best we can, we know we made her proud,” Frei said.
Several of the current players knew Lisa Panici very well and some players even played with her. Besides losing a teammate several of the girls lost a good friend as well.
She loved the game of volleyball and always worked hard to achieve what she wanted. “I love to sweat,” Panici always said during practice. She was a person that everyone could look up to, which is why Dig Panici night is so special and will continue to be every year.
“This game has always been like no other that we play during the season, it means so much more,” Brittney Langley, Warhawk volleyball player said. Instead of discussing game strategy in the locker room, the team and coaches discussed Panici’s life to the new players that did not get the chance to meet her.
Before the game started the Panici family was brought out on the court and given a Whitewater volleyball jersey with Lisa’s number on it, 12. The first two points of the game were played in silence and on the third point the fans went crazy and started to cheer on the team in the upcoming exciting game.
“You could see people wiping tears,” Paige Demos, a fan at the game said. Even for the people who did not know Lisa well, it was still emotional to be there. “Everyone really came together to support her beautiful life,” Demos said, “It was a night to remember.”
Mayor Gustavus G. Petykiewicz proposed a budget for 2013 to the Kittatinny City Council that would raise the city tax rate 7.5 percent and cut city spending
The new budget would increase the city tax rate from 4 mills in 2012 to 4.3 mills in 2013. This comes out to about $30 a year on house that is worth $100,000.
These changes are mostly due to the Blast Furnace Unit at the Susquehanna Steel Corp. being decommissioned earlier this year. The loss of this unit has created a great industrial loss for the City of Kittitanny as well as laid off 600 workers.
Among other things the mayor is proposing to reduce the police force from 10 full-time officers to eight. The early shift, 4 a.m. to noon, will no longer be handled by Kittitanny officers. Schuylkill County sheriff’s deputies will handle emergency calls during this time.
This change is expected to save the city more than $100,000 by cutting police wages.
This cut in spending could potentially burden the safety of people and it will also make the response time of officers slower than it was before.
“This is not an act I would take if we weren’t in an emergency situation but this is a financial emergency,” Petykiewicz said, adding that he had a heavy heart.
This proposal was not greeted warmly by city officials.
“I will not be a police chief of a department that cannot protect its citizens,” Chief of Police, Roman Hruska said.
Hruska said that domestic crises sometimes happen during this early shift and that these can be the most dangerous encounters a police officer can face. He stressed that this could not only put citizens in danger but deputies as well and he encourages citizens to come out and express their opinions.
Another large change is that the garbage pickup in Kittitanny will be taken off the tax levy to decrease spending. The city is in negotiations with Tioga Sanitation Co. to continue to provide weekly garbage pickup by adding the charge to the city’s water bills. Individual homeowners will be responsible for the cost.
Denelda Penoyer, President of Kittatinny city council as well as the police force is uneasy about the police cuts especially. Petykiewicz is willing to take a 10 percent pay cut, as well as Hruska but they expect sacrifices to be made by other Kittatanny employees.
“We’re all in this together,” Hruska said.
President of AFSCME Local 64, Martha Mittengrabben said she is willing to talk to the council and the mayor to possible reopen their contract because of the financial issues. Bjarne Westhoff of the Pennsylvania Police Association echoed Mittengrabben’s comment about reopening their contract.
Penoyer plans to hold several meetings allowing people to speak about the new budget.
“If people are upset, they need to come to council meetings and raise their voices,” Mittengrabben said.
The proposed budget will be under consideration for the next two months. The final budget does not have to be approved until December 1, 2012 so it is open to change.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s campus is full of students who have extraordinary talents. These students face the challenge of balancing their school life with the life that they desire most.
J.T. Gylland, a junior at UW-Whitewater, is in a rock band called Solid Cedar that he started his freshman year in college.
Gylland has been playing the guitar and singing since he was in eighth grade and being a musician had always been a passion of his. He grew up listening to Bob Marley and Led Zeppelin, who have both been role models for Gylland.
His music career started with a Ska band in high school and in college transformed into more of a rock band, which Gylland said, “better fits his music taste.”
Being a full-time student and playing with his band has always been a challenge for Gylland. Many of his band members attend different colleges around the state and it is difficult to find times to practice. “We usually only get the chance to practice the day before our shows,” Gylland said. To avoid conflict with school, most of the concerts that Solid Cedar play are on weekends and in summer.
Although successful, Solid Cedar has problems that may cause a downfall for the band. “Honestly, I don’t have a lot of hope in the future for this band,” Gylland said. Not all of Gylland’s band members agree on types of music, which makes it difficult to write songs and it is a challenge to make the band a first priority when all of the band members live in different places.
The future is unclear for Solid Cedar but Gylland wants to keep music in his life. He is currently working towards a degree in business and expects to peruse business as his main career. “I would love nothing more than to have music be my career but it seems to be unrealistic these days,” Gylland said.
Gylland plans on singing and playing guitar on the side but right now his focus is graduating college and finding a good job.
Football season is kicking off all around the country. Whether you are a Green Bay Packer fan or a Chicago Bears fan or whatever you are, this is an exciting time for all. Before you make your plans for the weekend make sure not to forget about the football team right here at UWW. They’re starting off their season tomorrow Saturday September 2nd right here in whitewater. Make sure to take a look at their season schedule and come cheer on our fellow warhawks!
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