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December 7th, 2013

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November 25th, 2013

Did You Get Your Shots Yet?

November 4th, 2013

It’s that time of season that everyone where everyone seems to start getting sick one at a time: flu season.

According to the Center of Disease and Control, over 2,000 people last year were hospitalized because of the flu and in this day and age, it is becoming harder to miss work or school.

With those numbers, you would think all college students would want to get a flu vaccination right?  Wrong.  Most college students believe that they are above the flu, so they decide to pass on getting flu vaccinations.

However, the flu is unbiased and will get to anyone regardless of age and how “busy” of a schedule someone may have.  If you are infected with the flu, it could not only ruin their week, but it could potentially get many more people sick because of how much close-quarters contact students have in the residence halls.

Here at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, flu vaccinations are very inrxpensive, but yet not many people seem to go.  From a general consensus, college students either believe they never get sick or believe heavily in home remedies to beat the flu.

Everyone has gotten very ill at least once in their life, but no one understands being sick more than Brett Dressen, 20.  He said he was “deathly ill” just last month with a 24-hour-flu.  “Yeah, I couldn’t even eat so all I ate over the weekend was soup and crackers and drank a ton of orange juice and hot tea.”

Along with Dressen, this is not a very uncommon thing to see where someone was sick and decided to not get a flu vaccination.  When asked about the last time he had a flu vaccination, he laughed and said “I couldn’t even tell you.”

Sean Job, 20 had the same feelings about flu.  Job said the last time he got a flu shot it was senior year because his high school was giving them out so everyone else was getting one.

One of Job’s biggest reasons for not getting one is because he does not know the availability of the vaccinations. After he was told where they were given out and that he could put the tab on his student bill, he seemed a little more comfortable about it.

But, even after learning about the new information he still is reluctant to get a flu shot.  His biggest reason: “Yeah I hate shots and I hate the feeling of nasal spray.”

Ruth Swisher, the Director of Health, has been with the University Health and Counseling Services since 1979, so she has been giving out flu shots for quite some time.

Swisher says that they order about a few hundred of flu vaccinations, but also knows many people prefer to go to their family practitioner for these sorts of matters.  Her biggest goal is to help as many people to receive their annual flu vaccination.

She even acknowledged the fact that some people are uncomfortable with needles, so they even offer needleless vaccinations.  One of the methods she mentioned was a nasal spray called FluMist.  The only qualification she stated that the students had to be healthy.

When asked about the availability of the current stock, she said there is not many left so students should sign up as fast as possible.  The supply is so small that it may run out before the next health clinic which is Nov. 18.

But, if there is an outage at the UHCS, do not worry.  Walgreens and other local pharmacies carry flu vaccinations as well.  To schedule a flu vaccination, the number for the UHCS is 272-472-1300.

Steve Jobs Commencement Speech

October 22nd, 2013

Steve Jobs revealed three life stories during the commencement speech at Stanford University Sunday afternoon.

Jobs was given up at birth by his parents to Paul and Clara Jobs. The Jobs family promised one thing to his paternal parents: to ensure Jobs goes to college.

The Jobs family moved to Mountain View, Cal. when he was five-years-old.  This is where he would meet his future business partner, Steve “Woz” Wozniak.

After graduation, Jobs went on to fulfill his paternal parents dream and go to college.  Jobs enrolled in the prestigious Reed College in Portland, Oregon.  That dream was short-lived.

Jobs said that his tuition was too high for his parents to manage, so he decided to drop out after a semester.  However, his passion for learning did not fade.

Jobs said he would drop in on college classes that interested him and no longer had to go to pointless classes.  It was while he dropped in on a calligraphy course that interested him the most.

Jobs recalled how important dropping in on that calligraphy course was to him.  “If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.”

In a few short years, Jobs and Wozniak started a company that would change the world: Apple Computer Company.  In ten short years, Apple would grow from the founders to over 4,000 people.

Jobs went from being on top of the world to unemployed in a few short months.  In 1985, Jobs was forced out by the CEO of Apple at the time, John Sculley.

To Jobs luck, everything worked out well for him.  “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,” he recalled. “The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

This period of time would help Jobs re-establish his career in the technological field.  After Jobs was fired from Apple, he would start NeXT Inc. and Pixar, one of the world’s most popular companies in the world.  It was also during this time where Jobs would meet his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs.  Apple would buy NeXT, and Jobs was working for Apple once again.

Life would throw Jobs a curveball one last time.  Last year, Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, one that his doctor thought he would for sure die from.

After hearing the news, Jobs underwent a biopsy in the same night.  “Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor,” Jobs remembers.  “I was sedated, but my wife (Laurene), who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery.

Event Story

October 15th, 2013

J. Cole and Wale brought their tour “What Dreams Are Made Of” to Milwaukee Saturday and it will easily be the highlight of the year for the city.

The two rappers have different histories with Milwaukee.  For J. Cole, this was his fourth time coming to Milwaukee and his second time to The Rave.

Wale, on the other hand, has never been to the city.  He tweeted prior to his arrival “Milwaukee is one of the only cities i NEVER been to in my life.. Im lowkey amped about goin tmrw.”

Even though he has never been to the city, J. Cole and Wale had the same goal before they left.  They both wanted to put on the best concert Milwaukee had ever seen.

Milwaukee welcomed Wale with possibly one of the loudest screams he has heard all tour.  Wale was very interactive with the fans and even brought a lucky fan to help him get the crowd to jump around.

The crowd was just massive because the mob of people extended to around the balcony, which looked to be very uncomfortable.  One of the fans, Michael Logue, 21, learned to never buy a balcony ticket again.  “Me and my friend bought a ‘VIP’ ticket last year, not knowing we would be on the balcony and far away from the show.  I knew this time I had to be on the ground with Cole and Wale.”

The only part that seemed to be annoying was the long turnaround for Wale’s set to J. Cole’s set.  A few fans did not mind.  Noemi Albor, 21, did not seem to mind the wait as she danced to the almost inaudible music with her friend in between sets.  “I don’t know why, but it seemed like the best way to pass time.”

While the crew was working on getting the stage ready for J. Cole, many weird things happened that normally would not happen.  For example, a random bat found a way into The Rave and scared the women and even a few men to death.

Logue seemed to be unfazed by the “terrifying” bat.  “I mean it was very sketch, but I’m not really worried about it.”

Once J. Cole finally arrived on stage, it was loud enough for a deaf man to hear.  J. Cole performed his medley of songs accompanied by a live band.

Anyone who was at that show could hear that the two rappers genuinely had a fun time tonight.  Everyone knows that if the performers are having a fun time on stage, the fans are having a better time.

Once the concert started to clear out, the only thing people talked about was how great of a show that they just witnessed.  Darnell Turner, 19, could not believe how good of a show it was.  “Cole and Wale had that **** turnt!”

Although people may say this in different ways, Wale and J. Cole definitely had Milwaukee “turnt.”

Budget Story

October 7th, 2013

Mayor Gustavus Petykiewicz has proposed a very tight budget after the decommissioning of Blast Furnace Unit 1 earlier this year.

Even with a potential tax raise, Kittatinny would still have as much income around the same time last year.  In order to cut costs, one of the most notable services that were cut was two police officers that patrolled the streets from 4 a.m. to noon.  Instead, emergency calls will be handled on a contract basis by Schykill County sheriff’s deputies.  Police Chief Roman Hruska spoke about the police layoffs, he said “he would accept a tax raise for the extra officers.”

Commercial properties were not reassessed this year due to the opening of the Tohickon Creek Plaza, a strip shopping center.  The residential properties were also not reassessed this year.  Kittatinny also destroyed 11 abandoned homes during the year, so this leaves potential for rebuilding.

Because of the much lowered property value of the city, Petykiewicz has proposed a tax raise of 0.3 mills or essentially $30 $100,000 per home value.  Petykiewicz has proposed to help raise income is by raising parking fees, parking tickets and police citations.  Especially with the cut of the police officers, do not expect to get anymore warnings from police officers because the income from citations is expected to rise almost 10%.

Spending wise there is still some work to be done.  With the lack of two officers, Petykiewicz has cut the salary over $100,000.  However, the city will be purchasing another police cruiser.  The oldest car in the three-car fleet is a 2003 Ford Fairlane Police Special with 221,000 miles on it.  When Hruska was asked about it he responded with, “The car did not turn on when trying to respond to a distress call, so yes this is a necessary purchase.”

Another big thing gone from the budget is garbage pickup.  The city has decided to take garbage pickup off the tax levy.  The city is in negotiations with its current provider, Tioga Sanitation Company, to continue providing weekly garbage pickup and to add this charge to city water bills.

The last big item from spending is a drivable weed removal vehicle for the tourist attraction White Deer Lake.  The mayor spoke about the new weed removing mower during the press conference.  He said, “It is necessary because of how popular the beach is and a big source of revenue for the city.”

Throughout the meeting, every non-unionized leader was asked would they consider taking a pay cut and most said yes.  Petykiewicz, Hruska, and Bjarne Westhoff, president of the Pennsylvania Police Association Local 34, would all consider taking a 10% pay cut.  This was the reoccurring theme of the meeting as even Martha Mittengrabben, president of the AFSCME Local 644, would be willing to renegotiate their upcoming contract.  With the true lack of funds, these pay cuts and renegotiation of contracts may be just enough to save the budget for the upcoming year.

Hello Ms. Vice President

September 24th, 2013

Stephanie Zollicoffer is the definition of making it in America.  She is the assistant principal at Bradley Tech High School and is vice president of the organization Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators.

Zollicoffer was born in Milwaukee, WI and always dreamed of teaching because of her love for education.  She started out as a gym teacher at John Burroughs Middle School where she was loved by all.

Zollicoffer would bounce around in MPS until she finally got her big break being named assistant principal at Malcolm X Middle School.  She would have her impact most felt here because of how troubled some of the students were.  When it was time for me to start picking where I wanted to go to go for middle school, I immediately wanted to go to the same school as my mom.  Her quick immediate answer was no because of how rough it was to go to school there.

After working with in the school system for so long, she decided to become part of the organization MMABSE.  She joined in 2001 and has not looked back since.  As of last year, Zollicoffer was named vice president of the organization, she is responsible for creating the event calendars throughout the year, ensure the care of members during events and back up the president as well.  When it comes to contributing on the national level however, she wants to hold off on that.  Zollicoffer did say that when she finishes putting her son through college, she has not ruled out running for the national board.

After her stint as an assistant principal for so long, Zollicoffer decided to move at a different pace and work for the MPS school board as a Student Service Coordinator.  But she did not feel like she was making a big enough impact with students.  “I want to be in the trenches with the students and the teachers to ensure that they can have a quality education and it is also hands-on.”

Although Zollicoffer has been all around the MPS world, I had to know where she felt she made the biggest impact.  “Middle school I felt I made the biggest impact because I was able to help 8th graders get ready for high school and college.  I emphasized on how important class rank is as well as their cumulative grade point average.” Some people make a big impact in the world, and my mom, Stephanie Zollicoffer, is one of those people.

Rock the Bells Weekend Recap

September 9th, 2013

Last weekend, the Rock the Bells tour was the topic of discussion in the music world once again because of the holograms that brings back to life dead rappers.  This time they brought back Eazy-E and Ol’ Dirty Bastard Saturday and Sunday, respectively, and brought the crowd to their feet once again.  The Eazy-E hologram performed with rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony while Ol’ Dirty Bastard performed with his son Young Dirty Bastard.  Check out the performances below. (Warning: NSFW)


Eazy-E (skip to the 2:40 mark)


Ol’ Dirty Bastard


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