Chicago Trip 2014

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Chicago Trip 2014

Thanks Giving Dinner For International Student

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Global Cafe gives a good opportunity of cross-cultural experience

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Drunk Driver Mayor of Kittatinny Caused Involuntary Injury

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Gustavus G. Petykiewicz, the mayor of Kittatinny, was arrested on a charge of causing serious physical harm by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, after causing a traffic accident.

 

According to Gordon J. Slivovitz, the deputy of the Schuylkill County Sheriff’s Department, a daytime crash between two vehicles, a 1997 Buick Le Sabre and a 2006 Ford Explorer, caused one driver a serious injury.

 

The accident happened just after 1 p.m. on Saturday at the intersection of State Highway 117 and Fonebone Road in the town of Frontenac. Both had sustained serious damages and were out of operation. As told by a witness at the scene, the Ford approached from the west, crossed into the road and then struck the Buick on its driver’s side, which was driving north at about 55 miles per hour.

 

Driver of the Buick, Robert H. Doane, was bleeding profusely from the head and was at risk of sustaining injures to the spine due to the lack of an airbag. He was taken to Northeast Pennsylvania Hospital and Trauma Center in Wilkes-Barre, after being rescued from his vehicle and placed in a Flight for Life helicopter at approximately 2 p.m.

 

Driver of the Ford was identified as Petykiewicz. He was not wearing a seat belt, but he didn’t appear to be injured. He had a half-empty bottle of vodka on passenger-side vehicle floor. When asked whether he had been drinking, Petykiewicz responded, “You’d be drinking, too, if you were me. Do you think we could just keep this quiet? I’m the mayor of Kittatinny.”

 

A breath test revealed that Petykiewicz’s blood alcohol level exceeded an acceptable limit. He failed a field of sobriety test, and his walking was unsteady. He then got arrested and was taken away by the deputy’s patrol car.

Petykiewicz was transported to the Schuylkill County Jail in downtown Kittatinny. He invoked his constitutional right to remain silent while refusing to call an attorney. His wife, Gloria Petykiewicz, bailed out her husband with $500 and he was kept in the custody of his wife.

 

On Tuesday morning, Schuylkill County District Court sentenced Petykiewicz to a maximum prison term of 10 years.

 

Doane turned out not to suffer any spinal injury, although having minor physical injuries including several broken ribs and a broken jaw. According to a nursing supervisor of the hospital, he is in satisfactory condition now.

 

Currently Petykiewicz and his relatives could not be reached for comment.

Anderson Library is still seeking for the way to keep students

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At the Anderson Library, on the UW-Whitewater, the environment around people and books is gradually changed. It does all kinds of things to attract more and more people. However, Anderson Library still seems to have room for improvement as well as worrying about students’ reading habits.

Currently Anderson Library provides a number of services to the campus communities and people in a neighborhood. But in terms of the number of book collections, we cannot say that these are good enough for graduate students.

“There is always a budget and a limit for every library. Towards most undergraduate students, I think we are pretty careful about making sure we have enough resources they need. But for graduate students, it’s a little more difficult.” Ellen Latorraca, who is reference and instruction librarian, mentioned.

Anderson Library doesn’t have a nursing program, so it should always look at students and buy things that are going to fields at need, unlike UW-Madison, which has a nursing program. However, they can add books to the collection anytime students recommend.

“I am satisfied with this library,” Ikumi Ohashi, a student who often go to Anderson Library, said. “We can borrow a book from all of the UW system like Madison. But it will take 2 or 3 days to get a book. I want to pick up the book and make sure whether it is good one or not immediately.”

Although there is such a problem, Anderson Library still seems to attract many people who are looking for spaces to study or finding resources.

In fact, in this year, Anderson Library has more people coming in according to the circulation manager who keeps a track of actual number. Latorraca said that a part of the reasons is putting more open spaces in the 2nd floor by moving the books to upstairs and setting the study room for students to collaborate each other or chat or meet. Second reason might be that it provides a pet therapy for people to take a break from stresses of everyday life and to be healthy.

Although Anderson Library looks successful to capture an increasing number of people, Latorraca concerns that reading habits of students are changing in that they are expecting more answers to be in short articles like web page. Students less likely to look at whole books and think it troublesome. She mentioned that a tendency to keep away from reading might discourage willingness to spend time or invest in really understanding in depth the topic.

“I believe reading is developmental for creativity, reasoning, and vocabulary development.” She said.

One thing Anderson Library adapts to changes in students’ reading habits is to focus on more e-books or electronic resources to create more spaces instead of adding actual books.

Another student, Alec Vice doesn’t see the library adapting to changing reading habits. “Though, I will not claim to know the answers of how to change that,” Vice said. “Perhaps more computers as more students do their reading online on blogs and news sources.”

Although current Anderson Library gets more and more people coming in this year by creating the good environment to study, it sacrifices the quantity of enough printed book collections to create more spaces for working together. However librarian still seems to attach weight to students’ reading habits and have a feeling to improve it.

“Stay hungry. Stay Foolish,” Steve Jobs’ at Stanford University

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On June 12, 2005, Steve Jobs, 50 years old, who is CEO of Apple Inc., gave a moving commencement address to students at Stanford University at their graduation ceremony.

Jobs, who never graduated college, shared with graduates an idea of how to live before we die via 3 stories in his own experience: connecting the dots, love and loss, and death.

In 1972, Jobs enrolled at Reed College in Portland, which was too expensive for his parents. He couldn’t find the value in college and felt sorry to burden his parents with tuition, so he dropped out after 6 months.

Even after that, he remained in the college and dropped in on the classes that he looked interesting, including calligraphy instruction. At that time, he didn’t expect that that class later become helpful in inventing multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts for the Mac’s computer.

Jobs suggested that we can only connect the dots looking back to the past, not looking to the future.

“You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever,” Jobs said.

When Jobs was 20, he started his company, Apple Inc., in his parents’ garbage with Steve Wozniak, who was his friend and had a talent for building working electronics from nothing. With Wozniak’s knowledge of electronics and Job’s intelligence, Apple experienced rapid growth and developed into a large company, with $2 billion and over 4,000 employees over 10 years.

However, in 1985, tragedy fell upon him. At that time, John Sculley, who was originally hired as Apple’s CEO away from Pepsi-Cora by Jobs, believed Jobs was hurting Apple. Partly because of disappointing sales of the several products from Apple, a power struggle between Jobs and Sculley had become conspicuous. Finally Scrulley convinced Apple’s board of directors to fire Jobs, and he left Apple.

He revealed he really didn’t know what he should do for a month. He said he even thought about running away from Silicon Valley. However, he gradually realized that he still loved his work.

After his resignation, he started a computer company called NeXT Inc., and subsequently bought an animation company, which later became Pixar, now the most successful animation studio in the world. After Apple purchased NeXT Inc. in 1997, Jobs returned to his post as Apple’s CEO.

“I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple,” Jobs looked back. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Jobs told the importance of looking for what you love until you find it. The life lesson Jobs delivered is that even when you lose something you love and down in the depth, there is still chance to begin again.

The last story Jobs suggested was about death.

In 2003, Jobs was diagnosed with cancer. He had a cancerous tumor in his pancreas, and was told by the doctors that he should expect to live no longer than three to six months. But later it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is operable, and he had a successful surgery in 2004.

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose,” Jobs said.

Jobs understands that death is inevitable. No one can avert death, and everyone share that destination. And that is exactly why Jobs said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

Jobs expounded how important to trust and follow your own heart. Jobs believed that you only live once, so you should make use of your limited time.

At the end of speech, he mentioned the final issue of a publication, “The Whole Earth Catalog”, wrote “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish” as a farewell message. He wishes that for both himself and for graduates who begin a new life.

Wisconsin Country Halloween Event

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 Center for Global Education always provides the wide range of opportunities for short trip, dinner or enjoyable events.

 *October4, 2014, Center for Global Education (CGE) of UW-Whitewater held the pumpkin carving event for international students. They drove to Burlington to Eloise’s home, which was a 40 minute drive. Eloise and her family opened up their home for international students to carve pumpkins and make pizzas. Around 45 international students met up at Visitor’s Center at 12:30 p.m. and joined the event.*

That day was 46F degrees with a 50% chance of rain. As soon as the bus arrived, international students began curving pumpkins with cutters and miniature saws while enduring coldness. Eloise prepared more than 60 pumpkins for them.

Mai Yia Lee, International Programs Assistant of CGE, said the purpose of organizing such an event like pumpkin picking is making international students enjoy the event of Wisconsin. “We try to make international students experience the Wisconsin stuff.”

Lee is one of the main assistants who organizing events for international students. International students are given an opportunity of going on a short trip about twice a month.

Eloise, who used to be a teacher of UW-Whitewater, contacted CGE and hosted international students. She not only gave a chance to carve pumpkins and make pizzas, but also served many delicious foods and drinks, such as a variety of cakes or apple tea.

“The pumpkin picking event was fun. And the foods were absolutely delicious,” Nguyen Nam Phuong, who participated the event mentioned. “Events organized by CGE usually are very enjoyable. It helps international students to reach out to each other and learn more about other people’s life and culture in a fun and interactive way.”

Another student, Abdul Majed also said that pumpkin carving was really fun. “We can meet a lot of people from different part of world, like from Africa, Asia or Latin America. It is really great.”

In addition, students also enjoyed making a s’more, consisting of roasted marshmallow and a chocolate between two crackers, in the backyard. They also had the opportunity to see many horses owned by Eloise’s family.

“I think everyone had a good time,” Lee mentioned. “Sometimes it is a kind of hard to plan the events, but I am really happy you guys tried to experience so many stuffs.”

According to her, that was the first time such a lot of people signed up the events. She said she would like to have same event next year too.

CGE is also planning on having many events like shopping, trip to the Haunted forest or Christmas party during this semester for international student.

The City of Kittatinny is in Crisis

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Mayor of Kittatinny in Schuylkill Country in eastern Pennsylvania, Gustavus G. Petykiewicz, proposed budget for 2015 to the City Council today.

What seems to be notable about budget is that increasing of tax and a loss of police shift during 4 a.m. to noon.

“I come to you today with heavy heart. We are now serious economic trouble.” Petykiewicz said in a desperate tone. “These are not actions I take lightly. I understand some people will be upset with my proposal. We have to figure out what to do.”

Decommissioning of Blast Furnace Unit 1 at Susquehanna Steel Corporation, which led to the layoff of 600 employees, impacted the economy of Kittatinny. As a result, Kittatinny have lost about 100 millon dollars in a tax on property.

Petykiewicz proposed the new tax increase from 4 mills to 4.3 mills as a way out of a recession. He also stated that he would be willing to take a 10 percent pay cut when deemed necessary.

Another proposed solution Petykiewicz offered as a way to cut spending is a new system of garbage pickup. Garbage collection is used to be taken with tax form. However, Petykiewicz proposed to cut it from the tax levy and add this charge to city water bills. He made sure that current provider, Tioga Sanitation Company, will still continue to pick up the garbage.

What is a highly controversial issue is that reduction in the number of police officers and the cut of an entire police shift during a given time.

Kittatinny’s chief of police, Roman Hruska, declared himself against the proposition. “I will not stand idly by and watch a city of this size be deprived of regular police protection for a third of each day.” He also added how important to have squad cars operational all the times. Hruska seems to be not happy in reaction to this budget proposal.

Denelda Penoyer, president of Kittatinny City Council, really concerned about the change of police protection. “Most dangerous incidents of the city of size Kittatinny are domestic disputes. That could become deadly. What happens if the police gets there too late?” Penoyer also suggested raising the tax rate from 4.3 mills (proposed) to 5 mills as an alternate solution, while showing an understanding that it would be burden on people.

Bjarne Westhoff, president of Pennsylvania Police Association Local 34, has the same opinion as Penoyer. “It’s important to have police on the street in Kittatinny 24 hours a day. We need to do that.”

Petykiewicz also laid off two AFSCME personnel, which resulted in saving a bit of money.

Martha Mittengrabben, president of AFSCME Local 644, answered “Maybe,” when asked about the possibility of renegotiation of their contracts. She said that there must be a shared sacrifice to accomplish, while showing the willingness to talk to the members. She also expressed concern that more people will leave the city of Kittatinny to make money.

Petykiewicz stated emphatically in closing that final budget must be approved by the city council. He also emphasized that he encouraged people of Kittatinny to give him any suggestions about his budget proposal for 2015.

A Woman who is Teaching Japanese in UW-Whitewater

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 Yukiho Yamaguchi, who is 24 years old, is doing double duty as teacher and student in UW-Whitewater.

 She gets in a teaching fellow program of NPO called ALLEX (Alliance for Language Learning and Educational Exchange), and then was sent to the UW-Whitewater for having Japanese classes in her charge while taking some courses as a student for a year.

“I was not really interested in teaching Japanese. I did not even think I’m going to teach. But I wanted to go to graduate school in the United States. But it was too late for applying and I could not afford the tuition of graduate school by myself.”

 By joining the ALLEX program, there is a possibility to be valued at the experience in teaching Japanese and get the scholarship for going to the graduate school. She was also expecting to meet a lot of people like professors or faculties in the dispatch university to get some connections.

 Despite a lack of actual teaching experience, she tries to take a responsibility as both student and teacher.

“Teaching method is different from what I learned before I came here. Here we are required to teach in a lecture style. I have 30 students, and I think it’s hard to pay attention to everyone. Moreover, I’m also teaching Japanese to the students of UW-Platteville through live video by using video camera, microphone and monitor. This is really new to me.”

 She also perceives the difficulty of teaching Japanese because some students even don’t know how to learn new language. She should instruct students to use flash cards or listen to the audio, not just reading textbooks. In addition to that, she takes a lot of time for preparation because she is not used to teach.

However, she said with a smiling tone that the fact that her students’ Japanese skills is getting better day by day brings her a sense of accomplishment.

“It’s amazing that my students is studying Japanese and learn alphabets.”

 She said she is getting interested in teaching Japanese now. But originally she was interested in learning English as a second language in graduate school, and becoming an English teacher. In either case, she is willing to make use of the experience of teaching Japanese in deciding future plan.

 Now she is still teaching Japanese at UW-Whitewater today, struggling with her first experience. She is trying to become a good teacher as well as make her dream come true.

Perfume; My favorite Japanese Artist

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Maybe none of you know them, Perfume is Japanese pop girl group that I like the best.Their music have been identified as “techno-pop.” Perfume is one of the most popular groups in Japan since their breakthrough single “Polyrhythm” was released in 2007.

Following is my favorite links of youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biMO46z_VSY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWuCmjpvXmE

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