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Steve Jobs’ Commencement Address

March 11, 2013

Steve Jobsgave his Commencement address to Stanford students and graduates encouraging them to pursue what you love and to excel in it.

In his address Jobs who is now 50 years old, had three stories that he wanted to talk about that changed his life and has made him what he is today.

Jobs first story in his address was about connecting the dots.

He explained how dropping out of college actually helped him later in life. “The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me and begin dropping in on the ones that did interest me,” Jobs said.

Attending Reeds College in Portland, Oregon for only six months Jobs dropped out because of the tuition of the school was too expensive. For the next 18 months Jobs would drop in on classes that had more meaning such as calligraphy.

He talked about his time in his calligraphy class and how it helped the Mac become what it is today. “If I had never dropped in on that single course in college the Mac would never have multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.”

Jobs talked about how all the things earlier in his life all connected and made sense later in his life, at the time he did not know that he would need some of the skills that he was learning.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards.” “Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even if it leads you off the well worn path, and that will make all the difference.”

The second story in his address was about love and loss

Bringing up how himself and Steve Wozniak started apple in his parents garage at the age of twenty.

Wozniak is a computer engineer and the co-founder of Apple Computer with Steve. He also created the Apple I and the Apple II computer.

Jobs then talked about how even though business was going good how he was fired from apple the company he created. Later explaining that it was the best thing for him because he had to become a beginner again and he became much more creative.

Since he loved what he did he kept at it and was later hired by Apple. “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.”

The final story in his address was about death

Last year Jobs was diagnosed with cancer and was told that he would die in three to six months and that he needed to go home and get his affairs in order.

Jobs was lucky though and the cancer was treatable, but he then explained how this had been the closest he has been to death.”Death is very likely the single best invention of life.”

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know how to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

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Warhawk’s advance 8 to Nationals

March 11, 2013

The Whitewater Warhawk wrestling team had an outstanding day Saturday after advancing the most individuals on to Nationals. The Warhawk’s were able to advance eight out of the ten wrestlers beating last year’s record of six.

It was a successful day but it was no easy task for the Warhawk’s. The day was filled with good teams; Elmhurst College was ranked second in the nation, Whitewater was ranked fourth, Lacrosse College was ranked fifth, Stevens Point College was ranked ninth, Olivet College was ranked 12th, and  Wabash College 29th.

Other Colleges competing in the tournament were; Alma, Manchester, Trine, Wheaton, Chicago, and North Central.

This was the first year that to advance on to Nationals individuals had to place in the top three. Prior to this year, teams competed in their own conference  and the winner of the weight class was the one that advanced on to Nationals. Then the conference was allowed so many bids that coaches could decide and vote on  wrestlers that had lost to advance on to Nationals as well.

Upsetting UW- Lacrosse’s William Mayer ranked third in the nation, Anthony Edgren had a day to remember. “It was a great day for the team,” Edgren said. ” I’m proud to have been able to be a part of it, but this season is not over yet. This is where all the hard work throughout the season pays off.”

Others taking first at the Midwest Regional tournament from Whitewater; 149 pounds Elroy Perkin, 165 pounds Cedric Gibson, and 197 pounds Shane Siefert.

Roland Dunlap at 184 pounds was able to take second, while 133 pounds Grant Sutter, 141 pounds Jake Fredrickson, and 157 Cade Sarbacker all took third.

Warhawk Wrestler and spectator at the regional Mitch Elmer thought it was a great day for the Warhawk’s. “We had a really successful day as individuals and as a team,” Elmer said. It’s great to be sending eight guys on to Nationals, we are really going to make a statement.”

Division three Nationals will be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa starting Friday March, 15 at eleven in the morning, While finals will be at seven Saturday evening.

Last year the Warhawk’s had two individuals place at Nationals. Corey Anderson at Heavy weight placing second and Grant Sutter at 125 pounds placing third.

Spectator at the Regional and Warhawk fan Jordan Sowinski  has a good feeling about Nationals. “With 8 wrestlers going to Nationals we have a very good chance at competing with Wartburg,” Sowinski Said. “It’s been awhile since we have had a National Champ, this could be the year.”

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2013 Proposed Budget

February 22, 2013

Mayor Gustavus G. Petykiewicz has submitted his 2013 proposed budget to the City Council, a budget that will forever change the town of Kittatinny, Pen. The Budget needs to be passed and signed by the City Council before December, 1.

The proposed budget will have more major changes than the 2012 budget that will have townspeople upset and for understandable reasons.

Hoping to meet last year’s budget with tax increases, cutting officers on the police force along with the early shift getting cut completely, and garbage collection fees added on to bills, there is still more to be done.

The mayor has opened his doors to the public for ideas to help the town to keep the smallest amount of damage down for the people, but it is difficult to do so in tough times.

The new budget will raise taxes from 4 mills to 4.3 mills, even with the tax raise there  is still going to be a more than $100,000 or a 3.59% loss  from last year’s budget.

This has a lot to do with the Susquehanna Steel Corporation decommissioning one of its Blast Furnaces, and laying off 600 of their employees.

The new budget will take the garbage pickup off the tax levy and will now be charged to the city water bill.

Chief of Police, Roman Hruska is not happy that the budget will cut two of the police officers from the Kittatinny police force, the force which only had ten officers will now be cut down to eight.

Also the early shift from four a.m.  until noon will be cut completely, all calls will be sent to the Schuylkill County sheriff’s office, potentially putting residents in danger. “We will be without police protection,” Hruska said. “This may put citizen’s in danger.”

Bjarne Westhoff, president of the Pennsylvania Police Association believes that the Mayor and Chief of police do not get along, which may be the reason for having the officers cut.

The mayor is also asking that police officers crack down on parking fees and tickets and hand out more citations to increase the money coming in.

The Police Department will also be replacing one of their three cruisers, a 2003 Ford Fairlane with 221,000 miles on it, that should have been replaced years prior, adding more spending to the budget.

The budget also will be spending money on a new riding mower for the parks department, a combination dump and snow plow truck for the city Streets Department, and a $100,000 weed remover meant to clean the lake. The mayor believes that in the future this weed remover will bring in tourism, which is good for the town.

“The mayor has backed us into a corner,” Westhoff said. “We will share the sacrifice as long as others are willing to as well.”

Mayor Petykiewicz; Chief Hruska; Bjarne Westhoff; Denelda Penoyer, president of Kittatinny City Council; and Martha Mittengrabben, president of the AFSCME; have all agreed to take pay cuts as long as other unions would as well, for the sake of the town.

It is a tough time in Kittatinny, Pennsylvania and it is about to get even tougher with the passing of the 2013 budget proposal.

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Olympic Wrestling

February 13, 2013

As of the 12th of February 2013 the IOC or the International Olympic Committee has decided that Olympic Wrestling will no longer be a part of the 2020 Olympic games. Cutting one of the oldest events in the Olympic game history, will definitely upset a lot of wrestling fans. One Fan that is upset would be the University of Wisconsin Whitewater wrestling heavyweight, Anthony Edgren.

Edgren has had the opportunity to go to the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center and train with World team members, in hope of getting his chance in the spotlight on the World stage. So after realizing that this dream of his, may be lost due to the fact that the IOC believes that wrestling may be the most at risk sport.

After checking the news this morning Edgren was in a state of shock, never believing that this could be possible. “Made me look at my future and decide what my plan is after this wrestling season,” Edgren said. “Now do I leave for the OTC(Olympic Training Center) or do I leave my dreams of one day becoming an Olympic gold medalist behind me.”

Edgren who has been wrestling for 16 years, will have a hard time leaving this dream behind him. “After my success at Folkstyle and freestyle nations I realized I could compete with the best wrestlers in the nation, and the dream of becoming an Olympic champ was born.” An Olympic dream that may be cut not only from Edgren’s life but from many others as well.

The FILA officials, a committee of people that come up with the rules and regulations for wrestling, took the matter of wrestling potentially getting cut to lightly and did not act after learning that this may be a possibility. After wrestling was cut from the 25 core events, the FILA officials have called for an emergency meeting to see what they can do to keep the sport of wrestling in the Olympics.

A petition has put been put together for those fans who want to fight this cut, asking for 100,000 signatures before March 14, 2013 before it is sent to President Barrack Obama. If the numbers of signatures is reached by March then he will go to the IOC to fight for the sport of wrestling, before the one of the oldest sports in Olympic wrestling is cut from the Olympics forever.

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Warhawk Wrestling

January 28, 2013

The fourth ranked UW-Whitewater Warhawk wrestling team will be looking to defend the Sake bottle as they travel to the division two UW- Parkside Rangers hometown February 6, the dual meet will start at 7 p.m.. The Warhawks were able to bring the Sake bottle home after a close dual last year, coming down to the last match for the win. Both teams have strong wrestlers throughout their lineups, creating the opportunity for another close and exciting battle between the two rivals. The dual meet will take place at the DeSimone Gymnasium, located at 900 Wood Road Kenosha, WI.

 

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