Stanford University: Steve Jobs gives words of wisdom

June 14, 2005

Today, graduates of Stanford University received inspiring words from 50-year-old Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer, NeXT, and Pixar Animation Studios, who was chosen as this year’s commencement speaker. Jobs overcame three challenges that made a huge impact on his future. In his speech he told three stories that changed his life. Jobs named these challenges as connecting the dots, love and loss, and death.

When recalling the days he studied at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, Jobs admits that today was the closest he ever got to a graduation ceremony. According to Jobs, dropping out of school was one of the best decisions he ever made. Not knowing what was to become of his future, Jobs knew that spending his parents’ life savings on tuition money was not the way to get there. After dropping out six months into college, he decided to “drop in” on the classes he favored. Jobs clarifies, “Much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.”

Calligraphy and typography fascinated Jobs. He decided to sit in on a calligraphy class. Jobs and Steve “Woz” Wozniak created Apple in 1976 in Jobs’ garage, originally named Apple Computer. Jobs carefully selected what typography to incorporate in the system. Jobs realized the connection years later when it applied to what he learned in class. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward,” Jobs explained. He also illuminated how important it is to “Trust in something… This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” By 1979, Jobs was a millionaire.

In 1985, 30 year-old Jobs opposed sides with the board of Apple and was phased out; he was then ruled out of his own company. Jobs admits that getting fired from Apple was the best thing for him. From this devastating loss, it gave Jobs the opportunity to pick himself up and believing that he loved what he did. This realization forced him to start over. In doing what he loved, Jobs created NeXT Inc. and Pixar Animation Studios, putting much of his own money into both investments. It paid off, and both companies were extensively successful. The technology created in NeXT became the key to reviving Apple after Jobs was welcomed back years later.

Jobs addressed to graduates of Stanford, “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.” From the story about love and loss, Jobs spread the following words of wisdom, “you’ve got to find what you love”. To Stanford graduates of 2015, Jobs advises that work will take over your life, and loving what you do makes work more fulfilling. He states, “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle”.

In 1997, Jobs took the role as Apple’s CEO, a year after the company bought NeXT for $429 million. Jobs’ hard work paid off over the years. He tried to live by the saying, “If you live each day as if it were your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” He remarks, “Whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” Living by this quote was not easy for Jobs on the day he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Nonetheless, his experience in facing death taught him to prepare for the unexpected. After Jobs had the surgery in 2004 he received news that he was cancer free, and now continues to live by these words. Jobs states, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

Jobs determination in reaching his successes and accomplishments never lingered whenever life hit him with a brick. Looking back and connecting the dots of your experiences, doing what you love, and living each day abundantly will take you to where you want to go in life. Jobs leaves with his closing remarks, “Stay hungry. Stay foolish”.

Crossman Gallery Art Event: “Ignition”

A communicative and collaborative exhibition of Eddee Daniel’s fine art photography was developed in the Crossman Gallery at the UW-Whitewater Greenhill Center of the Arts building on Thursday, Feb. 25. The exhibition named “Ignition”, organized by director Dale Kaminski, is admitting up to 20 visiting artists to use the gallery space as a studio to produce their work before display.

Michael Flanagan, curator of the gallery, reports, “We turned the gallery into an interactive studio”. Digital prints, photography, and even 3D prints are made. Flanagan states,“Guest artists come in to spend the day to create art in the gallery. It’s fun to do work that students can see”. The space is set with a scanner and computer for the artist to work on their project. Once the image is finalized, it is submitted to print in the gallery.

Daniel’s current project documents the process of the Kinnickinnic River Parkway at Pulaski Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has been removing the concrete from this poorly used channel since 2012. “This is a long term project that will take several years,” says Daniel while discussing his photography project. “This channel has been abused the most.” The channel extends up to four miles long. “MMSD plans to have it done by 2022,” Daniel added.

While Daniel works on his image in Photoshop, Flanagan does a demonstration on preserving old images. “Taking apart a poorly framed image from the nineteenth century is tricky”, Flanagan lectures to students as he removes the nails from the back of the frame. “Old cardboard can contain highly acidic content,” he describes while carefully removing the image. Printing assistant and student Nikki Maggiori was intrigued by the work being done in the studio. “It’s an amazing opportunity for students to interact with these working artists,” she remarks.

Daniel’s project has been only part of his most accomplished works. He wrote a book titled “Urban Wilderness: Exploring a Metropolitan Watershed”, published in 2008. Daniel describes how his documented photographs express changes in the environment, exploring the intersection of urban life and nature juxtapose. He works primarily in Milwaukee.

Quoting from his book, Daniel clarifies, “this book is a record of exploration and testimony to the discovery of an unfamiliar truth: not only is nature present in the city, but also the city is inseparable from nature”. Daniel elicits that his book shows how “geographical elements have gotten lost. I hope people become more appreciative of the natural world.” The natural versus architectural tension motivates Daniel to show what people don’t realize. “We live in nature, we should pay attention to it.” In addition to Daniel’s natural images, he enjoys experimenting with the distortion effect on images to make them more abstract. “I’m not a purist. I like to play with photography,” he added.

Displayed works from previous artists in the studio during “Ignition” include Professor Bethann Moran, Carissa Heinrich, Hal Rammel, Nathaniel Stern, Steve Burnham, and many others. “Ignition” will continue with new artists until Friday, March 18.

2016 Budget Story: Kittatinny, Pennsylvania

Tragedy struck the city of Kittatinny, Pennsylvania due to the downsizing at Susquehanna Steel Corporation. After shutting down the second blast furnace at Susquehanna Steel Corp., 600 jobs were lost, including a 10.2 percent decrease in the city’s total tax base. The press conference was held today to dicuss Kittatinny’s upcoming budget for 2016. Gustavus G. Petykiewicz, mayor of Kittatinny, opens up the trial by stating; “I come to you with a heavy heart… these are not actions I take lightly.” The changes that must be made for the citizens of Kittatinny will be drastic, but “we must respond to it”. Accompanied by Mayor Petykiewicz for the trial included Roman Hruska, chief of police, City of Kittatinny; Denelda Penoyer, president of Kittatinny City Council; Martha Mittengrabben, president of American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Local 644; and Bjarne Westhoff, president of Pennsylvania Police Association Local 34.

For the budget of 2016, Petykiewicz proposed the following changes to be put into action. Due to the closing of the blast furnace, the city of Kittatinny has lost $100 million. Petykiewicz plans to raise the city tax rate to 4.3 mills, remove garbage pickup from the tax levy, and reduce the police force from 10 to eight officers, removing all shifts between 4 a.m. and noon, leaving sheriff deputies on call for emergencies. Minor changes addressed in the budget include a 15 percent increase for parking meters, a car replacement for the Police Department, and an investment on a new weed removal vehicle and a combination dump truck/snow plow for the Parks Department. The weed removal vehicle is good investment for the city, but it may be an investment that “could wait a year”, replies Petykiewicz.

Kittatinny’s tax rate is suggested to take a slight increase in the proposed budget. Suggestions were brought to the trial that the tax rate rises 25 percent for all residents in 2016. Many members were in favor of the tax rate to increase up to 5 mills to prevent even more job cuts. Garbage pickup will be added to every household bill. In contrast to bigger issues from this budget, many members favor that an average 30 dollars per month for garbage pickup will be manageable.

In reaction to the proposed budget for the police force, Hruska replies to changes. “I cannot stand idly by and watch a city of this size be deprived…” Hruska adds that this proposed budget is a “hare-brained idea”. President Westhoff replies, “I think we’ll get past this and find a better solution.” All members stay determined in proposing a new idea to keep the full police force in order to prevent a dangerous situation from happening.

City council president Penoyer responds to the proposed budget. “We will have public hearings about the budget… days, nights, even Saturdays… we’re gonna be really busy.” Penoyer is determined to find a way to save the additional jobs that could be lost in this proposal. Job cuts are proposed to take affect at Kittatinny Police Department and AFSCME. Penoyer is reaching out to Trade Readjustment Allowance to help aid the workers whose jobs were taken.

If all are in agreement, the proposed budget may be changing to include a ten percent cut for all non-unionized salaries and look into reopening union contracts expiring in 2017. Mayor Petykiewicz’s response was “we must move forward… we’re gonna work together on this.” Mittengrabben also agreed to the shared cut in salary. The 25 members of the city council will meet tomorrow to finalize on this decision. “There must be a spirit of shared sacrifice… unless we make Kittatinny a good place to live, no one will live here,” replies Mittengrabben. Final changes to the budget will be addressed accordingly, which will be finalized March 31.

Happy Birthday, Meghan!

Today is my sister’s birthday. She turned 23 years old, and honestly, it only makes me feel older (she is almost three years younger). I have two other siblings, my brother, Jason, is 27, and my other sister, Courtney, is a couple months shy of 21.

Birthdays are special in our family. We have special birthday dinners of choice (for the birthday girl or boy), and when it’s our birthday we get to use the “birthday plate”. It reads “Today is your day… let’s celebrate!” Even though years have passed so quickly, I definitely feel like all four of us have become much closer than when we were growing up. Closer than I could’ve ever hoped for.

Cheers to my sister turning 23, and cheers to my siblings to being the closest friends I’ve ever had.

Interview Story: The Disease Doesn’t Control You.

Jill Paulsen, age 63, recalls a part of her life that has affected her everyday routine. “My first symptom occurred when I was 25… my wrists felt like they were broken. I couldn’t put my socks or shoes on. I couldn’t hold my 6-month-old baby.” At the time, Paulsen had no idea what was going on. Constant swelling pain surged through her body throughout the day, and finally she decided to see the doctor. After the tests were completed, they couldn’t pinpoint what her diagnosis was. Her doctor told her she had an “underlying arthritic condition”, and all that could be done at the time was a mild medication.

Almost 20 years passed with this reoccurring “condition”. Paulsen explains that there would be nothing wrong one day and the next day she would have trouble walking or doing anything with her hands. “My feet hurt a lot, mainly my ankles”, she added. In 1995, she finally got some answers. “I was 43 years old when I was finally diagnosed… that’s a long time to wait for an answer. Not knowing what was wrong with me made me think, is this in my head? Once I found out, there was relief knowing there was something”, says Paulsen after asking what it was like to not really know what her condition was for almost two decades.

The day she was diagnosed was the day she woke up and physically could not get out of bed. Her doctor ordered blood work and tests. The tests confirmed she had more than one autoimmune disease. She has a mixed connective tissue disorder, including Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Sjogren’s disease. Sjogren’s is known as a dry-eye or dry-mouth disease, and mainly affects mucus membranes. Paulsen has a mild case of Lupus that only affects her joints. As for Rheumatoid Arthritis, this disease is the main source to her pain. Her symptoms with Rheumatoid Arthritis are severe, where her immune system attacks healthy joints and cells. It has affected her joints causing swelling and pain. The symptoms also jump from joint-to-joint, affecting multiple areas at once in some cases.

Her first assigned rheumatologist confirmed the positive results for her diagnosis, and had given stronger pain medication. Paulsen went almost 20 years taking Tylenol with this condition. Stronger medication helped immensely, yet Paulsen recalls that it did not help any flare-ups, swelling or redness. When her family insurance changed, she had to switch doctors. Her new rheumatologist decided that they had to approach it more aggressively, putting her on other medication and requiring her to live a more active lifestyle. “Being active helps, working through the pain and keeping myself busy makes this condition easier to work through”. Paulsen then adds, “pain kicks in when I’m not active. I focus on pain when I’m not working, and it feels worse”.

The downside to the strong medication is that it can affect other things, like the liver or kidneys. On the positive note, Paulsen replies, “I’m lucky. I’m lucky because every month when I go in for my IV infusion, I’m sitting right by someone going through chemo. This disease is something I can live with.” She states that no internal organs have been affected. “I rarely get sick, which amazes me,” says Paulsen. Since working with her new rheumatologist, she has joined a support group online.

When asked what she would tell someone who was diagnosed the same as her, she replied, “find out as much as you can about it, don’t shy away from it. You also must be comfortable with your physician. I’ve been lucky having good rheumatologists. Lastly, don’t feel like the disease controls you.” Paulsen has been living with her disease for over 20 years and is living a happy and healthy lifestyle, mainly including her trips to Florida to visit two of her kids and four of her six grandchildren.

The PROS to creative writing.

Last semester I took my writing course requirement, Creative Writing. I never knew how much the class would have influenced me, but it did. I never wrote anything down unless it was just a note of things to do or remember, or doodling. In the class I had to keep a journal, add as many entries a week as possible was considered homework. I actually enjoyed it! If you are one of those people who tend to have so many ideas cluttered in your mind about things going on in your life or things to do in your life, I suggest to start writing in a journal. It’s like a blog but old school, plus you have the option to hide it away from everyone and keep it just for you. Fun things to write in a journal could be the following: trips you plan to go on (where and why), predictions of what will happen in the next two to five years (where will you be?), and influences and traditions you have/had growing up. Now if there are things that happen that I may not want to forget, I will jot it down in my journal and years from now I can look back and see how my writing has grown and how my ideas made me become the person I want to be.

For all photography lovers out there.

This is the person who made me become a photographer: Jerry Uelsmann.

Jerry Uelsmann. "Tree House".

Jerry Uelsmann. “Tree House”.

I wrote a paper about him when I was about 13 years old, and ever since, photography was something I continually wanted to learn about. His mastery in photomontage is intriguing and inspiring for anyone who appreciates how much work is put into manual photography and processing darkroom images versus digital. His style incorporates collaging multiple images in the darkroom to create one fixed image, that creates a new and “surreal” world. He is truly a remarkable artist.

Collaged image portrait of Jerry Uelsmann.

Collaged image portrait of Jerry Uelsmann.