Studs N Spuds

Questions

  1. What is your major and what is your business
  2. Where did you get the idea
  3. Tell me about the situation and how you scored the black sheep
  4. When did you start
  5. What are some future plans
  6. What makes you different from everyone else
  7. Why fries
  8. What is your motto or some key advice you would give

Script

 

Whitewater Wisconsin is known for its small town atmosphere and boasts many local treasures that make the city unique.  Entrepreneurship is one of the most prominent business types in this college town.

 

Logan Pourchot used his creativity and business mindset to create a unique product

 

Logan decided that he would be the first french fries only specialty store and that he would be open during bar hours as an alternative for people who aren’t into the bar scene.

 

Logan opened the restaurant in December after perfecting his recipes and testing them on his friends

 

Logan is constantly looking for ways to attract more people and make the experience better for the customers.

 

Logan feels that his main advantage is that he is unique, popular on campus, and offers a quality product that can’t be beat.

 

Logan argues that to be successful, you just have to put aside your fears and you can’t be afraid to make mistakes.

 

The great thing about business opportunities is that they are endless.  One of the many treasures that makes America great.

 

 

*****Audio is on cd

 

CRU Issue

The UWW-Whitewater campus has a variety of organizations that cover many different interest, beliefs, and ideas.  These organizations range from hobby clubs to educational interest groups, to leadership and community emphasis.  It is the dream of every organization to have a presence on campus.  A presence in the sense that people not only know who they are, but are constantly aware of what the organization is up to.

The christian organizations at UW-Whitewater are becoming increasingly popular to students.  Christian organizations are bringing a sense of community and belonging to the campus, they promote working together and living in community.  This is drawing many students because it is so different from the cultural norm that supports seclusion and individualism.  CRU is the largest christian organization on campus and is completely student run however is influenced by a board of teachers and pastors from the community.

Sean McKenzie is the president of CRU here at UW-Whitewater and he is always looking for ways to promote CRU and actively trying to get people involved.  “CRU is a place that promotes belonging and working together,” McKenzie said. “I see new faces on a weekly basis because word is getting out that this is the place to be.”

Since the organization is completely student run, there is a lot of planning on the students behalf.  Kevin McMurtagh helps out as one of the technicians during the weekly meeting.  “It takes a lot of work and planning to make the weekly meeting run smoothly,” McMurtagh said.  “Usually I show up 2 hours early just to help set up and make sure things are ready.”

One thing that makes the christian organizations on campus so unique is that they do events with each other. InterVarsity, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Navigators, and CRU all work together to build community on campus by doing events together and exchanging ideas.  Brian Richardson attends both FCA and CRU on a regular basis.  “Both organizations are unique in their own ways, but definitely have some things in common,” Richardson said.  “All my friends go to one or the other and the meetings are the highlight of my week and a great break from classes.”

The goal of CRU is to be recognized by the students of UWW-Whitewater as an organization that does things right, and includes everyone.  “I love to see students get involved and take advantage of their college career,” McKenzie said.  “CRU is a great opportunity for people to meet new friends, learn great leadership skills, and grow in their faith.  It is for everyone.

CRU meets Tuesday nights at 7:30 in Somers Auditorium.  There is no commitment or fee to join, everyone is welcome.

Jobs

“You have to trust in something,” Steve Jobs said, as he gave his commencement speech to the crowd of graduates at Stanford University on June 12.

Jobs, 50, has had a successful career as an inventor, and a businessman.  When he was 20, he started Apple Computer Company in his parents garage with Steve Wozniak.  Together they engineered one of the first successful lines of personal computers know as the Apple II Series.  “We worked hard,” Jobs said.  “In 10 years, Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage, into a $2 billion company with over 4,000 employees.”

Jobs challenged the graduates with three stories about his life: Trust, love and loss, and death.  In his first story, Jobs talked about choices that got him to where he is today.  One of the major ones was dropping out of college and just sitting in on classes that he enjoyed and was interested in, one of them being a calligraphy class.  “None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life,” Jobs said.  “But 10 years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me, and we designed it all into the Mac.  It was the first computer with beautiful typography, if I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would never have had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.  Since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them”

In his second story about love and loss, he explains his falling out with the company he had founded. He was eventually fired by John Sculley, whom jobs had initially hired to run the company with him.  “During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife,” Jobs said.  “Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world.”

In his final story, he stating that the only way to do great work is to love what you do and do what you love.  “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today,” Jobs said.  “Whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

Steve Jobs is married to Laurene Powell Jobs and lives with his family in Palo Alto, California.  According to Jobs, the commencement speech was the closest he has ever been to a college graduation.

There’s a Famine in the Land

The tantalizing aroma of eggs and bacon gently drifted through the church, the few that were preparing the meal worked diligently in the kitchen, however not another soul could be found in the building.  Meanwhile, in neighborhoods across Fort Atkinson, 50 hungry teens walked door to door searching for food.  29 hours have past, and there was just one more to go until the feast that awaited them at the church, could be devoured.

*High Schoolers from the Faith Community Church Youth Group participated in the 30 Hour Famine on Friday, Feb. 22.

The 50 students involved gave up their desire to eat for 30 hours in order to raise awareness of world hunger throughout the Fort Atkinson community.  They did this in several ways:  Before the famine, students asked people to sponsor their efforts and donate money to help fight world hunger.  Also, in the final hours of the famine, students went to different neighborhoods and collected non perishable food for the local food pantry.  All the money that was raised during the famine went to World Vision, an organization with a mission to fight world hunger.

Thomas Steffen, one of the event planners, is doing the famine for his third year in a row.  “It’s fun and challenging at the same time, Steffen said.  “We have had a good turnout every year, and kids really get into it, and it’s a good way to give back to the community.”

David Ebben, basketball player at Fort Atkinson High School, is doing the famine for the second time.  “It really isn’t that hard,” Ebben said. “You don’t even really think about it as long as you keep yourself occupied, also there are others doing it that you can relate to.”

This year 50 kids to part in the event, including one foreign exchange student, Jaakko Pertulla.  “It was an interesting cultural experience,” Pertulla said.  “In Finland, people get really mad when you ask them for food or money, so I was a little uncomfortable doing that here because I have never seen it work out so well.”

The Students were able to get over 100 pounds of food for the pantry and raised several hundred dollars for World Vision.  Steffen said that the overall event was a success and went vary smoothly, he is looking forward to doing it again next year.

Budget Battle

Kittatinny Mayor, Gustavus Petykiewicz, proposed a new budget at the city council meeting on Monday.

The proposed budget is a significant cut from last years budget, dropping from $826.1 million to $741.8 million.  This is mostly as a result of the recent closing of blast furnace unit 1 at the Susquehanna Steel Corporation, where 600 people have been laid-off, leaving the workforce at 1,000 employees.  The loss of these jobs, and the closing of the mill, resulted in a $100 million decrease in the tax base.  The new budget must be approved and signed into law by December 1, 2012.

The mayor has made several proposals in his budget that indicate that desperate times call for desperate measures.  “Many people will be unhappy with this new budget,” Petykiewicz said. “I invite them to call my office to give their insight and work with me to help get the community through this difficult time.”

One sector that is taking a major cut is the police station.  The early shift from     4 a.m. until noon will no longer be staffed by Kittatinny police officers, instead it will be contracted out to Schuylkill county deputies.

Chief of Police, Roman Hruska, doesn’t like the downsizing of the police station and thinks it will increase response times during the early hours.  “These cuts will make people view cops as someone to look out for instead to look toward for safety,” Hruska said.

Another big change that the budget proposes is moving the garbage tax to a utility bill.  This would be a $200 expense that would show up on the utility bill, instead of being paid through taxes.

Bjarne Westhoff, president of the Local 34 union, says that if there is a spirit of shared sacrifice, they would consider re-opening their contracts and consider pay cuts, however, he doesn’t see this happening because the mayor and the police chief don’t get along.

Martha Mittengrabben, president of AFSCME Local 644, also is willing to consider pay cuts, but doesn’t see the mayor and police chief in agreement.  “I would like to see the mayor and police chief sit down over a beer and figure things out like two grown men,” said Mittengrabben.  “This would be much more effective than bickering like children.”

Still Kicking

On a warm, sunny, California morning, Doris and her sister casually walk into a quaint restaurant.  Struggling to see in the dim light, they wait for their eyes to adjust and are met by a warm welcoming smile of the waitress.  The restaurant was rather empty, with exception to a few local regulars.  They were seated at a table meant for four, although they weren’t expecting anyone else to join them.  They ordered and as they waited for their breakfast, they were politely interrupted by a man who seemed to be about their age.  He introduced himself as Walter and asked if he could join them for breakfast, they agreed, and shared a charming breakfast that he, of course, being the gentleman he was, paid for.  As they left, the waitress felt inclined to ask, How did you two become friends with Walt Disney?

Doris Steffen was born on July 2, 1906.  Today she is 106-years-old plus 221-days, Doris was born and raised in Whitewater and currently resides with her family in Fort Atkinson.  “It is a funny feeling to outlive basically everyone you have ever known,” Doris said.  “There has been some pretty rough times, especially during the depression, but we learned to love life.”

Doris lived through some hard times during the depression.  “There were days where we literally did not know what we were going to eat,” Doris said.  Many of those days the answer was an imaginary piece of chocolate.”  Doris and her husband were rather poor but always willing to help others.  They lived very close to the railroad tracks and were always housing travelers that would hop trains around the country looking for work.

Doris gives credit of her longevity to her love for chocolate, she says it is like medication.  To this day she eats several pieces everyday in order to maintain her healthy lifestyle.  Doris has seen America go from a simplistic, hardworking, industrious society to the chaotic, fast-moving society that we know today.  Some things just seem to stand the test of time, among them: chocolate, the legacy of Disney, and of course Doris Steffen.

School…man, I’m out of shape!

The first week of school is what I consider the second hardest week of school in the entire semester.  The first hardest is obviously finals week.  If I were to compare thee to a marathon, finals week would be the actual race.  The first week of school is likened to that moment when you are sitting on the couch eating a bag of potato chips.  In mid-crunch it hits you, wham! I have to run a marathon in 16 weeks, I better start training.  For the next several days you are at complete war with your body.  You are sore, tired, always hungry, and struggling to motivate yourself to develop a schedule that will get you fit in time to succeed in 16 weeks.  This is my life the first week of school.

Hello world!

Welcome to Blogs.uww.edu. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!