Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech

By Alec Adams

Today the University of Stanford graduates of 2005 had quite the commencement speech from one of the biggest and most popular company’s in the world, the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs started then Apple Computer Company with help from his partner Steve Wozniak on June 1st 1976. He then got fired from Apple and started two new company’s Pixar and NeXT computers after then going back to Apple. Steve had about a 15 minute speech with three important stories about his life.

“Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.”

The first story that he told was about connecting the dots. His references to connecting the dots were how one should find what they truly want to do with their life. He dropped out of Reed College after only one semester thinking there was no use for him being there. He didn’t find it something that he wanted to continue doing. So he dropped out and became a drop in student, making it possible for him to take classes he wanted take and not the ones required. He then took a calligraphy class which fascinated him but had no real practical use in his life at the time. Fast forward ten years when they were developing the first Macintosh it came to him and the first computer with typography was made. Thinking now if he never dropped in on that class he would have never thought to use calligraphy. And in essence this is what he meant about connecting the dots. You can’t connect the dots by looking forward but only by looking back. You have to trust that the dots will connect; it has worked for him in the past and will work for you, you just have to believe that everything will work out in the long run.

The next story he told was about love and loss, which he started by saying that he got lucky because he found what he loved to do early in life. Steve “woz” Wozniak and him started Apple in is mothers garage at the age of 20 and within 10 years they made Apple a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees.  Short while later Steve Jobs was fired from Apple at age 30. He was devastated and embarrassed at what happened and even thought as far as to leave the valley. But at that point he felt compelled to continue on what he loved and in the next five years of his life he started up two company’s called Pixar and NeXT while falling in love with the woman he would eventually marry named Lauren. They have a family together and are doing well. During that time away from Apple was the best thing to ever happen to him while allowing him to have one of the most creative times in his life.

“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. 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.”

Eventually Apple would buy NeXT and Steve was back at Apple where the technology from NeXT was being utilized with Apple. Having himself fired from Apple would have never made him go though that crazy time in his life where giving up wasn’t an option and went on about never giving up and never settle until you find what you love.

His final story was about death and how he faces it every day. Steve has an interesting way of looking at death, it’s something that everyone faces day today whether you like it or not.  He wakes up every morning and looks in the mirror and asks himself “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” When the answers is “no” to many days in a row he changes it.

About a year ago Steve was diagnosed with cancer and he saw his world coming to an end soon. His doctor gave him three to six months to live which quickly changed his prospective on life, and had to start saying his goodbyes to friends and family. Luckily there was a surgery that could be done to take away the cancer, which he ended up doing and is fine now. That was a life changer for him, knowing that you really don’t have that much time on this earth and you have to make the most of what you have.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.”

When he was young there was a catalog that came out called “The Whole Earth Catalog” and was a huge instrument for him as a young adult. In the mid- 1970s they had the final issue and on the back of the last issue was a quote that read “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” and that is what he wishes upon all the students to do, to stay hungry and stay foolish because now as the time student’s start on their own road to their hopes and dreams now is when you need to stay commented to what you want and also to still dare to dream.


The UWW Woman’s Volleyball goes for #7

On Saturday the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater volleyball team was going for their seven straight win this weekend against UW-River Falls.

With an impressive job on offence the Warhawks stuck it to them in three consecutive match’s 25-14, 29-27, 25-20. With all match’s being very entertaining to watch but the Falcons had no answer for the Warhawks.

With this Saturdays win the Warhawks improve to 16-5 overall and 4-0 in conference while still being on top of the WIAC standing. The Warhawks were fresh off their win on Friday against UW-Stout with the momentum swing in their favor.

The Whitewater vs. River Fall game was a noon game compared to the 7 O’ clock game the day before. As the fans of both teams gathered in as there were small groups of very enthusiastic fans sporting their purple Warhawks.

The first match started off great for Junior outside hitter Jessica Sabey who had 3 kills within the first match. Sabey would end the game with an impressive 13 kill’s total. But the great offensive work done by the Warhawks put the Falcons away quickly with 25-14 match win.

The second match senior right side hitter Ariel Feiertag started off hot with 4 kills and 3 digs which helped the Warhawks to an early 8-1 lead. And the keep the Falcons at bay was Kristen Ruchti had some key blocks that helped propel the Warhawks to a 15-10. Then the Falcons looked as if they were on for a comeback with a 6-0 run near the end. But there was nothing the Falcons could do to stop senior Kim Frei assisting senior Kelsey Nobilio in the later part of the match. The match did go into extra sets having the Warhawks coming out on top 29-27.

With the Warhawks having the games momentum going into the 3rd match things were looking good until the Falcons started out with a 9-6 lead. But seniors Kim Frei and Kelsey Nobilio got down to work setting the Warhawks on a 7-2 run. The teams went back and forth on points until Sabey helped kill the Falcons momentum with three impressive kills.  And with the game at match set sophomore and outside hitter Lauren Pfeifer puts the UW-River Falls Falcons walking with a kill the end the game, winning 25-20.

Laruen Pfeifer was please with her performance after the game saying “I felt good out there, it’s easy when you’re just playing with friends.”

It really did seem as if they were playing relaxed and focused showing that the Warhawks are a force to being wreckin’ within the conference this year.

The Warhawks will play again next Friday and Saturday in a non-conference match in Iowa.

By Alec Adams

A disgruntled Mayor Gustavus Petykiewicz of Kittatinny walked into the press conference room early this morning to give us the bad news about where this city is going functionally.
“Serious economic trouble” is the first thing said by the mayor in the conference; which put a damper on mood for the rest of the press conference.
With the decommissioning of Blast Furnace Unit 1 at the Susquehnna Steel Corporation leaving 600 hundred people out of a job, while cutting the industrial income by $1 million is just the start of the problems.
“Many painful decisions will have to be made” said Mayor Petykiewicz about how he will handle the proposed budget.
One of those painful decisions that he will have to make is whether or not to increase the tax rate by at least .3 mills. Later in the press conference Mayor Petykiewicz mentioned that he might have to increase it more than .3 mills due to the situation that the city is in.
In one of Mayor Petykiewicz last statements he said “we must all work together on this”, insuring that we as a city can get over this mountain but only if we do it together.
Another major proposal that is to be in the budge that may come shocking to you is the police morning shift (from 4 a.m to noon) will be cut. This would then force the Schuylkill County sheriff’s deputies to handle all emergency calls.
“I think it will be hard to work with it” said chief of police Roman Hruska. Hruska seemed to be a little displeased at what he has to possibly deal with, but is ready to work on the situation at hand.
Chief Hruska said he would be willing the take a 10% pay cut if Mayor Petykiewicz will also. This will help the Kittatinny police staff be able release one less officer.
“I will not stand by ideally by and watch a city of this size be deprived of police protection for a 3rd of the day” said Chief Hruska.
Such a strong station said by the Chief of police to let us know that this proposal will not go into effect under his watch.
Denelda Penoyer the president of the Kittatinny City Council understands that mayor’s budget and thinks that if there were a possible 5 mill increase on tax’s that we would be able to keep the morning police shift.
Along with that Penoyer said “I will take a pay cut” and thinks the Mayor should do the same as well.
On a lighter note in lure of getting more people to come to White Deer lake there is a spot in the budget for a $55,000 drivable weed removal vehicle. This is questionable with the new budget but Denelda Penoyer and Mayor Petykiewicz seemed quite admit about the purchase of one.
Until the December 1st dead line for the budget comes up we will just have to wait and see where is city will be going in the future? Good or bad?

The Day After

By Alec Adams

Many of us know the story of D-day and the actions that took place on that day. For most of you who know this D-day was on June 6th, 1944 and on that day tens of thousands of Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy with bloodshed and mass casualties. But what most people don’t think about is the horrific sight of the day after.

Melvin Simmons was a Sergeant in the U.S military and served during World War 2 gaining numerous metals including the Purple Heart and stating “Those were some of the best and worst times in my life”.

Melvin had a unique side of D-day because for him and his squad they landed on Normandy’s beach June 7th, 1944 one day after the huge invasion.

Seeing it that Melvin had a different look at it, I felt completed to go deeper into what he saw and felt.

When Melvin landed on the beach there wasn’t much but lifeless bodies, guns, and bullet shells scattered throughout the beach with medics checking bodies for life. The scene was quiet and the smell was horrific.

“It didn’t look like we had won” Melvin said after saying to himself what if I stormed the beach that day, would I still be here?

The sight was horrific, but that didn’t stop Melvin from leading his squad on a rampage all over Europe. The Battle of the Bulge was a momentum changer in the war and Melvin and his squad helped with that and along with other significant battles.

Melvin and his squad were actually one of a few squad/companies to reach and then occupy  Adolf Hitler’s bunker (Führerbunker). His squad and other Soviets arrived at the bunker well after the death of Adolf Hitler and his wife.

Melvin said “Adolf Hitler’s bunker was the most beautiful place he as ever seen”, as he laughed to himself and said “You know what was better than bunker, the wine”.

My hat goes off the Melvin Simmons and his incredible squad for all that they’ve done and for what all the armed forces have done for us, we think you.

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