This is my Photo Story. It’s about how became interested in writing and music rather than art (drawing/painting). The song is an old hymn performed by me; I also took all the photos and did all the editing. Enjoy.
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On Jan. 20, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled abortion was a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution, stating that “right to privacy” is broad enough to include a woman’s decision to terminate her pregnancy or not.
Now, 40 years later, a small UW-Whitewater campus group, “Saving Life,” has stepped up to raise awareness on the issue.
In an email interview, the group’s founder and president, Jordan Debbink, summarized the group’s goals. “The organization is focused on advocating life,” Debbink said. “We also offer many resources and counseling to help women in pregnancy situations.”
The group is ready to step out in faith and impact all that need the help and care they provide.
At UW-Whitewater, there are more than 12,000 students on campus, many of which are from Janesville, Beloit and Milwaukee, not to mention 43 other states, as well as international countries being represented. The influence and potential impact is what keeps Debbink going.
In such a small town, there is an ever-growing voice that Debbink says speaks for those who cannot for themselves, albeit there is a seeming permissiveness from both national and state legislations.
President Barack Obama spoke Feb. 5 at an NARAL Pro-Choice dinner and said, “…we celebrate the historic Roe v. Wade decision handed down 40 years ago, but we also gather to recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care,” the president said.
Again, Whitewater is but a small town in the shadow of, not only a federal government, but also three major Wisconsin cities, and one Illinois: Madison, Milwaukee, Beloit and Rockford. Each of these cities has major abortion clinics—there are 10 altogether.
Further, according to Pro-Life Action League, there are 682 abortion clinics in the United States compared to over 4,000 pregnancy resource centers (PRCs).
One nearby pregnancy resource center is Planned Parenthood in Milwaukee, established by volunteers in 1935.
Since then, Planned Parenthood Wisconsin has become Wisconsin’s largest and, arguably, the most trusted reproductive health care provider. “For 75 years, we’ve been providing the health care, education and advocacy people need to make informed, responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.”
At UW-Whitewater, there are more than 12,000 students on campus, many of which are from Janesville, Beloit and Milwaukee, not to mention 43 other states, as well as international countries are represented. The influence and potential impact is what keeps Debbink going.
Clearly the issue has found a niche at UW-Whitewater. Only time will tell what impact can be made by a determined few.
CEO of Apple Computer Inc. Steve Jobs, 49, told Stanford graduates yesterday that facing death helped him make the big choices in life.
Most commencement speakers share a snippet of their life journey—how they came from nothing to something, and how. Jobs’ speech was no different and consisted of three parts: “connecting the dots,” “love and loss,” and “death.” In Job’s candid speech, he alluded to his humble beginnings as an adopted child, college dropout and inquisitive tech-junkie.
In 1971, Jobs met Steve “Woz” Wozniak, who later invented the Apple I computer. It was in 1976 that Jobs, Wozniak, with the help of Ron Wayne, founded Apple Computer Inc.
His career was marked by hardship when, in 1985, Jobs and five others resigned to form NeXT Computer Company. This, Jobs said, was one of the best things that could have happened to him. Nonetheless, the crux of the speech came he spoke of his darkest struggle: facing death.
Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003 but spoke openly about his battle, which effectively shed some light on the otherwise taboo topic.
Stanford graduates had the privilege to face their own mortality through Jobs’ speech. “Death is very likely the single best invention of life,” he said. “It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be dramatic, but it is quite true.”
In a poetic way, Jobs managed to connect with the students and assured them that while he may someday be gone they can choose to the lives of others, as long as they are ready to face the challenges. He urged the students not to live someone else’s life and reminded students of a hard, yet useful lesson he learned. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”
Considering his health, it is not certain how much longer the tech guru will be around, but his advice cannot be ignored. As of now, Jobs has revolutionized the computer, film and music industry with his innovative gadgets: from NeXT to iPod and iTunes, to Pixar animation and to the Mac OS X.
As if it were not enough, Jobs shared advice he took growing up in the mid-70s from an otherwise unlikely place—a magazine he said was his Google, but in paperback form. “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” Those were his closing words. The advice he gave the graduates was advice he had always wished himself.
For Jobs, life is about excellence, no matter what obstacles may stand in the way. Even while currently battling cancer and the rigors of staying ahead in innovation, all things can be changed as long as you remember that someday you will die, but everyday is a day to make an impact.
Gamers gathered for UW-Whitewater’s first campus sponsored “Game Jam” Feb., 15, in McGraw Hall at UW-Whitewater.
*“Gamed” and “GameZombie TV” hosted the event, which took place at 5 p.m. “Gamezombie” is a student-run group of 50 students in the Whitewater Media Arts and Game Design program.
There were ten participants, although people came and went. Teams were formed an hour after the event began; some chose to work alone.
Whitewater has hosted two Global Game Jams within the past year. The most recent one occurred in January with the theme being “the sound of heartbeat.” The theme for the games this year was “color.”
Freshman Lawrence Granroth’s made the decision to work alone. “I wouldn’t want someone to fail because of my game design,” Granroth said. “It wouldn’t be fair for them.” He said he had no expectations but to simply complete the game.
Another gamer took the lone road. Ian Hendricks thought about partnering with another programmer but like Granroth, he decided against it. “I like my idea,” Hendricks said. “I want to challenge myself and really get the coding right. It’s a hard concept to share.”
Alec Frey, the leader of “Gamezombie,” outlined the goal of the event. “Participants are placed in groups and have 48 hours to create a flash game from scratch and present it to the rest of the group at the end of the weekend.”
Global Game Jams are put typically occur on a worldwide scale where anyone can participate and upload their games so others can download them for free when the jam ends.
At the Global Game Jam last January, a nine-year-old boy and a middle-aged man both participated. Similarly, this year two UW-Madison graduates who were friends with the host Alec Frey participated.
The event concluded Sunday, Feb. 17. Gamers presented their games on the big screen in the McGraw lecture hall. Granroth and Hendricks both tied for first place, proving sometimes one-head is better than two.
Granroth stayed up almost 40 hours to make the deadline, sleeping only four hours each night, running on what he called “half performance.”
Frey plans to host a few Game Jams a month on slower weekends.
Kittatinny residents have reason to be outraged after the City Council proposed a new budget for 2013 Monday, which will lead to more layoffs.
The proposed budget of $75 million indicates a tax rate decrease from $3.3 million of assessed value to $3.1 million of assessed value. Three major cuts or changes have been proposed to buffet the loss.
Negotiations have begun with Tioga Sanitation Co. to continue weekly garbage pickup but will add the charge to city water bills.
Further, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) wages and benefits, set by AFSCME Local 644, expire March 2014, which will lead to two layoffs.
Moreover, the police force will go from 10 officers to eight. Officer’s wages and benefits are contracted with the Pennsylvania Police Association. The contract expires June 2014.
Mayor Gustavus Petykiewicz addressed the city council with his proposal. “I come to you with a heavy heart,” he said, affirming the horizon was uncertain. “Even with these major changes, we will not have as much money this year as last year.” The low tax base results from the decommissioning of Blast Furnace Unit 1 at Susquehanna Steel Corp.
Police Chief Roman Hruska was not pleased with the cuts to his force. “We will be without police protection,” he said.
As a result, Schuylkill County Sheriffs would cover the unmanned 4 a.m. to noon shifts, but Hruska believes that response times will get worse. “It’s not fair to expect them to police the city as well as the county.”
Hruska also said officers will have to write tickets on first offense. “The main problem is now most people will view the police as someone to watch out for rather than someone helping them.”
When asked how police are expected to write more citations with a smaller force, Mayor Petykiewicz said, “Police will have to do more with less—maybe they’ll have to stop eating doughnuts.”
The President of the Police Association Local 34 Bjarne Westhoff said he feels backed in a corner. “The layoffs will occur by seniority,” Westhoff said. “One of the officers being cut has been with us two years; the other, four.”
Overall, he is unsure if the cuts would help and said he believes the mayor is making the budget rather spitefully. “Chief and the mayor do not get alone.”
Despite the risky feud and layoffs, officials were willing to take pay cuts to lessen the blow to the community, so long as there was a “shared sacrifice.” It is not sure how that would affect the budget proposal, considering the state requires the budget be approved and signed by Dec. 1, 2013.
He has to go, but he doesn’t want to. Still, he rises, tugs his black skinny-jeans on, pulls on a band-T, slips on his TOMS and disappears into the bathroom to fix his hair. This is his daily routine in preparation for the long school day ahead of him. He has to go, but he doesn’t want to. He hates school.
Zachary Moon was born June 27, 1994, in West Allis, Wisc. The son of a military man and lab-assistant , he was never able to put roots down anywhere.
He describes himself as the outcast at every school he’s attended. According to Moon, High School was the worst transition in his life–stress of harder classes, bullying, and an increase in mental-instability. This was not alway so, but as he progressed, he began to act out towards teachers and peers, and even members of his family.
Moon was recently diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression. It was during Zach’s third-grade-year that his mother, Karen Hill, 48, noticed a change. “He was always quiet, but he also had a love for people,” Hill said. “Very affectionate.” For his mother, it was a noticeable change. Nonetheless, Moon kept to himself, ashamed at what was really going on.
The biggest shock came when he opened up and un-corked the bottle. “When I was 7, I was sexually assaulted,” he confided. “At first I didn’t think much of it. I don’t know who did it. I wanted to tell, but I was too scared.” When asked why he buried the secret, he said, “I didn’t want to be hated by my mom, my brother, dad.” He doesn’t know who the assaulter is, but remembers he was at a newly-made friend’s (acquaintance’s) house the night it happened.
Nobody can fully explain the gravity of what Zach experienced. It has caused a great deal of confusion, as he even admits he may have created an alternate personality as a protector. “Every time I feel threatened or hurt, I just switch. It’s not even me. I’m not in control.”
Moon believes this is the source of his disruptive behavior in school and increasingly reclusive tendencies, which includes suicidal thoughts.
He’s not positive, but he believes he has split-personality disorder. Currently he is being medicated for severe depression and is undergoing therapy.
Zachary Moon, a young man with world of possibilities ahead of him, kept this haunting secret for 11 agonizing years. It goes to show you never know who it is you’re really talking to.
Since becoming a print-journalism minor, I have realized that people are constantly hungry for the truth, and if not the whole truth, then they are comfortable with some. But how much can they handle? The old adage goes, “the truth hurts.” Well, readers, we will look at the explicit and simple truth, of the oldest news in the world. It is, arguably, the best news a contrite soul could hear.
The Gospel (the good news!):
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
“But God commmendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the Son of God” (John 3:16,17).
Therefore, “if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9).
Some would rather scoff and say, “there is no god.” Yet, the Bible says that person is a fool. Still, others do believe in God, but they think being a good person is enough–here’s more news: being good, going to church, saying your prayers, and trying not to swear will not grant you anything short of…well, nothing. No, it’s Christ or nothing. That’s news few accept, though it’s news that’s easy; a good majority of men and women take their local headlines as gospel truth. Ah, yes, the ever-fading, changing, and untrustworthy “word of man.”
As the old hymn goes,
My hope is built on nothing less/
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness/
I dare not trust the sweetest frame/
But wholly lean on Jesus name