Sites and Scenes done Wisconsin style

Beautiful artwork and pictures such as these can be seen in the Sites and Scenes of City Landscapes until May 10.

People can visit the beautiful artworks and pictures of local Wisconsin cities from April 29 to May 10 at the Roberta A. Fiskum Art Gallery on UW-Whitewater campus. The exhibit includes pictures of famous architecture from Madison, Milwaukee, and Whitewater itself. The frames around every picture are made out of reclaimed materials.

The art gallery collaborates with students and staff on campus, fellow sponsors and provides workshops and several art related events to the community at UW-Whitewater. The gallery’s current exhibit is brought by artist Lance Thomas located in Madison.

Exhibit leader Avery Jenks says that after meeting Thomas at the Madison’s Art Fair, he agreed to let the university put it on display for the last two weeks. The artist has past industrial training and was willing to showcase his different works of art.

“We haven’t done anything that is exactly like this in the past,” Jenks said. “But we have had a few photographers display their work of city landscapes in the gallery before.”

One thing she loves about this art gallery display are the reclaimed material frames. “I think that this really added to the character of each piece,” she said. “The frames usually relate to the photo somehow, and it makes the frame a part of the artwork, which I like.” Workshop leader Sam Sommerville, who has only been with the gallery for two years, couldn’t agree more.

“They draw attention to photography and architecture,” she said.

The pictures in the gallery include different restaurants, historical landmarks, and other landforms found in each city. Each photo showcases the beauty and distinct features each city has to offer.

“It showcases unique locations and architecture within our local and nearby community,” Sommerville said. She recommends that everyone and anyone who can should visit the exhibit.

The next exhibit is called Raw Energy made by the Wisconsin Pastel Artists from the 15 to June 14. A reception for it will be held on June 3 from 4-7 p.m.

The art gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 10-6 p.m. and Friday from 10-3 p.m. People can learn more about the art gallery and upcoming exhibits on their UW-Whitewater website or Facebook page. They also have a snapchat students can connect with for future advertisements.

For more information, people can email Jenks at or call at (262) 472-3193.

2019 Ping-Pong Tournament spikes up a storm

Players get into the zone as the 2019 Ping-Pong Tournament kicks off Wednesday night.

Ping. Pong. Ping. Pong. Ping. Pong. Ping. Pong. The sound of the small white ball hitting the table along with the sounds of cheering and laughing rang out through Warhawk Alley Wednesday night at the monthly Ping-Pong Tournament.

The Ping-Pong Tournament is one of the many events held by Warhawk Alley located in the University Center of UW-Whitewater campus. It’s held once every semester, and every student is able to register for free. It’s one of Warhawk Alley’s biggest tournaments each semester, usually ranging from 15-20 participants. Sometimes as many as 30.

“I would say this is definitely top five,” employee Josh said, regarding the popularity of the tournament. “We have billiards, we have Super Smash (a video game tournament), we have our bowling tournaments, so I would say it would be number five.”

Josh says his favorite thing about the tournament is watching everyone having a good time and the interaction between participants. “It’s pretty cool. You get to look at people you know, you ever seen the movie “Balls of Fury”, it’s exactly what it’s like.”

It could not have been anymore true. The whole night was filled with ping-pong balls flying across the tables, players spiking the ball back to their opponent, the beads of sweat streaming down their face as they progressed further and further into the game, one could practically feel the intensity filling the entire room.

Though spectators sat at the edge of their seats watching the event unfold, the players felt exhilarated and a sense of freedom the entire night. That’s what participant Kerwin described it as. “Freedom and prosperity,” were his exact words.

Kerwin and his friend, another participant, have been playing ping-pong since as long as they can remember. “Ever since I was a little tadpole, six I’d say,” Kerwin said. Ryan, his friend, has been playing the sport for four or five years now and still going strong. His favorite part about ping-pong is the spikes.

Though Ryan prefers to play as a hobby, Kerwin has had a more professional relationship with ping-pong. “I competed in high school, fourth in state,” he said. “This is my second time (participating in the tournament).”

Tournaments such as the ping-pong tournament are held every Tuesday in Warhawk Alley usually starting at either 6 or 7 p.m. Winners receive a t-shirt and a gift card to different restaurants. You can register to join a tournament by either visiting the Warhawk Alley website (linked below) or go in and register in person.


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Hello Everybody!

Hi, guys!

This is my first blog, and I’m super excited to learn more about blogging and how it works. I’m a senior at UW-Whitewater and live in Middleton, WI. I’m a huge sports fanatic (Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Lions, Milwaukee Brewers, and obviously the Wisconsin Badgers), have a fascination with Japan and its culture, and I love music (percussion, singing, and a little piano being my specialty). Join me on this blog as I talk about school, journalism, the struggles of being an English major, and a vast variety of other subjects. As for now, here’s a little bit to get you more familiar with who I am.

  • My birthday is December 20, 1996
  • I graduated from Middleton High School in 2015 (Go, Cardinals!)
  • I have lived in beautiful Wisconsin my entire life
  • Some of my favorite actors are DeForest Kelley, Richard Dawson, Bob Crane, and Werner Klemperer
  • I’m addicted to reading
  • I like writing my stories and plan on writing my first book after graduating in May
  • I HATE math
  • I can speak French and Japanese
  • My past career interests were being a doctor, detective, singer/actress, chemist, and an English teacher

My dream is to move out to San Diego someday. Learn more about it at their official website:

The Digital Side of Me

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News reporting today is almost instantaneous. We have information about breaking news within the snap of our fingers by either social media or notification on our cell phones. There’s also a much broader amount of topics in the news that we didn’t have back in news reporting’s earlier days: entertainment, sports, certain types of world news, so on and so on. For me, personally, I am mainly interested in sports, weather, and stories on things like crimes or natural disasters (hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, etc.) These can be local, but also go all the way up to international news, particularly Japan. I don’t usually follow up on stories unless it’s something major like Hurricane Michael or the current Jayme Closs case.

Considering I live in a small suburb of Middleton, I don’t usually follow news of my hometown. Nothing really dramatic happens where I live, so it’s rarely (if ever) featured on the news. The only times I recall we’ve been in the news was for two house fires and the Dane County flooding that happened last summer. If something were to come up that sparked my attention, I would probably read about it online or Google the story for updates.

There are three sites that are my go to’s for getting my news feed: NBC 15, the Washington Post, or the New York Times. They are the sites I find the most trustworthy and informational when telling stories to the public. My other sources are usually through Google or on my twitter feed. If the topic interests me, I’ll click on it to read more and go to additional sites to either confirm what I’ve read is true and/or I want more information about the story.

My favorite news site would have to be NBC 15. It does its very best to remain unbiased on different stories, especially if political, gives accurate information, and does its best to keep you updated by the hour if it’s something news breaking (car accident, a nation wide criminal investigation, etc.) They always try to give you as much information as possible and cover a vast range of topics. Weather, crimes, job ads, politics, sports, whatever it may be. If you’re interested in learning more about it, NBC 15 almost always has it covered.

Do I use Google to find news stories? Of course, I use Google. I don’t trust any search engine that isn’t Google. I use it for everything pretty much on an everyday basis. Whether it be reading about the news, researching something for school, checking for correct spelling on a word, I always turn to Google. I can 99% of the time find what I’m looking for on Google within the first three pages that come up as a result.

When I read about news, I usually read through text or look at images with the captions underneath them. It’s very rare that I click on a video to get my news. I only usually do that to see footage of a natural disaster currently taking place (hurricanes mainly). Reading and looking at photos is the quickest way for me to process and learn new information of any kind. I have always been a visual learner, so I take in things and remember it better if I look at it rather than listen to it. Another explanation for why my notes in class are always seven to ten pages long for each unit.

My favorite format of getting news is probably reading text. You would think being a visual learner it would be the pictures, but I usually look at those after I have read the text of a story. I feel I get the most information out of the content the writer has written more than I get from looking at a bunch of pictures. Photographs help illustrate what the writer is trying to convey, but the big, important parts of the story are from the text itself. The other one is my Twitter feed. I follow a lot of news stations nationally and internationally. News anchors and people I follow include Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, and a few news reporters from San Diego, California.

Have I ever interacted with news sites or emailed content to one of the writers, no. Not that I can ever recall. The closest thing I can think of is when I nominated a teacher for the Glass Apple award a couple times back in high school.

To make certain what I’m reading is true, I always read more than one story from a different website to cross check references and information. I can’t exactly recall a time where I read a false story other than stuff I see on trash magazine such as the Global Inquirer or something along those lines. The more times I read something on a different site, the more I am able to trust that what I’m reading is fact and actually occurring. My advice to people, always read more than one news site. Even the ones you trust most can sometimes make a slip-up in their facts. If other sites say the same thing, chances are that information is true.