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Graduate Goodbyes: Future unknown; gratitude certain

May 3, 2016

May 4, 2016 I closed my camera bag today for the indefinite future. It’s a bittersweet feeling to know that graduation is so close and that the start of my life is here, but I can’t help but feel sad because this will be my last week in the Royal Purple office. I started as a shy, baby p...

Crowd divided over Trump rally

Amber Levenhagen

April 6, 2016

By Kimberly Wethal and Amber Levenhagen April 6, 2016 Presidential hopeful Donald Trump held a rally at the Janesville Connection Center in the Holiday Inn Express on March 29. His rally drew in thousands of people, both in support and opposition to his first campaign stop. Trump was the last of the...

Death to female journalists: a reporter’s perspective

April 5, 2016

April 5, 2016 I’m not a political writer, but as a photographer and journalist I was still excited to cover the Donald Trump rally when he made a stop in Janesville last week. I knew it was going to be an experience, especially when I received phone calls from family and friends who warned me t...

Trump’s campaign demonstrates “red flags”

April 5, 2016

April 5, 2016 Donald Trump’s TV makeup might paint him orange, but the warning flags I got from his Janesville rally were red. It took his campaign five days to get Royal Purple Photo Editor Amber Levenhagen and I our press credentials. His rally started with a notice telling a thousand adoring supporter...

Council discusses potential library expansion

Council discusses potential library expansion

March 8, 2016

By Amber Levenhagen March 9, 2016 Library expansions, waste treatment services and the protection of butts were some of the items discussed at the Common Council meeting held March 1. A plan that has been years in the making is starting to kick off as the Common Council agreed to continue ...

Action Forum pulls in high numbers of attendees

Attendees of the forum sit together in groups to discuss solutions for UW-Whitewater's campus climate issue. The room had been much fuller at the beginning of the event where students and faculty were encouraged to share their stories – close to 430 people were there.

March 1, 2016

By Kimberly Wethal and Nathan Kober March 2, 2016 Freshman Ahmya Cheatham said it shouldn’t have taken a “Bloody Sunday” for students to rally together about race issues on campus at the Action Forum held last week. “The most comical and sad thing of it all is that it took a catastr...

MMA fighter, poet shares lessons

Poet, world traveler and former mixed martial arts fighter Cameron Conaway presented “Bare Knuckle Warrior Poetics: On Fighting, Writing and the Worlds Between,” a lecture dedicated to sharing his learned experiences while living in Thailand. Photo by Amber Levenhagen.

March 1, 2016

By Nicole Aimone March 2, 2016 Cameron Conaway went from being a poet to a journalist because of a story he saw on CNN about male sex trafficking in Thailand, he told a crowd of UW-Whitewater students. He discovered a group of boys of seven and eight years old, who were sold into a life of se...

Colgate ad endorses helpful initiative

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Amber Levenhagen
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February 23, 2016

Feb. 23, 2016 I didn’t watch the Super Bowl, unlike 111.9 million other people. Even though every TV at the bar was playing the event, I was busy celebrating a friend’s 21st birthday with craft beer and a decent burger. When with a group of rowdy men drinking beer, boasting about last night’s drunke...

Veteran and active service members honored

The Veteran Honor Tree is on display in the University Center. Members of the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater community are able to tie various ribbons to the tree that represent different service members. The tree went up Nov. 9 and will be available until Nov. 13.

Photo by Amber Levenhagen

November 11, 2015

By Jordan Moser Nov. 11, 2015 In accordance with Veterans’ Week, the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater Student Veterans and Military Services coordinated the annual decoration of the Veteran Honor Tree to allow students to pay tribute to both former and active service members. The event t...

Communities merge: national community impacts UW-Whitewater

Junior biology major Kaitlyn Mckay discovers the I Am That Girl table at the Involvement Fair held Sept. 9 on the Wyman Mall. I Am That Girl had 104 women show interest in their chapter at their first appearance at the fair.

Photo by Amber Levenhagen

November 4, 2015

By Ashley McCallum Nov. 3, 2015 Hundreds of students join organizations and clubs to get involved on campus and in the community every semester, but few can say they took charge in starting something new. Seniors Alex Wente and Hannah Lee are two of those few. Roommates and gymnastics teammates, Went...

Shared governance demonstration voices student frustration

Shared governance demonstration voices student frustration

October 29, 2015

By Vesna Brajkovic Oct. 28, 2015   “I’ll light up, let’s march,” senior Rob Emmett told 19 sign-holding demonstrators before leading the students around the University Center water feature at 11 a.m. on Oct. 26.  The demonstration was meant to show “that shared governance needs to be re...

Pi Kappa Alpha hosts first-annual fire truck pull

Pi Kappa Alpha hosts first-annual fire truck pull

October 29, 2015

By Kimberly Wethal Oct. 28, 2015 It’s like tug-of-war, but instead of two evenly distributed teams, it was eight people versus a fire truck. That’s how fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha ( Pikes) External Vice President Wes Vance described the  first-annual fire truck pull that took place last 10 a...

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