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Black Student Union encourages unity

Students and staff show a gesture of unity during the closing ceremony. From left are Interim Chancellor Greg Cook, Black Student Union President Rahenya Anderson, a sociology major from Milwaukee, and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Kenny Yarbrough. The UW-Whitewater 2020 Unity Walk for Black Lives Matter honored the theme of unity while observing safety measures like face coverings and social distancing on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Groups limited to 10 people set out on walks throughout the afternoon and early evening around the perimeter of campus. (UW-Whitewater photo/Craig Schreiner)

October 4, 2020

Greetings, My name is Rahenya Anderson. I am the president of Black Student Union and I'm a senior majoring in Sociology with a minor in Biology Black Student Union is one of the largest identity-based organizations on campus. Our purpose is to motivate and retain students on campus, coordinate ...

University shared governance supports BLM

Related photo: The Fight Against Police Brutality-Whitewater group marches in Whitewater on July 7.

Dauntae Green, Lifestyle Editor

August 31, 2020

The Black Lives Matter movement is rising up from all over the United States and across the world to build local power and to intervene when violence is inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. On campus, the Whitewater Student Government (WSG) and Faculty Senate passed resolutions...

Orgs celebrate anniversaries

Katelyn Black, Lifestyle Editor

May 6, 2019

Two cultural organizations collide in a celebration of progress and success during the Our Future’s Past event put on by TIFU Cultural Ensemble (This One’s For Us) and the Black Student Union on Friday, April 26. The 2019 year marks 50 years of being on campus for BSU and 30 for TIFU, so to cele...

Campus celebrates black history

Campus celebrates black history

Olivia Storey, Assistant News Editor

February 25, 2019

The University Center hosted the Black History Month program on Wednesday Feb. 20 that showcased black culture and diversity throughout campus. The event consisted of many different presentations that displayed the importance of learning about black history and culture and why it’s so important to ...

Numbers, voices of campus diversity

Numbers, voices of campus diversity

Ashley McCallum, Co Editor-In-Chief

January 25, 2017

At the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, more than 9,000 undergraduate students identify as Caucasian/ White, almost enough to pack Perkins Stadium. Meanwhile, the amount of students who identify as Native Hawaiian/Native Islander could fit in a four-door sedan. Currently, the UW-Whitewater undergraduate...

By the numbers and voices: Racial and ethnic diversity on campus

Ashley McCallum

December 30, 2016

  By Ashley McCallum Dec. 16, 2016   At the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, more than 9,000 undergraduate students identify as Caucasian/ White, almost enough to pack Perkins Stadium. Meanwhile, the amount of students who identify as Native Hawaiian/Native Islander could fit...

Peace circles offer open forum

Nathan Kober, Staff Writer

October 7, 2016

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater hosted a Peace Circles forum to bring people from campus and the outside community together for an open dialogue on issues of campus climate and policing. The event, which was sponsored by the Black Student Union,  was held Tuesday Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center Ham...

Forums offer campus climate solutions

Forums offer campus climate solutions

March 30, 2016

By Kimberly Wethal and Maddy Scheel March 30, 2016 The UW-Whitewater Campus Culture Working Group discussed  short- and long-term plans for campus betterment during open forums   the week before spring break. The forums were the result of the Feb. 23 Action Forum and feedback from students, faculty an...

Campus climate talks continue

March 15, 2016

By Kimberly Wethal March 16, 2016   Twenty-six letters. It only takes that many letters to “help or hurt someone,” senior diversity advocate Betsy Jordan said at last week’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) meeting, continuing the discussion of campus climate at UW-Whitewater. RHA cut i...

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...

Publication note from editor in chief

Column by 
Vesna Brajkovic
Editor in Chief

March 1, 2016

March 1, 2016 I woke up to a Facebook message from a former Royal Purple editor in chief, three emails threads and one really anxious news editor, the morning of Feb. 17. Through the night, the social media post with 1,115 shares sparked conversation on race and the campus climate, and the world seemed t...

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