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Student veteran finds inspiration in ‘bleeding purple’

Chemistry major David Sackett is the speaker for the College of Letters and Sciences and Education and Professional Studies ceremony.

Emily Lepkowski, News Editor

May 3, 2017

Twenty nine year-old nontraditional student David Sackett came to UW-Whitewater because of his brother but stayed because of the people. The California native’s dream was to go to Berkley, however, in giving Whitewater a ‘shot,’ Sackett found his way at UW-W and will now be giving the commencement ...

News editor moves on to future endeavours

May 3, 2017

By Emily Lepkowski I started working at the Royal Purple as Assistant News Editor my Freshman year. There are a lot of things people don’t understand or know about how putting together a newspaper works, or even being a journalist for that matter. However, I came to UW-Whitewater with nothing bu...

Memory garden for Mackin, others underway

Emily Lepkowski, News Editor

April 26, 2017

The memory garden inspired by former Dean of Students Mary Beth Mackin, who died in November, 2015, is to not only remember her, but Robin Fellows, Spencer Twining and the many Warhawk faculty and students who have died or retired in the past few years. “It’s a great way to reflect upon and place t...

‘Kind’ of a big deal

Emily Lepkowski, News Editor

March 30, 2017

Thomas Kind, current Whitewater Student Goverment (WSG) vice president, and Hogan Veserat, current senator, described their campaigning experience as something of a balancing act. “It was a roller coaster,” Veserat said. “I learned a lot from Tom especially, I learned a lot from all the different or...

Fire breaks out at apartment complex near campus

Firefighter's work to contain the fire at University Gardens on Nov. 9

Emily Lepkowski, News Editor

November 9, 2016

A four-alarm fire at the apartment building University Gardens on 370 N. Tratt St. has been contained after more than 20 fire departments rushed to the scene. According to FOX6 News, officials with the Fort Atkinson Fire Department received initial reports that there were residents trapped on the...

Campus says goodbye to swimmer

Students experienced a wide range of emotions at the ceremony. Photos by Kimberly Wethal

Emily Lepkowski, News Editor

October 6, 2016

By Emily Lepkowski Sept. 14, 2016 Everyone who filled the bleachers of the Kris Russell Volleyball Arena on Sunday, Sept. 11 wished they wouldn’t have been there in the first place. A Celebration of Life ceremony was held at 1 p.m. inside the Williams Center for 21 year old student Spencer Twi...

UW-W permanently fills Dean of Students post

June 23, 2016

By Emily Lepkowski June 23, 2016   While filling the dean of students role at UW-Whitewater, Artanya Wesley looks to take on another: unifier. On June 13, the UW-W announced Wesley as the permanent Dean of Students, starting for the upcoming 2016-17 academic year.   “I loo...

News editors bring home SPJ award

May 3, 2016

May 4, 2015 Last month, the Society of Professional Journalists recognized Royal Purple News section editors, sophomore Kimberly Wethal and freshman Emily Lepkowski, in the 2015 Mark of Excellence (MOE) Awards in Minneapolis. The MOE Awards recognize the “best of collegiate journalism” from a calendar ye...

Third-year student receieves coveted Barry M. Goldwater award

Amber Levenhagen

April 26, 2016

By Emily Lepkowski April 27, 2016 Studying trends of oceanic and oxygen events has earned one student national acclaim. As of March 31, geology major Melanie Sorman, 20, received the title of a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. “I’m always interested in all the sciences,” Sorman said. “Th...

Urban Forestry Commission seeks input through tree survey

Amber Levenhagen

April 19, 2016

By Emily Lepkowski April 20, 2016 Whitewater Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) member Anne Zarinnia and UFC chair Karen Coburn remember a time when you could drive down Main Street and a canopy of Elm trees covered the street. It’s because of that canopy that the UFC is inviting Whitewater...

WSUW permit will double listener range

April 12, 2016

By Emily Lepkowski April 13, 2016   The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is rewarding UW-Whitewater a tower permit – an airspace compromise a decade in the making.    Last December, a Transmitter tower permit was issued to UW-W’s campus radio station 91.7 “The Edge.” It’s a proc...

WSG slates announced at debate

WSG slates announced at debate

April 6, 2016

By Emily Lepkowski April 6, 2016   Seniors David Kroeze and Noah Rusch made their campaigns for the office of Whitewater Student Government (WSG) President public last night, April 5, in a debate. The small audience – fewer than twenty in total – was able to submit questions to the cand...

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