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Creation of statue lacked student input

Creation of statue lacked student input

December 4, 2013

By Josh Hafemeister On Oct. 28, UW-Whitewater’s University Center became home to a life-sized bronze statue of Willie the Warhawk leaning over a bench. The $40,000 statue, funded through program fees, departmental carryover, gift funding and Residence Life, was meant to embody UW-Whitewater pride...

Kindness should be shared all year long

Kindness should be shared all year long

November 13, 2013

By Josh Hafemeister Wednesday, Nov. 13 is observed by several nations as World Kindness Day. It is a day to recognize kindness and encourage compassion to others. Although the sentiment is nice, the holiday is unnecessary. Kindness should be encouraged every day of our lives. World Kindness Day was...

More bus routes are beneficial for students

More bus routes are beneficial for students

November 6, 2013

By Josh Hafemeister It’s not uncommon to hear UW-Whitewater called a “suitcase college.” The university houses many of its students, but there are many who live off campus and out of town. For commuters, the drive to campus can be expensive, and during the winter, dangerous. UW-W needs to consider...

Internet: privatized commodity or right?

October 30, 2013

Josh Hafemeister On Tuesday, Aug. 20, the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, posted an article on his Facebook page titled “Is Connectivity a Human Right?” In this article, Zuckerberg said all people are entitled to access the Internet. That same month, Internet.org opened up to the public. As it s...

Students should embrace campus diversity

October 30, 2013

Josh Hafemeister Black History Month, Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, Coming Out Day and National Hispanic Heritage Month are just a few of the select holidays promoting a particular race or cultural lifestyle. Yet, hate crimes still permeate our culture. Last year, the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek was...

Payment proposal should act as national model

October 16, 2013

Written by Josh Hafemeister On July 1 of this year, the Oregon Senate unanimously passed the HB 3472 bill. This bill will create a committee that will explore a program making Oregon’s public higher education free.  The name of the program is “Pay it Forward, Pay it Back” which, if passed,...

Class attendance should not be graded

October 10, 2013

When students look at their class grades or a class syllabus, they see grades for tests, quizzes, projects and more. Among those, however, is one grade that should not be there: attendance. Students go to a university to obtain a degree. This requires knowledge of the course material. Grades shouldn’t...

Video Game Review: ‘Total War: Rome II’

Review by Opinion Editor Josh Hafemeister

September 25, 2013

  Have you ever wanted to command a legion of war elephants? Burn entire cities to the ground?  Forge trading treaties and control the economies of the Mediterranean? “Total War: Rome II” is the strategy game that provides your conquering fix. The concept of the Total War series has...

Album Review: ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’ by Franz Ferdinand

September 11, 2013

  I have been listening to Franz Ferdinand since I was in high school, yet I had no idea the band was coming out with its fourth album already. The moment I found out they had released their new album, I immediately downloaded it. “Right Thoughts. Right Words. Right Action” sounds and feels...

Earth Week mindset should not end in April

May 1, 2013

  Earth Week may have ended, but that does not mean taking care of the Earth should be ignored for the rest of the year. The Earth constantly needs our attention and care. The events and lessons learned during Earth Week should be used every day of our lives. Patrick Jamar, president of Students...

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