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Council Denies Main Street Property Rezone Request

Council Denies Main Street Property Rezone Request

Kimberly Wethal, Editor-in-Chief

January 23, 2018

Citing parking limitations and “not fitting into the neighborhood” were among the reasons the City of Whitewater Common Council unanimously denied a motion to rezone the Hamilton House Bed and Breakfast, 328 W. Main St., during their Jan. 16 meeting. James and Lori Heckendorf, University of Wis...

Council to Review Room Tax Ordinance

Kimberly Wethal, Editor-in-Chief

January 23, 2018

The City of Whitewater, the Common Council, and the Whitewater Tourism Council want to put more “heads in beds” in hotels and motels, but those heads will soon be paying more to be there. And short-term lodging services such as Airbnb might not be able to ditch room taxes anymore after the city...

Using Her Voice

Using Her Voice

Kimberly Wethal, Editor-in-Chief

December 7, 2017

School student Eleana Maria Alvarez Yepez was afraid to speak. She was outgoing, but having been uprooted from her native country of Venezuela and moved to the United States by her parents for their safety, she didn’t know English. “[Venezuela] was just not safe anymore,” Alvarez said. “We...

Property tax pending council approval

Kimberly Wethal, Editor-in-Chief

November 15, 2017

City of Whitewater residents will see an increase in the property tax mill rate in the fiscal year of 2018, should the Common Council approve the budget in the form it was presented at the Nov. 7 meeting. Several operations within the city took a decrease in their proposed budgets from the current fi...

Housing pays $40,000 in payroll due to ACA rules

Kimberly Wethal, Editor-in-Chief

October 10, 2017

A partnership between University of Wisconsin-Whitewater University Housing and the Police Services Campus Service Officer (CSO) program, brought about by the changes in student hours under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), is rounding out its first year. Terry Tumbarello, associate director ...

Perkins Loan renewal fails on Senate Floor

Kimberly Wethal, Editor-in-Chief

October 5, 2017

The Federal Perkins Loan Program, which provides financial aid to half a million low-income university students, 1,213 of whom are University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students, has failed in the U.S. Senate. Four members of Congress, including Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Sus...

UW-W parking changes, explained

UW-W parking changes, explained

Kimberly Wethal, Editor-in-Chief

October 3, 2017

Members of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater administration spoke at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting to address the council’s concerns about changes to the structure of parking in August 2017. Chancellor Beverly Kopper, Vice Chancellor of Administrative Affairs Grace Crickett and Police Services ...

Proposed landmark ordinance dies at council

Proposed landmark ordinance dies at council

Kimberly Wethal, Editor-in-Chief

October 3, 2017

An ordinance that would have allowed the City of Whitewater Common Council to rescind the status of a landmark for any reason, died on the floor Tuesday night when no other council member would give the legislation a second motion for it to be read. “Is there a second?” Council President Patrick Singer asked ...

New commencement structure sticks

Kimberly Wethal, Editor-in-Chief

October 3, 2017

While the structure of next semester’s spring commencement hangs in the balance of how many students participate, the dual-commencement system implemented last spring is expected to be used again. The registrar’s office, which plans the commencement ceremonies at the conclusion of the winter and sp...

Parking changes a sore spot for Common Council

Parking changes a sore spot for Common Council

Kimberly Wethal, Editor-in-Chief

September 19, 2017

  Despite the Whitewater Common Council’s plan to adjourn into a closed session to discuss University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s new parking rules, many council members elected to speak publicly about their concerns at Tuesday’s meeting. The new parking structure UW-Whitewater has impl...

Public relations major builds confidence, pride at UW-W

Public relations major builds confidence, pride at UW-W

Kimberly Wethal, Co Editor-in-Chief

May 3, 2017

When senior Tyler McNamer transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at the beginning of his sophomore year, he has had his fill of the small school setting he’d been educated in his whole life. Following the path of his childhood best friend who was already a student at UW-W, McName...

UW-W witnesses madness in March

UW-W witnesses madness in March

Justin St. Peter, Sports Editor

March 14, 2017

With three game-winning shots with less than two seconds left on the clock in the first and second rounds of the Division-III NCAA Men’s Tournament at Kachel Gymnasium in a little over 24 hours, you know that the calendar has flipped its page to March, or should I say March Madness. Augustana Coll...

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