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Starin Park Water Tower proposed as a local landmark

November 4, 2015

By Kimberly Wethal Nov. 4, 2015   A structure considered iconic for its folklore and legends may become just that – but for a different reason. Located in Starin Park, the water tower is commonly referred to as the Witches’ Tower due to the City of Whitewater’s haunted past, is bein...

Loan program renewal fails: UW-W to lose $2 million in aid

October 29, 2015

By Kimberly Wethal Oct. 28,2015   Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) said she’s “not giving up this fight” when it comes to renewing a six-decade-old student loan program. The Federal Perkins Program, a revolving scholarship fund that provided 1,193 UW-Whitewater students with $1.28 million in ...

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...

Bill proposal to allow guns in UW buildings

October 21, 2015

By Kimberly Wethal Oct. 21, 2015   A bill introduced last week would allow concealed carry inside the buildings and athletic complexes of all UW System campuses – but it doesn’t come without concerns from UW-Whitewater and UW System officials and legislators from around the state. R...

Res hall project moves forward: State OKs building’s progress after delays

October 14, 2015

By Kimberly Wethal Oct. 14, 2015   Not knowing the reason for a halt in the progression of a new residence hall on campus was “challenging” for University Housing Director Frank Bartlett. Early last week, however, UW-Whitewater received  the go-ahead from the state to move forward wit...

Mumps cases confirmed on UW-W campus

September 30, 2015

*Editor's Note: Story has been updated for the October 7, 2015 issue of the Royal Purple. The original story will remain published below the update. October 7, 2015   Four new cases of mumps were reported on campus as of Oct. 5, bringing the total number of cases up to six. The first t...

On the chopping block: $250 million cut to UW System means $5.8 million loss for UW-W

September 30, 2015

By Kimberly Wethal News Editor Emily Lepkowski Staff Editor While the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater didn’t lose the most money when the state budget was finalized (UW-Madison shouldered the largest loss with a reduction of $52.8 million), UW-W saw the amount of state assistance for educat...

UW-W hits student population record, growth for fifth time in six years

September 23, 2015

By Kimberly Wethal Sept. 22, 2015   University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has again raised the bar for itself. With student enrollment coming in at 12,325, this is the fifth time in six years UW-Whitewater has seen an increase in students. The record beats last year’s enrollment by 166 ...

People of Whitewater: Andrew Eppen

People of Whitewater: Andrew Eppen

September 23, 2015

The life of a student DJ By: Kimberly Wethal Sept. 23, 2015 You know him on stage as “McCoy’s Boy.” For now, that is. Originally choosing a name based off a love for “Star Trek” and the show’s character Leonard McCoy, DJ and UW-Whitewater senior Andrew Eppen is looking to rebrand him...

‘It’s On Us’ campaign in second year

September 16, 2015

By Kimberly Wethal News Editor Whitewater Student Government President Allison Hetz sees campus sexual assault as more than just a women’s issue. Rather, she looks at it as more of an “everyone issue.” “There are a lot of people here who have been affected by sexual assault,” He...

Board of Regents discuss proposed state fetal tissue ban

September 16, 2015

By Kimberly Wethal News Editor In addition to Kopper’s inauguration, the Board of Regents held one of their annual meetings at UW-Whitewater on Sept. 10 and 11. While most of each meeting entailed dealing with committee reports and policy approvals, there were moments during these meetings...

Chancellor Beverly Kopper’s inauguration makes new role official

Chancellor Beverly Kopper’s inauguration makes new role official

September 16, 2015

By Kimberly Wethal News Editor The yellow brick road has turned into a purple drive, the Wizard became Willie Warhawk and Chancellor Beverly Kopper says she’ll leave it up to everyone else to decide who the Wicked Witch of the West is. Kopper, referring to her hometown of Chittenango, New York, the ...

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