Royal Purple

Trump antics reflect negative campus climate

March 8, 2016


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March 8, 2016 For college students, the presidential    campaign seems like a far-off land where a rich bigot and two career politicians are in a street brawl for the GOP nomination, and the two Democratic candidates, one an “email-deleter” and the other a “socialist,” are politely disagr...

Royal Purple takes home nine awards

Royal Purple takes home nine awards

March 1, 2016


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March 1, 2016 For the 2015 season, the Royal Purple was recognized by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s (WNA) Better Newspaper Contest as second place in the general excellence category. The general excellence category recognizes the best weekly newspaper at the collegiate level in the st...

Graduate goodbyes: RP memories last a lifetime

December 8, 2015


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Dec. 8, 2015 As I sit at the edge at the end of table in the center of the Royal Purple office, I look around at the room that I’ve learned to call my home for the past three years. There’s an ugly couch with questionable stains that’s held up by a cinder block, a creepy photo of a man with the ...

Editor or firefighter?

November 17, 2015


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Nov. 17, 2015 When I started with the Royal Purple three years ago, I admired every Editor in Chief before me. I looked at their jobs as glamorous and easy, and I imagined all the ways I could do things better. I wanted the paper to be some shining plaque that represented me as a person. It was so easy to si...

Graduate Goodbyes: Bylines do not matter; coworkers and people do

May 6, 2015


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May 6, 2015 The temptation to be cliché and impersonal when writing a goodbye letter such as this is hard to avoid if you are not careful.  That is my problem. Four years at the Royal Purple has taken me from a freshman sports staff writer to leading a 30-man staff as Editor in Chief. Ever...

Chancellor search narrows to finalist

May 6, 2015


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May 6th, 2015 By Michael Riley The long-standing idiom ‘passing the torch’ will become a reality this summer as UW-Whitewater has five finalists to replace the retiring Chancellor Richard Telfer. UW System President Ray Cross announced the finalists last week Friday with each candidate participating...

App Review: Postmates

April 29, 2015


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There comes a time in every 20-something’s life when you look up from your smart phone, turn to your best friend and utter those five amazing words: “I wish Taco Bell delivered.” Cheap tacos and quesadillas brought to your front door in a matter of minutes because you deserve to live like...

Bike share program makes way to UW-W

April 24, 2015


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  April 22, 2015 By Michael Riley Students looking for a quicker way around campus won’t have to look far come fall semester. By September, UW-Whitewater will have its first ever free bicycle rental program for students, thanks to the coordination by Whitewater Student Government Sustainability...

WSG: New leadership looks to fill board

April 1, 2015


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  April 1, 2015 By Michael Riley   Safety and advising top the priority list for the Whitewater Student Government President-Elect Allison Hetz, who will also begin a three-week process to hire her six-person executive board for next year. Hetz campaigned on the idea that safety...

Local bar closed after fire last week

March 11, 2015


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  March 11, 2015 Michael Riley   A fire at Fat Jacks Sports Bar & Grill on the morning of March 5 caused an estimated $125,000 in damages but no injuries were reported. The Whitewater Fire Department arrived at 7:42 a.m. at the 146 W. Main St. tavern after a call alerted...

Senior reported missing has been found

March 4, 2015


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  March 4, 2015 By Michael Riley   Whitewater Police Department confirmed that senior Lisa Helms is safely located after being reported missing when visiting a Milwaukee bar on Feb. 28. She is a social work major and the poetry coordinator of TIFU student organization. Helms...

RP takes home 10 awards at WNA

March 4, 2015


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March 4, 2015 The Royal Purple took home 10 awards at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s 2014 Better Newspaper Contest on Feb. 27. The UW-Whitewater weekly independent newspaper collected two first-place awards, three second-place awards, two third-place awards and three honorable mentions...

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