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Katie Gruber is role model on and off the court

Cheer squad

March 19, 2014

  March 19, 2014 by Samantha Jacquest   Auditions can be nerve-wracking experiences; people are judging, watching, waiting, scrutinizing a performance for any mistake. Sophomore Katie Gruber was nervous when she auditioned for the UW-Whitewater cheerleading squad her freshman...

Student Journalism: difficult, time consuming, but a chance for greatness


March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014 Commentary by Royal Purple Editorial Staff The Royal Purple was honored with third place in the general excellence category in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s Better Collegiate Newspaper Contest. In addition, four individuals received awards: Samantha Jacquest, second ...

A college student’s guide to holiday shopping

Flower portrait

December 4, 2013

  Dec. 4, 2013 By Samantha Jacquest   Haven’t started your holiday shopping yet? Don’t have the funds to get something for everyone on your list? Not to fear – I’m here to save your  gifting reputation. Personally, I have 14 people to shop for and probably one or two...

Keeping history alive

Murders of Whitewater and Surrounding Counties

November 13, 2013

  Local author preserves some of Whitewater’s more scandulous pieces of history in new book   Nov. 13, 2013 By Samantha Jacquest   Many people think nothing interesting happens in small towns. Especially in Whitewater, with thousands of students coming and going every ...

TV Show Review: ‘The Originals’

Review by Lifestyle Editor Samantha Jacquest

October 30, 2013

  Before I get into this review, let me put in one disclaimer: vampires are overplayed. I dislike all the vampire books, movies and T.V. shows that have come out in the last couple years. Having said that, I absolutely love “The Originals,” a new series on the CW that is focused on a family...

A day to remember


September 11, 2013

By Samantha Jacquest   September 11, 2001. A piece of history that we are still living through. Twelve years later we are still experiencing the aftermath. While most students at UW-Whitewater were still in elementary school when the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked, many...

Man convicted of stalking banned from campus

September 5, 2013

A Whitewater man has been banned from the UW-Whitewater campus for three years, according to a release from campus Police Services. David M. Duvair, 52, was convicted of felony stalking and two counts of disorderly conduct in 2010 for sending threatening letters to a female Whitewater resident in...

Surviving college, a freshman’s guide

Samantha Jacquest

September 4, 2013

Dear freshmen, College has officially begun. You’re away from your parents, many of you for the first time. You have complete control of your sleep schedule, eating habits, money and lifestyle. You have freedom, but don’t let that get to your head. If you are like me, a first-generation college st...

Coppage sentenced to four months in jail


August 14, 2013

  By Samantha Jacquest A Walworth County judge reluctantly followed a plea agreement and on Tuesday sentenced former UW-Whitewater football standout Levell Coppage to four months in jail and three years probation. “There's an old saying, 'To whom much is given, much is expected,” Wal...

Whitewater Student Government Election Debate

March 14, 2013

Whitewater Student Government presidential elections are underway. Three candidates are campaigning for the position of president for the 2013-2014 school year. Justin Murphy, Connell Patterson III and Spencer Schoates, along with their running mates, participated in a debate on March 12 at the Univeristy...

Movie Review: “Side Effects”

Commentary by News Editor Samantha Jacquest

February 20, 2013

  “Side Effects” is an unpredictable psychological rollercoaster. The movie in a nutshell is long, twisting, thrilling and long (although it was only an hour and 46 minutes). I wanted to see this movie as soon as I saw previews for it a couple of months ago, and I was so excited when...

Final donations made to ‘Treyton Kilar’s Field of Dreams’

Final donations made to 'Treyton Kilar's Field of Dreams'

February 20, 2013

  Six-year-old Treyton Kilar was killed by a drunk driver Sept. 2, 2010 at the intersection of Highway 20 and County N near East Troy. In remembrance of their son, who was a baseball fanatic, the Kilar family made plans for the construction of a baseball field titled “Treyton Kilar’s Field...

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