Sandra Bertolas: Gone but not Forgotten


With white shutters warming under the bright spring sunshine, Dorothy Bertolas’ small one-story home sits quietly along the sleepy residential streets of Menomonee Falls, Wis. The house’s interior is warm, snug, and neat as a pin. Its walls, all painted in a crisp eggshell white, are laden with relics of a time gone by. Years […]

UWM: A Day In The Life On Campus In 2015


Fourteen students in the JAMS 500 Advanced Integrated Reporting class created this piece of collaborative student journalism in spring 2015. The goal of this “time capsule” is to document for future generations how UWM students live, work, study and play. Student collaborators were: Ryan Artman, Sean Cornell, Brooke Dowden, Katie Eggers, John Gingrass, Joe Halley, […]

Prescription Drugs Take a Young Life

Photo obtained by Danielle Stobb of Madison Kiefer's funeral.

Reaching across the top of a wooden casket as it slowly rolled past more than 1,000 mourners in the pews of the St. Monica Parish, sisters Chloe and Hailey tightly held each other’s hands. Walking in front of them was their little brother, Bryce, and father Michael. Together, as their eyes welled with tears and […]

A Family’s Quest

Hamilton memorial by CherRay Dixon.

It was a cold gloomy evening when the protest began on Dec. 19, 2014. It started at Red Arrow Park. Many people gathered, bundled up in their coats, hats, gloves and scarves. “No Justice, No Peace!” read the signs people held above their heads as they walked toward Interstate-43. “Shut it down! Shut it down!” […]

Ride-along with UWM Police


Entering the police station will raise the blood pressure of most people. Your demeanor changes. You stand up straight and reply to every question with a “yes sir.” “Do you want to wear a vest?” asks UWM Police Officer Arbinger. “Yes sir,” I reply. Seconds later he pulls up in his black and white squad […]

Late Night at the Golda Meir Library


The Golda Meir Library. Midnight. Mere days before finals week at UWM. All these combined will probably induce a sliver of stress down any student’s spine. We all wish that we were as punctual as possible, but the majority of us procrastinate in some way or another, sometimes more than we should. And that is […]

Axel’s: Where Nobody Knows Your Name


I walk into Axel’s bar on Oakland Avenue on a Tuesday night. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Hey, Tonight” is blaring over the speakers. The haggardness of John Fogerty’s voice combined with the blown-out speaker perfectly captures the rugged feel that is Axel’s. My bartender, a blonde middle-aged woman asks for my I.D. in her Russian accent. […]

The Commute


Imagine leaving class a couple minutes late because you had to ask your professor a question. As you walk to your car, you notice a white and orange piece of paper on your windshield. When you finally arrive at your car, you noticed that you received a ticket for parking in a spot longer than […]

Research in Motion


UWM is well on its way to becoming a top-tier research university. On Oct. 24, 2012, UWM broke ground on its first major academic construction project in nearly 20 years, beginning construction on the five-story, 150,000 square foot, Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex located on the corner of Kenwood Boulevard and Maryland Avenue. It is now […]

Student Government


Mike Sportiello says there’s an apathy problem at UWM. “We have a lot of people who just go to class and go home,” he says. Sportiello has been elected as the Student Association president for the 2015-16 term, and despite the election results being in his favor, he admits they reflect a disconnect. Less than […]