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Volume 5 • Issue 3

March 2008

EDITORIAL

Local students create robots

Murr believes the experience of building these robots, and then competing with them, is addictive for everyone. “It’s a fever!” she proclaimed. “If you can get someone to come to one competition just one time, they’re hooked for life.”

Justin Schlidt and Lego League mentor Sarah Wittman contemplate their robot. The More Robotics club mentored two Lego League teams last year. They also hosted a workshop over the last two summers.

By Anna Rose Sweet

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ith only three days left to complete their robot, a room in the basement of Bay View High School stood still as everyone watched an engineer test out part of it. He held the base of an arm-like piece made of white tubing and bent at the elbow. With the push of a button, it snapped upward with a puff of air. The room resumed its business. “We’ve turned it on. We’ve made it work,” said Junior Ty Glisczinski, team captain of the Redcat Robos. Glisczinski is one of the dedicated students who not only worked on this robot after school, but on Saturdays as well. He and seven other students worked with mentors to build a robot—they’ve named it Blade Runner—that performed specific tasks and could play a game. This year’s game was called Overdrive, in which two alliances of three robots, each weighing 120 pounds and standing four feet tall, must race around a track and score points by pushing or hurling a large 45-inch diameter ball—hence the robot arm.

Sarah Wittman won the FLL Young Adult Mentor Award for her efforts teaching robotics skills to younger students. ~photo Mary Jo Wittman

The competition is organized by the nonprofit FIRST— For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Inventor Dean Kamen, maker of the first portable dialysis machine as well as stairclimbing wheelchairs and the Segway Human Transporter, organized FIRST in 1989. He and two friends had concerns about the lack of exposure and interaction in math and science technology in today’s youth. They designed a program to give students a chance to have hands-on experience. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) began in New Hampshire in 1992 with just a few schools. In 2008, it includes over 33,000 students representing approximately 1,500 teams. This was Bay View High School’s first year participating in FRC. With the help of Dan Wexler, a robotics teacher at the high school, along with other adult mentors, the students spent six weeks preparing their robot. “The students have been a lot more motivated the closer we get to the final product,” said Wexler’s next-door neighbor, engineer Chris Jones. SEE PAGE 9

Brett Favre Poem By Eddie & Haralson, Grades 4 & 5 Fernwood Montessori

Best quarterback in the NFC. Retiring is not an option. Every pass is a win. Tough enough to stand a tackle. Try to be the best of the best. Favorite quarterback in the season. A thinker from the beginning to the end. Very fast reactions. Returning the favor to the crowd. Easy teams to beat. “Brett Favre Poem” was written before Brett Favre’s retirement was announced March 4. See page 15 for more poems from Fernwood Montessori School.

Help us, Bay View community—you’re our only hope

Pick ’n Save purges newspaper racks

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y now, many readers will have noticed a change in this fine newspaper you hold in your hands. It has nothing to do with what’s inside the paper, but rather, where you likely found it—or didn’t find it. You probably didn’t pick up this issue inside Pick ’n Save. That’s because in February, Roundy’s, which owns Pick ’n Save, purged its lobbies of all independent newspaper racks except those of the Shepherd Express. The Compass was among those papers whose distribution has been greatly diminished by the purge. And if you had previously appreciated the convenience of picking up our paper at one of your local Pick ’n Saves, you, loyal reader, are ultimately harmed most by this change in policy. Also harmed are Bay View advertisers, Bay View businesses, Bay View schools, and Bay View community organizations who look more and more to the Compass to provide them a forum—especially in wake of the consolidation of the CNI neighborhood newspapers and their absorption into the Journal Sentinel and its NOW websites. We are the Bay View community’s newspaper and we serve this community by informing you about local events, profiling local businesses, promoting local schools and organizations, educating voters about local candidates, and providing an in-depth look at environmental issues. If you want the Compass back in Pick ’n Save, we appeal to you for your support. You can start by calling or emailing Roundy’s Vivian King and letting her know how you feel about her company’s commitment to the local communities they serve. Let her know you want the Compass back in its own rack. Her contact information: Vivian King, Director of Public Affairs vivian.king@roundys.com (414) 231-5555 Also contact Therese Bailey: tbailey@roundys.com (414) 231-5954 What You Want, Where You Want It Two years ago, our assistant editor was in the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association parade. Among the thousands of you waving and smiling, there were several vocal calls to get the paper into Pick ’n Save. They sounded mostly like this: “Why don’t you have papers at Pick ’n Save?” or “Please, we love your paper, but bring the paper to Pick ’n Save.” We listened to you. It made sense to bring the paper into high traffic areas with easy access. It took a whole year of saving money until our micro-business was able to purchase 10 clean red newspaper racks, which are capable of holding 500 newspapers each. We asked store managers at the Bay View and St. Francis Pick ’n Saves for permission to place newspaper racks in store lobbies. They each granted permission, and you enjoyed the convenience of picking up the Compass while doing your food shopping. From December 2006 until February 2008, Pick ’n Save was a robust distribution location for the Compass. You expressed your approval by how often we had to resupply papers at these racks, which was every few days. We increased our print run by several thousand issues. Keenly aware of the importance of Pick ’n Save as a distribution location, the publisher herself supplied and maintained these racks. Thousands of papers moved through two racks at the Bay View Pick ’n Save. The system worked beautifully.

Except, everything almost came unhinged when we asked permission to distribute in the Cudahy store. Roundy’s director of store supplies then told us we couldn’t have racks in any Pick ’n Save. When we asked why, he told us that because the Compass carried Outpost Natural Foods ads and they were a Pick ’n Save competitor, we couldn’t be there. Since the Shepherd Express has also carried Outpost Natural Foods

If you had previously appreciated the convenience of picking up our paper at one of your local Pick ’n Saves, you, loyal reader, are ultimately harmed most by Roundy’s change in policy. ads, we found this argument specious and inquired about the relationship between Roundy’s and the Shepherd Express, to which we were told it was “none of your business.” Roundy’s legal department subsequently sent us a letter stating their managers did not have the authorization to allow us to distribute our publication in their lobbies. Despite the formal policy statement, however, when all racks, including ours, remained in place, we interpreted that as tacit consent. The racks remained for over a year. Reacting to the Purge In February 2008, when we went to refill our two racks in the Bay View Pick ’n Save, we discovered they were gone. When we asked what happened to our racks and 1,000 papers that had been in them, two Holt Pick ’n Save comanagers told us both the racks and newspapers had been thrown away. This, they said, was the result of corporate pressure to increase the appeal of the store by “streamlining” it. We feel this action, and the way its fallout has been handled, has actually done a disservice to customers. Rather than streamline the experience of the customer, it sterilizes it. Roundy’s Vivian King said this decision was made because some lobbies had become too cluttered with racks and vending machines whose owners had not obtained permission to place them there. Why then should papers like the Compass be penalized for the bad behavior of others? Roundy’s corporate decision is an unfortunate overreaction. How it was handled is also suspect. King said that Roundy’s contacted all publications in February asking them to remove their racks. Roundy’s, however, did not contact the ComSEE PAGE 3

INSIDE Pg 2 Surviving Winter With Tequila Pg 4 Aldermanic Candidates Q&A Pg 4-5 County Candidates Q&A Pg 6 Brickyards in Your Backyard Pg 7 Modeling Pathogen Transport Pg 8 Milwaukee Symphony Pg 8 Schwartz to Close April 1 Pg 10 Telluride Eco-Bar Anticipated Pg 11 Stritch at Cousins Center? Pg 11 BVHS On Board Denis Sullivan Pg 12 BID Meeting March 20 Pg 12 GL Compact Meeting March 19 Pg 12 Critical Local School Meetings Pg 13 Bike Racks on Buses?

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