The Libertarian Moment

In the private party room of a Mexican restaurant with streamers dangling from the ceiling tiles, a group of regulars gets together for dinner. Ken Morgan is a theatrical producer. Andrew Goebel is an archeology student at Carthage College. Matt Sama is a recent graduate and wardrobe consultant at Men’s Wearhouse. They say they all […]

Milwaukee’s Urban Farms: Defining Success

Sitting under the hand-painted sign for Milwaukee’s Riverwest Community Garden School is a small bin of organic, green peppers and a sign that says, “free.” Janice Christensen, one of the garden school’s administrators, clips lettuce greens for her dinner from one of the 24 raised beds. A few blocks away, another urban farmer, Nick DeMarsh, […]

Against the Academic Odds

Outside Mitchell Hall’s room 205 stand two tri-fold display boards on top of drab gray file cabinets. Photographs pasted to the boards show students from various ethnic backgrounds, most wearing wide smiles, posing together at Noah’s Ark water park, UW-Whitewater, Six-Flags and Carroll University. The door, always propped open, leads visitors to the shared offices […]

Sugar Babies: A Not-So-Sweet Life

In the bustling terminal of a North Carolina Airport, passengers were searching for flight info or something to eat. Sitting on a lonely bar stool was a girl who didn’t care about her flight or the plate of crab cakes sitting in front of her. Instead, Cindy let her blonde hair drape around her face […]

Beyond the Casserole

In many church communities, when a person dies, the grieving family is brought casserole after casserole to temporarily relieve their burden of cooking. Almost any churchgoer, whether Jewish, Christian, Catholic, or others denominations could confirm this. Another popular occasion to give comes after a baby is born. The household with the new baby receives meal […]

Bringing Fresh Food and Low-Income Seniors Together

It was a sunny day, and the seniors at the Clinton Rose Senior Center were in a vibrant mood. At 10:30 a.m., Susan Melson closed her crossword puzzle book and started walking outside. “I’m going to buy some food in the Mobile Market. This is my first time,” Melson said. A huge trunk parked outside. […]

Latino Students at UWM Build on Legacy of Growth

The Latino student body at UW-Milwaukee has gone through an impressive transformation in the last forty years, growing from 14 students enrolled in 1970 to 2,224 today. Additionally, recent plans to make UWM a Hispanic Serving Institution indicate that this number will only continue to grow with in the next decade. This is a project […]

Lead Poisoning: Milwaukee’s Invisible Threat

Energetic children tumbled around inside their Milwaukee home as their mother, Laura Manriquez, rounded them up for a check-up at the doctor’s office. She loaded her young sons into the car and zoomed off to the clinic with the chatting and laughter of her boys as background music. Manriquez, a nurse, made a point to […]

Tough Town for Startups

A dad leads his son into Elysian Hair and Nail Salon on Milwaukee’s south side. After a short exchange in Spanish, the little boy climbs into the chair and sits very still while owner Ivan Rodriguez trims his hair. The salon is located in the Layton Boulevard West Neighborhood, which covers the area bordered by […]