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10:13 am
Wed February 20, 2013

English Isn't Their First Language, But International Students Perform "Phantom" with Ease

Dominican High School--Phantom of the Opera
Kate H. Jurgens

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley investigates Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera."

Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay might be a small Catholic school of about 300 students, but its theatrical undertakings would be daunting for many larger institutions.

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Arts & Culture
1:36 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Why Do We Love the Racket of Garage Bands?

The Shags, a 1960s garage band from Milwaukee
Credit Image courtesy from 1960sGarageBands.com

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Dr. Peter Roller, an ethnomusicologist at Alverno College.

Starting at adolescence, kids start looking at popular icons for inspiration. They want to grow up; they want to have independence and control. One popular way, especially among boys, is by forming garage bands. Dr. Peter Roller, an ethnomusicologist at Alverno College and the author of Milwaukee Garage Bands: Generations of Grassroots Rock, delved into the garage bands that made so much noise in Milwaukee.

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Arts & Culture
9:35 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Realistic Battle Simulation Takes Aim at Wisconsin

An iCombat player finds a target.
Credit Photos courtesy of iCombat, Predator Games

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Andy Rasico, a product manager for Predator Games

In the midst of gun debates around the country, a company called Predator Games plans to create an elaborate laser tag facility in southeast Wisconsin.

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Veterans
3:15 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Veterans Flocking to Higher Education, But Some Face Obstacles

Army veteran Tom Voss is back at UWM after dropping out of college twice since leaving the military.

A record number of veterans are heading back to school. One incentive has been the Post 9/11 GI Bill. It enhanced education benefits, starting in 2009. They now cover undergraduate tuition and provide veterans with a monthly living allowance and book stipend. To be eligible, a vet must have served on active duty after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and not exhausted prior GI benefits.

No matter what federal or state aid former soldiers have received however, WUWM’s Erin Toner learned that some have found the transition to school difficult and even costly. Local schools are intervening.

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Education
10:59 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Pre-College Programs Tackles Low Literacy to Fill Job Skills Gap

A pre-college program instructor at MATC.
Credit MATC

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Dean Gloria Pitchford-Nicholas, the head of the School of Pre-college Education at the Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Amanda Ritchey, the director of Mount Mary College's College in the Community.

About 30 million Americans have “below basic” prose literacy skills. That’s according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy from the National Center for Education Statistics. People in this category might struggle to read the Harry Potter series in English, let alone get advanced job training. Meanwhile, some Wisconsin employers say they can’t fill job openings because applicants lack the necessary abilities.

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