Amanda Becker

WUWM News Intern

Amanda Becker is a summer intern for WUWM News. She is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, pursuing a degree in journalism.

While Amanda is originally from Illinois, she enjoys exploring all that Milwaukee has to offer in her free time - especially the many summer festivals.

Amanda Becker

This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of the fatal shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek. A Gunman entered the facility on a sunny Sunday morning, killing six worshippers and injuring several others. The event left deep scars on local Sikhs, and touched many others as well.

On a recent Sunday Morning, Sikhs at the temple reflected on how the day of the shooting changed their lives. Pardeep Kaleka lost his father, Temple President Satwant Singh Kaleka, in the tragedy. He died trying to protect others as the gunman opened fire.

Marge Pitrof

The downtown Milwaukee River bustles these summer days with boaters and kayakers and cruises, while people on shore sit at the cafes. It would have been difficult to imagine a few decades ago, when the river was still largely an industrial dumping ground, but things started to change when the city developed the Riverwalk. It now spans miles. Yet one small part of the dream has not taken hold - the creation of river taxis. Signs are posted, but no taxis.

Amanda Becker

Intergenerational care brings together children and older adults who need care during the day and arranges opportunities for the two generations to mix. Advocates insist the interactions improve the quality of life for both children and seniors.

Milwaukee has two such centers – the newer St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care on 24th and North, and the original, in St. Francis. When you walk into the original, you see a large atrium. It’s mainly a garden, complete with birds, but there are also play areas for kids, places to sit and a reading nook.

Marge Pitrof

Last week, while President Trump was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, researchers at UWM were busy working on GRAPES, or Grid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems. Faculty and students in electrical engineering won a national grant to find ways to improve the power grid, including, by adding renewable resources, and they don't believe the president's decision will impact their work in the long run.