Saturday, April 19, 2014

As members of the community at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, we are always looking for fun things to do in the city. Well lucky for us, Milwaukee is full of fun, fascinating, and exciting things for everyone to do. Have you ever felt fascinated by the sky? Well, in Milwaukee, outer space is just seconds away by going in the virtual reality chamber at Discovery World, featuring interactive exhibits that fuse innovation, science and education. You are able to see different galaxy, meteors, the asteroid belt, and much more! There is never a dull moment at Discovery World.

UWM prides itself on our nationally ranked business school! Earlier this year, a group of scholars at the Lubar School of Business checked out how cool one of the premier motorcycle companies truly is right here in Milwaukee. In the heart of Milwaukee, you can find the Harley Davidson show room, where students of all ages can have a blast viewing more than 350 motorcycles, using touch screen technology to hear the signature sound of Harley-Davidson engines, learning about early daredevil motorcycle racers, and viewing exotic customized bikes and a video collage of motorcycles through Hollywood movies.
As you can tell, the weather in Milwaukee is slowly but surely getting better! To celebrate this wonderful time in Milwaukee, a fun thing to do is grab a bicycle and go for a ride alongside the beautiful Bradford Beach! Although it may be too cold to swim, the sand is definitely warm enough to just relax and spend some time with friends!

There is so much to do in Milwaukee so on behalf of RA Nishant, RA Colleen, RA Patrick, and RA Kyle, explore, have fun, and be safe!

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Adventures of Mentor Chaz and the Arch LLC

Being involved with the Arch LLC as a mentor, I hear about the activities that they are doing. From exploring Milwaukee because of the warming temperature to their encouragement towards another member of the LLC as he played a gig with his band. They genuinely are always telling me stories or asking for me to be included in their adventures or even some good spots around Milwaukee to see. Obvious answers would be the Art Museum, Public Museum, Downtown Strip, Bayshore Mall, and Bradford Beach. But what most don’t know are the running trail leading around Milwaukee, the hidden restaurants that not many people know about, or the spectacular lighthouse with a balcony behind it that looks over the lake. This is a few of many opportunities that I have informed them about.
Fun at the Lake

Milwaukee Adventures

LLC members supporting Resident Kalin at his band concert

Another exciting piece is our trip to Chicago that we attended on April 12, 2014. You would think that after spending a whole semester with them that I would know a lot of about them but after spending the day with them I really got to know them a lot better. From Will’s experience of living in Chicago, to Minh’s adventures in China Town, and the other half of the LLC whom I have never seen. The trip was packed with exciting buildings and structures that gave the residents a new outlook on designing. They definitely enjoyed when we reached the tip top of the 96th floor of a building that overlooked the water. The view was spectacular! All in all, it was a great day and a great semester!
Chicago fun

To highlight one of the Milwaukee locations that is free and available for anyone, I would like to point out the Oak Leaf Trail.  This trail was voted the Best Urban Bike Trail in the Best of Milwaukee 2012 & 2013 surveys.  The trial is 114 miles long, looping through all the major parkways and parks in the Milwaukee system.  Conveniently, the trail can be accessed right next to UWM’s Kenilworth Square Apartments.

Get out and enjoy Milwaukee!  
Best wishes, 

ASL-LLC Chicago Trip

This month the ASL-LLC had two events, the biggest was joining the other LLCs in a trip to Chicago this past Saturday April 12. We boarded the bus at 7:00 am and headed out for the windy city. We were dropped off at Millennium Park and of course had to have pictures taken in front of the Bean, then we split off into groups to independently explore the city. 

My group stopped at Starbucks on Michigan Ave, because let’s be honest we all needed a little pick me up after getting on a bus at 7 am and RA Leah needed her collectible mug. Then one of the LLC members knew a great place to eat so he led me and 2 others to a restaurant called “Yolk”.  When we arrived I saw the line forming outside the door and I thought it had to be worth it if that many people were here at 10 am. We waited around 20 minutes to eat in but that wasn’t bad, the temp in Chicago was in the 70’s so it was a beautiful day to sit outside and enjoy not seeing any snow in sight.  When the four of us got inside and sat down we got our menus and orders almost right away. I got the Pulled pork with BBQ sauce topped with coleslaw and Graham the LLC member that lead us there got an Eggs Benedict with cantaloupe and grapes on the side and a Nutella crape, as for the other two well I forgot what they had. We all were starving so we scarfed down our food, paid and we were on our way to go shopping. Jessica and I wanted to be the classic tourist and get a shirt that said “Chicago” so we stopped at a small shop while we headed back. The shop was called “Bye Bye Chicago” kind of ironic since it was the start of our day in Chicago. I bought a glass and T-shirt combo for twenty-three dollars and Jessica saw they had collectible spoons so she bought one for her mom. We stopped at a few more shops on the way back, most of them being shops I had no interest in so I don’t remember the names.

At 1:15 we all assembled back at the Bean to start on our way to see the Broadway in Chicago play “Peter and The Star Catcher” at the Bank of America Theatre. For some of the LLC Member this was the first time they were going to see an interpreted play so they were excited. We got out tickets and went to our seats and got ready for the play to start. The interpreters filled the Deaf students and staff that came to the play in about the character’s name signs, and explaining a few things that they might need to know that would better help them understand the play. The play is a prequel to Peter Pan, which means it’s the story of Peter Pan before he was Peter Pan. I didn’t watch as much of the play as I should have, I was more focused on the interpreters and how their use of Classifiers and how they role shifted to become the characters in order to give the Deaf students could follow the play. The best part was when the actor out of the corner of his eye say the interpreter sign “oh my god” the actor kept saying and saying it, sometimes fast and others long and drawn out so see the interpreter sign.

After we had the opportunity to chat with the interpreters about their prep work for this play and get to know their story. The interpreters were a team that flew all the way from St. Louis to interpret, they have a contract with the company that they come out at least once a month to interpret (more if needed), and the company pays for the flight, the hotel for them to stay in and obviously for the show. The interpreters got the full script two weeks ahead of time to practice. When asked what advice they had for future interpreters their response was “socialize, when you think you have done enough socialize some more”. They also added on that when you socialize you are making your face familiar to the Deaf consumer and a familiar face helps when you are first starting out interpreting.

After the play we had two more hours free. As a group we tried to head to get some of the world famous Chicago pizza, but the restaurant we went to had a two hour wait for 26 people and a 45 minute wait for just five people. So we split up for the last two hours and did what we wanted to do with our remaining time in Chicago.  Then at seven we boarded the bus to go back to UWM.

Milwaukee Zoo

Exploring the Milwaukee Zoo is a great Milwaukee activity!!!

The Milwaukee County Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals representing 330 species. While it’s always exciting to explore, it’s hard to know exactly where to begin. Check out this link for more information about the zoo!

Not only is this activity fun and exciting but also extremely relaxing and educational. It is a great weekend activity with family or friends and what's even better is there is always something new to see! 


  • January & February / November & December 2014
  • Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • March 1 through May 23, 2014
  • Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • May 24 through September 1, 2014
  • Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • September 2 through October 31, 2014
  • Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


  • January 1 through March 31 & November 1 through December 31, 2014
  • Adult: $11.75
  • Child (age 3 to 12): $8.75
  • Child (2 and under): Free
  • Senior Citizen (age 60 and over): $10.25
  • April 1 through October 31, 2014
  • Adult: $14.25
  • Child (age 3 to 12): $11.25
  • Child (2 and under): Free
  • Senior Citizen (age 60 and over): $13.25


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    Enjoy your visit!

    Discover Discovery World!

    With your Student ID, you can get in Discovery World for $9.95! This institute is one of the coolest places to enjoy an afternoon. While visiting, take the time to see the largest suspended ship in the world, explore tunnels of fish tanks, and pet sharks and stingrays! The whole place is full of exploration and fun.

    See the location on this map.

    The easiest way to get there would be to take the Green Line Bus Route down to E Michigan Street and then walk East until you get to the edge of the lake where Discovery World is!