Nicole Beilke

News Intern

Nicole Beilke is a journalism major at UWM. She is also studying for a certificate in Digital Arts and Culture. Nicole has reported on topics such as art and activism in Milwaukee, including these pieces for Media Milwaukee: UW-Milwaukee Students Join Tony Robinson Protests and The UW-Milwaukee Grad Behind the Collectivo Coffee Skull.

She interned with WUWM’s News Department during the spring semester of 2016.

Rheanne Tibbits

The UWM Honors College offered a class this spring called #BlackLivesMatter.

The movement – and hashtag, began in 2013 after a white Florida man was acquitted of shooting to death, Trayvon Martin, a black teen who had been walking through the neighborhood.

The final assignment of the UWM course was to create art about the Black Lives Matter movement.

On Mitchell Hall’s white gallery walls, works of art reveal what the words “black lives matter” mean to the students who took the UWM class that explored issues of race in America.

Nicole Beilke

Every few days during the school year, a class of MPS 4th graders spills into the lounge of the Milwaukee Ballet School.

They drop off their backpacks then hurry to change clothes. In a few minutes, the 20 students reappear - the girls dressed in leotards and tights, the boys in white t-shirts and shorts - and all are wearing ballet slippers.

Nine-year-old Karena Hurtdo-Reyes explains the program’s name. “Relevè means to rise up,” she says.

After translating the French word, she demonstrates relevè by pressing up on her tiptoes and holding her balance.

Milwaukee County Transit System

There's talk of creating a new transit option in Milwaukee - buses that could rapidly move people between downtown and the regional medical center in Wauwatosa.

The proposal is known as BRT, or Bus Rapid Transit. Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 pm at O’Donnell Park, the public is invited to view the plan and comment.

Tom Barrett easily fended off a challenge from Ald. Bob Donovan, a frequent critic of the mayor, on Tuesday.

Barrett won a fourth four-year term. He thanked supporters during his victory party at a south side restaurant on Tuesday night:

Jarrett English

According to the Milwaukee Police Department’s policy and the city statute, officers are supposed to wear their names visibly above their pocket. So what happened on UWM’s campus Sunday?

Photos show some officers hiding their nametags with black tape or missing them entirely.

Chris Ahmuty, executive director of the ACLU of Wisconsin, says the violation is not just about the rule, but the message it sends.

Maldonado & Morgan

On this national Cesar Chavez day, a near south side Milwaukee neighborhood will become the home of a life-sized statue of the activist who fought for migrant workers' rights.

“He’s never been one to stand above people. He’s always been the one to lead but to treat everyone as equals. So we’ve decided to put Cesar Chavez on the concrete. So his feet are actually placed on the sidewalk vs having him on a mantel,” says Julio Maldonado.

Nichole Mittness

When Nichole Mittness read the news last week that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would campaign in her hometown of Janesville, she logged onto Facebook.

“I knew that I wanted to protest because of his hateful rhetoric that he likes to preach. So I created the event page just to put out some feelers, I had no idea of the response I was going to get," Mittness says.

Nicole Beilke

In order for companies and communities to thrive these days, they must innovate. A program in Milwaukee nurtures talent among college students with hopes of keeping them here. It’s called The Commons.

On a recent Tuesday night, small groups of students are scattered throughout Ward4, the old Pritzloff warehouse just across the river from the Third Ward.

As you move close to one group, you can hear them talking about developing a product to help people with anxiety.

Brian Josefowicz, flickr

Bill supporters say some college students don't report being sexually assaulted because they were drinking and under age 21. So, under the so-called Sexual Assault Amnesty proposal, police would disregard the underage drinking violation. A 21-year-old UWM senior says the bill might have made a difference to her two years ago, when she was raped at a house party near campus. She says she was having a rough semester and was drinking more than usual that night.

Nicole Beilke

When PBS announced it would host a Democratic presidential candidates’ debate at UW-Milwaukee, students rushed to find tickets - only to find they weren’t being sold at all. Although somewhat disappointed, students remained proud to host the event and eager to watch it, even through a live screening across the street in the university Union.

The Milwaukee Youth Council

Milwaukee may create a restorative justice system for youth to give first-time, non-violent offenders a second chance to stay on track. The Milwaukee Youth Council is pushing the plan. 

None of its members could attend this week's hearing on the idea at city hall because they were all in school, so City Clerk Jim Owczarski explained the proposal to a Common Council committee.