Tuesdays with the Mayor: A weekly update with Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza
By Taylor Hale
STEVENS POINT – Mayor Mike Wiza sat down with Gazette staff to give an update on Stevens Point developments. Wiza touched on Denim Day, his Mike Drop Challenge, and more.
Wiza said he is encouraging city staff members to participate in this year’s Denim Day, as part of the city’s ongoing efforts to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Denim Day will take place on April 28, this year, hosted by the Women’s Community, part of United Way.
Denim Day is an international protest to the Italian Supreme Court’s overruling of a rape conviction in 1999, where the victim’s pleas were largely ignored, and the court argued that because jeans are difficult to take off, the assailant couldn’t have done so without the victim’s help.
“The (sexual assault) statistics are beyond alarming, and this is all about raising awareness and recognizing this. Talking about this, getting it out there is one small step to help end sexual assault as a community, and as a country,” Wiza said.
To participate in Denim Day, wear denim clothing on April 28 in protest of unjust sexual abuse and assault laws.
Mike Drop Challenge
Wiza and Sheriff Mike Lukas’s weight-loss race is picking up steam. A friendly competition to encourage the community to get active has pushed the duo into a healthier lifestyle, according to Wiza.
“We are really stepping things up,” Wiza explained. “We are still losing around two pounds each week, with some setbacks here and there.”
Wiza sees the spring as the perfect time to get outside and exercise. He hopes to see community members join him in his efforts to lose weight and be healthy.
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Wiza elected to Central Wisconsin Credit Union Board of Directors
Wiza was elected to fill a seat on the Central Wisconsin Credit Union Board of Directors on April 1. The board oversees the functions and operations of the Central Wisconsin Credit Union.
“They have had a pretty long history in the city of Stevens Point going back to the Sioux Train Line when they were the Sioux Credit Union,” Wiza explained.
Wiza participated in his first board meeting on April 11.