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Wisconsin's Own Van Wilder


As another school year begins, college students all over the country are walking out of homes, and going to classes just like the ones offered at UW-Whitewater. But very few, if any, are going to class in a limousine, and far fewer still are beginning their 12th year in college.

"We're just trying to live the good life," says UW Whitewater 12th year senior Johnnie Lechner.

By most folks' standards, Johnnie's good life is getting better.

"This is what we're gonna do all year," says Johnnie, "we actually—we bought a limo—we just don't have it yet, so—in the meantime—they hooked us up with this."

The 12th year senior is beginning what he says could be his last year of school, in style, and with much fanfare, "I'm going on two spring breaks this year, I'll be doing random trips—you know—my literary agent's in New York—I'll be in New York sometimes. I'll be in California—I have another agent out there. You know, it's just...this is gonna be a fun year."

Along with his full course–load, Lechner's extra–curricular include a National Lampoon–produced reality series, a potential film and television show, a variety of endorsement offers, and two book deals, each of which provide six figure paydays.

But Johnnie advises other students... his story is history, "It's been done. I think people need to figure out what they wanna do and kind of go on that. You know, no need to try to copy what I'm doin'. It can't be done, anyway, I mean...a limo to class...? Hey, we would like to head towards campus."

So the legend of a life–long learning Lechner lives on here at UW–Whitewater, where the stars are sure to shine a bit brighter for at least one more school year.

Lechner says he's not certain this 12th year will be his last, explaining he'll have a huge celebration party, regardless.


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