Marquette Wire Keeping You Connected Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:39:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Recap of the MTV Movie Awards Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:51 +0000 The MTV Movie Awards are not like most award shows. The movies that are nominated are not the top movies of the year and the actors that show up to the event are not the most popular, but the show is entertaining none the less. This year’s host was Conan O’Brien and his opening remarks were, of course, hilarious. Here are some of the highlights from the show that aired this past Sunday.


Channing Tatum won the Trailblazer Award. He was looking mighty fine and definitely a worthy recipient of the award. His “21 Jump Street” costar Jonah Hill presented him with the award after a great introduction, which showed the two are great pals. Tatum definitely has “blazed a trail” for others to follow in his gorgeous footsteps.

Mark Wahlberg won the Generation Award. Wahlberg had a very untraditional speech when accepting the award. There was a lot of swearing involved and claimed that past winners of the award are never invited back to the show. He said the award was a nice way of saying that he is getting older. None the less, Wahlberg was grateful for the award and thanked everybody who has helped him along the way.

Zac Efron got his shirt torn off. And we are not complaining about it. Efron won Best Shirtless Performance for his role in “That Awkward Moment.” After receiving the award, Rita Ora ripped off his shirt and Efron went with it. He tore the rest of it off and every woman in the audience just about died.

Rihanna and Eminem perform. The duo performed their hit song “Monster.” Rihanna had on a short white dress with red accents and Eminem was dressed in his normal hoodie attire. They rocked the performance and the two are on tour together this summer.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire won Movie of the Year. The outstanding sequel won the biggest award of the night and it was definitely well deserved. The movie was fantastic and worth seeing. Josh Hutcherson and Sam Claflin were there to accept the award.

Paul Walker tribute. It was a very touching tribute from several of Walker’s Fast and Furious costars including Jordana Brewster and Vin Diesel. Walker was a talented actor and his work did not go unnoticed. It was recently announced that Walker’s brothers will fill in for some of his last scenes in the latest Fast and Furious installment which will hit theaters next spring.

The award show may not be the Oscars or the Golden Globes, but it is fun to watch. It is supposed to entertaining and laid-back and it was just that. If you missed any part of the show, you can catch the whole thing on

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Strategies to help increase test scores Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:58 +0000 When you take a minute to dissect college students’ daily lives, it seems absurd that they have time to stay remotely healthy. Between class, work and finals it seems near impossible to eat healthy, stay active and get the right amount of sleep. At the end of the day, it all comes down to time management, avoiding stress eating and listening to your brain when it’s about to shut off. Follow these steps, and maybe you’ll snag A’s on all of your finals.

Spice Up Your Study Spot

The 2nd floor of Memorial Library is so freshman year. Scope out Raynor for a computer. You’re less likely to go on Facebook or Buzzfeed when others can see what you’re doing. Not a library person? No problem! There are plenty of other places to get your study on. Try the Brew Bayou and get inspiration from past students with the carvings in the tables. If the Brew is too hectic for you, try Cudahy. It is the only academic building open 24/7. Take the elevator to the 3rd or 4th floor for some hidden study spot gems. Or, find your own spot. Maybe it’s a study room in a dorm (you can reserve a room in McCabe), or an off-campus coffee shop (Rochambo on Brady Street is prime). It’s always good to have a change of scenery while studying.

Fuel Your Brain

It is important to give your body the nutrients it needs to succeed. The BBC recently posted an article with eight “brainpower” foods that have been scientifically proven to heighten brain awareness. Choose whole grains over white bread. Whole grains release glucose slowly into your bloodstream, keeping your brain alert throughout the day. So instead of Cocoa Puffs, opt for Wheat Bran and have more focus at 8 p.m.! It is hard to get fresh fruit on campus, but borrow a friend’s car and load up on blueberries. Research from Tufts University has shown that blueberries prevent short term memory loss. Eat a handful at every meal and you might remember your last page of notes, or stories from last Friday night. Remember when your mom told you to eat your greens? Like usual, mom was right. Studies have shown that broccoli enhances cognitive function and improves brain power. Put some butter and lemon on them, and you won’t have to taste the healthy.

Hit the Rec

Wait, you mean it’s important to walk? On the treadmill? On an incline? It’s probably an answer that most don’t want to hear, but being active daily has proven to make your brain more alert and your body more energized. If you are new to the gym, start slow and carve out just 20 minutes of your day to sweat. By going to class in your gym clothes, you can’t avoid heading over to 16th and Wisconsin. Or, if you’d rather be fashionable to class, make a conscious effort in the morning to pack workout clothes and shoes in your backpack. That way, when you reach into your bag to grab a notebook, you’ll be reminded to exercise later. Begin by walking on the treadmill at an incline, then head to the stair stepper. If you have a friend who is a gym rat, find out their exercise schedule and go with them. It’s always nice to have someone show you the ropes (or weights). Too much homework and reading to do? That’s the beauty of the elliptical! Don’t hop off until you’re done reading a Biology chapter. If you cannot stand machines and weights, grab a friend and shoot some hoops. Or, once the weather is warmer, walk downtown to the lake or bike to class. Get active, and your brain will get active too.

Get some ZZZ’s

We all know we need 8-9 hours of sleep, but most nights this doesn’t happen due to studying, writing papers, playing FIFA, etc. According to a recent study from the University of Georgia, college students get an average of 6-6.9 hours of sleep per night. This isn’t good, Marquette! Sleep revitalizes our energy, keeps our immune systems strong and makes us more positive and productive throughout the day. Getting that extra hour of sleep makes us choose fruits instead of processed foods from the vending machine. Which, if we’ve learned anything so far, fuels our brain to produce better results. Sleep also reduces stress and anxiety. Sometimes it’s better to take a few deep breaths and a nap than to let your mind race through scribbles on a notepad. We are all educated college students and probably already know this, however, there is a difference between knowing and doing. So put down the cookies, grab an apple and take a nap! Your body will thank you, we promise.

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Where your student ID will get you a discount Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:49 +0000 Let’s be real, arguably one of the best parts of being a student is the discounts you can get. There are plenty of places to get them, but you may not know of them all. Here’s a list of some of the best clothing and entertainment venues in the Milwaukee area where you can get these fabulous perks with or without the Student Advantage card in addition to your Marquette ID.

With Student Advantage:


Just one of the many student discount locations

Need to get home for a weekend? Whether you’re taking the train to Chicago or New York or Lincoln, Neb., Student Advantage card holders receive a 15 percent discount on rail fares. The discount does not apply to buses. There is no limit to how often you can use this discount, but there is also no added rewards program for frequent riders. An example trip would be spring break in Chicago. Roundtrip from Milwaukee to Chicago would normally cost around $48.00, but with the Student Advantage discount, you can enjoy $7.20 off that price. Yippee? Hey, that $7 could easily buy you lunch before your departure or upon arrival. Once you’re no longer a student, you’re back to paying nearly $50 round trip instead of $40, so enjoy it while you can. Added bonus: if it’s your first time riding Amtrak and using the Student Advantage, you save $30.

Champs Sports


One of the country’s leading athletic merchandise chains just happens to love students! Considering they carry merchandise for schools like Marquette, this makes a good deal of sense. The deal with the Student Advantage card on your Marquette ID is an offer of $10 off purchases of $50 or more at Champs Sports. It’s hard to argue with a deal like that when other retail stores with student discounts, like True Religion Jeans, require you to spend $200. As a student, it’s pretty rare that you will drop that much cash on jeans, but hey, if you’re interested, the deal for students there is 10 percent off, so about $20. Champs Sports offers a reasonable discount for college kids, so the next time you’re in the market for a new jersey or hoodie, check them out! There’s one in Mayfair Mall.

Without Student Advantage:

Marcus Theatres

Marcus Cinema

Movies are a luxury expenditure to college students. Between books, feeding yourself, basketball games and bar hopping, the budget isn’t there for seeing a movie in the theater when you can wait six months for it to hit Netflix. Marcus Theaters understands this issue, but they still feel like there is an experience to be had at their cinemas. That is why Marcus offers $5 Tuesdays to the general public and $5 Student Thursdays. These discounts apply to every movie at every time of day. You don’t need to cut class to catch the matinee price, and you don’t have to see the romantic comedy that got horrible reviews and is on its way out of theaters within the week. Besides, you’ll have plenty of spare cash for the bar after paying five bucks to see “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” with your friends.

STA Travel

STA travel

Commercials and other advertisements show everyone that flights and hotels can be affordable, you know, if you have a decent paying job. For college students making less-than-awesome money, there is STA Travel. The site offers an online Travel Expert for students to help them plan and find the best priced trip for their next vacation. The site provides flight prices, as well as deals on hotels or hostels and transportation in the area. For example, the site was offering rates of only $486 flights from Chicago to Cancun, at the same time sites like Expedia were offering flights from Milwaukee to Cancun for more than $600. The site is not a miracle worker, but for students the site can be a useful tool in finding their next vacation spot.

Milwaukee Public Museum

Milwaukee Public Museum

When’s the last time you got a history lesson outside of the classroom? The Milwaukee Public Museum is a very well-liked museum according to reviews on sites ranging from TripAdvisor to Google+. The museum offers student discounts every day on packages, for example, general admission plus admission to Body Worlds: The Cycle of Life and a ticket for a show in the planetarium (they’re playing “Penguins” right now) for $28, as opposed to the standard adult rate of $31. The discount is typically $3 off admission across packages. If you’re really savvy, you’ll go to MPM on the first Thursday of the month, Thank You Thursday for Milwaukee County residents, for free general admission and just pay the extra $10 to see Body Worlds if you want to. Yes, as students at Marquette that means you are Milwaukee County residents and Thank You Thursday does apply to you!

Clothing Discounts

Urban Outfitters

Discounts can range across these various stores, but here is a list of retailers that provide a student discount from 10-20 percent: Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Loft, Urban Outfitters, J. Crew, Charlotte Russe, Rugby (Ralph Lauren), Banana Republic and The Limited. Most of these stores can be found in one of the three malls in the Milwaukee area: Mayfair, Brookfield Square and Bayshore. Granted, most of these stores are a bit pricey to begin with, but a 15 percent discount on regular priced items at J. Crew could be just what you need to complete that perfect look. Charlotte Russe and Urban Outfitters offer 10 percent discounts on every purchase, regardless of  whether it’s regular or clearance merchandise. These retailers are perfect places for college students to go and finish out their interview outfit or find a fun, trendy top to wear out on the town. Disclaimer: It is always wise to check with the individual stores to ensure that they participate in giving student discounts as they are all “subject to change.”

There are a lot of perks to being a student. From the knowledge you gain to the contacts you acquire and the discounts that make your closet fuller without making your wallet lighter. Everybody loves students, and this list is not exhaustive. Go out and find the stores and venues that reward you for going to school!

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Become a better runner Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:35 +0000 It’s almost summer, which means it’s time to pull the bikinis, shorts and halter tops out of storage — a scary thought, we know. Having just experienced Milwaukee’s 10th coldest winter on record, the thought of running outside seems daunting and almost foreign. But we all know a treadmill workout doesn’t provide the same, firm backside as a long, hilly run to Lake Michigan. While you’re adjusting to the warm weather, make sure to stick to these running tips to get the most out of your workout:

  1. Make sure the shoe fits — If you’re planning on trekking major miles, invest in a decent pair of running shoes. Avoid athletic wear giants and venture to a local, independent running store, such as Rogan’s Shoes in Greenfield, to talk to a professional about your stride. They’ll be able to provide you with the right shoe for your unique running style, which will result in longer runs and fewer injuries.
  2. Start slow – Running doesn’t come naturally to everyone, so if you’re a beginner, make sure to take it easy the first few weeks. Start at a 10-minute mile pace and work your way down from there. If you’re training for a race, make sure to do so responsibly by sticking to a schedule that includes at least two days of rest. Remember the story of “The Tortoise and the Hare”? In case you forgot, the tortoise wins the race.
  3. Find a buddy – Recruit a friend to jog with you once or twice a week. Or better yet, start a running group. By doing this, you won’t feel as though your exercise routine is taking away from your social life. Plus, you’ll be more likely to stick to your running schedule if other people are depending on you.
  4. Track time, not miles – It’s completely normal to have “off” days when the very last thing you feel like doing is tying up your laces. To become a better runner, you don’t have to increase your mileage every time. In fact, you’ll burn off more fat by running the same, comfortable distance but at higher intensities.
  5. Zone out – It seems simple enough, but not thinking about running while you’re drenched in sweat, gasping for air, can be quite challenging. Put your ear buds in and let your mind wander to wherever it is you feel peace. Make a solid playlist and run until the very last song is over. Avoid telling yourself your legs are sore or that you need to stop. Just keep going and push yourself to the finish line.
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The ins and outs of moving Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:31 +0000 At this stage in our lives, moving is inevitable. Whether you’re moving into the dorms, into an apartment or back home with mom and dad, moving can be frightening. Moving can be a much better experience, though, if you know what you’re doing; you just need to plan ahead.

Sometimes you might not have enough time to plan ahead. It is quite possible that you will be stuck at the end of the semester juggling leases and trying to find out where to leave your furniture. Public storage facilities in Milwaukee are actually easy to come by and reasonably priced. The website,, gives details on each site to consider. Rates are as low as $50 per month, and the site is constantly offering deals ranging from 15 percent off to $1 first month’s rent. EZ Self Storage in Milwaukee is a top choice, with prices starting at $69 per month. The rate may be higher, but the range of offers is broader, offering storage, truck rentals and even packing boxes. 

Physically moving your property can be tricky if you don’t know anyone that owns a truck. Fear not! There are plenty of truck rental and hired hand options in the Milwaukee area. U-Haul offers great rates starting at $19.95 and $0.79 per mile for their smallest truck or van. If you think you’ll need more space or would prefer to make fewer trips, a 24’ truck can be rented for $39.95 plus $0.79 per mile. If you need a helping hand while moving, Two Men And A Truck is a reliable local service that prides itself on getting the move done for you. Estimates start at $112 per hour for two men, a truck and insurance for moving in the Marquette and surrounding Milwaukee area.

Awesome! You got the summer internship you were hoping for. Not so awesome, you’re stuck in a lease. If your landlord allows subleasing, your best option at this point would be to sublet your apartment or house. It would be wise to screen any applicants before allowing someone to live in your home. First, you will want to determine whether or not you will leave the place furnished (this may negate the storage issue). A furnished apartment is going to be much more attractive to a tenant than an unfurnished one, but you have to keep in mind that this gives them unlimited access to your property, risking damage. Other things to consider: if you prefer a male or female tenant, if you or your landlord allow pets or smoking and, most importantly, responsibility. A good test is whether or not the potential tenant is willing to pay a deposit. This shows that the tenant will be responsible enough to pay rent, and if not, you have a deposit to fall back on.

What do you do when you’re in the market for a sublet? Postings can be found everywhere from the bulletin boards in the Alumni Memorial Union, to Facebook to Craigslist. Make sure to meet the obvious requirements. For example, if you are looking to stay for two months, don’t sublease for two weeks and find yourself scrambling at the end for a new place to stay. When subleasing, be respectful of the property you live in. The original tenant is nice enough to let you live in their home for an extended period of time, don’t thank them by breaking their TV or leaving a mess when you leave.

If you are living in the dorms and need to stay for the summer, you’re in luck. Marquette offers summer housing in seven dormitories: Straz Tower, Mashuda Hall, Abbottsford Hall, Carpenter Tower, Cobeen Hall, O’Donnell Hall and McCabe Hall. Dining hall options are also available June through August, but these accommodations are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so the sooner you know you have to take a summer course, the better.

Moving seems like an intimidating process, but it really doesn’t have to be all that bad. Be prepared and use the resources around you, from friends with trucks to the MU Housing Guide.

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What you need to know: Summer jobs and internships Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:28 +0000 Gone are the happy-go-lucky, carefree summer days. Now, summer is merely a quick break from school where you have the option to do one of two things: enjoy the lazy days or take advantage of a summer job. The opportunity to work a job or internship over the summer will give you the chance to earn money and gain experience for the future.

If you are a motivated person who wants to work this summer, you’re probably wondering when you’ll need to start looking for opportunities. This depends on the industry. “Business and engineering internships and co-ops take place in the fall and other employers are looking now,” says Laura Kestner, director of the Career Services Center. Between February and April is when most employers are looking for summer interns.

Melia Gonzalez, a freshman in the College of Communication, suggests searching for openings early. “Start as early as you can because the more experience you have, the more organizations will want you,” she says. “They want to see students that are knowledgeable, have passion, and are going to really enjoy what they’re learning.”

According to Kestner, there are three ways to find a summer job or internship. “First, you need to have a career goal, or what we call an occupational target,” she says. “You want to know what you’re looking for, what will be a corporate setting that uses your skills?” It’s important to develop a list of organizations you would like to work in and go from there.

Gonzalez, a theater major, currently has an internship at In Tandem Theater and has been looking for more theater opportunities. “I thought that continuing on from one internship to the next would be a good stepping stone,” she says. “It would show that I’m motivated to continue on my theater journey as well as continue learning.”

Next, you need to have a quality resume. “Have your resume ready,” Kestner says. “Make sure your resume lists your past experiences, whether they are from classes or previous jobs you’ve held.” You can consult the Career Services Center or visit their website for help on writing a cover letter and building a professional resume.

After you understand what you are looking for in a job, internship, or co-op and have your resume prepared, it’s time to start looking for positions and responding to openings. “Use resources such as MU Career Manager because it centers around employers who want to hire Marquette students and really focuses on career-related opportunities,” says Kestner. Certain fields may have specific career sites to look for, such as the Big Shoes Network for communication jobs.

Emmali Hanson, a sophomore in the College of Engineering, suggests responding to as many openings as possible. “Never pass up an opportunity to apply for a job and think, ‘Oh, I don’t really want to do this.’ You can always apply for it! Then if you get the job you can decide,” she says.

Networking is one of the best ways to look for job opportunities. Kestner suggests connecting with the more than 16,000 Marquette alumni on the Marquette LinkedIn Network. The Career Services Center also offers events throughout the year to give students a chance to get some experience, such as networking events and career fairs. To help yourself network, it’s important to have an elevator pitch to sell yourself to potential employers.

“When people say to you, ‘Hey, what are you doing this summer?’ you should be able to tell them what you are looking for,” Kestner says. “It’s important to be able to ask the question, ‘Do you know anyone who knows something about this topic?’ People are always surprised by who people know. Just being bold and going out there and talking about what you’re looking for is good too.”

Career Services offers coaches to help students work on preparations for jobs such as networking, or through their handouts, events, and other resources.

If you are currently undecided in your major, as many of us are, it can be a challenge to look for an internship or job. There are many companies that look for a person with a specific major. “A general internship may not be formal, but anything that helps you build skills is important,” Kestner says.

Although experience may be the point of a summer job or internship, earning money is important as well. “We don’t take a stance on paid internships,” Kestner says. “The number one thing is gaining experience, but students usually have internships that range from being unpaid to being paid about $10 to $25 dollars an hour.”

After you find an organization you are interested in working for, you now have to prepare for an interview. First, you should make sure you have a professional interview outfit, then practice for the actual interview process.

“Come to Career Services for practice interviews, which you can learn about on our website,” Kestner says. “We walk people through the process of interviews.” It’s important to go through  potential interview questions and breathe before walking into the interview room. Be strong and confident in your responses.

Hanson used the Career Services Center to help prepare an interview for her summer co-op at Extreme Engineering Solutions in Madison. “I did a practice interview that helped me so much,” she says. “It was great to talk through my answers and get some real feedback.”

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Professors book review Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:27 +0000 We’ve all been there. Struggling to mesh textbook material with lectures from our professors and somehow reach a middle ground in order to understand the main concept of the course. It has proved to be an extremely challenging task, but some Marquette professors have figured out a solution: writing their own textbooks.

Professor of theology Father John D. Laurance, S.J., is one of many Marquette professors to write and use his own book, “The Sacrament of the Eucharist” in his undergraduate classes. Father Laurance had the book published in 2012 because of the lack of available studies in the English-speaking world on the sacrament of the Eucharist.

Photo courtesy of Notre Dame

Photo courtesy of Notre Dame

In order to write the book, Father Laurance became familiar with the history of the origins, the development of the sacrament, and the contemporary theological literature on the subject. In addition to familiarizing himself with the many different aspects of the sacrament, he then wove the information into a background theology to provide the needed theological vision to do a thorough and effective analysis on the sacrament.

Father Laurance believes his book has a distinct advantage over other textbooks in his classroom because as the author, he is the best person to fully explain the book’s content. He also explains that his book is unique and there are no texts similar to it. He says, “If one wants to develop an awareness of how the contemporary Catholic Roman Rite of the Eucharist communicates the faith, I know of no comparable book available today.”

Nieman Professor of Journalism, Bonnie Brennen, has also written a textbook that she uses in her journalism classes. Professor Brennen wrote “Qualitative Research Methods for Media Studies,” and uses the text in her Research Methods courses in the Diederich College of Communication.

When asked about her reasoning for writing the book, she says, “I’ve taught qualitative research methods for many years and my students have always struggled with the readings. They found most of the books and articles dealing with qualitative methodologies to be difficult to understand.”

After sending the proposal to her editor at Routledge Publishing, it was reviewed by six scholars from a variety of fields. She took each chapter at a time and integrated previous research on each method by incorporating definitions and explanations with current examples, emphasizing many examples from popular culture to effectively illustrate key concepts. After working for a year and a half, the book was published with a cover designed by her daughter.

Brennen's 'Qualitative Research Methods for Media Studies'

Brennen’s ‘Qualitative Research Methods for Media Studies’

“My book is much more accessible for students. It assumes that the reader has no background in qualitative methods and helps them to understand each of the methods and the philosophical and theoretical foundations for qualitative methods,” says Brennan.

James Scotton, a fellow journalism instructor, uses his text, “The World News Prism: Challenges of Digital Communication,” which he co-authored with William A. Hachten from UW-Madison. Other texts he has used in his classes have proved to be outdated, out of print, or too specialized for his course. After 2-3 years of extensive research, including overseas research trips, his book is the most up-to-date material on international communication. Studies on international communication are constantly changing and he is currently at work on a 9th edition with four other contributors.

Dr. D. Stephen Long, professor of theology, wrote “Christian Ethics: A Very Short Introduction,” after being asked by the Oxford Press to write an introduction for an undergraduate audience.

When asked about his books compared to others, he says, “It is why it is important to read reviews of books. One of the tasks of being a scholar is to review other books and present your argument before your peers for evaluation…A teacher does have to be careful using her or his own text, especially in a humanities course like theology. You already have a captive audience in the classroom and while every classroom should be, as Marquette’s mission statement states, a search for truth, no single book possesses a monopoly on truth.”

Dr. Long also believes in using other texts in addition to his own book in an effort to exemplify an important element in Marquette’s mission.

“I also use other texts in order to establish a conversation and even disputation about the themes addressed. Marquette is a strong research university with many faculty members who not only teach, but also research. I think students should know this aspect of the professorial vocation, and I hope they are reassured that we not only read texts by professors from other institutions but from our own as well,” says Long.

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Music and fashion with Reelo and Spazz of A.S.A Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:20 +0000 Local Marquettestudent Julio Pallarez and his hometown friend Ryan Lara also known as Spazz and Reelo, are a rap duo based out of Chicago. The pair joined forces after remedial solo acts to create what is now known as A.S.A (Always Something Awesome). Not only have these two made waves on music blogs both locally and internationally, but they also have been releasing dope music via their website, but also through their respective social media platforms. Part of what sets this duo apart from other local rappers is the way they incorporate fashion into their music. There style is a mix between Chicago and California that infuses a big street wear influence. I sat down with the duo to talk music, life and most importantly, fashion.

Marquette Wire: Where do you get yourfashion inspiration from?

A.S.A: To be honest, there are a lot of different things we get our fashion inspiration from. What we do is take different styles that we like and see on a daily basis and we add our own little twist to them. We mix all of this together, and make them one idea or style which makes it much more different. Anything from high end designer brands, that we cop at discount prices [Laughs], to street wear brands that we find at local boutiques in Chicago and in Milwaukee; it’s basically how you present it.

M. W: Do you think your music influences your fashion or vice versa?

A.S.A: We’re a firm believer that music influences our fashion sense because of that fact that the music we make makes us feel “cool” and gives us the confidence to wear what we want, how we want, and not care if it looks funny. We hink it kind of gives off the perception that we’re cool dudes [Laughs].

M.W: If your music blew up to international fame, what fashion related project would you like to take on or participate in, whether it be modeling, designing or contributing?


A.S.A: If our music blew up to international fame it would be awesome to start our own clothing line with my homies. They are all very into fashion and have some great ideas that can’t really be duplicated. I feel once we have this brand established, it will happen, it will sell, and it will be something new and innovative.

M.W: How would you define your personal style and how does it tie into your music?


Ryan: If I could define my style I would define it as random, classy, and cool at the same time. I  say this because I really like wearing very random shirts, that’s my s*** [Laughs]. Although I like wearing random shirts and all, I always have to have some nice denim, and keep it classy with accessories such as my small gold hoop earrings, my gold Casio, or a nice black matte sports watch. The music I make and my style correlate very well. They sort of complement each other and make sense with one another. I would say I  feel my style ties into my music by giving me the funk to do what I want, how I want, thus giving me my own personality and look.

Julio: I would say that my personal style ties into my music a lot, I mean although a lot of people probably don’t know, rock is my favorite genre and that translates to how I express myself in my clothing. I like that whole punk rock grunge, I don’t give a s*** look [Laughs] because I think that’s how fashion should be: wear what you want without caring what others think. At the same time I mix it up with street wear and other designer brands because I like being all over the place.“Flashy” clothes are cool to me, but not necessarily expensive clothes. I just like things that stand out, tie dye and crazy logos and things like that. This “all over the place” style of clothing is exactly how I would define our music. It is about whatever is inspiring me in the moment. That’s where the tunes come from and thus the inspiration. This is very much the same when it comes to my fashion sense.

Don’t forget to look out for upcoming projects from these two on their website as well as updates from their respective twitter accounts. Follow Julio on twitter @Spazz_ASA and Ryan @Reelotherapper. Big things are in store for this rap duo so don’t miss out on their incredible journey!


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Marquette alumni share their stories Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:08 +0000 Marquette University has proven to be a school that hosts hard working men and women who strive for a better future. They are dreamers who pursue a well-rounded education in the hopes of achieving their goals. From this institution, thousands of alumni have already graduated. Many have gone on to become influential figures in different arenas such as politics, sports, business and entertainment.

As the 2013-2014 school year comes to a close, thousands of other Marquette graduates will soon enter the real world in the hopes of moving on and making their dreams a reality. Six former alumni share their stories and experiences from their time at Marquette around campus, grabbing Real Chili and building long-lasting friendships.

Sarah Harms (Arts and Sciences, ’85)


“My favorite memories are from my membership in the Marquette University Sailing Club.

“At the annual Pere Marquette Regatta, Saturday mornings were usually cold and, hopefully, windy. Student sailors from the four or five universities would be dressed in their wetsuits and lifejackets as everyone enjoyed the breakfast of champions: bowls of Real Chili and crackers, coffee, and pony kegs of Pabst beer (Wisconsin was still an 18 state in the early 1980′s). After the race course was set and the skippers’ meeting completed, teams of two headed for the boats. We’d usually sail two races, take a break for lunch — more chili and beer — and then sail a final race. We’d do it all again on Sunday before everyone headed back to their home school.

“We’d sail in all kinds of weather – rain, high wind, no wind, but it was always cold. One year, we even sailed during a snow storm. It never really mattered which school’s team won each race. We competed for bragging rights at the Saturday night dinner and for the sheer joy of being on the water. Racing made us better sailors, better sportsmen, and gave us an excuse to forget about homework and exams for a weekend.”

Sarah is the vice president and project manager at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Columbus, Ohio.

Mary Harms Lempke (Arts and Sciences and Education, ’85)


“One of the best memories were the MU Fall Block Parties held on the grass in front of Lalumiere. Marquette was an ’18 state’ at the time. The brewery trucks would back in and unload kegs of beer, those with wristbands from showing their driver’s license would enjoy a glass. Brats would cook. Music would play. Father Naus would become Tumbleweed the Clown and play his guitar and make balloon creations. MU students would work the day and gain a t-shirt in the process. I worked every Block Party after my freshman year!

“The MU Sailing team is another great memory. The team was what brought me to Marquette. I sailed and raced growing up and continued this at Marquette. I became the Social Chair and arranged to have Pabst Brewery not only donate the kegs to our annual Pere Marquette Regatta, but also the huge welcome banner. One memorable Pere Marquette Regatta the winds were blowing over 20 knots. I skippered the A team and my sister Sarah skippered the B team. My older brother, Mike, also a racer, had already graduated from Marquette. With our all-women crew we were highly undersized. Our competition from schools such as UW Madison and Notre Dame were huge guys compared to us. Out on the course they tipped one by one and yet we never once capsized our FJ’s. It was a huge accomplishment. As women we’re usually never the crew let alone the skipper!”

Mary currently resides in Dublin, Ohio, with her husband, Chuck Lempke (Political Science and Business ’85). They met 29 years ago while both were studying at Marquette. She works as a substitute teacher for Dublin City Schools.

Sandra Caro (Business, ’87)

Sandra Caro

“I was Secretary for LASAMU, the Latin American Student Association. I was in charge of organizing a career day for minority students. What an experience! Here I was, a sophomore, having contact with Human Resources Directors from very important companies, Fortune 500 corporations from all over the world. It was a huge success! The person I am today is all thanks to Marquette, all the experiences, all my leadership skills, my successful career as a hotelier in Puerto Rico, the difference I am making in the world. Absolutely everything. I am very grateful! Many students found their first job through this Career Day and many of them still thank me for putting this event together. I still organize all kinds of events.”

Sandra lives in her native Rincon, Puerto Rico, as the owner of the local Villa Cofresi Hotel and a public relations firm.

Ted Lempke (Arts and Sciences, ’12)


“One of the most memorable experiences I had at Marquette was waking up early on a basketball game day, heading down to the arena and waiting in line for a few hours just to get a great seat. I really enjoyed going to the games!

“I was also involved in the sailing team while I was there. Being able to host our own regatta, the Pere Marquette Cup, was an incredible experience. It took a lot of work to get it together but, in the end, it was well worth it.”

Lempke is currently working for a private security company in New Albany, Ohio.


Joshua Arter (Communication, ’12)

Joshua Arter pic

“My fondest memory of Marquette was move-in day. It was the first day of my future. It was exciting and frightening all in the same moment. I was able to explore campus, find out about all the opportunities to get involved, and it was the first urban setting I ever lived in. It put me outside of my comfort zone, but it also forced me to find out just who I was. The friends, the experiences, and most importantly, the education I enjoyed are second to none. I couldn’t be more thankful.

“I graduated in December, 2012. My major was advertising, minor was marketing. I am currently a Communications Specialist for Centare, a software development company in Brookfield. I’m also an avid Milwaukee blogger, one of the co-founders of #ThanksfortheLoveMKE.”

Fisher Reynolds (Arts and Sciences, ’13)

Fisher Reynolds

“My time at Marquette helped me to grow in countless ways. In my experience, the university’s mantra, ‘Cura Personalis,’ extended beyond the classroom and directed my entire life. Marquette taught me who I was and how to constantly ask myself, ‘how can I be the difference?’

“I have so many fond memories from my four years at Marquette. The first of these came during my freshman year when I auditioned for The Naturals. It was my first real activity in college and I remember how badly I wanted to be a member of the group. I barely knew how to prepare for the audition and my mind was filled with so many thoughts: ‘Am I good enough?’, ‘Do I have the time?’, ‘Will I fit in?’ I remember being the only freshman to audition that fall and my nerves kicked into high gear when I realized that if I made it, I would be the only freshman amongst a heavy majority of upperclassmen. I calmed myself in the audition room and remember being asked to sing a prepared piece… (I had not prepared for that). How about ‘God Bless America?’

“I sang the patriotic tune and left feeling fairly confident. I had to wait through the weekend before I heard anything, though. Of course I calmed my rattled nerves as any freshman would in some house off of Kilbourn Ave. with my entire wing from O’Donnell Hall. The next Tuesday finally came with good news… I was in the group and I was so thrilled. Over the next four years, we worked to make the group better in every aspect and by the end of my senior year, I realized how much we had accomplished. In my last semester we traveled to Miami University in Ohio to participate in their a capella invitational concert, we auditioned for NBC’s ‘The Sing Off,’ and we accomplished our biggest goal by recording our first EP, “The Kilbourn Identity.” My experience with The Naturals was certainly one of the highlights of my time at Marquette and I made some of my closest friends through it.

“Upon leaving Marquette, I accepted a job back home in Texas in the lieutenant governor’s office. As the lieutenant governor’s travel aide, I have the unique opportunity to spend each day with him. I brief him on all the events we attend throughout the state and I make sure that he has everything he needs at all times. Without Marquette, who knows if I would even have this opportunity.”

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Let the 2014 NHL Playoffs Begin! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:01:16 +0000 It’s the most stressful time of the year! And that slight remix to a holiday classic doesn’t only apply to the approaching finals but apply to the National Hockey League playoffs beginning in less than 24 hours.

Tomorrow the NHL playoffs are starting and this writer is becoming more anxious by the minute. Hockey is my favorite sport (note I have never played this sport) and “my” team is everything to me. After 82 regular-season games I cannot wait to see the Chicago Blackhawks head into the post season to defend their 2013 Stanley Cup Champion title. Though that is the very reason I’m giving myself bald spots atop my head.

The Blackhawks hold the 3rd seed in the Western Conference’s Central Division and will face the 2nd seeded St. Louis Blues Thursday in St. Louis. My issue with this post-season’s set up is the seeding. Here’s how it breaks down…

Seasons past the top 8 teams made it to the post-season, the top teams played the bottom; first seed vs. eight seed and so on. This meant that the intensity increased each round; an eight seed could have their Cinderella moment and upset the first in their conference.

Instead we have the leader in their conferences division playing each other, then the 2nd and 3rd in one of the three conference divisions (one being the “wild card”) playing each other.

Lets look at the Western Conference: the leader in the Central Division, Colorado Avalanche, will play the first wild card team, the Minnesota Wild –this applies to the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars. While the 2nd and 3rd placed team in both Divisions play each other.

 2014 nhl western conf.

Maybe this is to change up the monotonous series setup that we’ve been used to for so long, maybe the team presidents got bored or saw that their team would have a chance this way, all I know is that it is frustrating. This design takes away from building up the energy that flows into the Conference Finals –and eventually the Cup Finals. Each round would offer predictable wins/losses and keep fans into the playoffs over its entirety. This season fans from big markets may drop out of watching early on if their team is eliminated (Chicago/St. Louis in the first round, or New York/Philly first round of the Eastern Conference).

Moving forward with first round predictions!

In the Western Conference:

Colorado Avalanche in 5 games over the Minnesota Wild, the Chicago Blackhawks in 7 games over the St. Louis Blues, the Anaheim Ducks in 6 over the Dallas Stars, and the San Jose Sharks in 5 games against the LA Kings.

First round of the Eastern Conference:

The Boston Bruins win against the Detroit Red Wings in 6, the Montreal Canadians in 7 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Pittsburgh Penguins in 6 games over the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Philadelphia Flyers in 7 games against the New York Rangers.

Of course all of these predictions could be totally wrong or completely correct, guess we’ll have to wait and see. More updates to follow each round or team exit!

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3 fraternities facing sexual misconduct allegations Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:01:18 +0000 Three Marquette fraternities are under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct and hazing incidents and were issued official warnings by the Division of Student Affairs April 9.

Each incident was immediately reported to Department of Public Safety and Milwaukee Police Department, and the investigations are ongoing.

Marya Leatherwood, assistant vice president for student affairs, said in an email that the chapters of Triangle, Delta Chi and Sigma Phi Delta were issued warnings for sexual misconduct, with Sigma Phi Delta also receiving a warning for hazing.

The official warnings mean that any violations of either Greek policies or student codes of conduct will result in immediate suspension of all activities, pending the outcomes of an investigation into the incidents.

“We expect all of our students to uphold Marquette’s Catholic and Jesuit values and to contribute to a safe and respectful environment,” Leatherwood said in the email. “We take any allegation of misconduct extremely seriously.”

Student affairs will also investigate any individual involved in the incidents via a student conduct process when there is enough information to do so.

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Journey: Analyn Kusper Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:00:45 +0000 College can be intimidating, nerve-racking and exciting all at the same time. You don’t know where you will fit in, if you will like your classes, or if you can handle living on your own. Then all of a sudden you blink your eyes and you are a senior about to graduate. You realize that college is like a second home and that you never want to leave the comfort of it. This is exactly what Analyn Kusper, a senior in the College of Communication, has experienced during her time in college.

Known to most of her friends as “Annie,” Kusper has really grown up during her time at Marquette. Starting as a shy and timid freshman, she later completely immersed herself in college. She lived in Mashuda Hall with her best friend from high school and her cousin who lived next door. She wanted to get more involved her second semester, so she decided to go through sorority recruitment and applied to be a Resident Assistant. Kusper has participated in a lot of activities throughout her college career.

One of the main things that Kusper is involved in on campus is being a Resident Assistant in Schroeder Hall. During her freshman year, Kusper never thought of being a RA. She still finds her reason for not wanting to be one comical.

“My freshman year I told myself that I could never be an RA because my handwriting is terrible,” Kusper says. “So making posters is my least favorite thing to do.”

Kusper has been an RA in Schroeder for three years. With the job comes being a resource, a mediator and a policy enforcer for 30-40 residents. Kusper is so thankful that she has had the opportunity to work with three amazing sets of staff and three amazing resident groups. Throughout her experience she has learned a lot.

“Being an RA has taught me that everyone has a different leadership style, residents tend to show up to programs when food is involved, and I have developed the ability to handle situations and make decisions on my own under pressure,” Kusper says.

The position has taught Kusper how to manage her time. Time management has been very helpful, as she has been involved with so much on campus. She is a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, in the National Residence Hall Honorary, a student conduct board member on the Resident Assistant Selection Committee, and an intern at two separate organizations.

She is a public relations intern for St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend, and a marketing assistant for the Center for Life Transitions. She knows that she will most likely continue the Center for Life Transitions internship, because it is easily accessible and based online. Kusper plans to continue the internship at the hospital until she can find a full-time job.

If Kusper isn’t running from job to job, she is hanging out in the duty room at Schroeder. She loves to play board games, listen to country music, obsess over her dog and watch the television show “Scandal.”

Kusper knows she has grown up since her freshman year. She studied abroad for a semester in Berlin and fell in love with the city. She feels as though her Marquette experience has made her a more confident person and a more well-rounded person.

“I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I didn’t have the people around me that I did in college, with everyone from my supervisors to my sisters, to my friends, to my residents; they have made me who I am. The Marquette slogan ‘We are Marquette’ really holds true, and it is the people of Marquette who have changed me,” Kusper says.

Right now, Kusper is focused on finishing her senior year strong and having the best time doing it. She has recently begun the process to apply for full-time positions in either a public relations or organizational communication setting. She plans on staying in the Midwest, preferably in Chicago or Milwaukee.

After experiencing all of the ups and downs of college, Kusper’s main lesson that she learned is that finding a place in college is not that hard.

“I learned to be myself because you will always find somewhere to fit in,” Kusper says.

Kusper is also a big fan of motivational quotes. She loves to read them and post them on social media. One of her favorite quotes by Christopher Robin in “Pooh’s Grand Adventure” says, “Promise me you will always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter that you think.”

Although some seniors have anxiety about graduating in May, Kusper is ready to take her next steps.

“I feel prepared to cross the stage in May and walk into the real world and succeed,” Kusper said.

Kusper doesn’t know where her life will take her three years down the line, but she does know one thing: “I hope to be doing something that I love.”

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Benefits of graduate school outweigh its daunting nature Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:00:59 +0000 Going to graduate school is an enormous commitment that demands to be treated as a full-time job. Procrastination is deadly, sleep is a luxury and it can be difficult to keep your goals and priorities in check. Despite the hurdles, many graduates affirm that their decision to attend was a solid and life-changing one. 

Before the classes and the rigorous academic workload, though, comes the obvious but difficult decision to apply in the first place. This first step in the graduate school process can be daunting, sometimes even more than the actual program.

For Marquette’s graduate school programs, deciding to apply isn’t a choice that has to be made alone. With many interested undergraduates at its door, the graduate school offers counselors and advisors to current undergraduate students in order to desensitize them to the application process.

To apply to Marquette’s graduate school, students need to complete an application form, submit official transcripts, fill out application questions for their individual program, provide letters of reference, complete a specified essay, take applicable exams for whatever program is of interest (for example, to apply to the law school, you must take the Law School Admission Test) and pay a $50 application fee, though Marquette allows applicants to request a fee waiver.

Applicants hear back from Marquette six weeks after the application deadline by a letter in the mail. Getting accepted into graduate school is a huge accomplishment that should be recognized as such and celebrated, particularly since graduate schools are becoming more and more selective.

Marquette’s business, law, education, health sciences, engineering and nursing graduate schools are ranked in the top 100 for each of their programs by the U.S. News & World Report.

Students from around the world come to take advantage of Marquette’s graduate programs. Currently, Marquette’s graduate school represents all 50 states and 56 countries as well.

Getting into the graduate law program was one of current law student Meghan Pirics’ biggest accomplishments as she finished up her undergraduate degree at Marquette.

“Being accepted into the Marquette Law School was awesome,” Pirics says. “I wanted to continue studying at Marquette while pursuing my dreams by attending law school, and being able to make that happen was really amazing.”

Many students like Pirics apply to graduate school to go after professional goals and dreams, and these students consider the stress and competitiveness required of students through the admissions process to be worth it.

According to the Marquette graduate school office, the things that deter students from pursuing graduate degrees the most are often financial concerns. The cost of higher education can scare students away from continuing their studies.

The thought of graduating with large debt and the state of fiscal affairs can force people into accepting jobs right out of college in order to stay fiscally responsible. Despite this, the Council of Graduate Schools reported last fall that there was a 1.8 percent increase in first-time enrollment of students in graduate programs than in the previous year. This followed a 0.8 percent decline from the year before, which demonstrates that more people are enrolling in graduate programs than ever before.

The CGS said that the national increases were seen in mathematics, computer sciences, health sciences and engineering graduate programs more than any other programs. Education and business programs held the largest total enrollment, accounting for 20 and 16 percent of total enrollment.

Not all students are deterred because of finances and many can qualify for merit or need-based financial aid. Marquette’s graduate admissions office says that they provide approximately “$12.5 million in stipends and tuition scholarships from merit-based assistantships and scholarships, privately funded and grant-funded fellowships and scholarships.”

In addition, the office compiles external fellowships and scholarships for both prospective and current graduate students to look through in order to help students finance the cost of graduate programs.

The scholarships and extra financial support help to alleviate stress for students as they face hurdles such as exams and application essays in pursuit of graduate school. The most common exam that students take in order to be admitted is the Graduate Record Examination. The GRE is a standardized exam required for master’s and doctoral programs with test centers in more than 160 countries. Like the SAT and ACT, it is proctored and offered multiple times throughout the year. It also costs $185 to take it.

While some schools have a minimum GRE score for applicants, Marquette’s Graduate Office says that they consider applications in their entirety and don’t have a minimum. For international students, the GRE is combined with the Test of English as a Foreign Language  exam, which does have minimum score requirements at Marquette. These requirements vary depending on the program.

Despite the increase of graduate students over the last year, and the Marquette Graduate School’s assurance that there is an increasing interest in graduate programs as a whole, some people do not believe that graduate school is necessary or warranted for them.

Graduate school is highly competitive, expensive and stressful, and in occupations where a graduate degree might not be necessary, these strains challenge students to think carefully about whether graduate school is a good fit. Some programs are only a year or two long, but some can go on for as many as seven years, and that kind of investment demands time and money.

When thinking about graduate school as an option, it is important to speak to counselors and advisors to get a full picture of whether or not it is the best option. A graduate degree does not necessarily equate to a guarantee of getting a higher salary, and return on this kind of investment might be slow.

Even though these drawbacks are clear, millions of students still apply to graduate school every year. Marquette has a well-ranked graduate program and advisors willing to speak to students about applying, which is a resource that students should take advantage of. Graduate school is an exciting opportunity that should be examined on a personal level, because when it is a good fit, the experience can help students really be the difference.

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Members find faith, friendship at Catholic houses Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:00:38 +0000 From Clybourn Avenue to State Street, every weekend eager students flock to upperclassmen’s off-campus houses and apartments. Like their fraternity and sorority neighbors, the students of the men’s and women’s Catholic living community have been known to welcome hundreds of students into their houses as well.

On any given Saturday night, the students of these Catholic houses can be found moving furniture into the kitchen to make room for a concert, a Halloween party or even a beer-brewing session in their living room, the place where they also gather every day at 7 a.m. to pray.

The men’s house holds seven students and the women’s house holds five. Both houses are located on State Street.

“These houses were originally formed here at Marquette about ten to 12 years ago by a group of men and women that wanted to foster Catholic community, but Marquette was not offering an opportunity for juniors and seniors off-campus to do such a thing,” says Trevor Gundlach, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences who has lived in the men’s house for two years. “Of course, there were fraternities and sororities, but there wasn’t this solid sense of community for people who desired a strong Catholic identity.”

The official names of these two houses honor St. Margaret Mary and her spiritual director, St. Claude de la Columbiere, but are more commonly known among student as “the Catholic houses” or the Catholic living communities.

“Our lack of a strict title kind of shows the informal and relaxed feel of the community,” said Gundlach, “A really neat thing is that it’s student-run and disconnected from anything campus ministry or anything run by Marquette. We simply rent from a landlord like any other group or house of friends, but we have this deep set community.”

The men and women living in each house wake up every morning at 7 a.m. to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, a daily prayer for many priests, nuns and lay people. They also have a weekly house dinner with each other and join together every Friday morning to pray a rosary.

In conjunction with their prayer and welcoming Catholic identity, the students living in these houses invite other students over to bake pretzels, brew beer or just to play video games such as Super Smash Brothers.

“We try not only to foster a really solid Catholic identity, but also recognize that we’re real college students, and we can’t distance ourselves,” Gundlach says. “We aim to set this atmosphere for faithful conversation, but at the same time, we’re just going to hang out and spend time together in a community. I guess we’re just trying to be very realistic.”

He explains that when he developed an interest in living with the group his junior and senior years, the men of the house were welcoming and invited him to pray and share a meal so he could experience their daily life.

Because the group of people living in the houses changes every two years, the identity of the community develops based on who is in the house. Obviously, they always maintain their Christ-centered foundations, but the ways in which they choose to create this Catholic atmosphere within the larger community varies.

“I’m really excited for the community as it continues to grow and develop,” Gundlach says. “I know the men living there next year are a really energetic and lively bunch looking to build this Catholic identity on campus.”

Through campus involvement and word of mouth, the students have welcomed anywhere from 20 to 200 students into their living rooms for mass with the Jesuits, concerts, DJ parties, and other themed gatherings. They nurture this community and then they invite other students to come and pray with them and ask them to spread the word to their friends.

“Different from this distanced Catholic identity that oftentimes college students view it as, what we want to foster is a realistic view of ‘How can I break bread with you? How can I drink beer with you? How can I have a normal and faithful conversation with you?’,” Gundlach says.

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Resistance training misconceptions: lifting doesn’t have to mean bulking Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:00:12 +0000 One glance into the gym and you’ll see half of the people on one side, sweating away on the cardio machines and the other half on the other side, grunting and lifting heavy weights. There’s a definite imbalance when one exercise is done without the other. There are several different conclusions men and women form on resistance training, and many beliefs about weightlifting are not grounded in scientific fact. Weightlifting is extremely beneficial for both men and women, and it is important to separate fact from myth to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

One common misconception is that resistance training will make women big and bulky. Think again. It is almost impossible for this to happen. According to the National Strength and Conditioning Association, free flowing testosterone is needed to see a significant increase in muscle mass, and women have about 15 to 20 percent lower levels than men. This testosterone is what makes it easier for men to become buff, not the weightlifting itself.

Dr. Christopher Simenz, professor of kinesiology and biomechanics here at Marquette, emphasizes this concept: “In order to elicit real gains in muscle hypertrophy in women, training levels need to be huge, much more than a typical training regimen.” Women can benefit from resistance training as much as men without seeing a significant increase in the size of their body.

Women who spend most of their time at the gym on the elliptical or the treadmill need to understand that cardio alone will not build the lean muscle that is desired. Resistance exercises provide that “toned” look they’re striving for.

“For wellness, both cardiovascular and resistance exercises are necessary. One without the other is creating an unbalanced system. Both are incredibly beneficial,” says Simenz.

Resistance training is not only essential for becoming toned and strengthening one’s muscles, but it also helps build strong bones and increases resting metabolic rate. Muscle weighs more than fat, and if one is building lean body mass, his or her body will burn more calories sitting around because muscle is more active than fat.

“Essentially, you can be watching TV and eating potato chips, but your muscles can help you burn calories at the same time,” says Dr. Kristof Kipp, professor of strength and conditioning.

The problem with many exercisers is the muscles they intend to bulk up. The main weight-lifting exercise men tend to do is the bench press. The bench press is a great exercise because it works triceps, pectorals and deltoids. Unfortunately, focusing primarily on the bench press leads to muscle imbalance. Areas such as the upper back and rotator cuff muscles in the shoulders are often overlooked in terms of muscle conditioning.

This happens mainly because of the aesthetic look and men thinking about building that “spring break bod.”

Simenz adds, “A lot of young men are wrongheaded – they should be thinking about functional strength instead of just body building.” Functional strength means training the body to become strong for every day exercises, to reduce risk of injury or bone-degenerative diseases in the future.

Kate Hasse, a CPT and personal training supervisor at the Rec, says, “Honestly, the biggest mistake men and women make at the gym is bad form. Based off personal opinion, I would say 70 percent of the people I see in the weight area have bad form. Bad form causes injuries.” For safety and body mechanics, proper form is essential. Pushing too much weight unsafely can be detrimental to one’s health.

Progression is key to every type of exercise. “Generally, college students overtrain. Doing multi-joint exercises two to three times a week is usually enough to start building muscle,” says Kipp.

Many athletes or students that want to gain muscle take supplements, such as protein powder, to enhance their muscle growth. This is another cloudy area for students regarding resistance training. Protein supplements are definitely beneficial, but they only help with a very small percentage of building muscle, as opposed to eating right and getting enough sleep. These factors play a large role in building up strength. Minimizing external stress and keeping a positive energy balance is important. This means ingesting more calories than expending.

It is essential to eat around 45 minutes to an hour after your workout so your body can better uptake the nutrients. “Chocolate milk is a great snack after your workout because it provides your body carbs, and because it is in liquid form, your body can absorb it really well,” says Kipp.

When thinking about exercise selection, keep in mind realistic goals and time limits. If a person were to try to isolate all of the muscles in their body, it would take the entire day to complete all the exercises. Instead of doing single-joint exercises that only work one muscle, focus on exercises that work multiple areas at one time. For example, instead of doing bicep curls, try doing lateral pull-downs, which work the back, biceps and shoulders all at once. For the lower body, any complex triple extension exercises like squats, dead-lifts, step-ups or lunges will work your glutes, quads and calves at the same time.

“The squat and dead-lift are very functional movements that people use every day. From bending down to pick up a book, to standing up from a chair, we use these movements everyday whether we realize it or not,” says Rec Center trainer Michael Branda.

“I really think that your mind does 99 percent of the job,” says Karishma Patel, junior in the Klinger College of Arts & Sciences. “Whenever I lift, I remind myself that my goal is to be toned and fit, not skinny; because there’s nothing flattering about being skinny. And as far as it goes for getting ‘too bulky,’ I think it’s important to note the amount of weight that you’re lifting. You won’t get bulky if you’re using smaller weights and doing 2-3 reps. When paired with cardio and a healthy diet, it’ll help shed fat and build muscle.”

If you’re not quite sure where to begin, the Rec Center and the Rec Plex have fitness assessment centers that can help determine where you should start your training. They also offer personal training sessions at both centers with certified personal trainers.

“They are able to fit any person’s needs and goals, whether that be strength, power, endurance or hypertrophy. Most people just don’t know the difference and a personal trainer is a great guide to achieving your optimal fitness level,” says Hasse.  Personal training sessions are $12 an hour for students, and 30-minute consultation sessions are free if you decide to meet with a trainer.

“Most students come to me wanting to learn how to resistance train or wanting to lose weight/tone up,” Branda says. “I want to expose them to new exercises, but at the same time, just because they’re working out, doesn’t mean that they have to dread it,” Branda says.

Regardless of whether you are male or female, resistance training is something that every college student should do. Done properly and safely, exercising regularly can ensure a healthy lifestyle that can stick with you long after college.

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Human Barbie has perfection all wrong Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:07:16 +0000 Women will do anything to look beautiful. We pull countless individual hairs off our faces, pour hot wax on our legs just to promptly rip it off and pay hundreds of dollars for makeup advertising the perfect look that says, “I’m attractive, but I’m pretending I don’t know that so you can tell me yourself.”

But do we actually believe we are? Absolutely not.

If women legitimately thought they were attractive, they would not invest a majority of their time and money in changing their natural looks. Once the makeup is heavily applied and accessories hang from every limb, they often turn out to be the exact opposite of what they look like when they get out of bed.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look presentable, but when it takes over your life to the point of altering your whole personality for superficial beauty, it’s a problem.

Valeria Lukyanova may literally look like a doll, but her beauty standards are far from perfect. Photo via

Valeria Lukyanova may look like a doll, but her beauty standards are far from perfect. Photo via

Valeria Lukyanova is the epitome of that problem. For the last few years, the Ukrainian made multiple headlines as the Human Barbie, complete with an unnaturally slim figure, blonde hair and plastic-looking face. In a GQ feature story, she showed Editor-in-Chief Michael Idov around her hometown, amidst gawking stares from passers-by. It didn’t take Idov long to discover her life views, like how race-mixing causes a degeneration in beauty. Or that having children is “the pinnacle of selfishness,” and their only purpose is “to get you a glass of water when you’re on your deathbed.”

I don’t want to make assumptions, but I’m going to assume most of you have a problem with that. I’m a fairly calm person, but I have to resist punching someone in the face when it comes to that response. But her worst quote is one she gave to V Magazine about those who say she uses an ungodly amount of Photoshop:

“Many people say bad things about people who want to perfect themselves,” she said. “It’s hard work … This is how they justify not wanting to strive for self-improvement. It’s how they explain their continued inaction. It’s just an excuse.”

An excuse for what, exactly? For not wanting to literally look like a porcelain doll? For resisting the unrealistic standard of beauty the media forces down young girls’ throats?

A website dedicated to this creature,, says its mission is to help women grow “in self confidence, knowledge and better health.” It encourages women to make an impact and take active leadership roles in their communities and throughout the world. “To see themselves as they could be.” This text is ironically placed next to a picture of Lukyanova in an incredibly revealing bikini top.

Motivational speakers and blogs cover this topic daily, but I’ll say it again: big boobs don’t buy success. Physical beauty alone cannot guarantee affluence in any professional field. The messages this woman and her fan club’s website are sending are not applicable to anyone living in the real world.

So why am I reiterating this if it has been said already? Because I still don’t totally believe it myself.

I can read inspirational articles and watch empowering videos about how beauty isn’t skin deep, but the minute I walk by a mirror, the nagging voice enters my subconscience without fail.

Your hair is too flat. Your face is too chubby. Don’t even get me started on that belly fat.

I try to come up with solutions that could fix what I think is wrong with myself. I could run every day. Salad sounds good for lunch – for the next month. I’ll drink as many liquids as possible. For a moment, Human Barbie’s version of perfection is actually appealing.

Then, I look at my friends. None of them remotely resemble Lukyanova, and I don’t want them to. I love them for their humor, their compassion, our inside jokes, the crazy and occasionally stupid things we do just because we like each other’s company.

Beauty is making a sad friend smile, standing up for a just cause and lending a helping hand when you are told to shrink back in disgust. Beauty is showing the world love when it deserves none. It’s everything Human Barbie says it is not.

I may not have told you anything new, but maybe I’ve been the final straw that changes your perspective about the media’s beauty standards. If you still grapple with the truth – you are more than the lipstick on your face and the glitter in your hair – know that at least one other person in the world is struggling like you are. And she just wrote 765 words about it.

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READER SUBMISSION: Why Marquette should not establish a police force Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:06:52 +0000 MUsealI would never say that those in charge of Marquette mean to do harm. They don’t. Protecting their students is a top priority, and the school does a great job of doing so. I would know because I recently graduated from its College of Health Sciences.

But considering the lower socio-economic conditions of many of the neighborhoods immediately surrounding the rather prosperous campus, one could argue the university’s safety policies have indirectly contributed to these disparities. That being said, for the sake of the community at large, I do not think Marquette should create a police force despite Governor Walker’s recent signing of a bill to allow it.

I think the current Department of Public Safety does enough. Marquette should not overstep its boundaries or have boundaries at all, for that matter. DPS constantly warns students not to cross certain streets – Highland Boulevard to the north, and 24th Street to the west – and to avoid certain neighborhoods. DPS treats these outlying neighborhoods as if they were the Forbidden Forest of Hogwarts: mysterious, dangerous, and strictly forbidden to all students. It’s totally understandable. I get it. Officers want to keep the students safe.

However, decades of this practice disrupted the growth of this portion of the city and contributed to the observable economic disparities. Simultaneously, these practices have isolated the campus so much that Marquette has transformed into an enclave.

Unfortunately, the problem I have stretches beyond geography. Race has become an issue as it relates to student safety on campus. If you read any of the school’s DPS reports, you will often find that many perpetrators are described as a “5’10” African American male, wearing a white shirt and jeans.” That could be anyone. These generic descriptions do nothing but create stereotypes of black males and inspire a sense of racial profiling, especially on an isolated campus comprised of a 74.9 percent white, non-Hispanic student body.

I know from experience how black men are approached by public safety officers while on campus. Profiling is a reality and should not be ignored. Considering this, along with the public safety’s established geographical boundaries, it is no surprise the neighborhoods nearest to Marquette are a little more insecure, dangerous, poor, rough – whatever you choose to call them. These neighborhoods are not accepted by the Marquette community; they are walled off, pushed away and ignored.

Now, before I address the proposed police force, let’s look at the data. According to estimates from the 2010 decennial census, Wisconsin has the highest black male incarceration rate in the United States. Research by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee shows that two-thirds of the county’s incarcerated black men came from six zip codes in the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee. In addition, over half of the county’s black men in their 30’s have been incarcerated at some point in their lives.

The Milwaukee Police Department incarcerates a lot of black men and, in my opinion, too many. I believe that establishing a police force on campus will only add to these numbers and ultimately do more harm than good. The university has already done enough to wall off a vital section of the city. If this decision goes through, campus police will have the ability to arrest people. I would not be surprised to see an increase in the incarceration rate of black men in this zip code. Milwaukee is already one of the most segregated cities in the United States. I would hate to see segregation grow even more.

I’m proud to be an alumnus of Marquette. It’s a great school, and it does a lot of good. I just think that, as an institution, it can better practice the Ignatian ideals of service and humility regarding the community at large. It needs to stop putting up walls and start embracing its neighbors. The university should use its resources to better help the surrounding neighborhoods address their own needs. As Marquette continues to grow, it should aim to grow with the community, not away from it. Establishing its own police force may make that harder to achieve.

- D. Payton Sterba, College of Health Sciences ’13

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Jesuits mourn the loss of colleague killed in Syria Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:06:41 +0000 Pope Francis touches his forehead after delivering his message during the general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Pope Francis has denounced the "brutal slaying" of an elderly Jesuit priest in Syria and called for an end to the violence. Photo by Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press.

Pope Francis touches his forehead after delivering his message during the general audience in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Pope Francis has denounced the “brutal slaying” of an elderly Jesuit priest in Syria and called for an end to the violence. Photo by Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press.

The Jesuit community continues to mourn the loss of a Dutch Jesuit killed in war-torn Syria April 7.

The Rev. Frans van der Lugt, 75, was forced outside of his monastery in the government-seized Syrian city of Homs by an unidentified gunman who beat and shot him in the head.

van der Lugt went to Syria in 1966 to minister Christians and help Muslim and Christian families living in poverty, according to Missouri Provence Jesuits’ website. He refused to leave once the Syrian Civil War broke out in 2011.

“The Syrian people have given me so much, so much kindness, inspiration and everything they have,” van der Lugt said to the Agence France-Presse. “If the Syrian people are suffering now, I want to share their pain and their difficulties.”

Jan Stuyt, secretary of the Dutch Jesuit Order, told the AFP he was not aware of particular threats to van der Lugt, adding that the priest will be buried in Syria.

Marquette’s Jesuit community was notified of the murder via email.

“The manner of Father van der Lugt’s death is a real testimony to what a powerful affect his life must have had on the people he served that his enemies would select him out in this brutal, inhuman way,” said the Rev. John Laurance, an associate professor of theology. “That he is a martyr of the Church humbles me to be associated with such awesome human beings through the centuries.”

The Rev. Joseph Mueller attended campus-held masses to pray for van der Lugt’s safety and for the freedom of religious expression in Syria.

“I am glad that Father van der Lugt decided to stay in Homs with the people who could not get out,” Mueller said. “I pray that peace will come to that city and country, and the people who did this to him.”

The murder took place in front of other Jesuit missionaries who were doing the same work as van der Lugt.

“The murder adds to the shock of what is already going on in Syria,” Mueller said. “This is the main point of attention for Jesuits in Syria right now.”

About 10 percent of Syria’s population is comprised of Christians, including Roman Catholics and Protestants. The majority of Syrians practice Islam.

“(van der Lugt) had the courage to spread God’s word and he made that more valuable than (his) life,” said the Rev. Thomas Caldwell. “It’s an action that’s appreciated by all.”

Born in the Netherlands on April 10, 1938, van der Lugt  joined the Society of Jesus in 1959.

“In a way, I wasn’t surprised by van der Lugt’s martyrdom,” Laurance said. “In its lived witness to Christ, the Church has had and will continue to have martyrs in every century of its existence. This murder simply makes me want to pray more fervently for peace in that war-torn country.”

The Marquette community felt the effects of Syrian violence in 2012 when alumnus James Foley, an international freelance reporter, was abducted while on assignment in Syria. He still has yet to be found.

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Women’s tennis scores pair of shutouts on senior night Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:05:33 +0000 Photo via Marquette Images

Photo via Marquette Images

The women’s tennis team celebrated senior night with a pair of shutout wins Friday, which started off with a 7-0 win over Cincinnati.

Sophomore Erin Gebes and senior Rocio Diaz (No. 2 doubles) solidified the doubles point 8-6 after third doubles team Ana Pimienta and Aina Hernandez Soler won their match 8-2. The women moved onto singles play and won on every court.

With Cincinnati behind them, the women moved onto Chicago State where senior Diaz was honored as the only senior on the team. Diaz earned her 100th career win as a doubles and singles player against Chicago State. Diaz won at second doubles with partner Gebes as well as a decisive 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles.

The other victors of the night were, in order, Pimienta, Gebes, Vanessa Foltinger, Aina Hernandez Soler and Laia Hernandez Soler. The women ended their last home match with another 7-0 victory. The team’s last match of the regular season will be Saturday, April 19 against DePaul University in Chicago.

The men team’s fought back for a 4-3 win against DePaul Saturday. The Golden Eagles fell behind early in the match by losing the doubles point. DePaul began to pull away, leading the Golden Eagles 3-1. However, the men rallied in the third set at third, fourth and sixth singles to bring home the win.

The match came down to freshman Nick Dykema at No. 4 singles. When it was tied at three a piece when Dykema won 7-6 in a tough third set decision, giving Marquette the win. Senior Logon Collins, junior Cameron Tehrani and freshman Kristiyan Trukov also won their singles matches.

The men will end their season at home with a pair of matches over Easter break against Creighton and Butler.

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EDITORIAL: Marquette greek life needs to refocus on mission of integrity Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:04:54 +0000 Illustration by Rob Gebelhoff/

Illustration by Rob Gebelhoff/

Despite the commitments to service and the community it purports, the Marquette Greek system demonstrated a pattern of misbehavior over the past few years.

Marquette fraternities were involved in several incidents – as recently as the past few weeks – approaching the announcement of a new fraternity and sorority on campus by the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council. On April 5, a student reported to the Department of Public Safety an incident of sexual assault by another student at Triangle Fraternity. DPS also issued a report last week indicating hazing at an unnamed fraternity on campus.

These incidents are only adding to a longer string of violations. Last year, Sigma Chi was suspended for one semester due to hazing violations, and in 2012, six fraternities on campus – Delta Chi, Omega Delta, Sigma Chi, Sigma Phi Delta, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Triangle – were placed on probation due to alcohol violations.

These reports portray Marquette Greek Life in a very different way than the university presents its fraternities and sororities on the Greek Life page of its website.

“As a Catholic, Jesuit University,” the page reads, “Marquette Greek Life serves the University Mission with integrity and aspires for excellence while respecting the dignity and diversity of its members. Our Greek community exists to enhance the lives of individuals by raising awareness and serving the needs of Marquette University and the greater Milwaukee community. Through the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood, Marquette Greek Life strives to strengthen its members through scholarship, leadership and service.”

Considering the recent behavior at Marquette’s Greek Life establishments, the decision to introduce a new fraternity and sorority to campus next year comes at a peculiar time. Delta Tau Delta, the proposed new fraternity, will come to campus with a clean slate, but will join a Greek community where social violations often overshadow contributions to the greater community.

In many ways, Greek organizations on campus strive to meet the university statements. Sororities and fraternities often hold philanthropic fundraising events and require members to participate in Hunger Clean-Up. Some affiliate themselves with specific organizations and raise money on their behalf.

If a new fraternity and sorority are on their way to Marquette, members of Greek Life need to begin considering their unsound social behavior and recommit themselves to these philanthropic causes.

Delta Tau Delta has an opportunity to set a new precedent for fraternities on campus, but it also runs the risk of falling into the same behavior. With a new fraternity and sorority on their way, members of Greek life need to begin reconsidering this social behavior and pursue causes outside of organized social events.

The university paints Greek Life in a positive light on its website, and Delta Tau Delta has a similarly positive motto: “Committed to Lives of Excellence.” Other establishments on campus do the same.

All fraternities and sororities commit to these mottoes in theory, but at Marquette, many fail to demonstrate “dignity” or “integrity” in practice. It is not up to the fraternity itself to follow this motto – Marquette chapters stem from national organizations. But rather, it is up to the students who join.

Social misbehavior, hazing and alcohol violations all begin with individuals and work their way out to represent the organizations as a whole. The few individuals who engage in poor behavior and violate the rules of the university, the Interfraternity and their specific chapters give the entire Greek system at Marquette a bad name.

The introduction of a new fraternity and sorority means Marquette is widening the influence of Greek life on campus. It is vital these organizations get back on track. Violations should not show up in headlines more frequently than service contributions. Individual students in fraternities and sororities need to veer away from this behavior, and the Greek community as a whole needs to reinvigorate its commitment to service.

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