Marquette Wire Keeping You Connected Fri, 25 Apr 2014 02:37:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Difficult start, lighter finish define Packers’ schedule Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:06:12 +0000 The NFL released its 2014 schedule Wednesday, meaning the Packers know when they will have to travel and which teams will have to compete in the frigid Green Bay winter.

Green Bay will face a difficult start to its 2014 campaign, but the scheduling committee gave the Packers a few breaks during the final two months of the season.

First, Green Bay will face some early challenges, as five of its first eight games are on the road. In a rematch of the “Fail Mary” game of 2012, Green Bay will travel to Seattle in week one to play the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

They then play the Jets at home before traveling to both Detroit and Chicago to start division games. Playing three out of four games away to start the season is difficult regardless of the opponent. Adding in the fact that division games have an even higher intensity, these two games could prove to be even more challenging. The Packers have to do well against the Lions and Bears to strengthen their position in the division early.

The Packers play below-average teams in Minnesota and Miami before taking on the Panthers at Lambeau Field and the Saints in New Orleans. The NFC South is a tough division, and both these teams will be difficult contests for Green Bay.

The Packers benefit from having their bye week in week nine, right in the middle of the season. Hopefully for Green Bay, this will allow them to regroup for a late-season run to get back to the playoffs.

Another interesting aspect of Green Bay’s schedule is that they play the Bears for the second and final time in week ten. In recent years, the NFL has put the Chicago/Green Bay game later in the season as a game with possible playoff implications. Having the season series conclude shortly after the year’s halfway point takes away from the potential late-season competition for the division title.

The cost of playing so many road games early in the year has its benefits as the year progresses. Green Bay finishes the season with five of its last eight games at Lambeau Field. This is an even greater asset to the Packers because they will be playing in the true Frozen Tundra.

Green Bay is known for its cold-weather games, and having so many home games during the winter gives the Packers a sizable advantage over its opponents.

The way the schedule played out gives Green Bay a tough start to its season and the Packers must do everything they can to avoid getting off to a slow start. If the team can make it through the early part of the year and come away with victories against the division opponents, they are primed to make it back to the postseason.

Nothing is ever certain in the NFL; teams that were good one year may struggle in the next (like the 2013 Texans), and previously bad teams may start to emerge as legitimate threats (like the 2013 Panthers). But the favorable matchups and home field advantage over the last two months should allow Green Bay to win its late season games and build momentum to head into the playoffs.

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Western Conference postseason predictions Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:55:27 +0000 Finally! The 2014 NBA Playoffs are here, and after an especially competitive and heartbreaking (sorry, Suns) regular season, the Western Conference playoffs should be incredible. After Memphis beat Dallas in OT on Wednesday to take the seventh seed, the matchups were set. So let’s preview these first round matchups, along with seeds in parentheses.

(1) San Antonio vs. (8) Dallas: This will be the teams’ sixth meeting in the postseason in the Duncan-Nowitzki era, with the Spurs holding a 3-2 advantage. However, the Spurs and Mavs have not faced each other in the playoffs since the 2010 first-round, when San Antonio won in six games with a very different team than it currently has. Obviously these teams know each other very well, so it will come down to execution. I give a major edge in this category to Coach Gregg Popovich and the Spurs, who have the best offense in the league, with so many guys who can hurt Dallas in a variety of ways; six Spurs averaged 10 or more points this year. The only ways the Mavs can win this series is if San Antonio’s shooting inexplicably goes cold or if Dirk goes crazy and averages about 35 a game, but both of these scenarios are unlikely. Prediction: Spurs in five.

(2) Oklahoma City vs. (7) Memphis: A very interesting matchup of completely opposite playing styles. OKC is ninth in possessions per game, while Memphis is dead last. With soon-to-be MVP Kevin Durant and great athletes in Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, and Reggie Jackson, it makes sense that the Thunder want to push the pace. Meanwhile, Memphis is content to slow the ball down and work through their high-low post tandem of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, with Mike Conley handling the perimeter. Both philosophies have been effective, with the teams playing to their respective strengths. With this being said, I don’t see a case where Durant and Westbrook both play consistently bad over a seven-game series; the Thunder have too much offensive firepower, and Durant is playing at a historically great level. Prediction: Thunder in six.

(3) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (6) Golden State: My favorite first-round matchup. Two of the most entertaining teams and players (Blake Griffin and Steph Curry) to watch, and also the best point guard in the league (Chris Paul). There is also some hostility, going back to a Christmas game in which Andrew Bogut basically got Blake Griffin ejected for doing nothing, which increases the intensity that much more. Plus, Matt Barnes is involved, so there will definitely be a fracas of some sort in the series. The key for Golden State will be David Lee’s health. If he doesn’t play, or is limited, then the Clippers advance pretty easily. If Lee plays well, this could be a seven-game epic. Either way, I think the Clips are a better team, because they have two of the top five players in the league, great shooters in Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick, and do not rely so heavily on one player on offense like the Warriors do with Curry. Maybe Curry will become The Human Torch like he was in last year’s playoffs and carry them to the next round, but I don’t think that will happen. Either way, it will be an awesome series. Prediction: Clippers in six.

(4) Houston vs. (5) Portland: Two teams that have gone slightly under the radar, even though they both had outstanding seasons. The Rockets were expected to contend after signing Dwight Howard, but no one expected the Trail Blazers to be so good already. Their breakthrough season is thanks in large part to their version of the “Fab Four” in LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum. Along with center Robin Lopez, these five players started all but 13 games this year, when Aldridge was injured. That is remarkably healthy for NBA starters, and the consistency and familiarity with each other is a big reason Portland was one of the league’s best offenses, as was Houston. Both teams struggle defensively, and Lillard and James Harden are very similar in that they are great on offense, and brutal on defense. Houston is possibly the worst defensive team in the league without Howard protecting the rim and Patrick Beverly making life miserable for opposing guards. Even though both teams are very talented offensively with a similar guard-big combo (Lillard and Aldridge vs. Harden and Howard) and supporting wing players (Matthews and Batum vs. Chandler Parsons), I believe defense will determine who wins the series, and Houston is slightly better in this area. It should be a great series. Prediction: Rockets in seven.

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New York Times ends affiliation with MU Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:07:31 +0000 Photo courtesy of Elise Chapman

Photo courtesy of Elise Chapman

FixesU, a social innovation partnership between Marquette and The New York Times, ended in the wake of the layoff Jeff Snell, who was the primary architect of the university’s Social Innovation Initiative.

SII hosted a faculty forum Wednesday to discuss the future of social innovation at Marquette. The event was led by the initiative’s new leader Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice president for research and dean of the graduate school, and the Rev. Nicholas Santos, an assistant professor of marketing. The purpose of the event was to decide how to advance the initiative at Marquette in the wake of the layoff of Snell, whose severance reverberated throughout social innovation projects at Marquette.

“It’s really sad that Jeff Snell was let go, and it’s important that we figure out how to move forward,” Santos said at the event.

FixesU is a project working to build a wiki-style platform to bring case studies of social innovation projects around the world to classrooms across the country. It is based on the “Fixes” column published in The New York Times by David Bornstein and Tina Rosenberg. Bornstein, however, said the project grew out of the work of Snell.

Bornstein said it was Snell’s idea to create the platform using the “Fixes” column, and with the help of Bornstein and Rosenberg, he built a proposal for the project that won a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. FixesU, however, will no longer have a partnership with the university now that Snell is gone because Bornstein said he believes the project “would not be a priority” at the university without him.

​”We’re currently looking for another university home,” Bornstein said. “We want the project to live in a place where it will be built up over time.”

People within SII said they felt the project was hugely beneficial to the university.

“It really put Marquette on the forefront of social innovation curriculum and a resource for social innovation educators at Marquette and beyond,” said Elise Chapman, a special projects manager for SII. “It was really something that distinguished Marquette as a changemaker campus.”

Chapman recently resigned from her position with the SII, despite saying it is the career field in which she wants to work. She said there is not enough structure or tangible work being done at the initiative as a result of the changes that have taken place in the last two months.

Bornstein said FixesU is ultimately moving on from Marquette because the organization believes there is not enough support to help it grow.

“FixesU requires a commitment from the whole university,” Bornstein said. “It really requires teaching social innovation across a wide range of courses. And that doesn’t just happen. It really requires a lot of leadership from the university.”

Bornstein said the program could have remained affiliated with Marquette if it attained finances to support it. He also said there were opportunities for the university to obtain enough funding for the program beyond the length of the Gates Foundation Grant.

“There was considerably more funding that the university could have applied for,” Bornstein said.

Chapman could not speak to any grants that may have been available directly for the FixesU program, but said that lack of grant-seeking could be a problem.

“We applied for grants when Jeff was here, and as far as I know we haven’t applied for anything since then,” Chapman said. “The lack of active grant-seeking within those two months would definitely be something to note.”

Chapman also said the lack of support for the FixesU program is systemic for SII as a whole.

“There is no anchor or defined structure for the Social Innovation Initiative,” Chapman said. “That’s why when budget cuts came around it was easy to cut (social innovation) roles.”

Despite the end of the partnership, Bornstein said there is no ill will with the university, explaining that he and Rosenberg had a great experience and were happy to have had the opportunity to grow the program. He also indicated that he plans to maintain a strong relationship with the College of Communication through his Solutions Journalism Network, a separate endeavor that aims to spread the practice of reporting on responses to social problems.

Still, many questions remain about the future of SII at Marquette. Chapman said if Marquette wants to spread social innovation at the university, it must increase active support for the initiative, such as designating a physical location for the program, developing a communications platform and fostering ways to incubate both startup ideas.

“At this point I would say it’s all talk because we haven’t seen anything come of it,” she said.

Rob Gebelhoff contributed to this report.

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EDITORIAL: MU needs to recommit to social innovation Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:06:49 +0000


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Illustration by Caroline Devane /

February saw 25 university staff layoffs, including the letting go of Jeff Snell, founder of Marquette’s Social Innovation Initiative. This month, two members of the SII, Elizabeth Wieland and project manager Elise Chapman, resigned from their positions. Although new leaders are found in the Rev. Nicholas Santos, S.J., and Jeanne Hossenlopp, the program unfortunately lost what was gained under Snell’s tenure.

Social innovation refers to the creation of ideas that are more effective, efficient and sustainable to improve social situations. With Snell at the helm of SII, Marquette entered into FixesU, a social partnership with The New York Times including a $100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for its dedication to social innovation. SII was also recognized by AshokaU, a national organization which designated Marquette a “Changemaker Campus” for its notable achievements in social innovation.

However, these partnerships started to suffer in the months following Snell’s layoff. The university’s partnership with the New York Times in the FixesU project will now end once the grant money runs out. And with the lack of current leadership action and a foreseeable plan, Marquette’s status as an AshokaU Changemakers campus is at risk.

The administration’s neglect of university social innovation led to these lost opportunities. Snell may have been let go for budgetary reasons, but it appears Marquette did not properly work to transition those partnerships to new leaders of social innovation at the university. The social innovation program has lost some of its strongest connections, and work needs to be done to reclaim Marquette’s pride in being a socially active campus.

As one of the first 10 campuses recognized by AshokaU for its social innovation, Marquette was leading the way in social innovation at universities. Marquette’s status would change significantly if dropped from the national Changemaker Campus list because it no longer has an efficient staff. It would also be the first university dropped from the list.

The university is feeling the long-term ramifications of Snell’s absence and needs to find new ways to sustain its dedication to social innovation.

A faculty forum hosted Wednesday focused on the question, “What is your dream for social innovation?” If this question is representative of the university’s current social innovation, one can assume the heralded plan for moving social innovation forward is not yet thought out. The reality of Marquette as a nationally-recognized leading campus in social innovation is at stake.

With the primary social innovation architect gone, Marquette is not showing signs of sustaining its status as a national leader in social innovation. Hopefully that will change as a result of the forum and quick work in SII. Some of the partnerships and recognition solidified by Snell may already be lost, but it is up to new leaders to reconstruct its image as a socially innovative university.

In a letter announcing the layoffs in February, Interim University President the Rev. Robert A. Wild said cuts were made with the “long-term health of the university” in mind. But with Snell’s departure, the university gave up much more than just a staff member.

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DOYLE: With peace, ‘don’t be afraid to be caught trying’ Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:06:05 +0000 Seamus Doyle“What is the one most important thing our society needs?” Stan Fields, the host of Miss USA, asks in the film “Miss Congeniality.”

Sandra Bullock’s undercover beauty pageant character responds: “That would be harsher punishment for parole violators, Stan … And world peace!”

In today’s polarized political climate, there are few things everyone can agree upon. Peace, however, is an exception. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, nearing its 56th year, continues to block the peace that has been in the works since the Camp David Accords brought limited peace to the region in 1978.

The peace process was reinvigorated under the Obama administration and Secretary of State John Kerry last year, but a comprehensive peace plan between Israel and Palestine still remains elusive. Kerry’s self-imposed deadline for a deal expires April 29. To accomplish even a rough framework by then would be miraculous.

Luckily, Kerry was hands-on throughout the whole process. He visited Israel 11 times in the past year alone, and when the going gets tough, he tells aides, “Don’t be afraid to be caught trying.” Kerry understands attaining peace is hard work – much harder than starting a war.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict rages beyond the Middle East. Some of the most heated discussions take place in the United States, especially on college campuses. A few weeks ago, tensions rose at Marquette when Students for Justice in Palestine hosted “Israeli Apartheid Week” and the Jewish Student Union responded by hosting “Israeli Peace Week.”

It is the discourse sparked by events hosted by the SJP and JSU that lead to intelligent discussions, understanding, decision-making and, eventually, peace.

The peace process in the Middle East, on the other hand, is on the verge of collapse. Talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials are at a standstill since Israel refused to release detainees in response to Palestine seeking greater recognition from the United Nations (a response to Israel seeking greater demands).

While this looks to be an unfortunate ending, one of the most appalling effects of the failure to achieve peace is the criticism Kerry and the Obama administration received for trying in the first place.

“If he goes too far, there’s the risk of looking desperate,” the Washington Post quoted one official as saying.

As Americans, we grow up with the mentality that if something is broken, we fix it; if at first we don’t succeed, we “try, try again,” and a host of other banal platitudes. We are imbued with the mindset never to give up. We fight the good fight because it is our responsibility as a nation, or so we believe.

Yet when Kerry puts more time and effort into a peace process that was stagnant for way too long, people say he risks looking desperate and should back off for political convenience. Since when did Americans become afraid to be caught trying?

We shouldn’t be afraid to put our money, time and effort where our mouth is, because there are a lot worse things than standing up for what’s right and looking “desperate” for world peace.

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DPS still quiet on if it will accept police powers Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:04:30 +0000  

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Photo by Rebecca Rebholz/

The Department of Public Safety could not give any specifics on when it may decide to use the police powers it was granted by law earlier this month.

At the bill signing in the Alumni Memorial Union April 14, Gov. Scott Walker said the law will help add value to the contributions of DPS.

“This legislation, once it becomes law, will open the door for Marquette University to have the ability that private colleges and universities have in 21 other states and the District of Columbia,” Walker said at the bill signing. “In the end, I believe that it will provide tremendous value to students and the faculty and the staff, but also the community.”

Interim University President the Rev. Robert A. Wild stressed at the bill signing that the law only gives the university the option of establishing a police force, and no official decision to actually implement one is reached. If the university decides to take the option of establishing a police force, it will add roughly 50 commissioned police officers to the Avenues West area.

The law, which passed through the Wisconsin State Legislature in April, allows the university to enter into an agreement with the state and the city of Milwaukee to establish a police force run by the university with the same powers of city police officers.

Twenty-one other states allow private universities to operate a police department. This includes schools such as the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, Boston College, Loyola University Chicago and Yale University.

Following a governor’s task force that suggested the university would benefit from a police force, a Marquette internal task force met in the summer of 2013 to review the idea of an internal police department. The task force was co-chaired by L. Christopher Miller, vice president of student affairs, and Janine Kim, associate professor of law. The group included faculty, staff and student representatives.

Lt. Paul Mascari, interim associate director for DPS, said in an email the passage of this bill is merely another step on the road to commissioning a police department.

“The signing of the bill was the conclusion of the legislative step, which was necessary for Marquette to continue our exploration of operating Public Safety as a police department,” Mascari said. “Moving forward, the university will have more thorough discussions with the Milwaukee Police Department and engage the campus community and surrounding community to explore the option. We want to make sure whatever decision is made serves to enhance our commitment to safety and the positive relationships we have built on campus and in the surrounding neighborhood.”

Seven state senators introduced the bill Feb. 17, and another version was introduced in the State Assembly, where it was co-sponsored by four state representatives.

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MUBB recruiting situation continues to evolve Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Photo via

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With just nine players left on scholarship for the 2014-15 season, Marquette men’s basketball coach Steve Wojciechowski has four remaining roster spots at his disposal. As the 2014 recruiting process gets long in the tooth, he will need to employ unconventional strategies to fill those last four places, if he does so at all. Here’s a look at what he is doing to have as complete a roster as possible for next year.

Just one of Buzz’s 2014 class stays with MU

When Buzz Williams left Marquette for Virginia Tech March 21, his nationally-ranked 2014 recruiting class mostly left with him. While Interim Athletic Director Bill Cords did not grant recruits releases from their national letters of intent until after Marquette hired a coach, Wojciechowski changed that. Thus far, three of Marquette’s four signed players asked for and were granted releases from the program and committed elsewhere.

The class’ highest ranked member, Atlanta’s Ahmed Hill, tweeted his intentions to decommit from Marquette last week. Two days later, he and fellow former Marquette signee Satchel Pierce, a center from Pennsylvania, committed to play for Williams at Virginia Tech after a joint visit.

Following their leads, Marial Shayok, another one of Marquette’s 2014 signees, committed to the University of Virginia to play for coach Tony Bennett. Shayok was the New Jersey State Player of the Year at Blair Academy.

Wojciechowski did get Green Bay’s Sandy Cohen to honor his commitment just a few days after Marquette hired him. Cohen will fill the team’s 10th roster spot and factor into the playing time discussion at both shooting guard and small forward.

The fifth member of Marquette’s recruiting class, Malek Harris, officially decommitted to the program after not signing in the fall with the other prospects. Harris, who was kicked off of his high school team, is rumored to have verbally committed to Kansas State.

Wojo eyeing Carlino to transfer, play immediately

In 2012, Williams landed Trent Lockett after the Minnesota native graduated from Arizona State in three years and elected to transfer. This immediate transfer loophole is one Wojciechowski should look into, and one he seems to be exploring.

On Tuesday, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman tweeted that BYU transfer Matt Carlino will visit Marquette in a few weeks, likely on May 9. Carlino, the Cougars’ starting point guard, averaged at least 11 points and four assists in all three of his collegiate seasons. He scored 15 points and had five assists in BYU’s NCAA Tournament second round loss to Oregon at, ironically, the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Carlino would transform a Marquette backcourt that was the worst in Buzz Williams’ six-year tenure last season.

Recruiting focused on 2015 class

While Wojciechowski will try to make the 2014-15 as competitive as possible, indications are that his primary focus is ensuring Marquette’s long-term success. With the exception of Carlino, most rumors about the former Duke assistant’s early actions tend toward the recruiting class of 2015.

Milwaukee’s Diamond Stone, who ESPN ranks No. 5 in the class of 2015, must be a top priority for the new coach. Jerry Meyer of 247 Sports, who originally had Stone’s most likely landing place as Marquette before Williams’ departure, now has North Carolina even with Marquette. Stone, a 6-foot-10-inch center at Dominican High School is also considering Wisconsin, UCLA and Connecticut, among others.

According to Mark Miller of the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook, Marquette is one of a few schools interested in Minnesota’s Wally Ellenson. Barring any hardship, Ellenson, who played in just 18 games in two seasons with the Gophers, will have to sit out a year. Averaging just two points per game in his career, he would provide depth following the graduations of Derrick Wilson and Todd Mayo.

Wojciechowski was also linked to Minneapolis’ Jarvis Johnson and Seattle’s Mandrell Worthy and Matisse Thybulle.

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KILLIAN: Fast start a rewarding one for Brewers fans Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:03:52 +0000 Trey KillianFor the majority of the 2013 MLB season, Ryan Braun’s scandal hogged the Milwaukee baseball spotlight. His exposure as a liar and user of performance-enhancing drugs lowered a dark cloud of negativity over the organization.

The emergence of Carlos Gomez as a top outfielder and other key offseason acquisitions, particularly the strengthening of Milwaukee’s pitching staff, were overshadowed.

But a fresh start for Braun and a focused roster lifted the cloud.

Just three weeks into the season, the Brewers already reestablished themselves as the hot ticket in town. A article stated ticket prices have risen 19 percent since opening day.

At 16-6, Milwaukee maintains the best record in baseball, three games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. The offense has been decent, ranking 12th in runs scored with 86, but the pitching has been outstanding, as the Brewers boast a team ERA of 2.59, good for second in the majors.

It might seem hasty to put a lot of stock in a fast start to a 162-game season. But as evidenced by last season’s playoff crop, good beginnings are indicative of good results.

The eventual world champion Boston Red Sox, as well as the Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics and Atlanta Braves, all started strong last season and all made the postseason. It should be noted, however, that every quick start has the potential to fall apart: case-in-point, the Toronto Blue Jays.

In the MLB marathon, it’s nice to distance yourself from the rest of the pack to provide a little cushion for the hitter’s slumps, losing streaks and injuries that plague every season.

The recent suspensions of Gomez and catcher Martin Maldonado for their roles in Sunday’s brawl with the Pirates demonstrate the unexpected setbacks and roadblocks that might occur.

Add those to the fact that the NL Central is one of MLB’s deepest divisions with the rise of the Pirates and the steady success of the Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds.

That all makes alleviating pressure by winning games early all the more important, particularly for a team on the rebound looking to stay prominent and change its clubhouse’s culture.

It’s more than fair to say that the state of Milwaukee baseball is better than it was at this point last year. It’s been a rewarding turnaround for a deserving and forgiving fanbase that’s had its loyalty put to the test in the recent past.

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Youthful Danaher making most of his starting opportunities Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:02:30 +0000 Marquette Men's Lacrosse vs. Notre Dame

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Jimmy Danaher never started a lacrosse game in high school. Now a freshman at a Division I program, he solidified his role as the go-to goalie.

Danaher’s impressive productivity yielded him the starting position last month, replacing senior JJ Sagl and helping the Golden Eagles earn their first Big East Tournament berth.

“It’s been crazy,” Danaher said. “Coming in at the beginning of the year I didn’t think I’d be starting this year because of how much I played in high school. I thought it would take me a couple of years to gain experience.”

Danaher started each of Marquette’s last 10 games, and the Golden Eagles went 5-5 in that span after beginning the year 1-3. The decision to make the change was based purely on which goalie had the better momentum. Danaher has not shown signs of slowing down, saving a respectable 47.7 percent of shots as a player who is still learning.

“We knew he was good, but to be this effective this early in his career is pretty impressive,” coach Joe Amplo said. “And as a credit to the defense in front of him, I think they’re playing well in front of him, allowing him to see the shots that he’s capable of making.”

Sagl has not let the switch distract him. He understood he was not playing to his normal caliber and found the shake-up to be the correct choice. He sees Danaher as a player with incredible potential who will be a delight to watch evolve over the next three years.

“It’s a tough one to take on the chin, but it’s for the betterment of the team and to a certain extent, you have to become selfless for the benefit of our season,” Sagl said. “Things weren’t going my way in the cage, (I) wasn’t playing very well. As a team we were starting to struggle very strongly at a certain point in the season. I’m happy for (Danaher) because he’s been taking it very well and I’ve been helping him as much as I can through that.”

It was awkward for Danaher to step in for a veteran at first, but the two goalies have put any uneasiness behind them and are working tirelessly together trying to fine-tune their game.

“I’m sure it’s very tough for him, but he’s been great helping me once we found out I’d be starting my first game against Jacksonville,” Danaher said. “He’s just been helping me every day, giving me pointers and just helping me with little tips on how to grow and get to the next level.”

Danaher has a fine blend of modesty and confidence. It’s rare to see him without a smile, and his positive attitude has spread throughout the squad.

“He’s a pretty humble and unassuming kid, but he’s confident,” Amplo said. “I see that in the way he interacts with his teammates. He seems to be a very well-liked kid on the team. If he makes a save, doesn’t get too high. If he lets one in, doesn’t get too low. I think in the goalie position having that calm, cool demeanor is so important.”

As an eager freshman who can’t wait to see what postseason possibilities await, Danaher knows it’s vital to not glance too far ahead. The Golden Eagles travel to nationally ranked Denver this weekend, and the team’s focus has been solely on the upcoming matchup despite the inspiring turnaround.

“I think the main thing is to take it one game at a time and not worry about the Big East (Tournament), but worry about this Denver game first, and once that’s over, just get straight to thinking about the (tournament),” Danaher said.

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Men’s lacrosse set to compete for regular season championship Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:01:39 +0000 Photo by Valeria Cardenas/

Photo by Valeria Cardenas/

The men’s lacrosse team faces one of its toughest tests of the season this Saturday as it heads west to take on the No. 3 ranked Denver Pioneers.

With their win over Georgetown last weekend, the Golden Eagles secured a position in the Big East Tournament. If Marquette wins this weekend, it will be the Big East regular season champions in the team’s first year in the conference.

Denver (11-2, 5-0 Big East) has not lost since March 1, going undefeated thus far in conference play. The Pioneers only losses came to two Top 10 programs, No. 2 Duke and No. 8 Pennsylvania. The team’s most impressive win of the season came March 8, when it took down No. 9 Notre Dame. Besides a tight overtime victory against Villanova, Denver also cruised through the Big East. The team won each of its other four games by at least six goals.

This is the second meeting in history between Marquette and Denver. Last season, the two played as non-conference foes, with Denver finishing on top, 15-4. The Pioneers were ranked third in the country at the time.

The Pioneers’ offense is led by two stellar attackmen, junior Wesley Berg and sophomore Jack Bobzien. The two are tied for the team lead with 46 points. Berg, in his second season since moving from midfield, is one of many Canadians who translated his indoor lacrosse skills to field lacrosse. This is Bobzien’s first year in Denver after transferring from Hartford. Together, Berg and Bobzien’s point totals are tied for third in the Big East, behind Marquette redshirt senior Tyler Melnyk (50) and St. John’s senior Kieran McArdle (74). The pair have been a huge factor in Denver staying on their top 10 pace, despite losing top players to graduation, like Eric Law and Mark Matthews in recent years.

Marquette (6-8, 4-1 Big East) will need balanced production from its top scorers if it hopes to keep pace with the Denver team that ranks sixth in goals for and 13th in goals against in Division I. To stay competitive, Marquette will not only need production from Melnyk, who scored four goals against Georgetown, but also from sophomore Connor Gately, redshirt sophomore Kyle Whitlow and redshirt senior Bryan Badolato.

The game will be the regular season finale for Marquette – the second straight season where the Golden Eagles ended their regular season to a top 10 opponent. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. After the trip, the team will have a quick turnaround, as it begins the Big East Tournament Tuesday.

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READER SUBMISSION: Greek Life responds to sexual assault allegations Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:53 +0000 MUsealOn April 15, allegations of sexual misconduct and hazing came to our attention involving three chapters of the Marquette University Interfraternity Council. All chapters of the Marquette Greek community have been and will continue to be fully cooperative with all investigations regarding the allegations. As a professional organization, it is of the utmost importance that we address this sensitive issue to respect both the process and individuals involved. We have discussed the matter in detail and are addressing the matter with careful consideration.

The Marquette Greek community holds a zero-tolerance policy toward any sexual and social misconduct. In our growing Greek community, we strive daily to support the values embodied by all National Panhellenic Council, National Panhellenic Conference and Interfraternity Council organizations with the goal of bettering our members as a whole.

As stated in the Marquette Greek Life mission statement, we exist “to enhance the lives of individuals by raising awareness and serving the needs of Marquette University and the greater Milwaukee community.” Our chapters continually uphold this value by sponsoring service events that seek to better the lives of people living in Milwaukee. The Panhellenic and Interfraternity councils recently raised over $2,500 for the Milwaukee Public Schools scholarship foundation. According to the fall 2013 Greek Report, the Marquette Greek community has dedicated over 2,500 hours of hands-on service to the Milwaukee community. Additionally, we were able to raise over $47,000 for national and local charities in 2013.

The Marquette Greek Life mission statement also maintains that “Marquette Greek Life strives to strengthen its members through scholarship, leadership and service.” Last semester, the all-Greek  was 3.06 which exceeded the all-University GPA of 3.047. 70.7 percent of Greek members are involved in other campus organizations, with 27 percent holding leadership roles. As part of our scholarly development, our chapters also participate in regular programming that includes mental health awareness, alcohol awareness and hazing prevention programs. These facts show our members’ desire for continuous personal and intellectual growth.

While little is known at this time regarding the specifics of the issues at hand, the chapters of the Marquette Greek community will continue to support each other. Regardless of the outcomes, we stand as one united community that is growing, learning and leading together. We strive to uphold not only the pillars of our university, but also the tenets of each of our chapters.

We are Marquette. We are Greek Life.

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Upset-minded women’s lacrosse team to battle No. 18 Louisville Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:52 +0000 wlax

Photo by Maggie bean/Marquette Images

As the season winds down, the women’s lacrosse team has one more opportunity to improve its conference record in the team’s inaugural season as a full member of the Big East against No. 18 Louisville.

“We are playing the best lacrosse we’ve played (all season),” coach Meredith Black said. “But our next step is to be more consistent.”

Marquette enters the match-up with a 5-10 record, tallying one win and five losses in conference play. On the other side of the ball, the Cardinals look to finish undefeated in Big East play, having already clinched a share of the regular season conference title.

Louisville is led by senior attacker Nikki Boltja, who accumulated 77 points on 59 goals and 18 assists. Boltja is a nominee for the Tewaaraton Trophy, which is given annually to the most outstanding player in men’s and women’s collegiate lacrosse. The prestigious award is college lacrosse’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.

“It’s very hard to shut a player like (Boltja) down completely,” Black said. “If we can hold her to a couple of goals and make them play a balanced attack I think we’ll be in good shape.”

The match-up between Marquette sophomore defender Elizabeth Goslee and Louisville junior attacker Faye Brust is one to watch. Brust was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week, while Goslee was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll. Goslee is coming off a weekend where she picked up six ground balls and forced five turnovers against Villanova and Temple.

“I think everybody tries to match (Goslee’s) hustle on the field,” Black said. “She’s always someone that the team looks to be the hustler and apply the pressure on the other team.”

Marquette found production from freshman Amanda Bochniak, whose 40 points on the season ties the season point record set by sophomore Claire Costanza a year ago. Costanza totaled 39 points this season and is coming off a two goal, two assist outing against Villanova.

Coach Black’s side will have to get out to a fast start against a strong team like Louisville. The Cardinals are dominant on offense this season outscoring the opposition by more than six goals per game.  To put it in perspective, they have scored a prolific 226 goals in just 15 games while averaging 15.07 goals per match. That mark sets Louisville at sixth in the nation in scoring. The team’s last loss came March 8 at Notre Dame.

“Kellie Young is a great coach, she’s done a great job with that program,” Black said.  “They’ve had some great success in their short time as a program and I’d love to follow them in that lead.”

The Golden Eagles take on the Cardinals at U of L Lacrosse Stadium in Louisville Thursday at 3 p.m.

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DPS Reports 4/21 – 4/22 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:44 +0000 4/21

Between 8:11 p.m. and 8:33 p.m., a student reported that unknown person(s) removed his unsecured, unattended property in McCormick Hall. Upon investigation, it was determined that another student had removed the property. The property was returned to the owner.

At 8:50 p.m., a student was in possession of alcohol in Carpenter Tower and was cited by MPD.


Between 11:50 a.m. and 12 p.m., a student reported that unknown person(s) removed his unsecured, unattended property estimated at $1,885 in Engineering Hall. MPD was contacted.

Between 5:20 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., a person not affiliated with Marquette attempted to remove property from a business in the 1600 block of W. Wells St. and was cited by MPD.

At 11:29 p.m., two unknown subjects approached a student walking in the 1900 block of W. Wisconsin Ave. One of the subjects displayed weapons and demanded the student’s property. The student complied and the subjects fled the scene. The student was not injured. Estimated loss is $840. MPD was contacted.

At 11:34 p.m., two unknown subjects approached a student walking in the 2000 block of W. Wisconsin Ave. One of the subjects displayed a weapon and demanded the student’s property. The student complied and the subjects fled the scene. The student was not injured. Estimated loss is $4,405. MPD was contacted.

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NOWAK: Internet, baby names and the fate of the world Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:25 +0000 Photo by Rebecca Rebholz //

Photo by Rebecca Rebholz //

The Internet controls the lives of nearly every human being on this planet.

Virtually every working individual in this country, regardless of profession, requires a computer and Wi-Fi to function in society. The majority of all communication is done online, whether it be through email or video chats. Some people find love through online dating sites, though attempts at romance on Craigslist are more creepy than anything. Basic essentials for living like housing, clothing and food can all be bought online; that doesn’t even include the countless useless novelties available on Ebay and Amazon.

Needless to say, there is no escaping the Internet’s looming grasp. Now, it even controls the fate of unborn children – to an extent.

Earlier this year, Stephen McLaughlin, a Canadian software developer and expecting father, set up the website for a rather self-explanatory purpose. He wanted to the world’s opinion on a name for his then-unborn daughter.

The page was initially set up as a way for family and friends to give suggestions. But when McLaughlin got the idea to open it up to all of cyberspace, and he found the domain name was available, he knew he had to seize the opportunity.

“I was sitting on the end of the bed after coming home from work and the idea hit me,” he wrote to followers on Reddit. “I tend to be (a) very forward person (this gets me in a lot of trouble lol) and I just blurted it out — ‘Hunny, I am going to ask the internet what we should name our daughter!’”

Visitors interested in taking part, or just curious if the self-proclaimed “crazy man” was serious, could vote on the site once a day for the name they liked best. Charlotte and Meagan were among the more common names. Others were a bit more exotic, like Megatron, Titanuim and Salad. Some “Game of Thrones” fans considered “Amelia Of-House McLaughlin” to be the most appropriate possibility.

But McLaughlin didn’t give complete control to the voters. A disclaimer on the website reads, “Unfortunately internet I know better than to trust you. We will ultimately be making the final decision, Alas my daughter shall not be named WackyTaco692. Sorry guys the wife wouldn’t go for a free for all.”

The site drew hundreds of thousands of votes, with more than 150,000 in the last three months before the birth. Though McLaughlin noted he was “quite surprised by how respectful people have been,” the name that ended up gaining the most votes was “Cthulhu All-Spark.” I wish I were joking.

Had the disclaimer not been enforced, that would have been a most unfortunate — and frankly, cruel — namesake for a poor, innocent baby girl. Luckily, it was. On April 7, McLaughlin and his wife used the second most popular name to welcome their daughter, Amelia Savannah Joy McLaughlin, into the world.

Now, my parents named me Claire after my 90-year-old Great Aunt Clara, whose caring nature and dedication to family traditions continue to inspire our relatives. They chose Christine as my middle name so they could call me “CeeCee” after my mom’s best friend Cynthia, who goes by the same nickname. Claire also means “clear, bright and famous” in French, but whether that has any connection to me personally is yet to be determined.

Most people have similar logical explanations behind their names, whether they are common within a family or have a significant meaning. But when young Amelia grows up and asks her parents about the story behind her namesake, the response will be, “Oh, we let a bunch of random strangers from the Internet decide, except most of them wanted to name you after a monster with an octopus face.”

Amelia’s story may be uncommon, and the notoriety will likely follow her for the rest of her life, but should she — or anyone, for that matter — truly embrace what her parents did? They essentially turned her into a social experiment, leaving a crucial part of her existence up to chance in the vast cosmos we call the World Wide Web.

If we allow the Internet to define our very identities, what part of our lives can be left for ourselves to govern? Over-reliance on the virtual world gives us few opportunities for originality and creative expression. Society could become a technology-run dystopia like those of science fiction, where computers dictate our every action like clockwork.

And if Cthulhu All-Spark was a human suggestion, I have no desire to find out what baby names a computer would propose.

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Walker could finish degree before potential POTUS push Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:24 +0000 Photo by J. Matthew Serafin/

Photo by J. Matthew Serafin/

Gov. Scott Walker is rumored to be interested in running for president in 2016, but he may be running back to class before vying for the White House.

Walker, who studied political science, economics and philosophy at Marquette from 1988-1990 before leaving early, could possibly use the University of Wisconsin System’s new Flexible Option Degree Program to finish his degree.

According to PolitiFact Wisconsin, Walker was 34 credits short of graduating when he left in 1990.

“The reason I went to college, in large part, was not just to get an education for an education’s sake, but to get a job,” Walker said to reporters in a meeting hosted by the National Review. “I always thought I’d get back and I may still do. Someday, maybe in the next few years, I’ll embark on finishing my degree.”

Julia Azari, a professor of political science, said that Walker’s lack of a degree could be exposed during a presidential campaign, but could also be a risk for those who bring it to light.

“It’s an easy mark for opponents, especially since the circumstances under which Walker left Marquette without a degree remain somewhat mysterious,” Azari said in an email.

Those circumstances, according to PolitiFact, stem from a 1988 student president election that Walker, a sophomore at the time, lost to John Quigley. Walker was hired part-time by IBM shortly after losing the election and in February of 1990, he was hired by the Greater Milwaukee chapter of the American Red Cross and left Marquette just months later.

Azari said pointing out Walker’s lack of a college degree could actually make his opponents look “petty, mean and elitist.” She said even if his opponents took that risk and did bring it up, it might not have a negative impact.

“Even if a narrative emerged that Walker isn’t much of an intellectual, that doesn’t seem to hurt presidential candidates,” Azari said. “People wanted to have a beer with George W. Bush. Obama has been criticized for being too intellectual. If Walker can establish himself as someone with practical knowledge about governing, it may not be much of an issue.”

“There exists a strain of right-wing populism that specifically rejects elite intellectual life,” she continued. “Sarah Palin recently criticized Obama because he ‘ruminates and bloviates,’ the implication is that real leaders follow their gut instinct and don’t sit around reading Nietzsche.”

Harry Truman, who served as the 33rd president from 1945-1953, was the last president to not have a college degree.

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BIGGI: MU opening new opportunities for change Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:21 +0000 BIGGI new1The university announced last week that the Dorothy Day living community in Straz Tower will consist of a co-ed residence floor, and I could not be any happier.

I see this as a time of great change at Marquette, and I am all for it. With the first lay president in the university’s history, now is a time of opportunity to move forward with positive transformations at Marquette.

The idea of not having at least some co-ed floors is outdated. Sure, Schroeder, McCormick, McCabe and Straz are co-ed by floor, but the residence hall guidelines set them far apart from dormitories at other schools.

When I visit my friends at public and private schools, most of them just need a key to get into the building. When visitors go to Saint Louis University, they are able to get checked in with the opposite gender overnight, even during the city’s Mardi Gras celebration.

There is no reason to restrict men and women from hanging out in their rooms past 2 a.m. There needs to at least be a discussion at about co-ed residency at Marquette that can still align with our Jesuit values. Whether it be an open forum with various leaders of the university or greater involvement, members of Marquette Student Government or the common student, the possibilities are endless.

My time in the residence halls has been great, and it is not as if men and women cannot hang out together the dorms. But I think there should at least be an option to live on the same floor as the opposite gender. Two of my friends at University of Oregon lived in rooms right next to each other freshman year: one of them male, the other female.

I am excited for what the future of Marquette could be. I always hear from parents about their time at Marquette in the 1970s or ’80s and it just made sense to me. They did not have co-ed floors, but their depictions sounded like more of a unified community. If you have ever watched a video of the university after Marquette won the national basketball championship in ’77, you know what I am talking about. One of the reasons Dorothy Day went co-ed is that being in the program means working closely with the group as a whole. I see this as a chance for all of campus to become more integrated.

I love Marquette, but I obviously would not be a columnist if I did not have an opinion of how the school could improve. This time of administrative transition is an excellent opportunity for modification and change.

As students, I think our voices are more important now than ever because I truly believe the school wants to hear what we have to say. I am not saying the former administration failed to be open-minded, but now Marquette has a chance to create a completely different story.

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Women’s basketball still without a head coach Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:10 +0000 Golden Eagles coach Terri Mitchell looks on during No. 5 Marquette's BIG EAST Quarterfinals matchup with No. 4 Villanova on 3/9/14.

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The Marquette women’s basketball program remains without a head coach after the athletics department announced April 9 that Terri Mitchell would not return for the 2014-15 season. However, the position may not be vacant for long.

According to Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Marquette would like to hire a new coach by the end of the week.

“We’re hoping to get something decided by this week,” Interim Athletic Director Bill Cords told the Journal Sentinel. “There has been a lot of interest. We’ve been impressed by the quality and the depth of the pool.”

Much like what Steve Wojciechowski did since arriving at Marquette, the new women’s basketball coach would have to reach out to recruits to see if they would still come to Marquette in the fall. So far, all three recruits, Tia Elbert, Kenisha Bell and Hannah Grim, are still signed to Marquette and will attend Marquette, according to

Since Mitchell’s departure, men’s assistant coach Jerry Wainwright has been in charge of the team’s offseason routine.

The Golden Eagles’ coaching departure started when assistant coach Tyler Summitt accepted the head coaching job at Louisiana Tech April 2. Just one week later, Mitchell announced her departure from the team.

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Tailgating tips for the ultimate baseball fan Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:09 +0000 Nothing says spring like America’s favorite pastime — baseball. And nothing says baseball like a college kid’s favorite pastime — tailgating, a long-standing tradition at Miller Park.

For some baseball fans, tailgating is just as enjoyable as watching the game. Photo by Becca Rebholz /

For some baseball fans, tailgating is just as enjoyable as watching the game. Photo by Becca Rebholz /

Just by walking through the parking lots, fans’ nostrils are filled with the smell of brats and charcoal as music and friendly banter between supporters of opposing teams fill the air.

With the upcoming series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs, this weekend is a perfect opportunity to get the ultimate Milwaukee baseball experience. Here are Marquee’s eight tips to a fun and successful tailgate.

1.)  Arrive Early

Brewers fans take their tailgating seriously. Long lines of cars are a common sight before every game, since people want to start tailgating and get into the cheaper parking lots as early as possible. In between setting up tents and cooking food, you want to make sure you still have time to enjoy the actual tailgate party. All Miller Park parking lots are open three hours prior to the start of the game. Arrive thirty minutes before the parking lots open to allow ample time to find and set up the tailgating area, cook some food, drink some beer and enjoy.

2.)  Prepare the Food Beforehand

Nothing kills a tailgating experience faster than running out of food. Make sure you know how many people you’re feeding and bring enough for all of them — and then bring more. Try to prepare as much as possible the night before, like slicing the cheese for cheeseburgers and putting food into containers. If you want to make the most of your tailgate, boil all of your brats the night before. That way, all you need to do is brown them on the grill at the ballpark. Less time cooking, more time eating.

3.)  Think Disposable

Miller Park is no place for fancy silverware and dishes. Make your tailgate simple and easy. Paper plates and plastic cups and utensils work best for these types of conditions, making an easy clean up once you’re done. Although Miller Park parking lots come equipped with trash bins and even charcoal bins for the clean up process, it would be a smart idea to bring trash bags as well.

4.)  Let’s Talk Games

The tent is up, the beer is cold and the food is grilling. Now what? It’s time for some friendly competition. Bring a baseball, Frisbee, football or even volleyball for some tailgating activity. Better yet, bring the ultimate tailgate game — the beanbag toss. A game where participants can play with a beer in one hand is perfect for tailgating. Find some fans rooting for the opposing team and challenge them to a game. It’s guaranteed to produce some enjoyable pregame banter.

5.)  Sound Check

Music keeps the vibe alive at any tailgating party. Whether it’s playing from the car, radio or portable iPod dock, music can really set your entire baseball-filled day into the right groove.

“I recommend country for tailgating, especially during a sunny day at the ball park,” said Jake Weber, a sophomore in the College of Business. “But mix in some rock songs and a couple throwbacks like Springsteen as well.”

A radio is a valuable accessory, especially if your team starts losing. That way, you can leave the game, get back to tailgating and listen to the last innings on the radio to avoid actually watching the team lose. But be sure to watch the volume. You never want to be known as the disrespectful, annoying group by your fellow tailgaters.

6.)  Try to Stick to Miller Products

Here at Marquee, we understand that Keystone and Busch beer are probably easier on the average college student’s budget. But we’re talking Miller Park. Make your tailgating time “Miller Time.”

Whatever your beer of choice, make sure you take your bathroom break early. Miller Park provides multiple port-a-potties to assist your needs, but once the game starts, so do the bathroom lines. Plan accordingly.

7.)  Follow the Rules. It’s not that hard

Tailgating at Miller Park comes with rules, and you wouldn’t want your experience to be ruined just because you chose not to follow one. Although all the rules can be found on the Miller Park website, some of the most important include calling ahead for designated areas for larger tailgates or an organized party. Only state-approved gas/propane with full-valve turn-offs, or self-contained charcoal grills are permitted in the parking lots. Lastly, all pre-tailgating must end one hour after the game starts, and then all tailgaters must leave one hour after the game ends.  See the website for the full list of rules.

8.)  Show Some Pride

Whatever team you’re rooting for, represent them with some pride. Dig out that Cubs jersey, wear that Minnesota Twins hat or raise that Brewers flag proudly to show you’re a true fan. Having a flag waving over your tailgating area can help people in your group find the campsite, especially if they have had a bit to drink.

Get creative with your team spirit decorations. Paint your face, string up the banners and make your tailgate area a unique experience for any fan to walk through.

What You’d Forget, But We Remembered…

  • Sunscreen and sunglasses, because no one looks good burnt.
  • Lawn chairs, because no one likes sitting on a cooler.
  • Canopy tent, because no one likes sitting in the rain.
  • Ice, because no one likes a warm beverage.
  • Charged phone and radio, because no one likes a dead battery.
  • Positive attitude, because no one wants to tailgate with a party pooper. 
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Professor recognized for memory research, mentoring students Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:07 +0000 nielson_180Forgetful students and faculty might want to remember Kristy Nielson’s neuroscience research, which is gaining recognition in the university.

Nielson, a Marquette psychology professor, will receive the Association of Marquette University Women Faculty Achievement Award honoring her excellence in teaching, researching, mentorship and service to the university Saturday. The award will be given at the Mary Neville Biefeld Awards Mass, Reception and Brunch.

Nielson, a neuroscientist, focuses her research on memory and cognition, specifically addressing age-related illnesses like dementia.

John Grych, chairman of the Department of Psychology, said in an email that the AMWFA will be given to Nielson because she “exemplifies the teacher-scholar model.”

“Nielson is a superb teacher and a highly productive researcher whose work has made significant contributions to the field of psychology,” Grych said.

Nielson said her lab, officially called the Aging, Imaging and Memory lab, is often referred to as the “A.I.M. Army,” by her students and colleagues.

“We tinker with the process of trying to make the memory better,” Nielson said, referring to her work in the research lab, where she mentors 14-to-15 undergraduates and six doctoral students.

“It’s a lot of people, maybe too many,” Nielson said, “but it’s good.”

Grych said the research lab provides valuable hands-on experience for the undergraduate students.

“Nielson has high expectations for students and challenges them to push themselves intellectually,” Grych said. “At the same time, she is supportive and encouraging and is genuinely invested in helping her students discover their potential.”

Similarly, Nielson said research professors discovered her own potential while she was studying for a master’s degree in audiology.

“I remember them both pulling me aside and saying, ‘What are you going to do?’” Nielson said. “I was doing research, and that should’ve clued me in that I was interested in research. I was enamored with the brain.”

“One of my mentors said if you’re going to go that (researching) route, you have to do it in psychology because we want you to be a real researcher.”

She later decided to switch from her audiology path to the study of cognitive and biological psychology.

“At the time, there was no neuroscience degree,” Nielson said, “and I didn’t want to spend my life with rats.”

She said she was drawn to Marquette from Los Angeles in 1996 because its neuroscience program was beginning to develop, and she wanted to be a part of the process. She was also interested in the faculty because, “they seemed to be real people, not just fully-driven researchers.”

Nielson’s goals for the future include earning more funding for bigger research projects, and she said she considers the possibility of becoming a dean, which she said could allow her to have a “big effect.”

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Counseling Center continues suicide prevention efforts Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:05 +0000 Photo by J. Matthew Serafin/

Photo by J. Matthew Serafin/

The Counseling Center continues to focus on providing suicide prevention resources nearly five years after a student committed suicide in 2009.

The Counseling Center offered its suicide prevention training to the general public Wednesday to dispel myths and teach effective responses to suicide symptoms on campus.

The training, also presented at resident assistant training and in classrooms by professor request, was led by Nick Jenkins, counselor and coordinator of mental health advocacy. It was the fourth training session held this school year.

Linda Davis, administrative chemistry assistant, was the only attendee for this training. She said it’s common for faculty to be approached by students showing suicidal symptoms.

“I think faculty and staff should be more in-tune to (suicidal symptoms),” Davis said, noting that she will apply the training skills to work.

Jenkins referenced a University of Texas–Austin study conducted on 336 Marquette undergraduate students in 2006. 70 percent of respondents told one or more persons about their suicidal thoughts, while 30 percent told no one. In addition, 15 respondents considered suicide but changed their minds after attempting it.

Training centered on the Question, Persuade, Refer model, a gatekeeper program that teaches how to effectively talk about suicide while controlling normal anxieties.

“It’s not our job to completely fix the problem, just to give the person a little sense of hope,” Jenkins said. “Most people that have suicidal thoughts don’t want those thoughts but think suicide is their only option. That’s where we come in to help.”

There is a wide range of suicide symptoms, including hopelessness, impulsivity, burdensomeness and substance or alcohol abuse. If a suicidal person is intoxicated, he or she is in greater danger of acting on their symptoms.

When asking if someone is considering suicide, Jenkins stressed that individuals should not skirt around the question, even if someone is seeking attention, which is a warning sign.

“A lot of times it’s OK to, relatively right away, directly ask if someone is thinking of suicide,” Jenkins said. “If it might be suicide, I want a yes or no answer.”

Conversations should avoid negative connotations or a pre-set timeline.

“We want the answer to be ‘no’ and sometimes we’ll do things to make it ‘no,’” Jenkins said. “So we’ll say things like ‘Suicide is a dumb idea.’”

The “persuasion” part of QPR uses supportive attention, relationship-building and caring actions. This can involve making a plan to get help or counseling, which Jenkins said should never be done while either person is intoxicated.

The last part of QPR is “refer,” which is taking action when a suicidal person thinks he or she cannot be helped.

“They might tell you not to call for help but you have to make the decision,” Jenkins said. “The person may be angry but they have to understand that when they say things that indicate danger, you should respond as if there’s danger.”

“Refer” actions include calling national toll-free suicide hotlines, which are specific to the caller’s area; directly taking the person to someone who can help; or giving referral information and scheduling a follow up with the person.

“Counseling isn’t the end all be all for every situation,” Jenkins said. “It’s just one route to gain treatment and I think it’s a good route to start.”

The Counseling Center will also offer pet therapy again next Monday at Raynor Library and Tuesday at Westowne Square, in an effort to relieve stress caused by final exams.

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