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Marquette University In The News is a weekly compilation of top media reports about Marquette University and members of the university community.

May 24, 2012


Hank Aaron addresses graduates at Marquette commencement
Hank Aaron addressed Marquette graduates at the university's 131st commencement ceremony Sunday, May 20, at the Bradley Center. During an earlier media availability, Hank Aaron and Father Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., talked about access to higher education, as well as Aaron's foundation and chasing one's dreams.

Story and video appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 20, 2012
Copy of Hank Aaron's commencement speech appeared on, May 21, 2012
Interview appeared on, May 22, 2012 and WUWM Lake Effect, May 23, 2012
Story also appeared on,, and, May 20-21, 2012
Stories aired on, WISN-TV (ABC 12), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WITI-TV (FOX 6), WBAY-TV (ABC 2), WISC-TV (CBS 3), WLUK-TV (FOX 11), WKOW-TV (ABC 27), WMSN-TV (FOX 47), May 20-21, 2012

Triplets graduate from Marquette
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiled triplets Cara Brigman, biomedical engineering student, Blake Brigman, international business and finance student, and Elyise Brigman, corporate communication student. The article described their unique, yet connected, Marquette experiences. The Brigmans graduated from Marquette on Sunday, May 20.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 19, 2012
Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), May 18, 2012

Marquette to recognize sister for work with poor
Sister Mary Miguel Conway, BVM, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Marquette. Sister Mary is co-director of the Working Boys' Center in Quito, Ecuador, where she and others have helped more than 30,000 individuals "leave poverty behind forever."

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 18, 2012

Donation pleas are preceding diplomas
University alumni groups have always eagerly welcomed new graduates. Marquette has challenged its senior class to give back since 1987. The Class of 2012 was asked to each give at least $20.12; one-fourth of Marquette seniors gave. They raised a total $6,500 through the Senior Challenge.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 21, 2012

Industry downturn hits Marquette Law
Marquette Law School is being affected by the nationwide decrease in law school applicants. Matthew Parlow, associate dean for academic affairs, stated that Marquette has not had to lower their GPA and LSAT score requirements to accommodate fewer applicants, but are looking at other options to attract students.

Story appeared in the Business Journal of Milwaukee, May 18, 2012

Two Marquette students studying in Guatemala contract malaria
Two Marquette students studying in Guatemala have contracted malaria and are returning home to continue their recovery. Health care teams treated the two students in Guatemala, and Marquette made arrangements for them to return home so they can continue in their recovery with their families.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 24, 2012
Similar stories appeared on and, May 23, 2012

Marquette faculty members rebuke Ryan budget
More than 50 faculty members at Marquette University, including a dozen theologians, have issued a public letter to U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan criticizing his proposed budget as morally unjust and accusing him of distorting Catholic social teaching in its defense.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 19, 2012
Related opinion piece by Paul Misner, professor emeritus of historical theology, appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 21, 2012
Similar opinion appeared on, May 22, 2012

David Clark, professor of economics, discussed the real estate market in Wisconsin with the sales of existing homes rising 19.5 percent and the median sale price up 2.4 percent. Reluctant to say we have definitely hit bottom, Clark says we have seen some false starts in the past.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 21, 2012
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Andrew Suchorski, senior in the College of Arts and Sciences and chairman of the College Democrats of Wisconsin, commented on the difficulty of reaching college-aged voters because of a new law making it tougher for those students to cast ballots.

Story appeared on and, May 23, 2012 Similar story appeared on, May 23, 2012

Irfan Omar, associate professor of theology, discussed his belief in "dialogue of the heart," which he says implies that those involved in a genuine exchange have developed a heightened sense of empathy for the other, and have thus acquired a greater appreciation of diversity.

Story appeared on, May 19, 2012

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