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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.

November 29, 2012


Marquette University pollster's numbers added up
Charles Franklin, visiting professor of law and public policy
and the director of the Marquette University Law School Poll, was credited for the accuracy of his polling, which provided snapshot after snapshot of Wisconsin voters during one of the most contentious political periods in the state's history. The Law School emerged this past election season as the go-to pollster in Wisconsin, correctly assessing the recall, presidential and U.S. Senate races.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nov. 18, 2012
A related story on the future of the poll appeared on, Nov. 21, 2012

Marquette student fitness mentorship program promotes healthy living
A new fitness mentorship program at Marquette pairs students who want to learn healthy habits with exercise science students who act as their fitness intern. "It's a way of trying to impact the problem of obesity," said Robert Topp, professor and associate dean for research in the College of Nursing. Topp said college students are at a teachable moment in their development.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Nov. 23, 2012

Marquette to lose and gain opponent in Big East conference
The Big East announced the additions of Tulane University and East Carolina, while Louisville announced their departure from the conference.

Stories appeared on and, Nov. 28, 2012
Similar story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Nov. 28, 2012
Related story appeared on, Nov. 28, 2012

Marquette partners with universities to support budding entrepreneurs
Five area universities, including Marquette, have been awarded a federal grant to form and launch the Wisconsin Center for Commercialization Resources, a statewide university facility to support entrepreneurs and startup businesses, helping commercialize their ideas and products.

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), Nov. 28, 2012
Stories appeared on,, and Wisconsin Public Radio, Nov. 27-28, 2012

Lynn Turner, professor of communication studies, commented on modern use of "combative" language, saying that perhaps television is not to blame for the increase in the use of combative language, though television language and dialogue has changed from Leave It to Beaver in the 1950s and 60s to Modern Family today.

Stories appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and on, Nov. 18-19, 2012

Chris Murray, visiting instructor at the Les Aspin Center for Government, discussed opposition to the Affordable Care Act as waning while Wisconsin remains among the states yet to take formal steps toward creating a health care exchange.

Story appeared on, Nov. 15, 2012

Ed de St. Aubin, associate professor of psychology, discussed the process behind pedophiles. "The term is a little horrific, but they groom. It's a very well-known process where first they look for vulnerable children," said St. Aubin.

Story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Nov. 19, 2012

Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, discussed why retailers are starting Black Friday sales early and opening stores on Thanksgiving night.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12) and on, Nov. 21-22, 2012

BMO Harris commits to Boys and Girls Clubs and Marquette partnership
BMO Harris has committed $600,000 over five years in a partnership with Marquette and Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. The partnership will provide students with greater access to higher education along with the necessary support to help students reach college graduation.

Similar stories appeared on, and, Nov. 17-19, 2012

Susan Giamio, visiting assistant professor of political science, commented on Gov. Scott Walker's announcement that the federal government will manage Wisconsin's transition to the national healthcare law.

Stories appeared on,, and, Nov. 17, 2012

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