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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.

December 20, 2012


Tolkien class gets national attention
Marquette University is offering a new literature class on J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit. Marquette's Raynor Memorial Libraries is one of the main repositories of Tolkien's drafts, drawings and other writings, totaling more than 11,000 pages. The course was taught for the first time this fall as part of the university's celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit being published.

Associated Press story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and on,,,,,, and more than 100 other news outlets, Dec. 13-16, 2012

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WBAY- TV (ABC 2), WINK-TV (CBS – Ft. Myers), Dec. 14-15, 2012

Marquette, six other institutions to leave Big East
Marquette, along with DePaul, Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's and Villanova, are splitting from the Big East. The institutions will explore their options to develop a premier athletic conference centered on elite basketball.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 16, 2012
Similar stories appeared on,,,,,, and numerous other sites nationwide, Dec. 15-17, 2012

Stories aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), WITI-TV (FOX 6), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), WDJT-TV (CBS 58) and other stations statewide, Dec. 15-16, 2012

Andrew Hanson, associate professor of economics, discussed the mortgage tax deduction as it relates to the fiscal cliff.

Interview appeared on WBBM Newsradio's "Noon Business Hour" (Chicago), Dec. 13, 2012 (Hanson's interview begins at the 26:00 mark.)
Similar story appeared on, Dec. 13, 2012

Andrew Kahrl, assistant professor of history, opined on the privatization of formerly public beaches and shoreline, saying the purchase of this waterfront property has contributed to the mass damages caused by storms like Hurricane Sandy in recent years.

Op-ed appeared in the New York Times, Dec. 5, 2012

Student housing, retail proposed for Marquette area
A six-story student apartment building with street-level retail space is being proposed for a site near Marquette University. The new building would have 75 to 85 apartments housing 120 to 160 students on its upper floors.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 20, 2012
Story also appeared on, Dec. 19, 2012

Marquette hosts genomics conference
Marquette, in conjunction with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin, hosted a day-long conference titled "Genomics and Personalized Medicine — Analysis and Clinical Implementation."

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 18, 2012
Similar story appeared on, Dec. 14, 2012

Marquette holds Mid-year Commencement
Marquette held its winter graduation ceremony Sunday, Dec. 16, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Dec. 16, 2012

James Pokrywczynski, associate professor of advertising and public relations, said he doesn't expect many companies to adjust their products after the Newtown, Conn., shooting.

Story appeared on, Dec. 18, 2012

David Clark, professor of economics, commented on the recent increase in home sales. "There's quite a bit of momentum built up," Clark said. "I think the one thing that could slow the trend is if we don't start seeing a bit stronger job growth."

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 18, 2012
Stories also appeared on and, Dec. 17-18, 2012

Christopher Murray, coordinator of student affairs and visiting instructor at the Les Aspin Center for Government, commented on retiring Wisconsin senator Herb Kohl's legacy, saying Kohl preferred to work behind the scenes and will be remembered for his "nuts and bolts" approach to the job.

Story aired on WUWM Radio (89.7 Lake Effect FM), Dec. 14, 2012

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