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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.

April 11, 2013


Bill Cosby to speak at Marquette's spring Commencement
Bill Cosby will be the guest speaker at Marquette University's spring Commencement May 19 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Cosby will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree. "Bill Cosby was a pioneer in breaking down racial stereotypes on national television," said Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, Marquette University president.

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Law School hosts conference to discuss value of a new Milwaukee arena
Marquette University Law School along with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel discussed key questions relating to a new arena in Milwaukee. The discussion centered on what tangible benefits would be gained by building a new arena in Milwaukee, and how such a project should be funded.

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Parents of captured journalist, Marquette alum James Foley, speak out
There was a gathering for captured journalist James Foley April 5 at Marquette's Alumni Memorial Union. Foley, a Marquette University grad, was taken at gunpoint on Thanksgiving Day and has been missing in Syria ever since.

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Marquette University's Axthelm speaker talks about his career

Adam Schefter, ESPN reporter who covers the NFL, was chosen to deliver Marquette's Axthelm Memorial Lecture. The lecture is part of the Pete and Bonnie Axthelm Memorial Program established in 1994 at Marquette to honor the legacy of sports journalist, Pete Axthelm and his sister Bonnie.

Blog appeared on, April 8, 2013

Marissa Evans, senior journalism student,
received the Student Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Evans will be recognized this summer at NABJ's 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Orlando.

Story appeared on, April 10, 2013

Janine Geske, distinguished professor of law, commented on a proposed bill that would nullify court rulings blocking state laws by filing a quick appeal, saying, "[the bill] is an outrageous interference of the judicial process. Judges are the check and balance on the legislature and the governor's office that is critical to a democracy."

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John Kircher, professor of law and author of the 2012 book, "Punitive Damages, Law and Practice," commented on a Nevada jury ordering the state's largest health management organization to pay $500 million in punitive damages to three plaintiffs in a civil negligence lawsuit stemming from a Las Vegas hepatitis outbreak.

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Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of the economics, commented on the U.S. economy's job creation in March being at the slowest pace in nine months.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 5, 2013

Mark Federle, McShane Chair and professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, commented on a law meant to get minorities' feet in the door for contracting, noting that minorities have historically been underrepresented, especially in the construction field.

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Marquette loses out to Baylor in food competition
In the Cooking Channel's Bracket Battle – Best College Eats, "The Marquette" at Real Chili made it to the finals, but lost the national championship to Baylor University's "The Gut" from Vitek's BBQ.

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