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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 25, 2013


Alum posthumously gives $1 million gift to Marquette University
The estate of the late Robert C. Olson, a 1953 graduate of the Marquette School of Medicine (now the Medical College of Wisconsin), has donated $1 million to Marquette. The Olson family evenly divided the merit-based awards and annual support for professional development among their three areas of personal interest: communication, physical therapy and student leadership.

Stories appeared on,,, and, April 18-19, 2013

A time to build
In a four part series, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examined the region's strengths, weaknesses and prospects for growth in today's rapidly evolving economy. The series was conducted through a Marquette Law School fellowship established by the Sheldon B. Lubar Fund for Public Policy Research. In the last installment of the series, Robert H. Bishop, Opus Dean of the College of Engineering, said collaboration is key to future success. "Because it is my sense that we need to build an intellectual community in Milwaukee that is attractive to business, that would make them want to move here. And that means that it's got to be us and MSOE and UWM and the technical colleges all working together with industry."

Part One, "A Time to Build" appeared Sunday, April 14, 2013
Part Two, "It all Starts with an Idea" appeared Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Part Three, "Two Cities in One" appeared Sunday, April 21, 2013
Part Four, "This Could Go Either Way" appeared Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Marquette recognizes Denim Day
On Wednesday, April 24, Marquette University recognized Denim Day, an event that encourages support to survivors of sexual violence. Denim Day began as a protest against a 1997 Italian court case, in which a convicted rapist's sentence was overturned. The court ruled that because the teenage victim's jeans were tight, the victim must have assisted in their removal, thereby making the sex act consensual. Enraged by the verdict, women in the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans to work.

Stories aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WISN-TV (ABC 12) and WITI-TV (FOX 6), April 24, 2013

Hunger Clean-Up garners local attention
Nearly 2,000 Marquette students, faculty and alumni gathered Saturday, April 19, to celebrate Marquette's 24th annual Hunger Clean-Up.

Stories aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12) and WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), April 20-21, 2013

Waukesha water utility approves deal with Milwaukee startup H2Oscore
McGee Young, associate professor of political science and founder of H2Oscore, has landed a deal with the city of Waukesha to implement the company's software, which allows homeowners to track their water usage and earn credits for conserving water that can be redeemed for discounts at local restaurants and other businesses.

Story appeared on, April 19, 2013

Marquette faculty experts weigh in on Boston Marathon bombing suspect

Lowell Barrington, chair and associate professor of political science, commented on the Boston Marathon bombing suspects' Chechnya heritage.

Stories aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4) and WISN-TV (ABC 12), April 19-20, 2013

Athan Theoharis, emeritus professor of history,
commented on the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, saying, "...After 9/11, everyone saw guilt-by-association backlash, but so far in this case, there is no evidence that it was an organized conspiracy."

Story appeared on, April 19, 2013

Peter Toumanoff, associate professor of economics who has taught and studied in Russia, commented on the Russian connection to the Boston Marathon bombers, saying that President Vladimir Putin has been trying to "lump" breakaway Chechens in with the war on terror for years in an effort to secure assistance from the west.

Stories aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), April 19, 2013

Marquette students show support for Boston
Marquette University students showed their support for Boston by running the last five miles of the marathon for those who could not.

Story appeared on, April 22, 2013

David Clark, professor of economics, commented on the real estate boost in Wisconsin, saying that falling inventory is helping home prices rise.

Story appeared on, April 20, 2013
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