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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 19, 2013


National Public Radio speaks with engineering professor on using robots to combat obesity
Andrew Williams, John P. Raynor, S.J., Chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering, spoke about his efforts to create a robot that can help children exercise and make better nutritional choices during a National Public Radio segment on America's obesity rate.

Interview aired on National Public Radio's "Tell Me More," nationally syndicated on 132 affiliate stations nationwide, Dec. 17, 2013

Marquette's athletic director resigns to pursue other leadership opportunities

Marquette University announced that Larry Williams, vice president and athletics director, resigned to pursue other leadership opportunities. Williams held the position for two years. Former athletics director Bill Cords will serve as interim vice president and director of athletics until a replacement is named.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 14, 2013
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Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), WISN-TV (ABC 12) and WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WTMJ-AM (AM 620), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), WMTV-TV (NBC 15), Dec. 13-14, 2013
Related stories appeared on, Dec. 15, 2013,, Dec. 18, 2013

CNN highlights Counseling Center's use of therapy dogs during finals
Christopher Daood, assistant director of the Counseling Center, discussed how Marquette uses therapy dogs to help ease the stress of finals for students. "You see (students') shoulders drop and see them smile. This is a great way for them to keep life in perspective. That really is the most significant part of the program." Other schools that have used therapy dogs during finals include Emory, Columbia University and U.C. Berkeley.

Story appeared on, Dec. 19, 2013

'Milwaukee Journal Sentinel' reviews Gov. Walker's time at Marquette

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explored Gov. Scott Walker's time at Marquette University and why he left the university before obtaining a degree. "Governor Walker was in good standing each term while he was enrolled at Marquette University and when he left Marquette University. Governor Walker was not expelled or suspended from the university at any time," Anne Deahl, associate vice provost for academic support programs and retention said in a letter.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 18, 2013
Story aired on WTMJ-AM (AM 620) and WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Dec. 18, 2013
Follow-up story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 19, 2013

Healing a broken system

The final installment in an examination of Milwaukee County's mental health system, conducted by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Meg Kissinger during a fellowship with the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University, examines solutions for fixing the county's mental health system.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 17, 2013

Marquette holds last Mid-year Commencement

Marquette University celebrated its final Mid-year Commencement with around 500 students graduating. The university will now only hold Commencement at the end of the school year in May. Officials said that December graduates usually choose to participate in the May ceremony anyway.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Dec. 15, 2013

Rev. Steven Avella, professor of history,
commented on how La Crosse's former bishop Cardinal Raymond Burke will no longer serve in the Vatican's commission that appoints local Catholic Church leaders.

Story appeared on, Dec. 17, 2013

Alan Borsuk, senior fellow in law and public policy,
wrote about the improvements to the special education program in Milwaukee over the past decade, but also stated that while compliance with the law has gotten better, now it's time to push for better student achievement.

Column appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 14, 2013

Matthew J. Parlow, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law, discussed the issue of how some sheriffs around the country are not enforcing new gun laws. Parlow said that in some states the governor can remove public officials who engaged in egregious misconduct – laws that in theory might allow the removal of sheriffs who failed to enforce state statutes.

Story appeared on and, Dec. 15, 2013

Charles Franklin, professor of law, commented on how public opinion is swinging in favor of a tribal casino in Kenosha, with a majority of Wisconsin's registered voters now backing the proposal.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 13, 2013

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