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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.

September 3, 2014


Marquette honors alum in naming College of Engineering
Marquette has named its engineering college the Opus College of Engineering to honor the life and legacy of alumnus and longest-serving trustee Gerald "Gerry" Rauenhorst. Rauenhorst founded the Opus Group, a network of commercial real estate development, construction and design companies headquartered in Minneapolis. "Marquette relies on the generosity and support of alumni and friends and the university is proud to be able to honor Gerry by naming the College of Engineering after the business he started," said President Michael R. Lovell.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sept. 3, 2014

Marquette Law School Poll shows governor's race is the tightest in the country

A Marquette Law School Poll released Aug. 27 showed Republican Gov. Scott Walker trailing his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, 49 to 47 percent among likely voters. He leads by 3 percent among registered voters. The race has been locked in a dead heat all summer, making it the tightest gubernatorial race in the nation. Further, the poll found that 50 percent of likely Wisconsin voters disapproved of Obama's job as president and 45 percent approved.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and, Aug. 27-29, 2014

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Aug. 27, 2014

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Associated Press story appeared on and, Aug. 27, 2014

New Marquette president hits the ground running

Marquette University President Michael R. Lovell invited students and staff to kick off the school year by joining him at a twice-weekly running club. President Lovell said that inviting students and staff on his runs is a great way to promote health and fitness while getting to know his surroundings.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Aug. 29, 2014

Three Marquette students robbed over weekend
The university issued campus-wide text messages and emailed safety alerts following two incidents in which Marquette students were robbed. The university has reiterated that students should take advantage of the many safety resources available to them, and the Department of Public Safety and Milwaukee Police Department will continue frequent patrols of campus and nearby neighborhoods. MPD is currently investigating both robberies.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Sept. 1, 2014
Story also aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), WDJT-TV (CBS 58) and WITI-TV (FOX 6), Sept. 1-2, 2014

Julie Azari, assistant professor of political science,
Charles Franklin, professor of law and director of the Law School Poll, discussed President Obama's recent visit to Milwaukee and the importance of voter turnout.

Azari story appeared on, Sept. 1, 2014
Franklin story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Aug. 28, 2014

CTSI to fund spinal cord injury study
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin has granted a collaborative team of researchers from Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin $50,000 to study spinal cord tissue in patients with spinal cord injury to improve patient care.

Story appeared on, Aug. 29, 2014

David Papke, professor of law,
discussed the origin of Labor Day and how Americans do not realize that due to the poor treatment of railway workers in the 1890s. Congress passed legislation to make the first Monday of September a day to recognize workers.

Story appeared on, Sept. 1, 2014

Jessie Bazan, alumna,
wrote an article that reflects on her experience at last year's World Youth Day in Brazil and how lessons learned there can help the Catholic Church better engage with the next generation of Catholics.

Story appeared in U.S. Catholic, September 2014

Steve Wojciechowski, Marquette men's head basketball coach,
is creating a new identity for himself at Marquette, which includes a unique vision, high expectations and references to his famous floor-slapping. "It's clear he has a plan that's 15 years in the making, and he's executed flawlessly since day 1," said Michael Broeker, deputy athletic director.

Story appeared on, Sept. 2, 2014

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