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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.

October 29, 2014


The New York Times reports on final days of alumnus James Foley
Marquette alumnus James Foley was reportedly threatened with execution, tortured and starved ahead of his violent execution, according to a new report from The New York Times.

Story appeared in The New York Times, Oct. 25, 2014

Story promoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,,, and, Oct. 25-27, 2014

Julia Azari, assistant professor of political science,
commented on President Obama's recent visit to Wisconsin to campaign for Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. Voter turnout is expected to impact the outcome of the gubernatorial race and Burke needs core democratic voters to go to the polls on Election Day. "Obama is a very energizing figure for that political segment," said Azari.

Story aired nationwide on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, Oct. 29, 2014

Azari also wrote a blog post on a related topic for the Washington Monthly, Oct. 28, 2014

Amber Wichowsky, assistant professor of political science,
commented on the Wisconsin governor's race between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke. "Walker's political future...for 2016 hinges on his re-election in Wisconsin," stated Wichowsky.

Story appeared on, Oct. 24, 2014

Lori Bergen, dean of the Diederich College of Communication,
is one of five new members appointed to the national advisory board for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, an international leader in journalism education. Bergen will begin her two-year term in January.

Story appeared on, Oct. 28, 2014

Paul Secunda, professor of law,
commented on the latest lawsuit targeting the NCAA, which alleges that Division I schools violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Story aired on Bloomberg Radio WBBR-AM (1130) and KSL-AM (1160), Oct. 27-28, 2014

Marquette University student remains in critical condition in Madrid
Jennifer Waters, a junior in the College of Business Administration, remains in critical condition following a fall causing her to hit her head after being grazed by a car in Madrid, Spain. Marquette University continues to provide the family with resources while in Madrid, and is offering counseling services to students both abroad and on-campus.

Story appeared on, Oct. 22, 2014
Similar story appeared on, Oct. 24, 2014
Similar story aired on WTMJ-AM (620), Oct. 23, 2014

With deadline looming, shortlist emerges for new Milwaukee Bucks arena
With a self-imposed year-end deadline, the Milwaukee Bucks and others involved in the search for a proposed new downtown arena are zeroing in on a few specific locations. Sources indicate five or six potential sites for a new arena are receiving the most attention. The arena would be home of the Bucks, Marquette University and the Milwaukee Admirals. Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting on the prospect of a new downtown arena through a Law School fellowship funded by the Lubar Fund for Public Policy Research.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Oct. 26, 2014

Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics, commented on the decrease in gas prices in Milwaukee and at nearly half the gas stations in the United States. Gas prices recently slipped below $3 a gallon and produced the lowest national average price since 2010. "What you will see is that spending in other consumer areas will increase," said Chowdhury.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Oct. 24, 2014
Similar story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Oct. 27, 2014

Marquette University to present experimental exhibition at Haggerty Museum of Art

Marquette University's Haggerty Museum of Art will present a year-long, student-curated exhibition, Clear Picture: Looking at Communities from an Art Museum. The exhibit will serve as a multi-disciplinary textbook and laboratory for four undergraduate journalism and Spanish courses.

Story appeared on, Oct. 22, 2014

Marquette University hosts forums to discuss potential on-campus police department

Marquette University will host three open forums on campus to gather feedback regarding the university creating its own police force. A police department would allow officers to make arrests for state and local violations, access law enforcement records and enforce traffic laws.

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58) and WITI-TV (FOX 6), Oct. 22, 2014

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