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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 30, 2015


Marquette officials, faculty discuss papal visit
Marquette President Michael R. Lovell was among several officials and faculty who commented on their experiences during the papal visit. President Lovell and Brian Dorrington, senior director of university communication, were on the South Lawn of the White House while the pope gave his speech, and they said Francis' message of compassion and service resonates with the Marquette community. Rev. Steven Avella, professor of history; Jame Schaefer, associated professor of theology; Rev. Bryan Massingale and Ulrich Lehner, both professors of theology, also commented in media reports.

Stories aired on at least six news outlets, including: WTMJ-RADIO (620 AM), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Sept. 24, 2015, WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Real Times Media, New Pittsburgh Courier, and WITI-TV (FOX 6), Sept. 23-25, 2015

Les Aspin Center students attend papal visit events
Students from Chicago, Green Bay and Honolulu were highlighted among the students from Marquette's Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, D.C., who had the opportunity to attend events for the papal visit. Daniel Bernard, a senior, and Michael Dearden, a sophomore, both students in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, were among those featured.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Sept. 23, 2015

Similar story aired on KITV-TV (ABC 4, Honolulu), WBAY-TV (ABC 2, Green Bay), WMAQ-TV (NBC 5) and Yahoo! News, Sept. 23, 2015

Marquette University creates "Pope Zone," gets students excited about the papal visit
With Pope Francis in the United States for the first time, Marquette created a viewing party to excite students, faculty and staff. The "Pope Zone" streamed Francis' speeches and offered fun and interactive activities for students.

Story aired on at least five news outlets, including: WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WITI-TV (FOX 6), Telemundo Wisconsin and WISN-TV (ABC 12), Sept. 23, 2015

Marquette University students inspired to feed the homeless
After Pope Francis spent his afternoon serving food to the homeless in Washington D.C., Marquette University students were inspired to do the same. Midnight Run, a program where Marquette students prepare and deliver meals to the homeless in Milwaukee, kicked off Noon Run, where students handed out lunches to those in need.

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), Sept. 24, 2015

Paul Misner, professor emeritus of theology, contributed an article about the complicated history of social justice advocacy at the Vatican. His article discussed the Pope's visit to America and his stance on climate change.

Story appeared on the website of Time, Sept. 25, 2015

Marquette rescinds honorary degree given to Bill Cosby
Marquette's Board of Trustees rescinded the honorary degree granted to Bill Cosby in 2013. Over the past several weeks, Marquette President Michael R. Lovell and Provost Daniel Myers had extensive conversations with campus leaders and faculty members who showed overwhelming support for the action the board took. By his own admission, Mr. Cosby engaged in behaviors that go entirely against the university's mission and the Guiding Values that Marquette worked so hard to instill on campus.

Associated Press story appeared on the website of at least eight news outlets, including: The Chicago Tribune, CBS New York, Detroit Free Press, Journal Star, The Seattle Times, American Press, and American Urban Radio Networks, Sept. 25, 2015

Similar story aired on at least 10 news outlets, including: WISN-TV (ABC 12), WITI-TV (FOX 6), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), WQOW-TV (ABC 18), WKOW-TV (ABC 27), WNBC (NBC 4, New York), KSHB-TV (NBC 41, Kansas City, Missouri), WHBQ-TV (FOX 13, Memphis, Tennessee), KTXL-TV (FOX 40, Sacramento, California) and KTTC-TV (NBC 10, Rochester, Minnesota), Sept. 25-28, 2015

Mixed messages as federal officials go public in force
The U.S. Federal Reserve would need to deliver more stimulus if the economy "were to weaken very much," Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said at Marquette University. Evans noted the economy could also surprisingly strengthen. Responding to audience questions at Marquette's annual Business Leaders Forum, Evans said additional bond purchases, known as quantitative easing, are an option if more monetary stimulus is needed.

Story appeared on the website of Reuters, Sept. 29, 2015

Similar stories appeared on the websites of at least eight websites, including: The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! Finance, Morningstar, MNI News, Televisa, Fidelity, Reuters America Latina and Fox Business, Sept. 29, 2015

Julia Azari, associate professor of political science, commented on House Speaker John Boehner's resignation from Congress: "Boehner's resignation is not the death of the Speakership as we know it, but rather the culmination Congressional reforms instituted in the 1970s and consolidated in the 1990s. These reforms were pursued by Representatives who, like the Tea Party Republicans, were elected in national party 'waves'—the Watergate babies of 1974 and the Gingrich Revolutionaries of 1994."

Story appeared on Politico, Sept. 25, 2015

Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics, commented on the August 2015 jobs report. Chowdhury said the reason unemployment rates are declining statewide is because people have dropped out from the labor force. "If you look at the actual number of (jobs created) in August 2015 and compare it with August 2014, you'll see that in terms of employment, the increase, according to these statistics, is zero. That means total employment has not increased," Chowdhury said.

Story aired on Wisconsin Public Radio, Sept. 24, 2015

O'Brien Fellow researched adaption to droughts in the Southwest
Brandon Loomis, an O'Brien Fellow in Public Service Journalism, traveled to southern California in August to see how urban Californians are adapting to a statewide drought emergency, and what lessons they may have for Arizonans facing an uncertain water future. The O'Brien Fellowship is through Marquette's Diederich College of Communication.

Story appeared in The Arizona Republic, Sept. 28, 2015

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