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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.

November 11, 2015


Marquette students participate in Make a Difference Day
More than 350 Marquette students helped hundreds of elderly residents prepare their homes for the winter months as part of the annual "Make a Difference Day." The students raked leaves, cleaned garages and did other outside chores. During the last school year, Marquette students performed an estimated 445,000 hours of service.

Story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Nov. 7, 2015

Similar story aired on at least two news outlets, including: WYMS-RADIO (88.9 FM) and WISN-TV (ABC 12), Nov. 7-9, 2015

Lowell Barrington, chair and associate professor of political science, discussed the recent surge in popularity of candidates Ben Carson and Donald Trump, saying it may be a result of decades of Republican messaging. "For several decades, rhetoric among Republicans has focused on attacking not only government spending but also government institutions and officials themselves," Barrington said. "When a group of voters hear, year after year, that people in government are corrupt ... it should not be a surprise when those voters reject the candidates in their own party with the most political experience, at least early on in the primary season."

This story appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Nov. 10, 2015

Julia Azari, associate professor of political science, noted that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump does not appreciate the difficulty in changing U.S. policy, even as president. "There's all the talk about going in there and changing things," she said. "But reversing policy course is much harder than that. There are people invested in the status quo, getting them to do something differently takes a lot more than just bluster."

Story appeared on the website of NBC News, Nov. 7, 2015

Rev. Steven Avella, professor of history, commented on the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration convent praying nonstop since 1878 in an Associated Press article. Avella said praying nonstop grew in popularity in 19th century and again under Pope John Paul II.

Story appeared on the website of The New York Times, Nov. 5, 2015

Story also appeared in U.S. News & World Report, KRMG-RADIO (740 AM, Tulsa, Oklahoma), Newser, Redwood Times, The New Orleans Advocate and The News-Herald, Nov. 5-6, 2015

Rev. Bryan Massingale, associate director of undergraduate studies and professor of theology, discussed a seismic shift in demographics occurring in society and the U.S. Catholic Church in the coming decades that will create a church that is far less white. Massingale said the church must become "a proactive agent for racial justice" if it is to "remain viable and relevant in the 21st century."

This story appeared on the website of America Magazine, Nov. 10, 2015

Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School poll, commented on the Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee. "Holding events here early is a way to start establishing contact with the voters in the state, beyond what you would have from a televised debate from somewhere else," he said.

Story aired on WGN-RADIO (AM 720, Chicago), Nov. 10, 2015

Similar stories aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), WHBY-RADIO (1150 AM, Green Bay), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4) and WISC-TV (CBS 3, Madison), Nov. 10, 2015

Two faculty members discuss the Republican presidential debate held in Milwaukee
Paul Nolette, assistant professor of political science, and Karen Hoffman, visiting assistant professor of political science, commented on the Republican presidential debate with in-studio appearances on CBS 58. Nolette said it was a lot different from other debates in that "there were a smaller group of candidates so they had more time to speak and could respond to each other more" than in previous debates.

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Nov. 10-11, 2015

Dennis Brylow, associate professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, discussed the fact that only four African-American students took the AP Computer Science exam in all of Wisconsin last year. "The numbers are super grim particularly here in Wisconsin," Brylow said.

Story appeared on the website of The Capital Times, Nov. 8, 2015

John Kircher, professor of law, commented on consumers ignoring car recall notices. A Waukesha man accused of ignoring a recall notice in the mail is being sued after his car caught fire, severely damaging a building's plumbing and electrical systems. "You get a warning from whatever motor company that this can cause fire problems," Kircher said, adding that if a person doesn't get it fixed "and the fire occurs, and it does damage to someone, liability is going to attach in that situation."

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Nov. 6, 2015

Roberta Coles, professor of social and cultural sciences, commented on a story about a new Pew Research Center survey of families with two full-time working families that found white parents are more likely to say they have difficulty balancing work and family. "African-Americans, on average, have higher poverty and lower level types of jobs, higher religiosity, and are twice as likely to live in extended-family households," Coles said. "All of these things can make caretaking easier."

Story appeared on the website of Yahoo!, Nov. 5, 2015

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