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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.

January 13, 2016


Marquette Law School sends students to Cuba 

Twenty-five students from Marquette Law School are visiting Cuba to study diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. Those on the trip are focusing on studying economic, social and religious issues.  

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 7, 2016 

Similar story aired on at least six news outlets, including: Telemundo, WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WISN-TV(ABC 12), WQOW-TV (ABC 18, La Crosse), WKOW-TV (ABC 27, Madison), WAOW-TV (ABC9, Wausau) and WBAY-TV (ABC 2, Green Bay), Jan. 7-11, 2016 

Marquette to be a partner in new biodiversity center at Milwaukee Public Museum

Marquette is one of eight organizations partnering with the Milwaukee Public Museum’s new Center for Wisconsin Biodiversity and Environment. The center will take a cross-disciplinary approach to the research and projects that explore Wisconsin's changing natural resources, climate and environment. 

Story appeared on the website of the Milwaukee Business Journal, Jan. 12, 2016

Paul Secunda, professor of law, commented on a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that could end the ability of public labor unions to make all government workers in 20 states pay for union representation. The high court heard arguments on the case this month and will rule later this year. If the unions lose the case, Secunda said, “It’s not the death knell of the labor movement in the United States.”   

Story appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Jan. 11, 2016 

Similar stories appeared on the Huffington Post, and aired on the news outlet of Bloomberg Radio, Jan. 9-12, 2016 

Marquette political scientist writes about possible Trump third party campaign

Julia Azari, associate professor of political science, wrote a piece for arguing that a third party run by presidential candidate Donald Trump would be worse for the Republican Party than if he won the GOP nomination. “Trump voters are more likely to defect from the Republican Party if one of the other candidates gets the party’s nod – either to stay home or to support the third-party ticket,” Azari wrote.  

Story appeared on, Jan. 11, 2016

Charles Franklin, professor of law and director of the Marquette Law Poll, commented on the upcoming U.S. Senate election between incumbent Republican Ron Johnson and former Sen. Russ Feingold. Johnson unseated Feingold in 2010. “Historically, rematches between candidates are often pretty negative affairs,” Franklin said. 

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 13, 2016 

Brian Spaid, assistant professor of marketing, commented on AT&T’s decision to offer an unlimited data plan to smartphone customers, while promoting its DirecTV and U-Verse services. "This unlimited plan is definitely different than the past because it looks like they're tying it to customers who already have U-Verse or will sign up,” Spaid said. “That alone could make the unlimited data offering worth it if the U-Verse accounts are essentially subsidizing it.” 

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 11, 2016

Karen Hoffman, visiting assistant professor of political science, commented on President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union speech. “Years go by, things get put into perspective, and some of the accomplishments Obama talked about will stand out more as we go down the road,” she said. “But he’s so divisive and it’s very polarized, so it’s hard to see that right now.”

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Jan. 13, 2016

Andrew Hanson, associate professor of economics, led a research study that shows discrimination against African-Americans in the market for mortgage loans. Hanson and his collaborator conducted this study by sending emails via names associated with black Americans and white Americans, and found that mortgage loan originators were less likely to respond to emails using names associated with black Americans.

Story appeared on the website of Digital Journal, Jan. 12, 2016

Bill Walker, adjunct instructor of finance, commented about the stock market. “A lot of the news about earnings in the marketplace is going to be a driver in 2016,” he said. “Some of the drags that have been on the marketplace on those earnings are going to improve as the year progresses. We could set ourselves up for an interesting year.”

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Jan. 4, 2016 

Jimmy Butler promotes Marquette on the court 

Former Marquette basketball star Jimmy Butler wore a pair of navy and gold Air Jordans complete with a Golden Eagle on each side in a nod to his alma mater when the Chicago Bulls played the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center this week. “It was just me paying my respects to the university,” Butler said. “I represented my school today.”

 Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 13, 2016

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