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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.

March 2, 2016


Special Olympics holds Marquette vs. Wisconsin game at Al McGuire Center

For the first time, a basketball team from Marquette’s Special Olympics college program played a basketball team from Wisconsin’s Special Olympics college program, with the game taking place at the Al McGuire Center. “We had a couple of athletes who walked in and their eyes got big, (and) they said, ‘Look how cool this is,’ and that’s exactly what we were going for,” said Jason Blank, the regional athletic director of Special Olympics Wisconsin.

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), Feb. 28, 2016

New Marquette Law School Poll finds a tight race for the Democratic presidential nomination

Bernie Sanders received support from 44 percent of respondents while Hillary Clinton had support from 43 percent in a new Marquette Law School Poll. On the Republican side, Donald Trump was supported by 30 percent, followed by Marco Rubio at 20 percent and Ted Cruz at 19 percent.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 25, 2016

Similar stories aired on Wisconsin Public Radio (FM 89.7), WISN-TV (ABC 12), WITI-TV (FOX 6), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), WTMJ-Radio (AM 620), WAOW-TV (ABC 9, Wausau), WBAY-TV (ABC 2, Green Bay), WLUK-TV (FOX 11, Green Bay), WKOW-TV (ABC 27, Madison), WQOW-TV (ABC 18, La Crosse), WHBY-RADIO (1150 AM, Appleton), WGBA-TV (NBC 26, Green Bay), WFRV-TV (CBS 5, Green Bay), WJFW-TV (NBC 12, Rhinelander), WXOW-TV (ABC 19, La Crosse), WKBT-TV (CBS 8, La Crosse), WEAU-TV (NBC 13, Eau Claire) Feb. 25-29, 2016

Associated Press stories appeared in the Pioneer Press, the Bellingham Herald and the Daily Reporter, Feb. 25, 2016

Andrew Hanson, associate professor of economics, commented on expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit. “If you really want to blow it up, to do something big you need to account for differences in living costs across cities,” he said.

Story appeared on the website of The Wall Street Journal, March 1, 2016

Marquette removes wall set up by student group

Marquette’s Office of Student Development worked with the Students for Justice in Palestine group on their series of events the final week of February, which included their sponsorship of a speaker on campus. While these events were planned and coordinated in accordance with university policies, the Students for Justice in Palestine gave no notice of the display that appeared in the Alumni Memorial Union late on Sunday, Feb. 21. Since the display was not submitted in advance for approval, it was removed. All of the group’s events continued as planned.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 1, 2016

Murray Blackmore, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, has a new grant to study whether cancer genes could help in his research. “The processes that go wrong in cancer turn out to be exactly the processes we want to engage to repair the nervous system,” Blackmore said on public radio’s Lake Effect.

Story aired on WUWM-Radio (89.7 FM), Feb 24, 2016

Karen Hoffman, visiting assistant professor of political science, commented on the Super Tuesday primaries in a 22-minute interview on Wisconsin Public Radio. “This cycle has been anything but typical. There are some candidates who have more at stake (the day after the primaries) than others,” she said.

Story aired on Wisconsin Public Radio, March 1, 2016

Julia Azari, associate professor of political science, commented on the presidential campaigns in a variety of national and local media outlets. “This suddenly no longer looks like the party of Nixon, Goldwater and Reagan – the party of the West,” she said while describing the Republicans. “California is pretty much a lost cause for Republicans.”

Blog appeared on, March 1, 2016

Stories appeared on Vox and aired on WUWM-Radio (89.7 FM), March 2, 2016

Edward Fallone, associate professor of law, said the Republicans’ refusal to hold a hearing on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee was an “unconstitutional power grab.”

Story appeared on The Hill, Feb. 24, 2016

Patrick McNamara, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, is leading two related environmental studies. The first studies the chemical triclocarban, a common ingredient in bars of soap. McNamara discovered that the antimicrobial agent is linked to antibiotic resistance. McNamara’s second study found that a process called pyrolysis can remove triclocarban from biosolids. McNamara says research will continue in his lab.

Story aired on WUWM-Radio (89.7 FM), March 1, 2016

Mark Konewko, carillonneur and director of the university chorus, plays in the bell tower at Marquette twice a week. Only two people in Wisconsin have the skill to play the majestic bells and Konewko is one of them. “I usually end with the Marquette fight song and anthem," he said. “I never thought I'd be doing this. I'm very blessed, I had excellent teachers and wonderful opportunities.”

Story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), March 1, 2016

Justin George, O’Brien Fellow in Public Journalism at the Diederich College of Communication, commented on the controversial Dontre Hamilton and Freddie Gray cases. “There are clearly some similarities,” said George, who is a crime reporter at The Baltimore Sun. “You had two situations here that the public definitely had a lot of scrutiny about, a lot of unanswered questions.”

Story aired on WTMJ-Radio (620 AM), Feb. 26, 2016

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