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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 21, 2016


Marquette police report significant decrease in crime

The Marquette University Police Department recorded a significant reduction in crime throughout its patrol zone during its first full year since it was commissioned. The department reported a 62 percent decrease in battery and assault, a 42 percent drop in robberies, and a 23 percent decrease in burglaries. “Ensuring a safe environment is a top priority for Marquette University, and I’m incredibly proud of all the work our officers have done on behalf of our entire community, including our students, faculty and staff,” MUPD Chief Paul Mascari said.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), WTMJ-Radio (620 AM), WITI-TV (FOX 6), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4) and WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Sept. 20, 2016

Marquette receives $1 million grant to certify teachers in computer science education

The National Science Foundation awarded Marquette University a $1 million grant to certify nearly 200 Milwaukee Public School teachers in computer science teaching.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sept. 14, 2016

Story aired on WTAQ-Radio (97.5 FM), Sept. 15, 2016

Marquette Law School Poll shows tight presidential race in Wisconsin

Democrat Hillary Clinton maintained a slim lead over Republican Donald Trump in the latest Marquette Law School Poll. Among likely voters, Clinton had 44 percent while Trump had 42 percent.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal and in BizTimes, Sept. 21, 2016

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), WISN-TV (ABC 12), Sept. 21, 2016

Rev. John Laurance, S.J., professor emeritus of theology, commented on Jesus & Beer, which is part of a recent effort by some Christian groups to talk about their faith in a relaxed environment while enjoying an alcoholic beverage. Father Laurance said that alcohol certainly isn’t new to Catholicism and is, in fact, an integral part of the Mass. “You know one of the Psalms says, 'God gave wine to cheer up people's hearts,' so even the prayer book of the Old Testament sees that this is a gift from God,” he said.

Associated Press story appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post,,, Detroit News and the Lincoln Courier, Sept. 15, 2016

Marquette’s Haggerty Museum of Art will participate in Smithsonian Magazine’s ‘Museum Day Live!’

The Haggerty Museum of Art, located on the Marquette campus, will participate in Smithsonian Magazine’s “Museum Day Live!” which will open more than a dozen Wisconsin museums to the public for free on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6) and WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Sept. 19, 2016

Hundreds gather at Marquette University to celebrate the life of Eric Von

Marquette hosted a memorial on campus to remember the life of journalist and broadcaster Eric Von.

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), WISN-TV (ABC 12), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4) and WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Sept. 14-15, 2016

Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics, discussed Milwaukee’s poverty rate, which was only slightly down in 2015 to 26.8 percent. "We don't see much movement in Milwaukee, which should be a source of concern for state policymakers," Chowdhury said. "That tells us we are not creating enough economic opportunity in the inner city of Milwaukee."

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sept. 14, 2016

Julia Azari, associate professor of political science, commented on the low numbers received by both candidates in Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race. “Typically, when we talk about coattails, we talk about positive coattails, about presidential candidates who come in and are popular, and inspire hope and enthusiasm on their respective sides, whether it’s Obama or George W. Bush,” Azari said.

Story aired on Milwaukee Public Radio, Sept. 19, 2016

David Clark, executive associate dean and professor of economics, commented on the upward trend in real estate along with key economic indicators. "We’ve got a 4.2 percent unemployment rate, we've certainly been creating jobs and you've got really low mortgage rates," Clark said. The ongoing economic growth and continued low interest rates are also boosting Wisconsin’s real estate market,” Clark said.

Story aired on the Wisconsin Public Radio, Sept. 19, 2016

Similar story appeared in the Oshkosh Northwestern and National Mortgage News, Sept. 20, 2016

Marquette School of Dentistry offers free dental exams to children from low-income families

More than 200 volunteers from the Marquette University School of Dentistry will provide an estimated $50,000 in free dental exams, cleanings and fluoride treatments to children from low-income families on Oct. 1.

Story appeared on Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, Sept. 20, 2016

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