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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 23, 2016


Marquette dental school professor thankful to be alive

Brian Hodgson, associate professor of dental developmental sciences and pediatric dentistry, suffered a heart attack this summer while jogging at Valley Fields. Luckily, Marquette lacrosse trainer Aaron Doering was nearby and went into action, performing CPR. Hodgson returned to work on Monday. “I kept thinking, ‘Is God telling me I should do something else or is He telling me to keep doing what I’m doing?’ That is the biggest thought on my mind, and how close to death I really was,” Hodgson said, thanking Doering, the Marquette community and the Marquette Police Department for taking action as quickly as they did.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Nov. 22, 2016

Microsoft president speaks at Marquette Law School

Brad Smith, Microsoft's president and chief legal officer, spoke at Marquette University Law School, telling students and others in attendance about the keys to success. Although Microsoft is a global company, Smith believes its fate is entwined with the future of the United States.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nov. 19, 2016

Warren Buffett meets with students from Marquette University

Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, met with 20 students from Marquette and seven other universities to weigh in on several topics, including embattled retail bank Wells Fargo. He spent more than two hours answering questions from the MBA and undergraduate students.

Story appeared in Yahoo News, Nov. 21, 2016

Athan Theoharis, professor emeritus of history, commented on FBI Director James Comey and his future. “The FBI was seen as separate from the discourse of politics,” Theoharis said. “With Comey thrusting himself into a political election, that reputation is now tarnished.”

Story aired on NBC News, Nov. 19, 2016

Felicia Miller, associate professor of marketing, and Brian Spaid, assistant professor of marketing, discussed the holiday season’s effect on toy manufacturers. Miller said focus groups tend to be helpful for toy manufacturers, as they are able to see the reactions of the children when they are introduced to different toys. Spaid said digital marketing drives demand for toys. “Social media, especially, has amplified all of this,” he said. “We can zero in on what the hot toys are even faster than we have in the past.”

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Nov. 22, 2016

Shots fired near Marquette University

Marquette University Police responded to the 1500 block of W. State Street early Thursday morning for a report of shots fired. According to police, an unknown suspect fired a gunshot at a 21-year-old man, who was uninjured.

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WITI-TV (FOX 6) and WISN-TV (ABC 12), Nov. 17, 2016

Rev. Steven Avella, professor of history, commented on the Vatican’s recent clarification that cremains must neither be scattered nor kept at home, but stored in a sacred, Church-approved place. “I have been a priest nearly 40 years, and this has only come to my attention and been a common practice in the last 10 to 15 years,” Father Avella said. “You should go to a place of rest, where your memory can be cherished and memorialized. There you wait for the moment of glory, not on a mantelpiece.”

Story appeared in Life Matters Media, Nov. 21, 2016

Paul Secunda, professor of law, discussed why the election of Donald Trump is likely to mean big changes for the National Labor Relations Board. “I think there might be some delays with Trump’s nomination process for the National Labor Relations Board because obviously the Democrats have to confirm the appointment,” Secunda said. “There will eventually be three Republicans and two Democrats, that’s what you have with a Republican administration. At the top of the agenda, I think you might see a pushback against graduate student unions.”

Story aired on Bloomberg Radio and WNEW-Radio (102.7 FM,Washington, D.C.), Nov. 16, 2016

Mark Eppli, Bell Chair in Real Estate and professor of finance, moderated a real estate event and provided an economic outlook in light of Donald Trump’s election as president. Eppli said bank stocks have risen at the possibility that the Consumer Financial Safety Bureau and possibly Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform will be gutted, although much economic uncertainty remains.

Story appeared on BizTimes, Nov. 17, 2016

Edward Fallone, associate professor of law, commented on Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.’s plan to bring the war on terror to the home front. "You can call his plan 'extreme' because it falls well outside of Supreme Court precedent and mainstream academic thought," Fallone said.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Cap Times, Nov. 17, 2016

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