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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.

February 1, 2017


Marquette leaders send a message to the campus community

Marquette leaders, including President Michael R. Lovell, released a message addressing the current moment in U.S. history as it relates to proposed changes in immigration policies. “Our mission states clearly that we at Marquette University offer personal attention and care to each member of the Marquette community,” the statement said.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Jan. 30, 2017

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 30, 2017

Similar stories aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WQOW-TV (ABC 18, Eau Claire) and WITI-TV (FOX 6), Jan. 30-31, 2017

Marquette’s seasonal dome now up in Valley Fields

Marquette officially opened its new seasonal dome in the Menomonee Valley. It provides practice and training facilities for intercollegiate athletes as well as club and intramural participants.

Stories aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4) and WISN-TV (ABC 12), Jan. 29, 2017

Story appeared on, Jan. 30, 2017

Marquette’s carillon plays new tune

For the second time in 50 years, Marquette’s carillon played a new tune when the clock struck noon. The quarter chime, which plays every hour, is an ode to the celebration of the St. Joan of Arc Chapel being on campus. This is the 50th anniversary of the carillon atop Marquette Hall.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Jan. 31, 2017

Diener’s new baby kept him from being at Marquette’s historic win

Travis Diener, director of player development, missed Marquette’s win over No. 1 ranked Villanova University to attend the birth of his child, born just before halftime. “Obviously, I’m praying that everything’s alright with my baby and my wife, (but) once he comes out and the doctor said he’s doing wonderful, then I could get on to watching the game again,” Diener said with a smile. “My wife knows basketball is in my blood and how important Marquette is to me.”

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Jan. 26, 2017

Paul Nolette, assistant professor of political science, discussed the increased level of activity of state attorneys general since the administration of former President George W. Bush. “It’s become such an established part of what AG’s do on the national level,” Nolette said. “It’s become much more AG’s going on the offensive.”

Associated Press story appeared in The Washington Post and dozens of other daily newspapers, Jan. 31, 2017

Similar stories aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4) and WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Jan. 30, 2017

Gerry Canavan, assistant professor of English, commented in a 10-minute interview on the recent popularity of George Orwell’s novel 1984 after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. “The source of issues you’re talking about with regard to ‘alternate facts’ and some of this spin doctoring that’s been happening in politics certainly seems to be a huge part of it, as well as a general kind of bipartisan distrust of the government,” he said.

Story aired on Wisconsin Public Radio, Jan. 31, 2017

Louise Cainkar, associate professor of social and cultural studies, discussed the effects on Muslim Americans after President Donald Trump’s executive order related to immigration. “After Sept. 11 there were mass arrests. We haven’t seen that yet,” Cainkar said. “There was registration. President Trump has suggested he might be getting involved in that. There was a lot of hate crimes. We don’t know if they are going to uptick yet. It’s different, but it sets the community in a crisis mode. That’s what’s the same.”

Story aired on WBEZ-Radio (91.5 FM, Chicago), Jan. 30, 2017

Michael O’Hear, professor of law, discussed in an 18-minute interview about the trend of mass incarceration in Wisconsin and the implications of increased prison populations. “In recent years, most of the people going into our prisons have been sent because of revocations, not because of the commission of a new crime or the imposition of a new sentence,” O’Hear said.

Story aired on WUWM (89.7 FM), Jan. 25, 2017

Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics, commented on the issues surrounding President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico. “We won’t be able to sell as much U.S. products in Mexico as we do today,” Chowdhury said. “The end result will be that both U.S. and Mexican consumers, people like you and me, will end up paying more for products produced in the other country.”

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Jan. 26, 2017

Philip Rocco, assistant professor of political science, commented on the end of health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act. "We don’t exactly know how long the process of considering this new legislation is going to take," Rocco said. "For Republicans, I think the challenge is both keeping the elements of the policy that are popular and doing something that’s different enough so that you can say, ‘We have a policy that’s ours that’s distinctive. It’s not Obamacare.’”

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), Jan. 29, 2017

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