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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.

May 10, 2017


Making Marquette more diverse

Marquette had 2,056 freshmen deposits on May 3, up 2 percent from a year ago. The class is 16 percent Latino, up 2 percent. Marquette has a goal of becoming designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution, with the requirement that at least one quarter of undergraduates are of Hispanic descent. In addition, the number of African-American student deposits are up 14 percent and the number of Native American student deposits are up 67 percent.

Story appeared in Inside Higher Ed, May 8, 2017

Janine Geske, university trustee and retired distinguished professor of law, discussed how politics affects justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. “The political impact of court decisions has always been an issue, but I have to say the high level of pressure on the courts to issue opinions that are consistent with special interest views on it certainly has grown,” said Geske, who was on the state Supreme Court from 1993 to 1998. “The influx of money, which is a big problem in states like Wisconsin, where we have an elected judiciary, really has brought these problems to the forefront.”

Story aired on National Public Radio, May 9, 2017

Sarah Curry, internship coordinator at the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, discussed what student interns are hoping to achieve in the workplace. “Interns are hoping to take the knowledge and skills they learned in their coursework and see it come to life,” she said.

Associated Press story appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and FOX Business, May 10, 2017

Judge rules in favor of Marquette in court case filed by Associate Professor John McAdams

A Milwaukee County judge issued a 33-page decision dismissing all claims against Marquette University. In May 2016, the associate professor filed a lawsuit challenging the decisions of Marquette’s Faculty Hearing Committee and President Michael R. Lovell that McAdams deserved discipline for his conduct.

Story appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 4-5, 2017

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WISN-TV (ABC 12), Wisconsin Public Radio, WTAQ-Radio (1360 AM, Green Bay), WHBL-Radio (1330 AM, Sheboygan) and WTMJ-Radio (NBC 4), May 4-5, 2017

Christopher Murray, coordinator of student affairs and visiting instructor at the Les Aspin Center for Government, discussed Republican plans to challenge U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., in her 2018 re-election bid. “Midterms are traditionally bad for the president’s party and they’re going to have to grapple with that and decide whether they want to mount a race,” Murray said.

Story aired on WUWM-Radio (89.7 FM), May 9, 2017

Karen Hoffman, adjunct assistant professor of political science, discussed why no prominent Democrats have announced plans to challenge Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in 2018. “One of his strengths is an organization and a funding apparatus,” she said. “It would be a pretty daunting task for someone to imagine trying to compete against that.”

Story aired on WUWM-Radio (89.7 FM), May 5, 2017

Melissa Gibson, assistant professor of education policy and leadership, discussed the effects of digital technology like mobile phones on students. “Our access to technology at any moment has changed the way we know things,” she said. “I mostly remain hopeful about where this is all headed.”

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), May 8, 2017

Paul Secunda, professor of law, discussed issues related to the passing of the Working Family Flexibility Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. Secunda said most of the benefits help employers and not employees. “What we are talking about here is employees agreeing to compensatory time (instead of overtime pay),” he said.

Story aired on WTMJ-Radio (620 AM), May 4, 2017

Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics, discussed proposed changes to Wisconsin’s minimum markup law, a policy mechanism that Assembly Republicans are relying on to offset a proposed increase in gas taxes. Chowdhury said there was no guarantee that gas stations would lower their prices even if the minimum markup requirement was changed. “There will be some increase in gas price,” Chowdhury said. “Despite the drop in minimum markup, you will see some increase in gas price.”

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), May 8, 2017

Paul Nolette, assistant professor of political science, discussed the length of time it could take to pass a new health care bill. “It could take weeks, it could take months or it could stop dead in its tracks right in the Senate,” he said. “There’s a long road to go.”

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), May 4, 2017

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