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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.

December 20, 2017


Dwyane Wade Summer Reading Program curbs summer literacy slide

Marquette University’s College of Education has released results of its Dwyane Wade “Live to Dream” Summer Reading Program, showing significant progress in curbing the “summer slide” in reading achievement among inner-city Milwaukee school children.

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WISN-TV (ABC 12), WITI-TV (FOX 6) and WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Dec. 19, 2017

Lovell announces Marquette to install grotto of Blessed Virgin Mary

Marquette President Michael R. Lovell announced that the university will install a grotto of the Blessed Virgin just west of St. Joan of Arc Chapel. “My hope is that this grotto will serve as a special and sacred place of devotion, inspiration and prayer for Marquette students, faculty, alumni and staff for decades to come,” Lovell said.

Story appeared in the National Catholic Reporter, Dec. 15, 2017

Double amputee graduates from Marquette with master’s in nursing

Nicole Grehn earned her master’s degree in nursing from Marquette while overcoming the challenges of having both legs amputated. Grehn, who was the graduation ceremony’s student speaker, had her legs amputed after suffering a medical emergency in 2015. “Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for always seeing me beyond my so-called disability,” she said.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12) and WQOW-TV (ABC 18), Dec. 17, 2017

Julia Azari, associate professor of political science, wrote an analysis of the U.S. Senate election in Alabama and participated in an online chat on election night. “There are a lot of factors at work – campaigning and turnout, [Roy] Moore's slipping support, and, of course, [President] Trump's long shadow,” she wrote.

Stories appeared on fivethirtyeight and Vox, Dec. 11-12, 2017

Similar story appeared in U.S. News and World Report, Dec. 13, 2017

Lora Strigens, vice president for planning and strategy, discussed Marquette’s plans for a 10-acre site it owns southeast of the main campus. “It provides a really great opportunity for us,” she said. “We’re going to do some long-range planning on long-range opportunities for that site.”

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Business Journal, Dec. 14, 2017

Paul Secunda, professor of law, discussed a new labor ruling that overturned a 2015 law that made it easier for contractors and workers at franchised businesses to form unions and collectively bargain with big corporations. “Think about trying to organize a McDonald's store," he said. "You’re organizing 10 employees against a local franchisee, as opposed to organizing tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of employees against the corporate parent in Illinois. There’s a huge difference.”

Story aired on Marketplace, Milwaukee Public Radio, Virginia Public Radio, Hawaii Public Radio, KNKX-Radio (88.5 FM, Seattle), KNPR-Radio (Las Vegas), KOPB-Radio (Portland), KQED-Radio (San Francisco), KUOW-Radio (Seattle), Capital Public Radio (Sacramento) and KCRW-Radio (Los Angeles), Dec. 15, 2017

Doug Woods, professor of psychology and vice provost for graduate & professional studies and dean of the Graduate School, discussed disorders related to pulling hair or picking at skin. “There is significant psychosocial damage,” he said. “People become very self-conscious and self-esteem suffers. They start to avoid social situations in which people could notice the effects of their behavior, and often spend tremendous amounts of time trying to cover the effects.”

Story appeared on Gulf News, Dec. 13, 2017

Chris Farley remembered by Marquette classmates

Marquette alumnus Chris Farley is being remembered 20 years after his death. A memorial Mass was held in northern Illinois by one of Farley’s Marquette classmates. At the event, friends shared news with Farley’s mother, Mary Anne Farley, that the religious order of priests who run Marquette, the Jesuits, had submitted a request for a papal blessing for the Farley family to the office of Pope Francis.

Story appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 19, 2017

Phillip Naylor, professor of history, discussed President Trump’s decision to recognize Jersusalem as the capital of Israel. “It’s a decision I think needed a bit more thought, in particular, seeing that it has alienated allies and isolated the United States,” he said.

Story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Dec. 8, 2017

David Clark, professor of economics and executive associate dean, discussed the record sales pace in Wisconsin’s housing market. "At some point Baby Boomers are going to start selling their homes at a faster pace than they have been," Clark said. "That's primarily as a consequence of health and retirement-based decisions. Ultimately those properties will find their way onto the market."

Story aired on Wisconsin Public Radio, Dec. 18, 2017

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