1. Mass of the Holy Spirit, Welcome Back Picnic are Sunday

Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., invites the Marquette community to celebrate the beginning of the academic year at the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m. in the Church of the Gesu. The 19th annual All-University Welcome Back Picnic will follow in Central Mall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will take place rain or shine. Casual dress is appropriate. No registration is necessary.

For more information or for special needs, call University Special Events at 8-7431. .

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2. Noah’s Ark trip, free Brewer game during Mania Week

Marquette University’s Student Government will start the school year with “Summer Side of Life” Mania Week events Monday, Aug. 31, through Saturday, Sept. 5:

• Monday, Aug. 31 — comedian Dan Ahdoot in the Weasler Auditorium at 7 p.m.

• Wednesday, Sept. 2 — outdoor viewing of Star Trek, with popcorn, in Central Mall beginning at dusk.

• Thursday, Sept. 3 — comedy from the Studio 013 Refugees, free bowling and free samples of wings in the Union Sports Annex from 9 p.m. to midnight.

• Friday, Sept. 4 — Brewer game at 7:05 p.m. at Miller Park. Free tickets are available to the first 100 students with an MU ID beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1, in Brooks Lounge, Alumni Memorial Union. Limit one ticket per student.

Sunday, Sept. 6 — Wisconsin Dells excursion to Noah’s Ark Waterpark. Buses depart from the east entrance of the AMU at 9:30 a.m. and return to campus at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at Brooks Lounge beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1.

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3. Percussionist Jon Mueller to perform at Haggerty Museum

Milwaukee drummer and percussionist Jon Mueller will present a free, solo percussion performance Physical Changes at the Haggerty Museum of Art on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. Jim Shoenecker and David Bailey will appear with Mueller in a performance that combines percussion, electronic music and video to turn the fundamental concepts of rhythm and percussion into “an entirely new experience that’s heard, seen and felt.”

Mueller has been an active drummer and percussionist since the mid-80s, working regularly with the group Collections of Colonies of Bees. He has performed throughout the United States, Japan and Europe and played or recorded with members of the Swans, Wilco, Bon Iver, and Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Trio, among others. The performance is offered in conjunction with the Jump Cut Pop exhibition on view at the Haggerty through Oct. 4.

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4. Sigma Delta Pi earns 17th consecutive national award

Marquette’s chapter of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society has been named an "Honor Chapter" for its outstanding activities in 2008-09, the 17th consecutive year it has received this distinction. 
Each May, all 564 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi are asked to submit an annual report detailing their activities and projects from the academic year. Based on these reports, the National Executive Committee chooses about 10 "Honor Chapters" annually. Some of SDP’s activities last year included:

• holding English-as-a-second-language sessions at St. Adalbert's Catholic Church.

• fund-raising for St. Adalbert's.

• discussing foreign language and culture learning experiences at the first-ever Polyglot Café event.

• screening two movies in Spanish per year.

Dr. Germán Carrillo, associate professor of Spanish, serves as Marquette's chapter adviser.  

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5. Women’s soccer team opens home schedule tomorrow

The women’s soccer team will open their home schedule this weekend against Rice University at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Fields. Marquette is co-hosting the MKE Cup with UW-Milwaukee. The University of Michigan will also participate.

Prior to Friday’s women’s match, the men’s soccer team will take on Kentucky in an exhibition match at 1:05 p.m.  

Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for youth; admission is free for MU students.

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6. Loyola dedicates sculpture in honor of Marquette, 636 other schools

The Loyola University New Orleans Class of 2009 will dedicate a sculptural bench to Loyola on Saturday, Aug. 29, to pay tribute to 637 colleges that took in displaced Loyola students in the semester following Hurricane Katrina.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Marquette enrolled 67 students from New Orleans-area schools. Five have since graduated from Marquette, five remain enrolled at Marquette and many of the others returned to their home institutions or enrolled elsewhere the following year.
“We will always remember your generosity and kindness in response to this unprecedented event in our city's history,” said Cathy Simoneaux, director of scholarships and financial aid at Loyola University New Orleans, about those 637 schools.

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7. Hall Stores providing free pizza samples Sunday

Marquette Hall Stores, located in each residence hall, open Sunday, Aug. 30, at 6:30 p.m. Each store will offer free jerky samples, free Palermo pizza samples and $1 pints of sherbet.

The first 25 customers at each store Monday, Aug. 31, receive a free, 20-ounce beverage with any purchase.

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8. Take shelter during severe weather

Members of the Marquette community are reminded to take shelter immediately when the local emergency sirens sound for severe weather. A tornado warning means that a tornado is in the area and everyone should take immediate shelter, preferably in a basement or below-ground location.

A tornado watch means that conditions are right for a tornado. Continue normal activities but monitor the situation.

For more information, see the Emergency Procedures Guide.

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