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Marquette University's Office of Public Affairs Newsletter

June 13, 2014


1. President Obama expands student loan repayment program; Wisconsin Representative Petri responds with different approach

President Obama signed an executive order on Monday, June 9 which would enable up to an additional five million borrowers to cap monthly student loan repayments at 10 percent of their income and forgive any unpaid debt after 20 years. The program is known as Pay as You Earn and expands the 2010 law that capped repayments for newer loans but excluded borrowers who took out loans before October 2007 or stopped borrowing by October 2011.

President Obama also recently endorsed U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren's Student Loan Refinancing Proposal which would permit Americans with expensive student loans to refinance into cheaper debt.

Wisconsin Representative Tom Petri and other Republicans criticized the recent measures as failing to help current students or address the issue of college affordability.

Representative Petri stated "Basing payments on income makes sense, but I'm always hearing from students who need affordable payments but don't take advantage of these options because the system is too confusing and bureaucratic."

Representative Petri and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio initiated their own student loan bill. It would also base the student repayment on a percentage of income, would create a legal framework for consumer protections, and would prevent additional unpaid debt programs.

For more information, please see Politico's article, "President Obama expands student loan repayment break" from June 9, 2014 and Yahoo's Finance article, "There's something broken in America's financial aid system" from June 12, 2014.

2. Highlighting our Partnerships

The Office of Public Affairs, on behalf of the university, has the opportunity to work with local organizations which promote and support various groups from the Milwaukee community.

On July 16, NEWaukee is coordinating Milwaukee's first Night Market, to be held in the parking lot behind 4th and 5th Streets on Wisconsin Avenue from 5-10 p.m. The Night Market is a free open-air market that offers a wide variety of experiences, including art and craft vendors, technology installations, food trucks, performances and a beer garden that will support local art organizations. The goal is to create a free, vibrant, safe and interactive place in downtown Milwaukee. Additional Night Markets are planned from July through October.

The Night Market is part of the 'Creational Trails project, an interactive art project in targeted neighborhoods with the aim of raising visibility of those areas and activity within. 'Creational Trails is being led by the Greater Milwaukee Committee's MiKE - Innovation in Milwaukee initiative with management being contracted to Art Milwaukee and beintween.

3. News Updates about our Neighborhood

Marquette University is located in the Westown, Avenues West and Menomonee Valley neighborhoods. The Office of Public Affairs has an important role in supporting and promoting the development and improvement of our surrounding community.

The following are recent media updates about our neighborhoods:

Potawatomi sets hotel restaurant concept - locally sourced food - Milwaukee Business Journal, May 27, 2014

Cultural assets task force brainstorms 'vision' for 2030- Milwaukee Business Journal, May 30, 2014

Mayor Barrett throws support behind the local effort to buy Grand Avenue - Milwaukee Business Journal, May 30, 2014

411 office tower in downtown Milwaukee sold for $74.3 million; Quarles renews lease - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 2, 2014

Dover School, Posner Building TIF, Mandel apartments approved Tuesday - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 3, 2014

YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee files bankruptcy, will sell real estate - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 4, 2014

First look: Inside UWM's new School of Freshwater Sciences - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 4, 2014

Public Policy Forum to study suburban needs, region's philanthropic muscle
- Milwaukee Business Journal, June 4, 2014

Northwestern Mutual building to be history by end of June - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 5, 2014

MPS names interim superintendent - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 5, 2014

Notre Dame Schools of Milwaukee Announces School Building Acquisition - Notre Dame Schools of Milwaukee, June 5, 2014

YMCA considered closing its Grand Avenue location - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 6, 2014

HOPE Christian School buys North Avenue building for $3.7 million, plans addition - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 8, 2014

Milwaukee Asian market expansion to include nine restaurants, 143 booths - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 9, 2014

City of Milwaukee plan to list what it wants - and doesn't want - at Grand Avenue - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 10, 2014

Rebuilt St. Paul Avenue bridge designed to handle streetcar traffic - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 11, 2014

Milwaukee County referendum on minimum wage in the works - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 12, 2014

State funding of Bucks arena opposed by 63% of southeast Wisconsin voters: Poll - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 12, 2014

Grabbing a piece of the action: long line for arena tax payouts - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 13, 2014

4. News Updates on Government Relations

The Office of Public Affairs monitors discussions relevant to higher education and the Marquette community within both the Wisconsin State Legislature and United States Congress.

The following are recent articles regarding higher education issues:

Let's Blame the Market - Wall Street Journal, June 4, 2014

Colleges Seek to Strengthen Appeal to International Students - U.S. News, June 4, 2014

Big Brother: Meet Big Parents - Politico, June 8, 2014

Obama's student loan program has a downside - Fortune, June 10, 2014

Colleges Focus on Alcohol and Drugs as Serious Crime Dips - The New York Times, June 10, 2014

College Leaders Sign on to Support Common Core Educational Standards - The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 10, 2014

U.S. student loan refinancing bill fails Senate hurdle - Reuters, June 11, 2014

Senate increases student aid funding - NAICU Washington Update, June 11, 2014

Bi-partisan House Resolution encourages President to Abandon his plan to rate colleges - NAICU Washington Update, June 11, 2014

Report details schools crime and student safety data - NAICU Washington Update, June 11, 2014

Obama Defends College Ratings - Inside Higher Ed, June, 11, 2014

Funding Boost for NIH - Inside Higher Ed, June 11, 2014

Addressing the Harmful Myths Surrounding Campus Sexual Assault - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, and U.S. Senator Robert Casey, June 6, 2014


Community EVENTS

Menomonee Valley Walking Tours - 1st and 3rd Wednesday per month

Historic Milwaukee Inc. Walking Tours - Downtown through the Ages
Daily at 10:00 a.m. starting June 8

Milwaukee County Summer Farmers Market

Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Westown Farmers Market
Wednesdays June 4- October 29

Westown River Rhythms
June 11 - August 28

Milwaukee Trolley Loop
June 5 - September 6

Jazz in the Park
June 5 - September 4

Water Summit 2014
June 18

NEWaukee Volunteer @ Habitat for Humanity ReStore
June 19

Menomonee Valley 2.0 Public Workshop
June 19

A Fine Time for Wine
June 20

Koss Lunar Series Kick Off Presented by Associated Bank
June 20

Milwaukee Airshow with the Navy Blue Angels
June 21 - 22

NEWaukee ART Bus
June 25

What's your flying car? with Steve Wozniak
June 27

Urban Ecology Center History of Milwaukee by Canoe
July 28

Neighborhood House Summer Day Camp
June 16 - August 22

More Milwaukee events


Avenues West Association

Les Aspin Center for Government

Milwaukee Police Department District 3 Contact Guide

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Office of Public Affairs

Public Policy Forum

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

WisDOT I-94 Corridor Study

University Policy on Federal Government Lobbying


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