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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.

April 22, 2020 

Top News

Marquette experts provide commentary on coronavirus

Dr. Amber Wichowsky, associate professor of political science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll, were featured in a New York Times op-ed on how the pandemic could impact 2020 election. “There is good reason to suspect that voter mobilization around the economy could hurt Trump’s chances at re-election,” Wichowsky said. Franklin discussed results from Wisconsin’s April 7 primary amid the pandemic. “The size of the Republican margin in the red WOW counties — Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington — has been shrinking and doing so across multiple races,” Franklin said. “The Fox River Valley counties around Green Bay — Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago — are shifting away from Republicans, while some blue counties are getting even bluer: Dane, Eau Claire, La Crosse.”

Story appeared in the New York Times, April 21, 2020

Franklin was cited in several other local, state and national stories about the state’s election results in the context of the coronavirus and looking ahead to the November election. Stories appeared on or in the Washington PostAssociated PressCBS NewsPBSWBAY-TV (ABC 2)Janesville GazetteTalking Points MemoWISC-TV (CBS 3, Madison)Christian Science Monitor, April 14, 2020

Dr. Paul Nolette, associate professor and chair of political science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, commented on law enforcement agencies questioning whether to enforce Gov. Tony Evers’ extended “Safer-at-Home” order. "I know that the sheriffs have brought up some fairly vague, constitutional rhetoric about rights and such,” Nolette said. “However, one key thing to remember about the constitution, both the U.S. and the state constitution, is it provides states a great deal of power to do things in the best interest of the state’s health and welfare of the state’s residents.”  

Story aired on Wisconsin Public Radio, April 20, 2020 

Dr. Kate Ward, associate professor of theology in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, discussed how stimulus checks distributed amid the coronavirus pandemic has reignited a dialogue on universal basic income. Supporters, Ward said, argue a monthly check from the government would lead to better work-life balance rather than laziness. “It’s true that monthly checks from the government could cause more problems than they solve if the underlying policy is poorly crafted,” Ward added. “The money might be able to replace food stamps or housing subsidies, but it would take a lot more than $1,000 per month to cover everything that’s currently part of the social safety net.”

Story appeared in the Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), April 17, 2020

Dr. Julia Azari, associate professor and assistant chair of political science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, wrote about how crises reveal which political rules are essential to democracy. “Disasters sometimes lead people to give up freedoms they otherwise treasure or rally around leaders they normally oppose,” Azari wrote. “But crises also have a funny way of underscoring which values are actually vital to our democracy. . . First, there’s the Trump administration’s ever-changing response to the coronavirus. Then there’s the question of how individual states are handling (or not handling) the crisis, and lastly, there’s the very real question of how our democracy will function come the general election in November.” 

Story appeared on FiveThiryEight, April 20, 2020

Dr. Abdur Chowdhury, professor emeritus of economics in the College of Business Administration, discussed the major drop in gas prices amid the pandemic. "People are not driving, planes are not flying,” Chowdhury said. “As a result, the demand for oil has dropped significantly, on one hand; on the other hand, the supply, there is an abundance of supply of oil in the oil market, so you have increased supply and decreased demand.”

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), April 14, 2020

Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz, assistant professor of philosophy in Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Mauricio Garnier-Villareal, research assistant professor in the College of Nursing, discussed how the spread of the virus within Milwaukee reveals the city’s segregation. “The spread has been rather aggregated on the north side of Milwaukee, which is historically the black part of the city,” Rivera Berruz said. “(Those in lower income communities) are not going to have necessarily the same access to medical resources.”  

Story aired on WUWM-FM (89.7 FM), April 15, 2020 

Similar follow-up story aired on WUWM-FM (89.7 FM), April 16, 2020

Dr. David Clark, professor of economics and executive associate dean in the College of Business Administration, commented on how rising home sales in Wisconsin have been cut short by the pandemic. Clark said the number of homes taken off the market between Jan. 1 and mid-April increased by more than 22%. “Like many other industries, the housing sector is largely on hold during the pandemic, with buyers and sellers putting off real estate plans for the time being,” Clark said.

Story aired on Wisconsin Public Radio, April 21, 2020

Dr. Doug Fisher, associate professor of practice emeritus in the College of Business Administration, discussed the global economic changes as a result of the pandemic. “I think the (economic) recovery will be heavily characterized by how we quickly rebound,” Fisher said. “A V-shape (recovery) is a very quick rebound. Some are talking about how by the end of the second quarter we will be returning to a new near normalcy. Others would think we will be in more of L-shape where we bounce around on the low end for a while . . . the longer it goes until we reach whatever new normalcy will be, the more disruption we will have.”

Story aired on WHBY-AM (1150, Kimberly, Wisconsin), April 7, 2020  


Marquette news

Marquette mourns loss of Rev. William J. Kelly, S.J. 
Marquette University mourns the loss of Rev. William J. Kelly, S.J., who passed away Thursday, April 16, at the age of 96. Father Kelly began working at Marquette in 1961. He taught in the theology department for nearly 40 years and served as the chair. Father Kelly was the team chaplain for the men’s basketball program for 31 years.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 16, 2020

Similar stories aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), WITI-TV (FOX 6), April 16, 2020

50 years of Earth Day: Marquette's first Earth Day Mass remembered
Rev. Quentin Quesnel, S.J., was mentioned in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story looking back on 50 years since the inception of Earth Day. Father Quesnel officiated at a special Mass April 22, 1970, in the union, during which he prayed over a globe, a jug of water, a balloon symbolizing air and a pile of dirt. The ceremony had to be moved from St. Joan of Arc Chapel to accommodate the large crowd. 

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 19, 2020

John Johnson, research fellow in the Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education, discussed the broad support for Milwaukee Public Schools’ $87 million referendum. "To me, the big story is how overwhelmingly popular the referendum was in almost every part of the city, particularly when we saw striking divisions on the ballot, including the mayor's race, the county executive and the Democratic primary," Johnson said. "To have an issue that unites voters across all those other political divides is really quite significant."

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 18, 2020

Dr. Julia Azari, associate professor and assistant chair of political science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, discussed President Barack Obama’s endorsement of democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. “The main reason I think Obama got in this game so late was the changing norms about competition in presidential primaries (i.e., there should be some rules for when a former president can endorse) and not because it was Biden, his former running mate, per se,” Azari said. “I think Obama’s endorsement is a signal to less-attentive voters, like, ‘OK, we’re doing this.’”

Story appeared on FiveThirtyEight, April 15, 2020

Similar story appeared on the Christian Science Monitor, April 15, 2020 

Chuck Swoboda, innovator-in-residence in the Opus College of Engineering, wrote about the three habits to improve innovation: creating possibility, being positive and building resolve. “A growth mindset is a great starting point, but it’s not enough,” Swoboda wrote. “To be innovative, you also need to develop your spirit of innovation, which combines the attitude of seeing what’s possible with the fortitude to make it happen.” 

Story appeared on Training Industry, April 14, 2020

Dr. Michael Zimmer, associate professor of computer science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, was featured by the Association of Computing Machinery in its “People of ACM” Q&A. Zimmer highlighted the importance of computing ethics. “We need to make sure ethics is woven more deeply into our training and practices as computing professionals,” Zimmer said. “There are some good efforts out there to integrate ethics more deeply into computing science curricula (rather than just tacked onto week 15 of an intro class), which is promising.”

Story appeared on Association for Computing Machinery, April 20, 2020 


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