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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.

June 3, 2020 

Marquette in the news

Marquette rescinds admission offer over racially insensitive social media posts
The university announced it has rescinded an offer of admission to an incoming first year student after they made offensive comments on social media related to the death of George Floyd, as well as racially offensive language in other posts. The university issued a statement that said, "Following an internal review involving the Division of Student Affairs, Undergraduate Admissions, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, and Intercollegiate Athletics, and in alignment with our Guiding Values, Marquette University has made the decision to rescind the incoming student’s offer of admission and athletics scholarship, effective immediately. As a Catholic, Jesuit institution, we are called to build a nurturing, inclusive community where all people feel safe, supported, welcomed and celebrated." 

Story appeared on USA TODAY, June 2, 2020

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Dr. William Welburn, vice president for inclusive excellence, wrote a piece titled "How broken must our world be?" In the reflection, Welburn reflects on the shock waves George Floyd's death has sent across the country, and offers insight and how society can heal and change. "Right now, I am reading an email from a friend who wonders what she as a mother of a black boy can do to “shield him from the ugliness of the world,” Welburn wrote. "It troubles me that it seems that we as a society are begging for an end to racially-charged violence – physical, mental and emotional – inflicted upon people of color."

Story appeared on OnMilwaukee, June 2, 2020

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President Michael R. Lovell joined other Greater Milwaukee Committee board members in signing the committee’s letter calling for action from community leadership following the death of George Floyd. In part, the letter reads: "The Greater Milwaukee Committee stands with our community leaders and partners in recognition of the serious changes which need to happen in our city, region and country. Racism and systemic inequalities in access to health care, education and just are unacceptable."

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Business Journal, June 1, 2020

St. Joan of Arc Chapel recognized for historical significance
The St. Joan of Arc Chapel was profiled for its rich history and importance to the campus community. “It (the chapel) is the very heart of our university, physically and spiritually,” Rev. Frederick Zagone, S.J., said. “The chapel’s journey to Wisconsin has almost as layered of a history as the French saint, who was a heroine during the Hundred Years’ War, burnt at the stake for charges of heresy at age 19, and later exonerated and declared a martyr. It is the oldest structure in the western hemisphere still being used for its original purpose.” 

Story appeared on Crux, May 30, 2020

Dr. Emily Mazzulla, clinical assistant professor of psychology in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and director of SWIM Collaboration and Innovation, discussed the traumatic impact the pandemic can have on people, particularly those on the front lines and those facing food or housing insecurity. “They may fear for their safety day in and day out,” Mazzulla said. “And that might last for the duration of the pandemic, not simply during the stay-at-home orders." 

Story aired on WUWM-FM (89.7), May 29, 2020

Dr. Abdur Chowdhury, professor emeritus of economics in the College of Business Administration, discussed job uncertainty for 2020 graduates as they look to enter the workforce amid the pandemic. “Graduating in a bad economy like this, it has long-lasting economic consequences," Chowdhury said. “And I think that for the next 10 years, the class of 2020 will likely earn less than they would have had they graduated when job opportunities are plentiful." 

Story aired on Wisconsin Public Radio, May 27, 2020

Dr. Michael McCarthy, professor of social and cultural sciences in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, contributed to a story about the nine ways the pandemic could transform capitalism. Focusing on forthcoming pension austerity, McCarthy wrote, “Pension plans are now in a far weaker position. The proportion of plans with net negative cash flow has doubled: when more money goes out to pay retired workers than comes in, pension funds cannot survive without government support.”

Story appeared in the Tribune Magazine, June 2, 2020

Dr. Paul Nolette, associate professor and chair of political science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, discussed the success of state lawsuits led by Democratic attorneys general against the federal government on issues like methane emissions from landfills, endangered species regulations and energy policies. Nolette said there has been an 80% win rate against the Trump administration in court. “One reason for the success is that states can band together to pick the most favorable forums for their lawsuits,” Nolette said. “The most popular venues: the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.” 

Story appeared on E&E News, May 26, 2020

Nolette also spoke with Governing magazine for a May 29 story about how President Trump wants social media sites to be investigated for political bias — a move that would curtail protections for the industry under a provision of federal law known as Section 230.

Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, and John Johnson, research fellow in the Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education, co-wrote a piece about how Milwaukee is lagging behind other midwestern cities when it comes to population growth — a reality metro Milwaukee will have to contend with after the pandemic passes. “The new census estimates show that after a booming start to the decade, many metro areas around the country have seen growth rates decline in the last several years,” they wrote. “But metro Milwaukee never experienced the boom.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 28, 2020 

Gousha was also cited in a May 26 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story about a documentary he produced and narrated detailing Milwaukee’s rich political past.

Marquette law professor named Milwaukee Development Commissioner
Prof. Lafayette Crump, adjunct professor of law, was appointed the next Milwaukee Development Commissioner. Crump, whose appointment by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett needs Common Council approval, is best known for the work his law firm, Prism Technical Management & Marketing Services LLC, does to help developers hire disadvantaged contractors and workers. 

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 27, 2020

Similar story appeared in the Milwaukee BizTimes, My 27, 2020

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of Marquette University Law School, spoke about how unlike President Obama in 2008, Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden’s choice of running mate is not certain. “Obama’s choice of Biden was broadly acceptable throughout the party. That level of consensus may be harder to achieve today,” Franklin said. “A good choice will excite some groups and be acceptable to others. A bad pick [would] fail to satisfy any group within the party and could anger powerful constituencies if they feel passed over.”

Story aired on PBS, May 29, 2020

Franklin also spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a June 1 story about the even partisan divide in Wisconsin. 

Dr. Risa Brooks, Allis Chalmers Associate Professor of Political Science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, discussed the role of the military in domestic protests, as President Trump encourages governors to be more aggressive in responding to the protests and rioting following George Floyd’s death. Brooks said sending troops to quell domestic protests sends the disturbing message that “the military is repressing American citizens.”

Story appeared on Politico, June 1, 2020


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