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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.

Sept. 2, 2020

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Dr. Emily Mazzulla, director of SWIM collaboration and innovation and associate professor of psychology in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, was recognized for the children’s book she wrote, “School in the Time of the Coronavirus.” The book follows the story of a girl named Maria who, while nervous to return to school, shows great resilience in learning the importance of hand washing, wearing a mask and preparing to safely return to school. "There are a variety of experiences that kids were subjected to (as a result of the pandemic), and I found with my work, in both trauma and resilience, that I could contribute to that conversation," Mazzulla said.

Story appeared on Woman’s Day, Yahoo! Life and MSN, Aug. 27, 2020

Similar stories appeared in The Times-Gazette (Hillsboro, Ohio) and BRAVA Magazine (Verona), Aug. 25, 2020

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll, and Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, spoke with local and national news outlets about President Trump’s visit to Kenosha, following the Aug. 23 police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Story appeared on USA TODAY, WISN-TV (ABC 12) and Yahoo! News, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2020

Franklin also spoke with WITI-TV (FOX 6) for an Aug. 27 story about efforts by the Trump campaign to appeal to Black voters.

Dr. Paul Nolette, chair and associate professor of political science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, commented on the impact of more than 100 lawsuits states have filed against the Trump administration since the president’s inauguration. “This activism has complicated the president’s agenda in many areas from immigration to the environment,” Nolette said. About one-half of the lawsuits filed against the administration by the state of California, specifically, are related to the environment.

Opinion piece appeared in the Washington Post, Aug. 28, 2020

Dr. Julia Azari, assistant chair and associate professor of political science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, shared her opinion on the differences between the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention. Azari said, in contrast with the Democratic convention, the Republican gathering has had “a jarring sense of disconnection with the past. I can’t really think of a clear analog.”

Story appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Aug. 28, 2020

Azari also spoke with Project Syndicate for an Aug. 27 opinion piece about what the world could look like following November’s presidential election.

Efforts to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 highlighted
Marquette was highlighted for its reopening plan, particularly the various health and safety precautions in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on campus. Key measures include free COVID-19 testing for students, smaller class sizes, more online course offerings, and de-densified residence halls and common areas. Marquette University President Michael R. Lovell also commented on the university’s gating process to determine when and if Marquette would have to pivot, “We’re looking at several metrics, and if those metrics indicate that we can no longer keep our community safe, we will then pivot to an online format as several universities in the country have already done.”

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Business Journal, Aug. 26, 2020

Dr. Simon Howard, assistant professor of psychology in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, spoke about the role social media plays in modern activism — specifically regarding the “Me Too” and “Black Lives Matter” movements. “Activism comes in many different shapes and forms," Howard said, adding that social media activism is growing rapidly among  younger generations. "They’re getting exposed to these ideas much earlier and not necessarily indoctrinated, but they’re getting exposed to even just think about it.”

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Aug. 27, 2020

College of Nursing partners with pandemic response planning organization
The College of Nursing has partnered with “Nurse Disrupted,” an organization dedicated to helping nurses effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership aims to fight the pandemic by giving graduate level nursing students the opportunity to volunteer and fulfill practicum hours by completing virtual health screenings for homeless populations.

Story appeared on WisBusiness, Aug. 26, 2020

Similar story appeared on WJFW-TV (NBC 12), Aug. 25, 2020

Prof. Edward Fallone, associate professor of law, discussed the lawsuit that the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty has filed against Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide facemask mandate. The lawsuit asserts that Evers' July 30 executive order and public health emergency is simply an extension of the March 12 order — which after its 60-day limit could only be extended with the consent of the state Legislature. “They are seeking to impose a restriction upon the governor’s emergency power that is not contained in the language of the statute,” Fallone said. “They are making it up.”

Story appeared in the Wisconsin Examiner, Aug. 26, 2020

Dr. James Pokrywczynski, associate professor of strategic communication in the Diederich College of Communication, spoke about the challenge that Miami-Dade County in Florida is facing in trying to find a new sponsor for the Miami Heat basketball arena after American Airlines chose to not renew its naming-rights sponsorship deal at the end of 2019. “It’s a tough sell,” Pokrywczynski said. “The types of industries that used to be interested in these types of things are now suffering the most.”

Story appeared in the Miami Herald, Aug. 30, 2020

Prof. Matt Mitten, professor of law and executive director of the National Sports Law Institute, discussed lawsuits brought against the Big Ten by football student athletes for suspending the 2020 football season. “You’re not going to have a court order the Big Ten to play football in a case like this,” Mitten said. “But if a breach of contract is found, a court can order the Big Ten to not preclude a subsection of its member schools from choosing to play during the fall, if state and local officials in the state give approval and the university’s medical staff has signed off on it.”

Story appeared on The Athletic, Aug. 29, 2020

Mitten also spoke with Law360 for an Aug. 26 story about the antitrust ramifications of any NCAA legislation on paying players.

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