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February 2014

CRAZY

KARAOKE pg. 6

VALENTINE’S DAY MEALS pg. 28

WE ARE BLEUTEAUX

Marquette Mascots Through the Ages pg. 16


ABOUT THE COVER Ever wonder what life would be like if our school mascot were still the Bleuteaux? This furry blue monster once ruled the campus as our athletics mascot and was just one of many name changes Marquette has made over the past 133 years. Read more on page 16.

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FEATURES 12 Style

Transition from day to night with these simple outfit changes using just a few unique pieces.

Contents

16 Mascot Mania

From The Warrior to The Gold, we cover them all.

28 Valentine’s Recipes

Can’t afford to wine and dine your loved ones? Try our at home options.

CULTURE 18 Domestic Violence Awareness February is Teen Dating Violence awareness month.

21 Job Hunting

What to expect when expecting. A job that is.

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COLLEGE LIFE 6 Crazy Karaoke

The good, the bad, and the just plain funny of open mic moments.

8 Award Season

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We cover the must-see movies nominated for The Academy Award’s Best Picture.

10 Facebook Turns 10!

You don’t look a day over 6.

WELLNESS 22 MU Olympics

Marquette’s very own prepare for the Olympic trials.

24 Winter Wonderlands

Near and far, we cover the best places for getaways to the powdery slopes.

26 Madness

Prepare your brackets, the tournament is coming.

28 FRONT + BACK 4 Editor’s Note 5 So In - So Out 31 Journey


Editor in Chief & Art Director Rebecca French

Marquette Journal Managing Editor Katie Cutinello Departments Editor Alexandra Whittaker Online Editor Caitlin Miller Photo Director Rebecca Rebholz Copy Chief Alec Brooks Department Editors College Life: Katherine Lempke Style: Meredith Zoltan Culture: Eva Sotomayor Writers Paulo Acuna Cassandra Kidd Stephanie Baghai Sean Mason Elizabeth Baker Caitlin Miller Brittany Carloni Eva Sotomayor Kyerstin Hill Kevin Ward Photographers Valeria Cardenas Rebecca Rebholz Melina Morales Matt Serafin Karen Oliva Denise Zhang Style Team Jessica Clark Franchezka Reichard Antonio Estrada Natalie Ragusin Hannah O’Connor Ellen Waugh

Copy Editors Ben Fate Sarah Schlaefke Jack Goods Joe McAdams Wyatt Massey

Contributors Publication Adviser Dr. Stephen Byers Business Manager Kimberly Zawada Magazine Consultants Dr. Ana Garner Dr. Pamela Nettleton Dean, College of Communication Dr. Lori Bergen Technical Director Michael Andre Marquette Wire Director Erin Caughey

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editor’s note Hemingway once said, “courage is grace under pressure.” This February’s issue was just that...pressure. While we faced a few trials and tribulations, we survived, which is indicated by you reading this magnificent collaboration of talent. As the new year swiftly came and went, we are onto month two of 2014. The month where we have either given up our resolutions, or we’re in that state of limbo where we keep telling ourselves, “I’ll try tomorrow or next week.” A new year is not only a time to challenge ourselves, but also a time for celebrating life. What better way to celebrate life than take a night off from homework, resolutions and life troubles and sing Sweet Home Alabama at the top of your lungs. We think it’s a pretty great idea (Karaoke, pg. 6). New years are a celebration of talent, whether embracing something you are already good at and refining your craft, or starting from scratch and discovering just exactly what you’re capable of. Marquette students of all kinds are extremely talented, especially Olympian Samantha Kennedy (pg. 22) and Iraq veteran Susan Avina (pg. 31). Discover something new this 2014 - like just how weird some of our mascots have been in the past (pg. 16), or go sit in a theatre all day watching movies you’ve heard about at award shows, but never had the drive to go out and see (pg. 8). Push yourself, try something new, and you never know, you just might like it. No matter what this New Year has brought for you, may you do it with grace and determination. Two things this issue definitely required. I hope you enjoy! Cheers, Becca French


So In

editorial

So OUT FANC Y DRINKS

AWARD SEASON

If you get tongue tied trying to pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t drink it. We’re all for the simple and classic alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks like Shirley Temples and Brandy Manhattans.

Red Carpet fashions, discovering new foreign documentaries and the crazy things that Jennifer Lawrence says... what’s not to love about Award Season?

BEAN BOOTS

UGG BOOTS

If you’re going to try and stay dry and warm this harsh winter season, why not stay fashionable?

GOING TO THE MOVIES With new Netflix only series, we can see how you would want to plop on your couch and never move. But with the recent release of some interesting Sundance documentaries, award winning blockbusters and small theatre exclusives, we say get off that couch and have a fun night out! Our recommendations: Inside Llewyn Davis & Her

The name says it all. Whether it’s mens or womens, we think these boots are just plain drab. Especially in these snowy conditions, they are anything but waterproof. Ditch the soggy socks for something more practical.

THE POLAR VORTEX Despite our attempts to bundle up in multiple layers, it’s still pretty fridgid on those windy days. We understand you can expect it in the Dairy State, but we’re ready for sunshine and beach days. And what’s with the name?

GESU We’ve never seen Gesu look so shiny! We’re glad the scaffolding is gone (for now), so that we can enjoy the Wisconsin Avenue beauty!

WISH LIST:

THE NEW OLIN CROSSWALK We think this light causes more confusion than anything. Students end up doing the zig-zag dance with cars as to who REALLY has the right of way. Mom always told us not to play in traffic.

The Marquette Journal’s ideas for an all-around happier campus!

Extended LIMO routes

Bus Passes Built Into IDs

Especially during these fridgid days it would be nice not to walk to the Pabst for a concert, or near the Third Ward for a fun night out. Adding a few more blocks to the existing routes would keep students safe and warm!

Some students don’t use their bus passes as often, we get that, but why not build the bus pass into our MUID? Many schools in the area are already using this method, so why not just save paper and give us one less thing to lose!

Open the Underground Rumor has it there are undersground tunnels connecting some of Marquette’s major academic buildings. While it may take some work, we think the harsh weather might make these pedestrian tunnels worth using.

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Sing Us A Song! Story by Kyerstin Hill

Whether you are 5 or 95, karaoke is one of the all-time greatest forms of entertainment. We’ve all been there, watching with second-hand embarrassment as people completely humiliate themselves in a sad attempt to sing a classic or feel they are Celine Dion on stage – everyone has that one, memorable karaoke experience.

Lizzie Esslinger

Age: 21 College of Business Administration Hometown: Chesterfield, Mo. Most Embarrassing Karaoke Story: “One time I went to Duke's for their happy hour, which includes $1 drinks and karaoke on Thursdays. Countless bar patrons were getting up on stage and belting out classic karaoke songs like 'Sweet Caroline' and 'Ice, Ice, Baby' and the crowd was loving it. After finishing my beer and watching these less than average performers receive love from the crowd, I decided it was my time to shine. I stumbled up there and asked to sing 'Proud to be an American' as I was positive the crowd would go nuts and sing along regardless of my complete inability to hit a note. But wow was I wrong, the exact opposite happened. I stood up on that stage in front of the entire bar, singing my heart out and everyone just stared at me with no sing-a-longs or cheers. Then, to make matters worse, my friends whipped out their phones to record me for blackmail. In a sad attempt to salvage my performance, I gave a patriotic salute at the end of the song, but once again, blank stares like I was in Canada or something. Needless to say, my best advice is just don’t karaoke.”

With Marquette located in the heart of a city filled with bars and restaurants, there are plenty of karaoke venues around town. We have gathered some of the best (and worst) first-hand accounts in order to provide you with the ultimate karaoke 101.

Tim Bausman

Age: 21 College of Business Administration Hometown: Eagan, Minn. Best Place and Song to Karaoke: “Obviously the New Yorker to ‘Dance, Dance’ by Fall Out Boy.” Most Embarrassing Karaoke Moment: “When you are a karaoke pro like myself, you don’t get embarrassed.” Best Advice: “Charlie Gondeck and I always practice our karaoke version of ‘Dance, Dance’ by Fall Out Boy, just so we nail it and win over the crowd when the time comes to perform.”

Elena Tarlas

Age: 21 College of Education Hometown: St. Louis, Mo. Most Unlikely Karaoke Story: “Over Christmas break I went out with my High School friends. We decided to check out this very shady bar just a block from our high school called Rockin Gator’s. Once we walked in, we realized that we were the only people under the age of 45 and we were the only people not wearing jeans and cowboy boots. It was painfully obvious that we did not belong, so my friend Jill and I decided to make ourselves look busy by flipping through the book of karaoke songs. We stopped at one of our favorites, ‘Summer Nights’ by Rascal Flatts, and knew it needed to be done. As we anxiously waited our turn, we chugged as many beers as possible to prepare for what we had just gotten ourselves into. Once the DJ, in his strong southern accent, pronounced our names (mine wrong, of course), Jill and I walked up waving to our three friends, and only supporters, as they hesitantly clapped in embarrassment. The song, to say the LEAST, was a hit! Everyone was thrilled we chose a country song and most people were on their feet clapping and singing along. Afterwards, the people who had initially despised us for trespassing on their turf, came up to us to congratulate us. Oh, and I also ended up with a phone number of a 65-year old woman named Paula.” Best Advice: “Don’t choose songs with long guitar solos unless you are really really good at the air guitar.”

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Meaghan Moran

Joe Kelly

Charlie Gondeck

Best Place to Karaoke: “The very best place to karaoke is Señor Frog’s in the Treasure Island Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, which is where I was when I belted out my rendition of ‘I Want You Back’ by the Jackson 5. After watching a couple of people’s attempts on stage, some talented and some not so much, I decided that it was my turn. With a little liquid courage, I got on stage and grabbed the microphone. The next three minutes consisted of me dancing around the stage wearing a balloon hat and yelling stupid things between versus like, ‘Let me hear you Las Vegas!’ and ‘Everybody clap with me!’ in front of approximately 60 complete strangers. After my one-of-a-kind performance, we high-tailed it out of there. We woke up the next morning with limited memories and a pretty bad-quality video of me singing. Although I couldn’t tell you much about the night, I will never forget my five minutes of karaoke fame in Las Vegas.”

What Not to Do: “A couple of years ago my friends and I walked into the New Yorker around 6 p.m. on a Friday. My friend Paul was visiting and he really wanted to sing karaoke. They must open right at 6 p.m. because when we walked in, the only people in there were the bouncer (who is also the DJ), the bartender, and a couple on the opposite side of the bar. Luckily for us, no one was singing karaoke yet.We asked if anyone had any requests before we started. When our friends started yelling out songs, we began to sing the song we had picked out prior to even walking into the building. We decided to sing ‘Paradise by the Dashboard Light’ by Meat Loaf. I would say the first couple of minutes went really well, but then we lost some steam because the song is a 8 1/2 minutes with four different parts. I would say we nailed part one, struggled with part two, pretty sure we skipped part three and I would describe part four as pure electricity. Most of the people in the bar were ignoring us, but I could tell that the few people who were still listening were really impressed that we stuck with it for the entire 8 1/2 minutes. After we finished the song, we victoriously started spinning the mics around our heads like lassos and Paul dropped his on the ground. From our victory dance, our entire group got kicked out of the bar, but that is only a small price to pay when you put on a performance like that.”

Best Karaoke Song: “’Say It Ain’t So’ by Weezer or ‘Jumper’ by Third Eye Blind. Both are great sing-a-longs and considered karaoke classics. Not to mention they’re interactive with the crowd, which makes them more fun to do.”

Age: 22 College of Education Hometown: Evergreen Park, Ill.

Best Advice: “Picture yourself in your underwear because it’s way more fun that way.”

Age: 21 College of Communication Hometown: Oak Lawn, Ill.

Age: 21 College of Business Administration Hometown: Wayzata, Minn.

Best Karaoke Memory: “I sang karaoke in front of my whole senior class the night we graduated from high school to ‘Jumper’ and I nailed the ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah’ scream at the end. Definitely one of the top five moments of my life.” Best Karaoke Advice: “Karaoke is all about engrossing yourself into a bad boy persona, and making people drawn to your bad boy music.”

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Roll Out

The

Red

Carpet

Lights, camera, action! The time has come for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, so take a break from filling out your March Madness bracket and read up on 2013’s biggest box office hits!

Story by Becca French & Katie Cutinello

12 Years a Slave

Based on a pre-Civil War true story, 12 Years a Slave tells the tale of Solomon Northup, a free black man, who is abducted and sold into the abusive slavery of Edwin Epps, played by Michael Fassbender. Fighting to stay alive, retain his dignity and help others, Northup meets a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) who betters his life forever.

American Hustle

American Hustle is the story of con man Irving Rosenfeld and his British partner Sydney Prosser who work for FBI agent Richie DiMaso in the dangerously entertaining New Jersey mafia. Carmine Polito gets caught between Rosenfeld and the Feds and Rosalyn, played by Jennifer Lawerence, could be the one who makes it all fall apart.

AMC Mayfair is hosting their annual Best Picture Showcase on Saturday, Feb. 22 where you will be able to see all nine nominated films over two days for just $60.

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The Wolf of Wall Street

Wolf of Wall Street is Scorsese’s portrayal of relentless and exhuberant Long Island penny broker, Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Belfort serves 36 months in prison for defrauding investors in the 1990 stock market security scam. An energetic tale of luxury and corruption, DiCaprio earned a nomination for Best Actor.

The Marquette Journal weighs in: Who will win: “12 Years a Slave” Who could win: “American Hustle” Who should win: “The Wolf of Wall Street” Who was left out: “Rush”


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Her

In the final stages of divorce, Theodore Twombly works as a letter writer in a world some time in the future. He finds himself falling in love with Samantha, his OS, the first artifically intelligent operating system. A conflict of love and reality, Her was one of our favorites. Gravity

On her first shuttle mission, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) joins astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) on his last flight before retirement. A seemingly routine trip goes awry, leaving them alone in space tethered to eachother in one of the best performances of the year.

Captain Phillips

A story of the 2009 hijacking of U.S. ship Maersk Alabama by Somali Pirates, Captain Phillips is a heart pounding portrayal of the effects of globalization. The standoff between Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) and Muse, the Somali pirate, reaches beyond their control. Nebraska

This unique story of a father and son road trip from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska uses deadpan humor to capture David Grant’s (Will Forte) struggle to get through to his father Woody (Bruce Dern), as they explore the small town where he grew up.

Dallas Buyers Club

Ron Woodruf, played by Matthew McConaughey, lives a hard life of drugs, sex and bull riding. Set in Dallas in 1985, Woodruff ’s lifestyle leaves him hospitalized, diagnosed with HIV. A heartwrenching story of opposite worlds colliding, benefits both sides for the better. Philomena

Having lost his job as a Labour Party advisor, journalist Martin Sixsmith meets the daughter of elderly Irish woman, Phiolmena (Judy Dench) and helps her on a journey for the toddler she gave up for adoption years ago.

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Story by Caitlin Miller

H

turns 10

ow is the largest social media mogul going to celebrate its 10th birthday? Release a new layout? Add features? Purchase another social application under its name? Is it going to be celebrating with a major gain in the stock market? Facebook could do seemingly anything it wanted on its birthday and still hold the dedicated consumers it has today. Through layout changes, added features, office changes and legal battles, users have remained committed to the largest social media site ever created. What once began as an experimental social site to compare student pictures side-by-side and rate who was “hot or not,” Facemash.com soon developed into “the Facebook.” Facemash was shut down a few days after its creation in October 2003 when Mark Zuckerberg, a student at Harvard University, faced charges of violating copyright, breaching security and violating privacy for stealing pictures of fellow students for his website. Eventually, all charges were dropped, but Zuckerberg continued with his online endeavors. On February 4, 2004, – with the help of fellow students Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum and Chris Hughes – Zuckerberg released his second website, thefacebook. com. His intent was to create a site that allowed everybody around Harvard’s campus to connect with one another. Within the first 24 hours of its launch, 1,200 students registered for the site. A month after its creation, more than half of Harvard’s undergraduate population was using the website. Facebook then expanded to Stanford, Columbia, Yale, all Ivy League schools and then to other universities. A year after later, the “the” was dropped from the domain when facebook. com was purchased for $200,000. Soon after, the company continued its expansion, even to schools abroad. Today, anybody with a registered email — not just college students — can register for a Facebook account. Everybody from middle schoolers and grandparents, to celebrities and animals are on Facebook. In October 2012, nine years after its creation, Facebook reached one billion users. The intention behind Facebook remains the same – to connect people with one another. However, who those people are and how they do so has changed drastically over the last decade. From layout changes to added features, the way in which people use the website has become even more complex. It is not hard to keep tabs on what friends and family members are doing, especially with features such as posting on other’s walls, participating in chat messages, updating statuses or sharing photographs. Sarah Kannall, junior Marketing and Human Resource major at Marquette University, joined Facebook in 2008 as a sophomore in high school. “Facebook had more of an impact on me when I was in high school because it was a way of constantly knowing what was going on with my friends or classmates – viewing their pictures after a dance or reading their statuses about their weekend plans,” Kannall says. “It was my go-to thing

after I got home from school each day. Now that I live on campus and my friends are only blocks away, I choose to go hang out with them instead of talking with them via social media.” Over the years, Facebook has undergone many changes. The beginning was simple. People were allowed to write on each other’s wall, post pictures and send out invitations. Today’s Facebook marks the most functional and professional website to date. The focus now centers on using Facebook as a messenger service, a search service, chat service, events service and newsfeed interactivity service. People are still able to share messages, pictures and videos with one another, but in recent years Facebook has added more interactive features. The addition of events allows people to create and invite people online to social gatherings; embedded links allow users to follow news stories from their friends or media outlets with a click of the mouse; messenger has been updated to allow for group conversations and video chat; pages were created to promote businesses, products and important people by allowing consumers to stay updated on the latest information pertinent to them; and games, including the addictive Candy Crush, were added so users can play against their friends. The ways in which Facebook has expanded over the years seems never-ending. The list grows with each year and while it seems that at first the changes do not resonate with users, over time they often forget the way Facebook used to be. Daniel Klingelhoets, a sophomore in the College of Business Administration, registered for Facebook in 2007 during middle school. There have been at least five major changes since he joined, but Klingelhoets’ use of the website has not been altered. “The changes don’t really alter much for how I view the site. They just kind of happen and I go with it,” Klingelhoets says. “Like many, I may not like some changes at first, but I adapt. It ends up not being a big deal.” These changes have only helped Facebook’s popularity. Once a private company, Zuckerberg filed for an initial public offering on February 1, 2012 – almost eight years after its creation. On May 18, 2012, Facebook held its first IPO. Zuckerberg turned down billion dollar buyouts from some of the largest companies prior to going public. Even with the company now initiating stock, Zuckerberg still retains ownership in 22 percent of the company. Facebook, which is valued at $104 billion, has helped reinvent the way our society communicates with one another. We used to be able to write letters, talk with people on the phone, text and sometimes even communicate through silent gestures such as smiling or hugging. The creation of the Internet and subsequent formation of social media sites has begun to replace and redefine some of these traditional forms. Facebook has created a massive, personal information-sharing platform that no other social media site has done – not even its predecessor, MySpace. People have the ability to communicate with others near and far with Facebook. Today, all we need is a computer, tablet or phone to stay informed with the latest news from friends and family members. “I think Facebook has helped and hindered our generation,” Kannall says.

THEN: 2004

NOW: 2014

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“It allows for easier communication and has given us the ability to stay in generations communicate. With millions of users, Facebook gives us opconstant communication with our friends, however, I feel like it has hinportunities to become closer with people, but it can also take for granted dered our ability to communicate in person. Especially for teenagers who the value of a phone call or meeting up in person. It is much easier to text begin using it earlier and earlier than ever before. They are still learning the or message someone, yet nonverbal communication skills are lost over these best ways to communicate and now they rely on texting and using Facebook medias. chat instead of calling someone on the phone or making plans in person.” In recent years, many studies have been done on verbal and nonverbal Communication is essential to society. But while Facebook has expanded communication. Results show that only 7 percent of the meaning of a and even altered the ways in which we do communicate, the affects of these conversation is conveyed through words, while 55 percent is communicated changes have not always been positive. Having communication so easily via nonverbal cues – facial expressions, gestures, posture, etc. Although the accessible to the masses has brought to light several negative qualities that intent from the sender may be clear, the loss of these verbal and nonverbal come with the use of social media. cues over Facebook can cause many communication issues. Today’s generation is constantly preoccupied with what is put up, what is While social media is the future of how we communicate, it cannot exist said, how it is said, how many likes a post gets, who is on a friends list, etc. with out the traditional, face-to-face contact. For many, it almost becomes an obsession that cannot be controlled. “As much as I don’t want to recognize it, I think it has hindered our gener“I can admit that in the past I was very much adation on multiple levels,” Klingelhoets says. “It seems as dicted to Facebook. I always checked it and constantly though people who use Facebook a lot, really forget how As I’ve grown older, I to communicate face to face. I think in terms of jobs as would scroll through my news feed at any moment I was bored,” says Danny Alfonzo, junior in the College feel like it’s just there and it well, our generation needs to be much more conscious of Communication. “As I’ve grown older, I feel like of their actions and things they are posting.” doesn’t hold that much it’s just there and it doesn’t hold that much control control over my life anymore. Klingelhoets recognizes another issue the creation of over my life anymore. It’s nice to not be so connected Facebook has created – most people do not filter the It’s nice to not be so sometimes.” content they post online. Depending on privacy setconnected sometimes. The negative effects extend far beyond an addiction. tings, anybody, including friends, family and potential Bullying has become an ever-increasing problem since employers, can easily access anything and everything on the Internet’s creation. Anything can be said online and anybody can hide someone’s profile. There are ways to combat this, but online etiquette has behind messages, emails and posts. Cyber-bulling, in most cases, is anonynot resonated with many users, especially those of the younger generation. mous and hard to escape. People of all ages, sexual orientation and ethnicity What some fail to realize is that activity on social media affects the way can be affected by hostile rumors and gossip. The invention of social media people view them not only in the present, but in the future as well. sites has not alleviated these problems, as studies have shown that online It is hard to deny, though, that the creation of a social media website, such bullying has only increased with their creation. as Facebook, has forever changed our world. It has broken the barrier of While these instances of addiction and cyber-bulling are common, they’re space and time. People can now communicate instantly with one another, not experienced by every user of Facebook. What is most common, though, all over the world, 24/7. is how such a prominent social media site has changed our interaction with “In many ways, I think it has done wonders for the world in connecting one another. Although it has allowed for easier communication across mulpeople. But then again, there are consequences as well,” Alfonzo says. “I feel tiple platforms, it has also hindered the way in which we communicate on a like it causes a lot of social anxiety in our society, especially with the use of daily basis with one another. smartphones.” Past generations had to call, send letters or speak to one another face-toOur world has come a long way since the days of Paul Revere when face in order to relay information. Now, our generation is reliant on technol- information was spread to the masses via horseback. Today, we rely on the ogy. People born in the past two decades have grown up with the Internet. Internet and social media in order to stay connected with one another. With the recent rise in social media, both have become almost like a first Facebook, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, will continue language to them. to be a prominent staple in our society for years to come. It is easy to look Hannah Schafer, junior Speech Pathology and Audiology major in the back and see the impact a single website has had on our world. College of Health Sciences, notices the way in which our generation has Zuckerberg created a social media site that has changed communication platforms. changed the ways we communicate with one “It seems as if no one really knows how to communicate in person anyanother, go about our daily life and remain more,” Schafer says. “Facebook and other technology allows us to respond at connected with people and events in the world. our own convenience. When we hold conversations we get to think through Although there have been some negative aspects responses, but when people get together face-to-face they don’t know how that have come out of the creation of Facebook, to converse anymore. People are losing the ability to interpret body language it continues to take the world by storm, linking and facial cues in conversation and, instead, fill awkward silences by turning people of all ages, races, genders, ethnicities and to our phones.” religions with one another. According to Facebook, every 20 minutes there are one million links Who knows what our culture would be like today shared, two million friend requests and three million messages sent. Twenty if the largest social media company did not exist. minutes also represents the average time spent on Facebook per visit. With more than one billion people registered on the site, the average time spent Share your favorite Facebook by all of them on the website each month amounts to 700 billion minutes. moments with us at: The amount of time on social media sites correlates to the way younger facebook.com/marquettejournal

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Style Switch Up Story by Meredith Zoltan // Photos by Karen Oliva

Opening its doors back in September 2010, Five Hearts boutique has quickly become one of the Third Ward’s top gems. The name comes from the five sisters in the owner’s family. One of the five and their mother are the owners and buyers for the company. Since it’s a mother-daughter team, owner Kelly Mansell says, “it’s nice to have different viewpoints on how to translate the trends for the season.” From the beginning, their goal has been to offer unique styles and brands at an affordable price. The styles carried in the store can be dressed up or down and are versatile enough to be used throughout the years. Both owners’ passion and drive is translated into amazing fashion and great pieces. All clothing for women’s shoot was provided by Five Hearts boutique.

Women

Story by Natalie Ragusin // Model Claire Revord

Just a few key pieces in your closet can work for many occasions. Neutral pieces like black, grays, creams and olives are great as staples in your wardrobe. For those bold days, put together outfits with leopard or another loud print. These essential pieces from Five Hearts boutique can work for class, running errands, lazy Sundays, travel, date nights, nights out, work events and even concerts. The key is to use less for more. With the right accessories, shoes and bags, an outfit can go from day to night or class to the office. Throw on a beanie for those bad hair days, or edge it up by adding it to your concert attire. Dress up for your work event with structured heels and dress it down with some comfy combat boots for date night. Pleather is very ‘in’ this season. Five Hearts boutique’s pleather pieces are great for this weather. Pleather can be subtle on the sleeves or on the top of a dress, instantly adding edge and something different to a plain outfit. It’s all about how you put the pieces together and make them your own! Check out our style team’s outfit ideas and incorporate these looks into your everyday wardrobe — bold or casual!

Going to Class Top - BB Dakota, Maxi Skirt - 3 Dot

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Sunday In

Sweater, Top - BB Dakota, Maxi Skirt - 3 Dot

Night Out

Leggings - Splendid Vest - Jac, Top - Ark & Co.

Running Errands Top - Jack, Maxi Skirt - 3 Dot

Travelling

Leggings - Splendid Sweater - BB Dakota, Top- Jack

Work Event

Dress - Willow & Clay Shoes - model provided

Date Night

Dress - Willow & Clay, Jacket - model provided

Concert

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Men

Story by Antonio Estrada // Model Christopher Arenberg

Money is one of the toughest things to balance as a college student. High tuition bills, personal expenses, books and rent make it hard to decide what to and not to spend money on. When it comes to clothes, you don’t have to break the bank to look as sharp as the next guy. These eight looks make it that much easier to decide what every college guy needs in his wardrobe. Each look contains one or more of eight essentials that are musthaves going into spring. From concerts to job interviews, these pieces can be mixed and matched to create a savvy look without having to spend like a baller. These eight must-haves include: A watch, a jacket, a pair of dark washed jeans, a pair of sneakers, sunglasses, a cardigan, a button-down and lastly, a nice dress shoe. Using one of these fundamental pieces in multiple looks not only shows the versatility clothes can have, but it also emphasizes the importance of making smart decisions when shopping. Model CJ Arenberg shows us that when done the right way, these eight essentials can and probably will be the last items you’ll need to buy for the rest of the semester. Now you can spend all the money you saved on concerts, going out and everything else that doesn’t involve school!

Going to Class

Sweater - MU Spirit Shop, Jeans - Levis, Sneakers - Vans, Backpack - Burton

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Sunday In

Sweater - MU Spirit Shop, Pants - Adidas, Sunnies - Ray Ban, Sneakers - Converse

Night Out

Shirt - H&M, Jeans - Levis, Shoes - Men’s Wearhouse

Running Errands

Shirt - H&M, Jacket - Gap, Jeans - Levis, Sneakers - Vans

Work Event

Top - H&M, Jacket - Gap, Watch - Nixon, Tie - Kenneth Cole, Shoes - Men’s Wearhouse

Travelling

Shirt - H&M, Cardigan - American Eagle, Watch - Bulova, Sneakers - Vans, Bag - Burton

Date Night

Shirt, Cardigan - H&M, Jeans - Levis, Shoes - Men’s Wearhouse

Concert

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Mascot

Madness Story by Kevin Ward // Tribune file photos

Even though the Hilltoppers proved to be a popular nickname amongst the students, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Marquette’s football team prided themselves on another nickname that made their team stand out – the Golden Avalanche The Golden Avalanche is how sports writers at that time would describe the Marquette football team as their golden helmets charged down the field at their opponents. This nickname began to appear in Marquette yearbooks and throughout editions of The Marquette Tribune before catching popularity with the student body. But like the football team, the nickname eventually died off in the 1960s.

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Willie Wampum - 1961-1971 Warrior - 1954-1993

Blue and Gold - 1892-1916

The Marquette student body started to move away from the Blue and Gold and started to unofficially refer to themselves as The Hilltoppers, due to Marquette’s first building, which stood on a hill located between North 10th and State streets. The name became so popular that Marquette trustees and the Marquette Student Government joined together and decided to make it the first official nickname of Marquette University. This eventually led to many versions of the nickname, as students referred to themselves as the Singing Hilltoppers and the Jumping Hilltoppers. But although the nickname may have been accurate at the time, Marquette eventually moved its campus to its present day location on flatter ground causing the school to once again change its mascot.

The Golden Avalanche - 1917-1954

As Marquette’s football team started off strong with multiple successful seasons, so did Marquette’s school spirit. Students paraded Marquette Stadium on 36th Street and Clybourn Avenue dressed in blue and gold, which remain Marquette’s school colors today. This led to Marquette’s first unofficial nickname, the Blue and Gold. It was a nickname created by the students, since the chants of Blue and Gold could be heard echoing throughout the stadium during every sporting event. It was this outcry for a nickname that led Marquette officials to create an official name.

The Hilltoppers - 1917-1954

Marquette has a history of controversies, debates, embarrassment and even of a fluffy blue monster that all pertain to one simple element of the school. It is an element that has officially and unofficially changed over 10 times throughout Marquette’s years, transitioning from colors to Indians to monsters and, finally, to a Golden Eagle. Marquette’s mascot has changed drastically, outraging alumni, leaving Marquette trustees scratching their heads and prompting Marquette students to act on what they feel should best represent their school. Then in 1892, Marquette started its first football team and along with the football team came Marquette’s first nickname, which sparked a flame of fire that would ignite numerous times throughout Marquette’s mascot history.

In 1961, Marquette’s Student Senate started a campus-wide competition called “Name the Warrior.” They filed through hundreds of name suggestions until one lucky student’s idea was picked as the winner and that student took home a whopping prize of $5. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a Marquette cheerleader turned to his sister, a non-Marquette student, to help him create the Willie Wampum mascot, inspired by the Milwaukee Braves mascot and began with a giant balloon and paper mache in their kitchen. Then on Feb. 24, 1961, Willie Wampum made his first appearance at a game against Duke University without any approval from the university. The giant bobble head caricature, with his devious smile and giant tomahawk, would chase other schools’ mascots during the games and lead cheers that would be echoed by the student body. Controversy soon broke out and the Rev. James Groppi publicly announced that Willie Wampum was an offensive, degrading and embarrassing representation of Marquette. Native American students rallied behind Groppi and asked that Willie Wampum retire. According to The Marquette Tribune, the Student Senate agreed with a minority of students to have the mascot retire. The debate continued and in 1971, the student protest failed and James Scott, vice president of student affairs, and Samuel Sauceda, director of athletics at the time, announced that Willie Wampum would have to turn in his tomahawk. As the Hilltopper started to lose steam and the Golden Avalanche came to a crashing end, it was time for Marquette to once again change the school’s mascot. On May 13, 1954, the Marquette Student Senate announced the new Marquette mascot would be the Warrior. According to a Student Senate report, they settled on the Warrior for three reasons: First, the Rev. Jacques Marquette hired Native Americans extensively as guides, teachers, counselors and as pupils in his travels. Secondly, there is a Native American on the official seal of the University. Finally, the Warrior name fit in well with other Milwaukee team names. They included the Hawks, the Braves, the Chiefs and now the Warrior. However, in 1955 the Milwaukee Hawks basketball moved to St. Louis, Milwaukee Chiefs hockey only existed in Milwaukee for three years, and the Milwaukee Braves left for Atlanta in 1965, leaving Marquette to stand alone with their Native American mascot.


Bleuteaux - 1984-1991

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Bleuteaux was gone, and the Warrior was still a prominent nickname and mascot for Marquette. Then after 18 months of committee introspection, Marquette officials announced that they would scrap the Warrior completely out of respect to American Indians. Students and alumni felt blindsided, as there were no public complaints since Willie Wampum. The outrage continued as Marquette alumni and students rallied together to protect their beloved mascot that represented their school for almost 50 years. It came as a shock to many that despite the student body’s efforts to keep the Warrior, Marquette officials continued to ask for input from students, alumni and faculty. They narrowed it down to two: the Marquette Lightning or the Marquette Golden Eagles, neither of which had any connection to Marquette’s history. The winner was obvious. On May 2, 1994, it was announced that Marquette’s new mascot would be the Golden Eagle. “When the team name changed to the Golden Eagles, fellow alumni that I knew didn’t choke it down very gracefully. The icon was dumped and the college basketball junkies you knew who came from rival schools were happy to rub it in,” Kennedy says. “But I took it as a sign of progressiveness, and it’s stunning in contrast to see a franchise like the Washington Redskins still hanging on to a name that offends so many people.” Fast forward ten years to fall of 2004, when the Marquette student body surprised everyone as they once again attempted to bring back the Warrior. They conducted a university-sponsored survey that asked students if they would be in favor of returning to the Warrior. Results showed a strong majority of students wanted to return to the Warrior, and Marquette’s Board of Trustees met to discuss the possibility of changing the University’s mascot. Interim university President the Rev. Robert A. Wild, who was the university’s president at the time, immediately rejected the idea of returning to the Warrior and the other trustees agreed. However, the Board of Trustees changed to the Marquette Gold without any outsider opinions, setting off an on-campus protest and hundreds of angry letters started pouring in. The Board of Trustees had an emergency meeting and decided to conduct yet another student voting process allowing the students to pick their new mascot. To much surprise, the Golden Eagle came in first place, The Hilltoppers came in second and the Warrior was not allowed as an option. This made the Marquette Gold the shortest-lived mascot in Marquette history. Wild told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that “we will never have any more nickname discussions on my watch.”

The Golden Eagle - 2004-2014

The First Warrior - 1980-1987 The Golden Eagle - 1993-2004 The Golds - 2004

After a year of debates and discussions, Marquette agreed on their new Warrior – the First Warrior. The Student Senate worked alongside Native American groups and students to create an outfit for their new mascot. They wanted it to represent six Wisconsin woodland tribes (Chippewa, Menominee, Winnebago, Stockbridge, Munsee and the Potawatomi). After a year of constructing an appropriate outfit, the First Warrior made his debut appearance at a Marquette basketball game. According to the contract regarding the First Warrior, only American Indian students could be the mascot at events. “The First Warrior would always perform an Indian dance on the court before the game or during halftime,” says Tony Kennedy, Marquette alumnus and past editor of the Marquette Tribune. “There was always some awkwardness to it because it tilted toward a somber and serious thing to show respect for the roots of the Warrior name, but clearly out of sync with the party atmosphere at games.” Although Marquette ensured an appropriate mascot, there was little interest among American Indian students to perform, so the First Warrior was discontinued. “It wasn’t wildly popular with the student body, and there was a scarcity of candidates to do the job,” Kennedy says. “Partly because the University wasn’t offering any scholarship money for the position as I recall, but also because the population of Native American students was low.” But even after there was no longer a mascot to lead the crowd in cheers and entertainment, the silhouette of the First Warrior lived on in T-shirts, notebooks, pencils and other spirit-shop trinkets until 1993.

As the First Warrior began to fade, Marquette decided once again that it would be in the best interest of the university to change its mascot. This time they allowed students and alumni in on the process, although according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, very few were interested in participating. In the end, the votes came out in favor of the Bleuteaux. The Yak, Sam Dunk and the MU Cow followed in second, third and fourth place respectively. Bleuteaux was a muppet-like creature that was covered in blue fur, had a short, stumpy trunk and large, goofy eyes. According to Judy Meyers, the associate director of alumni relations at the time, Bleuteaux was chosen because, “we liked the character Bluto in ‘Animal House’ and because of Father Marquette, we thought we should make him French.” Since the students were never keen on the idea of a French puppet with crazy eyes, in 1991 the silly giant monster retired as Marquette’s mascot.

The Golden Eagle continues as the present day mascot of Marquette University. The eagle head can be seen throughout the campus on posters, school supplies and everyday student attire. The debate on changing the nickname has not been addressed or brought up since the controversy in 2004. “In my opinion, I love our Golden Eagle,” says Kelsey Hau, a junior in the College of Communication. “My parents and grandparents both went to Marquette, and while they still seem to have a hard time letting that era go, I think the Golden Eagle fits us well. It may not seem connected to our school or Milwaukee, but I still think it is a great mascot for all ages. I love our Marquette Golden Eagles and would hate to see it change to anything different.” Although the debate has gone quiet and the Golden Eagle continues to go strong as a non-controversial mascot for the University, evidence of past mascots still haunt the campus. On Marquette’s Club Lacrosse uniforms, the silhouette of the First Warrior still stands proudly as it does on many club sports uniforms at Marquette; Marquette’s school colors have never changed since the Blue and Gold dominated the campus, and past alumni still share stories of when Willie Wampum chased rival mascots with his tomahawk. It has been a long winding road for the Marquette mascot and it has finally found it’s way to some peace. Through years of debates, controversies and outrage, Marquette finally settled on the Golden Eagle … for now. The Marquette Journal | February 2014 17


Domestic Violence Awareness Story by Eva Sotomayor

Domestic violence and sexual assault, whether it be because of their portrayal in popular media or the way they’re covered in the news, may not be seen as common or daily occurrences. The misconceptions of “that will never happen to me” or that it only happens to people who fit a certain profile are there. Truth is, the statistics are far more chilling. The foundation loveisrespect reported data from a 2008 study by Antoinette Daviis for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency that one in three adolescents in the U.S. fall victim to some form of abuse by a partner. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines abuse as “a corrupt practice or custom,” or an “improper or excessive use or treatment,” but the definition is far broader than what the dictionary suggests. Abuse comes in many forms, such as emotional, physical, sexual and now in our day and age, digital. The Sojourner Family Peace center is Wisconsin’s largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention. It worked with 8,938 clients, this data doesn’t include shelter or hotline services and roughly 23% of these individuals were between the ages of 18-24. 409 clients used shelter services and 19.7% of these clients were young adults. Their hotline received 4,222 calls and 21.7% were also of the 18-24 age group. February is Teen DV Awareness month, a joint effort by Break the Cycle and loveisrespect. 2014 marks its fourth year as a full awareness month to bring attention to issues of violence among teens and young adults. Sadly, even with abuse statistics that show so many young people directly or indirectly affected by patterns of abuse, it still carries certain stigmas or stereotypes. A study by Liz Claiborne Inc, conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, shows that “only 33% of teens or young adults who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.” This data doesn’t stray too far from national abuse and rape data, which accoring to RAINN, says that cases of domestic violence are unreported more than 60 percent of the time. Many victims of abuse, domestic or otherwise, often don’t seek help or report their abusers for a variety of reasons. One “myth” or stereotype surrounding domestic violence and abuse is what Susannah Bartlow, director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center at Marquette University, describes as “victim blaming or minimizing the abuse.” “Violent and inappropriate relationships are highly normalized in our culture; think of narratives like ‘Twilight’ or the obsessive way that celebrity relationships get represented,” Bartlow says. “So, people will often minimize abusive behavior or look for reasons that the abuser is justified.” Another myth surrounding violence is that it is always physical. “Victims often disclose that the emotional abuse is what they find to be most harmful,” says Erin M. Perkins, Coordinator for the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. There is also the backlash that many who denounce their abusers receive, whether it be from their own communities or on a bigger, national scale. Recent coverage of events such as the Steubenville trial or the more recent trial of Daisy Coleman’s attackers have seen their fair share of victim blaming due to rape culture. Coleman, who spoke out against her attackers in various forms of media includ18 February 2014 | The Marquette Journal

ing Seventeen magazine and the website xoJane.com, was recently hospitalized after her third suicide attempt due to the bullying and harassment that she faced from her peers and other media outlets. Blogs and Facebook pages blaming her for the horrific accounts have driven her family to move to a different state when all she did was report on the tragic events in order to seek justice. Perkins also mentions that another stereotype surrounding violence and abuse is that there is “one face” of domestic violence. “Abuse affects people, regardless of their age, sex, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, race, socioeconomic status, or religious affiliation,” she says. “Any of these identifiers has the potential to impact the way a survivor experiences abuse and accesses services.” These stereotypes are harmful because they affect both the victims and the abusers. They place the people in the situations into categories that don’t necessarily apply when it comes to sensitive and possibly life-threatening situations. “Racism and classism also have a huge part to play in domestic violence myths,” Bartlow says. “People stereotype that abusers are less wealthy and/or have lower educational attainment; Men of color are often characterized as somehow being more violent or threatening; Women are often stereotyped as being only victims, never abusers, and mainstream media rarely discuss the elevated rates of violence among LGBT individuals. All of these are dangerous myths, but abuse can happen and does happen among all people.”


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AWomansPlace.org lists some of the most common warning signs of an abusive partner, which include the need to control where his or her partner goes; who he or she’s with; tries to stop him or her from talking or seeing family and friends; forces him or her into unwanted sexual situations; calls him or her derogatory names; is threatening; or hits, slaps, pushes or kicks his or her partner. “In addition to being aware of the types of abuse and examples of each, individuals should also be aware of the cycle of violence to identify the early warning signs of an abusive and unhealthy relationship,” Perkins says. “The beginning of an abusive cycle - otherwise known as the ‘tension building phase’ of the cycle of violence usually entails an abuser engaging in verbal and psychological abuse. Victims may experience stress-related illnesses, anxiety, depression, changes in appetite, fatigue, and changes in sleep patterns in reaction to the tension in their relationship. They may start to accept blame for the behavior, blame external factors for the abuse, attempt to change their behavior to avoid the abuse, deny that the abuse is occurring or escalating, or deny their own feelings, such as fear or anger.” So what can you do if you find yourself in an abusive relationship, know of somebody that is getting abused or simply just want to get informed about the issue? On campus, students can look for

information and counseling through the Counseling Center, the Marquette University Medical Clinic or they can educate themselves through the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. Most of Marquette’s educational efforts are focused on “helping people identify healthy sexual communication and addressing sexual misconduct,” Bartlow says. The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center also provides educational resources on stalking, dating violence and domestic violence. The City of Milwaukee also has its longstanding Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. This multidisciplinary team is “charged with the responsibility to increase safety for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault while holding perpetrators accountable for their behavior,” Perkins says. Violence in our society threatens not only the victims, but all of us. It’s important to dispel the myths and raise awareness in order to break the vicious cycles. “It’s important to understand domestic and dating violence as part of a spectrum of gender-based violence that uses power to intimidate and control people,” Bartlow says. “It’s a social disease and health epidemic, as much as an individual problem. So all of us have a part to play in educating ourselves and one-another about the issue and coming together to address it in an ongoing way.”

Safety First Story by Maitri Majithia

Living in the midst of a city has its perks and its disadvantages. The streets we walk are populated with not only students, but local residents from the city as well, making us more vulnerable to thefts and attacks. There have been several robberies and attempted robberies on campus recently, demanding students and residents of Milwaukee to give up their cellphones and various other possessions. In light of these recent events, the Department of Student Safety warns us to keep our cellphones out of sight while walking around. Joseph Secanky, crime prevention officer for DPS, advises “If someone demands your property, give it to them. Do not resist. Your physical well-being is more important than property.” Do not hesitate to contact DPS with ques-

tions or concerns. Call a LIMO if you are traveling at night and take advantage of the blue-light phones. Walk on well-lit,-populated streets. DPS sends out safety alerts to emails and phones any time there has been a robbery or an assault near campus. Each email comes with tips, and as redundant as they may sound, they are important. To get these alerts to your phone, register your number in the university’s text messaging system through Checkmarq under “Personal Information.” If you’re going out, make sure you let several friends know where you are going. Always travel in pairs or groups and make sure everyone you left with returns with you. Here’s a simple little trick of defense if you get approached by a stranger: Keep a key in

between one of your fingers and clench your fist. That way if someone attacks you, you can deliver a punch that will ensure they will leave you alone. If all else fails, pepper spray can always do the job. These can be found at hardware or firearm stores, and DPS says that it can protect you effectively if used in the right way. Contact DPS for more information if you’re interested in a personal safety device. There is no foolproof way to avoid danger, but the best you can do is be aware of your surroundings and your options if harm comes your way.

Important phone numbers:

DPS, non-emergency, (414) 288-6800 DPS, emergency, (414) 288-1911 LIMO, (414) 288-6363 The Marquette Journal | February 2014 19


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The Job Hunt Is Draining

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Opinion article by by Hannah McCarthy // Cartoon by limitstogrowth.org

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ollege can often seem like an extended stay at summer camp because you don’t have to answer to mom and dad, you can stay up as late as you want and can eat Swedish Fish for dinner if you’re in the mood. However, there comes a time in every college student’s life when Solo cups and Netflix are exchanged for business cards and cover letters. This transition does not have to be painful. The post grad blues have a cure, and that cure is you. Remember that you can do it. You passed calculus and managed to never turn a load of laundry pink, so you can find a job too. The change from college student to college graduate is difficult to explain. Four years of a student’s life is spent perfecting a routine, attending classes and meeting school requirements. That all goes out the window come graduation day. Some people start their dream jobs and others move back home to their families. It’s hard out there for a graduate. There are so many qualified applicants that most employers now find it permissible not to acknowledge those not chosen for a position. “Sadly, most of my job applications have gone completely ignored, and most of the rest have only been acknowledged by form letters," says Matthew Reddin, a 2012 alumnus of the College of Communication. "It's in my personal network of connections where I've found the most success, as if you know someone personally. It's harder for them to blow off your email or phone call, even if they don't have any opportunities available at all, much less one they'd hire you for." Our parents can’t relate to this since they grew up in an era where a high school education was sometimes enough to stay with a company for decades. Victor Jacobo graduated from the College of Communication in December. He says, “sending out resume after resume to any and every employer and getting no responses is very discouraging. Getting a ‘no’ is better than not getting anything at all.” Today, we are hardly even given that ‘no’ anymore. Internships are no longer a direct path to employment either. While they are great experience, they can be unfeasible because few are paid and nearly all are as demanding as a real job. Some students have to turn down internships after graduation because they cannot afford to work for free.

For many students, simply having a degree in a particular field is enough to find a job after graduation. But other careers are far easier to get into if you have a prior contact. Luckily, Golden Eagles take care of their own. One day, you may be offered a job that doesn't quite use the skill set you spent $30,000 per year to cultivate. It’s okay to accept a position to pay the bills. You can always look for another. It’s also okay to accept a position where you will be pushed and your talents will be challenged in the hope that you’ll grow. Emily Foster, a 2013 alumna of the College of Communication, wishes she could give her college self some advice. “Really evaluate your skill set, and to never let an opportunity to excel pass you by," she says. "It seems so cliché, but the only thing worse than failure is never pursuing an opportunity in the first place." Sometimes, pursing this opportunity will mean you also have to work nights bagging groceries, but if you’re able to do something you love, it’s worth it. Jennifer Solario graduated in 2012 with a degree in broadcasting. She moved home to California and spent months looking for a job before finding more than one that piqued her interest. Her patience and confidence in her abilities allowed her to wait. Remember, that you have a set of skills unique to you. Never sell yourself short or doubt the talents you know you have. Not having a job is not reflective of not having talent. Still, it’s frustrating to be turned away from a job when you “look at an application and see that you match all of the qualifications,” says Emily Joria, a 2013 alumna of the College of Communication. She now works for Disney as a receptionist. While that’s not exactly what she had in mind when she majored in public relations, she sees it as an opportunity to perfect her people skills. Jacobo summed up his strategy for life after college by saying, “Be patient. Fill your time. Always be on your toes and something will come along, eventually.” As you approach your future, have confidence in yourself and be open to whatever comes your way. More importantly, don’t forget to enjoy your four years at Marquette as much as possible. The Marquette Journal | February 2014 21


Story by Alexandra Whittaker // Photos by Valeria Cardenas

Samantha Kennedy is no ordinary Marquette student. At first glance, she may seem like just another face in the crowd, just another person going to the Marquette games and just another student taking notes in class, but in reality, she juggles her daily life with her life as a competitive, Olympic-bound hammer throw athlete. The hammer throw is a technical track and field event that requires extreme discipline and precise movements. Kennedy competes on the Marquette track and field team, training during the year with a throwing and lifting coach with additional support from her coach at home, who has trained her since she was 16 years old. “In hammer, you have to be fully relaxed to throw, so if you’re really high strung, it’s not going to work for you so a lot of times I just breathe and pray, which works for me,” Kennedy says. Hammer throw is a unique, non-traditional sport, and Kennedy spent her childhood unaware of her amazing talent. She discovered it accidentally after an after-school spring sport didn’t work out. “My family is very into baseball, so I was put into baseball [as a kid] because my older brother was in it, and my younger brother got into it too, but I was terrible at it,” Kennedy says. “I was so awful – I just didn’t have the attention span for baseball and I’d always be in the outfield because I wouldn’t pay attention to the infield. I did ballet at the same time, so I would be doing pirouettes and dances in the field.” With baseball not going according to plan, Kennedy started looking to other sports to occupy her time and soon discovered track and field through a girl at her church. “I thought going in that I could run and be a runner, because our school would go to cross country meets and I did fairly well at them, but I didn’t like that for very long,” Kennedy says. “I did get into hammer [throw] that year, though. That was when I turned 12.”

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By the time she was 15, Kennedy’s talent for the hammer throw was so evident that the throwing coaches at her club had to admit to her that they had nothing else to teach her. Kennedy spent a year training on her own without the guidance of a coach – a year that helped to focus and discipline herself before she found a coach qualified to train her. The talent, discipline and dedication to her sport paid off, and in 2012, Kennedy, a resident of British Columbia, won the gold medal for hammer throw at the Canadian Junior National Track and Field Championships. Her record is stellar, but Kennedy has set her sights on bigger goals. “For this upcoming season, I’d love to go to regionals, place in the top 12 and then go to nationals. That’s the end goal,” she says. “This summer, I hope to make Team Canada to compete. Once I’m done at Marquette, I’m planning to move to a training center in British Columbia to stay for about five years to see if I can make the Olympics in 2016 and 2020.” Kennedy is already a veteran member of Team British Columbia, having made it when she was 16 and 17 where she subsequently won Youth Nationals both years. During her junior year of high school, she placed second her first year as an 18 year old, and later won as a 19 year old during her freshman year at Marquette. Juggling academic life and Olympic-bound life is incredibly difficult with strict training session five days a week, but Kennedy is quick to say that she can handle the workload. “It is a lot, but I’m a very organized person and I schedule things very efficiently and know exactly what I need to do each day so I’m not overwhelmed,” she says. Balancing life as a track and field athlete with school life is a common occurrence in the sport, according to Kennedy. The men and women she trains with in Milwaukee are also in school, and at her track club at home, most athletes are college-bound high schoolers. A lot of the athletes she’s been on Team Canada with are also college students in the United States. “A lot of higher Canadian athletes will go to the States to train to compete on Team Canada because Canada doesn’t give good scholarships and the U.S. competitions here are tougher and good for training,” Kennedy says. She is right about the scholarships; Kennedy has a full-ride to Marquette.

“I love being a part of something that’s not just you, I love being a part of a team,” Kennedy says. “Traveling can be fun too, especially when we go places like Florida or California, so there are a lot of fun aspects to it.” Kennedy has a full schedule with academics and athletics that can be difficult to understand, but one member of the Marquette community who understands her commitment to competitive athletics is Brian Hansen, an Olympic speed skater taking a break from Marquette to compete in Sochi. Hansen has already graced the Olympic podium, winning a silver medal in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic games in team pursuit. Team pursuit is a form of speed skating where teams of three skaters make a total of eight laps around a track, and race against another team of three at the same time. Hansen took a year off between high school and college in order to train, and he balanced his freshman year at Marquette with competitive speed skating. Training is intense, and Hansen spends almost 10 hours a day skating at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee. The training made it difficult for him to juggle his athletic life with his academic one at Marquette during his first two years as a college student. “In order to be competitive, I have to travel internationally about nine times during the school year, not including how much I travel within the United States,” Hansen says. “That’s why I’m taking a leave of absence until after the 2014 Olympics. I want to be able to fully focus on my studies.” Hansen’s choice to take time off from school was not easily made. “I wouldn’t take time off if I didn’t have to,” he says. “I tried the whole training thing while taking classes, and it was really difficult to keep up with everything, especially since I have to travel a lot.” In 2012, Hansen traveled to Russia, Kazakhstan, Germany, Brazil and the Netherlands twice, all

while taking classes at Marquette. Marquette has allowed him to take a leave of absence in 2013 to focus on his training. “Marquette means a lot to me,” Hansen says. “I try to stay as involved as possible on campus, even though I am on leave to train.” For Hansen, being involved in the Marquette community means supporting the presence of other on-ice sports at Marquette, such as hockey and figure skating. “I go to as many games as I can,” he says. “I spend a lot of time as an athlete, but I love being in the stands too.” Hansen spends most of his days on a strict training schedule given to him by his coach of 12 years, Nancy Swider-Peltz. Swider-Peltz’s daughter, Nancy Jr, and son Jeff also train with Hansen at the Pettit Ice Center, though neither of them are enrolled in college. “Training with Nancy, Nancy Jr and Jeff is fun,” Hansen says. “We all started out together in Glenview, Ill., and we used to commute to the Pettit in Milwaukee every day while we were in High School.” The training team was forced to commute to Milwaukee on a daily basis because the Pettit National Ice Center is one of only two ice arenas in the United States with a long track ice rink, which means that competitive speed skaters can only train in Milwaukee or Salt Lake City. “We didn’t want to go to Salt Lake City,” Hansen says. “We are really the only competitive speed skaters in Milwaukee right now, though, with the exception of one or two others. Most go to Salt Lake City, but we wanted to stay closer to home, and we like Milwaukee.” Despite wanting to stay in Milwaukee, Hansen ended up spending almost four weeks in Salt Lake City last year. He attended smaller competitions in preparation for the World Speed Skating Championships. “I had to go (to Salt Lake) a lot last year, “ Hansen says. “But I’ve always come back to Milwaukee, and I’ll always come back to Marquette.” The Marquette Journal | February 2014 23


Winter

Wonderlands Story by Cassandra Kidd

Looking for that perfect place to hit the slopes? You don’t need to get as far away from campus as you think – Wisconsin has its fair share of winter wonderlands. From Granite Peak to Devil’s Head to Sunburst, there are plenty of places to venture for a day of skiing and snowboarding. Whether you’re looking for a day trip or a snow-filled spring break, here are our six picks for the “hottest” hills to shred this winter.

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Granite Peak Wausau, Wis.

This park has it all – the highest peak in the region, topdollar equipment rentals and lessons for kids and adults. Altitude and adrenaline junkies rejoice! Granite Peak boasts the highest point on our list, tipping the chars at over 700 vertical feet. There are 75 total runs at Granite Peak and the trails are complete with 35 jibs and 15 jumps. For the non-savvy skiers and boarders, a jib is any obstacle that the boarder faces by jumping on or over, the most popular of which are rails. The park itself is a boarder’s dream. Granite Peak’s base village hosts the Ski and Sports shop, Peak Performance Demos & Tuning Center, a lounge area complete with bar and plasma screen TVs and the Historical Stone Chalet. The Chalet, originally built in 1939, is named after the renowned WWII army alpine division that was trained to fight and travel on skis. Fun fact: Most of the ski areas in the U.S. were opened or founded by these heroes. Unfortunately, the Rib Mountain State Park does not offer onsite lodging, but there are 20 hotels that can easily be booked on Granite Peak’s website, starting at $59 per night. For the inexperienced but eager-to-learn skier or boarder, Granite Peak offers adult lessons at group ($35) and private ($55) rates. Rates for day passes and two-day passes are a bit steeper than the competition, starting at $69 and going up to $128 for adults, not including lift passes. If you need to rent gear, Granite Peak offers a discounted rental rate online From the mountain to the overall experience, Granite Peak is the number one choice on our list, and a favorite of the Marquette University Club Ski and Snowboarding team. 24 February 2014 | The Marquette Journal

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Devil’s Head

Merrimac, Wis.

Devil’s Head Resort, Merrimac, Wis. is a 45 minute drive from campus, north of Madison, and acts as a ski and snowboarding resort in the winter and a premier golf resort in the warmer months, making it a thrilling experience all-year round. The village has a population of less than 500, so if you’re looking for a cozy and quiet experience, this is the destination for you. They also host two bars onsite, the Devil’s Den Bar and the Avalanche Bar & Grill. While not as extreme as other parks, it’s a better fit than Sunburst for those looking for altitude, with a highest point of 500 feet. The longest run of the mountain is 1.5 miles and there are 30 ski trails to choose from of varying difficulty levels. Across their 300 acres of terrain, there’s bound to be a slope perfect for you. Pricing at Devil’s Head is not cheap: day passes range from $45-52 depending on the day. If you’d like to make it a weekend getaway, packages are $350+ per person per night for some of the most beautiful lodging you will find in the area. It is hard to argue with granite countertops and 46” plasma-screen TVs in a three-bedroom condo. Like Sunburst, the Devil’s Head website offers a daily snow report and snow cam. Unlike Sunburst, Devil’s Head does not accommodate beginner adults. There are no adult ski or snowboarding lessons offered at the resort, nor will you find a 165-foot long conveyor belt to help the unsteady. Devil’s Head is a great day trip or getaway for the more confident skiers and boarders.


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Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort Mount Hood, Ore.

Mount Hood Meadows resort is about a 30-hour drive from Milwaukee, but if a road trip isn’t up your alley this time of year, flights from Milwaukee to Portland, Ore., take close to 5 hours. Booking with Expedia.com, you’re likely to spend upwards of $350 for a roundtrip flight (based on dates for a four night stay). Meadows does not offer onsite lodging, but instead offers a variety of discounts for staying at one of their 21 top picks, ranging from quaint B&Bs to resort hotels. If you really want that mountain vacation feel, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort offers cabins and lodge condos for rent and is the closest lodging to Mount Hood Meadows. They also offer a variety of private lessons, starting at $110/hour. The best deal is for group lessons, which start at $55 for two hours. Rentals for adults range from $35-40, on par with the rest of our list. As for the skiing and snowboarding part of your trip, day passes are $74 each. Mount Hood’s vertical rise is 2, 777 feet. Yes, this mountain makes Granite Peak look like a bunny hill. There are more than 2,000 acres of skiable area at this resort and there are a total of 85 runs, the longest of which is three miles.

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Marquette Mountain Marquette, Mich.

The farthest day trip on our list, Marquette Mountain, used to be the place to go for serious skiers and snowboarders. This Michigan mountain boasts a 600 foot vertical rise and three different terrain parks. The drive from Marquette University to Marquette Mountain is about four hours and 49 minutes. For serious skiers and boarders this may not be a problem, but if you’re just looking for laughs in some fresh powder, it’s a bit of a gasguzzling trip. The Monday through Friday rate for a four and a half hour session is $27, but if you want to get your day’s worth of snow, the 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. rate is $34. Saturday and Sunday all-day rate is $10 extra, while the 4-8:30 p.m. rate stays the same at $27. There is an extra time slot on the weekends from 1-8:30 p.m. for $39. Like Sunburst, Marquette Mountain does not offer onsite lodging. The park does offer special rates at 10 nearby hotels, just in case you’d rather not drive five hours home. Marquette Mountain does offer private lessons for skiers and boarders of any age. Private lessons offered are $30/ hour. If you have a group of friends that all want to learn, it’s only $12/hour per person. Needless to say, if you all chip in gas money and learning is your goal, this is the snow park for you.

Vail Mountain Resort Vail, Colo.

One of the largest single mountain ski resorts in the U.S., Vail has over 5,000 acres of terrain and offers nearly 200 ski trails spread across three faces of the mountain. With the greatest vertical height on our list at 3,450 feet, Vale offers plenty for skiers and snowboarders, but also offers an area for snow tubing and snowmobiling. The resort also has two unique activities, a bungee trampoline and a zip-line, new this year. While Vale does not offer lodging, the village of Lionshead at the base of the mountain does, and makes for an incredibly romantic scene. Other options in the village range from Antlers at Vail to the Ritz Carlton and everything in between. Just a mile outside of Lionshead is the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, which features the largest gym in town and even has their own chairlift. Equipment rentals at Vail start at $40 per day. Lessons for an adult snowboarding and ski lessons group begin at $195. Lift tickets start at $110 per day. The website guarantees the lowest possible lift ticket prices when you purchase seven days before your adventure. This well-rounded destination is the number one choice on our list for your spring break in the snow – as if we don’t get enough here.

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Sunburst

Kewaskum, Wis.

Anyone that grew up in southeastern Wisconsin has probably been to Sunburst, the shortest drive of our top picks. The park has it all – skiing, snowboarding, and for those of us that aren’t so balanced, snow tubing. Sunburst has two bunny hills, five moderate level slopes and three slopes for advanced skiers and boarders only. The park boasts a 165 ft long conveyor belt for the nervous beginners and offers lessons to both kids and adults. Lessons are either $50 or $3o, depending on whether it’s a private or group lesson. Sunburst isn’t an ideal spot for altitude junkies, with the highest point of the park being a mere 214 feet, but the drive is short and the prices are the lowest on our list, going for $40 for a weekend session. For those looking to stay off their feet, the price is $15 for unlimited tubing Tuesday through Thursday. If you know exactly which hill you want to face in the park, the Sunburst website offers a snow report, complete with a list of the open and closed hills for any given day. It also features a snow cam to enable customers to see for themselves if the slopes are to their liking. Sunburst does not offer any accommodations onsite, with the nearest lodging being one mile down the road. The park has a deal with the Bonne Belle Motel to offer $10 off a room to Sunburst customers, but it’s not the same cabin-feel experience as some of the more distant trips on the list. The Marquette Journal | February 2014 25


March Madness Story by Sean Mason

is ade h m n o as A ean M r the NCA rs? S r e t ou s fo Wr i are y ction i t d a e h r p t, w amen n r u o t

It’s February, which means March Madness is right around the corner. People all over the country will be competing with their friends, colleagues and random people to see who can craft the most accurate bracket. Everyone dreams of having the perfect bracket, but there is no single right way to fill out your bracket. Before we get into the specific ways to fill out a bracket, let’s look at how the tournament works, some key players to watch out for and how Marquette will fare. The tournament is comprised of 68 teams, with 32 of them receiving automatic bids for winning their conference. A committee chooses the other 36 teams. After the teams are chosen, they are split up into four regions and each region’s teams are seeded from one to 16. The first round of the tournament is called the first four. Essentially, these games are play-in games, consisting of eight teams fighting for a chance to make it to round two in their respective region. The four No. 1 seeds are each seeded to determine who 26 February 2014 | The Marquette Journal

the No. 1 overall seed is and the idea is for this team to get placed in the easiest region. From 68 to 64 to 32 to 16 to eight to four to two to one, the tournament brings heartbreak to some and joy to others. This year’s tournament is headlined with an abundance of talent. The freshman class — led by Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins, Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Duke’s Jabari Parker — are all guys headed to the NBA next season. This will be their only chance at the title, so you know they will be giving it their all. Other players sure to raise some eyebrows include Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Arizona’s Aaron Gordon, Louisville’s Russ Smith and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft. Marquette stunned many last season by making a run to the Elite 8, but that will not happen this season. The loss of Vander Blue, Junior Cadougan and Trent Lockett has clearly affected Marquette all season, and it won’t go away during the tournament.


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Even in a down year, Marquette is still in a prime position to secure one of the automatic bids by winning the Big East conference tournament. The new Big East is in its inaugural season, and it is an extremely weak conference. Most likely, the Big East will send four teams: Marquette, Georgetown, Creighton and Villanova. There are many different ways to fill out your bracket. Some people pick out teams based on who has the best mascot, or who has the best team colors. Others spend hours researching each team’s individual strengths and weakness and seeing who matches up well against one another. Others pick the “chalk bracket,” meaning they pick all of the higher seeds, or “chalk,” leading to a final four of all No. 1 seeds. The exact opposite of that is an “upset bracket,” meaning you pick all of the lower-seeded teams leading to a final four of all No. 16 seeds. A “close-to-heart bracket” is another popular choice; it is when you pick schools you like or have some

time of connection to. Now I’ll tell you the best way to fill out your bracket: my way. The number one thing I look at is a team’s record on a neutral court. In college basketball, winning on the road is tough, so I don’t judge teams that lose on the road or win at home. A key thing to remember is all tournament games are played on neutral court. You also must take into account a team’s history. For example, Georgetown has history of losing early, so I’ll be hesitant to pick them to go far. There is no perfect way to fill out a bracket. Filling out brackets is all about having fun and predicting who you think will win. Send us snapshots of your March Madness bracket on Twitter or Instagram to @MUJournal.

The Marquette Journal | February 2014 27


Simple Treats for Your Sweet

Story by Paige Lloyd // Photos by Becca French

Cooking a meal for loved ones on this special day doesn’t need to be stressful. Planning each part of the meal can be easy and quick with few ingredients and simple steps that will impress any company that walks through the door. The recipes below include a crowd pleasing appetizer that takes only 10 minutes, entrées for both those with shorter time and others for those willing to cook a little longer. Finally, end your wonderful meal with sweet desserts and funky drinks that will make Feb. 14 a day to always remember.

Appetizer: Berry Bruschetta Cook Time: 10 minutes

A variation on your everyday tomato bruschetta that includes refreshing fruits, perfect as a light appetizer. Ingredients: 1 baguette 2 tablespoons olive oil 1-1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries ¾ cup peeled fresh peaches, chopped 1-1/2 teaspoons fresh mint, minced ½ cup Mascarpone cheese Directions: Cut baguette into slices ½ inch thick; place on ungreased baking sheet. Brush with oil. Broil for 1-2 minutes or until lightly toasted. In a small bowl, combine the strawberries, peaches and mint. Spread each slice of bread with cheese and top with fruit mixture. Broil again for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is slightly melted. Serve immediately. 28 February 2014 | The Marquette Journal


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Dinner: Chicken Marsala Cook Time: 30 minutes

This entrée is easy to make in as quick as a half hour! With chicken, mushrooms and a delicious sauce, this light meal will instantly impress your company, especially when paired with rice pilaf. Ingredients: ¼ cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper ½ teaspoon dried oregano 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, pounded ¼ inch thick 4 tablespoons butter 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup mushrooms, sliced ½ cup Marsala wine ¼ cup cooking sherry Directions: In a shallow dish or bowl, mix together flour, salt, pepper and oregano. Coat chicken pieces in flour mixture. In a large skillet, melt butter in oil over medium heat. Place chicken in the pan and lightly brown. Turn over chicken pieces, and add mushrooms. Pour in wine and sherry. Cover skillet and simmer chicken 10 minutes, turning once, until chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear.

Side: Rice Pilaf Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter ½ cup orzo pasta ½ cup onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced ½ cup uncooked white rice 2 cups chicken broth Directions: Melt butter in a lidded skillet over medium-low heat; cook and stir pasta until golden brown. Stir in onion and cook until onion becomes translucent, then add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Mix in the rice and chicken broth, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 20-25 minutes until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. The Marquette Journal | February 2014 29


Dessert: Monster Cookies Cook Time: 25 minutes A twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie. Ingredients: 3 eggs 1-1/4 cups packed light brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 jar (12 ounces) creamy peanut butter 1 stick butter, softened ½ cup multicolored chocolate candies ½ cup chocolate chips ¼ cups raisins (optional) 2 teaspoons baking soda 4-1/2 cups of quick-cooking oatmeal Directions: Preheat to oven to 350. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats. In a very large mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugar and mix well. Add salt, vanilla, peanut butter and butter and mix well. Stir in the chocolate candies, chocolate chips, raisins, baking soda and oatmeal. Drop batter by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let stand and place on wire rack to cool. 30 February 2014 | The Marquette Journal

Visit MarquetteWire.org for more fun recipes, including this Raspberry Kiss cocktail.


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Susan Avina

Age: 28 College of Business Administration

Many students come to Marquette fresh from high school, looking to learn the skills to find their place in the world. As a seven-year member of the U.S. Army with two deployments to Iraq, Susan Avina, 28, a sophomore in the College of Business Administration, has come to Marquette to find where life takes her next. Avina joined the Army in February 2005 at the age of 19. “I had tried to go to college when I graduated from high school, but trying to work, pay for school, and study turned out to be too much for my 18-yearold self,” she says. Avina spent seven years in the service training as a special equipment mechanic and working as a human resource specialist and automated logistics specialist. She has been stationed around the country in places such as Fort Jackson, S.C., Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, as well as two deployments to Iraq, which proved to be the most challenging and personally transforming experiences for Avina. Her unit first arrived in May 2010, during the major drawdown in Iraq. Avina, a member of the maintenance platoon, was based out of Balad, Iraq, and the rest of her company was spread out through seven different sites to set up mobile laundry and shower services. “Whenever a piece of equipment would break down, we were sent out in teams of two or three. We would have to either catch a convoy with another unit or try and catch a flight,” she says. “I dreaded convoys. They were long, dangerous and uncomfortable. Flying wasn’t much better, but it was so much more fun. Especially, the Black Hawks! We also flew schnooks and C-130s.” As Avina ended her second deployment,

her workload lessened and she was sent to a military board, an event where soldiers are drilled on military knowledge in front of a panel of high-ranking officials. “My first sergeant sent me to a military board. I ended up winning that board, and every time you win a board you move up to the next level board,” she says. “I won the company board, then the battalion board, then the brigade board and then the division board. I don’t even know how I did it! I was very excited to be an example for other female soldiers because not many make it to that level of competition.” In addition to her recognition by the various Army boards, Avina has won many Army medals, multiple badges, and was recognized for Army excellence by retired Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston and Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, former commanding general of U.S. forces in Iraq. Avina’s strength and faith helped her as a woman in the Army: “In my personal experience, I had to work harder than my male coworkers to achieve the same level of success. When I was eventually given authority over other soldiers, they were all males. They didn’t like the fact that they had a female supervisor. If I was going to earn their respect and loyalty, I was going to have to push myself to my limits. That’s exactly what I did,” Avina says. “In the end, not only my subordinates respected me, but so did my peers and supervisors. I actually look at what I experience as God’s way of shaping me into the person he wants me to become.” Avina eventually came back to the United States and made the adjustments back into civilian life.

“It was difficult for me to hear people complain about the little things in life,” she says. “I had to take a step back and realize that not everyone has seen the world through my eyes, so I can’t expect people to think and feel the same way as I do.” Avina came to Marquette after transferring from the University of WisconsinSheboygan where she earned her associate degree of arts and science. “I always dreamed of coming to Marquette when I was younger,” she says. “The first time I actually applied I was denied because I didn’t have enough academic credentials. It just made me work a little harder at UWSheboygan. I made high honors and was given a scholarship to come to Marquette.” At age 28, Avina is older than the average undergraduate student, which can also be an adjustment. “Sometimes it’s a little difficult to connect on a personal level with other students,” she says. “It’s not a bad thing; I’m just at a different stage in my life than when I was at 18 or 19 years old.” On campus, Avina is involved in the Human Resource Management Organization and is currently going through Rite of Christian Initiation. She also has a passion for health, nutrition and dancing – especially cumbia, a genre of music popular in many Hispanic countries. Avina is grateful for her life and the experiences she has made in the military. “I met so many great people and had the opportunity to experience the world in such a unique way,” she says. “Many people thank me for my service to my country, but I’m just grateful for how the military helped shape me into the person I am today.” The Marquette Journal | February 2014 31


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