To Grad School Or Not To Grad School? pg. 20
IS IT FOR EVERYONE? pg. 26
SIMPLICITY IN THE CITY
This style season is all about neutrals pg. 12
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FEATURES 12 Style
Simplicity is key this season, with neutrals, simple accessories, and great local boutiques like SHOP
20 Grad School
Should you, would you, could you? We talk about that next major life decision
CULTURE 8 Moving Guide
I’m moving out...but could use a little help with all these boxes
10 Summer Jobs
Got the employment blues? We’re here to help.
22 Catholic Houses
Meet the men and women behind the Catholic houses on campus
COLLEGE LIFE 6 Senior Bucket List
Not just for seniors, we tell you what not to miss during your four years
16 Alumni Stories
If the walls could talk. We get alums to share their favorite MU moments
26 Professor Book Reviews
Buy this book...I wrote it. The story behind professors’ self-authored texts
WELLNESS 20 An Apple a Day
A few simple ways to improve test scores and boost morale during finals
26 Lifting Weights
In the workout world, lifting weights isn’t just for the boys.
26 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 Goodbyes have never been easy. After putting many late nights, soy lattes and study music playlists into something, you develop an affinity for the long hours. They seem endless, until you are holding a physical culmination of those hours in your hand. Then you almost wish you could do it all over again. It’s been said, “it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later.” But to me, goodbyes are a thank you. A thank you for the experiences that have taught me so much more than I could give in return. A thank you for time well spent. A thank you for the unconventional and unexpected moments that I have learned to love. While I am sad to say goodbye to The Journal, to Marquette, and to the friends I have met over the last four years, I know it is just my thank you to all of these people and moments that have changed my life. From my first days in Cobeen, I knew Marquette was a place of potential, a place of risk-taking with high reward and an opportunity to discover who I wanted to be. Four years later, I might not have it all figured out, but the risks have been taken and the rewards have not gone unnoticed. In the heat of the moment we might wish for those late nights and early mornings to end and for life to move on, but in the end, time always goes faster than we hoped. Savour those 4 a.m. study sessions in Raynor, extra shots of espresso in your mid-day lattes, and weekends where you decide brunch is more important than studying for that final. Those moments are the memory makers and they make goodbye that much easier. If I know I have tried, I have given it all, and I have taken a risk or ten, it will all work out in the end, because I have a reason to say thank you. In May I will be saying thank you to Marquette, but I know I am leaving with more memories, inspirations and thank you’s to share. Goodbye. And thank you. Becca French
SO OUT BUZZ’S BRIGHTS
We loved the bright outfits and Texas tactics, but we’re ready for tame gametime with a focus on making buckets, not outbursts.
We’re all in favor of Duke’s latest transfer Steve Wojciechowski. MUBB needed a change of pace, and we think this Polish powerhouse is just what we need to get us out of this funk.
TACO B E L L BREAKFAST
BEL AIR BREAKFAST
It doesn’t seem that long ago Taco Bell announced their breakfast waffle taco, but we’re not too keen. We’ll stick with our Sunday brunch.
You already know and love Bel Air’s $2 taco night, but who doesn’t want to experience a breakfast fiesta?
S W E AT E R W E AT H E R T-SHIRTS & SHORTS Sunday brunch on the patio is meant to be enjoyed in shorts and a t-shirt, not bogged down by layers. We say shed those sweaters, throw on some shades sip on sweet summer drinks.
WINDOWS DOWN, MUSIC UP Prepare yourself, summer is coming. We’re celebrating the warmth with our windows down and the music turned up! Crank up the playlist of your choice, but we recommend 8tracks.com for a great selection.
WISH LIST: Jamba Juice The recent edition to Mayfair Mall is great for when you have time for the excursion over there, but it would be great if you could pick up a fresh smoothie on your way to class. We think it’s a great replacement for a vacant storefront.
Shed those layers and embrace the sunshine. Scarves, boots and beanies are so last season. Although it might not seem like spring yet, we’re taking what we can get in the dairy state!
HORRIBLE POTHOLES ‘Tis the season for construction. We can only hope those nasty potholes are next on the list for repair! It’s hard to enjoy a roadtrip when there are so many bumps along the way!
The Marquette Journal’s ideas for an all-around happier campus!
Quality Chinese Food With the recent health code questions at Chopstix, and the 45+ minute wait for Chinese food everywhere else, we could use some quality dumplings within walking distance. Our fortunes predict students feel the same.
LIMO to Target Not everyone on campus has a car, and with our food desert status, it would be convenient if Marquette offered a shuttle service to Target or the grocery store once a week. Students would save money and not have to haul home all those bags of groceries on the bus.
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Bucket List Blues
Think you’ve done it all? Here’s our must-see list.
Well, here we are. Senior year. The last year you can take a day off from work because “you feel like it.” Reality is upon us and as we conclude the final semester of four long and enjoyable years at Marquette, there might be something we missed. Here’s a list of must do’s for that final victory lap that is your college career.
As a junior you still have that one final year of fun before thinking about the capital F “FUTURE.” Reality is, you have many things left to check off your Marquette experience bucket list. Here’s a few things we think are key to enjoying those final years of the college experience.
Milwaukee brewery tours
Caffrey’s Mug Night
Ride the La Perla chili pepper
Wine and dine with a professor
Host a dnner party
Camping in Door County
Late night cheese curds
Get an internship
Skip class for a job interview
Learn the password to The Safehouse
Weekend in Chicago
Go to Potawatomi
Watch the sunrise from the lakefront
One of Milwaukee’s 100 year bars, Wolski’s Tavern has given out bumper stickers for 35 years to those who stick around until close. Ask your parents about it.
Thursday night is mug night. Grab your friends, your trusty mug and your dancing shoes for $2 drinks.
At this point in your college career your friends might just be your professors. Invite them for a fun dinner party or a night with classmates for an MU victory lap.
Venture north for a bit of adventure under the stars. Pack your tent, drink of choice and camp fire stories for a worry free, woodland weekend.
Hit the snooze button, then gather your friends for Sunday brunch. Eggs, bacon, pancakes, and don’t forget the Bloody Marys.
Real life is upon us. Skip one lecture, whether you love the class or not, and interview for that job. You’ll be grateful for the sacrifice.
Take Amtrak or drive down with friends and spend a night in the city. Don’t forget to hit up IKEA on your way home for everything you want but don’t need.
You made it. Through the ups and downs, you know the ins and outs and reality is here. But you made it. Deep breath, enjoy the moment. 6 April 2014 | The Marquette Journal
They are kind of like Pokemon and Beanie Babies, you have to collect them all.
La Perla offers free shuttles to and from campus, so you have no excuse not to have a fun night out with friends, food and a few margaritas.
Embrace your newfound freedom and invite a few friends over for a fun pot luck dinner. Everyone brings a dish and you get to show off your Pinterest crafting.
After a fun night out, what’s better than binge eating an order of cheese curds? Nothing. We highly suggest Marquette Gyros, but Dogg Haus is a must.
Not only is it a major resume builder, but its a morale booster. Getting an internship can help validate your major choice and motivate your work ethic.
Before heading to a Pabst Theatre show, head down the alley to the secret door to The Safehouse. Prepare for a bit of an interrogation.
Grab your BINGO dabbers or your pennies for slots and prepare for an endless night of fun and hopefully JACKPOTS.
Wake up early, just to say you did it. Head to the lakefront for the sunrise and watch the wings open on Calatrava’s Art Museum.
It seems like just yesterday you were moving all of your stuff into the pie slice of a McCormick dorm room, doesn’t it? Next year, you’ll be living the apartment lifestyle, feeling on top of the world, until you realize you have to make your own dinner. EVERY. NIGHT. Enjoy the on-campus life while it lasts.
Welcome to the world of Marquette. There’s so much to do and so much time! You have three more years to check all those crazy “should I or shouldn’t I” moments off your bucket list. Use this as an opportunity to learn more about yourself and your passions. We promise, college isn’t just fraternity parties and grade points.
Pull a Raynor all-nighter
Stock up on MUBB tickets
Basketball big heads
Road trip to Madison for the weekend
Ugly Value Village sweater shopping
MUSG’s Night of Chocolate
Visit the beach in Grant Park
Be a Bradford Beach bum
Befriend a Jesuit
Pose with the Bronze Fonze
Run a 5K
Attend Tuesday night mass
Attend a concert at The Rave
Eat in every dining hall
There are probably many of these to come, but if you haven’t already, spend a night with a stack of books and a few cups of coffee running through your veins.
Why bundle up in the winter months when you can strip down and run into the icy lake? It’s a must do for all Milwaukee natives and transplants.
Find a friend with a ride and hit the road. Spend the weekend wandering State Street and scoping the capital city’s wonderful sites and shopping.
Spend at least one semester in a foreign country, speak a foreign language no matter how funny you sound, blog about it, brag about it and most of all, enjoy it.
Take a day trip to Chicago with friends for a big city adventure. Go the beach, have a picnic and shop Michigan avenue when you’re done.
Whether it’s a professor or a mentor, spend time in the new Jesuit residence for 2014-2015 and get to know the great men that run our University.
Run The Color Run, Storm the Bastille or just run the Marquette Mile. Adventure is out there, so explore the city and take in the sights as they pass you by!
Take a LIMO to a late night show, navigate the many floors and experience the haunted vibes from Eagles Ballroom while enjoying great music.
Not only is it a great way to meet new people who have the same passion for MUBB as you, but it’s a ton of fun! Don’t miss out on one season!
Once you grab your tickets, don’t forget to grab a big head at halftime. If you’re lucky you’ll get to pose with your favorite celebrity and cheer on the Blue and Gold.
You’re bound to get an ugly sweater invite sometime in the next four years, so step your game up and scrounge for the best of the best at Value Village.
Need we say more? It’s a night of unlimited chocolatefondue dipping and sweet treats. Dress up or down, it’s a great alternative to a long night of studying.
Spend a day in the sun, pack a picnic and bring your sunscreen. Bradford is a great way to get out and see the city and practice your bus routes.
Play tourist and wander the city on a sunny weekend. Don’t forget to give thumbs up for amazing adventure with the Bronze Fonze himself near the river.
Embrace the small space of Joan of Arc chapel while celebrating 10 p.m. mass with fellow students.
Use the swipes while you can. Embrace the Italian from Schroeder, diner feel in Mashuda and unlimited ice cream in McCormick and Cobeen. The Marquette Journal | April 2014 7
Moving Guide Story by Cassandra Kidd
At this stage in our lives, moving is inevitable. Whether you’re moving into the dorms, into an apartment or back home with mom and dad, moving can be frightening. Moving can be a much better experience, though, if you know what you’re doing; you just need to plan ahead.
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If you are living in the dorms and need to stay for the summer, you’re in luck. Marquette offers summer housing in seven dormitories: Straz Tower, Mashuda Hall, Abbottsford Hall, Carpenter Tower, Cobeen Hall, O’Donnell Hall and McCabe Hall. Dining hall options are also available June through August, but these accommodations are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so the sooner you know you have to take a summer course, the better.
Awesome! You got the summer internship you were hoping for. Not so awesome, you’re stuck in a lease. If your landlord allows subleasing, your best option at this point would be to sublet your apartment or house. It would be wise to screen any applicants before allowing someone to live in your home. First, you will want to determine whether or not you will leave the place furnished (this may negate the storage issue). A furnished apartment is going to be much more attractive to a tenant than an unfurnished one, but you have to keep in mind that this gives them unlimited access to your property, risking damage. Other things to consider: if you prefer a male or female tenant, if you or your landlord allow pets or smoking and, most importantly, responsibility. A good test is whether or not the potential tenant is willing to pay a deposit. This shows that the tenant will be responsible enough to pay rent, and if not, you have a deposit to fall back on.
Me, Myself and a Truck?
Last Minute Shuffle
What do you do when you’re in the market for a sublet? Postings can be found everywhere from the bulletin boards in the Alumni Memorial Union, to Facebook to Craigslist. Make sure to meet the obvious requirements. For example, if you are looking to stay for two months, don’t sublease for two weeks and find yourself scrambling at the end for a new place to stay. When subleasing, be respectful of the property you live in. The original tenant is nice enough to let you live in their home for an extended period of time, don’t thank them by breaking their TV or leaving a mess when you leave.
Physically moving your property can be tricky if you don’t know anyone that owns a truck. Fear not! There are plenty of truck rental and hired hand options in the Milwaukee area. U-Haul offers great rates starting at $19.95 and $0.79 per mile for their smallest truck or van. If you think you’ll need more space or would prefer to make fewer trips, a 24’ truck can be rented for $39.95 plus $0.79 per mile. If you need a helping hand while moving, Two Men And A Truck is a reliable local service that prides itself on getting the move done for you. Estimates start at $112 per hour for two men, a truck and insurance for moving in the Marquette and surrounding Milwaukee area.
Sometimes you might not have enough time to plan ahead. It is quite possible that you will be stuck at the end of the semester juggling leases and trying to find out where to leave your furniture. Public storage facilities in Milwaukee are actually easy to come by and reasonably priced. The website, www. publicstorage.com, gives details on each site to consider. Rates are as low as $50 per month, and the site is constantly offering deals ranging from 15% off to $1 first month’s rent. EZ Self Storage in Milwaukee is a top choice, with prices starting at $69 per month. The rate may be higher, but the range of offers is broader, offering storage, truck rentals and even packing boxes.
Who Should Great moving companies are just call away in most cases. You call? aIf phone you need help with things from purchasing extra boxes to doing the heavy lifting, here are a few suggestions for moving help in Milwaukee: Hernia Movers 3210 N. Pierce St. Milwaukee, WI 414.263.6402
Eagle Movers 929 W. Bruce St. Milwaukee, WI 414.383.1776
Two Men and a Truck 435 S. 116th St. West Allis, WI 414.220.0994
U-Haul at Capitol Dr. 505 E. Capital Dr. Milwaukee, WI 414.963.8716
JC Triplett & Sons Moving 4701 W. Woolworth Ave. Milwaukee, WI 414.353.9780
R+L Carriers 5005 S. 6th St. Milwaukee, WI 414.744.9246
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Love Wh e r e Yo u Live Moving seems like an intimidating process, but it really doesn’t have to be all that bad. Be prepared and use the resources around you, from friends with trucks to the MU Housing Guide.
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summer jobs Story by Brittany Carloni
Gone are the happy-go-lucky, carefree summer days. Now, summer is merely a quick break from school where you have the option to do one of two things: enjoy the lazy days or take advantage of a summer job. The opportunity to work a job or internship over the summer will give you the chance to earn money and gain experience for the future.
When to Start
What you need to do
If you are a motivated person who wants to work this summer, you’re probably wondering when you’ll need to start looking for opportunities. This depends on the industry. “Business and engineering internships and co-ops take place in the fall and other employers are looking now,” says Laura Kestner, director of the Career Services Center. Between February and April is when most employers are looking for summer interns.
According to Kestner, there are three ways to find a summer job or internship. “First, you need to have a career goal, or what we call an occupational target,” she says. “You want to know what you’re looking for, what will be a corporate setting that uses your skills?” It’s important to develop a list of organizations you would like to work in and go from there.
Melia Gonzalez, a freshman in the College of Communication, suggests searching for openings early. “Start as early as you can because the more experience you have, the more organizations will want you,” she says. “They want to see students that are knowledgeable, have passion, and are going to really enjoy what they’re learning.”
Gonzalez, a theater major, currently has an internship at In Tandem Theater and has been looking for more theater opportunities. “I thought that continuing on from one internship to the next would be a good stepping stone,” she says. “It would show that I’m motivated to continue on my theater journey as well as continue learning.” Next, you need to have a quality resume. “Have your resume ready,” Kestner says. “Make sure your resume lists your past experiences, whether they are from classes or previous jobs you’ve held.” You can consult the Career Services Center or visit their website for help on writing a cover letter and building a professional resume. After you understand what you are looking for in a job, internship, or co-op and have your resume prepared, it’s time to start looking for positions and responding to openings. “Use resources such as MU Career Manager because it centers around employers who want to hire Marquette students and really focuses on career-related opportunities,” says Kestner. Certain fields may have specific career sites to look for, such as the Big Shoes Network for communication jobs. Emmali Hanson, a sophomore in the College of Engineering, suggests responding to as many openings as possible. “Never pass up an opportunity to apply for a job and think, ‘Oh, I don’t really want to do this.’ You can always apply for it!
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Preparing for an Interview Then if you get the job you can decide,” she says. Networking is one of the best ways to look for job opportunities. Kestner suggests connecting with the more than 16,000 Marquette alumni on the Marquette LinkedIn Network. The Career Services Center also offers events throughout the year to give students a chance to get some experience, such as networking events and career fairs. To help yourself network, it’s important to have an elevator pitch to sell yourself to potential employers. “When people say to you, ‘Hey, what are you doing this summer?’ you should be able to tell them what you are looking for,” Kestner says. “It’s important to be able to ask the question, ‘Do you know anyone who knows something about this topic?’ People are always surprised by who people know. Just being bold and going out there and talking about what you’re looking for is good too.”
After you find an organization you are interested in working for, you now have to prepare for an interview. First, you should make sure you have a professional interview outfit, then practice for the actual interview process. “Come to Career Services for practice interviews, which you can learn about on our website,” Kestner says. “We walk people through the process of interviews.” It’s important to go through potential interview questions and breathe before walking into the interview room. Be strong and confident in your responses. Hanson used the Career Services Center to help prepare an interview for her summer co-op at Extreme Engineering Solutions in Madison. “I did a practice interview that helped me so much,” she says. “It was great to talk through my answers and get some real feedback.”
Career Services offers coaches to help students work on preparations for jobs such as networking, or through their handouts, events, and other resources. If you are currently undecided in your major, as many of us are, it can be a challenge to look for an internship or job. There are many companies that look for a person with a specific major. “A general internship may not be formal, but anything that helps you build skills is important,” Kestner says. Although experience may be the point of a summer job or internship, earning money is important as well. “We don’t take a stance on paid internships,” Kestner says. “The number one thing is gaining experience, but students usually have internships that range from being unpaid to being paid about $10 to $25 dollars an hour.”
Marquette University Career Services Center Holthusen Hall, First Floor 1324 W. Wisconsin Ave. P.O. Box 1881 Milwaukee, WI 53201
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Simplicity in the City Story by Meredith Zoltan and Natalie Ragusin Photos by Karen Oliva
SHOP boutique located on Capitol Drive has been in business since 2007. The boutique offers classic styles made of quality fabrics, with the goal of selling things the customer can wear today, five or 10 years from now. Each look can be carried from day to night, work to weekend. SHOP is co-owned by a mother-daughter team working as an independent retailer. Liz Sumner, one of the owners says, “We love shopping with our customers, and helping them find exactly what they are looking for. Adding accessories to help create their own unique style is one of our passions.” One thing that the owners of SHOP pride themselves on is the fact that their clothing has broad appeal. From teens to women in their 80’s and everyone in between, there is always something to be found! Stop in or follow the boutique on Facebook. 12 April 2014 | The Marquette Journal
style Jumpsuit, $319 Blazer, $262 White sweater, $80 Black skinnies, $135
The focus for this spring is the look of simplicity in an urban surrounding. Pairing strong neutrals and sleek aesthetics are a great transition from winter to spring. Pant suits, blazers and structured clutches mark a sophisticated woman in the city, along with army prints and pleather, which add an edge between the alleyways.
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SHOP does a fantastic job of using different classic trends and offering different types of accessories to make the looks unique. One cannot go wrong with owning a classic black blazer. Yet, to really stand out pair it with a bold pant suit or maxi skirt. Owning classic staple pieces will allow for an easy transition between seasons and styles! The boutique sells many diverse pieces ranging from work attire to â€œNight on the Townâ€? outfits. No matter the occasion, with the right sense of style the boutique has everything one girl and more!
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Opposite page: Leather front tank, $165 Black skinny pant, $68 Color block silk top, $190
SHOP: A womenâ€™s clothing and accessories boutique is located: 1918 E. Capitol Dr. Shorewood, WI 53211 Visit SHOP53211.com or shoppityshop.tumblr.com for more inspiration
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Back in my day... Story by Paulo Acuna//Photos provided by alumni
Marquette University has proven to be a school that hosts hard working men and women who strive for a better future. They are dreamers who pursue a well-rounded education in the hopes of achieving their goals. From this institution, thousands of alumni have graduated. Many have gone on to become influential figures in different arenas such as politics, sports, business and entertainment.
Sandra Caro Business, ‘87 “I was Secretary for LASAMU, the Latin American Student Association. I was in charge of organizing a career day for minority students. What an experience! Here I was, a sophomore, having contact with Human Resources Directors from very important companies, Fortune 500 corporations from all over the world. It was a huge success! The person I am today is all thanks to Marquette, all the experiences, all my leadership skills, my successful career as a hotelier in Puerto Rico, the difference I am making in the world. Absolutely everything. I am very grateful! Many students found their first job through this career day and many of them still thank me for putting this event together. I still organize all kinds of events.” Sandra lives in her native Rincon, Puerto Rico, as the owner of the local Villa Cofresi Hotel and a public relations firm.
Ted Lempke Arts & Sciences, ‘12 “One of the most memorable experiences I had at Marquette was waking up early on a basketball game day, heading down to the arena and waiting in line for a few hours just to get a great seat. I really enjoyed going to the games! I was also involved in the sailing team while I was there. Being able to host our own regatta, the Pere Marquette Cup, was an incredible experience. It took a lot of work to get it together but, in the end, it was well worth it.” Lempke is currently working for a private security company in New Albany, Ohio. 16 April 2014 | The Marquette Journal
As the 2013-2014 school year comes to a close, thousands of other Marquette graduates will soon enter the real world in the hopes of moving on and making their dreams a reality. Six former alumni share their stories and experiences from their time at Marquette around campus, grabbing Real Chili and building long-lasting friendships.
Fisher Reynolds Arts and Sciences, ‘13 “My time at Marquette helped me to grow in countless ways. In my experience, the university’s mantra, ‘Cura Personalis,’ extended beyond the classroom and directed my entire life. Marquette taught me who I was and how to constantly ask myself, ‘How can I be the difference?’ I have so many fond memories from my four years at Marquette. The first of these came during my freshman year when I auditioned for The Naturals. It was my first real activity in college and I remember how badly I wanted to be a member of the group. I barely knew how to prepare for the audition and my mind was filled with so many thoughts: ‘Am I good enough?’, ‘Do I have the time?’, ‘Will I fit in?’ I remember being the only freshman to audition that fall and my nerves kicked into high gear when I realized that, if I made it, I would be the only freshman amongst a heavy majority of upperclassmen. I calmed myself in the audition room and remember being asked to sing a prepared piece... (I had not prepared for that). How about ‘God Bless America?’ I sang the patriotic tune and left feeling fairly confident. I had to wait through the weekend before I heard anything, though. Of course, I calmed my rattled nerves as any freshman would in some house off of Kilbourn Ave. with my entire wing from O’Donnell Hall. The next Tuesday finally came with good news... I was in the group and I was so thrilled. Over the next four years, we worked to make the group better in every aspect and by the end of my senior year, I realized how much we had accomplished. In my last semester we traveled to Miami University in Ohio to participate in their a capella invitational concert, we auditioned for NBC’s ‘The Sing Off,’ and we accomplished our biggest goal by recording our first EP, “The Kilbourn Identity.” My experience with The Naturals was certainly one of the highlights of my time at Marquette and I made some of my closest friends through it. Upon leaving Marquette, I accepted a job back home in Texas in the lieutenant governor’s office. As the lieutenant governor’s travel aide, I have the unique opportunity to spend each day with him. I brief him on all the events we attend throughout the state and I make sure that he has everything he needs at all times. Without Marquette, who knows if I would even have this opportunity.”
Joshua Arter Communication, ‘12 “My fondest memory of Marquette was move-in day. It was the first day of my future. It was exciting and frightening all in the same moment. I was able to explore campus, find out about all the opportunities to get involved and it was the first urban setting I ever lived in. It put me outside of my comfort zone, but it also forced me to find out just who I was. The friends, the experience, and, most importantly, the education I enjoyed are second to none. I couldn’t be more thankful. I graduated in December, 2012. My major was advertising, minor was marketing. I am currently a communications specialist for Centare, a software development company in Brookfield. I’m also an avid Milwaukee blogger, one of the co-founders of #ThanksfortheLoveMKE.”
Sarah Harms Arts & Sciences, ‘85 “My favorite memories are from my membership in the Marquette University Sailing Club. At the annual Pere Marquette Regatta, Saturday mornings were usually cold and, hopefully, windy. Student sailors from the four or five universities would be dressed in their wetsuits and lifejackets as everyone enjoyed the breakfast of champions: bowls of Real Chili and crackers, coffee, and pony kegs of Pabst beer (Wisconsin was still an 18 state in the early 1980’s). After the race course was set and the skippers’ meeting completed, teams of two headed for the boats. We’d usually sail two races, take a break for lunch — more chili and beer — and then sail a final race. We’d do it all again on Sunday before everyone headed back to their home school. We’d sail in all kinds of weather – rain, high wind, no wind, but it was always cold. One year, we even sailed during a snow storm. It never really mattered which school’s team won each race. We competed for bragging rights at the Saturday night dinner and for the sheer joy of being on the water. Racing made us better sailors, better sportsmen, and gave us an excuse to forget about homework and exams for a weekend.” Sarah is the vice president and project manager at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Columbus, Ohio.
Mary Harms Lempke Arts & Sciences and Education, ‘85 “One of the best memories were the MU Fall Block Parties held on the grass in front of Lalumiere. Marquette was an ‘18 state’ at the time. The brewery trucks would back in and unload kegs of beer, those with wristbands from showing their driver’s license would enjoy a glass. Brats would cook. Music would play. Father Naus would become Tumbleweed the Clown and play his guitar and make balloon creations. MU students would work the day and gain a t-shirt in the process. I worked every Block Party after my freshman year! The MU sailing team is another great memory. The team was what brought me to Marquette. I sailed and raced growing up and continued this at Marquette. I became the Social Chair and arranged to have Pabst Brewery not only donate the kegs to our annual Pere Marquette Regatta, but also the huge welcome banner. One memorable Pere Marquette Regatta the winds were blowing over 20 knots. I skippered the A team and my sister Sarah skippered the B team. My older brother, Mike, also a racer, had already graduated from Marquette. With our all-women crew we were highly undersized. Our competition from schools such as UW Madison and Notre Dame were huge guys compared to us. Out on the course they tipped one by one and yet we never once capsized our FJ’s. It was a huge accomplishment. As women, we’re usually never the crew let alone the skipper!” Mary currently resides in Dublin, Ohio, with her husband, Chuck Lempke (Political Science and Business ‘85). They met 29 years ago while both were studying at Marquette. She works as a substitute teacher for Dublin City Schools.
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To Grad School Or Not To Grad School? Story by Alexandra Whittaker//Photos by Melina Morales
oing to graduate school is an enormous commitment that demands to be treated as a full-time job. Procrastination is deadly, sleep is a luxury and it can be difficult to keep your goals and priorities in check. Despite the hurdles, many graduates affirm that their decision to attend was a solid and life-changing one. Before the classes and the rigorous academic workload, though, comes the obvious but difficult decision to apply in the first place. This first step in the graduate school process can be daunting, sometimes even more than the actual program. For Marquette’s graduate school programs, deciding to apply isn’t a choice that has to be made alone. With many interested undergraduates at its door, the graduate school offers counselors and advisors to current undergraduate students in order to mitigate the overall application process. To apply to Marquette’s graduate school, students need to complete an application form, submit official transcripts, fill out application questions for their individual program, provide letters of reference, complete a specified essay, take applicable exams for whatever program is of interest and pay a $50 application fee, though Marquette allows applicants to request a fee waiver. Applicants hear back from Marquette six weeks
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after the application deadline by a letter in the mail. Getting accepted into graduate school is a huge accomplishment that should be recognized as such and celebrated, particularly since graduate schools are becoming more and more selective. Marquette’s business, law, education, health sciences, engineering and nursing graduate schools are ranked in the top 100 for each of their programs by the U.S. News & World Report. Students from around the world come to take advantage of Marquette’s graduate programs. Currently, Marquette’s graduate school represents all 50 states and 56 countries as well. Getting into the graduate law program was one of current law student Meghan Pirics’ biggest accomplishments as she finished up her undergraduate degree at Marquette. “Being accepted into the Marquette Law School was awesome,” Pirics says. “I wanted to continue studying at Marquette while pursuing my dreams by attending law school, and being able to make that happen was really amazing.” Many students like Pirics apply to graduate school to go after professional goals and dreams, and these students consider the stress and competitiveness required of students through the admissions process to be worth it.
According to the Marquette graduate school office, the things that deter students from pursuing graduate degrees are often financial concerns. The cost of higher education can scare students away from continuing their studies.
First year Marquette Law school student, Meg Pirics
college life The thought of graduating with large debt and the state of fiscal affairs can force people into accepting jobs out of college in order to stay fiscally responsible. Despite this, the Council of Graduate Schools reported last fall that there was a 1.8 percent increase in first-time enrollment of students in graduate programs than in the previous year. This followed a 0.8 percent decline from the year before, which demonstrates that more people are enrolling in graduate programs than ever before. The CGS said that the national increases were seen in mathematics, computer sciences, health sciences and engineering graduate programs more than any other programs. Education and business programs held the largest total enrollment, accounting for 20 and 16 percent of total enrollment respectively. Not all students are deterred because of finances and many can qualify for merit or need-based financial aid. Marquette’s graduate admissions office says that they provide approximately “$12.5 million in stipends and tuition scholarships from merit-based assistantships and scholarships, privately funded and grant-funded fellowships and scholarships.” In addition, the office compiles external fellowships and scholarships for both prospective and current graduate students to look through in order to help students finance the cost of graduate programs. The scholarships and extra financial support help to alleviate stress for students as they face hurdles such as exams and application essays in pursuit of graduate school. The most common exam that students take in order to be admitted is the Graduate Record Examination. The GRE is a standardized exam required for master’s and doctoral programs with test centers in more than 160 countries. Like the SAT and ACT, it is proctored and offered multiple times throughout the year, an additional cost of $185.
Graphic by Jane Long, Money Side of Life
Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall
While some schools have a minimum GRE score for applicants, Marquette’s Graduate Office says that they consider applications in their entirety and don’t have a minimum. For international students, the GRE is combined with the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam, which does have minimum score requirements at Marquette. These requirements vary depending on the program. Despite the increase in Marquette University’s graduate program applicants over the last year, a validation of increasing interest in graduate programs as a whole, some people are still not convinced that graduate school is worth the investment in an unsteady economy. Graduate school is highly competitive, expensive and stressful, and in occupations where a graduate degree might not be necessary, these strains challenge students to think carefully about whether graduate school is a good fit. Some pro-
grams are only a year or two long, but some can go on for as many as seven years, and that kind of investment demands time and money. When thinking about graduate school as an option, it is important to speak to counselors and advisors to get a full picture of whether or not it is the best option. A graduate degree does not necessarily equate to a guarantee of getting a higher salary, and return on this kind of investment might be slow. Even though these drawbacks are clear, millions of students still apply to graduate school every year. Marquette has a well-ranked graduate program and advisors willing to speak to students about applying, which is a resource that students should take advantage of. Graduate school is an exciting opportunity that should be examined on a personal level, because when it is a good fit, the experience can help students really be the difference. The Marquette Journal | April 2014 19
Eat an Apple, Get an A Story by Dana Leonard
When you take a minute to dissect college students’ daily lives, it seems absurd that they have time to stay remotely healthy. Between class, work and finals it seems near impossible to eat healthy, stay active and get the right amount of sleep. At the end of the day, it all comes down to time management, avoiding stress eating and listening to your brain when it’s about to shut off. Follow these steps, and maybe you’ll snag A’s on all your finals.
Spice Up Your Study Spot The 2nd floor of Memorial Library is so freshman year. Scope out Raynor for a computer. You’re less likely to go on Facebook or Buzzfeed when others can see what you’re doing. Not a library person? No problem! There are plenty of other places to get your study on. Try the Brew Bayou and get inspiration from past students with the carvings in the tables. If the Brew is too hectic for you, try Cudahy. Cudahy is the only academic building open 24/7. Take the elevator to the 3rd or 4th floor for some hidden study spot gems. Or, find your own spot. Maybe it’s a study room in a dorm (you can reserve a room in McCabe), or an off-campus coffee shop (Rochambo on Brady Street is prime). It’s always good to have a change of scenery while studying.
Fuel Your Brain It is important to give your body the nutrients it needs to succeed. The BBC recently posted an article with eight “brainpower” foods that have been scientifically proven to heighten brain awareness. Choose whole grains over white bread. Whole grains release glucose slowly into your bloodstream, keeping your brain alert throughout the day. So instead of Cocoa Puffs, opt for Wheat Bran and have more focus at 8 p.m.! It is hard to get fresh fruit on campus, but borrow a friend’s car and load up on blueberries. Research from Tufts University has shown that blueberries prevent short term memory loss. Eat a handful at every meal and you might remember your last page of notes, or stories from last Friday night. Remember when your mom told you to eat your greens? Like usual, mom was right. Studies have shown that broccoli enhances cognitive function and improves brain power. Put some butter and lemon on them, and you won’t have to taste the healthy.
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Hit the Rec Wait, you mean it’s important to walk? On the treadmill? On an incline? It’s probably an answer that most don’t want to hear, but being active daily has been proven to make your brain more alert and your body more energized. If you are new to the gym, start slow and carve out just 20 minutes of your day to sweat. By going to class in your gym clothes, you can’t avoid heading over to 16th and Wisconsin. Or, if you’d rather be fashionable to class, make a conscious effort in the morning to pack workout clothes and shoes in your backpack. That way, when you reach into your bag to grab a notebook, you’ll be reminded to exercise later. Begin by walking on the treadmill at an incline, then head to the stair-stepper. If you have a friend who is a gym rat, find out their exercise schedule and go with them. It’s always nice to have someone show you the ropes (or weights). Too much homework and reading to do? That’s the beauty of the elliptical! Don’t hop off until you're done reading a Biology chapter. If you cannot stand machines and weights, grab a friend and shoot some hoops. Or, once the weather is warmer, walk downtown to the lake or bike to class. Get active, and your brain will get active too.
Get some ZZZ's We all know we need 8-9 hours of sleep nightly, but most nights this doesn’t happen due to studying, writing papers, playing FIFA, etc. According to a recent study from the University of Georgia, college students get an average of 6-6.9 hours of sleep per night. This isn’t good, Marquette! Sleep revitalizes our energy, keeps our immune systems strong and makes us more positive and productive throughout the day. Getting that extra hour of sleep makes us choose fruits instead of processed foods from the vending machine. Which, if we’ve learned anything so far, fuels our brain to produce better results. Sleep also reduces stress and anxiety. Sometimes it’s better to take a few deep breaths and a nap than to let your mind race through scribbles on a notepad. We are all educated college students and probably already know this, however, there is a difference between knowing and doing. So put down the cookies, grab an apple and take a nap! Your body will thank you, we promise.
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Men and Women
Marquette Universityâ€™s Catholic living communities find faith in friendship Story by Elizabeth Baker // Photos by Rebecca Rebholz or provided
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rom Clybourn Avenue to State Street, every weekend eager students flock to upperclassmen’s offcampus houses and apartments. Like their fraternity and sorority neighbors, the students of the men’s and women’s Catholic living community have been known to welcome hundreds of students into their houses as well. On any given Saturday night, the students of these Catholic houses can be found moving furniture into the kitchen to make room for a concert, a Halloween party or even a beer-brewing session in their living room, the place where they also gather every day at 7 a.m. to pray. The men’s house holds seven students and the women’s house holds five. Both houses are located on State Street. “These houses were originally formed here at Marquette about ten to 12 years ago by a group of men and women that wanted to foster Catholic community, but Marquette was not offering an opportunity for juniors and seniors offcampus to do such a thing,” says Trevor Gundlach, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences who has lived in the men’s house for two years. “Of course, there were fraternities and sororities, but there wasn’t this solid sense of community for people who desired a strong Catholic identity.” The official names of these two houses honor St. Margaret Mary and her spiritual director, St. Claude de la Colum-
biere, but are more commonly known among student as “the Catholic houses” or the Catholic living communities. “Our lack of a strict title kind of shows the informal and relaxed feel of the community,” said Gundlach, “A really neat thing is that it’s student-run and disconnected from anything campus ministry or anything run by Marquette. We simply rent from a landlord like any other group or house of friends, but we have this deep set community.” The men and women living in each house wake up every morning at 7 a.m. to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, a daily prayer for many priests, nuns and lay people. They also have a weekly house dinner with each other and join together every Friday morning to pray a rosary. In conjunction with their prayer and welcoming Catholic identity, the students living in these houses invite other students over to bake pretzels, brew beer or just to play video games such as Super Smash Brothers. “We try not only to foster a really solid Catholic identity, but also recognize that we’re real college students, and we can’t distance ourselves,” Gundlach says. “We aim to set this atmosphere for faithful conversation, but at the same time, we’re just going to hang out and spend time together in a community. I guess we’re just trying to be very realistic.” He explains that when he developed an interest in living with the group his junior and senior years, the men of the
house were welcoming and invited him to pray and share a meal so he could experience their daily life. Because the group of people living in the houses changes every two years, the identity of the community develops based on who is in the house. Obviously, they always maintain their Christcentered foundations, but the ways in which they choose to create this Catholic atmosphere within the larger community varies. “I’m really excited for the community as it continues to grow and develop,” Gundlach says. “I know the men living there next year are a really energetic and lively bunch looking to build this Catholic identity on campus.” Through campus involvement and word of mouth, the students have welcomed anywhere from 20 to 200 students into their living rooms for mass with the Jesuits, concerts, DJ parties, and other themed gatherings. They nurture this community and then they invite other students to come and pray with them and ask them to spread the word to their friends. “Different from this distanced Catholic identity that oftentimes college students view it as, what we want to foster is a realistic view of ‘How can I break bread with you? How can I drink beer with you? How can I have a normal and faithful conversation with you?’,” Gundlach says. The Marquette Journal | April 2014 23
Secret Life of
Story by Cassandra Kidd
Let’s be real, arguably one of the best parts of being a student is the discounts you can get. There are plenty of places to get them, but you may not know of them all. Here’s a list of some of the best clothing and entertainment venues in the Milwaukee area where you can get these fabulous perks with or without the Student Advantage card in addition to your Marquette ID.
With Student Advantage
Need to get home for a weekend? Whether you’re taking the train to Chicago or New York or Lincoln, Neb., Student Advantage card holders receive a 15 percent discount on rail fares. The discount does not apply to buses. There is no limit to how often you can use this discount, but there is also no added rewards program for frequent riders. An example trip would be spring break in Chicago. Roundtrip from Milwaukee to Chicago would normally cost around $48.00, but with the Student Advantage discount, you can enjoy $7.20 off that price. Yippee? Hey, that $7 could easily buy you lunch before your departure or upon arrival. Once you’re no longer a student, you’re back to paying nearly $50 round trip instead of $40, so enjoy it while you can. Added bonus: if it’s your first time riding Amtrak and using the Student Advantage, you save $30.
One of the country’s leading athletic merchandise chains just happens to love students! Considering they carry merchandise for schools like Marquette, this makes a good deal of sense. The deal with the Student Advantage card on your Marquette ID is an offer of $10 off purchases of $50 or more at Champs Sports. It’s hard to argue with a deal like that when other retail stores with student discounts, like True Religion Jeans, require you to spend $200. As a student, it’s pretty rare that you will drop that much cash on jeans, but hey, if you’re interested, the deal for students there is 10 percent off, so about $20. Champs Sports offers a reasonable discount for college kids, so the next time you’re in the market for a new jersey or hoodie, check them out! There’s one in Mayfair Mall.
There are a lot of perks to being a student. From the knowledge you gain to the contacts you acquire and the discounts that make your closet fuller without making your wallet lighter. Everybody loves students, and this list is not exhaustive. Go out and find the stores and venues that reward you for going to school!
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Without Student Advantage
When’s the last time you got a history lesson outside of the classroom? The Milwaukee Public Museum is a very well-liked museum according to reviews on sites ranging from TripAdvisor to Google+. The museum offers student discounts every day on packages, for example, general admission plus admission to Body Worlds: The Cycle of Life and a ticket for a show in the planetarium (they’re playing “Penguins” right now) for $28, as opposed to the standard adult rate of $31. The discount is typically $3 off admission across packages. If you’re really savvy, you’ll go to MPM on the first Thursday of the month, Thank You Thursday for Milwaukee County residents, for free general admission and just pay the extra $10 to see Body Worlds if you want to. Yes, as students at Marquette that means you are Milwaukee County residents and Thank You Thursday does apply to you!
Movies are a luxury expenditure to college students. Between books, feeding yourself, basketball games and bar hopping, the budget isn’t there for seeing a movie in the theater when you can wait six months for it to hit Netflix. Marcus Theaters understands this issue, but they still feel like there is an experience to be had at their cinemas. That is why Marcus offers $5 Tuesdays to the general public and $5 Student Thursdays. These discounts apply to every movie at every time of day. You don’t need to cut class to catch the matinee price, and you don’t have to see the romantic comedy that got horrible reviews and is on its way out of theaters within the week. Besides, you’ll have plenty of spare cash for the bar after paying five bucks to see “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” with your friends.
Discounts can range across these various stores, but here is a list of retailers that provide a student discount from 10-20 percent: Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Loft, Urban Outfitters, J. Crew, Charlotte Russe, Rugby (Ralph Lauren), Banana Republic and The Limited. Most of these stores can be found in one of the three malls in the Milwaukee area: Mayfair, Brookfield Square and Bayshore. Granted, most of these stores are a bit pricey to begin with, but a 15 percent discount on regular priced items at J. Crew could be just what you need to complete that perfect look. Charlotte Russe and Urban Outfitters offer 10 percent discounts on every purchase, regardless of whether it’s regular or clearance merchandise. These retailers are perfect places for college students to go and finish out their interview outfit or find a fun, trendy top to wear out on the town. Disclaimer: It is always wise to check with the individual stores to ensure that they participate in giving student discounts as they are all “subject to change.”
Commercials and other advertisements show everyone that flights and hotels can be affordable, you know, if you have a decent paying job. For college students making less-than-awesome money, there is STA Travel. The site offers an online Travel Expert for students to help them plan and find the best priced trip for their next vacation. The site provides flight prices, as well as deals on hotels or hostels and transportation in the area. For example, the site was offering rates of only $486 flights from Chicago to Cancun, at the same time sites like Expedia were offering flights from Milwaukee to Cancun for more than $600. The site is not a miracle worker, but for students the site can be a useful tool in finding their next vacation spot.
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RATE Story by Kyerstin Hill//Photo courtesy of Notre Dame
We’ve all been there. Struggling to mesh textbook material with lectures from our professors and somehow reach a middle ground in order to understand the main concept of the course. It has proved to be an extremely challenging task, but some Marquette professors have figured out a solution: writing their own textbooks.
Professor of theology Father John D. Laurance, S.J., is one of many Marquette professors to write and use his own book, “The Sacrament of the Eucharist” in his undergraduate classes. Father Laurance had the book published in 2012 because of the lack of available studies in the English-speaking world on the sacrament of the Eucharist. In order to write the book, Father Laurance became familiar with the history of the origins, the development of the sacrament, and the contemporary theological literature on the subject. In addition to familiarizing himself with the many different aspects of the sacrament, he then wove the information into a background theology to provide the needed theological vision to do a thorough and effective analysis on the sacrament. Father Laurance believes his book has a distinct advantage over other textbooks in his classroom because as the author, he is the best person to fully explain the book’s content. He also explains that his book is unique and there are no texts similar to it. He says, “If one wants to develop an awareness of how the contemporary Catholic Roman Rite of the Eucharist communicates the faith, I know of no comparable book available today.”
Rev. John D. Laurance, S.J., Ph. D.
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Nieman Professor of Journalism, Bonnie Brennen, has also written a textbook that she uses in her journalism classes. Professor Brennen wrote “Qualitative Research Methods for Media Studies,” and uses the text in her Research Methods courses in the Diederich College of Communication. When asked about her reasoning for writing the book, she says, “I’ve taught qualitative research methods for many years and my students have always struggled with the readings. They found most of the books and articles dealing with qualitative methodologies to be difficult to understand.”
After sending the proposal to her editor at Routledge Publishing, it was reviewed by six scholars from a variety of fields. She took each chapter at a time and integrated previous research on each method by incorporating definitions and explanations with current examples, emphasizing many examples from popular culture to effectively illustrate key concepts. After working for a year and a half, the book was published with a cover designed by her daughter. “My book is much more accessible for students. It assumes that the reader has no background in qualitative methods and helps them to understand each of the methods and the philosophical and theoretical foundations for qualitative methods,” says Brennan. James Scotton, a fellow journalism instructor, uses his text, “The World News Prism: Challenges of Digital Communication,” which he coauthored with William A. Hachten from UW-Madison. Other texts he has used in his classes have proved to be outdated, out of print, or too specialized for his course. After 2-3 years of extensive research, including overseas research trips, his book is the most up-to-date material on international communication. Studies on international communication are constantly changing and he is currently at work on a 9th edition with four other contributors. Bonnie S. Brennen’s textbook, “Qualitative Research Methods for Media Studies”
Dr. D. Stephen Long, professor of theology, wrote “Christian Ethics: A Very Short Introduction,” after being asked by the Oxford Press to write an introduction for an undergraduate audience. When asked about his books compared to others, he says, “It is why it is important to read reviews of books. One of the tasks of being a scholar is to review other books and present your argument before your peers for evaluation…A teacher does have to be careful using her or his own text, especially in a humanities course like theology. You already have a captive audience in the classroom and while every classroom should be, as Marquette’s mission statement states, a search for truth, no single book possesses a monopoly on truth.” Dr. Long also believes in using other texts in addition to his own book in an effort to exemplify an important element in Marquette’s mission. “I also use other texts in order to establish a conversation and even disputation about the themes addressed. Marquette is a strong research university with many faculty members who not only teach, but also research. I think students should know this aspect of the professorial vocation, and I hope they are reassured that we not only read texts by professors from other institutions but from our own as well,” says Long.
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You Can’t Resist Story by Maitri Majithia//Photos by Valeria Cardenas
Common misconceptions about resistance training
ne glance into the gym and you’ll see half of the people on one side, sweating away on the cardio machines and the other half on the other side, grunting and lifting heavy weights. There’s a definite imbalance when one exercise is done without the other. There are several different conclusions men and women form on resistance training, and many beliefs about weightlifting are not grounded in scientific fact. Weightlifting is extremely beneficial for both men and women, and it is important to separate fact from myth to ensure a healthy lifestyle. One common misconception is that resistance training will make women big and bulky. Think again. It is almost impossible for this to happen. According to the National Strength and Conditioning Association, free flowing testosterone is needed to see a significant increase in muscle mass, and women have about 15 to 20% lower levels than men.This testosterone is what makes it easier for men to become buff, not the weightlifting itself. Dr. Christopher Simenz, professor of kinesiology and biomechanics here at Marquette, emphasizes this concept: “In order to elicit real gains in muscle hypertrophy in women, training levels need to be huge, much more than a typical training regimen.” Women can benefit from resistance training as much as men without seeing a significant increase in the size of their body. Women who spend most of their time at the gym on the elliptical or the treadmill need to understand that cardio alone will not build the lean muscle that is desired. Resistance exercises provide that “toned” look they’re striving for. “For wellness, both cardiovascular and resistance exercises are necessary. One without the other is creating an unbalanced system. Both are incredibly beneficial,” says Simenz. Resistance training is not only essential for becoming toned and strength-
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ening one’s muscles, but it also helps looked in terms of muscle conditioning. This happens mainly because of the build strong bones and increases resting aesthetic look and men thinking about metabolic rate. Muscle weighs more than fat, and if one is building lean body building that “spring break bod.” Simenz adds, “A lot of young men are mass, his or her body will burn more calories sitting around because muscle wrongheaded – they should be thinking about functional strength is more active than fat. “ I would say 70 instead of just body build“Essentially, you can ing.” Functional strength be watching TV and percent of the training the body eating potato chips, but people I see in the means your muscles can help to become strong for every weight area have day exercises, to reduce you burn calories at the same time,” says Dr. bad form. Bad form risk of injury or bonedegenerative diseases in Kristof Kipp, professor causes injuries.” the future. of strength and condiKate Hasse, a CPT and personal traintioning. ing supervisor at the Rec, says, “HonestThe problem with many exercisers is ly, the biggest mistake men and women the muscles they intend to bulk up. The main weight-lifting exercise men tend to make at the gym is bad form. Based off personal opinion, I would say 70 do is the bench press. The bench press percent of the people I see in the weight is a great exercise because it works area have bad form. Bad form causes intriceps, pectorals and deltoids. Unfortujuries.” For safety and body mechanics, nately, focusing primarily on the bench proper form is essential. Pushing too press leads to muscle imbalance. Areas much weight unsafely can be detrimensuch as the upper back and rotator cuff tal to one’s health. muscles in the shoulders are often over-
Progression is key to every exercise. “Generally, college students overtrain. Doing multi-joint exercises two to three times a week is usually enough to start building muscle,” says Kipp. Many athletes or students that want to gain muscle take supplements, such as protein powder, to enhance their muscle growth. This is another cloudy area for students regarding resistance training. Protein supplements are definitely beneficial, but they only help with a very small percentage of building muscle, as opposed to eating right and getting enough sleep. These factors play a large role in building up strength. Minimizing external stress and keeping a positive energy balance is important. This means ingesting more calories than expending. It is essential to eat around 45 minutes to an hour after your workout so your body can better uptake the nutrients. “Chocolate milk is a great snack after your workout because it provides your body carbs, and because it is in liquid form, your body can absorb it really use these movements everyday whether well,” says Kipp. we realize it or not,” says Rec Center When thinking about exercise selectrainer Michael Branda. tion, keep in mind realistic goals and “I really think that your mind does 99 time limits. If a person were to try to percent of the job,” says Karishma Patel, isolate all of the muscles in their body, junior in the Klinger College of Arts it would take the entire day to complete & Sciences. “Whenever I lift, I remind all the exercises. Inmyself that my goal stead of doing singleis to be toned and fit, Workout during finals joint exercises that not skinny; because only work one muscle, there’s nothing flatterat the Rec Center focus on exercises that ing about being skinny. M-F 9 a.m.-8 p.m. work multiple areas at And as far as it goes Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. one time. For example, for getting ‘too bulky,’ instead of doing bicep I think it’s important curls, try doing lateral to note the amount of pull-downs, which work the back, biceps weight that you’re lifting. You won’t get and shoulders all at once. For the lower bulky if you’re using smaller weights body, any complex triple extension exer- and doing 2-3 reps. When paired with cises like squats, dead-lifts, step-ups or cardio and a healthy diet, it’ll help shed lunges will work your glutes, quads and fat and build muscle.” calves at the same time. If you’re not quite sure where to “The squat and dead-lift are very func- begin, the Rec Center and the Rec Plex tional movements that people use every have fitness assessment centers that can day. From bending down to pick up a help determine where you should start book, to standing up from a chair, we your training. They also offer personal
training sessions at both centers with certified personal trainers. “They are able to fit any person’s needs and goals, whether that be strength, power, endurance or hypertrophy. Most people just don’t know the difference and a personal trainer is a great guide to achieving your optimal fitness level,” says Hasse. Personal training sessions are $12 an hour for students, and 30-minute consultation sessions are free if you decide to meet with a trainer. “Most students come to me wanting to learn how to resistance train or wanting to lose weight/tone up,” Branda says. “I want to expose them to new exercises, but at the same time, just because they’re working out, doesn’t mean that they have to dread it,” Branda says. Regardless of whether you are male or female, resistance training is something that every college student should do. Done properly and safely, exercising regularly can ensure a healthy lifestyle that sticks with you long after college.
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Become a Better
Runner Story by Katie Cutinello
It’s almost summer, which means it’s time to pull the bikinis, shorts and halter tops out of storage — a scary thought, we know. Having just experienced Milwaukee’s 10th coldest winter on record, the thought of running outside seems daunting and almost foreign. But we all know a treadmill workout doesn’t provide the same, firm backside as a long, hilly run to Lake Michigan. While you’re adjusting to the warm weather, make sure to stick to these running tips to get the most out of your workout:
Make sure the shoe fits
If you’re planning on trekking major miles, invest in a decent pair of running shoes. Avoid athletic wear giants and venture to a local, independent running store, such as Rogan’s Shoes in Greenfield, to talk to a professional about your stride. They’ll be able to provide you with the right shoe for your unique running style, which will result in longer runs and fewer injuries.
Track time, not miles
It’s completely normal to have “off” days when the very last thing you feel like doing is tying up your laces. To become a better runner, you don’t have to increase your mileage every time. In fact, you’ll burn off more fat by running the same, comfortable distance but at higher intensities.
Find a buddy
Recruit a friend to jog with you once or twice a week. Or better yet, start a running group. By doing this, you won’t feel as though your exercise routine is taking away from your social life. Plus, you’ll be more likely to stick to your running schedule if other people are depending on you.
Running doesn’t come naturally to everyone, so if you’re a beginner, make sure to take it easy the first few weeks. Start at a 10-minute mile pace and work your way down from there. If you’re training for a race, make sure to do so responsibly by sticking to a schedule that includes at least two days of rest. Remember the story of “The Tortoise and the Hare”? In case you forgot, the tortoise wins the race.
It seems simple enough, but not thinking about running while you’re drenched in sweat, gasping for air, can be quite challenging. Put your ear buds in and let your mind wander to wherever it is you feel peace. Make a solid playlist and run until the very last song is over. Avoid telling yourself your legs are sore or that you need to stop. Just keep going and push yourself to the finish line.
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Story by Lauren Papucci // Photo by Matt Serafin
Analyn Kusper Age: 21 College: Communication Campus life: Pi Beta Phi, National Residence Hall Honorary, Student Conduct Board member
College can be intimidating, nerve-racking and exciting all at the same time. You don’t know where you will fit in, if you will like your classes, or if you can handle living on your own. Then all of a sudden you blink your eyes and you are a senior about to graduate. You realize that college is like a second home and that you never want to leave the comfort of it. This is exactly what Analyn Kusper, a senior in the College of Communication, has experienced during her time in college. Known to most of her friends as “Annie,” Kusper has really grown up during her time at Marquette. Starting as a shy and timid freshman, she later completely immersed herself in college. She lived in Mashuda Hall with her best friend from high school and her cousin who lived next door. She wanted to get more involved her second semester, so she decided to go through sorority recruitment and applied to be a Resident Assistant. Kusper has participated in a lot of activities throughout her college career. One of the main things that Kusper is involved in on campus is being a Resident Assistant in Schroeder Hall. During her freshman year, Kusper never thought of being a RA. She still finds her reason for not wanting to be one comical. “My freshman year I told myself that I could never be an RA because my handwriting is terrible,” Kusper says. “So making posters is my least favorite thing to do.” Kusper has been an RA in Schroeder for three years. With the job comes being a resource, a mediator and a policy enforcer for 30-40 residents. Kusper is so thankful that she has had the opportunity to work
with three amazing sets of staff and three amazing resident groups. Throughout her experience she has learned a lot. “Being an RA has taught me that everyone has a different leadership style, residents tend to show up to programs when food is involved, and I have developed the ability to handle situations and make decisions on my own under pressure,” Kusper says. The position has taught Kusper how to manage her time. Time management has been very helpful, as she has been involved with so much on campus. She is a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, in the National Residence Hall Honorary, a student conduct board member on the Resident Assistant Selection Committee, and an intern at two separate organizations. She is a public relations intern for St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend, and a marketing assistant for the Center for Life Transitions. She knows that she will most likely continue the Center for Life Transitions internship, because it is easily accessible and based online. Kusper plans to continue the internship at the hospital until she can find a full-time job. If Kusper isn’t running from job to job, she is hanging out in the duty room at Schroeder. She loves to play board games, listen to country music, obsess over her dog and watch the television show “Scandal.” Kusper knows she has grown up since her freshman year. She studied abroad for a semester in Berlin and fell in love with the city. She feels as though her Marquette experience has made her a more confident person and a more well-rounded person. “I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I
didn’t have the people around me that I did in college, with everyone from my supervisors to my sisters, to my friends, to my residents; they have made me who I am. The Marquette slogan ‘We are Marquette’ really holds true, and it is the people of Marquette who have changed me,” Kusper says. Right now, Kusper is focused on finishing her senior year strong and having the best time doing it. She has recently begun the process to apply for full-time positions in either a public relations or organizational communication setting. She plans on staying in the Midwest, preferably in Chicago or Milwaukee. After experiencing all of the ups and downs of college, Kusper’s main lesson that she learned is that finding a place in college is not that hard. “I learned to be myself because you always find somewhere to fit in,” Kusper says. Kusper is also a big fan of motivational quotes. She loves to read them and post them on social media. One of her favorite quotes by Christopher Robin in “Pooh’s Grand Adventure” says, “Promise me you will always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter that you think.” Although some seniors have anxiety about graduating in May, Kusper is ready to take her next steps. “I feel prepared to cross the stage in May and walk into the real world and succeed,” Kusper said. Kusper doesn’t know where her life will take her three years down the line, but she does know one thing: “I hope to be doing something that I love.” The Marquette Journal | April 2014 31
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