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Search team narrows list for 24th MU president By Benjamin Lockwood
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The men’s club hockey team, which has attracted more than 500 students in past games, plays at Ponds at Brookfield, an ice rink 20 minutes west of campus. Attendance dropped as busing services were discontinued last semester following an incident on the bus involving illegal substances.
Club hockey attendance slips after student busing suspended Shuttle service ended after students charged with drug use on bus By Andrew Dawson
Attendance at club hockey games took a dive after bus services to the games were discontinued following an incident
last semester involving illegal substances. Scott Anderegg, assistant director of recreational sports, said the decision to stop the buses came from the bus company, Lamers Bus Lines Inc., since the club cannot control behavior on the buses. “The club won’t offer a fan bus this semester due to the club not being able to properly supervise the students on the bus, which was evident by the
incidents this fall,” Anderegg said in an email. The incident occurred after a game against Iowa, Oct. 25, when a bus driver suspected the use of illegal substances on one of the three buses operating that night. All three buses pulled into the Brookfield Mall parking lot and the bus driver contacted the Milwaukee Police. MPD searched all three buses and found an illegal substance and smoking device on one of
the buses. Students were questioned, resulting in one student being issued a ticket at the scene, but more students were charged with violations later. These students then proceeded through the student conduct procedures at Marquette. Average attendance for club hockey games is typically between 300 and 400 and some games drew a crowd as large as See Bus, Page 4
Greek groups apply to add MU chapters Sororities see 45 percent increase in enrollment since ‘11 By Joe Kvartunas
Twelve national sororities and 14 national fraternities submitted applications to bring an organization to campus, following October decisions to open Marquette for Greek life expansion and extension. “It is clear that Marquette is a place where
organizations want to be,” said Corey Lansing, assistant dean for student involvement. Last Friday was the deadline for the national organizations to apply for establishing a chapter at Marquette. The university is not yet releasing which groups specifically applied. Both Marquette Interfraternity Council and Marquette Panhellenic Association will form committees to review the applications and narrow them down to a list of three, which will be voted on for approval. The Marquette Panhellenic Association voted to open for extension Oct. 2. Panhellenic
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The Presidential Search Committee met twice during winter break, identifying candidates out of a pool of more than 1,000 names. Brian Dorrington, senior director of university communication, said the search committee plans to bring its recommendations for the new president to the Board of Trustees in the spring. After the Board of Trustees is given the recommendations by the search committee, it will then appoint the next university president. Dorrington said this timescale is on track with the August 2014 deadline for having a new president. The committee is working with the national executive search firm, Witt/Kieffer, to “identify the best candidates – Jesuit or layperson – and actively recruit these individuals,” Dorrington said in an email. In early December, John Ferraro, chair of the presidential search committee and a member of the Board of Trustees, said this part of the search process is important to finding the new president. “This period is a critical period for people to nominate,” he said in an interview with the Tribune. “The next step, then, will be to filter that and get a pool of the top prospects and that will get vetting . . . and we will go from there to create a list of the finalist.” Ferraro also commented on interim University President the Rev. Robert A. Wild’s temporary tenure. “Father Wild has been doing a fantastic job in the interim president,” Ferraro said. One major decision Wild made in his interim presidency was to switch Marquette over to a “strong provost” model, from a shared governance model that he introduced in 2007. A strong provost structure places the provost as the chief academic officer and the second-ranking member of university administration. “I am very impressed with what he is doing. He is also being very mindful in not making decisions that the next president will have to inherit – so not long-term decisions.”
opted for extension in an effort to accommodate rising sorority participation. The average number of women in each chapter on campus grew from 65 in 2011 to 94 this past semester. Panhellenic also expects very high participation in formal recruitment, which begins next week. Last Summer Panhellenic formed an extension exploratory committee that reviewed the rising participation in sororities on campus and recommended extension. IFC is approaching expansion after a three-person interest group approached the organization about bringing a new
fraternity to campus. Jason Kurtyka and Thomas Schick, both juniors in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Matthew Walker, a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences, first raised the issue with IFC in spring of 2013. In the fall, members of the interest group spoke about potentially bringing something that would have a lasting effect on the Marquette community as a reason for wanting to bring a new organization to campus. On Oct. 23 IFC voted to open for expansion, after a
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Southwest flight 8506 landed by mistake Sunday at Taney County airport in Missouri instead of its intended destination, the nearby Banson airport.
MKE County officer Pilots nearly fly off accused of rape cliff at wrong airport
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s office recommended a male correctional officer be charged with rape after allegedly having sex with an inmate, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Sunday. The 26-year-old officer was arrested last week and placed in the Waukesha County jail to avoid being jailed by his coworkers, although the Journal Sentinel reported he is not being held in custody. His name was not released. On top of a second-degree sexual assault, the sheriff’s office is recommending an obstruction and misconduct in public office. The case has been handed off to the district attorney, which expects to make a decision by the end of the week, WTMJ reported. Fran McLaughlin, spokeswoman for Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clark Jr., told the Journal Sentinel the officer resigned from his job as a result of the incident.
Two Southwest Airlines pilots are suspended by the company after they accidentally landed at the wrong airport Sunday, CNN reported. The Boeing 737-700 mistakenly landed at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport in Taney County, Mo. seven miles away from its intended destination, Branson Airport. Clark’s 3,738-foot-long runway is roughly half of Branson’s 7,140-foot runway forcing the pilots to abruptly brake upon landing in order to prevent the plane from falling off a cliff and onto I-65. The airport is usually used by small charter planes and is not designed to handle a 737. Southwest offered a refund and a $200 travel voucher to the 124 passengers who were stranded on the tarmac for two hours while stairs were brought over from Branson to allow them to disembark. On Monday, the 737 took off without incident and is expected to return to service after refueling.
DPS Reports Jan. 6 At 9:40 a.m. two people not affiliated with Marquette acted in a disorderly manner in a business in the 1600 block of W. Wells St. MPD was contacted. No citations were issued. Jan. 7 Between 5:10 p.m. and 6 p.m., an employee reported that unknown person(s) removed unsecured, unattended university property estimated at $2,000 from the Al McGuire Center. Three students also reported that their unsecured, un attended property estimated at $3,455 was removed. MPD was contacted.
Jan. 11 At 6:54 p.m. a student was in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia in O’Donnell Hall and was taken into custody by MPD. The student was cited and released. At 6:56 p.m. a student was in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia in Schroeder Hall and was taken into custody by MPD. The student was cited and released.
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Gov. Christie relief use investigated
Federal officials launched an investigation into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to determine whether or not the Republican lawmaker used relief aid for Superstorm Sandy improperly. Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey told CNN Sunday that federal investigators are looking into the state’s appropriation of $25 million relief funds for a marketing campaign aimed to promote tourism at the Jersey Shore. Officials will specifically look into the bidding process for the “Stronger Than The Storm” marketing plan, which cost the state $4.7 million and stars Christie and his family in the advertisements. The alternative marketing proposal, which lost the bid, only cost $2.5 million and did not star the Christie family. The announcement of this audit comes shortly after Christie dismissed two political advisers for their involvement in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal last week.
ACA enrollment increases in Wis.
A total of 40,752 Wisconsin residents selected a health insurance plan through the new federal marketplace as of Dec. 28, according to a new report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is an increase of more than 35,000 in a month, as only 5,303 people in the state were enrolled at the end of November. Nationally, enrollment increased from 137,000 to 1.2 million. Of the Wisconsinites who enrolled, 45 percent are between 55-64 years old, while just 19 percent are aged 18-34, which is below the national average. Thus far, the Silver Plan is the most popular “Metal Level” plan in both Wisconsin and nationally, with 69 percent of Wisconsinites purchasing it, compared to 60 percent nationally. Additionally, 88 percent of those enrolled in Wisconsin did so with financial assistance to 79 percent nationally.
Events Calendar JANUARY 2014
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Tuesday 14 John McGivern, The Northern Lights Theatre, 3 p.m.
“End of the Rainbow,” Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday 15 Betty Who, Pabst Theatre, 7 p.m. “Learner’s Permit” by World’s Stage Theatre, The Underground Collaborative, 7:30 p.m. Bucks vs. Grizzlies, Bradley Center, 7 p.m.
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Gesu scaffolding removed, more renovations ahead Expert completes safety review for Gesu following incident By Natalie Wickman
The Church of the Gesu’s scaffolding was taken down over winter break while plans for the church’s 2014 construction procedures are being finalized. Despite previous plans to perform construction on the parish’s interior, John O’Brien, executive director of operations for Gesu, said those plans are cancelled at this point in time. “While we have yet to complete our specific plans for 2014, I feel it is likely there will be more work to complete in 2014,” O’Brien said in a December email. O’Brien told the Tribune in September there were plans to put scaffolding back up on the sides and in the rear of Gesu starting in late spring 2014. The church is in the midst of a repair and restoration effort that is taking multiple years to complete. Andrew Brodzeller, associate director of university communication, said Marquette
is not providing any funding for construction. Rather, the funds are coming from parish fundraising and capital reserves. Approximately $1.5 million was spent on Gesu construction in 2013. Construction on Gesu paused to complete a safety assessment following a December incident where a piece of construction metal fell from the scaffolding and almost struck two students. After the metal piece fell, a construction worker retrieved it without making conversation with the surrounding bystanders. The two students said they believed if they had been walking slightly faster, the 2 feet by 2 feet L-shaped metal piece could have struck and seriously injured them. O’ Brien said the church was in contact with an independent safety expert in response to the incident. “The investigation was completed before resuming activity on the project,” O’Brien said. “Expanded protection was put in place and the work completed.” The construction process experienced delays due to tuck pointing, which is the remortaring of joints between two structural elements, a process that is difficult when working with the variety of materials that make up Gesu.
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The Church of the Gesu removed the scaffolding that covered its eastern tower during winter break.
What’s the deal with Marquette’s university seal? By Erin Heffernan
Marquette’s official seal is everywhere on campus. It is painted on ceilings, built into floors and hangs off street lamps. You can see it on every diploma and get it engraved on a $700 class ring. Yet most people who see the image everyday never realize the history, symbolism and, yes, even controversy the seal represents. The original design was adapted from a university button in 1907 by the Rev. Francis J. Kemphues, according to Marquette’s website. And though slight alterations have been made over the years, the design remains largely the same. The border includes the university’s name and founding year, 1881. The blue and gold edge is Marquette’s school colors, which are derived from the French field flag used during in the 1600’s in honor of the university’s namesake the Rev. Jacques Marquette,
a 17th-century French Jesuit missionary and explorer. The less contentious of the two inner sections, the top half, is a nod to the university’s Jesuit roots with symbols taken from the family crest of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. The university’s motto, Numen Flumenque, meaning God and the River, circle the crest. Father Marquette is depicted in the 1869 painting by Wilhelm Lamprecht. The work was adapted into Marquette’s present seal. Father Marquette is depicted in the 1869 painting by Wilhelm Lamprecht. The work was adapted into Marquette’s present seal.
While St. Ignatius’ crest is a common feature on Jesuit university logos, the bottom half of the seal is unique to Marquette – but also more contentious. Here, Father Marquette and a Native American guide are pictured in a 1673 exploration of the Mississippi River. The image is taken from an 1869 Wilhelm Lamprecht painting, “Father Marquette and the Indians,” gifted to the university soon after its founding. The Lamprecht painting can be seen on the second floor of the Raynor Memorial Libraries. According to a paper by university archivist Mark Thiel, scholars identified the native voyagers in the original painting as Metis, or men of mixed French and Native American ancestry who helped guide Marquette in present-day Wisconsin along with villages of Mascoutin or Illinois and Miami Native Americans. The seal comes under criticism, however, as some members of the Marquette community argue the full painting differs significantly from the cropped version on the seal, resulting in an image that communicates dominance for Father Marquette over the Native American figure. “The painting depicts Father Marquette essentially asking directions from a standing Native American,” Tol Foster, a professor in the English department who specializes in American Indian studies, said in an email. “The standing Native American is cut out of the seal, such that instead of asking for directions, Pere Marquette seems to be telling the Indian steering his canoe
This 1869 painting by Wilhelm Lamprecht can be seen in the second floor of Raynor Memorial Library. It was adapted into the univeristy seal.
where to go, which is amusing if you consider that the person least likely to know directions in this strange new land would have been the explorer himself.” Foster uses the seal in his classes to explore Native American representation. Similarly, Jodi Melamed, an associate professor of English and Africana Studies, incorporates the image into Marquette courses she teaches to focus on race and ethnic studies. “Where Father Marquette is active and commanding, the Native figure appears passive and subservient,” Melamed said. “It’s the classic colonialist and white supremacist division of humanity being represented: the white Jesuit provides the direction, he’s the brains of the outfit, the Native person provides the labor and follows the white person’s lead.” Others perceive the university’s depiction of Native Americans differently. Jacqueline Schram, faculty advisor of Marquette’s Native American Student Association, sees the image as an
inspiration of reflection and hope that Marquette can work to improve its focus on Native American issues and students. “For me, the Native American in our seal serves as both a source of pride and compass,” Schram said in an email. “The decision to indelibly etch the historic relationship between the First Peoples of Wisconsin and Father Marquette pays homage to the interdependency and inspires a sense of hope that this can be once again.”and inspires a sense of hope that this can be once again.”
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Crime, poverty put MKE on list of ‘worst-run’ cities Mayor Tom Barrett voices disagreement with city’s ranking By Matt Kulling
Milwaukee is drawing national attention, but it is for all the wrong reasons. In a recent article written by opinion website 24/7 Wall St., Milwaukee was selected as the 10th worst-run city in America. The criteria for the list includes population and socioeconomic factors such as credit rating, total population, violent crime and unemployment rate. The reason Milwaukee makes the list, according to the website, is because of the city’s problems with poverty and high crime rates. Russell Shaw, interim director for the Department of Public Safety, said despite the city’s violent crime rate of 1,294 per 100,000 people, the Marquette and Milwaukee communities provide extensive benefits to students. “Marquette is fortunate to be located in a city that offers a lot of
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social and professional opportunities for our students,” Shaw said in an email. “No matter where someone works or lives, it is important they be aware of their surroundings and take appropriate precautions to be as safe as possible.” Jen Waters, a sophomore in the College of Business Administration, said she feels safe in the city despite the seemingly high crime rate. “I feel very safe in the city of Milwaukee,” Waters said. “...when I came to Marquette, I wasn’t really surprised by how much ‘safety’ was stressed in the first few weeks of freshman year. I was surprised, however, by the reactions of so many of my peers after we were settled in. So many of my friends would stress the importance of taking a LIMO after dark.” Shaw added that safety is not just the fault of city managers and the mayor. “Community safety is everyone’s responsibility and the safety issues that are present often vary by neighborhood in the same city, which is difficult to demonstrate through statistics,” Shaw said. “I have always been impressed with the professionalism and dedication of the Milwaukee Police
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said in an interview with WTMJ that he does not “think that many people pay attention to (the 24/7 Wall St. list),” adding that he believes the city’s debt is not a cause for concern. The authors concluded by saying cities in the worst-run list have the ability to improve if they focus
on emerging areas. “In some cases, this means facilitating growth of emerging industries that attract skilled, educated and well-paid taxpayers to a region,” they continued. “Seattle, Austin, and Scottsdale, all among the best-ranked cities, have managed to do this well.”
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Department and Milwaukee County Sheriff in all my interactions with staff from either organization.” In addition to the 10th highest violent crime rate, Milwaukee’s 2012 unemployment rate is 10.1 percent, the 27th highest in the country. In a foreword released before the article, the list’s authors recognized that other cities made the list due to factors outside of their control. Many of the cities on the list, including Milwaukee, Cleveland and Detroit, are suffering from an economic downturn, as well as the disappearance of manufacturing jobs they heavily rely on for economic staying power. Another list factor is how well a city manages its finances. This is statistically represented through the credit rating given to the city from Moody’s Investors Service. The authors point out that most of the cities in the “best-run” cities category had a perfect AAA credit rating, while none of the cities in the “worst-run” category have that rating. Milwaukee’s credit rating is Aa2. The authors, while saying the problems in Milwaukee and other “badly run cities” are because of leadership, also said there are solutions to a declining economy and increasing crime rate. “It is the responsibility of city planners to prepare for the worst,” list authors Michael B. Sauter and Thomas C. Frohlich said in the foreword.” Mayors, school boards and city councils all have a role to play in that regard and must work with the resources available to keep budgets balanced.” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett
JANUARY 21 |PANEL DISCUSSION A Dream Deferred: The Legacy of the March on Washington — 50 Years Later — with Dr. Grant Silva, Dr. Heather Hathaway, Dr. Andrew Kahrl, and the Reverend Dr. Bryan Massingale Moderated by Dr.William Welburn, Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
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Bus: Funds allocated by MUSG toward club hockey buses will go unreimbursed
550, said Cassandra Kidd, general manager of the club hockey team. According to attendance figures from GoMarquette.com, this is higher than most varsity spectator sports. Since the termination of the buses, attendance suffered noticeably. Kidd said she saw a decline in attendance and many fans are expressing outrage to the team’s Twitter account in response to the decision to cut the buses. “It already has (affected us),” Kidd said. “The students want to be there. They love being there and I know that a lot of students were very upset. I control our Twitter, and I got a lot of upset tweets that
we weren’t sending buses to the games anymore.” The cost of buses were paid for by funding from Marquette Student Government, and the club hockey team was the most funded of any student organization on campus. Zach Bowman, MUSG vice president, said the funds for the buses will go unreimbursed, and the team will not be subjected to any punishment for the incident. “Buses are what (the club hockey team) have been funded for in the past,” Bowman said. “Those funds will go unreimbursed, but I don’t see this affecting their applications in the future. It’s something
they’ll have to deal with as a team, but we aren’t going to punish them for it.” Ryan Zanon, the club hockey team president and captain, said the team is trying to bring the buses back, and the team hopes that with support from the student body the buses will return. The team has four regular season home games left, with the final game on Feb. 9. “It’s a social gathering that students really enjoyed,” Zanon said. “Whether it was for the game or whether it was to be with each other, but it was a positive thing. But now from 7-10 on a Friday night, they have nothing to do.”
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JANUARY 21 | LECTURE The Forgotten history of the March on Washington Dr. William P. Jones Professor of History at University of Wisconsin
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Expand: 12 sororities, 14 fraternities apply to join Greek life community
previous vote not to expand was deemed a violation of national policy by the National Interfraternity Council. The Interfraternity Council will be made up of Greek system advisers Lansing and Kim Jeffrey, the graduate assistant for student involvement and Greek life; the three interest group members; a representative from each fraternity; three members of the IFC executive board; and a representative from Marquette Student Government. Marquette is not
releasing the names of the students on the committee yet. Former IFC president Eric Eichelberger said the expansion committee would follow the lead of the interest group in terms of what organizations will be chosen to be presented for approval. Kurtyka, speaking on behalf of the interest group, spoke about the qualities that the three interested parties would be looking for when reviewing the applications. “We want to see someone who
comes prepared to work with us,” Kurtyka said. “We want a chapter that is willing to send people out to help us organize this and willing to stay with us. We also want a chapter that engages well with alumni in the area. We really want someone that aligns with Marquette and would fit in well with the IFC.” Neither the IFC or Panhellenic committees met yet, but Kurtyka said he believes they will start meeting next week.
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Marquee’s picks for upcoming spring entertainment By Kevin Ward
From “Catching Fire” taking over movie screens to Miley Cyrus taking over tabloids, 2013 is officially behind us, along with its assorted albums, movies and concerts. While it was a memorable year in the entertainment industry — for better or worse — students can look forward to more exciting local and national pop culture events in 2014. Here are Marquee’s picks for the most-anticipated performances and new releases of the semester.
The hottest concerts call for the hottest stars, and few are hotter than Miley Cyrus. After dominating 2013 with her foam finger, crazy music videos and incessant public twerking, the global superstar will embark on her 2014 Bangerz tour with a stop at the BMO Harris Bradley Center March 9. Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira will accompany Miley, along with her chart-topping hits “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop.” The Miley Cyrus concert is one you won’t want to miss.
One of the hottest groups in electronic dance music and America’s favorite partiers will come to The Rave March 1. Krewella returns to Milwaukee
with the latest music from their album “Get Wet,” released last September. The show will include some of the group’s newest songs and its obvious top hits “Alive” and “Live for the Night.” Accompanied by Pegboard Nerds, thousands of lights and high energy, Krewella will be the concert that blows your mind this spring.
After starting his career in 2010 by making mixtapes and remixes to popular songs like “Call Me Maybe,” indie rapper Huey Mack went from YouTube sensation to one of the most popular unsigned rappers. Mack makes a stop at the The Rave Feb. 13 for his Pretending Perfection tour. He will be performing songs from his latest album, “Pretending Perfection,” and songs from his 2012 album, “A Boy Named Huey.”
Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned
Anita’s life seems to be heading into a positive direction after paying for her little sister’s wedding. Then, pressured by her friends, Anita re-enters the dating game and tries to find
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Get ready for Tyler Perry’s unique humor in this dark comedy on April 6.
love online. The person who she believes to be the man of her dreams suddenly turns into the man of her nightmares as this one-of-a-kind comedy unfolds. Written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry, “Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned” comes to the Milwaukee Theatre for only one night, April 6.
Marquette’s Mainstage Theatre will take on one of the most iconic tragedies of all time. William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy “Hamlet” will be performed at the Helfaer Theatre from April 3 to April 15, as the conclusion of Marquette University’s Mainstage Season. Directed by Maureen Kilmurry, “Hamlet” will be performed by
Marquette thespians who will share a must-see story of revenge, madness and death.
Bring It On
The national “Bring It On” musical tour arrives to Milwaukee for one night only, April 24 at the Milwaukee Theatre. “Bring It On” brings the audience into the world of cheerleading as two schools battle through romance, high school and each other to win the National Cheerleading Championships. This bold comedy is accommodated with an all-star team of Tony Award winning writers, composers and director Andy Blankenbuehler. Based on the 2000 hit movie, “Bring It On” the musical is proving to be a hit with theater and cheer enthusiasts alike.
The Outsiders Eric Church
Singer songwriter and country star sensation Eric Church will release his newest album “The Outsiders” Feb. 11. Eric Church’s fourth studio album released its single, also titled “The Outsider,” in October. Then on Jan. 4, Eric Church surprised fans by releasing another song from the album to country radio called “Give Me Back My Hometown.” With past hits like “Springsteen” and “Love Your Love The Most,” the American Country Music award winning Eric Church is expected to produce more top hits from “The Outsiders.”
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 High Hopes Bruce Springsteen
The Boss is back, releasing his 18th album “High Hopes” Jan. 14. The album will be a first for Springsteen as all of the songs are either cover songs, newly recorded outtakes from past albums or newly recorded songs from previously released albums. His song “High Hopes,” for instance, was originally released on his Blood Brothers album in 1995. This new album is truly a gift for Springsteen fans, leaving them hoping for a global tour in the near future.
The indie rock duo, Aer, will release its self-titled album Jan. 22. After releasing mixtapes in 2010 and 2011, David von Mering and Carter Schultz went on to release their first album, “The Bright Side,” in 2012. Now the boys are back with “Aer,” which will include 12 new songs, including “Spades, Clubs & Diamonds,” which was already released on iTunes.
destroyed apocalyptic world, takes great measures to protect his family from the tragedies ahead. Director Darren Aronofsky, director of the “Black Swan,” will take audiences on the dramatic journey of Noah’s ark March 28. Noah consists of an all-star cast, including Russell Crowe (Noah), Jennifer Connelly (Naameh) and Emma Watson (Ila). This movie of adventure and ambition will be sure to bring the biblical story of Noah’s Ark to life.
300: Rise of an Empire
The biblical Noah, who has visions of a great flood and a
The Greek general Themistokles will fight a war against an invading Persian army under the god Xerxes in the new sequel “300: Rise of an Empire”
March 7. With some returning actors, such as Rodrigo Santoro, from “300” in 2006, “300: Rise of an Empire” looks to be just as gory, violent and epic as the first.
The Monument Men
An unlikely World War II platoon will be in charge of rescuing stolen art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to there rightful owners in theaters Feb. 7. Director George Clooney, who also acts in the movie, brings together an all-star class of Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman. Based on a true story, this World War II movie will be an action-packed must-see.
We know it’s tough coming back to school after such a long and relaxing break. If classes have already got you down, take a listen to these artists who make your most dreaded subjects fun. Science Stuck To You Josh Ritter Whether it’s astronomy or biology, science has boggled and will continue to boggle the minds of college students everywhere until E no longer equals mc squared. Why do the stars shine at night? What makes a non-stick frying pan not sticky? Luckily, Josh Ritter has clarified these and more of the world’s not-so-mysterious mysteries in this adorably geeky tune. Math Pi Kate Bush The concept of a never-ending number is hard enough to understand, so why Kate Bush decided to make a song about it is beyond us. The 6-minute ballad is quirky to say the least, but her hypnotic recitation of pi may just help you remember the numbers for your next math test. English Paperback Writer The Beatles Some college students study English to become professors. Others have hopes of publishing their own work. What better inspiration than a song by The Beatles about an aspiring novelist? Paul, George, Ringo and John may not have been authors, but they certainly grasp the lifestyle - “It’s a thousand pages, give or take a few/ I’ll be writing more in a week or two.” Spanish No Hablo Inglés Bowling For Soup Every language professor agrees that learning a second language is an advantageous skill in today’s job market. Conversing with an international client in his or her native tongue benefits both parties and impresses potential employers. Bowling For Soup would add that knowing a language such as Spanish can get you out of tricky situations.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Scandal draws unnecessary attention to 2016 elections
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Our view: The administration needs to address the resignations to allay fears of university instability. At 3:30 p.m. the Friday of finals week, an email was sent out regarding yet another abrupt change in Marquette’s administration. The email announced the resignation of Larry Williams, vice president and director of athletics, making him the fourth member of the University’s Leadership Council to resign since May 2013. In line with the previous resignations, Williams left to pursue “other leadership opportunities” outside of the university. Former athletic director, Bill Cords, will serve as interim athletic director until a permanent replacement is chosen. Williams, appointed in late 2011 by former University President the Rev. Scott Pilarz, led Marquette’s athletic program to the new Big East conference’s inaugural season. Similar to the sudden departure of Executive Vice President Mary DiStanislao in October, Williams’ resignation came just before a university break. Speculation is circulating about what is really happening among top tier administrators, leaving staff, students and alumni who are concerned about the university’s future assuming something is not right. The loss of more leaders reflects poorly on the institution and leaves the university’s state of affairs up for (mis)interpretation by the public. The possibility of the athletic department suffering in the long run and failing to meet fundraising goals becomes a concern with the resignation of the director, which may prove detrimental to an otherwise stable branch of the university. Rather than addressing the factors behind the resignations, statements from the university are brushing them off as coincidental and of little importance to the institution’s operations. This abdication had its own special news brief, whereas the resignation announcement of DiStanislao was given second billing in
an average semi weekly news brief. By repeatedly releasing such major resignations after the majority of students have already left campus, the university seems to be minimizing the community’s response. The resignations of Marquette leaders in the past year have been dealt with in a misdirected manner, which further propagates arguments for the institution’s instability and aimlessness. There is no current statement from the university regarding the resignations and, as they pile up, speculations continue to predict the worst. The university’s bid for reaffirmation of accreditation and incoming freshmen enrollment rates will likely remain unaffected by the resignations and their misguided handling, but Marquette’s public image remains at risk. There appears to be little effort to maintain stability among administrators, and the effects of this instability have spread throughout the workings of the university, academia and, now, college athletics. With nearly all leadership positions filled by interims, new hires are put on hold and donations could suffer as a result. The university needs to establish what is really going on in the administration rather than trying to brush the resignations off as inconsequential. Although it is normal for administrators hired under a president to leave shortly after his or her departure, the scattered and abrupt resignations are creating a significant leadership imbalance. If resignations are to continue into the spring semester, university leaders needs to be clear on the circumstances — if it is just coincidental they are occurring so often or if there is some outside factor the public is not aware of. The Marquette community wants to know what is going on, and if administrative leaders remain tight-lipped about such events, the university will continue to suffer.
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Nick Biggi In mid-September, George Washington Bridge, located in New Jersey, closed multiple lanes, resulting in horrendous traffic jams. This week it was revealed that the traffic was in fact a ploy to seek political vengeance. Two aides of the polarizing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were caught sending private emails and text messages in an attempt to have multiple lane closures on one of the nation’s busiest bridges. Christie has since stated he had no knowledge of the incident and he would not tolerate it. The bridge happens to be located in Fort Lee, home of Democrat Mayor Mark Sokolich, who failed to endorse Christie in his most recent election. This led to an email being sent by aides saying, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Anyone who has driven from New Jersey to Manhattan is fully aware that getting from point A to point B is likely going to be a mess. The closure was targeted at one man, but the clear neglect is for the citizens who would sometimes be stuck in traffic for upwards of four hours. Many will have their qualms over whether the governor knew of the
incident, but is this really one of the biggest political scandals of the decade? Every time you turn on CNN this week, you are going to get a “breaking news” alert with new information about the Chris Christie scandal. Following, there will be a discussion of whether this affects his presidential chances in 2016. It is becoming hard to tell if this overreaction is simply a media bias toward the Democratic Party, or if there is just nothing else to report on. The referendum of this so-called “scandal” could affect the mind of the American voter due to overexposing Christie as the culprit. The governor is without a doubt the most viable candidate for the Republican Party in the 2016 presidential election. In fact, he leads polling against every hypothetical democrat candidate, including Hillary Clinton. It all stems from our obsession as a country with the electoral process. As soon as an election comes to a close, another is just beginning. Had this scandal centered around a governor who was not a presidential frontrunner, there would not be the same media outrage surrounding one person. On all fronts, the Republican Party is in trouble. In order to regain the White House, they need a candidate who has somewhat moderate social beliefs and a vibrant personality. Therefore, Christie is the ideal candidate. If he did not have knowledge of what was going on with “Bridge-gate,” or more colorfully known as “Toll-gate,” then his only fault was not maintaining control of his staff. Nick Biggi is a sophomore studying advertising. Email Nick at email@example.com with any comments or suggestions.
Marq My Words “As this game is played in our court, we cannot lose. Nuclear enrichment is our right.” -Abbas Araghchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, after a six-month interim agreement was reached Sunday to suspend some Iranian nuclear activities in exchange for about $7 billion in relief from Western economic sanctions Photo by Hans Punz/Associated Press
“We call for this tragedy to be a basis for a renewed and unwavering commitment to a free and unfettered Internet, spared from censorship with equality of access and franchise for all.” -Message posted by the hacker group Anonymous after taking over several websites at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Saturday. The act marked the one-year anniversary of the death of digital rights activist Aaron Swartz and called for a mass protest against NSA surveillance. Photo via wikipedia.org
“Right now, no water is safe. Hot or cold water all starts as cold water that comes from our treatment plant. So, under the do not use, as the governor mentioned, do not use it for anything other than sanitation.” -Jeff McIntyre, president of West Virginia American Water, as hundreds of thousands in West Virginia went a fifth day without clean tap water after 7,500 gallons of coalextraction chemicals spilled into the Elk River Thursday.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Sochi Olympics will raise fervor over LGBT rights
Eric Oliver There is a saying that history repeats itself, and it’s looking a lot like 1968 going into the upcoming Sochi Olympic Games. After winning in the 200m event at the ‘68 summer games, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, African-American athletes, donned black gloves and raised their fists during the U.S. national anthem in a display of what seemed to be black power but was later explained to represent support of all humans’ rights. Their act of
defiance was heard throughout the world. Last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed controversial laws banning all lesbian and gay propaganda. This, along with an increase in violent actions directed at LGBT residents, is shaping Russia and the upcoming Olympics to mimic the controversial ‘68 games. Putin tried to quell tensions by stating he will welcome all athletes despite sexual orientation but the attempts fell on deaf ears. Many countries called for protests of the winter games. The United States reacted by appointing openly gay delegates to represent the country in the Olympic delegation as President Obama will not attend. These appointments have been viewed as retaliation against Putin, who has constantly opposed and critiqued Obama. Rainbow colors are also being incorporated into some athletes’ uniforms with most countries claiming the symbolism is just a coincidence. The most notable rainbow color scheme belongs to the
jackets of Russian volunteers, which is surely just coincidental. Putin set up designated protest zones miles from the main Olympic stadiums. These zones will be protected by Olympic security, but it seems they will unfortunately be the constant target of violence due to escalating feelings of anti-LGBT rights reverberating throughout Russia. I don’t believe countries would really boycott the games, but there are many athletes on record who are pro-LGBT rights. The likelihood that an athlete takes a stand is high, and whatever it is, it will surely go viral thanks to the immediacy of social media. LGBT rights aren’t the only hotbed at the upcoming games. Recent terrorist attacks and an open threat to disrupt the Olympics by Chechen Islamist militant Doku Umarov loom ahead. Putin swears the Olympic security will be ironclad and the Olympic village and venues will have the highest level of security. Unfortunately, despite his
assurances, the United States issued a warning to all of its citizens traveling to Russia. I believe Putin will take every measure to assure the safety of the games, and although Umarov made repeated threats, I think the security of citizens and athletes will remain in tact with cooperation from other nations.For LGBT rights, any act of support during the Olympics is going to explode across social media. The big question is how it will be received. I think anything that happens will be a step toward LGBT acceptance, and in a few years this human rights movement will be viewed similarly as the civil rights movement of the past. History certainly seems to be cyclical. The events of the past are repeating themselves, this time with a different cast of characters. All that’s left to do is wait to see how they play out. Eric Oliver is a senior studying journalism and writing intensive English. Email Eric any comments or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Men hold on to beat Pirates
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Junior guard Todd Mayo’s game-high 19 points helped Marquette get in front early and hang on late against Seton Hall Saturday. Mayo made all nine of his free throw attempts in the game.
Mayo scores 19, J. Wilson 16, as team holds off SHU run By Trey Killian
Marquette held on for a 67-66 win over Seton Hall Saturday led by Todd Mayo’s 19 points and a breakout performance from Jamil Wilson. Wilson’s 12 first-half points, including an explosive putback dunk, got the Golden Eagles rolling to a 40-26 halftime lead, while Mayo’s five key second-half free throws helped Marquette subdue a late Pirates’ rally. The Golden Eagles connected on nine of their 10 second half free throw attempts as a team, as they continue to improve from the charity stripe. “If we can get 18 free throw makes, we’re probably going to have a chance,” coach Buzz Williams said. Williams said he knew that Wilson was “mad at him” over his playing time and elaborated on why he hopes Wilson “stays mad.”
“He’s my boy, and he wants me to be happy with him, and I want him to be better,” Williams said. Mayo agreed with Williams, claiming that Wilson should focus more on “doing what he can do” when on the court. “When Jamil’s not coaching, and he’s been a player, he’s one of the best in the country,” Mayo said. “I know he’s a senior and he wants to help (other players) all the time because of who he is, and he has a good heart, but at the end of the day you have to be a player and just come in and just play.” “Today he wasn’t saying anything, and people thought something was wrong, but I kind of knew what was going to happen.” Mayo added that the Golden Eagles will likely work more on handling the fullcourt press in practice, as the Pirates were one of the first teams to implement it against Marquette this season. “Coach is always talking about the press during practice, and I think from here on out we’ll focus on it a little bit more, because obviously teams are going to start pressing us now,” he said.
While Jake Thomas failed to score a basket, Williams was impressed with his efforts outside the box score, where he drew several key fouls and recorded a huge block on Seton Hall center Patrik Auda. “They have to guard him, so that gives us space, and all teams need space,” Williams said. “He plays perfect to the scouting report. He’s got a lot of coach in him. He’s smart enough not to do that for a profession, but he helps the guys that are on the floor regardless of what his stats are.” While Marquette out-rebounded Seton Hall 35-28, Williams said his team’s turnover rate is still a “little too high” after it surrendered the ball 12 times to the Pirates. Looking at the big picture, however, the Golden Eagles’ win was a big step in the right direction, as it drew them to an even 2-2 in Big East play. “It’s a long season, and sometimes you feel like the only chance that you have to breathe is when you win,” Williams said. “That’s the way we all function, not just Marquette, anybody. So we have to continue to improve and never lose the prerequisite of toughness.”
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Seton Hall kept Davante Gardner in check, holding him to just six points.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Offensive rebounding, efficiency leads to road win Women edge out Xavier behind Plouffe’s 23 points By Jacob Born
With 48 seconds remaining in Saturday’s game against Xavier, junior guard Arlesia Morse caught a pass down the right side of the court, pulled up and drilled a three-pointer. Her shot gave the women’s basketball team a three-point lead against Xavier with 48 seconds left, and Marquette held off the Musketeers for a 73-67 victory. The win was Marquette’s third straight Big East road victory. Marquette (12-3, 3-1) had trouble closing out Xavier, as the team led by as many as 12 points with just over 10 minutes left in the game. The Musketeers chipped away at the lead during the final stretch, with key three-pointers from senior Shatyra Hawkes and sophomore
Jenna Crittendon to eventually tie the game at 65. But when it mattered most, the Marquette defense stood tall. Coach Terri Mitchell told GoMarquette.com the defense may have bent, but it never broke. “We had a big defensive stop at the end,” Mitchell said. “We know it’s very difficult to win on the road and I’m just proud of the effort.” The Golden Eagles found themselves down early in the first half, trailing Xavier 2419 with six minutes left before halftime. But then Marquette went on a tear, closing out the opening frame on a 16-2 run. Senior forward Katherine Plouffe scored five points in the stretch, while Morse added four of her own. Plouffe ended up leading all Marquette scorers with 23 points and fell one rebound short of recording another double-double. Morse chipped in 17 points and shot 88 percent from the field. Sophomore guard Brooklyn Pumroy was Marquette’s other doubledigit scorer, scoring 14 points
while shooting 3-for-4 from behind the arc. Mitchell said Morse has become a staple of Marquette’s offense. “Arlesia Morse continues to be that spark plug off the bench for us,” Mitchell said. “We love how she ignites the team. I thought she made a huge difference.” Overall, Marquette had a solid shooting day. The Golden Eagles shot 67 percent from the field in the first half and finished the day 31-for-55, good for a 56.4 shooting percentage. Marquette also shot four-for-nine from behind the arc for 44 percent. Both of those are above the team’s season average. Rebounding continued to be a strong point for Marquette, as the Golden Eagles outrebounded Xavier 36-22. Ten offensive rebounds helped Marquette get to 38 points in the paint and 26 defensive rebounds kept the Musketeer offense at bay. Mitchell said rebounding allowed the offense to be so successful. “I keep going back to our
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rebounding, which is always going to set the tone,” Mitchell said. “We did a terrific job, 36 to 22, on the boards, and we shot the ball extremely well. We got the ball into the right hands of people at the right time.”
Marquette will welcome St. John’s to the Al McGuire Center Saturday, Jan. 18, the first home game for the Golden Eagles since Dec. 31. Tip-off is at 4 p.m.
Women’s basketball defying preseason expectations with stellar frontcourt play
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Junior guard Arlesia Morse had 17 crucial points in Saturday’s victory.
Patrick Leary Before the start of the 2013-14 season, I challenged Terri Mitchell and her squad to turn things around. In The Golden Eagle edition of the Tribune, the sports staff praised the men’s basketball team for its past success and detailed high expectations and while panning the women’s team for two years of futility and predicted minimal postseason success, if any at all. Two months later, while Buzz Williams’ men struggle to find any sort of identity, Mitchell’s team has emerged as a legitimate title contender in the Big East. How have the Marquette women, who have basically had the same roster for three seasons, turned things around? Their dominating post attack has propelled the Golden Eagles to an impressive 12-3 start with a 3-1 record in the Big East. Senior forward Katherine Plouffe has completed the transformation
from leader-by-default to the steady rock of the team at both ends of the floor. In just 12 games, the Edmonton, Alberta, native is averaging 19.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest. Both of those marks are team-highs. Plouffe scores efficiently too. She makes 52 percent of her field goals and a stellar 80 percent of her free throw attempts. She also leads the team in offensive rebounds with 50 (about four per game), even though she missed three games due to injury. That being said, Marquette’s low post supremacy stems more from its depth at the four and five spots than its star power. Junior forward Apiew Ojulu, redshirt sophomore center Lauren Tibbs and junior center Chelsie Butler combine forces to supplement Plouffe’s steady dominance. Ojulu has been the most effective of the group, starting all 14 contests she has taken part in and averaging 9.4 points (on 52 percent shooting) and 6.0 rebounds per game. Tibbs, who missed most of her freshman season due to a knee injury that earned her a medical redshirt, produces efficiently in limited minutes, scoring 5.1 points and pulling down 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 57.4 percent in just 16
minutes per game. Butler, who has battled nagging injuries this year, is the biggest of the bunch at 6-foot5, and makes the most of her 10 minutes per game. This front court has dictated Marquette’s identity as a post-oriented, power rebounding team. The Golden Eagles average 75.5 points per game without a shooter better than 33 percent from long distance. They still only shoot 40 percent from the field, but make up for that in the offensive rebounding department. They have out rebounded opponents by 115 on the offensive end this season and by 216 overall. Throw in Brooklyn Pumroy’s continued development at the point, and Mitchell’s plan that began with the 2011 recruiting class (Ojulu, Tibbs, Butler, Cristina Bigica and Arlesia Morse) is finally coming to fruition. While the men’s team toils in obscurity, in serious danger of missing the NCAA Tournament, the women have quietly assembled a contender in the Big East and could turn some heads at the national level this March. Patrick Leary is a junior in the College of Communication. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @patrickkleary.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Men struggle, pick up key transfer, women surge
While students rested over winter break, Marquette student athletes received no such luxury. They were instead making headlines you may have missed.
season. The team struggles to score consistently and ranks 206th in points per game in the NCAA and last in the Big East. On the other side of the ball, they are 32nd in the NCAA in points allowed per game and first in the Big East. While these stats somewhat even out, Marquette definitely has not performed as expected so far, especially in Big East play, where they stand at 2-2. One of the few positives was senior forward Davante Gardner scoring a career-high 28 points against DePaul.
Resignation of Larry Williams
Luke Fischer Transfers to MU
Larry Williams announced his resignation as vice president and director of athletics to “pursue other leadership opportunities,” according to a Dec. 13 university news brief. Williams left the position after only two years at the helm. During his time as athletic director, he helped form the new Big East, reached a deal with Fox Sports for men’s basketball and deliberated over 1 6 college programs. No replacement has been named; however, Bill Cords, who served as director from 1987 to 2006, will serve as the interim athletic director. Cords’ most notable accomplishment was ultimately moving Marquette from independent status to the Big East in 2005. No update on the status of the search has been issued.
After leaving Tom Crean’s Indiana team, freshman center Luke Fischer announced on Twitter that he would transfer to Marquette. The 6-foot-11 center played 13 games this season at Indiana averaging 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds. Fischer enrolled at Marquette Monday; however, he will not be eligible to play until December 2014. According to reports, Fischer, a local product from Germantown, chose to leave Indiana to be closer to home. Fischer’s timing is perfect as he will replace senior center Chris Otule and Davante Gardner next season.
AD Williams resigns, Lee honored for brilliance in NCAA’s By Andrew Dawson
MUBB Struggles The men’s basketball team continued to struggle, going 5-3 over the break and falling to 10-7 for the
Women’s basketball surpasses men’s team The women’s basketball team continued to win with an incredible 6-1 record over the break to improve to 12-3. The team that exited the WNIT in the first round last year is now making waves. After concluding non-conference play 9-2, the team is off a great
start at 3-1 in league play with the lone loss coming against Villanova in a 63-61 heartbreaker. Senior forward Katherine Plouffe leads the team in scoring with 19.4 points per game and is tied for 19th in the NCAA with 11.0 rebounds per game. Men’s Big East flop A lot of hype surrounded the Big East when it reformed last year as it was dubbed a basketball-centric conference. So far though, the league has not lived up to expectations. Only one team, Villanova, is ranked in the AP Top 25 and only four teams are in the Top 50 RPI standings. Marquette stands at 79th in the RPI standings. This is definitely not the start the Big East hoped for its inaugural season and teams need to step it up for the Big East to be considered a powerhouse conference. Butch Lee honored for Madness Former men’s basketball guard Butch Lee was honored at the BMO Harris Bradley Center during Marquette’s game against Samford. Lee was named to the NCAA’s 75th anniversary top 75 players of NCAA Tournament history. As a member of the 1977 team, Lee led the Golden Eagles to their first and only championship and earned the Final Four Most Valuable Player honor. Lee also earned the 1978 Naismith Award as college basketball’s top player and is fifth on the program’s all-time scoring list.
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Senior forward Katherine Plouffe elevated her game over winter break.
Big east notebook Villanova continues to rise
By Kyle Doubrava
Butler not converting down the stretch On paper, Butler’s 0-4 Big East record appears less than marvelous, but a closer look reveals the Bulldogs have had three overtime games in those four defeats. What stings Butler most may be that each overtime loss was on its home court, a site renowned for its hectic and intense atmosphere in the Brad Stevens era. The Bulldogs may not see a win for quite some time unless it sparks an upset; their next three games include powerhouse Creighton, multi-faceted Marquette, and an improved Providence squad. For a program that qualified for the NCAA Tournament six of the last seven years, this season has been unexceptional.
One of the more delightful surprises in college basketball this season is Villanova. Picked to finish fourth in the Big East preseason coaches’ poll, the Wildcats have plowed their way to 15-1, with the sole loss coming to No. 2 Syracuse. ‘Nova averages 80.9 points per game and crashes the offensive boards, snatching 12.4 per game. Marquette and Creighton were the favored preseason front-runners for the Big East crown, but the Golden Eagles’ struggles have made way for the Wildcats to step in and potentially land just their second conference title since 1980. Former Big East members update While the basketball schools fled the American Athletic Conference
and recruited Xavier, Butler and Creighton, the others have scattered to various groups. Cincinnati (4-0), Louisville (3-1), Connecticut (1-2), South Florida (1-2) and Rutgers (1-2) are all in the American Conference this year. Louisville will move to the Atlantic Coast Conference July 1, joining Syracuse (3-0), Pittsburgh (30) and Notre Dame (1-2). Rutgers will switch to the Big Ten after this season. West Virginia (2-1) darted for the demanding Big 12, which includes Kansas, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Iowa State. The Big East seems satisfied with its 10-school format and will not likely pursue expansion in the immediate future. The current layout allows for the basketball teams to play each other twice per year, which was not feasible in years past with as many as 16 teams.
Player of the Week Doug McDermott Senior Guard Creighton
game of the Week Georgetown at Xavier Wednesday, 6 p.m.
The Hoyas and Musketeers will be in search of separation from one another in the league standings tomorrow, as both teams boast 3-1 Big East records. Xavier is recovering from a high-octane 95-89 loss to Creighton Sunday, that snapped the Musketeers’
eight-game win streak. Led by Semaj Christon (16.2 ppg, 47.7 FG pct), Xavier has yet to earn a truly impressive victory, but a win against Georgetown would help build its resume. The Hoyas have been spot-on offensively this year, ranking 25th
in the country in field goal percentage and averaging 74 points per game. Leading scorer D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (17.3 ppg) played an exhausting 44 minutes in the team’s overtime win at Butler Saturday while scoring 18 points.
This will probably not be the last time we see McDermott as the player of the week. One of the premiere shooters in the nation, McDermott averaged 22 points per game last week in wins against DePaul and Xavier. The Bluejays are off to a 4-0 start in the Big East, and they can
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thank McDermott and his smooth shooting touch (43 percent from behind the arc, 49 percent overall). Creighton and McDermott are responding well to the added competition of the Big East, and it would not come as a surprise if the team reels off a string of wins in the NCAA Tournament.