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Food desert plagues campus, MKE area LOCAL FOOD DESERT AS DEFINED BY THE US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Avenues West neighborhood boundaries
- signifies an area defined by the USDA as a food desert, which is a low-income tract where a significant number of residents are more than half a mile from the nearest super market.
MUSG, community organizations fight for chain grocery store By Joe Kvartunas
For the past 10 years, Redeemer Lutheran Church has been one of
the leading organizations advocating to bring a grocery store to the Avenues West neighborhood surrounding Marquette’s campus — with no success. Katherine Wilson, communication specialist at Redeemer, sat at a conference table in the office space of the church on 20th Street and Wisconsin Avenue Monday afternoon to discuss the efforts of the community to bring a grocery
Language department seeks new online placement exam Faculty desire more cost efficiency after test prices increase By Kelly Meyerhofer
The Department of Foreign Languages is searching for a less costly placement exam, despite the overall efficiency of its current
program used to evaluate language proficiency of incoming freshmen. Up until this year, the cost of the exam was $225 for each language, totaling $675 for Spanish, French and German. But this past year, the price hiked up to $2,225 for all three languages, according to Ana Pasero, department head of foreign languages. Pasero said she hopes to cut this cost in half, at the least. John Pustejovsky, an associate professor of German and the
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store to the area. “Frankly, I don’t know why it’s been so difficult,” Wilson said. After studying the tabletop for a long moment she laughed softly and repeated the comment. Redeemer approached Marquette Student Government in the spring of 2012 with its concerns about the lack of accessible grocery options in the area. Shortly after, MUSG passed legislation to
encourage the university to bring a supermarket to campus. Although Wilson was not present at Redeemer throughout the entire process, her position at the church gives her a unique perspective on a large problem for the local area. Avenues West, the neighborhood bordered by I-43 on east, 27th Street on the west, I-94 See Desert, Page 4
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former department head of foreign languages, said the reality is that good, affordable online placement exams are hard to find. Though the department hopes to find a less expensive alternative, Spanish instructor Amalia Petrusha said the program’s placement is generally accurate. “From my classroom experience around 98 percent of the students come into my class at the right See Placement, Page 4
Weekday holiday sees lower rate of incidents than expected at MU
By Matt Kulling
In the wake of a holiday often synonymous with mischief and vandalism, Russell Shaw, interim director of the
Department of Public Safety, said he is pleased with the lack of incidents his department dealt with during the two weekends students usually celebrate Halloween. “We’re certainly cognizant of the fact that it could be busier out there,” Shaw said. “(Halloween) was no more busy than a normal Thursday night for us.” See Halloween, Page 4
The writing center celebrates novel writing on campus. PAGE 6
Continuing Kimye coverage needs to stop. PAGE 8
Many are unaware of the stress put on coaches in the NFL. PAGE 11
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Campus renovations continue into 2015 Oldest MU buildings to face infrastructure, tech. improvements By Matt Barbato
Infrastructure renovations to Johnston, Sensenbrenner and Marquette halls will include more student space among other changes, leaders of the construction project said. The first wave of the project to renovate the three buildings is scheduled to be completed by March 5, when Sensenbrenner will be open for occupancy by the College of Arts & Sciences, but the entire process may not be completed until January 2015, when Marquette Hall is expected to be finished. Charlie Haas, the project’s lead architect, said Sensenbrenner and Marquette halls will be torn down to their core, while replacing insulation and installing new floor layouts to fit the use of new occupants. The History Department will join the College of Arts & Sciences inside of Sensenbrenner at the end of the spring semester. Tom Ganey, university architect and vice president of planning, and Richard Holz, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, pushed for more areas for students to work in Sensenbrenner and Marquette halls. Haas also emphasized the importance of providing student space. “In both buildings there will be other lounge-like areas for students to study – casual spaces where you can work on whatever project you’re working on,” Haas said. “There are spaces in both buildings for seminars that will be available for seminars or the 35-person classroom.” Haas said Marquette Hall will be renovated in phases to avoid obstructing the three main classrooms in the building. Work is being done on the lower level, first and third floors and should be completed by mid to late May, while the fourth floor will be finished by the summer and the final occupants of Marquette Hall will move into the building by January 2015.
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Sensenbrenner Hall, which is scheduled to reopen by March 5, began construction at the end of last semester. Leaders of the project say there will be more student space in addition to infrastruction improvements.
The third building, Johnston Hall, has yet to undergo much work, aside from an already-renovated staircase, but Haas said construction on that building should begin over the summer. “We’re doing a lot of planning and our hope is to be able to do all of the infrastructure updates to Johnston Hall next summer,” Haas said. “We’re basically going to shutdown the building and tackle all the floors of Johnston Hall in one summer and replace all of the heating and air conditioning and
DPS Reports Oct. 30 Between 2:56 p.m. and 3:58 p.m., unknown person(s) removed a student’s unsecured, unattended property estimated at $170 in Engineering Hall. Between 4:45 p.m. and 4:50 p.m., a student reported that unknown person(s) removed her unsecured, unattended cell phone from McCormick Hall. The estimated loss is $400. MPD was contacted. At 9:42 p.m., a student was in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia in Straz Tower and was taken into custody by MPD. Oct. 31 At 1:02 a.m., a student reported being harassed by an acquaintance not affiliated with Marquette.
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unattended property estimated at $2,000 from Campus Town West. MPD was contacted. At 10:20 p.m., three students admitted using a controlled substance in Mashuda Hall. MPD was contacted and took one of the students into custody. Nov. 1 At 12:36 a.m., a student removed a fire extinguisher without permission from an apartment building and sprayed the extinguisher at a parked, unattended vehicle in the 1500 block of W. Kilbourn Ave. At 10:22 p.m., unknown person(s) vandalized a hallway wall in Schroeder Hall causing an estimated $180 in damage.
At 4:44 p.m., a student reported that unknown person(s) removed her unattended property estimated at $2,000 from Campus Town West. MPD was contacted.
Nov. 2 At 2:44 p.m., a person not affiliated with Marquette was ill in the 1600 block of W. Kilbourn Avenue after using a controlled substance. MFD and MPD were contacted. MFD transported the subject to Aurora Sinai Medical Center.
At 9:16 p.m., a student reported that unknown person(s) removed his unsecured,
At 3 p.m., a person not affiliated with Marquette was found in a vehicle in the
technology infrastructure.” Haas said Johnston Hall’s appearance won’t look much different, but the building will change on a comfort and technological level. He said he hopes infrastructure work will be completed by August 2014. Ganey said the decision was made more than a year and a half ago to renovate “historic core” buildings before beginning any new projects. “These buildings are three gems that have been with the campus for (a) hundred years,” Ganey said. “We want to keep
them around for another hundred years and no serious investment had been made into any of the three in approximately 35-50 years.” One of the aspects of the construction is the closure of several walkways located between Johnston, Sensenbrenner and Marquette halls. Haas said the underpass below the Church of Gesu Parish Center should reopen by the end of the fall semester, while the other walkways should open when Sensenbrenner Hall’s construction is completed in March.
Events Calendar 900 block of N. 16th St. The subject in the vehicle admitted using a controlled substance and was taken into custody by MPD. At 3:52 p.m., a student reported that unknown person(s) removed her unattended property estimated at $813 from her unsecured residence in the 900 block of N. 17th St. MPD was contacted. Nov. 3 Between 12:43 a.m. and 1:30 a.m., a person not affiliated with Marquette was prowling in Engineering Hall and was cited by MPD. At 2:27 p.m., two students reported that a person not affiliated with Marquette acted in a lewd manner toward them in the West Town Mall. MPD was contacted and cited the subject. At 8:45 p.m., three students reported that unknown person(s) removed their property from their unsecured residence in the 900 block of N. 15th St. The estimated combined loss is $1,705. MPD was contacted.
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Sam Shields public autograph signing, Legends of the Field, 6:30 p.m. Amos Lee, Riverside Theater, 7 p.m.
Wednesday 6 The Gathering At Marquette, AMU, 7 p.m.
Honors Program Caramel Apples Sale, Under Raynor Bridge, 12 p.m.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.
5th Annual Winter Cycling Party and Forum, Great Lakes Distillery, 6:30 p.m.
The Belle of Amherst by William Luce, Broadway Theatre Center, 7:30 p.m.
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Nuns speak for compassionate immigration reform Student immigration advocacy group hosts Chicago sisters at MU By Natalie Wickman
Pat Murphy and JoAnn Persch, nuns in the Catholic order Sisters of Mercy, traveled from Chicago to discuss non-violence in the fight for improved immigrant and refugee rights at an event hosted Monday night by Marquette’s Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES). Murphy and Persch work with the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants (ICDI), an organization that advocates for respectful detainee treatment in immigration detention systems. Every week they visit the McHenry County Jail in Chicago and the Broadview Detention Center in Broadview, Ill. to provide prayer and consolation for detained immigrants and their families. “You have power,” Persch said at the event. “We can’t save the world but we can all do something so do what you have the power to do.” The YES organization works towards equal rights for immigrants that face cruel treatment from government deportation systems. The sisters encouraged the 28 attendees to become involved with their work by spreading the word, contacting members of Congress or taking a
trip to work with the ICDI. Christian Villanueva, a junior in the College of Nursing and president of YES, said immigration reform is an issue that cannot be ignored. “Even if you believe (immigration reform) doesn’t affect you personally, it does because the world is getting globalized and families are being separated and deported,” Villanueva said. There was no vocal opposition to the viewpoints expressed by the speakers at the event. A 2012 Marquette Law Poll, however, indicates that there is an increasing partisan divide over the issue of immigration reform. The poll showed that 68 percent of Democrats support legislation that would allow people who immigrated illegally to stay in the U.S. and eventually apply for citizenship. On the other hand, only 41 percent of Republicans supported the measure. Throughout her speech at the event, Persch emphasized the motto she and Murphy live by while helping and advocating for detained immigrants. “What we do, we do peacefully and respectfully, but we never take no for an answer,” Persch said. “We never take ‘no’ because these men and women in immigration custody deserve us to be their voice.” The sisters said working with detained immigrants, a task they’ve done for the past 45 years, can sometimes be overwhelming and scary. “(The immigrants) come and they just pour out their heart to
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JoAnn Persch, nun in the Catholic order Sisters of Mercy, spoke Monday at an event for compassionate reform of immigration policies. The event was hosted by Marquette’s Youth Empowered in Struggle in Emory Clark Hall.
you and tell (you) about the pain inside of them, about their family and what they hope is going to happen,” Murphy said. “You can feel their pain and fear.” The two sisters also emphasized in the event that, contrary to public opinion, they see immigrants from every
country of the world, not just those from south of the United States border. Murphy said this was an important aspect of immigration that she wants people to be aware of. YES hosted Persch and Murphy as part of its efforts to advocate for a less demeaning
immigration process in the United States. “(Calling someone) ‘illegal’ or an ‘alien’ can dehumanize somebody and that is a derogatory term because a human being can have illegal actions but that doesn’t define a person,” Villanueva said.
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Placement: Despite assessment accuracy, Desert: ‘Lack of demand’ language department to replace exam repels grocers from MU
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level,” Petrusha said. “I usually get just one or two students transferred into my class from the immediately upper or lower classes.” Pustejovsky estimated that of the 1,300 incoming students who took the placement exam for this academic year, only about 50 students changed the foreign language class level into which the exam placed them. This equates to a mere 4 percent of students being incorrectly placed. The Department of Foreign Languages has a policy that allows students who believe they were incorrectly placed to transfer into a different level even after the official date for dropping a class has passed. Of the students that are incorrectly placed, Pustejovsky noted more move up a level than down. This was the case for Sarah Nisivaco, a sophomore in the College of Nursing, who is also pursuing a Spanish minor. She was placed in the 2003 level, but went to the department office and asked to transfer into the 3001 level. “I’m glad I decided to move up because the minor starts at that level, so I essentially skipped an entire class that wouldn’t have counted towards my major anyway,” Nisivaco said. Pustejovsky said in the 31 years he has taught in the classroom, he noticed that some students purposely perform poorly on the exam out of fear of being placed in
a level too high. “It’s as if the students don’t trust the level they’re placed in,” he said. “They think they’re doing themselves a favor by doing poorly on the exam, but they’re not.” This choice is especially unwise for students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree within the College of Arts & Sciences, as they are required to complete at least the 2002 level of a language. Purposely performing poorly on the exam costs students credits and cash. It also changes the course’s environment for others. “As a professor, when this happens, you wind up with a group of mixed abilities,” Pustejovsky said. “It’s also discouraging for less advanced students.” The current placement exam is open to all students with previous high school experience in Spanish, French and German. Any language beginners must register for course level 1001. This placement process changed over the years, though. Approximately 20 years ago, the foreign language placement exam was administered during the Thursday of Freshmen Orientation Week. When the university implemented online registration, however, the department was forced to face the reality that a written exam in the classroom was not viable. The new format is an online multiple-choice exam that adjusts itself according to how the
test-takers answer its questions. As a result, students with less advanced language skills will be identified quickly by the program and will not have to take the full-length test. Despite this advantage, the format does, however, allow students to cheat easily. Some students admitted anonymously to having a friend with more experienced language skills take the exam to avoid language requirements at Marquette. “You’re only cheating yourself when you choose to do that,” said Robin Brunette, administrative assistant of the department of foreign languages. “People come to a liberal arts school like Marquette to become well-rounded. If you cheat, you’re paying to not better yourself.” Brunette identified another problem with the current format: The exam is restricted exclusively to multiple-choice questions. “Students can identify key words within the question and choose the correct answer,” Brunette said. “This doesn’t mean they can hold a fluent conversation in Spanish.” Though the online exam has its limitations, few pragmatic alternatives exist to place students before they enter language classes. “They need to interact in the classroom, speaking and listening, for us to accurately gauge their language proficiency,” Pustejovsky said.
on the south and Highland Avenue on the north, is considered a “food desert” by the United States Department of Agriculture. “I think it’s incredibly detrimental,” Wilson said. “All food deserts create a poverty in themselves because the people who live in this area only have access to low quality trash for food.” The USDA defines a food desert as “urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy and affordable food.” Wilson said this is difficult to accomplish for a variety of reasons. She said representatives of the Avenues West Association, Marquette and other groups working to bring a store to campus contacted all the local chain supermarkets, but they have all declined to open a location in the neighborhood. One reason may be a concern about demand. “Student food needs don’t count, I think, to a chain,” Wilson said. “I think that that is not really factored in because students are not considered a long term client for some reason.” MUSG’s Business and Administration Committee, led by Off Campus Senator Thomas Schick, a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences, is the latest group to take up the task of bringing a
supermarket to campus. “This is something that we feel would be very beneficial for the Marquette community, and even more than that beneficial to the surrounding Avenues West community,” Schick said. Schick said MUSG has a set of long-term goals that involve “small, positive incremental change focused around one long term goal.” They are working on several ideas that could help alleviate the problem of the food desert. Schick said MUSG is going to host more farmers markets on campus and may consider organizing bus trips to local grocery stores. Schick admitted these programs would have serious limitations. Farmers markets are seasonal and only bring fresh food to campus for short periods of time, and the bussing idea has not been thoroughly researched. The ultimate goal would be to bring a permanent store to the neighborhood. In the meantime, Redeemer plans on canvassing the neighborhood to show there is widespread support for an area grocery store. Wilson said student groups like MUSG should look at what has been done by the church and other community organizations in the past as the student representatives continue to advocate for a nearby grocery store.
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Halloween: Campus keeps tame despite wild holiday
Shaw said the only major in the College of Business incident that happened during Administration, said he thinks Halloween weekend was when Halloween is just an excuse to DPS was called to Straz Hall go to a party. because of reports that some“It’s pretty similar to St. Patone was dressed as a sniper and rick’s Day because neither holicarrying a rifle. When DPS of- day has any real significance ficers arrived on the scene, they to college kids,” Hannan said. realized the student was actu- “But they’re both an excuse to ally carrying an Airsoft rifle. actually celebrate something at Shaw added that when the a party that has a theme instead officers spoke with him, the of just the standard drinking student was cooperative and that kids do every weekend.” turned in his fake weapon to be Alex McLean, a sophomore held at DPS. in the College of EngineerShaw said part of the reason ing, said costumes are another incidents were not higher this reason why college students year is because decide to make Halloween fell bad decisions on on a Thursday, Halloween. as well as the “In a way cold weather you’re not enand rainy conditirely yourtions Halloween self, and for night. some reason, Shaw also said kids think that many students separates them go to other placfrom the decies for both Halsions they make, loween weekwhen in realends, especially Jack Hannan, sophomore, ity, it’s just the the University College of Business Administration same decision of Wisconsinwearing a tail or Madison, which a goofy mask,” contributes to less crime here. McLean said. Freakfest, an annual HallowAccording to DPS’s daily log, een party on UW-Madison’s two drug offenses occurred durState Street, took place the ing the Hallowen weekend, one weekend of Oct. 25-26. Police not affiliated with Marquette arrested 28 people at the Freak- students. Several acts of vanfest celebration, most for un- dalism were reported, along derage drinking or disorderly with a case of battery at Mcconduct citations. Cormick Hall. Jack Hannan, a sophomore
It’s pretty similar to St. Patrick’s Day because neither holiday has any real significance to college kids.”
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“It’s hard sometimes to make the time in your schedule for (writing) so I think there’s something that’s really cool about this one month event where there’s a whole community of people (who are all writing),” Nowacek said. “… It validates that choice. It says, ‘Yes, you By Claire Nowak email@example.com should invest your time,’… and also sometimes writing is kind of “Time spent writing is lonely, so it’s nice to have a bunch never wasted.” of people doing this at once and Rebecca Nowacek reflected on connecting online and connecting this brief but meaningful motto face to face so that you can support ever since she first heard it from each other.” her education mentor Lee Shulman Participants in the event include in 2005. Now, an associate English professors, students and Marquette professor and director of the Ott staff. The diversity of participants Memorial Writing Center on cam- is one thing English professor and pus, Nowacek used Writing Center the advice as inspitutor Katie Barnration to start the hart likes most first entire month about MarqUdedicated to writing WriMo. at Marquette. “We want to Inspired by get more people National Novel involved from Writing Month, different disPhoto via latimes.com a popular nationcourses, differ- Ernest Hemingway sits at his typewriter. Many campus writers will aspire to great works in this month’s MarqUWriMo. wide event known ent departments, The College of Engineering spy novel again this November. Carole Burns, director of the as NaNoWriMo, and different “Some of the best things come Wakerly Technology Training CenMarquette Unimajors,” Barn- curriculum doesn’t give another freshman Madi- out when you think it’s bad,” Ole- ter, has wanted to write a novel for versity Writing hart said. “… participant, Month, or MarWe want more son Olesen, many opportuni- sen said. “But when you go back several years, but decided to take qUWriMo, gives people in the ties to hone his writing skills. He later or you revise it, it’s much the plunge with the encouragestudents, faculty, e n g i n e e r i n g signed up for MarqUWriMo to better than you thought. So even ment of faculty. She is working on staff and members Rebecca Nowacek, Director of school, or the take a break from circuit boards if you’re at a roadblock, just keep what she calls a “training manual” pressing away at it. Keep your for living with adults with autism of the surrounding the Ott Memorial Writing Center sciences or nurs- and calculus. “I enjoy writing,” he said.” It’s a head down and push through.” titled “I’m Making This Up,” using community an oping or things like Straying from the conventional her own experiences with her son, portunity to explore their love for that to get involved, you know, creative outlet. It just kinda clears the craft. work on their writing. Everyone my mind and it’s a stress reliever.” novel-writing, Krystal Morales, a Andy, as a guide. She hopes to get Olesen wrote 12,000 words for freshman in the College of Com- the work published so other parents While the typical goal of has to write.” NaNoWriMo last year munication, plans to write an epi- in her position can learn from her. NaNoWriMo is a 50,000-word Chris Gioia, president of the Marbut hopes to reach sode of a sitcom for her MarqU“There are books out there by novel, MarqUWriMo lets partici- quette Writing Society and a senior the 50,000-word goal WriMo contribution. people who have autism, who are pants set their own goals, includ- in the College of Buisness Adminwith his s c i - f i / “My problem is that I watch very articulate and who have writing completing academic papers, istration, believes that a structured too much TV, and I don’t write ten even with the use of a ghost short stories or poetry collections. event like MarqUWriMo will enough,” she said. “So I’m trying writer or on their own,” she said. The idea for the event came help campus writers organize their to tone down the watching and “But from a parent’s standpoint, I from the overwhelming re- ideas for better stories and start writing.” think it’s a different beast because sponse from the Writing Cen- creative writing. Though she is only a fresh- not only are you trying to underter’s 50-word short story contest “It doesn’t force them man, Morales has ambi- stand a disability that’s kind of last month. to write, but – it kinda tions to write an entire foreign to you, you’re also trying “We were so delighted and forces them to write,” TV series. to make other people understand it struck by (its success),” Nowacek he said. “I think it’s so “I don’t know what makes as well.” said. “We got a bunch of entries important just to get ideas a good TV show good, beA month of profuse writing may from every part of the university down on a page. Even cause if you think about it, take a lot of time and dedication, – undergraduate students, graduate if you have them in your most of the good sitcoms that but these aspiring writers can be students, faculty, staff, administra- head, there’s something have been really popular, sure of one thing – the time spent tors, all disciplines and professions different about putting they’ve been about noth- achieving their writing goals will you can think of, and I thought, them down and making ing!” she said. “‘Seinfeld’s’ surely not be wasted. ‘Wow, there’s so much excitement them legitimate.” about nothing, ‘Friends’ is around writing and not enough Gioia’s goals for about nothing. At least for opportunities for people to know the month include reTo get more infora good TV show, and for that there are all these other peo- vising his first novel books too, even more than ple on campus who are interested that revolves around mation about Marthe storyline, I think you in writing.’” a mentally ill man qUWriMo, visit the have to fall in love with As part of the event, the Writing who commits crimes. Writing Center on the characters and visualize Center will sponsor several work- He plans to use the them as friends. If you feel shops throughout the month-long novel to make a broadthe second floor of close to the characters, you’re event that began with its kickoff er statement about the the Raynor going to feel whatever they’re golast Friday. The events aim to let American political strucLibrary. ing through and understand and get writers come together, sharpen ture, focusing on minorities and more involved.” their skills and support each other. low-income families.
Marquette University Writing Month motivates authors
There’s so much excitement around writing and not enough opportunities for people to know that there are all these other people on campus who are interested in writing.”
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Affecting ‘12 Years a Slave’ brings a dark past to light McQueen uses powerful filmmaking to depict true story By Erin Heffernan
“12 Years a Slave” is masterful. It’s brutal. It’s essential. And it’s likely the best depiction of American slavery on film to date. But don’t let all those lofty, if accurate, descriptors make you think of “12 Years” like homework—though it will inevitably become the topic of countless college essays over the years. But “12 Years a Slave” is more than the average lsober-minded awards fare. It’s superbly crafted and gritty enough to chill fans of cinema with image after stunning image proving unforgettable. The film is based on the true-life memoir of Solomon Northrup, a northern free black man in the mid 1800s, played by the exquisite Chiwetel Ejiofor. Northrup had a family, education, skill on the violin and respect in New York society, but almost immediately after the film begins, the title comes to fruition when Northrup is lured into a night of heavy drinking and wakes up shackled in a dark cellar. As Northrup becomes aware of his captivity, Ejiofor’s face is revealed in just a sliver of moonlight. A sense of dread, injustice, pain and powerlessness that pervades the story begins to take hold. It is the first terrifying moment of the film. But, much like “The Odyssey,” Northrup’s journey away from his family only gets darker and more staggering before any hints of lightness appear. Northrup is told his legal papers went missing and it is
willfully assumed, as one grubby jailer spits in his face, Northrup “ain’t no free man.” The operative words being “free,” but also “man.” Northrup goes on to be treated as property, sub-human, a work machine and even as a source of amusement, always a pawn in the web of disturbed minds that are inevitable when one group of people claims ownership over another. Northrup is sold at a Washington D.C. market and, throughout the film shifts to three different owners, encountering white men with varying degrees of cruelty. Benedict Cumberbatch plays an owner who seems to want to show some degree of benevolence, while Michael Fassbender convincingly plays a plantation owner known as a “slave breaker” complete with a poisonous brew of entitlement, shame, possessiveness and an unhinged lust for control. Though he can appear to be a monster, the terror has layers. Fassbender’s character’s atrocities are unlike the petty superiority of earlier abuses from a character played by a sniveling, vaguely mustachioed Paul Dano. That’s one of the key strengths of “12 years.” The characters don’t all react the same way to slavery. In fact, many of the films figures would benefit from close inspection to what each says about the institution. They are individual people and just as the white figures (played by an impressive lineup of famous faces from Brad Pitt, to Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano and Sarah Paulson) can be vastly different in the way they cope with the clear horror they witness or inflict, so too are the enslaved people different with some hoping to die, some finding joys in small freedoms while ignoring the larger indignity and some just trying blend in to avoid further abuse. For Northrup’s part, he is largely restrained, keeping
the emotion boiling under the surface. You can see pain and thought flicker somewhere behind Ejiofor’s eyes or on his expressive brow, but all his restraint and control makes those few moments of unbridled emotion all the more powerful. There is a moment when he permits himself to sing that is particularly affecting. Beyond the enthralling sourcematerial, to which the film stays fairly loyal, the emotional complexity comes through the filmmaking from director Steve McQueen, known for his films “Hunger,” about the IRA hunger strikes in British prison and “Shame” starring Fassbender, this time as a man crumbling under a gruesome sex addiction. In this film, McQueen uses all the audience’s senses to create a thick atmosphere to give a sense of place and time. You may find yourself marveling at the little things. As Northrup wades through a swamp, the color of the algae against the fog is stunning. The sounds of the insects are thick and make you feel the sticky Southern heat. The lighting is memorable as McQueen plays with careful illumination of each scene and face. In one moment as Northrup looks into a pile of ashes, you just see the gleam of his eyes and shine of sweat on his face. In an emotional moment, that shadowy shot works to reveal the undercurrent of sadness and defeat more than a conventional close-up could ever do. McQueen holds the camera on each scene for longer than you might expect, especially in the moments of violence and pain. He doesn’t miss the build up or aftermath of things, but rather keeps the camera’s eye steady to see the movement leading into each action and the aftertaste of each consequence. This tactic of refusing to look away extends to the movie’s content as McQueen doesn’t hold back when
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“12 Years a Slave” is already generating awards-season buzz.
it comes to showing brutality— though there aren’t that many acts of violence portrayed, those shown are built up to have psychological weight and are shown in vivid detail. Above all, this movie fills a void, as precious few films take a measured and serious look at what is probably one of the most important moments in American history. There is a moment near the end of Northrup’s journey when McQueen makes a move known to be risky in film. The man’s
‘Big Heads’ we’d like to see in the stands this basketball season
face, already marked with scars from years in slavery, shows a search for meaning in a moment of profound desperation. He looks at the sky, side to side. But then his eyes lock directly on the camera. He is looks at us all watching with such intensity and sadness as if to say “This is your story. You in the theater. This is your history.” McQueen’s film makes it clear: it’s time to confront our past and look at American slavery in the face.
In honor of the men’s basketball season kicking off this week, the Trib has selected four inspired “Big Heads” we’d like to see fans waving in the student section this season.
Potato Jesus Fresco When 80+ year-old, Cecilia Giménez, was tasked with restoring a valuable 19th century fresco of Jesus, this glorious failure was the result. The restoration has been likened to a potato, a monkey and a werewolf and has been photoshopped in every way the Internet could manage. Besides continuing to be hilarious, perhaps this smudge of a face will remind opponents of their inevitable defeat.
‘90s Justin Timberlake If JT’s glorious curls don’t work to distract the other team, his style game will do the trick. The matching lilac shades and sweater are so. on. point.
Rona Lisa Everybody’s favorite “Parks and Rec” bacon and Tammy lover meets another masterpiece. Swanson’s musk will instill fear, while the daVinci touches show our artsy side.
Mustachioed Michael Cera If Ron Swanson’s mustache is a nice steak, than Michael Cera’s is old bologna. Something about it just lays so weird on his little lip. And the bucket hat only completes the creepy uncle look. If this doesn’t disorient any free throw shooter, no “Big Head” ever will.
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
A not-so sincere toast to the happy Kimye couple
University should take initiative to end food desert Eric Oliver
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Our view: The Marquette administration should actively work to bring a grocer to campus by subsidizing rent in the old Campus Dollar space. The former home of Campus Dollar, 1616 W. Wisconsin Ave., sits empty, sandwiched between Cousin’s Subs and McCabe Hall. Former convenience store Kampus Foods is now a pile of rubble as the new Ivy on 14th complex is constructed. The nearest full-service grocery stores are still two to four miles off-campus. Marquette students and their neighbors continue to live in a food desert. It’s time the university steps up to change that. As noted in a Sept. 3 Tribune editorial, students only have two on-campus grocery options: Walgreens and 7-Eleven. Both of these are more expensive and have less selection, than off-campus stores such as Target or Pick ‘n Save, leaving students with only a few pricey possibilities to choose from. Thus far, the university tried to work with the Avenues West Association, the Redeemer Lutheran Church and others in the community to entice a grocer to open a store in the area to no avail. Because these larger organizations have not solved the problem, Marquette Student Government is trying to find shortterm solutions. The organization is researching options such as more farmer’s markets or bus trips to grocery stores to offset student concerns about buying groceries within our food desert. These ideas may work as short-term fixes to divert students’ attention from the problem, but they are akin to putting a Band-Aid on a head wound for the problems facing Marquette and its surrounding neighborhood. Our census tract – the geographic city blocks the U.S. census links together to define a neighborhood – is a food desert as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture: an urban neighborhood “without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food,” and only served by “fast food restaurants and convenience stores.” The tract is “low-income,” defined as an area with a poverty rate of 20 percent or higher or an area in which median family income is at or below 80 percent of the larger area’s median family income. It is also “low-access” with at least 500 persons and/or at least 33 percent of the population living more than one mile from a
supermarket or large grocery store. MUSG’s attempts are good efforts at solving the problem with the power it has. Yet it’s up to the university to spearhead the healthful food initiative. Working with community leaders such as the Avenues West Association to fix the food desert is a good starting point. But the fact is, there have been six on-campus construction projects this year alone, and none of them address the lack of food options. Business leaders cite several issues in attracting supermarkets to the area. The largest issue seems to be profitability and demand serving a small non-student population. Estimates of profitability do not include temporary student residents in neighborhood population counts. Profitability is a genuine, important concern for any business in the area. This issue plagues urban areas across the United States, especially food deserts in which there are a combination of low access and low income. Businesses don’t wish to establish branches in areas that could pose financial risks, especially one with a large portion of customers leaving from May to August. The university should step in to assuage concerns about profitability. A possible plan would be offering subsidized rent to a supermarket for the empty, universityowned Campus Dollar space. While subsidizing rent may not seem like a good idea financially, it would be more lucrative for the university than leaving the space vacant. If Marquette is serious about working to get a grocery store in the neighborhood, the empty 4,000 square feet would be a good place to start. If the university would be willing to subsidize rent initially to attract grocery tenants to the space, profitability concerns may lessen. Oakland, Calif. is attempting a similar scheme in the historic Old Oakland district that saw success in attracting tenants. While Oakland’s version offered free rent for a short amount of time, it is successful in creating larger profit margins and attracting businesses and customers to the area. A reduction in rent would not require such high revenue rates for the occupant to turn a profit. Subsidized rent would make the space more attractive to buyers, and subsidized rent for grocers would ensure the university helps bring in the healthy food options our neighborhood needs.
Imagine the groom at the altar – music blasting, machines spitting out fog, a roomba with an iPod attached to it officiating. The blushing bride walks down the aisle, money rains on to the attendees and one hundred doves all wearing miniature gold chains and plastic sunglasses are released as Jay Z sits there nodding politely. This isn’t Aziz Ansari’s biggest dream. It’s Kanye West’s wedding and “The Good Life” doesn’t even begin to describe it. I can only hope that the teddy bear makes an appearance at Kanye’s wedding, or, preferably, that we all wake up from this very bad dream and get back to ignoring ridiculous celebrity weddings and start talking about things that actually matter, such as our government disfunction. Instead of dedicating loads of coverage to something that is a year off in the future, I see stories about “Kimye” on a daily basis and wonder why this sludge is even news, media outlets should cover pressing issues such as the roll out of the Affordable Care Act, poverty and our nations slow economic recovery. According to many nameless sources, and by that I mean Bruce Jenner, Kanye has taken the lead role in planning his wedding, going as far as saying the egotistical rapper turned into a “bridezilla.” This disfunction and excess can be summed up with a radio interview in which Kanye said he only wanted one thing for his wedding – “Two words,
Fighter jets.” It’s no secret that Kanye has an ego. The Yeezus, half Jesus half Yeezy, tour features Jesus bestowing knowledge on the often masked rapper. His most recent masterpiece touts that he is a god. The same track also has a guest appearance by God himself. Kanye is the definition of new money, and, like Gatsby, has no problem flaunting it. The rapper who once talked about the streets of Chi-town moved past his humble beginnings and this wedding will be the culmination of the persona that is Yeezus. Kanye is the biggest voice in rap, and there will be no escaping the seemingly endless amount of coverage that will follow the rapper as he prepares to marry Kim Kardashian. The bride-to-be Kanye (sorry Kim) is sparing no expense to make sure he has the wedding he always dreamed of. For Kim, this is her third wedding and the 33-year-old is letting Kanye take the lead. Matthew McDonnell, a senior in the college of Engineering, said he finds the fact that the Kardashians are famous, and celebrity news in general, hilarious. He doesn’t believe they are celebrities nor does he believe that they deserve as much coverage as they get. “If we spent half as much time or resources on important world issues we would be a lot better off,” he said. McDonnell is unequivocally right. We need to stop wasting so much time talking about celebrities and start talking about the issues that really matter. The wedding that is yet to occur already has an absolutely ridiculous amount of coverage. At least it will all culminate with the limo the happy couple leaves in blasting a custom track of Kanye listening to Kanye while Kanye raps about Kanye. Eric Oliver is a senior studying journalism and writing intensive English. Email Eric with any comments or suggestions at email@example.com.
Marq My Words “The Confederate flag represented slavery in a way. That’s my abstract take on what I know about it, right? So I wrote the song, ‘New Slaves.’ So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag now. Now what you gonna do?” - Kanye West Photo by Francois Mori/Associated Press
“The fact that the president sold [Obamacare] on a basis that was not true has undermined the foundation of his second term. I think it’s rotting away.” - Mitt Romney Photo by Evan Vucci/Associated Press
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Ancestries blurred, we are simply ‘American’
Helen Hillis At some point before graduating high school we were likely asked to write a report on our family history. Where our ancestors emigrated from, how long they have been in the United States, in what ways that history influences our families’ traditions: The driving topic is always, “Where is your family from?” I’ve always struggled with this question. With the exception of my greatgrandfather from Germany, I don’t know what country any specific member of
my family came from, just that I am a jumbled mix of many nations. I am part of a generation of Americans who claim to be simply “Americans.” For the most part, our ancestors immigrated in the early 20th century or before. We have no specifically strong connection to a particular country in any part of the world. In the next 100 years, I think a large portion of the United States’ population will join me in this mindset. Marriage after marriage will continue to mix families, and consequently backgrounds and ethnicities, as time goes on. The question, “Where is your family from?” will become so complicated and so detailed that it won’t be worth asking. Saying your great-great-great-great grandmothers came over from Italy, Spain, South Korea or Nigeria, one of your great-great-great grandfathers was from Mexico, and one of your great-greatgreat grandmothers left Germany during World War II, would better be summed up as, “I am American.”
I do not intend to devalue the concept of taking pride in a family’s identity. Instead, I believe the adjective “American” will take on a new meaning. Yes, an American will be an individual born in the United States. But it will also be someone whose history and identity are made up of so many cultures and so many countries that it created something new and united: a population that defines itself as ethnically American. That’s not to say America will cease to be a nation of immigrants. Immigration is a part of our culture; it is part of who we are. In fact, a report published by the United Nations identified the United States as the nation with the largest number of immigrants worldwide. The U.S. has four times as many immigrants as any other country, making up nearly 12 percent of our population. As time goes on and as nations around the world become more developed, immigration to the United States will become less of a necessity. We will no longer be
one of the only places in the world where someone in trouble can find refuge. Instead, we will embrace our “melting pot” nickname we have received over the years. This identity will not be one that is limited to defining our past, but will also define how we move forward as a nation. The U.S. will not be a nation of “where are we from” but instead “where are we now.” (Note: It would be a disservice to the people of Central and South America if I did not recognize that the term “American” can be used to describe anyone that lives on the American continent as a whole. I use it in this context to describe an individual from the United States of America. It is unfortunate that the English language does not have another way of describing such an individual, but that is a topic for another time.) Helen Hillis is a senior studying international affairs and Spanish. Email Helen at helen.hillis@marquette. edu with any comments or suggestions.
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Dillon’s goal sparks 2-1 win Men’s soccer defeats Seton Hall, retakes top spot in Big East By Andrew Dawson
With just 10 minutes to go and the score tied at one, redshirt sophomore striker C. Nortey scored his eighth goal of the season and fifth game winner in Big East play on a half-bicycle kick to give Marquette the 2-1 victory over Seton Hall. Coming off its first Big East loss, Marquette (10-4-1) was tied with Georgetown at the top of the league’s table. With Georgetown’s loss to Xavier over the weekend and Marquette’s victory, the Golden Eagles regained the lead in the Big East. Saturday’s tilt was the final game at Valley Fields for the eight-man senior class. This group is one of the most successful in program history and brought Marquette to new heights with a bright future expected. Coach Louis Bennett felt the performance mirrored what the senior class has done for the program over the last four years. There were flashes of greatness early on, and by the end of the run, everything was firing on all cylinders. “We’re one game away from winning the championship and that will be a great achievement from this group in the new Big East,” Bennett said. “It’s been a fantastic class. It’s been a class that’s really helped mold and put together and finish off what people have done before. They’re the ones that finished it off and made sure that we have this great culture and I’m really happy for them.” With spirits high for the game, especially for redshirt senior forward Andrew Krynski, who made his first start since 2009, the squad sprinted out the gate and struck in the eighth minute. Redshirt senior forward Adam Lysak made a run down the touchline and crossed a ball
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Senior defender Paul Dillon gestures to the fans as he celebrates his first goal since his freshman season. His family was in town from Chesapeake, Va.
to senior defender Paul Dillon alone at the top of the box. After the ball took a couple bounces, Dillon one-timed a rocket that sailed into the upper 90 for the early 1-0 lead. Dillon’s first goal of the year and first since his freshman season was scored in front of his family, who was visiting from Chesapeake, Va. “It’s a dream when a ball bounces out to you at the top of the box,” Dillon said. “For me to score in front of (my family), it’s just one of those things you can’t put into words.” The physicality picked up
following the goal as Seton Hall looked to retaliate. The Pirates had eight fouls in the first half, and finished the game with 17 fouls and three cautions. Dillon’s goal remained the lone one of the match at the half, but Seton Hall was quick to strike in the second. Less than two minutes into the half, the Pirates’ Max Garcia caused a turnover deep in the Marquette end. Garcia fired a low laser that slid past redshirt junior keeper Charlie Lyon, nicked the post and went into the net. The goal killed Marquette’s
momentum from the first half, but the seasoned squad showed resilience by firing back with numerous chances. In the 80th minute, senior midfielder Bryan Ciesiulka threw the ball into redshirt sophomore defender Axel Sjoberg. Sjoberg quickly flicked the ball to Nortey, who popped the pass into the air and rocketed the half-bicycle into the back of the net. “We had a throw in and I saw Axel in front of me, so I realized he was going to flick the ball so I stayed behind him,” Nortey said. “I was able to get a touch on it and I turn and shoot.”
Despite Nortey’s brilliance in the attacking third, the defense was the real storyline in the second half. Lyon never had to make a save and the Blue and Gold faithful were singing as the team finished off the Pirates 2-1. Only one match remains in the regular season before the Big East Tournament begins. Marquette clinched a berth in the tournament, but with a win over DePaul Friday, it can lock up a ticket to semi-finals at PPL Park in Chester, Penn., and win the Big East regular season title.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Hockey smacks Robert Morris - Chicago Former Marquette lacrosse goalie Place debuts between pipes By Jacob Born
Already up 9-0 with about seven minutes left in the game, Marquette was coasting to the finish. The top liners were staying on the bench longer and the bottom lines were getting more ice time. That’s when Zach Wahl took a slapshot from the left point, which was tipped in by Dan Javor for his second tally of the game. Five minutes later, Javor completed the hat trick with a rebound goal. Marquette won 11-0 and set the tone for another series sweep, this time at the hands of Robert Morris – Chicago. Javor’s hat trick was his first of the season and the second in
three games for Marquette. In a game that saw seven different goal scorers, points for fourth liners like Javor are important for the team down the road. “Probably freshman year of high school was the last time I had a hat trick,” Javor said. “It was awesome.” Marquette was just leading by two goals heading into the second period, but then the offense exploded for six goals in the final ten minutes of the middle frame. Two goals by Sam Nader and Tyler Schwichtenberg in a thirty second span resulted in RMU calling a timeout with 9:16 left in the second. Two and a half minutes later, Nader scored again on a four-on-four, and Matt Poli ripped a slapper past an RMU defender to make it a 6-0 lead. Two more goals by Javor and Dominic Zanfardino made it 8-0 late in the second, and Marquette cruised to the 11-0 victory. It was goaltender
Nick Foley’s second 11-0 shutout of the season. “It’s exciting to see so many people scoring,” coach Joe Cocking said. “It’s fun when we score a bunch of goals like that. Everybody’s scoring; all the lines scored.” Foley agreed. “It’s really nice when (we score 11) just because it’s less shots coming at me and it proves our offense is working,” he said. For the RMU series, the Golden Eagles welcomed a new player to the roster. Thomas Place, a former Marquette lacrosse goaltender, became the team’s third goaltender and got his start in the series’ second game. For having not played a game since his high school championship two years ago, the sophomore played well, allowing just two goals on the day. “Thomas has been skating with us in practices … I figured
we’d give him a shot and he stepped up,” Cocking said. “I missed hockey a lot and I liked coming to practice,” Place said. “I was a little shaky at first, but I came around a little later in the game.” In front of the goaltenders, the Marquette offense took more than 100 shots over the weekend. The number of shots the team has put on net increased over the past few weekends, and the team is seeing a rise in the number of goals as a result. “It’s what we keep striving for – to shoot,” Cocking said. “We’ve been passing way too much and we over pass and over think it. Shooting more creates more opportunities to score, so we keep telling them to shoot.” Marquette travels to Lewis University for its first road games since Oct. 5. Game 1 is Friday night at 9 p.m., and Game 2 will be Saturday at the same time.
Men place fifth, women sixth in Big East Senefeld finishes 23rd for men, Greenwood takes 24th for women By Ryan Patterson Special to the Tribune
The Marquette men’s cross country team attained its highest finish ever, fifth place, at the Big East Conference Cross Country Championship Saturday while the women took sixth. The No. 4 Providence women’s team and No. 26 Villanova men’s team won titles at the race. Marquette hosted the meet at the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course in Somers, Wis. for the first time was in 2009. The men were led by redshirt seniors Jack Senefield, who placed a Big East personal-best 23rd place, and Spencer Agnew, who placed 29th. The next four Marquette finishers were a pack of sophomores, led by Blake Lawson’s
32nd place finish and followed by William Hennessy (33rd), Michael Corr (34th) and David Sadjak (36th). Freshman Nate Gomoll (40th) rounded out Marquette’s top seven runners. The Marquette women were led yet again by sophomore Kellie Greenwood, who placed 24th. Freshman Brittney Feivor continued her strong season with a 27th place finish. Junior Elisia Meyle was third on the team with a 33rd place finish, followed by sophomore Kayla Spencer (34th), seniors Rebecca Pachuta (37th) and Sarah Ball (38th), and freshman Alison Parker (42nd). The Villanova men, who won their fifth conference title with 36 points, placed all seven runners in the top 16. The Wildcats were led by champion Patrick Tiernan, a freshman from Australia, who won the race by more than 10 seconds with a winning time of 23:51. Sophomore Tom Curr of Butler (24:03) was runner-up to Tiernan, and led the Bulldogs to a third place finish with 61 points in their
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Senior Spencer Agnew sprints to the finish line. He placed 29th.
inaugural Big East Championship race. Providence with 49 points was runner-up as a team behind junior Brian Doyle’s third place finish of 24:15. Providence, which had its top five runners in the top 13, won a loaded women’s field that included three of the top seven teams in the country. Senior Emily Sisson was the individual champion for the Friars with a time of 19:49. No. 3 Georgetown
was runner-up with 47 points, and had five runners in the top 15. No. 7 Butler placed third with 66 points and had five runners in the top 18. Villanova placed fourth, led by runner-up Emily Lipari (19:56). The Marquette men and women’s cross country teams next compete Nov. 16 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet in Verona, Wis.
Should we worry about NFL coaches?
Patrick Leary With all the attention the health of NFL players received recently, it’s no wonder the health of NFL coaches remains a rarely discussed subject. That was until this week, when two separate incidents brought the immense stress of the job to light. Last season, ChuckStrong was all the rage. Indianapolis Colts’ coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia in September 2012, and the Colts rallied around his story of hope to go 11-5 a year after posting the worst record in the NFL. Even with the importance put on Pagano’s illness, the events of this week were unprecedented. Saturday, Denver Broncos’ coach John Fox was rushed to the hospital after suffering a presumed heart attack. While the Broncos later said Fox just had a spell of light-headedness, it turns out he will need aortic valve replacement surgery to deal with a preexisting heart condition. He will miss “at least the next several weeks.” Defensive coordinator and former Jaguars coach Jack del Rio will serve as interim head coach. Just when the Fox story seemed like the dominant coach health issue of the weekend, Houston Texans’ coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the sideline Sunday on his way to the locker room A scary scene ensued, as dozens of medical and Texans personnel surrounded Kubiak as he slowly sat up and was carted off the field into an ambulance. The Texans announced that he will spend the next 24 hours in the hospital for tests to determine whether he had a stroke. Kubiak could miss time on the sidelines just like Fox. These two separate incidents in the two-day span brings to light the question of whether being an NFL head coach can significantly affect health. It might be the most stressful job in America. Last season, eight of the 32 NFL coaches lost their jobs for performance reasons. Just 11 of the 32 current coaches were hired before 2010. Job security is something attained by only a few coaches. Of the seven coaches hired before 2008, only Kubiak and Cincinnati Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis have yet to win a Super Bowl, and both of them faced serious job security concerns in the past. Not only do NFL coaches cope with intense organization scrutiny, but fans criticizing each and every decision they make. Two weeks ago, Tampa Bay radio station 102.5 The Bone purchased a billboard that read “Fire Schiano,” in reference to the Buccaneers’ coach who led his team to an 0-8 start. Imagine if someone put your name on a billboard demanding you lose your job. You certainly wouldn’t sleep well at night. On Sunday Night Football, color commentator Chris Collinsworth suggested the NFL mandate coaches work a maximum of 12 hours per day, from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. While NFL coaches make millions of dollars, a system like this would make sense to help coaches manage stress. With so much fuss being made about NFL players suffering lifealtering concussions, maybe it’s time to address the health of the men who run the show from the sidelines. Patrick Leary is a junior in the College of Communication. Email him at patrick. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Women put cap on perfect Big East regular season Incredible resilience leads team to fifth straight BE crown By Kyle Doubrava
In August, the Marquette women’s soccer team wanted to win the Big East and make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. Fast forward to today: the Golden Eagles are quickly seeing they have what it takes to accomplish those goals. Marquette concluded its regular season Saturday with a 2-1 win against Butler, finishing the season 16-3-0 and 9-0-0 in league matches. The Golden Eagles, ranked No. 1 in the conference, have an ongoing 11 win streak and will be put to the test this weekend in the Big East Championship at Valley Fields. Coach Markus Roeders is pleased with his team’s effort to this point and was satisfied with how the players responded to playing ranked programs like Portland and UCLA to start the year. “It’s all about winning,” Roeders said. “I don’t think we really get caught up in winning streaks. Early on, we were going to play opponents that were truly going to challenge ourselves, and that was all part of the makeup of putting our schedule together.” The Golden Eagles began the season 1-2, albeit all three games away from Milwaukee. Valley Fields proved to be the team’s safe haven yet again and Marquette went 8-0-0 at home and has not lost on its own turf since 2011. After a somewhat surprising defeat at Illinois State Sept. 15, Roeders put his squad on the correct track as the Golden Eagles reeled off 11 consecutive wins. Some victories needed to be earned, though. Marquette nearly had its home winning streak snapped at the hands of Louisville, but senior midfielder Maegan Kelly drilled a game-winning penalty kick in overtime. At Villanova, Marquette nearly allowed a game-tyinggoal late in the match, but sophomore goalie Amanda Engel notched
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Sophomore midfielder Ann Marie Lynch dribbles down the pitch against Butler. Marquette went perfect in conference games during the regular season.
the save to preserve the win. Nationally-ranked Georgetown visited the Golden Eagles last month in what was supposed to be a stressful match for both schools, but Marquette made simple work of the Hoyas in a 4-0 shutout. Senior midfielder Kate Reigle has seen her share of victories at Marquette. While she wasn’t expecting the team to have such a large win streak heading into the postseason, it’s a luxury the Golden Eagles worked to attain. “Usually we have a tradition
in October where that’s kind of our month,” Reigle said. “We always go into games expecting to win because we know if we do what we’re supposed to do and play our game, we could really beat anyone ... It’s definitely not guaranteed, but we all thought that our team had the potential to do that, and we’re very happy that happened.” The team’s chemistry has blossomed since the start, and senior defender Katie Hishmeh attributes a great portion of Marquette’s success to that.
“We’ve definitely come a long way since August and we’ve gotten to know each other more on and off the field,” Hishmeh said. “I think that we had a lot of young people come in, a lot of freshmen and even some sophomores who were injured in the past. They’re starting to play now and we really needed to have their input. I think playing with them and getting to know them a little bit better has helped us succeed now.” For the seniors like Reigle and Hishmeh, this is their final
chance to make an impact on college soccer. For them, to win the Big East Championship and keep advancing in the NCAA tournament would be a proper send-off. “It means everything,” Reigle said. “All of us seniors are going to put everything out there on the field so our team can be successful. It would be awesome to go out on top in the Big East and make a really far run in the NCAA Tournament, further than we’ve ever been.”
Bond Squad notch two road wins at Butler, Xavier Barber racks up 43 kills, wins Big East freshman of the week By Patrick Leary
After three sweeps the previous weekend, the Marquette women’s volleyball team (17-5, 9-1 Big East) extended its lead in the Big East by knocking off Butler and Xavier for a pair of statement road wins Friday and Saturday. The Golden Eagles went to Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Friday to battle out a four-set victory over Butler. All four sets (26-24, 30-28, 25-27, 25-23) were decided by two points. They continued their
road magic Saturday at Xavier, bouncing back from a bad first set to win 21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-21. “We knew that both Butler and Xavier were quality volleyball teams, and playing them at home was going to be a big challenge for us,” coach Bond Shymansky said. “I keep remarking on the youth of our team, which keeps getting a little bit older, a little bit wiser.” Marquette saw another young player step up in a big way over the weekend, as outside hitter Nele Barber posted 23 kills at Butler and 20 kills at Xavier. Her teammates took notice, and dubbed the Berlin, Germany native “the Germinator” after her impressive matches. “Nele has been having some great, great games,” said redshirt freshman middle hitter Meghan Niemann. “It’s a lot of fun to play next to her.”
Barber has also impressed Shymansky, who loves the improvement she has shown in just about a month as a starting outside hitter. “Nele is a silent killer,” he said. “It’s so hard for the team on the other side of the net to believe she’s putting up those kind of stats. She’s not boisterous, she’s not flashy. She’s just incredibly consistent.” Shymansky credits Barber’s rapid development in Marquette’s system to her experience as a play on the under-18 German national team. “She can hit every shot in the book,” Shymansky said. “That’s part of her experience. She’s trained and played at a really high level before, and that’s starting to show now.” Even with Barber’s incredible weekend, Marquette still had to grind out two important wins.
Niemann, who had 11 kills in each match, said the team struggled with the effects of playing in large, mostly empty arenas like Hinkle Fieldhouse and the Cintas Center. “Both Butler and Xavier were weird because it’s a huge arena,” she said. “It’s different playing in that environment than the one we have (at Marquette). To play in a space like that, that’s just so dead, it just sucks the life out of the game.” However, the Golden Eagles brought energy in every set besides the first against Xavier, and powered through the obstacles to grab a two-game lead in the Big East. “All of the sets were tight,” Shymansky said. “We needed to come up with clutch performances in clutch moments, and we found a way to do it. It’s a great leap forward for us to not only separate from Creighton, but to separate
from Butler and Xavier.” With just six games remaining, Marquette is in the Big East regular season championship driver seat. It plays four of its six remaining contests at home against Seton Hall, St. John’s, Xavier and Butler, and also goes to Seton Hall and St. John’s in two weekends. With the Big East title so near at hand, Shymansky is determined not to let it slip away like it has in the past. “There’s really not a chance for us to take anything for granted between now and the end,” Shymansky said. “We keep telling our team that the further we go and the higher we rise in the conference, the more teams will come after and give everything they’ve got to take us down.”