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MU, Madison set for showdown Three keys, three players to watch in game versus Madison
By Trey Killian
By Rob Gebelhoff
3 Keys to a Marquette win Presence on the offensive glass In Marquette’s 67-59 loss to San Diego State, the Aztecs scored 14 points off of 15 offensive rebounds as coach Buzz Williams was quick to point out in his post game interview. While the Golden Eagles played well on their own end in this category (14.5 orpg), Williams said his team needs to improve its presence on the offensive boards. The Badger frontcourt is offensively sound so far as its top scorers, Frank Kamisky and Sam Dekker, are both forwards. While Marquette makes a living through its rebounding (41.4 rpg, 29th nationally) Wisconsin struggles with just 33.9 rebounds per game (248th nationally). Field goal percentage While Marquette’s toughness on the boards kept it alive in previous games, the Golden Eagles’ streaky shooting is a recurring hindrance. The Badgers have had no such See Madison, Page 16
Bitter cold strains MKE services for homeless
throughout the week, while also dedicating some time and effort to the Milwaukee community. A Wisconsin T-shirt trade-in and class penny war for scholarship aid is taking place in the Alumni Memorial Union all week, while the AMU’s Marquette Place and Brew Bayou had rivalry-themed food and drink specials Monday and the
Repairers of the Breach, a homeless shelter located five blocks north of campus, is preparing for another long Milwaukee winter. Although the shelter is primarily a daytime resource for the homeless, it keeps its doors open eature at night when wind eport chill temperatures reach a life-threatening 10 degrees. Mark Young, the shelter’s manager, is organizing two extra nighttime shifts with Repairers’ staff, which he said takes a huge toll of the resources of the shelter. “It’s a hot mess,” Young said. “We serve about 60 people each night. Can you imagine people roaming the streets at 25 degrees below zero? They all come here.” Unfortunately, the job does not seem to be getting any
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in basketball in December 1917 and another 118 times since. The 120th meeting between the two teams will be played Saturday, but, for the second consecutive year, that now means the week leading up to the game has an impact off the court. By Matt Barbato Beat Bucky Week made its firstname.lastname@example.org but last year and is dedicated to Marquette first played the Uni- generating energy for the upcomversity of Wisconsin-Madison ing game with events scattered
Beat Bucky Week makes its second campus appearance
Donations to MU increase from previous fiscal year By Jason Kurtyka
Donations to Marquette reached more than $47 million in fiscal year 2013, an increase from $43 million last year. According to University Advancement, more than 28,000 benefactors pledged financial support to Marquette, a 3 percent increase from last year. The university received three gifts of over $1 million, including a pledge of $8.3 million to the College of Communication to fund the O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service journalism. With the increase in donations, Marquette will be able to fully endow 30 new scholarships. The Blue & Gold Fund, which provides financial support for student
athletes, also reached a new high of $4 million, up from $3.3 million a year ago. The President’s Society, which recognizes donors who contributed at least $2,500 over the past fiscal year, grew by 1,756 members – an increase of 15 percent, according to University Advancement. Students’ tuition fees only cover about 62 percent of the university’s budget, with the rest comprised entirely of financial gifts from donors. In 2012, Marquette’s operating budget was $363.7 million and revenue from tuition was $215.7 million. In addition, 98 percent of undergraduate students received financial aid in 2012, amounting to $102.9 million in tuition discounts in the form of scholarships and grants. To promote awareness of Marquette’s reliance on donors, University Advancement holds “Tuition Runs Out Day,” every spring semester, about 62 percent of the way into the school year, to
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denote when student tuition stops funding Marquette. The idea behind the event is to get students talking about the
financial state of the university and to give proper thanks to donors whose support keeps Marquette operating. Last
February, students signed more than 700 thank you notes that were sent out to donors.
College GPAs on the rise due to adjusted system. PAGE 2
Allowing strip club downtown would be a slippery slope. PAGE 13
A win in Madison could be a catalyst for the Golden Eagles. PAGE 15
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Data shows a steady rise in college GPAs Inflation caused by adjustments in grade policies by professors By Caroline Roers
It is common in any given class for half the students to receive A’s or B’s on assignments. Higher grades are considered normal, but 60 years ago this wasn’t the case. Average GPAs at four-year colleges and universities over the course of the last 60 years rose from 2.52 in the 1950s to 3.11 in 2006, USA Today reported Nov. 21. In addition, GPA inflation increased in private schools more than public schools. According to gradeinflation.com, the average GPA in private schools increased from 3.09 in 1991 to 3.30 in 2007. In public schools, however, the average GPA only rose from 2.85 to 3.01 over the same time period. Marquette’s Office of Institutional Research and Analysis is calculating GPA inflation at Marquette and
is expected to have the information for the Tribune next week. Jody Jessup-Anger, assistant professor and program coordinator for the College of Education, said there are two schools of thought that would explain the rise. “First is the historical context,” Jessup-Anger said. “Many professors abandoned ‘D’ and ‘F’ grading to ensure that students could maintain their student status so as to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War.” At that time, many professors abandoned the bell-shaped curvebased grading and considered each student on individual merits instead of comparing him or her to the rest of the class. “Another school of thought is that college is increasingly viewed as a private good, benefitting the individual more than society,” she said. “Thus, students are more invested in getting higher grades so as to be more competitive for graduate school and employment. In order to appease students’ consumerist demands, professors may be more inclined to reward mediocre work.”
In a study published in July in give them more information about PLOS One, a scientific journal, an applicant in order to make an infinal GPAs determined wheth- formed admissions decision.” Many colleges are working to er students were admitted into put a stop to the graduate schools grade inflation. – regardless of Princeton Unihow selective versity created a the school was. policy in 2004 so This may not be only 35 percent the case, however, of grades given at Marquette’s by professors Graduate School. could be A’s. Yale Carl Wainscott, also attempted director of graduimplementing ate admissions a similar policy at the Graduate in the spring School, said that while GPAs are Jody Jessup-Anger, assistant of 2013, but it considered in the professor, College of Education was postponed due to opposition. admissions proNo similar polcess, admissions decision are determined holisti- icy has been implemented at Marquette. cally and not on GPA alone. “My hunch is that any outside “GPAs are certainly considered in the graduate admissions pro- attempts to limit faculty freecess,” Wainscott said. “However, dom in the classroom would be they are not the only criteria used in met with a lot of resistance,” making admission decisions. Let- Jessup-Anger said. She added that she believes ters of recommendation, personal statements, GRE scores and other grades will continue to inflate until materials are also often required by they cannot rise any more. admitting departments in order to
In order to appease students’ consumerist demands, professors may be more inclined to reward mediocre work.”
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Classes cancelled after mock pat-downs Student complaint prompts change to criminology course
By Matt Kulling
According to a call received by the Tribune, a criminology professor was asked to leave his class after a student reported feeling uncomfortable. The caller said criminology professor Richard Zevitz patted down students as part of a demonstration, and then, when talking about the concealed carry law in Wisconsin, said if an active shooter came into the classroom, he would shoot the shooter and possibly a few students he did not like. Some
students reportedly felt un- criminology department,” comfortable enough to report Harper said. “I came to the it to the dean of the College of realization that (Zevitz) isn’t Arts & Sciences. crazy, he just kind of has a sick Keisha Harper, a senior in sense of humor.” the College of Harper added Arts & Sciences, that through said although working with Zevitz might police officers seem strange at and those in first, he just has the criminola dark sense of ogy field, she humor. realized that a “I remember darker sense of coming in freshhumor is needmen year and ed to be in that thinking that line or work. this man is a litThe caller tle bit out there, also said Zevitz Keisha Harper, senior, College of was kinda crazy, escorted Arts & Sciences but then again, out of the classI was a freshroom, but Brian man at Marquette, and I Dorrington, senior director didn’t really understand the of university communication,
I came to the realization that (Zevitz) isn’t crazy, he just kind of has a sick sense of humor.”
DPS Reports Dec. 3 At 12:59 p.m., an unidentified subject removed a student’s unsecured, unattended property estimated at $1,510 from Cudahy Hall. MPD was contacted. Between 3:45 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., a student-employee reported that unknown person(s) removed his unsecured, unattended property estimated at $10 from the Alumni Memorial Union.
At 4:40 p.m., a student acted in a disorderly manner toward another student in Mashuda Hall and was taken into custody by MPD. At 10:12 p.m., two students were in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia in O’Donnell Hall and were taken into custody by MPD.The students were cited and released.
said that was untrue. Dorrington said students were informed their remaining two classes were cancelled, but their final exam would still take place. He also added in an email that the college will continue to monitor the situation and “ensure all students are fairly evaluated academically.” Marcos Salamone, a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences, had Zevitz as a teacher and said he never acted as described by the caller. “I was very surprised when I heard about it,” Salamone said. “I had already taken a course with him, and he never did that or acted that way.”
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Thursday 5 Sheryl Crow, The Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. Les Miserables, Skylight Music Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Friday 6 Sorority Information Session, Cudahy
Hall 001, 6 p.m. Milwaukee Admirals vs. the Oklahoma City Barons, Bradley Center, 7 p.m. Studio 013 Refugees Improv Show, Marquette Hall 200, 8 p.m. Kacey Musgroves, The Rave, 8 p.m. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m. Things Being What They Are, Studio Theatre, 8 p.m.
Orchestra Family Concert, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 2 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs.Wisconsin, Al McGuire Center, 7 p.m. Bucks vs. Nets, Bradley Center, 7:30 p.m. Festivus, Brady Street, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 8 Noises Off, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, 7 p.m.
Saturday 7 Marquette vs. Wisconsin Viewing Party, Union Sports Annex, 1:15 p.m. “The Snowman” Milwaukee Symphony
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MU strives to increase course evaluation responses incentives to increase response rates like placing respondents in a raffle for a free iPad. Course evaluations have been used at Marquette for decades, and they evolved from the original paper format to an online system in 2008. The MarBy Claudia Brokish firstname.lastname@example.org quette Online Course Evaluation As response rates for course System is based on a 15 quesevaluations declined since the im- tion survey designed to be able plementation of the online survey to evaluate a “wide variety of form, professors said that the evalu- courses” Riley said. ations are instrumental to them and Every college uses the same university administrators. course evaluation system. Classes “Marquette is a research one that have labs, like chemistry or institution, but physics, have five I still think that extra questions on above all there’s the evaluation for more of a focus students to assess on students,” said the lab. IndepenSarah Bond, asdent studies, pracsistant professor tica, co-ops and of history. “So if distance learning you want to have classes are the good teachers at only classes that Marquette and do not use the you want to conMOCES, and intinue to have them stead have unique around, then fillevaluation instruSteven Avella, history professor ments. ing out the evaluations is to your “We send an advantage.” email to faculty, Response rates to the course department chairs and college evaluations were about 64 percent deans informing them that the relast year, said Alexandra Riley, di- sults can be accessed within the rector of the Office of Institutional MOCES,” Riley said in an email. Research and Analysis. In earlier Professors usually have access to years when the course evaluations the evaluations once their departwere paper-based, response rates ment chairs look at them. were closer to 79 percent. Tenure is an important factor The OIRA put forth when considering course evalua-
Professors say student feedback is essential to class modifications
Critical comments are important and helpful – no professor resents constructive criticism.”
Gesu seeks input in selecting new pastor Church holds several sessions to address parishoner opinions By Natalie Wickman
The Rev. Tom Lawler, provincial of the Society of Jesus’ Wisconsin Province, will review feedback from Church of the Gesu parishioners before selecting a new pastor for the parish, according to
John O’Brien, Gesu parish administrator and executive director of operations. O’Brien said the new pastor selection should happen sometime before June 30, 2014, although he is not completely sure because the decision will be made by Lawler. Several “Parishioner Listening Sessions” were held to get an idea of what Gesu parishioners want from the new pastor, as well as needs of the parish as a whole. The feedback was compiled and sent to Lawler Tuesday.
tions, because they are entered into a professor’s file if they have not yet received tenure. The evaluations can then be taken into consideration when a professor is considered for tenure. “We want our teaching at Marquette to be just as important as our research,” Bond said. “So what we want is the clearest, lucid picture that we possibly can have of our teaching, and if our teaching is successful, because you don’t want to give tenure to someone who’s a horrible teacher.” Evaluations can, however, run into problems when students allow prejudices to unfairly color their responses. “Sometimes students use (course evaluations) for ‘revenge’ if they didn’t get the grade they wanted, or if the professor has challenged things like their irregular attendance or classroom behavior,” said Steven Avella, professor of history. “Critical comments are important and helpful — no professor resents constructive criticism. However, in a few instances over the years, I and others have received negative comments that were factually inaccurate and even cruel.” Both Bond and Avella stress the need for student participation and honesty on course evaluations in order for them to be used for their intended purpose to “assess and evaluate teaching effectiveness” Riley said. Avella noted that the anonymity of the evalua-
I give feedback on the classes I care about, like classes I really liked or disliked, but the classes I don’t really care about I just do for the sake of doing them and a little for the iPad.” Saurah Graupman, sophomore, College of Arts & Sciences tions, while allowing students to feel free to be completely honest, can also lead to students saying things they would never say to a professor’s face. Above all, Bond and Avella said they want to make clear that evaluations are read and taken into consideration when preparing for a classes for the next semester. The professors also said they are always willing to listen to constructive criticism and appreciate the honest feedback from students. “I have changed class procedures and assignments in response to honest criticisms,” Avella said. “If the suggestions will help enhance learning, I embrace it.” “I’ve changed syllabi as a result of (course evaluations), not just one person who hated the class, but if a number of people are saying the same thing about the class you have to go back and see what you’re doing,” Bond said. Course evaluation participation rates among specific classes can go as low as less than 50 percent participation. Bond said many students fail to realize the impor-
tance of course evaluations and either ignore them completely, or put little thought into their responses. “I give feedback on the classes I care about, like classes I really liked or disliked, but the classes I don’t really care about I just do for the sake of doing them and a little for the iPad,” said Sarah Graupman, a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences. “But even when I do respond, I just do the rankings and some minimal feedback.” This leads to a danger both Avella and Bond mention, which is the tendency for extremes to come through in evaluations rather than an accurate reading that full participation would supply. As expected the professors said they always hope to see honest and positive responses. “Let me just tell you how much it makes my day to hear positive (course evaluations),” Bond said. “It makes me feel more confident as a teacher and feel better about my teaching after I read positive evaluations. It makes me feel like I’m successful as a teacher.”
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Bucky: Week aims to boost school spirit at home despite road game Annex had bingo Wednesday. Jennilee Schlinsky, a senior engagement officer on the Marquette Alumni Association Staff, said the main goal of the week is to spur some hype for the in-state grudge match and the inaugural Beat Bucky Week achieved this goal. “It’s all about creating that spirit and buzz for that week,” Schlinsky said. “In general, we were happy with last year’s program, in terms of people talking about it and recognizing the brand we created.” Michael Kelly, a senior advancement officer, said Beat Bucky Week was also very successful in its fundraising efforts. “We believe the inaugural Beat Bucky Week was very successful in terms of fundraising through the penny war,” Kelly said in an email. “We raised more than $130 for the Students Helping Students Fund – a scholarship fund for students
with immediate financial need, such as a parent losing their job.” Schlinsky said the very popular Wisconsin T-Shirt exchange, which will be held every day this week, as opposed to just one day of the week last year, had 60 items exchanged last year. One of the obstacles of this year’s Beat Bucky Week is trying to promote a game that will not be played at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, unlike last year. Schlinsky said she believes the solution to not having home-court advantage is promoting the watch party at the Annex and the women’s game against the Badgers at the Al McGuire Center Saturday night. “We’re lucky because we can still create atmosphere on campus with the viewer party at Union Sports Annex and because the women are also playing at the Al McGuire Center that day.”
Although Schlinsky said not much is changing, there are some new events to look forward to in this year’s event schedule. One of those new programs Schlinsky said she is excited about is a campus-wide spirit day, in which the whole Marquette community is encouraged display Golden Eagle pride. “We want the entire campus community to show their Marquette pride by wearing their Marquette gear on Friday,” Schlinsky said. “It’s going to be important to have that visual presence on campus.” The double-header will kick off at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, when the men’s team hits the hardwood at the Kohl Center in Madison, with the game televised on Big Ten Network. The night cap at the Al will begin at 7 p.m. when the women’s team also takes on the Badgers.
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MUSG met to organize surveys and pass resolutions this semester.
Schultz happy with response to FemSex, multiple resignations
By Joe Kvartunas
In late August, just before the start of the academic year,
Marquette Student Government President Sam Schultz sat in his office and spoke of his role in the organization and his hopes for MUSG in his first full semester as president. “I didn’t really have defined goals for the semester,” said Schultz, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, looking back at his planning. “One large
part of this job is student representation, so I’ve tried to do that as well as possible.” Just more than three months later, MUSG made it through a semester that included the resignation of three university administration leaders, the retirement of the Department of Public Safety chief, and controversy over the revoked sponsorship of the FemSex program for a second time. After all of it, Schultz said he felt MUSG performed well. Schultz said he felt the biggest challenge MUSG faced was the resignations of former University President the Rev. Scott Pilarz in September. That was followed shortly by the resignation of Executive Vice President Mary DiStanislao in early October. Already working with an interim provost after John Pauly’s resignation at the end of the last academic year, there were concerns in MUSG about whether or not the upheaval in the administration would cause problems for MUSG’s long-term agenda. “I actually thought our plans would be a lot more affected,” Schultz said in an email. “I was worried that both an interim provost and interim president would
stall any initiative that we put forth. Thankfully, both Father (Robert) Wild and Dr. (Margaret) Callahan have been active in their interim roles, and both have been really great to work with.” Schultz cited Callahan’s receptiveness to MUSG concerns over academic resources such as D2L being underutilized, particularly by faculty. Legislative Vice President Kyle Whelton, a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences and the leader of the senate, also said he felt MUSG performed well facing the challenges presented by the resignations and the controversy over FemSex. “The Senate met both of these events with enthusiasm and determination,” Whelton said in an email. “After Father Pilarz resigned, nearly three quarters of the Senate came to the presidential search forum and each standing committee held discussions on what Marquette needs in its next president. As soon as the FemSex controversy occurred, several senators began writing the gender and sexuality survey, which produced a piece of legislation on (Thursday’s) agenda.” Schultz also said the gender and
sexuality survey was something of which he was particularly proud. He said he felt it was an incredible outreach job by the Senate, citing the more than 900 respondents to the survey, a number that is significantly higher than manual surveys MUSG usually receives. MUSG, however, faced some disappointments this semester as well. Both Schultz and Whelton cited the failure to get a student representative on the presidential search committee as a letdown. “I would have really liked that and have set future standards that further student representation on search committees is a must,” Schultz said. He also said he hoped the efforts by MUSG in this area would help to improve the legitimacy of MUSG in the eyes of the administration. Schultz added that the work isn’t done for himself or MUSG, and there is still room for improvement. “We can continue our strong efforts of outreach into the next semester,” Schultz said. “I’m going to try and continue to raise MUSG’s profile within the university to increase our connections between the university and students.”
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For university snow days, travel conditions are key Administration says timing of foul weather determines decision By Kelly Meyerhofer
The night before the snow day frequently called Snowpocalypse of 2010, Kathleen Schneider, a senior in the College of Health Sciences, recalls walking to Schroeder for dinner and being slapped with wind and snow. She could not see in front of her. “The LIMOs and DPS officers were constantly picking people up against their will because it was too dangerous to be outside,” Schneider said. Gisel Romero, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, remembers her roommate telling her – classes were cancelled – when she woke up. Romero decided not to get excited until she saw the words “Marquette University closed” on the bottom of her television screen.
The February 2010 blizzard caused Marquette’s last snow day. “The day before (the snow day) people were saying nothing would happen because they never cancel classes at the university level, but it happened,” Romero said. Art Scheuber, vice president of administration, confirmed in an email that snow days are a rare occurrence in college. Classes that are scheduled play havoc with what a professor has planned for class activities and this only even gets worse if it is during finals week. Most of Marquette’s undergraduate population live in the immediate area, so services like dining need to be provided whether class is cancelled or not. Some employees are required to come to campus despite the conditions. The process in calling a snow day is somewhat ambiguous. Scheuber first looks at the conditions in the immediate Marquette area by working through a mental checklist. Streets must be plowed and have little ice. Parking lots, sidewalks, and
building entrances must be walkable. Facilities services grounds department must be able to keep up with the falling snow. Scheuber said he also considers conditions of major highways and projected snowfall in the surrounding area to accommodate staff and commuter students. All of this information is compiled by the Department of Public Safety Shift Commander. “It all depends on when the bad weather hits,” Scheuber said. For this reason, day classes are cancelled while evening classes will resume as normal. In the case of the snow day of 2010, both morning and evening classes were cancelled. Still, just because students got a free day does not mean it was fun. Schneider said she spent her classless day trying to figure out a chemistry lab report. “Straz Tower lost all of their power,” Schneider said. “There were even a few kids who got stuck in the elevator!” Romero, on the other hand, participated in a snowball fight on Abbottsford field. “(It was) a happy surprise as a freshman dealing with my first year in college,” Romero said.
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Thursday, December 5, 2013
PROFILING MKE HOMELESSNESS
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Jackie Moore, a member of the homeless shelter Repairers of the Breach, sifts through winter sweaters during one of the organization’s weekly clothing drives on Saturday, Nov. 23.
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Homeless: Residents without housing rises across Wisconsin in 2012 easier, as homelessness counts remain stagnant in Milwaukee and are increasing in Wisconsin, according to the Department of Administration’s Division of Housing. A PROFILE ON WISCONSIN HOMELESSNESS A long-term analysis of historical trends on homelessness is nearly impossible to conduct, as data on the issue is very limited. Most counts of homelessness in Wisconsin date back only to 2008. This is mostly because there was no standard for shelters to collect data until Congress directed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to gather information on the issue in 2004. It took a few years for homeless programs around the state of Wisconsin to reliably use the data collecting applications known as the Homeless Management Information System. Homeless data in Wisconsin is separated by regional programs referred to as a Continua of Care. These programs are coalitions of organizations
dedicated to ending homelessness. The Milwaukee CoC reports the greatest amount of Wisconsin homeless clients. According to the 2012 Wisconsin State of Homelessness Report, about 29 percent of all people taking advantage of emergency shelters in the state are in Milwaukee County. The Milwaukee CoC is so large that it sheltered more people in 2012 than in the next three biggest CoCs in Wisconsin, covering the counties of Dane, Brown and Outagamie. The 2012 report also showed homeless counts in Wisconsin increased substantially between 2008 and 2012. More than 23,000 homeless clients were reported to have taken advantage of emergency shelters in 2012, compared to about 18,000 in 2008. This runs contrary to national numbers, which reported a 5.7 percent decline in homeless clients between 2008 and 2009. In Wisconsin, the number of people taking advantage of emergency shelters increased every year since 2008.
Unfortunately, the number of clients reported by emergency shelters largely underestimates the number of homeless people in the state. The data does not include the number of people who were turned away by shelters due to a lack of available space and those who avoid the shelter system altogether. The National Alliance to End Homelessness uses point-in-time information — that is, it looks at homeless counts at one time rather than over the course of a year — and includes estimates of unsheltered homeless people. Using this more comprehensive data, the National Alliance estimated Wisconsin’s homeless count increased by 4 percent between 2011 and 2012, making Wisconsin one of 28 states that saw an increase during that time period. The National Alliance also estimated the number of unsheltered Wisconsin homeless increased by 35 percent during that time, making it the fifth fastest growing unsheltered, homeless population in the country.
(Black people) lost their dignity. And it passes from generation to generation to generation.” Mark Young, shelter manager for Repairers of the Breach MILWAUKEE FIGURES Contrary to statewide data, Milwaukee homeless counts remained relatively stagnant in recent years. As part of the Homeless Management Information System, the Milwaukee CoC collects point-in-time figures on its homeless population. The most recent data collection took place Jan. 30. This collection showed a negligible increase in the Milwaukee homeless count from 1,432 people in 2012 to 1,442 in 2013. The 2013 count, however, is a great improvement from the count reported in 2009. The Milwaukee CoC reports homelessness in the city dropped by 6.2 percent since 2009. Also contrary to state data, the count of unsheltered homeless people in Milwaukee decreased
by 60 percent in the past four years, from 220 in 2009 to 89 in 2013. The reason for these numbers is difficult to pin down; however, an examination in the subpopulations of Milwaukee’s homeless may provide a better understanding. The city’s count of homeless veterans who are severely mentally ill and who struggle with chronic substance abuse both slightly increased over the past three years. On the other hand, the same numbers for unsheltered Milwaukee homeless all decreased in 2013. This is especially true for the number of unsheltered homeless people with chronic substance abuse, which decreased dramatically by 59 percent since 2011. This may be due to a
Breakdown of Wisconsin homelessness by race
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Hispanic or Latino origin
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persistent rise in permanent supportive housing, which often provides housing upfront and help for illnesses and addictions. The Milwaukee CoC reports that beds in supportive housing increased by 45 percent since 2010. A HUGE RACIAL DISPARITY While serving as shelter manager of Repairers of the Breach, Mark Young said homelessness in Wisconsin does not seem to discriminate between races. “I see just as many white homeless people as I do black,” Young said. Unfortunately, that perfectly illustrates the problem. Wisconsin’s Division of Housing in the Department of Administration reported in 2012 that 51 percent of Wisconsin homeless are white and 41 percent are black. Black people, however, constitute only 6.5 percent of the total Wisconsin population according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This is not true for all minorities, though. Hispanics, for example, take up about 6.1 percent of the total Wisconsin population and make up roughly 6.6 percent of the homeless population. Young suggested this disparity in the black population may contribute to a growing resentment based on race. “(Black people) lost their dignity,” he said. “And it passes from generation to generation to generation.” The Division of Housing reported, however, that the disparity slowly decreased over the recent years as white people comprise a slightly larger portion of the homeless population. STUDENTS’ EFFORTS FOR CHANGE Marquette students have a history volunteering at shelters and working to serve those who are homeless in Milwaukee. Midnight Run, for example, is a student-led organization supervised by Campus Ministry was founded in 1988. Ever since, the organization has worked to serve the needs of the homeless and hungry of Milwaukee. The organization provides food at nine homeless sites around the city, including Repairers of the Breach.
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White and othB r i t t a n y er Midnight White, a junior Run volunteers in the College of worked in the Arts & Sciences o rg a n i z a t i o n ’s and president weekly clothof the Associaing drive. White tion of Social also volunteered Welfare and Jusat Repairers as tice Students on part of service campus, works learning, conin the kitchen ducting a class of the Repairon creative ers site through Brittany White, junior, writing with Midnight Run, College of Arts & Sciences the homeless helping to serve at the shelter. the shelter’s daiMaryann Radowski, service ly lunch. “It’s been an awesome ex- learning coordinator at the orperience,” White said. “I’ve ganization, said an average of absolutely fallen in love about 20 Marquette students volunteer at the center each with those people.” Beyond providing food, semester for service learning,
We have to take that step and acknowledge that we are living in a city that is facing numerous crises.”
which Radowski said increased in the last 5 years she worked at the shelter. “I’ve really learned the importance of learning a person’s name,” White said. “A lot of times we clump homeless people into a single group, but I have been able to learn their individual names and faces.” White said she wishes more students at Marquette had the opportunity to learn from the stories of the homeless, as she did at Repairers. “We cannot let ourselves be ignorant anymore,” White said. “We have to take that step and acknowledge that we are living in a city that is facing numerous crises, but there’s so much room for change.”
In the spirit of sharing the stories of the homeless, the Tribune will partner with the Association of Social Welfare and Justice Students to bring members of Repairers of the Breach to campus to speak with students. The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 20 in the AMU Ballrooms at 12 p.m. “All of those stereotypes that box people into one particular identity are so dangerous,” White said. “If there was one thing I can leave as my mark on Marquette’s campus, it would be to share those stories — even if it means changing the perspective of just one person.”
Voices from the Breach
Follow the code to the right or go to marquettetribune.org to read about four former homeless people who found sanctuary at Repairers of the Breach, the only daytime shelter in Milwaukee. Anthony Washington 18 months homeless Anthony, 48, ended an 18-month period of homelessness in March 2013 and continues to struggle with his addiction to smoking cocaine after spending a combined total of 25 years in prison.
Sharona Smith 4 months homeless Despite having her own place to stay, Sharona, 34, comes to Repairers almost every Saturday to volunteer her time for the organization, which she says is her home.
Dennis Heller 6 months homeless Heller became homeless for the first time in his life in December 2012. Now, he owns Orbit Enterprise, a licensed firm that collects junk found in the alleys of Milwaukee and sells it to Alter Trading Corporation, a metal recycling company.
Mark Young 14 months homeless Mark has worked at Repairers as its manager for more than a year and was homeless for a total of 14 months before working at the center. Despite his experience with homelessness, Mark maintains a belief that Repairers of the Breach does not help its members.
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Brady Street brings ‘Seinfeld’s’ fake holiday to MKE By Hannah Byron Special to the Tribune
‘Tis the season to roll the aluminum pole out of the crawl space and head over to Brady Street for Milwaukee’s celebration of Festivus, the holiday for the rest of us. Residents and businesses on Brady Street have been celebrating the quirky holiday for the past five years with revelers gathering for the celebratory events and bar crawl that will run from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m Saturday. For the uninitiated, Festivus comes from one of the most popular episodes of “Seinfeld” titled “The Strike,” which aired in 1997. In the episode, George’s dad, Frank Costanza, tells what is essentially the nativity story of Festivus. “Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way,” Frank says. “Out of that a new holiday was born … a Festivus for the rest of us!” Like any other holiday, Festivus has some pretty unique
holiday traditions. Born out of Frank’s hatred of all their commercial and religious aspect of other winter holidays, Festivus is described as an alternative. So, in lieu of extravagantly decorative tree, Festivus invites you to gather around an aluminum pole that is not measured by its flashy decorations, but by its “very high strength-to-weight ratio.” Jay Benaderet, the manager of World of Beer, a bar on Brady Street known for its wide selection, said all restaurants and bars taking part in the event will have a metal Festivus pole outside their establishments to keep with the Costanza tradition. And just like in the episode, the celebration begins with the Airing of Grievances when you fill your family and friends in on how they disappointed you the past year. As Frank yells around the dinner table in the episode, “I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you’re gonna hear about it!” According to Benaderet, the best grievances will be posted on the World of Beer Facebook page. Participants can dine on nonholiday food and drinks during the Airing of the Grievances at participating bars along the street including Hosed on Brady, Regano’s Roman Coin, Nomad World Pub, Malone’s on Brady, Club Brady, Jo-Cat’s Pub and Jack’s
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American Pub. Daniel Dufek, the manager of the Hi Hat Lounge, said they offer a drink special just for the occasion on top of the festive events. Next in traditional Festivus celebrations comes Feats of Strength. Here the head of the family chooses another Festivus participant to challenge. Only when he pins the other person to the ground can Festivus be over. In the special case of Festivus on Brady Street, the opponent can decline the wrestling match if they so wish. Benaderet also said World of Beer will host a “Seinfeld” quiz for the occasion to test customer’s knowledge on all things “Seinfeld” in addition to the other events. There is an easy version as well as a more challenging version of the quiz for true Seinfeld aficionados. Winners of each quiz will win a gift card. Though the classic Festivus episode of “Seinfeld” is now 16 years old, Milwaukee is just one of the cities keeping the tradition alive across the county. Today you can still buy Festivus books, posters and Kramer’s famous “Festivus yes! Bagels no!’ strike sign. A Milwaukee company even sells Festivus poles (always unadorned because Frank “finds tinsel distracting.”) Like some sort of Festivus miracle, it seems that the love of the show and the novelty of the holiday have lived on through devoted members of “the rest of us.” Benaderet said Festivus is his favorite holiday to celebrate all year. “As a Seinfeld fan, it’s something that everyone can kind of get into,” he said. “It’s the spirit of Festivus.”
This Saturday, Brady Street will host its 5th annual Festivus celebration.
GRIEVANCES To the AMU Christmas tree: You’re small! You’re a dissappointment! You call yourself a tree? To the toliet paper in the dorms: You are a one-ply hot mess. So weak, you couldn’t wipe a baby’s ass! To the person who pretends not to know you on the street: I know you.You know I know you. You know I know I know you. Wave, godammit! To finals: You are a soul-sucking trial of my sanity. To loud breathers: I know you need to inhale air to survive and all, but must you sound like a troll with asthma? To people who don’t read the Trib: A curse on your house! To Karen: You know what you did!
“I’ve got a lot of problems with you people! And now you’re gonna hear about it!”
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In an episode of “Seinfeld” titled “The Strike,” Kramer strikes for holiday leave for Festivus from a bagel shop.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Hansard takes on The Boss in new EP for charity ‘Drive All Night’ makes for an uneven ride for Irish musician By Taylor Gall
Special to the Tribune
Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard is known for his work on the soundtrack to the movie “Once.” Hansard specializes in visceral belting and emotional crooning that proved his success didn’t end with the film’s hit song, “Falling Slowly.” The four-track EP, “Drive All Night,” named after the Springsteen classic that Hansard covers, was released to raise money for the charity “Little Kids Rock” - an organization that supports and restores music education in public schools. Many of the songs on the album have been played by Hansard at live concerts, but have never been recorded on an official release. This troubadour proves that conquering Springsteen masterpieces is no easy task, but the earnest singer slips easily into the role of expert cover artist in “Drive All Night.” In this opening track, Hansard proves he works well with others, collaborating with Pearl Jam vocalist
Eddie Vedder and saxophonist Jake Clemons. Hansard & Co. stick to Springsteen’s nearly nine-minute song format, which manages to add to the impact of a tricky cover. Hansard’s smooth voice turns the classic tune into an all-enveloping musical experience. It’s a warm blanket that swallows the listener whole. Bright, brassy horns and strings riddle the tune, pulling and twisting at its foundation to make it Hansard’s own. It maintains Springsteen’s simple, American-roots sound and lyrics like “I swear I’ll drive all night just to buy you some shoes / And to taste your tender charms / And I just wanna sleep tonight again in your arms,” but cracks the song’s foundation with his voice, always Hansard’s strength. The way “Drive All Night” builds and wanes works well with Hansard’s vocal range and intensity, less gruff than The Boss but still powerful. Shoes or no shoes, Hansard wears this song well. In “Pennies in the Fountain,” Hansard adds an uptempo streak to an otherwise somber album, but it is sleepy and forgettable. Edgy jazz is not Hansard’s forte; he should have stuck with his signature,
classic sounds. Kenny G would fit in nicely with this song, and its four minutes and 56 seconds seem to drag on for ages. Hansard coos about the theme of the joys of loving and throwing pennies in a fountain for fun. While his simplicity aids Hansard in some songs, here it becomes both monotonous and twee. Hansard recovers some of his passion in the track “Renata” — a painful serenade to women that string men along, only to drop them when the winds change. The bluesy tune is lovely, yet somewhat forgettable. The whole idea of “she led me on, then she dumped me, my heart is in pieces” has been overplayed and overdone so many times, and Hansard makes no attempts to spice it up. Hansard’s roots are especially showcased (and the EP is saved) in the fourth and final song – the a cappella “Step out of the Shadows.” Hansard takes a simple folk tune that mimics a traditional Irish ballad, and uses his beautiful, clear voice to lift it to new heights. “It’s all out there for you waiting / If you’re wiling to become / Step out of the shadows, my little one.” It is simple, powerful and delicate, all characteristics that Hansard has mastered. This
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last song is worth the wait, and quite frankly makes up for the blundering banality of “Pennies in the Fountain.” “Drive All Night” is filled to the brim with crooning, soft, almost unnoticeable, nuances and lessons on love. But though Hansard often shines on simple, folky tunes, here he seems especially unadventurous and
Hansard’s two solid tracks at the beginning and end of the album are unable to obscure the trips and stumbles along the way. Hopefully, this simple release is not indicative of what’s around the corner for this otherwise talented performer.
To combat the same versions of the same Christmas songs played to no end, Marquee has assembled a list of holiday alternatives; from the bitter, to the soulful, to the heartbreaking, to the traditionally joyful this playlist will put you in the holiday spirit in a new way. 1. “White Christmas”— Otis Redding Perhaps the greatest Christmas song. Otis gets the most out of each. and. every. word. Also, at the end it sounds like he’s belting “mayonnaise! mayonnaise!” It’s great. 2. “White Winter Hymnal”—Fleet Foxes A thoroughly pleasant song—like a snowflake on your tongue. 3. “Christmas in Prison”— John Prine Written as a letter from a prisoner during the holidays, this song has our favorite Christmas lyrics. Prine describes snow falling on the prison yard in a way that manages to be unsentimental, a little funny and sad in the way only he can. 4. “What Christmas Means to Me”— Stevie Wonder Just try not to get a little happier listening to this. 5. “Pretty Paper” — Roy Orbison Sometimes Christmas songs are sad. And who better to sing a sad song than Roy Orbison?
6. “Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis”— Tom Waits And sometimes Christmas songs are really, really sad. Tom Waits is a Christmas downer in the most beautiful, poignant way. 7. “Christmas Treat”— Julian Casablancas The lead singer of The Strokes takes on a song that originated as a sketch on SNL making for a solid listen any day. 8. “Happy Hanukkah”— Matisyahu A surprisingly catchy ode to the holiday from everyone’s favorite Orthodox Jewish reggae rapper. 9. “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” — Darlene Love A Christmas gift from producer Phil Spector’s gorgeous wall of sound and Darlene Love’s infectious vocals. 10. “Auld Lang Syne” — Andrew Bird This take on the New Year’s Eve classic gives the song new life and levity. Andrew Bird’s version will help you welcome 2014 on a bright note.
11. “Fairytale of New York” — The Pogues A Christmas a scene in New York complete with the Pogues rough edges and thick Irish accents, this song manages to be lewd, deeply sad and joyful at the same time. 12. “Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)— The Decemberists Another sad Christmas story disguised as a jaunty holiday sing-a-long. 13. “Getting Ready For Christmas” — Paul Simon A creative take on the excitement for Christmas that makes for a nice mix up from the classics. 14. “Everyday Will be Like a Holiday” — William Bell Soul is one of the best genres for Christmas songs. It can be emotional and festive without coming off as cheesy, and this William Bell tune is one of the best there is.
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Remember Pope Francis’ call to service over holidays
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Our view: Follow Pope Francis’ advice and example and remember to tone down the consumerism and help the homeless this holiday season. The holidays are a time for buying, partying and gifting. But they’re also a time for reflection, celebration and giving. As the holiday season begins, it’s time for Marquette to reflect on its mission as a Jesuit institution. Earlier this week Pope Francis released “Evangelii Gaudium,” an apostolic exhortation –– a paper with the pope’s official position on theology and the gospels. “Evangelii” was about sharing Christianity with the world, attacked the “idolatry of money,” discussed the importance of reaching out to the poor and urged global leaders to join in these efforts. In 84 pages, the pope elaborates why it is important for the Roman Catholic Church to return to its personal, communal roots and decentralize. “I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security,” he wrote. This document is apparently Pope Francis’ personal philosophy, as earlier this week it was leaked that he probably serves Rome’s homeless at night in disguise. As students of a Catholic university in a city with rampant homelessness, we should follow his example, even if we don’t do it under cover of darkness. Part of Marquette’s mission is service. As students we can directly help our community with resources not available to most people in Milwaukee. There are plenty of homeless people to serve in the city, and many ways to help them further their own lives with a bit of agency. According to a 2012 report by the Wisconsin Department of Administra-
tion’s Division of Housing, over 23,000 homeless men and women used state services in 2012. Milwaukee County accounts for 28 percent of that – it has 3,000 more homeless people than any other county in Wisconsin, despite making up 17 percent of the state’s population in the 2010 census. It all starts with awareness. While most students have a home to go to over winter break, it’s easy to forget those who do not. It’s a simple concept that can be lost in the nameless, faceless idea of “the homeless.” As Pope Francis points out, the media helps perpetuate this: “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses 2 points?” he wrote. We do tend to focus more on small twists and turns of the market rather than the homeless man sitting outside Gesu. Those who are homeless are people with stories, faces, names. Recognizing them as individuals is the first step in taking Pope Francis’ advice. It’s up to students to determine their own response to the pope’s advice to serve. Students can do as much as use guest meal swipes to feed the hungry or as little as directing someone to an organization that will help them use his or her own agency to get off the street. The exhortation was Pope Francis’ call to action, not official church dogma. It’s up to students and all Catholics to take his words and make personal decisions. The Dec. 5 Tribune story on homelessness offers some examples for the ways to serve the homeless. Helping the homeless is not only about offering them meals, it is also about fostering friendships. Perhaps the simplest — and least thought of — approach to understanding homelessness is just offering friendship to someone in need.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
FemSex contradicts church on contraception, masturbation The Tribune has written numerous articles regarding the controversy of the university’s decision to revoke sponsorship of FemSex. The staff editorial from the Nov. 24 issue called for “university administration to have an open discussion about its decisions regarding FemSex.” The article desires the university to explain which portions of the FemSex syllabus were “contrary to Marquette’s mission.” In this article, I hope to clarify the aforementioned concerns and explain why I believe Marquette made its decision to revoke sponsorship. To provide context, Marquette’s mission is to pursue knowledge, faith, excellence and truth for “the greater glory of God and the common benefit of the human community.” After reading FemSex’s proposed syllabus for spring 2013, I have chosen to address two issues. I know that more could be said, but I am limited by length considerations. The first issue is the proposed topic for week five of class: safer sex. The course directors wanted to examine “the uses and misuses of various safer sex devices,” contraception and abortion. There are two forms of contraception and “safe sex” approaches approved for use by the church: abstinence and natural family planning. The church provides the following two reasons for its teaching. First, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, sexuality is a gift given to us from God to be used within the context of marriage for “the good of the spouses and the procreation of offspring.” Conjugal love involves the totality of each spouse giving completely of him or herself to the other for a deeply
personal unity that can only be achieved within the confines of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Physical and chemical means of contraception inhibit the totality in giving oneself to the spouse because they are not open to the fruits of the conjugal act, namely conception. Second, several of the physical and chemical contraceptive agents are abortifacient agents. Abortion is an intrinsic evil because it kills a beloved child of God who has never sinned. Life begins at the moment of conception as we hear God tell us in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you.” The second topic of which I am confident the university would have disapproved is week eight’s topic: masturbation, orgasm and pleasure. The course directors’ proposed discussion included “sharing experiences and generating ideas for technique.” The church teaches that seeking pleasure through masturbation is a blatant offense against God. As discussed earlier, sexuality is a gift from God and, as such, should never be abused for self-gratification. Pope Francis has warned the faithful to resist the false idol of pleasure because idols distract from God and corrupt minds. Instead of seeking God in all things, we begin to push him aside in our quest to obtain the false idol. I hope this will clarify why FemSex goes against Marquette’s mission and Catholic teachings, bearing in mind the answers can go much deeper than a 500-word article will allow. Matthew McDonald is a second-year dental student in Marquette’s School of Dentistry.
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Thursday, December 5, 2013
City should deny strip club license
Eric Oliver Let’s fast forward a year from now and you’re at the Marquette game (if you didn’t graduate already). After seeing the Golden Eagles win one with a last-second threepointer, you rush out of the BMO Harris Bradley Center in a fit of excitement. Right across the street there is Buck Bradley’s, Upper 90, The Turner Ballroom and the newlyopened gentleman’s club, Silk Exotic. That’s right. Silk Exotic wants to open a strip club right across the street, something the Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Admirals and even our Golden Eagles oppose, saying it would alter the perception of downtown. The strip club was already denied a license to open at 730 N. Old World Third St. when the city’s Licenses Committee voted unanimously to deny it. This denial was little more than telling Silk to find another spot in the city and then the committee would reconsider. Silk then applied for another license to operate at 1118 N. 4th St. It was almost like saying, “You can’t touch our small businesses, but feel free to go after our sports teams,” as the new location is across the street from the Bradley Center. The proposed strip club is going to destroy the value of the properties behind and around the sporting arena. Let’s fast forward again to sometime down the road when you’re looking for your first house. You have three options: you could either buy into a cramped neighborhood, move out to the suburbs and sacrifice the proximity of everything
in the city, or you could buy a nice house next to an open lot downtown. I’d get the nice house next to an empty lot in a second; you’re close to everything, and what’s the worst thing that can happen? Well, the worst thing that can happen is a strip club moves into that lot drastically bringing down your property value and creating a potentially undesirable area. According to an article in Pacific Standard, 95 percent of businesses surrounded by adult entertainment locations suffer from lower than normal property values. Unfortunately, that could soon be the case for the businesses surrounding the club’s proposed site. Besides decreasing property values, the strip club is also going to attract a whole cohort of externalities. The area surrounding it is already a parking nightmare. It also opens up the surrounding areas to new threats of violence and crime. James E. Causey, a columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is in favor of the new development, saying that it will revitalize the downtown area that is routinely shut down by 7 p.m. He also stated that if the strip club doesn’t work, it could just close a year later. I can’t agree with Mr. Causey. Frankly, having the property stay vacant and routinely maintained would cause less economic damage than having a negative asset like the strip club opening, even considering the tax benefits. Businesses are going to want to distance themselves from the area and if a business leaves, whatever tax benefit the city gets from licenses and property taxes will be negligible. The city needs to deny the newly proposed license to Silk Exotic. The negative externalities as well as the economic impact would do nothing but destroy the properties around it. The city already has enough problems; it doesn’t need one more thing working against it. Eric Oliver is a senior studying journalism and writing intensive English. Email Eric with any comments or suggestions at email@example.com.
Don’t be so quick to cry “awkward!”
Helen Hillis While walking through Raynor this week, a girl whom I had never seen before waved at me enthusiastically. As my face contorted into confusion, she quickly realized I was not who she thought and fell into her friend’s lap saying, “Oh my God, that’s so awkward!” Initially, I did not feel awkward. Confused? Maybe. But not awkward. I am a blond 5-foot-2-inch caucasian female. There are plenty of people who look just like me from a distance at Marquette. It was an honest mistake. But as soon as she proclaimed that it was “so awkward,” I felt awkward. When she walked by my table a few minutes later we made – you guessed it – awkward eye contact. All too often Marquette students find themselves in these so-called awkward situations. Walking down Wisconsin Avenue appears to be the center of awkwardness. There are seemingly endless possibilities to encounter awkward situations on the main drag through campus. For example, you are walking down Wisconsin during a time other than a passing period. No one is on the street … except for that girl you did a philosophy project with last semester. You walk closer, knowing what’s about to happen. You might grab your phone and pretend to send a text. If you’re feeling up to it, you’ll go for small talk. How long can you drag out the “hey how are you?” conversation? Timing
is of the utmost importance in the situation. Should you commence your small talk too soon, you will be left awkwardly staring at each other until you finally pass shoulders. To make things even more interesting, there’s the classic awkward reply. Your friend asks, “what’s up?” To which you reply, “good.” Facepalm. My personal favorite is the post-weekend encounter. You spent the hours of 2-3 a.m. early Saturday morning making a new friend at Dogg Haus. The two of you laugh, have a life chat over cheese curds and eventually profess your love for this newfound friendship. Monday morning, you see your new friend on the way to class. You make eye contact, twist your face into an uncomfortable smile and quickly look away. It’s awkward. Though slightly cliche, “it’s only awkward if you make it awkward” does have some truth. If we approach seemingly awkward situations with a relaxed, open mentality, there is no reason to feel uncomfortable. Looking at other languages highlights how “awkward” is a cultural phenomenon. In Spanish, the closest translation of awkward equates to “uncomfortable” or “clumsy.” “Maladroit” is similar in French but does not have the exact same connotation. Our generation is too quick to label situations as awkward. Rather than happily greeting a new (or old) friend, we slip into a state of uncomfortable panic. A harmless elevator ride with a stranger turns into two minutes of awkward silence. We fear interaction with others too easily. The next time you’re walking down Wisconsin, try a genuine greeting instead of an awkward hello. And if I should encounter you at Dogg Haus, let’s make our new friendship last past the weekend. Helen Hillis is a senior studying international affairs and Spanish. Email Helen with any comments or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Soccer nets historic season Seniors transformed program into one of the best in the country By Andrew Dawson
The men’s soccer team concluded its 2013 campaign in disappointing fashion, but the squad did continue its upward trend toward becoming a soccer powerhouse with its best season in program history. Non-conference It was a bumpy ride through non-conference play. Placed as high as No. 8 in preseason rankings, expectations were high for the Blue and Gold. However, the season did not kick off as planned. The squad quickly fell out of the national conversation after losing the Milwaukee Cup to local rival UWMilwaukee and then drawing UW-Green Bay. Momentum turned around briefly with three straight victories over Bowling Green, Drake and Michigan, winning the Milwaukee Panther Invitational. A 2-0 shutout loss to Michigan State halted the team’s momentum with one game separating them from Big East play. The early season skid was not without its positives, though. Freshmen Coco Navarro, Louis Bennett II and Jake Taylor all emerged as viable options and led the team in scoring. Taylor scored two goals in his debut against Green Bay while Bennett had two goals and an assist, and Navarro led the team with two goals and two assists. Marquette gained a muchneeded confidence boost with a 3-0 win over Loyola-Chicago heading into league play, but the team still had one non-conference match remaining. After defeating Big East new arrival Xavier, Marquette faced in-state rival UW-Madison. The Badgers proved too much for the Golden Eagles as they smothered the Marquette offense and took advantage of a late opportunity. That lone goal was the difference in the match. Big East Play Something must have clicked when Big East play began because the team performed better than it had all season. Redshirt sophomore forward C. Nortey led the charge, scoring four consecutive game winners. For the first time ever, Marquette was in control of the conference. At 5-0, they sat alone atop the standings; that is, until they drew St. John’s and lost to Georgetown in a crushing overtime loss at Valley Fields. The loss boosted the Hoyas to a share of first place. Then, Georgetown fell against Xavier, giving Marquette an opportunity to retake the lead. They did just that, defeating Seton Hall on senior night 2-1. Nortey again had the gamewinner but this time with a nifty
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Redshirt sophomore defender Axel Sjoberg and sophomore defender Adam Hermsen trots out with the team in the NCAA tournament.
half-bicycle kick. The regular season title came down to the DePaul game. DePaul had not won a league match, and if victorious, Marquette would win the regular season title. DePaul fought hard and won the match, but the Golden Eagles did enough in the regular season to win a share of the title with Georgetown. From there it was on to the Big East Tournament. After a first round bye, senior forward Adam Lysak played the hero in both matches. He scored the overtime game winner in the semi-finals against Butler and the game-winner against Providence in the final for a 3-0 shutout and the first tournament title since joining the Big East in 2005. NCAA Tournament For the second consecutive year and third time in its history, Marquette qualified for the NCAA Tournament. A successful regular season earned the Golden Eagles a No. 9 seed and a first round bye. First up for Marquette was a home game against 2010 national champion Akron. On a frigid night at the Valley, both
teams fought the low temperatures, but neither team was on the board at the end of 90. In the 100th minute, Navarro volleyed in the golden goal and gave Marquette a ticket to the third round and first ever tournament win. Then the tables turned for Marquette against Virginia. The Cavaliers received a red card in the first minute of the game, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Their strategy to play back and counter worked against the unprepared Marquette squad, ending the season in a 3-1 loss. This unfortunate conclusion not only marked the end of the season, but the progress of the team. When this year’s senior class arrived, the team had won only three games the year before they joined. Throughout the four seasons they were here, the seniors went 45-26-9 and took the program further than it had ever been. While the seniors will graduate, the team will continue to progress. As coach Louis Bennett has said all season, “there is a culture forming here at Marquette,” and the future looks very bright for this program.
Freshman forward Coco Navarro is one freshman who showed potential.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Volleyball to face former rival Louisville Golden Eagles travel to Champaign, Ill. for first round of NCAAs By Patrick Leary
This season, Creighton played the role of Marquette’s volleyball nemesis in the Big East. However, Marquette’s main enemy throughout Bond Shymansky’s five years as coach has undoubtedly been the Louisville Cardinals, who left the conference for the American Athletic Conference this summer. Imagine the Golden Eagles’ delight then, when Louisville appeared next to their name during Sunday’s NCAA selection show to set up a showdown Friday in Champaign, Ill. “We’re excited to play them,” Marquette coach Bond Shymansky
said. “That’s a team that we were hungry to play. We were hoping to get them on the schedule this year. I can’t imagine better motivation for our group than to prepare to play Louisville in the first round of the NCAAs.” First and foremost, however, the team was extremely disappointed to not get one of the 16 national seeds. Each seed hosts its first two matches of the tournament. Shymansky and his players felt their No. 8 RPI would be enough to put them in the top quarter of the 64-team field. “The selection committee has shown in the past 10 years that if you have a top-10 RPI, you get a seed,” Shymansky said. “I don’t know why we were omitted from that rule. I’m not entitled to an explanation, but I think our team is.” Senior setter Elizabeth Koberstein also said her initial feeling was one of frustration over the lack of seed. “I think we were all a little mad
that we didn’t have the number next to our name,” Koberstein said. However, Koberstein changed her tone to one of excitement when she started discussing the opportunity to take on the Cardinals, who defeated Marquette three times in 2012. “When we saw Louisville, it was like our blood’s already boiling,” she said. “We know that team. We want to beat them. We want to beat them bad.” In its first year outside of the Big East since 2005, Louisville went 25-7 and a stellar 18-0 in the AAC, good for the regular season championship. The Cardinals also kept their momentum going in the conference tournament, claiming the AAC’s automatic bid. They bring a 13-match winning streak into Friday’s showdown with Marquette. Senior outside hitter Emily Juhl provides the Cardinals with steady offense, averaging 3.07 kills per set. Freshman outside hitter Maya
McClendon leads the team with .313 kills per set and was named AAC Freshman of the Year. Like Marquette, Louisville boasts stellar seniors at libero and setter. Libero Caitlin Welch was named AAC Libero of the Year. Setter Hannah Kvitle caused problems for Marquette for most of her career, but was supplanted this year by sophomore Katie George. All year long, Shymansky’s squad called 2013 “the season of champions,” and the team achieved that goal twice already. However, a win over former Big East rival Louisville would be the icing on the cake of a fantastic season. “I don’t want to put any doubt in anyone’s mind that because the Big East is different is why we won,” senior libero Julie Jeziorowski said. “I want people to know that we won because we are a better team and we won because we worked hard to win, not because the conference changed.”
MU faces Big East newcomers over break Student athletes remain in play during the holiday season By Jacob Born
Even though the semester ends after next week, winter sports will stay strong throughout December and January. Women’s volleyball in the NCAA Tournament (Beginning Dec. 6) Marquette’s tournament play begins before break starts, but if the team makes it through its first two matches, it will see more playing time once break is well underway. The team’s first test is former Big East rival Louisville. The Cardinals won the newly formed American Athletic Conference with a 25-7 overall record, including going undefeated in conference play. This opening match will be tough for the unseeded Golden Eagles, and whoever wins will
face the winner of Illinois vs. Morehead State Dec. 7 before moving on in the tournament. Club Hockey vs. Nebraska (Dec. 6 and 7) OK, so maybe this game is also technically before break starts, but the men’s club hockey team plays a two-game series against No. 14 ranked Nebraska this weekend in what is the team’s mid-season finale. Marquette enters the series two weeks removed from the very tough Clash in the Corn Showcase. Captain Ryan Zanon said these are “two mustwin games.” Meanwhile, Nebraska had a seven game winning streak snapped in their last game and is looking for more quality wins to rise in the rankings. Women’s basketball competes in the battle for Milwaukee (Dec. 15) The Sunday after finals pits Marquette against crosstown rival Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the first time since 2009. Mar-
quette shouldn’t have to bring in any extra intensity, as the team’s previous foe is rival Wisconsin-Madison. The Panthers, currently sporting a 2-5 record and will play two more games before making the short trip across town to the Al McGuire Center. The Golden Eagles with an impressive 6-1 should take care of business against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Men’s basketball faces New Mexico in Las Vegas (Dec. 21) The men’s team heads to Las Vegas for the MGM Grand Showcase to take on the New Mexico Lobos. New Mexico, much like Marquette, started out in the national rankings, but a bad loss to Massachusetts and a double overtime victory over Alabama-Birmingham have since knocked the Lobos out of the rankings. The showcase will be a major stage for either team to get what should be a quality win on their respective NCAA Tournament resumes.
Men’s and women’s basketball open Big East play When students return to campus in January, Big East play will already be in full swing. The men’s team opens up the season in a tough road game against Big East newcomer Creighton on New Year’s Eve. Fans were almost treated to a preview of this matchup during the Wooden Legacy, but San Diego State ruined that dream. The matchup between Chris Otule and Davante Gardner versus Creighton big man Doug McDermott is going to be one for the ages. But not to be outdone by the men, the women’s team opens conference play two days earlier against another Big East newcomer, Butler. After a couple of down years, Butler could be a dark horse for a successful Big East campaign and will be a tough matchup for the Golden Eagles in their first conference game.
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MU win would be big for program
Trey Killian When the Marquette basketball team takes on Wisconsin, the entire state takes notice. Last season’s matchup was the highest attended basketball game in the state’s history, though it’s since been topped by Marquette’s home loss to Ohio State Nov. 16. A win in Madison this Saturday would mean much more for the Golden Eagles than in-state bragging rights, however. A thirdstraight Marquette victory, and second in three years at the Kohl Center, would likely be a catalyst for success in a still young season. Buzz Williams said his team matured and grew over last week’s run in the Wooden Legacy tournament, and it’s grown accustomed to working under tough road conditions. But while seniors Davante Gardner, Jamil Wilson and Chris Otule are no strangers to the challenges of the Kohl Center, its unfriendly confines present a new stepping stone in the growth of players like JaJuan Johnson and Deonte Burton. The Golden Eagles were the Badgers’ kryptonite the last two seasons. Bruising play under the basket and an efficient transition game trumped Bo Ryan’s slower, more half-court-oriented approach. Junior Cadougan and Vander Blue combined for 35 points in last season’s 60-50 win, while the Golden Eagles scored 17 fast break points and 14 points off turnovers. But Marquette has yet to find a perimeter scorer as consistent as Blue or Cadougan this season. Moreover, while the rebounding is there for this Marquette team, it’s had a rough time keeping games up-tempo for the most part. While a balanced attack in the frontcourt will be essential, Derrick Wilson and Jake Thomas will need to play as well as they did against Arizona State to spread the Badgers’ defense. Todd Mayo could also dramatically help the Golden Eagles’ chances, should he rediscover the form displayed the last time he visited the Kohl Center. His 14 points and five rebounds helped Marquette to the 61-54 victory. Checking in at No. 8, the Badgers will be the highest-ranked team the Golden Eagles faced thus far. A potential upset would pay RPI dividends considering a weaker Big East conference schedule and Marquette’s previous nonconference losses. It would be tough to label any of their defeats as “bad” given the competition, but a victory Saturday would be as quality a win as the Golden Eagles could achieve this season. Last year’s win was a welcome rebound after a drubbing against Florida, but this season it would carry more weight than any Wisconsin-Marquette contest in recent history. Regardless of the outcome, the game will definitely serve as yet another non-conference measuring stick for a rapidly maturing Golden Eagle squad. Trey Killian is a senior from Tampa, Fla., majoring in journalism. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Madison: Kaminsky, Brust two Badgers who could pose problems problem, knocking down 44.8 percent of their field goals as a team. Marquette must focus on working the ball around to get high-percentage shots against Bo Ryanâ€™s squad, as poor shot selection could lead to the same long scoring droughts that left Marquette fans scratching their heads all season. Even making high percentage shots was difficult for the Golden Eagles at times, and it will be paramount against a top-tier Wisconsin team that could make Marquette pay for each of its misses. Turnovers Marquetteâ€™s turnover ratio was a consistent theme for its success or failure in the first eight games it played. In an environment as tough as the Kohl Center, the Golden Eagles will have to control the basketball on their own end to stay in the contest. Against Arizona State, the Golden Eagles were able to hang with a good shooting team thanks to a four-turnover effort, but in the San Diego State loss, the Golden Eagles gave the ball away 15 times. Wisconsin has surrendered just 9.6
turnovers per game and shown that it wonâ€™t miss when given good opportunities. That makes good ball handling on every Marquette possession will be pivotal this Saturday. Players to Watch Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin junior center Bo Ryan found his next star big man as Kaminsky leads Wisconsin with 15.2 points per game. With a 43-point performance against North Dakota under his belt, Kaminsky showed the ability to take over games. He can dominate under the basket both defensively and offensively and knock down shots from beyond the arc (12 3-pointers this season). Marquette will have to avoid running into the same problems it did against Arizona Stateâ€™s 7-foot-2 Jordan Bachynski by working around Kaminsky when it can on offense. Ben Brust, Wisconsin senior guard The Badgersâ€™ third-leading scorer can do it all as he averages 11.2
points per game and leads Wisconsin in three-pointers made (22) and shares the lead for rebounds per game with Kaminsky (6). The Golden Eagles struggled against hot outside shooting this season, and Brust could victimize the Marquette backcourt with his scoring knack from beyond the arc. Jake Thomas and Todd Mayo should have their hands full keeping him from getting hot early. Deonte Burton, Marquette freshman forward Burton has risen to prominence in Buzz Williamsâ€™ game plan and put forth a good showing in the Wooden Legacy Tournament. The freshman led the Golden Eagles with 15 points off the bench in their loss to San Diego State and will likely be a big factor Saturday. The Golden Eagles will need a well-balanced attack in the paint against Wisconsin with Kaminsky holding down the five position defensively. Burton should be a tough matchup at the four, and his bench scoring could again be crucial should the Golden Eaglesâ€™ starters struggle.
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Freshman forward Deonte Burton brings down a rebound agaisnt UNH.
Villanova, Marquette both early season surprises By Kyle Doubrava
MENâ€™S NOTEBOOK Providence showing it can contend The vibes from the Ocean State have been positive for Ed Cooley and his Providence Friars. With a talented recruiting class and senior Bryce Cotton continuing his torrid scoring pace (19.0 ppg), PC moved to a comfy 7-2 in non-conference play, with its two losses coming to Maryland and No. 3 Kentucky. With winnable games on the horizon against Rhode Island, Yale and Maine, the Friars should be able to improve to 10-2 before squaring off with a much-improved Massachusetts program (No. 21). Georgetown trying to establish consistency A season-opening loss to No. 19 Oregon in South Korea earlier last month was understandable for the Hoyas, but question marks were raised after they were upset by Northeastern just two games later, dropping their record to 1-2. Since the loss, Georgetown reeled off three straight wins, most
notably an 84-80 victory over No. 19 Virginia Commonwealth Nov. 24. The Hoyas won their games by an average of 17.5 points, led by Dâ€™Vauntes Smith-Riveraâ€™s 18.7 points per game and 53 percent 3-point shooting. Top Player Thus Far: Doug McDermott - F - Sr. - Creighton The All-American, and the son of coach Greg McDermott, was already honored with National Player of the Week and Big East Player of the Week accolades so far this year. McDermott continues to be a strong contributor for the Bluejays, averaging 24.4 points per game and shooting 50 percent from the field. Although Doug McDermott was held to just seven points in a recent loss to George Washington in the Wooden Legacy, the senior certainly made up for the lackluster performance by putting forth scoring outputs of 30, 33 and 37. He paced the Bluejays to a conference championship and a tournament appearance last season, and the same mission will be in their minds this winter. Top Team Thus Far: Villanova While Marquette (5-3) and Creighton (6-2) were dealt early
losses in their campaigns, the Wildcats stand atop the Big East at an impeccable 7-0. Villanova shocked No. 2 Kansas last week in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas, and the team is coming off an exhilarating overtime win against No. 23 Iowa. Ranked No. 14 in the nation, the Wildcats have been a pleasant surprise after being selected to finish fourth in the Big East preseason poll. Perhaps we will get an even better handle of this team once they face No. 4 Syracuse Dec. 28. Game of the Week: Marquette at Wisconsin Saturday - 1:15 p.m. - Kohl Center Itâ€™s not a Big East matchup, but itâ€™s a rivalry matchup nonetheless. Marquette closes out a grueling five-game road swing in Madison, where Bo Ryan and his No. 8 Badgers await. Wisconsin enters Saturday at a perfect 9-0, and part of the reason for its success is the teamâ€™s sharp shooting; the Badgers are shooting 44.8 percent from the field this season. Marquette has struggled mightily trying to remedy its offensive game, and as a result the Golden Eagles have sunk to 265th in field goal percentage
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(42.1 percent). This game should be a useful barometer for what we expect out of Marquette the rest of the season. WOMENâ€™S NOTEBOOK DePaul slipping after fast start The favorites to win the Big East have had difficulty proving their worth lately, as the Blue Demons dropped their last two games to fall to 3-2. After posting three consecutive wins by an average of 16 points to kick off the season, DePaul lost to No. 5 Notre Dame and unranked Northwestern to boot it from the national rankings. Preseason conference player of the year Brittany Hrynko has been less than impressive, putting forth 13 points per game and shooting 35 percent overall. The Blue Demons will need to shore up their defense in time for conference action; DePaul allowed an atrocious 47 percent shooting and has been called for 119 fouls, compared to their opponentsâ€™ 95. Top Team Thus Far: Marquette Marquette holds a 6-1 record, its best start since 2010-11 when
it advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. Seniors Katherine Plouffe and Katie Young have been orchestrating the offense, averaging double-doubles (Plouffe: 20 ppg, 10.6 reb; Young: 16.1 ppg, 10.3 reb). The Golden Eagles upset No. 25 Vanderbilt on the road last month, and their only loss was to No. 2 Duke. Sophomore point guard Brooklyn Pumroy vastly improved her control from last year, sporting a 2.67:1 assist-to-turnover ratio while also chipping in 10.3 points per game. Although Villanova has the better record at the moment, Marquette is the one showing the most promise. Top Player Thus Far: Katherine Plouffe - F Sr. - Marquette With Big East Preseason Player of the Year Brittany Hrynko having a somewhat slow beginning to the year (13 ppg, 3.8 reb), Plouffe established herself as a dominant force in Marquetteâ€™s non-conference contests. Plouffe showed improvement in each of her four seasons in Milwaukee, and the ceiling cannot be raised much higher for a player averaging 20 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. She controlled her foul limit (averaging 1.86 through seven games) and found an incredible shooting touch (55.8 percent overall). If she maintains her pace, we may see Marquette make some noise in the postseason. Game of the Week: Saint Josephâ€™s at Villanova Saturday - 1 p.m. This game has Philadelphia bragging rights written all over it, and with St. Josephâ€™s at 6-1 and Villanova 7-0, fans should be in for a show when the schools meet Saturday. Donâ€™t let the quick start fool anyone about the Wildcats, however. Although â€˜Nova advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season, it nearly let a 16-2 start go to waste, finishing the year 21-11. For a team which was selected to finish fourth in this yearâ€™s preseason poll, the Wildcats have exceeded expectations, and an unblemished record heading into its Big East slate would be steps in the right direction.
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