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Straz Tower to host first co-ed floor on campus

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Walker signs police powers bill

By Matt Barbato

Marquette will host its firstever co-ed residence floor next fall, reserved for sophomores in the Dorothy Day program located in David Straz Tower. James McMahon, dean of residence life who leads the Dorothy Day program, said the decision to consolidate participants into one floor was made because the program, which is entering its fifth year, could not attract the amount of students it has in years past. Next fall will house 24 students in the program, which is considerably lower than the targeted population of 44. “We make a commitment with these living-learning programs that nobody who is not apart of the program will live on the floor,” McMahon said. “It has become harder to fill those spaces and we’ve got a number of open spaces this year. We need to work hard to make sure that we fill those rooms because we cannot afford to have empty spaces across the system.” McMahon said it was unrealistic to cut down applicants and house them on separate floors because it secludes the students in the program who are supposed to be part of a livinglearning community. “If we split them between two floors, then we have at least half of a floor on each of those with people that aren’t part of the program and that doesn’t work well,” McMahon said. He also said Straz makes the most sense for co-ed floor because of its design. “I think it’s a very doable solution for us,” McMahon said. “It works in Straz because each of the rooms have a private bath and the floors are divided pretty nicely into two wings.” The decision to create the co-ed floor was mainly McMahon’s, but he said the administration did not bring up any resistance to the situation. McMahon said he thinks this new style of residence life will work because of the type of students who will inhabit the floor. “These are all sophomore See Straz, Page 4

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Gov. Scott Walker is flanked by state lawmakers Alberta Darling (left of Walker) and Dale Kooyenga (behind Walker), both of whom authored a bill that grants DPS police powers. Walker joined campus leaders and police Monday morning in a signing ceremony in the Alumni Memorial Union ballrooms.

DPS may attain arrest capabilities pending action from the school By Joe Kvartunas

Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law giving the Department

Columbia,” Walker said. “In the end, I believe that it will provide tremendous value to students and the faculty and the staff, but also the community.” Walker spoke briefly before signing the bill, and thanked school administrators, Milwaukee police, Rep. Gwen Moore (D), and state legislators Sen. Alberta Darling (R) and Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R), among others. Darling

and Kooyenga were the primary authors of the legislation. Interim University President the Rev. Robert A. Wild stressed that this law only gives the university the option of establishing a police force, and no official decision to actually implement one has been reached. If the university decides to take that See DPS, Page 4

MU fraternities investigated for crimes Hazing, sexual assault under review by Student Affairs, IFC By Matt Kulling

The Department of Student Affairs and the Interfraternity Council are investigating a reported sexual assault at the Triangle Fraternity from April and a hazing incident at a fraternity reported Thursday. Although there are no additional details available on the sexual assault, the hazing incident may


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of Public Safety police powers at a ceremony Monday morning in the Alumni Memorial Union, but no decision whether to act on the new law has been made by the university. “This legislation, once it becomes law, will open the door for Marquette University to have the ability that private colleges and universities have in 21 other states and the District of

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lead to disciplinary action, such as suspension for the unnamed fraternity. The alleged incident was reported by an employee to have taken place some time between Jan. 1 and April 9. Russell Shaw, the interim director for Department of Public Safety, said hazing is a serious offense. “Hazing is actually classified as a crime … but there are different factors to every hazing situation,” Shaw said. “They usually have to deal with alcohol or something that could become dangerous or involves dangerous activities. In most cases, I guess you could say the victims don’t come forward to us, we usually get them from student affairs.”

Before suspension, fraternities have the ability to appeal the decisions. Suspension and probation are outcomes that could occur from a student conduct hearing, but specific incidents and violations are not made public because student conduct hearings are confidential. In February of 2012, six fraternities were placed on probation through the fall 2012 semester for alcohol-related violations. The fraternities were placed under social probation, meaning the fraternities could have no social events involving alcohol. Alex Landry, the president of IFC at Marquette, said in an email both Marquette and IFC do

not tolerate hazing. “The relationship statement between IFC and Marquette University has a zero-tolerance policy on any kind of activity involving hazing, sexual harassment or abuse,” Landry said. According to Marquette’s Greek Life risk management policy, all house parties must be registered with the IFC judicial vice presidents when a number of conditions are present. These conditions include if two or more chapters host or sponsor the event, if alcohol is present, and if information about the event was distributed through chapter communication methods.







Jesuits mourn the death of a colleague killed in Syria. PAGE 4

Mental health misconceptions stem from lack of discussion. PAGE 9

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Talented young athletes could revive America’s interest in golf. PAGE 11


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Lovell’s degrees spark faculty excitement President-elect’s focus on engineering may encourage innovation By Benjamin Lockwood

With University Presidentelect Michael Lovell’s unique background in mechanical engineering, administrators and upper-level faculty are interested to see how he will bring innovation to campus when he officially takes over Aug. 1. Lovell holds three degrees in the subject, including a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. This marks a noticeable change from past presidents, who usually held degrees in the humanities. Kristina Ropella, the executive associate dean of the College of Engineering, said in an email that Lovell’s engineering background makes him “well-positioned to solve problems through innovation and collaboration.” “Like all institutions of higher education, Marquette is being challenged to transform the way it does business to meet the needs of its constituents,” Ropella said, adding that Lovell demonstrated his ability to meet those demands through his scholarship and academic leadership. Lovell mentioned in a March 26 interview with The Tribune that he had been thinking about ways to increase social innovation on campus. One of those ways was a potential partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in which both schools could benefit from the “App Brewery” that was developed at UWM. The App Brewery, or “Mobile Innovation Lab” as it is officially known, is an experiment created by UWM media relations supervisor, Michael Hostad, and UWM information studies professor, Quinn Madson, to develop social apps in an academic setting. Hostad said in a June 24, 2013 article that the innovative

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University President-elect Michael Lovell comes to Marquette with a background in engineering education.

atmosphere at UWM, during which Lovell was the university’s chancellor, helped foster an environment where social innovation could thrive. “This has been a perfect storm – in a good way – in terms of just being at the right place at the right time,” Hostad said, “capitalizing on something that people are interested in, using a technology that is so prolific right now and working at a university where you have a leader in Mike Lovell who is so focused on innovation and entrepreneurship and growth in the community who has been so

I suspect that President-elect Lovell will be extremely supportive of big ideas.” Robert Bishop, Opus Dean in the College of Engineering supportive of us.” Opus Dean of the College of Engineering Robert Bishop,said in an email that having Lovell as president of Marquette should help to foster a similar environment for social innovation to grow. “Providing opportunities for students, staff and faculty

DPS Reports April 9 At 5:40 p.m., an employee reported alleged hazing incidents by a fraternity between Jan. 1 at 12:01 a.m., and April 9 at 11 a.m. An investigation is ongoing. Between 1 a.m. and 1:19 a.m., an employee reported that unknown person(s) removed secured, unattended university property estimated at $20 in Straz Business Administration. April 10 At 10:56 a.m., an unidentified passenger in a motor vehicle grabbed the arm of a person not affiliated with Marquette riding a moped and shoved the moped driver causing him to lose control of his moped and fall to the ground in the 1400 block of W. Wisconsin Ave. The moped driver sustained minor injuries. MPD and MFD were contacted. MFD treated the driver on the scene. Further medical assistance was declined. The moped was also damaged. Between 4:40 p.m. and 4:50 p.m., a

person not affiliated with Marquette acted in a disorderly manner over the telephone to a student in the Dental School. April 11 Between 1:15 a.m. and 1:30 a.m., a student reported that unknown person(s) removed her unsecured, unattended cell phone estimated at $600 in a residence in the 800 block of N. 16th St. Between 6:50 a.m. and 6:53 a.m., a student reported that an unidentified subject acted in a disorderly manner in the 900 block of W. Wisconsin Ave. April 12 Between 12:38 a.m. and 1:18 a.m., three students and a person not affiliated with Marquette were involved in a physical altercation in the 1700 block of W. Kilbourn Ave. MPD was contacted and medical assistance was declined. Between 11:30 a.m. and 11:50 a.m., a student reported being grabbed at the neck by another student in McCormick

to pursue creative interests and innovative solutions is incredibly important,” Bishop said. “Finding ways to enhance the process of taking ideas from concept to reality should continue to be a priority for Marquette. I suspect that Presidentelect Lovell will be extremely supportive of big ideas.”

Events Calendar Hall. MPD was contacted and medical assistance was declined. At 8:33 p.m., two people not affiliated with Marquette left a business without paying their bill and got into a confrontation with the staff. DPS verbally detained the subjects and they were taken into custody by MPD. April 13 At 12:16 a.m., an underage student was in possession of alcohol and drug paraphernalia in the 2100 block of W. Michigan St. The student acted in a disorderly manner and was physically restrained by DPS. MPD was contacted and cited the student. The intoxicated student was transported to a hospital for treatment. At 1:13 a.m., a student reported being punched in the face by an unidentified subject in a residence in the 900 block of N. 14th St. MPD was contacted and medical assistance was declined.

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St. Robert Bellarmine Society bible study, AMU 252, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday 16 Stroll Like A Kappa, AMU Ballrooms, 7 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks vs. Atlanta Hawks, Bradley Center, 7 p.m.

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Straz: MU reorganizes Dorothy Day floors after dip in program participants

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Pope Francis denounced the “brutal slaying” of an elderly Jesuit priest April 7 in Syria and called for an end to the violence in the country.

Jesuits mourn death of colleague in Syria Priest killed after refusing to evacuate embattled country By Natalie Wickman

The Jesuit community continues to mourn the loss of a Dutch Jesuit who was killed in wartorn Syria April 7. The Rev. Frans van der Lugt, 75, was forced outside of his monastery in the governmentseized Syrian city of Homs by an unidentified gunman who beat and shot him in the head. van der Lugt went to Syria in 1966 to minister Christians and help Muslim and Christian families living in poverty, according to Missouri Provence Jesuits’ website. He refused to leave once the Syrian Civil War broke out in 2011. “The Syrian people have given me so much, so much kindness, inspiration and everything they have,” van der Lugt said to the Agence France-Presse. “If the Syrian people are suffering now, I want to share their pain and their difficulties.” Jan Stuyt, secretary of the Dutch Jesuit Order, told the AFP he was not aware of particular threats to van der Lugt, adding that the priest will be buried in Syria. Marquette’s Jesuit community was notified of the murder via email. “The manner of Father van der Lugt’s death is a real testimony to what a powerful affect his life must have had on the people he served that his enemies would select him out in this brutal, inhuman way,” said the Rev. John Laurance, an associate professor of theology. “That he is a martyr of the Church humbles me to be associated with such

awesome human beings through the centuries.” The Rev. Joseph Mueller attended campus-held masses to pray for van der Lugt’s safety and for the freedom of religious expression in Syria. “I am glad that Father van der Lugt decided to stay in Homs with the people who could not get out,” Mueller said. “I pray that peace will come to that city and country, and the people who did this to him.” The murder took place in front of other Jesuit missionaries who were doing the same work as van der Lugt. “The murder adds to the shock of what is already going on in Syria,” Mueller said. “This is the main point of attention for Jesuits in Syria right now.” About 10 percent of Syria’s population is comprised of Christians, including Roman Catholics and Protestants. The majority of Syrians practice Islam. “(van der Lugt) had the courage to spread God’s word and he made that more valuable than (his) life,” said the Rev. Thomas Caldwell. “It’s an action that’s appreciated by all.” Born in the Netherlands on April 10, 1938, van der Lugt joined the Society of Jesus in 1959. “In a way, I wasn’t surprised by van der Lugt’s martyrdom,” Laurance said. “In its lived witness to Christ, the Church has had and will continue to have martyrs in every century of its existence. This murder simply makes me want to pray more fervently for peace in that war-torn country.” The Marquette community felt the effects of Syrian violence in 2012 when alumnus James Foley, an international freelance reporter, was abducted while on assignment in Syria. He still has yet to be found.

Participants in the Dorothy Day program will live in Marquette’s first co-ed floor in Straz Tower next fall.

students who are all very carefully chosen,” he said. “They have to apply and many of them are interviewed. It’s a very different set of students. I wouldn’t do this if anybody could sign up for the floor.” McMahon said the incoming students for the inaugural coed floor were notified about the change and added that none of the students had a problem with it. He said he hopes this decision will help the Dorothy Day students to develop into a stronger group and he does not see any issues arising with it.

I think it’ll be a non-issue. I think it will be the same that it was when we had split floors.” James McMahon, dean of Residence Life “I think it’ll be a non-issue,” McMahon said. “I think it will be the same that it was when we had split floors. One expectation is that it will bring men and women that are part of the program closer together in community. My expectation is that it will improve the

experience and it will work just fine.” He also emphasized this coed floor is not being considered for any other dorms and added it would only be considered if another living-learning community was created on campus.


DPS: MU may be eligible for public grants to subsidize cost of campus police

option, it will add roughly 50 commissioned police officers to the Avenues West area. Senate Bill 610, which passed through the Wisconsin State Legislature in April, allows the university to enter into an agreement with the state and the city of Milwaukee to establish a police force run by the university and endowed with the powers of city police officers. “I think the important thing we want to emphasize is that our mission is not going to change,” said Paul Mascari, interim associate director of DPS. “We’re still dedicated to the safety of the community and to the relationship we’ve built over the years.” Mascari said the decision to form an internal police force will only happen if it

benefits DPS operations. “We’ll only do it if it makes us more efficient and more effective,” he said. Vice President of Student Affairs L. Christopher Miller said a Marquette police force would add “great value.” Miller said an exploratory committee this fall will look into forming a police department. That committee would have representatives from all of the university constituents. If Marquette decides to form a full police force, it would likely be at a large cost to the university. However, Miller said that while Marquette would be eligible for a variety of federal grants and other means of subsidizing the cost, the actual cost to the

university is not known. “I don’t think that there would be any one initiative that would lend itself to tuition increases,” Miller added. Brian Dorrington, senior director of university communication, did not offer any specific answer to the question of a tuition increase but noted the university “has gone to great lengths” to keep tuition “as low as possible.” Miller, who chaired the university’s internal task force to review the idea of an internal police department, said granting police powers to DPS would unequivocally make campus and the surrounding community more secure. “Without question it would enhance safety of all of our students,” Miller said.


Hazing: Unnamed fraternity to possibly face disciplinary action after incident

The Greek Life risk management policy defines hazing by putting it into several categories. This includes morally degrading or humiliating activities, the creation of fatigue, physical or psychological shocks, servitude, verbal abuse and activities which “would disrupt public order or tend to bring the fraternity into disrepute in the local community.”

Shaw said hazing incidents are often seen as a right of passage, but nonetheless can have dire consequences. “Incidents (at other universities) have happened in the past that involved loss of life,” Shaw said. The Marquette student organization handbook’s fraternity and sorority information, under the heading “Peer Review Board,”

reads, “These boards, comprised of Marquette University students in IFC and Panhellenic organizations, adjudicate disciplinary matters associated with fraternity and sorority chapters. The Greek community recognizes that Marquette University has the authority to intercede in disciplinary matters if it is deemed necessary by university administration.”


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Restaurants, bars serve up delicious traditions each Friday

includes cod, perch, bluegill and walleye. Although the fish are usually fried, more health conscious Friday pescetarians can usually request a baked order.

By Brian Keogh

1872 N. Commerce St. Lakefront Brewery hosts one of the most popular fish fries in Milwaukee with its variety of freshly served cod, perch and smelt. “We like to use locally sourced products in our fish fry,” said Marvin Waters, the Lakefront Brewery beer hall manager. “It’s one of our goals at Lakefront Brewery to be local first.” Part of what makes this fish fry stand out is the polka group that plays in the beer hall every Friday. “The polka combined with the building itself make for an amazing fish fry here and it really becomes an event,” Waters said. It also brings together a variety of people with its high profile in Milwaukee. “(It is) family-style feeding so

Something smells fishy in the state of Wisconsin. While Lenten Friday fish fries are common across the United States and will end after Easter Sunday, Milwaukee takes pride in its year-round fish fries. Friday fish fries come from the tradition of Catholic immigrants who settled in Wisconsin and abstained from meat on Fridays during Lent. It also probably helped that a couple of the Great Lakes border the state. Since then, the fish fry transformed into a cultural practice for Wisconsinites of all different faiths and backgrounds. Milwaukee alone has dozens of restaurants that offer fish fries every Friday throughout the year. The fish usually

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you’re meeting a lot of people, maybe someone from Japan or Florida or somewhere else,” Waters said. “We really get all sorts of visitors who come from out of state and say well we’re in Wisconsin we have to go to a fish fry.”

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1110 N. Old World 3rd St. Also serving up fish with a side of music on Fridays is Lucille’s Piano Bar & Grill. “We offer three types of fish: tilapia, catfish and cod,” said Jon W., a manager at Lucille’s Piano Bar & Grill. To him, the lure of the fish fry is the homeyness surrounding it. “It’s just the tradition of fish fries and the tradition behind the different recipes and that is what drives the interest in so many different fish fries in Milwaukee,” he said.

Old German Beer Hall

1009 N. Old World 3rd St. The fish fry served up at Old German Beer Hall follows a tradition that cannot be found

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Fish fry at Lakefront Brewery is only one example of the Friday delicacy.

anywhere else in Milwaukee. “We use a beer batter you can’t find anywhere else in the city,” said Tony Meyer, kitchen manager of the Old German Beer Hall. That beer batter is made with Hofbrauhaus Dunkel beer. “Our dark lager comes from Munich Hofbrauhaus beer,” Meyer said, “and is what makes our fish fry a little bit different from the others in the city.”

It is a modest tradition befitting the simplicity of the Wisconsin fish fry. “It’s a very simple thing,” Meyers said. “We don’t pretend to be different, except for our ingredients.” Although Lent is drawing to a close, the Wisconsin culinary staple that is fish fry can (and should) be enjoyed any time of year.

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‘Oculus’ quality more scary than the actual movie Flanagan’s remake subs jump scares for psychological thrills By Kevin Ward

Although the new horror movie “Oculus” will scare viewers right out of their seats, it is a classic example of a ghost story that has been told one-too-many times. Director Mike Flanagan’s latest film takes another swing at sharing this satisfying ghost story in a remake of his 2006 movie, “Oculus Chapter 3: The Man with a Plan.” It tells the story of a haunted mirror, known as the Lasser Glass, which has caused many mysterious and violent deaths

since 1754. Many of the mirror’s owners fell victim to the curse, but siblings Kaylie (Karen Gillan) and Tim (Brenton Thwaites) return to their childhood home to provoke and prove the evil inside that left their family in peril 10 years before. The movie focuses almost entirely on one house, alternating between present day and flashback scenes. Kaylie is a slightly obsessed maniacal individual who spent most of her life as an orphan tracking down the possessed mirror to avenge her family. Tim, on the other hand, was recently released from a mental hospital for allegedly murdering his father in a gruesome fashion. Part of their plan is to prove the wall decor from hell actually caused the murder. The other part is to destroy the mirror and the evil within.

From there, the script turns oddly psychological. Throughout the course of the film, Kaylie and Tim interact with their younger selves (Garret Ryan and Annalise Basso) as well as their dead parents (Rory Cochrane and Kate Sackoff) in a series of strange, out of order events where the sibling duo goes deeper and deeper into the dark paranormal activity within the mirror. Whatever “it” is that causes these paranormal activities to occur is never fully explained, but viewers do get to witness a scary demon girl every once in a while who could be the culprit. Other possibilities include paranormal fantasies or a shared mental illness between the siblings. Flanagan creatively uses nontraditional editing skills that warp the viewer’s perception of the past, present and ultimately the reality of Kaylie and Tim.

One moment, Kaylie is taking a break and eating an apple in front of the mirror. The next, she’s 12-years old taking a bite out of a lightbulb. To say Flanagan’s editing skills will mess with your mind is an understatement. He also avoids using gory images and unnecessarily loud noises in an attempt to scare the audience. Instead, he tells the story in a twisted, distorted way that preys on the viewer’s imagination to create the fear for him. Although “Oculus” may be creatively told, it still doesn’t break any ground in the horror movie genre. Compared to past top sellers like “Paranormal Activity” and “Sinister,” the storyline and plot of “Oculus” simply don’t stand out as original. To boil the 150-minute movie into one sentence, “Oculus” is the story of an artifact inhabited

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by supernatural forces mixed with young, good looking actors and a variety of pop-up scenes that are nothing new. If you’ve seen one scary movie, you’ve seen “Oculus.”

Human Barbie has perfection all wrong

Claire Nowak Women will do anything to look beautiful. We pull countless individual hairs off our faces, pour hot wax on our legs just to promptly rip it off and pay hundreds of dollars for makeup advertising the perfect look that says, “I’m attractive, but I’m pretending I don’t know that so you can tell me yourself.” But do we actually believe we are? Absolutely not. If women legitimately thought they were attractive, they would not invest a majority of their time and money in changing their natural looks. Once the makeup is heavily applied and accessories hang from every limb, they often turn out to be the exact opposite of what they look like when they get out of bed. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look presentable, but when it takes over your life to the point of altering your whole personality for superficial beauty, it’s a problem. Valeria Lukyanova is the epitome of that problem. For the last few years, the Ukrainian made multiple headlines as the Human Barbie, complete with an

unnaturally slim figure, blonde hair and plastic-looking face. In a GQ feature story, she showed Editor-in-Chief Michael Idov around her hometown, amidst gawking stares from passers-by. It didn’t take Idov long to discover her life views, like how racemixing causes a degeneration in beauty. Or that having children is “the pinnacle of selfishness,” and their only purpose is “to get you a glass of water when you’re on your deathbed.” I don’t want to make assumptions, but I’m going to assume most of you have a problem with that. I’m a fairly calm person, but I have to resist punching someone in the face when it comes to that response. But her worst quote is one she gave to V Magazine about those who say she uses an ungodly amount of Photoshop: “Many people say bad things about people who want to perfect themselves,” she said. “It’s hard work … This is how they justify not wanting to strive for self-improvement. It’s how they explain their continued inaction. It’s just an excuse.” An excuse for what, exactly? For not wanting to literally look like a porcelain doll? For resisting the unrealistic standard of beauty the media forces down young girls’ throats? A website dedicated to this creature,, says its mission is to help women grow “in self confidence, knowledge and better health.” It encourages women to make an impact and take active leadership roles in their communities and throughout the world. “To see themselves as they could be.” This text is

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Valeria Lukyanova may be the Human Barbie, but she’s far from perfect.

ironically placed next to a picture of Lukyanova in an incredibly revealing bikini top. Motivational speakers and blogs cover this topic daily, but I’ll say it again: big boobs don’t buy success. Physical beauty alone cannot guarantee affluence in any professional field. The messages this woman and her fan club’s website are sending are not applicable to anyone living in the real world. So why am I reiterating this if it has been said already? Because I still don’t totally believe it myself. I can read inspirational articles and watch empowering videos about how beauty isn’t skin deep, but the minute I walk by a mirror, the nagging voice enters my subconscience without fail. Your hair is too flat. Your face is too chubby. Don’t even get me started on that belly fat. I try to come up with solutions that could fix what I think is wrong with myself. I could run every day. Salad sounds good for lunch – for the next month. I’ll drink as many liquids as possible. For a moment, Human Barbie’s version of perfection is actually appealing. Then, I look at my friends. None of them remotely resemble Lukyanova, and I don’t want them to. I love them for their humor, their compassion, our inside jokes, the crazy and occasionally stupid things we do just because we like each other’s company. Beauty is making a sad friend smile, standing up for a just cause and lending a helping hand when you are told to shrink back in disgust. Beauty is showing the world love when it deserves none. It’s everything Human Barbie says it is not. I may not have told you anything new, but maybe I’ve been the final straw that changes your perspective about the media’s beauty standards. If you still grapple with the truth – you are more than the lipstick on your face and the glitter in your hair – know that at least one other person in the world is struggling like you are. And she just wrote 765 words about it. Claire Nowak is a sophomore studying journalism and writing-intensive English. Contact her at claire.nowak@marquette. edu or @TheClaireNowak with comments.

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School attacks scare but lead to little productive action


MU Greek mission of service overshadowed by scandals are you ready for your initiation?

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Our view: With the impending arrivals of a new sorority and fraternity, Greek Life members need to refocus on their mission of integrity and excellence. Despite the commitments to service and the community it purports, the Marquette Greek system demonstrated a pattern of misbehavior over the past few years. Marquette fraternities were involved in several incidents – as recently as the past few weeks – approaching the announcement of a new fraternity and sorority on campus by the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council. On April 5, a student reported to the Department of Public Safety an incident of sexual assault by another student at Triangle Fraternity. DPS also issued a report last week indicating hazing at an unnamed fraternity on campus. These incidents are only adding to a longer string of violations. Last year, Sigma Chi was suspended for one semester due to hazing violations, and in 2012, six fraternities on campus – Delta Chi, Omega Delta, Sigma Chi, Sigma Phi Delta, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Triangle – were placed on probation due to alcohol violations. These reports portray Marquette Greek Life in a very different way than the university presents its fraternities and sororities on the Greek Life page of its website. “As a Catholic, Jesuit University,” the page reads, “Marquette Greek Life serves the University Mission with integrity and aspires for excellence while respecting the dignity and diversity of its members. Our Greek community exists to enhance the lives of individuals by raising awareness and serving the needs of Marquette University and the greater Milwaukee community. Through the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood, Marquette Greek Life strives to strengthen its members through scholarship, leadership and service.” Considering the recent behavior at Marquette’s Greek Life establishments, the decision to introduce a new fraternity and sorority to campus next year comes at a peculiar time. Delta Tau Delta, the proposed new fraternity, will come to campus with a clean slate, but will join a Greek community where social violations often overshadow contributions to

the greater community. In many ways, Greek organizations on campus strive to meet the university statements. Sororities and fraternities often hold philanthropic fundraising events and require members to participate in Hunger Clean-Up. Some affiliate themselves with specific organizations and raise money on their behalf. If a new fraternity and sorority are on their way to Marquette, members of Greek Life need to begin considering their unsound social behavior and recommit themselves to these philanthropic causes. Delta Tau Delta has an opportunity to set a new precedent for fraternities on campus, but it also runs the risk of falling into the same behavior. With a new fraternity and sorority on their way, members of Greek life need to begin reconsidering this social behavior and pursue causes outside of organized social events. The university paints Greek Life in a positive light on its website, and Delta Tau Delta has a similarly positive motto: “Committed to Lives of Excellence.” Other establishments on campus do the same. All fraternities and sororities commit to these mottoes in theory, but at Marquette, many fail to demonstrate “dignity” or “integrity” in practice. It is not up to the fraternity itself to follow this motto – Marquette chapters stem from national organizations. But rather, it is up to the students who join. Social misbehavior, hazing and alcohol violations all begin with individuals and work their way out to represent the organizations as a whole. The few individuals who engage in poor behavior and violate the rules of the university, the Interfraternity and their specific chapters give the entire Greek system at Marquette a bad name. The introduction of a new fraternity and sorority means Marquette is widening the influence of Greek life on campus. It is vital these organizations get back on track. Violations should not show up in headlines more frequently than service contributions. Individual students in fraternities and sororities need to veer away from this behavior, and the Greek community as a whole needs to reinvigorate its commitment to service.

Nick Biggi A sophomore at Franklin Regional High School in Murraysville, Pa. lashed out and stabbed 21 students and one security guard with two kitchen knives last Wednesday. This came as a shock to many, seeing as Franklin’s school district had more than 130 video cameras live streaming to police. After every mass attack like this at schools across the country, the debate about what to do next ensues, but very little change follows. It is imperative to prepare for these incidents because of the terrifying fact that this could happen almost anywhere. Unfortunately, the nation is going nowhere when it comes to restricting weapon laws in public facilities. In Idaho, starting in July, any former law enforcement officer, or anyone with a permit, is certified to carry weapons around public university campuses. All eight public university presidents in Idaho oppose the law. Living in an urban environment and receiving the regular text messages from the Department of Public Safety about robberies near campus is disturbing, and it makes one wonder if something like this could happen on Marquette’s campus. Marquette prohibits the possession of weapons in campus buildings, following state law. According to the university Weapons Policy, “DPS offers students the opportunity to store weapons

in an off-campus location.” Although a private institution, the university can only ban weapons inside its buildings, not outdoors. Interim director of DPS Russell Shaw said DPS, along with the Counseling Center, held approximately 20 presentations teaching students and faculty how to respond in the event of a shooter. Shaw also said DPS officers go through intensive training twice a year to educate them on what to do if a shooter were to be on campus. Marquette is equipped to deal with a mass shooting or stabbing, but there is really nothing stopping people from bringing a weapon into a classroom unless they are patted down upon entering, and that is completely unrealistic. Many argue the only way to prevent an incident like what happened in Murraysville is to put metal detectors at school entrances. While that could be appropriate for some schools, I do not think it is a necessity everywhere. High school is a little different. It is more feasible to have metal detectors in the smaller buildings, but pundits could argue we need to put metal detectors everywhere we go. Sunday, two antiSemites shot and killed three at a Kansas City Jewish assisted living facility. Some will argue the building should have been equipped with a metal detector to prevent this incident. For Marquette, this is where DPS comes into play. Students complain about parties getting shut down, but I believe DPS officers on campus act as a preventative measure and are here to protect. The idea that we have to live in constant fear is ridiculous. There are many preventative measures that can be made, including added security guards. But ultimately, it is those committing the crimes who need help, and that can’t happen when we’re in total lockdown mode. Nick Biggi is a sophomore studying advertising. Email Nick at with any comments or suggestions.


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Mental health consideration crucial to greater awareness

Elena Fransen When I hear the phrase “mental illness,” I think back to a video on schizophrenia I watched in my ninth grade biology class. We were learning the mysteries of the brain, and how hard it was to grasp what went on inside the head of a person with schizophrenia. The example of a young girl living with schizophrenic episodes was indicative of how little can be understood. Learning how brain chemistry works is not the only way to gain an understanding of mental illnesses. As pointed out by Marquette’s recent Mental Health Awareness week, mental illnesses come with

negative stigmas, and little conversation is devoted to the understanding of what they are and how they affect individuals differently. This doesn’t just happen on university campuses, where anxiety, depression and eating disorders commonly go untreated, but it is an issue in all corners of in society. The media is complicit in the over-simplification and misrepresentation of mental health. When actress Amanda Bynes was in the spotlight for driving under the influence and directing inappropriate tweets at the rapper Drake, the press claimed she had schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and was receiving treatment in a rehabilitation facility. Bynes’ lawyer released a statement last week that she was never diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Rather it was as if tabloids and media outlets simply attributed her bad behavior to mental illness. The general public was following suit, taking the media’s diagnosis as fact. I’ve even heard (in the few conversations I have about Amanda Bynes) that her “illness” made it OK for her to act so inappropriately. Tabloids are short-sighted and proved insensitive to

those individuals who are actually living with schizophrenia and misconstrue the hardships they face. Even professional diagnoses can be inadequate in describing mental health. Misinformation often leads to kids being misdiagnosed with ADHD; war veterans are often at a loss in seeking help for symptoms of PTSD. There is a lot that is not understood about mental health, and this is a problem when people seek medical help. Behavior is not the only presentation of mental illness; much more needs to happen in the area of evaluation and diagnosis, most importantly with professionals. It is problematic that mental illnesses have become a catch-all excuse for those who act out of the ordinary. If someone is more sad than usual, some generalize and claim he or she is depressed, or if people experience mood swings, we think of them as bipolar. Behavior that does not meet society’s expectations is not reducible to a mental illness, although that is how many treat it. Active Minds, the national organization that sponsored MHA Week, supports ending the silence and stomping out the

stigma of mental health through education. Advocacy and education are cornerstones to the groups mission, which began at the University of Pennsylvania under the name Open Minds and since expanded to other campuses, including Marquette. There is a great need to speak the truth about mental illnesses so people who have them are not forced out of conversation or talked about in a harmful way. While we might not be able to comprehend how mental illnesses affect the brain or why they present themselves differently in each person, we should know it is not a joke to be thrown around or an excuse to be made. MHA Week already took place, but the open conversation about mental health and those who face illnesses must continue. If approached from a considerate and knowledgeable perspective, mental illness can be given the attention it requires instead of being used to explain even the smallest deviations from what is considered “normal” behavior. Elena Fransen is a junior studying history and philosophy. Email Elena with any comments or suggestions at


DPS police powers would act against greater MKE area I would never say that those in charge of Marquette mean to do harm. They don’t. Protecting their students is a top priority, and the school does a great job of doing so. I would know because I recently graduated from its College of Health Sciences. But considering the lower socio-economic conditions of many of the neighborhoods immediately surrounding the rather prosperous campus, one could argue the university’s safety policies have indirectly contributed to these disparities. That being said, for the sake of the community at large, I do not think Marquette should create a police force despite Governor Walker’s recent signing of a bill to allow it. I think the current Department of Public Safety does enough. Marquette should not overstep its boundaries or have boundaries at all, for that matter. DPS constantly warns students not to cross certain streets – Highland Boulevard to the north, and 24th Street to the west – and to avoid certain neighborhoods. DPS treats these outlying neighborhoods as if they were the Forbidden Forest of Hogwarts:

mysterious, dangerous, and strictly forbidden to all students. It’s totally understandable. I get it. Officers want to keep the students safe. However, decades of this practice disrupted the growth of this portion of the city and contributed to the observable economic disparities. Simultaneously, these practices have isolated the campus so much that Marquette has transformed into an enclave. Unfortunately, the problem I have stretches beyond geography. Race has become an issue as it relates to student safety on campus. If you read any of the school’s DPS reports, you will often find that many perpetrators are described as a “5’10” African American male, wearing a white shirt and jeans.” That could be anyone. These generic descriptions do nothing but create stereotypes of black males and inspire a sense of racial profiling, especially on an isolated campus comprised of a 74.9 percent white, nonHispanic student body. I know from experience how black men are approached by public safety officers while on campus. Profiling is a reality and should not be ignored.

Considering this, along with the public safety’s established geographical boundaries, it is no surprise the neighborhoods nearest to Marquette are a little more insecure, dangerous, poor, rough – whatever you choose to call them. These neighborhoods are not accepted by the Marquette community; they are walled off, pushed away and ignored. Now, before I address the proposed police force, let’s look at the data. According to estimates from the 2010 decennial census, Wisconsin has the highest black male incarceration rate in the United States. Research by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee shows that two-thirds of the county’s incarcerated black men came from six zip codes in the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee. In addition, over half of the county’s black men in their 30’s have been incarcerated at some point in their lives. The Milwaukee Police Department incarcerates a lot of black men and, in my opinion, too many. I believe that establishing a police force on campus will only add to these numbers and ultimately do more harm than good. The university has already done enough to wall off

a vital section of the city. If this decision goes through, campus police will have the ability to arrest people. I would not be surprised to see an increase in the incarceration rate of black men in this zip code. Milwaukee is already one of the most segregated cities in the United States. I would hate to see segregation grow even more. I’m proud to be an alumnus of Marquette. It’s a great school, and it does a lot of good. I just think that, as an institution, it can better practice the Ignatian ideals of service and humility regarding the community at large. It needs to stop putting up walls and start embracing its neighbors. The university should use its resources to better help the surrounding neighborhoods address their own needs. As Marquette continues to grow, it should aim to grow with the community, not away from it. Establishing its own police force may make that harder to achieve. – D. Payton Sterba, College of Health Sciences ‘13


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Men’s lacrosse edges out win MU wins by 1 after a 48-minute weather delay against Friars By Andrew Dawson

Saturday was not the prettiest lacrosse game ever, but the Marquette men’s team held on to defeat Providence 7-6. Weather delays became the storyline even before the game started, as lightning in the area suspended warm ups and play a little more than five minutes in. Prior to the delay, Marquette (58, 3-1) played some of its best lacrosse of the year. The Providence (3-10, 0-4) defense could not stay in front of the Golden Eagle attackers, and they took advantage of it. Freshman midfielder Ryan McNamara struck first and seven seconds later, redshirt senior attackman Bryan Badolato scored from the faceoff for an early two-goal lead. Badolato added another goal, but then the horn sounded signaling the lightning delay with 9:25 left in the first quarter and a 48-minute delay commenced. When play finally resumed, things got ugly. Providence had a few long possessions and came out with goals on most of them. Marquette, on the other hand, could not make sense of the defense and struggled to clear and even pass. By halftime, Marquette was stuck in a 26-minute scoreless streak and Providence tied the game at three. “It was pretty tough going back in after waiting a half-hour to come back out and play, especially when we had the momentum with us,” Badolato said. “We’re missing Tyler (Melnyk) out there a little but I thought, as a team, we played well enough to win and that’s what’s important.” After nearly 30 minutes without scoring, the sun emerged from the clouds and appeared to change the momentum of the game. Off of a Providence turnover, freshman midfielder Noah Joseph ran downfield, called his own number and scored on a bouncer for the

transition goal. Once again, Marquette took the momentum from the goal and ran with it. Thirty seconds after Joseph’s strike, sophomore attackman Conor Gately put his name on the stat sheet. Badolato and Gately each added one each minutes later and two-thirds of the way through the third quarter, the Golden Eagles had a commanding 7-3 lead. But again, struggles allowed the Friars to rally. Slowly, Providence closed the gap. At the start of the fourth, Providence scored quickly to pull within two. Moments later, freshman goaltender Jimmy Danaher sprawled for the point blank kick save to retain the two-goal lead. Danaher played strong down the stretch. His save in the final minute not only secured the win, but marked a career best 15 saves for the freshman. His 15 saves are a career best, and he also earned Big East Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time. “Defense was just giving me good shots,” Danaher said. “It’s a learning experience. I feel like I’ve grown every single game and really matured and I think it shows on the field.” Marquette is no stranger to close games. Seven of its 13 games this season had a score differential of three goals or less. Winning close games shows the character and grittiness of the team and the ability to play through the final whistle. However, tightening up play is key as well heading into a potential postseason berth. With two games remaining, the Golden Eagles have not qualified for the Big East tournament. If the team defeats Georgetown next Saturday, then it is in for sure. If they lose the final two, their overall record along with tiebreakers will decide who goes to the postseason. “We control our own destiny,” coach Joe Amplo said. “I haven’t looked at the scenarios yet, but certainly I’m proud of the guys for getting three wins in the conference right now.” The final home game of the season is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hart Park when Marquette faces Georgetown.

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UWM postseason ban a setback for rising program Lackluster academic performance tackled by Panthers’ AD By Trey Killian

Shortly after its memorable NCAA Tournament run came to an end, the University of WisconsinMilwaukee men’s basketball team was dealt a crushing blow. The NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance informed the school Wednesday that its men’s basketball program will be banned from the 2015 postseason due to unsatisfactory cumulative Academic Performance Rate scores. Attempts

made by the program to appeal the suspension were denied. The ban dictates that the school will not be allowed to participate in next season’s NCAA Tournament, the Horizon League Championship or any other postseason tournament. It will serve as a major setback to a program that appeared to be on the rise. During this year’s Horizon tournament, the Panthers turned their season around after finishing fifth in the conference. Milwaukee clinched the conference’s NCAA spot after defeating Valparaiso, top-seed Green Bay and Wright State to win the championship. The Panthers were bounced in the NCAA’s second round to No. 2 Villanova 73-53. The minimum APR score

required by the NCAA is a 930 out of 1000, and Milwaukee recorded a score of 908 for the four-year 2012-13 cycle, resulting in the suspension. While the ban came mainly from mistakes of the recent past, the university already took steps toward improving student athlete academics. The school’s academic support staff employed just one advisor until 2011, but the university added its third to the staff in 2013. A new class was created two years ago that focuses on transitioning student athletes into college life, and in the fall of 2013 it became mandatory for incoming student athletes to be screened for extra learning necessities and assignment of additional support. Milwaukee Athletic Director

Amanda Braun said in a statement that the team will “have to replace four hours of practice each week with four hours of academic activities” and that “basketball-related activities will be limited to five days instead of six.” “We are aware that problems did occur in the past, but we have faced them and made changes and are accepting the consequences from the NCAA,” Braun said. “Well before we even started the appeals process, we began implementing new processes to help all of our student-athletes have more success in the classroom.” As of now, there is no indication that head coach Rob Jeter’s future with the program is in jeopardy and there is no report of any Milwaukee recruits asking for release.

“I am very proud of the steps that we have taken in regards to the APR score,” Jeter said in the statement. “The quality of the student athletes in our program cannot be stressed enough and we are fully committed to supporting them.” For guidance, the Panthers can look no further than to this season’s NCAA champion. Connecticut received a similar ban due to APR after winning the national title in 2011, and the Huskies rebounded to win another title in their return to postseason play. While Connecticut remains amongst the top programs in the nation, the suspension will likely hit mid-major Milwaukee much harder, making the road back to prominence that much more difficult.


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American golf on the rise thanks to younger faces

Patrick Leary

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The men’s track and field team completed its second outdoor invitational in Macomb, Ill. this weekend.

Track and field wins 6 events Koeck breaks own school record in men’s hammer throw By Ryan Patterson Special to the Tribune

The Marquette men’s and women’s track and field teams won six individual titles at the Lee Calhoun Invitational in Macomb, Ill. this weekend. The women’s team took first with a total of 178 points, while the men took third with 125 points. Junior William Koeck broke his own school record by winning the men’s hammer throw with a distance of 60.84 meters, and senior Bret Hardin placed third with a throw of 55.85 meters. Senior Carlye Schuh again placed first in multiple events, winning the women’s 200-meter dash with a time of 25.81 seconds and the long jump with a leap of 5.94 meters. Sophomore Kayla Spencer won the women’s 1500-meter run with a time of 4:49.52, while junior Haley Loprieno took second in 4:52.30. Junior Samantha Kennedy won the women’s hammer throw with

a toss of 56.03 meters. Senior Kristen Gaffey took second in the women’s discus with a distance of 42.83 meters and fourth in the shot put with a put of 12.84 meters. Sophomore Kellie Greenwood claimed the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase crown with a time of 11:18.38, and freshman Abigail Busse placed second in 12:16.00. Sophomore William Hennessey was runner-up in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:46.45, while junior Marc DiVerde took fourth in 9:56.44 and sophomore Ryan Shields finished fifth in 10:03.24. Freshman Bridget Bodee took second in the women’s high jump with a height of 1.55 meters, and senior Michael Saindon placed second on the men’s side with a height of 2.08 meters. Marquette took second through fifth in the women’s 5000-meter run, beginning with freshman Brittney Feivor (time of 18:13.34), followed by junior Rebecca Pachuta (18:30.94), freshman Maggie O’Loughlin (19:25.72) and freshman Tammi Del Ponte (20:17.77). Freshman Arra Strong finished second in the women’s 100-meter dash with a time of 12.45 seconds and fourth in the 200-meter dash in 26.79 seconds. Freshman Brandon Bell took fifth in the

men’s 100-meter dash with a time of 10.90 seconds. Junior Krista McClure finished runner-up in the women’s 800 meter run with a time of 2:17.74, while sophomore Michael Corr placed fifth in the men’s 800 with a time of 1:57.40. Freshman Christian Zambrano took third in the men’s 1500-meter run with a time of 4:04.10, while classmate Nate Gomoll placed fourth with a time of 4:04.84. Junior David Sadjak finished fifth in 4:07.59. Freshman Allison Parker finished fourth in the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of 58.83 seconds, and sophomore Anton Rice placed fifth in the men’s 400-meter dash with a time of 49.43 seconds. Sophomore Tatyana Pashibin placed third in the women’s heptathlon with 4,134 points, and classmate Jordan Smith finished fifth in the men’s decathlon with a total of 4,526 points. Other noteworthy finishes include junior Abby Croft, who took third in the women’s pole vault with a vault of 3.33 meters, and sophomore Brett Tobin who placed fifth in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 13.23 meters. The Golden Eagles resume action Thursday at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Cal.


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EXPIRES 5 / 31 / 14

I felt sick to my stomach the evening of September 30, 2012. The European Ryder Cup team had just carried the trophy out of Medinah Country Club outside Chicago because of a miraculous comeback. The Americans, needing just four wins and one tie out of the final 12 singles matches on Sunday, won three and halved one, letting the biggest bragging rights in golf slip away for the fourth time in five contests. At that stage, hope for American golf didn’t exactly spring eternal. The American team saw underwhelming performances from aging veterans Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk, while post-2009 disaster Tiger Woods failed to win a single match. The U.S. was responsible for just two of the most recent seven major tournament winners at the time. The final 2012 world golf rankings painted a decent picture for American golf, but four of the top five played on the European team at Medinah. More than a year later, American golf is back on track and looks poised to win its first Ryder Cup on European soil since 1993. Sunday, Bubba Watson ran away with the Masters on the back nine, winning by three strokes and asserting his dominance over Augusta. He now has two Masters wins in three years, and more importantly, Americans have won the past three majors. Perhaps more impressively, 20year old American Jordan Spieth took the course by storm in his tournament debut. He finished tied

for second behind Watson, but for a time, his play had him at the head of the pack with an incredible opportunity to become the youngest Masters winner in history. Many are drawing comparisons between Spieth and a young Tiger Woods because of a confident, aggressive style and immense talent. While that kind of thinking will only heap pressure on the young Spieth, he may be the young star American golf needs to become mainstream again. The Masters also saw stellar performances from Americans Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler, both of whom carded rounds in the 60s Saturday before fading into a tie for fifth. Those two represent younger golfers without a major title who could join Watson, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Jason Dufner in the American major revolution. The current Ryder Cup standings for the upcoming tournament show even more potential for American golf domination. Golfers younger than 25 fill three of the nine automatic qualifying spots. Spieth, Patrick Reed (23) and Harris English (24) will make team captain Tom Watson’s player pool insanely deep come September. Most of all, the world rankings that once heavily favored the European team now paint a different picture. The Top 10 features five Americans (Woods, Watson, Kuchar, Spieth and Phil Mickelson) to just three Europeans. Americans also occupy 12 of the top 20 spots on the list. American golf is headed in the right direction again, and the Europeans will struggle to retain the Ryder Cup on their home soil in Septmeber if this trend continues. Patrick Leary is a junior in the College of Communication. Email him at patrick. Follow him on Twitter @patrickkleary


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4 potential reasons why Mitchell left her position Women’s basketball coach leaves after 18 years as leader

By Jacob Born

When Marquette announced women’s basketball coach Terri Mitchell would not return next season, it came as a shock to many. No rumors circulated inside or outside of the program that she would leave. So why did she leave? The following reasons point to why Marquette may have forced Mitchell out before the her 19th season. Mitchell’s Contract Expired Possibly the biggest reason why Mitchell was relieved from her duties as head coach was because her contract was up. As of 2012, Mitchell was the second highest paid employee at Marquette, making $435,953, second only to former men’s basketball coach Buzz Williams. With all the university budget issues, one way to cut spending could be to have a smaller contract for a coach whose sport only draws 2,000 fans per game. It’s hard to believe the university would want to keep a

salary of that magnitude on the books for upcoming seasons, when the product on the court hasn’t been particularly good. Mediocre Big East Play It’s OK to pay a coach nearly $450,000 a year to coach when the team succeeds. But this season, the Golden Eagles finished 11-7 in the Big East after starting out the season 9-2. In a conference with Connecticut, Notre Dame and Louisville, all powerhouses in women’s basketball, an 11-7 finish would be solid. But in the new Big East, where the best two schools received a No. 7 (DePaul) and No. 9 (St. John’s) seed in the NCAA Tournament, an 11-7 finish isn’t great. Marquette was near the top of the Big East standings at the beginning of conference play, but the team limped through its final games and couldn’t get the job done in the postseason. Poor Postseason Performances Marquette made the WNIT for the second straight time this season, and went 1-1 in the tournament, defeating Indiana State before losing to Indiana. The 1-1 finish is the best postseason performance in the

past three years. Last season, Mitchell and the Golden Eagles fell to Northern Iowa in the first round of the WNIT. Two years ago, the team failed to make any postseason tournament. The year before that, the Golden Eagles received a bid to the NCAA Tournament, the furthest the team went during Mitchell’s tenure. Mitchell did lead the Golden Eagles to a WNIT championship in 2007, but that was her most significant postseason achievement. Administration Wants to Start Fresh The new Marquette administration may have wanted to bring in its own person to complete the change. University President-elect Michael Lovell brought in Wojciechowski to replace Williams just six days after his hiring. Perhaps the administration wanted to change both basketball programs to continue the transition of Marquette’s leadership. With basketball being the most popular sport at Marquette, it would make sense for the new leadership at Marquette to hire who it wanted to lead both teams rather than who the old administration had in place.

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Former women’s basketball coach Terri Mitchell resigned April 9.

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