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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Executive vice Wilkes returns to MKE president named Mary DiStanislao, UPenn admin, to begin job in March
to Marquette,” Pilarz said in an email. “It is important to note that she describes her most crucial job as the development of students. She will be reviewing ways we can continue to ensure students are at the center of all By Marissa Evans of our work, using resources for email@example.com their benefit.” DiStanislao brings more than Mary DiStanislao will take on 35 years of experience to the the role of executive vice presi- newly created position. She has dent in March following an offi- previously worked in higher educial appointment from University cation administration as a DiviPresident the Rev. Scott Pilarz sion I women’s basketball coach and served in variThursday. ous positions within Hailing from the “Mary brings excelPenn’s Department of University of Pennlent leadership and Athletics. sylvania as the senior Last semester she associate director of management skills to was part of the peer athletics and senior Marquette.” review of Intercolwoman administraRev. Scott Pilarz legiate Athletics at tor, DiStanislao will University President Marquette. report directly to PiDiStanislao has a larz and will oversee doctorate in higher the Office of Administration, the Division of Student education from the graduate Affairs and the Department of school of education at the UniHuman Resources. She will also versity of Pennsylvania, as well have a hand in implementing as master’s degrees in business campus-wide strategic planning administration and education with the president and the pro- from the Kellogg School of Management and the School of Eduvost. “Mary brings excellent lead- cation and Social Policy at Northership and management skills western University, respectively.
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Paul Wilkes went to Boswell Book Co. to talk about his life and new book about confession and self-honesty.
Prolific author and MU alum discusses life and self-reflection By Andrea Anderson email@example.com
Catholic writer, filmmaker and Marquette alum Paul
Wilkes spoke Friday at Boswell Book Co., 2559 N. Downer Ave., about his latest book, “The Art of Confession: Renewing Yourself Through the Practice of Honesty.” Wilkes takes a nontraditional approach to confession, believing it is a daily ritual of self-examination that allows a person’s mind and soul to feel unburdened and at peace in order to live a
prosperous life. Wilkes graduated from Marquette University in 1960 after working various jobs to pay his way through school. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in journalism and was accepted to Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, despite his See Wilkes, page 5
MCTS express lines bring more travel options
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State buget cuts have been driving transit line reform and have caused the new express lines and some routes to be redone or cut altogether.
City buses have new color coded system for routes By Matt Gozun email@example.com
The Milwaukee County Transit System launched its new express service this weekend with the introduction of the Blue, Green and Red MetroEXpress lines. The new routes are part of a broader change to the city’s bus system, which has been forced to adjust due to reductions in state
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funding. In an unveiling cer- Du Lac to National Avenues, emony held at the University of comes onto the Marquette camWisconsin-Milwaukee, MCTS pus. The GreenLine offers service managing director Lloyd Grant Jr. from Bayshore Mall to Mitchell praised the creation of the routes Airport, while the RedLine travas a new beginning for the city’s els down Capitol Drive before making a loop at the UWM campublic transportation system. “Today, we are taking a big step pus. All three will run seven days forward in the transportation in- a week. The creation of the express frastructure of our community,” Grant said. “We will be turning a routes has also led MCTS to page in a new chapter in the his- adjust its other routes, some of which were made retory of the Milwaudundant by the new kee County Transit System as we launch “Today we are taking lines. Routes 11, 18 and 68 were elimithese three new ex- a big step forward press bus routes.” in the transportation nated while routes 15, 23, 54, 62 and 63 The MetroEXpress infrastructure of our have been significantlines will cut travel community.” times by having stops Lloyd Grant Jr. ly changed. In addition, two placed further apart, Managiing director, MCTS new non-express often skipping stops routes have been crealready covered by other bus routes. Typically, bus ated. The new route 56 bus will stops are placed every 1/8 of a travel primarily down Greenfield mile, but express stops are spaced Avenue, while route 52 will go between every 1/4 to every 1/2 of from Clement Avenue to 15th Avenue a mile. The recent changes in bus Of the three express routes, only the BlueLine, from Fond service are due to the system’s
fluctuating financial situation. MCTS faced a 10 percent ($6.8 million) cut in state funding for 2012 and 2013, while also experiencing rising fuel, labor and maintenance costs. MCTS was able to maintain its services through the use of a federal grant from the Congestion Mitigation and Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program. The $19.1 million grant was created by consolidating $12.7 million originally earmarked for the canceled Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee commuter rail project and $6.4 million meant for a defunct bus rapid transit plan. Although the grant has enabled the creation of the three new express lines, the money is expected to last for only two years, after which future funding remains uncertain. Lee Holloway, the chairman of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, called for the system to receive dedicated
U.S. Secretary comes to campus for Town Hall. See, PAGE 2
Marquette students have begun mentoring local fourth graders. See PAGE 4
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Player rankings are unreliable indicators of actual potential. See PAGE 12
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MUSG Executive Vice President Trent Carlson, a senior in the College of Business Administration, also met with Vice President of Student Affairs Jim McMahon about housing for next year’s freshman. McMahon expects 1,950 freshman next fall. Study spaces in residence halls may be renovated into rooms to accommodate the freshmen.
January 26 At 5:37 p.m., an employee reported that five students were in possession of alcohol and fraudulent IDs in the Union Sports Annex. MPD was contacted.
harassed by another student in McCormick Hall. MPD was contacted January 28 At 2:49 p.m., a person not affiliated with Marquette removed cash from an open register in a business in the 1500 block of W. Wells Street and fled the scene. The suspect was chased by an employee of the business and physically detained by DPS. MPD took the suspect into custody.
January 27 Between 12:01 a.m. and 1:00 a.m., unknown person(s) removed a student’s unsecured, unattended property estimated at $110 from an unknown off-campus location.
January 29 At 12:05 a.m., two students acted in a disorderly manner in the 800 block of N. 18th Street and were taken into custody by MPD. The students were cited for underage drinking and obstruction and released.
Between 1:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m, unknown person(s) removed two students’ secured, unattended property from Campus Town East. Estimated combined loss is $22. MPD was contacted.
At 2:24 a.m., an alumnus struck a student in the face with a closed fist in a business in the 700 block of N. 16th Street. Medical assistance was declined and MPD was contacted.
At 12:12 p.m., a student reported being
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Secretary Shaun Donovan said President Obama has plans to improve college affordability, immigration refrom and access to housing.
international students, Donovan touched on the importance of immigration and keeping valuable students here in the United States. “Right now, we give students visas to come [to America], attend the best universities in the world, and then we tell them to leave,” he said. “We’re basically training the entrepreneurs of the future to compete with us in countries around the world. It makes no sense.” Donovan stressed that in order for any of President Obama’s goals to be accomplished, especially those that directly affect college students, Congress needs to work together on both sides of the aisle. “We need to take steps to take the special interests out of Congress,” Donovan said. “I also believe that after the economic hurt heals from the past year, Congress will be able to work somewhat more civilly and more rationally.” Throughout his talk, Donovan emphasized the importance of public service in every form, including “making your voice heard” at the polls. “[Public Service] is not the easiest job in the world, and you won’t get paid the biggest amount of
money,” he said. “But I couldn’t do anything else because it is so rewarding.” Students in attendance thought Marquette was lucky to be able to host such an important and relevant member of President Obama’s cabinet. Sam Schultz, a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences, said the secretary seemed genuine during his talk. “At Marquette we constantly hear the, ‘one person can make a difference’ vision of service in the community,” he said. “Those issues are so relevant to Milwaukee, and he genuinely seemed passionate about making the lives of people better.” Elizabeth Spaits, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, agreed that Donovan’s talk was interesting and relevant. She added, however, that she wished a few more issues specific to Milwaukee had been discussed. “I do wish that he had discussed issues that pertained specifically to Milwaukee and its economic growth,” Spaits said. “Politics aside, Mr. Donovan described his desire to help others and how he pursued that.”
MUSG Recap At last Thursday’s Marquette Student Government meeting, MUSG President Joey Ciccone, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, announced that the Les Aspin Center for Government, in conjunction with the College Democrats and College Republicans, will be in the AMU this week answering questions about voting in Wisconsin.
At 10:48 p.m., a student reported being sexually assaulted by another student in the 1500 block of W. Kilbourn Avenue between Sat., 11/5 and Sun., 11/6. MPD was contacted and took the student suspect into custody.
By Allison Kruschke U.S. Secretary Shaun Donovan came to campus on Thursday for a town hall style State of the Union Address to talk about the president’s policy initiatives and hopes of “making public service cool again.” Nearly 75 students gathered in the Alumni Memorial Union to hear the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development talk about President Obama’s most recent State of the Union address and answer audience submitted questions. The event was made possible because of communication between the White House and Marquette University Student Government. “Last week, I got a call from the White House Office of Public Engagement,” said Joey Ciccone, MUSG President and a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences. “On the phone, they said that the President would like to send Secretary Donovan to campus to host a student town hall on the State of the Union and student issues. I gladly accepted the invitation for MUSG to host it.” Ciccone added that many university departments played an important role in making the event a success, including the Office of Public Affairs, the Office of Media and Communication and the Office of Student Development. Donovan focused his talk around audience questions, which ranged from affordable student loans to immigration. He also talked about housing issues and how those relate directly to Milwaukee. “Milwaukee has been a pioneer in lifting up neighborhoods,” Donovan said. “We want to continue to find ways to keep people in their homes.” Donovan also addressed the importance of attending college and what President Obama is doing to keep college and student loans affordable. “The president has proposed [in his State of the Union address] that we restructure the way that we fund universities so that they have more of an incentive to keep cost down for students,” he said. Since American universities, including Marquette, often draw
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Also at Thursday’s meeting, the student life committee said it is looking for ways to make JobConnection more beneficial for students, and a survey on meal plans is coming soon. The Senate unanimously passed a recommendation to support the Muslim Student Association in obtaining adequate prayer space for those of the Muslim faith on campus. Matt McGonegle, a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences, was voted programs vice president for the 2012-13 school year. McGonegle has been involved with the MUSG program board as senior week commissioner and program board assistant.
With a vote of 25-0-1, the Senate allocated funds for three student events: Young Americans for Freedom, the Marquette Naval ROTC drill team, and Mardi Gras. Funding for Young Americans for Freedom will go into bringing investigative reporter John Stossel to Marquette. Lt. General Russel Honore, a joint task force leader in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, will speak about leadership and preparedness in the Varsity Theatre Thursday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. as part of the MUSG speaker series. Applications for MUSG program board positions are now available on the MUSG website.
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Tuesday 31 Marquette men’s basketball vs. Seton Hall, Bradley Center, 7 p.m.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat, Bradley Center, 7 p.m. Marquette women’s basketball vs. Cincinnati, Al McGuire Center, 7 p.m. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra presents “An Evening with Gil Shaham,” Marcus Center Uihlein Hall, 7:30 p.m.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men’s basketball vs. Youngstown State, U.S. Cellular Arena, 7 p.m.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Financial aid grows tighter Rising tuition costs has more families applying for aid
Number of FAFSAs received per year
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Federal student aid is becoming harder to come by across the country, as government scholar2009-10: 14,223 (14.7% Increase) ships and the eligibility criteria for financial aid have been reduced. The largest source of federal fi2010-11: 15,037 (5.7% Increase) nancial aid, the Pell Grant, recently increased its eligibility criteria, making it harder for students to qualify. Eligibility is determined 20011-12: 15,758 (4.8% Increase) by financial need and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the standard formula. Students 27.1% increase since the 2008-09 need a EFC of 0 to be eligible for the maximum Pell grant. school year. More families are also applying for financial aid during tough economic times. More than 21 Information from: Susan M. Teerink, million families filled out the Free director of the Office of Student Financial Aid Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2010-11 academic year, up 49 percent from Graphic by Andrew Abraham/ the 2009-10 school year, email@example.com ing to the United States Department of Education. Pell Grants are given out to un- students applying for need-based main sources of monetary assisdergraduate students who have aid also continues to increase. tance for Marquette students. For financial need, and do not have to For the 2011-12 academic year, the 2011-12 school year, Marbe paid back to the government. about 75 percent of full-time un- quette students were awarded The maximum amount of Pell dergraduates applied for need- more than $6.8 million in needGrant money a student could re- based financial aid. Four years based federal student aid. ceive for the 2010-11 school year earlier, during the 2008-09 school Institutional scholarships and was $5,550. year, only 70 percent of those stu- grants — those offered by MarSome students have stopped try- dents applied for need-based aid. quette — are the largest source of ing to receive Pell Grants due to The percentage of applicants who aid for students. For the 2011-12 the strict eligibility requirements. receive aid has remained at about year, Marquette awarded its stuCarolyn Piggot, a junior in the 80 percent during the same four- dents more than $59 million in College of Arts & Sciences, said year period. assistance. This did not include she receives federal student aid The decreasing amount of fed- athletic awards or tuition waivers. but not a Pell eral student aid Students who are able to receive Grant. “(Tuition) restricts the number stems from the federal aid are grateful. “I applied (for of students who can come (to nation’s fiscal Connor Showalter, a freshman a Pell Grant) situation. in the College of Business Adminfreshman year Marquette)..everyone should W i s c o n s i n istration, received the maximum but was not eli- be able to attend (regardless of Sen. Ron John- Pell grant for the 2011-12 school gible,” Piggot finances). son (R) said in year. said. She has an email that “It made it a lot easier for me Carolyn Piggot in the last fis- to attend Marquette,” Showalnot applied for a College of Arts & Sciences Pell grant again cal year alone, ter said. He said he has not filled because of the W a s h i n g t o n out the FAFSA for next year but competitiveness. added $1.3 trillion to the nation’s hopes to receive the maximum “(Tuition) restricts the number debt, which now exceeds the size grant again. of students who can come (to of the American economy. “I’ll get mad (if I do not receive Marquette),” Piggot said. “Every“This mountain of debt threat- the maximum Pell grant), but I one should be able to attend (re- ens the hopes and dreams of fu- will still go here,” Showalter said. gardless of finances).” ture generations,” Johnson said. The number of Marquette Federal aid remains one of the
Walker campaign aide under scrutiny History of alleged misuse with public funds comes to light Associated Press
A man charged with stealing money from a veterans group while he was an aide to now-Gov. Scott Walker had been fired from a previous state job for misusing public money, a newspaper reported Monday. Tim Russell was fired from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority after it was discovered in 1993 that he improperly billed hotel stays, according to documents obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/xCnQUI ). Russell served as a deputy chief of staff to Walker while Walker was the Milwaukee County executive. Russell has since become part of an ongoing investigation into other Walker aides and associates. Russell’s personnel file, which was released to the Journal Sentinel through an open-records request, said he was fired from the housing authority for “gross misconduct” in 1993. He was accused of improperly billing $1,123 in hotel stays to the quasipublic agency. His lawyer, Mike Maistelman, declined to comment. The revelation comes as Russell is facing a number of criminal charges. He is alleged to have embezzled more than $21,000 in 2010 from a veterans-support organization account to which Walker had entrusted him. He is also charged with siphoning lesser sums from campaign accounts of two Milwaukee County Board candidates, and prosecutors say he also helped set up a shadow Internet system that other Walker aides used to perform campaign work on county time.
His termination raises questions of how much Walker knew of Russell’s background before bringing him on board in the county executive’s office. Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie referred questions to Walker’s campaign. Walker campaign spokeswoman Ciara Matthews told The Associated Press in an email, “No, the governor was not aware.” She did not immediately reply to a follow-up email asking her to clarify what the governor wasn’t aware of, and why Russell’s background wouldn’t have come up in an interview or background check. The $1,123 in improper charges to the Housing and Economic Development Authority came from 23 stays that Russell made in 1992 and 1993 at a hotel on the Capitol Square in Madison. In the May 1993 termination letter, Gwen Torkelson, the authority’s director of administrative services, wrote to Russell that he hadn’t followed agency policies regarding the expenses and that he “provided false or misleading information” when first questioned about them. “We have considered carefully the disciplinary options available and have come to the conclusion that we have no other alternative than to terminate your employment, effective immediately,” the termination letter said. A month earlier, Russell had sent a memo to Torkelson saying that most of the stays were on nights when he had a 7:30 a.m. meeting the next day in Madison. But he acknowledged that almost $400 of the total represented costs that were “not properly business expenses” and were billed to the agency “because of my own lack of oversight.” The authority recovered the money by withholding $1,123 from Russell’s final paycheck. A message left with Richard Longabaugh, a former executive director at the authority, was not immediately returned.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
MPS embraces college tutors Roman numerals get play in Super Bowl New program hopes to bridge student achievement gap
Greek numbers are tradition and confusing for some
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The group aims to close the achievement gap between students in Milwaukee Public Schools and other schools in the nation as well as to improve the school’s academic culture. The elementary school has been on MPS’ “districts identified for improvement” list for three years, according to its 2009-’10 online report card. Students at the school underperform in both math and reading on standardized tests. “Less than 50 percent of (the students) will graduate from high school — we hope to change that,” Anderson said. The group began to organize last semester with the help of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and offers after-school help in reading, math, social studies, language arts and art. The group has 45 volunteers and is working to get students from other Milwaukee colleges involved. Anderson said the group’s main focus is on fourth graders. “The education gap begins to set in during the fourth grade year,” he said. Anderson said what sets the group apart from other services in the area is its commitment to mentoring, and he acknowledged the reciprocal relationship it brings. “We’re not only investing in their lives — they’re investing in our lives,” he said. Anderson said the main message the group wants to send to students is not just to listen to them during tutoring, but for the students to be themselves. “Our future success depends on their success,” he said. “In order for Milwaukee to be successful, every kid in Milwaukee has to have a chance to be successful. We have an opportunity to be in solidarity with that notion.” The group’s presence has already been requested by another school in Milwaukee,
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C. Terrence Anderson is a lead organizer for the new tutoring program.
Anderson said. Sharon Chubbuck, an associate professor of educational policy and leadership studies in the College of Education, said there is no quick fix in attempting to improve under-performing schools. Chubbuck said education majors spend three semesters doing field work learning how to teach reading and math to elementary students. “We appreciate the concern and energy that the tutors value the students’ experience enough to say, ‘I want to make it better,’” Chubbuck said. Helen Hillis, campus campaign coordinator for Teach for America and a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences , said the personal relationship between tutors and students is very important. Hillis said Teach for America emphasizes one-on-one relationships with students and their
families so students are not overlooked. “It takes a village to raise a child,” Hillis said. “Teach for America recognizes that.” Milwaukee Public Schools appreciates the help from organizations such as Anderson’s, said Roseann St. Aubin, communications director for Milwaukee Public Schools. “We are delighted to have help,” St. Aubin said. She said tutoring will help MPS close its achievement gap. St. Aubin also recognizes the benefits of the one-on-one relationships volunteers forge with students. “We love the stability it brings into our schools, the stability it brings to student relationships,” she said. “It helps the students understand that college could be ahead of them through the behaviors that are modeled by Marquette students.”
Kids LOL and OMG each other all the livelong day, but ask them to decipher the XLVI of this year’s Super Bowl and you might as well be talking Greek. They may know what X means, or V and I, but Roman numerals beyond the basics have largely gone the way of cursive and penmanship as a subject taught in the nation’s schools. Students in high school and junior high get a taste of the Roman system during Latin (where Latin is still taught, anyway). And they learn a few Roman numerals in history class when they study the monarchs of Europe. But in elementary school, “Roman numerals are a minor topic,” said Jeanine Brownell of the early mathematics development program at Erickson Institute, a child-development graduate school in Chicago. That’s not how Joe Horrigan remembers it. “I went to Catholic school. I still have bruised knuckles from not learning them,” said the NFL historian and spokesman for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. What’s wrong with good ol’ 46 to describe this year’s Super Bowl between the Giants and the Patriots on Sunday? “’Number 46,’ it just kind of sounds like an inventory. ‘Inspected by Joe,’” said Joe, who is LX years old. “Those Roman numerals, they’re almost like trophies.” Any football fan worth his weight in nachos will find a way to figure out the Super Bowl number from one year to the next, but shouldn’t kids have some sense of the Romans as an actual numbering system? “My son is in first grade and this recently came up when we were clock shopping,” said
Eileen Wolter of Summit, N.J. “He couldn’t believe they were real numbers. They only ever get used for things like copyrights or sporting events, which in my humble opinion harkens even further back to the gladiatorial barbaric nature of things like the Super Bowl.” Gerard Michon isn’t much of a football fan, either, but he keeps a close eye on Super Bowls over at Numericana.com, where he dissects math and physics and discusses the Roman system ad nauseam. Starting with Super Bowl XLI in 2007, he has been getting an abnormal number of game-day visits from football fans with a sudden interest in Roman numerals. On the day of last year’s Super Bowl XLV, so many people visited that Michon’s little server crashed. When the dust cleared, he had logged 15,278 hits, more than 90 percent landing on “XLV.” “Last year was total madness,” Michon said, in part “because so many people were wondering why VL isn’t a correct replacement for XLV.” When the Super Bowl started, the games were assigned simple Roman numerals “that everybody knows,” he said. Now “it looks kind of mysterious.” The use of Roman numerals to designate Super Bowls began with game V in 1971, won by the Baltimore Colts over the Dallas Cowboys 16-13 on Jim O’Brien’s 32-yard field goal with five seconds remaining. Numerals I through IV were added later for the first four Super Bowls. “The NFL didn’t model after the Olympics,” said Dan Masonson, director of the league’s corporate communications. Instead, he said, the Roman system was adopted to avoid any confusion that might occur because of the way the Super Bowl is held in a different year from the one in which most of the regular season is played. Bob Moore, historian for the Kansas City Chiefs, credits the idea of using Roman numerals to Lamar Hunt, the late Chiefs owner and one of the godfathers of the modern NFL. (History also credits Hunt with coming up with the name “Super Bowl” for the big game.) “The Roman numerals made it much more important,” Moore said. “It’s much more magisterial.” Or as Michon put it: Quid quid latine dictum sit, altum videtur — “Anything stated in Latin looks important.” Linsey Knerl, who is homeschooling her five children in Tekamah, Neb., is teaching them Roman numerals, showing her oldest — who is 13 — how to decipher chapter numbers while reading “Oliver Twist.” “I realize that it may not seem to be the most culturally relevant thing you can teach kids these days,” she said. “But if kids can get what LOL and ROFL mean, things like XXII should be a piece of cake.”
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Wilkes: Live life fully grades. “Marquette told me not to even apply with a 2.24 out of 4.0 GPA, but look who accepted me regardless,” Wilkes said. Wilkes is also the executive director of Homes of Hope in India, a non-profit organization that works in 32 orphanages, social centers, schools and junior colleges in South India to help provide education for disadvantaged children and assist rescue shelters and orphanages. How many jobs did you have while you were at Marquette? I probably had 15 different jobs. Everything from bartender to orderly in a hospital, to factory worker, to working in a grocery store, I did everything. Can you explain a little about how you got to where you are today? Did faith play a role? Well, yeah, the thing of it is that I think for any journalist you have to have five percent talent and 95 percent tenacity. I only have 5 percent talent, but I do have 95 percent tenacity. I am just very tenacious. ‘No’ is not an acceptable answer to me, I don’t hear ‘no’ and so I never took ‘no’ for an answer. I mean, most of my first pieces were rejected early on. I’m told ‘no’ all the time, but I just have the desire. What piece of work are you most proud of? Well, my two sons of course. But I think as a journalist I did a profile for the New Yorker and then it became a book called “In Mysterious Ways.” It’s a profile of the life of a parish priest who is dying of cancer, and it won the Christopher Award. (An award that acknowledges a writers persistence in observing the human spirit and values.) Can you give a brief synopsis of “The Art of Confession?” Well, I think “The Art of Confession” is a book about personal honesty and how to achieve it. In a time in America where there are so many things calling out to us, and it is confusing to live a life, it’s a book that says, be quiet, go into yourself, find out who you are, improve the things that need to be improved and continue to do the things that you do well.
What is the role of confession in your life? The role of confession in my life is like a steering wheel for me. I need to keep on adjusting and so I need to keep on making adjustments so I can stay on a good path. Confession helps me do that. When did you start practicing this system? I think I have been practicing it on and off for a good part of my life. But really really this kind of thing — 10, 15 years as I got older and stupider. Do you have any advice for college students? I mean there is a busy hustle and bustle life, there are drugs, alcohol, it is college... I think just, at some point in the day, draw into yourself. Take that one moment, or three minutes and say, who am I? How am I doing today? What have I done that I’m proud of? What have I done that I’m not proud of? Always take that short time. But it’s not so much hustle and bustle, it’s a lot of crap. We all waste time on a lot of crap, so get rid of the crap. What do you get most out of your project in India? The realization that unless the people that work with me did what we do, their lives would be much harder. There would be girls on the street that would be raped, abused, killed, and we are saving lives. It’s not me, you know, I’m just the guy that’s helping out with this thing, but we are saving lives. Can you explain how you came to meet the Dalai Lama? I was doing a documentary on Thomas Merton, which you should see sometime if you can, called “Merton: A Film Biography”, it’s probably in your library at Marquette, Netflix has it. Really it’s one hour about Thomas Merton and I wanted to interview only people who knew Thomas Merton and right before he died he went to see the Dali Lama. So, I wanted to interview the Dali Lama about this. So I called up his office in New York, made the arrangements, went to India and interviewed him. Easy as that. You can do the same thing.
Occupy Oakland gets violent Flag burning brings concern about peaceful intentions By Beth Duff-Brown and Terry Collins Associated Press
Many in the crowd outside Oakland City Hall shouted “Burn it! Burn it!” as masked protesters readied to set fire to an American flag. That’s when a woman emerged from the scrum, screaming for them to stop, that it would hurt the cause. Moments later, the flames began, and suddenly a movement that seemingly vanished weeks ago was back in the spotlight, this time for an act of protest that has long divided the nation and now the movement itself. The images of the flag-burning went viral in the hours after Saturday’s demonstrations on Oakland’s streets, with Occupy supporters denouncing the act as unpatriotic and a black mark on the movement. Others called it justified. The flag-burning, however, raised questions about whether the act will tarnish a movement of largely peaceful protests and alienate people who agree with its message against corporate excess and economic inequality. “I’m quite confident that the general view is that violence of this sort — whether it’s symbolic or otherwise — is contrary to the spirit of the movement and should be renounced,” Columbia University sociologist Todd Gitlin said. Gitlin, who is writing a book about the movement, noted that flags have had a prominent place at the Occupy Wall Street encampments that sprang up last fall. They are typically pinned to tents or waving from wooden flagpoles. “I was thinking how they have come to embrace the American flag as a hallmark of this movement; it’s very common to see American flags honored and elevated at these encampments,” he said. Flag-burning has been a powerful symbol since the days of the anti-Vietnam War movement. Congress at the time passed a law to
protect the flag in 1968, and most states followed suit. In 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court decided such laws were unconstitutional restrictions on free speech. The court’s decision set off a move in Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to prohibit desecration of the flag. An attempt in 2006 failed by only one vote in the Senate. In Oakland, social activism and civic unrest have long marked the rough-edged city across the bay from San Francisco. Beset by poverty, crime and a decadeslong tense relationship between the police and residents, its streets have seen many clashes, including anti-draft protests in the 1960s that spilled into town from neighboring Berkeley. At Occupy Oakland, flag-burning is nothing new. A well-known Bay Area activist burned three during protests that temporarily shut down the Port of Oakland in November. Troy Johnson, an Occupy Oakland member, said he arrived just in time Saturday to watch his friend, whom he would not name in order to protect his identity, emerge from City Hall with an American flag in tow. “He asked the crowd, ‘What do you want us to do with the flag?’” Johnson recalled. “They said, ‘Burn it! Burn it! Burn it!’” As many egged on the bandannamasked men, lighters were passed around. A photographer on assignment for The Associated Press said a woman rose from among the crowd to urge against the flagburning. She then threw the flag to the ground and tried to put out the fire, shouting at them that it would only hurt their cause. The fire-starter is not an anarchist, but a typical member of Occupy Oakland who feels the system has failed them, said Johnson, who pulled out his cellphone to show his recording of the flag-burning. “I would describe him as someone who loves his country, but also disappointed in the system that’s running this country,” said Johnson, who goes by the nickname “Uncle Boom” and was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. Johnson said he wouldn’t stop the flag-burning because the
country is based on freedom of speech and expression. “To the veterans who fought for this country, I wholeheartedly apologize,” he said. “Because when they took the oath to join the military, they fought for the flag. But they also fought for the right to express ourselves.” Another Occupy member, Sean Palmer, who served in the Marines, said he opposed flag-burning. “I think they should’ve hung it upside down, because that’s the international call for distress and that’s what we are, in distress,” Palmer said. Saturday’s protest culminated in rock- and bottle-throwing and volleys of tear gas from the police, as well as the City Hall break-in that left glass cases smashed, graffiti spray-painted on the walls and, finally, the flag-burning. Police said more than 400 people were arrested; at least three officers and one protester were injured. Police said Monday that they were still trying to determine how many of those arrested were from Oakland. In the past, the majority of those arrested in Occupy sweeps were not Oakland residents and this has rankled city officials. Mayor Jean Quan has called on the loosely organized movement to “stop using Oakland as its playground.” Officials said vandalism and activities related to Occupy Oakland have cost the financially strapped city $5 million since October. Oakland Councilwoman Libby Schaaf said she was disgusted not to see the American and California flags atop the grand staircase inside City Hall on Monday. The destruction to her workplace couldn’t have come at a worse time as the city is grappling with closing a $28 million budget deficit. “To do this to us in a week were we have to lay off so many city workers is so unconscionable,” Schaaf said. Protester Julion Lewis-Tatman said he led the crowd in the plaza outside City Hall, but did not take part in the flag-burning. “I love this country to death, but burning the flag means nothing to me,” he said. “We’re burning down the old system and we’re starting a new country.”
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After four years of taking required class- to know that this is a now-or-never course es in high school, the majority of students for them, before registering for classes. If cannot wait to take college courses which they did not sign up for it this semester, actualyl interest them. However, when you they may never get another chance. enroll in college you face the harsh realWe at the Tribune think there may be a ity: often, picking a schedule is less “what way to ensure that more students are happy I think will be with their schedule: a universifun” and more ty-administered class survey. You have to make sure you take “what will make Such a survey would allow sure I graduate all required classes, have time for students to express their inon time.” lunch and, if you are lucky, avoid terests in various classes and Planning your could also include a schedthe instructor who received a ule that explains when cercollege agenda is not an easy horrible review on ratemyprofessor. tain courses are offered, if not task. You have com. available every year. Obviousto make sure ly class requirements would you take all rebe set outside the constraints quired classes, of this survey, but it would be have time for lunch and, if you are lucky, able to show which classes are more deavoid the instructor who received a horrible sired by students, allowing Marquette to review on ratemyprofessor.com. plan for more professors to teach certain By the end of the first few weeks of the courses or offer the class more frequently. semester, you are well aware of whether We know that a university-administered you love or hate your schedule. Regardless survey would not fix every class conflict, of what you think about this semester, you but it could resolve many of them. Since hope that next semester you get an early his inauguration, the Rev. Scott Pilarz has registration time, but know to some degree stressed the importance of incorporating you’re at the mercy of the system. student input into making administrative Let’s pretend you are a freshman who decisions. Under his presidency, the uniplans on studying abroad spring semester versity established a new Finance and Reof junior year. You plan the entire first two view Committee that actually allows for years of college preparing for it, just to dis- students to attend meetings and voice their cover the fall prior that one of your required opinions. classes is only offered the semester you will We greatly appreciate being given the be overseas — an issue which could have opportunity to express our opinions to the been prevented with better communication. people who ultimately make the decisions. Or maybe you really love music and find If students can continue to value this new your senior year that you can acsense of tually register for the History of responsiRock ‘n’ Roll class before it fills bility, we We know that a university- hope it can up, only to discover you have to take your capstone class during administered survey would not expand into that same time slot. Wouldn’t fix every class conflict, but it could d e c i s i o n s you have liked to avoid these resolve many of them. about the situations by being asked about curriculum. what classes you actually wanted With tuition to take? steadily on Another example: This is the the rise, it first semester that the “Culture of Lan- is safe to say that the majority of students guage” anthropology course has been of- would rather get the most out of their edufered in almost six years. It may not have cation by paying for classes which interest the highest student demand, but anthropol- them. ogy majors and minors would probably like
Yesterday, Australia’s Herald Sun ran a story announcing that an “iPad generation of children and teenagers” is at risk of repetitive strain injuries to thumbs, according to chiropractors. Just a few days before, the New York Times reported an explosion at an iPad factory in southwest China that killed two people and injured a dozen more. People are dying so we may have the privilege of playing “Words with Friends” until our thumbs are exhausted. What a wonderful world. For decades, Apple has kept information about its manufacturing process far from the reach of public hands. It’s been acknowledged that the company outsources massive amounts of jobs to China, but few outsiders have actually stepped foot in those factories for a glimpse of working conditions. In a recent episode of NPR’s “This American Life,” host Mike Daisey visited an Apple factory in Shenzhen, China, with 34,000 workers, many of whom were mere teenagers. One worker died at the factory after clocking in a 34-hour shift. While deaths are not the daily norm, brutal labor environments are. According to the New York Times, excessive overtime, crowded spaces and swollen joints from long periods of standing are part of the job description. Just two years ago, 137 workers at a factory in eastern China were injured after being ordered to use a toxic chemical to clean iPhone screens. Reports of these conditions come as a shock to many of us who have remained loyal to Apple products since our iPod Mini days. It clashes with the wholesome corporation’s image, best upheld by Steve Jobs himself.
When his self-titled biography became a best-seller and shrines were erected across the globe following his death last October, it became abundantly clear that much of the world had fallen for more than just the Apple CEO’s vision: they loved him, too. “When I hire somebody really senior, competence is the ante,” Jobs once said. “They have to be really smart. But the real issue for me is, are they going to fall in love with Apple? Because if they fall in love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself. They’ll want to do what’s best for Apple, not what’s best for them, what’s best for Steve, or anybody else.” Apple executives have known about the exploitation of workers in their factories, but say their desire to improve working conditions conflicts with supplier relationships and fast production. According to the New York Times, this past quarter was Apple’s most lucrative yet, with $13.06 billion in profits on $46.3 billion in sales – a number that could have been even higher, executives said, if overseas factories had been able to produce more. Though it’s the goal of every corporation to make the most money possible, Apple seemed to stand primarily for quality. Doing “what’s best for Apple,” consumers were led to think, certainly meant the use of non-toxic cleaners and eight-hour shifts. Doing “what’s best for Apple,” we thought, meant preserving life in a number of ways: Both for the Apple consumers – who store their photos and documents on their devices – and, in a more literal sense, for the people who manufacture them. Over the weekend, I heard Suzanne Rosenblatt speak in Milwaukee. She’s been performing her poem “Government of the Corp, By the Corp, For the Corp” for years, but its last line is particularly resonant concerning Apple and similar problems. “Blame the corps, the corps, the corporations, the greedy rogues with the bottom line,” she says, “who ignore the corpse, the corpse, the corpses left behind.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Promote abstinence, not Consider the unborn’s abortion In the Viewpoints column published on January 24, Ms. Gamble made some interesting points, but ones that I must contest. First, she advocated that the government should not control when and with whom we have sex. However, we must examine what that statement entails. Not wanting government involvement with regards to sex implies that citizens are aware of and accept the consequences of being sexually active, including the possibility of pregnancy. By refusing to provide “FDA approv[ed]” contraceptives, the government would not be dictating that we should not have sex; rather, they would be promoting respect, commitment and accountability. Ms. Gamble disfavors an abstinence-only policy from Gov. Walker, citing that this method “results in failure.” However, have we given enough time to consider the positive outcomes of an abstinence-only philosophy, or sex-education that discusses the disadvantages of contraceptives? Of those who choose to abstain from having sex, 100 percent do not have unwanted pregnancies and do not contract sexually transmitted diseases. No contraceptive exists that is this effective. Dr. Louise Tyrer, a former medical director at Planned Parenthood, even admitted that of the 3 million unplanned pregnancies every year in America, two-thirds are due to contraceptive failure. Teaching students about contraception tells them that we as a society don’t believe they will be able to exercise self-control and have given up on the idea that they can remain chaste until marriage. Contraceptives reduce girls and women to sexual objects which men can use for their own satisfaction without a need for commitment or sacrifice. Why don’t we give students an abstinence based sex-education that teaches them to respect their bodies by exercising self-control, sacrifice, and patience? Sex, after all, is a self-sacrificing and intimate act in which one gives oneself to another, rather than a means for personal gratification. The whole sex/abortion issue is transcended by the fact
that our bodies are made in the image and likeness of God, and using them purely for sexual pleasure perverts the intention God has for us. Abstinence based sex-education empowers students to respect themselves and others, which is good for individuals, families and our society as a whole. The second issue is abortion itself, which Ms. Gamble calls a “reproductive right.” Most people would agree that we should have rights and freedoms, unless they infringe on someone else’s. It seems to me that abortion infringes, with devastating results, on the most fundamental right explicitly stated in the constitution: the right to life itself for the unborn child. One may argue that abortion is necessary when the mother’s life is in danger and in cases of rape or incest. According to Wisconsin Right to Life, less than 1 percent of abortions are done for these reasons. Others may argue that women should have the choice of what they do with their bodies. Again, Wisconsin Right to Life states that 64 percent of women who had abortions claimed they were pressured into having one. Being pressured or forced doesn’t sound like free choice to me. Perhaps President Obama should be promoting the rights of women by encouraging pregnant women to consider the adoption alternative rather than taking away religious liberty by forcing Catholic institutions to provide contraceptives and abortions. The life-shattering psychological and physical effects of abortion on the mother could be avoided, and the 2 million couples around the world that want to adopt could have their wishes fulfilled. Our society promotes sex with no responsibility or consequences. When individuals are faced with a crisis pregnancy, abortion does not “solve the problem.” Abortion leads to a lifetime of regret and agony (for men and women alike) over a precious life that was destroyed. Andrew Axt Senior, College of Engineering
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To the editor: The viewpoints article titled ‘GOP-controlled sex bad for men and women alike’ printed last Tuesday failed to acknowledge the broader scope of the issue, 39 years after Roe v. Wade. While the author focuses on women’s reproductive rights, the rights of the unborn were never considered. The President said, “…we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.” How can our sons and daughters have the freedom to fulfill their dreams if they are never given the chance to live outside the womb because they are inconvenient, unwanted or challenged in some way? Women (and men) do have choices, for which there are consequences. The paradox, however, is that these reproductive choices affect everyone and leave no choice but for employers to violate their consciences. I’m referring to the Jan. 20 Human Health Services mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance that includes birth control, sterilization and abortifacients. Providing for a woman’s “right to choose” has left so many without a choice, unborn and citizens alike. Joanna Parkes Senior, College of Engineering
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Days I remember,
A student storytelling project Reminiscences lead to laughs By Leah Todd firstname.lastname@example.org
We all remember. We remember because of the hippocampus, an organ the size and shape of a fat man’s pinky, lodged deep in the human brain. This rounded, pudgy mechanism stores
the sensory data we experience in life — sights, sounds, smells, tastes — and compresses it into a format compatible for long-term memory. It’s because of the hippocampus that we can still remember — and tell — stories. Stories of the day we fell off our first bike, or the smell of grandma’s cookies, or just how awkward that first kiss was. Here are some of those stories — from students, for students.
Welcome to the first installment of Days I Remember, where this week’s theme is
“memories that make you laugh” Twice a month, the Tribune will collect stories told by students based on a theme and publish the audio in an online podcast at www.marquettetribune.org. Stay tuned.
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optimal complexion. I kind of smiled and said, “Oh yeah, I know. It’s pretty bad.” I continued down the aisle, giving milk and coffee out to people. He kept following, continuing, telling me he had a good remedy for me. It was embarrassing, and I was trying to be polite at the same time. He ended up telling me that I should try urine therapy. That is, urine on wherever you have the inflammation or acne. So, my face. He said he knew it sounded gross, but that he had really bad acne when he was a kid and wanted to help me as well. Which, in the long run, is a really sweet thing to do. So I was telling my audience this story, standing in front of 200 people. I wrap it up by telling them that in Midnight Run you’re going to learn a lot. You’re going to learn to understand people, their situations, and, in my case, you’re going to get some urine therapy advice. I ended by saying, “I’m not gonna say anything else, but … look at this complexion!” I suggested to 200 people that I peed on my face. Cassidy’s complexion has, ironically enough, improved since she received the suggestion from the gentleman at St. James, though she assured the Tribune that she did not actually apply urine to her skin.
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the AMU. Virtually all strangers — I had just met the coordinating team earlier that week. I was nervous, thinking everything through. The time comes for me to go up and start speaking. I start my speech. I told them I had volunteered at St. James the semester before. St. James is a church right east of Straz Tower. St. James puts breakfast together every morning for the homeless. We probably get 300 people through, at least. You recognize a lot of the faces and build relationships off that. One of the relationships I encountered was this man who was a regular guest. He hadn’t really ever spoken to me before. It being 7:30 in the morning, nobody wants to put makeup on. And I’ve been cursed with a terrible complexion most of the time. (I can thank my Dad for my acne.) Everyone could see my zits and my acne and everything. Well, this gentleman, he approached me, and he said he noticed I had pretty bad acne. Right away I reverted back to tenth-grade Cassidy who’s super self-conscious and thinks that everyone notices everything wrong with her. I was laughing it off, even though he had gotten out of his seat and pointed out to me that he was noticing my less-than-
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This is my first year being a site coordinator for (the service organization) Midnight Run. One of my fellow coordinators had approached me and asked if I would speak at Orientation. I thought, “Sure, I’ll do it.” It’d be a great way to jump right in. I approached a friend, talking to her about my nerves and how I wasn’t sure what to speak about and if she had any ideas. She assured me, “You’re just speaking to your small group. Everything you say is on a sheet of paper. It’s fine.” So I thought four. (I’d be speaking to) Four people. We had the meeting before orientation, and we were handed the slip of everything that would be in our itinerary. And lo and behold my name is in bold, right next to the first time slot. I realized at that moment that I was actually speaking to the full group. The room kept filling up and filling up and filling up, and I was still thinking about which story to tell. I had some humorous stories I could share, and it was then that I decided to tell a story about urine therapy. Two hundred people are in this room. My audience grew from the anticipated four to 200 people. These are all Midnight Run volunteers in the ballrooms, up in
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“The Night Sal’s Came to U s” Elyise Brigman, Senior, co llege of communication
The first week of school, second semester senior year, was more stressful than I had imagined. (My roommates) have to put up and live with my gluten allergy, which has really come in the way of a lot of our daily routines. I try and be real disciplined, but when I’m in a stressful week, like that first week of (the semester), I don’t really follow my gluten allergy. Basically, I had been eating gluten all day. Exclusively cookies and cinnamon bread, some monkey-bread rolls. So it was, what, Tuesday afternoon or something? And, naturally, I was in the depths of despair after my first day of five classes back-to-back. (And for me, that’s a lot to do in a day.) I came home by 7 o’clock that night, basically starving, with the worst gluten migraine I had ever had. (A gluten migraine is something that gluten-intolerant people sometimes get. They’re very real, and very debilitating. —Elyise.) I walk in the door and immediately start to cook dinner. Trying to cure my gluten headache, I found gluten-free Bisquik mix. Ben, a neighbor, came over and helped cook dinner, because he said he would try the gluten-free Bisquik mix as well.
So we decided on waffles because (my roommate) had left the waffle maker out. But after we made these waffles — and they smelled fabulous; we put fresh butter and syrup and everything on them — we tried one bite before making the rest of the batter just to see if we should continue on with what we had started. I actually hated them. I had some of my roommates try it, and everyone else seemed to love the gluten-free waffle mix except for Ben and I, who were the ones trying to make ourselves dinner. I came into (my roommate’s room) so upset — so mad about my gluten-free waffles. So I said, “These waffles suck. Let’s get Sal’s!” I believe those were the words I said. So then we got Sal’s. We had to do two slices (of pizza) minimum, so naturally we got four. And my gluten migraine was worse. Since then, I have been gluten free. Except for the breaded chicken at lunch today. Elyise reported to the Tribune that she thinks she has been managing her gluten headaches quite nicely since this particular episode, though she is eager to see how the third week of school turns out for her.
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Not too many people can pinpoint the exact moment they become a weirdo, but I think I’ve got it down pat. There was a time when I was younger that I went through this period of living through my nightmares. I guess the closest it can be described as is as a Vietnam flashback. The first time it happened I was 12 years old, and I woke up in kind of a calm panic. I didn’t remember what my dream was — I wasn’t thinking — but the next thing I knew I was standing in the doorway of my parents’ bedroom watching them sleep. I don’t know why I was doing this. I wasn’t thinking at the time. But I was definitely awake. After a few minutes my mom wakes up and looks over at the doorway, sees me watching, staring at ‘em. She doesn’t even say anything to me — she just goes, “Mike, Mike wake up – it’s Joe – Mike, Mike, wake up!” So my dad wakes up, kind of startled, and he says, “Heyyyy, buddy. What’s goin’ on?” And I said, “We’re losing the hockey game 99-nothin’.” I wasn’t thinking this — it just came out of my mouth.
He goes, “What?” “We’re losing the hockey game 99-nothin’!” Now keep in mind this was three in the morning and my parents had just woken up to see me watching over them so they ask me again, “Joe, what are you talking about?” And I scream, “We’re losing the hockey game 99-nothing!” Over and over again. I’m sobbing; I’m crying. They take me to the kitchen table trying to get out of me what is happening. Am I dreaming? Am I awake? But all they can get out of me is that there’s a hockey game and my team is losing 99-nothing. It’s rather a blowout. So finally after screaming in my dad’s face, he goes, “Well you better pull the goalie, boss, cause that’s the only way your team’s gonna get back into it.” Though Joe admits he often mutters in his sleep — “Yeah, I’m sure. I definitely sleep-talk incoherently.” — he assured the Tribune he has not had a single sleepwalking episode since he arrived at Marquette. Regardless, his three older brothers never let him live this particular memory down.
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trivia TOPIC: Money
MUMEN MARQUETTE STUDENT MEDIA
1. What is the most common U.S. bill printed? a) $1 b) $5 c) $20
5. When was paper money issued in the colonies? a) 1690 b) 1776 c) 1799
9. What was the first motto printed on U.S. coins? a) From many, one b) America the Beautiful c) Mind Your Business
2. What is the average life span of a $1.00 bill? a) 3 years b) 2 years c) 18 months
6. What agency was created originally to prevent money from being counterfeited? a) The CIA b) Department of Treasury c) The Secret Service
10. What is one of the rarest and most expensive silver dollars in the world? a) Dexter Silver Dollar b) Morgan SIlver Dollar c) Peace Silver Dollar
3. On average, how long do coins last when they are used on a regular basis? a) 25-30 years b) 40-50 years c) 65-70 years 4. What was the largest bill ever printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing? a) $10,000 b) $100,000 c) $500,000
7. Who suggested the design for the first penny? a) James Buchanon b) Mary Todd Lincoln c) Benjamin Franklin 8. Calvin Coolidge was the first and only president to have his portrait appear on a coin while living. What coin? a) Quarter b) Half Dollar c) $5 dollar gold piece
Answers: 1. a, 2. c, 3. a, 4. b, 5. a, 6. c, 7. c, 8. b. 9. c, 10. a
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Home crowd and calm play gives MU its first win By Trey Killian firstname.lastname@example.org
Marquette men’s tennis bounced back in a big way after being swept at Minnesota, beating IUPUI 6-1 in its home opener on Friday. Marquette found itself tied 1-1 in doubles after sophomore Dan Mamalat and junior Jose Carlos Gutierrez Crowley won their doubles match 8-6 and the Jaguars claimed an 8-4 win over senior Jonathan Schwerin and freshman Vukasin Teofanovic. It came down to the freshman duo of Cameron Tehrani and James Stark who prevailed 9-8 to secure the doubles point and momentum for the Golden Eagles. “We got up early, but then we got a little bit tight and let them back in,” Tehrani said. “We finished strong, and we were fortunate to come away with the win. We knew we just had to stay calm and that those are the situations you always want to be in where you’re in a position to win the doubles round for your team.” The Golden Eagles went on to win five of six singles matches, led by Crowley’s 6-0, 6-1 win
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Otule keeps his head up
in the No. 1 spot. Crowley, who missed most of the fall with back problems, said it’s been a long road to recovery, but that he’s feeling better with every match. “It’s been a tough comeback for me with a lot of time put into training and keeping my body healthy,” Crowley said. “I felt pretty good today in singles around the baseline and doing the simple stuff.” The home environment, Tehrani said, helped the freshman perform better than they had against the Golden Gophers as they were able to find their comfort zone. “We put a lot of pressure on those guys, and the crowd was behind us,” Tehrani said. “It was tough last week when we were on the road, but it was easier this week to get settled in with a lot of people out here to support us.” Coach Steve Rodecap said his team displayed a lot more of the aggression it had lacked in its season opener, and early momentum allowed them to pull away from IUPUI. “Obviously the doubles point helped a lot, and our main guys relaxed and were able to play the way they are capable of playing,” Rodecap said. “I feel like we did a good job of dictating the play and controlling the tempo, and it was good to see our guys take advantage of the flow.” See Match, page 15
Recruit rankings nothing but hype Williams runs doesn’t require burger boys — McDonald’s AllAmericans — to succeed. Strike that — Buzz’s program thrives on burger boys, but not in the sense we have come to associate high school phenoms. “I like guys whose pre-game Andrei Greska and post-game meals probably The latest men’s basketball came from the same place, and high school player rankings the amount of that was probcame out last week on ESPN ably less than five dollars,” and Scout.com and, as has been Williams once said. That is not to say this regime the norm for Marquette the last 30 years, none of our incoming doesn’t actively seek high-profile, top-ranked recruits. players were near the top 25. What I am saying is that MarSteve Taylor of Simeon is the quette has been highest-rated as good as any player in the “I like guys whose pre-game and team in the incoming re- post-game meals probably came country in turncruiting class from the same place, and the ing water into and is ranked amount of that was probably less wine. Don’t bethe 11th best than five dollars.” lieve me? Just power forward by Scout.com Buzz Williams look at the team and 85th best Men’s Basketball Coach the past two years. player overall If you had by ESPN. The other three incoming Golden Ea- to pick the four best players on gles — Jamal Ferguson, Aaron this year’s team, Darius-Johnson Durley and TJ Taylor — are no- Odom and Jae Crowder would be where to be found in the top 100 no-brainers. Yet these two created less buzz than a Celine Dion of either site. At first glance the lack of high- concert at the men’s club when ly ranked prospects would ap- they chose to be Warriors. They were great junior college pear to be a precursor for failure next season. It only makes sense players, but neither had a glut of that the better the ranking the high-major schools pounding on their doors. Now they are locks better the player right? for postseason Big East awards Wrong. If you are any kind of Marquette fan you know coach Buzz See Greska, page 15
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Chris Otule (center) remains positive despite having been forced to watch MU from the bench the rest of the season.
Setback in rehab forced surgery By Mark Strotman email@example.com
It would be easy for Chris Otule to ask, “Why me?” After all, the redshirt junior center has missed 55 games in threeplus seasons at Marquette. He missed the start of his freshman season with a broken left foot. A surgically repaired right foot ended his sophomore season just three games in. And this past December, season-ending knee surgery cut his junior year short just as he was playing the best basketball of his career. But instead of asking questions, Otule is making his own answers. “I didn’t even know what to think,” Otule said after sustaining the injury. “I was just spaced for a couple days, just thinking. But I talked to family and friends, loved ones, and just looked for the optimistic side of all of it.” And that is exactly what he has done. A positive attitude and strenuous daily rehabilitation has given the 6-foot-11 center a positive outlook on his future at Marquette. The knee injury he suffered on Dec. 6 in the opening minutes of Marquette’s win against
Washington did not automatically end his season. Surgery would be required at some point, but both athletic trainer Ernest Eugene and Otule decided to take a nonoperative approach to his rehabilitation, making it plausible that he could return sometime during the season. Surgery would then take place after the season. He would not have been at 100 percent had he returned, but his past injuries keeping him off the court combined with the team’s current success made him want to attempt a comeback. However, during his rehabilitation he suffered a setback in an individual workout that led to his decision to move up the surgery date to Jan. 10, thus ending his season. Now three weeks out of surgery, Eugene said Otule’s rehabilitation will consist of three factors: controlling swelling, gaining strength and working his range of motion. The process can take anywhere from six to 12 months and all three areas of his daily regimen will continue to increase as he works toward a full recovery. “He’s exactly where he should be,” Eugene said. “And if it wasn’t for his mindset and how he works every day, he wouldn’t be where he is today.” Eugene said Otule’s rehabilitation will continue into the 2012’13 season as he continues to gain
strength in all areas of his leg. A crucial part of his rehabilitation will be gaining mental confidence to play without worrying about the knee. Along with his own positive attitude, Otule said his teammates have provided the same support they always show him. “A lot of times people might feel left out when they’re hurt,” Otule said. “But I don’t feel like that at all. These guys make sure that I’m still a part of everything they do, and they show me love, and I appreciate that.” Sophomore forward Jamil Wilson, who has seen an increased role in the past month, said Otule has helped forwards by offering advice and analysis in practices and during games. Wilson attributed his increased blocked shots to conversations with Otule and realizing the center’s importance in the post. More importantly, Wilson said Otule’s attitude during such a difficult process has been inspiring. “He’s still the same guy and wants to help everybody. His heart is unbelievable,” Wilson said. “He’s such an unbelievable example of what you should be, how positive you should be toward yourself and everybody else, and what he’s facing is tremendous. It’s unbelievable.”
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Tribune 13 TRIBUNE Game of the Week
Women’s Baskeball vs. Cincinnati – 7 p.m.
4 Men’s Basketball at Notre Dame - 12 p.m.
4 Women’s Tennis at Iowa St. - 12 p.m
1 p.m. - Joyce Center
Marquette Notre Dame 12..................Points per game.................7.4 35.7......................3-point %.......................32.6 197.........................Steals..........................113
Men’s Basketball vs. Seton Hall– 7 p.m.
Track & Field Meyo Invitational
Men’s Basketball vs. Notre Dame
Women’s Basketball vs. Pittsburgh - 9 p.m.
4 Men’s Tennis vs. UIC - 1 p.m.
4 Track & Field Meyo Invitational
Women sweep first weekend
Hush, Fischer lead MU to wins over Green Bay, UIC By Christopher Chavez firstname.lastname@example.org
The Marquette women’s tennis team defeated Illinois-Chicago 4-3 on Jan. 23, 2011. On Saturday, history repeated itself as the Golden Eagles edged the same Flames at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium by the same score. Later Saturday, the WisconsinGreen Bay Phoenix had their wings clipped as Marquette won all of its matches against the Phoenix. Seniors Olga Fischer and Gillian Hush went undefeated on the day in their singles and doubles matches against Illinois-Chicago and Green Bay to help lock up a 2-0 start to the spring season. “We all came in with a mentality that we were going to win,” Hush said. “There was no other option. We all did what we had to do.” Since last fall, consistency has become the focus of this young team, including four underclassmen. Hush pointed out some of the mechanics of her serve that needed improvement, but
the facts What appeared to be a rather simple game for the No. 15 Golden Eagles just a month ago has now become one of the toughest games left on the schedule. Notre Dame has been firing on all-cylinders the past few weeks, taking down then-No. 1 Syracuse at home two weeks ago before going on the road and stealing one from Connecticut. Marquette will have to remain patient and limit turnovers against a team that likes to slow down the pace if it wants to come out of South Bend unscathed.
consistency was the prime target in practice leading up to the weekend’s matches. After toying with the pairing of freshman Ana Pimienta and Hush as doubles partners at the IU Winter Invitational, coach Jody Bronson put Fischer and Hush together at the No. 1 position against IllinoisChicago and Green Bay. Bronson admitted that as easily as the wins came for the seniors, no doubles partners were set in stone after Saturday. “Heading into every match, we just take it one day at a time and look for the best match-up that gives us the best chance to win,” Bronson said. Hush and Fischer looked like they had played together for quite some time, as they came out of the gates with intensity and never let their opponents get too close. “Gillian (Hush) and I communicate really well on the court,” Fischer said. “I know where she is going to hit (the ball), and she knows where I’m going to hit it. It’s great for both of us.” Hush asserted a feeling of comfort with Fischer by her side with the crowd watching. The doubles match against Illinois-Chicago was the first time that Hush graced the home-court at the No.1 position in her time at Marquette. “I loved playing with Olga (Fischer), especially on court one
with the energy of our fans,” Hush said. “We pump each other up. We have great chemistry. She feeds off me and I feed off her. Overall, it’s just really fun.” Fischer dealt with the crowd again in her singles matches as she battled Mariya Kovaleva of Illinois-Chicago and Jennifer Bradfield of Green Bay. Before she routed Bradfield with an impressive (6-0, 6-0), she had to fight back after dropping her second set to Kovaleva. Even as a senior, Fischer she felt apprehensive in her first home match of the season but was ready the second time around. “It was my first test on game day,” Fischer said. “I was nervous, but I was warmed up for the second one and it was just a short process (to get on track).” Illinois-Chicago was expected to have an edge with experience, since it carried five upperclassmen and two underclassmen, but Marquette underclassmen like sophomore Rocio Diaz and freshman Ana Pimienta came out victorious in doubles action. The Golden Eagles hope for similar results as they head to Kalamazoo, Mich., to battle Iowa State Saturday and Western Michigan Sunday. Both teams are laden with upperclassmen with at least five juniors and seniors apiece.
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Senior Olga Fischer won both of her singles contests on Satrday to begin her final season at Marquette on a high note.
track & field Brief
Women’s Basketball Brief
The Marquette track and field team took to the road Saturday to compete at the Bill Bergen Invitational at Iowa State. The story of the indoor season to date has been topping personal bests week-in and week-out. Senior distance runners Jack Hackett and Blake Johnson ran the 3000-meter run with times of 8:09.18 and 8:18.94, respectively. Hackett moved up to second on the all-time Marquette list for the event with his time. Redshirt senior Tyler O’Brien continues to lead the sprinting squad with a 200-meter dash time of 21.93, earning him fourth place in the meet. As the team heads to Notre Dame for the Meyo Invitational this weekend, he will get another chance at shattering his own 200-meter record on the same track where he first set it in South Bend. On the women’s side, sophomore Sarah Bell is approaching the sub-5 minute mile club as she hit a personal best 5:01.68. The women’s team set three more personal bests on the track, while sophomore Kathryn Koeck and redshirt sophomore Sarah MacCourtney worked on the field events. Koeck threw for 15.74 meters in the women’s weight throw to notch yet another personal best for the day. MacCourtney followed suit in the high jump with a leap of 1.65 meters.
The Golden Eagles (12-9, 3-5 Big East) continued their conference slide, dropping their third straight Big East contest, 53-32 at West Virginia (15-6, 5-3 Big East) Saturday. Shooting only 10-of-55 from the floor the Golden Eagles struggled to generate their offensive attack due to poor shooting and finishing around the basket. Five of sophomore forward Katherine Plouffe’s team-leading nine points came from the free throw line, though she finished a point and a rebound shy of a double-double. Freshman center Chelsie Butler chipped in eight points and eight rebounds for the Golden Eagles, but the Mountaineers outscored Marquette in the paint 24-14. While the Golden Eagles won the battle of the boards — a typical indicator of a Marquette victory — with a tally of 47-42, they were unable to do much with the ball once they got it. Sophomore point guard Gabi Minix turned the ball over seven times, and Marquette couldn’t get any of its 10 three-point attempts to fall in. There was no comeback to spark the Golden Eagles, who scored their final field goal with 7:12 left in the second half. The Golden Eagles look to rebound Wednesday night, when they return to the Al McGuire Center to take on Cincinnati (1011, 1-7 Big East) at 7 p.m.
Around this time of the year in 2000, the Marquette Golden Eagles women’s basketball team was dominating Conference USA in coach Terri Mitchell’s fourth season in charge. The women took on Houston on Jan. 30, 2000, at what is now known as the U.S. Cellular Arena, and they displayed their dominance, mauling the Cougars 66-38. Houston shot an abysmal 10 of 59 from the field (17 percent) and was 4-of-24 from beyond the three-point arc (17 percent). With all those missed shots, there were plenty of rebounds to be had, and Marquette managed a ridiculous 63 on the night. This Marquette team featured
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Matchup a tale of two teams Pirates’ two seniors struggle while MU’s seniors blossom By Mike Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org
Polar opposites. That’s the best way to describe the state of Marquette and Seton Hall as they enter tonight’s contest. No. 15 Marquette (16-4, 7-2 Big East) enters on a six-game winning streak. It’s in second place in the conference, and if Syracuse continues to play without sophomore center Fab Melo, some believe Marquette is the conference’s best team. Its two senior leaders, guard Darius Johnson-Odom and forward Jae Crowder, are playing some of their best basketball of the year over the previous four games. Crowder is averaging 16.8 points and 8.0 boards per game while Johnson-Odom’s averaging 17.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Jamil Wilson cited improvements on defense and in transition as keys to the team’s improved play — and keys to playing even better. “Obviously we can get up and
down the court way faster, and I think we can press a little bit more, speed guys up and we can outrun a lot of people,” Wilson said. The Golden Eagles are playing some of their best basketball of the season over this six-game stretch. Crowder said is a product of the team “playing within” itself, “which is giving us a chance and an opportunity at the end of the game.” “When we play like we know how to play, and we play with a will and fight that we’ve had these past few stretches, we’re capable of beating anybody,” Crowder said. “I really like the way we’re playing right now as a team. I like the groove we’re in each day at practice that prepares us to play any game. I’m excited.” Like Marquette, the Pirates (156, 4-5 Big East) are led by their two seniors: Herb Pope and Jordan Theodore. Those two haven’t been playing their best basketball over the previous four contests. Seton Hall has suffered as their production decreased, losing its last four after a four-game winning streak that featured homewins over West Virginia (67-48) and Connecticut (75-63). Pope, a 6-foot-8 forward, is the team’s leading rebounder and second leading scorer (15.9 points, 10. 4 rebounds) but over the
previous four games he’s underperformed, with only 9.3 points and 8.5 boards per game. Despite that, he’s still the Big East’s second best rebounder – one of two players to average double-digit boards – and the No. 13 scorer. Junior guard Junior Cadougan said Pope’s going to get his but Marquette must execute its game plan and hope for the best. Theodore, a 6-foot guard, is the team’s leading scorer (16.9 per game) and assist-man (7.0 assists per game). When Seton Hall was on its four game winning streak, Theodore’s play was instrumental. He averaged 19.3 points and 9.8 assists per game. His average points and assists per game dropped to 14.5 and 4.3 respectively. What Marquette needs to do is stop Pope and Theodore in the pick-and-roll game they love to play together. Crowder acknowledged that Marquette hasn’t faced a post and guard that work as well together as those two. Crowder called stopping them a top priority. “The way we go out there (and defend it) will predict a majority of the game, and how we take those two players out of their game — which we know, they score a high percentage through the pick & roll,” Crowder said.
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Senior guard Darius Johnson-Odom was named the Big East Player of the Year after scoring 26 against Villanova.
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Match: Rodecap encouraged, not satisfied
Rodecap said his team put itself in a lot more positions to win matches as opposed to last weekend where he said the Golden Eagles could’ve won only four of nine possible matchups. “Today we put ourselves in a position to win two out of three doubles and five out of six singles,” Rodecap said. “I’m not going to be satisfied until we can get all nine.”
Rodecap was pleased with the way Starks and Tehrani performed in the doubles round and said that he even preferred the tight situation the duo battled through in terms of growth and development. Rodecap still recognizes Mamalat and Crowley as Marquette’s leaders, however, and said their performances and attitudes helped set the standard both in the previous week of
practice and in the win. “I think the biggest influence those guys have on our players is every day in practice,” Rodecap said. “Our guys all know that Jose (Crowley) and Dan (Mamalat) are very competitive, and both of them have hearts the size of Texas, and that when there’s a team event on the line they’re gamers.”
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Greska: Numbers can lie
and both have outside shots at playing in the Association. The next best players may be debatable, but Davante Gardner and Todd Mayo have as good a stake as any. There is no doubt Gardner has been clutch since Chris Otule went down for the season, becoming a focal point of the offense and earning himself a great nickname — ox-inthe-box. Mayo has also defied all expectations. His tear drop shot over the Wisconsin farmboys at the Kohl Center is one of the plays of the year, and his overall offensive game has seen him become only the second freshman under Buzz to average over 20 minutes per game. These players are key cogs for a team in the Big East title hunt, yet recruiters predicted they wouldn’t amount to anything. And as you may or may not know, Chicago Bulls forward James F. Butler spent three of his formative years at this institution playing a little basketball now and then. Yet this first-round NBA draft pick was touted as highly as you or I would be. He didn’t show up on scouts’ ranking lists, making him either invisible or terrible. Yet there he was on Sunday, learning from basketball’s royalty in South Beach. Paradoxically, the highest rated recruits to come to Marquette have been the ones that have underwhelmed the most. As Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, “With great power comes great responsibility.”
Forward Jamail Jones was a three star prep player ranked 53rd by ESPN and featured in two SportsCenter top-10 plays. Guard Junior Cadougan was supposed to make us forget about Dominic James, a four star ranked as the ninth best point guard coming out of high school by Scout. And then there’s señor Blue. Vander, ranked 31st best prospect by ESPN in the 2010 class, was the highest rated recruit to come to Marquette since 1981 when Kerry Troter, ranked No. 17 according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, chose to be a Warrior. All three have been solid, but not the stars they were pegged to be based on their rankings. Now don’t get me wrong. This is not a shot at Jamail, Junior or Vander. I’m not trying to bash any of these players. What I am saying is that players who were ranked under them have outplayed them to date. It’s a knock on the system that is dominated by corporate-run AAU clubs and ranking systems that reward you for going to high-profile schools. So don’t worry about the numbers before their names. It’s a fun water-cooler topic and nothing more. Buzz may not have a stable of burger boys like a Duke or North Carolina, but when it comes to diamonds in the rough, I’ll have what he’s having. firstname.lastname@example.org
BIG EAST NOTEBOOK
By Mike LoCicero email@example.com
Boatright’s return key for Huskies Freshman guard Ryan Boatright has had a rollercoaster of a first year at Connecticut, to say the least. He was asked to replace the departed Kemba Walker at point guard before the season began, but had to sit out the team’s first six games due to an investigation by the NCAA about impermissible benefits Boatright and his mother may have received before he enrolled at Connecticut. Boatright then played in 10 games before the school suspended him indefinitely after the NCAA informed Connecticut it was looking into additional information about the investigation. Boatright was cleared to play on Saturday after the NCAA informed him that he and his family must repay $4,500 in improper benefits from the NCAA’s initial probe, and scored six points in 30 minutes off the bench in the Huskies’ 50-48 loss to Notre Dame on Sunday. Boatright averaged 10 points and three assists per game in the first 10 games he played and the Huskies went 8-2 in
those 10 games. While it is possible that this Connecticut team does not have as much talent as the team that won the 2011 NCAA Championship, the addition of Boatright gives the team another weapon to complement sophomore forward Jeremy Lamb (17.9 points per game) for the stretch run. The Huskies (14-6, 4-4 Big East) currently sit ninth in the Big East but are only 1.5 games back of third place. They still have to travel to No. 14 Georgetown, No. 25 Louisville and No. 2 Syracuse, in addition to home games against No. 15 Marquette and the Orange, but there is no reason this team shouldn’t finish worse than eighth in an increasingly-muddled Big East now that Boatright is back. Don’t look now, but Pittsburgh could be poised to go on a run The Panthers’ struggles this season have been well documented. Home losses to Long Beach State (86-76) and Wagner (59-54) in nonconference play, as well as seven straight losses prior to opening the Big East portion of the season will take any team off the national radar. But the Panthers (13-9, 2-7 Big East) finally picked up their first Big East win on Jan. 25, an 86-74 win over Providence, and
looked impressive in a 72-60 win over then-No. 9 Georgetown on Saturday. The return of junior guard Tray Woodall, who has played in just four games since suffering groin and abdominal injuries against Duquesne on Nov. 30, has given Pittsburgh a new sense of identity. While Woodall only scored four points on 1-of-7 shooting against the Hoyas, he dished out 10 assists and is averaging 7 assists per game this season in 12 games Pittsburgh still has senior guard Ashton Gibbs, the Big East Preseason Player of the Year, and got a combined 41 points from senior forward Nasir Robinson and sophomore guard Lamar Patterson in the win against Georgetown. A favorable schedule the rest of the way, including home games against South Florida and St. John’s, in addition to road games against the South Florida and Seton Hall, could give the NCAA Tournament committee something to think about if Pittsburgh can win two or three games in the Big East Championship tournament. Still, the Panthers have a long way to go, sitting in a tie for 13th place in the Big East with just nine games to play in the regular season.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Player of the Week:
Jack Cooley Junior Forward
Game of the Week: Wed. Feb 1
vs. This game lost a bit of its luster with both teams losing this weekend, but bothcould improve their NCAA Tournament prospects
with a key win against a top-25 RPI win foe on Wednesday. The Hoyas fell behind by 17 in the first half in a loss at Pitts-
Week’s Stats 10.5 points 9 rebounds 35 minutes
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burgh on Saturday, while the Huskies desperately need a win after dropping their last three games.
Cooley picked up his sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the Fighting Irish’s 55-42 win at Seton Hall on Jan. 25. The junior forward followed up that performance with eight points and seven rebounds to go along with two blocks in Notre
Dame’s 50-48 upset at Connecticut on Sunday. Cooley leads the Big East in offensive rebounds per game (4.4) in conference play and is fourth in rebounds (9.4) and field goal percentage (56.8 percent).
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