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Mice invade Mashuda Hall
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Students rejoice with newest Broken Yolk location
Building officials currently combating pesky rodents
Kwiat said she immediately notified her RA, but according to her nothing was done to combat the problem except a single mousetrap placed in her room. Kwiat added that she has not received any further notices reBy Elise Angelopulos garding the issue, and in turn email@example.com this has created anxiety among many residents. “Open Doors, Open Floors” “Knowing that there were is the accepted motto for most mice in Mashuda made my dorm buildings. But what hap- living experience uncomfortpens when certain visitors im- able, and I was scared to be in pose or exceed their stay in my room at all while this was Marquette residential happening,” Kwiat halls? That is the exsaid. act situation occur- “Knowing that Mashuda Hall RA ring at Mashuda Hall, there were mice in Lauren Polich said as some residents Mashuda made my Will Kill extermihave spotted mice living experience nators have made scurrying around uncomfortable.” several visits to the dormitory since the building in orHannah Kwiat der to combat the classes resumed after Resident, Mashuda Hall Christmas break. problem. Hannah Kwiat, a Polich added that sophomore in the Mashuda Hall is privately dealCollege of Arts & Sciences and ing with the issue. Regardless, Mashuda Hall resident, said she she said residential employees saw a mouse in her room one have not been withholding inevening after she returned to formation from residents. campus from Christmas break. Mashuda Hall Director An“My roommate and I heard thony Perez sent an email to our neighbor scream so we went all Mashuda residents earlier to see what it was, and she said this semester in an attempt to that she saw a mouse,” Kwiat outline the issue and procedural said. “Then later that night I See Mice, page 7 saw a mouse in my room also.”
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Caleb Figueroa assits Maggie King and Connor Foley with their order at the new Broken Yolk location that opened next to Real Chili on Tuesday after months of anticipation.
Kind contently bipartisan WI politician brings refreshing message to MU discussion
Some Mashuda Hall residents have begun placing towels in front of their doors in an effort to ensure mice are not able to get into their rooms.
deeply about the future of my Gingrich’s reign.” home state, and nothing concerns Kind, who said he is the “fifth me more than what I’ve seen hap- most independent voter in the pen here in the past year.” House,” claimed that he was While Kind does not intend to proud being a moderate Demorun for governor, he talked about crat despite working in an envithe importance of bipartisanship ronment that favors partisanship. By Allison Kruscke in Wisconsin’s politically polar“I’ve seen many of my email@example.com ized climate. He stated leagues across the aisle who did not get re-electThe economy, bipartisanship that compromise was ed because they were and questions about his rumored needed, especially to not extreme enough for run for governor were at the fore- revitalize Wisconsin’s their district,” Kind said. front of conversation this Thurs- economy and create “Moderate(s) in both day when State Representative health care reform. “Families are going to parties are getting wiped Ron Kind went “On the Issues” out. And then there is with Mike Gousha, distinguished suffer because of rising very little incentive for fellow in law and public policy at health care costs,” Kind said. “There are soluthem to be bipartisan Marquette. Kind when they are elected.” Kind, a self-described “centrist” tions to all of this that Despite a painful year for WisDemocrat representing Wiscon- we need to explore.” While Wisconsin has had a hy- consin Democrats after the 2010 sin’s third congressional district, which includes much of western per-partisan political atmosphere elections, Kind said that it is “not Wisconsin, discussed both state in recent years, political partisan- a lost year” for the party. He said and national political issues with ship is not unique to the state or it is likely that President Obama this particular will take Wisconsin in the 2012 Gousha at Ecktime period, presidential race. stein Hall. After “Moderate(s) in both parties are Kind said. He Given the rise of political acpressing ques- getting wiped out. And then there is described the tion committees (PACs) and tions from Gouatmosphere in Super PACs being used to fund sha, Kind stated very little incentive for them to be Wa s h i n g t o n , campaigns in this election cycle, that he would bipartisan when they are elected.” both now and Kind announced that he will innot, in fact, run for governor Ron Kind during his first troduce legislation next week to reform campaign spending. He against Scott State Representative term in 1997, as polarized. said the legislation would require Walker in the “Its no secret presidential candidates to camlikely recall that politics is a contact sport,” paign “without money changing election. “I’ve always had an interest Kind said. “I was a little sur- hands.” “I think at the very least we in serving as governor of this prised by how hyper-partisan the great state,” Kind said. “But I’ve atmosphere in Washington was should have transparency,” Kind got a full plate right now. I care in 1997, during Speaker (Newt)
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An in-depth guide on how to maintain the perfect beard. PAGE 11
Team focused as spring season rolls around. PAGE 16
Vatican faces info leaks
Thursday, February 23, 2012
DPS Reports Monday, Feb. 20 At 7:48 a.m., it was reported that four students removed property estimated at $200 from a vending machine in McCormick Hall. MPD was contacted. At 2:05 p.m., a person not affiliated with Marquette grabbed a wallet from the pocket of an employee in the 1500 block of W. Wisconsin Ave. and fled the scene. DPS and MPD located and detained the suspect and he was taken into custody by MPD. The employee’s property was recovered. Between 6:13 p.m. and 6:41 p.m., DPS assisted MPD in detaining a person not affiliated with Marquette in Lot N. The subject was transported by MPD to the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex.
not affiliated with Marquette trespass in a fraternity house in the 800 block of N. 15th St. MPD was contacted and cited the subject. Tuesday, Feb. 21 At 11:45 a.m., DPS observed a person not affiliated with Marquette drinking alcohol in public in a rear lot in the 500 block of N. 17th St. MPD was contacted and cited the subject. Between 5:20 p.m. and 5:28 p.m., a person not affiliated with Marquette removed property from a business in the 1600 block of W. Wisconsin Ave. and was taken into custody by MPD. At 9:24 p.m., a student was in possession of a false ID in Structure One.
At 9:44 p.m., DPS observed a person
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Pope Benedict XVI recieves ashes during mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina, in Rome on Wednesday.
Professors say these problems nothing new for Holy See By Andrea Anderson email@example.com
Leaks and conspiracy theories are crossing the tall walls of the Vatican, and the holy city is getting heavy press attention after reports of suspicions of money laundering at the Vatican’s bank, an ailing Pope Benedict XVI and internal conflict with his righthand-man and Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. The rumors come partially as a result of the Jan. 25 broadcast of private letters sent to Bertone and the Pope from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, former deputy governor of Vatican City and currently the Vatican ambassador in Washington state. The Vatican has claimed these letters are authentic. William Thorn, an associate professor of journalism at Marquette, has worked for the Vatican on its official documents since the 1980s and was a professor of journalism at the Vatican’s Gregorian University until 2005. Thorn said the leaks are nothing more than history repeating itself. “Benedict is not a young man anymore, and as his energy begins to decline with age, his grip on bureaucracy decreases and allows and encourages more
maneuvering,” Thorn said. “History is repeating itself — there is a lot of hype.” The Rev. Edward Mathie, director of Campus Ministry, agreed. “(For) any Catholic who has been around long enough, this is like ‘same old, same old,’” Mathie said. “The Church is made up of human beings and is a political animal as much as it is a human animal. We have to trust a little more in the Holy Spirit, not so much the human beings.” Vigano’s letters exposed corruption in the Vatican and linked awarding of contracts to contractors at inflated prices after Bertone was chosen as secretary of state. Vigano was removed from his position three years before his tenure and was sent to the United States. Marquette history professor the Rev. Steven Avella said Vigano was irritating too many people at the Vatican, regardless of his work on the Vatican City budget. “He apparently was a budget hawk,” Avella said. “He wanted to become the head of Vatican State, and he must have ticked off people with his cost-cutting and budgeting.” Anonymous sources in the Vatican who spoke to Reuters said the leaks are part of an internal campaign against Bertone and that the current tactics resemble that of former secretary of state and current Cardinal Angelo Sodano, a veteran diplomat who served under the late Pope John Paul II for approximately 15 years.
Avella said if Sodano is behind the leaks, Sodano’s tactics as secretary of state would make it surprising that he still holds a high position in the church. “He has a history that is not very good,” Avella said. “It is rather amazing to me that he still has some power.” Thorn said regardless of who is behind the allegations, the Vatican’s communication team is not as equipped in handling internal conflict as Pope John Paul II’s was. “The way they are fighting is by releasing documents and targeting Bertone,” Thorn said. “You hear a lot of complaints. One of the ways you get back at the secretary of state is by releasing documents that trace back to failures.” Regardless of who is behind the leaks, Thorn, Avella and Mathie think Bertone will keep his job and the church bureaucracy will be maintained. “Bertone will keep his job unless there is something we don’t know that comes out that would compel his resignation,” Avella said. “He is likely to ride it out because they are not subject to the vagaries of public opinion like here in the United States.” Thorn said he does not see the attempts at getting Bertone out of his position working. “The notion of the Vatican being secretive is a crock,” he said. “People just need to remember it’s Jesus Christ that they worship, not the Vatican.”
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Women’s tennis vs. Ball State, Helfaer Tennis Stadium, 4 p.m. Viewing party for men’s basketball vs. West Virginia, Union Sports Annex, 8-10 p.m.
Thursday 23 On the Road to Your Career, AMU 227, 12:30-1:20 p.m. Dr. Phil Nyden, AMU Ballrooms A and B, 4 p.m. Tripoli Shrine Circus, U.S. Cellular Arena, 7 p.m.
Saturday 25 Women’s basketball vs. Connecticut, Al McGuire Center, 4 p.m. Museum of Wisconsin Art and St. John’s on the lake present the drawings of Carl Von Marr, 5 p.m. Carnival Milwaukee, The Milwaukee County Zoo, 7-11 p.m.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
Walker speaks out on John Doe probe
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Racine Tea Party members support Gov. Scott Walker on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 19, 2012 at the intersection of Highway 20 and Highway 31.
Governor claims innocence as former aides are accused By Allison Krushke email@example.com
In the most recent developments in the John Doe investigation involving several top aides to Governor Scott Walker, Walker has claimed that he does not bear any responsibility for his former employees now facing criminal charges. The probe, which began in 2010, is investigating four of
Governor Walker’s aides on suspicion of violating campaign finance rules and embezzling funds. Those charged include railroad executive William Gardner, who was sentenced to two years probation in July after admitting to exceeding campaign contribution limits to Walker’s campaign as well as money laundering. Walker’s former deputy chief of staff Timothy Russell and former county veteran’s official Kevin Kavanaugh were charged with stealing $60,000 from Operation Freedom, a Walker-led military appreciation clinic. Most recently charged are
Kelly Rindfleisch and Darlene Wink, two of Walker’s aides from his time as Milwaukee county executive in 2010. According to criminal complaints filed on Jan. 26, Rindfleisch is charged on four counts of misconduct in public office, with each charge being worth three and a half years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both. Rindfleisch was an aide in Walker’s then-county executive office as well as a fundraiser for Brett Davis, a former lieutenant governor candidate. The criminal complaint includes screenshots of emails and chats between Rindfleisch and Davis about fundraising and
campaigning. The complaint claims that more than 1,000 emails were exchanged between February and June 2010. Recipients and senders of these emails include campaign manager Keith Gilkes, deputy campaign manager Stephan Thompson and campaign communications director Jill Bader. Wisconsin law states that public employees are prohibited from “acting, in the employee’s capacity as an employee, in a manner which the employee knows is forbidden by law to be done in the employee’s official capacity.” In the criminal complaint, Rindfleisch is accused of
violating several Milwaukee city ordinances, including doing campaign work for a candidate while while engaged in official duties and receiving campaign donations while on the clock. Wink resigned from her post in the Office of the Milwaukee County Executive in May 2010 after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed that Wink had been posting politically charged comments, particularly proWalker ones, on their website under the user name “rpmcvp.” The criminal complaint states that Rindfleish’s fundraising activity during the work day declined after Wink’s resignation. “When people look at the details, they’ll see,” Walker said to reporters last Thursday. “I think our integrity was strong going in and will remain strong coming out of this process.” When asked by reporters if he was not a target in the probe, Walker responded: “Correct.” Walker’s claims of innocence have been met with skepticism. Graeme Zielinski, communications director for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said it is important for Wisconsin voters to know the outcome of the probe. “What we already know about the John Doe criminal corruption probe shows that Scott Walker was in the middle of crimes and may have committed crimes himself,” Zielinski said. “What is more, the crimes to which people have already pleaded guilty directly benefited Scott Walker himself. People in Wisconsin have every reason to fear that Scott Walker brought this criminal culture with him to Madison.”
MKE museum reports losses New ‘Cleopatra’ exhibit struggles to bring in visitors By Joe Kaiser firstname.lastname@example.org
The Milwaukee Public Museum faces a $1.6 million loss in the first quarter of the current fiscal year, after opening “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt” and losing 5 percent of its attendence compared to last year. The exhibit, which opened on Oct. 14, and its struggles are not unusual, according to Wally Mason, the director of Marquette’s Haggerty Museum of Art. “There are plenty of examples of museums that have brought expensive programs to a community with the hope that through admission and earned income they will glean not only a new audience but actually show a windfall of profit,” Mason said. “It is hard to predict public taste.” Marquette associate professor of classics Patrica Marquardt said the quality of the exhibit may not directly correlate to public interest. “People I know who have seen it have enjoyed it,”
Marquardt said. “I think maybe the cost is what is keeping people away.” Brittney Lutsch, a graduate student in the in College of Health Sciences who has visited the museum multiple times, agreed that high prices are keeping people away. A standard adult ticket to the exhibit costs $27.50 from Monday through Thursday, and $29.50 from Friday through Sunday. “I’ve been to see the Titanic exhibit, the ‘Streets of Old Milwaukee’ exhibit and the butterfly exhibit,” Lutsch said. “I looked into the Cleopatra exhibit and it is a little pricey.” The museum is offering free parking at the nearby MacArthur Square ramp and also had a special discount ticket price in January. The deficit from the Cleopatra exhibit comes six years after the museum was found to be $9 million dollars in the red, with charges being filed against then-CFO Terry Gaouette for allegedly hiding deficits for years. Mason noted that unlike a lot of museums, the Haggerty does not rely on revenue as a measure of success. “My experience is in an environment where revenue gained through gate admission is not part of the consideration when determining the success or
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The ‘Cleopatra’ exhibit opened Oct. 14 and will end April 29.
failure of an exhibition,” Mason said. “Programs at the Haggerty are all free and open to the public.” A museum spokeswoman was
unavailable for comment as of press time. The Cleopatra exhibit closes April 29.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
Republicans gearing up Redistricting trial starts today Lawmakers divided over new election maps, judges to rule By Dinesh Ramde Associated Press
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Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, left, and Mitt Romney debate a point Wednesday night.
Leading candidates try to gain edge for upcoming primaries By David Espo Associated Press
Primed for a fight, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum traded fiery accusations about health care, spending earmarks and federal bailouts Wednesday night in the 20th and possibly final debate of the roller-coaster race for the Republican presidential nomination. Santorum, surging in the race, also took his lumps from the audience, which booed when he said he had voted several years ago for the No Child Left Behind education legislation even though he had opposed it. “Look, politics is a team sport, folks,” he said of the measure backed by Republican President George W. Bush and other GOP lawmakers. With pivotal primaries in Arizona and Michigan just six days distant — and 10 more contests one week later — Romney and Santorum sparred more aggressively than in past debates, sometimes talking over each other’s answers. Texas Rep. Ron Paul chimed in from the side, saying with a smile that Santorum was a fake conservative who had voted for programs that he now says he wants to repeal. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich acted almost as a referee at times. On foreign affairs, all four Republicans attacked President Barack Obama for his handling of Iran and its attempt to develop a nuclear program, but none of the contenders advocated providing arms to the rebels trying to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The most animated clash of the evening focused on health care in the United States.
Santorum said that Romney had used government money to “fund a federal takeover of health care in Massachusetts,” a reference to the state law that was enacted during Romney’s term as governor. The law includes a requirement for individuals to purchase coverage that is similar to the one in Obama’s landmark federal law that Romney and other Republicans have vowed to repeal. In rebuttal, Romney said Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, actually bore responsibility for passage of the health care law that Obama won from a Democratic-controlled Congress in 2010, even though he wasn’t in office at the time. Romney said that in a primary battle in 2004, Santorum had supported then-Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who later switched parties and voted for the law Obama wanted. “He voted for Obamacare. If you had not supported him, if we had said no to Arlen Specter, we would not have Obamacare,” Romney contended. Santorum was the aggressor on bailouts. While all four of the Republicans on the debate stage opposed the federal bailout of the auto industry in 2008 and 2009, Santorum said he had voted against other government-funded rescue efforts. “With respect to Governor Romney that was not the case, he supported the folks on Wall Street and bailed out Wall Street — was all for it — and when it came to the auto workers and the folks in Detroit, he said no. That to me is not a principled consistent position,” he said. The debate had a different look from the 19 that preceded it. Instead of standing behind lecterns, the four presidential rivals sat in chairs lined up side by side. Romney, Santorum and Paul recently announced they would not participate in another four-way
appearance that had been scheduled in Atlanta, raising the possibility that the 20th debate might be the last. There was another difference, as well, in the form of polls that underscored the gains that Obama has made in his bid for re-election. An Associated Press-Gfk poll released Wednesday found that Obama would defeat any of the four remaining Republican contenders in a hypothetical matchup. It also found that the nation is showing more optimism about the state of the economy, the dominant issue in the race. But for two hours, Romney, Santorum, Paul and Gingrich had a different campaign in mind, their own race for the Republican nomination and the right to oppose Obama in the fall. After a brief lull, the campaign calendar calls for 13 primaries and caucuses between next Tuesday, when Arizona and Michigan have primaries, and March 6, a 10-state Super Tuesday. The Washington state caucuses are March 3. Romney is campaigning confidently in Arizona, so much so that his campaign has not aired any television ads. But the former Massachusetts governor faces an unexpectedly strong challenge in his home state of Michigan, where Santorum is hoping to spring an upset. Santorum’s candidacy has rebounded in the two weeks since he won caucuses in Minnesota, Colorado and a non-binding primary in Missouri. The result is a multimilliondollar barrage of television commercials in Michigan in which the candidates and their allies swap accusations in hopes of tipping the race. ___ Associated Press writers Kasie Hunt and Charles Babington contributed to this story
Republican lawmakers on Wednesday declined to re-evaluate the state’s contentious electoral maps, meaning a federal trial will begin Thursday to determine whether the maps were drawn in compliance with legal restrictions. The trial was originally scheduled to begin Tuesday, but a panel of three federal judges seemed almost reluctant to push forward. They cited a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that said redistricting, the process of drawing new voter maps every 10 years, is better left to lawmakers than to a court. The judges twice asked attorneys in the case to meet with lawmakers to see if they would consider modifying the maps. Republican leaders said Tuesday afternoon they were willing to do so but they didn’t think state law allowed them to edit maps that had already been signed into law, as these were last summer. The court rejected that argument Wednesday. The judges gave attorneys a five-hour window to make a second pitch to lawmakers, but again the GOP lawmakers declined. That set the stage for a trial to begin Thursday morning. It’s expected to last until late Friday. The issue of redistricting, or adjusting the borders of voting districts, is important because it can affect the outcomes of elections. For example, the party in charge can try to create districts that lump its voters together, giving it a majority in certain areas that would be difficult for the other party to overcome. The new maps could give Republicans an edge toward maintaining their 1716 majority in the Senate. Republicans developed the maps in secret and passed them last year in a GOP-led Legislature. In response, Democrats filed
a federal lawsuit claiming the maps violate the U.S. Constitution because they unnecessarily shift hundreds of thousands of voters into new districts. An immigrant-rights group, Voces de la Frontera, also sued, alleging that the new voting lines separated blocs of Latino voters into different districts, weakening their voting power. The lawsuits, which were eventually consolidated, seek to prevent the state Government Accountability Board from conducting elections based on the new maps. In a morning session Wednesday, Dan Kelly, an attorney representing the Government Accountability Board, said he was concerned that even if the Legislature agreed to make changes to satisfy the current plaintiffs, some new group could file a legal challenge to the modified maps. He asked the judges whether modified maps could be given a court stamp of approval to ward off new challenges. “There’s always going to be some group of people that want something different,” he said. The judges said all they could do was rule on the facts of the specific case before them. If the current plaintiffs’ concerns are addressed, the case would be dismissed, they said, but they couldn’t do anything to prevent other groups from filing subsequent challenges. Kelly and Peter Earle, an attorney representing Voces, declined to comment afterward. The court also ruled that an attorney who helped lawmakers draw the maps could be deposed by the plaintiffs. The attorney, Jim Troupis, had argued that his dealings were protected by attorney-client privilege. But the court found that the legal aspects of his work were tied into political and strategic aspects and so, with a few exceptions, forfeited the right to confidentiality. The plaintiffs are asking the court to invalidate the 2012 maps and to order that the previous maps be used for general and recall elections this year until the court establishes a fairer redistricting plan.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
Details from NYPD operation emerge
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Mohammed and Nagiba el-Sioufi are interviewed in their office about the NYPD investigations into NJ Muslims.
Muslim community unfairly targeted, NJ officials claim By David Porter and Samantha Henry Associated Press
The mayor and police director of New Jersey’s largest city said Wednesday the New York Police Department misled their city and never told them it was conducting a widespread spying operation on Newark’s Muslim neighborhoods. Had they known, they said, they never would have allowed it. “If anyone in my police department had known this was a blanket investigation of individuals based on nothing but their religion, that strikes at the core of our beliefs and my beliefs very personally, and it would have merited a far sterner response,” Newark Mayor Cory Booker said. In mid-2007, the NYPD’s secretive Demographics Unit fanned out across Newark, photographing every mosque and eavesdropping in Muslim businesses. The findings were cataloged in a 60-page report, obtained by The Associated Press, that served as a police guidebook to Newark’s Muslims. There was no mention of terrorism or any criminal wrongdoing. Officials reacted strongly on Wednesday. “It is deeply offensive for me to do blanket surveillance for no reason other than religious affiliation,” said Booker, who called on his state’s attorney general to investigate. Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio, who was deputy chief of the department at the time, said the NYPD asked to be shown around the city. New York police said it was part of an investigation but never revealed what it was about, DeMaio said. “We really want to be clear: This type of activity is not what the Newark PD would ever do,” he said. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was the top federal prosecutor in the state in 2007, said he didn’t remember the NYPD ever approaching him about surveillance in the city or a threat that would justify it. He called the Newark report “disturbing.”
“The NYPD has at times developed a reputation of asking forgiveness rather than permission,” he said. Such surveillance has become common in New York City in the decade since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Nearly 3,000 Americans died when al-Qaida terrorists hijacked airliners and flew them into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon near Washington and a field where one crashed in Pennsylvania. Police have built databases showing where Muslims live, where they buy groceries, what Internet cafes they use and where they watch sports. Dozens of mosques and student groups have been infiltrated, and police have built detailed profiles of local ethnic groups, from Moroccans to Egyptians to Albanians. But the NYPD’s intelligence unit also operates far outside its jurisdiction and has worked to keep tabs on Muslims across the Northeast. The department has cataloged Muslim communities in Long Island, conducted undercover operations in New Brunswick, N.J., and has turned often innocuous Internet postings by Muslim student groups into police files. The monitoring of Muslim college students across the Northeast drew sharp rebukes from administrators at Yale, Columbia and elsewhere earlier this week. But New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued his most vigorous defense of his police department to date. “The police department goes where there are allegations. And they look to see whether those allegations are true,” he told reporters Tuesday. “That’s what you’d expect them to do. That’s what you’d want them to do. Remind yourself when you turn out the light tonight.” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne did not respond to a message seeking comment on the Newark effort Wednesday. He has previously denied the existence of the Demographics Unit. The documents obtained by the AP show, for the first time in any detail, how the NYPD’s intelligence-gathering efforts stretched outside the department’s jurisdiction. New Jersey and Long Island residents had no reason to suspect the NYPD was watching them. And the
department is not accountable to their votes or tax dollars. NYPD conducted similar operations in Suffolk and Nassau counties on suburban Long Island, according to police records. The NYPD frequently operates outside its jurisdiction without telling federal or local officials. The report left Newark Muslims grasping for explanations as they saw pictures of their mosques and businesses in police files. “All of these are innocent people,” Nagiba el-Sioufi of Newark said recently while her husband, Mohammed, flipped through the NYPD report. Egyptian immigrants and American citizens, the couple raised two daughters in the United States. Mohammed works as an accountant and is vice president of the Islamic Culture Center, a mosque a few blocks from Newark City Hall. “If you have an accusation on us, then spend the money on doing this to us,” Nagiba said. “But you have no accusation.” The Newark police director at the time, Garry McCarthy, is now in charge of the Chicago Police Department. He said the NYPD initiated the operation and none of his officers participated. The goal of the report, like others the Demographics Unit compiled, was to give police attheir-fingertips access to information about Muslim neighborhoods. If police got a tip about an Egyptian terrorist in the area, for instance, they wanted to immediately know where he was likely to find a cheap room to rent, where he might buy his lunch and at what mosque he might attend Friday prayers. “These locations provide the maximum ability to assess the general opinions and general activity of these communities,” the NYPD Newark report said. The effect of the program was that hundreds of American citizens were cataloged — sometimes by name, sometimes simply by their businesses and their ethnicity — in secret police files that spanned hundreds of pages: — “A Black Muslim male named Mussa was working in the rear of store,” an NYPD detective wrote after a clandestine visit to a dollar store in Shirley, N.Y., on Long Island.
— “The manager of this restaurant is an Indian Muslim male named Vicky Amin” was the report back from an Indian restaurant in Lindenhurst, N.Y., also on Long Island. — “Owned and operated by an African Muslim (possibly Sudanese) male named Abdullah Ddita,” was the summary from another dollar store in Shirley, N.Y., just off the highway on the way to the Hamptons, the wealthy Long Island getaway. In one report, an officer describes how he put people at ease by speaking in Punjabi and Urdu, languages commonly spoken in Pakistan. There are no allegations of terrorism in the Demographics Unit reports, and the documents make clear that police were interested only in locations frequented by Muslims. The canvass of businesses in Newark mentions Islam and Muslims 27 times. In one section of the report, police wrote that the largest immigrant groups in Newark were from Portugal and Brazil. But they did not photograph businesses or churches for those groups. “No Muslim component within these communities was identified,” police wrote, except for one business owned by a Brazilian Muslim of Palestinian descent. Polls show that most New Yorkers strongly support the NYPD’s counterterrorism efforts and don’t believe police unfairly target Muslims. Civil rights groups and Muslim activists, however, have called for Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s resignation over the spying and the department’s screening of a video that portrays Muslims as wanting to dominate the United States. In Newark, the report was met with a mixture of confusion and anger. “Come, look at yourself on film,” Abdul Kareem Abdullah called to his wife as he flipped through the NYPD files at the lunch counter of their restaurant, Hamidah’s Cafe. An American-born citizen who converted to Islam decades ago, Abdullah said he understands why, after the 9/11 terror attacks, people are afraid of Muslims. But he said he wishes the police
would stop by, say hello, meet him and his customers and get to know them. The documents show police have no interest in that, he said. “They just want to keep tabs on us,” he said. “If they really wanted to understand, they’d come talk to us.” Newark Mayor Booker met with Islamic leaders while campaigning for his post. Those interviewed by the AP said they wanted to believe he didn’t authorize the spying but wanted to hear from him directly. “I have to look in his eyes,” Mohammed el-Sioufi said at his mosque. “I know him. I met him. He was here.” Because officers conducted the operation covertly, the reports contain mistakes that could have been corrected had the officers talked to store owners or imams. If police ever had to rely on the database during an unfolding terrorism emergency as they had planned, those errors would have hindered their efforts. For instance, locals said several businesses identified as belonging to African-American Muslims actually were owned by Afghans or Pakistanis. ElSioufi’s mosque is listed as an African-American mosque, but he said the imam is from Egypt and the congregation is a roughly even mix of black converts and people of foreign ancestries. “We’re not trying to hide anything. We are out in the open,” said Abdul A. Muhammad, the imam of the Masjid Ali Muslim mosque in Newark. “You want to come in? We have an open door policy.” By choosing instead to conduct such widespread surveillance, Mohammed el-Sioufi said, police send the message that the whole community is suspect. “When you spy on someone, you are kind of accusing them. You are not accepting them for choosing Islam,” Nagiba elSioufi said. “This doesn’t say, ‘This guy did something wrong.’ This says, ‘Everyone here is a Muslim.’” “It makes you feel uncomfortable, like this is not your country,” she added. “This is our country.”
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Washington judge rules on contraception Religious objections spur change in law over birth control By Gene Johnson Associated Press
Washington state cannot force pharmacies to sell Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the state’s true goal was to suppress religious objections by druggists — not to promote timely access to the medicines for people who need them. U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton heard closing arguments earlier this month in a lawsuit that claimed state rules violate the constitutional rights of pharmacists by requiring them to dispense such medicine. The state requires pharmacies to dispense any medication for which there is a community need and to stock a representative assortment of drugs needed by their patients. Ralph’s Thriftway in Olympia, Wash., and two licensed Washington pharmacists sued in 2007, saying that dispensing Plan B would infringe on their religious beliefs because it can prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg, an act they equate with taking human life. The state argued that the requirements are legal because
they apply neutrally to all medicines and pharmacies, and that they promote a government interest — the timely delivery of medicine, including Plan B, which becomes less effective as time passes. But Leighton ruled that the state allows all sorts of business exemptions to that rule. Pharmacies can decline to stock a drug, such as certain painkillers, if it’s likely to increase the risk of theft, or if it requires an inordinate amount of paperwork, or if the drug is temporarily unavailable from suppliers, among other reasons. The decision comes as contraception has been debated in political and health care circles around the nation. A controversy erupted earlier this month when religious groups protested a new federal rule that required church-affiliated universities, hospitals and nonprofits to include birth control without copays or premiums in their insurance plans. Their opposition led President Barack Obama to change the rule to shift the burden from religious organizations to insurance companies. Lawmakers in a few conservative states have taken up the fight with proposals that serve as direct challenges to Obama’s ruling. Leighton, in his decision Wednesday, said that if Washington state allows exemptions
for non-religious reasons, it must also allow them for religious or moral ones. “The most compelling evidence that the rules target religious conduct is the fact the rules contain numerous secular exemptions,” Leighton ruled. “In sum, the rules exempt pharmacies and pharmacists from stocking and delivering lawfully prescribed drugs for an almost unlimited variety of secular reasons, but fail to provide exemptions for reasons of conscience.” He did not strike down the rules, but said simply that the way they were applied to the plaintiffs in this case was unconstitutional. The state remains free to try to enforce the law against other pharmacies that violated the stocking and dispensing rules, whether for Plan B or other drugs. The judge blocked the state dispensing rule in 2007, finding that it would violate the plaintiffs’ freedom of religion. But a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel overruled him, saying that he applied the wrong legal standard and that the rule appeared constitutional because it was neutral and did not directly target religious views. The appellate court sent the case back to Leighton, telling him to apply the correct standard. He held an 11-day trial to flesh out the matter, and said that he was issuing his ruling
with the benefit of a more complete understanding of the rules than the 9th Circuit judges had. Further appeals were expected, both from the state and from groups that intervened in the case on the state’s behalf. The interveners included women who were denied timely access to Plan B when they needed it — one of whom cut short a vacation in central Washington to return home to Bellingham, where she knew she could obtain Plan B from her regular pharmacy — as well as HIV patients who argued that if druggists could refuse to dispense Plan B for religious reasons, some might also refuse to dispense time-sensitive HIV medications. “The question really is whether the patient’s rights come first or the pharmacist’s rights come first,” said Andrew Greene, a lawyer for the intervenors. Assistant Attorney General Rene Tomisser said Leighton’s ruling made the same mistake he made in 2007 when he determined that the laws were not neutral or generally applied. “This is more detailed, with the same error being made,” Tomisser said. Margo Thelen, of Woodland, one of the pharmacists who sued over the rules, said she had to leave one job because she refused to dispense Plan B — and now she can continue working at her new job without fear of
being fired. “Speak to anyone who shops in a pharmacy,” she said. “Their product isn’t always available.” At the early February trial, Leighton said the contraceptive issue is more important than many other freedom-of-religion cases, such as those concerning religious dress or other ceremonial matters. Plan B had been at the center of the state’s decision in 2007 to adopt the Washington Board of Pharmacy’s dispensary requirements. The drug, which has a high dose of medicine found in birth-control pills, is effective in preventing pregnancy if a woman takes it within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Individual pharmacists were allowed to pass a prescription to another druggist in the same store, provided the order is not delayed. But that leaves no option for a lone pharmacist or a pharmacy owner with religious objections to a particular drug. The pharmacists argued they can easily and quickly refer customers to nearby drug stores willing to sell the drug, but women’s rights groups said that may not be the case in rural areas. It might also be difficult for those with disabilities if their pharmacists decide not to dispense it for personal reasons, they said.
New ID laws implemented smoothly Despite concerns, officials report few incidents at polls By Todd Richmond Associated Press
The first elections under Wisconsin’s new photo identification law went off relatively smoothly, with the few problems mostly due to voters showing up at the wrong polling sites because of recent redistricting, local election officials said Wednesday. Voter ID has been a divisive issue nationwide, with supporters saying it helps prevent voter fraud and opponents arguing that it disenfranchises some voters. Republicans who control the Legislature passed a law last year requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, and the law went into effect with Tuesday’s primary elections. No statewide candidates were on the ballot but about 525 municipalities and several counties held primaries for city council and county supervisors. Local election officials said voters generally showed up with their IDs in hand. A bigger problem was getting voters to the proper polling sites after local redistricting moves shifted ward boundaries. The city of Sheboygan had perhaps the hottest race in the state, holding its first mayoral recall election. Former state Rep. Terry Van Akkeren ended up ousting Mayor Bob Ryan. The election stemmed largely
out of Ryan’s problems with alcohol, including fallout from a three-day drinking binge last July. Witnesses say Ryan passed out at a bar and was involved in a scuffle. City Clerk Susan Richards said nearly 40 percent of the city’s 30,000 registered voters cast a ballot. She hadn’t heard of any serious problems with voter ID. “For a change, things were relatively easy,” Richards said. “We had a few people grumbling because they just didn’t like the idea (of presenting photo ID to vote) or whatever, but very few.” La Crosse County held three supervisor primaries. County Clerk Ginny Dankmeyer said her poll workers didn’t run into any problems with voter ID — county officials had encouraged voters to bring their IDs to the polls last year in a dry run — but they had to point some voters to the right polling places after new district boundaries left them confused. “People were calling to ask where to go to vote,” Dankmeyer said. “People out in the towns and villages used to going to the same place weren’t in the supervisory district on the ballot.” The story was the same in Green Bay, which held city council primaries in five districts. Interim City Clerk Kris Teske said she didn’t hear of any voter ID problems, although poll workers had to redirect voters confused over new ward boundaries to the correct polling location. “I know it wasn’t very many,” Teske said. “It was really nice. I was happy.”
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Voter Margaret Henze, left, hands her identification to election inspector Judy Wise Tuesday morning in Racine.
Fifteen states have a voter ID law, and legislation pending in 26 states would either introduce voter ID laws or strengthen existing ones. Republicans generally maintain that voter ID laws prevent fraud at the polls. Opponents say the requirement is really an attempt to disenfranchise Democratic-leaning constituencies who may lack IDs, such as the elderly and minorities. The League of Women Voters, the NAACP and the ACLU all have filed lawsuits challenging Wisconsin’s law. Meanwhile, the state Gov-
ernment Accountability Board, which oversees Wisconsin elections, has launched a major ad campaign to educate voters on what they need when they go to the polls. The push includes a new website, print ads, billboards, and television and radio spots. Richards, the Sheboygan city clerk, said the push has helped. “It paid off,” she said. “I think the public is so well-educated on this now.” But things didn’t go all that well for Gilbert Paar. The 69-year-old voter from Mount Pleasant tried using his U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs card, which he uses to collect veterans benefits. The card includes Paar’s photo but isn’t considered an acceptable form of identification under the new law. When poll workers asked him if he had a driver’s license, he told them he did but refused to show it and walked out without voting, he said. “I went to vote with the military ID that gave me the right to vote by serving four years in the Air Force,” he said.
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Kind: Education, health care discussed
Mice: Residents wonder if university is doing enough
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Congressman Ron Kind was interviewed by Mike Gousha last Thursday at Eckstein Hall.
said. “I fear that it will take some cuts made to Wisconsin public kind of scandal for real campaign education given the importance spending reform to fiof public and private nally happen.” universities in Wis“He seemed like he Audience question- was pretty fed up consin. ing included a query “I’m very proud with how Congress is from Milwaukee to represent a region Mayor Tom Barrett, working these days.” that has so much and members of the emphasis and focus Tom Pokorney on education,” Kind crowd asked Kind Senior, Arts & Sciences said. “There are sevhis position on issues ranging from eral universities in tax reform to foreign my district. We need policy, particularly concerning to make sure that those doors rethe wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. main open.” Barrett asked Kind about the Tom Pokorney, a senior in the
College of Arts & Sciences, said that Kind’s remarks were refreshingly nonpartisan and clear. “He stated that he was more concerned with the needs of the American public rather than the wants of his party leadership, and I think his voting record proves that,” Pokorney said. “He seemed like he was pretty fed up with how Congress is working these days and is determined to break the mold, which is very encouraging to see as someone who is also fed up with it.”
acts to control the problem, Pol- College of Arts & ich said. Sciences and Mashuda resident, The email included preventa- said about half the rooms on the tive measures, such as cleaning fourth floor have encountered dorm rooms on a regular basis mice infestations, which in turn (i.e. securing food packages) have generated uneasy feelings. and avoiding placing towels “My RA had a mouse in her in or outside doorframes, as room for about a week before mice may enter rooms in other she caught it and got it disposed manners. of,” Lawton said. “It’s definiteLane Richmond, a sophomore ly a little unnerving knowing in the College of Nursing and our place of residence is also a Mashuda resident, home to rodents, but said her roommate because I haven’t “My RA had a first found a mouse seen any myself, in their room in late mouse in her room it hasn’t been too for about a week January. bad.” Regardless of before she caught it.” Lawton added Perez’s previous that her RA initially Monica Lawton called the Departrecommendations, Richmond said some Sophomore, Arts & Sciences ment of Public Saferesidents affected ty to dispose of the by the problem mouse. However, have been placing towels under they declined to help. She said doors in an attempt to eliminate Mashuda maintenance was fifurther infestations. nally called, although she said According to Perez’s email, they were neither timely nor preventative action is a fore- helpful. most priority. “Everyone knows about the “Additionally, I encourage problem, but I haven’t heard you to be proactive in maintain- anything from our hall director ing a cleanly living space, and (aside from the email),” Lawnot waiting for a mouse sight- ton said. “I don’t think they’re ing for encouragement to do trying to hide the problem, but so,” Perez wrote. they’re certainly not addressing Monica Lawton, a it.” sophomore in the
Mardi Gras passes with expected ruckus Alcohol, exciting costumes highlights during ‘Fat Tuesday’ By Mary Foster and Stacey Plaisance Associated Press
Officers on horseback cleared Bourbon Street early Wednesday, declaring an end to Carnival 2012 as Mardi Gras revelers began to prepare for the beginning of Lent, the period of fasting and repentance before Easter. Streams of people poured into the French Quarter as the sun began to set Tuesday to continue the party that began earlier along the city’s traditional Garden District family-friendly parade route which follows stately St. Charles Avenue. Bathed in springlike warmth and showered with trinkets, beads and music, New Orleans reveled in the excesses of Fat Tuesday. The drinking was in full swing shortly after dawn, and with it came outrageous costumes and flesh-flashing that drew thousands to the Quarter. New Orleans police said late Tuesday they were investigating a stabbing on Esplanade Avenue but had few details. In a second incident, a victim was shot in the leg and a suspect was taken in custody, police said. Tom White, 46, clad in a pink tutu, bicycled with his wife, Allison, to the French Quarter. “I’m the pink fairy this year,” he said. “Costuming is the real fun of Mardi Gras. I’m not too creative but when you weigh 200 pounds and put on a tutu people still take your picture.” His wife was not in costume.
“He’s disgraced the family enough,” she said. Brittany Davies struggled with her friends through the morning, feeling the effects of heavy drinking from the night before. “They’re torturing me,” the Denver woman joked. “But I’ll be OK after a bloody mary.” Indeed, the theme of the day was party hard and often. Wearing a bright orange wig, a purple mask and green shoes, New Orleans resident Charlotte Hamrick walked along Canal Street to meet friends. “I’ll be in the French Quarter all day,” Hamrick said. “I don’t even go to the parades. I love to take pictures of all the costumes and just be with my friends. It’s so fun.” Across the globe, people dressed up in elaborate costumes and partied the day away. In Rio de Janeiro, an estimated 850,000 tourists joined the city’s massive five-day blowout. Meanwhile, the Portuguese, who have suffered deeply in Europe’s debt crisis, defied a government appeal to keep working. In the Cajun country of southwest Louisiana, masked riders went from town to town, making merry along the way in the Courir du Mardi Gras. And parades were held elsewhere around Louisiana and on the Gulf coasts of Mississippi and Alabama. The celebration arrived in Louisiana in 1682 when the explorer LaSalle and his party stopped at a place they called Bayou Mardi Gras south of New Orleans to celebrate. The predominantly AfricanAmerican Zulu krewe was the first major parade to hit New Orleans’ streets, shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday. Most krewe members
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A member of Pete Fountain’s Half Fast Marching Club hands out beads in New Orleans during a large parade.
were in the traditional black-face makeup and Afro wigs Zulu riders have sported for decades. They handed out the organization’s coveted decorated coconuts and other sought-after trinkets. In the oak-lined Garden District, clarinetist Pete Fountain led his Half-Fast Walking Club on its annual march to the French Quarter. Fountain, 82, gave a thumbs-up to start off and his band launched into “When The Saints Go Marching In” as they rounded the corner onto St. Charles Avenue shortly after 7 a.m. It was the 52nd time that Fountain’s group has paraded for Mardi Gras. This year, the group wore bright yellow suits and matching pork pie hats for its theme, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.” Costumes were the order of the
day, ranging from the predictable to the bizarre. Wearing a purple wig, New Orleans resident Juli Shipley carried a gallon of booze down Bourbon Street and filled her friends’ cups when they got low. “We’re going to wander all day and peoplewatch,” Shipley said. “That’s the best part of Mardi Gras — the costumes. They’re amazing.” Partygoers were dressed as Wizard of Oz characters Dorothy and the Wicked Witch, bags of popcorn, pirates, super heroes, clowns, jesters, princesses and lots of homemade costumes with the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. Rain stayed away and temperatures were in the 70s. As the day wore on and drinking intensified, the combination
encouraged raunchy acts in the French Quarter, where women bared flesh in pleadings for beads tossed to the street by revelers on balconies. By midafternoon, some folks were tuckered out. Alison Scott, 35, of New Orleans, was part of a group that had a small city of tents and canopies set up at Lee Circle. She and her family had been coming to the spot for about 40 years. “Believe me, I’m always glad to get here and then I’m always glad to go home,” she said. Her 6-year-old daughter, Shannon, was asleep nearby under a blanket of beads. “She just pooped out. This is the first time she’s stopped. She’s been so excited all day,” Scott said.
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Capitalism a contentious issue
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Every student and graduate is proud to country. Yet something is lacking when we say: “We are Marquette! We are engineers. are not addressing every element of the huWe are nurses. We are resident assistants. man spirit in our curriculum. We are athletes. We are theologians.” But Yes, Marquette and the Milwaukee Instiwhat about, “We are ... artists?” Now that’s tute of Art and Design have a partnership something you don’t hear at this school. that allows Marquette students to exercise As a Jesuit institution of higher educa- their creative juices by taking classes at tion, Marquette University stands firmly MIAD’s campus in the Third Ward. Howby the ideal of cura personalis. Marquette ever, MIAD’s three-hour classes are diffinot only incorporates this principle into cult to fit into a schedule already packed its curriculum but encourages students to full of Marquette courses, and they fill up put it into practice fast. The program is not a realistic in their everyday way to make artistic opportunities Isn’t fine art in its many accessible to every student. lives so that we might graduate as forms a part of the human In addition, Marquette is lackwell-rounded in- spirit that at some level ing in fine arts facilities. We’re not dividuals ready to needs to be nurtured? forgetting about our lovely Helsuccessfully take faer Theatre or the beautiful Hagon whatever this gerty Museum of Art, but there is world can throw no space on campus designated for at us. the sole purpose of creating and practicing If Marquette endeavors to be an institu- fine art. If you are part of Marquette’s band, tion that strives to care for the whole per- orchestra or choir groups, you are fortunate son, then isn’t fine art in its many forms a enough to have swipe access to the practice part of the human spirit that at some level rooms in the Weasler Auditorium, but the needs to be nurtured? Whether it is some- rest of us are out of luck. Even our art club thing as simple as creating studio spaces — did you know we have an art club? — across campus for the purpose of making meets at the museum, not in a separate stufine art or going as far as to institute a fine dio space conducive to creative expression. arts department, we at the Tribune feel that The Rec Center and Rec Plex are both something here needs to change. on-campus locations where any student Some might argue that Marquette is not a can go and get their sweat on. So why don’t fine arts school; therefore, if students want we have studio spaces where students can to study the fine arts then they should at- exercise their creative sides? tend an institution specific to those interThese propositions are for a better future ests. In response to that noMarquette. As for now, get out tion, we point to all of the and take advantage of the creother core requirements that ativity already blossoming on As for now, get out campus. Catch a performance make us such a wonderful Jesuit institution. For example, and take advantage of of “Defying Gravity” at the not every student who enrolls the creativity already Helfaer, wander though the latat Marquette is interested in est exhibitions at the Haggerty theology or philosophy or blossoming on campus. or head over to the Annex for foreign language, yet every Marquette Radio’s Spotlight student, regardless of maMKE event this weekend. jor, is still required to take at There is incredible creativleast one of each of these classes in order to ity already buzzing throughout this camfulfill their graduation requirements. pus, and it’s growing. It’s time Marquette These core requirements are essential embraces these talents and makes them a to a Jesuit education, and they are part of part of what this school is all about. what makes Marquette stand out — for the better — from other universities across the
Mr. Maechtle’s response to Ms. Malloy’s Feb. 16 Viewpoints contribution (“Consider Broader Impact”) seems, in my mind, to have missed the point of her criticism of the “Pro-Capitalism Rally” staged by the College Republicans. Mr. Maechtle seems to believe that Ms. Malloy has no right criticizing capitalism because she has benefited a great deal from the current economic order. Furthermore, he claims it would be unreasonable to see a celebration of capitalism as demeaning to anyone. The truth is, the success of capitalism has historically relied on the privilege of few built upon the poverty of many. No serious student of economics or history could make the claim that the global North’s rise to economic power has not depended on advances made possible by the exploitation of workers, enslavement and colonization in the global South. Though Ms. Malloy’s criticism was not of global capitalism, there is a lesson here. Mr. Maechtle may not consider himself part of the American elite, but the mere fact that he is attending a four-year university suggests he is. The 2011 Census reports that only 27.9 percent of Americans have a bachelor’s degree and fewer still have the opportunity to earn their degree from an institution as well-regarded (and expensive) as Marquette. While Mr. Maechtle rejects Ms. Malloy’s “narrow worldview” separating Marquette students from our neighbors, it would seem to me that this division is true: we are among the most fortunate people in the country and often forget it. I was also concerned by the sentiment that suggests Ms. Malloy ought not to criticize
capitalism because she attended “a private high school in Virginia with five-figure annual tuition.” I think most people could agree how much our parents earn, where we go to high school and the values instilled in us are largely out of our control — none of us choose how we grow up, but we do get to choose what we make of that experience. To suggest that a privileged upbringing undermines one’s ability to criticize the system that one benefited from is a position that runs contrary to the ideals of this university. Lastly, I would resist Mr. Maechtle’s claim that rallying around capitalism is a reminder that “we can choose any career we desire and achieve anything we put our minds to.” While this sentiment may be true in certain cases, such a conclusion is not supported by the facts. The United States has relatively low social mobility — in fact, one of the lowest — amongst comparable industrialized nations. This suggests that our future success will be highly determined by our parents’ success. In the context of Mr. Maechtle’s claims, low social mobility means that a Marquette education is, for the majority of the underprivileged, very improbable. Make no mistake, though we may not be part of the “1 percent,” Marquette students occupy the higher ranks of privilege in this country and would do well to remember how unequally wealth, health and opportunity are distributed in the United States. Christopher Frenier Senior, College of Arts & Sciences
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think we knew we were dropping the ball? That’s life. Yet, life isn’t really made up of a ton of moments, but one giant moment instead. Those moments in the past don’t exist anymore, and moments in the future don’t exist yet. There’s only right now. Ian Yakob So do something about it. It’s cool to discover yourself, but it won’t mean anything I want to thank everyone who has been until you invent yourself. Even for freshman, the time will come with me during my time as a columnist. I appreciate your readership whether you’ve when college is in the past, and the degrees been following me every Thursday or if this we earn are not going to entitle us to anything — unless we go after it. is your first encounter. Honestly. The only way we’ll ever beThis will be my last column. No, I’m not retiring or quitting — al- come the people we want to be is if we start though I do get pretty disgruntled when to be them right now. That’s a powerful my pieces come back from editing with thought, like a modified Gandhi–ism: “Be the change you want to see in yourself.” new errors. Of course, I don’t think self-invention You can relax. The picture of my cheesing face will be on page nine every week until should mean reconstructing yourself at the expense of abandoning May, but I just didn’t things in life that make want to wait until then to say goodbye. The only way we’ll ever become you happy. As I head to If I did, I would the people we want to be is if we study graduate journalism next fall, I’m confiprobably make some dent I’ll always love the subconscious and des- start to be them right now. following: skiing, the perate attempt to get Phillie Phanatic, dogs, you to notice me one eating kiwi with a spoon, last time. That’s why I’m getting it out of the way now, so my skipping stones, Oxford commas, and prolast byline in the Tribune won’t be accom- longed eye contact. What I mean is that if you truly want to panied by some big phony sendoff. Saying “stay gold, Ponyboy” only works make something in your life happen, you can’t just put it on a to-do list. You have to a few times anyhow. Truthfully, I’m saying goodbye today be- start doing it. If I’m ever going to stop feeling so cause I’m not upset about it yet. And by that time, I’ll probably have no idea what to say. bloody anxious like someone is watching me suspiciously when I leave Walgreens afI do now, though. We go through undergraduate study as an ter I didn’t purchase anything because they experimental time to find ourselves, but in didn’t have what I wanted, I have to stop it our minds we think we’re finding out what right now. A change like that requires no less effort we want to do. So when I collect my degrees in journal- than what’s needed to become successism and philosophy this May, those papers ful: making its beginning a reality in this will merely be the things I worked for dur- exact moment. Don’t worry, Marquette provides us with ing the lesser part of my time at Marquette. In actuality, I spent more time reflecting on, enough sense to be OK in the long run. And forgetting about and sorting through all the besides, being careful isn’t always worth things in my life I believe(d) were impor- it. Sometimes, even if you’re super careful beyond belief, you still completely rip the tant. That’s how we all do it. We can only ex- cardboard on a cereal box when you open perience each moment once, and each time it the first time. So that’s that. it happens, we’re in a unique position withFarewell. out being able to examine it until later. I wish you all the best, insofar as it doesn’t Unfortunately, my graduating class has to live with being the one that allowed the interfere with my best. “Let’s go warriors” chant (after the first firstname.lastname@example.org tip-off at every home game) to die out. You
NEWS “We don’t talk about the byes or double-byes. Because of what happened to the Packers, that’s definitely not something you talk about in the state.” - Buzz Williams when asked about seeding for the Big East Conference
Kelly White Truly listening to people is hard. This is made most obvious during a 50-minute class, when I often find anything to do except listen. More intimate personal conversations are usually easier, but hearing people out without injecting my own personal beliefs or jumping to conclusions is still a tough task. Advancing the conversation means listening for ways to connect, respond and question. That means being an active listener, a life skill taught in grade school but rarely successfully achieved. I’ve always considered myself a pretty good listener — until I started noticing who I was listening to. I discovered that I really only listen to people I agree with or find amusing. I routinely disregard news sources, acquaintances and classmates who have opposing opinions. I ignore them because it would be easier than actually engaging in critical thinking. When I do listen to people who are different than me, I make a disclaimer before hearing them out: “Well, I disagree with you, but…” By doing this, I fail to intellectually stimulate myself, much less become a better debater by refining my points. Unfortunately, “I believe what I believe and if you don’t agree, you’re an idiot” is my subconscious train of thought all too often. And I am not the only one who thinks like this. We live in a polarized nation, where the media we consume and the communities we make often reflect our own beliefs instead of challenging them. Disappointingly — but not surprisingly — the ultimate example of this type of echo chamber is Congress. Last Thursday, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa held a hearing on the contraceptive coverage rule and its pertinence to religious freedom. Logically, the two parties involved would be religious leaders and women — right? Wrong. Congressman Issa chaired
an all-male panel Thursday morning. Later in the day, two women would be included in a supplemental panel. Issa took the easy way out by listening to people who agree with each other about why contraception is wrong, but who do not actually use the birth control pill because of their religion – and their genitalia. Justifiably so, the female members of the committee were outraged by the absence of women on the initial panel; so much so that Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington D.C. stormed out of the room. You go, girls! You show those gents how to listen to women by not listening to them! Oh, wait. Here’s the thing: listening is a twoway street. Listening to both sides means that we have to actually hear both sides. A simple solution for the oversight committee would be to have a single hearing with both religious folk and women present. But in our daily lives, public hearings are not common occurrences, and there are not thousands of people outraged by our neglecting one side. There is no one to call us out when our lives become an echo chamber for our beliefs. I got the news about Issa’s hearing debacle from my own echo chamber: my Twitter feed. When two strong women who happened to be Democrats left a hearing led by a man who happened to be Republican, the people and sources I follow flipped. Women’s groups were distraught and Tweeting much faster than any unbiased news source. As far as I know, the Pope does not have a verified account, so my thoughts on the matter became one-sided very quickly. Without even realizing it, I stopped listening. I cared about women’s rights — not stuffy men. And I did not develop my opinion; I just started repeating what was in front of me. We are all entitled to our opinions, but our stances become weak without taking time to hear out the other side fully. Neglecting the points we disagree with does not result in compromise – it results in polarization. By noting where our news — and thus, views — come from, we are able to notice our weaknesses and reinforce our strengths. email@example.com
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
ROCK STAR STATUS
Marquette, Milwaukee bands seize Annex stage Communication and assistant music director at MU Radio, the change is not to decrease the inIt’s a classic amateur rock star tensity of the event and its perfantasy. The young upstart band formers but instead to increase the faces off against their devious show’s professional standards. rivals in front of a rowdy crowd “I think when any band that’s at the local Battle of the Bands. trying to make it or trying to do In the end, our musically in- something bigger than just a gaclined heroes prove their mettle rage band (hears) ‘Battle of the in front of the riled-up fans, win- Bands,’ they think high school ning the respect of their peers, and not very professional,” Layas well as eternal rock glory. man said. “We wanted to get a Many a future rock star has had better level of music, and the best variations on that dream scenario, way to do that was to change the and for many years at Marquette way we’re presenting the event.” University, it Chris Mowasn’t just a rales, a senior dream. Since in the Col2007, Marlege of Arts & quette Radio Sciences and has hosted a drummer for Bands the of What: Battle Battle of the The Living Bands conStatues, one cert at the of the groups When: Saturday, Feb. 25 Union Sports performing at 7 p.m. Annex. at Spotlight This year, MKE, finds however, Where: The Union Sports the show’s the war beAnnex change in tween Martheme and quette musifocus to be a Cost: Free cal groups positive for has come to the event, a ceasefire, as well as but the mufor the people sic rages on. in attendance. Rather than pit bands against “By doing the Spotlight each other, MU Radio will MKE, it adds a bit of sophissimply put them together for tication,” Morales said. “It’s Spotlight MKE, a free show more accepting; people are more at the Annex this Saturday. welcome to come to the event.” For Chelsie Layman, a Also helping to draw more sophomore in the College of people to the show is the wide variety of musical guests scheduled to perform. There are nine total groups performing at Spotlight MKE, each with a different kind of musical style to share with the crowd. The only real connection between the bands and performers is that they are almost all Marquette or Milwaukee-based. “I think MU Radio did a good job of encapsulating all By Matt Mueller
Photo courtesy of Chris Morales
The Living Statues are one of nine acts performing this Saturday at Spotlight MKE at the Union Sports Annex.
different tastes so people with those different tastes can enjoy something,” Morales said. “It’s a medley; you can go get the feel of a Claire Kelly (a singersongwriter performing) or the vibe of a punk band.” Joining The Living Statues and Claire Kelly on stage will be DJ William “Buffalo Bill” Braden, solo guitar artist Charlie Giger, alt rockers Crows Over New York, acoustic indie folk artist Nathan Mathes, alternative guitar duo The Gazettiers, genre-bending rock band The Siege Perilous and 90s-esque trio The Hops. Though the show used to be classified as a battle, Charlie Giger, a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences, noted that even then, MU Radio’s event always had a relatively laidback feel that should continue
on with Spotlight MKE. confuse the lack of a battle ele“They called it that, but it wasn’t ment for a lack of motivation for really enforced,” Giger said. the performers. In addition to “I never really thought of it as other prizes, the winning band or a battle.” performer at Spotlight MKE gets Adding to to open for the the more re- “We wanted to get a better level WMUR Spring laxed atmo- of music, and the best way to Concert, which sphere of the do that was to change the way normally takes event is the place in April. fact that some we’re presenting the event.” Though the of the groups groups for this Chelsie Layman year’s have worked Spring Assistant Music Director at WMUR Concert haven’t with each other before. been announced For instance, yet, last year’s Claire Kelly, a freshman in the show featured up-and-coming rapCollege of Health Sciences, pers, such as The Dean’s List and opened for the The Living Stat- Machine Gun Kelly. As a result, ues’ show last Saturday night at an opening gig for that show can the Annex. As a result, the groups provide a great platform for a new have a strong mutual re- artist to get his or her music out to spect for each other and more people, as well as network their musical stylings. with other growing musicians. Kelly is not only one In order to win the big prize, of the younger musi- many of the bands are doing their cians slated to perform, best to enhance their songs and but she is also the acts. The Living Statues just relone female to hit the cently added Alex Thornburg, stage. The self-taught a senior in the College of Enmusician, who began gineering, to play the bass and, developing her song- according to Morales, “bring a writing skills by pen- Don Draper-esque cool” to the ning Avril Lavigne band. In addition to his usual parodies as a seventh set, Giger has been experimentgrader, is not afraid ing with new material and trying of the spotlight. out additional musicians to make “Performing isn’t re- his set the best it can be. ally something I get In the end, despite the big nervous for,” Kelly prize, Spotlight MKE is about said. “It’s just kind of ßexactly what its title implies. something that I em“Believe it or not, there’s great brace and love.” music in Milwaukee,” Layman One should not said. “We want to showcase that.”
Photo courtesy of WMUR
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Beards put gentlemen a cut above the rest it’s a more efficient way of cleaning your face up really quickly. Need to use a straight razor? That’s cool, too. The only problem with straight razors is that you’re increasing your chances of nasty ingrown hairs, rough stubble and nicks. That can’t be pleasant for you, and it sure isn’t pleasant for anybody Vanessa Harris who has to look at your face. I don’t have a beard (I’m a lady), but I do have to shave My name is Vanessa Harris, my legs, and the process to and I have a deep apprecia- prevent annoying razor bumps tion for bearded gentlemen. I and cuts is quite similar, bebelieve that every man should lieve it or not. rock some sort of facial hair at Take a hot shower before least once in his life (beards are hand, or place a hot towel on the superior choice, though). your face to loosen up the In 2012, it’s time to try pores. It helps you remove something new, guys – and by the hair a lot better. Exfonew, I mean a sophisticated liating your face before you frame for your manly man face. shave also helps to slough Why grow a beard you ask? away dry skin, and preps Because beards are awesome. the face for a close shave. Yes, growing a beard largeSecondly, condition your ly depends on your genetics, beard. Seriously. Not only are and yes, some of you might you giving it a gentle cleansbe unfortunate enough to have ing, but you’re also softening a weird patchy beard or some- the hair in the process. You’re thing of that nature, but that a busy man, so killing two doesn’t mean that there aren’t birds with one stone is a bonus. other options out there for you. I’ve been on a natural kick Once you’ve committed to the lately, so I also want suggest idea of growa few home ing facial hair Well-groomed facial hair looks remedies you (again, prefercan use to ably a beard), great at work, school, on dates, keep your fayou sir, are visiting Grandma or just cial hair in already on the bumming around. check. road to greatThe purness. pose of an First things aftershave first: You have to start growing is to work as an antiseptic. the facial hair out. I would say Many commercial products wait at least three weeks before have alcohol and harsh frayou take the weed whacker to grances in them that can irriyour chin – again though, this tate sensitive, freshly shaven depends on your genetics and skin. Don’t waste your money, how fast you can actually grow people. You’re in college. facial hair. Buy witch hazel instead – a If you’re an eager beaver and gentle and all natural substitrim too soon, you may trim tute. It’s less than $4 for a 16 too much. Even if you’re go- oz. bottle, and you can use it ing for a goatee, circle beard as an aftershave, face toner, a or chinstrap, you have to natural remedy for psoriasis start with a fairly mature face and eczema and on your scalp full of hair. That way, if you as a dandruff treatment. It’s make a mistake, nothing is like Batman’s utility belt. too noticeable – hopefully. Coconut and olive oil will If you decide to embrace the also do wonders for your newfull beard (good choice), invest found facial hair. Mix some in a nice beard trimmer. coconut and olive oil together Well-groomed facial hair and slather it on your beard a looks great at work, school, half hour before you trim or on dates, visiting Grandma or shave. Both oils are great moisjust bumming around. Main- turizers, and coconut reduces tenance is going to be what protein loss when used in hair. keeps you from scaring small Coconut and olive oil are also children and animals. You don’t great as body moisturizers. want to be able to corn roll I talked to stylist Theri Deyour facial hair. That is a fact. Joode from Groom, a male hair A beard trimmer is easier and salon in the Third Ward, and safer to use than scissors, and she agreed that there’s a fine
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line between “having a full beard that’s unkempt and one that’s classically groomed.” DeJoode suggested using a Mason Pearson brush, an all-natural boar bristle brush, to help style
your dashing facial hair. Groom, located on 330 East St. Paul Ave., offers a 20 percent discounts for students before 4 p.m., and if you’re feeling really daring, you can be a guin-
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
Christian rap, hip-hop groups a growing trend
Photo via Creature Culture
Christian hip-hop duo Creature Clan released “New Beginings” Feb. 14.
Musicians use their art to spread love and faith in God By Heather Ronaldson firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s something to be said about real music — music that speaks to the heart. That’s the strategy of Christian hip-hop groups like Lecrae, Identity and
Creature Clan. They’re not just rappers – they’re poets – preaching the word of God out of love and delivering messages of truth, love and forgiveness without forfeiting a good dance beat. And they’re not quiet about it. These artists are rallying tours, infiltrating iTunes top-100 hip-hop lists and debuting breakthrough albums. The scene is spreading. Take Identity, a two-year-old group from Lincoln, Ill. Their name is what they preach: finding your identity in Christ. The band’s four college-aged
members opened at the inDependency conference in June 2011 and were inspired to pray about the possibility of their own tour. In December, they announced plans for their first tour, the “You Are God Tour,” a monthlong journey through Texas, Missouri and Illinois in March 2012. “I believe this tour is going to bring something that is going to start a wildfire,” Greg Rufus, aka “Lil Switcha,” said. “It’s going to change peoples’ mindset and how they have viewed God.” Rufus formed the group about two years ago. He was always a writer and into rapping. But one day at church, his mother called him out. “You can’t be half and half,” she said to him. “You’ve got to choose between rapping for the world or for the word of God.” Shortly after, Caleb Sutton, Darvez Stancle and Victoria Rufus joined Rufus to form Identity. Though new to the scene, Identity is receiving international recognition. Fans from across the globe have sung praise of their independently recorded mixtape, which dropped in September. Songs like “Welcome Home,” remind listeners that no matter what you have done, God is always waiting by the door for you come back. Or “Eternal Flame,” which Sutton said is by far “one of our best songs.” “It is powerful stuff, but when you preach it and it’s real to you, you’re going to be changed and affected somehow,”
Sutton said. “You’re going to for the gifts he has given them. have to make a decision some Cross, whose nickname stands way – that’s our whole purpose.” for “Christ rose over social sickAnd they mean it. According to ness,” joined Donny “D-Maub” Rufus, Identity would forfeit the Harper of Creature Clan and tour to preach the gospel. Such Keith “DJ Klassy K” Harrison humility is something they see in and signed with One Route Enterartists like Lecrae, who preached tainment in October 2011. They the gospel mesreleased “New sage with his “It is powerful stuff, but when you Beginnings” eyes toward preach it and it’s real to you, you’re Feb. 14, 2012. the ceiling dur- going to be changed and affected Cross deing the Rock somehow.” scribed “New and Worship Beginnings” Roadshow. as a fun album Caleb Sutton that has a song “That was Identity Vocalist for everybody the representation that and focuses ‘it’s not me,’” on the light of Rufus said. God in the world. One of their Shannon Vick of Creature Clan songs, “I’m a Creature,” echoes shares a similar sentiment. “You their band name, derived from have to have a spirit of humility. 2 Corinthians 5:17: “ThereThere’s a quote in Scripture that fore if any man be in Christ, he says, ‘Whoever exalts himself is a new creature: Old things will be humbled and whoever are passed away; behold, all humbles himself will be exalt- things are become new.” ed.’” Vick, who goes by “Eric “For us, we want people to Cross” on stage, said he and other be saying, ‘You’re a creature Christian artists agree that they of Christ. You’re new. You’re have to regularly “check them- forgiven,’” Cross said. “We’re selves” and actively thank God trying to give people hope.”
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I have to admit it, Chicago isn’t all that bad
Sarah Elms Like so many Marquette students, I’m originally from a suburb of Chicago. To be more specific, I grew up in Vernon Hills, a busy town of about 25,000 with typical suburban attractions like a movie theater, bowling alley, mall, public pool and just about every fast food restaurant you can think of. But since moving to
this wonderful city to attend Marquette, I’ve become a fullblown Milwaukeean. My diet incorporates absurd amounts of brats, cheese, bacon and beer, I’ve found a new appreciation for free things, and I’ve come to love the Brewers and the Packers alike. The only reason I go back to my hometown – aside from visiting my family – is to eat at Portillo’s. I really wish they would open one in Milwaukee. All this did not come as a huge surprise, because I never really felt at home in Chicago proper. The city is huge and dirty, friendly strangers are few and far between, everything is expensive and I absolutely cannot stand the Cubs, let alone their fans. You can imagine, then, that I was a little reluctant to leave Brew City when my parents planned a family weekend in Chicago. Their logic was that we live 45 minutes away from downtown but rarely make
the commute, so why not expectations. Not only that, make a mini-vacation out of but I have to admit the experiit and cram in as much Chi- ence would not have been the cago as possible in two and same in any other city. a half days? Fair enough. After the performance, my So last weekend I roamed the family and I explored the Boysbusy, dirty streets, got honked at town neighborhood and settled by taxis, paid much on a fantastic holemore than I’m used in-the-wall Mexican to for alcohol, and, The weekend went restaurant called to my surprise, loved by in a flash, but Caesars, home of every minute of it. the Killer Margarita, instead of feeling It could have been relieved to get out for dinner. The food because I was hang- of the city, I was was amazing, the ing out with my drinks were strong family, or maybe sad to leave. and the peopleit was because the watching was some weather was so of the best I’ve witnice, but I suddenly began to nessed in a long time. actually enjoy all the things I already want to go back. the Windy City has to offer. Saturday was just as fun. DurOn Friday night, we went to ing the afternoon, we walked the Briar Street Theatre to see a the Magnificent Mile and ate Blue Man Group performance. delicious deep-dish pizza – the The experience is truly unlike authentic kind you cannot find anything else I’ve ever seen, and anywhere besides Chicago. It’s I’ve been to my fair share of con- just not the same anywhere else. certs and performIn the evening, we ventured to ing arts produc- Andy’s, a swanky tions. Blue Man jazz club on Group exceed- the north ed all of my side of the Loop.
It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a meal with beautiful live music while still being able to chat with the people I’m with. Andy’s was the perfect place to top off the night. Sunday morning we packed up to head home, taking a lovely detour through Lincoln Park to grab a quick brunch at a hipster café called Toast. The weekend went by in a flash, but instead of feeling relieved to get out of the city, I was sad to leave. Maybe this is what happens when you see something with a fresh perspective. Like I said, all throughout high school I was never a fan of the busy streets and tall buildings located just a train ride away. Now, I’m glad I gave the city a second chance. There is no doubt my heart still lies right here in Milwaukee, but last weekend showed me that Chicago is not such a bad place after all. email@example.com
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Dr. Dog prescribes an eclectic mix tary, and a welcome throwback to classic rock. With an album title that’s called “Be The Void,” there’s no question that Dr. Dog has been searching for something to fill an internal emptiness. While it’s not glaringly obvious, a few songs have spiritual undertones that comment on society’s religious ideology. “Warrior Man” questions humanity’s growing sense of entitlement as the planet’s most intelligent species. While technology allows man to “play God,” history tells us even ancient cultures have felt as if they are deserving enough to understand God’s supreme knowledge and power. “Well the Holy Ghost, he owes me everything he knows / And everything he don’t, you understand? / Well I think you can.” These lyrics are not only chilling but telling of our society. The album ends with the track “Turning the Century.” The lyrics are about reflection, especially as time passes, and a man searching for something bigger than himself. The instruments perfectly mirror the lyrics’ mood, an acoustic guitar giving off a folksy and haunting echo. “Turning the Century” also Photo via Anti/Epitaph subtly comments on man’s unPhiladelphia-based indie folk band Dr. Dog released their sixth full-length album, “Be The Void,” on Feb. 7. derstanding of divinity. The song critiques humans’ conception of has gained a strong following in album, like “Get Away” or “Do what is expected from religion. Philadelphia, the group’s home the Trick.” “Lonesome’s” slow “And I’m humbled by the maker turf. In 2005, Dr. Dog became mantra matches the album’s cen- / I’ve been given all I gave. / And nationally recognized among the tral theme — confusion and un- I don’t expect, no I don’t expect indie scene with the release of certainty during trying times — to be saved. / No I don’t expect; their album, “Easy Beat.” but it still feels out of place. I ain’t asking to be saved.” The While the band’s early sound W h i l e song ends with was characterized by lo-fi sound “Lonesome” These lyrics are not only chilling the man asking By Liz McGovern (intentionally low-quality record- is not an in- but telling of our society. the “maker” not firstname.lastname@example.org ings designed to produce more stant hit, the for redemption accidental and authentic sound), album gains but common After years of playing in base- in recent albums, the band has energy in a courtesy. ments or barns and scrapping created an eclectic mix of classic few tracks. Dr. Dog’s unique “Be The Void” is diverse in its together homemade albums, rock and electric sound, greatly blend of instruments sets the eclectic upbeat variety of musiDr. Dog has found its niche. influenced by 1960s bands. band’s sound apart from other cal styles and lyrics. The music is The psychedelic rock band inDr. Dog kicks off “Be The indie groups. The electric key- spunky but also seriously thought troduces electronic beats to Void” with its methodic, beat board and bass guitar are con- provoking. “Be The Void” chaldark folksy harmonies in their driven “Lonesome.” It’s a stantly dueling, but the sound is lenges an eternal soul searching new album, “Be The Void,” strange choice to open with, fea- never overwhelming. The fusion that leaves a yearning for more. released on Feb. 7. turing a jazzy, bluesy tone shared of these different noises into a Since the early 2000s, Dr. Dog only by a few other songs on the sunny harmony is complemen-
Thought-provoking lyrics, catchy beats fill listeners’ ‘Void’
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Thursday, february 23, 2012
DAYS UNTIL SPRING BREAK
cross word ACROSS 1 Pizza perimeter 6 Ty of Cooperstown 10 Kind of salmon 14 Way from the heart 15 Hip-shaking dance 16 Eager, and then some 17 Bright or clever 18 Blackjack needs 19 As one entered the world 20 Experiments with nuclear fission, e.g. 23 Hawaiian dish 24 Sit ungracefully (with “down”) 25 Fender attachment 28 Name of several Norwegian kings 31 Portion of hair 34 Shortening 36 Had debts 38 Puts up, as 10 cents 40 Ends a relationship badly 43 City in Tuscany 44 Sprawl comfortably 45 Rip in half 46 Hot under the choler? 48 Potatoes’ partner
0 Petal wetter 5 51 Big birds 53 Kind of story or sister 55 Demands results 61 Kind of pony 63 So long, in 43-Across 64 Site of the Arab League headquarters 65 You, formerly 66 Golden Fleece carrier 67 They’re no pros 68 Egyptian vipers 69 Copy editor’s mark 70 Not in vogue DOWN 1 Musical Mama 2 Win easily 3 River to the Caspian Sea 4 Remove the paint from 5 Body image? 6 Bit of chin-wagging 7 “That hurts!” 8 Cuss word surrogate 9 Kind of igneous rock 10 Kitchen appliance 11 Female gamete 12 Concealed
3 “___ to Billie Joe” 1 21 Missile or grain containers 22 Synagogue scroll 25 Priestly robes 26 Shriver or Callas 27 Groom 29 Army deserter 30 Weapon of 68-Across 32 Not adventurous 33 Badminton opener 35 Unsafe 37 Opposite of 69-Across 39 Beef and vegetable dish 41 Cause and effect, in Buddhism 42 Reduce, as prices 47 Agave family plants 49 Boot part 52 Maxi or mini 54 “Call Me ___” (Bob Hope flick) 55 Hoof sound 56 Spice-rack member 57 “Beep!” on the ocean 58 Chart-toppers 59 Spring flower 60 One may be assumed 61 School’s booster org. 62 Cries of excitement
Thursday, february 23, 2012
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Crowder slays Knights
Golden Eagles run past Rutgers for 12th Big East win By Michael LoCicero email@example.com
For the second time in as many games, Marquette (23-5, 12-3 Big East) got off to a quick start en route to an 82-65 victory over Rutgers (12-16, 4-11 Big East) on Wednesday night. After blitzing Connecticut to the tune of a 43-27 first half lead on Saturday, the Golden Eagles made a 21-6 run just 5:09 into the game, making eight of their first nine shots (88.9 percent). Coach Buzz Williams was not particularly impressed with how Marquette handled the next few minutes after its fast start, pointing to the way the team played at LSU, when it got off to a 13-0 start but eventually lost. “As much that has been said about our slow starts, we haven’t been really good on our fast starts either,” Williams said. “You think about our response after that fast start. I guess maybe it’s better to start fast than slow, but I didn’t think we were very good the next five minutes after those five good ones.” Senior forward Jae Crowder scored nine of those 21 points and made all three of his shots in the early going. Crowder finished with 27 points on
11-of-14 shooting after tying his previous career high of 29 against the Huskies. “I’m just trying to win the game,” Crowder said of his recent strong performances. “I’m aware of (how well I am playing), the guys are aware of it, but we’re just trying to do whatever to win the game.” After Marquette’s early run, Rutgers responded with a 12-6 run of its own to draw within 27-18 with 11:55 remaining in the first half. The teams went back and forth the rest of the first half, with Marquette eventually carrying a 46-35 lead to the locker room after the first 20 minutes. The Golden Eagles shot 55.2 percent from the field and outscored the Scarlet Knights 18-4 in points off turnovers in the first half. Rutgers turned the ball over 14 times in the first half and allowed 31 fast-break points to Marquette over the course of the game. “Their whole team was tremendous on the break,” Rutgers coach Mike Rice said. “If you can’t stop somebody from putting their head down and scoring layups, you’re not going to be very successful, and we weren’t tonight.” Senior guard Darius JohnsonOdom led Marquette with 19 points in the first half on 7-of12 shooting and finished the game with 21 points. Marquette seemed to get a bit complacent at times in the second half, allowing
Rutgers to hang close on a few different occasions. Layups by freshman forward Derrick Randall and junior forward Dane Miller drew the Scarlet Knights within six with 12:51, but three layups by Crowder gave Marquette a 6452 lead with just over 10 minutes to play. Two free throws by sophomore guard Vander Blue gave the Golden Eagles a 68-54 lead with 9:06 left to essentially ice the game. Blue joined JohnsonOdom and Crowder in double digits with 10 points. Rutgers was led by freshman guard Jerome Seagears’ 14 points. The Golden Eagles shot 53.6 percent for the game and had 18 assists on 30 made baskets (60 percent), a typical indicator of the team’s success. According to Ken Pomeroy’s advanced statistics, Marquette came into the game second in the nation in terms of assist percentage at 65.5 percent. The Golden Eagles were also able to outscore the Scarlet Knights by 14 points from the free throw line. In fact, Marquette attempted 24 free throws compared to just three for Rutgers. The 12th Big East win ties a team-best since Marquette joined the Big East in 2005. But Marquette has three difficult tests awaiting to end the season, starting with West Virginia on the road tomorrow.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Spring brings new hope on the links
competition this spring. “We saw pieces of brilliance, but for us to be competitive we’re going to need all of our guys to show up and contribute in the same event,” Bailey said. “Adam’s game is very impressive. He By Trey Killian hits the ball a long way and hits a firstname.lastname@example.org variety of shots that a lot of other With the shadows of last fall guys can’t pull off. He’s still got a fading away and a long winter ways to go as far as maturing and of hard work coming to a close, adjusting to playing in U.S.” the Marquette men’s golf team is Chester said that while it has primed to begin a new spring sea- been a challenge to transition son. Coach Steve Bailey has put from English to American style the team’s disappointing autumn golf, it has not come without its performance on the back burner perceived advantages in driving and said his team the ball. is ready for an- “With all respect, it’s a lot more “With all reother chance to spect, it’s a lot like darts in America.The ground more like darts show their skill. “There’s a lot is a lot softer, and you carry the in America,” of excitement ball to the pin every time you Chester said. when you come use an iron.” “The ground out of the winAdam Chester is a lot softer, ter,” Bailey said. Freshman Golfer and you carry “There’s the the ball to uncertainty, but the pin every there’s also the excitement for a time you use an iron. Back home fresh start. Obviously we strug- it’s very different on a very open gled in the fall but put in a lot of wide golf course with very few work over the winter.” trees and a lot more wind, and you Bailey said his team still has yet seem to play the ball a lot lower.” to come together as a single unit Chester said his English backin a single event, but that he has ground also gives him an edge in high hopes for this season with his short game, an area in which the addition of freshman Adam Marquette struggled frequently in Chester. The Morcambe, Eng- the fall. land native has so far played very “One thing I noticed when I limited roles in practice but will experience his first full season of See Links, page 17
Chester adds new dimension with British style of play
Tag-team tandem tackles Big East Matt Trebby
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Senior Jae Crowder led Marquette with 27 points as the Golden Eagles trounced Rutgers Wednesday night.
Buzz Williams’ Marquette squad should not be a top-10 team. It doesn’t make sense. How could a team that loses its only bona fide big men — one of whom was among the conference’s best defensive players, Chris Otule — be considered a Final Four contender with two 6-foot-6 guys as its tallest players? Not to mention the Golden Eagles have been playing an uptempo, high-energy style, with a rotation of only seven players who see meaningful minutes. They should be dead tired. So how are they doing it? How is one of the most undersized teams in the conference playing the way they are? Well, they have two outstanding seniors in Darius JohnsonOdom and Jae Crowder, and the duo (a la Greg Jennings on Youtube) have put the team on their backs and carried them higher than anyone could have imagined. This isn’t meant to downplay the contributions of guys like sophomore forward Jamil
Wilson, junior guard Junior Cadougan or sophomore guard Vander Blue. It’s meant to make Marquette fans realize what a special duo they have. Calling them a one-two punch wouldn’t be fair. Who would be one and who would be two? Well, according to all the hype before the season, Johnson-Odom, a possible Big East Player of the Year after making the preseason All-Big East first team, he would have been the “one.” Johnson-Odom said at media day in October he wanted to average 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game. So there was a bit of pressure on him coming into the season. He’s not at those statistics, but he’s still a worthy candidate for conference and national player of the year. Crowder, though, is plenty capable and worthy of being the “one.” The only knock on Crowder was his tendency to disappear in big games. Looking at his performances against Wisconsin and Notre Dame this year, it still happens. But when a guy puts up 29 points and 12 rebounds against a team with five guys at least two inches taller than him on the road, I’d say he’s fine. Crowder has gained notoriety throughout the season as one of the toughest players to guard in the country, and rightfully so. He See Trebby, page 17
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Tribune 17 TRIBUNE Player of the Week
Kyle Winter Junior Runner
800 M Big East Indoor Champion
Women’s Baskeball vs. Connecticut – 4 p.m.
24 Women’s Tennis vs. Ball State - 4 p.m.
Men’s Basketball at West Virginia – 8 p.m.
Women’s Tennis vs. Wisconsin - 10 a.m.
Women’s Basketball at Rutgers - 6:30 p.m.
26 Men’s Tennis at Notre Dame - 4 p.m.
Men’s Basketball at Cincinnati - 6 p.m.
1 Women’s Tennis vs. Rutgers - 1 p.m.
the facts Junior Kyle Winter brought home the bacon for the Marquette track team at the Big East Indoor Championships becoming the first ever runner to win a Big East indoor title. Winter stormed from the back of the pack to win in a photo finish with a time of 1:52:99.
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came to America was that a lot of people have great preference with the lofted wedge around the greens, and I’m not really that kind of guy,” Chester said. “I like to keep the ball on the ground and eliminate the variables such as spin with a lofted wedge. I can definitely use the longer irons, chip and run and bump and run shots to my advantage against American players.” The team’s only senior, Matt Haase, said the Golden Eagles have put in a lot of work to improve as an overall team, rather than a squad with one or two exceptional players. “I think we got a lot of good work in ever since we got back to school and a lot of guys got to play back where they were from over break,” Haase said. “We’ve had a lot of productive practices that have been different than they were in the fall.” Marquette recently finished up a match play championship tournament last week in Orlando, Fla., which Bailey described as a tuneup and a chance to play at the Reunion Resort, the site of the Big East Championships at the end of the season. Marquette faced mostly Big East competition in
does everything offensively and has become a very good defender this season. Johnson-Odom and Crowder are putting the program in a position it hasn’t found itself in since 2003: it is a legitimate threat to make it to the Final Four. It was more fun when national experts were questioning the Golden Eagles when they were fully healthy, but seeing and hearing them praise a thin (numbers-wise) Marquette team is even better.
Links: Team-first approach Trebby: Sky is the limit for dynamic duo the tournament and Bailey said the team got a good look at what they’re up against this spring. While the Golden Eagles struggled overall in the match play, freshman C.J. Swift provided a bright spot, going 3-0 and giving Marquette its only single match win. “(Swift) is a great ball striker, and I think if we continue to work on his short game and get him some confidence with his putter he can do some impressive stuff for us,” Bailey said. Despite the freshman’s impressive start, the Golden Eagles do not want the common theme of having only one or two solid performances per tournament to resurface. Chester said the team would mostly focus on building up self-confidence to eliminate the issue. “A lot of our players go out with the “don’t mess up” mentality, and for me it’s more about going out there and trying to enjoy it,” Chester said. “We’re all in a fortunate position and everyone on our team can play at a high level, so if you just go out and relax and get into your comfort zone all the hard work in practice pays off.”
Usually, there’s an injury or something that hinders Marquette and holds them back from reaching their potential. This year, though, injuries might have allowed the Golden Eagles to fully spread their wings and reach their full potential. The return of Davante Gardner will hopefully be beneficial to the team, giving Marquette another option offensively — one that is incredibly efficient down low — but the team has thrived in his absence recently.
Not to put a lot of pressure on them, but this Marquette team will go as far as JohnsonOdom and Crowder take them. Already, they’ve taken them to second place in the Big East and a top-10 ranking nationally, and we’re not even into March yet. Possibilities are limitless for this team. And if they’re capable of that, maybe they could be cutting down the nets in New Orleans this year. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom both have built strong cases for being named Big East Player of the Year.
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Senior Matt Haase said the golf team is focused on improving as a unit.
Here at the Sports Sideshow, we tend to shy away from making fun of LeBron James. It’s simply too easy. From his epic choke jobs in the clutch to his ever-receding hairline to his mom’s propensity for Delonte West, there’s no point in stating the obvious. However, once in a great while we come across a story that is too tasty to pass up. This is one of those stories. We all know athletes and celebrities tend to be a bit pampered. Their water has to be a certain temperature, their M&Ms a certain color and coffee
stirred in a certain direction — I see you J-Lo. What I didn’t know is that some of these people are completely incapable of accomplishing tasks most five-year-olds can do. According to a recent report by a Cleveland reporter, King James holds himself in such high esteem that he requires the steak he orders from his favorite restaurant to be cut for him before it is brought to him. As childish as this seems, it’s somewhat — by the thinnest of margins — understandable. He makes millions relying on his hands, he doesn’t want to have an
accident and cut himself, putting ’Bron out of commission. There’s more. According to reporter Vince Grzegorek, The Chosen One also requires his spaghetti be cut up for him. Um, really? Is he afraid of the meatballs clanking off the rim of his mouth like one of his last second free-throws? And this guy thinks people are too hard on him? Give me a break. Then again, with all the choking he does in the playoffs, I guess you can never be too careful. email@example.com
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Taylor buys into team ethos Who and what to watch this weekend Golden Eagles look to pull off upset of No. 3 Connecticut
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As a top-70 recruit, he will be ready to go from day one By Mark Strotman email@example.com
Chicago Simeon forward Steve Taylor kept hearing the same promises from college coaches. Guarantees of immediate playing time and future all-league accolades filled the high school senior’s head as he prepared to make his college decision. One team’s words, however, stood out among the rest. Marquette. Associate head coach Tony Benford, Taylor’s lead recruiter, said he spoke with Taylor about Marquette in a different way than most coaches talk about their respective programs. “We don’t talk a whole lot about playing time,” Benford said. “We talk about, if you decide to come here, we’re going to work every day. We’re going to make you tough, and you’re going to continue to grow. It’s a family. You’re going to get better and prepared for the rest of your life.” Taylor took those words to heart and chose Marquette. “It felt like it was real,” he said. Taylor also said he has formed good relationships with senior guard Darius Johnson-Odom and junior guard Junior Cadougan, and that coach Buzz Williams’ style of coaching
attracted him to Marquette. “He’s a cool coach with all his players. He’s real with them. He pushes them and he’s tough,” Taylor said. “But he loves them afterward.” And there’s plenty to love about Taylor. A 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward, Taylor possesses all the traits of a “switchable,” Williams’ term to describe a player who can play either forward position. Benford said Taylor has continued to improve since Marquette began recruiting him his junior year and Williams described him as having “a very high ceiling” and someone who “will grow to be better than any of us even think possible.” Those sentiments are impressive, considering Taylor is a consensus top-70 recruit in the nation and the top 2012 recruit in Illinois. His ability to play inside, rebound and shoot from beyond the arc make him someone who “will be perfect for what we’re trying to do here,” according to Benford. Taylor said Williams’ aggressive style of play will help him fit in as well. “It’s get it off the rim and let’s go,” Taylor said, referring to Marquette’s fast-paced offense. “But he’s worried about defense. You have to play defense at Marquette, and I like that.” Before committing to the Golden Eagles in August, Taylor considered Missouri and DePaul. But his relationship with Benford and Williams, the proximity of
Milwaukee to Chicago and Marquette’s success tipped the scale. Taylor and the Simeon Career Academy basketball team also have enjoyed recent success. Led by junior Jabari Parker, the consensus top 2013 recruit in the country, and Taylor, the Wolverines have aspirations of a third straight Illinois state championship. The Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose graduated from Simeon in 2007, having won two state titles of his own. “You want winners,” Benford said. “That’s what it’s all about at the end of the day. And if you can get a kid from a winning program, he knows how to work and he wants to win. He brings that mindset to your program.” Taylor said he needs to improve his ball handling and strength, and will continue to work in both areas both before he arrives at Marquette and in preseason workouts. “It’s being mentally tough and making it through boot camp and practice,” Taylor said. “And once you get past that, you’re getting better off that.” Playing time will open up in 2012 following senior forward Jae Crowder’s graduation, and Benford said Taylor will have a chance to earn minutes right away. “He’ll be ready to step right in and contribute significant minutes for us next year,” Benford said. “If he has the mindset to come in and get better every day he’ll really help us from day one.”
Chavez’ 3 Players to Watch Marquette Sarina Simmons
Connecticut Tiffany Hayes
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High school senior Steve Taylor has helped lead Simeon to back-to-back Illinois state titles the past two years.
Players to Watch Sarina Simmons, junior guard, Marquette: Simmons is the closest thing that Marquette has to a senior. Simmons needs to step her game up big time against Connecticut before the Huskies’ upperclassmen steal the show. She does not stand out in any offensive category but needs to at least score her typical 9.4 points per game. Simmons could match up against a guard like junior Kelly Faris, who is similar on the offensive end but plays better defensively. The aggression has to be there for Simmons to finally have a coming out party and show Marquette what she could offer as a senior. Katherine Plouffe, sophomore forward, Marquette: Plouffe has been the driving force of the Marquette offense all season. With her size, she could match up well in the paint against the Connecticut defenders. Rebounding needs to be Plouffe’s priority while thinking less about taking the ball up under the net. Taking shots under the net has not fared well for Plouffe. Careful passing after rebounding also needs to be executed to prevent an offensive onslaught by the Huskies. Plouffe has been the go-to source for points, and when she is not on the floor, others will have to fill her void quick. Tiffany Hayes, senior guard, Connecticut: Marquette will need to hold on to the ball tightly around Hayes. She racks up steals that will easily lead to points on the board for the Huskies. Against
Pittsburgh, she chipped in five steals as part of a defensive effort that led to 21 Panther turnovers. The Huskies would go on to score 24 points off those turnovers. Marquette coach Terri Mitchell has stressed the importance of holding onto the ball, and if the Golden Eagles let the ball go early, they could also let go any chance for a lead. Keys to the Game Bench production from Connecticut: Freshman forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led the Huskies in points in their win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night with 23. She was 9-of-12 from the field after a 3-of-12 performance in a 57-56 loss to St. John’s. The Golden Eagles will have to play stout perimeter defense against Mosqueda-Lewis after she hit three treys against Pittsburgh. Connecticut outscored Pittsburgh’s bench 45-6. Marquette needs to go pound for pound: Chelsie Butler stands tall at 6-foot-5, but that is the same exact height of Connecticut’s starting sophomore center Stefanie Dolson. Dolson has been getting into foul trouble of late, and if Butler and the Marquette defense can get her off the floor due to foul trouble, a window of opportunity to score some points opens up. With a deep, veteran team like Connecticut, there will not be too many of those opportunities, so this young Marquette team needs to play smart. A chance to start a new losing streak: Pittsburgh had a chance to end yet another streak for Connecticut, if it had won on Tuesday. The Huskies have gone 683 games without losing two in a row. If Marquette can pull off the upset on Saturday, they have a shot of ending that streak, as the Huskies take on Notre Dame on Monday at home. Notre Dame ended a Connecticut championship run in the Final Four last year.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
BIG EAST NOTEBOOK
Player of the Week:
Nadirah McKenith Junior Guard
Nadirah McKenith was not named a finalist for the national point guard of the year award earlier this week, but her performance last week would suggest otherwise. McKenith assisted on the game-winning 3-pointer in a win at Connecticut on Saturday.
Connecticut’s 99-Game Home Winning Streak Snapped The second-ranked Connecticut Huskies lost to unranked St. John’s in Storrs, Conn., on Saturday marking the first time in 19 years (261 games) that Connecticut (25-3, 12-2 Big East) lost to an unranked opponent at home. With the win the Red Storm (19-8, 11-3 Big East) became just the fifth team to come out victorious in Storrs since 1993. Connecticut set the women’s record for consecutive home wins at any level with a win over Dayton in November. All but two of the Huskies victories during the streak had been by double figures. Its 99 consecutive wins trailed only the 129 straight victories by the Kentucky men’s team in 1954-’55. Stanford currently holds the longest active streak at 76 games, including a victory last season that halted the Huskies’ 90-game overall winning streak. The last loss for Connecticut at home was March 6, 2007, in the Big East Championship game against Rutgers.
The Huskies had won 173 straight games overall versus unranked foes. Shenneika Smith hit a 3-pointer off a pass from Nadirah McKenith with eight seconds left to give the Red Storm the lead. Connecticut’s Bria Hartley had a wide open look from the right corner with three seconds left, but the 3-point attempt fell short. Connecticut was anchored by Kaleena MosqueedaLewis who finished with 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks. The victory for St. John’s put them back into the top-25, checking in at No. 20/25 in the recent polls after winning 12 of their last 14 games. Someone Will Win in Battle of the Futile Pittsburgh hosts Seton Hall on Saturday in a battle of teams still looking for their first win in Big East play. Neither team has won a game in the calendar year, going a combined 0-26. Pittsburgh (8-19, 0-14 Big East) and Seton Hall (7-21, 0-14 Big East) both average fewer than 50 points per game in conference play and lose by an average of 21 points a contest.
Seton Hall has the upper hand defensively as the Pirates have not allowed more than 74 points in a game in Big East play. The Panthers, on the other hand, lost to Notre Dame by 76 a month ago after allowing 120 points, the fourth-highest point total in Big East regular season history. The Fighting Irish’s margin of victory was two points shy of the Big East record. The Panthers allow the most points per game in the conference, giving up almost 75 a game. Seton Hall scores the fewest points in the conference, scoring only 48 points per game. Something will have to give in this matchup. Pittsburgh has the luxury of playing at home, which is seemingly the only advantage as both teams rank near the bottom in each statistical category. Often the difference in games against similar teams is the three-point line. Seton Hall makes almost five 3-pointers a game, nearly double the total Pittsburgh converts. One team is going to walk out of the Petersen Events Center with a victory. The other may not get another chance to win a game.
Game of the Week: Saturday, Feb. 25
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Points per game: 20.5 Rebounds: 6.5 Assists: 6.0 Steals: 4.5
By Michael Wottreng
She matched a career-high 26 points in a victory against West Virginia Tuesday night. McKenith has never been named to an All-Big East team, but with a strong performance last week, she may not have to worry about another snub.
vs. The first time these two teams met it took overtime for the Fighting Irish to hold off the Huskies in South Bend. Notre Dame snapped
Connecticut’s 57-game conference winning streak, dating back to a loss to Rutgers in 2008 in that game. If both teams avoid a let-
down this weekend, Connecticut will need a win to claim a share of the Big East regular season championship.