Archive | September, 2006

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Marquette students average highest 4-year debt among comparable schools

Posted on 27 September 2006 by Colleen Gallagher

For many, college can be the best four years of students’ lives. And then they graduate. Suddenly the harsh reality of college loans creeps up, Mom and Dad say goodbye and the unreliable job market beckons.

College tuition varies from school to school, but overall, it’s safe to say that college is expensive. According to U.S. News & World Report for 2005-2006, Marquette University’s tuition and fees totaled $23,346 while room and board was $7,720, totaling $31,066.

To the average college student, 30k seems a bit steep, but compare it to Marquette’s biggest public school competitors in Illinois and Wisconsin and the price is outrageous. Instate costs at the University of Illinois-Champaign and the University of Wisconsin-Madison were $15,800 and $12,720, respectively, while out-of-state costs were $29,886 and $27,860, respectively. Prospective Marquette students looking for a private education might also examine St. Louis University, $33,158, and Loyola University-Chicago, $32,896.

The amount of financial aid awarded, however, can greatly affect the cost of attending college. Marquette offers $150,000,000 to students a year. Daniel Goyette, director of student financial aid at Marquette, stated that around 90 percent of Marquette students receive some type of financial aid. The four types of financial aid available are scholarships, grants, loans and work-study awards.

Unlike scholarships and grants, loans must be repaid. Of the graduating seniors from Marquette’s 2005 class, 53 percent had debt from loans, said Goyette. In fact, the average amount of debt that year was $26,345. These figures rose from 2004’s average incurred debt per student of $23,830 (U.S. News & World Report 2005-2006).

When compared to the other schools Marquette students considered, Marquette had the highest amount of average student debt. U.S. News & World Report also stated that in 2004, the two public schools, U of I and UW-Madison, had average student debts of $15,100 and $16,159, respectively. Similarly, Loyola University’s average student debt was $18,575, while St. Louis University had an average student debt of $22,534.

Despite a lower gross cost, Marquette gave less in gift aid or aid that does not need to be paid back. For 2005-2006, the average amount of gift aid awarded to Marquette students was $10,497, while Loyola University and St. Louis University awarded $12,314 and $12,014, respectively. That same academic year, students at Marquette and Loyola took out similar amounts in loans, while St Louis University students took out $4,000 fewer on average than students at Marquette and at Loyola.

Among these schools, Marquette seems to be the least economically efficient for students. Receiving less in gift aid, students at Marquette have to borrow more in proportion to the school’s cost than students at other schools.

In the beginning of college, students generally don’t think about repaying loans because their working futures seem far away. But the years fly by and students quickly discover that $26,000 is no longer their revenues earned in accounting class, but, rather, an amount they could be paying back for up to ten years.

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Ten questions with volleyball player Jessica Keiser

Posted on 27 September 2006 by Justin Phillips

The Warrior sat down for a one-on-one interview with Jessica Kieser, a sophomore majoring in Exercise Science and Physical Therapy and defensive specialist on the women’s volleyball team.

What does the job of a defensive specialist entail? Basically, I spend a lot of time on the back row passing and digging. Digging means I pass the ball from the spike.

What is the best thing about volleyball? The best thing about volleyball is the teammates and the friendships you make with them throughout the season.

What are kills? Kills are when the hitter spikes the ball and it can’t be returned.

What’s your favorite team to play? Louisville. They’re a real big rival. Sunday we played them on ESPNU.

What’s the toughest thing about practice? Running boards. It’s like suicides but we push a board across the floor to the ten foot line and back.

What is the one thing you do before a game? The team sings before a game. It’s a special team song.

Who’s the funniest person on the team? Terri Angst because of her vocabulary and the quotes she has.

What’s the best way to psych out your opponent? You really can’t do a lot of trash talk during the game, but you can stare down a person from across the net and give that person a nasty glare or look.

What are your thoughts on spandex? It’s actually comfortable except wearing them for a long time. But it brings fans. Some guys come to the game just to watch the girls, but once they are there they really get into the game and start cheering.

What’s your worst team moment? Personally, I had to do a lot of “freshmen jobs” last year. I had to carry a case two times the size of my body when traveling. Otherwise my worst embarrassing moment has to be whenever I get hit in the face with a ball.

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A night in the life of a karaoke singer

Posted on 27 September 2006 by Kyle Shamorian

Location: Downtown in Milwaukee, Wis. The club is packed to capacity, and the alcohol is grossly overpriced. The bartender turns a deaf ear to my drink order and serves the scantily clad coed sitting on the stool next to mine. I’m sweating through my smoke-laden shirt as I suffer the drunken slurs of some girl who asks if I “come here often,” though it sounds more like “doody kitty-cat oven?” I try desperately to ignore this week’s college hip-hop favorite blaring through the speakers. I’m forgetting why I even came here in the first place. If it were any other night at any other bar, I would be running toward the door. But it’s karaoke night at the New Yorker Bar, and if I have the opportunity to swoon a pack of drunken strangers with my favorite hits of the ’80s, it’s worth it. Luckily the New Yorker Bar (645 N. James Lovell), offers this opportunity every Tuesday through Saturday night.

10 p.m. – Drinks 1 and 2
The most important question of the night: Should I sing a modern tune or an old classic? I know I won’t miss with Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer.” Its familiar melody fits like an old pair of worn slippers. But then again, “Cry me a River” by Justin Timberlake could hit the spot just as well.

With the New Yorker’s 8,000-plus song selection, this decision is a difficult one. Choosing the perfect song that will adequately express innermost feelings to those who won’t remember me in the morning is a delicate process.

If I choose a slower rock ballad, I risk harshing the bar’s collective mellow. As a seasoned karaoke singer, I want to avoid this at all costs. But rocking a fast-paced pop song can lead to disaster as well – losing one’s place on the lyric teleprompter is a rookie mistake in karaoke circles. I must find a medium.

10:30 p.m. – Drink 3
My nervousness has subsided in preparation for my 15 minutes of relatively pointless fame. I fill out my half-slip of paper with my song selection and turn it in. Moments later the DJ calls my name, and I know there’s no turning back. This is it. I make my way to the stage area as the intro plays. The subtle guitar work of “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias fills the room.

Going with a Latin song is hit or miss. A lack of passion can make one seem foolish – even more so than Enrique himself does every night on stage. Without adequate lighting, doves, a wind-blown shirt, a strategically placed mole and 8-minute abs, this seems a daunting task. But I’m confident.

The song goes well. Maybe it’s the magic in the air tonight. Perhaps it’s the smell of liquor and smoke that sets the stage for a rockin’ karaoke jam, but a few flat notes fail to devalue an otherwise sound performance of which even Anna Kournikova would approve.

10:33 p.m.
As I dismount from my high horse, I march back to my seat through a barrage of drunken praises. High-fives and back-slaps abound. Even the couple making out in the corner refocus their attention to applaud. I think to myself this is what the Rolling Stones must have felt during the final show of one of their many farewell tours.

10:45 p.m.
I finish my drink and enjoy a middle-aged man’s butchering of several Frank Sinatra hits. “Fly me to the Moon” loses its luster through the drunken wails of a man who’s had one too many. But rock on old man, rock on.

11:00 p.m.
I tip the bartender, grab a book of matches and head on my way. It’s been a good night.

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Maguire question belongs in Church, not university

Posted on 27 September 2006 by Letter

To the editor:
In response to Mike Snider’s question as to why Dr. Daniel Maguire has not been excused from teaching at Marquette University, the answer if fairly simple. Marquette has explicitly stated, in both in its Mission Statement and Faculty Handbook, that the presence of academic freedom in the classroom is necessary to the advancement of knowledge and scholarship.

Or more simply, it is a right guaranteed to faculty so that they may freely explore the boundaries of their discipline without being fearful of retaliation.

The reason why Marquette has chosen to guarantee this right to its faculty is a question of identity. Marquette is not a seminary. Marquette is not school of religion, but a religious school. Marquette recognizes itself as a scholastic institution which cherishes its religious identity, not vice versa.

As a note, the same constitutional right that gives Mr. Snider the ability to publicly question whether or not Dr. Maguire’s presence is appropriate also grants Dr. Maguire’s the ability to speak his mind in his classroom. As such, the removal of Dr. Maguire on such grounds would be legally bankrupt.

However, Mr. Snider does have the right to question Dr. Maguire and his teachings as suitable to the Catholic belief. And as Mr. Snider has noted, the Archbishop Dolan already responded to such concern.

In all, I would suggest we all take the following course of action. Save our breath, realize we are not always going to agree with professors and worry about ethical and legal violations on campus before ideological differences in the classroom. Or at least, review the rights accorded to faculty before we ask, “Why is he still employeed?”
–Sean Cahill

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Men’s golf: Slicing through the competition, but not on the course

Posted on 27 September 2006 by Peter Worth

Sophomore Michael Van Sickle’s resume already includes the second-best scoring average for a freshman in school history. Junior Ted Gray holds sole-possession of the school’s single season stroke average record. In order to achieve a successful follow-up of one of the most successful seasons in team history in which they finished third in the Big East Conference tournament, the Marquette men’s golf team needs these two players at top form, as they are the only returnees from that squad.

Just as important as the two leaders of the team, however, is the play of the less experienced golfers such as red-shirt junior Michael Bielawski and sophomore returnees Dustin Schwab and Chris Streff. If these players are ready to contribute, it will bolster a squad looking for the depth that is so vital in a team-style format.

The team got a chance to see this depth in action Sept. 9 and 10, when they participated in the 2006 Central Regional Preview at The Plantation at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. The tournament was hosted by Northern Illinois University and included 12 teams from all over the Midwest including Indiana University, Kansas University, the University of Michigan and the University of Missouri, of which the 2006 U.S. Amateur Champion, John Kelly, is a member.

Although Marquette was in fourth place after two rounds at the tournament, they fell two spots after the final day to finish right in the middle of the pack in sixth place. A definite bright spot for the Golden Eagles was Mike Van Sickle, who placed 10th with a 10-over 226, only five strokes behind tournament winners Derek Fathauer of Louisville and Colt Knost of Southern Methodist University. Marquette’s Gray also performed well, shooting a 14-over 230, good for a 19th place finish.

Another great effort was put in by freshman Mike McDonald and junior Mike Bielawski, who tied for 34th place each at 21-over. McDonald made a huge charge in the last half of the tournament, chewing up 18 places over his final two rounds. Overall, Bielawski thought the team could have performed a little better in the opening tournament of the year.

“The team performance fell a bit short of what we wanted. A top 2 or 3 there would have been a good finish. Instead, we finished 6th,” Bielawski said.

However, Bielawski offered some praise for the Van Sickle’s 10th place effort in a loaded field.

“Van Sickle played very well, taking 10th. Anytime one of us finishes in the top 10, it’s a good showing.” Bielawski said. The Marquette squad improved when they participated in the McLaughlin Tournament on Sept. 22 and 23 in Farmingdale, N.Y.

During the tournament, Bielawski shot a final round 68 to take second place in the tournament. Bielawski finished two back of the winner who shot a 6 under (204). Sophomore Dustin Schwab also shot a 68 in the final round. He and Van Sickle tied for 12th place overall and helped the Marquette team finish third behind Akron and St. Johns.

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From the Tailgate Master: propane vs. charcoal

Posted on 27 September 2006 by Brian Henry

Brian Henry introduces himself as the Warrior grill master and staff cook. He’ll be delving into many great grilling topics ranging from equipment usage to delicious sausage. This keeper of the flame is open to discussion on all topics involving flame-related cookery and necessary procedures to make a great flame-broiled meals.

The age-old debate over which method of barbecue is better – gas or charcoal – might not stir up as much passion as the upcoming election, but for grilling enthusiasts it comes pretty close. The old-timers swear by the glorious flavor of the coal, but recent spending trends show that people are beginning to move towards propane.

In order to make an educated decision, one must examine the three essential aspects of grilling: convenience, cost and taste. When it all boils down, it is these three that will guide you to the final verdict. Priorities will vary based on the individual, but they should be taken into account.

From a convenience standpoint, propane wins hands down. Push-button ignitions, excellent temperature control and easy cleanup give it this edge. However, like the old adage says, half the fun is getting there. There’s tradition in piling the charcoal, dousing it with lighter fluid, lighting it and tending the flame. Some argue that trading the process of the barbecue for a push-button is missing the point.

If you are looking for the most cost-effective option, the standard charcoal grill is going to cost between $30 and $100. These are less expensive grills that are sturdy and durable, but usually cannot provide anything other than grill space. Gas grills tend to run on the high end of price range, falling between $300 and $1,500. However, they do provide bonus features such as built in smokers, side stoves and platter space. These “extras” can bring a special dynamic to any barbecue.

Although some barbeque fans swear they can’t tell the difference between food cooked on gas grills and food cooked on charcoal, the charcoal purists insist otherwise. They claim that the flavor is infused through the smoke of the coals. Whether this claim is true, the jury is still out. Taste is such an individual decision; no cookbook, article or person can tell you the right answer. It’s as simple as trying out both.

In the humble opinion of this griller, the barbecue is meant to have a little sweat and strife when executed. Blackening your palms while stacking charcoal is a sign of craftsmanship. Sensing your eyes water up as the smoke rises off the grill brings not pain, but joy. Now I do use both options, but highly recommend charcoal. It does provide a unique flavor that cannot be achieved with plain propane. When it comes to choosing a brand, Kingsford reigns supreme. With over eighty years in the business, they’ve found the right formula for good charcoal that heats quickly, has a long burn and provides great flavor.

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Fantasy Football tips: What to do if your team is a bust

Posted on 27 September 2006 by Luke Fuller

So here we are in the third week, and your fantasy team is looking a lot less appealing than it did in those ecstasy-filled, early morning hours immediately following your draft. That is certainly not anything to be ashamed of; in fact, most of these fantasy squads can still salvage their season by out-working other teams and acquiring talent from the waiver wire or through trades. What follows are several tips that should be able to help your team improve and steal some games in the weeks to come.

First and foremost, fantasy GMs should be looking for long-term solutions. These are most easily found via trades. Let’s say your team has two top-12 quarterbacks. This is entirely possible if you were fortunate enough to grab some early overachievers like David Carr or Charlie Frye. Or you could try to deal a wide receiver like the Panther’s Keyshawn Johnson, who has performed admirably so far, but will likely be less stellar once Steve Smith returns. Other early achievers, likely to disappoint from this point forward include: Darrell Jackson (WR), Amani Toomer (WR), Rex Grossman (QB) and Frank Gore (RB). Try to package players like these to acquire an early underachiever with good potential to improve, like Santana Moss (WR) or Hines Ward (WR).

These trades may be tough to work out depending on the willingness of other owners in your league to make trades, so that means the waiver wire is your best option for a lot of franchises. There are two ways to utilize the waiver wire: targeting players with good upside who could become weekly contributors and the more difficult option of playing week-by-week match-ups.

For long-term waiver solutions, backup RBs can be a great play. If your RB stable is thin, you might want to take a chance on getting this year’s Larry Johnson. Stock up on backup RBs on good teams. Johnson pushed many teams deep into the playoffs last year, and a few backs have a better-than-average chance of doing so again this year.

Ladell Betts, the second RB on the Redskins’ roster, is likely to continue getting play time even after Clinton Portis is fully recovered. Washington’s offense also looks better, so Betts should be a good bet.

Maurice Morris of Seattle has been good in limited action the last few years, and could be a star when Shaun Alexander falls victim to the dreaded “Madden Curse.”

Mike Anderson could also get a chance to help you out in Minnesota given his abilities and Minnesota’s strong offensive line. If you are going to try to play the week-to-week match-ups, you will have to be willing to work pretty hard. This means monitoring injuries closely on a daily basis. A team’s passing game can be greatly improved in this way. What follows is a list of teams and their third wide receivers who could potentially put up big games against some atrocious passing defenses.

- Week 4 – I like the Patriots’ Chad Jackson against a depleted Bengals secondary. The Cowboys’ Patrick Crayton could have a great game against the Titans, who were the only team to allow over passing touchdowns a game last year on average.

-Week 5 – Any WR with a pulse for the Colts could have a huge week against the previously mentioned Titans’ defense. I also like Randle El against a Giants defense that has given up a lot of points so far this season.

-Week 6 – Randle El could be a two-week addition for some teams, as he faces the Titans this week. David Kircus could be used in an extreme pinch when he could join in on a Broncos route of the Raiders.

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Soccer team faces stiff competition from alums

Posted on 27 September 2006 by Nicole Larson

The Marquette soccer alums returned to Valley Fields last Thursday evening to take on the current Marquette men’s soccer team. The match proved that the alumni hadn’t lost a step as they were able to keep the current players at bay, playing them to a 1-1 tie. The exhibition match kicked off the Men’s Soccer Alumni Reunion.

The alumni used a very strong defense to blank the current men’s team in the first half, though it seemed that the current Marquette team started off unenthusiastically, underrating their former teammates. The current players seemed unorganized and slow to the ball. At the end of the first half, the score remained 0-0, but the alumni team had a mental advantage.

As the game progressed, the alumni team took the reins and began to play with some enthusiasm. The alumni team strung together many talented pass sequences when they had control of the ball, and the Golden Eagles could not seem to overcome their passing.

Thirty minutes into the second half, the alumni still hadn’t let a shot get through. In the 70th minute of play, however, the current Marquette men were able to score when Bryan Dahlquist placed the ball beautifully into the back of the net off of a corner kick from freshman Mike Plager.

The game took a turn for the better after the goal was scored for the current Marquette men, who found a spark of inspiration and began to play as a team.

The alumni team fought back from the one-goal disadvantage, and brought the game back to an even playing field in the 83rd minute when Derek Gutierrez, a four-time letter winner from 2000-2003, scored the second goal of the evening off a penalty kick. The score remained even for the remaining six minutes, and the game ended in a 1-1 tie. On Saturday, the men were blanked 1-0 by Providence. The match was a highly contested defensive struggle which the only score by Providence came in the 40th minute.

Marquette’s best chance came in the 77th minute off of a free kick, but they failed to capitalize. The Friar’s defensive style was able to limit Marquette’s chances to score. Marquette also saw a shot off of a free kick in the 55th minute, but it was saved by the Providence keeper.

Marquette fell to 1-8-1 overall and still remains winless in Big East competition. The team returns to action Sept. 27 at Notre Dame.

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Innovative Haggerty’s exhibit scores big with students

Posted on 27 September 2006 by Lindsey Huster

Breaking the boundaries between art and sports, art exhibit “Hockey Seen: A Nightmare in Three Periods and Sudden Death” opens at the Haggerty Art Museum on Sept. 28. With well-known philosopher Nelson Goodman behind this unique display of media, the museum will be hosting a reception for the American Society for Aesthetics on Oct. 27 in conjunction with the exhibit.

Goodman used his ideas on aesthetics and epistemology as the heart of this exhibit’s essence. “Nelson felt that art was under-appreciated, but was just as important as a subject in school,” said Dan Herro, head preparatory at Haggerty.

As a result, Goodman established a program at the Harvard School of Education known as “Project Zero,” which linked the study of art and education.

Nelson first drew his inspiration for “Hockey Seen” from his wife and visual artist, Katherine Sturgis, who captured the liveliness and artistic movement in hockey, with drawings she saw on black and white television.

First recognized as a theater production, “Hockey Seen” toured the United States and even Belgium after making its debut in 1972. For the production, Sturgis’ drawings were turned into slides and projected onto the backdrop of the stage. In addition, composer John C. Adams, who is known for his work on the operas “Nixon in China” and “The Death of Klinghoffer,” created a unique and avant-garde soundtrack by combining the realistic sounds of whistles, crowd cheers and elements of early electronics. A team of dancers would authentically re-enact the liveliness and creative energy that runs through three periods of a hockey game, as well as a final showdown.

“Meeting the lines between art and sport, (“Hockey Seen”) is aesthetically pleasing,” said Lynne Shumow, Haggerty’s curator of education. “(Goodman) is trying to bring art to a wider audience.”

“Hockey Seen” is currently being showcased as an art exhibit and consists of several artistic elements which are neatly woven together. In addition to the movie component of the exhibit, the paper-mâché masks that were worn by the dancers are also on display, along with over 100 framed drawings by Sturgis and photos taken from the performances.

After Goodman died in 1998, Dr. Curtis Carter, director of Haggerty Art Museum and close friend with Goodman, was given the exhibit in 2000.

“He (Goodman) knew that this kind of artwork was kind of an unusual piece, but that I understood it and appreciated it,” said Carter.

With that in mind, Carter believes that “Hockey Seen” will be appreciated from a large array of Marquette students, ranging from the theater major to the typical athlete.

“I think we wanted to get students and others to see the types of art connected,” said Carter. “The university setting is an ideal place.”

“Hockey Seen” will be shown at Haggerty Art Museum until Jan. 14, 2007. Haggerty Art Museum is located on Marquette University’s campus on Clybourn and 13th streets. Admission to the museum is free.

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Marquette student publishes collage-style story under pseudonym

Posted on 27 September 2006 by Nathan Sawtelle

“Art does not need suffering, just a medium.” – Hoam Rowe
Written by a current Marquette student who self-published this year under the nom de plume Hoam Rowe, “Life Begins” is a 183-page collage of seemingly unrelated people and events that all tie together in one novel.

The dialogue, poignant and glib, well suits the often bizarre and fantastical circumstances of the characters throughout the book. It is not until the book’s conclusion that the reader receives an explanation for the strange series of events. A technology-driven adventure, “Life Beings” intertwines past and present events but is mostly set in the “near future.”

Ulysses, the high-school-aged son of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, is everything one would expect a spoiled “rich kid” of the stars to be and is exceptionally smart. At an advanced high school, he meets his closest confidant and friend, Thomas. The odd connection between the two boys highlights their differences as well as their similarities. In addition, the story involves a child prodigy named Hannah who is the delight and sometimes dismay of her professionally evangelical parents. The reader sees her understanding and education grow beyond her parents and others until she takes an unexpected path to self-discovery which leads her to the other characters. Not lacking in fascinating characters, the book introduces us to Mr. Noh, who is inexplicably rich and eccentric with no immediate relation to those people whose lives he incorporates himself into, including all the main characters. Among the most unique people whose life he interferes with is LeRoy Jones, a hit man with an eerie past and stranger future.

The author takes great artistic license with huge leaps in logic and plot line symmetry. The large, obvious holes in the story grow smaller as the book unfolds, but they do not disappear completely. “Life Begins” still maintains a level of equilibrium at the end in a very Matrix-esque way, making it an enjoyable yet surreal read. This is a great book for college students who need a break from textbooks, even if only for a few minutes. “Life Begins” is easy enough to follow and great for on-again off-again reading. You won’t find it in book stores yet. Go to shadyhousepub.com for an online copy.

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