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Schlitztoberfest brings friends together for beer and brats

Posted on 31 October 2010 by Melanie Pawlyszyn

SchlitztoberfestA constant flow of around 200 people drank beer, ate brats and danced at Milwaukee’s first Schlitztoberfest Saturday, Oct. 9 from 1 to 9 p.m. on West Juneau Avenue outside Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery.

The Schlitz-sponsored event hosted four local bands: The Squeezettes, a polka band, and ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s cover bands, The Beanstalks, Liam Ford Band and Exhibit A.

Best Place volunteers Melissa Doorn, 38, Kevin Benninger, 20, a sophomore at Marquette, and two other men served Schlitz and Pabst Blue Ribbon beers from a Schlitz truck parked near the stage.

“Upon request, we combined Schlitz and Pabst to create ‘Schlabst,’ a mixture similar to a Black and Tan,” Benninger said.

Best Place also served Schlitz, Pabst, Blatz and Old Milwaukee beers on tap inside the building.

Milwaukee brat house served Usinger’s bratwursts, Usinger’s hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, soda and water at a stand outside.

Best Place volunteers sold decaled Schlitz t-shirts that they pressed onto multicolored American Apparel and Fruit of the Loom shirts with a screen press outside.

With the support of friends and friends of friends, event organizer Laurie Gross, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, explained her strategy in planning the event:

“I tried to target the Schlitz demographic, so everything from young Schlitz drinker to the older demographic that remembers the classic Schlitz formula from the ‘60s.”

Best Place owner Jim Haertel staffed the event with his employees and volunteers.

Brothers Russ and Jim Klisch, co-founders of Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery, gave 10 to 30-person tours of Best Place’s Blue Ribbon Hall, Captain’s and King’s courtyards and gift shop every hour on the hour from 1 to 5 p.m.

A photo display of all of the Milwaukee’s old breweries along with written documents of their histories was set up on a long table in the Blue Ribbon Hall.

Several attendees got dressed up for the occasion, like Milwaukee local Richard Pulsfus, who wore his father’s traditional German lederhosen.

Francisco Flores, a buyer and marketing services employee of the Pabst Brewing Company, celebrated his 45th birthday at the event and jokingly said the party was all for him. Originally from San Antonio, Flores was supposed to be relocated to the Chicago Pabst offices but was instead sent to Milwaukee.

With a Schlitz in his hand and a grin on his face, Flores said, “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

Anna Ceragioli, a Marquette sophomore who works in the Best Place gift shop, said, “What made Schlitztoberfest so fun, was everyone’s enthusiasm to enjoy a current celebration at a historic place.”

“We had drunken people in lederhosen dancing around Juneau Avenue,” she said. “When else can you do that?”

Best Place owner Jim Haertel, not knowing what to expect, said he thought the event a great success.

Gross had similar thoughts: “I had no idea what to expect. Honestly we were preparing from anything from 50 people to 5,000, so I was pleasantly surprised and very pleased with how many people were there.”

Upcoming events at Best Place include a performance from the Mood Swing Orchestra, a 17-piece band, on Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Rocktoberfest with The Beanstalks, a local  rock cover band, on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 7 to 11 p.m.; and free Best Place “Open House” on Sunday, Nov. 14 from noon to 6 p.m., featuring the “Breweriana Roadshow.

The question now: Will there be a Schlitztoberfest next year?

“That’s definitely a possibility,” said Gross. “Schlitz is doing great, and it seemed to be a good event.”

by Melanie Pawlyszyn
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Haunted at Marquette: an investigation into the paranormal

Posted on 31 October 2010 by Melanie Pawlyszyn

“All right! You, sir! How about a shave? Come and visit your good friend Sweeney! You sir, too sir? Welcome to the grave! I will have vengeance – I will have salvation! Who sir? You sir? No one in the chair, come on! Come on! Sweeney’s waiting! I want you bleeders.”

No, this is not the same Sweeney you know from Sweeney’s College Books, but Sweeney Todd. This Demon Barber of Fleet Street played by Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s 2007 film, notoriously gave his customer’s “the cleanest shave they’ve ever seen” – slitting their throats, sending them down a shoot to his basement and cooking their bodies into meat pies.

This is obviously not a situation we would encounter in our everyday lives, but when leaves on campus start turning red, orange and yellow, and Halloween is just around the corner, we start to think of the things that really scare us.

Marquette University may not have a Demon Barber of Wisconsin Avenue, but in many of its dormitories, buildings, apartments and neighboring buildings linger restless spirits of souls that remained on earth. Witnesses and legends give us stories of their hauntings.

Many people think that seeing is believing, but maybe after hearing these stories, you’ll think twice before walking alone on campus at night.

Humphrey Hall

The student apartments at Humphrey Hall at the corner of    Wisconsin Avenue and 17th Street was the Milwaukee Children’s Hospital until 1988.

The hall’s lobby remains virtually the same, and that same level used to contain the hospital’s kitchen and morgue. The kitchen was renovated in 1989 and became Sodexo’s bakery, where all of the Brews’ pastries and bagels are made.

According to Rick Arcuri, the associate dean for administration in the Office of Residence Life, Sodexo’s renovated kitchen is only in the area of the old hospital kitchen. Later on, he said, Sodexo decided to use the old autopsy and embalming room to store baking racks. To this day, imprints on the floor designate the former locations of the autopsy and embalming table and fridge where dead bodies were stored.

Children who died in the old hospital are said to haunt the building, according to legend and resident accounts.

One angry ghost, a young girl in a white hospital gown who died in the hospital, is rumored to haunt the elevators at night.

Mary Zuidema, a graduate student in the College of Education and resident of Humphrey Hall, said, “If you’re riding on the elevator supposedly at midnight and later by yourself, she’ll shut the elevator down and look you deep in the eyes with her bloodshot eyes very creepily.”

“The only thing I’ve really experienced (on the elevator) is sometimes at Humphrey on the sixth floor after midnight, there’s like a really weird feeling right on the elevator if you’re by yourself,” Zuidema said. “There’s a bell ringing right when you are either getting on or getting off the elevator onto the sixth floor.”

Zuidema also said electronics will unexplainably turn on and off in her room on the second floor and her microwave will stop working.

Residents have reported hearing laughing, crying, screaming and singing as well as seeing the ghosts of children.

In addition to the ghost inside the building, desk receptionists at Humphrey Hall have heard and seen children on security cameras playing at the back exit where there used to be a play area. The Department of Public Safety would come to check it out and find no one there.

Straz Tower

Straz Tower was formerly East Hall and a YMCA. Back then, a little boy named Petey drowned in the Rec Plex pool, located in the building’s lower level, and haunts the pool area and locker rooms to this day.

Nicknamed “Whispering Willie,” the boy likes to swim next to patrons in the pool when they are alone.

Patrons and Plex employees have witnessed doors opening and closing, unrolling toilet paper in empty stalls and most famously, a whispering voice saying their names or mocking what they say.

Recreation facilities building supervisor Nicole Schneider, 22, said that Willie greets her every time she opens up the Rec Plex alone at 5 a.m.

Even though the pool area is dark and scary in the morning, Schneider said, she likes to mess with Willie. She walks in and says, “‘Good morning Willieee!’ And if the pool chemicals are off, the water will be boiling a little and you’ll talk to him and there’ll be waves in the pool… The pool bubbles a little.”

Schneider said her friend’s sister was swimming alone once in the Plex pool and heard someone whisper her name. She stopped and looked around, but no one was there. When she started to swim, she heard the whispering voice say her name again.

Johnston Hall

Johnston Hall, the first building erected on campus, is home to a few different ghosts.

In the early 1960s, two Jesuit priests allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the fifth floor balcony. They now haunt the building’s top floor and the old elevator that will be replaced by a new elevator January 2011.

Witnesses of these ghosts get an eerie feeling when alone on the fifth floor, in the elevator or in the stairwell. Some said the area would dramatically change temperatures. Some have even heard unexplainable footsteps and voices.

The old elevator installed in 1938, witnesses said, rattles while ascending, opens when elevator buttons are not pushed, skips over floors where it should have opened and frequently breaks down.

Legend says that a Native American man haunts the building’s basement, where The Marquette Tribune and Marquette Radio offices are located. The spirit is said to be angry that Johnston Hall sits on top of land that was once a burial ground for the Mascountens tribe. Witnesses of the ghost have experienced extreme cold and seen pale blue light.

Cobeen Hall

Cobeen Hall’s friendly ghost is said to be an art critic who pulls down posters off dormitory walls of residents he does not like.

Sophomore Carly Kroll said her friend who lived in Cobeen last year would find her Twilight posters ripped off the wall every morning when she awoke. Strangely, all of her other non-Twilight posters remained attached to the wall.

Senior Nicole Schneider said that when she lived in Cobeen, she would hear water dripping randomly during the day and night and hear noises from the bathroom.

Schneider said her colleague, Liz Miller, who used to live in Cobeen, would go home each weekend and return to find all of her posters ripped down. Her roommate would stack up the pictures on her desk every week.

Carpenter Tower

Carpenter Tower dormitory used to be a hotel in the 1950s. Legend says that a boy of around seven or eight years was killed in a fire years ago. Stories say the boy can be seen looking out a top floor window of the building or heard calling for help to people on the street below.

Varsity Theater

Stories say that a projector operator was smoking a cigarette during a break and accidentally fell into a huge metal ventilation fan in a hallway off the balcony. His clothes got caught in the rotating fan, and he was sliced into pieces. Janitors in the past reported receiving help from the young man’s ghost, who completed forgotten tasks, such as locking doors and turning off lights.

Helfaer Theater

Helfaer Theater is said to be haunted by a former artistic director who died in studio 13, a strangely inauspicious number. Witnesses have seen his apparition in the studio.

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Marquette’s campus has quite a few old haunted buildings, but few people know that several buildings near the university are also haunted.

The Rave / Eagles Club

The Rave and Eagles Club was built in 1926 as an all male athletic club. A men’s shelter took up residence for a while in the basement after the athletic club closed. The building has been a concert hall since 1980.

Online sources say that haunting witnesses have experienced an overwhelming coldness, a strong odor of starch or bleach, a strong sense of negative energy, shuffling feet and loud bangs.

The pool room in the basement and The Eagles Ballroom are said to be the most haunted rooms in the building.

A Rave employee ostensibly heard laughter of a young girl coming from the rear hallway and upon feeling a gust of wind blow through the room, was filled with dread.

There have been reports of someone throwing things off the roof. Security guards investigated the scene and found no one there. They did however find empty beer cups and ashtrays on the ground below.

There are numerous stories circling deaths and witnessed apparitions at The Rave and Eagles Club. Despite this, a woman at the box office neither confirmed nor denied its truth. “We don’t associate ourselves with haunting,” she said.

The Pfister Hotel

Charles Pfister, a smiling, portly man who has been seen wandering the hallways of the third floor with his dog, looking to see that hotel guests are enjoying their stay, haunts the Pfister Hotel, located at Wisconsin Avenue and North Jefferson Street.

A Pfister Hotel concierge who has worked at the hotel for twelve years said: “The hotel is 117 years old. And my own personally feeling is that I wouldn’t be surprised (if) there’s some sort of energy left over after all those years because we have a great number of VIPs here. We had every president here since McKinley.”

All the visiting baseball and basketball teams stay at the Pfister, the concierge said. Last year, members of the Florida Marlins baseball team said they had some ghostly experiences while rooming at the Pfister.

“One of the players claimed that something spooky had happened in his room and that he had left his room in the middle of the night and spent the night sleeping in our lobby lounge in his boxer shorts,” the concierge said. “I can tell ya, nobody spent the night in their boxer shorts in our lobby lounge. Our security guards would have bounced them out immediately.”

The concierge said that an older baseball player may have been hazing a younger player by banging on the walls and pretending to be Charles Pfister.

He said: “The coach for the Marlins did a press release one day saying, well, he had never encountered a ghost at the Pfister, but he said, ‘I’m sure if I did it would be a friendly ghost because everybody at the Pfister is very friendly.”

“The people who actually see it, they believe it without question,” the concierge said. “Those of us who haven’t seen it, we have trouble believing it.”

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Sources of Marquette legend information in this article are Ghosts of the Prairie (http://www.prairieghosts.com/), Haunted Places in Wisconsin (http://theshadowlands.net/) and Marquette Magazine.

Melanie Pawlyszyn
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Crack down on K2: Milwaukee area says “enough”

Posted on 28 October 2010 by WarriorAdmin

No more legal high for Milwaukee area residents.

The Milwaukee Common Council took the first step in ridding the city of synthetic marijuana, passing an ordinance banning its sale and use. The product, commonly known as K2, is a legal alternative to using marijuana and is becoming increasingly popular throughout the country, especially among teenagers and young adults.

The topic was heavily debated within the council, but passed with only one opposing vote on Oct. 12. Soon anyone found in possession of K2, whether for personal use or distribution, will face legal penalty in the form of fines.

Given the nature of the substance, targeting it not been easy.

K2 is widely available in stores and over the Internet, and for a fairly reasonable price (around $35 for 3 grams). It is made from herbs that are treated with substances that mock the effects of the chemical THC and marketed as a type of incense.

It may outwardly appear to be an acceptable alternative to marijuana use, but K2 is largely individually manufactured, meaning that any regulation of ingredient types or amounts is nearly impossible. There is no telling what sort of chemical a person may be getting when they purchase a package of K2.

What is the main reason that people are drawn to the product? It works. The high that K2 gives users is much like that of actual marijuana but finds the loophole in many laws and regulations that marijuana cannot get by.

Last spring, Cedarburg Police Detective Jeffrey Vahsholtz explained to TMJ4 that the product does not fall under tobacco ordinances or drug possession laws, and in Wisconsin, people who drive while on a K2 high cannot be arrested for OWI. K2 is not technically classified as a drug, and therefore has not been under any sort of regulation until now.

But in the case of synthetic marijuana, legal does not mean harmless.

Despite its legal status, this “fake pot” comes with plenty of risk. It was named the cause of death this year in the case of 18-year-old suicide victim David Rozga. The Iowa teen supposedly killed himself while under the influence of K2. The number of emergency room visits and calls to poison control related to K2 side effects has also increased significantly from 2009. Some users have experienced symptoms ranging from heart palpitations to respiratory complications to panic attacks.

With the product no longer on gas station and smoke shop shelves in Milwaukee, the council hopes that the negative consequences of using K2 can be avoided. In an urban area where drug addiction is already a very real problem, lawmakers do not want any more doorways to substance abuse to be opened.

“The fact that this can be hundred times worse than marijuana and children have access to this is, to me, reprehensible,” said Alderman Bob Donovan to TMJ4.

Waukesha followed closely behind Milwaukee, unanimously voting to ban K2 just a week later. The next priority may be a statewide ban, which would prevent any obscurity in regulations from city to city.

A number of states have already banned the use and distribution of synthetic marijuana. Wisconsin would join a number of other states considering the illegalization.

by Amanda Stewart
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Letter from the editor

Posted on 28 October 2010 by WarriorAdmin

Thanks for picking up another copy of The Warrior! We hope you enjoyed our last issue featuring Fr. John Naus, SJ. Photography editor Mike Szatkowski did a phenomenal job covering the story and designing the centerspread. We can’t wait for him to do another!

But after three issues with a Catholic priest on the cover, we thought it might be a good idea to switch it up. Not that we don’t enjoy being a Catholic newspaper, we just don’t want to beat you over the head with it.

So with Halloween around the corner and with our newfound imperative to not have an ecclesiastical cover page, we settled upon covering all the ghost stories being rumored around Marquette.

Whether you’re in Johnston or Humphrey, you’ll be doing a double-take after every unusual noise thanks to this rather frightening article courtesy of Melanie Pawlyszyn.

But the end of October doesn’t only mean Halloween is coming up. We also have the November elections on the 2nd of the month.

Wade Balkonis took this opportunity to write on the Tea Party movement for what is his first article of the semester. Stephanie Marecki has written an exquisite article explaining why she thinks you should vote for Scott Walker in this election.

Even if you don’t agree with one of our writers, be sure to get out and vote this election to ensure that our country and our state are better places for years to come.

And once you get tired of all our serious topics, take a stroll down to the Arts and Entertainment section where you can read Gus Lopez’s fashion suggestions. And if that doesn’t suit you, check out our Dear Lita column, where Lita answers all of your questions. Don’t be afraid to write about your worries either!

Finally, the Warrior staff would like to say how happy it is that its webmaster, Stephanie Silman, is back on campus. We all pray that you have a speedy recovery, Stephanie. Get well soon!

by Adam Ryback

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Pilarz exudes pillars of Marquette’s Jesuit mission

Posted on 05 October 2010 by Melanie Pawlyszyn

Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.“The first time I met [Pilarz] was through student government,” said Will Grogan, a senior and senator on the student government at Scranton. “I remember seeing this big, epic person. And then to hear the way he can come down to earth and was very interested in what we had to say, in that case, to the student government, was really comforting that he’s on board. I mean, he lives in the dorms. He’s very much gonna want to be part of your community.”

 

He was elected to Marquette’s Board of Trustees in September 2009. In March, he came to Marquette to help the board along with 300 faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and members of the Jesuit community to discuss characteristics of an ideal president. In its May meeting, the board developed a Presidential Profile describing the ideal candidate.

Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., the president of the University of Scranton since 2003, fit the mold.

On Tuesday, Aug. 31, he was named 23rd president of Marquette University, succeeding Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., Marquette’s president for the last 15 years.

Moving up from leading about 5,500 undergraduate and graduate students at Scranton to about 11,000 at Marquette, Pilarz must use his presidential, teaching and Jesuit experience to lead this institution at a new level.

Excellence

Pilarz, 51, started his scholastic career at Georgetown University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English. He then went on to Fordham University and earned a master’s degree in philosophy. From there he went to the Weston School Theology, Cambridge, Mass., where he earned a master’s degrees in divinity and theology.

He earned a Ph.D. in English at the City University of New York, where his dissertation, Sacerdotal Self-Fashioning: Priesthood in the Poetry of Robert Southwell, S.J., and John Donne, won the 1997 CUNY Alumni Achievement Prize for Dissertation Excellence.

Pilarz became a lecturer in the English department of St. Joseph’s University in 1994, and in 1996, he joined the Georgetown faculty as an assistant professor of English, where he taught for six years. He was appointed interim University Chaplain in 2002.

The graduating class of 1999 chose to award him with the Edward B. Bunn, S.J., Award for Faculty Excellence.

Since his becoming 24th president of Scranton in 2003, Pilarz, a scholar in medieval and Renaissance literature, has taught one class each semester.

Grogan, who was in his class called “Playing God: Theatrical Expressions of Divinity, a course that added a Jesuit perspective to theater, said Pilarz taught by prompting questions to stimulate “free-flowing conversation.”

“There was a lot of different people [in class]… because people just wanted to have him. He has an excellent reputation around [Scranton] for teaching, and he was just very excited to be there,” Grogan said.

Pilarz also taught a class called “Renaissance Poetry and Prose.”

Faith

Pilarz’ interest in the Jesuit teaching and ideology began in an introductory theology class at Georgetown University where he met and befriended “his first Jesuit,” Rev. Otto Hentz.

His parents once thought he might become a veterinarian or enter law school, but Pilarz had other ideas. He kept his thoughts of entering the priesthood to himself for a while because he was afraid of what his friends would think, according to the Journal Sentinel.

Rev. Pilarz took a leap of faith when he joined the Society of Jesus in 1982.

“It was kind of an impulse thing at the time,” he said. “I thought I’d give this a shot and I did… And it felt right all the way along.”

One night, on the back patio at his family’s home in Voorhees, N.J., Pilarz told his father, “‘Dad, I want to enter the Jesuits.’” His father supported him and the rest is history.

Along his journey as a Jesuit priest, Pilarz’ faith has helped him lead Scranton through some semi-tumultuous times of conflict.

One instance specifically dealt with the diocese of Scranton Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, who engaged Pilarz in a dialogue regarding an event hosted by the university’s Inclusion Initiative, according to Scranton’s Times Leader.

Pilarz established the Inclusion Initiative in May to provide “a more inclusive environment and a better understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity,” according to its stated goals.

In a statement regarding the initiative, Pilarz wrote: “…our community has no place for discrimination or harassment on the basis of ethnicity, gender, race, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation… Both the steering committee and student group will undertake their respective missions in ways that are consistent with Catholic teaching.”

The hosted speaker, Sara Bendoraitis, a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at American University, “obviously supports positions that are contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church,” the Times Leader stated.

Despite Bambera’s voiced concern, Pilarz stood his ground, continued to support all students in the Scranton community and worked out disagreements with the bishop.

In a statement of congratulations to Pilarz for his appointment as Marquette’s next president, Bambera recognized that he “has led the University of Scranton well and overseen not only a tremendous expansion of the institution, but most importantly from [his] perspective, has done a great deal to anchor the university community solidly in Jesuit values.”

Regarding the controversy with the bishop, Jones DeRitter, chair and professor for the English department at Scranton, said: “We [Scranton] were glad to have Father Pilarz there because he managed to find that balance point between being Catholic and being a university. And I think that’s an important thing for someone in his position to be able to do. He’s well-spoken enough to be able to manage that kind of negotiation.”

Service

Pilarz began a journey of service in the Jesuit tradition when he was ordained a priest in 1992.

Jesuits try to follow the corporal and spiritual works of mercy in accordance with the Catholic teaching. These corporal works are all forms of physical service, instructing followers to “give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit and ransom captives, shelter the homeless, visit the sick and bury the dead.”

Pilarz has worked to serve university communities with this Catholic identity in mind.

Three years ago, he helped Debra Pellegrino, dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies at Scranton, open a health clinic for uninsured Scranton residents. Starting as a weekly operation, the clinic has grown to provide care for students every day of the week.

“When a university student dies or is involved in a family tragedy, Pilarz shows up at the student’s home, offering support and comfort,” stated the Journal Sentinel.

During his time at Georgetown University, Pilarz organized numerous retreats, served on Georgetown University’s Service Committee in the Jesuit Community and discussed Jesuit education along the East Coast and Midwest through seminars, conference papers and presentations.

In 2002, the Georgetown Alumni Association awarded him with the William Gaston Award for Outstanding Service. In 2008, the Lackawanna Bar Association awarded him with the Chief Justice Michael J. Eagan Award for Dedicated Service.

Leadership

During Pilarz’s presidency, Scranton achieved record admissions and undertook the largest construction project ever: a $83 million 200,000-square-foot science center expected to be completed in the fall of 2011 under the 2005-2010 Strategic Plan – Pride, Passion, Promise: Shaping Our Jesuit Tradition.

The campaign raised more than $100 million. In response to its success, its goal was raised to $125 million. This money funded the construction of a new campus center, sophomore residence hall and campus green space.

“At this point I think the class before us and our class at the very least will not have gone a year without a major construction project happening somewhere on campus,” said Grogan, “but it’s also really exciting and I know it’s been a lot for [Pilarz] to juggle.”

Despite the major growth in building infrastructure, Rita Dileo, president of Scranton’s student government, said Pilarz has had an even greater influence on building Scranton’s community.

“Everything he’s done has been directed toward students and their greatest needs,” Dileo said.

Scranton sad to let Pilarz go

Scranton students and faculty expressed surprise and sadness at the news of Pilarz leaving.

“I definitely think that there’s a sense of comfort, especially for the class of 2011, that he’s at least here for the rest of our year here,” Grogan reflected. “It’s kind of like he’s graduating with us in a sense, part of our class.”

DeRitter voiced his thoughts: “I think he’s been a successful administrator here, and we’re sad to see him go… I think we would’ve been surprised if he was still here ten years after he got here, but I think that’s just because that’s our understanding of how the Jesuits move their administrators around.”

In reaction to hearing the news, Dileo said she was a little surprised. “I’m excited for him because I know this is a big move, and I know that he’s excited… We’re very legitimately happy for him, but I’m going to miss him. So it’s hard too. It’s bittersweet.”

Pilarz to bring Scranton legacy to Marquette

Rev. Robert A. Wild has had a successful run at Marquette, mobilizing campus renovations and construction of the new Eckstein, Zilber and McCabe halls. Pilarz has some big shoes to fill.

Marquette’s tuition increased $1,360 from last year, while nearly 90 percent of Marquette freshmen are receiving some form of financial aid.

According to the Marquette Tribune, “Pilarz said he wants to build Marquette’s academic reputation while also focusing on affordability and access.”

He must prioritize in further strengthening alumni relationships to help fund Marquette students’ educations with scholarships and grants.

At Scranton, Pilarz helped organize “Shamrockin’ Eve,” a big celebration the night before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. “It brings back young alumni,” Grogan said. “[Pilarz] is very intimate making sure people are still connected to the campus even after they leave. And that’s a huge initiative that was going on right now with him in the alumni office.”

Hopefully Pilarz can bring his creative fundraising ideas to Marquette and channel his enthusiasm to better our Marquette community in ways consistent with the Jesuit mission.

“I want in part for my legacy to have a lot to do with preserving and enhancing the Catholic and Jesuit identity of Marquette,” Pilarz said.

The day after he was named the next president, Pilarz reflected upon Marquette’s future in a brief interview at Raynor Memorial Library.

“I’m stepping into an incredibly vibrant Catholic Jesuit university with incredible potential for the future, especially around the issues of access and academic excellence,” Pilarz said.

“How do we promote what Marquette is already doing so well, in terms of academic excellence?” he said. “How do we sustain that?

Pilarz must contemplate these questions as he spends the next year learning as much as he can about Marquette. 

With a reputation for building strong relationships among students, faculty and staff at Scranton, we think Pilarz will be an asset to our Marquette community and look forward to seeing him and his English bulldog, Jack, on campus.

by Melanie Pawlyszyn
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