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Marquette Loss against Wisconsin

Posted on 11 December 2010 by WarriorAdmin

In the 117th series meeting all-time in program history, the Marquette Golden Eagles came up short against the in-state rival Wisconsin Badgers 69-64 in front of 19,074 fans at The Bradley Center on Saturday afternoon.
Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan and his very unique style of half-court offense set the tempo early and frustrated Marquette throughout the game as the Badgers were able to slwoly capitalize on 21 second chance points. Wisconsin controlled the glass and we’re grabbing both short and long rebounds with ease.
“We got beat because they got 12 offensive rebounds in the second half,” said Marquette head coach Buzz Williams. “Our speed and our athleticism have to help us rebound. Our speed and athleticism should not be nullified when a shot goes up. We have to use our speed and athleticism to take up space and to finish possessions. You can’t just turn and look when a shot goes up. Because we are small, you got to take up the space between you and your man when the shot goes up and then use your speed and athleticism to chase after the ball.”
Despite the Badgers dominance in rebounding, they were only leading Marquette by 2 points at halftime 32-30. Marquette was looking desperately for someone to step up and assume the role as the go-to-guy on offense, but it was a case of too little, too late.
Jimmy Butler and Dwight Buycks led their team in scoring with 15 and 13 points respectively and nearly staged a great Marquette comeback in the closing minutes as Butler’s clutch three-pointer brought the Golden Eagles to within striking distance. However, Dwight Buycks’ turnover with 2.6 seconds left to play sealed the deal for the Wisconsin Badgers as Jordan Taylor sunk 5 of 6 free-throws with 20 seconds remaining in the game to cap off the victory.
The Wisconsin Badgers (8-2) led by as many as 12 points throughout the course of the game even with Jon Leuer, a 2011 NBA Draft prospect, on the bench cheering his team on as the Badgers worked the 35-second shot clock well late in the game and took Marquette out of its typical rhythm and fast break style of play.
Marquette was in bonus the majority of the second-half and slowly crawled their way back into the game going to the free-throw line 22 times and converting 16 (72.7%). However, Wisconsin’s offense and rebounding was just too much as they often times quieted the Bradley Center and Marquette crowd regaining the momentum with crucial baskets down the stretch.
The nationally televised game provided a lot of excitement not only on the court, but in the student section and crowd too. In preparation for one of the biggest games of the season on Saturday against the Wisconsin, many Marquette students and even a few brave Badgers’ fans made their way into the student section. But none we’re more dedicated and prepared than Marquette junior Joey Godziszewski who waited nearly 20 hours and slept outside of The US Cellular Arena, across from The Bradley Center following a Milwaukee Bucks game that very same night with his friends to grab the most coveted and best seats in the house.
The Marquette Golden Eagles wore their gold uniforms for the game with a “HANK” patch commemorating legend Hank Raymonds, who was a successful coach and administrator at Marquette that passed away at age 86 earlier in the week. Both Marquette’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will wear this patch on their uniforms in honor of Hank Raymonds for the remainder of the 2010-2011 season.
One Badgers’ fan who stuck out like a sore thumb in the midst of the Marquette gold t-shirts in the student section was Noah Bown who is originally from West Bend, WI, and is currently a freshman at UW-Madison. Noah was able to come across this hot ticket thanks to a friend along with the consequences though of being the center of attention and heckled at prior to the start of the game in his red Wisconsin basketball jersey and shorts.
“I got the ahole chant, but it’s going to be a good game and a good environment,” said Bown. “I didn’t expect anything else.”
Another group of about eight Wisconsin Badgers fans sitting together in the student section said that they have been in worse places and thus far the Marquette Fanatics have friendly.
Fan-favorite “Blue Man”, who dresses in a blue jumpsuit every game, was also in attendance for the game and arrived early in the morning to get the best seat to watch his favorite player ironically, Vander Blue, face the school that he once verbally committed to during his junior year then backed out by decommitting and choosing Marquette instead.
“Vander Blue has to prove a point that Madison’s best thing off is not to have him and Marquette is where he belongs,” said BlueMan.
Freshman Aaron Ledesma and his friends on the 5th floor east wing of McCormick Residence Hall we’re also among the many who put aside studying for upcoming final exams to wait in line to see the Marquette men’s basketball team in action.
“Our number one goal was to get our same spot that we’ve had for the last seven games, we got here 15 hours early, it was hard, it was cold, we did it, and now we’re here and we’re going to beat Wisconsin.”
Even though Marquette’s late surge wasn’t enough to defeat Wisconsin, Big East play is under a month away as Marquette kicks off its conference schedule with a game on New Year’s Day against West Virginia at 10 a.m. Attendance and fan support is rapidly increasing at the Marquette basketball home games at The Bradley Center and we encourage you to stop on by and cheer on our Golden Eagles to victory.

by Ryan Ellerbusch
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Marquette students with disabilities: Stories underneath the surface

Posted on 08 December 2010 by Melanie Pawlyszyn

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Webster“It kind of gets frustrating when people assume that I can’t do something because of my disability, like that I’m not intelligent or that I can’t be on TV and tell people the news or have my own talk show because people won’t watch me.” – Shannon Webster 
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When they announced her name for the 2009 homecoming court, two things were going through her mind: “Don’t fall and don’t cry.” The crowd chanted “Shannon! Shannon!” while she went up on stage to accept her crown. She felt that her peers accepted her for her true self. She felt honored.

This homecoming queen is Marquette freshman Shannon Webster, a broadcast major with high aspirations of becoming a public broadcast figure. She currently volunteers as an anchor for Marquette University Television, inspired by one of her greatest idols, Oprah.

You may not have been able to guess these things about Webster by simply looking at her, but if you spotted her on the campus sidewalk riding her segway, you could tell one thing for certain: she has a disability.

Webster, 18, was born with mild cerebral palsy with spastic dysphasia, a disability that affects body movement and muscle coordination. She has worn ankles braces and braces going up to her knees on both her legs her entire life. Webster said she is able to walk no further than a block before feeling pain and fatigue.

She utilized a wheelchair until her sophomore year at Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Ill., 45 minutes southwest of Chicago, when her school received a grant to purchase a segway as part of a program called Adapted PE for students with disabilities.

“Ever since then I loved riding a segway,” Webster said. “I just love being eye level with people because when you are in a wheelchair, people look down upon you, obviously physically, but also mentally without realizing that they’re doing it. And so, being in a segway, people don’t look at me because I’m disabled, but they look at me in the eye, and they look at me as a person, not just my disability.”

Coming to Marquette

Four months ago, Webster’s parents bought her a segway for about $6,000. According to Heidi Vering, the coordinator of the Office of Disabilities Services (ODS), she is the first Marquette student to ride around campus on a segway.

Most freshmen students need a week or two to get oriented with Marquette’s campus and get in the flow of walking to classes. Besides these adjustments, Webster said that finding all the disabilities entrances to her classroom buildings was a challenge.

Her segway may reach speeds of 15 to 20 mph by leaning in whichever direction she wants to go, but Webster said she has to plan how much time it will take to get to each class based on the sidewalk traffic and locations of disabilities entrances.

Webster said that when she anchors for MUTV in Johnston Hall, the Department of Public Safety drops her off at the hall’s entrance. Johnston’s lack of handicap entrances poses an obstacle for her.

According to Heidi Vering from the ODS, ramp entrances and automatic doors are scheduled to be built in Johnston Hall by next semester. This is good news for the fewer than ten disabled Marquette students in wheelchairs, and Webster, who will have most of her classes in the hall next semester.

“Life is a process,” she said.

Webster said she is used to asking questions everywhere she goes to clarify her situation and what accommodations she needs.

“I fly. I’ve taken the bus in Milwaukee. They have a ramp,” she said. “It’s all about asking questions and making sure you’re guaranteed whatever handicapped access I need, whether it’s a railing or a ramp or anything like that before I go anywhere. People are accommodating as long as I ask.”

Finding strength through physical obstacles

Throughout her life journey with cerebral palsy, Webster has had five major surgeries.

She had her first serious surgery when she was only five years old, going into kindergarten. Her hipbone popped out of its socket, and if she did not surgically put it back in place with plates and pins, she would not be able to walk today.

One year later, she had a second surgery to remove the pins in her hip and also get her hamstring and Achilles tendon lengthened.

At age 11, Webster had foot reconstructive surgery, where doctors inserted a cadaver bone on the outside of her foot to realign her foot and leg. Her Achilles tendon was also lengthened a second time. At age 13, her hamstrings were lengthened.

She had a foot reconstructive surgery with more cadaver bone at age 17, where doctors also cut the tendon around her ankle and lengthened her Achilles tendon a third time.

Webster said that these surgeries changed her perspective on what is most important in life. “It doesn’t define who I am as a person, but it definitely has added to my character and made me a stronger person,” she said.

She said she has also found strength through her supportive family and friends.

“Thank God God graced me with two wonderful parents,” Webster said. “My mom is my absolute best friend, and she has been like my right hand through all of this, so without her I wouldn’t be able to do any of this.”

Her faith in God has also carried her through hard times. “I go to church a lot, and I find grace and peace through God,” she said.

She said that despite being raised in a Catholic family, her faith was strengthened to what it is now during her sophomore year in high school when she went on a healing pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, through the Order of Malta, a Roman Catholic order based in Rome.

It is said that in 1858, St. Bernadette saw the Marian apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes. Hundreds of millions of people from around the world have visited Lourdes in hopes of receiving a miracle healing from the holy spring water from its grotto.

Webster said that she had compassion for the people she met at the shrine. She said she realized that “everyone has their own story” and appreciated what the people taught her there.

In early November, Webster visited Holy Hill, a national Marian shrine 30 minutes from Marquette.

“I’m like a Mary follower now,” she said. “I want to go to all the Mary sites.”

Dealing with discrimination

Webster said that though people do not look down upon her – physically and mentally – because she rides a segway instead of a wheelchair, many people are still intimidated to come up to her and ask questions.

“I really haven’t had a lot of discrimination [at Marquette] – some here and there and stares, and you know, things you can’t really avoid, but I’d rather people ask questions than stare at me and wonder,” Webster said. “It’s better to ask. I just don’t like being seen as this intimidating person because I’m so not an intimidating person.”

She continued: “I’d rather you come up and talk to me than wish you would have and keep staring at me. I’d rather just like let it go because that’s not what defines me as a person. It just adds to my life, in a positive way.”

Riding a segway instead of a wheelchair gave Webster the confidence boost to accept her disability and feel more comfortable speaking openly about it.

“The segway for me let me let go of my inhibitions … and be who I really am,” she said. “I am disabled, and I’m not afraid to like show that to people because obviously I was born this way for it to be seen and not for it to be covered up.”

Webster tries to lead as normal a life as possible. In high school she was on a swim team and now sometimes goes swimming in Rec Plex in Straz Tower.

“I’m not really afraid to try new things and to see how it goes. And if I fall down I fall down. I fall down almost every day, and people think it’s like the worst thing in the world, but to me, you just get right back up and brush your knees off a little bit, and you’re ready to go.”

As a broadcast major, Webster said she dreams of having her own television show. She said that people from back home in Illinois think that her disability limits her capabilities.

“I have a lot of people from where I live that are supportive of me, but they kind of think that my dream is too big, like that I want to be the next Oprah is like too big of a feat,” she said. “And for me, nothing’s too big. I’d rather go for it and then fail than not try at all.”

Webster said Oprah is her greatest inspiration along with Mary to keep fighting. “I fight not just for me, but for all the disabled people around the world,” she said.

She said she hopes to become a public figure for people with disabilities to inspire them to follow their dreams and not allow their disabilities to limit them.

She advised those with disabilities: “It’s not a disability; rather, it’s a different ability that can help you with your life and add to your life, and it makes you different in a way that’s special from anyone else.”

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The accident happened on April 23, 2010, the day before prom. A driver who was under the influence rear-ended her car at 50 mph at 4:30 p.m. in Franklin, Wis. Severe whiplash with no airbags came to one inevitable end: a concussion and four hours in the emergency room. She doesn’t even remember her prom.

The diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder two weeks later only extended the depressive symptoms from her bipolar disorder.

Freshman Meghann Rosenwald was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder in her junior year of high school at age 17 going on 18. She was genetically predisposed to the disability.

Of the two types of bipolar disorders, bipolar type II is less severe. People with bipolar II disorder experience symptoms of hypomania, a lesser form of mania, and depression. Rosenwald said that she experiences depressive symptoms about three quarters of the time and manic symptoms about one quarter of the time.

Rosenwald explained an example she learned from her psychology lecture: “On the depressive level, people have catastrophic thoughts, which means, they go to the extremes, like, ‘Oh my gosh, that person looked at me weird. They hate me,’ or ‘Oh my gosh, I got a really bad grade on my test. My teacher’s gonna hate me.”

On the flip side, she explained what a manic episode feels like: “It’s like giving somebody Amp, Mountain Dew, Monster, all this caffeine, and then people go and do really impulsive things.” She continued: “You don’t sleep, you’re really impulsive, you spend a lot of money, you can’t get anything done because you can’t focus to save your life.”

Rosenwald said she once had a severe manic episode that lasted three months during which she bought $900 worth of makeup.

To help cope with the bipolar symptoms, Rosenwald said she has to remember to take the correct dosages of five different medications daily, including 900 milligrams of lithium.

Rosenwald said the lithium works in the correct dosage, but five weeks ago, a discrepancy of .3 milligrams began to put stress on her kidneys, turned her blood levels toxic and caused her to become very sick.

On top of keeping up with her medication schedule, Rosenwald uses the therapeutic resources offered at Marquette.

In addition, she takes six classes at Marquette, including three science classes – chemistry, psychology and biology – for her clinical lab science major.

Coping is difficult, she said, but her boyfriend of one and half years, family and best friend help her get through it all. The Office of Disabilities Services also plays a key role in helping to alleviate the pressures of school by proctoring her exams and working with her English teacher for paper deadline extensions.

In addition, Rosenwald has a few very close and supportive friends from Marquette and back home.

She said she goes home to Hales Corners, Wis., each weekend to visit her three younger sisters, Rachel, 10, Amanda, 13, and Katie, 15, and her Lassa Maltese mutt named Oliver.

At Marquette, Rosenwald finds support through MU’s chapter of Active Minds, a group of thirty students with similar problems who meet monthly and run events grounded in “changing the conversation about mental health,” the organization’s slogan.

“Through campus-wide events and national programs, Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses through North America,” the organization’s website states.

This is the third year Active Minds has been at Marquette. Rosenwald said that to her, the group is “a place for people to feel accepted” and “a safe haven.”

She explained: “Active Minds isn’t just a place of support, it’s a group of amazing and proactive people who have been affected by mental illness and just want to change that conversation. These are some of the greatest people I’ve ever had the chance to meet.”

The group held its second annual Suicide Awareness Walk on Friday, Nov. 19, where about forty people attended the walk around campus and memorial at St. Joan of Arc Chapel. Participants made luminaries made of lit candles in bags in remembrance of each of their loved ones who passed away.

Along with participating in Active Minds events, Rosenwald said she enjoys doing community service through her church, including a mission trip to Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota three years ago and food drives around the holidays.

Bipolar disorder may make life difficult often times, but it doesn’t stop her from enjoying life. Rosenwald began Tae Kwon Do in fifth grade and has been a second degree black belt since her senior year in high school. At Marquette, she takes yoga classes and attends meditation sessions, and in her spare time, she enjoys reading anything and everything, including the Harry Potter series. On the weekends, she works as a server at a local grill.

“I just always say, you gotta have your support system, and you got to just take care of yourself,” she said.

Rosenwald said she wishes that people would be more understanding of her disability and other mental illnesses. One in four people have a mental illness, according to Active Minds.

She explained: “Diabetes, you can take insulin. Bipolar disorder, look at all my medications that I have to take to maintain everything. I mean, bipolar and diabetes can pretty much be on the same playing field, but it’s just people don’t realize it because it’s invisible. Everybody thinks that bipolar disorder is more of a weakness.”

Bipolar disorder is not a weakness of character, but a medical condition. Rosenwald continued: “I am someone with bipolar disorder, but that doesn’t define who I am. It adds to a few personality quirks, but it does not define a person.”

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Fast Facts on MU Students With Disabilities… Did you Know…

  • There are two types of disabilities: visible and invisible
  • Two-thirds of MU students with disabilities have learning or attention disabilities
  • Other disabilities that MU students have are hearing impaired, low vision, medical, physical and psychiatric
  • Number of MU students with disabilities: 300
  • Number of MU students with disabilities who actively receive accommodations with the Office of Disabilities Services (ODS) each semester: 200
  • If a student who rides a wheelchair enrolls in a class located in an inaccessible building, Marquette changes the classroom
  • Common accommodations that the ODS provides students are extra time and/or a private room for test-taking and notetakers – 150 randomly selected students hired to take class notes for students with disabilities
  • MU resources for students with disabilities: ODS in Marquette Hall, Center for Psychological Services (CPS) in Cramer Hall, MU Counseling Center in Holthusen Hall and Office of Student Educational Services in the AMU

[This information was acquired in an interview with Heidi Vering, coordinator of the Office of Disability Services]

by Melanie Pawlyszyn
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Peter Mulvey memorial concert for Dr. John McCabe

Posted on 08 December 2010 by WarriorAdmin

In an age where all signs point to the future, it is important to occasionally step back and remember those who contributed to the past.

On Nov. 16, Friends and Alumni/ae of Marquette English (FAME) held its first event of the year, celebrating the life of English professor Dr. John McCabe, who passed away in December of 2000. The event gave his former colleagues and students a chance to share their favorite memories of Dr. McCabe, and was followed by a free performance by his nephew, folk singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey.

Mulvey graduated from the Marquette theater program in 1991 and shortly afterward found himself working full time as a street performer in the Boston subway system, where, according to his website, he mastered his guitar playing and storytelling talents. Since then, Mulvey has produced 12 studio albums and toured internationally, even sharing the stage with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson and the Indigo Girls.

But for this special occasion, Mulvey took time out of his hectic life as an entertainer to honor his late uncle, who impacted so many in the Marquette community.

“As our first event of the year, we could think of no better event to put on than a memorial to Dr. John McCabe, who served Marquette and its English Department for 33 years,” said C.J. Hribal, the Louise Edna Goeden Professor of English, who emceed the event. “His spirit was such that still… we consult our WWJD bracelets, which does not stand for ‘What would Jesus do?’ but for ‘What would John do?”

For nearly a half an hour, stories of Dr. McCabe’s wisdom and antics were shared with the audience, which included many of his close relatives. From the deep respect he earned from his unwavering professionalism to his referral to his hospital bed as his “launch pad,” the spirit of McCabe came to life through these tributes. Even those who did not know him understood how he was adored by those around him, and just how much he is still missed.

Mulvey took the stage and treated the crowd to a rare exhibit of pure songwriting talent, intricately forming words into lyrics. With nothing more than a guitar and a raspy, Springsteen-esque voice, he put on a show worthy of commendation.

His songs embrace simple subjects, such as stargazing and memories of performing in a small tavern in Ft. Atkinson, and yet they are constructed in a thought-provoking way that any music lover could appreciate. Who knew having a beer with an astrophysicist named Vlad could turn into a philosophical contemplation of the cosmos?

Mulvey expressed regret for never taking one of his uncle’s courses while he was an undergraduate student. He did, however, prove Dr. McCabe’s lasting effect on him.

“I was reading the AP Punctuation manual on my flight,” he said. “Marquette can put a notch in its belt for that one.”

All in all, the event was a chance to step back and be thankful for those who are able to teach us and shape who we become.

“The evening was a smashing success, I would say,” said FAME chair and English lecturer Grace Mazza Urbanski in an e-mail. “We had a marvelous mixture of McCabe family members, English alumni, faculty members and current students. Peter gave a fantastic concert.”

FAME’s next event will be held on Jan. 30 in the Alumni Memorial Union.  It will feature a book swap and donation, along with other activities for the Marquette and Milwaukee community to aid in their goal of “promoting a lifelong love of reading and writing” as well as uniting current Marquette students and faculty with alumni of the university.

by Amanda Stewart
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A little taste of Thailand

Posted on 08 December 2010 by WarriorAdmin

If you’re getting tired of the same old pizza and cheeseburger dining hall routine, why not take a stroll off campus into downtown Milwaukee? Every new street corner has some of the best restaurants in the whole of Wisconsin.

There is one in particular, however, that stands out. Tai Makii, located at 315 E. Wisconsin Ave., is not perhaps as eye-catching as some of the other bars and restaurants on its block, with their dazzling lights and fantastically outlandish storefronts. Instead, you’ll find a quiet-looking place, with soft lighting coming out into the street and hopefully an open sign on the door.

Once inside, you’ll start to notice the tranquil atmosphere, from the sparkling goldfish in their tank to the idyllic orange walls. Even the wait staff speaks in quiet whispers when they take your order from a menu consisting of anything from curry dishes to Pad Thai (a mixed noodle dish with eggs, fish sauce, red chili pepper and a number of other ingredients such as beans or tofu).

The presentation of the food itself is wonderfully unique as well. The rice, which is often a side dish, comes to you shaped like little hearts. Your main dish is dressed up as well, whether it’s with intricately cut carrots along the rim of the plate or different brightly colored curries arranged decoratively in the center of your dish. No matter what you order, you can count on it looking beautiful and being equally delicious.

Tai Makii is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. You can also get it to go. They offer a full buffet Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. So if you’re tired of the same college food day in and day out, check out Tai Makii. You will not regret it! 

by Hazel Dehn
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Midnight magic: A muggle’s look at Harry Potter and midnight showings

Posted on 08 December 2010 by Matthew Mueller

For the past three and a half years of my life, I have been an employee of a local movie theatre. It’s not very difficult work (or extremely well paying work for that matter), but the people there are fun, the benefits are nice, and you get to see things that most people would never even imagine. Don’t worry; I’m not going to get all sentimental and sappy about life in the workforce. I’ve seen things that I will never be able to un-see, and Lord knows I’ve tried. People-watch at a local theatre for five minutes and I can almost guarantee that you are bound to see some great examples of strange human behavior. Add a pop-cultural phenomenon and sleep-depravity into the mix, and you have the potential for the zaniest antics to hit a theatre since somebody spiked the Icee machine.

I arrived at the theatre around 6 p.m. for the advanced employee screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” and, for what it’s worth, I liked it. However, it wasn’t my favorite in the series by any stretch. The pacing and flow in the first half of the film was clunky and slow, and I keep getting the feeling that these past three movies have just been filling time and not really doing much in terms of plot. The movie was entertaining enough, though, and the acting and direction keep getting better. It’s almost even getting to the point that I can tolerate Daniel Radcliffe.

However, the movie was the least entertaining part of my evening. After the credits rolled, I put on my ill-fitting tuxedo and bowtie and took my place at the ticket-ripping podium. Every single Harry Potter nerd, which by the end of the night was 1,200 people, was going to be going past me. I was essentially the bouncer for the hottest book club in town. When I had arrived at 6 pm., there were only about six people in our designated “Harry Potter Midnight Lounge,” which was a blocked off parking lot. As I took my post at 9:15 p.m., it was completely full. Seven sold-out theatres worth of people were standing outside in 35-degree weather, many of which were wearing costumes Lady Gaga would find tacky. I have worked several midnight showings before, but this was a whole new level of commitment. Take that, Twilight fans.

Eventually, we released the masses into the theater. They all piled in, and I greeted every single one. Amazingly, everyone seemed very calm and composed in their wizard outfits. Most of them had probably been to midnight showings before and knew that there were seats for everyone. In comparison, “Eclipse” was a nightmare; everyone was screaming and running, and any person daring to skip would feel a wrath unlike anything seen before. It also probably didn’t help matters that I had brought my picture with Robert Pattinson, which made many fans act like zombies, grabbing for my Edward-blessed self. One person actually hugged me; I yelled for help.

As the throngs of fans entered the theater and thrusted their tickets at me, I got a better look at the costumes on display. The most seen costume was easily Hermoine, which ranged from Accurate Hermoine to Skanky Hermoine. One young Hogwarts schoolgirl even brought along textbooks with fake class names on them. When I asked about them, she said that studying for biology is a lot more fun when you say that it’s defense against the dark arts.

The best costume on display was a person dressed as Hedwig the owl. If you asked anyone in the theater about the feather girl, they knew exactly who you were talking about. She was covered in white feathers and a strange bird beak mask seemingly pulled out of my worst nightmares. When I first saw her, I thought she was some kind of eagle demon. Then I thought I was seeing things like Natalie Portman in “Black Swan.” I finally determined that she was, in fact, a real person. I was going to ask how much homework had been skipped in order to make that winged monstrosity, but I had 500 more tickets to rip, so I guess the world will never know.

The fans were finally all seated, the food was all sold, and the films were nearing their starts. In many of the theaters, some fans acted out the YouTube phenomenon, Harry Potter Puppet Pals, in front of the entire auditorium. Others studied for tests while the lights were still up and the movie had yet to start. Eventually, however, the movie started, and school would have to take a backseat to wizard duels, horcruxes, and tragic Dobby-related deaths.

So what is it about Harry Potter that creates moments like this? Why do fans come out in throngs at ungodly hours on school nights to see a movie that will be the same at noon the next day? The fact that we’ve all read the books and become invested in the J.K. Rowling adventures plays a good role, but that alone cannot explain the effect of the movies.

I think, when it comes down to it, we’ve come to take these film characters as friends. Warner Brothers allowed audiences to actually grow up with these characters. We’ve seen them as kids, teenagers, and now basically adults. It’s a connection unlike any film series, which may actually be the most magical part of Harry Potter.

by Matt Mueller
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MU women’s soccer: The path of success

Posted on 08 December 2010 by WarriorAdmin

When people think of Marquette University sports, many times their thoughts go straight to basketball, but this year, the women’s soccer team, with the help of its seniors, proved that they too deserve recognition.

The soccer team made it through the season with an 11-0-0 record in conference play and a 16-5-3 overall record. They advanced to the NCAA tournament where they made it to the third round for the second time in Marquette history.

This record would not have been possible without the help of some great players and strong leaders. Some of these leaders are seniors Ashley Bares (forward), and Rosie Malone-Povolny (midfielder).

“I think being a senior is a different experience because you are the oldest on the team,” Bares said in an email. “Therefore, you are the one that has the experience and are setting the example for your younger teammates and what you expect from each other.”

Bares, 21, from Belgium, Wis. said she chose to play soccer at Marquette because of the “great atmosphere,” and the “family” feel that the team has.

“I think it was a lot of fun this year and a special year for us,” Bares said.

“Knowing that it was my senior year, I think, also felt different,” she continued. “I wanted to take in each game and not take anything for granted, take in the moments and what we accomplished, being 11-0 was a great accomplishment, and going to the Sweet 16.”

Malone-Povolny, 21, from St. Paul, Minn. echoed Bares’ sentiments.

“I think this year what made our team special was our determination to play beautiful soccer, and the best soccer we could,” Malone-Povolny wrote. “We had this determination because we cared for each other on and off the field.”

Both Bares and Malone-Povolny have played soccer at Marquette for four years. This year, according to The Marquette Tribune, they each earned recognition. Bares earned “All-Big East First Team honors for her contribution to Marquette’s attack that ranked second in conference games in points (80), goals (26) and goals per game (2.26).”

Malone-Povolny was “named to the All-Big East Third Team after starting all 23 matches and tallying 11 points on the season.”

“For me I think it was a great year because I had nothing holding me back,” Bares said. “I was fully healthy and didn’t struggle with any injuries so that allowed me to play how I can.”

In her years as a Marquette soccer player, Bares has struggled with several injuries including compartment syndrome surgery her sophomore year and a broken/dislocated wrist her junior year.

Commenting on her good health, Bares said, “This year I could help my team and fulfill my role as a forward to work and score some goals.”

“Making it to the Sweet 16 was great because it was the first time since I’ve been on the team that we made it that far, so that was neat to experience and take it to the third round of the NCAA tourney,” Bares said.

As seniors, Bares and Malone-Povolny said they felt they had additional responsibilities.

“I think being good examples every day at practice and in games was one of our main goals as seniors,” Malone-Povolny said. “What any team hopes from their seniors is that they lead through their actions and through their awareness of how to build a healthy and caring team. Having that kind of awareness was an important difference this year.”

Although women’s soccer had a season worthy of praise, the girls are also expected to focus on their academics. When asked about how she juggles school and soccer each girl said she was able to use elements from soccer to assist in her studies.

Malone-Povolny took her attitude for soccer and applied it to her academics.

“Both soccer and school are a challenge that require the same mentality for success.” Malone-Povolny said.

“The work ethic and the discipline that is fostered in sports translate smoothly into the academic setting,” she continued. “Just like pushing yourself to finish that last sprint, so too can you push yourself to finish those last ten pages or to write that last paragraph.”

Bares’ teammates supported her in her studies.

“Balancing soccer and studies at first was overwhelming and new to me,” Bares said. “But once you learn how to manage your time and when to get things done, it helps a lot and you can get things done. Using tutors, and even teammates also helped me get my studies done.”

“Being a senior, I think you do have more responsibilities,” Bares said. “I think that comes with experience and learning from previous years. We want to help teach our ‘sisters’ how things are done, and what goals we want to reach, on the field and off.”

Reflecting back on soccer at Marquette, each player felt she had a positive experience.

“Soccer at MU has been a dream for me,” Bares said. “Been fortunate to love my college experience with my team, I’ve met so many great girls and people. It has been a privilege to play for MU and with my teammates. I’ll always have a ‘family’ at MU.”

“I have learned the importance of a challenge and how much that challenge can help you grow into a stronger person,” Malone-Povolny said.

“I have learned how important it is to have great teammates who pick you up when you think you cannot do more,” she continued. “I have learned how important it is to love what you do and to constantly seek to improve on all aspects of that passion.”

by Sara K. Torres
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Movie review: “127 Hours” **

Posted on 08 December 2010 by Matthew Mueller

Director Danny Boyle deserves a great deal of the credit for making 2008’s “Slumdog Millionaire” one of the best movies of that year. However, he must also take responsibility for most of the flaws with his latest film, “127 Hours.”

The film follows the true story of hiker Aron Ralston, who was stuck literally between a rock and a hard place for 127 hours before eventually cutting his own arm off and finding rescue. To say that the film is a tribute to human survival is a massive understatement.

Unfortunately, the film is just too overwhelming for the senses. Boyle, who has always been like a kid in a candy store when it comes to camera tricks, goes way overboard, over-directing almost every frame of the picture. Some of it works, but his best moments come when he lets the story and camera speak for themselves.

Even more tragic is that Boyle has a great story and an equally great performance from James Franco to work with. If he just let those two elements drive the film, we could be looking at one of the best films of the year. Instead, it’s just another 2010 disappointment.

by Matt Mueller
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