Archive | February, 2011

Movie review: “Somewhere” ***

Posted on 16 February 2011 by Kevin Benninger

SomewhereBeware the all too common desire to compare “Somewhere” to Sophia Coppola’s masterpiece, “Lost in Translation.” Comparing them is an injustice to the good but not as good “Somewhere.” Although it returns to the similar focus of men who have become successful, famous and desperately lonely, Stephen Dorff’s Johnny Marco does not seem to reach to complexity or freshness of Bill Murray’s Bob Harris.

In “Somewhere,” the aforementioned actor, Johnny Marco, suddenly finds that his wealthy bachelor life of fast cars and easy women is in for a serious change of pace when his daughter from a past relationship shows up at his bedside. When her mother decides she needs time to take care of some unspecified personal issues, Marco is given a chance to reconnect and spend some quality time with his daughter, Cloe (played by the fantastic Elle Fanning). Marco is a shallow, lonely and famous womanizer who seems to have a drink, cigarette or both, at all times of the day. Yet, despite all of his flaws, he truly desires a substantial relationship with his daughter. Unfortunately, the more he tries, the more he realizes how much he has faltered as a father figure and a person for that matter.

Stephen Dorff does not turn many heads with his performance, although that may not be his fault, but rather, the fault of an unoriginal character. So much of Johnny Marco seems cliché by this point in visual entertainment. The ‘lonely at the top’ movie star was successfully played by Murray as previously mentioned, and the rugged, alcoholic, drug abuser who is irresistible to women but finds his life unfulfilling is the same story that I have seen countless times before (Hank Moody from “Californication” anyone?).

Although my initial thoughts may be somewhat negative, I do not mean to give the impression that “Somewhere” was a bad movie. Once again, the difficulty with comparing this movie to “Lost in Translation” is the fact that the viewer will undoubtedly notice that this movie is not nearly as good as Coppola’s best work.

One cannot let this fact overshadow what this movie does well – which is its portrayal of real, everyday emotion and conversation. The little moments that simply pass through the average film are the focus of Coppola’s work. Watching a man joylessly drink a beer alone in his room or simply hang out and play Guitar Hero with his daughter does not seem like much, but Coppola has mastered the art of revealing so much in so little. A short scene where Marco sits outside on his hotel balcony and listens to people enjoy themselves in the distance reveals how deeply he desires human connection while he wallows in his life of luxury.

Of course, some of the best moments of this movie are the sweet moments between father and daughter eating gelato late at night or discussing “Twilight.” Further delight comes from the comic relief from “Jackass’s” Chris Pontius who plays the friend of Marco that is surprisingly great with children.

Although it falters in originality, I still enjoyed “Somewhere” because of what Coppola captures so well: the real, everyday moments. This movie is worth a watch due to its charming father-daughter dynamic, but do not expect it to really pull your emotional strings, unless you are a person who cannot get enough of the anguish of rich and the famous.

I wish I could say that “Somewhere” takes you somewhere truly new, but it just doesn’t.

by Kevin Benninger
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Infectious disease healer Paul Farmer speaks of desirable infection: Imagination

Posted on 16 February 2011 by Anna Ceragioli

Paul FarmerCupping both hands above his glasses to see through the stage lights, Paul Farmer scanned the large audience before him. “Okay…ten points to Gryffindor if you can name all seven of the Corporeal Works of Mercy.”

As part of Marquette’s 2011 Mission Week, “Imagining God,” physician and Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., addressed students, faculty and guests in the Varsity Theatre last Thursday. In his speech, “Imagine a More Just World: Partnering with the Poor,” Farmer spoke of his global healthcare projects and the roles imagination and passion play in the ongoing mission of aiding the world’s poor.

Prior to Farmer’s address was the performance, “Drums, Dance, and Song.” This performance was presented by members of One Drum, the University of Fine Arts’ School of Dance, St. Michaels and St. Rose parish choirs, the Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance, and the Marquette Capoeira Nago Brazilian dance group.

“Having just flown in from Haiti,” Farmer began, smiling to the audience, “I’d like to thank the university for the kind gift of earmuffs.”

He continued: “I’m going to start by doing something kind of rare for me… looking at the Corporeal Works of Mercy.” Using examples from his work in Haiti, Peru, Russia and Rwanda, Farmer explained that these works, such as feeding the hungry, giving shelter to the poor and visiting the sick and imprisoned, are foundational to the mission of global healthcare.

Farmer’s statements on healthcare to the poor looked significantly to Haiti, where he has worked as a physician for nearly thirty years. In that time, Farmer spearheaded the Zanmi Lasante community clinic project, which now serves as a hospital, blood bank, infectious-disease center, school center, and model for hospitals in poor areas throughout the world.

However great Farmer’s contributions have been, he stresses that Haiti’s problems remain extensive. Farmer describes the January 2010 earthquake as “acute insult to chronic problems.” These chronic problems include water poverty (including a massive cholera outbreak), high occurrences of infectious disease, food insecurity, economic corruption and the lack of institutionalized civilian rights to healthcare and education. And the earthquake further exacerbated this problem: 1.3 million Haitians are still homeless.

“It’s easy to lose hope,” Farmer said. “It takes a very disciplined imagination to see something better.” He explained that this type of imagination is a learned skill obtained from experience and study.

“Look at something not good, and imagine it as the start of a conversation about how to make it better,” he said. Farmer’s imagination has already led to modern medical centers and teaching facilities in Haiti, the revolution of global tuberculosis treatment and a beautiful new hospital at a former military base in Rwanda.

Farmer said that the imagination of a team “has to be infectious; it must spread throughout the people with whom you work.” He then showed the latest imagining of himself and his Partner’s in Health colleagues – a proposed hospital in rural Haiti. As the audience gasped at the impressive computer model for the facility, Farmer smiled and said that some would consider such projects the result of “over­-imagination.”

“But,” Farmer said, looking meaningfully into a crowd gathered in the fourth poorest city in America, “we cannot continue the assumption that we can’t do more for the poor.”

Following Farmer’s address, he engaged in a panel discussion lead by Department of Theology assistant chair M. Therese Lysaught, College of Nursing dean Dr. Margaret Callahan and College of Health Sciences dean Dr. William Cullinan.

Aaron Owen, a junior majoring in biomedical sciences, reflects on the panel discussion. “When Dr. Farmer was asked what inspires him, he said that it is the youth and energy of his students, which is ironic because he is the inspiration for so many of us.”

“You’re at the island of privilege, here at Marquette,” Farmer told the students in the audience. Then, with a bit of a smile, he advised, “Going to classes is good.”

Learn about Farmer’s work at http://www.pih.org/pages/what-you-can-do.

by Anna Ceragioli
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FBI agent opens up to Milwaukee community

Posted on 16 February 2011 by WarriorAdmin

Nancy McNamaraNancy McNamara, the first female Special Agent in Charge of the Milwaukee FBI Division, spoke Thursday, Feb. 10 in Eckstein Hall to shed light upon the FBI career path. Mike Gousha of WISN-TV channel 12 appeared at Marquette to interview McNamara for a segment called “On the Issues with Mike Gousha.”

McNamara originally went to school for business, and became a retail manager at Macy’s. After hearing that the FBI was hiring in 1996, she applied for the job as a special agent.

At age 33, McNamara was slightly older than the rest of her peers. The average age to graduate from the FBI is 27 to 28.

“I was nervous about it,” she said. “I was leaving a career that I was successful in.”

The application and training process is a rigorous one. FBI agents generally recruit from universities that teach the most modern technologies, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. However, the one degree the FBI wants from a special agent is not always about technology. It is actually accounting.

“It is important to be able to understand money,” McNamara said. “Money is usually the criminal’s motivation, in some aspect or another.”

Even after being hired, the FBI will still check on personal finances and talk to current and past neighbors. Sometimes, they use a polygraph (a lie detector test). This happens every five years after the agent is employed.

“You don’t want to hire someone who is too confident,” she said. “You want someone who is a little nervous because that means they are on the lookout and aware of what’s going around them.”

McNamara said that beyond passing the background checks and having a strong understanding of the latest technology, the FBI looks for good character. McNamara used the acronym “CARLA FAD” – caring, associates that one networks with, reputation, loyalty to the United States’ government, associations one belongs to, financial responsibility, limited alcohol and no drug use. This is a basic outline for the FBI when deciding whom to hire.

McNamara said that the FBI focuses on five main threats including terrorism, counter intelligence, cyber terrorism, public corruption and civil rights.

“The most common terrorists are individuals, not radicalized groups,” she said. “They tend to seek out individuals in particular.”

McNamara deals with a lot of victims of hate crimes against Muslims, homosexuals and victims of human trafficking, which usually involves women and children as sex slaves.

She sheds light on a common misconception: that sex slaves are often imported from other countries. “You can be a victim of human trafficking and not move at all,” she said.

McNamara did say that crime in general in Milwaukee and Wisconsin has decreased over the past three years. However, the homicide rates have increased.

“Gang activity in Racine County has greatly improved,” she said.

She said that gangs recently have been involved with theft and identity fraud.

After living in New York for nine years and Los Angeles for five years, McNamara was transferred to Milwaukee in October of 2010. She has been transferred four times in the past five years.

Transferring gives agents a broader view of what is going on in the entire country. But switching states also comes with its own challenges. A special agent often learns about the surrounding area of a specific location, but usually not from all the locations around the country. An agent must pick up his or her life and move constantly. Unfortunately, agents have had difficulty moving the past few years because of the status of the economy and the value of real estate.

McNamara reminded the audience that it is the public’s responsibility to bring justice to perpetrators. Hollywood stereotypes tend to pick up solely on the negatives of the FBI.

“The most difficult part of our job is the way the media treats us,” she said.

She also admits that a difficult part is distinguishing the difference between what is a threat versus what is not a threat.

“It is difficult to tell the difference between those that are exercising the first amendment, and those that are inflicting harm,” she said.

McNamara speaks on the behalf of the FBI to remind the public that is their responsibility to report crime if they have been attacked.

Mary Marrugi, a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences, is studying criminology now.

“I have always watched crime shows,” Marrugi said. “I got really interested in criminology when I met a few FBI agents in my past. I think the FBI is a really prospering industry and there is more necessity to defend the country than the military.”

Maruggi wants to focus on Middle Eastern activities and is currently studying Arabic. “I like to reach out to foreign cultures and break stereotypes and bring out the real side of their culture in any way possible,” she said.

Budding Marquette criminology students will have big shoes to fill if they continue to pursue dreams of being in the FBI.

by Liz McGovern
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Political pork: College Republicans animal rights BBQ rescheduled

Posted on 03 February 2011 by WarriorAdmin

It is said that almost everything in life can be boiled down to politics, and certainly politics have always been a major aspect on college campuses. Marquette is no exception to this rule, as last October’s elections clearly demonstrated. However, can such politics be applied to something like a good old-fashioned barbecue?

Two weeks before the scheduled elections were to take place, the College Republicans, Marquette’s student Republican group, organized one of their annual events, the Animal Rights Barbecue. But it was postponed by the university and rescheduled for the spring. The question is, why?

“The reason I was told was because it was too close to the election. I never read an official reason from the university,” said Ethan Hollenberger, a sophomore and current head of the College Republicans. Hollenberger also said: “If it is true that there is a university policy that prevents political events from being on campus close to an election, I have an issue with that.

It does seem odd that the university would deny such an event from taking place, given that there is nothing specifically stated in its policy, concerning elections, that the barbecue would violate. It merely states that all events prior to an election must be cleared through the Office of Student Development. Yet most of the policy relates to candidates and what they will be speaking about at the events. Hollenberger is firm on this point: “No candidates were invited. As far as I know the only thing that was going to be handed out was soda and food.”

So if this is the case, why was the university so insistent that the event be postponed until after the election? It’s hard to know, and no one from the university was available for comment. Despite this postponement, the College Republicans are moving forward with plans for the barbecue in April and now it is set to be even bigger than before.

“We are inviting elected officials,” Hollenberger said. “We are in the early stages of planning, but people will definitely hear about the Animal Rights BBQ before it happens.”

Politics will always be a part of college life and there will always be groups that promote different political ideals and goals. Should these ideas be censored or shut out simply because of an impending election? Or does it make them all the more important? To Ethan Hollenberger, it does.

He said: “We live in the United States. We live in a Republic. We have elections. We have debates. It is part of being in this free country. It is a shame that Marquette thinks political events need to be censored.”

by Hazel Dehn
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Boom in studying abroad shows necessity in today’s global market

Posted on 03 February 2011 by Melanie Pawlyszyn

A Marquette student browses through study abroad destinations in books at the study abroad fair in the Alumni Memorial Union.

A Marquette student browses through study abroad destinations in books at the study abroad fair in the Alumni Memorial Union.

Gina Crovetti, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, studied abroad during both semesters of her junior year at the John Felice Rome Center, an American University located two and half miles from Vatican City.
While finishing her Marquette University core curriculum credits abroad, Crovetti had an internship working in the library of one of Rome’s largest museums, Capitoline, where she categorized American books by hand using the Dewey Decimal System.
“My boss barely spoke English,” she said. “No one in the office spoke English. It was my first internship ever.”

Like Crovetti, a surge of thousands of American students have been exiting their comfort zones and expanding their horizons abroad. According to college advisors and company employers, studying abroad is a necessary step in gaining a global perspective in order to survive in today’s global market.

The Institute of International Education stated in its 2010 Open Doors Report, an annual census of international students in the United States, that “260,327 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in 2008-2009. U.S. student participation in study abroad has more than doubled over the past decade.”

The study stated that “nontraditional destinations are increasing in popularity – 14 of the top 25 destinations are outside of Europe and 19 out of 25 are destinations where English is not a primary language.”

According to Mindy Schroeder, one of three student abroad coordinators in Marquette University’s Office of International Education (OIE) located on the fourth floor of the Alumni Memorial Union, the most recently published statistic of the number of study abroad students from the 2008- 2009 academic year (including summer 2009) was 458 students, or 22 percent of the Marquette University graduating class that year. This is the largest percentage of Marquette students to study abroad. In past years, the percentage steadily increased with 19 percent in the 2006-2007 academic year and 21 percent in the 2007-2008 academic year, Schroeder said.

Schroder said the increase is due to greater accessibility to study abroad programs. In the last year, Marquette has added an extensive pallet of Marquette-affiliated programs in which students can pay tuition through bursar in CheckMarq, she said.

This also means that students can now apply Marquette University financial aid to many study abroad programs. Schroeder said that over 80 percent of students use Marquette aid to study abroad.

Overall, the most popular country for Marquette students to study is Italy, she said, taking into account all short-term, semester and yearlong programs. Spain and Belgium are also at the top of the list.

Many universities like Goucher College in Baltimore even made studying abroad mandatory, The Record newspaper of Hackensack, N.J., reported in its May 7, 2010, issue in an article titled “Colleges offering more options to study abroad.”

Students at Goucher College choose to study for a semester, year or three-week Intensive Course Abroad, according to The Record. Each student receives a voucher of a minimum of $1,200 to alleviate travel expenses.

Soka University of America in southern California requires all of its students to participate in a block of study abroad and an international internship during their junior year, according to http://www.soka.edu. Students receive academic credit equivalent to four courses.

According to The Record, many universities are now offering study abroad options to freshmen students. “Florida State University’s First Year Abroad program sends students to London, Florence, Valencia or Panama city for 12 months,” the newspaper wrote.

The article gave more examples: “Freshmen entering The College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University who are interested in the arts, humanities, international studies and social sciences can begin their studies in Italy. Freshman in [New York University’s] Liberal Studies program can complete their first-year degree requirements in London, Paris or Florence.”

Senior Gina Crovetti thinks studying abroad should be required at Marquette. “I think it’s just pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, out of what’s normal,” she said. “You have no idea what you can do unless you’re thrown into certain situations sometimes because there’re some people who will cling to dear life to things that are comfortable.”

She continued: “You need to get out of your usual routine. You have to because you realize things about yourself that you had no idea you could do.”

A Global Perspective

Discovering yourself and gaining confidence and independence aren’t the only benefits to studying abroad.

Maggie Krochalk, graduate assistant in the OIE, studied abroad in Poland for one semester as an undergraduate senior at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She said there are many practical skills – like speaking a foreign language – students acquire while studying abroad.

Similarly, Susan Whipple, an assistant director in the OIE, studied abroad in Paris during her sophomore undergraduate year at the State University of New York at New Paltz, located midway between Albany, N.Y., and New York City. This was her first exposure to the French language, and because of her experience abroad, Whipple speaks French fluently to this day.

“When I studied abroad I was challenged to grow and learn about myself,” she said. “I came back a wiser, more thoughtful person with a better understanding of myself, my country and my culture. I learned how to navigate cities and countries where I didn’t speak the language and to view situations from different perspectives.”

Whipple said she was amazed by the multicultural diversity and international foods she experienced in Paris. During her experience, she was able to travel to countries around Europe and experience those cultures as well.

“It was interesting to see the many different cultures that were there,” she said. “It was the first time I ate Vietnamese food [and] the first time I ate Arabic food. The people I was living with, they had been in Morocco. They had lived in South Africa. They had lived in Barbados. They had lived in New York.”

Job Market Advantage

Krochalk and Whipple both agreed that there are many benefits to studying abroad, especially as the marketplace becomes more global.

In the Nov. 8, 2010, issue of the New York Times, journalist David Brooks wrote that “the U.S. is well situated to be the crossroads nation. It is well situated to be the center of global networks and to nurture the right kinds of networks.” Among a list of ways for America to thicken global connections, Brooks included making “study abroad a rite of passage for college students.”

OIE graduate assistant Krochalk said students benefit most from studying abroad by gaining global perspectives.

“Employers here [in Milwaukee] and in the United States are looking for people with global perspectives,” Krochalk said. “More companies are looking for people who understand other cultures because they deal with other countries, and there’s more diversity in our culture here. And I think [studying abroad] kind of helps a person to think more broadly.”

Whipple explained how studying abroad can help students find jobs in the future: “Students who study abroad can distinguish themselves from other job applicants by demonstrating the language and cultural skills they have acquired as well as through the problem solving skills they have earned abroad. Students who have studied abroad need to explain what they gained and how it can help the organization. They can’t simply assume that the prospective employer understands or appreciates what was learned during the program.”

The Record newspaper from Hackensack, N.J., wrote: “Though the recession has forced many colleges to cut back on study-abroad budgets, the opportunity to live and study in a foreign country is seen by students and parents as not just a fun part of college but necessary preparation for working in a global economy.”

Fernando Figueredo, chairman of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Florida International University, said in the Feb. 3, 2010, issue of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Sun Sentinel: “It’s important for students to have this global education in their resume. Companies now highlight, and pretty much require, a global education and international experience.”

With all of this emphasis on the necessity of studying abroad during college, some students think they may have a financial disadvantage that translates into a less impressive resume for prospective employers.

Yes, studying abroad can be quite expensive, with tuitions as high as Marquette’s ($30,040 for the 2010-2011 school year) and additional expenses for purchasing a passport, housing and transportation.

Both Marquette study abroad programs and externally approved programs range in price from $800 to $30,000, according to the OIE’s study abroad website.

Surprisingly, many Marquette students are paying equal to Marquette’s tuition or even less by studying through cheaper programs, living with a host family from that country or purchasing housing through another university.

When senior Gina Crovetti studied in Rome through a program of Loyola University Chicago at the John Felice Rome Center, she said she paid less for her entire study abroad experience than she would have paid if she stayed in Milwaukee. She said she paid Marquette’s tuition for the program but Loyola Chicago’s cheaper room and board.

This may not be the case for other students. Prices vary widely from program to program. Regardless of cost, where there is a will, there is a way. Studying abroad may seem like a financial obstacle at first, but students find that it is still feasible, and crucial.

According to the Kalamazoo (MI) Gazette in its Feb., 6, 2010 issue: “We need to get to know the people around us. Our world has expanded from neighborhoods to nations, and our acquaintances now extend from counties to countries.”

Institute of International Education- 2010 Open Doors Report

Top ten countries where American students study, with each corresponding number of students during the 2008-2009 school year:

(1) United Kingdom- 31,342 students
(2) Italy- 27,362 students
(3) Spain- 24,169 students
(4) France- 16,910 students
(5) China- 13,674 students
(6) Australia- 11,140 students
(7) Germany- 8,330 students
(8) Mexico- 7,320 students
(9) Ireland- 6,858 students
(10) Costa Rica- 6,363 students

by Melanie Pawlyszyn
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World-renowned pianist to perform with Marquette Symphony Orchestra

Posted on 03 February 2011 by WarriorAdmin

Marquette prides itself on providing an education that fosters the development of mind and spirit, but it also offers countless chances for students to expand their knowledge beyond academic courses. Unfortunately, many times valuable opportunities pass by unnoticed.

Luckily, at least one such opportunity awaits the Marquette community in the very near future.

Each year, the Marquette Symphony Orchestra invites a soloist to join them for their winter concert. This year’s guest will be world-renowned pianist Jeff Hwaen Ch’uqi. Born in Peru and blinded at an early age, Ch’uqi was abandoned by his biological parents before being adopted and brought to live in Pennsylvania by George and Inez Tomlinson. This is where, at the age of five, he was introduced to the instrument that would eventually earn him respect with an international music audience.

Ch’uqi attended Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York, where he studied piano performance and, during his freshman year, roomed with the current conductor of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Jason Ladd. Since graduating, he has established himself in numerous countries, touring the U.S., France, Germany, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Russia, and Taiwan, among others.

At the end of the month, Ch’uqi’s travels will bring him to our university, to share his story and talents on a campus where the arts are often overlooked.

On Feb. 27, Ch’uqi will take to the stage alongside the 37-piece orchestra in the Varsity Theatre, as they perform Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto, but the concert will be only one bullet point on his to-do list while on campus. Throughout the week leading up to the performance, Ch’uqi will be offering free, hour-long piano lessons to any interested students. No experience required.

Kali MacDonald, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences and treasurer of the orchestra, hopes this will be an opportunity for students to embrace and appreciate the presence of musical organizations on campus.

“The people who are involved in music definitely give a lot of recognition to the music,” she said. “It’s kind of like high school, where all the sports events were huge to go to, but music concerts weren’t.”

The orchestra’s secretary, sophomore Eric Stolz, shares the same goals for their future. He has even envisioned a fusion of contemporary music and orchestral technique that would be sure to engage a wider audience.

“I think it would be cool if we did a pops concert,” he said, adding that perhaps if the orchestra took on a Lady Gaga compilation, more people would get excited about attending performances.

Until then, there is still plenty to look forward to. The excitement demonstrated by the orchestra’s leaders proves the dedication and dynamic capability of the group. With greater support from students and faculty alike, it can only continue to grow.

Ch’uqi has made a commitment to share his talent with the entire university. Marquette, let’s show him what a strong community we really are.

by Amanda Stewart
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Intervarsity club challenges students to think outside middle class bubble

Posted on 03 February 2011 by WarriorAdmin

Marquette has a seemingly overwhelming number of service and faith organizations on campus. While there are many unique groups on campus, Hannah Bessenecker, a junior in the College of Nursing, recommends the Intervarsity Program.

“There are not a lot of organizations on campus that do not combine most service and faith,” Bessenecker said. “The Intervarsity program is unique, because it combines both aspects together.”

Intervarsity is a national nonprofit collegiate organization founded in 1877 at the University of Cambridge. The organization was founded for Christian students of all denominations and backgrounds to meet one another.

Intervarsity runs a weekly Bible group, which has sessions for men, women and freshmen. These groups also meet in a larger group called Common Ground. The group meets for prayer, worship and community. Every week, a new speaker is brought in. Last semester’s theme was the Kingdom of God; members discussed God’s qualities and interpretations of the Kingdom.

This year’s theme is lifestyle and how being a Christian relates to daily life. The latest speech was about being a Christian in the Bible, what it means to be a Christian in the environment and Christians’ role in the government.

Today the organization embodies the same Christian principles, although it has significantly grown since its founding. The Marquette Intervarsity chapter engages students in social justice and welfare, taking a stance in economic matters, such as the foreclosure on many homes in Milwaukee.

The group also focuses on service. Feed 500 will occur on Feb. 5, where students make two lunches, one for themselves and one for a person in need. Each student shares lunch with a homeless person to help build a relationship.

“Most people walk past when they see a homeless person,” Bessenecker said. “This event is supposed to get someone to learn about someone you don’t usually interact with.”

Another event coming up is Dance4Poverty on Friday, Feb. 11, which raises money for partners in health. This year the organization is raising money for Haiti earthquake relief.

Ana Harsch, a fifth year in the College of Engineering, said her favorite memory with the Intervarsity program was at a conference made up of workshops and seminars to learn about the Milwaukee community.

“You detach yourself from school, and reflect and relax for a little while,” Harsch said.

Bessenecker’s favorite memory was last year’s spring break trip to St. Louis.

“It’s a huge learning experience. It’s all hands on learning. This break we are going to Providence Island, and we are working for refugees in a kid’s program,” Bessenecker said.

While it may seem cliché, Marquette’s Jesuit mission resonates through many students in faith activities and service in Milwaukee’s greatest areas of need.

by Liz McGovern
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