Archive | April, 2011

It takes Juan, to know Juan

Posted on 27 April 2011 by Roberto Ruiz

It Takes Juan, to Know Juan

By: Roberto Ruiz

Juan Anderson insists that his jump-shot isn’t bad. Anderson is a normal guy who was gifted with the ability to grow taller, jump higher, and shoot straighter than the average person. I must admit, I expected Anderson to be a full of himself jerk. Simply put, I was not looking forward to talking with a basketball player who has had his butt kissed by college recruiters, basketball analysts, and coaches everywhere. When I conducted the interview, though, he had just finished working out because he knows that he still has to get stronger to make it at the next level. In fact, when I asked him about whether he has added some arc to his jump shot, he showed that he has insecurities just like everybody else. He says his jump shot “isn’t that bad.”

The Anderson Household

Anderson grew up with a Latino mother and a Caucasian father. He serves as the father figure to his younger siblings and shares a strong bond with his mother, who taught him responsibility by making him clean up after himself and his family. When asked which major he wants to declare, Anderson showed this bond by deferring to answer until he talks with his mom about it.

Anderson says the hardest part about leaving Castro Valley, California for Milwaukee is that he will have to leave his family behind. His mother, though, will be in attendance for many of the games next season.

Coming to Marquette

The saying is that “west coast players don’t go east.” But Anderson broke that mold by committing to Marquette, and he is proud of it. What exactly led him to our private college on the banks of Lake Michigan? The Big East. Anderson covets competition, something he rarely got playing in California, and he says that the Big East is the best conference in the nation.

Beyond the conference, Anderson fell in love with Marquette’s team camaraderie and is eager to become a part of that family. While here, he bunked with Joe Fulce and attended several team practices. Just watching Marquette’s fast style of play enamored Anderson, and within two weeks he committed to Marquette. Reinforcing his decision was Marquette’s Sweet 16 run in the previous NCAA tournament, during which he was incredibly excited and proud to sport his Marquette apparel.

To top it all off, going to a good academic school was one of Anderson’s top priorities, and he found that at Marquette. “I am thinking four years. I am not even thinking about the NBA right now…. I am thinking Business, Psychology, or Criminology [for my major], but I am not sure because me and my mom haven’t talked about that yet.”

What Anderson Brings to MU

What exactly should we expect from Anderson during his time here at Marquette? At 6’8”, 210 lbs, Anderson has a long, lanky body. He has long arms, and uses his length as an advantage against stockier forwards. Anderson’s real strength is his defense, but his offense is truly starting to take shape. “I was 5’7” my freshman year, and I was actually a really good shooter then. But as my arms started to grow, and as my legs started to grow, it kind of became weird…. I am just getting used to getting more consistent with my shot…. I am not used to my arm length yet [and how it affects the follow through].” This may be true, but he is getting more arc on his shots and sinking them with more consistency.

Of all the NBA players he can look to, Anderson tries to model his game after Carmelo Anthony’s. If Anderson bulks up, his game very well could match Anthony’s, but with better defense. When asked if he was more of a closer (like Dwyane Wade) or a complete package (like Lebron James), Anderson said he was the complete package. He loves the pretty passes, the tenacious defense, and the fast-break dunks. When presented with the idea of taking a cue from Tayshaun Prince, Anderson shunned the idea, claiming to be more built than Prince. While his offense may struggle at first as he tries to sink set up jumpers in set offenses, he will excel at fast-breaks, and will create many opportunities with his length and quickness.

My Final Thoughts

Anderson will bring his talents to Milwaukee this summer, and though he may not see much playing time his first year, he should be a catalyst to the Golden Eagles squad in the upcoming years. Anderson’s unselfish, unrelenting play will surely win him a special spot in Coach Williams’ heart. Over the course of his freshman season, Anderson’s style will guarantee him court time in meaningful games at the end of the season. In fact, Anderson’s play should mesh perfectly with Marquette’s system.

Marquette basketball fans should be excited for Anderson to be part of the team; his down to earth attitude and blue collar style should attract him to students and fans alike. Just don’t be afraid to say hi to that tall, lanky Latino guy walking through Central Mall.

Interesting Tidbits

Much like Buzz Williams coaches, Anderson plays with a lot of emotion on the court. Anderson loved watching Williams blow up at the end of the Syracuse game, knowing that this coach would be the perfect one for him.

When asked how he will deal with Milwaukee’s cold weather, Anderson admitted to being concerned about the transition. “I woke up this morning, and it was only like 23 degrees, but I told my mom I didn’t know how I was going to deal with the cold,” well he will have to figure out quickly, because it gets far colder than 23 degrees here.

A self proclaimed quiet, shy, and humble young man, Anderson is not sure how he will handle the celebrity of being a top basketball player in Milwaukee. He does know, however, that it is a gift and he should cherish it.

Juan Anderson Mixtape… Smooth & Versatile 2011 Wing

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A closer look at MU research: Discovery science at the cellular level

Posted on 26 April 2011 by Melanie Pawlyszyn

Marquette professors honored for their research

Four Marquette University professors were recognized for their ongoing research on Monday, March 7 at the annual Distinguished Scholars Reception. Dr. Rosemary Stuart, a professor of biological sciences received the Lawrence G. Haggerty Award for Research Excellence. Dr. SuJean Choi, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences, and Dr. Martin St. Maurice, an assistant professor of biological sciences, both received the Young Scholar Award. Dr. Sebastian Luft, an associate professor of philosophy received the Way Klingler Fellowship Award.

Dr. Rosemary Stuart

Yeast. When you hear this word, what first comes to mind? Beer? Brewing? Fermentation?

Yes, yeast can carry out fermentation, the process used in making alcohol, but it can also be used in biological research at the cellular level.

Rosemary Stuart, Ph.D., a professor of biological sciences, has been using yeast cells in her lab in the Wehr Life Sciences building with graduate and undergraduate students since she came to Marquette in 1999.

With her soft Irish accent, Stuart began explaining and simplifying science that could take a lifetime to understand: “We are made of hundreds of thousands of millions of cells…”

Each of these cells has a mitochondria, its powerhouse, that makes energy, also known as ATP. The process in which energy is created in the mitochondria is called oxidative phosphorylation. This process requires a number of enzymes to work together in a specific way.

“An enzyme is a protein molecule in the cell,” Stuart said. “Basically it’s a catalyst – acts to speed up a reaction, how fast a reaction can go from start to finish.”

Stuart’s lab studies how enzymes are assembled in the mitochondria, how they function and are regulated, and how they work with proteins to create ATP.

“There are many diseases that exist that are known to have their primary defect in mitochondrial function,” she said. “And, so, if the energy production is not optimal, then the muscles, for example, won’t be getting enough ATP. So there’re many neuromuscular diseases that are about, cardiac diseases that have primary defects in the mitochondria, many different diseases.”

One of the proteins Stuart looks at is called the ADP-ATP transporter. This protein is involved with a disease called ADPEO, which affects eye muscles. A defect in ATP production causes muscle dysfunction that leads to droopy eyelids and eyeballs that cannot move left and right.

“Many patients that have this disease will have a primary defect in this transporter protein,” Stuart said.

In this case, and in with all her research, Stuart uses yeast cells to replicate the cell’s mutation as a model for the disease.

“We can look at mitochondrial mutants, so in other words, cells that are defective in ATP production in yeast, because they’re still viable,” Stuart said.

Dr. SuJean Choi

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 2007-2008 survey showed an estimated 34.2 percent of U.S. adults aged 20 years and over are overweight (BMI 25-29.9), 33.8 percent are obese (BMI > or = 30) and 5.7 percent are extremely obese (BMI > OR = 40).

Evolutionarily, fat stores in the body were important energy sources for survival. When people confronted famine, periods of fasting or could not get to the mastodon right away, they could always turn to their fat stores to get calories in a small amount of time and space.

Unfortunately, our instincts to eat foods with high amounts of fat, sugar and calories have stuck with us over the centuries. In a culture where food is inexpensive, calorically dense and easily accessible, obesity has become a huge problem and can lead to many negative consequences. These include hypertension, risk of heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries) and most importantly, type II diabetes, where the body cannot regulate its own blood sugar.

Why do we eat so much? How does the brain tell us when to eat and when not to eat? What allows the brain to supersede signals that tell us to stop?

These are questions that SuJean Choi, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biomedical sciences, has been trying to answer since she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California – San Francisco twelve to thirteen years ago. She joined the faculty at Marquette in October of 2007 and now works with two technicians, a graduate student, a postdoctoral fellow and six undergraduate students in her lab in the Schroeder Complex.

Choi said: “The goal that I have for my research is I hope it contributes down the road to two things: understanding how the brain works, just adding to the basic knowledge that we have, and two, enabling others to sort of design better approaches, design better means and drugs to address issues like eating disorders and obesity.”

Research Projects

Choi’s lab is working on two main projects. The first looks at commonly used appetite suppressants called SSRIs, or Serotonin Specific Reuptake Inhibitors. These drugs improve and increase the amount of serotonin in the brain, a neurotransmitter that causes a decrease in appetite.

SSRIs curb people’s appetites at first, but they start to lose their effects after three to six months, Choi said. This is obviously a problem because it takes an obese person more than three to six months to lose significant amounts of weight.

Choi said she sees this happening to rats in her lab at a much quicker rate. After injecting little shots of the SSRI into rats’ brains, the rats do not want to eat anything. About five days later, the drug becomes ineffective and the rats look just like the control rats that were not drugged.

Her lab observes which genes are expressed and not expressed during this whole process. Choi is working to understand the brain signals that lead to eating disorders, obesity or other metabolic disorders that keep energy off balance. Finding these answers could help scientists design effective weight loss treatments.

“We’re trying to understand how the brain receives information from the body,” Choi said. “How does it know how much fat, how much protein you have in your muscles and your fat stores? How does it know what’s out there? And what does it do when it gets those signals, and how does it curb your appetite?”

The second project in Choi’s lab looks at PACAP, a protein that plays a role in feeding. Scientists do not yet know what that role is. The protein is located in the feeding area of the hypothalamus, a little region in the brain that controls housekeeping functions, like feeding drive, sex drive, thirst, sleep and wake cycles and heat regulation.

“We started giving animals PACAP, and we find that when we give it to them, they shed a lot of weight,” Choi said. “They stop eating right away, and their temperature goes up, so they’re burning a lot of calories. And they tend to be very active, so they’re showing locomotive behavior. We can measure all these things.”

Dr. Martin St. Maurice

Martin St. Maurice, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biological sciences in the Wehr Life Sciences building, studies how proteins function to carry out chemical reactions that are essential for our survival.

He has been working on this research since he came to Marquette in September of 2008. St. Maurice currently works with two graduate students, one Ph.D. research scientist and four undergraduate students in the lab. He worked on similar research as a postdoctoral fellow at UW-Madison one to two years prior to coming to Marquette.

Research Projects

Imagine a car assembly line, where parts are systematically assembled to create functional vehicles. If DNA is like a car’s blueprint, the car is a protein. DNA is the hereditary information of life that gives proteins instructions for all chemical reactions in the body. When all the parts of the car are assembled properly, the car can go out on the road to drive. And like cars, proteins come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from smart cars to hummers.

“Simply from the way there’re folded up, there is an inherent, very specific function to them,” said St. Maurice. “Every protein, based on the way it is encoded, the instructions for its synthesis, is different and unique in the way that it’s folded, in the way that its molecules are oriented to catalyze a particular reaction or to carry out a specific task.”

In order to find out how proteins work together to carry out those tasks, structural biologists like St. Maurice must make pictures of the proteins.

A reel of film runs at about 24 frames per second. That means that a 2-hour movie has about 200,000 frames. You cannot possibly understand the story from any one single frame that shows only a snippet of action from the whole.

This is how pictures of proteins in the lab work too. And the more structurally complicated the protein, the more frames that are needed to tell the story. The question is, ‘How many pictures does it take to tell it? Dozens? Hundreds? Thousands?’

“Most of the time, these proteins are black boxes,” St. Maurice said. “We have no idea how they are structured. And since we have no idea how they’re structured, we have a difficult time understanding the intricacies of how they work. So the minute you get a photo of something, you all of a sudden have vastly improved insights into how something works.”

St. Maurice uses a technique called X-ray crystallography to take pictures of proteins. In this process, he grows protein crystals and uses a machine called an X-ray diffractometer to shoot X-ray beams at them. From there, he works to find the structure of the proteins. The entire process takes over a year if things go well, he said.

One of the proteins that St. Maurice is looking at has a critical role in the release of insulin in the pancreas in response to elevated glucose levels. So it keeps blood sugar levels from getting too high. This same protein is also important for making glucose in the liver and kidneys when blood sugar is too low.

Understanding the structural information in the protein can help show how this process works, though it is difficult to pinpoint change, St. Maurice said.

St. Maurice said: “One of applied goals of research is to try to understand to hope to someday to be able to manipulate the system a little bit. Maybe this enzyme is a reasonable target for people who are suffering from type II diabetes.” Scientists have not looked at this protein too much in the past, he said.

Working in a Lab – Struggles and Strides

Research discoveries involve a combination of hard work, intelligence, skill and even a little bit of luck. Scientists are constantly building a body of knowledge, interpreting results and asking more and more questions along the way. They need much patience to tackle questions that develop over a lifetime.

Stuart said lab work can get frustrating at times. “You’re opening one door and then you find out there’s many more there. So you’re answering one question, but through the course of answering that question, you’ve actually opened up some more questions that you then go on and pursue,” she said.

Choi said: “The hardest part in the lab is just keeping that in mind that, you know, for every ten failures, we get one success, and that’s how all the science labs work. It’s just always a little saddening when you come across that, but you gotta kind of keep marching on. Eventually, you have some really cool result, and it just makes your day.”

Collecting new information and asking questions is how discovery science evolves. In fact, Stuart said the reason she ended up studying certain enzymes came by surprise.

“We hadn’t planned on studying it,” said Stuart, “but we had one or two observations that kind of drew us in that direction and the pieces of the puzzle all fit together. And it’s like ‘Ah!’ you have that eureka moment, ‘This must be what’s going on!’”

St. Maurice said the thrill of discovery motivates him and drives his research forward.

“I think it’s true that in research 90 percent of the time things fail,” he said. “It sort of feels a little bit like you’re constantly beating your head against the wall. And it hurts after a while, right? But it’s worth it for that five to 10 percent of the time when something does work and suddenly you’re seeing something that nobody else has ever seen before.”

Teacher-Scholar Model

Unique from other university professors, all Marquette professors of biological sciences follow a teacher-scholar model that allows them to conduct research along with teaching undergraduate and graduate classes. This is what attracted Choi, Stuart and St. Maurice to this university.

Professors encourage as many undergraduate students as possible to get involved with their labs and do independent research, Stuart said. St. Maurice pointed out that at least one undergraduate student works in each lab on campus.

“You can learn so much from a textbook,” said Stuart, “but actually coming in as a biology major and working in somebody’s lab and generating data, analyzing the data and discovering something new teaches you so much that you’re not going to get from a textbook… We have the best of both worlds.”

Equally or even more rewarding than the feeling of discovery, said Choi, Stuart and St. Maurice, is seeing the same kind of excitement in the students working in their labs.

“It’s unparallel, the excitement feel that you get when something works for the first time,” said Stuart, “but also just the fun you have of mentoring and working together alongside young people and mentoring them and guiding them and seeing them have fun discovering is wonderful.”

Choi said: “One of my favorite kinds of experiences is that when I see that in my students, when they get excited and see that all that hard work and all those little failures that we went through, that, all of a sudden, they’re kind of jumping up and down, and saying, ‘That’s really cool.’”

Helping students become independent in their research is rewarding, St. Maurice said. “To feel like you’ve been able to have some small part in their experience and their adventures is pretty awesome,” he said. “It’s a great part of the job.”

St. Maurice said: “I think Marquette both fosters and attracts teacher scholars who… are interested in their scholarship and it’s what brought them to this point in their careers, but they’re also very interested in sharing that with students. To be able to share that thrill is really important, I think, to a lot of people here.”

Bringing Science Home

Running laboratory research is an around-the-clock effort that constantly changes. As scientists find new information, many new questions arise. Scientists must keep their brains on overtime to keep up with the exciting, quick flow of new information, hypotheses, methodologies and interpretations. This includes keeping up with the findings of other scientific research to shed light on their own.

Research is a lifetime endeavor. So when do scientists find time to live normal, sociable lives?  How do they cope with constantly processing new information?

Choi said she likes to keep her science and home lives completely separate. The self-described “crazy Frisbee lady” plays ultimate Frisbee with the Milwaukee Ultimate Club city league.

“I usually try to get the Valley Fields during the summer,” said Choi, “and I try to organize a pick-up, so anybody can come and play down there during the summer, and so I get half my faculty department to come down there, and I get a lot of our students. And it’s almost a requirement to be in my lab that you have to play ultimate.”

Stuart said there are days when she goes home and constantly thinks about her lab work. She likes to read scientific literature especially when she is eager to find out what a result from the lab might mean. She said when she relaxes at home, for example: “I’m not really watching TV, although I’m thinking I’m watching TV.”

To release her mind from the constant wheels of scientific thought, Stuart likes to take walks, a lot of walks. She also enjoys photographing nature with her Canon 40D.

St. Maurice said having a job that is flexible and free has its advantages and disadvantages. “You don’t have to ever turn off,” he said. “You’re always thinking about what’s going on [and] worried about what’s not working.”

For fun, he plays the fiddle with a community orchestra once a week. He said, “It’s remarkable that while I’m in those rehearsals for three and a half hours, I don’t think for a second think about everything that’s going on in the lab.”

by Melanie Pawlyszyn
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Tom McCarthy delivers a ‘winning’ film with “Win Win” (****1/2 rating)

Posted on 26 April 2011 by Kevin Benninger

As much as I try, I can find little wrong with “Win Win.” Written and directed by Thomas McCarthy, most recognized for his work with both “The Vistior” and “Up,” this film exhibits his great understanding of simple human interaction and emotion. In an age of so many BIG films, the epic emotion displayed in movies like “Inception” and this year’s “Battle: Los Angeles” seems almost too easy. What about the little guy? What about the emotion most people can really relate to? McCarthy masters this without trying to be too deep or existential, which is so common with small budget films.

“Win Win” is the story of a struggling attorney and high school wresting coach, Mike Flaherty (played by the always fantastic Paul Giamatti), whose misguided attempts to support his family leads to a new relationship with an unexpected visitor named Kyle (Alex Shaffer). When Alex shows up at his grandfather’s house, Flaherty’s life becomes much more complicated. Having been granted guardianship of Kyle’s grandfather, Leo, through some quasi-illegal dealings, Flaherty finds himself caught up in the family affairs of the troubled Kyle, his recovering drug addict mother, and his dementia stricken grandfather. Encouraged to house the boy temporarily by his wife, Jackie (Amy Ryan), Flaherty discovers that Kyle is actually a really sweet kid and an incredible wrestler who might just be exactly what his downtrodden wrestling team needs.

The acting in “Win Win” is superb. Newcomer Alex Shaffer plays a perfectly quiet and deadpan Kyle who struggles with definite domestic issues. He is especially charming through his interactions with Flaherty’s daughters and his friendship with the nerdy Stemler (David Thompson). Amy Ryan (star of “The Office” and “The Wire”) does a fantastic job as Mike Flaherty’s wife and moral support throughout the film. Also worth mentioning is the laugh-out-loud comic relief from Flaherty’s best friend, Terry (played by Bobby Cannavale), who takes particular interest in the wrestling team once Kyle joins as a way of getting over his failed marriage. Then, of course, there is Paul Giamatti. ‘Nuff said. Most importantly though, the actors manage to keep the film real and relatable as intended by McCarthy, and this is where the success of the film lies.

Overall, “Win Win” is a near perfect film. While it lacks the grandeur of bigger box office pictures, it deals perfectly with its subject matter. McCarthy manages to capture the subtleties of emotion and personal revelations that come out of simple human events and interaction. From scenes depicting the farcical interactions in a civil court to those that involve the characters sitting at a table and eating pancakes without any spoken words, “Win Win” depicts real emotion and the joys of everyday life. Backed with an original song by the The National, this film is the complete package. I hesitate to give the movie five stars because it did not blow me away, but with great acting, great music, and well developed characters and plot, “Win Win” is a win for the makers of the film, and a win for the audience.

by Kevin Benninger
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Prion: Episode 4

Posted on 26 April 2011 by WarriorAdmin

Derrick rolled the cigarette between his fingers and watched as its smoldering contents fluttered to the ground. He didn’t feel like smoking. Rising stiffly, he flicked the butt from his hand and strode into the darkness at the far side of the shed. He closed his eyes. The wind had picked up and he listened to the rain as it drove against the thin walls of the building. The clatter of it was unnerving.

For once, he wasn’t sure what to do. He had seen the shakes countless times before this, of course. They were a common, early indication of prion disease. But nobody had ever had a choice in the matter. Those who exhibited the symptom resigned themselves to an awful death and to the worse fate which followed. Now things weren’t so simple. The pamphlet from Andros Island promised a cure. Could he get Audrey to the ferries in time? Could he honestly afford to take that chance? If not, what was the alternative? He drew his .45 from its holster. The thing glinted menacingly in the half light.

“I can’t,” Derrick told himself, “I just can’t do it!” He glanced back at Audrey, hoping that she had not guessed his thoughts. There was little danger of that. She was still huddled by the truck, her face buried in her hands. Putting his gun away, he returned to the campsite.

Audrey didn’t seem to notice him at first. The shaking in her arm had abated, but her small frame trembled, and, despite the din outside, he caught the sound of her muffled sobs. He realized with a shock that he hadn’t heard anything like this in a very long time. It made his heart ache. Seating himself beside her, he placed a gentle hand on her shoulder. It took a moment for her to look up. When she did, her face was wet with tears. She was struggling to compose herself, and her breathing came in convulsive gasps.

“Forgive me Derrick,” she sniffled, “I didn’t know how to tell you. I’m going to die aren’t I? I’m going to become like those things.”

“Not if I can help it,” he replied, “There’s a cure on the island, and we’ve still got some time.”

A weak smile passed fleetingly across her face. “You mean I’ve still got some time,” she murmured.

“Listen to me,” said Derrick raising his voice, “I’m not going to let you die! Do you understand? I’m getting you to those damn ships if it’s the last thing I do!” She looked pained and he immediately regretted his exasperation. “Oh hell, I don’t know what my problem is,” he stammered, “I’m just sick of it all I guess. It gets old, you know, having nothing to hold on to. And the worst part is we’re just supposed to accept it. Well I’m not willing to do that. I’m gonna pull through all this and come out on top. I’m gonna survive, and so are you. Alright?”

Audrey wiped her dampened eyes, “Alright Derrick.”

The storm had subsided and it was relatively quiet once more, aside from the trickle of rainwater and the occasional rumble of distant thunder. Derrick pricked up his ears.

Either he was imagining things, or something had just bumped against the side door of the shed. He listened intently for several seconds but the sound did not repeat itself.

“Did you hear that?” he whispered.

“Hear what?” asked Audrey in alarm.

Motioning her to silence, he picked up his 12 gauge and crept slowly across the room. When he reached the door, he took out his flashlight. Nothing seemed amiss. It was closed and bolted just as he had left it. But he still couldn’t shake the feeling of uneasiness. Dousing the light, he crouched and waited. He didn’t hear anything for some time, and he began to think that his mind was indeed playing tricks on him. Then all at once a piercing cry broke out. Derrick jumped backwards, startled. In response to his sudden movement, a loud banging and scratching commenced on the door and nearby wall.

“Shit, they’re on to us!” he exclaimed as he ran back to camp, “and it sounds like there’s quite a few! Grab your stuff! We have to get outta here right away or we’re done for!” He tossed the cooking accessories into the truck’s bed and then dove in himself. “And keep an eye on that door,” he shouted over his shoulder.

He crawled back among his supplies until he reached a bulky strongbox. Quickly unlatching it, he produced a couple of M16’s. These he placed on the tailgate, together with his munitions satchel and a flat wooden case marked “ANGEL.” Hopping out of the truck again, he opened the case and removed a short, curiously curved sword on a leather harness.

“Hello old girl,” Derrick chuckled grimly as he strapped the blade to his back. Shouldering the satchel and guns, he slammed the tailgate to and pulled down the rear hatch. When they were both in the truck, he turned to Audrey, “It could get pretty hairy once we break out of here. There’s a pistol and a couple extra magazines in the glove box. But if things really go to hell, you’re gonna need something better than that. Ever used one of these suckers before?” He lifted up an M16.

“Once or twice,” replied Audrey hesitantly.

“Good,” he handed her the gun, “Now let’s get this show on the road!”

Derrick drew two grenades from the satchel and rolled down his window. Yanking the pins, he tossed them toward the large metal doors at the front of the shed. He and Audrey ducked, and a second later, there was a deafening noise and a tremendous burst of flame. Looking up again, he hit the gas. For a moment they were lost in a cloud of murky smoke, then, with a jolt and a scrape, they emerged outside the building.

“Shit!” he exclaimed as the truck plowed into a crowd of ragged human figures, “they’re everywhere!” Audrey screamed, and one of the creatures tumbled up onto the hood, bashing its face against the windshield. “Hang on!” yelled Derrick. With an effort they made the road and hung right towards the center of town.

There was a flash of lightning, and Audrey gasped, “There must be hundreds of them back there!”

“Yeah, looks like the whole place turned out for the welcome party,” said Derrick.

He floored it and they sped off through the pouring rain. Soon the danger of Winfield was behind them. After a mile or two they came to a crossroads and turned right, heading west to join up with Route 218. They had not gone very far before Derrick slammed on the breaks. Directly in front of them the road dropped out for a space of several yards.

“Bridge’s gone,” he said, “guess we’ll have to try and do it the hard way.” Putting the truck in park, he grabbed an M16 and opened his door. “I’m just gonna check things out real quick.”

The bridge was indeed gone, no doubt washed away by the repeated onslaught of seasonal floods, but there had been a drought that year and the raging currents of spring had given way to a bare and muddy riverbed. It wouldn’t be too bad getting the truck through there, so long as it didn’t get hung up in the muck. Derrick turned to head back.

Suddenly, there was a scream and something heavy struck him, knocking him to the ground and pinning him there. He struggled for a moment, dreadfully aware of hot breath and razor-sharp claws. Then he broke free. Whirling around, he faced his attacker. At first he couldn’t tell what exactly he was looking at, so altered and disfigured was its appearance, then he realized. It was a cougar, but unlike any that he had seen before, completely hairless and skeletal. It crouched, ravening, its pale green eyes glowing in the light of the truck’s high beams. It was preparing to pounce.

Derrick had dropped his M16 when he went down and he knew a .45 wasn’t going to be of much use against a thing like this. Reaching back, he drew out his sword and waited. With a growl the beast sprang at him again. Dodging to one side, he swung the blade down hard, catching it at the base of the neck. Its head went sailing into the darkness and its body hit the ground, still twitching a little.

Once he had caught his breath, Derrick retrieved his gun and went back to the truck. For a while he didn’t say anything, but simply sat and watched as the lightning danced across the distant horizon. At last he sighed and turned to Audrey.

“Let’s go find those boats,” he said.

by Mike Goetz
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What message are you sending your professor?

Posted on 26 April 2011 by WarriorAdmin

There is nothing scarier than e-mailing an English professor. Seriously, have you tried it? What is the correct e-mail format? Do you end with “sincerely” or “thanks” or “good night, sweet prince?” Should that be a semi-colon or a comma? Do you put that story title in quotes or italics? Oh Lord, what if there’s a typo? What if the e-mail spell check didn’t catch it? Better paste it into Microsoft Word and run a spell check there, just in case. What if I send an e-mail using “you’re” instead of “your”?! That would dock at least ten participation points.

No matter what teacher you’re e-mailing, it is important to look at what you are sending. The type of e-mail you send says a lot about the kind of student you are. Are you sending messages you don’t want to be sending? Unfortunately, many students are doing just this. Below are some of the common mistakes Marquette students make in the e-mails they send to teachers and the impressions these mistakes give. Thankfully, most of the desirably features of e-mail writing can quickly become habit.

Grammar and punctuation are a good place to start. If your sentence reads something like, “I am unnnable to astend calss terday due to ilknesss,” your teacher will read it as, “I’m sending this on my I-phone from the bar that is currently more interesting than your lecture on carcinogens in plastic bottles.” But even minor mistakes stick out to the reader. If you are sending a serious e-mail, using “accept” instead of “except” is a quick way to lose your authoritative voice. If there is a word you always misspell or a grammar rule you always forget, it might be safe to just rewrite your sentence to avoid these potential mistakes.

Here’s something I know you’ve worried about: is it Dr. Derp or Prof. Derp? First of all, don’t address your instructor as Mr. or Mrs. unless you have been told to do so. When in doubt, use Professor. It is less of a faux pas to call a person by a higher title than to call them by a lower title.

Do you remember that episode of Spongebob where Patrick yells, “It’s Doctor-Professor Patrick to you!”? Well, we’re surrounded by Doctor/Professors here. So what address should we use? If you really want to be sure, either check the syllabus or look up the instructor on the Marquette website. In my experience, most instructors write “Dr.” on their syllabi and e-mail sign-offs, so Dr. is probably the way to go.

This brings up another important part of e-mail writing. Do you begin your e-mails with a salutation or greeting? If not, you should. If your e-mail jumps straight into “I have a question about…” or “Is the paper due on…”, then your instructor will read it in just that way; no courtesy and patience, but rude expectancy. Even if you are trying to be succinct, at least having an address at the beginning of the quick question shows that you are patient in receiving a response and appreciative of the answer you shall receive. Always chose courtesy over quickness.

We’ve been talking about the subliminal messages that teacher e-mails can send, but the explicit message of an e-mail must be discussed as well. There are three trends in particular that you must know not to do: asking when the essay will be graded, asking a question clearly in the syllabus, and asking a question that should be addressed in office hours.

First, don’t e-mail to find out whether the test or essay is graded yet. For those of you scoffing at this, you would be surprised how many instructors receive these e-mails. For those who send these e-mails, I understand the stress of not knowing your grade. A common misconception is that the instructor might have forgotten about the test or essay, and maybe a little e-mail will remind them about the grading to be done. No. It is nothing but annoying. Think of this – how would you feel if after assigning a seven-page essay, your instructor e-mailed you every night to ask you if you had finished yet? Yes, annoying.

Another teacher-student deal breaker: e-mailing about something clearly stated on the syllabus. Even if you lose the syllabus handed out on the first day of class, it is probably posted on D2L. Having our instructor’s e-mail address is a privilege. Our professors aren’t Google search engines who will robotically shoot out the answer to our every question; they are people who are taking time out of their day to read what we’ve asked them, think about the question, and give us a helpful response.

So how does asking a question clearly written in the syllabus look to a professor? Not very classy. It not only shows immaturity and a lack of self-reliance, but it also shows disrespect towards the instructor.

Finally, remember that your instructor has office hours specifically to help students. Before you e-mail your instructor, evaluate whether your concern can be answered quickly or whether you should visit your instructor’s office hours.

I’ve saved the best for last: sick-day e-mails. We go to school in the frosty Midwest. We will get sick. But it is important to know how to handle illnesses. You don’t always need to e-mail your instructor – I took a class that allowed three “free days,” so the instructor said that if we miss one of these days, it was unnecessary to send an explanatory e-mail. Alright, works for me.

But in most other cases, especially in a class with 25 or fewer students, it is courteous to send an e-mail to excuse your absence. My go-to message usually says, “Due to illness, I will not be attending class today. I will be sure to look over today’s notes with a classmate.” Necessary? Maybe not. But it is courteous.

But don’t go too far. Some students think that the more graphic they get in describing their illness, the more likely the professor is to believe their story. Rule of thumb: if your e-mail contains the word “poop,” you have gone too far.

An added bonus: learning to send a proper e-mail now will be invaluable when e-mailing internship and job employers.

by Anna Ceragioli
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Marq Your Path to make its mark at MU

Posted on 26 April 2011 by WarriorAdmin

The Office of Disability Services held an open house Tuesday, April 19, to introduce Marq Your Path, a program for students with disabilities at Marquette University designed to support academic excellence and increase retention and graduation rates.

“It’s kind of like a support group for students to come and talk about school and know that they are not the only ones with a disability or struggling in classes, but it is also a place to get help with school work as well,” said a student working with the program.

Marq Your Path is implementing new technology into their program to help students learn and comprehend. New Scanners, computers and iPads are at the forefront of innovating the program.

According to Marq Your Path director Heidi Vering, the iPad is proving to be most helpful for students in the program.

“The iPad gives the students so much mobility because they can take it anywhere and they can keep all of their books on it as well,” Vering said. “I like the iPad the most because it allows students to have independence. They don’t have to rely on others.

One application called Cloud will organize students’ information and make it easily accessible. Another application called Dragonspeak, will allow students to speak into the iPad or computer and will generate words in a Word document. Dragonspeak can also read papers aloud, so students can catch their own errors and hear how their papers flow.

Heidi credits all of the program consultants for all the hard work that they have done to make the program become a reality.

Marq Your Path serves 100 students, about 25 to 35 new students each year. They are selected from those registered with and eligible for services from the Office of Disability Services. Because the program is just beginning, it is not open to the entire student population. However, the ODS is hopeful that the results from this program will help make it available to all students one day.

For more information on Marq Your Path, contact Meghan Schifalacqua at [email protected] or visit the Office of Disability Services located in Marquette Hall.

by Joe Stacho
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SUBJECTIVITY VS. EXTERNAL REALITY: MAYBE ONE IN THE SAME… Dr. Sebastian Luft sheds light on philosophical inquiry

Posted on 26 April 2011 by Melanie Pawlyszyn

Sebastian Luft, Ph.D., an associate professor of philosophy at Marquette University, received the Way Klingler Fellowship Award at the annual Distinguished Scholars Reception on March 7. He was on sabbatical leave last semester and has been on research leave this semester in Germany.

In the online interview below, Luft shared insights into the topics and nature of his current research involved with transcendental philosophy.

Q: What is Neo-Kantianism and Phenomenology?

A: Neo-Kantianism and Phenomenology are philosophical movements of the 19th and 20th century (and beyond); they are versions of the form of philosophy inaugurated by Immanuel Kant. Kant frames his philosophy as a form of critique, that is, it investigates our relation, as rational creatures, to the world as it is shaped and formed by us. Philosophy investigates what we lay into the world through our own capacities, rather than seeing our minds as mirrors of nature. This novel form of philosophy Kant has called transcendental philosophy, which scrutinizes our capacities as rational creatures as we experience and shape the world, but also delimits our capacities to not strive beyond what is knowable to us. Neo-Kantianism was a movement especially in the late 19th and early 20th century dedicated to Kant; and phenomenology was inaugurated around 1900 by Edmund Husserl and was continued by thinkers such as Martin Heidegger, Max Scheler and Jean-Paul Sartre. Both movements are forms of Kantian philosophy, because they pursued this Kantian project, broadly construed, in different manners. This is an interpretation that is not uncontroversial, and my work aims at demonstrating the close connections of these schools to Kant’s philosophy.

The Neo-Kantians, especially thinkers such as Hermann Cohen, Paul Natorp and Ernst Cassirer, intended to transform Kant’s critique of reason into a critique of culture. Culture has no political implication, but refers to the world as it is “crafted” and “honored” by human agents in communal and mutually critical manner. However, Cassirer, who had to leave his native Germany as a Jew in the 1930s and came to live in the US, utilized the philosophy of culture to formulate a compelling critique of modern fascism.

The phenomenologists pushed further in the Kantian direction of delving into the nature of subjectivity in the manner in which it experiences the world. The constructive aspect of our culture-shaping activities has a flip side, which can be re-constructed. Phenomenology, then, creates an access to the subjective side of experience, with the fascinating implication that a science of the subjective becomes thereby possible. Thus, the life of the subject is not at all “subjective” if this means that it does not allow for an inter-subjectively shareable account.

These two directions of Kantianism are attempts at explaining how subjectivity and the world hang together, mainly in a theoretical vein; however, these theories also have ramifications for morality, aesthetics and religion. What these accounts aim at, ultimately, is a systematic expression of the fact that the world and subjectivity are inextricably bound together.

Q: How are these philosophies part of your work?

A: My global project aims to give an account of these two, but ultimately also other forms of transcendental philosophy that have arisen since Kant. Ultimately, all serious forms of systematic philosophizing after Kant are indebted to him. Showing precisely that this is the case is the main intention of my work.

Q: Is your research independent or collaborative?

A: My main labor in writing my original work is of course independent. However, I do collaborate with colleagues on a number of projects, such as editing the Companion to Phenomenology with my Danish colleague Søren Overgaard (Routledge, forthcoming) and translating Husserl’s First Philosophy with my American colleague Thane Naberhaus (Springer, forthcoming), and I am co-organizing a conference with my Italian colleague, Faustino Fabbianelli, that will take place in Parma, Italy, next March. I am also part of the Seminar for Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, founded by my Marquette colleague Pol Vandevelde, who invites speakers and organizes conferences. There are, thus, many practical aspects to my work.

Q: When did you start this research and how long do you expect to continue it?

A: I have worked on the issues concerning the nature of transcendental philosophy for about a decade and expect to continue working on the projects I have set out to do for probably another decade. But of course they are perennial problems that will occupy me as long as I have the good fortune to be able to think.

Q: How will your findings affect the world at large?

A: Philosophy rarely has a direct influence on the world and its work would be misunderstood were one to demand this. The effect of philosophy consists, rather, in blazing trails of the human mind; trails, in other words, that every rational creature can potentially pursue in following the paths of thought. In this sense, the philosopher is a pioneer in the landscape of the mind. Philosophy is radical openness but not arbitrariness; it is beholden to principles and methods but not dogmatic; Kant situated philosophy precisely between these two unpalatable alternatives: skepticism and dogmatism. Philosophical critique, as Kant conceived it, is skeptical with regard to absolute claims, but dogmatic concerning the idea that everything is permissible simply because it is thinkable. Philosophy, thus, is critical in the sense that it criticizes science and other cultural formations and lays foundations for thought that can justify their rationale.

Q: What are you trying to prove?

A: Regarding the path I wish to pursue, my agenda is to counter a trend in contemporary philosophy that wants to reduce philosophical inquiry to a set of discrete themes that deal with details rather than tackling the “big questions.” The big question par excellence, it seems to me, is to figure out the complex relation between subjectivity and lifeworld. Yet, this is not a question that is posed in an ivory tower but has consequences reaching into every detail of our life in a cultural world. In this sense, philosophy, in my understanding, is a way of life and not just an academic discipline.

Q: How do you know what the relation between subjectivity and lifeworld looks like when you find it?

A: My point is that subjectivity and lifeworld are both the sides of one coin. That means, no matter where one looks, one will always find both together, intertwined, one enmeshed with the other. For instance, how can I speak of my “own” opinion: it’s always informed by others’ opinions, what I read, what I hear, what I have experienced before. And when I look at something “out there” in the world, say a painting in a museum, how can I ever describe it without inserting my own experience, knowledge, feelings, etc.? There is no such thing as an “objective” description pure and simple. And there is no such thing as “subjective” pure and simple either. So my point about the relation between both of these – let me call them – structures is not one that I stipulate or declare; it is one that one finds when one takes a close look at phenomena that are allegedly “in me” or “out there.” There is no strict distinction between inside and outside, I and world, I and You (and whatever else one might oppose). The world is “imbued” with subjectivity, and subjectivity – no matter in what capacity, as intuition, experience, reason, etc. – finds its traction in the world. But again, this is not some lofty declaration, but a descriptive finding and a task for further research in this vein.

by Melanie Pawlyszyn
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Pabst Brewery plans development after decades of stasis

Posted on 14 April 2011 by Anna Ceragioli

PABST IS BACK

When walking around Marquette’s campus, you may have noticed the maroon rotating sign on the northeast side of I-43. “The Brewery” is written on one side of this sign and “A Joseph Zilber Historic Development” on the other. Joseph Zilber’s name is certainly known across the Marquette campus. In 2007, one year before the philanthropist died at age 92, Zilber donated $30 million to the Marquette University Law School. But just a few blocks from campus, at the site of the former Pabst Brewery, Zilber’s vision of improving Milwaukee continues to flourish.

Months before his death, Joseph Zilber said that the new construction project of the Brewery would be his “legacy to Milwaukee.” He also stated, “The Pabst will be something that you’ll be proud of, I’ll be proud of, the city will be proud of.”

Of the Pabst Brewery’s 28 original buildings, 10 were torn down and 18 survived years of abandonment. Many of the remaining buildings have already been redeveloped into functioning spaces, including apartments, office space, a parking garage and the tavern and history center Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery. Six buildings are for sale and are all the subjects of great purchasing interest by several parties.

Dan McCarthy, vice president at Brewery Project LLC., says, “When everything is said and done the, goal is, as was Joe Zilber’s wish…that [the Brewery] area of town be restored to its potential as a neighborhood that is viable and sustainable.”

BACKGROUND

From 1844 to 1996, the Pabst Brewery was a source of employment, economy and pride in Milwaukee. Its history began when the Best family emigrated from Germany to Milwaukee. Originally wine makers, the Best family eventually started a brewing company in downtown Milwaukee known as “the little tavern on the hill.” As business began looking grim in the 1860s, Jacob Best’s son-in-law, Captain Frederick Pabst, became part of the Pabst team, and two years later, its president.  By 1874, the “little tavern on the hill” had grown into America’s largest brewery.

Business again began to look grim in the later half of the 20th century. The brewery’s close in December of 1996 was so abrupt that many employees left behind pictures, uniforms and even lunches in their lockers. All 21 acres of land sat stagnantly behind chain link.

Jim Haertel, proprietor of Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery, a tavern and history center, said: “It was a ghost town. Seven city blocks, 28 buildings, almost 2 million square feet of space…not using one kilowatt.”

After a decade of failed attempts to rejuvenate the area, Joseph Zilber purchased the abandoned site in 2006 with plans to “create a new neighborhood that will rank with other great neighborhoods in Milwaukee.”

PROGRESS:

Work, Play and Educate

Those involved in Zilber’s Brewery development describe the project in three words: “work, play, educate.” McCarthy describes these objectives as “classic elements of any great urban community.” Haertel suggests that two other objectives of the developments are “live and park.”

The connection between the “work, play, educate” model and the dream of creating a truly great community are clear in the current developments and proposed developments of the Brewery site.

Work

The former Boiler House now holds 50,000 square feet of office space, which is about 75 percent occupied and 25 percent vacant.

The former Shipping Center is a much looked at building for possible renovation. Two potential uses of these warehouses are offices for the federal government or offices for the Astronautics Corporation.

Play

The former Brewhouse Millhouse, a 34,400 square foot, four story building on the “T” side of the iconic “PABST” sign, has several interested buyers. There are tentative suggestions for a 90-room, all suites hotel on the top three floors. The Hofbrauhaus, which already has a popular Milwaukee location at 1009 N. Old World Third Street, has announced plans to purchase the first floor of the building. Construction is expected to begin in about 60 days and to be completed for the summer of 2012.

Educate

The former Research Lab on North Tenth Street and West Winnebago Street was purchased by Cardinal Stritch University, who moved portions of their School of Education and Leadership into this 30,000 square feet area of office space.

The Manufacturing and Cold Storage Building on North Ninth Street and West Juneau Avenue, erected in 1918, is soon to be the UWM School of Public Health. The five story, 32,440 square foot building will be Wisconsin’s first school of public health and will house citizens of Milwaukee’s Department of Health. Construction will begin in June and the facility will officially open for the fall 2012 school year.

Live

The former Keg House, one of the first projects, was extensively renovated to restore the Cream City brick exterior and convert the high-ceilinged interior into a series of apartments. In January of 2010, the Keg House opened as the Blue Ribbon Lofts, a 95 apartment complex that was fully rented out within the first month of being open.

Gorman Company, Inc., the company that renovated the Blue Ribbon Lofts, is also interested in converting the site of a demolished building on North Ninth Street and West Winnebago Street  into a Common Bond Community, a Minneapolis-based senior living company. The goal is to begin work on the 55 unit senior apartment building within the year.

Park

In 2009, an eight story, 880 parking structure was erected on North Ninth Street and West Juneau Avenue. The first floor of this building holds 9,000 square feet of retail space that is currently for sale.

Also erected near the Cardinal Strich offices is Zilber Park, a small, minimalistic park that is the first step of plans to beautify the area. Especially in the early stages of development when many buildings are dirty stacks rising from weedy gravel, such small steps as a tree-studded park hold great aesthetic power.

Another building for sale is the former First German Methodist Church built in 1873 and later converted into the Forst Keller restaurant, which was especially popular amongst the Marquette community. The 3,020 square foot space is a source of interest to many parties and could be converted into anything from offices to an entertainment venue.

PABST CONNECTIONS:
Marquette and Milwaukee;  Past and Progress

Marquette & Milwaukee

The progress occurring at the Pabst is not done without recognition of the Brewery’s proximity to Marquette. Specifically, developers recognize the notable distance of retailers from Marquette’s campus and plan on adding retail space to offer a more accessible option for the students.

When asked about connections between Marquette and the Zilber Historic Development project, Brewery Project LLC. vice presidents Dan McCarthy and Mike Mervis gave a “big scoop.”

“We are growing gradually optimistic that over the next couple of years, there will be a series of discussions between Marquette University, Aurora Sinai Health Partners and the Brewery over how to best use and connect these areas…to serve constituents of all three entities,” McCarthy said.

The very foundation of the brewery project is optimism of rejuvenating a once-prosperous area, serving the community and turning the shadows of the past into progress.

“The Pabst…we think it’s like the Third Ward or Old World Third Street,” Haertel said. “When Old World Third Street first started developing, people said, ‘Nobody’s gonna go across the river to Third Street.’  Today, people might say, ‘Eighth and 11th?  No one will go.’ But lots of people are already coming. This place will become big like them.”

The Pabst Brewery bridges the Marquette community and the central city to downtown Milwaukee, but that bridge was chained off for ten years. The developers in the Pabst area believe that by redeveloping the Brewery, this important bridge between Milwaukee communities will not only be restored, but become a catalyst for optimism and improvement in Milwaukee. As Haertel puts it, “A city is only as strong as its weakest link.”

Karen Haertel, wife of Jim Haertel and partner of Best Place at the Pabst, explained: “What’s happening at the Brewery is important to the Milwaukee community because what’s being created is a place of community. This is for people who need communal environments…so, everyone.”

Past & Present

In his book on the history of Milwaukee, Jerry Apps stated, “Wisconsin is virtually a brewery graveyard.” After its settlement in 1785, Milwaukee progressed into America’s beer capital. But the Civil War, Prohibition and economic turmoil of the later 20th century ended the business of most breweries.

The Pabst Brewery did not just spit out profits and smoke; it housed a business that helped shape the history and core identity of Milwaukee. Its buildings were not just factory stacks, but constructed with pride. In October of 1857, the Milwaukee Sentinel (now the Journal Sentinel) wrote of the then-newly constructed Mill House:

“The building is a fine looking one, and were it not for a life-sized figure of a sturdy Teuton which is perched on the top, in the act of sipping a glass of lager, one would never suspect its being a brewery.”

The developers of the Pabst Brewery respect the beauty and history of the brewery. They are cleaning the grime from the buildings so that the Cream City brick can shine. The Pabst logos and artwork remain in the buildings, the stained-glass windows are unbroken, the newly constructed buildings bear historic pictures of the brewery, and in the developing Brewhouse Millhouse, six massive copper kegs remain intact on the second floor despite the great profit that could have been made from merely melting down and selling the copper.

In particular, the history of the Pabst is represented by Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery, whose first floor was once the guest center to visitors and upper stories once housed the company’s corporate offices. While the upper floors are still under development, the two bars, two courtyards, great hall and gift shop are open and functioning. In addition to hosting patrons in the evenings and Pabst History Tours at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays, Best Place has become a popular location for private parties and weddings.

Although progress can often mean destruction, the developments of the Pabst Brewery are unique in their balance of progress and preservation. The developers understand that Pabst’s 1844-1996 run is 125 years of history in a city settled 226 years ago. They understand that the total loss of this brewery is a price that Milwaukee cannot and should not have to pay. With Joseph Zilber’s goal to give Milwaukee a neighborhood to be proud of, developers’ goals to represent the needs of a variety of citizens, and the Milwaukee community’s pride in their brewery history, an abandoned brewery is slowly morphing into a living, breathing community. We are in the exciting position to see this metamorphosis and, hopefully, be able to play a part in its growth.

by Anna Ceragioli
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MASSAGE-A-THON

Posted on 14 April 2011 by WarriorAdmin

Student fundraisers usually sell brownies or puppy chow, or maybe bracelets with a message of social awareness. But what if you want something relaxing?

Physical therapy students are offering massages as a part of Massage-A-Thon, to raise funds for graduation. Alongside the massages, they are selling baked goods to benefit Senior Marquette Challenge.

When asked, no one knew specifically how long the Massage-A-thon had been occurring, but it has been going on as long as anyone can remember, said Katie Lyons, a fifth-year Physical Therapy student.

Lyons stated that the most popular areas for massages are the upper back and shoulder area, but that masseurs would be open to do most areas, including the feet. She said that at seven dollars for 15 minutes, they’re inexpensive.

Henry Kuhnen, a graduate student in the College of Biomedical Engineers, said that the event was a good way for students to use their skills while raising money.

“It’s a cool thing that they’re doing,” Kuhnen said.

Kuhnen explained that getting a massage was a good experience, and recommended it as an inexpensive way to get a good massage.

“I’m a big fan,” Kuhnen joked.

The Massage-a-thon continues until April 8 on the third floor of the Schroeder Health Complex. Massages are offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 to 8 pm, Thursdays from noon to 8 pm, and Fridays from 12 to 6 pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments can also be reserved online at massage-a-thon.genbook.com.

by Alec Brooks
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Study Abroad Hits Home for Students

Posted on 14 April 2011 by WarriorAdmin

Problems like large-scale protests and natural disasters happening in other countries often seem remote and distant to Marquette students, but for students studying abroad they become an issue of personal safety.

At the time a tsunami hit Japan and caused concerns about nuclear radiation, Marquette had a single student in the country, with three more who planned to come for the spring semester. Blake Ward, the Study Abroad Coordinator, said his office contacted Evan Kelley, who had been there since the beginning of the year, soon after the disaster and verify he was okay. Ward said Sofia University in Tokyo, Marquette’s partner school, only gave them a few days to decide and ultimately they sent Kelley home.

A similar case happened in Egypt, he said, forcing Marquette to withdraw a student who had already arrived in Cairo. Ward said the past semester was “relatively unprecedented,” but he felt his office handled the challenges well.

“Things from our perspective went pretty smoothly in both cases,” Ward explained.

Stephen Wroblewski, one of the three planning to travel to Japan, said that he has wanted to study in Asia since freshman year. He said he planned his schedule so he could take the courses he needed for his minor, Asian Studies, in Japan. Despite his disappointment, Wroblewski said he understood the school’s position on student safety.

“There is nobody really to be mad at,” he said. “I understand the school’s stance on the situation.”

Ward said that while the Japan program is still suspended, the Egyptian program has already resumed, with a student slated to study at the American University of Cairo. He explained that the office was comfortable sending students there already because the campus is away from the site of protests.

Ward said that the Office of International Education, which runs the study abroad programs, has a person on-call 24/7 in order to deal with any problems which arise abroad. Additionally, the program has a subscription to SOS International which keeps them updated of events that could impact the safety of students studying abroad. Ward said that the office’s safeguards fared well in the recent emergencies.

“It was tested this semester for sure and it went well,” he said.

by Alec Brooks
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