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Pabst Brewery plans development after decades of stasis

Posted on 14 April 2011 by Anna Ceragioli


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.”


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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Crack down on K2: Milwaukee area says “enough”

Posted on 28 October 2010 by WarriorAdmin

No more legal high for Milwaukee area residents.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Students use stimulants to get the grade

Posted on 28 April 2010 by Marissa Evans

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The NCAA finals might be over but Marquette students are preparing for their own set of finals. With papers, readings, constant studying and late nights in Raynor Memorial Library coming soon, students will be doing all they can to pass their finals and classes with flying colors. For some, that includes taking stimulants, or “performance enhancers” to study.

Typically prescribed for attention-deficit and learning disorders, stimulants like Adderall, Concerta and Ritalin are increasingly becoming the tool of choice for students looking to meet deadlines and get the best grades possible.

“I only take it when I really need to get something done, maybe the day before a paper,” said a male freshman student in the College of Business Administration, who agreed to speak to The Warrior on the condition of anonymity.

The student said this semester was the first he tried “performance enhancers” to help him study, and said he buys whatever types of stimulant pills he can from students who have prescriptions.

He said although he mainly uses the drug to study, he occasionally uses it recreationally as well.

“I know people who are way more into it than I am. I have done it recreationally, to party too, but not all the time,” he said.

While the student said he usually buys one pill at a time, around high-stress times of the year, like midterms or finals, the demand for pills goes up—and so do prices.

“Normally the price (for a pill) is about three or four dollars, but around midterms or finals, they’ll jack up the price and it’ll be about eight.” Despite price increases around peak test times, the student said he considers the transaction a good deal.

“It’s really pretty cheap,” he said. “If I can crank out a whole night of homework for four, six, or eight bucks, it’s totally worth it for me.” The student said he has taken one or more stimulant pills seven times this semester and estimates he has spent more than 50 dollars on the drugs.

While the student said the use of performance enhancers is widespread at Marquette, he doesn’t consider the abuse of drugs like Adderall, Ritalin or Concerta academically dishonest.

“No one is talking about it, but it seems anybody can get a prescription,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a problem;  academically dishonest, no. If people want it, they can get it.”

Stimulants used by students to study such as Adderall are in the amphetamines family, while others such as Concerta, and Ritalin are in the ethylphenidate family. Both groups are known for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adderall is typically prescribed to children and adults who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is seen as a stimulant for the brain by controlling impulses and regulating behavior and attention. It influences the availability of neurotransmitters in the brain, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Classified by the FDA as a Schedule II drug due to its high potential for abuse and severe psychological or physical dependency, it is still currently accepted for medical use. The Schedule II drug category consists of opium, cocaine, methadone, amphetamines, and methamphetamines.

Abuse among students who do have a prescription for drugs like Adderall and Concerta does exist, and often involves a student manipulating the prescription in order to deal to those without one. One underclassman male student in the College of Communication who requested anonymity said he routinely re-fills his Concerta prescription for his Dyslexia and ADHD so he can sell his pills non-prescribed students.

“I don’t think of it as a big deal,” he said. “People know I have the resources to get it.” The student said he often checks up with customers to see how well the stimulant worked and has between ten and fifteen freshman friends and clients. Students who approach him for pills often have “the voice in their head that tells them to get something done, ‘or else,’’ he said. “(They think) this medicine can help me get it all done.”

He said he has also seen some purchase Concerta because “they like how they feel when they’re on it” especially when taken at parties.

Although “performance enhancers” like Concerta do not improve intelligence, the student said it does, “enhance your drive to get it all done.”

During times where he has taken the pill to study, he has experienced a loss of appetite, is unsociable, very focused and quiet. He advises students who buy from him to take the drug to study and while they are taking the test as well.

“It’s an association thing,” he said. Studying with stimulants does occur at Marquette and continues to be a growing trend with college students across the country.The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in an April 2009 report found of the 28,027 full-time college students between the ages of 18 and 22 surveyed they were twice as likely to use the amphetamine drug Adderall without prescription as those who had not been in college at all or were only part-time students. In 2008, the study found that full-time college students who had used Adderall non medically “were almost three times more likely to use marijuana, eight times more likely to use cocaine, eight times more likely to use tranquilizers non medically, and five times more likely to use pain relievers non medically.”

Although many students do not think using of stimulants to study is illegal, if students are caught, there are legal penalties.

“We get involved when it comes to finding people in possession of a controlled substance without a prescription,” said Officer Richard Lopez of the Milwaukee Police Department. According to Lopez, arrests and criminal charges for possession are the big things when it comes to non-prescribed drugs. According to Wisconsin state laws, those convicted of simple possession can receive a sentence under state law of drug treatment rather than jail time, and probation may be available to first-time offenders for more serious offenses. In addition, for Wisconsin, possessors can be fined between $1000 and $10,000, with the average jail time being between six months to three and a half years. There is also a mandatory driver’s license suspension for a minimum of six months and a maximum of five years for all drug offenses.

In addition to legal ramifications of abusing the pills, there are also some severe health ones as well. The FDA finds that non-prescribed, illegal use of Adderall can result in “rapid heartbeat palpitations, increased blood pressure, restlessness, insomnia, seizures, depression, headache and stroke,” with long term affects including liver problems and addiction. Students, who use Adderall without a prescription, may need to take central nervous system depressants such as pain relievers or tranquilizers to counteract the stimulant effects of Adderall.

Prolonged levels of a high attention span that occur when stimulants are taken repeatedly can
result in a ‘speed crash’. A speed crash, in medical terms follows the high level of energy originally felt, and leaves the person feeling nauseous, irritable, depressed or extremely exhausted. The FDA has found that those who take the drug for actual medical purposes have fewer side effects.

In addition, the NSDUH, found that nearly 90 percent of non-presciption full-time college students who used Adderall in the past month were also binge alcohol users.

Bucket of Pills

More than half were heavy alcohol users. A 23-year- old female graduate student at Marquette who also agreed to speak to The Warrior on the condition of anonymity, said many students in her program also use performance enhancing drugs like Adderall. While she said she does not use the drug, the students she knows who take it do not have a prescription.. Usually using it the night before an exam, students who use them tell her their ability to study and retain information is increased.

“A normal person can study for five hours and absorb a certain amount of material, but if you’re on Adderall and study those same five hours, it’s the most intense five hours of your life…it just gives you that edge, that intense ability to concentrate for more extended periods of time.”

With academic programs where students are ranked creating a particularly competitive situation many students feel the need to do whatever they need to do to get the best grades possible to get the highest rank.

“It’s not that people are proud of it, they just do what they need to do to get the grade,” said the student.

by Marissa Evans and Katelyn Ferral
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New “Best Place” pub offers German charm with old world Milwaukee flair

Posted on 28 April 2010 by Melanie Pawlyszyn

Pabst FactsThe Best Place tavern, located at 901 W. Juneau Ave. in the Historic Pabst Brewery, is set to open Sunday, May 2. As part of the former Pabst corporate offices and visitor’s center, the German-style Blue Ribbon Hall, Captain’s Courtyard, guest center and King’s Courtyard, the new pub will accommodate 50-60 people.

The hall within the Best Place Tavern is decorated with Edgar Miller’s 1944, one-hundredth anniversary fresco paintings of the Pabst Brewing Company history and brewing process along the ceiling’s perimeter. German sayings painted on walls along with the two courtyards, enclosed by hand blown-glass windows with stained glass mosaics, brings patrons back in time to a 19th century German tavern atmosphere.

The bar area showcases the building’s history with a sign-in book dating back to 1942, with signatures from members of the 1953 Boston Red Socks team. Marquette and UWM alumnus Jim Haertel, who bought and renovated Best Place, confirmed its historical authenticity, “The rooms have the same tables and chairs – same everything,” he said.

Marquette business student Caro Seiler, 24, who is helping Haertel prepare for the tavern’s opening, called Best Place a “historical treasure in Milwaukee.” As a German native, Seiler said Best Place reminds her of pubs in southern Germany.

“The United States is a young country, and I think Best Place is unique in its oldness,” Seiler said.

When Haertel, a Milwaukee-based financial and real estate consultant, pursued the purchase of the Pabst property in the late ‘90s, he quickly found that the only way he could buy Best Place was to buy the entire brewery for $11 million. After two and a half years of legal negotiations, Haertel signed a contract with a $50,000 down payment on Sept. 11, 2001, at 9:30 a.m.

Haertel explained his excitement of that morning, the morning he was to make his real estate dreams come true. But it was that morning that he found an empty office, and later a conference room of shocked faces staring at the attacked towers of the World Trade Center on the television screen.

The woman sitting nearby urged him not to sign the agreement, fearing the effects of the twin tower tragedy. Thinking to himself, “I’m not giving into the terrorists,” Haertel signed the contract.

With loves for real estate and beer, Haertel explained the success of his investment: “Now I found my passion – historical real estate related to beer.”

Looking back at his experiences at Marquette, where he received an executive Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Haertel said his Marquette education taught him to “follow your passion and success will come. Then give back.”

As the pub’s sternewirt – German for “star host,” a combination of the phrases “star brewer” and “brewer host” – Haertel gives tours in Best Place, one of the 23 of the 28 Pabst buildings he saved. He also leases Blue Ribbon Hall for group events.

A variety of memorabilia recovered from the Pabst Brewery can be purchased at Best Place’s Vintage Gift Shop, including “original stock certificates, mirrors, artwork, promotional materials, vintage postcards, and other collectable items such as coasters, beer buckets, bottle crowns,” according to the Best Place Web site.

by Melanie Pawlyszyn
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The facts about sexual abuse, the Pope and the Catholic Church

Posted on 28 April 2010 by Joanna Parkes

There’s no doubt many people living in the United States, much less Milwaukee, haven’t heard, read or seen the treatment that the media has recently given to the sexual abuse cases in the Catholic Church. By no means were either of the two major cases recent, but the press jumped on fresh circulation of information about the issue, and took advantage to exploit the issue to sensationalist levels. Proof of this is quite evident in the widely-read article by the New York Times published March 24th by Laurie Goodstein, in which then-Cardinal Ratzinger is bashed for “covering-up” the scandal of Father Lawrence Murphy. Goodstein bases her strongly anti-Catholic article on two sources, both having a conflict of interest in the circumstances of the article. Her primary source was lawyers, including Jeffrey Anderson, who have cases against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as well as the Holy See, and have financial agendas in the matter. Archbishop Rembert Weakland, retired archbishop of Milwaukee, was the second source. Weakland is quite discredited, as he is publicly known for using large funds (approximately $450,000) from the archdiocese to pay hush money to a former homosexual partner, as well as poor handling (or lack thereof) of other sexual abuse occurring in schools. The above mentioned were certainly not unbiased sources, and which can only result in biased reporting.

The sexual abuse that Murphy was responsible for occurred from July 1, 1963 to May 18, 1974 at St. John’s School for the Deaf in St. Francis, Wisconsin. In the 1970s, a few victims came forward to report the abuse to civil authorities. The matter was investigated by Milwaukee police, then St. Francis local authorities, and no resulting charges were filed. Around the same time, the abuse was reported to Archbishop of Milwaukee William Cousins, Murphy was removed from St. John’s School in May, and by September had moved to the Diocese of Superior. It wasn’t until 1995 that successor Archbishop Weakland received letters of accusation, and brought the case to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), which Ratzinger headed. The CDF was informed since the accusations involved a breach of trust in the confessional, as soliciting in the confessional is against canon law, and spoken about in the Vatican document Crimen Sollicitationis (1962).The document never prohibited reporting abuse crimes.

In the Murphy case, it is important to note that the canonical trial was not begun due to circumstances. The case was reported nearly two decades after the abuse had occurred, and at the time Weakland contacted the CDF regarding the matter, Murphy was in poor health and died. In the time before his death, Murphy asked for exemption from the case being heard, and was denied. This evidence in no way suggests that Cardinal Ratzinger was “trying to hide” the abuse.

Although the goal is to minimize the possibility of future sexual abuse, the risk can never be totally eliminated. The Church, like many other organizations, is made of human members. Pope Benedict, Archbishop Listecki, Archbishop Dolan, and many, many other priests and bishops have expressed their heartfelt condolences and support to the victims of this grave crime of sexual abuse. It is no surprise that the infidelity of other priests embarrasses and scandalizes those priests who are faithful to their vocation, as well as lay Catholics. These events are by no means taken lightly by the clergy of the Catholic Church. Just the other day, Pope Benedict met with victims of abuse in Malta. One of the survivors remarked that he “admired the pope for his courage in meeting us. He was embarrassed by the failings of others.” As a result, many precautions have been taken and preventative measures put in place for those who work with the youth in conjunction with the Catholic Church.

As our own Archbishop Listecki said during the Chrism Mass, “The Holy Father does not need me to defend him or his decisions. I believe, and history will confirm, that his actions in responding to this crisiscame swiftly and decisively and his compassionate response to victims/survivors, speak for themselves.” Instead of being a supposed ‘enabler’ and turning a blind eye to abuse within the Church, our Holy Father has been an instrument leading the Church out of crisis. And regardless of the media, he will continue to do so.

by Joanna Parkes
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Marquette Student Helps Solve Serial Murder Case

Posted on 23 March 2010 by Marissa Evans

Julie Knyszek was chosen out of 3,500 student employees as the 2010 Student Employee of the Year this month for her work as a Cold Case Homicide Unit Analyst in the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) as a representative of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

A senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, besides telling her fellow employees and friends there will be free cake at the award presentation Knyszek has also found the best thing about her award so far has been making her unit proud.

“The best part has been seeing how proud it makes all the investigators and detectives I work with that I was chosen, that someone from their unit was chosen to be the Student Employee of the Year,” said Knyszek. “It’s not only an honor to me but they also take it as an honor and it’s been really nice to share that with them.”

Knyszek originally started her work in September 2007, and was handpicked in May 2009 to be apart of the newly formed MPD Homicide Task Force-Cold Case Unit with special intensive investigation into recent serial killings in Milwaukee.

Intitially a student investigator assistant, she was promoted in May 2008 as one of three program analysts for the pilot program establishing a Witness Protection Unit in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

“Her work as a program analyst was so impressive that she was handpicked to serve as one of our two representatives on the unit,” said David Budde, chief investigator for the Milwaukee District Attorney’s office.

Created to work on the case of multiple unsolved female homicides in the Milwaukee area since 1986, Knyszek helped with a variety of work while in the unit. She helped sift through over 700 names in nine homicide files, researched over 15,000 sexual assault investigations from the last 23 years, reviewed nearly 6000 prostitution-related investigations and arrests, looked over 2000 arrests over a 15-year period in the geographic areas where the bodies were discovered, questioned over 1000 names through the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and searched the state DNA databank of 125,000 people and the national DNA databank of 6,000,000 people.

With her help the serial killings were eventually linked to a suspect, Walter Ellis, who was arrested in September, 2009, and charged with seven counts of homicide.

Asked to stay on the unit, she worked on at least four additional cold case homicides in which leads were eventually developed and criminal charges were issued.

From search warrants to autopsys, watching interrogations to touring the crime lab, and working on high profile cases, and getting subpoenas to testify in court, Knyszek has found her work to be quite exciting.
“I think the most exciting part overall is just knowing that each day I go into work what I do truly matters and has an effect on some part of a criminal investigation or could even affect some other person’s life,” said Knyszek.

As a whole Knyszek’s work has been praised by the Attorney General of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County Executive and the District Attorney. With this achievement she becomes the first student from the District Attorney’s office to ever win Student Employee of the Year.

“She is the finest work-study student to have worked for the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the past decade – out of a pool of well over 125 students,” said Budde. “This is an unprecedented assignment for a work-study student – never in the history of our office’s association with Marquette University has something like this been done.”

Still ecstatic about her award, Knyszek remembers the day she found out like it was yesterday.
“Everywhere I went everyone was congratulating me and telling me how happy they were for me,” said Knyszek.

“It served to further confirm the feeling of community I have within both the District Attorney’s office and MPD, particularly with everyone being truly happy for my accomplishment and thanking me for the work I have done for them.” Knyszek will stay with the unit until she graduates in May 2010.

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Blatz Beer Column “Its like a hootinany in my mouth”: the New Glarus Unplugged Cherry Stout

Posted on 10 March 2010 by Warrior Staff

Let it be known from this day forward: fruit beers are no longer in the ‘girly drink’ category. Sure, there are some that are just terrible, cough- Lienenkugel’s Berry Weiss-cough, but let’s be real. We all like fruit. We all like its sweetness and juiciness, and it tastes great. So, let’s get beyond the stereotype that men are only allowed to drink things that are brown (beer, whiskey, tequila, etc), and pony up to one of the best beers I’ve had in a long while.

Among craft brewers and craft beer drinkers alike, the New Glarus brewery (brewmaster, Dan Carey) is widely known to produce arguably the best fruit beers in the world. Their Belgian Style Red is considered to be the top lambic (fancy name for fruit beer) on the planet. So, if we’re going to learn to start appreciating, nay, respecting fruit beer, what better brewery to start with than New Glarus. The Cherry Stout is a one of New Glarus’ ‘Unplugged’ brews. A few times a year, Carey decides to brew something a little experimental, a little crazy, and the results are typically astounding. For the Cherry Stout, Carey starts with a typical black stout aged in oak barrels, and then to that he adds obscene amounts of Montmorency cherries from Door County, WI.

Expect this beer to pour a deep red, and to have a wonderful aroma of cherries and oak wood. A small head will dissipate after a few minutes, but the beer will leave a nice lacing on your glass (a sure sign of a quality brew). The cherries overwhelmingly dominate the taste, but the stout offers a solid foundation for the cherries to rest upon. This is only a seasonal beer, and may never be brewed again, so pick some up while you can!

by David Kruse
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Swingin’ through the week Milwaukee Ale House offers dancing lessons

Posted on 10 March 2010 by Warrior Staff

It is Tuesday night, what are you doing? While some have meetings and homework, I chose to go swing dancing. The Milwaukee Ale House has swing dancing lessons on Tuesday nights starting at 8.

The lessons are lead by two people from the Jumpin’ Jive club in West Allis. They teach for an hour and then let people dance freely. For a whole night of dancing, it is only six dollars to dance until midnight. However if are under 21, you have to leave at 10 p.m. because the lesson take place in the bar area.

The night is structured that the leaders, usually the males, remain in place and they are paired up with a follower or female dance partner. Then, they begin to teach the basics and about every few minutes the females change partners and go to a new leader. This process continues for about an hour.

It can be a little awkward at times. Junior Kevin Menard of the College Business stated that, “My least favorite part of the experience was the people who were really good and would then become impatient when I was still learning.”

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee student, Ross Hartwick concurred with Menard saying that, “Some of the people were arrogant and would not be patient even when I explained that it was my first time swing dancing.” At times, it can be awkward with height differences or try to communicate while learning the steps. It is a great time.

Law student, Andrew McDonald, said that he had a great time for friend’s birthday and enjoyed it a lot.
After that it became a more relaxed and free. This was my favorite part, and Hartwick and Menard would agree that meeting new people and being able to get out our own and try things was great.

Usually that meant you were able to just mess around with your friends and have fun and not worry as much about if you are doing it right. It takes a lot of pressure off of the leaders and they were
able to have a good time.

About an hour after that, they feature a birthday dance which is a round robin for one song. The leaders are given a chance to dance the birthday girl. The same goes for the birthday boys. (However at the time, there were only females.)

Therefore if you are looking for a good time on a Tuesday night, come down and enjoy a swingin’ night with friends.

by Amy Wilson
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Marquette Area Apartments House More Than Students

Posted on 10 March 2010 by Jonathan Stepp

Recently an international investor purchased an apartment complex near the intersection of 15th and Kilbourn. The new owner then notified the current residents that they have one month to vacate the premises. The owner now plans on renovating the interior and having it available for use by the fall of 2010. While this may not sound bad at first, when one realizes that the purpose of this is to remove the residents, many of whom are not Marquette students, and replace them with exclusively MU students, one sees that this is a horrific idea. This housing discrimination is something which should not be accepted by the MU community. The university should step in and say that it does not condone exclusive housing units which discriminate based upon whether or not the individual seeking to live there is a student at Marquette. Marquette, as a Jesuit institution of higher learning, must live up to its core values and embrace all people, not just its students. One of the reasons that many people chose Marquette over other urban universities is that it proudly boasts of having no walls or fences, and that it welcomes the people of Milwaukee to freely walk though campus and interact with the students. The policy of preventing these people from living near campus, however, is one which effectively declares that students are, for one reason or another, superior and better tenants.

As a Jesuit university Marquette should be open to all people living in the neighborhood around its campus. Simply because an individual does not attend Marquette does not mean that that person should not be allowed to live in the campus area. While one cannot state categorically that the policies of the management company which only allows students to live in its buildings are classist or racist, mainly because Marquette students are from a variety of economic backgrounds and races, the fact still remains that the majority if Marquette students are white, and the majority of non-Marquette students who live in the campus area are African-American. In addition, whether the perception is true or not, MU students are, by and large, considered to be of at least middle class background, and it is likely that these students will be in a higher economic group than the current residents, most of whom are categorized as low income residents. The fact that Marquette is not speaking out against the removal of non-students in favor of students is appalling. We as a campus community must speak up and declare that we will not accept housing discrimination, based on any categories, to exist in our community. Marquette should take the lead in this by opening campus owned apartment complexes to anyone who is willing to pay the rent for these apartments. While many argue that the purpose of these university properties is to guarantee that students have housing in the area of campus, the fact still remains that most students who live in apartments live in ones which are not owned by the university, and have been able to find housing.

Outside of financial incentives, i.e. charging much higher rent to students than to the current low income residents, there is no reason why the new owners of the property should exclude the current residents from remaining in their homes. Even if the owners were to argue that the increase in rent would be the reason why they are kicking out the current residents, what they cannot justify is limiting those living in the apartments to students. While it is true that students can afford higher rents than many of those living in the Marquette area, it does not mean that those individuals should be excluded from even trying to live in the building, and as such financial motivations cannot be a legitimate justification for this discrimination.

Another argument which could be posited would be that the non-students are somehow more dangerous than students, or more likely to cause property damage. It may be true that there are more criminals who are not students than there are who are students, it is also true that property management companies often check to see if people with criminal records live in their buildings, and this could happen also for this company. As such, there is no inherently greater danger to having non-students live in a building as there is with students. In addition, one needs only to visit any one of a number of apartment complexes on a Friday or Saturday night to see the willingness of MU students to drink while underage and to commit any number of minor criminal offences, like disorderly conduct or vandalism. The simple fact is that college students in general, like any group of young people, are a rowdy group, and are no less noisy and destructive than the average non-student living in Marquette’s neighborhood. As such, we as a community must realize that the limitation of housing to students only is a discriminatory act and one which should not be supported whatsoever.

By: Jonathan Stepp
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“Pizza Man” may be dead, but we’ve got your replacement: the top 5 pizzas in Milwaukee

Posted on 24 February 2010 by Thomas Klind

Little did I know thee, Pizza Man. Actually, none did I know thee; I never went. I’m not really all that upset over it. I suppose that on some level I’m still trying to get over the loss, but it’s kind of like when someone really close to someone you kind of know passes away. You feel like you’re not really allowed to be upset, but you just kind of feel bad anyways? I’ve narrowed down the reason: I love pizza. It just hurts me so much that I never had an opportunity to sample the delights of Pizza Man.

As an homage to the pizza that never was (in my stomach that is), I’d like to rank the top five pizza places in Milwaukee and the area immediately surrounding. These rankings are designed on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being awful and 10 being fantastic, or in other words, with 1 being Angelo’s and 10 being Heaven.

#5 – Brick 3 Pizza: Score – 7.5

Okay, so maybe this could be viewed as a shameless plug for someone who advertises with us, but really. I first had Brick 3 over the summer when I was working at ESPN radio downtown. It is actually really good. Located on Old World Third, Brick 3 Pizza is a great place to stop in before or after a Marquette game.

#4 – Pizzeria Piccola: Score – 8.5
A Wauwatosa classic. I think the rest of Tosa would disown me if I didn’t mention that perhaps the widest selection of good pizza in the city comes from this western suburb. Located on what would be about the equivalent on 76th and State, Pizzeria Piccola offers personal-sized pizzas that are fantastic. Don’t skip on the flatbread, it’s fantastic! If you’re still not convinced on finding your way into Tosa for this pizza, then perhaps a quote from Fr. Naus might suffice. “If I could eat one thing for the rest of my life, I think I would eat this pizza.”

#3 – Ricardo’s Riverfront Pizzeria – 8.7

The top three were tough to score. I’d have to say that Ricardo’s barely loses out to the top two by the slightest of margins. The pizzas are marketed as specialty pizza, meaning that you shouldn’t come in if you aren’t at least willing to entertain bacon, spinach, pine nuts, Thai curry, or any other interesting flavors on your pizza. That’s not to say that the regular pizzas aren’t unbelievable, but there is something to be said about a place that thinks outside the box. Located on East Erie Street in the Third Ward, Ricardo’s Riverfront is a new location for a pizza that has been in town for over 40 years.

#2 – Balistreri’s 68th Street –
Come on, you have to go. If you’re a fan of just good food in general, Balistreri’s on 812 N. 68th street is THE quintessential pizza place in Milwaukee. Although Balistreri’s didn’t win in my rankings, they do win almost every award in the city for best pizza. I recommend the Balistreri’s special, as well as the fried eggplant and calamari. For your own good, just go (They also offer take out).

#1 – Zaffiro’s – Score: 9.9
I recently debated a Chicagoan on the best type of pizza: thin crust vs. thick crust/deep dish. Of course, being from south of the border, this person thought they knew everything about everything. I’m sure it probably doesn’t need to be said then that this person was completely wrong (as all Chicagoans tend to be on most issues: See “Chicago Cubs are totally gonna win the World Series after adding Milton Bradley this offseason” conversation that took place in every sports bar known to man this past year). Being a Milwaukee man, my conclusion is straightforward. Thin crust!

Zaffiro’s is the best pizza in Milwaukee. The cracker thin crust is unreal good. I mean it, it’s unreal. The ingredients are basic, and the atmosphere is as close to “hole in ht wall” as you can get, but take my word for it, Zaffiro’s pizza will blow your mind. Zaffiro’s is located just north of Brady on Farwell.

Mama Mia’s on Burleigh
Barbiere’s on Bluemound – Best Garlic Bread in town
Lisa’s – I’ve never been there, but its because every time I go, there is an hour and a half wait.
Lali’s – North Ave. and 89th street in Wauwatosa. Really good.

by Tom Klind
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