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Letter from the editor

Posted on 28 October 2010 by WarriorAdmin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Adam Ryback

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Letter from the editor

Posted on 24 September 2008 by Remington Tonar

Thanks for logging on to TheWarrior.org the website of Marquette’s independent news source. Our cover story for this issue is about an awesome program that the University has, which allows older alumni to return to their Alma Mater and audit classes, helping them be the difference at every stage in their life. This program is a perfect example of how Marquette strives to offer the best for students and the community, and as such we should attempt to return the favor by always behaving in a manner that reflects the great school that we attend. On campus, or off, students need to be more conscious of their behavior, especially when intoxicated.

Also in this issue is a great point-counterpoint editorial on the recent government bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, a debate that anyone concerned about the unstable economy should find relevant. If you don’t know much about the nuances of this crisis, you may also want to take a look at the Finance column in the News section, where Jacob Jasperson provides some tips on how you can help keep the economy stable.

Regular readers will notice a significant change in the News section this week. Joseph Schuster, formerly The Warrior’s MUSG reporter, will no longer be writing for us in that capacity. Mr. Schuster was recently appointed to MUSG, and as such Molly Petitjean will be replacing him on the MUSG beat. On that same note, I would like to thank everyone who submitted letters to the editor in response to Joseph’s article in the previous edition of The Warrior. It is heartening to see the level of dialogue that Joseph’s articles have created, as it is this type of discourse that ultimately makes us more informed and aware students.

In addition, I would like to draw your attention to Cathleen Bury’s article on John Tefft, the United States’ ambassador to Georgia, who is a Marquette University alumnus. Cathleen was in contact with the ambassador’s office, and had scheduled an interview, which unfortunately had to be cancelled due to an emergency meeting between the ambassador and NATO representatives. The article is still very informative and definitely worth reading.

Tom Klind joins us in this issue as our Religious beat reporter and Catholic columnist. In this edition, Mr. Klind reviews and responds to the latest book by controversial professor, Dr. Daniel Maguire, who was reprimanded last year by Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan for publishing teachings contrary to established Catholic doctrine.

On a personal note, I would like to recognize Dr. Chris Miller, the new Vice President for Student Affairs, for his outstanding work at Marquette thus far. His predecessor, Father Andy Thon, was well respected and left big shoes to fill, and I am glad to see that the University hired a man capable of filling them.

Once again, thanks for visiting TheWarrior.org!

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Welcome Freshmen!

Posted on 21 August 2008 by Remington Tonar

Finally. You’ve arrived. You have undoubtedly looked forward to this week with great anticipation and anxiety, and I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Marquette family.

The next four years – or five for those of you who will choose to stay a little longer – have the potential to be some of the most memorable of your life, and surely will challenge and impact you immensely. In addition to offering a notable academic program, Marquette offers its students many opportunities outside the classroom, and I encourage you to take full advantage of all that this school, and this city, has to offer. Get involved in student organizations, Greek life, intramural sports, volunteer work, Campus Ministry and the vibrant social life that binds this community together.

Tell your parents not to worry about you; you are going to be just fine here. The friends you make will help support you and you will surely help support them through this first year of your college journey. To help you adjust to that experience, The Warrior, Marquette’s independent student run newspaper, has published this issue. In this edition you will find an overview of some of the things you should know as you begin this year. We hope that you find the information we have collected useful and will continue to pick up a copy of The Warrior throughout the school year.

Thanks for reading, and I hope that the coming year is full of new and exciting opportunities and experiences. Welcome home.

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I’m out

Posted on 30 April 2008 by Robert Fafinski

This is my last editor’s column for The Warrior. Working for The Warrior as a writer, columnist and now, editor will probably be the thing I remember most about my time at Marquette. To see how far we’ve come as a paper is a phenomenal testament to the dedication of our many staff members over the years. I’m excited to see what avenues The Warrior will pursue in my absence.

In this issue, we have a great account of Pope Benedict XVI’s recent trip to New York City by Remington Tonar. When we realized that we had the opportunity to send Remington to the N-Y-C, it was a no-brainer. So, check that piece out… it’s the centerspread.

Katelyn Ferral wrote two good articles: One an interesting piece about Marquette’s treatment of Joseph McCarthy, who I would consider to be the most influential Marquette alumnus, historically speaking. And the other, she writes about her one-on-one, exclusive interview with former Attorney General during the Reagan years, Edwin Meese III. Also in news, Daniel Suhr has a wonderful tribute piece to Dr. Wolfe who’s teaching his last class session at Marquette today.

Adam Covach headed up a collaboration in an effort to decide what MUSG should do with its ever-expanding reserve fund. A joke amongst my friends is that some of the senators in MUSG said they would actually raise the activity fee if given the chance despite the fact that we don’t even use all the money as is. Thus, MUSG has a pool of unused money. Luckily for everyone, MUSG has decided to invest in an electronic LIMO, instead of buying us something we truly want like a country music act or some new squat racks in the rec center. Joseph Schuster also writes about the MUSG Senate in this issue. And his piece seems satirical and borders on funny until you realize it’s all true; then it’s just sad.

America’s post-secondary education system has largely turned into a liberal breeding-ground of intolerance, secularism and morally relativistic mushiness. And, to some degree, Marquette has fallen into this trap. But, for the student who truly desires an education oriented towards truth and discernment, there are professors on this campus who can help. At the risk of hurting their reputations amongst their liberal colleagues, here’s the list… Oh, and one more theme: they all tend to be very demanding.

The Rev. Steven Avella in the History department makes history come alive by telling it as a story. He frames most of American history as a continuation of the Hamiltonianism-Jeffersonianism battles that were so instrumental in the formation of our nation. He genuinely cares about his students, frequently talking with them outside of class.

Michael Donoghue, Ph.D., teaches using a give-and-take method with his students and assigns applicable books, which consequently results in a better understanding of the Carribean history and culture.

Darrell Dobbs, Ph.D., is perceived by many as intimidating, but I suspect that’s due to Dobbs’ lack of patience for those who do not prepare for class. Anyone who assigns C.S. Lewis’ “The Abolition of Man” is good to go in my book. Plus he has instilled a love of political philosophy in many students that gets brought out more in subsequent classes with Ryan Hanley, Ph.D., to whom I’ll always owe credit to for any defense of Adam Smith or capitalism I engage in.

John McAdams, Ph.D. has always been a personal mentor for me, helping me remember to never be afraid to take someone on, intellectually speaking, if I think correctly. And obviously, Dr. Christopher Wolfe, Ph.D., who has been a friend, mentor and teacher.

And finally, I think I speak for every student who ever took a classes with the Rev. Phillip Renczes, S.J., when I say to Marquette: Hire the man. His class on Joseph Ratzinger was amazing – he taught us well and remained faithful to the Cathechism. Fr. Joseph Mueller, S.J., was another great lecturer who has a knack for getting results from his students.

Almost all of these professors have a few things in common: I’ve seen most of them out having a beer or two with students; they see their students as people they need to mentor, not just teach. They are all tougher professors in terms of expectations. And they all encourage and demand classroom participation.

Also, on the Wednesday evening edition of Wheel of Fortune, my friend Sabrina Stephensen, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences will represent Marquette during the show’s College Week. Without being blatant about the results, let’s just say there are 20,000 reasons to watch Sabrina compete for Marquette.

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A Senior’s swan song

Posted on 30 April 2008 by Robert Fafinski

It seemed like just yesterday I was a nasty kid with long, curly hair moving into O’Donnell Hall whose biggest concern was sneaking beer past the RAs. And now, heading into the Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant, I can’t help but see all the changes my fellow seniors have gone through without thinking how much time has actually passed. Through all this time and growth we’ve had at Marquette, the only constant is that sometimes we love Marquette and sometimes we hate it.

For example, we hated the utter disconnect between the Marquette administration and the students regarding the Warrior-Gold-Golden Eagle debacle. We students hated that we got made fun of by our friends at other schools for the administration’s stupidity. Anyone who lived on campus during that time knows that the vaaaast majority of student and alumni wanted the Warrior nickname back; we respect that tradition. But Marquette was held hostage by liberals and acted with an utter disregard for common sense. And the final word on that argument is this: obviously the Warrior nickname was a positive, not racist, name for athletic teams. Why would you name something you respect and revere – a university’s nickname – using a tone meant to degrade (racism)?

But, on the flipside, there were always moments like the Marquette-Notre Dame game in January 2006 when Steve Novak hit the baseline buzzer-beater to win. And then walking out of the Bradley Center to party and realizing we were in the middle of a blizzard… At moments like that, we love Marquette and don’t care if we’re the Warrior-Gold-Golden Eagles or the Chimpanzees.

Another thing people tell me they hate about Marquette is the obvious liberal bias. From the speakers Marquette selects, to the opening of a Center for Peacemaking to the hiring of a Diversity provost, conservative students are often left in the dark, wondering if it’s even possible to be Catholic and conservative. And this is, largely, Marquette’s fault. When was the last time anybody from Marquette mentioned school choice, which should be our school’s number one social justice issue.

But, I think that the truth is this: Marquette students are mostly conservative and our conservatism is at odds with the intolerant climate of liberal academia. But we know that this exists and largely ignore it. I mean, how bad is a diversity forum if less than a dozen people show up? Overall, I think we should love the good things about Marquette and fight the bad things.

And to all my Marine Corps buddies on campus… Wow, from the craziness that was Spring Break 2008 in the Wisconsin Dells to the insanity that was our Bulldog workouts, it’s been fun. You all are some of the best, smartest guys I’ve ever met. America’s lucky to have you to defend her and I consider myself lucky to be able to serve in the Marine Corps with you.

So Marquette, after all the hate mail I’ve gotten over the last three years of having this column, it comes down to this: the United States has plenty of good universities, what it doesn’t have enough of are good universities that are truly Catholic. Don’t be afraid to be Catholic and have opinions not generally accepted in academia.

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From the Editor

Posted on 02 April 2008 by Robert Fafinski

Happy Spring to you all Marquette.

That’s something I thought I’d never be able to say during this winter of nearly 100 inches of snow. Yesterday on our Web site, The Warrior was the first campus-wide news outlet to report on this story, but as of press time, it looked as though Marquette men’s basketball head coach Tom Crean didn’t orchestrate some elaborate April Fool’s Day joke and was actually planning to leave Marquette and accept the head coaching job at Indiana.

The Warrior brought you the scoop first when we confirmed it with one of his players shortly after dinner yesterday. IU is considered one of the top four or five coaching jobs in the nation and we shouldn’t necessarily blame Crean for leaving. After all, it’s an upgrade for him in term coaching prestige- although some loyalty would have been nice. But, it does show that Marquette is not yet considered in the highest echelon of college basketball programs. That’s fine, it leaves something to strive for. And I can’t imagine anybody better to bring us there than the man who brought Indiana into that upper echelon: Bobby Knight.

So, I hope the administration looks seriously at hiring the current ESPN analyst and former head coach of Army, Indiana and Texas Tech. Read on below for more on the Crean departure from Warrior reporter Eric Hart and be sure to check out our Web site for tons of information.

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Congrats to MU Crew

Posted on 07 November 2007 by Mike Rudzinski

Dear Marquette, Winning first place in any sport isn’t easy, let alone winning first place in your sport in the largest competition in the world. The women’s crew team took first place in the Women’s Collegiate Four event at the Head of the Charles on October 20th. For those of you unfamiliar with the rowing community, the Head of the Charles is arguably the most prestigious rowing Regatta in the world next to the Olympics. Baseball has the World Series, football has the Super Bowl. Rowing has the Head of the Charles.

Equal competitive regattas are held in Britain and Canada, but none are as big as the Head of the Charles. The best and most talented teams compete in this race, and it’s an honor just to go.

Thanks to Katie Scheidemantel, Diana Mitsche, Mary Kaleta, Rachel Stoll, Julie Knyszek, Coach Ruth Blahnik and both Marquette Women’s and Men’s teams, Marquette can claim to be among the best in their sport. Such a feat deserves recognition from our community.

These five women truly exemplify what Marquette is all about. They all balance their school work and their training. Not too many students wake up five days a week for a 6 am practice.

Striving for excellence. The women’s crew team has accomplished this and has set an example for the rest of us to follow. So congratulations Katie, Diana, Mary, Rachel, Julie and the entire crew team for an amazing accomplishment. The Marquette community could not be more proud. Send your own congratulations to the team to: [email protected]

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Don’t settle, and put on the armor of God

Posted on 25 April 2007 by Diana Sroka

I probably could spend about 1000 words describing the obstacles and achievements The Warrior has experienced in my time as editor, and what I perceive as The Warrior’s role on campus to be over the next few years.

But those things, you can see for yourself. And in regards to The Warrior’s future, that’s still to be seen.

I’m not an expert college student or even expert editor, but the best piece of advice I’ve ever received is this: Don’t settle.

Settling is the ultimate act of cowardice. It’s putting your hands up in the air and saying, “I give up, I don’t care, do with me as you will, world.”

Settling manifests itself in many ways. Sometimes it’s indifference, not caring. It’s knowing the student government is spending your money unwisely, and then accepting a higher student activity fee. It’s finding out the Vagina Monologues will be performed on campus and not voicing your disapproval.

Sometimes, settling is tolerating the status quo – Knowing tuition rises every year but never asking why; accepting that Daniel Maguire will be on campus next year and trying to pretend he isn’t as loud and obnoxiously anti-Catholic as he really is. This is the type of settling, I would say, that allows for situations to worsen.

Other times, settling is letting somebody else tell you how things should be. It’s hearing a Theology professor cite universal health care as a part of Christian discipleship but not speaking up in class.

Settling is letting others get the best of you. It’s letting opportunities pass you by, and not caring enough to realize they could have been yours. It’s lowering your standards for the sake of peace-making and compromise, or for the sake of remaining favorable in the eyes of people who may not even matter in a few years.

Of course, it is hard to be bold all the time, but I hope you can draw strength from this verse a friend shared with me last week: “Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil… stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” -Ephesians 6:10

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Ponder your own “literary moments”

Posted on 13 September 2006 by Diana Sroka

Senior year in high school, I was in an AP English Literature class. By many accounts, it was one of my favorite classes throughout high school.

The teacher, “Brother Tom,” had this knack for invigorating the writer within at every class session— something that can be difficult to do with antsy high school students, already accepted to colleges and eager to begin the next chapter of their lives.

While in his class, I came up with the concept of “literary moments,” one I still flirt with today.

Literary moments, by my definition, are times when something happening in real life has nuances of one of the mechanical or technical devices writers use in literature or poetry. To give a simple example, if it is raining outside while I am very sad, that is somewhat a “literary moment.” I’ve seen these moments on deeper levels in my own life… sometimes when I am faced with a question about the direction I am moving in, personally or career-wise.

And I saw these literary moments again this past issue. Two to note:

1. While columnist Daniel Suhr attended a panel on media convergence, The Warrior had a “convergence experience” of its own. One of our goals this year is to work with MUTV so both media outlets can thrive, ultimately achieving the mission of an informed campus.

2. Sophomore Tim Blattner, the subject of the cover story, is hardly your typical sophomore. He looks beyond his own needs, beyond the needs of most his age and has dedicated his passions to helping those across the globe. Talk about seeing beyond the campus.

Each of these moments incurred feelings within me of what life is like outside of campus, and how our life inside campus is like a small mirror version of what we can expect in three, two or even one year. And just the way many of us reflected on these things in AP English our senior years, I encourage you to ponder them within yourselves as “literary moments.”

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Something to agree on

Posted on 30 November 2005 by Diana Sroka

Last week I was doing some reporting on one of the feature pieces in this issue- an interview with Dr. Daniel Maguire.

For anyone not familiar with Maguire, he is a Theology professor here at Marquette who has gained a reputation as quite an outspoken fellow. An ex-Jesuit, Maguire now claims to derive inspiration from a number of world religions and insists Jesus did not come into this world to serve in Christians’ atonement.

(Without stealing Maguire’s mantra, I will just say that he and I differ on almost every issue and tangent addressed in the 45-minute interview.)
But at the end of the interview, Maguire said something that startled me, because it was something with which I agreed. In far more words than this space can host, he alluded to people who do not realize their positive skill level or potential because they are blinded by societal stereotypes.

This seems to be a recurring theme on campus.

Some students will settle for mediocrity, because they are meeting the “normal expectations” and do not realize they could possibly achieve more. They will not try to gain entry to a higher level course; they will not generate change within their student organizations; they will settle for the “college student” stereotype that everybody else sets.

Perhaps what strikes me the most are students who do not believe they have anything valuable to say. They cannot speak up in class or they do not find a forum in which they can release their concerns about the university.

Perhaps this is the unfortunate effect of a campus culture in which a different opinion is sometimes viewed as heretical and an outspoken student is considered a bigot.

The Warrior is taking special strides to rid the campus of this problem. First, its existence as an alternate voice sets the scene. We exist to host the perspectives not commonly heard and to staff the students who want to serve this mission.

Next, we have an opinion page that will be happy to publish pieces written by students and other members of the Marquette community.

Thirdly, there is the “Post it!” section, where the non-serious thoughts of students can get some gametime as well.

We hope this issue will help move the campus more towards taking stands, speaking out and not being afraid of the limits society may set.

After all, when we speak out, you may be surprised who has something valuable to say.

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