February 2011: Undercover

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February 2011 issue of the Marquette Journal, titled "Undercover."

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  • Features16 | masked

    The art of hiding, revealing and being yourself.

    19 | pillars of successStudent athletes and Burke Scholars lead parallel lives, both garnering the universitys financial support but on different pathways to success.

    22 | an empty lot to hellThe bone-chilling story of Jeffery Dahmer (who lived scarily close to Marquettes campus.)

    25 | stolen identificationThe ins and outs of finding a fake. Is it worth it?

    College Life06 | the great soda pop debate

    Diehard Pepsi and Coca-Cola fans banter about the universitys drink of choice.

    The Marquette Journal | February 2011 | Vol.106, Issue 3 Contents

    on the cover: MODEL: Danny ODonnell, College of Communication


    30 | journey: cassidy wilson

    Stylephile10 | be mine

    Divine ensembles for the perfect Valentines Day date.

    MJ Active26 | gloves off, fight on

    We take a jab at the world of mixed-martial arts.

    29 | mind, body, soulMental health is just as pertinent an issue for Milwaukees homeless population as food and shelter.

    07 | how to get an a in...accounting

    08 | writing on the wallsThe Marquette Journal discloses campus unwritten rules.

    09 | the power of creepingThe procrastinators favorite pastime.

    Journal Jabber13 | password protected

    The spy-themed Safehouse just may be Milwaukees worst kept secret.

    14 | literary: pancakesHilarity ensues with an order of flapjacks in this issues literary piece.

    15 | our little secretTake a load off and get that dirty little secret off your chest.

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  • 4 The Marquette Journal 2/11

    My Game of Clue

    Finding out what is lying beneath the sheets was exactly what The Marquette Journal wanted to do figuratively, of course.We took to the streets of Marquettes campus, and a little bit of the outskirts, to unearth some of the hidden gems and horrors of our storied blue and gold history. Our detective work began only 10 blocks away at the sight of an infamous serial killer. We sleuthed across campus to uncover students hidden personas and identities (both paper and plastic) until we jumped into the ring with some of the roughest, toughest fighters in the nation. And that wasnt all the MJ reporting staff could sink their teeth into. Read more inside to see what else we found.

    Then there is me. It was really interesting to think about what actually to write my editors letter about this issue. I picked the theme, but never considered what I was going to write about when it came to undercover. The first thing that popped into my head was to go undercover and have a little fun with my note, but that seemed like too much work. The next thing that came to mind was not the most intelligent idea I have ever had. And the third time really is a charm. The perfect thing to write about is CLUE!

    This entire six-month editing process put me in a Clue-like mood. I imagined myself frantically pushing my piece to the billiard room, hoping I didnt get dragged all the way to the lounge. The cards sticking together after 400 uses. Shouting out suggestions, and ultimately an accusation, all in hopes that the manilla folder had exactly what I just said. Dont judge my vivid description. This game is my child-hood. Im allowed to be slightly obsessed.

    Then again, my game of Clue was much more of a reality this go around. By the end, I really was looking forward to stating an accusation that it was Fr. Wild in the AMU Ball-rooms with late night food from McCormick.

    My reporters were at their best searching for the most important information, and digging deep into the rich history and files of the University and the surrounding area.

    I guess in the end, at least in my game of Clue, itll be The Marquette Journal on Marquettes campus with one of the greatest issues the University has ever seen. After all, no one is ever to young too play a game.

    Patrick JohnsonEditor-in-Chief

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    State of the Union(according to Mark)

    By Mark AyersOn a cold Tuesday night in the end of Janu-

    ary, the nation turned its chilled eyes toward TVs everywhere to watch President Barack Obama deliver the annual State of the Union address to an abnormally unified, session of Congress. Sometimes the speech is a sobering address about the state of the union, other times it bet-ter resembles a pep rally sprinkled with humor. In the most important speech of the year, Presi-dents need to be at their best. This year, Obama had very little room for mistakes.

    To begin, President Obama was already up against the ropes considering the thrashing that his party took in the November midterm elections. And to make matters worse, the Republican swing in the house, energized by a Tea Party infusion of freshmen representatives, started the Legislative year off by passing a bill which would repeal the controversial health care bill. Add that to a still limping economy, an unemployment rate which refuses to drop below nine percent, a dismal hous-ing market, two international conflicts, as well as surging tension and conflict in both the Korean Peninsula and the Middle East. Talk about a slap in the face.

    So how effect was Obamas message you may ask? Well first of all, it may have been mitigated here at Marquette by the basketball game. Now while Im all for school spirit, I think when an historic speech is being made, it trumps sporting events. Also, with the ridiculous amount of media saturation that people receive, important speeches like this lose their gravity because people deem it acceptable to read a news brief or like a Face-book status.

    To be honest, this may be one speech that wasnt worth watching. While I dont agree with every policy decision he makes, I think Obama is a good rhetorician, but this performance was in my opinion lackluster at best. Even the pomp and circumstance seemed somewhat deflated. Sure, it was great for a few Republicans and Democrats to sit intermingled rather than the normal caucused seating which normally accompanies joint ad-dresses, but more substantive measures of bipar-tisanship will be needed if the country to truly to move forward.

    Obamas speech focused mainly on the econ-omy. While he spoke about loosening credit, help-ing out small business entrepreneurs and investing in clean energy, his speech lacked what Ill call a potency and a sense of urgency. While there were sparks during the speech which seemed to rally the audience and call for a national effort toward one end or another, in my opinion it failed to take

    fire. Noble as his rejection of earmarks was, the definition remains ambiguous and as such, Obama has personal discretion as to what constitutes an earmark worthy of rejection.

    The opening of the speech was marked by a rose, a somber remembrance of the vacant chair in the room left by Gabrielle Giffords who was the victim of a gunshot wound to the head last month, delivered by a crazed assassin. Though clearly a heartfelt measure, it seemed to put a damper on an already morose delivery.

    In all, it was nice to see the President urge completion and victory in Iraq and Afghanistan, while standing in solidarity with the Tunisian people as well as any others who desire democ-racy. His reorientation of the educational system seemed heartening, with more of a focus on bet-ter students environments and focusing on them. However, while we do need to re-excel at math and science to competitive in the global economy, we must take care not to short ourselves in the study of the liberal and fine arts. Societies which lose their understanding of why they study what t