Life can be busy and overwhelming, especially at this point of the semester. So, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I think it’s time we take a break, step back and appreciate some of the things that make life as a Marquette student awesome.
It’s getting cold out there and LIMOs spare us the walk in the frigid air. For this we are #grateful.
BMO Harris Bradley Center
It’s home to #mubb and Marquette is one of two teams in the BIG EAST Conference to play all of its home games in a National Basketball Association arena. It makes games that much better.
We are #grateful that it chose our campus to make its home, we are #grateful it’s still around after all this time and we hope that’s still the case after the Thanksgiving festivities.
Marquette students get free shirts like it’s candy. It spares us from having to do laundry for another week and expands our already huge collection and for that we are #grateful.
St. Joan of Arc
Not every campus has such an old, incredibly beautiful building on campus and we do. For the endless amount of beautiful picture opportunities, we are #grateful.
Hot cookie night
Because who needs regular cookies when you can have hot cookies. The awesome dining hall staff clearly recognize this and for that we are #grateful.
Fall on campus.
Living in Wisconsin means we get to experience campus’ soul mate: fall. We would be nothing without the beautiful colors on the trees and the endless Instagram opportunities. For that we are #grateful.
We are #grateful that they work endless hours of night and day to ensure we’re safe and away from harm as much as possible. They do a lot for us, take the time to thank them.
We are #grateful that while we get to home for a few days this holiday season, we have a piece of home with us here between 9th and 20th street and that we will be welcomed with open arms.
Marquette community and Family.
We are #grateful that the Marquette community extends far wider than than campus and that a helping hand can be found at any place, at any time. We are #grateful that we have each other to rely on. That despite great loss and confusion this past year, we had each other to help us push forward.
Have a happy Thanksgiving, Marquette, and a wonderful start to the holiday season.
Hi. If we haven’t met yet, I’m Brynne. You know, that girl who always does stories on the Studio 013 Refugees. The Fugees have been kind enough to let me stick around for about two years … but for now, only two members of the group have to deal with me. Fugees Spencer Rose and Chris O’Reilly have formed a two-man improv duo called Six Foot Something, and the story behind the group is just too cool not to share.
How did you guys meet?
Spencer: We met trying out for the Fugees, but we didn’t personally meet until getting dinner at McCormick one night. I was with my roommate, and Chris was there. So, Chris comes up and starts talking to me. I actually thought he was trying to psych me out for the audition. I thought he was too nice, so I starting being really nice, too. I go to sit back with my roommate and said, “You see that tall guy over there? He’s trying out for the improv troupe I’m trying out for, and he just tried to psych me out.”
Chris: My first impression of Spencer was coming to a Fugees workshop, and I remember looking over at him and he was just sulking. Everyone else was laughing, and I was like, “He looks so miserable! Who is this guy?” Then he got up and did a hilarious Medieval Times scene and my view totally changed.
Where did the idea for a two-man show come from?
Spencer: It was born out of us doing the summer intensive out of iO Chicago. Chris and I took classes there over the summer and magically ended up in the same group. We didn’t tell anyone we went to the same school, let alone were in the same improv group until about week two. People started to notice our chemistry, and then suggested we do a two man show at our school.
How will a Six Foot Something show be different than a Fugees show?
Chris: The Fugees has a closer style to “Whose Line is it Anyway?” It’s more of a short form, game-based improvisation. What Six Foot Something does is more thematic based – we take one single suggestion and try to stretch that into a 30 minute show. This style of improv is the basis of many comedy revues at places like Second City.
Your show is accepting donations to benefit the Mission for Matt Fund. What is that?
Chris: My roommate’s brother, Matt, was involved an accident a few months ago. He is on the University Wisconsin-Whitewater water ski team. There was a bad storm and he went to dive into the water to get some equipment. The shore was a lot shallower than he thought, so ended up crushing his spinal cord. The Gill family and my family are very good friends, and the Mission for Matt fund is a big conglomerate to accept donations on Matt’s behalf to help pay for medical costs. At the beginning of it, he was paralyzed from the chest down, but he has to undergo physical therapy and a lot of surgeries.
How do you think Marquette students will receive this show?
Chris: Great. Wonderful. Big fans.
Spencer: I’m going to be realistic here and say we have no idea.
Chris: Yeah. I mean, as far as we know, nothing like this has ever been done. So it can go either way, I guess.
Six Foot Something will be performing at Humphrey Hall auditorium Nov. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. Chris and Spencer plan to make their show a bi-weekly occurrence at Marquette next semester, and eventually enter in Philadelphia’s Duofest this summer. Follow Chris and Spencer’s blog to stay informed.
Atlanta native and Marquette alumnus Josh Arter, Comm ‘12, would be the first person to share and defend the underrated beauty of Milwaukee. Following his graduation the Midwest transplant, he officially traded the heat of the south for a winter wonderland.
Originally a speech pathology and audiology major turned advertising, Arter continues to praise his parents’ support for the career-changing move.
"Throughout high school, I worked with my school’s special education program and helped kids for three years. At the same time, I took every photography class (also worked as a student aid and taking an independent study) as well as a few design classes. I was accepted to Marquette, and the day I had to sign up for classes, I dropped the bomb on my parents that I wanted to switch from speech pathology/audiology to advertising and marketing."
Arter’s creative development and love for photography continued to grow throughout his time at the university.
Chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of a series of incredible pictures of Marquette students around campus with a little quote providing a glimpse of the lives of those within the Marquette community.
Inspired by the “Humans of New York" blog that profiles the citizens of New York, Michael Dinh, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, has made it a personal goal to do the same with Marquette. I was fortunate enough to meet Michael and have a chat with him.
Tell us about your blog, Michael. Where did you get the idea and what made you create it?
Well, I’ve always been interested in photography. After being introduced to “Humans of New York”, a photography blog out of New York City, I had the idea to institute a similar concept at Marquette.
Why profile Marquette?
The Marquette community goes much further than the actual campus. From alumni to current students, everyone feels a certain pride in being a part of what Marquette truly is, which is a connection of people interested in making a larger difference in the world. If you’re studying abroad or a graduate, you can pull up the blog and still feel a part of that community.
Any plans to expand the theme to the city of Milwaukee anytime soon?
As much as I would love to, I’m not sure yet. Let’s just go with the flow for now.
How does one get on the blog? Is it random or is much of it planned?
Totally random. However, I look for people who stand out as individuals and people who are easy to communicate with. The portraits I take, I always want to include a personal story or anecdote. When I ask them a question, I am asking them to provide the viewers with an insight into who they are.
Maintaining this blog can’t be easy, how much do you put into this?
It’s not really a certain amount of hours, but more of a passion that I put into each photo and quote.
The pictures on the blog are incredible! Have you been into photography before the blog? If so, how long?
Yes I did, I was a professional “Instagramer” for quite some time.
Any other awesome projects in the works?
There’s a few, but you will just have to wait to see.
How about you answer a few of the questions you ask on your blog. What’s something on your Marquette bucket list?
Yikes, this is hard. I never expect to be answering these questions! But I would say, going to a Marquette basketball game (and yes I had never gone to a Marquette basketball game).
What’s your favorite thing to do on campus?
Well, I don’t advise people doing this if they’re scared of heights, but when weather permits, I usually love sitting on top of the DPS parking structure and realize how Marquette/Milwaukee [are] so beautiful!
If you could give advice to prospective students considering Marquette, what would you say?
Follow your dream or follow your heart. Whichever one seems to be more inspirational. You only live once … and some more lame cliches.
What would you do in life, if you did not need to work for money?
Well besides photography, I would like to combine my interest in math and helping others and take the opportunity to teach children in poverty. This would be in rural communities of other countries like Africa, or right here. Many children don’t have the values or typical experiences children should have and I think it is important that they receive those experiences.
In general, what’s your biggest goal?
My biggest goal in life is to be successful in my college career so that I can become an actuary, get married and start a family … and, of course, go skydiving!
Over the past two years, I have developed a reputation for attaching myself to the comedy scene at Marquette. Okay, by “comedy scene” I mean The Studio 013 Refugees. I am constantly in a cycle of creating videos and articles about Marquette’s sole improv troupe. When I visited Second City for the first time this summer, I knew where to set my career goals. Little did I know, there was already one Marquette graduate a few steps ahead of me. That would be Kiley Peters, Comm ‘08.
How did you get into writing about comedy?
I stumbled into improv almost two years ago and fell madly in love. It changed my life within four weeks. I loved doing digital marketing and thought it would be the best of both worlds if I could use those skills in conjunction with my love for comedy. I also realized that there was so much happening in Chicago comedy, but there was no one spreading the word about it. Everyone was pushing their individual shows or projects, but there was no go-to neutral ground to share information about the community as a whole. So I built Life’s A Funny Scene, which allowed by to make a small place for myself in the Chicago comedy community and that’s how I started writing about comedy.
Tell me about Life’s A Funny Scene
It’s a blog about life and comedy. I created it with the intention of it serving as a resource for the community and a place designated to tie together the parallels between life and comedy. The first thing I realized was that in order for anyone to care about my blog, I had to have valuable content on it. What did people care about most? The improvisers they watched on stage. So I decided to start asking people if I could interview them. I started interviewing people, recording the interview on my iPhone, transcribing them and putting them up. Then I decided to diversify my content a bit by adding in show reviews, “must reads,” announcements and a “life post” every once in a while when appropriate. The only goals I had when I started was to do it “right,” post regularly and to maintain a high level of quality. That was it. It’s become so much bigger than I ever could have imagined. To be recognized for this labor of love is the most flattering thing.
The most wonderful time of the year has finally arrived…#MUBB season!
Photo submitted by Matt Hetrick
You can feel the buzz all around campus and throughout Marquette Nation across the country.
In honor of our season kicking off, here are the 17 ways that you know that you’re a Fanatic and part of the best student section in the nation.
1. You know the season really starts with Marquette Madness, which is just as crazy as any other game.
Photo from the Marquette Tribune | Aaron Ledesma 2011
2. You know and respect the origin of #WeBeChillinDoe.
Photo Courtesy of Cesar Gomez
3. You still have a pair of these… and know why this is awesome.
Photo by Aaron Ledesma
4. You have at least one of the Father Wild bobble heads.
Photo by Aaron Ledesma
5. Your team always rolls in style.
(The 1977 NCAA champs courtesy of Marquette University)
6. You may be torn between attending class or watching a game … sometimes your professor is, too.
Video by Aaron Ledesma - COMM 3800 w/ Soley
7. True fans brave Wisconsin’s winter weather. If you’re quick you can beat the lines and the snow.
Photo by Aaron Ledesma
8. You understand the balance of God and basketball. At Marquette we play religiously.
9. You never get tired of singing this song…
Or this one.
10. As excited as you are for the game, you can’t help but wonder what suit Buzz will rock next.
Photo by Aaron Ledesma and i.cdn.turner.com.
11. Fanatics are always FAN-tastically dressed.
Photo submit from Courtney Monahan.
12. #MUBB runs through your veins
and for others it might be in their genes.
Photo submits from Meg Pirics and Spencer Bonahoom.
13. GAME TIME begins the moment you hear “Thunderstruck.”
Photo by Aaron Ledesma
14. You’re willing to give up your MUID to borrow a “Big Noggin” for the second half.
Photo submit from Peter Fiorentino.
15. At this point, you’re prepared for anything to happen during a game.
Photo from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Photo from Foxsportswisconsin.com.
16. The "Jump Around" guy holds a special place in your heart.
17. You never stop believing in your team,
because you are an MU Fanatic for life,
a member of tradition and pride,
and win or lose, we are MARQUETTE.
Photo by Aaron Ledesma
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