Archive for April, 2010

Women, Politics and Social Change

By Jennifer Janviere

Dee Dee Myers in a discussion with students from the Diederich College of CommunicationYesterday, Marquette was visited by former White House Press Secretary, author and political commentator Dee Dee Myers. The Diederich College of Communication was fortunate enough to have Ms. Myers stop by Studio 7 in Johnston Hall, where she chatted with students about her experience working on Capitol Hill during the Clinton administration, what it’s like to be the liaison between the president and the press, and the unique pressures of being a woman working in media and politics.

During the discussion, Ms. Myers emphasized the necessity of women in leadership roles, not only in politics, but also in businesses and communities. She pointed to statistics that show women are the ones most likely to develop socially-minded businesses that create jobs for the communities in which they live and are most likely to invest back in those communities. She mentioned that women involved in politics are more likely to advocate for social and environmental reforms than their male counterparts, regardless of party affiliation.

Ms. Myers stressed, however, that although male and female experiences are certainly different from one another, the life perspective of one gender was not superior to that of the other. Rather, she pointed out the need for diverse perspectives in shaping healthy businesses, politics and societies, and that the increasingly important role of women in societies across the globe to ultimately lead to a more peaceful and prosperous world.

It’s a concept that, while nothing new in our culture, is still gaining ground in many places. Living in the U.S, this can sometimes be easy to forget. That’s why it’s great that people like Dee Dee Myers remind us that, while much progress has been made over the last century, there are still many steps ahead on the path to gender equality in politics, business and society.

Jennifer Janviere is a multimedia specialist and instructor in the Diederich College of Communication.

Marquette: My Alma Mater

It’s hard to write a reflective post without coming across cheesy or sappy. (I’ve procrastinated on writing this post for two weeks because it always comes out sounding like a hallmark after school special.) With that said, I’ll try my best to keep this honest and heartfelt.

I graduate college in less than a month. Where did the time go?! Well, I can say that now but those nights studying for midterms or finals I sure had a different opinion. It seems like just yesterday I stepped onto campus for the first time…awkward, shy, and carrying my 25 pound backpack full of every textbook I owned.

As a smaller Jesuit university, Marquette was all about the relationships. Students, professors, faculty, alumni…you knew names and faces. Once I hit sophomore year, all my classes were 25-30 people. I loved it because I could strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere. It felt like home. I never could have existed at a larger university. I never could have existed being just a number.

People often say you don’t appreciate something until it’s gone. Well, they’re right. If I have any advice for underclassmen, it’s to enjoy the Marquette experience. All of it. As in guest speakers, the awesome variety of classes and clubs, great resources like career services or the writing center, service opportunities like the hunger clean-up, basketball games, and the just people all around you.

I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for Marquette. More specifically, if it weren’t for the wonderful mentors who have steered me in the right direction. I wouldn’t trade my Jesuit education for anything. The people, the spirit, the service, I love it all. So, thank you Marquette. COLLEGE OF COMMUNCATION, 2010!!!

The FCC’s Future of Media Initiative Is Waiting to Hear from You!

By Kathlin Sickel

There’s still time—but not a lot of it —to let the government know what you think about your local media. The Federal Communication Commission is seeking to understand how the digital age is affecting local media, and would like to hear your opinions on a host of media issues by May 7th.  It wants to know how your local news coverage has been affected by staff cuts, and if you see any successful business models working for internet and mobile-based news organization, and what role you think citizen journalism should play, and do you get any local news from public TV or radio?

That’s a lot of questions, but it’s only a small sample of the input the FCC is seeking at a website devoted to its Future of Media Intiative. Dozens of questions are asked under such headings as “Business Models and Financial Trends,” “Noncommercial and Public Media” and “Internet and Mobile.”

But don’t let the complexity of this study deter you! Any opinions at all that you are willing to share about the news media will be welcomed by the FCC. Continue reading ‘The FCC’s Future of Media Initiative Is Waiting to Hear from You!’

How to Get Your Resume Noticed—In a Good Way

By Julia Fennelly

As the person who oversees our company’s internship program, I’ve seen my fair share of student resumes… the good, the bad and the ugly. A resume is often a student’s first impression with a company and as they say, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. As such, a resume deserves a considerable amount of time and attention before being sent out to prospective employers.

As summer and graduation approach, here are a few tips for creating a new resume or polishing your existing resume: Continue reading ‘How to Get Your Resume Noticed—In a Good Way’

Award-Winning Student Media

By Sara J. Martinez

Marquette Journal Cover with photo of student Charlie BuryPeople—I have a big announcement to make!

The Marquette Journal was named “Best Student Magazine” for the second consecutive year by the Society of Professional Journalists 2009 Mark of Excellence awards in Region 6, which includes Wisconsin, Minnesota and North and South Dakota.

Out of more than 3,600 entries, The Journal came away with seven awards—three first place, two second place and two third place achievements.

The magazine proved its strongest suits are feature writing and online blogging, as The Journal swept both categories “Non-Fiction Magazine Article” and “Online Opinion & Commentary.” It proved its strength all-around, taking first in Best Student Magazine, as well. Continue reading ‘Award-Winning Student Media’

Video Games: Entertainment Meets Philosophy

By Jennifer Janviere

Most of us think of video games as purely entertainment; a temporary escape from the trappings of reality. But have we ever considered these games to be catalysts for critical thought or departure points for open-ended philosophical questions? A recent segment of  NPR’s On the Media discussed the moral and symbolic complexities of video games, a subject that has more depth than many of us may realize.

In a particularly interesting example, the broadcast referenced “Passage,” a 2009 release that, at first glance, looks like an early 1980’s arcade game. In the current era of slick, hyper-realistic video games, it’s easy to initially dismiss Passage by its unpolished appearance. The premise also seems simple at first: a pixelated character wanders around the screen, only to die within three minutes time, every time. What’s the point? It’s only after playing a few times that it becomes evident: the game is a metaphor for the human journey through life. Continue reading ‘Video Games: Entertainment Meets Philosophy’

I Return to the Mother Ship

By Carole Burns


This week I was in Cupertino, California home of the Apple headquarters. While the buzz around the iPad is still fresh in the consumers mind the main offices of Apple go about their daily business as if nothing huge had just happened. The past decade has truly been formed by the fruit-named equipment all beginning with ‘i’.  In fact, it is difficult to remember a time when music had to be placed on cassette and then carried around in a tape deck. Early on in my now 25 year old marriage my husband had purchased me a walkman and I thought I had hit the peak of technology. I look back at the clunky device that I had to carry as I ran and realize how far we have come in such a short time.

But the Apple story is much greater than that—it is more than the cutting-edge technology we have all come to require in our daily lives.  Continue reading ‘I Return to the Mother Ship’


The opinions expressed here are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of Marquette University or the Diederich College of Communication.

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