Father Marquette explored campus with Gee Ekachai’s class. See what they found by following hashtag #MUExplore on Twitter and Instagram. 

Oui, Bastille Days.

It’s here. Bastille Days. 

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We’re talking about Milwaukee’s popular French festival and one of the nation’s largest French-themed celebrations. It also happens to be Father Marquette’s favorite event of the year (I personally like Summerfest, but the guys is French or something). 

The free, four-day bash has live music, an international marketplace, chef and wine demos, French and Cajun cuisine, roaming busker entertainment and a signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica offering hourly light shows.

Essentially, a little France. The festival attracts thousands of visitors annually, so we sat down to chat with Father Marquette to get some insight on the bumpin’ festival. 

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Hello again, Father. 

Bonjour. 

Yea, I meant bonjour. Anyway, tell us about the festival. 

It’s a French festival down in Cathedral Square honoring the French Bastille Day, which commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille in 1789. 

Ahhhh! So the Storm the Bastille 5K run on the first night is supposed to be like the one in France so long ago?

Oui, with a lot less blood.

Uh, I’d hope. What do you recommend we do at the festival?

Eat and drink wine. So much food and plenty of wine testings

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All good things, Father. How about for the non-21 crowd?

Oh, c’est vrai. There is live music, four stages actually. There is also a Mardi Gras parade on Friday and Saturday, complete with beads. 

MARDI GRAS BEADS!! NO WAY. 

Oui. 

Now let’s talk food. What are we working with?

French classics, of course. Beignets (french doughnuts), cajun food, créme brûlée, and more. There is also other food, like cheeseburgers and tacos.  

Nothing says French like cheeseburgers and tacos, am I right? This seems like a blast, Father. One final question…

I’m still not following you on social media. 

Dammit. 

Everyone else can follow me, though. Give me a shout-out on Twitter if you’re around Bastille Days. It’ll make me happy. 

Bastille Days is this weekend and will go until July 13th. Be sure to stop by and have some good fun. Check out their website for more information.

-Cesar Gomez

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Summerfest: Go For Free

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Photo found on Milwaukee Magazine.

SUMMERFEST STARTS TOMORROW!!

In case you haven’t heard, Summerfest  released the 2014 list of admissions promotions. If you play your cards right, you just could experience every day of the world’s largest music festival cheap, or even better, free. 

Some of this year’s promotions include:

Friday, June 27: KAPCO “Go Red” Day with the Wisconsin Badgers and the BIG 920, noon until 3 p.m. All patrons wearing a red shirt will receive one free admission ticket. Starting at 5 p.m. on June 27, the first 5,000 patrons will also receive one pair of U.S. Cellular/Summerfest Ear Buds and Case.

Sunday, June 29: Kohl’s Family Day, noon until 3 p.m. or while supplies last. The first 2,500 patrons who donate three non-perishable food items for kids will receive one free admission ticket. 

Friday, July 4: Mountain Dew Day, noon until 3 p.m. or while supplies last. The first 2,500 patrons who present a specially marked Mountain Dew can with the Summerfest offer on the can will receive one free weekday admission ticket. 

Check out the rest of the 2014 list of admissions promotions here

Note: All admission deal exchanges take place at the Mid-Gate promotions tent between the hours of noon and 3 p.m. unless indicated otherwise.

For more specific info on admissions deals, special promotions, lineups, show schedules, a list of food vendors, and all things Summerfest, visit the website here

-Cesar Gomez

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To learn more, click here or visit it the Haggerty Art Museum. The exhibit will run from June 4th - August 3rd.

-Cesar Gomez

@FatherMarquette Explores

The Public Market, Third Ward, Harley Davidson Museum, Hank Aaron State Trail, and the Menomonee River Valley were just a few of the places Father Marquette explored this weekend. 

Where did you explore? 

Back to Marquette’s Future

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The smell of old paper and faded ink wafts through the Marquette University Archives reading room.

Letters, pictures, maps, Marquette Tribunes and more… My eyes scan hungrily, excited to explore and learn about campus life in 1965.

Michelle Sweetser, university archivist, presents a carefully laid out buffet of artifacts. It’s all part of a well-preserved Marquette secret.

The secret? In 1965, Schroeder Hall residents put together a time capsule to be opened in the year 2000.

The time capsule was buried in front of Joan of Arch Chapel during a period of renovation in 1965. Then it was buried under concrete for 35 years.

Back then, the year 2000 seemed millennia away — a future filled with robots and Martians.

That’s how I found myself paging through hundreds of student questionaries’ and pictures.

But before I get into what I found, let me tell you about 1965.

1965.

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Life in the ’60s was filled with faded jeans and corduroys. The civil rights movement was in full swing, nuclear warfare was a real fear and the Beatles were on top of the world. Phrases like “far out” and “groovy” were thrown around.

Each fall, Marquette held an annual Carnival. The weeklong festival included chariots races, variety shows and a formal ball. Student organizations set up games and booths in the Old Gym.

In 1965, the residents of Schroeder Hall (an all-male hall at the time) needed a project for the Carnival. They decided to put together a time capsule.

The Tribune talked about the time capsule for weeks, promoting it along with that year’s Carnival theme, Futurama.

Some 3,500 students dressed up and attended as Martians and robots. The gym was decorated with orbiting satellites, rockets and tanks turned into moon craters.

This is how 1965imagined the future.

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The Time Capsule.

For a dime you could put a questionnaire in the time capsule. For a quarter you could put in a Polaroid picture. A bargain to leave your mark in history here at Marquette.

Letters written by William J. Haddad, chair of Schroeder Hall Activities Committee, men of 5-North, Father Naus (chaplain of Schroeder Hall at the time), and Robert Sullivan, president of Schroeder Hall Board of Governors, told stories about Marquette in 1965. 

Two maps were also included in the capsule.

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The first was a current map of campus.  The second was a projection of a future map of campus in the year 2000. This map was painted by Tom Steiner, a resident in Schroeder Hall.

There was an essay about Marquette University in 1965, which depicts a university that revolved around academics and a healthy social life.

The most fascinating artifacts in the time capsule were the collection of pictures and student questionnaires.

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The questions reflected the current events of people at the time.

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“Will the world of 2000 A.D. have disarmed itself and use the limitless sources of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes?”

“Realizing the position of the neutral nations in today’s world, will they favor the East or the West in 2000 A.D.?

“Considering the aims of the chief powers of the world today and their respective situations, will there be a year 2000 A.D.?

"Will life have been discovered on other planets by the year 2000 A.D.?"

Each questionnaire had places where people could leave comments and a personal message.

Some omitted, some simply said “Hi!” Or “Good Luck!”

But some offered advice, a shout out or a predication.

“Don’t eat Schroeder Hall food, it will make you sick.” 

“In 35 years, the world will have changed more from the world of today than it has in all previous history. We salute you, the pioneers of our greatness.” 

Some even acknowledged how bleak the future looked…“Greetings! I hope most of my pessimistic predications are completely wrong. Here’s hoping somebody is around to read this.” 

[NEWS FLASH “You only live once” is a saying that has been around since the 60’s. Drake didn’t invent YOLO.]

After examining all the remains in the time capsule (reading hundreds of questionnaires, reaching out to alums, devouring old Tribunes) I realized the fragility of time.

Was it amazing to examine all these artifacts? Yes! I encourage everyone to check out University Archives, if not for research, for the fun of LEARNING SOMETHING.

But my research led me to an epiphany.

Time cannot be stopped. Even if something is preserved, eventually everything is forgotten if we simply allow it to collect dust in a room. 

But what if we choose to remember? What if we make the effort to connect with our past?

After the 1965 time capsule was dug up, a new one was put in its place. A plaque marks the place in front of Joan of Arc where the 2000 time capsule will be opened in 2025. 

That capsule is filled with more letters, more pictures, more questionnaires.

And where does our generation leaves its mark? On social media pages lost in endless internet clutter? Refresh the page and it’s gone.

Why not make your own personal time capsule? Something to find again in a couple years and say, “Look kids. This is a letter I wrote, on actual piece of paper. Look kids, here is a REAL newspaper that people used to get everyday.”

I understand the irony of saying this in a blog post, but hopefully this story doesn’t become just another shout in the void.

Why not leave something more permanent? 

-Kelly Rasmussen

Learn more about university archives and how you can explore the past here.

Did you know that Marquette’s Engineering Hall is LEED certified? It includes a green roof with solar panels.

Learn more here.

MKE Downtown Dining Week: Save money, eat well

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Downtown Dining Week begins this Thursday, June 5 and will feature 40 top notch restaurants who will serve three-course menus at lunch for $12.50 and dinner for $25 or $35. You can take advantage through June 12.

Instead of another round of Qdoba or Papa Johns, venture outside campus and explore some of Milwaukee’s best places to chow down. The normal price value for most of the featured meals average around $35-50. 

Trouble deciding where to go? Try some of my personal favorites picks:

  •  Smoke Shack: Featuring some prime BBQ, make sure to try the pulled pork sandwich. No worries vegetarians, they got you covered as well. 
  • Milwaukee’s Chophouse: Take advantage of the discount price for some prime steak and killer dessert. 
  • The Loaded Slate: This place offers some more traditional American comfort food. They also have a killer selection of unique offerings, like the Sconnie burger and Bronze Fonz cheese curds.
  • Benihana: This is the place for sushi lovers. They also offer several other traditional Japanese dishes, something for everyone to enjoy. 

For a look at the participating restaurants and the featured menus for each, visit the Downtown Dining Week website here

-Cesar Gomez

Holey Moley! The doughnut shop that could change it all.

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Joe Sorge, co-owner of restaurant group Hospitality Democracy, is teaming up with Hawthorne Coffee Roasters to open Holey Moley Coffee & Doughnuts in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. The business is expected to open early July. 

Sorge, whose restaurant group includes Water Buffalo, Smoke Shack, and AJ Bombers, can be expected to make some big taste plays in Milwaukee’s doughnut market. Their slogan says it all, silly name - serious donuts.

"The doughnuts have a lot of creativity behind them," says Steve Hawthorne, co-founder of Hawthorne Coffee Roasters. “Sorge and his team will create doughnuts that we haven’t seen in Milwaukee yet.”

From unique flavors to just pure high quality, Hawthorne assures you’re going to want to come see what the shop will offer. 

There will be 6-8 varieties of doughnuts made fresh daily as well as a rotating offering of single origin coffees, espresso and espresso based drinks. There’s also been talk about developing some coffee/doughnut pairings as well as the potential for creating a coffee-infused doughnut. 

The coffee will also reflect the doughnut’s unique theme. “We’ll be sourcing top quality, seasonal coffees and then handcraft roast profiles to develop unique flavors,” says Hawthorne. 

Keen on not revealing too much, it seems the owners of Holey Moley might just have that special something to bring the doughnut business to a whole new level. 

Keep an eye out, folks. You won’t want to miss this. 

To sign up for updates (and a potential tasting preview), visit their Facebook page

-Cesar Gomez