Stop and pay attention
Tim Cigelske

What did you learn from eavesdropping on a classroom?

I learned just how hectic a classroom can seem from the outside looking in. There were group meetings going on and it was really hard to hear what anybody was talking about from the other side of the door and window. Though I couldn’t hear exactly what they were discussing in groups, I learned juts how important it is to be in class and paying attention. I wasn’t in this class and I had no idea what was going on, couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be in the next section and be so far behind.

What’s something you learned from a magazine or newspaper?

The MUSG president is stepping down. Adam Kouhel, the EVP, is taking the reins.

What is the Marquette Tribune editor in chief doing today?

Joseph W Fenton from the summer of ’76 is now retired and enjoying the fruits of his labor. He is vacationing around the east coast and down to Florida with his wife, 3 dogs, and 2 parrots. He seems to be an SNL fan and to have had a relaxing holiday season.

What can you find out about the professor you wrote down from the directory? What have they researched? What are they known for?

David Wilcox recently published a few interesting works, the most critically relevant being “The role of recreational media use in youth socialization”. He has bounced around the country working for a couple big name agencies on accounts as big as State Farm.

What did you say in the note you put in a professor’s mailbox? What skills did you learn from this person?

I left a note in Tracy Sturgal’s box. I had her for Business Comm a couple years ago and she showed me the importance of pace. I would get nervous and start rushing sentences, but I learned to catch myself and gather in pauses. I used to hate silence in presentations but she showed me that its not nearly as awkward as it seems to the listener.

What did you learn from the student who works in student media?

Gabby told me to always check your sources.

What alum from the Alumni Hall of Fame inspires you and why?

I really liked Anthony Crivello who won a Tony because he came from California like me and pursued a major that wasn’t necessarily in the mainstream. He followed his dreams in theater and it worked out for him pretty dang well.

What did you see when you visited a new floor in Johnston Hall?

I went up to the 4th floor and noticed how there were less benches than other floors but more tables with seating. I also noticed that a lot of the doorway inlet areas were the same lime green as our classroom.

What Marquette alumna won a Pulitzer for reporting on AIDs in the Heartland? Now find her interview with Poynter. What is a tip that she shared about paying attention in interviews?

Jacqui Banaszynski suggested one pays attention to the power dynamic of the interview when interviewing an official. You don’t want to alienate them with pointed questions but you also cannot cede power to them and let them direct the flow of the interview. The idea that you need to balance the power dynamic and get the interviewee to see you as an equal is essential in getting the most out of your subject.

Embed the tweets you sent to Dean Kimo Ah Yun.

What do you notice when you turned your phone off?

I was in class when I turned it off but I noticed how smooth our desks are while looking textured like fabric. I also noticed all the students around me pounding at their keyboards on the awesome silver Macintosh desktops.

Finally, a challenge for tomorrow. Don’t check your phone in the morning until after breakfast. Write down what you notice when you do this.

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