From Alma Mater Vol. 1: The Midwest. Available Now!
The difference with Marquette is who we are…
And also what we aim to be.
It’s where we’ve been.
The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia,
Decorated as winners of the 1977 NCAA Championship.
Voyages through the Wisconsin and Mississippi River,
Abaft the legacy of the Marquette-Jolliet fleet.
On M.A.P. trips throughout the country,
providing service to communities in need.
On to limitless boundaries that embrace inclusion and new methods of learning.
At the Miracle on Westowne Square, beneath the lights of St. Joan’s Christmas Tree…
Then back again on Tuesday for Mass.
We always begin at the Mass of the Holy Spirit, where we’re granted with the strength to reflect through Mission Week
and on the guidance of our Ignatian heritage.
What makes us different is what we’ve done.
Selling out the BMO Harris Bradley Center,
Jam-Packed into a basketball heaven,
With every common student afire with God.
We Ring out Ahoya!
To remind visitors whose house this is.
We run to the lake to celebrate mammoth victories,
And when we travel west to Madison,
We Cross the Red Sea.
We proceed to walk & run for Briggs & Al, and have enough stamina in our hearts to run at Midnight to combat hunger and homelessness—
Along with a delivery of the Marquette Special to help keep them warm.
Some believe winning and success are indistinguishable. That there is no separation in this marriage.
We believe that winning is the sweet joy of having trophies raised in victory, while success is measured by helping others raise themselves.
To us the latter result is so much sweeter.
That is the difference.
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