I don't remember anymore why I was searching for information about Jesuit priest and 17th century explorer Jacques Marquette, the university's namesake, but I do remember sitting in my office searching for background information when I made a really cool discovery: Père Marquette and I were both born in Laon, a city in the north of France. Years later, I would finally return to our birthplace, a trip that lives in me in ways I never thought it would.
There seems to be very little discussion about whether consolidating Chicago and Milwaukee would be a good thing. It's as if everyone has decided that big is better and now we just have to work out the details. There's an old axiom that I believe in that says "Just because you can do something doesn't necessarily mean you should do it."
Legendary is the allure of absinthe, and the Green Fairy cast its spell on everyone from painter Vincent van Gogh to author Oscar Wilde to composer Erik Satie and many of their 19th and early 20th century contemporaries. And we just gave it a taste test.
France, after following a course separate from NATO for more than four decades, is returning to the fold. This significant shift is due to the insight and initiative of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, along with the long-term tolerance and patience by alliance partners, including the United Sta...