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Full-service laundromat

What laundromat offers free coffee and donuts or a summer reading program for kids? Raise the bar higher. What laundromat offers classes to help customers  largely immigrants  understand the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program?

“Good business is doing good by your customers,” says Mark Benson, Comm ’00, manager of the World’s Largest Laundromat in Berwyn, Ill. “We treat them like family, and they love us for it.”

The laundromat hosted sessions with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service agents answering questions and conducting mock naturalization interviews. More than 100 customers came to learn the standards for deferred action.

“The idea that this deferred action program was real, was going to be a benefit, carried a lot of excitement. But, as one can imagine, interacting with the federal government, let alone USCIS, stirs fear in a lot of people,” Benson says. “Our customers know us. They trust us. They’ve seen us do lots of good things in the community. When we put our name on something, the fear recedes just enough to get some information through. We will do these events again. Absolutely.”

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Name that tune

For the first time in its storied history, Marquette’s carillon marks time by striking an entirely new set of musical notes. Carilloneur Mark Konewko announced the switch from the Westminster, the melody played since the carillon was installed in the Marquette Hall belltower in the 1960s, to the St. Michael, named after the melody played in St. Michael the Archangel Church in the United Kingdom.

“The time strike, or Voorslag,” Konewko says, “is made up of four phrases that use four bells: D-C-F-G, F-G-D-C, C-D-G-F and G-F-C-D.”

Who knew only four bells could create such a beautiful sound? Most people on campus just love hearing the carillon music wafting through the air  whatever the melody.

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Here’s how Be The Difference works

Buddies Greg St. Arnold, Arts ’07, and Matthew Manning, Arts ’06, founded Arcos Milwaukee to continue being the difference. They had a load of international experience as Marquette students and wanted to share those lessons with Milwaukee high school students who have none. They established Arcos to teach and then travel. Funding comes from community and private donors, including alumni whose lives were changed by studying abroad.

“In 2012, we worked with five students from four different high schools in Milwaukee,” St. Arnold says of Arcos. “We met about twice a month to study global issues and learn how to be responsible travelers.”

Then the group traveled to Nicaragua to visit a school, explore, climb a mountain and visit a sustainable coffee plantation. Arcos has a second adventure coming up this summer, this time taking high school students to El Salvador. Visit arcosmke.com for information. 

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