Aron Ralston to speak on Marquette’s campus

MILWAUKEE (Feb. 17, 2013) – Marquette University Student Government is proud to welcome Aron Ralston as the next speaker in the MUSG Speaker Series on February 28. In 2003, Ralston was hurdled into the spotlight when his climbing accident grabbed headlines around the world.

An experienced climber and avid outdoorsman, Ralston was descending a remote Utah canyon alone when an 800-pound boulder broke loose. The boulder crushed his arm, pinning him against the canyon wall. After nearly five days, waterless, and no help on the way, Ralston chose to sever his arm below the elbow. After rappelling a 65-foot cliff out of the canyon, he walked nearly seven miles to find help.

The incident is documented in Ralston’s autobiography “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” and is the subject of Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s film “127 Hours.” As an inspirational speaker, Aron Ralston moves audiences with his story. With his experience of pushing his body to the most extreme limits, Ralston demonstrates the human capacity for the extraordinary.

Ralston will speak in the Varsity Theatre on February 28 at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Jessica Couloute, a junior in the College of Communication, attended a Speaker Series event last semester. “You get an outside perspective,” said Couloute, “A perspective that is very influential in our society.”

Each academic year, the MUSG Program Board invites inspirational, controversial and fascinating speakers to provide insight on issues affecting our world. Each installment of the MUSG Speaker Series is free to attend.

For more information on MUSG’s news and events, visit http://musg.mu.edu or contact the MUSG office, AMU 133. For additional updates, like MUSG on Facebook and follow MUSG on Twitter.

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