News Release

Verizon Wireless Gives Marquette Fans a New Way to Cheer

Holy Mackerel Milwaukee -- Golden Eagles in the Final Four!

April 2, 2003

Carolyn Schamberger
847-619-4282Steve Johnstone
For Verizon Wireless

MILWAUKEE, WI — Whether meeting friends at The Ardmore or at a rally near the St. Joan of Arc Chapel, Marquette University basketball fans can use their wireless phones to spread their excitement about the Golden Eagles' coveted spot in the NCAA Final Four. Using Verizon Wireless' TXT Messaging service, fans can send each other messages to gather for a victory march, scope a game-watching spot or arrange a ride to New Orleans for the national semifinals.

Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading provider of wireless communications, offers a TXT Messaging dictionary to make it easier for Golden Eagle fans to communicate about their favorite team or to say "We Are Marquette!"

    Conference USA Champs C-USA #1
    Al McGuire AL
    We Are Marquette W R MRQT
    Holy Mackerel :O
    Jes Res JZ RZ
    Relive the Lanche on Wells RELIV LNCH ON WLS
    The Ardmore ARD >
    Golden Eagles GLD EGLZ
    Former Warriors 4MRWORE R
    Cheeseheads CHZ:)
    Tom Crean CRN
    St. Joan of Arc Chapel JN ^ 
    McCormick Hall McC
    Travis Diener TD34
    Robert Jackson RJ55
    Scott Merritt SM5
    Steve Novak SN20
    Dwyane Wade DW3

On Verizon Wireless' TXT Messaging companion Web site,, Golden Eagle fans can join a community chat with other basketball fans to share predictions and taunts, or they can form chat communities of their own to rejoice with other Marquette fans throughout the remainder of the tournament. Verizon Wireless customers can also sign up for TXT Alerts to get the latest facts, sports scores, info and news-all related to the NCAA tournament.

Verizon Wireless TXT Messaging customers can pay as they go for $0.02 for each message received and $0.10 for each message sent, or select from bundled plans for $2.99 monthly access for 100 messages, $3.99 monthly access for 200 messages and $7.99 monthly access for 600 messages sent or received. They also may sign up for the $2.99 monthly access bundled plan before April 30, 2003, to get unlimited TXT Messaging and TXT Alerts each month until June 30, 2003.

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