Budget Proposals, Approval For Preventing Further Federal Aid Cuts, Roundtable Discussion Date Change

MILWAUKEE – (Nov. 17, 2011)- At last night’s meeting MUSG Senate covered a variety of topics. The two foremost topics included the approved budget revision and Resolution 3 regarding Federal Aid budget cuts. Beginning with the budget proposals, Financial Vice President John Dunlap explained that the recent influx of students this year created $14,000 in unanticipated student activity fee revenue. Requests were solicited from MUSG executive board members to determine where the additional funding should be allocated. The MUSG budget committee selected proposals and with a 25-1-2 vote Senate approved the revised budget proposals. The proposals included $5,000 to major events specifically the spring concert, $5,200 to special events, $1,800 to student organization funding for non-club sports and student organization funding of a Collegiate Link License; a program that will allow student organizations to submit paperwork and organize events online. As a member of the budget committee, Senator Kruschke spoke in favor of the approval and stated, “I feel many students will be able to benefit from these funds.”

The Senate also passed Resolution 3 last night with a vote of 23-2-3. Resolution 3 encourages the university’s role in a higher education coalition that developed a petition in support of Federal Student Aid to be sent to Congress. MUSG actively encourages all students, faculty and members of the Marquette community to sign the Student Aid Alliance’s national petition. The resolution was lead by Senator Ford who said, “the goal is to bring to life the fact that $30 billion has already been cut from financial aid, and we want to make sure that more isn’t going to be cut.” Votes were placed with consideration of what best represents students’ opinions and personal political biases were excluded.

Senator Neidhardt highlighted that Marquette University joined the higher education coalition. He accentuated the importance to bring “the student voice to the issue.” He also stated, “a lot of people need this aid to keep the economy heading in a positive direction.” Some senators expressed concerns about the long-term effects of this decision; however, Senator Ford concluded the discussion by saying, “as a representative of constituents who receive financial aid, it is our duty to represent them and their interests. Our goal is to halt cuts in aid and hopefully in the future we can look into the cost of education.” After a productive debate, both in the positive and negative, Resolution 3 was passed. For more information on the Student Aid Alliance or to view the petition go to http://www.marquette.edu/public-affairs/advocacy.shtml

In other Senate announcements, the business and administration and student life committees are looking to draft a new version of an alcohol amnesty agreement. The student life committee will also meet with administrators to discuss the effectiveness of Job Connection and what can be done to make it more beneficial for students.

President Joey Ciccone announced that the next roundtable discussion will be held on Dec. 5. Information has been sent out to student organizations, but look for more information coming in the near future. Also, Ciccone met with representatives from Marquette to discuss ways to inform and educate students on voting, in particular with new legislation that potentially allows a student ID to work as a voting ID. Look for more information in the future regarding the new procedure.

Vice President Trent Carlson met with DPS officers this week to discuss how to continue informing students about the recent MPD presence in regard to jaywalking and speeding.

The MUSG Communications Department is looking for a public relations director, public relations assistant and a graphic design assistant. Applications are available on the MUSG website and due on Monday, Nov. 20 by 5 p.m. MUSG is also accepting applications for Financial Vice President through Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. Applications for financial office positions are being accepted as well and will be available until the end of the semester.

The MUSG Speakers series brings Catherine Hardwicke to speak on her vocation as a film director on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Saturday, Dec. 3, MUSG is sponsoring Christmas in the City, a shopping excursion to Chicago. The coach bus will depart at 9:30 a.m. and will drop students off at the German Christkindl Market in Chicago. Tickets are only $15 and available in the Brooks Lounge.

After Thanksgiving break, Straz Tower RAs will be putting on the live nativity scene, “Bringing Home Jesus” and collecting donations for a non-profit organization that benefits foster children.

Pure Dance is putting on two shows Saturday, Nov.19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:00 p.m., Grand New Brew will take place in the Varsity Theatre with performance by Studio 13 Refugees, Hype and the Gold and Blues.

Tickets are still available for $10. Hunger Clean up is having a coffee sale to raise money for the event in the spring. Check out Brew locations for more information. The MUSG website is up and running, stay informed and knowledgeable about upcoming events at http://musg.mu.edu or contact the MUSG office, AMU 133 and follow MUSG on Facebook and Twitter.

The Marquette University Student Government was developed in 1882 as the governing body of the Marquette community. Its goal is to identify, understand, actively address and represent students’ needs, concerns, and interests through acts of leadership and service, which reflect Catholic, Jesuit ideals and contribute to the betterment of the Marquette University community.

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