The New Normal: Leadership and Preparedness in the 21st Century

MILWAUKEE (Feb. 9, 2012)- Marquette University Student Government will be hosting Lt. General Russel Honoré on Thursday, February 9th at 8:30 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium as a part of the MUSG Speaker Series.

General Honoré is best known for his guidance involved in leading the Department of Defense for both hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Before his command of the Joint Task Force in Katrina, General Honoré worked in numerous positions focusing on Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Homeland Defense.

In dealing with the Joint Task Force-Katrina efforts, Honoré stated, “We’ve got a plan, but don’t confuse the plan with execution. We’re doing something that is very different.” This quote parallels the focus of Honoré’s speech honing in on being “planned and preparedness” as well as how that relates to leadership.

As Vice Director for Operations, Honoré additionally led the Defense Department’s preparation for the Y2K Millennium phenomenon. He also oversaw the DC Sniper Shootings and Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy. Honoré’s efforts have led him to win multiple awards and decorations, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal.

Sophomore student Carrie Coppernoll, a member in Army ROTC, spoke about the opportunity for students to see such an influential leader on campus. “We can all be leaders in our own community and it helps to see examples from leaders who have done so much good for our country here at home,” said Coppernoll.

Come listen to General Honoré share his military experiences and talk about his perspectives on leadership in the 21st century.

For more information on MUSG’S news and events, visit http://musg.mu.edu or contact the MUSG office, AMU 133.

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 Marquette University community.


New Program Vice President Welcomed, Muslim Prayer Space Recommendation Passed

MILWAUKEE – Jan. 26, 2012 – President Joey Ciccone announced that Les Aspin, College Democrats and College Republicans will answer questions regarding voting in Wisconsin next week in the AMU.  Earlier this week President Ciccone also contacted Leslie LaBonte, coordinator for community service, about more service opportunities for student organizations.

Vice President Trent Carlson met with Dr. Jim McMahon, associate vice president for student affairs, about changes and expectations for incoming freshman housing. McMahon expects 1,950 freshmen this fall. To accommodate the large influx, many study spaces in residence halls will be turned into dorm rooms.

Student government committees were hard at work this week. Business and administration senator Allison Kruschke announced that the committee is hoping to make the financial aid notification process easier for students to understand. Senator Kruschke said the committee would like students to have “a comprehensive and educated understanding of their finances.”

The student life committee is discussing the effectiveness of Job Connection and what can be done to make it more beneficial for students. Student life will also conduct a survey regarding current meal plans. The Senate recognized a new student organization to campus called Coffee Party. Coffee Party is a group of students with moderate political views who gather to express their opinions and views in a comfortable environment.

The Senate approved the budget committee proposal to allocate funds for three student events: Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), MUNROTC Drill Team and Mardi Gras, with a vote of 25-0-1. “We put time into thinking these events through and we feel as though they benefit the Marquette community as well as those outside of the Marquette community,” said student organization funding member Senator Hansen. Funding for YAF will go to bringing speaker John Stossel, a well renowned investigative reporter, to Marquette.

The Senate passed Recommendation 3 last night with a vote of 26-0-0.  Recommendation 3 pertains to an issue MUSG was approached with by the Muslim Student Association to help assist and advocate for equal opportunities to practice their faith on campus. The current space is not large enough for the group and is not equipped for Muslim prayer practices. With the Muslim student body population growing, it is important to make sure the Muslim faith has an accessible place to worship. “Everyone at Marquette should have a very open and accessible path to fully practice their faith and religion,” said Senator Bill Neidhardt.

Matt McGonegle was voted new Program Vice President for the 2012-2013 academic year. McGonegle has been involved with MUSG for three years as a program board assistant and a member of the senior week commission. “Some of the best times I have had here at Marquette were via our programs, so I think of this as my way of giving back,” said McGonegle.

Senate concluded with the follow upcoming event announcements:

  • On Thursday, Feb. 2, the Student Nursing Association will be hosting a blood drive from 11 to 3 p.m. outside the Brew.
  • Lt. General Honoré, Joint Task Force leader during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, will speak about preparedness and leadership Thursday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre.
  • MUSG is sponsoring a tubing excursion to Sunburst Ski Hill in Kewaskum, Wis. Saturday, Feb. 4. Tickets are $15 and include three hours of tubing, free lunch and transportation.

Applications for program board positions are currently available on the MUSG website.

For more information on MUSG’s news and events, visit 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.


Sunburst Tubing Excursion

MILWAUKEE  (Feb. 4, 2012) – Marquette University Student Government will host a sledding and tubing excursion on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sunburst Ski Hill in Kewaskum, Wis.

Tickets for the excursion are currently available in the Brooks Lounge for $15. A Marquette ID is required to purchase tickets and Marquette Cash is accepted. Tickets include transportation to and from Sunburst Ski Hill, three hours of sledding and tubing on the mountain and a complimentary lunch. Lunch options include pizza or a hotdog and a drink.

Sunburst Ski Hill has a special tubing area with 12 different chutes riders can choose from. Each chute is 900 feet long with a ten-story drop, allowing riders to reach speeds up to 40 mph. There is also a lift for the inner tubes, making it easy for riders to climb the hill.

A limited number of tickets are available for this excursion, so get them while they last!

For more information about Sunburst Ski Hill visit http://www.skisunburst.com/.

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Wisconsin Voter ID Update, SOF Deadline Approaches, Election of New PPT

MILWAUKEE (Jan. 19, 2012) – At last night’s MUSG Senate meeting Mary Czech-Mrochinski from the Office of Public Affairs presented an update on the new Wisconsin voter ID policy. She thanked MUSG for “all of their hard work last spring on the May 5th resolution of the Voter ID Bill.” Czech-Mrochinski also encouraged students to update their addresses on CheckMarq for future voting registration in Wisconsin.

MUSG President Joey Ciccone announced that voter applications are available at marquette.edu/vote, as well as in Union Station in the AMU. The Milwaukee Elections Commission staff will hold a training session for students to learn how to register people to vote Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. on campus. Ciccone also stated that that applications for the 2012-2013 Program Board Vice President are still available and the deadline is on January 23. In addition, MUSG will be continuing round table discussions this semester, which will be held in the Multicultural Center of the AMU.

Executive Vice President Trent Carlson reminded those present that the SOF deadline is today, Friday, Jan. 20. The deadline is for events that require funding occurring before March 23, 2012.

Communications Vice President Arica Van Boxtel announced that the next edition of the Gold Mine will be distributed at the Marquette v. Seton Hall game on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Program Vice President Derek Merten announced that tickets for the Sunburst Tubing Excursion go on sale Monday, Jan. 23. The 2011-2012 Speaker Series continues on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 with Lt. General Honore. Morgan Spurlock has been rescheduled to speak Thursday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.

Financial Vice President Brittany Riesenbeck announced that the finance department is still interviewing candidates for Financial Office Assistant positions.

Legislative Vice President Drew Halunen opened elections for a new President Pro Tempore. Senator Hayes nominated Senator Hanson, who accepted the nomination. After a brief debate, the Senate proceeded with a closed-ballot vote. With a vote of 28-0 Senator Hanson was named the new President Pro Tempore replacing previous President Pro Tempore Katie Simoncic.

For more information on MUSG’s news and events, visit 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 community.