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 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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