Recap – MUSG Presidental and Vice Presidental Debate

MILWAUKEE (March 25, 2012) – Candidates running for MUSG President and Vice President took part in a debate Sunday night where they were asked questions about their platforms and challenged with student concerns. Below is an introduction to each set of candidates, followed by a summary of some of the night’s more important debate issues as answered by the candidates.

Meet your 2012-’13 MUSG Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates:

Drew Halunen and Stephanie Marecki: “With a combined 5 years experience in MUSG, we aim to make student government and the University more transparent. We will work to change the culture of diversity and inclusivity on campus through strong lines of communication and greater collaboration with student organizations.

Drew and Stephanie are both juniors in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts & Sciences. Drew served as an MUSG Senator the past two years and currently serves as MUSG Legislative Vice President. Stephanie is serving her third year as an MUSG Senator.

Arica Van Boxtel and Bill Neidhart: “We are running for MUSG President and Vice President because we believe in a collaborative student government: one that is working for and with the students. We aim to address issues like campus diversity and transparent tuition increases with a refocused, proactive student government. We WILL do the student body good.”

Arica and Bill are juniors in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication and Helen Way Klingler College of Arts & Sciences, respectively. Arica currently serves as the MUSG Communications Vice President. Bill is serving his third year as an MUSG Senator.

Catch up on Sunday evening’s presidential and vice presidential debate:

Why did you decide to run for the positions of MUSG President and Vice President?

Drew: Stephanie and I have very different perspectives, we’ve battled many times but always come to an agreement on common ground. We can challenge one another with our different perspectives in a way that will best represent the student body.

Stephanie: MUSG is something we’ve developed an incredible passion for, both of us being involved since our freshman year.


Arica: This is where I can make the biggest impact on our campus. I would be a President who goes out, talks to students, and brings that information back to administrators. There’s no protocol as to who will walk through your door, you have to have that logic and critical thinking to deal with every situation. I have a passion for this and a great consideration of the people; I really like the listening aspect.

Bill: I want to reach out to the student body and see how much our Senate can do for the students.

Name one area of MUSG you think needs the most improvement. What sort of changes would you make?

Bill: MUSG needs to be a refocused organization. We need to increase our outreach and create a more open organization. It’s easy for student leaders to reach out to other leaders, but how do we reach out to students?

Arica: Outreach. It’s too common for students to ask ‘what’s MUSG and what do you guys do?’ When I was a freshman, I wouldn’t have known about MUSG had no one reached out and talked to me about it.


Drew: Marquette has 265 student organizations, many of which don’t have a single MUSG member in them. They don’t know what they’re doing in terms of Student Organization Funding (SOF). The SOF process is confusing and difficult; we want to establish a liaison process that will allow student organizations to get as much funding as possible.

Stephanie: A student liaison representative would connect student organizations to MUSG directly and walk people through processes they may not know.

You both mention diversity in your platforms. What do you mean when you say diversity, and what are you hoping to do about it? What would a diverse Marquette campus look like to you?

Drew: Marquette has a single African American male on its leadership council. How can this University tell the student body to be more diverse when they don’t check in their own backyards? Once the University gets serious about retaining, hiring and really considering individuals from diverse backgrounds, that’s when the student body reciprocates. How can we bring students here from all types of backgrounds and say, ‘welcome to Marquette, you are one of very few,’ we can’t do that. We need to make this campus open for everybody. When Marquette becomes a home and available to every single student like it has become to me the past three years, that’s when we’re on top of our game.

Stephanie: Diversity doesn’t just mean the cultural background of a person. We’re also talking about religion and sexual orientation, things of that nature.


Arica: Saying the word diversity and setting it aside is kind of segregating in itself. What it really comes to is inclusivity. Personally, I’ve always felt like I can’t walk into the Multicultural Center because somebody will ask me why I’m there. You look and that and you say- what does that say about our entire campus? There’s a lot of room for improvement; it’s making sure we are celebrating our similarities on campus and not just focusing on our differences but learning about those differences. Diversity shouldn’t be something conceptual; it should be a lifestyle thing.

Bill: The present Diversity Task Force is a major part of our platform. It’s a group of 15-20 really passionate students who want to take charge on this. This is where we can have these discussions, share perspectives and decipher how are we going to encourage students to make a movement on campus.

Distributing a tuition receipt breaking down the cost and allocation of Marquette’s tuition has been attempted in the past, what will you do differently this year?

Bill: When tuition goes up 4.5% a year you shouldn’t just have a Marquette News Brief that says, ‘Hey, your tuition went up $1,400. Have a Happy Thursday and we’ll see ya next week.’ Our tuition receipt is a real idea that will provide an exact breakdown of where our money is going. This information is federally mandated to be made available and Marquette has all of this information on file.  

How do you plan on having MUSG representatives work with student organizations to understand funding applications and other aspects of MUSG? How will you strategically reach all 250+ student organizations? 

Drew: We can look at the records, see who’s applied for funding when, who’s updated their constitution and who has the most members. We can take that data and see which organizations are most active that could benefit from our help. Strategically, we cannot reach every student organization, and that’s where our traditional aspect of making sure we have an available finance office comes in. We’re talking about a pilot program, it doesn’t have all the kinks worked out but it’s a big step in the right direction.  


For more information on the 2012-’13 MUSG elections, please visit, and be sure to vote on Wednesday, March 28, online from midnight to 10 p.m. Spread the word and vote!


Father Pilarz Forum- an open discussion on strategic planning

MILWAUKEE(March 20, 2012) – MUSG presents the second Father Pilarz Forum on March 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the first floor lobby of the Alumni Memorial Union. This semester’s forum is a little different than last semester. The first portion of the forum will include an open discussion with Pilarz on strategic planning for the University. The discussion is similar to the discussions Pilarz has been holding with many areas of the University.

Come participate in a discussion on strategic planning with Fr. Pilarz

This event is open to all students. March 20, 2012 at 7 pm in the AMU first floor lobby.

In his Presidential Address, Pilarz stated, “We will never agree on our priorities, much less reach them, without a sound plan. So starting this semester we will begin having a more focused set of conversations that will help us identify themes that will serve as the cornerstones of the plan we build together — a university-wide strategic plan, a first in some time for our Marquette.”

In the journey to find Marquette’s plan, Pilarz is working to make all discussions and actions as open and transparent as possible.

Some of the questions that have been used to guide these discussions are as follows:

  • What makes this particular college or program distinctive or different from what’s happening at other universities?
  • What makes it uniquely Marquette?
  • How do you measure success at Marquette?
  • Which obstacles currently prevent us from achieving Marquette’s vision for transformational education?

Established in 1996, the president-student forum has been a long standing tradition at Marquette giving students the opportunity to speak directly to the University’s senior administration with questions and concerns.

Come to the forum and participate in an open dialogue between students and Fr. Pilarz. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to voice opinions, express concerns, and share ideas with University leadership. Make yourself heard on campus, and do not forget it is free and open to all students.
For those who are unable to attend, but still have questions send your questions to either @MarquetteU or @MUSG on Twitter with the hashtag #MUprez. Time allowing, questions that have been tweeted will be asked at the end of the discussion.


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Midnight Premiere of “Hunger Games”

MILWAUKEE (March 23, 2012) – Welcome, welcome, MUSG is pleased to announce the ticket sales for the highly anticipated “Hunger Games” movie, hitting theaters on Friday, March 23, 2012.

The “Hunger Games” is a fictional story set in our near future. A war divides North America into districts. The Capitol sets rules for a tournament known as the Hunger Games. Each district offers up two tributes to compete in the games. Only one tribute leaves the arena alive each year. The plot involves a strong heroine, a love triangle, and plenty of action.

MUSG is selling tickets to go to the midnight premiere of this anticipated film. Students can purchase tickets that cover admission to the movie and transportation to and from the theater on March 22, 2012. Freshman Laura Jacobson said, “I have been waiting all year for this movie! I wasn’t sure if my friends and I were going to get there without having a car on campus, so this is the perfect [and cheap] option!”, a popular online resource for tickets, was overwhelmed with requests for pre-ordered tickets. The Hunger Games is currently the all time record-holder for online ticket sales. The previous champion was “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” in 2012.

“Mockingjay,” the third book in the trilogy, topped the National Bestseller List with sales of more than 450,000 copies in the first week of publication! Since its release in 2010, thousands of copies have continued to run off of bookstore’s shelves.

Tickets are $8 with a valid MUID and can be purchased in the Brooks Lounge. There are a limited number, so buy your ticket for this blockbuster hit as soon as possible! May the odds be ever in your favor.

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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.

Upcoming Programs, Amendment One Passed

MILWAUKEE (March 8, 2012) – MUSG President Joey Ciccone announced that he met with the director of International Education to further discuss the South Africa study abroad concerns. They are currently working towards having an open dialogue with the concerned students and facilitators of the trip in order to enhance communication and make prospective students more comfortable.

Communications Vice President Arica Van Boxtel announced that the Father Pilarz Forum would be held on March 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. In addition, there will not be an e-list distributed this week, but there will be one on Sunday, March 18.

Program Vice President Derek Merten announced that ticket sales for the Hellogoodbye concert, on Thursday, March 29, are still on sale. Students, from other universities, with a valid student ID are able to purchase tickets at the regular student price of $12. Tickets cost $15 for the public. The Hunger Games midnight premiere tickets are also on sale for $8 in Brooks Lounge. Lastly, two cast members of The Buried Life will be speaking on March 22, 2012 in the Weasler Auditorium.

Advisor Jon Dooley reminded everyone the Marquette University Student Government elections take place on March 28, 2012. Positions for the next MUSG president and vice-president will be on the ballot, in addition to Senate positions, RHA positions, and the 2012 Senior Speaker.

Senate unanimously approved Amendment one titled, Readjusting the Student Organization Funding (SOF) Budget Line. The legislation allows for the minimum amount of money required for SOF to be readjusted from 33 percent to 30 percent.

Senator Hardaway moved to approve funding for the Navy Nursing Corps Symposium. The funds will help pay the speaker’s lodging costs. Senator Gokalgandhi moved to approve funding for the Marquette radio show. The majority of the funds would be going towards the performer of the concert, and also for the technician fee, rental equipment and security. Both Senator Hardaway and Senator Gokalgandhi’s requests were approved.


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.

Hellogoodbye: MUSG’s Spring Concert Announcement

MILWAUKEE (March 29, 2012) – MUSG will host Marquette’s annual spring concert, featuring indie-pop group Hellogoodbye, on Thursday, March 29 at 8 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms.

Hellogoodbye was formed in 2001 in Huntington Beach, Calif. In 2005, the group gained popularity when they participated in the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. Hellogoodbye made multiple guest appearances on episodes of “The Real World: Austin” in 2005, in which the season’s cast created a documentary about the group.

In 2007, Hellogoodbye’s hit single “Here (In Your Arms)” entered the Billboard Hot 100, and made its way to #14.  “Here (In Your Arms)” is currently a certified platinum single. Some of Hellogoodbye’s other singles include: “Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn,” “All of Your Love,” “Baby It’s Fact” and “When We First Met.” In March 2011, Hellogoodbye released their third and most recent album, Would It Kill You?, which peaked at #12 on the U.S. Indie music charts.

For more information on Hellogoodbye, check out their website, or follow them on Twitter at @itshellogoodbye.

Tickets are $12 with a valid Marquette ID, and $15 for the general public. Tickets are currently on sale in the Brooks Lounge, with a limit of one ticket per person, so get them while they last! Tickets are available to public starting Friday, March 16.


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