Shedd Aquarium excursion cancelled

MILWAUKEE (April 26, 2012) – Marquette University Student Government’s final excursion to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, set to take place Saturday, April 28, has been cancelled.

The event has been cancelled due to lack of interest from students. MUSG Programming Vice President Derek Merten attributed the lack of interest to upcoming final exams and a focus on the last few days of classes.

Students who have already purchased a ticket for the excursion will be able to obtain a refund by contacting Financial Vice President Brittany Riesenbeck at musg.finance@marquette.edu.

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MUSG FY13 Budget approval and changes made

MILWAUKEE – April 26, 2012- Last Thursday MUSG Senate approved the 2013 fiscal year budget to best reflect student priorities. Much time and consideration was put into determining the budget and ensuring that all choices were made to best use the Student Activity Fee in ways that give back to students in areas they want to see on campus.

Earlier today, the Marquette Tribune ran an article pertaining to MUSG’s revised allocation of student funds in the article titled, “MUSG eliminates spring concert series.” MUSG would like to use this as an opportunity to provide further rationale and detail behind the new budget decisions and budget that best reflects student’s interest and involvement.

The decision regarding the FY13 budget and its reallocation of the funds to Major Events line was decided for a variety of reasons. Marquette University has limited venue space to accommodate for large scale events. The largest venue on campus, including production space, holds 700 students. In order to get a large act on campus we would need a larger venue to accommodate the performers as well as the number of students who could attend. Also, based on costs of performers and production, the price of one student in attendance is equal to the amount of three students’ activity fee, in addition to paying out of pocket for the ticket. Based on a cost-benefit analysis of previous events, it is more responsible to allocate the Student Activity Fee in areas that are more popular to students and provide more programming opportunities for students to attend.

The process for determining the FY13 budget incorporated many perspectives and evaluated student opinions and turnout to ensure that the money was allocated in the students’ best interests. MUSG works every year to create a balanced budget that best reflects our student body’s priorities and ensures a full and accessible Marquette experience.

A brief explanation of the process involved in approving the budget includes the following:

  1. The MUSG Budget Committee comprised of two senators, the MUSG President, Financial Vice President, Program Vice President and one faculty advisor thoroughly discuss each portion of the budget.
  2. The MUSG Financial Vice President then presents the FY13 proposed budget to Senate, supplied with variances from the year prior.
  3. The week following the presentation, the MUSG Financial Vice President meets with each Senate standing committee to further explain the proposed budget.
  4. The following Senate meeting each Senate standing committee provides rationale for their respective portion of the budgeted expenses, and the floor is then opened for individual questions. The budget is then put on the table for approval from the majority of the seated, student-elected Senate.

We encourage students to contact MUSG with any questions. The MUSG office is located in AMU 133 and can also be contacted via email at musg@mu.edu or contact the MUSG Finance Department at musg.finance@mu.edu.


MUSG 2013 Budget Approved

MILWAUKEE (April 21, 2012) – The Marquette University Student Government’s (MUSG) fiscal year 2013 budget was presented at Thursday’s Senate meeting. Brittany Riesenbeck, Financial Vice President, stated that new events will be introduced in 2013, while the major events commission of the Program Board, which is responsible for both a fall act and the spring concert, will be eliminated due to Milwaukee’s other entertainment offerings and an inability for all Marquette students to attend.

A new Coffeehouse Series featuring live music will be sponsored by MUSG in 2013. Riesenbeck also noted that more money will go to outreach to facilitate more interaction between MUSG and other student organizations and member.

“The Outreach line [on the budget] is great because MUSG can get involved and not just be an independent entity that doesn’t work with other organizations,” said Riesenbeck.

The Senate approved the 2013 fiscal year budget with a 26-0 vote.

MUSG advisor Kate Trevey announced that Organization Involvement Link is up and running. All Marquette organization presidents must register their organization by May 11, 2012 to be able to register for fall O-Fest.
Tommy Hayes, Student Organization Senator, said that his committee is looking into the Recreational Center’s rules for coed intramurals. His committee is also looking into the Student Organization Funding (SOF) process.

With a 25-0-1 vote, Justin Alexander was elected the President Pro-Tempore. Alexander will facilitate communication between all MUSG committees. Stephanie Marecki, Business and Administration Senator, nominated Alexander for the position.

“Justin is always prompt and organized and looking to do new things,” Marecki stated.

Senate concluded with the following announcements:

  • McCormick Hall day will be Saturday, April 28. The event will be luau themed.
  • Schroeder Hall day will be Sunday, April 29; it will be held at Schroeder field from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • O’Donnell Hall day will be Sunday, April 29; free food will be served.
  • Senior Week and Shed Aquarium excursion tickets are still on sale in the Brooks Lounge.

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Under the Sea: MUSG will host excursion to Shedd Aquarium

MILWAUKEE (April 14, 2012) – Let MUSG take you Under the Sea! MUSG will host an excursion to Chicago’s famous Shedd Aquarium on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the aquatic adventure go on sale this Sunday, April 15, in the Brooks Lounge for $15 with a Marquette ID.

The ticket price covers admission to the museum and bus transportation there and back. The bus will leave from SHAMU on Saturday at 10 a.m. sharp and return by 5:30 p.m. that evening.

The Shedd Aquarium features a number of exciting exhibits such as: Amazon Rising, Caribbean Reef, The Jellies, and Waters of the World. All exhibits are open for exploration with admission.

“Students should take advantage of this opportunity because we don’t have any kind of aquariums here in Milwaukee. The Shedd is so much fun to go to, it should be on everyone’s bucket list,” said junior Rebecca Galvan.

MUSG expects tickets to sell quickly, so get yours soon!

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New Legislative Vice President elected; Senators elected to Budget and SOF Committees

MILWAUKEE (April 13, 2012) – Last night’s Senate meeting began with a presentation by Larry Rickard, director and chief of Marquette’s Department of Public Safety (DPS). Rickard compared this year’s campus crime statistics to those of last year and highlighted that crime around Marquette is down overall. His updates included:
•    There has been only one robbery since the beginning of the year. •    Overall, burglaries are down. There were five burglaries last year compared to three this year. •    Last year, there were 24 reported off-campus thefts from automobiles. This year, there has been only
one theft from an automobile.
“It has been a very quiet year in relation to crimes against persons. Safety is an important piece of your college experience and DPS wants you to feel safe,” Rickard said.
Rickard went on to say that property thefts are on the rise. There have been 43 thefts this year compared to last year’s 27. The majority of thefts are deemed “crimes of opportunity,” which means personal belongings are left out in the open, unattended or unsecured.
The transportation numbers for DPS’ LIMO Scout are lower than anticipated, with 172 students accepting rides from the LIMO Scout during February and March. There were 342 students who declined a ride in those two months and decided to walk instead. The LIMO Scout is a Marquette mini-van with a yellow strobe light on its roof. Rickard encourages students to utilize it and accept rides from the Scout instead of walking late at night or in the early hours of the morning.
Financial Vice President Brittany Riesenbeck gave a presentation on the proposed MUSG budget for 2013 fiscal year. The total proposed budget for FY13 is $469,750. Comparatively, FY12 had a budget of $522,900. Riesenbeck broke down the total budget and explained where funds come from:
•    Student activity fee of $30 each semester per student. The student activity fee is expected to bring in an estimated $429,000 for FY 2012.
•    Revenue from tickets sold for activities such as: films, special events, concerts, excursions and Senior Week.
•    A small amount of funding comes from interest earned on MUSG’s reserve budget.
Financial Vice President Riesenbeck also highlighted that the largest portion of the budget allocations go back to students by either Student Organization Funding or on-campus programs.
Executive Vice President Bill Neidhardt reminded Senators to encourage students to apply for university committee representative positions and general paid office positions in MUSG. Deadlines for both are Friday, April 13.
A large portion of last night’s meeting consisted of Senate elections, which include the following: •    Senator Stephanie Marecki, Senator Allison Kruschke and Senator Jilly Gokalgandhi were nominated
by senators for the Legislative Vice President position. After a period of questions and debate the Senate voted and Senator Jilly Gokalgandhi was elected to serve as the new MUSG Legislative Vice President.
•    Steve Lollino was elected Senator of the College of Engineering; he held the position last year and will continue to serve in this position.
•    Zachary Bowman was elected to serve on the Academic Budget Committee. •    Senator Joe Daufenbach was elected to serve on the Residential SOF Committee. •    Senators Tommy Hayes and Natasha Hansen were elected to serve on the Academic SOF Committee.
The following events are coming up:
•    The final After Dark event, 90s Night, will take place Saturday, April 14, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Union Sports Annex. There will be free bowling, arcade games, a DJ and dance contests.
•    Tickets for the Shedd Aquarium excursion will go on sale Monday for $15. The trip will be on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost includes admission to the aquarium and transportation to and from Chicago.
•    MUSG will host a carnival over Lil’ Sibs Weekend on Saturday, April 21, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Entertainment includes a hypnotist and musical comedian.
•    Tickets for Senior Week activities will go on sale Monday, April 16 in the Brooks Lounge. •    The next SOF deadline is Friday, April 20. For non-club sports, the deadline is for events taking
place between Aug. 27 and Sept. 28. For club sports, the deadline is for events taking place throughout the entire fall semester.
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.


MUSG presents an After Dark event: ‘90s Night

MILWAUKEE (April 14, 2012) – Marquette University Student Government (MUSG) will host an After Dark event, ‘90s Night, on Saturday, April 14 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Annex.

The After Dark event will feature $1 bowling, ‘90s trivia and arcade games. There will also be a DJ on hand to play all the classic ‘90s hits from Britney Spears and the Spice Girls to N’SYNC and the Backstreet Boys.

‘90s Night will include contests such as best ‘90s outfit and best ‘90s dance moves. Skip-It and Bop-It game challenges will also take place. Arcade-style prizes and nostalgic ‘90s toys will be awarded to the winners of these contests.

There will also be a ‘90s costume contest. Come to the event dressed as your favorite 90s celebrity or character. Justin, Britney, Doug…the possibilities are endless! Everything at ‘90s Night is free, with the exception of bowling, which costs $1 per game.

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

office, AMU 133 and follow MUSG on Facebook and Twitter.


Inauguration for new MUSG President and Vice President Monday; Sexual assault awareness and education

MILWAUKEE (March 29, 2012) – Last night’s Senate meeting began with a presentation on new sex assault policies and initiatives on campus. The following faculty spoke to MUSG about what Marquette has done, and what else it has to do in regard to campus sexual assaults: Dan Bergen, assistant dean for university apartments and off-campus student services; Sue Cooper, coordinator of sexual violence and advocacy services at Student Health Service; Chris Daood, assistant director of the Counseling Center; and Lynn O’Brien, sexual violence prevention coordinator at the Counseling Center.

They spoke about Marquette’s past efforts to decrease campus sex assaults and raise awareness about sexual assault prevention. They also introduced new programs and initiatives that the university is utilizing to educate students, staff, faculty and administrators about proper reporting procedures in the circumstance of a sexual assault. The four speakers explained they are working hard on the issue with other dedicated staff members and know they still have a long way to go in terms of eradicating sexual assaults on campus.

“This isn’t just about sexual assault. It’s also about the hook up culture and creating more dialogue on campus about healthy sexuality and relationships,” said Daood.

Marquette is continuing to develop bystander prevention awareness initiatives to address how the campus community should act and respond in cases of sexual assault. Daood explained that Marquette must hold itself responsible for a respectful and inclusive community, and help students to look out for each other.

President Joey Ciccone announced that the inauguration of the new MUSG President and Vice President will be Monday, April 2, at 3 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms. All students are welcome to attend. In addition, higher administration and faculty and staff will also be in attendance to meet with MUSG representatives and student attendees. After a campus-wide election this past Wednesday, juniors Arica Van Boxtel and Bill Neidhardt were elected MUSG President and Vice President.

Executive Vice President Trent Carlson announced that positions for University Committee Student Representatives are now open for all students to apply. These positions include roles on committees such as: Student Health Advisory Board, Late Night Marquette Steering Committee, Dining Advisory Board, Committee on Teaching and many more. Applications can be picked up in the MUSG office, AMU 131, or online.

On Wednesday, April 18, the Schroeder Hall Council plans to host a “sleep out,” where residents will raise awareness about homelessness in the community. Students donate canned goods to receive a box to sleep on in Schroeder field to show how difficult it is for the homeless to get food and a good night’s sleep.

The AMU Advisory Board announced the AMU is working to add more wireless access points in thebuilding to decrease wireless internet issues.

Green week is April 23 through 27, during this time Marquette students, staff and faculty can get free coffee in at the Brew between 7 and 9 a.m. if a travel mug is provided.

The Senate unanimously passed the resolution, Supporting the Committee on Teaching’s Recommendations to Increase Course Information on Checkmarq, which would give students better insight, details and advice about classes and professors during registration periods.

The Senate unanimously passed the recommendation, Supporting a Neighborhood Grocery Store, which suggests that Marquette administration to collaborate with community groups to bring a grocery store to the area. Currently “Marquette’s campus and the surrounding community is a ‘food desert’ with limited access to fresh produce and reasonably priced grocery items,” explained Senator Allison Kruschke.

Lastly, Senate concluded with the following event announcements:

• The last DiversiTEA of the semester will take place Thursday, April 12.

• After Dark will present 90s Night on Saturday, April 14, at 9 p.m. at the Annex.

• MUSG will host a carnival at Lil’ Sibs weekend on Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m.

• MUSG will sponsor an excursion to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago on Saturday, April 28. Tickets are available in the Brooks Lounge for $15 and include bus fare and museum admission.

• The Department of Recreational Sports is hosting clothing drive. Please drop off gently used clothing at the donation bins in the Rec Plex and Rec Center.

• Dance Marathon is this Sunday, April 1. For more information click here. Dance marathon will feature performances by Marquette’s Studio 13 Refugees and the Gold ‘N Blues.

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.