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 or contact the MUSG office, AMU 133 and follow MUSG on Facebook and Twitter.


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