What Kind of World Do You Want?: John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting Speaks and Performs at Marquette

MILWAUKEE (Oct. 31, 2012) – Marquette University Student Government will welcome John Ondrasik to campus on November 14, 2012 at 8 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms. Ondrasik, well-known under his stage name of Five for Fighting, will be speaking about issues that influence our campus and his personal role as a songwriter and social activist. The event is free and open to the Marquette community.

Ondrasik is committed to building awareness of social issues and supporting charities. He has supported such organizations as United Service Organizations, Advanced Force Operations, Fisher House Foundation, Autism Speaks, Save the Children and Operation Homefront.

As the lead singer for Five for Fighting, Ondrasik has used his musical talent to support the troops by producing free records and concerts for the United Service Organization (USO). Through his website and other initiatives, John Ondrasik has raised over $250,000 dollars for charitable organizations.

“What Kind of World Do You Want?” is a part of the 2012-13 MUSG Speaker Series and Office of Student Development’s “Big Question Marquette” program. Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Alpha Xi Delta Sorority are also helping sponsor the event.

The next Speaker Series event will feature Comedian and star of FX’s “Totally Biased”, W. Kamau Bell in January.

For more information on MUSG’s news and events, visit http://musg.mu.edu or contact the MUSG office, AMU 133. For additional updates, like MUSG on Facebook and follow MUSG on Twitter.

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Coffeehouse: Jake Ousley

MILWAUKEE (October 30, 2012) – Join Marquette Student Government for a music filled evening starring singer-songwriter Jake Ousley. Opening for Ousley is Marquette’s very own Connor Foley. This edition of the MUSG Coffeehouse Series will take place in the first floor lobby of the AMU at 8:00 pm.

All the way from Nashville, Jake Ousley is a singer/songwriter currently touring through the United States and is making one of his final stops at Marquette . His acoustic country style and original songwriting make him hard not to love.

The MUSG Coffeehouse Series consists of a variety of acts coming to campus on Thursday nights and sharing their music with students. Sophomore Courtney Wright said “I just love that no matter how stressed I am with classes, I can always go to Coffeehouse and hear beautiful new music and smile.”

Come relax and listen to great music for a night, coffee & cookies will be provided. Get there early as the the first ten students in attendance receive a free coffee mug!

For more information on MUSG’s news and events, visit musg.mu.edu or contact the MUSG office, AMU 133. For additional updates, like MUSG on Facebook and follow MUSG on Twitter.


Late Night and MUSG to host “Vegas Night”

MILWAUKEE (October 30, 2012) – Late Night Marquette and Marquette University Student Government will host Vegas Night on Friday, November 2 in the AMU Ballrooms. The Vegas-style casino will be open from 9:00 pm- 1:00 am.

There will be tons of game tables featuring all of your casino favorites. Hit the magic number twenty-one in blackjack or place your bets in roulette.  There will even be Texas Hold’em! Poker “experts” can participate in a highly competitive Poker Tournament.

Perhaps traditional casino games are not your thing. Then, check out the bingo table. Five in a row, four corners, picture frame, or a full card and you win!

Vegas Night combines the best of casinos with live music performed by students! With a live band and a huge selection of karaoke favorites, anyone can be a rock star.

“Casino Night is going to be a night full of Vegas-style entertainment! There will be high-end prizes for the winners of the poker tournament as well as Bingo. If gambling with paper money isn’t your forte, come for the Live Band Karaoke, it’s a show in and of itself,” Amanda Roenius, senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, shared.

Come and test your luck and maybe even defy the odds at this free, Vegas-style casino.

For more information on MUSG’s news and events, visit http://musg.mu.edu or contact the MUSG office, AMU 133. For additional updates, like MUSG on Facebook and follow MUSG on Twitter.


MUSG Seeking Financial Vice President for 2013-2014 Year

MILWAUKEE (October 29, 2012) – Marquette University Student Government is seeking a Financial Vice President (FVP) for the 2013-2014 year and will release applications on Thursday, November 1.

This paid position allows students the chance to practical financial experience before graduating college. The FVP builds and manages MUSG’s budget, the largest student budget on campus. The FVP also manages a staff of three students. He or she also gains experience with real world operating systems like QuickBooks, Oracle, and FileMaker. In addition, the FVP creates financial statements and experiences an internal audit.

Additionally, the Financial Vice President is a member of the MUSG Executive Board, responsible for helping lead the student government as it aims to serve the needs of students on campus.

Interested students are encouraged to download the FVP application via MUSG’s website, musg.mu.edu.

Applications are due to MUSG President Arica Van Boxtel by Tuesday, November 20 in the MUSG Office, AMU 133. After a preliminary screening, interviews will be held November 26-30.

Questions about the position or application process can be directed to President Van Boxtel via email. Students are also encouraged to stop into the MUSG Office for further inquiries.

For more information on MUSG’s news and events, visit http://musg.mu.edu or contact the MUSG office, AMU 133. For additional updates, like MUSG on Facebook and follow MUSG on Twitter.


Late Night and MUSG to celebrate Halloween with Monster Mash

MILWAUKEE (October 23, 2012) – Late Night Marquette and Marquette University Student Government are hosting Monster Mash, a Halloween extravaganza, this Saturday, October 27 at 9 p.m. in the AMU.

The entire AMU will be transformed in three floors of madness. On the first floor, have your future revealed before your eyes with tarot card reading or find the culprit in a murder mystery game. Relive your favorite Halloween memories on the second floor with pumpkin carving or painting, bingo, and other Halloween crafts.

Rachel Lev, a sophomore in the College of Health Sciences, said, “I plan on attending all of the Late Night activities! I love Halloween because of the feeling it gives me, everything just feels more magical around Halloween. It’s the one day of the year that everyone can be whatever they want without judgment from others.”

Tables of candy will be available in the huge candy bar on the second floor for attendees to enjoy. Additionally, the epic conclusion to the campus-wide Humans vs. Zombies game will take place at the Closing Ceremony on the second floor.

Move up to the third floor, if you dare, for the main event: the Monster Mash Dance. This awesome dance party will feature DJ Majic, full-scale lighting, and a photo booth. Get into the Halloween spirit, dress up, and have a ball at this sure-to-be graveyard smash event.

Tickets are required for the Monster Mash dance and can be picked up in the Center for Leadership, Service and Involvement located on the first floor of the AMU through October 27.

For more information on MUSG’s news and events, visit http://musg.mu.edu or contact the MUSG office, AMU 133. For additional updates, like MUSG on Facebook and follow MUSG on Twitter.


MUSG President’s Blog: Diversity Taskforce & Student Org Funding

Hi there!

I hope you had a fun and relaxing fall break. You are currently reading the new MUSG President’s blog. I’m Arica Van Boxtel, this year’s MUSG President. Throughout the year this blog will serve as another way to update students about what projects the student government is currently working on to better our campus. After all, that is what MUSG is here for – we’re students helping students.

As the first semester reaches half way, students have been hard at work and so has your student government. One of MUSG’s newest projects includes the Diversity Taskforce. The Diversity Taskforce was an idea presented to students by MUSG Executive Vice President Bill Neidhardt and I when we were elected to our positions last March. The vision of the Taskforce is to actively address and represent the campus-student population by engaging and promoting inclusivity and awareness of different identities and diverse topics.   The Taskforce will address needs regarding diversity and inclusion, and move from anecdotal information on diversity towards actionable campus improvements. To sum that up in fewer words: the Taskforce is taking action to get results. The Taskforce is made of three committees and meets as a full body on a monthly basis. The entire Taskforce meets next week,  so look forward to hearing the progress that has been made.

Another project we have been working feverishly on is improving our Student Organization Funding (SOF) Process. This is another area in which Bill and I told students we would work to improve once in office. The Student Organization Funding Committee, chaired by EVP Bill, has worked hard to redefine and clarify the SOF rules for granting funds to student orgs and the processes by which the committee approves allocations. Redefining the SOF process was a collaborative effort, between Bill and the committee, MUSG Financial Vice President Brittany Riesenbeck, the Office of Student Development and the MUSG Communications Department. The final results of this hard work can be viewed on the MUSG website on the Event Funding page . I encourage all students and student organizations to learn more about the process and let us know if you have any questions or comments.

We’ve also improved the SOF process by moving the funding applications to Marquette Involvement Link, or MIL. This provides students with the ability to apply for funding from the comfort of their own home, helps them organize their funding request all in one location, and reduce the amount of paper waste.

Those are just a few updates for all to hear. Throughout the year, we’ll be keeping you updated on the Diversity Taskforce as well as popular topics such as improving advising and campus space and facilities.

Thanks for taking the time to read, and, as always, feel free to contact us with any concerns, issues, or ideas.

Your MUSG Prez,

Arica
#GotGov


Coffeehouse Series 10/25

MILWAUKEE (Oct. 25th, 2012) – Are you looking for a night of free entertainment? The Marquette University Student Government Coffeehouse Series consists of a variety of acts coming to campus on Thursday nights and sharing their music with students. This edition of the Coffeehouse welcomes Kurt Scobie and his amazing songwriting talent to the Marquette campus. Opening for Kurt will be Marquette’s own Ian McCullough.

Armed with a keyboard and a voice that has been melting hearts all over the country, Kurt Scobie will be taking the stage at Marquette this Thursday night, October 25th. Kurt Scobie has played over 400 shows since 2008 and has shared a stage with artists like The Civil Wars and Montell Jones. His songwriting and his authenticity is something Marquette students are sure to love and appreciate.

Freshman Allie Maglio and Emily Gorz said MUSG Coffeehouse was “a nice way to start the weekend, just to sit back and listen to music” they loved “the intimate and cozy setting” of Coffeehouse in general.

Come relax and listen to great music for a night, coffee & cookies will be provided. Get there early; the first ten people receive a free coffee mug!