Walking in a Winter Wonderland

MILWAUKEE (November 19, 2012) – Marquette University Student Government and Late Night Marquette will be hosting the holiday event, “Winter Wonderland ” on Friday, November 30 from 9:00 pm – 1:00 am. 

 All students are welcome to gather in the AMU to participate in this free event. There will be an array of traditional Christmas activities such as carriage rides, cookie decorating, Christmas crafts and pictures with the one and only Santa Claus! 

With the traditional Christmas activities, “Winter Wonderland” will also be featuring for the first time ever — Christmas laser tag! 

 In addition to all activities there will also be magical musical performances from Marquette University’s very own student a capella groups, Gold ‘N Blues and The Naturals. 

All students are encouraged to attend this event, get into the holiday spirit, and experience this holiday miracle at Marquette University! 

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MUSG passed Program Board restructuring amendment

 MILWAUKEE (November 8, 2012)- On November 8, Marquette University Student Government Senate voted to pass an MUSG Constitutional amendment to adjust the structure of the Program Board for the upcoming 2013-14 year.

The amendment, proposed by Program Vice President Matt McGonegle, adds a Street Team as an official part of the Program Board. PVP McGonegle explained that the new structure would allow for programming commissions to have a pool of volunteers and allow freshmen to become more involved in programming.

The Street Team was created as an ad-hoc committee of the Program Board for the 2012-2013 year. Senator Tucky asked about the success of the team’s efforts thus far. According to PVP McGonegle, the first Street Team meeting drew 85 students, 40 of which are still current and active participants. As part of the new Street Team structure, the position of Street Team Director will be added to serve as the leader of the Street Team who reports directly to the PVP.

The amendment also moved both Films and Senior Week program commissions into the Special Events commission. The events hosted by each of these commissions, including Varsity Movies and Senior Week, will continue to exist.

The amendment passed 28-0-0 and the changes to the constitution will take effect next year.

After the passing of the amendment, both PVP McGonegle and Adviser Kate Trevey encouraged students to attend the “What Kind of World Do You Want?” event featuring the man behind Five for Fighting, John Ondrasik. Ondrasik will speak about his efforts as a social activist and discussing the creation of the kind of world students would want to live in. He will also be performing some of his popular Five for Fighting songs.

Finally, FVP Riesenbeck reminded Senate that SOF Club Sports deadline is Friday, November 16 at 5:00 p.m.

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‘What Kind of World Do You Want?’ with John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting Postponed

MILWAUKEE (November 14, 2012) – Tonight’s Marquette University Student Government Speaker Series event, ‘What Kind of World Do You Want’ featuring John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting, has been postponed. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Development, Office of International Education, Active Minds, Alpha Xi Delta, Engineers Without Borders, For the Kids, Kappa Sigma, and Students for an Environmentally Active Campus.

Due to an illness, Ondrasik is unable to speak and perform as scheduled. MUSG and the Office of Student Development are working with Ondrasik’s agent to reschedule the event. Once the event is rescheduled, information about the date, time and location will be shared across campus.

If you have any questions about tonight’s cancellation, please visit the MUSG office, AMU 133, or call MUSG at 414.288.7416.


K. Serra to play MUSG Coffeehouse Series

MILWAUKEE (November 6, 2012) – Marquette University Student Government will host female electronic artist K. Serra at its next Coffeehouse Series event on Thursday, November 15 at 8:00 p.m. Opening for K. Serra will be Marquette sophomore, Ben Wagner.

K. Serra, known to her friends and family as Rachel Sarah Thomas, has been involved in music since the age of five. Classically trained to sing opera since she was a toddler, Thomas fell in love with electronic music at the University of Michigan where she collaborated with classmates on several electronic tracks. She left the classical world and began exploring electronic music on her own.

During her exploration, Thomas developed her signature style: composing music with nothing but her voice and household objects. K. Serra is her most recent and most personal project. For her first single, Revival, Thomas began multi-tracking to tape, playing each of instruments herself –with the exception of bass and trumpet.

K. Serra’s Coffeehouse Series performance will not be her first in Milwaukee. She performed at the annual Summerfest Music Festival earlier this year. For a taste of the musical treat coming to Marquette, visit her website, kserramusic.com.

The event will be held in the lower level of the AMU. Come out and enjoy free coffee and cookies, as well as performances by a two truly talented individuals.

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MUSG Senate Nov. 2, 2012:
 Marquette Student Athletics Presentation

MILWAUKEE (Nov. 3, 2012) – On November 2, Marquette University Student Government Senate welcomed Larry Williams, the Vice President and Director of Athletics at Marquette, for a presentation on the goals, objectives and overall mission of Marquette Athletics.

Prior to William’s presentation, the Senate opened the floor to a forum of concern students. Students representing the Marquette Women’s Club Lacrosse, Soccer, and Quidditch teams all expressed major concerns for the availability of field space. One student voiced her opinions regarding varsity athletes receiving priority over club athletes in reserving Valley Fields, and that proposed alternative space, such as Schroeder Field and Norris Park were inadequate for safe participation.

Williams began his presentation with an overview of the athletics department, breaking it into a pyramid in which support systems such as institutional control, university administration, coaches, the academic community, and athletics donor and fan base rest at the base.

He also noted that through aligning the mission of Marquette Athletics with that of the university, the athletic department aims to enhance awareness of the university as a whole, build a solid community around Marquette, and develop student-athletes who driven to succeed in the greater community.

Williams addressed the issues raised by the concerned students in club sports, stating, “There is a lack of field space opportunities and no indoor fields. We are looking at how can we create indoor play space for the entire institution and we are acutely aware of the issue.”

Williams then opened the presentation for questions. Through questions raised by senators, Williams confirmed that Marquette Athletics receives a subsidy from the university for operations and that the majority of money made by varsity athletics, namely Men’s Basketball, goes back into funding other varsity athletics. Williams noted that the athletics programs’ funding is quite complex and that students can find more information by going to the Equity in Athletics Data Analysis (EADA) Cutting Tool official site, http://ope.ed.gov/athletics/.

After the presentation, President Arica Van Boxtel informed senate that the Academics Committee of MUSG Senate will be meeting with the Provost John Pauly on November 26 to discuss the ongoing issues with academic advising. Van Boxtel also noted that Financial Vice President applications are available encourages all Marquette students who are interested to apply.

Executive Vice President Bill Neidhardt made a statement in regards to the upcoming election, encouraging all students to vote. Neidhardt also stressed the importance of being prepared on Election Day with the necessary credentials. For more information, students may contact EVP Neidhardt or visit www.mu.edu/vote.

Financial Vice President Brittany Riesenbeck reiterated that Club Sports Student Organization Funding requests for the spring semester are due Friday, November 16. Students with funding concerns can contact EVP Neidhardt.

Senator Daufenbach reported on the behalf of the Business and Administration Committee, stating that currently they are working on implementing stop signs for Kilbourn and are in the process of conducting comparative studies for the new alcohol policy.

As an additional announcement at Senate, the Les Aspin Center and the Department of Political Science will be hosting an election night viewing party in Olin Engineering Center on November 6. With that, Senate adjourned for the evening.

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