MUSG General Election Violation and Final Election Postponed

MILWAUKEE (March 25, 2013) – Marquette University Student Government is postponing the spring general election following an alleged election rule violation during the President and Executive Vice President primary.

The report of the possible election rule violation was submitted to Elections Coordinator David Kuester on Saturday, March 23. The MUSG Constitution states that any full-time undergraduate student may submit a report of an alleged violation within 24 hours of gaining reasonable knowledge that the violation has occurred.

As required by the Constitution, these allegations require a formal hearing by the MUSG Elections Committee consisting of members outside student government. Pending the committee’s finding, a reduction in the percentage of the total votes received in the primary may affect the President and Executive Vice President candidates advancing to the general election.

The affected parties have been notified of the alleged violation and investigation. The Elections Committee has determined the date and location of the private hearing to convene before Easter Break. The hearing is held with the Elections Committee, the alleged violator and the student who filed the violation. MUSG will send an update after the hearing and the committee has reached a verdict.

According to MUSG Election Coordinator David Kuester, “our commitment is to ensure that the election process is administered in a fair, consistent manner, regardless of the timing of the election.”

Due to the nature of the situation, the general election will be postponed until after Marquette’s Easter Break. The official date of the final election will now be Wednesday, April 3 for all MUSG positions, Marquette University Residence Hall Association (RHA) positions, and the Senior Speaker position.

MUSG appreciates the patience of students and will continue to provide updates at musg.me.edu/vote as information becomes available.

For questions or additional concerns, contact MUSG by visiting the MUSG office, AMU 133, or email musg@marquette.edu. For additional updates, like MUSG on Facebook and follow @MUSG on Twitter.

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MUSG hosts Pedestrian Safety Forum, passes Recommendations #4, #5 and Amendment #4

MILWAUKEE (February 28, 2013) – On Thursday, February 28, Marquette University Student Government Senate welcomed Rana Altenburg, vice president of public affairs, Robert Bauman, 4th District Alderman in Milwaukee, and Jeffrey S. Poleske from the Milwaukee Department of Public Works to discuss pedestrian safety on campus.

In the past MUSG has expressed concerns about pedestrian safety for students, specifically in regardsto the safety of pedestrians crossing Wells Street. As result, the city implemented a median to slow down traffic and increase safety for individuals crossing the street.

The council has recently begun discussions about the installation of two-way traffic systems on 16th and 17th Streets running from Clyboune to State Streets. The conversion is said to slow down traffic for “two-way traffic systems tend to change the behaviors of motorist.”

Alderman Bauman later open the floor to Senate to ask questions, express specific concerns and offer suggestions to the council on how the city can improve traffic and pedestrian safety on campus.

Bauman expressed that the city council is aware of the concerns that many have held in terms of pedestrian safety and traffic and that they continue to make efforts to address those issues that concern not only the residents of Milwaukee, but also Marquette Students.

After a five-minute recess, Senate reconvened and unanimously approved three new pieces of legislation.

First was the approval of Amendment #4: Elimination of the Student Advocate Position, presented by Executive Vice President Joe Daufenbach. The amendment called for the removal of the student advocate position. The role required an individual to act as a liaison between student government committees and 40 university-wide committees, which was too great a task for one person, according to Daufenbach.

The amendment will divide the duties of the student advocate position among MUSG Senators in order to efficiently and effectively maintain the flow of information between student government and university committees.

The second piece of legislation was Recommendation #4: Recommendation for an Accessible Student Support system presented by President Pro Tempore Zach Bowman. The recommendation addressed results from the 2013 MUSG survey that found that over 50 percent of students “were not very confident ” or “not at all confident” they knew where to turn regarding a complaint about a faculty member or course in terms of effectiveness or unfair treatment.

This recommendation aims to provide students with a platform where they can comfortably and confidentially voice academic and personal disputes with Marquette University and know that the situation will be handled properly.

Finally, Senate dicussed Recommendation #5: Establishment of a Bias Incident Reporting Process, presented by Senator Marisa Galvez. The recommendation addressed the results of the 2013 MUSG survey that found that 54 percent of students were unsure about how to report unfair treatment while 31 percent were unsure as where to go for assistance if witnessing an incident of discrimination.

The recommendation calls for a bias incident reporting process consisting of an online form that students can fill out in regards to any issues they maybe experiencing in terms of unfair treatment or discrimination and ensure that the incident is reported to the qualified individual who can provide the solution to the issue.

MUSG hopes to have both recommendations implemented on campus by the start of the next academic year.

Senate adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

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

 


MUSG to host Iron Chef competition

Marquette University Student Government, the Center for Health Education and Promotion and Sodexo will host an interactive iron chef competition on Friday, March 22, from 7-9 p.m. in the AMU’s Marquette Place.

Teams of four students will each be assigned one Sodexo chef and given select ingredients. With these foods and a limited amount of time, teams will compete against one another to make an appetizer, entree, dessert and drink. A group of esteemed Marquette faculty and staff will judge the dishes and pronounce one lucky team the Iron Chef winner.

This year, however, the competition does not stop with the students chefs. Audiences members will have the opportunity to participate in quick challenges throughout the competition. Winners of the quick challenges will earn secret ingredients that they can then give to the team of their choice, helping to take their dish to the next level.

Gift cards to local restaurants, including Marquette’s very own Sobelman’s, will be given away as prizes to audience members and Iron Chef challengers. Live performances from junior Eric Basta and senior Charlie Giger will provide entertainment throughout the night.

Start with an intense cooking competition, add in a few audience challenges, a pinch of live entertainment and a healthy of dose of exciting prizes and you get MUSG’s Iron Chef competition. It’s the perfect recipe for a good Friday night! Students interested in having an Iron Chef team should contact Amy Melichar from the Center for Health Education and Promotion at amy.melichar@marquette.edu. This event is free and open to all Marquette students, no ticket required.

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 Senate: A Recommendation for the Establishment of an Arabic Minor

The following piece of legislation was approved by MUSG Senate on February 7, 2013. You can read the release from this Senate meeting here. Passed legislation does not guarantee implementation by Marquette University.

“A Recommendation for the Establishment of an Arabic Minor”

Authors:      Senator Whelton

Sponsors:     Senator Schultz

Whereas:     It is the role of Marquette University Student Government (MUSG) to actively identify and address the needs and concerns of the students; and,

Whereas:     It is the role of MUSG to support the University’s pursuit of academic excellence; and,

Whereas:     There is currently a petition circulating amongst the student body requesting the establishment of an Arabic Minor with 295 undergraduate signatures; and,

Whereas:     The enrollment in Arabic courses increased by 29 students (48.3%) from 2011 to 2012.

Whereas:     In 2006, the United States State Department labeled Arabic as a “critical language”[1];and,

Whereas:     A critical language is a language in which there are not enough fluent speakers in America to ensure the United States’ continued national and economic security; and,

Whereas:    The United States Department of State offers scholarships for students who wish to study Arabic abroad; and,

Whereas:   Marquette’s International Affairs program is designed to prepare students for work in both government agencies and in international policy organizations; and,

Whereas:   The state of global affairs in the last decade has contained a large emphasis on Arabic speaking nations; and,

Whereas:   International Affairs is one of the top 10 majors in the College of Arts and Sciences; and,

Whereas: The mastery of the Arabic language is essential to the viability of International Affairs students in the job market; and,

Whereas: The Office of International Affairs and the Department of Foreign Languages have explicitly stated their support for the establishment of an Arabic Minor in conjunction with development of a MENA (Middle Eastern North Africa) interdisciplinary studies program; and,

Therefore: MUSG recommends that the University Administration and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences work to establish a minor in Arabic that is available for student enrollment starting the 2013-2014 academic year; and,

Furthermore: That the process be done in a transparent and timely manner that includes student representation; and,

Furthermore: That the establishment of an Arabic Minor does not come at the reduction or elimination of other major and minor offerings.


[1] http://www.clscholarship.org/about.php