MUSG ‘Good Samaritan’ Recommendation Approved, Policy Implemented by Division of Student Affairs for Fall 2013

Marquette University Student Government is proud to announce that the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Student Development have approved and implemented the Good Samaritan Policy based off a recommendation passed by MUSG Senate on May 2, 2013.

The Good Samaritan Policy encourages students to care for others and take action by seeking the help of university officials in the case of medical emergencies or crises. Students who do so will not be found responsible for violations of the student standards of conduct involving alcohol or drug use, regardless of what occurred immediately prior to the incident. The full policy can be found online at marquette.edu/osd/policies/good-samaritan-policy.shtml.

“I think it means that students can be confident when in emergency situations that they can call for help and not face any unreasonable consequences. This permanently affirms the University’s claim to value safety over [giving] fines or handing out repercussions,” said MUSG President Sam Schultz.

Marquette joins Loyola University Chicago, the University of Santa Clara, Gonzaga University and several other Jesuit universities in offering a formal Good Samaritan policy for students.

The legislation’s co-author, Schroeder Senator Thomas Schick, was impressed with how swift University officials acted over the summer. “I think the quick turnaround is a testament to good communication with Erin Lazzar [Assistant Dean of Students] and Sara Johnson [Coordinator for Alcohol Programs] this summer by MUSG E-Board members and legislation authors, including myself.”

MUSG originally proposed Good Samaritan legislation in April 2011 before being vetoed by former MUSG President Meghan Ladwig to allow for additional research.

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.

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#MUmania 2013: A week of events welcoming students back to campus

Marquette University Student Government extends a warm welcome to all incoming and returning students with #MUmania! #MUmania 2013 is a week full of fun events running from Monday, Aug. 26 to Saturday, Aug. 31. It is fast approaching, and this year’s activities do not disappoint!

On Monday, Aug. 26, students can kick off #MUmania, with MU Montage from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Westowne Square. Students will by help paint a giant Marquette-themed mural outside the Alumni Memorial Union. In addition to helping create a work of art, students can play plenty of outdoor carnival games including a milk-bottle toss, a rubber duck game as well as play games of bags—this event is the perfect “welcome back” to the Marquette community.

Tuesday night is going to be filled with laughter; that’s right, the #MUmania Comedy Show is back, starting at 7 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium! This year, #MUmania is welcoming Marquette Alum Eric O’Shea. Eric has hilarious stories of Marquette’s past and is well known for his “Songs for Commercials” routine in which he gives popular products suggestions for songs to put in their ads. Also performing are the loveable goofballs of the Studio 013 Refugees, Marquette’s only student improv group!

#MUmania continues Wednesday evening with the Student Showcase in the Weasler Auditorium from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Join us as Marquette’s student performance groups take the stage for a night of music and dance. Marquette Women’s Basketball coach Terri Mitchell will host the showcase featuring performances from a capella groups Gold ’N Blues, The Naturals, The Meladies and dance groups Hype, PURE and Dance Inc. New students will be able to get a great feel of the talent on our campus.

Thursday evening, Marquette students are invited to enjoy an outdoor screening of the summer blockbuster “The Great Gatsby,” based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. There will be free popcorn, 1920s themed drinks and door prize raffle for students to enjoy, making the Gatsby experience that much sweeter.

On Friday, Aug. 30, Westowne Square will become an all-out party for #MUmania with Block Party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Featuring a live DJ, dance floor, mechanical bull,  a photo booth and more, Block Party will be an unforgettable night!

#MUmania comes to a spectacular end with Casino Night on Saturday, Aug. 31 in the Union Sports Annex from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. In part with the Golden Eagle Games, Casino Night features blackjack, poker, roulette and more, as well as a live DJ to keep the energy high. At 10:30 p.m., a poker tournament will be held for a grand prize of Beats by Dre headphones. With many other prizes including iPods, Kindle Fire, movies, gift cards, Marquette apparel and more, Casino Night will be the perfect end to #MUmania!

Marquette students are encouraged to tweet with the hashtag #MUmania for a chance win prizes throughout the week. These events are free and open to all students – let the 2013-14 academic year begin!