Meet MUSG: Communications Vice President Alex Lahr

Alex Lahr is a senior in the Diederich College of Communication studying Advertising and Corporate Communication. Hailing from Eau Claire, Wis., he is a member of the MU Advertising Club, Lambda Pi Eta Communications Honor Society, and a former DJ for Marquette Radio.

Lahr has been a member of MUSG since 2011. His first year, he joined as a graphic design assistant. For 2012-13, Lahr was named the Communications Vice President, and continues to serve in that position.

Alex finds joy in giving back to the Marquette community. “I really love that MUSG does so much for students. We’re actively pursuing issues on campus, we’re hosting tons of events and bringing entertainment to campus, we’re supporting student orgs. The scope of what we handle is huge and I love that we can have that impact for students.”

Lahr’s favorite Marquette memory was at Annex Bingo. The ultimate prize to be won…was a crockpot. Time and time again, Lahr & Co. lost bingo rounds, until one time, his friend Brendan won a blackout round, resulting in winning all the remaining prizes left, one of which included the coveted crockpot. Needless to say, it was a great day for Alex and a hilarious one for all of the bingo staff.

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MUSG meets with Erin Lazzar to discuss Good Samaritan Policy, President Pro Tempore elected

MUSG gathered for its first meeting with the newly elected senate for an open forum with a representative from the Office of Student Development in regards to the university’s “Good Samaritan Policy.”

MUSG welcomed Erin Lazzar, associate dean of students, to answer and discuss questions a concerns of the newly implemented policy. While Lazzar acknowledged that it has only been a few weeks since the policy has been in effect,she has seen an increase in students reporting concerns about safety of fellow students.

Lazzar emphasized during the forum that the university puts the “safety and health of [its] students first,” and encouraged members of senate as well as students in the Marquette community to inform other students that this is a policy designed to keep to protect Marquette students.

Prior to Lazzar’s presentation, Legislative Vice President Kyle Whelton opened senate with a poem titled The Dash in commemoration of the life and legacy of Fr. Naus.

Members of Senate approved the election of Aliya Manjee for commuter senator and elected this year’s president pro tempore, Senator Ryan Twaddle.

Senate adjourned at 9:18 p.m.

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


MU Unplugged welcomes The Doyle Brothers to campus

MILWAUKEE (Sept. 15, 2013) – MUSG and Late Night Marquette are hosting a new installment of MU Unplugged, this time featuring The Doyle Brothers on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 8-10 p.m. in the AM

The Doyle Brothers are Todd Doyle and Ryan Jacob Doyle who have been described throughout their careers as “young guys doing old songs in a new way.” They have shared the stage with music legends such as Sir Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam and many more.

The sibling duo has played shows all over New York City and around their hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. In addition to touring, Todd and Ryan have hosted several charity events, including “Songs and Sundaes” with Anderson’s Frozen Custard and Children’s Hospital, a summer concert series. All proceeds directly benefitted the hospital.

After the show the Doyle Brothers will be available for a meet and greet, along with handing out free merchandise.

The event is free and will take place in on the first floor of the AMU.

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MUSG sponsors Sexual Violence Awareness Week keynote speaker

MILWAUKEE (Sept. 27, 2013) – Marquette University Student Government will feature Jaclyn Friedman in its second installment of the 2013-14 Speaker Series. Friedman will come to campus on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. 

As writer, educator and activist, Jaclyn Friedman is a popular speaker around college campuses in the U.S. and abroad. Friedman is the editor of hit book Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power in a World Without Rape. In November 2012, Friedman published What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex & Safety. This empowering guide to deciphering modern-world, female sexual identity has been named a finalist for ForeWord’s Book of the Year Award in Women’s Issues.

 In addition to her writings, Friedman is a founder and the Executive Director of Women, Action & the Media, where she recently led the successful #FBrape campaign to apply Facebook’s hate-speech to content that promotes gender-based violence. She is also a charter member of CounterQuo, a coalition dedicated to challenging the ways we respond to sexual violence.

Friedman’s visit will serve as the keynote address for Marquette’s Sexual Violence Awareness Week, which takes place Sept. 29 – Oct. 4. For more information on campus events during Sexual Violence Awareness Week, visit www.marquette.edu/sexual-misconduct/sexual-violence-awareness-week

 

MUSG’s Speaker Series is free and open to all Marquette students.

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RJ Mitte on Breaking Bad plot, educating viewers and upcoming projects

Marquette University Student Government kicked off its 2013-14 Speaker Series with Breaking Bad star RJ Mitte. Over 700 students came to the Varsity on Thursday night to hear Mitte’s thoughts on overcoming adversity, fighting for opportunities and, of course, Breaking Bad.

Before Mitte took the stage, he sat down and talked with MUSG.

MUSG: For people who aren’t familiar with cerebral palsy, can you briefly explain the disorder?

RJ: Cerebral palsy (CP) can be caused from a lot of things. It is most commonly caused from a lack of oxygen in the brain at birth. It damages the parts of the brain that control the fine and gross motor skills and it can be fixed over time. There are very rare cases where it is progressive, luckily mine is not progressive. It mostly affects my muscles and my fine and gross motor skills. It will affect a variety of different elements to the body. A lot of times my brain is constantly having blood flow move to different parts of the brain so there are certain parts of the day, the way I sleep, the way I perform, a lot of times I do not have blood on that part of the brain… I find it very interesting because CP is a very common diagnosis, but most people don’t realize that they have it. You can get it from a head injury; you can get it from multiple things.

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MUSG: How does your condition differ from that of your character on Breaking Bad?

RJ: My character on Breaking Bad… you know there’s really not a big difference. The main difference is his speech and his walking ability. But when I was a kid, I had braces [and] leg mobilizers, which would pretty much straighten my tendons and the legs and make sure everything would not contract because with CP a lot of times your muscles don’t work. With CP the muscles contract so it’s like a “Charley horse” 24/7. So when I was a kid they would put me in casts and in binding because I was what they called a severe “toe walker”. My tendons kept pulling out my leg so my toes would point down and that was a natural occurrence for my feet. So when I was a kid they would bend them back.

Walt Jr. hypothetically went through these exact same treatments. He’s been through all of that; he’s lived that life. At the time, when I got Jr., Jr. was older than me. He was 15 and I was 14. But now I have grown up older than him because it is a day-by-day show. So it’s interesting because when I look back at the beginning of the role and I look back going through my character and when I was creating him, I was thinking that this guy has gone through the same thing that I had to go through when I was a kid and I just used my experience growing up with my disability for him.

MUSG: Throughout your career you’ve tried to educate viewers on living with a disability. What kind of progress do you feel you’ve made?

RJ: My biggest thing is when I talk or when I speak. When I talk about my disability… it’s mostly about how no one will ever understand what having a disability is like until they have a disability, until they have something happen to them that puts [a] part of their body out of commission. Even though it’s briefly, it’s still a form of dealing with a disability and my biggest thing is to talk to people and tell them that no matter what you’re going through on a daily basis someone else is going through this, plus more. Someone is always trying to better themselves; someone is always trying to learn more and to be able to control their own body. Most people don’t have to fight for that right, but you’re talking 11 million people all around the world are fighting to physically control their body.

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MUSG: Last Sunday’s episode of Breaking Bad shocked viewers. What is the one plotline that surprised you even as you were reading it?

RJ: Every episode surprises me; every episode has these unique things, all the subtleties [and] all the things that play out. You read these episodes and you’re surprised in every episode. It’s not a particular moment or a particular episode that surprises you; you’ll be surprised in every scene by what’s happening. Vince [Gilligan] and the writers do such an amazing job.

Mitte also told MUSG that he is working as an executive producer on a new documentary, Vantage: The Tara Calico Story. The project will tell the story of 19-year-old Tara Calico who disappeared in her hometown of Belen, New Mexico in September 1988. All local efforts to find Calico had failed when, in June 1989, a Polaroid photo of a girl, who is theorized to be Calico, and a boy, identified as Michael Henley, both bound and gagged.

Calico’s disappearance remains unsolved and her body has yet to found, but a recent announcement by a county sheriff brought the case back into the public eye. Mitte says the documentary will focus on “[Tara] and the boys that committed the crime and the families that tried to cover it up.”

After his conversation with MUSG, Mitte went outside and greeted fans entering the Varsity. Then, speaking to a crowd of Breaking Bad fans and eager listeners, Mitte asked you listeners the tough questions. “What [do you do] when you someone is in distress? Are you willing to stand up for them?” Mitte asked.

Mitte’s overall message to students was to seize the opportunities in front of them and not forget the gifts they have. “Everything you put into the world comes back,” he told listeners.

His final words were met with applause from Marquette students and droves of listeners stayed to take photos with Mitte after the event, some even bringing him various breakfast foods as a tribute to Walt Jr.

Don’t miss MUSG’s next speaker, feminist writer and activist Jaclyn Friedman, on Thursday, Oct. 3. 

 

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Meet MUSG: President Sam Schultz

“My favorite thing about MUSG is getting to actively participate with students, faculty and administrators in making Marquette better.”

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MUSG President Sam Schultz may not have time to sleep, but he certainly is working on making this campus a great place to be.

Schultz is a senior studying Biological Sciences from Stoughton, Wis. Before he became president, Schultz served MUSG as a Senator, representing Straz Tower for one year, and the College of Arts & Sciences for two. He was chair of the MUSG Senate Academics Committee and served as a Resident Assistant (RA) in Straz Tower for two years. Schultz currently works at the Marquette Law School as a receptionist and is a  four-year member of the Honors Program.

Schulz says that one of his favorite memories on campus was the Snowpocalyse of February 2011. The entire campus – and Milwaukee – was shut down on the eve of MUSG’s Night of Chocolate, and all classes were cancelled the following day. Schultz also enjoys eating at Oscar’s Pub & Grill on Pierce St., as well as Honeypie in Bayview.

In the end, Sam Schultz is someone that MUSG is proud to call president – with a non-stop commitment to students.


MUSG grateful to have worked with Pilarz

Marquette University President Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., announced his resignation to the Marquette community via email on Friday, Sept. 20.

Members of Marquette University Student Government were surprised to learn of Father Pilarz’s decision.

“I’m just as surprised as everyone else. [The university email] was the first I’ve heard of this,” said MUSG President Sam Schultz.

MUSG is proud to have worked with Father Pilarz in the development of Marquette’s strategic plan and is thankful for his commitment to students.

“As we continue to advocate on behalf of students, I look forward to working with Chair [Charles M.] Swoboda and the Board of Trustees on the leadership transition in the coming months as they set a course for Marquette’s future,” Schultz said.

Father Pilarz succeeded Rev. Robert A. Wild as Marquette University’s 23rd president in September 2011.

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