Marquette University celebrates “Day of the Dead” with food and treats

Marquette University Student Government invites the campus community to celebrate “Day of the Dead” with free sweets on Friday, November 1 in the Alumni Memorial Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will feature traditional treats such as sweet bread and chocolate skulls. Hot chocolate and coffee will also be served.

“Day of the Dead,” also known as “Dia de los Muertos,” is a Hispanic holiday dedicated to celebrating the lives of loved ones who have died through food and festivities.

Rather than mourn the dead and offend their souls, the holiday celebrates the lives of those who have passed with food, festivals and other activities that the dead would have enjoyed during their life. In addition to the lively festivities, friends and family traditionally gather to honor the lives of those who have passed by building private altars featuring sugar skulls, marigolds and the deceased’s favorite foods and beverages.

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All Marquette students are invited to join MUSG, the Latin American Student Organization and the Center for Intercultural Engagement at this free, daylong event to celebrate the lives of loved ones on the second floor of the AMU.

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.


Fall Fest brings free food, hayrides and more

fallfest_digitalsquare-01Celebrate autumn on campus with Fall Fest on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 9:00 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union. MUSG is transforming the AMU into one giant barn party, where students can enjoy music, food and much more.

It will be a night to remember, with activities happening all night long. Enjoy scenic hay wagon rides around campus and participate in pie eating contests, bobbing for apples, and a cakewalk for prizes.

After conquering the caramel apple and popcorn bar, get ready to dance the night away at the Barn Party to a performance by country-folk band Tenasie, winner of the 2013 Nashville Independent Music Award’s “Best Country Group” honor.

Don’t forget to tweet before the event with the hashtag #FallFest and impress with your best fall photo. Prizes will be awarded to students who tweet.

Fall Fest is a free and open to all students. Grab your partner and do-si-do down to the AMU for an unforgettable night of fall fun!

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.


Vice President of Planning and University Architect presents to MUSG Senate

On Thursday, October 24, 2013, Marquette University Student Government received a presentation from Vice President of Planning and University Architect Tom Ganey.

Ganey provided MUSG with an update on Norris Park, a field on the 1800 block of Kilbourn Avenue owned by the City of Milwaukee and currently leased by Marquette. Ganey said crews stripped down the field, removed rocks and put down sod so students can better utilize the space. The university hopes these improvements to be enjoyed by students for years to come.

Ganey also gave the Senate insights on the university’s Historic Core Renovation Project. The project includes renovations of Sensenbrenner, Johnston and Marquette Halls. Construction on Sensenbrenner Hall includes the offices for the Klinger College of Arts and Sciences; the transition of the History Department from Coughlin Hall; as well as an addition that will incorporate modern restrooms, stairs, an elevator and a full mechanics room for heating and air conditioning. Marquette Hall will be the new home to the Departments of Philosophy, Theology and English after renovations on the west wing. The three large lecture halls will also be updated in the constructions. Johnston Hall will receive renovations to its infrastructure and its bathrooms.

A university tax-exempt bond, made available through university refinancing in 2012, funds the Historic Core Renovation Project. The university will transition Coughlin Hall, current home to the Departments of English, History, Philosophy and Theology, into a student support and success facility, housing disability services and student educational services.

In addition to Ganey’s presentation, Senate voted unanimously to approve SOF allocations to Students for Life and College Republicans. College Republicans requested funding to subsidize its efforts to bring Steve Forbes to campus next month. Students for Life was allocated funds to cover registration fees associated with attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Full information on SOF allocations can be found on the MUSG website.

President Sam Schultz encouraged senators to attend the MUSG-sponsored presidential search forum on Wednesday, November 13, at 4 p.m. in AMU Ballroom E. Students are asked to RSVP online for this event or through an email to Marquette Special Events at universityspecialevents@marquette.edu.

Communications Vice President Alex Lahr informed Senate of the open Public Relations Director position. Applications for the position can be found on the MUSG website and are due on Friday, November 1. MUSG is also accepting applications for Financial Vice President. Applications are available on the website and are due Friday, November 15.

Senate adjourned at 8:45 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.


Meet MUSG: Executive Vice President Zach Bowman

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Zach Bowman is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Political Science.  Zach was elected by students in the spring to serve as MUSG Executive Vice President for the 2013-14 academic year.

Prior to his election, Zach served MUSG as the College of Arts and Sciences Senator for two years. Bowman was also elected the position of President Pro Tempore (PPT) of the Senate. He is passionate about advocating for Marquette students.  “Getting to collaborate with administrators on campus issues to improve the student experience is why I ran for this position in the first place,” Zach said.

Not only is Zach dedicated to MUSG, but he also is a member of College Democrats. For all the hard work and energy his commitments require, Zach’s food of choice is sushi.

Reflecting on his favorite memories, Zach recalls winning the election with President Sam Schultz last spring as the highlight of his time at Marquette.

Stop in the MUSG office, AMU 133 and say hi to Zach!


MUSG to survey students on gender and sexuality

In order to better understand the concerns of students as they relate to topics of gender and sexuality on campus, Marquette University Student Government is gathering student input through a “Gender and Sexuality Survey,” running from October 21 to November 1.

During this two-week survey period, MUSG Senators will be gathering data from students in populated locations around campus. Survey data will be collected anonymously using Campus Labs’ iOS application for iPod Touch. Students may also complete the survey in the MUSG office, AMU 133, during regular business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The survey was authored by MUSG Executive Vice President Zach Bowman and MUSG Off-Campus Senators Natasha Hansen and Mary McCarthy. Hansen serves as Chair of the Student Life committee of Senate.

“Gender and sexuality is an important topic at Marquette that should not be ignored,” Hansen said. “I’m confident this survey will help inform our work as Senators and MUSG’s advocacy as a whole.”

Students wishing to voice their concerns regarding gender and sexuality at Marquette may do so by speaking with their MUSG Senator, visiting the MUSG office, or emailing us at musg@marquette.edu.

For questions regarding gender and sexuality resources on campus, students can visit the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, AMU 425, or contact the center at gsrc@marquette.edu.


MUSG Senate hosts Teach for America presentation, passes Amendment #4 and Resolution #2

MILWAUKEE (Oct. 11, 2013) – On Thursday, Oct. 10, Marquette University Student Government convened for a senate meeting with a presentation, reports and passing of legislation.

Senate welcomed Zack Henderson, campus coordinator for Teach for America, to present to on the organization’s mission. Teach for America is a two-year AmeriCorps program where college graduates receive training and become teachers in low-income school districts for a two-year period. Henderson encouraged senators to fill out the non-binding application in order to participate in a rewarding, educational and unforgettable experience.

President Sam Schultz spoke about MUSG’s advocacy to include a student on the Presidential Search Committee and the Executive Board’s conversations with members of the Board of Trustees. On Oct. 11, Schultz wrote a letter to the student body that was published in the Marquette Tribune that expressed MUSG’s involvement.

Following Schultz’s report, Executive Vice President Zach Bowman announced that MUSG will be conducting a student survey on gender and sexuality in the coming weeks. MUSG Senators will be walking around campus to issue this survey on iPods soon.

Senate then organized to vote on two different pieces of legislation. First on the table was Amendment #4, titled, “Requiring the Recording of Each Senator’s Vote.” Authored by Senators Walker and McCarthy, the amendment prohibits the use of secret ballot voting unless constitutionally mandated and requires that each Senator’s vote be recorded by the legislative clerk, with the ultimate goal of adding transparency into the voting processes of Senate. After much debate, Amendment #4 passed with a vote of 27-1-1. Senate votes will now appear in copies of each meeting’s minutes, which can be found on the MUSG website.

Senate then discussed Resolution #2, “Reserve Fund Reallocation for the Purchase of Computers.” CVP Lahr and LVP Whelton authored the piece, requesting that MUSG reallocate $1,739 from the MUSG Reserve Fund into the technology budget line for the purchase of new office computers including a new laptop for Senate and upgraded iMacs for the Communications Department. Resolution #2 passed with a vote of 28-0-1.

At the conclusion of the meeting, MUSG Senators threw Senate Advisor Kate Trevey, Assistant Dean for Leadership and Vocation Programs, a surprise baby shower.

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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A Letter from MUSG President Schultz on the Marquette President Search

To the students of Marquette,

In the Oct. 8, 2013 issue of the Marquette Tribune, the editorial staff wrote a column on the inclusion of students on the search committee for the 24th president of Marquette University. Tribune staff praised the Board of Trustees for including a faculty member on the committee, but expressed concern that student input was not being taken into enough consideration.

Prior to the announcement of the search committee on Oct. 3, the Marquette University Student Government (MUSG) Executive Board and I drafted a letter to Board of Trustees Chair Charles M. Swoboda and the executive committee of the board urging them to include a student representative on the search committee for our next president.

We sent the letter on Oct. 2 and received notice the following day from Chair Swoboda that a student would not be included on the committee, but that the committee would work closely with members of MUSG to ensure student perspective is included in the process.

Additionally, Executive Vice President Zach Bowman and I met with Chair Swoboda on Monday to further advocate for the inclusion of a student representative in the search process. While we are disappointed we could not reach an agreement on this topic, we discussed other ways in which students can contribute to the search and look forward to sharing those opportunities in the coming weeks.

As the representatives of the undergraduate population at Marquette, we are committed to making a difference in the lives of students and improving the Marquette experience as much as possible. In the coming months, we will continue advocate on behalf of students on topics such as academic advising, study and recreational space, and conversations surrounding gender and sexuality on campus.

We invite you to share your opinions on these topics and any concerns you may have by visiting us in our office, AMU 133, or emailing us at musg@marquette.edu. By working together, we all can improve the Marquette experience.

Sincerely,
Samuel Schultz
MUSG President

 

This letter also appeared in the Oct. 10, 2013 print edition of the Marquette Tribune and online at marquettetribune.org.