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

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.

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