Experience a Night of Marquette Magic with Derek Hughes

On Saturday, April 12, Marquette University Student Government will welcome magician Derek Hughes for a night of comic conjuring in the AMU Ballrooms.

Derek Hughes is a stand-up magician born and raised in Minnesota. After earning a degree in acting from the University of Minnesota, the comedian pursued a career in magic. Hughes specializes in live deceptive acts, which he frequently performs at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.


In addition to his presence on the stage, Hughes has emerged on TV screens across the nation with appearances in VH1’s reality series Celebracadabra as a celebrity magic coach and on Comedy Central’s Gong Show. In addition to his television appearances, the magician also created original acts of wizardry for MTV’s Room 401 and Michaelarbonaro’s hilarious role as the Magic Clerk on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Aside from his career in magic, Derek used his acting abilities in Hollywood films Grown Ups and Mr. Deeds.

Currently the stand-up comedian holds residency at Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica for his new show titled, “Insomina,” which combines magic and comedy to explore the lines and mysteries between waking and dreaming.

His 9 p.m. performance at the Weasler Auditorium is free and open to all students in the Marquette community interested in attending this spellbinding show. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

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Food, music and fun at Rockin’ Rollerskating

It’s time to rock and roll, Marquette! MUSG will host a rollerskating excursion on Saturday, April 5that is open to all students. Transportation will be provided leaving from SHAMU, the area between Schroeder Hall and the Alumni Memorial Union, beginning at 10 p.m. and running all night until the end of the event at 12:30 a.m. roller_dgsq-01

Students can look forward to enjoying free food, music and, of course, skating at Incrediroll in West Allis. With the semester winding down, and schoolwork hitting students at full force, there’s no better way to de-stress than hanging out with friends while skating the night away. Be sure not to miss out on this great event.

This excursion is completely free, but requires students to pick up a wristband in the CLSI (AMU 137). Wristbands will be available beginning on Tuesday, April 1. Don’t wait another minute to ensure a spot at this rockin’ event.

Tall Heights musical group to perform on campus

MILWAUKEE (March 31, 2014) – Emerging band Tall Heights will perform at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 in the AMU first floor lobby.

The Boston-based band produces a unique musical tone by playing just an acoustic guitar and a cello. Their acoustic, folk-influenced harmonies have garnered praise from major outlets including Boston Magazine, NPR and Performer Magazine. tallheights_tabloid-01

Tall Heights has performed across the nation, including at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas following the release of their first full-length album, “Man of Stone,” in May 2013. Their musical style has been compared to Bon Iver, Arcade Fire and Blind Pilot.

“Tall Heights also performed on campus last year when Unplugged was known as the Coffeehouse Series,” MU Unplugged Commissioner Chrystal Mattappillil said. “MxMU was about a month ago and we’re excited to have music back on campus. Tall Heights is going to be a definite hit!”

Their appearance at Marquette is free to students. Refreshments will be provided.


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Final guest in MUSG Speaker Series: Comedian and Mental Health Advocate, Sara Benincasa

On Wednesday, April 2, MUSG will welcome the award-winning writer and comedian Sara Benincasa to campus in the AMU Ballrooms at 7 p.m.

As the final guest in the 2013-14 Speaker Series, Benincasa will share her remarkable story on her journey overcoming the challenges of mental illness to become an award-winning writer and comedian. Through a provoking and hilarious dialogue, Benincasa will engage students in a conversation about college, campus life and mental health. benincasa_dgsq-01

Benincasa will speak about her experience with panic attacks and agoraphobia that inspired her debut memoir, Agrofabulous! Dispatches From My Bedroom. In addition to releasing her book, from 2008 – 2010 Sara hosted and produced “Get in Bed,” a humorous radio show on Cosmo Radio. Prior to self-initiated ventures, Benincasa was a citizen journalist in the 2008 MTV Choose or Lose Street Team, which was a part in the Emmy award-winning “Think” campaign.

The comedian has made appearances on NBC’s Today Show, the CBS Early Show, CNN’s Situation Room and MTV News. The Huffington Post referred to her as one of “ Our Favorite Female Comedians,” and TIME says she is “adorably…hilarious.”

Currently, Benicasa is working on her newest venture titled GREAT , a novel inspired by The Great Gatsby but with a modern twist.

MUSG strongly encourages students to see Sara Benincasa wrap-up the 2013-14 Speaker Series, as well as participate in an insightful discussion about mental health and college life.

The event is free and open to all Marquette students. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Lemonade bar, cake decorating and more this Friday at MU Unwrapped

On Friday, March 28, Marquette University Student Government will host an evening of free food and fun. MU Unwrapped will take place this Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union.


Hungry students can look forward to hummus and mac & cheese chef demonstrations. Of course, the most important aspect of the demonstration will be the student taste test. To wash down the chefs’ delicious creations, students can head over to the lemonade bar. Featuring Marquette’s famous beverage and flavorings, a tall glass of strawberry or raspberry lemonade will complement any dish.

After eating a hearty bowl of mac & cheese, students can compete to win in a 10-inch cake decorating competition. However, as with the chef demonstrations, the real winning test will be the student’s taste buds.

Attendees can also spend time decorating mason jars to take home hummus samples or playing to win food items to take home in grocery bingo.

No matter the activity, MU Unwrapped is sure to bring tasty fun to any student. The event is free and open to all Marquette students.
Stop by the AMU this Friday, March 28 for a deliciously good time.

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Health, Fitness and Fun during “Rock the Rec”

Marquette University Student Government and the Office of Student Development will host “Rock the Rec” for a fitness fiasco on Saturday, March 29 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Rec Center. Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 2.24.08 PM

The event will feature Zumba classes taught by Marquette’s Rec Center fitness instructors. Once students have worked out hard, participants will have a chance to play even harder. During “Rock the Rec,” students will have the opportunity to participate in an intensive match of dodgeball and partake in a fun-filled game of human foosball.

For those who wish to cater to their mind, body and soul or wish to get some rest and relaxation, there will be free massages offered by Massages on the Go.

Healthy food and snacks will be provided for students to enjoy. These delicious delights will include Mediterranean Veggie, Two Cheese & Avocado, and the Classic Turkey sandwiches from the Milwaukee Public Market’s Green Kitchen, allowing for students to refuel and reenergize.

This is a great opportunity to get fit and have fun. All Marquette students are welcome to attend this free event. So stand up Marquette and get ready to rock your body at Rock the Rec.

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Immigration Reform Activist to Speak on Campus

Immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas will speak at Marquette at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 in the Weasler Auditorium.

vargas_tabloid-01Vargas, an award-winning journalist and filmmaker, revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant in an essay in The New York Times Magazine, after winning a Pulitzer Prize while working for the Washington Post. His essay, published in an effort to promote dialogue on immigration reform, detailed the uncertainty of his life due to his immigration status.

Vargas was born in the Philippines, and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to live with his grandparents when he was 12-years-old. However, he never obtained permission to live in the United States permanently. Vargas learned of his immigration status at the age of 16 when he applied for a driver’s license and discovered that his identification documents were fraudulent.

After publishing the essay revealing his immigration status, Vargas founded Define American, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to facilitating national conversations about immigration issues. Define American supports the DREAM Act, a legislation package that would allow undocumented immigrants a path to legalization. The organization also monitors use of the term “illegal immigrant” in the media, and urges new outlets to instead use the term “undocumented.” Outlets including The Associated Press and The New York Times announced they have made the switch.

Vargas also testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

In the two years since Vargas revealed his immigration status, he has become a face of the immigration movement. His appearance on Tuesday, March 25 is free to students.