Meet MUSG: College of Arts & Sciences Senator Morgan Johnson

Morgan Johnson is a senior double majoring in Political Science and Economics. As a senator from the College of Arts and Sciences, she represents the students enrolled in the college and listens to their concerns. johnson_m

Johnson brings several years of experience to MUSG. She was previously an Elections Coordinator and a Program Board Excursions Commissioner. Johnson’s favorite part about being involved in MUSG is meeting students with different interests and passions.

“It’s a great way to meet people that are both like you and unlike you,” she said. “You are able to learn something new from everyone, and you are surrounded by people who are so passionate.”

Outside of MUSG, Johnson is a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Orientation Staff, Hunger Clean Up and the Senior Challenge Committee. She is also a Student Alumni Ambassador and an intern at Marquette’s Office of Public Affairs.

In the summer of 2012, Johnson studied at the Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, DC.

“I had an amazing time exploring the city—its historical sites, political events and local eateries,” she said. “It was also great to see politics at work on the national scale, and to be able to witness legislative history as it was happening.”

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Meet MUSG: Legislative Clerk Natalie Battis

Natalie Battis is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in psychology and English literature. Serving as legislative clerk this academic year is Natalie’s first experience in MUSG. As legislative clerk, Natalie is present at all Senate meetings, takes minutes and assists with voting procedures.battis_n

Natalie enjoys MUSG because she likes to be involved with the issues on campus, “I like hearing decisions being made on behalf of the students and becoming more informed about what is going on around campus.”

In addition to her involvement in MUSG, Natalie is involved in the Companions in Leadership Program. She also works at the School of Dentistry and in the Social and Cultural Sciences Office.

Marquette is perfect for Natalie because she liked the urban environment and the size of campus. Reflecting on her time in Milwaukee so far, Natalie recalls the basketball games as her favorite Marquette memories.

If you want to get on Natalie’s good side, give her some pizza. If she could only have one food for the rest of her life, Natalie would choose to enjoy a slice, or maybe two, of that Italian goodness.


Meet MUSG: Off-Campus Senator Nathan Craft

Nathan Craft is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Political Science. As an Off-Campus Senator in MUSG, Nathan helps bring the concerns of students living off-campus to Senate.

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Other than MUSG, Nathan is involved in Club Golf and the Les Aspin Council; he also enjoys working as the assistant coach for Catholic Memorial High School’s boys varsity soccer team.

While this is his first year in MUSG, Nathan enjoys getting to work with students, faculty, and administration with hopes to better Marquette and the neighborhood.

Reflecting on his time at Marquette, Nathan named his experience at the Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, D.C. his favorite Marquette memory.

Stop in AMU 133 to say hi to Nathan, but be sure not to mention the 1971 classic, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

“The Oompa Loompas and Gene Wilder gives me nightmares to this day. I despise that movie,” said Craft.


Meet MUSG: Creative Director Julie Posh

Julie Posh is a junior in the College of Communication, majoring in Advertising with minors in Graphic Design and Marketing. As the Communication Department’s Creative Director, Julie is responsible for designing MUSG publicity, as well as managing a team of three Graphic Design Assistants. In her second year in MUSG, Julie spent last year in the department as a Graphic Design Assistant.

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“My favorite thing about MUSG is the community; MUSG is full of great people! I like feeling connected to what’s happened on campus,” Julie shared.

Outside of MUSG, Julie works in the Publications Office of the Office of Student Develop. She is also a member of the Advertising Club and Students for an Environmentally Active Campus. Off-campus, Julie does some design work for the American Diabetes Association of Wisconsin.

Julie recalls her experience with a random roommate freshman year as one of her favorite Marquette memories.

“We still live together and have had so many fantastic Marquette memories together. But none of them would have happened without that first meeting in Cobeen!” Julie explained.

Julie is a huge museum junkie, but refuses to go in the butterfly room at the Milwaukee Public Museum because she’s afraid of butterflies.


Meet MUSG: Program Board Commissioner Dominic Triliegi

Dominic Triliegi is a freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences majoring in political science. As a diversity commissioner, Dominic became involved in MUSG’s Program Board soon after starting at Marquette.

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When asked about his favorite aspect of MUSG, Triliegi said, “I like the people I work with! They’re a passionate group of people with great ideas.”

In addition to his involvement in student government, Dominic serves as the secretary for Marquette’s College Democrats chapter. You can also find Triliegi serving up a quality latte at Stone Creek Coffee in Shorewood.

During his first semester at Marquette, Dominic really enjoyed “Make a Difference Day” and spending time volunteering with his friends. Although he enjoys “being the difference”, Dominic reflected, “I didn’t choose the Marquette life; the Marquette life chose me.”

No matter the reason he came to Marquette, the force is strong with this one. A huge Star Wars fan, Dominic recently got a Star Wars tattoo.


Meet MUSG: College of Communication Senator Estefania Elizondo

A senator for the College of Communication, Estefania Elizondo is a sophomore majoring in Communication Studies with minors in Business and Political Science.

“MUSG is the epicenter of everything that goes on within Marquette University. Whether it is advocating for student concerns or addressing problems in order to better students’ experiences at Marquette, MUSG does it all. Moreover, there is no better way to get involved than becoming a member of MUSG,” Elizondo explained.

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Outside of student government, Estefania keeps herself busy. An advocate for Miss Representation and Half the Sky, Elizondo is passionate about social justice and also spends her time in Marquette organizations such as Justice and Students for an Environmentally Active Campus (SEAC).

Elizondo cites Marquette’s high standards for academic excellence as the primary reason she chose to make the two thousand mile move from Puerto Rico to Milwaukee. She also truly appreciates the close-knit community Marquette offers.

Although she’s a long way from home, Estefania still finds herself enjoying target shooting with bow and arrow – a family sport she has practiced on and off since the age of eight.


Meet MUSG: Off-Campus Senator Natasha Hansen

A junior in the College of Arts & Sciences, Natasha Hansen has been involved in MUSG since freshman year. As a senator, Natasha has represented different groups of students throughout her three terms: Mashuda Hall residents, College of Arts and Sciences students and students living off-campus.

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Hansen has also served as the Senate’s President Pro Tempore and as a member of the Student Organization Funding (SOF) committee. Currently, she chairs the Student Life committee.

“My favorite part about MUSG is all of the members coming together with different perspectives to help improve students’ Marquette experience,” said Hansen. 

Outside of MUSG, Natasha spends her time with Marquette’s College Democrats. Previously the field coordinator, Natasha was recently elected as the group’s finance director.

In correlation with her International Affairs and Spanish majors, Hansen is also finishing up a semester internship at Voces de la Frontera.

A woman of many talents, Natasha also has a forklifting license. Although she’s never used it, Natasha is confident that it will come in handy at some point in her life.