Business & Administration Committee Update – March 17

After spring break, times flies! Just as things are surely busy in your lives with classes, work, and your involvement, Business & Administration committee has been extremely hard at work this semester and our projects are beginning to come to fruition.  We have made strides reaching out the nearest campus grocery location, Sav-On Foods at 20th St and W Clybourn Ave, and in reaching out to university administrators and local groups invested in this initiative. Furthermore, we are continuing to investigate bystander intervention practices and policies, as well as looking into greater sexual assault prevention on campus.

This is just a snapshot of what we have accomplished in the last two months, but the real focus of this post is YOU, the student.

You have elected us to represent your concerns, and that is a responsibility that we take extremely seriously.  We encourage you to speak your mind and talk to your friends about the projects that MUSG is exploring and what you would like us to be working on.  Come to a Senate meeting any Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. in AMU 227.  We also encourage you to come to a Business & Administration meeting on Monday nights at 8 p.m. in the MUSG office (AMU 133). Send your senator or myself an email for more information.

We want to hear your voice and represent it.  No question, comment, or concern is “too big” or “too small.”

Best regards,

Thomas Schick
Business & Administration Committee Chair
Off-Campus Senator
thomas.schick@marquette.edu


Business & Administration Committee Update – Feb. 11

Business and Administration committee is back from winter holiday and ready to get to work!  We are continuing our premiere initiative of exploring various options to bring more sustainable, affordable and reliable food and grocery options to campus and improving the current options. We are confident that access to food will not only benefit members of the Marquette family living on and off campus, but will bring benefits, both direct and indirect, to our neighbors with whom we share the Avenue West area of Milwaukee.

The second long-term project we are engaging in deals with bystander intervention – how one or more people respond to assist another person facing inclement peril, primarily alcohol, drugs, and sexual violence – and a review of the policies in place.  Several members of our committee will be meeting with various administrators and researching how peer institutions optimize strong bystander intervention training and policy.

Other initiatives we are exploring seek to holistically improve Marquette and include such topics as a “dead week” policy, student organization education and cooperative relations, more sustainable water bottle filling stations, and internal moves towards a more efficient MUSG.

Though we are looking at several issues this semester, we are always open to new ideas! Please feel free to contact myself or come to one of our meetings with any ideas you may have. We meet on Monday nights at 8 p.m. in the MUSG Office, AMU 133.

Wishing you all a wonderful semester!

Thomas Schick
Business & Administration Committee Chair
Off-Campus Senator
thomas.schick@marquette.edu


Business & Administration Committee Update – Dec. 9

The MUSG Business and Administration committee has had an exciting beginning to this new academic year.  Poised to address and explore student and university concerns, the committee includes several senators new to the organization, as well as an inspired cadre of returning senators with diverse involvement backgrounds.  Our year began by setting bold, yet attainable personal and legislative goals as a committee, focused particularly on representing each of our constituencies and growing individually as leaders in MUSG and on campus.

Each senator has brought up important issues that have together contributed to make up our short- and long-term legislative agendas for the year.  At the top of our concerns is an issue that has been the topic of campus and public conversation for quite some time: the lack of sustainable, affordable and healthy food on campus, primarily in the form of a grocery store.  As a steward to the Avenues West neighborhood and a prestigious institution of higher learning, we do not look upon of FDA label of “food desert” with fondness.  Our committee has created an extensive, goal driven plan to tackle this issue through an array of potential solutions; we understand that an issue of this magnitude and complexity will likely not be solved with one initiative, but we remain focused and committed to taking action toward making this public aspiration a reality.

Rounding out our legislative agenda are several other issues we are looking into including swipe access on campus, budgetary and student organization funding (SOF) processes, the bathroom tissue on campus, campus vendors, and financial and environmental sustainability efforts.  We are also exploring a cooperative engagement with the Student Organizations committee meant to try to make it easier for athletic and arts groups on campus to reserve the practice space they need.

We are excited and passionate about the rest of this year and encourage students to reach out to us with any concerns they may have.

Thomas Schick
Business & Administration Committee Chair
Off-Campus Senator
thomas.schick@marquette.edu


Business & Administration committee update – Feb. 18

The MUSG Business & Administration Senate committee is hard at work formulating a productive schedule of legislative projects, many stemming from student concerns.  Our ambitious and active committee members are focusing on such important issues as campus traffic concerns, healthy vending machine options, fair trade products, a Good Samaritan policy regarding alcohol consumption and reporting and a cooperative effort with Students for Environmentally Active Campuses (SEAC) to reduce plastic water bottle consumption on campus.

Our goal is to use our broad spectrum of legislative specialties to handle a multitude of university concerns, from group specific issues to issues that affect all members of the Marquette University family.  In the near future, we will be writing and administering surveys and meeting with University administrators and student groups pertinent to our goals.

Please feel free to contact me or any member of our committee or stop by the MUSG office to voice your concerns.  Our normal meeting time is on Mondays at 7 PM in the MUSG office.

Thomas Schick
Business & Administration Committee Chair
Schroeder Hall Senator
thomas.schick@marquette.edu