Student Life Committee met to discuss its current progress thus far for the semester. During their meeting senators discussed initiatives including Wi-Fi, recreational space on campus, the location of the Counseling Center and other student life concerns.
WiFi: Student Life Committee is happy to announce that they have successfully changed the wi-fi default timer requiring student to log in to MU Wireless every five minutes to every 18 hours.
Rec and Wellness: Senator Matt Brune met with the Director of Recreational Sports, John Sweeny, about recreational space on campus. The lack of space is attributed to the scheduling of fitness classes, and to combat that fitness classes have been rescheduled but tend to be at a time that is inconvenient for students. While renovations of rec space is still being debated, Sweeny is happy to share that there will be $60,000 put toward improvements in Straz Tower, specifically in the Rec Plex exercise room and new TVs.
In addition to recreational space, Sweeny is also currently exploring purchasing two club sports vans with MUSG reserve funds. These vans will be included with other vans on campus for maintenance and for insurance and will feature the MUSG Logo.
Counseling Center: Based on previous discussions with students, there has been concern about the location of the Counseling Center. Concerns included the location of receptionist desk and the layout of the waiting room, making it probable to encounter your friends and other peers. Student Life is continuing discussions with members of Active Minds in hopes of scheduling meetings with Senator Courtney Guc.
MyJob: Administrators in charge of myjob.mu.edu are meeting to discuss and develop strategies to better inform student employees of this platform. Currently, they are working on delivering information when students fill out the tax forms. In addition to awareness administrators are working on the function of the site.
Water bottle fillers: Senators Kristen Steinfield, Lukas Baker, and Ely Elizondo are exploring current academic building drinking fountains and options for water bottle fillers. They will be working with the budget committee for a reserve fund allocation on this initiative.
Off-Campus lease signing: Student Life is currently working on providing information that will be going out to the Land Lord Tenant Council and in parental newsletter in August, which aims to work toward building a healthy relationship between landlords, students and the university.
Tobacco Free Campus: Senator Caroline Phillips is working on the viability of the proposal brought to us by Student Health Advisory Board to make Marquette a tobacco free campus, similar to MATC. This change would not focus on enforcement, but rather a cultural change.
Student Life Committee Chair
The Student Life committee focuses on issues that directly affect the student experience here at Marquette. Student life is currently exploring a number of issues. We are looking into expanding water bottle filling stations throughout campus. The committee is also tackling multiple safety issues, including researching poorly lit areas off-campus in hopes of increasing safety.
After meeting with the Milwaukee Department of Public Works earlier this semester, our committee served as a focus group on the addition of pedestrian warning lights on campus and we are currently working on initiatives to increase student awareness of the lights. We learned about the potential for increasing bike racks off-campus, as well as progress being made on bike sharing programs in Milwaukee. We plan to meet with the City of Milwaukee representative on pedestrian and bicycle safety in the upcoming weeks.
The committee is also looking into adding more outlets for students to charge their devices across campus. With the large rush to sign off-campus housing leases early in the semester, we met with Associate Dean for University Apartments and Off-campus Student Services Stacie Dooley to work on student-led methods of pushing back signing dates to later in the year. The committee also hopes to increase awareness of the services the university provides for students living off-campus.
We have looked into some smaller issues as well including myjob.mu.edu awareness, cleanliness of the library seating and advertising of marquettepads.com for off-campus housing. Also, after last semester’s attempts to expand and improve disability services, we met with Associate Director of Disability Services Heidi Vering to learn about resources available to students.
Our committee is also exploring additional meal plan options for students not on the Unlimited or Loyalty 50 options and improvements to recreational and wellness space at Marquette.
If you have any student life concerns or ideas, please contact me or any member of the committee.
Student Life Committee Chair
Over the past year, the Student Life Committee has looked into many issues at Marquette with the intent to make students’ daily lives outside of academics as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. Last semester, two topics discussed were about different features around Marquette, such as statues around campus that identify the image and spirit of the school and students’ concerns surrounding the revised alcohol and drug policy, an issue we continue to investigate.
Another topic last semester was about the handicap accessibility of university buildings, which had also been identified by the school, with which they are near the end of a process to update the buildings to make them more handicap accessible, even beyond the standards needed. We have also discussed the rising costs of tuition and possibilities regarding the pending health insurance mandate. Going forward this semester, our committee will be looking more into issues surrounding pedestrian safety around the Marquette campus. This includes looking at crosswalks and car traffic, among many other possible issues.
As always, if there is ever an issue that you believe should be further examined by MUSG, please don’t hesitate to notify any member of the student government community, and they will help to address your concern.
Student Life Committee Chair
College of Business Senator