Marquette University Student Government Senate assembled on Thursday, March 27 to engage in the approval process on legislation to implement a transportation program to Target and to address the recommendation for a risk management officers in student organizations.
Incoming Program Vice President Ryan Twaddle presented Resolution #6 Reserve Fund Allocation for Target Transportation Programs, which aims to serve as a solution to the lack of affordable necessities on campus; giving students access to school supplies, groceries, health supplies and other convenience store items.
MUSG will allocate a total of $3,700 from the Reserve Fund to finance the program with $500 that will be strictly put toward publicity. The allocation will provide for a free shuttle to Target on the first and third Friday of every month, giving students access to groceries and other personal items they may need.
With a vote of 25-4-0, the Senate passed the Target shuttle program.
PVP Twaddle hopes to begin the shuttle program in September of 2014.
Senate moved forward with Recommendation #10 A Recommendation for Risk Management Office in Student Organizations, which suggest that the Office of Student Development require that student organizations include a Risk Management Officer on their executive boards to ensure the safety and conduct of the organization, similar to the risk management roles of Greek Life councils, the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association.
With a vote of 27-0-2 Senate approved the recommendation to require a risk management officer in student organizations.
Senate adjourned at 8:43 p.m.
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.
Business & Administration Committee Chair