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.

For more information on MUSG’s news and events, visit musg.mu.edu or the MUSG office, AMU 133. For additional updates, like MUSG on Facebook and follow MUSG on Twitter.

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MUSG looking for students to share inspirational stories with Marquette community

Marquette University Student Government will host MU Speaks, an event intended to allow students of the Marquette community an opportunity to share how they are being the difference and living out Marquette’s pillars of excellence, faith, leadership and service.

Currently, MUSG is seeking students to participate in MU Speaks as student speakers. Interested students may have had meaningful experiences studying abroad, participating in service learning or attending a service trip. Whatever the inspiration, students who feel they have a significant story to share with the Marquette community are encouraged to participate.

Students interested in speaking should fill out a brief application form at bit.ly/MUSpeaks by Wednesday, Feb. 26. Speakers will be asked to prepare a presentation about their story and participate in a question and answer session with the audience.

MU Speaks will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 22 in the AMU Ballrooms.

Questions about participating in MU Speaks or the event in general should be directed to musg.programs@marquette.edu.

For more information on MUSG’s news and events, visit musg.mu.edu or contact the MUSG office, AMU 133 and follow MUSG on Facebook and Twitter.


MUSG Speaker Series continues with military veteran and LGBT activist Eric Alva

Marquette University Student Government will continue its 2013-14 Speaker Series on Thursday, Nov. 14, with Eric Alva, a retired Marine and LGBT rights activist. Alva will speak about dealing with discrimination and disability, as well as his role in the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre.

On March 21, 2003, San Antonio-native Staff Sgt. Eric Alva became the first U.S. soldier wounded in the Iraq War when he stepped on a landmine. In addition to breaking his left leg and right arm, his right leg was amputated in order to safe his life. Alva was awarded a Purple Heart by President George W. Bush and received medical discharge from the military.alva_digsquare-01

Following his retirement from military service, Alva came out as a gay man and worked with members of Congress to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a military policy that prohibited openly gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals from military service. Today, Alva is an LGBT rights activist and spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, inspiring others to fight for equality.

Alva is the third speaker in the MUSG Speaker Series, following R.J. Mitte and Jaclyn Friedman earlier this fall. The remaining speakers include:

  • Shawn Johnson – Thursday, Jan. 30
  • Dewey Bozella- Tuesday, Feb. 18
  • Jose Antonio Vargas- Tuesday, March 25
  • Sarah Benincasa- Wednesday, April 2

All events in the MUSG Speaker Series are free and open to the public.

For more information on MUSG’s news and events, visit musg.mu.edu or the MUSG office, AMU 133. For additional updates, like MUSG on Facebook and follow MUSG on Twitter.