The mission of MUSG is to identify, understand, and actively address and represent students' needs, concerns, and interests through acts of leadership and service which reflect Catholic, Jesuit ideals and contribute to the betterment of the Marquette University community. MUSG is responsible for acting as the primary student voice of the Marquette community, managing the Student Activity Fee, promoting and sponsoring activities for the student body, and recognizing and supporting student organizations.
Marquette University Student Government has a long tradition of planning effective social, educational, and recreational programs and representing student voice to the university administration, dating back to the formation of the first Coed Club for women in 1919 and the all-male Union Board in 1920. These organizations merged in 1954 to form the Student Senate, reorganized as the Associated Students at Marquette University (ASMU) in 1964 and renamed Marquette University Student Government (MUSG) in 1996.
The MUSG President serves as the leader of the student government in the mission to address and represent the needs and concerns of all Marquette students. The president is responsible for communicating those needs and concerns to university administration and advocating their interests. In the daily operations of MUSG, the president takes action on legislation approved by the Senate, delegates responsibility to members of the organization, serves as the leader of the Executive Board, and enforces the Constitution of MUSG.
MUSG is structured with five departments that carry out this work: the Senate, with representatives from each of the undergraduate colleges and residential living areas; the Program Board, which plans events throughout the academic year; the Executive Council, which manages special projects such as appointing students to all-university committees, coordinating MUSG elections, and coordinating the selection of the student speakers at December and May graduation; the Financial Department, which manages MUSG funds and coordinates reimbursement for student organization events that have received Student Activity Fee funding; and the Communications Department, which produces publicity materials and marketing campaigns for MUSG events and initiatives.
Each department is headed by a vice president, selected for their ability to effectively serve the student population. The Legislative Vice President is elected by the Senate, and the Executive Vice President and President are elected by the student body in a campus-wide election that occurs annually in late March. The departments are staffed by a team of dedicated student volunteers and employees, who serve the Marquette community by carrying out the mission of MUSG.
The Executive Council is responsible for many annual events, including Elections through the Elections Coordinator, nominating Senior Speakers through the Senior Speaker Coordinator, and placing student representatives on University Committees through the Student Advocate position. Other members of this department include the office receptionists and administrative assistant.
The MUSG Program Board is responsible for planning all MUSG events. The Program Board is comprised of eight different commissions, including the After Dark Commission, National Act & Concert Commission, Diversity Commission, Excursions Commission, Films Commission, Speaker Commission, Special Events Commission, and Senior Week Commission.
After Dark CommissionMUSG After Dark programs a variety of themed weekend events all in the spirit of having a great time. Events take place on weekend nights throughout the semester and have included programs such as a Vegas-themed casino night, carnival, dodge ball tournaments and much more.
Coffeehouse CommissionIn charge of bringing in top level acoustic, spoken word, and expressive performers. Coffee house serves as a creative space for Marquette students to express themselves through the creative arts. Students are able to perform at any event but each event is headlined by a professional often including workshops, trainings, and interactions with that professional. In charge of bringing in top level acoustic, spoken word, and expressive performers. Coffee house serves as a creative space for Marquette students to express themselves through the creative arts. Students are able to perform at any event but each event is headlined by a professional often including workshops, trainings, and interactions with that professional.
Diversity CommissionThe Diversity Commission addresses issues of cultural, ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic diversity in the Marquette community. Guiding the exploration of these important areas, entertaining and educational programs are planned to involve every facet of campus. This commission brainstorms innovative events, often co-sponsoring with other student organizations, to keep students informed on pertinent worldly concerns as well as creating a sense of ownership and belonging at MU.
Excursions CommissionThe Excursions Commission provides fun activities off campus for students at Marquette. With a range of programs hosted in our own Milwaukee, it gives students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with Milwaukee's resources and recreational events while expanding their knowledge of Wisconsin's largest city. The Excursions Commission also develops programs involving sporting events as well as tapping into the array of options available outside of the surrounding city.
Films CommissionPresenting recent blockbuster hits, classic films, and artsy independent flicks, the Films Commission brings movies to Marquette that will appeal to the masses. Students and the local community can spend relaxing Friday and Saturday nights savoring popcorn and soda at the Varsity Theatre at an affordable price of $2 w/ MUID, $3 without.
Speaker CommissionStimulating and influential speakers are an established tradition on college campuses as they serve to extend learning beyond the classroom. The Speakers Commission provides insight to many inspirational, controversial, and fascinating issues that are affecting our world. By contribution to the success of various specialty weeks/months at Marquette, the commission programs lectures pertaining to specific, relevant topics at hand.
Special Events CommissionThe biggest Marquette traditions, including Mania Week (welcome back events), Night of Chocolate and Green Week are coordinated through the Special Events Commission. This commission hosts large-scale activities that attract hundreds of students and take much planning.
Senior Week CommissionThe Senior Week Commission develops and implements programs for graduating students and their families during Senior Week (May). The programs include many traditional events like the Senior Ball, while incorporating new, creative activities for the new graduates to enjoy.
The Finance Office's mission is to aid Marquette University in achieving its mission through service to university students and organizations by being a leader in financial management, by promoting faith, and developing staff. Support to the Marquette community is done through the annual budget process, review of new programs and financial analyses.
See our current budget. (PDF)
The MUSG Senate is responsible for representing the student body's ideas, opinions and concerns to the Marquette University administration. Senators represent students in a variety of ways: writing legislation to be approved by the senate, meeting with administrators to discuss students' ideas or concerns, planning forums to address important topics like campus safety, and creating surveys to gain a better understanding of Marquette students' needs. If there is an issue that you think needs to be addressed, please talk to your senator or attend the weekly senate meeting to voice your concerns during the Forum for Concerned Students. We want to hear what's on your mind!
The Communications Department consists of a creative design team, a dynamic public relations group and a very energetic multimedia team. The department is responsible for all MUSG external and internal communications, including—but certainly not limited to—advertising and publicity for all MUSG events, Web site content and social media maintenance of the MUSG Facebook public profile, Twitter feed and Flickr stream.