On Thursday, November 14, 2013, Marquette University Student Government Senate received a presentation from Willie Jolly, president of Marquette’s Residence Hall Association. Jolly explained that RHA is similar to MUSG’s Senate in that both organizations are made up of student representatives from residence halls, although MUSG also includes representation from each college. In RHA, each residence hall, university-owned apartment and the Evans Scholars house are represented by at least one student.
In addition to its general council, RHA subdivides itself into three standing committees – networking/marketing, advocacy/initiatives and student life – and five programming committees. The programming committees work to put on RHA’s six annual programs, while the three standing committees work on RHA’s three other charges: student voice, leadership and community engagement.
Overall, Jolly described RHA as governing body working with residence hall councils to be the united voice of Marquette students living on campus. In response to a question from Senator Riesenbeck about collaboration with MUSG, Jolly said he hoped to see Marquette’s two undergraduate governing bodies working together more in the coming semester.
In his report, EVP Bowman informed senators that he and adviser Jon Dooley created an executive survey summary for MUSG’s recent gender and sexuality survey. Each senator received a copy of the report and students will be able to review results on MUSG’s website in the coming week.
LVP Whelton reminded senators to attend the MUSG-sponsored Fr. Wild Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the first floor lobby of the AMU.
In his all-university committee update for the University Board of Undergraduate Studies, CVP Lahr stated the committee voted to approve a change to the structure of the English department, adding a third major tailored toward prospective English teachers to be known as “English Language Arts.”
Senate adjourned at 8:18 p.m.