Senate kicked off spring semester by approving a Program Vice President for the 2015-16 school year, passing a resolution to allocate reserve funds, introducing a new phone application to expand upon student safety initiatives and announcing an ad hoc committee to expand MUSG community engagement efforts.
Senate unanimously approved Sarah Beattie to the Program Vice President position for the 2015-16 school year. Beattie, a junior in the College of Communication, will join MUSG with experience as a Program Assistant for Late Night Programming and Resident Assistant in Cobeen Hall.
Senate unanimously approved Resolution #6, a reserve fund allocation for Mission Week. Authored by freshman Straz Hall Senator Seth Haines, Resolution #6 allocates a one-time amount of $1,500 for a service event during Mission Week. The event, co-sponsored with the Office of Mission and Ministry and Residence Hall Association, will give students the opportunity to package meals for distribution in impoverished communities.
Legislative Vice President Zack Wallace, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, announced the creation of the Ad hoc Committee on community engagement. This committee will work this semester to determine appropriate MUSG community engagement opportunities in the Avenues West neighborhood and Greater Milwaukee area, partner with community organizations and execute new programs and initiatives. Members of the committee include President Pro Tempore Aliya Manjee, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, junior Off-Campus Senator Blake Dobrich, freshman Cobeen Hall Senator Hannah Thiry, freshman McCormick Hall Senator Eliza Luvianos, senior Off-Campus Senator Thomas Schick and College of Nursing Senator Alex Miller.
Preet Anand, a representative from BlueLight Safety App, presented on the BlueLight application that is now available for Marquette students. The free app allows students to alert authorities that they may be in danger and communicate their location with the touch of a button. Marquette will be among one of the first college campuses in the nation to pilot BlueLight as an integral part of student safety initiatives, but the app has been launched successfully on other corporate and college campuses. BlueLight is currently available for Android phones and will soon be available for iPhones.
Applications are now open for students who are interested in serving as the Communications Vice President for the 2015-16 school year. MUSG is also searching for students to serve on the Senior Speaker Committee and All-University Parking Committee. Senate has openings for students to represent the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Communications, Carpenter Tower, Schroeder Hall and Off-Campus Caucus. Interested students can find more information and applications at musg.mu.edu/getinvolved.