MUSG Senate opened with a presentation by Kathy Lang, Marquette’s Chief Information Officer. Ms. Lang provided information on recent updates to Marquette’s wireless Internet system, which quadrupled in size. Internet speeds should now be twice as fast, and a new MU_Student wireless ID was added to prevent students from signing in every time they connect to the wifi. The MU_Wireless ID is still available but will be reserved for guests. The spam quarantine system also received updates to track and filter more spam emails. Students will receive weekly emails allowing them to open and view any messages that were originally marked as spam.
In addition, Ms. Lang reminded that Microsoft Office 365 is now free for all enrolled students. For more information on installing the software, please visit http://www.marquette.edu/its/help/getting/office-365-installation.shtml.
During officer reports, President Kyle Whelton gave an update on the current Provost search. He said that the new provost should be announced by the end of February. However, Marquette is still looking for feedback about the candidates and their recent public forums. All feedback is due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28. To find out more information about the candidates, public forum videos or search updates, please visit the Provost Search website at http://www.marquette.edu/provost-search/.
After officer reports, the Senate introduced new legislation to update the finals week exam policy. Senators Krajewski, Thiry and Schmidt presented the legislation recommending that students are required to take no more than two exams in a day during finals week. The legislation, Recommendation #3, would revise the current policy that says students only have the opportunity to reschedule exams if they had more than three in one day. The Senate will vote on Recommendation #3 at its meeting next week.
Committee chairs presented updates on upcoming events and initiatives. The Business and Administration Committee is excited to start their Growing Power program, which allows students to order fresh, locally grown produce delivered right to campus. Students can order in the MUSG office from Feb. 2 until Feb. 4 with credit or debit cards.
On Feb. 18, MUSG will host a safety walk from 6-8 p.m. to demonstrate the safety of campus and our surrounding neighborhood. DPS officers will guide the walk, and hot chocolate will be available. A spring Neighborhood Cleanup is also being planned to take place in March.
The Academics Committee is also partnering with the College of Arts and Sciences to host a student forum. The forum will take place on Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. in Cudahy 143 and focus on student concerns or ideas surrounding academics on campus.
Upcoming campus events include Annex Night on Saturday, Jan. 31 and a movie excursion to see Oscar-nominated Selma on Sunday, Feb. 1.
Applications for the Communications Vice President and Program Coordinator positions are due Jan. 30. There are also open applications for students interested in joining the Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice or Senior Speaker Selection Committees. Interested students can find more information and applications at musg.mu.edu/getinvolved/.