On March 2, Senate met to discuss legislation and a new program to strengthen working landlord-tenant relationships.
Senate unanimously passed both Amendment #12 and Recommendation #4, which were introduced last week. Amendment #12, Clarification for Impeachment and Removal from Office Procedures, clarifies MUSG By-Laws to align with current expectations for senators. Recommendation #4, Acquisition of All Terrain Vehicles by the Milwaukee Police Department, is an endorsement of the Milwaukee Police Department’s proposal to purchase ATVs to patrol areas including Avenues West.
Off-Campus Senator Zach Bowman, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, introduced Resolution #8, Reserve Fund Allocation for National Jesuit School Leadership Conference (NJSLC), to allocate $10,000 from the reserve fund for students to attend the annual NJSLC conference held this year in Buffalo, New York.
Abbottsford Hall Senator Cameron Vrana, a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences and Off-Campus Senator Thomas Schick, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, introduced Resolution #9, SAF Referendum. Resolution #9 is a proposal to include a student referendum on the Student Activity Fee’s effectiveness on the ballot during MUSG and RHA elections. The amount of the Student Activity Fee has not been changed in five years, and Resolution #9 aims to start a discussion among the student body about the level of the Student Activity Fee.
With the help of President Pro Tempore Aliya Manjee, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, Catholic Relief Services Campus Ambassadors Dennis Aloia, Caitlin Gallagher and Kayce Scherzer co-authored Recommendation #5, which recommends that Marquette University is recognized as a Fair Trade Institution. Recommendation #5 acknowledges the university’s sustainability efforts and equitable trading partnerships and suggests that MUSG recommend the university be recognized as a Fair Trade Certified University.
Financial Vice President Ted Eberle presented SOF Period 5 Allocations. The SOF Committee allocated a total of $17,061.09 to 20 student organizations.
Senate will debate and vote on Resolution #8, Resolution #9, Recommendation #5 and SOF Period 5 Allocations at the next Senate meeting on Monday, March 16.
Representatives from the Neighborhood Excellence Committee visited Senate to discuss the Good Tenant Program, which will be implemented during the 2015-16 school year. The Good Tenant Program will educate students on tenant responsibilities and resources. In exchange for attending a training session and passing a quiz on the material covered, students will receive benefits from selected property owners, including an early leasing date, reduced or waived security deposit, or discounted rent.
Applications are now open for students who are interested in serving in the MUSG Communications Department for the 2015-16 school year. Interested students can find more information and applications at musg.mu.edu/getinvolved.