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The latest updates from Marquette University Student Government (MUSG), including information about events, campus initiatives, student senate recaps and more.

Spring 2016 MUSG & RHA Elections Results

Marquette University Student Government and Residence Hall Association were held on Thursday, April 7 2016. There were a total of 2127 voters in the election, which represents 28 percent of eligible voters.

The fall elections include the selection of MUSG President and Executive Vice President, Residence Hall Association President and Executive Vice President, MUSG Academic Senators and Class of 2016 Senior Speaker.

There were six MUSG Senate races where candidates ran unopposed.  In those races, the following students were confirmed:

Allie Bitz and Meredith Gillespie will be the College of Arts and Sciences Senators; Lauren Pagal will be the College of Business Administration Senator; Maura Michels will be the College of Education Senator; Justin Demme and Nicolas Schmidt will be the College of Engineering Senators. Twinkle Dutta will be the College of Health Sciences Senator and Shannon White will be the College of Nursing Senator.

One Arts & Sciences, two Business Administration, two Communications and one Health Sciences seat remain vacant after yesterday’s election.  In accordance with the MUSG Constitution, the respective college student councils, when in place, will be asked to appoint students to fill these vacancies.  MUSG Legislative Vice President will appoint senators in cases where there are no recognized college councils.

For RHA Executive Vice President, there were no candidates. Those interested in running for this position can contact RHA advisor Maria Glorioso directly.

For the RHA Presidential election, there were two candidates running, Lauren Jones and Jacob Gussert. Due to a campaign violation, the RHA elections committee decided to deduct two percent from Jacob Gussert’s vote total.

For RHA President, there were 1183 voters.  Lauren Jones received votes from 43.87 of the votes, and Jacob Gussert received 36.12 percent of the votes.

For Senior Speaker, there were 518 voters.  The names of three seniors will be forwarded to the Senior Speaker Selection Committee as finalists.  Their proposed speeches will be reviewed by the committee, which then makes a recommendation to Dr. Lovell, who selects the student speaker for Commencement.  The three finalists for Senior Speaker are Tommy Swartz, Max Bertellotti and Wyatt Massey.

Finally, in the MUSG Presidential and Executive Vice Presidential election there were four tickets on the ballot and 2030 votes cast.  Per the MUSG Constitution, instant run off occurs when no party receives over 50 percent of the votes. The ticket with the least number of votes is dropped from consideration and their votes are redistributed to the other candidates based on their ranking preferences.

In the first round of voting, Josh Miles and Devinne Love received 23.89 percent of the votes, Abe Ortiz and Adam Kouhel received 41.72 percent of the votes, Murphy Quill and Joe Mehlhaff received 15.52 percent of the votes and, Hannah Thiry and Luis Herrera received 18.87 percent of the votes. Receiving the lowest number of votes, Murphy Quill and Joe Mehlhaff were eliminated.  Because no single party received over 50 percent of the votes, round two was assessed.

In the second round of voting, 52 people chose not to vote. Therefore 1978 votes were cast in the second round.

In the second round of voting, Josh Miles and Devinne Love received 28.26 percent of the votes, Abe Ortiz and Adam Kouhel received 48.69 percent of the votes and, Hannah Thiry and Luis Herrera received 23.05 percent of the votes. Receiving the lowest number of votes, Hannah Thiry and Luis Herrera were eliminated.  Because no single party received over 50 percent of the votes, round three was assessed.

In the third round of voting, 38 people chose not to vote. Therefore 1940 votes were cast in the third round.

In the third round of voting, Josh Miles and Devinne Love received 35.1 percent of the votes, Abe Ortiz and Adam Kouhel received 59.28 percent of the votes. Abe Ortiz and Adam Kouhel will serve as President and Executive Vice President for the next year.

Abe Ortiz and Adam Kouhel will be inaugurated at the MUSG Inauguration, which will be held next Monday, April 11 at 5 p.m. in AMU Ballroom C.

For concerns about the election, contact MUSG Elections Coordinator Grace Kinnaman at grace.kinnaman@marquette.edu.

For more information on MUSG’s news and events, visit musg.mu.edu or the MUSG office, AMU 133. For additional updates, like MUSG on Facebook and follow MUSG on Twitter.

MUSG Rec and Wellness Referendum passes

On Tuesday, March 15, 2016 all undergraduate students had the opportunity to vote on a referendum asking whether students would support the implementation of a new recreation and wellness fee.

The voter turnout was 30 percent of eligible student voters. This is significantly higher than any campus wide vote in recent history. For the MUSG fall 2015 elections the turnout was 10 percent, and for the spring 2015 elections the turnout was 23 percent.  

The results were 74 percent in favor of establishing the new fee and 26 percent opposed to the implementation.

The now student-approved fee is set to be $100 dollars per student per academic year, and will contribute to the construction of a new recreation and wellness facility. The fee will also support short-term improvements to current spaces while the facility is being built. MUSG will work in partnership with students and University Leadership to implement the fee in the 2017-18 academic year at the earliest.

The success of the referendum reflects students’ commitment to the future of wellness and health on campus. For both current students and future Golden Eagles, the new fee will contribute to a more positive student experience. 

MUSG and Active Minds Partner Up for Stress Less

Is school stressing you out? Are you feeling like you need a break, or just looking for a way to relax? We have the answer! Marquette University Student Government and Active Minds invite you to Stress Less. Join us on Monday, April 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Alumni Memorial Union for a relaxing experience.

Stress Less brings students the opportunity to de-stress through different activities, including: yoga, zumba, stress ball making, as well as coloring. To only further enhance such a relaxing event, a photo booth, massage station and free food will also be provided!

Active Minds is an organization that student voices to change the conversation around mental health. As part of their work to increase mental health awareness, each spring they hold Mental Health Awareness Week, with the objective being to shed light and destroy stigmas regarding mental health.

Come relax, unwind and have some fun. Grab some friends and take a break with MUSG and Active Minds!

For more information on MUSG’s news and events, visit musg.mu.edu or the MUSG office, AMU 133. For additional updates, like MUSG on Facebook and follow MUSG on Twitter.

MUSG to Host Mental Health Awareness Dialogue Dinner

Marquette University Student Government, along with Active Minds and Sigma Phi Epsilon, invite all Marquette University students to participate in a Dialogue Dinner exploring the topic of mental health and encouraging mental health awareness. The dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in AMU 157.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Week, this Dialogue Dinner will focus on the topic of mental health. Students and faculty will discuss how more awareness can be brought to the topic of mental health on Marquette’s campus. Those participating will also uncover the stigmas of mental health. Students will be given a chance to discuss their ideas with other students, staff, faculty leaders and administration while enjoying a complementary meal.

Sign up ahead of time to guarantee your spot at the dialogue dinner here.