The Marquette Student Government Senate unanimously passed an amendment to enhance the role of the newly founded Street Team and reassign responsibilities within the Program Board during its meeting last Thursday. The changes will take effect in the 2013-14 school year.
The Street Team, which was established at the beginning of this year, is a group of about 40 student volunteers who plan and run MUSG events. Emily Wulfkuhle, a Street Team member and a sophomore in the College of Education, said the Street Team is a good way for students to get involved with MUSG.
“With the creation of Street Team this year, MUSG has given students a greater opportunity to have their voices heard concerning activities and programs they want here at Marquette,” Walfkuhle said. “By being able to publicize events that they find important, students are more willing to commit themselves to things that they find important.”
The newly approved amendment will write the Street Team into the constitution as a part of the MUSG Program Board, rather than remaining an informally attached group of students. Additionally, the legislation will account for a Street Team director, who will be appointed by the Program Vice President.
According to the MUSG constitution, the director will be expected to “1. Act as a liason between the Program Vice President and the Program Board Street Team. 2. Be responsible for the leading, coordinating and tracking performance of the Program Board Street Team. 3. Be responsible for duties as assigned by the Program Vice President.”
The amendment will also alter the responsibilities and number of standing Program Board Commissions. In response to the support and popularity of MUSG’s new Coffee House series, a Coffee House commission will be added.
The legislation will also give the Special Events commission control over the tasks that used to be handled by the Films, Senior Week and Major Events commissions. Program Vice President Matt McGonegle, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, said the change was made because the aforementioned commissions were being underutilized.
“As an example, Senior Week is only planning one event this year – the Senior Ball – and they do not receive any practice on smaller scale events until that time,” McGonegle said. “By adding them to Special Events they will get that practice and can really make something special out of Senior Week.”
Executive Vice President Bill Neidhardt, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, and co-author of the new legislation, said he welcomed the changes written into the amendment.
“I’m really pleased with the changes we were able to make to the structure of the MUSG Program Board,” he said. “The programs MUSG puts on are one of the biggest forms of interaction between students and our student government. We want to make sure that we have the structure in place to best serve students.”