MUSG plans for more late-night activities and other programs

Katie Hinderer

According to the resolution text, the final wording of the flag plaque will read,”This flag display is a tribute to the individuals who serve our country and the ideals that are upheld. It expresses the gratitude of Marquette University students for the sacrifices made that enable the freedoms we enjoy. In this spirit, we will strive to be men and women for others.”

The resolution was proposed to MUSG’s Senate at its final meeting last year, but met opposition on the Senate floor.

The major roadblock for the resolution was the precise grammar to be put on the plaque, said senior Mary Kate Havlik, MUSG legislative vice president.

Sophomore Alex Hermanny, MUSG senator and sponsor of the flag plaque resolution said he was pleased the resolution went through.

“I’m glad that we were finally able to come together on this issue and get it passed,” Hermanny said. “People were afraid that the student body wasn’t fully aware of what was happening with it so we wanted to get more input from students about what their thoughts were.”

MUSG has had nothing but positive feedback from the student body with the plaque wording, Hermanny said. The text of the resolution was available at the MUSG Web site,, with a place for students to voice their opinions.

The flagpole dedication will take place at 4 p.m. on Sept. 11 in front of the Raynor Library.

Also at the meeting, MUSG president Kate Agnew and vice president Paul Bergl said they were ready to approach the university’s Board of Trustees with an agenda to address housing issues, mission and identity, improved late-night programs and improved resources for student organizations.

According to Bergl, housing issues, including the overflow of freshman students and the need for more on-campus housing to meet the university’s record admissions, will be discussed at the next Senate meeting with Jim McMahon, dean of Residence Life.

MUSG also plans propose more late-night programming, financial vice president Blake Wallace said. Currently, MUSG has allotted $20,000 for late-night programming, according to its 2003-04 budget.

“The budget proposal came out of the university wanting us to provide more late-night (programs) to students,” Wallace said.

The Senate also discussed the primary elections for MUSG Senate positions, which will be held on Sept. 11. All residence hall, commuter and off-campus seats will be involved in the election, said MUSG election commissioner Brad Held.

“This is a very busy primary,” Held said. “We have a lot of people running so it’s pretty much anyone’s game.”

The primary election will take place on the MUSG Web site from 12 a.m. to 10 p.m. at An MUSG election help desk will be available to answer questions from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the second floor of the Alumni Memorial Union. The final election will be Sept. 18th.

MUSG’s financial department is also working on a resolution to recommend direct deposit of student paychecks, Wallace said.

“There are 2,300 student employed through the university, and I think that it would be a nice option for them to have,” Wallace said.

According to Wallace, MUSG is already working with Cindy Antoniewicz, HR/PR system implementation manager for the Office of the Comptroller, to figure the feasibility of this resolution and what expenses, if any, the university would incur.

Surveys will be distributed to students with their paychecks sometime in October, Wallace said.,”Rikida N. Starace”