5 people you need to know

1. Chris Mason, Marquette Radio station manager

Between running the radio station and acting as the go-to-guy when things go awry (Cudahy power outage, anyone?), Chris Mason has a lot on his plate as Marquette Radio’s station manager. But he doesn’t let that get to him.

“It is very enjoyable to manage,” Mason said. “The formatting of the radio shows is really student driven; if you become a part of the radio, we give you a show. Everyone gets a show so that Marquette Radio can put out many different radio segments, from classic rock to rap to indie and to our new Spanish show.”

Students are encouraged to listen to the radio at marquetteradio.org, or tune in on the dorm televisions (channel 98) for broadcasts.

2. Ann Shay, Residence Hall Association president

If you live in a residence hall, you might remember those free reusable coffee cups that sat on your desk when you first moved in. You can thank Marquette’s RHA for that. Ann Shay is the RHA president, a job that both requires her to manage a council of 30 people and have an acute awareness of the needs and opinions of the student body. RHA focuses on the student population in the residence halls and university-owned apartments. The association and student representatives meet on a weekly basis to discuss topics affecting daily student life, from dining issues to apartment and dorm improvements.

Shay said it is important to keep herself connected to the Marquette community — she gets to know and works with RHA members from different halls, and interacts with many students in other organizations and classes.

“I am lucky enough to get the chance to sit on different advisory boards, which meet to discuss issues that the student body brings up, as a way of staying even more connected,” Shay said.

Shay encourages students to bring any concerns or suggestions to their RHA representatives during hall council meetings, or bring the concerns directly to the meetings themselves. RHA meetings are Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in the Carpenter Tower suite.

3. Grace Goodwin, information desk employee

Having trouble with something on campus? Do you have an urgent problem in need of a solution? Looking for a contact or some information about city or campus events?  If you do, Grace Goodwin is your gateway to an answer.

Goodwin works at the Alumni Memorial Union’s Information Desk, a largely overlooked tool available to students who need assistance with everything from how to apply for financial aid to which hotels in Milwaukee have the best reviews.

“A large part of this job is pointing students in the right direction,” Goodwin said. “When a student comes to us with a question, we will do everything in our power to help them out, and if we can’t help them, we’ll direct them to someone who can.”

There are multiple information desks location throughout campus — the second floor of the AMU, Zilber Hall, Holthusen Hall and the new engineering building. The AMU Information Desk is open from 7 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.

4. Andrew Robinson, cafeteria worker & cook for Sodexo dining halls

Hot cookie nights in the dorm cafeterias are pretty popular on campus, but those hot cookies don’t make themselves.

Andrew Robinson, a cafeteria worker and cook in Sodexo dining halls, is one of the people responsible for your delicious dining experience.

“A lot of what us cooks do is behind the scenes. You don’t see us working, you see the chicken nuggets that result from it. I like serving students, though: the Marquette student body is generally appreciative of our positions,” Robinson said. “I love it when students make an effort to be polite and cheerful.”

With that in mind, next time you’re waiting in line for soft served ice cream, hot cookie in tow, make an effort to thank the person who is refilling that machine for you.

5. Emily Blaser, Writing Center tutor

Writer’s block is a common ailment that plagues the student body, and nothing remedies it quite like a trip to the Writing Center. Students can receive one-on-one help with writing assignments from experienced writers such as Emily Blaser, a Marquette Ph.D. student. According to Blaser, the best part about her job is that her help has never been easier to access.

“Students can even make appointments online now,” Blaser said. “It’s easier than ever to come for help. And we can assist with every step of the writing process, from brainstorming to final copy reviews. Students can receive one-on-one help that might not be available in a larger class.”

Students can make appointments by calling 414-288-5542 or logging onto, www.marquette.edu/writingcenter.

The writing center is located in Raynor Library on the second floor (Room 240) and is open from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday.