The Warrior asked both tickets to complete a three-part questionnaire detailing the plans for their administrations if elected. Here are Dan Calandriello and Kristen Kamm’s responses:
HOW/WHEN SHOULD RESERVE FUND MONEY BE SPENT?
The reserve fund money should not be locked away, but used to complete projects that can benefit the entire student body. Norris Park is a great example of a current project that reserve fund money can help complete, that students all over campus can enjoy. Funding this will help increase green space and improve Marquette???s off-campus atmosphere. Another great project for reserve funds would be working with RHA and university administration to create and implement a master plan for improving residence hall work-out facilities. This would not only help hall residents, but also free up space in the rec centers. These are just two worthy projects; there can be more. The key is to work with MUSG Senate who approves all reserve fund spending. We need to express to Senate that it???s the students??? money; students deserve to benefit from it.
DETAIL YOUR APPROACH TO PUTTING A
STUDENT MEMBER ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
The Board of Trustees makes major decisions for Marquette, and students need to be involved in this process. We need to open up a dialogue with the Board of Trustee members showing the importance of a student representative on the board. Once elected, we will begin to meet with each of the 35 board members to address their concerns and express our belief that students??? voices must be heard. There is a disconnect between the students and their Board of Trustees, and this should never be. We plan to reach a consensus with the Board by December. Placing a student on the Board of Trustees is an issue that students have challenged us with, and we are up for the challenge.
WHAT IS THE MOST CRITICAL ISSUE ON THIS CAMPUS, RIGHT NOW?
There are many serious issues on campus, but student health and wellness is something MUSG should continue to address. One way to address this issue is to use the reserve fund for improving work-out facilities in Resident Halls in order to relieve some of the overall traffic flow in the main recreational facilities. Cafeteria dining issues are always on the minds and stomachs of students. Currently, the Office of Residence Life has a consulting company analyzing Marquette???s residence halls. We will utilize their results and collaborate with the RHA to promote better dining options and other recommendations, improving overall health and wellness for students.
MUSG needs to continue to address the issue of space availability on campus for students and their organizations. Seeking out unconventional spaces, upgrading current accommodations, and improving policies for organizations will ease the tension brought on by limited space on campus. Moving outside, we will support projects to increase green space on campus, allowing pickup games and organized sports to take place. Norris Park is a shining example of finding a solution and achieves solutes for students.
While we???re still outside, we believe off-campus safety is another way to support overall wellness of students. Public Safety does a great job protecting the academic buildings and residence halls, but others should give a helping hand in the off-campus community. We want to expand that sense of security to the immediate off-campus area by involving landowners and city departments in our mission to protect all students. We will do this by establishing a committee designated to develop a detailed plan for improvement that will make campus safer on both private and public property. We will use this committee???s report as a tool to encourage landowners to strengthen their properties??? security so they can truly say their properties are safe.
MUSG???s mission should be to keep student health and welfare issues on the minds of administrators. We need to make sure students voices are heard on this important issue. Marquette provides one of the best educations in the nation; we need to continue that reputation for excellence outside the classroom. It is unrealistic to stay we will build a new recreation center next year, but we will push health and wellness issues for future capital campaigns because this is an important issue MUSG should continue to address.
All this in mind, MUSG needs to be an open place where students can be empowered to help work on major issues. We are committed to reach out to all of Marquette???s students, inform them of all MUSG has to offer, and achieve real results. Moving forward together.
Popularity: 14% [?]