New SGA E-Board Elected, Sort Of

BY CHRISTIANNA CASALETTO // MAY 1, 2015 //

The 2015-16 Curry College Student Government Association Executive Board has been elected, albeit by a small percentage of students.

Two of the four seats—including that of incumbent president Martin Heavey—were uncontested. The other uncontested position was for vice president, which went to Cameron Hoyt. In the other two seats, junior Nicholas Wheeler defeated classmate Ana Flores for treasurer, 131-86, and junior Isabel Steiner beat freshman Joanna Cassidy for secretary, 136-91.

Heavey, a junior management major, won with 217 votes, although 33 students voted for “none of the above.” Hoyt, a junior psychology major who served as treasurer this year, earned 207 votes, with “none of the above” getting 36 votes.

With an average of 242 total votes for each of the four positions, only 11 percent of the 2,100 registered Curry College undergraduate students voted this year. Voting took place between April 13 and April 15.

Some students reported voting only because they had personal motivations to do so. Freshman education major Kaitlyn Morris and sophomore community health and wellness major Mikayla Korona said they voted to support friends who were running. Junior nursing major Ana DeAguiar was among the many Curry students who didn’t vote at all. “I honestly forgot to,” she said.

However, not all hope is lost.

“I voted in order to help support my fellow classmates and make sure that the Class of 2016 has good representation come our senior year next year,” said junior management major Natalie Ramos.

Freshman criminal justice and sociology major Peter Newman echoed the sentiment. “I voted because I want the best students to represent us and I can only do that by casting my vote.”

The Executive Board is responsible for guiding the SGA General Assembly in representing the student body. Unlike representatives from each class, the E-board, as it’s known, represents the entire school. Heavey said he believed this year’s E-board did a good job.

“We have been the voice for the student body,” said Heavey. In addition to Hoyt, the other members of this year’s E-Board included Amanda Cullinan as vice president and Christine Nguyen as secretary. Both are graduating in May. “Any issue that has been brought up has been discussed and an action has been taken.”

Those actions include working with Public Safety to add additional “blue light” emergency communication systems onto campus, for improved campus safety.

As for the upcoming academic year, Heavey said his goal is to improve communications with the study body—a goal each of his predecessors in recent years has wrestled with as well. Heavey said a new SGA portal page will debut next academic year, “with the goal of getting our information [out] and receiving the student body’s concerns and comments more efficiently….We would love to hear any concerns.”

SGA Works to Give Students Voice

BY EMMA SULLIVAN // FEB 24, 2015 //

Every student is armed with an opinion about the state of Curry College, but they are rarely invited to fire away. The Student Government Association is working to change that.

In December, SGA President Martin Heavey, along with SGA Secretary Christine Nguyen, submitted a proposal that would institutionalize student representatives on different strategic planning committees on campus. According to Ed Tallent, director of the library and co-chair of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, SGA’s proposal has been approved. However, the challenge is in implementation.

PHOTO BY BRIAN TURNER/STEAKPINBALL // CREATIVE COMMONS
PHOTO BY BRIAN TURNER/STEAKPINBALL // CREATIVE COMMONS

Susan Pennini, dean of institutional planning and co-chair of the Steering Committee, and Dean of Students Maryellen Kiley are now working with SGA leaders to “see how this can be done in a way that truly strengthens an informed student voice,” Tallent said.

Curry’s Strategic Plan for 2012-2017 outlines goals to improve areas such as academics, diversity and preparing students for life after Curry.

In the 2013-2014 school year, four Strategic Planning “direction” committees included two student representatives each. The SGA proposal looks to increase and institutionalize student involvement. Essentially, student representatives on Strategic Planning committees will help to determine the course of the college

“The goal is to give students the right to speak up on different committees and voice their own opinions,” said Heavey, in an email to CurrierTimes.net. “The idea of the proposal was just to give students more rights.”

Student voices on college committees have long been absent, and only recently is that starting to change. For example, a six-person search committee for a new full-time professor in the Communication Department includes junior Communication major Macayla Botelho.

Putting the proposal into action is still in the early stages. Heavey explained that details remain to be worked out regarding how student representatives would be selected to serve, for example.

“We want to have all types of students represent other students on these committees,” wrote Heavey, who has firsthand committee experience as the student representative on the Strategic Planning Steering committee. Among other responsibilities, that committee receives and reviews updates on how the college is meeting its goals.

“I see this proposal as a guide to making student voice a reality and a priority.”

 

The following are the Strategic Directions outlined in the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan:

I: Offer distinctive, relevant, rigorous academic programs of quality.

II: Attract, educate and graduate students prepared to engage in a complex and changing world.

III: Foster an inclusive campus community that attracts, respects and supports diversity in multiple forms.

IV: Strengthen a culture of organizational integrity, accountability and sustainability.

Initiatives to accomplish each Strategic Direction are explained in detail within the Strategic Plan.

Student Government Needs You

BY EMMA SULLIVAN // OCT. 17, 2014 //

With a docket full of upcoming events and plenty of room for student participation, Student Government members are about to get busy—so long as there are student voices to be heard.

The Student Government Association sticks to tradition by sponsoring annual Powder-Puff football games, Senior Week, the sophomore class “Halfway There” cookout, student vs. faculty basketball games, and Class Days.

Remember to mark your calendars for Class Days. Seniors kicked off the class celebrations on Oct. 15, followed by the juniors on Oct. 16, sophomores on Oct. 17, and freshmen on Oct. 18.

PHOTO BY BRIAN TURNER/STEAKPINBALL // CREATIVE COMMONS
PHOTO BY BRIAN TURNER/STEAKPINBALL // CREATIVE COMMONS

Didn’t see any events that interest you? You’re in luck, because according to Emily Harrison, senior class vice president, SGA is always looking for more ways to serve the student body.

As for tackling issues of substance, SGA has set its sights on the recent campus assaults.

“We have talked about the recent assaults on campus and, as a whole [group], attended the [recent] campus safety meeting,” said Harrison, via email.

Beyond the assaults, though, very few campus issues have been discussed during the open student forums that occur before SGA meetings, she said. Harrison added that there are numerous opportunities for students to have their voices heard.

“Throughout the semester, we listen to students in our classes and residence halls and bring that back to SGA,” Harrison said through email.

The SGA meets every Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Student Center’s Large Meeting Room. You can also reach the student club by email at sga@curry.edu.

If you want the more direct approach, contact your representatives directly.

  • Martin Heavey, SGA president, mheavey2012@students.curry.edu
  • Amanda Cullinan, SGA vice president, acullina2011@students.curry.edu
  • Cameron Hoyt, SGA treasurer, choyt2013@students.curry.edu
  • Christine Nguyen, SGA secretary, cnguyen2011@students.curry.edu
  • Giana DiCarlo, senior class president, dgicarlo2011@students.curry.edu
  • Emily Harrison, senior class vice president, eharriso2011@students.curry.edu
  • Megan Ceretta, senior class secretary, mceretta2011@students.curry.edu
  • Andrew Marinaro, senior class rep, amarinar2011@students.curry.edu
  • Brian Mazzola, senior class rep, bmazzola12011@students.curry.edu
  • Jennifer Vaughen, junior class president, jvaughen2012@students.curry.edu
  • Meryl Richardson, junior class vice president, mrichard2012@students.curry.edu
  • Ana Flores, junior class, treasurer, aflores2012@students.curry.edu
  • Cassidy Regan, junior class, secretary, cregan2012@students.curry.edu
  • Emily Irvin, junior class rep, eirvin2012@students.curry.edu
  • Jessica Young, junior class rep, jyoung2012@students.curry.edu
  • Isabel Steiner, junior class rep, isteiner2012@students.curry.edu
  • Eric Murrer, junior class rep, emurrer2012@students.curry.edu
  • Stephen Maywald, sophomore class president, smaywald2013@students.curry.edu
  • Victoria Almedia, sophomore class vice president, valmedia2013@students.curry.edu
  • Chloe Corrion, sophomore class secretary, ccorrion2013@students.curry.edu
  • Taylor Jones, sophomore class rep, tjones2013@students.curry.edu
  • Kaitlin O’Sullivan, sophomore class rep, kosulliv2013@students.curry.edu
  • Hans Nagrath, sophomore class rep, hnagrath2013@students.curry.edu
  • Joanna Cassidy, freshmen class president, jcassidy2014@students.curry.edu
  • Emma McDonnell, freshmen class vice president, emcdonne2014@students.curry.edu
  • Meaghan Carnell, freshmen class treasurer, mcarnell2014@students.curry.edu
  • Kelsey Tagen, freshmen class secretary, ktagen2014@students.curry.edu
  • Brittany Barbarisi, freshmen class rep, bbarbari2014@students.curry.edu

* There are open seats for the following positions: senior class treasurer; senior class reps (2); sophomore class treasurer; sophomore class rep; freshmen class reps (3).