Student Body President Has Much to Accomplish Before His Term Ends

BY CHRISTIANNA CASALETTO // OCT. 3, 2016 //

Student Body President Cameron Hoyt is five weeks into his final semester in his position. However, he still has a lot he’d like to accomplish before he steps down.

Hoyt is a senior Psychology major and has been an active member of the Student Government Association for the last 3 ½ years.

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2016 Student Body President Cameron Hoyt // IMAGE CREDIT: CURRY COLLEGE

SGA’s purpose is to be the representative student voice and serve as the connection between students and faculty, staff, and administration. SGA tackles campus issues, plans events, and meets with senior staff to get students what they really want and need.

“Anything you want to change, that’s what we’re here for,” says Hoyt.

Some things Hoyt had a major role in implementing during his time as Student Body President include finally getting not one but two curry college geotags, and installing three new blue lights on campus.

“[Senior Class VP] Taylor Jones and I have really focused on how many blue lights we have on campus and how important they are to the safety of campus.”

Hoyt began his time on SGA his freshman year when he was elected as the freshman class Vice President.

“Right from there I knew I wanted to get more involved.”

He wasted no time and ran for the executive board the next year.

“I ran for the e-board and became the executive treasurer, then I ran and became executive vice president, and here I am as the student body president today.”

Hoyt received his position as Student Body President after Martin Heavy ’16 graduated a semester early last fall. Similarly, Hoyt will be graduating a semester early, meaning a new Student Body President will be elected before the spring semester begins.

Hoyt will offer the current Student Body Vice President, Zoe Staude his position. The assembly will then vote on that decision.

The other e-board members, Treasurer Nick Wheeler ‘17 and Secretary Paulina Adams ’19, will be offered the VP position and can either accept or decline (the assembly again has to vote and approve). If they both decline it will be the responsibility of the newly elected Student Body President to appoint a new VP.

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2016 Student Government Association Executive Board. (from left to right) Secretary Paulina Adams ’19, President Cameron Hoyt ’17, Vice President Zoe Staude ’16, and Treasurer Nick Wheeler ’17. // IMAGE CREDIT: CURRY COLLEGE

But before his time on SGA is over, Hoyt has some more things he’d like to see changed on campus. These include installing outdoor security cameras in light of thefts on campus, ensuring the Wi-Fi runs properly, and informing students about changes to the student activities fees.

“We’re working closely with the student activities fee because every year it has gone up and I don’t think students notice that even though it has gone up no more events have come to campus, nothing has changed, nothing has been added…so we are looking into that.”

Hoyt continues, “I just want to be able to walk around campus and hear that students are actually enjoying our changes…people have noticed the blue lights and I want to do that with the Wi-Fi and security cameras.”

But more than anything, Hoyt just wants his fellow students to enjoy their experience at Curry College and to take pride in being a Colonel.

“I like to hear students positive about Curry because I love it so much that I want others to feel the way that I do,” says Hoyt.

Hoyt has always been an active member in the Curry community. In addition to his 3 ½ years on SGA, Hoyt was the Orientation Coordinator for summer 2016, an Orientation leader for the 2014 & 2015 summers, Resident Assistant for the 2014-2015 & 2015-2016 academic years, maintains two on campus jobs, and performed as the Curry College mascot, the Colonel, last spring with the Cheerleading team in Daytona.

“There are some ups and downs but I want everyone to really love Curry as much as I do.”

SGA is an open forum, anyone can attend any meeting. Hoyt and SGA welcome students to come and see what they’re doing for the school. SGA meetings are every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. in the Student Center large meeting room.

For questions or more information on SGA, please contact sga@curry.edu.

Congressman Mike Capuano Talks Politics

BY JAMES BONNEAU // OCT. 7, 2015 //

Congressman Mike Capuano visited campus on Tuesday to speak to 130 members of the Curry community about communication and civic engagement. Playing on over a decade’s worth of political experience, Capuano expressed many opinions about America’s present as well as many hopes for America’s future.

Capuano was elected to Congress in 1998 and has served over a decade in the House of Representatives. Before being elected to Congress, Capuano served as the Mayor of Somerville, Mass. from 1990-1999.

Congressman Mike Capuano. // PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFF LEMBERG
Congressman Mike Capuano. // PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFF LEMBERG

After explaining his background, Congressman Capuano explained how the term “politician” has changed over his career. According to Capuano, the word politician now has a negative connotation and it’s due to the press’ mass coverage of corrupt politicians.

However, Capuano hopes to serve as an example of how a politician should serve citizens. Capuano is a politician who “gets out of bed and goes to help,” refusing to ignore the needs of the people he represents and serves.

Congressman Capuano is a Democrat, but he is fiscally conservative. If a program is needed, it needs to be paid for. As he repeated numerous times, “there is no such thing as free.” Capuano believes that paying for state programs helps to teach taxpayers financial responsibility. Everyone is held accountable.

According to Capuano, “Every single day is a compromise and nothing gets changed without compromise.” As a fiscally conservative Democrat, it is often difficult for Capuano to find common ground with his fellow congressmen and congresswomen. However, if politicians are unwilling or unable to collaborate, it leads to a lot of trouble and inefficiency. Capuano firmly believes that working with others and sharing ideas is how problems are solved efficiently.

Capuano asked the room, “Who has served in the military?”

Not one person raised their hand. Visibly disappointed by the lack of hands, Capuano said, “The military is becoming something someone else does.” Instead of every American willing to fight for their country, it has become a job that many depend on others to do for them. If Capuano were president for the day, he would instate universal military employment, which would call for every American citizen to serve in the military.

PHOTO COURTESY OF KIRK HAZLETT.
PHOTO COURTESY OF KIRK HAZLETT.

Still on the topic of the military, Capuano’s attention turned to America’s presence in the Middle East. He stands by the decision to fight in Afghanistan, but does not believe that the war in Iraq was morally just.

Capuano said, “America does not have the power to affect change in the Middle East without help from Europe.”

The last issue Capuano addressed was the topic he was initially invited to speak on – the media.

As mayor, Capuano was told to avoid the media as much as possible. When the media would enter the scene, Capuano would leave the scene. Now, media is unavoidable, especially social media. Capuano is particularly unimpressed by Twitter.

Capuano said, “I have never seen an intelligent thought expressed in 140 characteristics.”

Sophomore Communication student Molly Fanikos was shocked by Capuano’s stance on social media.

“I would think that a politician couldn’t afford to stay away from social media,” Fanikos said, “That’s how politicians are really able to connect with young voters.”

Fanikos was very against the idea of universal military employment and said that distracted her from the rest of what Capuano was trying to say.

“I think everyone should have a choice about what they do in life. That’s the appeal of the American Dream,” Fanikos said, “I would hate to grow up knowing my future has been planned out for me.”

Thank You, Mr. Governor

BY NICK BUTTS // SEPT. 27, 2013 //

For the better part of my life, I have been obsessed with politics and the procedures of government. I can remember following the 2004 presidential election as a 13-year-old, not completely understanding the issues but enthralled by the processes.

The author with former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis. // Courtesy Photo
The author with former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis. // Courtesy Photo

When I enrolled at Curry College and decided to be a politics and history major, I thought I was on my way to becoming the next president of the United States. The naïve aspirations of an 18-year-old have quickly caught up to me, but the dream of doing my part in the name of public good has sustained.

You can therefore imagine my euphoria when former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis came to speak to my “State and Local Politics” class on Thursday, Sept. 26. The governor’s talk covered his rise in politics, all the way to winning the Democratic Party’s nomination in the 1988 presidential election.

Although public service is important to me, I have doubted my ability to achieve my dreams. I never had the confidence that someone like me, a non-Ivy League student, could join the ranks of those who work in the Massachusetts State House or on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

But to experience Gov. Dukakis’ caring demeanor, combined with his knowledge of politics and policy, was an unbelievable experience that helped make me believe again. One piece of advice he gave to our group concerned the benefits of grassroots organization in political campaigns. The former governor advocated for us to remain involved in the political process so we could lead our generation into the future.

His talk truly gave fuel to my long-held desires to work in politics. From discussing his humble upbringings in Brookline, Mass., to reflecting on his heated presidential campaign against then Vice President George H.W. Bush, Gov. Dukakis always made a point to connect with his audience.

So much of politics is about connecting with others. The same can be said about life in general.

I no longer hope to become the president of the United States. But thanks to the former governor, as well as the support of several Curry professors, I am more excited than ever to realize my dreams of serving the public good.

Nick Butts is a senior politics and history major from Hull, Mass.

Renowned Political Activist Receives Small Welcome

BY NICK IRONSIDE // OCT. 12, 2012 //

Students are apparently key members in the effort to reform history. However, only nine showed up to hear renowned political activist Tom Hayden speak on campus Thursday night.

Milton residents outnumbered Curry students when political activist Tom Hayden spoke on the Curry campus. // COURTESY OF KCET DEPARTURES //

Hayden, a social and political activist who was among the leaders of the U.S. anti-war movements of the 1960s, addressed a crowd of about 50 in the Keith Auditorium last night. The crowd largely consisted of local residents, Curry faculty and staff, and members of the “Milton For Peace” organization.

“I didn’t think that hardly anybody would show up,” said junior politics and history major Matthew Hirsch, adding that “thirsty Thursday”—a moniker for end-of-the-week partying—likely kept a lot of students from attending Hayden’s talk.

Hirsch took notes throughout the talk and said he attended, in part, “to get Mr. Hayden’s view on foreign policy.”

In addition to speaking about his experiences through the Civil Rights movement and Vietnam protests, Hayden live-tweeted analysis of the vice presidential debate for the Los Angeles Times Web site. The debate was televised in Keith.

Hayden was initially invited to town by “Milton For Peace,” a local organization that works to “educate and engage Milton residents in non-violent action to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” according to their Web site. Curry Politics & History Department Chairman Larry Hartenian worked with the community organization in finding a place on campus to host Hayden’s talk.

Hayden told the story of how he started as a social and political activist. He was covering the 1960 Democratic Convention as a newspaper reporter as his first job out of college. One of the picketers at the convention was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who Hayden met and interviewed.

He quickly realized that King was at the convention “with a purpose,” said Hayden. He, on the other hand, “was there to get a byline.” That realization jolted Hayden into a life of hands-on activism.

Some 50 years later, the now 72-year-old is the author of eight books and a former member of the California State Senate, from 1992-2000. And he still speaks passionately about the problems of war.

“I guess there are still some people who believe we can afford two to three wars and health care at the same time,” said Hayden, referencing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But even as he cited college-aged people as key members of political reformation, the message seemingly fell flat given that only nine Curry students were there to hear it. When the talk wrapped up at around 9 p.m., just one of those students stuck around Keith to watch the vice presidential debate.

Apparently, it’s hard to start a revolution on Thirsty Thursday.

Take ‘Care’ in Your Vote

BY NICK IRONSIDE // SEPT. 10, 2012 //

If you plan on voting in the November election, it’s a good idea to be well versed in the candidates’ positions. Whoever you end up voting for, your decision should be based on what matters most to you.

Is college debt an issue in the front of your mind? Probably.

Are you concerned about the Second Amendment and your “right to bear arms?” Possibly.

Does President Barack Obama’s healthcare law keep you up at night? Probably not. But it does affect you, whether you realize it or not.

President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan has been a heavily debated topic.

The “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” better known as Obamacare was signed into law in March 2010. It hasn’t fully gone into effect, yet opponents and advocates of the law have since been arguing over its full costs and value.

Conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh called the law “the greatest encroachment on individual liberty ever. That’s why it has to be repealed, and that’s what this election is all about.” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he will lead that charge if elected.

But what exactly is Obamacare? And how does it impact you, today’s college student?

Because of the law, family policies can now include children under the age of 26. Approximately 3 million people who previously had no health insurance now own coverage thanks to this part of the law.

Also, insurance agencies used to decline coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions. The new law prohibits that. Insurers can no longer turn down someone with a pre-existing condition, such as ADD or ADHD, for example, which are increasingly common medical disorders among our generation.

Obamacare also allows people who can’t afford health insurance to receive some governmental financial support to buy it, and it mandates that insurance policies cover FDA-approved contraception for women.

Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, signed a similar healthcare plan into law in the state back in 2006. Now, he opposes the framework of the very law he once championed, saying it is far too costly for the federal government.

Obamacare may not be the perfect solution to the nation’s healthcare and financial challenges. It has its good and bad, just like any other law. But it does help young people, and that’s worth thinking about when considering whom to vote for this November.