SGA: Shuttles, Opinions and Elections

BY EMMA SULLIVAN // MARCH 19, 2015 //

One of the biggest issues on campus this year has been the shuttle service. If you haven’t noticed, they’re no longer on campus.

Shuttle services have been suspended for the rest of the school year, and won’t return until late-November.

Student Government Association Secretary Christine Nguyen explained during yesterday’s SGA meeting that the shuttles, which previously operated on campus from September through May, were unreliable and costly. Last year, SGA recommended to the college’s administration a curtailed schedule, to promote eco-friendly and healthy living on campus.

PHOTO BY JOE GRATZ // creative commons
PHOTO BY JOE GRATZ // creative commons

The college was obviously happy to save the money, as the service is not inexpensive. According to Curry’s 2012 990 tax forms, the college shelled out $435,738 to Cavalier, the company that provides the shuttle services, for what was then yearlong service. It’s reasonable to assume Curry is now saving between $200,000 and $300,000 a year thanks to the limited schedule.

Speak Up
SGA has an event in the works to give students a time and a place to get involved.

“Colonel’s Speak Up” is a Strategic Planning initiative to attract students to voice their troubles, praises and desires. Students will speak directly to a panel of administration members, including President Ken Quigley, Dean of Students Maryellen Kiley, and Chief Academic Officer David Szczerbacki.

According to SGA President Martin Heavey, snow and the many days of school cancellations delayed the initiative’s launch. Be on the look out as early as next week for advertising across campus with the date, time, and location of “Colonel’s Speak Up” events. 

Elections
April is SGA elections month.

“That will be our main focus….It will be all hands on deck in April. We want to get people excited!” said Heavey.

Interest candidates for executive board or class officer positions can pick up their nomination packets by March 25 in the Student Center’s Student Activities office. Voting takes place at the end of April.

Joining SGA is a great way to initiate change on campus, said Heavey. However, if you aren’t available or willing to commit the time, there are plenty of other ways to get things rolling.

For example, attend an SGA meeting. Student forums, which are the first part of every SGA meeting, are held every Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Student Center Large Meeting Room. Not available on Wednesdays at 2? Then e-mail your thoughts to SGA.

Getting Off Campus

BY EDDY SEGAL // OCT. 16, 2014 //

Have you ever wanted to get off campus without having to hitchhike or beg your friends for a ride?

We have all been there—stuck in our dorm room, wishing we had a way to get out of this red brick jungle. Luckily, leaving campus is much easier than it may seem. Here are a few simple ways for those lacking reliable transportation of their own.

One of the easiest and safest ways is the Curry Shuttle. The shuttle is actually a van that will take you to various locations, at specific times (check out the schedule, above), throughout the week. The shuttle goes to Legacy Place in Dedham, Quincy Adams T Station (Red Line), the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, and Faneuil Hall in Boston. All shuttles leave from the Student Center.

It’s free and easy. The only downside is that you’re on the shuttle’s schedule.

PHOTO BY FILIPPO/kofaku // Creative Commons
PHOTO BY FILIPPO/kofaku // Creative Commons

Now, what if you need to go to a specific place, like a friend’s house or a certain store? I would suggest taking a taxi. Bay State Taxi and Milton Cab are fine options. Another alternative is UBER.

I have used UBER, which is a transportation service that operates through a free app or normal website. You can request a pickup from a location and it even allows you to track where your reserved vehicle is. UBER is often a less expensive—and far less regulated—alternative to a regular cab company.

The base fare for an UBER ride is $2, and it’s then 21 cents a minute and $1.20 per mile. The minimum fare is $5, and people tend not to tip. The local taxi industry has little love for the competition, but the competition will likely help lower prices for riders.

Fun With Little Sun

BY MATTHEW GLEASON // NOV. 19, 2013 //

As the air gets colder and daylight gets shorter, it becomes a bit more challenging to find decent social activities.

One option is right here on campus. The winter sports season is underway, and game attendance is free for Curry students. The men’s basketball team is coming off a TCCC championship and an NCAA Division III tournament appearance, so Curry fans will likely get plenty rowdy as they seek a repeat. For a small Division III school, both the men’s and women’s basketball games are a good time, with lots of people usually in the stands showing school spirit.

Curry's A.J. Stephens battles Gordon senior Jordan Kelly for position down low. Stephens led Curry in rebounding this season, with 10 per game.
Curry’s A.J. Stephens battles Gordon senior Jordan Kelly for position down low. Stephens led Curry in rebounding last season, with 10 per game.

The men’s team, which got crushed by Brandeis University in its season-opener Nov. 16, 111-59, hosts WPI tonight (Nov. 19) at 7 and MIT on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m.

The women’s basketball team, which is off to a 2-2 start this season, is back home on Monday, Dec. 2 to face Suffolk University at 7 p.m.

Another way to stay busy this winter is to attend Curry hockey games. The Colonels (2-3 as of Nov. 19) play off campus, at the nearby Ulin Rink in Milton. The college provides students with shuttle service to and from the games, and there’s plenty of parking at the rink for those who want to drive themselves. The hockey team usually has a pretty strong following and the action is fast and good. The Colonels are back home on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6:40 p.m., taking on UMass-Dartmouth.

If you are not into sports, there is no reason to freak out. The Students Activities office has some pretty cool trips planned for this winter, including discounted tickets to the New England Aquarium and the Museum of Science.  When you buy the tickets through Curry, you will save $10 off the general admission price to each of these places.

This is just a sample of the activities that Curry has to offer as the winter months come upon us.

Get Up and Find Your Fun

BY MATTHEW GLEASON // OCT. 10, 2013 //

I was sitting in my dorm room on a recent Friday afternoon and couldn’t help but notice student after student leaving campus to go home for the weekend. I turned to my roommate in disgust. “This school is so lame!” I said.

To which he casually replied: “You just got to make your own fun, bro.”

Legacy Place in Dedham offers good food options, shopping, a movie theater and a bowling alley/bar.
Legacy Place in Dedham offers good food options, shopping, a movie theater and a bowling alley/bar.

Good old Curry does have social activities for those who choose to stay all weekend. On Thursday nights—for most college students, Thursday night is the start of the weekend—there is a shuttle bus that will bring you to and from South Shore Plaza in Braintree. On Friday nights, Curry offers its services to Legacy Place, an outdoor shopping mall. This is a good mall, which also features a great movie theater and a bowling alley/bar, but like most malls it gets old after awhile.

Now, one of the main reasons I came to Curry was its close proximity to Boston. So, it’s only fitting that on Saturdays the college shuttles people to and from Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston. Keep in mind, the bus to Faneuil Hall leaves the Student Center at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., with return rides at 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Make sure you plan accordingly or you’ll be ponying up for cab fair back to campus.

Sure, all these activities are off campus. And there are occasionally dances and comedians on campus.  Not to mention, a lot of sports teams to cheer on and intramurals to take part in. So I think my roommate might have been right. You really do need to make your own fun.