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Page 10 April 23, 2002 IN FOCUS Cardinal Courier W o o d l a n d s : L o o k i n g B a c k STAFF WRITER JA S O N M ARSH E R A L L Words like “Woodlands Estates,” “Shuttle buses,” and “Off-campus housing” weren’t even in the St. John Fisher College vocabulary last May, Now, one year after an over-crowding problem forced the school toexrpand its walls, students reflect on the year that was. Life in the Woodlands was unique. Students appreciated the apartment space, including a liv­ ing room, kitchen (with dishwash­ er) and closets. But they found themselves in situations they would never have seen on campus - dealing with neighbors - non- Fisher people, families and retirees, wlo weren’t quite sure what to make of the Fisher stu­ dents. “I think that the neighbors thought it was going to be very dif­ ficult living near college students, because of the different type of schedule students have, but it did­ n’t turn out to be that big of a deal,” said Melissa Zeigler, a junior living in the Woodlands. Zeigler added that she thought she had a great relationship with her neighbors even having snow­ ball fights wvith the kids who lived next door, This first year has produced a variety of challenges and lei to some good and bad experiences. “This was my first year as a profes­ sional staff member and this was the school’s first year in the situa­ tion, so the experience has been very interesting,” said MichaeL Puglisi. Puglisi is an area coordinator who lives at the Woodlands. His responsibilities include overseeing: the four resident assistants at the Woodlands and managing the rela­ tionship between the Fisher com­ munity and other residents. The shuttle bus that brought students to and from campus to the Woodlands had its own prob­ lem. No one ever seemed to use it. “I have my own car and 1 don’t like waiting out in the cold for the shuttle,” said Jon Thompson., a. junior. Other students felt the same way about the convenience. “I have my own car and I had an. internship so I had to get to places at different times on my own,” said junior Kate Kearney. Building community was also a challenge for the year at the Wood­ lands. “I think it’d be a lot better if all the college students lived together in a general area,” said junior Jesse Roberts. Some students lived close to one another and had a chance to build their own community, having bar­ becue dinners together and hang­ ing out on the weekends . Resident assistants have tried to build community within the Wood­ lands by encouraging residents to participate in programs like snow tubing and other organized trips and events. Teresa Curinga, a senior and an RA, said, “most of the community- building has been done by the four people in the individual townhous- es.” But past friendships are what strengthened those ties, said Puglisi. “I don’t think there would be much community in the Wood­ lands if there were only transfer students there.” The Office of Residential Life’s idea of having upperclass students live in off-campus housing was a way to transition them to the feel­ ing of the “real world.” The results seem to be successful. “1 don’t know if I ’m more pre­ pared, but I think living over here definitely gave people the opportu­ nity to experience what i t ’d be like to live in an apartment or out on their own, without just throwing them into the situation their first year out of college,\ said Roberts. Zeigler added, “I think it was a great step for us to be off-campus A p a t h y i n f e s t s c a m p u s STAFF WRITER CH R ISTAN VOSBURGH While the Fisher student body has grown over the years, so has the lack of student involvement on campus. Although many activities are offered on campus, the number of students participating is rela­ tively low. Organizations such as Jo Roffs> the yearbook, have had difficulty recruiting people to be on the staff. One staff member, sophomore Kristen B.asillion, claims that there axe only four people working on it. “This is enough, but it would be easier if we had more people on it.” She says that “for the past few years, theix staff has been noth­ ing” Other campus events which were once pjpular, have been fal­ tering in recent years. In the height of the Teddi Dance, more than 400 dancers rallied together to raise upwards of $67,000 to ben­ efit Camp Good Days. In recent years, the numbers have fallen, and dancers have only raised sums in the low $20,000 range. This year, the 20th anniversary, was not as successful as the committee had hoped, rais­ ing only $21,900. “It’s really sad that there isn’t more student involvement because not only does being a member of a club give you some pride in your college, it also teaches you skills that you could never learn in the classroom,” says Junior Vanessa Cardinale, vice president of the Council of Presidents (COP). Although “each year is differ­ ent,” Beth Herberger, director of Student Life, has noticed a lot of apathy on campus this year in par­ ticular. “It is probably a result of Sept. 11,” she says. With the two-week delay for campus organizations to start because of the disaster, it was hard to plan events so “there weren’t many in the fall.\ Herberger believes that because Fisher is a “mixed group” with commuters, workers, athletes, and adults, the student body is “involved a little less in student life.” They have other things to do outside of the school environment. Despite the fact that there were more events this spring than last fall, Jessica Morse, president of the Student Activities Board (SAB), says, “it seems that the same group of people come to the events.” Those who attend the SAB events, for example, are the people \who “consistently go to other organization’s events.” Another possible reason for this lack of involvement is the physical set up of the college without a stu­ dent union. Barry L. Wells, the student life director at Syracuse University, believes that part of the reason Syracuse has captured the interest of its students is that the university atmosphere is con­ ducive for involvement. With a large central quad and the Schlne Student Center, “it is hard not to see different aspects of student life that will interest you,” he says. Besides the lack of a student union, it’s not always easy for Fish­ er students to find out about events. “The biggest thing is that Kevin Aubrey Junior Dave Finch taunts roommate Paul Emborsky during a game of NHL 2K2 in the living room o f their Woodlands townhouse. but still maintain part of the cam­ pus feel. It was nice to be able to come home at the end of the day and just sit in a living room, rather than only having your bedroom to go to.” For some students, though, liv­ ing off-campus and having a mandatory meal plan was a real drawback. “I don’t use all 14 meals and I have my own kitchen,” Thompson said. That issue has been settled. After originally deciding not to offer the Woodlands next year, the college decided to bring i t back as an option for upperclass students. Next year, though, the meal plan will be optional. I think that’s prob­ ably a good idea,” Zeigler said. Sports Studies sees rapid growth Alexis Speck The April 1 7 showing o f “AM,” sponsored by SAB , drew a small crowd. students don’t know where to look,” says Morse. “There are things out there.” Her organization advertises through “flyers, bulletin boards, email, and campus newsletters.” Herberger believes there are many ways to capture students’ attention. They just need to “keep their eyes out for flyers,” she said. They will find something that will spark their interest. Besides that, involvement in student activities helps students build their resumes, she said. “Employers are not just looking at grades, but involvement in the community as well.” Most students say they would be more involved if there were more social activities or such incentives as extra credit. Andre Lewis, a junior, claims that lie would attend more events “if it was something that could get me a job.” While he is already involved in intramural basketball, he is too busy for the other events that the school offers. “There are just no incentives to attend.” The SAB says it is listening and offering more incentives to stu­ dents, with the hopes that “events will be on the rise.” STAFF WRITEE A L E X I S S P E C K As Fisher is growing in size, both in facilities and student popu lation, so are the programs offered In 1998, the Sports Studies pro gram was introduced to the stu dent body, offering two classes Now in 2002, the program has grown to include 10 classes such as: Introduction to Sports, History of Sport, Psychology of Sport and Sport Marketing and Promotions. “I like to think that we are the pioneers in creating new programs that will be offered to students,” said Greg Austin, professor in the sports studies program. Currently there are 60-80 stu­ dents enrolled in the program including both majors and minors. The program has one graduating senior and is anticipating 15 for 2003. According to Austin, fresh­ man and sophomores dominate the program. The department has two staff members, Greg Austin and Michael Gibbons. Austin said that they bring a lot of adjunct teachers to help teach the classes. Following graduation, many sports studies majors wiU go on to work as athletic directors, tourna­ ment directors, ticketing agents, sports team managers and work in marketing departments for sports teams. “With a degree, there is a vast area of job opportunity. Especially with a Liberal arts background, we hope that our students will be pre­ pared to work in many areas,” said Austin, The Sports Studies Department requires its students to complete an internship before graduating. Currently many students work with the Rochester Amerks, Rhi­ nos and led Wings. According to Austin, they are exploring possible internships with the Buffalo Bills and Toronto Maple Leafs. Cur­ rently, 10 to 12 students erne partic­ ipating in internships. This is a competitive field and we want to give our students cut­ ting edge information. The intern­ ship is one of the most important parts of our program,’said Austin. S . S . m a j o r e x p l a i n s a l l Angela Blauvelt is a junior majoring in Sports Studies. Speck: What are your goals for a career in sports? Blauvelt: I plan to graduate in 2003 with a degree in Sports Stud­ ies and then go on to graduate school anywhere in the U.S. Speck: What led you to a career in sports? Blauvelt: Sports have always been a huge part of my life and I find it interesting. I started off as a business major and switched to sports studies my sophomore year. The sports program has an inter­ esting twist. Speck: So far, what has been your most beneficial class? Blauvelt: Sport Law, but it was also the most challenging. So much in the sports world comes back to the law. Speck: How do you think this major is going to help you with your career? Blauvelt: I am currently doing an internship with the athletic department here at Fisher and the hands on experience is very valu­ able. Speck: Would you. recom­ mend this major to other stu­ dents? Blauvelt: If you are interested in sports it is an excellent major. Sports will always be one of the greatest forms of entertainment in our country, so it will always be a growing field. I think the program at Fisher prepares you for that. i 4

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