SGA problems defer black books

Due to leadership problems, the Student Government Association’s (SGA) phone directory is not expected to reach students for another month.

According to SGA President Christina Puglia, normal procedure calls for the SGA president to put together the directory, called “The Little Black Book,” over the summer and for it to reach students by the second week of the semester.

Puglia said this process was slowed down when former president Nadia Gorski resigned last July.

According to Puglia, when she took the position, she could not get to the task on time.

Puglia also pointed to a difficult publishing process as an additional cause of the delay. The process calls for using specific computer file types when sending to the publisher.

She said a final copy is expected to be sent to the publishing company, University Directories, within the next week. This company publishes 129 directories for colleges and organizations across the nation.

“The Little Black Book” conveniently features the names, e-mail addresses and extensions of students, professors and the administration. It also contains the phone numbers of local restaurants.

Jen Laks, sophomore political science major, appreciates “The Little Black Book” because, “a lot of the numbers I needed – the gym, career services, and other extensions are located right on the cover.”

According to Liz Ricketts, sophomore English major, “the absence of the directory this year has made group work and group assignments very hard to do.”

Puglia said she apologizes to students for the delay.

To prevent a similar holdup in the future, Puglia intends on making the job book, which is handed down from one president to another, much clearer.

Puglia said one change in this year’s black book is that it will not list students’ residence hall addressses. This is to comply with the College’s change in its privacy policy.

Director of Records and Registration, Frank Cooper, cited safety concerns for students to why the College does not allow addresses to be made public any longer.

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name and telephone number.

However, the College’s new policy no longer defines addresses as part of its definition of “directory” information.