College to no longer accept Visa on campus

The Student Government Association (SGA) addressed concerns regarding the College’s recent decision to reject the use of Visa cards on campus at its Nov. 17 meeting.

“Many people have asked why Visa is no longer accepted on campus,” Thea Schoenberg, vice president of Student Services, said.

According to Schoenberg, last year the College experienced $400,000 worth of fees for processing Visa cards that had previously been covered through money from student tuition. However, due to recent state budget cuts, the processing fees can no longer be afforded, so the College was forced to drop Visa.

American Express, Discover and Master Card are all still accepted at the College, because they can be outsourced to the Sallie Mae Foundation, which charges only 2.3 percent for processing fees.

“Electronic checks are an option. You can contact Visa and ask for a Visa Check card, which the College accepts,” Schoenberg said.

SGA also welcomed a new club at the meeting. The Platinum Torch National Honor Society was accepted as an official campus organization with few opposing votes. The club, which was established by two seniors from the 2004 graduating class, is an organization based primarily on community service.

The only votes against the organization came from two officers who questioned the Society’s difference from other community service organizations and the College’s need for another community service-based club.

There are no academic requirements for joining the club, but to be accepted one must have completed at least 10 hours of community service in the last academic school year and complete an additional 10 hours per year.

While making his weekly report, Matt Civiletti, vice president of administration and finance, said a student was ticketed recently for parking in a completely empty lot outside Forcina Hall during late hours.

The student parked there because of its close proximity to Centennial Hall, where the student would be leaving at 6 a.m. the next morning. He did so to avoid the trek across campus at early hours and disagreed with Campus Police’s decision to write him a ticket.

Civiletti said he plans on writing a letter through his committee to petition to make empty teacher lots available for student parking during hours when they are not being used for the convenience of students who live on the other side of campus from the parking decks.

Laurie Mandara, senator-at-large, addressed the issue of the parallel parking spaces outside of Brower Student Center that are no longer in service. She said she spoke with Campus Police who informed her that because they have been deemed unsafe, they would not be reinstating them in the future.

Anup Shah, vice president of community relations, announced the upcoming TCNJ Holiday, an event celebrating the many different religions represented on campus. It will be held on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in Green Hall.