College considers legal download service

The Student Government Association (SGA) is trying to get a legal downloading service for students, Drew Rausa, senator of Art, Media and Music, announced at the March 8 meeting.

The student services committee of SGA is investigating the possibility of getting Ruckus, a legal service that provides about 1.5 million songs. The service would cost an estimated $10,000, but “there would be no direct additional fee to students,” Rausa said.

According to Rausa, the Student Finance Board (SFB) may be interested in funding Ruckus. He pointed out that the office of Information Technology can fine students for using Direct Connect, so this would provide a legal alternative.

The student services committee is also looking into a movie channel for students at the College, Rausa said. This would not provide an existing movie channel like HBO for free, but it would create a new station, Residence Life Cinema.

A movie channel would be expensive, since the College would need to purchase rights to the movies. As a result, Rausa said, “SFB is more open to funding Ruckus than a movie channel, since CUB (College Union Board) already has movie nights.”

Students who ate at Travers/Wolfe Dining Hall due to the water main break at Eickhoff Hall March 6 can get reimbursed for a meal, Meagan Terry, dining services liaison, said. Students with the Carte Blanche meal plan should e-mail John Higgins, general manager of dining services, at for their reimbursement.

Terry and Leo Inglima, another dining services liaison, went on a Sodexho Initiative Trip to examine the dining services provided to other New Jersey colleges. They visited five other schools, three of which had Sodexho, and compared the services, meals and prices. “I ranked us second out of the schools we saw,” Inglima said.

The school with the best services was Rowan, according to Inglima. He said that Rowan also uses Sodexho, but has a more extensive contract and has just finished remodeling. When he asked Rowan students what they would change about their dining services, one student said all he would change would be to add cheese fries to the cafeteria.

Inglima added that students should have a more positive attitude going into Eickhoff Hall to improve worker/student relations. Terry stressed that if students have a problem of any kind, they should seek out a manager.

SGA is organizing some fund-raising events, among them a Battle of the Bands on April 13 and TCNJ Idol on April 11, Blair Gumnic, vice president of administration and finance, said. The junior and freshman class councils are also organizing a Student Talent Show for March 25.

Colleges Against Cancer, part of the American Cancer Society, was approved as a new club. It will work on cancer control advocacy and will organize Relay for Life, an event that raises money for cancer treatment/research, spokeswoman Heather Measley, who is a cancer survivor, said.

Also approved was the Accounting Society of TCNJ. “Eventually, I’m looking to transform this into an honor society,” Mike Levy, senator of Business and club spokesman, said.

Junior Sung Whang was appointed as a new senator of Nursing, and James Gant, senator of Education, was chosen as senator of the month.

Inglima announced a March 20 discussion on social justice, hosted by the equity and diversity committee, and he encouraged anyone who had equality or social justice issues to attend.

SGA election season has officially begun, so any potential candidates should notify SGA of their interest in running.