The College can count two new organizations among its roster of activities after last Wednesday’s meeting of the Student Government Association (SGA) general body. The SGA sanctioned the Out-of-State Student Alliance (OOSA) and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), both unanimously.
Both organizations aim to bolster a sense of community among often-underrecognized groups at the College.
The Out-Of-State Student Alliance hopes to provide a support system for members of the College community who do not call the Garden State home. Members of OOSA plan to implement a buddy system for freshmen to adjust, hold activities during the “low times” – times when it would be difficult for out-of-state students to go home such as fall break and labor day weekend, and events during Welcome Week. They have an activity already under way for this year’s Accepted Students Day, happening April 10.
Gabrielle Fuller, sophomore interactive multimedia major, felt the organization’s undertakings would be beneficial to the College.
“As an out-of-state student from Maryland, I think this would be great for campus,” Fuller said.
The other organization proposed, the National Residence Hall Honorary, met support from the general body as well.
Passed by a unanimous vote, the NRHH aims to recognize employees, faculty and students of the College who provide exceptional service, inspiration or just bring that extra something special to the campus community.
“The NRHH recognizes all those from those who clean the study rooms in the library to the students who use them,” said Vincent Pelli,
sophomore history and secondary education double major and executive vice president of the new club. “We are the official sponsor of smiles at (the College).”
Also discussed at Wednesday’s meeting was the recent meeting of the Public Safety Advisory Committee, whose members met with chief of Campus Police John Collins to discuss a report from several years ago listing student discrepancies with Campus Police.
“We went through a report from two or three years ago and found that many problems listed about campus police are now being solved or aren’t present anymore,” said Robert Poss, sophomore economics and political science double major.