More Wi-Fi on campus

Most academic buildings on campus will have Wi-Fi by next year, according to Michell Lin, Student Government vice president of Student Services.

“For example, the Social Science Building doesn’t have (Wi-Fi), but it will be up by next year,” Lin said.

Lin also announced at the Student Government meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6 that the College is negotiating a contract with Verizon to improve cellular service on campus. The decision was made in response to an Information Technology survey conducted last year, in which many students expressed their dissatisfaction with the carrier’s weak signal on campus.

SG also approved two clubs for official organizational status and rejected a third club.

TCNJ United Way, the first club to present, is a student chapter of a national charity organization that connects volunteers with local community service projects.

Alyssa Blochlinger, president of the College’s chapter of United Way, said that the club has been recognized by the local CEO of United Way. Blochlinger also spoke of various volunteer projects the club has participated in, as well as plans to volunteer at the Trenton Marathon on Saturday, Nov. 9. Many SG members expressed concern that the mission of United Way seemed too similar to that of the Bonner Center. With a vote of 26 for and 31 against approving the club, SG did not approve TCNJ United Way for official organizational status.

The other two clubs, the National Society of Black Engineers and Operation Smile, which raises money for operations to treat children with facial deformities, were granted organizational status with an overwhelming majority of the vote.

The day after the general election, vice president of Governmental Affairs Alex Brown announced the results of SG’s voter registration campaign.

“We registered a total of 143 students here at TCNJ for the voter registration drive,” Brown said. “The ‘Know Before You Vote’ website got 523 hits on it.”

Regarding the campus climate survey emailed to all students, Magda Manetas, associate vice president for Student Affairs and adviser of SG, emphasized the importance of student input and asked class council members to strongly encourage participation within their respective classes.

“Unfortunately, the student participation is really low,” Manetas said. “They really are very hopeful of getting more so they can utilize that information to move forward with some of the initiatives related to equity and diversity here on our campus.”