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Suffolk to host 2 graduation ceremonies in response to student complaints

Following complaints from the Student Government Association on the Eastern Campus campus, changes are coming to Suffolk County Community College’s commencement celebration this year. The complaints centered on the number of tickets given and transportation to and from the event.

In response, the college will most notably host two commencement ceremonies on May 23. Commencement exercises will take place at 10  a.m. and alternately at 4 p.m., according to a notice sent to the campus community.

The ceremonies will take place in the Field House of the Health, Sports and Education Center, which is located on the Grant campus in Brentwood.

To address the issue of transportation to the campus, SCCC is providing yellow buses that students and family may reserve seats on for a fee to take to and from the Eastern or Ammerman campuses.

With the addition of another commencement, students will be able to receive up to four tickets, as opposed to the two they could receive in previous years. The ticketing system has adjusted to the new circumstances and students may be able to select their preferred time slot, according to the school’s website. 

Graduating students must select the ceremony that they would prefer to attend. In the event one of the ceremonies reaches full capacity, graduates will be directed to RSVP for the alternate ceremony time.

The tickets, which graduations can reserve online, are on a first-come,  first-serve basis, so if one time slot runs out, students will be required to sign up for the other.

SGA’s complaints were one of the main reasons for the changes to graduation, and they’ve continued to be an integral part of the process to create a smooth transition, according to Lisa Hamilton, the director of campus activities on the Grant campus.

“The SGA has been actively involved and has representatives in the Commencement Committee,” she said.

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For SGA’s elections to have more involvement, it needs greater authority

The college holds the Student Government Association’s elections each spring semester. This year, they happened from April 8 to April 13 — five days during which students could vote online, in the college’s website homepage for their favorite representatives running for office for the 2018-2019 school year.

However, the recent elections didn’t do as well as last year’s. This time, 197 students from the Ammerman campus voted. Compared to 2017, when there were 405 hits, the number is significantly low. But why?

One of the main reasons was the number of candidates running for the vacant positions, said Laura Garcia, the current president of SGA. In 2017, two candidates ran for president and two for vice president.

As a result, “there was more promotion, debate and campaigning,” she said.

This year, only one person ran for president. Besides that, no one ran for vice president, secretary or treasurer.

Another reason can be the lack of awareness about what SGA actually does. Most people might infer that this organization has a lot of power in the decision-making processes that happen on campus. However, this is not the case for the student governance bodies at Suffolk County Community College.

SGA’s mission is to advocate for students’ rights, responsibilities and freedoms. It serves as a channel between faculty members, students and administration. However, no one holds a seat on the SCCC board of trustees, nor does SGA have a say in how student activity fees are spent, as do many student government organizations, including all four-year SUNY colleges and universities. SGA’s job is to communicate any issue to the student trustee, Jerome Bost.

Bost is the sole student representative on the college’s 10-member board. He represents all the students from the three campuses, exposing their concerns and being that voice in the decision-making process.

SGA spends a good portion of its annual budget mainly in giveaways, as minor contributions to the wellness of the student body.

“We want more ability to be able to oversee certain things, which is what we’re pushing forward now,” said Garcia. SGA is very limited in what they actually do on campus, so they try to help other organizations in events, as a way of promoting the services that the campus offers.

I think that this factor also plays an important role in how much students around the campus are informed, not only in the elections, but in the overall SGA’s role. The majority of the students don’t show much interest in what happens with this organization. Many others might do, but lacking the knowledge and information.

The Student Government Association in the Ammerman campus needs more promotion, better ways to get to students, who are intended to be the ones benefited from SGA’s work. If students are more involved, then more would be interested in being part of it, as well as voting for people to represent them. However, it is important to take away some of the limitations that restrict them to do more for the college community in general.

SGA president-elect Avagrace Alfieri plans ‘to hit the ground running’

The results are in and Avagrace Alfieri has been elected as the next Student Government Association president.

In this podcast, Alfieri, who previously served as SGA’s secretary, discusses her plans and hopes for the future.

“There’s always room for improvement, and Suffolk is a great school, and that’s why I’m doing it. Because I want to make sure all the problems that we do have there are problems. I’m not going to sugar-coat it … that they do get solved,” Alfieri said.

The Election Results

President: Avagrace Alfieri

Senator: Michael Carnival

Senator: Jordan Flumignan

Senator: Yifan Jia

Senator: Joseph LaLota III

Senator: Gabriella Mayers

Senator: Vincent Sparagna

Senator: Ozgur Yildirim