The electoral season for the Farmingdale Student Government is in full swing. This past week, an information session was held for the candidates to make their pitches to the student community. The event, though not highly attended, brought some challenging questions to potential candidates. One specific hot-button issue is how the student government uses its budget. All students are required to pay a $100 Student Activity fee per semester, which roughly equates to the student government receiving $1.4 million per year in revenue. This fee is up for a vote as to whether it will remain mandatory. According to the student government, the fee is voted upon every two years by the entire campus community as to whether it will remain mandatory.
A major gripe expressed by many students, both formally at the election pitch session and informally in the halls and commons of the campus, is the feeling that the student government spends its budget frivolously on activities and clubs that do not represent or interest the majority of the campus community. However, those involved in on-campus activities defend the fee, saying it makes participating in on-campus activities accessible to many.
Candidates across the board are calling for increased transparency of Student Government, including opening the organizations books and holding more open forums to involve students in the process.
Yellow signs instructing students to “Not Believe the Hype” about the student activity fee have sprung up around campus, with a strong message in support of the mandatory fe on students. It's not clear whether these signs were paid for using Student Activity Fee money.
Elections for the Farmingdale Student Government will be held on Tuesday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 5 - 8 p.m. in the Roosevelt Hall Lobby, and Wednesday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Gleeson hall Lobby.
Technology Job Fair:
A tailored to technology and engineering companies was held on campus this past Thursday. Around 20 companies showed up to recruit future employees for various positions. The job fair was tailored to tech companies as a reflection of the presence of a large amount of science and engineering students at Farmingdale State College. Some of the agencies that attended included Underwriters Laboratories, the Federal Aviation Administration, and Cablevision amongst others. A will be held on April 28.
New Major in Sports Management:
has announced a new Bachelors of Science degree program in Sports Management. The program will be a joint effort between the departments of Business and Athletics. The major will work to prepare students for careers in various opportunities, including with major sports teams, sports media outlets, and fitness centers. The program, when launched in the Fall of 2011, will be the only one of its kind at a public college on Long Island. In addition, the college has named a new assistant professor to be involved in the program. Sarbjit Singh (pictured) has consulted in sports management and law for nearly 12 years, and is founder and principal at the The Kaur Group, a consulting firm to the sports industry. He has previously taught sports management courses at NYU and St. John’s University.
Anyone interested in the program should contact Dr. Francine Federman, Acting Associate Dean, School of Business, at 631-420-2786.
Baseball Game to Be Held for Special Needs Individuals:
Nursing Professor Bonnie Ewing along with Mike Harrington and the athletics department of Farmingdale State College will hold a baseball game as part of the “Miracle League” organization. The organization is a global charity dedicated to hosting games that allow for individuals with special needs to participate in “America’s Pastime,” baseball. Students will assist the athletes in the game, and will cheer them as they participate in the game. The game will be held on Saturday, March 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Nold Hall Gym. This is the first event of its kind to be held on the campus of Farmingdale State College.
That’s this week “From the Campus.” Come back next week for more.