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Community Learning Day provides events and panels on #resilience

The last 18 months have been challenging for people over the world. The College kept this in mind for this year’s Community Learning Day intellectual theme: resilience. To be resilient means to be able to alleviate difficulties with strength. The College’s students and faculty have especially been resilient this fall by coming back to campus after being remote for so long.

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Proposing new assistant vice president positions was the main goal of the Nov. 3 SG general body meeting (sg.tcnj.edu).

Significant changes proposed in SG general body meeting

At the Student Government (SG) general body meeting on Nov. 3, the Structural Innovation Task Force presented an idea to restructure SG. The plan — proposed by Chief of Staff Lakshmi Gurram and arts and communications senator Peter Corso — included creating assistant vice president positions, creating roles with clear responsibilities and forming a committee with representatives from all divisions of student government to enhance their cohesiveness.

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The Oct. 27 SG general body meeting included a self-defense presentation and update on mask guidance on campus (sg.tcnj.edu).

Patrolman Tyler McGilligan gives self-defense and situational awareness presentation at SG meeting; College mask mandate likely to continue for remainder of semester

On Oct. 27, at the student government (SG) meeting, Executive President Roshni Raji said that mask-wearing will most likely continue for the rest of the fall semester. She also said a critical conversation with College health board members will take place at the end of the semester about what was learned this fall in regards to Covid-19, as well as what the College’s protocols will be in the spring.

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Adult Nurse Practitioner Barbara Clark (left) holds the College’s trophy awarded for placing first in the 2020 New Jersey College and University Flu Challenge next to Erika Lobe (right), Adolescent/Adult Immunization Coordinator in the Vaccine Preventable Disease Program with the New Jersey Department of Health (Photo courtesy of Barbara Clark).

College hosts three flu vaccination clinics

On Sept. 29, the College hosted its first of three flu vaccine clinics for students and faculty from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in room 212 of the Education Building. The second clinic is Oct. 20 with the same location and time and the last clinic is Nov. 17 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in room 100 East in the Brower Student Center. 168 people were vaccinated during the Sept. 29 clinic, 123 of which were students, according to Janice Vermeychuk, director of Student Health Services.

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The event was led by the Director of the Center for Community Engagement Brittany Aydelotte and the Director of Leadership Dr. Avani Rana (alumni.tcnj.edu). 

SG alumni return for panel event

The College hosted an informative alumni panel led by Brittany Aydelotte, the director of the Center for Community Engagement at the College, on Friday, Oct. 8 at 11:00 a.m. Both Aydelotte and the Director of Leadership Dr. Avani Rana helped set up this event. The three alumni on the panel were Kari Osmond, Brandon McKoy and Rob Matos Moran. All of the panelists were members of Student Government (SG) when they were at the College. 

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In addition to Lots 5 (above), 6 and 7 being available for commuters, Lot 4 will also be open daily after 10:45 a.m., along with the third and fourth floors of Lot 13, according to a Sept. 22 email from Scott Sferra.

College adds additional parking for commuters

As The College transitioned back to in-person classes this fall, parking lots on campus were more congested than usual, leading to complaints from many commuters that it was hard to find a spot in the lots designated for them. To address their concerns, Scott Sferra, the executive director of Student Accounts, announced in an email on Sept. 22 that the College would begin allowing commuters to park in two more lots on campus. In addition to Lots 5, 6 and 7 being available for commuters, Lot 4 will also be open daily after 10:45 a.m., along with the third and fourth floors of Lot 13, which is for the Decker and Cromwell residence halls.

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Students raise their hands to ask questions for the dining services committee at the Sept. 29 SG meeting (Kiara Fernandez / Photographer).

Dining service representatives offer explanations for recent issues

The instability of dining services at the College has tarnished its reputation among the campus community. Sodexo, the College’s food service provider, and the College’s dining services are responsible for the food that is produced and the staff hired to serve the food. The students at the College have raised concerns about food quality and service, specifically at the Atrium at Eickhoff Hall.

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During the lunch rush hour, many students still choose the Brower Student Center despite the loss of Meal Equiv (Isabel Smith / Photographer).

Students express their confusion, disappointment at loss of Meal Equivalency

Citing concerns about Covid-19, the College has decided for the 2021-2022 school year to remove the Meal Equivalency program, which encouraged students to eat at other locations besides the Atrium at Eickhoff Hall. The removal of Meal Equivalency was meant to reduce the number of students eating at one time, therefore encouraging social distancing and smaller crowds, according to the Executive Director for Auxiliary and Contract Services Karen Roth and as reported by The Signal.

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Student Covid-19 cases rise in September, causing concern

According to the Fall 2021 Covid-19 Dashboard, 28 students have tested positive for Covid-19 since Sept. 7, as of Sept. 21. The College has a number of guidelines for keeping students safe, including mandating wearing masks indoors and requiring unvaccinated people to be tested twice weekly and complete a daily self-checkup. Since Sept. 15, tests are now offered on campus for asymptomatic vaccinated students who believe they were exposed, according to an email from President Foster.

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