Student Resource Center reaches out to commuters
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013 21:01
Marshall University commuters attended Commuter Commotion, a program sponsored by the Student Resource Center, Wednesday. promoting commuter involvement on campus.
The event, which promoted commuter involvement on campus, took place in the SRC from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The SRC provided a free lunch, and distributed resources about getting involved on Marshall’s campus.
Sarah Craiger, resource specialist, spoke to a group of commuter students about struggles they face with connecting with campus organizations.
“The SRC wants to connect with commuters and be a commuter resource,” Craiger said. “We want to give commuters the opportunity to connect with each other and we want to make sure that commuters have the knowledge to go out and take advantage of the things that people who live on campus have access to.”
A common problem commuters share is being unable to participate in campus organizations due to their late meeting times.
Jordan Pectio, computer science major, said the inconvenience of meeting times makes for a long day.
“Not being able to stay on campus for any of the activities, like music classes where you have to stay until 10 p.m. at night, stinks because I have to drive an hour to Charleston,” Pectio said.
Another struggle commuters face is not having a place to relax between classes. Kayla Fletcher, sophomore psychology major, said the Memorial Student Center and library are the only places to hang out between classes.
“I play rugby and we usually have practice in the evening,” Fletcher said. “So, I usually have to hang out on campus. I think a lounge would be great—where we could go and hang out with other commuters.”
Nick Hemlepp, President of the Marshall University Commuters Union, said commuters have the repetition of class and home. “There is not really a resource for commuters, it is kind of show up, go to class and leave,” Hemlepp, social work major, said. “There is no real college experience for people who don’t want to live in the dorm. There is no sense of camaraderie or community, MUCU wants to change that.”
The SRC staff gave tips for getting involved on Marshall’s campus.
Craiger said available resources for commuters include inclement weather housing and commuter meal plans. The SRC offers game days on the last Friday of each month where commuters can socialize with other students.
The SRC has used Commuter Commotion to continue reaching out to commuters on campus.
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