OPINION: Graduates Worried About Post-Grad Social Life

Entering college and leaving college are similar experiences on multiple levels, from moving into a new room, starting a new experience, and most significantly making new friendships.

Throughout the four years a person spends at college they make lifelong connections, but once you separate after receiving your diploma, it has to start all over again.

“You’re constantly surrounded by people who you cry when they leave for the summer,” Emilie Hocter ‘20 said, “but after graduation it could be the last time you ever see them.”

On top of the stresses of entering the professional world and trying to find a job, outgoing seniors have to balance that with developing another social life, a vital part of every person’s life.  

With the challenge of attempting to secure friendships after school, a lot of undergrads are attracted to younger companies that can support comradery within the office. 

“When I accepted the spot at Epic in Wisconsin, I was convinced by the average age of employees. It was on the younger side and was optimal to meet people who also just finished university recently,” Thomas Guillaume, Wake Forest Class of 2018, said.

Students at Marist College and many institutions have been acquainted with people who match their backgrounds and upbringings which help support immediate relationships, but once you leave the stone gate, it is all uncertain.

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Marist College Graduation Ceremony Looking Over the Hudson – Courtesy of marist.edu

“Marist has people from very similar backgrounds and places which in my opinion help people connect much quicker than normal, I’m not sure about going into the professional workplace though, it’s probably a lot harder,” Hocter said.

While graduating students hope to move to New York City, or places where Marist graduates tend to frequent after school, it’s not always like that. Many people have to search far and wide in order to find a place that will hire them.

“Graduating from Wake Forest a lot of people gravitated towards Charlotte or New York City, but I went all the way to Madison, and I can guarantee you no one from Wake wanted to go to Wisconsin,” Guillaume said.

Luckily, graduates around the country experience the same thing and create helpful guides to assist other struggling young professionals.

“Attitude is everything… Get used to being uncomfortable… Small talk isn’t the enemy… Instagram is basically a friendship dating app,” these are just a few of the guidelines Georgie wrote on her blog, In It 4 The Long Run.

The inherent, inevitable struggle of building relationships following college, and leaving behind old friendships is universal for all graduating seniors, but some people can be lucky and be able to keep college friendships.

“I know girls in my sorority that have been able to share rent on an apartment in New York City after graduating Marist, but I don’t think that’s common for many graduating students,” Hocter said.

Students enter the gates of Marist College with butterflies in their stomach wondering if they’ll make friends, and leave the same gates with the same butterflies and the same worry. It’s a cycle of unknowing and excitement.

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Leaving Administration Provides Final Last Policies

The Marist College Student Government Association released a slew of new policies and resolutions to take effect within the next semester.

A center point of the administration ran by Ted Dolce ‘19 and Ankofa Billips ‘19 was to resolve and mend race issues on campus. With the new Assembly Resolution, they plan to do just that.

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Marist College Student Government Crest – Courtesy of github.com

While they have just been replaced by the incoming President and Vice President, Joe Sarci ‘20 and Roda Mohamed ‘21, they released these new policies and resolutions mere days before the 2019-2020 administration was sworn in.

The new policies attempt to regulate and fix a corrupt system that clubs and activities have had to struggle with for years; the flier system.

SGA’s report includes multiple ways the system will be fixed and make it more efficient, “SGA is working with Student Activities and Student Affairs to modify the current policy by placing kiosks/outdoor bulletin boards in student hubs such as the North End Dining Hall, Underpass, First Year Quad, Dyson Quad, and the Marketplace where members of the of Marist community would be able to place posters and flyers without a stamp,” the report said.

Students have always had to get the posters approved and then had to be put up for a mere week, or until their event, and the new policies are set to change that. The proposal also introduces the idea of being able to post a flier anonymously, a new concept to the Marist community.

“Anonymous postings that appear under a pseudonym or that do not include clear and unambiguous identifying information about the group or person responsible for them are allowed in designated areas only,” said the released report said.

This same proposal also outlines how organization, distant, or removed from the Marist campus will also be allowed to join the cork boards around campus.

In a lesser note, the SGA released report additionally plans to move their office from the third floor of the student center to the ground floor.

This will help curate a more authentic “student center” feel to the buildings name. SGA hopes to, “revitalizing the student center to be filled with student art, initiatives, and projects advances school spirit and pride along with student innovation,” as stated in the report.

Giving up their glass window clad office on the third floor, SGA will create a more authentic student center on the first floor, with students having easy access to them, as well as the lounge area. They hope this streamlines communication between students and the administration and gives students a place to go.

As previously mentioned the focal point of the administration has been mending racial issues on campus, and with a new resolution to the constitution, Dolce and Billips administration hope to do just that.

They hope that the resolution in the constitution doesn’t stay just within SGA, but is reflected holistically at the administrative level. “Thus the aforementioned condemnation language of this resolution shall be explicitly reflected in the Code of Conduct during its next revisionary period,” Assembly Resolution #1 said.

As final acts before their administration had ended, Dolce and Billips, as always, strive to make Marist a community that welcomes all and can last way past their administration.

 

Being a Non-Racist isn’t Good Enough in the Mind of Author

Ibram X. Kendi took the stage of the Nelly Goletti Theater on March 13 to promote his new book, “How to be an Anti Racist.”

Kendi, who was originally Ibram H. Rogers is an author and scholar of African American studies. He received his undergraduate degree in journalism and African american studies from Florida A&M. He then went on to receive his doctorate in African american studies from Temple University.

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Image courtesy of billmoyers.com.

Kendi stood in the glow of the spotlights on the Nelly Goletti stage preaching one thing, “All racial ideas, all policies, and all people are either being racist or anti racists,” Kendi said.

Kendi wanted to exemplify what a non-racist is and what an anti-racist should be. While both of these titles seem to say the same thing, there is a difference that Kendi made abundantly clear. He lead with a simple question, “What is a non-racist?,” and began to concrete the point his book is written about.

The concept of even being a non-racist is inherently racist in itself, even to acknowledge the fact that there is another side is racist in itself, Kendi summarized. Kendi then brought a real example from his life, which is the initial chapter of his book.

When he realized he did not want to become a journalist with his degree he began to think of a professorial path. That required a GRE, so he enrolled in a Kaplan class at Florida State University under the impression this course would make him smarter, but a different result occurred.

“This instructor wasn’t teaching me a tremendous amount of vocabulary,” Kendi said. Kendi initially thought that was the goal of the course so he could improve the promised 200 points on the GRE. A separate occurrence happen though — “This instructor was teaching us how to take the course,” Kendi said, “She was teaching me form.”

That’s what Kendi believes is why the black community is consistently look at as a ‘inferior race’. Repeatedly Kendi reinforced the idea that minority students don’t achieve less than white students because they are genetically inferior, “It’s because of the nature,” Kendi said. He then said white people are intellectually superior because the nature of existence and never been persecuted for their skin color.

Kendi then introduced two varying ways of thing. The first being a segregationist ideal where, “These ideas are a function of God’s law,” Kendi said. The second being the assimilationists who believe the nature and environment should be changing and adapting.

In the end, Kendi took the talk political of how to get these racist ideals and policies to change so everyone can take on an anti-racist mindset. “As someone who is expressing a racist idea or supporting a racial policy through an action or even inaction. If you are doing nothing in the face of racist policies,” Kendi said, “then you’re not different than the person who put that policy in place.”

Racism is caused by the nature of the United States and in order to change that there will have to be change from an institutional level.

Having practically filled the Nelly Goletti with students and professors, his points came across clear, and his inherent knowledge was well received.

“The not-so-subtle genius of Kendi’s ideology stems from the idea that anyone is able to re-train and re-wire their mindsets and preconceived notions to be an anti-racist,” Liam Doerr ’20 said.

The idea of being an anti-racist wasn’t in the minds of students prior to the lecture, rather they just saw themselves as a non-racist; a big difference in the mind of Kendi. While the ideology of being a non-racist is good, people have the inherent humanistic ability to “re-wrire” their brains according to Doerr and take on a more driven anti-racist agenda, which promotes social and political change, not just stagnation.

Steel Plant Studios leaves classrooms vacant

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51 Fulton Street has been vacant of art and design classes since the new Steel Plant Studios were constructed at the beginning of 2018-2019 academic year. (Kenneth Guillaume Photo)

After renovating the Steel Plant, adding 35,000 square feet of new learning spaces, (on top of the previous 12,000 square feet) Marist College students are wondering what’s going to be happening with the now empty classrooms.

With the completed renovation of Steel Plant Studios, fashion and art students will be abandoning their old rooms in Donnelly and 51 Fulton Street to fill creative working spaces in the new building. In turn, they will also be leaving behind spaces that are largely unused across the Marist campus.

Students expressed concern and curiosity about the seemingly empty classrooms.

“I don’t know what’s happening to the spaces in the buildings [Donnelly and 51 Fulton], but I hope they are getting put to use since fashion and art has been moved to the Steel Plant,” Emilie Hocter ’20 said.

Students believed it would be counter intuitive to not fill those rooms with other classes or for administrative purposes.

Around campus students have been wondering where classes in Dyson will be displaced to when the planned renovations start. “There are people worried where all the classes in Dyson are going to go. That’s a lot of classes and not a lot of spaces,” Hocter said.

At the current time, the rooms remain empty, or without the purpose as they used to have. However, soon they will be back in use and students will be frequenting them. This will be due to the renovation of Dyson for next semester.

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Fashion rooms in Donnelly will soon house the School of Behavioral Sciences and School of Management when Dyson is remodeled at the beginning of next school year. (Kenneth Guillaume Photo)

“The space opened up in Donnelly and 51 Fulton will be used as temporary space for School of Behavioral Sciences and the School of Management while Dyson renovation and expansion is under way,” Dr. Geoffrey Brackett, Executive Vice President of Marist College said.

On marist.edu under ‘President’s Cabinet’, Dr. Brackett “. . . directly oversees many of the key operating areas of the College, including Information Technology, Human Resources, Student Affairs, Institutional Research and Planning, Buildings and Grounds, and Safety and Security.”

Since the new Steel Plant has opened, the classrooms have been filled with very little activity, but soon they will be full of students once again and all empty spaces on campus will be in use.

Once Dyson is done, which could be at least one to two years, the classrooms will go back into an undefined circumstance – but for the time being they will be housing two different Schools within Marist.