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Letter To The Editor: Campaign Etiquette

To the Editor:

My name is Matthew Hubbard, and I am a candidate for Senior Class President.  I recognize that statements have been issued publicly against me in regards to a misappropriation of student fees to fund my own campaign. While I have nothing acrimonious to say against either of my opponents, I wish to put those claims to rest.

It was stated in a Letter to the Editor last week that I was caught in the office making use of student activity funds to print and hang flyers for my campaign. This accusation was made in complete assumption and holds no fiber of truth.

On the Saturday prior to the publication of the accusations against me, a fellow senator and I met in the Student Government office before going out to hang publicity around campus.  The Senator mentioned brought previously printed posters, along with his own personal supplies, to the Student Government office. While we were discussing where to campaign and hang flyers, another one of my fellow Senators, and opponent in the campaign for Senior Class President, entered the office and took notice of the flyers that were sitting on the desk.

There was no point at which I was approached about the validity of the assumptions that were consequently made. I was not asked nor given any opportunity to set straight the facts of the assumptions. The alleged truths written against me were issued factitiously as part of one individual’s aggressive campaign.

I wish to make very clear; I will not run a negative campaign. I have nothing acrimonious to say of either of my opponents, but I will not tolerate libel against my name. My objective is simple: represent and honor the students of Central Connecticut State University.  I will continue to work diligently to make this year memorable for every student at this institution, and will continue to do so representing the highest forms of respect and professionalism.

 

– Matthew Hubbard, SGA Senator At-Large

Candidate for Senior Class President

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Letter To The Editor: Government Shutdown Harms Americans

To the Editor,

At 12:00 AM October 1st the Federal Government “shut down”. The federal Government’s fiscal year runs from October 1st to September 30th, and this year Congress could not agree on a budget, primarily due to the partisan divide on the issue of Obamacare. With no budget for the next fiscal year, federally run programs and jobs have been halted. House Republicans insist on passing any new spending bill that includes provisions to defund, derail or otherwise chip away at Obamacare. Senate Democrats are just as insistent that the spending bill will not.

As Congress continues to be stuck in a stalemate; the American People Suffer. Over 800,000 people are not going into work today, while millions of others are, and are not sure of whether or not they will get paid. Congress has agreed that the Military will get paid for their work along with other “essential” staff, including Congress themselves.

This argument has to end. The fact that Congress cannot agree and will not compromise is utterly unacceptable. To quote a former United States President, “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. Abraham Lincoln was correct; these childish antics have to stop. Regardless of whether or not Republicans in the House believe what they are fighting for is just, they simply cannot win this debate. This shut down is weakening our economy, our political system and our image as the greatest democracy in the world. I encourage Americans to write letters to their elected representatives and remind them that they were elected for a reason, that reason being to better America.

Austin Swan, SGA Commuter Senator.

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Letter To The Editor: Kaiser Bubble Incident Response

To Those Who Are Responsible for Kaiser Bubble Vandalism:

There were plenty of members of our CCSU community partaking in mischief on Halloween night. For the most part, it is all in good fun and no one gets hurt. However, Thursday morning’s heinous act of vandalism crossed the line in the sand. Destroying the Kaiser Bubble offsets the incredible amount of effort the administration at CCSU has been taking to get that annex back on-line for the students. And now you’ve set fire to your own living room. Hundreds, if not thousands of students have been patiently waiting to use the bubble for recreational sports, including many of the club sports teams we all love and are so proud of. That is an area that many of your friends and neighbors spend most of their free time in, and it cannot be replaced.

Well, colleagues, welcome to the world of being an adult. It’s time to take responsibility for your actions. This is going to be hard to make up for, but I suggest you start doing it. A monthly installment plan is a start, but it’s going to take a while to pay off the possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage. Additionally, there’s a social responsibility to be made up for here, and you owe a debt to our community.

I think you should meet all of the people whom you’ve affected. I would suggest spending some time with those affected by observing how hard they work for the privilege to participate in the activities that take place in that structure. How about running some laps with the Frisbee Club or Lacrosse Club? Maybe training on the mats with the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club or hitting the courts with the Tennis Club and the Volleyball Club would be more appropriate. All of these may help begin to show empathy or remorse, but most of them cannot happen now because a lot of what they do takes place in the Bubble.

This goes beyond our clubs sports teams, what about RECentral? One of the best student services available at this university provides a large portion of what they do in the winter in that bubble. Thousands of students can be affected if fitness classes, open recreation time, and recreational sports suffer. What about the students who work for RECentral? They may or may not have as much work, and thus money, available to them because of your error.

This demands more than a public apology, but you better at least start there. I’m sure the Club Sports Board would like to hear from you. Maybe you can ask their Chair, Brian Choplick, if he’d even allow you to attend one of their meetings after this so that you can apologize.

I am appalled by the news and, personally, I don’t even utilize the bubble all that often. I can’t imagine how those who do are going to take it. I think you owe it to the student body to explain why we should have you as friends, roommates, colleagues, or even classmates anymore. I believe in forgiveness, but forgiveness is not always easy to come by. Our community deserves better than this.

Awaiting your response,

Eric Bergenn
President – Student Government Association

Letter to the Editor: In Regards to ‘Locked Doors’

Dear Editor,

I’d like to respond to the Editorial about ‘Locked Doors’ over the Labor Day weekend on behalf of Student Center Operations and Central Reservations Office.  Thank you for the feedback!  We try hard to be open when the students need us to be open, balanced between that need and budget of course.  Just as wind blows in different directions, so does the opinion and need for us to be open.  Several years ago, we were open over Labor Day weekend, and with the exclusion of visitors to the Bookstore (which has always been open during the Labor Day Weekend) we had just 23 visitors over a 40 hour period of operation, and just two in the game room.  We are student and data driven, and so for the past two years we were closed based on this lack of users/visitors, and the cost of being open (student labor, custodial, other overhead costs) and students seemed not to miss us.  Staff, together with the Student Union Board of Governors will consider this next spring when we review hours for the next academic year’s hours of operation.  If your readers have other suggestions or comments, please direct them to our on-line feedback site…  Listen Up!

http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=5090

But I also want to share that we do try hard to be open and not leave students a ‘drift’.  We try very hard to be open normal hours, even when the University opens late or closes early due to snowy weather conditions.  We try never to cancel an entertaining event during these periods of bad weather, and do run the Breakers game room with all of its games, amusements and sports TV.  We also want you to know that lounges are always open, in case you need a break from that kiki roomie, or you would like to watch some television or just study a little in a different atmosphere from your apartment or dorm room.  Snack and beverage vending are available all over the building, and income from these particular machines goes back to students via SUBOG.  #winning

By the way, we TOTALLY agree that engaged students are successful students.  All the research suggests this, so tell your readers to check out our on-line calendars of events at http://today.ccsu.edu/ and sign up for e-mail reminders or RSS feeds for student fun and learning events, club meetings, sports, intramurals and more!  Follow us on Twitter too!  @CCSUToday !

PS  Great job on the first two issues.  Keep it up!

Wayne ‘Otis’ Mamed, MS., Director, CCSU Student Center Operations

Letter to the Editor: Farewell Walsh

Though I know I could tell him in person or write him a WhatsApp message to express how much appreciation I have for him as editor-in-chief of The Recorder and as a journalist in general, I know that The Recorder is his baby and this being his last issue, he will hold on to this issue for the rest of his life and cherish it, which means my gratitude will go unforgotten.

I began writing for The Recorder in spring 2009, the first semester that I was a matriculating student at CCSU. I knew the current editor-in-chief, Michael Walsh, as well as the sports editor at the time from my side job at the Hartford Wolfpack. Having familiar faces in the newsroom when I nervously attended my first couple of meetings was very nice, and I am grateful that I had that comfort zone when beginning to write for a newspaper, something I had never done before.

The next semester proved to be too busy for me to write much, but I began to write again in spring 2010 when Walsh was the managing editor. I had become more involved on campus that semester and began to write about the Student Government Association for the paper. I truly enjoyed this position and spoke to then editor-in-chief Melissa Traynor about the possibility of becoming news editor, in which she reacted positively. Of course, I decided to take my interest in the SGA in a different direction by running for commuter senator, thereby giving up any ethical rights to write news for The Recorder.

I endured jokes and criticism from The Recorder staff for being a “traitor” (by joining SGA) at every meeting I attended after, which I of course understand and am actually amused by. Walsh, however, remained postitive and let me write lifestyle stories that did not conflict with my senate position, which I was grateful for.

There were times I was angry at Walsh, such as the time he branded me as “unethical” for making a motion on the club I am president of, since the circumstances were not all printed. Or when I enjoyed writing lifestyles pieces and inquired about becoming the lifestyles editor and Walsh said no. I realized very quickly, however, that none of these were personal insults on his part. This just goes to show how ethical Walsh is as a journalist and how seriously he takes his position. He made no exceptions when it came to The Recorder, not even for a close friend.

The Recorder has been lucky to benefit from his journalism and leadership, the SGA has benefitted greatly from his persistence in getting writers to cover meetings and I personally have grown to respect student organizations on campus and journalism in general more as a direct result of knowing Michael Walsh. Being as Walsh once put it “a big ball of conflict of interest,” I would like to thank him for staying my friend while I wrote articles for his paper and he and other staff members wrote articles about my organizations, on some occasions about me directly.

More importantly, I would like to thank him for his dedication to The Recorder. I hope his wonderful work on the paper will continue to influence more students to become involved with the paper and in our campus community. I, as well as many others, will miss seeing ‘Michael Walsh, editor-in-chief,’ in our issues of The Recorder each Wednesday.

Ashley Foy
SGA Senator
German Club President

Letter to the Editor: Response to SGA Disinterest

Recently, a student posted an editorial on how the SGA is a sham. This just goes to the show the ignorance that this current student body has on the SGA. Students today feel that the SGA is just a popularity contest. They feel its just about faces on flyers, but it is much, much more than that.

The SGA makes student clubs and organizations run. SGA lends their support to these organizations, funding them, sponsoring activities on campus. The SGA handles tuition money, so students better start caring and getting involved.

If students feel its a sham, then do something about it! Run for an executive position, run for a senate spot and actually do something about it. It is easy to whine and complain, it’s even more difficult to actually go out and do something about it.

While some may disagree, SGA does play a factor in school policy and decision making. They do this through student spots on the faculty senate, which frequently go vacated and empty. This just goes to prove my point, it’s easy for students to complain and bicker about SGA, but it means absolutely nothing unless you actually try and change it.

The biggest problem with the student body is a lack of student involvement and student apathy. I have heard a number of excuses of why people cannot simply go online and vote for the SGA elections, saying “Oh, I’m too busy.” I’ve heard that plenty of times, only to see them surfing the net and going on Facebook hours of a day.

If you feel that the SGA just “takes our money and does whatever they want with it,” then, how about you actually do something about it?

– Matthew Kitson