The college recently hosted its second Town Hall meeting bringing in administration and staff to talk to students about any questions they might have concerning financial aid.
There was only one problem; less than 15 students showed up.
Financial aid is something that is near and dear to many hearts on campus, as it often allows them to attend college.
However, the lines are often long, and information can be confusing which is why there are always questions about how to check one’s aid status or when reimbursement checks will be sent out, and yet, there was very little attendance.
In an editorial on Sept. 7, 2012, the Courier discussed student involvement or the lack thereof, but it goes beyond the students.
When events are planned to fit into everyone’s schedule, they don’t work out for anybody.
Town Hall meetings for the year so far have consisted of discussions on the Tobacco Ban as well as financial aid, two of the “hot topics” on the year, according to Student Leadership Council.
However, when a meeting or event is held at 4 p.m., and there are far fewer amount of students on campus than earlier in the day, is simply setting up for failure.
If the goal is to have student feedback and attendance, then events need to cater more to the student schedule which could include polling students as to when the college could serve the greatest amount of students at once.
When the college had its birthday celebration for the Student Services Center and Campus central last month, it was held in the middle of the day unlike many of the other events, and the attendance and student participation reflected that.
For a slice of sheet cake, approximately 100 people gathered around, some singing as President Robert Breuder cut the first slice and spoke about the effect that the SSC has had on the campus.
For answers to financial aid questions concerning their future as well as money, less than 10 showed up to voice concerns and get answers.
Having events later in the day usually result in less conflict for class, but also limits your amount of available options.
If the college or any organization wants student participation to thrive, it has to be accessible and not limited to just a few.
Events can be planned to cover a block of time that could span between two usual class times so less people might be able to make it to the whole duration of the event, but more people could make it to parts to have their questions answered or receive more information.
It’s always easier to blame someone else, but coming up with solutions will only work towards the betterment of the college as a whole and make the experience better.
With better student feedback, more events and programs can cater to the student body because a business without customers won’t profit.