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State of the college address

by Staff Editorial

Breaking Brockport down

Mon, Jan 30th 2017 11:00 pm

Us here at The Stylus have our eyes and ears open to student concerns on The College at Brockport campus. Being students ourselves, we each have our individual opinions concerning what the college is doing right or wrong, and what it isn't doing at all. 

President Heidi Macpherson has just released the new draft of her five-year strategic plan, and since the draft does not include solid step-by-step plans, we have some ideas of our own that might help make this college the "better Brockport" Macpherson talks so much about. 

Let's take it step by step:


Transportation and parking

Brockport has strong ties to the City of Rochester; from alumni presence in the city to the home of commuters, Brockport's two unreliable Rochester Transportation System bus stops are detrimental to this relationship. 

There are endless reasons to improve transportation into the city: more students can find opportunities and internships, and more can make their way to campus for cheap. With the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center and MetroCenter in Rochester, it will make the expanded campus more united. 

Five stops in Brockport in the afternoon and evening don't cut it.

Parking is of concern for both on-campus and off-campus students. Although commuters may not find parking right next to their buildings, there often just isn't enough space for students to park within a practical distance from academic buildings. For students living in residence halls, it may be hard to find parking in Lot V1 or X. Forcing them to park on the grass by Lot V1, or far out into the dark, quiet recesses of Lot X. Parking seems to be an ongoing argument that may never end. 

Whatever time of day students park, they shouldn't have to waste the gas driving in circles or feeling uncomfortable walking back from Lot X. With the green space capturing enough space for makeshift parking spots by students, surely something can be done. The state of transportation and parking is poor.


Prices on campus

In the newsroom, we constantly have debates surrounding the politics of BASC and Barnes & Noble prices. Detergent in Eagles Nest costs too much and meal plan prices are unreasonable. Textbook prices make our staff cry. A quesadilla shouldn't cost approximately $6. The state of our on-campus pricing strategy is poor.


Campus climate

Our campus has a "green light" from FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education). Students have clear first amendment rights, which is a  positive attribute to campus life. Protests have been held throughout the village by Golden Eagles, and students have made spaces for clubs and organizations to freely express their values. We have a prayer room for people of all religions located in the Seymour College Union. We have Community Conversations to discuss controversial topics and many resources to deal with women's wellness and health concerns. 

Among these positive attributes that give Brockport a great reputation for its resources and some faults we could all work on. Diversity and equity is an ever-growing topic at Brockport. 

The more than 70 percent white college was home to a hate crime earlier in the year, as well as Black Lives Matter protests in the 2014-15 school year that did not receive the backing from administration some would have liked. 

With the new college president, many hope for change. We will be watching in hopes of seeing that change. 

Students also can't seem to agree on what Brockport culture is. If we can't define what makes a Brockport student separate from others, we need to find out what that is and develop it. 

The state of our campus climate and culture can be improved, but its current state is not horrible.


Construction

We're all tired of talking about it, but it's inevitable. The entire stretch from Dailey Hall to Edwards Hall is finished, and the overall project is moving along faster than expected. Infrastructure and beautification practices are being completed. 

Our campus is slowly looking united again, as well as more accessible and inclusive to students, faculty and staff with disabilities. This renovation has been a positive one ... besides the months of inaccessible, muddy and frustrating makeshift walkways and route changes. 

The best part? The money isn't coming directly from our tuition or even out of Brockport's budget. 

While administrators look to decrease the college's $3 million deficit they are able to save with this construction project as the money is coming from the State University of New York's State University Construction Fund. The state of construction is great.

So, what is the state of the college?

"Building a better Brockport" doesn't come from complacency and comfort. Students are at the center of education here at the college and their concerns although they may seem miniscule, like the cost of a quesadilla are what keeps this place growing and improving. 

Listen to us.