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EDITORIAL: Campus Communication Is Key

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 02:03

 

We grow up hearing that the key to any healthy relationship is communication.

It is difficult not to notice a trend amongst the departments at our University that often seems to end in miscommunication. We understand that communication between departments is not the easiest thing, but we do hope they are making an effort to be on the same page with each other.

Sometimes, miscommunications ends in inconveniences, like when Banner services go down around the time students are filling out online housing applications.

In other instances, a lack of communication leads to stalemates. This is the case with the English department’s boycott of the campus bookstore. Without the support of other academic departments, no progress has been made.

Students run into numerous issues navigating the Financial Aid, Student Employment and Payroll departments every billing period.

Unfortunately, however, some miscommunications will affect students’ quality of life at Fordham.

This especially rings true, we believe, in the cases of international students, as well as others who travel  great distances to attend school here in New York.

We applaud the Office of Admissions for actively recruiting students from diverse backgrounds, whether these differences are geographic or ethnic. We believe this effort adds richness to our academic and student life at Fordham by fostering an environment for different viewpoints to be expressed.

It is especially in agreement with our University’s goals, which aim to prepare students for today’s “multicultural and multinational society.” As the University moves away from its former identity as a “suitcase school,” diversity and acceptance are crucial to Fordham’s role as an educational institution in New York City.

It is a disservice to students from outside the tri-state area, who the University so actively pursues, to not have adequate resources once they arrive on campus. While these circumstances are slowly starting to change, thanks to the work of United Student Government and other on-campus organizations like International Community, there is always more to be done.

As Admissions continues to rev up its recruiting, departments such as Residential Life and Academic Affairs need to be notified so that  necessary changes can be made to better serve the changing student body.

A reminder that these changes have failed to take place happens every time the residential halls close for break. The “breakstay” policy hurts those whose homes are not nearby, especially those from other countries. During shorter, week-long breaks, it forces students to stay elsewhere. While there is the option to stay in some residential halls, it is unlikely most underclassmen know an upperclassman or off-campus resident with whom they could stay.

The breakstay policy even causes complications for many University-sponsored activities, such as ¡GO! projects, since many groups depart or return to campus while residential halls are still closed, forcing participants to find a place to stay off-campus for a night. Aside from this inconvenience, a night in a New York City hotel room can cost students hundreds of dollars (usually on top of airfare).

This is not to say that ResLife should shoulder the responsibility in this situation — the Office of Security and Hospitality Services would also need to be involved if something is to change. It does, however, illustrate how departments need to communicate and problem-solve for the sake of students.

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