Careers in Student Affairs Promoted by OSI

By Annah Freudenburg, Staff Writer

Graduate interns Christina Fritz and Mark Campbell work on OSI plans in the Student Resource Room. Photos by Allison Tinsey.

The Office of Student Involvement (OSI), located in the Hicks Center may be unfamiliar to many students. However, most know of their efforts. Fliers for Zoo After Dark, Wind Down Wednesdays, and Zoo Flicks color campus.

These events and activities are all the products of OSI. The Index spoke with Mark Campbell and Christina Fritz, both Graduate Assistants of the Offices of Student Involvement about the work they do.

The Office of Student Involvement works primarily in student affairs. “Student affairs focuses on active learning, which helps students focus on their own experiences with co-curricular activities,” said Campbell. This would include a student being a member of a club or organization, or being involved in lead- ership opportunities. “Essentially it’s student development outside the classroom,” Fritz embellished.

Student affairs is a very broad field and offers many career paths: “Some of the well known ones are resident directors, area coordinators.” Campbell said, naming a few. “You can work in student activities, such as the office of student involvement, academic advising, career services or career counseling. There’s also a sect of student affairs that has a research component.”

For students interested in pursuing a career in student affairs after undergraduate ism complete, the next step is to apply to a graduate program to earn a masters degree in higher education in student affairs.

“All of the graduate assistants at Kalamazoo College are part of the Higher Education in Student Affairs (HESA) program over at Western Michigan University,” Campbell said.

Western is only one of many schools across the country that offers graduate programs in student affairs. The programs are typically two years in length, but may go longer.

“I never planned on doing students affairs, which is a very common story. No one knows student affairs exists until it happens!” Campbell exclaimed.

OSI has hosted up to 17 events in ten days and has even more planned. “Homecoming is coming up,” Fritz said, “so we’ll have a lot of fun events leading up to that weekend.”

In regards to movies, they have just set up an email account allowing students to send in suggestions for what is to be seen on Channel 22 as well as at Zoo Flicks.

Moreover, there will be new occa- sions for student involvement: “Coming up this fall we have Emerge Into Leadership,” informed Campbell, “which will be for first-year students who want to be involved with leadership.” The applications for this opportunity should be available towards the end of October.

No Direction Home: CIP Lacks Communication with Kalamazoo College Students During Kenya’s Biggest Terrorist Attack Since 1998

By Colin Smith, Contributor

Shortly after 12:00 pm, Andrea “Buffy” Satchwell ’15 sat in a public van on her way to downtown Nairobi, Kenya, until it stopped across Westgate Mall. As local Kenyans disputed in Kiswahili, an older gentleman finally informed her, “there’s been a robbery.”

On Saturday, September 21, 2013 after police arrived 30 minutes later, they realized the Somalia-based terrorist group, Al-Shabaab, attacked Westgate. Cited as a retaliation for Kenya’s invasion of Somalia in October 2011, the terrorist group hopes to push Kenyan forces out of their former territories by moving the focus to Kenya.

During the mall’s four day assault, Kalamazoo College students were isolated at their host-family’s homes, which are scattered across the city’s metro region. Nicole Caddow ’15 only lived a few streets away from Westgate Mall and she would go to sleep hearing gunshots and helicopters.

As we students were given orders to not leave home, we occupied our time with the Kenyan media which displayed corpses and blood on the mall’s steps. As the cameras rolled, the television networks reported at least 72 people were killed.

After a full 24 hours, Hannah Heenan ’15 called the Center of International Programs (CIP) to know their plan of action, but with no answer she left a voicemail. When she called back she was greeted with the question, “So are you in Senegal?”

When mentioning the terrorist attack, the CIP staff member responded, “Oh, I haven’t checked the news yet, it’s early.”

Despite it being the largest terrorist attack in Kenya since the 1998 US Embassy bombing, we expected communication, or at least the acknowledgement of the attack.

The study abroad program directors from the University of Nairobi eased our anxieties while they scrambled to see if their loved ones were okay. Given their detached position from the crisis and their duty to follow news in given study abroad regions, we expected the CIP to be informed of the attack the day it happened.

Failing our expectations, the CIP’s only responded until resuming its business day, Monday, September 23, which was the third day of the siege.

All our of claims were immediately dismissed as emotional. The lack of respect and contact contributed to the already high anxieties, ultimately prompting three students to leave the program.

After the threat of being sued by at least one parent, Provost Michael McDonald intervened and personally apologized. Soon afterwards Dr. Joe Brockington decided our parents would receive weekly updates, compensating for this lack of communication.

Although the CIP would acknowledge our stress, they lacked the comprehension of what we were experiencing. When Heenan replied with a page long e-mail regarding the CIP’s handling of the situation, she was responded with one sentence asking if she would like to see a counselor.

Please warmly welcome our friends back to campus.

Biking Made Easier on Campus this Year

By Annah Freudenburg, Contributor

Students’ bikes chill on the racks by the Facilities Management Offices. Bike registration and rentals are available to all students this year. (Photo by Allison Tinsey)

The bikes are back. And if you plan on cruising this quarter, you better remember to swing by the Security Office. That’s right: registration. The person behind the security desk will hand you a card to fill out, including the bike’s brand, make (i.e. mountain or road), and serial number. Once you have filled this card out, return it to Security and they will give you a sticker bearing your registration number. This sticker goes on the bar beneath your seat.

Don’t have a bike? Don’t worry—Kalamazoo College has got you covered. In the basement of DeWaters is the Bike HUB, short for Helping Understand Bikes. HUB is currently home to thirteen bikes, not including four more that will be operational shortly. Most of the bikes are single-speed road-style, but there are several mountain and cruising oriented bikes available as well. There is also one tandem bike coming soon.

Nino Nocita ’14, currently HUB’s only employee, offered the low-down of HUB’s history: “Campus Security would cut bikes off the bike racks and bring them to us,” Nocita explained. “But recently, like last year, we realized that wasn’t working, because the bikes that we would get would be abandoned because of how poor quality they were in. So we got new bikes, all of the same type. We’re trying to build a more cohesive fleet.”

“It’s an awesome program,” said Utsav Adhikari ’14. “[The bikes] are very easy to use, as well, so you don’t need great experience.”

“Definitely awesome,” continued Sara McKinney ’17, “especially for freshmen who don’t have cars and need to get places.”

HUB has, in its time, grown in ambition. HUB’s goal this fall is to host events on bike maintenance for all K students. On top of this, a Kalamazoo Cycling Club is about to be started.

“I’ve gotten texts from random people being like, ‘When are HUB’s hours?’” Nicota said regarding HUB’s popularity. “I’m pretty excited for this year.”

Tech Support: How to Get the Wi-Fi Working for You

By Kamalaldin M. Kamalaldin and Raj Bhagat, Contributors

Even after ushering in an improved Wi-Fi configuration, Kalamazoo College still receives complaints regarding its on-campus internet connectivity.

The first difficulty students encounter is getting connected to the Wi-Fi. “The Wi-Fi login process is very confusing and cumbersome,” says Prachi Goyal ’17. “I wish they helped us with it during orientation.”

In regards to this issue, there is very little the College or anyone can do. Built in a metropolitan area, “K College must provide students and staff protection against outsiders,” cites Greg Diment, Chief Information Officer at K. “K’s security system insures that devices have the proper anti-virus before connecting them to the network.”

To allay the issue, the College is trying to make the Wi-Fi password more accessible to students by streamlining the verification process.

Another major complaint is the performance of the Wi-Fi. “Sometimes, when I’m trying to play a game online, I get horrible connection and that ruins the entire experience,” remarks Andrew Buisson ’17.

Although the Wi-Fi may be lethargic, the performance is nothing that can’t be remedied. Students typically don’t exceed 200 mbps in usage at any given time. The school’s upgraded internet usage ceiling this year is 240 mbps.

There are brief peaks that exceed 240 mbps, but the students’ use of the internet remains below estimates. “Plugging a computer to the Ethernet port will always provide a faster connection than Wi-Fi,” says Diment.

A second helpful technique is to simply avoid high internet traffic. Data usage peaks between 10:00pm and 1:00am, and between 8:00am and 12:00pm.

State of the Campus

By Darrin Camilleri, President of Student Commission

Darrin Cemilleri

Fellow Students,

Here we are again on this fair Arcadian Hill for the 180th school year. Over these many years, things have changed considerably at the College, but one thing has always remained the same: the Student Commission President’s address at the beginning of each term. I am humbled and excited to have this opportunity this year.

Starting today, my administration promises to you a fundamental shift in the way Student Commission business is done. We are ushering in a new era of accessibility, transparency, and accountability.

To do that, we are piloting several programs this quarter. First, we are starting public financing of our elections. For the first-year election on Thursday, candidates are limited to $15 from Student Commission that can be used at the Copy Center. Second, we are working on a Student Commission fellowship program that will be open to anyone on campus who wants to work more closely with our committees, but who will not have the responsibility of voting. Finally, I will be hosting the first ever President’s Advisory Council to hear direct feedback from campus leaders on a regular basis. These changes will open up the Commission, and I’m very excited to see the ways that we can work together as a community.

However, these projects are not the only ones that we will be working on. In collaboration with the Provost and the President, we will continue to provide feedback on the hiring of the Mellon Fellow for Ethnic Studies. Additionally, once the process starts, we will have a hand in the search for a new executive director for the Arcus Center. Finally, we will be there every step of the way as we start the public phase of the Campaign for Kalamazoo College.

Expect and demand your Student Commission to be proactive and transformative this year. If you have any concerns, please let us know and we will work to find you a resolution. This job is never easy, but it is my promise to you that I will be a fighter for your best interests. I hope you’ll join me in that fight.

Go Hornets. Lux Esto,

Darrin Camilleri

Student Commission meets Mondays at 9pm in Hicks 111. Meetings are open to the public.