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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.

K-Team Builds a Workout Community

By Mallika Mitra, Features Editor

Kaitlyn Perkins ’17 sprints during a cardio workout. (Photos by Mallika Mitra)

K Team begins their abdominal workout.

Founders of K Team, Charlotte Steele ‘13 and Kari Paine ’13.

“30 more seconds!”, “You can do it,” and “One more sprint!” can all be heard on most weekdays coming from the patio outside of the Anderson Athletic Center before the day’s classes have even started.

This is “K Team”, a newly formed workout group open to anyone on campus who is looking to work out in a supportive environment.

Over the summer, Charlotte Steele ’13 and Kari Paine ’13 founded “K Team”. According to Steele, both of the founders were on sports teams in high school and now miss having to be accountable to push themselves.

“When you’re not doing a sport, it’s so easy to get into a rut,” said Paine. In regard to exercising with others again, she enjoys “making a community out of it.”

Over the summer, Steele and Paine were working out a lot and realized that their knowledge of good workouts, along with other students’, could make a good regiment. They wanted to form a place where students could “push themselves physically.”

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you can find the K Team out on the patio outside of the Anderson Athletic center at 7:45 am. Led by Paine and Steele, the group of about twelve, including both males and females, goes through several cardio workouts, sometimes similar to CrossFit, and ends with an abdominal workout. According to Paine, they understand that everyone is coming in with different levels of physical ability, but want everyone to feel pushed.

“K Team was a great way for me to start a fun workout routine,” said Annalise Robinson ’17. “I love that you can modify any move that you want, and everyone who goes is really great!”

For more information on K Team or to read what exercises the group does during their workout, follow them on Twitter at @the_Kteam.

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.”

StuComm Brief

By Allison Tinsey, Editor-in-Chief

During the executive reports, six first-years took their oath of office after being elected in last week’s election. Two subcommittees were created, business and residential life. The Business Subcommittee will deal exclusively with the Business Office and Vice President for Business and Finance Jim Prince. The Residential Life Subcommittee will work with RAs to gage student attitudes and sentiments as they interact with students more closely than the Commission. They will also work to formalize the relationship and mission between the Commission and residential life.

After Sophomore Commissioner Ogden Wright expressed concerns in the procedure of choosing non-commissioners to work on sub-committees, Secretary of Finance Kelly Ohlrich cited that due to a lack of continuity across campus groups, the people appointed are likely to change year to year, but the goal is to keep these members involved over the remainder of their time at K. Four non-commissioners were appointed to be involved with subcommittees including Community Council and the Student Life Advisory Committee.

Student Commission discussed buying BrandK compliant apparel for all the commissioners. Vice President Cameron Goodall questioned the efficacy and high cost of the apparel. Junior Commissioner Emily Sklar remarked that StuComm’s former apparel was noticeable on campus. More questions were raised about the transparency and elitism of the Commission.

“We are the student government of Kalamazoo College. There is a difference between what we do and what other student organizations do,” said President Camilleri. With a 13-10 vote, $1100 was allocated to spend on StuComm sweaters. However, the Commission is seeking a cheaper alternative.

StuComm Pilot Programs Take Off

By Graham Key, Contributor

Kalamazoo College’s Student Commission sustained new policy and procedural changes this fall in a continued effort to increase the organization’s visibility and accessibility.

The Student Commission’s latest additions come in the form of two primary pilot programs.  The first pilot program, known as StuComm Fellows, speaks to the often-grey area between unelected StuComm hopefuls and the board itself.  According to Student Commission President Darrin Camilleri, the Fellows program addresses the need for inclusion and experience amongst anyone interested in Student Commission.

Student Commission Vice President Cameron Goodall agrees.

“A lot of times, there’s people who want to be on the commission, they want to help out, and then after the elections, they don’t get in and they’re kind of cut off it seems, and then they don’t know what to do,” Goodall said.  “It’s a more official way of getting people integrated into StuComm.  It’s more hands-on, I suppose, which is something we haven’t done before.”

The second of Student Commission’s pilot programs is a campaign finance reform, placing a $15 cap on candidate campaign spending.  Although Goodall felt ambivalent about the measure at first, the opportunity for an even presentation of candidates allowed him to lend his support to the $15 spending cap.

“I didn’t really think it was much of an issue before, but it makes sense to have a level playing field for the amount of money that people can use,” Goodall said. “It’s hard to get your name out there if you’re a freshman in fall quarter, because you don’t have a lot of interactions with other students yet.”

First-Year Candidates Amanda Johnson and Samantha Weaver were at first apprehensive about the cap, but saw moral and practical upsides.

“I was worried at first that it was going to hinder me, but I’ve been able to print more than enough things,” Johnson said.

“I wasn’t able to be as creative in my campaigning as I would like, but I understand that even funds benefit the campaign as a whole.  You shouldn’t have to buy votes,” Weaver said.

Breaking Down the Student Activities Fee

By Kamalaldin Kamalaldin, Contributor and Allison Tinsey, Editor-in-Chief

Entering its fourth year since its foundation, the Student Activities Fee (SAF) has come a long way. “[It was] born out of the idea that students could do great things, but don’t have the funding to do them,” said Brian Dietz, Assistant Dean of Students.

The 1100-1200 students who are on campus pay $100 per quarter to the SAF. Approximately one-third of the fund is directly allocated to Kalamazoo College’s Student Commission and its use falls under their jurisdiction.

The one-third allocated to the Commission totals $111,127. From there, 8 percent goes directly to StuComm and 1 percent is stored as a Crisis Budget. The remaining amount, a balance of about $100,000, is available for all student organizations to apply for and use toward events, speakers, trips, equipment, supplies, etc.

Bylaw revisions were made on Monday to how Student Commission assigns funding to those who apply for it. The Gift Fund has been replaced by the Innovation Fund that any student can apply for and cash advances are more clearly articulated in the bylaws.

“Students used [the Gift Fund] for their SIPs and academic-related travels, something which the Student Activities Fee was not meant for,” said Kelly Ohlrich, Secretary of Finance. “Unlike all other funds that get spent throughout the year, the Innovation Fund is meant to hopefully be used for a lasting physical change that everyone can appreciate.”

The remaining two-thirds of the Student Activities Fee is widely distributed by the Office of Student Involvement. Dietz remarked, “Our intention is to give students the control of this money.”

Things that are funded through the SAF and OSI include weekly programmings like Zoo Flicks and Wind-Down Wednesday, Beyond the Hive trips, group bonding money for student organizations, and improvements to the student resource room and other facilities such as the game room.

A large portion of the fund is granted to students who apply to attend leadership development conferences like Leadershape and iLead that take place during the summer. “These conferences are open to everyone and students should be smart to take advantage of them and get more out of the Student Activities Fee,” said Dietz.