Commuter Column

Nicholle Capria, Staff Writer

Hello, commuters! Hopefully you have taken full advantage of the commuter breakfasts and Halloween party held this past month. If you have not had a chance to attend these events, there are still more before the end of the semester. Le Moyne will have a commuter night at a Syracuse Crunch game on November 15, a night at Dave and Buster’s on November 22, and a Christmas party on December 5.

As commuters, I hope you have taken the Climate Survey that Le Moyne is offering through November 15. Contrary to its name, the Climate Survey does not involve the weather, but rather the environment and atmosphere on campus. The survey has several sections that discuss the interaction of various factors on campus (students, professors, etc.). According to Le Moyne’s website, the goal of this first-time project “is to foster a welcoming and inclusive campus that is grounded in mutual respect, nurtured by dialogue and evidenced by a pattern of civil interaction.” The survey asks for feedback on the campus environment based on your perspective so they can see what issues have occurred and can work to improve them. Since commuters make up one-third of undergrads, it is important for everyone to participate because of the sheer number of commuters on campus. Commuters might have a different perspective than residential students about the environment on campus simply because they do not spend as much time on campus. Furthermore, commuters might not have as much knowledge about the resources that campus offers because they might feel they would not need them since they do not live at Le Moyne. However, your voice is just as important as any other Le Moyne student. I hope you have given your feedback on the survey to better serve your needs as a Le Moyne student and commuter.

An exciting event that commuters should attend and participate in before Finals Week is Lessons and Carols on December 8. Whether you want to sing in the choir or watch the Mass, Lessons and Carols is a once-a-year campus event that rings in the Christmas season at Le Moyne. After the Mass, join students for Deck the Heights to light Grewen Auditorium. Afterwards, you can go to the Den to take pictures, meet Santa, decorate your own stocking, and eat cookies.

I hope that you all have a great rest of your semester. Take breaks before finals by attending all of these events!