By Laura Wames
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Some students say a lack, or poor planning, of campus events leads to a lack of unity among students. Other students say that is not why they are here.
Part of Camden County College’s vision is to serve as a destination for cultural and recreational activities. However, CCC has become more of a brief stop on the road to success instead of an experience for some students.
With around 20,000 students enrolled each year, Jacqueline Tenuto, assistant dean for student development and support, believes her most important role is connecting people. Yet it has been more difficult for her in the last few years.
“People have so much to do outside of school they don’t have time,” Tenuto said.
Kyle Hubert is one of these students. He never has the time to attend events because he works 40 hours a week and teaches a children’s karate class.
“I don’t have any free time, even if the events were at a different time,” Hubert said. “The events are a good idea, I just don’t care about them personally.”
The Student Life and Activities Office sponsored more than 40 events for students, including on-campus social activities, ethnic heritage events, bus excursions, community service drives and holiday celebrations, last year. Tenuto has reduced the number of events based on quality instead of quantity. She plans events based on what the students are interested in.
“It’s hard to balance student activities on this campus,” Tenuto said. “I know I can’t make everyone happy but I am willing to see what students want.”
Student Alexi Hill would like to see new, interesting events.
“Many students decide not to participate. We need interesting events for students to sign up and participate in them,” he said.
Students can participate in a number of upcoming events, including the first ever comedy show, which is scheduled for March 27 in Civic Hall.
Christopher Shinn, vice president of the student body, will host the comedy show. Shinn wishes to bring the community together through fundraisers and events. He also urges students to help by getting involved.
“The people who come to school and go home, you’re missing what school is about,” he said. “We want to make your experience here at the school as good as possible. If you just come here for class and leave, what exactly did you accomplish?”
Tenuto suggests students make it a goal to participate in at least one activity.