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Author: druthenbergmarshall

Sustainability Fellow Position Vital to College Mission, Purpose

As our country and our state struggle to cope with the recession, we at St. Mary’s College of Maryland have seen a lot of cuts. We all know workers across the State are hurting and administrators at the College are worried. But as we tighten our belts and trim down our budgets, there are some things that we have to save— the things that make us who we are.

Student Trustee: College Left in Capable Hands

In February of 2009, I was selected to be the 2010-2011 Student Trustee. It was the beginning of a 27-month commitment, and I had no idea what I was getting into. Over these past 27 months, I have continued to be a student, and just added on the opportunity to represent all students before the Board of Trustees. I’ve used my position to push for change, to fight for the rights of students, and to better every aspect of the school I could think of. I’ve used the position to gain access to certain areas, to sit on committees I might not otherwise have been invited to, and to get meetings on short notice with school administrators. But now I’m graduating.

Giving What You Can to Keep St. Mary’s Great

A girl I know turned to me and said that this was her last semester, she couldn’t afford to come back. Two days later, a guy stopped me on the path, to ask about financial aid possibilities, saying he was working twenty-hour weeks on top of school and still not making ends meet. Five days later, another person said she was taking twenty-four credits this semester, in an effort to graduate early to avoid additional debt.