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“Hill Talk”: SGA’s NEW WEEKLY BLOG POST- Issue 2: Yaking My #StonehillProbz

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Lets admit it. At some point we have ALL said “#Stonehillprobz”, hash tag and all. Whether it was getting our order at the hill a few minutes late, losing our bike, the sprinklers (those never get old), or even the turtle crossing sign. #Stonehillprobz has become the best combination of an open-secret and an inside joke on the entire campus. Some of the points brought up on StonehillProbz are pretty hilarious to say the least. And now, in addition to the Twitter sphere, we have the new and well-established “Yik Yak” space which has taken the idea of #StonehillProbz to a new level. We get yaks about everything- from Dunkin Donuts and long lines at the café to professors and early morning classes. Some yaks are definitely better than others and some are pretty legendary. It has given a new opportunity for anyone to talk about anything they want without having to be identified. The more likes and ups you get, the more cool your “yak” becomes. A pretty neat idea if you ask me.

But the problem arises when we get stuck on those yaks. Yak or tweet about the library. Yak or tweet about the lunch lines. Yak or tweet about the “budget cuts”. Yak or tweet about concerts, parties, programs, emails, etc. The list goes on and on. Needless to say, Stonehill is a community that is very observant and that’s definitely a great thing! Any normal college community is going to have a list of things specific just to it. And it’s okay to be humorous when talking about ourselves. But I wonder- where we draw the line? Are our observations and one-liners just limited to making fun of things and registering our complaints via social media? A look at Yik Yak on any given day and we might be forced to think that is very much the case. As students at this college and members of this community, we very much have a right to point out what are some of the issues that affect us. In fact, for a growing and vibrant community, we need to know what is not working and how we can make it better. But, the catch is, we also have a responsibility to be proactive about it. Yes, not everything is going to always be perfect. But, at least we can try. And that’s one of the reasons the Student Government Association exists- to represent the voice of the student body and highlight the issues that affect us. It is easy to complain about something via an anonymous social media platform like Yik Yak, but does that solve the problem?

In a community like Stonehill where we are provided with so many opportunities to voice our opinion, the next step then becomes the actual voicing of our opinions. Student voice is a powerful thing in any academic community, but more so at Stonehill. Lets take the recent yaks and complaints about the library hours for example. What many students might not know is that the library used to always close at 1am and that it was the SGA Senate who advocated for 24-hour study spaces, which resulted in extended hours and areas like Shields and Stanger being open 24 hours as well. When the hours had to be decreased this semester due to various reasons, the Student Government was able to work with the administration to extend the hours on the weekend. This is only one small example (among many others) in which a proactive student voice has made a positive impact on the college campus. SGA alone isn’t the only avenue through which change can take place. Other examples are strewn all around us. From little things like the introduction of the green to-go containers to big changes like amending the Non-Discrimination Policy in 2012, the student voice is an important aspect of making this college, our home, an amazing place. So, perhaps we can make a collective decision as the student body to not only have fun by yaking about our #stonehillprobz but also by standing up and bringing about #StonehillSolutions. Lets make “solutions” as cool a word as “problems”, so that each of us can proactively use our voice to make this wonderful place our home.

Thanks,

Prithak Chowdhury
Executive Diversity Chair

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