College Town: Town, gown join hands in WSGA – News – telegram.com

One could almost feel the collective pulse of Worcester’s 30,000-plus college students as Worcester Student Government Association president and Clark University senior Emilee Cocuzzo shared with College Town the goals and priorities the WSGA has planned for the coming year.

Founded in 2013 by former College of the Holy Cross student Neema Hakim, the WSGA stands to serve all colleges in the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts and “works with the city of Worcester and other businesses and organizations in Worcester on different projects related to students,” Ms. Cocuzzo said.

The first such endeavor this year, planned for November, is a big networking event with Action Worcester, bringing business professionals together with college students from all Worcester-area campuses, Ms. Cocuzzo said.

The group is also working on a research project centering around how students would rate Worcester, what they want in Worcester and how likely they are to stay in Worcester after graduation, Ms. Cocuzzo said.

“We’re still working on the specifics, so I don’t have concrete categories yet,” she said.

“Additionally, we discuss issues on campuses and try to find solutions through cross-collaboration,” Ms. Cocuzzo said, adding that transportation has been a topic for several years now with no real solid answer found, yet.

The emphasis is on yet. The students are still working hard on this issue, which is part of the bigger discussion of how to connect students from different campuses, pursuing Mr. Hakim’s passion to change the focus from being a Holy Cross student or a Clark student or a student at any other individual university or college to being a Worcester student.

Nine colleges are involved: Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Becker College, Clark, Holy Cross, MCPHS University, Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Worcester State University. (Other colleges in the area include Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Fitchburg State University, Mount Wachusett Community College, Nichols College and UMass Medical School.)

Another main focus of the WSGA is consistency in leadership. When the core group is mostly seniors, it is hard to pass the torch effectively.

“I think we are doing a better job of having diverse grades,” Ms. Cocuzzo said, explaining that this year’s board members include a sophomore and a junior.

The other WSGA executive board members are Anna Maria College student Bryanna Tobin, vice president; Michael Brooks, treasurer and Max Spiegelhoff, clerk, both Worcester Polytechnic Institute students.

Annual golf match benefits Assumption fund

Proceeds from the annual Father Bissonnette Invitational Golf Tournament, which begins at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Worcester Country Club, support the Assumption College scholarship fund.

Clark talk on tyranny

American historian and author Timothy Snyder will give a lecture, “On Tyranny: Lessons from the Twentieth Century,” at 5 p.m. Sept. 25, in Room 320 of Jefferson Academic Center at Clark University, 950 Main St. This lecture is part of the Harrington Public Affairs Lecture Series. Mr. Snyder has written at length about fascism, communism and the Holocaust. The event is free.

FSU hosts panel on immigration

Questions on the role states should play in enforcement of immigration law and the power of the federal government to deport undocumented immigrants will be explored in a Fitchburg State University panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. The event is free.

The discussion will mark the university’s annual observance of Constitution Day, celebrating the ratification of the nation’s founding document in 1787.

Professor Will Cortezia will moderate a panel including Carlos Nicholas Formaggia, an attorney specializing in immigration; Eladia Romero, aide to U.S. Rep. James McGovern; and Eric Budd, professor and chair of the university’s economics, history and political science department.

First talk in WSU series on democracy and diplomacy Tuesday

David Barsamian, radio broadcaster, author and investigative journalist, will speak on “Media, Propaganda and U.S. Foreign Policy,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Worcester State University in Room 102 of the Ghosh Science and Technology Building.

He is the first speaker in WSU’s Provost’s Series on Democracy and Diplomacy. Mr. Barsamian co-founded a weekly radio program called “Alternative Radio,” now in its 32nd year, which is offered free to 300 radio stations and is funded entirely by donations.

The event is free, but large groups planning to attend should email htheriault@worcester.edu or call (508) 929-8938.

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