This week in the news: senior investiture, parking fees, new student parking lot, students fundraise for marathon volunteers, among other stories

Check out the news section’s work in the May 3, 2013 online edition of The Gatepost‘s last issue of the 2012-2013 academic year.  Here are our most recent articles and their ledes:

“One week after the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon, the Class of 2013, friends, family, administrators and alumni gathered in DPAC for this year’s Senior Investiture ceremony.”

“Framingham State University resident student parking fees may decrease, while commuter fees increase and all students pay a new transportation fee, according to a preliminary draft of recommendations by the Student Transportation Advisory Team (STAT).”

“Administrators have purchased a property near campus in order to build a new student parking lot.”

“FSU students and people from the surrounding area have begun fundraisers to support those affected by the marathon bombings.”

“An unscientific survey of 200 seniors – approximately a quarter of the senior class – found that 74 percent of respondents rated their education at Framingham State as very good or excellent. The same percentage said they had found a mentor on the faculty.”

“A fight broke out among three male FSU students and three unidentified men outside Corinne Hall Towers early Friday morning, April 12, according to FSU’s External Relations Coordinator Daniel Magazu.”

“The men’s and women’s rugby teams were unable to host alumni games this year, upsetting many alumni.”

“In hopes of being selected for the top spot at Illinois State, FSU President Timothy Flanagan spoke at an open forum on the ISU campus Friday.”

“To make way for the Hemenway Hall science addition, a memorial garden planted in 1999 for Japanese FSU student Asako Mazawa is slated to be dug up and relocated this summer.”

“After her tragic death in 1997, FSU student Asako Mazawa made headlines for becoming a pioneer in organ donation for Japanese nationals.”

[Editor’s note: Angel Seto was elected the Karen A. McCarthy Support Staff of the Year in the SGA election April 10.]

[Editor’s note: David Baldwin, assistant dean of students was elected the Administrator of the Year in the SGA election April 10.]

‘Thursday night Gatepost confessions’ video

Check out Confessions of a Student Newspaper Editor’s first video “Thursday night Gatepost confessions.”  It’s a spinoff of YouTuber hayleighcolombo‘s video “Shit Student Journalists Say” posted in January 2012.  My video captures a small portion of the insanity that exists in The Gatepost office on Thursday nights, when our staff copy edits articles and lays out each section’s pages in order for a published issue to be available to the Framingham State University community the following morning.

Gatepost News Editor Kathleen McDonough and Associate Editor and Editor-in-Chief-elect for the 2013-2014 academic year Kerrin Murray talk “Newsie Speak” in the news section, which is still decorated for McDonough’s birthday, which was a week before this video was made.  In the end, they decide to blame all of their newspaper-related problems and worries on The Gatepost‘s current Editor-in-Chief Spencer Buell.

I’d like to give a huge shoutout and thank you to my Writing for Online and Social Media class’ Professor (and Assistant Advisor to The Gatepost) Meredith O’Brien-Weiss for all of her help with this video!  I was having some serious technical difficulties, but she figured it out!  Thank you Meredith!  And of course a big thank you goes out to Kathleen, Kerrin and Spencer.

Here’s the video:

For more Gatepost madness, you can follow McDonough, Murray, Buell and O’Brien-Weiss on Twitter:

@Kathleen_J_McD

@kmurray7

@SpencerBuell

@MeredithOBrien.

This week in the news: res hall fire, on-campus memorial removal change and FSU tuition and fees to increase, among other stories

Check out the news section’s work in the April 12 edition of The Gatepost.  Here are our most recent articles and their ledes:

The scene outside FSU’s North Hall, where a sixth-floor fire occurred on Friday, April 5.

“Almost all of the students displaced by a fire in North Hall on Friday were allowed to return to their rooms as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dan Magazu, FSU’s external relations coordinator, said.”

“Responding to a controversy two weeks ago, administrators say, in the future, they will be more communicative with students about the removal process for on-campus memorials placed around campus.”

“FSU plans to slow enrollment growth and student tuition and fees increases in 2014, Executive Vice President Dale Hamel told the Board of Trustees as a part of the FY2014 budget report.”

“The SGA election results for the 2013-14 academic year are in, and of the two contested races, Daniel Costello and Kevin Long were elected vice president and secretary, respectively.”

“President Timothy Flanagan said the administration is drafting a proposal for a multicultural center on campus that he will be bringing to the board for approval at its next meeting on May 14.”

“The Board of Higher Education (BHE) is pushing to be more involved in the Board of Trustees’ processes of selecting new university presidents and setting their compensations, according to Commissioner of Higher Education Richard M. Freeland.”

“On Tuesday, April 9, FSU’s Black Student Union came before SGA to request $3,601.96 in SGA unallocated funds for its Culture Show After Party.”

Please provide a brief summary of your resume and educational background.

I received my undergraduate degree bachelor’s from Boston Conservatory. Then I went on to get Master’s and Ph.D. at Brown University.”

Opinion Editor Sam Rawson’s article “NEASC to re-accredit FSU in 2014” was also published in the April 12 edition of The Gatepost, but it appears that only a portion of the article was posted on The Gatepost‘s website.  Check the website for updates.

The above photo was taken by The Gatepost‘s Photo Editor Allie Card for The Gatepost.

On-campus signage changed following publication of article in The Gatepost

The new sign in Framingham State's cafeteria bares the school's current name.

The new sign in Framingham State’s cafeteria bares the school’s current name.

I recently noticed that an on-campus sign in my school’s cafeteria has been changed from “Framingham State College” to “Framingham State University” (Framingham State officially became a university in July 2010).

The change came after an article was published in The Gatepost at the beginning of this semester, in which I wrote about FSU’s transition to university status and talk about the old sign in my lede.

Although I don’t know for sure, I’d like to think the article convinced university officials to change the sign in the dining commons.

Initially I was told by FSU’s Executive Vice President Dale Hamel that “unless something is ‘very apparent,’ certain cases will only be addressed ‘as need be,’” and he added that he “doesn’t know if every sign on campus will be changed.”

While I understand that keeping some of the old nomenclature signs on campus keeps the history of FSU alive, I think it’s important that major signage, like that in the cafeteria, bares the school’s current name.  Not only does it simply make sense, but it instills a sense of pride in the FSU community.

After all, like FSU’s President Timothy Flanagan told me, “‘We were a great college before the name change and we are a great university following the name change.’”

It’s therefore only right that we represent that message on our campus.

To learn more about Framingham State’s transition to university status, check out my article No longer a “college”: Framingham State’s transition to university status.

I took the photo above.