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.]

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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.