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CLAS Looks to Unite Clubs via Facebook

In a modern attempt to unify campus organizations and student government, an unprecedented move to utilize Facebook has replaced emailing in an attempt to increase collaboration and participation on campus. PHOTO/ Flickr Creative Commons
In a modern attempt to unify campus organizations and student government, an unprecedented move to utilize Facebook has replaced emailing in an attempt to increase collaboration and participation on campus. PHOTO/ Flickr Creative Commons

By Adam Zaki

Published: October 25th, 2017 

Brooklyn College student and Vice President of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) student government Truth Opaleye looks to unite student government and student organizations with a Facebook group, in which clubs can better communicate and find ways to collaborate around campus.

CLAS attempted to create fluid communication between organizations via email in the beginning of the semester, but that resulted in a disappointingly low number of responses.

“This year we’re trying to ask ourselves the question, how can [communication] be done better?” CLAS President Nissim Said said.

 “There’s a lot of good ideas that students have, but they never voice their concerns to people who can do something about it,” Said said, who talked about CLAS’ goals of improving students’ experiences at Brooklyn College out of the classroom.

“We tried doing a student leader email in the beginning of the semester, asking for feedback and if any club would want to be involved in our work,” Said said. The email was a disappointment, as organizations around campus did not respond.

Like many of the organizations on campus, The Excelsior did not respond to this email. According to WBCR’s President Ray Walker, he “doesn’t remember” that email and doesn’t believe WBCR responded either.

While most clubs use Bulldog Connection for communication, CLAS used a third party software to create the newsletter.

Opaleye came up with the idea, and believes that it is the most efficient form of communication available to students. Although Opaleye did not respond to a request for comment, Said gave her all the credit for coming up with the idea to integrate with Facebook.

The Facebook group is now accepting requests from members of Brooklyn College clubs and organizations to join. The group is titled “BC Club Leaders and Collaborations,” and is described as “a place for all club leaders and members to share ideas, concerns, and to work together on solving important issues at Brooklyn College, working together to create initiatives and events.”

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