By Kahleel Bragg
It can be seen as a privilege to dorm at LIU Post, as you have an advantage to participate in the different clubs, activities, and events that take place on campus. Sometimes it can be hard for LIU commuters to participate in clubs and activities due to the amount of time that is spent traveling back and forth to school. Therefore, some commuters may feel disconnected from the campus community. The Commuters Student Association (CSA) answers this predicament by working hard to ensure that commuters feel appreciated and connected, even if they don’t live on campus.
CSA has been around since the early 2000s, and has acted as a strong support system for commuters. All commuters are welcome to join and attend meetings and events. The organization gives students an opportunity to enhance their college experience, form new friends and relationships, and share opinions, ideas, and concerns with each other regarding the university.
The president of CSA, Nicole Cunningham, a Literacy graduate student, identified the objective of the organization: “We really encourage all students, but especially commuters, to get involved on campus,” said Cunningham. “We are aware that, as a commuter, there are challenges because you have your responsibility here [at school], as well as where you live, but it’s also really important to get involved,” she added.
From Nov. 10 to the 14, CSA held its second annual Commuters Appreciation Week for all the commuters of LIU Post. With 70 percent of the campus commuting, CSA wanted to express their appreciation for commuters, and demonstrate to them that they are a big part of the campus despite living off campus.
On Monday, Nov. 10, CSA held “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” at the East West Café. CSA had students come out and participate in making PB&J sandwiches from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The sandwiches were donated to the needy. 1,106 sandwiches were made, providing a positive start for the exciting week ahead.
Tuesday’s (Nov. 11) event was oriented toward shopaholics. A bus met students outside of Hillwood Commons to transport them to the Tanger Outlets located in Deer Park, where students were given the opportunity to mingle and enjoy some discount shopping.
The fan-favorite Ice Cream Social was held on Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Hillwood lobby. Students were able to make their own ice cream sundaes while engaging in conversation with other commuters, as well as students who dorm. “When people walked into Hillwood and saw people standing in line for ice cream they were really excited and surprised,” said Cunningham. “It was something small, but big at the same time, for us to show our appreciation.”