Editorial: Positive changes, successful year

Another year has come and gone, but this year is no different in terms of many positives and few negatives. In February, Junior Nina Joffe received a $6,250 grant to continue scientific research on the relationship between the salamanders and algae on Rider’s campus. In March, more than 1,000 participants and spectators came to the Student Recreation Center and raised more than $55,000 for the American Cancer Society. Westminster sophomore Thomas LaVoy just saw one of his choral compositions published by highly acclaimed choral conductor Harold Rosenbaum in the Harold Rosenbaum Choral Series.

Rider saw its field hockey team win its first Northeast Conference (NEC) Championship title since 2004. The Broncs had one of their best seasons in program history, with many thanks to its talented threesome of juniors Virginia Egusquiza and Megan Pisani and freshman Sandra Penas. Egusquiza won her second straight NEC Player of the Year award and Pisani took home the NEC Offensive Player of the Year honor, while Penas was awarded NEC Rookie of the Year. Rider finished 16-4 overall with a perfect mark in conference play.

There also were improvements at Daly’s. In September, it was apparent that something had changed. With the new permanent location of the pasta and dessert stations and the salad and sandwich bars being moved, the flow of the dining hall had improved, making it easier to get from one part of the meal to the next. In addition, it was confirmed that Rider was looking to possibly hire a new food service provider, and after much deliberation, it has now been confirmed that Aramark will be returning in the fall.

On the negative side, the latest issue at the end of this year on everyone’s minds was Tony Kadyhrob and campus security. When Kadyhrob allegedly tried to lure a female student into his car on March 28, it caused students to go from feeling at ease on campus to wondering why our school was so easily accessible. The fact that Kadyhrob could just walk on to campus and no one gave him a second thought led students to believe that the campus wasn’t safe. In the end, though, students should realize that there are precautions they can take to protect themselves. They should always be aware of their surroundings and what they can do to keep themselves and others safe.

Since late last year, Rider has been hearing about the construction of a new academic building and the expansion of the Bart Luedeke Center (BLC). This school year, we’ve been dealing with the noise from the work being done on the buildings and the extra traffic it occasionally caused. But, the process has been continuing at a steady rate and both campus buildings will be completed for students to enjoy by this fall.

With the end of this year comes the approaching start of next year, and we already have a few things to look forward to. The construction is scheduled to be completed by September and the academic building, which will feature 11 classrooms and 16 academic offices, will be the location for mostly history and political science classes. Musical theater majors will be especially pleased with the improved BLC – a larger stage, more dressing rooms, a multipurpose room and a dance rehearsal stage.

Even though Aramark will be returning to Rider, it will still have to make some changes in order to meet students’ wants and needs. In addition, the layout of Daly’s will likely be rearranged again. As long as the new layout is as easy to move through as it currently is, there shouldn’t be any problems with the change.

Something else to look forward to is the upcoming makeover of Blackboard. In addition to being able to change the colors on the page, you can rearrange all of your links and add boxes to the home page such as a dictionary box or one that connects you to the campus Course Catalog. The layout is set to be launched on May 13, just in time for summer sessions.

Rider has had another noteworthy year. We’ve had our wins and we’ve had our losses, and we look forward to another successful school year in the fall.

This weekly editorial expresses the majority opinion of The Rider News. This week’s editorial was written by the Opinion Editor, Angelique Lee.

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