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Commuters spend some extra time on campus

Commuter students had the chance to kick back this week and enjoy some events they may have normally sacrificed to catch a bus or beat traffic.

Commuter Pride Week is being held this week, between March 14 and 18. A series of events are offered, ranging from laser tag to a comedy show. All events are free with a Storm Card, according to the Student Life Web site.

Students have also been offered a free continental breakfast in the D’Angelo Center every morning of the week. They were also given commuter pride souvenirs and could voice their opinions and concerns with administrators.

Flyers targeted toward commuter awareness listed some other benefits of attending Commuter Week. They stated that free round-trip Metro Cards would be given out by the Student Programming Board and the Commuter Connection Committee.

The Little Theater also presented several presentations of the film Tron Legacy.

MVP points were awarded to students who attended any of the events. The events list also featured workshops to help students decide on a major or enter the job market.

However, many commuter students found themselves unable to attend. Tim Bennani, a freshman, said he was unaware that Commuter Week was taking place. Bennani normally attends classes at the Staten Island campus but comes to Queens for a night class once a week. He explained that because of this he would not be able to attend any of the events on campus.

Other students found themselves in the same situation. Jack Chen, a sophomore who commutes from Flushing, said his schedule conflicts with going to any of the events. Regardless he agreed with the concept of the week.

“I would say Commuter Week is a good idea,” Chen said.

The week was not limited to only undergraduate students but commuting graduate students as well. Thomas Martin, who is pursuing a graduate degree in adolescent education, said he received e-mails to notify him about events.

Martin said that he normally comes for classes and believes most events on campus are directed toward resident students.

“If I lived on campus, I’d probably be involved more,” Martin said.

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