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Student leaders hope to accomplish big goals


Matt Danna and Jackie Robinson represent the incoming Student Government administration. Danna was Student Government vice president this year.

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A new Student Government administration is set to take office in September, and it has some big goals in mind.

“We want to put the ‘T’ back in RIT,” says Matt Danna, a third-year information technology major and the incoming Student Government president. “A lot of students come to this school because it’s a school of technology. But recently, we’ve lacked technology. Steps have been taken to try to correct that, but we think more should be done.”

Danna’s plans include pushing for more “smart” classrooms and more projectors and for faculty to do more to integrate technology into the curriculum.

Danna has teamed with incoming vice president Jackie Robinson. Robinson, a fourth-year accounting major, has been part of the Off Campus and Apartment Student Association for the past two years.

“I’ve been reaching out to off- campus students over the past couple years and am proud of what we’ve accomplished,” Robinson says. “But now I want to be able to reach out to more students on a whole new level.”

Danna may be familiar to many on campus. He spent this past academic year as Student Government vice president. One of his major accomplishments was organizing The Real RIT: Dorm Challenge in January, where various administrators spent two nights and three days in the residence halls to get a better perspective on life in the dorms.

Organizing the challenge has already paid off. Danna says RIT President Bill Destler has pledged to begin converting lounge space that had been used for student housing back into lounge space once the new Global Village housing complex opens.

One of the duos most tangible and, according to them, most important goals is to push for the creation of a central room reservation system.

“Each office and department handles room reservations differently. Some use paper and pen, some use a computer system. But it’s all spread out. It’s a perfect example of the silos that exist at RIT,” says Danna. “Students who are actively involved on campus tell us that reserving rooms for activities is one of the most challenging things they face. We want one office to handle it for the entire campus.”

To view Danna and Robinson’s entire platform, visit www.mattandjackie.org.

John Follaco

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