By Adam Gentile
Editor in Chief
A wide-eyed freshman wants to find an extracurricular outlet where she can continue to live her creed of trying to help as many people as she can. Luckily enough for her, CCM has volunteer-based clubs in abundance, however, she decided to ask herself a question “where can I go to have a platform that can truly make a difference?” The answer that she arrived at was the Student Government Association (SGA), a platform that can enable her to help the entire student body and the surrounding communities. Fast forward to June of 2020 and now she finds herself as the new SGA president, Jenna Curran.
. Curran comes from the town of Denville and is studying political science. Curran mentioned that throughout her life her parents have helped to instill her values of helping as many people as she can.
“I have always been someone who loves to help people,” Curran said. “My family raised me to always help somebody no matter who it is. If there is something that you can do to help them you help them, because you don’t know what they’ve been through.”
Curran mentions that during her first semester as a student senator she found that she had an affinity for government.
“I was a senator for the student affairs committee the first semester and I loved it,” Curran said. “So after I get my associates at CCM I’m planning on studying political science and I’m on a pre-law track. I was really just planning on going into law and becoming an attorney, but I didn’t realize how much I would love government. But now that I’m in it and have worked on all of these projects, which unfortunately didn’t happen due to COVID, I really got to understand the potential of what government can do.”
One of Curran’s canceled projects included the Escape the Vape event that was planned for May 1, however, Curran mentions that she plans on hosting anti-vaping style events when organized events can be reintroduced to campus.
Since becoming president, Curran mentioned she has been in meetings with several of CCM’s deans, along with the vice president of student development and enrollment management Dr. Bette Simmons, and CCM president Dr. Anthony Iocono, and hopes that with these connections she can be more effective at organizing projects that can help the students.
Curran mentions that she believes that the role of SGA as a group is to act as an intermediary between the students and the administration of CCM.
“The students are not given as great of a platform as we are,” Curran said. “For example, I have had constant contact with Dr. Iocono. I know that if I send him an email right now he will respond to me, but maybe if a student who was not involved in student government did they might not receive the same response that I would get, and because of that a big part of my campaign was to improve communication between us [SGA] and the students, because if they are not telling us what needs to be done, then how can we help them get their message to whoever needs to hear it? And I really want to make sure that I can do whatever I can to help people no matter what problem they’re facing. I want to help them.”
Curran mentions that she believes that the best way for improving communication between SGA and the students of CCM involves making the organization feel more personal and by being the friendly face of the organization.
“This is a personal preference but I think people will be more responsive if a single person had control over the social media,” Curran said. “They’d say ‘Oh, Jenna Curran is running this I know who is behind the screen,’ because the alternative is if someone reaches out to say the SGA on Instagram, and you don’t know who’s on the other side you may feel a little uncomfortable and not reach out.”
Along with the @sga_ccm Instagram account, Curran has an alternative account currently named @curran_for_ccm_sga_president where she has a link in her bio that allows anyone from CCM to send to her comments, concerns, or complaints onto a google docs page.
Due to the current pandemic, it is uncertain whether or not the CCM campus will be open in the fall. However, if CCM is open, Curran’s communication improvements will not only be focused on social media improvement but on also being available for real-world conversations with any student who wishes to speak to her. Curran mentioned that a possible way that she will do this is by implementing office hours for students to come by and bring up their issues to her.
Another main part of Curran’s platform was to raise overall awareness of the SGA to CCM students as a whole, however, at the moment she is unsure how to implement that goal
“That’s the little problem we have. We aren’t sure how to get more people involved in our meetings and see how we’re voting and what we’re voting on so people can understand what we do,” Curran said. “We don’t just vote yes or no on things. We talk, we give reasoning, if we can get people to come to our meetings then they can see what we are doing and how the process works for us in order to do something.”
Curran mentions that at the end of her tenure she hopes that the SGA will become a group that all students know about, a group that all students approachable to all students, and a group that is known for helping members of the CCM campus and the community as a whole.