Name: Michael Malpiedi
Experience / Intent and Objectives:
I’m Michael Malpiedi, a freshman here at Bridgewater State College and I reside in Shea Durgin Hall. I am part of the class of 2012 and I am an English major with a Secondary Education minor. I will be running for President of the Residence Hall Association for the upcoming 2009-2010 school year.
I have been attending RHA since mid February and attended one of final meetings in the fall semester. I have not held any prior leadership positions on campus, but I hopefully will have been an Orientation Leader in the summer and a Resident Assistant in the fall. I am involved in many different clubs and organizations on campus. I am apart of Men Integrated In Brotherhood, WBIM, and have been involved with Ensemble theater. I recently made Dean's List this past semester and have gone through both the Freshman Focus and FYRE Leadership programs. I also had the opportunity to perform in Ensemble theaters production of “The Eight: The Reindeer Monologues” as Cupid.
As a Bridgewater State College student I thoroughly enjoy all the programs and events put on by the various organizations of BSC. I love seeing the diversity that is promoted by the Bridgewater State College campus. For example, recently I walked through the RCC and was able to stop and see all the different types of African Sculptures, dolls, masks, etc, as part of African Awareness Week. I got to enjoy some of Jamaica's traditional foods as well. As part of MIB, Men Integrated In Brotherhood, I have been able to participate in many different events such as Sex and Chocolate where we had an open discussion with students about various sex related topics. Being able to see all this different types of events is what truly makes being a resident at BSC special. My only problem is that I feel most organizations do not put necessarily enough effort into advertising their events. I feel that students that are a part of most organizations do not put enough into their respective organizations. I feel this factors into the reason why many resident students go home for a majority of the weekends during the semesters. I feel that we need to put more into our organizations and start putting effort into what we do. I want residents to stay and enjoy what BSC truly has to offer. In order for that to happen, we need to truly stop being lazy and start truly embracing our clubs. Too often do I see people in clubs say “Oh yeah I'm going to do this or I sure I'll help with this” and then they never pull through. I have also seen members who show up to a few meetings and never help with events. That's why I want to be President of RHA. To bring people together and to get not just our residents, but our own members interested in BSC again and what it has to offer.
That is what I feel is the biggest problem facing BSC students, lack of interest in the campus. As President of RHA, I will dedicate all my effort in to getting that interest from residents. I want RHA to grow and expand. To go for more events that promote or group and to start trying to make connections with other groups as well. I want to see if we can work with others to get this campus and its organizations thriving again.
Last Modified: March 31, 2009