Get interested in the Buzz

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Guilford is a college of students and professors who value transparency and open communication, and the college delivers this in part through the Buzz.

But as it stands right now it seems that the Buzz is ineffective because of our lack of concern for the information within.

Essentially the Buzz replaced rampant mass emails and mass voicemails and has served the purpose of eliminating the clutter of those processes.

In 2003, President and Professor of Political Science Kent Chabotar brought the idea of Guilford’s Buzz with him when he became president, according to vice president of marketing Ty Buckner. This is a measure that would be more effective if more students actually read the Buzz.

“It has also drawn attention to the emergency nature of a mass email or voicemail message from the College,” said Buckner. “All in all, a success in my opinion.”

Recently in a private conversation, a CCE SGA board member stated that CCE students were hard to reach because they simply did not read their email, the Buzz, or even The Guilfordian. It was as if some simply did not care, were uninterested, or were too busy.

User Services Manager Teresa Sanford told The Guilfordian that some people scoff at the idea of having to read the Buzz.

“It’s sad actually to hear someone be so proud of the fact that they don’t read the only sanctioned form of mass communication on campus, but also hear them be the first to complain when they don’t know something,” said Sanford.

As a college student, I want to be in tune with what is going on at my college — even if I am not planning on taking part in the events. We are being taught to be critical thinkers and how to be aware of the local, national and world events taking place around us, so it would stand to reason that we would want to know what is happening in our back yard.

In a Guilfordian survey of 52 students, both traditional and CCE, placed on Facebook and the Buzz, 41.7 percent of the students polled said they felt their peers used the Buzz, 38.9 percent said their peers did not and 19.4 percent said “they didn’t know. 84.6 percent of those surveyed said they read the Buzz daily while 13.5 percent said they only did once in a while.

On the other end of the spectrum, traditional students at times have to deal with a deluge of homework and reading and do not have time to read the Buzz.

One of my professors said, “You know college isn’t just about papers. Get out and be involved.”

I wondered if he had forgotten the homework he had recently assigned and how impossible, at times, it makes students’ lives.

Still, there is no reason that, as students, we cannot take the time to read the Buzz and make ourselves aware of what is going on around campus.

“It only takes five minutes to browse the Buzz and it can be uploaded to most mobile devices,” said Sanford.

For better or worse, the centralized platform we have for campus wide communication is the Buzz. Short of blaring public service announcements at the start of every class, it is what we have to work with. Why not give it a shot?