April 1 — There are changes being made at St. Francis College that are going to affect everyone. Starting May 2011, every student is going to need 100 hours of community service completed and documented before graduation.

Every student must do some kind of community service in which they are not paid — and this does not include any internship or field experience.

Since this requirement is just coming into play, for each year that you have already been enrolled at St. Francis College, you are to take 25 hours off the requirement.

For example, if in Fall 2010 you are going to be a sophomore, you will need to complete 75 hours of community service before graduation. If you are going to be a senior in the Fall, then you must complete 25 hours.

“This isn’t fair,” said John Demise. “Most of us have jobs and other responsibilities that we need to take care of. If someone wants to perform community service, then they should do it, but the school shouldn’t force this on us.”

SFC Director of Affairs, Sal D’Amato, believes the community service requirement will showcase St. Francis College’s strong Christian values.

“This is a Catholic institute. We pride ourselves in being involved with the community. Most students come and go, but this will allow them to become more involved. It might seem like a hassle at first, but I guarantee that it will be a rewarding experience for everyone involved.”

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