Commuters gather in Community to Kick off Semester


Commuter students gathered together for the first Commuter Street Team meeting of the semester in Miller Hall, including Club President, Jackie Demarco, leading the presentation on September 14, 2022 (Photo Credit: Sofia Filipe)

Sofia Filipe

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y – Miller Hall room 33 was filled with students throughout Westchester County, as the Commuter Street Team hosted its first club meeting of the semester this past Wednesday. 


The goal of the Commuter Street Team (CST) is to fulfill the needs and help overcome challenges within the commuter student population at Pace. CST President Jackie Demarco led her presentation by welcoming all new members and highlighting “This club is a safe space! It’s an opportunity to bond with other commuters who might share the same feelings as you while being on campus.” 


Discussing current issues that commuters are facing was a hot topic during this meeting. Many students expressed their disappointment and frustrations about the shuttle never arriving to campus on time from the Pleasantville Metro North Train Station, causing many students to be late or even miss their classes. Karen Sisa, junior commuter student, said “Even though I do not encounter this issue since I drive to school everyday, it is important for the Administration to notice these kinds of problems since commuters make up 40% of the school’s population.”


CST tries to compensate for these challenges and build community by hosting programs that are specifically geared towards the commuter student population. Demarco mentioned upcoming events open to all CST members, including a nature walk around campus, a meditation and stress relieving techniques class with a professional hypnotist, and an ice cream social with the FEA (Future Educators Association).


Members of the club expressed gratitude towards the end of the meeting for finding a community of people with shared experiences, and are looking forward to attending more events and meetings in the future.