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CSA: Commuter Student Association

A slightly obscure student organization, the Commuter Student Association (CSA) is supposed to be a club of commuters that are stationed in the Philadelphia House, that serves as the commuter lounge.

According to Rita Miller, associate director of housing and residential programs, the CSA tends to keep too low a profile on campus. Many students are not even aware that there is a CSA, and most commuter students are only familiar with the many random notes from the CSA placed all over the Philadelphia House.

“They were starting to lose momentum,” said Miller.

Hopefully, that will change this year as more students at the commuter lounge are interested in changing and improving the amenities available to them.

Outside of the Philadelphia House, which serves as the temporary home of MU's commuter students when they are on campus. Located on West Fredrick Street, across the street from Boyer Hall. Photo by Christian Shuts.
Outside of the Philadelphia House, which serves as the temporary home of MU's commuter students when they are on campus. Located on West Fredrick Street, across the street from Boyer Hall. Photo by Christian Shuts.

Christian Le, a junior commuting student, has expressed interest in serving as president of the CSA.

“There are a lot of things that need to be done to make life better [at the Philadelphia House],” said Le.

One of those things is the lack of funding available to the CSA to make improvements.
According to Barry Walton, academic systems specialist and advisor to the CSA, the CSA received no funding from the university, as told to him by Andrew Trout, a senior and former CSA president.

Funding is one of the primary concerns that Le said he would address to the university; should he become president. He also stated that as long as more people get involved, fundraisers would be a viable option for gaining additional funds.

In addition to funding, computers are the next major improvement that would be addressed. Old computers could probably be obtained for the Philadelphia House, according to Le.

The commuter lounge being devoid of working computers is a source of agitation for the students that spend time there and do not have lap-tops.

“I shouldn’t have to go to the library to use a computer,” said Senior Robert Peterson. “I should be able to stay here.”

The main "living room" inside the Philadelphia House; a place where some commuters come to sleep, watch movies, study, and eat. Photo by Christian Shuts.
The main "living room" inside the Philadelphia House; a place where some commuters come to sleep, watch movies, study, and eat. Photo by Christian Shuts.

Le also has plans in order to clean up the mess in the kitchen sink of the Philadelphia House.

“One of my personal goals is to get a dishwasher,” said Le.

According to Peterson, Le’s optimism and motivation would be beneficial in a president of the CSA, leading him to actually get things done where former CSA officers have been lacking.

“I think he’ll do awesome,” said Peterson.

Overall, most commuter students enjoy the homey aspect of the Philadelphia House; which, according to Peterson, is a “very relaxed, laid-back area to study.”
“It’s not well advertised, but it’s great,” said Le.