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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Graduation problems at Siena...

You're telling me they don't have a contingency plan for this problem?:
The morning's steady, cold soaking chased the Loudonville school's 65th commencement inside for the first time in recent memory and caused a confrontation when several dozen of the graduates' friends and families were initially kept out because college officials grew concerned there might not be enough room in the gym to fit them all.

Campus security and Colonie Police stood guard at the gym doors and struggled to hold them closed from the inside while an incensed crowd of attendees pounded on the doors and yelled, blocking the 824 graduates from marching in and delaying the commencement for nearly an hour.

"I really think we should call for help," said one official at the height of the tension.

Eventually, everyone appeared to get in, but only after the graduates marched to their seats and about 100 members of the faculty were dismissed to make room for more guests.
This is an issue at almost any college graduation that is going to be outdoors, but usually it is dealt with ahead of time - each graduate is notified that if the event must be moved inside, they only get a certain amount of tickets for family members to get it.

If Siena did not plan for that possibility, I feel very badly for anyone who's college graduation was hampered by the school's overlooking such a detail.
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