|From left: Jacob Ruppal, Adam Burke, Alex Getty, Josh Smith, Conner Finlay, David Pisano.
In a world filled with fear and conflict, security
practices and research are of the utmost importance,
or so one would think. The Security
Practices and Research Student Association
(SPARSA), a Student Government (SG) recognized
club, has found itself without a home once
again. According to Alex Getty, a fourth year Applied
Networking and System Administration
student and President of SPARSA, the club has
struggled to maintain a permanent location on
The club, which started in 2001 shortly after the
events of September 11, was formed in response
to the growing importance of security in the
modern era. Per Getty, “There was no student
academic organization that focused on security...
It started with four or five guys who were
writing papers on security.”
SPARSA’s first “office” was a small closet on the
second floor of the Golisano College of Computing
and Information Sciences (GCCIS), stated
Getty. “The area was fairly small, but it did what
we wanted it to do.” However, after about eight
months, they were asked to vacate the closet, forcing the group to pack up
their equipment and relocate it to Getty’s apartment.
“My living room was full of computers.
It stayed that way for two months,” recalled
After following the chain of command,
he eventually found himself e-mailing President
William Destler, who was just starting his term.
“He responded to my e-mail within 15 minutes
[and] personally put someone on our case...
and she had us an office within two days...
It was amazing.”
“As of two weeks into this summer... with the
Golisano Institute of Sustainability coming
in, they needed that space, which is an office
with an adjoining larger space... they were going
to use that space for a new department,”
said Getty, who once again had to begin the arduous
process of finding office space. “Part of
this is that we’re all real students, and we all
have real jobs… it seems like I’m always getting
hammered with requests to move,” says Getty.
SPARSA is currently looking to SG for help in obtaining
club space. Unlike many clubs, SPARSA
requires a permanent place to store and provide
power and network access to different research
projects. SG guidelines, however, do not provide
clubs with permanent meeting spaces.
While the new SAU renovations will provide
more club space, they will be shared among approximately
180 student organizations that SG
currently recognizes. Clubs that require permanent
areas, such as the Mini-Baja Club and the
Micro-Air Vehicle Club, are provided with such
areas through specific colleges.
SG has requested more information about the
situation the club is facing, said Matt Danna,
a third year Information Technology student
and Acting President of SG, but has yet to receive
return correspondence on the matter.
Given more details, SG would be happy to meet
with SPARSA and GCCIS, according to Danna.