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Michael Romano a.k.a.
"Mr. Northeastern"

Middler Michael Romano is majoring in international business, but has an unofficial second major in politics. His involvement with the Student Government Association — first as a senator, then as executive vice president, and now as president — has helped him develop "invaluable people, political, and interpersonal skills," he reports.

"It's great, because
students are acknowledged as an important part
of the governance
structure. Students on
this campus have more
of an active say than any other school I know."

"When I came to Northeastern, I was that this was an institution where students could play an active role in improving and enhancing the University. Today, we have more than 200 student organizations, the most we've had in Northeastern's history.

"It's great, because students are acknowledged as an important part of the governance structure. Students on this campus have more of an active say than any other school I know."

Romano's knowledge of the governing structures at other colleges and universities has grown through leading a new organization: The Boston Intercollegiate Government (BIG).

"It's a group of student governments from all the Boston colleges," he explains. "Northeastern was instrumental in forming it last year."

This year, Romano serves as chair to BIG. To date, the consortium has met with Boston mayor Thomas Menino, registered more than 200 college students to vote, and successfully lobbied city officials to keep late-night subway and bus service.

"So many college students use the service. We worked hard to make sure we didn't lose it," he says. Although Romano has enjoyed learning more about area schools, "I'm all about Northeastern," he asserts. A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Romano has spent the last three years on campus, even through summer and winter breaks.

"I love Northeastern. I think the feel of the school has to do a lot with campus itself. West Campus is amazing — that's one of my favorite places. I also like the view from the roof of Columbus Garage: you can see the whole city, and then the Northeastern campus."

Romano's pride in the University was confirmed last summer when he hosted a BIG meeting. "We were sitting on the balcony of the Curry Student Center. 'Wow!' people said, looking down over the quad. 'This is great!'" he recounts. "You can't beat that."

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  This article appeared in the Spring 2004 issue of Pathways: The Leadership Campaign.          

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