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Student assists others in finding road home

Matthew Desaro plans to continue leading Binghamton’s student-run Escape bus company into the future by taking advantage of new ways to connect with riders.

As executive director-elect, Desaro said he will further implement the changes to Escape being made by current leader Danielle Drasser, which include using the company’s Twitter page, updating its SA-sponsored Web site and answering questions via e-mail.

“We’re trying to do more things to reach out to students and get the word out to have people understand exactly what we’re all about,” Desaro said. “There is a lot of competition out there and it’s tough as a student group to compete with these corporations, so it takes a lot of ingenuity and understanding of what your competitive advantages are.”

For transportation home on holiday breaks, hundreds of students routinely choose Escape as their travel provider. The company departs from Binghamton to destinations throughout the five boroughs and Long Island.

On the new Escape Web site, students can also find out information about trips by chatting with its directors through Meebo, a built-in online chat client.

DeSaro got started with Escape as a standard worker before moving up as director of home trips.

The 22-year-old Staten Island native graduated last May with a bachelor’s degree in management with a concentration in leadership and consulting, and a bachelor’s degree in political science, with a concentration in law in politics. He is now pursuing his master’s degree in public administration.

Anthony Mascolo ’77, who taught a pro-bono law class at Desaro’s high school, recommended Binghamton University.

“I happened to get close with him and he kept stressing Binghamton (as an option),” Desaro said. “I took his word for it, came up here, and took a tour and fell in love with the place. I like the idea of real student involvement that is stressed here.”

Outside of working at Escape, Desaro is in his fourth year of being a residential assistant and has worked as a tour guide, judicial board member and in the admissions office.

Allison Alden, a professor in the master’s of public administration program, said Desaro also helped welcome a guest speaker to the program by taking him out to dinner.

“He’s an excellent student overall, but as a person, I just think he has all kinds of potential and I can see when he begins to work in public admin he will be a tremendous addition to the field,” she said.

After Binghamton, Desaro hopes to go to law school and possibly become involved with politics.

“I feel like through my undergraduate, graduate work and interests that I have a real passion for politics and policy, so it may actually end up happening,” he said. “We’ll see.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08