Archive for October 2009

Clippers Head to Regionals

October 20, 2009

By Nicole DeCoursey

After going undefeated since their opening match in September against Dutchess Community College the girl’s tennis team is gearing up for regionals with a 6-0 record.

The girls and tennis Coach Chris A. Cosenza who received coach of the year in 2006, will head to Orange County Community College in New Jersey where they have a number one seed. A win at regionals could send the team to nationals in the spring.

With their season coming to a rapid end, the Clippers prepared to play against their final tough competitors, Fashion Institute of Technology but that was not the case for our opponents. F.I.T. forfeited the match on Friday because they only had two players attend giving the Clippers another win. With another win, the lady Clippers prepared for their last and final match on Sunday against Orange County but due to the weather the event was cancelled. Jill Frank, a sophomore and returning player from last year said the game was an exhibition and it will not be rescheduled.

With the last two games being either forfeited or cancelled, the team gained time to prepare for regionals. The Lady Clippers will head to regionals on Thursday October 22nd, in New Jersey where we have been attending since 2004. They are unsure of their competitors but are sure they will see their rival, Kingsborough County, where they hope to take another win. The Clippers defeated Kingsborough County on October 12th, 4-3.

“I am excited for regionals and can’t wait to see what we place. My teammates and I have had a great season and hope to head to nationals in the spring,” Frank said.

School Parking and Safety Has a Base to Build On

October 20, 2009

By Isacc Feldman

With all the new students rolling into Suffolk, mischief and mishaps are bound to happen. It’s been noted that over 2,200 more students have enrolled for the 2009 fall semester. Some students saw the increase as just added traffic to some already crammed campus roads. There is also noticeable congestion on the north road tee, where it has been said a traffic engineer firm will evaluate the situation and give their recommendations to the campus as soon as the end of the fall semester. The school may have to take one step back before they can take two steps forward.

Many would assume that with the additional students, that there would be a spike in the number of MVAs (motor vehicle accidents) this year. Last year there were 44 mva’s on the Suffolk grounds. Amazingly there have only been 19 accidents since the end of the spring 2009 semester. Even with all the new faces on campus the number of mvas seem to be on pace with last year.

Outside of car accidents, parking tickets are an issue for students. In the early weeks of the semester, students ignored the curb and stationed their cars across the lawn at parking lot four. “It was a hike” said Mike Kowalski, a Liberal Arts major, referring to having to get to class. When asked if he was worried about getting a ticket, “No, why should I be? Teachers care a lot about lateness and absences, the school and security guards should understand.” said Kowlaski. Students may have thought that they were lucky by not getting ticketed for where they were parking, but the school listened. John Williams, Dean of Public Safety believes the school is acting fairly and trying to balance the situation. “Parking is very difficult…early in the semester. For classes occurring between 10a.m. and 1p.m. there will be no summons given due to the overcrowding,” said Williams.

Every student always wants to leave their mark on the college they attend, but sometimes it goes a little too far. Since the beginning of the semester security has been on the watch for trends and offensive marks of graffiti. Luckily most of the names have been similar to screen names or profile tags. “It’s been an issue for years,” said Williams, who tries to prevent patterns or trends from happening. Dean Williams also added that none of the marks were gang related, which is great information.

With a school as big as Suffolk there are many moving parts that have to get accounted for on a daily basis. From traffic to graffiti the school’s security tries to jump on any potential situations. Director Williams shed some light about how Suffolk would try to stay ahead of the curve. “We have increased our technology with PBA’s, and are conducting shelter drills,” said Williams.

Alma Reed Changed the World

October 19, 2009

By: Lisa Ricottone

Alma Reed (Photo, compliments of La Jornada)

Alma Reed (Photo, compliments of La Jornada)


Women all around the world are inspired by this woman. With no specialized degree or schooling, Alma Reed was a journalist, self-taught in archeology as well as art and was able to change some laws along the way that saved and improved many lives. “I’m inspired by her because of her go-getting attitude. She loved what she did and didn’t let anything stop her from doing it,” Kelly Florez, Suffolk County Community College Woman’s club advisor explains.

Alma Reed was born in the late 1800’s in San Francisco California. The beginning of her journalist career was as a “sob sister” or a money raising journalist for the underprivileged. Reed was given an opportunity to expand her stories so she was sent to interview and note inmates at San Quentin prison. There she met Simon Ruiz 17, a boy serving the death penalty. Reed wrote an article on opposing the death penalty to minors and was granted a new law in the state of California, no one under the age of 18 can receive the death penalty. She reached out to women saying, “This is could be your son.” Notifying them of the importance it has on not just for Simon Ruiz, but all minors.

Reed was then offered to travel to Mexico where she met Edward Thompson. Thompson purchased land with the ruins of Chechen Itza, and smuggled over 2 million dollars worth of artifacts to the Harvard University Museum. Thompson offered to tell Reed, and also signed for proof for an article. It was then published in the New York Times, and artifacts were returned to the ruins, thanks to Reed.

Intrigued by his accomplishments, Reed was given the opportunity to interview the governor of the Yucatan, Filipe Carrillo. In 1923 Carrillo established feminism in Yucatan, Citra, along with woman’s right to vote, and legalized divorce along with birth control. He also redistributed land to the Indians and translated the constitution to Mayan to inform them of their rights.
Alma Reed adored his accomplishments and his beliefs and soon the two were in love. Carrillo had a song composed for Alma Reed called “Peregrina” which is still played today. “The song chokes me up a bit. It reminds me of my mom. She loved that song,” Florez replies.

Unfortunately their romance didn’t last long. Jealous of Carrillo’s power, his three brothers assassinated him in Jan. of 1924. Although his death was very tragic for her, she still had the ambition to move on and be a part of an exciting life. She traveled to Carthage for the New York Times and was hailed as the only archeological reporter in the world. Reed was granted a scholarship to a University in Naples Italy and stayed there for some time.

From 1930 to 1940, Alma Reed sponsored struggling painters and artists for and then moved to Cozumel Mexico where she became a historian and an unofficial publicist taking pictures. Sadly, in 1966 Alma Reed died in Mexico City of a heart arrhythmia. She was buried Oct. 17th of 1967, in a general cemetery, in Merida, Yucatan across from Filipe Carrillo, where her accomplishments were engraved forever on her tombstone.

Selden Defeats Rockland, 1-0

October 19, 2009

By Thomas Houghton

(Photo, compliments of the NJCAA)

(Photo, compliments of the NJCAA)

On a cool brisk Saturday afternoon, the Suffolk Men’s soccer team took the field against the Community College of Rockland. These two teams would battle to decide who would come out victorious in a close match.
In the first half each team both saw their fair share of opportunities to go ahead. In the 28th minute Rockland County’s center midfielder played a ball that go past the Suffolk defense, Joe Posillico fouled the man to prevent a break away. Rockland had a free kick 25 yards out; their forward hit a beautiful shot, but was denied by a tremendous save from Suffolk’s goalkeeper, Marvin Sorto. When asked about the save, Marvin said, “It was a big save, I knew I had to keep us in the game, and keep our shutout streak going.”
The Suffolk Men’s soccer team has an astonishing 54 goals scored, and they have only let up a measly 4 goals. With these numbers it has helped the soccer team reach a number two national ranking, and they were ranked number 1 all of last season. Coach Frank Vertullo said on his team’s success, “We have a great group of guys, they love being around each other and always work hard. We have the chemistry and team make-up to win a national championship this year.”
In the first half with the half winding down, the Suffolk Men’s soccer team had a throw in deep in Rockland’s half, Tom Houghton threw it into the box and Matt Starin took a shot that gave the team a 1-0 lead, and there was no looking back from there.
The teams came out and battled for another forty-five minutes. Each team had their opportunities to score, but the game ended in a 1-0 win for Suffolk, to improve their record to 12-0-2. When asked about the game center-midfielder Lervis Reyes said, “Sometimes we don’t win pretty, but the sign of a good team is the way they battle when they’re not playing well, and still survive to get the win.”
The Suffolk Men’s soccer team still has two regular season games left against Westchester Community College on Thursday Oct. 15, and their season finale against their rival Ulster Community College on Sunday Oct. 18, at 2:00 at the Ammerman campus. They are playing for the number one seed in there conference and looking to get home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Dying To Be Heard

October 16, 2009

>By Lisa Behnke

In a recent conversation on campus, some students began to discuss what worries them. One of the most common fears was, Necrophobia, the fear of death. This disturbing phobia affects more people than you might think.

Jillian Bankoff, a student on the Ammerman campus, discussed having a large family and how she dreads having to attend funerals. “It’s scary to know that it can end at any time,” Bankoff, said.

If being afraid of anything associated with death, such as funerals, entering hospitals or the less obvious scary movies, then you might suffer from Necrophobia. People with extreme cases, generally experience a paralyzing level of fear. A fear that becomes so strong that it interferes with everything in their lives.

The fear of dying dates back to the time of Greek Philosopher Epicurus who lived from 341 B.C. to 270 B.C. He believed that the goal of Philosophy was to alleviate one’s omnipresent fear of death. Developing the tools to alleviate this fear by using powerful thought experiments is what modern day Psychotherapists are doing. Such is the case for Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., who has dedicated much of his life to the practice of Psychotherapy and written the book, ‘Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death.’ As the books title suggests, it is a copulation of his years of helping patients overcome the terror of death. “Its not easy to live every moment wholly aware of death,” said Yalom.

The fear of death itself can lead to strong feelings of dread, paranoia, and anxiety. Phobia sufferers feel terrified when they are not in complete control. This becomes so powerful an experience for the sufferer that ultimately it develops into an irrational fear of dying or anything associated with death.

On the other hand, John Lewis, a Physics major and the Editor-and-Chief of Evolution, witnessed first hand the effects of just the opposite. A 17-year-old friend, who had no fear of death, subsequently died of an overdose of heroin. “She had it coming because she wouldn’t listen to the people who cared about her,” Lewis, said. She knew the consequences could lead to death, “Heroin is cool, all of my friend are doing it,” Lewis recalls her saying.

Having a handle on what worries you and finding what steps to take to conquer it could mean the difference between life and death.

Therapy, including hypnosis and NLP therapy can help those who suffer from Necrophobia, as well as other phobias. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as “a model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship between successful patterns of behavior and the subjective experiences (esp. patterns of thought) underlying them. A system of alternative therapy based on this which seeks to educate people in self-awareness and effective communication, and to change their patterns of mental and emotional behavior.”

Phobia treatment through Ericksonian hypnotherapy, named after Milton Erickson, MD, its creator, has helped patients re-shape the unconscious thought processes responsible for phobias. Some of the fears associated with dying according to http://www.phobia-fear-release.com are as follows:

• You cannot breath
• You feel as if you are soon to faint
• You tend to sweat
• You suffer from queasiness and you feel like vomiting
• Your mouth becomes dry and your limbs start shaking
• Your heart starts palpitating faster and you can’t think or speak clearly
• You feel as if you are going mad and you are unable to control your nerves
• You experience constant panic attacks
• You are afraid of everything unknown and unfamiliar
• You suffer from a continuous sickly feeling resulting in a fear of dying

Some reasons associated with a fear of dying are:

• Now you are rich, but when you die, you have to leave your wealth behind
• You don’t want to die because you are afraid of going to hell
• For Buddhists and Hindus who believe in rebirth death is fearful because they don’t know what they would be in the life thereafter
• You may be afraid of death because you believe that you will become a ghost after you are dead and you hate to be a spirit floating around aimlessly

Jan Heering, a Phobia Treatment Expert and founder of the Morpheus Institute in Amsterdam is one of several proclaimed phobia experts who claim to be able to cure people with many types of phobia’s. Whether or not you believe in the Necrophobia, the people who suffer from it have real anxiety. If you or anyone you know suffers from it, the best advice would be to seek the help of a medical doctor trained in Psychotherapy and NLP.

Local veterinarian addresses psychology club

October 15, 2009

Patchogue Veterinarian Dr. Dave Hensen talked about animal assisted therapy in the Southampton building last week. (Photo, compliments of Dr. Hensen)

Patchogue Veterinarian Dr. Dave Hensen talked about animal assisted therapy in the Southampton building last week. (Photo, compliments of Dr. Hensen)


By Siobhan Cassidy
Approximately 74.8 million individually owned dogs live in America as household pets. Your dog is probably one of these four-legged friends. But did you ever think your dog could have a job assisting people?

“The bond between human and dog is natural,” explains Dr. David Roy Hensen who is the founder of Patchogue Rotary Animal Assisted Therapy (PRAAT), along with wife Dr. Deirdre M. Hensen.

Dr. Hensen visited the Ammerman campus Psychology Club Sept. 30 in the Southampton building to discuss PRATT and animal assisted therapy. PRAAT was created when the Hensens wanted to get involved with their community. Enhancing this natural relationship came as an obvious idea to him and his wife. PRATT assigns dogs to visit various hospitals, mental facilities, libraries and schools to spread this natural connection through love and compassion.

Dr. Dave Hensen discussed the difference between animal-assisted therapy and animal-assisted activity with about 25 students who attended the lecture.

An activity dog does not have a job but is allowed to visit various facilities. During their meet-and-greet visit the dogs help give and hopefully receive love and compassion. Therapy dogs have specific jobs to do with stated goals. They are individually placed with patients for a one on one connection. Some goals therapy dogs will have to achieve are: picking up dropped items, bringing items from room to room for the individual, protecting the individual and playing. Ultimately, the therapy dogs at PRATT have a lot on their paws in comparison to activity dogs.

“Therapy dogs are incredibly successful,” Dr. Dave Hensen said. In fact, recently a story aired on The Early Show about dogs teaching children to read.

“Reading out loud helps reading comprehension. And reading to a dog is apparently less scary than reading to a person,” The Early Show’s resident veterinarian, Dr. Debbye Turner explains. Recent studies indicate 40 percent of children in the United States are reading below a fourth-grade level. Principal Kathy Brake at Washington Grove School, where therapy dogs are used to improve children’s reading level, mentions that reading needs to be fun to keep children interested. When the children are interested they will read more, improving their reading comprehension. She admits, ” ‘If we don’t have children reading on grade-level by the end of the second grade, we begin to lose them.” Therapy dogs seem to be successful in this area, especially since they are free of charge.

Animal-assisted therapy offers numerous benefits, many that resemble a pet owner’s benefits. Dr. Hensen lists them as unconscious but effective benefits. People tend to live longer with the compassion of a pet, possibly because it gives the person a job to do and a purpose in life. These dogs leave a permanent memory imprint. Dogs can enhance self-esteem and responsibility of any person, at any age.

“Dogs are totally unjudgemental,” Dr. Hensen explains. People may feel more comfortable around a dog rather than another person.

Although animal-assisted therapy has been around for the past 10-15 years, it is becoming more popular with local veterinarians today. In this harsh economic time, this type of therapy is effective and not highly priced. These dogs are leaving a hefty paw print in many people’s memories, and will continue to do so for several years.

School to Enforce Stricter Penalties for Smoking

October 13, 2009

By Nicole DeCoursey

Image by Gerry Scappaticci via Flickr.

Image by Gerry Scappaticci via Flickr.

After a college based e-mail brief arrived in students’ inboxes, many have not stopped talking about the smoke free environment policy. The Associate Deans of Student Services from all three campuses sent the email on Sept. 1 informing students of the changes to the the policy, which was stated to take effect immediately.

The college e-mail stated smoking will be prohibited in college buildings and vehicles, along with extending the no-smoking area to within 50 ft. of any building. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside the buildings and the board of trustees has approved a $15 fine for violators of this policy. The College is in compliance with New York State Health Law Article 13E and Suffolk County Local Law 12, which regulate smoking in public places, including work sites. These fines are to be enforced strictly by Public Safety and violators may be subjected to judicial proceedings.

Some students have negative feelings toward the new smoking policy. Keri Bernstein, a psychology major, said she thought the policy “is ridiculous and they have no right to tell me if I can smoke here or for that matter anywhere on campus.” When asked if she would pay the fine and she giggled and stated, “Suffolk is just making more work for themselves.” A large percentage of students on the Ammerman campus smoke, and it will likely be difficult to discipline the large amount of students who are likely to break the rules.

As an educational institution, the college is in an excellent position to be a leader in promoting public health. A former SCCC student, Ashley Kammerer, feels that a stronger anti-smoking policy is good, “this is a great way to prevent second hand smoke to all those people protecting their health.” Kammerer was a pack-a-day smoker when she was a student at the College and now has been smoke-free for the past six months. According to her, “there is nothing worse than walking through a cloud of smoke before entering the building, especially if you recently quit.”


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