Daily Archives: May 4th, 2009

Are you listening to US?

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By Jessica Reed

A majority of students say that they don’t hear public announcements on a regular basis. It turns out that announcements are only coming through the Student Babylon Center.

Most of the students at the college don’t even know about the announcements and don’t have the time to participate in the events that are being announced. Sad but true. “I just go to school and go home. I don’t really care about anything else,” said one student. Another student commented on the bulletin board and made a remark saying, “The flyers are discrete in the corner on the wall, plus nobody notices it really.” Other students said the same thing as well. Can we solve this lack of getting public announcements out there to students? Are we really aware of them?

A reason that led to students not showing up for school events during common hour is because they are leaving for work after their classes are over. Also, most students prefer socializing in the cafeteria to pass time or talk to whomever they want. Other students don’t have the time to go due to studying for exams in the library.

This is the consequences of being at a Community college; many of the students here have their own responsibilities outside of campus, and really try their best to live their own lives. So students are not really motivated. It is up to them to make it to events.

Sharon Silverstein is the Director of Campus Activities and said many actions lead up to try to build on student activities. She makes sure overall that every event is organized properly. “I talk to whoever needs my guidance on ideas and help the advisor’s to work out their problems if they have difficulty,” Silverstein mentioned.

The other concern is that certain students do not know how to project their voices clear enough into the microphone. Therefore a disadvantage has come into play. If it is not clear we are not going to know what is going on. What Silverstein is trying to do is get the students that work at the information booth and try to train them so future announcements can come alive to students attention.

Eventually through time, the students will pay more attention. “The other concern is over doing the announcements can be irritating to the students as well,” Silverstein said. Now we understand the problem of communication between the colleagues and the announcers. Statistics have shown about 90% of the students and 10% percent of faculty staff make the announcements. So who is ineffective in this? If the staff is doing their job communicating, the students will become more knowledgable about how to use the device and messages will come out clearer.

One bright side is the activities and the treasures that organized the locations and events. About 336 participants showed up in the year of 2007-08 to every club. If no one shows up then the faculty advisors find out new ideas to organize it better. There are over 50 clubs and news events that go on in the evening and night during school hours.

“Our staff and I make a paper calendar of events every two weeks twice a month. It has everything at your advantage. Also it is a great way to socialize with other students here on campus and all the experiences you have will make you a better U.S. citizen,” said Silverstein.

To find more information on student activites, go to the student Babylon Center across from the Ammerman building. You’ll see students wearing green vests. They will be happier to give you the correct information of every event.

For even more information, log onto uswww.sunysuffolk.edu to look up different types of college athletics, clubs, and theatrical plays, and also to find out what is going on outside of campus. This portal is run by Dr. Bright Associate Vice President of the Student Portal. He is the one that designed the website.

While enjoying the time that you have at the college, utilize the free time by signing up for a club during common hour every Wednesday from 11-12:30pm. It will help with your leadership skills far as working others.

Now, getting the help from faculty staff, as well as Silverstein, will bring out more of Suffolk’s pride. Students will show more respect for our school’s cultural viewpoints. Which is a community blended with different types of cultures and opinions on society. This is what school events are for. If students go to the clubs and outside events they can have a better understanding on how people think as an individual. Well listen up don’t you have to be somewhere?

Professors enlighten art students

By Jessica Reed

In the Southampton Building in room 109, Professor Dan Gilhooley’s life drawing students sat on their stools drawing a nude model who is paid about $21 an hour by the art department.

While drawing her, students presented different angles of how her body was turned. They either were sitting away from her, looking straight at her or on the side of her at different angles.

The students shaped her body and detailed her complexion and beautiful skin. The students had a way of expressing themselves on paper. Some drew leaves behind her; others created magical back splashes and used purple paper, and put their hearts and minds into it as they drew the woman.

Looking at the body language of the model, it seemed that she was a bit sad as her breast hung on her stomach and her blossom shaped body leaned on arms and elbows on her knees. Her face looked sad as if she was thinking about family, students, or what she was going to do after the life drawing class was over.

Many students put a lot of artistic skills into making the sketch perfect. Really, the artist is the one who decides how he or she is going to transform an image onto paper.

A couple of students offered their opinion on how art makes them feel. Megan Keller is 21 and is a senior at Suffolk. Keller is attempting to graduate in the summer. Keller said she finds art to be pleasant and stress free. She said she feels art is a part of her life and it shows in her work of the naked woman. Keller’s drawing depicted the woman sitting on a magical leaf.

Kenneth Ofoyan is 21 and a sophomore and attending the College. He said he enjoys Gilhooley’s charismatic attitude.

“He inspires me to be a good artist. He is my favorite professor,” said Ofoyan. Ofoyan said he enjoys drawing because it’s a class that does not stress him out. He is taking life drawing as an elective.

Jennifer Cliiodo, 21-years-old, is a visual arts student attending Suffolk College as well. She views art differently from the other students. She expresses herself about Professor Gilhooley and Professor O’Brien, the art department’s academic chair.

“I love them; they’re great teachers. I feel art should not be manipulated,” Cliiodo said. Cliiodo said she feels you have to know art well enough that it is imbeded in you,” which means, “You have to walk the walk and talk the talk,” Cliiodo said.

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Knowing more about professor Gilhooley and his students was uplifting.

“Art is my life,” Gilhooley said. He is a fine arts professor. Fine arts as explained on dictionary.com, “has primarily to do with imagination and taste, and is applied to the production of what is beautiful, including poetry, music, painting, engraving, sculpture, and architecture.” This definition defines who Gilhooley is. He also teaches 2d design drawing 1&2, and using design principles. He also is a proud SUNY Suffolk professor for 27 years.

Another creative aspect of him believes in his student’s ability to draw images from their own mind and use the techniques that he taught them. His personality lightens up a dark room any time of the day. His students share their opinion about nude art or opinions on art in general.

O’Brien is an art history professor in Suffolk. He has been teaching at Suffolk since 2003. He wants students to think about art and the value that goes along with it.

Many students are not exposed to art. Professor O’Brien wants his students to look at art, “In a conceptual rainbow of structure, color, and form. To have colors is valued more because there is competition and a lot of money is at stake if you don’t know what you’re doing,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien enjoys teaching his students and telling the students how art was discovered. He feels a sense of success when a student gets what he is saying in a lecture. Therefore, he enjoys inspiring students who didn’t like art before and now grow to love the art. O’Brien knows a few students of his who went to popular Universities for instance Stony Brook, School of Visual Arts (SVA), and NYU. They became very successful right out of Suffolk, he said.

Missing in action: Campus fire drills

By Matt Gibson

Safety on campus has been a major priority of this college as of late. Since the big brawl in the cafeteria a few weeks ago, security patrols on this campus have drastically increased and security guards have been stationed in the cafeteria full-time for the time being. Also a few weeks ago, we performed the Safety/Secure in-place Pilot Drill. This drill is designed to prepare this college just in case a person goes postal and decides to go target practicing in our school. When this drill is performed, the classroom door must be closed and locked and the lights must be turned off. Also, chairs, desks, or any other objects in the room must be pushed against the door in order to barricade it from any intruders. The people in the classroom must all stand by the windows and out of the line of fire of a potential gun-toting homicidal maniac. In addition to this campus, the Pilot Drill was also performed on the Brentwood campus as well as the Riverhead campus on separate days and at separate times.

With the emphasis that this college puts on the Safety/Secure in-place Pilot Drill, it brings to mind the question of whatever happened to the standard fire drills here on campus? Back in the “good old days” of high school when life was simpler, fire drills used to occur practically once a month or sometimes multiple times within a month, much more frequently than they do here on campus. Now granted, the cold winter weather may have a factor in the lull of fire drills but that is still no excuse. Fire emergencies are just as important as a potential shooting rampage on campus, so why haven’t fire drills been performed as often as the Pilot Drill?

Back in the late 1940’s and 1950’s after World War II., schools across the country used to perform Air Raid drills, in addition to fire drills. The Air Raid drills were instituted in order to prepare students and teachers in the event of a nuclear attack, biological attack, or the dropping of an atomic bomb. The Air Raid drill has been done away with but the classic fire drills have not lost their relevance and importance in school safety measures and procedures. The question is not if this campus will hold another fire drill, the question is when or how soon will this campus hold another fire drill.

Hopefully with the warm and hot spring and summer months coming up in the near future, we will begin to perform fire drills here on campus more and more frequently. Failure to do so would be foolish and would not be a very smart thing to do. These drills need to be performed more frequently then they already have been, our overall safety and well-being depends on it.