Daily Archives: May 11th, 2009

Theater Review: Caesar Blows Roof off Shea Theater

By Michael Petroski

The theater department’s production of “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare was re-thought by the director Jo Curtis Lester and featured Sunday, May 3 at the Shea Theatre on the Ammerman Campus.

The play was “modernized,” and Caesar was played by Golda Kelli Ryan a woman. Instead of wearing togas, the players wore suits and ties and “Nightwear.” The first scenes presented the calm before the storm, but Caesar had to watch her back because conspirators were trying to get rid of her.
In Act II Brutus and the others were in a war zone fighting for who was the right person to lead. The people working the stage lights and other backstage projects did their jobs well, by meeting the demands of the lighting changes and timing.

While the first part of the play covered Caesar’s life, the later part of the play brought on the action. One scene which “freaked out” the people in the audience occurred when Brutus’s wife revealed a huge knife wound on her leg. During these first few scenes people were dressed in suits and dresses. But they were still talking as if this were the original play by Shakespeare, including the lines “Beware the ides of march” said by the Soothsayer played by Shannon Gage and “Ei Tu Brutui?” which translates to “You too Brutus.” This was said by Caesar to Brutus after he stabbed Caesar. In this rendition of the play the mastermind behind this was Cassius played by JP Groeniger. After the death of Caesar, Mark Antony, played by Robert Doyle, tried and succeeded in turning the people of Rome against Brutus.

The first part of the play, apart from the stabbing of Caesar, was pretty difficult to follow, but it was possible to understand for those who knew the story. The first part was cool to see unfold up to Caesar’s death.

The 2nd part of the story has the remaining players (Antony,Brutus, Cassius, Lucius (Played by Kevin Berger) and others) fighting in a war, in which there was a lot of blood and death. These scenes showed on one side Brutus and Cassius dressed in commando clothing and fighting with knives. On the other side was Mark Antony dressed in black armor and fighting with nightsticks. These scenes showed a lot of blood (fake blood) and fighting that seemed to come straight out of the Power Rangers TV show. These last few scenes show the “deaths” of many players including Cassius (Via knife) and finally Brutus (being shot by Lucius) the bang from the “gun” was so loud it almost seemed real. Over all, the second part of the play was well performed, but the fighting scenes seemed forced and fake. The fake blood was used a lot from the stabbing of Caesar to the shooting of Brutus. There should not have been that much blood, even for this bloody and violent play.

This showing was one of the best available on campus in a while. This play was different from the traditional play everyone knows and loves, but this rendition of the classic was very creative and smart on the behalf of the director and everyone involved whether on the stage or backstage.

How to Prepare For College as a Freshman

By Cassaundra Mariotti

The end is near for your high school career, and it is time to get ready to go off to college.  Suffolk County Community College is a great school for anyone to join especially if they are looking to transfer. Preparing for college is not always easy, there usually seems to be a lot of last minute decision making. You have to make sure your schedule is set, get to know the campus, you have all the required books, transportation, and make sure that you attend the orientation.  The college can be a great experience for anyone entering the college for the first time.

Suffolk County Community College is a great starter school for most people; students can go for two years and then transfer to a four year school depending on what they are interested in for their future. After registering for school and paying for parking the first step is to schedule your classes. Making your schedule for the first time will probably be difficult so getting help from a guidance counselor would be best. Always make sure you are taking classes that you are suppose to take, taking classes that aren’t needed won’t be necessary, but it will give you extra credit. Scheduling online is easier the second semster and on, because at that time you will know more about your sain report and how to use the proper facilities. Coming to college straight after high school can be very nerve racking for a freshman. The first year the college will be very easy for a freshman.

The second step to take is to walk the grounds of the campus, get to know the buildings a little better. The campus is not that big but sometimes the buildings can become very confusing for a freshman. The campus provides students with a map of the campus to make it easier. Search for the classes and write down the buildings there in. This could help a lot, especially during the first couple of weeks, after that you will become a pro. Most professors will not get mad the first day of classes if the students are late. One of the college’s students, Cassie Ferrera had this to say, “When I first starting attending school here, I found it to be very interesting, I did get lost a couple of times but by the third week I knew where everything was.”

The third step would be to purchase all of the books required. Getting the books before classes start would be best because they fly out of the bookstores the first week of the semester. Most professors will tell a student what book they prefer on the first day of classes, but it’s always good to be prepared for the first day. There are times when a book will be sold out and it takes two to three weeks to get that book. The books will most likely be very expensive at times, but they are worth every penny for the knowledge you are receiving in return. The book stores are open through out the day Monday through Friday, and there are always workers there that will assist anyone when help is needed.

After you purchase your books make sure you have notebooks, pens, pencils, note cards and especially highlighters. Highlighters are very important because note taking is very important, and most professors expect the students to remember everything being written and said. Professors again will tell you what kind of notebooks or binders to get but it’s always good to show up to class with something in your hand.

The fourth step is to make sure you have transportation, whether someone drives you, taking the bus or you have car, which is great. Having a car would be better, because relying on other people isn’t always great, but if you don’t have a car you have to make sure your getting to class on time.

The fifth step is to make sure to attend the orientation for first time students. The orientation helps students to better understand the campus, they explain about the different courses Suffolk has to offer and the transfer opportunities. No freshman will want to miss this opportunity. Jacqui Ranft, a sophomore here at the college had this to say. “I wasn’t going to attend the orientation at first but when I went I got a lot out of it, I was able to talk to someone about internships and different courses. I really enjoyed it.”

For the last and final step, make sure you are fully prepared for your first day of class. Professors do not like when students come unprepared, it can show lack of respect for the class and professor. Make sure your books are ready to go and you are fully supplied with pens and pencils. Getting prepared the night before should happen every night. Organization is very important through out your college experience and most importantly for your future; not being organized can cause someone to become very frustrated.

If you follow these steps you will surely enjoy the experience and be prepared. Just remember don’t be nervous, everything will go perfect if you make it that way. Every freshman just has to remember this is not college anymore, the school is bigger, there’s a lot more people and the expectations are high. Suffolk County Community College is place where students are no longer kids but adults. Just remember to relax and take it easy, because before you know it, the experience will be over.

Korean War Veteran Shares Experience with College Students

By Francesca Prestifilippo

The history club sponsored an event on Wednesday April 29, in which a guest speaker talked to students about his experience as a former marine serving in the Korean War. Former marine and Korean War veteran, Gary Hill described himself as a “mustang,” for he had enlisted in the marine corps and worked his way to becoming a commissioned officer. He had entered the Marine Corps in 1951 where he went through intensive training at Parris Island, S.C.

The Marine Corps has a historical yet interesting background that goes as far back as 1775 when the Continental Congress passed a resolution stating that two battalions of marines would be used along with the other forces. During this time the marines were known as the Continental Marines. In addition, the first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines was Captain Samuel Nicholas who led the first marines into a mission into the Bahamas in March of 1776.

Even though at the close of the Revolutionary War the Continental Marines remained idle until they got involved in a conflict with France in July of 1798. Despite that the marine corps is a small group; they have been present in every American war or conflict right up until our current situation in Iraq and will probably continue to be around for many years to come. Hill explained that the marines were founded mainly because navy ships were being boarded by pirates. So every November 10, there is a ball celebrating the birth of the Marine Corps.

The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 along the 38th parallel that divided north and South Korea. During this time, President Harry S. Truman was in office and did not look to Congress for a formal declaration of war, instead Korea was considered to be more of a “police action.” And it was under Gen. Douglas MacArthur that the U.S. Marines carried out an attack on Inchon on September 15, 1950, that forced the North Koreans to retreat from South Korea. MacArthur wanted to continue pushing the North Koreans further north, even as far as the Yalu River that led to China, however President Truman along with U.N. leaders felt that extending the war to China would be asking for a World War III.

In the following month U.N. forces were faced with Chinese forces all along the front lines, which led to a retreat by the American troops and their allies. It wasn’t until July 27, 1953 that an armistice was signed that ended the fighting and created a no military zone between North and South Korea. The Korean War is thought of as a “stalemate,” a war in which there wasn’t really one force that came out on top even though the U.S. was successful in freeing South Korea from its communist Northern counterparts the country itself remained divided in two.

“Not one marine was left…they brought them all out,” Hill said in reference to the incident known as the “frozen chosin” that took place in North Korea. The frozen chosin were marines that were trapped in a reservoir facing harsh weather conditions that included rain and snow all the while trying to dodge enemy fire. Not only were the marines unprepared as far as clothing was concerned, but the intense weather conditions had even left their weapons frozen. Looking back on the incident Hill said, “You can’t anticipate what can happen until you’re there.”

The Marine Corps are known for working in small groups that are spread out all around the world. In addition, there is a strong sense of brotherhood that is among this tight knit group. “Why? Go back to basic training. You all work together, whether you’re in the same war or not. Whether he was in the corps ten years before or ten years after you, you’re still brothers,” Hill said.

He shared a comical story about how he ended up being his former drill sergeant’s superior when he was assigned company in California. Along with how he still till this day keeps in contact with a young Korean man that he had met while serving in the Korean War. Mr. Hill believes that the phrase, “Once a marine always a marine” holds true for reasons that if a former marine such as himself wears any kind of marine logo they will always receive a response from another marine.

“I’m very proud to be a Marine because they taught me a lot. They’re a good bunch of people. You’ll meet them all over the world and they’ll meet you if you have the logo on.”

Karaoke event features student singers

By Rhyanne Green

A first time of the semester show down of karaoke happened in the cafeteria of the Babylon Student Center Feb 23. The event originally was to start at 11 AM but it didn’t start until 11:40 AM. John Court Executive Administrative Coordinator for cab said, “We have karaoke twice a semester, this was supposed to be the second karaoke but the first one was cancelled because of the snow.” Setting up was taking a long time and the faculty advisor Mary Sieria was making sure everything was in order.

While the members of cab were setting up the equipment, there were students standing around waiting to sign up for performance. One student named Joe Simsuangco (Freshman) was waiting the longest but when it finally started he sang a song called “Hanging by a Moment,” by Life House. Simsuangco was the second act, he had to get the students into the mood of the evening. He screamed and yelled into the microphone, “Woo, yea!!!” The audience really did not respond to well but at the end the audience did applaud to show support.

Simsuangco said, “I play the guitar and I sing. When I first saw the karaoke last semester I enjoyed it.” A person who woke the crowd up with his talent was Johnathan Lopez. Lopez came to the stage with the talent of beat boxing. His act excited the crowd. His first beat box was a trumpet sound, after Lopez went into DJ mixing sounds. Then Lopez started to do actual songs such as, Usher’s “Yeah,” Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean” and Justin Timberlake’s “I’m Bringing Sexy Back. After his performance the crowd went bananas.

The next act was an act from two students who were just having fun. The two students were Annemarie Shultz and Domenick Sacca. They also performed Usher’s song “Yeah.” They were having a good ole time, they were laughing during their performance skipping words, and changing lyrics. The students in the cafeteria were hysterical.

One act which stood out the most was a student named Michelle Zecchine. Zecchine performed “I Need You Baby,” by Lauryn Hill. Zecchine said, “One of my biggest influences is Lauryn Hill.” Zecchine is a music major and she aspires to be a singer. Zecchine went to American Idol and didn’t make it. Zecchine said, “American Idol is a crock! They do not seek for people with real talent.” The crowd really did love her singing voice and she got a positive, loving response from them.

Students Amanda Bouche, Kenande Jeanite, and Christel Millery all agreed that Zecchine was one of the best performers. “Johnathan Lopez and Michelle Zecchine were the best performers,” said Bouche.

The karaoke could only go on until 12:15 PM. The later it got the more students wanted to perform for real. The more students were interested in being serious with their performances.

Faculty Advisor Mary Sieria explained how the cab is a good activity group to join. “There is good educational experience and professional training for jobs in the real world,” said Sieria. Cab has all types of events going on and different activities going on in the school.

John Court also said, “We go on trips to the city, we have movie nights and Black Violin Concerts.” Black Violin is a concert that starts off with regular violin music, and after it changes into hip hop music. The Black Violin concert’s happen once a semester. Cab also mixes their events with BASIC (Christian group). Cab is not connected with the broadcasting club, but it is a club that you can have a lot fun with and they have many activities which occur on campus.

The karaoke took place for the first time on the campus, since last semester. Members from Cab (the activities group behind karaoke) said there was supposed to be a karaoke in Jan but it was cancelled because of a snow day.