Monthly Archives: October, 2009

Students Prepare For Halloween Night

By Thomas Lucas

La Merte

Image by Señor Codo, via Flickr.

Halloween is coming up this weekend, and most students are prepared for a night of fun and screams. But Saturday isn’t all about what parties are going on, it’s also about what people are going to be dressing up as.

Every year there is a new selection of costumes for what’s in right now, this Halloween season the hottest costumes are Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, and vampires. But there are still those costumes that you see every year such as the ghost-face killer mask from the movie Scream, Jason from Friday the 13th, and the usual cheerleaders, police officers, and doctors.

“I love Halloween; it’s so fun to dress as anybody that you want to be,” said Lisa Alteri, a Fitness major. Alteri quoted a famous line from the movie Mean Girls, ‘Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.’ “That quote is so true because you really can wear whatever you want just for fun,” Alteri said. This year I’m being Eve, like Adam and Eve. I’m wearing this really cute short dress with a corset like top, it has leaves all over it and it has this snake to where around your shoulders and a little apple bag. Me and all my Friend’s are going into the city in our sexy costumes.”

“My favorite thing about Halloween is going all out with my costume like I do every year,” said Eric John Thomas, a Criminal Justice major. “I am dressing up as Mr. T. I’ve been growing my hair a little bit longer on top so when I get it cut before Saturday it will be a good size Mohawk.”

Halloween isn’t for everybody; some people don’t really get into it like others. “I’m not sure what I’m doing, yet but I probably won’t be going out anywhere and will just stay home and hand out candy for the trick-or-treaters. I have a doctor’s costume but I’m most likely not going to wear it,” said Shannon Barkey, a student.

“I can’t wait to take my son out trick-or-treating for the first time,” said Felicia Logiudice, a nursing major. “He’ll be one a week after Halloween but it’s still going to be so fun to take him out in his little costume. We have matching ones, I’m going to be dressed as a dog and he’s going to be a little puppy.”

Halloween is great for all different types of people: younger children can dress up and go house to house for candy. Teens and adults dress up for parties and go out with friends, and many people, young or old, enjoy passing out candy.

Students Cautioned About Mental Health

by Thomas Lucas


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As the health care industry continues to expand, younger generations are taking their health more seriously. Mental health is one of the many topics that college students are concerned with.

The experience of budgeting money, adjusting to a new semester, and managing time can add a lot of stress to ones self. When looking to be accepted into social groups, young adults face the struggle of weight, race, sexual orientation, and clothing. The issue of discrimination and judgment has and always will be part of society. College students struggle with a lot of these obstacles and may face certain mental health issues such as depression, alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, and even suicide.

A 2008 American College Health Association survey says within this past year, 30 percent of students felt so depressed that it was difficult to function and 49 percent felt overwhelmed with anxiety. In addition, 10 percent of students also reported being diagnosed or treated for depression and more than six percent seriously considered suicide.

The college offers personal counseling at the counseling center in the Ammerman building where they not only offer advice on classes and transferring opportunities but also assist students with issues and concerns. Referrals to private practitioners are available for students needing specific assistance not available on campus.

“When I started my first semester I was completely overwhelmed with all the work I was receiving since I registered for 19 credits. I had no free time; everything was based on classes and assignments. I met with a counselor and they referred me to a psychiatrist that accepted my insurance. I started taking an antidepressant soon after. It really helped me focus and bring my spirit up. For my second semester I decided to only register for 12 credits so I could have some spare time and not have to go back on a prescription,” say a source who wishes to remain anonymous.

Dr. Thomas Tyson, the assistant Dean of Student Services, held a mental health awareness day on October 14th in the Babylon Student Center to inform students of various resources they can use if faced with any feelings of stress or depression. There was several workshops and presentations concerning emotional and mental well being, including the “destress express,” which offers free five-minute massages to help melt the stress away.


By Krystal Diaz

The Mountain House Murders: Playing for Blood III

By Chuck Anderson

137 pages. PublishAmerica. $24.95

Chuck Anderson during a book signing at the college bookstore (Photo, compliments of Alexandros Vogiatzis; Compass)

Chuck Anderson during a book signing at the college bookstore (Photo, compliments of Alexandros Vogiatzis; Compass)

Chuck Anderson has written a novel of suspense in which Mack Thomas and Sal Cascio, retired teachers turned private investigators, decide to take their wives on a golfing vacation to the legendary Mohonk Mountain House. As the golf-nut/ex-teacher PIs golf their way around the difficult courses of New Paltz, they find themselves trapped in the mountain house haven, with the only road to the resort blocked. With them a conference of finance ministers, who are attending the G20 financial conference, and are threatened by murder. One of Mack’s student teachers from the sixties turned IRA agent, notorious for being a man-eater, Scarlett Egan, shows up with the financial conference as a computer specialist for the Irish minister. Mack and Sal happen to be in the wrong place at the right time when they stumble upon international murders and their old nemesis from Scotland, Kaffir Selin, who plots to poison the fresh water supply of New York City.

This golf murder mystery has all the classic elements of what murder mysteries entail. You have the good guys (Mack and Sal) that decide to become private investigators. Wherever they go there always seem to be a mystery or crime that needs to be solved. Talk about you streak of bad luck! In Anderson’s previous novel “A Highland Fling” Mack and Sal go on a trip to Scotland, the birthplace of golf. Soon, they are knee deep in cocaine smuggling, revenge, and murder which travels from Scotland to France, Spain, and Morocco.

What makes each of the “Playing for Blood” murder mystery books so consistent is that the characters previous troubles in their last investigation follow through into the next book. Like a Lernaean Hydra, cut down one criminal and two more spring up. It seems as though neither of these characters will ever get a break. Another interesting aspect of Anderson’s murder mystery novels is …well, golf. Each investigation takes place at a golf course where Mack and Sal try to vacation at. Who would’ve thought golf was such a dangerous sport?

Much like the novels of Harlan Coben, each location is relevant to the author. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Coben uses specific settings known within the New York Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) and, Pennsylvania. For Anderson, each location takes place in places that he has vacationed at.

This thriller starts at a rapid pace and accelerates even faster. The tale jumps from day to night on the same page, which makes for a quick read. Although his novels are good for, perhaps, people on the run or have a short attention span, its hard to do justice for a murder mystery in fewer than 200 pages. What are left out of the story are the meaty, juicy details in setting, style, character development/description, and the “Hellraiser Chinese puzzle cube.” What better mystery is there than to not be able to figure it out till the very end? Harlan Coben’s “Tell No One” is loaded with numerous shocking twists and unreal turns that Coben makes believable. Thus, the audience feels compelled to keep on reading until the finale in order to learn what really happened back then and why, regardless of how many pages.

Each character has a purpose, but can it be a lasting purpose? Are such characters impressionable enough to bring the story to life, as if to say, “I could see myself having coffee with that person”? Such characters are hard to come by, let alone create. The best chance any one person can get is to pursue their alter ego, to think outside of themselves and create that spice that draws the audience. A lot, if not all, of “The Mountain House Murders” divulge a little too much into the “he said/she said” concept of daily conversations, as if to say, “This kind of thing happens more frequently then I’d like to admit but I just brush it off…now where was I?”

Although, there are many subtle (and not so subtle) references to the classic Sherlock Holmes and Watson within the novel, it leaves little the imagination of wonderment; more or less, a No?-Really?-You don’t say?-befuddlement. Like any mystery author, Anderson counts on the seemingly normal to mask a world of secrets. But when those secrets turn up everywhere, they create undifferentiated suspicion. They begin to form a consistent and predictable pattern. And then they aren’t secret anymore.

The next installment of Anderson’s “Playing for Blood” saga takes place in Italy…who will die next?

Drivers call for changes to N. Coleman Road traffic

By Lauren Maio

Daily traffic going in and out of college grounds (Photo, compliments of Lauren Maio)

Daily traffic going in and out of college grounds (Photo, compliments of Lauren Maio)

As the students of the Ammerman campus drive in for class every morning, there is one thought going through their minds and that is that they are definitely going to hit traffic. Students all know that it’s always hard to make a left turn anywhere you go but driving on a college campus should not be that complicated.

When getting off of Nicolls Rd. and turning onto College Lane, there is usually traffic up ahead when attempting to make a left on N. Coleman Rd. This has been a problem for a while now and nobody has done anything about it. Angry Students, faculty and staff wait in the turning lane as the traffic going through N. Coleman Rd. does not allow many people to pass through.

Mary Gotay, a student at the campus, is forced to wait every morning in the left turning lane. “Something has to be done at that intersection. There should be a stop sign or a traffic light so everyone has a chance to go”, Gotay said. Professors such as Edward Eriksson and Filiz Turhan-Swenson, Chair of Quality of Life, have even stated in E-mails that something has to be done.

Professor Eriksson had explained through e-mails that a stop sign would be an excellent solution. He suggests, “A stop sign would slow down the traffic already speeding past the juncture, so as to allow for easier access to those turning left”. The Quality of Life committee has been trying to get officials to become more aware of traffic on campus but does not think a stop sign will fix the predicament.

In achieves from Quality of Life meetings on October 27th 2008, they discussed fixing the traffic problems at intersections at North Rd. and Loop Rd. They suggested speed bumps, all way traffic signs or stop lights. It has nearly been a year and nothing has been changed. “I think it is because of the repercussions that it will have down North Rd. to S. Coleman and the potential backup that would be created on Nicolls Rd. for the right turn onto Coleman”, Professor Turhan-Swenson, said.

John Williams, the Director of Public Safety, is aware of this traffic problem and has provided some information on what public safety is attempting to accomplish. “The intersection of S. Coleman Rd. and Nicolls Rd. was part of a recently completed DOT project which was aimed at improving the north/south corridor on Nicolls Rd. From the college perspective, it really did not improve traffic on campus that much”. He even adds that “ most of the improvements have improved the north/south traffic on Nicolls but have had little or no impact on traffic leaving campus.”

Evidently, The College has helped traffic on Nicolls Rd. but not on the campus itself. Security guards have to stand at this intersection morning after morning acting as traffic control policemen.

A security guard of the campus had this to say, “I’ve seen traffic engineers around campus since the beginning of the semester. They came to look at the campus since there was an increase in enrollment.” She explained that she has had to direct traffic in the mornings with some of her colleagues. “It’s not safe for us to direct traffic in the middle of all those cars.”

Rather than having a person direct them, many students believe a directory sign or traffic light would solve the problem. Kaitlin Dubato, another frustrated student sitting in her car while waiting to make a left said, “I wait here for at least 10 minutes every morning waiting to go. I really think a light should be here.”

The drivers of the Ammerman campus need some sort of organized manner as they attempt to leave this crossroad every day. An action should be taken before an accident happens with a student, faculty or staff member becoming injured or hurt.

Part-time job fair offers hope to employment seekers

By Amy Tangel

College job fair brings in a big crowd (Photo, compliments of Amy Tangel)

College job fair brings in a big crowd (Photo, compliments of Amy Tangel)

With countless numbers of students out of work, and tuition on the rise, the desperate cry is re-sounding among those who are trying to make ends meet.

“The number of young Americans without a job has exploded to 53.4 percent-a post World War II high, according to the Labor Department,” writer for the NY Post Richard Wilner, said.

With the state of the economy, Jacqueline Walsh, a Suffolk County Community College student, has worries about getting a job after just being laid off from seasonal employment.

“I’m having difficulty paying back my Dad, and I’m worried with my school bill coming up that I won’t be able to pay my tuition,” said Walsh.

With hopes of solving those worries and others like them for students seeking employment, the Career Services and Cooperative Education office at the Ammerman campus held a part-time job and internship fair Wednesday, Oct.7 with approximately eight employers attending the fair. The number of students far exceeded positions available.
At 11:30 A.M., a half hour into the job fair, signup sheets at most tables had their first pages full.

“Nobody has jobs, this is the smallest turnout this year for employers, and the largest for student turnout,” Bill Terry Promotion Director for Walk 97.5, said.

With so few jobs available, employers are being much more selective about who they hire. Students are now turning to employment that is offered on campus more than ever. Sylvia Camacho, director of the Career Services and Cooperative Education office, has felt the demand.

“In the past year and a half we’ve seen students seeking us out, and employers are being much more careful about their hiring process,” Camacho said.

Employment on campus for students comes primarily through the work-study program. Students apply for a work-study position through Financial Aid, and then once approved are directed to Career Services for placement on campus. Unfortunately, the demand for employment has overwhelmed the work-study program.

“There is a six page waiting list in Financial Aid for students looking for work study,” said Camacho, who added that this is the highest number she’s seen in years.

For those students who previously changed jobs frequently, Career Services is trying to impress on the students seeking their assistance who have jobs to hang on to them.

“Students have always jumped from job to job, but we’re trying to send a message that they need to hold on to their jobs because there’s so few out there,” said Camacho.

There is hope in the job market in spite of recent times. When asked about the outlook for the next year in these tough times the response was positive.

“It’s looking better. We’re here. Last year we only had internships available, and this year we are offering paid positions,” said Terry.

Many employers at the job fair, when asked about the outlook for their companies, said they all felt very positive that there would be continuous positions available in the future.

The Career Services office is located on the second floor of the Babylon Student Center for those looking for assistance. A job connections link is available on Suffolk’s website that provides job listings in the local area.

Skating his way through; former Clipper heads for pros

Greg Elz

Greg Elz

By Jackie Maczkiewicz

After spending a full year and only one week on campus in the first semester, former ice hockey player Greg Elz has found his way onto a Junior A Hockey Team.

Elz, 20, was living with his parents in Selden, and started the semester never expecting to get a phone call that could possibly change his life. Just after school had started; Greg took a weekend to go upstate in Albany to gain experience in playing in a professional rookie camp. It was a good decision on his part because on Sept. 10, he became an official member on the roster of UJHL’s (United Junior Hockey League) team, the Philadelphia Thunder, also known as the Philly Thunder.

That’s right, Philadelphia, as in Pennsylvania. Was Greg ready to pick up everything and move to a different state leaving his family, a girlfriend of two years, and school behind? Of course he was. The UJHL is a big deal in the hockey world, as it is one of the divisions where people have been found and been able to move up to professional teams in the NHL. Elz was forced to pack up everything he had, drop out of school for the time being and live in the “hockey house” as they call it or find his own means. Fortunately for him, he has some family living in Philadelphia and chose to live at his grandmother’s.

Elz is well-known here on campus, and was a huge part of the ice hockey team. He was the leading point defensive scorer last season, having the most points of all defensemen. His standings last season were three goals, and eight assists for a total of 11 points. He also had 14 penalty minutes in only six games, which were all wins.

“We are all extremely proud of Greg right now. He’s a good guy and he’s always been there for us,” said former teammate Max Stern, who still currently plays both ice and roller hocky on campus. “As much as it isn’t cool to not have him on our roster, we are pretty stoked for him. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and we all really hope it works out for him. Now it’s our turn to support him as much as we can.” Stern said.

Stern said he also had the pleasure of being on several teams with Elz, on other outside men’s leagues. “It doesn’t matter what team the kid plays for, whatever team he’s on, they’re already winning. He knows how to get the job done and keep everyone’s head into the game. Were going to miss him for sure,” Stern said.

If this is how a good friend and former teammate feels I was curious to see how his girlfriend felt after finding out that her love would be moving so far away. Diana Cancro, also 20-years-old, and a student at BOCES Beauty School, has been Greg’s girlfriend for the last two years. Being a hockey fan definitely helps, but what is it like to have a loved one who you are used to seeing everyday being three hours away?

“It’s really, really, difficult. It’s like I lost my best friend in a way, but I support every decision he makes and I’m extremely proud of him. I know he’s happy and although it’s hard not seeing him like I used to, we make it work,” said Cancro said, who goes to school Monday through Friday and works nights and has been trying to get off every weekend she possibly can for a three-hour tript to Philadelphia to see Elz.

“I’m not sure if I can say if I like it or not yet. It is still early into the season. But, it is a change,” Elz said. After being asked how the transition has been to the new lifestyle. What could be next after the UJHL? “From this team I can go a number of places. My head coach and general manager is Jimi Simmons who is the head scout and assistant coach for the Elmira Jackals in the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) which is the league right below the NHL/AHL. A couple of players from his team last year played a few games for them. We are also affiliated with the Detroit Hitmen in the AAHL (All American hockey league) which is a single, a minor pro league. So if they need players due to injury or anything they can pull players from my team,” Elz said.

Elz is also having the chance to travel; recently he was in Ohio playing against teams there.

For more information on Philly Thunder, visit Here you can see stats, pictures, and game schedules for the team.

Audience Feels They Were ‘Dragged To Hell’After Witnessing Latest Raimi Flick

dm2hpic[1]By Lisa Bosco

I find the title of this movie to be appropriate because directly after watching it, I felt like the two hours I’d wasted had caused me to have been “Dragged to Hell” and repeatedly prodded with a pitchfork by a grinning Sam Raimi with a pair of plastic Party City devil horns.

“Drag Me To Hell” is a throwback to Raimi’s earlier work dabbling in the “Comedy-Horror” genre (Evil Dead, 1981) (Army of Darkness, 1993) though it seems to be greatly lacking something that the previous Raimi endeavors had, and that crucial ingredient is intelligent satire.

The film centers around an attractive young loan officer named, transparently enough, Christine (Alison Lohman) who, in order to impress her boss and get ahead of her coworker in the race for a promotion, denies an old gypsy woman an extension on her loan. In retaliation for being so “shamed” by Christine, Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver) curses her with a demon that will, after torturing her for three days, drag her into the fires of eternal damnation. The remainder of the film follows Christine’s attempts to undo the curse and save herself from the fires of Hell. Throughout the course of the film, two things became very apparent to me and they were 1) this was a gore-fanatic’s sweetest dream and 2) the movie had absolutely nothing else to offer in the way of plot or folkloric accuracy.

The over-done and blatantly generic formula that this movie followed was something that really hindered any sort of enjoyment I may have gotten out of it to begin with. The helpless heroine is cursed by an almost racist depiction of a decrepit, Eastern European old woman. The clueless boyfriend of the heroine thinks she’s insane throughout most of the movie and then finally decides to take her seriously during the last 20 minutes. The demon that plagues the heroine is kept unseen most of the time then only shown in obnoxious, over-loud flashes that are meant to scare audience members because of the sheer shock value. The ending is predictable, the array of bland characters are dull and unimaginative, and the monster is really more of a Halloween mask gifted with the power of screech by some bitter god with a cruel sense of humor.

The scare factor of this movie relied entirely on the element of surprise and the sheer amount of gore present in seven out of ten scenes. In fact, the shocking flashes of imagery are the only thing that were even remotely frightening and even they were placed at such likely places in the film that I could predict when every single “surprise” would occur. The gore was a joke (a bad joke that you’ve heard too often, might I add); it looked as if it were done by an amateur with some sort of sick mouth fixation. There is no “playing on your fears” angle to this movie nor is there really any sense of suspense. It’s all about trying to surprise you with loud noises and flashy images. Simply put, this is not the sort of movie that would keep you up during the night, afraid to look around your darkened room because as far as I’m concerned, there is nothing remotely terrifying about demonically possessed livestock.

For a director who is so intent on using real-life mythological references in order to add an element of realism to his storyline, it seemed to me that Raimi forgot to do his homework on a few crucial accounts. The goat-demon he chose to have stalk his protagonist was called the Lamia, but according to Greek mythology, the Lamia is a combination of a snake and a woman that eats children. I suppose Sam Raimi saw the creature’s name and decided it would be more frightening to audiences if there were a demonic “Lamb Chop” biding for their immortal souls rather than a demon snake woman sent to eat their little sisters. Accuracy is an important part of making a legitimate film and anyone with half-decent knowledge of Greek mythology would immediately discredit Raimi’s careless disregard for established myth. If you’re going to steal a monster from classic Greek mythology, at least get its genus and species right.

After talking with John M., a third semester Psychology major; however, I found a distinctively different spin on the true intentions of the film. “It was a movie that wasn’t supposed to be taken seriously. It was a satire on the classic horror genre; I thought that was pretty expected since it’s from Sam Raimi,” John M. said. I can take a good satire; in fact I tend to really enjoy them. This movie, however, was advertised as “suspense/horror” so I went into it expecting to be scared. Mr. Raimi, if you’re going to make a comedic-gore film, at least give the audience some fore-warning so they aren’t expecting what’s not going to be delivered. Some may argue that the intended genre was implied simply because of Raimi’s previous horror endeavors. Call blasphemy if you must, but there are in fact a number of people who haven’t seen Army of Darkness or Evil Dead and may not know that Raimi-horror isn’t meant to be taken seriously. I don’t believe that they should have to “do their homework” in order to enjoy a movie. I spoke with Jean Williams, a 22-year-old recent horror fan, as she exited the theater. “I thought it was going to be scary and I was really looking forward to it. I feel like I wasted $10 just to be grossed out and bored,” Williams said. I then asked her if she’s ever seen Evil Dead and she said she hadn’t. She was wrongly sold on a movie that she thought would be scary, but was meant to be funny. I equate this to seeing a billboard advertising Titanic as an epic thriller and then being stuck in a theater full of crying preteens as Leonardo Dicaprio breathes his last icy breath. All I ask is that what is meant to be satire, be labeled as such so that there is less confusion and disappointment for those wanting a real horror movie.

This movie took everything that horror movies were made for and ground them into the dirt with its heel. What Sam Raimi did was make a mockery of intelligently-made horror movies in order to bolster his sub-par attempt at horror-satire. “It was trash”, noted a former student, “I wasn’t half-decently scared throughout the entire movie. I was really disappointed in it as a whole.” All in all, I think this movie doesn’t deserve even a quarter of the praise it has been given by die-hard Raimi fans. It may serve as a bit of deliverance from the nightmare that was Spiderman 3, but I think that Sam Raimi will still have a fair amount of penance to serve for bringing this eyesore of a film into the world.

Clippers Head to Regionals

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

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

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.