Monthly Archives: November, 2009

GLOBAL WARNING: Campus Hosts Lecture

By Isacc Feldman

Ever wonder what would happen if one of your professors rolled up their sleeves and let it all hang out? Well on Friday, Nov. 20, Professor Scott Mandia filled in a couple of eager people on what he thinks about the current Global Warming situation.

Right away you could hear the commotion among the crowd, as everybody waited in anticipation for the first word. It seemed that people were a little nervous about what might come out during the presentation.

There were charts and displays to help coordinate with what Professor Mandia was saying. One stat showed how 53 percent of Americans believe that humans aren’t a major cause for global warming. That’s amazing when you really think about it. That’s saying that more than half of Americans thinks their car pushes out healthy gas. Charts also emphasized how even though pollution has decreased since the 1900s, the damage has already been done.

When the industrial revolution happened, the sheer amount of toxins and fumes from factories were overwhelming the o-zone. When there’s so much pollution the sun can’t get through and the sun ends up reflecting off the polluted clouds it causes what is known as the greenhouse effect.

Temperature increase is a huge concern for people and scientists alike. Since 1990 the earth’s temp has risen 0.8 degrees. Even though that might not seem like a great amount, if the earth was to rise 2 degrees there would be major problems.

“We’re already seeing changes. Two degrees would be serious…it could happen as early as 2040 and at that point there’s no turning back”,  Mandia said.

What was scary by the data being displayed courtesy of the IPCC or Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was that the earliest these charts could be from is 2004, as there’s a delay every couple of years between releases. So this essentially means that conditions could have gotten worst over the past five years.

Mandia went on to say that people looked at October and said wait, this month is cool, global warming must be bologna. In retrospect though, it was one of the hottest Octobers for the world.

When it comes down to it, it’s up to the people to help prevent global warming by doing the small things. You could ride a bike from time to time, or just make sure your bathroom light is off before you leave the house. There are many small things that one person can do on a daily basis.

Suffolk Community College student and Global Warming enthusiast Anne Marie is already doing her best to promote the cause.

“I’ve started to carpool, ride my bike and recycle”, she said, and she has also changed her stance on global warming after attending the presentation “I care about it a lot more”.

There is always a positive to a negative and vice versa. If you have ever seen data that states ‘well many scientist believe that global warming isn’t affecting us’, Professor Mandia strongly disagrees and says “Global Warming is the single most important issue facing humanity.”

And for those rogue lobbyists  Mandia showed a list of the scientists and lobbyists who are collecting salaries from Exxon or other big fossil fuel companies.

Even though it’s taken countries a long time to jump on board and recognize Global Warming it’s better to be late than to never show up. Some people may feel that it’s not going to affect their future because they’re not going to be around, but they have to realize that the children and teenagers of today are going to have to deal with the problem one way or another tomorrow.

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Secrets of Evolution revealed by undercover reporting

By Isabel Flores

The Study of Evolution
No, this has nothing to do with Darwin or science class. Instead this is referring to Evolution, the Ammerman campus’s literary magazine.
Evolution comes out biannually and consists of poetry, prose (mostly short stories and essays), and artwork submitted by students and alumni. Every Wednesday during common hour, four to 12 students go into room 105 in the Babylon Student Center to decide which submissions will make it into the magazine. While a few hundred potential entries are submitted each year, most of them get rejected.
“I would say about 10 percent of the work submitted is good,” said John Lewis, Evolution’s student editor. “Although we have had a lot of good ones lately.”

Perhaps the main reason for someone’s writing to be published is creativity. The staff wants to see something new, whether it is a new perspective on life or an event (whether fiction or nonfiction) that they wouldn’t have thought about writing themselves.
Girls in particular seem to have trouble with this.

“You don’t know how many girls write about having eating disorders,” said Paul Agostino, an English professor and Evolution’s faculty adviser.

While girls may write about anorexia or bulimia because they consider it relevant to their lives, the majority of club members are guys who cannot identify with these problems. In the past year, one story about weight issues has been published called “The Zipper”: in which a girl is unable to zip up her wedding dress after eating too much junk food and that is because it is considered hilarious.
While most club members are men, there does not seem to be a gender-bias on the work that is accepted. On Oct. 28, the two most successful pieces of writing were written by a person of each sex. One was a prose about a girl who complained she had a “Snow White” complexion and every time she went to the beach she ended up looking like an atomic bomb had exploded on her. The other was a poem about a person who hated his parents but could not escape from them as he shared their D.N.A. Both are stories that most people can relate to but would probably not think of writing themselves.
Clarity is also important if someone is planning on getting their work published. One prose on giving up sex for Lent was rejected, not because it was poorly written but because there were too many grammatical mistakes to fix. Another piece was rejected, although the imagery and description were great because nobody could figure out if the narrator was a “bus driver, parent or a daycare worker.” And while rape is never a laughing matter, the club members could not keep a straight face when Lewis read them a poem full of over exaggerations and made up words.
In the future, Evolution plans to create a book called ‘”Lemons” full of the worse poems they have ever received. This would be accessible to staff members only as they do not want to discourage people from submitting their work.
“Do not write anything I don’t like and don’t get food on the paper,” joked  Lewis, when asked what advice he would give students who are interested in submitting their work. On a more serious note, Lewis said he believes every English major needs to have at least one piece of work published at Suffolk, if else “Why you are English major?” Having work published also looks great on 4-year-school applications, especially at smaller schools or exceptional colleges like NYU or Cornell.
If someone is interested in submitting their work they should either put it in Professor Agostino’s mailbox in the Islip Arts building or room 105 in the Babylon Student Center. While students need to leave their name, email and telephone number, they may not get a response for a couple of months. There have been so many pieces of work accepted this semester; some will not be published until the spring of 2010—as each Evolution issue only has 40 pages.
If someone is interested in joining Evolution they should be somewhat open minded.

 “I am glad Sara* and Jessica* aren’t here today,” said an anonymous source. “They’re always like ew sex and do not want to publish anything with it.” This is problematic since pieces of writing should not be discriminated against based on topics alone.
Joining the club would help improve people’s grammar and writing style by giving them exposure to some of the best and worst writers on campus. Just make sure you like to read and edit, as that is mostly what the Evolution staff does.
*Names have been changed to protect identities

Mens soccer team misses shot at Nationals

By Thomas Houghton

The Suffolk Community College Men’s Soccer team looks to make the playoffs a magical time at the Selden campus. The team is currently ranked number one in the nation with an impressive 15-0-2 record.

The team entered Saturday’s match against their rivals Nassau Community College. Not only was this a huge game for them but they were also playing away because of issues off the field with one of their starters. One of Suffolk’s players, whose name will not be stated, was accused of playing professionally in his home country of Colombia. Under the National Junior College Athletic Association this is not allowed. When the NJCAA first heard about this they were going to cancel Suffolk’s season, but thanks to the hard work of Coach Frank Vertullo and Athletic Director Kevin Foley, their magical season continued.

The Clippers would serve a penalty and would have to play without one of their starters and were forced to play away, instead of at home. The men were going to Nassau with a chip on their shoulder and ready to go and win a Regional Championship on Nassau’s home turf. Nassau’s field was a little different. Nassau had a turf field which would make the ball move much quicker, and the Suffolk men were not used to it because their home field is grass.

“This game is a big one, we lost last year and I still haven’t fully gotten over it. We have a few seniors here this year who know how tough it is to lose, and I like our chances today,” Vertullo said.

When the first whistle blew Nassau made it clear that they weren’t afraid of Suffolk at all. They were firing on all cylinders, and Suffolk was holding on to keep the game close.

 Suffolk’s center midfielder Lervis Reyes said, “They came out on fire, we weren’t expecting it.”

Twenty minutes into the game Nassau scored the first goal. The ball was crossed into the box and Nassau’s Thomas Garcia tapped it in for an early 1-0 lead. This was only the second time all year the Suffolk Men’s soccer team was playing from behind. It was a very unfamiliar feeling and it showed as the game went on. 

 “Once they scored we totally went away from our game. We were playing kick and run, when we usually always possess the ball and move it around. We were playing in a frantic mode when we had all the time in the world left in the game to come back,”  Vertullo said.

Nassau’s lead would get bigger when Garcia found the back of the net almost exactly the way he did with the first goal. A ball was crossed into the box and he belted it home for a 2-0 lead.

Suffolk would go into halftime trailing 2-0, and having to come back from their biggest deficit of the year. Coach Moussa Sy said, “I told the boys to calm down, we still have another 45 minutes left to play. We needed an early goal to get Nassau on their heels and the second one would come.”

The start of the second half began and the Suffolk Men’s team just couldn’t figure out a way to score. They had some chances but just couldn’t capitalize. In the 29th minute of the second half Suffolk’s Cesar Velasquez committed a foul in the 18 yard box, giving Nassau a penalty kick. Garcia would take it and score, giving him his 3rd goal of the game and ultimately ending Suffolk’s season. The final whistle blew and Nassau celebrated the Region Championship win over Suffolk.

The Suffolk team was heartbroken and just sat and watched as if this wasn’t real. Suffolk’s Matt Starin said, “Back to back years of losing when ranked number one in the nation is just a terrible feeling. We all wanted a national championship so bad, and too come up short was never in our heads.”

“It’s just a bad feeling. I feel bad for the seniors who have to leave without ever going to the national championship, but hopefully as they move on to four year schools they can experience a great deal of success. As for myself and the freshman we have a lot of unfinished business, and were going to get ready to win a national championship next season,” Vertullo said.

Librarian’s fascination leads to obsession with Federal Writers Project

Photos like this one of a young soap box derby contestant appear at the Federal Writers Project links at the Library of Congress.

By Matthew Kogut


After developing an obsession with a topic that fascinated her, librarian Susan DeMasi spent a semester exploring the Federal Writers Project.

“I went from interested to obsessed about this project,” DeMasi said of  the work that was completed during her sabbatical in the Spring 2009 semester. DeMasi, Associate Professor of Library Services, gave a presentation at the library on Oct. 17 during common hour from 11a.m. -12:15 p.m. The eye opening powerpoint and speaking engagement was about the Federal W riters’ Project, FWP.

The FWP was a part of the Works Progress Administration. It was a project set up by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. The idea was to get unemployed writers back to work during the Great Depression. It lasted from 1935-1943 with over 1,000 titles being published.

In an interview conducted with Ms. DeMassi via e-mail, she stated that she came across this topic while doing other research and became fascinated with how much they accomplished in such a short amount of time. She did some intial research last fall and spent the Spring of 2009 completing it. During the interview she said, “For my sabbatical, I went to the Library of Congress in Washington, the New York Public Library and the New York City Municipal Archives. I was able to do some research using the Internet and by mail connecting with librarians at the University of Rochester and University of Oregon.” She spent her sabbatical at most of these places, and she also wrote a play on the FWP and produced the slideshow which was shown during the presentation.

 As for putting these writers back to work, the idea was to write a guide book of the United States. The chore was to write an American Guide Series. Something occurred while this project was underway. As many of 10,000 narratives were taken from men and women and were also published into books. These were ordinary men and woman, but they were people of many different ethnic groups, ex-slaves, and immigrants. These were people who helped make up the United States. As part of the American Guide Series, encyclopedias, and childrens books were also written. As stated before, thousands of books ended up being published. The federal funding of the project ended around 1939 but the FWP continued until 1943.

The Huntington Library, where the presentation was held,  often has many events and presentations going on. Often, there are also many displays of artwork and paintings displayed on the walls and are often done by students of the College. If you are interested in learning about any other upcoming events at the Huntington Library, you can always go to the library homepage which can be found by going onto the school website which is Just click on the library link. If you are interested in, and would like to learn more about the FWP and the WPA, you can go to the website :

Local weather link keeps up-to-the-minute reports

By Dominica Lauricella

Five years ago a weather station was installed on the roof of the Southampton building on the Ammerman Campus. The brains behind the organization of this station was Assistant Academic Chair and Meteorology Professor Scott Mandia.

Although it has been there for many years, not many students even know it exists.

“I never knew there was anything on the roof, let alone a weather station,” said Matthew Fuellbier, a computer science major and Ammerman campus student.

In fact, the weather station can tell us a lot more than just the temperature outside.

“It measures the following data every five seconds: temperature, dew point temperature, relative humidity, wind direction and speed, pressure, precipitation, wind chill/heat index, percent of light, and it records the daily maximum and minimum temperatures along with peak gust,” Mandia said.

Any student can access this data simply by going on the web. Mandia made a website specifically for the station. All you have to do is type this website into the search bar:

and within seconds, results will be practically falling off your screen. Having the current conditions in reach is a great way for students to understand what is going on at the moment and learn meteorology terminology.

“Knowing current conditions is always important – especially when the lab room has no windows,” Mandia said.

Keeping the weather station clean is a job in itself.

“We do have to periodically clean leaves and bird poop out of the rain gauge. Yuck! The last time we did so we were attacked by angry hornets, who must have had a nest in the post that holds the equipment. Nobody was hurt,” Mandia said.

Even if you are not a science major, knowing the weather can be a huge help when picking out the perfect outfit, knowing the conditions for a sports game and whether or not you will be needing an umbrella for the day. The station also meets the needs of students learning about meteorology in Mandia’s Meteorology 101 course.

Disney recruiters visit campus, offer internships

Disney's Castle at Christmas is a sight to behold. More than 60 internships are available each semester at Disneyworld in Florida.

By Eric Luebbe


Recruiters of the Disney College Program have once again visited the campus to offer an internship of a lifetime.

The internship provides work and cast membership to those selected for Disney, while simultaneously taking classes, living in dorms, and earning money.

On Thursday, a Disney recruiter, as well as the four campus representatives presented their presentation of the program. The presentation included a video giving all the information needed about the program. This video is also available to watch online at

About 60 students attended two sessions at 11 am and 1 pm.

“You can work at either Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL or at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA,” John Stephenson, Disney College Program Recruiter said.

 The students who attended the presentation are able to apply online and then have an online interview. Upon completion they can then schedule a phone interview, and speak with a representative from either Orlando, FL or Anaheim, CA. If students receive an invitation to join the program, the college must give permission to attend pending their GPA.

 “I hope to become a Disney Imagineer,” said Amy Chivaro, freshman, who attended the presentation. Chivaro said she hopes that this will be her step towards a career in creativity and imgination.

The “living concept” of the program is that students will live on their own in fully-furnished apartments with roommates. They can have two, four, six, or eight roommates. The students will have to go food shopping, do their laundry, cook their meals, and clean their apartment. The program does monthly inspections of the apartments to ensure they are being well maintained and kept clean. Students under the age of 21 must live in Wellness apartments where no alcohol is permitted at any time. Even if someone who is over 21 visits, alcohol is still prohibited. Students who are 21 years old upon arrival may live in non-wellness apartments, if they choose to. 

Twenty-four-hour security is also provided and you must have a housing ID to enter the complexes. There is a weekly rent which is automatically deducted out of your paychecks from Disney. Depending on how many roommates you have, and the location of your apartment, determines the cost of your apartment. The weekly rents range from $70-$125, said Stephenson.

The “learning concept” is that while not working interns can take classes, tuition free, provided by the Disney Company. The classes are accredited by the American Council on Education, and can transfer into the college. All of the classes are based around the Walt Disney Company. Classes include Marketing, Communications, Management, Creativity, and more. Students may take up to two classes while in the program. Each class meets once a week and they are located within the housing complexes.

 SCCC does not offer any credit for doing the intership by itself unlike other colleges. In order to obtain credits you must take courses from Disney. Each course successfully completed is worth three credits, which may transfer into your transcript, said Debra Klein, Ammerman Career Services adviser.

The “earning concept” is that the program is a paid internship. The students may have roles in the parks working attractions, food and beverage, custodial, and more. They also are able to have roles in hotels, and can be characters too. All roles have a specified amount per hour they make. Students are guaranteed a minimum of 30 hours per week. If the student takes classes he or she will work no more than 40 hours per week. During Spring break and other high guest volume times classes are suspended and so the students may work up to 65 hours per week.

“You will not leave this program rich,” said Stephenson. Students earn from $7.25-$8.50 per hour depending on what role the play. Overall, after deductions from weekly pay, students have enough for food, as well have spending money to enjoy themselves while in the program said Stephenson.

“It’s all about networking and building your resume,” Phil Patterson, Disney College Program Alumni said. Having The Walt Disney Company on a resume is phenomenal because perspective jobs and careers that students may have will take a second look at it said Stephenson.

“Part of the Disney success is our ability to create a believable world of dreams that appeals to all age groups.” said a Walt Disney spokesman. It’s the world wide known great guest satisfaction that Disney offers that companies everywhere look up too. Students with this opportunity will have the opportunity to network with managers and higher level executives. It’s a step in the door towards a future. A future which can include work for ABC television station, ESPN, Nascar, Disney Channel and more, all who are owned by Disney, said the Disney College Program video.

About 15 students had already received invitations to the internship prior to Disney visiting the college, said Nicole Zimmerman, perspective Disney College Program Cast Member. These students went online and watched E-Presentation at, applied, and were accepted.

The future was told on the Ammerman Campus


By: Lauren Maio

The future was told in the Cafeteria Alcove on the night of Nov. 10. The campus activities board held a Psychic fair for all students, faculty and staff to attend from 4pm to 8pm.

There were eight tables set up across the room with a gifted individual at each. They waited for a student or faculty member to be called up and would have a 10 min. reading with them. Each individual had a different specialty and each table had signs hanging on them . Tarot cards, career teller, handwriting analysis, palm reading, crystal ball reading, numerology readings and healers were all part of the festivities.

“I loved it”, said Allison Zentgraf, a freshman here at the campus. “ He said I was open-minded and creative with ideas and music.” She spoke to the handwriting analysis representative named Steve , who made her write a few sentences on a piece of paper and then began to tell her what kind of person she was and what might come in the future.

Another student, Jon Lopez, also sat with Steve and said “I guess it was true, but I really didn’t like it. He said I take a lot of responsibility and I was organized.” He also got the opportunity to speak to Harry, the numerology reader. “ The numerology reading was a lot better than the hand-writing analysis , he seemed more accurate. He said I was caring, intuitive and dutiful, which is true.”

Some students signed up to talk to multiple fortune tellers. Philip Mui, a student here on the Ammerman campus, talked to five of them and enjoyed his experience. “I got four readings and a handwriting analysis and I found common consistencies. I found the whole experience to be legit and revealing.”

As people were waiting to talk to the psychics, there was a table in the back where you could make your own dream catcher keychain. They were free and countless students were creating them with a variety of different colors. About 6 CAB members were working at the table to help others create dream catchers with the kits they received.

Kristina Mazur, the executive recruitment of the campus activities board, organized this activity. “I organized this because I’m a spiritual person and wanted to put people in a good mood.” This event was a great a success with about two dozen people there the whole night. Mazur also stated that “ This will give students a positive attitude since midterms are here and the psychics will not say anything negative.”

In order to get these eight psychics, Mazur had to advertise. She had papers up in the student lobby and even made announcements in the cafeteria on certain days. She explained how this was a free event because CAB was sponsoring it.

Steve, who constructed the handwriting analysis, explained that he does this as a freelancer and was getting paid to do this through an organizer. “My wife got me into hand-writing analysis about 10 years ago and thought I was perceptive with people”, he says. Working with college students is a great opportunity for him because he feels that they are eager to find out what ‘s in store for them, especially girls. “They are more open -minded “, he proclaims. Steve also adds that college students are willing to write more sentences that he can analyze. As soon as you sit with him, he asks you to write a paragraph about anything you want and to not think about how neat or sloppy your handwriting is. He can understand people the best when they write in the handwriting they use on a regular basis. “It’s hard to pick stuff out from people who don’t write a lot”, he says, as he explains why it is enjoyable to work at a college event.

The psychic fair provided various students with positive attitudes and much curiosity. CAB gave everyone on campus an entertaining evening as they left with dream catcher key chains and information about their lives and personalities. They hold events that bring students, faculty and staff together frequently. Check the calendar on the SCCC website for events that will be coming up in the near future such as a veteran’s display in the lobby of the Babylon student center and movies for everyone to enjoy!

Long Island facing serious addiction issues

By Ayse Dincsalman

While there are students who attend class regularly and respect the laws, there is a growing population of drug addiction amongst people their same age.

Law abiding students who come to class regularly, may not be aware of the growing popularity with heroin among their peers. Students should ask the questions: How much of a threat has addiction become, and how the addiction to such a powerful drug can take over one’s life?

For some, drugs may be just a phase in life, and for others it may take their life.

“I know people who started by taking synthetic heroin pills like oxycodons, and eventually switched to heroin because it was a cheaper and more satisfying high for them,” said James Yander, a criminal justice major at Suffolk. “These people are my age and still addicted to the drug” he said.

Students walk around campus all day, in and out of classes. They are not aware of who is doing what behind closed doors. It is more than possible that their peers have an addiction, or at least know someone with one.

According to the college crime statistics report, Suffolk has made a total of 42 arrests involving drugs between the Ammerman and Grant campuses since 2006. If students come to college on a mission to get an education, why are there so many arrests occurring?

On Oct 3, Newsday published an article about how the Smithtown area has been struggling with teenage heroin use. Michele DiBartolo, who was addicted to heroin for two years talked about her lifestyle on heroin. She kept her physical appearance right, her grades decent, and managed around the household. Nobody knew she was addicted Nobody could see her drug addiction coming.

“You would never guess that someone is addicted to heroin and they do certainly exist on campus, I know this for a fact,” said an anonymous source apart of Suffolk’s fitness specialist program.

The generation of college students has been told since elementary school that drugs are bad. The D.A.R.E program which encourages students to avoid drugs comes to all the 5th grade classes, and hopes to point kids in the right direction. The norm is to stay away from drugs, yet we still hear of the addictions from everywhere.

The new MTV series, “Gone too Far,” is a perfect example of how young students see the addiction everywhere. The show deals with a new heroin addict each week and their possible interventions. The question is whether or not these shows are helpful in preventing heroin abuse.

“I don’t think it makes it any better because people think those shows are phony and want to do drugs anyway,” said R. Jorgenson, a liberal arts major.

“I think drug addicts feel comfort when they see other people addicted to the same drug. They think it’s okay to be addicted,” said Matias, a student on the Eastern campus.

Students are not afraid to admit to the drug abuse occurring on campus. They admit to many wrong doings they have witnessed.

“The drugs I have seen on campus are heroin, ecstasy, and pot. The “library spot” is where it all goes down. Southampton is where you chug 40s of St. Ides,” said an anonymous liberal arts major.

“I got kicked out of class once for being way too drunk. I was passed out on the desk. A classmate of mine complained that I smelled like alcohol, and the teacher came and tried waking me up. I was told to leave,” said an anonymous male Ammerman campus student.

The Student Code of Conduct states the College reserves the right to take any necessary and/or appropriate steps to protect the safety and well-being of the college community. Consuming, possessing or distributing alcoholic beverages on College premises is a violation of the rules. Unlawfully possessing, distributing, or using any drug, narcotic, or hallucinogen that is prohibited by the law is punishable according to the code of conduct. Violating and state or local law will be considered a serious matter.

The History Club Experiences New York

Photo by Lisa Behnke

By: Lisa Behnke

Veterans Day is a day to honor the brave men and women who fought for our freedom; to celebrate those freedoms, the History club took a trip to visit the United Nations and the Intrepid Air and Space Museum.

After a brief security check, 32 two students, faculty and guests, were escorted through the halls of the UN. Their guides, Rona from Romania, and Nicole from Germany, provided an informative account of its history and of the 192 members, and of its Security General, Ban K. Moon of South Korea. Discussed, were the eight key components to the mission of the United Nations:

3.Promote Gender Equality
4.Reduce Child Mortality
5.Improve Mental Health
6.Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and other Diseases
7.Ensure Environmental Sustainability
8.Global Partnership for Development

A pictorial display of these components, were among the walls preceding the entrance into the chamber. The chamber, a very large well-lit room, is where members discuss security concerns and have an opportunity to be heard. At the end of the tour, students had a chance to shop at the unique gift shop, where many countries goods were represented.

Back to the bus for a trip across town, the driver pulled in near the harbor, where the USS Intrepid, and to everyone’s delight, the USS New York was docked. People lined the streets for miles for a chance to board the vessel. Veterans Day was the last day for visits on the USS New York, until its return on Memorial Day weekend next year.

On the USS Intrepid, military personnel outnumbered civilians by a two to one margin. Many who volunteer their time, come to offer a glimpse into the history of the Intrepid. Daniel S. Fruchter, a 92-year-old veteran, spoke about his experience in World War II and how he survived at Pearl Harbor. Daniel has dedicated the past 21 years as a volunteer on the Intrepid. He continues to return, “to prick your conscious,” Daniel said. “To never forget those who fought and died.”

Quite impressive on deck, the Air National Guard’s Combat Search and Rescue Squad displayed their Pave Hawk Helicopter. The group had flown out that morning from West Hampton’s Gabresky Air Force Base. Demonstrations and official ceremonies were ongoing throughout the day. Also, on board to announce her efforts with the USO was the recently crowned Miss USA. Press and paparazzi gathered around her while she spoke about spending Thanksgiving with the troops.

Overall a successful trip, students arrived back at the Ammerman campus by 6 pm ready to prepare for class the next morning.

Horror/Sci-Fi Club travels to Salem with a tight budget from the school

By Lauren Maio

The Horror/ Sci- Fi club has wanted to take a trip to Salem for about a year now and it is finally happening next week. They had other clubs going as well, but the budget was not satisfying students.

This club always wanted to take a fun yet educational trip and came up with the idea of Salem. Salem, which is known for the witch trials in 1692 , has a great amount of history in which the club would enjoy. In Salem, they will be visiting a few old witch homes and Count Orloks horror movie museum. It is also well-known for the “hanging tree”, where the witches were hung after sentenced to death.

Amanda Murray, the co-president of the club, admits that “ I personally think there is enough history and information to cram us for a full weekend.” She commented that everyone in the club is eager to visit Salem since it has been talked about for an extended amount of time.

The School is aiding the club in paying for the hotel rooms but the students will be paying for their own transportation. Each Student will be carpooling with a certain number of students and will be contributing gas money. The Urban Explorers club is attending this trip as well , but with only 6 people. They also had the Metaphysics club attending this journey but they dropped out due to budget reasons. They wanted the college to pay for the transportation from funding but the school did not have enough to pay for both , the hotel and transportation.

“The school only offers only offers so much money to each student a semester and covering the hotel rooms take up all of our funds”, said Murray. The club held a bake sale to raise money for this upcoming trip and it was a success. According to the 2008-2010 catalog, each student has to pay $7.00 a credit for the student activity fee, which is the money taken out of your pocket for clubs. Each semester, it is about $84.00 that you pay as a full time student. With this money from each student, it is still not enough to pay for this entire trip. Murray also adds, “ since the club is staying in Peabody, not Salem, they need to be able to drive freely to museums and such.” This would be an immense about of money for the budget , therefore if more clubs wants to plan events like this, the school might have to offer more money.

The college encourages students to get involved and join clubs and according to Murray, the students are fortunate to get this opportunity to go to Salem. Evidently, the budget has an effect on the amount of people being able to get involved and attend events.

If you have any questions or interest in attending the Salem trip, the Horror/Sci-fi club is having a meeting tomorrow, Nov. 4th , to discuss the plans. It will be located in the Smithtown Science building in room 112.