Monthly Archives: February, 2010

Film ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ draws varied views

By Donna Lynn

     “Where the Wild Things Are” was shown on Friday the Feb. 8 on the Eastern campus in the Shinnecock building room 101 from 6-9 pm.

     The movie is based on a 1963 book written by writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak. The movie tells the story of Max, who one evening plays around his home making trouble in a wolf costume. As punishment his mother sends him to bed without dinner. In his room a mysterious wild forest and sea grows out of his imagination and Max sails to the land of the Wild Things. The Wild Things are scary looking monsters, but Max conquers them by staring into their yellow eyes without blinking. After this happens he is made the king of all Wild Things and dances with the monsters. Soon Max finds himself lonely and homesick. He returns home to his bedroom where his dinner is waiting for him.

     Professor Claire Rubman of the  psychology department recalled that she loved the book. She said she believes the world of fantasy is very exciting for children. Monsters are part of a children’s imagination and are fun to explore. She said she believes the books are better for children as opposed to watching the story on film. Rubman indicated that the movie deprives the child of using his imagination.

      Alan Weber, assistant professor of health and human services stated that “Where the Wild Things Are” was one of his favorite books. He noted that Maurice Sendak has been considered a master at depicting and playing with the psychology of a child. Weber saw the move and said it stayed relatively faithful to the psychology, sensitivity and imagination of Sendak’s vision. Weber viewed the movie in a theater of adults and said it was clear to him that many of the adults were touched by the movie.

      The movie is geared toward children but is open to anyone who wants to see it. It is very colorful and full of all kinds of imaginative creatures and events. It is a fun flick for a child to relax and enjoy.

Defibrillator supply limited on Ammerman Campus

By Donna Lynn

          The College may be pushing its luck when it comes to preparation for handling cardiac emergencies on the Ammerman campus. Failure to have defibrillators in each of the 15 campus buildings may prove fatal for those who have cardiac arrests or heart attacks.

                Agnes Hahn, registered nurse and interim director of Health Services on the Ammerman campus said seven defibrillators  can be found on campus. Five of these defibrillators are in the gym, one is in the nurses’ station and the other one is with security. She stated that we have had the seven defibrillators for over five years. She also noted that the school is working on putting a defibrillator in each building so personnel will have easier access to this device

          All security, nurses, coaches and athletic directors are trained in the use of the defibrillator. They must repeat the training each year to get re-certified. A weekly report is submitted to the nurse from the gym and security as to the condition of the defibrillator. It is checked every week to ensure it is in working condition.

          Defibrillators are costly. According to the internet a defibrillator cost $595.00. If the school were to order more defibrillators they would need approximately 8 more. The cost to the college would be approximately $4800. This is a very big investment but is an investment in the safety of the students.

                It would be wise for the school to put a defibrillator in each building. Suppose a student goes into cardiac arrest in the Southampton Building, time is of the essence. Mere minutes may be the difference between full recovery, death or permanent damage. By the time security is alerted and called to the scene it can take up to 10 to 15 minutes for them to arrive considering they have to travel from the security building to the Southampton building and then locate the patient. Even if the nurses are called to the Southampton building, it would take a good 10 minutes for them to get from the nurses’ station to the patient. Having a defibrillator in each building with trained personnel would be a wiser plan of action.

          John Williams, Director of Public Safety stated that in the last two years the defibrillators have not been used on campus. He did note that recently a female student did need the assistance of a defibrillator. The Suffolk County Police provided one. Mr. Williams did not indicate how recent this incident was or where it took place.

            A heart defibrillator aids in restoring the natural rhythm of the heart when a person is experiencing dangerous arrhythmia or cardiac arrest. The defibrillator sends out an electrical shock roughly 60-100 times per minute. As the shock passes through sections of the heart, the muscles contract and make the heart beat. When the hearts natural pacemaker quits functioning the heart loses its rhythm and leads to cardiac arrest.

Lecture honors MLK’s legacy

By Jillian Frank

     The College’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Remembrance Ceremony took place  Wednesday, Feb. 17.

     For those who are not familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King, he was an American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the African American civil rights Movement. 

     To commemorate MLK’s legacy, a lecture was given by various speakers such as, The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church and President of The Healing of The Nations Foundation. The lecture was held from 11am-12:15pm in the Sagtikos-Van Nostrand Theatre at the Grant Campus in Brentwood . During this ceremony, the guest speakers discussed our country’s history with segregation and the civil rights moment. They also discussed Dr. Martin Luther King’s life, what he tried to accomplish, and why it is so important to honor and remember him

Proposed course offers opportunity for Einstein exploration

By Jillian Frank

     Students looking for a different kind of class have a new one to choose. An Ammerman campus astronomy professor has proposed and created a new class , Einstein’s Universe (AST 295).

     “The big concepts in astronomy – the big bang, origin and death of universe, time travel, and black holes, have always intrigued me, even from when I was a young boy. These are also the topics that usually students enjoy learning about when they take astronomy 102 – stars and galaxies, even though we only briefly address them, and of course, these topics are completely divorced from everyday experience and so appeal to a student. I thought it would be a great idea to have a course that would deal with these concepts specifically,” said Dr. Mike Inglis, course originator.

     According to the course description, Einstein’s Universe is a class set on gaining an understanding and appreciation of astronomical events that have shaped our modern view of the Universe. Beginning with Galileo, and ending with Albert Einstein, it will show the students how the scientific process is performed, using observations of faint and distant object. It will also relate these observations to theoretical ideas created by Einstein. It will also cover very popular topics such as Black Holes, the possibility of time travel, and the future scenarios for the ultimate end of the universe. Students will also have an opportunity to observe some of the objects discussed in class, weather permitting, by using the department’s telescopes.

     Before this semester, AST 295 has only been offered as a special topics course. The course was very successful but being that a significant number of students in the other Astronomy course have shown an interest in the subject matter presented in the course, adopting the course as part of the general curriculum would offer another option for students who need to fulfill their laboratory science requirement.

     Inglis said he believed this course should not just be an elective. “The course has only been offered a few times so I am still adding content and deleting content as I progress. Once I am totally happy with the course, and believe it cannot be bettered, I will hopefully make it a Gen Ed course and offer it as part of the Astronomy majors,” he said.

     Students are expressing interest in the course. “I like the idea of this class. Instead of taking a normal science class such as Biology or Earth Science, I’d much rather take one that would make me think about science in a different perspective,” said Bryan Terry, a communications major. Another student, Heather Meader, agreed and said, “I think that could be a class I’d be interested in. Science is definitely not my favorite subject but if it’s a course like that maybe I would start to like it. It’s not something I’ve taken before in high school like Biology and Earth Science. I think that’s probably what I’d really like about it; It‘s something different and new.”

     In a survey taken at the Ammerman campus on Feb. 2, 20 random students were asked if they would like to take this course to fill a laboratory science requirement. Thirteen out of 20 students replied yes. In fact, Nine of those 13 students said they would rather take the class than Biology, Chemistry, or Earth Science.

Students Keeping Their Eyes on the Prize

By Katherine Lloyd

            The Civil Rights movement which exploded in the United States during the 1960s is an extremely vital part of our country’s rich history.  Students gathered at the SCCC Grant Camp

Still from the film "Eye on the Prize" from

us Monday February 8, to pay homage to those who provided this influential movement, and in honor of Black History Month viewed the first portion of the critically acclaimed documentary/series “Eye on the Prize” produced by Blackside. 

The film follows the movement from its beginnings in the mid 1950s, continuing on to the 1980s.  Norman Daniels (of the multicultural affairs department at SCCC) explained that the movement was “more than listening to ‘I Have a Dream’ ”, and in fact was brought about by many students.  Additionally, Daniel’s added he was “trying to let students know they too can be part of the ‘change’ process (however one may define it)”.   In reference to NY being known in our country as a “liberal” state, Daniels commented that Long Island is the third most segregated suburb in the United States thus explaining it is a contradiction to say New York is multicultural; one is generally referring to NYC. 

 The series provides live footage of activists (which included many young adults), helping instill in the minds of local students the hard work and strife many young activists endured during this time.  The film may continue to inspire viewers in hopes that we as students can work toward equal rights for humankind, and strengthen equality within the country. The second portion of the film was viewed Friday, Feb. 12, and the third will be shown in the Captree rm. 113 at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at the Grant Campus.

‘Seascape’ by Edward Albee to open at Shea Theatre

By Colleen Maidhof
     “Seascape” by playwright Edward Albee and directed by Thomas Bovino, academic chair of communications, opens in the Islip Arts building in Shea Theatre Thursday, March 11 at 8 pm, and it will run to March 21.
     Albee is well known for his edgy dramas. He is one of theatre’s most significant and famous writers. Albee received his second Pulitzer Prize for his drama “Seascape” in 1975.
    “Seascape” is not strictly a drama; it also has elements of comedy and absurdism. “Students should enjoy “Seascape” because it is not the standard play; it focuses on the communication and the miscommunication in interpersonal relationships, as well as evolution. It is a compelling examination of the meanings and significance of life, and the costumes are pretty cool,” said Bovino.
    The play consists of four main characters, a human couple and a human-sized lizard couple; costumes are designed by Andrew Wittkamper, assistant professor of theatre, and Robert Doyle a student at Suffolk. It also only occurs on one set which is a beach scene.

    “It’s very funny, and it definitely makes you think. It can be applied to theatre, communication, sociology, philosophy, and even science majors,” said David Morrissey an acting major who is playing the role of Leslie a lizard.
    “I am happy to be working on “Seascape.” The cast is very dedicated and is led by a great crew. It’s wonderful to bring animalistic qualities on stage and interacting in a new world with an adventurous attitude,” said Dorothy Rojas, a theatre major playing the role of Sarah.
Students get in to see the production “Seascape” free with a valid Suffolk ID. Admission is $8 for faculty, staff, alumni association members, children, and non-Suffolk students with a valid ID who want to see the play. General admission is $10 and on Sunday admission for seniors costs $7. Tickets are available in the box office in the Islip Arts building or call 631-451-4163 to have one held for you.

Long Island Blood Services to visit campus Feb 24

By Jacqueline Walsh

Cookies and Orange Juice! Did that get your attention? If not, maybe this will. “Five million people in the United States need blood each year,” according to the Red Cross statistics. So why not make a difference in someone’s life and donate.

The Red Cross has been saving lives for over 60 years and all LI BS are asking is for an hour. According to the Red Cross the hour in which you give one pint of blood could save up to three people’s lives. So what’s your excuse to keep the blood you don’t need when it could be used to help three others?

The donating process is very simple and takes very little effort on your part that will go a long way for another.

Four simple steps must be taken to complete your donating experience. There’s the registration step where you first sign in and will need a photo ID of some sort. The Second step is the health history and mini physical. In this step you will be asked a series of questions on your health and places you have traveled. This information remains confidential. Then they will take your temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and hemoglobin level. The third step is when you actually give your donation. It only takes up to 10 minutes and then it’s over. The best part of the whole donation is the snacks they give you after. Cookies and juice! What could be better other then saving someone’s life.

So, take the short time out of your life to save another. Join the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead for their annual blood drive.

The blood drive will be sponsored by Suffolk Count Community College along with the Long Island Blood Services on Wednesday, Feb. 24. It will be held in the Peconic building room 100, between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

When it comes to helping others one must always find the time. The Red Cross says that every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion. Yours could make a difference.