Daily Archives: February 22nd, 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.