Monthly Archives: November, 2011

Free Smoking Cessation Clinic held on Grant Campus

By Alexander Corrigan

Five out of five doctors agree smoking will kill you, with that said isn’t today the day to quit?

On Wednesday Oct 12 the opportunity will become available. Suffolk Community College and the Suffolk County Department of Health are working together to provide the proper aids and resources to effectively quit smoking, as part of a six-week program to help students kick the habit.

The program takes place in HSEC A222/223, with parking available in parking field five adjacent to the building. The clinic is held during common hour beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 12:20 p.m. The clinic is open to students, faculty and staff. Nicotine replacement treatments will be made available to those who are medically qualified.

The Grant Campus can be reached by taking the Long Island Expressway to Exit 52, Commack Road. Cross over Commack Road staying to the right to Crooked Hill Road, make right on Crooked Hill Road and take to the campus entrance on the left.

For more information or to enroll in the program contact Health Services, Captree Commons Room 104, or call (631) 851-6709.

The Norman Magic Experience Comes to Grant Campus

By Alexander Corrigan

Magician Norman Ng comes to the Grant campus to display the mystical world of magic and illusions.

The Norman Magic Experience promises to captivate people of all ages with magic, comedy and plenty of audience participation. The show will be during the common hour, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Wednesday Sept. 9. The performance will take place in the Captree building room 114.

Magician Norman Ng has been touring the country performing his special hybrid brand of magic and comedy on college campuses since January, having performed in 48 states and for more than 500,000 people. Campus Activities Magazine named the Norman Magic Experience “2011’s Best Live Novelty Act.” Western Oregon University calls Ng “…One of the most unique performers around.”

The Norman Magic Experience’s next stop is at the National Association for Campus Activities Mid-America Conference in Covington, KY, from Nov 10-13.

The Captree building is located on the west side of campus adjacent to parking field four, just north of the Community College road entrance. For more information contact the Campus Activities Office at 631-851-6702.

Teaching: An Unconventional Approach

by Terrence Huie

“Don’t judge – don’t assign virtue and value,” said Herb Reichert, an art appreciation teacher at the Brentwood Campus at Suffolk County Community College.  Reichert is a teacher that doesn’t teach just to pay the bills, he teaches to provide students an insight into life through his own personal experiences.

Reichert has a refreshingly unconventional approach to teaching, inspiring students by bringing attention to the underlying art that pervades and affects their everyday lives without them knowing it.  He teaches his students about the importance of living through the interactions with people and things in their lives, and he truly wants his class to make a lasting impact on their lives.
“I love the students – there’s something about them that I love, but can’t quite put my finger on it,” said Reichert, who stumbled upon his passion for teaching in 1999, when he received a call from Suffolk to teach art appreciation.  “I had never taught before, and didn’t think much of teachers growing up – I always thought they were dumb, I never would’ve guessed that I would become one of them,” Reichert admitted ironically.

The way he got his teaching job at Suffolk was just as unconventional as his teaching methods.  He was working as an art critic in New York harbor at the time, and had responded to a call from the Grant campus to come in and teach an art appreciation class Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  He showed up early that Thursday morning to get his roster, faculty ID, and parking permit.  After teaching the class that day, he noticed a woman waiting by the door with a stack of papers in her hands.  She approached him saying, “We didn’t hire you to teach the class, we called you to come in to interview for the job.  But judging from what I just saw, we’re going to let you keep the class.”  Reichert, both surprised and excited, started to take his first class head-on.

Reichert is a jack-of-all-trades, accumulating a vast array of skills working as a carpenter, plumber, auto-mechanic, and art critic – just to name a few, before becoming a college professor.  This work experience is what gives him his eccentricity and down-to-earth demeanor that students immediately develop a relation and love for.

“I held in all bodily functions so I could stay in your class for the entire three hours,” said Brian B., a student in his art appreciation course at the Brentwood campus.

“I wish every one of my classes was like your class,” said another student, Cindy Castillo.  This adoration from his students showcases his natural propensity for teaching, but more importantly, speaks volumes about the quality of character that he possesses.
Reichert, 61, developed autism during his childhood in Chicago.  He has always had a passion for art, and if he weren’t teaching, he’d want to leave a legacy behind for his family artistically, particularly in photography.  He also enjoys sculpting and painting, but photography is special to him.  Reichert also teaches at Dowling, and although he may not leave a legacy behind in photography, his students would contend that he leaves a legacy in every classroom he teaches.

“Interacting with people, places and things is really the quality of life; interacting with the world in a mindful way – you will receive love, and want to give it in return,” preached Reichert, making it as transparent as possible that in the end, life is about friends and family, not material possessions.

3 Year Anniversary Celebrated With Vigil for Slain Immigrant

by Marvin Fuentes
Written on pamphlets that were handed out were the words, “In the Loving Memory of Marcelo Lucero.” This was the theme of the 3rd consecutive vigil held in memory of Marcelo Lucero on Nov. 6 when Long Island residents came together to share a message of peace and unity in Patchogue.
Three years later, Lucero’s death has had a rippling effect on all of Suffolk County. This past March, Suffolk County Legislature unanimously voted to pass a resolution called “Understanding, Accepting, and Respecting Our Cultural Differences Week,” dedicating a week long period in November to educate Long Islanders on understanding one another.
Eight months later, the first “Cultural Differences Week” has come and gone with Lucero’s vigil winding things down. “Cultural Differences Week” officially ended  Nov. 9 with the “Rally for Leadership to Make Suffolk County a Hate-Free Zone” in Smithtown.
Attended by about 100 people, the ripple caused by death of Lucero has remained strong and continues to touch people. With enormous banners promoting the message of peace and unity across the street at South Ocean Middle School, people arrived at 2:30 p.m. to the event greeted by the very appropriate music of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
“I was a blogger. I came here to teach non-immigrants about immigrants when it happened,” said Lisa Votial-Tarrant, one of the event organizers who has been by Joselo Lucero’s side since his brother’s death. “Obviously I felt like I failed.”
Keeping up Lennon’s original message, event organizers invited representatives from a diverse selection of religions to read a prayer to the audience from their respective faiths, some speaking in both Spanish and English. Powerful original music courtesy of Rob Bruey and from youth group, Jack’s Waterfall were highlights of the afternoon.
Youth was a clear focus for organizers at the vigil. Letters from two recipients of the Patchogue Medford Marcelo Lucero Education Award were read, as they couldn’t be present while attending school. Members of the Village of Patchogue Youth also said a few prepared words in honor of Lucero. Both organizations asked audience members to donate or buy t-shirts to support their continued efforts.
The efforts to reach out to youth have remained a constant in the process towards the ideal future of a unified world. A better education from people in influential positions like teachers is one solution. “I came from a segregated school. I mean there were maybe two Puerto Ricans and one Dominican at my school,” said Votial-Tarrant. “We need to send kids home from school with tough questions to ask their parents because we never know what their parents may believe.”
Administrators at Suffolk County Community College seem to agree that education is key to universal understanding. Mentioned in a previous article, the Ammerman campus had a weeklong intolerance event during the spring 2010 semester. This year on Nov. 1, the Grant campus has participated in the “Cultural Differences Week” with a discussion hosted by the Long Island Organizing Network focusing on bullying, racism and discrimination. Also this year the Ammerman campus participated in the “Embracing Our Differences” project which included an art exhibit of 39 different works from amateur and professional artists in an effort to show their perspective on the message “enriching lives through diversity.”
As part of “Embracing Our Differences,” a screening of the recently released documentary “Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness” was shown to students of Professor Steven Schrier’s POL 103 class.
The impression students seemed to have made during the preceeding discussion was that Patchogue was naive to think their town was safe and that discrimination didn’t happen elsewhere. “It’s unexpected, not shocking, but not out of the realm of possibility,” said Nick, a student of Schrier’s who chose not to give his last name.
Another impression from students was that in general people ignore things that happen around them instead of helping. “You see kids get picked on all the time,” said Nick.
Young adults aren’t ignorant if the discussion at the screening is any indication, but their communities still try to educate them on intolerance.
“I hope to do this more regularly. I’m happy with the turnout. I don’t think we’re going to let it stop. Joselo won’t let it stop,” said Votial-Tarrant. “I find him inspiring.”
Lucero’s brother, Joselo Lucero, took the stage of the vigil at its conclusion had these words for the audience. “This is what I wanted all along. People coming together and getting along,” he said.
With a banner reading “Culture of Peace, Esperanza, Hope,” Lucero, along with event organizers, led a march to the spot of his brother’s death. There, attendees of the vigil offered candles and flower pedals as “Amazing Grace” was sung in the background.

Students Control Intramural Activities

By Amanda Bernocco

Students have the power when it comes to intramural sports at the college. Last year an intramural flag football team decided that they wanted to have a college wide championship, and ended up going to a regional championship. The team of 30 students made it all the way to the play offs at the regional championship in Maryland last year.

“Students played a huge role in getting to the championships with flag football. With intramurals students are really in control and can make it whatever they want it to be,” Matt French, intramurals coordinator from the Eastern campus said.

Both coordinators French and Craig Zeolla, from the Ammerman campus, agree that anything can happen with intramurals if the students want it to. French said that the students went to the championships because they stepped up and told the coordinators that they wanted to do it. Since the students wanted it to happen so badly, he said that the coordinators worked with them to make it happen.

Intramurals are a friendly way to meet new people and take advantage of what your student activities fees fund. They have been at the college for the past 15 years on and off based on student interest. The Athletic Director makes the final decision, based on how many students are willing to participate. The amount of students participating changes every day, but the Ammerman campus could get between 50 and 60 students said Zeolla. He added that the Eastern and Grant campuses could have anywhere from 20 to 50 or 60 students on a given day. Intramurals are held from 11am to 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The only regulation for becoming a participant in intramurals is that the student is a full time student, and has a valid student ID card. The coordinators will know if a student is a full time student when they scan the card in to the computer. Zeolla says to “just come in gym attire, have good sportsmanship and be ready to have fun.” On the Ammerman campus intramural sports include flag football, volleyball, basketball and ping pong.

Last year they held some night events, and Zeolla would like to hold some more. He said that last year they held a basketball shooting contest and students really enjoyed it. Zeolla stresses that “it really comes down to the enthusiasm of students. It can be as big or as little as they want it to be.”

Spa day to spoil students

By Jessica Radesco-Verdi

The Campus Activities Board at Ammerman is sponsoring their first Spa day on November 30. Students will be able to indulge in numerous services at Montauk Point Room in the Babylon student center.

Licensed technicians from Massage On The Go USA will be performing services from foot massages to eye brow threading, henna tattoos, manicures, facials, etc., all of which are free of charge for students.

Ashley Leigh, Executive Board Member in charge of this program had the vision and brought it to fruition here at Ammerman with the help of the student run organization.

These services if provided at salons would cost anywhere from $10 – $75 and up.

Males and female students are invited to stop in between 10:30am-1:30pm to take advantage of what spa day has to offer and hopefully walk away feeling pampered.

For further information see the calendar of events and http://www.massageonthegousa.com/

Cut us a break/academic calendar

By Joe Moyles

Like any student attending college, more days off seems favorable to me, but in some instances there are some days off I believe students actually need.

For starters, the upcoming thanksgiving break is an example. I have always thought of thanksgiving break as Christmas break junior. As it actually turns out, the huge break we have for Christmas is not a break at all; it is the end of the semester.

This year students have off from Wednesday, Nov. 23-Friday Nov. 25. Including the weekend, it’s five days off in total. This amount is reasonable to me as far as overall days. My main issue with this break is that professors tend to assign a lot of work during this time.

I call thanksgiving break the re-union break, since everyone’s friends come home from college and you get to see all your family on thanksgiving, its one of my favorite breaks.
It is also one of the busiest breaks, with Christmas shopping in its birth, cooking, family, friends, and work, it’s awfully hard to juggle it all.

This sort of busyness is only worse for students who are away at college and have to come home with these short breaks. Add up the travel time, cost, and work to do, it’s even more difficult for them make the trips home in such a small break.

My friend Jamie Boroden attends the University of Maine and decided to not come back at all for thanksgiving, “the break was too short, and the traveling would have either been big bucks or huge time.” Said Boroden. “There just was not enough time, the break should indeed be longer.”

My solution to this is that all big schools with on campus living should accommodate there students who have to travel and work. Here at Suffolk, I think professors should not stack work over the short break. I also think the break should be elongated to one full week, being that first two days of the class week are generally hand-in days. Of coarse the break should not be entirely dedicated to schoolwork or seeing friends, but there shouldn’t be heavy assignments due the day after the break designed for you to maintain working over the break.

There are multiple other days of classes that I believe to be controversial, such as Election Day. The ironic joke about this is that the high school kids who can’t vote get off for Election Day, but us college students who can don’t get the luxury of getting the day off. Of coarse we can still vote, but the time can be cut down with classes and work to do.

Days that can go either way don’t always have to be granted though. I personally think president’s day, which is on Feb. 20, should remain its one day break instead of the full week break that most grade schools have off. But if presidents day is given off, I also think veterans day, which was Nov. 11, should also be given.

I think it’s a matter of respect rather then just getting an extra day off. Our veterans that risked there lives to help this country should be honored, and especially that there are some current soldiers that have come home recently here at Suffolk.

“I’m generally happy with the breaks we have, but I do think that we have too many random days off in September,” Said Thomas Weyer, a sophomore.

I don’t have a problem with the Jewish holidays in September, for the Jewish people it’s a necessary day off. But a day like Election Day or Veterans Day pertains to everyone, and are pretty important holidays, so I think they should at least be considered to be reviewed.

I don’t want to sound like a student hungry for more days off, but I do believe that there should be more thought put into our schedules here at Suffolk County Community College and colleges across the country.

Grant-FREE Smoking Cessation Clinic-Learn To Be Tobacco Free

By Taylor Baker

A free smoking clinic to learn how to become tobacco free is going to be taking place on the Grant Campus. If you are a smoker and are trying to quit then head on down, because this is the place to be. It takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 23, right before the Thanksgiving break, so give thanks to your health this holiday season.

The college is holding the clinic at the Grant Campus in Brentwood. Students can come down to the HSAEC A room 222 and/ or 223 to check out the clinic. This is at 11AM – 12:20PM.

This is a 6-week program starting in the fall 2011. This event is coordinated with the Suffolk County Department of health Services. ?Nicotine replacement products will be available if medically qualified. Students, faculty, staff and the general public are welcome.

For more information or to enroll in the program, contact Health Services, Captree Commons in room 105 or call (631)-851-6709 for any details.

Students and staff react to Penn State scandal, firing

By Arielle Tipa

Penn State’s beloved football coach is out of the game, and individuals on and off campus respond to the alleged reports.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Since the firing of star football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of a supposed sex scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, Penn State University and its staff are still in a daze. Mixed feelings among students and staff continue to arise, as well as for Penn State graduates who have all known and admired Paterno.

“He told the people above him about what he [Paterno] had heard, but did not follow after knowing it for so long,” said Rocco DeForca, a Penn State sophomore majoring in Accounting. “He was the face of Penn State, and by all means, a legend. I am extremely upset that he had to go down like this after so many years.”

Mr. Sandusky is facing various accounts of sexual misconduct among students, dating back to as early as 1996. Paterno, as well as a portion of the university itself, are now being accused of failing to report these allegations to staff members. These events ultimately led to the decision of stripping Paterno of his title, and the arrest of Sandusky on Nov. 5.

DeForca also states that Sandusky’s actions should have been acknowledged earlier. “It should have not taken the time that it was allowed. It took so many years to take care of this event, but what’s another month compared to over a decade? I’m just in shock that it all had to be like this.”

Joe Moyles, a journalism major at the Ammerman campus, was preparing to visit Penn State on Nov. 11 for transfer purposes, but became sidetracked amongst the controversy that took place.

“The scandal is even worse because the students are having a riot. I feel like there’s no reason behind it,” said Moyles. “I think the university all knew beforehand, but why is it such a scandal now? He [Paterno] said a couple of stupid things, which is why I really don’t think he’s innocent.”

A former graduate of Penn State University, Ammerman Prof. of Physical Sciences Scott Mandia is shocked and saddened by the events taken place at his alma mater.

“There have been many sad days for those victims who appear to have been physically and emotionally harmed,” said Mandia. “I only hope that justice is served and that other institutions learn from this incident. The safety of our children should take priority over the image of their institution.”

Campus bookstore offers new easy access book options

By Joe Moyles

With the mass hysteria of book purchasing/renting on campus at the beginning of semesters, the book store has created an effective system for helping students more easily obtain books.

The book store recently came out with multiple plans that will be used by students for the Spring 2012 semester.

The first option is to pre-order books online, a popular option for students who don’t want to wait on the long lines in the bookstore at the beginning of semester. Once purchased online, students can stop by the book store at any time to acquire there books, a much easier process then waiting.

Students can check out there future textbooks as soon as there books are posted on the student schedule on the Suffolk County Community College website.

Books will be available for pre-order as soon as January.

Students also have the option to rent textbooks, a cheaper option for those who cannot afford them.

Lastly, students may also pre-order/order these books online to be delivered to there home for an additional fee.

These popular forms of book distribution should help students greatly. For more information, students may visit the student bookstore downstairs in the Babylon Student Center or call the bookstore at (631) 451-4379.