Daily Archives: November 22nd, 2011

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.

An award given to very few, Professor Quinones is honored with The Inspired Comfort Award

By Taylor Baker

A Professor of Nursing at the College, Lisa Quinones, received the Inspired Comfort Award presented by Cherokee Uniforms.

Professor Lisa Quinones Winning The Inspired Comfort Award

She was honored with the award for her global and local efforts to educate students, health advocates, and underserved populations in Latin America.

Through the years, Quinones received a Bachelor of Science degree at State University of New York: Downstate Medical Center and a Masters degree at State University of New York at Stony Brook. She also has a Nurse Practitioner Certification in OB/GYN and Adult Primary Care.

You can now find her at the Riverhead technology building room 343.

The Inspired Comfort Award is recognized at the national level for exceptional skills, characteristics and work of nurses and other non-physician healthcare professionals who provide outstanding service, sacrifice, and innovation while  impacting others’ lives which is decided by Cherokee Uniforms.

“Lisa was nominated for this award for her extraordinary ability and passionate commitment to mentor and teach both future nurses and health-promotion advocates in Latin America whose knowledge and communication directly impacts the health of impoverished, rural communities. No audience is too prestigious or too humble for her to share her knowledge, expertise and perspective with whether it’s a UN conference, officials from the Vatican, or those who help women in Latin America deliver their babies,” said Wendell Mobley who directs Cherokee Uniforms’ charitable and scholarship programs.

“Lisa embodies the spirit of the Inspired Comfort Award.” “Lisa teaches by doing,” explains Dr. Frances LaFauci, Associate Dean of Nursing at SCCC and Quinones’ nominator. “The four walls of a classroom could never contain the endless compassion and the knowledge she has to offer to this world, and that’s proven by the work we do and the lives we touch under her leadership.”

Professor Lisa Quinones, who is a highly skilled nurse practitioner, RNC MS OGNP ANP ICCE, Professor of Nursing at the college spends vacations going across the borders and traveling the world to help others. She has skills in first aid, infant delivery, and managing slight health issues. Quinones led medical missions to areas of Panama, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic, which call for special and prolonged efforts to help others in need.

Quinones presented her research to the United Nations’ World Youth Alliance and addressed issues in Honduras in 2010. She is a volunteer member for the nonprofit group Hope for a Healthier Humanity (HHH). Professor Quinones has taken groups of her nursing students on the trips, which require 14-hour days.

On Ratemyprofessor.com, a student wrote, “Great, informative, helpful, and loves her job! Better yet, loves helping students!!”

“If I could change one thing about the world, it would be that healthcare is a human right, not a luxury,” said Quinones.

Quinones is driven by her belief that healthcare must be accessible to all humans across the globe. Since The Inspired Comfort Award was established in 2003, almost 9,900 healthcare professionals have been nominated across the various nursing and non-physician disciplines. The individual’s who evaluates the nominations and grants the awards is a panel of Cherokee representatives and other Inspired Comfort Award winners. Professor Quinones was one of just seven recipients nationwide who has received this prestigious award.

“Famines continue all over the world, mothers and babies die every day due to lack of accessible care, and health education is available only to those who are aware of the resources available. There is a great nursing shortage here and abroad, but as nurses we must never forget our oath to care across all cultures and circumstances without prejudice,” said Quinones. “The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our sense of well-being.”

Programs offered to veterans returning to campus

By Eric Santucci

With an influx of veteran soldiers returning from overseas, the college administration has begun instituting various financial aid and support programs to help those students continuing their education at Suffolk.

With more vets returning home from active duty in Afghanistan and Iraq in the coming months, the college has been working in conjunction with the Veterans Affairs Office of Suffolk County to provide opportunities for financial aid as well as other benefits to returning veterans.

The Ammerman campus alone now contains a decently large number of veterans and is expected to grow in coming semesters.

“Currently on Ammerman I am told we have approximately 250 vets. How many to expect is anyone’s guess but I would not be surprised if our population doesn’t come close to doubling over the next couple of years. Suffolk County has the largest number of veterans in New York State,” Ammerman Campus Associate Dean of Student Services Charles Bartolotta said.

These veterans, along with those on the Grant and Eastern campuses are entitled to various local and federal financial aid benefits, such as tuition discounts, disability aid and money for textbooks.

Some of the official federal benefits supported by the college include the post-9/11 G.I. Bill which provides educational benefits to veterans who served on or after 9/11, or the Survivors and Dependent Educational Assistance Program which offers up to 45 months of benefits to disabled veterans, and the Montgomery G.I. Bill which is an aid program exclusively for members of the National Guard or Army Reserve.

According to Dean Bartolotta, the college’s financial services department has an advisor that can help veterans with financial aid concerns, as well as getting in touch with the Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency. There are also two mental health counselors with the Ammerman campus counseling center (located in the Ammerman building) that can specifically help veterans with personal concerns in acclimating back to campus life.

Veterans can also potentially attain college credit toward military experience that they’ve attained during active duty. Upon acceptance Suffolk, veteran students can submit a form of their training and experience for a counselor to determine how much of it will transfer over onto their degree transcript.

For vets hoping to apply for college credit from their military experience or those seeking financial aid benefits must visit the campus registrar office on the lower level of the Ammerman building or contact the office at (631)-451-4004.

A new campus club has also been established known as the Veterans’ Group. The club is primarily a social club in which veterans and fellow students discuss social issues concerning veterans acclimating to civilian and college life and how to improve upon these issues. The club is currently run and organized by Campus Associate Dean Thomas Coleman and is held on the Ammerman campus. The Grant and Eastern campuses have their own veterans’ clubs run by Professor Ina Casali and Professor Janine Tortorella respectively.

Although these services and programs provide a better college experience for returning vets and furthers their education, a major hindrance is the fact that each of these programs acts independently and without a centralized department exclusively created for the sole purpose of student veterans aid. Some have expressed the need for the college to form a more collective, organized means of catering to the veteran population, particularly in the coming semesters when even more veterans are expected to return to campus due to the Obama administration’s military withdrawal efforts continuing into 2012.

“I believe the campus and College has to come up with a more coordinated approach to handling this very special and deserving population. I am confident that we will,” Bartolotta said.

For more veterans’ resources and further information about the benefits and services available to veterans on campus, students can visit the admissions page of the SCCC website. To contact the Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency, call (631)-853-VETS.

Make- A- Wish Foundation Fundraiser

By Amanda Bernocco

The holiday seasons are on their way, and many people are preparing to spend the season with their loved ones. The holidays are also a great time to help those who are in a situation where they can’t afford to eat, or be sheltered on the days that are usually filled with joy and celebration for many Americans. There are also children who will be nervous that this will be their last holiday season in their lives.

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is sponsoring a fundraiser for the Make- A- Wish Foundation to grant the last wish for a child with a life- threatening medical condition. To help them raise money, and get in to the holiday spirit at the same time, bring a preprinted letter to Santa in the lobby on Thursday, December 1 between 9am and 3pm. For every letter sent, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make- A- Wish Foundation. It’s a simple act that will mean the world to a life- threatened child. If you have any more questions, feel free to call Campus Activities, 451-4376.

Sushi Workshop at Suffolk

By Eric Santucci

The Ammerman campus’ Asian Culture Club is holding a sushi workshop in the Mildred Green Room on the second floor of the Babylon Student Center of Suffolk’s Ammerman campus on Nov. 30 at 11 am.

Students are invited and encouraged to come and learn how to make and prepare authentic Japanese sushi from an experienced sushi chef. Best of all, students can also eat the sushi that they prepare for themselves during the workshop.

The sushi workshop also provides insight into the traditions of Japanese sushi crafting. In the past, the Asian Culture Club has sponsored and organized other events to educate fellow students of genuine Asian traditions, such as a tea ceremony and Japanese Kimono dressing. The workshop will be both entertaining and insightful for students looking to learn more about Asian culture and looking to craft quality sushi.

Seating for this event is limited to a first come, first serve basis. The first 40 students that arrive are given priority for the workshop.

This event will take place in the Mildred Green Room of the Babylon Student Center on the Ammerman campus during 11 am common hour on Wednesday, Nov. 30. For more information, contact Professor Vera Hu-Hyneman at (631)-451-4981 or huhynev@sunysuffolk.edu or the campus activities office at (631)-451-4376.