Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Ammerman Campus Presents “After Anne Frank”

By Ashley Maisano

The Suffolk Performing Arts Series will be showing “After Anne Frank” on Friday, March 23  at 2 and 8 p.m. in theater 119 in the Islip Arts building at the Ammerman campus.

“After Anne Frank,” is a touching and comical personal memoir about life, identity, theater, family and forgiveness that intertwines writer and actor Carol Lempert’s experiences with the oral history of her uncle, a Holocaust survivor.

Over the course of Lempert’s career, she has performed in all three versions of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” During college, she played Anne in the 1955 Goodrich and Hackett version, in her 20’s she played Anne’s sister in the “forbidden” 1952 Meyer Levin version, and years later she played Anne’s mother in the 1997 Wendy Kesselman adaptation of the play.

Admission is free but tickets are required; there is a limit of two tickets per person.

You can order your tickets online at:

For more information, call 631-451-4163.

Blood Drive Scheduled on Campus

 By Daniel Reyes

A blood drive will be held on the Ammerman campus Wednesday, Feb.29 . All are encouraged to come by the Montauk Point room in the Babylon Student Center to share some life.

Donors will be examined and asked about their medical history to make sure they’re healthy enough to donate. Refreshments will be provided afterward to help donors recover. Blood donations help people in need of blood transfusions and for other medical purposes.

The blood drive will be from 8a.m. to 6:45p.m.

Anyone interested in donating may call Health services at 451-4047 for more information

Sharks rematch against Westchester CC

By Daniel Reyes

The women’s basketball team faced the Westchester Community College Vikings last Saturday at home. After a large defeat in their previous game, Vikings winning 64-48, the Sharks now look for a second chance at victory.

The game began with the Vikings taking the tip off, with ball in hand the Vikings worked toward the hoop to get the first numbers on the scoreboard. But with some good control of the court, Sharks forward/center, Faith Bozzo, took possession of the ball and sunk in the first two-pointer of the game.

Vikings point guard, Britanny Marbury, answered back with a three-pointer.

It continued back and forth, with both Bozzo and Marbury trading two-point shots, followed by the first foul of the game being called on the Vikings. This gave the Sharks two free-throw opportunities and the lead 7-5

The Sharks had good control over the tempo of the game at this point; they brought the ball post court to keep playing defensively against the strong Viking offense.

Vikings scored two more points and after a failed shot attempt by Westchester, Shark guard, Nicole Alvarez, rebounded the ball and passed it to guard, Colleen Walker. Walker is then fouled and receives two free throws opportunities–she gets the first one in, but misses the second- Shark center, Marlaina Sharman, then catches the rebound and puts it in; making a potential one point shot into two.

Sharks lead 12-9

The Vikings began to slow it down, to try and break through the Sharks tight defense. This change of play pays off quickly when Viking guard, Jessica Negron, steals the ball and gets a lay up with ten minutes and 38 seconds left on the clock.

However, the Sharks continued to control the ball well throughout the first quarter and were able to maintain the lead. They successfully made in most of their free throws and never got riled up; even when the Vikings would make good plays. They maintained their composure, Although the Sharks did end up giving the Vikings too many second and third chances when it came to turnovers and rebounds.

At one point in the game, Vikings guard, Neilia Mckenzie, was able to get a frenzy of rebounds for her team; this led to a foul shot and the Vikings getting two more points. The Sharks need to be able to get the turnovers from the Vikings.

Now it was the Sharks who were slowing it down.

Viking Guard, Karissa Core, made in a three pointer followed by a turnover into a lay-up bringing the score to: 24-22, Vikings

With less than 2 minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Sharks managed to get in 5 points to win the lead back.

Sharks lead 27-26 at half time.

The second half had the Sharks on fire, with Alvarez dipping in three pointers one by one and with picture perfect plays from both Kara Nenos and Sherman, getting in two pointers.

The second half continued in this manner, fast and smart, with the Sharks and The Vikings riding each others necks and figuring out each others moves. Both teams exchanged points; the Vikings had a better half court offense this time to help deal with the Sharks defense and the Sharks did better at maintaining control of the ball to avoid any Viking turnovers.

It came down to the wire with the Sharks leading by four points and 45 seconds remaining in the second half; Alvarez was fouled immediately so that the Vikings could get a chance for the ball.

The Sharks missed the free throw and the opportunity to seal the game with a five point lead, score 58-63 Sharks.

The Vikings come out of nowhere with a three pointer, creeping closer to the lead. But with less than one minute remaining the Vikings attempted another three point shot but missed.

Sharks win by the skin of their teeth, 63-61.

Public Safety Increases Parking Ticket Fees

By Valerie Polite

Recent increases in parking violations on campus demonstrate the need for more parking security and a drastic increase in ticket fees.  Now, more than ever, these policies are being enforced with the utmost security to ensure the safety of all vehicles and students on campus.

The Ammerman campus enrolls 14,000 students per semester and in recent years has held the highest number of parking violations. In the spring 2011 semester approximately 500 to 600 violations were issued to students.  According to Baycan Fideli, director of fire and public safety, the fees associated with parking regulation violations were low cost and ineffective.

“Some people are in a rush and they park in fire zones and handicapped spaces and ‘chance it’…Some students see it as a cost to accept. So I guess the fines are too low, so I’ve asked to increase the fines” Fideli said. “The idea is that if 10 percent abuse the system and the rest do it the right way, I want to protect the rest”.

Parking violations in past years ranged from as low as $10 to $100 dollars.  Now with the new regulations in effect they’ve been raised to fall between $30 and $280; a drastic 200 percent increase.

All college students, faculty and staff are required to register their vehicle with the college as well as display their parking permit on the lower right passenger side of their windshield.  As easy as this may seem, this is among the most commonly violated regulation on campus. In the past, violators of this rule were charged with a fee of $10, a number generally considered miniscule and “worth it”.  Due to this common attitude the fee has been raised to $30 in an attempt to encourage students to take parking safety more serious.

The most expensive offense, with a fine of $280, originally $100, is the illegal parking of non-handicapped motor vehicles in the assigned blue handicapped spaces.

“We found out a lot of times that the handicapped people are using dead grandparents’ tags”, Fideli said, “we know all of our handicapped people and there’s not that many”.

Every security action will be taken to prevent unlawful activities against any student or vehicle on campus. Failure to pay a fine may also result in the “encumbrance” of student records and the blocking of future registration.

Some students argue that the lack of parking on campus leaves them no choice but to park in undesignated areas.  They feel like the college is penalizing them for something out of their control.

“The parking lots just don’t accommodate the number of students enrolled with the college. The teachers want us on time to class and sometimes we can drive around for 15 minutes and still not find a parking spot”, said Nickie Gunning, a sophomore studying Painting at the Ammerman campus.

The college does however show mercy and offer leeway to violating students during the beginning of the semester when parking is less available.

“In the beginning of the semester we don’t ever ticket, we don’t even ticket in the first two months because we know you’re trying to get to class and after the second month there’s plenty of parking”, said Fideli. “The other issue is if your class is at 9:00 a.m. and you show up at 8:56 a.m. parking is going to be limited”.

Fideli does however want to add more available parking for students to keep the amount of speeding, texting, and poor driving to a minimum.  This will lessen the number of issued summons regarding speed limit ($100), parking in restricted areas ($100) or in a fire zone ($150), and failure to stop, obey signs, signals, or yield to pedestrians ($100).

Starting the Spring 2012 semester a new software program will be put into effect, known as the DMV Software program.

“We now have a software program that’s going to run your car with the Department of Motor Vehicles and, if you’re violating a rule, we’re going to find out who you are”, said Fideli. “We just crossed data bases and it’s not going to cost any more money. It’s actually the cheapest of operations”.

Sarah Foresh, a Liberal Arts Major, believes the DMV Software program is crucial to the protection of students as well as faculty, staff and administrators on campus.

“The DMV Software program allows the college to an identify violators even if they’re not registered with the school”, said Sarah. “It’s much more settling”.

The college has become very strict when regarding violators and the security of the campus and its students. Public Safety urges for the cooperation of the entire College community.

Once a rule or regulation has been violated it is not set in stone and students are offered the chance to appeal the summons however, it must be submitted within seven days of the violation. “There’s a time line and if you don’t match it then you’re going to get billed automatically and have to pay for it”, said Fideli. To appeal summons students must submit a Summons Appeal Violation form on-line, located under the MySCCC tab on the college website. From there it will be reviewed.

“Basically the captains and I will sit down and review the cases and see which ones make sense and which ones don’t”, said Fideli “people will try to appeal no matter the situation”.

Eventually after the process has been completed, students will be notified of the results through his/her college e-mail indicating why or why not the appeal was successful.

Parking regulations listed both on the college website and in the college handbook, are taken very seriously. If there is a just cause for giving a ticket it will be issued. The regulations are designed for the safety of all members of the college community. Any questions should be directed to the campus public safety office.

Rose Tehan Memorial Writing Center Helps Students Improve Grades


At the Ammerman campus of Suffolk County Community College, the Rose Tehan Memorial Writing Center offers students the aid, support, and assistance required to help them become better writers.

It’s an obvious statement by college students world-wide that essays, writing assignments, and fact papers make up a large amount of the workload we must complete. In fact, most graded assignments in college for most academic majors require the student to present their information through a paper or article in writing form. Due to the heavy focus on standard essays, most students can agree that perfecting their writing skills and grammar will positively affect their work and result in a better grade.

SCCC students Kathleen, Joe, and Nick use the WC’s computers to write class essays.

The writing center is located in the Islip Arts Building of the Ammerman Campus and offers all SCCC students free individualized attention and tutoring services. The staff is made up of personal assistants as well as college aids, student tutors, and work-study students. With a secure and helpful atmosphere, the WC employees are known to help encourage students to explore different technological and human resources, and in turn incorporate them into their writing.

The Rose Tehan Memorial Writing Center is dedicated to Rose Tehan, an English professor at SCCC who unfortunately passed away due to cancer when she was quite young. The WC was then launched in the late 80’s in Professor Tehan’s honor, with her picture hanging on the wall above the sign-in desk.

Dr. William Burns, an English professor at SCCC and the coordinator of the WC, had much to say about the center and was very passionate when discussing the success it’s gained in recent years. As the coordinator, Dr. Burns supervises all the tutors, hires and trains new staff, deals with all necessary paperwork such as budgets and schedules, advertise the WC throughout campus and to SCCC students and departments, keep track of students using the WC, maintain the computers, assist in tutoring, and help out with the sign-in desk when needed. He also reports to the college dean and administration to discuss the funding and necessary needs of the WC. When asked about the growing success of the WC, Dr. Burns seemed nothing short of satisfied.

“I definitely have seen an increase in students coming to the WC over the past 4 years.” Says Dr. Burns. “Last semester we had over 7,000 visits! We have many ‘repeat customers’ who keep coming back because of the positive results they have gotten. I’ve also heard feedback from a lot of professors, saying their students’ writing has improved significantly and they are very thankful for all of the work that we do here.”

Although the WC is actively promoted throughout campus, is the message really getting across to everyone? When three SCCC students of different majors were asked this question, each response was quite different. Jimmy, a music major at SCCC, knew the writing center existed but never used it. “I’m a music major, so most of my classes aren’t anywhere near the Islip Arts building where the WC is located. I do get assigned a lot of essays though, so I would definitely like to get better grades on them. It’s just a haul to walk across campus in this cold weather to get my paper reviewed and fixed. I should probably just stop being lazy.” Jimmy said.

Another student, Hillary, majoring in liberal arts stated that she had “no clue the writing center even existed”. She also explained how since many of her classes don’t deal with creative writing and essays, her professors never even recommended it. She does admit, however, that if she were informed of its availability and benefits she would certainly use it to her advantage. “I don’t write many essays but for ones that I do, like western civilization or sociology, the writing center would definitely help me out since essays aren’t my strong point. I’m more of a math person” Said Hillary.

Ashley, a journalism and communications major at SCCC, explained she goes to the writing center frequently to help her become a better potential journalist.

“Journalism is my major and I plan to transfer to a four-year college and get a BA in it. Since I know I’m going to be writing in the long run, I want to get the most help I can to improve myself. The WC helps me a lot with each of my papers and I have seen myself improve when writing essays. I often find myself stopping mid-sentence and thinking, ‘oh, right! They taught me to not use that word as often. Let me fix that.’ It really does help.” Said Ashley.

Along with providing extensive assistance to any students willing to receive it, the tutors and aids in the WC are known to be knowledgeable, friendly, and show concern and care for the students and their writing. Along with helping others, there are also employment opportunities for students interested. Although there is a limited amount of student tutor positions, it is open to those who have gotten a B+ or better in their English classes. Currently this semester, there are four student tutors working at the WC that bring much enthusiasm, new ideas, techniques, and tutoring skills to the establishment.

The Writing Center is located in Room 101 of the Islip Arts building on the SCCC Ammerman Campus and operates Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Sigma Kappa Delta Provides Immense Opportunities for Students

The Sigma Kappa Delta Key

By Ashley Maisano

Founded in 1996, Sigma Kappa Delta is a National English Honor Society of two-year colleges nationwide which recognizes and rewards outstanding achievement in English language and literature and provides immense opportunities for students.

As a member, you are able to achieve good professional interaction among your peers and display high standards of academic achievement.

Sigma Kappa Delta exists at schools all over the United States and is just one chapter at Suffolk. You don’t necessarily need to be an English major, but it is important that you demonstrate an interest and proficiency in literature and writing.

The cost to join is a one time only fee of $30, and you must have no grade lower than a B in English and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.3.

“I’ve always been involved in clubs in high school and I’ve always tried to be in honor societies, but I’ve never had a high enough grade point average,” explains Amanda Friedman, sophomore at Suffolk. But my grade point average is finally suitable to be a part of Sigma Kappa Delta, so I’m going to try it out.”

The induction ceremony will take place on May 10, 2012, where members will receive a certificate and a pin.

“The good thing is, once you’re in, you’re in,” says Dr. Burns, a professor who runs Sigma Kappa Delta at Suffolk. “Once you’re a member, you get enrolled in the database so you can transfer schools and still be in the honor society, as long as they have it at that school.”

As a member of this honor society, you can attend art exhibits, plays, musical concerts, field trips, and performances. You can partake in poetry slams, open mic nights, writer readings, and literary and cultural events. There are also movie nights on campus as well as book, film, music, and cultural discussions.

Students are encouraged to come to the meetings, even if they’re not sure if they want to become a member or not. Anyone can come and join in on the discussions, without having to pay the $30 fee, but then you won’t actually be a part of the society nor receive the certificate and pin.

The down side is that the school doesn’t pay for Sigma Kappa Delta, or any other honor society for that matter.

“Because it’s exclusionary, the school doesn’t pay for it,” explains Dr. Burns. “It’s a big honor for the school and reflects it well, so I think the school should come up with a way to support it.”

At Suffolk, there are many events the honor society has planned for the upcoming months. In the beginning of March, they will watch “Bug,” a film based on the play by Tracy Letts. They will also read “Lolita,” a novel by Vladimir Nabokov. After this, the society will get together and have a discussion about the movie and the book, sharing their opinions and insights with their fellow members. There will be an “African American read-in,” at the end of February, where members will bring their favorite stories or poems by African Americans to discuss with the rest of the society. An upcoming field trip that they will be attending is to the Bodies Exhibit in New York City in April.

“When we go on field trips, we need transportation, food, and things like that, so the school tries to pay the most expensive thing for us, which usually is the transportation,” said Dr. Burns.

Being a part of Sigma Kappa Delta is a good thing to be able to put on your resume or transfer application, and the benefits don’t end there. There are many scholarships and awards that you can apply for as a member. The writing awards include categories such as literary analysis, short fiction, essay, and poetry. There is also a photography contest that gives awards to first, second and third place.

Lindsey Mcdonald, president of Sigma Kappa Delta at Suffolk, explained how important this society is to her.

“I’m really passionate about English, so this is great for me,” said Lindsey. “This is my third semester in the society, and first as president.”

Last semester, Lindsey was the treasurer of Sigma Kappa Delta and the semester before that she was just a regular member. She plans to transfer to St. Josephs to get her degree in secondary English education and will continue to be a contributing part of the society.

If you love to write poetry, read books, analyze movies, or even just share your insights and opinions on all things English, then Sigma Kappa Delta might be a great opportunity for you to express yourself.

Meetings are every Wednesday at 11 a.m. in room 206 of the Islip Arts building on the Ammerman campus.

If you want to join or have any questions you can contact Dr. William Burns at 631-451-4537 or email him at

Ammerman Campus Presents “Talking With…”

By Julianne Mosher

The Theater Arts department on the Ammerman campus will be premiering their rendition of “Talking With…” written by Jane Martin V starting on March 7. The play follows several characters that have different and  unique stories in a series of monologues that has moved audiences since its original release. It is also noted as the winner of the 1982 American Theatre Critics Association Award for Best Regional Play.

“Talking With…” is directed by Charles Wittreich and will run for 10 shows starting March 7 until March 18. The shows will start at 8 P.M. on March 7 through March 17. Afternoon shows will be shown on March 11 and March 18 starting at 2 P.M.

Everyone is welcome to see this amusing but also moving set of dialogues. General admission is $12. Discounts apply to senior citizens over 62, faculty, staff, children, and non-SCCC students of $11. Suffolk students are free with valid school ID.

For any questions on the schools performance of “Talking With…” call the Ammerman box office at: 631-451-4163 or go online to

College Art Department Advances Student’s Future Career

By Julianne Mosher

The Brentwood campus’s art department is the stepping stone one student is using to become a professional fashion photographer. Jessmae Johnson, a sophomore studying photography, is becoming a well-known artist through her social networking sites and the courses she is currently taking at the Brentwood campus.

Johnson describes her style as “portraiture/fashion with a surrealistic edge.” Inspired by other artists’ work, “I’m heavily inspired by the paintings, movies, books, and music that other artists  can produce and that’s where I get my strive from,” she said. She is also heavily inspired by the fashions and cultures of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Her admiration for the style of the 1950s can be seen in one shoot she conducted titled “50s” found on her website.

This aspiring photographer indicated her passion for film started when she was a child and her mother allowed her to take photos with disposable cameras. She was fascinated by the camera and being able to capture time. “[The saying,] ‘memories fade but pictures last forever’ really gets to me,” she said. What started out as a mere hobby eventually turned into a passion. She decided in middle school that becoming a professional photographer is what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. “I loved the whole creativity of it; being able to make up a story in my head and then being able to capture that through a photograph. I also really wanted to be able to photograph clothing and make it look beautiful, as well as the model.”

Jessmae believes that Suffolk’s program has helped her grow as an artist. She says that enrolling at this school first really enlightened her view on photography and the professors are encouraging. “We have so much equipment and amazing professors who are really striving for you to be successful as photographers,” she said. When Johnson graduates within the next year, she plans on transferring to either the Academy of Arts in California or to the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. She says that she has a lot of goals set for her future career.

“I’m really hoping that as soon as I graduate I can be an assistant for a professional photographer for a little while and possibly travel the world to make my knowledge grow even further… Then when I have enough skills and preparation, my dream job would be to work for magazines like Vogue or W.”

Her passion is acknowledged by many of her peers due to her social networking sites. Recently she took a web design class that helped her create her own website presenting her art. On her Facebook profile, Jessmae regularly posts links to her tumblr blog and her website where people can browse through her pieces. Using both film and digital cameras, Johnson has created several different works ranging from recreations of the 50s housewife, fairytales like “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Alice in Wonderland,” and portraits of people covered in “blood.” She presents portraits of newborn babies, clear portraits of her fellow peers, recreations of Quentin Tarantino’s movies “Pulp Fiction” and “Reservoir Dogs,” and band promotion pictures.

Heather Rosenbaum, a sophomore studying visual arts, is a regular model for Jessmae. The two have been friends for 8 years and Rosenbaum has seen Johnson progress as a photographer. “She’s developed her own style with photos and it’s something I admire about her,” she said. Heather has been featured in several different shoots for Jessmae including the “Alice in Wonderland” remake. “She made [the shoot] have a magical sort of feel to it.”

Despite that becoming famous within the art field can be difficult, Heather thinks that Jessmae has the potential to become very successful. “She really takes what she does seriously and really has a passion for it,” she said. “I think if she keeps it up and keeps putting herself out there like she has with Facebook, tumblr, Flickr, ect., she will definitely become well-known around the world.”

“I try to tell a story through my work and want to make whoever stumbles across my photos feel something. It’s so important to me because I feel like this is the way I can express myself and my
visions unlike any other way. I love being able to capture the beauty of people and the world. It’s all I ever want to do,” said Jessmae.

If any students are interested in Jessmae Johnson’s photos or would like to contact her for a photo shoot, visit her website, or her tumblr account at

Photo credit: Jessmae Johnson

Ammerman Campus Presents “Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Company”

By Ashley Maisano

The Suffolk Lively Arts Series will present the “Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Company” on Saturday, March 10  at 2 p.m. It will be held in the Van Nostrand Theater at the Grant campus in Brentwood.

The “Fred Garbo Inflatable Theatre Company” has performed all over the world. Their performance includes physical comedy, dance, juggling, and most prominently, their creative inventions that inflate.

Their performances have made appearances on international television and on shows such as David Letterman. Previous shows include: the Kennedy Center and two sold out runs at the New Victory Theatre on Broadway.

Fred Garbo, the founder of this program, has been a professional performer ever since 1974. He played Barkley the Dog on Sesame Street and was the chief juggler in the musical “Barnum” on Broadway. He toured Europe, Hong Kong and Australia with many award-winning performers. For more than 20 years, Fred has been inventing these inflatables with artist and builder, George York, and is now bringing them to life in his performance in his Inflatable Theatre Company which is suitable for all ages.

General admission is $11 and Suffolk students with current ID will receive one free ticket.

You can also buy your tickets online at:

For more information call 631-851-6589.

Fallen but Not Forgotten

one of the many fallen soldiers

By Matthew DeBragga

A slow fade into a melancholy song of remembrance greets visitors who visit the our fallen soldier website.

This website is an up and coming not for profit organization dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives fighting for our country overseas, and to helping those who fought valiantly and have moved on to the honorable position of veteran. “I think it’s great that our soldiers come back and get college degrees.” says Michelle Hall, a 19 year old liberal arts major. Many of our soldiers fight first, and then return to get a college education. Some of these brave men and women have families to support, and medical conditions that hinder them in their desire to gain a degree. is a great way for veterans who need assistance to get it. offers free web pages that can be dedicated to soldiers who have fallen in the line of duty. This service memorializes them on the internet and keeps their memory alive. This site also helps veterans who need assistance with housing, or medical issues that were service related.

Any student organizations that wish to help support their fellow student veterans in need may visit the website:
They may also contact Bob Delgado, (855-466-7422).

The site has many items for sale like t-shirts, sweatshirts, and dog tags. You can also get a soldier’s address in Afghanistan and correspond with them and send them care packages. If nothing else visit the site and click on some of the fallen soldier’s pictures. See how precious life can be and do a fallen soldier the honor of remembering them for a brief moment in this busy and all too often stressful life.