Monthly Archives: March, 2012

Rocky Horror Picture Show Plays at Ammerman Campus

By Julianne Mosher

The cult-classic musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show recently came to the Ammerman campus. Students joined together to watch the 1970s film in the Mildred Green room in the Babylon Student Center on March 23.

The film premiered like the usual routine, on a Fr

Credit: Google Images

iday night — only a tad earlier for the tired college students who had an earlier bedtime. They brought costumes, props, and their call-outs to enjoy the fun that the cast of Rocky Horror has brought to people for over 30 years.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a musical originally released in 1975 created by Richard O’Brien and is the longest-running theatrical release in film history. Originally meant to be a parody on horror films, b-list movies, and science-fiction films from the 1940s through the early 70s, it later became a classic amongst teenagers, adults, and outcasts. It has also been performed all over the world in a similar Broadway rendition.

It is most noted for its midnight releases where the audience can participate with the movie and a shadow-cast, a group of actors who will perform the musical numbers in front of the screen. Fans are normally known for dressing up in costumes and lingerie resembling the cast that includes stars like Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, and Meat Loaf. They are also encouraged to bring props to throw at the screen – and the actors – like water guns, newspapers, toast, playing cards, and toilet paper.

Deirdre Keen, a chairperson on the Campus Activities Board, is the student in charge of bringing the culture of Rocky Horror to the campus. While interviewing for the board position last semester, she offered the idea to her fellow CAB members. They were all supportive and agreed the movie needed to be brought to Suffolk County Community College.

“My mother used to watch it every Saturday night when I was really young,” said the art student who saw her first shadow-cast when she was 13. “My parents went to shadow casts similar to what happened Friday night, and I saw a lot of mother-daughter pairings at the show, so it’s something passed down to their children and so on,” she said.

Keen’s admiration for the musical led the other CAB members to decide to do something different for the campus and have Their goal was “to let people have a complete Rocky experience at the lowest cost possible,” she said. Tickets were free for Suffolk students and they were allowed up to two per ID. Normally shadow-cast tickets can cost up to $20.

The event had around 50 students, dressed up to participate in a costume contest and held their complimentary “prop bags,” which included all the necessities needed for a fun-filled time at “late night, double feature, picture show.”

“The whole Rocky experience in general is just a lot of fun and is a chance to let loose and show off your individuality,” Keen said. And everyone who attended was in high spirits and seemed to enjoy themselves. “Everything went as expected and people were talking about how much of a good time they had,” she also said

CAB is currently in talks of bringing The Rocky Horror Picture Show back to campus and are also in talks of bringing other cult-classic movies like Repo, the Genetic Opera to the school. However, nothing has been confirmed.

Calling All Poets…

By Julianne Mosher

Attention all writers, poets, and romantics! Are you looking for a way to read your poetry to an audience? Do you want to read your thoughts to a group of people? Well here is your chance! Evolution Magazine will be hosting the Evolution Poetry Reading on Thursday, March 29 at the Ammerman Campus in the Mildred Green Room, upstairs in the Babylon Student Center.

Here, aspiring writers can read their poetry to an audience of poetry lovers. Starting at 6 P.M. until 9 P.M., students can share either their original poetry or a long-time favorite to their fellow students. Like a trendy coffee-house, light refreshments will be served while the crowd listens to the person performing.

This will be a great opportunity for students to share haiku’s, free verse, and any other type of poetry he or she might enjoy. Don’t miss out!

For any questions on this exciting event, contact Campus Activities at (631) 451-4376.

Suffolk’s Capital Improvement Plan Sparks Interest from Students

By Dan Bruno

The college has decided to further its efforts in maintaining and improving its campuses in Brentwood, Selden and Riverhead. A capital facilities update brochure has posted to the college website, presenting students and the community with the proposed plan for renovating its facilities.

The college’s capital improvement plan includes addressing safety and security issues, improving instructional facilities, addressing deferred maintenance and achieving operational and energy efficiencies. Funding will be split evenly among state and county. At first glance, students attending college at one of our three campuses would be happy to hear the news of this improvement plan.

A concept campus picture of SCCC's new renovations. Courtesy of http://sunysuffolk.edu

“Finally they’re going to make some improvements to the Eastern campus,” said Ali Ergul, a liberal arts major at the Eastern campus. “It’s almost as if we are neglected most of the time to the main campus in Selden because the Riverhead campus has many flaws.” Some of those flaws are mentioned in the capital improvement plan, and for the Eastern campus, they can expect to set their sights on much better facilities when all is said and done in the program.

Some Eastern campus upgrades include a brand new Health and Wellness center, which is planned to be approximately 48,000 square feet, including a gymnasium, natatorium and classrooms. The design team selection is still in progress and construction is expected in 2013 with a total budget cost of $17,750,000 for this project.

“It’s great to hear that they’re finally renovating the facilities over there,” said Stephen Mandy, a former liberal arts major at the Eastern campus. “There were no athletic facilities basically and all the required gym classes were taken outside and at weird times, it was very inconvenient when I attended.”

Along the way for the Eastern campus is another new center called the Peconic One-Stop Center. Construction is scheduled to begin shortly with a low overall cost of $1,400,000 and it will centralize student services.

A new Science and Technology building is also in the works for the college’s Ammerman campus of Selden. Design is already completed, with construction scheduled for 2012. The new building will be approximately 64,000 square feet and will include a greenhouse, 11 new lab rooms, new computer rooms and classrooms and new faculty offices with a total project cost of $28,550,000.

The Ammerman campus’s warehouse also will get some renovations with both interior and exterior upgrades totaling a $1,000,000 budget, which is currently in design. The Southampton and Riverhead buildings are also getting revamped cooling systems, with Southampton’s work scheduled in 2012 and Riverhead’s in 2013, a $7,550,000 job. Kreiling hall is also expected to be renovated after the Science and Technology building is completed at a cost of $3,480,000.

Included in the Governor’s 2012-13 recommended budget and part of the college’s capital improvement plan are parking expansion upgrades for the Ammerman campus and phase two of the infrastructure improvements college-wide. Each campus has a proposed 2013-15 county capital program request to be decided, with a traffic circle installment at the Ammerman campus, a warehouse building at the Eastern campus and a plant operations facility at the Michael J. Grant campus.

The capital improvement plan already has some major completed improvements to each of the three campuses. The ammerman campus enjoys renovations to the Auto Tech building, including fixing of retaining walls and new air conditioning units. The Riverhead building has a new roof, boiler and interior and exterior doors. The Huntington Library has new air conditioning upgrades, new exterior doors and locks and new roofing. The tennis courts have been repaired of deteriorating surfaces, as well as the gas pumps being replaced at Central Facilities. The Sewage Treatments have new installations totaling a 50 percent energy improvement, and the NFL building includes new roofing, new stairways and railings, soffits, boilers, windows, generator and they have moved from propane to natural gas.

Nesconsett Hall at the Michael J. Grant campus includes complete renovation. The admissions office has new office furniture, carpets and a new welcoming counter. The registrar’s office has new security glass, furniture and carpets. The Honors Cottage has received new classroom furniture, blinds, new conference space and a new paintjob and many more.

The Eastern campus has also enjoyed some upgrades so far, with new renovations to the gaming room, digital photo lab, faculty offices, montaukett LRC, business offices and a renovated college campus.

All of these upgrades will lead to better and more functioning facilities and improvements college-wide for all of the three campuses. The college’s efforts to better itself in each and every budget plan is paying off while the attendance rate of the college and community colleges nationwide has recently skyrocketed.

Nobel Prize Winning Climatologist to Speak at Ammerman

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Dr. Michael E. Mann

By Ashley Maisano

Dr. Michael E. Mann is an American physicist and climatologist at Pennsylvania State University. He has been front and center in the climate change debate and has faced various attacks because of it.

As author of his book detailing the infamous “hockey stick graph,” a dramatic representation of estimated temperatures stretching back 1,000 years that shows a sharp uptick the past century, Mann became a target of those who sought to discredit his work.

Mann attended the University of California Berkeley, and received an A.B. in applied mathematics and physics in 1989, graduating with honors. He then went on to study at Yale University where he obtained an MS and MPhil in physics in 1991, an MPhil in geology and geophysics in 1993, and a PhD in geology and geophysics in 1998.

Mann went on to become a teacher at the University of Virginia from 1999 to 2005 in the Department of Environmental Sciences. Soon after, he took his career to Penn State University and in 2009 was promoted professor at PSU in the Department of Meteorology and Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, and has been director of the university’s interdepartmental Earth Systems Science Center since 2005.

Many people know Mann for his work on the temperature record of the past millennium, where he has studied climate changes based on evidence from tree rings, ice cores, corals and more. Based on his studies and hard work, Mann won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

1n 1998, Mann co-wrote a study called Global-scale temperature patterns and climate forcing over the past six centuries, which included a graph showing the rapid increase in global temperatures in the late 20th century.

In 1999, he broadened this study and decided to cover ten centuries instead of just one, in their paper called Northern hemisphere temperature during the past millennium: inferences, uncertainties and limitations. The graph from this paper got its named the “hockey stick graph” for its shape. This graph became an iconic symbol of the scientific consensus on climate change and was reproduced in many people in their scientific papers.

“I agree with his work but what is far more important is that his paleoclimate research known as the “hockey stick” temperature reconstruction has been duplicated by many international scientists using different types of climate data and various data analysis techniques,” explained Scott Mandia, professor of Physical Sciences. “The fact that the planet is warmer now than at any time in the previous 2,000 years is very well-accepted in the climate science community. The science is solid.”

As the graph was getting more and more popular, it also became the focus of controversy. People opposed to the scientific consensus have attempted to use this debate to advance their views. Mann has said that his findings have been “independently verified by independent teams using methods and alternative date sources.”

In November of 2009, hackers acquired several of Mann’s emails with climate researchers at the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, and published them on the Internet, which eventually started the Climatic Research Unit email controversy. PSU appointed two reviews related to the emails and Mann’s research and he was then cleared of misconduct, stating there was no substance to the allegations, but criticized him for sharing unpublished documents with third parties.

“I am very disturbed by the politically-motivated attacks on Dr. Mann and others like him who have produced science that is inconvenient to some people’s political or financial position,” Mandia said. “People should never shoot the messenger because they dislike the message.”

The attacks did not stop there. Mann has received death threats, anthrax scares, and has been put in dangerous situations many times.

“I’ve been attacked in just about every way imaginable, whether it’s by climate change deniers, advocates for fossil fuel industry, powerful politicians, right-leaning media outlets in the U.S. and abroad,” Mann explained. “I’ve been called all sorts of nasty things; I’ve been accused of fraud; I’ve been called a criminal. It’s using the tools of character assassination to discredit the science by going after the scientists.”

Soon after, a Virginia attorney attempted to attain documents relating to several Mann grant applications in the Attorney General of Virginia’s climate science investigation, but the case was defended and the court ruled that the attorney didn’t have the authority for his demands.

“Science has informed important decisions that have moved this great country forward so I am saddened to see one major political party [Republican] and some energy industry interests openly attacking science,” Mandia explained. “These attacks are un-American and are threatening the future of this country”

In October of 2010, Mann began to publicize all of these attacks and wrote an opinion editorial in the Washington Post, where he explained several past, present, and projected attacks on climate science and scientists by politicians.

During the course of these events, Mann made sure he wrote everything down.

“I have huge folders on my computer where every time there’s a development. I’ve been saving the articles, I’ve been taking notes, because I knew that at one point I would want to tell my story,” Mann said.

In his new book, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, Mann talks about his battle with climate change deniers.

“I had been encouraged by friends and colleagues to write about my story for some time,” explained Mann, “because my experiences do have some salience in what I refer to as the ‘Climate Wars,’ this concerted attack over the past two decades against the science of climate change.”

“Hopefully I can use that as a vehicle to examine some of the issues involved: the reality of human-caused climate change, the evidence for it, the origins of the attacks against the science and what drives those attacks, and finally a look forward,” Mann added.

Reliving these experiences as he wrote his book brought back many emotions.

“In many ways, writing the book was therapeutic,” Mann explained. “It was cathartic, because some of the most relevant, most important events unfolded as I was already writing the book, including the hack of the Climatic Research Unit…Part of what helped me get through those experiences was being able to write about them and knowing that I would ultimately get to tell the true story behind the attacks against me.”

Despite the controversy and all of the attacks, Mann has stayed motivated to continue with his work. He has a 6-year-old daughter and is concerned about how the planet will eventually end up for her future.

“To me, it’s very much a question about the planet we leave our children and grandchildren,” Mann said. “Decisions we make will impact earth for decades and centuries to come. We have to decide what sort of legacy we want to leave our children. It isn’t futile; it isn’t too late. There’s a lot of pessimism, and the problem is urgent, but there’s still time to confront it.”

Mann is not the only one who is taking action to prevent further damage to our planet.

“Because of these attacks, I co-founded the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (http://climatesciencedefensefund.org) and we are helping Dr. Mann and others with their legal bills and questions,” Mandia said.

Since Mann is so concerned for the future of our planet, he travels around to teach his studies to students and to get people involved.

Mann will be speaking at the Ammerman campus on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.

“It was my idea to bring Dr. Mann to SCCC. I chose him because I know him personally and had a feeling he would agree,” Mandia said. “Dr. Mann is one of the top climate scientists in the world and is also an outstanding climate science communicator.”

Mann’s first talk is open to students and faculty only and is being held in the Smithtown Science Building in room T-109 between 12:30 and 1:45 p.m. His second talk will be open to the public at 7-8 p.m. in the Shea Theatre.

“I have seen Dr. Mann speak many times and it has been impression that the audience leaves understanding that humans are warming the climate and that there is no debate among the experts,” Mandia said. “He also shows the audience how politics has undermined the scientific endeavor and is causing this country to delay required action.”

The bookstore will also be offering a book signing one hour before each presentation on location. Mann’s latest book The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wards: Dispatches from the Front Lines will be available for purchase at these times.

For more information contact professor Mandia at mandias@sunysuffolk.edu or 631-451-4104.

Transfer Opportunities on Campus Guide Students on Career Path

By Valerie Polite

The Ammerman campus, home to over 14,000 students, with a 68 cumulative percentage student transfer rate, accommodates numerous aspiring undergrads with copious transfer opportunities.

Transferring to a new school can be very intimidating and nerve-racking; however, through the efforts of the college’s Office of Academic Affairs, the anxiety and stress originally associated with the process has drastically declined.

“When I was at Suffolk there was a transfer workshop at least once every two weeks.  They’re a great opportunity for students because they help get their feet in the door to explore all the transfer opportunities Suffolk has to offer,” Angela Horstman, a Stony Brook transfer student said.  “It’s something transfer students should really be a part of.”

Tuesday, March 13, the Ammerman campus held a transfer workshop in the Ammerman building, room 102, to support and prepare students for their impending future.

“It was a great opportunity for me”, said a liberal arts major, who requested to keep their name withheld.  “I’m in my last semester here and really needed to start searching and gathering information for my transfer.  Through their help, I’ve decided on St. Josephs College.”

“I think students benefit from getting an overview of the transfer process and hearing the questions of other students.  This enables them to be better prepared for their subsequent individual meeting with a counselor regarding their transfer plans”, said Dr. Tom Tyson director of Counseling and assistant Dean for Student Services.

Although the transfer workshops are proven to be a great resource for transfer students, “Thus far, there has only been an average of three students per session”, according to Tyson.  “All students are encouraged to participate and are guaranteed to get something out of it.”

Future transfer workshops can be found on the college website, under calendar of events and are usually offered twice a month.

St. Josephs College, a popular choice among undergrads, is often referred to as the “sister School”, and is incorporated in the College’s Articulated Agreement Plan.

“The primary purpose of articulated agreements is to make the transfer of credits and courses between institutions as seamless as possible”, said Tyson.  “Ideally, students are able to complete the first two years of academic requirements of the transfer institution by taking equivalent courses at SCCC.  This benefits students by saving them time and money once they arrive at the baccalaureate institution.”

“The plan really makes transferring easy”, said Brittany Marie, a St. Josephs, English major transfer student. “With the ample number of colleges in participation, it gives students options, and with tuition on the rise everywhere you look, it enables students to save time and money.  I know people who have over 100,000 dollars in student loans.  If you ask me, two years at Suffolk are well worth it.”

Including St. Josephs College there is an overall total of 35 colleges in articulated agreement, each offering various degrees’ and majors for its students. A list of additional colleges in participation with the Articulated Agreement Plan can be seen on the college website, under the “Current Students: Transfer Opportunities” tab.

“In addition to the articulation agreements for specific schools and majors much work has been done between the community colleges and 4-year SUNY institutions to identify parallel degree programs and to align courses”, said Carla Mazzarelli, Vice President of Academic and student affairs.

As of spring 2012, courses taken on campus are universally transferrable only to the schools listed in the articulated agreement plan however; the chancellor aims to revolutionize transferrable credits by vowing to have all community college courses transferable to SUNY 4-year institutions by 2013.

On January 12, at the Board of Trustees meeting, college President Shaun L. McKay stated “The Chancellor has now elevated it to the state of address where it’s going to be something taken before the SUNY Board of Trustees to mandate that every course taken at a 2-year institution is transferrable to any 4-year SUNY institution by 2013.”

“This would be a huge advancement in transfer opportunities and would considerably lower the stress and hassle of the transfer process”, said Christy Felice, a Stony Brook transfer marine biology major.  “As of now the thought of transferring is terrifying to students because there are so many forms to fill out and you never know what class you’re going to have to repeat because it’s not transferrable.”

Although the goal is to have this system up and running by 2013, Mazzarelli lacks confidence that it will be fully completed and ready for use by the elected time frame.   “While the goal may not be fully accomplished by 2013, it is much easier today for a student to transfer than it was in the past”.

Grant Campus Hosts Beatles Tribute Band

By Julianne Mosher

The Grant Campus recently welcomed the Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields  to the Van Nostrand Theatre. Students from all three campuses joined together with friends and family to sing along with the four musicians who vividly recreate the Beatles — from authentic costumes to the sound of instruments. Every show is a carbon-copy reproduction of the real deal.

Playing shows all over the United States andthe world,  is amongst the most commonly-known Beatles tribute band. They also won the first place ribbon at Beatlefest ‘97 – the battle of the Beatles bands.The group has been performing for more than a decade portraying one of the most recognized bands in music history. Originally part of Beatlemania on Broadway, Tony Garofalo (John Lennon), Billy J. Ray (Paul McCartney), Preston Elliott (George Harrison), and Gerard Barberine Jr. (Ringo Starr) studied the mannerisms, costumes, playing styles, and vocal techniques of the original members. They also speak in Liverpoolian accents for even more emphasis and similarity.

Strawberry Fields took its audience on a musical journey starting in 1964 when the Beatles first arrived in the U.S. It performed songs from the first four albums that included classics such as; She Loves You, Hard Days Night, I’ve Just Seen a Face, and Twist and Shout. The audience got up off their seats when the band said, “Everybody get up, it’s a rock and roll concert!” Gerard Barberine Jr. (Ringo Starr) even sang a solo while he and his bandmates were dressed in dark suits with thin ties and shaggy hair.

The group then moved onto the next two stages of Beatles music. For the 1967 era of psychedelic music, they were dressed in Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band costumes. The songs that were included in this set were favorites like Strawberry Fields Forever, All You Need Is Love, Penny Lane, and I am the Walrus. The audience swayed along to the music that reminded them of the times of peace and love.

The four then changed costumes yet again and said to the audience, “Let’s take it to the roof!” – which was in reference to the final performance of the Beatles that occurred in the Let It Be documentary in 1970 when the group unexpectedly held a concert on a rooftop in London. The more politically-involved albums were part of the last set including songs from  Abbey Road, The White Album, and Let It Be. Also, Preston Elliott (George Harrison) played a beautiful acoustic “bootleg version” of While My Guitar Gently Weeps that really wowed the audience.

Strawberry Fields performed an encore with Back in the U.S.S.R and Revolution. This got the entire audience up and out of their seats singing along and dancing to these classic songs.6

The audience consisted of people ranging from toddlers to grandparents, students and faculty, and families joining together to celebrate the music of John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney. Strawberry Fields members cracked jokes in-between songs just like the Beatles would have done because they were known to be quite the kidders.

The members of Strawberry Fields are devoted Beatles fans who have chosen an interesting career that requires intense training to become the look-alikes to the real thing. Tony Garofalo (John Lennon) has been playing guitar since he was 5 years old. His mother was constantly listening to the Beatles and was always surrounded by their music. He eventually started to learn the guitar and singing styles of John Lennon and became quite good at it, “I enjoyed playing that character,”  he said.

Garofalo joined the Broadway cast of Beatlemania in the late 1970s playing John Lennon. When the Broadway rendition ended, the company toured as a traveling cast and when it was over he decided to create his own Beatles tribute band. He asked his fellow actors from Beatlemania to join him and in 1991, Strawberry Fields was formed.

With the initial break-up of the Beatles in 1970 and the deaths of John in 1980 and George in 2001, “[Strawberry Fields] gives everyone a chance to see the Beatles,” said Garofalo. “Especially the kids.” “The music of the Beatles,” he said, “is never going to die so it gives them a chance to see the experience.”

And although the men have an uncanny resemblance to the original four, it takes much more than to just look and sound like them solely. “It’s not only for one guy to sound like the part but as a group you have to sound like the Beatles as a whole,”  said Garofalo. In order to fully grasp the impression of the original Beatles, Strawberry Fields must study everything from the way the original members played their guitars, to the detail of their costumes. “Putting everything together is really difficult. We have to watch many hours of videos and learn as much as we can,” he said. And they are constantly learning new things that they never noticed before in different footage and they study it to really give off an authentic Beatles impression.

All four men are New Yorkers and are currently Suffolk County residents. They have also been performing as the Beatles at B.B. Kings Blues Club in Manhattan for 13 years.

In case any Beatles fan missed out on this amazing performance, Strawberry Fields plays every Saturday at B.B Kings Blues Club on 237 W. 42nd St. People of all ages are welcomed to watch Strawberry Fields perform as one of the most historic bands in history and partake in an allincluded buffet. Tickets are available at the door or online.For more information on Strawberry Fields, visit their website athttp://www.strawberryfieldsthetribute.com/

Ammerman Faculty Senate Discusses Changes to W Grade

By Amanda Bernocco

The Ammerman Faculty Senate discussed issues about the withdrawal grade and removing two students from the graduation ceremony at their Feb. 29 meeting. 

Approximately 40 senate members attended the meeting; no students were present, including the student representative.

“Academic success of people who withdraw is lower than people who don’t,” Julie Hanauer, professor of psychology, said.

A recent study showed that 85 percent of colleges had a higher retention rate than us. The main reason for this is because of the number of withdrawals the college gives out. At the college one third of the grades given are W; only 10 percent of these grades were submitted on written forms that the student brought from the registrar for their professor to sign.

Inappropriately withdrawing doesn’t help anyone, Hanauer said. When students withdraw from classes they can lose financial aid, scholarships and risk graduation. Veterans can risk losing their G.I bill and international students can risk losing their visas. The high number of W grades reduces the college’s capacity to serve the maximum number of students. It also increases the cost to the state and county when courses are repeated because they help fund tuition for community colleges in New York State, Hanauer said.

A senate meeting on Mar 1 will offer senators a chance to further discuss the W grade. It has been unofficially proposed that the W grade should be unavailable for a professor to choose to give as a grade if a student doesn’t submit a withdrawal form by the 11th week. The length of time for the student to submit the withdrawal form will be extended in the proposal, so they will have a better idea if they are in danger of failing or not before the deadline. Guilt will be eliminated from professors that have to fail students because they won’t be given the option to give the student a W.

“It will really fall on their shoulders,” Hanauer said about students needing to get their withdrawal slips in on time in order to receive a W as a mark for a class.

Richard Norman, associate professor of physical education, brought up another issue concerning students: the graduation ceremony. He said the Student Liaison Committee is strongly considering eliminating two student speakers from the graduation ceremony in attempt to make it shorter. There will now only be one student speaker from the three campuses combined.

“There is a lot of fluff in the graduation and eliminating a student speaker is the wrong way to go,” Norman said.

Jo Curtis Lester, member of the committee, said that student reduction was the only final decision made. The committee has had a lot of cancelled meetings, so they are a little behind schedule with all of their discussions, she added.

“The committee sounds like they are on a tight timeline, so they need a heads up soon,” Tina Good, professor of English, said.

The next Faculty Senate meeting will be held on March  28 in the Alumni room in the Brookhaven Gym. At the next meeting they will further discuss these issues, and new ones that arise.

Trip to The Coliseum

By Mike Monti

On Thursday March 29th, 2012 the Business/Accounting Club will take a tour of the Nassau Coliseum. During this tour the students in the club will get to view its operations, marketing, promotions, and administrative duties and public relations areas.The school will offer bus transportation. The club will meet at the Ammerman Campus in Selden on March 29th, the bus will leave by 8 am. The Nassau Coliseum has been a landmark on Long Island for over for 40 years. In its years it has been the home of the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association and later they became part of the National Basketball Association. The Coliseum has also been the home to the New York Islanders since the franchise started in 1972.  The Coliseum does not only cover sporting events. It has been the host of Disney on ice, the monster truck derby, and has also been the host of some big WWE wrestling events. The Coliseum has a lot of great history and holds a lot of pride. However, they are in the means of trying to rebuild, but with a proposal turned down on August 1, 2011. If you want to take the field trip contact Professor Bosco at 451-4264, or e-mail him at boscon@sunysuffolk.edu.

Grant Campus Presents “MacHomer”

By Ashley Maisano

The SCCC Lively Arts Series presents “MacHomer,” a play starring actor Rick Miller on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 8 p.m.

“MacHomer” is a mash-up between “The Simpsons” and Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Miller embodies 50 characters from the television series in this energetic, comical performance. It includes many quotations from other popular shows and celebrities, such as Braveheart, Cheers, West Side Story, South Park and O.J. Simpson.

Miller has performed “MacHomer” to capacity crowds across the United States and Canada. The show has also toured the world in places like Scotland, England, Australia, and New Zealand.

This show will be shown in the Van Nostrand Theater of the Grant campus in Brentwood.

General admission is $17 and Suffolk students with current ID will get one free ticket.

For more information, you can call (631) 851-6589.

You can order your tickets online at the following links:

General admission:
https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=a69e60b501d4c3b77d11c7bfa416be1a&t=tix

Students:
https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=8086b6df142fc48d8f480f3bdd59ee01&t=tix

To learn more about “MacHomer,” visit: http://www.machomer.com

Ammerman Campus Launches New Dance Club

By Maria P.

Suffolk County Community College proudly launched their newest intramural club this past Fall 2011, The Suffolk Dance Team.

Coached by Gina Caputo who is also the coach for our college Cheerleaders, the dance team can be seen supporting Suffolk Men’s and Women’s Basketball games.  The team also participates in various charitable events when they’re not spotted showing off their moves and flexibility at practices and half-time performances. Their routines have a strong emphasis on jazz and hip-hop, and all dancers are experienced in both.   With the team currently consisting of 10 members and holding practices twice-per-week in the Brookhaven Gymnasium on the Ammerman Campus, the dance team’s diligent attitude and work ethic is heavily portrayed in their energetic routines.

“I’ve been coaching the Suffolk Cheerleaders for many years and this past year, I was asked to coach the dance team.” Says Gina.  “The dance team was originally only at the Grant Campus in Brentwood, and was moved to the Ammerman Campus this past Fall.”  Since the Ammerman Campus in Selden is the largest and most populated of the 3 college locations, it can allow the dancers to gain more recognition due to a more lively campus life and bigger student body.

As coach, Gina is expected to run the team and do all necessary tasks to maintain the team’s success and progress as a whole.  Gina choreographs all routines; however there are also girls on the team with experience in the field who help out.  “We are very lucky to have such talented girls on the team who help choreograph routines.”

Members of the dance team say they enjoy being a part of the team and have been active dancers before attending Suffolk.  They believe being part of a team is a wonderful experience, and gives the opportunity to meet new people and learn from one another.  Alyssa, an active member of the SCCC Dancers says being a part of the team has helped her make new friends and work together as a whole, all while focusing on her passion for dance.

“Being a part of the team in itself is awesome because even though I knew a lot of the girls before I started, I still got to meet new people and make new friends.  There were girls I least expected to become close with over time, and we learned to respect each other and accept our differences” Alyssa says.

Although the team is together mostly during practices and games, they have become close since it started and spend time together outside of their scheduled meetings and performances.  “We have done group activities together and dinners, mainly when we went away for regionals and another time when we volunteered at Foley nursing home around Christmas time with the Cheerleaders.”  Alyssa went on to explain how the team landed her a couple of close friends, one of which she is planning to attend the same college and room with this upcoming Fall.

There are also times where the girls will meet up after practices or games, completely during their own time to catch up, grab food, and hang out.  They also practice together outside rehearsals, and help one another with new routines that were learned in case one member missed practice or is simply having trouble grasping the choreography.

Although this is the first year that the dance team has been at the Ammerman Campus, the future goals of the team include much more than just halftime performances and charity events.  “We hope to someday compete in UCA and UDA competitions.”  Says Coach Gina.  UCA/UDA (United Cheer and Dance Association) promotes and hosts competitions for college-level dance teams internationally.  They host various regional competitions as well as national competitions in Florida, with teams competing from all over the country and globe.
Since the Suffolk Dancers are considered student athletes, it is heavily enforced that they balance out their active dance schedule with school and outside-of-school activities. They are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA or better, as well as have a full-time student schedule which means taking 12 credits or more.

Tryouts are held prior to the start of each semester, where Coach Caputo determines various qualities about the prospective dancer. She looks for skill level, abilities as a leader, sportsmanship, and overall presence when performing and while in the crowd. The dance team selection is strictly based upon the discretion of the coach. Before trying out, each dancer must also have medical clearance from their doctor along with psychical forms which are available at the athletic office, or can be downloaded off the SCCC athletic website.

For more information on tryouts and the team, contact Gina Caputo.
Phone number: 631 451-4380
E-mail: caputog@sunysuffolk.ed