Daily Archives: October 2nd, 2012

Dance Lessons held on Ammerman Campus


On Wednesday Oct. 12, The Ammerman Campus in Selden will be hosting dance lessons from 11 to 12:15 pm in room 204 of the Islip Arts building.  Any student interested in learning different styles and techniques of dance are welcome to attend the class during common hour and the event will be hosted by the “Shall I Take a Lead?” club.

The “Shall I Take a Lead?” club serves as a place where all students can enjoy themselves by learning and appreciating dance.  Focused on Ballroom dancing, the club organizes basic competitions, formals, fundraising, and other events in order to show students that ballroom dancing is a desirable trait.  Along with dance, it is also intended to raise student’s self-esteem and awareness.

The event will be hosted and taught by Karen Lupo.  For more information, contact campus activities at 631-451-4376.

Your Right to Vote

By Anthony Lucero

 

Where will college students find themselves Nov. 6? The answer should be simple, the voting booth. This Election Day 2012 is as important, if not more, than any other before it.  This election is not only about the black and white politics every presidential race is about, but this election is about upholding our democratic right to vote.

With the presidential race nearing its end there have been more and more attempts to create obstacles that would prevent citizens from casting their vote. New state regulations calling for new levels of identification in order to cast a vote have posed a threat to the number of those who can actually vote. These recent efforts put forth by swing states like Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania can prove to be the pivotal factor in the wining of these states. The reason behind these new regulations is to prevent “voter fraud”.

Voter fraud is a crime that is very much punishable. A common type of voter fraud occurs when individuals cast their ballots in spite of “knowing” that they are “unqualified” to vote and thus this is viewed as an attempt to defraud the electoral system. Another common type is individuals impersonating other voters at the poll. Now the word “common” can be very loosely interpreted here because these occurrences are as rare as getting struck by lighting.

A recent study by Justin Levitt, associate professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, indicates that between the years 2000 and 2010, only 13 people were found guilty of impersonating someone else in order to vote in their name. The fact of the matter is that these laws are being placed and lobbied by biased groups and people for their “greater cause” to limit citizens from voting in order to get their man in office.

What is sickening about these boundaries being imposed is those who will be affected most will be minorities. Studies by the Black Youth Project, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization, has shown that in the 17 states with these new laws, numbers in the range of 700,000 to a million minority youth voters could be turned away due to lack of valid ID. This doesn’t even count the rest of the youth or elderly, poor, disabled, even veteran voters that will be affected by these laws.

It’s horrendous to think that there are those willing to strip people of their country given right in order to win an election. It is for that very reason that this election is vital and that students do their part and exercise their right to vote.

It does not matter if the vote is a Republican vote or Democratic vote. It doesn’t even matter if it is for an independent. The point is that the vote is cast. For students who are not yet registered to vote, the deadline to register in New York is Oct. 12. Students can register online through http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us with a valid ID from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Students will also find registration forms in their campus libraries up to the deadline, and will have librarians as a reference guide to help with any questions they might have about the form and how to vote.

If there are those who can stand in line for hours to buy that new gadget or gizmo, they can surely put the same effort to casting their vote. It is not the time to go backwards and allow for bias groups and people to deny Americans a right that so many of our fellow country men and women have sweat, fought and died to protect. For info on the polling place nearest you, search with the Online Poll Site Address Locator or Call the Voter Phone Bank at 1.866.VOTE.NYC, and remember don’t forget to vote

Ammerman Theater Arts Department Presents ‘Extremities’

By Anthony Lucero

What do you do if you come under attack but then are able to turn the tables on that very attacker and have them tied up and under your control? Revenge maybe, turn them in; it’s quite a dilemma and the twisted plot to the riveting play “Extremities” by William Mastrisimone.

The College’s theater production presenting this play looks to grip its audience in a dilemma like no other. In this psychological drama  opinions clash when the woman, who is able to flip the switch on her attacker, has her roommates come home to her and a tied up criminal in their homes.

Students, faculty and all can come watch this thriller in theatre room 119 on the Ammerman Campus starting on Oct 10 – 20th with showings at 8 p.m. and special showings on Oct. 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. General admission begins at $12 with current SCCC students receiving one FREE ticket when a school I.D is presented. For all others i.e SCCC faculty, staff, Alumni Association members, non-Suffolk students, and seniors, admission begin at $11.

For more info show times and how to get your tickets call 631-451-4163

Closing of Quiet Area Forces Students to Huntington Library

By Alyson Feis

The decision to move the Faculty/ Staff Dining area into the previous Quiet Center for Students has effected both students and faculty, but are both truly benefiting from the change?

Students who are returning for another semester at the college may notice some changes at the Ammerman campus, specifically the cafeteria. Located in the northeastern corner of the cafeteria there once was a designated Quiet Area for Students. This semester, however, the space has been relabeled as a Faculty/Staff Dinning Room.

Josephine Fleming at the Information Desk located in the Babylon Student Center explained, before the college created a Student Quiet Center the space was utilized by an on campus bank, the Suffolk Federal Credit Union. “Many students are unaware that the quiet center was only created because the bank relocated, and we didn’t have a use for the space.” said Fleming.

The decision to turn the Quiet Area into a Faculty/Staff Dining area was a college wide decision involving the college president. “The decision was made in order to benefit both students and faculty.” Fleming said.

Fleming reports the faculty at the college previously used the Eaton Neck room as a dining area in recent years. However, she explained, the faculty ran into one specific problem dining in the Eaton Neck room, the limited amount of space. The space located in the southeastern corner of the cafeteria was consistently used for college meetings.

Fleming reported, as of last semester, the Eaton Neck room was being shut down about three or more times each week, leaving the professors and other staff without a dining area.

A student worker at the information desk, who preferred to remain anonymous, said that the Eaton Neck room is used for faculty meetings and other campus meetings, events, or activities.

However, Tim Horn, a recent graduate from the college who continues to work at the Dover Cafe, says the meetings held in the Eaton Neck room, while he was attending the college, were typically faculty meetings that Dover catered.

While Horn attended the college he often utilized the Quiet Area as a place to eat lunch quietly and study. Yet, second year student, Victoria Nadeau, seems unmoved by the change. Nadeau shares her opinion on the subject claiming the change “Isn’t a big deal.”

She spoke briefly about her previous semesters at the college, claiming that the Quiet Center wasn’t used by many students. “I’ve only witnessed one or two students[in the Quiet Center] at a time,” she said.

Nadeau suggests students relocate to the Huntington Library to snack and study, however, her suggestion proves problematic.

Reference Librarian Krista Gruber says there is an official no eating or drinking policy in the library. She explains there is no enforcement of the rule, however, library staff does keep an eye out for “messy foods.”

Gruber explains that the reason for the no eating policy in the library is to protect the books and machines the college offers the students. If students are found eating open foods like pizza, chicken fingers, and french fries, they’ll be asked to leave the library and can return without the food.

The current Quiet Center for Students is located in the northeast corner on the second floor of the Babylon Student Center. The space has plenty of seating, tables and outlets around the room. Although the policy on eating and drinking in the Quiet Center is typically the same as in the Library, student workers aren’t keen on preventing food in the area, requesting only that students clean up after themselves.

Having the Eaton Neck room available for campus, or club meetings and events will positively effect both students and faculty. However, students may have to start choosing what they eat in accordance with where they plan on eating it!

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