Daily Archives: October 9th, 2012

Graffiti as Far as the Eye Can See. (re-uploaded)

By Kevin Pannhurst

Here on the Ammerman campus after spending a while walking around one thing sticks out in some areas; graffiti. It’s not everywhere, but each year brings a new line of ‘taggers’ who look at blank surfaces with vandalism in mind.

On campus you won’t see murals that take precious time to make, instead you’ll simply see a made up word, or the name the tagger goes by. Each year there are new tags showing up. Two semesters ago in fall of 2011 there was the tagger who seemed more like a cult following. “Alpha Charter” were the words that could be seen in the more quiet areas of inside buildings such as stairways. This particular tag had snakes on each side of it, and it was everywhere.

In the Spring semester of 2012 another tagger had made his presence known: “Dank”.  Everywhere you looked this person had left his mark multiple times. “Who’s this ‘Dank’ guy? I’ve been seeing him everywhere” is what some students said that semester. This brought rise to some copycat taggers who had decided to make a running joke and copied his tag. Variations of it could be found everywhere such as the tags Tank and Rank.

“If you take a look in the bathrooms in all of the buildings you’ll find a lot of stuff all over the stalls…”
The first place you’ll find graffiti is all over the bathroom stalls. This is probably the safest area for a tagger to place his mark. There’s no one in there who would say anything about it, and it’s private enough to spend some time making a piece.

On various things throughout the school you can find an eye within a triangle with wavy lines coming off of it. This tagger instead of tagging with a word decided to draw a picture on anything he or she felt worthy of this eye.

In the stairways on either side of the riverhead building there are various Tags all over, including some pictures some people quickly made. This spot is pretty popular among taggers because not many people use this stairway, so the chances of being caught are slim.

There’s not much that can be done about graffiti, the bathrooms are pretty much private so you can’t exactly place cameras in there to ward of vandals. Camera’s can however be placed in the stairwells to capture Taggers in the act. This would help cut down on the graffiti, but then Taggers would simply wear something like a bandana over their face to hide their anonymity.

One student had made an interesting comment on how to help cut down on the graffiti : “ I think the school should re-do bathroom stalls to have the texture of dry-erase boards so that students can simply write on those and it’s an easy clean up. It would be like a little message board for people who want to write all over the walls.”

Though there is graffiti outside of school such as on buildings, fences, walls, sidewalks; It’s still an eyesore to see it on our campus. Tags get cleaned up once in a while or painted over. But imagine what a freshmen, or someone from another school thinks when they come here and see graffiti on our walls, in our bathrooms, in our buildings.

SCCCTO HOST PART-TIME JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR ON THE AMMERMAN CAMPUS

In the middle of one of the worst economical downfalls, it is no question jobs are hard to come by. Students at suffolk make the wise decision to attend classes in order to secure their financial future. However, we live in the now and though there are numerous ways Suffolk lends help to those struggling financially, our school has since uped the ante to provide even more stability to students in need.

Suffolk County Community College will be hosting a Part-Time Job and Internship Fair on the Ammerman Campus in Selden on October 24, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm in the Babylon Student Center. The Career Services and Cooperative Education Office have pulled together to provide this service which is free and open to both SCCC students and members of the general public.

The job fair is an excellent way for job seekers to explore opportunities and internships with local employers. Candidates should bring resumes and dress appropriately.

For more information, please contact the Career Services Office on the Ammerman Campus at 631-451-4049.

Ammerman Campus Inocorporates Speedometer

By Courtney Bissonette

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The newest addition to Ammerman’s campus roads is a speed indicator located between the visitors parking lot 5 and parking lot 4. The speedometer was installed October 9th in an effort to solve the never ending traffic crisis. While this stretch of road does house the largest traffic jams in the exits of the parking lots, whether the speedometer will end the roadside riddle or not is still up for question, however the initiative is taking a step in the right direction.
Both lot 4 and 5 are easily the biggest lots the campus has and almost always guarantee a parking spot, but the layout of the pavement does raise a few eyebrows. While the smaller parking lots have less parking and only one combined entrance and exit, having it on a one way road is far less dangerous then the maneuvering out of 4 and 5. Tara Daniel, a concerned student said “Leaving the lot is somewhat of a math problem. Adding up the time it takes to cross the left lane and get in the right one while combining the speed of the cars coming in opposite directions and the amount of yards of road they have to decide whether you have enough time to successfully cross or your car will get smashed, is a nightmare. If snap judgements are not made then you spend the time doing the math when you could have just gunned it. Not to mention of course you have the honking of the cars behind you which is very helpful when solving a physics problem that could potentially end your life. I think the drivers on the road could slow down a bit but then again the drivers turning out of the parking lot often requires a significant amount of speed. There is definitely a pro and con list to this speedometer.”
While there is no penalty for the speedometer recording you going over the speed limit, unless you are caught be a cop, past studies indicate that generally a speedometer’s presence reduces average traffic speeds by about 10% alongside the speedometer and about 7% at short distances downstream. In a study, the proportion of drivers exceeding the speed limit by at least 10 mph fell dramatically from 15%-20% to only 2% at one site on days the speedometer was deployed, and the device was particularly effective when deployed in school zones. Many students are doubtful the indicator will help long term and some even brag on twitter how high there score was. However, Brianna Barnett weighed in saying “I feel while the device is a new attraction, students might abide more to the slower speed limit for now. Maybe to check to see if their car speedometer matches the one on the road, but it seems more like a bit of entertainment that will wear off when students are rushing to their classes.” Another student, Sam Segal agreed stating “A professor urging me to get to school on time is more of a reason to speed and poses more of a threat then a machine suggesting to slow down, with no enforcement behind it.”
Whether the driver is a law abiding citizen or rule breaker, the speedometer does broadcasts your speed up in big lights for everyone else to see and campus police to catch. So if the shame doesn’t haunt you a ticket might. To some the roadside speed indicator may be a waste of money but to others it is initiative and a step a step closer to solving the moving vehicle menagerie Ammerman campus faces.

Skateboarding On Campus: Convenient or Dangerous?

By Ally Lashley

Look out! Skateboarders among the campus are about, and they may not be looking where they are going. The college has hundreds of student’s rollerblading, long boarding, and especially skateboarding. These students have their best interest in mind, getting to class as quickly, and swiftly as they can, and why not on a board? It’s accessible, handy, and fast on the go. But as the nice fall weather comes around, skateboarders are in their prime on campus. The epidemic of some skateboarders not watching where they are skating is an ongoing problem, and attention must be brought to this issue.

According to signs planted throughout the campus, skateboarding, longboarding, and roller-skating is prohibitedon campus except through the quad. Skaters, being the rebellious students they already are, will ignore these signs and fly through the streets of the campus. Without looking, skaters will dodge through traffic, believing they have the right away when it comes to college traffic. That’s where some of these skaters are definitely wrong.

Observing through the campus, I saw three skateboarders in which not one of them were looking ahead. One skater with a backpack and all, skating down the road connected to the Brookhaven gym nearly got hit by a car. The skater saved his own life by simply putting his hand on the hood of the car, and pushing off to skate away.

“I used to skateboard so I know how these skaters feel with it being an easy ride to class, but they at least should watch where they are going. I’ve almost hit one with my car myself because the skater wasn’t looking,” said Nick Maida, physics major at the Ammerman campus.

The danger level could be very high for these skaters, especially when it comes to the security on campus.

“They are not supposed to be skateboarding on the roads, only in the square,” said Officer McCabe at the security office.

McCabe reminds me of the signs around, prohibiting skaters on the roads of the campus. The rule seems fair enough, but what about the skateboarder’s point of view? Skateboarding is an easy way to get to, and from the campus for Julien Cortes, SCCC freshman. Cortes was more than
happy to explain his skateboarding on campus; it’s a perfect way to get around for this student.

“I skate here every day on my long board, to and from
class, except for when it rains,” he said.

Cortes has been skating for three years, and his skating skills are near professional when it comes to swiftly skating around on campus.

“I never have to waste time finding a parking spot, and I know how traffic is a big problem here on campus. I love not having to deal with it. I live across the road and up the block. Skating to school is more than convenient for me,” added Cortes.

Cortes has been stopped by a campus officer only once this semester, but it hasn’t stopped him from skating. There are signs around permitting skaters from skating on the streets, but may not be visible to each skateboarder. These signs aren’t visible to each skateboarder or long boarder on campus, because I really had to search for the sign.

“I saw one sign once about not being able to skateboard on
campus, but I just see other people skateboarding so I thought I could too,”
said Cortes.

Cortes is a safe skater, and has only fallen on campus twice, which both times were on accident, and he caught himself. Cortes goes on to explain the most dangerous hill is the road headed down to the Brookhaven gym,

“I have an App on my iPhone that recorded my speed at 26 mph while skating down that hill, so I try to avoid that hill at all costs.”

Being as good a skater as Cortes is, long boarding on campus is a perfectly fine way of transportation for his situation.

“Skating isn’t dangerous on campus, as long as you look where you’re going, and avoid some of the steeper hills on campus”, Cortes added.

Skateboarders and long boarders on campus can look scary to drivers, but Cortes is the “poster child” for long boarding, and he made it clear that skateboarding or long boarding is not too dangerous for the Ammerman campus. As long as you’re good at skating, and not trying to impress anyone, it’s all about getting to class on time. If each skater on campus takes Cortes’ opinion into account, skateboarding, long boarding, and roller blading on campus should be accepted for every student who can benefit from skating to school.

College offers alternative to traditional football: flag football

By Julio Avila

Across the country, flag football has received huge recognition , and several universities actually have flag football teams for competitions against rival universities. While the College does not have a football team to play against rivals, students have the option of joining the flag football intramural club.

This season students will have, for the first time in the history of the College, a chance to compete with teams from across the College.

“Students will have a chance to play against other flag football teams from the Brentwood and Riverhead campuses in a intercampus competition leading up to a ‘Annual Thanksgiving Bowl’ we hope will take place this year”  Prof. Kevin Foley, interim director of college athletics said.

There is no requirement in joining the club as any student with little football experience or a student with a plethora of football experience can join.

 “Students should just come in regular gym clothing and the flags are provided,” Foley said. The games are held on the field behind the baseball field near the Brookhaven Gym.

 Those who like to tackle in football will have to keep a cool head. One of the differences between regular football and touch football is in flag football, one cannot tackle, as each player wears a pair of flags, and the flag must be ripped off which is equivalent to a tackle.

“Flag football consists of seven players. There isn’t much contact, no tackling, is less aggressive and requires more agility and speed,” Foley said.

One minor detail students should factor in about this club is they will not be part of a regional or statewide tournament. Participants will instead be on teams playing against other teams of students.

“Those who had teams last year return and new teams form. Students can also be placed on a team based on certain criteria, but it’s recommended to have a team already formed,” Foley said.  One example of having a formed team would consist of a student and their friends.

There are only a handful of students who have heard of this club, one of them being Allen Arons, a current student attending the Ammerman Campus.

 “I was handed a flier in the cafeteria and I wanted to play!” said Arons, who recommends this club to those who want to “get outdoors and do something.”

Collegexpress.com, a college search site that reviews colleges and offers information on scholarship opportunities, college life, and other information to help students decide which college to attend, has a list of colleges with top-tiered flag football teams. Some schools include Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ;  Baldwin–Wallace College in Berea, OH;  Cornell University in Ithaca, NY; Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA and the list goes on mention other colleges for a total of 17 colleges with competitive flag football teams.

 

These schools may be great options to transfer to for those who would like to participate in playing in football with less aggression and physicality or for those who have participated on this campus flag football intramural club and would like to further pursue participation in the sport.

For those who are interested in being part of this club and having the chance at competing, teams meet every Wednesday during common hour from 11 a.m to 12:15 p.m. at the field behind the baseball field.

Students who would like more information on this club can either contact Prof. Kevin Foley or Coach Kerry Swanson by phone at 451-4380 or visit the Physical Education office in room 110 in the Brookhaven Gymnasium.

Secondhand Smoke Engulfs Ammerman Air

By Cody Prawicka

When the word “college” comes to mind what do you think of? Most would say things like books, classes, finals, and meeting new people. But what about second hand smoke?

It is no shock that students smoke on campus, they are in fact allowed to, but how are non-smoker students affected? It clearly is stated in the college’s codes and rules students are allowed to smoke on campus as long as they are at least 50 feet, or more away from any of the buildings. However this code isn’t upheld, it’s being broken instead, since most students who smoke do it less than 15 feet away from the buildings. This causes second hand smoke to anyone going to class just by being near any of the buildings.

In a survey taken at the Ammerman campus, 100 non-smoker students were asked if the high amount of cigarette smoke on campus affected them. The results turned out to be staggering as 89% said the second hand smoke affected them in some way.

Student Amanda Goldberg had a lot to say about the smoking, “I’m not a fan of smoking but I do think that others can do whatever they want. But, I don’t think it’s right that non-smoking students like me have to walk through a cloud of smoke to get into a building. Plus, so many people have asthma that can be triggered by it. It should be common courtesy to be away from the buildings when smoking and the fact that people still do it even though it’s against the colleges code frustrates me.”

Probably the most populated smoking area is at the entrance of the Islip Arts Building. As many as 20 students will light up a cigarette right outside of the building, and stay there to smoke without moving away from other students that try to get into the building.

Another student at the Ammerman campus, Nicholas Kiernan; had something on his mind about smoking at the college, “To be honest I never had a problem with the smokers here until last semester. I remember it was pretty early in the morning and my class just let out. I was walking to my car and when I got there I saw on the hood of my car at least six cigarette butts and an empty carton for Newports. The cigarettes still must have been lit for a little because now my car has little burn marks on the hood.”

Obviously, this habit of smoking in unsanctioned places is a huge problem not only for the college’s administration, but more importantly the health and safety of the students.

One other student, Desiree Grange, who happens to be a freshman to the Ammerman campus had this to say,” When I started here I was really excited, but as soon as I stepped out of my car and walked to class the smoke from cigarettes was too much. One thing that really upset me was used cigarette butts get stuck to the bottom of my shoes, just makes you wonder why there aren’t designated smoking areas.”

If the Ammerman campus is this bad with smoking, you can only assume the Grant and Eastern campuses are just as bad, or even worse right? Well, you’re wrong; the Grant and Eastern campuses not only have fewer smokers, but they have areas for smokers which are away from any buildings.

It is written not only in the college’s code book, but also on the colleges website that the smoking policy “shall” be strictly enforced by campus security as well as staff; however nothing is being done to enforce this policy. Most likely due to the fact that some of the faculty doesn’t know you must be 50 feet away from any building, or they are in fact smokers themselves. The Ammerman campus doesn’t even have specific areas to have smokers smoke accordingly. This problem can affect everyone in the long run in terms of health problems, school violations, and even lawful violations.

It is obvious that there must be something done to resolve this issue to satisfy both the students who choose not to smoke, and others who do. Luckily, the honor student program is making designated smoking areas for the Ammerman campus to hopefully solve this major issue . Whatever is decided at the end of this problem one thing is for sure; the health of students as well as the staff is at risk with second hand smoke looming around.

Avoid Distractions By Choosing Community College

By Julia Catalano
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A goal of many high school students is to get away from their parents.

“I can’t wait to graduate and get the hell out of here,” I used to hear time and time again in school.

Do these students care solely about getting the education when they move away after high school? Or is it more important to them to be away from their parents with no rules and complete freedom? The more appealing reason to most 19 year olds is quite obvious, and although we work so hard to get accepted to these amazing schools, sometimes staying home at first is a smarter decision.

My plans for attending Hofstra fell through last minute when I was a freshman. I didn’t necessarily want to go to a community college. I felt like I was missing out when all my friends talked about their roommates and new dorms. I was completely jealous. I felt like I wasted all my hard work from high school by going to a school that was so easy to get into. I was going to “the 13th grade” while all my other friends were getting an advanced education and experiencing the time of their lives… or so I thought.

Three years later, my opinion on staying home has changed completely. Staying home and attending Suffolk Community College to obtain an Associates degree was a very important decision, and I am so glad I made the right choice. This may sound crazy to some, but I feel that staying home has helped me gain experience, knowledge, and realization of what it is I want to do with my life without wasting time or money at a four-year school.

Students who go away to school their freshman year face many stress-related issues. Adapting to a new environment, making new friends, setting up your dorm room, and living alone for the first time can cause a lot of stress for students, and stress can be very distracting when getting an education. Lack of sleep, too much partying, and new adjustments can cause students who go away for their first two years to fall off the right learning track and forget why it is they are where they are.

Staying home for school has had more pros than cons for me. At first seeing pictures online of everyone’s dorm rooms, theme parties and drunken nights had me thinking I was missing out. But the reality of it was, the college party life gets old quickly and what you’re paying tens of thousands of dollars for is just being negatively affected.

Students admitted that too much partying can lead to skipping classes and ultimately scholastic probation and low grade point averages.

“I transferred home after my freshman year at Cortland. It was a lot of fun in the beginning but it became too crazy for me. I would sleep through my 7am classes because of the week-long-partying every night. At first I didn’t mind it because I was having so much fun, but when I was on academic probation after the first semester is when I realized it was not okay,” said Christina Gorry, current Ammerman campus student.

Along with worries about academic performance, students said tuition costs could be a big factor in the decision to return home.

“I transferred home this year because the tuition was just too expensive at St. Johns. My parents had go through crazy extremes just to afford my tuition. A professor of mine had told us he also taught at Nassau Community College and I was in shock. I realized I could get a good education if I stayed home and not put my parents and myself in so much debt for a private school,” said Krissy Wiggens, a computer science major on the Ammerman campus.

Finally, students may lack the maturity to take on the responsiblity of staying focused. They may not even have an awareness of what they plan to do in the future, and ultimately, they waste money, time and credits in an academic institution that they didn’t investigate thoroughly.

“Basically I partied my ass off at New England college. I wasted two years. My credits weren’t transferrable for the most part because my college had courses that were basically made up for that school only. After going to NEC for two years, I realized teaching was not even something I wanted to do, so now that I’m attending Suffolk for business while working at a hair salon, I feel horrible for wasting so much of my parent’s money,” said Brittany Willis, a business major on the Ammerman campus.

If it weren’t for my decision to stay home, I would have wasted thousands of dollars as well. Being that Suffolk is only a couple thousand dollars per semester, I receive refund checks every semester for financial aid that have helped me to get my car. My car has enabled me to get a full-time job, which has completely shown me what is it I love to do. Staying home for school means that I can work while I go to school, and working in retail has given me a huge amount of knowledge and experience in the fashion world. Staying home has altered my decision to become a journalist. While I’m still majoring in journalism/communications, I have begun to lean towards the marketing aspect of this major. Having a full time job where I was able to work hands on has shown me what it’s like to be in the real world and led me to making the perfect career choice.

While attending Suffolk, I was able to work for the school newspaper, take management classes for my job, and still go to school full-time. I have been able to save money, build a great resume, and earn some amazing experience in the working world.

I believe that at age 18, 19, and 20 we are maturing a lot. Staying home for school can allow us to understand what it is we want to do with our lives as we mature. Gaining a general associates degree will prepare us for the future and guide us towards what it is we want to pursue, without all of the social distractions.

After we have matured and experienced our core education, we can decide what school it is we should attend for a higher degree. Being 20 years old I am able to make a smarter, more functional decision about my education without the distractions of wanting to party and get away from my parents’ rules.

Extremities Playing All October

Suspense, tension, twists and turns, and even a little fright is what you will feel in the colleges next play entitled, Extremities.

Extremities, is written by William Mastrosimone, and will be directed by Thom Bovino. Without giving too much of the plot away, the main idea of the story is a young woman is attacked in her home by a mysterious man. She is able to fight her attacker off, and actually capture him in the fight but is that really the entire story? Or is it just the beginning? It is warned that this play is made for mature audiences only so if you have children you might want to keep them home for this one.

This feature will take place at theatre 119 at the Ammerman Campus with multiple dates, October 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, and 20 will be at 8 p.m. and October 14 and 21 will be at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $12.00, however if you are a student of the college and show up with your I.D. you will not have to pay the fee and will be given a free ticket. As for the college faculty, staff, alumni members and any non-student the fee for a ticket is $11.00.

This program will be performed by the colleges students in the Theatre Training Program, so come on down and show them and your college some support. For any information call 631-451-4163, if you are interested in purchasing a ticket, or if you are a student that wishes to get your free ticket visit the colleges website and search: Extremities, then click the tab you wish to get your ticket to this wonderful feature. Do not miss out!