Daily Archives: October 23rd, 2012

Rock your socks off with colleges first Battle of the Bands

By AnthoImageny Lucero
It’s a battle like no other; one that puts the musical talents of bands against each other to see who will rein supreme and be the champion of battle of the bands.  The Suffolk Community College Foundation will play host to its first annual: Battle of the Bands on Nov.2.  All students, faculty, staff and public are invited to part take on this event that will surly “rock your socks off” .It will we a night of live music and entertainment as MC Blue Jupiter (NYC’s premier a cappella group) hosts the event alongside a rocking judging panel of included guests such as long island’s own Frankie Dee from the WRCN morning show.
The Suffolk Community College Foundation is a non for profit corporation with its sights set on the progress of adding scholarships, programs, and other resources for our college students in need an deserving of these aids . Tickets start at $15 per person and $10 with current student ID. The event itself will be held on the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood in the Health, Sports and Education Center on at 7:00 p.m.
So get your band together and come join in the fun as there will be prizes to the best bands along with title of champion of the colleges’ first Battle of the Bands. For more information on how to register your band or for more details about the event you can contact Leona Blatt at (631)-451-4941

The Sharks Want the Title Back

By  Cody Prawicka

After the 2011 season incident and now the 2012 season, the college’s men’s soccer team is now back on their feet as returning champs.

The team ended their 2012 season on October 11th with a phenomenal record of 14 wins and only two losses, which put them in the standing for the Regional Championship. In the quarter finals of the Regionals the Sharks went head to head with Dutchess Community College. In the first half of the game the Sharks put themselves in the lead with two goals made by Frankie Guzman; that was assisted by Andre Brown, and Cody Kaczetow; that was assisted by Frankie Guzman. In the second half the Sharks finished Dutchess Community College off with one last goal scored by Justin O’Connor with the assist by Tyrell Ippolitto, ending the game with a shut out of 3-0.

A huge fan and student of the college’s soccer team William Merschoff had this to say about the team’s winnings, ” All I can say is this was a crazy story, one year the team is basically taken out of the running to defend their championship thanks to a paperwork error, and now the next season they come back stronger than ever and are on their way back to the top, to me it’s very inspirational, and I’m very happy to have the rightful champions defend their title without any accidents.”

The next game for the soccer team takes place on October 24th and it is the Regional Semi-Final game against Hostos Community College. The Sharks previously faced Hostos earlier in October and defeated them 4-0, one of the college’s students and all around soccer fanatic Michael Steinmann gives his thoughts and predictions on the upcoming game, “I think that Suffolk will dominate this game completely. Not to be too arrogant, but we took care of Hostos pretty easily so I don’t have any doubt that it will be done again.” Steinmann also tried out for the college’s soccer team over the summer but failed to make the team; “I used to play soccer for my high school and I thought I was pretty good, but when I walked onto the field and saw these guys play I knew I didn’t have a chance. They are all truly incredible athletes and I give them my best wishes in the Regional Championship.”

The October 24th game will start at 2 P.M. at the Grant Campus. This story that the soccer team has been through for the past two years is nothing short of a motivational and touching turn of events. In 2010 they won the National Championships and were such a dominant force in the sport; however in the early 2011 season a fellow team mate Rafael Rajo lost his life at the age of 21 in an automobile accident. On top of that due to some paperwork errors by the hands of the athletic department, the team had to forfeit a total of eight games which destroyed any chance of them defending their title that year. Now in the 2012 season it seems that they are back on the right path with nothing in their way.

Another soccer buff and student of the college, Brett Goldberg; gives his thoughts on what he would feel if the team won regional’s and made it back into the national spotlight. “If the Sharks made it back, after what happened last season, to the National Championship, it’ll be a huge upset. After everything they have been through, losing a beloved and valuable team mate, to being unjustly forfeited in most of their matches, this would be one of the biggest comebacks I have ever seen in sports. Of course nothing can be said for sure now, but the way it looks now is that the sharks have their eye on the National Championship again.

One thing is for certain, nothing is standing in the Sharks way for that National Championship, so come support the college’s men’s soccer team as they try and make their run towards national gold for the second time in the past two years.

Horror/Sci-fi Club Bake Sale Next Week on Campus

By Kevin Clarkson

The Horror/Sci-fi club will be hosting its annual bake sale on October 29 in order to support Child’s Play, a charity that provides games for children with an illness.

Every year for the past five years, the Horror/Sci-fi club hosts its annual bake sale in order to give back to the community. Last semester, the sale was for JDRF a diabetes organization that helps spread the awareness, and knowledge of type-one diabetes. This year club president Christopher Paolano, visual arts major, chose Child’s Play.

Child’s Play seeks to improve the lives of children in hospitals around the world through the kindness and the power of play and generosity of video game industry.

“I chose to host this event, it is always good for a club or organization to give back,” said Paolano. “I believe people really get into it, it’s exciting to see some other foods. There will be treats like cupcakes, brownies, cookies and really anything people want to bake. This foundation is used to get games, toys for children all year round in hospitals. All the money we raise will be going to them.”

Last year alone, Child’s Play rose over $3.5 million dollars! With the help of the Horror/Sci-fi club’s bake sale, and with the support of the student body, this year’s bake sale can also be a huge success.

Dr. William Burns of the English department is the club adviser, and discussed the some of the aspects of the club.

“We try to do an event that can help benefit a charity and the community. We want to combat this idea that people who are fans of horror and Sci-fi are mean and scary. We want to help the community,” Dr. Burns said. “How can you be evil if you’re doing a bake sale?!”

The bake sale will be held in the main lobby of the Babylon Student Center, on October 29 between 9:30 am and 3 pm.

The next event for the Horror/Sci-fi club will be in November when they try to get together a food drive with non-perishable foods and canned goods. All of the food collected will go to a local food pantry for Thanksgiving.

The purpose of the club is to share the passion for horror and Sci-fi, and explore all aspects of the genres through film, television, or literature. The club is always drawing fans, and is already five years old. Also, they are looking for new members and volunteers for both events! The club usually meets Wednesdays during common hour, in the Islip Arts building, in room 203.

If you would like more information about the bake sale, the food drive, or the Horror/Sci-fi club please contact Dr. Burns in his office or by email burnsw@sunysuffolk.edu. If you would like to make a donation to Child’s Play or need more information visit their website http://childsplaycharity.org

Do It Yourself Tutu for a Unique Costume this Halloween

By Alyson Feis

A variety of Halloween costumes are available this year, but how can you make sure you won’t match your classmates? One student suggests creating a DIY tutu! A tutu can serve as the base to almost any Halloween costume when you pair it with the right accessories!

Christin Kmetz, a photography major, at the college says there are a few things to consider before purchasing the materials. She suggests visiting stores like Hot Topic, Icing, and Party City before choosing a costume.

“You find all the cool stuff you want to wear with your tutu and then you decide what the tutu will look like,” she said.

Once you’ve gotten an idea of what you want your costume to look like you can decide what colors your tutu will be and begin gathering materials. All materials can be found at a local fabric store like JoAnn’s, in West Babylon.

Materials:

Scissors

Measuring tool

4-6 yards of Tulle

Ribbon

After gathering the materials you can begin crafting your Halloween Tutu by measuring and cutting the materials.

The ribbon will serve as the waist of your tutu, and it will be tied in the back in order to secure the tutu in place. Before cutting make sure the ribbon is long enough to be wrapped around your waist and then tied in a bow.

The length of your tutu (from waist to end) will be determined by the size of the pieces of tulle you cut. Note: Each piece should be twice the length of your desired tutu. For example, if you desire a tutu that will hang eight inches from your waist you should cut your tulle into pieces about 2-4 inches wide by 16 inches long.

Once you have cut all of your materials you are ready to create your tutu.

1. Take a piece of tulle and fold it in half, making a “U” shape.

2. Holding the tulle above the ribbon, grab the ends of the tulle and pull them around the ribbon and through the “U” shape.

3. Pull the ends tight until you notice the tulle is knotted around the ribbon.

4. Continue knotting tulle around the ribbon in the pattern of your choice, always working from the center, outward.

The amount of tulle you use will determine how thick or thin your tutu is. To achieve a fuller, more fluffy look, push the tulle closer together and add as many knots of tulle as possible. If you desire a thinner, lower hanging tutu, leave some space between each knot.

So become a bumble bee by pairing your yellow tutu with a black leotard and adding insect wings. Or borrow your cousins ballerina slipper’s and become a ballerina! Whatever you decide to do with your DIY tutu, you can be confident that this Halloween, your costume will be as unique as you!

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Campus Counseling Center making a difference!

By Ally Lashley

Students attending any college can always relate to feeling alone when it comes having a Mental Illness. Whether you are 20 or 60, mental illness of any kind can have your mind in shambles. Mental illness ranges anywhere from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, to anxiety and depression. Our college has a comforting outlet for students who need assistance, through the Campus Counseling Center. Personal Growth Workshops, Personal Counseling, and Mental Health Community Resources are only a few of the helpful resources found around our campus for students in need.

The Campus Counseling Center has many counselors ready and able to help students with any problem they may have. Sitting in the waiting room at the counselor center a student can take pamphlets and informative sheets on various mental illness issues. Within these pamphlets, there is helpful advice for anything from emergency contraception for rape survivors to anonymous HIV testing.

For students unaware, the Counseling center is located in the Ammerman Building on the second floor in room 209. When entering the counseling center students can let their guards down and prepare themselves to receive helpful advice. During homework and testing time, life may become difficult, but there are many workshops available to get students through their rough times. Workshops at the center range from time management, stress reduction, and test anxiety and are all at the student’s fingertips to explore.

I caught up with PhD and Dean of students Thomas S. Tyson to learn more about the type of counseling help available for students attending our college. “We provide free individual counseling for students, because we know how stressful college can be.” When it comes to advice on mental illness, Tyson and his team see the big picture of the issues each student has to deal with. Six counselors are available at the center for students seeking advice, and of these six counselors, three are trained to be mental health counselors. “We are objective, and our mission is to help the student. We are here to help, and we are always confidential.” Dr. Tyson is a licensed psychologist, and is available to students for any advice concerning mental illness.

It is understandable for students to feel afraid at first when it comes to expressing their emotions freely to a counselor, but once a student starts counseling they will feel relieved. Dr. Tyson reminded me if students don’t want to be a counseling center regular, they can always just stop by a few times when they need to, “We provide short-term personal counseling for students in need”. Students can also take advantage of the workshops available on campus concerning mental illnesses or issues. “Recently a student came in for advice concerning domestic violence, so I referred them to a workshop on healthy and non-healthy relationships,” Tyson commented. Attending a workshop can give students lots of information on an issue they may be confused or worried about.

The most common issues for students to be dealing with are relationship issues; whether the relationship is romantic or parental, this is still an ongoing issue for many college students. “Adults and students alike are always having issues with all types of relationships, and we know the added stress level for families, especially during the beginning of the semester. Our counseling center is here for all.” Students with panic disorders, anxiety, mood disorders, and suicidal thoughts can enter the counseling center with their guards down, these adults are genuine humans, and are licensed in helping you with your issue.

Students must come to grips with the fact, you are not alone. Thousands of humans deal with mental illnesses and mental issues every day, and the counseling center is always there to help our Suffolk students. The counseling center is available to students seeking mental illness advice Monday through Friday during the day, and making an appointment at the window in room 209 will get you started for counseling. Tyson leaves me with some inspiration for students, “Don’t be afraid, things can be a lot better than they seem to be, and we are here to help.”

Social Media Dependency: We Need an Intervention

 

Let’s make up a scenario: You meet a new friend at a party over the weekend. You get along, share a few laughs and interests, and decide to exchange numbers and information to keep in touch in the future. Awesome! So now what’s your next step? Do you call the person or meet up with them the next day? Or better yet, do you show up at their front door in order to get in contact with them? That was okay in 1930 but now it’s just creepy. More than likely (and I’m sure many can agree) you are sending the classic text, “what’s your last name, lol?”  Yeah, okay, you can act all non-chalant but we both know where this is heading.   Soon you’re adding them on Facebook followed by a few texting conversations. Shortly after these conversations that involve no emotion but rather words typed out into sentences on a glass screen, you might stalk them via other forms of social media like Twitter, Tumblr, and who could forget Instagram.   Eventually the first official day comes that you two hang out face-to-face, and you’re sitting there knowing you can probably tell this friend their whole life story along with what color shirt they wore to their Aunt Teri’s 25th wedding anniversary in Minnesota last summer from stalking their websites.  And that is something I do not like.

The use of internet and the media in our current society deprives us its uses of face-to-face communication. When the written language came out thousands of years ago, society experienced a new way of living. Ancient philosophers believed this new era of written language to be demeaning to oral communication, stating that it would deprive us of genuine conversation resulting in people to become less intelligent.

A parallel argument exists today yet on a much greater scale.

The internet and world-wide-web possesses many different forms of entertainment, leisure and activities through the use of instant messaging, e-mailing, Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, and Tumblr.  Instagram provides the newest and trendiest way to stalk every single person we know through pictures! “I’m going to Instagram my Starbucks latte next to my philosophy textbook and use a vintage filter with the caption ‘Tuesday night relaxation, finally!’ People will totally think I’m smart and complex even though I hate philosophy… oh my gosh that cute guy from my class liked it! Score!”

It truly shapes our way of interacting with one another as well as what we believe is true and logical. It allows us to literally have everything we need at our fingertips to view on a screen and as a result, we’re slowly but surely losing that primitive lifestyle of social interaction that once was so innocent and genuine.

I know what you’re thinking, not everybody is electronically dependent and uses computers and cell phones to go about their lives. That may be true, but take a look at these statistics. According to http://www.internetworldstatistics.com, Asia is the leading region of internet users. With a total population of roughly 1-trillion, about 111-million are internet users and use technology in their everyday lives. Now, let’s view this on a wider scale. With the world population of around 7-billion, 4-billion use the internet and are technologically-savvy. That may not seem too drastic to you, but the numbers only continue to rise as our technology advances, and that is simply outrageous.

The first forms of entertainment and media began with books, followed by the radio, telephone, recorded music, and the stereo. Although they provided us with new forms of entertainment, they did not change our social interactions with one another. Perhaps it provided new topics to cover in conversation due to the new distribution of information among a large audience, but it didn’t deprive us of that genuine face-to-face interaction. Humans still communicated orally and personally, which in my opinion, was and still is the most genuine form of communication and most beneficial to everyone in the end.

With access to the internet, you basically have everything at your fingertips. Because of this our society gets involved in media stories, celebrity gossip, and other issues that may not be as important to our everyday lives as it seems to be at the time. With texting, emailing, social networking, blogging, and mobile devices providing us with all of this on the go, we have become an addicted society that needs a smart phone and computer within reach in order to be content.

Sam, a senior in high school discusses the use of technology and smart phones amongst her friends as a casual routine that occurs every day.

“My friends are always talking about who they’re texting and their latest Facebook activity, who commented them, or  who “liked” a picture of theirs.  Sometimes I find myself sitting in a room with three of my friends and it’s completely silent. Nobody is speaking, and if you look around, we are all either on our phones or laptop- communicating with others via silent instant-messaging without speaking to each other in the same room,” she said.

Sam continues as she sighs with a smirk on her face.

“Now that I think about it, it’s as if being face-to-face with someone isn’t enough and it’s more entertaining to do it hidden behind a phone or computer screen. I am completely guilty of doing this, and you know what? It’s sort of sickening.”

Sam is a perfect example of why I believe we are getting way too comfortable, and in ways addicted to both the idea of the media age as well as its uses for us in our everyday life.

Admitted that although it’s taken advantage of, it definitely does bring the population together when looked at on a larger scale. It does help us positively when used to communicate through written words, images, and pictures so any information that needs to get distributed quickly can be done right away.

On the downside the sad truth is, we seem to use it more at our leisure.  We end up getting wrapped up in it- becoming more focused on the scandalous lives of celebrities, constantly checking how many “likes” our newest Instagram picture got, what pictures our friends or current crush were “tagged” in on Facebook, and the most up-to-date pictures of Snooki’s baby. Please thoroughly explain to me how any of this affects your life at the end of the day before you go to sleep? I promise you, you can’t.

We should all learn to appreciate life outside of technology. Some examples include exercising, dancing, taking a walk alone or with friends to get some fresh air, attending a concert at a live music venue, cooking, or simply sharing stories and laughs with a friend or family member while leaving all technology in a separate room, allowing you to avoid distractions and more genuinely enjoy each other’s company. I ask you all to try one of these activities as a self-test, and notice the differences of how you’ve interpreted your situation and surroundings without the bother of technology. New advances in the media age are beginning to rob our society of true and genuine communication. Is it convenient? Absolutely, however face-to-face communication will always be the healthiest way to interact with one another rather than through instant messaging, emailing, and texting. Wake up, people, and notice how beautiful the world is when viewed from outside your bedroom window with a laptop on your desk and a smart phone by your side.

Cry for Help Ignored: The Amanda Todd Story

By Julio Avila

The death of 15-year-old Amanda Todd from Vancouver, Canada, was the result of online cyber bullying attacks. The only difference with this story is that it has hit the major news networks, as well as many people across the internet sharing the story on social media sites such as Facebook where groups in memory of Todd have appeared.

Her death was sadly the result of pedophilia, bullies but also dumb mistakes that were made on her part. Mistakes that once they are made, can never be undone, and in her case the consequences will last until the internet ceases to exist. Each of us has experienced a time in our lives where we have made stupid mistakes, and have had to pay the price for them. In some cases, the consequences of our mistakes may have been severe in that they may have lasted for a while. One of the places a lot of us may have made mistakes, especially in the digital age, would no doubt be the internet, and on sites such as Facebook.

Is there a picture that you have taken of yourself and it looks embarrassing, insulting towards yourself, degrading yourself and drawing negative attention? Then time passes, you realize how embarrassing, humiliating and insulting the picture is that you want to remove the picture and hope it will be the end of all the negative and lewd comments your picture has received? This is mainly the case of those who post sexually lewd pictures on themselves but whether the person shows up covered or not, most of us get the message the person is trying to spread.

If you think it’s the end, then you need to get your head checked! Sadly for some, Facebook has the option to share pictures with others. Even worse, someone could save a picture onto their computers and share it with the rest of the internet and there is no way you could possibly get that picture back. And while we’re at it, let us not forget those “nice and friendly” pedophiles on the internet that may have stumbled upon your picture and are doing god knows what with it.

As you may recall, one reason Amanda took her life was because of a 32-year-old man who she was talking to in a chat room. That was mistake number one she made, going into a public chat room with people she has never met and has no idea that they are or what they could be capable of.
I am not saying people shouldn’t socialize online but to what extent should people be seeking opportunities to talk to just anybody? We have been told since we were kids and it should even be common sense that not everyone online is who they say they are, and some people do have negative intentions.

The man Amanda was speaking to was 32 years old; this is mistake number two she made. There cannot be a reason why an underage girl has to talk to some random person who is nearly 20 years older than she was.

Mistake number three she made was the most detrimental. The 32-year-old man asked her to reveal herself to him, and she complied. Did she not have any natural instincts to realize that there was something wrong with this?

Normally, humans have a natural tendency to realize when something is wrong and when we’re fitted into tight corners, but Amanda had no instinct whatsoever that she let this sick man see her revealed chest. Even worse, the guy took an on screen photo of her only to share it around the internet. The photo reached her friends, millions of other people and eventually found its way back to Amanda.

Why she did not tell her parents or law enforcement about the man soliciting her sexually is beyond me. From childhood, most of us are told if a stranger is insistent on wanting to talk to us to the point of harassment, we need to tell an adult and perhaps law enforcement if the situation is dire. It’s like the saying goes, “what goes around comes around,” and did that picture definitely come back around to everyone she knew which lead to her fellow classmates bullying her which even included cyber bullying.

Agreeably, this is the pedophile’s fault in coaxing the girl and spreading the picture. It’s no surprise that these kinds of people are lurking on the internet and because of this we have organizations such as Perverted Justice, a nonprofit group based in California and in Oregon whose purpose is to find and bring online child predators to justice. Also, this is why shows such as Dateline NBC’s segment “To Catch a Predator” are on TV.

To those who have not heard of this show, I highly recommend watching it as you actually see what can happen on an online chat room and who could possibly be engaging in conversation with your underage siblings or children. While there are students at the college who have younger siblings, myself included, and those who have children, we are skeptical at what they may be doing online which is why, as the grown up setting the example for our children, we need to keep an eye on their online activity. Heaven forbid they ever do end up in a situation like Amanda was in.
The only difference between real life and the show “To Catch a Predator”, the child predators on the show actually get brought to justice after being interrogated by Chris Hansen, the host of the show.

Perverted Justice was founded by Xavier Von Erck in 2003 who was chatting with a person on an online chat room and both noted how there were people in these rooms deemed creepy that would make abusive solicitations towards others. When the site launched, it was slow at first with no actual budget plan, but once other websites linked Perverted Justice to their sites, they got viewers checking out their site and accumulated volunteers who have also wanted to help out in capturing online child predators. The organization has received lots of positive attention and recognition such as Dateline NBC (in which both would be working together for the “To Catch a Predator” segments), law enforcement and from politicians such as Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah.

As for Amanda getting bullied online, cyber bullying is nothing of a surprise as many children do fall victim to it. It is upsetting to see the sorrow that comes from a child’s face when they see their Facebook page bombarded with insulting comments, abusive photo-shopped pictures, random IM’s poking fun and untold abuses.

According to Internetsafety101, a subsidiary organization of “Enough is Enough” that helps give parents, educators and kids thorough information about cyber bullying, 95 percent of teenagers who have witnessed cruel behavior on social networking sites say they have seen others ignoring the mean behavior while 55 percent witness this frequently.

Fortunately as stated, 84 percent have seen other teenagers defend the person being harassed which gives me the notion that there are good-hearted teens that don’t want cyber bullying to be an epidemic. What is scary is that 52 percent of parents are worried their child will be bullied via social networking sites which is leaving a huge chunk of parents out of this equation which seems to be telling us some parents are doing a horrible job parenting when leaving their kids accessing the internet and social sites.

While it may look like a large portion of parents may not care, the same youth that cyber bullying affects seem to be doing a good job watching over each other. Sixty-eight percent of teens agree that cyber bullying is a serious problem with today’s youth and perhaps explains the defending of other teenagers mentioned earlier.

According to teenagers surveyed, cyber bullying is done because some teens want to show off to friends, to be mean, to embarrass them and for fun or entertainment. The largest reasons for cyber bullying, each with a statistic of 58 percent was to get back at someone or because they deserved it.
Not only did Amanda make the mistake of showing the 32-year-old man her chest, she ultimately gave him an opportunity to make her the target of bullying. But what about the other behaviors she admitted to such as sleeping with other guys as well as cutting herself? She claimed she did these things as a solution to her depression?

Her parents thought that perhaps moving to another town to attend another school would do the trick, which worked for a while until her past caught up with her and she was notified by police that her degrading picture was still circulating as well as receiving the same abuse she did from these students as from before.

Anyone could try running away from their problems and their past but they know deep down the truth and what happened, but in today’s age where anything can be archived and spread through the internet, there is really nowhere to hide.

This brings us to her telling the world about her hard and troubling life in a nine minute YouTube video that went viral where she explained all she went through and the torment she was plagued with. Like I mentioned before, she admitted what she did as her fault in that video. Tragically for her and her parents, she took her life on Oct. 10 by hanging herself. It is truly sad when someone dies by suicide that at that moment, you forget all the bad and focus on the good and the fact that someone died. She did not deserve this end as she was still young and had a whole future ahead of her and the ones to blame are the bullies who taunted her towards her demise.

Her angst from all those who abused her pushed her to the limit to commit this act and because of this, she could even be seen as martyr for those who have to constantly suffer from abuses they face online or in real life. Many send their condolences; I included and no doubt the people at the college who have heard of her story.

The media and social networking sites have given this story widespread attention and it does deserve this attention as sadly, another person has become a statistic and it needs to remind us that action needs to be taken to combat this problem. But how much coverage is really needed? It seems like the media and people on networking sites are going too in-depth in the Amanda Todd story by making it sound like a large scale tragedy. There are starving kids dying in poor countries, soldiers dying in the Middle East defending our freedom, even political prisoners being executed for speaking against the unjust North Korean Government.

Don’t these people deserve as much TV airtime as Amanda Todd is getting? Perhaps more?
Though this loss is tragic, learning of it could help save the lives of many more children from falling victim to bullying and abuse. The prevention however will need to administered by grown-ups. Safety measures put in place for all to follow to respect one another and set aside differences and who knows, it may lead up to legislation by governments.

Only in a perfect world would this exist and with the world having a population in the billions, it won’t be easy to prevent cyber bullying, abuses, or attacks from child predators. Even for us at the college, keeping an eye on our siblings and children is a start in protecting our children from the dangers lurking on the internet and from real life situations so they do not have to become a statistic and a symbol of negligence.

Passionate Dancers Come Together On Campus

By Julia Catalano

The Sharks dance team is a newly formed athletics team at the Ammerman Campus. In the fall of 2011, the dance team was born when students decided to collaborate with cheerleaders on campus to perform and showcase their spirit in a positive, uplifting way.

Alyssa Semken and a few other girls tried to direct the emphasis of highlighting the team name. Encouraging the college to get to know them not as a “dance club” but as the The Sharks. In the fall of 2011 the first flyers for tryouts were posted for a dance team. The cheerleading coach decided to coach a dance team as well and have the two teams perform together on some occasions. Gina Caputo is the cheerleading and dance team coach, who works with both teams on campus as well as working in the SCCC Ammerman athletic office.

Caputo coaches the girls in practice several days a week, while some days are separated between dances and cheering, and other practice meets combine the two.

“We are very lucky to have such talented girls on the team who help choreograph routines,” said Caputo.

Both the cheerleaders and dance team perform at women and men’s home basketball games (women’s games were at the Ammerman campus and men’s games at the Michael J Grant campus in Brentwood).

The dance team also did a combined performance around the holidays at the John J. Foley nursing home in Yaphank. The dance team attended both the LICCA cheer leading competition that was held at the Ammerman campus, and the Make A Wish foundation, which was also held in Selden.

The Sharks not only worked together, but they danced for a good cause.

“We helped raise a lot of money through raffles and tickets for the performance for a sick child’s trip to Disney World. Other dance teams and cheer teams from other colleges attended the Make A Wish foundation as well,” said Samantha Upshaw, dancer.

When the dance team performed they were not only competitive but, entertaining for onlookers as well. They traveled to nationals and performed at the men and women’s games for the weekend. The team performed hip-hop and jazz, but hip-hop prevailed as the crowd’s favorite.

“We had several routines with music that the crowd seemingly loved and appreciated. The crowd’s favorites were “Girls” by Beyoncé, and “Look At Me Now” by Busta Ryhmes and Chris Brown. Although the crowds were never too big at home games, we did get requests for certain dances from time to time. It made us very happy to know students enjoyed our dances and wanted to see more of us,” said Samantha Upshaw.”

At a commuter school not everyone is aware of all the sports teams and clubs the school has to offer, but joining them can really make a community college a great experience. Students who are passionate about a sport or subject can come together to create clubs and teams while showing their unity and spirit in a fun, beneficial way.

Dorothy Parker Performance Coming Soon

By Cody Prawicka

If you’re a really big theater buff, you may enjoy the college’s performance of that Dorothy Parker on October 26 written, and performed by Carol Lampert.
In a short synopsis of the performance, it is a memory play that puts together funny instances of the 10 years Mrs. Parker spent lunching at the Algonquin Round Table in New York. Unlike previous plays like the college’s performance of Extremities, this play is family friendly so children are welcome to attend.
The admission prices vary; General admission is $12, Faculty/Staff, Children, Senior Citizens, and Students admission all cost $11. However if you are a student, and you come with your college I.D., your ticket will be free of charge. The play will be taking place at the Ammerman Campus at Stage 119 (Shea Theater) in the Islip Arts building.
There will however be two show times, one will be at 2 P.M. and the other will be at 8 P.M. for any questions about reserved seating or anything else, you can call the college box office at 631-451-4162. Also if you are interested in any other upcoming events you can visit the college’s website. Come on down, and support the colleges theater department and enjoy the hysterical performance of Dorothy Parker.

English Honor Society presents A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange Novel by Anthony Burgess and a scene from the Stanley Kubrick Film

By Ally Lashley

The time has come for students to ready themselves for a bit of the old ultraviolence. The English Honor Society has kick started their semester activities with the showing of Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film, on the Anthony Burgess novel, A Clockwork Orange.

Every Wednesday at common hour, the English Honor Society shows a movie and has a discussion about the societies’ activities to come. A vote was taken on the first meeting of the society to choose movies to watch throughout the semester; the first winner being, A Clockwork Orange. Any students with a fascination for fine arts, film, or literature are more than welcome to join the festivities of the English Honor Society.

Dr. William Burns is the English Honor Society advisor, and is very pleased to show this film to his students. “We voted on numerous films in the beginning of the semester, and out of all the films A Clockwork Orange won.” This 1971 film was originally supposed to be filmed in the 1960’s, with the Rolling Stones appearing as our four droogs, and Mick Jagger being the lovely main character Alex Delarge.

Alex Delarge

However, Stanley Kubrick became the director and turned this film into a cinematic masterpiece of its time, without the Stones.

For students who aren’t familiar with this movie, it’s about four young boys, or droogs, in London, stirring up ultraviolent actions wherever they damned well please. Alex, played by Malcolm McDowell, is the leader of this violent gang, and their actions are a bit graphic. The horror these boys inflict upon innocent humans creates frenzy around their city. The showing of this movie may be controversial, but the meaning behind this movie is much more profound. Dr. Burns reminds me of the meaning of this film, how violence is everywhere, but we must know how to control it, “this film is about the importance of choice, but also realizing all choices have consequences.”

The opening scene of the film is what really had me interested. The way Kubrick films, a viewer is automatically pulled into the film with the stare of his main character. When Kubrick filmed the Shining, Jack Nicholson’s facial expression became famous. With a Clockwork Orange beginning, Malcolm McDowell’s violent eyes are hypnotizing, and get you hooked to this movie instantly.

The film has shocking scenes of violence, but in such beautiful settings. In one scene of the film, a rape scene, a group of men are ripping the clothes off of a woman while Rossini’s the Thieving Magpie Abridged is the music playing beautifully in the background. “That’s why this film works, the bringing together of opposites, Kubrick takes scenes of pure violence and adds beauty,” Dr. Burns adds.

Dr. Burns knows exactly what Kubrick’s vision is, and goes into more detail about the meaning behind this movie. “I think the important thing about this film is that even though it’s a violent, crazy movie it has a purpose; to show a point about violence. Violence is a choice, and it’s something everyone has to know how to control.”