Monthly Archives: November, 2012

Bed Time Story for Students found at Huntington Library

By  Courtney Bissonette

The Huntington Library on the Ammerman campus is utilized to say the least. Though the sad truth is books seem to be more obsolete, and the lack of books loaned hardly makes a dent in how much the library is used. The main attraction is the access to a computer, to either do work or fill time in between classes.  But unless you venture up the stairs, a certain underground, or rather under the cover society exists that is unseen to those committed to the first floor. Couches, tables, cubbyholes and even at times the floor can be improvised as students own personal beds in the communal makeshift dormitory the library provides.

Sleeping patrons often unintentionally hoard their spots making it difficult for other students to find a quiet nook to do their work. This often leaves them with the choice of trying to share their quarters, waking them up and asking them to move, or continue searching for an empty spot or at least someone’s alarm to go off so they can leave.

“I’ve been in the library in need of a desk to do my work, and couldn’t find an open spot. I finally had to wake someone up, who was sitting at the single cell sort of desks and ask them to move,” said Ammerman Campus Student Ashley Corwin.

Every outlet was used; every table contained a tired soul, either using the electricity, internet access, or even the warmth of the library that their houses lacked. A normally quiet cozy student center became a welcoming shelter for refuge. When Hurricane Sandy hit, the library provided students with relief they needed, transforming the library into a safe haven for students in need.

By the time the school was reopened on Monday, over 100,000 homes in Suffolk County still were without power. At the least the library provided a sense of normalcy for students who had not been connected to social media since the first night the storm hit.

“It isn’t just not being able to complain on Facebook or Twitter, it is the fact that the world could be ending and we wouldn’t know about it because the only news source available is a newspaper or a battery operated radio if you are able to find them in the dark,” said  student Sam Seigal who was without power for eight days.

The library also provided ways of students to get homework done, though the line they waited on for a computer may have been as long as the lines were for gas. Everything handed in on any other day has to be typed and printed, and you forget something as simple as a printer is lacking in your life. As the effects of the hurricane wore on so did daylight savings time, causing even less light for students to get work done without relying on candle light.

Creeping into winter, another great quality of the library is the warmth and protection it provides from the harsh New York weather, making the library all the more suitable for a place to catch some Z’s.

Music Department Announces December Concert Events

By Julio Avila

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music,” once said the iconic Long Island native artist Billy Joel.

   What better way to demonstrate the expression of the college as well as the students and faculty who dedicate themselves to the field of music and to set a show of rhythms for everyone? As a result, the faculty and students of the Music Department will be holding a department wide performance on two separate nights.

“These concerts have been taking place since the beginning of time, since the music department stared,” said Professor Craig Boyd, Department Chair and College-wide Coordinator of Music.

   Making sure that the choir, band, orchestra, as well as the other respected groups are ready for these concerts takes a bit of planning as well as practice.

“The concerts are held on availability of staff, students, and the theater, and we usually get ready and plan the performances by the first week of December,” Boyd said.

   Though the students and faculty who perform are playing for their fellow students, there is a much deeper connection between the music and these students. It also helps exhibit feeling, passion, and other forms of literary elements in the form of music.

   “It’s an opportunity for the band, orchestra, and the ensembles to teach a high level of literature through music. Some pieces are emotional, seasonal, and demonstrate technique,” Boyd said.

   When asked about the value the students get from these performances, Prof. Boyd jubilantly replied, “Students get the sense of accomplishment and camaraderie, getting the chance to be mentored by professional conductors as well as a grade.”

   Performances that will be taking place include Ave Maria by the Suffolk Singers, Lambscapes by the College Choir, The Simpsons by the Jazz Ensemble, as well as other pieces of music from the respected participants.

These concerts will be held on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Shea Theater adjacent to the Islip Arts Building and are free of charge for students and the general public.

Students can also visit the music department’s website (http://department.sunysuffolk.edu/Music/index.asp) to see a schedule of upcoming performances as well as links to the Music Department’s Facebook page and YouTube channel to watch videos of performances from the different music groups.

Legislation being considered to prevent future gasoline shortages

By Julio Avila & Mary Luz Alpizer

The Lukoil gas station on Middle Country Road in Centereach, one of the many gas stations closed due to the lack of electricity from Hurricane Sandy.

With a huge loss of electricity, gas stations across the island have been left in the dark after Hurricane Sandy.

People have seen the long lines of cars waiting for a few gallons of fuel at gas stations that were open. Drivers were waiting for countless hours as well as seeing gas stations taped off warning motorists of the depletion of gasoline.

Many of these gas stations were closed due to lack of electricity needed to pump gasoline from underground tanks into cars and small gasoline containers. All this may soon change.

Lawmakers and politicians are calling for legislation to be passed requiring all gas stations to have generators in order for people to buy gas and prevent long delays while on line.

In New York, a proposal was introduced by Sen. David Carlucci from Rockland County while in New Jersey, Assemblymen Ralph Caputo and Joseph Cryan have proposed the same thing. These propositions have resulted due to long lines in front of gas stations and are being modeled after similar legislation passed in 2007 in Florida which now requires all gas stations in the State of Florida to have generators for backup power.

“New York State must have a back-up plan in place when power is lost so that gas station operators, the lifeblood of our energy delivery system, have the capacity to service the millions of commuters on a daily basis,” Said Sen. Carlucci, recognizing Long Island as a commuting community. “We need to face the reality that these 100-year storms are now occurring on a regular basis. This legislation will provide a safeguard to our energy supply and will allow us to double-down our efforts to ensure that when disaster strikes, we can rebound to recovery.”

Under Sen. Carlucci’s proposal, the following would be implemented:

•Each terminal facility and wholesaler which sells motor fuel to be capable of operating its loading racks using an electric generator for a minimum of 72 hours. They would be required to have the generator source power available no later than 24 hours after a major disaster.

•Each newly constructed or substantially renovated motor fuel retail outlet given a certificate of occupancy issued on or after July 1, 2013 that must be capable of operating all fuel pumps, dispensing equipment, life safety systems and payment acceptance equipment using an alternative generated power source.

• Each motor fuel retail outlet, which is located within one half mile to an interstate highway or state/federally designated evacuation route, must be capable of operating all fuel pumps, dispensing equipment, life safety systems and payment acceptance equipment using an alternative generated power source.

•Each motor fuel retail outlet must also have a transfer switch installed by a professional electrical contractor and keep a copy of the documentation of the installation at its site or corporate headquarters. They must also keep a written statement stating that they have done testing and have ensured that the equipment is working.

“It’s frustrating to think that the gasoline crisis hitting our state through power outages could have been avoided, but with this bill, we’ll make sure future power outages don’t push New Jerseyans into long and stressful lines,” said Assemblyman Caputo. “But while we better plan for the future, we also need to be cognizant of the need to help out gas station owners, many of whom are independent small business owners who would be hit hard by such an upgrade. We can do that with low-interest loans and get this done for the benefit of everyone.”

Assemblyman Cryan also agrees, and believes in what this bill offers, “With improved planning, we can make sure we don’t see a repeat of this problem due to power outages. This is a smart and sensible step, but also one that can prove costly to the business people that run these stations, so we can help ease the burden with low-interest loans. This will help consumers and businesses alike, and is the best approach to actually getting this done.”

With the proposal of this legislation come the opinions and research by students. At the college, students shared what they thought over the proposed legislation and voiced what they believed as well.

Out of 100 students surveyed:

  • 87 percent of students were affected by the hurricane while 13 percent of students were not.
  • In terms of days, students waited an average of 3 days after the hurricane to get gasoline. In terms of hours, students waited an average of 3 and- ½ hours in line waiting to get gasoline.
  • When asked whether this bill should be passed, incredibly 99 percent of students agreed that this bill should be passed while one percent was neutral in this decision.
  • When asked if students believe this bill will help prevent the consequences of future blackouts caused by hurricanes which affect the gas supply, 92 percent believed this would help prevent this dilemma while 8 percent believed this will not help prevent this situation in the future should another severe hurricane were to strike.
  • When asked how effective students think the result would be, 74 percent of students believe the result of the proposition would be somewhat effective, 16 percent believe the results would be very effective while 10 percent believed the results would not be very effective.

Students have also shared potential suggestions in what they believe could help prevent another future gas crisis. “The problem with this bill is that gas stations would need to tap into their existing gas supply to run their generators just to pump gas. (It) might buy time until their next delivery.” said Ruben Cruz.

Another student believes that gas stations should have been prepared stating, “”I think they should be more advanced in dealing with these type of problems, i think gas stations should have trucks that deliver their gas the day before the storms. Generators would be a great idea.” said Katherine Kenny.

One student had a straight forward answer stating people should, “ride a f***ing bike”, said Jennifer Carbone.

One idea that was repeated a few times were to implement license plate verification in which if the last number on your license plate was an even number, you would get gas on even numbered days only, and if the last number on your license plate was odd, you would get gas on odd numbered days.

This idea has been implemented by Governor Cuomo. It has been reported the lines and wait times have decreased, one positive step towards making sure current mistakes do not get repeated.

Student recalls day he ‘saved the water!’

By Heshie Mortensen

Ask Miss Mary Sullivan.  “It’s all true,” she would say.  On Thursday, Nov. 1, at about 10:20 a.m., I sat at my bedroom desk doing some English 174 reading.  With no electrical power it was the only room available with windows large enough to let in sufficient sunlight in order to be able to read without “artificial” light.  At about 4 p.m., on the previous Monday “Sandy” had rudely interrupted my electricity.  It remained off continuously from that time.  The only saving grace to having no heat, lights, computer or radio/television, was that for reasons unknown to me water was still, happily, flowing through the water pipes.  Although there was no “hot” water, with some practice one could still wash hands, face, take a birdbath, have a drink, wash dishes, pots and pans, and brush teeth, (all with cold water, of course).  What more could a man yearn for in a closely honed, civilized society?  Ah hah, reverie ruination, here I come, “I could almost smell its powerful aroma stealthily approaching my front door.”

            Suddenly, ponderously, eerily, “… there came a rapping as of someone gently tapping, tapping at my…” front door.  The young man standing there in a chartreuse hoodie announced to me, “Suffolk County Water Authority.  We’re here to tell you your water will be shut off in about 15 minutes, for several hours.”  I could not believe what I had heard. “What,” I mused!  “You’re standing there alone, so how could you say, “’We?’”   Recognizing he was merely the messenger, I proceeded to espouse my opinion as to how asinine I believed the entire conduct to be, and asked him to please advise his superiors as to my responsive commentary.  “I will,” he said as he turned and abruptly departed.

            An immediate phone call was placed to the office of my local Suffolk County Legislator, Rob Calarco, “District Seven,” at which time the woman who answered the telephone, “Sarah,” advised that he, (Calarco) was unavailable to come to the telephone.  When I explained my plight, she heartily endorsed the Water Authority’s position.  Her reasoning was clear and unambiguous, “…if I have to be without electricity and water, why should anyone else be allowed the convenience of water?”  Let, “SCWA do its thing,” she heartlessly intoned, as she hung up the phone, almost certainly ignoring my plea to have Mr.  Calarco call back at his earliest convenience.  Now, some seven or eight days later, I fruitlessly still await his return call.  Thank you for nothing, Mr. Legislator.

            Next I placed a call to the SCWA.  There, “Theoni,” answered the phone.  She, too, appeared oblivious to my plight.  When I asked for the name of the “Commissioner,” she refused to provide it, even after repeated requests for same.  I guess it must be a “County” secret.  After much delay, she transferred me to “Miss Mary Sullivan.”  While waiting for Mary to answer, I thought to myself, “probably an alias.”  When, “Miss Mary Sullivan,” answered the phone, she immediately placed me on hold.  “Here we go again,” thought this caller.  After very few “seconds” she returned to my call, and patiently listened to my spewed anger, hostility, and distaste.  She remained cool, calm, and attentive.  Saying she understood my consternation, she continued, “give me your phone number, let me make a few calls and I’ll call you right back.”  The response to her was extremely terse, “exactly how long is ‘right back?’”  She responded, probably less than thirty minutes.  Once again, the voices in my head spoke to me, loud and clear, “more public service b.s., I’ll never hear from you again.”  After about thirty-five minutes had passed, conviction set in.  There would be no callback, except maybe for an angry one from me to her. 

             The soul from  within jumped from fright when the telephone ring screeched out loud, breaching the silence and solitude of a home without electrical power, power necessary to produce typical sound blasting.  It had startled me back to reality.  Most telephone land-lines had been out of service since the storm, (“super Sandy”), had approached.  Mine had come back, early on, shortly after “Sandy’s” departure.  To my amazement a pleasant voiced woman said, “Mr. Mortensen, this is Miss Mary Sullivan.  I have good news for you.”  Continuing, she had spoken to her boss, Mr. Herman Miller, Deputy C.E.O. of the SCWA.  He had agreed with me. No one needs more unnecessary burden added to their discomfort in these very trying times.  “No water will be turned off until the storm problems are over, including yours.  Mr. Mortensen, it’s the day you saved the water.” 

            Initially, I only experienced confusion and shock.  Had I heard her right?  Was this a fantasy, a hallucination, had I overdosed on my morning aspirin?  “No.  You heard it right,” she stated.  Ecstatic, I thanked her profusely.  But no one knew about her efforts except me, she, and but a few other SCWA employees.  To rectify that lack of awareness, let’s tell the world, I thought.  Along with a copy of this press notice to her boss, Deputy CEO, Mr. Herman Miller, and his boss, Mr. James Gaughran, Water Authority Chairman, and, as well, to anyone who read this article, should it be published she would be praised, hopefully admired, and definitely cherished by at least this one thirsty consumer.

            Thereby, let the masses learn of the “miracle” on Union Avenue.  There are far too few people like Miss Mary Sullivan, of the SCWA, who know how to restore reality to a whacked-out, topsy-turvy world.  Thank you, Miss Mary Sullivan, and all the other public-service employees just like you who might be out there, just waiting to convert a space-cadet fantasy into reality.  Shouldn’t we all have at least one of them to call our very own?  Thank you, Miss Mary Sullivan.  I came to you at a time of critical need and you produced remarkably well.  You “done good” by this hapless LIPA victim!

New Anti-Bullying Policy Designed to Protect Students, Faculty

By Alyson Feis

The college seems to be taking a step in the right direction when it comes to the nation wide issue of bullying. In recent years various individuals and organizations have shed light on the issue, hoping to decrease the acts of bullying and ultimately end bullying all together.

As of Aug. 21 the college Board of Trustees established a new Anti-Bullying Policy.  The policy will help ensure that the college continues to maintain a student/faculty body that respects the welfare of each other.

The policy explains what bullying is, who can be effected, and what to do if you are being bullied by another student, or faculty member.

Bullying can be defined as an aggressive or hostile act conducted by an individual or group of individuals with the intension to humiliate, mentally/physically injure, intimidate and/or control another individual or group of individuals.

I don’t believe the development of a college policy will help prevent bullying from occurring on campus, however, I do believe having the Anti-Bullying Policy is important.

Bullying is a behavior, and like any other behavior, bullying is learned. People who engage in bullying may, or may not realize they could cause serious distress to the person they are victimizing. Likewise, victims of bullying may not understand why they have become a victim.

By the time students reach the college level they should have gained exposure to multiple anti-bullying campaigns at various times throughout their lives.

I think that bullying is less likely to occur at a commuter school, and therefore I don’t think bullying on campus is wide spread.

Whether bullying is frequently occurring on campus or not, the development of the Anti-Bullying Policy is definitely beneficial to students and staff members who may feel victimized.

I don’t know if the new policy will cause any dramatic changes on campus, however, students can take comfort in knowing they attend a college that values the well being of both students and faculty.

“The Foreigner” Stage Performance

By Julio Avila        

        A live performance of “The Foreigner” will be taking place at the college throughout mid-November. It is a play about two British men, who come a long, long way from home to a remote fishing village in Georgia.

 

At this point, with the mention of British men coming to America, the phrase “long, long way from home”, and the title in itself, you may be thinking about the band “Foreigner”. Sadly, it is not they who will be performing. Do not confuse the name of the band with the play that is actually called “The Foreigner”.

 

 

“The Foreigner” is a comedic play performed in two acts and is written by Larry Shueand and is a play about a British demolition expert name Staff Sergeant Froggy LeSueur and his friend Charlie Baker who is also British but is going through a state of depression because of his wife’s frail state and his case of shyness around people approaching him trying to engage in conversation with him. He refuses to utter one word to these strangers, hence why he is referred to as a foreigner due to LaSueur creating the excuse because of his nearly non-existant willingness to want to talk.

 
This play made its debut in January, 1983 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and would be produced in the Astor Place Theater the following year in New York City where it would keep playing even after Shue’s death in 1985. The play has been a success in that it went on to win two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards in the categories of Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production

 
For those who want to enjoy a performance involving comedy, drama, and struggles, this is the play to watch. Performances for this play are Nov 14, 15, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8:00 p.m. and Nov 18 and 25 at 2:00 p.m in the Shea Theater adjacent to the Islip Arts Building.

 
Tickets are on sale at no cost to students (General Admission: $12, non-Suffolk students, children, and seniors: $11.00). Students can purchase tickets on the schools online box office website: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=68cfaee0b4f0d8e2b07ea1b0e9d4437f&t=tix

Students Choose Sides in Console Wars

by Kevin Pannhurst

Video games used to be a hobby enjoyed by very few, but these days it has become a mainstream hobby. With so many gamers around, companies have a much larger audience to sell their consoles and games to. Several people disagree on others opinions regarding which console to buy. This is called a console war; as each side tries to prove it is the best.

Today, the console war is between Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Sony’s PlayStation 3, and Nintendo’s Wii. Everyone has their own favorite console, and as time goes on more memories of playing games are made.

Suffolk Student and Psychology Major Marc Astacio commented on his favorite console, “Some may disagree with me, but my favorite system of all time was the N-gage. It was a fantastic handheld with really great games, but didn’t get much support.”

After some discussion, Astacio had told me his favorite game for the N-gage was SonicN, “One of my favorite sonic games, nothing really tops it except for the classic sonic games.”

It really was an amazing handheld, though Nokia had made the mistake of releasing it during the reign of the Gameboy Advance. Not only was Nintendo in control of the handheld industry, but the N-gage cost twice as much as the superior Gameboy Advance.

I had asked Suffolk Student Roberta Feder of her favorite game, and I received an interesting response; “The first Spyro the Dragon game on the PlayStation 1.”

Spyro the Dragon is an action Plat former where you must save the world of the dragons from impending evil. This game was very innovative and had some things that I hadn’t seen before.

“I must have played through that game like, forty times, no joke. That was back when you would try to do things in games like only using the ram attack throughout an entire level just to see if you could do it, not for a bing and 10 achievement points. I miss that.” Feder went on to say.

The good old days, before your “gamer score” told how good of a gamer you are, rather than saving your data. Not many people played through games not only because they were much longer than today’s 6 hour games, but because they were harder to complete. One could say they actually offered a bit of challenge.

Another student, Steve from the Selden Campus, had a discussion with me on consoles; “The Super Nintendo was hands down my favorite console of all time. It had so many great games I couldn’t get enough…. Most of my childhood was spent playing games like Zelda, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Super Mario World; the list goes on and on.”

Many people played all of these games, which have really paved the way for the future. whenever a group of people are talking online about The Legend of Zelda series, everyone always says A Link to the Past was their favorite; A real boost for the Super Nintendo.

Back in the days of the Super Nintendo, Sega had put out an advertisement saying “Genesis does what Nintendon’t.” This was a real blow to Nintendo, saying the Genesis was a better gaming console. However, most people I knew had Super Nintendo’s and only one person had a Sega Genesis.

Personally, my favorite console was the Nintendo 64, I see it as a real golden age for platformers.

One of my favorite games of all time had made its first appearance on the 64, Banjo Kazooie. This game was very humorous, had some great controls and the fact that the antagonist provoked you the entire way was great. The Nintendo 64 was created when creativity was thriving; games were enormous and had such diversity in each level. In Super Mario 64, there were levels with several goals; such as defeating the evil Big Bob-omb King, racing a turtle to the mountain summit, and diving into the ocean depths to a sunken ship.

While I was interviewing people I was expecting some current gen console war’s with the PS3 vs. Xbox 360. I was glad to find out gamers look to the past with fond memories of a lot of great consoles, and games. Gaming is a huge industry pushing forward, making improvements, and becoming better than ever.

Craziness Of Black Friday

By Julia Catalano

The Smith Haven Mall is a close and convenient shopping destination for many Ammerman Campus students. At this mall, many retailers have been preparing for what is known as the biggest shopping day of the year. November 23, also known as “Black Friday” is traditionally the start of shopping for the holiday season.

On this day, most major retailers open extremely early, often at 4 a.m., or earlier, and offer promotional sales to kick off the shopping season. Black Friday is not actually a holiday, but some non-retail employers give their employees the day off, increasing the number of potential shoppers. It has routinely been the busiest day at shopping malls, outlets, and other big retailers.

For some stores, the preparation for Black Friday begins November 24, the year before. Black Friday is what they look forward to and prepare for all year round. This day of the year is so important for some companies because it is the day the store makes the most money and gathers the most people in the entire year.

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“Black Friday is crazy here at Victoria’s Secret. We open at 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving night and we have over 150 employees on staff. The line starts outside the store and customers look like they’re about to run a marathon the way they stand outside the gates. Our company provides us with six hundred dollars to fund the store with food, refreshments, and whatever else it is we need for our associates to stay safe and alert throughout the night and day. We make a day plan to ensure everything will run as smoothly as possible. Typically, our store brings in more than double our average Saturday profit (Saturday is the busiest day of the week) and this year we hope to make even more. We prepare our associates for this day all year round with special training and discussion of how to sufficiently help customers while maintaining a clean store that the customers expect in times of chaos. I’m excited for Black Friday this year I think this is going to be a great one, definitely some awesome sales and free giveaways for the customers who do come shop,” said Tara Murphy, store manager at Victoria’s Secret, Smith Haven Mall.

It’s not only the associates at Victoria’s Secret who are prepared for this day of the year, security guards take precautions as well when preparing for the busiest day in the mall.

“Well, Black Friday can become dangerous and it has been dangerous in the past. For us, we think of it as a regular workday, it is just much more chaotic. You never know what you’re going to get on the job. Angry customers, impatient people can become violent, some people could get claustrophobic or even heat exhaustion, and of course we come across those who steal, so it’s important for us as security to be prepared for whatever may or may not happen this year,” said Martin DeTillio, security guard at Smith Haven Mall.

Black Friday is so popular around the United States that some people do consider it a holiday, or at least a day to remember.

“I remember hearing about a person getting trampled at Walmart for Black Friday. That’s just crazy, I feel like people need to chill out. If I didn’t work at the mall I would stay inside. I don’t believe there’s any sale worth the crazy people and long lines, and definelty not worth getting trampled. I’m honestly a little nervous to work Black Friday this year because this is my first Black Friday working at Macy’s. We’ve had a lot of discussion of what it will be like and the biggest sale is when we first open so I’m expecting that is when it will be most crowded,” said Celeste Levy, sales associate at Macy’s, Smith Haven Mall.

The Smith Haven Mall officially opens at midnight on Black Friday, while some doors will be open for shoppers to get an early start. Some stores located in the mall will be open as early as 10 p.m., and while this will indeed be a day of craziness and an overload of people, you have been warned. Black Friday could save you hundreds of dollars but staying home could also save you from hundreds of headaches, which will you chose?

Gas Station Issues Arise after Sandy’s Wrath

By Ally Lashley

Gas Liners waiting for blocks to deliever gas on Union Ave in Holbrook

Hurricane Sandy has left thousands of people on Long Island cold, powerless, and now without gasoline for their car tanks. This storm alone has devastated the island in many towns with floods, down trees, and electricity gone for more than a week.

The gasoline shortage is adding to the already major problems Long Islanders have to go through resulting from Sandy. Drivers must wait hours to retrieve gas for their cars, when usually this process lasts no more than 5 minutes; people are beginning to feel afraid without any gas for their cars.

Considering the crazed gas station lines, what are Suffolk students doing to prepare themselves for the new arising problem? Journalism major at the Selden Campus, Mike Monti has witnessed first-hand the outrageous lines of cars waiting for gas to fill their tanks. “I waited two and a half hours online for gas the other day, and it took me an hour to move from the spot I first started at.”

Waiting for gas can be a huge burden on Selden Campus students, especially when commuting from further towns. Monti goes on to add how ridiculous the lines for gas around his neighborhood are, “My friend lives five houses up from mine and it took him 45 minutes to drive up to my house, which is a 20 second walk.”

All types of cars are waiting online for gas, from hearses to school buses, but with only regular gas available it may be harder to find more expensive types of gasoline for luxury vehicles. It shouldn’t be hard to find a gas station with the correct type of gas, but this inconvenience is what frightens long islanders. People are panicking because of these conditions, and students have to experience this madness, due to a hurricane, for the first times in their lives.

Art Major Maggie Brown is feeling calm when it comes to waiting online for gasoline for her car. “If you are feeling anxious about the lines, you can take your car to the gas stations at 3 A.M. when there is no one online. I only waited five minutes online for gas when I went at that time, and the gas station was nearly empty.”

Students feeling nervous about waiting on the long lines for gas should take Brown’s advice. Waking up early may be a hassle, but waking early is better than waiting online for hours to fill your tank.  If getting gas in the daylight is what you have to do, be aware of your surroundings and be careful.

Selden Campus Student Alicia Page has to commute from Holbrook to the campus, and witness plenty of cars online for gas on her way to the college. “People are pushing their cars because they ran out of gas online, and the lines go on for miles and miles.”

This panic over gasoline will sure run its course, but students have to remain positive and rational. The end of the world is not coming, and we will all survive through this gasoline shortage.

Liberal Arts Major Nicholas Maida realizes this panic is nonsense, and spreads his insight with me on the gasoline issues. “The media has put everyone into a panic over gas. If everyone just continued their routines normally, and didn’t wait on lines to stockpile gas there would never have been a problem.”

Maida has the most logical answer when it comes to this gas craze. People need to calm down, and take a deep breath. The gas tankers will make their routes, and come to your town.  Patience is what all these humans waiting online for gas need to do, before they park their car and decide to wait online for hours.

Criminal Justice Major Shannon Malone is also another intelligent student who sees the light through all this gasoline madness. “I think that the reason there is so many lines is because people are panicking and getting gas when they normally wouldn’t. But some lines aren’t that bad, I only waited for 25mins the other day!”

If people stay calm, and begin to continue their regular routines, the gas lines are sure to lose momentum. Stray away from gas stations illegally charging more than $3.99 for regular gasoline, any station charging more needs to be reported. People won’t have to hold their breath for any longer, the tankers are soon on their way.

CAB Hosts College Trip to NYC: Wicked on Broadway


On Thursday, November 15th the Campus Activities Board (CAB) will host a sponsored trip to The Big Apple to see the spectacular Broadway show, “Wicked”.  Based on the classic story “The Wizard of OZ”, this musical adds a creative twist to the story basing it on the life and times of the movie’s supporting character, The Wicked Witch of the West.

Tickets are still on sale and can be purchased with a valid SCCC ID, $35 for full-time students and $40 for those who are part-time.

Transportation will be provided and a bus will be leaving parking lot number 7 of the Ammerman Campus in Selden at 4pm sharp.

For more information on this event, contact campus activities at 631-451-4376.