Monthly Archives: April, 2013

Dealing With Stink Bugs

By Adam Winfield

Small brown insects have migrated north to Long Island. They are named Maromated stink bugs because when they are alarmed or disturbed or threatened, they let off a foul odor. These bugs eat plants such as fruits and vegetables and they have been destroying agricultural crops. Stink bugs are also looking for a place to live and this can cause problems as they enter into student’s households.
Students were asked what they thought of these smelly brown invaders. “I have never heard of Maromated stink bugs said Claire Poitvien a Liberal Arts student at the Ammerman campus. Even more surprising was that these stink bugs were coming in large numbers. “I didn’t know there was an invasion of these bugs, that’s crazy.” said Peter Carroll a Liberal Arts student at the Ammerman campus. A prominent question asked is if they are dangerous. No they are not. This biochemical reaction is not as it is designed to keep predators away. The smell permeates through a large area causing one to want to leave the room.
How can one keep out stink bugs from their household? To keep them out you should seal up every possible opening. The same things that you would do to weatherize your house will keep stink bugs out. Yes, this is a time-consuming, difficult, and expensive process. But physically sealing out stink bugs is the most effective way to keep them out, especially once they’ve discovered your house.

The worst mistake a person can make is squashing a stink bug. They will release their odor when provoked and you will not be a happy camper. The best way to kill individual stink bugs is cheap and easy. Get a jar and fill it about halfway with water, and mix some dish soap into it, like Dawn. Flick the stink bugs into your jar with a sheet of paper or a paper towel. Stink bugs don’t like water, and the dish soap helps penetrate their armor. The soapy water is a surfactant which reduces the surface tension of their membranes so the water can penetrate their bodies. You’ll see them die after a few minutes of struggling, and they won’t leave their lingering stink. You can put the soapy water in the bottom of the vacuum bucket. When you suck them in, they’ll plummet into the water and die.
How can the stench be removed from the surfaces that the stink bug was in contact with? In order to get rid of the stench Orange juice or lemon juice should be used. The citric acid helps to remove the smell from the surface, leaving the surface smelling as it did before the incident.

It is very easy to get rid of stink bugs by using a vacuum cleaner. Dead stink bugs leave a residue inside your vacuum cleaner, which can stink up your home. Once you suck them up, their smell clings to engine parts, and any vacuum attachments you used. A small, handheld vacuum might be best, and empty the bag as soon as possible once you’re done. Put the vacuum bag in a thick plastic bag and tie it tightly before throwing it out as far as possible from your house. Then spray some air freshener or deodorizer into the vacuum while it’s running.

Even though it would be better to keep your windows closed, if you have them open and see stink bugs outside on the screen, put the soapy water solution into a spray bottle and spray the underside of their bellies. It won’t be enough to kill them, but it’ll send them flying off of your screen. If stink bugs gather on the side of your house, you can hose them off with water, or attach a hose sprayer full of the soapy water solution. Spraying them will send them flying and drop a lot of them to the ground, but this method is only effective if you plan to scoop up the fallen bugs into your soap bucket, or vacuum them up with a wet-dry shop vac.

While stink bugs can be a hassle, one should not worry about them. Simply following these steps and accepting that nature sometimes stinks will make for an easier time when dealing with tis invasion. If one does have a very large amount of these bugs one should contact their local exterminator. “I will certainly be more aware of stink bugs” said Bryan J. Magnam a Liberal Arts student at the Ammerman Campus.

Advantages of taking summer classes

By Eddie Valdez

If you have some free time during the summer and feel like you need to fill it with something productive then maybe you might consider taking summer classes.

While the college offers classes during the fall and spring semesters, students also have the option of signing up for classes in the summer. While some might not like to give up any time in their summer to continue taking classes and doing school work one can find many advantages in signing up for them. Some students might sign up for summer classes because they had failed a required course and needed to take it again or if they just want to improve their overall GPA. Taking these classes during the summer term allows one to retake the class in a shorter period of time to try and replace the failing grade while avoiding having to take on a heavy schedule during the fall or spring semester. Another advantage to taking summer classes is the ability to accelerate one’s path to graduation and earn one’s degree in less time than one normally would. “Summer classes helped me get closer to graduation and start transferring to the school I planned to go to” said Kimberly Valdez-Soto, a current student at the college who is scheduled to graduate at the end of this spring semester. Also, with the ever growing population at the college, the fight to get the best classes available during the spring and fall semesters can be a difficult one. Taking these classes during the summer term allows students to sign up without as much competition. While taking summer classes can be advantageous to students at the college, they can also be just as useful to students from other universities who come home for the summer. They have the ability to take classes and earn credits from the college that can transfer over to the college or university they attend.

Now if a student is considering taking summer classes after weighing the advantages and disadvantages, the next concern is about the amount of money needed to pay for taking the classes. “I was thinking of taking summer classes but I am not so sure because I don’t have the money to pay for them” said Jacob Turnil, a student at the college who is currently considering whether or not to take summer classes. Money is a reasonable concern when it comes to college and is always a factor when a student considers the classes they are taking. If one has any financial problems, students have a couple of options available to them in order to lighten the load. As with the fall and spring semesters, eligible students are able to apply for federal financial aid that can help them pay the bill or even completely cover their tuition. Scholarships are also available for students in order to help them pay that can be easily found through a handy scholarship search engine on the college’s website and through booklets that can be found in the Ammerman Building.

So if you find yourself with some extra time during the summer and want to further your education while earning valuable credits towards your degree, consider taking a couple of summer classes. While not every single class that is usually available during the spring and fall semesters are available to take during the summer term, students have a handful of classes that are available and count towards a variety of degrees and programs. If a student has any financial difficulties there are plenty of ways to get the help you need and there are many knowledgeable people who can answer any questions one may have over at the financial aid office in the Ammerman Building. Also, if you is worried that you might lose your whole summer while taking summer classes or if you have any scheduling problems there are three different sessions during the summer course that you can take advantage of to fit your scheduling needs. The summer term is spread over three sessions with a five and eight week session that starts on May 29 and another five week session that starts on July 5. If one is interested in applying for the summer term or has any other questions then head over to the college’s website or visit the Ammerman Building. Summer classes are available at every campus at the college and are available to current students and students who are attending classes at other institutions.

Ammerman Campus Veterans Plaza Polluted by Cigarettes

By Vin Olsen
The Ammerman campus quad is the nicest place to hang out with friends before or after class, you may notice the collecting dirty cigarette butts lying on the ground.
After a couple of minutes of walking around the quad you will see the thousands of dirty cigarette butts laying around the walkway, the piles of them collecting are a sore to the eye and makes the cement walkways look horrible. The quad is one of the nicest spots on campus and it is being tarnished by the hundreds of smokers who throw cigarettes to the side of the walkway when they are done smoking. No one wants to be sitting down waiting for class to start next to a huge pile of cigarettes, it really is disgusting and it would be nice if smokers were to clean up their act and use the ash trays located outside each of the buildings
Many of the students around the campus feel the same way about the thousands of disgusting cigarette butts laying around, sometimes you can literally look at some ones face and see the disgust in their eyes when they look at all the cigarettes outside each door way or throughout the walkways. When walking it is literally impossible to miss stepping on a cigarette but. Lot of students at the Ammerman campus wouldn’t mind this problem being fixed “Its gross that seems to be a problem at a lot of places but especially on this campus.” Said Daniel Sellick from Oakdale New York “When I was in California this problem was not as bad.” This problem may be going on at other places other than just the school but It will be easier to stop on a campus than to do on the streets.
The cigarettes on the walkways aren’t going anywhere they do not get cleaned up after they are thrown onto the ground they stay there for a long time. These cigarettes are just going to continue to keep collecting over time and it is going to get even more disgusting the quad should be a nice clean place for students to hang out and not have to be surrounded by pollution covering the walkways. A student from the Ammerman campus said “I skateboard around the quad all the time when going to classes and you can a even feel your wheels going over the cigarettes on the ground there all over the place, it’s disgusting and something I can really do without.” Says Tom Hengee from Lindenhurst New York. These cigarettes left everywhere is effecting everyone who walks around the campus not just the none smokers. Even as a smoker it is not a nice thing to see cigarettes around every corner of the campus.
Although the school does have ash trays located outside the door of each building there should defiantly be more. Most of the time when students are smoking they are walking throughout the quad and you will not see one ash tray in the middle of the quad. Ash trays in the walk ways connecting each of the buildings where student go to class would clean this campus up a lot. Security officers should enforce this by giving a littering ticket for throwing cigarettes on the ground, smokers should be forced to use the ash trays so this campus can stay clean. Since this campus is a controlled area it should not be too hard to enforce a littering rule against throwing cigarettes onto the ground by security. If students know that they are going to get a ticket if they mindlessly toss their smoke on the ground they will think twice and use an ash tray. As a smoker a fine for any amount of money would make me always make sure to dispose of the cigarette properly. If teachers and security officers enforced smoking in proper areas this problem would shrink.
Cigarettes Around the Ammerman Quad is not a nice sight for anyone, the quad is a place where students should be able to relax and enjoy a beautiful day and not be disgusted by cigarette butts laying around all around them. Even if we can’t stop people from smoking it is still possible to stop this problem. Many things can be done that are not being done that can really make this problem pretty much vanish. It would be great to see this campus be as clean and beautiful as it possibly can with the help of security enforcing rules this can become a reality.

2nd Years Prepare To Move On

By Nancy Azcona

           As the Spring semester comes to a halt, several Radio and Television (RTV) students are ready to move on to bigger and greater things.

The RTV students are graduating this upcoming May and are ready to move on with what they have learned. Most of our graduating students will be attending SUNY Oswego in the Fall of 2013. Others will be attending Brooklyn College. “I always planned to get my bachelors degree, but the program gave me more skills and confidence so I guess you can say it made my desire stronger” said Elissa Wallen, sophomore at Ammerman, when asked how the RTV program prepared her to move on. Students like Eric Ortiz will begin their first year ever away from home. “I’m just excited to start their program up there. It’s a new experience you know. It’s exciting.” Eric Ortiz, sophomore at Ammerman, exclaims about going to Oswego.

The RTV program has a joint admission program with each college. This gives a chance to each student when applying to Oswego or Brooklyn. Students can take all their liberal arts courses and classes that are required for those colleges here as well. This helps these graduating students with multiple aspects of transferring to another college. One of these aspects being money, credits are not cheap, even for a community college. A summer internship course from the RTV program is four credits and costs around 800 dollars. So students are able to save tons of money by talking courses here first, then having them all transfer to one of the two schools. “The reason I didn’t go to the other college I was accepted into was because they cost about 20 grand a year. I don’t know about you but I just don’t have the money to do that. Not even with scholarships. Suffolk is not the greatest but I am getting an education, which is what matters” Mary Hughes, freshmen at Ammerman, said. So with that being the case, people come here to get their start. As Hughes and many others say, Suffolk may not be the best, but it is a great way to start if you don’t have the money to spend; and the people that are in the RTV program say you get your bang for your buck.


The RTV program includes film classes, but focuses more on TV production. Al Bernstein, main professor of the RTV program, has been helping and training these students for the past two years, and they feel that everything they have learned will benefit them in the future. While your two years here you take several film/video editing classes, two TV production classes, radio production, and your choice of an internship class or advanced radio class. With this program you are able to gain connections with Al Bernstein that can lead to jobs and internships. Bernstein is connected with several programs, some of them being MSG Varsity, Cable Vision, and NBC. Many students feel that their future is secure due to what they have experienced. “So far with the internship I just got and the friends that I have made so far (alumni of the program) already doing well makes me very optimistic about my future. I have so much more confidence now than I ever had before. Hands on and being thrown into the lions is the best experience” Jessica Elena Chavarria, sophomore at Ammerman, shared. 

The fantastic thing about this program is that many students go in with the mindset of making movies. What they don’t realize is that there is a broader spectrum of jobs available to them. A student realized this through out his time here “It got me exposed to new types of jobs I didn’t know about in the industry that I would love to be” Anthony Varone, sophomore at Ammerman, said. The jobs that they are introduced to in this program are floor manager, assistant director, technical director, and graphics; graphics being one of the biggest growing jobs in this industry. Now that these graduating students start the “beginning to their end” they are confident to succeed and to be the best out of everyone they meet. “I’m more than ready to move on and tackle the next two years possibly four actually” Chavarria said. Wallen was also ready to take this challenge “Yes! No question about it. Confidence is through the roof!”.

Everyone in the RTV program are excited to see where this road takes these graduates, and excited for them selves as they see their time to graduate slowly approaching.

Parking renovation plans

By Sarah Casey-Auld
The ongoing issue of parking has baffled students on the Ammerman campus. Through persistent questioning and endless researching the many questions that hover the subject of parking has been found.
It is to nobody’s surprise that many students receive unwanted tickets every semester due to inconvenient parking spaces. Before speaking with the Director of Fire and Public Safety Baycan Fideli, it was assumed through an educated summarization of previous information that there has been $57,000 unaccounted for since January received by student parking tickets. “On average, approximately 4,000 tickets are issued during the fall or spring semesters” stated Fideli. Combining this new information with previously gained information that claims tickets run from “one-hundred to one-hundred and twenty-five dollars”, said Captain Tracy from the Public Safeties office. It is easy to see that there is around $460,000 collected from student parking violations alone. The overall sum of money that is collected from students has been acquired yet the question of where it goes is still up in the air. The honesty about the amount of tickets issued during the fall or spring semester from Fidel was refreshing although he did not directly state that the student ticket money was going towards improving parking.
The information gained by Fideli was an accomplishment because he continued on in an e-mail. In the e-mail Fideli goes on to express future plans for renovating the parking at the Ammerman campus.”Funding for the project construction phase has been included in …Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2013-2014 Executive budget” said Fideli. The total cost of the 2013-2014 summer renovations is approximately three point two million. Although this statement does not directly address the question as to what student parking ticket money is being funded towards it does lead into the fact that there is hope to fixing the parking situation. The funding from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Budget will cover “[reconfiguration] and expand existing parking fields to increase capacity and improve vehicular and pedestrian traffic flow…[and] the cost of grading, drainage, lighting, curbing, asphalt and striping” said Fideli while explaining the goals for the 2013-2014 renovation plans. The renovations proposed are assumed to add around 500 more parking spaces increasing the total over thirteen percent. These renovations are supposed to decrease uneasy parking situations such as dead ends, tight maneuvering and improve sight distances. If “funding remains allocate” as stated by Fideli, renovations will progress as planned.
With this newfound information, students commented on how they would change parking if they had the chance. Throughout the campus students believe that many positive changes can be made to decrease accidents. Christine Scherger is a freshman at the college and had some ideas of her own to share. “I get here 15 minutes early just to find a spot before class so I don’t have to walk too far and whenever I’m pulling out of the lot by the South Hampton building I think I’m going to get hit” stated Scherger when inquired about the colleges parking and driving situation. While renovating it would be wise to not make the bends as sharp. Whenever students are pulling out it is difficult to see and although the speed limit is 15 miles per hour, yet no one obeys the speed limit and students fly around the sharp corners without hesitation. Besides the dangerous bends within the campus, another concern of students is hit and runs. Joe Zerelli witnessed actually the opposite. Joe was waiting in his car for his next class when he saw a woman hit a parked car. The woman proceeded to write a note claiming it was someone else with a description different to her own car, and remained parked next to the hit car and went to class. This type of behavior should not be tolerated and the only way to prevent such acts of deceit would be to put cameras in the parking lots. Through student perspectives new ideas can be formed to accommodate the majority. Scherger, and Zerelli have two valid points concerning parking, whether or not these problems will be fixed is unknown.
The students should be able to participate in their college activities, especially ones that greatly influence them. A portion of the three point two million should go to fixing problems that the students feel occur most frequently. Secondly the fact that the question of where the student parking tickets has not gone unnoticed, yet the e-mail was a step forward due to the amount of information received by Fideli. The renovations to come will undoubtedly increase parking space and other minor and major issues associated with parking.

Campus Community excitment for Tartuffe

By Glen Conway

Tartuffe raising community college spirit and unity.

The play Tartuffe will open on Thursday April 18 at eight at night. The show will continue to run through Sunday 28. It is a play performed by students for the students. Tickets are free to students if you show your student ID card at the ticket window before the show. As the price of the ticket as well as many other costs are included in the student activity fee charged by the college. Additional information about tickets and availability can be found out either at the ticket office in Ammerman’s Shea Theater located within the Islip Arts building or by calling their phone number at 631-451-4163.While the play is free for students it will cost faculty and staff $11. Additional student tickets cost $10. For any other person wishing to see the play should call the box office.
The play is a French classic with many different variations and spins. The theater department is putting their own little spin on the play to make it that much more enjoyable. Tartuffe means “imposter” in French giving the play a comedic yet serious spin to it. After speaking with a few of the actors in the play for the previous article I learned how seriously they are taking the play and how proud they are of it. A lot of excitement can be seen throughout the cast. “It is going to be an awesome play but no I am not expecting it to sell out” said Danny Bua a theater major and one of the stars of the show. He also commented on how excited he is to perform the play in front of a live audience.
A play is something that can bring everyone together. On a community college campus events like these are rare since most students commute. Professor Eriksson of the English department is even going as far to offer extra credit to those who attend the play. He has been pushing for students to go see the play since the beginning of the semester. “The play brings a sense of community to Suffolk and a play acted by students is something that can bring everyone together” said Eriksson during one of his magical realism classes. He further pushed to say how important it is to bring a sense of unity to the campus. Eriksson also expressed his concern for students lack of attention to events going on around the Ammerman campus. As well as his concern about students lack of interest in various campus activities. Eriksson feels students watching a play put on by students is vital to their growth in culture.
After his announcement about the play there was a flurry of students asking all about the play. “Where is the play?” and “Does it cost me anything?” were common questions asked in the classroom. Students across the room muttered about not even hearing about the play or not knowing it was free to the student body. One of the girls even went as far to say that she didn’t know Ammerman campus had a theater in the Islip Arts building or a theater department at all. However after the professor mentioned extra credit the majority of the class said they would attend the play. “I was planning on going anyway but for extra credit I will definitely go” said one of the girls in the class.
However not all students were as enthusiastic. “Personally, I have to work and I have to come to school at early hours.” said Ariel Ransom, an aspiring fashion writer. She further explained how due to her job she has limited free time and does not want to spend it back on campus. “I’m always busy. But when I do have time I like to relax off campus” said Ransom. Which is understandable considering many students work as well as go to school. After giggling she said how the play was a nice idea but she just doesn’t have the time for it. Not everyone wants to come back after a long day at work to go see a school play. Yet she also commented on how a school play is a nice idea. As well as how a free play is good for the community.
The play opens tomorrow on Thursday, April 17. The play will be running for two weeks. If you want to reserve a spot its best to do it at least one day in advance. Each student gets a free ticket for themselves.

Suffolk Atheletics Influenced by Rutgers Abuse Scandal

By Jonathan Delafuente

Rutgers Basketball Program latest allegations affect all NCAA athletics programs even at the Junior College Level.

Recent firing of Head Coach Mike Rice resignations of the Athletic Director Tim Pernetti and other members of the Basketball coaching staff has even the Suffolk Athletic Board in high alert on spotting aggressive and violent coaching techniques. Throughout the NCAA, all programs are now award of what is expected and what is tolerated in closed door practices. Student athletes must be treated like humans instead of performance artist.

On April 2, videos of Rutgers basketball practice show Coach Rice and assistant coaches violently pushing and throwing basketballs at the players. Homosexual slurs were also screamed by the coaches towards and targeting the players. Foul language intended to be motivational for the players; increasing the intensity of practice and they play in regular season games. Pernetti previously has suspended Rice for abusive actions against his players. He was suspended for three games without pay and was fined $50,000. The Rutgers Basketball staff has resigned on every position. It is said they is already several possible replacements for the job. Rutgers will be looked as a tainted program for years to come said and reported by Yahoo Sports and ESPN.

Starting Middle Fielder for the Suffolk Sharks, Kevin Parker has said “We are not allowed to say anything disrespectful to anyone. Players, coaches, friends, family, just avoid saying anything that might hurt someone’s feelings. We avoid using social media as well to prevent ourselves from getting into any altercations. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram; they’re all pretty much off limit. All I have to do his keep my mouth shut and I can play.” Parker has been informed this information a couple practices ago. Punishment consist of loss of playing time, suspensions for certain amount of games, and severe case of getting removed off the team. “I have gotten kicked out of practice already because of cursing, it’s unfair but it happens.” said Parker. It is a discrimination free zone. This goes on for all sports in Suffolk Community College; all basketball teams, baseball teams, are expected to act in a mature manner through practice, games, and post games.

The Suffolk Lacrosse Team has had high expectations throughout the year. The team is well balanced with new incoming talent from all parts of Long Island. They are disciplined enough to play in the next level and talented enough to compete with any team in the NCAA. With the recent events in Rutgers, the lacrosse team has been impacted by it. Profanity and discriminatory terms are trying to be fully prohibited during practices to create a friendly less targeted play field. Players have been reported to get in trouble for saying homosexual slurs. No suspensions have been given out but it is not tolerated. Playing time will be cut for players that disobey the rule.

St. John’s University in Queens, New York also is prohibiting social media with their athletes. Sam Sealy, sophomore Center for the Red Storm Basketball Team said, “I’m not allowed on Twitter. If the coaches catch us, we can easily be kicked off the team. It too much work to be wasted just from one little thing.” Sealy is going to his junior year in St. John’s. He completely avoids social media outside the season as well to be extreme cautious. Rutgers and St. John’s are highly recruited schools for basketball and have been for many years. They have played in the Big East Conference but Rutgers has spent millions of dollars to move to the Big Ten Conference to make them a bigger marketed team. The Big East Conference is slowly decreasing. Several teams have already transferred conferences and it will take effect in the 2013 season.

Athletes are expected to act professional as they prepare to play for a higher level in the future. Players are highly recruited to Division I, Division II, or Division III schools from Junior College. They are looked as prospects for potential schools. Acts of disrespect and disobedience is not tolerated in any level and older players are looked as influences to the community. Rutgers has defined and opened the eyes of many from the acts of the coaching staffed. Beating, pushing, kicking, throwing balls at players should not be a source of encouragement and increases the intensity of the players. Players are getting full scholarships to programs where they expect to get a proper education and the fullest capacities to expressing their talents and basketball skills.

Dover and Suffolk made an agreement that caused problems for students and professors

By Vincent Figalora

For the fall and spring semester, Dover and our College had made an agreement that leads to problems for both students and professors.
The agreement that was made from both public places was Dover was supposed to provide the food and beverages at the Ammerman and the Grant Campuses. As Dover is providing the food and drinks to the students, the money that’s being payed from Dover, its all going to our College.
Our College is receiving over $270,000 for every semester. “This is ridiculous, if this college is making this amount of money then where is this money going to”. Josh Blake 19, said this quote in an angry mood. This is also beginning to have questions on students that are attending at the college, and this is also leading into problems for students that are commuting to school.
Most students that are commuting are paying over $20 for food and gasoline. Some students are taking the bus and only spending one dollar and 50 cents. For those students that are taking the bus everyday of the week, are paying a lot of money for going there and back.
Our college is part of the Suny system. After you graduate from this school, you will be able to transfer to a Suny school to earn your bachelor’s. Some Suny schools in Long Island and New York state are a two and a four-year school. But when you go to a Suny school that has a four-year degree will give you a lot of benefits that’s very grateful to have. One benefit is that students will be having a meal plan. This meal plan has three categories and they are Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Gold is the best one to have because you will have a lot of points to earn a free meal and beverage in the cafeteria.
“On top of this money, the college takes commissions between 11 percent and 12.5 percent from the total sales of food services. Then, they take 28 percent commission from the many vending machines around campus”. (The College Reporter paragraph 5) said by Pamela Grindson a staff writer on the College Reporter. This quote explains very clearly on how much the percent’s are rising from the vending machines. 28 percent is a big issue on vending machines because including the vending machines is part of Dover; students are still in control on how much money they want to put in the vending machines. These food prices that are inside the vending machines should have a discount because were already paying money for their food in the cafeteria, there’s no need on why we have to spend more money on the vending machines.
Some of the students like the different food varieties that Dover has to offer. But most of them think that they should give out more choices of food. “If Suffolk offered McDonald’s or Wendy’s to our college, than Dover’s food prices would have a huge decrease”. Mr. Chacon an Accounting Major student said this quote by explaining to us that if our college had more foods to choose from, then more students would buy their product. This college would be popular because they would have the top two best fast food restaurants that students and teachers love to eat. Dover will start to realize that they feel sorry for ripping off students on their foods. Now if they put a fast food place in the cafeteria, than more students wouldn’t have to make a complaint about them.
Our college is one of the best college’s for an education. For your brain to earn you a great education, then your brain has to eat the healthy foods to make the mind work for you. Dover supplies all of the healthy foods that your brain would need to become strong and smart. For example, Dover offers an apple at both the Ammerman and the Grant Campus for a reasonable price. At the Ammerman Campus it only costs only two dollars and 50 cents, but at the Grant Campus it only costs two dollars and 25 cents. Both of these prices are very reasonable but most of the students would buy an apple at the Grant Campus because it’s less money to buy and it’s all also a cheap price. A cheap price is great because it won’t be that difficult to complain to the manager about the price that he gave for the product. For students that buy foods with a cheap price are saving a lot of money. Buying products that are very cheap will save you for the next five years.

Gaming on school computers creates debate

By Neal Falcone
Library computers over taken by Student Gamers bothers students at Community college. An issue on the Ammerman and Grant campuses with student using library computers for things other than academic work. It has come to the attention of students and staff at multiple Suffolk Campuses that Library computers dedicated for research, essay writing and other academic related work have been improperly used by students on multiple occasions. This has students talking negatively about other students on campus, this is not a good thing because this causes controversy between students. Disagreement between students and staff is not good for the atmosphere on a college campus, already students are stressed about upcoming work and tests and for computers to not be available when they are desperately needed cause tensions to rise.

While interviewing multiple students on the Ammerman campus I have noticed first hand, students using the computers for leisure while other students wait patiently for an open computer to appear. Joseph, a student who requested to have his last name unpublished gave us his opinion about how not being able to get a computer in the school library interferes with his work schedule. He claims how being a full time student takes up most of his day. He goes to school from 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday and right after school Joseph drives directly to work where he is a waiter until closing time. By the time he gets out of work and makes his way home the public library is already closed. He only has common hour and Saturdays to do all of his work for his classes, which is not even close to enough time. He also spends Sundays working at the restaurant so doing schoolwork that day is out of the question. ” I spend half of common hour waiting for an open computer, by the time I get a computer and set myself up with my work I only have 20 minutes to do my homework, IT’S REDICULOUS!” states Joseph a student at the ammerman campus. He also said the days when he does get a computer in the beginning of common hour students are always talking, which makes it hard to concentrate. Being a full time student with a part time job makes it hard to keep up with your work says a student by the name of Nick Lasker. He has been a student at the Ammerman Campus for 2 semesters and is already tired of seeing students use the computers for leisure and waiting for open computers at the student library. ” I don’t have a computer at my house and the only way to type up my homework and essays is by using the Campus Library and my public library” Says Nick Lasker a freshman at ammerman campus. He states that the only problem with using his public library is that it closes at 9pm and he ends work at 7:30pm, which only gives him an hour to do his work. He is taking 15 credits this semester and keeping up in his classes has been harder than his first semester. “The past two times I was in the library looking to get some work done I saw 2 kids on computers playing online games, this isn’t fair and I feel like someone should do something about this” says Nick. While interviewing him he added that his professors have been piling on work the past couple weeks and its almost impossible to complete the assignments.

Students at the Grant Campus have also had the same problem when it comes to getting a computer in the Library. Nicole winter a freshman at the Grant campus has given her thoughts about the Library. She said that the only time she’s in the library is to print homework and essays because she does not have a printer at home.”I have asked multiple people playing games on the computer if I can plug in my flash drive and print something quick without a single person saying yes” says Nicole Winter a Liberal Arts Major at the Grant Campus, she then said to the students how she would only take a minute she just had to print something and that was it, still she had the same results. Nicole talked about how she only worked in the summer and going to a local library did not interfere with anything after school. She said “The only problem with going to a public library is that I don’t have my license and I would have to wait for my parents or siblings to drive me, plus I am paying all this money for tuition I should be able to use the school computers whenever I want to”. This problem has effected many students and with help from everybody who has been in this situation we can find a way to put a stop to the misuse of school computers.

Having thousands of students at community college reduces the amount of computers available for people to do work when it best for them. It’s even worse when some of the students are not even using them for work but for leisure and play.

Why are Students Paying so Much for Textbooks?

By Erica Matz

Every semester students make a trip to the bookstore where they may dump more money than they are able to spend on books for their classes. I always think: why is this line so long? Students pay more for textbooks each semester, and then when the semester is over and they no longer need it, returning them for a fraction of what they paid is the only option that pays back.

Students need textbooks for classes that they enroll in. Textbooks are an integral part of any scholastic course. Almost every course at the college recommends a textbook, regardless of whether or not the professor recommends it. Textbooks pose a huge burden on the student because of their price. The price of textbooks is outrageous, it is not uncommon for a science or math book to run a student around two hundred dollars. According to a study performed by the average student pays approximately nine hundred dollars for textbooks in an academic year.

The market for textbooks is run in a different way from the market for any other product. A publisher puts out a copy of a book at any given price, and the consumers (professors and students in this case) buy it. The market for textbooks is unfair not to just collages and professors but to mainly the students. The students are the lifeblood of college and university institutions and yet their monetary options with their courses are outrageous. This method has very limited competition and can be argued to be monopolistic. It is a one-sided and unfair system and also it is straining on the students. Fortunately other options do exist for students who have this issue.

Students need to be more educated on their options on how to obtain textbooks. Buying online for used textbooks can absolutely reduce the price of the book. Students can find books on popular websites that they probably use often. These include Amazon and Ebay. Used books aren’t only just for sale online though, a student can check with their relative bookstore to see if there are any available for them to buy used. Also, buying an older edition of the book can be cheaper. The page numbers may vary but much of the time the different editions are virtually the same. Ebooks are also drastically cheaper than hardcopies. states that they are 52% cheaper than their hard-copy counterparts. ‘Open books’ that come in an Adobe PDF file cost an approximated twenty seven dollars on average. They are not widely available but if a student does his or her research they may be lucky enough to stumble across one. Renting textbooks is a very widely used and costly way of obtaining textbooks. and are just two websites that one can use to rent textbooks each semester. Renting textbooks can bring the price down to a fraction of what you would pay for it in the bookstore. Also, you do not have to go through all of the trouble in selling your used textbook back for hardly the price you bought it at. There are some negatives to renting textbooks, such as having to wait for them to come in the mail. This can prove to be an issue if your professor jumps right into the course work. Also sometimes it could be while supplies lasts. Students have rented a book and discovered that it is no longer in stock. Students buying in the bookstore may like that they receive brand-new books almost immediately.
“If a student buys a textbook in the bookstore they are guaranteed all of the codes that the textbook comes with. Buying from the school store also provides significant benefits to the college itself.” Said Matthew Koget, a sales associate at the bookstore. The benefits coming with buying books from the bookstore include the benefits that the college itself gets from the revenue of the textbooks, as well as guaranteeing various codes and links to online homework if a course needs it. “The bookstore prices are unfair to the students, they don’t take into account the fact that we need these books for a course and that we cannot afford to pay 400$ alone on books each semester.” Said Travis Wood, a liberal arts student at the Ammerman campus.

Students need to be educated on their options when it comes to textbooks. Textbooks are essential and beneficial to a college course. The textbook can be utilized as a learning and studying tool, it can help a student get through their course and homework more easily and textbooks are integral in the learning process for students. However the knowledge of how to obtain textbooks for a lower price is not widely publicized where it needs to be. It is imperative towards a students’ wallet and wellbeing to be aware of their options as a student.