By Rosheen Sheikh
A holocaust exhibit has recently been reopened at the Huntington Library on the Ammerman Campus. In past years this exhibit, or as some call it “museum,” has informed many students of the history of the Holocaust to the 20th century.
“The Holocaust was a unique event in the 20th century history. It evolved slowly between 1933 and 1945. It began with discrimination; then the Jews were separated from their communities and persecuted; and finally they were treated as less than human beings and murdered” explained Steven Schrier, professor of political science and business law and director of the Center for Holocaust, Diversity and Human Understanding. Furthermore, Schrier discussed the loss of life that occurred. “In 1941 there were about 11 million Jews living in Europe; by May 1945 the Nazis had murdered six million of them. One-and-a-half million of these were children.”
This exhibit was very informative and provided a lot of information of the events during 1933-1945. The presentation even has artifacts from this time period! A few students described their visit to the museum, saying “it’s really interesting” and “I didn’t know about the exhibit, but my professor was talking about it. I knew I had to go and get a look at it myself.”
If you want to checkout the exhibit, the hours are: Monday: 11am-12:30pm and 2pm- 4pm, Tuesday: 12pm- 3pm, Wednesday: 10:30am – 2:30pm, and Thursday: 12pm- 3pm. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Huntington Library on the Ammerman Campus.
A new rule has recently been introduced at the Huntington Library on the Ammerman Campus. This rule states that there are only six people allowed to a table, and any loud people will be escorted out of the library without any warnings.
“This rule was made to provide fairness to everyone in the library, especially those who are trying to study and get their work done,” said a librarian who asked to remain anonymous.
So far security has only escorted one party out of the library since the rule has been implemented.
“There were a lot of students who would just come to hang out with their friends and create a ruckus” another anonymous source stated; “we want the kids to use the library for what it’s made for. Some students don’t have the luxury to go home and study or get their work done because they’re busy attending to other affairs. The least we can do is provide them with is some peace and quiet.”
Many students have understood the importance of this rule and it is very much in effect. This code of conduct was strictly considered after the police were called twice on occasion of disruptive behavior at the library. Groups of 20 were seen disturbing others in the Spring semester of 2013; now during the Fall semester of 2013, fewer groups have been seen and more solo studiers are present at the library.
By Conor Diemer
To end child sex trafficking and exploitation, Love146 held a bake sale on October, 14 in the Babylon Student Center cafeteria on the Ammerman Campus to fundraise money for children in need. All the task force members of Love146 are volunteers.
Love 146’s movement works with children who face problems after child trafficking and exploitation such as drug and alcohol dependencies, depression and axiety, HIV and other STD’s, unplanned pregnancies, suicide attempts and self-injury, and mental illness. Love146 has a home for victims called the “round home” in the Phillippines. The member of the Love146 describe their round house as “uniquely built and designed to ease the restoration and holistic health of every child entering its doors. A tree house is used for therapy sessions, a volleyball court is available to play one, there’s even a punching bag for children to work out their aggression.” They also say that ” the physical strucure of the round home is intended to promote reflectiveness, a sense of peace, freedom, dignity, and self-esteem, as well as playfulness so that children can simply be children again.”
The difference between trafficking and exploitation is in humans, any commercial sex act or labor induced by force, fraud, or coercion and exploitation isto take advantage of vulnerabilieties. Ways of force used for sexual exploitation is physical restraint, beatings, rape and confinement. Actions of fraud used are false promises, posing as a false agency or other service job, lying about working conditions or wage. Procedures of coercion are threats or blackmail, confiscation of passport or documents, making person afraid of seeking help. It’s estimated 4.5 million in sexual exploitation, 14.2 million in forced labor, and 2.2 million in state imposed labor.
Love 146 is an inspirational movement, out to save children’s lives around the world that can’t help themselves. Any amount of donations is always appreciated in order to help those suffered from child trafficking and exploitation and prevent in the future and you can donate on their website https://donate.love146.org/checkout/donation?eid=12277
By Richard Effinger
Common hour is the ideal time for students attending the College to get the full experience of their campuses and to see what is available to students in regards to extra-curricular activities. At the Ammerman Campus, students mingle around the Clock Tower in the middle of the campus, and some students throw a football, kick a hacky sack, and even catch up on homework while soaking up the nice fall weather.
The Campus Activities Board (CAB) organizes many events for students to take part in, which occur every Wednesday at 11 am in either the Babylon Student Center, or outside near the Clock Tower. Since 2012 CAB has organized a video which featured a “Harlem Shake” dance which was an iconic dance last year and it was recorded and it went viral on YouTube. A miniature carnival was offered last semester which took place by the Clock Tower, and it featured stands like cotten candy, popcorn, a dunk tank, and many more carnival games. CAB has also organized many concerts and perofrmances by rising artists in the “college” age range.
The Campus Activities Board is a group of students who just enjoy helping out the community and you can do it too! the joining process is simple, attend a meeting and you can be a part of it. a CAB member said to me: “I just enjoy helping out our students at the Ammerman campus and the best part is I get to have fun with it too!”
By Matthew Rich
Club 146 is funding the abolishment of human trafficking of children into the sex slavery industry by holding a bake sale this week.
“I think it’s a really great idea to have treats that kids enjoy, which is also for promoting a great cause,” said Matt Dunbar, an Ammerman campus sophomore, who purchased a cupcake from the sale.
Love 146 is an organization set up solely to abolish the trafficking of children. Children’s sex trafficking is the obtaining of a child for the purpose of a commercial sex act, where such an act is induced by force. Millions of children are being captured each year, and the world is unaware of this fact. According to UNICEF, two children are trafficked every minute.
Love 146 has set up a recovery program for surviving children. A round home promotes reflectiveness, a sense of peace, freedom, dignity and self-esteem, as well as playfulness, so that the children can simply be children again.
They also have many other activities such as a tree house for therapy sessions, a volleyball court, a punching bag for children to let out built up aggression and much more.
The bake sale was held on Monday, Oct. 14 in the lobby of the Babylon Student Center on the Ammerman Campus. This bake sale was run by students who are members of the club. All the profits went to the Love 146 group to help abolish child sex slavery.
To learn more about Love 146 and the child sex slavery industry visit http://www.love146.org
The Halloween season is upon us and the Ammerman Campus shows its spirit as it plays host to the 27th Annual Halloween Festival.
This free festival is open to the public and hosted by the Office of Campus Activities and Student Leadership Development programs. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 11 am to 3 pm in the Veteran’s Plaza on the Ammerman Campus. Campus club and organization participants will be accepting non-expired food items that will serve as donations for the colleges F.E.A.S.T Food Pantry. This event provides guests with a variety of events.
Among them is a highly anticipated Haunted House for guests ages 10 and up. Although the Haunted House has an age limit, plenty of other attractions are available for kids who are not of age.
“Everyone loves the Haunted House and although we can’t allow all the kids in, we do have other things for them to do,” said college student, from the Student Babylon Center.
Things like the Petting Zoo, Inflatable Maze and Reptile World are available to kids of all ages and allow for them to interact with other kids and in some cases animals. When they have seen all of the animals and found their way through the maze they still haven’t witnessed everything.Carnival booths and games setup throughout the plaza for the entirety of the event exist for all to enjoy.
“The school will be providing all of the games/prizes/candy that will be given away at the booths or tables,” said Amie Bernstein, President of the Phi Tau Kappa honor society.
A number of entertainers including Sword Swallower Roderick Russell and Jester Jim the Juggler hope to be putting smiles on the faces of their audience and sometimes get looks of shock and awe as they perform their tricks. Along with them will be balloon artistry by Wayne, Carol and Guests. For an hour and a half from 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm a story time segment of the festival, offers guests a chance to listen to Halloween-related stories. Music will be provided by the Stylin’ Sounds DJ from start to finish.
The 27th Annual Halloween Festival hopes to be as successful as it has in the past and serve as a nice family event leading up to the big day on Thursday, Oct. 31.
By Kristen Vasquez
The Brookhaven Youth Bureau is offering a free four day anger management series for Brookhaven residents. This will be taking place on Oct. 22nd, 29th, Nov. 12th and 19th from 3:30pm- 4:30pm. These free anger management classes are for individuals ages 12-21 years old that have trouble controlling their anger. The class will be taking place at Brookhaven Town Hall in Farmingville, NY.
“Everyone has anger, but it is all about how we channel it”, stated Amy Gironda, one of the Town of Brookhaven’s social workers.
During the event you will learn tips and tools on how to control your anger. It is simple to sign up; you just make a quick phone call. Also, when you call to sign up you can even let them know of a specific topic you would like them to speak about to personally help you.
“Do not be afraid to ask your questions or tell your story, you never know you may end up helping someone else”, said Gironda.
The anger management class is meant to help everyone that walks through the doors. As you are leaving and you feel as though you need further counseling to better oneself you can freely make an appointment with one of the social workers.
The purpose of the Youth Bureau is to arrange activities for young people only up to age 21. It is funded by the Town of Brookhaven. These anger management courses are one of the many services they supply to the community. They provide various assistance including the hotline support, safe summer programs, counseling, runaway and homeless help, and even student intern placement. The best part of the counseling service is it is free; perfect for people who have insurance that does not have mental health coverage.
The Youth Bureau is there to help. If you are interested in signing up for the classes you must call or email Paula Federico. Her number is 631-451-3035 and email is email@example.com. It will be worth the trip for many.
By Annie Martinsen
“Rabbit Hole” the play written by David Lindsey-Abaire made its debut Oct. 16 on the Ammerman campus. From opening to close, Rabbit Hole makes a powerful connection with the auidence using humor and an astute realness to the characters as they make their way through the painful realities of losing a child.
You can hear the sniffles coming out into the hallway from the intimate theatre as the audience is moved by the emotional performances by Candace Courtney, Juliana Klingel, Nick Zappetti, Emily Winters and Douglas Towers.
Juliana Klingel plays Becca, the mother of Danny, whose son was killed in a car accident. After eight months, Becca is still trying to deal with life without her son alongside her husband Howie, played by Nick Zappetti. The couple makes obvious chemistry on stage, making their relationship not only a marraige but a playful friendship that helps ease tension about their deceased son. Although they have excellent chemistry you can still see they have diffrent ways of dealing with the loss. Becca really wants to remove anything and everything that reminds her of her son, while Howie needs to see little reminders that their son was once there, causing conflict in their marriage. More stellar performances by Emily Winters who played Becca’s mother Nat, and Candace Courtney who plays Izzy, Becca’s sister are revealed in the production.
Both women play lovably eccentric loud mouth characters with an urge to help Becca and Howie transistion to normal life agian. The plot thickens as Jason, the boy who accidently struck and killed their son, tries to make amends with Becca and Howie. Douglas Towers, who plays Jason, does an amazing performance as an awkard high school student in a terrible situation, and he wants to do right by the parents by dedicating a story he wrote to Danny called “Rabbit Hole.”
Overall, “Rabbit Hole” was a wonderfully emotional show that had you laughing and crying at the same time and truly makes you appreciate the people you love in your life because life is too short to do anything but appreciate.
By Ashley Tinley
The college requires students to take a minimum of two physical education classes to graduate. On the first day of every physical education class every student is told to lock their personal belongings in a locker. The students are not provided with a lock, it is mandatory they bring their own. Lately students have not been bringing a lock and just leaving personal belongings in empty lockers without a lock, or just in plain sight on a bench while in class.
On Thursday, October 15, 2013 the Office of Public and Fire Safely went around to every physical education teacher and required they read a letter about all thefts taking place during class. “In the last weeks we have had multiple larceny reports from the Brookhaven Gym Building. The incidents have occurred at different times and days but in most cases the victims had not locked their lockers or left their personal items unattended in a classroom. As we continue to monitor these incidents we are asking for everyone to lock their personal items with padlocks and if possible keep expensive valuables locked in the trunk of their car or at home. These incidents have also been reported to SCPD,” The Office of Public and Fire safety, said. This is terrible that these incidents are taking place, but if students didn’t leave their belongings unattended most likely none of the robberies would have occurred.
Public Safety states that these incidents haven’t occurred at any certain time
or day, but one physical education teacher says that is not the case. “These robberies have taken place almost every Tuesday and Thursday between 9am and 1pm everyday” Ruth Hughes, Full-time physical education teacher, said. Multiple people could be stealing these belongings and they could know the right time to get away with it.
In the past week Brookhaven gym has had multiple Public Safety Officials at all times. They have been monitoring the lockers rooms to watch for any suspicious behavior.
Do not bring any expensive items to gym, because you can never be one hundred percent positive you will be leaving with what you brought.