Monthly Archives: March, 2014

Beloved Professor to be Memorialized

DCF 1.0Students, faculty and staff will meet to memorialize Ammerman campus Professor Princess Williams from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m Tuesday, April 1 in the Mountauk Point Room in the Babylon Student Center.

Williams, an Assistant Professor of Communications died at her home on Sunday, March 16 from complications due to adult onset diabetes.

The memorial is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend.

College Introduces Mid-Term Academic Alert System

By Jim Ferchland


The Mid-Term Academic Alert system was introduced to the college on Feb. 10 through a vast e-mail toward students and professors. This system is established to help make students aware if they are not performing well in a course. However, not all professors in the college will be utilizing the new system.

Professor Mark Grossman, a Communications teacher in the Grant Campus in Brentwood specifically informed his students that Intro to Human Communications class is participating in the system on his website. He notified his students about the alert and how it can result to benefit students. “The alert will be entered during Spring Break after the mid-term is graded”, Grossman stated on the web. “It will provide time for students to seek advice about improving their academic performance.”

The vast e-mail sent to professors and students about the new system.

The vast e-mail sent to professors and students about the new system.

The system was primarily created to benefit students in academic manners. The alert itself can be seen on the college website as students sign into their account and click on the Student Records section. The system was also created in time for students to seek consultation and encouragement about improving their performance before the mid-term withdrawal deadline on Mar. 25.

“I think it is a good idea,” said Cliff Chandler, a student majoring in business. “It’s good to determine that students know how they are performing in their classes. However, I have not received any alert but for those who struggle in classes, they should work more efficiently.”

Students will either see a D+, D, F, R, or U if they specifically received an inadequate grade from one of their professors. The system is also designed to ensure that students are anxious and eager about how they are performing in their classes.

“I am in danger of failing Psychology,” said Philip Rampelli, a Culinary Arts major. I want to withdraw the class but I can’t because the deadline has passed. I did not receive an alert from my professor so I am assuming that he is not using the system.”

However, the grade that is deficient will not appear on the student’s transcript. It is specifically just an alert system based on performance that is up to date. Many people on campus still are not even aware of the new system, even professors have not acknowledged the idea. One of the professors believe that the system is pointless and that professors should constantly help students the best way they can to improve class performance.

“I have not even heard about the system,” said Joseph Dowd, an Adjunct Professor of Journalism. “I think that the professors should be in contact with their students on how they are performing in class. I don’t think there should be a system showing a certain grade on a student’s mid-term report. I don’t like the impersonal grade in the system.”

You’re Invited: Join Us for Dinner, a Joust at Medieval Times Castle

By Joanna Giunta

A trip to a Medieval Times Castle was announced at the Campus Activities Board, also known as CAB, meeting on Feb. 24, which was held in the Mildred Green Room in the Babylon Student Center.  The CAB members talked with the 15 or so attendees about what to expect on the trip scheduled for March 14, and everything that is included.

The castle is located in Lyndhurst, NJ, where a show of knights, live horses, kings and queens takes place right in front of you. “They tell a story similar to a movie,” said Frank Vino, the couselor of campus activities, who’s in charge of the trip.

Vicki, a Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament representative said, “King Carlos and his daughter Princess Catalina have extended an invitation to your school to join him at his castle.”

King Carlos has extended this invitation for almost $60 less than the general public ticket price.  The ticket prices found on the Suffolk County Community College Calendar are incorrect; the actual prices, according to Vino, are $25 for full-time students, $30 for part time students, and $35 for faculty and guests.

The tickets include transportation that will pick students up and drop them off at the Ammerman Campus. The tickets also include a four-course meal that you must eat with your hands.  “Don’t worry they provide you with wet towels to clean with! Ha-ha!” said Vino.

The Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament menu includes: tomato bisque soup, oven roasted chicken, herb-roasted potato, garlic bread, spare rib, pastries and more.  They also offer a vegetarian option that includes: hummus, pita bread, celery sticks, three bean stew, fresh fruit, and brown rice.

Executive CAB member Jeffery Hein describes the event as, “really exciting” and “there’s lots of screaming.”  The castle’s employee, Vicki, said that the louder you scream, the better the knight will do during their joust.

The knights also throw roses to the ladies in the audience.  “It’s pretty interactive, like you’re a part of the show,” said Vicki.

Vino said they held the same event last year and had about 35 to 40 people attend.  Christina Felix, a member of CAB, explained they are selling around 35 tickets this year, and hope to have the same turn out they had last year. “CAB takes this trip almost every year because it is very popular and students request it,” said Vino.

Rory Brosnan, a Suffolk Student in his fourth semester said: “I took this trip with my family once, its awesome.  It’s really cool Suffolk sells these tickets for so cheap, they’re really expensive otherwise.”

Tickets for this event can be purchased in the Office of Campus Activities and Leadership Development located in the Babylon Student Center, Suite 100.  Tickets can be purchased between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with a student I.D.

Vino describes the event as, “a very fun experience and something I would definitely encourage students to attend.”

Students who cannot attend this trip can find discounted tickets for the same castle through Groupon.  The ticket price is listed at $40, which is still cheaper than buying through the venue itself.

CAB offers many other trips, and events throughout the year.  There will be a trip sponsored by CAB to Broadway’s Les Miserables on Apr. 22, as well as the Annual Talent Show, and occasional movie nights.

You can stay up to date on campus activities by attending CAB meetings, and signing up for their texting program that will send updates directly to your cell phone.

Sharks TV: Students handle coverage at regional basketball tournament

By Michael Gormley

A member of Sharks TV filming a game for the NJCAA

A member of Sharks TV filming a game for the NJCAA

In the three-year history since the Sharks TV program was established on the Ammerman campus, the weekend of Feb.28 was a milestone in their history.   Sharks TV staff covered nine basketball games for the National Junior College Athletic Association, Region 15 Tournament and also streamed each game online to viewers who were unable to attend the games.

When it comes to the people behind the broadcast, many are students in the Radio and Television Production program.  They all are designated to use this Sharks TV opportunity as a chance to simulate the real life scenarios that happen in live broadcasting.

“Students have a tremendous advantage by taking this course,” said Al Bernstein, Assistant Academic Chair and Professor
of Radio and Television Production, who
mentions how useful this program is compared to students in similar programs at other campuses. Comparing it to similar programs like the ones offered at Hofstra, the experience and ability to work directly with a remote van for media coverage makes the Sharks TV program “one of the top two- year programs for broadcasting experience in the country,” he said.

The Sharks TV telecast conducts itself within the frame work of the RTV production staff  professionally. The course itself is part of the Remote Television Production class. The students in the class range from about 30 members who alternate in pairs of 15-20 per game. In this class, students have access to a broadcasting van with six cameras (two of them being Hand-Held), a Newtek 3-play 425 video recording device, complete graphics sets up to date with current TV broadcasting stations, audio equipment, and Newtek tricaster 855 model switcher that allows the staff to interact within the game live in the moment.

Mark Burkhalter, an Alumni veteran of the program, and adjunct professional assistant, works as a part time participant within the Sharks TV staff. Burkhalter said he also regards this program as “one of the best” when describing the opportunities that it brings to student learning experience in the RTV production area. This program gives the student “a feel to learn and ability to improve from mistakes”. All the “Hands –on” work makes the experience “feel more real” and everyone in the class gets chances to work in the field regardless of previous experiences, Burkhalter said.

Student  James Walters  works on the staff as a technical director. His primary focus is controlling the switcher along with editing pre-packed segments for the telecast. With this being his last semester before graduating, he notes how “this year’s class had some of the most dedicated members yet.”  Students from this recent telecast putting in nearly 36 hours combined on producing and reporting.

Both Burkhalter and Walters made similar statements regarding students who are interested in joining the program and what expectations are needed to be successful. Having a good work ethic and a positive attitude are the most basic requirements. Students who join this program need a passion to work in order to succeed. Some of the more technical sides of the requirements involve learning how to operate the equipment, manning the stations in the RTV truck and in some cases, getting into the crowd and interviewing members of the games ranging from players, coaches and even members in the audience.

For those looking into television production, the experiences offered here at the Ammerman campus RTV production program provide a way for students to interact with the real world while gaining knowledge in the field.

The Development of The New Life and Science Building

By Karina Baxter

The New Life and Science Building under construction.

The New Life and Science Building under construction.

J. Petrocelli Contracting, Inc. became Ammerman’s official contractor for the development of the New Life and Science Building. The $26,240,000.00 project will be completed by the third week in August as reported in the Summary Minutes Of the Board Of Trustees meeting on Dec. 5.

The 64,000 sq. ft. three-story building will consist of a steel superstructure which will consume less energy than a concrete superstructure and produce four times less waste with an external cavity wall around it. The front of the building will be made of glass curtain walls with metal mullions separating the glass, brick, and aluminum panels. When the renovations of the building are completed, it will be awarded the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

“I believe that a new building will bring about new ideas within the student,” student Rich Marandola said.

There will be a new observatory students can look forward to seeing. A video wall, which consists of large screens, will be highlighted in the lobby. The $38,000 video wall will be considered a signature artifact where members can walk past and receive college related news.

A dashboard feature will also be included, allowing students and faculty members entering the building to view real time energy consumption and savings from the building and other information. The $35,600 item will be used as a teaching tool about environmental awareness since this will be a LEED building.

Many students and faculty members were curious as to what will happen to the Smithtown Science Building once The New Life and Science Building is finished.

“NOTHING will change for the Smithtown Science Bldg., but Kreiling Hall will be gutted, and renovated as general classroom space,” Academic Chair and Professor of Physics Thomas Breeden said.

With buildings being renovated and reconstructed, it will give the college a better opportunity to add more classroom space and increase the number of enrolled students.

The contracting company is in the middle of prepping an underground conduit for a photovoltaic system, along with a solar panel for the roof. Both systems will help reduce the operating costs in the future and also give a source of knowledge to members since it will also be featured on the building’s dashboard.

Some students were not as eager to hear about the new building. They were more pleased with the idea that this project was putting more people to work. Giving more job opportunities will help create a more stable economy.

“A new building doesn’t matter. It will help stimulate the economy, but as far as that goes, eh,” student Keith Gasparik said.

J. Petrocelli Contracting, Inc. has 75 full-time workers and is currently renovating and constructing four projects, including the New Life and Science Building.

Additional work, which was not anticipated under the contract, was found during construction. Eight underground drainage structures were found on Feb. 28, along with an additional two that were discovered on March 20. The total of ten drainage structures created minor changes that were reviewed by the board and will be removed in the amount of $550.

The Board of Trustees meeting also discussed construction changes that were made by J. Petrocelli. The Annex Building parking lot will be stripped and a new asphalt overlay will be put on. J. Petrocelli Contracting will be stockpiling soil for reclamation; adding existing road drainage into the site’s drainage system, and also be adding a clearing for the fence line. The additional work being put into this project is $33,887.13. The total number of minor and major changes that were created during the project have exceeded  $193,418 but is still currently within budget.

Public hearing set for March 18 to discuss proposed college-wide smoking ban


A current ashtray on the Ammerman campus at SCCC

By Taylor Alessi

A smoking ban on cigarettes on all three campuses of the College is being discussed.

A recent proposal seeks a ban on smoking on the Ammerman, Grant and Eastern campuses of the College. This idea was debated among the College Board of Trustees at a  meeting on Feb. 20,where trustees said  the ban will be positive for the students attending the college.

According to a Newsday article, 2,875 students and employees reacted and responded to a survey on smoking issues on all campuses.

“Almost 70 percent “strongly supported” or “somewhat supported” the community college becoming “completely tobacco- and smoke free,” the Newsday article stated.

“I believe the College Trustees see it as a health issue…that second hand smoke provides a danger to non-smoking students. Secondarily, there is a litter problem with there being cigarette butts being left all over the campuses,” said Inter-Governmental Relations Coordinator Benjamin Zwirn .

“The survey was overwhelming [sic] in favor of a more restricted smoking policy for SCCC. I think it’s reflective of the College Community in General,” Zwirn said when he was asked if 2,875 students and employees being interviewed was a fair number to base the college becoming a tobacco and smoke free zone.


2,875 students and employees responded to a survey about College-wide smoking.

But some are offering alternative suggestions to the proposed College-wide smoking ban.

“There should be designated areas for smoking so non smokers aren’t irritated by it,” student David Dimarzo, a liberal arts major,  said. Dimarzo said he wasn’t for or against the ban, but he said he thinks that there should be restrictions on where the smokers can go on campus.

“Since the college is strictly a commuter school, I don’t think smoking should be banned on campus. Students come and go according to their own schedules so I think they should be able to smoke on their own schedule as well, as long as it is not in the buildings,” student Alyssa Meano, liberal arts major,  said.

The SUNY system is proposing that other scho0ls in the system will join in on banning smoking from campuses statewide. With the hopes of the ban passing, it is currently waiting for the legislature to approve it.

The ban is still under consideration, and waiting for approval from the Suffolk County Legislature. The next step will be a public hearing held  March 18.

A March 18 public hearing at the County Legislature in the William Rogers Legislative Auditorium in Hauppauge at 6:30 p.m. is scheduled.  Those who want more information regarding the ban can attend this hearing, which is open to the public.

Pit-bull Pet or Threat?

Julia Catalano's New Family Memeber, Gia.

Julia Catalano’s New Family Memeber, Gia.

By Andres Castro

Student, Julia Catalano and her boyfriend take a drive to the Brookhaven Animal Shelter. They are excited to choose their new pet or as some may call it their new family member. Her boyfriend knows the exact dog breed he wants but Julia is a little hesitant. He is looking for a pit-bull puppy.

“I was nervous to get a pit-bull because I’ve heard they are aggressive but my boyfriend has had them before,” Catalano said.

The Animal Attendant walks them to the backroom where they find three adorable puppies playing in an open kennel. The ground is covered in bedding, like the bedding that goes in a hamster cage. One puppy is all black from head to toe, the other one is black but with a white strip going down her chest and stomach, and last but not least is the third puppy. Who is chocolate brown with two white front paws, as if she dipped them in paint, and eyes a beautiful changing green.

“I chose her because she just stood out, she was so cute and I think her color was so unique,” Catalano said.

They adopted the chocolate brown puppy, now named Gia.

The pit-bull’s reputation is a reputation that is extremely controversial. Once considered America’s darlings are now being banned from many communities.

“Pit-bulls are misunderstood because of what humans have done to them in their past. They train them to fight, be watchdogs, and protect stash houses,”New York Bully Crew Owner, Craig Fiods said.

NY Bully Crew is non-profit rescue organization, founded in 2010, that specializes in rescuing Pit-bulls.

“We rescue, rehabilitate, train, and adopt out. Since 2010, we have had over 500 dogs adopted out,” Fiods said.

Pit-bulls are largely known for being used as fighting dogs due to their strength, stamina, and protective nature. Even on the news, many stories have come up about pit-bulls attacking other animals and even people.

“People train pit-bulls as puppies to be aggressive, they are trained to tolerate pain and their self-defense is attack,” English Professor and NY Bully Crew rescuer, Maria Kranidis said.

One of Kranidis’ first encounter with a pit-bull was not a good one. She was walking her two dogs, a Jack Russell Terrier and a Doberman, when a loose pit-bull ran at them and went for her Jack Russell. She then picked up her Jack Russell to keep it away from the pit-bull. Kranidis fought off the pit-bull protecting her dogs.

The stories we hear on the news maybe true but an explanation can be given.

“80% of all dog bites are by unaltered males. 97% of the time when a dog kills a human it is done by an unaltered dog. 90% of dogs and cats run away because they are designed to mate and are looking for one,” Fiods said.

An unaltered dog is a dog that has not been spayed or neutered, it still has the capability of producing puppies. Altering a dog can decrease its tendency to roam and make them less aggressive towards people and other animals.

“Male dogs have a dominance thing and there is no way to take that out of a dog. Altering a dog can help make them less territorial. Putting two unaltered male dogs in a room together is like putting two guys on steroids together, there are going to be problems. And that is not just with pit-bulls, that is with any dog,” Fiods said.

With their bad reputation, Pit-bulls are filling up animal shelters and are having more trouble being adopted compared to other dog breeds.

Kranidis’ second encounter with a pit-bull shows that fact. She was driving with her daughter in the Mastic area looking at a house. It was extremely cold outside and she was blasting the heat inside the car.

They stopped at the house and her daughter got out of the car leaving the car door open. As her daughter is walking up to the house, Kranidis sees a dog running toward her direction. She yells to get her daughter’s attention but the dog runs past her daughter jumps into the car and falls asleep right on her lap.

“I didn’t know what to do so I opened my door and pushed the dog out,” Kranidis said.

Kranidis later told her husband what happened and he convinced her to go back and pick up the dog because it was sure to die in the cold. Kranidis found the dog, it was a pit-bull, it was filthy, the ears were crusted, and the dog had mange.

“I was not going to keep that dog, so I called every shelter, and they all said the same thing, “Oh we have 60 pit-bulls,” I thought what is it with pit-bulls that nobody wants them,” Kranidis said.

In the end, Kranidis made the decision to keep the dog and take a step toward change. It is up to us to change the reputation of the pit-bull. By showing people that they are no different from any other dog.

“People shouldn’t be ignorant, don’t listen to what you hear go and see for yourself,” Fiods said.

“Gia is so sweet and loyal. She loves to give kisses and she is friendly with other dogs, cats, she just loves to play. Having her I know it’s the way you treat an animal that makes them aggressive and I plan to always give her love,” Catalano said.

Snow Day Make-up: We Have To Come In When?


By Theresa Tudisco

As children, we all can pretty much agree, that snow days were the best days ever. School was cancelled, you were able to play in the snow and watch unlimited television all day. The idea of making up the snow day never crossed our minds. That thought never crossed my mind as a college student, but it does now.
Due to all the snow days we had, the school requires us to come in Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There are many students that attend SCCC who go to class Monday through Friday and work on the weekends. So how can the school pick a Saturday to make-up one of the snow days? Our Spring break is coming up, why can’t they take a day from there, so that way we can keep our Saturday?
“Honestly, if I don’t have a final or test day, I’m not going. Saturdays are not school days. “Brigette, who asked that only her first name be used, is Music major at SCCC. I went on social media and asked some students who go to Suffolk, their opinions about this Saturday class, and if they are going to attend this make-up day or not.
All of the students have the same reaction. Saturday is our day to unwind from the week, and for others it is the time they have to work so they can afford to go to school. Samantha Dureya “thinks it’s ridiculous. I go to school all week and I’m only able to work on the weekends. It’s not fair that I have to miss work.”
On the Calendar of Events on the SCCC website, Sunday May 18th, is graduation. That must be the reason why the school chose to have a make-up class on Saturday. Will it really affect students who are graduating in May if they do not attend that make-up class? After all, it is not just students who will have to come in, its teachers and faculty also.
Did the school take this into consideration that many students will have to miss work to come in for this make-up day? Or that maybe the faculty members can’t come in on a Saturday because they have their own lives and children to attend to? The school allows the students a certain amount of absences for each class, so I am wondering if people will be using that to absence to not attend that make-up day.

Anime Culture Thrives On Ammerman Campus

By Renee Senzatimore   

Ever since the 1980’s, Anime, or Japanese animation, has been growing rapidly in popularity in the West. Today, it has a considerably expansive fan base, with a large percentage of that fanbase being comprised of late teens to mid-twenty year olds-the most common age bracket for students attending community colleges.

For those reading who have limited knowledge about anime, it is an art form which has attracted the interest of viewers all over the world, especially in the United States. There are many different genres of anime, from the most general ones such as Romance, Comedy, and Science-Fiction, to the less obvious ones to newcomers such as Mecha, Harem, and Slice-of-Life.

What particular traits of anime attract such vast audiences varies among the people watching; some love the animation style, which is very different from what is commonly seen in the West, but many simply love the many different kinds of stories which have been told in these shows, and also the comics and novels from which many of them are based, which range from high-action shows like “Dragon-Ball Z”, to dramatic love stories like “Clannad.”

Many anime fans would agree that there is a comic or show for just about everyone, and perhaps this is why the anime has amassed such a large fan base.

Overtime, the anime fandom has developed what can only be called a fan-culture; fans have debates over the quality of English dub work, many dress as their favorite characters and attend conventions, and online, they create websites that stream anime and forum sites where discussion on anime can be held.

The advent of the internet has allowed this fan base to grow and flourish; to unite people from all over the world that simply adore anime and manga.

Anime culture is alive and well on Suffolk’s Ammerman Campus; there is an anime club which has roughly 25-30 members, according to Anime Club President, Sam Pratt. At the club, a variety of activities take place at each meeting, mainly group discussions that cover various topics that pertain to anime and manga.

One segment of the club period is called “Manga-Talk “which is where individual members each stand in front of the group and talk about a series they enjoy, sometimes showing clips of the show or passing around one of the volumes of the comic for people to look at.

Usually after “Manga-Talk,” a larger portion of the meeting is devoted to a particular subject of anime culture. At one meeting, this subject was the “Dub vs. Sub debate. Within the anime fandom, there are people who prefer watching the original Japanese versions of shows with subtitles over the English versions, some of which admittedly are done poorly, or involve huge amounts of editing and re-writing of the original material. But some people also prefer dubs; it is surprisingly a very divisive topic within the fandom.

At this meeting however, both sides of this issue were covered in great depth. Clips of a show called “Ghost Stories,” were shown, which is infamous for having a laughable English version which alters much of the plot to almost non-existence and has many of the characters spouting hysterical lines that were never uttered once in the Japanese version.

This is an example of one of those dubs that has been altered in some ways for the better, as the dialogue is so hilarious that it makes the show ten times as entertaining.

However, other anime fans would argue that altering the dialogue so much is horrible, as it is completely unfaithful to the original material. As with everything, it’s all a matter of personal viewpoint.

Another show used to illustrate another aspect of the argument was Lupin III, a show featuring a lecherous thief; a common archetype in American television and cinema. An argument was presented in the discussion that American actors are more suited to playing certain roles, because the characters in the shows are modeled off of characters in our own media.

Although Japanese animation has a highly distinct style and presentation, one will notice that a lot of anime does reflect certain distinctions of our own media as well, borrowing classic American archetypes and themes and morphing it with their some of their own to create something truly unique.

However, sometimes the term “unique” when being used to describe anime, can be easily interchanged with the term “weird.” Anime, in general, tends to be weird. Very weird. Even the most commonly named shows among the fandom have concepts that would probably seem very strange to people unacquainted with anime whatsoever. At one meeting a student introduced the group to a show called “Fighting Foodons,” which is a show about people who cook food which morphs into monsters which are sent into battle.

Many other anime share this common theme. Another anime called “Pokémon” also features battling monsters, and while the anime has fallen off in terms of popularity, the games for the franchise remain extremely popular. A testament to this would be the Pokémon Tournament that was recently held in the Babylon Student Center on February 26th, which had a turnout of thirty-two contestants.

Within the anime fandom, there are certain anime directors and writers that are extremely recognizable by those even outside of the fandom. One of those directors is Hayao Miyazaki. Founder of Studio Ghibli, producers of such films as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and Howl’s Moving Castle, Miyazaki is hailed by anime fans and critics alike as one of the most talented animation directors in Japan.

At one of the meetings, a question was posed by the president; “What is your favorite Miyazaki movie?”windrises Hands shot up in the air as the names of the films were said, and it quickly became apparent that the vast majority of the group assembled had seen at least one of Miyazaki’s films. Miyazaki has recently come out with a new film called “The Wind Rises,” a trailer of which was viewed at the meeting.

In addition to hosting highly involved group discussions, the anime club also organizes trips to anime conventions, such as Comic-Con and I-Con, which are major gatherings for people who have an intense interest in anime and manga.

It became clear over the course of attending these meetings that anime has a huge place in the lives of the people who attend this club. This opinion was upheld by anime club President, Sam Pratt.

“I think everyone is here (anime club) because anime is at the top of their agenda,” Pratt stated.

Anime plays a very personal role in the life of the Sam Pratt. During one of the meetings, an anime creator was introduced to the group called Jun Maeda, head of Key Visual Arts, a software company which has designed computer games and anime based on those games. He has written several notable shows such as “Kanon,” “Clannad,” and “Air.”

Pratt, who is a creative writing major, said that Jun Maeda, particularly his shows “Air” and “Clannad” were his main inspiration towards being a writer, but that anime in general has been his primary inspiration for deciding to go into the writing field.

“Anime is the inspiration for making me want to be a writer.” Pratt said.

Pratt is not the only person who has had anime inspire him in this way. Anime club member Sean Kelleher, who has been into anime for several years, also expressed a deeply personal interest in anime that has ultimately guided him in his creative pursuits as well.

“It (anime) has had a huge impact on my life,” Kelleher said, “It’s inspired me to write my own comic book, as it shares a lot of themes of anime.”

The main goal of the anime club at Suffolk, according to Sam Pratt, is to form a community for people who have a common interest in anime and manga, and this goal it seems to have accomplished very well. The students seem highly satisfied with the current incarnation of the anime club, and are clearly very passionate about what goes on there.

For many students that attend Suffolk, anime is far more than a hobby or passing interest; for some of them, it is a clear inspiration behind their very reasons for being at Suffolk. Anime culture is thriving on campus and this doesn’t look like a trend that will diminish, but rather grow only with time.

The anime club meets every Wednesday at Common Hour from 11:00 to 12:15.

NJCAA Tournament Returns to Campus After 19-Year Hiatus

By Kyle BarrHPIM0696

Every person on every bleacher stands up to the sound of the buzzer, their arms raised and their mouths open as a chorus of shouts erupts from all sides of the court. The ball goes up and the clock hits zero. It bounces off the rim, spirits drop and then quickly raise again, the balls lands through the basket.

There are shouts of joy and of awe, and then to only be replaced by confusion. The ball had bounced off the rim and struck the pipes holding the basket, the shot did not count. As the dust settled, several players of the Suffolk team, angry at what they saw as a hard played game with some technical details not going in their favor, left the court without shaking hands. Nassau Community College won against Suffolk 55 to 54.

The Brookhaven Gymnasium became home to both Men’s and Women’s teams from as close as Nassau County Community College to as far away as Sullivan County Community College all the way up in Loch Sheldrake, NY. All came to participate in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Basketball tournament that took place over the three-day period from Fri, Feb. 28 to Sun, Mar. 2.

Suffolk’s Sharks teams gave good performances, but were ultimately beaten out with the Men’s team falling to Nassau with an extremely close game in the semi-finals and the Women’s team loosing to Sullivan 62 to 46.

“(The Men’s Team) lost a tough tough game. It lead to a heavy heart,” Interim College Director of Athletics and Women’s Basketball coach Kevin Foley said about the loss that Men’s Sharks took on Saturday.

Head Men’s Basketball Coach Victor Correa was running up and down the stairs after the loss, dealing with both the players and people wishing to speak to him on the court. “I feel bad for the kids,” he said. “It’s a tough way to loose the semi-finals. We didn’t get the calls, but that happens. We still played hard.”

On the Women’s side, he believed that Suffolk’s teams did well, they were simply beaten by a more effective team, “The kids handled it with class,” he said. “Sullivan Community College had 17 to 5 in the region. Their depth and talent level took over.”

“When you go to an event like this, the victories become sweeter and the losses get magnified.” Coach Foley said. He tries to convey to the students how proud he was of them to get as far as they did.

It was the first time Suffolk has hosted the event since 1995. Since that point, the event had expanded in just about every way.

For all three days of back to back games, the Radio and Television department (RTV) was covering it all on six large cameras including four  used for replay.

Assistant Academic Chair and Professor of Radio and Television Production Al Bernstein related just how expansive the RTV’s coverage of the event was as compared to 1995, “Back then, we had set up a temporary control room in the gym, and had recorded the 5 games delayed on tape. They were aired on Cablevision 9.” In the latest tournament, all content was streamed on Sharks TV, accessible from the Suffolk homepage. Almost all crew who worked on the coverage of the game were students, taking it in shifts to work the massive cameras and recording equipment. The live broadcast opened each day with a welcoming message from President Shaun Mckkay and a background piece of the teams playing, and during time-outs and between games a highlights reel was shown. “We are treating it as the real thing.” Bernstein said.

“It brought the sports department into the 21st century,” Coach Foley said, relating not only to all the production that was done by the RTV department, but also all the advertising done by Director of Communications Drew Biondo, advertising on the most popular social network sites. “We produced a first rate tournament, and I feel proud,” he said.