Monthly Archives: February, 2015

Fifty Shades of Black & Blue: The Thin Line Drawn Between Domestic Abuse & BDSM

By LaChonne Reese

One of the best-selling trilogy and now the top grossing movie this past week has caused a lot of controversy regarding the thin line between BDSM (Bondage & Discipline, Dominance & Submission, Sadism & Masochism) and domestic abuse.

Fifty Shades of Grey, written by E.L. James, is an erotic romance novel based on the relationship between a college student, Anastasia, and a young business entrepreneur, Christian Grey. The relationship is centered on having a dominant and a submissive.

Does Fifty Shades of Grey glorify domestic abuse? Is it possible that the novel sets a negative tone for BDSM? Did Christian Grey use manipulation and seduction to entice Anastasia into this world?

According to 21 year old Jillian Clark, there was nothing abusive about Christian and Ana’s relationship. “There are some people who are into much worse things, his tastes were very tame and he had a contract that she was able to change [including] her hard and soft limits. Not at all dominants would do that,” says Clark. “In the book there are several pages dedicated to just the contract regarding what sexual acts they would do and what her limits are.”

“[The book] already has made me want to journey into the world of BDSM. The love story behind their relationship was what I loved most about it. It’s not about the sex,” says Clark. Clark insists that the context behind the story is what differentiates an abusive relationship to this one. “She never says no, or uses either safe word. They are both two consenting adults.”

I asked Clark if she thought that because Anastasia was so enticed by Christian Grey that she said yes to anything just to be with him. “No because she never would’ve walked out on him the minute he hit her with that belt.”

At one point in the novel, Anastasia leaves Christian because he beat her with a belt too hard. In response, she cries and leaves him, and then he gives up his sexual desire to hurt her just to be with her.

“She loved him so she was willing to try the lighter stuff that he was in to. He always listened to her opinions,” says Clark.

The ideas of domestic abuse stem from how in the novel Christian Grey begins to force Anastasia to isolate herself from her friends and family, and stalk Anastasia, eventually “raping” her. However, Anastasia never isolated herself; she respected Christian’s desire to keep their private life private. It is also revealed that Grey, without her knowledge, finds out where Anastasia lives; which is never explained how but being a millionaire in the 21st century can be a huge advantage. And she was never raped. In one section of the novel, Grey enters Anastasia’s bedroom and prepares to have sex with her.

“No,” I [Anastasia] protest, trying to kick him off.  He [Christian] stops. “If you struggle, I’ll tie your feet too. If you make a noise, Anastasia, I will gag you.”

The full context of this scene was that Anastasia had just come back home from running and Christian attempts to take her shoes off. That is when she rejects him because her feet were sweaty but he persists. Is that rape?

“It pisses me off that there are people who are creating this opinion about the book without reading it. They’ve only read snippets and do not know the contents besides the sex,” says Clark.fifty shades of grey comment 2

“His past is not an excuse for his behavior as a grown man. Not everyone would be affected that way after a past like that,” says Tiffany R., a 26 year old Nursing major at SCCC and victim of domestic abuse.

“Because of his dominant character it is abuse. He chooses to beat her rather than take a chance in loving her when he first meets her. He gets aroused by the pain he brings to her,” says Tiffany.

“I don’t think he is an abuser, I just think he has abusive qualities with his need for control. [However] she still stood up for herself. Whatever she didn’t want, she said it.”

At Grey’s workplace, he hires blonde haired women to work for him but the woman he is sexually attracted to women who are typically brown haired and pale skinned. They all favor similar features of his mother, “The crack whore”.

There was an article posted on Facebook shared from themarysue.com. The article is called “I dated Christian Grey: How woman are groomed for abuse” written by Samantha Field. Samantha Field writes “The danger in Fifty Shades of Grey is that it does what an abuser does: it makes us think that abuse is normal.”

Fifty shades of grey commentAn argument broke out in the comments section on Facebook between several different people. Cory Guzzi writes “My god, it’s not anyone else’s faults that the majority of woman fell for the horror that is ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ It is also not anyone else’s fault that the [main character] stayed in this abusive relationship for so long. She could have left anytime and should have.” Samantha Marie Merschoff adds “books like Fifty Shades of Grey and twilight normalize abusive behavior for teenage girls”. Neither Cory nor Samantha read the books as mentioned in their comments they gave. Their opinions were made from the articles and they have only read snippets from the book ignorant of the true context.

Manipulation; seduction; possession; stalking; abuse; rape, are all the characteristics that people have stereotyped towards Christian Grey. Christian Grey’s character was abused as a young boy and was forced to watch his mother overdose on drugs, causing him emotional pain. He became this frustrated and angry teenage boy until an older woman came along and “taught” him the idea of submission. He released all of his pain sexually as her sub. Because he was a sub his behavior improved and eventually becoming this successful man. His background and troubled past madehim the Dominant he became, until he “submitted” to one virgin college student, Anastasia.

Campus Needs Ice Rink

By Jeffrey Lerman

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The winter season is here and with it comes all the cold weather that students have to deal with. But what if the cold weather did not have to be a struggle to get through and instead could be something positive? What if say, you could ice skate at college, on campus, how awesome would that be? There are several reasons why the administration here should consider building an ice rink on campus.

The idea of having an ice rink on campus sounds like one of the stupidest ideas at first. What could possibly make an ice rink make sense to invest in? There are two main reasons why this could be a beneficial move. The ice rink can be both an area for our hockey team and others to compete as well as a business when they’re not using the ice. Currently the hockey team here does not get the attention that it should as a sports team; to the point that some don’t even know it exists.

An Ice Rink is a Community

If we were to have an ice rink it would immediately provide a venue for the hockey team to practice and potentially compete against other colleges. This works as a way of both advertising as a college and bringing in money to the college. The students that come to games from other colleges and the general public that comes may be convinced to come here.

“If the ice rink was free or reasonably priced then I would probably go. It’s somewhere I could bring dates, so yeah I would,” said Peter Manzano, a former student, currently attending Farmingdale State College.

A major part of bringing colleges together here is a sense of community. When you have that many people cheering on a hockey team, you bond together. The players then get the recognition that they should, further improving the sport altogether. You then have a hockey community and place for people to go, as opposed to going home right away. This provides another reason for students to enjoy their time spent on campus instead of instantly booking it out of their as most do. Through having more people on campus and promoting a community, the administration is investing in their future. The dream that they promote in being one of the best community colleges.

An Ice Rink is a Business

This segues into my next point on how an ice rink can be a business outside of sports and building a community. The ice rink itself can be a business where students and even the public can pay a fee to ice skate on. Students can get a discount on their admission leaning toward another reason for people to register as a student. The college can slowly build up rental skates even if they are not top notch skates, it’s something for others to use. These can be sold in addition to admission similar to other ice rinks. The employees would consist of students offering another opportunity for students to have a job and fund their education.

Part of the problem lies with the location it would be in and of course, the money that would go into building it. Thinking in the short-term it’s not a business move worth pursuing. But, when you think long-term, it can turn into a profitable business that profits in more ways than one. While bringing in money from the ice rink itself as well as money through students. Advertising and team sponsorships are another topic that we haven’t covered yet that can bring in revenue.

“The only thing you really need to run an ice rink successfully (though not necessarily profitably) is lot’s of money. That money can come from wealthy investors, non-profit organizations or taxpayers. Only rarely does it come from actual profits generated by operation of the rink,” said Tom Reges, an ice rink owner.

At the end of the day, it’s all about how you market it. An ice rink may sound ridiculous while it can also be a great selling point. But hey, that’s just my two cents, what’s yours?

Woman’s Basketball Team Keeps Eyes on Prize

The Women’s Basketball Team Run to the Championship

By Rene Canales

A 14-5 record throughout the regular season, with two wins against their rivals at the end of the season has the woman basketball team rolling.

Center Larissa Ellermann and Guard Cindy Edwards as well as their other teammates have led the woman’s basketball team to a 14-5 record to end the regular season. The fourteen wins include back-to-back wins against their rivals Nassau Community College. Their last game of the regular season was a loss to Sullivan Community College 62-60.

“Sullivan is our most challenging game throughout the season, it is a way for us to step up,” said Edwards, Guard for the woman’s team when asked what their most challenging game of the season.

With the playoffs about to begin, one must question how close a team really gets throughout the season. When asked about how close the team gets during the season, Ellermann said “The deeper in the season we are, the closer we get.”

That bodes well for the basketball team and that could also mean trouble for the opponents in the playoffs. Cindy Edwards gave a slightly different reason for what she believes makes the team closer during the season. “We get close when we’re on the road, a lot of trust develops,” said Edwards.

Once a run to the championship begins not many teams need motivation to play well.  “Keeping our eyes on the prize,” said Edwards. An eye on the prize is the only motivation this basketball team needs. But in order for that to happen the team needs to stick together and make sure that they always have each other’s back no matter what.

What makes a lasting impression? What has to happen in order for that last impression to occur? What needs to be done? Well, whatever it is that needs to happen, a lasting impression is definitely something these girls are trying to leave during this run to the championship. Guard Cindy Edwards says just that, “Have got to come out strong from the gate.” Center Larissa Ellermann also said the same thing by stating, “We have the opportunity and we are going to take it.”

During the season the woman’s basketball coach earned his 400th career win. “Great feeling and great pride in helping him achieve that milestone,” said Edwards. 400 wins is an outstanding achievement, does not matter what division they came in. “Happy to be a part of it, he has been a great coach,” said Ellermann.

If it was not for coach Foley, the girls’ basketball team would be completely different then what they are now. The coach will eventually have to call it quits on a very successful career. When asked of how they would feel if their coach was to just retire before the start of the playoffs, the two players reacted. “I would be pissed, it would be a different feeling,” said Ellermann. “It happened to me before in high school, I quit after that,” said Edwards. Pretty strong words but that shows how important Coach Foley really is and how much he means to this team, especially to Edwards and Ellermann.

The run to the NJCAA championship will officially begin for the women’s basketball team on Feb. 27.

A Difficult Conversation: Campus Faces Concerns of Sexual Assault

Photo courtesy of Jeanine Biggs

Photo courtesy of Jeanine Biggs

By Jillian Weynand and Jeanine Biggs

One of the most frequently heard about issues taking place at colleges in this generation is the harassment that female college students face.  It seems as though we hear about an incident where a young woman is sexually harassed, threatened and in the worst case she is assaulted more often than we would expect.

Incidents like this don’t just occur at large four-year universities, but they also occur in small town schools, much like community colleges.  Students here at our school are commuters who come to class, maybe grab a bite to eat with a friend or two and spend some time at the library, then leave campus to carry on with their day.  What we don’t hear about is the incidents that many female students run into while at school.

According to the National Institute of Justice at the U.S. Department of Justice, for every 10,000 students that attend a college, there are 350 rapes. Nearly 5% of college rapes are reported to the police and nearly 90% of all rapes occur when the assailant and victim know each other.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act require colleges to inform the student-body of three categories of crime statistics of past offenses that occurred on campus since 1991.  Jeanne Clery was a student who attended Lehigh University and was raped and murdered in her dorm room in 1986.  The Clery Act requires that the college alerts students of criminal offenses such as violent acts, robbery and sexual offenses as well as hate crimes and arrests for possession of drugs or weapons.

The Public Safety Department does not take incidents like these light-heartedly. The local college community has access to a team of officers who feel that this is an issue that must be taken care of to keep it from occurring and the Annual Security Report that is published on the college website states that our college has zero tolerance for crimes related to sexual assault

The Annual Security Report states within its Statement of Victim’s Rights, “Students have the right to human dignity, the right to resources on and off campus, the right to campus judicial proceedings and the right to law enforcement and campus intervention.”

In the past women who did not come forward when they were assaulted did not receive the assistance they were entitled to.  Too many women have been assaulted and their incident suddenly loses validity because they were too frightened or ashamed to come forward when they have nothing to be ashamed of.  Women need to be reminded of how powerful they are and remember to raise their voice and be heard.

“I think it happens more at a campus where someone dorms, because they probably have a set routine and someone can learn what that is and possibly stalk them. They also may be afraid to report it because of the conflict it can cause” student Cheyenne Cantone, said.

According to the Washington Post, one in five women is assaulted on campus between the first and last days of school. Included in the Washington Post article was the Campus Sexual Assault Study, which reported that 13.7% of undergraduate women are sexually assaulted since they entered college. Of those in the 13.7%, 7.8% are sexually assaulted while incapacitated after they voluntarily consumed drugs or alcohol, whereas .6% was sexually assaulted when given drugs without their knowledge.

Many colleges and universities around the country are dealing with cases of rape and sexual assault on their campuses, including Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt is in the middle of reviewing a rape case that took place on their campus in 2013. This case has been featured on many websites and news shows such as 20/20. There was a video of four male students dragging a female student into their dorm and raping her. During the video, the suspects were seen laughing and taking pictures of the unconscious female being raped. These actions taken by these boys really show how rape is not taken serious enough. Whether it was peer pressure, a joke, hazing, or a fun time for the boys involve does not make a difference, a girl was sexually assaulted without her consent.

As a society and a culture, we need to take strides in making sure events and situations such as these do not happen. Rape is not a joke; it is a serious matter that can hurt the victims not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. People making rape into a joke is taking the severity and pain out of what these victims are forced to go through. Maybe if we start taking rape and sexual assault more serious, then people will not think it is right to do it.

Local Politicians Offer Solutions to Commuter Students

 

By Jenni Culkin

Courtesy of Google Maps

Courtesy of Google Maps

In the past couple of years, the Ammerman Campus has been hit with weather problems that have left students with difficult choices to make. With the consequences of a two-absence attendance policy looming over them, students have tried to brave county and local roads while slippery, icy, and wet conditions interfere with their travels to classes.

Students with cars have faced the frustration of balancing safety and academic responsibility on roads like Portion Road (CR-16), Nicolls Road (CR-97), and other residential roads like South Coleman Road. Even without the dangers of inclement weather, traffic and the high volume of students also creates a concern for areas with high concentrations of congestion and promptly getting to classes.

Brookhaven’s Town Councilman Kevin LaValle, expressed empathy for the students, remembering his own time as a student of the Ammerman campus.

Courtesy of the Township of Brookhaven

Courtesy of the Township of Brookhaven

“Having gone through it myself, I know the feeling,” said LaValle.

LaValle mentioned a flow of grant money that will allow for some much needed road work. The road work is supposed to begin in the spring and is intended to improve access to and from College Road and Nicolls Road, roads that are used extremely often during a typical Ammerman Campus student’s commute.

Difficult weather was LaValle’s next talking point. The town has a technological system that will allow for an easier and more convenient way for the people of the Township of Brookhaven to deal with snow.

Trucks are upgraded to track complaints by GPS after a call is put through 451-TOWN, the town hotline for questions, comments, and complaints. Drivers are equipped with iPads to track where the complaints have been sent from can be viewed in real time.

On a much broader scale that affects a larger population of the College’s students from each campus, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore’s office addressed commuter students’ needs from all over the county.

Courtesy of Bob Martinez

Courtesy of Bob Martinez

“For the last two years, Legislator Tom Muratore has served as Vice Chair of the County’s Public Works, Transportation and Energy Committee,” said Bob Martinez, Legislator Tom Muratore’s Chief-of-Staff. “The Legislator also serves on the Environment, Planning and Agriculture and the Veterans & Seniors Committees.”

Muratore’s administration has plans for commuter students who use public transportation to get to their classes, especially during times when inclement weather interferes with the ability of public transit to provide a smooth and safe commute.

According to a document provided by Martinez, Resolution 1101-2015, requires the county’s Transportation Division to come up with a maintenance plan for county bus shelters and procedures that will “provide for coordination with other local governments as well as the state and federal government.”

Unfortunately, the office of State Senator John Flanagan was unable to maintain contact for an interview.

A post about dealing with the winter weather on State Senator John Flanagan’s website mentions a system called CodeRED for those who need help in the case of a crucial weather situation.

“The CodeRED emergency notification system is a high-speed mass notification service that allows the Suffolk County Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services to deliver customized messages directly to Suffolk County homes and business,” says an excerpt from CodeRED’s description on its website.

People often believe that it’s the responsibility of the local government to stay connected with and serve the people to its fullest extent. This relationship is only possible because the populations of local governments participate in voting that elect the officials they feel will be most suited for that particular population.

As college students, we can maintain this small-scale democracy by using the rights that have been granted to us as adult citizens. The exchanges of ideas and the creation of legislation is only possible because of the voters’ decisions.

 

 

Personality Tests Can Lead You to Your Career

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By Ryan Wooley

A lot of students have trouble understanding themselves. They are not sure who they are as a person – making it difficult to determine what major might be most suitable for them. Finding out what makes you tick and think as a person is something that can help when it comes to deciding what to major in and pursue as a career.

There are tests that can be used to identify personal qualities like leadership, energy, and attitude. This information can be a factor in helping someone see what major they are best suited for in school. There are also tests for those who want to explore possibilities in the military. The military offers an abundance of educational and career opportunities. The Advanced Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test measures your arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge, and mathematics knowledge. After taking this test, the military determines what fields you are qualified for. These tests can provide real benefits for any student. The Myers Briggs test goes into depth determining things like if you are a visual learner, or do you excel at reading comprehension. It also determines if the individual is an introvert or an extrovert.

Taking these types of personality tests will allow you to learn more about yourself, potentially guiding you in the right direction by identifying your strengths and weaknesses. This information is vital when trying to determine what areas you should pursue in your education. These types of exams are beneficial for any student but are even more valuable for the types of students who attend Suffolk. Many of the students at the college are not quite sure what it is they want to do and how far they want to take their education. Tests like the ASVAB and the Myers Briggs help students to answer some of these questions.

“I thought it was insightful and I think some companies or workplaces should look into using the Myers Briggs Test as a type of questioning when they are interviewing potential employee’s,” said Christian Holmes.

While these tests are extremely valuable, it is important to understand that they cannot provide all the answers. No test can be perfect – giving the test taker answers which are 100 percent true. They are just a tool people can use to steer themselves in a certain direction or shed some light on some of their key personality traits. Just by reading about or watching videos on these exams, you can tell what applies to you and what does not. So, whether you are someone who wants to take the military route or go down the traditional path with your education, there are tools that can help you find the answer.

“My experience taking the Myers Briggs test I felt was mostly correct, but I wouldn’t necessarily agree with everything that was given as feedback, the questions they ask are in depth one’s but a test cannot understand me completely from just one sitting,” said Colin Donahue.

There are some students who know what their passion is and what they want to do in life, however this is a small percentage of the student population. Most new college students could use some sort of springboard or guidance on how to proceed with their education. This is not to say these tests and their results will provide 100 percent of the answers, but they can be a valuable tool that can help shape a student’s decision-making process. Perhaps in the future there should also be more resources for students such as guidance counselors who specialize in certain areas of education. A larger number of introductory courses for each major would also help students to decide if a major is a good fit for them.

WHEN TOWN FREEZES OVER, SO DOES INCOME

By LaChonne Reese

Umoney icep to 2 feet of snow was to be expected on Tuesday January 27th. Students of the school were warned about the upcoming weather conditions. Most students were alerted by the school via internet and phone about school closings for that Tuesday and Wednesday. A day off from school was a plus but what about the students who have jobs. For those students who are working themselves through school, losing work hours due to the weather can be a stressful situation. Those hours are never promised to be replaced and at some work places employees do not always get paid because their place of work was closed down.

Tilly Ramirez, a Liberal Arts major at the college and Marshalls in Shirley employee, was scheduled to work the day before the storm. “I was scheduled for a 5-10pm shift that night but they called me and told me not to come in because they were closing the store early. I asked if I would be getting paid for those hours and they said no because I ‘hadn’t clocked into work yet’”. Apparently there’s some unwritten rule that says if you hadn’t clocked in to work you won’t get paid for those hours. On the other hand fellow employees who had clocked in already, even for only an hour got paid for their entire shifts whether the store was opened or not.

Ramirez never had those hours replaced and doesn’t expect her paycheck to be where it should for the week. However as a part time sales associate, it is not a requirement for her to receive the average number of a part-timer. Only 0 to 29 hours are available for part timers.

As a full-time sales associate at Marshalls, I was also scheduled that day and was told not to come to work that day. However, the operations manager, Ms. Ramos, accommodated the issue and rather than losing those 4 hours of pay she added more hours to a shift I had later that week.

Jamal Walker, a student at NYIT and employee at Gap, lost a full 8 hour shift on Tuesday. “I was never told whether I should go in or not, I had to call the store several times throughout the day to realize they must have been closed. It wasn’t until my next day shift when they told me that the store was closed and I would not be getting paid for those hours”.

“If I would have gone all the way to work and find out that the store was closed, would I have been getting paid then? Probably not because I hadn’t ‘clocked in yet’.” Walker says.

In other words, it seems the only way employees working in retail are strongly effected by weather changes and stores such as Marshalls and GAP do not seem to care whether an employee misses out on hours resulting in less pay. Students should be aware of this ongoing issue, and be prepared for a snow day every day because missing an 8 hour shift due to the weather is losing $60 off of your next pay check.

Snowstorms: Difficult Decisions that Come With Them

By Ryan Wooley

Photo Courtesy of Ryan Wooley

Photo Courtesy of Ryan Wooley

Snow and bad weather storms are not something to take lightly. Snow days for some are a pain because we must take on the challenge of shoveling our property and getting to work in not so favorable conditions. The older and more responsible we get, the more that snow is a burden to us. The jitters and excitement of a snow day is not as thrilling as it used to be. The one group that has more responsibility then almost everyone is our schools. They have the task of determining what are suitable conditions for their students to make it to and home from school.

The safety and health of the students and teachers is an awful heavy burden to bear. The snow makes this frustrating because often times weather reports can be wrong. Parents are often not thrilled about snow days. They view snow days and delays as negatives because they feel that their children are losing time on their education. Winters that bring intense weather can cause issues. Schools suffer because they can be potentially sued from car accidents and people falling on campus.

On January 26th we had a blizzard warning where Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that “Any cars on the road except for emergency vehicles after 11 p.m. Monday would receive a 300$ misdemeanor fine”. Cuomo also canceled all flights in and out of LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday January 27th. Even the New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings game was canceled Monday in anticipation for the snowstorm. I think we all can say Mayor Bill de Blasio’s statement of “My message for New Yorkers is prepare for something worse than we have ever seen before.” Was a statement just to urge us as citizens to err on the side of caution? The one who was smart and was on the side of caution was Governor Cuomo who urged people to try to leave work early on Monday January 26th before the roads got bad. Sound advice. With these matters it is better to urge on the side of caution.

Vehicles Don’t Make Drivers

By Jamal Jordan

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Photo courtesy of Jamal Jordan

Drivers rely on their vehicle for safety during snowy conditions but it’s the vehicle that relies on the driver.

The aftermath of the much anticipated snow storm Juno dumped more than two feet of snow on most part of eastern Long Island and drivers were the ones hit hardest.

Many drivers avoided the grunt of Mother Nature as a travel ban was placed on all roads and most businesses closed shop the following day.
Workers from the Department of Transportation (DOT) worked feverishly to plow the roads back to their original conditions but there’s one problem. Snowplows aren’t designed to make direct contact with the asphalt (Road) because it may damage both the plow and the road. This means that most of the time, the workers of the DOT rely mainly on rock salt to melt the remainder of the snow.
When vehicles drives upon this remainder of snow, the weight compacts the snow upon the roadway and causes many vehicles to lose traction.
Omar Bonilla, a party entertainer, expressed that his front wheel drive Nissan Altima is not the ideal vehicle for snowy conditions but it gets the job done. “One flaw is, the car’s light weight but because its front wheel drive, the wheel provides a little more traction” said Bonilla.
The car company Ford, makes similar vehicles like Bonilla’s Nissan Altima and as Greg Bailey, Sales consultant pointed out, “most vehicle on the road today are front wheel drive.” He expresses that because of the engine of the car being mounted on the front, it provides the weight needed to keep the car downward. However, according to Bailey, the most suitable vehicles for snowy conditions is all-wheel drive (AWD) or four wheel drive (4WD) but it all depends on the driver.
Christopher Abi, Lube Express Technician at Walmart pointed out, 4WD has a button that the driver presses manually. This means the vehicle will be rear wheel drive until that button is pressed. All-Wheel Drive (AWD) is controlled automatically by the vehicle and if one wheel is rotating freely in snow, power is sent to the other three.
Both Abi and Bailey opined that neither 4WD nor AWD will prevent the vehicle from losing traction. They expressed similar warning to drivers in regards to safety. Whether 4WD, AWD or FWD, a vehicle will behave the same in snowy conditions. It all depend on the driver and their driving habit. “If they usually take off quickly from a standstill, the vehicle will pull to one side and may even spin out” said Abi.

Students Struggle Through Icy Commute

By Jeffrey Lerman

Snowstorm Juno

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Students traveling to school questioned whether their classes would be canceled on Jan. 26. Consistently checking radio stations, websites, and having their phones at the ready to see if that notification would pop up. The snowstorm of Jan. 2015 brought with it over 20 inches that led to two days of school canceled.

“This will most likely be one of the largest blizzards in the history of New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said before the winter storm Juno hit.

How is commuting to school days after a major snowstorm hits Long Island bringing over 20 inches of snow? Students that came back to school for classes on Thursday, Jan. 29, still had to cope with the struggles of getting to school. Students taking the Suffolk County Transit had more to worry about than paying $1.25. As everyone knows, plows clear the roads of snow but more often than not, push everything off to the side rather than getting rid of it. This might make it easier for those traveling the roads, but not quite for those taking public transportation.

A bus stop on Middle Country Road among many was completely filled in by snow. On top of this, the plows have mostly covered bicycle lanes leading to people having to stand far out in the road. This is a hazard alone that goes past standing on the curb when that is not even a possibility. Outside of people waiting for the bus, anyone that may have been walking to school or riding on their bicycle were at even bigger risk.

The snow only makes it tougher for students to stay warm and get to school on time with buses arriving late. At the end of the day, the student is the one that suffers in their education when there are factors out of their hands. A clean road is not necessarily a safe one, especially when it includes Middle Country Road.

For student drivers attempting to get to school, the roads were clear for the most part. College student Jereme Reid was able to take the Long Island Expressway without having too much trouble getting to school, “All roads by Thursday were pretty good. All the mess was cleaned up by the time I really had to go out and driving the LIE was smooth sailing.” –

As the storm has passed, college students now have to encounter yet another storm that meteorologists believe won’t be quite as significant. Bruce Terry, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service noted to the New York Times that this will be a “modest snowstorm.” This storm however will raise the danger for drivers as the roads are predicted to be icy.

Between relying on the college knowing when to shutdown and the state of New York, getting to school can be an obstacle in getting that associate degree. This storm shows that 250,000 tons of salt and 1,800 plows prepared for inclement weather can make sure the roads stay clean. Whereas those taking the public transit might have a harder time getting to school.