Monthly Archives: March, 2015

Rocking the Courts

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The Men’s Tennis Team Undefeated Start

By Rene Canales

The spring semester brings out the shorts and sneakers and lets everyone put away the boots. It also means that the Men’s Tennis will be able to take the courts to begin their season.

The team came hot out of the gate and beat Kingsborough Community College eight games to one on the away courts. In four games after that, the tennis team has been able to stay undefeated at an impressive record of five wins and zero losses. A record like that should lead to a high morale and team confidence the Sharks.

 The Men’s Tennis team is coached by longtime coach, Chris Cosenza. Cosenza has been the head coach for the Sharks tennis team since 2003, amassing a favorable 66-12 record, with 4 regional championships. Coach Brown has been named Coach of the Year four times, and his teams have amassed seven NJCAA All-Americans.

 This year’s team is made up of two freshmen and six returning sophomores, producing a good chemistry and plenty of team work for the longtime coach. The season has started as great as it could have, and with an experienced coach like Coach Cosenza, this team will continue to keep rolling in the right direction, that being to an undefeated season and more regional championships.

Men’s Baseball Starts Flat

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Kevin Rate

The spring semester brings warm weather and a new selection of SCCC teams to cheer for. The Men’s Baseball team will play their home opener against Bronx Community College on April 1, and will be playing Queensborough Community College on April 7.

 

The team began the season in a warmer part of the country, specifically, Martinsville, Virginia; they played Patrick Henry Community College four times in two days, and lost every game. In four games, the Sharks only scored six runs. Coming back to the Island, the Sharks faced Nassau Community College, a frequent rival, and lost 6-5. While it is early in the season, there is plenty of room for improvement, and plenty of games to be played.

 

The Men’s Baseball team is coached by longtime coach, Eric Brown. Brown has spent 25 years as head coach for the Sharks, amassing a favorable 540-286-4 record, with 4 regional championships. Coach Brown has been named Coach of the Year four times, and his teams have received four sportsmanship awards.

 

This year’s team is made up of 16 freshmen and 14 returning players, producing a good balance and plenty of work for Coach Brown. The season has started as poorly as it could have, but with an experienced coach like Brown, only time will tell where this team stacks up.

 

Workshop Aims to Teach Students About Professional Profiles

By Jenni Culkin

 

The College will be offering a workshop about LinkedIn benefits on Monday, April 6 to all interested students. Career services on campus will be hosting the event in the Mildred Green Room in the Babylon Student Center at 11 a.m.

 

The college director of career services, Sylvia Camacho, said that she came up with the idea of bringing a workshop such as this to the college after getting the idea from other colleges sharing their best practices and what worked for them.

 

According to Camacho, LinkedIn is a good way to “connect with groups that you haven’t thought about.”

 

When logged on to your LinkedIn profile, you can choose to follow groups that interest you and read what they’re discussing. Through LinkedIn, students can find out about the latest news in their profession, news about professional development skills, and find opportunities for jobs, internships, and volunteerism. The basic version of LinkedIn is completely free of charge, making it one way to save money and still gain professional brownie points.

 

“It’s about connecting with people that interest you,” said Camacho.
Camacho also talked about the difference between a résumé and a profile. While a résumé is helpful in locating and securing a very specific position, a professional profile offers an array of options. Professional profiles convey who you are to prospective employers.

 

According to Camacho, students can expect to learn the “importance of putting their image out there,” “showing [their] professional self,” and “how to present themselves” during the LinkedIn workshop. The workshop will also give a basic understanding of how to set up a profile on the website and how to navigate the website.

 

LinkedIn is also popular among employers in learning about potential employees.

 

According to an article in Forbes, 1,848 staffing professionals from a Boston-based company called Bullhorn were surveyed about their use of social media in job candidate hunting decisions in 2012. 97.3% of those who said that they did use LinkedIn.

 

In addition, LinkedIn’s blog said, “As of 2009, 40% of Fortune 100 companies are using LinkedIn Talent Advantage recruiting solutions to source and hire candidates.”

 

If you’re looking for more information, contact the career services office at (631) 451-4049.

Potholes Are Affecting Commuters

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By Stephanie Lemus

Each winter season the roads are being plowed and salted on in order for commuters to get to school and back home safely. With these safety precautions the town provides, the cold season has created several potholes on many busy streets.

Potholes usually occur right after both snow and rain seep into the roads, then later it tends to freeze when the temperature drops, which causes the road pavement to push up. Most times the pavement remains raised which creates a gap between the pavement and the ground below it. As soon as a vehicle drives by the surface cracks which leads to the creation of potholes.

According to the schlittlaw website, New York City received 1,781 calls about potholes in the month of January alone.

After this winter season, potholes have been causing a buzz in the news. CBS News reported that a man, David Decarle, 37, died after a motorcycle accident in Riverhead on March 16. He was found in the roadway with injuries from the accident. From an investigation, it determined that Decarle lost control of the motorcycle after hitting a pothole.

Kristin Throne, a Long Island Correspondent for WABC-TV, recently reported at Melville, NY to witness behind the scenes on how asphalt is created. Asphalt is a mixture of dark sand or gravel which is mostly used for repairing the roads. The material is dumped down mechanical bins that is mixed in a conveyor belt. Then the material goes into that shaker deck and gets out anything else that should not be in the mix. The material eventually makes its way into drums where it is heated to about 300 degrees to get rid of the moisture in the material. They go over about 3,000 tons in one day. Trucks from local municipalities and private companies line up all day waiting for their turn to fill up.

“After this winter and with all the salt poured on the roads, there are definitely more potholes than usual. As for a few highways that I have been on, the roads are pretty cracked up,” Zachary Klein, Psychology major, said.

Klein does not have his driver’s license. His mother is the one who usually picks him up and drops him off but he notices that there are countless potholes that are difficult to avoid.

“I have seen workers fixing the damage and I believe the towns are trying to fix it but I also believe that it has been a bad winter the streets have a lot of damage,” he adds.

“When I drive to school it is rush hour, the potholes are a big problem,” Katie Munoz, Photography major, said. “People who want to avoid falling into them often swerve into oncoming traffic. I have seen some accidents happen that way.”

Munoz believes that they are fixing the roads with half the effort or using material that does not help to fix the roads.

“They should use something better to fill the potholes because whatever that black stuff is, it does not do a very good job. I feel like they are damaging the streets even more and causing a hazardous environment for drivers,” Munoz concludes.

Even students who commute by bus are affected by potholes.

“They need to fix these potholes. Students work really hard to commute back and forth.” Bianca Paul, Chemistry major, said. “Potholes can damage your tires really badly and it costs money to fix it, money that not everyone has. Also, it is really hazardous and annoying overall.”

Paul takes the bus to commute to school and back.

“The bus driver I know has to try his best to miss the potholes. It can be pretty tough on them because if we hit a few, people tend to get upset and it makes the ride a bit bumpy,” Paul adds.

Paul shares that as a commuter, she is concerned that the driver, commuter, and the bus itself can easily get into several altercations.

“As a commuter, it can affect the ride to and from school in that everyone else will then be in a bad mood and complain a lot. It can not be a good thing for the bus. The buses run all day and if it gets damaged, then it could break down, causing people, like me, or others to be late for class or work and having to wait another hour for the next bus is very annoying,” Paul admits.

Several auto shops and mechanics are familiar with customers stopping by on a regular basis requesting that their tires have been damaged by potholes their vehicle has encountered.

“In the last couple of weeks, I have worked on a lot of cars that have been damaged by the potholes, especially in the last couple of weeks. Daniel Garcia, Service Technician at Lexus of Rockville Center, said. “We get 2 or 3 cars a day with bent wheels, blown out tires, bent suspension parts, it is actually really bad, and some repairs are very expensive.”

Each auto shop has different prices which vary in order to repair tires or any sort of damaged caused by potholes that it may cause on one’s vehicle.

“I know that a new wheel or rim prices ranges somewhere from $700.00 to $1,000.00 and the tire another $200.00 and up,” Garcia adds.

“I am not sure if they are fixing the roads the right way. I think they are covering the potholes as quick as possible and maybe not as best as they can,” Garcia concludes.

Even though potholes are tough to avoid, drivers should always be aware of the puddles on the streets because it could possibly be a deep hidden pothole. In addition, reducing the speed of the vehicle and breaking lightly also reduces the chances of the tires being damaged.

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has a website, http://www.dot.ny.gov, officers a toll free hotline service number 1-800-Pothole (1-800-768-4653).

According to the website, callers will be asked to provide detailed information about the location of the pothole which includes: the name of the community or county; highway route number; closest mileage reference marker number; closest exit number; the direction of travel; and the nearest landmark or crossroad. Individuals who report potholes and that want to be updated on the repair will need to leave their names and address for contact.

J-Rod Leads Way For Suffolk Ice Hockey

By Matt Ferremi

There are a few reasons why the school’s ice hockey team had a winning record this past season. One of those reasons was the play of their leading scorer, a 19-year old from East Islip.

That 19-year old is Jared Vuolo. This past season, Vuolo led the team with 38 points, which included 25 goals in 24 games along with 13 assists. The numbers Vuolo put up this year helped the hockey team finish with a 9-3 record in their division this season. “The season I had this year was exceptional. I just played with confidence and it payed off for me,” said Vuolo describing the season he had. Even though the team had a 9-3 record in their division this past season, Vuolo felt there were some games the team lost that they could have won. “The team play was phenomenal throughout the season as well as my individual play. But there were some games that slipped away from us that we should’ve won,” Vuolo said. One of the examples Vuolo alluded to was the last game of the season in which the team lost to Stevens College 5-4 in the first round of the playoffs.

Jared Vuolo taking a faceoff this season for the school ice hockey team.

Jared Vuolo taking a faceoff this season for the school ice hockey team.

This season saw Vuolo fill up the stat sheet on multiple occasions along providing some signature moments. “The first game we played against Columbia University was definitely my signature game,” Vuolo said discussing his top moment of the season. That game was played on Nov. 1 and it was a close one throughout. Vuolo said his signature moment was him scoring the go-ahead goal in the third period of that game. “The game was tied in the third. I got the puck and took it down the ice and put it in the net to break the tie. What made it even better was that it turned out to be the game winning goal for us,” Vuolo said. “That was the moment where it all started clicking for me and where I felt accepted as a Suffolk Shark.”

This journey to playing college hockey started from Vuolo when he was in the second grade. “I started out playing in the local roller hockey league when I was in second grade. By the time I was in middle school, I started playing ice hockey for the school’s club team.” Vuolo says that his two older brothers, Cody and Brandon are his biggest influences on his hockey career. “My brothers were the ones that got me into hockey. I always played out in the street with them, and I believe they are the reason for my success in hockey.” His brother Brandon was a goalie until the end of high school. The two even got to play on the same team for a brief amount of time. Not only did Vuolo play hockey in high school, but he also played varsity baseball and participated in track and field while he attended East Islip High School. Vuolo has had thoughts of playing for the college baseball team. But he thinks “It will interfere with hockey.”

Vuolo is currently a liberal arts major in his second full semester. He plans to play hockey at the school for two more semesters. After those two semesters, Vuolo plans to transfer SUNY Maritime where he has hopes of joining the hockey team.

Free Money Given Out In The Form of Scholarships

By Jeffry Hernandez

As students return back to campus after spring break, they might be pleased to know that there will be a scholarship information table at the Babylon student center on Monday, April 6th at 11 a.m.

Although school is back in session on the 6th, at least students have an opportunity to save money towards their education – this is crucial to many students on campus as many are returning from a vacation.

Thomas Law, coordinator of the Stay on Long Island Scholarships and for all general scholarships for graduating students is in charge of setting the information table.

You might be surprised to know that the scholarship information tables are held once or twice a week at the student center.

“We answer questions and hand out brochures regarding scholarship information to students” said Law.

Law will also be in charge of the Get there from here scholarship workshop on April 22nd, at the Orient Point room at eleven 11:15 am.

So be sure to stop by the student center as you return from break. Ask about how Suffolk can help you save some money and help you move forward financially regarding your education.

Campus Prepares to Train New Orientation Team

By Jillian Weynand

Photo taken at Quinipet Retreat Center of last summer's orientation team.  Photo Courtesy of Personal Facebook Profile.

Photo taken at Quinipet Retreat Center of last summer’s orientation team. Photo Courtesy of Personal Facebook Profile.

The college is preparing to create a team of orientation leaders for summer orientation. Letters to potential leaders were mailed Monday, March 23.

Students are receiving letters from the college and being recognized for their academic performance and originality, offering them the opportunity to interview for a place as an orientation leader on campus. Applicants who are then offered a position after a successful interview will later attend a three-day, tri-campus, leadership retreat at the Quinipet Retreat Center on Shelter Island.

Frank Vino, a counselor in the office of campus activities, is one of the coordinators for new student orientation, said student interviews will begin the week of April 13.   Students will attend group interviews held by  Vino and a few former orientation leaders who will be on their way to welcoming new students to the college this coming fall. Incoming students will have access to whatever they would like to know as a new student entering the school.

Following interviews students are notified of their selection for the orientation program.  Orientation leaders are awarded a stipend of approximately $500 and training at a retreat center.

The purpose of the retreat is to create a sense of team building and bonding between the orientation leaders that have been selected to be a part of the summer program.

Two months after the retreat the orientation leaders report for a week of extensive training, preparing presentations, learning the ins and outs of the college’s academic and co-curricular programs and the services the college offers from public safety to where to report to for an individualized education plan.

Cassandra Whelan, a former orientation leader from last summer’s program said “Being an orientation leader was an amazing experience and the best time of my life. I gained so much including friends, life lessons and experience in making everyday a great one at Suffolk”

One of the many perks that orientation leaders are exposed to as a result of learning a wealth of information about their college is the plethora of campus activities to get involved in to make the most of their time while attending a commuter school.

College Offers Generous Scholarships to Students

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By Jillian Weynand

The school year is quickly coming to an end, which means new students are preparing to enroll for classes and returning students are going to create schedules for the fall. One of the tasks on each college student’s to do list during the last weeks of the spring semester is applying for scholarships that they are eligible for.

Our college has scholarships for new students, continuing students, and graduating students that are moving onto other colleges or universities. The college has a half of a million dollars in the scholarship fund to be awarded to students that apply for them. In addition to the scholarships that students can apply for, they also have access to apply to Suffolk County Grants.
I got in touch with a financial aid counselor from the Ammerman Campus, Nicole Reitman, she answered my most pressing questions that I had about scholarships. I asked Nicole how many students normally apply for scholarships here on our campus and she had said it was only a few hundred students. It is questionable as to why only a few hundred students apply for scholarships when several thousand attend the college.

The college has scholarships with names like “Stay on Long Island” and “Get There From Here”, it is a wonder why more students don’t take the opportunity to apply for scholarships when they are both very generous components of the program.

When I asked Nicole what happens with the funds that are not awarded for scholarships that are not applied for she had told me that the funds stay in an account to be used for the following awarding year. While the money remains in an account and is not being withdrawn, it will gain interest. This has resulted in excess funds being in the scholarship accounts after they aren’t used.
Nicole had mentioned to me that next year the software for the scholarship program on the college website will be changing. Perhaps it will be more noticeable for students to apply for scholarships.

I was wondering why students don’t apply for scholarships, what keeps them from submitting an application? I sat down with Christina Felix, 32, a student who has returned to college for a theatre degree. Christina has hopes of working on a cruise liner as a director, she is currently working on campus in the Babylon Student Center and is also a patient advocate. Christina is clearly a diligent worker and student, but oddly enough she told me that she has never applied for scholarships.

Christina is a member of a number of co-curricular activities at school and often takes part in community service activities. She had stressed to me how important and fulfilling it is for her to give back to the community around her and to always be thankful.

Someone with a work ethic like Christina Felix is more than deserving of a scholarship. I suggested to her that she take a look at what scholarships she has already met the requirements for. At the end of my interview with Christina she told me that she was glad she sat down to talk to me about scholarships, she felt that it gave her the reminder to go for what she wanted most: a shot at a future that she knows she will enjoy.

Cinderella’s Closet Donation Drive Helping Girls Smile on Prom Night

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By Stephanie Lemus 

Many girls dream of their high school’s prom, a night where they have an opportunity to shine while feeling and looking extra beautiful alongside their piers. Although, most beautiful prom dresses cost a pretty penny to wear just for a one night occasion.

“We all know that we have dresses just sitting in our closets from our prom and why not give them to someone in need,” Alisha Hartmann, President of the Community Service Club, said. “Many girls struggle with finding a dress because of financial reasons.”

Every Wednesday, during common hour, the Community Service Club is collecting dresses until April 8 in the Islip Arts building, Room 209.

“We are accepting all types of dresses, shoes, and accessories. We are donating them to the Long Island Cares which they then have a boutique set up in Happaugue where girls can go in and select their dresses,” Hartmann shares. “So far we have about 10 dresses.”

This semester is the first time the Community Service Club is working with Long Island Cares and they thought it would be a wonderful donation drive to help out and be a part of.

“We brain stormed this idea in the fall and thought that the spring semester would be a perfect time to do it since prom is right around the corner,” Hartmann adds.

The Long Island Cares is a social service community organization. According to their website, their mission is bringing together all available resources to benefit the citizens’ necessities on Long Island and provide to the best of their ability for the humanitarian needs in our communities by sponsoring programs that promote self-sufficiency and educate the public.

This will help those who finally have a reason to give away a dress that they have put away for years. It will also lend a helping hand for those who do not have financial accessibility to buy their ideal perfect dress. Instead, young girls can now search for a crowning dress without thinking about the price to pay for it.

“Going to prom is what makes an individual’s high school experience and every girl deserves their Cinderella moment,” Hartmann concludes.

Men’s Lacrosse Team Gearing Up For Matchup Against West Point Prep

By Matt Ferremi

The school’s men’s lacrosse team is looking forward to a happeningmatchup against West Point Prep. It will be the team’s last home game of the regular season. The game will take place on Wednesday Apr. 15 against West Point Prep on the Grant campus lacrosse field.

The head coach of the school’s lacrosse team is Greg Taylor. He is currently in his third season as head coach of the team. This season, the team currently has an 0-2 record as they lost the first two games of the season to Howard Community College and CCBC Essex. Coach Taylor is looking for students to support the team, “Although this is a community college, students should still come out and support our team. I believe it is a good experience for students to interact with their fellow classmates. It provides the same experience of joining any kind of club on campus.” Taylor said, about students supporting the team.

The team’s opponent on Apr. 15 is West Point Prep. These two have had a history with each other in recent years. “They are a well-run program that consistently fields a good team. We always like to schedule them,” Taylor said about West Point Prep. West Point Prep’s consistency starts with the head coach of the team Tom Hansen, Hansen has over 240 wins as coach of West Point Prep lacrosse in a 30-year span. The last time these two teams played was in 2013 and the team beat West Point Prep. The two teams were scheduled to play last year, but it was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Even though the men’s lacrosse team is currently 0-2, Taylor feels his team is on the right track to getting some wins. “I feel like we have a solid team with some good players. The first two games of the season we were playing some good teams. If we improve on a few things, then I think we’ll get some wins in the coming games,” Taylor said talking about the team’s season so far. This game will be the last opportunity for students to see the lacrosse team on campus against a good team like West Point Prep.