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Poor Support for Drag Show

Fantastic Frankie and Jonathan Davis Kruger waiting to see who will win Drag King.

Fantastic Frankie and Jonathan Davis Kruger waiting to see who will win Drag King.

By Andres Castro

  “I hope there is a much better turnout next time. Doing shows like this spreads awareness for people that have been ostracized,” Journalism major and Drag Show competitor Jenni Culkin said.

The Gay Straight Alliance club of the Ammerman Campus put on their very own Drag show. A Drag show is where men and women dress up as the opposite sex and perform. Men who dress up as women and perform are known as Drag Queens and women who dress up as men and perform are known as Drag Kings.

Men dressing in drag has become very popular in the media and society, it could be due to the fact that there is a highly rated television show called “Rupaul’s Drag Race,” in which men compete on television to become America’s Next Drag Superstar. Women dressing up as men is not as popular as men dressing up as women but is growing throughout the bars and nightclubs.

The Drag Show was held on Monday, April 28th in the Montauk Point Room and was scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m.

“The main reason for throwing the Drag Show is because the club wanted to have a signature event that the club would be recognized for in the future. Since the drag community falls heavily under the LGBT community we thought why not throw a Drag Show,” GSA’s Secretary and Drag Show Host Kevin Hill said.

The Drag Show was a fundraiser and donations were being accepted at the door. All the money gathered from the event would go to the Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Inc.

Unfortunately all that showed up to the event was about eight people, so it can be assumed that there was not a huge donation amount.

“The event was funded by out of pocket, because no club/organization has an actual budget. Meaning all money for club events, not fundraising, have to be requested. We are forced to pay for the prizes out of pocket to support the event,” Hill said.

There were only two contestants that signed up to compete in the Drag Show. Johnathan Davis Kruger played by Kristy Kruger and Fantastic Frankie played by Jenni Culkin. The contestants were judged on originality, crowd pleasure, performance, and their answers.

The judges were Assistant Academic Chair and Associate Professor of English Leanna Warshauer and GSA representative Alex Algeri.

  For the talent portion of the competition Johnathan Davis Kruger’s talent was putting on makeup without a mirror and Fantastic Frankie performed an original monologue based off of the movie “Frozen.”

For the question and answer portion of the Drag Show, both contestants were asked a few questions each. The first question was, “how did you come up with your drag name?”

“I choose Johnathan Davis because of the lead singer of the band “Korn. He is constantly getting kicked down and he is my inspiration to keep getting up,” Contestant Johnathan Davis Kruger said.

“I choose Fantastic Frankie because it sounded like Magic Mike and that movie was awesome,” Fanatic Frankie said.

The next question was, “Why did you decide to participate in the Drag Show?”

“I am actually transgender female to male. I want to be the voice of reason. I want to make a difference in the world, even if it’s a small drag show I believe it can make a huge difference,” Kruger said.

“Well it’s something I wanted to do for a very long time. It spreads awareness that doing drag is not crazy its self-expression. It’s hard to find places that I can get in and do drag shows,” Frankie said.

After the questions, the judges deliberated and they decided who would walk away with the title of Drag King. The winner of the first GSA Drag Show was Fantastic Frankie!

The prizes were a Truth or Dare card game, a $15 ITunes gift card, Dirty Minds on the Go card game, a $20 Visa gift card, Every Ticket is a Winner sex scratch card, and a $35 Visa gift card.

The two contestants split the prizes fairly and equally. That is a lot of great prizes to split between two people. It pays to participate.

“It was a small competition, but it was nice to win something like this. Guys clothing is more comfortable than girls clothing, so I won in comfort,” Frankie said.

“It could have been better, the campus doesn’t seem to make this club a priority like other clubs on campus. I think the school should do more things like this. They can open up the eyes of the public. This is a big part of the community, I know there is so many judgmental people and that really needs to stop,” Kruger said.  

 

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.

Professor William Burns Talks About Rising Popularity

Professor William Burns in his Islip Arts Building office

Professor William Burns in his Islip Arts Building office

By Ariel Ransom

     Riveting posters featuring bloodthirsty aliens and grotesque homicidal monsters cover neutral colored walls, and variations of literature textbooks reside in fully packed shelves in Professor William Burns’ office. Burns is content in his domain that praises the fascinating realm of horror and comics, as the professor enthusiastically critics the ideas concerning the architecture of villains in today’s comic book industry.

     The sheer passion that Burns resonates as he speaks is utterly refreshing, and it is no surprise why the students on campus form such an appreciation for the professor. Yet, fans of Burns do not know about the past of the infamous professor on campus.

     “I had a normal suburban upbringing. My father was a policeman, my mom worked for the IRS, and I grew up in Holbrook. We took one vacation a year, and I even played Little League.” William Burns, the Associate Professor of English, said. “Nothing traumatic, just a normal childhood!”

     Burns attended Hofstra University as an undergrad, completing with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English and Film. Continuing onto the Southern Connecticut State University, the beloved professor attained a Master of Arts degree in American Literature, and completed his studies with a Ph.D from the University of Rhode Island. However, Burns finding his way as a professor to Suffolk is heartening.

     “I was on the job market, and I thought it was interesting growing up five minutes from the college, and going to school and college here [in Suffolk County].” Burns said. “If I didn’t have that sense of community and connection here, I wouldn’t be here.”

     The sense of kinship Burns has for his childhood community aided him in gaining a position on campus, but the professor did not always want to be a teacher despite his astonishing fame among students. Burns was more interested with being an artist or movie director in his early schooling years, but admits that his skills are well-founded in being a professor.

     “I don’t have an aptitude for anything else. Everything before teaching was an abject failure.” Burns said. “I just fell into it [being a professor at Suffolk]. I never thought about it.”

     Professor Burns, despite his rising popularity, is humbled by the idea that students on campus are fond of him. Yet, students are not the only individuals who praise Burns, for his fellow peers acknowledge the unique charisma the professor has.

     “He [William Burns] is in-tune with the modern trends in literature.” Edward Eriksson, a Professor of English, said. “He is into sci-fi and horror, and he has a lot of energy when he works with the students.”

     Burns’ work with the students and devotion to their success is notable not only through his class lectures, but through his extra work in the Library Writing Center where he aids struggling students. The professor is proactive in helping students understand the mechanics of writing and literature, while still maintaining his comfortable atmosphere.

Zombie Statue situated in the corner of William Burns' Islip Arts office

Zombie Statue situated in the corner of William Burns’ Islip Arts office

     “I met him at my first semester of the Horror Science Fiction Club, and then I met him again in the writing center. When it comes to the Writing Center, I thought he was really hands on and helpful to everyone who sought help.” Donna Ossenfort, a Liberal Arts Major, said. “When it comes to the sci-fi club, I like that he showed movie clips because it opened your eyes to all the elements and different categories in sci-fi. I wasn’t in the club for long, but with him being in the writing center, he stood out because of his helpfulness and kindness towards the students.”

     Burns has proven that he goes far beyond what is typical of a professor, as his unyielding kindness and energetic nature tares him apart from the typical campus educators. The unbridled passion and devotion Professor Burns emits when working with students is an astonishing trait that has fostered many supporters of the educator over the years, but Burns thinks of his popularity mildly.

     “I don’t believe it [being a popular professor] what-so-ever. I just care about them [the students], and want to help them succeed in all aspects.”

     Professor Burns’ humble nature is encouraging, but the wave of students who admire the professor is extensive. Witnessing the unique characteristics of Burns is encouraging, and reassures the students that the devotion associated with teaching is still alive on campus. Burns’ office is in the Islip Arts Building, teaches English 121 and 202, and is in charge of the Horror Science Fiction Club which is welcoming to enthusiastic new members.

The Harlem Shake takes place on campus

By Brianne Colon

The Harlem Shake has been a trending video within the past few months. Seen on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube teenagers have created a video to the song Harlem Shake by dj Baauer. This video is only about 30 seconds long. The video typically consists of one person dancing with a helmet on for a few the intro of the song while everyone in their surroundings seem to go on with their typical day. When the chorus of the song comes on everyone starts to dance. Teenagers around the world have created their own versions of the Harlem Shake and the idea spread quickly. Suffolk County Community College student Miles Graves decided to gather fellow students and create a “SCCC Harlem Shake”. He used Twitter and Facebook to spread the word of the event that would be recorded in from of the Riverhead Building on campus. Students were told to meet at the clock tower at 11am. “Students showed up with all different costumes and accessories that added a lot of uniqueness to the video” said Michelle Rueb, liberal arts major. The riverhead building is where all of the media and video classes are held. The students who had recorded and edited the video take classes in the basement of the riverhead building. The students would have done the video in one of the classrooms but they were unsure of how many students would actually attend. With a possibility of a big outcome the students decided right outside the Riverhead building would be the best place to have the video take place. The riverhead building has the biggest variety of classes being taught in comparison to the other buildings. In the Riverhead you may have classes for technology, business, languages, mathematics or more. The building is never empty; it is always filled with people. “Riverhead was a perfect spot for the video because there are so many students around it that if they didn’t hear of the event they were still able to participate, just by being in the right place at the right time” said biology major Nicole Calvagna.Despite the cold weather as soon as the time became 11 o’clock am the veteran’s plaza began to fill with students, many of them actually leaving in the middle of class to join the video. The video did not begin until a little after eleven giving students time to get to the event. As more students began to show up, Miles Graves began to explain to everyone how the video was going to work. Located in front of the Riverhead building he had a camera set up on a Tripod. Instead of having to hold the camera himself he chose to do this so he could be a part of the video himself. Not only was he responsible for the recording of the video but he set up the music and was also the main dancer in the beginning of this video. “Although I took care of everything technical and all the planning this video could have not been possible without my fellow students at SCCC” said media arts major Miles Graves. The video was done within the hour and the students continued with their classes. All of the editing and finishes of the video were done in the media class rooms in the Riverhead Building. Not much editing had to be done to the video, just some sound changes, cutting and credits. The video was uploaded on to Youtube.com later that day. As soon as it was posted students began to share the video via Facebook and Twitter. The video now has over 17,000 views. You can find the video yourself by visiting Youtube.com and searching Harlem Shake (SCCC edition). The Riverhead Building was an ideal location for this event giving it the pleasing turn out that it had.

Do It Yourself Tutu for a Unique Costume this Halloween

By Alyson Feis

A variety of Halloween costumes are available this year, but how can you make sure you won’t match your classmates? One student suggests creating a DIY tutu! A tutu can serve as the base to almost any Halloween costume when you pair it with the right accessories!

Christin Kmetz, a photography major, at the college says there are a few things to consider before purchasing the materials. She suggests visiting stores like Hot Topic, Icing, and Party City before choosing a costume.

“You find all the cool stuff you want to wear with your tutu and then you decide what the tutu will look like,” she said.

Once you’ve gotten an idea of what you want your costume to look like you can decide what colors your tutu will be and begin gathering materials. All materials can be found at a local fabric store like JoAnn’s, in West Babylon.

Materials:

Scissors

Measuring tool

4-6 yards of Tulle

Ribbon

After gathering the materials you can begin crafting your Halloween Tutu by measuring and cutting the materials.

The ribbon will serve as the waist of your tutu, and it will be tied in the back in order to secure the tutu in place. Before cutting make sure the ribbon is long enough to be wrapped around your waist and then tied in a bow.

The length of your tutu (from waist to end) will be determined by the size of the pieces of tulle you cut. Note: Each piece should be twice the length of your desired tutu. For example, if you desire a tutu that will hang eight inches from your waist you should cut your tulle into pieces about 2-4 inches wide by 16 inches long.

Once you have cut all of your materials you are ready to create your tutu.

1. Take a piece of tulle and fold it in half, making a “U” shape.

2. Holding the tulle above the ribbon, grab the ends of the tulle and pull them around the ribbon and through the “U” shape.

3. Pull the ends tight until you notice the tulle is knotted around the ribbon.

4. Continue knotting tulle around the ribbon in the pattern of your choice, always working from the center, outward.

The amount of tulle you use will determine how thick or thin your tutu is. To achieve a fuller, more fluffy look, push the tulle closer together and add as many knots of tulle as possible. If you desire a thinner, lower hanging tutu, leave some space between each knot.

So become a bumble bee by pairing your yellow tutu with a black leotard and adding insect wings. Or borrow your cousins ballerina slipper’s and become a ballerina! Whatever you decide to do with your DIY tutu, you can be confident that this Halloween, your costume will be as unique as you!

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Ammerman Theater Arts Department Presents ‘Extremities’

By Anthony Lucero

What do you do if you come under attack but then are able to turn the tables on that very attacker and have them tied up and under your control? Revenge maybe, turn them in; it’s quite a dilemma and the twisted plot to the riveting play “Extremities” by William Mastrisimone.

The College’s theater production presenting this play looks to grip its audience in a dilemma like no other. In this psychological drama  opinions clash when the woman, who is able to flip the switch on her attacker, has her roommates come home to her and a tied up criminal in their homes.

Students, faculty and all can come watch this thriller in theatre room 119 on the Ammerman Campus starting on Oct 10 – 20th with showings at 8 p.m. and special showings on Oct. 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. General admission begins at $12 with current SCCC students receiving one FREE ticket when a school I.D is presented. For all others i.e SCCC faculty, staff, Alumni Association members, non-Suffolk students, and seniors, admission begin at $11.

For more info show times and how to get your tickets call 631-451-4163

Grant Campus Presents “Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue”

By Ashley Maisano

Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue brings the rainforest to the Brentwood Grant campus’ Van Nostrand Theatre on Saturday, April 21, 2012.

Through the use of comedy, puppetry, audience participation, and a variety of animals, “Bixby and Friends Rainforest Rescue” is a stage show that brings the excitement of conservation, preservation and going green to venues around the nation.

Bixby, the founder of the show, invites audiences to join him on his adventure as he tries to save the rainforest. While watching his show, children and families will learn the value of and basic ways to save the rainforest and the environment in which we live.

“It was vital that, as a team, we brought to life the rainforest in a way that would touch the hearts of young and old alike,” said Barry DeVoll, executive producer and director of Blue Trunk Educational Series, creator of Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue. “It was also important that we inspire the audiences to take action, regardless the magnitude or scope. I truly believe ‘Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue’ will change the lives of all who see the show.”

Bixby has loved going to museums ever since he was a child. He envisioned that one day he would build a museum where children could explore the exhibits with hands-on, interactive involvement and that he himself would bring these exhibits to life so that he could take children on a magical journey directly into the exhibit. His goal is to now save the rainforest from its continued destruction, almost 46 million acres a year.

“Many people aren’t aware of what is happening in the rainforest and the environment which surrounds them,” said DeVoll. “It was our primary focus to bring to life the story of the ongoing destruction and de-forestation of the rainforest.”

There will be special appearances by Bixby’s many rainforest animal friends: Treetop the singing toucan, Allie the 18-foot Albino Burmese python, Juan the Green-winged Macar, and Tikatu the Kinkajou.

The show begins at 2:00 p.m., but audiences should arrive by 1:00 p.m. to see Bixby’s live animal exhibit.

General admission is $11 and SCCC students with a current ID will receive one free ticket.

You can order your tickets online at the following links:

General admission: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=da897b8cdc2e2ba2a3be33da05177f94&t=tix

Students: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=1df728a2ec99c6c508dd3c616801a768&t=tix

For more information, call (631) 851-6589.

Grant Campus Hosts Beatles Tribute Band

By Julianne Mosher

The Grant Campus recently welcomed the Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields  to the Van Nostrand Theatre. Students from all three campuses joined together with friends and family to sing along with the four musicians who vividly recreate the Beatles — from authentic costumes to the sound of instruments. Every show is a carbon-copy reproduction of the real deal.

Playing shows all over the United States andthe world,  is amongst the most commonly-known Beatles tribute band. They also won the first place ribbon at Beatlefest ‘97 – the battle of the Beatles bands.The group has been performing for more than a decade portraying one of the most recognized bands in music history. Originally part of Beatlemania on Broadway, Tony Garofalo (John Lennon), Billy J. Ray (Paul McCartney), Preston Elliott (George Harrison), and Gerard Barberine Jr. (Ringo Starr) studied the mannerisms, costumes, playing styles, and vocal techniques of the original members. They also speak in Liverpoolian accents for even more emphasis and similarity.

Strawberry Fields took its audience on a musical journey starting in 1964 when the Beatles first arrived in the U.S. It performed songs from the first four albums that included classics such as; She Loves You, Hard Days Night, I’ve Just Seen a Face, and Twist and Shout. The audience got up off their seats when the band said, “Everybody get up, it’s a rock and roll concert!” Gerard Barberine Jr. (Ringo Starr) even sang a solo while he and his bandmates were dressed in dark suits with thin ties and shaggy hair.

The group then moved onto the next two stages of Beatles music. For the 1967 era of psychedelic music, they were dressed in Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band costumes. The songs that were included in this set were favorites like Strawberry Fields Forever, All You Need Is Love, Penny Lane, and I am the Walrus. The audience swayed along to the music that reminded them of the times of peace and love.

The four then changed costumes yet again and said to the audience, “Let’s take it to the roof!” – which was in reference to the final performance of the Beatles that occurred in the Let It Be documentary in 1970 when the group unexpectedly held a concert on a rooftop in London. The more politically-involved albums were part of the last set including songs from  Abbey Road, The White Album, and Let It Be. Also, Preston Elliott (George Harrison) played a beautiful acoustic “bootleg version” of While My Guitar Gently Weeps that really wowed the audience.

Strawberry Fields performed an encore with Back in the U.S.S.R and Revolution. This got the entire audience up and out of their seats singing along and dancing to these classic songs.6

The audience consisted of people ranging from toddlers to grandparents, students and faculty, and families joining together to celebrate the music of John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney. Strawberry Fields members cracked jokes in-between songs just like the Beatles would have done because they were known to be quite the kidders.

The members of Strawberry Fields are devoted Beatles fans who have chosen an interesting career that requires intense training to become the look-alikes to the real thing. Tony Garofalo (John Lennon) has been playing guitar since he was 5 years old. His mother was constantly listening to the Beatles and was always surrounded by their music. He eventually started to learn the guitar and singing styles of John Lennon and became quite good at it, “I enjoyed playing that character,”  he said.

Garofalo joined the Broadway cast of Beatlemania in the late 1970s playing John Lennon. When the Broadway rendition ended, the company toured as a traveling cast and when it was over he decided to create his own Beatles tribute band. He asked his fellow actors from Beatlemania to join him and in 1991, Strawberry Fields was formed.

With the initial break-up of the Beatles in 1970 and the deaths of John in 1980 and George in 2001, “[Strawberry Fields] gives everyone a chance to see the Beatles,” said Garofalo. “Especially the kids.” “The music of the Beatles,” he said, “is never going to die so it gives them a chance to see the experience.”

And although the men have an uncanny resemblance to the original four, it takes much more than to just look and sound like them solely. “It’s not only for one guy to sound like the part but as a group you have to sound like the Beatles as a whole,”  said Garofalo. In order to fully grasp the impression of the original Beatles, Strawberry Fields must study everything from the way the original members played their guitars, to the detail of their costumes. “Putting everything together is really difficult. We have to watch many hours of videos and learn as much as we can,” he said. And they are constantly learning new things that they never noticed before in different footage and they study it to really give off an authentic Beatles impression.

All four men are New Yorkers and are currently Suffolk County residents. They have also been performing as the Beatles at B.B. Kings Blues Club in Manhattan for 13 years.

In case any Beatles fan missed out on this amazing performance, Strawberry Fields plays every Saturday at B.B Kings Blues Club on 237 W. 42nd St. People of all ages are welcomed to watch Strawberry Fields perform as one of the most historic bands in history and partake in an allincluded buffet. Tickets are available at the door or online.For more information on Strawberry Fields, visit their website athttp://www.strawberryfieldsthetribute.com/

Grant Campus Presents “MacHomer”

By Ashley Maisano

The SCCC Lively Arts Series presents “MacHomer,” a play starring actor Rick Miller on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 8 p.m.

“MacHomer” is a mash-up between “The Simpsons” and Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Miller embodies 50 characters from the television series in this energetic, comical performance. It includes many quotations from other popular shows and celebrities, such as Braveheart, Cheers, West Side Story, South Park and O.J. Simpson.

Miller has performed “MacHomer” to capacity crowds across the United States and Canada. The show has also toured the world in places like Scotland, England, Australia, and New Zealand.

This show will be shown in the Van Nostrand Theater of the Grant campus in Brentwood.

General admission is $17 and Suffolk students with current ID will get one free ticket.

For more information, you can call (631) 851-6589.

You can order your tickets online at the following links:

General admission:
https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=a69e60b501d4c3b77d11c7bfa416be1a&t=tix

Students:
https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=8086b6df142fc48d8f480f3bdd59ee01&t=tix

To learn more about “MacHomer,” visit: http://www.machomer.com

The Muppet Movie – SCCC Grant Campus

By Maria P.

On Friday, March 16th 2012, the Grant  Campus at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood will be showing The Muppet Movie in the Sagtikos Van Nostrand Theatre.  Fresh out of the theatres and starring popular actor and comedian Jason Segel, all friends and family are welcome to join.

The movie will be shown at 7:30 pm and the event is free, movie and snacks included!  Rated PG and entertaining for all ages, everyone is encouraged to attend.  Friday nights for college students usually include late nights, fancy clothes, and fast-paced excitement.  Give yourself a well deserved mental-health night, and relax with some snacks and friends while watching our favorite childhood puppets on the big screen.  There will be no food or drink allowed in the theatre, and all children bust be accompanied by an adult.

Although the event is free, a non-perishable food item would be greatly appreciated for the SCCC food pantry in place of money.

For more information or any additional questions, contact Campus Activities at 631-851-6702.