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New School! New Sport!

By Andres Castro

Multiple sports to choose from.

Multiple sports to choose from.

With the ending of each semester there are some students that are going to make the decision to transfer from two-year colleges like, Suffolk County Community College, to four-year institutions such as Stony Brook University or Dowling College.

Some of these students are just thinking about their academics and how their grades and credits will transfer while there are student athletes who have to think about that as well as continuing the sport they have been playing or maybe trying out a new sport.

At SCCC, home of the Sharks, the athletic teams that are offered for men are baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. For women there is basketball, bowling, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

Even with all the sport options SCCC has to offer, usually at four-year institutions they have plenty more to choose from.

At Stony Brook University, located in Stony Brook, New York, and home of the Seawolves, they offer very similar athletic sports as SCCC. For men they offer baseball, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. They differ because they offer football. For women they offer the same sports as SCCC, but they do not offer bowling.

At Dowling College, located in Oakdale, New York, and home of the Golden Lions, they offer men’s sports which include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, and tennis. For women athletes transferring from SCCC and that want to try a new sport, Dowling College has its very own women’s field hockey team. They also offer basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

At the more well known expensive schools such as, New York University, home of the Bobcats, they have the ability to offer a wider variety of sport options. The men’s sports that NYU offers are baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. Men transferring from SCCC, also have the different option of participating in fencing, volleyball, and wrestling. Women can participate in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Women also transferring from SCCC, can try a new option like fencing.

NYU also offers 26 club sports including badminton, crew, kendo, ice hockey, ultimate Frisbee, equestrian, racquetball, and water polo.

Crew also known as rowing is a sport in which athletes race each other in boats on different bodies of water using oars to propel themselves.

“I would absolutely recommend someone take up rowing, you make close friendships with your teammates because it takes a lot of teamwork to control the boat, it’s different and an amazing sport to play,” Dowling College Student and 8 year Crew Athlete, Odane Lewis said.

With all the things students have to worry about, lets make playing a sport not one of them. Whether you are continuing to play a sport you love, or wanting to find a new sport to play, choosing the right college for you can definitely make that decision easier. If you decide to play as a Seawolf, a Golden Lion, a Bobcat, or which ever other team, just make sure that the college and sport you decide is right for you.

 

 

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.  

 

CAB Announces Exciting Upcoming Events

By Jim Ferchland

Originally, the Campus Activities Board (CAB) meeting was supposed to be held on Monday, Apr. 14. However, the meeting was cancelled to host a unique event, Arcade Day.

Deanna Keen, one of the three executive board members of CAB, explains on why they chose to host a day consisting of skee-ball, first-person virtual driving games, and other arcade activities instead of gathering as a group and discussing ideas and events for the college. “We wanted to test out how a Monday event worked out, and it was a huge success,” Keen said. Arcade day was planned by two CAB chair members, Sara Ostrowski and Alex O’Sullivan.

Keen did explain the upcoming events that CAB has conducted. The future events included the Broadway show Les Mis, which will be held on Apr. 22 but the prominent event is now sold out. CAB takes a coach bus to New York City from the college and they all go together and leave together. This is the first time that CAB is going to Les Mis, but they have Broadway plays every semester.

Cassie DeBellis, a music major, is attending the event and was completely astonished that CAB decided to host the Broadway show. “When I found out about Les Mis, I bought my ticket right away,” DeBellis exclaimed. “I am very excited.” Other events that CAB is hosting are the Talent show on Apr. 25, Spring Fest on Apr. 30, and Where’s Waldo on May. 7.

Keen informed that CAB has presented the Talent Show in the past , which is usually a huge success. “We have about twenty acts that will be performing that night,” Keen said. The Talent show will be held in the cafeteria. She also explained that Spring Fest is going to be a big event in Veteran’s Plaza. CAB is expecting a great turnout for that event since it’s being held in the plaza. Spring Fest has always been a big event for CAB because they provide an abundance of giveaways, games, and prizes and there’s no charge to students.

The board is hoping to host Where’s Waldo in the Veteran’s Plaza also but if it rains, they plan to move it into the Babylon Student Center. Where’s Waldo was started a year ago by Keen herself and she thought she came up with a great fun idea. “It had a great turnout”, Keen said. “I am going to have more people hiding and therefore more prizes.”

Jeffrey Hein, another executive board member of CAB, has high hopes for all the upcoming events CAB has to offer to the college. “I’m very excited for the upcoming events and I also have high expectations for them,” Hein said. “We always try to see if we have time for many different and new events into one semester especially because there is a lot going on and the end of the semesters gets crazy.”

CAB is really attempting to make an impact on the students, staff, and faculty in the college by providing pure and creative entertainment. The campus organization is also looking for members and if students want to join, contact CAB at 631-451-4835 or at cabselden@yahoo.com.

Along with other campus events, a CAB poster located in the Babylon Student Center  persuades students on campus to join their organization and provides their contact information.

Along with other campus events, a CAB poster located in the Babylon Student Center persuades students on campus to join their organization and provides their contact information.

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.

Athletes Train for Better Life

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Entrance hall at The Brookhaven Gymnasium, showcasing trophies from past and present victories.

By Ariel Ransom

Inside the walls of the Brookhaven Gymnasium, campus athletes gather in brightly lit training areas, sprint to locker rooms carrying bags of training gear, and converse in groups about the future games of the season.

However, the main goal that campus athletes focus on as they enter the Brookhaven Gymnasium is the intensity of their respective rigorous training sessions. The physical discipline that athletic players undergo aid not only in achieving winning goals or broken records, but a mentality that promotes a healthier lifestyle.

“Kids who participate in teams have to be in good physical condition.” Kevin Foley, the Interim College Director of Athletics and Master of Science in Public Health, said. “It [sports teams] depends on the focus, but Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, and Track need players in good physical condition.”

Foley clarifies that even though exercise for sports on campus varies between the physical conditioning and activity involved, that working on the essential areas of the cardiovascular system, agility, and strength of players is crucial.

“A lot [of training exercises] are running slow and fast in bursts, and a lot of stretching. Some [athletes] do weights for strength, push-ups, or sit-ups.” Foley said. “Baseball and Basketball players do Latters, which is good for agility and balance. Pitchers focus on their legs and upper body, while basketball player focus on strength and power.”

The intensity of training becomes second nature to sports players, as their bodies begin to adapt to the physical challenges of exercising. However, preparing for a competition against challengers in sports demands an extensive warmup.

“I run long distances, it helps with the muscles in my legs.” John Seskus, Men’s Track and Field athlete and Men’s Cross Country player, said. “It [running] increases my stamina over time.”

In addition to undertaking rigorous warmups before games and diverse training exercises, sports players utilize the weight room in the downstairs section of Brookhaven Gymnasium. The weight room has an artillery of machinery that aids in isolating a desired body section for improvement or an individual can work on every body part with the use of weight machines.

“I go in the weight room. I do legs, running, anything to do with stamina. Core and abs too.” Majestic Temple, soon-to-be Exercise Science Major and Men’s Track and Field player, said.

Even though the weight room is an excellent area for physical training, individuals can workout in the comfort of their home. Some athletes participate in simple exercises that yield dramatic results, and these exercises do not have to be done in the public of the weight rooms.

“I like to do squats, to get my butt up.” Galvin J. Biggs, Men’s Track and Field athlete and Criminal Justice Major, said. “So when I’m running I don’t pull nothing in my butt.”

Through the benefit of extraneous training and participation on athletic teams, jocks have a sense for “living a healthier lifestyle,”. Without the physical activity involved in campus curriculars, some athletes would fall into unhealthy habits.

“If I didn’t run, I’d probably be on the couch eating potato chips.” Temple said. “I love track, I’m mad focused about it.”

Unfortunately, not all athletes are dedicated to living healthier lifestyles. Sports players could be leading a “double life,” filled with poor diet choices, and these choices could go unnoticed by coaches and fellow sports players.

“I can’t be ideal and say every player has a healthy lifestyle, who knows what they’re doing.” Foley said. “But if they’re a high level player, they know eating and being healthy is important.”

The prestigious physical glory of athletes is attainable, and with dedication to a healthier life of exercise and eating, fitness is possible. The Brookhaven Gymnasium is open during college hours to anyone willing to make a healthy change, and athletic teams on campus are eager for new recruits.

CSTEP and NSF Hold Montly Meeting

by Paul Hart

Faculty and students from CSTEP and NSF STEM held their monthly meeting and discussed events for the remaining semester and collected feedback to improve the programs impact on students lives. The upcoming events include a lecture hosted by the American Nuclear Society on April 15 at Stony Brook University(SBU) and a retreat lab and tour on the 19. The Advanced Energy Conference will be held at the Jacobs K Javits Convention Center April 30 and May 1. The annual CSTEP student conference and competition at The Saratoga in Lake George,NY will be underway April 12 to the 14. The conference competition hosts hundreds of students across New York State all competing against one another. The lecture “Visualizing the Quantum World” will be given by Seamus Davis PhD. D at the Wang Center Theater at SBU and the CSTEP/NSF S STEM recognition ceremony will commence on May, 2nd at 5:00 pm. in the Babylon Student Center.

The meeting was held by Dr. Candice J. Foley a professor of physical science at The College handled the CSTEP affairs and associate dean for continuing education Nina Leonhardt had coordinated NSF STEM’s. Foley and Leonhardt spoke to the members about how student feed back is a crucial tool for the faculty in charge of the program to better understand what the students feel are beneficial to them or not and direct the programs accordingly. “Its important to us to have a clearly robust program for students to take advantage of” said Leonhardt as students of the CSTEP program where given an anonymous survey regarding their opinion on the programs helpfulness.

CSTEP and NSF S STEM is a collaboration of the two programs there at The College that offers a wide range of benefits to students. The NSF STEM scholarship program at The College was formed to help students interested in a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Tutoring, advising, field trips, transition programs for graduates, job shadowing and internships are some of the opportunities available. Students can also gain financial assistance that typically averages $3600 per school year.
Mentoring of program participants and collaborations with Brookhaven National Laboratory, Dowling College, and Stony Brook University gives students the potential to have an inside look at prospective career paths. “CSTEP offers students exposure to places that are looking for bright young adults like Brookhaven National Laboratory ” said Arlene Jackson assistant director of CSTEP at The College. “It has given me chances to see different career paths I was not aware of” said student member David Lituma and “I get to experience first hand if a certain field of study interests me or not”.  The two programs also serve graduates by offering lectures, seminars and classes to help acclimate students to a four-year institutions once their ready to leave The College.
The annual statewide competition presented by CSTEP also attracts students to the program. Every year during the conference, hundreds of students enroll in various self conducted research based competitions in natural sciences, physical sciences, technology, social sciences, and human services categories demonstrating individual research adhering to the CSTEP research program guidelines. The conference also has an arrangement of programs on leadership training, time, money and stress management as well as goal setting and achievement as well as many other beneficial tools. “The conferences give students the chance to make contacts and share information they would not normally have access to”said Jackson.
Perspective and current students need to meet certain criteria to be eligible. NFS and CSTEP both requires students to meet certain academic requirements and have to be majoring in a math, science, health or technology field with a minimum of 12 credits each semester. Students also have to be in need of financial assistance or be part of an underrepresented group.  “Both CSTEP ans NSF really are a win for everyone involved” said Jackson.

Success in Our Community Thanks to the Eastern Campus Home Team

 

Here at our college there are over 90 clubs and organizations to get involved in to provide the student with extra-curricular activities that he or she is interested in.   They also add to a list of accomplishments which will eventually look great on a future resume. One club in particular that has certainly made a name for itself through its constant successful projects in our community is the Eastern Campus Home Team, located at our Riverhead campus.

Before renaming itself this year (originally The Strive for Success club) this club was focused in making a difference among our college while also serving the community. With its new name this year and some minor adjustments to the overall mission of the group, the Eastern Campus Home Team now strives to be more of an overall service organization. They primarily focus on helping out the community in which our school is located and do an incredible job representing our college through their various charity events, fundraising, and volunteering.

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Source: staff.bbhcsd.org

Theresa Dereme is a coordinator for the college success program at the Eastern Campus as well as the leader of the Eastern Campus Home Team. After coming to the Ammerman campus in 2006, she worked as a professional assistant before she moved to the Eastern Campus working full time at the college success program. Dereme manages the club and has been working with student members to serve, fund raise, and reach out in the community to help those in need. She and the student members are committed to building teams of people who will work together and encourage each other in service projects throughout the community.

“We strive to help those in need, generally the whole community at large. Currently we are at the Riverhead Charter School, where we help those who need additional reading support. “Explains Dereme. “We are very open to helping out with different opportunities dealing with all types of people. We are open to everyone, which is what helping is all about.”

On October 24th 2012, the club held a Walk-a-thon at the Eastern Campus in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Students donated money before walking in and around campus and raised over $300 in donations before the fundraising event even occurred. Past fundraising events also included a coloring book drive for the children’s hospital at Stony Brook University, donating to Toys for Tots, and consecutively helping out at local soup kitchens on weekends.

Along with the various fundraising and charity events, the club members also enjoy going on trips together. These include day trips to New York City in order to educate themselves more, visiting places like museums and shows on Broadway to explore and open their minds in an inspirational atmosphere.

Dereme’s passion shows when talking about the students who are part of the Easten Campus Home Team. Along with having a packed schedule from school and jobs, they always seem to make enough time to focus on the club and helping out their community. They aim to inspire others and it is certain that each member feels a sense of importance in their community as well as a sense of pride from what they have accomplished through their involvement.

“They enjoy the community service, and it also adds as something to put on a resume and transcript for when they eventually transfer out of our 2-year college.” Says Dereme.

Being a club member also involves deciding which charity event to brainstorm and participate in each year. Since the club’s opening in 2007, students have planned and succeeded in fundraisers and walk-a-thons for juvenile diabetes, cancer care, after school programs, and the children’s hospitals at St. Judes and Stony Brook University.

The club’s hard work was noted in 2009, when they raised over $750 at their first walk-a-thon and got awarded a plaque for the most money raised for a new club on campus. A second plaque was awarded to the club after their hard work fundraising for the marines who serve our country.

The Eastern Campus Home Team is without a doubt an inspirational and heartwarming part of our college community. They have succeeded with all of their projects and only continue to keep working towards more and making positive differences in our community each and every year.

Campus Activities Board Promotes Student Involvement and Leadership

By Ashley Maisano

CAB members get together for a group picture

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is an organization of students who develop and organize events on campus that promote student involvement and encourage student leadership.

In the beginning of each year, they are given a budget of $80,000 to use towards events and any trips that they plan.

“We try and pretty much provide entertainment for the campus,” explains Alyssa Semken, executive member of CAB. “We bring in comedians and public figures and stuff like that but we also do things outside of campus, like we go and see shows and stuff like that because we have the ability to buy the tickets and go on group trips.”

Going on trips with the campus activities board is an advantage because you don’t have to pay the full price of expensive tickets and everything is taken care of right down to the transportation.

CAB sells Six Flags tickets and Island 16 tickets at a discounted price.

“We buy the tickets and then sell them to students and guests for cheaper,” says Semken. “For example, if we buy the tickets for $50, then we’d sell it to full-time students for $30, part-time students for $35 and guests for $40.”

They charge more for part-time students because the money comes from everyone’s tuition through the student activity fee and part-time students pay less to begin with, so in the end they’re charged more to make it fair.

“The CAB is a service to the students. Having that money is one of the perks, so we try to take advantage of the student activity fee and have all of these events,” said Jessie Paduano, chairman for the CAB.

In the past they have shown countless movies, had karaoke in the cafeteria, had “distress express,” masquerade balls, comedian shows, Halloween festivals, spring flings, gave Valentines Day extensions, took trips to Broadway plays and more.

“Our most successful event was the Halloween festival,” explained Deirdre Keen, chairman of CBA. “We made a haunted house right here in the Mildred Green room and it was great. A lot of people showed up.”

The CAB has numerous events planned for the upcoming months. They are planning a boat trip cruise around Manhattan that will be three to four hours long where dinner and music will be provided. The date isn’t set in stone but they hope for it to happen.

There will be another “de-stress express” on March 8 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. where they will be giving five minute massages. In the past, this event has been very successful, getting over 60 students to participate.

There will also be movies shown in Islip Arts room 115 over the next month. Hugo will be shown on March 9 at 7 p.m., Sherlock Holmes 2 will be shown on March 22 and Rocky Horror will be shown on March 23. All movies are free to attend, and free popcorn and snacks will be distributed.

Aside from enjoying the entertainment and fun that CAB puts out, being a part of the organization also helps to improve your leadership skills, builds friendships, and looks great on your resumes for other schools and jobs.

“None of us were really friends before this,” said Matt Hernandez, executive member of CAB. “I actually thought some of them were weird, but once I got to know them through CAB we became really good friends and now we know everything about each others lives.”

There are also leadership conferences and retreats that are available to students. Semken and Hernandez went to a leadership conference together in Miami in the past. The trip was completely paid for and they got to attend lectures to learn new leadership skills and make new friends.

“Me and Matt went to the leadership conference in Miami and I came home a different person,” says Semken. “I got to meet great new people and listen to speeches that really changed my perspective on things and helped me get through hard times in my life that I don’t think I would have gotten through if it wasn’t for that trip. It was a great experience and so worth it.”

This summer, on June 8-10, there will be a leadership retreat to Shelter Island available to students from all three Suffolk campuses. The trip will be free of charge and there will be free bus transportation. Here, you will be able to enhance your leadership skills even more and partake in team building activities.

If you are interested in joining CAB or going on the leadership retreat, contact Mary Sierra at (631) 451-4375 or email her at sierram@sunysuffolk.edu.

Sigma Kappa Delta Provides Immense Opportunities for Students

The Sigma Kappa Delta Key

By Ashley Maisano

Founded in 1996, Sigma Kappa Delta is a National English Honor Society of two-year colleges nationwide which recognizes and rewards outstanding achievement in English language and literature and provides immense opportunities for students.

As a member, you are able to achieve good professional interaction among your peers and display high standards of academic achievement.

Sigma Kappa Delta exists at schools all over the United States and is just one chapter at Suffolk. You don’t necessarily need to be an English major, but it is important that you demonstrate an interest and proficiency in literature and writing.

The cost to join is a one time only fee of $30, and you must have no grade lower than a B in English and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.3.

“I’ve always been involved in clubs in high school and I’ve always tried to be in honor societies, but I’ve never had a high enough grade point average,” explains Amanda Friedman, sophomore at Suffolk. But my grade point average is finally suitable to be a part of Sigma Kappa Delta, so I’m going to try it out.”

The induction ceremony will take place on May 10, 2012, where members will receive a certificate and a pin.

“The good thing is, once you’re in, you’re in,” says Dr. Burns, a professor who runs Sigma Kappa Delta at Suffolk. “Once you’re a member, you get enrolled in the database so you can transfer schools and still be in the honor society, as long as they have it at that school.”

As a member of this honor society, you can attend art exhibits, plays, musical concerts, field trips, and performances. You can partake in poetry slams, open mic nights, writer readings, and literary and cultural events. There are also movie nights on campus as well as book, film, music, and cultural discussions.

Students are encouraged to come to the meetings, even if they’re not sure if they want to become a member or not. Anyone can come and join in on the discussions, without having to pay the $30 fee, but then you won’t actually be a part of the society nor receive the certificate and pin.

The down side is that the school doesn’t pay for Sigma Kappa Delta, or any other honor society for that matter.

“Because it’s exclusionary, the school doesn’t pay for it,” explains Dr. Burns. “It’s a big honor for the school and reflects it well, so I think the school should come up with a way to support it.”

At Suffolk, there are many events the honor society has planned for the upcoming months. In the beginning of March, they will watch “Bug,” a film based on the play by Tracy Letts. They will also read “Lolita,” a novel by Vladimir Nabokov. After this, the society will get together and have a discussion about the movie and the book, sharing their opinions and insights with their fellow members. There will be an “African American read-in,” at the end of February, where members will bring their favorite stories or poems by African Americans to discuss with the rest of the society. An upcoming field trip that they will be attending is to the Bodies Exhibit in New York City in April.

“When we go on field trips, we need transportation, food, and things like that, so the school tries to pay the most expensive thing for us, which usually is the transportation,” said Dr. Burns.

Being a part of Sigma Kappa Delta is a good thing to be able to put on your resume or transfer application, and the benefits don’t end there. There are many scholarships and awards that you can apply for as a member. The writing awards include categories such as literary analysis, short fiction, essay, and poetry. There is also a photography contest that gives awards to first, second and third place.

Lindsey Mcdonald, president of Sigma Kappa Delta at Suffolk, explained how important this society is to her.

“I’m really passionate about English, so this is great for me,” said Lindsey. “This is my third semester in the society, and first as president.”

Last semester, Lindsey was the treasurer of Sigma Kappa Delta and the semester before that she was just a regular member. She plans to transfer to St. Josephs to get her degree in secondary English education and will continue to be a contributing part of the society.

If you love to write poetry, read books, analyze movies, or even just share your insights and opinions on all things English, then Sigma Kappa Delta might be a great opportunity for you to express yourself.

Meetings are every Wednesday at 11 a.m. in room 206 of the Islip Arts building on the Ammerman campus.

If you want to join or have any questions you can contact Dr. William Burns at 631-451-4537 or email him at burnsw@sunysuffolk.edu.

Let the Information Booth Help You Discover Your School

By Alyson Feis

 
This semester students involved in campus activity are hoping to gain some momentum from their fellow students. Students agree that spreading information is the key to gaining involvement, however, some students don’t seem to know where the information they rely on comes from.

On a chilly winter day, a freshman, Karisa McMahon, decided to search for the origin of information on campus. As she approached the Information Booth she let her bag fall quickly to the floor; unknowingly making her presence known. McMahon’s entrance unconsciously grabbed the attention of other students, and they watched her approach the counter in confusion.

I stared at the icy pavement as I made my way toward the Islip Arts building. There were number of things I could have looked at, but I focused on one thing; my breath. White, like the smoke of a cigarette, I allowed my cold eyes to wander, following the visible air as it drifted through winter. My eyes continued to follow the cloud as it drifted up and easterly. my attsion suddenly shifts once I notice the Babylon Student Center. I decide to go inside and warm up.

I open the doors to the warm smell of pizza. The scent fills my nose and I walk toward the cafeteria. Across the lobby I spot a seat next to a radiator and decide to sit there instead. After a few minutes of watching the students, I can feel the heat climbing up my back. As I sit beside the vending machine I notice most people are just passing through.

Suddenly a cold breeze races across the floor. The chill tickles my ankles; I immediately search for the source. I glanced across the room, toward the long doors and I’m blinded by the rays of light bursting through the glass. While the sunlight pours into the room I spot a student walking toward me. She’s dressed casually, like any other student, despite a patch of hot pink on the left side of her hair.

She stops in front of the Information Booth and allows her bag to crash to the floor with a bang. The noise makes heads turn, and eyes lock, but she doesn’t seem to feel our stares.

I watch the counter personnel greet her with a warm smile, and I listened to their conversation while I study the faces around me. Each face was different, yet, all alike; filled with confusion.

I later discovered that Karisa McMahon, a freshman in the Liberal Arts program, is here to confront rumors about campus activities. After hearing about free tutoring on campus, McMahon sought the truth. “I decided to come here to save money, and therefore, I plan on getting the most out of my money!” she laughed. “I couldn’t believe all you needed is a Student Identification Card to get free, on sight, tutoring!” she cheered!

While I can guarantee McMahon isn’t the only student reaping the benefits of the Information Booth, it’s fact that some students just don’t know the booth exists! Christina Kmetz, a Business major, and witness to the scene described earlier, says she always gets information regarding campus activities too late. “I kick myself every time I hear about something I missed!”

Students like Deirdre Keen, a Visual Arts major, are working hard to make sure information is spread accurately to the students, especially in regards to clubs and campus activities. Keen, who was working the Information Booth upon McMahon’ entry, proved to be very helpful.

“Not only did she give me what I asked for, but, she also made sure I knew about the clubs on campus, and even explained how to join. There’s like 65 different clubs!” McMahon said.

Alumni, Melissa Bornschein, attended SCCC between 2007 and 2010, and says students don’t take advantage of the resources available. “I truly believe that students do not see or realize the opportunities that have at hand.” she said.

During her time at here, Bornschein not only got involved in clubs, but also held the Senators position in the Student Government Association. “Starting at the Information Booth is one way to get to know your community” she says.

While some students don’t see the point in getting involved, it’s important that those who do wish to get involved know how. Whether you’re looking to join a club or just learning what’s coming next, students like you suggest taking a trip to the Babylon Student center where you can discover all that our school offers!