By Ariel Ransom
The campaign trail for several ambitious students on campus yielded astounding results, as the Student Government Association Elections, in progress April 14 to 17 online at MYSCCC, recently released the poll results via email and text messages to anxious candidates and inquiring undergraduates.
According to the Western Student Press, the “Student Government Association (SGA) is the top organization of each Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) campus that oversees the needs of the students and makes sure the student body is appropriately, fairly, and accurately represented with their voices heard; even through to the top echelons of the SCCC administration,”.
The SGA’s desire to ensure proper representation of students on campus is an ideal that resounded with several of the aspiring candidates in the Spring 2014 elections, for campaigning students emphasized their need to improve the experiences of their fellow campus goers and to better the college overall.
“I chose to run for the student government this semester because I wanted to become more involved with campus life and the student experience,” Steven K. Curcio, appointed Senator to the SGA and Honors Program student, said. “I’ve had a great time at Suffolk, and I’d life to pass that on.”
Curcio’s new position as Senator to the Student Government Association is highly anticipated by his supporters and by his fellow SGA members. Curcio’s determination to become a Senator for the college is not only emphasized by his need to help his fellow peers, but to hone his skills in leading others.
“I ran for the Senatorial position as it gave me an opportunity to practice and further develop my leadership skills,” Curcio said. “Had I ran for an Executive Board position, I might not have been equipped with the skills necessary to effectively lead.”
The Student Government Association is assembled with students that have a high regard for the campus, and members admire the influence the SGA has toward the highest levels of administration in the SCCC. Noting the benevolent power of the SGA, candidates want to be part of the Association and represent the student body.
“I moved here, came to the SGA, and had no experience with the student government in high school. […] I went to a meeting [SGA Meeting] for my freshman seminar and I liked how it worked, what we were talking about, and the influence they had on campus.” Alexander Alvarado, current President of the Student Government Association, said. “So, I applied for a Senator position, then a position opened up for Treasurer. The second I got to the Executive Board, I decided next year I should go for President.”
However, the SGA Election’s voting system, which is online and accessible through student’s MYSCCC accounts, has mixed reactions. Not many campus goers would have realized that voting was an online event if posters did not promote the voting format.
“I don’t know exactly when they started online voting, but it is somewhat new. They used to have paper ballots, but since we’re trying to be Eco friendly, we do it online. I believe we have a much higher voter turn out if there were both.” Alvarado said. “Vote online, and also during that week, have a section where you [the voter] could physically turn in a vote. People are more likely on campus to go bubble in a scan-tron than log on My SCCC and click the link.”
Despite having online voting for the SGA elections, there are positive outlooks to using the internet for Student Government elections. To help students decide on which candidates they wanted, only the online voting system had brief statements about each candidate and what they wished to accomplish.
“Online voting is certainly beneficial. I see no harm in voting online, as a majority of our students would be more inclined to vote online than they would in person,” Curcio said. “The statements of candidacy were posted online so that the students could make a more informed decision, and the Student Government even set up a table so that the students who wanted to vote on campus could.”
The SGA’s elections has inducted new faces into the Association, along with invigorating new ideas to better the experiences of students and to add volume to the voice of campus attendees. Anthony Cheslock, the newly appointed President, and Kaitlyn Altamirano, the new Vice President, start their terms in office June 1 to May 31.
The Student Government Association pride’s itself on the open meetings that any student can attend and present questions to the SGA members. The next Student Government Association meeting is May 13 at 3:30 p.m. in the Mildred Green Room at the Babylon Student Center, and the SGA enjoys seeing the students they represent sitting in on meetings.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can hear much of Professor Princess Williams in her mother’s voice. Ms. Lucille Williams walks to the podium, and after several words of thanking the assembled staff, students and professors for coming to her daughter’s memorial, she tells a story about her daughters birth that makes the room erupt in laughter.
Only a few weeks after the passing of her daughter, Ms. Lucille Williams presents a strong and temperate figure. Her person is almost uncanny to the way her daughter would come up to the front of the classroom each school day to teach.
Princess Williams, Assistant Professor of Communications, died in her home on Sunday, March 16 from complications due to adult onset diabetes at the age of 51. A memorial service was hosted Monday, April 1 in the Montauk Point Room of the Babylon Student Center for faculty, students, or staff, family and friends.
Her untimely death came as such a shock for many students. Just by the way she presented herself in the front of the class, most did not know that there were any health problems due to her appearance of constant vitality.
“Diabetes affects your whole body,” said her brother Daryl Williams. There was a period of a few years between 2009 to 2011 where her condition got suddenly worse. Daryl was, at the time, living in Atlanta, Georgia when he got a call that Princess was in the hospital and had been stricken with a diabetic coma. He learned she had to have a kidney transplant. He immediately wanted to get tested to see if he was a match. On April 7, 2011, Daryl gave Princess one of his kidneys, one that when inside her Princess affectionately called “Little Daryl.”
“She would always say ‘It’s Showtime’,” said Daryl. It is a quote from 1994 film The Mask. She would say this before she did anything important, as if she was going up on stage and was just getting into character.
Princess Lucille Williams was born in Brooklyn April 12, 1962 to Lucille Williams and the late Johnny Ealey as the fourth of eight children. Princess dropped out of High School but would eventually obtain her GED and enroll in John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In 1992, she was also diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes but it didn’t stop her in her quest for higher education. Eventually in 1995 she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communications and in 1998 she obtained her Master’s of Science degree from Syracuse University.
In 1999 she returned to New York and accepted a teaching position at Suffolk County Community College (SCCC). She moved from Director of Forensics to Assistant Academic Chair of Communications/TV/Radio & Film Department to Academic Chair of Communications/Arts Department at the Grant Campus before returning to full time teaching in 2007.
Among her more important interests were travel, tennis and casino gambling. Some of her greatest expeditions other than her trip to the Caribbean were her trips to casinos along with longtime friend Danielle Davis.
“What would originally be single day trips would turn into three-day excursions,” Davis said. “She had a really big personality, and a big, warm, genuine smile that made you feel that you were really loved. She made a big impact upon students.”
“Originally I did not want to be here, at Suffolk” said Suffolk student attending the memorial Carina Basile, a tear rolling at a slow speed down her cheek to rest at the corner of her mouth. She speaks with red eyes and a sad smile. “The first thing we all thought when we first took her class was that she was crazy. She gave me a reason to come here. She talked to students all the time after class she was like a counselor.”
Professor of Communications Wren Levitt shared an office with Princess for many years. “We never had any conflict, none. She was always so loving. It has gotten much more quiet in the office without her.”
Due to her untimely death, Academic Chair and Professor of Communications Thomas Bovino will be taking over the majority of the COM101 classes that were run by Professor Williams. One other COM101 class will be directed by Professor Dante Morelli. Dr. Daniel Awodiya will be taking on several of the Persuasion classes hosted online.
When Ms. Lucille Williams speaks, her language paints a picture of understanding of just what family Princess came from. “Knowledge opens your mind. You can see clearer,” she said. “I believe in education.”
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.
“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.
By Jim Ferchland
Students are buzzing about the Winter Olympics and showing immense pride for the United States of America. This year’s Winter Olympics is being held in Sochi, Russia where twenty-five countries compete in winter sports and events.
NBC (National Broadcasting Company) is proudly televising the prestigious event. According to Nielsen overnight numbers, 23.5 million views have been calculated. The 2014 Winter Olympics have clearly grasped people’s attention and have certainly received attention and interest from several students. A majority of them have been impressed and fascinated mainly to what has been occurring on the ice; speed skating, ice skating, and hockey.
Ryan Bossert, a former Ammerman campus student mainly not concerned on the US Men’s and Women’s hockey teams, but more on a broad sense of safety, security, and unity in Sochi.
“The American hockey team looks great along with the women’s team,” Bossert said. “I think the Sochi Olympics though starting rough due to problems around the possibility of terrorism has been a successful event and has shown once again that the world can cooperate peacefully.”
Bossert is currently attending St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue after transferring from SCCC in January.
Liberal Arts major, Austin Kraft, has perceived the competitiveness and challenge that the USA Men’s Hockey team has to overcome in the Olympics.
“I think the USA Men’s Hockey team has been fun to watch and their games have been very exciting”, Kraft said. “But it’s going to be hard to win the gold because of Canada or Russia.”
Canada has yet to lose one Olympic game. However, USA Men’s Hockey defeated Russia 3-2 in a shootout in a non-elimination game on Feb. 15.
Jackie D’Anna, who is another Liberal Arts major. The female student is very spiritual and passionate about the Olympic games and her country. She really enjoys speed skating because it motivates her and it’s quite different from other Olympic events.
“I look forward to the Olympics , especially the Winter games every four years!”, D’Anna exclaimed. “Speed skating is my favorite sport to watch because to me, it’s unique. It really amazes me to watch all these athletes from all over the world work so hard to achieve their dreams for gold. It really motivates me in my life, and pushes me to work hard for my dreams.”
D’Anna also believes that the United States speed skating team has been represented well mainly due to their solid effort.
“The pride and dedication they express is really what America is all about”, D’Anna said.
Corie Leigh, a music major, has paid close attention to the Olympics because it is a conceivably vital and significant event to watch with her loved ones. She is not really concerned or disappointed about how USA plays; she just enjoys watching it in general.
“It’s sad that the USA is not winning a lot of medals but the Olympics is a huge thing in my family, so I always love to watch it”, Leigh said.
The expectations for USA in the WInter Olympics is sky high. Families and friends all gather around to display an enormous amount pride for their country. Currently, USA is tied third overall with the Netherlands in the Gold Medal count with six. Norway contains seven, and Germany leads with eight.
For more information and news on the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, tune in to NBC for comprehensive coverage or log on to olympic.org. The major event concludes on Sunday, Feb. 23.
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.
By Erica Matz
“Not the church, not the state, women must decide their fate!”
This is the iconic chant of the NOW organization- or the National Organization for Women. The NOW organization along with the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) was featured during Women’s Week, which was sponsored by the Office of Campus Activities and Student Leadership Development. Women’s Week took place recently in the Montauk Point Room in the Babylon Student Center, and it celebrated its 40th anniversary of Women’s Studies among other progressive movements. Above all else, the event celebrated not only feminism but women. “Feminism and women are nurturing, it is empowering but best of all it is delicious!” Exclaimed Tricia Lin- the president of the NWSA.
Women’s Week celebrated the history or ‘Her-story’ of the progression and implementation of Women’s Studies and movements throughout the United States. Several lectures and presentations were given throughout March 4, March 6 and March 7. Womens week featured many influential figureheads who aided in the furthering development of women’s studies both at the Suffolk County Community College Campus’ and elsewhere throughout the country. The National Women’s Studies Association presented a lecture on the history and the development of finally implementing women’s studies into programs nationwide.
However women’s studies would not exist without the efforts of the feminist movements that took place earlier this century. First and second-wave feminist movements dwelled on issues such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, women’s suffrage and sexual harassment. The third wave of feminism campaigned for women to be able to hold greater political power and receive equal wages. All three of these campaigned for social and cultural equality. Because of the proximity that these movements have to our time (the third wave taking place in the early 1990’s) celebrating and acknowledging women is significant and has presence in our culture as we know it today.
Professor Goode-Elman, a women’s studies professor at the Ammerman campus states that the main message that the presentations attempt to send is “Teaching, Empowering, Resisting.” This is the slogan seen on the front of the brochure that advertised the events throughout the college. Women’s week intended to educate the participants on not only past issues but the present. Women’s week advertised pure equality and progress to its and it certainly educated those who attended.
By Glen Conway
Ammerman Campus theatre students will put on quite the show on campus.
Mid April the production Tartuffe will be presented in Shea Theater by the theater department. The show will open on April 18 and run through April 28. The show itself is free to the students. Each student can obtain one free ticket from the Box Office located in the Islip Arts building with their student ID. Otherwise it is $12 for the general public and $11 for students, children and seniors.
Tartuffe is a French play considered to be a classic. It has many variations in how it can be produced. But in all productions Tartuffe means “imposter” in French. This knowledge gives the viewer a little insight into the play. “He goes into a house and pretends to be someone he is not and turns the house upside down” said Danny Bua, a sophomore cast member and productions major and a lead in the play. “Not supposed to tell about the play as its supposed to be a surprise to the public” Danny further commented.
However after speaking to various cast members some information about the play was exposed. For example it is written in rhyming couplets which have proven difficult for the cast to master. “It’s been a challenge to not speak it as a rhyming poem but instead as a flowing text” said Bua. It is a typical play in that it has two acts with one intermission. The play has a flowing plot meant to keep you entertained. “This is gonna be the most different but interesting version of the play that anyone will see” commented Bua. As he further explained how the hard they are working on the play and how exciting and wonderful he believes it will be.
Yet not all the cast is in agreement on the joys of the play. “It has been a difficult task to work with the director” said an anonymous minor cast member. She further went to tell me “The smaller show had more book time than the longer show” meaning that there was more stage practice with the script in the smaller production than the larger one. She also complained that rehearsal is from six to ten and the cast has been getting out as early as eight. But she did admit that it is infrequent this happens. But when confronting Bua with this information he exclaimed “It has been a demanding schedule to adhere to but not impossible. Practice makes perfect”. Further saying while it was difficult at first the play is coming together nicely. When asked about the director he Bua said he liked the director and saw no problems with what he was doing.
For the most part, the cast is very excited and looking forward to putting on a spectacular show. “We look forward to seeing everyone there” said Bua happily.
Additional information on ticket prices and availability the phone number to the box office is 631-451-4163.
By Julia Catalano
The writers and staff of The Compass held a holiday party during common hour on Wed, Dec.5. Students wore their festive holiday apparel to show their spirit at this party. Refreshments, baked goods and even homemade punch was served in the lower level of the Babylon Student Center.
This party was open to all staff in the journalism department in order to showcase the Compass’s writers and all their hard work. The students also joined together for a good cause, a toy drive which was held for the less fornatunate.