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Campus Offers More for Female Athletes

By Kevin Rate

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Title IX of the Education Amendments Act states that “”No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” This law implies that Men and Women at the collegiate level must be given the same opportunities when dealing with extracurricular activities. Currently on the College Athletics website, it displays nine Men’s Sports to 12 Women’s Sports. This is a violation of title IX because there are fewer opportunities for Male athletes compared to Women.

 

The Intramural programs at the campuses are all co-ed, which rules out any violations, which is good. Intramural programs are designed to be for fun, to be active and meet people with similar interests. The programs offered are Basketball, Zumba, Ballroom Dancing, Soccer, Volleyball, Yoga and Tennis. All of these sports are aimed at students at a lower skill level, that don’t want to play at a competitive level.

 

Title IX states that there need to be equal opportunities for Men and Women, and if there isn’t enough interest in one sport for one gender, another needs to take its place. For example, most High Schools offer a Men’s Football team, but no Women’s Football team. To abide by the law, High Schools and Colleges offer a sport for Women that is not offered for Men, such as Field Hockey, Volleyball and Equestrian. Currently on the College website, the offered Sports are not equal for each gender. Both genders have Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball/Baseball, Tennis and Track and Field. The Men have one sport that Women don’t have, and that is Golf; this sport could easily be modified to have a Woman on the team, and many colleges and high schools do modify the Golf team. Women have Cheer (which evens up the numbers), Dance, Equestrian and Volleyball. That makes a total of three sporting opportunities that Men don’t have, while some of the sports could be modified, they currently aren’t and they are listed separately by gender.

 

One way of making the numbers even is by either cutting some of the Women’s sports, or by adding a few Men’s sports. Dance and Cheer could be combined into one program, Equestrian can become co-ed and a sport like Hockey could be offered for Men.  This instantly makes the numbers even. Hockey can be an expensive sport, but the proposed idea of a hockey rink on campus could decrease the costs of having a team.

 

Title IX is a law that needs to be abided by and institutions can get into a lot of trouble if these numbers aren’t balanced. Currently at the campus, they aren’t equal and it needs to be acknowledged. The idea of an Ice Rink on campus is another opportunity to bring more interest and opportunities to students. The opportunities need to be balanced for Men and Women, at risk of being punished by the Federal Government.

Campus Needs Ice Rink

By Jeffrey Lerman

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

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

An Ice Rink is a Community

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

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

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

An Ice Rink is a Business

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

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

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

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

Personality Tests Can Lead You to Your Career

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By Ryan Wooley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Route 58 expansion challenged

By Aiyana Edmund
As a resident and student in Suffolk County, I’ve watched the town of Riverhead grow, expand and develop over the course of the 20 years of my life thus far. Route 58 in particular has undergone so much expansion and commercialization here in Suffolk County, and with this comes more people and more road traffic. route 58
Due to the rapid development of stores and shopping centers here in Riverhead, I believe there should be more sidewalks on the backstreets. With Route 58 recently expanding to two lanes, the amount of road traffic in Riverhead has increased tremendously. Running parallel to this county road is Middle Road. On Middle Road there are three elderly communities and multiple neighborhoods within walking distance to many of the grocery stores on the county road. My concern is that there is no sidewalk on Middle Road for those of us who live here to walk to any of these (extremely) close stores and groceries.
The 2010 census stated the population of Riverhead was 13,299. With this town quickly growing into a shopping-lovers haven and commercialized district, the amount of people coming to Riverhead each day increases that approximate 13,299 population significantly. Aside from this town popping out new department and retail stores, we are also known for our farmstands and pick-your-own sensationalized fields during the fall and summer seasons. That alone brings in a whole new ratio of pedestrians and drivers to the area.
The point I am trying to establish here is the unethical amount of people existing in Riverhead each and every day compared to the serious lack of sidewalks along the roads of neighborhoods and single homes such as on Middle Road. On Route 58 there is an existing sidewalk that does in fact extend along a large portion of this county road, but no sidewalks exist on the roads in which people live. I personally would not choose to walk on the side of a double lane major road, if there was an alternative option to walk on a back road (for safety reasons, and of course scenic enjoyment).
There are no sidewalks on Middle Road. How can children walk home from the bus stop? Middle Road extends from the cement factory in Calverton to Doctors Path on the brink of Aquebogue. That is the parallel entirety of route 58 and personally I would rather walk along this scenic farm field sprawling side as opposed to the gas-fumed and car-whizzing county road.
Where do the elders in the nearby communities walk? Every morning there is a large group of folks enjoying what they can of their edge-of-the-road morning walk. I drive by, swerving into the oncoming traffic lane to avoid causing any harm to these pedestrians. Because as the saying goes, “pedestrians first”, right?
My proposal, my request, my question is- why? Why the lack of sidewalks? Their addition would bring a newfound level of safety, activity and exercise to the community. Bikes can be ridden, dogs can be walked, children can safely walk home from the bus after school. Joggers won’t have to jump onto the front lawns of stranger’s homes when a car comes by. I, for one, have experienced all too many times the feeling of my ankle giving out as I quickly hop off the road and onto someone’s lawn, stumbling on a hidden grass pothole. With the strip of a simple concrete sidewalk, the distinction between pedestrian and car territory can be defined and safety can increase.
I am fully aware of the funds that would have to be used by the Riverhead municipality in order for sidewalks to be installed. The average cost per foot of concrete sidewalk is $3.79. Multiply that by the approximate 6 mile length of Middle Road and then double it for both sides of the road and you are left with a costly project. I understand. But perhaps instead of the staggering yearly salary per Riverhead police officer of approximately $150,000, we can put money towards a beneficial project in our community that increases safety and health- something that can assist our cops with safety but can’t write us tickets.

Student Praises Eastern Campus Honors Program

By Meghan Hennessy
I am writing to express how tremendously impressed I am with the Honors Program at the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College (SCCC). As a member of the program for two semesters now, I have nothing but praise for the program in all regards.eastern campus honors program
The Honors program offers “interdisciplinary learning opportunities for academically talented and highly motivated students”, according to the college’s website. It is geared towards the fundamental traditions associated with the Liberal Arts and aims to highlight the connections between different disciplines as well as encourage “intellectual creativity”.
According to Carla Sutherland, the Professional Assistant (PA) of the Eastern Campus’ Honors Program, SCCC students may apply for admission into the Honors Program either prior to, or at any point during their enrollment at SCCC. Both part-time and full-time students are “welcome to apply”, according to the college’s website. Applicants are required to submit an Honors Program application, a letter of recommendation, a 500-word essay, ACT or SAT scores, and a copy of their high school transcript, along with any previous college transcripts.
For entering students, the minimum requirements are as follows: a B+ average in high school and a composite SAT score of 1650 or ACT score of 24, as the webpage for SCCC’s Honors Program clarifies. For students to maintain their status once they’re already enrolled at SCCC, a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average along with a grade of B+ or better in ENG101 is required.
While I found the application process daunting and overwhelming at first, both Ms. Sutherland and Professor Adam Penna, the program’s Coordinator for the Eastern Campus, helped to make the process much easier to understand and get through. They may require applicants to jump through several hoops in order to gain entry to the Honors Program, but once I was accepted into the program, I saw that it was well worth the effort.
I’ve experienced a marked difference between my honors and non-honors classes in my two semesters as a student at SCCC’s Eastern Campus. For one thing, honors classes are smaller, allowing for more attentive instruction along with stronger relationships between students and professors. It’s nice to not be just a face in a sea of students, but to have an identity in the classroom as an individual. I’ve found my honors classes to be more intellectually stimulating than my non-honors classes in many instances, and I’ve also noticed a higher caliber of scholars in the Honors Program. The students in my honors classes tend to be more mentally present and active in class, and seem to be more motivated to learn than in my non-honors classes.
Aside from the benefits of taking honors courses, there are several opportunities, events, and services for honors students at the Eastern Campus of SCCC. Honors students gain access to special trips, such as the World Trade Center memorial trip I look forward to attending next month. Luncheons for the Honors Program are also held frequently here on the Eastern Campus, where honors students get to receive advice and academic advisement, as well as delicious free food. In addition, many scholarships are limited to students who are a part of the Honors Program. There are seemingly endless benefits to becoming a member of this program, it offers so many wonderful things to students who are motivated, intelligent, and deserving.
And it appears that many students on the Eastern Campus are already quite aware of how great the Honors Program is. According to Ms. Sutherland, there are currently 103 students coded as honors, while there are also many additional students who are taking some honors classes without being coded as honors. It’s obviously no secret that becoming a part of the Honors Program offers benefits beyond merely looking good on transcripts.
My only disappointment with the Honors Program at the Eastern Campus is the number of honors courses offered. Because this is such a small campus, even the number of non-honors courses offered here is less-than-ideal for busy full-time students, especially those who also work part-time, like myself. I’ve found it difficult to arrange my schedule so that I am taking only classes that fit into my Liberal Arts degree requirements, while also taking at least two honors classes, and additionally taking into account my work schedule and allotting time for classwork and some semblance of a social life. Although it has been difficult, I’ve managed to do it for both of my semesters so far, so it isn’t a huge concern. I only wish there were more honors courses offered in a semester to make life a bit easier, but even with the number offered now, it is definitely possible to make it work.
Last semester I was fortunate enough to take an Honors English 102 class with the Honors Program Coordinator, Professor Penna, as well as an Honors Issues in Philosophy class. I was happy with both courses, which I found challenging and exciting. This semester I’m taking an Honors Introduction to Dramatic Literature course which I absolutely love, along with an Honors Sociology 101 class that I’m also very happy with. The classes are fascinating and while there is a higher workload for honors classes in my experience, it is work that is interesting and worthwhile. I look forward to taking more honors courses next semester and gaining all that I can from the Honors Program while getting my Liberal Arts degree here at SCCC’s Eastern Campus.

Are Regents Important?

Regents tests are made out to be something we have to take and pass, no exceptions.

Regents tests are made out to be something we have to take and pass, no exceptions.

By Robert Mantesta

A final at the end of the semester is okay but having to take a regents exam
that supposedly meant a lot for college was not ideal. These regents were made
out to be something that would be unforgiven if we failed. The other thing was
the difference between graduating with a regular regents diploma or an advanced
regents diploma.

My high school guidance counseler let me know however that
these two had no effect on my acceptances to college. For my parents and I, a regents diploma and an advanced regents diploma meant nothing to us. The only thing that mattered to us was that I stayed on top of my work and graduated. Not to mention that these were New York State given and not every state had them.

I eventually applied to a few out-of-state schools that did not even care about a regents exam. The school that I first went to, SUNY Purchase had told me that they didn’t care about what type of regents diploma I had or took because the grades as a whole as well as the character of a person is what makes the decision.

These teachers spend countless classes telling us how important these
tests are and getting us ready for something that will not matter. As students we get put into categories on how far we went in our high school career. By doing this, some students may be hurt emotionally because they are basically saying we are not smart enough to get an advanced regents diploma. Taking a test and seeing our results should never tell how smart a person is because some of the most successful people today have not finished college let alone high
school.

I believe teachers and schools pinpoint the wrong things that we should
be taught. My high school guidance counselor said that just about half the
students she had that went to college didn’t graduate with an advanced regents diploma. Why stress students with these kinds of tests when they won’t matter with whatever grade we get. The pressure of taking a test is hard enough so why bring more pressure saying colleges put some focus on them.

I never got an advanced regents diploma and I think I am turning out fine. Although I did fail out of my old school, it was not because my outcome of the regents exam but other dumb choices I made.

I feel that regents exam in no way determine your
future but you as a person and the choices you make will. I wish they would get us ready for the real world instead of making us living in the new york state dream world of tests deciding our future.

Benefits of Community College

 By Kyle Barr

The first thing they tell you at Suffolk is that eventually you are going to leave.

They tell you that after only two years that you will go off to either the workforce or some other school. You slip through the advising center without any idea of where you’re going or what else to really do but to attend the next class. Theres no mission objective, but some vague line at the end of distant road. A line that, when you finally cross, there’s not much time for reflection.

It is the distance that makes everything seem so pointless. Suffolk is often counted as that distant school, or the easy school, the poor school, the school that the people who couldn’t get into the better schools.

Suffolk is a far away school. It is a distant school. It doesn’t matter how close or far away you live. When you attend Suffolk County Community College the first recognizable distinctive feature is the inherent distance a student feels to it’s grounds, it’s students, its faculty and atmosphere.

Other 4-year schools have one distinctive advantage over Suffolk. They not only have the option of letting you room and board, they allow you access on a constant basis to all it’s activities. Many more students at 4-year room and board colleges do not have jobs, where most in Suffolk do. It is a drive to get into Suffolk, to attend lecture and to do the work.

But the truth is, Suffolk counts as much as you make it count.

It’s distance is it’s advantage. When a student comes to Suffolk, he is coming to it in a certain mindset. Most students are fresh from high school where their experience there has not taught them much at all. It doesn’t matter how much they paid attention in class or how high their grade was. High school was a enclosed system. The outside world was just that, on the outside.

Out of high school, a person has few choices. One is to throw themselves completely in the deep end of the workforce, or go to a more expensive college, where you enter another enclosed system and spend a lot of money doing it.

Suffolk is a medium. It is not perfect, but that distance that is Suffolk’s greatest enemy is also it’s greatest strength. You can invest in Suffolk as much as you wish.

In most other colleges, a years tuition can go into the tens of thousands. When you enter on a major, you either stick with it, or you drop it, and many times effectively waste thousands of dollars.

At Suffolk, you are more than welcome to explore. Some majors are more restrictive than others, but Suffolk is the best opportunity one has to truly explore different subjects. It is not so much about throwing a dart at a dartboard filled with possible jobs and just picking what sticks. A student can take that extraneous class without feeling like one is just wasting money. It allows you the years that were said to only exist in high school where young people can test the waters. See where one wants to be.

That distance allows a student the ability to get experience in both work and school. That distance is the same space that allows you to ask the necessary questions, to ponder what might make you happy in life. The pressures of life from money to relationships are all still there, but compared to other schools, that pressure to stick to a major is not nearly as much present. Good grades are all still important especially for transfer students, but that Liberal Arts degree is not an employable death sentence.

Suffolk hires many Adjunct professors, who essentially amount to part time professors. The requirements for this position are somewhat less exclusive than full-time professors, most need a masters degree in their subject.

Just like any other job, these professors could range from terrible to the most memorable you have. But these professors have a often unseen benefit, the Adjuncts are usually hirees from people in the workforce in jobs that pertain to their subjects. They understand what the job is like, what are the difficulties and what are the benefits.

The distance isn’t an excuse for Suffolk’s problems, the campus isn’t perfect and there is more than one nasty or boring professor. The advising center often shoots you out into the Suffolk environment without a thought to your personal desires or character. But Suffolk isn’t the lazy school. Suffolk is the distant school. You take out what you put in. It allows you to decide what inside makes it all worth the drive.

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 Truth About Wiccans and Pagans?

Recently, FOX News released a derogatory and truly insulting story; to nobody’s surprise. Tucker Carlson and Tammy Bruce openly mocked Wiccans and Pagans, because of the recent addition of their holidays to the Missouri University holiday calendar, which also encompasses Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and several other religions’ holidays.
Now, in their opening statement, they clearly say that everyone on campus likes and accepts these additions, because they feel it helps them connect and respect their colleagues, students and professors. However, the narrow minded Carlson had a different approach, and Ms. Bruce was happy to chime in with him.
Carlson claims that 20% of all of the holidays are Wiccan, and Bruce adds in by saying maybe they should convert, so they could have more days off.
As a Wiccan of over six years, I can say there are only eight holidays, year round. While some Wiccans and Pagans celebrate other things, most celebrate only the main eight.
When Bruce so eloquently states that she has “…never met a Wiccan, but I might turn into one on a bad day.”, she not only was rude to those of us who are Wiccan, but is also promoting the stereotype that Wiccans and Pagans are evil, and put hexes and what-not on people. If anyone was actually educated on the subject they are speaking to the nation about, they would know Wiccans and Pagans are peaceful, nature loving people who focus on the positive and don’t believe in hexes or black magic.
While Bruce goes on to, once again, wrongly say that all Wiccans are anti-establishment, Carlson adds his wit to the situation and expresses his belief that the average Wiccan probably couldn’t name all of their religions holidays. Most of the Wiccan community was either outraged or shocked into silence at this point, and while this successfully insulting piece goes on for another minute or so, Bruce claims we are against tradition, aside from the fact that Paganism is so old nobody actually knows how far back it goes, even right past Egyptian and Druidism, Wiccans main holiday is Halloween, which it is not, and we are trying to downgrade what is important to the majority of Americans. After that, Carlson adds in his bit about us hating Orthodox Christians, and that “Only a country that has been too rich for too long could be as frivolous and silly”. I would like to point out that 4% of the world’s population is Wiccan or Pagan, and that not only is it practiced worldwide, it is also accepted as a way of life.
On top of that segment, as if it weren’t enough, FOX put up another three minutes of bashing Wiccans and Pagans, again with Tucker Carlson adding jibes about all Wiccans being “either a compulsive Dungeons and Dragons player or is a middle-age twice-divorced older woman living and a rural area who works as a midwife.”
Carlson’s colleague so kindly added that we like a lot of incense as well.
Well, as a college student living in New York, I can honestly say I’ve never played Dungeons and Dragons, been married, let alone divorced twice, and I’ve never particularly liked the smoke from incense.

The outrage of this news clip, not only from Wiccans and Pagans, but from people everywhere across the country, we so intense, not only was the video pulled from their website within four hours, but Tucker Carlson was made to apologize on air after receiving two petitions of over twenty thousand signatures each.
I’ve seen plenty of ignorant people who say awful remarks about things they don’t understand or don’t want to understand, but to have paid journalists spreading pure lies and opinions on air, wrongly teaching those who watch, about such an important topic is frightening as it is sick. When the public starts receiving information they believe to be true on a subject that hasn’t even been looked into, that’s when all information sources lose their credibility and the country will be plunged into an era where nobody’s the wiser about anything outside their own living spaces.

Dover’s food prices cause problems for college students

By Vincent Figalora

College students that are attending at the College are paying over two thousands dollars on tuition for the spring and fall semesters. But what about their special needs like food for example.
At the Ammerman Campus in Selden New York, there are a lot of students and Faculty members that are spending a lot of money on food. Dover is a company that runs the cafeteria in the Babylon Student Center. Their food prices are expensive. For example, two eggs and one bacon is four dollars, chicken tenders with French fries are five dollars and seventy-five cents, and drinks are two dollars. These prices are very expensive because not all students that go to this College have a house to live in, most students that are between seventeen to twenty are still living with their parents, and students that are over twenty years old are living on their own. Especially to those that don’t have a home and are living on their own because some of these people have only money where they can afford it on getting an education. A lot of students aren’t too happy of these food prices.
Gary Chacon an Accounting major student said” With more varieties of food being offered in the cafeteria, than more people will pay their food for the original price”. Gary is explaining here that if Dover had more different kinds of food in the cafeteria, than more people would buy their products. For example Nassau Community College offers Wendy’s in their cafeteria with foods that are less expensive. But as for the food prices Chacon said, ” I can get the same thing at my local diner or deli for a lower price”. With more food Dover can also lower their food prices because if they did lowered their food prices than they would have a lot more customers buying their food.
Dover also owns another cafeteria at the Grant Campus. The difference between the Ammerman Campus and the Grant Campus is that they have the same types of food but with a lower price. For example, a pepperoni pie in Selden costs only nineteen dollars. But at the Brentwood Campus their pepperoni pie only costs fourteen dollars. That’s a huge difference because more students would want to spend on their food product for a lower price. It also gives them an advantage on using their money wisely by making a right decision that will save them a lot of money.
Josh Wallner a liberal arts major said, “I’ll give you one thing their food prices are expensive, but I’ll also tell you that the college and Dover should give out a survey to the college students on what types of foods that they would want to enjoy eating”. Josh gave them a great idea because with this survey they will be able to buy the right amount of food. They will also be able to find the right food prices to sell at the college.
With better food varieties and a survey given out to the college students, than the Ammerman, Grant, and Riverhead will have a lot of more students joining in the upcoming fall semester. Food is something we need everyday in order to survive. Maybe next semester, the College will have a lot of foods that are cheap to purchase.