Kobe’s Curtain Call

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As Kobe prepares for the final game of his twentieth year career, we remember the superstar at eighteen, fresh out of high school, waiting for his name to be announced by then commissioner, David Stern. Picked by the Charlotte Hornets and later traded to the Los Angeles, young Bryant would make a name for himself and earn the respect of former players and players to come. Whether it was hitting a fade away three point buzzer beater over Dwayne Wade, or throwing a lob to Shaq in Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals, Kobe Bryant has left us with interminable memories; etched in our minds forever.

In six months, Bryant went from being a high school phenom to an NBA rookie. It would be an adjustment for the rookie playing around twenty games in the high school regular season to playing 71 arduous games as a rookie. Bryant averaged only 7.6 points per game during the regular season but was hampered by lack of playing time. Every year after that, Kobe’s minutes went up incessantly but during the 1998-99 season “Frobe” Bryant had finally locked down the starting shooting guard position. The following year he won his first NBA title alongside Shaquille O’Neal, the most dominant big man the game has ever seen. Kobe’s impressive offensive capabilities alongside Shaq’s overpowering low post presence, the two were unstoppable, and they went on to win two more championships in 2001 and 2002.

After Shaq left for Miami there seemed to be a production lull in Los Angeles never making it passed the first round of the playoffs until 2008. During that six year span, Kobe came into his own and took on the challenge of being the team leader adopting certain techniques from Michael Jordan. At the time it seemed to be working, the Lakers were winning. In an interview with Ahmad Rashad, Bryant spoke on leadership, “If you’re going to be a leader, you’re not going to please everybody.” “You want them to be the best versions of them themselves a leader has to drive for that.”

Perhaps Kobe’s most memorable and iconic performance was Kobe’s 81 performance against the Toronto Raptors in 2006. In that game the Los Angeles Lakers won 122-104. Amazing isn’t it? Kobe scored more than half of his team’s points. The second leading scorer that game was Smush Parker, who only scored 13 points. After the impressive showing, Kobe still remains second, behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 points, in single game scoring leaders. In an interview with ESPN Kobe says, “I really didn’t know what happened until I walked off the court and heard the number.”

In another interview Bryant talked to Arash Markazi of ESPN reflecting on the 81 point game, “I should have had 90 points or more. I missed two free throws after making 62 straight. I had some really open looks that I missed. I think 100 is possible. I absolutely do. If I hadn’t sat out those six minutes in the first half, maybe I would’ve had it.” Shows what a fierce competitor Kobe is.

Since Bryant’s retirement announcement, the NBA has acknowledged the moment. Kobe’s most memorable games have aired on NBAtv and after every game, he receives a standing ovation regardless of the arena. Players aren’t bashful about sharing their favorite Kobe Bryant moment, whether it was playing against them or watching as fans.

It’s another side of Kobe that we’ve never really gotten a chance to see, or softer more embracing side, similar to Michael Jordan’s final seasons. There’s no doubt that Kobe’s fiery competiveness still burns within him but, he seems more at peace, friendly even. Professional athletes, not just basketball players, have paid their respects to the Black Mamba. According to ESPN, Bryant finds himself bringing extra sneakers because players are requesting an autograph pair. Popular athletes like Paul George, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, even Arizona Cardinals wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald received a pair of autographed sneakers. When asked what the requirements were for an autograph during a postgame interview, Kobe answered, “generally guys that got the cojones to ask, I give it to them. I’ve got plenty of them back there, so I’m not going to run out, so it’s all good.”

It’s crazy to think that come next fall, after twenty seasons, the number 24 jersey for the Los Angeles Laker will not be on the floor… for good. There is no doubt that the league will miss him greatly and there is no doubt that he too will miss the game. But the star can leave in peace knowing that the game he’s leaving in good and talented hands.

All-Star Disappointment

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As a fan of the game of basketball, the All-Star game is always a “must watch” event. Filled with a bunch of highlight, jaw dropping plays, fans look forward to this game before the season even starts. Thursday, January 21, this years All-Star starters were announced before the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers game on TNT. The following week, the All-Star reserves were announced selected by head coaches.

Due to the astounding number of basketball fans in New York and more specifically Suffolk Community College, I thought it would be interesting to hear what Suffolk’s fans thought of this years All-Star roster. Most of the subjects were surprisingly disappointed with the selected players, more specifically for the Eastern Conference.

LeBron James, Kyle Lowry, Dwayne Wade, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony were named the starters for the East. This surprised most. James, Wade, and George earned their spots as starters with their magnificent play thus far, but what about Carmelo Anthony and Kyle Lowry?

“Melo does not deserve to start, I think. He’s had success because he’s getting help from Kristaps Porzingis and his other teammates. He doesn’t have to carry the scoring load on his own anymore. And he really hasn’t even played his best basketball, he’s been inconsistent.” said Suffolk student Dandre Baker.

After missing half of the last season, Melo’s numbers have been steadily dropping since the 2013-14 season but, somehow he managed to earn a starting spot as an All Star. When asked who he would replace Carmelo with, Baker immediately answered, “Andre Drummund.” The Detroit Pistons Center, has made noticeable improvement from last season. Drummond is averaging four more points than last season, with 17.3 and is shooting 52 percent from the field. Already, Drummond has totaled 47 impressive double-doubles thus far in the season. Those sound like All-Star numbers. Instead, the third year Center will be coming off of the bench for the East. This bring up and interesting question; if a player was a perennial All-Star starter, like a Carmelo Anthony, should that guarantee him another starting spot in future All Star games?

As for the guard spot, needless to say, there was more disappointment. For the second straight year, the Toronto Raptors Guard, Kyle Lowry was named a starter for the East surpassing Kyrie Irving by 65,000 fan votes.

“This is why the fans shouldn’t vote.” Kevin Wallace, student at Suffolk said. “Look at the numbers. The Cavaliers have been playing noticeably better since Kyrie returned from his injury. Don’t get me wrong Kyle Lowry is a good player but he shouldn’t be an All-Star player this year. Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving are better suited.”

Wallace made some valid points.Taking a look back at the 2014-15 season statistics for Kyle Lowry, he shot 41.2 percent from the field, his three point percentage was 33, and his free throw percentage was 80.8 percent, 45th amongst guard free throw percentage. But, somehow Lowry found himself starting in the All-Star game that season. The same season Kyrie Irving averaged, 21.7 ppg. and shot 46.8 percent from the field, 41.5 from three point range, and shot 86.3 percent from the free throw line. Irving was an All-Star reserve that year.

“The fans really shouldn’t vote anymore. Last year Justin Bieber told people to vote for Kyle Lowry which really isn’t fair. There are die hard Bieber fans out there who probably don’t even watch basketball, going and voting for [Lowry] just because he said so. It doesn’t make sense. It ruins the sport.” says Suffolk student, Kenny Simmons.

Fans have a tendency to be biased and only vote for players they want to see in the game rather than studying the stats and then deciding who is deserving of an All-Star appearance. It isn’t fair when a public figure like Justin Bieber uses his status and social media outlets to influence All-Star votes. Nevertheless, every year All-Star weekend is a must-watch event for basketball fans to enjoy, this year will be no different.

Domestic Violence SCCC

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Domestic violence is never a laughing matter. Suffolk Community College has taken the initiative to promote domestic violence awareness hoping to spread its importance.

During the month of October, Domestic Violence Awareness month, Suffolk Community College and its students help raise awareness for domestic violence. The school has teamed up with nomore.org and the two have collaborated in the effort to prevent domestic violence. Suffolk students are photoed holding signs with the words “No more” with a blank line, free to write what they feel. From the posters pinned the bulletin boards to the banner showcased in the library Selden has taken steps in the right direction.

Suffolk has even taken it a step further, the school has taken to Youtube. Found under the SCCC media website, there is a domestic violence video series that students have cleverly put together. There is a separate video series titled “Domestic Abuse: Early Warning Signs – Dramatization in 7 parts.” The series are considered to be instructional videos providing examples of different forms of domestic violence. The videos are not only useful for the victim in an abusive relationship, but it’s also extremely helpful for a third party outsider, making it a priority to notice abusive behavior when you see it.

“I think that what Suffolk is doing is great. Not only are they emphasizing the importance of domestic violence awareness, but they’re also affiliated with a great organization that shares the same goal. I only wish that they had done this earlier.” says SCCC student Brianna Singh.

“It’s cool. One of my friends from high school was in an abusive relationship and it’s that Suffolk is shining light on how important it is to recognize it when you see it and speak up about it.” says former SCCC student Jonathan Pryce.

This move made by the college seems to be going over with a lot of the students attending the school. This isn’t a move done for attention or recognition, this was a genuine act. At this age most college students are in active relationship, Suffolk’s “NO MORE,” shows that they care for their students and their well-being.

Professors Teach Growth, But Refuse to Grow With Times

By Julianna Buscemi

Just as students come in many forms, shapes, ages, and sizes, their professors do as well. Many of those professors have become adapted to the age of technology we so heavily rely on today, and can easily make themselves available on social platforms to better communicate with students. And then there are others, who regardless of having a profession that teaches growth, refuse to learn new technology and change their ways, in turn being disconnected from their students.

In a society that is only moving forward on the technology scale, how can we these professors remain in contact with their students without the use of technology? Class cancellations, upcoming assignments, meeting places, are all things that can be easily communicated through email. Those professors who neglect to use their emails and only work provide information orally can lead to miscommunication between their students and in turn can lead to discouragement in students in their work and their effort in class.

Sabrina Huber, a graduating student of Suffolk this Spring spoke her mind on the subject of technology unadvanced professors. “I have a teacher for a broadcasting class this semester who literally has someone from the office write on the chalkboard that class is canceled. A class about the use of technology to have your voice heard…” “I have to drive a half hour to class and waste gas only to find out it was pointless.” Sabrina expressed that when asked if the professor used his email, he responded by saying, “No, I don’t use that stupid thing”.

Professors must be able to provide sufficient communication with their students outside of class in order to build trust and respect between them. This can be through the use of school email, personal email, or blackboard. Without it, students will not be able to keep up with the workload of the class.

 

Female Sharks Compete Head To Head With Males

By Julianna Buscemi

 The college’s women’s sports teams have been swinging, dancing, kicking, and climbing their way up the championship ladder.

The women’s softball team has been on a 25 game win streak and first in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region XV after their win against Nassau Community College.

According to the college website, the team has been making a national name for themselves with impressive stats including ranking first in triples (34), and 3rd in batting average (.449).

If the team continues to flourish some of these girls could be headed to the major leagues!

If you were to survey a group of students as to whether or not they were aware that the college had a cheer team, there would be a big chance that little would say they had any idea about this team powerful girls, or that they’ve been working their way to the top of the cheer pyramid! According to the college website, Suffolk’s all girl cheer team placed third in the nation at the UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships last weekend. The competition was held in Walt Disney World and consisted of 11 colleges and universities, with only two junior colleges, one being Suffolk.

Along with these two defeating teams, Suffolk has many other women’s sports teams including basketball, lacrosse, and soccer, that have shown their athletic strength and go toe to toe with the guy. In the world of sports, sometimes women can be forced to take a backseat and aren’t seen as real competitors. But the women at this college have proven that wrong and will continue to use their Shark teeth to rip through the competition!

Shark’s Crunching Their Way to Nationals; 27- Game Winning Streak

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By Lakisha Brown

The college’s Women’s Softball team is crushing this 2015-2016 season and demolishing their opponents, non-stop, with a mind-blowing winning streak of 27 games. Under the leadership of Head Coach Joseph Kosina and Assistant Coach Neftali Collazo, these players are blazing a fiery trail on their way to Nationals.

“I think out team has experienced such great success this season due to hard work-ethic and dedication from the Sophomores, and an influx of talent from the freshman class,” Kosina, said.

Since the 26th of March, the Sharks have continuously defeated every opposing team. Collectively, the Sharks played 39 games in which they accomplished 496 hits, 74 doubles, 38 triples, 404 RBI’s, 471 runs, 18 home-runs and with a national batting average of .441.

“Suffolk County Community College’s Women’s Softball is on a 25 game win streak in and first in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region XV. The team won the championship after knocking off New Jersey’s Northern Essex and then defending Region XV Champion and rival Nassau Community College,” according to the school’s website. The site listed and acknowledged the impressive ranking in which the Sharks are placed nationally. “The team is nationally 1st place in triples, 2nd place in runs and RBI’s, and 3rd place in batting averages.”

The Sharks most remarkable games were played against Ulster County Community College and Nassau County Community College, both games were played in April. The Sharks won, 27-2, against Ulster with 27 runs, 24 hits, and 20 RBI’s. Again, smashing Nassau, 23-3, with 23 runs, 25 hits, and 22 RBI’s.

Saturday, May 7th, the team rivaled against Montgomery Community College and won, 16-4, yielding their best results in the 1st and 3rd innings. In this game the top scoring player was Valerie Scura with 4 runs, and she was closely followed by Jessica Parente and Courtney Lawrence with 3 runs each. Star player, Courtney Lawrence led with 3 hits, 4 RBI’s, and one triple play.

The Sharks maintained an impressive 27-game winning streak due to hard-work throughout the season. Everyone on the team has played a role in the season’s success, however, six star players have been key contributors in why the Sharks have had a remarkable season.

“Team honors go to Courtney Lawrence for Region XV Player of the Year and Region XV Tournament MVP. First team All-Region members; Valerie Scura, Jamie Parente, Jessica Parente, Paige Baker, and Courtney Lawrence. Second Team All-Region; Samantha Magerovich, and Joe Kosina for Region XV Coach of the Year,” according to the college website.

Throughout the season the star players were Valerie Scura, Jaimie Parente, Jessica Parente, Paige Baker, Courtney Lawrence, and Jackie Chester. In the lead, Courtney Lawrence, Outfielder/P-SS, assisted with 50 RBI’s, 59 runs, 64 hits, 10 triple plays, and 13 double plays for the season. A close second, Jackie Chester follows with a .479 batting average, 53 RBI’s, 50 runs, and 56 hits. Valerie Scura lead with 61 hits and 62 runs, the most among her team- mates. Jessica Parente placed just under with a .500 batting average, 45 RBI’s, 49 runs, 58 hits, and 10 doubles. Paige Baker was responsible for 11 doubles for the season.

The Sharks have established a winning recipe for this season which is allowing them to dominate in the regions, and possibly in the National’s. Upon winning the National’s, the team could potentially win the World Series of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Historically, the school has had four regional victories and zero National triumphs. The 2015-2016 season could be headed to win the National’s and the World series, which will be the first time in history that the college’s women’s softball team has won victory of that magnitude.

“We’re headed to the NJCAA Division III World Series and this will be a first for Suffolk’s Women’s Softball Team,” Kosina, said.

 

 

 

 

Student’s Voices Silenced by School’s Communication Methods

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By Lakisha Brown

It’s important for the college’s administrators to communicate to the student body regarding matters that will impact them. Students need transparency from the school and multiple forums that effectively transfer pertinent information to the population that needs it most. In many cases, students aren’t well-informed, causing them to make poor choices and preventing them from being active participants in events or matters that significantly affect them. Students are voiceless, not because they don’t care, but because they don’t have the proper information necessary to speak up.

Awareness is critical to the student body because it’s the first step in having a voice. Students are denied a voice because they frequently have a lack of information regarding events in which they could be heard. College events typically have low student turn-out results because they are not using effective measures of communication to reach the average student. The school has poor and ineffective communication skills for millennials and they will continue to paralyze the student body by silencing them, if they don’t take necessary measures to improve communication.

Currently, the college’s most popular form of messaging students is through the school’s email. However, millennials are the generation of social media. You have to use the most preferred or utilized form of communication if you want to connect with them. It’s not wise to dictate the type of communication, expecting students to conform to the institution. The student body is responsible for financing $115 million of the school’s operating budget for the year 2015-2016, and the least the school can do is respect them and give students the voice they deserve. Refusing to use the most up-to-date technology is irresponsible for an institution which relies so heavily on its student body.

Students aren’t encouraged to get involved and have a voice because the school may benefit from it, the less you know—the less you ask questions. The agenda of the student liaison committee is “To encourage representation to the Senate, to meet during the academic year for exchange of information about items affecting both faculty and students, to recommend policies relevant to both the Senate and student governance organization and to maintain sole responsibility for coordination and selection of the Daniel DePonte Student of the Year award,” according to the college website. The student liaison committee typically meets once per semester and they have no student attendees. The student meal plan went into effect for the Grant and Ammerman campuses, and students didn’t have a say. Tuition and fees are ever-increasing and students are clueless on matters concerning the school’s operating budget. Everything is affecting their finances, education, and opportunities, yet they are the last to know about it. The Student Government Association represents the student’s voice for academic, social, and cultural affairs. Students are invited to assist them in serving the student body, but there is still a lack of student involvement. Many of the organizations built for the student’s voice and expression don’t have the support they need because students are not informed.

The school have a social media presence on websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. However, the websites don’t allow exchange of conversation between students and the school. Also, the school doesn’t utilize those forums to inform the students on important matters, instead it’s used to preserve the image of the college. The student population for 2015-2016 is approximately 27,000, yet the school’s Twitter account only has 1,736 followers. The school uses social media to advertise for the college, more than a means to enlighten the students. They don’t use social media correctly, as a result, students don’t follow them.

The college desperately needs a different approach to transparency and communication. Several clubs and organizations exist on campus, but they don’t have effective recruiting methods. Young people are highly influence by other youth, so if you want student’s attention, you need student involvement. Students should be highly encouraged to have a voice and speak up for themselves. Special emphasis and attention should be on communicating to students. Sending a mass message for teachers to relay to students or physically sending representatives to classes to present information to students will boost results. A mobile app or any social media platform would increase communication significantly if students are allowed to exchange information and interact with the school. Students need to be informed and they deserve the opportunity to speak and be heard on matters that affect their lives. Restoring communication from the college will increase student participation and reestablish the student’s voice.

 

 

 

 

College Stomps First-Timers:4 Strategies to Become a Master Student

 

 

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By Lakisha Brown 

College students have an idea of what it takes to obtain a 4.0 G.P.A, but few actually acquire it. While it’s true that many students don’t apply themselves enough, there’s a bigger picture to consider. Most people have attended school and received some level of education in a life time—but they never learned how to learn. Students are not getting the most out of their education experience because they were never taught or equipped with the proper skills to excel as a student. Here are four effective strategies to becoming the best student you can be, and possibly the keys to attaining a 4.0 G.P.A.

Determination: Once you have the vision of what you want, you have to make up in your mind that you are going to do what it takes to get it. You’re going to have to work hard, sacrifice a lot of time, and miss out on some pleasurable events. “Strong desire makes you go above and beyond, pressing pass barriers because it’s something you really want. Being an excellent student requires you to persevere …despite failures, you keep striving until you get it,” David Dobbs, Baltimore resident, said. You have to be passionate about learning, even if it’s not a topic of interest, in order to be a great student.

Prioritization: Your to-do lists will grow as the semester progresses and you will need organization in order to manage your time properly. Create a list of things you need to do and label them in order of importance. Consider the deadlines for the assignment and how greatly they impact your grade. Having an organized and prioritized list gives you a clear guide to what needs to be completed and the order in which it needs to be done. It will help you manage your time effectively and assists you in keeping track of your progress.

Execution: Once you’ve set a clear guide on what needs to be done, prepare to work hard. You may have to spend hours reading, taking notes, preparing flash cards, studying, attending tutor sessions, researching, and writing papers. “…not studying or paying attention, that’s probably what kept me from getting a 4.0 G.P.A,” Kevin Herrera, Suffolk student, said. You must be able to analyze yourself and improve. Keep in mind that it’s equally important to schedule and execute fun time. Keeping a balance will keep you from burning out.

“I used to be a natural at certain subjects and my grades were higher, but I think I’m a more excellent student now because I work harder in subjects that don’t come naturally, even though my grades are lower,” Ellyssa Blythe, Bay Shore resident, said. She reminds students to focus on doing their best because the grade doesn’t define you or whether you’re an excellent student. “Keep making your greatest effort…school isn’t designed to fit everyone’s learning style, but do your best anyway.”

Be Relentless: You do not know everything, so be patient with yourself. If you don’t know how to do something, don’t be afraid to ask for the help you need. Be relentless, you paid for your education, get the most out of it. Things are going to be difficult and sometimes intimidating, but remember that’s only because you haven’t learned it yet. Be confident in yourself that with the right habits you will eventually learn what you need to know. Participate as much as possible in class. Accept criticism and don’t be afraid to fail. Failing teaches you what you need to know for success.

“Here’s the trap—let’s say you do poorly on something…if you believe your talent is fixed, your excuse will be that your bad and you’ll always be bad. You won’t consider seriously that you can improve,” Allen Cheng, Harvard Alumni, stated in a 2015 Prep-Scholar article. You may not start out good at something, but you can always improve. “It’s easier to blame something out of your control (an idea that you were born with talent or not) than to admit that you just didn’t work hard enough or effectively enough to meet your goal. You can learn to be good at anything because your abilities are almost entirely up to you.”

Carnival Leads to Decrease in Depression Rates for Students

By Deanna Honett

A carnival took place on campus at the Veterans Plaza on Wednesday, April 27. All students were encouraged to attend the event that lucked out with having a beautiful sunny day. The event gave away free carnival snacks, such as churros, pretzels, and cotton candy, while also holding interactive carnival games such as target practice or mind games, giving students the opportunity to win prizes. The carnival successfully brought many members of our student body together at the Veterans Plaza in the middle of their busy Wednesday schedules.

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Carnival at the Veterans Plaza at at SCCC on 4.27.16

 

The carnival started at 11:00am and ran until about 12:15pm, allowing most students the opportunity to attend if they wished. This time frame takes place during common hour, which is for most students the free time in their schedule in between classes. The time allowed students the opportunity to enjoy the carnival during their breaks, letting them momentarily step away from their studies in order to unwind and release stress with the helpful distractions of food, games, and laughter.

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Carnival at Veterans Plaza at SCCC on 4.27.16

 

The end of the semester is always filled with high volumes of workload and stress levels for students. When students become overwhelmingly busy this will often lead to forgetting the importance of balancing their highly stressful work levels with breaks. Without taking a break a student is increasing the chances of becoming consumed by negative emotions, such as stress or anxiety, which can lead to the negative side effects of depression, anxiety attacks, and a health decrease. Many college students show symptoms of either having depression or at high risk of developing depression during the last month of school.

 

Depression is a complex disease because it has not yet been discovered what the exact causes are. Depression can come from many different factors that occur in a person’s life, making it hard to peg all the different causes since their is many different ways that do not connect to one another. Some main causes of depression come from conflicts and other personal problems. A person’s biological make up can cause them to become vulnerable and so more at risk and exposed to the possible development of depression. People who have this biological make up can triggering the depression from a main cause, like conflicts. Conflicts can include not being able to find the time to do work by a certain deadlines or conflicts of feeling unable to balance completing school work with a job and a social life. These are common conflicts that a majority  students must deal with often. These conflicts with time management increase during the end of the semester as students have high volumes of work with less time, showing the high risk many students face for becoming depressed.

 

Lacking time to do all the things required from ones list of responsibilities can also lead to social isolation. Students react to the overwhelming amounts of work by locking themselves up in library’s as they try to get a grip on everything. This puts hanging out with friends or participating in outlets that release stress at the bottom of their priority lists as they struggle to succeed. The hours spent alone increase dramatically during finals time when compared to how much time a student spends alone for the rest of the year. Students become overwhelmingly concerned with finishing and receiving high grades that they do not realize the isolation that has taken place in the process. Isolation from a social life is one of the main factors that when mixed with certain biological make-ups will lead to depression for many from the high risks. Students that isolate themselves with intentions of doing this to help are unintentionally causing possible harm if they are not careful.

 

Isolation being one of the few known high risk factors that increase the chance of developing depression shows that having a carnival at the Veterans Plaza, which is next to the library, is a great way to decrease our student bodies’ chances of developing depression. This is because many students during the end of the semester spent countless hours constantly heading to the library and causing unintentional isolation from others but putting a carnival in their path encourages them to take a break to reduce their stress levels. The location allows student to break away from the confinement of the library walls momentarily as they release some stress while playing games, eating carnival foods, and interacting with other students in a fun and positive atmosphere. The timing of the carnival works well for it not only takes place during most students’ breaks but is also located in an area most students are walking by. Whether students are walking to the library or cafeteria, they are passing through the carnival and having the option to take a moment to stop and enjoy it. This helps capture students by targeting their curiosity too. Students will want to know what is happening and take time to stop and find out since it is not out of the way for them to do so. Location plays an important role here. Students would not have been so inclined to stop by a carnival that was out of the way and inconvenient.

 

Danielle Barclay is a current full time student that reacted to the site of the carnival by saying, “I have no idea what is going on here, but I intend to find out.”

 

The location allured students that were walking past with goals of heading to classes, stopping at the library to print or study, or heading to their cars. This event made them stop the hectic rat race they have become swallowed up in and even take a few moments to enjoy the event. If the carnival was held at a different time and location that was not so highly populated with traffic of students it seems that the carnival would not have been as successful. Students who are already struggling to balance their time will most likely not go out of there way to enjoy a carnival on a Wednesday. The carnival was available as easy access, allowing students to stop by and enjoy without any major commitments, like having to travel a down a path that was out of the way and therefore more time consuming in their already packed out schedules.

 

Kimberly Dietz is another full time student here at our school that described her encounter passing the carnival as “lucky I decided to head to class early. I was able to stop and eat a free churro and pretzel, which was awesome. Plus I was up all night writing an essay and didn’t even realize how hungry I was until I smelt the food.”

Kimberly Dietz at the SCCC carnival on 4.27.16

Kimberly Dietz at the SCCC carnival on 4.27.16

The carnival successfully brightened many students day that Wednesday. It made many feel rejuvenated as they ate some snacks and enjoyed interacting with other students for a moment, allowing them to forget the stress that comes with the approaching semesters end. The student body here at Suffolk is a group of hard working, talented, and dedicated individuals that will succeed in whatever path they set their minds too. It is okay for students to feel stressed, but their needs to be a balance of hard work with an understanding of how to handle the overwhelming feelings that can follow. An example being taking a moment to break away from your work momentarily to recharge your battery and interact with others because it is proven to decrease many negative risk, such as depression.

 

If a student ever becomes overwhelmed to the point of feeling like you can no longer  handle it than the students should know we not only have a great staff of professors to confide in. They can also contact our counseling staff, such as our mental health counselor Sarah Boles if they wish to discuss further and in more depth about the topic. She can be contacted by email at boless@sunysuffolk.edu, so for anyone with more questions or concerns knows a place to connect to for help.

Veterans Plaza at SCCC on 4.27.16

Veterans Plaza at SCCC on 4.27.16

On-campus Clubs, Organizations Enrich Students’ Social, Academic Environment

By Jignesh Majmundar

Suffolk County Community College offers a wide range of clubs and organizations. They are geared toward encouraging students to participate and satisfy their varying academic, social, recreational and/or special interests and needs. They enrich their on-campus life and academic experience. Students can join a ballroom dance club, campus newspaper, student government association or intramural athletic team and more. SCCC has over 90 different clubs and organizations which students can either Google or search under the “Students Organizations Search” database on the SCCC web page.

Campus wide events such as trips to Radio City Hall in New York, free movie shows, free or discounted tickets for local and regional music concerts, novelty shows like comedy, poetry or hypnotism and special events like scholarship awards program, black history month, trips to the Statue of Liberty, etc. are held each semester. The campus wide events mentioned above are planned and organized by the on-campus programming board known as Campus Activities Board (CAB). On the other hands, special events are planned and organized by individual on-campus clubs.

In order to find out how various clubs decide what events they should hold during a particular semester and how they are funded, an interview was requested with the faculty adviser, Frank Vino of Campus Activities Board.

Frank Vino, Host of the meeting.

His response was amazing and very detailed. As far as the funding is concerned, “Part of the tuition fee paid by students each semester is allocated by the administration for various social, recreational, cultural and educational programs. This sum of money is provided to the Suffolk Community College Association, Inc., a non-profit corporation primarily responsible for promoting co-curricular programs and services that directly benefit the student body. The SCCA has the campus specific Advisory Committee known as the ‘Campus Association Advisory Council’, chaired by the campus dean of student services and the college-wide Advisory Committee known as ‘College Association Advisory Council’ that include faculty representatives from the departments and organizations which receive SCCA funds. The ‘College Association Advisory Council’ makes recommendations regarding policies, programs, and the budget or allocation of funds to various campus departments and organizations. The recommendations are then reviewed and approved by the campus Dean, College Dean of Students, and President before they are submitted to the board of directors for final approval. Following approval, all budgets are coordinated through the Association Business Office and the SCCA then disburse this money to various clubs, associations and organizations as part of their budget”, Mr. Vino explained.

He also said “Each club then decides the kind of events it wants to organize based on its budget and whether the event or program fits within its mission statement” stressing further “The events or programs must be submitted to, reviewed and approved by the ‘Club Board’, which is comprised of five Presidents and Vice Presidents elected by their peers from the club program to review all programming and budget requests”.

Evidently, the Administration goes through a very robust, tedious and bureaucratic process in order to plan and hold various events and programs geared toward enriching students’ academic and social on-campus environment. And because the funds for such activities and programs come from students’ tuition payment, they should make every possible attempt to participate in one or more of those events and make good, smart use of their tuition payment.