SCCC needs a sports recreational club

There are many different clubs and activities at SCCC that students can get involved in on campus. They range from the Disney Club to the Astronomy Club to the Hogwarts at Suffolk Club.

With the weather getting warmer and even for the beginning of the school year in the fall, I believe that we should try and form a sports recreational club, in which students who are not on sports teams at school  can play a pick-up game of any sport, such as flag football, baseball, basketball and volleyball during common hour.

I feel that if students could create this club students can have an opportunity during common hour so that they can be outside and be playing a sport that they enjoy.

Creating a recreational sports club here on campus could benefit multiple students who want an opportunity to play a competitive sport for their enjoyment.

Thomas Bell, 20, a liberal arts major, says that creating this club would give students that used to play sports an athletic outlet to help them stay in shape.

Bell also believes that students can use the club to use it as a stress reliever by doing something they love and taking them off the classroom mindset.

John Ricciardelli, 24, a liberal arts major, says that he believes if the club is created, it gives the opportunity to someone who is a non-student athlete the opportunity to play on a recreational sports team for fun.

Ricciardelli also wants the club to be created because students should be able to play sports for fun. Ricciardelli feels it’s a great way to make friends and have a great experience.

This club should be created because it gives the students an interactive club along with one that revolves outdoor events. It gives the enjoyment to a bunch of kids with the same interest in sports to just have a good time.

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For SGA’s elections to have more involvement, it needs greater authority

The college holds the Student Government Association’s elections each spring semester. This year, they happened from April 8 to April 13 — five days during which students could vote online, in the college’s website homepage for their favorite representatives running for office for the 2018-2019 school year.

However, the recent elections didn’t do as well as last year’s. This time, 197 students from the Ammerman campus voted. Compared to 2017, when there were 405 hits, the number is significantly low. But why?

One of the main reasons was the number of candidates running for the vacant positions, said Laura Garcia, the current president of SGA. In 2017, two candidates ran for president and two for vice president.

As a result, “there was more promotion, debate and campaigning,” she said.

This year, only one person ran for president. Besides that, no one ran for vice president, secretary or treasurer.

Another reason can be the lack of awareness about what SGA actually does. Most people might infer that this organization has a lot of power in the decision-making processes that happen on campus. However, this is not the case for the student governance bodies at Suffolk County Community College.

SGA’s mission is to advocate for students’ rights, responsibilities and freedoms. It serves as a channel between faculty members, students and administration. However, no one holds a seat on the SCCC board of trustees, nor does SGA have a say in how student activity fees are spent, as do many student government organizations, including all four-year SUNY colleges and universities. SGA’s job is to communicate any issue to the student trustee, Jerome Bost.

Bost is the sole student representative on the college’s 10-member board. He represents all the students from the three campuses, exposing their concerns and being that voice in the decision-making process.

SGA spends a good portion of its annual budget mainly in giveaways, as minor contributions to the wellness of the student body.

“We want more ability to be able to oversee certain things, which is what we’re pushing forward now,” said Garcia. SGA is very limited in what they actually do on campus, so they try to help other organizations in events, as a way of promoting the services that the campus offers.

I think that this factor also plays an important role in how much students around the campus are informed, not only in the elections, but in the overall SGA’s role. The majority of the students don’t show much interest in what happens with this organization. Many others might do, but lacking the knowledge and information.

The Student Government Association in the Ammerman campus needs more promotion, better ways to get to students, who are intended to be the ones benefited from SGA’s work. If students are more involved, then more would be interested in being part of it, as well as voting for people to represent them. However, it is important to take away some of the limitations that restrict them to do more for the college community in general.

The fashion around Suffolk

At SCCC, the student body is made up of a diverse group of people, each with different backgrounds and fashion sense. Whether they’re sporting bold pieces or simple accessories, each individual has their own style to offer.

1. High Tops

IMG_0863High top Converse is a staple to include in any wardrobe. Classic white, cool patterns or a flashy solid color can help spice up any outfit.

2. Accessories

Image uploaded from iOS (2)Accessories and statement pieces such as watches, necklaces and eccentric belt buckles help pull any outfit together.

3. Ripped Jeans

Image uploaded from iOS.jpgRipped jeans have been “in” for years and have been evolving as the years go on. Whether it’s wide knee rips or a single rip with frayed ends, each style can be a key piece in anyone’s look.

4. Athleisure

Image uploaded from iOS (3)Athleisure is a new style that has been taking over rapidly. It’s a mix of leisure clothes and athletic wear. Companies such as Adidas have been producing and releasing more clothes that are dual functional and not just for working out.

5. Denim on denim

image-uploaded-from-ios-4.jpgDenim on denim has received negative feedback in the past, but it’s making a comeback. The most iconic denim on denim duo are jeans and a cute jean jacket.

6. Dress Shirts

Image uploaded from iOS (5)Button-up shirts are a good way to come across more professionally. You can choose a button-up with short sleeves to accommodate the approaching warmer weather and a playful or busy pattern to showcase your style personality.

7. Cardigans

Image uploaded from iOS (1)Cropped and full-length cardigans are a good way to keep an outfit stylish while also staying warm. Full-length cardigans can be worn during gloomy days while cropped cardigans can be used to add flair to any outfit even on a warmer day.

 

Tri Nguyen wins SCCC’s 2018 Student of the Year Award

Tri Nguyen, a Campus Activities Board executive and student worker, Nguyen was recognized for his dedication to the campus and students with the 2018 Daniel De Ponte Student of the Year Award.

The award was given at this year’s Student Recognition Luncheon on May 15.

Nguyen has been a student at SCCC for four semesters and plans continue studying business. He hopes to be accepted to New York University.

Nguyen said he would like this recognition to serve as a platform so he can share with other his story.

 

 

Ten Popular Spots to Hang Out at on Campus

College can be stressful, so sometimes students want to wind back and relax. Luckily, our campus is filled with tons of hang out spots that are available to students. These spots allow students to sit down, relax and enjoy the little free time they have before going back to their classes.

img_1538.jpg 1. The cafeteria in the Babylon Student Center is a hyped up spot for college students. It is common to see a packed room during common hour. Students go here to wind down and eat some food before continuing on with their school day.

img_1530.jpg 2. This is a hidden spot on our campus. Not many people know about this. It is quiet and peaceful and it’s a perfect spot to go to when you want to be alone. It is located underneath the library.

img_1535.jpg 3. This spot is within the platform of the Babylon Student Center. Mariana Guimaraes, a journalism student here at SCCC says, ” I always see a lot of people reading a book or catching up on homework in this mini development. If the weather is nice, it’s the perfect spot to get things done.”

img_1540.jpg 4. Starbucks is one of the newest additions on our Ammerman Campus. This is a great hangout spot and has an environment in which people like studying in. It’s the perfect mix, drinking some coffee and hitting the books. IMG_1537 5. This is the continuation of the mini development within the Babylon Student Center. You can see a student engaging himself in his book outside in this great weather. img_1527.jpg6. Overall, the Huntington Library is a very popular spot to hangout in and do some homework, but when the weather is beginning to be friendly to us, students tend to evacuate out of the library and sit outside of it. img_1525.jpg 7. Our courtyard here on campus is one of the most popular hang out spots. On nice days, students tend to play Frisbee, read a book, or just sit and talk with their friends. This is a great area for communicating and taking your mind off of your work load.  IMG_15228. The courtyard has multiple different sides which makes it large enough to sit a lot of people. IMG_15169. This spot is right outside the Islip Arts Building. A lot of people come sit out here in between their classes. Usually, it is full with people and you can barely get a spot to sit at. This picture was taken at a time where most people were in class.

What are students listening to behind the earbuds?

Behind the earbuds and behind the clothes, everyone has a different taste in music. We talked to several Suffolk Community College students and asked them about their music taste and who they were currently listening to.

Text by Jacob Alvear and Rich Olson. Photos by Rich Olson.

Alex Passante: Pop, plus

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Alex Passante, 21, enjoys listening to Charlie Puth while keeping up to date with her upcoming assignments at the Babylon Student Center cafeteria. Passante has a broad taste of music, but prefers pop. She likes to throw in a random playlist from a music streaming service like Spotify. Photo Credit: Rich Olson. (May 2, 2018)

Jake Bila: The classics

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Jake Bila, 19, was walking across campus listening to  “Bang! Bang!” from  Joe Cuba and the Sextet, which was featured in the movie ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.” He said he loves to listen to classic rock and older pop music from the likes of Billy Joel and Elton John. Photo Credit: Rich Olson (April 30, 2018)

Dylan Moyse: Kicking back with the old Kanye

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Dylan Moyse, 19, was relaxing in Veterans Plaza listening to music from Kanye Wests’ debut album, “The College Dropout.”  Said Moyse: “I just like all his old music. He’s pretty passionate about it and he talked a lot about his family.”  (May 2, 2018)

Archie Oppong: A$AP Forever

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Archie Oppong, 19, was heading into the library listening to “A$AP Forever” by one of his favorite artists, A$AP Rocky. Oppong says that he listens to a variety of music, including R&B, rock, EDM and rap.  (April 30, 2018)

Jose Mendoza: Soaking up Ziggy Marley’s ‘vibe’

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Jose Mendoza, 19, was relaxing outside during Common Hour listening to “Mmmm Mmmm” by Ziggy Marley, son of the late reggae artist, Bob Marley. “I love his songs, Mendoza said of the younger Marley. “They’re mad chill and they’re a great vibe and it’s what he represents,” adding that Marley is an artist who does his “own thing.”  (May 2, 2018)

Cassidy Major: Alternative to hip hop

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Cassidy Major, 19, spent her early morning on campus listening to Lil Yachty’s song, “COUNT ME IN.” “I love how his music is really upbeat,” Major said. “It promotes good vibes.” She added that she listens to everything from alternative to hip hop.  (April 30, 2018)

Lucas Lewin: It’s all about Kendrick Lamar

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Lucas Lewin, 19, was sitting outside of the Islip Arts building with his headphones on listening to artist Kendrick Lamar’s, “Untitled Unmastered, “specifically the “Untitled 02” track. “He’s very good and doing things that are unique in the hip-hop genre and funny enough,” Lewin said.  (April 30, 2018)

Jack Levinson: Stone Temple Pilots = rock

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Jack Levinson, 20, was making his way through campus listening to Stone Temple Pilots classic hit, “An Interstate Lovesong.” “I consider their music pure rock n roll music and that’s why I enjoy it,” Levinson said.  (April 30 2018)

Furkan Turfanda: Metal rules

Furkan Turfanda Furkan Turfanda, 20, was finishing up lunch while listening to Metallica’s newest album, “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct. ”  “I like to listen to everything but for the most part usually metal,” Turfanda said. “It’s engergenic, it’s aggressive, it wakes you up and pumps you up for the day.” (May 2, 2018)

Michael Shelton: A Boogie wit da Hoodie

Michael Shelton Michael Shelton, 19, spent his morning walk listening to rapper A Boogie wit da Hoodie’s song “Beast Mode.” Shelton says he just started listening to him and enjoys other rap artists as well.  (April 30, 2018)

Self-defense training offered at Ammerman

For the first time this semester, the Ammerman campus offered free self-defense training for female students, staff and faculty.

The training, called R.A.D. for Rape Aggression Defense, was founded by Lawrence N. Nadeau, a former Virginia State University police officer and U.S. Marine. The program was developed to become a vital tool for women to defend themselves from an aggressor.

“We teach woman on campus simple, effective techniques anyone can do,” said Public Safety Officer Jillian Carlos, a certified R.A.D. instructor on the Ammerman campus. “There are moves that every woman should have in her defense arsenal regardless of age or skill level.”

Carlos hopes to break the “complaint, non-assertive and non-confrontational,” norms that society sets for women, she said. The class is comprised of learning hands-on and off techniques to escape from a male aggressor.

Some of the hands-off techniques include but are not limited to addressing risk awareness, risk avoidance and risk reduction. The hands-on techniques teaches how to block, punch, kick, and escape wrist grabs, strangulation, choke holds, bear hugs and ground defense.

“When I heard the word defense especially in a danger-filled world we’re living in, I believe that as ladies we have the natural born right to use protection and find any means necessary to defend our own lives,” said Julianna Faustin, 20, of Lake Grove, said after completing the program. “I took it because I knew I could benefit from it and I did in more than one way, thank God!”

Carlos wants to ensure that women on campus can become more assertive and confident in their options for self-defense.

The next set of classes are scheduled to take place on June 5, 12, and 1, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Anyone interested can contact Carlos at Carlosj@sunysuffolk.edu.