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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


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


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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)

Remebering Martin Luther King Jr.: The dream lives on

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

April 4 marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s murder in Memphis, Tennessee, but not it does not mark the death of his dream.

Without King, America would be a completely different country.

The dream that King fought for is very similar to the society we live in today. That doesn’t necessarily mean that conflicts have completely ceased to exist, however. We still live in a country in which matters such as police brutality still occur. But we have also come a long way. We no longer live in a society where it is okay to discriminate people of color, or where it is okay to have segregated facilities. I believe we have distorted our perception of race and rejected the idea of racism as a society altogether and it is because of King’s message that we have done so.

Kimzer Jean Baptiste, a liberal art major at Suffolk, is a strong believer in what King has done for our country.

“I would say that Dr. Martin Luther King’s work has positively impacted our world. The change that he, along with many other civil rights activists brought to the western world, has set an example for people elsewhere to change their mindset about human value.”

Many African Americans were abused by the Jim Crow laws. These laws segregated schools, public toilets, public transportation and even restaurants.

However, our society has since changed for the better, and we see it at SCCC, as well. Without the inspiration of his dream, we would never have been able to have organizations such as the SCCC Global Connection, a multicultural club that aims to connect students from different cultural backgrounds and nationalities run by Norika Okada, The club’s goal is to promote and celebrate diversity on campus. We would have never been able to accomplish such things without King’s message, his goal, and his dream in which lives on through our generation.

By achieving all he could for our country before his death, King helped African Americans break free from segregation. But does King’s dream still lived on? Michael Ortiz, a Liberal Arts major, shared, “I believe that without Martin Luther King Jr. we would be a completely different society. If it wasn’t for him, we would’ve never seen the boycott of Montgomery which changed the way the people viewed the Jim Crow laws.”

King’s dream lives on through our schools, through our society and continues to fight racism as a country, we have learned to reject the idea of discrimination against others and as people have come together to move closer towards the dream Martin once had.

Drum Roll Please: Dominique Almodovar’s beat to life

Dominique Almodovar plays the drums live with the band You Guys. (Photo courtesy Vinny Metas)

Dominique Almodovar is a Suffolk Community College music major who plays drums in the band You Guys. Almodovar takes pride in her drumming and is inspired by her grandfather, who played professionally with the music legend Tito Puente, known as The King of Latin music.

Almodovar is working on new music with her band and is set to graduate in May.

SCCC students embrace Black History Month

Photo: Xavia Simmons a Communications in Journalism major at Suffolk Community College. Photo by Jacob Alvear

For students at Suffolk, Black History Month held many meanings.

Trenton Cockerl Patrick, a language major who has a combination of Jamaican, Native American and Irish heritage, said Black History Month “is just another reason why all blacks should come together and celebrate, work hard, and ultimately succeed greater because at the end of the day we all are one body.”

Kwabena Shine Jr., a business major who recently moved from Africa, Black History Month means that “the lives of black people are not taken for granted anymore and our ancestors’ struggle to victory are celebrated and appreciated.”

Kwabena Shine Jr. is a business administration major at Suffolk who recently moved from Africa. Photo by Jacob Alvear

For Xavia Simmons, “To me it means showing our culture our excellence and what we as a culture bring to the table that table being America. Also, just embracing, which I believe at this time in history is extremely important….”

Simmons says she and her family tend to look at February as just another month in the year.

“We don’t have any traditions in particular; we just celebrate it by acknowledging the fact that it’s Black History Month. But generally, we celebrate it every month and by that I mean for us it’s every month. We tend to embrace it all year round.”

Business major Zach Aberg, who has German and Hungarian roots, likes to watch documentaries that shine light upon great black leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

To Aberg, “Black History Month is an important month to recognize black history and black excellence. It is important to share cultures and understand each other’s history.”