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Hi My name is Sal Miliotto and I am a Journalism major at Suffolk County Community college. I would like to have a career in Sports analysis or Sports marketing and broadcasting. Journalism itself can be difficult but having a passion for a certain outlet of Journalism helps me to better understand how to achieve my goal to become a sports writer and broadcaster.

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.

One on One with SCCC pitcher Jared Prevete

Jared Prevete 21, a SCCC pitcher who is majoring in general studies, spoke the challenges of handling baseball and school at the same time.

Prevete, who admits he would like to see spokes better promote don campus, said his teammates are working well together with the new coaching staff and is excited for what the future holds at Suffolk and as he will look to continue to play college baseball at a future school.


Behind the scenes with Toyota T-10 students

On April 9, we got a behind-the-scenes look at SCCC’s Toyota T-10 program as students removed the lower control arms off of vehicles such as the 4Runner, Tacoma and Camry.

On the job

Evan Johnson and Julio Torres in the beginning steps of taking off the lower control arm.  (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

The early stages of removing the lower control arm from a 2007 Toyota 4Runner.

Evan Johnson, left, 21 and Julio Torres, 20. (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

Evan Johnson, 21, first took two years in a BOCES program prior to college. His first-year BOCES teachers work in the SCCC program. Johnson is also president of the African American Student Union. Johnson is the orientation leader and student adviser of the program.

Julio Torres, 20, first got into cars when he moved from Brooklyn, where he worked on his moms 1997 Toyota Sienna Mini van. When Torres looked into the program at SCCC he became very interested and now loves it.

Johnson also said, ” If more automotive students on campus got involved, more students would know about the program”.

Tom Gallina 19, holds the lower control arm off of the Toyota Tacoma. (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

Tom Gallina, 19, currently works in his dad’s auto shop. He grew up around cars and has taken all of the automotive classes here at SCCC. Gallina also works for the Toyota dealership in Middle Island.

The lower control arms main purpose is to hold the tire onto the vehicle. It can be adjusted by the main bolts attached to the wheel which can be adjusted to sit properly on the vehicle.

Working on removing the Lower control arm, Students Chris Wittekind 21 right, and Jason Cruz 20 left. (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

Jason Cruz, 20 and Chris Wittekind 21, both are enthused about the cool features about being students in the Toyota T-10 program. They explained that they have a partnership with Snap-On and Mac tools which are two major tooling companies for mechanics and car industries. They get half off on all products from both Snap-On and Mac tools for being involved in the program.

Tools of the trade

Numerous lifts inside of the Toyota T-10 room allow students easy access under vehicles. (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

In each automotive room, there are six cars lifts. Based upon what process is being conducted, such as electrical wiring, brakes, or suspension workouts, these lifts are able to raise the car up to the adjusted height to create space for the students to properly complete the task at hand.

Equipment benches for the task at hand. (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

These equipment tables are filled with high-tech Snap-On and Mac tool equipment.

A Snap-On sign is pinned outside of the Toyota T-10 room. (April 9, 2018) Photo Credit: Sal Miliotto

Student Fransisco Cruz, 19, said he got into cars from just playing the game Need for Speed on the Game Cube. He loves the program and the idea of working hands on.


The bCCC Ammerman campus automotive technology building. (April 9, 2018) Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

In this building, students spend 640 class hours — four days, six hours a day — to complete the Toyota T-10 program. The building also houses students who are in Honda and GM programs.

Photo credit: Sal Miliotto

Student Gary Wahl, 19, said, “I love the opportunity because the program gives you a stepping stone into the Toyota dealerships.”

McKay, union oppose armed faculty. But some on campus aren’t so sure

After President Trump said he supported the idea of certain teachers carrying armed weapons to protect high school campuses, SCCC President Shaun L. McKay sent an email to the campus community expressing his belief that there is no need for college’s professors to carry weapons.

“I do not see any reason to arm teachers—or professors—within an institution of higher learning,” McKay said in the Feb. 26 email, adding that he had spoken with the Faculty Association, the union representing Suffolk faculty, and that the parties agreed “educators should not have weapons in the classroom.”

Kevin Peterman, president of the Faculty Association, said, “There is absolutely no reason for any faculty member to have a gun on campus, let us educate and empower our students with knowledge and critical thinking skills. We must do what we do best and that’s to educate.”

Nonetheless, the issue has sparked conversation among faculty and students about whether arming trained professors would be beneficial to campus safety following the Feb. 14 Parkland, Florida, shooting, which killed 17 people.

Matthew Knowlan, an adjunct instructor who teaches Western civilization, said he would consider carrying a gun with the proper training, but does not think it’s a good idea.

Still, there are safety issues that need to be addressed, he said, noting that none of the doors in the Southampton building can be locked by a professor, and in his eight years teaching, he has never had a key.

“If it were a real situation where there was an active shooter inside of the Southampton building during his class, I would feel unsafe because I know that shutting the door could potentially mean nothing,” Knowlan said.

Dimas Perez
Dimas Perez, a 20-year-old liberal arts major, has mixed feelings about the idea of faculty carrying guns. Photo by Sal Miliotto

Knowlan added, “Protocol is to look outside gather everyone inside the class and close the door, along with getting out of sight.”

According to, New York State prohibits the carrying of firearms on college campuses, including those by concealed carry weapons permit holders.

Pablo Soza, a 20-year-old business major, supports faculty carrying guns in case of an emergency. “I would at least have a chance to survive thanks to those professors who were carrying rather than having to be scared knowing I could face injury,” he said.

However, Soza said professors should go through detailed background checks.

Myles Jones, an 18-year-old communication in media arts major, said he is “50/50 on the topic of armed professor’s on campus,” but that he would feel “intimidated and uncomfortable” if he was in a class with a professor carrying a gun.

Dimas Perez, a 20-year-old liberal arts major, also has mixed feelings. He said he is “kind of caught between the two topics but is still unsure about the whole idea.”

In his email to the campus community, McKay outlined steps that have been taken under his tenure to maintain personal safety.

They include:

  • Full staffing of the Public Safety force
  • The purchase of additional equipment
  • Adding an assistant director of patrol operations and leadership at the captain level on each campus.
  • Adding more public safety coverage on weekends and at special events taking place in our facilities.
  • Increased training for officers
  • Scheduled campus drills and tabletop exercises.
  • Dedicated resources toward support for mental health, including new mental health counselors on each campus, the establishment of Students of Concern committees and a process for confidential referrals for those students who would benefit from help provided by external support sources.

Suffolk launches courses for National Guard at Gabreski

Suffolk County Community College began offering two courses this semester at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base base in Westhampton, deepening the college’s ties with veterans.

The courses, which include Psychology 101 and English 101, enable National Guard members to gain credits towards an associate degree from the Community College of the Air Force, officials said. The CCAF degree is mandatory for higher-level promotions.

“In the Air Force, we expect our members to strive for excellence. One of the ways we can do this is through continuing our education,” Michael T. Hewson, 106th Rescue Wing Command Chief, said in a press release.

College spokesman Drew Biondo said in a statement that “Suffolk’s campus has the highest population of veterans on campus in the entire State of New York.”

SCCC President Shaun L. McKay announced the program in fall at a Veterans Plaza dedication ceremony at the college’s Eastern Campus honoring Suffolk County Community College student and Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Louis Bonacasa, 31, who was killed in action in 2015 while serving in Afghanistan.

“Suffolk County Community College is committed to assisting our military by helping them achieve their educational and personal goals,” McKay said in a release. “ In the process, we know we are fulfilling our community mission as well as helping to produce a new generation of lifelong learners equipped with the skills they can utilize both during their careers and long after.”

For Suffolk this is a huge step towards continuing their veterans program.  The college has a leading effort in continuing this program further into the future to ensure that veterans on campus can further their education so that they can have a successful careers. The college and those who wish to join these classes offered at the base will interact with hands on experience as well as being taught and shown from those who are currently serving in our 106th Rescue Wing.

The Ammerman campus is always looking to lend a helping hand towards our veterans on campus. The skills they can acquire through this program at the base can be used for future personal goals along with the degree that they can obtain by completing the program as well.