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Robbie Guerrero loves longs walks on the beach, good conversations, and human connection. Wait, it’s not that kinda bio? Robbie is a culture and entertainment writer by day, loving father to numerous Pokemon by night. He is currently studying journalism at Suffolk County Community College and plans on transferring to SUNY Oneonta to continue his studies.

SCCC or Bust! See how the students of Suffolk move around

They don’t call Suffolk County Community College a commuter school for nothing. There are so many ways for students to travel to our campus.

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Suffolk County Community College is known for two things, a place to get a great start in your education and for having the most crowded parking lots of all time.

 

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Gavin Casey 19, A liberal arts student drives by in his 2001 Toyota Sequoia

 

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Elijah Esposito 19, a liberal arts major student get around in his 2014 Honda CR-V

 

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Some students like to be green by taking the time to ride the bus to Suffolk

 

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Some students like to have a little thrill before arriving at the campus by driving their motorcycles.

 

 

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SCCC Starbucks barista Liv Sands brews up your java fix

Starbucks barista and Suffolk County Community College student Liv Sands. Photo by Rob Guerrero (April 25, 2018) 

Meet Liv Sands, a 21-year-old liberal arts student in her 4th semester who works part time as a barista at SCCC’s hottest spot, Starbucks, in the Babylon Student Center.

Sands said she likes working with good people and enjoys the reactions from customers when they try samples. She added that her favorite drink to make is the Caramel Macchiato.

Why you should join an honor society

An honor society tassle on a graduation cap. Taken by Rob Guerrero

You finally get it: the invitation to join a college honor society. It feels like a golden ticket. It feels like winning a big award. Or, probably, it doesn’t feel like anything.

You feel either way because you don’t care, or, like most people, you don’t know what the hell an honor society is.

Many questions run through a person’s mind who doesn’t get the concepts of an honor society. Getting that email or letter to join an honor society is confusing. Trust me, you’re not alone. But you are missing out. Joining an honor society can be one of the most beneficial groups to join.

An honor society does exactly what the name suggests. It honors high-achieving students by providing them with a network of peers of a similar stature. You can finally have a community where you can benefit from having a connection for the foreseeable future. Networking can lead to many opportunities.

For example, many honor societies have exclusive banquets with peers from different careers and fields. Conversing with these peers could create connections that will benefit you in the future while you’re on the job hunt.

Your GPA could add a nice touch to any resume, but an honor society can add a certain prestigious flair while telling certain employers and internships about you and your capabilities.

Sometimes joining an honor society even offers benefits to their members such as exclusive job pools, special scholarships, workshops and chances to broaden your network.

Now it’s time to find the correct honor society for you.

Luckily, there’s a giant pool for any major, any interest, and pretty much anything. The choice is yours. Your institution may not have an honor society for your major, which may be a small setback. But, you can always talk to the head of your major at your institution, to establish a chapter of the honor society and finally be a part of an exclusive club.

‘Snacks, Not Meals’ policy takes effect

If you’re looking for a place to eat lunch on campus, the Huntington Library is no longer an option.

At the start of the semester, SCCC students were notified about a new ‘Snacks, Not Meals’ policy that only allows vending machine bag-sized chips and drinks in sealed containers (i.e. lids, bottle caps).

While there is no actual penalty to enforce the measure, students who slip in meals are asked to finish eating outside the building, and signs reminding students about the policy are plastered around the library.

The initiative started out of a focus group of nine students that campus head librarian Susan Lieberthal conducted last December to consider ways to improve studying at the library.

The group found a common issue: the number of meals being brought into the library. The students were handed index cards and logged everything they found lying around that was food-related. The results included bags from Moe’s Southwest Grill filling up the trash can, sushi near the computers, sandwiches and boxes of Cheez-Its. They even came upon a live birthday party with cakes and balloons.

“We don’t have any boundaries anymore,” said Lieberthal, noting that she and the focus group noticed food was a major distraction in the library and that it was becoming a second cafeteria. “You have your phone, your laptop, your work and your food. You’re not really studying anymore with all these distractions.”

Armed with their research, they knew what had to be done. They considered banning food altogether, as the new library at the new Grant campus library has done. But they opted for something in between o help some students.

More than a month into the semester, the policy is quickly being adopted by students.

“I feel like this had to be done for a good reason, but it really doesn’t bother me,” said Matt Walsh, 19, a liberal arts major.

Some students say they understand the reason for the policy, but also see why students have brought food to the library.

“I understand it and it makes sense as to why they don’t want meals near equipment. But people have full days and a very limited time to eat,” said 19-year-old liberal arts major Skylar Shagan.

According to Lieberthal, there hasn’t been any big incidents since the policy was announced and really hopes this does improve the quality of studying for Suffolk Students.

“I just want what’s best for the students and the library,” Lieberthal said