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Female student reports being stalked by 2 men on Ammerman campus

A female student reported that two men stalked her on the Ammerman campus, according to an email sent to Suffolk County Community College students from the Office of Public Safety on Jan. 29.

The incident occurred Jan. 27 at approximately 5 p.m., Public Safety said.

One suspect was described as approximately 30 years old. The other is approximately 5-foot-6.  

Photo of one of the emergency phone poles located next to the Islip Arts building (taken by Elizabeth Maldonado)

Director of Fire and Public Safety Baycan Fideli said the suspects were not identified and, “no other further reports came to us matching [the reported] description.” 

“I feel horrible knowing that some student may not feel safe on campus because of it,” said student Alex Reahl, 18, of Centereach.

“It makes me slightly concerned,” said Sydney Keffel, 19. “It could happen anywhere, so it makes you be more cautious to pay attention.” 

Fideli says there are multiple steps in various directions. There is a standard procedure to handling stalking reports, but taking action against these reports vary case by case.

Once a report is made, Public Safety must find out where the incident took place — school, home or work, or another location — to contact proper authorities. They will then offer counseling options to the victim. 

Then they must try to identify the suspects.  

If they aren’t identified, under Clery Law, if there a threat to the larger community, an alert is sent out to all campuses of SCCC.

Fideli said he also sends alerts to surrounding college campuses like Stony Brook University, St. Joseph’s College and Farmingdale State College. 

If the suspects are identified are students, a no-contact order issued through Judicial Affairs. The dean administers any disciplinary actions. 

In the case that the suspect is identified, and they are not a student of SCCC, persona non grata order is isssued, bans the individual from coming on campus grounds. They can be arrested for violating the order. 

If the harassment goes any farther than campus grounds, local police will get involved. 

Fideli said his obstacle is reaching the mass number of students in a manner that will guarantee they see the information. He acknowledged that not all students actively check their email and often skim for class cancellations or responses from professors. He also fears that sending out text alerts will begin to null the extremity of the circumstance and be dismissed by students if done too often. 

Fideli would like professors to attach the Public Safety’s information and resources to their syllabus so that it is physically given to every student attending a class online and can be accessed online through blackboard.  

“Don’t give out your phone number,” Fideli said. The one thing he wants students to understand is to not give your phone number to other students, as harassment can be done through texts, and often starts there.  

Another resource is being revealed through email by Public Safety once a memo is ready for release. Public Safety has an app called Rave Guardian, which students can download on any smartphone.

The app allows students to call Public Safety or message with them, should someone want to text rather than call the department. There are dispatchers that can trace the device making contact and track their location. 

The Office of Public Safety encourages students to speak up if they feel uncomfortable or that the safety of themselves or others is affected. Students are also offered an escort to their car at their request if they feel unsafe by calling (631) 451-4242 or 311 from any campus phone.

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.

 

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.

Springfest: A day of relaxation and enjoyment

Lexi Zarbo, Gianni, Dashay Robinson, and Aniecia Jones were on the line for spray tattoos. Each were having a great time and loved SCCC had Springfest. Photo by Michael Fuzie. (May 2, 2018)

Suffolk County Community College hosted its annual Springfest in Veterans Plaza on May 2.  The festival, which lasted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., allowed students to enjoy themselves as the spring semester draws to a close.

Here’s a sample of what was offered.

Rochelle Tharpe, executive administrator coordinator for Campus Activities, said, “I hope everyone has fun as we get close to the end of the semester.”

Tattoo artist Dylan Davereaux readies for the crowds.

Davereaux at work.

The cotton candy line was long until Springfest came to a close.

Joseph Lalota III Student Senator at the SGA booth bad high hopes for Springfest. “People love warm weather and free stuff.”

Lexi Zarbo, Gianni, Dashay Robinson, and Aniecia Jones were on the line for spray tattoos. Each were having a great time and loved SCCC had Springfest.

Students playing Frisbee.

At midday, Springfest was in full swing as the crowd grew large.

Students playing football in the Veterans Plaza field.

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)

Ammerman campus hosts a blood drive

On May 2, the Ammerman campus hosted a blood drive for students and faculty in the Montauk Point Room in the Babylon Student Center. Here’s a photo tour of the event.

F835D7E4-FEF3-49BF-A604-403994F8D727Anthony Tarascio, 19, gets his blood pressure measured by a nurse before he donates blood. “I used to do it when I was in high school all the time,” he says. “It’s a quick and easy thing to do.”

48E8A1C9-5A5A-4C92-BEAC-39EFB81803D5A nurse talks to Tarascio as she measures his blood pressure.

4954E79B-88DC-4450-9093-093816ED995CAmos McArthur, 20, thinks donating blood could help save a life. “I feel like it helps out the people that actually need it.”

F52B6DCA-32A1-4896-9B60-6556545DB377McArthur’s blood pressure was measured as he sat in a lawn chair.

E7808523-4278-4193-A49E-4E332AD1BE5BJaclyn Erickson, 19, has been donating since her senior year of high school. “It just gives me good feeling,” she says. “I hope it goes to someone who actually needs it.”

29ABAD0F-3DD4-473C-8578-6C5C05D353D1A pint of blood is drawn from Erickson’s arm.

4CD2970E-B447-404C-82B2-D1816094FC90Erickson attempts to relax while the needle is in her left arm drawing blood. It takes about eight to 10  minutes.

70560490-7829-4D57-AC74-6FEA0656621EErickson has donated a pint of blood and it’s ready to be stored.

6A7EFD8B-8341-47F7-8B51-60FEB06743CAThe nurse instructed Erickson to hold her arm applying pressure to the needle site to stop the bleeding.

BBCA7322-1135-4513-B717-F04DB1F6CB4AAfter donating blood, people are instructed to hydrate and eat sugary snacks for 10 to 15 minutes to recover a loss of glucose.

98A8AC39-89F1-4498-A8C6-78AF33C9641BThe selection of snacks included Oreos and chips. The entire blood donation process took about 75 minutes.

Cinco de Mayo celebration livens up the campus with Mexican culture

The Spanish Club on the Ammerman Campus held a Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Eaton’s Neck room on May 7. Festivities included a presentation on Mexico’s history, Hispanic cuisine and a live mariachi band. Faculty advisors Kristin Peters and Cathy Garcia-Hill coordinated the event.

The fiesta was held in Eaton’s Neck room on May 7 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Kristin Peters, left, and Cathy Garcia-Hill are Spanish instructors as well as the faculty advisors for the Spanish Club.

A common misconception is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day. In fact, Cinco de Mayo is actually celebrated to honor Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the French-Mexican War (1861-1867).

An arrangement of tissue paper flowers were on the front table so the girls can wear them in their hair. Sombreros were also available for the gentlemen.

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An assortment of traditional Hispanic cuisine was available, including empanadas, fried plantains and rice with beans.

The live mariachi band livened up the room with traditional Mexican music. They also took song requests from guests.

SCCC students Alicia, and Nick enjoyed the festivities with some empanadas and a complementary Cinco de Mayo-themed word search game.

Fun fact: More than 81 million avocados are consumed on Cinco de Mayo every year in the United States alone.

Suffolk Sentinel reporter Mike Guido got to experience the fiesta as well. Check out his audio piece of the event below.

 

Fun fact: Cinco de Mayo is primarily celebrated in the United States, with the largest celebration being held in Los Angeles. In fact, Cinco de Mayo is not a federal holiday in Mexico. 

All photos by Paula Schultz

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.

 

 

SCCC holds appreciation luncheon for student workers and interns

Every academic year, SCCC celebrates the accomplishments of student workers and interns on campus. On April 25, an annual Career Services Appreciation Luncheon was held in the Eaton’s Neck Room of the Babylon Student Center. SCCC had 99 students that were collectively recognized and accounted for at this year’s event.

The front page of the pamphlet given to every student and faculty member who attended the event.

The inside of the pamphlet giving the itinerary for the event.

The back side of the pamphlet listing executives involved in the Career Services department.

Students and faculty members joining in bunches to celebrate the accomplishments of student interns and workers with food and conversation.

College Director, Tania Velazquez, addressing the attendees about the event and speaking of her pride in what SCCC has been able to do to help students in finding career before giving out awards.

Student worker, Doris Arias, receiving the “Most Responsible” award for a Federal Work Study Student

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Student intern, Jonathan Pierre, receiving the “Best Team Player” award for a Federal Work Study Student.

Career Services executives conversing with students about their experiences and accomplishments.

After awards are given out, students receiving them laugh and enjoy themselves in the celebration of their achievements.

Student worker, Doris Arias, listening on as her peer speaks of his experiences.

10 ways SCCC students enjoy their coffee

The No. 1 school supply for a college student is coffee. Just take a look around. Students everywhere can be caught carrying a cup of coffee in addition to the backpack and books.

Here’s how some students enjoy their java.

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Maria Massumeci is drinking a cinnamon almond milk iced macchiato before dashing off to class.

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Melissa Parente, 18, a hotel and resort management major stopped at Starbucks for a muffin and Hazelnut Caramel Macchiato to kick-start her day.

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Students are always packing the Starbucks in the Babylon Student Center. Between class times, there is always a wait for coffee.

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Heather Comancho, 18, an education major, is sipping on an iced coffee. “I was falling asleep in class. I really need my coffee,” said Comacho.

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On this day, Starbucks had run out of caramel for Comancho’s usual order of an iced caramel coffee, she is adding sugar to get her coffee to her desired sweetness.

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Tara Roden, 19, criminal justice majo,  is a Starbucks regular. “The employees know my name and my order because I’m there every day,” she says. Her coffee even complies with the library’s “Snacks, Not Meals” rule, so she could sip it while studying for a test

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Starbucks is not the only source of caffeine for students. The Islip Arts building has an espresso machine, where an espresso shot is $1.

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Students are also bringing coffee from home to save money while still getting a caffeine fix. It’s also library-friendly.

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Starbucks seems to be students most popular choice for caffeine, it is the newest addition to the campus for the 2017-2018 school year, and students can purchase it using their ID card.

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If the Starbucks line is too long, and there’s just not enough time to wait, the cafeteria has a coffee station, too.