SCCC needs more healthy options to prevent the ‘Freshman 15’

The healthy food section at the Babylon Student Center food court. Photo by Paula Schultz. (April 11, 2018)

The “Freshman 15.” It’s a dreaded phrase that refers to students’ weight gain as they adjust to life in college.

Actually, according to the National Eating Disorder Association, the average college freshman gains about 2.5 to 3.5 pounds during their first year of college.

When students start college, they get exposed to much greater freedom and stress than they did as children and adolescents. The large selection of cheap junk food and lack of exercise can result in an unhealthy lifestyle and weight gain.

At SCCC, the encouragement of student wellness is rather small. All students are required to take two credits worth of physical education, but students are on their own after that.

Some students understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle by having gym memberships and bringing food from home. Most students, however, find it challenging to fit healthy habits into their busy lives.

There are some opportunities for students to get moving on campus, but they interfere with many students’ schedules.

Zumba and dance classes are offered to students every Wednesday at 11 a.m., but that is during Common Hour and may interfere with students’ club commitments. There is also a weight room open to students at the Brookhaven Gymnasium, but the hours are very inconsistent.

Maintaining a healthy diet is another important factor that many college students tend to brush aside. Fast food is convenient for the average student who does not have the time to make their own meals. The cafeteria is where most students end up in between classes. The lack of healthy – and delicious – options further increase the issue.

The cafeteria at SCCC offers a plethora of food options including Chinese food, pizza, and a Moe’s Southwest Grill. The great number of food options is favored amongst students, but what about the healthy options?

The so-called “nutritious” food area in the cafeteria lies in a refrigerated section in the middle of the food court. Some food options include salads, wraps, sushi and fruit. Unlike the other stations in the food court, the healthy area rarely gets updated with new and interesting food options. It’s always the same Caesar salads and spicy tuna rolls that lack in the flavor department.

Because SCCC is not taking student wellness as seriously as they should, students may forget just how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is not all about looking your best, but, rather, feeling your best.

With academic and life stress being in the way, having a healthy lifestyle may not seem like another important part of life. When in fact, the healthy choices you make now will determine your health in the future.

In order to have a greater emphasis on student health, I think SCCC needs to make some changes in order to resonate with students. Providing a bigger, creative and more updated selection of healthy food options may interest students to make better food choices in school and outside of it.

As far as exercise is concerned, requiring students to take a physical education course every semester may be a challenge because of other graduation requirements. However, SCCC should invest in building another weight room on campus for students who want to work out on their own time.

SCCC students are ready to show their talent

Juilette Walcott, 19, is excited about performing in front of an audience for the first time at the talent show.  Photo credit: Ben Cummings

This Friday, students will be competing to win top prize before a panel of judges in SCCC’s talent show in the Babylon Student Center cafeteria.

Music, dance and comedy acts will all be part of this year’s show, which is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

“It’s going to be a good challenge as a musician,” said Justice Sedea, 19, a computer science major who has been playing the guitar since he was 9 years old but has never performed in front of an audience. “I was really nervous for the audition,” said Sedea, “but once I got into to, I felt like the only person there.”

Sedea will be playing and singing “Mr. Maker” by The Kooks.

Also featured on this year’s bills is voice major Juliette Walcott, 19.

“I was nervous at first,” Walcott said of the audition earlier this month. “I’m used to playing in front of an audience, not judges.”

Walcott is a part of the music scene on Long Island and says she’s always excited to perform for people. She will be performing a cover of Post Malones’ “I Fall Apart.”

All told, 15 students will be participating in the talent show. The event starts at 7 p.m.; admission is free.



5 things to do on campus during the warm weather

As we near the final month of the semester, the weather is beginning to get nicer and more welcoming to the outdoor activities that have been put on hold during the winter. If you happen to have free time between classes and are met with the warm spring weather, try out these five things to do!

1. Take your lunch outside.

Lunch is a very important meal of the day, and it’s important that students take time to fuel their bodies to make it through a day of classes. The cafeteria, located in the Babylon Student Center, is a very noisy and crowded place to eat. There’s limited room and people laughing and conversing loudly constantly. With the weather getting nicer, it’s a good idea to utilize the tables scattered outside the cafeteria. Not only will you be enjoying your meal without the buzz of the crowded cafeteria, you’ll also be getting in some fresh air and vitamin D from the sun.

2. Switch up your studying situation.

Many students find themselves studying or catching up on some homework in between their classes. Some students will do their work in their cars, others quick in the hallways, but majority of them spend their time in the Huntington Library. The library is a great place to study and get work done, as it’s always quiet, but it can be stuffy or stale in there. Switch things up and take your work to some of the tables or benches outside in the Veterans Plaza. The fresh air and change of scenery may help some students focus better, and being outside might not make the task of doing work so daunting.

3. Get some fresh air.

As college students, sometimes the stress from all the work due and upcoming tests is too much to handle. Everyone needs to take a mental break every now and then, otherwise they’ll start to feel anxious and overwhelmed. During your breaks, take a little “you” time. Sit on the benches provided in the center of the plaza, or anywhere around campus for some relaxation.

Sidney Forgione, 22,  a liberal arts major, has a few breaks in between her classes and is looking forward to the upcoming warmer weather.

“If I have an hour between classes, I’m planning on sitting outside and listening to some music to help relax a bit,” she said. There are benches and sitting areas scattered throughout campus, just waiting to be noticed and utilized. “It’s a nice way to wind down before the stress of the next class, sometimes I’ll even just watch what other students are doing, just observe and relax.”

4. Play games.

One great part of the Ammerman campus is the amount of space available in the plaza for activities. Grab a group of friends and head out the the grass for some fun. Get creative! Many games can be played among a group, such as Ultimate Frisbee, football, dodgeball, even a simple game of catch. The only downside is that balls, Frisbee and other types of equipment aren’t provided by the school; you’d have to come prepared with the equipment yourself.

Trevor Archambault, 20, is a liberal arts major who is also looking forward to the nicer weather. “Me and my friends will usually sit around in the plaza when the weather is nice, play some music and throw a Frisbee around to pass time. It’s a great way to get everyone together and have a great time.”

5. Go for a walk around the track.

Exercise is a pretty important part of staying healthy. However, not many people have the means to work out every day. Another great part about this campus is the outdoor track over by the Brookhaven Gymnasium. The track is open to whoever wants to walk it, unless it’s reserved for team practices. A great way to get in some simple exercise would be to briskly walk a few laps around the track during your free time. Doing so gets your heart rate up and helps burn those calories instead of sitting around waiting for your next class.

Take advantage of this beautiful campus by doing any of these five things during your break. There’s still some time before the end of the semester, and taking in fresh air will having your body and mind thanking you.

SGA president-elect Avagrace Alfieri plans ‘to hit the ground running’

The results are in and Avagrace Alfieri has been elected as the next Student Government Association president.

In this podcast, Alfieri, who previously served as SGA’s secretary, discusses her plans and hopes for the future.

“There’s always room for improvement, and Suffolk is a great school, and that’s why I’m doing it. Because I want to make sure all the problems that we do have there are problems. I’m not going to sugar-coat it … that they do get solved,” Alfieri said.

The Election Results

President: Avagrace Alfieri

Senator: Michael Carnival

Senator: Jordan Flumignan

Senator: Yifan Jia

Senator: Joseph LaLota III

Senator: Gabriella Mayers

Senator: Vincent Sparagna

Senator: Ozgur Yildirim


Courtney MacGinley: Experience is a teacher’s greatest tool

Courtney MacGinley teaches her students the ins and outs of creating headlines and bylines. (April 12, 2018) Photo by Vinny Mutone

Meet Courtney MacGinley, an adjunct journalism instructor at Suffolk County Community College.

MacGinley, who earned a master’s degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism from the New York Institute of Technology, has spent more than a decade writing for publications such as Long Island Press and Edible Long Island, and now uses her experience to prepare students for careers in journalism.

Listen to how she teaches her class and what she finds most important about being a professor.

Yes, it’s that time again. Registration has begun

The office of the registrar is located in the Albert M. Ammerman Building, where students can register for classes. Photo by Matt Cataruzolo.

One of the most important times of the year has arrived for Suffolk students: priority registration began on April 9. It is the time of year for students to create their schedules and set their academic future into place.

The process of registering for classes is a tedious but necessary element of the college experience.

“I don’t exactly look forward to it,” says first-year liberal arts major Ryan Infante, 19. “It’s just always kind of a hassle. Plus, there is always the possibility of not getting into the classes you want.”

The methods vary when it comes to registering for classes. Students have the option to do it in person with the help of an adviser or online via the college website.

“Honestly, it is a matter of personal preference,” says Deirdre Keen, who works in the registrar’s office. “Some kids actually have holds on their account that force them to register in person, but there is really no advantage to either.”

When a student has a hold on their account, it can restrict them from registering as freely as someone who does not.

According to the Suffolk County Community College website, there are various types of holds that students can have. Financial holds, developmental holds, and probation holds. Financial holds must be cleared by the campuses cashier’s office in order to register for classes. However, developmental and probation holds require a faculty/counselor signature in order to register.





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.”