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Students claim Amazon is a better bet than the campus bookstore

Many students use the campus bookstore, but some say they would much prefer to spending their money getting their textbooks online with sites like Amazon rather than waiting on long lines in the basement of the Babylon Student Center.

“I wait on the long, brutal line, go up to the cashier and tell them what I want,” said Sarah Hiner, a 21-year-old second-year RTV major from Selden. “The most difficult part is figuring out which books you can rent and which ones you can buy. The experience going there is unsatisfying and the definition of time-consuming.”

Hiner said she bought books from Amazon because it was easier and the prices were lower than at Suffolk’s bookstore.

Justin McCall, a 21-year-old liberal arts major from Patchogue, had a similar take.

“Well, I’ve had two experiences with ordering books either online, picking up, or ordering in person and picking up,” he said, “Both of those experiences have not been pleasant whatsoever. When you order online and pick up in person, they require the receipt, the email confirming the order and your ID. This process just makes the lines long and very time consuming.”

In a poll posted on the Suffolk Sentinel’s Twitter account that asked, “Do you prefer purchasing books at Suffolk’s Ammerman bookstore or on Amazon?,” out of 26 votes, 77% said they preferred Amazon over 23% who preferred the bookstore.

McCall said he had no issues purchasing textbooks off of Amazon because he had no patience to wait in the long lines at the bookstore.

“Sometimes at the SCCC bookstore, you would have to go back multiple times for different books that were ordered, whereas with Amazon everything gets shipped right to your door, which is very convenient.”

McCall said he’s found “the same exact books on Amazon for the discounted price or even half the prices they are charging at Suffolk.”

The bookstore declined to provide statistics on sales over time to get a picture of how it has stacked up against online competitors over time. A representative said the information was confidential.

Photo: An overlook on the Suffolk’s Ammerman Bookstore, downstairs in the Babylon Student Center (Suffolk Sentinel/Jacqueline Santorelli)

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.

Dean Lundburg: With enrollment down, no new parking planned

80 previously announced spaces are set to be added for the former Annex area by the summer

Many students complain about a lack of parking at Suffolk’s Ammerman campus and hope the school will add more spaces to lessen mad dashes to class after being left in the far reaches of Parking Lot 5.

But with dwindling enrollment — it’s down 4% this year following continuous drops in recent years — the school only has plans to add 80 spaces by the summer in the area of the former Annex by the summer. Then, that’s it, according to Executive Dean Wes Lundburg.

“There are no plans in the near future to add parking to the Ammerman campus,” he said in an interview with Suffolk Sentinel. “Right now we are experiencing a downturn in enrollment, so we are not inclined to add parking.” 

As of Feb. 13, collegewide enrollment is down 901 of students taking credit-bearing courses. The total enrollment is at 21,616, Lundburg said.

‘Traffic is ridiculous’

Jillian Adamson, a 20-year-old, a second-year liberal arts major from Selden, said “traffic is ridiculous” when she arrives early in morning “and that all the parking spots are taken and the only spots are the ones in the furthest parking lots away from all the buildings.”

She said the worst time to park is early in the morning and best time to park is afternoon or after 5 p.m. 

It’s a similar situation for Emmanuel Martinez, a 20-year-old business administration major from Shirley.

“My personal experience is the parking lots are always crowded, the parking spaces are very small,” he said. “The other students park way too close to my car and I have to squeeze myself in every single time. All I see is hundreds of cars and literally no spots ever. My experience hasn’t been great whatsoever.”

Martinez said he has observed that the parking situation only improves toward the end of the semester. “’Cause you know people always are dropping classes left and right towards the end but never really in the middle.”

Student sympathy

Adamson said she’s encouraged by the planned addition of 80 spaces in the former Annex area off College Road, near The Cottage.

Martinez is also sympathetic to the school’s situation.

“Well, honestly, if the enrollment rate has dropped significantly then adding that many spots, might make sense in the long run.”

However, he said it would be nice if any added spaces were closer to buildings, adding, “I also think that faculty and staff don’t need to park closer than the students.” 

Lundburg, noting that of the eight current parking lots on campus, two are devoted to faculty, said he is familiar with complaints about parking lots. 

“I know we had a lot of complaints about parking lot 5,” he said. “There were complaints about how the parking spots were narrower than the rest. They are not. They are the same sizes as the rest of the parking spaces. When I checked with facilities, they said that the spots were the standard width.”

Additionally, he said Suffolk added 500 student parking spaces to Park Lot 5 in 2017.

“It was done before the summer we put the traffic circle there.”

Above: Parking Lot 4 is among the lots busy every school day, students say. Suffolk Sentinel/Jacqueline Santorelli

A trashy situation: Why Suffolk doesn’t recycle

Strolling around the Ammerman campus, you might notice loose paper flying around parking lots, garbage sprawled out the sides of buildings and plastic and glass bottles lying on the ground under tree shade.

For some people, it may feel normal. For others, such a mess raises concerns regarding the quality of campus life.

Despite the very few recycling bins around campus, there is actually no official recycling system that operates for the Ammerman campus.

“Frankly, on a college campus, it’s a little embarrassing that we don’t have recycling,” said Ammerman’s Executive Dean and CEO Wes Lundburg.

Lundburg said he has worked with passionate students in the five years he’s been at the campus to make recycling a concrete reality. “We tried twice on my watch,” he said, referring to the Town of Brookhaven. “Twice I had the plant ops director contact them. They won’t come pick it up.”

This litter, and the items in the main photo above, were strewn behind Kreiling Hall on the Ammerman campus. Suffolk Sentinel/Jenny Duclay.

While Brookhaven could offer recycling pickups at the Ammerman campus, it is expected the garbage to already be sorted and ready for collection.

Since the Ammerman campus does not have the financial resources nor the manpower to organize garbage sorting teams, Lundburg said, the Town of Brookhaven recycling and waste department will not pick up recycling from campus.

Brookhaven officials did not return multiple requests for information by deadline.

“If students wanted to pull together and do recycling for a year…great!” Lundburg said. “I would prefer to hear our organization is going to take it on and we’ll make sure that next year’s group of students of this organization will carry that forward.”

“We can provide trash cans or recycling bins out there…I would authorize that,” he said. Details would have to be worked out, however.

The rare recycling bin on campus has likely been placed by faculty who took the matter into their own hands, according to Dan Linker, president of the campus’ Faculty Senate and an English professor. Separate bins for paper, cans and plastics can be difficult to successfully incorporate on campus because people may not discard the material properly, he said. 

“If we bring [the bins], they want to make sure we are sorting out the garbage because they don’t want to go through the garbage,” Lundburg said. Ultimately, “I would love to see someone take this on. We just can’t do it.”

But for students like Danielius Krivickas, a 19-year-old engineering science major, recycling is still important for the campus to pursue. Sitting in the Huntington Library with his stainless-steel reusable water bottle, Krivickas said he and his family recycle at home.

“Recycling is something I would like to see on campus,” he said.

Before coming to Suffolk, Krivickas went to the University at Albany. “During my time at Albany, I didn’t really see too much trash,” he said. “Not only were there more trash bins, but they were separated into three different categories and it kept it more organized, so people were actively throwing away their stuff [properly]. I don’t see why not have a place to put your plastics and your papers…whatever is better for the environment.”

Second-semester student Gaby Reyes shared similar views.

“I don’t see why they can’t put more recycling bins around campus,” she said. “In college, you learn how to become an adult and you learn responsibilities, so I think one of the things that they should be teaching the students, especially because this school is so big and reaches out to so many students, is to enforce recycling.”

While Reyes believes recycling is an essential tool to incorporate in students’ lifestyles, she said having a school enforce recycling could run deeper than just keeping a cleaner campus.

“When [students] grow up and have their own kids, they can teach them to recycle as well.”

For now, said Lundburg, “It’s a dead end. Trust me. It is a dead end.”

Aramark makes strides to reduce food waste at SCCC

There is a good chance that the Ammerman campus will see its greenest spring semester yet in terms of food waste.

According to Aramark, the campus’ food vendor, there was a reduction in food waste by 322 pounds, or 24 percent, from fall 2017 to fall 2018. The 2019 spring semester was showing a 14 percent reduction in waste in comparison to spring 2018 earlier in the semester.

“Waste and overproduction are a chief concern of our dining operation,” said Rob Reinhard, Aramark’s dining services manager. “We make every effort to minimize waste in our operations by keeping accurate production and consumption records.”

Dining Services on campus uses a computerized menu management system which allows staff to accurately determine just how much food is being purchased on a daily basis. By doing this, it is able to plan for the next day’s menu through careful monitoring of which foods are purchased more than others, Reinhard said.

Preparing smaller batches is also essential to minimizing the waste produced, and it allows customers to be presented with a fresh meal while making sure the kitchen isn’t overproducing food.

“Any items that are remaining are discounted at each dining location to help eliminate waste, and provide value to the students,” Reinhard said.

Perishable goods are sold for very cheap at around 5 p.m. on the Ammerman campus, as the staff begins handing out larger portions of food before closing for the day. They’ll even go as far as giving students a BOGO discount — two trays of sushi for the price of one, for example — to make sure they are throwing out as little food as possible.

Head Supervisor Bernadette Figueiras says she “cries every time she sees the tossed food.”

“Fresh food like pizzas goes in the garbage at the end of the day,” Figueiras said.

Aramark states on its website that it is partnered with The Food Donation Connection, a non-profit that connects it with more than 8,000 shelters, food pantries and community centers to try and decrease their waste. Ammerman campus showcases its very own food pantry that’s always collecting nonperishables that can be purchased in bulk on campus for those in need.

Aramark has made many “biodegradable efforts,” said Christopher Adams, vice president of student services when asked about how Aramark fits into the Ammerman campus’ eco-friendly agenda. He noted how students were much more “socially aware” about such subjects, and praised Aramark for its receptiveness to these concerns. Through its contract with Aramark, SCCC has been able to noticeably reduce food waste in the last few years.

“In fact,” said Reinhard, “we have very little waste in our campus locations.”

Ammerman’s top 3 oldest student organizations still going strong

Suffolk County Community College, founded in 1959, has seen thousands of students come through its brick-and-mortar walls. As many will attest, it’s difficult to leave a mark of their existence on campus history in such a small span of time. Not everyone can stamp their footprints into the wet cement stairs or scratch their names into tree bark. So what can they do?

One option is to participate in an organization.

Clubs, created by students, have very direct mission statements that restrict what they can or cannot do under their title. Organizations, however, have much broader mission statements, allowing them room to expand and redefine what they do.

While paperwork for clubs and organizations wasn’t necessary until recently—only about 10 to 15 years ago—there are some organizations dating as far back as the beginning of the college itself.

Here’s three of them that have endured throughout the years and still have a prominent campus presence, run by students, for students.

Campus Activities Board (CAB)

Ever walk around the cafeteria and notice there are people handing out stuffed animals? Maybe you have attended a campus movie night, or a highly discounted trip to Broadway. You can thank the Campus Activities Board, or CAB, for that. It’s the oldest organization on campus, having records of ski trips that date back as far as the 1960s and more recent events like the Spring semesters recurring Paint Day, where students were are able to interact with one another while creating art on a canvas.

According to Frank Vino, the adviser for CAB, the organization has a board of three executive members: executive administrative coordinator, executive financial coordinator, and executive recruitment coordinator.

With eight to 10 general members and hosting 30-35 events a year, CAB raises awareness about important issues.

Student Government Association

Making sure that students have a voice is the main goal of the Student Government Association, or SGA. The organization serves as a liaison between students and the administration, representing the student body during meetings and at conferences.

The SGA has an elected board of 12-15 members, including a president, vice president, secretary and financial chair, and an additional number of general members. The elected board is voted in by the general student body, and all students are encouraged to vote in campus elections.

Always busy with campus concerns, the last time the SGA was on hiatus from the late 80s and to the early 1990s. They remain active on campus to this day.

Compass


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Compass, the Ammerman campus’ only newspaper, has been navigating news since 1962 and remained loyal to its purpose: to give voice to the student body.

Students submit their works on issues ranging current events, sports news, celebrity gossip and even opinion articles. Compass provides a platform for students to let their voices be read rather than heard across campus on a monthly basis.

“I think that the newspaper has lasted for as long as it has is because of the commitment that students have shown to informing their fellow students about what’s going on in the world, in their communities, and on campus,” said William Burns, adviser to the student paper. “The Compass has expressed the connections between these three public spheres: what happens in one sphere influences the other two.”

The student-run paper is constantly taking submissions and suggestions for more articles and printing copies that are available across campus.

While these organizations have been around for quite some time, they are always looking for new members to continue their mission statements.

It’s important to note that all students are welcome in every organization and are encouraged to take part in campus activities. Whether it’s submitting a small article or running for office, the SCCC community has a spot for every student.

For SGA’s elections to have more involvement, it needs greater authority

The college holds the Student Government Association’s elections each spring semester. This year, they happened from April 8 to April 13 — five days during which students could vote online, in the college’s website homepage for their favorite representatives running for office for the 2018-2019 school year.

However, the recent elections didn’t do as well as last year’s. This time, 197 students from the Ammerman campus voted. Compared to 2017, when there were 405 hits, the number is significantly low. But why?

One of the main reasons was the number of candidates running for the vacant positions, said Laura Garcia, the current president of SGA. In 2017, two candidates ran for president and two for vice president.

As a result, “there was more promotion, debate and campaigning,” she said.

This year, only one person ran for president. Besides that, no one ran for vice president, secretary or treasurer.

Another reason can be the lack of awareness about what SGA actually does. Most people might infer that this organization has a lot of power in the decision-making processes that happen on campus. However, this is not the case for the student governance bodies at Suffolk County Community College.

SGA’s mission is to advocate for students’ rights, responsibilities and freedoms. It serves as a channel between faculty members, students and administration. However, no one holds a seat on the SCCC board of trustees, nor does SGA have a say in how student activity fees are spent, as do many student government organizations, including all four-year SUNY colleges and universities. SGA’s job is to communicate any issue to the student trustee, Jerome Bost.

Bost is the sole student representative on the college’s 10-member board. He represents all the students from the three campuses, exposing their concerns and being that voice in the decision-making process.

SGA spends a good portion of its annual budget mainly in giveaways, as minor contributions to the wellness of the student body.

“We want more ability to be able to oversee certain things, which is what we’re pushing forward now,” said Garcia. SGA is very limited in what they actually do on campus, so they try to help other organizations in events, as a way of promoting the services that the campus offers.

I think that this factor also plays an important role in how much students around the campus are informed, not only in the elections, but in the overall SGA’s role. The majority of the students don’t show much interest in what happens with this organization. Many others might do, but lacking the knowledge and information.

The Student Government Association in the Ammerman campus needs more promotion, better ways to get to students, who are intended to be the ones benefited from SGA’s work. If students are more involved, then more would be interested in being part of it, as well as voting for people to represent them. However, it is important to take away some of the limitations that restrict them to do more for the college community in general.

Tri Nguyen wins SCCC’s 2018 Student of the Year Award

Tri Nguyen, a Campus Activities Board executive and student worker, Nguyen was recognized for his dedication to the campus and students with the 2018 Daniel De Ponte Student of the Year Award.

The award was given at this year’s Student Recognition Luncheon on May 15.

Nguyen has been a student at SCCC for four semesters and plans continue studying business. He hopes to be accepted to New York University.

Nguyen said he would like this recognition to serve as a platform so he can share with other his story.

 

 

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.

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.