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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


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


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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)

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

The Ammerman campus started as a tuberculosis sanatorium. Tour its remaining footprints

The Albert M. Ammerman building was one of the original structures a tuberculosis sanatorium that pre-dated the establishment of Suffolk County Community College in Selden. Photo credit: Nicole Gangi (April 9, 2018)

In 1916, a tuberculosis sanatorium was established by two doctors,  William H. Ross and Frank Overton, both Long Island natives, on what is now Suffolk Community College’s Ammerman campus, according to documents archived in the Huntington Library.

The Albert M. Ammerman Building, Kreiling Hall, The Cottage and the Norman F. Lechtrecker Building are the only remaining original structures of the sanitarium.

Join us for a tour of the Selden campus’s forgotten past.

Albert M. Ammerman Building

Photo Courtesy: SCCC’s Huntington Library

The building was originally erected as a dormitory for male patients and named after Ross.


Photo credit: Nicole Gangi (April 9, 2018)

The Albert M. Ammerman building. Photo Credit: Nicole Gangi

The Ammerman building currently houses departments such as admissions, financial aid, registrar and executive dean’s offices.

Norman F. Lechtrecker building

Photo Courtesy of SCCC’s Huntington library 

The Norman F. Lechtrecker building is one of the longest-standing of the original buildings. It was erected in 1922 as an infirmary, replacing a previous one that deemed not to be structurally sound.


Photo credit: Nicole Gangi (April 9, 2018)

The NFL building currently houses Suffolk’s administration personnel.

Kreiling Hall

Photo courtesy: SCCC’s Huntington Library

Kreiling Hall was originally a dormitory for children suffering from tuberculosis and was formerly known as Marshall Hall.

On the roof Kreiling hall was a compass rose, an original piece of the structure was still there until this past fall when the roof was redone because of structural issues. The compass rose was used to spot incoming Nazi airplanes during World War II.

The roof of Kreiling Hall. Photo Credit: Nicole Gangi

Kreiling Hall, currently undergoing renovations due to asbestos, houses the campus’s Health Services.

The Cottage

The Cottage. Photo Credit: Nicole Gangi

The Cottage is home to the Suffolk Community College Foundation and was formerly used at living quarters for sanatorium employees.

The old schoolhouse/Riverhead and Southampton buiildings


The schoolhouse. Photo courtesy: SCCC’s Huntington Library A tiny schoolhouse was built for the children who lived on the grounds.


The Southampton building. Photo credit: Nicole Gangi


The Riverhead building. Photo Credit: Nicole Gangi (April 9, 2018)

The Riverhead and Southampton Buildings are not among the original buildings, but a schoolhouse used to be located where they stand. 

In the early 1960s, Albert M. Ammerman founded Suffolk County Community College and by 1962 the campus was open at full-operation.

Drum Roll Please: Dominique Almodovar’s beat to life

Dominique Almodovar plays the drums live with the band You Guys. (Photo courtesy Vinny Metas)

Dominique Almodovar is a Suffolk Community College music major who plays drums in the band You Guys. Almodovar takes pride in her drumming and is inspired by her grandfather, who played professionally with the music legend Tito Puente, known as The King of Latin music.

Almodovar is working on new music with her band and is set to graduate in May.