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Students and cosplay

Dave Paone Campus News

For three days in November, New York City’s West Side was overrun by sword-wielding ninjas, creatures with four-foot tentacles, schoolgirls in sailor uniforms and trench coat-wearing detectives. While it sounds more like a burrito-induced nightmare, it was actually the Anime NYC convention at the Jacob K. Javits Center.

Sora Wong, an animal-science, pre-medicine-track major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, took a five-hour bus ride to attend. And not just to attend, but to come dressed as Mashu Kyrielight of “Fate/Grand Order.” (To dress as an anime or comic book character on any day other than Halloween is to “cosplay,” short for “costume play.”)

Students and sisters Sarah Michelle and Nicole Labrador dressed as Heris and Aina Ardebit of the movie ‘Promare.’ –dp

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Cat-loving students think this café is purr-fect

Dave Paone Campus News

Stony Brook University student Alex Baez loves cats. His childhood pet was an orange tabby, aptly named Carrot.

Carrot is long gone and while his parents and his younger brother currently have cats, Alex is a long way from his hometown of Englewood, Colorado, and he’s catless.

“They always like to brag about their cats when I talk with them. They show me all these cute videos. I just get jealous,” said the 25 year old. So what can he do when he yearns to pet a cat? He goes to A Kitten Kadoodle Coffee Café, a “cat café” in Selden, Long Island. You read that right: a cat café.

One half of A Kitten Kadoodle is a café and the other half is an animal rescue organization where you can adopt a cat. A glass wall separates the two, but

after you purchase a beverage in the café and make a five-dollar donation, you may cross into the other half and play with the cats as long as you’d like. And this is exactly what Alex does. He’s been going to A Kitten Kadoodle two or three times per month since he learned about it in August.

Alex is not alone. Both Stony Brook University and Suffolk County Community College are nearby and students from both often drop in, with laptops in hand, and spend a few hours doing homework while seated among the adoptable cats, which frolic around them.

The husband-and-wife owners, Bill and Jennifer Rose Sinz, encourage this by making it enticing for students to come by. The place is equipped with free Wi-Fi and USB ports and there are couches and tables and chairs, where students can spread out. On a brisk Friday night last month, Gianna Polanco, Natalie Hernandez and Dena Miller dropped by the café. Gianna is a freshman at SCCC and Natalie and Dena graduated from there last year. “We were going to go to the thrift store, but we came here instead,” said Gianna, who majors in photography.

Alex Baez

bucks every day and get your five-dollar coffee it’s the same difference,” said Natalie.

The trio spent just under an hour there, playing with the cats. The very first cat café opened in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1998. However, it was in Japan where their popularity grew. Eventually they made their way to Europe and then only recently, North America. A Kitten Kadoodle, which opened in July, is one of two on Long Island, with a third scheduled to open soon. The Sinzes go through literally 100 pounds of litter and over 30 pounds of food per week. Sometimes they purchase these supplies but they also depend on their donations.

It’s not just students who’ve discovered the place. SCCC English professor Maria Kranidis loves going to A Kitten Kadoodle and has actually met with her students there twice for conferences. Maria likes to emphasize “community” in “community college” and feels by holding court off campus at A Kitten Kadoodle, she and her students are promoting mom-and-pop stores over national chains. Victoria Sinz

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Her students appear to like it; one was the first there and last to leave, having spent four hours playing with the cats.

Alex has been attending Stony Brook University for seven years. He’s already earned his Bachelor’s and is working towards becoming a medical doctor and a neuroscientist.

During this time he’s lived in several places, including a dorm and various apartments. This lifestyle isn’t conducive to owning a pet, although Alex feels there could be one in his future, possibly as soon as February, when he’s finished with exams.

At the moment, there’s one orange tabby residing at A Kitten Kadoodle. He’s six years old and his name is Buddy. Perhaps after Alex finds a more permanent residence, he will adopt Buddy and there will be two souls — one human and one feline — brought together by this novel style of business.

It was Gianna and Natalie’s first visit and Dena’s third. None of the three had any qualms about the fivedollar admission fee, even if they were to become regulars. “If you go to Star-

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County exec visits NCC class

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran spoke to marketing/retailing majors at Nassau Community College on Oct. 29. Her topic was “An Insider’s Look at Nassau County Politics.” According to Professor Jack Mandel, Ms. Curran was a scheduled “Guest Professor for a Day.”

They are pictured, center.

This unique program is an opportunity for prominent business and political leaders to share their experience and expertise with NCC students. Ms. Curran answered questions and spoke to the students about the responsibilities of her job.

Your phone is a studio!

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The top community college for dance

Queensborough Community College is the only school in the country to receive accreditation this year from the National Association of Schools of Dance. Also, Queensborough is the third community college in the nation to ever be accredited by NASD.

The Accreditation process is rigorous; it not only examines everything the dance program offers--Dance as a major, the A.S. degree in Dance and General Education dance courses—but the college itself and the support systems that are in place to ensure a rich, diverse educational experience. The accreditation demonstrates that Queensborough is meeting those standards.

And the impacts are huge. “Accreditation gives us clout. It helps with articulation agreements so when students transfer into BFA degree programs at other NASD accredited schools, the transition is more fluid,” said Emily Berry, Associate Professor and Director of the Dance program at Queensborough who added that, “Many of

Queensborough’s dance students transfer into BFA programs, sometimes with dance scholarships, which is very rare for a community college.”

Berry added, “The Accreditation also gives us access to more resources. For example, we now have a second dance studio and a state-of-the-art sound system in the large dance studio. These resources drastically impact the education we can offer to our students, which impacts their ability to transfer.” She noted how grateful she is for the ongoing strong support of the administration to enhance the program. “We are overjoyed that Queensborough’s A.S. Dance Program has achieved accreditation,” said Dr. Andrea Salis, Chair, Phys-

ical Education and Dance. “Professor Berry, together with Professors Geismar and McClam and the entire Dance Faculty have created an exceptional program that fosters diversity and inclusiveness for all students. The Program is a true hallmark of Queensborough’s mission and offers our Dance students an opportunity of a lifetime.”

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RCC profs present in Morocco

Rockland Community College Professors Catherine Roche and Patricia Szobonya, Esq. recently presented their co-authored paper entitled, “Pursuing Equality in the Fourth Industrial Revolution” at the first Conference on Smart Information & Communication Technologies (SmartICT ‘19) held in Saida, Morocco. Ms. Szobonya is the Chair of the Paralegal Department and Ms. Roche, Professor of Office Technologies and Business, is also the SUNY COIL Coordinator. Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is a SUNY initiative focused on the emerging field of Globally Networked Learning, and supports the internationalization strategy at all SUNY universities and colleges as indicated in the

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phrase “Global Learning for All”. COIL is an example of applied learning conducted in a cross-cultural environment empowered by technology. COIL has developed an approach to fostering cross-cultural student competence through development of multicultural learning environments. These environments link college classes in different countries. Students from different cultures enroll in shared courses with faculty members from each country coteaching and co-managing coursework. This teaching and learning paradigm provides innovative, cost-effective internationalization strategies. The classes may be fully online, blended, or face-to-face sessions while collaborative student work takes place online using any or

many of the available tools.

“We are living in an exciting time to embrace technology and use it to provide students with an international experience, one that they can observe and participate in first hand. COIL provides students with a virtual space to work together on global issues and international concerns. Students are exposed to ideas that may be distinct from their own, unique cultural perspectives, and different thought processes as they work together on a project. This experience fosters students’ problem solving skills, as well as a sense of empathy and inclusivity, which prepares them to work in a diversified environment. More importantly, global friendships are made and sometimes continue beyond the project,” stated Ms. Szobonya.

Catherine Roche and Patricia Szobonya

In their paper and presentation, Professors Roche and Szobonya explain that we have a responsibility to develop, utilize, and monitor artificial intelligence (AI) programs for the greater good of preserving humanity and ensuring equality in this Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Thompson exhibit

Artist Tony Thompson turns his difficult past into a brighter future through artwork to be displayed at Herkimer College’s Cogar Gallery.

Growing up near Syracuse, Thompson’s artistic outlook was heavily influ-

enced by the abundance of graffiti and street art around him. After studying fine arts at Mohawk Valley Community College in 2006, he leaned into the unconventional art form and beat an even more unorthodox path by using found objects — discarded planks of wood, old window frames, cardboard from cereal boxes, etc. — as his canvases. His latest exhibit, “Love to Give,” will be on display in the Cogar Gallery from Dec. 2 through Jan. 31. An artist’s reception will be held 5 – 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in the gallery.

T-Mobile hotspots grant

Springfield (Mass.) Technical Community College received a gift from telecommunication company T-Mobile which will allow the STCC Library to more than double the total number of mobile hotspots lent to students.

Pictured: STCC student Robert Cavers, of East Longmeadow, third from right, holds a mobile hotspot. He stands with, from left, STCC student Kisha Jones, of Springfield; Bjorn Dragsbaek, senior manager, public sector sales, state, local and education, T-Mobile; STCC student Jasmine Feliz, of Springfield; Ryan Lopes, government account manager, public sector sales, state, local and education, T-Mobile; STCC President John B. Cook; and Erica Eynouf, dean of the library at STCC.

Students can borrow mobile hotspots, which are small boxes with a cell phone data plan, and take them anywhere to access the internet for studying. The mobile hotspots emit a Wi-Fi signal that connects students’ personal devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones to the internet.

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Dream, and desire to meet your goals

Julija Parisi Campus News

I came to United States when I was 19 years old. Coming to New York and not knowing the language and the mentality can take a toll on anyone. At first, it seemed fun to be able to start all over again, but as time passed month by month I was beginning to realize that this country is not for everyone. This country requires people to be educated and hard-working. Living in New York is expensive, the rent rises every year, food costs rise, and don’t get me started on the medical bills! Only active people can make it here in New York. Forget about depression and the anxiety. It won’t get you anywhere. No one wants to listen to your complaints. Some people will show you their sympathy, but the reality is that not everyone cares. To find someone that would care could take years. All I had to do at this point, was to pick myself up, visualize the plan for my future, and keep moving forward no matter what.

My first job in New York was working at McDonald’s. I’m still thankful to the manager that hired me even without me knowing English. I had no idea what was a cheeseburger, what was a hamburger, but for sure I knew famous McDonald’s french fries. It didn’t take me that long to learn the menu, and to learn enough English to have a regular conversation. I was trying hard at that job, and I took it seriously. Some people might say I took it too seriously, but I’m from Europe, and to me, there is no such thing as an easy job. After all, I was getting paid, and finally making money that I needed to survive. I started

as a regular part-time cashier. I remember, one day, I came to pick up my check and the manager told me that a new position had opened up. The job was full-time, and required me to come in at 6 a.m. to open up the store five days a week. I accepted the offer and loved my new hours.

‘Having a car and a fulltime job wasn’t enough. I wanted bigger, better.’

I think I was the happiest person early morning. It was a year of saving money. I bought myself a car. It was my first car; the car of my dreams. Sporty, red Mitsubishi Eclipse, was getting me from point A to point B every day. Finally, I was out there. I didn’t have to depend on anyone. Having a car and a full-time job wasn’t enough. I wanted to become bigger and better, help people in more ways than feed them Mc-

Holiday concerts at Ulster, NCC

SUNY Ulster will host a “Community Band & Jazz Ensemble” on Tuesday, December 17, 7:30 p.m., in the Quimby Theater. Members of the SUNY Ulster Community Band under the direction of Victor Izzo, Jr. join members of the SUNY Ulster Jazz Ensemble and the Hudson Valley Youth Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Robert Shaut and Dan Shaut in this invigorating annual concert. For more information, contact (845) 688-1949.

“Dance Kaleidoscope” will be performed December 13-15 at the Mainstage Theatre at Nassau Community College. Performed by students, the concert will feature original dance works with choreography by faculty and students. Dance Kaleidoscope is directed by Prof. Paz Tanjuaquio. Performances of Dance Kaleidoscope are at 8:00 p.m. December 13 and 14 and 3:00 p.m. on December 15. Tickets are $10.00, discounted to $8.00 for those aged 55 and over. The theatre box office can be reached at 516.572.7676.

Donald’s for breakfast and lunch.

Going to college wasn’t yet an option. I had to start with something smaller, but move forward toward getting an education. I decided that English was a door opener in this country. I signed up for English as a Second Language classes at Suffolk County Community College. After taking a test, gauging five levels, I made it into a level four. My first teacher was Barbara Dean. This lady was and still is an amazing woman. I can’t thank her enough for everything she has done for me. The knowledge she gave me and the inspiration I felt while learning new things from her are memorable. The semester flew by really fast. Usually, this happens when you like the subject and enjoy it so much. Then it was level five, and finally graduation. The graduation ceremony was, for me, something out of a movie. It felt terrific.

Last December, exactly a year ago, I got my GED diploma. The graduation ceremony, the hat, and the gown inspired me to go to college. My American Dream is coming true. Life had been spinning, but now I’m settled. I will graduate and be one of the best RNs; one who will help people and save lives. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or your nationality. What matters most are your dreams and your desire to reach your goals. Julija Parisi is a nursing major at Queensborough Community College. Campus News | December 2019 | Page 9

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More than 5,000 students are enrolled in these programs at our Brooklyn and Long Island campuses where they benefit from small classes, meaningful faculty interaction, vibrant student and campus life, and a commitment to leadership and compassionate service to others.

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SJC Long Island’s Patchogue campus includes the Clare Rose Playhouse, Callahan Library, Business Technology Center and an NCAA Division III-equipped athletic complex. It’s minutes from the Great South Bay, L.I. MacArthur Airport and Brookhaven National Laboratory, and a short train ride from New York City.

Both campuses offer internship opportunities at such companies as Major League Baseball, Viacom/MTV and accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP. Students also have the opportunity to explore the world via study abroad programs and service projects. Anytime. Anywhere.

We also offer students an online campus option. SJC Online puts you on a path to success wherever — and whenever — you want. With

Construction partnership

The first-ever class of Construction Technology students at Columbia-Greene Community College is already receiving factory product training this semester, through a partnership with Herrington’s Lumber, Millwork and Building Supplies of Hudson, N.Y.

According to Assistant Professor of Construction Technology John Lombardi, C-GCC’s Construction Technology Certificate program – which launched this fall and offers a Construction Technology Certificate that can be completed in one year – is designed to offer students hands-on experience with current, real-world tools, materials, and tactics.

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As such, partnerships with businesses and organizations in the area have become a key focus of the growing program, and Herrington’s has taken the lead.

“Herrington’s is a local business that supports many of the finest construction professionals within the Hudson Valley,” said Lombardi, noting that students have received training in EPDM rubber roofing products – a durable, synthetic rubber roofing membrane used in flat-roof applications – from visiting Technical Educators Nick Meyers of Weatherbond Roofing Systems and Matt Shaw of Hutting Building Products, a distributor for Weatherbond, through the partnership.

The company also sponsored six Construction Technology students and members of the program’s faculty at a recent Finish Carpentry Skills Clinic held at Catamount Ski Resort in Hillsdale, N.Y., and as the fall semester draws to a close, C-GCC Construction Technology students are slated to tour Herrington’s main facility as well as those of Universal Forest Products in Hudson and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, N.Y.

C-GCC’s new Construction Technology Certificate program has an emphasis on preservation carpentry, and was developed in response to the growing need for skilled tradespeople – particu-

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larly in New York state. Formally approved by the NYS Education Department, the program is housed in a brand-new technology building on the C-GCC campus, where students train to construct and renovate residential buildings using current and emerging building practices.

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Business Day in America at NCC

Prof. John DeSpagna Campus News

Each semester, the Accounting and Business Administration Department at Nassau Community College sponsors a, “Business in America Day.” The day offers a different forum in which students can learn about some of the most pertinent topics in business today. The three sessions on October 29 were presented by faculty members who share their decades of experience and expertise with our students.

The day began with the first session on the topic of, “How Do I Figure Out My Career?” This was presented by Professor Constance Egelman from the Career Center. Professor Egelman mentioned to pick a career that you enjoy and will like. Look at what subjects you like and what motivates you. Students can also visit the Career Center at their college to learn about careers and speak to an advisor. The Myers-Briggs Indicator Test can also be taken by students to help select a career according to test results. (I took this test in college and it listed teaching as a potential career path for me and it was right). Students can also utilize

their college Career Resources Network and attend events set up with speakers discussing different career options. Take the time to invest in your career as it is the best investment you can make.

Professor Steven Levine continued the session on careers by discussing the importance of internships. “Put your foot in the water and experience what business is like.” An internship will give you valuable experience and help you network your way into a job. When you go on interviews, many employers will ask you about what internship you participated in. This looks good on a resume and an employer sees that you took the time to learn about a business.

Professor Levine also mentioned how many students utilized an internship to secure a job. Sometimes you can obtain a paid internship and end up receiving tuition assistance if you are hired.

The next session covered, “Taxes and the US Deficit.” Professor Michael Taunton spoke about how taxes influence how corporations operate. Corporations also look at the tax laws to try and minimize tax liabilities to enhance their return to stockholders.

Half-mil diversity grant

The City University of New York announced last month the creation of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Incubator that will build on work already underway to transform CUNY’s campuses into spaces that are national models of equity. Made possible by a $500,000 grant from New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, the incubator will be developed by the Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding at Queens College (CERRU), and its recommendations, strategies and practices will be piloted on five CUNY senior and community college campuses by the end of 2020, with the goal of expanding the work University-wide. The incubator will develop programmatic training for CUNY staff and faculty to build skills in the areas of bias recognition and mediation, along with cross-cultural communication skills and the promotion of dialogue between diverse groups.

Professors Michael Taunton, Steven Levine, Ifeanyi Madu, Constance Egelman, John Naclerio and John DeSpagna.

The issue of overseas profits was addressed with applicable tax rates in various countries. US companies have cash overseas but if the tax rate to bring the money back to the US is too high, then the cash may stay overseas. The 2017 tax bill can help bring some of this cash

‘When you go on interviews, they will ask you about your internships.’

back to the US at more favorable rates to help the US economy. The role of charitable contributions and how they can reduce tax liability for corporations was also discussed. Professor John Naclerio then spoke about the growing US budget deficit. The US is spending more than we take in in tax revenues resulting in large budget deficits. The idea of closing corporate tax loopholes and increasing tax rates was mentioned.

A discussion then began on saving for retirement. The current US system allows for individuals to save for retirement

with an IRA and a 401(k). Social Security may not be enough for you to live off of and you need to develop other strategies to save for retirement.

The final session for the day related to, “Are Tariffs Good for the United States?” This was presented by Professor Hussein Emin. Professor Emin led a lively discussion on the pros and cons of tariffs. Is the US developing the appropriate policy by raising tariffs on Chinese goods imported to the United States? We need to have fair trade with China and the US is the largest trading partner for China.

Over 200 students attended these sessions, and they presented different viewpoints for students to learn about current issues in business from several faculty members. John DeSpagna is Chair of the Accounting and Business Administration Department at Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y.

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Rat drivers: Cool behind the wheel

Greg Schwem Special to Campus News

I’m starting to feel sorry for rats.

I know, who could conjure up even an ounce of sympathy for a creature whose mere physical presence causes feelings of skittishness, repulsion and even panic, depending on where the rat is spotted? A fine-dining establishment for example.

My interaction with rats is limited to seeing them scurrying between rail tracks in subway stations, albeit only in New York and Chicago. Washington, Boston and Atlanta, give yourselves pats on the back, for I have never encountered the long-tailed rodents in your excellent (and clean) public transportation systems. I can’t speak for San Francisco. During a recent business trip, I opted to walk between destinations as opposed to riding underground trains in a city prone to earthquakes. I am well aware of rats’ value in the medical community; their cardiovascular systems are similar to humans and, like us, they possess the uncanny ability to forage for delicious snacks in darkened kitchen

pantries at 2 a.m. But some of these experiments are getting downright ridiculous and, I fear, are misleading the entire rat population.

I made this conclusion after researchers at the University of Richmond found rats can learn to drive and, once mastered, actually enjoy it.

As part of a study on neurodegenerative disease and psychiatric illness, scientists designed a Rat Operated Vehicle, a motorized contraption consisting of a one-gallon plastic container mounted on four wheels. The vehicle looked slightly more comfortable than my first car, a 1978 Oldsmobile Omega. Once inside, the rat drivers were confronted with three copper bars, designed to go left, right or straight when pressed. They mastered the skills in far less time than it takes me to parallel park in Chicago. For their efforts, the rats received Froot Loops cereal.

Oh, it gets better. After a few spins around the lab, researchers studied the rats’ fecal matter, a job I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. They discovered “enhanced markers of emotional resilience.” Transla-

WCC, Delhi transfer

Westchester Community College has signed a new comprehensive transfer agreement with SUNY Delhi, guaranteeing students who complete one of 19 associate degrees at Westchester a seamless transfer into one of 13 corresponding bachelor programs at Delhi. With this agreement, Westchester Community College students graduating from an associate program with a minimum of 2.0 grade point average will be directly admitted into a bachelor program at Delhi. Delhi’s nursing program requires a 2.8 GPA or higher and the Veterinary Technology program requires a 3.0 GPA or higher. A maximum of 64 credits will be applied toward the completion of the bachelor program at Delhi. Campus News | December 2019 | Page 12

tion? The rats found driving RELAXING.

And that’s precisely why I feel more research is needed. Let’s take away the Froot Loops for a moment and have the rat drive a carpool of child rats. Place the small rats in different locations around the lab, along with tiny musical instruments, rat soccer shoes and rat dance outfits.

Make the rat driver figure out how to idle the vehicle when one of the child rats cannot be located. Also, set a timer; all the little rat passengers must be collected and dropped off within 30 minutes. Otherwise, no Froot Loops.

Still feeling relaxed, rat driver? Let’s try that experiment again. But this time, researchers are going to add about 50 other ROVs to the lab, being driven by rats of all shapes, sizes and moods. All of those rats have been trained to completely ignore the rules of the road, accelerating, braking and cutting off other vehicles at their will.

Throw in a few construction barricades and detours, forcing the carpool driver to take alternate routes, while still trying to meet that 30-minute deadline. Will the rat still be emotionally resilient? Or will it succumb to RRR (Rat Road Rage)? One more test: Force the rat to become a rideshare driver,

picking up inebriated rats from late night locations and attempting to locate destinations in unfamiliar neighborhoods while the passenger rat throws up in the back of the plastic container. Repeat this process for four to six hours.

If, after all these tasks, the rat is not begging to sell its ROV at auction, then yes, I will concur there are relaxing qualities to getting behind a vehicle and heading out onto the open road. But, as someone who has been a human driver in all of these scenarios, with the exception of ridesharing, I’m still convinced that driving does not, in any way, lower my emotional state. Nor does it change the contents of my fecal matter. Greg Schwem is a corporate stand-up comedian and author of two books: “Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a LowTech Dad” and the recently released “The Road To Success Goes Through the Salad Bar: A Pile of BS From a Corporate Comedian,” available at Visit Greg on the web at

Tips for effective resume writing

Matthew Khan Campus News

The resume is arguably one of the most powerful communication and marketing tools that we will ever encounter during our academic and professional careers. While teaching Introduction to Business, I hope to give my students skills that they can use long after they have received their grades. We dedicate class time to resume writing. Moving through the semester we continuously focus on how business concepts and terms are intertwined across chapters. More often than not, students have a tendency to rapidly eject subject matter out of their minds once they have been tested on it. It would appear that there is an unwritten rule that states that for the second exam a student does not need to know any material from the first exam. The study of ethics in business for example illustrates the need for cumulative understanding. Ethics can be discussed by itself for hours and hours. Ethics can also be discussed at length while covering other topics; the likes of accounting, marketing, management, and motivation, to name a few.

Effective resume writing ties together business concepts like branding, marketing, communication and presentation. Remember, the purpose of the resume is to land the interview. Your resume is also your oppor-

tunity to set yourself apart from the competition. A good resume helps to define your brand. Imagine for a few seconds that you are an employer looking to hire a new employee. Ask yourself what type of candidate will you be looking for? What would be the deal breakers? Trying to understand what motivates a company to hire will be helpful. Reviewing your resume is usually one of the first steps of the screening process. Serving on a five-person hiring panel for two years at a previous place of employment, our team oversaw the hiring of close to thirty employees. It was definitely a cumbersome task as candidates often had impressive credentials and resumes.

I will let you in on a little secret that affected my contributions to the hiring committee. There were three questions that I always asked myself: Is the candidate a team player? Is the candidate willing to acquire new skills? Is the candidate intending to give our firm quite a few years of service or are we going to be a short-term stop for them? When a company is looking to hire a new employee they are looking at the candidate as an investment. Over the course of time, your employer will be compensating and training you in hopes that you will be forwarding their mission statement. Use your resume to motivate the hiring committee! Show them that you are a team player! Show them that you care

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In today’s age of automation there is a proclivity to overlook details. Make sure that your resume is custom tailored to the job posting. It is easy, and tempting, to send out many resumes with a single click. By all means do not send a resume tailored for a job in the medical field to a company who is looking to hire in the legal field! How can someone logically deduce that your hiring will be a great investment if you are perceived as not knowing the type of job you are applying for? Be ethical! Do not lie on the resume. Wherever you are in your career, show a potential employer that you are willing to learn, grow and be molded. Avoid using words like “I” and “mine”. These words have a tendency to establish territory and push others away. Instead look to be inclusive by using words like “we” and “our.” Including others can brand you as a team player long before a job interview. Attempt to use numbers as much as possible. Numbers help to illustrate results. Instead of writing “worked on an IT project” try something along the lines of “worked on a three month IT project with six team members.” In that one sentence you have communicated that you can commit to a long-term endeavor in a team setting, which is exactly what an employer is looking for!

Of course be cognizant of proper grammar and punctuation. Use high impact words like organized and managed in conjunction with numerical references.

Revisiting the sentence from above, it can be stated “managed the schedules of six team members during a three month IT project.”

‘Show you are willing to learn and grow.’

Space on a resume is limited and as valuable as beachfront property. Make the most of your resume and do not sell yourself short. Get into the habit of thinking “what is the thought process of the person I am dealing with?” and “what is going to motivate them to make a decision in my favor?” Happy writing! Matthew Khan is an Adjunct Professor in the Accounting and Business Administration Department at Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y.

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Seeing the darker side of Europe

Rick Steves Tribune Content Agency

With Halloween and All Souls’ Day approaching, I’d like to spook you with some of my favorite European cemeteries and crypts. Over the years, I’ve popped into a lot of burial grounds – some peaceful and scenic, some eerie and evocative – with all revealing compelling stories of the past. Some highprofile places – such as the catacombs in Rome or Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris – get a lot of press, so I’ve listed some lesserknown sights. No matter what time of year, all are worth a stop.

Naples, Italy: The quirky caves known as the Cemetery of the Fountains (Cimitero delle Fontanelle) are stacked with human bones and dotted with chapels. A thousand years ago, this was just a quarry cut into the hills north of Naples. But in the 16th century, churches with crowded burial grounds began moving the bones of their long dead here to make room for the newly dead. Later, these caves housed the bones of plague victims and paupers. In the 19th century, many churches again emptied their cemeteries and added even more skulls to this vast ossuary. Then devout locals started to “adopt” the remains. They named the skulls, put them in little houses, brought them flowers, and asked them to intervene with God for favors. If you visit this free sight in Naples’ gritty Sanità District, consider bringing some flowers too.

Maramures, Romania: In 1935, a local woodcarver in northern Romania – inspired by a long-forgotten tradition – began filling a local cemetery with a forest of vivid memorials. Now known as the “Merry Cemetery,” each grave comes with a whimsical poem and a painting of the departed doing

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something he or she loved. Although the cemetery is dubbed “merry,” many of the poems are downright morose. Tales of young lives cut short by tragic accidents, warriors mowed down in the prime of life, or people who simply never found happiness are a reminder that life can be anything but cheerful. Even if you can’t read the poems, the images speak volumes: weaver ... loved bikes ... television repairman ... soldier ... hit by a car ... struck by lightning ... nagging mother-in-law. It’s all painted a cheery blue to match the heavens where the souls are headed. It’s a poignant celebration of each individual’s life, a chronicle of village history, and an irreverent raspberry in the face of death. Boyne Valley, Ireland: Just 30 miles north of Dublin are two enigmatic burial mounds at Bru na Boinne. These 5,000-year-old passage tombs – Newgrange and Knowth (rhymes with “south”) – are massive grass-covered burial mounds built atop separate hills, each with a chamber inside reached by a narrow stone passage. The tombs are both precisely aligned to the sun’s movements so that a beam of

‘Thousands of mummified bodies in Palermo.’ light creeps down the passageway and lights up the chambers – Newgrange at the winter solstice, and Knowth at the equinox. Perhaps the ancients believed that this was the moment when the souls of the dead were transported to the afterlife, via that ray of light. At both sites, huge curbstones – carved with spirals, crosshatches, bull’seyes, and chevrons – add to the mystery. Thought-provoking,

Capuchin Crypt

and mind-bogglingly old, these tombs can give you chills.

Rouen, France: When the Black Death took the lives of 75 percent of this community in northern France in 1348, dealing with the corpses was overwhelming. The half-timbered courtyard of Aitre Saint-Maclou was an ossuary where the bodies were “processed” – dumped into the grave and drenched in liquid lime to help speed decomposition. Later, the bones were stacked in alcoves above the arcades that line this courtyard. The exposed wood timbers were later carved with ghoulish images of gravediggers’ tools, skulls, crossbones, and characters doing the “dance of death.” In this danse macabre, Death, the great equalizer, grabs people of all social classes. A cat skeleton displayed here in a glass case was found in the wall; local historians believe it was a black cat buried alive to ward off evil. Palermo, Sicily: Recently I found myself surrounded by thousands of mummified bodies at Palermo’s Capuchin Crypt. Generally, when their brothers passed away, the Capuchin monks put the bones on show to

remind people about their mortality. But the monks of Palermo didn’t just display bones, they preserved entire bodies. Later, the monks realized they could charge wealthy parishioners for the privilege of being mummified, which became a fashionable way to be memorialized among some Sicilians. By 1887, the practice had become forbidden except in special cases, and about 4,000 bodies had been collected in their crypt. Today, the public is welcome to wander this collection of fully clothed and remarkably preserved bodies.

All over Europe, you’ll find fascinating cemeteries and crypts to visit. When you do, you’ll see that even long after death, the bones and memorials still have something to say. Rick Steves writes travel guidebooks to the cruise ports of the Mediterranean and Northern Europe and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. Email him at

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Prepping for financial end times

Jill Schlesinger Special to Campus News

“The world feels like it’s falling apart. ... What should I do to prepare for Armageddon?” asked a podcast listener. Given the fighting in Syria, anti-government protests in Hong Kong, the downto-the-wire fate of Brexit, the expanding U.S. impeachment inquiry, and the ongoing trade conflicts between the U.S. and China, the U.S. and the European Union and South Korea and Japan, it’s easy to understand why people are worried about the current state of the globe.

In fact, data may back up your anxiety. Three researchers have created a World Uncertainty Index. Going back to 1996, the work focuses on 143 countries and tracks the frequency of the word “uncertainty” in the Economist Intelligence Unit country reports. Not surprisingly, there were spikes in the index for major events such as the 9/11 at-

tacks, the SARS outbreak, the second Gulf war, the European debt crisis, the European border crisis, the UK Brexit vote and the 2016 U.S. election.

While the current trade wars pale in comparison to those aforementioned events, they have taken a similar toll on anxiety levels. The report notes: “Globally, the trade policy uncertainty index is rising sharply, having been stable at low levels for about 20 years. ... Based on our estimates, the increase in trade uncertainty observed in the first quarter of 2019 could be enough to reduce global growth by up to 0.75 percentage point in 2019.” The International Monetary Fund has predicted that global growth this year will be 3%, the weakest since the financial crisis.

Of course, 3% is a whole lot better than the negative 0.1% in 2009, but uncertainty has begun to affect sentiment. Despite a 50year low in the U.S. unemploy-

ment rate and a still-growing economy, half of Americans now say they are worried a major recession is coming, and 48% say they are worried a big market crash is on the horizon, according to the latest Allianz Quarterly Market Perceptions Study. These results help explain why the question about Armageddon keeps cropping up.

On a rational level, we know that exogenous events are out of our control, but that doesn’t stop us from wondering how we might exert a little power or agency that will help soothe our frayed nerves. The easiest place to start might be your retirement account. A friend recently told me: “I’m thinking of moving all of my 401 (k) out of stocks until the worst of this passes. At the very least, I can’t get hurt hiding in cash, right?” WRONG! As I have argued many times, trying to time the market is a fool’s errand. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you should ignore your invest-

Is self-employment right for you?

Dr. Daneen Skube Special to Campus News

Q. I am considering self-employment. When your clients are exploring working for themselves are there steps you recommend?

A. The factors you should consider are your work ethic, your comfort with failure, family history of self-employment, and resiliency during adversity.

There is a lot of research on what makes people successful at self-employment. Surprisingly, if someone in your family is competently self-employed you have a better chance of succeeding. Turns out observing what makes self-employment work provides a wealth of strategies.

Another factor is your comfort with feeling inadequate, failing,

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and not having answers. Selfemployment requires constant learning, lots of failure, and a willingness to stare at problems without answers for long periods of time.

If you want other people to tell you what to do or structure your time, you’ll hate self-employment. Running your own business means you can do anything you want. The freedom that you sink or swim on your own efforts is both liberating and terrifying.

If you stay in self-employment for many years, the industry will change, and you will have to change. If change is a dirty word in your vocabulary, continue to work for others. Turns out what doesn’t matter is a business plan or a degree in marketing or business. You will have to be a jack of

all trades. You will read IRS bulletins, learn sales, accounting, and legal issues mostly by making mistakes. If you love learning you will love self-employment.

Passion and delight in what you do is a critical factor. If you adore what you do, then you get two paychecks; emotional and financial. Also, customers flock to self-employed people who truly enjoy what they do. True passion in business is always rare and provides the secret sauce to success. Consider your own preferences in who you work with. There are lots of businesses that offer a product or service. But, wouldn’t you prefer to work with someone that truly knows, loves, and cares about providing that product or service? The reason self-employment

ments, but there’s a big difference between rebalancing a retirement account to make sure that it is diversified and going to 100% cash.

If you are really unnerved, the place to do something is not in your portfolio but in other areas you can control your personal financial life. A recent Bankrate survey found that 60% of respondents feel very or somewhat prepared for the next recession - and the likely reason is that they are taking constructive steps to prepare: 44% are actively spending less money, 33% are saving more for emergencies, 31% are paying down credit card debt, 15% are saving more for retirement, and 10% are looking for a better/more stable job. Of course, all of those actions are important whether or not a recession comes within the next year, but if fear is your motivator to do the right thing, that works for me. Jill Schlesinger, CFP, is a CBS News business analyst. She welcomes comments and questions at askjill@

works for me is there was no job where I could integrate my love of writing, corporate training, public speaking, therapy, personal growth, vibrant health, and enlightenment. When I realized the want ads would never offer this job, I created my business. My business is also my favorite sandbox to play in. For me leaving people better than I found them, in practical ways, is who I am and not just what I do.

No career is perfect. Both selfemployment and working for others can be OK. Start by answering the question of who you are. Then decide how to structure your job. Your best work means matching the career you do with who you are when you’re simply being in the world. Daneen Skube, Ph.D., is an executive coach,, therapist and speaker. Reach her at

Essay: Poems for grandmothers

Kaylee Johnson Campus News

My wildly eccentric public speaking professor says I remind her of herself; uninhibited, offbeat, intense. It’s not a compliment. She has been married five times and has become increasingly bitter about society and men. Her last husband divorced her for practicing witchcraft, but she shrugs while telling the story and says, “I am much more turned off by the living than the dead.” And in some subtle way I would like to embody this woman who has read my tarot cards and says I’m headed directly into the hungry face of destruction and finality. She’s unafraid of preconceived notions and her own likability. “%$@#! the mainstream,” she says, hands on her hips.

It’s two o’clock on a Monday in her class and the first honey haired woman steps up to the podium to share her poetry. I am sitting in the back of the room next to my friend, Leila, who reeks of marijuana and cheap shampoo. The honey haired woman looks at us blankly before taking an exaggerated breath, something she has observed others do. “This is a poem that captures the essence of who my grandmother was.” I look at Leila and roll my eyes. We have seen this archetype over and over again; girl who has never written poetry writes a grossly literal poem about who her grandmother was during the best parts of her life, ignoring the teacup breaking, diaper wearing, chain smoking, dementia infused last days. The professor will clap dramatically and some soulless friend will dab her eyes and pat her back when she returns to her seat. It’s a formula that wears on writers who have a tendency to write about bloodlust and ruin.

I think about myself, manic, hair tied on top of my head, wearing a paint stained “I Love Pope Francis” shirt I bought at a Vir-


ginia rest stop to be ironic about my denounced Catholicism, writing poetry about sex and rage and everything except harmony; for it does not exist within the ravaged, enigmatic mind of a woman like me. It’s mid July, 3 a.m., and I am awake with buoys under my eyes, begging a man not to hold on to them, and vehemently typing a paranoid poem about how my entire small town feels like a sound stage. Pondering where the line is drawn between surrealism and realism, and why we need to use these snobbish, jumbled words in the art world to sound official. Why must everything be so damn opaque?

“I believe Sundays are for not one, but two cups of coffee in bed,” the honey haired woman says in a gutless tone that mothers in seventies sitcoms use to comfort their hard working husbands, even though the wives are probably spending off hours with the neighbor with the rider mower. But I like this woman, the way she speaks matter-of-factly; there’s a translucence that I almost never see at journalism events where smarmy writers waltz

‘One students reads about coffee in bed; the other, about being high.’

around while getting wine drunk and name dropping. She really does believe Sundays are for coffee in bed; she’s not experimenting with her personality or trying to be a caricature, this is who she is and always will be. One day she will be a wife who brings a man coffee in bed, and a mother who brings her child warmed milk when they wake with night terrors. While she’s living in suburbia, I will be lying on the floor of a flat in Chelsea with a notebook between my legs; a perpetual creative degenerate.

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The honey haired woman sniffles as

she reads the last line, a sentiment about karma and kindness, before walking back to her seat where she is comforted by women with ulterior motives and disingenuous dispositions. Formulas.

Leila reads an outrageous poem she wrote when she was high and drunk about her lack of identity, and the honey haired woman looks at the wall. She’s visibly uncomfortable with the notion of life being multidimensional. But Leila continues to curse and scream and expel her obtuse trauma onto a class full of women with eyes rolled to the back of their heads, and one soft spoken army veteran who only speaks in cliches, but means well.

I try to think about how these two women and their poems are similar, where the line is drawn between realism and surrealism; how they are both indulging in their own warped realities. It could be that they are similar in the same way my deluded professor and I are, in a sort of nostalgic, existential way. Perhaps the honey haired girl drinks tea, not fictitious coffee and the enigmas lie within the two dimensional mundane. Perhaps I should write a poem for my grandmother, the degenerate gambler. %$@#! the mainstream. Kaylee Johnson is a senior education major at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Campus News | December 2019 | Page 17

Mathis is top trustee

Mohawk Valley Community College Trustee David Mathis, of Utica, was recently named chair-elect of the American Community College Trustees, which represents more than 6,500 trustees at over 1,200 community colleges across the nation. Mathis has previously served as vice chair and secretary/treasurer of the ACCT Board’s Executive Committee and is currently serving as northeast regional director. He previously received the ACCT Northeast Leadership Award and the ACCT M. Dale Ensign Leadership Award.

Mathis is the director of the Oneida County Office of Workforce Development, a position he has held since 1986.

“Our community colleges are facing both great challenges to preserve access but also great opportunities to provide the train-

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ing and education for the technologybased jobs that are being created in our economy,” Mathis s a i d . “Trustees are the ones who face the ultimate fiscal reality of doing more with less while ensuring that the gains colleges have made in serving the neediest students are not lost.”

Mathis, an MVCC graduate who also graduated from Utica College, joined MVCC as a trustee in 1977, and has served as vice president of the board from 2002 to 2004 and 2011 to 2013, and has been chair of the Board of Trustees three times.

$15K in meal cards

MassBay Community College’s Student Nourishment and Care Committee (SNACC) has awarded 48 students with meal cards totaling $15,000 for the fall 2019 semester, as part of the new Meal Scholarship Program. As a committee, SNACC is committed to helping students overcome food insecurity to ensure their academic success.

“Students cannot focus on their studies if they are hungry, if their blood sugar is low, if they are worried about where their next meal is coming from, or if they are worried about whether they can feed their children,” said MassBay President Dr. David Podell. “The SNACC committee is working to eliminate this barrier, because we know lack of basic needs can derail a student’s goals. This initiative is an important step to eliminate student hunger on our campuses.” To be eligible for the funding, students needed to have completed the Food Scholarship Application.

Anime (cont.)

Sora picked this character because of her personality. “She’s very kind, very soft, very patient and very mature,” she said.

Speaking of mature, it’s no secret Sora’s college has a reputation for being a party school. She recalled the night of celebration after the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl win last February, which continued until sunrise the next morning.

Sora doesn’t participate in such shenanigans. “I’m an introvert,” she said.

This from someone dressed in a pink wig, a black crop top and a frilly miniskirt. “Except for this,” she added.

Sarah Michelle Labrador came dressed as Aina Ardebit from the 2019 anime feature, “Promare.”

Sarah received her first associate’s degree in biomedical engineering from Essex Community College in New Jersey in 2014. She received her second associate’s degree from Hudson Community College (also in New Jersey) in nursing. Currently she’s pursuing a master’s in nursing at New Jersey City University.

All of this science and medicine is a completely different world from cosplaying at anime conventions. Yet for Sarah, there’s a connection.

She says her interest in biomedical engineering was actually inspired by the anime TV

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series, “Fullmetal Alchemist,” specifically the character, Winry Rockbell.

Sarah and her younger sister, Nicole, got into anime and gaming when Sarah was in fourth grade.

Nicole also graduated from Essex Community College and is currently attending Rutgers University, majoring in bio pre-med. So it’s no surprise she came dressed as Heris Ardebit, the chief scientist in “Promare.”

It just so happens these two characters are sisters as well. “We’ve never actually cosplayed as sisters even though we’re so very close,” said Sarah. “So this is the first time we’re cosplaying as sisters from the movie.”

Gal pals Samantha LoManaco and Rheanna Maryasz both commuted from New Jersey for all three days, dressed as characters from “Bungo Stray Dogs” — Samantha as Osamu Dazai and Rheanna as Chūya Nakahara.

Rheanna is a graduate of Burlington County Community College in South Jersey and is currently a marketing major at Wilmington University in Delaware.

The convention’s organizers, LeftField Media, designated a space specifically for cosplay meetups. At designated times, participants dressed as characters from specific shows were encouraged to gather in this spot and share their love for these

Sora Wong as Mashu Kyrielight


At the “Bungo Stray Dogs” meetup, Rheanna and Samantha rendezvoused with an additional six or seven cosplayers dressed as Chūya Nakahara and another bunch dressed as Atsushi Nakajima. There were also a half dozen Atsushi Nakajimas and a few Ryunosuke Akutagawas in the mix. All four of these characters are male, yet every one of the cosplayers was female.

The group spent well over an hour posing for pictures for one another. Other than the occasional pair of friends, no one in the group knew each other yet they hugged, picked each other up and even rolled around on the floor together as if they were

friends since kindergarten. Cell phones were handed off to complete strangers, yet everyone trusted everyone else.

The social media platform of choice for sharing these photos is Instagram. Samantha had already swapped Instagram handles with 10 others by the halfway point of day one.

Samantha is 28 years old and has been in the working world for the past four years as a certified medical assistant, yet she doesn’t feel she’s too old to dress up like anime characters.

She pretty much spoke for every attendee when she said, “It’s a really great community for people to connect with each other.” And connect they did.

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Campus Puzzle Across 1 Start of something 4 Know-it-all 9 Sticky roll 13 Title car in a Ronny & the Daytonas hit 14 Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgment,” e.g. 15 Australian export 16 Like Gen. Powell 17 Vito Corleone talking bobblehead? 19 N.T. book before Phil. 20 Denver-to-Wichita dir. 21 Oppressive atmosphere 22 Goal of a holistic chiropractor? 26 Renewal notice feature, briefly 27 Like a wellwritten mystery 28 Hammer user’s cry 32 Payment in Isfahan 35 Chem. and

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bio. 37 Drift (off) 38 As a group, emulate Popeye? 41 Singer DiFranco 42 Pop 43 TV oil name 44 “The Good Wife” figs. 46 Fabric rib 48 Its home version debuted at Sears in 1975 50 Maiden aunt mascot? 54 Israeli prime minister after Barak 57 “__ Gotta Be Me” 58 Way to go: Abbr. 59 Enjoying the new car ... or what four puzzle answers are literally doing 62 Great Basin native 63 Saharan 64 Hydrocarbon gas 65 Rx item 66 Inheritance

factor 67 Tends 68 Humanities maj.

Down 1 Way out 2 Mike or Carol on “The Brady Bunch” 3 “I guess the moment has finally arrived” 4 Impetuous 5 Find a new table for 6 Nile slitherer 7 It’s here in Paris 8 Anchored for life, as barnacles 9 Word in morning weather forecasts 10 Mil. mail drops 11 It faces forward in a stop sign 12 Big name in jazz 14 Like IHOP syrup 18 Alabama Slammer liquor 23 Type of tide

24 Troublemakers 25 Often 29 Bridge bid 30 Glasses with handles 31 One working on a bridge: Abbr. 33 Fleur-de-__ 34 What a kid is prone to make in winter? 36 Farm mom 38 Pastoral call 39 Early exile 40 Ones with clout 45 Variable distance measure 47 Hand-held allergy treatment 49 Insatiable 51 Very long time 52 Political columnist Molly 53 Island bird named for its call 54 Doe beau 55 Long-eared critter 56 Similar 60 Snacked 61 __ Na Na

9 to 5 by Harley Schwadron

Campus Word Find Find these words that are associated with Being Home for Holiday Break! Campus News | December 2019 | Page 20

Bake Break

By Frank J. D’Agostino (solution page 30)

Candy Cane Cards Christmas Eggnog Family Flight Garland Giving

Hanukkah Holiday Holly Home Kwanzaa Menorah New Years Presents

Santa Claus Season Shopping Stocking Temple Travel Tree Wrap

Wreath Find Mr. D’Agostino’s puzzle books on

Campus Sudoku (solution page 30)

Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit www. .uk.

Writers/artists wanted

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Will your writing or art be in this future copy of Campus News, archived for posterity for current and future generations to ponder over and enjoy? This is deep stuff to think about, and we’re running out of space in this little box. In short – leave a legacy! Get your work in print. Contact us at!

Lights, aliens in NJ

The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg, N.J., will present a number of holiday laser concerts and star shows in December, including: “The Alien Who Stole Christmas,” Saturdays, December 14 & 21, 3 p.m. Discover the stars visible in the winter sky. Then follow Santa on a trip through the solar system as he’s kidnapped by a friendly alien. The kids on the other planets also need presents! Recommended for ages 6-10.

“Winter Wonder Lights,” Saturdays, December 14 & 21, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Enjoy a laser concert featuring such holiday hits as “Wizards in Winter,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and “Dominic the Donkey.” Recommended for ages 6adult. “Mystery at the North Pole,”

Saturdays, December 14 & 21, 7 p.m. Poor Santa is too ill to deliver presents this year. Who could have done this? Who would want to sabotage Christmas? Was it an elf? A reindeer? The audience will need to look at the suspects and figure out who is guilty of hurting Santa. Recommended for ages 6-adult.

Planetarium tickets cost $10 for one show, $18 for two shows on the same day. For reservations and information, call 908231-8805. For additional information, visit

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Coming soon: ‘End Times Podcast,’ a comedy

Campus News publisher Darren Johnson will host a new podcast starting this January 31st, his birthday. Called “End Times Podcast,” it will comically discuss conspiracy and apocalyptic theories, allegedly broadcasting from an underground bunker. Join the “End Times” mailing list by visiting You can also hear the show’s theme song there.

Comedians honored with Twain prize

Paul Harris Variety Special to Campus News

Comedian Dave Chappelle was presented with the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for

American Humor Sunday night following a barrage of heartfelt tributes praising his courage, his spontaneity and his genius at drawing laughter from sobering racial commentary.

The Twain event, now in its 22nd year, was a non-stop love fest as a parade of admiring entertainers saluted Chappelle before a packed house at the center’s Concert Hall. It began with a tribute from Lorne Michaels about Chappelle’s hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” immediately following the 2016 presidential election, and ended with comedian Jon Stewart’s reflections about his former Comedy Central colleague and recent traveling companion on the road.

Slotted in between were Sarah Silverman, Common, Bradley Cooper, Morgan Freeman, Tiffany Haddish, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, rapper Q-Tip and others. It was accompanied by a decidedly mellow band led by music director Adam Blackstone, joined by singer Erykah Badu, harmonica virtuoso Frederic Yonnet, and Legend. An animated Chappelle, sitting with family and friends in a box near the stage, took it all in with enthusiasm.

Selected use of video clips began with 19-year-old Chappelle’s appearance on “Star Search” hosted by Ed McMahon. Other clips included the riotous “Chappelle’s Show” segment “Clayton Bigsby, Part 1” and another with Cooper, who worked with Chappelle on last year’s “A Star is Born.” Upon accepting the Twain Prize from KenCen Chairman David Rubenstein, Chappelle reflected about the “incredibly American genre” of standup comedy.

“No other country can produce this many comedians,” he said, while surmising that “there isn’t an opinion that exists in this country that is not represented in a comedy club by somebody,” including racists opinions. But comics can generally talk out their differences, he said, unlike others.

“The First Amendment is first for a reason,” he told the audience. “The Second Amendment is just in case the first doesn’t work out.”

The format of the Twain event, and the 90-minute TV show produced for PBS, con-

‘No other country can produce this many comedians.’ The show will air Jan. 7 on PBS.

Highlights included a riotous testimonial by comedian/writer/producer Neal Brennan, a longtime collaborator and co-writer of “Chappelle’s Show.”

“He gave me my career,” said Brennan, who reminisced at length about projects including the ill-fated 1998 film “Half Baked.” He also discussed how the success of his groundbreaking Comedy Central sketch comedy series “Chappelle’s Show” came to a sudden halt when Chappelle left the show for a lengthy visit to Africa, a dark period in the comic’s life.

A trio of “SNL” regulars – Kenan Thompson, Colin Jost and Michael Che – jointly delivered accolades about ChapCampus News | December 2019 | Page 22

pelle’s genius displayed on the SNL set and other venues. Silverman recalled that she met Chappelle in a D.C. comedy club when she was 19 and he was 17. “Dave is always funny and constantly growing. His critical thinking is his true art,” she insisted.

tinues to evolve in the second year under producing partner Done + Dusted. The team succeeded producers Bob and Peter Kaminsky, Mark Krantz, and John Schreiber, who co-founded the Mark Train Prize with the Center and creator Cappy McGarr. The program was directed by Chris Robinson.

D+D trimmed the show’s overuse of video highlights of the recipient’s comedic career with last year’s honoree, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The use of unrelated schtick from assembled comics has also been nixed in favor of relevant testimonials. Generally omitted from this year’s ver-

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sion was reliance on soft political targets such as President Donald Trump.

Both trends were visible this year in the tribute for Chappelle, who grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, attended the local Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and began his stand-up career at local venues during high school.

Changes are also in store for the TV audience when the Twain program airs on PBS stations Jan. 7. Instead of the standard replay of the event, viewers will see a more nuanced production that blends the awards show’s highlights with moments captured during Chappelle’s busy weekend revisiting his childhood haunts. “We will present a more engaging product that highlights Dave’s celebration as one of D.C.’s own,” promised Matthew Winer, the Kennedy Center’s director of special programming in comedy. He said the format changes accompany the center’s efforts to elevate comedy programming in general and broaden the Twain event’s image as the nation’s premier award for comedic achievement. A $3 million grant from Capital One supports the initiative and the Twain event.

Suffolk provides holidays meals

How do you help feed a community for Thanksgiving?

Twenty turkeys, 100 pounds of mashed potatoes, 50 pounds of sweet potatoes, 80 pounds of stuffing and 25 pounds of assorted vegetables … and, of course, gravy – more than 5 gallons of it!

Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts program students and volunteers will prepare about 200 Thanksgiving dinners for Community Action Southold Town’s (CAST) Greenport food pantry in what has become an annual and celebratory undertaking for the college’s culinary program and its students, faculty and CAST volunteers

This year’s happy undertaking marks the eleventh year that dozens of the college’s culinary students and faculty will happily volunteer their culinary expertise to execute the holiday cooking with military-like precision for neighbors in the community.

This is the third year Suffolk’s Culinary program has worked with CAST, a not-for-profit that has worked in Southold Town since 1965. Students from the culinary and baking, hospitality, dietetic technician and licensed practical nursing programs, will join faculty chefs, college staff and administrators and community volunteers to prepare and individually package sumptuous Thanksgiving meals whose ingredients are provided by CAST.

Political Cartoon of the Month by Joel Pett

The Fishing Caddy and Ona skin care

The Fishing Caddy XL is basically a bucket, priced at about $70 and available at most sporting goods stores and online.

However, for that $70 – if fishing is your thing – you’re getting a lot of convenience.

While, yes, it’s a bucket, it also has a padded seat, night light, two rod holders, beverage holder and more. Besides, if you catch any fish, just toss them in the bucket! It seals tight and has a water-release valve for when you’re done. Some variations of the Fishing Caddy also come with a tackle box.

This has a handle, and isn’t heavy, and the convenience factor makes it worth it for a fisherman on the go. It can hold a person up to 400 pounds and is supposed to be especially useful for ice fishing.

Its look and branding add a nice touch. The durability is strong. This should give the typical fisherman many years.

It’s a fun gift idea, or buy it for yourself. Or join our contest (see

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page 2) and try to win one! –DJ

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The Funny Pages

Animal Crackers by Fred Wagner

Gasoline Alley by Jim Scancarelli

Bound & Gagged by Dana Summers

Broom Hilda by Russell Myers

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The fols at PowerA, a leading manufacturer of gaming controllers and accessories, were very generous, giving us a wide array of products to sample. You can find these products on

We have the utterly beautiful PowerA enhanced wireless controller for Nintendo Switch. It’s the Zelda model in blue and black and, unlike wired controllers, has motion controls, Bluetooth 5.0 and mappable buttons. It’s rather lightweight, but durable and hard to lose! This controller is currently on back order, but normally is priced at $50. Try our contest to possibly to win one. See page 2. PowerA provided us with a cute Pokemon Stealth Case for the Switch Lite, as well. Zippered. Store up to four game cards! It’s only $15.

For PS4, we got to try the PowerA Fusion Wired Fightpad. It’s sleek, blue and black, and is durable but lightweight for extended gaming sessions.

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For XBox One and Windows 10, we tried the PowerA Fusion Pro Wired Controller. Now, this is a serious beast, big and heavy but highly accurate. It has swappable parts, metallic accents and injected rubber grips. Very space age! It’s normally $80, so a serious holiday gift.

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Wildflower, a company well-known for its CBD products, sent us two Cooling Sticks. They have 300mg CBD each. We tested one – which we’ll PowerA Zelda for Switch Rubik’s Puzzle by TCG Toys keep – but did not use the other. You can TCG Toys asked us to try a That’s what a watch like this is win that in our con200-piece Rubik’s Puzzle. We all about. test. They normally didn’t have time for that, being retail for $60. You can find them on on deadline and all, but our loss And that’s it for our annual is your gain. Win one via our gift guide. Have a happy holiphoto contest! These puzzles The stick we aren’t very expensive, only day season and a great new tested had a pleas- about $13. Ages 14+. Great for year! ant smell and wasn’t too greasy people who like Rubik’s Cube If any of these items pique and applied well. The subject and beautiful art. your interest, let us know. Save had an aching knee and the print edition of this paper The art is somewhat abclaimed some benefit after sevand take a fun picture with it. stract, making the puzzle even eral days of use. Maybe in front of your holiday more challenging. display! Send us your details, These sticks should last a OK BOOMER. Want to have too. The address is long time. A week of daily use a watch like your dad had when barely put a dent in it. This would be good for an athlete he was a young lad in the era of Again, thank you for reading Pac-Man, Devo and “Revenge of with a nagging sore area. Campus News, and thank you the Nerds?” for another great year! A company called Arcade The kind folks at Casio sent sent us two Arcade Belts. At first, we thought the belts had us a Men’s Classic Quartz something to do with video Stainless-Steel Strap, Silver, games. But, alas, they are just 21.5 Casual Watch. regular belts. Albeit, they are You can find it by its crazy made of materials that won’t model No. A700W-1ACF on set off alarms at the airport. They are lightweight and flexi- es/classic. It’s a mere $27 on ble, sharp looking and good for Amazon or at Walmart. anyone with a 40-inch waist or Waterproof. Includes a stopless. They offer some flexibility, watch. The battery should last for comfort. Many colors and you three years. designs. They range in price If you can’t afford a Rolex, from $18-26. Find them on aryou may as well be retro-cool. CBD Cool Stick

Named for past prez

Nearly two years after it was closed for a $6.5 million renovation, Northern Essex Community College’s Dimitry Building at 45 Franklin St., Lawrence, Mass. was rededicated last month with great fanfare. NECC President Lane Glenn welcomed retired NECC President John Dimitry, for whom the building is named, his wife Audrey and daughter Jane, along with a full complement of legislators and local dignitaries.

In 1991, due to Dimitry’ s leadership, The Prudential Company made the extraordinary donation of 45 Franklin St., a 68,000 square foot building, to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for use as a Lawrence Campus. Five years later, in 1996, it was dedicated to Dr. Dimitry. Glenn noted that

Northern Essex now occupies nearly a half-dozen buildings in Lawrence that serves some 3,000 Lawrence students as well as others. “We would not be here today without the vision of Dr. Dimitry,” he said.

He credited Dimitry, who was the second president of NECC and served for 21 years, with spurring “dramatic growth and expanded academic offerings and creation of a Lawrence Campus.”

Campus News team buys historic paper

The Greenwich Journal & Salem Press, a 177-yearold newspaper serving Southern Washington County and Schuylerville, New York, has been sold to Darren Johnson, of Greenwich, New York. He takes over operation of the paid-circulation weekly from previous owner Meghan Phalen.

Johnson founded Campus News a decade ago, and it’s not an unheard of partnership for a college paper publisher to take over a community news operation. The two papers can have some synergy. Pictured: Johnson, daughter and writer Kaylee Johnson and Phalen.

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Herkimer County Community College is the recipient of a grant from Herkimer County HealthNet to help promote its new Health Professions A.S. degree program. Pictured: Herkimer County Community College President Cathleen McColgin is presented with a $4,500 grant from Herkimer County HealthNet Executive Director Elyse Enea to support the College’s new Health Professions degree program.

Herkimer County HealthNet Executive Director Elyse Enea said, “This new program will offer students a unique combination of skills and experience needed to grow and thrive in the dynamic and rewarding healthcare industry.” Herkimer College’s Health Professions program is designed to prepare students for transfer into a variety of bachelor’s degree programs in health-related fields.

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From homeless to Yale

The Westchester Community College Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary at a gala dinner on November 13 at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown. The keynote address was presented by Wellington Mackey, a former homeless student who has gone on to Yale Law School. On the same evening, the Foundation announced the launching of the largest fundraising campaign in its history. This historic, star-studded event included a guest list of local dignitaries who celebrate the contributions of the Foundation, which began in 1969.

“On this momentous occasion, I stand in proxy for all those students you have impacted in such a positive way over five decades. What you provide is absolutely integral to the continued success of this community and to the success of those who pass through its halls,” Mackey told the audience of

Wellington Mackey and WCC Pres. Belinda Miles.

donors and other friends of the college and the Foundation. Now in his first year at Yale Law School, Mackey’s compelling story personifies the drive behind the mission of the college’s Foundation. The first in his family to attend college, he thrived here, becoming a 2014-15 Kathryn W. Davis Global Scholar, participating in the Cambridge Study Abroad program, and then accepting the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship.

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