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Kingsborough Community College

3 You Said it: Campus Code of Conduct C123 is the Place to Be

4 Possible Campus Smoking Ban Students Fall Victim to the Domino Effect

5 PAC: Platanos and Collard Greens

Record Enrollment Hits the Shores of Kingsborough October 2010

The City University of New Yorkk

by Maria Bonello

6 Restroom Duty is a Two Way Street for Both Students and Janitors

7 Lighthouse Program Delivers Hope to troubled Students

8 Welcome Week Hospitality Semester Begins with High Hopes 9 Designer Farai Simoyi’s Journey to Fashion Week 10 Waveman Comic

12 Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Cancer Knows No Limits 13 Female Best Friend Amnesia 14 Meet Your Professor: Louis Kirschner

15 KCC Dancers Turn Cheerleaders Under CUNY Rule 16 Defending Champions on Quest to Repeat

Kingsborough has witnessed a record number in student enrollment in just three semesters, raising the total amount of current students to 15,000. A vast majority of these students entered the college during the Fall 2010 Semester resulting in an approximation of a 7.1 percent increase since fall 2009. The recent intake of students has been divided into 2,500 freshmen and 1,800 transfer students. Even though those figures are less than fall 2009, enrollment remains at a high due to the amount of continuing students from fall 2010. “The enrollment of last fall was a huge increase; right when the overall enrollment increase came to CUNY. We were about 15,000 students last fall. We held that for the spring and we’re holding it again for this fall. After students drop or withdraw for what ever reason, there’ll be about between 15,000 and 15,300 for the fall,” said Thomas Friebel, dean of enrollment management. Having been particularly difficult to register for fall 2010 classes last semester, the college faculty are trying their best to make proper accommodations for the students by adding more classes from Friday to Sunday, offering more tutoring sessions and hiring more professors. “There have been budget cuts to the CUNY and SUNY system and with the increase in enrollment here, the budget is handled very well and can juggle that cut and provide services to the students,” said Friebel. With such a large student body on a 70-acre campus, some pushing and shoving in the halls is bound to occur. Compe-

tition to get to class early is on the rise as students struggle to get a chair and desk in some classes. Not having a fixed classroom capacity limit across the board is contributing to the issue of over crowded classes. “In a majority of my classes there’s about 35 to 40 students. Seats are very limited and it doesn’t really help with the over tally of classes, because there’s already a certain amount of students in each class,” said Dominique Stratford, a KCC student. Converting conference rooms into classrooms, the problem isn’t space it’s available classrooms. “If we had the funds to build more classrooms that would be great. We’ve always been a school where our classrooms weren’t full. Now we’re finding more and more that our classes are becoming full,” said Rosalie Fayad, director of enrollment services. When attending a CUNY college, fortunately, the one thing increased enrollment cannot disrupt is financial aid. If students are receiving government aid such as TAP or Pell you are entitled to those funds regardless. The possibility of CUNY and SUNY becoming privatized in the near future causing tuition increases could, however, have a negative affect on both financial aid and enrollment. “It’s still going to be a huge bargain compared to private, but you will knock out students. Normally if you receive full financial aid any tuition increases will be absorbed by the TAP. If your tuition goes up this much, your TAP goes up to cover

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it,” said Friebel. “It would be the students who aren’t fully covered, who are in that lower middle class that you could start losing, because they can’t fill that gap of tuition increase.” With the economy being a primary reason for the fluctuation of enrollment, some are returning to college to obtain a degree in a different field while high school students are choosing to go to an affordable community college as opposed to a four year school. “One of the reasons that the retention is so high is, because most of the four year institutions have raised the criteria for entering. A majority of the colleges are requiring 30 credits before you can transfer in. That gives the community college at least one year with the student,” said Fayad. Kingsborough’s image as a community college has also changed having the highest graduation rate (901 graduates for the June 2010 commencement) among the five other CUNY community colleges. Students are beginning to select Kingsborough as their first choice instead of a safety school. Normally allowing students to apply to the college right up to the beginning of the semester, Kingsborough discontinued accepting applications for the fall during the first week of August. The same will also be true for the Spring 2011 semester as no new admits will occur. “With the space and the course offerings and the faculty we have, we can manage a college of 15,000 students. The president and her cabinet made a decision to keep it at the 15,000 mark,” said Friebel.



KCC Athletic Teams Need Your Support Letter From the Editor by Maria Bonello, Editor-in-Chief

As my staff and I scrambled to put together this issue, I noticed that no one would volunteer to cover stories for the sports section. I could not simply leave out the athletics department. Being the editor-in-chief, it is my responsibility to ensure that the newspaper consists of a variety of different topics and that school events are acknowledged. I convinced a writers to cover the soccer team and I took on the cheerleading story. When I entered the G building to observe the cheerleading tryouts with my photographer, it was as if we had stepped into a different world. The halls were lined with students in t-shirts representing their team. The basketball players were practicing shooting hoops in one room, and the volleyball team was practicing techniques in another. As tryouts were being held on the side lawn the track team was running around the building. Never had I witnessed all the athletic teams in action. You could see the beads of sweat sliding down their faces as they pushed themselves to continue. The beating the athletes’ bodies were taking was visible on their facial expressions and short gasps of breath. Tryouts were over and I proceeded to pack up and leave. As I was making my way to the bus stop, I noticed the soccer team playing a game against Bronx Community College. Instead I decided to stay and watch the game. I soon became very annoyed at the fact that there were only about 15 spectators, especially when our team scored a goal. Nothing happened; no cheering; not a sound. How encouraging. Our soccer team, the Waves won that game 5-1, by the way. This experience made me realize that Kingsborough is an actual college despite the fact that it is a community school. We have the same opportunities, if not more, as the rest of the CUNY colleges. It’s time we come together to support the athletic teams offered at KCC. The players work hard and are talented. Most of our teams make it to the championship games, regional tournaments and national tournaments. So far they have gotten by on their abilities, but I am positive they would further excel if other students took the time to be present at games and cheer on their fellow classmates.


In the September issue of Scepter there were errors in the “Veterans Go Cruising With Kingsborough” article. The article incorrectly stated that Ms. Peaches Diamond was a former Navy Seal when in fact she is a former United States Navy Aviation Jet Machinist Mate. She is currently the director of Veteran Affairs Student Office. We also stated that Mr. Vlad Iorsh was a four-year Navy Seal, however, he is a former Navy Gunners Mate.

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10/19/10 - Drinking, Driving and Drugging: Table exhibit, handouts and videos. Breezeway, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

11/2/10 - American Italian Cancer Foundation: No Cost, 40 years of age and older mammography screening. Appointments only. Absolutely No Walk-Ins. 11/9/10 - Diabetes Awareness: Handouts on prediabetes, diabetes, nutrition, videos. Free glucose screening. Breezeway, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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C 1 2 3 I s t h e P l a c e t o B e You Said It: October 2010



by Asheka James

CUNY Campus Code of Conduct


by Sarah Stuart

andated by CUNY, the Henderson Rules, can guarantee academic freedom with careful supervision. Comprised of many regulations such as the prohibition of disorderly conduct, theft, unlawful posession of alcohol/drugs on campus, possession of weapons, damage to school properties, harassment and failure to show identification cards upon request. Not abiding by these rules can lead to penalties consisting of warnings, a conciliation conference and expulsion. These guidelines will not only protect the rights, health and the safety of others, but maintain a civilized environment for students to learn.

Is KCC following the Henderson Rules accordingly?

Ahmed Manns, Fine Arts: “They have been following it accordingly, especially cigarettes. No problems so far, but the prices for replacements of I.D. cards are a bit too expensive.”

Louis Gonzalez, Computer Information Systems:

“Not Really. There are some people in the computer labs cursing and talking too loud. Also, the minor things like not bringing drinks or food are a bit too harsh. I got yelled at by one of the instructors. The instructor yelled, ‘you can get arrested for bringing a snickers into the computer lab,’ which was a little over the top.”

Jennifer Huynh, Liberal Arts: “Since I've been here everyone has been nice to me. They gave me directions to classrooms and have been very friendly.”

Jean Mitchell, Accounting: “Failure to show identification upon request is too harsh. Most of the students are following the rules, except for a couple. Teachers don't show enough effort. They expect you to do the work without any guidance.”

Ato Cox, Liberal Arts: “The rules are fair and the students are following them. However, some students need to tone down their voices in the cafeteria and the classrooms. Some sneak food and drinks in the computer labs. Overall, the students are following the rules.”

You may have noticed the different events around campus such as Welcome Week, Dinner and a Movie, Winter/Spring Fest, Talent and Fashion Shows and wanted to know who threw them. Or maybe you wanted to start or join a club and didn’t know where to go? Or perhaps, you have seen advertising for trips such as Six Flags, and Dorney Park for as cheap as $10 and wanted to know where you can purchase tickets. C123, better known as the Office of Student Life, is where all these things are made possible.

Scepter: What does your job entail at Student Life? Sutton-Young: I am the director. I oversee all 80 clubs and organizations. We produce events and programs for the student body. We oversee the five student government councils, the athletic area and the student publications such as the newspaper, Scepter, the yearbook, Odyssey and the Antheon, which is a magazine. We also have our Leadership Certification program. We oversee the Peer Advisor program and the Student Leadership Institute. Scepter: What kind of events does Student Life hold? Sutton-Young: We have Welcome Week during the first two weeks of school. We do a Dinner and Dialogue series every last Wednesday of every month. We have educational workshops. We have a Dinner and a Movie series and Winter/Spring Fest. We are in charge of the Graduation Ball. We produce programs

like Think Fast, KCC Idol and the Amazing Race. This year we are having a new program; it’s a diversity committee. We are going to be planning a lot of social, cultural and diversity programs. Scepter: How do students benefit from the events? Sutton-Young: Student life is the out of class experience. Although we are educators, we try to complement what the faculty does in the classroom when we do Leadership Certification, Peer Advisor Program and the Lunch and Learn series. We are building on the things you have learned in business class when we offer business etiquette. We are teaching students to apply things they’ve learn in the classroom to day-to- day events. Scepter: How can a student get involved in the student council? Sutton-Young: They will have to go to council meetings. Each council has an office on the second floor in the clusters. They can go to the up towers of the club and sign up to be a student representative. You can come here [C123] for a rep sheet and get it signed by students that are in your major. Then you can move on from there. Scepter: Who occupies the three offices within C123 and what do they do? Sutton-Young: We have the Director of Student Life office, which is me. We have the Coordinator of Student Life, which is Maria Patestas. Maria’s job is to do major event program planning on campus and su-


pervise the five student governments. Then we have Anthony Blake, the Student Life Specialist. His job is to oversee all 80 clubs and organizations, the Leadership Certification program and the Peer Advisor Program. Scepter: Why is it that many students do not know about Student Life? Sutton-Young: I can’t speak for the students, but I know for the past year we have improved our marketing and improved the level of programs we have, to let our students know we are here. We have created a list for the students that have participated in our programs, so we can send out information. We have a Facebook page, and a Student Life newsletter. We put things on bulletin boards and we have T.V.’s outside our office. We have created a street team, in which our Student Aides go out and talk to students about events and programs. I have only been here a year and we are trying to revamp certain things, but we will work our way into it. Scepter: What else should students know about Student Life? Sutton-Young: The students need to know we are here for them, and our job is to produce a quality campus life. They don’t have to be in a four-year educational institution to feel like they’re going to college. Everybody here, regardless of what their troubles are, when they come to an event at Student Life, there are no worries.


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A Possible Campus Smoking Ban Leaves Students With Mixed Feelings by Nadia Vega

ingsborough Community College is a place that contains a variety of diverse individuals and ac-

tivities. As the years go by, specific changes have been made to the school to better the environment and for students and faculty to be as comfortable as possible. When seagulls were destroying the college's beach water, Fred Einerman, director of environmental health and safety had the idea of getting a dog to scare the birds away. That was a great success, allowing the water to remain clean. But now there's another issue Einerman hopes to change; turning KCC into a smoke-free campus. “It’s a work in progress. We started moving people away from the buildings, because we were getting complaints about smoke coming into the buildings. Students and staff have a right to breathe clean air inside and out-


side campus buildings,” said Einerman. “It would be nice to set an example as far as CUNY is concerned. We’re teaching students to go out into the world, but we’re not preparing them to lead a healthier life.” A smoke-free campus? Some might believe this sounds like an outrageous plan, considering the size of the campus and the amount of people who smoke there everyday. It's quite obvious that before this ban on smoking goes into effect, there will be many people who are against it and many people who are for it. There are smokers who think the rule of standing 25 feet away from any entrance is acceptable and hasn't caused a problem for them, but some think that outlawing smoking altogether is unfair, almost limiting a person's freedom. "It depends if my friends smoke or not, but I usually don't smoke around my friends that don't smoke, because they don't

like the smell. I just move away from them. Besides some of my friends, most people or strangers don't like the smell of cigarette smoke in general. “They don't want to catch secondhand smoke and get 'cancer' from it," said David Yusim, KCC student. "I might smoke, but the policy of standing 25 feet away from the doors is an understandable rule, but the idea of banning smoking throughout the entire campus is just stupid." Non-smokers in particular might find smoking around campus a bigger inconvenience than others. On the other hand, some never had a dilemma with it from the start and find the entire idea to be a waste of time.. "I don't know how exactly it could be banned. What they could simply do is just enforce more strictness with the security. The way you're not allowed to litter, they could probably treat smoking the same way," said Ivan Rodriguez, a non-smoking KCC student. "There's so many

other issues in the world. People get raped and killed everyday, but they're worrying about people smoking. It's really a useless way of helping society." The opinions on whether or not Kingsborough Community College should become a smokefree environment does vary from person to person, but not from the fact that they are smokers themselves. Believe it or not, there are smokers out there who find the future plan to be a good one to enforce, even if it may prevent them from smoking whenever and wherever they please. "I've been smoking for 25 years. I smoke a little more than two packs a day, but ironically enough, I think this smoke-free campus idea would be pretty appropriate. “It's a lot healthier for people not to smoke, especially since there's so many young people going to college," said Susie Vanstorvan, KCC student. "I don't think they should be smok-

ing anyway. Just because I smoke, doesn't mean everybody else should be smoking. I see young kids straight out of high school smoking and I really don't go along with that.” The process of KCC becoming a smoke-free community is going to be a long and difficult one. Even though Einerman’s idea of a smoke-free campus is currently floating up in the sky, neither students nor faculty have any clue if the matter will be taken seriously. The only thing that all of Kingsborough can do is sit and wait, smoker or not. “The biggest impact will come from the students. I can talk myself blue in the face, because I know what the dangers are. But coming from another student it has more impact than I’ll ever have,” said Einerman. “We’re trying to find a happy medium to satisfy both groups, the smokers and the non-smokers.

Prizes are usually an iPod touch, money or a metrocard,” she says. iPods? Metrocards? Maybe this isn’t all bad. However, some believe this is bad. With the country struggling economically, government financial aid is harder than ever to come by. Those who do receive it should make the most of it. “The domino players, the spade players, they’re the ones on financial aid. They take away from everyone else, they’re there all day not going to class, taking away from someone else who could be on financial aid like me,” says Daniel Lindo, a recent graduate from KCC, who paid out of pocket for his education. Lindo, a student from 2007 to 2009, now works at KCC upstairs near the clusters. He complains the game continues there when the cafeteria space is occupied and the school should make themselves more aware of this. “I think the school should say something like ‘you can’t be gambling or playing cards.’ You see money being thrown around. I’ve seen dice being thrown too. If they’re not in class, then why are you here?” Lindo says. What can be done about this? Without control from the school authorities, KCC could turn into the new Bellagio. How-

ever, dominoes still isn’t considered a big deal. “I don’t see a big deal. They aren’t hurting anyone. I doubt they’re going to class, which sucks,” says a security officer who wishes to remain nameless. Some students believe they have a right to make decisions on their own as to how to spend their time at the school. There is a game room set aside especially for that in room U217 generally open at 9 a.m. With the option of a secluded room, also fully stocked with a foosball table, Wii and other forms of entertainment, why leave the games out in the open? An even better question being, how can the school crack down on such activities? Philosophy Professor Joseph Terry believes it is up to the student as an individual to make these choices, hoping they will chose one that is in the direction of an education. “If the student is performing his or her duties as a student; doing their papers on time, they’re performing the tasks that are required of them as a student, then I think they have liberty to play dominoes or whatever they want to play as long as it is within legal bounds of the campus,” Professor Terry states. Although it can be distract-

ing to others, it has to be understood this is college and those that attend wish to be treated as adults. As ideal as it sounds, security cannot constantly run behind every student to ensure everyone is a prototypical representation of a 4.0. Students should, however, accept consequences of whatever their choice of actions may be. “It is their free will, whether or not they want to go to class. They should know the ramifications of doing such a thing. It would be nice if students used the game room. “It definitely gets rowdy down there; it gets loud and a little crazy,” says Professor Terry. “But it’s tough as to what are the liberties of the students, what are their rights and freedoms and how are they to socially act and what does that mean for others that are around them?” As students, the liberty is having access to an education that some do not. A responsible decision needs to be made with this available opportunity. Professor Terry gives a statement of hope, saying, “I do believe all students have an ethical obligation to better themselves in school, be in the business to better themselves and being here with a purpose.”

KCC Students Fall Victim to the Domino Effect by Ranese Southerland


Photo by Pedro Estevez

Students pass the time playing dominoes in the cafeteria. ou are 15 minutes late for your 8 a. m. class. You haven’t had your coffee and you’re 90 percent sure your socks don’t match. As you scurry through the cafeteria, half-eaten bagel in hand, you hear it. Crack. Blam. Crash. Is the ceiling falling? No chicken little, it’s the thunderous roar of those mini marble bricks; dominoes: Kingsborough’s public enemy number one. On the outside looking in, one could quickly pass judgment upon those who choose this temptation over classwork. Constant loud cheering and shrills of excitement, gloriously advertises that specific corner in the cafeteria as the place to be. But is it? Should we drop every hope of getting an education for a half hour game? Or is it a momentary

getaway from the pens and books? “It’s a waste of time playing dominoes all day,” says sophomore Sabrina Stephenson who does admit to participating a few times. “But there is a good half to it, you get to meet people; it’s a social game.” Dominoes is a social game. With a maximum amount of four players, opportunity is available to be introduced to new people with similar interests. KCC seems to believe in this philosophy as well, by holding tournaments twice a school year involving playing dominoes and card games. Stephenson recalls playing during her first semester. “I have been in the school dominoes tournament. It’s more a competition kind of thing.

October 2010



“ Pl a ta no s a nd C ol l a rd Gr e en s ” Te ac h es S t ud en t s A Va lu a bl e Le s so n

by Steven Carpio On September 20th, the Performing Arts Center at Kingsborough was proud to present the romantic comedy, “Platanos and Collard Greens.” Teaching the value of family and the true meaning of love, the play is about a couple forced to overcome the criticisms of their skin color, while keeping the bonds with their family and friends alive. Starring Leon Joseph, a law student in Hunter College as Freeman the African American tutor, and Jocelyn Marie as Angelita, Freeman’s Dominican student turned love interest. Angelita’s strict mother is furious when she learns of her daughter’s relationship with Freeman. She goes as far as sending Angelita to a psychologist and faking a heart attack so Angelita would spend more time with her than with Freeman. Two other characters, OK and Milady, also played by Hunter College students, always discussed Freeman’s relationship with him. Milady even says, “What’s wrong with chocolate?” in one of her conversations with


Freeman on why is he with Angelita rather than her. From the start, Freeman caught the audience’s attention with his hysterical antics as he explained interracial stereotypes that were brought up between African American men and Dominican women. “If you were to take Huey from the Boondocks and were to grow him up a little bit,” said Joseph describing his character. The young Dominican, Angelita is happy to be with Freeman claiming to have found someone that loves her for her mind rather than her physical appeal. Conversations about interracial relationships were to be heard around the center, during the 10 minute intermission of the two hour play, making it clear that the spectators were pleased with the performance referring to the play as “hilarious.” The play opened people’s eyes, to not assume or be so quick to pass judgment on people based on the color of their skin, or how they may look. I am glad it came to Kingsborough,” said

Michelle Robles, a member of the audience. The love of Angelita and Freeman teaches the audience the characteristics that every good relationship should consist of. “When you love someone they need to help you shine. They should motivate you and help you do something; that’s what love is. A lot of people are selfish, Freeman stayed with Angelita even though he knew the easier rode would have been to be with Milady,” said Marie. In a play that has been ongoing for seven years now, “Platanos and Collard Greens” has updated it’s script continuously. Mentioning Facebook, Tiger Wood’s scandal and Kanye West’s “Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time” VMA scandal. Director Doni Comas did a superb job getting his cast and crew together and working on the new improvements. “I reminded them that their character is theirs to develop; they motivate themselves. I just remind them the message of the show. I’m glad I found people that love theatre,” said Comas.

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October 2010

Restroom Duty is a Two Way Street for Both Students and Janitors Scepter

by Asheka James

KCC janitor cleans up the mess left behind by students.

Rated one of the best community colleges in CUNY, Kingsborough, with it’s alluring trees, serene surroundings and fresh air is a beautiful place to spend twoyears of your life. But for such a charming campus, KCC’s bathrooms are bombarded with trash and used tissue papers. While walking into some bathrooms your nose is immediately hit with a stench of urine and bleach. As you venture on, stalls are covered with urine while others are left un-flushed with things that will ruin your appetite for weeks. Graffiti marks cover the

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stall doors, some reading, “I love Jimmy” or “your mother is a beep.” Then, when you go to wash your hands, the sinks are clogged with used tissue paper, causing them to flood over with grayish mucky water. Besides these things, there are used tissue papers all over the bathroom floor. For many KCC students, this is what they experience while using the bathroom. Many students feel the bathrooms can be a lot cleaner. “It is very nasty,” said KCC student, Nick St. Fort. “When

you walk into it, you see all these paper towels and all these nasty things all over the floor. People don’t wash their hands.” Even though some bathrooms are not clean, there are some that are excellent. For example, in the Marine building, most bathrooms are clean and well kept. As you walk into the bathroom there isn’t a nasty odor. The air is fresh enough to be able to inhale and not have a bad taste afterwards. Besides that there are no tissue papers on the floor, and there aren’t any liquid soap droppings in the sinks. The stalls are white and clean and the used tissues are where they belong - the garbage. Why are some bathrooms cleaner than others? Is it because some bathrooms are used less than others? Or does the blame lie on the students or the janitors? Many students blame the janitors. “I see the same stuff that I have seen in the beginning of the week, at the end of the week in the same bathrooms,” said KCC student, Karolyn Daley. “I will give them a three [ten being a great job].” With janitors always in sight with a broom, pail and garbage can, it is quite hard to put all the blame on them. As students, we do not place ourselves in their shoes. Even

though their job is to clean up after us, it is a challenge. “The men’s bathroom we go into a lot. They go into the bathroom and urinate, instead of lifting the seat up, it’s all over the seat and all over the floor,” said Dominick Daniele, a custodian. “Sometimes we have to close it down and mop it up. Then they want to use the bathroom. You can’t use the bathroom while I’m mopping, so they get pissed off.” The janitors at Kingsborough work hard to keep the bathrooms clean and they appreciate the little things you do in terms of working with them to keep a clean environment. “To make it better they will have to wash their hands,” said Daniele. “Instead of putting the toilet paper on the floor they can put it in the garbage can. It makes it easier for us to sweep up.” When it comes down to the bathroom environment, both students and janitors have an important role to play. If students clean up after themselves by flushing the toilet after each use and by disposing of their used tissue paper in the garbage, it would make the janitors’ job easier. And for the janitors, if they could be more persistent in cleaning the bathrooms, students would be more comfortable using the bathrooms.

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Keeping Kingsborough’s bathrooms clean is a two way street and nobody knows more about the bathroom environment than Chief Administrative Superintendent Thomas Brzozowski. “We need the help from the students. Be a little more cognizant of your environment; care about the environment. When you see somebody being a little reckless in the type of way that they use it, help us out,” said Brzozowski. “A lot of the clubs have become very active. “Biannually the student’s clubs help us clean up the campus. It is a wonderful thing. It makes the students aware of the way the campus should be used and look, and it helps us in the terms of people that maintain these facilities.” Brzozowski is proud of the way the campus looks, but he needs full cooperation from students and faculty in order to keep it in good condition. “This campus is pristine,” said Brzozowski. “We’re very proud of it and this has a lot to do with the staff and the students that use it. Cooperation on both sides is appreciated. When we get the cooperation from the students we appreciate it and when we clean these facilities and keep them clean the students appreciate it.”

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October 2010



Lighthouse Program Delivers Hope To Troubled Students

by Russell Kruzhkov

When a KCC student's drug and alcohol problems began affecting her schoolwork four-years ago, she turned to the Lighthouse – an alcohol and substance abuse counseling program located on campus. The student is now 22, majoring in forensic psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and sober. She and her husband are expecting. “She was an illegal immigrant in this country, who was a drug dealer, abuser and prostitute,” said Michael Geller, director of the Lighthouse. A KCC counselor referred the student to the program, where she worked with Assistant Director Pearl Siegelman, who guides female students. “People need listeners. You have to give them the time they need, to simply listen. Being a good counselor is to listen,” Siegelman said. “The spotlight is on them. The person needs that time of fame to talk.” The Lighthouse is strictly confidential, whether it's dealing with students, faculty or staff. Specializing in one-on-one sessions, as opposed to traditional group meetings, the counselors find that students respond better in private. While the Lighthouse once held Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on campus, it now refers clients to the weekly meetings at St. Mary Mother of Jesus Roman Catholic Church in


Sheepshead Bay. Now in its tenth year, the Lighthouse has seen over 3,000 students, faculty and staff in it’s effort to prevent alcohol and substance abuse. Not one student has been suspended or expelled after enlisting in the program. By working closely with College officials the Lighthouse often sees students who've been picked up two or three times before they're first arraigned. If they see progress in the student, counselors will testify or write letters recommending the court show leniency. “It's a shame a person that is 19 or 20-years old should have his or her college career stopped from a time in life when you make mistakes,” says Geller. Lighthouse began in 2000 after Director Geller and Assistant Director Siegelman, noticed something odd; CUNY schools did not have an alcohol or substance abuse counseling program. “Most schools wouldn't accept a program of its kind, insisting there wasn't any problem,” says Geller, a former public school teacher and participant in the first drug program in any New York high school. “It is a misinterpretation and there is often a stigma attached to schools with an alcohol or drug prevention program, which holds students back from registering. Every school has some kind of problem.”

In addition to students who engage in high-risk drinking or other drug use, students who do not use or drink legally and moderately frequently suffer secondhand effects. “As much as I like Kingsborough, it is sometimes difficult boarding the bus in the morning knowing once I get out the air will be polluted with pot,” said Keith, a KCC student. While alcohol and marijuana are the most common issues in the Lighthouse program, “smart drugs” like Adderall and Ritalin also linger in the Kingsborough community. Originally developed to treat attention deficit disorder, the drugs are now widely abused at major universities. Contrary to popular belief, the problem has spread to many junior and community college campuses. “I've taken Adderall,” says a Kingsborough student who wants to remain anonymous. “I've taken it the night before an exam, during an exam and to write a paper.” He went on to say that he's seen positive results every time. Adderall can lead to heart and blood pressure problems, irregular heartbeat, dangerously high body temperatures, seizures, weight loss, diarrhea, dizziness, fever, headache, heartburn, infection, nausea, and in extreme cases depression. “Adderall enhances dopamine, which is essentially the

KCC helps students fight harmful substance abuse habits.

messenger of the body,” explains Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “It can be addictive. So much so it falls in the same class of drugs as cocaine.” Like drugs and alcohol, “smart drugs” can have an affect on students who aren't using them. “It's an unfair advantage if the person next to me, who has the same schedule and classes, is taking Adderall or Ritalin. They can stay up the whole night, know the material, come in the next day and make a grade better than me,” says KCC student, Melissa. “Although it is tempting for me, I don't see myself taking it to boost

brain power. I'm so proud I've come this far based on my own ability and not a drug. I use it as motivation.” Despite all of this, the Lighthouse has faith in the Kingsborough student body. “The average student is someone who is balancing school with work,” says Geller. “They take education far more seriously and bring a certain maturity.” Nevertheless, spring and summer is the time of the year when the Lighthouse sees an increase in students regularly partaking in drug use and generally keeping the Lighthouse by the water on its toes.

The KCC Lighthouse Program encourages anyone in the Kingsborough community battling with alcohol and substance abuse to stop by room U-228 or call (718) 368-6566. The Lighthouse also welcomes family members, as domestic problems often parallel substance abuse issues. Drug and alcohol abuse is a serious issue that can be treated. Photo Provided by

Workshops will be held from 12:30 p.m - 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 19: Lowdown on Party Drugs Tuesday, November 9: Learning How to Say No Tuesday, November 23: The Alcohol Test You Have to Take


Welcome Week Hospitality Begins the Semester with High Spirits

by Navila Abbas

Comprised of Welcome Back Breakfast, Bingo for Books, a Block Party, Evening Students Dinner, Student Life Open House/Giveaway Day, a Mets game and Dinner and a Dialogue, the launching of the Fall 2010 semester was in full swing. Returning to school after summer vacation and being greeted in such a unique way put the students at ease, especially the freshmen who were a bit anxious as to what college life would be like. “It felt great to connect with the people at the different events and actually get to know some of the people. It was a relief to have

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those people around at all times, because they helped me when I got lost. They gave me directions and even walked me to where I had to go,” said Faiza Gul, an impressed freshmen. Organized for the sole purpose of diverting the students’ attention away from the beginning of the semester tension, Welcome Week’s event time slots were set to ensure that a majority of students were able to attend at least one of the activities. “The whole idea behind Welcome Week was to distract the students during the first two weeks of school when everything is crazy and stressful,” said

The block party was filled with students enjoying the fun in the sun.

Dwight H. Johnson, a student representative for Student Life. Bingo for Books was one of the most popular events among the student body. Especially in this economy, it’s always a good thing to have free money or gift cards to pay for the expensive books required for classes. A lot of prizes were given out and it was an opportunity for the students to talk to each other and create their own cohort. “Bingo for Books was very successful. We had a great turnout and students have already started asking us when the next Bingo for Books will be,”said Johnson. Representatives from differ-

Photo by Pedro Estevez

ent offices including, but not limited to Honors Program, Office of Student Life, Office of Freshmen Services were present at this month’s Dinner and Dialogue to inform students about the responsibilities and facilities of those offices. Dinner was served as freebies were given out to the students. A question and answer session followed where students voiced their queries and concerns. “Dinner and Dialogue was the most informative event in Welcome Week. It gave students a great opportunity to hear about some of the facilities Kingsborough has to offer and how to ac-

Students participating in the block party festivities.

cess them,” said Lavar Thomas, a KCC student. “It gave them the chance to have a more comfortable setting to ask questions and have them answered.” As the semester progresses, the more fraught students become. Luckily, Student Life is head over heels about making the environment as comfortable and as stress free as possible. “We want students to be at ease during the semester and not freak out as the weeks go by. Stress builds up and things get tough, but that’s why we’re arranging all these events for students, so they have fun and let go of the stress,” said Johnson.

Photo by Pedro Estevez

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Exclusive Interview:




Designer Farai Simoyi’s Journey to New York’s Fashion Week

by Ryan Muir

Farai Simoyi, is an aspiring designer based in New York City. A freelance talent, Simoyi has realized many of the opportunities that fashion students strive for. Over coffee at Starbucks, Simoyi revealed her plan to formally debut her casual women prêt- a- porter this fall at New York’s Fashion Week in Lincoln Square, as well as the long, arduous road she had to take to achieve this dream of hers.

Scepter: What made you decide to be a fashion designer?

Simoyi: My aunt is a designer and she owns a lingerie line in Zimbabwe. When I was a little girl around the age of five, I would always go to her house on the weekends and she had scraps of fabric she would give me. She taught me how to sew and I would make matching outfits for me and my dolls. I loved it so much and I knew creating and designing was something I always wanted to do.

Scepter: Did an event occur that led you to your current career path?

Simoyi: When I started college, I was a psychology major. I remember the first day of classes for my sophomore year I woke up very abruptly and found myself at my advisors office telling them I wanted to switch my major to fashion design. Fashion was my path and was already planned for me. It was a moment of realization of truth to myself . Scepter: Where did you go to school?

Simoyi: West Virginia University and spent a summer studying at NABA, Nuovo Accademina Belle di Arti in Milan, Italy. Scepter: Who are your fashion inspirations?

Simoyi: I love Roberto Cavalli for his use of prints and color stories. Every time I saw an Alexander McQueen runway show I watched wide eyed and with a dropped jaw. Scepter: How have your experiences enhanced your skills? Simoyi: I have had the opportunity of working at a number of fashion compa-

nies since I've been in New York. At each company, I took on different roles which broadened my skill level. My first job was working as a sales representative at a retail store so that allowed me to see fashion from a retail and consumer perspective. I worked as a technical designer which allowed me to understand specs and garment proportions. I also spent a summer as a wardrobe stylist for a television show through HBO international where I had to build relationships with designers and showrooms in order to receive clothing. I have worked everywhere from Men's T-shirt and denim designer, Women's contemporary designer, juniors denim and woven designer and children's designer. Working many different jobs allowed me to be a better designer. I feel that a great designer can design anything for any kind of customer. Scepter: Have you traveled to other fashion capitals? Simoyi: Yes, I travelled a lot when I was a denim designer for a celebrity owned clothing line. We went on company paid shopping trips to research trends. I've been to London, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Copenhagen and Amsterdam. Scepter: What did you learn there that you didn't know prior?

Simoyi: Before I went to Copenhagen and Amsterdam I was skeptical of the kind of fashion I was going to see or their lack of. I was rather amazed that they have a unique style and creativity. It's as if they turned avant-garde ideas into ready to wear clothing. It turned out to be good trip. Scepter: Why did you decide to come to New York?

Simoyi: I came to New York in ninth grade on a school trip. I felt so alive and happy when I was here. I remember getting home and telling my mom that I was going to live there one day . Scepter: When you began your fashion career, what did you have to overcome?

Simoyi: Fear is the cause of mediocrity. Why are there only a few good designers? If more people would not be afraid to put

Photo by: Maria Bonello

Backstage at Fashion Week with three models showing off Farai Simoyi’s designs.

themselves out there and not be afraid to fail or not be afraid of criticism there would be many more great designers. But that's the way the world is. There can only be a few good ones. I'm hoping to be one of those few. Scepter: How do you differ from the rest of the competition? Simoyi: I feel like these days people design just to design or create a new brand just because they can. I design with purpose. I notice that when I wear a Diane Von Furstenberg dress I can tell she designed with a purpose and that's why so many people feel comfortable in her dresses. I want people to notice that with my clothing as well. I want to design clothing that every woman will want to wear and feel comfortable wearing. Scepter: Do you view your work as better, or comparable to these labels?

Simoyi: Diane is Diane and there will be no other, but I feel that my work is amaz-

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ing and I know there is a market for what I'm creating.

Scepter: Did you achieve all you wanted to achieve as a designer?

Simoyi: Not yet. I am still learning. I think the hardest thing about the fashion industry is the business. There have been many unknown talented designers who were never seen, because they didn't understand the business and marketing of fashion. I create collections in my dreams; designing is easy for me, but I have to study the business of fashion. Scepter: For all the aspiring talents out there, what piece of advice would you give them?

Simoyi: Do the work. It's been a hard road for me thus far and it is going to be harder. But we all must do the work to excel. I meet so many people that talk and talk about wanting to own their own line, but they are not willing to do the work. You have to want it bad.

Beginning Thursdays October 7, 2010 Ending Thursday November 11, 2010 From 1:30 to 2:30 Room: M382 To sign up call: Frances Robinson, Program Manager 718-368-4700




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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Cancer Knows No Limits by Jennifer Fernandez

In recognition of breast cancer awareness month, Scepter would like to inform students about becoming more aware of the effects of breast cancer and the importance of trying to detect it at an early stage. Even though there are no guarantees of prevention, increasing our awareness can make a big difference. Cancerous growth in the tissues of the breast may occur at any age, in any gender and has no race limitations. According to the



National Cancer Institute, other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States. Each year more than 192,000 women and about 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. It is extremely important to detect breast cancer at its earliest stage. This can best be done by people examining their breasts a minimum of once a month. Although this is widely advocated,

too few people do it. As Sara from the American Cancer Society said, “It’s something so simple, but a lot of people just don’t do it and it can save their life.” While performing a self-examination keep in mind that changes in the shape or size of your underarm or breast can be important. Some of the signs to look out for are as follows: pulling in of your nipple, lumps, hard knot(s) or thickening in any part of the breast, swelling,

warmth, redness or darkening, dumpling or puckering of the skin, itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple, nipple discharge and a pain that doesn’t go away. It is best to seek a health care provider if such should occur. A cancer survivor, Nelly Ortiz, was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2008 at the age of 56 during her routine yearly mammogram. “If it hadn’t been for me getting a mammogram every year, I would have been di-

agnosed at a much later time. Because I was perfectly healthy I had no abnormal feelings in the breast and every year my exam came up normal,” said Ortiz. After learning that she had breast cancer, she was so glad that she had become accustomed to doing a yearly mammogram, because she came to understand that if she hadn’t done it she would have missed her diagnoses. Ortiz was going against her doctor’s

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The Leading Cause of Female Best Friend Amnesia: A Boyfriend October 2010

by Maria Bonello

For a woman, a best friend is as essential as a black Marciano oversized leather hobo handbag embellished with silver details, safely cradling years of secrets and memories, growing more inseparable as time passes. Then, just as quickly as your friendship was formed, it’s gone. A strange masculine figure has robbed your dearest accessory right from under your arm in plain daylight. The sisterly bond that had once held the both of you securely at the hip has been severed. Your best friend has met who she thinks is that “special” guy and leaves you in the dust, as if you never existed in the first place. She suddenly becomes lopsided, tilting the scales of balance heavily in the direction of mister tall, dark and handsome, sending you way off the map. Placing a friendship on pause for such simple-minded creatures is an unfortunate recurrent situation among females of all ages. What is it about this breed of human, chuck full of testosterone that causes a female to suffer from severe amnesia? “You become too involved with yourself and your boyfriend and stop worrying about anyone else. There’s much more going on in a relationship,” said Ana Ganova, a KCC student. “Humans have a tendency to care more about their significant other. It’s human nature to have someone and not live your life only with friends. You spend more time focusing and working on your relationship than your friendship.” The need to satisfy the missing gap in their hearts, yearning for passion and affection, has a stronger pull on them. Longing for someone to love and share yourself with on an even more intimate level than you would a best friend causes an unintentional break in a friendship.


“Some people think their capacity to love is limited. They think there is only one kind of love. If they’re committed to one person than they can’t be committed to another. Just like there are different emotions, there are many different kinds of love,” said Leslie Feher Ph.D, a marriage counselor specializing in relationship enhancement. “It’s perfectly possible for someone to feel close to a girlfriend as well as a mate. But most people feel that they have to commit themselves to only one important other and this creates a lot of misunderstandings. Its life limiting in terms of personal experience.” Or the reason could be much deeper. It is possible that your best friend is struggling with an internal conflict. Noticing flaws within herself that in reality are microscopic such body issues, the only way she sees best to deal with her insecurities is to become a stage five clinger and be at her boyfriend’s every call. Playing the part of the good little sheep, fulfilling his needs instead of your own should keep him hooked for awhile. “It could be also the result of not feeling so confident about themselves. It could be a self esteem issue and they believe they need to spend all their time with their boyfriend or else he might not be so interested anymore,” said Clinical Psychologist Anthony Foti, a graduate of Hofstra University practicing for 16 years. Insecurities and trust in relationships go hand-in-hand with each other. Your best friend’s doubt in her relationship with her boyfriend causes her to lose trust in you as well. While you grasp onto the last few fringes of your friendship, you seem to sway violently into the frenemy zone,

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knowing nothing can save what once was sacred between sisters. The slightest amount of doubt can easily drive the imagination wild with disturbing hypothetical situations, convincing your best friend there is truth behind these displeasing thoughts. “Maybe your friend is afraid her boyfriend will like you more. Or the boy doesn’t like you, because your doing things he doesn’t want the girlfriend to do, because he doesn’t trust her. It could go either way. She doesn’t trust him being alone or he doesn’t trust her,” said Kathy Pepia, a KCC student. When combined with raging teenage hormones, infatuation is a common and dangerous land to Photo by Sam Salganik cross into. The excitement conCould your relationships be compromising your friendships? sidering this over due engagement with a partner could be consuming your best friend to the of an argument. ings of betrayal and loss as in any point of enchantment, putting you Even though it is expected relationship, that needs to be conon the sideline. for your best friend to love you fronted and worked through. It’s No matter what truth you unconditionally, is it reasonable a matter of how the distancing speak, because you sincerely care to all of a sudden depend on her occurred and whether there was a about your best friend’s well again, after you uncaringly lot of hostility or bitterness. Rebeing and the signs are there in kicked her to the curb? lationships change and the status the open, bright as day, your best “It’s unhealthy. If the girl’s of relationships change,” said friend shuts you out denying the friend takes it personally, they Feher. fact that her lover has strayed. For may choose not to be friends However, before any rash he can do no wrong in her knowing that she may just drop decisions are made, (choosing to charmed eyes. out of sight at any point,” said stick with your classic Marciano “This happened to me and Foti. “Or they might not care, be- handbag or upgrade to the latest my best friend. My best friend cause they have other friends to season’s collection) the best would tell me my boyfriend was hang out with. If she’s around and friend must understand what she cheating on me, but I wouldn’t she’s fun, well then she’s back, did and how it affected the other listen. I was blinded by my obses- and in a couple of months she’ll person. Her concerns must be in sion with him and my best friend be gone again. It really depends check so the next time she catchand I stopped talking. She turned on the strength of the relation- es the eye of a cutie, the same deout to be right,” said Tiffany ship.” bacle does not occur again. Who Renelle, a KCC student. There are a combination of knows if your friendship could Unexpectedly for your best reasons why a girl drops her best survive another man-strocity. friend, her boyfriend dumps her friend for a guy and expects her “It’s very important to have for some lame excuse he manages to be there to pick up the pieces friends. Eventually when you get to conjure up, obligating you to when the relationship falls a balance with your partner and assume your faithful position as through. Whether the two girls your relationship with your bestie and clean up his mess. can overcome the dent in their friend, then you’re able to satisfy Many girls such as Renelle feel friendship is entirely up to them. everybody. But you really need to a best friend is going to be there “People go through many figure out your priorities,” said for you in the end, regardless life changes. There can be feel- Asma Abassi.

wishes, because he felt that it was unnecessary due to her normal office exam. She conveyed to him she would feel more comfortable with a mammogram to confirm that nothing was abnormal. The doctor granted her a mammogram. “Thanks to that routine I got accustomed to and the assurance that I needed, it made it possible, for an early diagnosis which is the key to surviving breast cancer,” said Ortiz. In our country, studies have shown that breast cancer has been found more often in white women

than in any other race and your chances of getting breast cancer by not engaging in physical activity, becoming overweight after menopause and drinking alcohol increases your risk. Even though there are a lot of risk factors for getting breast cancer, that doesn’t always mean that you will get it. There are many women out there with high risk who have never been diagnosed with breast cancer. Even though you might think that you’re too young or healthy, it’s always a good idea to check yourself regularly by performing

a self-examination and going to your doctor’s office for your yearly checkup. Nelly Ortiz is glad that she caught her cancer in the early stages, as she has learned that there are no age limitations for breast cancer. Ortiz met a 17year-old who is living with breast cancer. Because of medical advances, breast cancer awareness campaigns and the healthier lifestyles being adopted, 25,000 fewer people have been diagnosed with breast cancer this year compared to five years ago.



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Veteran Stress Management Professor Reveals His Battles to Success Scepter

by Christopher Rivera

Photo by Tonye Andrews

Louis Kirschner, a Professor of Stress Management at KCC and the Wrestling Coach at Leon M. Goldstein.

At first glance, Louis Kirschner, 72, seems like your average-Joe strutting around with his bold, bulky glasses, and gym apparel, yet Kirschner gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “you can‘t judge a book by its cover.” Football became a passion of Kirschner’s at the age of 16, but it never occurred to him to try out for his high school football team until his coach came along. “I have no idea why, but coach asked me to try out and I just decided to try out,” he said. After trying out and making Madison High School football team, Kirschner was soon named All New York City, discovering a hidden talent. But football was not the only sport he was passionate about. Boxing also played a pivotal role in Kirschner’s life. “I sparred against and worked as a professional sparring partner for the world’s champions, I’ve sparred with Floyd Patterson, Hurricane Carter. I’ve sparred a lot with Dick Tiger, who was light and middle weight champion of the world at that time,” he said. “I got paid $20 a round, my hardest opponent was Dick Tiger by far.” Kirschner’s skill began to

build up with each sparring match, giving him the confidence to fight in the amateur league; thus winning him three titles. “One was in 1954, another in 1955 and the one in the army was in 1958. One fighter was Lenny Montrapano, he was a major fighter for Madison Square Garden. I beat him for the department of parks championship,” said Kirschner with pride. “I beat Joey Archer, the number one ranked middle weight in the world, but this was in the amateurs. Tony Fortunato he was also a major fighter in the pros, but I don’t remember all of them.” Between a promising football and boxing career taking up most of his time, school began to slip away from Kirschner, but his passion for football would lead him to a major decision that changed his life. “I never thought of going to college, so I never took any academic courses, I was going to be a professional fighter,” said Kirschner. “I guess football changed that. I couldn’t get into college, because even being All New York City, I never took algebra, geometry, anything like that, so I joined the army and furthered my education through the army.” For some people, joining the

army would seem like the biggest mistake they have ever made, but Kirschner viewed this situation as an opportunity to better himself through education and to reap some of the other benefits the army had to offer. “I have four years of active duty and 19 years in the reserves and I’ve been called out for two wars, which were Lebanon in 1958 and Iraq. “I was a combat medic at first, then they sent me to school to get my nursing license, so then I began to teach nursing,” he said. “I was able to travel the world; I was in Germany and France. Later on, they sent me to school to become an expert in the field of nuclear, biological and chemical warfare. “I also wrote and directed the drug education program and developed it for the United States Coast Guard.” Even with such an active role in the military, Kirschner was still motivated and passionate about the game of football, so he registered at Montclair State University and began his football career there. Kirschner was fortunate to be part of an outstanding team, which had the longest winning streak in the nation in both 1960, and 1961. “We were facing C.W. Post and we beat them in the last 20 seconds of the ball game, in that year we went undefeated and had the longest winning streak in the nation, I was a linebacker,” Kirschner said. “I had four professional teams, the Greenbay Packers, the San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears interested in me, I was going to get drafted, but in my senior year I needed two shoulder operations and that deterred me from playing professional football.” All of Kirschner’s hard work on the football field did not go to waste; in 1994, Kirschner was in-

ducted into Montclair State University’s hall of fame for football. “As a linebacker, I made more tackles in four years than anyone in the history of the school,” he said with a gleam in his eye. “I also made more tackles in one game than anyone in the history of the school.” Not being able to play the sport he was passionate about took a toll on Kirschner, but he was a natural born fighter and decided to view this situation as a blessing in disguise. It was then he soon realized what type of career he wanted to pursue. “At first, I was very depressed and felt sorry for myself, but fight or flight I either lay down and quit or get up,” said Kirschner. “I stood up and decided I wanted to be a teacher and a coach and that’s led me to a very happy life.” With two Master degrees in health and counseling, and a total of 44 years teaching in different schools, Kirschner has made a name for himself as a successful teacher. He is known for incorporating stories into his lessons to capture the attention of his students, and to better relate with them. He has taught a wide variety of topics such as anatomy, psychology, exercise and nursing. “I have not only taught in Kingsborough for 12 years, but I’ve taught summer programs in the University of Delaware, I’ve taught on three continents with the military, I’ve taught 25 years in a public school in New Jersey and taught medical programs for HIP,” he said. “I have published a few articles on diabetes, I also teach about sexually transmitted diseases and pediatric asthma for families; I’ve done that for about four years. I’ve taught nursing in the army reserve and I‘ve taught medical programs to the local people in Lebanon, Syria

and Iraq.” Kirschner has a well stacked teaching resume as well as a coaching resume, leading Leon M. Goldstein’s wrestling team through the quarter finals his first year as the varsity coach, as a football coach, four of his ball players went on to become professional athletes and three of his wrestlers made All American in New Jersey. In 1972, Kirschner even won a prestigious award for a poem he wrote. “What I’m most proud of is winning the William Carlos Williams poetry award because poetry is the most beautiful thing man can do,” he said. Looking back on his life, Kirschner has no regrets. Despite his age, he still manages to come up with new goals to achieve, and shows no signs of slowing down. “It doesn’t help to look back in regret. I’ve been fortunate to accomplish a lot, and there are other things I still want to accomplish. You can’t take back that which you have done; and there are certainly things I shouldn’t have done, but this is the way life is. “You’re always going to have problems and you have to try and overcome them, and I think I have overcome most of them,” he said. “I want to publish more in the field of diabetes and I would like to publish a book. I have finished it, but I have to get it published and that is very difficult, because I’m not famous. “I have published many articles, about 50 [poems], education articles and medical articles. I was the first person to develop the idea for the college find, where you go to the computer and you select a college, in 1975. It was my original idea and I still have that article. I will never retire, I enjoy teaching and I enjoy the kids and the success they get and when they’re successful, I feel successful.”

Slow Down While Driving on the Boulevard by Mashido Eghaghe

An accident happened on Shore Boulvard between the hours of 5 and 6 p.m. on the 29th of September involving a white Mercedes Benz Sedan and a black Nissan Altima. An eyewitness said a Kingsborough Community College student was involved, but Scepter can not independently verify the statement of the eyewitness. Scepter requested an interview with the NYPD at the scene of the accident, but they declined and refused to give out any information. We at Scepter, Student Life, and the Office of Public Safety, encourage everyone to utilize the following safety tips that can save money, discomfort, time in jail and lives.

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SAFETY TIPS Do a visual inspection of your car every day The Speed limit on Shore and Oriental Blvds is 30 MPH Check the air pressure of your tires Check under your car for leaks Check your lights to make sure they are all in working order Check the brake pads and brake fluid regularly Adjust your mirrors before you begin driving



KCC Dancers Turn Cheerleaders Under CUNY Rule October 2010

by Maria Bonello

After a great effort from the KCC Dancers club, the athletics department has added a cheerleading squad to the division. It has been three decades since Kingsborough had cheerleaders, but unlike the team from the 70s they are now officially under CUNY jurisdiction. In 2007, the club was in its infancy with members who wanted more than t-shirts. After much persistence, the college granted the squad $10,000 out of the association budget and purchased uniforms. Towards the end of the season, they were invited to do an exhibition performance at the Cheerleading Championships at Brooklyn College.

Scepter: How was Kingsborough able to turn the KCC Dancers into a competitive cheerleading squad?

Cheerleading Coach Anna Betancourt: We went to the administration and said, “They want a cheerleading squad.” The college gave us money last year. We got uniforms and they were invited to perform an exhibition performance at the Cheerleading championships at Brooklyn College. The championships are only open to four year colleges. The commis-


sioner told our athletics director at the time that if this was an official team he would consider opening the door for community colleges to compete in CUNY competitions. This was something that was very student driven. All the cheers the students do themselves, they taught each other dance routines and came up with half time routines. Scepter: How much money did the squad receive?

Betancourt: They were given $10,000 out of the association budget. The school was very generous in trying to support their dream. That was the first time we had gotten any money. It’s an expensive sport. Scepter: Is this the first time KCC has had cheerleaders?

Betancourt: They’ve had cheerleaders in the past, but it was unofficial at the time. I think in the seventies there was a team. Scepter: Why do you think it took us so long to make an official squad?

Betancourt: It’s time consuming. Most of our students have full plates. They work, they go to school, they have family obliga-

tions, whether they have kids of their own or not. They have a lot of things going on. Our students are very pressed for time. Scepter: What are the privileges the team has now as compared to when they were called “dancers”?

Betancourt: They are now under the athletics department. They get a budget every year. They also get the opportunity to be real athletes. For some students, this is a chance to do things they didn’t get to do in high school. It’s hard for community college students to have the full college experience, because you’re not residential. You don’t get submersed into college. The outside world is waiting for you at 2, 3, 4 o’clock. Scepter: Tell me about the tryouts selection process.

Betancourt: The cheerleading squad is going to be two tier. The squad itself, I’m going to try and take in as many people as my budget will allow, because the uniforms are incredibly expensive. It’s like $250 a person. We recycle them, but some things you can’t recycle like the briefs and the tops and they take a beating. I’m going to take in as many

people as I can who have the time and the dedication to do it. Then the competition team will be a smaller team. That will come out of the people who are in the general squad.

of the dances, but they’re working on their own arm movements and the vocals are important. Since they are doing less jumping around they can help amp up the crowd.

Betancourt: I’m hoping anywhere from 25 to 30 girls.

Betancourt: The men’s and women’s basketball teams officially. That’s what we have to do in order to qualify for competition next spring.

Scepter: How many members will the squad have? Scepter: How about the competition squad?

Betancourt: It depends on what we’re going to be doing. That’s going to be much more selective. It’s going to be for people who can pick up things fast. It’s very competitive. It’s hard to beat Brooklyn College, the College of Staten Island and Medgar Evers. They are really good teams. Our squad will probably be about a dozen to 15. Scepter: I noticed a few males trying out, what role will they play? Betancourt: For men, on the team it’s important for stunts that we have students with upper body strength that can support pyramids and lifts. Also they’re going to be supporting the girls. They’re not going to do so much

Scepter: What teams will they be cheering for?

Scepter: What do you expect to come of the season?

Betancourt: I feel strongly about a community college student. Sometimes they feel like the stepchild. People tend to say, “Oh it’s only a community college. It’s not only a community college. It’s an opportunity for people to pick up where they left off. Most of our students got sidetracked for whatever reason, and I think athletics, especially the cheerleading squad, will help our students to feel like they are just as good as any other college student. I hope this provides opportunities for woman to explore athletics, because men have a lot of opportunities when it comes to athletics.



Defending Champions on Quest to Repeat: Scepter

October 2010

KCC Wave’s Soccer Team is Looking to Bounce Back from a 0-3 Start into the Season by Steven Carpio


ith new faces on the team, the Waves have set up camp to get their players in shape and ready to hit the new campus field. Last season, the team had to hold practices and games at the Verrazano Complex. “The new field has given us more power and control over the games, because now we don't need to travel to play our home games. We have good training time and are getting use to the new field and hope to use it to our advantage,” said Moses Kanduri, a Kingsborough team member. So far the team has lost three out of three games, none of which were played on the new field. They lost 5-2 during a re-

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match of last year’s CUNY Championship game against BMCC. Last season, the Waves had a difficult time competing against the Borough of Manhattan Panthers. The Panthers have won five consecutive titles from 20042007, and seven since 2000. Last season’s CUNY Championship game took place in Metropolitan Oval in Maspeth, Queens and proved to be a rough game as both teams committed a combined 16 fouls in the first half, and one red card by a BMCC defender in the second half. The game ended at 3-2, as the Wave trailed and came back to defeat the Panthers. Victor Tiephshev was named MVP of

the game as he scored the game winning goal in the second half; Tiepshev was also named Athlete of the Week by CUNY Athletics. “He is a very talented soccer player and he can decide any game,” said Head Coach Franco Legovich. “He is going to do much better this year.” During last year’s regular season, many Kingsborough players were left injured after foul play on the field. “I hope we don’t have any more injures this year. Last year we had a couple of major injures. My torn ACL, David had a broken internal rib that almost killed him, Nicholas and Ferhat both had ankle problems,” said Abdul Aljahmee, who

won’t be playing this year due to an injury. “These injuries caused us from going to regionals.” This year, the coach and players have said that they aren’t worried about the slump, but the more important thing to do is learn from mistakes and keep practicing. “We want to go to the playoffs and win the CUNY Championship again this year; we want to defend our title,” said Legovich. As of September 30, the team has an overall record of 1-3 and a Conference record of 1-1. The Waves have scored 10 total goals in their last two games after being outscored 16-8 in the first two games.

K B C C Ta k e s H o m e O p e n e r from BCC

Kingsborough Waves hosted the inaugural game against Bronx Broncos on September 28. Under 15 seconds into the match, Forward Cemil Turan scored for the Waves and added two more goals in the match to bring his goal total to 10 goals in 4 games. Moses Kanduri and Taras Frankivskyy also scored a pair of goals as the Waves went on to defeat their conference rivals 5-1. After the match, CUNY Athletics confirmed Cemil Turan as the Athlete of the Year for his outstanding performance last week with the team. Cemil scored a total of 10 goals in 3 games, including a 4 goal performances against Westchester CC.

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Scepter October 2010  

The October 2010 issue of Kingsborough Community College's award winning monthly newspaper Scepter

Scepter October 2010  

The October 2010 issue of Kingsborough Community College's award winning monthly newspaper Scepter