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CCollegian The Voice of Cayuga Community College Students for more than 50 years

Vol. 55 Issue 17

April 23, 2007

Congressman on Campus By Mathew Kratts, Editor-in-chief

NEVER Forget...

The newly elected Congressman Michael Arcuri (D) made his presence known on April 3rd as he paid a visit to Cayuga Community College to guest star on Inside Government, hosted by Guy Consentino. Members of his staff along with some of the top-ranking officials and students were present for his arrival. The Collegian was able to catch up with him for a short but informative interview. As a new member of Congress, he plans to make some changes to benefit the workers, communities and college students of Central New York. “We need to develop an alternative, cheap, available clean energy, there’s no better place to do that then in Central New York,” Congressman Arcuri said expressing his concern about the expenditures of fossil fuels. “The future is wind


Congressman Michael Arcuri (D) joins television show host Guy Consentino on CCC’s production of Inside Government. The show is taped right here on CCC’s campus with a student crew. power and the future is solar energy. This will make the power,” he added. economy more energy indeWith his outlook on energy pendent and help advance sources, he is looking toward the economic, national and Central New York to develop environmental security from a demand for cheap efficient -continued page 4 -

and an Assemblyman, Too! By Jess Miles, Collegian Staff Writer

COLLEGE CAMPUS MASSACRE The nation mourns along with a campus community in Virginia after a lone gunman kills 32 students and faculty members before turning the gun on himself.

INSIDE: How it Happened CCC Reaction to the Tragedy Results of a Student Opinion Poll How Students are Coping

Also on April 3rd, New York State Senator David Valesky (D) came to Cayuga Community College. He was a guest on a second separate taping of the television production, Inside Government, hosted by Guy Consentino. On the show, Senator Valesky talked about the State budget. According to the United States Constitution, the New York State budget is to be completed by midnight on April 1 of every year. During the week -continued page 4 -


Cayuga Collegian reporter Jess Miles steals a moment with New York State Assemblyman David Valesky on his visit to the Cayuga Community College campus.

Collegian Staff Honored Cayuga Community College’s school newspaper,

The Cayuga Collegian, took second place in the annual

scholastic newspaper competition, making it back-toback awards. Last year, the newspaper earned a first place win. “I’m very happy the staff has been recognized for its hard work. We have more dedicated staff members than I ever anticipated and I hope for more good things to come,” Mathew Kratts, Editor-in-Chief, said after hearing the news. With the exception of last year’s win, it’s been almost ten years since the last Collegian award, making it quite a landmark for the future of the publication. “This award should be a good motivational tool to keep our writers writing,” Kratts added. Kratts is also planning to do his own awards to recognize staff members for their accomplishments at the end of the semester.


Cayuga Collegian Editor-in-Chief Mat Kratts holds the award certificate.

The COLLEGIAN GOES TO NYC! Each year, members of the Collegian staff who have contributed the most or show great potential are selected to participate in College Media Advisors National Media Convention in New York City. The experience provides valuable auxiliary learning opportunities and often turns great staff members into excellent journalists. The students will share their experiences on the pages of The Collegian.

My name is Kristi French and I am a student here at CCC. I am enrolled in the Telecommunications Radio and Television Broadcasting program. This semester I am taking a Journalism class, Telecommunications 204, which gives me a chance to write for the Cayuga


Because I am taking this class, I was offered an opportunity to go to NYC for the spring 2007 College Media Advisors National Convention. This was my first trip to NYC and I was very excited to have been given the opportunity, not only to experience NYC, but also to gain knowledge from well-experienced journalist. The convention was held at the famous Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan. The Convention had sessions on many different subjects and was given by individuals who have been in the business for many years and who have extensive knowledge in journalism and reporting. Some of the sessions I found interesting and attended were, narrative writing and reporting, how to use non-verbal communication to make interviews more successful, how to find

interesting stories on campus, and many other insightful sessions. The session that I found most interesting was called “The eyes have it” this session was about how to use non-verbal communication while interviewing someone or being interviewed. An interesting fact that I learned from this session was that when you meet some one for the first time 93% of their first impression of you is based on your non- verbal communication. Because of this percentage the seven things you should be aware of when you first meet some one are, your body language (the way you walk, your gestures, your facial movements, eye contact, and body movement), the way you dress, the way you talk (speed, volume, pitch, and tone), the space between you and a person (should be 3 feet), touching (a hand shake), the way you smell (you want to smell fresh not overwhelming with perfume or cologne, and have fresh breath), and Time (you should never be late and if you are you should just call and re schedule). I am glad I got to go on this trip to NYC, it was wonderful opportunity for me to I gain knowledge and to experience one of the most magnificent cities in the world.

The Collegian Staff Meetings


Collegian Office (across from cafe stairs) We need reporters!!! All are welcome!!! The Cayuga Collegian welcomes letters from its readers. Submissions must be in a word document on a PC formatted disc. Submissions may be edited for content or length. Submissions must include your name, address and daytime phone number. All letters to the editor are copied exactly and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of the Collegian office, its staff or advisors. All letters are simply the opinions of the writers themselves.

Editorial Board



Ben Bolding, Staff Photographer Joe Borland, Staff Writer Michelle Brooks, Staff Writer Jaynai Cummings, Staff Writer Kristi French, Staff Writer

Jessica Miles, Staff Writer Jessica Naioti, Fulton Correspondent Carl Phillips, Staff Artist Kathleen Sperduti, Staff Writer Suzie Delaney, Staff Writer

The Cayuga Collegian is published on announced publication dates during regular semesters at Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin Street, Auburn, NY 13021. Our phone number is 315-255-1743. The Cayuga Collegian is funded by CCC’s Faculty-Student Association through student activity fees. Opinions expressed in columns, news stories, features, interviews or letters to the editor are not necessarily those of the college administration, faculty, staff or students at CCC. The Cayuga Collegian is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press.


New York City Mathew Kratts Editor in Chief The New York City trip The Collegian took was one of the best experiences of my life. I’ve never seen so much in such a short period of time. It was my first trip to NYC so I knew it was going to be worth while but it really took my breath away. We saw Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza, Wax Museum, and even went on top of the NBC studios Observatory. I even got the immense privilege to attend a New York Knicks game with my wonderful advisor, Mary Merritt. Everything was expensive but it was worth every penny. The conferences we went to were very informative, some were kind a lame (mostly because they didn’t spark my interests much) but I was very pleased with a majority of them. I even met an Editor from the Oakland Tribune in San Francisco, California that looked

over The Collegian and really liked it. I still keep in contact with him; actually we spoke the other day! So it was really nice to gather information from other publications located across the country. Honestly only CCC, Ithaca and maybe two other colleges were from New York, the rest were made up of different parts of the US. It was awesome to gain feedback from so many different types of styles and people. My favorite part of the trip was the film we attended. The Collegian staff got a great opportunity to go to the movie screening of a Perfect Stranger. In which we watched the film before it was released in theaters along with meeting the Producer, Writer and actor Giovanni Ribishi! (The medic in Saving Private Ryan, if you were wondering) It was one of the best experiences of my life; I’ve never seen anything like it. We were lucky enough to get a picture with him as well as an autograph address to The Collegian. It doesn’t get any better then that! The Experience was worth while and I’m glad I’m part of a newspaper that gives such wonderful opportunities as this.

33 Dead at VT; A Nation in Shock and Grief The Deadliest Gun Rampage in American History: 33 dead and 15 others wounded as panic grips Virginia Tech

Students at CCC React

MSNBC and NBC News

By Mathew Kratts, Editor-in-chief

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Local, state and federal investigators scoured a university campus in Virginia for clues to what set off the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history after a gunman shot two people to death in a dormitory Monday morning before making his way to a classroom building where, silently and coolly, he killed 30 more people before turning his weapon on himself, authorities said. At least 15 other people were wounded in the shootings, which took place over 2½ hours at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Some of them were injured as they leapt to safety from the windows of their classrooms. The shootings created panic and confusion at the university, which was already on edge after two weeks of bomb threats. After the scope of the carnage was clear, angry students and employees demanded to know why the first e-mail warning from police and administrators did not go out to them for more than two hours, even though the killer of two people was at large. By then, the gunman had struck a second time.

Nearly 50 victims

In all, 33 people died Monday at Virginia Tech, including the gunman. The 15 who were wounded were treated for gunshots or other injuries, authorities said. Their conditions were not reported. Campus Police Chief Wendell Flinchum would not officially confirm that the two incidents were related, pending the results of the investigation, but he referred to only one gunman and said no other suspect was being sought. Numerous federal and local law enforcement officials told NBC News that the events were the work of a lone gunman. Federal investigators told NBC News’ Pete Williams that they believed the man was a Virginia Tech student in his early 20s. Their identification was delayed for several hours, they said, because the man’s face was disfigured when he shot himself, he carried no ID and an initial check on his fingerprints came up empty.

Warnings came too late

The rampage began about 7:15 a.m. ET at West Ambler Johnston, a coeducational residence hall that houses 895 people. The gunman, armed with a 9-mm pistol and a .22-caliber handgun, killed a man and a woman there. About 2½ hours later, police responded to a 911 call reporting that shots had been fired at Norris Hall, an engineering classroom building about a half-mile away on the opposite end of the 2,600acre campus. They discovered that the front doors had been chained from the inside, apparently so victims could not escape and police could not enter. Officers forced their way in and followed the sound of gunshots to the second floor, where they found the gunman, who had shot himself in the face. As they canvassed the building, they found dozens of gunshot victims. Eventually, they announced that 31, including the gunman, were dead in the classroom building. “It’s probably one of the worst things I’ve seen in my life,” Flinchum said. Shaken students said they believed many of the victims might have been spared if campus officials had taken more immediate steps to secure the campus after the first shootings at the

dormitory. The first e-mail warning to students and employees did not go out to students, faculty and staff until 9:26 a.m., more than two hours after the shooting at the dormitory, according to the time stamps on copies obtained by NBC News. By then, the classroom shooting was under way. The message warned students to be cautious but did not warn them not to go to class. “I really thought they should have canceled classes sooner,” Sam Leake, a junior who lives in West Ambler Johnston, told the campus newspaper, The Collegiate Times. “If they had, maybe some of these deaths could have been prevented.” Steger said administrators and police initially believed the first shooting was an isolated incident and did not see a need to close the university. He said they believed the gunman had fled the campus. “We can only make decisions based on the information you had on the time. You don’t have hours to reflect on it,” he said.

Silent gunman strikes without warning

As the first warning was just going out, a bloody scene was unfolding inside the engineering building. Police could not monitor what was going on because the building is not equipped with surveillance cameras, Flinchum said. Trey Perkins, a sophomore, told MSNBC-TV’s Chris Jansing in a telephone interview that the gunman never said a word. “He didn’t say, ‘Get down.’ He didn’t say anything. He just started shooting,” Perkins said. The gunman left that classroom and then tried to return, but students kept him out by bracing the door closed with their feet. “He started to try to come in again and started shooting through the door,” Perkins said, but hit no one. “I got on the ground and I was just thinking, like, there’s no way I’m going to survive this,” Perkins said. “All I could keep thinking of was my mom.” Derek O’Dell, a sophomore biology major, told MSNBC-TV’s Alison Stewart that it was “very surreal.” “At first, I thought it was joke,” said O’Dell, who was shot in an arm. “You don’t really think of a gunman coming on campus and shooting people.” President George W. Bush said in a brief televised statement: “Schools should be places of sanctuary and safety and learning. When that sanctuary is violated, the impact is felt in every American classroom and every American community. Today, our nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones at Virginia Tech.”

Many of the students here at CCC feel for the victims at Virgina Tech after the horrific shooting that took 33 lives last Monday. “It’s horribly devastating” Jessie Boyce a Nursing Major commented. This incident was the worst school shooting in United States History. “Horrible, I hope nothing like this happens again,” Charles Kratz said. Only a handful of students have friends or family members that attend the University but it was overwhelming for everyone. “They were just happy to be safe” Liberal Arts Major Sean Sharples said about his friends at Virginia Tech. It was the delayed response time of the campus police that really stirred a fire in various students’ responses. “I just can’t imagine why they didn’t lock down sooner and why they weren’t looking for the shooter harder” Courtney Johnston answered frustrated. “The school should have went into automatic shut down, police everywhere, an email is just not enough,” Staff writer Jaynai Cummings added. Many colleges are already starting to take new safety measures. Should CCC make new precautions to insure this type of thing never happens to us? It seems a slight majority think yes. ‘Metal detectors and better security’ were the top responses. Whether or not it will happen will be up to the students and staff but it’s also good to get some input directly from the student body. If you have any Comments or Concerns on the topic you can drop off a response at the Collegian office in room M-213 or Email the Collegian at Collegian@

Collegian Survey Results

Percentage of CCC students asked on Tuesday if they were aware of the shooting.

Percentage that thought the university responded too late after the first shooting.

Percentage of CCC students who think CCC should change their campus security measures.

Students Find Support, Outlet for Grief Online

By Taylor Gandossy, CNN (CNN) -- For one Virginia Tech

sophomore, the terrible news didn’t come through a conversation with a friend or from the authorities, or even over the phone. He learned of his friend Ross Alameddine’s death through an AOL instant message with another friend. “He was a really good friend of mine,” the student, who didn’t wish to be named, said through instant message, adding that they had grown apart before the shootings. As their campus churned with chaos, many Virginia Tech students, griefstricken and bewildered, turned to the Internet to share information and stories, ask questions and comfort each other.

On, a members-only social Web site popular among college students, dozens of groups were created, starting moments after the shootings. Students updated information within existing groups, and created additional groups long into the night, and into Tuesday. As the number of confirmed deaths climbed from more than 10, to 20-plus and finally 33, students from Virginia Tech and other colleges and universities expressed sorrow and outrage. There are now more than 200 groups related to the tragedy on alone. Some have only a handful of members; others have thousands. One group, “April 16, 2007,” had more than 28,000 members as of Tuesday afternoon. -continued page 5 -


A Congressman and an Assemblyman at CCC

PHOTO BY Mary Merritt

Congressman Michael Arcuri (D) stops in the halls of CCC to talk to students after appearing with host Guy Consentino on CCC’s production of Inside Government. He is speaking with Collegian Editor-in-Chief Mat Kratts and Garret Komarisky SGO Presidential Candidate. -continued FROM FRONT -

the dependency of fossil fuels, according to Arcuri, which he believes will run out.

“Developing a hightech economy is a huge challenge and requires the ideas and efforts of many people… as a member of Congress, I look forward to implementing these ideas to begin building a hightech economy in this region and restoring Upstate New York as a global leader in technology and innovation.” –Congressman Michael Arcuri

This can only be made possible by developing technology to help fuel this alternative energy. Arcuri believes it will help to open up more technological jobs to college students. “If we create the demand then our colleges are going to have an advancement solution to go to.” According to Arcuri, Central New York is the number one destination for college students across the country.

With the SUNY schools system along with Utica, Syracuse, Hornell and so on, he hopes to capture this power by developing more high-tech job opportunities. This way, advanced skilled workers fresh out of college will more likely stay in the area then migrate to more technologically-developed areas. It will ultimately help the region into working more as a team. “What is good for Auburn, is good for Utica, is good for Syracuse…we need to think of our group as a region, not a group of cities or different countries, we work together, what’s good for one is good for another,” he said. This idea will help Central New York become a part of one of the leading technological areas in the country, as it was 40 years ago. Congressman Arcuri also feels strongly about the college influence on industry. “New companies will look to the colleges for internships.” Arcuri said. “There’s no better way to match college students to industry and business then through internships,” he believes this is one of the best ways of gaining job experience for students. It’s apparent that Congressman Michael Arcuri has really put a lot of time and effort into his campaign to make sure Central New York is one of the cornerstones of the Nation.

PHOTO BY Mary Merritt

New York State Assemblyman David Valesky with host Guy Consentino on CCC’s production of Inside Government. The show airs on Auburn’s cable service provider. -continued FROM FRONT -

preceding this year’s Saturday night deadline, government officials worked steadily to get all bills printed and distributed to all members of the Senate and the assembly. These bills were also all supposed to be voted on before the midnight deadline. However, this did not happen. Approximately three quarters of the budget bills were approved by the Senate on time. Since not all the bills were passed by midnight, instead of working through the night, the members stopped for the night. At 10:00 AM on Sunday, the members came back to finish up and that only took about an hour. Getting the budget together is a long process. Am incumbent governor would start to develop the budget in October of the previous year. The governor would then work with his agents to put together an executive budget. Then the governor would have until the end of January to submit the budget to the legislature. This year however, Gover-

nor Spitzer was newly-elected into office in January. This makes planning the budget a little tough because Governor Spitzer only has the month of January to prepare the budget. Even with the short amount of time, Governor Spitzer still developed the budget by the end of January. After that, there are the public budget hearings throughout February. After that, an agreement needs to be in place by March 1st on revenue. The Governor, the Senate, and the Assembly were looking at $585 million in additional revenue available above the $120 billion that the Governor had already proposed. As of March 1st, everything seemed to be in place for an on-time budget and also one without the last minute crunch. What made the budget not be on time could have been the one house budget. In the middle of March, the Assembly and the Senate has to pass their version of a budget. The Senate passed a budget of $3.5 million in new spending on top of

what the Governor had already proposed. This was passed after it was decided there was $585 million in additional spending money. So what does all of this mean for schools? “This year’s budget is significantly different from other years. Governor Spitzer posed a new formula to proportion the money for schools. Making the amount of State money available for the schools with the most need and that is the basis of the new formula. And for the most part, its workings” said New York State Senator Valesky. According to Senator Valesky, what is trying to be done is to make sure the most amount of State resources get used. Senator Valesky says this year was a great start for that. SUNY schools however are entirely different then K-12 schools. “The higher education portion of the budget, that was I believe a good budget. There was no tuition increase for SUNY students,” Valesky said.

PHOTO BY Mary Merritt

Students watched the taping of the show from CCC’s Production Control room.


PHOTO BY Mary Merritt

Cayuga Community College Telcom students work behind the scenes on public affairs programs that will be shown on Auburn’s cable service provider.

Trying to Cope... -continued FROM PAGE THREE -

“This is unbelievable ... we fellow Virginia Tech student, must unite as a University in during the shooting Monday. order for this University to heal “What’s going on?” Noack’s at all,” freshman Brandon Caryounger sister said in an instant roll wrote at 2:16 p.m. Monday on a discussion board. Another freshman, Josephine Marrino wrote, “My prayers go out to all the victims and their families. It Flags fly at half staff at Virginia Tech in doesn’t get honor of the victims gunned down by VT much worse student Cho Seung-Hui. The killer left a than this. taped confession along with photographs These are of himself and pages and pages of a the times we rant against others blaming them for his need to pull troubles. together and support one another.” message. Noack said his sister Discussion boards on these lived on the lived on the fifth Facebook groups comfloor of West Ambler piled scattered media Johnston Hall, the reports of the dead, dormitory where two the injured and the students were killed. missing. Before Noack could “If any of you respond, his sister knew any victims, sent him another you can use the instant message. wall for any “I am ‘hunkered support efforts down,’ “ she or concern,” wrote. wrote Virginia Noack said his Tech freshman Tim sister was unharmed. Hall, the creator of Within an hour “April 16, 2007 -- A of the shooting, Moment of Silence,” the school’s stuon Monday. dent body leadership As law enforcement also set up e-mail chat labored to identify the dead rooms to communicate about and notify next of kin, students what people could do without used services such as Facebook having to leave the safety of and Myspace along with e-mail their apartments, said student and instant messenger to let body President Adeel Khan, a loved ones know they were sophomore. OK. And students turned to online “Right when it happened, the forums to communicate the sad [cell] phones didn’t work,” said news of who had been killed. Virginia Tech freshman Drew Gathering to mourn Clare on Tuesday. Too many One Virginia Tech senior, people were trying to use the Meredith Vallee, said she first phones, he suggested. learned of Reema Samaha’s Clare had received a text death message from his younger through an brother, Tyler, 17, who lives invitation at home in Williamsburg, to a FaceVirginia. He said Tyler’s text book tribmessage said, “Yo, I heard ute group what happened, give me a call called “We when you get this.” Love You “I got three or four of those,” Reema.” he said. Unable to reply to his Reema Samaha She was a friend’s little sister, said Vallee, an English major. Vallee said there was a prayer message circulating the Web site for Samaha. “She was a beautiful, amazThe injured are carred out of Norris ing dancer and a Hall on the campus of Virginia Tech in little shy. She had Blacksburg, Virginia. the biggest smile you could ever see brother, Clare said he finally and when she used it, it made signed on instant message to let people feel wonderful,” Vallee Tyler know he was OK. said in an e-mail Wednesday. Virginia Tech senior Chris Several other tribute groups Noack said he received a mesfor Samaha, similar to those sage from his little sister, a for Alameddine, Ryan “Stack”

Clark and Erin Peterson, now exist on Facebook. “In Memory of Reema Samaha” shows a picture of Samaha -- a thin, smiling girl with wavy, dark hair. “Why did you have to be in that classroom Reema? I loved you like my own sister. My life will never be the same without you in it,” wrote the group’s creator, Vincent Posbic of the University of Maryland. One group, named simply “4/16/07,” is dedicated to all victims. “I started this group ... to make a very nice memorial dedicated to the lives of those lost,” founder Marcos Correa, a recent Virginia Tech graduate, said Tuesday in an e-mail. Correa has gathered photos of about 10 of the victims. “We talk about the lives of the victims and gather to mourn & heal together.” Additionally, members of Correa’s group have posted hundreds of self-made graphics from students all across the country. Many of the graphics were school logos coupled with the Virginia Tech logo over a black ribbon. Most stated, “Today we are all Hokies.” Vallee said many Virginia Tech students had changed their Facebook pictures and instant messenger icons to that same black ribbon image. “Facebook has kept a lot of people on their toes about what’s going on,” Clare said, adding that the site had become more of a forum for people to “talk to each other ... grieve together” than to exchange news. Junior Jeff Cooper agreed. “I think the support groups are better at this point,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday. “It’s better to see all that.”’s Ashley Fantz and Kristi Keck contributed to this report.

Your Metabolism and How to Speed It Up Your metabolism is the rate at which your body digests or processes food. People have been infatuated with their metabolism as soon as the weight loss craze hit the country. People are trying to lose weight, yet still continue to follow the wrong path to get themselves there. Apart from the right food and the right exercise, there are also other factors that most don’t keep in mind. These factors have to do with w lifestyle that constantly speeds up your metabolism. It has nothing to do with how many miles you ran on the treadmill or how many fat calories are in that bagel, it has to do with lifestyle. Changing your lifestyle to speed up your metabolism will help you burn calories and fat while you walk, sleep, or even eat (yes, you can actually burn calories while eating). Change your lifestyle and get better results from your weight loss program. Simply put: speed up your metabolism. Sit back, relax, and read on as you reads the not-so-secret ways to speed up that annoying thing we call metabolism.

Eat more, weight less. Eat more meals during your day. Instead of consuming three 800 calorie meals, consume six 400 calorie meals. This gives your metabolism constant food to digest. If you metabolism has constant work it will never slow down because it can’t, it needs to work to process the food. If you eat three times a day your metabolism falls asleep in between the meals thus keeping your body from burning calories during the day.

Drink green tea. Drinking one cup of green tea causes your metabolism to bolster up and work so efficiently that you will lose about 78 calories. If you drink three cups a day you will be burning 234 calories a day

from doing nothing. If you do this for a week you would have burned abut 1500 calories, and that’s half a pound. Eat as soon as you wake up. When you are asleep, so is your body. When you wake up and eat, it gives your body the hint that the day is ready and its time to go. If you do not eat as soon as you wake up your body is still in sleep mode and thus burning calories is the last thing on your metabolism’s mind.

Drink water whenever you can. Drinking water constantly cleanses your body. Fat from the sides of your body will sometimes come be cleansed into the digestive process as a result of fluids constantly softening it. Water also encourages constant digestion. Drink as much water as you can every single day.

Cereal in the morning? Eat cereal at night. Cereal is the perfect food right before sleep. The grains take a long time to digest so your metabolism will be hard at work all night processing those babies. Also, the milk has casein (a slow digestible protein) in it meaning you will get protein for your exercised muscles throughout the night as well as more digestion for your protein. There are no real secrets to speeding up your metabolism. While there are other ways to do it, the methods above are the easiest and most effective ones discovered. Speeding up your metabolism takes little effort, but the rewards are immense as you know your body is burning calories throughout your busy day whether you had time to stop by the gym or not. Good luck to achieving your goal of weight loss. Remember, we will all eventually succeed.

This Week in History with Tiffany Collinsworth

04-20-1841 - The first detective story, Edgar Allen Poe’s Murders in the Rue Morgue was published. 04-20-1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the practice of busing for racial desegregation. 04-20-1999 - Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. 14 students (including the shooters) and 1 teacher were killed; 23 others were wounded. 04-21-1918 -Baron Manfred von Richthofen,

the notorious World War I German flying ace known as the “Red Baron,” was killed in action. 04-21-1975 - South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu resigned. 04-21-1995 - Timothy McVeigh was arrested in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing. 04-22-1500 - Pedro Alvares Cabral discovered Brazil and claimed it for Portugal. 04-22-1509 - Henry VIII became king of England.

04-22-1864 - Congress authorized the inscription “In God We Trust” on coins minted as U.S. currency. 04-22-1889 - The land rush in Oklahoma began when it was opened to settlers. 04-22-1970 - The first Earth Day was observed. 04-22-1994 - Richard M. Nixon died of a stroke at the age of 81. 04-22-2000 - Armed immigration agents took Elian Gonzalez from the Miami home of his relatives to reunite him with his father.


National Library Week By Tiffany Collinsworth, Assistant Editor What is national Library Week? Well, National Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries, librarians and library workers and to promote library use and support. So, how will you celebrate this week? Cayuga Community College is choosing to commemorate students by posting their artwork in the lower level of the school’s library. Four students have so far are participating. Studio Art and Design major Paul Haberlan contributed his piece called; Where dreams are formed, a colorful and creative piece where he chose to take an ordinary bookshelf

with books and add flare and imagination. Carly Collier, also a Studio Art and Design major, titled her piece Read. Collier’s art is inspiring people to become more aware of their surroundings and ask questions. Art majors Rose Sanchez and Carl Philips also displayed their art work, Birthday Dog and Cruci-

fixion to Resurrection.

Paintings were being accepted throughout the week. Students are encouraged to check out what their fellow peers have been working on. National Library Week started April 15th and finished April 21st.


Crucifixion to Resurrection by Carl Phillips

2nd Annual End of the Semester Bird Hike With Paul Richardson

Monday May 7th, Wednesday May 9th, and Friday May 11th From 11am-11:50am Birthday Dog by Rose Sanchez


Where Does CCC Garbage Go? By Jaynai Cummings, Collegian Staff Writer Do you think about garbage? Everyone seems to be into recycling today but have you thought about what happens to your trash after you throw it away? If you’re throwing away garbage in Cayuga County, it goes into the Auburn Sanitary Landfill on North Division in the City of Auburn. At the landfill, garbage is dumped underground and compacted by bulldozers. Once the area is full of compacted trash, it is then covered with clay. Soil is then placed over the clay. Students at Cayuga Community College learn about the operation of Auburn’s landfill each semester in Professor Walt Aikman’s Biology 208: Conservation of Natural Resources class. On a recent tour of the landfill, CCC students rode a bus around the landfill to get a live look in to sanitation trucks dropping off garbage rounded up from nearby areas. Along with the crashing sound of bulldozers compacting dumped garbage, students learned the primary management objective at


Auburn Sanitary Landfill, which is to safely dispose of garbage. Students ask questions ranging from what kind of waste is brought to Auburn’s landfill to how many areas of garbage this landfill could handle. Students were also curious about recycling and asked questions about how they could get involved. Students also said after visiting the landfill, they will think twice before they throw something away. Many were amazed at the items being thrown away that could have been used again or recycled. “It is important for citizens to learn what happens to the solid waste they generate,” said Professor Walt Aikman. “I think it is important that students learn about the environmental protection measures at the landfill and they learn about recycling.” Aikman says he would like students to learn more about recycling. He would like to introduce the student to a more ambitious recycling venue.”

Groups will meet at the gazebo and then walk on the Nature Trial weather permitting In order to keep the groups manageable, please contact Paul in one of the following ways: 1) Sign up on hi office door (T310) 2) Leave him a voice message (T310) 3) E-mail him at

All faculty, staff, administration and students are Welcome to join on the hike!! Sponsored by the Professional Growth and Scholarship Committee Cayuga Community College Faculty Association


Need advice about relationships, not sure what to do for spring break, don’t know what to cook for dinner? Ask here, any questions you have, we’ve got the answer! Do you have a question for our ADVICE EXPERTS: Kristi French, Jess Miles and Jaynai Cummings? Drop them a line at the Collegian Office (M-139) or by email at

Entertainment DON IMUS: CONTROVERSY OF WORDS By Kristi French, Collegian Staff Writer Should Don Imus have been fired or not? That is the latest question. The latest controversy over Don Imus and his racial comments came to a head on Thursday, April 12 when CBS fired him from his radio program. The firing came after a radio show in which Imus made racist comments about the Rutgers University Women’s basketball team. This story has been all over the news and Internet since Wednesday, April 4. There seems to be many different opinions on the subject. Many of the comments on the Internet clearly agree Don Imus was way out of line with the words he chose to describe the team. But with all the negative comments there are a lot of people who do not agree with Imus being fired. John McLeod a Telecommunications student here at Cayuga Community Col-

lege says that what Don Imus said was definitely wrong and hurtful to the girls on the basketball team, but he does not think Imus should have been fired. John also believes that Imus is an “Equal Opportunity Abuser” which means what he said, was because he heard it from Hip-Hop and Rap artist. Many of the comments on the Internet also questioned Hip-hop and Rap artist regarding their song lyrics, and whether or not they should be able to get away with using the same kind of language that also degrades and disrespects women. Other comments posted on the Internet believe that if it wasn’t for the money factor (the advertisers) Imus might still have a job. There was also a backlash of comments towards Rev. Al Sharpton as well as Jesse Jackson saying that they both have used racist comments before. One of the examples

given was Jesse Jackson in Time Magazine talking about “spitting on whiteys foods”. This is certainly a controversial issue with many factors involved like racism, money, and what society views as acceptable language in media. The bottom line on the Internet is this, there have been many radio and TV personalities as well as public figures that have made racist comments about Italians, Jewish, Mexican, Japanese, AfricanAmericans, and Caucasians yet most of these comments go un-reprimanded! Most of the comments and views on the Internet come to the conclusion that although Don Imus was hurtful and way out of line with his comments, most people agree that if you are going to punish one person for a racist comment then you should hold all the others accountable for their comments as well.

Shock Jock Don Imus was fired from MSNBS and CBS Radio after making offensive comments about the Rutgers Women’s Basketball Team. He has apologized and the team has accepted his apology.

As well as the privilege to meet the producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, writer Todd Komarnicki and awardwinning actor Giovanni Ribisi. Each member described their contribution into making the finished film. Producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas described that a film is made three times. First is the writing stage by creating the screenplay, in which Todd Komarnicki rewrote the script more three times to fit the audience taste and that of the producer. Second is during the actual production or the filming

stage and last stage takes place in the editing room. “If either one of these processes fails, then the movie doesn’t get made,” Elaine said after the screening. Showing how difficult it can be to make a feature motion picture. They continued on to say that only ten percent of all scripts submitted actually make it to production. From there the numbers dwindle down to only a select few that get shown to the public. It’s a tough market out there but it’s good to see this movie made it.

MOVIE REVIEW: Perfect Stranger—Perfect! By Mathew Kratts, Editor-in-chief It is one of those movies that build you up from the beginning until the very last minute, it’s easy to say the film will be successful as it reaches the theaters on April 13th. Starring Halle Berry, Bruce Willis and Giovanni Ribisi, these three wonderful actors put on a stellar performance, creating an atmosphere of deception, greed and mystery. Halle Berry stars as Rowena Price, an investigative reporter searching for the cause of her best friend’s death, with her accusations leading her strait to powerful

ad executive Harrison Hill (Willis). With the help of her friend, chief reporter Miles Haley (Giovanni) she hopes to break this story wide open. This Drama/ Thriller really sets the pace from beginning to end with several twists in between. The Collegian had the pleasure of attending a prescreening of the film in New York City at the AMC Empire Theater.





The Cayuga County Community College Foundation receives and administers all private gifts intended for the College, its programs, and its students. These gifts often provide the financial assistance Cayuga students need to realize their educational goals. Through sound investment policies and the generosity of Cayuga Community College friends, nearly 350 awards were presented to deserving students this academic year. We proudly report that more than $280,000 was distributed in 2006/2007 to students based on academic ability and/or financial need. The following scholarships have approaching application deadline. To be considered for the 20072008 academic year, students can obtain applications from the Financial Aid office in Auburn and Fulton and The Cayuga County Community College Foundation office in Auburn.

Auburn Players Community Theatre Scholarship: $200

Awarded annually to an incoming freshman or to a currently enrolled freshman who intends to return to Cayuga for his/her sophomore year. Given to a student studying theatre arts and who meets the eligibility criteria including being a resident of Cayuga County or one of the five adjacent counties. Application deadline for each academic year is May 1.

Auburn Steel/Nucor Steel Auburn, Inc. Scholarships: $990

Applicants must attend CCC on a full-time basis, be graduating high school seniors with an average of 75 or better, and show evidence of participation in extra-curricular activities, community service or part-time work. Preference given to the sons and daughters of Nucor (formerly Auburn Steel Company) employees, however all Cayuga County high school graduates who demonstrate financial need above and beyond that met by traditional sources of aid are eligible. Application deadline for each academic year is May 1.

Donald P. Blaisdell EAP Scholarship: $220

Awarded annually to a sophomore who meets the criteria for eligibility and is a child or grandchild of a current employee or retiree of Auburn Correctional Facility; or the child or grandchild of an employee who lost their life during employment at this same facility. Application deadline for each academic year is May 1.

Cayuga Bank Employee Memorial Scholarship: $920

Awarded annually to a child or grandchild of a current employee of First Niagara Bank who meets the criteria for eligibility. Application deadline for each academic year is May 1.

Joseph S. Fleszar Memorial Scholarship: $850

Awarded to a returning full-time sophomore who has demonstrated significant academic achievement during their freshman year in the fields of electric or electronic technology or engineering. Application deadline for each academic year is May 1.

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What’s Happening! Guitar Hero Competition! The first ever guitar hero competition is rescheduled for to on Wednesday April 25th. The competition will be in the Rec. Room starting at 11am (the lunch hour). There will be a surcharge of 5 dollars to enter the competition with prizes for different difficulty levels. There is also a separate competition for uncompetitive people who just want to play.

Poetry Reading: Auburn will be having a poetry reading by Michael Jennings at 11 am in room L-210 of the Library building. He will be reading from his new book of poems, Silky Thefts.

Blood Drive: was rescheduled to April 26th from 10am till 3pm, presign ups TBA.

Forbidden Broadway: April 26th, 2007 at 7:30

Fulton Savings Bank Scholarship: $260

in the Auburn College Theatre. Enjoy a night of Broadway parodies when a traveling group of professional actors reenact some of the most famous Broadway musicals with a twist. Parodies from such musicals as The Lion King, Les Miz, Phantom, The Producers ect…)

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph P. Ganey Business Scholarship: $350


Leo and Elizabeth Curtin Fox Memorial Scholarship: $500

Awarded first to an employee of any Fox dealership, second to their children or grandchildren, and third to a student with financial need residing in Cayuga, Oswego, or Ontario Counties. Application deadline for each academic year is May 1. Awarded annually to a nontraditional student attending classes at Cayuga’s Fulton Campus. Application deadline for each academic year is July 15. Awarded to a full or part-time student majoring in Business Administration who has completed at least six credit hours in this major, has a minimum GPA of 2.5 and shows evidence of participation in community service and/ or work. Application deadline for each academic year is May 1.


Sex is a beauty treatment. Scientific tests find that when women make love they produce amounts of the hormone estrogen, which makes hair shine and skin smooth.


Donald Duck - never wore pants but always wore a towel when he came out of the shower!


Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.

Ryan L. Hart Memorial Scholarship: $260

Awarded to a full-time student enrolled at the Fulton Campus who demonstrates financial need. First preference given to a resident of Oswego and preferably a graduate of Oswego Academy. Second preference given to a resident of Fulton, then other Oswego County residents. If possible, award should assist a student who has had to overcome academic challenges to attend college. Application deadline for each academic year is May 1.

Highland Park Golf Club Scholarship: $250

Awarded to a student in good academic standing with financial need. Applicant or applicant’s immediate family must be a member of Highland Park Golf Club with preference given to an incoming student. Application deadline for each academic year is May 1.

Holy Family High School Alumni Scholarship: $150

Awarded to a returning student who demonstrates academic excellence and financial need, with preference given to a relative of a Holy Family High School alumna. Otherwise recipient must be a Cayuga County resident. Application deadline for each academic year is May 1.

Honors Scholarships - Sophomore: $1,000

Awarded to sophomore Honors students on the basis of need and academic merit. Application deadline for each academic year is May 10.

Knight Foundation Scholarships: Amount Varies

Awarded annually to students who demonstrate financial need not met by other sources of financial aid. Applicants must have completed 15 credits at Cayuga with a minimum 2.5 GPA and intend to enroll for at least nine credit hours per semester of the academic year. Application deadline for each academic year is June 1.


If Barbie was of real life size, this is what her portions would be Height: 7ft 2 inches (average woman: 5ft 4in) Neck: Twice the size of a normal human female which would make it very unable to support the weight of her head. Boobs: 39 inches (or approximately an FF cup: average woman 36B) Waist: 18 inches (which is only possible if you remove 2 ribs and carry both kidneys around in a bag) Hips: 33 inches Shoe Size: 5 J Also Ken and Barbie are brother and sister! J

On a Canadian two-dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament buildings is an American flag.


Aerophobia is the fear of air swallowing

Helen C. Mahon/Zonta Club of Auburn Scholarship: $750

Awarded to a woman 25 years of age or older entering as a beginning student, is a Cayuga County resident and demonstrates financial need. Application deadline for each academic year is May 1.

St. Alphonsus School Scholarship: $1,550

Awarded to a returning sophomore who demonstrates academic achievement with a GPA of 2.5 or better and proves evidence of financial need. Preference will be given to relatives of alumni of St. Alphonsus School or its successor schools; otherwise recipient must be a resident of Cayuga County. Application deadline for each academic year is May 1.

Ralph W. Standbrook Scholarship: $500

Awarded to a full or part-time student majoring in the Geographic Information Systems /AS program who has completed at least six credits of GIS courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Application deadline for each academic year is May 1.

Sylvania-GTE-Philips Employee Association Scholarship: $236

Awarded to a former employee or child of same of what was either Sylvania, GTE, or Philips Display Components (Seneca Falls plant) or to a returning sophomore with financial need and a GPA of 2.0 or better.

Ward Family Scholarship: $398

Awarded annually to a full-time returning sophomore who has demonstrated significant academic achievement as a full-time freshman at the college with a minimum 3.0 GPA and who has intentions of completing a four-year degree. The successful candidate must also give evidence of participation in extracurricular activities, community service, or work. Application deadline for each academic year is May 1.

Jacqueline Kellogg Wise Memorial Scholarships: $938

Awarded annually to three children or grandchildren of an employee or retiree of Welch Allyn and affiliated companies who will attend CCC on a full-time basis for two years and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA. Application deadline for each academic year is May 1.

SOMETHING FUNNY A little old lady was running up and down the halls in a nursing home. As she walked, she would flip up the hem of her nightgown and say “Supersex.” She walked up to an elderly man in a wheelchair Flipping her gown at him, she said, “Supersex.” He sat silently for a moment or two and finally answered, “I’ll take the soup.” As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife’s voice urgently warning him, “Herman, I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on Interstate 77. Please be careful!” ”Heck,” said Herman, “It’s not just one car. It’s hundreds of them!” Three retirees, each with a hearing loss, were playing golf one fine March day. One remarked to the other, “Windy, isn’t it?” ”No,” the second man replied, “it’s Thursday.” And the third man chimed in, “So am I. Let’s have a beer.”

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