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Students Enraged by Poor Conditions at New Graduate Dorms BY: LINDSEY WALKER
One Busy Weekend The stress of the semester is weighing in and Thanksgiving seems so far away. So to kick it off the short break, Avena Lounge is having their “Seventh Annual Thank You Social” on November 22, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There will be plenty of food to go around so bring only an empty stomach. For further information please contact the Avena Lounge at 718-488-3390. If you cannot make it home for the Thanksgiving break, staying in school will not be too bad. With New York being the fashion capital of the United States, shopping on Black Friday is a must. Black Friday takes place the day after Thanksgiving, which is a shopping heart attack of high discounted items. The long lines and constant brawls may discourage you, but the prices are worth it. If the drama of Black Friday is too much then try online shopping. Cyber Monday is the online version of Black Friday where all electronics are on sale and you can shop online without waiting in one.
By Nancy Uwoghiren
SO NOW YOU KNOW
IU’s new leased graduate apartment building has been the subject of intense controversy on campus. Students were thrilled to finally have the opportunity to live in larger, newer, and more personal accommodations, until they became infuriated with the exorbitant cost and felt as though the school had not made good on its promises to them. The online brochure advertising the dorms to students depicts a beautiful, spotless room with carpeted flooring, stainless steel appliances, and windows looking out onto a bountiful garden. In reality, construction continues on site to this day, and the rooms themselves are nothing near the paradise students had expected to find. Though the rooms do consist of brand new wood furniture and basic appliances, several students living inside the dorms, who wished to remain anonymous, informed Seawanhaka of the true conditions inside 490 Fulton Street, which is far from the paradise they had originally anticipated. Some of the problems the students have mentioned include leaking roofs, the smell of mold on the walls and furniture, and the constant disruption of studying due to noisy construction throughout
the day from 7:45 am to 3:45 pm. The most recent and perhaps most serious issue inside 490 Fulton is a lack of heating inside the rooms. On Halloween weekend, New York was hit with a rare October snowstorm, followed by a dramatic decrease in temperature over the following days. Students were left dependent upon their coats and blankets as there was no heat provided inside the dorms. It wasn’t until several days later that small, 1’x2’ floor heaters were distributed to the rooms. These heaters used a tremendous amount of energy and would not turn on in some rooms. In other rooms, the power was outed immediately if too many objects were plugged in. Those students lucky enough to have heat were consequentially forced to choose between warmth and light in their rooms. Another pressing issue concerning at the dorms is the lack of laundry facilities promised to students in the brochure. Halfway through the semester, the washing machines finally became available for use a few weeks ago, though the dryers only began to work last friday. Dr. Rodney Pink, director of Residence Life and Housing at LIU,
acknowledged this inconvenience and offered to reimburse students who wished to take their laundry to the laundromat a block away from the dorms. “It’s our issue and we are taking responsibility for it,” he said. Meanwhile, many of the rooms boast a view not of the surrounding city, but of an enclosed, cubical atrium. The window of each room is opposite the window of another room, so that a student could potentially wave to his or her neighbor from less than eighty feet away. This setup offers a clear view into any room without drawn curtains. In other words, unless the shutters are kept sealed at all times, invasion of privacy is not only a danger, but is nearly inevitable. It was inside this atrium that most of the boisterous and distracting construction took place. Workers on scaffolding painted, scraped, and hammered away inside the echoing, enclosed cube. It wasn’t until more than halfway through the semester that the construction
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Last weekend, the gas finally kicked in and students residing at 490 Fulton Street were able to enjoy for the first time the room heaters and the laundry machines that they paid for, albeit late in the semester. The hot water heaters still are not working correctly in some dorm rooms.
inside the atrium finally came to a halt. The graduate dorms offer students a variety of rooming options with the cheapest apartment going for $8,500 per semester, per student, and the most expensive rooms going for $10,100 per semester, per student. Each student has his or her own bedroom (up to six per apartment), and some of the apartments are single-person studios. At this price, a student could just as easily rent a Brooklyn apartment without the hassles of guest policy regulations or the rules of Resident Life and Housing. One anonymous graduate student living at 490 Fulton said, “If it wasn’t for the scholarship assistance I get to help me pay for my rooming, I definitely would not live here.” 490 Fulton, though a current source of frustration in some respects, does come with its benefits. It offers a computer and printing lab with ten brand new computers, two brand new pool tables,
flat-screen televisions, and various study lounges and recreational lounges. Also, the dorms are an easy ten-minute walk to campus. A memorandum was issued to the residents of 490 Fulton Street from Peter Tymus, Associate Vice President for Capital Projects. In it, he acknowledges the lack of natural gas service inside the
Where Are They Now?
“I’m not coming back next semester,” said the anonymous resident. “I would definitely not recommend anyone to stay here. It has taken practically all semester to get basic things settled (like safety checks and fixing the alarm system) that should have been taken care of before we even moved in—it’s almost December.”
BY: KAREN MILLER
r. Taraje Williams-Murray, an alumni of Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus, is a great example of success and excellence throughout his years at LIU after graduating in 2007 with honors. Taraje Williams-Murray was a computer science major in addition to having a minor in business. While attending LIU, Williams-Murray has worked at the LIU writing center and he eventually fulfilled his childhood dream of participating in the Olympics doing the sport he loves which is Judo. Williams-Murray participated in the Olympics in 2004 and 2008. “The experience of walking into the ceremony and fulfilling my childhood dreams, there are no real words to explain the feeling,” said Williams-Murray said. Even though Williams-Murray did not win any medals, the accomplishment to
dorms which has inhibited the use of the laundry dryers, room heaters, and the full capacity of hot water heaters. In order to activate the gas, the building had to first pass a mandatory inspection by the New York City Department of Buildings (NYCDOB). The date was set for November 7th. As for why the inspection was not scheduled for earlier in the year, it remains unclear.
Residents of 490 Fulton have been raising the question of whether they will receive some sort of reimbursement from the administration. “Amenities that we paid for way back in August, some we are just now getting,” another graduate student told Seawanhaka.
make it to the Olympics is a rewarding gift in itself. He strongly believes that while students are in school they should network to develop good relations with a number of people. Williams-Murray interned at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney where he eventually gained employment. “I highly recommend for students to network and to develop good skills with people,” WilliamsMurray said. Currently, Taraje Williams-Murray is a finance advisor and a charter retirement plan specialist at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Williams-Murray’s first plan for the future is to give back to LIU students by assisting upcoming students to obtain a successful career in whatever field of choice they desire. His second plan for the future is to focus on his career at his present job and to increase his relationship at LIU Alumni’ School of Business, Public
Administration, and Information Sciences. Williams-Murray and the previously mentioned schools are hosting a networking night for students to network with LIU alumni especially to gain possible internships, and learn tips to having a successful career. The Student Alumni Networking Night will take place on November 17 at 6 PM in Luntey Commons. Students who make a reservation will have the opportunity to win a weekly metro card or a gift voucher to the LIU bookstore. Students who wish to receive more information or to RSVP for this event may contact Shola Akintobi in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at email@example.com or call 718488-1426.
Student Loan Forgiveness
resident Barack Obama recently announced a plan at the University of Colorado calling for student debt relief. These changes will make a difference for millions of Americansit will save you money,” said President Obama.
was noticed by White House officials. These benefits will now go into effect during 2012. So, what can students look forward to regarding the ease of their loans? Debt consolidations and easy to manage rates based on each student’s monthly income.
This proposal, enacted by congress in 2010, was set to go into effect in 2014 but the outcry from student borrowers
The average student borrower owes over $23,000, lent from banks or organizations like Sallie Mae. The
BY: KEELEY IBRAHIM typical loan that borrowers have is called a deferred payment option. This allows a student to choose to defer their payments until after school or pay as much as they want while still in school. This may seem helpful, but paying off a loan takes years for most students. Kristine Palividas, a student at the College of Staten Island said, “I’m frustrated because after school I’m going to owe all this money. How am I supposed to find a career?” The term “good debt” is a laugh to Palividas, who feels school debt is just as bad as credit card debt.
An income based repayment policy (IBR) will be an example of the loan forgiveness students can look forward to in 2012. An IBR will allow students to repay their loans based on their monthly income. It will also cap their payments at 10 to 15 percent. In the speech given by President Obama at the University of Colorado, he says students should also look forward to debt consolidations. This will allow borrowers of multiple loans to combine their bills into one small monthly payment, which will also help with late payments penalties.
The loan forgiveness policy is recently being urged by some demonstrators at Occupy Wall Street and also by a petition on the official White House website, called “We the People”. “We the People” directly allows congress to see different grassroots movements started by everyday people with certain issues. Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy, said in an official response from the White House on the “We the People” website, “Reducing student loans is an effective way to stimulate the economy and save
Student loan debt now surpasses credit card debt for the first time ever. The student loan forgiveness will not only ease the worries of borrowers, but it will also give a boost to the American economy. “And when a big chunk of every paycheck goes towards student loans…it’s painful for the economy and it’s harmful to our recovery because that money is not going to help businesses grow,” said President Obama. The new student forgiveness policy will be a baby step towards financial relief for many students.
These poor statistics led then President Bush to seek assistance from the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). NEFE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families make strong financial decisions through fiscal education.
BY: CHASE MELVIN But her excitement quickly
“I spent so much money on classes and supplies,” Cooper said. “I paid full price for pretty much everything I bought.” And she, like many students nowadays, bought more than she bargained for.
henella Cooper spent most of her summer thinking about an achievement soon to be uniquely her own. Cooper’s entirely family is
from Guyana, and she is among them to attend college in America. Her first day navigating the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, Cooper was
George W. Bush created the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy in January 2008. The goal was simple, yet daunting– to improve and promote fiscal knowledge throughout America, particularly among students. According to surveys conducted by the Advisory Council among undergraduates across the United States, only 20 percent of students had confidence in their money management skills.
“I didn’t know what financial literacy meant when I was in college,” said Tom Price, Director of Sophomore Year Programs at LIU. “How can we expect students to know unless we teach them?”
Financial Literacy In addition to being the Director of Sophomore Programs and an adjunct professor at LIU, Price also coordinates the Scholarship Assistance Program. The program exists to educate students about various scholarships and grants available to help pay for the cost of college. Due to the growing importance of financial literacy among students, LIU offers seminars and workshops discussing fiscal matters available from freshman year to beyond. Financial literacy is now a central aspect of Orientation Seminar classes at LIU. “Our goal is to help students control their finances, rather than being controlled by them,” Price said.
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Many colleges now offer financial literacy workshops to students, while others offer full courses on the subject as a graduation requirement. Recent SUNY Purchase College graduate Amber McAden is a strong supporter of the new fiscal education programs on college and university campuses. “Taking these finance courses really opened my eyes,” McAden said. “I learned how to reduce costs for the remainder of my classes and create a budget for myself after school.” Budgeting is a strong focus within the curriculum of many financial literacy programs. Given that proper budgeting skills are scarce among college students, several students look to credit cards
as a solution to their financial issues. Considering that 74 percent of American students don’t know how credit card fees work, students can easily fall into debt. “More than half of US college students accrue up to $5000 in credit debt,” Price said. “Over a third of students accrue upwards of $10,000 in credit debt prior to finishing their studies.” After learning more from financial workshops at LIU, Cooper decided to change her course of study from Biochemistry to Accounting.
nternships are now an essential part of the college experience. An internship marks an important transition from student to professional, a time that can be both exciting and scary. There are a number of things you can do to calm your nerves and present yourself professionally and confidentlyto get your career on the right path and make a strong impression. Prepare: Before you start your position, secure information such as start date, hours, dress code and documents you need to bring on your first day from your supervisor or a human resources representative. Brush up on some facts about the company: products, locations,
Know your boss: Bosses have various work styles. Some will give you detailed instructions; others may give general information and expect you to figure things out. Some may be warm and friendly, others more distant. Communication styles also vary. Some bosses like face-to-face communication; others may rely mostly on e-mails. Recognize your supervisor’s preferences –and ask for clarification if necessary. Even if you don’t like your boss’s style, remember that it’s important to speak positively about your boss. In fact, in any job or internship, your work should make your boss ‘look good’. Also remember, he/she is there to assist you in your role-and he/she wants you to succeed. Before meeting with your supervisor, write down and organize your questions/concerns to ensure they are addressed. This brings me to... Write it down: It’s essential to use a
“Every student should take advantage of these programs,” McAden said. “The only thing they have to lose is financial ignorance.”
“I was really inspired to learn more about finances thanks to my Orientation
Succeeding in Your First Internship key staff, etc., so you’ll be familiar with the company ‘lingo’ as you are being oriented. Button it up: If you’re told to dress ‘casually,’ wear business casual clothes (button-down shirts and slacks are fine). Save your informal garb for the weekend. Get noticed as the new intern who is professional and takes work seriously.
Seminar class,” Cooper said. “I’ve never been more interested in learning about the inner works of our economy.” Only time will tell if more colleges decide to follow the examples set by the financial education coordinators of LIU and Purchase College.
BY: STEPHANIE STEINBERG
notebook at work to organize and record information you will be receiving, which will be a lot. Especially when meeting with your supervisor and attending meetings, you should always bring and use a notebook. It’s professional and necessary. Chances are important things will be discussed that you’ll need to remember! Make Connections: Introduce yourself to colleagues, including staff in other departments. Folks will be pleased to welcome you-and will be impressed with your professionalism. Ask Questions: Asking questions shows you are eager to learn and engaged. If you have questions about your assignments, try to offer a solution – rather than just present a problem. For example, say “the client has not returned my call, so I plan to e-mail him again tomorrowdo you think that’s the best approach?” Also, identify staff other than your boss who can assist you. Take a Broad Approach: As an intern, you will have specific assignments, perhaps in a specific department, but you should also use the experience to learn about the general business and other functions. This broader approach will demonstrate your ability to think strategically. Offer to assist on projects
outside of your department, once your work is done, to expand your knowledge and skills. Follow your own compass: Workplaces are complex. It’s important to use your good judgment. People may give you bad advice. For example, other interns/ workers may be using Facebook while working and assure you it’s ok. Don’t assume you can. For all you know, these folks may be about to get in trouble for doing it. When in doubt, always ask your supervisor. Don’t gossip. Stay focused on your assignments and how you want to add value to the organization. Be proud of your accomplishments and professionalism! Think about how you want to be noticed and remembered. Stephanie Steinberg is Assistant Dean, Career Services and Senior Year Advising at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Workforce Readiness Committee of the association, Human Resources/NY. Stephanie has worked as a Human Resources manager in a number of industries, including publishing, advertising and non-profit. She is passionate about helping people determine their career interests, conduct productive job searches and succeed in the workplace.
A Nickel Isn’t Worth a Dime Anymore
he cost of everything seems to be rising by pennies on the dollar. Which is why the cost of your food shouldn’t. Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus has recently dealt with a rise in competition, due to the ever-expanding area of local restaurants/eateries in the Fort Greene neighborhood. It seems as though, prices for commodities on campus have increased when they should be kept at a fairly competitive price.
On average, many commuter students feel that $40 isn’t enough for their semester meals and some are furious at Aramark’s reluctance to lower prices. According to Aisha Faiz, a sophomore Pre-Pharmacy student, “the prices for small quantities add up quickly, for example an order of French fries and bottled water or soda comes up to approximately $5. With prices like these, the declining dollars don’t last too long.”
Long Island University Brooklyn Campus has partnered with food catering service Aramark, to provide healthy and nutritious dishes to its students. However, many students at the Brooklyn campus are finding it difficult to comprehend how a campus dining service can charge so much for meals.
Many students have also found the process of reloading LIU ID cards with money to be an unnecessary burden. The ATM machine, located behind the security desk in the Metcalf building, allows students the opportunity to reload their card with cash. However, seventy-five percent of the time, it doesn’t work.
Commuter students on campus get to spend $40 (per semester) on their LIU ID card for locations on campus such as: The Brooklyn Grind, Quiznos, Blackbird Café, and Lutney Commons. Meanwhile, residential students get $350 on their LIU cards to spend per semester.
According to Christine Francavilla, a Senior Associate within the Integrated Student Financial Services office (ISFS), “an alternative for students to reload their LIU card is via check or credit card. If students report their problems to us we shall investigate and take the appropriate action.” For many
BY: RYAN SAHADEO
students, this is not an option, because appointments for the ISFS office are a lengthy and time-consuming process.
The prices of food commodities here on campus, should be drastically reduced for the quality that Aramark provides.
While the declining dollars are a positive aspect for some students, they can also be deemed as a double – edged sword. For students who carry their own lunch, it seems they are forcibly charged $40 per semester that they have no use for. Michael Sunday, an Honors student at LIU calls the $40 per semester “inadequate” and “barely supports approximately 8 lunches.”
Having to compete with outside vendors does nothing but hurt the school system, and things need to be changed. Students have enough to worry about without having to budget additional money for food on a weekly/monthly basis. A nickel is not worth a dime anymore in this economy so students need to save wherever possible.
Students have turned to alternative sources for food such as: 7-Eleven and 2 Bros Pizzeria, which also happens to be among the cheapest, most frequented, spots for students the downtown Brooklyn area. Cheaper prices would do wonders for the school as well as support the school spirit on campus. Chujun Chen, a Pharmacy student, stated, “with the high cost of tuition, having more ATM machines around campus with routine maintenance would be appreciated.”
L.I.U. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Month! BY: RALPHNIE EDMOND swallowing tube). Once food is in the stomach, a ring of muscle fibers prevents food from moving backward into the esophagus. These muscle fibers are called the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES. If this sphincter muscle doesn’t close well, food, liquid, and stomach acid can leak back into the esophagus. This is called gastroesophageal reflux. Risk factors for reflux include:
What is disease?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a condition in which the stomach contents (food or liquid) leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This action can irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms. Causes of Gastroesophageal reflux When you eat, food passes from the throat to the stomach through the esophagus (also called the food pipe or
Alcohol Obesity Pregnancy Scleroderma Smoking Symptoms More common symptoms are: •
Feeling that food is stuck behind the breastbone
Heartburn or a burning pain in the chest increased by bending, stooping, lying down, or eating.
Less common symptoms are:
Bringing food back up
Cough or wheezing
Signs and tests You may not need any tests if your symptoms are not severe. If your symptoms are severe or they come back after you have been treated, one or more tests may help diagnose reflux or any complications: •
Treatment You can make many lifestyle changes to
help treat your symptoms. Avoid foods that cause problems for you. Making changes to your routine before you go to sleep may also help. Avoid drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Take acetaminophen to relieve pain. Take your medicines with plenty of water. When your doctor gives you a new medicine, remember to ask whether it will make your heartburn worse. Source: www.pubmedhealth.com
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