Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It's a wonderful lunch

Yesterday, my boss took the departement out to lunch at Aperitivo Bistro in Downtown Schenectady. What a treat!

We all preordered. I got the Grilled Cheese Panino with soup. Which humored my co-worker: "You go out to a nice place and order a grilled cheese? When my daughter was younger, it didn't matter where we went to eat; she always ordered a grilled cheese."

But this isn't the same grilled cheese that you make at home with two pieces of Wonder bread, some butter and a slice or two of American Cheese. This was a grilled bacon, tomato, mozzerlla, and provolone panino- Sue.

[Thanks for the photo Donna]

The soup made the meal even more grown up looking and tasting. It was a "tomato something" soup. And, several of my co-workers commented on how good it looked.

More important than my choice of lunch, or the appearance or taste of the food, was the company. I work with a very fun group of people who can always make me laugh no matter how messed up things are. Sharing this special holiday meal was such a treat. We got to get away from the office and relax after a long and trying semester.Some of our department are new to the College and have brought new ways of thinking and ideas. More than that, they have brought ambition and drive to make the College a better place for the students. I guess that's what makes our division so special-- our connections with the students and the importance of these students to each of our staff member's work.

 Thanks, Martha, for the wonderful holiday meal. It was nice to sit down with our work family and share the holiday spirit.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Why I write this blog

Being a blogger involves more than just engaging in a hobby; it takes real commitment. Blogging requires discipline, application, and professionalism. When I write for my blog, I am showing my literacy skills in both computers and writing. Blog writing incorporates grammar, syntax, and most importantly personal voice.

While work-shopping my blog posts at the College of Saint Rose, I received a lot of praise for my style and content. My fellow bloggers commented on my control over personal disclosure.

Unlike the “Web’s original oversharing champion” (Rosenberg 44), Justin Hall who first showed us the capabilities of the blogosphere by publishing blog posts thick with personal information and even naked pictures of himself, I am able to draw a line between the private and public self.

In the blogosphere, there are many types of bloggers and even more kinds of blogs. The mission of my blog is to be informative on some level, yes. But, I also want to build up the idea of community which makes Schenectady Community College so great.

The best way to build on my mission, thus my blog, is to share parts of me that make people interested and witnesses to my character.

Through my blog posts I have hyped up many of the campus events. At times, I feel like an SCCC cheerleader.

And maybe I am.

I think this college is a great way to get you started in life, develop professional skills, and give yourself to something bigger while still keeping the main focus on the self.

I believe that my blog shows and tells my own personal standpoint and faith in the College’s mission to build-up and mold successful students. My posts are appropriate because they show students how to be successful despite many of the College’s flaws and faults, such as parking.

My Live blog post was one of my most interesting posts because it gives readers a true picture of the campus atmosphere and chemistry. I hope to do this type of blog post again soon at another event.

The trouble with this type of post is that you can easily miss something while you are writing/ reporting on something else. Live blogs must be written from an observer’s point of view. One cannot expect to engage with students and faculty while writing a live blog post. Choosing an event or nonevent, to live blog about is crucial to a blogger’s agenda and writing capabilities.

However, one must always remember: blogs are published, therefore, anyone wishes to read and have access to your blog may in fact have access. Not all people will appreciate what you write, but writing to evoke emotions is what makes a blog so great and interests readers making them want to return to your blog and read more.

If I were to give my blog a grade in comparison to other blogs I have read, I would probably give it a B.

I believe that my personal on the blog is well developed; the content is appropriate and usually interesting; and the blogging conventions such as consistency and style are executed pretty well.

But, I am struggling with other aspects of the blog. First and probably my most obvious and common to all bloggers is my grammar. It is very easy to have typos when there’s no spell check feature. Secondly, it is difficult to go back and edit previous posts when you have to continue to publish each day. The frequency of blog posts is my third struggle. I made a commitment to publish daily on this blog, and I will often go several days without posting anything.

Recently, I published a blog post that said that I would be featuring other blogger’s posts while I was off being busy finishing up my semester at St. Rose. However, I was obviously too busy to even follow through with this promise I made to my readers. Very bad business. But, since I don’t really have a following of readers, YET, I can get away with this.

However, it’s a blogging “no, no”.

In reading other blogs, I noticed that I am more interested in the blogs that post a lot of content daily. I, as do many other blog readers, get bored easily.

We want fresh news and stories.

We want to go to a blog daily, or several times a week, and be presented with new information.

And, it can’t always be the same story.

We’ve got to change it up a bit. (Thanks Nester for the list of types of blog posts and prompts to get the ideas flowing. I have no excuse not to have something new to write about each day). Now, just because we bloggers change it up a bit doesn’t mean that we don’t repeat kinds of blog posts regularly. For example, link round-ups are great Monday-morning-get-your-week-started kinds of posts. They will never go out of style (at least I don’t think that they will).

Overall, I think that my blog is a pretty good read. My goal, now that I have some content, style, and foundation in blogging, is to accumulate more readers.

What’s the point in writing for an audience if your audience doesn’t even know you exist?

Happy Birthday!

Yesterday was my birthday. Another year older and a little bit wiser. But, what really enticed me to write about this was when I read all of the messages on my facebook wall. Family, friends (both old and new), classmates, and co-workers embraced me with birthday wishes.

And, to be honest, reading all of those messages got me thinking about the many people who have somehow and in some way touched me life; it felt good.

However, these messages also made me feel a little guilty; I don't usually post happy birthday wishes on facebook, but now that I know how good it came make someone feel, I will start.

I loved hearing from those people I hadn't spoken to in a long time. It took me back to my younger years when I actually had time to chat and socialize.

I loved that everyone showed me so much love on my day and took time out of theirs just to send me a short message wishing me a happy birthday.



SAB is planning an event for Thursday to celebrate the holidays. We are having our final planning meeting today at 11:30 in Elston 334. Come and help us put the finishing touches on the event. We hope to see you there!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Culinary caught in the fire: Link round-up

So, this fellow blogger is a little surprised, to say the least, that Schenectady County Community College is rated one of the nation's top culinary schools, "Not the CIA. Not the French Culinary Institute. Schenectady County Community College". He buddy, don't knock it till you've tried it. If you look a little deeper into the history of Schenectady, you might find out how significant we really are. Wait. That's won't be necessary because you've already been told.

Hey, recognize this guy? Yeah, that's Max Mackissock, The Denver Post calls him one of Denvers rising star chefs. Guess where he went to school? I'll give you a little hint. It starts with an "S" and ends with a "CCC". Yep. You've guessed it. SCCC

The business and finance blog has also recognized SCCC's Culinary Arts Program, specifically, our Culinary Boot Camp. This blogger had done a fine job of including some info on Schenectady's rich history, the College's degrees and program information, and even the location of our nearest airport.

This boot camp program is making a lot of noise. It is also being covered on the Steve Barns' Times Union blog. The comments are hilarious.

Let's not forget our own Chris Tanner who breaks the program down. Letting you know just what to expect when you sign up for this new and exciting program.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Even the Bus can't make it to school today.

This photo was taken from the second floor window of SCCC looking out onto Washington Ave. This bus's back end must have slid over the sidewalk into those bushes behind it. Perhaps it would have been safer to stay home today.

I wonder if the parking lot has been plowed yet?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

While I'm out, you can explore the world of blogs

As my semester at St. Rose is coming to an end, I will be overly busy this week and next. Be prepared to hear less from me for a least a little while. I'll be back in full swing around December 15. Since I will be so busy, and I don't want you to miss me too much, I'll be highlighting other local blogs that you can read while I am tirelessly working at writing papers.

Today's blog comes from the Times Union Schenectady Blog.

This post is all about a first time experience at the Schenectady Holiday Parade. It's full of pictures and a first hand account of the event. After reading this, if you haven't seen the parade before, you won't want to miss it next year. I hope you enjoy!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Link round-up: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Something Old:
Buffalo News reports on President Obama's plan to use community colleges to improve the workforce. The report once again confirms that community colleges have been experiencing record high enrollments and hints at possible admission caps in the future if this trend continues. The article fails to mention SCCC but does cite several community colleges in NY.

Something New:
Times Union reports on the new gymnasium being built in Schenectady's Center City located on State Street across from Proctors. This new gym, belonging to the YMCA of Schenectady will also be home to our Basketball and Volleyball teams when it is finished in January.

Something Borrowed:
This holiday season the Salvation Army will use more "plastic kettles" in addition to ringing bells outside of the department stores and hoping that jolly shoppers will drop their spare change in the old kettles. These plastic kettles will take credit cards so you can borrow money from Visa, MasterCard, or American Express, to donate to the Salvation Army and pay them back latter.

Something Blue:
Rite Aid on Eastern Avenue was robbed on Friday afternoon. Police said that when one of the suspects was confronted by a sales associate because he was shoving items down his pants the suspect punched the associate in the face and fled. He was wearing blue jeans.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Liveblog from the Commons at SCCC

11:36: Well it's been over an hour and nothing too exciting has happened today, I do have to get moving on to other things. I guess that not everyday is as exciting as the last. Sometimes it's better to just be laid back and normal. I'm glad tat I didn't hear any teasing or see and fighting today. I guess I am thankful for peace and quite normal days.

11:34: Student is singing: "Ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no valley low enough" as she walks down the hall. Students here at SCCC love to sing

11:33: It's nice to see teachers stop their students in the hall and talk about their classes.

11:31: The Political Science Club just showed up and I feel so bad, he's sitting there holding up a flyer. I let him borrow my markers. 

11:28: It's nice to hear people talking about what their doing for the holidays. 

11:26: He added, "always remember that nothing is ever that difficult because you never know until you try.

11:24: What a nice student, the one that wrote about being thankful for SCCC.

11:21: Hey those kids are too young for college. What are they like 7 and 8?

11:19: I have another interested student who is finally going to write that he is thankful for "SCCC." This poster has been here for three days now and no one has wrote that down yet! Good for you Culinary Arts student. Good for you!

11:17: Things are starting to pick up around here. Security and maintenance are getting another table ready. I guess the Political Science Club is planning on having an event down here too. They are probably selling raffle tickets.

11:15: F-in this and F-in that. I'll never understand that aspect of culture. Wow, this girl just did a Thanksgiving dance!

11:14: This guy keeps walking back and forth on the cell phone. It wouldn't be so bad except that his boots aren't tied up and are making the annoying clunking noise as he walks back and forth, back and forth. To add to his loud annoying shoes, he's cursing like crazy and talking about bailing friends out of jail loud enough so that everyone is forced to hear his conversation.

11:11: This guy behind me is using the payphone. I didn't know that people still did that. Yesterday, this girl was on it for almost an hour. Today, this guy was really quick. I guess all college students do not have cell phones.

11:09: Another one that loves to color. I should have made her sign my poster board.

11:07: A lot of guys are wearing T-shirts today. It's kind of funny how T-shirts in cold weather is such a guy thing.

11:05: Those doors between Stockade and Elston Hall are quite squeaky. Time for some WD-40.

11:03: We are half way through out liveblog experience and all I've got so far are cupcakes, carolers, and Dave. Another student just complained about have class today for the entire time. I guess she thought that because it is the day before Thanksgiving that the teacher would give them a break. What's funny about the whole thing is that she's been a student here for a couple of years. She should know how we role at SCCC. We don't take days off.

10:59: It is pretty hard to liveblog and talk to students at the same time. A student just picked up a turkey to color and talked to me about caroling for our Christmas event. I am so excited.

10:56: I got a student to come sign my poster. She's thankful for her wonderful lounges (aka: People in the commons).

10:54: Why don't any of these students work on school work or read while they have time in between classes. I think one guy actually has some school work out. The rest of the students are playing music and games, or making out. Yes, the students here love to make out with each other in the Commons. Its like the back stairwell in high school.

10:49: The administrators are planning of transforming this space and making to more sectioned off, including a place for laptops, a pool table, comfy chairs and work stations.

10:47: This guy just walked by in a tank top. Yes it is a little warmer today than most, but it's still November. My dad wears T-shirts outside in this weather too though. 

10:45: And out the door he goes with a group of four girls now. They must all be friends.

10:43: It figures that today would be so uneventful... Wait a minute. I know that guy, that's David, what is he doing with those girls. He's got two kids at home. He just saw me, and boy did he looked shocked.

10:40: People keep walking by my table. They look interested but the also look terrified, like their afraid to stop because I might ask them to do something terrible.

10:37: OMG that girl just ate a cupcake. I hope that she's not going to eat that other one in her hand too! Listen to me I am insanely jealous of those girls eating their cupcakes.

10:35: The group of students who might be singing Christmas Carols for SAB next week are passing out cupcakes. It's too bad I started my diet two days ago; they look yummy.

10:32: There's not too much going on this morning here in the Commons. I think that a lot of students must be getting ready for Thanksgiving.

10:30: I made it. Better late than not at all-- that's what they say.
ok so my computer is warming up for a live blog stay tuned. k.moore reporting fom her cell at the commons

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Monday: Day 1 of Commons invasion

So, yesterday was the first day of my three day post-up in the Commons, and it showed me several sides of SCCC that I hadn't before taken the time to notice.

I setup shop not knowing how exactly I was going to go about this "Thanksgiving-SAB promoting-iPod-Nano-raffleing event." But I decided to go with the flow.

First I layed out the Thanksgiving themed table cloth, a pumpkin, some quarter flyers with SAB meeting times and location, colouring handouts with pilgrim turkeys, little Indian boys with bowls... Let me spare you the discription and today I will take a picture and you can just see the display for yourself.

Anyway, I noticed that once some of students saw the raffel tickets, they would imediately approach the table to find out what was going on. I asked them what they were thankful for. The most popular responses were:

1) Everything
2) Life
3) Friends and Family

If they added something that they were thankful for, I would give them a raffle ticket for participating in an SAB event. I told them that each SAB event that they participated in would earn them another chance at winning the iPod Nano. I gave them the quarter flyer and they would put it in their pocket, sign the poster board, and fill out the raffle ticket.

When students responded with a duplicate response for our "We Are Thankful For..." poster, I would ask them to think a little more and be more specific.
One of the students in his chef uniform told me that he was thankful for life. I told him yes, we have that here and pointed to where it was written. "Is there anything else that you can think of that you are thankful for?" I asked.
He told me that he had almost died and that was why he was really thankful for life. I asked him what happened and he told me about how he went down a steep hill on his mountain bike, hit a parked car, and had to go to the hospital. I asked him what saved him, and his reply: "My strong ass head."
And, there you have it. "My Strong (minus the ass part) head" was added to our posterboard.

We have a meeting today, I wonder if any new students will show up. Last week we had none. And to make matters worse and rub it in a little more, there was another club in our meeting room. A club with about 40 members.

There are a couple of clubs on campus that can draw in big groups of students. I assume that this is because they are geared towards distinctive populations. Once you can identify with a social group, you are more apt to actively participate. I know this to be true because I am currently researching how these social groups work on the Web. Studies have proven that joining these groups actually builds self-concept.

Speaking of self-concept. While I observed the comings and goings of students in between their classes, I overheard a horrible thing. I really wanted shake this girl and find out what the hell her problem was. She was teasing a disabled student about that student's disability. I only caught the end of what she was saying, but it was obvious that her intentions were not helpful but rather, hurtful.

These are college students! This is not high school anymore. How the hell can someone be so childish and mean.

I was angry.

I think that I could talk more about some of the things that I saw and heard yesterday, but I have got to get back downstairs for Day 2 of my Commons Invasions"

Monday, November 23, 2009

A devistating week in Schenectady: link round-up

UGG! I missed the Schenectady Holiday Parade this year because I was too busy doing school work.

It was hard to find more jolly happy souls in Schenectady this week.

One Schenectady woman was arrested for neglecting to provide needed care for her puppy. Sadly, this happens to a lot of animals in the city. I've seen owners toss their kittens out on the street because they couldn't afford to get them fixed. It's really sad.

You know what else is sad? A man burning to death in a truck in Delanson. I wonder why he couldn't get out.

On a more positive note, it looks like you still have one more chance to get the H1N1 vaccine if you missed the clinic on Friday. But, the fact that this flu is so rampid that you have to get vaccinated for it is not very comforting.

I guess that's it for happy news in Schenectady for the week. The rest seems to be robbery after robbery and even a rape conviction.

What is this world coming to?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Liveblog event comming soon

Starting Monday I'll be moving my office to the Commons.

Not really; but I'll be hanging out there with some Thanksgiving crafts and information while simultaneously promoting the Students Activities Board.

To make the event even more exciting, I will be liveblogging from the commons area on Wednesday from 10:00- 11:00 am. So come by, and let me know how you plan on celebrating your Thanksgiving, pick up some Thanksgiving goodies and just have a good time.

Hope to see you there.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Technology is amazing. I can post from my phone.

More on Ellen Gootblatt

Hear's more from an SCCC student on her experience at Ellen Gootblatt's presentation from Tuesday:

It was a great session and I was pleased to have darted from a class that I was cleared with the professor to leave early enough to catch most of her presentation. As she was talking I felt like she showed me through her style of speaking that it was okay to be where I was in life.I learned it was okay to be realizing there are alot of creeps out there today in the dating world, and it's okay not to succumb to the one thing they desire.
She gave information that was clear and understandable for any age. Thus giving her a 10 on the scale, only because there is no 11.
I think if she were to come back , I would not only see her again but I would promote others to not miss out on such a well versed individuals seminar. She was worth the weight in Gold. Her words and examples showed the realness to conversation that is generally uncomfortable to talk about. She had the ability to answers several questions from the attendees. I would say to anyone who missed her due to prior obligations to make sure next time she comes here that they schedule accordingly as she is not a speaker to be missed. Surely we can't make you go, but you'll be glad you did!

Thanks for sharing Leslie! Were glad you enjoyed this speaker, and that your teacher was understanding.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ellen Gootblatt back by popular demand

Yesterday, Ellen Gootblatt, relationship expert, motivational speaker, creator and host of the #1 rated NYC talk radio show WABC, former Harlem high school and junior high school teacher and a dearly compassionate and energetic woman, came back to SCCC once again to wow her audience.

I am sorry to say that I had to miss her presentation, but if I ever want to become a teacher myself, I have to get through school first, and I had class at that time. I think that Ellen would understand.

What makes Ellen so great is her witty remarks, innate ability to demand her audiences' attention, draw them in, and be real to herself and her listeners. I got to see Ellen talk at the 2008 Fall Orientation here at SCCC and she was amazing. She activated her audience and took a bunch of questions from the students about their relationships.  He advise was invaluable for students and adults.

Ellen on another stop at SCCC  Ellen drew in such a huge audience that there was standing room only in the Auditorium. Again, school came first and I missed this presentation as well.

"She's easy to talk to. I just feel like I could tell her anything and she would listen to me and not judge."
-SCCC Student
Yesterday, Ellen came back to SCCC to share her radiant personality, sharp wit, creditable experience and oblique sense of humor. There is no doubt in my mind that she wowed her audience once again.

Since I couldn't be there for myself, I thought it might be a good idea to do a quick interview with someone who did get to see Ellen and listen to her share her expertise.

[K. Moore] What did you think of Ellen Gootblatt?
[Student] I loved her! She was really fun to listen to.

Did you learn anything new?
I think that we tend not to love ourselves as much as we should. We think that loving has to be between two people. But, it doesn't and it shouldn't be just that.

How well did her discussion map onto your own life and experiences? You can use a scale from 1-10, 10 being “she explained my entire life thus far” and 1 being “That lady was crazy, I don’t know what she was talkin’ bout.”
She was a 9. She didn't tell my whole life story, but even the things that didn't really apply to me still made sense and might be applicable in the future.

Would go to another presentation if she came back? 
Definitely, it was a lot of fun. 

This blogger from another school sums up one of Ellen's presentations very well.

Judging from the responses, I am going to take an educated guess and predict that Ellen will be back again.

Next time, I hope I can make it to her presentation. I could use the mental flush. When I heard Ellen speak, it was like she was that little bit of sunshine breaking threw the clouds making the picture become much clearer. I had been living with these clouds so long that I had begun to not even notice them anymore, then Ellen came, shed her wisdom and changed my pattern of thinking in a positive way.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Excuses that count. Or do they?

In my previous post, Top five excuses used in school, I stated that being late to class was a viable excuse for being late. True. Our elevators do take forever-and-a-day to pick you up and raise you to your destination, but this is no excuse for being late.

The reason being: we have stairs.

Today more and more college students are entering their freshmen years obese. According to the Minnesota State University Reporter, students put on 4-6 extra pounds during their first year of college. This extra weight gain can be attributed to several factors including, but not limited to, increase in drinking alcohol, eating fast and easy to make (or buy) junk foods, and eating too closely to bedtime.

All this information got me thinking: what does 4-6 pounds of fat look like?

So, I googled the median number of pounds gained by college students in their first year (5lbs-for those of you who don't get along with math very well) and here is what I found

Picture via Caloriecount.com

Looks tasty, doesn't it?

Anyway, back to my point. If this is what we have to look forward to when starting out at college (as well as the depression that sometimes accompanies weight gain) then how come we are wait around for elevators that consistently make us late?

There is no excuse.

We should be taking the stairs. Working off that popular Western burger and fries that we picked up in between classes from Chartwells. We should be on time to class. Maybe a little out of breath, but nevertheless punctual.

Next time you are thinking about waiting forever-and-a-day for that vertical coffin to come carry your perfectly capable body up several flights of stairs.


And think.

Remember that picture.

Remember those statistics.

Find the nearest stairwell.

And start climbing.

And K.Moore, that includes you too!

Monday, November 16, 2009

A short round-up of upcoming events in and around Schenectady

I don't think that there is any better way to get your children interested in the study of science than to bring them to events like those that The Childrens Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST), located in Troy, holds several times throughout the week. This week they will be featuring a special program on Nanotechnology for children 6-11 years old. This program is designed for students who are home schooled. Hey, if these kids really like this program, send them over to SCCC in a few years to register for our Nanoscale Materials program.

Speaking of the children, did you know that November is National Adoption Month? Wed. November 18th at 4pm in front of the Schenectady County Office Building on State St. people will be speaking about their experiences with adoption.

SCCC Players is putting on a performance of The Importance of Being Earnest. I read this play in Literary Studies at St. Rose. It's very funny, and I hope I can make it to their show.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

What SCCC has taught me outside enrollment.

So, today's post is my final post guest-blogging here at My SCCC Daily.  And I have to say I have learned some important lessons, with apologies to K. Moore.
When I first realized I was going to be blogging here I panicked for two reasons: firstly, I have enough trouble pulling myself together to keep up on my own blog, and secondly, as I mentioned in my first post, Schenectady was completely alien to me.  After initially dropping the ball, I was informed that dropping the ball was simply not an option.  I had to figure out how to accomplish what I needed to accomplish, even if I didn't believe I could (special thanks for the shove goes to, oh, you know who). No doubt, I will have to be reminded of this lesson again, but I think it is one of the big ones we all must learn, especially as students.  Just acting and accomplishing even when we doubt ourselves, is a skill that successful people utilize, and I'm guessing that acting in this way is what makes nontraditional students and returning students so well-adjusted.  Teachers will always give us assignments we're unsure about, bosses will always give us jobs that make us question our capabilities, but we must remember that not only are others always depending on us, but we are depending on ourselves.

So, I think I figured it out.  I blogged on a topic I knew little about.  Surely, had I been here for a month, rather than a week, I would have gotten even better, but once I actually decided to step up to the plate, I think I did what I thought was impossible.  It's pretty funny to think that a school I never enrolled in taught me this much.  On that note, I will allow you all to welcome back K. Moore, the true proprietor of this blog.  But do me a favor; if you like K. Moore's blog, put yourself out there too: leave a comment or better yet, join a club and then leave a comment.

Sayonara SCCC,


Saturday, November 14, 2009

The semester is coming to a close, and so is my time here.

Well, I am sure SCCC students, much like myself, are hitting the proverbial wall when it comes to the semester's work.  Still, you all must hang in there until that Glorious Thursday of Freedom also known to some as Christmas Eve.  In between jobs, families, winter sleepiness, and generally feeling burnt out, we must pull ourselves through to the end of the semester.  Here's a little inspiration to remind us why all this hard work and stress is worth it:

  • It's important to keep focused on the things that make us happy, and to share that joy with others, SCCC alumni Janice Dejordy did, and now she's reaping the benefits.
  • The great Thomas Edison, whose machine works is known to us all as Schenectady's GE headquarters had some witty things to say about hard work.

Keep working hard!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Astral projection of myself to Schenectady.

In my continued exploration of all things Schenectady, I've been thinking about the types of places I might like to go or things I'd like to do, were I a visiting student.  So here is my virtual itinerary for my virtual visit.

While you may not even know what a vegan is, college is certainly an ideal time to learn about diverse cultures and lifestyles, especially if they are healthy ones.  Schenectady is to home to Big Guys Pizzeria and Moon and River Cafe.  From my online perusal, Big Guys is your typical pizzeria that also offers a vegan menu with non-dairy cheese pizza, subs, calzones, and even fake meet toppings.  Wierd? Maybe.  Different? Yes. Delicious? You bet your bippy!  Unfortunately, I couldn't find a virtual menu or even very many reviews.  Actually, the one review I did find specifically mentions that they have never tried any of the vegan items.  Clearly, the reviewer was not a curious, intellectual SCCC student, attempting to expand his or her horizons.  I fancy myself as a vegan restaurant reviewer, and I urge you to do the same.  There's a special thrill in making oneself a foodie for the day; real restaurant reviewers taste several dishes in a sitting (to get a "feel" for the cuisine), which basically embodies the values of any healthy college-aged male, and many females like myself!  After you steal a copy of the menu (just kidding) sit yourself down and write a witty little review, so that Steven S. isn't the only, lonely guy here talking about this stuff. 

Fortunately, Moon and River Cafe does have their own website. They even boast a scan of their menu; still, the best shot at reading it is to print it out, since half of it is upside down (hopefully SCCC students don't have a print quota like us Rose Buds)!  None the less, after salivating for several minutes a casual glance over the thing, I would totally be down for the tofu tapenade sandwich washed down with a vegan chocolate banana shake.  I suddenly have a strong urge to visit Schenectady-- nobody makes this stuff in my area of Albany! What's also great is that they seem to have events happening every night, (read: live music).

What else would you do, oh, guru of all things Schenectady, you ask?   Well, I'd be taking it back to the good old days, and I would go to the roller rink.  Maybe, I'd even go there as a field trip with my SCCC club friends.  This place really rocks my skate socks.  They have a Cheap Skate night where four dollars gets you in the rink, grooving to the sounds of the 70's, not to mention a Family Night, so all of you non-traditional students can get in on the fun without breaking the bank.

Last, but not least I would explore SCCC's campus and take a stroll down to visit K. Moore so I could find out some other fun things that some of the clubs and organizations are doing.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

College from the other side.

Since reading K. Moore's post entitled: Open Letter To the Four Year Private College Students who owe more than $40,000 in loans, I have been thinking a lot about the implications behind my experience as a four year private college student.  As a psychology major, and a generally curious person, I like to illuminate the reasoning behind one's path and decisions in life, and I realized I hadn't thought very much about mine.  So, one of the first things I did was check out this list about the pros and cons of community colleges.  My determination?  After reading this, I can't help but wonder about what I would have done differently with my college career.

I must say that I wasn't ready for college by the time I graduated high school.  However, being seventeen at the time I had very little say in my future.  I had excelled in high school and my family had pressured me high expectations for me to go right away to a college where I could get a Bachelor's Degree.  I just let myself be pushed because I did want an education and because I listened when people said that I wouldn't go back if I took a gap year (many of you are proof, however, that that is a myth!). 

Because I was pushed I ended up having a much longer, and more difficult college career.  Although I did have academic scholarships, more money was wasted on classes I withdrew from or failed to attend, because I was unprepared to be a college student.  Ideally, I would have taken a year off to discover myself and recoup from a traumatic senior year.  Then, I would have taken my time to determine the right college for me.  It is obvious that non- traditional and returning students are always the most motivated.  I have grown to love Saint Rose, but in all likelihood I would have attended a SUNY school, because K. Moore is right, the extreme cost is hardly justifiable.  I also would have been able to graduate with less debt hanging over my head.

Still, my college experience has had its benefits, many of which come from being a resident student.  Firstly, the ability to live away from home, surrounded by other college students, helped foster independence from my overbearing extremely loving parents.  Secondly, the dormitory experience does lend itself to the development of the community.  I know many wonderful commuter students at Saint Rose, but the students who are most immersed in student activities are the residents; reading this blog has only reinforced that idea for me.  From the blog, I can only get a taste of the hard work that K. Moore does to increase student involvement, and I doubt I would have been as involved on campus had I not lived there. I am excited to see that SCCC is creating a dorm because I think that the students who get to live there will be greatly enriched by student activities. 

At this point, I will just have to say that it is less about the particular educational path that's better and more about finding the right one for your circumstances.  So if you are a non-traditional student, or fresh out of high school, the key is to choose carefully so that you can make the most out of your education, while minimizing the pain!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Finding my way to SCCC.

Greetings SCCC Daily Readers,

I'm K. Moore's guest-blogger for the week, Dana.  I am also a student in the same blogging class as K. Moore at The College of Saint Rose.  Blogging here will be interesting; I believe will be able to offer a unique perspective on SCCC life.

Firstly, I must let you in on a little secret: I have never set foot in Schenectady in my life (I'm student without a car or a driver's license).  The implication of that is, of course, that other than my exposure to this blog, I have very little prior knowledge about Schenectady County Community College.  In fact, my first exposure to Schenectady's existence was thanks to the late, great Kurt Vonnegut, who set many of his stories in the region.  Anyone who's read any of his books (and if you haven't-- get to it!) will understand what I mean when I say that Schenectady exists in my mind as a place filled with time-travelers, alien contact, and quirky heroes.

So, what is it that someone with such Schenectady experiences can offer here?  I hope to share my perspectives shaped by being a resident student at a four-year collegeMy research tells me that there are nearly as many traditional students at SCCC as non-traditional ones, and that the majority of students are from the capitol region.  So, my college path serves as a nice contrast.  Maybe I'll even dig up some tasty tidbits in my research of Schenectady itself to share with you.

Keep tuning in to find out what happens next.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I say Synecdoche, you say Schenectady: A Link-filled round-up.

I took a drive through Schenectady.

Greetings, SCCC Daily readers.  This is Daniel Nester filling in for Kristine as she guest-blogs elsewhere

A word about me: I teach at The College of Saint Rose in the English department, where I am teaching a blogging class, among other academic feats. How do you teach blogging, you might ask?  Well, the class falls under the rubric of "professional writing," and lots of professional people blog, Kristine included.

Anyway, onward to a free association-type SCCC round-up. 

My post's title alludes to a very, shall we say, eccentric movie called Synecdoche, NY. Your guest blogger is tolerant of many things eccentric, but he has to say it challenged even his avant garde sensibilities.  Some people loved it; me, not so much.  The movie's title is a play on Schenectady, New York, where the movie takes place.
A trio of stories rom the Times Union: The mayor will train you to be a better landlord? The first H1N1 shots have come to town. Schnectady county ranks high in the state for domestic violence.

The Business Journal reports that he family of Enotech founder Fred Kindl donated a building to SCCC.

An SCCC rep went out to Binghamton to woo seniors.

I didn't know that Schenectady's General Electric Headquarters has the distinction of having the sequential ZIP code 12345.

See you soon.

Monday, November 9, 2009

A couple of stories in the news this week: Nov. 9

This Sunday our President Quintin Bullock delivered the keynote address at the local Schenectady NAACP Freedom Fund dinner  which will honor six people including a student from Schenectady High School.

SCCC is not the only school with booming enrollment. It seems that many community colleges are experiencing record enrollments .

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Share your blessings and help families have a niceThanksgiving Dinner

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many families will struggle to prepare a Thanksgiving feast for their loved one. Help these families enjoy this holiday by donating nonperishable food. The College Store will be taking collections and offering a 10% discount on any item in the store (except textbooks) for your donation.

Welcome Dana, and good-bye for now

SCCC readers:

During the next week I will be guest blogging for Abby's Web. A NCIS fan blog.

Ms. Dana will be filling in for me here throughout the week. She's a bright, corky, and fun, college student, and I am sure you will enjoy reading her posts and the temporary change in pace.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

What if every student participated in student activities? What if there were no students to volunteer?

If every full-time student participated in an extracurricular activity on campus, then they would each have $53 (the cost of their student activity fee) to spend through the school on whatever they wanted. Each student is required to pay this fee, but out of the thousands of students that attend SCCC only a handful of them participate in student clubs and organizations and spend the collected pot of cash.

The funds are divided up and dispersed into the clubs and organization's budgets by the Student Government Association at the end of each semester. The amounts are based on previous budgets and predicted funds for the upcoming year.

When the semester begins, students hold meetings and elect officers that will hold leadership positions for the club or organization. At these meetings, members bring their ideas for campus events and spend their student activities and yours as well.

If there were no student volunteers, there would be a whole bunch of money and no one to spend it. There would be no student sponsored activities and that means... no mechanical bulls, Fiesta Latina's and costume contests.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Top five excuses used in school

1. "I missed class because I was sick."
-Yeah, and you just happened to be sick during the hour and fifteen minutes that you were supposed to be in class giving a presentation.

2. "I couldn't do my homework because my computer wasn't working."
-Okay, then who logged onto your facebook account and posted a status update that you were watching Ferris Bueller's Day Off tonight with friends after happy hour at Katie O'Byrnes.

3. I'm late to class because I got a flat tire.
-Getting a flat two months ago doesn't really excuse your lateness today.

4. I missed class because I sneezed twice in a row and thought I might be sick, and since you have it posted everywhere to stay home if you're feeling ill, I thought I should not go to class.
-You need to read over the signs and symptoms for H1N1 again.

5. I am late to class because of the elevators.
- Now that an excuse I'd believe!  

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Top seven frustrating moments explaining something that is quite simple

1. How to log onto Angel
2. How to get an SCCC email
3. How to get your student ID
4. How to succeed in your classes
5. How to build a network
6. The importance of building a network
7. The benefits of joining a club/organization

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What is the overall problem with education in the United States?

In the United States

Overall? Probably money.

Money causes a lot of problems in the United States.There are not enough staff, teachers, even bus drivers and bus monitors, to run schools as efficiently as they should be run and provide students with personalized attention and the direct instruction that they deserve.

In New York State

Most of our teachers are highly qualified.

I know for a fact that in New York State teachers are put through some rigorous training and certification processes that ensures that all teachers are well prepared for the classroom. The program requires a lot of testing, observations, and hands-on demonstrations.

New York State hasn't always had such demanding criteria for teachers. In fact, teachers never used to have to get their masters degrees. Now, a new teacher has five years after certification to graduate with their MA or MS. Current teachers are going back to school to obtain these degrees.


At community colleges instructors can teach with a masters degree. Private institutions and universities usually require a PhD.

However, this is NOT a problem with the education system.

I have had many experiences when the guy with the Masters was a much better teacher than the one with the PhD. It all depends on the person. Degrees aren't everything, but they sure mean a lot when you are looking to standout to potential employers.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

What I hate about the color light blue

Light blue is not Royal Blue. It will never represent our school spirit. A color like light blue doesn't have the strength and boldness that a school like SCCC needs behind it and representing it.

When we take the court (wherever it may be), or the baseball field, or the river with our boats ready to row our way to the finish line, we need strength behind us. We need boldness. Something that will catch our competitors' attention and let them know we are tough; we are real; we didn't show up to lose.

We are winners.

We are Royal Blue.

"Royal blue is the color of royalty to welcome the coming of a king."

We are coming.

We are kings.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Link round-up: week of November 1st

If you haven't heard the great news, I'll tell you. SCCC is expanding. Family of the late Fred Kindl has donated his property located at 201 State Street to the College. This space will most likely be used as an Admissions building.

In case you are wondering where he is now, former SCCC President, Peter F. Burnham of Brookdale Community College is currently taking medical leave of absence.

So, the City of Schenectady is blaming the 2000 Census for its financial problems and now has plans to do a better job getting more accurate numbers next year.

College Day is coming and our own Athletics Director David Gonzales takes notice of the SCCC advantage, saying, "we're a real bargin." But,  if you are interested in becoming an SCCC athlete you had better hurry up: enrollment is filling fast!

Who will be the next sheriff in town? Harry Buffardi's, now a member of the SCCC faculty, has retired from his position as Sheriff of Rotterdam. Tomorrow is elections day. Don't forget to go out and vote!

Top seven tastes of the real world that you experience at SCCC

1. A taste of the cost of textbooks
2. A taste of not having enough time. Or, in other words, two- three hours of homework for every hour of class time
3. A taste of responsibility. Yes, you actually have to read the text, the signs, the instructions.
4. A taste of ethics. It is better to contact your teacher before you miss a class. (This works for employees too).
5. A taste of scholarly research. We all have to take College Composition.
6. A taste of sacrifice: Some weekends must be reserved for studies.
7. A taste of success pending graduation.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

An Interview with K. Moore

If you haven't noticed, which you should have because you have been checking this blog daily, I haven't posted in a while.

Well, if you know anything about me at all, you know that I'm a busy woman. This is not an excuse for my lack of writing, however.

But, in addition to my over stuffed life, I moved last weekend and did some damage to my back in the process. I've been working on settling into my new home, writing research papers, and catching up on my Method's in Teaching course at St. Rose. This weekend was Halloween and the boys and I got all dressed up in our costumes and knocked on some doors for candy. I didn't get candy, but the kids did.

So, in the spirit of sharing some of my own life events, I've decided to grant you a short an interview.

1. What is your favorite TV show? Without a doubt, Grey's Anatomy. It's the only show that I watch on a regular basis. I have to admit, the new season started off kind of depressing. I couldn't get through an episode without crying at least twice. Events on the show are beginning to settle down and the drama is picking up, but I can't seem to watch without wondering- Where's Izzy?

2. Pepsi or Coke? Why? Diet Coke! I don't like how strong and syrupy regular soda tastes. Coke- because it's a classic.

3. Why did I choose to blog about this topic? Easy enough. Read my mission statement.

4. What is your favorite outside class activity? Playing with my boys. It's hard being a student, employee, and mother. I miss out on a lot of things in my kids lives. So, whenever I get time outside of class, I love to spend time with them. We like to watch movies, play games, and visit family.

5. What is the first book or movie that changed your life? Terminator when I was little I saw the part where the playground was burning and I had nightmares for years. I can still see that image in my mind and it scares me.

6. First car you ever owned? My dad helped me get my first car. I think it was a Cavalier, but I don't really remember for sure because I only had it a week before the thing died on me.

7. What inanimate object are you most afraid of? Lately it has been the heater in our new place. It has been making a horribly loud clunking noise in the morning that wakes me up. Its a good thing that big brother sleeps so soundly, because if he heard that noise in his room he'd be jumping into bed with me in an instant.

8. What was your favorite childhood TV show or cartoon? Get Smart. I'd watch it before I went to bed each night.

9. Favorite pre-college memory? Wow, I can't remember. It feels like I have been writing college papers all of my life.

10. What website do you visit most often? Besides this one? Google.com- I'm always googling something that I want to know more about.

Monday, October 26, 2009

October 26-30th Events

All week long: Student Volunteer Organization (SVO) & SOC 127 will be collecting donations for several local agencies. For more information contact:

Renee Adamany
Assistant Professor
(518) 381-1298
Tuesday: Spanish Club's Halloween Fiesta Latina during the 11:30 - 12:30 college hour.


-Free food, music and dance.

-The Mayan Hands who will be here with crafts to purchase.

Thursday: Student Activities Board (SAB) will be hosting Halloween Haunting Hour
-Face Painting
-Spooky music
-Costume contest and prizes
As always student who attend and participate in the SAB events will be entered in a raffle to win and iPod Nano at the end of the semester

If you would like you event posted on this blog email me at moorekm@sunysccc.edu

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Five most popular Lunches from Chartwells

The cook gave me this response...

5. Western Burger

4. Meatball Sub

3. Ruben

2. Taco Salad

And the best item on the lunch menu is.......

The Chartwells World Famous Chicken Wrap

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

To the hardworking, cheerful, and friendly maintenance staff at SCCC:

I just want to say thank you.
Thank you for opening the doors when you see me walking towards them with: my three bags, one jam packed full of books on my back and two over my shoulder, and a cup of coffee in my hand, in the morning on my way into work.

Thank you for always stopping to ask me how my weekend was and how my family is doing.

Thank you for smiling and saying, "Hello." when we pass in the hallways throughout the day.

Thank you for working so hard to my our school, offices, and classrooms so neat and tidy.

I can see the benefits of your daily labor. It means so much more than just a clean floor or window. Your work models pride and efficiency. You prepare and present our structure, our foundation.

And, You can really turn my day around with your simple, yet, thoughtful gestures that you do with the utmost sincerity.

K. Moore

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bad parking

It's no secret that the parking at SCCC is a problem for students.

However, you have less to complain about than other local schools. Most colleges charge for a parking space. I would say, on average, about $40 a year, but don't quote me on that figure. And, don't think that because they pay this fee that they can find parking spots in the same vicinity as their classes.

Last semester at St. Rose, I went the cheap route: I didn't buy a parking permit and tried my luck parking on Western and Madison Avenues.

There were occasions when I would be running late to class, and this seemingly small dilemma quickly became a disaster. Instead of being five minutes late, I was walking into class fifteen minutes late because I had spent the last ten minutes circling the school for a parking spot. Once I had finally parked the car, I had to walk a couple of blocks to my class which made me even later.

Then there was the first week of school.

I didn't read the signs and parked on the wrong side of the street on the wrong day of the week. A little something often referred to as alternate parking. The ticket cost me more than a parking permit for the entire semester would have.

So, this semester I bought a permit, and on my first day with access to the student lot, I was feeling good. I didn't have to wait for all the cars on Western to pass me before I could begin to parallel park in some tight space.

But, instead of finding myself at peace with the parking lot, I ended up ten times more frustrated. There was absolutely, positively, no parking anywhere. I circled the lot once or twice, and then stalked some girl walking to her class for her parking spot.

Most of this is old news. It's week seven already and I have adapted to my Fall 09 routine. But, what does any of this have to do with the parking at SCCC?

Well, let me tell you: students here at SCCC get to park for free- it's a privilege. Imagine paying $40 to park in this same parking lot with the same parking issues. When you feel like complaining about it, just zip your lips. Grin. And, bear it. At least it doesn't cost you anything.

But, now I turn to my case in point: just because parking is free, it doesn't give you the right to park like a jerk.

The past two days, I've come to work and pulled into the next available spot in my favorite parking zone.  Each morning, I dodge the morning commuters zipping off the highway onto Washington Ave on their way to work in Schenectady or Scotia.

These busy, often times negligent, drivers, however, are not my problem. I have been safely reaching the building just about every day for the last 4 years.

However,  I am losing my patience with another driver. For two days in a row, I have had to park at an angle because of this lazy driver who sloppily parked in the spot next to mine. Two mornings in a row, same reddish car, same parking spot, and same damn messed up parking job.

Come on, what is the matter with you? Can't you see the two painted-white lines?

I have been parking here a lot longer than you have, and I demand some respect.

I believe that I have OCD when it comes to parking spots. I get furious when anyone parks in "my spot," even though the spaces are available on a first come first serve basis.

Now, this afternoon when I left work, the reddish car was gone: most of the cars parked there this morning had left. And, there was my car, all alone, looking like I had been the orginator of horrible parking.

It wasn't my fault. Shame on you dirty reddish car!

If the car is there again tomorrow, maybe I'll leave an anonymous note:

Monday, October 19, 2009

Link round up weekend: NYC

I don't know what you did this weekend, but I sure had a blast! Lately, I have been extremely busy with work, family, and school, but this weekend I gave myself a break and did something fun.

Truthfully, I didn't treat myself to a weekend of fun because I really wanted to. In fact, I kind of had to go. The trip was optional for students in ENG 498, but since Baby Brother hasn't seen his Abuelo and Abulea in such a long time (they live in NY), it was mandatory that we make the trip to NY.

The Yankees were playing the second round of the playoffs in the Bronx this weekend so the D train was packed!

Unfortunately, we didn't have tickets to the game, but I did have a metrocard and plans with my friends from Saint Rose to meet up at MoMA.

Saturday was also the Spanish Club's annual trip to NYC. I'm not sure what they had planned, but they always find fun things to do when they visit NY.

Well, the fun and games are over and it's back to work.

I've got a lot to catch up on. Wish me luck!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Midterm Conferences

It's that time of the year again.  

Mid-semester grades are being configured. This is a friendly reminder to all students to stop in and visit with your instructors. If you haven't been doing well in your classes, now is the time to kick it up a notch. See what you need to do in order to get the grade that you expect.

As I mentioned before, meeting with your teacher is a great way to show that you are conscientious about your work and want to succeed in college. Teachers notice students who work hard to succeed and are more willing to work with you.

Conferencing is proven to be an effective tool in education.
Teachers-- there's a lot of information out there on the web about effective ways to conference with your students. Encourage students to stop by your office. Be sure to remind them where it's located and when your office hours are.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The AIDS Memorial Quilt at SCCC

Yesterday, SCCC displayed The AIDS Memorial Quilt on campus for the second year in a row.

When you see the quilt in person, it is an experience like no other.

You can feel the sense of loss and share in the joyful memories of their lost loved ones which are poured onto each carefully worked and detailed patch of quilt. People form all walks of life are remembered and celebrated in this piece. Each square is different: some have photographs and messages, and others have drawings and poems. But, each square has in common the deep love for a special person lost to AIDS.

The quilt is the largest ongoing art project in the world. Sections of the quilt travel around the world and are used as preventative measures for new HIV infections.

If you ever get the chance to see The AIDS Memorial Quilt in your area, definitely go and witness the impact that this disease has had on so many individuals, friends, and families.

December 1st is World AIDS Day. The Quilt will be on display in New York that day.

Brooklyn, NY
12/1/2009 - 12/4/2009
Host: Edward R. Murrow High School
Display Site: Edward R. Murrow High School
Display Site Address: 1600 Avenue L
Number of Blocks: 5
Contact: Sally Hipscher
Email: FAMHIP@aol.com

Kingston, NY
12/1/2009 - 12/6/2009
Host: Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Inc
Display Site: Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center
Display Site Address: 300 Wall Street
Number of Blocks: 2
Contact: Vanessa Shelmandine
Email: programs@lgbtqcenter.org

A poem by Mark Doty


The intact facade's now almost black
in the rain; all day they've torn at the back
of the building, "the oldest concrete structure
in New England," the newspaper said. By afternoon,
when the backhoe claw appears above
three stories of columns and cornices,

the crowd beneath their massed umbrellas cheer.
Suddenly the stairs seem to climb down themselves,
atomized plaster billowing: dust of 1907's
rooming house, this year's bake shop and florist's,
the ghosts of their signs faint above the windows
lined, last week, with loaves and blooms.

We love disasters that have nothing to do
with us: the metal scoop seems shy, tentative,
a Japanese monster tilting its yellow head
and considering what to topple next. It's a weekday,
and those of us with the leisure to watch
are out of work, unemployable or academics,

joined by a thirst for watching something fall.
All summer, at loose ends, I've read biographies,
Wilde and Robert Lowell, and fallen asleep
over a fallen hero lurching down a Paris boulevard,
talking his way to or a drink,
unable to forget the vain and stupid boy

he allowed to ruin him. And I dreamed
I was Lowell, in a manic flight of failing
and ruthless energy, and understood
how wrong I was with a passionate exactitude
which had to be like his. A month ago,
at Saint-Gauden's house, we ran from a startling downpour

into coincidence: under a loggia built
for performances on the lawn
hulked Shaw's splendid
in its plaster maquette, the ramrod-straight colonel
high above his black troops. We crouched on wet gravel
and waited out the squall; the hieratic woman

-- a wingless angel? -- floating horizontally
above the soldiers, her robe billowing like plaster dust,
seemed so far above us, another century's
allegorical decor, an afterthought
who'd never descend to the purely physical
soldiers, the nearly breathing bronze ranks crushed

into a terrible compression of perspective,
as if the world hurried them into the ditch.
"The unreadable," Wilde said, "is what occurs."
And when the brutish metal rears
above the wall of unglazed windows --
where, in a week, the kids will skateboard

in their lovely loops and spray
their indecipherable ideograms
across the parking lot
-- the single standing wall
seems Roman, momentarily, an aqueduct,
all that's left of something difficult
to understand now, something Oscar

and Bosie might have posed before, for a photograph.
Aqueducts and angels, here on Main,
seem merely souvenirs; the gaps
where the windows opened once
into transients' rooms are pure sky.
It's strange how much more beautiful

the sky is to us when it's framed
by these columned openings someone meant us
to take for stone. The enormous, articulate shovel
nudges the highest row of moldings
and the whole thing wavers as though we'd dreamed it,
our black classic, and it topples all at once.

Mark Doty

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Student Activities Board (SAB)

Today the SAB will be holding its first mass meeting in Elston 334 from 11:30-12:20.
At the meeting we will be electing officers to serve as the organization's student leaders.
In an effort to encourage student participation in campus events we will be holding an end of the semester raffle. Each event that the student attends or helps sponsor in will be rewarded with a raffle ticket. Write your name and number on the back of the ticket and your name could be drawn at the end of the semester to win a iPod nano.
GOOD LUCK-- You gotta be in it to win it!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Columbus celebration or not so much?

It's Monday, week 6, here at SCCC, and I know what you're probably thinking, "We're the only school that's open on Columbus Day."

Well, you're probably right. Most schools in the area are off from school today. If you have children, they're definitely home. I never understood why a community college, which has many nontraditional students, ages twenty-four and up, many of whom have children, didn't give its students holiday's like Columbus Day off.

When I was a student at SCCC, I dreaded the College's "non-holidays". The Schenectady City School District gets, on average, about four days off from school a month. That means that almost 4 days out of the month I had to struggle to find childcare and dip into my savings to pay for it. Many of their days off are due to staff meetings and conferences- things inapplicable to a universal calendar.
On the other hand, all of our calendars designate Columbus Day as a holiday, and I think that SCCC should recognize this. St. Rose does. HVCC does.  SUNY Albany students don't have to go to classes on Yom Kippur- yet another holiday that is recognized by the Schenectady City School District.

If we could organize our school's schedule to include some of these days off and still meet the minimum number of hours required to be an accredited school, SCCC could make the lives of many of its students much easier.

Perhaps our attendance today means much more than we realize.

There are conflicting beliefs and interpretations about our national hero, Mr. Christopher Columbus. Some believe that Columbus discovered America in 1492. And, that's why today we celebrate his designated holiday.

However, there is another school of thought that is often omitted from our elementary school books. Some believe that Columbus's actions were cruel including: his use of slavery and violence against the American Indians, forceful projection of Christianity, and the transmission of diseases that would have lasting effects on the native population.

Are SCCC and other institutions that do not honor Columbus Day as a holiday suggesting that we believe that we should not honor Christopher Columbus as a American hero?

The Rated G version of Christopher Columbus
This morning, I asked my five year old if he knew why he had the day off from school on a Monday.

 "No," he said.

"It's Columbus Day. Do you know who Columbus was?"

He was anxious to answer, "Yes, he came to our island on a boat."

Maybe I shouldn't have, but I did.

I informed my five-year-old, little boy that, "When he came here he wanted to build houses for people to live in, and so, all of the Indians who used to live in the forests had to leave."

"Did they die?" he asked me. Big Brother often worries about death.

"No. Wait, yes, some of them died from diseases. Those men on the boats didn't bring their toothbrushes and use the soap when they took their showers, and so, they were full of germs when they landed in America. The Indians weren't used to all these germs and some of them got sick and died. The others, they moved to little communities away from the European men who were busy building house and taking over the forests."

The moral of this story: Brush your teeth and wash up with soap!

For those of you who do have today off, Say Schenectady has a list of things to do and celebrate the holiday.