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November 2009

Being Unemployed Part 2 - My Personal Story

by Melissa Vasiliades
November 27, 2009

The one-year-anniversary of my getting laid-off was over 2 months ago. Since I have been unemployed for so long, I am obviously in debt and often cannot pay my bills on time. Being financially strapped appears to be the worst part. But it’s not.

It is the emotional weight coupled with the emotional wait. There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. The current common rhetoric is that numbers are “better than expected” and there is an increase in the economy. Except for the fact NYS lost an additional 18,300 private-sector jobs in the month of September alone.

Professor Interview: Eric Shyman

by Ramona Sav Nolan
November 27, 2009

Eric Shyman is a Special Education professor at Dowling College. In the following interview Dr. Shyman discusses his life experiences and interests.

Dowling’s Own Rockband

by Victoria Vargas
November 27, 2009

The Beach Boys said it best when they told us “to be true to your school.” We are an amazing group of students with talent in many areas. We do well in school, in the work force, in volunteering endeavors, and outside the classroom as well. For example, the band Czech Funk won the “Bonified Kings of Rock II” competition. Who is the lead singer and lead guitarist of the band? The answer is none other than John M. Sapienza or Johnny Sap who is also a Dowling College student.

Autistic Self-Advocates Protest Major Cure-Oriented Nonprofit

by Marc Rosen
November 25, 2009

After class last Tuesday, I took a train over to the city, and walked over 20 blocks to get to Carnegie Hall, where Autism Speaks was having their major concert. I was not, however, there to hear Springsteen perform, or to watch Jerry Seinfeld’s usual antics. I was there, along with around 10 other people, to protest what Autism Speaks stands for, which is the development of a prenatal screening to prevent autistic fetuses from being born.

Professor Interview: Kendell Thornton

Professor Thornton

by Ramona Sav Nolan
November 20, 2009

Kendell Thornton is a Psychology professor at Dowling College. The following interview will give its readers an insight into Dr. Thornton’s interests and life experiences.

Local Politics: Suozzi and Mangano

by Victoria Vargas
November 20, 2009

Think your vote doesn’t count? Tired of dirty politicians and not having the power to stop them? Listened to John Mayer’s song “Waiting on the World to Change” one too many times and are actually waiting for the world to change? Well now it is time to get out of your PJs and get into a voting booth. Long Islanders should take notice of the recent elections between Thomas Suozzi and Edward Mangano.

Recap of Dowling College Basketball Games

by Steven M. Melendez
November 20, 2009

Steven M. Melendez recaps two Dowling College basketball games, the men’s win over AIC and women’s win over Merrimack.

Video Game Survey

by Melissa Theodorakatos
November 20, 2009

Video games have become a large part of life within our culture. I created a simple questionaire that dealt with specific issues and opinions related to the gaming industry. Myself, as well as two other Dowling students answered questions based on their own gaming experiences. This article will express how important and amazing the culture of video games has become.

Maroon 5 Rocks St. Johns

by Kimberly Charles
November 20, 2009

On the night of November 7, 2009, at St. Johns University, the hearts of thousands of girls melted as Maroon 5 performed live. The crowd waited with anticipation as the lights dimmed down and Adam Levine took the stage.

Top Ten iPod/iPhone Applications and the Top Five Video Games of the Holiday Season

by Melissa Theodorakatos
November 13, 2009

This week, Melissa reviews the Top Ten iPhone and iPod Touch applications and the Top 5 Video Games for this holiday season. These reviews will help you make your purchase this winter for casual and hardcore gamers everywhere.

Being Unemployed

by Melissa Vasiliades
November 13, 2009

Throughout the rest of this semester, I will be writing various pieces about being unemployed. My point is to write a reflection of what has happened to us Americans, to us Long Islanders. I will question how this economy has changed us as whole. I will think out loud with you. I will answer the questions we want to know. My tips offered will be to find better ways to survive, better ways to job search, better ways to network. Join me as I unravel the rhetoric, in hopes to understand the best way to move forward.

A Thrilling Dance at Dowling

by Christine Anders
November 13, 2009

On the eve of October 28, 2009, Fortunoff Hall became a haunted mansion. The building’s historic halls were filled with a spooky and chilling atmosphere. The Hunt Room was elaborately decorated with cobwebs that hung from the chandeliers and ran along the mantel of the grand fireplace.

New York State Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention

by Ramona Sav Nolan
November 11, 2009

New York State Council for Exceptional Children held its 56th annual convention in Niagara Falls on October 23rd-24th. The convention’s goal was to offer its participants a program which would enrich their knowledge of improving the lives of individuals with disabilities through various presentations, workshops, and discussions. The NYS CEC convention touched on special education current trends and issues such as: differentiating instruction in inclusive classrooms, co-teaching and measuring success in a co-taught classroom, autism and literacy instruction, and many more.

This interview offers a professor versus student perspective on the above mentioned convention. Dr. Eric Shyman is a Special Education professor at Dowling College. Melissa Ciulla is a student and Dowling CEC president.

Fall

by Agnieszka Ulinski
November 6, 2009

“Fall” excerpt: “Fall is a chorus of frogs in the pond philharmonic; it is the grand concert of cicadas in rag weed fields. It is streaks of rain on a foggy window pane and rays of lazy sun shining at a sharp angle.”

This Is It

by Ramona Sav Nolan
November 6, 2009

Michael Jackson’s This Is It is a musical documentary featuring the king of pop’s rehearsals for his comeback concerts which would have taken place in London’s O2 Arena.

Top 5 Gadgets of Fall 2009

by Melissa Theodorakatos
November 6, 2009

Melissa reviews the top 5 gadgets of 2009 and the worst release of the week. This article includes reviews for Sony PSP Go, Sprint HTC Hero, Zune HD (Platinum), Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite, Samsung HT-BD3252, and JVC Picsio GC-FM1.

The Couples Retreat

by Dana Pegram
November 6, 2009

The movie The Couples Retreat is a comedy centered around four couples who settle on a tropical island to indulge in a fun-filled vacation. One of the couples is there to work on their marriage. All of the couples must attend a mandatory therapy session which stiffles their fun and ends up revealing flaws in their own marriages.

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