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By Anand Venigalla

Features Editor

The Student Nurses Association of LIU Post (SNA), formed in February 2018, has reached 70 members by the end of its first semester on campus. The organization was approved by the Student Government Association (SGA) and is seeking a five-star accreditation from Campus Life.

“The mission of this organization is to encourage fellowship among student nurses. The
organization will strive to challenge the students to promote professional growth and
development, excellence in nursing, student mentorship, and service to the LIU Post
community,” Dr. Laura Prager, SNA’s faculty adviser and assistant professor of nursing, said.

Dr. Laura Prager, SNA’s faculty adviser and assistant professor of nursing. Photo courtesy of Laura Prager.

There is no other nursing club on campus. “There may have been a club many years ago for the students that were already Registered Nurses with an associates degree and were attending LIU to obtain their bachelor’s degree.

“We purposely do not refer to our association as a “club” as the students who are members of our association will be graduating as health care professionals,” Prager said.

SNA’s President is Brianna McCoy; the Vice President, Jessica Alvarado; the Treasurer, Joanna Romero; the Secretary, Dana Iovino; the social media personnel, Kayla Harper and Lauren Zelazny; the fundraiser, Elaina Walley.

Each officer is elected to serve for one academic year and the officers may be re-elected for office, according to Prager. Members of the association were notified for available positions for the executive board.

“The board was elected via a SurveyMonkey vote following the first informal meeting with all interested candidates listed for the various positions,” Prager said.

SNA is looking to expand its membership. Students in the nursing program are eligible to join.

Members of SNA are seeking five-star recognition on campus. Five star accreditation is offered by the university. The Student Organization Accreditation Program outlines the minimum standards of recognition for all student clubs and organizations excluding fraternities and sororities, according to Joseph Vernace, senior associate director at LIU Promise.

A “five-star” ranking indicates an Organization of Excellence; “four-star” ranking indicates an Above Average Organization; and a “three-star” organization indicates an Accredited Organization. Current clubs with a five-star ranking are the Be the Change Club, Black Student Union, and the Coalition for Conservation.

“The undergraduate four year nursing program at LIU Post continues to grow exponentially and we foresee our membership [continuing] to increase. We are currently working on becoming a chapter of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) and additionally we will be working on creating a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society here at LIU Post,” Prager said.

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By Quedus Babalola

Staff Writer

Long Island University recognized approximately 3,000 students, 880 of which were undergraduate, from the LIU Post, LIU Brentwood and LIU Riverhead campuses at graduation ceremonies on Friday.

“After four long years, I can officially say that I am a college graduate,” Motun Olusa, a business administration graduate, said.

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This year’s commencement took place at the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium, Post’s football field, unlike previous years when commencement took place under a tent on the campus’ Great Lawn.

“Whoever made the decision to move over to the field is a genius,” Keolani Williams, a forensic science graduate, said. “The scenery is beautiful and there’s plenty of space. Usually they start to set up while classes are in session, but with this change there weren’t any disturbances, so I think they should continue to have it on the football field.”

With blue skies and temperatures in the low 70’s, the weather cooperated throughout the ceremony.

The undergraduate commencement started at 10 a.m. with graduates, faculty, and speakers marching in, followed by the national anthem. The program included the presentation of honorary degrees, recognition of the co-valedictorians and co-salutatorians, and the conferral of degrees to the graduates.

Some of the graduates dreaded being asked about their plans for post-graduation.

“I actually hate being asked, only because I really don’t know; all I know is that I’m going to have fun this summer and overall in life,”  Taylor Hill, a broadcasting graduate, said.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, who spoke at commencement, reminded the graduates to not let the fear of the unknown deter them on their paths.

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“Vindicated is the only word I can think of to sum up the last four years,”‘ Hill said. “It’s been a huge battle, especially this year with all my senior classes, but I made it and can’t wait to see what this door opens up to.”

 

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By Jada Butler
Assistant News Editor

The College of Arts, Communications, and Design is searching for a new dean to replace former Dean Noel Zahler, who left the university in August 2016, after four years in the position. Christine Kerr, a professor in the art department and the director of the art therapy program, has been acting as the interim dean of CACD since Zahler left.

Photo by Jada Butler Steven Breese, Dean of Arts & Sciences at Southern Connecticut State University.
Photo by Jada Butler
Steven Breese, Dean of Arts & Sciences at Southern Connecticut State University.

The CACD search committee, composed of professors and administrators, has chosen four finalists for the permanent dean position. The four final candidates have visited campus over the past several weeks to interview and meet with faculty, students and administrators.

The candidates, Jeff Bellantoni, vice president of academic affairs at Ringling College of Art and Design; Steven Breese, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Southern Connecticut State University; Richard Karpen, Director of the School of Music at the University of Washington; and Christine Kerr, Interim Dean of CACD, professor in the art department and director of art therapy program at LIU Post, met with students to answer questions about some of the core issues students see within their programs.

At the student sessions, multiple students voiced concerns about accessibility, specifically pointing fingers at the Post academic advisors, or Promise Coaches, that place non-major students into the classes for major students.

Photo by Jada Butler Richard Karpen, Director of School of Music at the University of Washington.
Photo by Jada Butler
Richard Karpen, Director of School of Music at the University of Washington.

“Their job is to know their students and know what to put them in,” Steven Breese said. “[I would] screen classes and boot out those who don’t need it.” Breese, if selected, would repair the lack of communication between advisors and specific colleges.

Another issue students raised is funding, or lack thereof, for mandatory programs and events such as dance performances, Broadway shows, and art exhibits. Even with student-organized fundraisers, students are still “paying out of pocket” an estimated extra $400, participants at the forums said.

Breese promised to find other ways to fund programs. Richard Karpen, however, said that he would take a different approach. “If there is not enough money to do everything, [then] we shouldn’t be doing everything,” Karpen said. Instead of spreading the opportunities thin, more attention, he said, should be paid to more important areas.

Photo by Jada Butler Christine Kerr, interim Dean & former Director of Art Therapy.
Photo by Jada Butler
Christine Kerr, interim Dean & former Director of Art Therapy.

Students raised the issue of scholarship funding for upperclassmen, saying that they are scarce. Most of the money goes into recruitment for incoming freshmen, students said.

Bellantoni proposed a solution. If selected for the position, Bellantoni will attempt to secure a private donor and fundraise for grants and scholarships, rather than “pull from an existing budget that is already tight.”

A number of the buildings and facilities used by CACD students are old and outdated, students said. According the theater and music majors, the Little Theater and Fine Arts buildings have mold, pests, and heating problems. “There’s a list,” Kerr responded. “You have to make a wish list and a reality list and then take from what’s in between,” Kerr said. There is a plan to make the buildings more “open and user friendly’ by reconstructing the insides, she said.

Photo by Jada Butler Jeff Bellantoni, former VP of Academic Affairs at Ringling College of Art & Design.
Photo by Jada Butler
Jeff Bellantoni, former VP of Academic Affairs at Ringling College of Art & Design.

Students in the art department raised the issue of the Steinberg Museum of Art, which relocated from Hillwood Commons to the basement of the library when the bookstore moved into its old space before the fall 2016 semester. Susan Kelly, Laura Sweeney, and Samantha Hofsiss, graduate students in fine arts, expressed their dissatisfaction with the move. “There is no space, [the space] is unfit, and the walls need to be painted a different color than orange,” Kelly said.

“Tell me what you need,” Kerr said. Kerr, who has been a professor at LIU Post for over 17 years, is confident that if given the position, she can get things done. “You just have to keep reminding them that you’re here,” she said.

Despite the considerable amount of issues students raised with the CACD dean candidates, they agreed that in each department, the faculty are the strongest points in keeping the balance between the pros and cons. Students were interested in how the Dean can make the arts at Post larger, but maintain the quality of the existing staff.

“[We have to] add faculty and add facilities to create a more diverse learning experience,” Breese said. There needs to be a balanced ratio between faculty and students. With a background as an actor, Breese explained that a “healthy competitiveness” is necessary to grow as actors, dancers, and artists.

Karpen, a composer who has taught artists of all genres, proposed students take a more “experimental” approach to expand the arts. Bellantoni agreed, advocating for students to feel “immersed in the arts,” by getting different departments to interact with one another.

The College of Arts, Communications, and Design students were pleased to have the opportunity to be heard and address their concerns with the prospective dean candidates. At each presentation, they stressed how important it is to let students be heard.

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By David Capobianco
Staff Writer

FiOS1 morning news anchor Christine Persichette spoke in the JOU 4 Beat Reporting class about her career as a television journalist, including her current position as a morning news anchor for FiOS1 News on Thursday, Feb. 17. Persichette offered her advice to the class of young, aspiring journalists. “It’s so important to love what you do,” she said.

Photo by Thomas Gillen
Photo by Thomas Gillen

Persichette has been the morning anchor at FiOS1 News since 2015. “I never thought being an anchor was what I wanted to do,” she said, but she loves what she does now. And that love has given Persichette opportunities to do things like have a sit-down interview with Hillary Clinton, and attend several of Donald Trump’s press conferences.

Throughout her career, she hasn’t stopped working hard. In her current position, she goes to work in the early morning, and gets out of work at 10 a.m. every day. This allows her to spend time with her three young children, two of whom are in kindergarten.

Persichette’s first position at FiOS1 was hosting a show called “Heroes on Our Island,” about people doing good things in the community. She said it was “great” to do that show. “You want to tell people good things that are happening,” she said. “That’s why you get into this business.” She showed clips from “Heroes on Our Island” to the journalism students.

But of course, she reminded them, not everything in journalism is a positive story. “There are some uncomfortable things,” she said.

You can’t let it affect you, but it does.” However, that’s not always bad. She explained that showing feelings towards the person you’re interviewing shows a more human side, and can actually get them to open up more Persichette advised the students that finding the “little nuggets” is the key to making boring stories interesting. “You can make any story interesting,” she said. “There are no boring stories, only boring reporters.”

She also emphasized the need for journalists to research and find contacts, as gaining certain contacts can lead to gaining other connections.

Persichette said journalists need to “know their story,” because people will ask questions, and the ability to “think on your feet” is important. Persichette spoke about the importance of internships in college, saying that they are “the best thing you can do” to gain skills and experience.

Persichette grew up in Queens, earned her bachelor’s degree in communications at SUNY Albany, and her master’s degree in broadcast journalism at NYIT. Following her graduation, she began her first job as a TV news reporter and anchor in the small town of Elmira, New York. This is where Persichette’s work ethic shined. Since it was a small television market, she was what she described as a “one-man band.” She reported, researched, shot, and edited her stories all by herself. “Knowing how to do everything is a requirement these days,” she said.

Persichette advanced at the Elmira station, eventually becoming the executive producer. She moved on to work at Fox as a TV news reporter from 2003 through 2013. Shortly after, she obtained her first position at FiOS1.

Next fall, Persichette’s work will extend beyond the reporting world, and into the classroom. She will be teaching the JOU 5 class, “Writing for Electonic Media” at LIU Post.

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By Randall Taylor
Staff Writer

On Nov. 3, 2016, LIU President Dr. Kimberly Cline announced the formation of a new school marching band. Recruitment and plans are now underway. Set to begin performing in fall 2017, the LIU Post Marching Band will be led by experienced marching band leader, Anthony Romeo.

“Mr. Romeo has more than 25 years of experience leading and working with marching bands on Long Island, including the New York Skyliners, the Holbrook Fire Department Drum Band, and the “Rage” Indoor Marching Percussion Ensemble, in addition to high school ensembles throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties,” Cline said in the November statement.

The marching band will be a new club under the auspices of the office of campus life. It will be separate from the existing student pep band in the Department of Music. It will serve to amplify team spirit and enhance the game day experience for the Post Pioneer’s lacrosse team and football team, according to Dean of Students Abigail Van Vlerah. “This program will be funded by the University and the cost of the program will be dependent upon student participation,” Van Vlerah said.

Cheerleading coach and Promise Success Coach Katelin Townsend is “very excited to have a marching band come to LIU Post.” She added, “I truly believe that this will change the atmosphere of game day.” Townsend said that the new marching band could amp up the atmosphere for other teams as well as enhance her own team’s performances. “I always enjoyed dancing along to the band’s songs and chants. It helped us [as cheerleaders] to hype up the crowd and get the players ready to roll!”

Director of Music Education and Chair of the Music Department, Dr. Jennifer Miceli, as well as Music Professor and Director of Bands, Dr. James W. McRoy said that they could not comment about the marching band as it will not be a part of the Music Department. Romeo did not respond to the Pioneer’s requests for comment.

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By Thomas Asbaty & Joseph Iemma
Staff Writers

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the men’s basketball team beat the University of the District of Columbia, 88-67, without their leading scorer, senior forward Greg Dotson, who was out with an injury. With the win, the Green and Gold extended their winning streak to four games.

Photo by Adela Ramos
Photo by Adela Ramos

Head Coach Eric Smiles was pleased with his team’s performance. “We played great,” Smiles said. “We came out, executed on both sides of the floor, we moved the ball very well on offense. We had a lot of guys score double digits and get involved.”

Senior guard Jemal Mosley had 19 points in the first half and finished the game with 22. Other senior guard Jared Hall had 16 points on the night, going 8 for 14 from the field, along with three rebounds and three assists. Aary Bibens, a red-shirt junior guard, had 13 points, five rebounds and two assists.

The Pioneers shot 47.9 percent from the field on the night, 40.9 percent from behind the arc and 84.6 percent from the free throw line.

In the last three minutes of the first half, the Pioneers went on an 11-2 run to go into halftime with a commanding 49-35 lead. Mosley sank four three pointer in the first half.Junior guard Kyle McLeggan sank one.

The Green and Gold continued their scoring from the first half to the second, coming out of the gate scoring 11 points in the first 5 minutes, making the margin 20 points with a 60-40 lead with 14 minutes left in the game.

Freshman forward Kyle Doucette almost finished with a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds and two blocks. Mcleggan contributed with eight points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Three days later, on Saturday, Feb. 18, LIU Post hosted Queens College, a team that beat them on Jan. 14, 100-76, and a team that hold the 6th spot in the playoffs, just above the Pioneers.

Before the Queens College game, Smiles said, “We have to come out and play hard, we didn’t give a good effort over there so we have to come out and make shots and move the ball. “They (Queens) shoot the most threes at the best percentage, so we have to do a good job taking away their shot.”

After their win against UDC, Post was just half a game back in the standings from making that 6th playoff spot.

It was Senior Day at the Pratt Center on Feb 18. Looking to give their home fans a fitting send-off, the Pioneers started off hot. Just four minutes after tip-off , the up-tempo Pioneer offense, spearheaded by playmaking senior point guard Jared Hall, had tallied 12 points in just seven possessions.

With an early eight-point lead and an invigorated home crowd behind them, all signs pointed to the Pioneers taking and holding a commanding first half lead over the under-sized Queens College Knights. However, ten costly turnovers by the Pioneers in the first half quickly gave momentum to the sharp shooting Queens Knights, and they capitalized.

The Knights outscored the Pioneer’s by 23 points. With two minutes left to play in the first half, the Knights’ lead had swelled to a 15 point margin, putting the Pioneers in a precarious position as they headed to the locker room down 43-31.

“It was a tough first half, we made some miscalculations,” Smiles said of the team’s first half performance. Queens College had shot over 54% from behind the three point arch in the first half, and out rebounded the Pioneers 18-11.

In an attempt to turn the tide of this game, Smiles looked to his bench and inserted freshman forward Hall Elisais. Elisais made his presence known in the first half, blocking one shot and scoring a two point basket off a missed layup within his first minute of action. “He’s a beast,” Smiles said, “He’s just a freshman; he’s going to be really good for us next year.” Elisais went on to sink all eight of his free throw attempts.

Just like that, the Knights’ lead had shrunken to three, with just over six minutes to go. The Pioneers made one last push to take their first lead since the first half, but the Knights scored 17 points in the final minutes of the game, beating the Pioneers on their home court, 84-72.

For seniors Jared Hall, Greg Dotson, who returned for the first time since being injured, and Jemal Mosely, the three seniors on the team, Saturday’s game was their last on their home court. “It’s disappointing we couldn’t get a win for our guys [seniors],” Smiles said.

With an overall record of 9-17, this will be the first losing season under Coach Smiles in his four years as head coach of The Pioneers. But, Smiles remains optimistic about next season. “We were a young team this year, but next year we are going to be a really good team.”

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By Alex Billington
Staff writer

With rumors of major changes coming to LIU Post within the next six months, the semester’s first Town Hall meeting, held by the Student Government Association (SGA), was a necessity, both to dispel and clarify all the speculations.

SGA with Dr. Jackie Nealon and Dr. Abby Van Vlerah. By Kiara Braithwaite
SGA with Dr. Jackie Nealon and Dr. Abby Van Vlerah. By Kiara Braithwaite

The Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 13, was an open forum, which allowed Dr. Jackie Nealon, the university’s new chief of Staff; Dr. Abby Van Vlerah, the new dean of Students; and Alerie Tirsch, the director of Student Life, to answer questions from attending students about a wide range of topics, such as campus life and the rumored changes.

There have already been some big changes since the new President, Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, took charge of LIU on July 1, including the opening of a new student run clothing store and the restructuring of certain administrative areas of the school, including Admissions and Academic Advisement.

On the subject of rumors, Nealon quickly squashed the question that a Shake Shack was coming to the campus.

There has also been an overwhelming worry around campus that tuition would be raised, which could mean added financial strain for many students. However, Nealon stated that Cline has promised no more than a two percent increase in tuition until 2020, compared to the average of over six percent.

The Apple Store that is rumored to be opening in Hillwood is not going to be an Apple store. However, it will be a tech store that is licensed to sell Apple products, a rare affiliation that only a few academic institutions can claim to have, stated Nealon.

This tech store is also going to have a tech support bar, something students can take advantage of if they are having any kind
of computer problems. The Student Art Gallery is will be possibly used as a shared space, perhaps with another student run business similar to the clothing store. The Center for Student Information (CSI) is going to be used for another purpose, possibly another student run business, but no plans are set in stone as yet, which means no more printing in CSI, something that could raise concern among commuter students who use CSI for their printing needs.

“I often use the printing facility in CSI as a quick option as I am passing through Hillwood on my way to class. I hope that there will be an alternative printing facility that is convenient,” said Andreas Olsen, a graduate Political Science major and commuter student, who attended the Town Hall meeting.

With the Gaming Room already moved to the upstairs study lounge, there was worry among students that
the Recreational room, also located upstairs in Hillwood, would be made into something else, therefore diminishing the amount of study space in Hillwood. However, Nealon assured students that there are plans to revamp the Recreational room, making it a better facility for students.

“There is already limited space for commuters to study during common hour; allocating space for this seems essential for a commuter school, ” said Kristina Renberg, a senior Public Relations major and commuter student.

An interesting discussion of proposed student run businesses for Hillwood was also held. One hundred percent of the profits from these businesses, according to Nealon, will go straight back to the students, with 50 percent going to scholarships and 50 percent to the school’s capital fund, which will be spent on other improvements for students.

For the students who live on campus, a hot topic at the Town Hall meeting was the Winnick Dining Hall, and the major question was, “Will the food change and get any better?” Van Vlerah said, “Paul Carroll, the director of operations for Aramark FoodSservices, is willing to work with students to cater to their needs. We encourage students to take to resources like the SGA food committee to help communicate what it is they want.”

Brianna Pisano, a freshman and member of SGA, who attended the meeting stated, “Dr. Nealon often reassured the students of their worries by explaining that they want to expand access to study resources and entertainment all around campus rather than just in Hillwood.”

The Town Hall meeting, which was held in the Cinema during common hour, didn’t have a large attendance. However, for students it was an interesting and necessary meeting that began to bring clarification on a range of topics.

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By Julian Wilson 
Staff Writer

LIU Post’s new boutique, located in the old gaming lounge in Hillwood, attracted faculty, staff, and students to its grand opening, Nov. 12.

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The anticipation was high as guests waited for the special ribbon cutting, which symbolized the official debut of Post’s first student-run store. Contrary to what might be expected at a grand opening, no food or refreshments were served. However, that didn’t stop the boutique from filling quickly with intrigued students, faculty and professional photographers.

“This boutique is a great way for students to gain hands on experience, and to become entrepreneurs,” said Christina Principato, a senior Accounting major, who works at the boutique.

Nicole Balnis, a sophomore Social Work major, was excited when it came to revisiting the boutique in the near future. “I think it’s pretty nice, and I like that it has nice clothes, that I can definitely see people wearing,” Balnis expressed.

Tamir Dayya, manager and representative, spoke out about the interest, the boutique’s aim, and its progress from the earlier stages. “We had the boutique up and running, from the ground up in two weeks. Everyone from the facilities, to President Cline helped us out. It was true, genuine, teamwork,” said Dayya.

“The whole point is to get the students to run it, so they can learn about executive choices, and envelop themselves in management that can be fun, but also hard work,” Dayya said when asked about the boutique’s purpose on campus. “Thus far, we’ve gotten nothing but positive feedback, and we are very proud of the work we’ve done up to this point,” he added.

“I think it’s a good idea but I don’t know how many students it’s really going to bring in as customers,” said Stephanie Morales, a sophomore Art Therapy major. Morales had a notion that the boutique would definitely draw in various eyes from every direction, but she was unsure if the interest would stay alive.

“Everyone that I’ve spoken to about it, hasn’t shown any real excitement, or interest about it,” she added.

“I find it both appealing and unappealing. I find it appealing because there are a lot of nice things that they are selling. However, I find it unappealing because many of the items are overpriced. The students don’t have discounts which we should,” said Nathalie Souffrant, a senior Sociology major.Despite the grand opening, some students suggested there were a couple of things the boutique’s management could do to attract a greater audience. “Get word out there that there are prices more affordable for college students because students are on a budget and they are more likely to buy things they can afford,” said Morales.“I honestly think that the dormers have an upper leg on everything, including the boutique. I really think Post should e-mail all students letting them know what’s going on with the boutique. They should also allow discounts, as in like certain percentages off for students, whether you dorm or commute to Post,” added Souffrant.
Even though the grand opening symbolized the boutique’s official debut to the campus community, it has been open for business since its soft opening on Nov. 1. The boutique, which is the first major campus change in a rumored list of anticipated changes, has created a discussion about what is truly needed on campus. One thing is for sure; students and staff alike are excited to see where this boutique will end up in the long run.

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By Mimmi Montgomery
Assistant News Editor

After years of complaints from on-campus residents and commuters, the Student Government Association (SGA) of LIU Post decided it was time to update the school’s shuttle bus service. Now the shuttles between Post and Hicksville, and between Post and Wheatley Plaza, have new routes and hours.

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As The Pioneer reported in the Opinions section in its Oct. 9, 2013 issue, Post students have repeatedly requested shuttle bus changes to accommodate their schedules. Between 1,000 and 1,200 Post students use one of the university’s shuttle buses every week and commuters highly depend on the service, mainly to transport themselves between school and Hicksville train station, according to Dan Potenzieri, SGA president.

However, previous routes and schedules caused many students to miss train connections and to be left behind, due to a limited number of seats and too many students during the peak early morning and afternoon hours.

“Many comments and concerns about the shuttle bus route and schedule reached SGA in the past year, so we felt the need to make a detailed review of the shuttle buses’ stops and usage,” said Potenzieri.

 When discovering that some of the concerns were realistic after performing a detailed assessment, the SGA drafted proposed changes and sent them to school administrators at Student Life for approval. Once approved, the proposal went back to the SGA for a vote, resulting in an updated schedule that became effective on Nov. 1.

“The new schedules for the off-campus shuttles look very different compared to the old ones,” Potenzieri said. “Regarding the bus that runs between Post and Hicksville train station, we changed the hours and were able to fit in two more runs on weekdays by eliminating the stop outside Waldbaums in Hicksville. This allows the shuttle to better service students during peak times,” Potenzieri added.

“Regarding the shuttle between Post and the Pathmark at Wheatley Plaza in Greenvale, the amount of runs have been shortened but we have included more stops. The shuttle now drives across the street from Pathmark to Moe’s and Wendy’s to provide service to more locations for students.”

Petter Holmsen, senior Film major, used to drive to school, but moved in the beginning of the semester and now commutes from Hicksville to Post by shuttle bus. He understands why the Waldbaums stop was removed. “In my opinion, stopping outside Waldbaums was like a joke. No one ever got off or on there,” he said.

Julia Rosen, senior Psychology major, agrees. “It was an unnecessary stop because there is not much reason to get off there. If students want to go food shopping, they would probably use the Pathmark bus instead,” she said.

Students also appreciate that the new changes include more runs and extended hours. “With the updated schedule, one can take the bus and arrive just in time for the 9:30 a.m. class. Earlier, we got to campus more than half-an-hour before our classes started because that was the only option,” Rosen continued.

“It is also great that they have extended the hours so that one can stay on campus until late. Earlier, the last shuttle left campus at 8 p.m. while many students got out of class at 8:25 p.m.,” she added.

Abby Van Vlerah, Post’s new dean of students, was involved in the process of changing the schedules, and explains that it was necessary to increase the runs during both mornings and late evenings. “Student Life worked closely with the SGA to meet the needs of the larger student body: commuters, residents and grad students,” said Van Vlerah.

“For example, we increased night time shuttle to Hicksville train station to accommodate those who end class at 9 p.m.,” she added.

For years, off-campus students who have ended evening classes later than 8 p.m. have been forced to find alternative ways of transporting themselves home. It has been difficult to prioritize the shuttles due to competing issues that also required funds and attention, according to Potenzieri.

“Currently, the cost of the school’s public transportation options comes from the Student Activities Fund. This is also where club budgets, the Spring Fling concert, Welcoming Week, Homecoming and other student life events are funded through,” Potenzieri said.

Holmsen understands that the prioritization is complex and is glad that the changes finally happened. “It was about time,” he said.

However, “Even though I like the update, I wonder why on earth this occurred in the middle of the semester? No one told me about a new schedule, so I found out the hard way; with wet hair, dressed in a thin cotton jacket on a particularly cold November morning. I got to the bus stop, unaware of the changes, and had to wait out in the cold for more than 30 minutes, which was not fun at all,” Holmsen added.

Potenzieri explained that the SGA is trying their best to inform students. “The new schedule has been posted on Post’s website under Student Services and new paper schedules were handed out to the bus drivers so that they could give them to students,” he said.

Potenzieri encourages students to reach out to SGA with comments about the updates. “You are more than welcome to communicate how you feel about campus’ transportation options during SGA’s general meetings at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Top of Commons in Hillwood. An even more efficient way to reach us is by e-mail at liupost.sga@gmail.com,” Potenzieri said.

Vlerah also welcomes student opinions. “If students have questions, comments, or concerns about campus life, they can visit my office directly [at 201 Winnick House] or the offices within the Dean of Students area including Offices of Associate Deans Jessica Hayes and Adam Grohman, Student Life and Leadership Development, Residence Life, and International Student Services,” she said.

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By Carlo Valladares
Staff Writer

In appreciation for our troops, Veterans Day is a day of celebration and gratitude. At the LIU Post campus, it will be no different. Post is hosting a number of events all week that are being organized by Veteran Students United (VSU).

“The VSU will be honoring our veterans with a flag raising ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 12, during common hour,” said Dan Potenzieri, the Student Government Association (SGA) president and vice president of Veteran Students United.

“In addition we will be having a Women in the Military banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Top of Commons from 7 to 8:30 p.m.,” he added.

Veterans Day Events:

  • VA E-benefits Training Exercise: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., in the Library Computer Lab.
  • G.I. Joe Fashion Show: Thursday, Nov. 14, during Common Hour in the Hillwood Commons Lobby.
  • Long Island Soldiers Project Presentation: Thursday, Nov. 14, from 2 to 4 pm., in the Hillwood Commons TV room.
  • Bowling for Veterans: Friday, Nov. 15, 7 to 11 p.m., at Syosset Lanes, 111 Eileen Way, Syosset, NY 11791.

    What exactly do we celebrate on Veterans Day? We celebrate the Veterans, yes, but how and for what? “I think Veterans Day is important because it reminds our nation about the sacrifices our men and women

have made to maintain the principles of freedom and democracy,” said Potenzieri, who is also a first-generation U.S. Marine. “Many of our men and women in the armed forces serve several tours of duty overseas, away from their friends and family,” he added. However, this year is especially significant to Potenzieri. “It means more to me now than previous years because I’m a veteran myself. It gives me great pride to know I served my country and fought alongside so many others who are no longer with us today,” he said.

“It serves as a day to remember those past, present and future who decided to do something much larger than themselves and many have paid the ultimate sacrifice for that,” he added.

While Nov. 11 is a day for some students to celebrate by sleeping in, some recognize that this holiday is a day of thanks. “I plan on attending the flag raising ceremony on Nov. 12 during common hour and calling my father, who is a veteran, and thanking him,” said Nick Butera, a sophomore Health Science major. “I also plan on watching ‘Saving Private Ryan’; who doesn’t do that on Veterans Day?”

Zach Servino, a junior Broadcast Major, said, “I’ll probably attend the flag ceremony. [I’ll] express my thanks that way and watch ‘Band of Brothers.’”

Veterans Day continues to be observed on Nov. 11, regardless of what day of the week it falls on. It is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.