College ‘winter session’ and fast credits

A cohort of classes between Fall and Spring semesters, usually about two to three weeks long, that offer the same number of credits as the traditional 15-week courses, has been gaining popularity at community colleges. About half of the community colleges in the Campus News coverage area now have what are termed Winter Session, Winterim, or Intersession courses, typically starting soon after Christmas and ending around Martin Luther King Day, give or take.
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Dave Matthews is probably the most famous person you don’t know

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By Laura LaVacca
Campus News

Coming out in the early 1990s with their “Remember Two Things” album, over 20 years later, the Dave Matthews Band has released their eighth studio album “Away From the World” and at one point played a two-night gig at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The band is made up of the eclectic sounds of a classically trained violinist, a bass guitarist, a jazz saxophonist, a drummer and Matthews’ mellow, but at times rock, voice. Continue reading

Should you take a “gap year” off before college?

By Juliana Roth

Campus News

The first thing handed to students as they approach their final year of high school is an SAT study guide, followed by the US News Rankings, lists of scholarship deadlines, and registration instructions for the common application. This is wonderful for many reasons. The United States is home to amazing research institutions and progressive academic minds. Students should want to be a part of this system; college allows an incubation and exploration period for excited young minds.
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“It’s New to You!”: “The Soldier” with Kurt Russell

By Darren Johnson

Campus News and

Queue up “The Soldier.” This is the perfect movie for “It’s New to You,” as I doubt many people have seen it. Starring Kurt Russell, it bombed back in 1998, losing practically its whole $75M budget. In the UK, based on the horrible American showing and reviews, it went straight to video — the biggest budget movie ever to go straight to video in that country.

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What makes a good community college?

By David Podos
Campus News

So, how does your community college stand up with the rest? Why were you attracted to your college, versus another? Many students will take the time to do their due diligence, and hopefully along with family members and friends, research the many community colleges we have across the country and make an informed decision. Continue reading

New service allows students to rent out their own books

By Marie Frankson

Campus News

Everyone hates expensive textbooks, including us here at Campus News. Sure, you can rent textbooks to save some money or buy your books from places like and Amazon, but what if there was a way where you could make money off of your textbooks at the end of the semester when you don’t need them anymore? Well, there is a way, thanks to Alan Martin, the CEO of CampusBookRentals who recently launched a RentBack model where students can rent their textbooks out to other students around the country and get money for doing so. Continue reading

Vaughn College inducts first female president, holds gala event

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology installed Dr. Sharon B. DeVivo as the seventh president in its history on Friday, November 7, in a ceremony that took place in the College’s William DeCota Hangar on the Flushing campus (86-01 23rd Avenue). The installation followed the Vaughn Transformed Gala the previous night Continue reading

It’s important for students to “think positive”

By David Podos

Campus News

Winter is coming! The year is winding down to its final months – thoughts of holidays will now be upon many of us, and of course before you know it final exams will be given.  If you are anything like me (hey I don’t think that’s a bad thing), you are already experiencing the decrease in sunlight as the days grow shorter and the nights ever longer. Continue reading

Student and veteran pens book about his time in Abu Ghraib

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Nathaniel Villano

Campus News

Salvatore A. Esposito was an Army medic in Abu Ghraib, but before that life was different. He grew up in Farmingville where many migrant men and women from Central and South America settled. After working side by side with them during summer jobs and being exposed to so many cultures, he developed a love for diversity. After graduating from Sachem High School, he wanted more exposure to diversity and culture and found it in the Army.

Sal joined the Army when he was 19 in 1991, right after high school, and did three years of active military service for his first term. Before that though he had thought of becoming a nurse but enlisted with a career in health science in mind. Continue reading

History’s Mysteries: The terror spree of the Boston Strangler


By Kristina Bostley
Campus News

It was not the streets of Boston that were dangerous for women of all ages in the early 1960s; it was their homes that were not safe. Between the years 1962 and 1964, 13 women were brutally beaten, molested, and murdered inside their own homes. Detectives determined that the same man committed at least 11 of the 13 murders, and thus the serial killer was dubbed “The Boston Strangler.”

A 55-year-old Latvian native, Anna Slesers, was the first victim, found in the bathroom of her third-story apartment in Boston. Her body had been deliberately rearranged and the belt of her bathrobe had been tied in a bow around her neck, and it was later determined she had been sexually assaulted.  Though there were no signs of forced entry, Slesers’ apartment looked as though the intrusion had been an attempted robbery; however, nothing seemed to be missing.
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On the other end of the spectrum, LinkedIn is becoming essential for college students

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By Jonathan Lopes

Campus News

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking service. The company was founded in December 2002 and officially launched on May 2003. It is mainly used for professional, career-based networking. It is a free, professional and polished version of Facebook.

“LinkedIn is an awesome one-stop-shop resource for both employers and job candidates. You can build connections, join professional groups and also look at potential jobs. It is a great, free, and easy site to use,” said Lauren Flood, Caldwell College graduate. Continue reading

So you have a “useless” major, journalism… (It’s up to you to make your major relevant.)

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By Darren Johnson

Campus News

Ugh! Journalism is turning into one of those “useless” majors. Tell your parents you want to go to college to study that subject nowadays, and you’ll see that same look they had at Aunt Martha’s funeral. Such a waste. Did she have to go so young?

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Should you take a paid or unpaid internship?

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The fact of the matter is that these days, in order to get a job in many cases, an internship, or a slew of them, is what will help you get ahead. Students are constantly bombarded with propaganda from academic advisers, and peers, which suggest that these internships will magically make post-undergraduate job searching a thousand times easier.

These claims may or may not be true for anyone who’s actually gotten an internship or two while in college. However, there’s one painfully obvious question that lots of students tend to overlook.

Despite the good and the bad we hear about on a regular basis, do internships really work Continue reading

Facts about ebola, and how to stay safe

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By Kristina Bostley

Campus News

America’s ears are ringing as the threat of Ebola spreads across the country, the hysteria spreading faster than the disease itself. The disease first entered the country with Thomas Duncan, the American Patient Zero who succumbed to the disease in early October. There are a handful of other American patients being treated in the United States, while the number of infected patients has risen in countries such as Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria, among others. But what is Ebola, and why is the threat looming over the heads of millions? Most of all: why is the media fueling the frenzied fire, rather than helping the public understand the epidemic and ways it can be avoided? Continue reading