August 2, 2015

A Moment in Time

By Angeline Dominguez

Editor

Students at time capsule event.

By: Jeffrey Nunziato Students at time capsule event.

Students gathered around as student, Delion Diaz announced the sealing of John Jay’s first time capsule, at the Jay Walk.

Diaz couldn’t help but look at his closet and notice the massive amount of club souvenirs he kept to remind him of being a part of all these organizations and decided to give more placement value to his prized possessions rather than storing them away in a box, so he thought “ why not put them in a time capsule?”

Diaz is a current senior who hopes to graduate with a bachelors degree in International Criminal Justice, is part of John Jay’s Spirit Team committee, board of directors for the Children Center, President of International Criminal Justice (ICJ) Club, was homecoming king and also part of the United Nations Student Association.

He proposed the idea to Danielle Officer, director  of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL) where she excitedly agreed to Diaz’s idea.

“This was all him, this was all his idea,” said Officer and added, “the time capsule is a nice way for all the student organizations that were able to contribute to put a memento into the time capsule to represent their time here, being [part of] a student organization.”

Initially, Diaz planned for the capsule to be buried in the Jay walk but he explains “facilities liked the idea but strongly disagreed with putting it [capsule] there [on the grass area] and suggested that we put it somewhere on the Jay Walk where it could be inconspicuously displayed where everyone could see it.”

The capsule is located on the Jay Walk by the entrance of Haaren Hall, and has a walk way filled with stones leading to the capsule, surrounded by a sitting area for students to hang around in.

According to Youth Justice President, Hernan Carvente,“It doesn’t matter whether it’s [the capsule] is above ground or underground.”

Carvente having been incarcerated before, is happy and thanks Diaz for having put together the idea and also thanks his club friends for having “impacted him in a way that [they] could only imagine.”

Diaz proposed that the students return to open the capsule in ten years but Officer, jokingly replied, “You want to do this when nobody is here?”

Both Diaz and Officer agreed to reopen the capsule in five years.

“Our hope is that they’ll [students] come back several years from now as a part of maybe the reunion, to just kind of get together because it’s a common bond that all of these students share, they were all part of a student organization and that’s something that ties them together as a part of the college community,” said Officer.

Diaz emailed student organizations back in February asking that they participate and give in an item to be stored in the capsule. He feared with the low response from clubs, his idea would soon fail.

To his surprise, after gathering several students around for his speech, he thanked the 43 clubs that were able to contribute an item. He followed with an explanation of the capsule’s purpose and ended with an encouragement for the participating students to come back in the assumed five years to reopen the capsule and reunite with their fellow club members once again.

Secretary for the Habitat for Humanity Club, Marta Orellana, said, “I’m excited to come back in five years, I never thought about doing a time capsule for anything so looking back at things sometimes I don’t remember where I got the item from or what it meant to me at the time and I know that Habitat to me really means a lot, just being a part of the club and the stuff that we do. So looking back at what we are going to put in there will help bring that all those memories back.”

At officially 5:41pm on May 5,2015 the sealing of the capsule was officially begun. Students began picking up the stones from the walkway and hurriedly wrote their club names and placed the stones to lay on top of the last item that Diaz hoped to fit into the capsule, a gift for Officer. Finally Diaz placed the lid on the capsule and screwed it closed temporarily until the next day May 6, 2015 where the capsule will be completed sealed with silicone to then be reopened five years from then.

Connie Danny, Secretary of The Dreamers Club said, “I feel really happy to know that clubs participated in this because whenever they open they open this time capsule again it would be a really good experience for us to see what was there and what we did before.” Danny was then spotted tearing as the capsule was being closed.

A plaque including the date of the capsules closure followed by a quote is to be added during the summer and is currently pending approval by Officer.

 

 

Editor’s Note

By Ryan Durning

Editor

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Photo Courtesy of Ryan Durning

Working on the Sentinel with my fellow editors for the past year has been an honor and I want to take this time out to thank each and every one of them for their dedication. This is the last editor-run issue of the semester, so we have decided to toy around with the format of the paper as you may have noticed. We hope you like the changes and don’t forget to check out the crossword puzzle on the back page! Jenifer, Rehana, and myself are graduating after this semester and we appreciate all the support that John Jay has given us. Working together and with the journalism classes has been an enriching experience that we could never duplicate. It is with a heavy heart that we must move on to grander aspirations but the only constant in life is change. There is an upside to so many editors graduating, fresh new minds can step up and take the Sentinel to places we only have dreamt of. On behalf of myself, Angeline, Rehana, Jeff, and Jenifer, thank you for your continued support of the Sentinel.

 

Letitia James Talks Advocacy at John Jay

By Rehana Pierre

Editor

Letitia James Speaks

By: Rehana Pierre Letitia James Speaks

On April 21, 2015, John Jay hosted a discussion with New York City Public Advocate, Letitia James, in the college’s Moot Court room. The discussion was one of many current and future initiatives for John Jay’s Women in the Public Sector organization.

In a room of about 80 students, faculty, and guests, Advocate James explained her job, future legislation initiatives and her journey to becoming the first African-American woman to hold a city-wide office in NYC.

James, a CUNY Lehman College Alumni, explained that her job as Public Advocate is to be the “city’s watch dog.” She explains the Public Advocate’s office is where the citizens of New York come when they have exhausted all other avenues when dealing with unjust circumstances like unfair wages, slum landlords, and even college sexual harassment.

James explains, “I ran for office because every day New Yorkers don’t have the money for fancy attorneys.” James explained prior to the discussion she went to a hearing to advocate city ironworkers who have been the victims of wage theft from their employers.

During the event, James spoke on her involvement in the Eric Garner appeal process. She has filed an appeal to have the grand jury files reopened in order to understand better how the decision to not indict Officer Daniel Pataleo was made.

James is a graduate of Howard Law School and a former public defender. With this legal experience she drafts legislation and proposals to better assist the unrepresented in NYC. She is working on a program to help the youths aging out of the foster care system, the Priority 7 vouchers for affordable childcare and the body cameras program for the NYPD.

James said the body cameras will allow “transparency and accountability” for both police officers and civilians.

James came to John Jay to express how important it is to get women involved in the public sector. James feels like too many women are involved in “pink collar” jobs, meaning jobs that are always dominated by women and considered feminine jobs.

James encouraged women to push back on the narratives that depict women. “We can’t let someone else to hijack the narrative,” stated James. That’s why she is partnering with other politicians, such Eleanor Roosevelt, on a campaign called Why She Ran.

“Why She Ran” will tell the story of women politicians and why they decided to run for office. When asked why she ran, James answered, in the words of Shirley Chisholm “Someone had to.” In the history of the United States Senate, there have only been 46 female senators out of 1,963 total senators.

“Women hold up the sky,” explained James and that is why she feels women need to get involved in politics. Women are not represented equally in government because there is always a majority of males making decisions for women when women should be making decisions for themselves.

James highlights that it was hard for her to initially raise funds, and she has been discriminated against for being a woman, she explains she made her presence known and erased their doubts with her ability to “make things happen.”

Student Council Secretary, Grace Agalo-Os, said she felt “empowered” by James and all her efforts to change the government, economical and society structures in NYC. “The smallest things can have such a ripple effect on society,” said Agalo-Os.

James ended her discussion reminding students that’s in order to get involved, the best they can do is volunteer. She explained that volunteering is the way you can have the most effect on society.

Timur Insanally, freshman, and student council chief of staff said, “as a freshman, you feel limited and people like Advocate James remind you that you can do more.” Insanally feels that her speech reminded him, “that’s not your limit.”

A female student asked James how she gained respect in politics and she explained that all you have to do is “show them your brilliance.”

Courseload Overload

By Angeline Dominguez

Editor

In order to graduate from John Jay with a Bachelors degree, a total of 120 credits are needed. To graduate in a four year period students must take five courses for eight semesters. Taking on different courses at a time can make students feel overwhelmed.

“I feel like some professors try to give a lot of work for their class without acknowledging the fact that as a student I have multiple other classes to worry about,” said Sade Amour Mirabal, a John Jay freshman.

On the contrary, some professors have considered the amount of time that they have with their students when deciding the workload for each course.

Andrew Majeske is a professor at John Jay who teaches English, Literature, Justice Studies, and a honors seminars.

Normally he will assign three short papers or a term paper, a couple of readings followed by some quizzes.

“I think the students could use more writing practice and if there were time to give extensive feedback on every paper, that would be the most beneficial but with our teaching load here and our students there’s only so much we can do,” said Professor Majeske.”

As a way to help his students, Majeske has found topics that his students are not allowed to write on, and models his course papers as well as presentations to guide students on how to meet the expectations of his assignments.

“Students feel overwhelmed with all of the reading they have to do but from the professor’s perspective you think oh my gosh we don’t have enough time to even skim the surface of the issue,” said Kyle Francis, a History professor at John Jay. “The professor has to pick just the readings he/she feels the students have time to do so we actually try hard, not to overwhelm the students even though that doesn’t actually end up happening in many occasions.”

He explains how he, as well as the students are both learning new material and that does not try to purposely overwhelm his students.

Students like Mirabal believe that the excessive workloads given by their professors makes it hard to excel in all the classes they are enrolled in because they tend to give more attention to those heavy courses, causing them to “jeopardize their grades.”

“As a junior the workload I’ve received has gotten heavier. Some professors do take into account the amount of work they assign weekly and the work we receive from other classes as well but that’s how life works and nothing is peachy,” said Catherine Polanco, a John Jay honors student.

For William Campbell, procrastination is one of the leading factors of a student feeling overwhelmed.

“Sometimes you have sleepless nights when you have to study, sometimes you have to get up really early and study, homework, projects, and papers, it is a lot of work,” said Campbell a John Jay Graduate student.

College is commonly described to be an institution that can prepare you for a life with a professional, successful, and sometimes, well paying career.

“One point of a college degree is that this person knows how to multitask, this person knows how to get a lot of stuff done with a lot of stuff on his/her plate. In addition to learning material and content college teaches you to do a lot of different things at once, I could tell you that I’m no longer a student and I’m a professor but I also feel overwhelmed by all the stuff I have to do, so its not just being a student although a student brings with it a lot of certain anxieties, “said Professor Francis.

Polanco agrees with Professor Francis about the importance of multitasking.

“I think they do this to prepare us for greater challenges in life because life gets harder and if you can’t take the work now I don’t know how you’ll survive in a corporate job,” said Polanco.

 

Editor’s Note

By Jenifer Valmon

Editor

By: Jeffery Nunziato

By: Jeffery Nunziato

 

I want to take the time to thank the John Jay student body for your continued support throughout the semester. I want to encourage you to participate in the conversations that the articles in the paper may create.

At the Sentinel we are always open to your suggestions, input, and your feed- back as we continue to grow and attempt to bring you “News You Can Use.”

 

Legacies Honored with Scholarships

By Daysha McNair

Contributing Writer

At 11am, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, John Jay College hosted their 25th Malcolm/King Scholarship Breakfast in the second floor dining hall. This event has grown substantially since it started in 1990.

The scholarship breakfast was held to honor those who have laid the grounds for this event to happen, like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter, was the guest speaker at this event.

There were rewards given to Scholarship winners. The Africana Studies Department offered this scholarship back in November for John Jay students who fit the academic requirement.

The application process consisted of writing an essay to discuss their commitment to public service, how they embody Malcolm X and Dr. King’s legacies, their idea of public service, service leadership, or community service is and how they feel it extends the foundation that Malcolm and King both laid for us. Dr. Crystal Endsley was part of the Scholarship Sub Committee and had the opportunity to be a part of the application process for students who applied.

“To make sure our students see themselves as empowered to advocate or to be activist beyond the classroom, I think it’s really important. Africana Studies requires both a commitment to action and also a commitment to theory,” Endsley said.

The Scholarship Breakfast’s long-running history can be attributed to the hard work of many individuals.

“The only reason why the Malcolm/King Breakfast has been so successful throughout the years is because there has been a set number of faculty and staff members that have fully been dedicated to the breakfast every single year,” said Maria Vidal, a coordinator from the Urban Male Initiative.

Students who have attended this event also share the same values as the faculty that were involved. Jamel Love, a McNair Scholar and a senior at John Jay College applied for the scholarship last year and says that the essay prompt asked “How does your current and future accomplishments- how are those in alignment with the legacies of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King?”

In his essay, he expressed his involvement in his church community and the high school students in the upper bound program at John Jay.

“I really touched on how helping students at the high school level, professionally, academically, and how important that is and instilling in young kids the importance of education and creating young leaders and giving the same kind of support that I received that wouldn’t be possible had it not been for the civil rights movement and the legacies of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X,” said Love.

Allura Casanova, another McNair Scholar at John Jay College, said that it’s the first year that she went to the event and she emphasized the importance of community service.

“I was looking towards this mentoring program for Hispanic students…helping them through high school… It’s high school Latinos that are struggling in school and you pretty much are the gateway into college making sure they’re on the right track,” said Casanova.

“Although I didn’t make it to the event this year, I think it’s really important. I wish I would have gone. I think it’s very important to maintain contact with people, with your community, and do everything you can try to help people, even if it’s just helping an old woman across the street or being about of your community board. It’s really important to give back because there’s a lot of indirect benefits we don’t see,” said Love.

 

Own Your Power: One Woman Show Speaks Against Domestic Violence

By Arianny Reyes

Staff Writer

In honor of women’s history month, the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership presented “Demerara Gold,” a show on the hidden price of immigration and domestic violence, at John Jay’s Black Box Theater on, March 12.

The show, written and performed by Ingrid Griffith aimed to empower women to break silence and speak up.

“I have to reveal a lot of what I went through to get that message across, speaking up, not being silent about things that are going on within your family and with you,” Griffith said enthusiastically.

Griffith has been part of productions such as “Ruined” by Lynn Nottage, “Buckingham” by Tina Andrews and many others. She was nominated for Best Solo-Show at the Midtown International Theater Festival and received an award from the Guyana Cultural Association of New York for “Heritage Journalism” in 2014. Ingrid teaches Introduction to Theater, Communications, and Civic Engagement at John Jay.

Demerara Gold is based on Griffith’s life experiences. She performed as 16 characters solo in a period of one hour and fifteen minutes. The first part of the show takes place in Georgetown, Guyana and then in Long Island, New York.

“It was really, really good. If she had people around her it would have been a Broadway hit, but the fact that she did it by herself and still pulled it off, that was great,” said Matthew Narvaez, senior at John Jay.

As a seven year old, she was left back in Guyana with her older sister and two grandmothers when her parents come to America like many other families in search of a better quality of life, but upon arriving the little girl’s life turns upside down.

The family feels a separation which Ingrid lives in full flesh as she realizes their relationship is tearing apart because both her parents have to work and barely have time to dedicate to her and her sister.

Chavel Guzman, senior and psychology major related to Griffith’s story. When Guzman’s parents came to the United States, she had to stay with her grandmother.

“I cried every time I heard my moms voice over the phone.” Guzman added, “Separation sometimes does a bigger harm to the family.”

As Griffith’s parents continue fighting, she is torn between keeping the violence a secret and speaking up in order to save her mothers life from her father’s iron hands.

“Do not encourage or allow for domestic violence to keep happening. It was a big deal in my family and we were so secretive about it.” She added, “I behaved different in school because I was keeping a secret. I did not have a lot of friends because I was from a different culture. It took me a long time to open up and start to speak up,” Griffith said.

Domestic violence can happen to anybody regardless of race or gender. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness.

Statistics in the National Domestic Violence Hotline show that 24 people per minute are victims of abuse, about 12 million per year, including men and women.

“Stay true to yourself, listen to your heart, do not lose your soul. You do not need to make all the friends in the world,” said Griffith. “Own your power, your truth, your own gold.”

 

 

Not Enough Rows In Club Row

By Angeline Dominguez

Editor

By: Jenifer Valmon Students using the cubicle space which houses six different student organizations.

By: Jenifer Valmon
Students using the cubicle space which houses six different student organizations.

John Jay’s “hub,” where clubs are able to plan and hold their organization’s events, commonly referred to as “club row,” currently has 18 club rooms of which 39 clubs share, but with 53 student organizations, some club members have mixed feelings regarding the dwindling space.

“John Jay college as a whole has a space crisis. It’s not just students, it’s faculty and staff that are going to shared spaces because John Jay is growing, the student population is growing, the faculty and staff is growing, which is a good thing but as far as the space, it causes concerns because we’re outgrowing the space that we’re in,” said the Associate Director of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL), Makeda Jordan.

CSIL encourages students to join organizations as a way to become more involved with their interests, but as clubs continue to grow, space continues to shrink.

There has been a recent relocation of student organizations located in club row, leaving some clubs limited to a cubicle space at the entrance of club row, L2.70.00.

“It’s a home for student organizations, it wouldn’t do the student body any good by limiting the number [of student organizations]. A room doesn’t necessarily define you,” said Danielle Officer, the director of CSIL.

SEEK Society, a student organization at John Jay, was recently moved from the cubicle space to room L2.70.25, sharing the room with another student organization, Graphic Novels Club.

“I’m excited. Sometimes I can’t believe it, we finally got a club room, we do have a lot of members and never really had a place to gather,” said Paola Castillo, vice president of SEEK Society, regarding her feelings of moving into a room.

SEEK Society was first recognized in the fall semester of 2013. According to Castillo, the club has close to 200 participating members. They had spent about two and a half years without an official club room.

“It was really annoying because we were assigned to this little space, which we didn’t even feel comfortable using because it’s always packed,” said Castillo. “I think you need a room because it’s a place where you are welcomed, where you can hang out and post stuff on the wall. It’s not something that you need-need but it’s important because if people are looking for you, they know where to find you.”

Castillo believes that being persistent was the key to helping her club get a room, but according to Officer, the process has nothing to do with persistence.

The process is based off of seniority. “The ethical thing for us to do is…order. So if you’re in compliance and you keep meeting compliance and you’re the next student organization on the list, you’re the next one to get it [a room],” said Officer.

To meet compliance, you are meeting the guidelines to be recognized as an official John Jay student organization.

“Some clubs keep their same room. The minute that a room becomes available, we move a student organization in,” said Officer.

The list she refers to includes the date in which a club first became recognized. To be given a room solely relies on whoever became a club first.

What is now the cubicle space for clubs at the main entrance of club row used to be staff space. Four staff members were moved to share one room, L2.70.14, in order to allow more space for the new organizations.

By: Jenifer Valmon The hallway of club row with 18 rooms, housing 39 out of 15 clubs.

By: Jenifer Valmon
The hallway of club row with 18 rooms, housing 39 out of 15 clubs.

The CSIL staff still hold multiple rooms within club row, and Castillo sometimes wishes “that all the coordinators were in one room.”

Currently, six clubs share the cubicle at the entrance of club row. Though the small space can be cramped, some students enjoy the social aspect.

“I like the cubicle because its very interactive. You always see people. You’re always meeting new people. I have no issues with the cubicle, I don’t want it to change. Its not in my interests to get a room,” said Kierra Spears, an active member of the Youth Justice student organization.

There are two conference rooms available for students organizations to use when they have meetings or events, located in L2.70.03 and L2.70.13. Student organizations are also allowed to rent out classrooms all over John Jay “as long as the event fits the space you want to rent out,” said Jordan.

Plans to alleviate the space strain in club row are in progress.

According to Officer, “We have future plans for things that we want to do down here, but there are some ideas about how we are going to change things so that we are able to put in more desk and table space.”

Homeless Campout

By Jade Jetjomlong

Staff Writer

By: Ryan Durning Cardboard houses built by students in the atrium of the New Building.

By: Ryan Durning
Cardboard houses built by students in the atrium of the New Building.

 

 

At noon on March 9, in the John Jay College atrium, dozens of cardboard scraps piled up sitting within a “Caution” tape barrier. These cardboard boxes would be the floor, walls, and ceiling for the 26 John Jay students who would be “homeless” for the next 24 hours.

Entitled “24 Hours Campout: A Night Without A home,” the chaperoned event was sponsored by the Office of Community Outreach and was set to show “a demonstration of homelessness conditions” to the John Jay community while providing willing students with a small feel for what it is to sleep with very little luxuries that are taken for granted on a daily basis, such as a bed, pillows, or blankets.

According to the most recent census of John Jay, there are almost 200 students in John Jay College who claim to be homeless, a number that can never be 100 percent accurate since many are afraid or embarrassed to claim homelessness. In all of New York City, homelessness is at an all- time high with 59,000 men, women, and children that are homeless according to the Daily News.

A large portion of homeless people are veterans from all branches of the U.S. military. The event was organized to raise awareness mainly for homeless veterans and homeless students.

“We hold veterans to such high standards and we treat them like heroes that they are but when we see them in the streets, we do nothing and that’s ridiculous,” said 23 year old John Jay Senior and Army State Guard Reserve, Jose Castro. Castro is the current senior representative in Student Council and a service project coordinator for community outreach. All coordinator’s have to participate in 250 hours of community service and then coordinate event, and being in the military, this project was a prime choice.

“These are people who risk their lives for this country, and the government spits them out to fend for themselves and offer limited help,” said Veronica Acevedo, 21, junior at John Jay. “These veterans deserve a lot more than to be out in the cold, starving, and with a high chance of battling a mental disorder like PTSD.”

Along with sleeping on the floor overnight, the participating students also created their own personal spaces, or “homes,” using the cardboard boxes provided.

During the daytime, students who were camping out and students who wanted to show support prepared sandwiches and survival kits for a food run to homeless people around Columbus Circle, as well as writing letters to elected officials to draw attention to the problems associated with homelessness.

“I really have to commend the improvising a lot of homeless people have to do in order to make themselves a little warmer when they’re caught sleeping outside,” said Acevedo. “Creating a decent cardboard hut was a good amount of work and I had resources like tape and string that homeless people may not have access to.”

The students had a variety of cardboard creations ranging from four walls and a roof, to strategic positioning of just a roof, to being as simple as laying their sleeping bags on top of the cardboard.

The 26 students who attended varied from freshmen undergraduates to graduate students of all different ages. As part of the event, the students present were asked to gather around and tell their reason for participating.

“Some people came up to me and asked, ‘why are we pretending to be homeless’ and ‘why are we inside.’ I tried to tell them that we are not here to play homeless, we are here to raise awareness, to get the students thinking about things,” said Castro. “I had to ask them, if we did this outside, who would we have an impact on? It would only impact the few of us who did it, but if we are doing this in here, where everyone can see, we have more of a chance to educate and impacting more people to think differently or to do something about it.”

By: Ryan Durning Fernando Andrade holding a makeshift homeless sign.

By: Ryan Durning
Fernando Andrade holding a makeshift homeless sign.

Some students spoke about how they used to be homeless, how they knew friends who were homeless, and even how they were never homeless themselves but see men and women struggling everyday to stay warm and find food; but no one ever pays attention to them. No one wants to help. “There are different types of homelessness and no type should be underestimated,” said Acevedo, reminiscing about a peer sharing their own homeless story.

The night was finished off with the presentation of “The Pursuit of Happiness”, a heart wrenching film about the struggle of a man and his young son overcoming poverty and homelessness through perseverance and hard work.

After a hard sleep on the floor, students woke up to sore backs and fatigue. With classes to attend or jobs to go to, the homes were broken down by noon on March 10. The day carried on as usual, but hopefully with fresh eyes and insight.

“A professor made his class come by and although they were being reluctant and didn’t really want to be there they still learned something about what was going on,” said John Jay Junior and President of the Haitian American Student Association, Taisha Lazare, 21. “I think that made his[Castro's] point come across because that is what he wanted and I think it was successful that way.”

According to Castro, there were only around 10 students who participated in the camp out last year, but this year there was more than double that amount and at the Homelessness Awareness Panel hosted the next day, there were students from John Jay, New York University, University of Albany, and Brooklyn College in attendance.

For more information on how you can make a difference, or if you are interested in making donations, please contact [email protected] or stop by the Office of Community Outreach in New Building room L.71.14.

 

Three Tickets Too Short: Senior Hustle for Graduation Tickets

By Fifi Youssef

Staff Writer

The black market begins for tickets to the graduation ceremony for John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Many graduates are frustrated due to the fact that each student will only receive three tickets for guests. This year’s graduation will be held at The Theater at Madison Square Garden (MSG) on Wednesday, June 3. There will be two ceremonies separated by majors. The first ceremony will start at 10:30am and the second will begin at 3:00pm.

According to the Madison Square Garden site the indoor arena seats 18,200 people while the Theater itself seat anywhere from 2,000-5,500 people. However, the Associate Director of Office of Student Transition Program, Tiffany Ontaro said students only get three tickets because the ceremonies will be at the Theater and, “we graduate over 3,000 students each year,” and “seat about 12,000 people.”

Maximo Morel, 21, a senior majoring in criminal justice, expressed his anger and said, “It’s dumb. Some people are the first graduate in their family and it’s a big thing so a lot of families want to go.”

“New York doesn’t have a larger venue than this,” said Ontaro. “If we go to a baseball stadium just as NYU or Fordham does, our students wouldn’t be able to walk across the stage and we know our John Jay students want to walk across the stage.”

Coordinator of the Office of Student Transition Program, Christie Graziano, said, “Last year’s graduation was held at the Jacob Javits Center which is a ‘large open entertainment center.’ It’s an empty space where we had to set up the chairs and the stage. It has no fixed seating like The Theater at Madison Square Garden has, so there is no way to compare the Theater at Madison Square Garden with Javits,” said Graziano.

Siddiqur Rahman, 21, majoring in forensic psychology is a graduating senior who doesn’t plan on attending the ceremony. “I want to go to graduate school so attending this graduation is frivolous,” said Rahman. “In my opinion, I’m expected to graduate from college so it’s not really much of an accomplishment for me.”

Other graduating students share a similar point of view of graduation. Anthony Trobiano, 22, majoring in English, also plans to not attend the ceremony. “Graduation isn’t important to me because I don’t feel the need to showcase something that I achieved,” said Trobiano.

Both Rahman and Trobiano will be selling their tickets. “I will be selling my tickets for a minimum of $50 each,” said Trobiano. Rahman, on the other hand, is selling two of his tickets for a minimum of $70 each. His third ticket will be given to a friend of his with no charge. “Friendship isn’t something that I can put a price on,” said Rahman.

“I don’t think it’s ethical,” said Ontaro, regarding students selling their extra tickets. “We give them to you for free. You earned this why would you have to pay for it.”

Fake tickets were an issue at last years graduation. “Last year, a lot of students were selling fake tickets and we knew which ones were fake and they’d get caught at Jacob Javits,” said Ontaro. “A handful of students bought fake tickets. I’ve had students last year come to my office crying saying they spent $100 dollars on a ticket then find out its fake and I couldn’t do anything about it.”

Unaware of the limit in tickets and the first to graduate in his family, Raymond Collazo, 29, Philosophy major, said, “I didn’t know I was only able to have three people attend, now that I think about it I would have to limit the amount of people that would have wanted to see my graduation to three. I probably would have wanted more than three tickets.”

Other than fake tickets, students should also be aware that morning graduation tickets do not work for the evening ceremony and vise versa. “MSG has a barcode on their tickets and when it’s scanned it’ll show it’s the wrong ticket,” said Ontaro.

According to Collazo, selling tickets shouldn’t be a big deal, “If students don’t need three tickets and everyone is allotted three tickets, I suppose it’s not that bad that students are selling them. At the same time it’s a bit ridiculous that this is turning into a way to make money for these students. I wouldn’t pay for that amount for extra tickets, I am just going to suck it up and accept that only three people can come to my graduation,” said Collazo.