This Week in Core 100

The Core 100 program invites students and faculty from the College to join us for our weekly lecture series. Each week, all of the first-year students participate in lecture-discussions with about 400 of their classmates. We have space in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Williamson Theatre to accommodate individual guests and can have as many as two additional classes at each of the lectures. No permission is needed for classes to attend, but please notify Donna Scimeca (718.982.3405) if you plan to bring a class.

The lectures are 50 minutes and are all in the Williamson Theatre. They meet on the following days/times: Wednesdays at 11:15am; on Thursdays at 8:00am, 10:10am, 4:40pm, and 6:30pm; and on Saturdays at 10:10am in Building 1P, Room 119.

The focus of the Core Lecture Series this semester will be to directly link the program’s curriculum to current events.

The Lecture Series Schedule for the

Week of Feb. 4, 2019 

Wednesday, Feb 6:

-11:15am: Corelandia presented by Victor Miller and Faculty

Students will review the procedures and rules for Corelandia. Additionally, they will play a mini-game in order to understand how decision making in government works.

Victor Miller earned a BA in History at the College of Staten Island in 2005 and an MS in Adolescent Education in 2008. He has been an Adjunct of Core 100 since February 2012 and currently also works in the Center for Advising and Academic Success. Victor is the of author of the “Summer of ’87” Reacting to the Past classroom simulation and also recently served on the Core 100 textbook editing committee.

Thursday, Feb. 7:

-8:00am: “Impeachment,” presented by Edward Manganel

Impeachment resolutions have already been introduced in the House of Representatives. As the Mueller investigation nears completion, the impeachment of President Trump seems more and more a possibility. This lecture will discuss the impeachment procedure, proscribed by the Constitution, and the Congressional political dynamic resulting from the 2018 Midterm Elections.

Edward Manganel received his BA fom Marist College and his MA from University of Colorado. He is former Chair of the Social Studies Department and APUS History teacher at Monsignor Farrell HS, teaching at CSI for 25 years and Core 100 for ten years.

-10:10am: “Impeachment: The Constitution’s Nuclear Option,” presented by William Fallon

Today’s political climate has created rhetoric that is extremely volatile at times, especially when invoking the word “Impeachment” toward the President repeatedly. This lecture will explore impeachment–its necessity in our Constitution, its previous attempts at removing sitting Presidents from the Oval Office, and its potential re-emergence as it relates to Mueller’s investigation and Donald Trump. There will be ample time for Q+A to discuss these concepts and their significance.

William Fallon has been an Adjunct Lecturer in CSI’s Core Program since 2015. He was awarded his MA in History from CSI in 2013. Additionally, in January 2018, Professor Fallon became the first student ever at CSI to be awarded a Certificate in Public History.

-4:40pm: “Social Justice and Constitutional Democracy in Everyday Life,” presented by Patrice Buffaloe

The goal of this lecture is to have students engage in a meaningful discussion on the concept of privilege, specifically, ableist privilege through the lens of Constitutional Democracy. In short, the lecture will address and answer the following question: How do we ensure that all Americans have access to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

Patrice Buffaloe is a proud graduate of the College of Staten Island. In 2003, she earned her MA in Liberal Arts and 2005, her MS in Adolescent Education. Professor Buffaloe holds New York State certification teaching licenses in Special Education, Grades 7–12; Social Studies, Grades 7–12; and Elementary Education, Grades 1–6. She has had the pleasure of teaching EDS 201 and EDD 602 the Social Historical Foundation of Education to pre-service teachers with a focus on urban education and the effect of social, economic; and political conditions on the public education system. However, Professor Buffaloe is most proud of the work she does with the students in the Core 100 classes.

-6:30pm: “Freedom of the Press,” presented by Anthony Casella

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Having a “free press” is essential to our American democracy, but, when the press frames news to fit a particular political view, are they abusing their 1st Amendment right? Are they serving the best interest of American citizens?

Anthony Casella has been a member of the Core faculty since 2009. He received both a BA in History and an MS in Science in Education from St. John’s University. Professor Casella also received an MA in Administration and Supervision from CSI/CUNY.  He is currently an Assistant Principal at PS 25R South Richmond HS on Staten Island.


Audition for “CSI’s Got Talent”

Can you sing, dance, play an instrument, tell a joke, do magic, juggle, yo-yo, or mime?

Whatever your talent, we want you to audition for “CSI’s Got Talent.”

The top ten to 12 most talented acts will compete on the evening of Wednesday, Apr. 17.

The top three acts will receive prizes: First Place: $2,250; Second Place: $750; Third Place: $250


First-Round Auditions will be held on the following dates:

Friday, Feb. 22, 10:00am to 5:00pm

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Thursday, Feb. 28, 1:00pm to 5:00pm


A semi-finals round of auditions will be held in mid-March.


To SIGN UP for an audition, please complete the application.

Students must log in with their CIX email and Password to access the application form ( and password you use to access campus computers and the wireless).


In order to be eligible to audition:

•         You must be a CSI student registered for classes in Spring 2019

•         You must be in good standing with the College (including a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better)

•         CSI student(s) must have a prominent role in the performance

•         You may only audition for one performance (either as an individual or as part of a group and in only one talent category)

•         Cash prize winners from previous “CSI’s Got Talent” competitions are not eligible to audition


If you have trouble accessing the application, please call 718.982.3268 or email You will receive a confirmation email verifying your audition time. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please call 718.982.3268 to verify that your application has been received.

Audition slots are limited, so students are encouraged to register early. Auditions will be scheduled in the order they are received. Completed applications must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 by 4:00pm. The Office of Student Life reserves the right to close or extend the acceptance of applications based on the number of responses received.

“CSI’s Got Talent” is sponsored by the Office of Student Life, the Campus Activities Board, Student Government, and WSIA-FM.

For more information about “CSI’s Got Talent” and the audition process, please contact Debi Kee at 718.982.3268 or email



Fast Track Exam – Foreign Language Requirement

The Foreign Language requirement at CSI is proficiency based. This means that students have to reach a certain level of competency in a language. Many majors require students to attain an intermediate level of proficiency. For a beginning language learner, this will require three sequential semesters of a foreign language (112, 114, 213). Students who have previously studied a language or are heritage speakers may be “fast-tracked” and placed directly in level 114 or 213– or the equivalent Spanish heritage speakers courses (119, 219)– reducing the number of semesters of language study required. Students who have experience with a language should take the placement exam in order to know what level course to begin their studies at CSI.

The Fast Track exam for Chinese Mandarin, French, Italian, and Spanish is offered every Friday on a walk-in basis from 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Modern Languages Media Center (Building 2S, Room 114). Late afternoon/evening hours will resume in April for the Spring-Summer 2019 testing session.

For placement into American Sign Language courses, please contact Professor Rosen at

For placement into Arabic courses, please contact the Department of World Languages and Literatures at 718.982.3700, or visit Building 2S, Room 109.


2019 Winter Involvement Fair – Table Request

On Thursday, Feb. 7, the Office of Student Life, Division of Student and Enrollment Services, will host the 2019 Winter Involvement Fair from 2:30pm to 4:30pm in the Campus Center (Building 1C) West Dining Room and Green Dolphin Lounge.

Clubs, organizations, publications, campus offices, and other areas of the College that provide involvement opportunities for CSI students are invited to set up tables. If your office, program, or service provides opportunities for students to become engaged as mentors, tutors, or leaders, we encourage you to register for a table for this event.

Create a CSI Connect account to save your request, edit your request at a later date, and receive a confirmation of receipt. To create an account, click “Sign in with CSI Username” at the top of the screen. Sign in with your CSI email address ( and your email password (FLAS).

You must register for a table with the Office of Student Life by Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 11:30am. Groups will share six-foot tables, so plan your display accordingly (no larger than three feet). We will provide plastic table covers for every table.

Let’s help our incoming and current students become engaged in the CSI community and benefit from all that involvement has to offer.


CSI Student-Athletes Spread Holiday Cheer to Children in Need

From Left to Right, Chelsea Ortiz (Cheerleading), Nancy Galbo (Cheerleading), Cassidy Iannariello (Women’s Volleyball & Track & Field), Devin Mooney (Women’s Basketball), Jacquelyn Cali (Women’s Basketball)

Student-athletes at the College of Staten Island, spearheaded by the efforts of their Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), made sure that the holiday season spread beyond the halls of the campus, as they paid a visit to the Pediatric Unit of the Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) to drop off dozens of toys and crafts for children in need. The Toy Drive took place within CSI Athletics over the past several weeks, and athletes representing their teams and the SAAC were on hand to meet with Child Life Specialist Rebecca Sherman to get the materials to RUMC through a series of trips to drop off materials.

“It is through continued support, from incredible friends like the ones we have at CSI, that Richmond University Medical Center is able to help each and every one of our pediatric patients feel a sense of normalcy and understanding through the familiarity of play,” said Sherman. “We cherished this support during the holiday season.”

Led by SAAC President and Women’s Volleyball and Track & Field senior Cassidy Iannariello, the connection with RUMC was a no-brainer. The Pediatric Unit admits more than 2,000 patients annually, and the toys will help bring the holiday giving season to these admitted patients at a time when others enjoy the comforts of home.

“I’ve always felt motivated to help children, especially sick children. Last year was actually the first year of the toy drive only with the Women’s Volleyball team and I really wanted to make it even bigger this year and bring in more donations,” said Iannariello, who brought the idea forward to the SAAC. “Being an EMT, I see firsthand what these kids go through and it’s really upsetting, and I know there are things that can help beside medicine. So, we decided to reach out to the pediatric unit and see if we were able to start a toy drive, and here we are today and I cannot thank everyone enough for all the donations, it really means everything to the pediatric unit.”

The SAAC, which has been involved with numerous drives and philanthropic efforts through the years, is made up of a collection of select student-athletes representing each of CSI’s 19 varsity and club athletic programs. Iannariello was overwhelmed by the response that her fellow athletes made for the effort.

“I’m so grateful for the way this outreach effort actually turned out. I wasn’t sure if we were going to get any donations, but every day when I walked into the lounge and saw the toys piling up I couldn’t help but smile,” she said.  “Just to hear that we’re making a difference to even one person, yet alone a whole pediatric unit, it truly warms my heart. We were told by a child’s father, who was in the PICU [Pediatric Intensive Care Unit], that his child had been so sad all week and every time we came in their face would just light up and it almost made me cry because it was so beautiful to see and to know that. Knowing that we put smiles on these kids’ faces, who are sick or hurt and spending their holidays in the hospital makes me so happy.”

Iannariello is confident that the model of giving will continue at CSI, even after she graduates in May. “I have many athletes coming up to me asking how did we reach out and get this started, and of course we share the information because we know someone can follow in the footsteps of giving back to the community, especially to people who need it most. Maybe next year it won’t be a toy drive but it will be something else that we can leave our mark on,” said Iannariello, who took over as SAAC President at the beginning of the school year. “I really think it’s so important for students to give back to their communities because you don’t know how someone’s day, year, or even life is going, and to know you can change someone’s path just by giving back can mean so much. You can save a life just by something as simple as giving a toy to a child.  They now know someone is looking out for them and they know that they have a team behind them and that they need to keep fighting no matter how sick they are.”

RUMC, an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Health Network accepts donations all year long. Those who are looking to continue to give can do so by contacting the Pediatrics Unit at 718.818.2863.


December’s Monthly Movie, “A Street Cat Named Bob”

The Library is pleased to announce December’s Monthly Movie, A Street Cat Named Bob, Thursday, Dec. 6 at 2:30pm in the Library Theater (Building 1L, Room 103) from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.

Theater, 1L-103.  The film is based on the international bestselling book of the same name, and tells the true story of how James Bowen, a street performer and recovering drug addict, who had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

We welcome feedback and suggestions from students, staff, and faculty on film topics or titles for future screenings. All events will be CC CLUE.

Keep up-to-date with Library news and events on our blog.

Students vs. Faculty/Staff Basketball Game

Students, Faculty, and Staff – We hope that you will join us for our final Students vs Faculty/Staff Games this semester; a Basketball Game on Thursday, Nov. 29 starting at 6:00pm in the Main Gym (Building 1R)​.

All SvsFS Games include free food post-game, a free t-shirt for participants, and PG CLUE credit for spectators and participants.

Go online to register orsign up in the Main Gym starting at 6:00pm on Nov. 29.

Last time, in Fall 2017, the Students were victorious against Faculty/Staff, 69-55. It’s always a fun environment with bragging rights on the line.

We hope to see many of you there.