Founders Aim to Spread Awareness of Scientific Community
By Briana DelBuono
The upcoming semester will bring nothing but good things for the College of Staten Island, especially science students. The Catalyst, a magazine dedicated to scientific research, is hitting the stands soon and is expected to make waves.
The idea started with a few members of the American Chemical Society Club and their hopes of creating a magazine that the college has yet to see.
“It was an idea that had never been presented to me before,” said Philip Masciantonio, WSIA-FM General Manager at the college.
The magazine got started around last year when founders of the group, Vincent Mattera, Michael Luppino, Dennis Lam, and others took their ideas and inquiries to Masciantonio.
The WSIA-FM General Manager advised the students to hold a general interest meeting and how to fill out the right paperwork to become officially recognized.
After being reviewed by the committee within student government, the organization passed all of the requirements.
“I talked them through the process. I instructed them about the online process that new student organizations must follow in order to charter their club and that they would need to put together a prospective staff,” Masciantonio said.
“He was very helpful,” Copy Editor and Publication Board Representative, Vincent Mattera said.
Funding for the magazine will come from the Student Publications Board, made up of representatives of all the organizations on campus and representatives from student government as well.
“The students put together a proposal for how much funding they would need and requested office space from the Office of Student Life so they could work and hold meetings,” Masciantonio said.
The Catalyst magazine aims to highlight details about the scientific community.
“A lot of the students are involved deeply with the science administration and there is so much going on,” Masciantonio said.
The magazine will have study guides for science classes and will act as an aid for students who are struggling to understand the content of their classes.
“There’s a lot of individual research being done with students and faculty on campus so we were looking to have a way for other people who aren’t directly involved with it to know about it too,” Masciantonio said.
“What better way to spread scientific awareness than a scientific magazine?” Mattera said.
“I’ve always liked media and we’re doing all this research so we should have a magazine for this.”
“I’m in charge of doing the logos,” said group member, Steven Shau. There will be a table of contents for the subjects including: Biology, Psychology, Biochemistry, Virology, Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, and Computer Science.
The logos will be made using basic typography designs. Every article under each field will have a different logo. There will be abbreviations inside the symbol.
“I’m also working on a comic book, which will have funny skits about molecules,” Shau said.
The basis of the magazine’s content will be undergraduate scientific research completed by students and members of the magazine.
Many of the organization’s members are putting in over 30 hours a week trying to get their first issue out which goes to print at the end of March.
“We pitch ideas and then when we like something, we go out, we do the research and then we make our articles,” Shau said.
The first print issue of the Catalyst will be on stands by next semester and members are hoping to start an online edition after the print is released.
“It’s going to be something interesting to read that will also help you to study for your classes,” Shau continued.
The magazine is already a big deal on campus.
“This will be the first time in a number of years that students have come forward with an idea unique enough to grant recognition from the board,” Masciantonio said.
“This was something that was totally different than we were currently doing and everyone was really excited about the idea.”
The Catalyst will also have ways for students to become directly involved and offer them a way to win prizes.
“We hope to hold a contest called ‘Guess That Molecule.’ The first ‘x’ amount of people to guess [the] molecule will receive a flash drive or a back up battery with our logo,” Mattera said.
The group has been meeting every Thursday in hopes of finally finishing their first issue.
“I think people are really looking forward to it coming out and I think it’s going have a big impact on campus,” Masciantonio said.