HEMPSTEAD, NY VOL. 79
THURSDAY November 21, 2013
KEEPING THE HOFSTRA COMMUNITY INFORMED SINCE 1935
Samantha Neudorf/The Chronicle Laundry was stacked on washers in Enterprise Hall.
Airing Hofstra’s dirty laundry:
Laundry room security cameras proposed By Sean Mulligan staff writer
Nearly a year after four Hofstra men’s basketball players were arrested on charges of burglary and theft from their fellow classmates and neighbors, students still feel that their belongings are not as protected as they could be. Students have voiced their concerns about the safety of their possessions on the Suggestions@Hofstra Facebook
page. The page, which is run by Hofstra’s Student Government Association (SGA), allows students to post about issues that they’ve encountered while attending Hofstra that relate to the dining and residence halls, buildings and grounds and campus activities. Molly Sestak, senior public relations major, initially posted on the SGA page earlier this month about her recent experience with her laundry being stolen.
“Someone stole a towel with my name embroidered on it. I don’t know why someone would want to steal a towel with my name on it,” said Sestak. Sestak has experienced this situation before. On three other occasions she has had her clothing stolen from the laundry room while her clothes were in the washer. On the Suggestions@Hofstra page, Jennifer Bull stated that her roommate experienced similar
problems with laundry being stolen and expressed support for the installation of cameras in laundry rooms. Sestak also believed that cameras should be installed in all laundry rooms across campus. “I think [Hofstra] should put cameras in. I’ve talked to people about it. Everyone thinks it’s really expensive, but I just feel more comfortable,” said Sestak. “I’d feel more comfortable if there were cameras in the laundry
rooms, and it really wouldn’t increase our tuition that much.” This idea has garnered support on the Suggestions@Hofstra page where commenters, like student Taylor Marie, discussed the idea of cameras earlier this month.
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A 2 • November 21, 2013
Frats barred from charity event By Samantha Neudorf editor-in-chief
Members of Greek Life were reminded that they are not allowed to attend events created by unrecognized Greek Life groups – even if the event donates all proceeds to cancer research. Mario Bolanos, the assistant director of OSLA who oversees Greek Life, sent an email on this subject to all Greek Life members on Monday. The intent of the email was to remind all members that any fraternity or sorority who supports an event hosted by an unrecognized group violates Inter-Fraternity Sorority Council (IFSC) policy.
Phi Epsilon, a local sorority that was disbanded this past April, will be hosting their 18th annual Spaghetti Dinner this Saturday at Social Sports Kitchen. All proceeds and donations go towards cancer research and scholarships for two individuals. But IFSC members are not allowed to attend because Phi Epsilon is no longer a recognized group at the University. “The policies we have in place … are for our recognized organizations. So those policies have been deemed to benefit the institution’s organizations in some way,” said Sarah Young, executive director of OSLA. “We’re looking at recognized groups affiliating with unrecognized groups.
How that occurs is situational. It’s continuously ebb and flow how that interaction might occur.” This policy is listed in the Rules and Regulations section of the Fraternity and Sorority Expectations document updated on Aug. 31, 2010. Bolanos made it clear that any IFSC e-board member found supporting an unrecognized group’s event will be removed from their position, and any recognized group in attendance will be suspended. Young said that the policy is in place because it is in the best interest of IFSC organizations. “This is to benefit that [recognized groups’] hard work, and that they themselves, are held to a higher standard than unrecog-
nized groups, because they are unrecognized for a reason. Why would you continue to affiliate yourself with that organization?” said Young. Members of Phi Epsilon and of IFSC groups that were contacted did not respond to comment on the policy or Bolanos’s email after various attempts. Phi Epsilon was disbanded in the spring for “hazing and other infractions, including falsification and failure to comply,” according to Peter Libman, dean of students in the April 11 issue of The Hofstra Chronicle. As of Wednesday, the Spaghetti Dinner was still set to take place Saturday.
Students clean community in Shake a Rake event
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On Saturday, just under 200 students paricipated in “Shake a Rake,” an event held by Student Affairs. Students visited to several locations around the community to rake leaves, as well as to beautify two local parks. Nineteen houses in the area surrounding Hofstra were included in the event’s cleanup efforts, of which10 of the homeowners were homebound for various medical reasons. Information courtesy of Hofstra Student Life Blog/Photos courtesy of Student Affairs
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November 21, 2013 • A 3
The Hunger Banquet
Awareness of poverty raised in OSLA event By Marisa Russell staff writer
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and the season of giving will follow soon after. But what about the 2.5 billion people that live across the world in poverty? The Office of Student Leadership and Activities (OSLA), for the third consecutive year, brought an event to Hofstra that involves teaching the community how serious poverty is. “We do it every year for the Discovery Program. We also do it every Thanksgiving, and this is our third banquet for the entire community,” said Ashley Gray, assistant director of OSLA. The event they host is symbolically called the Hunger Banquet. To start off the event, students were asked to choose a card that indicated their poverty level, and based on that level were served dinner. For instance, Michael DeVito, senior anthropology major, ate as a high-class member.
“I felt bad, because even a little meal is more than the least,” said DeVito, who was fed a fourcourse meal while some others were fed only rice. As dinner was served, videos and statistics explaining poverty were displayed and many students found the numbers alarming and disturbing. Their awareness was raised to the fact that 15 percent of the world could be considered “high class” with an average income above just $12,000 per year. “It was informative in saying to remember how much hunger there is in the world and it was a shock… I really liked the food, but I just felt really sad after seeing the videos. The videos were really disturbing to watch; it’s scary to realize people endure that,” DeVito said. Forty percent of the world struggles to survive on less than $2 a day. Every year, Gray observes the shock on students’ faces after they learn statistics such as this.
“During the Thanksgiving holiday a lot of people are doing canned food drives, and there is a lot of talk about hunger and volunteering, but I don’t think people are as aware of the true issues, and that’s the whole point of the Hunger Banquet,” Gray said. There were three student performances accompanying the video and photo presentations. Sigma’cappella and Makin’ Treble sang and a dance was performed by a student. “I liked how it was very effective. I liked that we had performances at the event,” DeVito said. As shocking as the banquet was, students left more informed than they entered, and many felt driven to give. “It’s not to make you feel guilty, it’s to make you aware,” Gray says. “This is all about hunger and poverty, but there’s a lot of different issues and a lot of different causes out there.”
Marisa Russell/The Chronicle OSLA hosted an event on Tuesday night to help raise awareness about poverty and malnutrition in the world.
Cameras proposed as theft solution Continued from A1 “I’m worried about my laundry too because it seems like the tower laundry rooms are constantly getting stolen from,” she wrote on the page. “Cameras in the laundry rooms would really solve the problem.” Patrick Tierney, chair of the Academic Affairs Committee in SGA and senior political science major, has mixed feelings about the installation of cameras. “I think everyone should also be aware that it is unrealistic to expect these cameras to be monitored 24/7, and [the cameras] would serve more to record and be looked back on. That being said, cameras in some places like the laundry rooms, where students have to leave their belongings unattended, might be useful as both a deterrent and as
evidence,” said Tierney. Karen O’Callaghan, director of Public Safety, wondered where else Hofstra should put security cameras if they were installed in laundry rooms. “I think we need to be careful about how far we go with that, because I don’t think most students would feel comfortable with security cameras everywhere on campus,” O’Callaghan said. She stated that the issue is small in comparison to the fact that nearly 7,000 undergraduates walk the campus daily and that it’s not likely that cameras would be installed. Last month, The Chronicle’s Public Safety Briefs reported three separate occasions of
laundry being stolen in the issues published on Oct. 3 and 17. However, O’Callaghan believes that laundry theft is not a prevalent issue on campus. “We don’t have a big problem
eras inside the laundry rooms for special situations. “If we see a pattern, sometimes we do install a camera, but I think I’ve seen two reports of a student that has had laundry stolen. But if we do see a persistent problem sometimes we do install a camera,” said O’Callaghan. “Sometimes we install a covert camera in a public place, which that would be considered.” O’Callaghan and Tierney both believe that it’s the student’s responsibility when it comes to the safety of their belongings. In particular, O’Callaghan pointed towards the fact that most thefts on campus are crimes of opportunity due to lockers not being locked, cars not being locked and
“Cameras in the laundry room would really solve the problem.” with [theft of students’] laundry. Probably each semester we see it a couple of times. It’s probably going to be a big expense to [install cameras] for not a big problem that we have,” said O’Callaghan. The Director of Public Safety said that they have already installed over 250 cameras on campus and will only install cam-
laundry being left unattended. Tierney said that his fellow students need to be more mindful of how they take care of their expensive belongings. “Students have to be aware that leaving their belongings unattended makes them vulnerable to theft, and they should take appropriate precautions,” said Tierney. As for Sestak, she said that while students need to be more mindful of their things, all students should still respect other people’s belongings. “You know people spend $50,000 going to this school each year, and it’s really upsetting that people have to steal from people who may have spent all of their money on tuition. And now, on top of that, they have to spend more money replacing their stolen items,” said Sestak.
A 4 • November 21, 2013
Parking discussed at forum “Give a Damn?” shown by SGA By Briana Smith
special to the chronicle
A Hofstra alumnus joked that parking has been a problem since 1996. But it truly is an ongoing issue, and students are stressed. They miss class, or are late to class, or even receive fines. Nineteen years later, the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) of University Senate say they are ready to put an end to this dilemma. The SAC has been holding a series of parking discussions this week to receive input from a variety of students. On Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., residents, commuters, faculty and William Finnegan, chair of the SAC and a senior English major, gathered in the Student Center to discuss problems and solutions to the parking crisis. Some of the suggestions from students were to “assign parking spaces to specific people,” “encourage the residents to walk” and “require a fee for freshmen to park their cars.” “I am listening to the students’ side because they are the University’s blood and life force,” Finnegan said. “If I didn’t listen, I would be ignoring prime ideas.”
The Senate’s main focus is limiting resident parking on the south side of campus from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m., then they will continue working to resolve the other complaints. “I hope there’s more availability for everyone to park. I don’t think it should be faculty versus students or students versus commuters. I just think there should be more spaces,” said Rachel
struggles trying to park, the struggles faced by residents to park are also great. Brittany Scalise, a senior triple major in global studies, geography and psychology and an R.A. in Stuyvesant, said she becomes frustrated when she leaves her parking spot and returns 10 minutes later, with nowhere to park. “Maybe take a poll of who lives in the actual building and who parks there generally, and reserve those spaces for residents instead of commuters,” Scalise suggested at the event. Many other proposals were made at the meeting, such as: • Construct more parking lots. • Encourage commuters to park on the North side because there are more spaces there. • Create a fact sheet that shows the time it will take to walk to specific locations and the calories one would burn, to encourage walking. Finnegan said that, after this week, he is going to look over all the suggestions, research what other universities do with parking and present the best solution he can find to the University Senate.
“I don’t think it should be faculty versus students or students versus commuters.” Karmel, a commuter and a junior music education major. Karmel usually parks in the Netherlands lot because the commuter lot is always filled. If she is unable to get a spot there, she said, then she is forced to park illegally. That results in her vehicle being towed and a $50 fine. Since freshman year, her car has been towed seven times. “Hofstra enrolls a certain amount of commuters, so they should have a certain amount of spots for them,” Karmel said. “Each resident gets a room. Why shouldn’t each commuter get a parking spot?” Although commuters face many
By Nico Machlitt staff writer
“Give a Damn?” is a documentary film that follows three friends over the course of three months, while they hitchhike from St. Louis to Kenya on $1.25 a day. Dan Parris, leader of the group, had been to the second largest slum in Africa, Kenya’s Kibera slum in 2005. Then in 2009 he left with his friends David Peterka, the activist and Rob Lehr, the skeptic. When they went to the slum in Kibera they encountered extreme poverty. While traveling to Kenya they had experienced some poverty, eating little and sleeping in bad places. But in Kenya it was a different story: there was no electricity or indoor plumbing and the education rates were low. Many of the people there were affected by HIV; you could not find a person who was not either HIV positive or knew someone who had HIV. The documentary ended with Parris and Lehr being in a plane crash and being flown back to the U.S. Peterka then continued the journey with his brother. He also started a charity called “When the Saints” and he is planning on building a rehabilitation center in Malawi. There is
also now an HIV testing center in Kibera. The event included a question and answer session with the filmmakers. Parris, Lehr and Peterka all answered questions at Hofstra USA after the screening. Stephanie Kahn, a member of the SGA programming board shared her thoughts on the film. “I think it’s so inspirational and I wish that more people did stuff like that and I hope that one day I have the opportunity do to something like these men did,” she said. She wasn’t the only one inspired. Student Eathyn Cookman felt that the film was moving. “I thought it was especially moving when they showed the reaction of the village children when they first met the men in Kenya,” she said. Parris ended the question and answer session on a spiritual note. “One thing I learned is that life is not all about me, by being the one that is the most hurt [in the plane crash], I was like, ‘God why am I going though this? I was doing something good,’ and he said, ‘I was using you how I see fit,’” Parris said.
Hofstra community ‘Cycles For a Cure’ By Andrew Manning special to the chronicle
Pedaling on a stationary bicycle and raising money for cancer awareness at the same time could not be a better feeling. Hofstra’s first “Cycle for a Cure” program focused on increasing cancer awareness and raising money for The American Cancer Society this past Saturday at the Recreation and Intramural Department. Participants were encouraged to make donations and take any of the four special cycling classes given over the course of the day. The first classes had small crowds waiting for the Fitness
Center doors to open while the later classes were nearly filled by those who had registered online.
being a lucky number. Cycling is a great cardiovascular exercise for people looking for something
class before. Most admitted to being nervous about the experience, but said they still wanted
“This is the first time we’re doing this, but we’re really hoping to do it again next semester if all goes well.” “We’ve got some fun and challenging stuff planned,” said Bob List, a cycling instructor who started teaching at Hofstra this semester, prior to the first class. “Seven minute intervals of everything – seven of course
that’s low impact.” Pleased to see new faces outside along with the familiar ones, he added that “newbies” to his class are always welcome. But some of these “newbies” had never even taken a cycling
to participate in order to support a good cause. In all, the Fitness Center received nearly 20 donations from participants, anywhere between $5 and $20. The general opinion amongst all present was that it would be
fun if the Fitness Center continued to host events such as this. Luckily for them, there are more on the horizon, according to graduate assistant Kristina Campagna, who put together “Cycle for a Cure,” inspired by similar fundraisers such as “Relay for Life”. “This is the first time we’re doing this, but we’re really hoping to do it again next semester if all goes well,” Campagna said. “But if people still want to help out this semester, we’ll be collecting nonperishable food items for Island Harvest at our three-on-three basketball tournament.”
SGA WEEKLY WRAP UP Compiled by Nico Machlitt
November 21, 2013 • A 5
• This meeting was a budget meeting, where the appropriations team said that the buffer was $20,000. • On Dec. 12 there will be a TOMS Style Your Sole event. Students will be able to preorer their TOMS shoes until Nov. 21 and can custom decorate them.
Public Safety Briefs A student reported being harassed by another student through texts and emails on Nov. 13. An investigation is being conducted. On Nov. 14, a student returned to her car parked in the C.V. Starr parking lot and found dents in the driver’s side front quarter panel. There were no witnesses and a report was filed with the NCPD. A student left her room unlocked Nov. 8-11 and upon returning found that a MacBook had been stolen from the room. It was reported on Nov. 15. A search was conducted which proved negative, and police assistance was declined. An RSR reported Nov. 16 that an unidentified student kicked and broke the front glass entrance to Colonial Square security booth. The student then swiped in and fled, refusing to cooperate with the RSR. An investigation is being conducted. PS responded to a call on Nov. 16 from two students in a vehicle on North Campus. After a traffic dispute, an unidentified male in another vehicle chased them around North Campus. The students drove into the PS parking lot and the other vehicle went into the Law School parking lot. The driver was identified as a stu-
dent and was issued a summons for harassment. On Nov. 17, PS responded to a room in Netherlands North. Two female students stated they ate a pot brownie at an off campus party. Upon their return, the students felt lightheaded and dizzy. An ambulance was called, and they were brought to the NUMC where they were treated and released. An investigation is being conducted. An RA reported to PS on Nov. 17 that he stopped two males carrying a bag containing alcohol in front of Gronigen House. The students had an ID card belonging to a female student. The RA confiscated the ID card and alcohol and asked for valid IDs from the two males, who then fled. A search was conducted which proved negative. PS confiscated the alcohol and issued a summons to the female student. On Nov. 17, an RA in Tilburg House reported to PS that he smelled marijuana in the common area. Three students were found there, as well as an odor and a towel under the front entrance door. No marijuana was confiscated and a summons was issued to each student. A student reported that at 7 p.m. on Nov. 18, he left his laptop unattended in Axinn Library while
he went to the Student Center to get food. When he returned at 8 p.m., the laptop was missing. A search was conducted and a report was filed with the Hempstead Police Department. A faculty member reported that upon returning to her office in Weller Hall on Nov. 18th, a brown envelope containing her MasterCard was missing from her top drawer, as well as the keys to
several doors in the department. A search was conducted which proved negative. An investigation is being conducted. On Nov. 19, a student reported that another student constantly makes fun of him and embarrasses him. The latter student will be issued a summons.
Compiled by Ehlayna Napolitano
Key PS- Public Safety PSO- Public Safety Officer HIC- Hofstra Information Center NCPD- Nassau County Police Department
A6 • November 21, 2013
O ve r h e a rd @ H o fst ra Compiled by the Hofstra Chronicle staff On the Unispan: Guy 1: I like your outfit Guy 2: Thanks, I’ve been wearing it for three days straight. In Student Center: Girl: I love how guys look at girls like they’re goddesses, but all I’m thinking is, ‘Damn am I constipated.’ In Herbert: Guy: I’ve never heard of Thanksgivukkah. Are we getting presents instead of turkey? In Breslin: Professor: Warren G. Harding basically turned the White House into a frat house.
Outside Cafe On The Quad: Girl 1: I can’t believe Hofstra finally cancelled classes on Thanksgiving Eve. Girl 2: Looks like President Rabinowitz wants to get his party on too.
In Barnard: Girl: My mom hates me. She just told me to stay at school during Thanksgiving.
In Breslin: Guy: I can’t take this global warming s***. First it’s cold, then it’s warm, then there’s tornadoes in November. What’s next: polar bears becoming black bears?
In Student Center: Girl 1: I can’t believe free iced coffee Mondays end next week. Girl 2: They should do free hot coffee Mondays for the winter.
In Bits & Bytes: Guy: What do you mean you don’t hunt for your own turkey?
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How to get a sunless holiday tan By Lauren Wolfe STAFF WRITER
The weather is starting to get cold and the holidays are coming soon. Our summer tans are fading away, but that does not mean that you can’t have that fabulous summer glow all year round. Some great self tanners include Clarins Instant Gel, Clinique Tinter Lotion, and St-Tropez bronzing mousse. I highly recommend St. Tropez self-tan bronzing mousse. It’s a mousse cream that glides on nicely and will not leave your skin with any sign of streaks. People will assume that you have a natural looking glow all year round, and the cream never leaves you looking orange. Naturally, younger college girls turn to the indoor tanning salons if they want to be tan.
I have to admit that I was a regular tanning bed customer at one point, but what I didn’t realize is that it was really damaging my skin. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “people who begin tanning younger than age 35 have a 59 percent higher risk of melanoma.” People who use indoor tanning beds also have a higher risk of eye damage and
“InStyle magazine has voted St. Tropez the ‘best self-tanning product of 2013.’” wrinkles. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want wrinkles and I’ll do whatever it takes to prevent them. It’s also said that tanning beds change the texture of your skin after a period of time. However, the healthier alternative to providing your skin with a natural tan glow is
the tanning cream or tanning spray, but most tanning creams and sprays don’t work at all. They leave you either looking orange and unnatural, or streaky and abnormally blotchy. St. Tropez is an amazing mousse for your skin. Instyle Magazine has actually voted St.Tropez the “best self-tanning product of 2013”. It’s easy to put on and it’s not very expensive. It’s only $32 for the smaller bottle and $42 for the larger bottle. The people who are damaging their skin at tanning beds, are spending more money on a tanning package and having health risks, than buying St. Tropez with no health risks and for less money. How to use St. Tropez: First: Shower and exfoliate your skin. Use a lotion to get all the dead skin cells off. Second: Use a mitt or a brush to put the St. Tropez mousse on and rub all over your skin, or just the places that you want to be tan. I recommend a mitt, it’s
easier to use and it glides on the product, leaving no streaks. Even if you miss a spot with the mitt, it’s barely noticeable and it blends right in. Third: Let your skin dry. You don’t want to put your clothing on right away. The mousse needs time to absorb into your skin allowing you to look glowing and fabulously tan. St. Tropez usually lasts two weeks, and you can apply as much as you want for darker results. You can purchase St. Tropez online, at Ulta or at Sephora. If you Photos by Lauren Wolfe want to return back Say goodbye to streaks with St. Tropez. to your homes with a healthy looking glow, use St. Tropez self-tanning mousse; protect your skin for the holidays!
November 21, 2013 • A7
Thanksgivukkah puts a new spin on the holiday season By Jana Kaplan FEATURES EDITOR
“Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay. And when it’s dry and ready, oh football I will play.” You heard it right: get your turkey and your latkes ready, because for the first time since 1888, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will merge to form Thanksgivukkah on Nov. 28. Even if you do not celebrate Hanukkah, this year’s Thanksgiving dinner could potentially be a culinary dream come true. If you are one of those people who is feeling tired of the same old turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, Buzzfeed made a unique list of delicious Thanksgivukkah recipes, including potato latkes with cranberry applesauce and challah-apple stuffing.
And if you’ve heard of the cronut craze, then you’d probably be interested in taking the typical jelly donut to the next level at Zucker Bakery in New York City. For a limited time only, this Lower East Side bakery will be selling four of their latest creations, including cranberry, turkey and turkey gravy combo, and cranberry, sweet potato and marshmallow stuffed donuts. The donuts sell at $5 a pop, but may actually be worth your while. Besides the fact that Thanksgivukkah won’t happen
Manischewitz are also taking full advantage of this great marketing opportunity, offering e-cards with slogans like, “There’s no place like home for the Challadays.” Don’t worry about buying gifts early and missing the Black Friday madness. Hanukkah begins on Thanksgiving Eve, so there are six days of gifts you can still shop for. You have to love those eight crazy nights. Rabbi Meir Mitelman, the Rabbinic educator at Hofstra Hillel, said that “It is extraordinarily special how these two holidays converge this year.” He says that, thematically, both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah represent “gratitude and freedom,” so Thanksgivukkah can connect the victories and freedoms that the Jewish people have gained with those of the Pilgrims. Like many, Rabbi Meir has done his research on the holiday. In fact, he found that a woman named Dana Gitell coined and trademarked the phrase
“It is extraordinarily special how these two holidays converge this year.” again for another 78,000 years, you can enjoy your entire holiday meal in just a few bites. Talk about fast food. Kosher companies like
“Thanksgivukkah,” and ten-yearold Asher Weintraub created the “menurkey,” a menorah shaped as a turkey, which has already earned him over $50,000. Meir says that since this holiday is so rare, he and his loved ones “will talk about the way the two holidays converge. By exploring things … [the] possibilities will evolve out of conversation.” So whether or not you plan on lighting a menorah on your Thanksgivukkah table, take part in this once-in-a-lifetime holiday. While you’re watching football or cooking matzo balls, be extra thankful for what you have. As Rabbi Meir pointed out, “We should aspire to bring more life to the world. It is our chance to give back.” And while you make some new Thanksgiving dishes to go along with new traditions, be sure to give back and have thanks not just on Thanksgivukkah, but every day.
Photo by Jana Kaplan Hofstra Hillel getting students involved in the Student Center.
Making a feast without all of the fuss By Janet Lee STAFF WRITER
Now that the month of November is almost coming to an end, it is safe say that the holiday season is finally here! With just a week left until Thanksgiving, a lot of Hofstra students will be heading home, looking forward to the big,
home-cooked feast. However, for students who are staying on campus, you can enjoy a feast yourself. Just gather other residents in your building and make yourself a mini Thanksgiving dinner with the help of these recipes. It might not be the same Thanksgiving dinner back home, but it is a healthy alternative and also a great way to get to know your housemates! For the first dish, you will need the following: Sweet Potatoes Cauliflower Red BellPepper, Onion Olive Oil Salt Pepper Soy Sauce (optional) First, wash all the necessary ingredients. Then, cut the
ingredients into bite size pieces. Then, add a splash of soy sauce for taste. FInally, bake them for 20 to 30 minutes at 450 degrees. With this dish, you can add any other vegetables you prefer. For example, you can add broccoli instead of cauliflower, potatoes instead of sweet potatoes, or you could even have both. This next dish is the main course. For this dish, you will need: Spinach (or a salad mix) Mushrooms Salmon (or turkey/ham) Mushrooms Avocado Champagne Pear Vinaigrette dressing from Trader Joe’s Lemon Juice Olive Oil First, prepare the spinach or your choice of salad mix in
Photos by Janet Lee A Thanksgiving feast can be delicious and easy to make.
a bowl. Mix the salad with the Champagne Pear Vinaigrette dressing. Then, set it on a plate. and pour some olive oil on a pan to cook the salmon. Then, sauté the mushrooms on a separate pan. Place the salmon on top of
the mixed greens. (For a more traditional Thanksgiving dinner, replace the salmon with a slice of turkey or ham.) Then, place the mushrooms accordingly and top it off with slices of avocado on top and lemon juice. Finally, enjoy! With the holiday season rolling around, many might become concerned about eating too much or too unhealthy, but these dishes, mainly consisting of vegetables, will satisfy your appetite, guilt-free. These dishes can also be great additions to meals served at home. Surprise your family back home with your cooking skills. Happy Thanksgiving!
A8 • November 21, 2013
Keeping your health in check during the holiday season By Danielle Denenberg STAFF WRITER
Thanksgiving is around the corner and we all know what that means: an abundance of food, perhaps prepared by the best cook in the family. For those of you who are trying to stay healthy, throw your worries aside now! There are plenty of ways you can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner and still stay healthy: 1) Swap the food for healthier choices: There are many ways to do this: you can have white meat instead of dark meat, vegetables as a side dish instead of stuffing, or flat bread on the table instead of rolls. Why not help out with the cooking this year so that you
can ensure there are healthier options on the table? You can either do the cooking yourself, or provide your relatives who are cooking with suggestions of healthier choices. Your family can enjoy apple pie instead of pecan pie. Or, instead of regular apples, baked apples are a delicious alternative. If you decide you are a fan of stuffing, there are ways you can make it healthier: for example, if your family tends to use bread in the recipe, make it with whole grain bread instead of white. The ingredients in stuffing can include vegetables or lowcalorie foods. 2) Control your portions: While white meat is healthier, you may prefer dark meat. That is okay. Just pick one or the other
instead of both and eat the dark meat in small quantities. Pick one side dish to eat and save a different one for the next day’s leftovers. This way you can enjoy both foods but eat less at a time. 3) Exercise: There are plenty of ways to exercise on Thanksgiving. Participate in the family football games this year. If you’re not a fan of football, gather up some family members and take a walk or play another sport. With all the dinner guests around, any of these activities should be twice the fun. Happy feasting! Photo by Creative Commons Football is a great way to burn off your Thanksgiving feast and bring your family closer together.
Cherishing Turkey Day traditions each year By Amanda Valentovic STAFF WRITER
While Thanksgiving is a day for being thankful for what we have, it is also a day full of tradition. From watching football and “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” to spending all day in the kitchen, every family is different. Seeing floats and balloons of favorite characters come to life in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and breaking the turkey’s wishbone are just a few of the typical traditions that happen on the fourth Thursday of every November. In New York, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade spans over two and a half miles from Central Park to Herald Square. According to the website for Macy’s, the first parade was held in 1924 and featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Then in 1927, the first character balloon appeared – it was Felix the Cat. Freshman Elyssa Hirsch and her family are a few of the 3.5 million people who stand on the streets of Manhattan to watch the
floats roll by. “Every year, my cousins and I sleep over my grandparents’ house the night before Thanksgiving, and then on Thursday morning we go into the city really early and go to the Macy’s parade,” Hirsch said. “Then we go back to our grandparents’ for lunch and dinner.” Michael Riscica, a freshman accounting major, said that one of his family’s traditions began as a mistake. “One year I ended up purchasing a mix for banana bread instead of pumpkin. So each
said. When it comes to the Thanksgiving day custom of breaking the turkey’s wishbone, many people might not know it, but this dates back thousands of years to the Etruscans’ tradition for chicken wishbones. According to the website mental_floss he Etruscans believed that chickens could predict the future, and when a chicken was killed and the bones were cleaned, they would make wishes on them. This is where the name “wishbone” came from. The Romans adopted this wishbone ritual and passed it on to the English, who then brought it to the New World with them and started using turkeys instead. A universal favorite Thanksgiving tradition, however, is leftovers. Whether it is on a sandwich or made into soup, turkey is almost never eaten all in one day. Patrick Hopkins, a freshman film and TV production major, said he enjoys finishing those meals with his friends in the days after Thanksgiving. “I always do a ‘Friendsgiving’ with my friends the day after,” Hopkins said. “We all just bring leftovers to one of our houses
“I always do a ‘Friendsgiving’ with my friends the day after.’” Thanksgiving since then, we’ve served homemade banana bread,” Riscica said. The family of freshman dance major Alex Dombroski also puts their own spin on their Thanksgiving dinner. “My family always has my grandma’s pasta since we’re Italian, along with typical thanksgiving food,” she
Photo by Amanda Valentovic The Netherlands dormitory is ready for Thanksgiving.
and eat together.” Dombroski also extends Thanksgiving into two days. “The next day, we go back to my grandparents’ house for ‘Thanksgiving number two’ with all the leftovers,” she said. Whether traditions are created because of a funny family occur-
rence or are so old that no one can remember where they came from, Thanksgiving remains a great way to keep the past alive, while creating new memories for the years to come.
November 21, 2013 • A9
Cou pon Corner A guide to Black Friday deals...
By Rachel Trotta SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE
contender for great deals on Black Friday and this year is no exception. According to Seventeen magazine and an online flyer, both will be having 50 percent off all of their merchandise. Dicks Sporting Goods: For the athletes on your list there will be up to 50 percent off Nike performance fleece, $30-$39 off select North Face styles, and 25 percent off select Under Armour hoodies. Keep in mind that many stores don’t release their deals until the week of or a few days before Black Friday. Some stores will run ads on BlackFriday.com. Additionally, all location opening times vary from store to store so do your research! Not planning
“Keep in mind that many stores don’t release their deals until the week of or a few days before Black Friday.”
If the thought of Black Friday shopping fills you with excited thoughts of ridiculously marked down merchandise, this article is for you! The mayhem of Black Friday shopping isn’t for everyone though, but I do suggest you give it a try, at least once. You never know, you may come to love it just as much as I do. Here are some of the amazing deals we will be seeing on 11/29 this year. Macys: This is a great place to start because there are so many markdowns that allow you to check off a wide range of people on your “shop-for” holiday list. Some sales to look out for include $19.99 women’s boots (orig. $59-$69), $9.99 small appliances
(orig. $19.99- $59.99), 40 percent off juniors dresses, buy one get one free juniors sweaters and 40 percent off men’s sweaters. Best Buy: Always a great place to get something for the techie in you or on your list! Some deals include $7.99 Blockbuster titles, $99.99 IPod Nano, $12-$30 video games (orig. $60-$80), $49.99 Amazon Kindle and $9.99 headphones. Gap & Old Navy: These partner companies are always a
your mall trip can be a fun, exciting experience but with the large crowd turnouts it can also be stressful. If you’re looking to check a lot of names off your holiday shopping list it helps to plan out when and where you want to go. I hope you get everything you want from your Black Friday shopping trip so I’ll leave you with one more tip… coffee helps!
Photo by Best Buy A Thanksgiving feast can be delicious and easy to make.
...Don’t miss out on the makeup steals! By Isabela Jacobsen
even if it means running through the store like a maniac. Although ASSISTANT FEATURES EDITOR there are many unannounced Get your game on Hofstra Black Friday deals, there are a beauty lovers because the hunt few cosmetic companies starting for Black Friday makeup is to give us sneak peaks. Here are approaching. It’s a beauty lovers some fun deals for you to keep dream come true to find incredan eye on. ibly inexpensive beauty products, Stila is having a three-day sale leading up to Black Friday. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving you can receive the Creme Bouquet fragrance with a $50 purchase. On Thursday they will be giving out an exclusive eye shadow Photo by Isabela Jacobsen palette with a Black Friday is a great day to stock up on make-up. $75 purchase. The shadow
colors are perfect for the fall and winter season! Finally, on Black Friday, if you spend $75 you will be receiving the “Happily Ever After” Palette, which looks perfect for the holidays. However, make sure you are one of the first 1,000 customers. If you’re not into waiting around for Black Friday, Clinque is offering a “Black Friday Survival Kit” for the anxious shoppers, with the code KIT. I always turn to Clinique when I need something for my difficult skin. I’ve been using their products for a while, so whatever I can get from Clinique, I will take. The small kit includes travel-sized products including a mascara, moisturizing lip-gloss and the “Turnaround Concentrate Visible Skin Renewer,” which I’ve heard has great reviews. Although most companies are keeping it all hush, there are specific stores you should keep an eye out for, such as Macy’s. It’s quite a popular place to go
shopping for Black Friday and there’s a reason why – they have everything. I will spend hours in the makeup department because they so much selection for makeup, including my favorite foundation brand, Estee Lauder. Also, this way you can save the trip to MAC, which by the way, has every color lipstick you can think of. Rumor is, they are even re-releasing one of their old limited edition colors for Black Friday. Next up is Sephora, duh! Sephora is everything good in this world and it’s going to be crowded, so make sure you know what you are looking for. Let me help you out – shop for Urban Decay. Their eye shadows are to die for, especially their palettes. If you have the chance to purchase one of their palettes, don’t think twice! Also, the new Naked Palette 3 is coming out soon, which is the best news ever for a Naked Palette lover like me. While desperately waiting for
the product to come out, I will be checking the price of the Naked Palette 2 on Black Friday. Finally, you must take a look at Ulta. Although their website says the Black Friday deals haven’t been announced, all beauty lovers are sitting on the edge of their seat for this one. Ulta already normally has awesome deals on makeup, so imagine on Black Friday. Last year they had great promotions online and in stores, like 50 percent off skin care items and holiday inspired nail polishes. If you want makeup this Black Friday, make sure to check out Ulta. The rest is up to you, makeup lovers. Keep checking online for any new deals and don’t forget about Cyber Monday to get awesome deals online. Just remember, Black Friday brings out the shopping monster in all of us, so do your research to get what you want. I’ll see you at the checkout line!
Students gave compliments and pizza to people who passed by.
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY PRESENTED BY THE NEWMAN CLUB
Photos Courtesy of the Newman Club / Spread by Che Sullivan
Sigmaâ€™cappella (bottom left) and Makinâ€™ Treble (below) performed in the Student Center Atrium.
VOL 79 ISSUE 11
‘Homme Fatale’: Photography by Alvia Urdaneta - B2
B 2 • November 21, 2013
Alvia Urdaneta’s spin on the femme fatale
By Katie Webb Arts & Entertainment Editor
“Guys like that aren’t afraid to kill for what they want,” said Alvia Urdaneta. Urdaneta titled the exhibit “Homme Fatale,” for its clever play on words of the mysterious and dangerous archetypal female character of Old Hollywood. It debuted in the Form Gallery on Nov. 19. Inspired by men of power, from Kanye West to Marilyn Manson, the photography major wanted to created a photo series that emphasized the fatal attraction of her subjects, everyday guys. The men Urdaneta photographed each have their own seductive style, and she worked to capture their allure in a natural way. “I told them, ‘I’m going to photograph you, I just want to shoot a more iconic you,’” said Urdaneta. Influenced by fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti’s photo series “Rise Above,” Urdaneta recreated his work with her own
striking photo series of masculine male models contrasted with soft, colorful lights. “The colors [Sorrenti used] are really light, so I wanted to take it to a new level,” said Urdaneta. Casting vibrant blues and hot pinks on the models, Urdaneta challenged herself and the subjects to force the killer instinct to come through the lights. Though he is wearing a leather jacket, the universal uniform of a tough guy, Danny Caputo’s rough-and-tumble persona manifests more so through his fighter stance. “[He’s] an MMA fighter. So for him I had him flat out say, ‘I’m a boxer, this is who I am,’” said Urdaneta. Coaxing the killer instinct out her men, Urdaneta acts more like a coach revving her subject up for a few rounds. Dark shades obscure much of Caputo’s face. If he tilted his head, a shiner would likely be revealed. Model Alex Cassetti embodies the strong-but-silent type,
communicating the mystique of a Homme Fatale. Cassetti’s shoot was challenging at first. In order to get the model relaxed and in his own element he put on headphones and listened to his own music. “I let him have his intimacy with his music and then I just photographed him reacting with it,” said Urdaneta. “He might be shy, he might look quiet, but that’s not going to take him away from what he wants.” Urdaneta uses an intimate style when framing her subjects as well. The images are 36 inches by 24 inches tall, creating another level of power. But the sizeable prints are poetically juxtaposed with a close-up range. Though all the models were over six feet tall, Urdaneta didn’t use their height, an obvious symbol of power. Instead, she got close enough to make the viewer feel as if they are being exposed to a private side of the model. Of all the fatal men, Matt Aponte’s photos are the most
Photo by Alvia Urdaneta Photo of Danny Caputo embodying the boxer Homme Fatale
sensual. The model is inked from his chest to his upper arm. The photos highlight his tattoos. Aponte has his hand softly placed on his chest, an anatomical heart inked there. His head is bowed down, slightly turned to the side. The gesture is open, but not overtly vulnerable. The model is still in control despite seeming off his guard as he is looking away from the camera. “All of the guys I chose to
photograph are fatales to me, and Matt is a great example. He is a bad ass,” said Urdaneta. The pink light is cast over his face and body, but the way she posed him, the “suave” essence she portrayed, pushes through the light just as she had hoped for. The “Homme Fatales” intimate men with devil-may-care-attitudes will be on display in Calkins 117 until Nov. 22.
Hofstra Chorale and Chamber Choir:
angelic cathedral performance
Photo courtesy of Marilyn Oliver Concert performed in the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City
By Jess Braveman Columnist
Often, when one thinks of a cathedral they think of old, glorious European structures filled with heavenly voices singing the holy masses and hymns.
This same beautiful sound was created throughout the Hofstra Chorale and Chamber Choir concert during their Nov. 15 annual fall concert at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City. Conducted by Dr. David Fryling and accompanied by professor
Matthew Koraus on the organ. The expansive space was filled with guests, not a pew was left empty – a testament to the talent of the groups. The Hofstra Chamber Choir performed first, its members swiftly walking from the back of the cathedral and taking their places in front of the pews on the marble steps. The Chamber Choir’s set was a tribute to composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). Music included “Te Deum in C,” “Choral Dances” from “Gloriana” and “Rejoice in the Lamb.” “Te Deum in C” featured an elegant solo by soprano Alexis Minogue. Her light, angelic tone flowed beautifully throughout the cathedral and perfectly fit the Holy-themed composition. The “Choral Dances” from “Gloriana” – which is a work consisting of six short movements
– come from the second act of Britten’s opera. The text of the six movements consists of poems set to song. Soloists in “Rejoice of the Lamb” were soprano Chelsea Laggan, mezzo-soprano Marilyn Oliver, tenor Anthony DiTaranto and bass Ian O’Malley. The four soloists, each from a different voice part, sang short melodic stanzas separate from the group. Laggan’s higher notes danced elegantly over the organ part and Oliver’s mid-range melody complimented the previous solo. DiTaranto gave a soulful performance, bringing a gentle masculinity to his solo – a short musing over the symbolism of flowers. O’Malley’s solo was an alluring, emotional crooning that led the main chorus back into the piece. After a short intermission, the Chorale joined the Chamber
Choir in front of the vast audience, totaling over 200 people, where they performed the “Requiem Mass” by Maurice Durufle. The chorus’s full sound resonated throughout the cathedral, bringing the mass to life. The group changed dynamics throughout the work, gently teasing the audience, keeping them on their toes. Andrea Martin performed the fourth movement of the mass, the “Pie Jesu,” as a solo. Her voice was rich, with a beautiful vibrato sound. The 40-minute mass drew a standing ovation at the end. It was overall a delightful performance. The rich layered sound of the group was complemented by the intricate details of the beautiful cathedral. The voices filled the entire space and left the audience with a feeling of bliss.
november 21, 2013 • B 3
Not up to Alexander Payne’s normal standards
By Ohad Amram Columnist
‘Dallas Buyers Club’:
the performance of McConaughey’s life
By Muhammad Muzammal Columnist
An excellent example of history-based filmmaking, “Dallas Buyers Club,” features careerbest performances from Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. It recreates the dark and depressing period of the late 1980s when AIDS was a relatively new disease. The film begins by introducing Ron Woodroof, played by Matthew McConaughey, a homophobic redneck who lives life recklessly. He drinks alcohol, smokes cigarettes and sniffs crack. Woodroof, a rodeo bull rider, becomes HIV positive after a wild night of booze and sex. Ironically, this contraction makes him empathize with homosexuals, as he is diagnosed with the same disease many of them have. The biographical film is based on Woodroof’s last few months of life. When Woodroof is diagnosed with AIDS, he researches any medication that will prolong his life. Woodroof finds and smuggles anti-viral medications into the U.S. from Mexico, in hopes of not only helping himself, but giving it to those who need it most – the men and women dying of AIDS. Woodward’s partner is Rayon, a transvestite, played with unusual energy by Jared Leto.
Leto is almost unrecognizable as Rayon, a character who helps Ron advance the drugs to the gay community. Leto’s performance is resolutely layered, with feelings of identity crisis and a type of attraction towards Woodroof all blended into one unique body. As Rayon and Ron begin their business, the Dallas Buyers Club, they are chased by the FDA for giving away drugs that aren’t approved. The film then shows a moral and ethical argument: even if a drug is in the early stages of testing, should it be given to dying people with the intention of prolonging their lives? Most of the success of “Dallas Buyers Club” should be attributed to Matthew McConaughey, whose performance as Ron Woodroof is masterful. McConaughey reportedly lost 50 pounds for the role and his commitment is shown in every frame. The actor, who was once hailed as one of the sexiest actors in Hollywood, is bony and scrawny here, playing Woodroof as a man who lives with risk, even when he isn’t HIV positive. The actor is revolting in scenes where he realizes the sad truth that he could possibly die any minute from the virus. “Dallas Buyers Club” should be a financial success. The movie touches upon themes that relate to the most-watched television shows. Compare Woodroof to
Critically acclaimed writer and director Alexander Payne put his Oscar-winning screenwriting abilities on the back burner for “Nebraska.” It’s the first film he has directed but not written. “Nebraska” is a black-and-white drama/comedy that explores family dynamics and the relationship between a father and his son. The film begins when Woody Grant, played by Bruce Dern, journeys on foot from his Montana home to Nebraska to claim a million dollar reward he believes he won. His estranged son, David, played by Will Forte, lives a life of despair as a music speaker salesman who’s recently split with his girlfriend of two years. Convinced and reassured by his mother Kate, played by June Squibb, and brother Ross, played by Bob Odenkirk, that his father must be institutionalized, David decides to go. The trip appears to be the last few memories they can share together as his father’s recollection is waning. The story becomes increasingly complex when the other half of the family, both Kate and Ross, decide to meet up with Grant and Woody along the way, where they stop to reunite with Woody’s siblings in his hometown. The root of Woody’s alcoholism is revealed and hints at the tough post-war life he led. The bonds between Woody and David strengthen by virtue of the script and it becomes evident
“Breaking Bad’s” Walter White. Each man has his own demons, but at the end of their life, they become something greater than what they were before. In the final years of Walter White, like the last months of Woodroof, an irrevocable legacy is formed. They both deal drugs, but in their moral epicenter is a desire for that legacy to transcend the lives that they have lived. When Walter recalls the reason
that despite the little history that the father and son share, there is a genuine mutual love and admiration that begins to surface. That said, this is not your typical Payne film. For better or worse, this is a feel-good road film that strays far from the usual path that Payne takes in character building. Both Bruce Dern and Will Forte’s characters are less ambitious than the leads in notable Payne films such as “Election,” “Sideways” or “The Descendants.” Although this may allow for a more mainstream audience because the film coheres to mainstream standards, it lacks the go-for-thegusto, bold narrative typical of a Payne film. The performances by both Dern and Forte were believable for the small town, reclusive setting. Both characters encompassed a sense of hollowness that matched well with the somber tone and score of the film. Scored by Mark Orton, a member of the musical group
Tin Hat, the score of the film set the tone for the rural backdrop that harmoniously intertwines a dramatic edge with consistent, comedic relief. Very few films walk that thin line with caution and accuracy. The only drawback to these characters in “Nebraska” is that they lack certain sharpness that’s required in order to thoroughly become engrossed in their actions. The fact that both appear so passive by comparison to the usual characters that Payne draws up, makes “Nebraska” far less entertaining than the majority of his other, more notable works. Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, who’s been the director of photography for the majority of Payne’s films, captures the loneliness felt within the town, characters and mood of “Nebraska.” One thing is certain, whether you’ll enjoy this film or not, Alexander Payne was able to draw a mainstream audience to what many would consider an art film – a feat few could achieve.
why he was a meth dealer, in the series finale of “Breaking Bad,” he says, “I did it for me. I was good at it. And I was really… I was alive.” Ron Woodroof, a no name bull rider, helps extend the life of others, dying as a kind of savior. He does it for others but also for himself. He is a multifaceted hero with a sense of pride and understanding. “Dallas Buyers Club” is an enveloping motion picture, which invites us into a society of drugs,
disease and homosexuality. The film is revelatory in its view of the sad, emotional effects of AIDS. Consider a scene in the beginning where Woodroof sits in a hospital room, examining the morbid patients around him. Everyone, including Ron the observer, will all die within the next couple of months. The film indirectly begs the question: how do you spend your final days?
B 4 • November 21, 2013
By Aaron Calvin
Remembering ‘Totally Biased’
By John Thomas Columnist
‘Totally Biased’ cancelled unjustly There’s already been a lot said about the importance of “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell” in the wake of its cancellation. I would point you to a great article by Garrett Brown on Splitsider entitled “Why We Needed Totally Biased” to give you a bit of a footing on the show. Bell also has a post on his own blog that sends off the series nicely as well. Yet, I haven’t read anything that has recognized one of my favorite aspects of the program: its willingness to be angry in earnest. Sure, your Jon Stewarts and your Bill Mahers are filled with a sort of righteous fury when rallying against some of the same injustices that found themselves targeted by Bell and his writers, but oftentimes the fact that these injustices will never affect those hosts makes their tirades sound if not insincere, at least a little disconnected from the issue. To paraphrase Andrew Jackson Jihad, they’re straight, white men in America. They’ve got everything they need. Bell is extremely sincere and affable, and I think that those very qualities are why some find it hard to understand his humor. People are so used to comics that present themselves in a way that circumvents conventions of normal, polite convention either through their abrasive characteristics or simply their odd character. But Bell’s colloquial demeanor is unrivaled by any other host on television today and it allows his sincerity to shine through and not just seem like an attempt but an actual innate quality of his being. This is a quality generally shared with his writers at least in some respect, though they often tend to ham it up a bit. So when somebody on “Totally Biased” was angry or perturbed, you knew that they weren’t feigning that emotion, that the problem they were joking about was hurting them or their friends and family.
If you didn’t watch “Totally Biased,” can I ask you when was the last time you saw an angry gay man, black woman or transgender person on TV that wasn’t the butt of the joke? I don’t know, maybe Larry Wilmore, but you might not have been watching “The Daily Show” that night. It’s abominable that these minority communities aren’t allowed to show their distaste with the mechanisms of oppression in any way other than cool indignation. I’m going to miss “Totally Biased.” The grief that’s taken over me becomes more unbearable as I realized that we probably will never be blessed with such a program again. FX should be applauded for giving “Totally Biased” the chance it did, but the viewership was just not there. You could make the argument that that’s because the show was booted off to FXX, and I’m sure that had a role to play, but I think when it comes down to it, straight, white, male America just doesn’t want to find humor in the disgruntlement of those they circumscribe. Maybe in 20 years there will be another show that has the kind of diversity that “Totally Biased” had, but I hope that the anger found in the show won’t be needed any more by then.
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“X” – please When I went to look up this band again today, I saw that they had made all the text on their website white with a white background so you can’t actually read the album title or the track titles. The play button and the album art are the only things you can see on the page. Press that play button and you’ll be dragged through the sludge terrain of blown out guitars that encase furious vocals. The whole thing takes less than 20 minutes, but I can guarantee that your room will feel quieter than it was before you pressed play. If You Like: Priests, Music that feels like punching
“I Want To See Pulaski At Night” – Andrew Bird Another Andrew Bird release usually means I’m about to experience something that I really want to like but probably won’t. It’s always just a little too much. Too many tongue twister words that fly by so fast they become empty signifiers. A glut of orchestration pouring out of every track. But, “I Want To See Pulaski At Night” is a different kind of animal. Structurally, the album begins with three instrumental tracks that act as a sort of prologue, the track “Pulaski At Night” being the main event followed another three track instrumental epilogue. The arrangements are sparse by Bird’s standards. It feels precise, sharp and melancholy. That’s all I’ve ever wanted out of Andrew Bird. If You Like: Sufjan Stevens, Orchestral music but don’t want to sit through the orchestra
“Coke Boys 3” – French Montana & Coke Boys 3 I don’t really know anything about French Montana, but I saw some people talking about this mixtape and I don’t have anything to say about the new Death Grips album, so we’re going to talk about this. This is pretty much just French Montana and a few other guys talking about drugs over some trap beats with a few skits thrown in. That said, it’s a lot of fun. Listen to this while smoking the next overpriced dub you buy from some guy you met in the fields that one time. Try to get someone to put this on at the next terrible frat party you go to, but only after the cops have already come by once. If You Like: Wakka Flocka Flame, Telling your friends about the time you snorted a line of coke with your older brother when he was at NYU
A12 • November 21, 2013
Duck out for Turkey Day By Kristen Misak special to the chronicle
It’s almost Thanksgiving, which for many students means visiting home for the first time this year. Plenty of students are considering skipping classes next week in order to have more time at home, even though Hofstra was generous enough to cancel classes on the Wednesday before the holiday, which isn’t usually the case. The week of Thanksgiving, there are only two days of classes, and Monday follows a Friday schedule while Tuesday follows a Thursday schedule. Most students already don’t take Friday classes, so sticking around campus for just one day of class does not sound so appealing. Why not skip class those two extra days? If you can afford it and your grade won’t suffer from it, you can go home this Friday and turn your five-day Thanksgiving break into a nine-day break from school. The extra time at home could be well worth it, especially if it’s been a while since you have seen and spent time with your family. With the end of the semester coming up so quickly, spending a little more time at home could be a great way to de-stress before finals. Good food and family might be all you need to recharge and prepare for that last month of the semester. You could even use the time at home to
get a head start on studying for finals, or catch up on assignments and projects from the comfort of your own home. There might be a few less distractions, so it could be easier to complete schoolwork at home. Another added benefit of going home early: beating the holiday rush, seeing as the worst of it is bound to be on Wednesday and Thursday. For those of us who live outside of Long Island, getting on and off the island can be a chore and a half. Nobody wants to be stuck in traffic, especially not standstill Long Island traffic, when you’re dying to get home for the holiday. The idea of avoiding those extra hours in the car can be just tempting enough to persuade a good number of Hofstra students to leave for home early. With the timing of Jewish holidays and Thanksgiving this year, Hofstra students were stuck in school for over two months without a break. Leaving early is almost justified since we never got the fall break that most other colleges had this year. Haven’t we worked hard enough this semester that we deserve to skip out for Thanksgiving just a little bit early? Whatever you decide to do this Thanksgiving break, even if you can’t go home at all, make sure to give thanks, surround yourself with happiness and above all, eat a lot!
Illustration by Matt Subrizi
Letter to the Editor: To the Editor, This year, American Jews will experience a once-in-a-lifetime event: celebrating the first day of Chanukah and Thanksgiving on the same day.
own land, earned our freedom and thanked God for the miracles.” I would like to share a few
In discussing Chanukah, the rabbinic sages emphasized the story
poverty, disease and loneliness. So, this Chanukah, may we all
about a flask containing a single
give ourselves a real present: the gift
additional thoughts about the
day’s worth of pure oil that provided
of renewed spirit, even as the night
meaning of Chanukah.
light for the newly cleansed Temple
grows darkest in the midst of winter.
not just for that day, but for seven
Let us light a candle in our souls, let
This festive holiday commemorates
How often does the convergence
the dramatic victory of the
more, until new oil was found to keep
the flame be a source of strength and
of these beloved holidays happen?
Maccabees following a three-year
the sacred fire burning. That is why
inspiration and let us share the light
According to one calculation, it will
long rebellion against the ruling
we light candles every night for an
not happen again until the year
Assyrian-Greek powers who set out
to destroy Judaism by forbidding
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman has a beautiful
At a deeper level, one important
As all of us in our University community approach the celebration
its observance. The courage of the
message about this holiday can
of Thanksgiving and our respective
insight about one thematic connection
Maccabees to fight for their religious
speak to all of us in a profound way.
holidays, may we always feel and
between these two holidays. He
convictions and their right to practice
Why do we light candles in ascending
express gratitude for all the blessings
says Thanksgiving is “a narrative
their Jewish beliefs continues to be
order every night (one on the first
in our lives, and may the light of this
about an arduous journey to escape
night going up to eight on the last
season bring joy, warmth, love and
night) instead of descending order?
peace to all of us, to our families and
religious persecution for freedom in
The revolt culminated with the
a new land, the establishment of a
recapture and purification of the
democratic charter and the sense
Temple of Jerusalem in 165 B.C.E.
answer: to teach us that with every
of Divine providence that carried
and the restoration of its traditional
day of our lives, we need to do our
those refugees through their plight.
service. (The Hebrew word Chanukah
share to bring more light into the
Rabbi Meir Mitelman
That’s Chanukah as well: a narrative
means “dedication” and refers to the
world – by doing acts of kindness,
University Jewish Chaplain
deeply embedded in the collective
rededication of the Temple after it had
treating others with dignity and being
and Rabbinic Educator,
Jewish psyche of how we fought back
been defiled with pagan images and
a source of warmth, healing and hope
against religious oppression in our
for people whose world is dark with
The ancient rabbinic sages’
friends and to people throughout the world.
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November 21, 2013 • A13
Business degree is not complete without IT By John Pritsiolas special to the chronicle
The typical conclusion of a hard day’s work for the modern worker most likely concludes with the employee virtually logging his hours on the corporate web page. That page was probably developed by a contractor who never set foot in the building and is not even remotely close to the location. This is a far cry from the primordial but effective tabulating machines invented by Herman Hollerith, which recorded only a handful of entities (consumer records or employee hours), usually punched into sheets of paper. On the other hand, information technology is ubiquitous and
permeates every aspect of the business world – and with a high degree of singularity, as well. For businesses and individuals alike, the ease of access regarding information is par none compared to any other time in our history. However, despite the advent
approach most business students and ask them if they knew what XML, HTML, Java or even Visual Basic was, you would surely receive blank stares in return. These methods of programming are some of the most commonly utilized coding in
that impression. Furthermore, many students and even adults who have spent their entire life toiling away in the realm of business still don’t have a firm grasp on the importance of network security and the repercussions resulting from their negligence (viruses, identity theft and stolen corporate information). Their irresponsible actions, whether intentional or not, can ultimately culminate in unnecessary multi-million dollar expenses as firms rush to rectify the situation. Fortunately, there is a solution already at hand; it just requires a
“...many students and even adults who have spent their entire life toiling away in the realm of business still don’t have a firm grasp on the importance of network security...” of modern information technology and the inundation by this ever-changing fascination, there seems to be a dearth of understanding surrounding the subject. For example, if you were to
the business world, and are all incredibly relevant to fields like finance and marketing. Yet, judging by the responses garnered from students in general, you certainly wouldn’t walk away with
proactive approach from faculty members within business schools around the country. That solution revolves around restructuring courses to be more IT-centric and requiring all business students to at least have a minor in information technology as a pre-requisite to graduate. Although it may seem like just an additional scribble on a degree, a minor in information technology would hopefully serve as the catalyst to bridge the glaring gap that technologically inept students and businessmen seemingly have yet to cross. As a technologically driven student, I have always seen today’s IT major as the business world’s electrician. If you don’t know how to properly install wire, then good luck, because you will be kept in the dark.
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‘Word of the Year’ ‘selfie’: By Laura Bellini special to the chronicle
On Nov. 19, the word “selfie” was named Oxford Dictionaries’s Word of the Year. The word was in stiff competition with its rival, “twerk.” Although both words are equally idiotic, the fact that “selfie” triumphed reflects how truly narcissistic our generation has become. We live in a world where our smartphones run our lives. Most people can’t get through the day, let alone an hour, without checking social media; and almost always, the social media we are checking are photos of people’s lunches, pets and, of course, selfies. Everyone has done it. I’m guilty of the occasional selfie. Maybe you’re having a good hair day. Maybe you’re really happy about your new outfit. I can’t argue with that. It’s important and healthy
to take pride in the way that you look. It has come to a point, however, where this practice has become an extreme. Instead of being proud of looking particularly attractive or put-together, we have created a generation even more obsessed with looks than the last. The narcissism is insane. We have fallen in love with our own faces, and we want others to fall in love with them too. It’s a plea for attention and compliments. If praises are not given or enough “likes” aren’t achieved, the selfie is immediately taken down out of embarrassment. This need for applause does not portray self-confidence,
just a synonym for vanity
but rather extreme insecurity. Natural beauty has become obsolete. People seem to be enjoying the look of their own face more and more each day – not their plain face, but one that is masked. People strive to find
self-portrait looks best. They don’t care if the selfie looks like them or not, as long as it gets enough likes to make them feel important. When we post a selfie, we assume that people care about our faces. It’s time to wake up – the truth of the matter is, no one really cares. Unless you’re a celebrity, I promise you no one is checking your Instagram on a daily basis. Very few people will even think
“When we post a selfie, we assume that people care about our faces. It’s time to wake up — the truth of the matter is, no one really cares.” the perfect lighting or choose the right filter in order to make them look the most appealing. I have witnessed people taking multiple pictures of themselves in public and choosing which
twice about seeing your face on their feed, a fact that many selfie photographers have not yet grasped. This attention-seeking and vanity does not need encouraging. By Oxford Dictionaries’s declaring this “Word of the Year,” they have expressed that this behavior is okay. By saying the word was popular enough to be “Word of the Year,” the dictionary is allowing the word to survive on the social circuit. Instead of honoring the word “selfie,” the word should be disregarded. If the fad is ignored, it will eventually go away.
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A 14 • November 21, 2013
Overtime loss in Richmond sinks Hofstra men By Sean Williams sports editor
Fouls and turnovers made an away contest turn ugly, as another close game slipped away from the men’s basketball team on Tuesday evening. Zeke Upshaw’s 37 points were not enough to prevent an overtime 74-63 away loss to Richmond University, who outshot and outhustled Hofstra in the second half to bury the Pride. With only eight Hofstra players seeing court time, the team’s lack of bench depth resulted in a string of foul trouble, exhaustion and mental errors. “I’m torn. I’m so proud of our guys to come down here and play the way they played, but this was a game we could have won,” said head coach Joe Mihalich. With a 33-24 lead at the end of the first half, it looked like the crowd at Richmond’s Robins Center could be in for an upset. Upshaw was scoring relentlessly and high-energy sophomore Jordan Allen was dominating the boards. With a tough defense and versatile big men, the Pride pushed the Spiders around the court. However, there was the worry of early foul trouble with Dion Nesmith, Moussa Kone and Stephen Nwaukoni all taking extra minutes on the bench with two fouls apiece. The problem for the Pride was ball handling. With fresh-
man point guard Eliel Gonzalez missing time due to NCAA rules, no one could command the floor as nicely as Mihalich would have liked. “We didn’t handle the ball well enough. We’ve got to handle the ball better. Our turnovers don’t look too bad but in the second half there, when we needed to make plays, we turned it over,” Mihalich said. Nesmith has been the primary point guard all year, but he has been streaky with his scoring and turnovers. Against Louisville the graduate had a huge night, scoring 24 points. His night against Richmond featured a different kind of player. Nesmith only had two points on 0-7 shooting. His six turnovers, when coupled with four fouls, created an offensive hole for Hofstra. Allen had the most well-rounded game for the Pride, snagging 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals. As Nesmith often sat on the bench, his 42 minutes played were critical to keeping the team in the game. “I thought [Jordan Allen] was terrific in the first half. With Dion [Nesmith] picking up two fouls. He’s really our emergency point guard and I thought he did a good job with that,” Mihalich said. The game was almost entirely controlled by Hofstra, who jumped out to a slight early lead behind Jamall Robinson’s four fast points, and paced the first
half. Every time Richmond threatened to take the lead, the Pride came up with a big three-point shot or got to the foul line. Zeke Upshaw was prolific from the charity stripe, going 15-18 at the line. With his 9-19 shooting, 37 points and 9 rebounds, Upshaw was unequivocally Hofstra’s MVP. His seven turnovers, however, were a continuing problem for Hofstra. Mihalich observed that these live ball turnovers turned into poor transition defense and easy Richmond conversions at the other end. “We don’t have much room for error and we know that. We don’t have any room for error,” said Mihalich. Fouls were certainly an area of error for the Pride, who can’t seem to avoid wading through trouble when it comes to penalties. By the time the clock hit zero, Kone and Allen had fouled out, and Nesmith and Nwaukoni each had four fouls. “At the end, when it came time to make plays we didn’t do it. And that’s the next step,” Mihalich said. The Pride will stay on the road to play the University of Hartford this Friday. The Hawks, just like Hofstra, were victims of a Louisville beatdown. Over Thanksgiving break the Pride will play Manhattan College on Saturday, a home game.
unit committed 22 fouls against the Spiders, and on average the Pride have committed 22 fouls per game. This weakens them especially since this team relies on rotating their players constantly throughout each game to get ahead of their opponents. However, once players start to foul often then head coach Joe Mihalich has to limit their playing time, forcing the remaining Pride players to hold down the position over a longer period of time. The team’s relief players became worn down while starters didn’t get to see as much playing time. Junior forward Moussa Kone, who is one of the established starters on the team, only played 17 minutes against
Richmond because he committed five fouls in the game. Senior forward Stephen Nwaukoni also only played for 19 minutes in the Richmond game due to his four fouls. Other than the game against Louisville, the Pride have had problems scoring in the second half. Their scoring numbers have dropped considerably when compared to the first half. Since the team gets worn down by the second half, their execution goes with their energy. The team’s struggle with this downward cycle in performance throughout each game explains their 1-3 record. On the other hand, there were some bright spots for the Pride against Richmond and for
Graduate Dion Nesmith fought for minutes in spite of his early foul trouble. Photo Credit/Hofstra Athletics
Basketball Breakdown: Richmond By Mike Rudin
assistant sports editor
The Pride have developed a trend this season. They take control of the first half but let the game slip away in the final minutes. The game against Richmond University is the prime example of the team’s inability to finish games. The Pride took control of the first half leading by nine points during halftime but they let Richmond come back to tie the game and take the win in overtime 74-63. One major factor that has killed their chance to successfully finish games is the large amount of fouls. The Pride, as a
the future. Nearly everything positive in the Richmond matchup revolved around Zeke Upshaw and his 37-point performance with nine rebounds. Upshaw has been the most consistent scorer the team has had and he is the team’s top scorer with 83 points. Also, Jordan Allen was the dark horse of the team, holding down the Pride’s defense with nine defensive rebounds. Despite committing three fouls in overtime, Allen did an adequate job filling in the defense while Kone was on the sideline and in foul trouble for most of the game. Stephen Nwaukoni made the most of his playing time against the Spiders as well, scoring eight points and managing to put up
10 rebounds, nine that were on the defensive side. Nwaukoni and Allen held the Pride defense together while Kone barely made any difference in the game. By setting the bar in athleticism against their opponents, the team’s biggest strength is the first half. The Pride started the game strong and on all cylinders to intimidate the other team and to create as much momentum to fuel their performance throughout the game. This was especially apparent when the Richmond game was competitive in the first 16 minutes, but then the Pride took over scoring 10 points over Richmond’s two points in the last four minutes.
Women split weekly series By Chris Buckley staff writer
On Friday night, the Hofstra women’s basketball team moved to 2-1 on the season after a strong 77-64 victory over the Fordham Lady Rams at the Mack Sports Complex. Anma Onyeuku, who finished the game with a career-high 23 points, made 10 of 13 shots from the field and two of three from beyond the arc to lead Hofstra. After suffering a knee injury in the first half of the season opener against Robert Morris University, Onyeuku played 20 minutes off the bench in this contest. Andrea Thomas and Annie Payton joined Onyeuku as three players to finish with double figures for the Pride in the game. Thomas put up 21 points to accompany five assists, while Payton chipped in with 11 points. Trailing 9-8 about six minutes into the first half, Hofstra’s offense went on a 9-0 run, highlighted by one of Onyeuku’s three-pointers and capped off by a jumper from Asia Jackson to push the Pride ahead 17-9. After a quick pair of free throws from Fordham, Hofstra opened up the game’s scoring by going on a 15-8 run to surge to a 32-19 lead with two minutes remaining in the half. The first 20 minutes would finish 34-26 in favor of Hofstra.
“We’re learning to be aggressive,” said head coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey after the game. “But I’m also very proud of them for dialing in and learning to be disciplined as well.” The second half was not much different for the Pride. The team extended their lead to 47-34 following a 13-8 spurt just over six minutes into the half. However, over the next 2:11 Fordham managed to close within eight points of the Pride's lead twice, at one point making it a 50-42. However, quick to respond, Payton and Onyeuku knocked down clutch back-to-back three-pointers to spark yet another 9-0 run. That string of points concluded with Hofstra obtaining their biggest lead of the game at 59-42. The Lady Rams scored the next six of seven points, including two lay-ups from Erin Rooney who finished the game with 23 points to lead Fordham. Those two baskets made it a 60-48 contest and the 12-point deficit was as close as the game would get. Thomas’s jumper with 2:26 remaining made it 75-57 Hofstra as the game concluded 77-64 in favor of the home team. “I had the opportunity to look at what we didn’t have much success with last game,” said Onyeuku following the game. “It was a lot of just harping on that. I’m not 100 percent, but I’m
November 21, 2013 • A 15
Senior Annie Payton scored 11 points against Fordham as she sprints down the court. Photo Credit/Hofstra Athletics
close.” “I just thought it was a great team effort,” said KilburnSteveskey. “They really settled down and the chemistry was better and they’re starting to trust each other a lot more.” After a matchup with Northwestern in Illinois on Wednesday, the Pride return home to the Mack Sports Complex to take on Virginia Tech this Saturday at 7 p.m. The Northwestern game saw
the Pride struggle on the road, as they lost 74-57. Even as freshmen Kelly Loftus and Elo Edeferioka contributed off the bench, with Loftus scoring five points and Edeferioka adding seven rebounds. This schedule was supposed to be a difficult one for the Pride, and it has shown in two rough early non-conference games. A loss to Boston College was a setback for the team, and this Northwestern game saw only
more struggles. Anma Onyeuku led the team with 14 points, as the senior floor commander kept the team in the game.
Hofstra-77 Fordham-64 Hofstra-57 Northwestern-74
Basketball Breakdown: Fordham By Lauren Del Valle staff writer
The Pride showed their potential for greatness Friday night in a home matchup against the Lady Rams of Fordham University. The team veterans served as fearless leaders on the court. Senior forward Amna Onyeuku scored a career-high 23 points in addition to seven steals, despite the knee injury that took her out of the home opener last week. Senior guard Andreana Thomas was also no stranger to the basket with 21 points and five assists for the night.
With 10 of the 13 members of the Pride contributing to the scoreboard, the Lady Rams were forced to respect every white jersey on the court. This was a considerable turn around for the Pride from their contest against Boston College, in which they struggled to put the ball in the basket. Against the Rams, the Pride shot 43.9 percent from the field and 33.3 percent behind the arc. This is an 18.2 percent and 14.5 percent improvement, respectively, for the offense. The Rams started out in a two-three defensive structure possibly due to a scouting report revealing
Hofstra’s previous shaky performance against the two-three put on by Boston College. It proved to be ineffective, however, as Hofstra scored 34 points in the first half, 18 of which were inside the paint. The only disruption the Rams could cause was with their manto-man full court press used in the second half, in an effort to make up for lost time. The Rams drove Hofstra coach, KilburnSteveskey, to call a timeout after a flustered turnover by her team, but the Pride regained control of the game following the timeout. The struggle to keep a fast pace against Boston College was
nowhere to be seen against the Rams. With 14 fast breaks off of 14 steals, the Pride’s transition game is visibly improving. This was undoubtedly due, in part, to Onyeuku’s presence all over the court as she ran seven of the fast breaks. On the defensive end, patience was the name of the game. The Pride defense proved itself to be fundamentally sound. They started the game in a zonal full court press, falling back into a man-to-man, but the press was just to set the tone. Hofstra didn’t pressure the Rams above half court for long, it was their discipline within the arc that gave
them control. The Pride forced Fordham to work to get a shot off, moving them close to shot clock violations on multiple occasions. According to Kilburn-Steveskey the Pride has set a goal for the season, to hold their opponents under 65 points in an outing. They did just that against the Rams capping them at 64. When approaching a team, the Pride looks to understand the personnel and how best to play each individual player. KilburnSteveskey felt that her team performed this well against the Rams.
A 16 • November 21, 2013
Wrestling loses to OU
By Sean Williams sports editor
The men’s wrestling team lost to Oklahoma University 36-6 on Sunday, marking a predictable but frustrating defeat for Rob Anspach’s Pride. Despite the best efforts of Luke Vaith and Joe Booth, Hofstra couldn’t topple the 5th-ranked Sooners, who expect to challenge for a national title. With some of the best wrestlers in the country, the lopsided score was expected. The likes of Kendric Maple and Andrew Howe – No. 2 and No. 1 in the country in their weight classes, respectively – anchored a strong Oklahoma team to an easy win. The Pride fought aggressively, hoping to shock the Sooners into taking them seriously. The match opened at 149 lbs. between Maple and Hofstra junior Cody Ruggirello. The year has been pleasantly surprising for Ruggirello, and the surprises continued as he narrowly lost a hard-fought decision 8-2. After Nick Terdick dropped a majority decision, Booth stopped the slide with a statement victory. The graduate student, ranked 12th in the nation, took a decision win over Clark Glass. “We’re here to wrestle, we know what we’re doing. All of a sudden it became a wrestling match,” said Anspach in regards to Booth’s win. The tide turned against the Pride, however, as the matches progressed to the higher weights. Victor Pozsonyi, David Heitman and Michael Hughes were all pinned, effectively putting the match out of reach for the Pride. “We had some guys that wrestled really well and we have some guys that still need to figure some things out,” Anspach said. “We have to do some different things as coaches to try to get those guys adapted to college wrestling.” Jamie Franco, the senior at 125 lbs., would put up a fight but lose a decision to Jarrod Patterson. “We can take a lot of positives from Jamie and Cody’s matches. They lost, but they wrestled well,”
Anspach said. Jamel Hudson took a disappointing technical fall loss, putting the Pride deficit at 36-3, before Vaith could string a decision win against 13th-ranked Nick Lester. Hofstra’s younger wrestlers have done well at practice but were unable to put it together in competition. Anspach believes this is an adjustment to the college competition, as inexperienced wrestlers may not be as attentive to diet, sleep and other non-training focuses. “Some of these guys have been successful without living that type of lifestyle, but they’re starting to see that that doesn’t work here. They’ve jumped up a level,” said Anspach. The bright spots for the Pride were Ruggirello, Franco, Booth and Vaith, who all have been some of the more consistent wrestlers for the Pride. Those four combine for a 17-7 record. Franco, Vaith and Booth, as two seniors and a graduate, respectively, are known as tough and ready wrestlers. Booth, a three-time NCAA qualifier at Drexel, was called “one of the hardest-working guys we have” by Anspach. Vaith is currently ranked 10th in the country. The Pride will compete at the New York State Championships this Sunday, a tournament that focuses on the individual performances of wrestlers. It will be a defining week for some of the Hofstra wrestlers whose starting jobs may be on the line after slow starts. Familiar foes like Cornell, Binghamton and Army will be some of the opponent’s for Anspach’s team, and many teams in attendance are a part of the EIWA conference that Hofstra joined this year. Anspach is determined to see exactly what his team has. “We want to go there and prove a point,” Anspach said.
Luke Vaith ranked 10th nationally, outgrappled Nick Lester on his way to a decision victory. Photo Credit/Hofstra Athletic Communications
Golf works hard in winter By Sean Williams sports editor
When the wintry frost creeps over the fairway grass, Hofstra golfers are left with few options for practice. Because they play an outdoor sport that is extremely dependent on the vacillating whims of the weather, the Pride men’s golf team has become accustomed to the cold that impedes their playing rhythm. That doesn’t mean they have to like it. “It’s a terrible disadvantage,” Coach Joe Elliot said when discussing how his team loses seasonal time on the course, compared to the Southern teams that form a large part of their competition. “We went into a tournament in March and got crushed because they had been playing basically all year and we were out of practice.”
Team captain David Mecca said that the mechanical parts of the game are the difficult part to work on when he doesn’t have regular chances to be on the course. There are substitutions, of course, for the real thing. The team has a new practice facility at Margiotta Hall that Mecca and Elliot hope will improve the play of the squad. The team also travels to an off-campus facility where players hit balls into the net and simulate full swings. The players can watch videos of their swings and try to document any fundamental errors. But Elliot and players agree that the swings are only part of the game, and a relatively minor aspect at that. “Putting is probably the thing I need to work on the most,” Mecca said. “If anything, it’s always the short game that comes back rusty,” Elliot conceded.
This year was an up-anddown one for the team, as they would show streaks of brilliance muddled with spots of ineffectiveness. Many of their most difficult tournaments came in places like North Carolina and Virginia, where the level of competition was much higher. Players like freshman David Won, a Calif. resident, is used to golfing year-round. Mecca, as a Pa. resident, is acclimated to some of the mean weather that the Northeast provides. “I try to practice on courses whenever it’s warm,” he said. “But it’s not always warm.” If they want to see success in tournament play, the entire squad knows that they need to capitalize on the offseason, regardless of how warm, cold, windy and snowy it is.
November 21, 2013 • A 17
Andreana Thomas learns on and off the court By Alex Pineda special to the chronicle
While some people find solace in playing an instrument, jogging through the park or simply sitting alone in silence, Hofstra women’s basketball player, Andreana Thomas, finds peace in the sound of a basketball bouncing off the hardwood. “Basketball saved me,” Thomas said, reflecting on the many odds she overcame to receive a full scholarship to Hofstra University from a tough city like New Haven, Conn. Basketball has taught Thomas many life lessons like the value of teamwork, how to work with others and how to handle adversity, and she hopes to pass those
lessons down later in life. “I think I’d be a great coach because I’ve had great coaches,” Thomas said, as she hopes to stay around the game long after her days of playing are over. The junior point guard, selected to the All-CAA preseason second team, will be relied on to score this season as she steps into a larger role as a leader on a young team that will have to compensate for the losses of graduate’s Shante Evans and Candace Bond. “I know I can score,” Thomas said, “but I don’t ever want any of my teammates to think I’m looking them off or being selfish.” While the floor general values her teammates and often finds them in position to score, she
believes sometimes she needs to take a shot instead of making the extra pass. Even though Thomas led the CAA in assists and ranked 10th in the nation with 6.7 helpers a game in 2012-2013, how Thomas balances her opportunities to score and distribute the ball will be paramount to her improvement as a player going forward. Although Thomas may be shorter than many of the point guards she plays against standing at 5 feet 4 inches, her speed – a skill she learned playing soccer that she carried over to the hardwood – sets her apart. “It’s hard for a 6-foot guard to guard me because she’s most likely going to be slower,” Thomas said.
Graduates Evans and Bond, who are both playing over overseas, were great influences on Thomas and she credits both with helping her develop on and off the court, along with Candice Bellocchio, a hardnosed point guard who graduated in 2012. During her freshman season playing behind the veteran, Thomas adjusted to the speed of the college game and learned how to run Coach KilburnSteveskey’s system. Going into this season, Thomas was especially looking forward to the Pride’s first home game for the chance to play against Boston College, an Atlantic Coast Conference team that recruited her but dropped their scholarship offer after she suffered a severe
knee injury in 2010. Coach Kilburn-Steveskey stood by Thomas through this difficult time, showing support through letters and phone calls, which meant a lot to Thomas and factored into her decision to commit to Hofstra. “The recruiting process was overwhelming but it was fun getting recruited by big time schools,” said Thomas, who ultimately chose Hofstra because it’s close to home. Thomas’s parents have never missed one of her games and their unwavering support is very important to her. “I know they’re proud of me no matter what,” Thomas said.
HOFSTRA ATHLETIC CALENDAR Away Home
v.s. Virginia Tech University 7:00 P.M.
@ University of Hartford 5:30 P.M.
@ belmont/ sacred heart 6:00 p.m.
New York State Intercollegiate Championships
8k IC4A Championships
5K ECAC Championships
A 18 • November 21, 2013
This tattered Hofstra football banner, made sarcastically after the disbandment of the team, has remained in the Chronicle office since 2009. Photo Credit/Mike Rudin
Hofstra Hypothetical: Football is unnecessary By Frank Aimetti Staff Writer
As hard as it may be to admit, the students and overall culture of Hofstra just didn’t value football enough to justify the financial spending on the program. While cutting the program was undoubtedly a hard decision, it saved a significant amount of money and helped Hofstra fund more essential programs. In 2009, football’s last season, the average attendance was 4,260 fans. While completely
filling the stadium was always an unrealistic task, student tickets were always free. Out of a student body of 13,000 people, only 500 could be enticed to go to a Division I football game for free. Spending over $4.5 million dollars per year on the football team was no longer feasible. The football program, while producing a handful of notable NFL players, was also not very successful. Their final season ended with a 5-6 record and only one conference title in its history. While some may argue that a
lack of a football team on campus hurts school morale and spirit, a lack of school spirit and morale is in fact one of the biggest reasons why the Hofstra football program was eliminated. Perhaps if the student body was more supportive of the football team during its existence, it would still be here. The $4.5 million previously spent on the football program has been invested into the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, which accepted its inaugural class in 2011. The extra money has also been placed into
scholarship programs, to help fund the studies of current or prospective Hofstra students. Freshman Kunal Bhagoji believes Hofstra is better off without a football team. “I don’t mind Hofstra not having a football team because a football program requires a lot of funding. Without having to set aside funds for the football team, Hofstra is able to appropriate a budget to other clubs, teams and activities that otherwise would have gone towards a football team,” said Bhagoji.
Bhagoji’s attitude towards Hofstra’s re-appropriation of fund reflects a general attitude that the football team was cut for the best. A well-funded, state of the art medical school can do more for Hofstra than a lower Division I football program ever could. Although many have fond memories of Hofstra’s football history, it was time for Hofstra to move on and concentrate on furthering the academic reputation of the university rather than the athletic.
Hofstra Hypothetical: Football brings Pride By Kyle Kandetzki staff writer
Hofstra Pride athletics is now a few years removed from including a football team and the void left is extremely apparent. I am only a freshman at Hofstra, so this fall was my first sports season as a fan and a writer for the soccer and field hockey sports teams. Both teams certainly brought an entertaining product to the field for those who were in attendance, which unfortunately was not many. Not everyone on campus is a sports fan, and not every sports fan will take an interest in each athletic event on campus, but I think a football team will create a wave of enthusiasm for other
sports as a result. Football breeds a culture drawing in every type of student. From the tailgate to the social aspect of going with friends and the game on the field, many students will be drawn to get a taste of Pride athletics. The excitement of packing a 10,000-seat stadium can be fun for even the non-sports fan, and is a prime activity for any Saturday night. Just by getting a significant section of the student body into the atmosphere of James Shuart Stadium, students will gain an immediate sense of pride for their school right from the beginning of their freshman year. At this point in time, the main athletic attraction is basketball,
and rightfully so thanks to it’s fast paced nature and, of course, stadium environment. But by the time November rolls around, most freshman think that athletics aren’t an attraction, and they look for other activities to fill their weekends. This notion could be erased by placing an immediate importance on athletics and spirit in the very beginning of every Hofstra student’s career. When writing this article it is impossible to avoid the topic of the lack of excitement for the program in the past. Hofstra is in the CAA, not the SEC, and it doesn’t have the student body size to make football a way of life like at schools in the South. In the past, football games
would struggle to reach half capacity, but with the class of students that were around for Pride football’s final season in 2009 gone, this is a great time to re-introduce the program. A feeling of interest and invigoration will spread across campus at the announcement of a football team, and a good amount of hype for the sport's return will draw big crowds. On the topic of financial losses from the program, there is no doubt that no university ever wants to be part of an endeavor that doesn’t create profit. But this reason for eliminating the program doesn’t mean they are unable to support a return. A welladvertised and executed return for the program should draw good
revenue right off the bat, and will in turn lead to better ticket sales and support for other sports. Investment worries shouldn’t discourage the school from trying again. I’m sure Hofstra is gaining enough income to try to spur the student body into buying tickets and showing school spirit. I don’t expect a full-on sports culture coming from a school mostly in the Colonial Athletic Association, but it is also upsetting to see an overall apathy towards attending athletic events. It is upsetting to see more support for Islanders hockey than a school football team of peers right here on campus.
November 21, 2013 • A 19
Volleyball squeaks into CAA Championships By Jackie Parsons staff writer
The Pride volleyball team ended their regular season this past weekend with a win against William & Mary and a loss against James Madison University. The weekend’s outcome established the Pride’s overall record at 16-14 and their Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) record at 6-8. Hofstra is the fifth seed in the CAA Championship tournament. They will face James Madison University on Friday in the quarterfinals at 4 p.m. in Charleston, South Carolina. A new lineup provided the Pride with a renewed spark as they garnered a four-set win over William & Mary. The changes featured Corrina Delgadillo in the libero position and allowed freshman setter Hannah Klemm more time on the court. Klemm went on to contribute 50 assists and 14 digs. She was later named CAA Rookie of the Week as well as GoHofstra’s player of the week. “Hannah’s been doing a really good job in practice so we decided to give her a chance,” Head coach Kristina Hernandez said, “She really had our outsides with a lot of one-on-ones and our middles were really connecting. I thought she did a great job.” Klemm was not the only member of the Pride with a strong match against William & Mary. Hofstra went point for point against William & Mary until
a brief 5-2 rally from the Tribe put them up 18-15. The Pride answered with a 5-1 rally of their own, putting them up 21-20. The Pride secured there 25-22 set win with the aid of two kills and a block from junior outside hitter Emily Burke. Burke contributed 12 kills. William & Mary answered with a dominate second set as they defeated Hofstra 25-15. The Tribe held Hofstra to a negative .033 hitting percentage as they hit .312, allowing them to outscore the Pride with ease. Hofstra answered back with an eightpoint run to start off the third set. The Pride maintained their lead throughout the set, fueled by strong play from junior middle blocker Nuria Lopes da Silva. Lopes da Silva posted 15 kills, tying junior outside hitter Kelsie Wills for the match high. A service ace from Klemm ended the third set, providing the Pride with a 25-21 win. Hofstra would lead the Tribe for most of the fourth and final set before a five point run from William & Mary tied the score at 21. The Pride answered with a small three-point rally, allowing them to regain the lead and win the match with a final set score of 25-22. “I liked the energy we came out with,” Hernandez said. “Even when we struggled, they fought a little bit harder. It’s something we haven’t seen from them in a couple weeks.” The Pride attempted to pick
up one more regular season win as they faced James Madison University Sunday, but the Dukes swept Hofstra in three sets. Seniors Jovana Barisic, Sarah Campolina and Caity Decoster were also honored before the match for their contributions made during their Pride careers. Hofstra’s chances looked promising as they took a quick 7-3 lead in the first set, but JMU answered with a five-point rally, fueled by four Pride attack errors. The Pride seemed to take control of the set as they took a late 23-18 lead, but a six-point rally from JMU put them up 24-23. The set was sent into “overtime,” and the Dukes eventually took a 28-26 win. JMU continued their dominant play into the second set, holding Hofstra to a .000 hitting percentage. A series of rallies and attack errors against them allowed the Dukes to take a commanding 25-12 win, leaving Hofstra at a two set deficit. The Pride rebounded to keep pace with JMU in the third set, coming within two points of overtaking the Dukes late in the set. Yet, a 5-1 rally from JMU allowed them to take the winning set from the Pride with a score of 25-19. Wills would post 10 kills and 12 digs, while Klemm added 25 assists to the Pride’s effort. The Pride will face James Madison again on Friday at the CAA Championship, providing an opportunity for redemption. Hernandez believed that the
Hannah Klemm leaps up in the air to set the ball. Photo Credit/Hofstra Athletic Communications
Pride had a lot to work on before facing JMU again, including cutting down their errors. “It comes down to what we’re doing,” Hernandez said. “Not
anybody beating us. I think that’s been the same for the whole year. We’ve got a lot of work to do in the three days that we have to prepare.”
Daniel Rono (left) and Becky Celorio (right) have been the standout runners for the men’s and women’s cross country teams. Rono ran a 32:37 10K to finish 126th at the Northeast Regionals. Celorio ran a 22:28 6K to finish 113th.
Back Cover: Anma Onyeuku (40) sets up for an impressive jump shot. Daniel Rono, a senior, has been one of Hofstra’s best runners ever. Photo Credit/Hofstra Athletic Communications
Becky Celorio, though only a sophomore , is the strongest athlete on the women’s team. Photo Credit/Hofstra Athletic Communications
Chronicle Poise and Promise Onyeuku puts up career-high 23 points as womenâ€™s basketball dominates Fordham at home.
Photo Credit/Hofstra Athletics
The November 21st issue of The Hofstra Chronicle, the student newspaper of Hofstra University on Long Island, NY.