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THURSDAY March 6, 2014
Smile, you’re on camera KEEPING THE HOFSTRA COMMUNITY INFORMED SINCE 1935
More security around campus than realized By Nicole Allegrezza
special to the chronicle
Jesse Otto, senior mass media studies and political science major, was at rugby practice last semester and parked his car in the lot between the soccer and field hockey stadiums for about two hours. When he returned, he found his bumper on the ground and filed a safety report. Once it was filed, a Public Safety officer checked security cameras in the area to try to find who hit his car. Although the person was not caught, Otto felt reassured knowing that Public Safety reviews security camera footage. 150 surveillance cameras are planted around campus in buildings and parking lots, as well as above Hempstead Turnpike. These are used to aid both the campus security and the police when situations on or near the turnpike are investigated. Reported campus burglaries have doubled from six to 14 between 2011 and 2012, according to the 2013 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. However, the number of reported motor vehicle thefts fell from six to zero between 2011 and 2012. According to John C. O’Malley, associate director of Public Safety Operations, burglary numbers reflect an increase in thefts from dorm rooms when students leave their doors open and return to find their property missing. Public Safety is working on implementing more cameras within the campus parking lots. “We try to install at least a couple a year, depending on what our budget allows,” said O’Malley. The estimated price of a camera is $500. O’Malley said there are privacy
Security cameras have a strong presence on Hofstra’s campus that often goes unnoticed by students and faculty.
codes that Public Safety must adhere to with the usage of the surveillance cameras. There are no cameras in the locker rooms, restrooms or dormitories, due to the privacy codes. The footage is only reviewed when necessary and depending on the situation and only specific people may view them. In the case of a reported crime with security cameras in the area, either O’Malley or Karen O’Callaghan, director of Public Safety, review the video footage.
The cameras are periodically reviewed by the engineering technician for maintenance. “They are not like on a TV where someone is sitting there watching them,” said O’Malley. “They are an investigative tool here to benefit the students of the Hofstra community and we certainly don’t look to invade anyone’s privacy.” Surveillance cameras have always been a debated topic when it comes to privacy. Dr. J Bret Bennington, professor of
geology, environment and sustainability, sees that security and privacy need to be compromised. “Security cameras are both essential and an invasion of privacy, depending on how important you feel security is. The more security you want, the less privacy you can have,” Bennington said. “Increased privacy carries with it less security. Security and privacy are both reasonable expectations people have for their lives, so the trick is finding the right balance of the two.”
Photo by Che Sullivan Michael Zucker, junior physician’s assistant major, feels safe knowing that there are many cameras around campus and Hempstead Turnpike. “As long as the cameras are in public forums then I say all the better because it provides better campus security just in case something does go wrong,” said Zucker. “They are trying to protect us.”
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Obama’s White House debated Kalikow Center discussion held
By Jen Sifferlen
assistant editorial editor
Political experts Howard B. Dean III and Edward J. Rollins may not agree on much, but they do agree that the days of an American-dominated world stage came to a close when President Obama entered the White House. Dean, Rollins and Tim Naftali were the main speakers at the recent panel discussion hosted at Hofstra University titled, “How Does the Obama White House Lead in the World?” last Thursday. They debated the belief that the Obama administration has taken on foreign policies that shift the country to become a multipowered global landscape. Dean is a former presidential candidate, Democratic National Committee Chairman and governor of Vermont. Rollins was President Reagan’s campaign director and political strategist. Both men are fellows at Hofstra’s Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency. They were joined by Naftali a historian, author and head of the Tamiment Library at NYU. The panel is the first of three taking place this spring and was sponsored by the Kalikow Center. During the panel, the speakers concluded that the future of international relations is likely to veer away from having just a single superpower or a pair of superpow-
ers. ‘”This is what the president is trying to build,” said Dean, “a multi-polar world.” Rollins did not give the president credit for the transition. “I think that the president’s problem is that he is a loner president,” said Rollins. “He does not have close friends, he is not feared… he does not have friends internationally.”
stability.” Meanwhile, Obama struggles to work together with other international leaders to alleviate tensions building between Russia and the Ukraine, which have escalated to a Russian military presence in Ukraine’s Crimea this past Sunday. Obama is preparing to implement sanctions on Russia, but European leaders expressed
“I think that the president’s problem is that he is a loner president. He does not have close friends, he is not feared ... he does not have friends internationally.” Naftali rebutting this comment by defending that establishing a collaborative international force, rather than trying to be the single global leader, is best for the United States. “There are times when other regional powers, Germany for example, Poland, others, can actually do what is best for the free world,” he said. Dean agreed. “[Obama] is not leading from behind, but giving others the opportunity to take responsibility,” he said. “We need their help in places like Iran, where we need to establish
a disinterest in committing to trade restrictions, The New York Times reported Wednesday. Dean called Obama’s “reason d’être,” or source of motivation, human rights. But, the president and his foreign collaborators have yet to be successful in the promotion of human rights in Iran, in Syria regarding the destruction of chemical weapons, or in Ukraine. “I think his intentions are probably correct,” Rollins said, “but his implementation isn’t.” In a brief digression to discuss national politics, Rollins assured
his fellow panelists, Dean in particular, that both parties faced a challenging midterm election. “The Republican party has a lot of work to do,” he said, “but don’t think for a moment that Democrats don’t have divisions, too.” The speakers returned to foreign policy to predict some kind of territorial changes between Russia and Ukraine. “There will be some revisions, some redrawing of lines between the two countries,” Dean said. None of them, however, foresaw the immediate military presence that Russia has recently implemented. Rollins predicted that the Obama administration will continue to be ineffective. “I hate to see any lame duck presidency with three years to go,” he said. Naftali was more optimistic about the president’s future. “If [Obama] finds a soft landing to the War on Terror – that could be his lasting legacy. That will be what historians remember him for,” he said. The talks will continue on Wednesday, March 26 at 11:15 a.m. during a talk titled “SecondTerm Leadership? Politics and Policies in the Obama White House,” and on Thursday, April 24 at 11:10 a.m. during a talk titled “What’s at Stake for Washington in 2014? An Early Look at the Midterm Elections.”
Suite fires under investigation By Medea Giordano
SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE
Two garbage can fires are under investigation in Breukelen and Hampton Houses, after both incidents happened three days apart last week. Hampton House residents in Colonial Square were locked out of their rooms for over an hour on late afternoon on March 1. Public Safety officers and the Uniondale Fire Department found what seemed to be a paper towel burning in a second floor garbage can. They began an investigation,
being that it was the second fire of that nature in a week. On Feb. 26, Public Safety found a trash can on fire outside of a room in Breukelen House in the Netherlands. The Uniondale Fire Department extinguished the fire and there was no damaged property. However, the fire triggered a slight smoke condition. Hampton House alone had at least three fire drills already this semester. The first two appeared to be from too-hot showers or hairspray. Karen O’Callaghan, director of Public Safety, said that hairspray
and hot showers are the culprit of about 99 percent of the alarms that go off in residence halls. O’Callaghan could not comment on whether or not the investigation returned any suspicious evidence. “We want to make sure we do everything we can to make sure they aren’t connected,” O’Callaghan said. The Uniondale Fire Department was not available for comment at the time of publication. Kristin Mathis, a senior Hampton House resident, wished that the residents were more informed when the fire happened.
“I’m glad they’re taking it seriously but I wish they would tell us more information so we knew what was going on,” Mathis said. Fellow resident, Corey Jacobs, a sophomore, is not happy with the frequent drills during the harsh winter weather. “I think the constant fire drills are ridiculous and annoying,” Jacobs said. “It makes me want to reconsider living on campus because I have to repeatedly leave the comfort of my home and stand outside in the freezing weather for nothing.”
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March 6, 2014 •
Women share HERstory at reception By Khadijah Duncan
special to the chronicle
When most people think of streetwalkers, we think of prostitutes. Mary Anne Trasciatti, professor of rhetoric and keynote speaker for the Women’s HERstory reception, told her audience that, “streetwalkers are women who are advocating for their rights and using the streets.” The streets are “radical democratic spaces.” It often seems that men are the primary focus when history is studied in the mainstream. However, this past Wednesday, women were center stage at the Women’s “HERstory” Reception. Trasciatti spoke specifically about finding your voice: “Be an activist for what you believe in.” The Multicultural and International Programs Office hosted an event during common hour in celebration of Women’s History Month. The event started off with opening remarks made by junior Shannon Alomar, who
spoke about the theme for this month: women’s journeys. “We are here to celebrate women from all walks of life who overcame struggles,” Alomar said. The next speaker was Christine Brazeau, president of She’s The First, a not-for-profit organization that sponsors girls’ education in the developing world. Brazeau spoke about how She’s The First has helped her gain leadership skills, confidence, and empowerment. “Every girl is self-conscious, but this organization has helped me turn my self-consciousness into self-confidence,” said Brazeau, a junior public relations and global studies major. Senior and sophomore dance majors Julia Macchio and Julia Neto performed a dance, choreographed by Macchio titled “Underneath.” Neto danced the persona, the parts that you want people to see, and Macchio was the shadow, the parts that we all want to hide.
“It reflects a person’s struggle to accept all parts of themselves, even the parts they are ashamed of,” Neto said. “Young women face discrimination and inequality daily. They are forced to feel shame. I want all women to take that power and love themselves.” Junior broadcast journalism major Elisa Tang said, “I found this event very interesting. A long time ago in history, women weren’t considered streetwalkers, whereas today women feel very cautious about what they wear when they are walking on the street.” Mistress of Ceremonies Shannon Alomar explained what “HERstory” means to her. “It attacks gender roles. It celebrates our obstacles and struggles and this month breaks away from the male-dominated world. It is great that we have a month specifically for women,” Alomar said. Photo by Che Sullivan The Women’s HERstory reception took place Wednesday in the Plaza rooms.
Clubs unaffiliated, SGA still pays By Lauren del Valle assistant news editor
In the wake of their Student Government Association–disassociation, on-campus a cappella groups are continuing to thrive. In the past year, the campus’s five a cappella groups have all cut ties with SGA. By nature, a cappella groups are exclusive due to their acceptance of members based on vocal ability. Upon examining club constitutions in the fall of 2012, SGA informed the ensembles that as audition-based groups they had violated the SGA constitution. Memorandum One of the constitution states that affiliated clubs must not discriminate upon ethnicity, gender or ability. Specifically, The Hofstra Dutchmen and Makin’ Treble were determined to have breached the memorandum on two counts, as exclusive male and female performance ensembles. “The only major disadvantage our group faced in leaving SGA was losing our budget; however,
we have come up with creative ways of fundraising, like selling singing-telegrams,” said Hofbeats president Jackie Bakewell. SGA passed the Five Percent Act that allots up to 5 percent of the SGA budget to non-affiliated groups for a maximum of two campuswide events. SGA meant the legislation for clubs like the a cappella groups, the Inter-Fraternity Sorority Council, and groups that include graduate students because they continue to benefit the Hofstra community. “We thought it was silly for them to compromise their purpose and take women when they’re an allmale group. At the end of the day, it was very amicable,” said SGA Rules Committee chair Alyssa Legnetti. “I think the 5 percent leg-
islation really helped the transition because [funding is] something that all clubs are worried about.” The Dutchmen, through their president Neil Schloth, originally negotiated with SGA to maintain affiliation last Spring. Upon notifi-
is because we don’t need money. We accepted what they were saying,” said Schloth. “In a sense, it is actually a little bit of a weight off of our shoulders in not having to deal with the bureaucracy of some things.” Being the first time in years that SGA disassociated organizations for constitutional violations rather than for conduct-related issues, the senate became wary of organizations’ rights to appeal to senate decisions via a hearing. As a result, SGA passed the Senate Hearings Act to assure that all organizations and clubs may appeal in a hearing so long as the violations fall under SGA’s jurisdiction. “I think one of the reasons that
“In a sense, it is actually a little bit of a weight off of our shoulders in not having to deal with the bureaucracy of some things.” cation of once again being disassociated last November, however, Schloth reevaluated the necessity of such an affiliation. Schloth agreed that disassociation would be in his group’s best interest, consciously deciding there was no need for a memorandum in SGA’s senate, according to Legnetti. “The reason it isn’t so important
it came about was because one of the senators thought [Dutchmen] should have been able to appeal. They would have been able to appeal. They could have come to senate next week and said, ‘This is our case for this.’ But they realized it was in their best interest,” said Legnetti. Because each of the disassociated groups continues to maintain sufficient funding, no longer being affiliated does not interfere with their overarching goal to serve Hofstra through their love of performing. “I think so long as we continue to serve the Hofstra community the way we have been, we should not have a problem,” said Sigma’capella treasurer Elisa Galindez. “It is understandable why the performance groups can’t be SGA-affiliated. In order to be successful we have to be exclusive.”
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â€˘ Pride Pals: An organization to foster friendships with students with and without disabilities. This group will put an emphasis on freshmen; they will pair up a disabled person with an able-bodied person. They would meet two to three times every month.
Public Safety Briefs Compiled by Ehlayna Napolitano A fire alarm was activated in Breukelen House on Feb. 26. PS responded and found a trash receptacle on fire outside of room 1013. The fire was extinguished without incident or property damage. However, the fire triggered a slight smoke condition. The can was removed from the building. Uniondale Fire Department responded and deemed the fire suspicious. During a search of Breukelen House during the Feb. 26 fire alarm, PS found four individuals who had failed to evacuate. The smell of marijuana was strong in their room. In open view, PSOs discovered marijuana,
two knives, a scale and several grinders. These were confiscated and turned over to NCPD. Summonses were issued to all four students. An RA on rounds in Vander Poel Hall on Feb. 27 smelled marijuana coming from one of the rooms. The two residents were found inside when PS responded and both residents admitted to smoking when questioned. They also surrendered a small container with marijuana residue and rolling papers. Summonses were issued to both students. A student reported to PS on Feb. 27 that upon returning
to her vehicle parked in the CV Starr parking lot, she discovered a scratch and dent on the passenger side door. There were no witnesses and police assistance was declined. Three nonstudents were found by a PSO in the 13th floor lounge of Constitution Hall on March 1. When questioned, they said they were guests of a resident who was not present. They were escorted to the HIC and banned from campus. Their host was issued a summons. After Nonsense Humor Magazine was removed from their office, it was reported to PS
on March 3 that club members had made remarks to several SGA senators and had targeted several individuals, including the one who reported the incident. The magazine has also created obscene photos on their website and Facebook. An investigation is being conducted.
of Estabrook Hall, she discovered derogatory remarks in shaving cream on the front windshield. There were no witnesses. An investigation is being conducted.
During a Health and Safety Inspection on March 3, a folding knife was discovered in a room in Alliance Hall. Residents were not present but a summons will be issued.
PS- Public Safety HIC- Hofstra Information Center PSO- Public Safety Officer RA- Resident Assistant NCPD- Nassau County Police Department
A female student reported to PS that upon returning to her vehicle parked on the east side
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O ve r h e a rd @ H o fst ra Compiled by the Hofstra Chronicle staff In Axinn: Girl 1: I love your nails. Girl 2: Thanks. I had to write an essay last night, so I said to myself: if I’m going to write it, they may as well look damn good doing it. In Student Center: Girl: I’m the worst Catholic! In Herbert: Girl: I’m giving up Lent for Lent. In Student Center: Girl 1: Isn’t she right behind us? Girl 2: That’s the best kind of gossip. It’s riskier! In Student Center: Girl: Stop sexualizing my water bottle. In Public Safety: Guy: I’ll stop bothering you if you stop being a weenie.
Outside of Enterprise: Guy: I’m a firm believer in a Guinness a day keeps the doctor away. In Enterprise: Girl: She told me my personal statement was like Chinese food because it was so dificult to read.
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Correction: In the Feb. 27 issue,The Chronicle incorrectly named Toby Jaffe as Josh Samuels in the Man of the Unispan.
MARCH 6, 2014 •
Recreate Oscar 2014 glam looks at home By Isabela Jacobsen ASSISTANT FEATURES EDITOR
On any Tuesday or Thursday I may not be a film major anymore, but I live for awards shows. I love movies, fashion and makeup, so the Oscars are a pretty big deal in my book. I haven’t seen all the movies this year, but I did see all the pretty makeup! If you’re ever stuck on creativity while doing your makeup, looking at these celebrities may give you inspiration. Here are some ways you can replicate some of your favorite looks of the night. I thought we would be seeing edgier looks, but instead the stars went for a softer appearance. Lupita Nyong’o was by far the most stunning of the night. She dressed like she knew she was going to win! We all know she has been dominating this awards season with her charming personality. So, it was no surprise that she looked like a total Disney princess on the red carpet — that light blue dress transformed her into Cinderella for the night. Her makeup was very simple, compared to her romantic dress.
For the spring, try a similar tone of blue outfit with very simple eye shadow. Pair it up with a pink lip gloss, and you will look just as graceful as Lupita. Jennifer Lawrence is always the public’s favorite. We are all obsessed with her and it has become quite a trend. After all the buzz at the 2011 Oscars over her beautiful red dress, Jennifer decided to go for red again this year. The Dior gown was incredibly sophisticated, almost enough to make us forget the fact that she tripped over a cone on the red carpet this year. To replicate her makeup, try applying a neutral eye shadow with dark eyeliner on your top lid. Pick a nude lipstick with a hint of gold, and you have officially achieved Jennifer’s look. If you’re feeling daring, you can imitate Jennifer’s drastic haircut and sleek it back for a touch of glam. Kerry Washington was another star that stood out to me. She looked pretty scandalous with those dark lips. Her lipstick looked prefect with the dark purplish grey dress she was wearing. To replicate this look, you need to
find a dark lipstick, almost winecolored, and define the cheekbones. Use
bronzer to contour underneath your cheekbones and bring them out, like hers. Wave your hair using a waving barrel, and pin the sides of your hair for a girly touch to this bold makeup look. If you’re interested in purchasing a hair
Photo by Isabela Jacobsen Create your own Oscar-winning makeup.
waver, I recommend NUME products. That’s where I got mine, and I love it. Next time you’re going out and you want to feel a little more glamorous, try using these ideas to spice up your look. Just
because you’re not an awardwinning star doesn’t mean you can’t look like one. Go outside and make Hofstra your own red carpet.
Dorm Room Dish: satisfy your cravings with cauliflower pizza By Janet Lee STAFF WRITER
Finding healthier alternatives to regular foods has become a very popular movement. For example, kale. A lot of people were unfamiliar with the vegetable, but as juicing became a new trending fad, kale became the “it” vegetable. And there are so many ways to eat kale: kale chips, kale salad, kale juice, etc. But kale has become old news. I would like to introduce you to a less popular but equally healthy alternative vegetable that can be used to make one of the most popular foods, as a pizza crust: Cauliflower Crust Pizza. Here is what you will need: - Nonstick spray - Baking sheet or pizza pan
- Large microwavable bowl - 1 egg - 1/2 large head of cauliflower - 1 1/4 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese - 2 table spoons of grated parmesan cheese - 1/4 tomato sauce - 2 cloves of sliced garlic - Salt and Pepper - Slices of ham - Dole sliced pineapple Here is how to make it: - Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. - Grate the cauliflower or chop it finely with a knife until you have two cups of cauliflower crumbles. - Take the grated cauliflower and put it into the microwaveable bowl. Microwave the cauliflower for 7-8 minutes, until the
cauliflower is soft. Then, set the cauliflower aside to cool. - Mix the egg, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese with a pinch of salt and pepper. - Once it is mixed, spray the pizza pan/baking sheet with the nonstick spray. - Pat the cauliflower mixture into a pizza circle. - Bake the cauliflower for 10-15 minutes until it is golden. Then let it cool. - Add the tomato sauce, pineapple, and ham. Don’t forget to top it off with a little more mozzarella cheese. - Bake your pizza for another 10 minutes. - Bon appetit! Cauliflower is a vegetable that not many people eat; however,
give this recipe a shot! This is a great alternative and a guilt-free pizza because it has less carbs. There are so many different ways you can make this if you just change up your toppings. You can add any kind of vegetable or toppings you Photo by Janet Lee personally enjoy This cauliflower pizza is healthy and easy to make. on your pizza, and at the same time you will be able to consider cauliflower another one of the healthy vegetables that you eat. Enjoy!
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Man on the Unispan What is your go-to comfort food? By Danielle Denenberg STAFF WRITER
“Sushi.” Melissa Buchman, Grad student
“Three Musketeers.” Sherin George, Junior
“Peanut Butter and Oreos” Dante Rodriguez, Senior
“Fruit,smoothies, and chocolate.” Donnie Regisford, Sophomore
“Pizza.” Jared Presner, Grad student
“Pasta.” Jahnasia Booker, Sophomore
MARCH 6, 2014 •
The Humans of Hofstra
By Danielle Santucci STAFF WRITER
Natalia Dutt, Junior “I have an addiction to tattoos and travel. I have five tattoos.”
Alexa Rothstein, Junior “I have been a vegetarian since I was seven years old. My mom was a vegetarian when she was pregnant with me and I think that made me hate the taste of meat.”
Peter McCaughey, Junior “I work as a clown on the weekends. I also lived in the desert for three months.”
Women’s “Herstory” Month Reception
Julia Macchio and Julia Neto perform “Underneath,” choreographed by Macchio herself.
The Women’s “Herstory” Month Reception took place in the Plaza rooms on Wednesday,
March 5 during common hour. Organized by the Multicultural & International Student
Programs Office and co-sponsored by the Black/Hispanic Alumni Association, the
reception included student performances and speeches, as well as a keynote speaker. Christine Brazeau, President of She’s the First, speaks about her experiences with the club.
Shannon Alomar, junior broadcast journalism major, delivers opening remarks.
The reception celebrated women’s journeys and life experiences.
Mary Anne Trasciatti, professor of rhetoric (right), was the keynote speaker.
Photos and spread by Che Sullivan
VOL 79 ISSUE 18
Photo courtesy of Erica Genece
Between Beauty and the Breaking Pointe Photography by Erica Genece - B2
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FORM: Erica Genece
photographer’s work exhibits the pain of perfection
By Princy Prasad Columnist
Erica Genece’s show displays the beauty and pain that comes with ballet. “Pointe,” the name of her FORM gallery show, is also the form of dance the model is performing in the photographs. Genece, now a senior, is majoring in exercise science with a double minor in physical education and fine arts. Though photography is essentially her minor, the reason she did not major in fine arts was due to her West Indian background, a culture where there is a stigma that comes with being an aspiring artist. Yet, Genece does value her major. In this show, her knowledge of exercise science has
been integrated into her art. She wants viewers to see not only the grace, but the athleticism of pointe in her work. “Ballet is not necessarily this stoic, rigid commentary on perfection but a gritty, tough and, very often, painful endeavor,” said Genece. The model, Nicole Spinelli, is a phenomenal dancer and choreographer; Genece and Spinelli went back and forth collaborating ideas. Genece allowed her model to be free to simply capture the process of the art: practicing, thinking, stretching and making the dance come to life in the studio. As for the outdoor shots, Genece directed Spinelli more to juxtapose of nature and form.
Photo courtesy of Erica Genece Spinelli contorts her body in a natural dance motion.
Photo courtesy of Erica Genece Genece captures the poise and lesser-known grit of ballet with up-close shots of Nicole Spinelli.
“[I wanted to show a] blend of nature and how fluid her body moved, [how] natural the dance is to her,” said Genece. A dancer herself for 10 years, Genece’s photography was always influenced by music and dancing. Her love for the human body and understanding of its movement not only helps in her dance but also in her art, which is why the shapes and position of the model’s body display form and structure so well. “[People think] ballet is perfect and proper, [but there is a] gritty, tough side to it,” said Genece. Her favorite image from the gallery is a bird’s eye view of the dancer’s feet and one arm. She is adjusting her ballet slipper —
it shows the grit that goes into ballet. “From her chipped nail polish and the really old looking ballet slipper … I just really love the grunginess of a subject that’s usually so perfect and clean,” said Genece. Many of the images have Spinelli wearing one slipper or one sock, because the dancer actually broke one of her toes. Genece wanted to not only capture the persistent energy that flows through dance, but what the dancer experiences when their own body takes the toll of this art form. Genece is a brilliant photographer whose first gallery show lends an eye into her personal
struggles as an artist, and the pain and frustration that goes into any form of art. It requires practice to achieve a dancer’s perfection, and it is not always clean. Perfect is broken toes and clipped nail polish, worn slippers and perspiration; but what the audience sees is how natural the body is at being a moving piece of art and the work it takes to get there. Through toils and stress, Genece’s produced a show she was proud of. “Pointe” was up on display from March 2-5. Her work can be viewed on Tumblr: egnphotography.tumblr.com and Instagram: @niadrialla!
Recital Review: Christine Flannery and Joe Brigandi Accomplished Flautist and shining Singer senior recitals By Jessica Braveman Columnist
Christine Flannery Music education major Christine Flannery performed in her senior recital for flute on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 8 p.m. at The Helen Fortunoff Theater in Monroe Lecture Hall. Dressed in a beautiful black and deep-green pleated gown,
Flannery performed a variety of flute-featured music, including works by composers such as Bach and Haydn. The most interesting piece performed was Density 21.5, a 20th Century work, by Edgard Varese. The solo piece uses the two contrasting elements of modal and atonal melodic ideas. Flannery sounded beautiful as she flowed between the pretty sounding modal sections and the harsh sounding atonal sections.
Accompanied by pianist Elizabeth Rodgers and by Daniel Rivera on violin, Theresa Ruggles on viola and Kailyn Tropeano on the cello, Flannery showcased her talent and obvious knowledge of flute repertoire.
Joe Brigandi On Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at 8 p.m. at the Helene Fortunoff Theater in Monroe Lecture Hall, music merchandising major, Joe
Brigandi, tenor, performed a senior recital to a nearly packed theater. Brigandi looked calm and collected throughout the entire performance. He presented himself as a professional in a sleek black suit with an elegant lavender tie. Pieces were performed in English, German, Italian and French. They spanned a variety of genres from opera to a duet from “The Secret Garden,” with baritone and fellow senior Alan Stentiford. One
of the more memorable pieces performed was the love song, “Pararme d’amore mariu,” by Cesare Andrea Bixio. While the entire recital was wonderful, this piece in particular drew attention due to its softer sound and beautiful lyrics. At the end of the recital, Brigandi received a well-deserved standing ovation with the entire audience on their feet, whistling and cheering in delight.
March 6, 2014 • B 3
86th Academy Awards Coverage: A recap of all the Oscar winners and the awards that should have been By Ohad Amram Columnist
roles in films such as “Fight Club,” “Girl, Interrupted,” “American Psycho,” and undoubtedly his most wellknown role prior to “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Requiem for a Dream.” Leto’s portrayal of Rayon, an HIV-stricken, trans-gender cocaine addict, is his most honest and heartfelt performance to date. Leto’s costar Matthew Photo Source The Ellen Show McConaughey took Celebrity group shot that Ellen Tweeted during the Oscars that “crashed” Twitter. home the Oscar for Best Actor in a Best Picture, he did not mention Nyong’o’s performance in Steve leading role. The actor portrays a John Ridley. This was the result McQueen’s afflicting account rodeo cowboy who has contractof a feud that began during the of Solomon Northup is not only ed HIV and is told he’ll have 30 early stages of shooting, in which a performance of a lifetime but days left to live. The performance John Ridley declined McQueen’s also, remarkably, is her film truly captures McConaughey’s request for a writing credit on debut. versatility as an actor and his the script because of the few Cate Blanchett took the Oscar, immense growth — this has defichanges McQueen had made to it like she did at both the Golden nitely been his year. Who knew during the shooting process. Globes and Screen Actors Guild that the lead in such films as Another notable awkward Awards, for Best Actress in a “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” moment that occurred during the Leading Role for “Blue Jasmine.” and “Surfer Dude” would go on awards ceremony came when Though the Woody Allen film to lead in such films as “The John Travolta completely misdidn’t receive much recogniLincoln Lawyer,” “Mud” and most pronounced the name of Idina tion Sunday night, it was up recently the critically acclaimed Menzel while introducing her to for another nomination for best HBO series that is sure to land the stage to sing her terrific rendioriginal screenplay. McConaughey either a primetime tion of the Oscar-winning song The award for Best Original Emmy or Golden Globe award, “Let It Go” (from “Frozen”), calling Screenplay went to Spike Jonze “True Detective.” Both Leto and her Adele Dazeem. for “Her,” an absolutely remarkMcConaughey swept these same Gravity swept most of the catable feat. The film is a refreshing categories at this year’s Golden egories, bringing it to a whopping love story of a man who falls Globes and Screen Actors Guild seven wins. These categories in love with his home operatAwards. included best cinematography, ing system, which
Without question 2013 marked one of the best years in film. The films, directors and screenwriters nominated this year are among the most renowned and notable in contemporary cinema, whether you’re a cinephile or just the average moviegoer. Such visionary filmmakers include Alfonso Cuaron, who won best achievement in directing for Gravity, Steve McQueen, Martin Scorsese, David O. Russell and Spike Jonze to name a few. The night looked to be incredibly promising when host, Ellen DeGeneres, graced the stage with deliberate jabs and zingers to start the evening. One poked fun at Best Supporting Actress nominee June Squibb’s (“Nebraska”) age. Ellen went on to remark that the actress is 84 and therefore must be hard of hearing. The jokes, incredibly tame compared to those of last year’s host, Seth McFarlane, weren’t the funniest, but were surprisingly snarky by comparison to Ellen’s usual gags. That said, Ellen’s antics didn’t really carry the evening as well as she’d probably planned, if she’d planned at all; that is, at least until the tail end of the Oscars. Here, Ellen bought the first few rows pizza and allegedly convinced them to pay for it, all while taking a “selfie” with said attendees. This picture would go on to be the single most retweeted and subsequently allows favorited picture in him to deal with the the history of Twitter separation of a previthus far, causing ous lover. Twitter to momenBest-Adapted tarily crash during Screenplay went to the awards show. John Ridley for “12 The first Oscar of Years a Slave.” This the evening went to marked among the the Best Supporting more noticeably awkActor, Jared Leto, ward moments of the for “Dallas Buyers evening. Upon acceptClub.” The singer, ing his award, Ridley Photo Source AP songwriter and failed to acknowlfrontman of alterna- Lupita Nyongo accepting an Oscar for “12 Years a Slave” edge McQueen, the tive rock band 30 director of the film. The Best Supporting Actress Seconds to Mars is no stranger to Likewise, when McQueen took award went to Lupita Nyong’o Hollywood. In fact, Leto garnered to the stage with the cast and for her distressing portrayal of success in acting in the early fellow producers of “12 Years a a slave in “12 Years a Slave.” ‘90s and even landed supporting Slave” to accept the award for
sound editing, sound mixing, film editing, visual effects, music and, as mentioned, best director. Alfonso Cuaron’s beautiful long takes and masterful tracking shots are extremely well deserving of the Oscar. His previous work on blockbusters like “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” as well as “Children of Men” indicates that he is a director who has mastered his craft. All things considered, the nominees and competition of this year’s films were beyond remarkable. When neither David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” nor Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” win a single category, that in and of itself speaks vol-
By Amanda Valentovic Special to the chronicle
This year’s Academy Awards have come and gone. All of the Oscars have been taken home, and the red carpet has been rolled up. But the 24 golden statues handed out on film’s biggest night sometimes do not cover all of the deserving moments of the evening. Here are some categories that were dropped off of the program on Sunday night. Best dressed: Ellen DeGeneres channeled Glinda the Good Witch after a tribute to The Wizard of Oz, and it should have been her red carpet look. Lupita Nyong’o can also add this to her shelf of awards, along with Most Likely to Look Good in Anything She Wears. Biggest Slip of the Tongue: John Travolta practically asked for this award when he mispronounced Idina Menzel’s name so significantly that no one knew whom he was introducing. Most Creative Speech: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez turned their acceptance speech into another Best Original Song, complete with rhymes and a pitch for a sequel to award-winning Frozen. Best Throwback: Jennifer Lawrence managed to stay on her feet through all of awards season, and then unintentionally made it her own tradition to fall at the Oscars. Most Likely to Always Go to Work on Award Show Nights: The pizza delivery man Edgar Martirosyan will make sure he is at work any time there is a big event happening in Hollywood, just in case the audience gets hungry. Best Host: Ellen managed to have a pizza party and shut down Twitter with the Best Selfie Ever simultaneously. She could probably win Best Host of a show that she is not even hosting.
B 4 • March 6, 2014
Genre-bending Daly finds true comedy in the surreal
By John Thomas Columnist
I absolutely love it when a television show plays with genre conventions by ostensibly representing itself as a certain kind of half-hour, then revealing itself to actually be another genre in disguise. So you could make the argument that I’m exactly the kind of sucker ripe for Andy Daly’s new program, “Review.” The “Mad TV” alumnus stars as Forrest MacNeil, a critic who reviews, in the words of the pilot, not “books or movies but life itself.” Maybe I’m in the minority, but while I was excited to see how it all worked out, when I first heard about the show it seemed like it might work better as a sketch within a broader framework rather than a show that had to stand on that premise and that premise alone. My caution was never validated in the premiere episode, which is online now and comes to Comedy Central this Thursday. Instead, I found what appears to be a promising new sitcom wrapped in the aesthetic conventions of some of Comedy Central’s recent man-and-a-screen shows like “Tosh.0” and “The Jeselnik Offensive.” I was genuinely surprised to not find a studio audience’s laughter in the background of Daly’s first bit, but I probably shouldn’t have been. He’s a man of a thousand hilarious masks, as evidenced by his frequent appearances on “Comedy Bang Bang” and his brand new podcast “The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project.” Forrest MacNeil is a character, not a dramatized and accentuated version of Andy Daly himself. That immediately set the show apart from every other live action program currently airing on Comedy Central. Even on shows like “Broad City”
and “Workaholics” we’re presented with iterations, zanier, darker, sure, but iterations nonetheless of the actors that populate their world. By doing away with the studio audience that’s expected to accompany a show with such artificial trappings as a stage in a studio, and by employing a progressing narrative that deals with the world outside of said studio, Daly has crafted a program with the surreal dint of “Nathan For You” with the potential for a deep, hilarious mythology a la, say, “South Park.” That being said, most of the laughs I found myself having were from the realization that the show was going in such a wonderfully strange and inventive direction, not the actual jokes themselves. Especially in the first segment, where Forrest reviews theft; and before the show’s deal has really been fleshed out, I found myself pretty silent. I was enjoying the episode still, but kind of in the same way that you would enjoy a kindly old janitor recounting his tales of youth. Not laugh out loud funny, but charming and humorous nonetheless. Still, by the time Forrest got around to reviewing the Prom, which incorporated the… um… skills he learned while reviewing theft and addiction, I was just about rolling on the floor. It would’ve been easy for the writers to situate Daly’s character as some creep who just wanted to have sex with a teenager, but instead we see Forrest as just a guy who truly wants his date, and himself, to have a great time. He goes about that by stealing a teacher’s wallet and buying a whole bunch of cocaine. But his heart’s in the right place. The after-credits shot of Forrest’s wife driving him, in tears, to rehab yet again finally solidifies what this show is about: a madman’s effect on the world around him when given license to do just about anything he wants.
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By Kendall Gibson COLUMNIST
‘Close to the Glass ’ – The Notwist I like this album in a music sense, but I have qualms about the lyrics. Lyrics themselves are a form of art, much akin to poetry, but when lyrics are as bland and straightforward as the ones in “Seven Hour Drive,” they cease to be art. Indirect expression is much more powerful than direct expression, so for this case, “Seven Hour Drive” would be a more powerful song if the lyrics weren’t explicitly about the singer’s long distance relationship. Write it instead about two pupils, who routinely fake sick and meet daily in the infirmary. Or about two planets, whose orbits meet once every trillion years. If You Like: The Flaming Lips, Foals, Cage the Elephant.
‘Brandt Brauer Frick’ – DJ-Kicks This album is my nightmare. Listening to it transported me to a crowded room with thunderous speakers, tricksy lasers and pompous lights that can’t decide whether to be on or off. What I am talking about is a club, and what I am getting at is that this is club music. If you are into clubs and club music, then this album will interest you. It was made by competent artists. For me it does not. Listening to it over the weekend, I made it to about the fifth track, then got scared and called my mom. If You Like: Seizures, MDMA, Fake IDs.
‘Music Speaks ’ – Candice Glover In RoboCop, a corporation takes man and fashions him into a machine. American Idol does something similar, except it takes man and fashions him into money. Candice Glover won season 12 of American Idol and after looking at her first audition on YouTube I am not surprised. She had an incredible voice. But she has been fed into a machine, a money machine, and will likely never crawl out. In her audition, her voice was sultry, soulful and lifting. On her album it sounds mechanical, weak and gutted. It sounds as if she has been stripped of all human emotions and reduced to a puppet. She has. If You Like: Adele, Jennifer Hudson, Amy Winehouse.
• March 6, 2014
The truth about dining dollars:
Administration force-feeds mandatory meal plan
By Inae Rurup Special to the Chronicle
Hofstra, I have some secrets to spill. Last spring, Residential Programs sent a small number of students emails saying that come fall 2013, the meal plan would no longer be optional. I found out through word of mouth that the people who got those emails were the only ones who knew that this major policy change was coming. Something wasn’t right. I emailed the sender and asked to meet with her in person. She was kind, but there was nothing she could do to change the policy. She told me to speak to the head of dining services, Dennis Lestrange, who said his hands were tied but that he’d send my name to his boss for consideration of an exemption. Canceling my meal plan had been the best decision I’d made at Hofstra. It opened up the door to cooking, which I learned to love, and it also freed up the majority of what I had been paying out of pocket every semester. I was so relieved not to have to scrape by with nothing in my bank account just to keep affording school. Countless meetings with countless administrators later, nothing was being done. No help was on its way, nobody was listening, and most students still didn’t know what was going on. So we, the students who did know, arranged our own meetings. We started planning ways to fight this bogus infringement of our rights. Our reasons for not accepting the meal plan weren’t important. What was important was having a choice. When Hofstra signed the contract for a five-year extension
of Lackmann Culinary Services, they forfeit our right to choose. Not only without asking us, but without even telling us. I won’t go into detail about the number of health code violations Lackmann has received at other schools, or the way Dutch Treats is notorious for selling expired food. But I will say that one of the reasons they gave for changing the policy was that so few students rejected buying a meal
kitchens weren’t suitable for students cooking (ironic), and that there were more than enough options for anyone to eat campus food, regardless of dietary restrictions. And then, when we didn’t let up, something unexpected happened. Stuart Rabinowitz apologized. Red-faced, head in hands, he said, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry.” He admitted that they should have handled it better and that they should have told students about it, but the contract was signed, and there was nothing he could do to change that. I wish you could see how fast the dining service administrators flocked to us after the meeting was over. They promised us all sorts of things: a vegan “clean” room, where no food would ever be contaminated, better staff training so we’d stop finding meat in vegetarian options. It all sounded wonderfully made-up. They were clearly desperate to appease us, but totally unwilling to consider what we’d asked: exempt the students who don’t want it, exempt the students who can’t eat the food, exempt the students who are graduating next year anyway. They had said the number of students was “so small it didn’t make much difference,” but it made enough of a difference that they wouldn’t let our money go. Before school let out, a former student met with vice president for facilities and operations Joe Barkwill about the possibility for meal plan exemptions. They came to an agreement that Hofstra would allow a small list of students exemptions as long as it was kept quiet and the Facebook petition was shut down. My name was on that “list,” something I tried to explain to Michael Ogazon, to whom
“When Hofstra signed the contract for a five-year extension of Lackmann Culinary Services, they forfeit our right to choose.” plan that it didn’t make much difference anyway. That felt like a personal blow. What about me? What about graduation? What about my investment into this institution that didn’t seem to care one ounce for my well being, as long as they got that extra $850 out of me, which, besides, wasn’t that much anyway? Just because students had purchased meal plans didn’t mean they weren’t angry about losing their choice in the matter. We started a petition on Facebook called “Students Against Mandatory Dining Plan Policy,” which reached close to 900 signatures – well over the number of people without meal plans. People cared, and there was growing momentum. The
“They came to an agreement that Hofstra would allow a small list of students exemptions as long as it was kept quiet.” problem was, summer vacation was coming quickly, finals were in sight, and nobody had time to start rallying. We attended the Town Hall meeting and voiced our discontent. They fed us the same lines about the change not affecting many students, the fact that the
Barkwill referred me when I asked him about it over the summer. I was trying to make sure that my money would be refunded once I got to school, because that was it. I had no more left. I was wrong, of course. I put my faith in people who had expressed only the shallowest desire to fix the situation, and who had made promises in words that were never written down so that they could never be held to them. I hate to put it that way, but that’s the way it was. Their replies to my emails were brief and indifferent. I sensed that I was irritating them with all my questions, but I didn’t understand what had happened to that agreement. Early in fall I had a meeting with Barkwill, Ogazon, and vice president for student affairs Sandy Johnson, to address the issue. Barkwill never came. We sat at the table, Ogazon, Johnson, and I, they with their clipboards and I with my hands
intent on distracting me from my own intentions, that they were willing to waste their own time chattering about how popular fresh juice bars are. I was trying to be polite and patient, but truthfully, I was so angry and insulted that I was also trying not to cry. And then I did. I told them I had no more money left and that the cost of the cheapest meal plan was more than I could handle. It was more than I could make at my workstudy job, and there was no way I’d save up enough for tuition in the spring. Johnson told me that I couldn’t be exempt, because it simply wasn’t fair to everyone else. I had been sitting there all that time believing they were the ones in the wrong for renewing the contract and editing out our freedom, and there she was blaming me for asking to be the exception to the rule. She made me feel like I was being selfish. And for a while, she had me fooled. But while I was still sobbing. I told her about students getting food poisoning, and how my roommate had once found a band-aid in her meal. She didn’t say, “That’s terrible,” or “I can’t believe that.” She said, “Well that could happen anywhere. If you or I (she said it as if we were part of some special elite) were at a 5-star restaurant, and our food came and there was a band-aid in it, well, we wouldn’t go back there.” I calmed down enough to thank them for meeting with me, and I left. They didn’t shake my hand, or apologize, or act with any of the professionalism I’ve come to expect from adults here at Hofstra. I left feeling so discouraged that I gave up on the whole thing. I’m not saying that they aren’t good people. But I am saying that what they did was messed up, and I wish they had taken responsibility for it. But they didn’t. And that’s why I’m telling you.
“I put my faith in people who had ... made promises in words that were never written down...” empty. I remember feeling so certain that I could persuade them into giving me a break. My arguments were valid, and I was ready to explain everything; there was no way they wouldn’t understand. But what happened was not at all a discussion about the meal plan – it was a gigantic waste of time. They offered the same lines about how great the food was, and tried making small talk about where they ate and their daily coffee routines. Every time I tried to ask a question, they diverted the conversation in such a way that I wasn’t even a part of it anymore. It was like watching people pretend to be friends. They were just acting for the sake of me sitting in front of them. I was flabbergasted that they didn’t respect me enough to even address the reason why I was sitting right there in front of them, and by the fact that they were so
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March 6, 2014 •
Reevaluating the system:
Do grades pass or fail?
Why GPAs make the grade By Kristen Misak columnist
It has become increasingly common for grades to be deemed irrelevant to a true education. Some say that grades add unnecessary stress and cause students to feel like their grades are a numerical manifestation of their self-worth. Others say that grades have little significance in the real and corporate world. But that is not the case. Grades are important. Grades are a motivating factor for students. The sad truth is that although some students are eager to learn, many would fall behind if they were not held responsible for knowing the information taught in class. The grading system fosters long-term knowledge because it encourages students to remember what they are taught for at least enough time to be tested on it. If students can retain the knowledge up until the testing period, it is more likely that they will retain it for even longer. Without testing, students would not be pressured to review and, in turn, would not get the most
out of the material. Another argument typically posed against grades is that since they are not used in the real world to judge a person’s performance, they have no significance at any other point in life. However, as students progress through school, it can be seen that the number of graded assignments decreases. High school has fewer grades than middle school did, and in college, it is rare to find a class with more than ten graded assignments. This is done so that students can be weaned off of the grading system and learn to perform at A-level even when they are not being scored. Performance quality is always important, and having a preexisting mindset of wanting to do as well as possible even when no one is administering a letter grade is a valuable attribute. And contrary to popular belief, GPA does matter in the hiring process. Granted, grades are not everything when it comes to landing a job or an internship, but if two similarly qualified candidates are separated only by their GPAs,
the hiring manager is bound to select the candidate who performed well in school, because it shows dedication, commitment, good work ethic, time management skills and diligence. Grades are also necessary to compare education systems and to find out what must be improved upon in schools. They provide a succinct mathematical way to examine academic efficiency. If students were not tested, it would be impossible to see if they were provided with the proper instruction and retaining what they learn. This is a generation of schooling, and now more than ever it is important for students to prepare themselves for the job market that they will be faced with in the coming years: one in which manual labor jobs are phased out by technology and white collar jobs are increasingly more common. If we pretend that learning now will not be a key factor in the rest of our lives, we are ignoring reality, and the best way to ensure that our students are learning is through the grading system.
Illustration by Matt Subrizi
Why internships matter more than just a mark By Meghan Fitzgerald special to the chronicle
Waking up at 2 a.m. to put on slacks and pack my lunch wasn’t exactly optimal. An hour later, I was in the green room of Fox News, printing out production notes and delivering rundowns, and by 7 a.m., I had already made three coffee runs. I would have an eight-hour day before lunchtime. I was in New York City interning for Fox News Channel’s morning show, “Fox & Friends,” and I loved it. I worked with guests ranging from a 50-pound boa constrictor to Ann Romney, from
two little girls who built their own mars rover to Mario Lopez. I was doing the job of three green room producers, and none of it had ever been taught to me in class. You can have a dazzling GPA and a stellar cover letter, but no three-credit course can prepare you for a fast-paced work environment. Work is like a school project that never ends. Your performance isn’t reflected in a letter grade, but in your promotion from running coffee to running an entire project. Before my internship, television production was never a consideration for me. I never
wanted to write script or set up interviews unless it would get me – not someone else – in front of the camera. Learning outside of a classroom, however, has a funny way of breaking down your own misconceptions. The job you picture yourself having while you are daydreaming in class may not be the job you will love after you graduate. An internship is not a daydream. It is a test run — a chance to be an older, more responsible, more successful version of yourself. You have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of a company, experience the
lifestyle of a professional in your field of study and try positions you never would have even thought you wanted. The relationships you cultivate while developing your professional self are often the connections that help you start your career. A 4.0 can prove that you are book smart, but the impression you leave on the last day of your internship proves your true value to a company. Good grades can land you your first internship, but good performance can land you your first job. I admit, academic performance does generally reflect your ability
to understand and apply concepts crucial to your field of study. College courses are an essential foundation, and some majors rely on them alone, not requiring the completion of an internship at all. We will all interview for entry level jobs after college. The experience gained via an internship just might resonate with a future employer more than the A you received in a distribution class. A college course prepares you to write papers and meet deadlines, but it does not teach you to trust your skills, build professional relationships, and treat your future career as a lifestyle.
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A 14 •MARCH 6, 2014
Men’s basketball honors senior day with a huge win By Sean Williams sports editor
The end of the men’s basketball season ended on a high note for the Pride, with an 82-71 win in front of a friendly home audience. The crowd chanted “Thank you seniors” at the end of the game, acknowledging soon-to-be graduates Stephen Nwaukoni, Dan Steinberg and Zeke Upshaw. The game was a hard-fought one for Joe Mihalich’s squad, and the majority of the contest was a back and forth battle where neither team could gain a significant lead. With Chris Jenkins sitting out again due to an injury, Hofstra’s shallow bench was even shorter than usual. When Jenkins is out, the team rotates essentially a seven-man squad compared to JMU’s much deeper roster. But Hofstra’s shallow depth that plagued it all season didn’t seem to matter on Saturday night, as freshman Jamall Robinson scored a career-high 22 points with 39 minutes of court time, and graduate guard Zeke Upshaw put up 18 points and never left the court. The game against the Dukes didn’t formally matter for the
Pride — either way, Hofstra has to face UNC Wilmington in a playin game this Friday in order to advance in the CAA tournament. However, the win did give Hofstra a much-needed confidence boost heading into postseason play. Offensive firepower has been a point of inconsistency for the 9-22 Pride for much of this season, but not over last weekend. “Scoring has been our Achilles' heel … but now we’re getting some confidence scoring the basketball,” Mihalich said. “Some guys are stepping up — it’s more than just Zeke and Dion.” One of the players who stepped up was Nwaukoni, who dominated under the basket for 13 rebounds and 9 points. His play frustrated JMU big man Taylor Bessick, who struggled with foul trouble all game. “It’s my last home game, you know? Why not go all out?” Nwaukoni said. “We’re trying to take it all. We’re trying to win the championship. Go as far as we can, that’s the goal.” The game on Saturday was most notable for how equal both teams looked for most of the contest. James Madison went into the half with a 41-39 lead after
a Dukes buzzer-beating threepointer capped off an offensive scoring flurry from both sides. Many times this year Hofstra has gone into the half with a lead, only to lose it as the players’ exhaustion kicks in during the second half. This time, however, the Pride only looked better as the game went on, with sophomore forward Darren Payen turning back-toback rebounds into points for Hofstra. “We’re really happy to get this win. The battle cry going into today was, ‘Let's finish the season off the right way,’” Mihalich said. The Pride’s defense was stifling in the second half, limiting JMU to a .25 field goal rate. “It was more intangible than an ‘X and O’ thing, I thought we just played with a little more passion, a little more energy. Our heads were on a swivel … our transition defense was better as well,” Mihalich said. With Dion Nesmith in early foul trouble, Robinson had to shoulder a lot of ball handling responsibility. His aggressive drives to the basket helped him go 8-11 at the free throw line. The fresh-
Photo Courtesy of Hofstra Athletics Men’s basketball honors their departing seniors Stephen Nwaukoni and Dan Steinberg as well as graduate Zeke Upshaw.
Photo Courtesy of Hofstra Athletics Freshman guard Jamall Robinson drives to the basket.
man, five-time CAA Rookie of the Week, was all smiles after his performance. “When I first got here I didn’t know what to expect. I just wanted to come in here, work as hard as I can, contribute to the team. So far it’s been great, it’s been a learning experience,” Robinson said. For a team that was predicted to finish last in the conference, the Pride exceeded expectations — slightly — by finishing eighth out of nine teams. In a year that was clearly a rebuilding one for Hofstra, Mihalich’s optimistic, relentless attitude seemed to pay dividends among his players. “I can’t even describe how good it’s been. I give credit to Coach and my teammates, because they’ve made this the best year of my life,” said Upshaw, the team’s leading scorer who came from an unremarkable undergraduate career at Illinois State to emerge as the face of this new Hofstra team. The second half of Saturday’s
game was a microcosm of Mihalich’s ideal world: solid rebounding, efficient scoring and tough defense, a performance that he hopes will carry into this upcoming weekend. “We got a lot of contributions from a lot of people, and it was great that our seniors did something so special,” he said. The Pride will travel down to Baltimore to compete in the CAA tournament this weekend. The winner of the tournament not only wins the conference, but also receives an automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament, possibly the biggest stage in college sports. “We respect the heck out of everybody in this league,” Mihalich said. “[But] everybody is 0-0 now.” If the Pride were to beat UNC Wilmington, they would go up against the University of Delaware Blue Hens, the topranked team in the conference.
MARCH 6, 2014 • A 15
Women’s basketball tops Drexel, faces W&M By Chris Buckley staff writer
For the second matchup in a row between the two teams, the Hofstra Pride women’s basketball team came away with a hard-fought win in the closing moments against the Drexel Dragons, this time a 60-58 victory on Senior Day at the Mack Sports Complex on Sunday. While the squad’s seniors were on display and honored with a pregame ceremony, it was a pair of freshmen, Elo Edeferioka and Kelly Loftus, who came up clutch with under a minute to play to give the Pride a much-needed CAA win over the Dragons. With the game tied at 58 and exactly one minute left to play, Hofstra’s defense forced a Drexel turnover that would eventually result in Edeferioka drawing a foul on Dragon Jackie Schluth. The clock reading 16 seconds, Edeferioka made one of two shots from the charity stripe to give the Pride a slim 59-58 lead. That is where Loftus, who has
been playing limited minutes because of a recent leg injury, saved the day. Driving to the glass off the left block, Drexel’s Meghan Creighton put up an off-balance shot that Loftus came sprinting in to swat away with five seconds remaining. Sophomore Asia Jackson secured the loose ball and was fouled. After making one of two free throws, Hofstra successfully moved to 7-8 in CAA play thanks to the two-point win. “I was happy to win for the seniors today,” said head coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey after the victory. “I was really proud of our ability to come together and get the ‘W’ for them.” Senior Anma Onyeuku led all Hofstra scorers with 12 points, including two crucial threepointers in the second 20 minutes of play to help the Pride keep pace with the resurgent Dragons. Onyeuku’s fellow veteran Annie Payton finished with 8 points and 6 boards, but uncharacteristically shot just 3-15 from the field with
no three-pointers. Sophomore Ruth Sherrill finished just one rebound shy of her first career double-double with 10 points and 9 boards off the bench. Despite an extremely fastpaced opening five minutes of play, the first half came to a screeching halt offensively for both squads, mainly because of the plethora of fouls called by the game’s officials. The teams combined to shoot just 33 percent from the field in the half, while Hofstra’s freshman point guard Krystal Luciano was the only player for both teams to play a full 20 minutes. By the second half, the foul calls gradually began to lessen as the players made it a less physical affair. With the floor open, the final five minutes of play were a shootout between the Pride and the Dragons. Three Drexel players finished in double figures But luckily for Krista KilburnSteveskey, the head coach has some reliable young talent on her roster that does not fade away in
crunch time. Prior to the opening tip, Hofstra’s two seniors and redshirt junior, joined by their families and coaching staff, were honored in a senior day ceremony. Onyeuku, Payton and redshirt junior Mackenzie Kudron will all leave the program at the conclusion of this season. Onyeuku and Payton are tied for the team lead in scoring, at just over 11 points
per game. Onyeuku also averages about 7 rebounds per game. “This was a real growing experience,” said Onyeuku after the win over Drexel. “I am definitely thankful and blessed to have had this opportunity, because I needed it to propel me into my future. I thank every one of my teammates, coaches and the fans, and I have nothing but good memories.”
Photo Courtesy of Hofstra Athletics Coach Killburn-Steveskey honors her departing players.
Athlete Spotlight: senior star Anma Onyeuku By Alex Pineda Staff writer
After a breakout junior year in which Anma Onyeuku was third in the conference in shooting percentage, she has moved to the top of opposing game plans. As a senior, Onyeuku continues to produce for Coach KilburnSteveskey, contributing both on and off the court. Onyeuku provides leadership along the side of Annie Payton, and they do it with contrasting styles. While Payton is vocal and outspoken on the court, Onyeuku is passive and easygoing. The two bode well for the team as their qualities complement one another wonderfully. “I’ll say stuff and then Annie will reiterate it in her own way,” said Onyeuku. “If you didn’t hear me [say something] the first time, you’ll definitely hear Annie the second time.” The instant friendship Onyeuku forged with fellow senior Payton, who described Onyeuku as “the yin to her yang,” was both natural and sincere and factored into her decision to commit to Hofstra.
The two met on their recruiting trip and hit it off instantly. “For some reason it was like we’d known each other for years,” said Onyeuku with a smile. “The whole time we were on our visit we just laughed and joked.” Onyeuku worked diligently to be a more consistent shooter and to improve her ball-handling skills during the offseason in order to prepare for her increased role coming into the 2014 season, as recent seniors Shante Evans and Candace Bond are now playing overseas. Onyeuku’s hard work has shown on the court, as she has connected on 33 percent of her 3-point attempts this season — up from 16 percent from long range during her previous three. She also cut down her turnovers while averaging 11 points and 6 rebounds per contest. Onyeuku has garnered a lot of attention this season, but she embraces it as it creates opportunities for her teammates. She is confident they are all capable of making other teams pay for focusing their attention on her. “We know how to play the
game. These girls are incredibly talented,” said Onyeuku. The Fayetteville, Georgia, native, also known by her initials A.O., is naturally reserved and easy-going but said her demeanor on the court carries over from high school. Her head coach at Fayette County, John Strickland, instilled an act-like-you’ve-beenhere-before mentality. He also demanded a hard work ethic from his players. “His biggest lesson was that we needed to be workers,” said Onyeuku, who said she maintains a relationship with Strickland today. “Every time I go home, he’s always there to open the gym for me.” Strickland also provided guidance and helped relieve some of the pressure that Onyeuku felt during the recruiting process. Recruitment was overwhelming in the beginning, as Onyeuku didn’t know what to make of the constant phone calls and letters. Although her two older brothers were recruited to play soccer and football, Onyeuku’s experience was totally different from theirs,
which made it difficult for her parents to advise her. The team’s bond and familylike atmosphere was crucial in Onyeuku’s decision, as she comes from a tight knit family. Her mother, father and three siblings have had a profound effect on her, and she especially treasures every moment she spends with them. “The first time each one of them has seen me in my [Hofstra] uniform has been a special game to me, regardless of the result,” said Onyeuku. “When they tell me, ‘you’re my favorite player,’ that means more to me than they’ll ever know.” Onyeuku also shared a special bond with her cousin, Nedu Onyeuku, that was rooted in a common goal. Nedu, who played collegiately and overseas, dreamed of playing in the NBA, while Anma hopes to play overseas and maybe even in the WNBA. The two often spoke over the phone and, after making small talk, their conversations quickly turned to basketball. At a time when the 5-10 for-
ward was lacking confidence and feeling uncertain about basketball, watching Nedu’s highlights inspired her to continue to play and strive for excellence on the court. Onyeuku was excited to invite Nedu to a game and share the news that she was starting early in her junior year, only to find out he was killed two weeks later. “It was the biggest shock I’ve ever had in my life,” Onyeuku said, recalling the somber phone call she received after practice. “When I step on the court, I play for him because I know this is our dream.” Upon graduation, Onyeuku aspires to continue her athletic career before trying her hand as a coach. The exercise science major hopes to one day open a recreation center in her hometown, because it is difficult to find an open gym in the area. Those looking for a pick-up game in Fayetteville have to either take a 45-minute drive north to Atlanta or play outside, which is less than ideal on a hot summer day in Georgia.
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Edwards relishes 900th win By Alex Pineda staff writer
The Pride went undefeated in five games over the weekend, improving their record to 9-1 and getting Head Coach Bill Edward’s his 900th career win along the way. “To see him get that monumental win is amazing and it’s amazing to be a part of,” said Rachel Senatore, who has played for Coach Edwards since 2010. The team started the tournament with a 4-1 win over Eastern Michigan as Taylor Pirone earned her second win of the young season. The transfer student from Fordham went seven innings and gave up 4 hits without allowing an earned run. Leftfielder Chloe Fitzgerald led the charge for the Pride in the first game, leading the team with 3 hits while Maggie Hawkins, Erin Trippi, Caryn Bailey and Becca Bigler each drove in a run. “I think we’re off to a great start,” said Senatore. “The really important thing for us right now is just to stay focused.” In the second game of the day, Hofstra defeated host Florida Gulf Coast University 6-2, a victory that marked 900 for Edwards. Sophomore Kim Smith, who had 3 hits against FGCU, was
named the CAA player of the week after putting up stellar numbers over the weekend. The third baseman batted .588 in the five games to bring her average up to .433 on the season while also driving in 4 runs and scoring 3 herself. “She works so hard every day,” said Senatore. “Things are starting to fall into place for her and that’s what you love to see.” Pitcher Morgan Lashley also helped lead the Pride as she threw a complete game and struck out 11 batters while giving up 5 hits and 2 runs. The team got off to a 6-0 lead which afforded Lashley the comfort she needed to cruise through the finish line. Tori Rocha added 3 hits, plated a run and also scored once while Hawkins had 2 hits and 1 RBI in the milestone win for Coach Edwards. The Pride breezed through day two of the tournament unscathed as they earned a 5-0 win over Bethune-Cookman and an 8-0 victory over Eastern Michigan University. Pirone got the day started off right as she went the distance, striking out five and giving up only 4 hits. The Pride put up a run in the first inning and followed that up with 3 more in the second
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Women’s lacrosse steamrolls CCSU 17-5 By Sean Williams sports editor
After a painful 14-3 loss to Maryland earlier in the week, the Hofstra’s women’s lacrosse team bounced back at their home game against Central Connecticut State this past Saturday. A 17-5 win doesn’t quite tell the whole story. The actual game was much more dominant than the score displays. Hofstra exploded with eight scores in the first ten minutes of the game. By a quarter of the way through the game, the Pride had a 10-point lead. The team seemed to score at will in the early minutes, running a repetitious play that relied on a pass behind the net to a waiting attacker, who then shot from point-blank range. The Blue Devils were unable to stop the relentless Hofstra attack.
“Offensively, we kind of finally showed up for the first time all season, we were able to finish our shots pretty well, we had a lot of opportunities,” head coach Shannon Smith said. Brittain Altomare, last year’s points leader, scored four goals and contributed two assists. Hofstra’s 17 goals were scored with only 28 shots,. Central Connecticut State didn’t threaten with any kind of an attack until the score was 10-0. The first half ended with a score of 12-1. The second half proved to be a more equal matchup when Hofstra began to sub in backup players and began to play at a more relaxed pace. However, the team still outscored the Blue Devils 5-4 in this half. “I think Central Connecticut outplayed us in the second half,
and that’s unacceptable in my eyes,” Coach Smith said after the game. The Pride’s offense was initially so dominant that the defense didn’t see much action. It wasn’t until the second half that the Pride defense looked slightly vulnerable. “Defensively we played tough but we let a couple quick ones go in the second half,” Smith said. Neither player nor coach could be fully disappointed with the Pride’s performance. The team looked leagues above the overwhelmed Blue Devils, with a slick offense and resilient defense. The win brings the team’s 2014 record to 3-2. The women’s lacrosse team looks forward to hosting Marist College this Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Hofstra Athletics Junior Brittain Altomare leads the team on the season with sixteen points.
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Women’s basketball analysis: Drexel Dragons By Lauren del Valle staff writer
The Pride lost to second seed Delaware by five points in the final minutes of Thursday’s game, but pulled out a two-point victory against Drexel at Sunday’s Senior Day home game. The CAA named freshman center Elo Edeferioka Rookie of the Week following her key performances in last week’s pair of conference matches. Edeferioka sunk a foul shot in the final 16 seconds of the game, securing Hofstra’s two-point win over Drexel. The teams played strategies against each other. Drexel targeted senior forward Anma Onyeuku the first four plays of the second half, trying to draw a foul
from the Pride’s leader. The Dragon’s amoeba zone forced the Pride to focus on ball movement in and out of the paint. This became evident after the first shot, and the Pride’s goal became pushing the tempo after regrouping at the half. Defensively, Hofstra worked to handle the Drexel “motion” offense with a man-to-man and occasional full-court press. Hofstra is now 7-8 in the conference and 12-14 overall. They will play their final conference game on the road against William & Mary on Wednesday, March 5. Victory over the Tribe will secure Hofstra as the fifth seed in the CAA Championship tournament. A loss will put them in sixth. This is the difference between playing the fourth or third seeds,
respectively. The Tribe has a tendency to space out their opponent’s defensive structure to create movement for flair sets. The Pride plans to focus on properly matching personnel in an effort to avoid Tribe offensive success. In the wake of the Drexel match, Kilburn-Steveskey plans prepare her team to hone in on a more active full court transition game. The Pride will play the postponed NJIT contest in the Mack Arena on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The squad looks to use the game as a practice against opposition to breakup their five days of inter-squad practice before entering CAA Championship tournament on March 13. Photo Courtesy of Hofstra Athletics Senior forward Annie Payton avoids defenders and jumps to make the layup.
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Men’s lacrosse grabs home overtime win, tops GU By Kyle Kandetzki staff writer
A second half collapse challenged the Hofstra lacrosse defense once again, but an overtime period provided the team with an opportunity to right their wrongs. Hofstra men’s lacrosse faced off against the Big East’s Georgetown Hoyas Saturday at James M. Shuart Stadium. The Pride went into overtime to win their third straight game 9-8, thanks to a deep Torin Varn goal. “A lot has changed in our team since the beginning of the year,” said head coach Seth Tierney. “We’ve been able to bring more energy and passion to our game, and now we’re just looking to bring our IQ up a little bit higher.” The opening score went in favor of the Hoyas five minutes into the game, but control of the first half never left Hofstra’s hands from there. Unassisted scores from Drew Coholan and leading scorer Sam Llinares gave the Pride the lead at the end of the first quarter. The team’s ability to go on scoring streaks is becoming a prevalent theme throughout this year’s season. The first and second quarter featured an offensive show from the Pride, who scored six times in a row unanswered.
Four of those six goals were made in the second quarter, and all of them came within four minutes of each other. Korey Hendrickson opened up the quarter with a one-up score just 14 seconds in. Brier Davis took it from there, scoring his fourth, fifth, and sixth goals of 2014 in just two minutes. “I’ve been just doing what the coaches have been telling us in practice and working hard,” said the freshman Davis, when asked on his key to success thus far. “I’ve had people like Torin who have helped me as they’ve played my position in the past.” But Hofstra would not be allowed to go into halftime with too much momentum, answered by Georgetown’s two goals before halftime that brought the score to 6-3. With an intermission period to talk things over, the Hoyas would come out and start a scoring barrage of their own. Georgetown would score five of the second half’s seven goals and suddenly put Hofstra in a position to brace a loss. The Pride would only score once the entire second half, until the offense reignited temporarily in the closing minute of the game. Three consecutive scores in the final quarter by Georgetown suddenly placed them in an 8-7 lead with seven minutes left in the
game. For the next six minutes, there was a lull in scoring, and it seemed as though Hofstra would accept a loss after once leading 6-1. “It’s a part of momentum, it happens in every game,” said Tierney. “For them, when you go down 6-1 like that, you start fighting like a caged animal.” But with 1:14 remaining, Mike Malave was able to bounce one into the net to tie the score 8-8 and send the back-and-forth contest into overtime. The game went through another period that lacked scoring, and it seemed as though the first period of overtime would end in a tie. However, as time ticked away, Varn struck. Varn has already established a reputation for taking (and scoring) outside shots, and this game’s winning score came from several yards out to break the tie. “We kept fighting in this game, even when they came back from that deficit,” said Varn. “This shows the character in our team, and that last goal is a testament to our defense in getting the ball back for the score.” Hofstra will remain at home this Saturday to take on 19-ranked Ohio State, who has struggled for a 1-3 record thus far.
Photos by Chris Owens Senior Lance Yapor outruns defender.
Back Cover: Senior Lance Yapor rushes down the field to score.
Men’s lacrosse rejoices in their first overtime win since 2009 agaisnt Georgetown.
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Photos by Chris Owens Junior Korey Hendrickson scores the first man up goal in the second half.
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Hofstra lacrosse sneaks past Georgetown on Varnâ€™s OT goal.
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