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Thursday April 7, 2011
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Union accuses Lackmann of intimidating workers By Ryan Broderick EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
“The Bad Taste Of Lackmann,” read a flyer being distributed outside the Student Center Wednesday morning. The leaflets alleged that Lackmann Culinary Services was “running intimidating Anti-Union campaigns” against Lackmann workers that were not already part of Local Union 1102 RWDSU. Local 1102’s handout alleges that Lackmann was removed from Pace University and also claims that they violated federal law by committing unfair labor practices against their food service employees at Stony Brook University. At the bottom, it urged readers to call Lackmann’s headquarters, listing their phone number and the office phone number of Joe Rudolph, the catering company’s vice president. Representing Local 1102 on campus Wednesday morning and handing out the flyers were Ryan Brunet and Dennis Romano, who hoped to alert students and faculty of the mistreatment they assert is going on with certain Lackmann employees. Local 1102 represents over 400 employees working for Hofstra, including culinary workers, custodians, bus drivers and other oncampus workers. Lackmann has recently added 27 new employees at Au Bon Pain, Breslin Hall and the Law School, who are not represented by the union, but requested to be, according to Romano and Brunet. “They’re bringing them in, holding one-on-one meetings, threatening them with their jobs
[or that] they’re going to have pay cuts,” Brunet said of Lackmann’s intimidation tactics. “It’s important to know that everyone on this campus is unionized. And Local 1102 actually represents all the other food service [employees]. It’s just 27 workers are being denied the right to join 1102.” Romano added that Local 1102 is not a new organization for University employees. “We’ve represented them for 20 something years. We have a contract in place,” Romano said, adding, “I want to be very clear, okay? Our relationship with this University is very strong and very good. From Stuart Rabinowitz, all the way down. This is not about that. This is about Lackmann.” In an official statement from Lackmann Culinary Services, released by Lackmann’s Public Relations representative Sarah Hada, the company asserts that nothing they’re doing is against the law. “Lackmann is exercising its rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to speak with our employees regarding their legal rights during this process, and their respect to elect a union, if they so choose,” the catering company’s official statement reads. Hada’s release emphasizes their relationship with The University and claims they have a very long track record of valuing and respecting their employees. Erika Mercado, Lackmann employee and manager of Au Bon Pain, declined to comment on the
Lackmann was asked to leave Pace University last week, after Pace found serious health violations...
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Above: Union workers were handing out flyers to raise awareness about claims of unfair treatment by Lackman Culinary Services. Left: A flyer from Local 1102, the union that represents food service employees on campus. conflict between Local 1108 and Lackmann. Vice President of University Relations Melissa Connolly was unaware of Lackmann’s rocky relationship with Local 1102. “This is actually the first I’ve heard of it,” Connolly said. “Those aren’t our employees and it’s not my union, so I have no idea.” Dennis Romano is upset at how Lackmann, seemingly at random, has decided to treat employees seeking union membership. “I mean, it’s not like we’re not here. It’s not a union coming in and trying to solicit. It’s not solicit-
ing. We have a right to be here,” Romano said. “But what troubles me about this whole thing is that normally this type of reaction is how a union is treated when they’re first coming on the scene.” This isn’t the first time Lackmann Culinary Services has been involved with union conflicts. In 2005, Lackmann refused to hire workers who were already at Pace University when they took over operations at the school, assuming they were involved with UNITE HERE Local 100. Similarly, UNITE HERE held a protest in 2006, marching up
Broadway and demonstrating against Lackmann Culinary Services. The 100-person march, composed mainly of cafeteria workers from the New York Stock Exchange, protested against Lackmann’s refusal to pay medical bills, sudden layoffs and claims of unfair wages. Most recently, Lackmann was asked to leave Pace University last week, after Pace found serious health violations, such as employees preparing food with their bare hands and keeping food at unsafe temperatures.
Battle of the Bands
Men’s Lacrosse A18
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Zuniga, Gambord running for SGA President
Elections will be held starting April 13 at 12:40 p.m. to April 14 at 6 p.m. on the Hofstra Portal
David Zuniga Presidential candidate
Alex Zelinski Vice Presidential candidate “I feel qualified for Vice President because I have been in SGA for two and a half years, and spent two years on the Rules Committee. Right now I hold the titles of Club Information Chair and archivist. I have a very strong knowledge of the SGA constitution and policy series, as well as parliamentary procedure and rules of order which is all necessary in properly running a senate meeting, the most important job of the Vice President. I am a co-founder of Model United Nations and was Vice President for a year where I ran the budget and organized conferences.”
“For the President, I feel qualified because for one, as a justice on the Judicial Panel I am familiar with how the Student Government is supposed to govern stuff. Also, [for] my experience with clubs because I appreciate the necessity for communication and relationships between the student body and SGA. I am a co-founder of Phi Alpha Delta, the Chair of College Republicans, a rower on the Hofstra Crew Team and the Treasurer of Model United Nations.
“I am really involved in student life on campus: I am a member of HAMA, Honors College service corps, the Student Services Committee for the University Senate and I have been a part of several other clubs so I really know what all different types of clubs need, and being Secretary last year has allowed me to know all the inner workings of SGA so I can combine the two and really give clubs the resources they need through SGA.”
“Last semester, I reactivated the Lion’s Den and I am now currently the president of it. That has given me a lot of insider knowledge of how smaller clubs feel and people who reactivate or start clubs really feel with SGA. I am also the basketball manager for the men’s basketball team, so it gives me an insider of how the athletes work and how they feel about as a whole. On SGA I am the Fundraising Chair, which allows me to see how the money is dealt with in SGA and how and why we allocate the money, and why SGA does what SGA does.”
“We want to have a constitutional review and we want to revamp the importance of senate rules so that senators, cabinet and the executive are all understanding of what their title entails. We want to come out with executive reports to provide to the campus via weekly emails. We want to establish relationships with clubs by having members of SGA attend club meetings. We want to increase communication between SGA and students, which in the long term would create a better sense of community. We want to set the foundation for the necessary changes because whatever we start will not end with us.”
Kalyn Gambord Presidential candidate
Maryann Lucks Vice Presidential candidate
“We want to bring a lot more unity and community and spirit back on campus. We want Hofstra as a whole to feel united and have clubs work with clubs along with working with SGA. We want clubs to come to SGA to get their budgets and co-sponsorships and to ask any questions about planning their events. We also want to really be the initiators for a more professional SGA, which is why we want to increase the knowledge senators have about how to help clubs and have clubs more knowledgeable about SGA. We also want to work more with Greek Life and provide a lot more co-sponsors because they do a tremendous job in the events that they have.”
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A3•April 7, 2011
How many hours per week do you spend online? 0-9 Hours
Poll Done By Cody Heintz ASSISTATNT BUSINESS MANAGER
In honor of Week Without the Web, The Hofstra Chronicle polled the student body about their web usage.
100 students were asked “How many hours a week do you spend on the Internet?”
10-19 Hours 13%
7 students said that they used the Internet between 0 and 9 hours a week, 13 students said that they used the Internet between 10 and 19 hours a week, 24 students said that they used the Internet between 20 and 29 hours a week, 27 students said that they used the Internet between 30 and 39 hours a week, 29 students said that they used the Internet 40 or more hours a week.
27% 30-39 Hours
Town Hall hears students By Ryan Broderick EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Club baseball, the environment and Dutch Treats’ relative distance from The Netherlands were all part of the eclectic collection of issues brought to the administrators at this year’s Town Hall. The open forum between the administration and the rest of the Hofstra community featured a panel of President Rabinowitz; Karen O’Callahan, Director of Public Safety; Jessica Eads, President for Enrollment Services; Joseph Barkwell, Vice President for Facilities and Operations; Sandra Johnson, Vice President for Student Affairs; Peter Libman, Dean of Students; Jimmy Wells, SGA President; and Kenny Cordero, Representative for Student Senate. Representatives from the club baseball team, Matt Fera, Jim Mancari and Ben Posner, opened the forum, asking the panel of administrators about the club’s lack of access to the varsity baseball field. Mancari, a graduate student, played club baseball at William & Mary before coming to Hofstra. He made the point that William & Mary’s club baseball team had open, or close to open, access to their varsity team’s field and was better because of it. “I don’t see why we should settle for another field,” Mancari said. Libman and Rabinowitz agreed with
the concerns of the club baseball team, both offering up potential solutions for finding a proper field for the team to play on. “Sports clubs are a vital part of Hofstra,” Libman said. Rabinowitz added, “We think they’re crucial.” “Of course, NCAA teams have priority,” The President conceded. The next group of students that approached the microphone were from the Law School. “Do you notice my portrait there,” Rabinowitz joked. “You get your best studying done under it.” The two law students, Gregory Burgano and Ashley Haelen, commended the steps The University has taken towards making the campus more environmentally friendly. “Hofstra as a whole, not just the law school, as a community can take it to the next level,” Burgano said. He advocated for better solar infrastructure, saying, “it’s a ten year cost and then after that it’s free.” Barkwell took most of Burgano’s question, explaining that The University has made many environmentally friendly steps but the student body may not be aware of them. “We produce 30 percent of our own power,” Barkwell said. “We’re looking at a residential house, environmental
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Students voice complaints at Town Hall Continued from A3 house for students interested,” he added. Natasha Juisinghani came to the microphone next, asking a question on behalf of commuting students unable to work within the Blue Beetle’s schedule. “I’ve been commuting since the fall semester,” Juisinghani said. “The only time the bus goes to Mineola is in the morning,” she said, asking if administrators knew a way to fix the eight-hour gap some commuters have to wait through. “It’s definitely something we’re looking into,” Director of Public Safety Karen O’Callahan said. She said there were some logistics concerning traffic that needed to be looked at before altering the schedule, but that Public Safety was looking into ways to help
stranded commuters. Billy Finnegan, a first-year, followed Juisinghani to bring up the difficulty for freshman to walk from The Netherlands to Dutch Treats in the winter. “Is there anyway we can get another 24-hour dining location?” Finnegan said. “We can sit down with Lackmann and look at venues in The Netherlands,” Barkwell said, admitting that adding another 24-hour dining location would cost a lot to staff and maintain. Rabinowitz interjected, joking, “You got to get a warmer coat.” Towards the end of Town Hall The Chronicle approached the
microphone and asked the administrators about the lack of alumni presence on campus. “We do everything we can to curry favor with our alumni and bring them back on to campus,” Rabinowitz said. “You know, it’s another one of those areas where we think we’re getting the word out about who the most successful alums are.” Johnson echoed Rabinowitz to say that many alumni activities go on, unknown to students, using “virtual communities” as a way to reach out to recent graduates.
“We do everything we can to curry favor with our alumni and bring them back on to campus...”
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Senators have mixed feelings about cutting Club Relations from SGA.
Club Relations’ future unknown By Ben Suazo ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
SGA met in the sparsely populated Greenhouse this Greek Week, with just eight members more than the necessary quorum present at roll call. In early business, Jordan Baer, head of the Elections Commission, reminded the senate of the importance of attendance for next week’s Budget Weekend. Afterwards, Omar Peele (Black Student Union) and Nicholas Fils-Aime (NAACP) spoke to SGA about the three organizations’ joint pool and barbeque event, open to all students at the Physical Fitness Center on April 29. Entry will be $5, or $3 with a non-perishable food donation, and all money will go to Food Not Bombs towards free vegan and vegetarian meals for the needy. The room then exploded in debate over legislation from Club Relations Chair Dan Lebo, who asked the senate to phase out the now redundant Club Relations Committee in response to a transition of club lottery responsibilities to OSLA. “We are trying to slim down SGA,” Lebo said of his bill. Continually in debate, he sought to clarify the state of Club Relations which had motivated his proposal for its elimination. “The way it works now is clubs come to me [to reserve event dates], and I send that info to Hofstra USA and the Playhouse,” which is a role that OSLA has now officially adopted. “What is left of Club Relations is a complete waste of resources.” However, what began as Lebo’s concern for streamlining SGA quickly spiraled into debate over what it means to lose a committee
whose name is based on relationships with clubs. Comptroller Brian Marquis asked why SGA has committees to help launch, fund and deactivate clubs, but not to aid their development along the way. “There’s no follow-up,” he said. “We have clubs failing because they don’t know what’s required of them by SGA.” Senator Katie Friedman said she did not feel the need for follow-up, preferring the self-reliance of a club with minimal oversight. “As a club president,” she said, “I don’t need SGA to hold my hand, I don’t want SGA to hold my hand.” Her view directly opposed that of Fundraising Chair Maryann Lucks, who sympathized with Marquis, having once reactivated a small club. “I’ve been through the ‘Hofstra shuffle’…it’s ridiculous,” she said. “I think clubs need a person to go to—not to hold their hand—just to explain what you need to do to start a club.” In the end, Lebo’s legislation failed, as senators leaned toward repurposing the committee. “It is sad that SGA is so afraid of change,” Lebo said Wednesday. “It seems that many Senators are ready to throw out ideas but few, if any, are willing to put forth an effort to see results. Instead of seizing the opportunity to streamline the organization and ultimately serve clubs more efficiently, SGA has decided to stay with the fragmented remains of a decadesold, now-obsolete committee.” Lebo had support from Vice President Luke Miedreich, who offered his opinion before SGA adjourned. “A lot of points were brought up about Club Relations as a liaison. That’s not the job of the Club Relations chair; that’s the job of everyone around this table.”
A5•April 7, 2011
University adds new major, minor in Supply Chain Management By Darleen Denno COPY CHIEF
The Department of Management, Entrepreneurship and General Business is introducing Supply Chain Management as a new major and minor for the fall of 2011. The department held an information session on Wednesday,
April 6 at 6 p.m. to talk to students about the new major/minor. The information session turned into a small discussion about Supply Chain Management, jobs in the field and how to get students interested in the new major/minor. Jerdene Allen, senior, is the first student to enroll in the major and was sole attendee at the information meeting. “I decided to change
my major because I kept hearing about Supply Management and was interested in operations,” she said. MRO Purchasing Manager at NBTY Frank Colletti spoke about his career path and the future of Supply Chain Management. Colletti said that jobs in the Supply Chain Management field are favorable because “no two days
are the same.” The field grew with the Internet’s expansion in the mid ‘90s. Because of this, jobs within Supply Chain Management are widespread. Colletti recommended spreading the word of the major to those interested in Information Technology, because IT is a huge part of Supply Chain Management. “I.T. is what really enables supply chain,” he said.
Hofstra University joined the other colleges and universities that offer Supply Chain Management as a major. The major rapidly spread to various universities within the past 5 years. “I just think it’s a good major to have,” Department Chair Farid said.
Public Safety Briefs On March 20, a Hofstra
student stated that at some time between 6 and 10:30 p.m, he parked his vehicle in the Gittelson parking lot, and when he returned to his car, he noticed a dent in the passenger’s side front quarter panel. Police assistance was declined.
On March 31, Public Safety received a report that there were several males in a vehicle on North campus smoking marijuana. Public Safety responded, stopped the vehicle in front of Hofstra USA and identified the occupants as five male Hofstra students. When questioned, they admitted to smoking in the car and surrendered a marijuana cigarette, which was confiscated. The students were issued appearance summonses. On March 31, at 7:30 a.m., a plant department staff member reported that a note containing sexual phrases was found attached to the wall in the men’s bathroom in Monroe Hall. The note was confiscated and destroyed. An investigation will be
Compiled By Shannon Pandaliano
On March 31, a Hofstra visi-
tor reported to Public Safety that at sometime between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. she parked her car in the Estabrook Hall parking lot while she was attending an event on campus. When she returned, she discovered that her vehicle was missing. A search of the campus was conducted for the vehicle, without success. A report of the theft was filed with the NCPD.
On April 1, a Public Safety officer, while on patrol of the North campus, observed two males spray painting on the west side of the Nassau Hall building. He apprehended the males who were identified as Hofstra students. They were issued appearances summonses. On April 1, a Hofstra student stated that at some time between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m, he parked his vehicle in parking field 7, near the sump. When he returned, he discovered that his vehicle was missing. A campus search was conducted but it was not found. A report was filed with the NCPD.
On April 2, at 1 a.m, Public
Safety received a report that there was a male sleeping in the lounge of Orange House. Public Safety responded and confronted the male, who was identified as a non-student. He was escorted from the building into the HIC and was banned from campus. Further investigation revealed that he had been a guest of a resident student of Orange House. The student received an appearance summons for the actions of his guest.
On April 2, at 10 p.m, Public Safety received a call that there was an odor of marijuana emanating from a room in Orange House. Public Safety responded, keyed into the room, and found three male students. There was a strong odor of marijuana, but no marijuana recovered. The students were issued appearance summonses for smoking marijuana.
banner, which was hung on the Holland Gate along the sideway on Hempstead Turnpike. The officer retrieved the banner and issued the student an appearance summons.
On April 3, a Hofstra student stated that she parked her vehicle in parking field 6 and at sometime between 12 p.m. on April 2 and 6 p.m. on April 3, two tires of her vehicle had been slashed. Police assistance was declined at this time and an investigation will be conducted.
Key HIC- Hofstra Information Center PSO- Public Safety Officer RSR- Resident Safety representative RA- Resident Assistant NCPD- Nassau County Police Department NUMC- Nassau University Medical Center
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The Chronicle Editorial
A 6•April 7, 2011
A Broad, Abroad: TRL finale in Italy By Michaela Papa COLUMNIST
Felony charge for sexting too harsh By Marc Butcavage VIDEO EDITOR
Response to “Sexting Deserves Harsher Penalties” In last week’s issue, columnist Julia Hahn presented an opinion piece entitled “Sexting Deserves Harsher Penalties.” While I believe everyone should be entitled to his or her own opinion, it is unfortunate that Ms. Hahn is misinformed and naïve at best. Her stance seems puritanical, rooted in the idea that rather than giving proper education to young teens on the dangers and consequences of sexting, we should simply adjust the current law to allow for felony convictions. This is a dangerous and ineffective way of handling the way teens think and act. Already teens are being charged with child pornography, as is the case of Phillip Alpert, a Florida teen who must now be on
the sex offender registry until the age of 43, and though he faces probation rather than jail time, this punishment is still beyond what any teen should face. For the most part, his life is completely ruined. He will have trouble attending a university, finding a job, or even buying a house. It is not even close to a felony in regards to severity of punishment, and still it is too much. What Ms. Hahn is suggesting is not only the above, but also the addition of hard time in prison or juvenile hall, the complete loss of the right to vote, and the label of “convicted felon” for life. Yet, these kids are not armed bank robbers, crack peddlers,
or rapists. They are misguided children simply misappropriating their newfound sexual frustration and misusing the technology that we have at hand. Much of the problem stems from our country’s desire to make a taboo out of anything remotely sexual, which includes properly educating our children. Like drugs or alcohol, teens who are not educated on the risks of sexual activity, and how to properly avoid these risks if they choose to engage, are more likely to partake in dangerous and risky sexual behavior. By simply talking to
It is not even close to a felony in regards to severity of punishment, and still it is too much.
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Word on the street is that the finale of TRL is going to be held in Florence, Italy. As last weekend’s Jersey Shore was in Italy, (which still doesn’t make sense to me) I’ve about had my fill of bottom-of-the-barrel American pop-culture, but TRL news intrigued me. When applying to study abroad spring semester, I thought about all the things at Hofstra that I would miss. Springtime at Hofstra always seemed like the best time filled with the best memories. I look fondly back on the first day that everybody emerges from winter hibernation; people stop wearing hats and stop crying on a twice-daily basis. Few things are more depressing than winter in Hempstead. Besides the increasingly nice weather, afternoons spent on the fields and spring additions to the salad bars, I also realized I would miss events such as Music Fest. Though I’m not a die-hard fan of Ghost Face Killah, I will admit that last year I greatly enjoyed myself as I pumped my handmade W in the air. The lineup for Hofstra’s 2011 Music Fest is yet to be announced; though I anticipate that it will be a fun event regardless of the musicians. I think everybody effectively managed to have fun when ShaNaNa was playing, so I have minimal doubts that Music Fest will be a success. As I obviously am not attending Music Fest, I was excited to see that I may have my own Italian version of Music Fest right here in Florence.
The final episode of TRL is said to take place in Piazza Santa Croce, the same piazza where the Chocolate Festival was held. (For obvious reasons, I already hold this location in high esteem). Supposedly, this is the location of the free finale of TRL with potential music guests such as Eminem, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Muse, Shakira. Elisa, Jovanotti, Modà, and Negramaro. Now, I use such incredulous words, because you would think this would be a bigger deal. Italians love American music. I hear more American pop songs here than I do when I’m actually in the United States. The Italians couldn’t be larger fans of Bruno Mars and Katy Perry. Frankly, I find it leaning more toward funny than bizarre, and slightly disturbing. Few things put a smile on my face faster than hearing the lady making my panino sing the classic hit “Because I Got High.” Oh, America, how I miss you. In order to validate these rumors I keep asking people what they have heard about TRL. After I realize I let an acronym barely known in the Hofstra community slip, I quickly correct myself and continue inquiring. Most people have only hearsay, though it all seems to match up. On April 20, 2011 TRL will hold its finale in Santa Croce at 20:30. Whether or not this is true, I look forward to finding out. Seeing Lady Gaga perform for free may make up for missing Midnight Breakfast at Hofstra.
As I obviously am not attending Music Fest, I was excited to see that I may have my own Italian version of Music Fest right here in Florence.
The Chronicle Editorial
Letter to the Editor: Nonsense origin revised Ellen Tashie Frisina, ‘77 ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION
As a proud former Editor in Chief for The Chronicle (197677), and now a proud member of Hofstra’s faculty, I found this week’s editorial bittersweet – especially the part about former Editors-in-Chief passing down Chronicle history orally. So true. The Chronicle Alumni reunion had very sparse attendance this year, mostly because – as alumni told Alumni Relations when they floated the idea – most of us former student journalists remember the dark side of Hofstra. Journalists are well-known for gathering only in dark pubs after a particularly harrowing workday, so it is no surprise that less than 50 people registered for the April 2 reunion. Harking back to that oral history, I need to make a correction to Marc Butcavage’s page 3 essay on Nonsense. Nonsense may indeed have grown out of the New Voice, but the New Voice was actually founded in 1976 as a reaction to
The Chronicle’s coverage of the Student Senate, now the SGA. At the time of my editorship, The Chronicle printed many articles and editorials that focused on misdoings, misdeeds, and general problems with the Student Senate. It was good journalism; but like any good journalism, it didn’t please the government much. One student senator took it upon himself to start his own newspaper, and got Senate funding to counter The Chronicle’s coverage of the Senate. Shortly after that incident, The Chronicle had its budget cut, the small stipends to editors yanked away, and there was a lot of talk about evicting us from our offices. I could tell you the name of that Student Senator, and I can tell you that within a year the New Voice folded – apparently to be reborn in 1983, rising like the phoenix from the ashes. I could also tell you how The Chronicle remained stalwart, strong and sarcastic – but as your editorial noted, I’d have to tell you orally, probably over a beer in a dark pub. Or at next year’s reunion. I’ll be there.
I’d have to tell you orally, probably over a beer in a dark pub.
If you could ask Pres. Rabinowitz one thing, what would it be?
On Wed. April 6, during Common Hour, Hofstra University held a Town Hall Meeting that was open to the entire Hofstra community. This is an open forum for students to bring their concerns to the attention of those who can listen and make changes. The panel included President
“Why isn’t the food better?”
“When are you building a parking garage?”
“What the f--k?”
Meeting poorly attended by students Rabinowitz, and several, if not all, vice presidents. In the audience were many administrators, department heads, and interested staff members. What concerned me was the small amount of students in attendance, 20 at the most. As I walk this campus or have lunch in one of the dining facilities, I hear many students complaining about the things that they are dissatisfied with.
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Man On The Unispan
Letter to the Editor: Town Hall
A University faculty member who asked not to be named.
What I don’t understand is why these students, or any student who is unhappy with a certain policy, procedure, or academic issue, would not take the time to attend a meeting that provides them with the opportunity to express their concerns. How can Hofstra research and make changes if these issues are not brought to the University’s attention?
“How do you take your coffee?”
“How much do you get paid?”
“Where does our tuition money go?.”
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A8 April 7, 2011
Snooki paid more than Toni Morrison to appear at Rutgers
ILLUSTRATION BY ISOBEL STANTON
By Julia Hahn COLUMNIST
Over the years, some people have become concerned over the values that Americans are taking to heart. It has become a little disheartening that more people in New York know what Justin Bieber looks like than what their governor looks like. They could probably name all the members of the Jersey Shore cast but none of the Supreme Court Judges. This kind of value system has been brought to light recently with Snooki from the Jersey Shore and Pulitzer Prize winning author Toni Morrison both visiting Rutgers University in New Jersey. One is getting paid a larger sum than the other, and it isn’t whom it should be. Nicole Polizzi,
a.k.a. Snooki, received a sum of $32,000 to appear at two question-and-answer sessions (centered around a book that she “wrote”) that were led by the Rutgers University Programming Association. Toni Morrison, the esteemed Noble Prize winner, is going to be paid $30,000 to speak at Rutgers commencement ceremony in May. Although the students have to wait until May to hear the brilliant words of Morrison, Snooki left them with some words of true wisdom: “Study hard, but party harder.” What kind of world is academia coming to when a reality-TV star is valued more than an award-winning novelist? Toni Morrison’s works have left intellectual footprints in the world of literature.
I bet a majority of students will say that they studied one of her novels at some point in time. Whether or not the book is entertaining is not the most important matter. The point is that a student can get something of true value when reading one of Morrison’s books. I seriously doubt that Jersey Shore or the words from any of the people on that show could be of value to anyone, especially from someone who refers to herself as a “meatball.” Snooki and her cast-mates
have actually made appearances at other universities around the country and my question is why? Why do respectable colleges indulge in these kinds of personalities that will be a bad influence on the youth of America? Students at these universities feel that giving their tuition to Jersey Shore cast members so they can appear at their school grossly wastes their money. These students are paying to learn and gain knowledge. There is nothing those people
Why do respectable colleges indulge these kinds of personalities that will be a bad influence on the youth of America?
can teach these students that they can’t learn at any college frat party. Some also feel that if they are going to pay someone money to speak they had better have something intelligent to say. The show Jersey Shore is something that is around for pure entertainment and some people are trying to make it out to be something more than it is. America is starting to value reality TV stars over brilliant writers. What kind of world is that? It’s the kind of place that other countries are laughing at. What words of value can any of the Jersey Shore cast members have to say to us? And how could any of that possibly be worth $32,000?
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Presidential campaign speculation begins too soon By Caitlin Walsh COLUMNIST
This week, president Obama filed his papers to run for re-election. Nov. 6, 2012 is still 19 months away. That is 580 days. For every one of those days from this point onward, politicians will be strategizing and spreading their messages in preparation for Election Day. It doesn’t matter whether they are Obama, or are one of his numerous potential Republican opponents. They will form exploratory committees, amass signatures, generate press coverage and build websites. Here we go again. When an incumbent President decides to run for a second term, his party generally doesn’t field any other candidates to run against him. Call it solidarity, no
matter how well or how poorly the incumbent is doing. The Republican Party seems to be fielding more than the usual number of potential candidates, each sure that he or she is the only one who can successfully defeat the incumbent president. Eventually, through a grueling series of caucuses, primaries and conventions, the field of many is narrowed to one candidate for each party. Just when the American people have had enough of all the debates, the drama and the
inevitable mudslinging and cries for mercy, Election Day comes. It is the second biggest unofficial holiday after Super Bowl Sunday. We’ve had enough of the carnage, yet we can’t look away until we know it is officially over and that one candidate is finally President Elect while the other limps home. During this particular electoral “pre-season,” several names are already circulating the news. Sarah Palin is a hub of speculation, as it is unknown whether she will throw her hat into the ring. If she does finally
We should force potential candidates to wait until at least July the year before election to announce their candidacy.
announce her candidacy, she won’t be alone. Recently Michele Bachmann, who gave the Tea Party response to the State of the Union, was on the front page of The New York Times. Mitt Romney, who was unable to secure the Republican Party’s nomination in 2008, has also been in the news as a potential candidate. Perhaps the biggest surprise is billionaire Donald Trump. In March, he appeared on numerous television programs during which he was eager to rag on Obama, questioning his citizenship as well as his religion. After Trump gave a talk at CPAC, the annual conservative activist conference, a poll conducted by CNN showed public opinion of Trump ahead of Obama’s by two points. Our election process is
hindered by its rumor-based system. Before anything is official, the news media feeds on speculation and gossip. If the people decide to reform the system, then we should consider forcing potential candidates to wait until at least July of the year before election to announce their candidacy. They would have approximately six months to prepare for the start of primaries, and about a year until convention season. Campaign war chests would hopefully shrink as candidates would have less time to fundraise and spend money. Most importantly, there would be less time for the race to get dirty with mudslinging. If this sounds like a good idea, then it probably will never happen. One can dream.
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continued from A6 adolescents in a frank and positive manner about sexual education, including sexting, then I believe we can seriously cut down on the number of offences. However, it is important to note that sexting is never going to stop, but we can at least aim to control it. To think that someone would suggest charging a young teen with a felony, especially after the psychological damage caused by public backlash has taken its toll, is simply preposterous. Even the current
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As a weekend of drunken debauchery, memories and a wave of nostalgia from meeting former members of the Chronicle comes to an end, I can only say that I am glad to be a member of this fine publication. I know it might be a bit early to reminisce as I still have two months left, but this newspaper is not only a group of hardworking employees, but a family. Just as this year’s staff is a collective unit, as are the past staffs. Seeing the long-standing connections between Chronicle staffs past, be it of the 1970s, 80s or more recent, the bond between friends and co-workers has not
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punishments that have been carried out are too severe. What these kids need is not a court system telling them they are on par with child rapists and kiddie porn producers, but someone to educate and to listen to them. As a country, we can’t seriously continue to make everything we find uncomfortable a felony or jail-worthy offense. It’s time for the parents of America to grow some balls and talk to their kids. Also, dropping the picture messaging plan might not be a bad idea either.
diminished. While we may have all made a pact to both stay good-looking and reappear at the 100th reunion in 25 years, I can only hope that we keep this promise. The joy on the faces of past Chronicle staffs upon seeing each other was heart-warming, and brightened my weekend. Especially after waking up and realizing I’d consumed the recently banned FourLoko beverage at 3 am. It’s been two great years as a Chronicle staffer, and I hope to have the same renewed vigor upon seeing my friends and co-workers in 25 years. But more likely sooner, because leaving this crusty but lovable office for the real world is highly unappealing,
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April 7, 2011
‘Source Code’ By Byran Menegus STAFF WRITER
Source Code is essentially two related movies. The first asks the question: If Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a helicopter pilot for the American army in Afghanistan, how did he end up in a metallic pod, obeying the orders of strangers via computer screens? The second seeks to stop a domestic terrorist from detonating a nuclear device in downtown Chicago. Mystery plots make for strange bedfellows. While Duncan Jones, director of 2009’s Moon (and, incidentally, the son of David Bowie) shoots the film economically and intelligently, Gyllenhall’s antics of counter-terrorism and identity crisis ask a lot from its audience. First is the concept of the “source code” itself, which is only briefly explained in the movie. We’re told that a source code is the eight minutes of short-term memory present in a human brain at the moment of death, which— by a classic sci-fi leap in technology and logic— is accessible to test subjects (like Capt. Stevens) with superior cognitive ability. Stevens is tasked with using the source code of Sean Fentress, a man killed in a recent train bombing, to find out how the attack was carried out and use this information to quash future terrorist incidents (incidents which push the plot of Source Code forward, albeit blindly, as they are never confirmed as anything more than good hunch). Because it’s a mystery at its heart, Source Code is difficult to review without spoiling. However, its numerous plot holes make most of the mystery not worth explaining. If you can pretend that human cognitive function works in the way described in this film, and you can believe that, using amputated memories, Capt. Stevens could experience things Mr. Fentress did not, Source Code still begs you to believe in the existence of a multiverse. Undoubtedly, this is a movie that will make you think, but further consideration only draws its inconsistencies into starker focus. By far, the biggest disappointment in Source Code is its wasted potential. What feels like an extra five minutes are tacked onto the end of the movie, spoiling its harrowing and bittersweet “ending”— a frozen moment so beautiful in its completeness that unless screenwriter Ben Ripley was intending to anger the entire audience with a Hollywood finish, he failed utterly.
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LCD Soundsystem goes out with a bang By Dani Frank EDITORIAL EDITOR
After ten years, three studio albums and multiple other releases, LCD Soundsystem exited the music industry on April 2, as nets filled with balloons dropped, fans embraced and the final words of “New York, I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down” rang through Madison Square Garden. The performance was four hours long, not including an opening act, Liquid Liquid, a 1980’s post-punk band with an engaging collection of dance songs. The performance was the last in a string of Terminal 5 shows leading up to the Madison Square Garden, and spanned LCD Soundsytem’s entire catalog of songs. Fans were attired in black and white, as LCD Soundsystem had requested. The event was to be a funeral, but not somber. LCD kept their promise to open the show with “Dance Yrself Clean,” the first track off of LCD Soundsystem’s latest album. A shower of glow sticks rained down on the general admission section as the band played the fan favorite. LCD Soundsystem wisely engaged the audience from the beginning, powering through an up-tempo, sing-along song, “Drunk Girls.” The first act
of the show continued in this fashion, with stand-out performances of songs from their two most recent albums: 2010’s “This is Happening” and 2007’s “Sound of Silver.” A brief intermission was held after this first set, allowing the accompanying choir to change into silver jumpsuits and for special guest singer Reggie Watts to take the stage for a performance of “Sound of Silver.” The band followed this formula for the rest of the performance, holding ten minute intermissions between sets. LCD leaned heavily on songs from an earlier release, “45:33,” a mostly instrumental album. Psychedelic images of clouds and a spaceman accompanied the set via large monitors on each side of the stage.The set aired on the side of being jam bandesque. However, cell phones glowed in the audience as texts were sent, and attendees used the set as an opportunity to sit down or leave to buy beer. The third set was a return to LCD’s previously energized performance. The set opened with “Us v. Them.” Lead singer James Murphy then mentioned a band that he was friends with, featuring members from both America and Canada. The band
in question was Arcade Fire. The band in question was Arcade Fire, and front man Win Butler, Régine Chassange and Jeremy Gara gleefully sang back-up vocals to “North American Scum.” The addition of the band was superfluous and mostly involved shouting, but was very welcome by the audience. It was expected that such stops would be pulled out in honor of the final performance. While rumors of Daft Punk abounded before the show, the band never made it to accompany the performance in the first set of “Daft Punk is Playing at My House.” While the band attempted to make an exit after performing their early hit, “Yeah,” the audience clapped and called them until they returned to play “Someone Great.” It was impossible not to make the connection between the end of LCD Soundsystem and the lyrics, “someone great is gone.” The quiet echo of the audience singing along to the tune was heart-breaking. “Losing My Edge,” the song the band first became known for, was up next and met with overwhelming applause. They closed out the set with “Home” and announced there would only be three songs left. While the show had already
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The band has claimed that they will no longer be performing or touring. been in progress around three hours, there was still an outrage present among the audience. “All I Want” began the second encore, followed by a cover of Harry Nilsson’s “Jump into the Fire.” The final song, predictably, was “New York, I Love You.” Murphy prefaced the song by saying how thankful he was of everyone who had come, particularly those in the nosebleed seats. He also thanked his friends
in attendance, including Aziz Ansari and Bjork. The song was an emotional end to an influential band who cared deeply about its fans. While the final notes of the song rang out through Madison Square Garden and those watching the livestream of the event watched at home, LCD Soundsystem quietly slipped off of the stage, and slipped forever into the history of music.
Hyper Aware presents double dose of Durang
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The Hyper Aware Theater performed two Christopher Durang one-acts.
By Aaron Calvin
ASSISTANT ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
On Tuesday night, something strange occurred in a fourth-floor
walk-up in SoHo. This happened to be where The Access Theater takes residence, and after being buzzed up, the audience can take
their seats. That night, the theater was home to The Hyper Aware Theater Company and a double dose of Durang. The first of these was The Actor’s Nightmare. It opened with a man named George who becomes inexplicably involved in a series of plays that he has never rehearsed for, and doesn’t know any of the lines to. This unraveled into a series of painfully stressful interactions by the hapless George and the actors around him. The play moved tangentially through Hamlet, Samuel Beckett and Thomas Moore. The play was well paced and the actor’s created a generally relatable scenario, even for non-actors. After a brief intermission, the stranger of the two plays got under way. Titanic opens with two families aboard everyone’s
favorite yet-to-be-sunken ship: the captain and his daughter, and a couple with their son, Teddy. However, this isnt’t exactly the James Cameron story the general public is familiar with. This is the Christopher Durang story. While beginning fairly placidly, the story soon erupts into an absurdist affair to the very height of everything that unreasonable. The captain’s daughter ends up being three different people at the same time, while having a fetish for sticking animals into her vagina, including a hedgehog, a seagull and a family of hamsters. The captain chases one of the women around wearing a helmet with a dildo attached to it. Twice, the characters think they are sinking when, really, the captain’s wife had just put on a sound effects tape. The whole adventure involved
a lot of self-awareness and sexuality. While rather inaccessible and unpalatable at first, once the viewers adapt themselves to Titanic, they see what lies beneath the zany and absurdist antics. Every once in a while, the play shows its darker side. The cast does a good job of managing the wilder aspects, while allowing the unexpected sadness to shine through. However, even the playwright admits that the play is in some ways a “strange dream you’d like to be over sooner than it actually gets over.” Both acts are entertaining, while simultaneously constructive. If nothing else, these backto-back Durang pieces provided, if nothing else, an interesting night out to the theater.
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Battle Artist Spotlight:Odd Future of the Bands By Ohad Amram STAFF WRITER
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Kids with Guns used a megaphone to augment their sound.
By Aaron Calvin
ASSISTANT ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
The occurrence that was dubbed the “Battle of the Bands” on Saturday can only be considered an oddity, forged from six bands from all sides of the sound spectrum coming together in one room. The sprawling, three-hour event was host to different varieties of rock, rhythm and blues, reggae, metalcore and, of course, the ubiquitous jam band. All of these bands were competing for the grand prize: the opening slot at Music Fest. The self-described pop punk band Count To Four opened with a couple of copy and paste tunes, filled with yearning lyrics and chugging power chords. The band’s demeanor was hopeful, but realistic. “It’s okay if you don’t like us,” the lead singer said apologetically during their set. I guess the judges didn’t feel too bad about not picking them for the opening slot then. Next came The Pitch Drop Experiment. Their set was fairly predictable, filled with on-theoffbeat guitar strums, plunking bass notes and one lone trumpet player. It was also nice to see that the genre hasn’t changed its look since Bob Marley made it popular. While the crowd seemed to enjoy them, it seems that they were a little too chill for Music Fest. Just as the afternoon was beginning to drag, the band that could be considered the most sonically interesting of the afternoon took to the stage/ carpeted area. Between three songs, Kids With Guns floated between straightforward garage rock and a fuzzy blues influenced music. While apparently very rough and a little reeling in their musical style, the band played dynamically and had several instances where their songwriting showed potential. I identified with
Kids With Guns most on a level of personal taste, but they still seemed a little unpolished to play on the same level as professional musicians. As soon as The Dirty Gems took the stage, it was obvious they would be the ones to take the gold. While their music was pretty archetypal Rhythm and Blues, they show was irresistibly fun. They had every formula for success locked in: movement, crowd participation and they were more musically tight than any other band that had performed, or would perform. They were nothing short of the obvious choice to play Music Fest. As soon as they wheeled in their Marshall head amps and guitars with jagged edges, you could taste the influx in stale cigarette smoke in the air. The lead singer, a short man who bore an uncanny resemblance to Adam Sandler, opened with a few words about how they were going to try again this year to be able to play Music Fest and how they played “mad shows” throughout the area. Then the band proceeded to erupt in guttural screams and needlessly loud guitars. Both of their eight-minute long songs sounded like the same kind of noise, but it was amusing and a little sad to watch the five fans the band brought with them attempt to start a mosh pit. The long afternoon concluded with the drum machine propelled jam band, Breadheadz. They were fairly talented individuals. Their songs were filled with noodling bass lines and other forms of adequate musicianship, but apparently it held little interest for the judges. Apparently, it held little interest for the judges as well. The whole event concluded with a brief announcement of the winners, The Dirty Gems, and the prize that it entailed.
In today’s music scene it’s difficult to differentiate a specific musical artist and categorize them as “different” due to their unique approaches to the art of music because what’s different to one listener may very well be just another musical artist to another. However, this is hardly the case with emerging Los Angeles rap collective Odd Future, otherwise known by their infamous acronym OFWGKTA, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. Headed by “leader” Tyler the Creator also known as Wolf Haley or Ace, the cohesive and very innovative talents of Odd Future have been in effect as of 2007, yet it was only recently that Odd Future has been publicized and given recognition from some of rap’s most adored and respected MC’s, including artists such as Kanye West, who claims Tyler the Creators video for hit single “Yonkers” is the best video of 2011. Mos Def, who saw the groups’ first live performance in New York City, and Das Racist, who was there the night of Nov. 8, 2010 when the group debuted their highly anticipated first performance on the East coast. Within Odd Future are two groups: EarlWolf and MellowHype. EarlWolf consists of rappers Earl Sweatshirt and Wolf Haley, as mentioned. MellowHype consists of rapper Hodgy Beats and producer Left Brain. All four mentioned are active members of Odd Future. Other members include Domo Genesis and Mike G, both of which have solo Studio Albums. The group as a whole has conceived well over a dozen mix tapes and studio albums. Producers Tyler the Creator and Left Brain have produced the vast majority of the groups work. More prominently, Tyler has not only rapped on and produced nearly all of the groups music, but also heads the majority of the groups’ interviews and therefore assumes the title of “leader.” With that said, other members of this provocative and controversial rap outfit should by no means be overlooked. Specifically, Odd Future’s youngest member, Earl Sweatshirt, whose self-titled album, Earl, has been deemed
24th best album of 2010 by Complex Magazine. If that alone isn’t enough to make you want to give this well worthy experimental rapper, a listen, then this ought to do it: lyrically, Earl has been compared to Hip-Hop legend Nas. In fact many claim that Earl, at 16, his age when his solo studio album was released, is better than Nas at 18, when Nas released critically acclaimed album, Illmatic. Currently, Earl is the only member of the group that is not touring and producing new songs alongside the rest of the rest of the group. Speculation has arisen as to exactly where this fellow Odd Future member may be. The little merchandise the group sells at shows, does consist of a shirt that has been a hot item at both shows, as well as online merchandisers; the shirt simply reads “Free Earl”. Although the controversy of the matter is indeed a story within itself, rumors of the groups’ perhaps most talented member, have stated that upon having received word of Earl’s musical career, his mother took great offense to Odd Future’s subject matter and thus sent Earl to boarding school. Other rumors state that Earl is to be released from this facility on the April 11, 2011. All rumors aside, Odd Future shows no sign of slowing down.
The group first garnered the attention of mainstream media when Tyler the Creator and Hodgy Beats played a live performance on February 16th, 2011 on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Then on the MTV Woodie awards, the two yet again stunned audiences with their extravagant performance. More recently, Odd Future has played SXSW, otherwise known as the south by southwest festival in Texas. The groups’ live performances are reminiscent of bands from the early 70s in the sense that crowd is more so involved and very receptive of the groups’ shenanigans. Those interested in experiencing something new, musically, should give the group a listen. Any song off of the groups’ collaborative mix tape, Radical, is inventive, and can honestly be categorized as “different.” The latest in new Odd Future will be Tyler the Creator’s next solo studio album titled “Goblin” which will be released on May 11,, 2011 on XL recordings, other bands on this label include acts Weezer, Vampire Weekend and Radiohead. While audiences patiently anticipate the album’s arrival, any and all other Odd Future albums, mix tape or studio album, is free for download on the groups’ website, OddFuture. com.
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Odd Future consists of multiple groups and is surrounded by mystique
B 4•April 7, 2011
TECH TALK: HTC Evo Thunderbolt
By Nathan Sukonik COLUMNIST
This is a top notch phone. Its hardware makes a big statement in the quickly growing Smart-Phone market. With the HTC EVO Thunderbolt you can: download movies, e-books, games and music at lightning speed. The surround sound can be turned up, so you can benefit from hours of entertainment on the hi-resolution 4.3” screen. The 8 Mega Pixel Camera has LED flash and in-camera effects, but tests have shown that it still needs some work. With the 720 pixel HD camcorder you can capture any extreme video you want in flawless resolution. It has 4G speed, so uploads from the Internet are a breeze. It also has Built-in DLNA* (Drives Connected Consumer Experience) that’s connectivity takes all the music, movies and photos on your phone and beams them wirelessly to your flat screen TV. This grand feature is especially good to have with all the apps that are springing up. You can launch a mobile hotspot from your Thunderbolt phone; it can turn into a wireless router, providing a Wi-Fi connection and the power of 4G for up to five devices. The wireless router of 4G speed I find to be especially useful for the frequent traveler. The only issue
Review Round-up By Bryan Menegus STAFF WRITER
Foo Fighters- Wasting Light Grade: B+ Do you hear that sound- the sound of galloping guitars and Dave Grohl’s hell-bent screams? It can only mean one thing: the Foo Fighters are back. Gone are the days of lame radio ballads, now replaced with the leaner and heavier sound that made their first two records shining beacons amidst the dreck of mainsteam rock. Opener “Bridge Burning” almost forgives In Your Honor’s “Best of You”. Yes, the Foo Fighters are notoriously safe players, and yes, the second half of Wasting Light peters out pretty badly, but damn it at least they sound like they’re having fun again.
RIYL: the 90’s, Dave Grohl’s Colgate smile The Kills- Blood Pressures Grade: D Sorry, The Kills, you lost. Try again. Understandably, singer Alison Mosshart has been busy tagging along on Jack White’s idiot-circus The Dead Weather, but that’s just no excuse. Blood Pressures isn’t a Kills record. It’s not even of the same caliber as a Kills record. Compared to how the balance of weird and fun that Midnight Boom and No Wow achieved, Blood Pressures deserves the same treatment fans gave to the two Matrix sequels. Mosshart’s voice has lost its venom; Jamie Hince’s stalking, sepulchral beats are replaced by incidental snare tickles that barely register. You lost, guys. Go home. is that it will drain your battery. The HTC EVO Thunderbolt has a 1GHz Snapdragon Processor. The average laptop has 2.77GHz, which shows that the smart phone is starting to catch up. The HTC EVO Thunderbolt also includes a webcam for Skype and other Cam chat apps, like Tango. The Pop Out kickstand is a sweet touch, which makes for icing on the cake. Overall, this phone is one of the most remarkable I’ve seen; currently, it’s the only one that’s really making waves against the iPhone 4. *The Drives Connected Consumer Experience is the
idea that computers, consumer electronics and mobile devices should work together seamlessly through a wired or wireless network to share digital content within a home environment. Bottom Line: With a 300 dollar starting price, it’s a device that is certainly well worth the price. It can double as a phone, router, camera, video camera, gaming device and netbook. It can be easily compared to the tablet computers, which now have dual core processors at 1GHz like the Motorola Xoom.
RIYL: Nothing beautiful and everything that hurts Argotec- Wherewithal Grade: AFor all intents and purposes, the music rap duo Argotec makes should not worker rapper raised on a steady diet of Aesop Rock let loose over beats that span IDM, glitch, dubstep and instrumental rock. The results are not only fantastically innovative, but have an earworm quality that belies their complexity, musically and lyrically. There’s a hometown hero aspect too, since Argotec are based out of Brooklyn, but locality wins them brownie points they don’t necessarily need: their sound is refreshing, and I guarantee that no one on the scene now is doing what they’ve dared to. They’re playing a show at the Brew Haus in Lindenhurst this Friday with Hofstra’s own Sarcasmo—be there.
RIYL: Talented locals, a change of pace Hollywood Undead- American Tragedy Grade: :( Who left a drum machine in an abattoir for the developmentally challenged? Hollywood Undead take the masked tomfoolery Slipknot capitalized on a decade ago and slap it against hip-hop so ignorant, so devoid of anything resembling talent or humanity that Insane Clown Posse look like Harvard grads by comparison. Nothing on this record can possibly be relevant to anyone except the lowest denominator of society. Honestly, who let these idiots make music? This must be what EST feels like. I sincerely hope American Tragedy, or for that matter any of the music these buffoons make, will never sully my headphones after today.
RIYL: The benefits of being deaf
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Hofstra Film Department Home to Meta-Genius By Bryan Menegus Staff Sergeant
You may have seen Hofstra student Gregory Lemon out and about on campus. To most, he’s just another wool-capped undergrad carrying an inordinate number of boom mics and an empty case for a vintage Leika. But in the hallowed halls of Dempster, Lemon, 19, is being hailed as a genius by professors and students alike for his latest and most ambitious project. “I wanted the audience to really think about what film is, and what I, as a genius, can contribute to it,” said Lemon, who gratefully received the twenty-eight cups of coffee that a small contingent of freshman had brought him unsolicited. Lemon continued, “I know
a lot of people are excited about what an amazing film this is going to be, and I’ve kept it largely ‘under wraps’, as we say in the industry.” This remark was met with understanding nods from strangers, and a pat on the back from professor Steve Dogzman. “At the heart of it, this project is a shot-for-shot remake of Finding Nemo. It was a story I thought we could all connect with, and I really jumped on the chance to shoot without needing scuba gear for a change,” said Lemon, brimming with undue excitement. Mr. Lemon’s directorial credits so far include the genre-bending My Dinner with Andre the Giant, a film adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and the touching roman-
tic comedy, James Bond vs. Sluts. These masterpieces have gone on to gross a combined $12. “I want to include notefor-note covers of Finding Nemo’s soundtrack in my awesome shot-for-shot remake,” Lemon, genius, said. “I can’t wait for this article to get published, so I can include a word-forword rewrite of it in the title sequence.” As a crowd gathered to carry their newfound hero towards the local film supply store, where they purchased all of his equiptment for him, Lemon mused, “Yes, I think this will be a movie that will really make people think about where they fit into the world, if the world were a CGI ocean full of anthropomorphic fish.”
Gregory Lemon: “I prefer to think I’m the best at what I don’t do”
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino Goes Unrecognized At Hofstra Party
By Marc Butcavage Staff Boflex©
On Friday, April 1st, Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino attended a party hosted by Hofstra Students on Marvin Avenue where for the four hours that followed he went unrecognized by every single person in attendance. “Who’s that guy?” said sophomore history major Harrison Jones, to which several students gathered around a keg responded with a shrug. Many of the students in attendance came to the conclusion that it was Sean Thomas, a senior usually seen at parties hosted by various fraternities, or simply some other similar looking Italian man. Either
way, Mr. Sorrentino’s star status- which he gained from the provocative MTV documentary series Jersey Shore- was hardly the highlight of the evening. Most partygoers agreed that the best part of the night was when junior Sophie Greene slapped her exboyfriend for talking to another girl. “Oh man, Sophie was totally wrecked,” said freshman Todd “Boozer” Phillips, “Like, she was definitely out of line for hitting Jake like that. I mean, they broke up, like, a year ago.” When questioned about having a celebrity in attendance, Mr. Phillips only response was, “Who?” Mr. Sorrentino even made several attempts
to help students in attendance recognize his star status, even going so far as to lift up his shirt, point to his abdominals, and say, “It looks like we have a situation here.” Even after yelling very loudly to the whole party “I’m The Situation, dammit!” almost all of the students present were unmoved. This only led to a brief silence, followed by Molly Simmons turning to her sorority sisters and proclaiming, “Ugh, drama majors are the worst.” More telling then his boorish antics was the fact that a crew of four cameras, three producers, several audio engineers, two interns and a paid production assistant followed Mr.
Sorrentino the whole night, while an entire second unit filmed B-roll in the basement. Attendees were even asked to sign release forms as they left the party which clearly stated the footage would be used on the show, and even had a large MTV logo at the top. “Yeah, I signed some form, but I just thought it was a petition to get Tri Sig back on campus after they forced all of their pledges to do sexy things to their bigs,” said Kyle McMaster, a freshmen. “I mean, that’s totally hot.” Italian expert and surly dockworker, Keefer O’Toole says all of this was likely a fluke. “I mean look at the student body there.
I’m surprised the wee lad recogonized himself.” Mr. O’Toole then promply ended the conversation to continue being a sterotype. One student and resident of the Marvin Avenue home, Nicholas Brown, does recall his brief interaction with Sorrentino. “Yeah, the guy with the stupid hair and wife beater, right? He asked if he could buy some weed from me, and I told him to sit on it.” At press time, Mr. Sorrentino could not be reached and his management office refused to comment. However, the residents of the Marvin Avenue home have asked that the person who stole their goldfish please return it.
C 2• April 7th, 2011
Starting A Band: The Quest for Free Beer
By Marc Butcavage Layman Accountant
After an extended lunch break in the Bits N’ Bytes dinning hall this past Tuesday, Freshmen students Michael Barry, Winslow Garvey and James Houston all agreed that they should, “totally, most definitely start a band.” The trio reached this agreement when it was discovered that Barry had an old Fender Squire that his brother gave him, and that Houston had played trombone in his high school’s marching band for a year. Garvey, the only non-musician, reconciled that he could, “maybe learn bass or something...possibly keyboard too.” The group, set on their new endeavor, began to discuss possible genres in which to play in, and settled on, “reggae-funk, with a bit
of progressive jazz and maybe some electrosynth wave elements too,” though they all agreed that settling on one genre would only restrict them to the “mainstream agenda.” After trying to find a common group of influences, the trio decided that they all really enjoyed Dave Matthews Band, but that the group simply had “too many members.” Mr. Houston entertained the notion that he occasionally enjoyed the music of Kanye West, but Garvey and Barry made it very clear that while they were open to all kinds of music, country and rap were simply out of the question. As for a name, the group remained undecided on a name, though several ideas were tossed around. Monikers ranging from “Intergalactic Spud Patrol”, “The Sex
Masters” and “Snake Glove” were all suggested, but Mr. Barry decided it would be best to just “Let the name happen, man.” The trio did note that they would need a name soon, however, as they would need to prepare a Myspace page for all of their fans. All three of the men agreed to practice every Saturday until they are comfortable enough to play a show, and Mr. Garvey has even mentioned that his uncle might have some “sweet hook-ups” that will help them get a record deal. However, many agree that the band will simply procrastinate, and will never actually practice, even though a friend will totally draw them a sweet logo with angel wings that are on fire and a radical tiger and sh*t. If you or anyone you know is suffering from
the notion of starting a band, we ask that you seek immediate professional help. The National Hotline For Deluded Schmucks has operators standing by 24/7 to help you understand what a dumb idea it actually is. The number is 1-800-JAM-BAND.
Although this is not James Houston, by now this boy is either dead or 14.
Student Uses Mad Chill Bottle Opener On Hat
By Boris Asterix Bromega Red
University student Nate Morganstein, a Junior who has yet to declare his major and who commutes from his family home in Rokonkoma, discovered on Wednesday night how useful the bottle opener in his wicker Sublime trucker hat is. Morganstein originally bought the trucker hat at a Spencer’s in the Roosevelt Field Mall in 2003 because of how chill it was. “Yeah, I mean, I love that hat, because of how laid back and mad casual it is, but I had never used the bottle opener on it before,” Morganstein said of the hat’s totally lax, surfer-style vibe. Morganstein finally used the built-in bottle opener at Bar Social on Wednesday when that
““Come in, stay a while, listen to Five Finger Death Punch, buy a UV poster of Gandalf.” one waitress with the it off either, so everyone smoking hot rack handed could know how much I him a Miller Light during loved Sublime as I opened Social’s “Wednesday my beer,” Morganstein said. Wing Night.” That one chick with “I couldn’t believe how handy it was. Plus I the smoking hot rack looked really cool open- behind the bar, you know ing a beer with my hat. I the one, she’s got the didn’t even have to take face, you know who I’m
talking about, was very taken aback when she saw Morganstein’s bottle opener. “One minute he was dancing to the Beastie Boys song playing on the PA, and then next thing I know he’s opening the bottle with this hat or something,” that one waitress with like the nice rack and who sometimes wears the short shirts that show off her belly button ring but who everyone knows is totally a wicked tease when you actually get her alone said about Morganstein’s hat. “It’s great having this bottle opener on my trucker hat. I mean, I have one on my sandals too, but the last time I opened a bottle with my sandals I cut my foot open on broken glass,” Morganstein said. When asked what was
next, the young man was incredibly hopeful for the future. “Well, I’ve got this beer, a plate of 25-cent chicken wings and Salvatore, my best bro, is going to ask the DJ to put on some Third Eye Blind so we can rock out,” Morganstein said while texting his ex-girlfriend from his Blackberry cellphone to tell her she’s a whore. “Maybe later I’ll get on the bar during the Islanders game so everyone can high-five me.” He then warned Nonicle reporters that the girl behind the bar is a total tease and to not waste our time, but to instead approach her more homely roommate smoking a cigarette outside because she does the weird stuff.
Windex Still Least Respected Beverage
By Bryan Menegus Staff Sherpa
In a recent poll by Pepsi Co., Windex© is still their lowest-ranked product, both in customer satisfaction and bulk purchases. Detractors mainly cited its absence of high fructose corn syrup and the lingering feeling of blindness. However, the beverage still has its devout consumers. “I guess it’s a pretty divisive food item, like Silly Putty,” said area man Greg Girraldo, “most of
my friends don’t care for it, but I like options: mist, spray or stream, depending on how thirsty I am.” Convenience isn’t the only thing Windex© has to offer, according to housewife Sharleen McMannus. “I enjoy Windex© for its blue taste and clean finish.” She added, “it’s non-carbonated and it’s sugar-free!” She proceeded to clean the countertops around her fourburner stove and then quench the mighty thirst she had worked up while tidying.
Despite expectations, slumping sales of Windex© have been buttressed by a brand-loyal customer base. “My grandfather drank Windex©, my father drank Windex©, and I’ll enjoy the taste of Windex© by the gallon until the day I die…from Windex© poisoning” said Freeport resident Richard Baggarell, clutching at his liver, which appeared to be bleeding through his skin. Said one Pepsi Co. executive, “I have no
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idea why anyone would think that Windex© was a drink. At no point in the history of that product-which Pepsi Co. does not produce-- has it ever been advertised for human consumption. After finding out how many people are drinking that stuff, I’m going to go home, hug my wife and kids, and just be thankful for the small things from now on.” He added, “that’s the last time we include a fillin response.” Windex: the taste you can see, until you go blind.
Personal Opinion: Where In God’s Name Did I Put My Car Keys? By Marc Butcavage Staff Metorologist
This ‘96 Civic won’t drive itself to the farmers’ market.
Jesus, I swear I had them, like, five minutes ago. Did I set them down on the table by the door? No, that doesn’t make any sense; I didn’t even get to the door before I realized I forgot my briefcase. Wait, maybe they are in the kitchen. Yeah, I always leave them in the kitchen. I decided to grab a last minute glass of water too, I think. They’re definitely in the kitchen.
Oh come on, they’re seriously not in the kitchen? What is going on here? Can I seriously not keep track of a tiny but necessary item for more than thirty seconds? Am I some kind of developmentally delayed toddler? I swear someone is out to get me. Some guy must have come in here, moved my keys somewhere I’d never look, and left, just to mess with me, you know? It’s all just some big conspiracy, and I am the only target. I’m like a walking
Matt Damon movie, but instead of being some cool CIA agent or something, I’m just a dude who can’t keep track of the basic necessities I need to carry out a successful day to day life. Why in the love of all that is holy am I so incapable of a single task that so many adults handle responsibly day in and day out! Oh, here they are. They were in my sock the whole time.
School of Communication Moves to Ban Internet From Classroom By Boris Asterix Humorologist
In an only mildly shocking announcement today, the Hofstra School of Communication has decided to ban the use of internet from its curriculum. Department Chairs from both the Journalism program and the RTVF department cited issues they had with the internet, like, “all those numbers that make colors or whatever” and the fact that back in their day when you got a letter you wrote one back with a pen and it meant something. Rob Popper, Journalism Department Chair, who was writing by candlelight while his secretary loaded a new Stravinsky song
into his phonograph, was enthusiastic about Dempster’s department-wide bans of the Internet. “Everyone says the future of journalism is the internet. Well listen, if we cared about being relevant we wouldn’t be on Long Island, now would we,” Popper said. The same sentiment was echoed by RTVF Department Chair Marcus Marella, who requested to be interviewed by HAM radio. “I’m sure a lot of people will say that if you want a job in the film industry you’ve got to understand how to distribute for the internet. Well, that’s just hogwash, I say the same thing about Youtube that I did about the polio vac-
cine: it’ll never work and we’ve done just fine without it,” Murillo said while holding a shotgun in front of his frontier home to protect it from bears and godless Indians. Obviously, many students are upset by this new technological ban. Senior TV major Ronald Souza and Junior Radio major Rod Derickson are a bit skeptical about the direction of the department. “It’s just very frustrating to know that no one will see the work that I do at Hofstra,” Souza said of the grainy, non-color corrected, incomprehensible TV packages he did for his broadcast class, and the derisive and soulless Shaun of the Dead ripoff he submitted to last year’s
HFC Festival. Derickson agreed, fearing the future worth of his radio major. “I asked my professor about satellite radio the other day, and he told that it’s impossible because DJs can’t breathe in space,” Derickson said while editing together an extremely boring feature for WRHU’s Newsline on a Long Island Fashion Designer that makes scarves for cats. In the Journalism Department, Professor Patrick Woodman, praised the decision, excited to finally know what everyone is talking about during staff meetings. “You show me one example of someone using the internet to be a journalist and I’ll show you a
newspaper that covered the same story 24 to 48 hours later,” Woodman said. Most excited about the internet ban were staffers for The Hofstra Chronicle, who are tired of being scooped by far more adequate and faster journalists coming out of Hofstra’s School of Communication. “Now that no one can use the internet in Dempster, The Chronicle’s top dog, baby! We’re all really excited to deliver you your campus news at a 7-day delay. We’re going to make the school paper cool again,” Chronicle Editor-In-Chief Ryan Broderick said as he inserted typos and factual errors into this week’s issue.
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Editorial: Blue and Yellow Journalism
By Marc Butcavage Breadetor-in-Chef
Welcome back to another informative and totally factual edition from the Hofstra Nonicle. In these four pages you’ll see more facts and hard-hitting news than you would at a facts and hardhitting news convention, if they existed (they totally do.) We’re honored to be
included in The Chronicle’s 75th anniversary, even if they don’t know we’re
doing this (it’s amazing what happens when you sleep with the right people.) That being said, I’d like to share our history with the campus’s favorite and only student published newspaper. The year was 1983, and the entire campus was in the height of its nine-year coke binge. Nonsense had just recently been formed after the meltdown of the on-campus, conservatively-minded newsletter The New Voice. Basically, a picture of a penis was involved and a Republican thought it was icky. Go figure. Alone and cold on the streets, Nonsense was bound to die a vagrant’s death- when suddenly The Chronicle extended a helping hand. They brought us in, gave us food and warm blankets and ate the weaker members. This formed a long and loving bond between the two clubs, as much as The Chronicle would like to not admit that, ever. It’s kind of like a buddy cop film, but with less cops and more sharks. The Chronicle is like the older brother that everyone expects to never mess up and get into all the good Ivy League schools, so when they do mess up, everyone gets their panties in a bunch. Which is totally cool by us because that means we get to swear, binge drink and smoke behind the bleachers during lunch. But seriously folks, chill the hell
out. Just because you never make a typo doesn’t mean you get to pick on one of the few organizations that gives a rat’s *ss about you and the quality of life you have here at Hofstra. I’m looking at you, less-than-adequate communications majors who don’t have the talent or wherewithal to do what those lovable scamps across the hall from us do week after week. Sorry. I got a little carried away there. Now, back to the point I was trying to make the whole time: deaf people should not do an all-deaf production of West Side Story. I’m not being an ableist here, I just think the idea of a deaf gang is preposterous. What happens if they’re in the middle of a rumble in the street and a car comes? It just seems irresponsible, but so is singing in the middle of a gang fight. So maybe we should just scrap West Side Story completely. Stephen Sondheim has no idea what it’s like to be in a gang, and his play only further perpetuates a false sense of sing-song attitudes within the gang world. However, if you get a chance to hear the Latin Kings’ Boys Choir, don’t miss out on that. Seriously, I was quite moved. So with that, we congratulate our friends over at The Chronicle for making it 75 years without being placed in a retirement village. Sure, they may need people to chew their food for them and someone to change their adult diapers, but at least it’s endearing when they yell at the neighborhood rowdies for playing stickball in front of their house. Here’s to another 75 years, even though by then paper will be the only food source for the last survivors of the Great Interstellar War to feast on as they try to salvage the burning remains of human civilization. Cheers!
• A student dorming in Estabrook reported a lock-out on April 5. Upon recieving the call, PSO Neil McNally donned street clothes, posed as a transfer student and comiserated with the locked-out student about the poor quality
Marc “Casual” Butcavage
Head Writer Bryan “Sugenemnayrb” Menegus
Design Director Nick “Hardly Workin’” Losinno
Rookie of the Year Meg “Loudmouth”O’Connor
Esteemed Contributor Boris “Not an Oophanist” Asterix
Witch Principal Martin Mull
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Public Safety Briefs
March 31st - April 7th, 2011 • On April 2, two students were issued an appearance summons after being found with a dead body. The body was identified as a non-student and banned from campus.
The Nonicle Staff
of on-campus securtity. • A public safery officer responded to a call on March 31 where he found Nonsense members Marc Butcavage and Bryan Menegus drinking a jug of moonshine and smoking a 9ft bong. The PSO noted that nothing was out of the ordinary and no sumonses where given. • On April 3, A student reported to Public Safety that while her car
Compiled from Lies, Half-Truths, and Unslaked Bloodlust was parked in the Bill of Rights parking lot, all of her tires had been Slash’d and Axls removed. Guns N’Roses was banned from campus. • On April 4, an offduty PSO was spotted rolling a “really ugly looking joint, man.” Students on the lacrosse field proceeded to teach the officer proper rolling etiquette before putting him under citizens arrest, describing the officer as a
“serial transgressor” and “bad role model.” • Public Safety recieved a call regarding a cat fight outside Hofstra USA on April 2. The responding PSOs-- who came bearing video equipment, a reggaeton mixtape and a 30-gallon kiddie pool filled with Jell-o-- were dissapointed to find that the incident simply involved two cats fighting.
• On October 17, 2033, a PSO was doing rounds outside the space elevator when a faulty wire caused the officer to be launched into the unforgiving blackness of microgravity. Services will be held Tuesday. -
Public Safety were alerted to a
wanton disregard for reader-friendly typography in this semester’s Nonicle. More details about this story on page B91
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Club Spotlight: Improv Group ‘Tequila Mockingbird’
Photo Courtesy of Jake Link
Tequila Mockingbird offers improv workshops to interested students every fall semester.
By Grace Gavilanes ASSISTANT FEATURES EDITOR
Three years ago, Hofstra 2010 graduate, Jackie Nese, started Improfstra, a campus organization devoted to improv comedy. Although this club is officially named, its members have recently deemed it as Tequila Mockingbird. “As far as I know, there’s no specific reason other than that it’s kind of clever and funny,” said Jake Link, the troupe leader of Tequila Mockingbird. The main focus of this improv group is for its members to showcase their talent and entertain audience members in their various troupe shows. Despite it being an audition-only troupe, Tequila Mockingbird offers improv workshops for students, regardless of their comedic experience or chosen major. “With workshops, we try to introduce people to improv with basic exercises. A lot of people at the
workshops have never even done improv before, which is great! We’re looking for anybody who’s interested. We typically do these workshops most often at the beginning of the fall semester to prepare students for our audition process, which is competitive, but really very fun!” said Link. Like any performance group, Tequila Mockingbird is dedicated in serving its audience members with free shows that cater to the desires of the audience. As part of a show opener, the cast of Tequila Mockingbird puts on a short improv presentation, relevant to the specific show, and then asks for suggestions from the audience, which can lead to a 25-30 minute routine, solely based off of one proposal. The show then continues its cycle of delivering audience-approved and suggested improv sketches. Recent shows have lasted an hour or less.
Typically, Tequila Mockingbird puts on five shows a year; however, this year, the improv troupe has only performed two of the usual five shows. “We’re making major changes to the format of our shows and it takes time for the troupe to get used to those changes,” Link explains. Link, along with Ross Greenburg, the co-troupe leader last year, made a major change to Tequila Mockingbird’s improv shows by changing the normally short performances to more of a professional, long-form style of improv. The newly welcomed technique proved to be successful and enjoyable for both the audience members and the cast. Excluding audience participation during the actual show, there is another opportunity for interested Hofstra students who want to get involved and become a member of the improv troupe. “Anyone is welcome to audition for our
troupe at the beginning of the fall semester! It’s pretty competitive since there are a maximum of 8 total spots on the troupe, but our audition process is very fun and low pressure,” Link shares. What sets Tequila Mockingbird apart from most clubs on campus is its mascot– a large, sassy chicken named Atticus Finch, who can be found on Facebook. “Since our name is Tequila Mockingbird, he has struggled with identity issues in the past, but he’s getting better,” Link says. As for official club meetings, Tequila Mockingbird does not have any—with the exception of the cast’s frequent rehearsals, held in an attempt “to stay fresh.” Tequila Mockingbird’s next free show will be on May 6 at 8 p.m. in the Cultural Center Theatre. Be sure to check them out, as well as their interactive fundraisers which consist of scavenger hunts and races.
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Surviving_Week.Without//The:Web A first hand account of a week unplugged Ryan Broderick EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Hofstra’s School Of Communication is facilitating a grand experiment this week. The organizers have draped Dempster Hall in huge banners reading “Week Without the Web” or “WWW.” Get it? Lining the Newshub are paper Facebook profiles that let students “post” to them using post-it notes. I have one. But judging by the classes I’ve attended this week and the unchanged scene in the Newshub, I’d say the students— and some professors— have failed the experiment. But by the time you read this I’ll have gone a hopefully successful week without using the Internet. Considering human beings have gone a couple thousand years worth of weeks without the web, that probably shouldn’t be much of an achievement. For me though, it is. I figured I’d be the perfect guinea pig to represent The Chronicle for “Week Without The Web.” My credentials: I have over 800 Facebook friends, over 200 twitter followers, follow hundred or so back and I’ve posted 9,445 different times on my blog. I just did the math, considering I got a tumblr about a year and a half ago, I’m posting about 20 times day. I’m an avid Redditor (member of Reddit.com) and my Google Reader collects multiple posts daily from over 150 websites, cartoons, news sites and blogs. And, that’s not me bragging. If I could, I’d literally freebase a Wi-Fi signal. I did some more math, with the help my smartphone, I spend about seven to eight
Ryan Broderick/The Chronicle Lining the walls of the Newshub are analog, paper Facebook walls. Students were encouraged to post on them with post-it notes. hours online. It’s kind of gross. The day Rebecca Black’s “Friday” blew up? I was there. The day Gawker was DDOS’d by the anonymous community from 4chan.org after the scandal with Jessi Slaughter? Followed it on The Huffington Post. Don’t worry if all of that is gibberish to you, most likely it should be (if you’re over 25-years-old). At the time of writing this though I’m about halfway through the week. And I can tell you, I feel a lot better today than I did on Monday morning. Monday, waking up to my Internetblackout, there were no Facebook updates, new blog posts, tweets, nothing. I was disoriented. And then I was shocked at how disoriented I was. I was discovered things that creeped their way into my life, after so many hours engulfed in the online world. First off, there was the completely unexpected and very frustrating reflex in
me to double-check the internet every couple minutes. It was like quitting smoking, but instead of lighting up, I wanted to Wikipedia a movie I was watching on TV to see what the critic’s consensus of it was and who was in it. Then there was the constant urge to update. I’m not a huge Facebook junkie, and I never really thought I consciously came up with Facebook statuses. It really hit me on the way to work, something kind of funny happened, my hand reached for my phone before I even knew what was happening. The Internet keeps me pretty busy, without it, I felt as restless as an old woman wandering a nursing home. I was literally pacing. My attempts at reading a book were pretty humbling. There were no links to jump around. There were no pictures. It was madness. I’m over-exagerating, but my attention span was seriously shot.
But a funny thing happened at the end of my first Internet-less day in a very long time, I slept really well. Without the buzz in my head, without the glowing screen stuck in my eyes, without the kind of weird update-anxiety, I wasn’t restless anymore. I can tell you I’m a lot more relaxed this week then I was last week. And I know a lot of communications students kind of brushed it off as silly, and in a sense it is. The first speaker of the week, Michael Hawley, when asked what he thought about the Week Without the Web said, “Yeah, you could go a week without plumbing too.” Well, sometimes it’s a good idea to see how far you’ve come by taking a few steps back. Would I do it again? Sure, why not, it’d probably make a great blog.
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Culture Shock: Alaska
Fishing-town local experiences major change of scenery By Shannon Pandaliano FEATURES COPY EDITOR
Imagine growing up on an isolated island where only local businesses exist and fishing is the most common way of life. There are forty kids in your graduating high school class, and you know that most of you are going to travel hundreds, even thousands of miles to go to college. This is the reality for one Hofstra student, Haleigh Zueger, a junior Political Science and Global Studies major. Haleigh is from Unalaska, Alaska, one of the larger Aleutian Islands in the southwestern corner of the state–over 5,000 miles away from here. Situated amidst windswept volcanic peaks and rigid green mountains, Unalaska is most commonly known for its appearance on “Deadliest Catch,” a Discovery Channel series that narrates the dangerous job of the fishermen on the Bering Sea. While this exposure has made Dutch Harbor a popular place for tourists, Haleigh expressed that the area has a small-town feel where everyone knows each other. “It’s like one big family,” she said. Haleigh always knew that she wanted to come to the east coast. Because of her interest in Political Science, she felt that an eastern United States perspective would widen her understanding of the American population; she hopes to one day represent people on a national or global level. Haleigh chose Hofstra
University for a variety of reasons, including the proximity to both New York City and ocean beaches, and the appeal of a completely different culture from her own. “New York City is literally the exact opposite of Alaska,” she stated. Haleigh explained that she has traveled her life, and that the twelve-hour flight to New York had little bearing on her choice of college. In Unalaska, plane rides are necessary to go almost anywhere. Because of her involvement in athletic and academic competition in high school, traveling by plane to go to a game was a normal occurrence. In Haleigh’s eyes, there are many differences between her life at Hofstra and her home in Unalaska. There are absolutely no fast-food restaurants or chain businesses where she is from. “There are no malls. I wear the same clothes you do, but the difference is I had to order them online.” The biggest difference for Haleigh is the drastic change in scenery. “Here, you have to put in quite an effort to find nature. At home, you have to search for a strip of concrete.” Haleigh misses the immediate access to nature she has at home. An avid hiker and outdoor runner, Haleigh misses being able to live an active lifestyle that is not confined to a treadmill. Perhaps because she grew up in the exhilarating Alaskan terrain, Haleigh recognizes in herself a sense of adven-
“I can’t deny my inherent desire to explore somewhere new.”
Photo Courtesy of Haleigh Zueger
Haleigh welcomes new customs in New York, like clothe-shopping in an actual store. ture and the desire to explore things that she has never seen or done. She said she spends many of her weekends getting in her car and driving to someplace new. “I’ve learned so much more in my experiences outside of the classroom than I ever anticipated. If there’s something I haven’t already seen or done, rest assured it’s next on my list.” Aside from the convenience of things being so close, Haleigh also likes the “diversity of people, the access to the arts, and different cultures” within the Northeast. Haleigh knows that her New York
experience is not infinite, and that after four years she will probably go somewhere new. “Moving to the east has been an amazing experience so far, but I can’t deny my inherent desire to explore somewhere new” said Haleigh. Whether it is back to Alaska, a different part of the United States or even another country, she knows that she will remain true to her love for adventure. “My exploratory nature largely defines who I am, my next challenge comes in finding a career that complements it.”
Overheard @ Hofstra
Compiled by The Chronicle Staff In a photo class: Professor: Her hair looks so over exposed, it looks like she’s been spending time in a Japanese nuclear reactor. On the Unispan: Girl: Can you burp underwater? In Student Center: Girl: I have a hole in my ass...Well in my pants that is.
Outside Calkins Hall: Girl: Why do my fingers smell like your penis? In Student Center: Girl: I should really become addicted to adderol so that I could start losing weight. Outside Breslin Hall: Professor: You can’t just send out one e-mail. You hae to bang them twice or they won’t remember.
In class: Guy: Why does he sound like death? Girl: He has cancer. In class: Professor: Where us Waterloo? Girl: New York Professor: I know there is a Waterloo in Canada, but do you think England, France and Prussia decided New York was a good place to defeat Napolean? Girl: Seriously, there is a Waterloo, NY.
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DJ Spinderella’s daughter takes on life at Hofstra By Matt Scotto FEATURES EDITOR
Freshman broadcast journalism major Christy Anderson just seems like your average college student at first glance. What you wouldn’t know about her is that she is the daughter of DJ Spinderella (of Salt-N-Pepa fame). Besides having an extraordinary family, Christy goes about her life like anyone else would, even the way she looks up to her mother. “I see her as any other mom,” Christy says, “so it’s not a big deal to me, but it’s pretty cool. She may have a cool job, but she’s kind of a nerd,” she laughs. “She does mom things, like tell me to clean my room.” Although Christy grew up with her mom in the spotlight, she explains that it was a very normal experience for her, even when she asks her mom for advice. “My mom is a businesswoman,” she says, “and she tells me how to deal with people in terms of business.” Christy comes a very musical family, and credits them for having a diverse
musical taste herself. “I listen to old school hip-hop, the Temptations, pretty much anything.” However, having a musical family didn’t give her aspirations to become a musician. “I went on tour with her a lot,” she says, “but I was more interested in what was going behind the scenes. [In terms of a career] she told me to do what I want.” This inspired her to become a broadcast journalism major. “My dream job would probably be to do production for MTV,” she explains. Christy found it much harder to deal with life in high school rather than life in college, since she appeared on the hit MTV show, “My Super Sweet 16.” Now, as a sorority sister in Delta Phi Epsilon, her life is more normal than ever. “I used to work at the mall, I’m a broke college student like everybody else.” Christy doesn’t mind the attention, but doesn’t want to disappoint people when they find out that she’s just like everybody else. She says, “I don’t want to be boring to people.”
“I don’t want to be boring to people”
Photo Courtesy of Christy Anderson
Her mom may be famous, but Christy Anderson is determined to make a name for herself.
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What if “Wild Thing” were on the path of winning? By Matt Napolitano
Charlie Sheen is making headlines for his antics, but what if his “Major League” star took the same path? Let’s be honest. We can’t go a day without seeing Charlie Sheen make headlines. Whether it be his quest for a tiger blood intern (I’m still in the running…) or his use of mystical mind powers to fight trolls like Chuck Lorre, Sheen’s wacky ways are front page news. So in all the Sheenmania, I found myself watching one of my favorite movies last night, “Major League”. The high warlock Sheen stars in this film as Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, a pitcher always on the wrong side of the law, but a fastball that could blow you away (sound vaguely familiar?). As usual, I laughed at the antics of
Roger Dorn and Pedro Cerrano, but there’s one thing I could not help but notice. Ricky Vaughn was on the Indians. In what way does that promote the Sheenian philosophy of winning? Hell, the Indians haven’t won the World Series since 1948. That’s not even worth the hashtag. So I thought to myself, what if we skipped “Major League 2” and that awful straight to DVD alleged “Major League 3,” and made this happen? Ricky Vaughn on the winning track. Here’s how I think it would go. After a stellar outing in the division championship against the White Sox, Ricky decides to test the free agent market. However, he decides to do it in the style of many Japanese players, pay millions to talk to me about paying me millions. It pans out, Vaughn lands with the Yankees. However, Buck Showalter is
the manager, so he’s not really winning. Vaughn gets tired of playing in pinstripes, and angered by George Steinbrenner’s wanting him to cut his hair properly, he says farewell to the Bronx. Value still high, he shops himself out. Deciding which direction to go next, Vaughn found himself hanging out with the likes of former Met and Yankee great/ future “Celebrity Rehab” cast member Doc Gooden. Do I need to say more? Luckily, MLB goes on strike, and Ricky finds himself guest starring on episodes of “The Simpsons” and “Married… with Children.” Fast forward to 1995, Ricky, looking to win, takes his talents to South Beach with the expansion Florida Marlins. Playing with the likes of eventual Met disappointments like Moises Alou and Livan Hernandez, Vaughn enjoys his
time in Miami, but later changes his mind after being told to go back to New York to play for the Yankees by Playmate wife, Anna. 1996. Ricky is the Yankees’ John Wetteland, meaning he performs stellar in the playoffs leading the Yanks to a World Series title, not that he falls into obscurity and is most likely working at a Bennigan’s right now. One World Series title down, he stays with the Yankees for another 3 years, earning 2 more titles. Then, his wife Anna dumps him for the new young ace on the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kris Benson. Fast forward, Ricky leaves the Yanks to pursue new ventures with the Atlanta Braves. While down in Atlanta, Wild Thing opens a chain of barbecue restaurants to attract his Georgia crew, only to watch them be overtaken by Chipper Jones’ Casa de Sushi. Done with Hotlanta, Vaughn
meets up with Doc Gooden… again. And…you know. After a few years in and out of rehab for his knee and that little old addiction, Vaughn lands back with the Indians. The Tribe welcomes him back with open arms, but once again, the winning ways tear his ACL. Looks like career was over. However, a gentleman by the name of Brian McNamee approaches Vaughn in a locker room in Chicago. Ricky Vaughn comes back the next season suddenly larger and going less innings. Suspicion rising, he retires. After a year of retirement, his name pops back up in a report and he is called to testify before Congress on the use of steroids. Along with this, reports of a hookup with country singer Mindy McCready come to the surface. Perjury charges are eventually filed, trial awaiting. Duh, winning.
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Pride baseball tames Great Danes By Fran Berkman
Hofstra was able to retake the lead two times in the game; initially with four runs in the bottom The Hofstra Pride won its of the first to take a 4-3 lead. first nonconference game of the After clawing out a run in each season by grinding out a 10-7 of the third and fourth innings, the victory over the Great Danes of Pride went ahead 7-6 with a run Albany. The Pride improved its in the bottom of the fifth. overall record to 6-17 in what was “The resilience of the team…it a sloppy performance by both was fun to see,” said Anderson. teams which committed a comOutfielder Bryan Verbitsky bined five errors and used fifteen drove in an insurance run with a different pitchers. single in the bottom of the sixth. “Bottom line, now we’re lookThe freshman is now tied for ing for wins and we’re looking second on the team with 11 RBIs anyway we could do it,” head in only 35 at-bats. Verbitsky also coach Patrick Anderson said after came in to pitch a scoreless ninth the game. “We were able to get inning for the Pride, earning his over the hump today.” second save of the Hofstra’s freshseason and lowering man starting pitcher Albany his team best eRA to everett Keller was 2.20. chased early after Hofstra“That’s why we allowing five runs brought him in here; while only recording he can do a little bit of both, he three outs. Albany pushed across swung the bat and came up with three runs in the first inning and a big RBI,” Anderson said of Keller walked the first two hitters Verbitsky. “He did a great job... in the second before Anderson we’re really excited about him.” removed him in favor of another Hofstra senior reliever Jeff freshman, Brett Schreiber. Guthridge quelled a potential big Schreiber eventually steadinning for Albany in the top of the ied the ship for the Pride. After seventh. He came on with the allowing both inherited runners bases loaded and one out and he and one runner for which he made a nifty glove flip to catcher was responsible to score in the Dylan Nasiatka on a bunted ball second, Schreiber pitched into for a force out at home. The the fifth inning without giving up side-armer then got a swinging another hit. STAFF WRITeR
strikeout on a frisbee slider for the third out. The game might have been more comfortable for the Pride if not for some dubious base running. Junior infielder Joe Perez was picked off first base twice and two other runners were caught stealing. In what was a somewhat ironic twist of fate, the Pride actually tied the game in the fourth inning when junior outfielder Danny Poma appeared to have been picked off first base, but the throw was wild and the ball got away from Albany first baseman Greg Muller and bounded far up the right field line. By the time the Great Dane’s right fielder Pete DiResta fetched the ball, Poma had come all the way around to score. “We like to be aggressive and we’re going to take that chance,” Anderson said about the base running mistakes. “We’ve got to bear down and get better judgment and better reads.” Hofstra takes its aggressive style on the road this weekend for a three game series with the CAA cellar-dwelling Northeastern Huskies before it is back home next Wednesday at 3 p.m. against the St. John’s Red Storm.
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Junior first baseman T.J. Thomas attempts to snag an errant throw.
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Ge t to Know Rob Anspach
The Chronicle sits down with Hofstra’s new head wrestling coach Tyler McCord STAFF WRITeR
Born? I was born in Pine
Grove, Pennsylvania on August 7, 1977.
Siblings? I have two older sisters.
Alma Mater? Hofstra,
Major? American Studies and elementary education.
Favorite teams? I root for the San Francisco 49ers and the Yankees. When I was growing up, the 49ers had Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, and they had all of those Super Bowls so I liked them. Now they’re not very good, but you have to stick with your team. Speedy Claxton or Charles Jenkins? I’ve
been around for both of them, but I think Speedy probably had a little more help from the team. If
you look at it, Speedy was able to take us to the NCAA tournament, and he’s already in the pros so I’m going with Speedy.
Why haven’t you gotten tired of Hofstra yet? I met some
really good people in the Long Island community. As far as working in the athletic department there are a lot of good people, and for me wrestling here and being able to coach here, I’ll always have that tie to Hofstra.
Hofstra between then and now? Hofstra
keeps expanding. There are so many more opportunities here for the students now. Athletically, obviously losing football is a huge difference, but what they have done as far as changing conferences, all of the facility renovations, the new field hockey field, the soccer field being re-done— just all of those things for athletics has been really, really big.
Wrestling under Tom Ryan? It was
interesting and it was a great experience for me. First year we got here (Ryan’s second year), we were 3-12. We were awful, couldn’t beat anyone. Ryan knew what he was getting into with taking this program over and we were absolutely horrible. And then in one year we went from being 3-12 to ranked in the country.
Best wrestler you’ve ever faced?
Kevin Jackson. When I was a sophomore in college I went to the U.S. Open and he was fresh off of wining the Olympics. He beat me 8-0 and it was a very lopsided 8-0 score. It could have been a lot worse.
Most memorable victory? Nothing really
jumps out at me. I guess winning the conference junior year by
coming from behind.
Vacation is a classic, things like that.
If not wrestling what Marital Status? I’m sport would you engaged right now and I’ll be have focused on?
Football. That’s my number one [sport], I just happen to be better at wrestling. I love football, it’s a great sport.
married in August.
Pets? No. I have to take care of him [assistant coach Zach Tanelli] and that’s enough.
What did you aspire Vacation Spot? Destin, to be when you Florida. It’s in the panhandle. were younger? Besides Perks of being the a pro football player, once I starthead coach? I don’t ed growing up I realized I wanted to get into coaching. I didn’t know exactly what, but I wanted to be involved with coaching.
Hobbies? Although I don’t get to do them very often I like water sports. Music? I listen to pretty much everything, but if I had to pick a favorite group it would be Led Zeppelin. Movies? I’m a comedy guy so I like Old School, Christmas
have to take orders from anyone anymore. It’s pressure, but I like being able to make the final decision in the way the program goes.
Surprised when former head coach Tom Shifflet resigned? Yes, very much.
He had mentioned to me earlier that he was looking to move, but not leave coaching.
Abdul-Jabbar’s documentary tells an unknown story By Joe Pantorno ASSISTANT SPORTS eDITOR
I was expecting the same old typical story of race in the first half of the twentieth century that I would hear or see during Black History month when I went to the Student Center Theater to see Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s “On the Shoulders of Giants.” I could not have been more wrong. My only regret about this documentary was that there were not more people in the theater to see the story of the Harlem Renaissance (a.k.a. Rens), which truly is the greatest team you have never heard of. After watching the one hour and fifteen minute condensed version of the team’s history that spanned from 1923-1949, what I grew up to learn about African Americans in sports was wrong. I always thought the Negro Baseball League was the first
chance for African Americans to play organized sports, but the fantastic efforts of Abdul-Jabbar and guest speakers ranging from NBA Commissioner David Stern to Civil Rights Activist Rev. Al Sharpton revealed just how important the Rens were to an entire community. We may think a team such as Butler can captivate a nation, but the Rens carried the same, if not more importance than Jesse Owens’ historic performance in the 1936 Olympic Games, Joe Louis’ famous bout with Max Schmeling and Jackie Robinson’s integration of Major League Baseball in 1947. This team was nothing short of revolutionary and the circumstances they played under made this story even more inspiring. I had a pretty good idea about how some current athletes are primadonnas, but I could honestly say not many NBA ballers would be able to keep up with the Rens, who would sometimes play
“This team was nothing short of revolutionary.”
eight games in seven days and played upwards of 140 games in a season. Being able to succeed under the terrifying times of racism makes this group of men into legends. I have no idea how these men were able to handle such bigotry, but just watching some of the hardships this team went through made me sick. What I can bring up is the question of why I really have not heard of this team before. I think I’m a pretty big sports buff when it comes to the history of all games, but there was most definitely an eyebrow raised through a majority of the piece. Who is there to blame? Do I blame basketball historians for focusing so much on the game’s explosion in popularity during the 1980s or do I blame us for not taking notice of something so extraordinary? Well, maybe it’s a little bit of both and then some. So if you have the means, take out 75 minutes of your time and learn something about a group of young men that transcended the lines of color in a time where your skin meant everything.
On the Shoulders of Giants played on Tuesday at Hofstra University.
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Card, Lincoln lead Pride to easy victory over Manhattan By Max Sass SPORTS eDITOR
Sometimes against a dominant offensive lacrosse team, a defense has to pick its poison. Manhattan did not have a choice Tuesday night as both Jamie Lincoln and Jay Card dominated the first half, scoring hat tricks before giving way to backups in Hofstra’s 13–8 win. “We just moved the ball and played together and a lot of times it just ends in our sticks to finish it,” Lincoln said. Lincoln, a senior attacker coming off of a five-goal performance at Towson, opened the scoring 7:51 into the game. Fellow senior attack Card matched Lincoln’s effort, scoring off of a Manhattan failed clear. “Personally, when it comes to scoring, you want to score early and kind of get some rhythm going, get some good early looks,” Lincoln said. each member of the senior attack triumvirate tallied a goal in the first quarter, when Stephen Bentz took a fancy underhanded pass from Lincoln and converted. The Pride finished up the first quarter scoring when Lincoln
scored his second goal and third point of the game with six seconds on the clock. Akapntis saved two shots on Hofstra’s extra-man offense, one from Card and one from junior midfielder Kevin Ford, but could not save the third, a shot from the doorstep that was good for Lincoln’s third goal of the game. Another Manhattan penalty, 22 seconds after the goal, allowed the Pride to capitalize once again, as Card fired a rocket from almost 15 yards out for his second goal of the game. The Jaspers scored two straight goals against the Pride’s second-team defense with 7:54 to play in the half. Sophomore attacker Michael Burke ended Manhattan’s mini-run when he made the Pride 3-3 on the extraman offense, beating Akapnitis and staking Hofstra to an 8-2 lead. Card found his third goal of the game, after senior midfielder Tim Holman threaded a pass to Card a few feet from the net. Senior midfielder Steven DeNapoli fed his cousin, also senior midfielder, Mike DeNapoli to put the Pride up 10-2 heading into the half.
Hero|Jamie Lincoln #8
Lincoln found the back of the net three times and added an assist in the Pride’s win over the Jaspers.
Zero|Brian McGrath #20 McGrath could not ﬁnd the back of the net or even record a shot as well as turning the ball over once.
“We’ll take transition when we can get it, so it was a huge momentum swing,” Steven DeNapoli said. Braddish opened the second half scoring to put Hofstra up 11-2, but Manhattan matched, scoring on Hofstra’s new goalie, sophomore Rob Bellairs. Sophomore midfielder Adrian Sorichetti scored to close the third quarter with the Pride up by nine before Manhattan scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 12-5. Senior defender Adam Mojica scored just his second career goal, 13 seconds after the Manhattan goal, to re-extend the Pride’s lead to eight. Manhattan scored three goals with less than three minutes remaining, but Hofstra held on with little difficulty to win 13-8. “I think we got everybody or just about everybody in the game tonight and with that there are going to be some growing pains,” Tierney said. The Pride is next in action when it travels to Philadelphia to face newest CAA member St. Joseph’s on Saturday.
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Freshman midfielder Torin Varn (17) dodges a Manhattan defender in the Pride’s 13-8 victory Tuesday night
HOfstra The dutchmen’s downlow
“I think we got everybody or just about everybody in the game tonight and with that there are going to be some growing pains,” - Head coach Seth Tierney Turning Point
With 0:06 remaining in the ﬁrst quarter, senior attack Jamie Lincoln scored to extend the Pride’s lead to 5-0.
13 Key Number
The number of ground balls scooped up by the Pride. While Manhattan picked up 19 of their own, Hofstra took full advantage of loose balls.
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Inside the mind of lacrosse goalie Andrew Gvozden By Max Sass Sports editor
Andrew Gvozden has always been a glutton for punishment. He just does not refer to it that way. He calls it being a lacrosse goalie. “I guess it’s kind of weird that I love getting shots taken at me, but it’s a challenge,” Gvozden, a junior, said. What exactly goes through the head of a goalie though? What can he be thinking when an offensive player winds up to fire a 90 miles per hour shot directly at him? “Not thinking much,” Hofstra head coach Seth Tierney said. “I’ll tell you that right now, because it takes a different breed to jump in the goal; there is no getting around it.” The mental aspect of being between the pipes is just different from that of everyone else who straps on a lacrosse helmet. Gvozden though has always had the fearless mindset of a goalie who likes to take charge of a game. He grew up playing baseball - - a catcher of course - -, and was also an ice hockey goalie. He switched to lacrosse in the spring only after his mother could no longer bear to watch him play baseball. Lacrosse stuck and Gvozden gravitated towards the goal. His older brother, Michael, was a standout goalie at Johns Hopkins University, so the position ran in the family. “There are some guys who just grow up to be goalies and you know it right away,” Tierney said. “A guy that has good hands, that just finds the passion of being the last line of defense.” Gvozden confronted one of the many challenges of the position he chose last season, during his sophomore year. Gvozden had been the starter for the final three-quarters of his freshman season, but the next year, a newcomer, Rob Bellairs, challenged him for his starting job and took a lot of playing time. This season, Gvozden won the job outright in the preseason and it has improved his play. Gvozden had a .522 save percentage last season and allowed 9.30 goals per game. Through 10 games this season, Gvozden
has a .603 save percantage and is letting up just 5.85 goals per game. “It really did put me at ease,” Gvozden said. “It makes a big difference, because when your coach is behind you, then you get some confidence for yourself.” Confidence in your position can make a big difference in game performance according to Dr. Steven Frierman, an educational Sports Psychologist and Associate Professor of Health Professions and Kinesiology at Hofstra University. “Number one and most important is confidence. They believe in themselves, they get on the field and they can practice what they preach,” Frierman said. Besides earning the starting job, Gvozden has had to get a handle on his Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), a condition he said he has dealt with since first grade. While common sense would dictate that ADD and a goalie mix about as well as oil and water, Gvozden has taken the optimistic view and uses the ADD to his advantage rather than allowing his condition to distract him from the task at hand. “People always think of it as a bad thing,” Gvozden said, “but really I think my ADD has given me a better field sense, I can really grasp a whole bunch of things. ADD also has its downside, like focus and stuff, but that’s something I’ve been working on.” Focus is key for a goalie, who has to constantly be aware of the positioning of his own defenders, while simultaneously monitoring the offensive players buzzing around the goal and trying to score . Losing one’s focus can be dangerous and potentially cost a team a victory. “I think in Andrew’s case, it is important that he recognizes that when he’s lost his focus, to know what to do to get it back,” Frierman said. “One of the things I’ve been really focusing on this year is gripping in and really locking in and trying to tune everything out and focus on doing my job,” Gvozden said. even after winning the starting job and figuring out a way to cope with his ADD, Gvozden still has to deal with the fact that college
Junior goalie Andrew Gvozden makes a save in first half action against Air Force athletes are trying to shoot a ball past him with alarming speed. “I don’t think the goalie ended up picking the sport because he wanted to have things thrown at him 90 miles per hour,” Frierman said. “This is the level that he has matured to as a result of his outstanding ability.” No matter the level, getting hit by the speeding ball hurts, a lot. Tierney said that goalies have come off the practice field with their skin looking like a TIE-DYE T-SHIRT. Gvozden is not afraid of that. “During games, taking shots, I’m not afraid of anything,” he said. Just because he is courageous, does not mean that he has avoided injuries.
“I’ve gotten hit in the beans a couple times, really badly,” Gvozden said with a sly smile. Gvozden’s fearless mindset makes sense to Frierman. “The athletes at that kind of level [Division I] differ psychologically or personality wise from other athletes because they have this meantal toughness, they thrive in the face of failure,” Frierman said. Gvozden has flourished as the backstop for the 9-1 Pride, partially because he has gained the full trust of his coaches and the starting job, partially because he has found a way to cope with his ADD and also because he has remained fearless in the face of a rubber ball rocketing at his body. “They’re the tuba players,”
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Tierney said of goalies. “They chose their instruments and they know what risk and what glory it entails.” Gvozden has embraced his instrument and plans to keep on tooting loud and long.
Back Cover: Junior goalie Andrew Gvozden readies for a shot against Manhattan on Tuesday night.
Photo by Sean M. Gates
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Published on Apr 7, 2011
The April 7th, 2011 issue of The Hofstra Chronicle, the student newspaper of Hofstra University on Long Island, NY.