Hempstead, NY Vol.76 | Issue 21
March 24, 2011
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Rent-A-Spot complicates parking MTA changes schedule By Jory Heckman STAFF WRITER
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Rent-a-Spot signs reserve parking spots for students who chose to participate in the program.
By Courtney Walsh STAFF WRITER
On March 14, a Public Safety officer reported that all the Rent-aSpot signs in the parking lot on the south side of Gittleson Hall had been ripped off their posts. The Rent-a-Spot program was launched in November by the Zarb School of Business Department of Management, Entrepreneurship and General Businesses, and Capital One Banking. Three groups of students were given the chance to build their own businesses based on a startup fund from Capital One. Because of the tone of general dissatisfaction of Hofstra University’s student body in regards to parking, one group’s goal was to offer students an alternative to arriving hours early for class in hopes of finding a parking spot. Twenty parking spots on the academic side of campus were selected to be auctioned off to Hofstra students, with bidding starting at $50. All profits were donated to the KIVA organization, which provides loans for entrepreneurs across the globe. “The project was approved for many reasons. It supports Hofstra’s students’ quest for knowledge. In this case, the challenges are in securing venture capital and starting a business, even if it was for two months,” said Patrick Socci, Dean of the Zarb
School of Business. What the Rent-a-Spot team didn’t foresee was the drastically mixed reactions from the student body and faculty. Many believe that Rent-a-Spot isn’t solving problems, but creating further difficulties for Hofstra commuters. “Honestly, I think that reserved spots are an inconvenience to commuters who already dole out more money than they should to go here,” said junior Eric Murphy, a commuter. Other students felt cheated out of spots they had been using for years. “At first I was outraged at the fact that they would take our spots. . .Still, I don’t agree with them using those spots since they were already designated for us,” said Hofstra commuter Aamir Vikas Moharir. One of the spot holders, senior Erica Serrazina, expressed her reasons for participating in the program. “I got a spot for two reasons: One, to support my friend who was a member of the team starting Rent-a-Spot, and two, obviously for convenience—I’m basically on the academic side every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., sometimes later. So it worked out nicely just to have a spot I can go to,” said Serrazina. In regards to the fairness of the program, Serrazina had no
complaints. “Rent-A-Spot is like any other service—to get the better things, sometimes you have to pay.” said Serrazina. Hofstra junior Jeridith Wallace agreed: “I actually think it’s a good idea. Hofstra is the first school that I’ve seen that does not charge students to park their cars. A friend of mine went to [North Illinois University] and there it’s like $400 a year.” Still, many Hofstra students disagree with the Rent-a-Spot program and purpose. “I don’t think they’re solving anything here. It would be much more beneficial to The University and its constituents to build a parking garage. Add spots, don’t just take them away!” said Moharir. Public Safety and group members refused to comment about the vandalism.
For many in the crowd at Wednesday’s MTA public hearing, cutting Nassau County’s access to Long Island Bus services threatens their weekday commute with the headache of limited mass transit. As for Kevin Christman, a Wantagh resident representing scores of Long Island’s physically handicapped, dissolving the Able-Ride service means living as a shut-in until officials make the switch to a privatized system. “You can’t cut these services, because if you do, people like myself and the people that I work with and for won’t be able to work. And we won’t be able to see our doctors, becoming a drain on the county,” said Christman. “I would rather want to continue to be a productive citizen.” Christman, unable to rise from his seat and walk to the podium like most members of the crowd, was almost overlooked by the MTA panel when his name was called from the list of citizens for public comment. The crowd around him stirred until an usher handed him a wireless microphone. Anxiety swelled around the future of public transportation for the physically disabled, particularly when individuals have already been met with inconsistent and inconvenient service in suiting their unique needs. Speaking on behalf of her constituents and her own family, Patricia Ann McDonald, the Mayor
of Malverne, admonished the MTA over the quality of life for disabled persons. In 1986, McDonald’s husband Steven, an NYPD detective, was shot in the line of duty, leaving him quadriplegic and in need of a respirator. “Everything they [the disabled speakers] see is so true,” said McDonald, drawing upon the daily struggles of her husband. Though the McDonalds have a van arranged for doctors appointments and their son’s baseball and basketball games, this resource is not consistent enough for the fallen officer to regain a normal life. “I see how it affects him—not only emotionally, but physically,” said Mayor McDonald. “And I urge you, as human beings, we are blessed to be able-bodied, but for those who aren’t, they need this.” Judy Bowser, who also spoke during the public comments portion, emphasized the cardependent culture of Long Island, something that blindsides those physically unable to operate a car. “These people who rely on Long Island bus will be robbed of the ability to maintain and further their quality of life,” said Bowser. “What will they d—will they leave Long Island? Walking is not an option, and cabs are prohibitively expensive.” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano did not attend the event. A poster-sized facsimile of Mangano, however, was met with jeers from the audience when a speaker brought it before the podium.
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Rent-a-Spot signs reserve parking spots for students who chose to participate in the program.
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Panel discusses media coverage of Obama election By Matt Ern STAFF WRITER
“Congress is full of rightwing crackpots,” said former governor Howard Dean at a panel convened to discuss President Obama’s strategy for dealing with the media’s efforts to evaluate the Obama White House, in the Student Center Theater on Tuesday. “They look like the radicals during the Reconstruction period after the Civil War,” said Dean. Dean made these comments after getting into debate with fellow panel member Edward Rollins about what issues should
be the focus in the next election. While Rollins was proposing that the next election should look to the youth and make unemployment a key issue, Dean interrupted him with a rebuttal, stating that Republicans need to focus on social issues such as their campaign against NPR. He then went on to criticize what he sees as a radical congress. Earlier, Dean made comments about the Tea Party being “crazy.” Dean’s pro-NPR comments and outburst against radical Republicans elicited applause from the audience. Other than Dean’s outbursts, the event was a relatively straight-
forward discussion of the media and the Obama presidency. Press critic Mark Jurkowitz spoke in terms of quantitative data that he used to outline four major media issues surrounding Obama’s presidency: questions of his race/ birthplace, healthcare, the BP oil spill and the war in Afghanistan. Dean spoke next about the way Obama has presented the job crisis. According to Dean, Republicans are much better at manipulating the media, partly due to the fact that Democrats are more “intellectual.” Dean explained that as intellectuals, most Democrats get tired of giving the same speech more than a few
times, but campaigns require the same message to be delivered over and over. Rollins, a successful campaign manager and member of numerous Republican administrations, spoke next, touching on the cluttered, difficult to predict nature of the media. There are certain things that no one can see coming, like the natural disasters in Japan, which will dominate the news, according to Rollins. The final speaker was senior NPR host Robert Siegel. He mostly focused on the potential defense of the Obama administration that “things could always be worse” and that the administra-
tion’s actions have prevented tragedies such as another Great Depression. But according to Siegel, the American public, as well as the media, have a hard time judging a president on what could have been instead of what is. The panel concluded with questions from the audience that steered towards the challenges that arise when trying to keep news completely objective in the age of bloggers. Siegel joked about plugging “fact-based journalism” and urged people to consult primary sources for information to supplement what can be found on blogs.
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Emmanuel Jal speaks on youth during wartime By Svenja van den Woldenberg STAFF WRITER
Emmanuel Jal, former child soldier and now internationally known hip-hop artist, brought a packed Student Center Theater audience to its feet on Tuesday afternoon during his performance of “We Want Peace” as part of Globalization Day: Focus on Africa. Jal came a long way from his home village of Tonj in Southern Sudan. Around age seven, Jal said civil war broke out in his hometown. “I thought the world was ending. The bombs were dropping; you see different kind of lights. My mother would scream… all I can see is her mouth moving because the sound [of the bombs] is so loud,” said Jal. Jal lost much of his family during the war. He left home after his mother was killed to join thousands of children traveling to Ethiopia in search of education. But like many others, he was recruited into the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and trained as a soldier. “I lost my childhood, there’s nothing I can do about it,” said Jal. Jal preformed a spoken word about what he called the lowest
point of his life during his lecture; he was starving in the desert and considered eating his friend to survive. Jal said he escaped the SPLA camp with a group of 400 other boys and they fled to Kenya; only 16 survived the journey. According to the UNICEF website, 20,000 other children, mostly boys between the ages of 7 to 17, made this journey across Sudan to Ethiopia and back. They became known to the world as “the Lost Boys of Sudan.” The journey was only supposed to take one month, but it ended up taking the group three months instead. “I was so excited to go because I wanted to see my brothers and sisters,” said Jal. The group ran out of food and resorted to eating leaves and animals they could catch. Many people got poisoned, and then the group had to cross the savanna. They soon ran out of water and had nothing to cook with. “In the morning I would wipe my hand on the grass and would lick it several times. That was how we got water for the day,” said Jal. When the body becomes dehydrated, Jal said, the saliva dries up, you experience headaches and vision becomes blurry. He said it is much more torture than starving to death. “We were all
ready to die. And I did a prayer, I prayed to my mother’s God and asked for water,” said Jal. After about five minutes, Jal said, it began to rain so the group collected water. About two hours later, Jal said the group reached a swamp; there were so many mosquitoes around that he had to wipe his face clean so he could see. He collected snails from the swamp waters to eat, and was laughed at by some of the adults in the group who were too proud to eat snails and starved to death instead. When the vultures came to eat the dead bodies, the group shot them and ate them. After a few days, Jal said the snails and the insects disappeared and a couple members of the group turned to cannibalism. “I look at my fellow human beings and they smell like food to me,” said Jal. When one of his friends was dying that night, Jal said, “I looked at him and I told him ‘I’m going to eat you tomorrow.’” Jal stayed up all night, so his friend would not die alone, and also because his mind was struggling with the idea of eating another human being; it was the only way he could survive but he knew it would haunt him for the rest of his life. Again, he prayed
to his mother’s God for food. Five hours later, a black crow flew by and the group shot it and ate it until there was no trace of it left. The group continued on and ended up in Waat where he met Emma McCune, a British aid worker married to a senior SPLA commandant. Jal was 11 years old at the time, he said, and McCune convinced him he should not be a soldier. Jal said McCune smuggled him to Kenya where he attended school in Nairobi and began singing. McCune died in an accident a few months later and Jal wrote a rap, called “Emma,” about what she did for him because he never got to thank her for what she did. In addition to his musical work, Jal also founded several charities including GUA Africa and Lose to Win Challenge. He has published a book, an album and a documentary, all called War Child. “I have hope in the young people and the youth that they have. They have the power to change the future,” said Jal. “Thank you to all of you interested in Africa. One person alone can make noise, can only make a difference, but if two or more people come together we can change the world.”
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Jal spoke to students on Thursday as a part of Globalization Day.
Tragedy in Japan creates support from students By Laura Molinari STAFF WRITER
On March 14, an atrium table was set up in the Student Center by Professor of Japanese Language and Linguistics, Mari Fujimoto, and Director of the Asian Studies Program, Patricia Welch in support for the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan two weeks ago. “Professor Fujimoto and I felt we needed to do something for the people of Japan after this devastating natural disaster,” said Welch. “Fujimoto brought up the idea of the bake sale, but it’s been a real joint effort between the two of us, and the very dedicated students who gave their time and energy to help raise the money.” According to Fujimoto, the bake sale brought in around $850. “In a short amount of time, I think that is excellent,” Fujimoto said. Fujimoto and Welch both have close ties to Japan.
“It really hits hard for me because we had a big earthquake in Kobe, in 1995, and that’s where I’m from,” said Fujimoto. Fujimoto explained that her immediate family living in the Southern part of Japan was not affected by the earthquake or tsunami. Her mother’s family, who lives in the Northern part, was affected. “As for the students,” she said, “I know they are deeply touched by the tragedy.” “Many students from previous Hofstra in Japan programs have approached me to inquire about their host families, or to inform me that their families are OK,” said Welch. There was damage to one of the restaurants that one of the host families owned, there were few casualties and the majority of the damage done was restricted to the port area. Welch has lived in Japan, on-and-off for over seven years,
spending her time between both Kyoto and Tokyo. “I feel that I have some understanding of [the Japanese’s] responses of perseverance and determination. But in a real sense, I feel affected by virtue of the fact that events like this demonstrate how quickly what we think is a normal reality can be swept away, and how ephemeral things really are, as well as how connected we all are.” Welch revealed that when she arrived at Hofstra, there was no Study Abroad Program in Japan, so she began organizing one along with Associate Professor of Political Science, Takashi Kanatsu. “There is a possibility of cancellation, but at this point I am planning to still run the program,” said Kanatsu. Despite the hit of the earthquake and tsunami, Kanatsu believes that students would gain a beneficial experience from
studying abroad in Japan, but above all things, he stated that he wants to make certain that the students are safe at all times. Kanatsu carefully watches the news everyday, and every morning he makes sure to e-mail the 14 students who have applied. He explained, that one mother had e-mailed him, worried about the disaster in Japan and questioned whether it would be safe for her child to go. Kanatsu said that although it is bad in some areas, he thinks the media and the government are “making it more dramatic than it really is.” “I do not want to put everything in one color,” he continued,” but many of the media, to my disappointment, are depicting the event to just catch [our] eyes.” He also said, “Panic-inducing coverage is the last thing that Japanese people want and need at this point.” Stefanie Avila, sophomore, had
a cousin who was in Japan during the earthquake said that she found out about the disaster in Japan at 7 a.m., due to a massive amount of Twitter updates on her phone. When she found out that the earthquake was in Japan, she was terrified for her cousin. “As a person who knew somebody who was there, it just hurts you so much more. I can’t tell you the panic I felt when I knew she was there, and when I had heard that the earthquake had hit,” Avila said. Avila’s cousin had lived in Japan, and taught English to six– year-old Japanese students. “[Her cousin] said that everyone got under the desks and all of the kids were whimpering and panicking, and she had never been through an earthquake, but Japanese people are used to it,” said Avilas. Avilas said, quoting her cousin, “Americans are dramatic.”
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Discussion held on media effects on politicians By Dani Frank EDITORIAL EDITOR
From the phonograph to social networking sites, the mediums of technology have changed, and our presidential candidates must keep up if they are to effectively govern, said Dr. Kathleen Hall. As part of the “Communication, Technology and Democracy: A Hofstra 75th Anniversary Symposium,” Dr. Hall presented this view in her lecture, “From Phonographs to Facebook: How Media Shape the Rhetoric of Presidents and Those Who Aspire to the Job.” Dr. Hall, of the University of Pennsylvania, presented various media moments in history paired with their subsequent handling by the current president, what she refers to as “National Eulogy.” The National Eulogy refers to when the President addresses the nation after an event. Edward Kennedy’s enthusiastic, televised campaign speech, for example, depicted a failure to “modulate your tone,” a concept Hall referred to multiple times. Voice modulation refers to slowing your pace of speaking and speaking in a quieter tone for emphasis. “It was a close-up, and he was seen as shouting to the audience. It was inappropriate, and results in a poor biography, and difficulty in becoming elected,” said Hall. Politicians need to evaluate their audience and the situation prior to giving speeches. While it may be tempting to try to rile up the crowd and receive whoops and a standing ovation, the main goal should be modulation. “We want to buy into fictional relationships with people that we don’t know,” said Hall. “We are assessing things about candidates that have never come up before, namely, do we like them? […] That was never a concern before, but if a president can’t appear likable, their candidacy is in trouble.” Social networking allows that the audience has an entirely new level of access to the political realm. Reactions to presidential speeches are instant, broadcast on blogs, texted to friends, or posted online. “Technological capacity changes what a leader is able to do today. Candidates who are aware of this increased level of accessibility will have better close-ups than those who are behind the curve,” said Hall. Hall also stresses that political candidates need to be aware of the new technological world. “Twitter, text, email, that [technological] world will be speaking to you prior to when the president speaks to you.. They need to know that they are expected to talk and do something about it,” said Hall. To illustrate this point, Hall cites an example involving Hurricane Katrina and President Bush. “President Bush gave a speech in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, advocating the need to find out what had happened,” said Hall, “But while he was saying we need to know all of the facts about the disaster, he was subtly shaking his head, no. […] He did not conduct himself as actually wanting to know what had happened.” Hall ended her presentation with a clip from President Obama responding to the Gabrielle Giffords tragedy. President Obama spoke in a slow, emotional cadence and let the audience know he was truly upset by the sequence of events. “To understand the relationship of change in the old and the new genres of technology separates the candidates who will be successful from the unsuccessful.”
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SGA requires clubs to update with CollegiateLink By Ben Suazo SPORTS COPY EDITOR
Clubs on campus may wish to confirm that they are registered in Hofstra’s CollegiateLink directory, now that SGA will bar unregistered clubs from receiving funds for Budget Weekend. The resolution, introduced by Appropriations Chair Jordan Baer, was passed at the end of Tuesday’s SGA meeting and is intended to enforce a complete representation of clubs online. Jordan Baer spoke at the start of the meeting, to share conclusions made by the Elections Commission on Sunday. Students running for the Senate will not be required to submit their resume and DAR, he said, but should simply submit their election packets by April 1. Baer also had a more sensitive topic to discuss with the Senate, regarding that same Elections Commission meeting. “You don’t have to like our decisions, and you don’t have to agree
with them,” said Baer, in response to angry messages in which the commission’s faithfulness was questioned. “But you do have to respect them and comply.” Baer indicated that the commission was offended over the weekend saying, “I was really, really surprised and taken aback by some of the messages sent through Facebook to members. They were even feeling attacked to a certain degree.” Then SGA approved a new academic club at the meeting, Get Global, for which Vice President Luke Miedreich briefly rescinded his position as the Senate’s Chair and lent his support to introduce the club. Together with Senator Edward Sitt, Miedreich presented the club as complementary to Hofstra’s new Global Studies, and anticipated Sustainability Studies major (Fall 2011)—meetings will be held Mondays at 6 p.m., currently in 209 Roosevelt Hall. For special business, Associate Director Robyn Kaplan (OSLA)
invited SGA to rally students over WalkINN to Fight Hunger, a fundraiser hosted April 9 to support Interfaith Nutrition Network’s soup kitchens and emergency shelters for Long Island’s homeless. Kaplan also said that in lieu of an alternative spring break outing to D.C., for which only nine students had declared interest, she was arranging a group for Midnight Run, which she called “an incredible, incredible opportunity” to interact with and lend support to New York’s homeless. Senator Katie Friedman, credited with a “golden heart” by her peers, shared some insight from her own experience with Midnight Run. “It was the most warming experience I’ve ever been on. I humbly encourage everyone to go,” said Friedman. Kaplan encouraged interested students to attend Friday’s meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Center. Sam Erickson and Megan Kennedy were also sworn in at the meeting, leaving just one
seat empty in the Senate. And as for the Elections Commission’s possible reaction to offensive messages as elections approach,
Baer was reassuring and said, “Everything’s been taken care of now, and we’re looking forward to seeing how elections pan out.”
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Senator Caitlin Rauchle, the new fundraising chair, addresses the rest of the senate during Tuesday’s meeting.
Public Safety Briefs Compiled By Shannon Pandaliano
On March 16, a Residential
Life Administrator reported to Public Safety that while conducting a health and safety inspection in Alliance Hall, she found a bag containing marijuana on the dresser in one of the rooms. The marijuana was confiscated. The two residents were not present but will be issued appearance summonses.
The Hofstra Tow Truck
Operator reported to Public Safety on March 16 that he had placed an immobilizer boot on a vehicle that was illegally parked in Breslin Hall. When he went back to check the vehicle, he discovered that the immobilizer boot had been removed, and the vehicle was gone. The boot was not recovered (valued at $600). An investigation was conducted and the registered owner of the vehicle was identified as a male Hofstra student. He was issued an appearance summons for theft and failure to comply.
On March 17, a Hofstra student reported to Public Safety that when she returned to her room after her roommate had moved out, she discovered that
bleach had been splashed all over her clothes. The NCPD was notified and a police report was prepared. An investigation is being conducted.
A Hofstra staff member
air purifier that contained marijuana residue while conducting a health and safety inspection in Nassau Hall on March 18. These items were confiscated by a PSO and the student was issued an appearance summons.
reported to Public Safety on March 17 that on March 16, he left his backpack that contained a laptop, headphones, notebooks and office supplies in a room in Emily Lowe. When he returned the next day, the backpack was missing. A search was conducted for the person(s) responsible for taking the backpack, which proved negative. Police assistance was declined.
On March 19, two male students reported that at 2 p.m., they placed their cell phones in an unlocked locker in the fitness center while they were working out. When they returned, they discovered their cell phones were missing. A search was conducted for the person(s) responsible, which proved negative. Police assistance was declined.
On March 18, an RA in Leiden House reported that the odor of marijuana was emanating from a room. Public Safety responded to the room and found the resident inside. When questioned, the resident admitted to smoking marijuana in the room. There was no marijuana recovered, but the student was issued an appearance summons.
A Hofstra Alumni reported to Public Safety on March 20 that he placed his belongings in a locker in the fitness center while working out, and when he returned he discovered that $200 was missing from his wallet. Police assistance was declined.
A Residential Life staff member found a toy gun and an
On March 21, a Hofstra student reported
to Public Safety that when she returned to her vehicle, which was parked in the vicinity of the baseball field, she discovered that her rear window had been broken and a footprint was just below the shattered window. A search was conducted for the person(s) responsible, but proved negative. NCPD was notified and a complaint report was prepared.
On March 23, a student reported to Public Safety that when she returned to her car that was parked in the physical education parking lot, she discovered a large dent in the passenger’s side rear bumper and fender. NCPD was
notified, a police officer responded and prepared a report.
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
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Homophobia rains on St. Patrick’s Day Parade By Caitlin Walsh COLUMNIST
One day a year, the Irish-byblood celebrate side-by-side with the Irish-for-the-day. St. Patrick’s day is one holiday that everyone can get behind. Unless you’re gay and Irish. Then you have a choice: do you celebrate your heritage with everyone else, or do you sit out because the parade won’t allow any open displays of homosexuality? In 1994, a group of gay Irish wanted to march in Boston’s traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade but were turned away by those organizing the event. The gays sued the committee. The lengthy litigation process actually canceled the parade that year. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court in 1995, which ruled in the organizers’ favor,
but only after they countersued. According to the Supreme Court’s ruling, the parade sponsor’s right to ban Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Irish-Americans from marching openly was protected under their expression of the First Amendment. Fifteen years later, the policy is still in effect for Boston’s parade as well as New York City’s parade. It’s nearly impossible to find mention of the policy itself online, as it has never been officially written down. Still, the gays continue to be excluded.
This year, the NYC parade celebrated its 250th anniversary. This parade is older than our country itself. To celebrate, the organizers wanted the president of Ireland, Mary McAleese, to be the Grand Marshal. McAleese turned them down, claiming she was too busy. In reality, McAleese didn’t want to make time to fly to New York and march in a parade that is perceived to be anti-gay by many. McAleese has really connected with the gay Irish, since she led a campaign to decriminalize
Of course gays should be allowed to march in any Saint Patrick’s parade, with their rainbow shamrocks flying proud.
homosexuality in the early nineties. To associate with the anti-gay parade officials would be detrimental to her political career. Of course gays should be allowed to march in any St. Patrick’s Day Parade, with their rainbow shamrocks flying proud. Since many Americans have at least some Irish blood in them, it only makes sense that many gays share the Irish heritage as well. They shouldn’t be prevented from marching just because they choose to be open about their sexuality. Barring homosexuals from participation is sending the wrong message to all gays: that they are gay first and foremost, and Irish second. In reality, many gay Irish see themselves as people with Irish heritage who just happen to be gay. It’s never as big of a deal
to them as the organizers make it out to be. Perhaps one day the gays will organize and challenge the parade in court again. It’s such a contentious issue that it would probably go all the way to the Supreme Court for the second time. However, if the current court hears the case, then they would most likely cite the First Amendment as reason to rule in favor of the parade organizers just like they did 15 years ago. There has to be a compromise in which the parade officials can allow gays to march openly, but still feel their own First Amendment rights are being upheld. We cannot allow discrimination and exclusivity just because someone is using their freedom of speech.
A Broad: Abroad Italian ancestry over drunken antics By Michaela Papa COLUMNIST
For as long as I can remember, I have always known March 17 as St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not the least bit Irish; nor do I believe that everybody has a “lil’ bit o’ Irish in them” on St. Paddy’s. I was never really a fan of watching the green-dyed bagels, green beers and belligerent dressed-up leprechauns. I had no real reason to be. Sure, it’s all good and well that there are no more snakes in Ireland—but is that really what fuels the high intoxication levels and seas of nauseating green? And so, as March 17 quickly approached, I still saw no need to acknowledge it –I’m in Italy, not Ireland. However, I soon came to find out that March 17, 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. This is relevent. This is a reason to celebrate. In 1815, after the defeat of Napoleonic France, the Congress of Vienna convened to redraw the European continent. During this event, Italy was put back to the pre-Napoleonic workings and subsequently ruled by independent governments. During his rule, Pope Pius IX feared that a unification of Italy would result in a loss of his power in the region and thus the possible persecution of Italian Catholics. While I’m not entirely sure how true the Pope’s intentions were, I admit they seem moderately admirable. (I’ll admit to saying so only in the hope that the current Pope will read this article and complete one of my goals for my stay in Italy: a picture of the Pope and me captioned “Papa e Papa.”) But I digress. While there were
many who feared and opposed the unification of Italy, there were also many who adamantly believed in the necessity of uniting. Some radical figures of the unification movement were Giuseppe Mazzini and Giuseppe Garibaldi. During the uneasy times of an ununited Italy, there were many insurrections. The Carbonari was a radical group that sought the unification of Italy, and often used extreme measures to express this desire. After a multitude of insurrections, expeditions and revolutions, Garibaldi made his way to Naples. He stated his intent to proclaim a “Kingdom of Italy” from Rome, which was the capital city of Pope Pius IX. Catholics all over the world took this as a call to action and sent money and volunteers for the Papal Army. Despite their best efforts, the Papal troops were defeated, and Victor Emmanuel II arrived on Oct. 9, 1860 taking command. In February of 1861, Victor Emmanuel called for an assembly of the deputites of the first Italian Parliament, and on March 17, 1861, Parliament proclaimed Victor Emmanuel II the King of Italy. So, we celebrate. I wandered out of my apartment to find a variety of booths outside the baptistry. Various artisans were selling their crafts and sharing the process behind them. While I watched a woodcarver with fascination for longer than most wood have, I soon became drawn to the sound of distant music. Rushing to the source, I soon found a marching band making their way towards the duomo, a
They were celebrating their nation and the things that unite them. Be it a love of pizza, love of PDA, or love of Italy
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Man On The Unispan
How much debt do you think you’ll be in by the time you graduate?
“My parents are going to be in debt for me.”
“At least $100,000 to 150,000 in student loans.”
“A hefty sum, $20,000 to $30,000 a year.”
“A considerable amount.”
type of Italian cathedral. I ended up literally marching with the band, due both to my bizarre love of marching bands and my need to photograph. The “Soundstreet Band” marched their way to outfront the duomo where a giant crowd of proud Italians were gathered. This celebration brought to mind the words of a true Italian, Martha Reeves. “Calling out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat? [...] They’re dancin’ in the street. This is an invitation across the nation.”
Everybody was dancing in the streets. It was actually difficult not to swing and sway. The band formed a small semicircle, and various people took center stage to shake it out. As a person who has always hoped for being caught up in a flash-mob (though, I think that craze has passed), I loved this. People were dancing just to dance. They were celebrating their nation and the things that unite them. Be it a love of pizza, love of PDA or love of Italy, the people of Florence were
brought together in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the unification of the country. The drunken masses of shamrocks, drunks and people pinching me for not wearing green were a distant thought. While the color green was still prevalent on March 17, it was mixed with red and white and didn’t feel so contrived. This March 17 had a much different feel than any other. It was nice to see people singing and dancing without their blood-alcohol contents coinciding with the date.
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Inconsistent foreign policy reminiscent of Bush era By Matthew Romano COLUMNIST
There is no consistency in American foreign policy—we pick and choose what we want to do and there never seems to be a good enough reason for it. On March 10th, before the U.S. ordered the firing of over 110 Tomahawk missiles at Libyan air defense sites, fellow Chronicle columnist Julia Hahn argued how the United States should resist the meddling with Libya and other countries we are claiming to help democratize. I’m here to support her argument. Our inconsistent record—which is still growing—sends a mixed message to authoritarian regimes worldwide. But do not dismiss America’s foreign activities under President Obama as the first. For years the United States has continued this trend of picking what we want to do, and mostly choosing the wrong foreign affairs to become involved with. How can one forget Reagan’s anti-Communism appetite and the Iran-Contra Affair? We ended up selling weapons to Iran and sent the money to the rebels in Honduras, only to exhibit evidence of the infamous secrets within the U.S. government. Then Clinton sent men into the failed Battle of Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down), while he ignored the hundreds of thousands slaughtered in the Rwandan Genocide. Most recently, there was Bush’s decision to invade Iraq, while ignoring Bin Laden’s presence in Afghanistan. How can anyone say that these were successful ideas when other, more important events were occurring in the world? Our promotion of democratic reform in the Mideast is a continuous failure. I hope
that North Africa—a part of the continent with a condition reminiscent of the collapse of Eastern Europe in 1989—isn’t next. Obama claims he is committed to getting out of Iraq, although there is still a blurry and undefined point of time when that goal will be met. Another problem is the lack of indication as to whether our presence in Afghanistan is affecting their country at all—or ours. President Obama is foolishly continuing this inconsistent mess. I would argue that the true reasons for why we’re attacking Libya are currently—and perhaps forever will be—unexposed. However, my speculation is that Obama may be receiving pressure from England and France, as they care about their once-owned North African colonies and are concerned refugees fleeing Libya. While our allied attack with Europe may be a warning for Libya to step down, Obama has realized that this course of action could have huge side effects. We cannot anger Libyans too much because of their oil, so he’s getting our butts out of the situation and handing it over to NATO’s control. He has shown to Europe that we are a reliable ally, but we take some pretty risky actions. In the end it’s an ideological issue with Obama, and a geopolitical issue concerning the stability in the Mediterranean with England and France. If Obama truly has an internal drive to save people from oppression (which should sound familiar), then we have a huge problem.
Similar to Bush’s Iraq War, the true reasons for why we’re attacking Libya are currently—and perhaps forever will be—unexposed.
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By Bryan Menegus STAFF WRITER
KEEPING HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY Entertained SINCE 1935
March 24, 2011
The countless filmmaking errors committed by Battle: Los Angeles make it difficult to choose which is the most salient. It would be easy to criticize the characterization, or near absence of it; this movie doesn’t sculpt real people. Instead, it does one of two things: 1) relies on a series of war-themed tropes (male feelings thinly veiled beneath machismo, a soldier speaking by an unknown gravestone before shipping out; the loner gadfly who questions orders) to give the audience an idea of a person, and 2) includes extra bodies in a scene for the sole purpose of receiving bullets. Likewise, it would be a simple matter to blame Christopher Bertolini’s laughable script. The majority of lines delivered are as meaningless as the near-constant hail of gunfire. Just as the audience isn’t tricked into empathy by the shaky-cam pseudo-documentary visual style, the erratic barks of “Grenade” or “Hostile at 12 O’Clock” or “Ambush” don’t convey a sense of danger--especially when the audience either knows (or doesn’t care) which characters will make it out alive. CONTINUED ON B2
‘Battle: LA’ worse than predicted Photo Courtesy of Sony Pictures
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Fight for LA is a losing one CONTINUED FROM B1 This isn’t to say it’s poorly acted. In spite of a poor script, Aaron Eckhart is fairly convincing in his role as Staff Sergeant Nantz, but he is forced to squeeze what he can out of a dry sponge amidst an ocean of unsuspended disbelief. The abhorrent jingoism of Battle: Los Angeles is also difficult to stomach. Somehow, director Jonathan Liebesman takes the tiring journey of a handful of Marines in the midst of an invasion by unapologetic conquistadors from space, and still manages to make it look like trigger-happy advertisement to enlist. There are repeated comparisons between the tactics of the Marines and their relentless foes. While this could be used as a perfect set-up to juxtapose (and humanize) both forces, as District 9 did, the point is made and revisited, but never delved into.
On the topic of Battle’s aliens, much is left to be desired. They seem to possess traits both mechanical and organic (when you shoot them, they make sparks and goop). What could have been a horror-inducing hybridization is reduced to a swarm of tall blurry things rapidly entering the field of view, or being spied from afar with military binoculars. The audience is also never given a satisfactory explanation for the invasion. At one point, a talking head on a news program theorizes that the aliens’ goal is to take the Earth’s water and use it for fuel, but this hypothesis is never visually confirmed for the audience. This same so-called expert states that the Earth is the only planet in our known universe with a significant quantity of liquid H2O on its surface, which begs the question: how did the aliens have enough fuel to reach our planet?
Decidedly, the most frustrating part of this movie is its most glaring plot hole. Less than a minute into Battle: Los Angeles, the audience is informed via voiceover, “The world is at war.” Eckhart and company’s mission—to save straggling civilians before B-52s level most of the city, and the aliens with it—is compromised when reinforcements never arrive. The American military is either crippled or busy elsewhere, or so the audience is lead to believe. But never once is it mentioned that attacks are being carried out anywhere except America’s East and West coasts. Seemingly, the aliens only attack our country so that the United States is able to prove its indefatigable military might. And yet, draining the Earth of its water would be a point of concern for everyone. Presumably, the nations of the world that aren’t attacked would mobilize and help
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Aaron Eckhart tries his best to be convincing as a stereotypical staff sergeant. with the war effort. But, to the chagrin of absolutely no one, that might render Sergeant Nantz’s
small victory a story not worth telling.
Shopsin’s serves delicious, eclectic food
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Essex Street Market houses the small but famed “Shopsin’s Diner.”
By Samantha Lim STAFF WRITER
Sometimes a menu item sounds so wacky that I absolutely have to order it. If this scenario sounds familiar, then I’m sure you empathize; how could I simply turn down the ‘Red Velvet Poppy Seed Pound Cake French Toast’ at Shopsin’s? I didn’t. Calling the menu selection at this tiny diner in the Essex Street Market eclectic would be an understatement, while describing it as tiny would be an overstatement. Shopsin’s is not a good place for crowds; less than ten
tables fill the entire space of the eatery, plus seats for three at the counter. And that’s just the way the owners like it. The first time I visited Shopsin’s after hearing of its reputation for so long, I wrenched my flamboyantly large Canon out of my handbag and took aim at the steaming platter before me to commemorate the moment. A stern, but polite, tattooed waiter barricaded the camera lens before I could even click: “No photography is permitted here.” A little confused as to why any restaurateur would not want
good publicity, I tried to pry more out of him. All he offered was a shrug and the statement, “We’re good.” No kidding, I thought to myself, mouth already full of mac n’ cheese pancakes. That’s right, mac n’ cheese pancakes. I am almost certain that the waiters and waitresses at Shopsin’s are Buddhist. Otherwise, they are just really good at adhering to the following job qualification: ‘Great patience with customers who ooh and ahh over multifarious menu for lengthy minutes.’ Who can blame indecisiveness with platters dubbed, ‘Blisters on my Sisters,’ ‘Boner’ and ‘Springsteen’? My ‘Oaxaquenos tamales’ sounded tame in comparison with some of the other items on the menu. Tastewise, they were among the best I ever had—and I have eaten plenty of tamales in South America. Taking in my surroundings at Shopsin’s, I think of a communal kitchen shared by international students. Bottles of BBQ sauce, packets of curry powder, jars of habanero peppers and tins labeled ‘Katsu seasoning’ sit side by side on high shelves. A bottle of their homemade hot sauce is
always plunked down alongside your order, whether you ask for it or not. The condiment makes its competitors hot with shame, for whatever secret ingredients go into it certainly kick a punch like no other. I personally find Shopsin’s savory dishes to be more satisfying than their sweets. The latter are just as good, but rarely match the unique concept of the dishes themselves. But as said before, I could not pass up the opportunity to try the likes of Chocolate Malted French Toast. The wise customer would order a combo tray, which throws together four random items from the menu, thus having the best of both worlds. The staff here, who obviously share some kinship, are as colorful as the menu. At my last visit, I got caught in a crossfire between dad and son. Affectionate profanities were hurled back and forth, only to be pattered down by the intervention of a regular customer. When the couple seated next to me ordered curry, their waiter asked how spicy they wanted it, only to immediately retract the query with, “Oh, wait. We don’t ask that anymore.”
They only accept cash, something I find a tad bothersome when settling the bill, which tends to be expensive. On the optimistic side, think of it as paying for two meals. Just try to hide your mirth when they hand your leftovers to go in an IHOP plastic bag. I can see why the owners like to keep Shopsin’s on the down low, though the food is so good it becomes hardly possible. Quality control is one thing they undoubtedly have under their belt, and being on a first-name basis helps. As a contented-looking couple settles their check, a head pops out of the kitchen to cry out, “Bye, Kevin! Bye, Michelle!” I’ve decided that another incentive of frequenting Shopsin’s is so that I will eventually hear, “Bye, Sammie!” Neighborhood: Lower East Side Address: Essex St Market, 120 Essex St, Stall 16, New York, NY 10002 Hours of Operation: Wed-Sat: 9AM – 2PM, Sun: 10AM – 3PM Phone No: 212-924-5160 How To Get There: Take the F, J, M or Z subway to DelanceyEssex St. Price Range: $10-$20.
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‘Crysis 2’ pushes boundries on PC ASSISTANT BUSINESS MANAGER
With the demands of both PC and console gamers, Crytek Studios delivers a game that not only pushes the limits of PC hardware, but also challenges Call of Duty as the primary console first-person shooter. Crysis 2 takes place three years after the original game and, unlike Crytek’s previous games in the Crysis and Far-cry series, Crysis 2 doesn’t take place in a jungle, but in a futuristic and war-torn New York City or “urban jungle.” In this game the player controls a U.S. Marine named Alcatraz who takes control of a living nano-suit while having to fight a two-sided battle against both the Cephaloids (Ceph) and the corrupt CELL PMC. The story of Crysis 2 is about as well done as any other shooter game on the market. The graphics in Crysis 2 are a sight to behold and set the bar for any new and upcoming shooter. The creation of the destroyed Big Apple is reason enough for
2005 Strikes Back
Patrick Stump returns to music.
Entertainment Unlimited hosted a burlesque show on Friday, March18 at Hofstra USA.
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anyone to at least rent Crysis 2. The city is beautiful to look at, but also has many details to draw you in such as a destroyed Statue of Liberty in the middle of Manhattan Island. Also, there is a high level of immersion in Crysis 2 due to the menu and upgrade system. You never break from the first-person point of view during game play and this makes you believe that you are actually Alcatraz. The gameplay of Crysis 2 is on par with Killzone and is better than any new shooter. What adds variety to the gameplay is the nano-suit. It has three different modes that a player can transition from and the transitions from each mode are quick and painless, which allows for many different options in combat. The three different modes players can choose from are power, armor and stealth. Stealth allows players to be practically invisible and allows for easy infiltration; Power allows players to have increased speed and strength, which gives the player the ability to see enemies through windows
and buildings; and Armor makes the player a walking tank and nearly impervious to most fire. Also, unlike other shooter games, the gameplay for Crysis 2 adds another dimension to combat, as players will have to deal with foes that appear from both above and below them. Crysis 2 is the complete package and anybody that is a FPS fan should pick this up. Crysis 2 is available in 3-D for those that have compatible TVs.
Apparently we’re hitting the first wave of proto-nostalgia for 2005 radio emo. Both Panic(!) at the Disco and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump have new releases out. Both have thinned out their ranks considerably: Panic(!) At The Disco is now a two person studio band, and Patrick Stump is obviously on his own. Vices & Virtues by Panic(!) At The Disco is a pile of garbage. Actually, raccoons eat garbage and seem to enjoy it, plus you can recycle garbage into something new and useful. It’s hard to imagine any living thing actually finding something of value or use in Vices & Virtues. If you haven’t heard it, it’s streaming on their Facebook page, which you can listen to in exchange for a “like.” Just so all of your friends know you’re an idiot before you even listen to the damn thing. If you want to save yourself some Facebook shame, here’s the formula they use for every single song on the album: Drum machines and synth verse, radio rock chorus, drum machines and synth verse, radio rock chorus, orchestral flourishes in the bridge, radio rock chorus with synths and some orchestral nonsense. Rebecca Black’s “Friday” is more innovative. Panic(!) At The Disco created a style of music—was it good music? Absolutely not, but they did make something a lot of
people liked. They went away for a while and dropped an exclamation point and then made something kind of interesting again with Pretty. Odd. So, they’ve always been kind of a novelty. Vices & Virtues, though, is a GarageBand-produced, humorless pile of mid-’00s dance rock that seems like it was made entirely for 13-year-old girls. Or they’re now exclusively making albums to sell goth, Hello Kitty underwear at Hot Topic (those still exist, right?). So, either Panic(!) At The Disco are statutory rapists, owners of a little girl fashion line or terrible musicians. While listening to Vices & Virtues, it’s actually kind of tough to decide which one is true. Patrick Stump has an EP out called Truant Wave. It’s out in lieu of a full-length titled Soul Punk (ew). His reasoning is, “If I’m going to disappoint people by not [making] Take This to Your Grave, Part II, I would rather do that before Soul Punk, because that record means something to me,” Stump told MTV news. Well, he succeeded; Truant Wave is not a seminal mid-’00s pop punk album that defined a whole generation of bands, for better or worse. It’s an idiotic mess. Truant Wave would be pitiful if it even deserved pity. It is a redundant hodgepodge notquite-ironic-enough-’80s-electro, strange world beats, completely unnecessary auxiliary procession and absolutely deranged hip hop. Oh, also, apparently Stump thinks he’s Michael Jackson. It guest stars Alph-A-Bit, Om’mas Keith and D.A. & Driis. That’s nice, but it’s pretty safe to assume that anyone this album was made for will not know or care about who those people are. So, what’s the point, right? Who cares if Panic(!) At The Disco made an album with Kidz Bop quality songwriting and Patrick Stump decided he wanted to make an EP dedicated to Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back”? Because a lot of people fell in love with their former work in high school. Why couldn’t they just do us all a favor and go away, learn a new trade or something. But perhaps it’s as Stump puts it on the fifth track of Truant Wave, “As Long As I’m Getting Paid.” Yeah, seems like it.
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The Fancy Pants Adventure Interview with creator Brad Borne By Nate Sukonik STAFF WRITER
Overview The Fancy Pants Adventures, and part three of the Fancy Pants series, is Brad Borne’s newest masterpiece. I’ve read over Brad Borne’s site, and on it he talks about the programming that went into the game and shows sneak peeks of the game and many other extras. Borne also released an online sample of the game, which you can find on the Fancy Pants Adventures website. This remarkable demo brings you into his world of Fancy Pants and shows you its incredible inventiveness. Try it; it’s extremely fun. Interview Hofstra Chronicle: Where did you grow up? Brad Borne: I grew up in New Orleans, which is distant from the big gaming scenes, like that of California. As a kid, I remember that my family would occasionally play video games together, like Warlords or River Raid from Atari. Understand that, for me, gaming has always been a great social experience. Likewise, I hope that I might joke about how I love Tetris, but it’s a great game. HC: What did you aspire to be as a child? BB: I would say, very often, that I’d be a doctor one day. HC: Where did you go to college? And what did you study there? BB: I went to Springfield University of Alabama. I studied behavioral psychology. I studied how people interface with machines and computers. I was able to understand how people analytically understand gaming.
HC: Currently, what type of business do you conduct? BB: Consumers never really
Review Round-up By Bryan Menegus STAFF WRITER
The Strokes- Angles Grade: C In the five years since First Impressions of Earth, The Strokes disbanded and singer Julian Casablancas started a solo career—and despite the release of Angles, not much has changed. Angles sees a fractured band struggling, albeit not very hard, to find a past glory. Casablancas wasn’t even present for much of the recording process, choosing instead to track his vocals at Electric Lady Studios and confer with his band mates via email. While some truly stellar records have been made in the midst of interpersonal turmoil, Angles showcases a band fundamentally and irreparably broken as a cohesive music-making unit.
RIYL: Bad Comebacks, Prima Donna Singers Yellowcard- When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes Grade: C+ The world had finally forgotten about Yellowcard, thanks in part to their two year hiatus. But they’re back, to remind you that pop punk can, in fact, be so saccharine-sweet that the mere act of listening can make your teeth hurt. Much as it pains me to realize this, the slaphappy nonsense in When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes is still probably better than The Strokes. Fine, Yellowcard, you win. know exactly what they want; as a creator, I have to develop something that will be likable and worth making. So, currently I am in the marketing of the Fancy Pants Adventures game. I also do the drawings and writing for parts of the game. I do a lot of programming using flash and code. Very often I am doing the general new IT businessman activities: 1- I must bring the game to the public. 2- Although, the console game is finished, I have to advertise it now. HC: What are the top 3 things you are working on now? BB: 1. Marketing of the Fancy Pants Adventures game. 2. Last week drawings and writing for parts of the game took all, or most, of my time. 3. Programming and designing using flash and code. HC: What are the primary differences between Fancy Pants Adventure 3 and Fancy Pants Adventure 2? BB: The primary differences are: 1. There’s a lot more personality in the newer version, as well as: 2. Many more colors and graphics 3. A greater degree of plot and
dialogue 4. A great deal of moving backgrounds that are interactive 5. More characters with very interesting personalities and 6. King of the Hill, Extreme Sports and Swimming HC: Who are your top 5 favorite characters in the Fancy Pants Adventure 3 game? BB: Captain Rainbow beard 1. He gets marooned by his crew for his beard being so multicolored 2. He is an opponent, but not the main villain 3. There are many very interesting bad guys in this game Others I love: • Fancy Pants Man • His sister • The Evil Rabbit • The Penguin HC: Who is your idol? BB: The creator of Mario, Shigeru Miyamoto, and Steven Spielberg. HC: What is the Best Way to contact you? BB: The Brad Borne site and email http://www.bornegames. com/ Play the demo at: http://fancypantsadventures.com/
RIYL: Girlfriends, Singing About Them William Shatner- The Transformed Man Grade: A/F In honor of this issue heralding both William Shatner’s 80th birthday and my 100th music review, it seemed as appropriate a time as any to share something truly amazing. The Transformed Man, first released in 1968, is a record that skirts easy description. Steeped in 60’s pop culture, baroque orchestral arrangements and Shatner’s famous hammy delivery, it’s nigh impossibly to discern if The Transformed Man is a dead-serious flop or a truly intricate practical joke. Some tracks are recognizable covers, like “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” or the halfscreamed “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Others are simply dramatic readings of Romeo and Juliet or King Henry V. Whether this record is a deadpan gag or a musical abortion, there’s something magical about James Tiberius Kirk intoning the words “to sleep perchance to dream”.
RIYL:Star Trek, Andy Kaufman Protest the Hero-Scurrilous Grade: AReplete with hambone operatic singing, there’s a case to be made that Protest the Hero are inheriting the mantle of acts like Iron Maiden or Dio. Let me be the first to say that those bands have their place in musical history, but seeing those vestigial elements being brought into modern music is often laughable. Musically, they are like a less mathy Mastodon, but honestly, I don’t have the genre-specific vocabulary to accurately describe metal. Protest the Hero are fast and arpeggioladen, thankfully lacking in obnoxious double-kick runs, able to change on a dime and progressive enough to challenge non-metalheads.
RIYL: The Mars Volta, Botch
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Celebrating 75 years
Club Spotlight: She’s the First By Silvia Stanciu
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She’s the First is a club with an ambitious mission, “Sponsoring girls’ education in the developing world.” Raising awareness about their cause, encouraging students to join the club and actively raising funds for scholarships are just a few of the club’s goals. According to the club’s founding president Gennifer Delman, STF’s most important aim is “to help enrich the lives of others around me and my sisters around the world.” At a national scale, the club represents a benevolent force that unifies people of all backgrounds toward the noble goal of education. Girls in third world countries deserve the same right to be educated as American girls do; STF strives to assert this right and sponsor girls’ eagerness to learn. On campus, STF does not hesitate to assert itself. Teaming up with clubs like Hofstra AfriKan Society Association (HASA), Makin’ Treble and Danceworks, the members of STF increase the range of their influence and reach out to Hofstra
students more effectively. On a larger scale, the organization set up a benefit concert with musicians like Kat DeLuna and Shontelle, as well as a soiree sponsored by Victoria’s Secret and O, the Oprah Magazine. It is evident that the club utilizes all means possible to raise awareness and reach out to potential volunteers. Gennifer assures us, “We hope to model our campus fundraisers after this idea that you can party, socialize and incorporate the things that you love into an exciting event. Fundraisers don’t have to just be a boring bake sale in the atrium –they can be fun!” The members’ enthusiasm about STF is infectious. “Hearing STF’s mission statement really hit home for me,” says Sophomore Grace Gavilanes. “I’m the first to graduate college in my family, so I really want to help underprivileged girls get the same opportunity as I did.” The club clearly strikes a chord with Hofstra’s philanthropic student body, and why wouldn’t it? STF is not only charitable, but it also represents a platform for networking and volunteering, thus meeting the needs of its devoted members.
Photo Courtesy of She’s the First She’s the First does its part by supporting the education of girls in a developing country.
How does one raise awareness without social networking sites? Along with word of mouth, of course, STF finds sites like Facebook and Twitter to be effective outlets for their cause. For more informa-
tion about joining the cause, check out http://shesthefirst.org, or get involved on campus. Gennifer’s final words are poignant, “Education gives every girl the chance to be first.”
Shanghai native takes charge in New York City Her take on life, style and differences in the Big Apple
By Danielle Ruiz STAFF WRITER
The United States has always been known as a country full of diversity and pop culture. These were two of the many attractions that helped graduate student Bingshu Hou, or Trista (as she is fondly called by her American friends) take the plunge and move thousands of miles from home to New York. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Trista has had a new and exciting experience moving to New York. Although she is far from home, Trista is no stranger to a big city. Shanghai is one of the most developed cities in all of China, and to Trista, the the only distinct differences from New York are style and cleanliness. “First, I think New York is more old, looks old, the appearance of the city looks old.” Trista was shocked to see the New York subways noting that in Shanghai, the subways and buildings are newer and better preserved. Although New York might not be as clean as Shanghai, Trista was excited to finally see all her favorite bands perform. “The live music here is very developed and diverse.” Trista’s taste in music is
Photo Courtesy of Trista Hou Trista thinks Shanghai is much more developed than New York, but she has adapted well to America.
very American, and living near NYC has given her the opportunity to experience all the live music the city has to offer. Musical performances are far less common in Shanghai.
While New York beats China in music, Trista feels that China has a better cuisine. “American food is bland. Even in other cities the food is the same.” In China, food tends to change depending
on the region you are in, or sometimes even by the town. Culture is heavily tied to food, so traveling through China is a food lover’s dream. Eating the various cuisines town-by-town is a must for Chinese tourists visiting other areas of the country. Although there is a time difference between New York and China, Trista makes the best of the situation by calling her mother once a week. She has adapted well to New York and misses home the most during Chinese holidays that are not commonly recognized in the U.S. “When I call home I can tell they are happy in that atmosphere.” These moments are what make the change tough, but Trista considers herself a trooper. “I love to take challenges.” While Trista might miss home occasionally, she loves living in New York and hopes to find a job after graduation and to live in the city. Eventually, she wants to move back to China, but she is putting no limit on her time in the States. The U.S. opens many doors to careers in China and Trista plans on taking full advantage of her American experience.
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Celebrating 75 years
The Dorm Room Dish: Savory Mini Quiches By Samantha Lim
day. Most people are fond of having quiche for breakfast or lunch, but it is STAFF WRITER often a savory option at bookstore cafes Even if you have never tried quiche, or teahouses. This dish has garnered pronounced ‘keesh,’ chances are high so much popularity that there is even a that you have eaten a variation of it in website dedicated to it; quiche aficionathe form of a conventional breakfast dish dos might want to check out Quiche.net, –a good old omelet. Worldly versions of an online resource for quiche recipes. But quiche include Italian frittata and Iranian simply read on for an excellent quiche kookoo. For humble food, this dish has a recipe. lot of fancy names. Thankfully, you need Set your oven temperature to 350°F. not be an egghead or an intellectual to Beat the eggs and flour together in a cook it. medium-sized bowl. Then stir in the I like to think of quiche as a baked bacon bits and peppers. Spoon as much omelet. This might stem from knowledge egg mixture as possible into each fillo of its namesake; the German word, shell; the filling will not rise the way cake kuchen literally translates to cake. Unlike batter does when baked. Arrange the mini omelets, these ‘egg cakes’ serve as a fillo shells on a baking more versatile meal of the tray. Carefully put the baking tray in the oven and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. To check if the filling has set, use a small fork or toothpick to prod 24 mini fillo shells the center. Feel free to sprinkle 2 eggs cheddar cheese 1 tbsp all-purpose flour on top if you desire. Serve 3 tbsp bacon bits, diced ham or turkey with ketchup ers 2 tbsp fine chopped green or red pepp or mustard if desired. 3 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese (optional) Quiche is a flexible dish that Makes 2 dozen leaves much room for creativity, and is easily
Samantha Lim/The Chronicle These easy-to-make quiches are delicious and perfect for a night of drinks and appetizers!
tweaked to suit individual tastes. It is hard to go wrong when paired with bacon, but you could pick your meat of choice instead of following the given recipe. Vegans and vegetarians can substitute the bacon, ham or turkey for a chopped variety of vegetables or faux meat. Enjoy these quiches as a healthy alternative to chips during a study session and feel better knowing that they provide some protein and vegetables. Be forewarned: these mini quiches are
easy to pop by the dozen, especially when fresh out of the oven and the fillo pastry is extra crunchy. An added plus is this recipe’s simplicity. The mini bacon quiches took less time to prepare than a grilled sandwich. Using fillo shells, which can be found nestled between boxes of frozen pies and sheets of puff pastry at any supermarket, saves the trouble of baking a crust. Seeing how easy this recipe is, you should get cracking!
Overheard @ Hofstra
Compiled by The Chronicle Staff In Hammer Lab: Girl: I wish my tits could shoot out bullets. My life would be so much easier that way. On the Unispan: Girl: I almost hit a blind person with my car today. In class: Professor: Whatever you do, do not, I repeat, do NOT blow your talent. If you blow your talent, you’re going to get nailed. In Cafe on the Quad: Girl: Is it expresso or espresso?
In Bits n’ Bytes: Guy: I’m still f--ked up from St. Patrick’s day! In the Student Center: Guy 1: Hey, what are you doing? Guy 2: Just getting something from Nature’s Organic, I hear its good for you! Guy 1: (Yelling) Yeah, good for your vagina... In Dempster Hall: Girl 1: I think he’s cute. Girl 2: No, he’s so unfortunate looking. In class: Professor: Look at me! I’m like 96 years old and I dye my hair black. I feel great about life!
In front of Brower Hall: Girl: As much as I’m a feminist and s--t, all I want to do is be a housewife. In the Student Center: Girl: I’m like so smart and so is my mom. We’re just ditzy. In Calkins Lab: Girl 1: Hey, girl! Girl 2: Hey, boy! Girl 1: Wait, what? Outside (during the hail storm): Guy 1: It’s hailing outside! Guy 2: (looking up) I know, this is crazy! Guy 1: Why are you screaming? Guy 2: Because this hail is so loud!
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Jenna Masnyk finds success on the links By Ashley Melfi STAFF WRITER
With a number one ranking and a killer drive to boot, sophomore Jenna Masnyk has thrived in her first two years of collegiate ECAC/D-1 golf at Hofstra University. Few players can dominate early and continue that momentum over time, but Masnyk has consistently been a powerhouse for Hofstra. It’s hard to imagine that she almost considered not playing college golf at all. Some six-year-old girls spend their time with dolls or playing dress up, but Masnyk followed her own path. Influenced by her family and wanting to be just like her sister, Masnyk started to golf at the novice level but quickly learned she was a natural. “The junior program I was in, was only six holes a round but I won my first tournament, the Rhode Island Women’s Junior Golf Tournament, and loved being able to win something over people,” says the now 19-year-old. Never shy about admitting she is competitive, Masnyk flourishes during a contest. The golfer’s high school coach, Nick Maresca, can attest to her aggressive nature: “Jenna’s competitive fire caused us to butt heads occasionally, but that just shows her strong determination to succeed.” During Masnyk’s freshman and sophomore years in high school, her life revolved around golf, but not necessarily because she wanted it to. “It seemed like my Dad was so excited that I was good, he got so into it. I had to go every single Saturday to lessons and it seemed like I was only doing it for him,” said Masnyk. With pressure coming from her team and her family, Masnyk began to harbor resentment for the sport she had become so skillful in. After breaking from golf for a
summer’s worth of time, however, Masnyk had an itch to get back in the game. “During my junior year, I realized I missed it so much and that taking the time for myself made me realize I wanted it back and [I] practiced all the time,” says Masnyk. Maresca noticed this same hunger in Masnyk. “I really wanted her to focus on her game and to my delight I started to see her practicing a lot more even with her busy schedule. Jenna would spend one to two hours on the range/putting green before going to work.” Yet, for all the hard work Masnyk put into her game, when it came time to decide to continue to play at the collegiate level, she was hesitant. “Golf has always been something I got an honest enjoyment from and I was worried adding collegiate pressure to the thing I love would change my view and love for it.” It took finishing third at the State Championship her senior year to realize she could not just stop playing at a competitive level. Finally, when including golf as a driving factor in her college search, Masnyk took it upon herself to let herself be known to coaches. Never intending to play Division 1 golf, Masnyk visited Hofstra as a detour from visiting St. John’s University. “I just put a video of myself playing into the coach’s office, without her even there,” says Masynk. Then, to her surprise, head coach Maren Crowley took notice. Crowley sought out the golfer and made her realize D-1 was not out of the question. To this day, Crowley is satisfied with her player. “Jenna has not only met my expectations as my recruit, but has far exceeded them.” As a golfer, Masnyk’s assets include being long and consistent off the tee and excellent at putting when needed to recover from bad
“Golf has always been something I got an honest enjoyment from.”
Photos Courtesy Jenna Masnyk
Above: Sophomore Jenna Masnyk has been a valuable member of the Hofstra golf team. Below: Masnyk and a few teammates before a match. shots. Masnyk maintains several successes off the course as well. The broadcast journalism major received a 4.0 last semester and was granted a Resident Assistant position starting next year. Crowley had nothing but praise for her athlete. “As our number one, Jenna is very enthusiastic and competitive about her golf and studies,” Crowley says. “Her positive attitude and winning personality are strong motivators to all on the team. Jenna loves a challenge and never allows an opponent to intimidate her. She strives to do well at all times and under all circumstances.” With golf-specific accolades like winning the Rhode Island Women’s Amateur Stroke Play, the Challenge Cup’s Gately Cup and coming in second in the RIWGA match play to only lose in the semi-final round, it is hard to picture this aspiring Golf Channel broadcaster as doing anything but play golf.
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So you wanna own a Major League Baseball team? By Matt Napolitano
suggestions that come to mind:
Fiscally sound. Strong foundation. Excellent practice of business ethics. These terms do not describe the New York Mets. Thanks to a Ponzi schemer who shall remain nameless (though he “made off” with the Mets cash), things are running down the toilet in Flushing. If the MLB were college, the Mets would be the student searching the dirt for pennies at the end of the semester to buy Ramen.
Mark Cuban: He’s without a doubt the fun rich uncle of NBA owners. As owner of the Mavs, Cuban has sat in the nosebleeds with the fans, screamed at refs, and sat courtside (I mean, literally on the court). You’re telling me that his antics and screaming at umps wouldn’t be a pleasant distraction from the fact that Carlos Beltran is still looking at an Adam Wainwright curveball?
Now the Mets are on the hunt for a new minority owner, someone who can help pay off their trustee debts and maybe buy a decent player in the offseason (sorry, but Boof Bonser just doesn’t cut it). While they’re at it, they can make sure that you’re not paying as much for a hot dog as you are for gas to get to Citi Field. But that’s just me. A few
Donald Trump: Here’s the plan. We rename the park Trump Field and call the team the New York Trumps. We won’t sell hot dogs, we’ll sell Trump dogs. Instead of caps, we give out mock toupees. We fill a diamond encrusted swimming pool in left field. David Wright will be the pool boy on Thursdays. It’s going to be YOUUUUGE! YOUGE!
One thing’s a certainty with the Mama Grizzly; those pesky deer won’t be coming anywhere near this ballpark. She’s loud. She’s obnoxious. She’s always angry at people in the media. She would fit in perfectly with Mets fans (I can say it, I’m one too).
then Sunday comes afterwards. Great for a three game set. Not to mention her awful voice could drown out the planes from LaGuardia that always fly over.
“If the MLB were college, the Mets would be the student searching for pennies at the end of the semester to buy Ramen.”
would be someone good to have in terms of scheduling. She knows when it’s Friday, and that next comes Saturday and
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Women’s lacrosse back on track with win over Fairfield By Joe Pantorno
on her leg and was taken out of the game. The offensive attack did not After four consecutive losses slow down though, as some and a slide in the national rankgreat distribution picked apart the ings, the Hofstra University Fairfield defense. women’s lacrosse team returned “We’ve relied on Steph [Rice] to winning ways with a 15-6 vicand Jill [Maier] to do the scortory over Fairfield. ing for us. We know we have the “It’s nice to get a win,” said talent to spread out our scoring,” head coach Abby Morgan. “It felt said Morgan. “This is what we good to have a team win. We had like to see but one game is not a lot of people step up and do enough for us.” things we know that they can do.” Fairfield tried to scrap its way It was not the ideal start for back into the game Hofstra, as Fairfield but Hofstra’s offense scored two goals in Hofstra proved to be too the game’s first 3:04. much, as junior The Pride (3-5) Fairfieldmidfielder Maryann began controlling Miller and freshman draws, seeming to attacker Jenn Ward tacked on settle down the offense and congoals. trol possession for a bit. There was a lull in scoring as Hofstra rallied back from both teams could not find the net a 3-1 deficit, scoring the last for almost 10 minutes, but the seven goals of the half, capped streak was broken when Ward by freshman attacker Lindsay tallied her second of the game McKinnon’s third goal of the to put Hofstra up 13-6 with 3:27 game. remaining in the game. Along with McKinnon’s three, The Stags did not pose much sophomore attacker Claire Brady of an offensive threat throughout added two of her own. Junior the second half as Hofstra congoalie Jackie Pandolf was busy in tinued to control possession for a the first half, making five saves. majority of the last 30 minutes. “We really wanted some Hofstra was able to put an high-pressure defense,” said exclamation point on its win, scorPandolf. “I think we really startled ing its highest number of goals in them and forced them to make a game this season mistakes.” “We’re this good and we’re Hofstra experienced a scary going to keep going,” said moment when Brady was pushed Pandolf. from behind and fell awkwardly Assistant Sports Editor
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Ruggirello, Gillespie earn All-America honors at NCAAs By Tyler McCord STAFF WRITER
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Paul Snyder (top, wrestling against Rider) reached the NCAA Tournament but lost his first two matches.
Senior Lou Ruggirello (133 lbs.) and junior P.J. Gillespie (165 lbs.) earned All-American honors at the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships last weekend at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Hofstra finished twenty-sixth as a team, with 22.0 points. Ruggirello won by fall in 57 seconds over Demetrius Johnson of TennesseeChattanooga in his first round match. In the second round, Ruggirello had a Colonial Athletic Association championship final rematch with Kyle Hutter of Old Dominion. Ruggirello won by decision, 5-1. In the next round, Ruggirello faced yet another familiar opponent. This time it was against Tyler Graff of Wisconsin. Graff is responsible for one of Ruggirello’s three losses in the regular season, by decision, 2-0. Graff was too much for Ruggirello again, winning 2-1. The loss put Ruggirello in the wrestlebacks round. In the first wrestlebacks round match, Ruggirello broke his nose against no. 6 Tony Ramos of Iowa. Ruggirello fought through his injury and won by decision, 8-7. It looked like Ruggirello was going to win 4-2 over Cornell’s no. 8 Mike Grey when the Hofstra senior was hit with a stalling call and then reversed, giving Grey three points and the win by a score of 5-4. “He wrestled great and put himself in a position to win, but he relaxed,” said the new head coach Rob Anspach, taking over for Tom Shifflet who resigned to take another job. The loss put Ruggirello in the 7/8 match against no. 7 Bernard Futrell of Illinois. Ruggirello ended up beating Futrell 9-6 and taking seventh place in the tournament to finish off his Hofstra wrestling career. He finished with a 32-5 record for the season and 131-26 for his career which ranks second all-time behind Chris Skretkowicz’s 140 wins between 2001-05. Shifflet’s prediction that Gillespie would be a tough out in the NCAA Tournament against a new opponent proved to be true, as Gillespie knocked off no. 6 Dallas Baily of Oklahoma State in the first round by a score of 4-2 in overtime. “He wrestled great,” said Anspach. “P.J. wrestled well in the beginning of the year and maybe in January he lost to guys he shouldn’t have lost to, but we felt confident about his spot and how he was wrestling.” He then decisioned Peter Yates of Virginia Tech, 5-2. Gillespie’s run for a title was stopped short by #3 Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma by a score of 2-1. In the wrestlebacks round he beat Pennsylvania’s Steve Burak 11-4 to seal his title as an AllAmerican, but lost to no. 7 Shane Onufer of Wyoming 7-6 to place him in the 7/8 match against Brandon Hatchet of Lehigh. Lehigh held Gillespie scoreless to win by
decision, 3-0. Gillespie finished with a 27-10 record on the season. In his first match, sophomore Steve Bonanno (125 lbs.), tried to avenge an earlier loss to Utah Valley’s Ben Kjar, but Kjar prevailed 5-2. In the wrestlebacks round Bonanno took on Tyler Iwamura of Cal State Bakersfield. Bonanno edged Iwamura 6-5, but his run in the wrestlebacks round ended with a 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh’s Anthony Zanetta. Bonanno ended the season with a 24-13 record. Junior Vince Varela (141 lbs.) lost his opening match to Oregon State’s Michael Mangrum, 9-3. Varela answered back with a 12-1 major decision over Mike Koehlein of Nebraska. Like Bonanno, Varela’s run ended in his second match in the wrestlebacks round to American’s no. 11 Matthew Mariacher. The transfer from Arizona State finished with a 21-15 record. Senior Ryan Patrovich (174 lbs.) was unable to get even from an earlier loss to Purdue’s Luke Manuel in his first match of the tournament, losing 5-2. Patrovich decisioned Michigan’s Justin Zeerip 3-1 to advance him in the wrestlebacks round. In his next match, Patrovich again prevailed, winning 9-5 over Curran Jacobs of Michigan State. In his third wrestleback match, Patrovich took on Missouri’s Dorian Henderson. Patrovich edged Henderson 4-2 to give him a chance to place in the All-America round. The Hofstra senior was not able to cap off his run, instead losing to Oregon State’s Colby Covington 3-2. “Ryan’s had a pretty frustrating career with all of his injuries and he won’t say that and use that as a crutch, but what he’s accomplished is pretty remarkable,” said Anspach. The loss ended his season and his Hofstra career. Patrovich finished with a record of 18-7 for the season. Junior Ben Clymer lost his opening match to no. 6 Ryan Loder of Northern Iowa, 4-2, in overtime. In the wrestlebacks round Clymer took on Maryland’s Cory Peltier. Clymer decisioned Peltier 5-1, but lost his second match in overtime to Navy’s Luke Rebertus, 2-1. Clymer finished 21-10 on the season. Sophomore Paul Snyder, who made his first appearance in the tournament, lost to no. 12 Eric Bugenhagen of Wisconsin, 7-2. Snyder was then decisioned 3-2 by Boise State’s J.T. Felix. Snyder ended the season with a record of 21-15, a big turnaround from his 11-16 record of a year ago. The NCAA Championships were the last matches at Hofstra for Shifflet, who is handing over the reigns to Anspach. For Anspach, his duties as head coach have already started. “It’s not that much, but there are a lot of things that need to be done,” said Anspach of his new position. “At the end of the day it is a great feeling.”
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Quick turnaround beneficial as Pride downs St. John’s By Joe Pantorno ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
A quick turn around is sometimes beneficial for a team and after a 7-6 loss on Saturday to Delaware, the Hofstra University men’s lacrosse team took down St. John’s, 8-5, Tuesday night. After jumping out to a 2-0 lead with just 3:51 gone in the first quarter on Saturday, Hofstra conceded five straight goals to Delaware and could not find a way back as the offense sputtered in its Colonial Athletic Association’s opener. Returning home, the Pride quickly erased all memories of the loss over the weekend when it hit the field against the Red Storm. “At times it wasn’t pretty, you had some bumps along the way,” said head coach Seth Tierney. “Happy to win, always good to win on Shuart Stadium in front of the home crowd.” An early goal from sophomore midfielder Ian Braddish seemed to be just a preview of what would be a Hofstra controlled game, but the Pride could not find the back of the net anymore in the game’s first ten minutes despite controlling possession. St. John’s was able to string together a few lengthy posses-
sions, but junior goalie Andrew Gvozden kept the Red Storm at bay. Hofstra scored a second goal with 3:21 remaining in the first quarter on a long distance snipe from junior midfielder Kevin Ford. The Red Storm was having difficulty keeping the ball, allowing Hofstra more opportunities to put scoring chances together. Hofstra continued to methodically put points up on the board while the defense was shutting down the St. John’s attack. When St. John’s was given an offensive opportunity whether it be an extra-man or off a Hofstra turnover, Gvozden continued to impress, saving all eight shots he faced in the first half. “I felt our defense made it a lot easier,” said Gvozden. “Six or seven of them were routine saves, guys were falling down as they were shooting or getting checked. I wouldn’t say this is my best game or my worst game, but collectively, as a unit, [we] played well defensively.” The Pride hit the locker room for halftime leading 6-0 with senior attacker Stephen Bentz leading the Pride with two goals at the break. An uneventful first six minutes of the third quarter was broken
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Card had four points in the game, including two goals to lead the Pride.
Zero|Kevin Cernuto #33 The freshman failed to record a goal or assist in the game while committing three turnovers.
when senior attacker Jay Card dazzled the crowd with a behind the back goal. “We’re just trying to do our job making the easy pass,” said Card. “We’re just finding guys and finding lanes and doing a great job of cutting off the ball.” St. John’s finally found a way to beat Gvozden, scoring three unanswered goals to close out the third frame. Senior attacker Jamie Lincoln got on the score sheet for the first time after an angled shot found the back of the net, ending St. John’s scoring run with three minutes gone in the fourth quarter. Hofstra changed goalies with less than five minutes left in the game, replacing Gvozden with sophomore Rob Bellairs. St. John’s was able to score two more goals, but the Pride monopolized possession to run down the clock for its sixth victory of the season. “Six [wins] and one [loss] half way through the season, any coach will settle for that,” said Tierney. The Pride is next in action when it hosts Drexel on Saturday, 1 p.m at Shuart Stadium. Sean M. Gates/The Chronicle
Junior midfielder Kevin Ford scores a goal against St. John’s in the Pride’s 8-5 win Tuesday night.
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HOfstra The Dutchmen’s Downlow
“I wouldn’t say this is my best game or my worst game but collectively as a unit, [we] played well defensively.” - Junior goalie Andrew Gvozden Turning Point
With 5:26 remaining in the second quarter, senior attack Stephen Bentz scored to put the Pride up 6-0, essentially ending the game before haltime.
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The number of goals the Pride scored before the Red Storm got on the board half way through the third quarter.
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Wade and Galati throw gems, Pride wins Hyatt Invitational By Max Sass SPORTS EDITOR
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Sophomore pitcher Olivia Galati (2) and her infield at a mound meeting against the University of Connecticut.
Pitching wins ball games and it won four for the Hofstra softball team this weekend, which won the Hyatt Place Invitational. Sophomore Olivia Galati surrendered just three hits over her two games and struck out 19 batters. Junior Erin Wade followed up that performance with her own pair of gems, highlighted by 26 strikeouts, including a career high 14 in her first game. “In softball if you have two [pitchers] that can get on it and pitch as well as they’re pitching right now, it’s sort of like a major league ball club having five quality starters,” Hofstra head coach Bill Edwards said. The Pride defeated Columbia 11-2 in its home opener. Wade starred and was supported by sophomore D.J. Slugh who hit her
first career home run and senior Krista Thorn who had three hits and two RBIs in the game. Galati pitched the second game of the day, against Connecticut. The Pride fell behind in the second inning on a homerun, but rallied back on a single by sophomore Jess Hirschbuhl in the third inning, followed by an RBI by freshman Jess Zeilman in the fourth. The Pride went on to win 4-1. Wade once again faced Columbia on day two of the Invitational and kept her shutout this game with a 7-0 victory. Hofstra jumped on Columbia early with four runs in the first inning. The first three runs scored without a hit being recorded as the Pride crossed the plate on an RBI groundout and two passed balls. Senior Laura Valentino’s double made the game 4-0. Hofstra scored its other three
runs in the seventh inning on hits from freshman Ashley Ainbinder, sophomore Tessa Ziemba and Hirschbuhl. Hofstra won again 7-0 in the final game of the tournament, defeating Connecticut behind Galati. The Pride scored in the bottom of the third, first on a Ziemba single followed by a sacrfice fly from senior Sara Michalowski. The Pride is next in action when Long Island visits on Thursday afternoon, before heading to Drexel for a conference series.
Back Cover: Sophomore pitcher Olivia Galati throws a pitch against the University of Connecticut.
Photo by Sean M. Gates
Baseball drops pair to visiting CAA foe Delaware By Alex Hyman STAFF WRITER
The pattern continued for the Pride this past weekend as it followed up a victory in a series opener against Colonial Athletic Association opponent Delaware with two losses. The Pride did the same thing the previous weekend, dropping two straight at James Madison after winning the opener. In the opener against Delaware, sophomore David D’Errico took the mound and gave the Pride one of its best starts of the year. He lasted into the eighth inning, giving up just five hits and two runs. “He was first pitch strikes, second pitch strikes, and he finished at bats,” Hofstra head coach Patrick Anderson said. “His pace was great and he let our defense play comfortably and strong.” Hofstra got on the board in the second when freshman catcher Matt Reistetter hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring freshman outfielder Kenny Jackson. In the fifth inning, junior third baseman Joe Perez led the inning off with a solo homerun,
his second of the year. After back-to-back hits, sophomore shortstop Matt Ford singled to knock in Reistetter. The Pride got one more across in the seventh on an RBI single by freshman secondbaseman Bobby Gazzola to take a 4-0 lead. The Blue Hens got two back in the eighth, but the Pride bullpen was able to shut the door and give the Pride a 4-2 win. “The first game of the series is always a good one to set the tone with,” said Anderson. In the second game of the weekend series, the Pride sent senior Rob Kumbatovic to the rubber to try and give the Pride its first winning streak of the season. The Blue Hens were able to put two runs on the board in the first and four overall as Kumbatovic lasted five innings, giving up eight hits. The Pride trailed 5-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning when it was able to load the bases with nobody out. Freshman outfielder Bryan Verbitsky got hit by a pitch to get one run home, a wild pitch got another run across, and senior designated hitter Kevin Flynn knocked in a third run.
Trailing by two runs heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Pride had one more rally left in it. Back-to-back two-out doubles from junior outfielder Danny Poma and junior catcher Dylan Nasiatka put the tying run in scoring position, but Perez was unable to get in the tying run and the Pride fell to Delaware 6-5.
“We made some crucial errors and have to step up at the right times offensively and we didn’t do that,” Anderson said of the one run loss. Sophomore pitcher Jared Rogers was sharp through the first three innings of the rubber match, but Delaware got to him in the fourth. He lasted 3.1 innings,
giving up four hits and three runs. The Pride could not get anything going offensively until the eighth inning when Poma homered to right field. In the ninth, junior outfielder T.J. Thomas knocked in one run with a single but it was not enough as the Pride dropped the game and the series.
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Delaware’s Logan Gallagher (10) screams in pain after being injured in a collision with Hofstra catcher Matt Reistetter.
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Pair of Aces
Galati and Wade throw gems Golfer Jenna Masnyk
Ruggirello, Gillespie earn All-America
Men’s lacrosse downs St. John’s
by Ashley Melfi
b y Ty l e r M c C o r d
by Joe Pantorno
Published on Mar 24, 2011
The March 24th, 2011 issue of The Hofstra Chronicle, the student newspaper of Hofstra University on Long Island, NY.