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February 2, 2012

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Students starve themselves for a good cause

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By Zach Mongillo Staff Writer

a group of students on campus are planning to purposely starve themselves for over a full day this March in order to spread awareness and raise money for starving children in africa. the intervarsity Christian fellowship (iVCf), an on-campus club that regularly holds servicedriven events, will be hosting and participating in one this spring called the “30-Hour famine.” Participants of this event will fast

for 30 hours straight in order to experience similar living conditions as people from african countries like ethiopia and Somalia. they will emulate the experience of people in those areas who spend an average time of 30 hours between putting food in their stomachs. the event will spread awareness and raise money that will be sent directly to the areas that need it most. “30-Hour famine” is an internationally followed event that was started in alberta, Canada in

1971. It is powered by a non-profit organization called World Vision. This will be the very first time that a Hofstra club hosts it. though it will be hosted by the iVCf, all students and faculty are encouraged to participate. “We want this to be a campuswide event,” said Mark atkinson, president of the club. “We are hoping to get over 200 people to join in with us.” atkinson is a major advocate for the event for multiple reasons. Not only is he hopeful that Hofstra

can raise thousands of dollars to send to countries in need, but he also believes participation in this endeavor can “enrich a whole person.” “You know that cliché about how you should be thinking of starving children in africa when you’re hungry? Well, this time you really will be thinking about them,” said atkinson. “So many times we physically give things, but we never really empathize because we don’t know what these people are actually going through.” atkinson is a three-time participant in this experience and says that just one time can change someone’s entire perspective on world hunger. “You don’t really know what hunger feels like until you go 30 hours without eating,” he said. it is commonly believed that people of fortunate societies like the United States take food for granted, and here at Hofstra students can often be heard venting about running out of funds on their meal cards. Yet in countries like Somalia and ethiopia, people have no choice but to live on less than two dollars a day. “these kids would die for a meal card; in fact, they die because they don’t,” said atkinson. this statement proves itself true according to the “hunger facts” portion of World Vision’s website ( experts estimate that almost 11,000 children under the age of five die of hunger-related issues every single day. this is due to increasing food

prices as a result of a recent plummet in crop availability. Proceeds will go toward providing impoverished areas with food and supplies that can help create renewable crops. Word is already being spread around campus about this event, which will begin on the evening of thursday, March 15. iVCf hopes to end the event with a celebratory feast in which students will finally be able to eat and can share experiences from their last 30 hours. Many students like sophomore Carl rohde have shown great enthusiasm for the famine and are hoping to participate in it. “it’s not going to be fun and i’m not going to like it, but i’d do anything if it is for a good cause,” said rohde. Unfortunately for iVCf, some students are hardly even considering participating in the famine. Students like sophomore Sam Cohen seem to believe that participants of the event are crazy for doing so. “if anything, i think i could do two fifteen hour shifts,” Cohen jokingly stated in regards to going 30 hours without eating anything. Still, atkinson and his group will continue attempting to convince fellow students and faculty to participate this March. they will be seen promoting this event and their club in the student center throughout february and March. “all i’m asking people to do is to think outside of yourself,” stated atkinson, “Don’t walk away without at least telling someone about it.”

Hofstra students see the primary process in person By Ben Suazo aSSiStaNt NeWS eDitor

Concorde, NH – in a televised speech, you can’t hear the same flutter of camera shutters that must hover like a buzzing fly in the back of a candidate’s mind. You see glimpses of the audience, but only in reaction to some of the questions. it can be easy

to forget that the speaker has a living audience he is speaking to, and that the make up of that audience will influence the candidate’s words and attitude. Newt Gingrich made that point obvious Sunday, Jan. 8, in a Hudson, New Hampshire high school, where he began his discussion with a direct appeal to

New Hampshire primary votes on the regional Northern Pass issue. Québec and Boston want to share electric power, he said, and to do that they will have to string power lines through beautiful, northernNew Hampshire tourism-country. But he would push for an alternative, underground connection and save the business-driving beauty

of the affected land, according to Gingrich. Besides drawing my attention to the unique traits of New Hampshire, however, this weekend has also left me feeling nauseously aware of the calculated routes we have laid out for candidates to win their party’s nomination. We’ve seen rick

Santorum and ron Paul reach across intimate, “town hall” settings for a deliberate atmosphere of closeness and equality, much like sitting in an occupy Wall Street meeting. romney and Gingrich went the way of a more musical, pep rally introduction this weekend, prefer-

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ring the prestige of a stage or a podium. the result is the warmth of a family gathering for the former style, a powerhouse of enthusiasm for the latter, and an incredible weight of hope and expectation from the audience, directed at anyone with the guts or the gall to command the center of each particular debate. Besides witnessing political celebrities and debating contentious issues among ourselves, Hofstra goes to New Hampshire has also supplied some students with the chance to speak to prominent candidates and express their opinions to a national audience. ashlyn Grisetti, elisa tang and Samantha Mulz could be seen speaking to reporters in front of a camera at nearly every event they attended on Sunday afternoon. in rochester, they sat on stage behind Mitt romney; at both romney’s rally and in Meredith with ron Paul, they were interviewed with bright lights and cameras held to their faces. “in a way, it just happened— but you have to take the opportunity to be aggressive and take advantage of the experience,” said tang, who, like both of her friends, is a first-year. “It’s nice to meet their supporters and hear different sides to make your own decision.” at the romney rally, the three found themselves subjected to another special treat. When they were first pulled aside and asked if they would like to sit on stage, they did not anticipate that their neighbor would be personally tied to the romney campaign. “We met someone who was close with the family,” said Grisetti. “She introduced us to ann [Mitt romney’s wife].” the woman also introduced them to journalists for the Washington Post, tang added. “it’s surreal to be on the same stage as someone [as famous as romney],” said Mulz, and her friends nodded their agreement.

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Hearing aid made for Sabbath By Claudia Balthazar Staff Writer

Dr. Levi reiter, audiology professor at Hofstra University, helped to create a Sabbath friendly hearing aid along with Persona Medical inc, for orthodox Jews who observe Shabbat to the fullest extent. according to the Hofstra website, the new emet hearing aid circumvents the problem of activating buttons or switches on the Sabbath. observant Jew, alan Skorski briefly explained the basic meaning of the Sabbath. “the Sabbath is the holiest day of the week where we [observant Jews] refrain from doing certain activities that we normally do on regular days,” he said. “it states in the Bible that when God created the world

he rested on the seventh day. therefore on that day he did not create anything. on the Sabbath, we also try not to create anything new, like turning on lights. We don’t go to work, and we try not to discuss work-related things.” Jews who observe Sabbath refrain from using electricity or making anything new during these days. Just like turning on a light, the act of pressing an electronic switch on a hearing aid creates a new circuit. to help the orthodox community, Dr. reiter started researching options for these people who need something in place of a average hearing aid. “i helped to design several kinds of hearing aids that allow a person to have access to

“...while on the Sabbath the hearing aid would be used, but with the program selection feature temporarily disabled by the wearer.”

a choice of different listening programs during the weekdays. While on the Sabbath the hearing aid would be used, but with the program selection feature temporarily disabled by the wearer,” said Dr. reiter. according to Dr. reiter, prior to the “eMet” innovation “observant” patients would have their audiologist disable the hearing aid program selector-switch permanently, in order to avoid the accidental switching of the device on the Sabbath. Unfortunately, they would then lose access to the program selector during the week, when it could be most useful. With the eMet hearing aid, patients can now set their hearing aid prior to the Sabbath, allowing them to relax and enjoy the weekend without worrying about disrespecting their beliefs. reiter has had calls from different countries around the world, including Singapore and the UK with interested candidates and physicians.


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can you sing?

Chronicle editor learns the secrets of performing opera By Andrea Ordonez EditOriAl EditOr

My first encounter with opera singing was rather crude -- no fancy dress or Lincoln Center seats. I was a high school freshman sitting on my friend’s couch thinking about how lame her birthday slumber party was when someone decided that we watch the new “Phantom of the Opera” movie. The Parisian dresses and big wigs made me chuckle, but nothing seemed more humorous than listening to Emmy Rossum’s voice go from soprano to ultrasonic level. Unlike my immature high school self, Hofstra’s Music Department wastes no breaths for laughing when it comes to teaching opera singing. “If singing is a sport, opera is an extreme sport,” Donna Balson, professional opera singer and associate adjunct music professor at Hofstra says. “[Students] need to put in hours of physical training and mental training.” After completing her operatic arts degree in Sydney, Australia, Balson made her solo debut in a lead role for the Australian Opera. She then performed around Europe and in 2005, made her way to New York to teach. Today, she gives voice lessons to 26 Hofstra students with interests

ranging from contemporary music to opera. “There are more college students learning opera than you might expect,” Balson says. “That often comes from their parents or from their involvement in a children’s choir.” With a vested interest in opera since 1955, Hofstra has offered both workshops and performances for those looking to test the limits of their larynx. Hofstra Opera Theatre presents a show every January and a series of opera scenes in the spring. A particularly unique aspect of these productions is that undergraduate students are given title roles. “Because the demands of opera are high, physically and just as far as what your little larynx can handle, you need to be more or less grown up,” Balson said. “Most schools have graduate students perform, but we have undergraduates. We cast a double cast completely with our University students.” Listen to Derek Bado sing and you can tell he’s reaching gold

medal status in this extreme singing sport. The junior music merchandising major’s deep voice quickly filled Adam’s Playhouse with a smooth sound coming with such ease in Saturday’s production of Handel’s Alcina. The difficulties of memorizing a foreign language and the complex rhythms of a baroque opera are invisible and replaced with fluent Italian weaved in sweet melodies, as Bado glided across the stage, playing Alcina’s manipulative commander-in-chief, Oronte. For Bado, performing in an opera heavily differed from his musical theater comfort zone. “Musical theater does have its difficulties, but having to research another language, and discovering the kind of power you need to sing over a full orchestra without microphones is something I would only experience in the opera theater,” Bado said. Still, Bado enjoyed the uniqueness of opera singing and encourages all vocal performers to try learning the art form.

Photo by Caitlin Speiss Left: Members of Hofstra Opera Theatre rehearsed from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. MondaysSaturdays during winter break to prepare for their January shows. Photo by Derek Bado

Above: Kaitlyn Davis hangs on to Chelsea Laggan in Hofstra Opera Theatre’s production of Alcina.

February 2, 2012• A3 Away from the stage, Bado and I stand in one of Monroe’s quiet practice rooms. With an amateur’s experience in vocal performance and the ability to hold my breath for only 20 seconds, I beg him to teach me the secrets of opera singing. He critiques my posture, telling me to align my neck with my spine. After fidgeting, I stand perfectly straight and take a deep breath in, ready for scales. “All your sound should feel like it’s coming from your diaphragm and your sternum,” Bado says. While his voice increases smoothly with intensity, I find that I’m rushing through the pitches in fear of losing breath. I make it through the scale, but both Bado and I realize that only a person standing less than a foot away from me would hear my voice. I’m here to be an opera singer, not a scared child humming a lullaby. “Your mouth needs to feel like you’re eating an apple,” Bado says. After a few moments of chewing into my invisible apple, I decide to give my scale another chance. The progression sounds better, louder, and bolder. Having just learned how to make my voice sound grandiose, I tell Bado I’m up for another challenge. I want to attempt holding a long note of an opera aria. After reiterating the skill of breathing awareness opera singers must develop, he decides to let me try. I straighten my posture, take a deep breath in, and make my “apple-eating” face. Sadly, my voice lets out a note that sustains for less than 15 seconds. “It takes a lot of practice,” Bado says without judgment. In only a short lesson, I realize Bado and Balson weren’t lying about the intensity of opera singing. The beauty of opera comes from the juxtaposition of its simplicity and complexity. One simple note emerges from the singer, but how that sound stays strong and sustained continues to amaze audiences just as it did 300 years ago. Sure I won’t be the next Andrea Bocelli or Pavarotti, but my college experience with opera singing leaves me feeling classier. At least now I have a voice that won’t scare away the real phantom of the opera. For a review of Alcina, turn to B2.

The Experts

Photo courtesy of Donna Balson

Donna Balson Originally from Australia, Balson has performed opera professionally in her home country, New Zealand, Europe, and the United States

Photo courtesy of Derek Bado

Derek Bado A junior music merchandising major from New Hampshire, Bado has performed in choruses, musicals, and operas at Hofstra


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Public Safety Briefs Compiled By Jessica Lewis

Hall on Jan. 28. When they responded, Public Safety entered the room and found it occupied by two students along with a vaporizer with marijuana residue, a marijuana grinder and an open bottle of vodka. The students received an appearance summons.

A PSO assigned to the Oak Street security booth on Jan. 28, saw two males enter the campus without stopping to swipe their ID card. When he ordered them to stop, they refused. The PSO radioed for assistance and the individuals were apprehended, taken to the HIC, identified as non-students and banned from campus. Chronicle File Photo

While conducting rounds in Suffolk Hall, an R.A. reported the odor of marijuana coming from a room to Public Safety on Jan. 27. Public Safety responded and issued appearance summonses

to five students in the room. No marijuana was found.

Public Safety received

a report of the odor of marijuana coming from a room in Enterprise

A student reported to Public Safety that on Jan. 28, after playing basketball at the Fitness Center, another player and his two guests accosted him. He reported he was verbally harassed and threatened. Public Safety responded and the student was

given a summons for harassment and actions of guest.

A student reported to Public Safety that on Jan. 28 he went to the Fitness Center and placed his backpack in an unlocked locker while working out at around 4:30 p.m. When he returned to the locker at about 5:30 p.m. he saw that his backpack, containing three bank cards, his driver’s license, Hofstra I.D., room keys and cell phone, was missing. A search was conducted and proved negative. An NCPD officer responded and a report was prepared. While walking home

from a party on Jan. 29, a student reported to Public Safety that he approached a group of young males and females to ask for directions back to campus. A verbal confrontation ensued between the group and the student and one of the males punched the student, causing

him to fall to the ground. The student then called a friend who escorted him back to campus. The student requested to be taken to NUMCwhere he was treated and released for injuries. The student declined to file a report with the NCPD

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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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Hofstra’s M.F.A. program in creative writing offers a challenging and exciting program of study integrating literary scholarship and focused instruction in writing. Students may concentrate in dramatic writing, fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, exploring the art and craft of writing while grounding themselves in the rich literary traditions that offer exemplary models of these forms.

Core Faculty Erik Brogger Phillis Levin Playwriting Poetry

Julia Markus Fiction

Martha McPhee Fiction

 Find out more about this and other graduate programs

Graduate Open House | Sunday, March 11


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English muffin pizzas By Jenna Grasso STAff WrITer

What is better than a mini pizza when you’re in between

classes? What’s better than a mini pizza when you no longer want to eat Student Center food, like California Pizza Kitchen?

English Muffin Pizzas


-1 package of English Muffins

- 1 1/4 cups of pasta or pizza sauce

English muffin pizzas are your answer! It’s a very simple mini pizza that you can make while waiting to go to class, when you’ve got friends on their way over or when it’s just too rainy to Jenna Grasso/ The Chronicle trek from Try this tasty and cost-efficient alternative to California Pizza Kitchen! your room to extra treat! The first thing you want to the Student The last step is to put the do is put down the number of Center. entire thing in the microwave English muffi ns you want. After This easy pizza for about two minutes. If, after they are warm, put the desired only takes five two minutes the mozzarella isn’t amount of tomato sauce. Next, minutes, or even melted, try another one or two add shredded mozzarella quicker, depending minutes, just to make the pizza cheese – don’t be afraid to add on how crispy you gets cooked all the way through. as much as you want, as an like your pizza!

- 3/4 cups of shredded mozzarella, or whichever cheese you prefer

Man on the Unispan Why do you think Hofstra is throwing MardiVal?

“It’s an intestment in the students’ experiences at Hofstra.” - Billy finnegan, Sophomore

“So we’ll be more excited about Hofstra.” - Deanna Giulitti, freshman

“They’re trying to bring together different cultures.” - faith rialem, Junior

“I didn’t even know they were having it.” - elena Girardi, Senior

“I think it’s a waste of funds -save it for the Fall Festival.” - Lena Nash, Sophomore

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Jake’s Health Corner: Moderation for “F.O.O.L.S.” By Jake Boly STAff WrITer

F - following O - Outlandish O - Opinions L - Lacking S - Science If you were to look up the definition of moderation, what would you find? A definition stating that it is the avoidance of extremes, or the action of making something bearable; less extreme. Sorry, “clean eaters,” if you think eating in moderation is eating whatever you want as long as it fits your calories, because you’re wrong. Moderation is knowing that you can eat a serving of ice cream every day along with whole micronutrient dense foods that fit your calories and hit your macros without impeding your progress. My goal is not to teach the habits of eating whatever you want, when you want. Obviously, there needs

to be self-policing done when determining your food choices for the day. I eat ice cream or cookies everyday, but that’s on top of hitting my macronutrient goals with plenty of whole foods. If you eat in moderation you’re pretty much following the IIfYM protocol. IIfYM isn’t a diet; it’s a philosophy that teaches habits like self-control, common sense, adaptation and confidence. It’s a philosophy that bases its principals on enjoying life while also progressing towards goals. A possible scenario might help…you go to a friend’s function where there is a lot of food. You haven’t eaten anything you desire in a long time because “you’re on a diet.” You tell yourself, “I won’t eat that much.” One taste, and boom! You’ve eaten more than you ever Jake Boly/ The Chronicle intended because you’ve been Two-egg sandwich on whole wheat flatbread, Pop Tart, broccoli, and clementine; serve with chocolate milk for a balanced meal. deprived for so long. Moderation teaches eating socially, in the you eat, and you customize your don’t know you; you know you. Moderation: the act of using moment or when you want happiness. If you have trouble Your diet won’t look like mine common sense to dictate a diet to, with common sense and constructing a diet that you enjoy you enjoy that fits your needs and mine won’t look like yours. self-policing. and that fits your needs, there This is where moderation beats and progresses you towards What’s the point of following are plenty of resources out there all diets. You customize your your goals. a generic media diet? They macros, you customize the foods and I’m always here to help. Simple as that!

“Moderation: the act of using common sense to dictate a diet you enjoy.”

Overheard @ Hofstra

Compiled by The Chronicle Staff

In the Student Center: Girl 1: We have to study together for this class. Girl 2: Yeah, no partying. Girl 1: Who said that? In Dutch Treats: Girl: Are you for real with the snacks? You’re getting out of control. Outside Hofstra Hall: Guy: How is nighttime warmer than day time?

Outside Student Center: Guy: The thing that pissed me off was that people were trying to argue that there was a difference between World War I and World War II.

In Bits & Bytes: Guy 1: Are you going to watch the debate tonight? Guy 2: I’m gonna watch Glee and then go to Hofstra USA to watch the rest of the debate.

Outside Roosevelt: Girl 1: Okay, see you. I have to go kill myself in Breslin’s basement. Girl 2: Okay, I’ll pick up your body later. See ya.

In Bits & Bytes: Guy 1: I love global warming! Guy 2: I hate it. Guy 1: Dude, this weather is awesome. Guy 2: Dude, it’s not! You’ve got to think about the earth.

In class: Professor: Steve Jobs didn’t give a flying s--t about honor!

In class: Professor: Thank God we got out of that dungeon known as the basement of Breslin. In the Student Center: Girl: It was like, the illest incest... and not even in the good way. In Class: Professor: Name three of your favorite books. Student: Can I count three of the Harry Potter books?

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“It doesn’t make a difference where you are. Having a missionary heart means taking it wherever you go,” Rosie Caston said of her passion for helping people. She was referring to her missionary work in places as far off as Belize and Ecuador to as near as Philadelphia and New York.

Caston doing mission work in Belize. What Caston may not realize is that she has had the most profound effect on the students, administrators, and religious leaders right here at Hofstra. Known as Rosie Scavuzzo before her marriage in December to James Caston, she has been working at Hofstra as the Campus Minister since the Spring of 2010. Although her time here was short, she left on Tuesday of last week, her impact will be long lasting. Caston never foresaw working at Hofstra. After graduating from Stony Brook University, Caston first worked in New York City for a nonprofit organization providing school scholarships to underprivileged kids. Then she briefly did psychological clinic studies. Before coming to Hofstra she also worked as a minister at Adelphi University. When she was offered the job to work as the Campus Minister

here she jumped at the opportunity. “I didn’t really decide to become a minister. I was always nominally Catholic growing up, but after college I had a big conversion back to my faith. Then this job suddenly appeared,” Caston said of her path to Hofstra. The best part of the job, Caston recalled, was, “being able to watch students grow in their faith,

Courtsey of Rosie Caston and holding them to high expectations which they always rose up to.” Her students show not only a deep respect and admiration toward her, but they are truly friends with her.

‘Having a missionary heart means taking it wherever you go ...’ “Rosie has this amazing talent of making anyone feel welcome and comfortable. Her kindness drew me towards Newman Club,” said Molly Tette, Secretary of the Catholic group on campus. When Caston began working at Hofstra the greatest challenge for her was being the only minister on campus. Then she met Sean Magaldi who helped her get guys interested in joining Catholic life.

He also joked about his closeness with Caston and her “turning him toward a life of celibacy.” “When I first started working at Hofstra it was a difficult transition, because I was basically by myself during the day in the Catholic Campus Ministry office. Working with Rosie was truly a blessing. Her faith was an inspiration to me and her witness aided me in my decision to peruse the priesthood,” Magaldi praised. Just as her colleagues and students have been changed by her, Caston said thoughtfully, “I’ve absolutely been changed with every student I’ve helped. I’ve come to understand not only who I am as a minister, but as a human being.” As Caston learned who she was, she managed to effortlessly spread a message of faith that transcended religion. At her going-away party a crowd of 30 students and Chaplains of diverse religious backgrounds gave speeches lionizing her ever growing legacy at Hofstra. “Rosie loves her Catholic beliefs, but her faith in God goes beyond being Catholic. She made Catholic cool with her ways of getting our interfaith office to participate in the wholeness of God. We are of different faith, but Rosie and our office understood one God and many roads,” Reverend Joyce Brandon Dugger, the Protestant Chaplain, said. One thing all who know her agree on is that Caston’s laugh is one of the most joyful and infectious sounds to be heard around campus. Almost all of the speeches of adoration mentioned the endearing quality. “When I first met Rosie I thought she was lovely. She has a natural warmth, a real sense of heart, and a generosity of spirit. And that laugh,” Rabbi Meir Mitelman the Jewish Chaplin paused to smile so genuinely it reached his eyes as to show he was hearing it in his mind fondly, “her laugh comes from deep inside her heart and you can hear

it through the office. I’ll miss that laugh and the way she just radiates light.” Mitelman compared Caston to a magnet drawing in students. After taking students down to Washington D.C. for rallies, up to Vermont for retreats, and out of the country to Central and South America to work on spreading messages of unity by working with kids and on homes it is not hard to imagine why students gather in her office. Another trip Caston spearheaded, but due to humbleness is not well known for organizing, was the Midnight Runs. By collecting and organizing donations of food and clothes around campus, Caston and her Newman Club students were able to go out onto the streets of New York City and aid countless homeless. These people depended on not only the soup and socks they received, but the solace they found in a genuine smile Caston could give. “Rosie exudes virtue and selfsacrificing love. Without Rosie, I would not have had the courage to discern my own vocation,” sophomore Cody Bobrick said. Many students found reason to explore their religion and give back to the community because of her support. “I think what I love and will miss most about Rosie is simply how

faithful she is. She’s not Catholic only on Sundays, but every moment of every day,” Newman Club Vice President Kiera Regan said. Caston’s influence reaches beyond just religious boundaries though. Any student could turn to her for a piece of solid ground in the strenuous college years. “As both a commuter and a transfer student, I was so afraid I wouldn’t be able to get engaged on campus, and Rosie was immediately so welcoming and lovely. She helped me make friends that are more like family on campus,” sophomore Anna Alpiner recalled. Although her beautiful presence, compassionate work and infectious laugh will be dearly missed, Caston is moving forward. She is starting her life with her husband James and has “no idea what the future holds, but my spiritual path is waiting ahead of me.” Although she acknowledged that it is a radical choice, Caston wants to give everything she has right now to her marriage. This is something her colleagues and students understand, as many of them attended the wedding to celebrate. Her parting words to her family at Hofstra were, “It’s been so great to feel supported and loved here. It’s bittersweet to leave, but it’ll always be home.”

Courtesy of Rosie Caston Caston with her Newman Club students at her farewell party.

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New Hampshire

Republican Primary

United States senator Rand Paul supporting his father, Ron Paul

Photos by Cody Heintz Spread by Michaela Papa Newt Gingrich addressing the audience at town hall

Ron Paul speaking at a town hall meeting

Ron Paul supporters outside the town hall meeting

Mitt Romney speaking to his supporters

Former governor Minnesota Tim Pawlenty and US Senator Kelly Ayotte expressing support for Mitt Romney

An example of one of the many Occupy Manchester signs at the primaries

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Arts & Entertainment KEEPING HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY Entertained SINCE 1935

February 2, 2012

‘Alcina’-B2 Photo by Svenja Van den Woldenberg

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Sacramone’s offers high quality, close location By Marc Butcavage Video editor


t should come as no surprise that as both a college student and someone who isn’t a complete lunatic that pizza comes as a very high priority on my list of foods. While pizza is generally not hard to make, it is incredibly hard to make well, and for that reason, our country is littered with thousands of pizzerias that can make a pie that’s “just alright.” Sacramone’s, a new restaurant opened on the Hempstead turnpike, makes a pizza so far from mediocre that you’d be hard pressed to find another pizzeria in a 25-mile radius making pizza this good. i hesitate to be hyperbolic, but Sacramone’s may be the best pizza i have ever had. owners and brothers Anthony and domenico Sacramone aren’t new to the pizza scene, either. Both opened Sac’s Place in Astoria over 20 years ago in Astoria, Queens, and have been voted the best coal-oven pizza in New York City several times over. their success really comes as no surprise. All of their recipes come from their mother, and are made in the Abruzzese tradition; a region of italy associated with lighter, more rustic fare. All of

the ingredients down to the flour in the crust are also imported straight from italy. to be fair, this is the most authentic pizza you will find in the area. The coalfired element gives a great char to the crust that is at no point bitter, a problem you will often encounter with coal or fire-oven pizza. the sauce, made purely from tomatoes from italy, plays the line between subtle and sweet without being too much of either, and gives the pizza a wonderful rustic taste. After three slices I was satisfied, but not bogged down by the starch in the crust as you may usually feel after a few slices of pizza. Sacramone’s does not stop at pizza, either. With a full menu of standard italian fare it, like the pizza, does not disappoint. Fried calamari and shrimp, caught fresh and delivered that day, are wonderfully fresh and taste as if they were caught right out back. the polenta was also wonderfully light and done to perfection; a great appetizer to split between two or three people. then there was the beet salad. Growing up with a Polish grandmother, beets were always from the can and boiled with little fanfare. they were, let’s face it, revolting. these beets, on the contrary, were sweet and creamy, countered with fresh aru-

Photo by Marc Butcavage

Sacramone’s offers a wide range of authentic italian food including pizza, ravioli and polenta. gula, goat cheese, and walnuts. Finally, i was treated to a standard baked ziti with the restaurant’s homemade red sauce. For something so simple, it delivered on all fronts, notably the generous amount of baked mozzarella piled on. Overall, it was hard to find anything disagreeable about the menu or the restaurant. do not be

put off by the fine dining atmosphere, white cloth napkins or the décor, everything on the menu is reasonably priced considering the quality, with most entrees remaining under the $20 mark. owner Anthony Sacramone will make you feel right at home, making sure everything is done to your liking, and skilled waiters are able to answer any questions you may

have. My only complaint is the distance, but at only a ten-minute drive down the Hempstead turnpike, it’s negligible. even if you aren’t in the mood to dine in, they also offer call-ahead takeout. i strongly encourage everyone to go and check this place out, as you will be hard-pressed to find a better pizza outside of New York City.

ticated art form of opera, (with the help of some outstanding classical voices) and “Alcina” is no exception. With artistic direction by isabel Milenski, musical direction by david ramael and an exceptional orchestra pit, the three-act piece flows beautifully, connecting timeless themes to a visual and musical display that resonated with the ancient and the classical, with a special ingredient of androgyny. Set upon Alcina’s magical island, ruggiero (Natalie Fabian/ Allison Lindsay) is a soldier that wanders into the seductive grasp of Alcina (rachel Blaustein/ Kelly Anderson) and her mystical, chaotic world. His betrothed, Bradamante (Chelsea Laggan/ Melody Hall) disguises herself as her brother and takes along her sidekick Melisso (Alexander Shirling/Matt Georgetti) to the island to win him back and return

to the organized world. Upon their arrival, Alcina’s sister Morgana (Kate davis/Alexis Minogue) falls in love with Bradamante. Yes, you read that right: A girl dressed as a dude played by a girl is trying to win back a dude being played by a girl, while a girl played by a girl falls in love with said girl dressed as a dude played by a guy. this is where suspension of belief kicks in, which is relatively easy to do given the premise of the sorceress Alcina and her magical powers. A chaotic love situation ensues, including the one obvious hetero connection between ortone (Christohper remkus/derek Bado) and Morgana, whose relationship is tainted by superficial jealousy, yet prevails – only to meet a tragic conclusion. in other words, opera at its dramatic finest.

the voices in both casts carry the show, especially Blaustein, Anderson, davis and Minogue, whose soprano leads are all outstanding. the chorus numbers are impressive and showcase the musicality of the group, as well as the mindful choreography of Sarah Seely to portray classical partner dancing. it’s refreshing to see the Hofstra music department presenting an opera piece with so much finesse and attention to detail. the entire piece was performed in classical italian, with subtitles to aid the audience with the plot. that is not an easy feat, folks. Although it’s difficult to convincingly acting through the form of constant singing, the cast succeeds in presenting the everlasting themes of nature versus the developed world, chaos versus power, and lust versus love.

Hofstra performs ‘Alcina’ with gusto

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“Alcina” follows the adventures of a soldier on a magic island.

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ofstra opera theatre presented George Frideric Handel’s “Alcina” this past weekend, Friday Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 29 in Adams Playhouse. As is common practice for this division

of the music department, the show was divided into A cast and B cast – most likely to involve as many vocal performance students as possible. For the most part, Hot’s productions achieve the purpose of introducing the Hofstra community to the rare and sophis-


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Local bands play Spring Theater Preview Knitting Factory showcase By Bernie Krumm StAFF Writer

Much Ado About Nothing:

By Aaron Calvin

eNtertAiNMeNt editor

the Knitting Factory of Brooklyn played host Monday night at what was billed as “the rock and Popcorn Local Showcase,” a chance to hear some of the local talent. And like the city itself, the turnout was an amalgamation of different sounds, made by people from different walks of life. due to sched“ uling conflicts, the opening artist, laid-back songwriter Peter Barr, was narrowly missed. the following band, Nova Columbo proceeded to take the stage with their own flamboyant brand of music. the music was light and inoffensive, but the energy and technical ability of the band was admirable. Between the guitarist and lead vocalist, there was enough movement, at times a bit superfluous, to make the audience smile and even dance. Following Nova Columbo were the Chatty Cathys. Comprised mainly of college students, their sound can best be described as

classic rock with modern inflection. despite a bit of occasional tepidness, the band displayed skill in both songwriting and technical ability with yelping vocals overlaying rollicking bass and gleaming Fender tones. The final act of the night, in keeping with the theme of variety, was the flamenco guitarist Hernan romero. Accompanied by a vocalist and basis, romero put on a truly admirable show, combining beautiful Spanish vocals with virtuosic guitar work. one half of the audience stood at ” rapt attention while the other danced. “the rock and Popcorn Local Showcase” displayed a glimpse of the diverse local talent effectively. in a city that functions a worldwide destination for musical acts, a local showcase is hard to come by but serves a valuable cultural function. the only complaint i would offer is that there was really no popcorn to be found.

...the turnout was a variety of different sounds, made by people from different walks of life.

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The Chatty Cathys were among the bands that performed at the showcase.

this semester, Hofstra’s 63rd annual Shakespeare festival presents its production of Much Ado about Nothing. the plot revolves around the machinations of two brothers; don Pedro and don John. While don Pedro attempts to make an unlikely match of two people who hate each other, don John sets out to ruin another couple’s relationship. the play pokes fun at and makes light of romantic relationships. the main cast includes James Crichton and tyler Pardini, both of whom gave terrifically funny performances in last semester’s productions of the importance of Being earnest and the Marriage of Bette and Boo respectively. the production premieres March 1st at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse and will be directed by Jean Giebel.

Hamlet: A Bare Bodkin”

this year’s original adaptation of a Shakespeare play will be Hamlet: a Bare Bodkin, a one hour adaptation of Hamlet adapted and directed by ed elefterion. the plot of Hamlet revolves around the danish Prince Hamlet, who battles his inner demons (including possible insanity) and the characters around him to avenge his father’s murder. Cast members include Christian titus (who plays Hamlet) and Chris Wentworth, who both gave stand out performances in last years Shakespeare festival’s production of the War of the roses. there are only going to be two performances at Hofstra, which will be March 3rd and 10th at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse.

Cat On a Hot Tin Roof: rounding out the season will be the drama departments production of Cat on a Hot tin roof, a Pulitzer Prize winning play written by tennessee Williams.

One of the most influential and acclaimed playwrights of the 20th Century, the play revolves around members of a rich southern family and their struggle to inherit the estate of the family patriarch who, unbeknownst to him, is dying of cancer. However, the major element of the play is the deteriorating marriage of Brick, an alcoholic former athlete, and Maggie, an attractive yet manipulative woman who is attempting to secure her husbands share of his fathers estate. the play, which debuted on Broadway in 1955, was highly controversial due to its profane and overtly sexual nature. All in all, Cat on a Hot tin roof is a compelling drama that is today celebrated as one of Williams’ finest works. Main cast includes John Ball, ian Poake and eliza Hill, all of whom have given exceptional performances in past productions such as the importance of Being earnest and the Marriage of Bette and Boo. the production premieres March 23 at the Black Box theatre and will be directed by James J. Kolb.

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Justified - “Harlan Roulette” Grade: B+ This season of “Justified” hit the ground running, and already features numerous villains all scrambling to take control of Harlan County after the events of last season. Boyd wants to expand the Crowder family business and the first step in his plan is to get Johnny’s bar back. Quarles, the new head of the Dixie Mafia, is planning to turn Harlan into a “pill-mill” that will allow him to ship oxycodone to Detroit and turn a huge profit. A pawnshop dealer named Vogel is running oxy in Harlan for Quarles, but two of his men have a run-in with the law. And that’s where everyone’s favorite cowboy raylan Givens comes in. raylan may be relegated to the “case-of-the-week” storyline here, but he still gets plenty of great moments, particularly the way he turns around Wade Messer’s ambush. raylan’s confrontation with Quarles in the final minutes promises some good action to come. But despite all this action surrounding Boyd and Quarles, “Justified” still has plenty of other villains waiting in the wing for their shot at control of Harlan. there’s ellstin Limehouse, who was introduced last week threatening to burn and deform

an underling’s hand for failing to complete a task. And then there’s dickie Bennett, whose continued presence on the show is a real treat, even if he is in prison. Every season “Justified” fleshes out the criminal underworld of Harlan County a little more and the show gets a whole lot better. If the first few episodes of the new season are any indication, then this year “Justified” can give the likes of “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” a run for their money. Last week’s “30 rock” was the

30 Rock - “Idiots are People Three” Grade: B conclusion of a two-part episode that attempted to address inflammatory remarks tracy Morgan made last summer about the gay community. Part two saw a slight dip in quality from the previous week but it was still a solid episode of what’s become one of the mainstays of NBC’s thursday night comedy block. After Liz attempts to explain the fictional Tracy Jordan’s hateful remarks by saying he’s just an idiot, tracy leads a protest of NBC in the name of idiots everywhere. the idea of idiots as another marginalized group was sort of funny at first, but the joke started to lag, having been spread across two episodes. of course, tracy’s remarks on the show were much less hateful than what he said in real life, and the idea that tina Fey writes them


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off as the ranting of an idiot may not sit well with everyone. Meanwhile, Jack is left to contend with the return of his nemesis, devon Banks (played by the always-welcome Will Arnett). Any episode with Banks is usually going to be good, and he doesn’t disappoint here as he manipulates Jack into pulling strings to get his “gaybies” into a prestigious private school. in an incredibly bizarre C-story, Jenna and Kenneth almost kill Pete by exposing him to harmful mercury gas and enlist Kelsey Grammer to help them clean up their mess, because of course they do. the storyline culminates in Grammer putting on a one-man show about Abraham Lincoln to cause a diversion, which is pretty spectacular. While it wasn’t the strongest episode of “30 rock,” the show still has some life in it and will probably continue to be at least marginally funny for a few more years. of course, it might just go the route of “The Office” and continue on for two seasons too long.

John K Samson - Provincial Grade: A John K. Samson should be a more recognizable artist on his own, but sadly the singer/songwriter isn’t. the Weakerthans front man brings forth “Provincial,” an album for the people of the providence of Manitoba, Canada, by a Canadian. it’s a similar aesthetic to all the Weakerthans fans, but while sounding similar, he applies more personal lyrics and ideas about his life and living in the Great White North. the song “When i Write My Master’s thesis” is worth a listen by any college student who has ever written a paper.

RIYL:The Weakerthans, lonely nights on the tundra Gotye - Making Mirrors Grade: B inexplicably, this record is being billed both as 80’s synth pop and as Gotye’s (say it with me—“gotea-ah”) first record. In reality this is an experimental and moody piece which fuses rustic and organic elements with electronic leads and Wouter de Backer’s plaintive vocals. Gotye does “sad” really, really well. Granted, Making Mirrors has launched de Backer towards international acclaim, but i stand by his previous LP, Like Drawing Blood, as a superior effort with significantly less filler than this most recent outing.

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Enter Shikari - A Flash Flood of Color Grade: Ai wanted to hate this record. i wanted to find something to be described as “gimmicky” or “selfaggrandizing”, but dammit it just isn’t there. enter Shikari jump effortlessly bar to bar between various genres of metal, idM, electronica, and dance music. it might seem odd in theory (even though other bands pull it off; see: Genghis tron), is there really much functional difference between a rave and a mosh pit except the percentage of people in them whole get laid regularly? Sure, you could accuse A Flash Flood of Colour of getting a little preachy, but it’s done tastefully and with the best of intentions.

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Doubt rises from Obama’s promise to college students By Victoria Neely columNist

President Barack obama delivered his annual state of the union speech last week, giving an overview of what his administration has accomplished this past year. His address repeatedly mentioned the end of the iraq war after a long nine years, the assassination of bin laden, and the departure of American troops from Afghanistan. obama also talked about tax cuts and credits to manufacturing businesses that bring jobs back to America, prospects for clean energy, our debt crisis, and other topics. obama touched on how unemployment has affected all age groups in the country. He petitioned for more jobs for veterans coming home from overseas, health care reform, and protested the inflation of college tuition that is driving thousands of college students into never ending student loan debt. “At a time when Americans owe more in tuition debt than credit card debt,” obama said,

Illustration by Ashlie Bauer “this congress needs to stop the interest rates on student loans from doubling in July.” He called on an extension of the tuition tax credit that saves middle-class families thousands of dollars, and to double the number of work-study jobs that are available to students. He wants states to make higher education a more prominent priority in their budgets, and for colleges and universities to work to keep their tuition costs down. He even went as far as to put

colleges and universities “on notice”: that if they don’t halt the rise of tuition costs, the taxpayer funding to these schools will “go down.” All of this may sound fine and dandy to us broke students who face the reality of monstrous student loan debt when we finally graduate from college,

or to the students whose only means of getting through college is by taking out a loan or applying for federal aid, but will obama’s words really make a difference when so many millions of Americans are struggling enough just to put a meal on the table? i don’t think so. His speech presented many great ideas that could possibly help get the united states back on track. However, i do believe that he is promising too much. Almost 90 percent of Hofstra students are receiving some kind of financial aid, whether it is a loan, grant, or scholarship. When tuition goes up, it is more likely that the amount of financial aid available to Hofstra students will not follow suit. i

college students struggling to make it through these important years of our lives, we need more solutions. i’m not talking about the federal government fully spotting us to pay for higher education, i’m talking about the thousands of dollars that we are going to owe our lenders someday, much of which we will be paying for the rest of our lives. simply extending the tuition tax credit, doubling the amount of work-study jobs available to students, and attempting to have colleges and universities keep their costs low by threatening to lower taxpayer funding will not solve many problems. in this country’s present crisis, we can understand why obama wants to promise us so much. However, with so many Americans panic stricken over what is to come, obama’s promises to college students and their families is something that i will have to see in order to believe.

“When tuition goes up, it is more likely that the amount of financial aid available to Hofstra students will not follow suit.” guess you could say my point of this information is that as

Students must intiate first step to Paul’s propositions By Elisabeth turner columNist

Amidst scheduling conflicts and course changes, some Hofstra students might have taken time to watch the GoP presidential debate last week. Ron Paul, as usual, disagreed with his rivals by proclaiming the glories of a hands-off approach, while simultaneously manipulating the host’s questions. Apparently, much of our millennial generation, as seen through the increasing presence of Hofstra’s libertarian group, finds Paul’s libertarian ideologies appealing. He has already won over young people in both iowa and New Hampshire. in an age of progressive politics and tarnished liberties, it is no wonder. Paul said during a previous debate that he has no intention of running third party if he doesn’t make it past the primaries. the young voters’ population

would undoubtedly be sorely disappointed if this were the case. Paul wants to abolish the Federal Reserve and the Department of Education. He favors legalizing marijuana and believes that marriage should be solely between a man and a woman. However, he thinks that sexual preferences and civil unions should be independent

American dream. For example, if we were to switch to a gold standard as he has suggested, inflation and other monetary issues could be better regulated. But i wonder, would we, Hofstra’s millennial generation, uphold his doctrines with the same deference; would we respect the lines that his proposals draw or would we form our own lines, creating an even wider and more indulgent society? can we carry out the ‘hands off’ approach Ron Paul is advocating? No, we haven’t lost grasp of compassion for the aching world or ourselves. our virtue has however greatly depreciated because of a declined appreciation for the goodness of morality. Ron Paul has proposed policies that could revolutionize the ways in which we as Americans think and act. the question, however, should no longer be whether or not his

“Can we carry out the ‘hands off’ approach Ron Paul is advocating?” of government authority. Paul doesn’t find Iran’s nuclear weapons efforts to be of concern, and based on his noninterventionist policies, he rejects continued support of israel. considering America is in desperate need of a systematic shift, Paul’s proposals might actually have the power to strengthen our rights and success as individuals and restore the

solutions are viable because, in fact, many of them are. the question is if Hofstra students could carry them out in the fullness of his original intentions. if we are to be a society of the free and the brave, we must remember the viability of first surrendering our freedoms to conviction. let us then become a generation and a society fit to cultivate the present. Perhaps then, the annihilation of the Feds will be a marvelous idea.

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Students get antsy during winter break By chelsea Royal columNist

As I walked out of my last final this December, i could not wait for my parents to pick me up so that my long anticipated winter break could begin. i had been counting down the days until the winter holidays and the long period of relaxation. my family and friends, could not believe that my spring semester would not commence until late January. i was more than happy to rub in my friends’ faces that i had an extra couple of weeks before getting back to the books, tests, essays, and sleepless nights. As time passed, though, and my friends from home returned to their respective college campuses, i grew restless. Everyone had gone back to school and my family was busy with work and school. i was really beginning to miss being back at Hofstra, classes included. Although i found myself doing chores around the house and helping my family when i could, i still felt useless. Now, i was counting down the days until i returned to campus. Was Hofstra’s winter break too long? After thanksgiving break, students faced a hectic three week period. Class, final review,

then finals. By the time the third week rolls around, most students can’t wait for a long break. However, by the third week of winter break, when friends from home leave for school and the holidays are over, most students are anxious to come back. if Hofstra were to shorten this winter break, then not only would students avoid suffering from boredom, but they would complete the spring semester earlier as well. many other colleges have their spring breaks in march and end in the first week of May. typically, Hofstra’s spring break is mid-April, around Easter sunday, and finals are held towards the end of may. While i enjoy being home for the Easter holiday and not having to rush back to school for class on the next morning, my friends were already back at school. i really do enjoy being on Hofstra’s campus. But i think it would benefit both students and faculty if the winter and spring breaks were arranged a little differently. Winter break should be shortened by at least a week. the amount of time that students are away from academics puts them at a disadvantage when they return to campus and it takes more time to adjust to student life.

“I grew restless...I was really beginning to miss being back at Hofstra...”

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S--t Hofstra students really say By myron mathis columNist

“s--t Hofstra Girls say,” a video uploaded by Youtube user Parksm5, is quickly becoming a viral sensation for Hofstra students. Featuring witty lines like “omG, you threw up in the parking lot of Popeyes last night? twinsies!” and, “ughhh it’s freezing, where is my Northface?” coupled with repetitions of the phrase “Hofstra Red,” the video has reached almost 16,000 views in just three days. While the video kids about highly unique characteristics of Hofstra students, it shows the funny side of Hofstra students’ vernacular. there are, however, more everyday terms that have found a way to permeate the Hofstra vernacular shared by its students. Despite their banality to those on campus, they might sound foreign to those visiting. A “Dutch Run,” as we like to call it, is actually a walk to the campus convenience store Dutch treats and back. meanwhile, ‘Hofusa’ (pronounced Hof-oo-sa),

is an abbreviation for the arcade/ eatery Hofstra usA adjoining the very same Dutch treats. Despite having 17 NcAA Division i sports, “the game” is always in reference to one of Hofstra students’ favorite pastimes which is going to watch the men’s basketball team at the mack. many attribute this phenomenon to Golden state Warriors’ guard charles Jenkins, who as a Hofstra senior last scholastic year, led the men’s team to an NcAA tournament

it “New complex.” this is not to get confused with the “NAB” as it is called by its most frequent dwellers, music and theatre majors. the funny comments in Parksm5’s Youtube video and the phrases that have become common nature for us aren’t just what makes Hofstra students unique. We take enormous pride in our cultural diversity and fusion of languages. it doesn’t matter if you say cauwfee (long island accent), Ha-vahd (Boston accent), adeus (Portuguese), or hola (spanish), in this miniature American melting pot we call Hofstra, we have managed to come together. We come from all walks of life, but find a way to walk (and talk) in unison in our journey to a more educated self. We’ve become a convoluted family that eats, plays, and endures academic rigor side by side. But the end of the day we all just like to have a good time and sometimes it’s from the crazy s--t Hofstra students say.

“We come from all walks of life, but find a way to walk (and talk) in unison...” appearance and remains the all-time leading scorer on Hofstra men’s basketball. some upperclassmen have taken the time to explain to us freshmen that they tend to refer to the student center as the “stud,” and strip the fanciness off stuyvesant Hall, merely calling

Funds appear well spent on winter weekend celebration By Ronny o’leary columNist

one of the most exciting and anticipated events of the school year is the Fall Festival, including concerts, a comedy show, and a family barbecue. it sure is an enjoyable weekend, and appears Hofstra will soon be having a similar event: the Winter Blast. this event will feature events such as a Pre la Fete, mardival, and a super Bowl party. Although i have never heard of any of the artists performing, it sounds like it will be very entertaining. the weekend is similar to last semester’s Fall Festival because it will also feature a wide variety of activities meant to bring all students together. some people might question the purpose of this weekend; what’s the point of spending money on a winter celebration

there’s already one in the fall? However, i think it is an excellent idea because this allows students to interact and experience unfamiliar events. i am particularly interested in mardival since i am not from New orleans or the caribbean.

likely to attend the super Bowl party, especially because the day before, a person on my floor said that he preferred watching the super Bowl with his friends rather than with a huge number of people. But according to those i spoke to at university Relations, they said most students wanted a way for them to congregate and watch the game all together. Finally, when i asked if any students considered it a waste of money, they said many students have thanked them for holding this occasion. A university Relations’ worker furthermore told me any event that entertains the students is a good allocation of funds. i could not agree more. i think Winter Blast is a great idea, and i cannot think a better way of allocating the money that has been spent on this event.

“This allows students to interact and experience unfamiliar events.” therefore, this event will allow me to learn about other cultures. Fortunately, most of the school seems to share my excitement for this upcoming celebration. When i spoke to the people at university Relations about why they decided to hold this event, they said they thought it would be a good way of bringing the students together. i also asked if students were

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Jets and Eagles fans, lend me your eyes this battle: Philadelphia Eagles fans. Now I know there is a long standing feud between New York and Philadelphia. Mets-Phillies, Rangers-Flyers, Hofstra-Drexel, there is no love lost between the City of Brotherly Love and the City That Never Sleeps. However, it is time to make an alliance a la Survivor. The time has come to lay down the arms for one day. That day is Super Bowl Sunday. Jets fans, Eagles fans know what you’re going through. They are watching their NFC East foe fight the team that denied them the Vince Lombardi Trophy (and

It was bad enough as a Jets fan to have seen a GiantsPatriots Super Bowl once, but now the cruel work of the football gods is at hand. A Super Bowl 42 rematch. If you’re a Jets fan like me, you kept slapping yourself in the face repeatedly to awake from this nightmare. However, my Gang Green cadre, this is all too real. Our cross-town rival and our division rival are clashing in a game we have not played in since its third installment. Super Bowl 46 is for Big Blue and the Pats. 46 is also the number of beers I plan on drinking to help me forgot about this disaster. However, there are friends in

me several dollars in a pool). Eagles fans, Jets fans get it. It’s a coordinator’s fault that you didn’t make the playoffs and now have to watch your enemies fight for your title.



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And let’s face it, any fan can unite on the point that there’s not even a halftime show to look forward to. Seriously, NFL, Madonna is what you come up with? Do you know Madonna’s fan base? They’ll probably ask why Madonna is holding a concert with a football game as an opening act and think it is avant garde. Yeah, you made me use avant garde, I hope you’re happy. Also, Madonna hasn’t done a sporting event performance since the 1927 World Series. Do you really think a leather catcher’s mitt is the best thing for a football game? I think not. I digress. Back to why unity is important for Jets and Eagles

fans. Look, we’re all depressed and we’re all not looking forward to this as much as we would like to. However, let’s make the best of it together. We understand when the other fan is going to need a shoulder to cry on. We understand when the other fan will want to throw a bowl of chili at the television. We understand when the other fan will take their rage out on a wall. So let’s stick together through Super Bowl 46. The next day, we can go back to spewing hatred at one another. For now, Jets fans and Eagles fans unite in the name of buffalo wings, camaraderie, and the hopeful option of stadium implosion on Sunday.


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Pride drops first place showdown to Delaware By Joe Pantorno SPORTS EDITOR

NEWARK, DE-- Playing for the Colonial Athletic Association lead eight games into the conference slate, the Hofstra University women’s basketball team fell to the nationally ranked University of Delaware, who entered the game at number 15 in the nation, 84-66 on Thursday night. “It was a hard-fought battle between numbers one and two,” said head coach Krista KilburnSteveskey. “I wanted a different outcome but we got them again. They are what they are but we are going to get better.” Delaware junior forward Elena Delle Donne scored 41 points in the win, shooting 14-29 from the field with 15 rebounds. She lead the nation in scoring, averaging 28.7 points per game. “It is what it is, she’s a great player,” said Kilburn-Steveskey. Hofstra junior forward Shante Evans recorded Hofstra’s scoring high in a much more efficient manner, going 8-13 from the

field for 22 points and seven rebounds. “I thought Tay [Evans] was focused,” said Kilburn-Steveskey. “I thought she played spectacular. I’d go into battle with her anyday. My system is my system. My best player had 13 shot attempts and their best player had 29 shot attempts so I’ll end at that.” Led early by Evans and sophomore guard Katelyn Loper, Hofstra shot the ball exceptionally well (16-33, 48.5%) in the first half, holding a slim lead until the final minutes of the opening 20 minutes when Delaware tied the score at 37 at the buzzer. Teams traded baskets for the first nine minutes of the second half as a hostile environment at the Bob Carpenter Center called for both teams to keep their heads despite some officiating disputes. “We came in knowing it was going to be a tough game,” said Evans. “We wanted to take their spot.” Led by Delle Donne, who

simply went up to another level in the second half, Delaware went on a crippling 14-0 run to take a 69-55 lead with 6:45 left in the game. “We were just lacking a sense of urgency,” said KilburnSteveskey. “That was the ball game right there.” Delaware’s Lauren Carra recorded 16 points on 13 shots, her and Delle Donne accounted for almost 65 percent of the Blue Hens’ shots (42-65). After the strong shooting first half, Hofstra shot just 11-29 for 37.9 percent. Loper had two points after a 12 point first half, finishing with 14. Senior guard Candice Bellocchio also recorded a double-digit effort with 10 points and seven assists playing the entire 40 minutes. “We quit attacking to the basket,” said Kilburn-Steveskey. “We have to be more aggressive about attacking the basket. We were making a lot of jumpers in the first half, and then we weren’t attacking as aggressively.”

On Sunday, January 22, Hofstra women’s basketball head coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey won her 100th game as coach of the Pride in a 72-66 victory over Northeastern. Here is a quick look at some of the highlights on her journey to 100 wins:

First regular season win: 11/17/06, 68-57 over Long Island University First victory over ranked opponent: 11/22/06, 57-53 over #17 Michigan State Biggest margin of victory: 72-39 (33 points) vs. George Mason 2/4/10 Biggest margin of defeat: 91-46 (45 points) against no. 1 UConn 11/27/09 Longest winning-streak: 10 games (11/17/06-1/11/07) Longest losing-streak: 10 games (11/24/07-1/10/08) Most wins in a season: 25 (2006-07) Most losses in a season: 25 (2007-08) Most points scored (single game): 100 against William & Mary (1/8/12) Most points allowed (single game): 101 against Gonzaga (11/11/11) Post-season appearances: 2 (WNIT 2007, 2010) CAA Championship record: 3-5 WNIT record: 3-2

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Wrestling starts strong during winter break Rick Rissetto STAFF WRITER

If this is the first time you’re hearing about the Hofstra University wrestling team since December 8, you have missed quite a lot of action. The Pride went into winter break with a 2-0 record in dual meets and now stands at 10-0. Hofstra is off to the best start in program history. For a little perspective, the last time the Pride were unbeaten through ten dual meets was in the 2006-2007 season when it started 8-0-2. After a ninth place finish at the Southern Scuffle, an annual national wrestling tournament on New Year’s weekend, the Pride ran off eight consecutive dual meet victories. Three of the victories came against opponents ranked outside the top 25: Rutgers, American, and Penn this past Sunday with four wins coming against CAA opponents Drexel, George Mason, Old Dominion, and Boston University. “When we wrestle well, we’re a very good team,” said first-year head coach Rob Anspach, “I’d like to say we’re the favorites. But we’re more focused on where we are nationally. Winning our conference matches is great but that’s what I expect out of our guys.” Hofstra is now 10-0, but how did the team get to that mark? Looking at the roster tells you the whole story:

125-Steve Bonanno The redshirt junior has been on an absolute tear. After a sixth-place finish at the Southern Scuffle, Bonanno has won eight consecutive matches, with three victories coming by technical fall (a victory by thirteen points or more). Bonanno is now the fourteenth-ranked wrestler in the country at 125 pounds. “Steve’s done an outstanding job this year getting the first takedown and continuing to wrestle hard,” says Anspach about his 125-pound leader.

133-Jamie Franco The redshirt sophomore has competed strongly this season. After advancing to the fourth

round of the Southern Scuffle, Franco won five straight dual matches before losing in the Boston University meet. Franco also fell in a 4-2 decision to Penn’s Bryan Ortenzio, the number-14 ranked wrestler in the country.

141-Luke Vaith Vaith is another wrestler that has put together a stellar season of play. Vaith is 15-7, and picked up a huge 2-1 victory in the Penn meet against no. 10 Zach Kemmerer. “At the beginning of the year, we knew we had a good 141-pounder. I think we were the only ones who knew that,” said Anspach. “To have his biggest career victory, it shows that he’s getting solid results.”

149-Justin Accordino Accordino was named CAA wrestler of the week for his performances in the CAA Duals. He finished just outside of the top-10 at the Southern Scuffle, and has won his last eight dual meets, including a pinfall victory over Shane Robertson of Penn on Sunday. “It’s the first time in two years that he’s been healthy,” says Anspach. “He feels confident in his knee and in his conditioning. And now we’re starting to see that this is the guy we recruited five years ago.”

157-Tyler Banks Banks did not compete at the Southern Scuffle and has had an up and down season. Banks dropped a 5-1 decision to American University’s Ganbayar Sanjaa, the no. 4 ranked wrestler in the country. Banks has rallied back to take his last four dual matches, including a 4-0 win over Troy Hernandez of Penn on Sunday.

165-P.J. Gillespie Throughout the season, head coach Rob Anspach has called Gillespie “a consistent three points.” The senior from Long Beach has been ranked as high as third in the country, but is now no. 19 in the NCAA. A fourthplace finish at the Southern Scuffle, coupled with two major

decision wins and a 2-0 victory over Rutgers’ Scott Winston, the no. 9 ranked wrestler in the country, have Gillespie back on the right track.

174-Jermaine John John has taken some lumps in his freshman season. He was knocked out of the Southern Scuffle in the early rounds, and has lost four of his last five dual meet matches. However, John has shown signs of improvement, including a major-decision victory in the American dual meet.

184-Ben Clymer

Arguably the hottest wrestler on Hofstra right now, Clymer had a fourth-place finish at the Southern Scuffle. Since that tournament, Clymer has won eight straight matches, three by major decision and two by technical fall. Clymer has shot up to no. 11 in the national rankings. “The thing that I like about Ben,” Anspach says, “is that he’s opening up his offense and taking more risks, and it’s paid off tremendously for him.

Cody Heintz/The Chronicle 157 lbs. Tyler Banks riding Penn’s Troy Hernandez.

197-Tim Murphy Murphy has had a rough go this season, stepping in for Matt Loew towards the beginning of the season. But Murphy has had some solid matches, including a 13-0 major decision win at the Boston University dual meet. “We need Tim to wrestle better and keep improving,” said Anspach. “He’s wrestling hard, we just need him to make less mistakes.”

285-Paul Snyder Snyder made it to the third round of the Southern Scuffle, but split his next three matches, including a pinfall loss to Ryan Flores of American University, the top-ranked wrestler in the country. After four consecutive wins, two by pinfall, Snyder fell to Steve Graziano of Penn. In the beginning of the match, Snyder was flipped in the air and landed hard on the mat. “Paul just got the wind knocked out of him,” Anspach said after the match. “It’s not a serious injury and he should be fine to practice.”

Cody Heintz/The Chronicle 184 lbs. Ben Clymer getting ready for his bout against Erich Smith.

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The anatomy of a handshake Hofstra women’s basketball team spices up pregame introductions with special greetings By Joe Pantorno SPORTS EDITOR

What goes into a handshake? Usually it is just a sign of recognition that both parties know each other; some sort of salutation. Businessmen simply shake the other man’s hand, acquaintances might make it a high-five and good friends might add some moves to the repertoire. And then there is the Hofstra women’s basketball team. Most fans know the drill. Before every game, after the national anthem, both teams’ starting line-ups are introduced with each player going through a tunnel of high fives. But the Pride does things a little differently. Standing at the end of the highfive reception line stands freshman forward Kathy Nolisa who commences an intricate string of moves, some easy, some funny, for each member of Hofstra’s starting five. “It’s my job and I love it,” said Nolisa on her duty of instigating the greetings for her teammates. “I’m the girl that doesn’t really care, I’ll dance, I’ll sing anywhere and everywhere. It sort of brings an energy to the team so they decided that I would be the one doing the great dances.” Usually introduced first, Hofstra’s defensive anchor, junior forward, Candace Bond, shows off her toughness to the opposing side. “I meet Kathy at the end and we slap right hands, then left

“It gets really hype. We scream, dance and chant and that really hypes the team up before the game.”

hands and I finally end it with a flex of both my muscles,” said Bond. “It gets really hype. We scream, dance and chant and that really hypes the team up before the game.” Hofstra’s leading scorer and rebounder, junior forward Shante Evans, has a little bit more fun with it. “Well after I’m in my moment and I slap hands with all my teammates, I run up to Twiggy [Kathy] who stops me like we’re in the airport,” said Evans. “So I’m being interrogated. I have to put my arms up and she ‘searches’ me just to know it’s not a gimmick when I score.” It’s no gimmick. Evans is averaging 17.8 points per game (ppg) this season, good for fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association. “It was our first game against Gonzaga this year and I was just thinking about the airport and I said ‘Twiggy let’s try this,’ and we’ve been doing it ever since,” said Evans. “It gets me hyped up a little bit. Anything that hypes me up helps me out a lot during the game.” Senior guard Candice Bellocchio has been doing her move since last year when a certain NBA star emerged from the University of Kentucky. “Last year I did the John Wall and everyone thought it was really cute,” said Bellocchio. “I was going to switch it up this year, you know, new year, new team, but I just had to go back to it. It was my calling and it lets everyone know that I mean business when I pick up that right hand and start moving that fist.” Bellocchio could very well be playing at the same level as the Washington Wizards guard, averaging 8.7 ppg and ranking 12th in the nation in assists, averaging a little over six helpers per game. “It mentally gets me focused for the game,” said Bellocchio. “I have no rhythm so that one handed motion is all I can kind of do but Kathy Nolisa really gets me going with the three slaps

beforehand.” Sophomore guard Katelyn Loper has accumulated the title of “quickest release in the East,” for her ability to shoot three-pointers with the flashiest flick of the wrist with surgeon like intricacies. Like her shooting, Loper’s introduction is intricate and dangerous. “I take my right hand, which is in a three signal, and shoot Kathy Nolisa -- boom! Right in her right shoulder,” explained Loper as she showed just exactly how it was done with poor Nolisa being used for target practice yet again. “Then I take my left hand and BOOM! Right in her left shoulder. Then I blow them off because they are so hot, tuck them in and then I go to think that we’re going to jump up in the air together but we’re too cool for that.” Loper’s handshake idea came to her with some help from a former Hofstra basketball legend last year. “Charles Jenkins actually told me to do it in a game one time,” said Loper. “So I did it when he was in attendance and he told me, ‘Wow, you look really cool doing that,’ so then I decided to do it pregame.” The last to be introduced, senior guard Nicole Capurso, had some trouble figuring out what she wanted to do before every game. “Well, I just do my little shimmy as we call it,” said Capurso. “That started in Gonzaga actually where me and Kate [Loper] were just messing around saying ‘I bet you can’t shoot it like me,’ with like a shimmy so that’s where that silly little dance came from.” There’s no trouble figuring out that Capurso is a force to be reckoned with on the court as the senior has fueled the Pride with scoring finesse in the past few games. “I think everyone just plays to their strength and it just kind of reminds us again that this is who we are, this is what we do good and they better be scared.”

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Above: Junior guard Shante Evans (30) is “patted down,” by freshman forward Kathy Nolisa. Below: Senior guard Nicole Capurso’s shimmy during pregame introductions


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A 19 February 2, 2012

Pride takes down Towson, 74-49, stays out of Colonial basement By Angelo Brussich STAFF WRITER

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Senior forward Nathaniel Lester (1) scored his 1,000th career point last night against Towson in the Pride’s 74-49 win.

It may not have been perfect, but the Hofstra University men’s basketball team defeated Towson 74-49 Wednesday night at the Mack Sports Complex. The win improves Hofstra’s record to 8-16, and 2-10 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. Towson dropped to 1-23, and 1-11 in CAA play. It was a historical night for Hofstra senior forward Nathaniel Lester who surpassed the 1,000point mark for his career. Coming into the game only 10 points shy of the milestone, Lester ended the night with 19 points and eight rebounds. “Just happy to get over that milestone, a lot of great Hofstra players are in that category and I’m just happy to be with them,” said Lester. “The win feels even better right now.” Senior guard Mike Moore

added on Lester’s milestone, “It’s a credit to his work and his stickto-itiveness to get his 1,000th point.” It was Moore who once again led Hofstra in scoring; recording 28 points and five steals. He was 4-7 from three-point range. Coming into this game Hofstra head coach Mo Cassara was preaching to his team to turn the page on a tough January and look to February as a second chance for the team. “I’m glad January’s over” said Cassara, “We have a clean slate now…we just keep marking off every day, and we’re going to try to win every day whether it’s practice or a game.” “Nobody likes to lose and I also know how close we’ve been,” said Cassara. “We can’t focus on those, we have to learn from it.” Coming into the game, Towson was coming off its first win in 41 games, an NCAA record losingstreak. Hofstra was wary of

Towson coming out with a lot of energy and although it began the game slowly, by the end of the half Hofstra had pushed the lead to 33-18. Hofstra’s defense was stifling, causing Towson to have more first half turnovers than points (18 points, 19 turnovers). By the end of the game Hofstra had caused 27 turnovers and created 35 points off of those Towson mistakes. “Our defense has continued to keep us in games…we’re continuing to find ways and be scrappy,” said Cassara. The Pride kept up the pressure in the second half while simultaneously squashing any efforts by the Tigers to mount a comeback. Hofstra went on two crippling scoring runs of 10-0 and 8-1, and won the game by 25 points. “We made it a challenge for ourselves to outplay them and out-work them,” said Moore.

Women’s basketball comes back against Drexel Pride overcomes eight point halftime deficit, leaves Philly with a solid CAA victory By Joe Pantorno SPORTS EDITOR

Hofstra bounced back from its 18-point loss at Delaware on Sunday for a comeback 68-61 victory over Drexel to move back up to second place in the Colonial Athletic Association. “I know as a team, we all got better as individuals and as a team after the Delaware game,” head coach Krista KilburnSteveskey told WRHU Sports. Led by sophomore Katelyn Loper’s 21 points, Hofstra rallied from a eight point half-time deficit, unleashing a 23-8 run to start the second half, to overtake the Dragons and get its seventh conference win of the season. “I was just trying to be smart,” said Loper. “Being aggressive, I thought my shots weren’t falling, I felt like I was rushing them so I was just trying to take it to the basket.” “The players make the coaches look better,” said KilburnSteveskey. “We talked about what they needed to do offensively to make our offense work better.”

Drexel managed to keep Hofstra’s leading scorer, junior forward Shante Evans in check, holding her scoreless in the first half. Evans, who coming into the game averaged around 18 points per contest, finished the game with nine points and 12 rebounds. She currently ranks 18th in the nation in rebounding, averaging 10.3 rebounds per game. “I noticed when we didn’t have Shante on the floor, the offense kind of gets stagnate for a little while,” said Loper. “When she got into the game in the second half, she draws everybody in.” Trailing 37-29 to begin the second half, Hofstra tied the game at 41 and continued its run to take a seven-point lead, its largest of the game with nine and a half minutes left in the game. “We know about adversity,” said Kilburn Steveskey. “We are getting better after every game.” Drexel cut the lead to within one, but Hofstra would not relinquish the advantage on the way to its 15th win of the season. The Pride is 15-5 overall this season

and 7-2 in the CAA. Senior guard Candice Bellocchio had her second consecutive double-digit scoring day, recording 13 points and four assists. Bellocchio is ranked 12th in the nation in assists, averaging 6.2 per game. “I think our guards made better decisions in the second half,” said Kilburn-Steveskey. “She [Bellocchio] was attacking and that’s the mentality that we have to have when we need to eat a little bit of clock up but still need to run our tempo. The third of Hofstra’s double digit scorers on the day, senior guard Nicole Capurso, recorded ten points on 4-9 shooting from the field, including a 45 percent outing from beyond the threepoint line (2-5).

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Women’s basketball senior guard Candice Bellocchio is greeted by Kathy Nolisa during pregame introductions.

Photo by Sean M. Gates

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Junior forward Candace Bond (2) drives to the hoop in the Pride’s loss to Delaware.

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A 20 February 2, 2012

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Showtime Women’s basketball second in the CAA, making a name on national scene Armchair Observations prepares for Super Bowl XLVI

Wrestling has a strong winter break

Men’s basketball takes down Towson for second CAA win

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The February 2nd, 2012 issue of The Hofstra Chronicle, the student newspaper of Hofstra University on Long Island, NY.

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