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Log Cabin Republican R. Clarke Cooper brings conservatives and LGBT community together. By Andrea Ordonez News editOr
r. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin republicans, united two unlikely groups wednesday: the LGBt community and the College republicans. in the grand scheme of political campaigning in America, this combination of conservative views and gay rights support led to the creation of the Log Cabin republicans, a group which now has prominent candidates like Massachusetts’ richard tisei and Arizona
sheriff Paul Babeu running for Congress. For Cooper, his sexual orientation takes a back seat when it comes to whom he picks at the polls. “i’m not going to walk away from what i believe as a conservative because of my sexual orientation,” said Cooper. Being conservative and supportive of LGBt rights acts as an emerging trend for young voters. Cooper exemplified this trend by pointing out the shift from democrat to republican
support in the 2010 midterm elections. More importantly to young voters, he pointed out that the addition of advocating gay rights to the party’s platform is particularly evident to the GOP’s members in college. Curiosity drew Arnel Larracas, a freshman finance major who does some work for the University’s Chapter of the College Libertarians, to Cooper’s talk. Larracas knows the misconception of the republican Party’s complete opposition of LGBt rights. But
he was pleased to hear about the disappearance of this false belief. “it’s interesting to get the perspective of what the Log Cabin republicans think, especially at a school that is very big on the LGBt,” said Larracas. “i know it’s always seen as the republicans are maybe, like, hating on gays or don’t want to give them rights, but seeing the perspective of Mr. Cooper was very nice.” “the party’s stance on gay rights is evolving,” said Lisa
serbaniewicz, head of the University’s chapter of the College republicans. “if you believe in limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free markets, a strong national defense and gay rights, you are a republican.” Christian Fuscarino of the Pride Network also acknowledges the changing face of the republican Party toward favoring LGBt rights. “what people are taking
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“Life was nice...
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and then Hitler came.”
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Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor, Annie Bleiberg, shares her story. By Chelsea royal AssistANt News editOr
Annie Bleiberg grew up in a quiet town on the border of Poland with her parents and one younger sister. But they were kicked out by a force sweeping europe. in an instant, Bielberg’s pleasant life changed. “Life was nice,” said Bleiberg, “...and then Hitler came.” Now married with a daughter and several grandkids, Annie Bleiberg is a survivor of the Holocaust. she spoke at Hofstra on wednesday for Holocaust remembrance day to share her experiences at Auschwitz and how the invasion of the Nazis changed everything. in January 1943, Bleiberg and her family boarded a train expelling all Jewish people from their location on the Poland border. Her father was able to pry open a window on the train in hopes of the family’s escape. Bleiberg was the first of her family to jump from the window, where she lay motionless and without an idea of where she
was. After waking up to the sound of gunshots, she met a Polish watchman who brought her towards a village. they tried to find shelter and a safe place to stay, but were rejected by all. “Nobody answered,” said Bleiberg, “But if they did, they said ‘Go away. i’m afraid.’” she decided to go back to her old home, but was afraid and hid in the attic. Bleiberg heard footsteps and thought she had been discovered, but it was her father. Along with another friend, they decided to hide out in their house until they ventured to find another place to stay. Gentile friends of the family hid Bleiberg and her father for four weeks, bringing them food once a day and allowing them to bathe and change clothes. One day, their friend came in and told them, “You have to leave.” Bleiberg managed to get fake Polish papers and tried to assimilate into the Polish society. However, she was pulled out of a group and called out for the false papers. After being beaten, Bleiberg was
told that she would be killed the next day. she was separated from her father and taken to a concentration camp. After this camp was shut down, the men were sent to work and the rest were sent to Auschwitz. “if there was a time to use the word hell, it was then. it was truly hell,” said Bleiberg. in addition to her number, 38330, she was also identified with a triangle, a sign of big trouble and resistance. Out of 200 girls and boys at the concentration camp, only one girl was taken away to be killed. the rest were saved. At the concentration camp, the prisoners worked together in order to survive until they were freed by the russian army. despite the anti-semitism that increased after the war, Bleiberg eventually travelled back to Poland. After about three months, she found out her father had survived and was able to meet up with him. Bleiberg gives credit to the luck that allowed her to survive. However, luck is not the only
thing that makes living more powerful than death. “Life is so strong, so powerful, and worth fighting for,” said Bleiberg. For Becky Cuthbertson, the president of Chabad at Hofstra, and 50 audience members at the event, Bleiberg’s testimony showed the importance of remember injustice, and not dismissing it for future generations. “it reminds us what happened not too long ago and where we have come since; especially because soon there will be no more survivors and the Holocaust will become a distant memory,” said Cuthbertson. “Never forget.” Hofstra Hillel will conclude this year’s Holocaust remembrance day with a memorial name reading in front of Hofstra Hall thursday. Additional reporting done by Andrew Wroblewski.
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Building homes away from home: Students go near and far to help Habitat for Humanity families By rachel Miller and Andrew wroblewski stAFF writers
while some students soaked up the sun in warm, tropical destinations for spring break last week, two groups of students chose to volunteer in either el Paso rain or Long island’s chilly temperatures, to help communities near and far through the University’s Alternative spring Break and staycation programs. At the beginning of last week, 12 students headed south for spring break to help a family with three young girls build a new home in el Paso, texas. the trip, sanctioned by Habitat for Humanity—a non-profit organization dedicated to building homes for those in need—gave the students ample opportunity to explore the culture of el Paso. “We wanted to find a place that was more urban than rural, had things to do in the evenings, and was warm,” said Ashley Gray, assistant director for the Office of Student Leadership and Activities. “we chose Birmingham, AL; Houston, texas; and el Paso; and we were assigned el Paso.” “i think everyone else was shocked by the vastness of the desert and the mountains [of el Paso],” said first-year student Zoe Hoffmann. “it was amazing how el Paso and Juarez (Mexico) could look so similar, but have such different cultures and histories.” Besides helping a family build a new home, the trip gave Hoffman an opportunity to shine as an emerging student leader. in order to help raise money to make the trip possible, Hoffmann helped coordinated events and meetings on campus as the student Coordinator of Alternative spring Break. “we raised money by selling one-dollar cut-out houses for the trip at atrium tables for
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The El Paso group puts the finishing touches to the house they helped a family build with Habitat for Humanity. Left above: The Staycation group helped build a house in Nassau County and volunteered at the INN. about a week and also had a crafts table at the irish Festival,” said Hoffman. “i believe we rose about $500-600 doing that, and then the rest of the money was raised through donations made by friends and family.” After a day of exploring el Paso, the students got down to business. the work consisted mostly of cleaning, landscaping, painting, and sheet-rocking. Although exhausted, students found the work to be quite rewarding. For service trips like these, students typically work for four out of the five days and
Back on Long island, a separate group of 12 students worked outside for Nassau County’s Habitat for Humanity. “We wanted to definitely do Habitat locally because [the University’s] Alternative spring Break, our national program, was doing Habitat, so we thought that would be a nice overlap,” said Gray. the students learned how to hammer in vinyl siding, attach roof framings and put together scaffolding. Most of them did not know each other before the program but united under the same goal. “we all just made it work,” said irene wymes, a junior community health major. “wherever we saw that help was needed, we just ran to it, and it was kind of cool to work together.” Administrative advisors accompanied the students to each service opportunity during the program. “From the inception of the program i knew i wanted to participate as an advisor,” said sarah Young, executive director for the Office of Student Leadership and Activities, who volunteered to go with the students to the Habitat service opportunity. “it was great to see students interacting with other
“I think everyone else was
shocked by the vastness of the desert and the mountains.” use the fifth day as a day to relax and take in the city and its surroundings. However, the Hofstra group was determined to put as much work into the house as possible. “we planned for our day off to be thursday, but on wednesday night the students decide to go without a day off so that they could continue work on the house,” said Gray. For Hoffman and the group, the trip was a satisfying experience. “the family was so deserving and hardworking,” said Hoffman. “it was an honor to help build their house.”
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While working in the day, the El Paso group took nights to explore the town and visit local eateries. ‘regular’ Habitat volunteers and learning about building a house and what goes in to it.” students and advisors also helped out at the Mary Brennan iNN and the Freeport Public Library. “the iNN is phenomenal. we work with them on a regular basis, so we definitely wanted to incorporate them because they are so close,” said Gray. “it’s an easy place for students to get to if they want to continue to do service, and we want to
introduce them to places that they can easily do service.” At the end of each day, the students and their daily advisors reflected on their experiences. Gray stresses the importance of reflecting on lessons learned for students participating in community service. “it’s important that when you’re doing service, you actually really think about it and who you’re helping and what you’re doing, and how you’re growing as a person,” said Gray.
saw that help was needed, we just ran to it.”
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Religious pluralism advocate given campus interfaith award By Andrea Ordonez News editOr
dr. eboo Patel, a Muslim of indian descent, grew up wanting to be white. “i grew up in the largely white suburbs of Chicago,” said Patel. “For a 17-year-old kid who grew up really wanting to be white, who never read a single book by a person of color in his entire english curriculum, from third grade to senior in high school, it was a revelation for me, the diversity movement. And i swallowed that pill whole.” during college, reading about the struggles of the Civil rights Movement eventually sparked Patel’s interest in the hardships of religious tolerance in America. As he learned more about his family’s religion and became a practicing Muslim, Patel noticed shared values between islam and other faiths. “All faiths call us to serve,” said Patel. “You can make religion a bridge to cooperation.” the recipient of the University’s 2012 Guru Nanak interfaith award, Patel created the interfaith Youth Core in 1998. He has gone on to serve
in President Obama’s inaugural council for the white House Office on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and been named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.s. News and world report. But Patel’s primary focus remains on making young people more accepting of other religions. He says they are most affected by society’s portrayal of religious fanaticism. “extremism is carried out by, basically, people your ages,” said Patel to the University students in attendance. “the foot soldiers of religious extremism
thanks & Giving, 9/11 Memorial and this week’s Holocaust remembrance day. “i think that each of us strives for a better understanding of each other and a greater love for our brothers and sisters,” said Bridget McCormack, the University’s Catholic chaplain. “Not everybody is always going to be on the same page, but that doesn’t mean we can’t work to understand each other.” rabbi dave siegel, the executive director of Hofstra Hillel, agrees noting each chaplain’s interaction with students of different faiths. “students from all different faiths are comfortable going to other people’s offices,” said siegel. “i think that a lot of that creates the greater culture of pluralism.” An instance that stands out to him is one between him and a Muslim student. “someone had asked about Muslim prayer services because they were looking at the school, so they came to the interfaith Center,” said siegel. “so i walked them down to where the Muslim prayer services were.” Patel’s message of coop-
“You can make religion a bridge to cooperation.” are young people.” thus, Patel’s organization aims to bring college students on campuses around the nation away from religious prejudice and toward pluralism. Hofstra’s interfaith Center helps foster religious tolerance on campus. the chaplains work together at events like the Center for Civic engagement’s interfaith dinner and dialogue,
Students find new perspective of Republican Party Continued From A1 away from tonight is that you don’t have to be a democrat if you’re a member of the LGBt community,” said Fuscarino. “i’m a democrat, but i accept anyone who is a member of the republican Party as long as they are not going to oppress LGBt people.” However, Cooper’s visit was not just about addressing new political trends and platforms. According to david Zuniga, president of sGA, listening to different political
isn’t really a red or blue issue. It’s an American promise.”
eration also reaches out to students that do not follow a specific religion. Max Zdrada, a senior liberal arts major, finds Patel’s dedication to interfaith cooperation motivational. “i’m respectful and indifferent to all religions,” said
Public Safety Briefs two male students were apprehended for activating the alarm for no reason.
A student reported being struck with a paintball on April 16 while sitting in his room with his back towards the window. the student responsible has not been found, but an investigation has been conducted.
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Public Safety apprehended four males on April 15 for fighting on Hempstead turnpike. two Hofstra students were issued appearance summons for disorderly conduct
and the other two nonstudents were banned from campus. Public Safety responded to an activated call box on April 16 in Constitution Hall.
A student reported on April 16 that she found a scratch on the front bumper of her car. the vehicle was parked in the Law school parking lot. A student reported that her car had been vandalized in the CV starr parking lot. the convertible top in her
views show the importance of free expression and tolerance on campus. “we as students should always be open to different opinions and through these exposures, develop our own,” said Zuniga. Fuscarino agrees noting that Cooper’s talk is not just about politics, but individual rights. “equal rights isn’t really a red or blue issue,” said Fuscarino. “it’s an American promise.”
silver 2006 BMw had been slashed by a sharp instrument. Police assistance was declined, but an investigation is being conducted. A student reported that his laptop had been stolen sometime between April 16 and April 17 in weed Hall. the laptop had been secured when he left it in his room, but was missing when he returned. the search conducted negative, but is still being investigated. A report has also been filed with the NCPD. Public Safety received a report on the night of April 17 that four males were climbing down the fire escape from the roof of
Additional reporting done by Jesse Bade. Zdrada. “[Patel] said that there’s ignorance in the world; and how do you solve that ignorance? That is such a difficult question and he’s been able to do something about it.”
Hofstra Hall. three males were apprehended for trespassing, but the fourth got away. No damage was done to the Hofstra property.
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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FRESHMEN DO’S AND DON’TS If you’re going to tan on campus, be appropriate
By Sophia Strawser ASSISTANT FEATURES EDITOR
We are now finally settled back in from spring break. Some of us came back tanner, richer and/or fatter. Those who didn’t have the opportunity to tan over break seem to be making up for that now. The quad has never been more full than it is now; utilize it. I witnessed girls lounging in their bras in between classes, attempting to soak up the sun. But please note: this is simply inappropriate. As most of our friends end school the first or second week of May, we are forced to suffer through – I mean happily complete classes – until the May 18.
We need to catch up on our tanning. This does not mean going tanning to the point that it looks as though you rolled around in a bag of Doritos, though. That’s not cute. I personally would like to have a non-cheesy tan when I come home. To achieve this, hang out on the quad. And by all means, spend your weekend at the beach. Jones Beach is a mere 10-15 minutes away by car. So find someone with said car and make him or her your friend. Make them want to go to the beach just as much as you do, and
there simply will be no problem getting what you want. Say, “Wow, it is so nice out. Ugh, the beach right now would be perfection, but I don’t have a car.” At this point dramatically
you drive.” Once they say, “No, it’s fine,” (which is nearly guaranteed) get your swimsuit on ‘cause you’re going to the beach! As we get into tanning season that means we begin to have to show more skin. My hibernation over winter that involved more time eating than working out at the gym has left me in panic mode. Find a workout buddy. As cliché as that sounds, it works. Hit up the gym, walk the long way to class, eat celery, and do whatever it takes. Go for a run on the bike path along
I witnessed girls lounging in their bras in between classes, attempting to soak up the sun. But please note: this is simply inappropriate. pout and begin to walk away. Your plan is put into action. The car owner will interject, saying, “Oh my God, the beach would be great. Let’s go. I can drive.” Respond with, “Oh no, I wouldn’t want to have to make
Hempstead Turnpike -- during the day, of course. We don’t want to run into any 70-year-old men on our way to the library. Unlike many colleges, we don’t have buffet style food services—be happy! This swipeper-item system helps us fight the freshman 15 and leaves us not feeling like a walking blimp. However, the walking blimp feeling is still easily achievable (see previous articles where I mention numerous sleeves of Oreos). In less than a month, summer will be here. Thank goodness. Let’s make the most of the time left in this semester. We’re almost there. We can do this, Hofstra.
Man on the Unispan Who do you think is going
“LMFAO.” - Sam Poto, Freshman
“Lil Wayne.” - Elaine Rezende, Junior
to headline MusicFest?
“Tupac hologram.” - James Thomas, Senior
“Tupac hologram.” - Brandon Davis, Sophomore
“Nicki Minaj.” - Kirsten White, Junior
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Overheard @ Hofstra
Compiled by The Chronicle Staff
In Bits & Bytes: Girl: He’s YOCOing so hard right now. Guy: What? Girl: You’re Only Cute Online.
In Calkins: Guy: He said he was a 23-yearold and had never kissed a girl. He was really ugly.
In the Student Center: Girl: And then the wall and the bed were shaking so I worked on my paper since I was so disturbed.
In the Student Center: Girl: You don’t text someone at 2 in the morning saying, “What are you doing later?” for no reason.
Outside Davison: Guy: Straight up kiss his a--. No homo.
Outside the Student Center: Girl 1: What are you doing for spring break? Girl 2: Having surgery.
Outside Adams Playhouse: Girl: Saying “lolsy” is just taking it too far.
On the Intramural Field: Girl: I hate telling you stuff like this. Guy: Baby, you can tell me anything. Girl: I’m late. Guy: For what?
Outside Davison: Girl 1: You b---h. Are we matching tonight? Girl 2: I hope not, because your boobs look so much better than mine. In the Student Center: Girl: My dad told me yesterday that I should go on an all-juice diet.
Outside the Student Center: Girl: I dated a convict once. I was kind of like a rehabilitation program. My vagina should be tax-exmpt.
Over hear something funny?
In Breslin: Guy: Yeah, look at those thunder thighs. Girl 1: No, stop. Now she’s not gonna eat for a week. Girl 2: Thanks, guys.
Send it to us!
In Class: Girl 1: I’m not drinking this whole break. Girl 2: I’m gonna call shenanigans on that statement.
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Emily Lowe Gallery enlists help of art conservator
Samantha Lim/ The Chronicle Sherman touching up a painting by retired Hofstra professor Yonia Fain.
By Samantha Lim STAFF WRITER
Works of art are sent to Jonathan Sherman, the art conservator, to perform his magic. His job is not to restore youth to the artwork, but to help them age gracefully. Sherman understands the importance of respecting the original artist’s vision. “It’s not your goal to make something better. If something’s
not very good, it’s okay. You’re just preserving it,” he said. “Sometimes people bring paintings to me that have been in their family for a long time,” he said. “They may not be good paintings, but as a kid, the person grew up looking at this painting on grandmother’s wall, so it means a lot.” For this reason, he enjoys taking on projects from private owners more than dealers. “Dealers
are very much like, ‘I paid a thousand for this painting, I want to sell it for two thousand, and I can only spend this much on restoration.’ It’s all dollars and cents!” he sighed with a sad shrug. Sherman also works with institutional clients, such as the Hofstra University Museum. He has been keeping busy by prepping works of art for an upcoming exhibition titled, “Yonia Fain: Remembrance.” Yonia Fain, a retired Hofstra University professor of Art History and Humanities, pays homage to victims of the Holocaust via powerful and moving paintings. The renowned artist has worked alongside Diego Rivera–considered by many as the greatest Mexican painter in history. “Apparently when Fain and Rivera met in Mexico City, they hit it off right away,” said Sherman, who had the pleasure of visiting 98-year-old Yonia Fain in his home in Carol Gardens, Brooklyn. “It was very nice to meet him… You meet people like that and it’s…” his voice trails off. “Just what he’s gone through,” he resumes in a tone softened by awe. Sherman will be attending the opening reception of “Yonia Fain: Remembrance” April 19
from 2-4 pm in the Emily Lowe Gallery. The event is open to all students looking to enjoy an afternoon of art, live music and free refreshments. “You hear people say, ‘If I won the lottery, I would play golf all day.’ This is what I would do. If I had unlimited money, I would be here. It’s great to have a job that you really, really like, so it’s not even work,” he said. “My parents really liked art, although neither one was an artist. As a child, they always took me to museums and encouraged that. I was a painter for a while.” He begins rambling about the positives of having a background in journalism, though by background, he really means backup. “You get to a point where you get out of college with an art degree and you’re like, ‘What do I do with this?’” He had a vague notion of art conservation at the time, and deemed it an interesting alternative. Research led him to a school in Italy that was part of a program at Rosary College. After three years, he earned his Masters in Fine Arts, and capped his education with an internship. An art conservator is a jackof-all-trades. Although the arts and sciences seem to exist on opposite spectrums, Sherman’s
line of work necessitates crossdisciplinary knowledge in the latter. “When you study art conservation,” he said, “you study chemistry and physics, because you have to have a working knowledge of it. Every type of paint has a different consistency and different solubility. You have to understand what they’re made of. But I would never call myself a chemist.” Being an art conservator has its downsides; Sherman is constantly exposed to toxic solvents, which could take a serious toll on his health. “It’s not the oil paint, but the turpentine or any thinners you use… So you really have to be careful.” He always plays it safe by pulling on a pair of gloves or strapping a mask over his nose and mouth. Artists and curators number the dozen in New York, but coming across an art conservationist is comparable to discovering a four-leaf clover. Sherman is the only art conservator in Nassau County. “I’m lucky to have my business,” said Sherman. Concurrently, the Hofstra University Museum is fortunate to have enlisted his services. Without him, many exhibitions would not have been successes.
Hofstra’s presidents throughout the years
In the 76 years Hofstra has been around, there have eight different people that have held the title of President. Each brought a different perspective and impact to Hofstra. Photos courtesy of the Hofstra University Archives. By Cody Heintz BUSINESS MANAGER
Truesdel P. Calkins Calkins served as Hofstra’s President from 1937 until his death in 1942. He was the first president of Hofstra, once Hofstra became an independent institution from New York University. Before becoming President, he served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Hofstra. Calkins was the Superintendent of the Hempstead Public School system from 1915 through 1932. He also served as directors of the Hempstead Apartment Company and the Second National Bank of Hempstead. Calkins also served as a Professor of Education at New York University from 1932 to 1938.
Howard S. Brower Brower was Hofstra’s second President, and served from 1942 to 1944. He was a business partner of William Hofstra and was a trustee to the Hofstra Estate. Even though he never went to college, he donated the Hofstra estate to New York University to originally be used as a Long Island branch of that university. Prior to being selected as president, he was the treasurer of the college and would end up serving as the Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1944 to 1945. Brower also served as the President of the Nassau Lumber Company, Mayor of the Village of Hempstead and was a founder of the West Hempstead National Bank. Brower Hall, the second-oldest building on campus, was named in his honor.
John C. Adams Adams served as Hofstra’s third President from 1944 through 1964, the longest term in Hofstra’s history. During his tenure, Hofstra transformed from a college to a university. A noted Shakespearian scholar, he began his career as an English instructor at Syracuse and Cornell Universities. He was also a Senior Research Fellow at the Folger-Shakespeare in Washington D.C. In 1950, Adams was the principal founder of Hofstra’s Shakespeare Festival. When Hofstra built a replica of the Globe Theater, it was based off of the model Adams built for his Ph.D. research. The Playhouse was renamed in his honor in 1974. The John C. Adams Chair in Literature was established to honor him in 1965 by the Alumni Association.
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Speaking with interim athletic director danny mccabe On April 5, Brown University announced that it had hired Jack Hayes as its new athletic director. Hayes, who had presided over Hofstra’s athletics department for eight years, would be replaced on an interim basis by Executive Associate Director of Athletics Danny McCabe. The University will conduct an upcoming search for a new athletic director and McCabe is being considered as a candidate for the full time position. The Chronicle’s Editor-in-Chief Max Sass had a chance to sit down with McCabe and discuss his being named interim athletic director.
softball to men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, wrestling -- down the line, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, volleyball. There’s so much success there. The basketballs each had three NIT appearances, so there’s a tremendous amount of success. There’s a lot of different things that were done during Jack’s tenure that are so positive so I think it’s certainly those types of things that were attractive probably to Brown University in hiring Jack.
How did Mr. Hayes tell you he had decided to take the job at Brown?
I’ve been in the business about 20 years. I have worked at Fordham University, at Fairfield University, at the University of Miami, at Providence College and now here at Hofstra. My background in this business is in the external relations side of the business. I worked a lot in ticket sales, in sponsorships, in marketing, in fundraising, all those revenue generating areas of the department. I did all of that prior to coming here at Hofstra. So when I came here to Hofstra as the Executive Associate Athletic Director, I had an opportunity to learn the internal side of the business as well. And that was something that Jack provided me, and I’m very grateful for that. To really assist him in the day-to-day operations of the department, to learn the things that an athletic director deals with on a day-today basis, to be involved in all the human resources aspects of a department, to be involved in the disciplinary actions of the department, to be involved in the advisement of sports programs and the management of our sports programs and to work with coaches on a day-to-day basis. So that’s all the types of experiences that I’ve gotten since I came here to Hofstra.
Well, Jack had given me a call on the evening that he was offered the job and accepted the job and that was the day before he had the press conference there. So that’s when he had taken it. I had known a couple days before that, that he was going to be heading up to Rhode Island to speak to the folks up there about the position. Overall, with him taking that job, when we discussed it, really the biggest thing for Jack was going home. For that, I’m very happy and excited for him to be able to go home, to be near his family again. He has a brother who has a family up there, his parents are up there and for him to be able to go back home, be near his family and his friends, raise his family in that environment, I know that was something that was very important to him, and so for those reasons I’m very excited for him.
How would you assess his time as the athletic director at Hofstra? I think there’s a lot of success here at Hofstra during Jack’s tenure. There are certainly a lot of NCAA Tournament appearances with so many different sports from
Can you tell us a little bit about your background, in terms of working in athletic departments, where you came from before Hofstra?
You were given the interim tag, when Mr.
Danny McCabe (far left) present a commemorative basketball in 2011.
Hayes left for Brown. Is it possible to accomplish something with the interim tag on your title? First of all, I’m very grateful to the University and to President Rabinowitz for placing his trust and their trust in me to lead the department during this interim time period. My main goal for this time period is to continue the communication and improve upon the communication within the department. I think any time that you lose your leader, as we have in Jack, then the communication becomes the most important thing. We’re here at the end of the spring season, there’s maybe a month left, there’s a certain amount of games left for all of our different sports, so it’s not a time where you would implement a tremendous amount of changes or anything along those lines. It’s really a time for us, internally, we’ve started to review some of
our policies, review how we did. Our ticketed sports are done for the year already, so we’re starting to review our revenue numbers and that type of thing. It’s a little bit of a review period for us, but at the same time we have a lot of sports that are continuing to play. So the most important thing to me is that the staff and the coaches understand that I’m here and that as an administrative staff, we’re all here to continue to help them as they finish out their years. And keeping up the communication is the most important part of that.
Georgia State just left for the Sun Belt, there are rumors of VCU and George Mason that Commissioner Yeager got on a conference call and said it’s not happening, but there are still rumors out there. How do you, as the [interim] athletic director, plan on dealing with the conference
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and whatever situation it’s in? Together with President Rabinowitz and Commisioner Tom Yeager, we’re in constant communication and always talking about these issues that are changing the national landscape within college athletics as well as the landscape here in the CAA, certainly as you mentioned with Georgia State’s announcement. Those are issues we continue to monitor and make sure we’re on top of those things and when the athletic directors and the Presidents, when they get together, whether it be on conference call or whether in be in person, that’s when they talk about possible replacements and that sort of thing. It’s something that at this time in college athletics, I think any athletic director needs to devote some time to it on a regular basis to be aware of what’s going on in the world of college athletics.
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Vol.77 Issue 22
Arts & Entertainment KEEPING HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY Entertained SINCE 1935
April 19, 2012
Earthquake Lights shake things up -B3 Ohad Amram/ The Chronicle
B 2• April 19, 2012
Faculty gets jazzed up By Andrew McNally COLUMNIST
On April 4, students and faculty ﬁlled the seats in the Helene Fortunoff Theater on a Wednesday night to watch the Hofstra Jazz Faculty Ensemble perform a blistering, two-hour set. Seven professors of music – Holli Ross on vocals, Steve Kenyon on woodwind instruments, Rick Stone on guitar, David Lalama on piano, Peter Coco and Martin Wind on bass and Tony Tedesco on drums – were on the bill, and were joined by yet another, Alejandro Aviles, on the alto saxophone. Professor David Lalama acted as the main emcee for the show, cracking jokes and introducing band members in between the pieces. Nearly every member got their chance for the microphone; however, the show did not go without accolades, too. Two of the pieces were written by performers. “Soccer Ball” was penned by Martin Wind, and “October” was written by Lalama, even though Lalama complained that
“October” was one of his early works that he forced students to play. They did not fail to mention, either, Steve Kenyon’s current involvement in the Broadway play “Porgy & Bess.” The band, with Kenyon on saxophone, performed “My Man’s Gone Now,” from the George Gershwin show. Naturally, all eight of the performers showed supreme talent. The concert’s opener, Gene DePaul’s “I’ll Remember April,” was percussion-heavy, and featured solos from four of the six musicians on stage. Still, the booming, gritty vocals provided by Holli Ross dominated over the backing instruments. One of the most entertaining parts of the concert, perhaps for its more unconventional feel, was Ray Brown’s “F. S. R.,” which featured just two musicians, Martin Wind and Peter Coco, both playing stand-up basses. The audience was treated to the story behind the song, and how it probably stands for “For Sonny Rollins.” The ﬁnal song was a ‘contrafactual,’ where one song
was played – Maceo Pinkard’s “Sweet Georgia Brown” – and two subsequent songs were played over the background rhythm of the ﬁrst song, instead of its own. The two subsequent songs were Thelonious Monk’s “Bright Mississippi,” followed by Miles Davis’ “Dig.” The song featured dueling solos between Lalama and Wind, where Wind used a violin bow on his stand-up bass. It was the only song that featured every performer playing together, something expected but still gratifying after a number of combinations built up to it. Nothing less than stellar was expected by such a line-up of talented musicians. And they delivered, displaying talents through eleven songs that used just about every combination of people as possible. Every performer got their chance to shine, and did so in a grand fashion. The concert was made possible thanks to a grant from the D’Addario Music Appreciation Initiative. It was featured as part of the Jazz Appreciation Month.
Heather Raffo speaks out for Iraqi women on the stage By Jeanine Russaw STAFF WRITER
“Having something to say and being able to say it is what keeps you going.” This is how political activism actor/playwright Heather Raffo responded to an audience member during the discussion on her play: Heather Raffo’s 9 Parts of Desire. Performed by Heather Raffo herself, this one-woman show has run off Broadway nine months with the possibility of a revival in the near future. Interested in both the creative and political process behind her series of nonﬁction speech patterns, the group of Hofstra students with various intended majors (including creative writing, political science, drama and journalism) eagerly participated. The play itself is a collection of monologues written in the voices of Iraqi women of all generations. There are nine women in total, hence the title of the play (in addition to a quote in another well-known book entitled Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks). The chronicling of Ms. Raffo’s endeavors ever since she graduated from a New York masters acting program was quite inspiring. She began her career shortly thereafter, in 1998, mainly because there was no such thing as Arab-American theatre at the time. No Arab-American female characters where anywhere to be found in American theatre. Growing up half-Iraqi on her father’s side and not knowing how to speak the language, Raffo admits she struggled ﬁnding her place in society with respect to her ethnicity. However, while in college during the 1980’s, with CNN incessantly streaming footage of the war in Iraq, she knew what she needed to do. She participates in the world
of theatre simply because she enjoys tackling dangerous and controversial conversations in the completely safe environment that the art of theatre creates. For example, after just recently returning from a similar discussion in Malta, Raffo exclaimed her dissolution for the blatantly racist nation. They openly admitted the people’s denial of their Arab roots, as well as the terrible way they treated Africans. It was easy to get to the heart of these issues thanks in part to the openness of her direct presentations. While she claims to engage in politically motivated theatre because of its relevance, it was by no means an easy feat. While she had ﬁnished her play in 200l and persistently looked for a place to get it up and running, most producers shied away, much too afraid after the terrorist attacks. Eventually, she found the break she was seeking, and the show was a hit. Fastforward to the present where the University of Baghdad hired a big-name Iraqi actress to ﬁll the role and New York theatres are scrambling to get the show running again. Somewhat irked and disappointed the cowardice of the American theatre, Raffo exclaimed “So now they want to bring in a bunch of Iraqis to come and see the show after we’ve decimated their f--king country?! New York wants to do this years later after they had the opportunity to do something about it?” On the whole, aside from the phenomenal acting (when she switches from her character and speaks as herself, you are suddenly reminded you have been watching a performance), the performance emphasized the importance of having your voice heard.
“Having something to say and being able to say it is what keeps you going.”
April 19, 2012 •B 3
Earthquake Lights By Andrea Ordonez NEWS EDITOR
To call the guys of Earthquake Lights meticulous is an understatement. While other bands rushed up to get ready to perform this year’s Battle for Music Fest, the guys took their time, a little under 15 minutes, just to set up. “Can we do a sound check please?” said lead singer Myles Rodenhouse from behind the mic. After brieﬂy running a few chords twice, Earthquake Lights ﬁnally began performing its set. Sure, the guys care about getting fans and selling CDs, but clearly not as much as achieving absolute perfection. Referring to a rare phenomenon, when bright blue or red auroras suddenly appear after an earthquake, Earthquake Lights was a name marking a rarity for the ﬁve-person band. “We went through a painfully long process of picking a name for the band and this was the only one we could agree upon,” said Cam Underhill (keys, vocals). Such high standards would drive other bands insane, but for Earthquake Lights, it’s what holds them together. Under the former name Kids with Guns, Rodenhouse, along with close friends Steve Helms (drummer) and Underhill decided to create a band in the fall of 2010. This desire intensiﬁed at the beginning of the following year after Hofstra Concerts announced it would hold a competition for one band to perform on the main stage of Music Fest. Working under pressure to meet a March deadline, the three changed the band’s name to sound less controversial and found Evan Douaihy (guitar) and Jimmy DiGirolamo (bass) to complete the set. After performing at Hofstra, the band began working on its EP. However, each member’s meticulous nature followed them
all the way to Los Angeles, where they recorded for Rodenhouse’s brother at Perfect Sound Studios. “I sat in a room with a notebook writing bad lyric after bad lyric until we had one that was just passable enough to record,” said Helms. Although Hofstra brought Earthquake Lights together,, the band looks to perform beyond campus and Long Island. Rodenhouse, Helms and Underhill have since graduated, making Douaihy and DiGirolamo the only ones in the band still taking classes. For Douaihy, Earthquake Lights gives him something to look forward to after graduation. “I never really put school ﬁrst,” said Douaihy. “It’s usually work, my internship, and then this band, and then school kind of takes a back seat. I see real potential in this band and it’s something I really enjoying doing so much more than listening to a lecture.” Releasing their band’s EP “Bangups & Hangups” on Leap Day of this year, the guys of Earthquake Lights plan to move to the next level with a full-length CD. But in the meantime, they’ll be performing around the East Coast, as far out as Washington, D.C. this spring and summer. Being perfectionists, Earthquake Lights measures the success of its EP not just by how many they sell, but how the listeners respond. “I was hoping that somebody would say that they found something in our music that they don’t ﬁnd in any other contemporary rock bands,” said DiGirolamo. For Helms, the perfect response to “Bangups & Hangups” is strictly sensory. “One of the best feelings you can get when you’re listening to music is when you hear something and it gives you goose bumps,” said Helms. Earthquake Lights will be performing on the main stage at Hofstra’s Music Fest May 5.
Earthquake Lights’ debut EP, “Bangup & Hangups” is currently available on Spotify, iTunes and the band’s website (www.earthquake-lights.com)
B 4• April 19, 2012
By Matt Ern COLUMNIST
Mad Men - Signal 30” Grade: A
his episode heavily features two of my favorite characters: Lane and Pete, both going through crises. Throw in the return of Ken Cosgrove with his short-story writer subplot and you have the recipe for a great episode. Pete and Lane are both men looking for something more out of life and are unhappy with their current positions in society. Lane questions his importance at the agency, but sees an opportunity to prove himself when he brings in Jaguar. Besides the business, he believes he has found a new friend in the company’s president, a fellow Brit. He tries to land the client on his own, but Pete manages to snake it away from him, suggesting that he, Don and Roger take the client out to dinner in order to seal the deal. When the account falls through, Lane decides to settle things with Pete the old fashioned way, a ﬁstﬁght at the partners meeting. Meanwhile, the suburbs are crushing Pete. It starts with a leaky faucet that he fails to ﬁx (and then is shown up by Don who ﬁxes it at a dinner party in front of Trudy). Pete’s attempt to ﬂirt with a young girl in his
driver’s ed class is undercut by a classmate of her’s who is literally called “Handsome.” So when dinner with Lane’s client leads to a trip to a whorehouse, Pete sleeps with another woman. Don tries to explain to Pete that he’s throwing away a perfect life and suggests he learns from Don’s own past mistakes. Their conversation in the cab ride home suggests that Don may actually be growing and learning, as he sees Pete going down the same path that destroyed his marriage with Betty. But by the episode’s end, as Pete remarks to Don in the elevator, he has nothing. As the end voiceover of Ken’s latest story suggests, Pete is not a happy man, despite the fact that he has a seemingly perfect life. He has everything he thought he wanted and yet he ﬁnds himself desperately clamoring for something more, yet that something will never be attainable.
Smash - “The Movie Star” Grade: C
mash is nearing the end of its ﬁrst season and as it limps across the ﬁnish line, I have to question what made NBC decide to pick it up for another one. At this point in the season, very little about the show feels fun or worthwhile. The various (unlikeable) charac-
“Signal 30” Grade: A
By Andrew McNally COLUMNIST
ters’ personal lives have started to overshadow the storylines revolving around a mostly stalled musical and the show’s own musical numbers seem to be lacking lately. The one breath of fresh air in this episode was Ivy and Karen’s relationship developing into more of a friendly rivalry. Ivy is still trying to scheme her way back into the part of Marilyn, but they both have a common obstacle/ enemy in the movie star brought in to replace them both as Marilyn. But the episode’s titular movie star arrives with her own set of problems for the showrunners, she can’t sing, her personal life is a mess and she wants to rewrite Tom and Julia’s script to cut down on the “singing and dancing around” and include more scene delving into Marilyn’s psyche. It’s hard to imagine the conception of a character who takes a part in a musical and then complains about all the music, but that’s what Smash is serving up to us. Most of Smash’s musical numbers are now different arrangements and performances of the songs we’ve already heard, and as such they’re starting to lose a bit of their appeal. Getting to see Tom sing last week was fun, but there’s nothing like that going on anymore.
Neon Trees - Picture Show Grade: BFor a sophomore album from a pop-punk band, “Picture Show” could be a lot worse than it is. It fulﬁlls all stereotypes of the pop-punk album it wants to be – group choruses that are all too easy to sing along to, songs that are fast and guitar-heavy but never loud, and ﬂagrant overuses of the word “kiss.” Still, something is left to be desired. “Picture Show” starts strong, with some crafty songwriting separating the ﬁrst six tracks from each other. But the latter half, overall, feels misguided and pointless. It’s nothing genius, but it was never expected to be.
If You Like: Cobra Starship, Two Door Cinema Club Maps & Atlases - Beware and Be Grateful Grade: C+ “Beware and Be Grateful” is painful. It’s not bad, but it should be so, so much better. Maps & Atlases are one of the most innovative of the undiscovered indie bands today. And there are ideas here, but they’re never fully explored. They’ve ditched their format of fast guitar songs interspersed with acoustic interludes for a more traditional, Decembrists-type style, resulting in 10 songs that aren’t bad, but ultimately forgettable. There are only hints of their former brilliance, and the band seems to accept this. As for its existence, I can’t say Beware or Be Grateful, but Be Cautious.
If You Like: Bon Iver, The Decemberists
Amadou & Mariam - Folila Grade: AThe blind, African married couple keep pushing themselves slightly closer to some unexpected American fame. Unexpected, but not undeserved. They’re incredibly talented songwriters and musicians, effortlessly mixing jazz, rock, pop and traditional African styles. They’re falling away from experimental music, but there’s still plenty going on. The album’s only fault is that, sometimes, there’s actually too much to listen to. Nearly every song seems to end just moments before it would overstay its welcome, and each track is unique from the last. Guest spots from Santigold and TV On The Radio members, among many, don’t hurt either. Get yourself acquainted.
If You Like: Fela Kuti, Buena Vista Social Club
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A12 •april 19, 2012
Titanic’s 100th Anniversary: Learning from the past By Elisabeth Turner cOluMnisT
Many of us are familiar with the RMs Titanic’s story. The great liner set sail from southampton, England on April 10 1912, and was scheduled to arrive in new York city on April 17. its maiden voyage became its last however, when it struck an iceberg at approximately 11:40 p.m. on April 14, amidst the waters of newfoundland’s iceberg Alley. it has been said that the primary overseer of the ship’s design team Thomas Andrews, was heroic
until his death that night, that he put women and children first in all matters of safety. Prior to the RMs Titanic’s departure, Andrews had put total confidence in the ship’s indestructibility; he believed that the ship could not founder because of its ability to stay afloat even in the case that four of its watertight compartments became flooded with water. it has been noted that — when it had been ascertained that the ship was indeed sinking — Benjamin Guggenheim, an American businessman, said he was dressed in his best, prepared
to go down as a gentleman. Accounts of the ship’s last hours will always be varied, some truer than others. Yet, its story rings true for all of society, its past, present and future. Titanic was the epitome of Edwardian era luxury, a symbol of human power, of the extensive security and comforts of advancing technology. These men — and perhaps all of humanity at the time — truly believed that a period in which human capability and intelligence could not be limited by the forces of nature, of God or of any other unprecedented circumstances, had been reached.
The early twentieth century yielded to many new innovations, including electric light and aeronautical engineering. Humans were utilizing power in ways that had previously been thought of as entirely implausible, and when the RMs Titanic sunk, people all over the world were struck with horror. Yet, 100 years later, humans are still speeding on full steam ahead, into the depths of knowledge and power, into the realms of science and reasoning. Most Americans buy food from the local grocery store, packages filled with all manner of genetically modi-
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fied ingredients and preservatives. Others are pressured by the demands of an increasingly superficial society. Morality trickles down, relativity expands and technology surpasses technology. students attending universities claim to do so in order to secure themselves a well-paying job in the future, one that simultaneously allows them to follow their passions. The world’s youth are its future, yet they are often oblivious to the lessons and values of the past. As Hofstra students, we should take advantage of the knowledge that our professors are entrusting with us, of the values that our elders have instilled within us. There may be no one capable of saving the world, but anyone can renew it if they choose to look past themselves, past competition and self-righteousness, and into the well-being of humanity. The RMs Titanic was vast in scale, beautiful in design and more powerful than any other ship of its time. Yet, it was human failure that ultimately led to its destruction. By recognizing the mistakes of yesterday, we can prevent them from happening again tomorrow. let’s be authentic, not hollow. let’s look back at the RMs Titanic and reflect. Then, let us sail on.
Marijuana laws and international crime policies By Beckett Mufson cOluMnisT
Dozens of medical organizations, from the American nurses Association to the new England Journal of Medicine, have endorsed the use of marijuana for medical purposes and decriminalization of the drug for personal use. Drug cartels make over 2 billion dollars a year from growing and smuggling marijuana for u.s. markets. There are multiple organizations devoted to the purpose of affecting changes in marijuana laws all over the world. This is an international movement, and marijuana represents only about 20 percent of the profits drug cartels make from u.s. markets. Heroin, cocaine, and other hard drugs sold to an utterly addicted American market provide the other 80 percent of the profits
that cartels use to wage their drug wars in latin America. Murder rates in central America and the caribbean are the highest in the world due to the prevalence of drug production and smuggling in the area. President Otto Perez Molina came into office in Guatemala at the height of its “dirty war” against the drug cartels. He campaigned promising a zero tolerance policy toward delinquency and the drug trade, about as conservative a drug policy as one could hope for. since his election in December of 2011, he has radically reversed his opinion, calling the war on drugs a failure and advocating limited legalization of the production and consumption of drugs. The President of colombia also called on the u.s. to “take away the violent profit that comes with drug trafficking.” These men head generally conservative regimes actively aligned with the united states, but they
advocate the even more extreme legalization than the “hippie liberals” who picket and protest while covered in Bob Marley regalia. Obviously, American drug policy isn’t so fluid that a few cries for help from some latin American nations will change them overnight. The transition to legal drug use will come with lots of small logistical and moral issues that will inevitably crop up as our society copes with the shift in policy and the deterioration of the social and legal stigma associated with drug use. This will absolutely be difficult. Parents are going to have to teach their children about the dangers of marijuana and cocaine alongside responsible alcohol use. some people will get hurt. some will abuse the drugs. But society will adapt to this change, and the result will be the crippling of the drug cartels’ most potent markets and the end of the failed war on
drugs. in Mexico alone, over 50,000 people have been killed due to drug-related gang activity. All the evidence points to the fact that we are losing the war on drugs, and now is a time when we can still choose to adapt and change to preserve our integrity, rather than crumble at the hands of the ever more powerful gangs and cartels. At the summit of the Americas last saturday, the President of
colombia called on the u.s. to retool its drug policy, putting pragmatism over blind attachment to misguided principles. We, the people, need to seriously consider his plea. He is one of the most qualified to comment on the subject, and he is fighting to preserve his people. We are fighting to preserve an outdated outlook on the world around us. it didn’t work with Prohibition in the ‘30s, and it isn’t working today; the time for change is now.
The views and opinions expressed in Op-Ed section are those of the authors of the articles. They are not a reflection of the views and are not endorsed by The Chronicle or its staff. The Chronicle does not discriminate its articles based on the opinions of the author.
April 19, 2012• A13
Political debate over the future of nuclear energy By John Pritsiolas cOluMnisT
After the horrific events that occurred at the Fukushima reactors last March, one would like to believe that nuclear energy is no longer viewed as a viable resource. unfortunately, many people still hold nuclear energy in a favorable light despite the dire consequences of the disaster in Japan. For example, David Ropeik (a professor at Harvard), is out with an article lamenting the individuals who wish to shut down two nuclear reactors in california. He focuses his attention on two different groups, baby boomers and environmentalists. According to Mr. Ropeik, he blames baby boomers ‘irrational’ feelings towards nuclear energy on a so-called cold war mindset. Mr. Ropeik then goes on to broadly label anyone else that opposes nuclear energy, as an “environmentalist”. On that note, i regret to inform Mr. Ropeik, that i do not consider myself an environmental-
ist by any definition of the word. As such, i will make the argument why nuclear energy in its current form simply remains unfeasible, on a purely economic basis. i believe it is important to begin with remarks from John Rowe, the former cEO of Exelon (the largest provider of nuclear energy in America). Who recently stated that, “i’m the nuclear guy and you won’t get better results with nuclear [energy]. it just isn’t economic, and it’s not economic within a foreseeable time frame.” unlike Mr. Ropeik, the former cEO of Exelon actually has the credentials to reinforce his analysis in opposition of nuclear energy in its current state. Furthermore, it’s also important to note that while Mr. Ropeik likes to act as if nuclear energy is as primordial as fossil fuels, then he should certainly take a step back. The first civilian nuclear power plant was built in Obninsk, Russia, which was later brought online in 1954. At the very fact of the matter, nuclear energy is not
only still in its infancy, but it would cease to exist if governments removed their financial support of such endeavors. unfortunately, Mr. Ropeik also fails to mention the fact that disaster insurance for nuclear energy (in America) is currently underwritten by the u.s. government. no existing owner of a nuclear power plant would have to completely cover the liabilities of a nuclear disaster in the united states. if the power of the market was allowed to properly function, nuclear energy would become notoriously uncompetitive. To bolster these claims, the Associated Press released an article only serving to vindicate the previously estab-
lished points. The author, Juergen Baetz, made the not so stunning revelation that nuclear energy is an economically viable resource, only if it goes uninsured. Mr. Baetz, a German AP correspondent, revealed that a disaster at a nuclear plant in Germany could rack up costs totaling $11 trillion dollars. such a calamity would not only be harmful to the welfare of Germans, but would present a financial quagmire for the country as well. Mr. Baetz ultimately comes to the logical conclusion that at the very end of the day, nuclear energy will ultimately be more costly
simply remains unfeasible on a purely economic basis”
than fossil fuels. Furthermore, lazard ltd, an investment bank that manages over $160 billion dollars in assets found that, wind and solar are becoming cheaper sources of energy at a much more rapid pace. Whereas, on the other hand, pursuing nuclear energy is only becoming increasingly costly as time passes. Given the ambiguous nature of nuclear energy and the plethora of risks associated with such efforts, the future of nuclear energy stands amidst growing public outrage that shows little sign of waning in the future. When one begins to factor in the sheer costs that are involved with government subsidies and potential disasters, one has to seriously question if nuclear energy is truly the panacea that it was originally anticipated to be.
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Chris Vaccaro brings alive the past of Hofstra Athletics By Joe Pantorno SPORTS EDITOR
Hofstra alum Chris Vaccaro takes you on a trip into the archives in his book, “Hofstra Athletics, Images of Sports,” that hit bookshelves in January. “We opened up the vaults and the archives and got some pictures that haven’t really been looked at,” said Vaccaro. “We saw things that haven’t been talked about in 60-70 years.” Vaccaro’s fifth published work creates a pictorial account of every Hofstra athletic team dating as far back as the school’s first years. “I’m extremely proud of this,” said Vaccaro. “No one has ever written a book about the history of Hofstra Athletics before… it’s a thrill for me.” This was a project that Vaccaro aspired in taking on for years.
“I presented the idea to [former Athletic Director] Jack Hayes and went to the proper channels within the University to get it approved,” said Vaccaro. “And that was it.” Before the reader is tantalized with some of the rarest pictures available of the school’s athletic program, alum and men’s basketball legend Speedy Claxton provides a foreword. “It was really important because I wanted to make sure it was someone who represented the University well,” said Vaccaro. “Speedy is a great ambassador for Hofstra and it meant a lot to me having followed him when I was younger.” It was no simple task to accumulate the type of photographs Vaccaro brought together. “I had a lot of help from the University. Stephen Gorchov and his staff at the athletic commu-
nications were tremendous and provided me with so much help,” said Vaccaro. “We also got pictures from the archives and from personal folders.” Vaccaro currently is a digital editor at Topps as well as teaching classes at Hofstra. He graduated from Hofstra in 2007 and was a former Sports Editor for The Hofstra Chronicle. “It means a great deal for me,” said Vaccaro. “It’s nice to be able to capture the sports history of such a great university that means so much in my life.” From football stars to the first basketball court in Calkins Hall, his piece provides an informative and interesting look back into the rich history of Hofstra sports. The book is available for purchase through the Hofstra Athletics site at www.gohofstra. com.
Photo courtesy of Hofstra Athletic Communications Vaccaro’s book documents the history of Hofstra Athletics.
April 19, 2012 A 15
Live from New York, it’s Eli Manning!
I don’t care what anyone says, SNL has drastically improved over the past two or three years. I find myself DVRing the show and watching it on Sunday afternoon (I’m 21 and it’s Saturday night, I have a life) and actually getting some solid laughs. Last week, Saturday Night Live announced the next new episode would be May 5th. The host: Super Bowl champion quarterback Eli Manning. That’s right, Eli is once again following in his big brother’s footsteps and taking the stage at Studio 8H at Rockefeller Center. SNL has a great legacy of athletes hosting their show from Derek Jeter’s Taco Hole to Charles Barkley’s Donkey Basketball Camp. From Shaq taking a spanking from Tracy Morgan to Joe Montana being chastised by the Church Lady, athletes tend to bring their A-game to sketch comedy. So once I found out about the Elite One getting a shot at SNL,
I started thinking of possible sketches to make Manning look like a champ in late night TV.
COLD OPEN: Sorry, Eli, not
really common for the host to be in the opening sketch. Plus, I really don’t see a man whose IQ has repeatedly come into question by Giants fans holding his own in a sketch about Mitt Romney or President Obama or whatever political shenanigans are going on.
second Super Bowl, but he’s not the media darling quarterback of New York. That title belongs to Gang Green’s new backup Tim Tebow. After his short-lived enjoyment of the spotlight, Eli goes on a quest to make the headlines
TEBOWMANIA: Eli just won his
Eli knows how to win, so why not have him show people how to be elite? Have him give a speech on the ways of winning to a high school or a college team. Sex, drugs and alcohol. That’s the key to a championship and a key to being a loved sports figure in New York. I’m Joe Namath and I approve this message.
BATTLESHIP: Rihanna will be
Since Peyton has hosted before, it just reignites the sibling rivalry we’ve seen in Oreo and ESPN commercials. Eli may have two Super Bowl rings, but many will argue Peyton is the better overall quarterback, which brings the idea of a rousing rendition of “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” between the two brothers, and maybe Cooper Manning can contribute a little as well. Ah, brotherly love.
can’t catch a break.
again. He brokers peace talks with Syria. He helps to lower the unemployment rate. He finds the body of Jimmy Hoffa. However, he still finds the top story of the evening is the messiah Tebow eating a calzone or finding a penny on 6th Avenue. Poor Eli,
the musical guest that night and she actually has a movie coming out, “Battleship”. That’s right, they are making a movie off the board game, Battleship. C-7… D-4… F-3… THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO BE A MISS! Regardless, I think a great SNL digital short would feature Rihanna and Eli in an intense game of Battleship. Throw in Andy Samberg as a commentator for good measure. Should be worth a chuckle.
Weekend Update anchor and notoriously lover of Boston sports, versus Eli Manning in a Giants-Patriots debate. Guest cameos by Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul. Hey, I’m down with JPP, yeah, you know me.
CINCO DE MAYO: Eli
Manning as a frat guy making bad decisions on Cinco De Mayo. Bueno!
OREO COMMERCIAL: Eli and Peyton back together to shoot an Oreo ad with different athletes and celebrities. Who doesn’t want to see Ryan Leaf endorse sandwich cookies? No one? Well, there’s other sports figures in the news worth sponsoring Nabisco. End of show. Oh, and all of these are copyrighted, but if anybody using this as a tablecloth right now knows anyone at NBC, I am graduating and I need to pay off the arm and leg I owe Hofstra.
WEEKEND UPDATE: Pointcounterpoint. Seth Meyers,
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Fourth quarter woes continue for men’s lacrosse at Warrior Classic Hofstra
By John Iadevaia STAFF WRITER
CHARLOTTE, NC-- Head coach Seth Tierney left Saturday’s game proud of his team’s effort despite the final outcome. For over three quarters, the Hofstra men’s lacrosse team went back and forth with no. 8 North Carolina in Charlotte at the ESPNU Warrior Classic. In the end, the Tar Heels left the field victorious 12-9. “I’m not a fan of the result, but I’m awfully proud of their effort” said Tierney after the game. It was a game where everything was clicking for the Pride. Senior goalkeeper Andrew Gvozden was standing on his head, the offense generated quality chances, junior midfielder John Antoniades was 50 percent at the face-off dot and the special teams units played excellent. It came down to a 9-7 Pride lead early in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for Hofstra, the recurring theme of this year’s team returned. Hofstra could not hold the lead, as UNC went on a five-goal run to cap off the
contest. North Carolina (9-4) took over in the fourth quarter. They won five of six face-offs, picked up 12 ground balls (37-22 edge in the game), and bombarded the Pride backfield with 13 shots. It did not help that Hofstra (6-6), turned the ball over six times in the final frame. “We practiced every scenario this week at practice,” said Tierney. “We were prepared mentally [but we] just ran out of steam… they wore us down.” Gvozden was Hofstra’s best player. He made critical saves throughout the contest, boosting his team’s confidence with 14 saves. North Carolina’s best players came to play as Jimmy Bitter and Marcus Holman combined for nine goals and 14 points. They proved difficult for the Pride defenders to contain. However, Hofstra’s defensive midfield played a great game going 16-17 on clears while holding the waves of Tar Heel attacking midfielders to only three goals. On the other side of the field, Hofstra’s offense came from the midfield. Junior Adrian Sorichetti showed off his strong shooting from long range with two goals and four points. Freshman Mike Malave had a career day with three goals. His
dodging was impressive, while his bounce shots found the back of the net all day. Sophomore attackman Lance Yapor took advantage of open space in the Tar Heels defense. The sophomore led all Pride scorers with four goals. “A lot of our goals were assisted goals… we don’t have that too much,” said Yapor. “This game really proved that we can throw the ball around.” Grad student midfielder Steve Serling and senior attackman Mike DeNapoli finished with two assists each. As good as the offense was, the Pride left numerous chances on the table. It did not capitalize on transition opportunities. Serling hit two crossbars in the second half while the second midfield was ineffective all day. From poor shots to unforced turnovers, the unit only managed two shots. With two CAA games left on the schedule, Hofstra can still make the conference post-season tournament. Saturday’s tilt against no. 1 UMass at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA is a must win. For Andrew Gvozden, building off Saturday’s game gives Hofstra an advantage. “The momentum that we have right now… [it’s] going to help us out a lot.”
Cody Heintz/The Chronicle Freshman attack Mike Malave (8) had three goals against UNC.
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Women’s lacrosse splits CAA weekend By Angelo Brussich ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
Cody Heintz/The Chronicle Sophomore midfielder Alex Mezzanotte (4) speeds away from the defense.
After a record-tying goal output by the Hofstra University women’s lacrosse team against George Mason University, the Pride went on to split a twogame weekend slate with a loss to Towson and a win against Delaware. Hofstra opened its weekend pair of games at Towson to take on a very powerful Tigers team. Hoping to build off of its 23 goal explosion against George Mason, the Pride instead found itself behind 2-0 early in the contest. Hofstra coach Abby Morgan said of the slow start, “We just did not come out as strong as we need to in the beginning of the game… we did not do a good job from the start.” Hofstra would battle back to tie the game up at two, but that was as close to the lead as it would get. The Tigers went on a 7-2 run before the half would end, continuously thwarting any attempt by the Pride to mount a comeback while pulling away with a 9-4 lead at the break. Towson sophomore attacker Andi Raymond had a very strong game, recording four goals and four assists in the game. “She’s a great player, very quick,” said Morgan. “They’re such a one-v-one team and we tried to slow them down and they did combat that with some assists.”
Coming into the second half, Hofstra desperately needed to take the momentum of the game if it wanted to make a comeback, and it started off well; scoring two of the first three goals in the half. With the lead closed to 10-6, the Tigers would retake full control of the game using a 5-1 goal run to put away any chances of a Pride comeback and ultimately coming away with a 16-9 victory over Hofstra. “We didn’t take advantage of the chances we had,” said Morgan. The Pride was back at home at Shuart Stadium to take on the Delaware Blue Hens. Behind a four point performance from sophomore attack Lindsey McKinnon (three goals, one assist) and a four point performance from freshman midfielder Brittain Altomare, Hofstra was able to comeback from an early deficit. After taking an early 2-0 lead, the Blue Hens battled back and knotted the game up at two. Altomare and junior attack Claire Brady both scored their second goals of the contest under two minutes apart to give Hofstra its second two point lead of the game. Delaware would come back again to tie it up though before the half on the strength of a three goals to one stretch. The Blue Hens continued its hot streak to start off the second half and took its first lead of the game at 7-6. Then McKinnon took over for the Pride, scoring two
goals back to back just over one minute apart to give Hofstra back the lead for good. “She’s been up and down, she’s struggling with an injury,” said Morgan. “She hasn’t practiced in probably two or three weeks and she really just came on and you could see it right away her first drive just, ‘Oh, Lindsey’s on fire; let’s get her the ball’.” The Blue Hens did not go lightly though, pulling to within one of with under 16 minutes to play. Hofstra was able to close this game out by scoring four of the last five goals in the game, sealing a 13-8 victory. With the win Hofstra improves to 4-10, good for third in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) while improving its record to 3-2 in CAA play. The Pride will be back in action at home on Friday against Old Dominion at 4 p.m.
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Ziemba, Bigler go yard, Pride takes down Rams 6-1 Cody Heintz/ The Chronicle Junior Tessa Ziemba (1) is congratulated by head coach Bill Edwards rounding third after her second home run of the game against Fordham.
By Joe Pantorno SPORTS EDITOR
It was getting dark on Tuesday evening, but two home runs from Tessa Ziemba and one from Becca Bigler provided enough power to light the Hofstra softball stadium in the Pride’s 6-1 win over Fordham. The win is Hofstra’s 21st in 22 games. In what looked to be a pitcher’s duel between Hofstra’s Olivia Galati and Fordham’s Jen Mineau the bats headlined the first inning. After Fordham (27-18) plated a run in the top of the first inning, after an error from catcher Courtney Crews gave the Rams new life, Ziemba bombed her first round-tripper of the game in the bottom half of the inning, a two-run, high-arching blast that just cleared the right field fence. “It was very important [that we got to Mineau early],” said Edwards. “We knew if she kept grinding she was going to find it and we just ran into a couple early, got a couple of runs.” Bigler clocked her ninth home run of the season, a solo shot, in the third inning to give Hofstra (25-13) some breathing room. “We just kept hacking,” said
Edwards. “We ran into a couple and got a couple of dingers.” It was all the support Galati needed in the circle, though she did not have her best stuff, it was still a magnificent outing. The junior pitched a complete game, allowing one run on five hits while striking out 10 batters, improving her record to 19-5 on the season “In the second inning, I pulled her over and I said, ‘You know you don’t have your good stuff right now,’” said Edwards. “You had to grind it until you find it and she kept working and working and she would find a way to get them out.” Ziemba, who went 3-3 on the day, added the cherry on the victory cake with a three-run home run to centerfield, her second of the game and her tenth of the season. Bigler went 1-2 with an RBI and two runs scored. It might have been a vital out-of-conference win over an in-state opponent, but Edwards viewed the victory as much more. “A lot of people would look at this as a local rival, but this was a national game,” said Edwards. “You had Olivia Galati throwing against Jen Mineau who was an All-American. Everybody around the country was watching this game.”
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For Serling, the sixth time’s a charm Graduate midfielder’s road takes him to Hofstra where he takes on defenders and the odds By Joe Pantorno SPORTS EDITOR
For eight of the nine lacrosse players celebrating senior day last Saturday, it was due to be an emotional day filled with memories. Graduate midfielder Steve Serling has been there and done that. “Steve Serling doesn’t get excited about senior day anymore,” said head coach Seth Tierney jokingly. “It’s his third one.” “I try not to look at those three senior days,” said Serling with a smile. A grad student, Steve Serling is in his sixth year of eligibility as an NCAA Division I lacrosse player; six years that have had ups and downs as dramatic as an overtime thriller. Growing up in Rockville Centre, Long Island, Serling matured and developed in the middle of a lacrosse hotbed. “I picked up a lacrosse stick coming out of the womb,” said Serling. “My dad played college lacrosse so I started at a real young age at the Rockville Center lacrosse program.” Lacrosse stick securely in hand, Serling gained AllNassau County Honors at South Side High School, choosing a Pennsylvania school, Lafayette College of the Patriot League, to play his college lacrosse at. “My path took me to Lafayette and I never looked back,” said Serling. “I’ll never regret going to Lafayette. It was one of the best four years of my life and I had a great experience there and I think it made me who I am today.” From 2007-2010, the midfielder scored 72 goals while recording 24 assists, graduating with a degree in economics and business. His numbers would have been more impressive if it were not for a ruptured spleen that ended his junior year in 2009 before it even began. After graduation, Serling came to Hempstead, a USILA Scholar All-America Team honoree looking to take his talent to the top
Division I opposition in the country while obtaining his master’s degree in finance. “I knew after I graduated from Lafayette I wanted to come home and be on Long Island,” said Serling. “Both athletically and academically, Hofstra was a perfect fit and it’s been a great experience.” The competition quickly took note of Serling’s talent as the midfielder recorded three goals and six assists in the first four games of the season. “Division I lacrosse is always changing and there’s a lot of parody in it,” said Serling. “It seems that every week there is a new team at the top.” For the second time in three years, bad luck reared its ugly head into view as Serling ruptured his spleen again, sidelining him for the rest of the season. “Both of those years I sat out with the ruptured spleen was a learning experience,” said Serling. A sixth year was not guaranteed, but Serling managed to gain a second year of play at Hofstra and he is taking full advantage of it. “I’m at full strength now, just taking it one step at a time,” said Serling. “I’m working hard every day just to finish my last couple games out on top.” With half a decade of Division I lacrosse under his belt, Serling has stepped up to become a leader on a Hofstra team that is lacking experience. “Being around a long time I just try to share my experience with the younger guys,” said Serling. “I try to give them any advice I can while leading by example.” Serling’s path and work has brought him to a crucial conference showdown with the number one team in the nation, the University of Massachusetts this Saturday, something Serling has looked forward to his entire career. “It’s kind of a dream come true for a lacrosse player,” said Serling. “Playing at a big time venue like Gillette Stadium
against a big-time opponent, you couldn’t ask for more to finish up.” A journey six years in the making is about to come to an end, and it’s up to Serling and Hofstra lacrosse to write its ending.
Graduate midﬁelder Steve Serling (5) leads the Hofstra lacrosse team in his sixth year of eligibility.
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Cody Heintz/ The Chronicle Serling is in his second year at Hofstra and currently has nine goals and six assists. He appeared in only four games last season.
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A midfielderâ€™s journey Steve Serling loving life with the Pride in his sixth year of eligibility