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Students react to house explosion off-campus By Ehlayna Napolitano Staff WritEr


house previously on foreclosure in Hempstead exploded last week, but the cause of which was unknown, according to officials quoted by Bronx News 12. Located on 180 Perry St., the explosion caused two injuries, the reported also noted. the Hempstead fire Department and Public Safety were contacted but did not give the Chronicle further

details. the house explosion adds to the list of dangerous incidents that have been reported offcampus, which also includes burglaries, robberies and car accidents. However unlike previous robberies and burglaries, Hofstra students were not notified of this explosion through the Campus Alert Notification System. On-campus residents, students that live off-campus and commuters reacted to the news of the

explosion differently. for senior Molly Sternin, the explosion reinforced her decision to live on campus. “My experience with houses in Uniondale and Hempstead is that many of them are not well taken care of,” she said. “i’m not too keen on living off campus if i can live in a dorm and not worry about my dorm blowing up.” Sophomore Emilie Yonan agreed, but also added the sense of security she feels on campus.

“i feel like i am safer on campus due to Public Safety’s broad presence...i absolutely adore my dorm and i wouldn’t want it any other way.” But senior Kevin Brugger, who lives four blocks east of Perry St., was not completely stirred by the explosion. “i think they said there was some gas problem on that block,” he said. “if i was on that block, i would be concerned, but i feel safe here. Junior Nick Dorman, who lives

in Williston Park, also agreed that he feels safe living away from campus. “in regards to the hurricanes and storms we’ve faced recently i feel rather safe, i think the towns and country really handled the situations really well,” he said. Dorman added that many of the off-campus apartments and houses he has seen and his friends live in are also wellequipped and seem like a good place to live.


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The back-up plan: tuition refunded Students will have the opportunity to next semester to opt for the tuition refund Plan, an insurance plan that will give students a tuition refund in the event that they decide to leave Hofstra. this plan is run by a third-party and thus, students must pay $127 per semester to obtain it. Leslie Bennett, Student financial Service Counselor, explained the logistics of this plan. “the plan is optional but God forbid you break your leg and are unable to make it through the remainder of the semester, this plan can provide you security in regards to the refunding of their tuition,” Bennett said. But Bennett also emphasized that once the semester begins, students cannot receive refunds for various fees such as the university fee, activity fee, technology fee, etc. She also made

it clear that this plan would only be able to be utilized if a student had to leave for a medical or mental incapability, which has no connection to a student’s ability to afford continuing their education at Hofstra University. When students register for the fall 2013 semester, a prompt screen will appear beginning with, “Hofstra University would like to make you aware of the tuition insurance program, the tuition refund Plan (“trP”), available through a.W.G. Dewar, inc.” Preceding the blurb which gives students background information as to what the trP is, they will have to select “yes” if they plan to purchase this insurance, or “no” if they do not. Students who fail to select an option will not be able to move on to selecting their classes. if a student agrees to purchase the insurance, the fee of $127 will

be added onto their fall 2013 student invoice and will be expected to be paid on the due date of the invoice. in the case a student does not wish to purchase the insurance, they will have until the beginning of the fall 2013 semester to change their mind, but if they do not choose to purchase it before that time they will not be eligible for a tuition refund in the case something does happen to them throughout the semester. Some students showed optimism toward this plan. Naomi Gunkel, a sophomore, remembered reading an email that gave some detail about the trP currently run by Hofstra, and said a lot of people she knew who would probably use it, although she did not foresee purchasing the plan for herself. “it’s good to have that option just in case, but i personally do not think i would fall into a

circumstance that i would need it so i probably won’t be buying it,” Gunkel said. amish Sattaluri, freshman, also brought up the idea that his parents would ultimately have the final say of whether or not he would have the insurance. “in comparison to our tuition i don’t think $127 is a lot to pay to ensure if i have to leave i can get my money back,” he said. Granted, there is the worst case scenario of losing 127 bucks.” Johannes Sorto, freshman, understood the plan but questioned to usage of his tuition money. “We pay a lot of money to attend this university, so why isn’t some of the money we pay allocated to this insurance,” Sorto said. “Shouldn’t everyone be able to be refunded if they come into unfortunate circumstances?”


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Corrections 2-28-2013 Issue The front page article titled “NBC 4’s Cicma rallies journalism students to aim high and work hard” was written by Ehlayna Napolitano, staff writer. The back page photo was taken by Cody Heintz.

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Sorority celebrates lost sister’s life By andrew Wroblewski Staff WritEr

the sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma made one thing certain at Cristina El Shahawi’s memorial Wednesday: they would not focus on her death, but her life. “Cristina always had a smile on her face,” said Kelsey Marino, President of Phi Sigma Sigma. “there should be more people in the world like her.” El Shahawi, a recent Hofstra graduate and Phi Sigma Sigma sister, was killed in a car accident on feb. 6. But that was far from the focus. Close to 150 students and faculty members gathered at the Cultural Center theater to remember El Shahawi. While many tears were shed, El Shahawi was ultimately remembered by her sisters, family and friends as “a happy-go-lucky” girl. El Shahawi’s sorority sisters shared the experiences they had with her at Hofstra. “Cristina could completely turn your life around,” said Caitlin Sawyer, one of El Shahawi’s little sisters. “She encouraged people

to do things that they normally wouldn’t do.” the night ended with the members of Phi Sigma Sigma signing a song in remembrance of El Shahawi and a video slideshow that fully showcased El Shahawi’s famous smile. Mario Bolanos, assistant Director of Student Leadership and activities, echoed the sentiment that El Shahawi should be remembered for what she did with her life to affect others. “[Students] should remember and reflect on all of the great times she shared with them,” said Bolanos. “it’s a tragedy that this happened to Phi Sigma Sigma and the Greek community, but it’s great that the Greeks have really come together and shown their support during this time.” Marino was also very thankful to the Hofstra community for showing its support in this delicate time. “thank you so much for everything,” said Marino. “[the community] has been such a big support for us, we couldn’t have gotten through this without them.”

“Cristina always had a smile on her face. There should be more people in the world like her.”

Phi Sigma Sigma sisters share their memories of Cristina El Shahawi.

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Meal plan mandatory By Jesse Bade Staff WritEr

Students living on campus next semester will be required to purchase a meal plan. this is a change to the previous procedure, which required only freshmen to purchase one of the highest three plans; this will stay in place while the new rule is implemented come September. Lynda O’Malley, associate Dean of Students, explained students who do not purchase a meal plan would pay a minimum of about $825 added on to tuition. this action is nothing new. “the requirement is for our undergraduate students,” O’Malley said. “it is very common among many universities…if they’re living here, we have to make sure they have a way to eat.” according to O’Malley, 97% of the residential student population already has a meal plan and therefore the impact of this rule will not be that large. She also explained the tax advantages to students, stating that they save money with the meal plans because they are not taxed when paying with Hofstra dining dollars. However, students argued that

while O’Malley’s reasons might be reasonable, they feel they didn’t have a voice in this decision. freshman Melissa Mentore was disappointed about the lack of student input. “Hofstra is so money hungry,” she said. “We shouldn’t be forced to pay for a meal plan when i’m just here for my education.” “it’s not cool. Not everyone needs a meal plan so they shouldn’t make it mandatory,” said Myron Mathis, a sophomore. “i understand freshman year because its freshman year you are more than likely going to need a meal plan.” Mathis went on to say that the previous policy, that after freshman year, residential students should be able to decide whether they would be signed up. But Jennifer Smulo, a freshman, is not as upset about getting a meal plan for her coming years at Hofstra. “it doesn’t bother me because i was going to get one anyways,” she said. “But i know a lot of people that don’t have one or have a small one. they would probably be upset since they were the people who were planning on not having [one].”

Public Safety Briefs Compiled by Magdalene Michalik

A student said that when he returned to his vehicle parked in the Breslin Hall parking lot feb. 28, he discovered scratches and dents in the driver’s side front quarter panel. NCPD assistance was declined. A student stated that when he exited his room in Stuyvesant Hall to go to the laundry room on feb. 28, he left his suite door open. When he returned, $450 was stolen from his room. PS conducted a search and the results were negative. NCPD assistance was declined. In Bill of Rights Hall, a student reported that her exboyfriend came into her room and verbally harassed her on feb 28. PS responded, but the exboyfriend was not in the room at that time. NCPD assistance was declined and the ex-boyfriend will receive a summons. A student walked into the PS office very irate because he received a summons for illegally parking on Circle road by the

Student Center on March 1. the desk officer attempted to calm the student. instead, the student ripped up the ticket, verbally abused the officer, and then left. the student was issued a summons for his actions. A fire panel indicated to PS that there was trouble with the smoke detector in a room in Constitution Hall on March 2. PS responded and found a strong odor of marijuana in the room. they found a resident and a non-student and discovered that the smoke detector head was removed from the ceiling, which caused the alarm. the student received a summons and the non-student was banned from campus. On March 2, PS responded to a report of the odor of marijuana coming from a room in tilberg House. the PSOs keyed into the room and found eight students and a strong odor of marijuana. Each student received a summons for smoking marijuana. No

substance was recovered. An RA reported that a student tried to get into the Netherlands on March 2 with a bag containing alcoholic beverages. the ra told him to pour the alcohol out of the bottles, but the student fled the scene. He was caught at the Oak Street entrance and was issued a summons. In Constitution Hall on March 3, an ra smelled the odor of marijuana coming from a room while making rounds. PS responded, keyed into the room, and recovered a marijuana cigarette in the wastepaper basket. the student received a summons.

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t’s time for another group of Senior Bucket List items to add to your list. The cap and gown are hanging in the closet, and the last of our credits are getting underway. It’s almost time to call college a rap. So get your pencil read because you’ve got quite a few things to check.

Compiled by The Chronicle Staff In Class: Professor: You don’t know who that is? Obviously you guys aren’t watching a lot of porn. In Class: Girl: I don’t hate individual people, I am just developing a hatred for the population. On the Blue Bettle: Girl: My dad rejected my offer to Skype. In the Student Center: Girl: They’re all about food. They put Jes and Italians to shame. On the Blue Beetle: Girl: Oh, I forgot I had a sandwich in here. In Class: Guy: I wanna die and roll in puppies. In the Student Center: Girl: We got drunk and walked around campus like monsters. In Class: Professor: Utility increases as money increases.

1. Finally get a 4.0 GPA… because you’re taking ceramics, ballroom dancing, an internship pass/fail, and an independent study. 2. Write letters to your scholarship donors, if you have any. 3. Go Jones Beach: go for a walk, study, lie in the sand, stare at the ocean and think about life, etc.

Guy: But couldn’t it be said that with mo’ money comes mo’ problems? In Davison Hall: Guy: That’s all I’m gonna say. Girl: Really, that’s all? Are sure you don’t want to go on for another five minutes? In Davison Hall: Girl: I hear some people sleep at night. I wouldn’t know about it. In the Fitness Center: Girl: We have to go to Dutch. B****** love the Dutch. In Class: Guy: It’s Adam and Steve, not Adam and Eve. In Class: Girl 1: So you’re gonna be with him this weekend and break up with him Monday? Girl 2: No, I’ll wait a little longer. In Class: Guy: It’s such bulls*** but its the Guy and Girl: Bulls*** you wanna know. In Class: Professor: Hold on, I’m having a seizure.

4. Go to Entertainment Unlimited’s free movies. You pay for them in your student activity fee; plus, this semester the lineup is incredible. 5. Go to the Computer Repair center one last time. Why not get a checkup on

In the Student Center: Girl 1: Did you see his black eye and hickey? Girl 2: No, what? Girl 3: That’s kinky. Guy: Was he breathing hard? In Breslin Hall: Girl: Oh, you mean like Pluto? I keep hearing how it’s not a planet. Professor: (shocked silence) Outside Colonial Square: Guy 1: Dude, carress that thing like it was your child. Two hands. Two hands for the baby. Guy 2: Dude, we’re just playing football. In Bits & Bytes: Girl: Baby shoes, baby c***. In Bites & Bytes: Guy 1: Man, I’ve been so busy today. Guy 2: Yeah, what have you been doing? Guy 1: Well, I took a nap and pooped, but I promise I’m busy.

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When it comes to breakfast, a lot of us tend to be very lazy about having a nice meal. Believe me, I totally understand waking up a half hour before class and grabbing something from a cafe on the way there. But what about the weekend, when you do have time to make something nice? Most of us have a staple breakfast that we stick to, usually something involving large amounts of maple syrup or breakfast meats. I personally

“This recipe is very rich without being too heavy. ” tend to go with a couple of eggs over easy on toast. I would say, though, that it’s bad to settle into this kind of routine when it comes to any meal. So please, change it up a little. I highly suggest the following recipe, it’s very rich without being too heavy, and it’s definitely an excellent beginning, or end, to

your day. Plus, you can easily throw it together in just a few minutes, and you can’t beat that on days when your every move is being timed against bus and train schedules. Also, you can find everything you need for this recipe at Dutch Treats! Except the eggs. They really need to get on that.

Beat your eggs with your milk, honey and vanilla. With a sharp knife, cut a pocket into each slice of bread and stuff it with your strawberries and cheese. Meanwhile, in a small pot, boil your balsamic vinegar until thick and syrupy, then reserve to the side. Dip your stuffed bread into your egg mixture, let soak for about half a minute or less, then remove to a plate. Melt your butter in a pan and when it is sizzling, add your bread. Cook until golden brown, then flip and cook until done. Remove to a plate and top with additional sliced strawberries, a drizzle of honey and your reduced balsamic vinegar and a few

sprigs of fresh mint if desired. This recipe works well with any sweet, soft cheese; I personally chose Camembert because the mild, earthy flavor pairs extremely well with the sweet berries, but cream cheese or ricotta would be just as good. Also, if you have to use thinner bread, you can toughen the outside slightly in a 325˚ oven before cutting into it to prevent the slice from falling apart. I really hope you try this recipe, it’s a little difficult, but well worth the effort.

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Spring into new makeup trends as the weather changes By Isabela Jacobsen STAFF WRITER

With winter feeling like it’s getting longer and longer, we start to become sick of our overly-used winter coat, Uggs and the whole sweater-leggings outfit. To get us out of our slump, we need a pop of color. My roommates and I are constantly reminding each other to spice up our everyday look with something a little more vibrant, including makeup. Let me share some of my secrets to getting through this never-ending winter. Add a colorful scarf to match a vibrant eye shadow. Sometimes when I buy a new eye shadow,

I leave the store thinking the shadow is one color, go home to try it on and it’s an entirely different color. If you also have this problem, I recommend the MAC eye shadows in vibrant colors, which will not disappoint! My favorite eye shadow to pair with my lilac-colored scarf is Stars N’ Rockets by MAC. It’s strong enough to use for a night look,

but can easily be adapted for the daytime with some light colors.

Don’t underestimate the power of a new lipstick. Go to the closest CVS or Walmart and look for some fun colors. If you usually go dark, go light, and vice versa. People notice things about you when you make a change. A new lipstick can be a subtle change to you, but try it out and see how many compliments you get on your new look. I recommend CoverGirl Jumbo Gloss Balm for some pretty

“Instead of going for the usual black or brown eyeliner, go for colors like blue, purple or green. It can bring out your eyes, and you can create new looks with it. ” Using the same or a similar eye shadow color, the scarf makes the eyes more noticeable, changing it up for a fun, colorful new look.

colors and a moisturizer for your lips. Be bold with your eyeliner. Instead of going for the usual black or brown eyeliner, go for colors like blue, purple or green. It can bring out your eyes, and you can create new looks with it. Be creative! Look up some pictures or tutorials to give you some guidance. Play with your makeup; it’s fun, and you will feel refreshed. Spring is almost here, but while we hang in there, let’s take some leaps forward towards color and change! If you want more beauty tips and tutorials, check out my YouTube channel: honeyeyes494.


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And the award for Best dressed goes to...

By Nina Vasiljevic STAFF WRITER

Veronica Zeman

Photo Courtesy: (Bottom Left): Nina Vasilijevic/The Chronicle; (Top Center): Creative Commons Bottom Left: Veronica Zeman struts her stuff on the way to class.

Age: 19 Major: Marketing Class Standing: Freshman 1. How would you describe your style? “Kind of laid back, thrift shop type… cheap, basically.” 2. What’s your style staple? “Jeans.” 3. Where did you get your clothes? “The scarf, Target; the jacket-thrift, got it online; jeans, Urban Outfitters and Converse sneakers.” 4.Where do you get your inspiration for your outfits? “Whatever is comfortable, I don’t really get inspiration from anything particular. I just try it on, if I like it, I just wear it.”

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‘Art of Destruction’ photo exhibit By John thomas StAff Writer


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Desaparecidos returned to New York after a long hiatus and performed at Webster Hall on February 26.

Desaparecidos return By Aaron Calvin

entertAinment editor


esaparecidos means “disappeared ones” in Spanish. it’s a reference to people who vanished without a trace during various conflicts in South America in the 1970s and ‘80s. it’s also the name of a politically charged midwestern punk band that released one album in 2002, toured for a while until and as their name begets, they disappeared. Until recently, that is. Conor oberst, known for his more popular project, Bright eyes, formed desparecideos over a decade ago. oberst has recently turned his attention away from that project to focus on his old punk band. they’ve added a slew of tour dates and have been slowly releasing new material. one of the tour dates brought them to Webster Hall and i went to see if the raw energy and desperate anger still survived in this band. The first band on the bill was States and Kingdoms, a bland name for a bland band comprised of middle aged men. it replicated a sound so middle of the road between Coldplay and radiohead that it makes for an astoundingly ineffective sound. in contrast, Joyce manor fol-

lowed. Joyce manor specializes in short, blunt and lyrically devastating songs. their set was furious and unrelenting. i had been a fan of both desaparecidos and Joyce manor before the show, but thought their touring together was an odd pairing. After i saw them at the show, however, i understood. they were the perfect band to get the crowd angry and warmed up for the main act. they brought the kind of emotional ferocity that desaparecidos would bring in a more political fashion. desparecidos came out to the stage to the booming sound of a menacing political speech, picked up their guitars and showed the crowd-- that had shown up to see them after an 11-year hiatus-- that it hadn’t lost a bit of the powerful outrage that made its one and only album so beloved. the guitars crunched, squealed and roared with feedback throughout. though his once quavering has evened out, oberst had a vocal intensity that has been embittered by age. the songs he wrote so long ago in outrage at the blind consumerism and inept overdevelopment that was engulfing America, are still relevant. the songs he wrote are still just as applicable now. And oberst is still pissed. the band paused between

a few songs to deliver snide remarks and pontificate on various political causes and beliefs. Desaparecidos first album, “Read music/Speak Spanish,” was named as a to-do list for things that a younger oberst wanted to learn. Having accomplished that, he’s now sharpened his political ideas and now, instead of the generalized anger that characterized the first album, the band’s new songs pointedly attack or support various people and causes. “mariKKKopa” concerns real sheriff of maricopa County, Arizona, a man who is an outspoken enemy of illegal immigration. Another song, “Anonymous,” includes the anthem words of the notorious organization of the same name. i’m not sure how i feel about the new politics of desaparecidos and their alignment with far left progressive movements. Some of the lyrics to their new songs seem physically violent and support some radical responses that i don’t support. But to a 21-yearold who used to be an angry 15-year-old who rode his bike around small midwestern town listening to “read music/Speak Spanish” on repeat, the show was a rare treat: a once beloved band that left too soon only to return years later and sound just as good as you remembered.

he point of a show highlighting photographs of Hurricane Sandy eluded me when I first heard about “The Art of destruction: images of Superstorm Sandy”. if there is one thing that the natural disaster had already added to the cultural discourse, it would be the bevy of images from the storm and its aftermath. these now iconic photographs were brought to those of us lucky enough to have power in real time over our social networks and a variety of media. So, as i walked to the back of the student center to look at the handful of handfuls of pictures that compromised the exhibition, i was prepared to meet it with a sullen, reflective boredom. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the intimacy, and earnestness of the images on display. “destruction” is a terse show. it is compromised of only a couple dozen photographs, but this adds to the exhibit’s poignant atmosphere. i will not purport to know all that much about photography, but i do know a little bit about aesthetics and narrative, and the story weaved by this sequence of pictures was wholly cathartic and desolately beautiful. While all of the artists show an adept grasp of the emotional power of photojournalism, Harrison Knowles and ryan Brook definitely stood apart from their peers. Knowles captured a van, with a couple of men trying to get into the back, pummeled by a torrent of water that looks

nothing short of apocalyptic. He frames the picture like an independent disaster film, with no hint of sensationalism or misplaced dread. the horizon line stretches across the piece at a suffocating height, as that’s where the water meets the sun, as if the sea was swallowing the entire block whole. Brook’s most striking piece was titled “tree trunk,” and featured the eponymous trunk shattered, not split. it’s a sort of destruction that you expect from a disaster like a hurricane, but not in such a surprisingly morose fashion. Another stand out piece by Knowles’ was one that featured a completely water wrecked car with a sign on one of the seats that read “for Sale, Hurricane Sandy Special” evidences the humor that can result from any tragedy, in a tasteful, sensitive way that doesn’t belittle the utter devastation that contextualizes the image. Amy Khan was able to capture a different kind of hope with a photo of two earrings that a family had thought lost for years before the Hurricane that were revealed by the destruction of their home. this is a clever photograph that must have been taken in the moment, and shows that Khan has a quick mind that understands what should be photographed and what stories need to be told. this is a must see retrospective at Hofstra. it will be shown until feb. 12 in the student center dining hall. i recommend that you spend some time processing the images and the circumstances in which they were produced.

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“The Art of Destruction” will be shown until next Tuesday in the student center dinging hall.


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Movie Review: By Petra Halbur StAff Writer


his movie was inevitable. in the midst of this fairytale craze Hollywood is experiencing, it was only a matter of time before a revamp of “Jack and the Beanstalk” received the green light. However, trendy films aren’t inherently doomed to fail-- consider “the Avengers.” in fact, the most disappointing aspect of “Jack the Giant Slayer” is how close it comes to succeeding as an enjoyable, child-friendly action film and how, like the giant in the original english folktale, it falls from a great height in utter, utter failure. The first 90 minutes of “Jack the Giant Slayer” are genuinely enjoyable. Jack, played by nicholas Hoult, is a peasant who wants to be a knight and volunteers to climb the beanstalk to rescue isabelle, played by eleanor tomlinson, a princess who just wants an adventure.

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their characters are cliche but likable and, in any case, their blandness is countered by elmont, played by ewan mcGregor, the leader of the king’s guard, and roderick, played by Stanley tucci, the king’s delightfully, two-dimensional adviser who is easily the best thing about this film. it’s around the 90-minute mark that this film goes sour. Without disclosing spoilers, prior to this point, the film seemed to understand that man vs. man is a more interesting conflict than man vs. monster, or, in this case, giant. The film appeared to be building towards a climax in which Jack and isabelle would face against roderick and in which the giants would be the tools of villainy, not the villains themselves. Suffice to say that this does not happen and the third act features an incredibly long battle between humans and giants that is bereft of any

interesting conflict. furthermore, isabelle proves to be a truly useless character. She is built up as a future queen who wants to prove herself a capable adventuress who doesn’t need saving, yet at no point in the film does she do so. She is present in the climax but she doesn’t need to be. Her sole function in this film is to get repeatedly rescued by Jack. one thing that “Jack the Giant Slayer” gets right is tone. While it’s never as moronic as “mirror mirror,” it’s not a self-indulgent, tolkien rip-off like “Snow White and the Huntsman,” either. it seems to understand that the best approach for this story is adventurous and fun. other than tone, though, it’s an absolute mess.

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“Jack The Giant Slayer” premiered in theaters on March 2.

Music Review: By Katelyn Harrop

ASSiStAnt entertAinment editor


osh ritter’s new album, “the Beast in its tracks,” is a lyrical masterpiece, harkening back to the quality of writing exemplified in “The Historical Conquest of Josh ritter,” but woven with a level of emotion unheard of in any of ritter’s previous creations. the idahoborn artist is also an accomplished author; his fantasy novel, “Bright Passages,” earned a strong fallowing; he is a recognized guitarist; and was mentioned on Paste magazine’s “100 Greatest Living Songwriters” list. ritter has never been accused of being anything other than well rounded, but “the Beast in its tracks” adds an additional level

‘The Beast In Its Tracks’ by Josh Ritter

of complexity to the artist’s portfolio. the album fallows ritter’s recent divorce from musician dawn Landes in a simplistic and often acoustic way that is uncharacteristic of ritter’s work, which is usually supported by a strong band complete with the occasional horns section. it feels as if the album chronicles ritter’s healing, with the instrumental section stepping to the side to allow him to mourn privately, but ready to reenter when he feels ready to be accompanied once again. the lyrics of the first two tracks, “Third Arm” and “evil eye” are torn with anguish, longing, and passiveaggressive bitterness. even in the third track, “Certain Light,” which discusses a new lover, the lyrics

“...the listener can heave a sigh of relief knowing that their favorite singer-songwriter is going to be okay. ”

still aches of lingering past feelings. the chorus reads: “And she only looks like you in a certain kind of light/ when she holders her head just right,” but go on to discuss ritter’s newfound happiness. By the time the album reaches “Joy to You Baby”, the lyrics turn to gracious and well meaning, and when he sings out, “joy to the city/ joy to the streets/joy to you,baby/ and joy to me too,” the listener can heave a sigh of relief, knowing that their favorite singersongwriter is going to be okay. “the Beast in its tracks” is unlike anything that Josh ritter has ever released. His past albums have been dominated by fictitious stories and narratives combined with deep metaphors and imagery. But this album is raw and beautifully simplistic without sacrificing Ritter’s strong poetic abilities. Give this album a listen, as well as the rest of Josh ritter’s works ff you enjoy Joe Pug, the Avett Brothers, Gregory Alan isakov or the decemberists.

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The Walking Dead - “Clear” Grade: A-


his season’s narrative of the prison vs. Woodbury has been going so strongly lately that it seems surprising that the best episode since the pilot would feature a break from all that. “Clear” is a remarkably simple episode: rick, michonne, and Carl travel back to rick and Carl’s hometown to raid the old Sheriff’s station for weapons. once there they encounter morgan, who’s been surviving alone all this time. He is seemingly crazy now, writing coded messages on the walls and building elaborate walker traps. the old morgan is able to return, though, when he recognizes rick. We’ve spent a lot of time with rick’s group, people who are bent on survival and protecting one another. rick is determined to kill the Governor because he poses a threat to the way of life they have established in the prison. He needs the prison to be safe from Woodbury so that his son and his friends can live there. morgan represents a different kind of survival. He’s alone and hopeless, but he doesn’t have the strength of will to take his own life. instead, he builds walker traps and hoards guns. morgan won’t be dying from a walker any time soon, and he doesn’t have the threat of a Governor-type character. So he lives on alone, growing crazier each day. Carl and michonne get some great development in “Clear” too. Carl wants to find the last surviving photo of his family. He says it’s for Judith, but he’s also a child too, a child who shot his dying mother so she wouldn’t come back as a zombie just a few episodes ago. michonne endeavors

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to help him because she realizes that she’s perceived as an outlier and wants to win the boy over. michonne becomes more of a real person here, instead of someone quietly brooding about killing the Governor. “Clear” shines by getting us out of the prison and Woodbury and focusing on one boileddown concept. there are only four characters in the episode and they’re all served well, unlike the norm in which a bunch of abrasive jerks sit around a prison yelling at each other. morgan quickly becomes one of the most endearing and best-developed characters in the show, and i hope that in another few seasons he’ll pop up again.

the return of Chang, who i had been starting to get sick of in the past. He might be the only aspect of the show being handled better post-Harmon. the show seems preoccupied by its own reputation as “Community,” but to be fair the show has done callbacks before. the ones here worked for me, showing how selfish the group has appeared in their refusal to let go of the study room while getting into increasingly bizarre situations. the last act of the show really came together to me, and i laughed a lot at Pierce being upset that Jeff was named the obvious Hitler of the group (“What, we don’t even get a vote?” he whines). it’s not a standout episode given the show’s history, but it’s an example of how this new version can make things work when they’re not too focused on the reputation of “Community” itself. While the first few episodes smacked of trying too hard, “Alternative History of the German invasion” is more relaxed and understated, and it helps.

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ne of the only amusing aspects of the German group introduced last season was the fact that one of them was played by nick Kroll. So when they returned sans-Kroll, i was less than thrilled. Presumably a dying show like “Community” couldn’t have afforded to have Kroll and malcolm mcdowell guest star in the same episode, and unfortunately mcdowell is what we got. He’s kind of wasted here. other than having to deal with the annoying fake German accents throughout the episode, i liked it by-and-large (at least compared to the rest of this season). i was impressed that i wasn’t immediately turned off by

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Kate Nash - Girl Talk Grade: C Kate nash’s third album, “Girl talk,” ends on two deeply inspired and perfectly orchestrated songs. But it takes the first thirteen tracks to get there. nash has completely abandoned the piano based alt-pop that made her famous, eschewing it for punk-influenced guitar, bass and drums. nash claims the album came from a rough year she had, and “Girl talk” feels like an album she made for herself. Her voice matches this on certain songs, like “Sister.” But most of the songs feel like she is experimenting with punk for the first time, and doesn’t really want to be taken seriously.

If You Like: Lily Allen, the Ting Tings Devendra Banhart - Mala Grade: B indie-folk singer devendra Banhart has always prided himself on recording albums based on whatever is on his mind at the time. The lo-fi deity has been everywhere from sad to freaky, and on his seventh album, he continues the trend of inconsistency. musically, the album starts rather dark and grainy, and doesn’t stray far from it. But lyrically, he’s everywhere from sad about himself to forceful towards others, to total regret. And he continues his tradition of including songs in Spanish. “mala” isn’t his best album, but it is traditional Banhart, throwing you relentless sad and folksy curveballs.

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Dave Grohl & Friends - Sound City: Real to Reel Grade: C Given the casually momentous nature of this album, it should be a lot better. dave Grohl is making a documentary on the Sound City Studios, and has accompanied it with an album full of collaborations, working on new material. trent reznor, Stevie nicks, Rick Springfield, Corey Taylor, Josh Homme and even Sir Paul mcCartney all make appearances. Yet most of the songs end up sounding like little more than boring, traditional radio rock. Grohl is predictably great on drums. But only reznor’s, mcCartney’s, Homme’s and Lee Ving’s tracks are worth the time. the rest just feels uninspired and incomplete.

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Get your crap – we’re going to Mars! By Max Knoblauch Columnist

Multimillionaire Dennis Tito, the world’s first space tourist, held a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 27 to announce his role in a privately funded mission to Mars. The Inspiration Mars Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Tito, will be picking up the bill for the trip: a 501-day fly-by voyage to the red planet and back in 2018. The foundation is looking for a battle-tested couple to make the trek to the red planet together, as the trip aims at studying the longterm psychological and physical effects of space travel on astronauts. Interested couples are warned that 501 days is a long time, and massive, radiation-filled solar flares are a regular occurrence in space. Also, the only meals you get are like, vacuumsealed hot dogs and Tang. Paralleling Tito’s mission is a growing number of specific private sector plans to create a permanent colony on Mars. The nonprofit venture Mars One, based out of the Netherlands, has the goal of creating a fourperson human settlement on the red planet in 2023. SpaceX, a private company run by billionaire CEO Elon Musk has announced plans to ferry up to 80,000 paying

pioneers by roughly 2025. While the private sector continues to breathe life into the feeble thought that was once manned Mars exploration, the United States government remains steadfast in their apparent hatred of all astronauts and everything they care about. Between this year’s 38.5 percent cut in Mars exploration funding and the $900 million cut in Illustration by Max Knoblauch NASA’s budget with the passing of sequestration, America is economy through contracts with quickly taking American manufacturers, creating itself off of the space exploration valued, high-paying jobs within leaderboards. the nation. So, why should you Critics are quick to argue that care about Mars exploration? NASA is a money pit; America Because the Panspermia doesn’t have the cash to spend theory states that life may have on frivolous trips to space. originally begun on the smaller However, according to NASA and more quickly formed Mars, Administrator Charles Bolden, 85 coming to Earth via bacteria on a percent of the agency’s meager meteorite. In other words, there’s budget is recycled back into the


We as young women have a serious problem: we define our success based on how we measure up to our male counterparts. This ideology is perpetuated by women like Sheryl Sandberg. Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, wants her upcoming book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” to spur a women’s social movement and hopes that it will empower women to become even more assertive in the workforce. Women, she states, must look at “the social science showing

that they are judged more harshly and paid less than men; resist slowing down in mere anticipation of having children; insist that their husbands split housework equally.…” Sandberg’s this is a misguided attempt at rallying seemingly stalled, thirdwave feminism. However, this line of thought causes us as women to lie about who we are. We are trying to con-

trol constructs that are out of our grasp. We are uptight and selfrighteous. We are so concerned with becoming just as good as men and renouncing the social construction that is “woman” that we have hindered ourselves from finding fulfillment. We are so worried about falling back into the submissive state of the Victorian prudes and not being assertive

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CONTINUED from PAGE A 12 Striving harder to be just as good as men in the workforce makes us as arrogant as frigid Victorian women, if not worse. If we ever want to find true fulfillment, we must first admit the lie that we have told ourselves, the lie that Sandberg is promulgating – that we must try even harder if we are to be equally treated. We should realize this and stop exalting ourselves as objects of misogyny. We should stop nourishing our egos and acknowl-

edge the fact that sometimes we like to be slapped around a bit – both in the workforce and in the bedroom. In fact, by acknowledging our sensitivities as women and our susceptibility to sometimes not be as efficient and cut-to-the-chase as men, we will break discriminatory barriers and receive treatment that is fair, treatment that acknowledges our sex’s differences and rewards our particular skills. In doing so, we will find true liberty – both in our relations with men while here at Hofstra and in our future careers and lives.

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Section 5: unnecessary and unconstitutional By Victoria Neely columnist

a possibility that we’re all actually Martians. Because scientists believe Mars once had large quantities of surface water and an atmosphere similar to Earth’s. By studying Mars, we can better understand what the future may hold for our own planet. Because second to Earth, Mars is the most suitable planet in our

solar system for life. Because the challenge of creating a sustainable colony on Mars would create a huge amount of jobs and intellectual capital in America and across the globe. As Dennis Tito said in his press conference, “I will come out a lot poorer because of this mission. But my grandchildren will be wealthier.”

Women beyond comparison: rethinking standard gender roles By Elisabeth D. Turner

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enough that we are harming our abilities to effectively lead as women. In one respect, I am guilty of such. When I came to Hofstra as a freshman, I was a typical overly-sensitive, boyfriend-hungry freshman girl. I fantasized about meeting an older guy and going out on the dinner date that I never had in high school. I’m a sophomore now; I don’t think about those things any more. Rather, I fantasize about going to work on 8th Avenue and being paid to observe society. The path toward this success seems incredibly implausible sometimes, yet I usually see

myself as doing it entirely on my own, without anyone’s help. Therein lies my downfall. I am often quick to assume that men, if not trying to seduce me, are trying to manipulate me for their own sake and benefit. Many young women do the same without realizing it, whether in our romantic relationships or in our general behavior toward men. But as bright young Hofstra women, we should wake up and not fall for the trap that Sandberg is unconsciously about to lay.


Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder over the constitutionality of Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Section 5 requires that jurisdictions in nine, mostly southern, states, and areas of seven other states with a history of racial discrimination in their voting procedures, must gain approval from the federal government if they wish to implement any changes to their election laws. While this law was created to stifle discriminatory voting practices such as literacy tests and poll taxes during a time of harsh racism, we now live in a time where minorities make up a significant portion of the voting population and a majority of some City Councils, County Commissions and other local public offices. The South is most certainly not the same today as it was in the 1960s, and laws like Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act are unnecessary and unconstitutional. Requiring the federal government to monitor voting practices of some counties and not of others is unfairly discriminatory in itself. Places like Shelby County seek to invalidate this key portion

of the Voting Rights Act because it no longer applies to the situation in today’s voting. Arguments against ruling Section 5 unconstitutional claim that there are still questionable voting practices that exist in the South, including redistricting plans in Calera, Alabama in Shelby County. This district was 71 percent African-American, but after redrawing the district in 2006, it only had a mere 23 percent of African-Americans. This change contributed to the defeat of Ernest Montgomery in 2008, the only black member of Calera’s five-member city council. After the Justice Department ruled the election invalid because the redistricting plans had not been pre-cleared, Shelby County went to court to overturn the decision. The truth is, a lot has changed in the past 48 years. There will always be the arguments that racism exists and that redistricting efforts are part of a scheme to disenfranchise minority voters, but this controversial piece of legislation is simply not necessary in today’s age. The issue of voter discrimination is not relevant enough to justify upholding Section 5, which gives less sovereignty to areas that have a past of voter discrimination practices but may not necessarily have that problem

anymore. Places like Shelby County realize that they have less power to operate without the intrusion of the federal government than any other county that is not required to undergo pre-clearance. While it is certainly debatable whether the South is “cured” of racist voting practices, there are other ways to tackle that problem, rather than an almost five-decade-old statute that applies an old solution to a current problem. It is time for a contemporary approach to problems such as these that do not “pick on” areas with a history of discrimination. To prevent actions like redistricting, which lowers a minority’s pull in an area, Section 5 can be replaced by other laws that make more sense for the 21st century and are much more effective. This country was plagued by racism fifty years ago, so like it or not, Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act simply does not apply anymore. Illustration by Kristin Sprague

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Women’s lacrosse beats Marist, falls to no. 1 Maryland on the road By Lauren del Valle Staff writer

Hofstra women’s lacrosse split its week on the road, beating Marist University 14-8, but falling to No. 1 University of Maryland 16-11. Sophomore attacker Brittain Altomare was named Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) coplayer of the week for her noteworthy performance in the two away contests. Altomare tallied four goals and three assists in the match against Marist. Scoring seven points, Altomare tied her careerhigh for points in a game. In the loss against Maryland, she notched another two goals and assists alike despite the tight competition. “Brittain has really taken the role of being the quarterback behind the net for us on field and she’s doing a great job at it,” said Hofstra head coach Shannon Smith. “Any challenge I throw at her, she’s usually asking for the next challenge right away.” The Pride came out strong,

scoring the first goal in the first minute of play. Senior midfielder Marianne Miller scored her first goal of the season off an assist from Altomare. Hofstra would have the first five goals of the game. Senior midfielder Emily von Hollen scored two, while Altomare and freshman midfielder Becky Conto also contributed to the score. The Marist Red Foxes would not get onto the board until 19 minutes in when Marist midfielder Lexi Brannigan scored. The Hofstra Pride went into intermission with a comfortable 7-1 lead, but coach Smith was not pleased with the quality of play. Such a lead is unchartered territory for this young team. “It was a new experience for us, and we’re going to learn from it,” said Smith. “Next time we have this opportunity, hopefully we’ll build upon the lead instead of letting them back in.” The Red Foxes did in fact come back in the second half, closing in on Hofstra and scoring seven goals in the first 23 minutes of the second half. Coach

Smith then called a timeout, which seemed to wake up her team. The Pride would score three more goals to put away the game. With the victory, Hofstra extended its undefeated record to 4-0, the best start to a season for the Pride. On the road again on Saturday, March 2, Hofstra women’s lacrosse faced the No. 1 team in the country, the University of Maryland. This is the first matchup against a No. 1 team since 2009, when the Pride faced off against Northeastern. Hofstra held its own against the Terps. Although the Pride fell to Maryland 16-11, they held the Terps to their second lowest amount of goals scored in a game this season. Altomare stood out again, leading the Pride in points scored with two goals and two assists. Also on offense, junior attacker Julia Reimer had a hat trick. Senior midfielder Jill Maier had a careerhigh eight draw controls. Contributing all over the field, sophomore defender April

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Sophomore attack Brittain Altomare was named the CAA co-player of the week. She had 11 points in the Prides two games. Iannetta made her presence known, tallying a pairs of goals and causing turnovers and ground balls as well as three draw controls. Maryland got on the board with three goals before Reimer notched one for the Pride. After just seven minutes of play, goals from Reimer and freshman redshirt Emily Considine closed the gap, bringing the Pride to within one. The Terps went into the locker room with an 8-4 lead and came

out blazing in the second half, quickly advancing its lead to 11-5. Hofstra slowly fought back. The defense held the Terps to just one goal in the final 10 minutes of play. But it was not enough and the Pride could not complete the comeback. “Our freshman and sophomores really grew up in this game,“ said coach Smith. “To be the best you need to play the best. It was a great test for us, and a great benchmark for us to move forward in our season.”

Men’s lacrosse wins second straight v. Harvard By Sean Wiliams Assistant Sports Editor

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Freshman attack Sam Llinares (5) looks to create a play against Harvard.

The men’s lacrosse team won its second straight game on Saturday, defeating Harvard University 10-5. After a competitive first half, the Pride relied on a remarkable seven-goal run that vaulted them to a 10-3 advantage. Junior Torin Varn, the CAA co-player of the week, racked up another three goals in the contest giving him 14 on the year. Varn has been an incredibly prolific scorer for Hofstra, and his efficient shot selection has given the team a large advantage around the net. Senior Adrian Sorichetti and junior Lance Yapor also provided additional firepower while freshman Sam Llinares served a speedy and relentless offensive threat. “It’s certainly fun to watch [Llinares] play,” said Varn. “Sam’s the kind of guy who works his tail off in practice.” The distribution of talented

offensive players bodes well for the Pride who have climbed back into the national rankings and are currently placed at 15 in the country. “We don’t have a superstar on offense… I’m thankful we don’t have a superstar because that changes the dynamics,” said coach Seth Tierney. A lack of a superstar appears to be working out just fine for the Pride, who appeared to only be more confident after a 9-2 thrashing of Fairfield. The Hofstra defense should not be overlooked since the trio of Cody Soloja, Michael Hamilton and Mark Mullen held an explosive Harvard offense to a measly five goals, and sophomore goalie Chris Selva tallied six saves. The Pride defense has allowed 6.50 goals per game, the second best mark in the country. The game was a feisty one, with plenty of penalties called on both teams. “The Harvard-Hofstra game has been physical for a couple

of years now, there’s not getting around it,” said Tierney, expressing pride over his team’s display of fire and perseverance. Hofstra’s John Antoniades looked better than he has all season in the faceoff X, winning twelve of the seventeen battles for the ball. Coach Tierney had been previously adamant about sticking with a struggling Antoniades, and continued to praise the devoted senior. “John is a guy who has spent three and half years bleeding for Hofstra University… you don’t just turn your back on him,” said Tierney. The Pride squad has a difficult task ahead of them this upcoming Saturday as they travel to face the University of Notre Dame, the 2nd ranked team in the country. “Notre Dame is not a flashy team, they’re a meat-and-potatoes team,” said Tierney. “They’re disciplined and they’ve got very, very good players.”


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Baseball slump continues at Western Carolina By Alex Hyman Staff Writer

Hofstra University baseball team currently stands with a record of 3-8 after dropping two out of three to Western Carolina University. For the second straight series however, the Pride got its win in the series opener with senior Joe Burg earning his second win of the season. Burg dominated through six innings, allowing just five hits and one run leading the Pride to a 5-2 victory. “Burg took pride into filling up the strike zone and really challenging the hitters,” said Hofstra head coach John Russo. “In six of the nine innings it was snowing and for him to keep his concentration and overcome the situation and the circumstances of the day was incredible.” The Pride got its offense started in the second inning with an RBI single from junior Robbie Cafiero. He finished the game with two hits and two RBI’s. Junior Kenny Jackson also finished the contest with two hits and two RBI’s, including his second homerun of the season. Jackson is hitting a team high .366 while also leading the team with three homeruns and second

on the team with five RBI’s. He compiled seven hits, two homeruns and three RBI’s over the weekend. “We’re trying to get him some protection because people are starting to pitch around him,” said Russo. “We’ve always thought Kenny could be one of the best hitters in the conference and I feel like every series he’s been really swinging the bat well.” The Pride dropped both legs of a doubleheader with seniors John Tiedemann and Jared Rogers each picking up losses. Tiedemann allowed six earned runs in 4.1 innings in the first game with Rogers giving up five earned runs in 4.2 innings. The Pride got three hits each from Jackson and senior Austin Nyman in the first game, but dropped the game 7-6. In the nightcap, it was Jackson again and senior Chris Nardo who led the Pride with two hits each but Hofstra fell 6-2. The bullpen has been the strongest part of the Pride so far this season, led by juniors Brett Schreiber and Bryan Verbitsky. The two have combined for 15 innings without allowing an earned run while striking out 16. Sophomore Dave Jesch and

senior Andrew Barbarino have also shined out of the bullpen combining for four earned runs over 16.2 innings. 2012’s set-up man Cody Normand is returning from injury to strengthen the bullpen along with injured starting pitcher Dave D’Errico back to the rotation, which will add yet another arm to an already dominant bullpen. “There is just no telling what our pitching staff can do,” said Russo. “It is the strength of the team and I am so proud of our guys, really coming in and competing.” The offense improved over the weekend, but is still not quite where it was in the 2012 season. Russo has changed the lineup each game and is looking for some consistency with the offense. Nardo will likely continue to hit leadoff in the near future with Jackson, Nyman, and seniors Jarred Hammer and Joe Perez hitting in the middle of the lineup. Catcher Matt Reistetter leads the team with seven RBI’s, but the hitters in the middle of the lineup need to start getting their batting averages up with four different starters batting under .200. The Pride open conference

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Men’s basketball comes up short at Towson By Angelo Brussich Sports Editor

For the second straight game, the Hofstra men’s basketball team took a conference-leading team down to the wire, but again fell short this time to the Towson Tigers. The Pride was defeated 67-64 at the Towson Center. In what has been a very tumultuous year for Hofstra (7-24; 4-14 CAA), Pride head coach Mo Cassara thinks the team is starting to show signs of life with the close losses to Delaware and the Tigers. “I told our guys after the game that I like where we are, it’s just a couple plays and a couple little things and things that we can fix,” said Cassara. “A turnover here or not quite executing well there… Delaware and Towson this week, two games we had an opportunity to win.” For the second straight game, the Pride was led by senior guard Stevie Mejia and sophomore forward Moussa Kone. Mejia has been carrying the Pride of late, again tying his career high in points with 22 and chipping in five rebounds and three assists. “Obviously Stevie is the guy that makes us go,” said Cassara.

“He’s the guy that provides us with a lot of energy every day.” The Hofstra guard found the ball in his hands and time running out with the Pride down by three late. But the last second desperation shot would not go through. For Kone, he has stepped his game up on both sides of the ball after being inserted into the starting line-up after junior forward Stephan Nwaukoni was shut down for the season with shoulder surgery. The athletic center had a career high in points with 20 on an impressive 10-13 shooting from the field. He also had five boards and three assists before being hampered with an injury later in the game. “Moussa has just continued to get better and better every day, and his effort and energy is great,” said Cassara. “Unfortunately he got a little banged up tonight with a couple of cramps… I still think we can get better, but I’m really proud of those guys’ efforts” Hofstra jumped early on the Tigers (18-13; 13-5 CAA), almost a copy of its game against Delaware when the Pride held a big lead in the first half. The Pride rode a 15-5 run

through the first 10 minutes of the game to take a 10-point lead. Towson then battled back to answer Hofstra’s run with a 9-2 run of its own. Kone helped the Pride hold the lead with two dunks late in the half, and Hofstra went into the break ahead 30-28. “I thought our kids really battled today,” said coach Cassara. “It’s been a long year in a really tough environment to play in today against a team that was playing its final game in a building” Hofstra opened the second half by scoring the first five points to push the lead to 35-28, but a 12-2 rally by the Tigers washed away the lead and put the Pride behind. Four minutes would tick off the clock before the Pride would get a point, and Towson pushed its lead to 47-39. Then Mejia began to take charge. Shifting into attack mode, Mejia sparked a 13-3 run for the Pride and would score 11 of the 13. Hofstra regained the lead at 53-50 with five minutes to play. That was the last lead the Pride would hold, as Towson would regained the lead for good. “Really proud of our guys effort and our execution,” said Cassara. “Ultimately it came down to the wire, and unfortunately we

weren’t able to make enough plays to win the game.” Now the Pride is looking to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament where they will face Delaware, whom they played just a week ago and lost 57-56. For Cassara, right now the team needs to focus recovering,

then it can get into the mindset of the tournament. “I think we’ve continued to get a little bit better every day, even though it has been a challenging season,” said Cassara. “Again, though I can’t say it enough, I’m really, really excited about where we are right now.”

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Senior guard Stevie Mejia tied a career high in points with 22. It’s the second time in five games that he has tied that mark.

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A 18•March 7, 2013

The Chronicle

Joe Pantorno/The Chronicle

From left to right: head coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey, forward Shante Evans, forward Deven Green and forward Candace Bond. The three seniors were honored before the Pride’s game against UNC-Wilmington, their last at the Mack on Sunday.

Women’s basketball runs over UNC-W on senior day By Joe Pantorno Editor-in-chief

Was it fitting that the first points of Hofstra women’s basketball’s senior day came off a Candace Bond missed three-pointer, rebounded by Shante Evans and scored by Deven Green, all seniors? Yes. Was it fitting that Green would score a career high 18 points on 9-11 shooting? Absolutely. Was it fitting that Evans, after having her number 30 retired before the game, break the Colonial Athletic Association’s all-time rebounding record? Of course. After gaining the reputation of a defensive spark in her four seasons here, was it fitting that Bond recorded four monster blocks to

compliment 15 points? You bet your bottom dollar. Three seniors, three different journeys all of it culminating in a 70-50 win over UNC-Wilmington on Sunday afternoon. The last time Green, Bond and Evans will play at the Mack Sports Complex. “Oh my gosh, it was so exciting,” Bond said with a smile. “Before the game it was emotional, I love playing here and I felt like our team went out and played hard for us.” After being honored in a pregame ceremony, Evans being introduced last, she stayed at center court to see the unveiling of her name and number in the rafters. “During practice, I just looked up and saw the banner covered, that’s how I found out, so it was

no longer a secret,” Evans said. “I broke down after they unveiled the number. All the emotions, all the work, the four years, it all came up.” In the final minute of the game, after freshman guard Alexis Carter missed a floater, Evans hauled in her nineteenth rebound, to compliment her 19 points, giving her the CAA all-time record for most boards in a career. Kilburn-Steveskey promptly called timeout and Evans was mobbed by her teammates under the basket. “I needed 19 to get the record, so I thought I would put a dent in it, but my teammates just kept telling me to rebound,” Evans said. “I had to get two in the final minute, but it felt great to get it at home though.”

Green, who had a previous career-high of 14 points had the most efficient game of her career, showing strength down low and finesse from mid-range, including a fade away from the left baseline that hit nothing but net. “It went pretty well today,” said Green. “My teammates kept finding me in really great positions to score all day.” Bond had paced the Pride early against UNC-W, scoring eight points in the first half as her perimeter game gave Hofstra solid offensive options. While her shooting was solid, her defense was emphatic. “The funny thing was, before the game, my teammates told me that if I got a block you’d have to crazy,” Bond said. “So after I got my first, I just went crazy and

I wanted another one, so I kept going for them.” Sophomore Andreana Thomas kept feeding Hofstra’s scoring options, recording nine assists compared to just two turnovers. “She was great and helped us control the tempo,” KilburnSteveskey said. “It was like we were playing the game on fast forward.” In a day in which KilburnSteveskey found the performances of her seniors fitting as they prepare for their collegiate exits, there’s more basketball to be played. “I’m just so thankful for their time and effort here,” KilburnSteveskey said. “We know how hard we’ve been playing and they deserve this, but we need to keep looking ahead.”


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March 7, 2013 A 19

Evans by the numbers A look how one of Hofstra’s greatest ranks in the CAA CAA All-time rebound leaders

Shante Evans Meredith Alexis Courtney Hurt Tamera Young 1,127 1,243 1,313 1,331 James Madison VCU James Madison Hofstra

Celeste Hill 1,125 ODU

Kyra Kaylor 1,124 W&M

CAA All-time points leaders

Dawn Evans Elena 2,667 Delle Donne James Madison 2,864 Delaware

Gabriela Marginean 2,581 Drexel

Tamera Young 2,121 James Madison

Celeste Hill 2,112 ODU

Shante Evans 2,103 Hofstra

Shante Evans


Evans has number retired, breaks conference rebounding mark on senior day

The Hofstra Chronicle: March 7th, 2013 Issue  

The March 7th issue of The Hofstra Chronicle, the student newspaper of Hofstra University on Long Island, NY.

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