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October 18, 2012
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One More Time Debate returns to Hofstra University once again -A2
A2 • October 18, 2012
Debate leaves students with memories and drive to remain politically engaged Andrea Ordonez
Chronicle www.hofstrachronicle.com 203 Student Center (516) 463-6921 Editor-in-Chief Joe Pantorno
After almost a year of anticipation and eight months of preparation, Hofstra finally became the center of political attention tuesday night for the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and former gov. Mitt romney. While pundits and polls placed high expectations for both candidates, students also got their moments in the spotlight as reporters from around the world asked for their opinions on issues like campus security and the national deficit. The intensity of Debate Day hit some students at 3 a.m., when some crowded around the MSnBC stage in the hopes of getting a chance to show Hofstra pride on their early-morning network show. For others it came around at 3 p.m., with a microphone and a message to the crowds near Hagedorn Hall. And for more than 300 students, it came in the evening as they sat in the Mack Sports Complex, watching a debate that they knew would impact the rest of this election. With less than two hours left before the debate began, freshman Corey rand stood in the cold outside of the security clearance as one of five students to get a debate hall ticket. He had been using his Tuesday off to finish up an essay for a class when he received that golden ticket email. “Today was supposed to be a homework day, but I got my notification and I was like ‘Okay, no homework then, I’m going to the debate,’” he said. But rand and others in the debate hall were not the only ones feeling the spark of civic engagement. Senior imran Ansari, president of democrats of Hofstra, sat in a golf cart waiting to escort the last two guests of the Obama campaign, one of which he heard would be Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. His excitement about being a part of the Obama campaign for this debate exceeded the chills that came from the weather. After the debate, Ansari held up a tall sign for Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and watched the flock of cameramen and reporters
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crowd around him. By the time the cameras moved on to the next politician, Ansari was leaving the filing center with the sign autographed by Kerry. While some students like Ansari represented campaigns, 350 students stepped up as volunteers, doing everything from sitting in as Obama and Romney in rehearsals to manning security zones alongside the nCPd and the U.S. Secret Service. Cait Stolzenberg and Lawrence Daves, debate committee co-chairs, went almost 24 hours without sleep on Debate Day. They were busy talking to press and making sure programming moved as planned. For Stolzenberg, the stress from lack of sleep and months of planning disappeared as she stood as a volunteer on the debate floor. “I was about 20 feet away from both of the candidates,” she said. “When I left the debate hall… I was shaking; it was an amazing experience.” As Stolzenberg and other students absorbed every moment in the debate hall, reporters scurried around spin alley and politicians came in to talk about their party’s
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Above, Imran Ansari (president of Hofstra Democrats and a senior political science major) held a surrogate sign for Senator John Kerry in Spin Alley, which the senator signed for him. Kerry was a presidential candidate in the 2004 presidential race. Ansari has worked for the Democratic campaign. Below, Bridget Bernardo was inside the Media Filing Center (usually the Physical Fitness Building) Tuesday as a Time for Kids reporter. Bernardo, with her chaperone, listened to and interviewed Spin Alley speakers.
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October 18, 2012 • A3
Politicians spin about state of college grads
n Tuesday night at Hofstra University, Adelphi student Jeremy Epstein brought college students front and center at the second presidential debate. As debates have progressed over the years, we’ve seen college campuses become the epicenter of politics and news. Before Tuesday night, college students were pushed to the side as the topics of economy and healthcare took the nation’s attention, as some say it deservedly should. With the first question at the Mack Sports Complex, Epstein asked: “Mr. President, Governor Romney, as a 20-year-old college student, all I hear from professors, neighbors and others is that when I graduate, I will have little chance to get employment. What can you say to reassure me, but more importantly my parents, that I will be able to sufficiently support myself after I graduate?” We saw President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney’s answers to the questions; here is how some of Governor Romney and President Obama’s supporters thought of the state of college students looking ahead.
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Democrats Republicans Martin O’Malley, Gov. Maryland- “When I was running for re-election in Maryland, was that our highest polling issue with people over 65 was college affordability. I think you will definitely hear about college affordability if people are already through college, whether parents or grandparents, the likelihood is that they’re lending someone in their family money, paying for a grandkid, son or daughter to get through college. if people are coming out of high school and looking at colBen Suazo/The Chronicle lege and wondering how on Earth they are going to pay for this and emerge and look for a job that they find personally fulfilling, without having those dreams crushed by doing another job just in order to pay back that college loan…I think it’s a very clear difference between these two candidates and which one’s on the side of the middle class. There is no greater policy or initiative in terms of generational prosperity that the President can take than to make college more affordable for more people.”
George Pataki, Former Gov. New York- “I think it’s very, very difficult when private school tuition is $45,000 a year. I think we have the greatest higher education system in the world, but I think we do have to put pressure on some of the academic institutions to be aware. We want higher education to be an opportunity for everyone who is academically qualified. That has been one of the great testaments to this country and to our strength and we might want to make sure that we don’t lose that. “ John H. Sununu, Former Gov. New Hampshire- “Well, I certainly think it was smart politics on the candidates’ part. It is a big issue. I think the young people; particularly college graduates have been screwed by the Obama administration more than any other constituency. They’ve been forced to buy health insurance they don’t need or have their employer take two grand out of their paycheck and put it into health insurance. They have inherited, because of his [Obama’s] deficit, $50,000 to $300,000 more in taxes and they’re graduating and not finding jobs that are career oriented. So young people coming out and graduating have been screwed by the Obama administration and it was good to hear the specifics talked about tonight.”
Jim Messina, Obama Campaign Manager- “I think you saw a huge difference from college graduates tonight. I think the President answered directly on education and what his second term would look like. I mean, Pell grants versus Romney wanting to cut them, moving forward with jobs and healthcare; things college students care deeply about. I thought the contrast couldn’t be any deeper for us on that and I think we did ourselves a world of good tonight.” Charles Schumer, Sen. New York- “I thought it was great. It was my law that the President talked about that gives students the two, $2,500 tax deduction. tax credit, families to pay for college and we fought hard to have it be middle class. It’s not renewed because Republicans opposed it.” Robert Gibbs, Former Obama White House Press Photo courtesy of Creative Commons Secretary- “I think that was a great first question. I think again the President outlined what kind of economy he wants Jeremy to walk out into; the fact that he wants Jeremy to borrow money to go to college. If people like Jeremy can’t go to college, it’s not just a loss for them, but it’s a loss for our country. I think college graduates and soon to be college graduates got a good chance to hear wants to do to make sure the economy is good when they get out.” Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Chairman, Democratic National Committee- “i think President Obama made it really clear tonight that he has the students’ back. Whether it’s the focus on creating jobs for middle class and working families or backing up for a second and even looking at the opportunity for more young people to have a chance to go to college and get a college education and be economically successful and have that be more likely, that we’re all in this together and that we can be greater together.”
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Ron Johnson, Sen. Wisconsin“i think gov. romney is right that it is a tragedy that 50% of recent college graduates are either unemployed or not employed in their field. That is a direct result of the weakness of this economy. i graduated during Jimmy Carter’s malaise and there were jobs that were plentiful even in that malaise. That just underscores the difficulty that young people are having finding jobs. This recovery has not been as robust as it should be.”
Rick Lazio, Former Congressman NY“If you’re a college graduate, you have to be in the Romney camp tonight. Number one, I understand what you’re going through, number two, we’re going to keep college affordable, we’re going to provide assistance through increased Pell grants for people going to college and most importantly, there is going to be a job for you when you get out. Nobody goes to college thinking when they get out, they’re going to be unemployed, or they’re going to be working part time, or they’re going to be working some service industry that they were not trained Photo courtesy of Creative Commons for. Unfortunately now, 50% of college-aged students are graduating without a job that is commensurate with their education, they’re unemployed completely or they’re sub-employed. What Gov. Romney said was I’ve got a plan to create seven million more jobs; I got a plan to expand the economy, to expand the economic pie. The more Americans and more college students working is going to be a very good thing. If you listen carefully to what’s at stake right now, do you really want to live at home after you graduate? Do you want to have a job? Do you want to be able to afford things? What he [Obama] basically promised was four more years like the past four years.”
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Debate Overview Continued from A2 candidate. With a recorder right in front of Maryland Sen. george O’Malley’s face stood Bridget Bernardo, an 11-year-old time for Kids reporter. She professionally listened to O’Malley talk about his expectations for Obama and even threw in a question about whether the president appeals to Catholic voters. Besides interviewing politicians, Bernardo also got a seat in the debate hall, where she expected the candidates to play nice. “I expect both candidates to try to answer the viewers’ questions and not to evade them,” she said. “And they have to be kind to the people because they want a president they can like.” However, both candidates came out swinging this time around, each prepared with defenses and accusations. And of course, governors and members of Congress showed smiles off to reporters and praised their respective candidate’s performance. Former Massachusetts Gov. Kerry Healey emphasized Romney’s focus on getting young voters jobs. “I think that he tried very hard to keep the topic on some of the issues that were of interest to young voters,” she said, “especially the availability of good jobs when you get out of college… gov. romney is determined to make the changes in our laws and in our tax code, and also by repealing Obamacare, that are going to allow those jobs to be there for young people in the future.” Meanwhile, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin defended Obama’s record of helping college students. “i hope younger voters know that the president has been pushing to change student loans so that they are less expensive for students and easier to pay back,” said Durbin. “He has been fought all the way by the Republicans and Romney… Secondly, he’s expanded Pell Grants, which helps families with lower income send their kids to school. So i think in those respects, he’s moving forward in the right way.” While quotes whirled around spin alley, students gathered at different locations on campus to watch the debate. Silence pervaded Monroe Lecture Hall and the Student Center Theater, while
HofUSA gave off a party vibe. No matter where they watched, #HofDebate tweets and Facebook posts let not just the country, but the world know the community’s pride in the University. “Reading Facebook statuses from last night, everyone said that they were more informed voters,” said Stolzenberg. “I hope that the media realized that Hofstra is the place to be and that no other school could top what we put together last night.” But Wednesday morning, campus life went back to normal as MSnBC took apart its stage and drove away. The space where the colored blocks of art stood is empty, but remnants of what transpired 24 hours earlier remain. Stolzenberg feels bittersweet about Debate Day ending, but she and daves plan on organizing Election day festivities. in the Student Center, the College Republicans sat behind a cardboard cutout of Romney, looking just as enthused as they did in front of cameras the day before. The club’s president Charles Picone had plenty to complain about, from Candy Crowley’s strong moderation to the imbalance of media coverage. “We, the core Republican club, came out very, very strong,” he said. “The media was coming up to [the Democrats on campus] and asking them to do things… They weren’t asking us, we had all our signs, they didn’t want to do anything with us. What we did was go up to the back, raise up our romney signs and chant for Romney. We would make sure our voices were heard, and we definitely turned heads.” However, complaining wasn’t the reason the College Republicans decided to reserve an atrium table after Debate Day. They want to keep the students enthusiasm for the political process going. “People might forget about politics when the debate’s over,” he said. “People have walked by; the student population is so engaged. We’re not done; our job is not done here.” For more debate coverage, visit our websites at: thehofstrachronicle.com hofstrachronicle.tumblr.com @HUChronicle
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Veronica De Souza reaches 14,000 followers during debate with a Romney parody blog By Cody Heintz BUSinESS MAnAgEr
When governor Mitt romney said that women’s groups brought him “binders full of women,” Hofstra University alumna Veronica De Souza immediately thought that the phrase would lead to some images. de Souza created the blog bindersfullofwomen. tumblr.com within a minute after the words came out of Romney’s mouth, while she was sitting on her couch, watching the debate. By 2 a.m. the blog had gathered 10,000 followers. De Souza, who
works in social media, left Tumblr open during the debate The blog currently has around 14,000 followers and over 100 posts, many of them submissions by the general public. Due to the rapid success of her blog, De Souza has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and NPR’s All things Considered. “I was shocked that it became that big. I definitely did not expect that!” said De Souza. the former program director for WRHU was having a bad day, as she had been laid off from
her job as a tech startup’s community manager the morning of the debate. The 2011 graduate hopes that the blog’s success and exposure will help bring her job offerings. Besides running the Binders Tumblr account, she also runs a parody Twitter account that focuses on campus safety called @Peesafe. during her time at the University, de Souza spent a great deal of time at WrHU. “I learned so much there,” she said. “I owe a lot of my success to them and to John Mullen.”
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Early protests range from Bain Bus to Blue Nile By Sam Neudorf Assistant News Editor
“Not for banks and corporations! Money for jobs and education!” was one of the chants heard in the first hours of the public protest near Hagedorn Hall on Tuesday. There protesters spoke out on issues they felt needed to be addressed in this upcoming presidential election. Shelley Hendrix was the spokesperson of Autism Speaks, an organization that advocates autism awareness and raises funds to find a cure. Hendrix spoke on the platform of “1 in 88 can’t wait anymore for a federal response to autism.” She explained that autism is typically excluded from the healthcare policy and that this should change at a federal level. “There are 21 days to go until the election and we expect to hear from the candidates on this issue,” she said. “If not, whoever takes office can expect to hear from us for the next four years.” Neiki Ullah represented the “What About Sudan?” campaign under the Act for Sudan organization. “We’re holding up these signs
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Ariel Flajnik, president of Hofstra’s Women of Action, takes the mic during the early protests near Hagedorn Hall on Debate Day. saying ‘What About Sudan?’ and asking the presidential candidates to actually tell us what they’re going to do to help Sudan.” Current conflicts include fighting the starvation in Blue Nile and South Kordofan, proposing a no-fly zone and providing
humanitarian aid. Many humanitarian groups have been moved out of Sudan for their safety. “Genocide in Darfur is not the end to anything,” Ullah said. “If anything, genocide has begun in Blue Nile and South Kordofan.” Hofstra senior Ariel Flajnik is the president of Women of Action
and a fellow for the Center of the Civic Engagement. She said she is “determined to take part in the democratic process.” She spoke about the issues she wants to see addressed tonight and wants to see Hofstra students more engaged with. “Students seem happy with current political climate,” Flajnik said. “I think it’s the least bit of a democracy. But people are willing to relinquish their political capital despite the fact that people around the world are dying to have it.” The “Bain Bus” also entered the protest. The bus represents Bain Capital, the company created by Gov. Mitt Romney. The bus tours around the nation with workers of Bain Capital-owned companies such as the Burlington Coat Factory and Dunkin’ Donuts. Workers share stories of how important their jobs are to them. Simara Martinez of Boston, Mass. has worked at three Dunkin’ Donuts locations. “I already know that the working conditions aren’t right for people at all living paycheckto-paycheck and not getting paid when we’re supposed to,” Martinez said. “It’s not fair for us
when we work the hardest.” She does not want her job to be outsourced, as many Bain Capital jobs are, and wants to see equality amongst all workers. “Mitt Romney made a statement where he’s for the 100 percent, but I think he’s for the 100 percent of the one percent,” she said. Mary Kerr came to the protest aboard the Bain Bus as well. She works for Sensata Technologies in Freeport, Illinois where 170 Sensata jobs will be outsourced to China this December. Sensata produces car censors. “That’s what’s going to happen if Romney becomes the president,” Kerr said. She wants to see everyone come together and show support of what has been going on in Freeport. “Be aware. Check your references before you vote,” Kerr said.
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From l to r: Based off Bane is the “Bain Capital” villian. A Tea Party protester holds her sign and flag next to Hempstead Turnpike.
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Diane Sare of the LaRouche PAC holds a protest sign on the stage.
October 18, 2012 •A7
CPD DebateWatch draws crowds to simulcasts around campus By Ehlayna Napolitano STAFF WRITER
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After getting into the “Create” theme, students watch the debate on a simulcast at the Netherlands complex.
Volunteers step up on Debate Day By Andrea Ordonez and Joe Pantorno MANAGING EDITOR / EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Sean Doonan was standing in front of a secure zone with police, only letting people with debate tickets or credentials through. Outside of the debate, the senior works for Resident Safety as a supervisor, so the importance of security is not something new he has to learn. But Doonan does not have any immediate dreams of pursuing a career in law enforcement. In fact, he’s a drama major. “I like the experience of being this intimately involved without being a part of a campaign,” said Doonan on why he signed up to be a volunteer for the debate. While the second presidential debate initially seemed to immediately cater to communications and political science students, with lecture series including prominent politicians, policy makers and journalists, it might not have been clear what the event provided for students with other majors. However four students signed up to help out with an event that might not directly tie to their major. But they just wanted to mark their place as students proudly representing their college. Before Hofstra, Ryan Denault, a freshman finance major, lived in
rural Massachusetts. He signed up to volunteer for the presidential debate in hopes of eventually putting the opportunity on job applications one day. “It’s cool that the center of the United States [was] here for 24 hours,” said Denault, who worked event operations in the Netherlands complex. “It’s historic, and also a good thing to put
used to it.” Though he might have been stressed, he was delighted how Hofstra is handling things on the eve of such a momentous occasion. “I wanted to get involved,” said Andre. “I was so happy when I learned that we were going to host the debate again so I wanted to be apart of it any way I could.” Senior Becky Cuthbertson is not even interested in politics. As a Jewish Studies major not only can she provide expertise on religion, she can pack a punch. She was a security volunteer for event management. “I have been involved with resident safety since I was a freshman,” said Cuthbertson. “So security has always been a huge concern of mine and I’ve been very involved with it.” Cuthbertson realized the magnitude of where she was. “I mean, how many students can say they helped work security for the President?” said Cuthbertson. “It’s a cool little bragging right. The fact that you have to be credentialed by Secret Service and go to all these orientation meetings and to deal with all these things is really exciting.” Doonan is currently working on a one-act play he wrote
“How many students can say they helped work security for the President? It’s a cool little bragging right.” on my resume.” Denault originally wanted to collect tickets at the debate, but is completely fine with where he’s stationed. He’s happy to be a part of Hofstra’s moment in the political limelight and the pride it brought to his small town. “Everyone’s going to be looking at Hofstra and say, ‘Hey, Ryan goes there,’” he said and then let out a quiet laugh. “No, I’m just kidding, but it’ll be cool though.” The distinct honor of collecting tickets went to sophomore computer science Olivier Andre. Hailing from Haiti, Andre has been in the United States for two years where he has had to grown accustom to American politics. “The way the electoral vote works, it’s very different from Haiti,” said Andre. “But I’m getting
Across campus on Debate Day, events called “Debate Watches” provided students the unique opportunity to watch the debates with a large crowd, with different perspectives being offered in each location. Two such events were hosted in the Student Center Theater and Dining Room. In the theater, where the theme was “Educate,” students heard from speakers before the debate in order to get a better sense of the issues at stake. Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont; Ed Rollins, a political advisor and campaign manager for Ronald Reagan; and Diana Carlin, the creator of the national Debate Watch program, were speakers at this event. They largely discussed how the Hofstra debate could impact the election overall. “I think this is a very highstakes debate for the President,” Dean said. A former democratic presidential candidate, Dean noted that Obama had to use this opportunity to bring himself back from a disappointing performance in the first debate. Rollins agreed with this, stating that debates are always important to a campaign. “Most pundits will tell you that debates don’t matter… I will tell you that they matter a lot,” he said. Freshman English major Marissa Lynch enjoyed the contributions of all the speakers. “They really got everyone informed beforehand,” she said. Lynch also felt that being a part of the large group that gathered in the theater
called The “Right” Hand of the State, which explores the question of who builds the roads in a libertarian society. He hopes to showcase during the Drama Department’s experimental works night in November. But Doonan left his personal views and experiences aside for
was beneficial to her understanding of the debate. “When you’re watching by yourself—which is what I was planning on doing— your focus is on what is being said,” she said. “But watching with a big crowd gives you a sense of the public opinion.” Another viewing of the debate held in the dining hall had the theme “Commemorate.” There, various exhibits were displayed to commemorate the second debate held at Hofstra, including a photo display called, “What’s Your Issue?” which consisted of various students’ photos pictured with an issue of their choosing, and other political questionnaires and maps. Many students gathered to watch the debate at this location, exceeding the expectations for attendance. Indeed, faculty felt that the turnout was a fairly unique facet of Hofstra. “I hope all campuses are as engaged as this but this student group has shown exceptional interest,” said Julie Yindra, director of services for Students with Disabilities. “This is an exemplary group.” The students at this particular location felt that the group setting was beneficial in helping to engage students politically on a larger scale. “It definitely brings everyone together,” said Christian Ladigoski, a freshman engineering major. “This is a lot more lively…it’s very exciting.” Senior community health major Leslie Maddison agreed. “It really encourages people to be involved... [and] gets them excited,” she said. a day to work toward a safe debate along with Public Safety and the Secret Service. “I love doing theater, don’t get me wrong,” he said. “But I saw this as a better chance to get involved than to pray and hope I could get one of 200 or so tickets.”
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The second debate: a toss-up in town hall College Republicans By Amber Qalagari columnist
Biden, move over; Crowley is running for Vice President 2012. It seemed Romney had two opponents in Tuesday night’s debate at Hofstra University: President Obama and moderator Candy Crowley. CNN should have added a talking timer for Crowley as she certainly did her fair share of debating. She might have well worn an Obama-Biden shirt under that blazer because her bias for the President was made evident in her quick defense of his unsubstantiated claims. The most apparent example was Crowley’s response to Obama’s inaccurate remark on the attacks in Libya. Obama claimed to have identified the attack that resulted in the death of the U.S Ambassador and three Navy S.E.A.L.S as an act of terror when he spoke in the Rose Garden on Sept. 12. Romney called out
Obama’s skewed claim, noting that it took 14 days for the administration to fully declare the events as a terrorist attack. This recounted U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s initial claim, that the attacks were a spontaneous response to an anti-Muslim YouTube video. The Candy-Barrack tag team; Candy interrupts Romney’s argument and Obama steps in to gloat with a snide remark, “Can you say that a little louder, Candy?” I keep re-watching the clip to see if they high-five each other. Where was Crowley’s interruption to Obama’s false information? The transcript from that speech recalls Obama’s sole reference to terrorism as a generalized statement: “No acts of
terror will ever shake the resolve of this nation.” If you want to play the fact-checker, Crowley, make sure you do that consistently. In a CNN post-debate interview on Wednesday, Crowley admitted to Soledad O’Brien that Romney was “perfectly right that it took weeks for them to get past the tape.” I guess Crowley decided Obama needed all the help he could get considering his weak response to Romney’s attack on his poor economic policies. “That’s not true” seemed to be Obama’s catchphrase any time Romney released an unfavorable number about the past four years. Sorry Obama, but a 7.8 percent unem-
ployment rate and a $16 trillion deficit are facts you can’t write off. Crowley’s follow-up questions also had a taste of partiality to the Democratic side. She asked what Romney would do about his five-point tax plan if the “numbers didn’t add up.” This has been the same unfounded critique given by the Obama campaign this entire election season. Romney explained, “I was someone who ran businesses for 25 years, and balanced the budget. I ran the Olympics and balanced the budget. I ran the state of Massachusetts as a governor… and balanced the budget all four years… We have a president talking about someone’s plan
Hofstra Democrats By Alexandria Jezina columnist
As Hofstra made national news hosting the second presidential debate on Oct. 16, filling the campus with political fervor and excitement, the question of who won the debate remains. According to NBC’s Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney delivered big time at the second presidential debate on Tuesday. He further stated, “The two candidates debated as if both their political careers depended on it because, well it did.” The two candidates brought their A-game to the town hall debate as both candidates aggressively competed to get their points across in response to questions from the audience. As moderator, Candy Crowley, was
Illustration by Max Knoblauch able to keep the candidates in check, setting a different tone than the Denver debate. While Romney was deemed the winner of the first presidential debate on Oct. 3 for his adamant stances, President Obama was able to defend his position and not let the former Governor overpower him in the second debate. The Hofstra debate featured eleven questions asked by supposedly undecided voters, which were able to highlight each candidate’s separate ideas on social and economic issues such as women’s rights, gun control, health care, taxation and
immigration. The debate focused on domestic issues that were passed over in the first debate. Women’s issues such as equal pay in the workplace with the Lilly Ledbetter Act and access to contraceptives were subjects that President Obama was able to capitalize on. Governor Romney answered these questions by describing his experience in making a more gender-equal taskforce while governor of Massachusetts. He described creating jobs where women could leave early enough to go home and cook dinner for their families, a fairly sexist comment. Romney’s
“binder full of women” response to women’s rights issues made headlines through social media websites such as Tumblr and Twitter. The debate, described as a political boxing match, also brought some punches to the current administration with the Libyan attack crisis. While Romney hammered Obama on not immediately stating that the attack on the U.S. consulate was an act of terror, Obama defied him to check the transcript of his speech made in the White House Rose Garden. Factually, Obama did describe it as an
in a way that’s completely foreign to what my real plan is.” If you feel like there are a million variations of that quote this election season you are absolutely right. Half the political fighting would cease if the Democrats would just open their ears to Romney’s explanation. It is expected that economics be explained to the administration considering their projected deficit resolution contains using borrowed military spending to pay for education. Nothing like the good old Obama logic of spending money we don’t actually own. Despite her bias, it is hard to disagree that Candy Crowley did a better job than the last moderator, Jim Lehrer. It’s a tough job to keep two powerful political figures with differing ideologies on topic and on time. Obama’s performance also drastically improved from the first debate- at least this time he was awake. While Romney did not win by a landslide like in the last debate, I think he handled himself well considering he was outnumbered two to one.
“act of terror,” but never fully answered why it was initially stated to be a violent reaction to an anti-Islamic video when that was not the case. However, the president did take responsibility for the situation in Benghazi from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying, “I’m the president and I’m always responsible, and that’s why nobody’s more interested in finding out exactly what happened than I [am].” As both candidates maintained their charisma with fiery responses, the winner of the debate was a toss-up. Both candidates appeared to be strong and worthy of the presidential position, while trying to sympathetically relate to those asking the questions in the townhall debate. While Democrats rooted for President Obama for his oratory, Republicans stood strong with candidate Romney. Both candidates hope that their stances will identify with undecided voters who will make or break their presidential hopes.
october 18, 2012• A9
Beyond social issues and self interest By Jacquie itsines sPEciAl to tHE cHRoniclE
Canceling classes on Election Day By Raychelle Ransome sPEciAl to tHE cHRoniclE
the Election Day petition advocates that Hofstra students should not be hindered from voting by a full day of classes or due dates. tuesday, nov. 6, 2012 is one of most important days in American history. While there may be some who will have the privilege of voting for a president for the second time, there are many on campus who will be voting for the first time. many professors have expressed their shock that Hofstra excused students have classes on debate day, but not on Election Day. students whom i asked to sign the petition were widely ignorant of the Election Day schedule; that is to say, we are scheduled to have all of our regular classes. the Election Day petition is not merely about getting a day off; it is about the rights that i believe students should have by being an active voter. While some students are able to use absentee ballots, which have proven to not always be accurately counted, those who are registered to vote out-of-town would miss the opportunity to vote in their own polling station.
i question the acceptability of cancelling class for the presidential debate, which by all means is important but is an extremely surface and superficial event compared to the actual election itself. Holding classes on Election Day infringes upon the ability of nonHempstead residents to exercise their constitutional right to vote in their district. i have spoken to students who have classes from morning to 9 p.m. and would not be able to get to their districts until late after the polls have been closed. there are some students, like myself, who live on campus with no car and list their permanent address as in the boroughs. many students have fullday schedules and professors who care more about their lesson plan than enabling students to be active voters. this position is frustrating as a student and first-time voter. The college student demographic is essential to this year’s election. losing the opportunity is detrimental to our future in the upcoming election of the next president of the united states of America. the Election Day petition, if graced with enough signatures, will hopefully cancel change the class schedule on campus.
“losing the opportunity is detrimental to our future in the upcoming election...”
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Your voice grants you the power to inﬂuence social matters that are of direct importance to you, but take into consideration that those subjects don’t necessarily carry relevance in the broader spectrum of government. People attached to sociopolitical issues should pursue them individually and locally. Federal involvement should be reserved for electing a president who can lead the government to successfully handle the issues that are out of the public’s immediate reach. to look to the federal government for help in petty affairs such as bully control, for example, is an ignorant waste of time; the Fed has much bigger concerns. According to Business insider, our country ranks 22nd in freedom from corruption, 142nd in infrastructure investment, 169th in gross domestic product growth and dead last in net trade of goods and services. We are the first-place trophy holders in a few categories, though: external debt, total crime and cancerrelated deaths. the united states was once perceived to be the greatest country in the world, but it has since fallen. the upcoming presidential election gives the u.s. a chance to reclaim the top spot, but some citizens are misusing the opportunity by planning to vote in accordance with the political candidates’ stances on social issues, like marriage equality and the rights to abortion and euthanasia, instead of with elements of their platforms that can improve the condition of the country. if voters do not better prioritize to focus on federal spending, foreign policy, education, job creation and healthcare, our country will remain in a rut and
possibly face further decline. People invest themselves into social issues because they are easily understandable and possess a personal, emotional component. the subjects are relevant and important, but they can wait. Zoom out, and take a look at the bigger picture to see that social issues mean nothing unless we can get the country back on track. so what if stem cell research is legal, when children are not strong enough in math and science to one day be able to properly
“The United States was once perceived to be the greatest country in the world...”
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conduct related experimentation? Who cares if two men can legally marry, if neither has a job? this country cannot afford for its citizens to be selfish in selecting leadership. Do not waste your vote by making a decision based solely on what matters to you—at least not yet. We need to concentrate on stabilizing and boosting America as a whole before we can even think about narrowing the national focus to meet our personal needs. the priority in the 2012 presidential election is choosing an executive official who has the guts to temporarily ignore the minor issues that affect our society and the brains to improve the major issues that affect our nation. Please choose wisely.
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‘Urinetown’ is to die for -B3
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B 2• October 18, 2012
Acting out democracy By Katelyn Harrop
AssistAnt EntErtAinmEnt Editor
n anticipation for tomorrow’s presidential debate, professional scholar-actors and student actors brought an array of historical presentations to an audience ranging from elementary school students to campus faculty on Adams and Calkins Quads. the event known as Expressions of democracy including this acting component called democracy in Performance, which covered topics such as abolition, women’s rights, labor regulations, and immigration in the form of period monologues by well-known his-
torical figures such as Theodore roosevelt and W.E.B. duBois as well as characters created to interpret the lives of civilians during monumental moments in American history. Actress Kate Carney took on the life of European immigrant, mary Antin in a piece entitled ‘the Promised Land: immigration to America.’ Carney has been doing historical performances since 1993. “this character is very moving,” Carney said. “Very often it moves me deeply and moves the audience deeply too.” Although this event was open to the community and drew a large crowd from primary and secondary schools, Hofstra stu-
dents were also around to enjoy performances independently or with a class. Alex Barkley, a junior psychology major, found the performances to be informative and a good historical reminder. “this event brings about a state of remembrance over what America has gone through in the past,” said Barkley who attend-
ed a labor rights piece called ‘Workers: tragedy and triumph, the triangle shirtwaist Factory Fire and the Bread and roses strike.’ democracy in Performance was presented on campus oct. 8, 2008, the day before the final ObamamcCain presidential debate. dr. Cynthia Bogard, a sociology professor, produced both events.
“This event brings about a state of remembrance over what America has gone through in the past...”
this year’s event was much larger than it’s 2008 predecessor featuring five new events including an art contest for high and middle school students and an original play entitled ‘the Bonus Army’ written by alumni isaac rathbone. Bogard was pleased with the impressive turnout from the community and surrounding schools. “the kids seem to be enjoying themselves and are having some good interactions with the historical characters. they’re learning something and do it in an interesting way,” said Bogard.
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One performer walked around campus in full character as Teddy Roosevelt.
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The object of these performances was to allow students and other performers to enact democracy, personally speaking the words that built the country.
October 18, 2012 •B 3
Urinetown: a political farce
The cast of “Urinetown” sang about revolt against oppressive policies. The play coincided well with the debate in its focus on political themes.
By Katie Webb EditoriAL Editor
he sinister atmosphere of the play “Urinetown” was apparent the moment one stepped foot into the skillfully designed set of worn brick walls, broken windows and rusted metal pipes. the black box theater even seemed to emit a faint smell of sulfur to set the mood. there is no reason a musical with such a simple plot line and straightforward underlying message that absolute power corrupts and hope in the face of tyranny should be anything but dull and expected. Yet between the devilishly clever writing and the gutsy acting choices the show was brilliantly performed. the piece began with a tonguein-cheek aside hinting at the type of humor that would prevail
throughout the affair advising the audience members to go to the bathroom while they still had a chance. Officer Lockstock, played by matt Engle, was the narrator who explained the rather dreary situation at hand. in this town the reservoir dried up 20 years ago. now the townspeople, who haven’t got two pennies to rub together, wait in line several times a day for the unlikely chance to relieve themselves for a price. the show manages to balance playing the audience’s heartstrings and make them howl with laughter. Falling to the streets in pain instead of daring to go behind a tree, the town’s citizen’s people are in constant fear of being taken away to the not-so-mysterious “Urinetown” as punishment. Halfway through the first act Officer Lockstock screams with maniacal pleasure,
to a character named Little sally, that Urinetown is code for getting knocked off, literally knocked off of a roof. Little sally is played by Anna Holmes, and the rapport between Holmes and Engle is comical entertainment at its finest. Whether the ensemble is sashaying across the stage or in the midst of a heated revolt against the evil dictatorship that is the plumbing company, the duo are off chatting about the play’s central conceit. to say they broke the fourth wall would be unnecessary, because it scarcely existed. the charm of the play was the actors coyly commenting on how though they were in the middle of a musical it was going to end abysmally for them all. Alan stentiford played Cladwell, the delightfully manipulative businessman taxing the
public toilets and wreaking havoc over the public sector. Cladwell, quite the opposite of the average villain, went from pocking the mayor on the nose to end an argument with him to commenting on how he sent his daughter, Hope, to the most expensive school in the world; at this point he paused to look at the audience, eliciting knowing dark chuckles. though the writing was not to be outdone at one point showstealing eccentric Little sally asked Officer Lockstock why they weren’t addressing the issue of hydraulics, which he brushed off as being too overwhelming an idea for the audience to handle the dancing and singing were unforgettable as well. the duets between starcrossed lovers, innocent if not endearingly idiotic Hope Cadwell,
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played by rita mcCann, and heroic revolt leader Bobby strong, played by James Crichton, were charming and heartfelt. the ensemble harmonized beautifully, adding an unexpected and humorous soulful element to one of the songs. Halfway through running around, havoc-stricken Crichton took the place of a conductor and the ensemble stood as a choir channeling a rich southern gospel element. of course, the musical numbers had perfectly choreographed moves to go along with the talented vocals, and each of the actors added their own flair to the dances. “Urinetown” will be performed again this weekend in the new Academic Building, and it’s sure to deliver a sensational two hours for all who are wise enough to attend.
B 4• October 18, 2012
By matt Ern CoLUmnist
Dexter-“Buck The System” Grade: B
f you’re still watching dexter then you’ve probably had the heartbreaking experience of watching a show you love grow into a show you love-to-hate over the past few seasons. But surprisingly, this season has already been a huge improvement over the last year or two. not quite to the level the show started out, but it’s at least watchable again. the best thing about this season is that Deb finally knows dexter’s secret. the more boring part of dexter in the past has been the lack of continuity between seasons- each one is sort of its own contained story where the status quo is restored by the end (except for maybe season 4). But this time the events of last season actually matter and deb is trying to rehabilitate dexter to get him to stop killing. it’s not the most thrilling storyline but at least it’s progress. Admittedly, the rest of this season’s stories are a little iffy. i find the whole investigation of the strip club kind of forgettable and
Dexter The League
Louis hardly seemed like a capable opponent for dexter. He does deliver the episode’s best line: “it was a hooker! it’s not cheating if you paid for it!” But that’s not enough to make him a compelling character and i was really rooting to see him get his eyes drilled out on dexter’s boat. the complexity of all the aspects of the investigations going on give me hope that the writers are building to some big, satisfying climax but i’ve been burned by dexter before so who news. At least this episode saw a return to the kill-of-the-week format. Having deb along for the ride was interesting albeit ineffectual in terms of dexter actually killing his target, but that guy was one of the craziest murders the show has given us in a while so i’m kind of glad he’s still outhere.
The League- “The Training Camp” Grade: B-
ast time i checked, the League wasn’t a cartoon, but you might not know that from watching last week’s nightmarishly cartoonish episode. dream sequences abound and the whole sequence at the training camp relied a little too heavily on physical humor for me. the show has definitely strayed into
that kind of broad, wacky territory before but something about last week’s episode missed the mark for me. the premise for getting the guys to the training camp was also a little flimsy for me, I find it hard to believe that taco would have been able to scoop up the lapsed domain name for dallasCowboys.com. i did enjoy his new business venture though, a cowboy-based telegram system for delivering bad news (such as the fact that taco won’t be able to pay back Kevin the money he owes him). there were plenty of other good bits to balance out the cartoony stuff too. Andre’s “talk to the hand” was solid as was taco’s list of demands which included the right to post drawings of himself and people he knows on the dallas Cowboys website as well as illustrations of famous people from history with food. the big twist to the episode was that ruxin is now the league commissioner in exchange for not disputing Kevin’s status as league champion. ruxin with total power has a lot of promise but also runs the risk of giving us a little too much nick Kroll. He’s usually one of my favorite parts of the show but his personality can get grating in large doses.
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Review Round-up By Andrew mcnally CoLUmnist
Bat For Lashes – “The Haunted Man” Grade: B+ Bat For Lashes’ new album encapsulates what singer and songwriter natasha Khan does best: seamless transitions between haunting indie melodies and folk-inspired alt-pop blasts. As the intense opener “Lilies” ends and the almost bouncy percussion of “All Your Gold” kicks in, you’ll realize how varied she can be. At times, you’ll be thinking of a mid-90’s Bjork at her peak. Bat For Lashes had already established Khan as one of the better underground indie singers and “the Haunted man” is another notch in that reputation. there’s nothing too original, but it is indie-pop at its finest.
If You Like: Bjork, Fiona Apple Key Track: Marilyn
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – “Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!”
Clocking in at 53 minutes and four songs long, GY!BE prove that sometimes bands don’t change. Their first album in 10 years is just as inaccessible and odd as before. two tracks clock in at just shy of 20 minutes, and one of the “shorter” tracks is almost entirely bagpipe drone. Yet, as always, there is something encompassing about all of it. the album exists as a midpoint between the band’s strangest and least strange works, like a retrospective work. if you’re all right with instrumental music, you’ll get swept into this album, with four tracks that grow continuously intense and suck you in inexplicably.
If You Like: : Sonic Youth, Slint Key Track: Mladic
Anberlin – “Vital” Grade: BAnberlin announced that their new album was going to have a “youthful” feel, a dangerous thing to say when you’re a lyrically optimistic, Christianemo-pseudo…thing. But they actually delivered with a fairly decent album not unlike Blink-182’s self-titled album from 2004. the best tracks are fast and loud, akin to whatever pop-punk band you’re currently defending. singer stephen Christian (actual name) is still belting in his strong, unique voice you heard on mtV2 a few years ago. the slower tracks are youthful in lyric, but musically are pretty cheesy and dull. still, it’s a strong pop-punk album.
If You Like: Saosin, blink-182 Key track: Self-Starter
A12 • October 18, 2012
Autumn events in and around campus
By Jana Kaplan
SPeCIAL TO THe CHRONICLe
Pumpkins and apples and corncobs, oh my! Students dread the fact that summer is over and school has begun, but with autumn weather and seasonal cuisine emerging, the reality of exams and busy schedules doesn’t seem so bad. The leaves are changing colors and beginning to fall, so take advantage of the yummy fall foods Hofstra has to offer and jump right in! Pumpkin spice is everywhere on this campus: Café on the Quad and Café on the Corner have pumpkin spice lattes, Bits & Bytes’ Red Mango features pumpkin spice frozen yogurt, and Dunkin’ Donuts’ pumpkin spice donuts and muffins are flying off the shelves. The great thing about pumpkin-flavored food and beverages is that they really just make you feel good. It also helps that they taste like sunshine and happiness, something all college students
need a little bit more of. Au Bon Pain also has some great pumpkin-flavored eats, such as harvest pumpkin soup and pumpkin coffee cake. Once the weather cools off, there’s nothing better than a nice warm
“‘Tis not only the season for pumpkins; there are apples galore at Hofstra too.” bowl of soup and some cake for dessert. The Student Center is always making homemade pastries so students can feel like they’ve got some homemade food. There’s also some great fresh produce coming from the farmer’s market, including corn, squash, and other great fruits and veggies. These markets take place throughout the semester outside Bits & Bytes, so keep checking Hofstra Dining’s Facebook page at Facebook.
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com/eatingathofstra to find out when the next one is. ‘Tis not only the season for pumpkins; there are apples galore at Hofstra too. Try an apple pie, apple strudels, or an apple a day to keep the doctor away. every year, senior RA of Liberty and Republic Halls Breana Cole takes her love of autumn and gives back to the students of Hofstra. This is called Crispapalooza, “a yearly opportunity to turn apples into Courtesy of Breanna Cole delicious apple Breanna Cole slicing up the apples in order to make her well-known Apple Crisps. crisp.” This ran until and with the change in weather forget to grab a candy apple and October 14, last also comes the change in some homemade cider! There Sunday. Last year she received food. Students at Hofstra are also many corn mazes, haunted 117 apples, and this year she fortunate enough to have great houses, and pumpkin patches had a grand total of 218 apples. dining services, so everyone throughout Nassau County, so if If you’re looking for some of should take advantage of all the you need a break from campus, the juiciest and organic apples, homemade treats and hearty hop on a bus and enjoy the day as well as a good time, check meals. with some friends. out some of Long Island’s local Autumn is only beginning apple picking places. But don’t
“I’m not sure acutally.” - Brian Murphy, Sophomore
“November 9th. No, November something.’” - Matab Singh, Freshman
“Isn’t it November 4th?” - Mikwaevonn Mills, Sophomore
“November 6th.” - Louis Naimoli, Sophomore
“November 15.” - Ian Kilgore , Sophomore
When is Election Day? “Oh God, November 6th right?” - David Folcarelli, Freshman
October 18, 2012 • A13
From strutting the Unispan to the runway
By Tatiana M. Brown SPeCIAL TO THe CHRONICLe
Since Rachel A. Fenderson graduated from Hofstra in 2006 with a degree in english Literature, she created and distributed a clothing line called Pepper Jacques. Fenderson was born in Jamaica, Queens, and raised in the St. Albans neighborhood of Queens. As a child Fenderson always dreamed of designing clothing. She considered pursuing this ambition at Parsons The New School For Design for her undergraduate education, but the traditional four-year track for education won out. Thus she began attending Hofstra University in fall 2002. Yet Fenderson never abandoned her ultimate dream. After graduating from Hofstra in 2006, Fenderson spent the summer in Japan. She visited the design center of Issey Miyake, a prominent worldwide brand. The creative force there and everywhere else in Japan moved her to make fashion design her forefront goal. Fenderson returned to the United States in the fall. Upon returning she
decided to put her goal into action by applying to Parsons. While attending Parsons, Fenderson also worked at an investment firm, which she says gave her the business knowledge for her company today. She completed her degree in fashion design in June 2008. After graduating Parsons, Fenderson interned for Catherine Fung, a popular women’s and canine clothing designer. She later worked for a start-up couture house, Rafael Cennamo, as the operational manager. “A prodigious amount of human resources, accounting and business operations experience was the guidance and push for the start of Pepper Jacques Pep, LLC,” Fenderson said. Pepper Jacques was officially created on January 1, 2011. The name is derived from a nickname given to Fenderson by
her little brother. The women’s wear line is comprised of two “personalities” or design influences, Pepper and Jacques. Pepper clothes women in pieces that suit the line and curve of women’s bodies, using the best materials. Jacques exudes opulent lifestyle, exclusivity, travel and education. “I created [Pepper Jacques] because as a designer I love accessories; they are the pieces that change an outfit,” said Fenderson. “I would go into clothing stores, and I could never find accessories in full sequence, only partial… Women are often set and decided when it comes to clothing choices. So I decided to create pieces that weren’t offered traditionally myself.” Although just starting as a company, Fenderson and her clothing line have been seen in many events, such as Henri
“After graduating Parsons, Fenderson interned for Catherine Fung, a popular women’s and canine clothing designer.”
Courtesy of Leesa Fenderson Right: Hofstra Alumna and Pepper Jacques Designer, Rachel A. Fenderson, with a model featured in a trunk show at Roosevelt Field.
Bendel’s Open See, Designer Casting Call for Fall 2012 in March 2012, and Beauty and Body Meets Fashion, a trunk show with The Body Shop at Roosevelt Field Mall. Fenderson has also brought her work to Hofstra with an Atrium Table in the Student Center in September. Body-Jaques-ed is a trunk show to be held with The Body Shop in Soho on October 27 at 11:00 a.m. Currently, Fenderson is working on her spring 2013 collection, which she hopes to finish in March or April of next year. This will be her third collection for her company. The prior two were an accessories X-GS collection in fall 2012, and Pre-Resort collection for 2013. “I think right now, [Pepper Jacques] is in its infantile stage,” said Fenderson. “But just by being offered these opportunities I know Pepper Jacques has a future, because this line has worked in the middle of a recession.” Fenderson’s ultimate goal for Pepper Jacques is to place it in pop-up stores and to make Pepper Jacques a lifestyle choice for many women.
A14 • October 18, 2012
Hofstra clubs respond to issues covered at debate By Stephanie Kostopoulos STAFF WRITeR
After the debate and all of Tuesday’s events, Hofstra has become much quieter without the helicopters, journalists and protesters hovering around campus. But the effect of this momentous event is louder than all of that. Some of Hofstra’s most influential and passionate clubs are taking the events of recent days to help make a better tomorrow. The Student Government Association (SGA) is basically a microcosm of our large and in-charge federal government. According to Hofstra’s website, the SGA “is involved in addressing student concerns and the betterment of student life.” Overseeing seven
Compiled by The Chronicle Staff At Debate2012: Guy 1: Mitt Romney uses a Zune. Guy 2: F--k you, I had a Zune. At Debate2012: Guy 1: I can’t see the screen. Guy 2: “Challenges of a town hall style.” Guy 1: That’s a hairstyle. At Debate2012: Guy: Romney hasn’t masturbated in 20 years. At Debate2012: Guy 1: I’m not excited until Beyonce comes on stage. Guy 2: No, Rihanna. At Debate2012: Guy 1: Did you see that helicopter that just flew in? Guy 2: Yeah, that was from Korea. At Debate2012: Guy 1: Yo, bowtie! I like it. Guy 2: Thanks, man. Gotta wear a bowtie for TV.
committees and working in the best interest of Hofstra’s clubs, the SGA is responsible for supporting and assisting them as much as possible. The debate gave SGA a chance to evaluate their progress concerning the organization of the debate and all the events on campus that day. Cait Stolzenberg, the student co-chair for the debate, believed the SGA did an excellent job of organizing Wednesday’s events. Hofstra pride could be seen all over campus: in long lines for viewing parties, in mobs of sign-holding students and in the fast-rolling tweets of #HofDebate. “Hofstra students were really engaged this time around,” Stolzenberg said. “I’m so glad that Hofstra students embraced the debate and took full
advantage of the opportunity. That’s what college is all about.” Stolzenberg believes that the question concerning student loans and finding jobs after graduation was important to Hofstra students. The question was especially significant because it was the first question of the night, and the debate was taking place at a university. Stolzenberg said that “it was a very fitting question. It hit hard for a lot of students and it will help people choose a candidate, depending on who they think answered it better.” Stolzenberg believes students, especially seniors like herself, will be relying on the better candidate to help them achieve optimal job opportunity. The Hofstra Organization of Latin Americans (HOLA) also took great interest in the debate.
HOLA exists to enhance the understanding of the Latino heritage and create unity and awareness of it through cultural, educational, political and social events. Two major issues the club hoped to bring to light during the debate were immigration and student affairs. Senior and Vice President of HOLA Arianna Valdez said, “Being a club with many Latino members, the issue of immigration is a personal issue for many of us.” HOLA recently held a mock debate focused on immigration to provide club members with a detailed understanding of it. They discussed what actions had been taken by the candidates thus far, what laws are currently in place and what the best future would hold, depending on the candidates’
differing policies. Until the debate at Hofstra, the club had come to the general consensus that Obama could have done more for their primary issue. “[We] were hurt that the Obama administration had not fought harder for immigration reform, although some small steps were taken,” said Valdez. “The fact is Obama broke a promise.” However, after Tuesday’s debate Obama redeemed himself. “He further explained the steps he had taken and when compared to Romney’s history and his plans, Obama had a more favorable policy,”said Valdez.
At Debate2012: Guy 1: Mitt Romney doesn’t do the butt stuff. Girl: You don’t know that. Guy 2: Just the tip.
In Class: Professor: Do you know a whole lot of sexually-active 90-yearolds? It’s not common.
Outside HofUSA: Guy 1: We need an Asian, lesbian, president. Guy 2: No, Oprah.
In the Student Center: Girl: I just sat there, laughing at him, yelling, “Get it up!”
Outside the Student Center: Guy: I haven’t had sex for two days.
In the Student Center: Girl: Holy tit-nips!
In the Student Center: Girl 1: You’re wearing my favorite color. Girl 2: Because on Wednesdays, we wear pink.
In the Netherlands: Guy: The purple dinosaur told me to be myself. So I ordered the chicken. Outside the Student Center: Guy 1: I feel like Romney has cheated a lot on Ann. Guy 2: Well, I don’t know about that. But if Barack cheated on Michelle, she’d rip his penis off.
At Debate2012: Guy: Go back to the commercials, so we can have some fun. At Debate2012: Guy: I just want a picture of the Secret Service agent. That’s all I want. At Debate2012: Guy: There’s nothing really swag about politics. In The Chronicle Office: Guy: Dubstep journalism, that’s a thing. In Class: Professor: All my questions are tricks. In the Student Center: Girl 1: What did my mom say I needed? An emotional health day? Girl 2: A mental health day? Girl 1: Yeah, that!
In Constitution: Girl: Did you fall asleep on the toilet?
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In Bits & Bytes: Guy 1: I have to take a shit. And I don’t have my phone with me. Guy 2: This is a disaster.
In Colonial Square: Guy: Don’t make fun of my d--k. On the Intramural Fields: Girl: I think I have a thing for skateboards and almost getting hit by them. Outside Hofstra Hall: Guy: Is the Asian in there? In the Student Center: Girl: I literally think this whole thing cost a billion dollars. Outside the Student Center: Guy: I haven’t had sex for two days.
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Fall fashion trends By Sophia Strawser ASSISTANT FeATUReS eDITOR
Fall has arrived and with it a new set of fashion trends. It’s all about reinventing your closet in order to look great but saving your bank account at the same time. Trend 1: Polka dots. This season polka dots are everywhere. Oversized sweaters, pants, tees, etc. If looking to update your causal-but-looking-fabulous look go for a polka dotted tee under a solidcolored cardigan. If you are attempting to maintain your chic-yet-comfortable look then try the polka dotted oversized sweater. When paired with leggings the oversized sweater can keep you warm against the blast of Hofstra’s air conditioning in style. If you are up for the challenge try pulling off polka dotted pants. They are extremely popular right now and don’t have to be designer brand to look good. everywhere from Forever 21 to Charlotte Russe has their take on the trend; it’s just a matter of finding what pair works best for you. Trend 2: Leather. You may cringe while reading that, but trust me leather is making a comeback. I’m not sure whether to accept it with open arms or hide away until next fall, but either way it seems to be the in thing this season. If you want the full effect go for a pair of leather pants. You have choices of black or burgundy. You can wear your leather pants with a tucked-in billowy top, or wear a long sweater or top over the pants. Or go for leather leggings and treat them just
like you would regular leggings, just with an added burst of style appeal. If you aren’t willing to try leather in the form of pants, try it in small doses. Leather belts are great for cinching in the waistline of bulky sweaters or that top you bought more because of the sale price and less because of the fit. Also filling the racks of H&M and Francesca’s are a new twist to an old comfort: oversized sweaters. They took over last fall and now they’re back, but now incorporating the use of the ever-popular leather. Whether it is a stripe of leather from shoulder to cuff or leather elbow patches, leather is finding away into all of our trendy fall outfits. Trend 3: Pencil skirts. We normally associate pencil skirts with the warm weather of spring or summer, but not anymore. This fall it is all about the pencil skirt. Many of the skirts hitting the stores this fall will be either pencil or midi skirts. Pencil skirts this fall are going to mostly dark colors, and will most likely incorporate some type of leather accents or fabric. Midi skits are longer, coming to about mid-calf. These skirts are going to be found in mostly floral, paisley or heavily pleated patterns. Both pencil skirts and midi skirts are a fall must have. Time to look fall-ready, Hofstra. These are the three trends most applicable to us as students, not to mention also the easiest to pull together. Let’s make the unispan our runway; change is in the air. Keep it fall fashionable, Hofstra.
Hof clubs on debate issues Continued from Page 14 Valdez, on behalf of HOLA, wished that the education system could have been further discussed Tuesday night and noted that it is a topic that needs to be seriously addressed. Students for a Greener Hofstra (SGH) works to promote sustainability not only at Hofstra, but on Long Island as well. SGH is concerned with the global environmental issues that are always present during election season. Hofstra senior and President of SGH Jane Miner spoke on behalf of her club. “We know becoming energy independent is a top priority in the US, but we want to make sure the road to success has a strong foundation – green technology and renewable resources.” As far as the Tuesday’s debate goes Miner said SGH agrees that “Neither candidate moved much past this surface issue to really show support for a
sustainable movement in America.” Romney wants to make America energy independent but at the cost of damaging the environment. Although Obama is in favor of clean energy such as wind and solar energy, SGH does not have his support in regards to hydraulic fracturing, “clean” coal and the Keystone XL Pipeline. By the end of the debate Miner concluded, “Neither Romney or Obama represent our stance and values this year. We hope to see the people drive the environmental movement over the next few years, since we feel like we can’t trust our government to follow through.” The proximity and historic value of the debate created a wave of inspiration within Hofstra’s clubs. Although some issues weren’t addressed or outlined clearly, it only serves to drive our students to take more initiative themselves.
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By Isabela Jacobsen SPeCIAL TO THe CHRONICLe
If you are going on a job or internship interview and need to look good without ditching your makeup, I got your back! I know cosmetics aren’t the first thing we notice in politics, but it’s hard to ignore the first lady Michelle Obama and potential first lady Ann Romney as perfect examples of professional, yet stylish working women. Makeup is your friend, not your enemy. There is no problem in going with the natural look for an interview, but makeup can help your appearance by highlighting our best features in a sophisticated way. I am a big fan of Michelle Obama and Ann Romney’s looks. These powerful women remind us that looking powerful is as important as being powerful. Let’s take notes: Both ladies have great light toned appearances, using brown and lightly smudged pencil eyeliner for the eyes, but when they do go for an edgier look, they both have very different makeup styles. When I think of Michelle Obama’s makeup I remember the Democratic Convention this year, and the smokey eye. Michelle often goes with the smokey
eye look and I absolutely love it. It’s not too dark, but is made just right by using neutral tones of grey and a very light pink to make it perfect. Besides the eyes, Michelle Obama likes to wear a light shade of blush, just enough to look healthy and natural. Ann Romney, on the other hand, is very different. What I really love about Ann Romney’s makeup is her choice in lipstick. Sometimes we get scared of wearing something too bold for a professional appearance, but lipstick instead of lip gloss actually makes for a more clean-cut look. Using bold colors like bright pink and dark red transform Ann Romney’s look in a positive way. As long as the eyes look natural, then the occasional bold lipstick can be a good way to bring the look together. My advice: don’t wear a bold lipstick choice for a first interview, a natural lip color is better, but every once in a while pull an Ann Romney and you’re sure to look appropriate, yet fun. The trick to looking good is to take your time. Makeup is sometimes debatable for professional events, but if you take your time and balance out the eyes, lips, and cheeks, it will show your professional and chic side.
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Volleyball falls to CAA no. 2 Northeastern, set to play conference leader Towson in MD By Angelo Brussich SPORTS EDITOR
It was a quick defeat for the Hofstra volleyball team, losing again to the Northeastern Huskies 3-0 in a rematch of Northeastern’s 3-1 victory back in September. Hofstra head coach Kristina Hernandez felt that seeing the 16-3 and undefeated in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Huskies would help for the Pride to know what type of attack to expect. “Northeastern is a really smart team,” said Hernandez. “I think we know what they’re going to throw at us, so it’s just us being able to make sure that we’re ready to go.” It wasn’t to be for Hofstra, defeated again for its second straight game. Hofstra dropped its record to 14-11, 2-4 in CAA while Northeastern remained undefeated in CAA play pushing, its record to 6-0 with a 17-3 record overall. “Play defense” was Coach Hernandez’s message to her team heading into the game, but that was not to be as the Huskies jumped on the Pride early in the game. Set one was a strong performance by Northeastern who hit at a 0.444 clip and took control of the game early jumping out to a
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Senior libero Kylee Maneja reaches low for the dig. She lead the Pride with eight digs in Hofstra’s match against Northeastern. She now has 381 for the season. 13-4 lead. The Pride tried to mount a comeback, but a 0.000 hitting percentage was just not enough to bring Hofstra back into the game, and the Huskies won the set 25-15.
The Pride attempted a quick rebound in the second. Hofstra took the lead early in the game and held it much throughout the set. Sophomore outside hitter Kelsie Wills had a match-high
12 kills for the Pride, and in the second set had three big service aces to give Hofstra a 22-18 set lead. Senior setter Catalina Charry chipped in a match-high 18 assists and senior libero Kylee Maneja had a team best eight
digs, but it was not enough for the Pride. Lead by junior outside hitter Kelly Bacon’s serving, the Huskies were able to hold Hofstra at 22 and crawl all the way back and eventually pass the Pride to take the lead and set win at 25-22. Riding the back of multiple runs early on and a crushing 9-2 run in the middle of the set, Hofstra found itself behind big early. After starting the game even with the Huskies, the Pride watched as an 11-7 deficit quickly became a 20-9 hole. Hofstra was never truly able to get back into the game as the Huskies matched the Pride pointfor-point later in the set. Hofstra cut the lead to nine, but a 23-14 deficit was to steep of a hill to climb and Northeastern was able to come away with a 25-15 set victory and the 3-0 victory. Hofstra hit again at a 0.000 clip in the final set, concluding an off night for the Pride offensively as it had 21 errors and totaling 27 kills, while Northeastern had 47 kills and only 13 attack errors. The road back to the winning track does not get any easier for Hofstra, as it travels to Towson University to take on the 19-3 and 6-0 CAA Tigers. The match is set for 7p.m. at the Towson Center.
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Double OT loss ends three-game win streak for men’s soccer to CAA no. 1 Northeastern
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Junior midfielder Chris Griebsch (21) fights off a defender as senior defender Thomas Bekas (3) looks on.
The Chronicle By Jake Nussbaum ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
There are no easy games in this league. Or at least that seemed to be the melody sung by Hofstra men’s soccer head coach Richard Nuttall on Wednesday night. What seemed like a winnable game for Hofstra slipped away at the end as Northeastern delivered a heartbreaking go ahead goal in double overtime to end the marathon Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) match. “We deserved the game, and we definitely didn’t deserve to lose,” said Nuttall. “There were a lot of great players on the field. That was as good as we have played all year, but hats off to them.” Hofstra (9-4, 3-3 CAA) lost the game 1-0, when 31 seconds into double overtime Northeastern senior midfielder scored a dramatic goal to end what was a very tough fought game by both teams. Northeastern (10-1, 5-0-1 CAA) has yet to lose a game to any conference foes, and continued it’s stellar on Wednesday night. “Northeastern has a tremendous team, probably the best team we have played all year, and we were magnificent tonight,”
said Nuttall. “To be honest, we created six or seven great chances and only allowed two or three. We didn’t deserve to lose, but they are a quality team, and it came down to the second overtime.” Overall, Hofstra played a very good game, only allowing seven shots on goal. Hofstra senior goalkeeper Adam Janowski had a terrific game saving a total of six shots, but his counterpart, Northeastern senior goalkeeper Oliver Blum, played even better. “He [Janowski] did have a great game, he did everything he had to do, and he made some great saves,” said Nuttall. “He kept us in the game, and he did his job.” Looking ahead Hofstra will be taking on another conference foe, as they travel to the University of Delaware on Sunday October 21st. It is sure to be another tough game for the Pride, but may be a good opportunity to take advantage of a struggling team, as Delaware hasn’t won a game since the end of September. “Same old story, every team we have played are very good,” said Nuttall. “They have played well recently…and to be honest it’s the same scene, tough game after tough game.”
Women’s soccer now stands alone atop CAA standings By Sean Williams STAFF WRITER
For the seventh time in the last eight games, the Pride women walked away with a victory, trumping Towson to the tune of 3-1. The Sunday game served to improve the Pride’s home record to an unbeaten 7-0, while outscoring opponents 18-3 when they play at Hofstra. With this conference win, the Hofstra women have taken sole possession of the Colonial Athletic Association standings, outscoring conference opponents 16-6. Coach Simon Riddiough called the victory “a quality win” over what he considers to be a talented Towson team. He also praised Towson’s defense, saying that they made it “difficult to get quality chances. We had chances, but not quality chances.” Riddiough’s compliments were
not limited to the opposing team, as he also said that the Pride “did everything I asked for and more.” The Pride (10-5, 6-1 CAA) had no problem with Towson (1-13-1, 1-6 CAA), out-shooting them 24-6 and scoring first, when sophomore forward Lulu Echeverry was able to put one through in the 13th minute. Senior defender Brooke Bendernagel created the opportunity for Echeverry, who didn’t miss as she scored her seventh goal of the season. Junior forward Emily Banes of Towson responded, however, with a tying goal in the 26th minute. Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Quinn kept Towson’s otherwise weak performance buoyed by six first-half saves. Quinn would finish the day with 11 total saves on the game. The Pride came out of the half strong, as sophomore midfielder Sam Scolarici scored a goal in the 59th minute. Echeverry
dealt a pass to Scolarici, who took a shot at the top of the box. Echeverry would finish the game with a season-high three points. Two minutes later, the Pride found the back of the net yet again, this time as freshmen midfielder Jill Mulholland and forward Leah Galton teamed up to score an insurance goal for the Pride. Galton has caught fire lately, and has 11 points in her last six games. She was named CAA rookie of the week and leads Hofstra with eight goals. The Pride travels to Old Dominion this Friday and stays on the road Sunday, playing William and Mary in a key conference game that may decide who hosts the conference tournament. Riddiough described William and Mary as “the team to beat last year,” and this weekend’s matchup between the two powerhouses could help decide the conference.
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Sophomore forward Lulu Echeverry begins the counter-attack. Echeverry is tied for second on the Pride with seven goals on the season.
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Field hockey stuns no. 12 Boston U. By Chris Buckley STAFF WRITER
The Hofstra field hockey team soared past no. 12 Boston University Terriers this weekend with a crucial 1-0 victory at Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium. With the win, the Pride improved to 6-8, ending a five game skid. The win was also a historical one, as the Pride gained their highest-ranked victory in program history against the 12th-ranked Terriers. Hofstra’s previous highest-ranked win was over 13th-ranked William and Mary, a 1-0 victory in the CAA semifinals in 2004. The first half was dominated by strong defensive play by both teams, but at 18:48 into the half, sophomore forward Jonel Boileau got the ball rolling when she went on a rush from about 40 yards out of the BU goal, swerved through defenders and beat BU sophomore goalkeeper Valentina Cerda Eimbcke low for the 1-0 lead. It was goal number 10 on the season for Boileau.
“Jonel has the potential to be such an amazing striker in the CAA; she has great speed,” said head coach Kathy De Angelis. “She’s been working so hard on her fundamental skills and her core skills, and I thought she did a great job today combining the core skills with her speed, and she was a great spark.” The Terriers picked up the pace in the second half, outshooting Hofstra 8-4 in the final 35 minutes. However, junior goalie for the Pride, Kaitlyn De Turo, was a wall in the net all game, making seven of her nine saves in the second half, earning her third shutout of the season. De Turo turned away backto-back shots from BU senior midfielder Macey Gaumond in the 40th minute, but would face a tougher test a short time later when the Terriers had their best chance to score. With 13:30 to play, Hofstra was called for a violation, giving a penalty stroke to BU, but senior defender Jacinda McLeod hit
a weak slow-roller shot that De Turo easily saved. De Turo gave the Pride magic to the last moments when she made a pad save off of a shot fired from BU senior forward Tabi Hatch to secure the win. “It’s not a shock,” said De Angelis. “Her steadiness and athletic skill is the most important thing she showed today. She’s put in so much time to make herself the best she can possibly be.” Hofstra faces another tough test this Friday when the Pride take on 10th-ranked Northeastern University in Durham, New Hampshire. Game time is set for 3 p.m.
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Sophomore defender Holly Andrews (9) spins away from a BU defender in Hofstra’s victory.
Upset Special Field hockey takes down no. 12 Boston University
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The October 18th 2012 issue of The Hofstra Chronicle, the student newspaper of Hofstra University on Long Island, NY