Hempstead, NY Vol.77 | Issue 01
September 8, 2011
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Welcome Week hits a hole-in-one
By Svenja van den Woldenberg Staff Writer
During the first days of Fall 2011 at The University, the class of 2015 was thrown into a whirlwind of events and attractions that upperclassmen could have only dreamed about during previous Welcome Weeks. The week included activities such as a Tracy Kidder discussion and book signing, mini golf in Axinn Library, a boardwalk in the Student Center, Hofstra’s Got Talent and more. This year’s Welcome Week was considered a huge success by many students. Welcome Week Coordinator Liz Weeden credits most of the accomplishments not to herself and her colleagues, but to last year’s Welcome Week Coordinators. “I have to give a huge amount of credit to the Welcome Week Coordinators [from] last year, Gennifer Delman, Andreya Shaak and Kaitlin Frisch,” said Weeden, a 20-year-old Public Relations and Global Studies major from the Finger Lakes. “They laid the groundwork for creating a fun and extensive Welcome Week program for first-year students, and this year we tried to build on what they started.” Weeden worked closely with her fellow Welcome Week Coordinators, Francis Humes, Kaitlin Frisch and Dennis Foley. “Even though I was [only] a junior, I feel like I was prepared for some of the things Welcome Week threw at me,” Weeden said. “I’m one of the coordinators for Destination Runway, the charity fashion show Student Government
Association hosts every year. It’s funny that a fashion show prepared me for a coordinator position in the Welcome Week program, but it’s the truth!” In addition to Weeden, two other Welcome Week coordinators were rising juniors. “They all were excellent at the position they were chosen for,” said Sarah Young, Executive Director for the Office of Student Leadership and Activities, who assisted the Welcome Week Coordinators. “This year’s success can be attributed to our outstanding Welcome Week Coordinators and their planning, implementation and excitement around this year’s Welcome Week.” Joining the Welcome Week Coordinators were 80 Welcome Week Leaders, students who volunteered their time to make sure new students felt comfortable. “I wish I was a freshman this year,” said Jimmy Sia, a junior and a Welcome Week Leader. “I would have loved to mini-golf my way through Axinn.” Christopher Botti, Assistant Director for the Office of Student Leadership and Activities, also helped the four students plan the activities for the week. The students’ planning for Welcome Week began last May. However, the Office of Student Leadership uses a full year to plan each Welcome Week. “Welcome Week started as a few ideas jotted down on a notepad,” said Weeden, “but hopefully became the beginning of an amazing college experience for more than 1600 new students.” For more pictures from Welcome Week, see page A3
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David Mecca and friends start week one at Hofstra competing in the “Axinn Open” Welcome Week event.
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Irene passes Hofstra with little damage By Ben Suazo ASSISTAnT nEWS EDITOR
“REPORTS FROM…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATE THAT THE CENTER OF IRENE MOVED OVER NEW YORK CITY AROUND 900 AM EDT... IRENE HAS WEAKENED TO A TROPICAL STORM AND THE ESTIMATED INTENSITY AT LANDFALL WAS 65 MPH...” -National Hurricane Center Hofstra students were carefully checking the news and their emails last weekend, as new York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for an evacuation of the city’s lowest-lying areas, and Long Island braced for the impact of Hurricane Irene. Students and staff were informed at noon on Friday, Aug. 26 that the University would be closed for the day excepting for essential services, such as the food service at the Mack Student Center. Tower residents were moved to nassau-Suffolk Hall from Saturday afternoon, their possessions left behind to brave the storm, until an all-clear was given on Monday. “[We] were advised [by Public Safety] that anyone who was living in our high rise area, which at that time was Alliance Hall… and also…summer athletes [in Vander Poel]…we should reassign them temporarily to ensure the safety of them for the sake of
the winds,” said Associate Dean Lynda O’Malley. “We did reassign people from the high rise areas to nassau-Suffolk Hall temporarily, and then on Monday when we could see that all was well with the storm we were able to allow people to go back to their assignments.” A tree fell near the Human Resources office and the high rises experienced some flooding. Overall, the University survived Tropical Storm Irene without reports of major damage. The Dean of Students office coordinates many aspects of Student Affairs, including Residential Programs, and is a large part of organizing students in the event of an emergency. Public Safety updates Student Affairs about storms and other emergency situations to ensure students are prepared for various scenarios. There is a tool on the Hofstra website listing different responses to unusual scenarios. In the event of a hurricane, the listed protocol is to evacuate residents to the Mack Sports And Exhibition Complex or the Physical Education Center, although this step was not deemed necessary with the few programs that
remained on campus for the end of summer. “Basically we give them [the Office of Student Affairs and Residential Programs] the information of how students should be preparing their rooms; make sure it’s prepared for leaks,” said Erika Schaub, Director of Public Safety. “Then if they’re going to leave they need to let the RA know so we know to check, and to pull stuff away from windows. We are very lucky that we only had a handful of programs that were on campus, so they notified those groups to make sure that there were plans in place for those students.” Students were also advised to stay with nearby family or friends as an alternative to nassau-Suffolk. Calla Hales, a senior living in Massapequa for the summer, housed three friends during the storm. Hales was fortunate not to see significant damage near her home. “I walk outside, and nothing was really gone, just branches, like minor branches and stuff, but there wasn’t any real flooding—it was kind of like the Hofstra puddles,” said Hales. Hales had the opportunity to drive around Long Island and see
“I was worried once I heard some of the towers had flooded, only because I know we had just moved there.”
how fortunate she had been in comparison to other residents. “When you got really close to marinas, some houses were really bad,” Hales said. “I remember driving past a house that the entire front yard was underwater. The pipes burst. And in some older neighborhood [an] entire tree, because it was so old, just crashed in the middle of the street.” Emily O’Brien was an Orientation Leader who had recently moved to Liberty Hall when Irene struck. Although she felt personally secure in her residence hall, she was less confident about the safety of other Leaders’ belongings. “I was worried once I heard some of the towers had flooded, only because I know we [Orientation Leaders] had just moved there,” said O’Brien. O’Brien had family in Massachusetts and could have left campus, but she felt safe enough to stay. “My family was really worried. They wanted me to go to Western Massachusetts but I didn’t really want to travel on the day that I moved from the towers to my Fall housing, so I was like, ‘no I’m not going to do that, I’ll stick it out,’” said O’Brien. “I mean, the hurricane woke me up a couple of times, but it wasn’t that exciting.” Hofstra emergency weather updates are available at www. hofstra.edu/alert
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Tropical Storm Irene did not leave any major damage on the Hofstra campus, but did fell this tree, still visible from the main campus entrance.
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Student Center transformed into boardwalk
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From Left: First-year students enjoy arcade boxing at the Welcome Week boardwalk event Friday, August 26; Popular arcade games were set up outside the Bookstore such as Skeeball; Welcome Week dares students to record their ambitions before they leave college.
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A5•September 8, 2011
Calkins: From lab to lounge By Alexi Knock MAnAGInG EDITOR
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Public Safety Briefs Compiled By Jessica Lewis
A student previously banned
from residence halls was found in the netherlands Quad on Sept. 1. He was reported to Public Safety, escorted out, and given a summons.
A male student residing off campus was walking home with a female non-student on Braxton Avenue and California Avenue when he was approached by three unidentified males. The males had a knife and took the students’ wallets and cellphones. The incident was reported to the nCPD and an investigation is being conducted. A female student returning to campus through the main gate reported to Public Safety that she was being followed by a male. The male was identified as a non-student, taken to the HIC and banned from campus for following and harassing the student. Students living off-campus reported to Public Safety that on Sept. 3, a nissan stopped outside their house and three males got out and accosted the students. An investigation is being conducted by the nCPD. On Sept. 4, an unidentified male was seen trying to sell substances in the East Circle and was reported to Public Safety by an anonymous caller. When approached by Public Safety, the male had no substances on him but did have a knife. The male was banned from campus.
A female student reported to Public Safety that on Sept. 3, when she returned to her room in Vander Poel Hall, she found two males asleep on her bed. When she asked them what they were doing they got up and left her room without incident. nothing was reported to be missing and the locks were changed.
This summer, five students devoted their entire vacation to transforming the Calkins Hall computer lab from a place with industrial rows of computers to a high-tech meeting spot for software tutoring or group work. Calkins has always been less popular than the Hammer Lab – located across from Axinn Library – so the Student Computing Services team spent last Spring conducting dozens of interviews with students to find out what changes they wanted to see to the University’s computer labs. “Every student we talked to said, ‘we like Hammer the way it is so why would you change it?’” said Judith Tabron, Director of Faculty Computing Services. “We formulated a plan for Calkins from there and hired five students, who worked all summer on this.” Computing Services wanted to emphasize student involvement
in this big change, so the young employees got to handpick every piece of the new lab from the furniture to the carpeting. “I think it was a genius idea to leave the decision up to the students,” said Owen Aquino, one of the students leaders of the project. “The University is here to serve us, so what better way than to listen to the students and see what we like?” The five students traveled to a furniture showroom in Manhattan over the summer to buy the latest technology and furniture for the space. “We wanted to make this something the students would like and use,” Tabron said. “It’s been a lot of fun seeing it come together.” The new lab includes 15 new iMacs, mobile tables, a media bench and projectors for students to display their work for group projects. Students can come in for free tutoring on several software programs, use the Pride Print
Renovations around campus at a glance… Hofstra USA - Kate and Willy’s -Transformed into a Dave and Buster’s-style restaurant environment -Free Dance Dance Revolution, car racing and other
arcade games -Pool tables added -Revamped menu and later hours -Exterior renovated and repainted Hofstra USA – Dutch Treats -Layout of store transformed -Interior and exterior renovated and repainted Enterprise and Bill of Rights Halls -New furniture in lobby and all rooms -New entrance
Public Safety received a
report of a drunken and disorderly student who was found urinating and smoking cigarettes in the laundry room of Delft House. The student was taken to nUMC and was given a summons for underage drinking, verbal abuse and failure to comply.
On Sept. 5, Public Safety received a report from an RA in new York House that there was a strong odor of marijuana. Public Safety entered the room but no paraphernalia or marijuana was found.
Key HIC- Hofstra Information Center PSO- Public Safety Officer RSR- Resident Safety representative RA- Resident Assistant NCPD- Nassau County Police Department NUMC- Nassau University Medical Center
system or just hang out in the café style layout. “I think students are going to love the new study lounge environment,” said Aquino. “The future of Calkins Lab will be the successful linking between technology and the modern student.” The grand opening of the Calkins Computer Lab will be Tuesday, Sept. 14 from noon to 5 p.m. The reinvention of the computer lab is just one example of renovations that occurred over the summer. After surveying Greek Life Presidents, Resident Assistants and several other students groups, the University made changes to Hofstra USA, Dutch Treats, Enterprise, Bill of Rights and Suffolk Hall. “We’re always looking to invest and improve,” said Peter Libman, Dean of Students. “It’s ultimately about the students and if we don’t get their input, something is missing.”
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Above: Mediascape features circular sofa seating for group presentations on a large monitor. Right: New seating features comfortable chairs with privacy walls, so students can enjoy a comfortable alternative to Hammer Lab.
-Awnings installed -Exterior repainted Suffolk Hall -New Furniture All Towers -New lounge on every floor Game Room -New Furniture -Repainted -New arcade games
A6 •September 8, 2011
Letter from the Editor
Make the most of your college years –for less.
Back and better than ever By Max sass EditOr-in-CHiEF
life, to me, is one big sports metaphor. so when asked to describe this year’s Chronicle, i immediately thought of the 2010-2011 Hofstra men’s basketball team. the Chronicle heads into this season having lost its Editor-in-Chief, managing editor, key photographer as well as two other head editors and many other valuable contributors. not much different from when the Pride lost tom Pecora as head coach then watched as talented players like Halil Kanacevic and Chaz Williams, as well as the three incoming recruits, leave as well. the team, after all the defections finished tied for second in the Colonial Athletic Association the following year, using new leadership and enough effective changes to adjust for what has been lost. in this scenario, i’d like to fancy myself head coach Mo Cassara and i will let the rest of the editors fight over who gets to be Charles Jenkins. the point is, just because a lot of talented players, or journalists in our case, are gone, does not mean we cannot regroup with a new set of talented people and make ourselves into an even better newspaper. First, i would like to thank my peers at the Chronicle for entrusting their paper to me as the new Editor-in-Chief. i understand the responsibilities i have in
this role, but i do believe that the learning i experienced as the sports editor fully prepares me for the new title. to the students, i would like to thank you in advance for your support each week, especially those of you who pick up an issue each thursday when it comes out. We are Hofstra’s student newspaper, the pulse and voice of the students, and without your readership and feedback, we would be nothing. Having said this, i would like to offer my email (HofstraChronicle@gmail.com) to you as a direct line to contacting me. Whether you love the paper, hate the paper, have a great idea or want to participate in its creation, please send me a note. i would love to hear from you. Accountability will be of the utmost importance at the Chronicle this year, just as it has been in the past. Our editors and writers understand the ethics, etiquette and responsibilities of their respective jobs. Our coverage will be unbiased and it will be, ideally, a representation of the news the student body wants. Our Arts and Entertainment section is particularly exciting, as the full color section should feature plenty of local content that will keep you, the reader, informed on what music, movies, television and much more are worth paying attention to. i believe our sports coverage is on par with anybody’s and we hope to bring to you new and exciting angles to the sport
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Paraphrasing causes problems on new King monument By Michael Margavitch COlUMnist
When someone begins a game of telephone, the end result is a manipulation of what the speaker said. By changing a single word, the meaning and intention is altered. this altered quote could lead to unrest, hurt feelings, and even conﬂict that is completely unnecessary. if one is to be quoted at all, then the messenger should pass the complete unedited message along rather than creating confusion with paraphrasing. Friends or roommates can spread the wrong messages behind each other’s backs. setting up dorm furniture could be carried out incorrectly because one skimmed the instructions instead of reading them
thoroughly. Quotes are used enhance essays and papers that students write. the quoted researcher or author’s point is unmistakable as their direct words are included. However, there are some instances where paraphrasing is necessary. However, through this practice, the quote can accidentally be misinterpreted by a student. Paraphrasing can also cause
issues on a larger scale. For example, nearly 50 years after Martin luther King, Jr. inspired millions with his “i Have a dream” speech, his national memorial was recently unveiled in Washington, d.C., with all of the makings of a historical moment. Over $120 million dollars and 25 years went into the construction of this memorial, the first one to honor an AfricanAmerican on the national Mall.
“Renowned poet Maya Angelou is taking issue with this etching, because she thinks the paraphrasing makes King appear as an ‘arrogant twit.’”
However, the problems of paraphrasing are overshadowing a moment of historical significance. On the side of the 30-foot-tall King statue is a quote, reading, “i was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.” But renowned poet Maya Angelou is taking issue with this etching, because she thinks the paraphrasing makes King appear as an “arrogant twit.” Angelou believes that the direct quote presents a more correct, humble representation of King. the actual quote, according to Angelou, is “if you want to say that i was a drum major, say that i was a drum major for justice, say that i was a drum major for peace.” the important word missing from the new quote is
“if,” even though it may seem insignificant. But in the view of others like Angelou, King is misrepresented through paraphrasing. the quote on the side of the memorial could be seen as arrogant, and, according to Angelou, “minimizes [King].” the direct quote seems more humble and paints King as the humanitarian that he was. the problems of paraphrasing appear minor when friends or coworkers have a misunderstanding. However, when important figures of historical significance are represented incorrectly through the faults of paraphrasing, it is an issue that needs to be examined more thoroughly in our everyday lives.
A7•September 8, 2011
Confessions of an Orientation Leader By Andrea Ordonez AssistAnt EditOriAl EditOr
After accepting admission into Hofstra, every first-year student is highly recommended to attend a summer orientation session. two years ago, i remember meeting some of my closest friends at orientation, and vowed to be an Orientation leader one day. Free food, my own suite, and a large stipend made the position even more appealing. However, i wanted the job so that i could positively promote Hofstra and all its resources to first-year students. like any summer job, i thought being an Orientation leader would mean coming in to work for the week and having weekends to myself. Upon receiving the position, i found that a large focus of training pertained to staff bonding. Plenty of opportunities to share personal stories and work ethics were made in hopes that this information would lead to a more unified staff. With an overall introverted personality, I found it difficult to present my whole life story, pet peeves and pragmatic work
ethic to a staff i knew for less than two weeks. the thought of knowing my staff on a deeper level seemed unnecessary to me; i just wanted to be at a place were i could work with them professionally rather than personally. While i genuinely love my fellow Orientation leaders, the strong emphasis on staff bonding made me question at times what was being promoted to us as the overall goal of summer orientation. Were we here to just make friends, or to help the firstyear students? strongly believing in the latter, i skipped late night dance parties and hangouts in the courtyard, and spent weekends far away from Hofstra. Although the structures of the tuesday-thursday sessions kept the same schedule, Mondays and Fridays were always guaranteed to be “roll with the punches” days. Many times, we were texted lastminute to-do tasks that were not even prepared for us to do, and when the complaining began, we were told to keep a smile on. Being the leader of nearly 100 students over the summer,
Photo by: Aaron Calvin i learned to become resistant to petty complaints from students who disliked the food or wanted to go home for the night. despite the occasional complaint, my students taught me everything from how to invest in silver and gold, get cheap concert tickets, and beat all levels of Angry Birds. More importantly, they continued to show me that Hofstra was a place i still loved and where i wanted to be.
First-year students enjoy a meal in the Student Center. during my exit evaluation, the feedback pertained to how i was too quiet and serious, and that the position was suppose to make me come out of that shell. i felt this was contradictory to the many hugs and comments i received from my students and staff about being a hard worker and easily approachable. Overall, i believe that many undermine the hardships of being an Orientation leader. We are
more than people who like to sing and dance all summer long, and are not, as many assume, people who take the position because we do not have friends to go back to in our hometowns for the summer. We deal with complaints and long hours, scattered schedules and constant criticism. But through it all, we still acknowledge the good that Hofstra has to offer and seek to promote that all summer long.
Republicans’ minimal relief funds show strength By Julia Hahn COlUMnist
Hurricane irene has caused the need for relief to be given to a significant amount of people and places that have been badly affected by the storm. However, House republicans are insisting that Congress cut spending to relief funds before helping. Given the current state of our economy, are republicans being smart or simply cold-hearted? their reputation precedes them in that they seem to always turn the other cheek when it comes
to spending money on people who are actually in need of it, such as welfare. Perhaps the way our government was dealing with these crises before was a contributing factor to our economic state. At this point in time it’s too early to know for certain how much the relief efforts will cost, but the amount is expected to be pretty hefty – even running into the billions. House Majority leader Eric Cantor says that Congress will be providing for those individuals in need, but the aid money that is given to them will have to be balanced out by making
“I applaud the conservatives for taking a stand and a controversial one at that.”
spending cuts in other areas. this money saving process is making a dispute erupt between the democrats and republicans on Capitol Hill with democrats exclaiming that delaying relief for disaster victims to figure out a budget is “unconscionable.” they argue that this is not the way our government has dealt with things in the past and they are right. Will we have to make the choice between giving some things up or creating more debt for our own country? this decision will no doubt
effect those up Capitol Hill as they decide which programs deserve cuts and which don’t, but it seems to be that the GOP party is simply playing favorites as to which programs they will wbe. it is a fact that programs will need to be balanced out but if the republicans had their way it would only be funds that agree with their politics. As a country we have passed the point where picking and choosing can happen when it comes to our debt; budget cuts need to be made across the board in all areas. the
economic crisis we are in calls for a change in Washington, so the preferences each party has cannot continue. i applaud the conservatives for taking a stand and a controversial one at that. the democratic Party needs to react in a similar fashion, and not complain about what programs the republicans are cutting. The fighting on Capitol Hill needs to turn into reconciling; that way our government can spend more time solving the economic crisis instead of making it worse.
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Eye On...Hurricane Irene
Irene Checks In To Hofstra By Rachel Lutz EDITORIAL EDITOR
One student’s experience with being relocated during the storm When the Resident Assistants were told that the hurricane was going to come up the east coast and through Long Island, our plans to prepare for move-ins were replaced with evacuation and relocation for all students on campus. Summer move-over, in which students living on campus for the summer can move into their new fall assignments, was pushed ahead. The move out for the athletes living on campus was also pushed ahead. This put a tremendous amount of pressure on the entire campus not only to make a plan but to explain it and execute it. Once students were able to check out of their summer assignments, most of them were told to move into their fall assignments, pack an overnight bag and temporarily move to the Nassau-Suffolk Complex. Students who elected to stay on campus for the weekend were placed in all available suites rising no higher than the third floor. Some students were relocated to Stuyvesant Hall. The Netherlands complex was also relocated to Stuyvesant during the storm because it is on a different power grid than the rest of campus. Colonial Square was not relocated. At 6 p.m., I accompanied a Public Safety Officer on a sweep through my building (Enterprise Hall) to make sure everyone was out. The building was locked down once it was determined they were empty. By 6 p.m., everyone was supposed to be in his or her relocation assignments. When I got into my room at 6:30, my expectations of the damage caused by the hurricane began to decrease. Reports that it had been downgraded to a tropical storm were circulating, and even though I had brought enough food to not have to leave my room, I knew I probably would be able to go outside. I took the night to spend some time on my own, catch up on some reading and text friends. Sounds like I really took advantage of the time – others got facials, cooked, and watched movies. We were warned, however, that if the power went out and didn’t come immediately back up, we were going to be evacuated to the Nassau Coliseum. I threw some water bottles in my backpack for a quick evacuation, just in case. I think I did okay - I even got some decent sleep when the wind wasn’t howling. At about noon on Sunday, The University’s Facebook page put out this message: As of 11 a.m., the Hofstra campus, while closed for activities as previously announced, is operational, with no major damage. We have power and the Student Center Cafeteria is serving students. Our facilities and public safety staffs are surveying the campus now for any damage. We will post more as we assess the campus. Thanks to our staff and students for their assistance and cooperation throughout the storm. This was just as much as I’d figured. Around 5 p.m. on Sunday, some of the staff and I ventured out of my room to go to the Student Center for a hot dinner. This was successful, though the choices were limited. Then we returned for a Jersey Shore and MTV VMAs watching marathon. We got the message that we had to be out of our relocation rooms at 10:30 Monday morning, and then allowed back into our rooms at 11. Besides this awkward gap where I was locked out of two rooms I had been living in, the transition back and forth went pretty smoothly. I opened my room… and no damage had been done. Michaela Papa and Rachel Lutz
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‘Biggest Loser’ trainer judges Hofstra’s Got Talent By Andrea Ordonez
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Fresh off being a trainer on nBC’s weight loss show ‘the Biggest loser,’ boxer Cara Castronuova took a break from throwing punches and instead sat ringside as a guest judge of Hofstra’s Got talent on saturday, sept. 3. A Hofstra graduate and a long island native, Castronuova was enthused to return to her alma mater. she credited the school as being a great stepping stone in her career. she fondly remembers hosting the Classics show for Hofstra’s radio station, 88.7 WrHU, and frequently going to the Fitness Center. “i was boxing when i was at Hofstra, part of a sorority, and in communications. All three were really time consuming, but Hofstra was a really good school,” Castronuova said. After graduating with a degree in communications, Castronuova became a two-time Golden Gloves winner. in 2005, she received a second place ranking in amateur boxing by the national organization UsA Boxing. A certified trainer, Castronuova made her way to season 11 of ‘the Biggest loser’ after submitting a low-budget video filmed at the house of her training client. “i always had the urge to help people,” she said. “[On ‘the Biggest loser’] i was doing something amazing, but at the same time i was helping people… i was there 100 percent, not just on camera.” As one of the new trainers, Castronuova chose to steer clear of being compared to veteran trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper. “i didn’t really think about it at the time, but it was a lot of pressure, being compared to someone like her,” Castronuova said. “i didn’t want to fall into the trap of being someone i’m not.” despite the show’s high ratings, Castronuova will not be returning as a trainer for the next season of ‘the Biggest loser.’ However, plans to host a new weight loss show are currently in the works. “right now, [my agent and i] are work-
Photo Courtesy of Anita Ellis ‘Biggest Loser’ trainer Cara Castronuova with SGA President David Zuniga.
ing on a show that’s going to be equally, i feel, as good as ‘the Biggest loser,’” she said. Alongside plans for a new show, Castronuova has signed deals with the martial arts and fitness brands Everlast and Puma. “i like to train, but i’m very fond of competition,” Castronuova said. “i’m thinking about fighting again as a mixed martial arts fighter.” While obesity awareness and healthy living remain a prominent aspect of Castronuova’s work, her love of training has led her to promote other causes. recently, she led nearly 5,000 people
through0 Aids/lifeCycle, a seven day bike ride for Aids awareness spanning from san Francisco to los Angeles. “it was something i didn’t really expect to love so much,” Castronuova said. “i was never really into biking and cycling, but i loved it. it was a physical challenge and a mental challenge. i was fatigued but it was for a good cause.” Castronuova has proven that students are able to maintain a healthy lifestyle while they are still in college. she suggested keeping a steady workout schedule and following a good diet. “i really did utilize the Fitness Center,” she said. “i would go between classes
and it would keep me grounded…Also, if you eat a lot of junk, your mind starts to not work so well. When i eat junk, i’m not as in the mood to work out. It benefits you to eat healthy and it benefits you to work out.” More importantly, Castronuova insists that students keep a fighting spirit when it comes to their professional goals. “the best advice i can give is to be persistent,” she said. “A lot of people give up really fast. they’ll leave college and look around for jobs, and sometimes settle for a job they don’t really want. For me, i feel like it’s important to not settle for a job that you don’t really want.”
Man on the Unispan What’s your favorite thing about the school year so far?
“The racial unity.”
“Dizzy Lizard Saloon.”
“Getting my room sexy”
- Kyle Jones, senior
- scott Cramp, Junior
- tim Greene, Junior
Vol.77 Issue 1
Arts & Entertainment
September 8, 2011
KEEPING HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY Entertained SINCE 1935
“It often feels like we are in the grip of systems we can’t control and it was a feeling of ‘how was this possible when it’s so bad elsewhere?’” - An interview with Tracy Kidder
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Where The Hell Summer was packed full of hurricanes, earthquakes and a crazy economy. Amongst the turmoil, you may have missed the wealth of entertainment that came out. The Chronicle is here to fill you in on what you may have missed this summer.
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Bomb the Music Industry’s Vacation was released July 26.
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Bon Iver’s self-titled album was released June 21.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – It’s A Corporate World
Joyce Manor - Joyce Manor Make no mistake, this California four piece plays pop punk, but only in the loosest sense. Don’t expect any influences from Green Day and Screeching Weasel, or any similarities with contemporaries The Dopamines either. Joyce Manor is about urgency, energy and a fair dose of abrasion, editing their song structures down to the noisiest minimum requirements of a pop tune. Heartfelt lyrics and everyman vocals will have you singing along to this selftitled full length, and their deceptively strong musicianship will keep you coming back for more.
Shabazz Palaces - Black Up Ishmael Butler AKA Butterfly was a hot commodity of alternative hip hop in the 90’s as a result of his de facto leadership role in Digable Planets. Since that group succumbed to infighting, Butler has kept busy: his solo effort under the masthead of Shabazz Palaces lifts the spirit of his work in Digable Planets and recontextualizes it in shocking and innovative ways. Jazz samples have been replaced by a cosmic and atonal sound palette which Butler pains with deftly. Black Up is spacey, obtuse, idiosyncratic, and easily the best hip hop release this summer. Chew on that, Lil’ Wayne.
Bomb the Music Industry! - Vacation
This was the kind of summer record that sort of sneaks up on you and you don’t even realize it. The easygoing vocals are pleasant, but the jittery keyboards and full drums keep it from getting boring. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. pulls out all the stops, making a fresh faced and earnest debut album. From the upbeat “Nothing But Our Love” to the soft spoken “Skeletons” to the rollicking closer “We Almost Lost Detroit,” the album keeps on delivering. Each song blends together to create a sunny melancholy perfect for summer.
Poison Control Center – Stranger Ballet Every summer needs a good old-fashioned guitar album. This band has slowly worked to perfect its sound of powerful four piece sound that isn’t afraid to prove to it’s audience how much effort they put into their music. And unlike so many indie rock bands that come and go, this band has staying power. Their songwriting shows itself to be carefully cultivated, but easily accessible. This Midwestern band delivers everything you could want in that department, churning out infectious and passionate songs one after another, perfect for driving around with the windows down.
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
There are benefits and drawbacks to following a band through their career. On the one hand, you feel a part of something—you are the audience. You’re invested; on the other hand, any band is liable to take a sharp turn, inevitably flinging some fans to the wayside. On Vacations, BTMI finally take that turn, sloughing off most of their ska influences and embracing garage rock and their healthy appreciation for the Beach Boys. Lyrically it may be their best record yet, and although it requires some acclimation from long-time fans, Vacations may well be their magnum opus.
The highly anticipated album as the follow up for an artist best known for a crooning falsetto and a fondness for melancholy, Bon Iver did not disappoint. Incorporating instruments varying from drum corps to saxophone to harmony sections. It’s rare in today’s culture of over hype and self-awareness to find something this unabashedly indulgent while simultaneously critically successful. This album took the folk of For Emma, Forever Ago and drenched in orchestration, adding an element of bombast that will keep you listening long after the leaves start to fall.
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Have You Been?
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“Midnight In Paris” was released June 10.
Midnight In Paris This movie showed a real return to form for Woody Allen. Owen Wilson plays Gil, a man who yearns to have seen the Paris of the 1920s, a time when famous literary and artistic figures filled the cafes and bars of the city. Gil gets his wish and spends evenings with hilarious caricatures of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Dali and many more. The movie shows Gil’s progression from a man with nostalgia for a past he had never seen to a man with a better appreciation for the present while keeping Allen’s trademark wit and writing.
Tree of Life The elusive director Terrence Malick’s most recent movie sharply divided critics. At the Cannes Festival where it premiered, it received the Palme d’Or, the festivals highest honor while other critics panned it. The movie explores the relationship of a young boy and his flawed patriarch father set in the Texan suburbs during the fifties. While the main story unfolds, images from the dawn of time and prehistoric Earth come to reinforce Malick’s tapestry of the natural world and humanity. The movie is shot beautifully and warrants your own viewing to decide its quality for yourself.
Super 8 Seemingly one of the only summer blockbusters that actually delivered, Super 8 follows the story a young boy and his friends as their homemade movie turns into a documentary of an alien invasion of their small town. The movie combines a ‘70s aesthetic with a story played out with a tone that is heartfelt without crossing the line into sentimentality. Directed by JJ Abrams, what seems initially to be a movie in homage to Steven Spielberg becomes a thrilling and well-made movie.
Courtesy of amctv.com Breaking Bad started its fourth season on AMC this summer
Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 8 of Curb Your Enthusiasm has been less unified than its predecessors, lacking a running story such as last season’s Sienfeld reunion. But it has included an interesting change in setting as Larry leaves for New York during the second half of the season. After he’s is caught in a lie about going to New York for three months to work on a new show in order to avoid a field day for special needs children, Larry is forced to leave for the summer, taking the main action out of LA for the first time. So far this season Larry has squared off with Ricky Gervais, spoken out against “pig parking” and “chat and cutters” as well as tried to invest in a car periscope. Garvais’ cameo was a highlight of the season; he plays an exaggerated, cheap version of himself, a staple of Curb Your Enthusiasm. The idea of celebrities playing outrageous caricatures of themselves was something made popular by Gervais in his own series Extras. While the season has lacked a central storyline it has included plenty of stand out episodes, and next week’s season finale
This season Breaking Bad has offered plenty of reminders as to why so many critics have named it the best show on television. Showerunner Vice Gilligan takes us further into dark, criminal world of high school chemistry teacher turned meth cook Walter White. The writers have done a remarkable job of turning the most sympathetic character on television (a struggling chemistry teacher who gets diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer) into a murderous criminal. Unlike other shows with anti-heroes such as Dexter where the protagonist is presented as a monster from the outset, Walter White has been transformed over the course of the show into a true villain, yet the viewer is still compelled to root for him. This season things have spiraled out of control for Walter after the events of last season’s finale. His relationship with his partner is strained and his brother-in-law who works for the Drug Enforcement Agency is unwittingly closing in on him.
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Louie started its second season on FX this summer.
Last week’s episode offered long awaited back story to Gus Fring, Walt’s employer and the series’ main antagonist. Gus, the kingpin of the largest drug empire in the southwest, is on the verge of a war with the Mexican cartel, and Walter is caught in the middle of it. The last half of the season promises to be a thrilling ride as Walt, Gus, and the cartel come head to head.
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Louie Now in its second season, Louie continues to break every rule, and remains the most daring show on basic cable, comedy or otherwise. Its entire bent is honesty, and the often interwoven elements of spirit-smothering tragedy with situational comedy. Shot as a series of vignettes (each episode containing one or two such short dilemmas), often intercut with poignant samples of his stand-up material, most of which have no traditional “resolution” to speak of, Louie succeeds through its overflowing of empathy for its characters (including Dane Cook, who somehow comes across as a pretty OK guy) and lack of bias towards its protagonist. Like CK himself, the show is more curious than judgmental, and always seeking a revelation which may never come. Few shows have the capacity to—without being heavy-handed—address unrequited love, the death of a family member, or the inevitable suicide of an old friend. In an extraordinarily clever way, most of the comedy in Louie is made to feel accidental, occuring at the point when the characters are so distraught that there’s no option but to laugh as a means of coping. In any number of ways, Louie continues to prove itself to be fresh, inventive, and startlingly funny.
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An Interview with Tracy Kidder Last Monday, Tracy Kidder, the Pulitzer prize winning author of this year’s common read, Mountains Beyond Mountains, came to speak to first year students. In his book, Kidder follows the medical anthropologist Dr. Paul Farmer in his crusade to bring medical help and disease prevention to the people of Haiti. Kidder also spoke to the crowd about Farmer’s organization, Partner In Health, as well as the importance of recognizing the humanity of all people and pursuing a life with meaning. WRHU and The Chronicle sat down for a joint interview with Kidder before the talk: WRHU: What was the experience of writing this book like? Tracy Kidder: Really, it’s about Paul Farmer. It’s a portrait of him. For me, it was exhilarating and a little horrifying. I’d never seen poverty like [they have in Haiti]. A bunch of terrorist groups were running the country at that time. I remember vividly, after having driven on unbelievable roads and arriving at an oasis [Farmer’s hospital]. I had a childish feeling of “how is this possible?” It often feels like we are in the grip of systems we can’t control, and it was a feeling of “how was this possible when it’s so bad elsewhere?” WRHU: How was writing this book different than writing a journalistic article or a novel? Kidder: It’s nonfiction, but it’s still storytelling. Storytelling is what really good histories do. And I don’t think storytelling is really the property of fiction. WRHU: What compelled you to write this book? Kidder: Farmer was just a very interesting person. He was already very well known in the world of disease prevention and medical anthropology. He could have lived a very cushy life, but he lives a rough life and I asked “why?” And in some way my research was to get an answer to all that. There’s a conversation at the end of the book about traveling over these high mountains to treat a child. [In the conversation,] he told me “if you want to win, the
easiest way is to align yourself with the winners. Like it would be easier to align yourself with the Yankees instead of the Mets. But that wouldn’t be helping the poor like he wanted. It sounds like a simple proposal. But it’s harder to live that. WRHU: What did you personally take away from traveling with Farmer?
September Events: When: Sept. 15 Where: Monroe Lecture Center Larry Kirwan, vocalist for the band Black 47, will be performing and reading from his new novel Rockin’ the Bronx
Kidder: I didn’t feel a lot of moral envy. I never could have or would have done what he’s done. For younger people, it’s important to learn, but you shouldn’t try to live a life just like his. I have a great job where I see parts of the world I’ve never seen before. I came away feeling like I did something I was obliged to do. It’s a model in fixing some of the problems of the world. I’m mostly grateful.
When: Sept. 10 Where: Stuyvesant Parking Lot
WRHU: What message would you like students who read your book to come away with?
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Kidder: Well, the first thing I want is for them to feel transported and that it was an interesting read. I suppose it’s the wealth of possibility. It shows you that there’s emptiness in some lives and that [Farmer’s] life is not empty. The Chronicle: What do you think students should take away from their college experience?
Kidder: You need to find out what you want to do in life. Part of my experience was trying to just get good grades, but now it doesn’t matter. College is just a wonderful privilege. The Chronicle: The band Arcade Fire has a song on their record that came out last year that has the title of one your books in one of their song titles. Did you know about that? Kidder: Yes, the band did something rather nice. My book had never been published in French before and they helped engineer a Quebecois French translation of my book.
When: Sept. 24 Where: Intramural Fields Vibe Live acts as the musical attraction to Hofstra’s Fall Festival. This year features such acts as Rick Ross (pictured), Salt N Pepa, Joan Jett and Taking Back Sunday
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Charry sisters carry volleyball to seventh straight win By: Joe Pantorno SPORTS EDITOR
The Hofstra University volleyball team improved to 7-0 on the season after taking down Rutgers University three sets to one. “My team did a really great job because we really weren’t at our best tonight,” said head coach Kristina Hernandez. “We had some lulls where we just had silly errors and we did a really good job of just responding and just kind of getting the next point. Hernandez was not in such light spirits after a 25-23 first set loss as star outside hitter, sophomore Nikki Kinnear was held to just one kill. Though they could not will the squad to a first set victory, a certain set of Colombian sisters started to take the match over and build the Pride’s confidence. Senior middle blocker Erika Charry and junior sister and setter Catalina, bolstered down the Pride’s shaky start. With seven kills through two sets, Erika was leading the team’s
attack while Catalina was delivering sets that were worthy of being on a silver platter, which helped the likes of Kinnear and freshman outside hitter Kelsie Wills shine. “They [the Charry’s] definitely bring a great spark. They bring a lot of intensity and energy and they want to be enthusiastic on every single point,” said Hernandez. “Catalina is going to find some way to win and they are going to keep going into the players and she puts a lot of pressure on the hitters to put the ball down but them being a middle and a center combo and having them on the court at the same time is definitely a nice thing to have. After taking a closely contested second set 25-22 that saw Kinnear record six kills, the Pride went down early in the third set 5-1. The Charry sisters provided that much needed spark not only offensively, but they were also keeping Rutgers’ hitters at bay
Hofstra sports trivia contest! The Hofstra Chronicle will be holding a trivia contest for all Pride fans looking to show off their knowledge! We will ask a question once a week in every new issue. Send in your answer to chroniclesports@gmail. com. The person to successfully answer the most questions correctly and sends them in first will win a fantastic prize at the end of the semester!
This week’s question Hofstra goalkeeper Greg Cumpstone is second all-time in shut outs for the men’s soccer team with 16. Who is the only player he trails and how many did that player record? Check Next week’s issue for the answer!
with some great defense along with junior libero Kylee Maneja. A 25-15 victory to go up two sets to one on the night was followed up by another slow start in the fourth set. Once again though, the Pride picked its game up, this time through its services. “I think the big thing for us was how aggressively they served,” said Hernandez. “I think it really put some big pressure on Rutgers and I think that was a big difference for us.” The Charry’s continued to wreak havoc on the Scarlet Knights as Erika and Kinnear led the squad with 13 kills on the night, with Wills collecting 12 of her own. The Pride was able to breeze to a 25-17 victory in the fourth and final set as the team looks to its first road trip of the season at Missouri State for the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational.
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The Hofstra volleyball team goes over its game plan in its win against Rutgers on Tuesday night.
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Field Hockey to blend youth and experience in 2011 By: Ashley Melfi STAFF WRITER
The Coach: Kathy DeAngelis
is in her 14th year as head coach for the Hofstra Field Hockey Team. She herself is a former player and a coach of the United States National Field Hockey program. In her tenure at Hofstra, DeAngelis holds a 127-127 record with the Pride, with a five-year winning record stretch from 2002-2006, a first for Hofstra since turning to a Division I side. Last year DeAngelis led the pride to a 7-11 season. As of late, the Pride stands 2-3 (pending tomorrow’s game)
Star Player: Senior Genna
Kovar is truly invaluable to the Pride’s field hockey team. She was a CAA All-Rookie selection in 2008. In both her sophomore and junior years, Kovar received several accolades including 2009 NFHCA All-America third team honors, 2009 Longstreth/NFHCA All-Mid-East Region first team, 2010 Longstreth/NFHCA All-Mid East Region second team as well as 2010 All-Colonial Athletic Association first team. Even with missing the last four games at the end of the season due to injuy, Kovar still ranked sixth in the CAA and thirty-eighth in Division I in points per game. Kovar has already started the
2011 season with 3 goals and 5 assists.
Newcomer: Jonel Boileau has
really proven herself not only as a freshman but also as an asset to the team overall. A native of Kelowba, British Columbia, Canada she was awarded the Female Athlete of the year three times. So far, Boileau has 1 assist and 1 goal in the Pride’s first five games. Her lone goal tied the score Monmouth. Hofstra eventually won the game.
“X-Factor”: A quality the
Hofstra field hockey prides themselves with is shooting. In that same game against Monmouth, the Pride outshot the Hawks 13- 6 and in its win over Colgate, the Pride outshot the Raiders 23 – 8. This being said, persistence is truly a quality this season’s Hofstra field hockey team practices.
Games to watch out for:
Games against Old Dominion University are always ones to watch. These CAA, in-conference rivals are always very competitive and prove to be a formidable opponent for the Pride. The game is scheduled for September 23 in Norfolk, VA.
Junior midfielder Codi Nyland (3) keeping possession againsts Towson last season.
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Women’s soccer looks to repeat 2010 magic By: Joe Pantorno SPORTS EDITOR
The Coach: Simon Riddiough
is entering his sixth season as head coach after experiencing his most successful year last season with the Pride. After leading Hofstra to a school record 19-3 record, a nation leading 18 straight victories and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, he was named Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year and the MidAtlantic Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Star Player: Senior striker
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Senior striker Laura Greene (5) makes a run to goal in the Pride’s CAA Championship Game loss to James Madison last season.
Laura Greene will look to improve Hofstra’s attack despite the loss of Salma Tarik up front. After scoring six goals and recording seven assists, Greene has caught fire early this season, scoring one goal against Columbia and recording a hat trick against Albany. “I told her that I expect 18-22 goals from her this season,” said Riddiough. Greene also had a knack for scoring in big situations, wih four
of her six goals last season proving be game-winners. It looks to be a simple equation this year for Hofstra’s attack: If Laura Greene flies, so does the Pride.
Newcomer: With Greene carrying most of the attacking load, the Pride will need some big contributions from some younger members. Look for freshman Lulu Echeverry who can play both up front or as an attacking midfielder to create chances for Hofstra. The East Meadow native has already received a good amount of playing time as she has worked her way into a side that seems to have a lot of competition for appearances. “X-Factor”: Hofstra has been a side that has broken down its opponents by monopolizing possession, keeping the ball in the midfield and creating scoring chances through that. If that play is to continue this season, Hofstra will need senior midfielder Courtney Breen to continue her
stellar holding role. Breen has created a reputation of tenacious play, gaining possession and making brilliant passes that spark offensive chances. These efforts have not gone unnoticed however as Hofstra’s number 21 received Second Team All-CAA honors and was named to the Third team NSCAA All-Mid Atlantic Region.
Games to watch out for:
The Pride will be travelling down to Lubbock, Texas for the Red Raider Invitational this weekend where they will take on the Big 12’s Texas Tech and the Mountain West Conference, soon to be Big East’s TCU, two large athletic programs. On September 23, Hofstra will host James Madison, who defeated the Pride last year in the CAA Championship Game and have been voted by many to take the conference crown again. Hofstra can silence the Dukes, avenge its championship loss and show its supremacy with a convincing win.
Nuttall & Riddiough: A friendship through the decades By: Joe Pantorno SPORTS EDITOR
With a new soccer season underway, Pride fans have little getting used to when it comes to the men leading their favorite squad. Head women’s soccer coach Simon Riddiough (sixth season in charge), and men’s coach Richard Nuttall (twenty-third season) have not had just these six years to build the relationship they have today, this friendship spans two decades where both men have learned, discussed and taught together. Both natives of South Yorkshire, England, Nuttall recruited Riddiough who was described by Hofstra Athletics as “a hard nosed defender,” in his second season at the helm. Riddiough earned a spot in Nuttall’s side and never failed to impress his coach. “He wasn’t highly skillful, but his application to the game was in the top two or three,” said Nuttall. “He was almost ferocious on the field. He had a never say die attitude.”
In his junior and senior year, Riddiough captained Hofstra to a 13-7-1 record in 1993 and 12-4-3 record in 1994, which remains two of Hofstra’s top five seasons since Nuttall’s arrival. “He looked after me while I played for him,” said Riddiough. “Back then it was more coach player (relationship) now it’s more friend and family.” Gaining a coaching position 16 years ago, Riddiough stayed on campus after graduating while playing professionally through the late 1990’s. When Riddiough was given the opportunity to coach the women’s squad, Nuttall was overjoyed. “I was extremely proud,” said Nuttall. “Because where he came from, our town in England is a tough town.” Riddiough realizes the opportunities Nuttall gave him and is grateful in every way. “I can’t say enough about Richie Nuttall,” said Riddiough. “He saved me from England and I started a new life in America and
I love it and he’s a big reason for that so I can’t say enough about him.” As the time has passed, the English duo are constantly talking soccer with each other, going over strategies and suggesting improvements. “I discuss his team he discusses mine,” said Riddiough with a smile. “He’s always the positive, optimistic type which is good when you’re down in the doldrums. I’m a bit more negative so I’m not sure if I help him as much as he helps me.” “I think because we’ve known each other for a lot of years, there’s a lot of honesty,” said Nuttall. “He’ll let me know when he thinks something is not going the right way.” The 2011 season will be as unpredictable as any before, but one thing for now remains certain and that is Richard Nuttall and Simon Riddiough leading the Pride into battle.
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Men’s soccer head coach Richard Nuttall recruited women’s soccer coach Simon Riddiough in 1990.
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Men’s soccer sets high goals By: Alex Hyman STAFF WRITER
The Hofstra Pride Men’s soccer team has high expectations coming into the 2011-2012 season. A year after finishing 7-6-5 overall, 5-3-3 in conference play making it to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship game, the Pride has a lot to look forward to this season.
The Coach: Head coach
Richard Nuttall is entering his twenty-third season as leader of the Pride. In his 22 seasons at the helm, the Pride has compiled a record of 200-182-46. “I am confident in what we got and we can have a really good season,” said Nuttall of the upcoming season. The team does have a few injuries coming into the season which Nuttall knows will somewhat hinder the squad’s start of the season. “When we get all of our players back we will be a very formidable team,” said Nuttall.
Newcomers: Two Icelandic
newcomers, midfielder Heidar Emilsson and defenseman Tommi Kjartansson, will be receiving playing time right from the start and will play a major role in both the present and future.
Star Player: Sophomore
Shaun Foster looks to once again be the Pride’s star defender. Foster was named the Preseason Colonial Athletic Association’s Player of the Year. Coming off a season in which he received Defensive Player of the Year and CAA Rookie of the Year honors, Foster is ready to lead the Pride’s defense in the 2011 season.
“X-Factors”: From an offensive standpoint, the Pride is relying on sophomore midfielder Chris Griebsch to be among the team leaders in goals. He led the team in 2010 with three goals and three assists. The Pride only has two seniors on its roster and is expecting
big things from striker Brett Carrington in his final campaign. At the other end of the field, senior goaltender Greg Cumpstone and sophomore Roberto Pellegrini look to keep the opposition off the score sheet. Cumpstone is entering his fourth season as keeper for the Pride and ranks second on the Pride’s career shutout list with 16.
Games to watch out for: The Pride is welcoming a Big Ten opponent Penn State University to the Hofstra Soccer Stadium. Hofstra will take on Colonial Athletic Association rivals Virginia Commonwealth University and James Madison University among others formidable CAA foes. One of the biggest challenges for the Pride this season will be playing in Williamsburg, Virginia to take on The College of William & Mary, the defending CAA champions. The Pride also travels to Norfolk, Virginia to take on Old Dominion University.
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Senior striker Brett Carrington (11) will try to create a potent Hofstra attack this season.
Pride even through first two games By: Alex Hyman STAFF WRITER
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Sophomore midfielder (21) Chris Griebsch scored Hofstra’s first goal of the season against Albany last week.
The Hofstra Men’s soccer team began its season on August 26th at home against Iona College. Sophomore goalkeeper Roberto Pellegrini was given the start over senior Cumpstone, a topic that was heavily debated before the season began. In the twenty-fifth minute, the Gaels took a 1-0 lead when a brilliant pass from Franklin Castellanos carved through the Hofstra defense to find a streaking run from Samuel Adjei, who put his chance in the back of the net despite Pellegrini getting a piece of the shot. In the second half the Gaels were able to get
one more past Pellegrini when another stroke of Castellanos’ class found the head of Adam Rohan in the center of the box to put the game away at 2-0. Sophomore midfielder Chris Griebsch led the squad with three shots, though none were able to find its way on goal. Sophomore defender Tyler Botte, who was substituted into the game, recorded the Pride’s only shot on goal. “I think we lost our discipline,” said head coach Richard Nuttall. “I don’t think we played with enough energy. In the last ten minutes we played with a little more energy when the game was beyond us.”
The second game of the season brought different fortunes for the Pride as it took on the Great Danes of Albany. After an early goal from the Great Danes, Griebsch scored his and the Pride’s first goal of the season to tie the game at one. Sophomore midfielder Florian Popp gave the Pride a 2-1 lead in the forty-eighth minute when a cross from junior defender Thomas Bekas slipped through the hands of Albany’s keeper Adrian Foncette and fell to the German who cooly finished his chance. The Great Danes tied the match just ten minutes later when a corner was headed home
from ten yards out by Thomas Manz. The 2-2 scoreline would stand for the rest of regulation. Four minutes into overtime, the Pride took advantage of a corner kick when junior Mike Annarumma delivered a crisp cross to senior Brett Carrington who headed home the gamewinning goal. The Pride is 1-1 through two games as it hits the road for three in state games against St. Francis, Colgate and Cornell. The Pride’s next home game takes place on Saturday, September 24 against North Carolina- Wilmington.
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A 11 September 8, 2011
Hofstra’s fancy footballer brings a taste of Europe to the States By: Max Sass EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
He’s tall, athletic, suave and British. You expect him to walk into the room and introduce himself as, “Foster, Shaun Foster.” Okay, he doesn’t quite have James Bond’s hair, 007 status, hubris or cult following, but he sure is smooth. The dress, the talk. Yeah, Foster’s smooth. “Not really,” Foster said, “But I feel like Americans might think so, just because I’ve got an accent.” But Foster is smooth. He has a way with words, just as he does with a soccer ball. “Shaun is a cool man,” Foster’s head coach Richard Nuttall said. “He’s got what we call in England, the gift of gab. He can relate well to people in all areas, on the field and off.” Foster can’t relate with quite everyone. He has meshed well with his teammates and made friends, but there are some American things he just doesn’t get. How they dress for one thing. “American wear clothes that are a size too big for them, we [Europeans] feel,” Foster said,
“and I feel Americans look at us as if we are wearing clothes that are a size too small.” Or the way they talk to him. “Most [Americans] struggle to speak to me without going into a British accent at come point during the conversation,” he said, “and usually it’s something from Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” He’s smooth and funny. “I’m just a regular college student who’s trying to do well at soccer, trying to do well in class and trying to make friends,” Foster refutes. He’s far from regular on the field. Foster was named Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year last season and selected as this year’s Preseason Player of the Year. “It’s an honor,” senior defender Tom Bekas said of playing with Foster. “He has great communication skills and undoubted ability. He makes the whole team better with his presence alone.” Foster has been named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List, one of 42 players up for the honor as the nation’s best player. The honors were somewhat unexpected. Foster was highly
regarded entering his freshman season, but following the graduated Rich Martinez, who was a CAA Defensive Player of the Year himself, was a tall task. The two have incredibly different styles of play. Martinez wouldn’t reach six feet standing on his toes and was a firecracker on the field, pushing up and adding to the offense. Foster, standing an imposing six foot, two inches tall controls the back line and is a steady safety net for his goalkeeper. “Richie’s style was more athleticism, speed and power,” Nuttall said. “Shaun is more leading the game, stepping in, where to hold, when to drop.” Why doesn’t Foster play the way Martinez did? “I suppose I haven’t really got it in me,” Foster said. “I think he was a lot more athletic than I was in the sense that he was a lot more mobile, he was definitely quicker.” Foster’s style of play has produced immediate results. The Pride surrendered more than two goals only twice during the regular season (though William and Mary scored four times in the CAA title game) and recorded nine shutouts. Even without Martinez’s speed, Foster has managed to stay aggressive, sometimes too aggressive. He was suspended for a game last season after recording five yellow cards and has already been booked with a red card in this young season. “I’ll never back out of tackles, I’ll always play aggressively on the field,” Foster said, “but that’s the way it is in England. You’re aggressive on the field, you curse a lot, but obviously over here you’re not allowed to do it and I’ve got to learn to deal with that.” This season Foster plans on using that controlled aggression to take his team to the NCAA Tournament and he’d trade all the accolades for that. “I would gladly give away my four awards from last year to have a ring with my teammates,” he said.
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Don’t let the look off the field fool you. Foster is a tenacious defender on the field that has received national attention for his play.
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Foster thinks he can teach a thing or two to some Americans who think they are fashionable.
Men’s soccer sophomore defender Shaun Foster sporting his European style.
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Though he is a sophomore, Foster is proving himself as a team leader.
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Published on Sep 8, 2011
The September 8th, 2011 issue of The Hofstra Chronicle, the student newspaper of Hofstra University on Long Island, NY.