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Op/Ed

The Chronicle

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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.

The Hofstra Chronicle: September 8th, 2011 Issue  

The September 8th, 2011 issue of The Hofstra Chronicle, the student newspaper of Hofstra University on Long Island, NY.

The Hofstra Chronicle: September 8th, 2011 Issue  

The September 8th, 2011 issue of The Hofstra Chronicle, the student newspaper of Hofstra University on Long Island, NY.

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