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Top New York Dems square off on Hofstra stage By Taylor Clarke, James Factora & Melanie Haid


Photo Courtesy of University Relations Governor Andrew Cuomo and gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon faced off in the only debate before the New York Democratic primary at Hofstra University.

Ahead of the Thursday, Sept. 13 Democratic primary, gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon and incumbent Andrew Cuomo faced off in a televised debate hosted by Hofstra on Wednesday, Aug. 29. The fiery debate was held in the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Center and moderated by Marcia Kramer and Maurice DuBois of WCBS-TV. The Democratic rivals debated critical issues impacting New Yorkers every day such as health care, mass transit, the legalization of marijuana, corruption in government, the topic of paid bereavement leave and combating the Trump agenda. Nixon, best known for her role as Miranda in HBO’s

“Sex and the City,” is running as a Democratic Socialist with a platform endorsing single-payer health care, the legalization of marijuana, LGBTQ+ rights, increasing education funding and the abolition of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “I am not an Albany insider like Gov. Cuomo, but I think that experience doesn’t mean that much if you’re not actually good at governing,” Nixon said at the start of the debate. Cuomo is currently running for his third term as governor of New York. Cuomo openly opposes President Trump and is running with plans to tighten gun regulations, adopt stricter environmental policies and provide protection for immigrants. “The governor of New York Continued on A2

Student held at gunpoint in off-campus home

By Katie Krahulik and Leo Brine M ANAG I N G E D I TO R / S TA F F W R ITER

Student safety continues to be in question at Hofstra, and after a home invasion left senior journalism major Jamie Rollo faceto-face with an armed robber on Monday, Sept. 3, many students feel as though their lives may be in danger in their own homes. At around 11:30 p.m. Monday evening, a man entered the home of five Hofstra students on Fairview Boulevard. He confronted Rollo and her boyfriend with a gun, pointing it at her head and demanding money and jewelry. “He pointed it at us originally and said, ‘This is what is happening: You’re going to give me everything,” Rollo said. “He told me to shut up, stop screa-

ming. ‘I need all your money. I know you have it,’” Rollo told CBS News. After denying having money the man took her MacBook and a GoPro camera. He instructed Rollo and her boyfriend to lay down on their stomachs and then left. The suspect was described to police as a black man in his 30s who had been wearing a black sweatshirt and black sweatpants with an American flag bandana covering part of his face. Hofstra students received a text alert from the Department of Public Safety on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 1:51 a.m. that read, “HU Public Safety was notified of a home invasion which occurred on Fairview Blvd. Hempstead. Police are investigating.” Public Safety also sent out an email to students on Monday, Sept. 10 with safety tips and

information on what to do in the case of an emergency. In May of 2013, a 21-year-old Hofstra student was killed in a home invasion that occurred just a few blocks away from the university. Andrea Rebello studied public relations at Hofstra, and her tragic death shook the community five years ago. The incident garnered significant public attention, even making its way to The New York Times. Another armed intruder entered the home of Hofstra students on Lawrence Street, directly behind the Netherlands residential complex in May of 2016, where a student was pistol-whipped and hospitalized. While incidents such as these have historically sparked dialogue about the role Public Safety plays off campus, Director of Public Safety Karen O’Callaghan said the bottom line is that

Public Safety has no jurisdiction off campus. “Students choose to rent off campus. That’s their choice. We would prefer that every student live on campus, but we understand that some choose to live off campus and we work with law enforcement,” O’Callaghan said. “I had members of my team who were at the house [speak] with the students that were victims. The University has offered them every resource that they possible can which includes counseling services, emergency housing on campus and the students, some of them chose to do that. We’ve worked with the parents. So anything we can do to support that student we’re doing.” Nassau County Police Detective Michael Bitsko said that the burglary is an ongoing investigation and all leads are being followed through. “We are

requesting anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All caller[s] will remain anonymous,” Bitsko said. Senior women’s studies major Kat Smith said when they heard about the incident, it startled them. Having lived off campus for a few years, Smith said it can be undoubtedly dangerous. “It freaked me out because that really easily could have been a situation that happened to us. I think it’s really terrifying in general when that happens,” Smith said. “In my house I would always make sure the doors were locked anywhere at night, I would usually carry pepper spray. Not specifically for safety, but we had a crowbar by our door, but if I heard a noise in the house I would always grab before I would investigate.”

Inside this Issue: Hofstra mourns beloved community members

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Debate leaves voters unsure ahead of primary Continued from A1 deportation through executive order, protecting reproductive rights, fighting for climate protection and pushing for single-payer health care. “We already have a corrupt corporate Republican in the White House, we don’t need a corrupt corporate Democrat in Albany as his main opposition,” Nixon said. “We need to oppose Donald Trump, not just with rhetoric but with policy.” The candidates also took to the floor to spar over the important issue of health care. Nixon supports the idea of Medicare for all. When asked how she plans to make this happen, Nixon emphasized the savings this would provide for New York State. “We can insure all of our people here by a single-payer, Medicare for all system. We can do it better, we can do it cheaper, we can do it with no copays, with no deductibles and 98 percent of New Yorkers would pay less for their health care than they do now,” Nixon said. “What we would have is a payroll tax in order to pay for it,” Nixon said. “It would be taken out of people’s payrolls the same way that Social Security is taken out. It would be an overall savings for 98 percent of New Yorkers.” During his rebuttal, Gov. Cuomo addressed that single-payer health care, “in theory

is right,” but the money to pay for the transition is over budget. “It is the right idea; it should be explored. It is hard to do. The real thing we need to do is have a president of the United States that understands that health care is not a luxury, it is a human right,” Cuomo said. Throughout the debate, the candidates quarreled over Cuomo’s former aid Joe Percoco, corruption, the racial justice issues behind marijuana and the former Tappan Zee Bridge. The gubernatorial hopefuls clashed when the governor asked Nixon, “Can you stop interrupting?” to which she replied, “Can you stop lying?” “I felt like I was watching candidates for a middle school student council race square off,” said president of the Hofstra Democrats Brynne Levine. “This election year/cycle is so incredibly important to the future of our nation, and the pettiness of the two candidates definitely makes it seem not as such.” Deandra Denton, junior sociology and public policy major and Student Government Association (SGA) vice president, felt that the debate did not address the important topics she was hoping for. “We’re in a period of identity politics and Andrew Cuomo is a white older male and Cynthia Nixon is LGBTQ+, woman, working mother,” Denton said. “I just wanted to hear how their identities can help the Democratic party in New York State.”

Tyler Stock, a sophomore linguistics and psychology major, was hoping to gain some new insight, but left the debate feeling even more confused about the issues addressed. “As a native New Yorker who knew a little about the issues, I still feel confused. I feel like they were really not good at delivering facts that viewers need,” Stock said. “If these people are going to be in charge, they have to be able to approach things more objectively than subjectively.” Other students who call New York home, such as Hofstra College Republicans Secretary and senior Nick Zotto, agreed that the facts were out of focus. “I found the debate focused too much on New York City. As a Long Islander, I was hoping there would be a discussion about hurricane relief or solutions to the MS-13 gang. There was none of that and little mention of upstate New York.” Students also seemed polarized regarding the issue of Nixon’s self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist platform. “While I am no fan of Gov. Cuomo, I am disturbed by Cynthia Nixon’s claim of being a democratic socialist,” Zotto said “With other Democratic politicians claiming to be Democratic Socialists, we must be wary of how much socialism that entails.” Conversely, other students felt that Nixon’s platform did not go far enough. “As a co-chair of

Hofstra YDSA [Young Democratic Socialists of America], representing the chapter as a whole, I find it refreshing that a prominent gubernatorial candidate sought out the recognition and support of a socialist organization and termed herself a socialist,” said senior philosophy major Tommy McGlone. “As an individual, I find that her brand of ‘socialism’ lacks the harsh critique of capital necessary to foster a powerful, urgent movement towards anti-imperialist eco-socialism.” The debate lasted approximately one hour and did not include any opening or closing remarks from the candidates. Nixon and Cuomo were each given two minutes to respond to questions and one minute for rebuttals. “I think we have such a privilege as Hofstra students that we have so many debates and that our campus is such a center of political activism and civic engagement,” said Abby Normandin, senior public policy and global studies major and SGA president. “Being able to go and see people who want to be your leader, your governor, your president, incentivizes you to participate so much more because it’s right here at home, so you kind of see how it directly affects your community.” The New York Democratic primary will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13, and the general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Photo Courtesy of University Relations The debate was held in the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Center and was moderated by Marcia Kramer and Maurice DuBois of WCBS-TV.


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Debates @ Hofstra

A Conversation with Melissa Connolly, Vice President of University Relations How does Hofstra land a debate? There is a bidding process that involves pitching and finding partners. For this debate, CBS approached the University. How much does it cost? According to Connolly, it costs “tens of thousands of dollars” that are used to cover the costs of staging, security and other various expenses. Hofstra pays for these events through outside fundraising, not student tuition. Why does Hofstra host so many debates? “We look at it as a public service, and it actually brings millions of eyes and impressions for the University,” Connolly said. The University places an emphasis on civic engagement. What debates has Hofstra hosted in the past? Hofstra has hosted the 2008, 2012 and 2016 presedential debates and the 2018 New York Democratic Gubernatorial debate. Photo Courtesy of University Relations Robert Kinnaird / Hofstra Chronicle

By Joe Fay

Professor Emeritus Timothy Smith dies at 84


On Saturday, Aug. 4, the Hofstra community grieved the loss of a professor whose 55-year legacy at Hofstra will not soon be forgotten. Professor Emeritus of education and global studies professor Timothy Smith died of a cardiac arrest just one day after celebrating his 84th birthday. Smith is survived by his wife Linda Longmire, his partner of 34 years and a global studies professor at Hofstra, as well as his three children, four grandchildren and sister. Since joining Hofstra’s faculty in 1963, Smith served as the Department of Foundations of Education chairperson for 11 years and as the director/coordinator of the master’s program in foundations of education for 22 years. In 2004, he retired from Hofstra’s full-time staff and

became a professor emeritus. Since 2011, Smith had been an adjunct professor in the global studies department. “We feel there’s a personal loss, but more importantly, it was such a loss for future students – for those who could benefit from and desperately need that insight and depth,” Longmire said in an interview with Newsday. Outside of the classroom, Smith directed Hofstra’s European Odyssey program with Longmire. The program, according to Hofstra’s website, consists of a 10-week minivan adventure across Europe for a dozen students each spring. Smith also taught two courses during the Odyssey program for the past 14 years. Members of the Hofstra community, both past and present, along with family members,

came together to remember the long-time professor at the Hofstra Labyrinth on Thursday, Aug. 6. A formal tribute will take place on Friday, Sept. 21, at the Helene Fortunoff Theater at Monroe Lecture Center. In a statement from the University, administration said, “The Hofstra community is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Timothy Smith, professor emeritus of education and adjunct professor of global studies. His dedication and commitment helped transform the lives of generations of students – in the classroom and through the European Odyssey semester-long study abroad program, which he directed with his wife, global studies Professor Linda Longmire.” After growing up in Pennsylvania, Smith graduated from Princeton (1957) and Rutgers

(1961, 1968) while also serving in the Army for two years. He had homes in Hempstead and the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

His distinguished academic career included time as an assistant professor and associate professor prior to being named a full professor in 1994.

Photo Courtesy of Hofstra University Global studies professor and respected community member Timothy Smith passed away on Saturday, Aug. 4.

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Scientific scholar Laura Xiong remembered as ‘bright light’

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By Taylor Clarke NEW S E D I TO R

The Hofstra community is mourning the loss of Laura (Yixuan) Xiong, a senior biochemistry major and international student from Shijiazhuang, China. Laura, who was described by many as brilliant and courageous, passed away on Thursday, July 19 after battling sarcoma, a rare type of tumor that occurs in the bones and soft tissues. From her extensive research through the science department and the Honors College, to the graciousness and hospitality shown in her

involvement with Peer Alliance, Laura’s positivity will be missed greatly throughout the university. “It was my absolute pleasure to know Laura and we in International Student Affairs miss her terribly,” said Anne Mongillo, director for International Student Affairs at Hofstra. “Laura had served as one of our fine peer Global Mentors guiding Hofstra’s international students as they adjust to college life in the U.S. Her intellectual brilliance and positive energy were a delight. And she had such a great sense of humor. I’ll cherish the short time I had the privilege of knowing Laura,” Mongillo said. “Laura was not my sister by blood but she was my sister by heart,” said Chaeeun Sophie Lim, a senior biomedical engineering major. Lim met Laura through international student orientation in 2014. Their friendship strengthened as they both participated in the global mentor program. “When I needed some advice, she would be the person to go

to. When I needed someone, she was always there for me. When I had homesickness, she took me to a Korean restaurant. She was such a kind person I was able to count on,” Lim said. In April, a GoFundMe campaign was started by those close to Laura to help with rising medical bills. Funds raised through the campaign aided in paying for a unique proton radiation treatment to shrink the tumor. “I still can’t believe she’s not here with me,” Lim said. Laura grew up in a city about three hours outside of Beijing, China. In an interview with University Relations in 2016, Laura said, laughing, that she was first intrigued by Long Island after seeing “The Great Gatsby.” “It was my privilege to work closely with Laura for four years. She was in my research lab, [in] two classes and helped me out as a T.A.,” said Emily C. Mundorff, associate professor of chemistry. “She was extremely bright and inquisitive, but what stood out most was her joyous nature and big heart.”

Laura planned to finish her last semester at Hofstra and later attend graduate school. She hoped to work as a research scientist and pondered the idea of working in a field related to cancer research. “Laura was quite a remarkable student, one of the best I’ve taught in my career. She came to Hofstra with a mind that was wide open, ready for everything we had to offer,” said Warren Frisina, dean of the Honors College. “Her talents went well beyond her work in the natural sciences. As a student in Culture and Expression, she impressed me with her perceptiveness and her desire to get to the heart of any question that was under discussion,” Frisina said. During her time at Hofstra, Laura excelled tremendously, winning various awards for her scholastic achievements and participating in unique research fellowship opportunities that permitted her to remain on campus during the summer. “She was just a lovely, lovely person who was sensitive to the

putnik had a genuine regard for other people, continuously taking time to check in with friends and family. “He’ll immediately hit you up with ‘How you doing?’ and legitimately asking how you’re doing and catching up. He’ll throw whatever he’s been watching at you, asking if everything’s all right, how classes are going,” Perloff said. “He was always the first person, and this is gonna sound cheesy, but he really was the first person to check to see if you were OK ... Little things like that, he doesn’t think twice about it, he just did [them]. He cared so, so, so much about those closest to him ... he would do anything for them.” Preputnik served as his fraternity’s warden where he was expected to maintain peace and order during the chapter’s executive committee meetings. Senior accounting major and president of Hofstra’s Phi Delta Theta chapter Moises Philippsborn said nothing describes Preputnik better than that. “He was our keeper of peace, a

brother who always looked to help and unite the chapter as new classes came in after him. John continued to stay involved after graduating, always being a voice of wisdom and support for the younger officers taking positions of leadership in the chapter,” Philippsborn said. After graduating from Hofstra in December of 2017, Preputnik enrolled in a nursing program at Farmingdale State College. He had aspirations of being a physician’s assistant, said his good friend, fraternity brother and little Max Newman, a senior mass media studies major. “He knew everything about the human body,” Newman said of his brother, one of the first people to greet him when he arrived at Hofstra. “He wanted to kind of take me under his wing. He always did that for people, kind of show them the ropes ... He was involved every step of the way and held me accountable and I appreciated that so much because no one in my life has ever called me out on my bullshit like he was able to. I

miss it.” A statement provided by the Department of Health Professions read, “The Department of Health Professions, John’s faculty and fellow students, were sad to hear of John’s passing. He was a thoughtful and engaged scholar during his time at Hofstra and we were proud to have him as a student, classmate and friend. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.” Preputnik’s friends described him as a “dork.” With a firm love for buffalo wings and all things Marvel, Naruto and Pokemon-related, he wore his passions on his sleeve – sometimes literally. “He had Phi Delt letters and the fabric was a bunch of Pokemon. I made so much fun of him for wearing it and he would smile so hard because he loved it,” Newman said. Preputnik’s impact on his community was profound, and his legacy continues to ring throughout Hofstra’s campus, especially among his brothers.

needs of others and who was sincerely interested in everyone around her,” Frisina said. Laura posted a personal update on her Facebook page in April, expressing her gratitude for having such supportive people in her life. “This is not something anyone would expect when they start four years of college in another country, young, fresh and eager,” Laura said of her diagnosis. “I feel incredibly lucky to have so much support from the people who care about me and love me. Cancer teaches me to be grateful for good friends who stick by your side and to be grateful for life.” “I feel tremendously blessed to have gotten to know her so well and to have had her as part of my life,” Mundorff said. “The world is missing a bright light and someone who would have assuredly been a tremendous asset to the scientific community. She will be deeply missed by me and by all that had the opportunity to know her.”

John Preputnik’s compassion sparks chain reaction in his passing By Katie Krahulik M ANAG I N G E D I TO R

Members of the Hofstra community carry heavy hearts amid the passing of recent graduate John Preputnik, a former health science major, an alumnus of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and a dear friend to many. “So when you walk up to John, the first thing that hits you is a giant smile,” said pledge brother and close friend Josh Perloff, a senior business major. “He had a real genuine excitement to see friends.” Preputnik, of North Bellmore, New York, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 21. A wake was held on Thursday, Aug. 23 at Clair S. Bartholomew Funeral Home, followed by a church service and cremation the next day. Born on Dec. 9, 1993, Preputnik shares a birthday with his twin sister, Sarah, who he was very close with. He was familyoriented and a loving son to his parents, David F. and Ann Gallagher Preputnik. Those close to him say Pre-

“AsCourtesy we lookoftoPhi move Photo DeltaforTheta ward, John is going to be deeply missed by our chapter, and will be immortalized into our history forever. As a chapter, we are making a strong push to bring mental health speakers to campus and increase the amount of resources available to our brothers and the rest of the Hofstra community,” Philippsborn said. “Even in his passing, John is still contributing to the betterment of our chapter. He will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.”


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Maasai Jones leaves profound impact on community By Jill Leavey NEW S E D I TO R

On Thursday, June 14, the Hofstra community lost a friend and student who is remembered as being “intelligent,” “witty,” “eloquent,” “spiritual” and “larger-than-life.” Maasai Jones, a rising junior, English major and Honors College student, passed away while at home in California. He is survived by his mother, father, brother and extended family from Fiji. Chris Bounds, a senior public relations major, remembers Maasai as an individual who was full of life. “When Maasai was in a room with you, I can’t describe it. His smile made you want to be happy,” he said. “That’s what I felt like every time I saw him.” Friends expressed their appreciation for his unwavering selflessness and optimism, speaking of times when Maasai tried to make a difference in the world even if it was just bringing a smile to a face or laughter to a room. “We were at S.O.S. Brigade and we played back a track of some music that he made. In that very moment I was envious of Maasai because he was listening to his own music and he was loving it. He was dancing. I immediately looked up to him,” Bounds said. Whether it be a simple text, phone call or house visit, Maasai put friends and family above all else. He especially stayed connected to and remained proud of his family in

Fiji, where his mother was born. When the national rugby team from Fiji played in California recently, his family opened their home to the players and relatives who were visiting. “[He] was always trying his best to make things positive and was a person who was trying to help people find themselves and a better understanding of who they are. He used his own self reflection to help people self reflect,” said Dimitrus Graziani, a junior film major. Maasai was both artistically and academically gifted, as his professors and peers observed. “I can say Maasai was an exceptional student, one of the most insightful readers and talented writers I’ve ever had the good fortune to have in class,” said Vimala Pasupathi, associate dean of the Honors College. “All the faculty I know who knew him agreed that he was uniquely gifted.” This passion helped him find a home in the on-campus music production club S.O.S. Brigade, of which Bounds is the Vice President. Maasai immersed himself in the local underground hip hop and rap scenes, performing under the name Kamikaze Samurai Posse alongside Graziani. The pair opened for Robb Banks and Dash at Amityville Music Hall. Last semester, Maasai performed as a solo act at the annual Liberty Live Concert presented by Hofstra Concerts. “Maasai is just so vivid. For someone that doesn’t

say a lot he will call you out. It didn’t feel like anyone else was in the room. It felt like it was just Maasai. The presence that he garnered, his energy just brought you toward him,” said Tyler Leidy, a junior television and production major and Maasi’s former roommate. Bounds recalled Maasai’s unique ability to write potent lyrics. “Laugh when I’m stressing about the shit I can’t choose,” Maasai sang in his song “Bussdown.” Maasai, also known as “sai” on SoundCloud, viewed Kendrick Lamar as a musical idol, but did not try to emulate him. “Maasai wanted to be Maasai,” Leidy said, pointing out that he prided himself on his unique sound. Although Maasai is perhaps best remembered for his wit and sense of humor, as evident in his lyrics, those who knew him noted that he never shied away from the “heavier” topics. Maasai relished in the opportunities to openly, and sometimes heatedly, discuss the meaning of life, religion, race and injustices but made

sure to leave room for lighter subjects like anime and gymnastics. “He always lightened the mood by cracking jokes. He was never too serious. He made sure everyone in the room felt comfortable. He tried to make sure everything was as light as possible,” Graziani said. Amy Baehr, professor of philosophy, recounted the time when Maasai attended a discussion on essays by social critic James Baldwin. “The essays clearly touched him and his contributions to the discussion were lucid and moving – there was silence as he spoke, everyone paying rapt attention to the serious and eloquent young man he was,” said Baehr, who taught Maasai in her Philosophy of Race and Racism class. “Maasai had a wry sense of humor and a delightful kind of glee in response to the often confused, ridiculous and absurd things that came up in our class discussions – things from our texts, experiences in our lives, things we said (professors and students alike),” said Dr. Anthony Dardis, professor of phi-

losophy and a co-professor for the Philosophy of Race and Racism class. “He had an intriguing and surprising way of finding a sidelong way of looking at a question,” he said. Maasai’s intelligence and eloquence werew not limited to academic papers. He was interested in poetry, film, literature, philosophy and music. Maasai was a student at a university, but more of a student of life and art. Though for Maasai, life and music were virtually interchangeable. “Maasai was the best teacher I ever had. I learned something from him everyday. The best teachers I’ve ever had knew that they needed to learn with you to teach with you and he was great at that. He always wanted to learn and teach,” Leidy said. There will be a memorial concert for Maasai on Friday, Oct. 5. For further information, or if community members wish to contribute, contact Vimala Pasupathi at engvcp@hofstra edu.

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Public Safety Briefs Compiled by Taylor Clarke

On Sept. 2 at 12:55 a.m., PS received a report that the odor of marijuana was emanating from a room in Nassau Hall. PS responded, knocked on the door and interviewed the resident inside. The resident stated that the odor was from a previous guest who had smoked inside the room. No marijuana was recovered and the resident was issued a referral to OCS. On Sept. 4, a student reported

that at some time between 8:05 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., their keys had gone missing at the Hofstra Fitness Center. The student had left the keys unattended on a table and upon returning, discovered that they were gone. PS responded and conducted a search of the facility which proved negative. The NCPD was not involved. On Sept. 4 at 9:55 p.m., while conducting rounds in

Constitution Hall, an RA discovered the odor of marijuana coming from a resident’s room. PS responded and knocked on the door. In addition to the resident, another guest was present. The room did not smell of marijuana and no drugs were discovered; however, two candles were burning in the room. PS confiscated the candles and the students were issued referrals to OCS for violating Hofstra

policy. On Sept. 5 at 8:30 p.m., while on patrol investigating an inoperable elevator in Alliance Hall, a PS officer smelled marijuana near a resident’s room. Upon knocking on the door, a resident answered and admitted to smoking when questioned. No marijuana was confiscated and the student was issued a referral to OCS.


Key PS – Public Safety OCS – Office of Community Standards NCPD – Nassau County Police Department RA – Resident Assistant


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A passion for production: Cooke’s unexpected internship sparks interest

By Sumayyah Udin STAFF WRITER

Kylah Cooke has done it all: teacher’s assistant for TV and film classes, vice president of Hofstra’s step team Strictly Steppin’, a Diversity Peer Mentor through the Peer Alliance Program, president of Hofstra’s chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, a Welcome Week Leader, a volunteer for the 2016 presidential debate and the recent gubernatorial debate and a dedicated member of Pride Productions and the HEAT Network. Her resume is padded with many different experiences that connect Cooke to each part of Hofstra and represent a human resource team’s ideal future team member. As a senior majoring in Video/Television and Film, Cooke comes across as confident, skilled and perfectly poised to answer questions about all things media – making it surprising to find that she did not always nurse an interest in the subject. “The way I developed an interest in media is actually very interesting,” Cooke said. “I really got into media through doing theater productions in high school – doing backstage and assistant stage managing – and found that I really like doing production. The way I got into media wasn’t through watching TV. It wasn’t through film. It was actually doing those handson experiences in high school.” Cooke developed her skills in media after she joined her sorority, which she credits as a pivotal moment in her Hofstra career. “I always knew I liked production [and] I liked theater, but I didn’t know where I fit in amongst it, because everything I did I was good enough at. That didn’t really help me narrow it down to what my passion in this industry is.” That changed, however, when Cooke joined Sigma Gamma Ro. “When I joined my sorority,” she said, “I was kind of forced into a leadership because it is one of the multicultural

associations here on campus, and [there are] fewer members than other sororities. I was in a leadership position where I lead my team, planned events and had to make those events happen. I learned that I am a good coordinator who is detail oriented and amazing at planning, which helped me narrow down that I want to help make things happen in this industry.” Cooke’s experience with her sorority helped her define her skills and her interests and clarified one main career goal: an interest in wanting to help make things happen. She further explored this through an amazing opportunity – an internship at HBO. The path to an internship, however, was rockier than it seemed. “It occurred to me that I was a senior, and if I didn’t get an internship this summer, I may graduate without an internship. It was honestly the scariest thing to think about – it’s one thing to know you’re graduating from college and about to be in the real world without also knowing you had no real-world experience.” She handled her internship search the same way she handled her other responsibilities: organized records detailing when she applied to internships and a set number of internships that she really wanted. HBO was not considered until a friend referred her to the opportunity. “I was interviewed randomly after applying on the World Wide Web, the black hole of interviews,” Cooke said. “I interviewed, did swimmingly well and didn’t get the internship. I was shocked, because it was everything I ever wanted in an internship, and the interview went well – I don’t think I could’ve done any better.” A week later, Cooke was

contacted by the same human resources officer. They had passed on her resume to the department of production services and support team, a tech-based field. They wanted Cooke to interview for an internship. While, she confessed, she does not care for tech the same way as creative services, she interviewed anyway and thought the interview went terribly. A week later, she got a call saying that they wanted to offer her the position. “It was very interesting to me that I applied, didn’t get the first one, and they kept my resume and passed it on,” Cooke said. “It was really one of those ‘it’s who you know, not what you know’ moments.” The experience helped Cooke in Kylah Cooke outside of the HBO New York office in Midtown Manhattan. one of her key career goals – to work different things people expeportunities.” behind the scenes to rience that we are not tapping For now, Cooke is focusing not only provide opportunities into. I want to do that; I want to on working hard through her recreate the industry.” senior year and working a fall “Have a positive mental internship at HBO, as well as attitude, be yourself and managing the many events she just keep trying,” Cooke helps plan and coordinate. said. She also touched on Cooke focused especially on her favorite motto – carpe the importance of opportunities diem. “I fully believe you regarding what media students should seize every opporat Hofstra should know. “Don’t tunity you can. It is one of get bubbled into what you learn my weaknesses; I string at this school; the world is so myself too thin, but I never much bigger than what Hofstra have to say I’ve missed an can teach you. Your professors opportunity. Take advantage of do their best to show you what for others but also tell the stories the opportunities you have at it is, but at the end of the day, that no one hears. “Everyone Hofstra.” internships are important. They says, ‘Oh, Hollywood is so “Also,” she added, smiling, are amazing opportunities to repetitive,’ but it is because we “Join a sorority or a frat. Not meet other people and get out are not divulging into the other for the millions of reasons you there, and you can do them diverse points of view we have,” usually hear but try something as soon as you get started at Cooke said. “There are so many new and you can find new opschool.”

“There are so many different things people experience that we are not tapping into. I want to do that; I want to recreate the industry.”


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September 11, 2018 •A7

Pondering fragile masculinity in the workplace


Names in this article were altered to protect identities

••••••••••• I am an all-star dishwasher. My elbows can scrub a pan of baked-on cheese into oblivion, my hands can stack plates like they are building the pyramids and my fingers can withstand the heat of a faucet turned all the way to the left. I do not enjoy doing dishes; my valuable skillset is only put to action after my housemate or mom yells at me enough. I acquired my talent from a summer of backbreaking labor as a dishwasher at a sandwich and bar spot the summer after my freshman year of college, two years ago. The restaurant was located across the street from the Catholic middle school in my hometown in northern Rhode Island. The front door led to a lower-level bar that was made up of an almost perfectly

rectangular countertop with two bartenders struggling to squeeze by each other in the middle. To the left of the bar was the kitchen, filled with the smell of butter and steak, and behind the bar, connected through a white doorway, was the dishwashing station where I scrubbed, burned myself and idly scrolled on my phone all summer. The waitstaff and bartenders were all female except Curt, a macho bartender. The kitchen and dishwashing staff was all male. I thought an all-male environment would be good for farting and being covered in food scraps, but I did not know what an all-male environment really entailed. The only allmale environment I had been in was my high school tennis team, and we were not exactly the manliest bunch. I always had an easier time getting along with girls than boys, maybe because most of my family friends and cousins were girls.

My job at the restaurant was to wash the dishes, vacuum the basement, get food out of the fridge, change kegs, take out the trash and answer the phone. The place only served sandwiches and salad, so the work was never too hard, but my dad was happy I was doing manual labor in a kitchen that always smelled like red meat. My skinny body had spent the entirety of the previous summer binging “Game of Thrones,” so having to do any work made me fall into bed at the end of a shift harder than the trash bags I had to take out fell into the dumpster. Curt, the bartender, only worked certain nights, but I would answer phone calls from women all week asking if he was there. Even if he was working, he told me to say he was not. He was some kind of local god to these women. The first time I met him, he told me he was gay. After not getting a rise out of me, he then asked, “You really think I could be gay?” and I told him I did not know. I did not know what to say. I really did not know if he was gay; he was well-kept, wore tight clothes and reminded me of my gay hairdresser. All night he kept saying things to me like, “I could be gay,” or would just whisper homophobic slurs in my ear. He and the dishwasher who trained me, Erik, would have whole conversations like this. They would just call each other homophobic slurs back and forth and talk about who could lift more. My small physique and I stayed out of it and talked with the chefs, who told me stories about being a baby daddy, or how they loved getting chocolate ice cream from a pizza place delivered to them after work. As much as I tried to stay in the kitchen with the chefs, I still had to do the dishes at my station, and that is when Erik would talk to me.

From our conversations, it seemed Erik was a very sensitive kid, but kept all his feelings pent up. When I arrived as an outsider, he saw an opportunity to let someone know his story. He showed me scars given to him by his abusive father who abandoned him and his many brothers and sisters when he was younger, forcing them all to live under the eldest sister’s watch. After his sister joined the military, he and his twin brother started looking out for the rest of the family: Erik, only just out of high school, and his brother, a high school dropout. He told me how much he loved his little siblings, and that he wanted to join the National Guard just like his older sister. He talked about constantly going to the gym because he wanted to be able to fight back if anyone ever tried to hurt him or his siblings again. He said he bumped into his dad a few months before we spoke and beat the shit out of him in a grocery store parking lot. While he was telling the story, he was pulling up his shirt and showing me his biceps and abs like it would impress me. He would do the same thing with his muscles whenever Curt would randomly call him a homophobic slur, like he had to prove he was not quite as sensitive as he may actually be. Erik showed me pictures of his girlfriend and videos of them singing together. She had a much better voice than he did, but he kept texting her in front of me telling her that she was a bad singer, claiming that he had to be hard on her so she would get better. It made me uncomfortable, but I did not feel like I was in a position to speak out. I just wanted to get through the training with Erik and speak to him as little as possible afterward. This macho showmanship was a common theme over my couple of weeks training with Erik. We had to break down boxes and bring them to the dumpster, and he would race to break more than me. When we had to take out the barrel from

the bottle chute– the chute the bartender dropped empty beer bottles down – we carried it together, but after Curt called us a “bunch of pussies,” Erik was determined to bring the barrel to the dumpster himself. I was fine with his behavior because it got me out of doing extra manual labor, but I could tell that this work environment was toxic for Erik. It was forcing him to think that being “manly” was the only suitable way for a male to act. Erik’s relationship with his father was tragic, and this older bartender, with his tough-guy act and homophobia, seemed to be a heavy influence on Erik’s personality. He had worked at the restaurant since he was 14, and now at 18, Erik was a gym-loving, homophobic boy with seemingly no one he could talk to about his feelings. This was a common trope among the staff. Whenever they got me, the less-than-manly outsider, alone, they would spill all their emotional problems. One chef would always ask me about college and tell me about how getting a girl pregnant stopped him from going. Even Curt would open up and tell me about his oceanfront dinner dates with his girlfriend and that he really cared for the girl. When my coworkers talked to each other, it was about sex, cars or drinking. I left that job with a sense of relief, but I missed the absurdity of my daily interactions. I could never look past the misogynistic and homophobic things they said all the time during that summer, but I still got enjoyment out of how ridiculous they acted, always trying to be the toughest guy in the room. Every time I scrub a dish or burn my hand, I think of those strange men I shared a narrow hallway and bar with, and I’m thankful to not be stuck working in that restaurant like all of them still are – except for Erik. He did finally join the National Guard, following in his older sister’s footsteps.

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Man on the Unispan What class are you most excited for this semester?

B y Jessica Zag a c ki S TAFF W R ITER

“The class that I’m most excited about is advanced ceramics, because this is what I love to do and I’m really ready to explore in my art.”

“Intro to [psychology] because I haven’t really had a serious psych class before.” – Tyler Platt, freshman

– Kiarra Williams, senior

“I’m most excited for an Intro to [Criminology] class. I think it’s just going to help me get my footing, and it’s something I’ve really been looking forward to in understanding something that’s so relevant in today’s society. – Kyla Garcia, sophomore Jessica Zagacki / Hofstra Chronicle

Casting call: Asian representation needed in media

By Betty Araya


The unfortunate but sad truth is that when thinking of a film with a primarily Asian cast, most western minds go straight to a kung fu movie, most likely one starring Jackie Chan or Jet Li. In this age of technology, millennials and those born later get their truth from the media. The celebrities who star in the most movies are who we view as talented. The photo that receives the most likes on Instagram becomes an ideal for beauty. Many of us have little concern for the detrimental impact these notions can have on young minorities who don’t get to see someone who “looks like them” on the big screen. “Crazy Rich Asians” hit theaters Aug. 15, and it made noise. Everyone is talking about these “Crazy Rich Asians” and the heartwarming love story this

film told. The film, directed by Jon M. Chu, was not only a rom-com, but also shed light on many social dynamics in Chinese communities. More importantly, it showed a beautiful love story of two Asians and the cultural battles they face, a struggle not shown enough in media. The Netflix original “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” was another rom-com with an Asian lead. Lara Jean, portrayed by Lana Condor, is a Korean-American teenager who is going through what so many young girls are going through – boys, bullies and finding herself. The bits of Korean-American culture shown throughout this film might have appeared simple, but each facet gave Korean-Americans a chance to be proud of who they are. “Thanks Peter Kavinsky. Hope more kids are proud

to pack their Yakult with their lunch now,” twitter user Susan Ng tweeted. It might seem like something small, but it’s something all minorities can relate to – hiding parts of their culture for fear of being different. Sophomore Molly Miyan expressed that these films were “on the right path” to getting Asian culture the attention it deserves, but the media has a long way to go. One aspect that these films failed to represent was diversity. Miyan grew up in an assimilated home where her father was an immigrant from Bangladesh and her mother from Thailand. Despite living in an Asian-dominated neighborhood, she still felt excluded for not fitting into people’s ideas of what an Asian should look like. Miyan explained the struggles she and many other Asian woman face in their own community; she de-

scribed how she faced somewhat of an identity crisis because she was looked down upon for not being “brown” and was further excluded because her features did not fit what the community considered “Asian.” Conversely, “Crazy Rich Asians” failed to portray an array of Asians, as did “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” It is further proof that the media forgets Asia is a continent with 48 countries and various cultures. “The Asian community needs more representation,” Miyan said. Miyan also shed light on the unattainable beauty standards that are imposed on Asian women. She explained that Asian girls are expected to “be girly and have long hair.” A fair complexion is deemed beautiful in India, and this standard drives the flourishing market for whitening creams.

Miyan explained that growing up, “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” star Brenda Song was the only Asian she could think of represented in the media. “Asian women are more than our stereotypes,” Miyan said. Lara Jean, a relatable high school girl, gave young Asian girls someone they could relate to on a deeper level: They could escape the stereotypes constantly weighing them down and see themselves through a character. “Crazy Rich Asians” gave the lead female character, Rachel Chu, a successful career as an economics professor. The audience wasn’t suffocated with her professional status. Instead, they could relate to a young woman madly in love Both of these films started what could be a revolution in Hollywood and the media for Asian culture, but we have a long way to go.

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Humans of Hofstra By Nadeem Deeb


Grant Taylor, a sophomore film major, transferred to Hofstra from the State University of New York at Geneseo this fall. Taylor found that Hofstra’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication was a better fit for him, as his previous institution did not have a film program. He spoke about his excitement to continue his education here at Hofstra and become acclimated to the film program. He believes the program will set him in the right direction for his intended career path. “Film was something I’ve always wanted to do. I took an Intro to Film class at Geneseo and it really inspired me. It made me realize it’s exactly what I wanted to do. I’m glad that I was able to find Hofstra because they have the exact program that I was looking for,” Taylor said. A former business major at Geneseo, Taylor switched to film because he didn’t quite find his “groove” in business. It was a field that he couldn’t see himself in long-term, and one that lacks the exhilaration he finds in the film industry. Taylor said since he was young, he’s always had a fascination with and passion for film. “Business was something I couldn’t get my foot in and it wasn’t a place where I could see myself benefiting others or helping anyone,” Taylor said. “Film is something I have always had a passion for inside and out. It gives me the space to express myself and explore my own footprint.” Taylor said he enjoys Hofstra’s campus, but wants to first get adjusted to the new environment and find his own voice before getting involved with any organizations or clubs. At his previous institution, he was involved in the film club. He hopes to eventually join Hofstra’s own filmmakers club to familiarize himself with the various components of filmmaking. “I love the campus, it’s very easy to get along with everyone here. Even though Hofstra is bigger than my old school, it’s not a very intimidating campus for you to get to meet many people. I want to fully take advantage of this campus,” Taylor said. Although Taylor hasn’t fully grasped where exactly he sees himself going in the film industry, he’s confident in his commitment to learning as he goes. “I’m not entirely sure [what I plan to do with film in the future]. I’m here to kind of figure that out,” Taylor said. “Whether it be production or screenwriting, I just know this is the field I’m meant to be in.”

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Arts and Entertainment “KiKi” or Cardi? Crowning Song of the Summer B2

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The Chronicle A&E “KiKi” or Cardi? Crowning song of the summer

B2•September 11, 2018

By Joseph Coffey-Slattery

ing inescapable and obnoxious, songs of the summer usually have the uncanny ability to be It is that time of year again. played for years and years, The children go back to school, maybe even decades. Take Elton parents take a deep breath and John’s 1976 classic, “Don’t Go the warm weather (at least in Breaking My Heart,” or TLC’s theory) begins to subside. It is “Waterfalls” in 1995 – both also the time when the hotly songs have proved to have legs contested prize of “Song of the both on the radio and in shopSummer” is crowned. While ping malls across the country. seen by many as a reward for beThis summer saw the continued rise of hip-hop’s mainstream popularity, with new releases from just about every major artist in the game. Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Travis Scott and The Carters all dropped full-length projects, jockeying for the top spot on Billboard’s coveted 200 chart. Many of these albums strugCourtesy of Young Money Entertainment gled to move past “In My Feelings” is in its eighth week at No. 1 their singles, namely on the Billboard Hot 100. ARTS & E N T E RTA I N M E N T E DI TOR

The Carters’ self-titled album in which the Migos-assisted “Apesh*t” is arguably the only song the public recognizes. DJ Khaled was also back with the first single off his forthcoming “Father of Asahd” album, “No Brainer,” which drew features from “I’m the One” cast members Justin Bieber, Quavo and Chance the Rapper. While the song bumps, one cannot escape its pandering nature and the feeling that Khaled was mixing promising ingredients together to chase his runaway hit from 2017. Evidently, this was the sentiment of the public, with the song entering and quickly departing the Top 10 shortly after its release. Elsewhere, the reigning king of sales and “memeable” moments, Drake, unloaded his 25-track album “Scorpion” fresh off the success of several singles, including “God’s Plan” and the fervent “Nice For What.” “Scorpion” delivered the quintessential Drake track that is “In

My Feelings,” which takes the cake for most streamed song of summer 2018. Following in the vein of Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles,” “In My Feelings” saw a dominant social media challenge to bolster its sales. Just about everyone with a pulse was hopping out of moving vehicles to ponder the affections of the elusive “Kiki.” In considering a definitive “Song of the Summer,” it is important to go beyond mere chart positioning. Summer is a vibe in and of itself – beaches, drinks and parties. “Girls Like You,” Maroon 5’s latest grab for Target airplay, does not really fit this mold despite its staggering 293 million Spotify streams. It is catchy, sure, with a guaranteed lifespan, but is hindered by the somewhat random Cardi B feature in which she claims her masturbation regime is not dissimilar from Maroon 5’s skills on the guitar (yes, really). “In My Feelings” came in late June,

well into the summer, and felt like a second act rather than an overall motif. Even tracks like Ariana Grande’s “no tears left to cry” and newcomer Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up,” while certified bops, did not quite entrap the public like our winner – Cardi B’s “I Like It.” “I Like It” was everything you could hope for in a summer track – a bouncy energy, memorable bars and a beat that positively slaps. The Urbano Latino feel carried by Bad Bunny and J Balvin keeps the song’s momentum going for infinite plays. It is a record that can cause perpetual excitement, able to start or carry the torch of any party. Sure, it does not have the biting feel of Nicki Minaj’s “Chun-Li,” but it appears to represent the kind of song people are looking for in 2018. Cover: Rob Kinnaird Form Gallery by Allison Wolf

Poetic lyricism: Hozier’s return to the spotlight

By Allison Foster STAFF WRITER

Four years after his chart-topping, self-titled release, Andrew Hozier-Byrne – often known by the stage name Hozier – returned to the spotlight on Thursday,

Sept. 6, with a four-track EP titled, “Nina Cried Power.” The Ireland native didn’t hold back on the new project, tapping into his blues roots with features from Mavis Staples and Booker T. Jones. Released through Colum-

Courtesy of Columbia Records Hozier refers to his new album as a “thank you note to the Spirit of Protest,” according to Billboard.

bia Records, the EP stands at a brief, but polished, 17 minutes. With a title that pays homage to Nina Simone, the whole EP can be considered a tribute to both Civil Rights era musicians and powerful artists that paved the way for future generations. In the title track, Hozier name-drops a total of 15 artists – including Joni Mitchell, John Lennon and B.B. King – giving a nod to their experiences by singing, “Nina cried power / Lennon cried power / James Brown cried power,” with an unmatched intensity. In typical Hozier fashion, the track is intense and raw, showcasing his vocals above all else. Staples’ collaboration brings significant blues elements to the song – a deliberate recruitment by Hozier himself. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he described Staples as “the most amazing person” with an energy “that’s still absolutely there.” The transition into the keysheavy second track, titled “NFWMB,” is a smooth one, building into a tumultuous battle cry – an ominous feeling that cannot be shaken. The chorus and title are shaped around one

line: Hozier declaring “nothing fucks with my baby,” more sure of himself than ever. The track features Booker T. Jones on organ, adding a stylistic element that seems to fit like clockwork with the intimidatingly dark lyrics. “NFWMB” brings Hozier back to his traditional lyrical style, one that abounds with love and the intimacy of relationships. This theme follows the listener to the third track, titled “Moment’s Silence (Common Tongue),” which grapples with the perceived religious immorality of a promiscuous sexual relationship. Twangy guitar echoes the vocals as Hozier sings, “Me and my babe relaxin’, catching manic rhapsody / All reason flown, as God looks down in abject apathy.” Hozier and his partner share private moments, ones that provide them with an escape from the calamity of the outside world, away from those who would have something ill to say of them. The final and longest running track on the EP is titled “Shrike,” and it implements a Celticinfluenced guitar style with breathy yet strong vocals. The

song is very reminiscent of early Bon Iver, emphasizing Hozier’s range and musical capability. He compares himself to a shrike, a bird known for impaling prey on thorns. “I’m flying like a bird to you now / Back to the hedgerows where the bodies are mounted,” he sings, a message to a lover that he hasn’t let go. He realizes what he left behind, and wants a second chance. “Shrike” is the most reserved of the four tracks, and even seems like it could have come from his debut album. The last four years have been quiet from Hozier, giving him time to perfect his songs until their release. Collaborations and advanced mixing make the four tracks shine, feeling mature and deliberate. The EP is a promising preview, with something that old and new fans alike can appreciate. The balance of intensity and reservation makes way for Hozier’s experimentation, carving a place for himself to grow in his upcoming album. Hozier begins his North American tour at the end of this month, armed with new songs that are ready for the world to hear.

September 11, 2018•B3 A&E The triumphant return of the romantic comedy

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By Megan Spreen


Any rom-com fanatic will tell you that the heyday of the genre was in the 1990s, and that there has been a drought of new material since the early 2000s. Luckily, fans of “Crazy Rich Asians” and Netflix’s “Set It Up” and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” are seeing a resurgence of the beloved genre. The hard part of making a good romantic comedy is not the plot, but how to make the story feel familiar to the audience without being boring. “Crazy Rich Asians” is, in every way, a rom-com for the modern age. The meet-cute in “Crazy Rich Asians” is not between the main characters, Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) and Nick Young (Henry Golding), but between Rachel and the megarich Singapore society that Nick grew up in. A photo of Rachel reaches Nick’s family almost immediately after it was taken, shown in a montage of a brightly colored technological web superimposed over the action of the film. “Who is Rachel Chu?”

By Erin Hickey

becomes the key question. Rachel is, by her own description, a poor, “low-class immigrant nobody,” raised by a single mother. She also happens to be a professor of economics and game theory at NYU, serving as their youngest professor. This game theory specialty helps Rachel in her conflict with Nick’s mother, Eleanor Young (Michelle Yeoh), who makes it clear early on that she thinks Rachel is not good enough to marry her son. This conflict culminates in the now-infamous mahjong scene – rife with symbolism that is apparent to those who know the game, but with enough context for those not “in the know” to keep up. The motif of selfsacrifice and the importance of family unite when Rachel (spoiler alert) gives up the piece she and Eleanor need to win the game: Nick. “Crazy Rich Asians” is a modern masterpiece not only for its role in bringing about the resurgence of the rom-com, but also for its role in the recent movement calling for more diverse, female-led films in big-budget Hollywood. With an

entirely Asian cast, “Crazy Rich Asians” made $40 million in the first 10 days after its release, with projections to hit $100 million within a month. The film’s audience was also almost 40 percent Asian, a far greater percentage than any box office hit in recent years. This adds to the realization that has been quickly dawning on our society in the last few years: movies about people other than straight white men can and do make money.

train station and prepares them for the remainder of the album. One of the highlights of the record is its second track, “I Don’t Know.” Though it does give the album a slow and melancholy start, it’s a classic McCartneystyle piano ballad. The song was written after going through a hard time in his life, when he was at a loss for what to do. McCartney repeatedly asks, “What’s the matter with me?” followed by his answer of, “I don’t know, I don’t know.” The song perfectly expresses the widely-experienced feeling of not knowing what’s going on in your life or what to do with yourself. Another highlight off the album is a song McCartney wrote as an ode to his guitar. He said there was a time that he’d play his guitar all the time, but one day he looked at the instrument and realized he’d grown out of playing it every minute of the day. He then decided to write a song to apologize, which turned into “Confidante.” This song

displays McCartney’s genius as a songwriter with lyrics such as, “In our imaginary world / Where butterflies wear army boots and stomp the forests / chanting long lost anthems.” “Despite Repeated Warnings” is one of McCartney’s classic epic songs that features multiple themes, in similar fashion to his Wings hits “Live and Let Die” and “Band on the Run.” This time, the epic is directed at Donald Trump, though it’s told through the story of a ship captain who refuses to listen to his crew’s warnings. McCartney has said Trump is like a ship captain who’s been warned there are icebergs, yet continues to steer toward them. It’s little details that make these epics so beloved by McCartney – details such as when he sings, “What can we do to stop this foolish plan going through?” to the tune of an old sailor song, “Drunken Sailor.” Later he adds, “How can we stop him? / Grab the keys and lock

Diversity is important in “Crazy Rich Asians” for another reason: it doesn’t rely on or use stereotypes. Each character is well-rounded, even if they initially seem to fit a stereotype. Peik Lin (Awkwafina) for instance, Rachel’s best friend, at first appears to be the stereotypical fashionable best friend, who supplies Rachel with outfits and rides in fancy cars. She breaks this mold by stealing the spotlight with her humor and originality. At first glance

Eleanor appears to be a strict mother, keen on keeping the lower class out of the fold, when in reality she is a woman greatly influenced by her culture who only wants the best for her child. “Crazy Rich Asians” delights audiences with its comedy, colorful cinematography and fun soundtrack, but the wonder only grows the deeper you delve into the symbolism, nuanced diversity and pure joy that radiates from every frame of the film.

Courtesy of Color Force “Crazy Rich Asians” has grossed over $30 million since its release on Friday, Aug. 17.

Painting melodies on ‘Egypt Station’


Paul McCartney began his musical career over 55 years ago in a little band you may have heard of – The Beatles. After The Beatles broke up, McCartney continued making music both on solo records and in his band Wings. Now he’s back with his first solo album in five years, “Egypt Station,” a 16-track album released on Friday, Sept. 7. At 76 years old, without the haircut and boyish charm that invoked millions to be struck by Beatlemania so many years ago, McCartney and his music still have the power to connect with and be loved by audiences of all ages. “Egypt Station,” the album’s title, is based on a painting of McCartney’s and it signals the journey the album is meant to take listeners on. The journey begins with “Opening Station,” a 41-second track of simple ambient noise that puts listeners in a

him up / If we can do it, we can audience with just a piano and save the day,” followed closely guitar for over half a century. by, “Yes we can do it.” It’s a Regardless of some of the hopeful message that perhaps misses on the album, McCartney there is a way to stop those in is a musical icon and songwritpower who, despite repeated ing legend. “Egypt Station” is warnings, continue not to listen another album guaranteed to and cause harm to those they please listeners for many years lead. to come. Though there are many great songs on the album, one of the letdowns is the Ryan Tedderproduced “Fuh You.” This song fails for the very reason McCartney wanted it to succeed. McCartney wanted a hit, yet the final product just comes across as overly-produced and commercial – especially for someone who Courtesy of Capitol Records has been able The 16-track album is McCartney’s 18th solo release. to captivate an

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The release of the Netflix original movie “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” on Friday, Aug. 17 produced an uproar and following unparalleled by any romantic comedy in the past decade. To be clear, the recent movies based on books by John Green do not count as rom-coms, they’re simply young-adult romance movies with extremely sad endings. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is a far departure from any movie relating to teens that has been released recently, and it is far from anything Netflix has ever done before 2018. Netflix, as a streaming device, has broadened its horizons beyond their typical original movie and television series. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is only one of many catalysts that will launch Netflix into this new realm of rom-coms, which will therefore broaden their audience and demographics. Movies like “The Kissing Booth” and “Set It Up,” which were both released a few months

prior to “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” laid the foundations for this shift in the demographic that Netflix had primarily catered to before. Instead of producing more movies or TV shows similar to “Black Mirror” or “Ozark,” Netflix has been creating originals that tug on our heartstrings while still relating to the modern young adult. With these additions, no longer do these young adults need to reflect on dated yet classic films, such as “Sixteen Candles” or “Pretty in Pink.” “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” follows the principle character, Lara Jean Covey, as she tries to get over her most recent crush, who also happens to be her sister’s most recent ex-boyfriend, by pretending to date her enemy’s ex-boyfriend, Peter Kavinsky. This snowball effect gradually pulls Lara Jean out of a fantasy world that she created for herself. It all began because of five secret letters she had written to her crushes that were mailed without her knowledge.

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is a fresh new take on what it means to be a teenager at a time when social media controls our every move. Lara Jean, portrayed by Lana Candor, emphasizes the need in the film and television industry for better representation. With the exception of the movie “Crazy Courtesy of Netflix Rich Asians” and the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” stars Lana Condor, a 21-year-old American actress show “Fresh Off the of Vietnamese descent. Boat,” there have not Noah Centineo’s character, Peter acclaimed original rom-coms, it been many productions that focus Kavinsky. He helped Lara Jean can be expected that more movies solely on an Asian family. Lara get out of the cocoon that she was that express the same values as Jean’s Korean heritage is what living in, and he constantly proved “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Beconnects her and her story beyond that all other rom-com male leads fore” will become the norm. There this romantic point of view; this are trash in comparison. It is no will be better representation and a emphasis on her heritage highwonder that since the release of stronger portrayal of women and lights the love and loss that she the movie, the name Noah Centia kinder portrayal of men. This is feels in her life as well as the imneo has been circulating throughonly the beginning of a new era portance of her relationship with out social media and thousands of for Netflix. her family. people are wishing for their own What the movie does that has Peter Kavinsky. seldom been seen in rom-coms is As Netflix progresses toward feature a legitimately nice guy in producing more of these widely

Everybody could use a little ‘Sweetener’

Property of Republic Records The album is Grande’s fourth studio album, featuring Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott.

By Genesis Ibarra STAFF WRITER

From the first-day-at-my-dreamjob encouragement of “successful” to the elevator-music-that-playswhen-the-love-of-my-life-walksin optimism of “pete davidson,” Ariana Grande’s new album “Sweetener” has it all. Opener “raindrops (an angel cried)” showcases Grande’s vocals

by means of an empowered ballad. It’s the type of song that a choir could sing at a significant ceremony. Pharrell Williams’ nostalgic 90s production adds a dreamlike state that carries throughout the album, especially during “blazed,” where his and Grande’s intertwined voices are like Peter Pan and Tinker Bell soaring through the skies. “the light is coming” reminds us

that Nicki Minaj and Grande are a pop duo. Minaj’s feature in this experimental track suggests that the main point of the album is not about spilling truth, or “tea.” It’s about overcoming hardship and coming out on top. Grande puts listeners to sleep with her Neverland-esque vocals in “R.E.M,” only to wake everyone up with “God is a woman,” a feminist anthem from producer

Ilya Salmanzadeh. She takes us to church with her impressive range, gospel harmonizing and powerful a cappella (The live karaoke version of “GIAW” with late-night host James Corden wins her the title of “Voice of our Generation.” Sis, chills). “When life deals us cards, make everything taste like it is salt / Then you come through like the sweetener you are to bring the bitter taste to a halt,” Grande sings. Sixth track “sweetener” is an upbeat, candy-shop bop: the sprinkles on Grande’s ice cream sundae of an album. Listeners find relatable content in “everytime,” with Grande singing, “I get drunk, pretend that I’m over it. / Self-destruct, show up like an idiot. / Why, oh why does God keep bringing me back to you?” It’s an R&B mix about going back to the one you love, no matter how toxic the path. Mental health is another heavy topic that Grande dives into. On “breathin,” she covers what anxiety attacks and depersonalization feel like and how the love of her life helps her deal with them: “Some days, things just take way

too much of my energy / I look up and the whole room’s spinning / You take my cares away / I can so overcomplicate, people tell me to medicate.” Grande’s own mental health took a toll after the tragic 2017 bombing at her concert in Manchester, England. “no tears left to cry,” the album’s first single, talks about surviving this heartbreak and getting back up after being torn apart. Grande may be the most powerful and relatable pop queen of the moment. “Unfollow fear and just say, ‘you are blocked,’” she sings. Her lyrics are often words and phrases used by millennials. When we ordered a powerful message easily understood by our generation, she delivered. It’s as if she’s hugging fans during “get well soon,” while explaining that “there’s ups and downs and there’s drops / ... just know there is so much room at the top.” Grande climbed to new heights with her fourth studio album, and boy, the view is spectacular.

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On Aug. 31, the world watched as generations gathered in a church to pay tribute to the beloved queen of soul, Aretha Franklin. After Ariana Grande’s tribute performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” the world watched as Bishop (yes) Charles H. Ellis III invited her to the stage and very evidently fondled her right breast, leaving his hand tightly gripped on her throughout his speech. A clergyman creating and taking advantage of an uncomfortable, inescapable situation. Shocking, right? Well if that pisses you off, it might make you feel better to know that Ellis has since “apologized,” stating quite


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smugly to the Associated Press, “I don’t know. I guess I put my arm around her. Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar, but again, I apologize.” He also stated with a smile, “Everybody that was up, I shook their hands and hugged them. That’s what we are all about in the church. We are all about love.” Obviously, there are many problems I have with Ellis’ actions and his subsequent statement. While many see this incident as a victory for the #MeToo movement, I have more of a pessimistic take. Yes, it was pretty great that such backlash followed from so many people so quickly. However, bystanders actually standing up for a victim and acknowledging an incident of sexual misconduct, which

clearly occurred in public view, is not a victory. It should be a natural reaction in any decent society. Being able to openly call out wrongdoers was thankfully made much easier by the solidarity of #MeToo, but it should not be the end goal of the movement. Up until now, I was under the impression that the #MeToo movement and the fear of being shamed was actually scaring people from behaving so boldly and badly. Clearly with Ellis, this was nowhere near the case at Aretha Franklin’s funeral service. Not only did he have the guts to do what he did, he also did it in front of a massive audience. Aside from a brief trend of public shaming on social media, there weren’t any actual repercussions.

It is entirely beyond me how someone living in the #MeToo era – notably a pastor – would dare attempt to touch a woman in the manner he did in front of cameras for the entire world to see. Not to mention, this was an incredibly aggressive instance of forced, prolonged contact. Grande desperately expressed her shock and discomfort, both of which could be felt by anyone watching. No one interrupted. No one took Grande off the stage, which I am sure she would have appreciated. Everyone watched silently and tweeted while the pastor continued the service. This was a service to honor Aretha Franklin; no one wanted to steal the spotlight and make an unpleasant scene. But once the pastor’s actions crossed the

line, there should have been an immediate reaction beyond a trend on Twitter. Everyone in the audience saw this happen, including Grande’s fiancé who has stated his regret in not being able to protect her. Yet, the pastor still faces no real-world repercussions. Ellis did offer a half-hearted apology in which he implied that this is how he treats everyone. Is Pastor Ellis so accustomed to groping women upon embracing them, that he simply didn’t register the number of cameras and eyes on him at the moment? Perhaps. But more likely, it is the continuing classic case of prominent figures abusing their position of power. Either way: another strike on the church’s record.

What does calling John McCain a hero say about us?

By Jordan Hopkins ASSISTA N T E D I TO R I A L E DI TOR

When John McCain was 22 years old, in April 1968, he was placed in solitary confinement in the cells of the Hoa Lo Prison for refusing his early release – out of order from other soldiers who had been captured before him. He remained there for five years, and the Viet Cong tortured him viciously the entire time. His father, Jack McCain, was commander-in-chief of the United States’ Pacific Command and controlled nearly all of the United States’ naval assets. McCain could have asked to be released at any time, but he refused to step out of line. He saved the lives of dozens of American citizens, and if anything qualifies a person for heroism, that would be it. But following his death, it’s become clear that the John McCain that America has chosen to remember is already a step removed from the man who

lived, and the parts that we have cherry-picked to amplify in his memory say a great deal more to our future than to his past. In the days following the news of his death, very little was made of the more serious issues lurking in the Annapolis alumnus’ decorated history. No one mentioned McCain’s willing participation in the conflict that eventually resulted in his capture, or his racist opinions of Vietnamese and other Asian people. Even less was said about his aggressive immigration policies, like his sponsoring of the Criminal Alien Deportation Act of 2015. No one considered his repeated attempts, right up until his death, to defund the Affordable Care Act and deprive millions of Americans of health coverage. In fact, very little of the darker side of McCain’s aggressive conservative policy decisions received any press coverage in the days and weeks leading up to and following

his death. Even when he voted down the “skinny” Obamacare repeal plan, less than 24 hours after he voted the dangerously underprepared bill into debate in the first place, analysts praised his “maverick” tactics. Few would read the brief issued by McCain’s team after the vote, where it was revealed the only reason he voted the bill down was because he believed it didn’t gut Obamacare enough. Instead they lauded his legislative dedication, how he sponsored more than 50 bills in his Senate career. He was memorialized by his ability to compromise, his strong personal principles and his strong opposition to torture during the Bush administration. He was simultaneously always willing to compromise and was unbending in his personal beliefs; politicians applauded his ability to “reach across the aisle” and formulate bipartisan policy. He filled his resume with decades of dedicated public service.

This is all to say that, like many things about America and its servants, John McCain was complicated – he was only a person. In the face of rising political uncertainty, it’s particularly entrancing to enshrine those who have served with distinction, regardless of their voting record or personal opinions, but in the case of politicians and public officials, it is inherently disingenuous to equate their tenure or dedication to service as what makes them worthy of mythologizing. It’s true that McCain did his duty, serving his state and its citizens for more than 20 years, but that doesn’t make him a hero. That’s not to say that he isn’t one – much can and has been said about the tortures he suffered to protect the lives of his fellow soldiers, and that alone makes him worthy of remembrance. However, the controversial policies he supported while in office tell a story of a different

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John McCain, one who was more than willing to put the needs of the Republican party agenda over those of impoverished and struggling Americans and who dedicated himself to supporting three decades of misconstrued intervention in countries across the world. The true danger of memorializing John McCain as an American hero is that by doing so we normalize his harmful policies and thereby overwrite the suffering he caused in his years of dedicated service. That doesn’t mean he can’t be an American hero, but the second we forgive the crimes of the past for the sake of a stable, “normal” present, we erode the humanity of everyone involved. John McCain could have been everything we hoped for in a public servant, but that doesn’t mean he should be free from our scrutiny, or our disappointment.


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Policy over identity


In a political landscape where incumbency is the largest indicator of potential electoral victory, progressive candidate Cynthia Nixon needed a clearcut victory in the Aug. 29 New York Gubernatorial Debate. The actress, best known for portraying Miranda Hobbes in “Sex and the City,” was looking to bridge a polling gap which leaves her trailing roughly 30 points behind Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Anything short of a gubernatorial knockout would effectively be considered a de facto win by Cuomo. This event had the potential to be a game-changer for Nixon, and while she debated well by many standards, she certainly did not outperform Cuomo. The debate was heated from the start and set the tone for the hostile interactions of the candidates throughout the night. In the very first question, Nixon was tasked with qualifying herself as a candidate capable of running a state of 20 million people and a budget

of almost $170 billion. To this query, she responded with a too-brief summation of her key issues, naming her support of LGBTQ+ equality, women’s rights and more equitable funding of public schools. To pardon her inexperience in the face of a two-term governorship, she explained that, “experience doesn’t mean that much if you’re not good at governing.” And while I acknowledge that statement as a very astute observation, Nixon certainly did not take long to switch the focus of her response from her own issues to Cuomo. Nixon was given an opportunity to speak at length about her legislative plans, expectations and ideology, but allowed such a moment to pass. One or two instances of such neglect could have been excusable, but this theme permeated nearly all of Nixon’s responses of the night. Over and over, Nixon highlighted the vast array of areas in which Cuomo has failed during his time as governor, from the mess of the New York subway system to the current Republican control

of the state senate. Nixon attacked, baited and hit upon virtually every sore spot which the Cuomo administration has floundered through with clever lines. In particular, Nixon made it a point to highlight Cuomo’s “incredible corruption” explaining that, “he used the MTA like an ATM.” Nixon showed herself to be the aggressor in most of their exchanges and presented herself as a fierce candidate. Perhaps the most memorable moment of the night came following a particularly fierce series of interjections by Nixon. “Can you stop interrupting?” Cuomo asked. “Can you stop lying?” Nixon responded. So, yes, Nixon succeeded in disqualifying Cuomo with her witty comments and quips. But ultimately that was merely half of her objective of the night; she needed to not only invalidate Cuomo but also present herself as the better candidate, a task which deserved far more consideration than it was given. For this reason, I think Nixon did an admirable job in

the debate, but Nixon could only make so much traction with the focus centralized solely on Cuomo. A campaign cannot be boiled down to one issue, especially if that issue is your opponent. As a figure with no experience in politics, Nixon had an obligation to her supporters to defend her beliefs and plans. The blueblooded feminist within me was yearning to champion Nixon, an underdog who, if elected, would be the first gay female governor of New York. Unfortunately, Nixon left the debate having presented a clearer image of who Cuomo is as a candidate than herself. Cuomo, on his part, seemed intent on pretending his true opponent of the night was not Nixon but President Trump, a tactic completely opposite to Nixon’s, but which he accomplished with ease. To this extent, Cuomo went to great lengths keeping Nixon out of the equation, seldom referring to her by name and indicating that “Trump is the problem.” As the incumbent who has thus far been favored in the polls,

Cuomo simply needed to not make any serious blunders in order to maintain his lead and took a safe route to do so. Whereas Nixon was fierce in nature and attack, Cuomo was stone-faced and resolute in his responses. Cuomo dismissed Nixon at every turn, clarifying that his “opponent lives in the world of fiction,” while he resides in reality. Overall, Cuomo had a lower bar to overcome and was able to clear it with room to spare. Both candidates articulated their points well, but this debate was not particularly transformative in any sense of the word. It was exactly what one candidate had hoped for and another feared, and I don’t foresee it significantly altering the course of this election. Nonetheless, no one will know for certain until election day comes on Nov. 6 and voters will have the ability to determine the leader of New York state for the next four years. The duty now lies with the voters of New York to be registered, available and educated in their decisionmaking.

the 20th century: the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The fire resulted in the death of dozens of young women around the same age as Tibbetts; but, unlike her, these women died due to clear and changeable flaws in our legal system. The lack of fire escapes, the fact that the doors to the factory floor opened inward as opposed to outward and the lack of basic fire safety equipment and training were all obvious causes of these women’s deaths when the fire broke out. This tragedy kicked off a massive shift in business and government. As a result, regulations began to reign in what businesses could do and forced them to treat their workers better. A more modern equivalent would be students, like the

activists from Parkland, Florida, who are demanding changes to our nation’s gun laws. There are multiple possible causes of America’s problem with mass shooters, especially in our schools. These tragedies have become politicized because the people who were and are affected by America’s gun laws want to politicize it. Friends and family of victims and the victims themselves are out protesting and demanding change to prevent that kind of tragedy from ever happening again. Compare that to the hell the Tibbetts family has been dragged through from outside sources. Robert Tibbetts, Mollie’s father, has published an op-ed demanding that Republicans stop using his

daughter’s murder as an excuse to push racist legislation and many other family members have taken to Twitter to express that this politicization is not what Mollie would have wanted. “They have instead chosen to callously distort and corrupt Mollie’s tragic death to advance a cause she vehemently opposed,” Rob Tibbetts said. “Mollie was nobody’s victim. Nor is she a pawn in others’ debate,” Rob Tibbetts said during his daughter’s eulogy, and they are words we should do well to honor. To invoke the tragedy of this loss to push an agenda is disrespectful. On the other hand, it’s important to talk about how violence and sex crimes against women often go unpunished and how sentences for the criminals

that are convicted of these crimes are oddly light compared to drug-related crimes. But to invoke Molly Tibbetts’ memory to push this agenda is not what her family wants. Though almost any tragedy can be political, it’s important to remember that before people are martyrs, they’re still people. By politicizing Tibbetts’ death for any agenda, right or left, we are forcing her family to experience unnecessary suffering. “We need time,” the saddening last line of Rob Tibbetts’ op-ed said. No matter the agenda, we must honor their grieving and give the Tibbetts family time to heal. When and if they are ready to make the situation political, they will. It is not our job to do that for them.

The dead are not political pawns

By Robert Kinnaird M ULTIME D I A E D I TO R

Mollie Tibbetts’ death was a terrible tragedy, but due to the nature of her murder her family has been forced to deal with its politicization. Politicization of tragedy is not new or unique and is sometimes used to affect great political change. The death of Tibbetts is not one of those situations. Her death was not the result of lax regulations, but rather rampant misogyny in America. Nonetheless, it is being used to fuel antiimmigration rhetoric. The politicization of tragedy has been an important strategy for leftists in America. The death of the Gilded Age and laissez-faire economics in the United States began with the greatest workplace disaster of

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Stuart Rabinowitz, I said what I said

By Ja’Loni Owens STAFF W R I T E R

Six months ago, the Jefferson Has Gotta Go! (JGG) Campaign galvanized the Hofstra community after gathering to protest anti-black racism and its manifestations on our campus, specifically the presence of a statue of slaveholder and rapist Thomas Jefferson in front of the Student Center on Friday, March 30. One week prior to the demonstration, I circulated a petition calling on the University to relocate the statue. In just under four days, the petition received over 1,000 signatures. As the petition made its rounds across the state of New York and beyond, media became interested in the organizing activities on Hofstra’s campus. Conservative media, including Fox News, soon got hold of the story. My academic email address appeared during a segment that aired that week and in the article published to their website. Not only was my academic email flooded with rape threats, death threats and other forms of harassment, but so was my personal email, Twitter, Facebook and the comment sections of articles I had written

as far back as several months ago. I imagined that this would move administrators to reconsider their position on the location of the statue. Instead, the administration responded by asking that I forward threats to Public Safety and then criticized me for a “lack of transparency” regarding the harassment. I suppose they could not understand why I felt it would be useless to disclose the extent of the harassment to the same administrators complicit in bias and discrimination on campus. Several days after the protest, JGG was invited to meet with President Stuart Rabinowitz and other higherlevel administration members to further discuss why the presence of the Thomas Jefferson is so deeply re-traumatizing and harmful to black students and students of color. This meeting was scheduled for April 18, 2018. On the evening of April 17, 2018, Dean Sofia Pertuz emailed JGG a list of ridiculous stipulations that attendees must adhere to at this highly anticipated meeting. JGG declined to attend this meeting in effort to preserve the campaign’s integrity and to avoid once again having

to occupy the same space as students and administrators who have either encouraged or have been complacent in our ostraciation and marginalization. We expected our declination to attend this meeting to be met with compassion, and even an invitation to meet again under different circumstances. Instead, we were met with, “This meeting will continue as planned.” Our attendance did not matter. It soon became clear to us that we did not matter. Organizing made us targets among our peers and our professors. Last semester, a professor with an extensive history of making statements that can be categorized as anti-black and anti-immigrant used the same policy designed to protect me from bias and discrimination to punish me for speaking out about bias and discrimination. I was also not welcomed back into the Peer Alliance program because my advocacy “complicates things.” I cannot report any of this to the institution because these things are everything that this institution and those like it are. While the demands of this campaign are centered around Hofstra University’s

campus, our goals extend far beyond the willful obtuseness of President Rabinowitz, the unchecked racism of white faculty, the complacency of “allied” faculty and this campus community. Hofstra University is a microcosm of the same Euro-cisheteropatriarchy that launched genocide of native peoples; stole land from modern day Mexico; enslaved, raped and lynched Africans; murders transgender women without flinching; poisons mothers and children in Flint, Michigan; and spends more money than any of us can fathom bombing the “global south.” Hofstra University is just one of the many institutions in this country that believes if enough statues of the most disgusting pieces of American history are erected, those whose subjugation upholds this illegitimate nation will be forced into submission and to stop fighting back. Students on campuses across this country have shown time and time again that nothing can ever silence us. JGG will continue turning outrage into action. It is just our hope that colleges begin to understand that these statues may be brought down with or without their approval.

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Quick Hits

John McCain’s passing on Aug. 25 sent ripples through the nation, stirring up conversations on his legacy.

An anonymous NYT oped described a network of senior staff working to check the president’s “worst inclinations.”

Serena Williams lost to Naomi Osaka in the U.S. Final Open last Saturday, Sept. 8 in a match marred by controversy.

In a historic constitutional decision, India’s Supreme Court overruled a colonialera law criminalizing homosexuality.

American rapper Mac Miller passed unexpectedly from a suspected drug overdose on Sept. 7.


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Faria’s Focus: The NFL’s new helmet rule

By Nick Faria


Photo Courtesy of Nick Faria The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Hofstra Chronicle.

Each NFL offseason is filled with plenty of stories and controversy. Whether it’s legal battles with all-time greats, contract holdouts with stars or even an ad featuring a player who isn’t employed by the league anymore, the NFL has had its fair share of controversial storylines. This season, the NFL’s biggest storyline doesn’t center around a player or team, but a rule change that could ultimately impact the landscape of the entire game. In March, the NFL unveiled a new rule to enforce player safety and continue to limit concussions and Chronic Traumatic

Encephalopathy (CTE). The newly implemented Playing Rule Article 8, cited in the NFL’s new bylaws, states, “It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. The player may be disqualified. Applies to any player anywhere on the field.” With football being a historically violent game, many players were critical of the NFL’s rule and the broadness of its interpretation. The entire Philadelphia Eagles defense met with referees to go over what kind of hits would be considered illegal with the new helmet rule and left the meeting even more confused. The preseason itself has been a prime example, with referees calling what seem like routine plays as illegal according to the new rule. Heading into week three of preseason, referees have flagged players 51 times for violation of the helmet rule. Many fans argue that the integrity of their beloved game is being attacked. Some fans have even gone to say that the new helmet rule will bring an end to football itself. Even with all the NFL players and fans angry about the new rule, it is important to realize

what started this whole process. What caused the National Football League, a league based on violence and fundamentals, to suddenly stray from its roots and go the safety route? The answer is as complex as the new rule itself. It goes back to 2011. The NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) argued for many years over the effects of CTE and concussions. The NFLPA believed that the game was too violent and the NFL had not done enough to protect retired players who were suffering from CTE. Unable to come to an agreement for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), “The Lockout” began and the NFLPA was forced to disband due to federal court laws. Later that year, both the NFL & NFLPA began to make progress and came up with a brand-new CBA which extends through 2020. The new CBA also featured increases in player benefits, including retroactive pension increases for retired players and the creation of a neuro-cognitive benefit for players affected by concussions and similar injuries. The NFL, for the most part, solved one of its issues. With

the increase in player benefits and better protection for retired players with CTE, the NFL could seemingly move on from the CTE problem. Years passed, and the NFL continued to try to implement new rules and equipment regulations in order to ensure player safety. A new helmet was created to limit the impact a typical hit would have on a player’s brain. The NFL displayed the helmet to the Players Association in hopes that the continued push for player safety would be met equally. The NFLPA responded with a resound rejection on the grounds that the helmet looked ridiculous. The NFLPA, a players’ association founded on the belief of improving player safety and the life of athletes after football, had rejected equipment that would have helped that process. While the league faced backlash from the public for dismissing the concussion studies made in 2008, the NFLPA hid in the shadows, doing everything possible to look like the victim in a debate that has been brought to a standstill. The Players Association backed retired players who came out of the woodwork to sue the NFL over its negligence.

Last December, Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a major spine injury on a hit that had the All-Pro unable to walk for multiple months. The NFLPA threatened a lawsuit because of the violence of the hit. Then the NFL had enough. Commissioner Roger Goodell and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent met to discuss a way to limit plays like the one that injured Shazier altogether. They created the helmet rule with the hope that enforcement would be met with agreement from fans and players alike. Instead, the NFL has been attacked for taking out the characteristics that made football great in the first place. In the meantime, the NFLPA continues to support the national criticism of its counterpart. While the NFL has used almost every measure imaginable to limit concussions in the most popular game in North America, the Players Association has done everything it can to stall progress. So before you quickly point the finger at the NFL for ruining a game you love, maybe just look at the union below it, to find those actually at fault for this rule.

Field hockey shoots, but can’t score in 1-0 loss

By Zevan Shuster


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Unfortunately for the Hofstra field hockey team, neither having a 24-5 shot advantage nor a 17-2 penalty corner advantage was enough. The Pride fell just short on a bitterly cold, rainy Sunday afternoon, losing to Bryant University 1-0. The lone goal by the Bulldogs

Cam Keough / Hofstra Chronicle Freshman Cami Larsson led the team with eight shots on Sunday.

came from Clare Luttrell nearly 18 minutes into the game, giving Bryant a lead that they would never lose. In what was a high-paced, up-and-down game, the Pride dictated most of the play, often carrying possession and holding the ball for significant periods of time. However, despite the Pride’s sustained pressure, they could not score that elusive goal. Bryant’s defense was relentless, blocking countless shots, including many that came off of Hofstra’s staggering 17 penalty corners. “It’s just crazy, outshooting them by them by that much, having 17 corners and having nothing to show for it. 17 is what you usually get over three games,” said Hofstra head coach Kathy De Angelis. “But you’ve got to give credit to the Bryant defenders;

they were fantastic, just phenomenal,” she said. Led by Cami Larsson’s excellent speed, distribution and playmaking on offense and goalkeeper Betty Bosma’s acrobatics and ferociousness on defense, the Pride thoroughly outplayed their counterparts, despite ultimately coming up short on the scoreboard. At one point, Hofstra had three corners in the span of about two minutes, with great chances left and right that just would not find the back of the net. Bryant’s defenders were sprawled out consistently, led by their goalie Marijn Jaarsma. When the Pride did manage to get a shot through, they were frustratingly wide or over the net. The harder they pressed and came up short, the tenser they got. With each failed corner, tensions on the team seemed to

rise higher. With the consistent heavy rain, possession became harder to maintain as the ball skidded rapidly under and around sticks, becoming extremely tough to gather and making any attempt to get a quality scoring opportunity nearly impossible. In the end, the Pride just could not overcome the inclement weather or the nonstop toughness and grit that their opponents maintained throughout the two halves. With that loss, the Pride fall to 1-5 on the season as they pick up their fifth loss in a row since their season-opening victory. They continue their nonconference schedule when they play Fairfield University on Wednesday, Sept. 12, marking their first mid-week game of the season.

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Shepherd scores game-winning goal in OT By Julia Presti STAFF W R I T E R

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In their third consecutive road game, the Hofstra women’s soccer team beat the Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) Knights 2-1 in double overtime on Thursday night, Sept. 6, after an hour delay due to inclement weather. With the win, Hofstra moved to 4-2 on the season. The Pride came off a 5-1 loss at No. 6 Virginia on Sunday, Sept. 2. The last time Hofstra took on the Knights in 2016, the Pride were victorious, winning 2-1 in overtime. The Pride are now 6-0-1 all-time versus the Knights.

Hofstra outshot the Knights 17-13, with the Pride having nine shots on goal. Despite this, Fairleigh Dickinson got on the board first. Twenty-five minutes into the first half, Knights’ midfielder Viktorija Miseljic scored after she got a rebound in the box and tapped it into the goal. Pride forward Sabrina Bryan tied the score at one apiece just over five minutes into the second half. Bryan picked up the loose ball in the box and fired into the far corner to get the Pride on the board, recording her first goal of the season. Following plenty of scoreless action, it took not one, but two overtimes for the game to be decided. After more than 105 minutes of play, Lucy Shepherd scored the game-winner for the Pride to notch her second goal of the season.

Shepherd scored off of a feed from Lucy Porter with less than four minutes remaining in the game. Shepherd is now tied with Jenn Buoncore for the most goals of the season, while Porter marked her first assist on the season. Hofstra keeper Ashley Wilson made seven saves for the Pride, matching Knights goalie Amanda Fitzgerald. Wilson’s seven saves were one shy of her career high, which she set in Virginia. Up next, the Pride travel back to New Jersey to take on No. 23 Princeton University for their fourth consecutive road match at 7 p.m. They will then play Columbia and Stony Brook University before beginning Colonial Athletic Association conference play on Thursday, Sept. 20 against the Towson Tigers at 7 p.m.

Photo Courtesy of Hofstra Athletics Ashley Wilson recorded seven saves in Hofstra’s OT win against FDU.

Ashton shuts out Seton Hall in goalie battle By Bennett Sterrer SPECIA L TO TH E C H R O N ICLE

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Cam Keough / Hofstra Chronicle Alex Ashton recorded his first shutout of the season against Seton Hall.

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It was a goalkeeper’s match Thursday night, Sept. 6, as Hofstra men’s soccer played 110 minutes against Seton Hall without a goal on a rainy evening at Owen T. Carroll field. The teams were not familiar with each other and their styles of play, as they had not met since 2004. With the tie, the series is now even at 2-2-1. Hofstra was unable to secure their first win of the season, being shut-out for the second time since the year began – but not for lack of effort. Hofstra shot the ball a season-high 16 times, with five landing on target, only to be stopped by Seton Hall

goalkeeper Andreas Nota. A trio of Long Islanders kept the offensive pressure, as senior forward Matthew Vowinkel of New Hyde Park had four shot attempts, sophomore midfielder Storm Strongin of Hicksville came in as a sub in the 22nd minute and provided three shots and defender Sean Nealis of Massapequa also was able to muster three shots. Seton Hall had 14 shots, but only three were on goal. CJ Tibbling had four shots that all went wide and Carlton McKenzie had three shots, with only one actually testing the goalie. Senior goalkeeper Alex Ashton made all three saves for his first clean sheet of the season.

It was an evenly matched game, with Hofstra having the opportunities in the first half, and Seton Hall in the second. The Pride had the only shot in overtime, from Nealis, but the attempt was thwarted by Seton Hall goalkeeper Nota, after which the whistle blew on the first overtime period. There were no shots in the second overtime period. The Pride outshot Seton Hall 16-14. The Pirates had six corner kick opportunities compared to Hofstra’s three, including a chance in the second overtime period, but they were unable to convert on any of those chances. Hofstra is now 0-3-2 with the tie, while Seton Hall is 2-1-1.

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Rucli becomes all-time block assists leader in loss By Eddie Gardner STAFF W R I T E R

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The Hofstra volleyball team took their six-match winning streak to San Francisco University (SFU) to take on the Dons, where they fell 3-2 in the five-set match Friday night, Sept. 7. The match had a difficult start, with the Pride losing both of the first two stanzas by set scores of 25-20. After those first two sets, Hofstra gained some momentum as they came all the way back to tie it at two sets apiece. The Pride easily took the set with a 25-10 victory where they

posted a .542 attack percentage and later followed that with a 25-23 win in the next set that was a bit tougher to come by. The game-deciding set was a hard-fought match eventually attained by San Francisco as they pulled away from a Hofstra match point to win 16-14 to snap the Pride’s six-match winning streak. Senior Michela Rucli tied her career-high 11 blocks, becoming the program’s all-time leader in block assists with 394. Other notable performances were junior Laura Masciullo, as she led Hofstra with a gamehigh 23 kills, and freshman Aisha Skinner, who had the game’s second-highest total with 17 kills and 15 digs. Star setter Luisa Sydik assisted on an astounding 59 kills, more than doubling San Francisco’s leader in assists – Erin Anthony with 27. For the Bay Area team,

Kathya Garcia led the way with 15 kills with Kate Ashman falling right behind with 13. The loss drops the Pride to 6-2 on the season while the Dons improve to 3-4. Hofstra has two matches on Saturday as they hope to end their California trip with a couple of victories to overshadow the Friday blemish. “It’s going to be very important how we respond to tonight’s loss,” said Hofstra head coach Emily Mansur. “What I’m going to look for is how are we going to be as a team as we step on the court tomorrow and how we’re going to fight back to get a win.” Hofstra’s first game on Saturday took place against Southern Utah University in San Francisco at 11 a.m., while the second was against St. Mary’s University in Moraga at 7 p.m.

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“Comeback Season” shows power of sports after 9/11 By Alexandra Licata SPORTS E D I TO R

It took a single moment to shatter the hearts of a nation on Sept. 11, 2001. Yet, it was also single moments that helped unite and begin the process of bringing that same nation back together. While some of these moments occurred in memorials and communities, a handful of them took place in a different atmosphere. When the tragic events of 9/11 occurred, stadiums that were supposed to be filled with thousands of people across the country sat empty in silence. Major League Baseball (MLB), Major League Soccer and NASCAR suspended their seasons. For the first time in 56 years, all MLB games were cancelled. The previous occurrence was the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Nearly a week and a half later, those seats filled again to

remember those who died and become an unexpected place of healing. “Comeback Season: Sports after 9/11”, a special exhibition at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, highlights how sporting

Stadium turned into grounds for the relief effort. Yankee Stadium held a gathering of thousands of people for prayer. For many, memories of their loved ones were bound to their love for sports and to their teams.

those in New York City, the exhibit displays the impact sports and athletes had on the healing process. “In that first game back, the home team came back and won,” Piazza said in an interview that plays next to his game-worn jersey. “That’s exactly the lesson the city, the country and the world needed to see that night.” Carol Gies, whose firefighter husband Lieutenant Ronnie Gies died during the attack on the World Trade Center, said that the moment the ball went over the wall was the first time she saw her children smile since losing their father. Commemorations never ceased. On Oct. 30, 2011, President George W. Bush threw the first pitch at Yankee Stadium during Game 3 of the World Series. The success of the team

“In that first game back, the home team came back and won. That’s exactly the lesson the city, the country and the world needed to see that night.” events became one of the most important parts of the aftermath. A nation paralyzed by fear needed a distraction and the return of sports signaled a step in the return to normalcy for a lost and grieving country, no matter how small of a step it was. Shea Stadium and Giants

On Sept. 21, 2001, the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves played the first game in New York at Shea Stadium since the attack. From the hugs the teams shared before the start of the game to Mike Piazza’s gamewinning home run in the eighth inning that lifted the hearts of

brought people hope and gave them something to root for. On Feb. 3, 2002, the Super Bowl brought together athletes and entertainment artists for a halftime show in tribute to those fallen. The exhibit, which is running through summer 2019, features artifacts such as sports mementos discovered in the destruction; the glove Derek Jeter sent to the daughter of Captain Victor J. Saracini, who piloted the hijacked Flight 175; commemorative game-worn hats; and photographs and videos from those impactful moments in sports that followed. No matter how big of a rivalry teams and their fans have, “Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11” illustrates how sports were, and still are, a unifying force for Americans that provide the chance to grieve, heal and hope.

Volleyball splits west coast doubleheader

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The Hofstra volleyball team concluded their trip to the west coast with a doubleheader split on Saturday, Sept. 8. Hofstra (7-3) began their day against a lackluster Southern Utah squad who were just 1-6 coming into the matchup. Hofstra used the momentum from a dominant first set to carry them to an easy 3-0 (25-5, 27-25, 25-15) victory. Junior Laura Masciullo led the team with 12 kills. Seniors Doris Bogoje and Michaela Rucli also had doubledigit kills for the Pride, with 11 and 10, respectively. The team collectively hit 10 service aces during the match – the third time they have crossed double digits this season. The Pride came out roaring in the first set to set the tone for the match, hitting .458, while holding Southern Utah to a mere .167 attack percentage. The Thunderbirds played a

better second set, but it was still not enough to stop the red-hot Pride. The third set was another easy victory for Hofstra. Freshmen Aisha Skinner and Maddie Appleton continued their impressive rookie years with 11 and 10 digs respectively in the win. A few hours after the dominant win, the Pride hit the court again for a matchup against Saint Mary’s (6-2), falling to them 3-1 (14-25, 2325, 25-21,18-25). Despite the loss, junior Luisa Sydlik posted an impressive stat line of 38 assists and 15 digs, enough for her team-leading sixth double-double in just 10 games this season. Rucli also had a milestone performance against Saint Mary’s. The senior recorded six blocks, bringing her career blocks total to 457. That’s good for fourth place in program history. In the day’s second match,

Hofstra’s offense got off to a slow start in the first set and could not recover. In the second set, Hofstra mustered up some offense, but not quite enough as St. Mary’s squeaked by to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match. The Pride won a nail-biter third match to pull within one, but dropped the fourth set, which put them in the loss column for the second time in the last three matches. Masciullo once again led the team in kills, collecting 13. She continues to close in on the 1,000-career kills mark, as she is now just 37 away. Hofstra next heads into Queens on Tuesday, Sept. 11, to take on St. John’s at 7 p.m.

Photo Courtesy of Hofstra Athletics Luisa Sydlik had 38 assists and 15 digs for her sixth double-double.

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Hofstra offense shines in home opening win

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On a rainy, 63 degree Sunday afternoon, Hofstra men’s soccer dominated play en route to a 3-0 victory against the Harvard Crimson. The Pride used the weather as a motivating factor and caught Harvard off guard with their skill in the wet conditions. “The weather was a massive factor,” said Hofstra head coach Richard Nuttall, “but we are all European boys, and we are used to the weather throughout the winter.” Hofstra outshot Harvard 14-3 while dealing with multiple injuries, including the absence of Luke Brown, who was injured in Thursday’s scoreless double-overtime draw with

Seton Hall. “Brown is an exceptional player,” Nuttall said after the victory, “but the people who have come in have acquitted themselves very well in a difficult situation and have shown they are a part of the squad.” Matthew Vowinkel got the Pride off to a strong start, narrowly missing a header off of a corner kick five minutes into the game. Oscar Ramsay quickly rebounded after his team’s missed opportunity, pouncing on a loose ball in the box to put the Pride up 1-0. Ramsay’s knuckler of a shot trickled right by Harvard’s freshman goalkeeper, David Paquette, who seemed unprepared for the shot from up close. Just eight minutes later, freshman Luca Tausch, who was already playing a strong offensive and defensive game, tacked on another goal for the Pride in an impressive display of athletic ability.

Tausch fielded a volley from the corner, worked the ball across his body and placed his shot perfectly, beating Paquette to make the game 2-0. It was his first goal of his collegiate career. The first half came to a quiet conclusion, with corner kicks – Hofstra had seven – emerging as a common theme. Home-field advantage was huge in the first half. The Pride were clearly comfortable playing at home for the first time all season, while Harvard struggled to adjust to the conditions. “We have been away for that long,” Nuttall said. “It is just so refreshing to be home.” Hofstra came out of halftime with the same mentality they had had for the previous 45 minutes, quickly adding another goal to make the game 3-0. Ramsay placed a beautiful through ball right on the head of Vowinkel, who finally got his goal after missing out on one five minutes into the game. The game concluded without

much pressure from Harvard, leading to a quiet finish to an otherwise exciting game. “Harvard was never able to surmount an attack in the second half,” Nuttall said, “Even at 3-0

you just gotta keep [your team] going.” Hofstra will next play the Seawolves at Stony Brook in the Battle of Long Island on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Cam Keough/The Hofstra Chronicle Luca Tausch scored the first goal of his collegiate career in Sunday’s win.

Women’s soccer thwarted by Princeton defense By Matt Novella SPEC IA L TO T H E C H R O N I CL E

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Hofstra women’s soccer team fell to No. 23 Princeton University 2-1 on Sunday night in New Jersey. After an inspiring game against Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday, where the Pride won 2-1 in double overtime, Hofstra was looking to steal their second win on Sunday. Princeton didn’t waste any time, opening the scoring 1:34 into the game. Olivia Sheppard scored her first goal of the season putting the Tigers up 1-0. Hofstra looked to answer back with a goal of their own, but failed to land a shot on goal in the first 27 minutes due to some great Tiger defense. At 19:09, Princeton added

another goal to their lead, as Mimi Asom netted her sixth goal of the season and put Hofstra into a 2-0 hole. Needing to answer back with a goal of their own, in the 28th minute Hofstra sophomore Sabrina Bryan capitalized on a nice pass from Jenn Buoncore and cut the Tigers’ lead to one point. It was Buoncore’s team-leading third assist of the season. The much-needed point was Bryan’s second of the season, marking back-to-back games with a goal. Additionally, Bryan displayed a strong effort throughout the game as she had four total shots in 84 minutes of action – the most of any member of the Pride. Although only playing 27 minutes, another freshman, Miri Taylor, had two shots on goal. Megan Fisher and Jordan Littleboy also added a shot on goal each. Despite Hofstra’s resilience, they were unable to tie the

game in the first half. After 45 minutes, the game was still 2-1 in favor of Princeton. When the second half began, Hofstra immediately launched an attack. Megan Fisher headed a shot towards the net, but Princeton goalie Natalie Grossi made a nice save to keep Hofstra off the board. This was one of the five saves that Grossi made on the night for the Tigers. Hofstra goalie Ashley Wilson then made a save of her own on Princeton’s Abby Givens to keep the Pride within one goal. The minutes continued to tick in the second half as Grossi made save after save on Hofstra’s opportunities, keeping the Princeton lead safe at 2-1. In the 84th minute, Hofstra’s last chance to score was taken by Bryan, but the shot sailed wide left and the Tigers secured their victory. The team outshot the Tigers 11-8, including 6-3 in shots on goal, but still came up empty. With the loss, the Pride fell to

Photo Courtesy of Hofstra Athletics Sabrina Bryan has scored goals in back-to-back games this season.

4-3, while the Tigers’ win brings them to 5-1. The Pride wraps their fivegame road trip at Columbia University on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m.

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The Boys Are Back In Town Men’s soccer picks up first win in home opener on Sunday

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