After accepting admission into Hofstra, every first-year student is highly recommended to attend a summer orientation session. Two years ago, I remember meeting some of my closest friends at orientation, and vowed to be an Orientation Leader one day. Free food, my own suite, and a large stipend made the position even more appealing. However, I wanted the job so that I could positively promote Hofstra and all its resources to first-year students.
When someone begins a game of telephone, the end result is a manipulation of what the speaker said. By changing a single word, the meaning and intention is altered. This altered quote could lead to unrest, hurt feelings, and even conflict that is completely unnecessary. If one is to be quoted at all, then the messenger should pass the complete unedited message along rather than creating confusion with paraphrasing.
It’s a campus without an identity, a glorified commuter school, run like a shopping mall. We go to a little school with a quirky history, a frustrating present and a murky future.
It’s a campus of contradictions. A beautiful arboretum on one side of the highway, a dysfunctional 80s architecture nightmare on the other. A strip of bodegas and shamefully destitute neighborhoods with clusters of satellite bars to the west. Desolate commercial nothingness to the east.
But this has been my home, this inane circus of Long Island nepotism and mindless departmentalism. And barring any sort of Hofstra-typical paperwork error, I’ll be graduating on the 22nd.
That makes this my last editorial.
As politicians vie for attention and elections grow more prominent in the American mindset, I find the amount of stimuli in our environment that escapes our conscious attention fascinating.
I still remember sitting in an Introduction to Psychology class sophomore year as the professor played a clip of students playing a ball game. We were asked to count the number of times the ball was passed between players. Given the speed with which the ball switched hands, that single task easily assumed my whole attention. At the end of the clip, we were asked if we had noticed anything strange in the video. After a second viewing I was shocked to see an imitation gorilla cutting across the court. It was impossible to miss, and yet I had done just that.
Much like I found myself writing my first editorial, I write my last atop my terrace soaking in the Tuscan sun. Ah, the metaphorical circle of it all: how deeply satisfying. But, despite the moderately (contrived) cyclical nature of my editorials, am I really where I began? Nay. And so, we delve into: Michaela’s European Discoveries.
Over the course of about three and a half months I have spent time in six countries. While that’s fewer than other abroaders, and I’m no Alexi Knock (Hofstra’s own Odyssea), I think I garnered a good feel for each place, observing nuances of the varying cultures. However, what I found at large was how bizarrely similar many places are. There are just some universal things.
The most obvious of these things is a universal love of pizza and kebobs. They are ubiquitously available. Every country I visited not only had pizza and kebobs accessible, but readily available. Multiple places within a short distance to the point where it was impossible to ignore.
In contrast to past years, the accessibility to the New York Times on the Hofstra campus has diminished. Free copies were once available near the library and student center, but have now been limited to Dempster Hall and the Honors College office. Access to the Times has become even more difficult with the pay wall they have now installed online.
The country’s fragile economic state has not been able to complement online journalism’s rapid growth. With blogs and citizen journalism becoming even more prominent, and the demise of print journalism, questions are continually raised about how to fund publications that expand their presence online.
A little over a year ago, Newsday decided to set up a pay wall for its online content, making it one of the first non-business newspapers to do so. According to the New York Observer the pay wall required subscribers to pay $5 a week, or $260 a year, for full access to newsday.com. The site, which went through a nearly $4 million renovation, had only 35 subscriptions in its first three months.
Just after arriving in Russia, I walked around the Kremlin with my friends Katya. As we jaywalked in heels, and listened to old Kino, we spoke about our respective experiences in school: my 10 months as an exchange student in Ukraine, and her life as a student in a small town outside of St. Petersburg. Both contrasted greatly with our present life as students in the first and only liberal arts school in Russia, Smolny College of St. Petersburg.
Like most of my peers, I learnt of Osama’s death by way of a friend, in this case my roommate, who causally looked up from his computer and said, “Osama bin Laden is dead.” Then like most of my peers, I eagerly awaited President Obama’s address to the nation who told that Osama bin Laden was indeed dead and that justice had been done. I was ecstatic that night, chanting “USA!” and feeling generally patriotic. My floormates and I watched Team America: World Police at 1 a.m. to celebrate. Finally, I went to bed, waiting for the new day to dawn, absent of America’s Most Hated, Osama bin Laden.
Generally when a person needs their computer fixed, has lost their purse or needs general information, they can place a call and receive an answer. Customer service, the police or a quick call to 411 are usually the go-to sources of assistance. So what to do when the person pioneering you on a 20-hour bus ride speaks no English, his superior speaks fractured English, and you are in Orlando, FL, with no wallet? Funny you should ask, because this exact thing happened to my friend last week while we were traveling together.
Possibly throwing his hat into the ring as a 2012 Republican Presidential candidate is property billionaire Donald J. Trump. The 64-year-old host of NBC reality hits The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice is already readying what seems to be a campaign as he trash-talks not only President Barack Obama, but other Republican frontrunners like former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Trump is currently leading the polls in regard to Republican candidates — but even if he does run and win, will it be worth his while?