Women’s Basketball among other sports are having amazing seasons, but hardly any students are going out to support them.
A letter answering questions raised in the previous article “Calling for Transparency in Club Appropriations” from the Editor.
With all due respect to Arts & Entertainment editor Aaron Calvin’s reporting and his article in last week’s issue of The Chronicle (Show Me The Money, A3) there are a number of budgeting issues with Hofstra’s student government that remain unanswered.
As we approach Halloween, a holiday that is nearly impossible to not have fun with, we prepare for a weekend of heavy drinking, silly and often half-done costumes, and eating all of the candy we meant to give to trick-or-treaters who “probably won’t show up anyway, man.”
If you’re like me, you’re probably also more than aware of the yearly onslaught of “anti-slut” rants, petulant and often misguided attacks on women who chose to wear costumes that border more on lingerie than your typical spooky ghost costumes. These women are portrayed as dumb, “sex-fiending” wastrels who de-legitimize an already silly holiday in a quest for sex. If that’s the case, then I have to ask, what the heck is wrong with that?
Most of those crying out against “slutty” costumes probably don’t realize that what they are engaging in is seasonal slut-shaming, though I imagine it carries on well beyond the ghoulish tradition. Essentially, by judging a woman based on how she is dressed, you are literally judging a book by its (skimpy) cover. And this isn’t just a Halloween issue, either. By assuming that a woman should be ashamed of how sexually promiscuous she acts and/or dresses, you are violating her right to act and dress how she pleases. And does sexually promiscuity make her any less of a valuable human? If you answered yes to that question, then go ahead and add “misogyny” to your interests on Facebook, because that right there is pretty much textbook.
I assume all of you reading this are avid enthusiasts of my column. This being noted, I can therefore conclude that you all welled with pride when you read of the Fright Night hosted by Hofstra.
Due to the fact that Fright Night has ceased to exist prior to my editorial beckoning for a Harvest Festival, the conclusion must be drawn that I directly affect Hofstra. Stuart Rabinowitz is one of the aforementioned avid enthusiasts of my column.
This may be a bit hyperbolic, but hey–it feels good to think that my ideas have the potential to make a difference; if these changes include a professional pumpkin carver, then all the better.
This past week, President Obama announced the full withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Iraq. It would seem that, after eight long years, the war in Iraq is coming to an end.
Ever since Saddam Hussein’s capture in 2003, Iraq has been in a state of rebuilding, a process that has included establishing a new form of government. For a nation that had been under the same rule of governance for over 24 years, it is understandable that this process is crucial to the reestablishment of the nation take a substantial length of time. But has it been enough time? Is it safe to pull out the troops? What is at risk?
By pulling all of the troops out of Iraq, President Obama is not only putting Iraq in danger of an Iranian take-over, but also, subsequently, putting Israel in the direct line of fire if that invasion were to occur. No small risk by any means. But maybe after eight years, the fact of the matter is that pulling out now is as safe, or unsafe, as it will ever be, and thus, just as good a time as any. Or maybe, after nearly three years of the Obama White House, it is merely that time of year again in America: election season.
Shortly following the conclusion of the Spring 2011 semester, a shocking death rattled the Hofstra community. Dana Brand, a long-time English professor at the University, passed away last May at the age of 56. He was both respected and honored in his passing. English Department chairman Joseph Fichtelberg even dedicated a memorial scholarship fund that people can send donations to in Brand’s name. With this, along with a memorial ceremony scheduled to occur on Nov. 9, Professor Brand has been given a proper send-off.
However, there are instances in which death is used for personal gain. The most blatant and apparent form of this practice occurs in the music industry.
Remember the line, “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings” from It’s a Wonderful Life? For record companies, the line becomes “Every time an artist dies, we cash in like there’s no tomorrow.”
I sit at my desk, tapping my foot on the cold tile. 11:55 p.m. I hit the refresh button on the webpage. 11:57 p.m. I select the “Hofstra Online” option again, followed by “Show Details,” and “Add/Drop Classes.” 11:59 p.m. My hand quivers as I reach for the select key. 12:00 a.m.
I viciously type in the Course Registration Numbers, worried that I won’t get the classes I need. Someone will have typed faster than me. I’ll get shut out. I hit “Submit,” close my eyes and keep my fingers crossed that I will be web registered for all five classes I need.
It’s my junior year. You’d think that by now, I wouldn’t get so hung-up about registering for classes. But I can’t help getting nervous the night of registration, nor can I deny the satisfaction I get when I’m locked into all of the classes I want.
However, this year was the first year that registration has ever gone so smoothly. In past years, I’ve struggled with class restrictions that made no sense to me, necessary classes closing out early because they only have one section, and a schedule with scattered class times because the upperclassmen had priority.
WARNING: Don’t read this if you are easily convinced by mass media. Don’t read this if you think ours is truly the land of the free; If you believe the media is impartial and true; if the mass media has you on lock.
Are you proud to be in a democratic state? Does the freedom and equality politicians preach prove practice in your life? I don’t think so. It’s a lifestyle. It’s an opinion. That’s mine.
At my current radical and rebellious state in life, I see the people of America as a large class of stupidity. We cherish the idealisms of a democracy so much that we are too distracted to even notice if it is actually practiced. As great as it sounds to give our voice to society, the executive branch is doing an even greater job by brainwashing us to believe that we have some authority in this game of social class. To me it’s no more than asking, “Hey, will you rule me?”
For those of us freshman hailing from morally humble backgrounds, college life may be a shocking experience. No, it’s not as if we were previously unaware of what happens on a Saturday night behind sock-adorned doorknobs. It’s not that we were ignorant of what’s inside those plastic red cups given out at frat parties. It’s just that we didn’t previously expose ourselves to it. We didn’t care and perhaps, still don’t. Maybe now, we are merely curious.