Wandering back after leaving a bar in Florence the other weekend was strangely familiar. Coming back Friday night around 2 is no unusual feeling. Neither was my hunger. Around 2 a.m. on a Friday night back at Hofstra, any proud Pride patron stops at Dutch Treats. Statistics show that fewer than three percent of Dutch Treats revenue comes from sober students. This is perhaps because nobody in their right mind is willing to pay $5 for Pringles, or perhaps because Pringles never seem more necessary than at 2 a.m. In any event, Dutch Treats is a stop on any late night trek home.
In this new year, there have been more major uprisings than months. First went Tunisia, then Egypt and now Libya. This count is without those crushed too quickly to get properly underway, such as Iran.
When Egypt was convulsing under an ever-intensifying rebellion, the world stood by, all but clamoring for the government to step down. As we all know, Mubarak did step down, and Egypt faces a wobbly next couple of months.
A little over a month ago, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote an incredibly insightful piece about the mentality behind the division between the Democrat and Republican parties. His reasoning as for why discussions have grown so contentious between the two parties stems from the way each views its own stance on fundamental issues.
Charlie Sheen seemed to have it all: the star role in television’s number one sitcom, Two and a Half Men, and a $100 million, two-season deal. Even as various scandals broke, it was as though he was a Teflon man. However, Charlie Sheen may have to finally face the consequences of his actions.
In a radio interview with Alex Jones on February 24th, Sheen heavily criticized Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre. “I violently hate Chaim Levine [Chuck Lorre]. He’s a stupid, stupid little man and a [expletive deleted] punk that I’d never want to be like.”
Though the protests in Egypt ended with the resignation of the country’s leader, the revolts in Libya are not going as smoothly. Gadhafi continues to use the front that only a small portion of the country is against him. “My people love me,” he said in a recent interview with ABC News. “They would die for me.”
The U.S. government played a part in the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt. Now, U.S. leaders say it is necessary to do their part to remove Gadhafi from power in Libya. “Gadhafi has lost the legitimacy to govern, and it is time for him to go without further violence or delay,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said to reporters after a special meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council. According to coverage by the New York Times, President Obama has taken similar actions by freezing Gadhafi’s family and government assets.
After a bill in South Dakota proposing expansion of justifiable homicides to include the murder of abortion workers made nationwide news, both pro-life and pro-choice proponents agreed that the bill was poorly conceived from the beginning.
Somehow the bill passed the state’s judiciary committee last week. Its shaky rhetoric establishes justifiable homicide of an abortion worker as the lawful defense of one’s self, spouse, parent, child, master, mistress, servant, or an unborn child that belongs to that person. By the time the rest of the nation heard about this bill, it was branded as the bill that would allow the murder of abortion workers.
A new law under consideration in South Dakota will broaden the horizon for ‘justifiable homicide.’ This new law will include protecting a fetus from any kind of harm. But some people fear this would include the murder of doctors who offer abortions.
This legislation, which is backed by the Republican party, has already passed out of committee with a 9-3 party line vote and is scheduled to reach the House of Representatives very soon.
“Every great movement begins with one man, and I guess that’s me.” Do you know who said that? Here’s a hint: he’s a recent newsmaker. If you guessed Colonel Mummar Gaddafi, the leader of Libya, then you would be wrong.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is once again in hot water. Recently, he has been accused of abusing his powers and paying Moroccan nightclub dancer Karima El Mahroug — also known by the stage name Ruby Rubacuori — for sex when she was under eighteen. The charges brought against him could land Berlusconi up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted.
Prosecutors allege that Berlusconi started to pay Mahroug for sex when she was seventeen. Although prostitution is legal in Italy, it is illegal if the prostitute is under the age of eighteen. In Italy, paying for sex with a minor is punished by a range of six months’ to three years’ imprisonment.
I understand that the Hofstra Chronicle is a newspaper, thus the ‘big scoop’ is of the utmost importance. But I think that there is a limit to what should be revealed to the public. I speak at this time of the revealing of the King d’Hofstra’s true identity.
The Hofstra Chronicle has single-handedly destroyed the legacy of the King d’Hofstra. When it was revealed that the King was to be unmasked, I sat there in disbelief, looking at my computer screen.