A few days before Thanksgiving, the University received the best news it could have gotten from the Commission of Presidential Debates. Not only was the University chosen to host a presidential debate, but the final presidential debate of 2008, the debate that will push undecided voters over the edge.

Plenty of criticism has been given to my recent crowning of Derek Anderson as the NFL's Most Valuable Player. So, I figured with all of this publicity, it's time to prognosticate further, and predict each one of the league's award winners. Remember, not only will each one of these predictions be correct; they come with a full guarantee.

At this time last semester, I wrote a fairly corny and sentimental column regarding what I learned in different courses. Because I received many compliments on it-and because it was so easy to write-this column will be a variation on that. Except, instead of writing about what I learned in class, it will focus on what I learned at the University without necessarily having stepped into a classroom.

Two University students received summonses on Nov. 28 and six non-students were banned when the odor of marijuana was detected and three bongs, two bags of marijuana, and fifty-five dollars were confiscated in a Rensselear House room. Joel Gutierrez, 18, of Freeport; Sim Robinsons, 18, of Freeport; Ashley Heartman, 17, of Levitown; Marc Pierre-Louis, 18, of Freeport; Johnnie Johnson, 18, of Freeport and William Porter, 18, of Freeport, were all banned from campus.

East MeadowA 52-year-old female victim was working behind a sales desk inside Cingular Wireless on Hempstead Tpke. on Nov. 27, when she observed an unknown black male subject grab two cell phones and put them in his coat pocket.  The victim had previously taken the subject's license for the purposes of running a credit check and the subject also grabbed his paper work before fleeing the store.

In its final meeting of the semester, the Student Government Association (SGA) approved a new committee to discuss possible events surrounding the presidential debate coming to the University next fall and appointed the first freshman ever to its cabinet. Entitled "Issue Committee for Presidential Topics Two Thousand deb8," the group will coordinate with Sandra Johnson, the vice president for Student Affairs, and Anita Ellis, the director of the Office of Student Leadership and Activities, to plan symposia, activities and events specific to issues that will be discussed at the debate to take place on Oct.

A law went into effect last month that increased the severity of the consequences for drunk drivers who kill or seriously injure someone in an accident. The statute, sponsored by Sen. Charles Fuschillo, (R-Merrick), and supported by Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice, adds two new crimes to the law: aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Den Chants Oh my dearest Hofstra faithful. I love your enthusiasm and energy every time out at the Mack, but can we get a little more creative with our chanting? Now, let me state for the record, that I believe we should curse - to an extent, and when merited - and pick on an opposing player.

Barring a losing streak of epic proportions, coach Ian Clugston and the mens' ice hockey team needs to start making reservations for Albany. Convincing wins this past weekend over Gettysberg, Loyola, and Indiana of Pennsylvania that produced a whopping 25 goals have the Pride set up to surpass their original goal of simply making the regional tournament.