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In The Nassau Chronicle's first year, issue number 9 had "Christmas Greetings" written across the top of the paper and several pieces about Christmas events and articles that were Christmas-themed. The focus on a single holiday changed to "Season's Greetings" the following year with fewer and fewer mentions of Christmas as time went on.

When one commits a crime, they are sometimes imprisoned as a form of punishment. A certain amount of time is set for the perpetrator to be held in a prison, based on the severity of their crime. If, and when, a person who has been held in prison is finally released, this is supposed to be the end of their punishment. But is this really the end? In everyday life, regular citizens continue to judge former inmates for their past behaviors, to the point where it hinders the option to turn their life around for the better. It is not the sentence alone that acts as a hindrance to this possibility.

Now that it's after Thanksgiving, we can officially start thinking about Christmas. But it is such a loaded word in today's society. Christmas could be seen as an overly commercialized holiday with people lining up at three or four the morning after Thanksgiving just to snag super deals for gifts. Stores put up their Christmas displays as they are taking down their Halloween ones, sometimes even before, in the hopes of creating more shopping days and maybe even a frenzy.

As a senior, I can say that I have had a great educational experience at Hofstra. I have a lot of respect for the school's faculty and administration, and their work in increasing the school's academic standards and national ranking. However, I'm offended by the premise of their "Senior Class Challenge," in which each senior is asked to donate $20.11 to the senior class' funds.

The battle over Afghanistan that has been waging for years has gradually gained less and less attention from the media; but even when it has, the focus has primarily been directed at troop presence on the ground or the strength or weakness of the Taliban. Yet other fundamental issues are playing out within that region, issues that rarely are addressed by news outlets.

On the list of questions I ask myself daily, among why there's a secret bathroom on the first floor of Dempster, and why Hofstra cookies aren't passed out for free at every Unispan, is why cheese is so damn good. While a lot of people enjoy cheese, I find there are few who love cheese. No. Really love cheese…to the point where it's almost a problem?

Operating under the assumption that you have indeed come into contact with some form of global news in the past few weeks, I am sure you have noted the increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula. To say they have risen would be to indulge in a grotesque understatement, but the general truth is the same. The two halves of that wildly bifurcated bit of land haven't been so close to war in half a century.

When applying for a job at an Abercrombie & Fitch store or corporate headquarters it is likely that you will be asked "What does diversity mean to you?" This is a very important question these days when trying to interview future employees in an attempt to sift through the bunch to find who is desirable, but what does Abercrombie & Fitch find desirable? What does diversity mean to them?

As we are celebrating Chanukah, I would like to share a few thoughts on the meaning of this festive holiday. Chanukah commemorates the dramatic victory of the Maccabees following a three-year long rebellion against the ruling Assyrian-Greek powers, who set out to destroy Judaism by forbidding its observance. The courage of the Maccabees to fight for their religious convictions and their right to practice their Jewish beliefs continues to be an inspiration.

Do you remember the last time you read a book for pleasure and entertainment? Refrain from feeling ashamed or disappointed if it's been weeks or months since you've read a remarkable novel, your favorite magazine, or the daily paper. This is, unfortunately, becoming quite common among diverse demographics, especially college students.