“When I first got into high school, I experienced a lot of bullying. It was a really tough time, which led to major mental health issues. I had a teacher I really liked, and there were students who were plotting to get him fired just because they didn’t like him
“I lived in Florida until I was 3 and then I moved back home to Antigua, in the Caribbean. I stayed there until I was 18. Growing up, I really didn’t know what it was like here, but I had seen shows and movies.
The once-empty Lawrence Herbert School of Communication NewsHub was packed with students in every seat on the night of Tuesday, Nov. 6. Some were editing video packages created by classmates earlier in the week, others were tracking the polls for broadcast and still others were beginning to develop story angles for an issue of The Hofstra Chronicle that would take all night to complete.
Hofstra’s Asian-Pacific Islander Alliance, also known as HAPIA, began over the summer as an idea at The Witches Brew, a coffeehouse down Front Street, about a 10-minute drive from Hofstra’s North campus.
“I was born in Connecticut. I was there only for six years and then we moved down to Florida because my parents were sick of the cold. We moved around a lot; I never really called one house ‘my home’ because we moved so much, and I think to this day I still don’t have a home in a way, because I’m always moving.
“I grew up in San Diego, California; moved to the Bay Area when I was 10. I actually knew about Hofstra because my older brother, who is two years older than me, went here. I was like, ‘Oh there's no way I'm going to Hofstra, my brother’s there,’ but when I started applying, I thought I might as well because of the free applications.
Over half the population of undergraduate students at Hofstra University are out-of-state residents and many are not able to vote in person at their states’ upcoming midterm elections.
“With the 2016 election, before it came down to Hillary versus Trump, a lot of younger turnout was happening all across the nation, which was really heartening to see,” said junior broadcast journalism major Conor Rowland.
“Everyone knows everyone. You get pregnant, get married and never leave,” said junior global studies major Lauren Reyes of her home town.
When is a Native American costume just a Halloween costume? When is dressing up as Moana simply pretending to be a Disney character? Where is the fine line between celebrating an American holiday and appropriating a culture?
The gym can be pretty awesome.
For some people, going to the gym is often viewed as a time of release. This is especially true of those who go to the gym to play sports. The nature of recreational sports is that they are voluntary acts of fun.
Hofstra Filmmakers Club (HFC) is led entirely by women this year, a first for the club. The current e-board includes President Cassie Passantino, a junior film major; Vice President Nina Bangalore, a senior film major; Treasurer Sabrina Zapata, a senior film major; and Secretary Victoria Mickens, a senior journalism major.