Pride Pantry: Hofstra University Makes Moves To Combat Food Insecurity on Campus

By Cortney Moore

Food is a basic necessity that living beings require in order to survive. In a wealthy country such as the United States, some would not expect food security to be an issue. College campuses are now facing this crisis head on by establishing food pantries for students in need. Hofstra University is just one institution out of many that has designed a program to address food shortages with it’s newly instated Pride Pantry. However, unlike other campuses that address food shortages among students, Pride Pantry is open to all of the Hofstra community, including faculty, staff and other employees that possess a HU ID.

Pride Pantry opened on November 2. Since its grand opening, the pantry has been successful according to Beth McGuire, Director of Residence Life, “Our shelves are overstocked,we have more food than we know what to do with, which is a good problem to have.” She went on to add,  “If we do find ourselves where our shelves are low, we are working with groups like Greek Life, athletics, and we’ll be doing sponsored [healthy] food drives.” So far the pantry has served over 20 participants; organizers that help run the pantry anticipate this number to grow as the semester winds down.

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Students at Hofstra agree that the pantry is a helpful initiative the university has undertaken, however they made a point to say the price of food on campus is expensive. “This year I didn’t get a meal plan so usually I bring my food to campus or I walk off campus to go get food,” said senior Camille Knight. “It’s just that the prices are really high, especially for the amount that you get. I don’t think it’s worth it,” she explained. Junior Emily Bravo said, “I personally am a commuter so I try to bring as much food as I can because it’s so expensive to eat food here, and to eat healthy- it’s a major concern too.”

A Breakdown of Food Insecurity Rates By State

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As Years Go On, The Number of On-Campus Food Pantries Increase

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While Food Insecurity Increases, So Does College Tuition

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Could tuition rates be the main contributing factor for food insecurity on college campuses?

Presidential Election: People React To Pre & Post Electoral Results

By Cortney Moore

Voters in America were anxious to see the results of the electorate in regards to the 2016 Presidential Election. At Hofstra University, students shared their thoughts on what would happen- which leaned towards Hillary Clinton winning the election.

Kasey Smith expressed her sentiments before the results were in, and why she prefers Clinton as the winning candidate. “The country won’t fall apart if she’s president,” Smith said.

In a surprising twist, former Secretary Clinton did not win the election. Outsider and business mogul Donald Trump actually won the presidential election in a landslide with over 270 electoral votes.

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Adrie Bailey, another Clinton supporter believes that the nation needs to come together after it was announced that Trump won the presidency. “You know, this is what happens in a democracy. You lose some, and you move on,” Bailey said.

Despite winning the overall popular vote, Clinton is scheduled to deliver her concession speech at 10 a.m. Surely this is a joyous moment for Trump supporters. Only time will tell what a Trump presidency will bring America.

Interviewing Hofstra Students Through Periscope

Students discuss their experiences post-Halloween and whether New York’s lack of early voting access is an act of suppression.

 

App Users Surprised By The The Death Of Vine

In surprising mobile app news, Twitter announced that it will be shutting down Vine after a recent 9 percent staff cut (from 3,910 to 3,558). The six second looping-video app emerged in 2013 and was very popular after its release, but growth stagnated in the last few years. According to NPR, Twitter had reported that Vine boasted more than 200 monthly users in the company blog.

Despite being one of the top ten most used apps, Twitter experienced a $103 million loss, which contributed to the company’s decision to scrap the app. Newer video driven apps such as Snapchat, Periscope and even Facebook’s new live function may have resulted in the demise of Vine. Although these other apps are doing well at the moment, Vine’s shut down should serve as a red flag that mobile platforms don’t always last; and that users and employees can be adversely affected by lack of revenue.

However, there is still time for Vine users to access and download videos.

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Social Media Stars React To The End of Vine

A Glance At Vine Statistics

According to Statista, nearly half of the most followed Vine users weren’t active in 2016. This may have been the first warning sign of the app’s downfall.

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According to ExpandedRamblings.com, Vine had an average of 200 million monthly mobile users, while Facebook had 1.57 billion, Snapchat with 150 million and Periscope (also owned by Twitter) with 10 million.

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Data from Statista & Expandable Ramblings

Wukkout: Hofstra Students Explore Caribbean Culture Through Dance

By Cortney Moore

The Caribbean Students Association of Hofstra University hosted their first ever “Wukkout” on October 15. Wukkout is a new dance fitness program that infuses soca, reggae and calypso with aerobics. Aside from exercise, the event was held with intentions to help foster diversity within the university by showcasing Caribbean culture. CSA E-board member Tatiana Montes goes in depth about the Wukkout, along with commentary from non-members Cynthia Ruiz and Alyssa Martins.

Hofstra Students Weigh In On Kim Kardashian Robbery

Kim Kardashian’s robbery stirred conversation on Hofstra’s campus. Students McKenzie Smith and Ani Ghazarossian share their thoughts on the backlash Kardashian is facing in regards to the public’s skepticism. Some find it hard to believe that a high profiled celebrity could be easily be a victim of such a crime. Recent reports say Kardashian was ambushed in her Paris apartment by five men dressed as police officers, who made off with over $10 million in jewelry on Oct. 3. Since then, the media starlet has remained silent and out of the public eye, but many still question if this is a publicity stunt.

Security Measures Increase While Hofstra Hosts Presidential Debate

By Cortney Moore

Hofstra University will be hosting the 2016 Presidential Debate on Sep. 26. This is the university’s third time in a row hosting the event, after the 2008 and 2012 debates. Thus making history as the first university to host consecutive debates. As preparation for the debate is underway, security measures have increased at the university to meet the standards of this high profiled event.

In order to protect the student body, staff and those involved closely with the debate, Hofstra is working closely with various law enforcement branches as it prepares for the debate and all the responsibilities that go along with hosting a presidential debate. According to Lynda J. O’Maley, Assistant Director of Public Safety, the university is collaborating with”federal, state and local agencies” in anticipation of the high traffic Hofstra will receive leading up to and after the debate. Additionally, there are increased patrols scheduled on campus by Public Safety, as well as limited access on who is allowed to visit campus and road closures to provide increased security. O’Maley also went on to discuss how it has been challenging for the university to implement these security measures on such short notice. “Obviously, having sixty days versus a year to prepare presented some challenges, but fortunately Hofstra has hosted two previous debates so there is a great deal of information and planning that we have been able to draw upon.”

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The office of Residence Life has also had its hands full getting ready for the coming events. Typically the residents of Hofstra University are able to have visitors at any time of day, but limitations are set to be put in place Friday, Sep. 23 and will remain in effect until Tuesday, Sep. 27. During this time, non-Hofstra guests will not be permitted into residence halls; a policy that will be strictly enforced by Resident Safety Representatives. Commuter students will not be impacted by this policy however, and can still visit the dorms if they are being hosted by a resident. “At this time, Residence Life and the Department of Public Safety have not received any complaints from students regarding the guest policy,” Beth McGuire, Director of Residence Life said when asked if students were upset about changes in visitation. McGuire went on to add, “We believe our resident students understand that this limitation has been enacted in order to ensure their safety, as their residence halls are their homes away from home.” However, it is worth to note that non-students are allowed on campus if they have been invited to the debate or a debate viewing party.

Though the administration at Public Safety and Residential Life have not received complaints from students on guest limitation, there are those who are bothered by the change in regulation. “I don’t understand why that rule is in effect though. If they’re worried about weapons or something, can’t Hofstra students also interfere with the debate,” asked 19-year-old Jackie Dalius. Aside from questioning, some students are frustrated that they can’t have the important people in their lives share this moment with them.”The numbers are hardly contained. My mom came to visit and I had to tell her she couldn’t come up to my room. Also have not been able to have my boyfriend over for a week,” said Camille Knight, a film student at the university. “I feel the guest limitation will last way longer than it needs to, especially since it’ll last even after the debate. It’s a bit inconvenient,” pointed out grad student Adrie Bailey. However, there are students who are more understanding towards the new policy. “It’s annoying but necessary,” said Eudejardy Norde, a senior at Hofstra. Students have also expressed concern over the limited space for parking, and possible difficulties they could face trying to enter or exit campus on debate day.

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Other safety measures students should be aware of during the debate according to Public Safety are emergency evacuation protocols. “All students, faculty, and staff are reminded to make sure their Emergency Contact Information is up-to-date in the CANN (Campus Alert Notification Network) system, as that is a primary means for communicating  to the campus community during an emergency situation,” O’Maley said. Through the CANN, Hofstra University staff and students will be notified of emergency situations via text, email, assorted web sites, radio, television and public address systems. Students are also urged to listen out for alarms during the week leading up to the debate, and that they should be mindful of evacuation procedures for their residence hall and even campus. “In some instances, as part of university emergency protocols, students may be advised to remain inside their residence hall until such time as it is safe to leave their building,” reminds students; and of course to do so in a “safe, swift and orderly process.”

Though there are mixed feelings over the security measures taking place at Hofstra University, the debate is only a few days away. Increased campus security is a necessary factor for the protection of the Hofstra community, the media outlets that will be broadcasting during the event, and of course the candidates who will be debating; one of which will become president of the United States and determine what becomes of the nation.