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Safety Tips for Natural Disasters BY STEPHEN LEVINE

January 14, 2013 - by Joseph
Posted under Features

As many of our community still remain in the dark and some of us have returned to darkness due to Winter Storm Athena, it is hard to recall a time where there has been so much uncertainty through Long Island and the area. It is even harder to know what to do with such circumstances when most have never experienced them before and have no way of finding out without any power. Here are some safety tips on what to do when a storm appears to be approaching your area.

In the days leading up to a publicized storm, there are many concerns that should be going through a homeowners’ mind after Hurricane Sandy. These include, but aren’t limited to, worries about the safety of loved ones, the well-being of physical property, the supply of drinkable water and eatable food, and how long power may be out. 

Safety of all living things involved in a storm is first and foremost. In the days leading up to a storm, keep a constant eye out for areas that are evacuation sites. If your area is an evacuation site, be sure to leave. Next, make sure the evacuation sites that are being listed are not anywhere where your family or friends call home. If they are, be sure to invite them over to your home, assuming that it is safe, and tell them to bring as many essentials as they can. 

The second most important step to take when a natural disasters is approaching is to survey the trees or any other large living or non-living objects that may be taken down as a result of high winds. Check in the days leading up to the storm where these trees grow, and make sure to avoid sheltering in the rooms where those objects may most probably fall. Once again, physical safety for yourself and others is most important. Be sure to have everyone in your household stay in a room that appears to be least likely to suffer significant damage.

As many have discovered this hurricane season, clean water and edible food can become a rarity in some areas during natural disasters. Especially before a natural disaster but really as soon as it’s possible, be sure to store lots of bottles of waters and food that does not need to be refrigerated and/or cooked. Try to store all your necessary storm equipment in the same place, such as an attic or basement so you will quickly be able to find it in the dark if that time comes. Back-up batteries for flashlights, bottled water, food, portable radios, as well as any other devices that would be essential during a natural disaster should be all placed together somewhere that is easy to find. 

Least importantly, and what should only be assessed after all of these previous steps that are necessary for survival are out of the way, is how to deal in a powerless situation. Of course it is selfish to think of the boredom we may encounter at a time where there are so many other greater risks. Once every possible safety measure is assessed, there are some ways to keep yourself entertained during these times.

As we learned with this storm, it’s important to fill up a tank of gas in your car as quickly and safely as possible before the storm hits. You never know how long it will be before gas stations receive electricity and gas and how long the lines might be once they do receive those necessities. 

Always charge up electronic devices that you can before an upcoming storm. Cell phones may not have service right after a storm, but at the very least they make for a back-up flashlight in case batteries run out. As soon as power is restored you’ll want to reach your family and friends as quickly as possible to check in on them. Computers may seem useless without Internet access but once again, they can give off a lot of light in a room and there are various ways your computer can still be valuable for a few hours even without access to the Internet. Sitting here in the dark, with a large charge on my laptop, I am able to get some work done without any Internet connection. I also find it a good idea to have DVD’s available to use in a laptop that the whole family can watch for a few hours on your laptop’s battery life in the dark hours of night. Music, movies and television shows bought on Itunes will also work without the vital Internet access. 

Once the whole family is safe, you should all be thankful for that and that a lone. Enjoy some quality time with each other. Sit by the candlelight at a table or the floor near a fireplace and play a family board game or a card game. The most important thing that can come out of Hurricane Sandy is to learn to appreciate what you have in life. Be thankful for everything you still have after a storm and most importantly always be prepared. 

Prepare for Flu Season Approaching BY VINNY MESSANA

January 14, 2013 - by Joseph
Posted under Features

It’s that time of year to receive your influenza vaccine in order to avoid falling victim to the dreaded respiratory infection that affects 200,000 Americans per year.

Influenza, which is the medical term for the flu, generally becomes a nemesis of people beginning in October. This is due to the change in weather, and continues to put people at risk until the temperatures stabilizes in the spring season. 

Children are at the highest risk of being affected, due to weak immune systems and their constant interaction with their peers at school. But college students are also at risk because of the change in weather as well as sharing dormitories with others who could carry the respiratory infection. This is why it is recommended students receive the vaccine prior to flu season. 

“It is very important to note that it can take up to two weeks for a patient to develop immunity to the flu after receiving the vaccine,” said Elizabeth Dunst, assistant director of health services at Adelphi University. “Therefore, it is important to receive the vaccine as soon as it becomes available.” 

The flu can affect people in a number of different ways. Some of the main symptoms are tiredness, chills, aches, fever, cough and runny nose. Those may not be serious at first; however, the flu can become life-threatening in certain situations. On average, flu-related deaths take the lives of 23,600 people per year. 

With such an emphasis on attending classes and completing assignments it is important that students are able to maintain their health throughout the academic year, which could be jeopardized by the flu.

“I take it pretty seriously. I will receive my shot next week. The flu is not fun and certainly does not go away overnight,” said sophomore Mike Cranston, who had the flu during his childhood.

The biggest misconception is that it does not affect adults. No matter your age, do not forget to receive your flu vaccine in order to enjoy your fall and winter months without non-stop coughing and the dreaded chills. Students can receive their free flu shots on the Adelphi campus in the Health & Wellness Center located in Waldo Hall under the student insurance policy.

Life After the Election: More Questions Than Answers BY BRETT H. SPIELBERG

January 14, 2013 - by Joseph
Posted under Editorials

The Presidential election seems to be months ago, maybe it’s just the week of no political advertisements after two years of the media bombardment. President Obama will still be our President for another four years, and regardless of how you voted, his election was a demonstration of democracy in action.

The implications of this election are much more than just the guarantee that the healthcare plan will not be repealed or that Obama has been able to ensure a legacy for himself as the only two-term Democratic President in the last 100 or so years other than Bill Clinton and Franklin Roosevelt. 

Rather, it demonstrates the changing electorate of our nation,\ and creates opportunities rather than problems for how this country can move together, closer to the center and past the last 14 years of radically polarized politics.

Woman and Hispanics now make up significantly larger part of the electorate. Is there an easy way to change the imbalance between the Democratic advantage and the declining Republican numbers in these two key democratic leaning demographics? 


First, this whole women issue should be handled with simplicity. Republicans need to move to their original message, their core philosophy, which is not religion, but individual freedom. Women should be allowed access to contraceptives (if they so choose) and responsible abortions (when legal), on the federal level at least. 

If a specific state, say Kansas, for example, were to outlaw abortion, that’s to be expected. They are a highly conservative and religious electorate that has asserted life begins at conception, something that our legal courts have disagreed with.

But states like New York or Massachusetts will be there, available for citizens of this country to get their procedures taken care of responsibly, by professionals and within the legal limits provided by Roe v. Wade.

The topic of Hispanic voters is more complicated. Both parties need to agree on immigration reform immediately. It’s arguably more important than education or even healthcare reforms. Illegal immigrants should be provided a path to citizenship. They should not be deported. They should pay taxes, and in turn, be able to send their children to our schools and utilize our healthcare.

Fact: a large portion of Romney’s voters were white males that believe in deporting illegal immigrants. 

Deporting them instead of jailing them at the cost of taxpayers? Maybe. 

But deporting hard-working individuals seeking a life here, just like our immigrant forefathers? Absolutely ludicrous.

A hard line on immigration is a poor choice for the future of the Republican Party. Instead, through bi-partisanship, a middle-ground should be found where immigrants can come to our country, thrive and give their children the opportunity to be important members of our evolving nation.

The two demographics of women and Hispanics were said to have tilted this election. Looking at it state by state, this is a very fair rationale. Virginia, Florida, Ohio and even almost North Carolina went to Obama because of these groups; Nevada as well.

In fact, the only two states Obama lost to Romney were Missouri and North Carolina, both states with narrower elections than expected that both are typical GOP strongholds. 

This changing electorate, where white males—the people who at one time were the only members of the electorate—are now lumped in there with everyone else, encompassing less than the majority of the vote. 

Because of this, the Democratic coalition reinforced their hold on the Senate (unexpectedly) and managed to maintain a similar dynamic in the House (expectedly). 

Looking through these next four years, there is no way to know how Obama will define his Presidency.

  It could be a full eight years of mediocrity, the product of inheriting an imploding economy and dealing with a divided Congress for the majority of his time in office. Or with no future elections to worry about, maybe Obama will make some bold moves, reinvigorated with a second term.

One way or the other, Obama’s two wins, both by larger margins than expected, the former obviously more impressive and the latter a bit more challenging, have set the tone of the nation’s politics.

The countryside will always be red. The cities will always be blue. What matters most are those fringe independent voters, moderates on both sides, as well as the divide in numbers between the city and the country in a few particular states.

Voting for gay marriage and recreational marijuana use are indicators that this country very well may be trending blue, or at least towards policies that at this time are considered “liberal.” 

But who knows? Maybe Republicans decide gay marriage is an individual choice and their libertarianism will change their perspectives. Same goes for abortion, marijuana and even to a degree, immigration. 

These next four years will be interesting, or maybe less interesting than we expect. Nevertheless, we will respect the office of the President, adhere to our methods of Democracy and maybe if we finally see some type of filibuster reform or at least a modification of Senate rules, this nation will create legislation that will define Obama’s legacy as a challenging, yet successful and necessary eight years in American politics.

Maybe the Republicans change some of their policies, stop catering to special interests (not that the Democrats don’t too) and become the Grand Old Party yet again? Or maybe a third party could redefine our politics? Or maybe we just see more of the same on and on for the rest of our lives.

My bets for 2016? 

The Democrats haven’t found anyone too Presidential yet (unless I’m missing something), while the Republicans have a slew of candidates waiting for their chance at a national election. 

I don’t know who the Democrats have angling for the election about 1,400 days from now, but I’m sure on the Republican side Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan and even Chris Christie have advisors tracking every move Obama and his party makes in an effort to gain access to a new residence on Pennsylvania Avenue starting January of 2017, where we will witness the inauguration of the next President of the United States of America.

Post Hurricane Sandy Thoughts BY BRETT H. SPIELBERG

January 14, 2013 - by Joseph
Posted under News



One year after Irene shocked the tri-state area with what appeared to the one of the most powerful storms imaginable, Sandy possibly changed the security of Long Island, New Jersey, New York City and even New England forever. With shorelines forever altered, there needs to be less time bickering about the inadequacy of our energy providers and more concern about prevention in the future. What will undoubtedly be a multi-billion dollar undertaking, it is pertinent for the tri-state area to begin to reinforce or rethink altogether our infrastructure to ensure that we as citizens (and taxpayers) are safe. Stamford, CT, installed a barrier that rises 14 feet high, protecting the harbor community from surges that were about 11 feet. Had Long Beach or Staten Island been protected by similar means, low-lying lands would be safeguarded and in many places the destruction might never have occurred. But Stamford’s barrier was built years ago for tens of millions, pennies now to our government. Any operation today like that would cost tens of billions at the least. Regardless, this storm should serve as an indicator that we will have storms like this and worse for years to come, every year in theory. What our government needs to do—not just the Mayor or County Executive or Governor, but the nation as a whole—is to work together to protect our citizens at home with logical, practical and progressive policies that recognize the effects of climate change and seek to not only cap limits of carbon dioxide, but also effectively prepare our country for a changing world.


The Fall of An American Hero BY ALEX LAVELLE

January 14, 2013 - by Joseph
Posted under News

Throughout recent years, sports fans have been forced to watch as their heroes from the 1990s and 2000s had their legacies destroyed, all of them by one word: drugs. From the ever-present scandal that has rocked Major League Baseball, to Marion Jones’s tearful admittance in 2007 to using enhancers in the 2000 Olympics. From basketball to football to hockey, the reputations of such stars have been demolished by drug scandals. Now, yet another star has fallen in Lance Armstrong, and this time, it’s a comeback story for the ages that has been destroyed.

During the early 1990s, Armstrong made a name for himself with his talents in the cycling world. He became a sports world star by winning the Tour de France seven consecutive years from 1999 to 2005, after coming back from testicular cancer that had spread to his brain and lungs. Off the road, Armstrong became known for his charitable works to help people with cancer and created the popular Livestrong bracelets. 

Still, throughout the latter portion of his career, Armstrong was dogged by allegations of drug use in his races. But most of the world denied it; surely, in the time where stars such as Barry Bonds and Marion Jones and Mark McGwire were facing such questions, Armstrong was innocent, right? Right?

Come 2012, Armstrong’s doping charges quickly reached a head, as former teammate Tyler Hamilton revealed to the world that Armstrong had in fact not only been using performance enhancing drugs, but had actually administered them as the head of a doping ring. 

In October, Armstrong essentially lost everything. The Union Cycliste Internationale, the organization in charge of the Tour de France, banned Armstrong from all cycling competition for life, and stripped him of his seven titles. Soon after, Anheuser-Busch and Nike both announced they would be terminating their relationships with Armstrong.

This year, sports fans have seen a college coach go from being adored to despised, and leaving his former team in ruins (Joe Paterno’s Penn State), an NFL team take it upon themselves to deliberately attempt to permanently injure another person (New Orleans Saints), and one of the greatest comeback stories in history lose its luster all together. Looking back on 2012, if there is one bright side to all these catastrophes, perhaps now teams will know better, and maybe make the world of sports better for the next generation.

NHL Update: Locked Out Again BY ERIC HOMBURGER

January 14, 2013 - by Joseph
Posted under News

The ice is melting in National Hockey League arenas all across America and Canada, as the NHL is in yet another lockout.  For the third time since 1994, the NHL and the NHLPA couldn't agree on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has started to cancel regular season games.

The previous CBA expired early in September, and since an agreement has not been made, we get another lockout. For those who have never heard of a CBA, it is an agreement between the NHL owners and the NHLPA (the players’ association) on who gets how much money, rules, contracts, etc. In a nutshell, it prevents the owners from spending too much money and splits revenue "evenly." The NHL has made it clear that they will not start the season unless an agreement is reached. This doesn't seem overall likely. The players want more money and so do the owners and this has proven to be a deadly combo in the past. 

Over the last few months, both sides have met to discuss the new CBA, but it has not done much. Neither side wants to give up more than they already have. Just a few weeks ago it looked like an agreement was imminent. The NHL came out with a proposal that included a 50-50 split of revenue sharing. The NHLPA, unhappy with the proposal, countered with three of their own proposals, but talks ceased within hours after all four of the combined proposals were rejected.

Although the NHL season hasn’t and may not start this season, this hasn’t stopped the players from playing the sport they love. Many NHL players have gone to the AHL (The American Hockey League) and to leagues overseas. For players who are eligible to be sent down to the minor leagues, the AHL, these players can develop in the same system as the NHL team during the lockout. As for the some other players, they flew outside of the states to play. Many of these players go either back to their hometown to play or to their home country. The KHL (Kontinental Hockey League) and the Swedish Elite League are two of the most popular destinations for players. But once the NHL season starts, these players will return to their respective teams.

  As of right now, it is looking like there will be no season. Neither side seems as though they will budge from the stance they have taken. If we are lucky, and an agreement is made, we could get a shortened season, like in 1994. But that is a big if. I don’t believe that we will have a season this year, but I really hope I’m wrong, and I think everyone else hopes I’m wrong too. 

Side Note: Islanders Are Brooklyn Bound

As a New York Islanders fan, or a hockey fan in general, it’s hard to imagine the Islanders playing anywhere except in Nassau County. The Nassau Coliseum is the home for the Islanders and the fans since the franchise was created in 1972, but as of Wednesday, Oct. 24, that all changed. Starting in the 2015-’16 NHL season, the New York Islanders will be moving to Brooklyn.

After more than a decade of fighting for a new arena in Nassau, Islanders owner Charles Wang has decided to move the franchise to Brooklyn. The team signed a 25-year contract with the Barclays Center, and will begin playing there in 2015. As of now, the team’s name, logo and jerseys will remain the same

This is a move that has created many mixed feelings across Islanders Country. Many people are upset that the team is relocating. The Coliseum is their home and they shouldn’t play anywhere else. I can’t say that I disagree with that, but this move can definitely help the dying franchise. For starters, the Islanders can finally attract quality free agents with a state-of-the-art arena: The Barclays Center. Players who are free agents now know where they will be playing in a few years, if they sign with the team, making them more likely to sign. It gives fans a sigh of relief. Yes fans are angry because they may not be able to go to as many home games as before, and yes ticket prices will go up. But it’s better than if the team moved to Seattle. 

The move for the New York Islanders to Brooklyn was clearly a big one. Once the initial shock passes, I think most people will see this as a good change for the team. It is not Nassau County and it never will be, but it sure beats Seattle.


January 14, 2013 - by Joseph
Posted under News

Some enthusiastic film students from the communications department at Adelphi University took the opportunity to show off some of their work at the annual Horror Film festival that took place Wednesday Oct. 24. The festival included 10 student film entries that experimented in the genre of horror.  There were zombies, killers, and even some unexpected toys that instilled fear among the audience.  Following the film presentations was an exciting finale that captured the show.

   The event took place in the black box theater and was put together by the club Works in Progress advised by the Technical Director of the Department of Communications and Adjunct Professor Kim Pratt. In order to encourage submissions Pratt agreed to do a fire eating demo if the students reached their goal of 10.  This incentive obviously worked because the students reached their goal, and Pratt kept her promise.

The submissions were all unique with both traditional horror aspects and some new and creative ideas.  There were a few zombie interpretations and some mysterious mass murderer films that worked with the element of fear.  However, there were some unique pieces that can make you second guess before picking up a toy.  One film, done by couple Jessica Rossi and A.J.  Yawanche, featured a boy who got so involved with a video game that it trapped him inside.  

Another film featuring English Major John Anglin involved a boy who became so obsessed with his Bop-It toy that he couldn’t stop playing it and eventually used it to kill his girlfriend who tried to interfere.  There was even a creative animated piece about a haunted house that was submitted.

   Though I saw the pieces during the selection process, and was impressed with the variety of interpretations of the theme, during the actual event I was distracted with preparing my own performance. So I don't feel I could single any piece out.” Pratt said.  

However, this festival was just an opportunity for students to show case their work and was not judged as a competition.

   Media production professor Terrence Ross was also present for the festival and viewed the submissions. I prefer that it’s not a competition,” Ross said.  “I like sharing all the work without getting into the whole ‘this is the best work’ orientation.  I think each of the pieces had something charming about it.  There wasn't one which bored me.  And they had much energy and good will, albeit good will toward scaring us.”  

   After all the entries were played, the event relocated to the loading dock to witness the grand finale.  Pratt put on her flame retardant clothing, grabbed two sticks, and set them on fire.
   “Kim eating fire was a show stopper.  Who knew she could do this?  How did she learn to do this?  It was a stunning and provocative and fun display which I think satisfied everyone who was watching,” said Ross who at first thought maybe she was joking about doing it.  But this was no joke on Pratt’s part.  She kept to her word and swallowed fire multiple times during her demonstration

   “Fire has always interested me and I have cultivated many skills over the years that make use of flame or heat. Cooking, grilling, flambé, candy making, candle making, bronze casting, blacksmithing, soldering. In some ways, fire eating was really just a matter of when I could find someone to teach me,” Pratt said

   Overall this event was a success drawing in much of the communications department. “I think the students and WIP create very nice events that celebrate students and their work and I wish more people could enjoy these evenings.  That being said, I loved how involved everyone who was there was with each piece, and also how generous they were in their support of the participating artists.” Ross said.

    Hopefully the response for next year will be even better.

Cruisin’ the Campus BY STEPHEN LEVINE

January 14, 2013 - by Joseph
Posted under News


In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, there has been much important campus news. Here is a summary of a few of those events:

Coming Together to Help Others 

Despite Adelphi University’s swift reopening from Hurricane Sandy on Nov. 5, the impact of the storm continues to affect many families all around Long Island and the tri-state area. As families are returning to battered and beaten homes, Adelphi did their part to being the process of rebuilding their lives. 

On Nov. 3, over 100 students and staff volunteered at an emergency blood drive with Long Island Blood Services and a supplies donation drive hosted in the University Center. Over 700 people came out to donate blood and/or supply goods for those in need. 

More then 150 pints of blood and 13,500 items were collected. The first delivery was made to Freeport, at a relief area to Long Beach and then to the Office of Emergency Management for regional distribution.

Election Night Party 

On Nov. 6, the V.O.T.E.R (Voicing Our Thoughts, Exercising our Rights) initiative at Adelphi hosted an election night party in the University Center ballroom. 

Food, fun, festivities and free raffles were available as students and/or guests still without power had the chance to witness President Barack Obama win another four years in the White House.

Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert

A free Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert was given in the Concert Hall of the Performing Arts Center on Nov. 9. The concert required no fee for admission, but attendees were strongly encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food, water, cold weather clothing, blankets or other essential items needed to those most affected by Hurricane Sandy. 

Acclaimed piano soloist Philip Edward Fisher joined Christopher Lyndon-Gee in performing Brahms Sonata for Two Pianos, Op.34 b. After intermission Fisher offered a solo piano program featuring the works by Frederic Chopin. Items donated were sent directly to Adelphi University students, faculty and staff who have been impacted by the storm and to other regional distribution centers. 


January 14, 2013 - by Joseph
Posted under News

On Oct. 24, the Adelphi Student Government Association held its annual SGA Day in the University Center. This event is meant to further communication between AU students and their Student Government representatives. Tables were cleverly arranged to channel student traffic past the customary food table, to tables where representatives were available in person to chat and discuss student concerns. Class officers manned tables well decorated with glitter, and helped constituents sign up for social media to keep them informed of class events. The hope is that this will promote class unity and involvement. 

Many tables were staffed by representatives of various university schools, such as the School of Nursing, the School of Social Work and the School of Education. Some reps offered suggestion boxes in which constituents could drop comments on what they appreciate most about their school, or suggestions about what they think can be improved. 

 “The role of SGA is [under]valued on campus because most students don't understand the work that we do and how we facilitate the relationship between administrators and students,” said Honors College senator Jennifer Lin. “That's definitely our biggest challenge, getting students to really voice their opinions to us. At the same time, it's hard because some students make requests that are impossible to fulfill.”

 A concern on the minds of many commuter students is parking. While another parking lot may materialize in the next several years, commuters are encouraged to avail themselves of the parking available in the underground parking garage, near Alumni House, and at the nearby Garden City Pool. 

As students, one of the most important elements of our college career is the ability to make our voices heard. To that end, SGA continues to work to maintain a strong presence on campus. Among the ongoing efforts of SGA is policy, which encourages clubs to collaborate on events, and efforts to improve the registration timing system.  

For more information or to voice your concerns, “like” Adelphi SGA on Facebook.

Jennifer Lin contact info

JENNIFER LIN <jenniferlin@mail.adelphi.edu>

How Hurricane Sandy Affected Adelphi BY CHRISTINA CASCIO

January 14, 2013 - by Joseph
Posted under News

On Monday Oct. 29 most of America was shaken by the force of Hurricane Sandy. The fierce winds ripped down trees dropping them on cars and houses, brought several feet of water into homes and left us in the dark for days with no power. Both the city and the suburbs of New York were not safe from the path of Super Storm Sandy as public transportation systems were shut down and gas was in short supply. Weeks later we’re still trying to recover from the devastation while some more unfortunate people lost everything as their homes are beyond repair.

  Here on campus at Adelphi University we were not exempt from some of the struggles the storm presented with down trees and power outages.  However, the campus was well prepared for the storm.  According to Gene Palma, the Assistant Vice President of the Department of Public Safety and Transportation, the campus initiated their emergency operations PLAN days ahead of time by securing the campus and preparing generators for the residence halls.

   The campus remained closed during the hurricane until the following Monday to ensure the safety of students and staff. According to Palma, some of the challenges the campus had to face were the cleaning up of tree limbs with several trees down and keeping the 900 students that stayed on campus in the residence halls until every tree limb was checked and confirmed secure. Another issue involved adjusting the transportation on campus which brings approximately 1700 people a day to the campus. “We were constantly adjusting travel with MTA and railroad to help people get to campus,” Palma said, as public transportation ran on erratic schedules after the storm damage.

   However, off campus, Adelphi students were also faced with many challenges and obstacles. Most of Adelphi’s students have been affected by the storm in some way or know someone who has been affected in different areas. One student who was impacted by the storm is Junior Business Management major Mike La Sala. With his family living on the south shore the storm posed as a big threat to his family and their property. “The water flooded to waist height at the front of our home, and was splashing against my front door,” Said La Sala. While no water entered his home “the property damage is extensive and having no power is a huge inconvenience, I am still lucky that my home was not destroyed and no one was injured” he said while comparing the damage to his home to the devastation others are confronting.  

However to add to the inconvenience La Sala’s family is experiencing, “LIPA has confirmed that it will probably take until Thanksgiving week to restore the power in our neighborhood,” said La Sala. 

   While La Sala’s family lives on the south shore, the family of Junior Biology major Lauren Tesoriero has experienced similar devastation in Queens. “Hurricane Sandy took two floors of my aunt’s house in Queens” Tesoriero said.  After the flooding occurred, Tesoriero stepped in to help. “I spent the week helping out at her house and my school work took second place to helping out the family,” she said as she now rushes to catch up.

   The residents here on campus at Adelphi were kept safe but had to remain in their residence hall on lockdown where they were unable to leave and had food delivered to them.  Junior Evan Watchmaker is a Waldo resident who stayed on campus through the storm. He made the best of the situation and stayed positive. “It was exciting, it was a nice break from the norm, everyone kind of opened up and hung out with each other, we played water pong in the lounge,” Watchmaker said.  However, Waldo Hall is one of the residence buildings that was affected during the storm when a large tree came down.  Watchmaker was hall attending when it happened “it was a rush for everyone to get out of the lounge,” he said.  

   Luckily, “there were no injuries to students or staff during the hurricane,” Palma confirmed.  The storm response on campus “exceeded my expectations, I was very pleased with the university’s response,” he said.

Hurricane Sandy Puts Sports in Perspective BY VINNY MESSANA

January 14, 2013 - by Joseph
Posted under Sports

Too often we—as Americans—get caught up in the peaks and valleys of cheering for our favorite sports teams, and forget about what truly matters. For the most part, there is no harm in investing your Sundays in something that is bigger than you and out of your control. It does get out of control, however, when people are putting themselves in harm’s way for the sake of attending a football game.

Last week the east coast was devastated with the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Although it was only classified as a Category 1 storm, the powerful winds and coastal flooding caused a world of trouble and headache for families all over. People still attended the New York Jets’ home game, however, against the warning of meteorologists who were aware of the severity of the storm.

Here at Adelphi, virtually every student either was—or knows someone close—that was severely affected in one way. Sophomore basketball player Eddie Sullivan was one of those directly affected. His home in Breezy Point, Rockaway was destroyed and like many, his family is forced to find their way out of the situation. It was the type of catastrophic event that puts sports into perspective, no matter how much time you have devoted to it in your life.

“Over a hundred houses burnt to the ground,” said Sullivan. “The houses that did not burn were destroyed by the water. There are only a few houses that were not destroyed by the storm. Right now there are army trucks and volunteers throughout the neighborhood helping out anyway possible.”

That is the type of event that seems fit for a Hollywood movie rather then a Long Island area. Over the years, the northeast area has been extremely fortunate to avoid the type of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina that would have cost the area billions of dollars in repairs and the irreparable amount of children disappointed with the loss of their belongings. 

Aside from the loss of power from an extended period of time, Hurricane Irene—which hit in August 2011—did not compare at all to the damage that Sandy caused. Ironically, Irene caused much more anxiety among people in the days preceding the storm.

Storms of this magnitude allow for communities to become closer. People that lose power or have their homes damaged with floods require help which is hopefully provided by generous friends and neighbors.

While the storm was a tragedy in several ways, it did provide a sense of togetherness for the community and it allowed student-athletes to appreciate their family and homes much more, because some people—such as Eddie Sullivan--were not as fortunate as others. 

Adelphi Volleyball vs. New Haven A Battle for Conference Supremacy BY VICTORIA CHIESA

January 14, 2013 - by Joseph
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When the fall schedule for Adelphi University's volleyball team was released in preseason, one game in particular stood out in the list. The team would play host to longtime rival, the University of New Haven, on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The rivalry between the Panthers and the Chargers is a fierce one, as both teams have been fighting for the top spot in the NE-10 in recent seasons. 

Last season, the Panthers dropped a 3-0 regular decision meeting to the Chargers on the road, but took advantage when the top seeds were upset in the first round of the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament. Adelphi did not drop a set en route to the program's first NE-10 title in 2011, dispatching Pace University, Stonehill and the College of Saint Rose in succession for the championship. However, the Chargers ended the Panthers' season and their 10-game win streak in the 2011 NCAA Regional Semifinals with a 3-0 win. In the 2012 preseason coaches' poll, New Haven received 12 first-place votes and occupied the number one spot, while Adelphi received three votes for the third-place position. 

As expected, both teams cruised through the early part of their conference schedule, and were the two remaining undefeated teams in NE-10 play on the eve of the showdown. The Chargers amassed a 9-0 NE-10 record, while Adelphi boasted a 7-0 clip in conference play. Only one team would come out of the match with a perfect record. A spirited crowd packed the Center for Recreation and Sport on Tuesday night, all decked out in black to support Adelphi. 

Game one was a back-and-forth affair, as neither team could garner a lead of more than two points. A kill by senior Samantha Rico put the Panthers up 23-22 and forced New Haven head coach Robin Salters to call a time out. 

Out of the huddle, New Haven rattled off three straight points to take the opening set, 25-23. However, Adelphi head coach Danielle Macknight had some spirited words of her own for her team during the change of ends, and the Panthers responded as they jumped out to a 7-1 lead in set number two. The crowd rallied behind the Panthers, who never trailed in the second set, and the team knotted the action with a 25-19 second set triumph. The visiting Chargers managed to pull away in the third set, despite the Panthers' best efforts to rally late, and took a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-17 victory in the third game. While that briefly took the energy out of the crowd, the Panthers gave the home fans something to cheer about as they sprinted off to a 9-2 lead in the fourth; the run forced New Haven into a time out once more. 

The Chargers began to show why they haven't lost a regular season conference game since arriving in the NE-10 in 2009, and eventually knotted the fourth set at 18-18. The Panthers managed a 21-19 final set lead, and it looked as though the home team would push New Haven to five sets for the first time in three seasons. However, New Haven rattled off the final six points of the fourth to take the set 25-21 and the match 3-1. 

Senior Chelsea Overholt posted a huge double-double for the Panthers with 21 kills and 14 digs, while senior Samantha Rico chipped in 11 kills and sophomore Kaitlyn DeStefano had nine. Junior setter Katie Bryson dished out a game-high 46 assists. Graduate student Bianca Hernandez led the defense with 18 digs and senior Alexandra Kahen added 12 digs.
Despite the tough loss to open their late season three game home stand, the team rebounded with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-11) drubbing of Bentley University on Friday, Oct. 26 and a 3-0 defeat of Stonehill, the team that was picked second in the NE-10 preseason poll (25-16, 25-23, 27-25). If everything continues as it has through the home stretch of the season, Adelphi's volleyball should look forward to another showdown with New Haven in the Northeast-10 Conference tournament, and again in the NCAA Regional bracket. 

The team finished off the regular season 22-10 and played the seven seed, American International College on Nov.13.  

Women's Soccer Season in Review BY VICTORIA CHIESA

January 14, 2013 - by Joseph
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The Adelphi University women's soccer team finished 2011 with an 8-8-1 record and fell to the eventual national champions, St. Rose, in the Northeast-10 Tournament quarterfinals. The team had many things to adjust to last season, including a new head coach in Chris Armas. In 2012, the Panthers came into preseason much more organized with a clearer picture of the direction of the program; both coaches and players were determined to have a more successful season.

In the 2012 preseason coaches’ poll, the Panthers were again selected to finish eighth. The Panthers opened up their season in crushing fashion, dispatching Caldwell, Bloomsburg and NYIT by a combined 12-0 score. The Panthers also had a flair for the dramatics in 2012. On Sept. 22, Kaitlin Monteith netted the game-winner with 28 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Panthers a 1-0 road win over the Purple Knights of Saint Michael's College, and the Panthers rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit to top Bentley 4-3 on the road on Oct. 6. The Panthers had to fight for a playoff berth the entire season, but eventually locked up the eighth-seed for the Northeast-10 tournament, as predicted. 

The Panthers again faced off against the top seeds in the quarterfinals of the Northeast-10 Tournament. However, this year their foe was American International College, the number 10 team in the country. The Panthers dropped a 2-0 decision to the Yellow Jackets in the regular season, but this time, the Panthers turned the tables. Two goals Emily Masiello secured the shocking win for the underdogs, 2-0. It was the first postseason win for Adelphi since joining the Northeast-10; previously, the team had gone 0-3.

The Panthers followed up their upset of American International with a 1-0 victory over the number four seeds Merrimack in the semifinals. The team became the first number eight seed to reach the final game of the Northeast-10 tournament since the field expanded to eight teams in 2000. Although the Panthers fell 1-0 in a hard-fought championship game to Southern New Hampshire, the team proved that with talent and desire, it is quite easy to exceed expectations. While the Panthers fell just short of the NCAA Tournament in 2012, the Panthers finished the season with the most program wins since 2008, when they finished 14-4-1. 

The senior tandem of Monteith and Masiello led the squad with eight and seven goals, respectively. Masiello also tallied five assists to lead the team, and Alison Gronenthal also chipped in five. For their efforts, sophomore Sam Whitney and freshmen Taylor Salmon and Taylor Groth each earned spots on Northeast-10 All-Conference teams. Whitney was named to the Second-Team, Salmon earned a spot on the All-Rookie squad and Groth was recognized on both. Whitney was named Northeast-10 Goalkeeper of the Week three times in the season, amassed an 11-7-3 record, and posted 10 shutouts. Whitney also made 104 saves on the season. Groth and Salmon each started all the games they played in during their first season and were part of a Panthers defensive squad that allowed only 18 goals.

Following the Panthers defeat of American International in the playoffs, head coach Chris Armas expressed much of the sentiment that Adelphi played with the entire season. “I am so proud of the way our girls played tonight. It was a complete team effort for 90 minutes and they went out and earned an important victory for themselves and our program.”


Panthers Advance to Field Hockey Finals …But Ending is Bittersweet BY JOE WEISS

January 14, 2013 - by Joseph
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Thanks to the strong performance of Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year, Molly Cuevas, the fourth-seeded Adelphi Field Hockey team defeated fifth-seeded Southern Connecticut 4-3 in the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament action on Motamed Field on Wednesday, Oct. 24. In their first-ever home playoff game, the Panthers rattled off three second-half goals to outlast the Owls and move on to the NE-10 Semifinals for the first time since 2010. 

After being held to no points over the last four regular season games, the reigning NE-10 Rookie of the Year exploded for three goals, including the eventual game-winner in the 63rd minute. “The chemistry was on point but most of all we didn't give up,” said Cuevas. “Every time they scored we came back and did the same. It was a tremendous effort by everyone and it resulted in a win.” The contest marks the first multiple-goal performance of Cuevas' career, and the four goals matches Adelphi's season-high single game total. The Panther defense buckled down in the final minutes, however, and hung on long enough to preserve the 4-3 final score. Goalie Puzio made 14 saves in the win, giving her double-digit saves in four of the last five contests. Neeko Lodato, No. 4 Defender, said in a recap of the game: “It's always awesome to win on our home field, but it is even more special when it is playoffs.  I can definately say that this team has a bright future, and the NE-10 will be back at Adelphi soon for more field hockey.” 

Unfortunately after this valiant effort by the team, on Saturday, Oct. 27, the Adelphi University field hockey team fell to top-seeded Merrimack College 6-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference Semifinals on Saturday, finishing the 2012 season with an 8-12 overall record. After opening the season with eight consecutive losses, the Panthers managed to win seven of their next ten games to secure the fourth seed in the postseason and made it to the NE-10 semifinals for the first time since 2009.

V.O.T.E.R Urges Campus to Get out the Vote in 2012 Election By: Stephen Levine

October 15, 2012 - by Joseph
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While the controversial 2000 Presidential election was historic for the controversial finish of the election, it is possible that the outcome could have been very different had a certain demographic of the United States population had something to say about it. Only 26% of 18-24 year olds voted that year, making college students the most underrepresented age group at the polls. The V.O.T.E.R initiative here at Adelphi University is looking to change that statistic in 2012. 

V.O.T.E.R stands for Voicing Our Thoughts, Expressing Our Rights and it is their mission to eliminate every obstacle that prevents students from voting in the upcoming election. The group represents a non-partisan coalition of students, faculty and staff actively engaged in: educating the community about critical issues, simplifying the registration process and ensuring that all students get out an vote. 

The initiative got started the week of September 17, when on Monday-Thursday students were able to register to vote right here on campus and even apply for abstintee ballots. On September 24, the initiative saw the League of Women Voters and a veteran group come by Swirlbul Library to support the cause. 

During orientation, incoming freshmen had the chance to register and an impressive 40% of freshmen registered for the first time at Adelphi University. While most of the freshmen registered were from Nassau County and Queens, the campus was also able to help a variety of other students register to have their say in the upcoming election. 

“Our main goal is to get students educated about voting,” said facilitator of the event, Kathleen Watcorn.

In 2008, three political forms were represented for the environment, education and economics and the initiative hopes to do the same in 2012. They would even like to add a Healthcare Forum. All of these forums and events for the V.O.T.E.R initiative are made possible through the collaboration of the Office of Public Affairs, the Debate Society, and the Student Government Association. They all will be hosting a screening on October 3rd following the Thomas Friedman lecture about politics in the University Center ballroom. 

The next night, on October 4th, the initiative continues its tradition from 2008 of “Rock the Vote.” This event will take place in the Concert Hall of the Performing Arts Center and will feature two rock bands and an Alumni blues singer. Voter registration will also be available at this event, as well as various announcements throughout the night about the importance of voters. 

Finally, beginning September 24, the Performing Arts Center also helped with their screenings of “Big Politics.” Every Monday night at 7 p.m. a film regarding the importance of politics is shown and best of all, all these events are free for all students at Adelphi.  

A total if 58.5% of 18-24 year olds register to vote but more then 10% of that number don’t go out and vote on Election Day. The V.O.T.E.R initiative is hoping that in 2012 not only does everyone register to vote, but also that everyone uses this opportunity to cast their ballot.  

After casting your vote on Election Day, please stop by the University Ballroom where the election results will be shown on the big screen. Food and  giveaways will be given out for all that attend so join your peers to find out who will be in charged of our country for the next four years. 

For more information on voter registration or the V.O.T.E.R Initiative, please visit http://students.adelphi.edu/voter/voter2008/ or contact Kathleen Watchorn at watchorn@adelphi.edu for more information.  

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