Food Not Bombs Volunteers Face Arrest on Sunday

On Sunday October 6, 2013 Sacramento Food Not Bombs was kicked out of the Cesar Chavez Park by the Sacramento police. Volunteers were greeted by about 15 officers when they arrived at the park when they normally do in time to start sharing the meal they created by 1:30 p.m. They were told that our stuff would be confiscated and we would get a summons due to an ordinance–that has yet to even be passed–that would prevent any group from handing out free hot meals in the park.

Last week advocates for the poor were told to stop sharing meals with the hungry in Sacramento and Santa Monica, California, Taos, New Mexico, and Olympia, Washington. Groups were confronted and threatened with arrest in Boulder, Colorado; Raleigh, North Carolina, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington and other cities across the United States this summer.

About 50 cities in the United States have passed laws banning or limiting the sharing of meals with the hungry in the past two years with enforcement on the increase this fall.

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NYC Stop and Frisk Policy

Violence is still an issue in the United States despite the laws established to limit it. NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, passed during the Bloomberg Administration in 2002, claims to limit the amount of violence on New York City streets; it allowed for police officers to stop and question any suspicious civilians.

Stop-and-Frisk intended to reduce crime and create security within neighborhoods. Despite Mayor Bloomberg’s thoughts on how this would take guns off of NYC’s streets, the stop-and-frisk policy backfired. According to the New York State’s Civil Liberties Union, the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices raise serious concerns over racial profiling, illegal stops and privacy rights. Claims show that the policy targets minorities within certain communities, such as Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

NYCLU 2011 briefing states that, “In 70 out of 76 precincts, blacks and Latinos accounted for more than half of all stops. Led by the 46th and 42nd Precincts in the Bronx with 98.5 percent of black and Latino stops, there were 33 precincts where more than 90 percent of those stopped were black and Latino.”

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Surban Poverty on Long Island

Scott Allard, associate professor at the University of Chicago, defined the connotative meanings of urban and suburban poverty on September 26, 2013 Hofstra University. He talked about the truth that lies behind poverty in the surrounding communities.

“Urban means poor and suburban equals opportunity,” he stated at the Changing Geography of Poverty and the American Safety Net Conference.

The community is labeled based off the people within it; Mostly African-American communities are labeled as urban while mostly Caucasian communities are labeled as suburban. Despite the connotative perspectives, Allard stated that there is no formal definition of a suburb because it is more than geography.

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What’s Really Going on in Syria

For the past month conflict in Syria has been in the forefront of American minds, but where and how did it all start?

Unrest in Syria began in March 2011 with two major protests. The first, which is referred to as the “Day of Dignity”, demanded the release of political prisoners and the second the “Day of Rage”, where many civilians were shot dead by security forces. In May 2011, the government ended protests in major Syrian cities, which include Homs, Daraa and areas of Damascus. The government continued to enforce crackdown of protests, which led to the deaths of hundreds of civilians at the hands of the government. This event led to a response from President Obama who asked for the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, to step down.

In the coming months Syria was further sanctioned by other countries, resolutions were also brought up in the U.N. to bring a cease-fire in Syria, but these resolutions were continuously stopped by Russia and China which are allies to Syria.

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Team Building: Trip to Governor’s Island

Gov Island Sign 1Going to Governor’s Island with HUABJ reminded me of trips with my family.  Although, my family and I weren’t coming off the ferry to go to Staten Island, it was still fun to explore the harbor. Times like that is what I miss most about home.

My favorite part of the trip was exploring the different art exhibitions on the island. The art exhibitions were Gov Island Artinspirational, innovative and entertaining. The creativity that each artist expressed was quite breath-taking. I’m very fond of artistic expression and anything that spells out someone’s creativity instantly captures my attention.

Going on this trip definitely made me more comfortable with the idea of joining HUABJ. The fall 2013 president, Claudia Balthazar was very informative, supportive, and quite friendly.

Honestly, I’ve always considered myself a writer. Being a part of this organization will give me the skills I need to develop in the future. I want to work in the writing field and film industry. I know that HUABJ will help me with my goals.

The only concern I have is learning how to manage all of my responsibilities to this organization, my school work, and other clubs. As a first-year student transitioning into Hofstra, I see that I have a lot of options to get involved on campus. I know that’s what college is all about.

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Xavier Edward, Photo Editor 

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Catcall for Big Apple Burlesque: Hofstra’s EU’s Second Annual Show

An Abbreviated History of Burlesque

“Burlesque dancing is Broadway style, seductive dance with a little flirtation added in.” said Logan Andersen, an 18-year-old, Dance and Civil Engineering major.

And that is generally the view of what modern day burlesque is, thanks to movies like Chicago and Christina Aguilera’s Burlesque.

But burlesque originated as an entertainment dating back to the early 1800s, not as a striptease art form, but as an outlet to satirize the Black community.

“The earliest burlesques were portions of minstrel shows,” said Professor James Kolb, a drama department teacher at Hofstra University. “It was white men in black-face making fun of the way the Black community behaved and it really was some nasty stuff.”

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Outside of “I”sland

Over Hofstra University’s spring break March 24 to 29, 2013, 30 students decided to sacrifice their vacation to make a difference in another person’s life.

This year, Hofstra’s Office of Student Leadership and Activities (OSLA) Alternative Spring Break (ASB), partnered with the National Relief Network (NRN) to allow students to work with Hurricane Irene relief in Bayboro, North Carolina. NRN is a non-profit organization that sends groups to federally declared disaster zones that have been destroyed by natural disasters.

ASB is an annual program, founded in 2006 when OSLA partnered with the Interfaith Center and Student Government Association (SGA) to volunteer in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

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WBLS’s Open Line Broadcast Live at Hofstra

What would you do if you found out that one of your favorite stations was coming to broadcast live at your university? You’d probably be just as excited as I was when I heard that WBLS public affairs show, Open Line, was coming to Dempster Hall of Feb, 3, 2013!

WBLS Open Line Live, Photo Credit: Melaine Morgan

WBLS Open Line Live, Photo Credit: Melaine Morgan

I was browsing my Facebook news feed as usual when I came across the article about the Open Line crew coming to my college! I did a double-take because I thought I was seeing things! Especially since I had not seen any promotions around campus or through word-of-mouth. But, everything was validated when I was tuned into BLS and the radio promo told me, “The first stop the Open Line crew will make during Black History Month will be Hofstra University!”

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Alpha Kappa Psi Honors Women in Business

L to R, Yeni Castro, Ashley Kowal, Brian St. Hubert, Christina Whitehurst, Dr. Elizabeth Venuti Photo credit: Claudia Balthazar

L to R, Yeni Castro, Ashley Kowal, Brian St. Hubert, Christina Whitehurst, Dr. Elizabeth Venuti Photo credit: Claudia Balthazar

Women all over the world are breaking through various barriers to work in the corporate world of America. Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, held the panel “women in business”, on Feb. 6, 2013 at Hofstra University, to inform the audience about a woman’s experience in the corporate world of business. During the panel, women discussed how females could play positive roles in their positions.

Yeni Castro, printer business planning associate of Canon USA, is new at her job and recognized that she’ll have to work to have a progressive future, just like anybody else. “There are going to be stereotypes and misconceptions but being a woman and knowing what job you have, you’ll look past that and do what it takes,” she said. “Do whatever you do one hundred percent.”

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