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Former Skinhead Frank Meeink Inspires Hope

“Your job is to be the old elephant,” said Frank Meeink — a former neo-Nazi skinhead — staring into a crowd of Hofstra University staff and students, wearing an unbuttoned flannel t-shirt with his sleeves rolled up to his elbows and his forearms covered in tattoos, encouraging them to show the younger generation how to treat other’s as equals.

“It’s so great that he’s able to admit his wrong doings and now he’s able to help others,” said Joy Jones, a freshman journalism student who was empowered by Meeink’s words.

Meeink grew up in South Philadelphia, where he struggled with identity issues and lived in a combative home. His mother battled drug abuse and he struggled to cope with an abusive stepfather. “He used to tell me we’re at war over my mom,” he said.

Meeink lost that war and not before long, he was sent to live with his father in West Philadelphia. One summer, Meeink was excited to go visit his uncle in the suburbs of Lancaster, PA. He looked forward to hanging out with his cousin who loved to skateboard and had a half-pipe in his backyard.

That trip changed Meeink’s life. Meeink’s cousin wasn’t the same. He was no longer the rock and roll loving skater kid who used egg whites and Elmer’s glue to keep his Mohawk standing straight. The half pipe was torn down as was the rock band poster’s Meeink remembered his in cousin’s room.

He had become a neo-Nazi skinhead and it didn’t take long to turn Meeink into one too.

Meeink went on to become a well-known leader of the neo-Nazi movement but after realizing error in his ways, he reconsidered his beliefs and abandoned the movement.

“If someone can go from one extreme to accepting everyone,” said Alexander Levine, a Jewish grad student who heard Meeink speak in high school. “Then that means change can happen.”

-Alexander M. Pineda

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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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The Museum of Modern Art adds piece by Hofstra Professor

Poster features in the MOMA by Hofstra ProfessorThe Museum of Modern Art in New York City (MOMA) recently added a “punk/post-punk archive” to its permanent collection; a poster that was created nearly 30 years ago by Tom Klinkowstein, Professor of Graphic Design and New Media in the Department of Fine Art at Hofstra University. Klinkowstein designed the poster in 1980 and has long since forgotten about it.

“Looking at it now, it is quite­ a piece of visual archeology: hand-made with label-maker typography in the tradition of ‘zines,” he said. “There’s the Polaroid SX-70 of Laurie Anderson and Peter Gordon and in the background is an image of an IBM digital device of some sort, very new for that time and a specter of things to come.”

Klinkowstein designed the poster, a lithograph, for performance artist Laurie Anderson. A lithograph is the process of printing from a plane surface, as a smooth stone or metal plate. “It is [also] what museums call “offset” printing, a common printing technology most newspapers use for instance,” Klinkowstein said.

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Darfur Exhibition

Photos taken by Holly Fischer

Exhibition: Toward Greater Awareness: Darfur and American Activism

Duration: September 4, 2012 to December 4, 2012

Place: The Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery

This exhibition featuring American Artist Mitch Lewis is focused on the Genocide that took place in Darfur, Sudan from 2003 to about 2006 and the American response to the crisis. Lewis said in regards to his art sculptures, “These works address the physical and psychological scars left on mankind by a culture of violence and brutality. My figures possess an otherworldly aura and communicate a sense of solitude and alienation. Yet I have infused each figure with a strength and dignity that intimates a hope for the future.”

The Hofstra Museum is among the four percent of Museums nationwide to be honored with the continued accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM). The highest honor a museum could achieve.

-Claudia Balthazar

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Pictured above, is Hofstra Alumna Rachel A. Fenderson, at the Atrium Tables, highlighting her new fashion line Pepper Jaques.

Since Rachel A. Fenderson graduated from Hofstra in 2006 with a degree in English Literature, she created and distributed a clothing line called Pepper Jacques.

Fenderson was born in Jamaica, Queens, and raised in the St. Albans neighborhood of Queens. As a child Fenderson always dreamed of designing clothing. She considered pursuing this ambition at Parsons The New School For Design for her undergraduate education, but the traditional four-year track for education won out. Thus she began attending Hofstra University in fall 2002.

Yet Fenderson never abandoned her ultimate dream. After graduating from Hofstra in 2006, Fenderson spent the summer in Japan. She visited the design center of Issey Miyake, a prominent worldwide brand. The creative force there and everywhere else in Japan moved her to make fashion design her forefront goal.

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From strutting the Unispan to the runway

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