Hofstra students prepare for Hurricane Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy takes it’s course on Long Island Hofstra Students reveal how prepared they are (and aren’t!) for the storm and relay their feelings as to the frightening weather.

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Explore next door excursion: Central Park bike tour

We capture moments in photography to share with others not only what we see but what we experience. I had the great privilege of leading an Explore Next Door trip sponsored by Hofstra’s Office of Student Leadership and Activities with Hofstra faculty member Fred Burke. Together we took 19 students to New York City and participated in a bike tour through Central Park. I wanted to share the enlightening yet challenging experience with others, and what better way to do so then through a visual essay.

According to Stan Cherian, the associate director of O.S.L.A, Hofstra University has been hosting their E.N.D trips for the past seven years. This was their first year conducting their central park bike tour as part of the program for first year students. This story was particularly newsworthy because of its relevance to Hofstra’s history. As a co-leader, I had the responsibility of taking care of the group. This entailed making sure we were always together and that no one got injured. With 21 people on bikes this provided a challenge.
I struggle with keeping my own balance on the ground so adding a bicycle to the equation was risky. Combining that with a camera made a comical scene. I almost fell off my bike several times and came close to running into a tree in order to get a particular action shot. The park was filled with hundreds of pedestrians on their heels or on wheels so staying out of their way was also an obstacle. Although it was a challenging day, I’m happy with the turnout of the pictures and the experience I gained from the trip.

Link to Photo Essay: http://www.vuvox.com/collage/detail/05f21e4e76

Upstate New-Yorker moves to Long Island

From the cow pastures to the Big Apple this is Alexis Vail’s journey. Alexis is currently a sophomore at Hofstra University pursuing a career in print journalism. She was raised in upstate New York but her family recently relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina. Over her freshman year she has become more accustomed to Hofstra as her temporary home. Switching from a high school graduating class of 40 students to a big university of a couple thousand may seem challenging; but Alexis embraces the idea of “always meeting a new face.”

In addition to her major, Alexis has a minor in political science. She is excited for all the political opportunities she can partake in on campus. One opportunity she is eager to take advantage of is her position as a CP Transfer Runner intern for the upcoming presidential debate that Hofstra is hosting. While she originally wanted to attend New York University she says that she is “satisfied with the school overall and I’m looking forward to finishing my major.” She may come from a small town, but she’s enjoying city life.