Last year, Hofstra’s Alternative Spring Break program went to El Paso, Texas to build homes. This year’s trip was different. Instead of constructing homes, the group demolished them.
The sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma made one thing certain at Cristina El Shahawi’s memorial Wednesday: they would not focus on her death, but her life.
Finding something to eat may not be a problem for most students here in Hempstead, but one newly formed club seeks to address a global issue that leaves millions hungry outside of our campus gates. Hofstra University Hunger Project, or HUnger, was founded late last Spring as a campus chapter of Universities Fighting World Hunger. The club seeks to generate hunger awareness and raise funds to donate to the UN World Food Programme.
Elisa dos Santos, a junior business economics major originally from Brazil, was inspired to form HUnger while searching for a speech topic to present to a class. After endlessly searching for a theme, Santos finally thought about hunger in the world today. She decided on the topic of hunger and made her speech, but didn’t stop there.
“Hunger is one of the main problems in the world. There are at least 925 million people going to bed hungry every night and I don’t think many people know about it,” said Dos Santos.
Over Spring Break 2012, a group of 12 Hofstra students ventured to El Paso, Texas to help a needy family build a new home. The trip was sanctioned by Habitat for Humanity—a non-profit organization dedicated to building homes for those in need—but also gave the students ample opportunity to explore the culture of El Paso.
The trip is centered on building a house for a family who is unable to do so for themselves. Through the trip, students are able to make are to contribute to a great cause, while still being able to make great connections and sight-see. Along with the students, the family, whose house is being built, also contributes to the work. The family consists of a mother, father, and three young girls—aged 4, 8, and 12. Habitat for Humanity requires the family to put in at least 200-250 hours of work into the construction of the house. Once the house is built, the mortgage is handled by Habitat for Humanity so that there is less of a financial strain put on the family.
The Barstool Blackout Tour sponsored by Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity drew hundreds of University students last week in an event filled with fancy lighting, loud music, and neon clothes. The event is a fraternity tour created by BarstoolU and Barstool Sports. Since last year, BarstoolU and Barstool Sports have toured around the country visiting various cities and universities, showing them a great time. The parties usually consist of black lights, strobe lights, fog, deejays and lasers.
Preparation for the event took nearly three months and ample effort from many members of Pi Kappa Alpha.