Hofstra University has changed the way it will host the 2013 Commencement Ceremony. In past years, the University held the ceremony in the James M. Stuart Stadium and allowed for graduating students to have an unlimited amount of guests attend to see them receive their diploma. However, for this year—and years to come—Hofstra has decided to move the ceremony to the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex and limit the amount of guests each student can have in attendance at the event.
The decision to change the event’s structure was made over the summer of 2012. Each year, Hofstra officials meet to discuss how they can improve the events that Hofstra hosts. Graduation—being one of the most important events—was of major discussion at this year’s meeting. After lengthy discussion, Hofstra decided it must change the way the event is structured. This was due mainly to constant concerns with the weather.
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Hosting one of the 2012 Presidential Debates is the most significant event in the history of Hofstra University. Not only does the debate generate the attention of possible Hofstra enrollees, but it also cements Hofstra’s place into United States history. With this debate, Hofstra will become just the second university in United States history to be chosen by the Commission on Presidential Debates to host back-to-back presidential debates (2008 and 2012). The only other university to have done this is Washington University in St. Louis (2000 and 2004). This, of course, is a monumental achievement for Hofstra, but how much pressure has it placed on the University, those who work there, and its students?
In order to host a Presidential Debate, there is an innumerable amount of tasks that must be accomplished by a university. Each department, despite its usual focus, plays a part in making the debate a success. This ranges from public safety and video production, to everything in-between.
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Lackmann Culinary Services, Hofstra’s main, on campus food provider, has posted signs in Hofstra’s dining halls detailing the company’s success at keeping on campus food prices the same as they were in 2011. Hofstra and Lackmann were able to agree upon not raising prices in 2012/2013, despite rising food prices that have been seen outside of Hofstra.
Linda Pianelli, Marketing Manager for Lackmann Culinary Services at Hofstra University, stated that the signs posted in the dining halls are a part of Lackmann’s “You First” service program.
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As students worry about class registration this month, the University’s faculty and administration continue to debate about increasing class size limits.
If passed, the increase would create more spots in classes for students. For example, if a class currently has a maximum size of 30 students, then an increase could cause the maximum size of that class could be to 35 students. However, even after the class is closed at 35 students, additional students could enroll with special permission from their respective departments.
The stem of the controversy surrounding this issue begins with the Collective Bargaining Agreement By and Between Hofstra University and The Hofstra Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (The CBA), which is a contract drawn up between the administration and faculty.
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