Category Archives: Enviornment

Students donate time on Alternative Spring Break

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.

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Panel recalls Sandy’s difficulties for journalists

On Nov. 28, nearly three weeks after Hurricane Sandy devastated Long Island, five journalists gathered at Hofstra University to discuss their personal storm experiences and to describe how the storm will change the way in which the news industry deals with high caliber storms in the future.

The panel took place at 7 p.m. in Breslin Hall. The panel, which went by the name Covering Sandy: Amazing Tales and Lessons Learned, was hosted by The Press Club of Long Island and the Hofstra School of Communication. The panel consisted of speakers David North of WALK Radio, David Lopez of Newsday, Judy Martin of News 12, Bruce Avery of WRHU, and Kristen Maldonado, a senior journalism student at Hofstra.

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Students put more effort into less energy

For the first time, Hofstra has decided to partner with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and become active in the Campus Conservation Nationals.  The Campus Conservation Nationals is a nationwide competition that challenges residents of colleges and universities to save as much energy as possible, within a three-week competition period.

Patrick Lane, the USGBC Students Program Lead, oversees the Campus Conservation Nationals.
“The USGBC helps students by giving them a platform to organize their energy expenses and, in the process, become better occupants of both the dorms, and the earth” said Lane.  ”I have found it to be truly amazing to work with people who are pushing the boundaries and seeing students take things into their own hands”.

Grounds Department uses dogs to control Canada geese population on athletic fields

Hofstra Grounds Department began an initiative on Feb. 23 to contain Canada geese after receiving a steady stream of complaints from University athletes, coaches and staff members regarding their loud presence and accumulated droppings on the fields. The geese tend to migrate toward the University during the winter months. The department says this process is as humane as possible, and that the animals involved will not be harmed in any way.

According to Fred Soviero, director of the Grounds Department, who also overlooks the University’s bird sanctuary, there is nowhere else on campus for the University to institute a habitat for the geese to live in.

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