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.
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.
“If anybody wants to claim that the world isn’t getting warmer, then it’s on them to prove it,” said Dr. J. Bret Bennington, a Hofstra geology professor in a moment of frustration during Wednesday’s panel on climate change.
As part of Earth Week, the Center for Civic Engagement and Honors College co-sponsored a panel for 100 attendees to focus on the recent abnormal weather patterns and how they affect global health. Along with Bennington, two other University professors, Robert Brinkmann and Kathleen Wallace, sat on the panel with Dr. Perry Sheffield, an assistant professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine; and John Maguire, the manager at the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management.
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.
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.