Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hofstra Roller Hockey

One of greatest opportunities available to Hofstra students is the chance to play on a club sports team: they get to travel, engage the community and build friendships that will last their entire lives. One of the most popular, active such teams on campus is the Hofstra Roller Hockey Club. Hofstra marketing major and B-squad goalie, Craig Camara, describes the team below.

Started 11 years ago, Hofstra’s Roller Hockey team is one of the most successful sports clubs at Hofstra. We consist of two different squads: a Division I team and a B team, which practice and travel to tournaments all around the East Coast together. Coached by native Long Islander, Jim Tamburino, Hofstra’s Division I team finished in third in the Eastern Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (ECRHA), qualifying them for the Nationals tournament in Salt Lake City. Hofstra’s B team also saw a lot of success in the 2011-12 season, finishing the regular season in the second place behind eventual B level national runners up West Chester University.

In addition to its successes at the rink, the Roller Hockey Team does a lot for the community as well. Every year, we team up with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise money for children battling cancer. Along the way, players shave their heads in solidarity with these brave children battling for their lives. In addition to this, we organize a Special Olympics Floor Hockey event each year and has a dodge ball tournament in the works for November to raise money for the team.

Next weekend, Hofstra travels to Glastonbury, CT for the first week of the regular season. Division I will open the season against bitter rivals Stony Brook and West Point, while B opens up against Stony Brook and Northeastern. From there, Hofstra will also have Events in Feasterville, PA, Sewell, NJ, Richmond, VA and two weekends at their home rink in Bethpage, NY. Despite the strength the team already has, we are always looking for new members to come out and play regardless of playing ability or experience.

If you have a student who you think would be interested in playing, please have them contact the team by emailing, liking the team on Facebook, or following their twitter feed.  Also, make sure they keep up with the other sports clubs on campus through the Fitness Center website.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

This past Tuesday, for the second time in as many general election cycles, Hofstra University hosted a Presidential Debate, and the campus was jumping.  Several on-campus viewings were held, from the Student Center to Hofstra USA, and each of them was packed to the hilt as students, staff and guests rushed to be a part of this special occasion.
Throughout the day, hundreds of students were able to enjoy coverage from countless media that flocked to campus in preparation for the night's big event.  They were also privy to expert panels discussing debate theory, pre-debate town halls, and Issue Alley for which 26 student groups set up displays in order to educate their peers about issues important to them.  All of the excitement, however, came to a peak when the two candidates made their way onto the debate floor and proceeded to trade barbs in heated exchange after heated exchange.

Everyone turns their attention to the screen as President Obama
and Governor Romney make their way to the debate stage.
It was remarkable to be on campus during the debate, and witness a over year's worth of hard work pay off in a single night.  We couldn't be prouder in our student body, our staff and everyone else who made the debate possible.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fall Festival: Family Weekend

This past weekend Hofstra University held its annual Fall Festival. This event always gives Hofstra families a chance to enjoy some quality time together throughout the weekend over food and music right on campus, but it could not be possible without the incredible efforts put forth each year by Parent Volunteers. Every time we hold this event, it is amazing to see how much Hofstra Families are willing to do to help us make the weekend run smoothly. From blowing up balloons to decorate the plaza room, to helping direct guests on campus, to helping set up the tent for our Sunday Barbecue, Hofstra Parents always go above and beyond what is asked to make sure everyone gets the most out of their time during these sorts of events. So, thank you to all of our Parent Volunteers, who made Fall Festival 2012 such a success!