Monday, October 24, 2022

How to get into the Halloween Spirit

It’s time to welcome a new season! Fall is here and there are so many activities to get you into the Autumn mood. Whether you prefer to stay in and paint a pumpkin with a warm cup of apple cider, or go out for a walk through fields of corn, the options are endless in how we can enjoy the new season.

This time of year can be overwhelming for students as they are taking on midterm exams, and adjusting to the colder weather and earlier sunset, while also balancing their individual responsibilities. Through these experiences, it is important for their families to remind them to take a step back and welcome the new season. It could be a refreshing feeling to acknowledge the changes going on in their environment.

Visit a pumpkin patch

Just 20 minutes from Hofstra’s campus is F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm in Melville. Here you can walk through a huge field with hundreds of rows filled with pumpkins for you to take home! There are hayrides, a corn maze, a petting zoo, mini golf, a haunted house, and more. The Melville farm even has concession stands to satisfy your craving for freshly roasted corn during your visit. You can check out their website at for more details.

Paint a pumpkin

For those who prefer to nestle up in the warmth of their bedroom: ring in the Fall with some pumpkin painting! Now for those who are not confident in their artistic abilities, consider the fact that art has been known to decrease stress and is often used in therapy to reflect, express, and decompress. You may find that something as simple as painting polka dots on the pumpkin can give you a chance to step away from your work or school, and allow you to tap into your inner child.

Grab a coffee and bite to eat

Feeling spooky? Journey down Hempstead Turnpike and grab a bite to eat at the Witches Brew!  This witch themed cafe is festive and delicious. The menu offers lots of amazing vegan dishes, as well as tasty treats and coffees. What better way to get in the Halloween spirit than dining at the Witches Brew?

See a movie

Kick back and enjoy the show! Prepared to be scared out of your seats while watching the newest edition to the Halloween trilogy, Halloween Ends.  Make a trip to the movies right down the road from campus at AMC Roosevelt Field 8 - Garden City, New York 11530.


Join the Caribbean Student Association for a Halloween party in Hofstra USA. $5 tickets available in advance of the event, and $10 tickets available at the door .

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

A Journey Through Hofstra's Museum

By Logan Grasso

If you ever wake up from a dream confused, know that it’s because there is no more disorienting thing than living in reality.

Broaden your mind with each stygian stroke of ink. Open your eyes to the iridescent canvas collection interspersed by immaculate emulsion. View the world as it was meant to be seen. 

Standing at the center of Hofstra’s Museum, through the soles of my shoes, I could feel them. The rapid beating of a thousand wings. It’s that same sensation when ideas take flight. Just below the ground, the vibrations of my thoughts were all I felt. Frantic, screeching, untamed. Circling in the pitch black darkness of my mind until radiant colors gave them meaning. 

Whether you purposely search for a deeper meaning to art or not, the experience alone is bound to give you the insight that you crave. Thoughts can be conveyed through visual means, a perfect picture brought to life before your very eyes. A transmission of sound or written words form an image in your mind until what you see internally is crafted into reality. 

Photographs capturing that materiality are placed in the same exhibition. Windows to your imagination show the world as it is, monochrome and in dire need of the sun’s vibrant splashing sunbeams. Illuminate those pictures with your perception as you peer closely. See through the smog of smokeshafts and relish in the stretch of a city’s promise to be better.

Enter the realm of abstract thoughts by stepping foot in Hofstra University’s Museum of Art. Fresh Off The Press printworks meshed with phenomenal photographs are available to you completely free of admission. August 16 2022 to January 27 2023 provides you with ample opportunity to relish in the realism of these art pieces. September 6 to December 9th 2022 will give you additional articulacy to consider should you find yourself longing for more. 

(Both can be found at Emily Lowe Gallery and David Filderman Gallery, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library on the south side of campus.)

Once you establish your discernment of what you see, share those conceptions with others! September 8th 2022 will mark the celebration of the exhibition where light refreshments will be made available 4:30 - 6:30 PM. Admission is free, but be sure to RSVP to 516.463.5672!

(Located at Emily Lowe Gallery, behind Emily Lowe Hall. South Campus.)

October 6th 2022 will welcome Guest Curator Susannah Ray, who will be leading a tour of the gallery from 4:00 to 5:00 PM. Should you wish to not be alone with your enlightenment of the exhibit, this will be a great opportunity to learn more about the displayed pieces. Again, admission is free, but you should RSVP quickly to 516.463.5672!

(Located at Emily Lowe Gallery, behind Emily Lowe Hall. South Campus.)

And lastly, should you wish to learn about the methods of printmaking that led to these artworks’ creations, join the Director and Exhibition Curator Karen T. Albert on November 3rd from 4:00 to 5:00 PM for an elaborative explanation completely free of admission! Thoroughly explore the varying techniques of intaglio, lithography, and more! Just RSVP to 516.463.5672!

(Located at David Filderman Gallery, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library. Ninth Floor. South Campus.)

The next time you lay your head to rest and close your eyes, try visualizing what you see at the exhibit and your dreams may just very well turn into reality!