After being closed for a month from damage due to Hurricane Sandy, Leo F. Giblyn Elementary School in Freeport finally opened its doors on Monday, December 10th. It took a lot of hard work and resiliency, but the faculty is glad to be back home after being displaced to different schools throughout the town. Just four days following their reopening, the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary happened in Newtown, CT. The staff at Leo F. Giblyn was left heartbroken and are making sure that their students are safe.
The 2012-2013 Hofstra basketball team prepares for a comeback season after their 10-22 finish last year. After dropping their first 2 games of the 2012-2013 campaign, the Pride are working hard at practice to get in the winning column.
Hofstra University is looking to regain its pride after four members of the basketball team were arrested on burglary charges. Sophomore Shaquille Stokes, and freshmen Jimmy Hall, Kentrell Washington, and Dallas Anglin were accused of stealing electronics from dormitories.
Since the story broke Thursday morning, members of the Hofstra community have expressed disappointment about their fellow students.
“It is surprising that people can do something like that, especially if it was a friend that they were stealing from,” sophomore Laurel Smith said.
“I knew the guys, they were always friendly,” junior Sidney Madden said. “It was a slap in the face, you have a really good deal here being a D1 basketball player.”
“Everyone makes mistakes, but this was just really stupid,” junior Shurita Lundi said.
The players are accused of stealing a Sony laptop, headphones, three MacBooks, two iPads, an iPod, and cash from three campus dorms. Several of the electronics were sold online.
In a statement released by Hofstra Athletics, the players have been “immediately suspended from the basketball team, classes, residence halls and facilities, pending the outcome of their case.”
Hurricane Sandy took a major toll on Long Island. Many were left without power and with damaged homes due to this superstorm. The storm also left many having trouble getting gas with lines stretching miles long and waits of up to ten hours long.
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The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center 11 years ago is something that will never forget. The memory of this disastrous day in our country is still on the minds of many as the Hofstra community remembered 9/11 on Tuesday.
“It’s a tragedy no matter who you are as an American…it’s a tragedy for anybody whether you have family or not and it’s sad,” said Lieutenant Colonel David Daniel. Lieutenant Colonel Daniel is the professor of military science for Hofstra University’s ROTC program. He is a part of this remembrance ceremony at Hofstra every year as a way to remember what happened and how it changed us and the rest of the world.
Hofstra students were on hand with most just being around ten years old at the time of the terrorist attacks. Most students at the time were in school on 9/11, which happened to fall on a sunny Tuesday morning as well. School was exactly where Hofstra senior, Harrison Knowles was as he recalled the memory of his morning of September 11, 2001. Knowles described the importance of never forgetting what happened on that tragic day.
“We just need to remember our history. We can’t steer away from that. It’s very important to never forget the actions and the atrocities that occurred that day. It can only be a learning process for not only America, but the rest of the world.”
Hofstra students planted USA flags at the courtyard outside Brower Hall in honor of September 11th. Flags were placed in an outlined border of the map of the United States of America. Most of the flags were placed in the area of New York on the map. While many of the Hofstra students might have been too young to realize the magnitude of this, the memory of that day is still fresh in the minds of all of them.
Tuesday was no ordinary sunny summer day on Hofstra University’s campus. It was a day of remembrance for those we lost on that same sunny Tuesday afternoon 11 years ago. It is important that the future generations continue to remember and pass on what happened and how our country has grown from it. There are no amount of years that go by where honoring 9/11 will become a thing of the past.