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No home? No problem!
For students who find themselves stuck on campus over the Thanksgiving break, Hofstra Vice President of Student Affairs, Sandra Johnson can help you feel right at home for the holidays.
It’s become somewhat of a tradition in the Johnson household to open their home on Thanksgiving to students who are unable to venture back to their own families for the special day.
Whether it’s a student with an athletic commitment, one that stays to fulfill work obligations, or an international student who is unable to make the long trip home for a holiday not celebrated in their country, Johnson’s generous tradition allows them a place to enjoy a comfortable family environment and a delicious Thanksgiving feast.
Johnson and her family have opened their doors to others for many years now, and normally have a very nice turnout from students looking for a place to get away.
In fact, for this year’s Turkey Day, student interest was so high, she actually had to place a limit on the number of students allowed to sign up at the risk of running out of room at her residence.
So no matter what the story is for being stuck at Hofstra over Thanksgiving break, VP of Student Affairs, Sandra Johnson, is always there to make students feel right at home and to teach them the traditions of this timeless American holiday.
Isn’t that something to be thankful for?
Members of the Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network (CCAN) took to the pavement over the weekend in the 3rd Annual “Strides for Stripes” 5-kilometer Zebra Walk.
Supporters flocked to Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, Saturday, in order to raise funds and awareness for this cancer, all while getting some exercise with friends and family.
Participants, many of whom had a close connection with carcinoid cancer, trekked around the walk paths of the scenic park, paying a $20 registration fee, in an attempt to gain support for the research of cures for this threatening illness.
According to the CCAN’s website, carcinoid cancer is part of a group of tumors that grow in the hormone producing cells of the human body.
Although considered a rare disease, over 11,000 new patients are diagnosed every year, and there are currently 125,000 known cases of it in the U.S. today.
Since it has been considered “rare,” compared to other forms of cancer, it has had low priority in terms of medical research thus far.
For one weekend morning in November, Long Island residents attempted to promote awareness to end that trend.
And we all know, a little can go a long way.
Could it be…fuel for your wallet?
In this economy, everybody is looking for ways to save money, and a cheaper gas fill-up means a happy wallet for consumers nationwide.
Based off the recent trends, lower gas prices are exactly what Long Island residents may be able to expect in the near future.
According to John Callegari of Long Island Business News, gas prices fell 4.4 cents per gallon on average last week, as the downward trend continued here on the Island.
With the average retail price for gasoline on Long Island at $3.68 per gallon this past week, prices have already dropped 26.8 cents from the average last month.
However, even with the recent drop, Long Island gas prices still sit high above the national average, at $3.42 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.com.
The trends indicate that Long Island gas prices normally do sit higher than the national (and even statewide) average, which can be equated to its close proximity to a major metropolitan area.
Yet even with its higher than average prices, Long Island residents can be hopeful heading into the next few weeks.
According to CBS New York, oil analyst Peter Beutel says gasoline prices should continue to drop on the Island as we head toward the end of the month.
Wouldn’t that be nice?
One of the top stories circulating around the web, today, was about a CIA drone killing of a U.S. born radical Islamist in Yemen.
When I put the story headlines in the Wordle, right away I could see that it was telling me that a cleric was involved in some sort of killing in Yemen.
I was able to formulate this assumptions because the most prominent words in this Wordle were “Yemen,” “Cleric,” and “Killed.”
I was not surprised to see that these were the most prominent words as they all seemed to be in every headline I entered into the page.
However, I was surprised to see that the phrase “U.S. born” and the term “al-Qaeda” did not seem to have as much prominence, as I felt them both to be in many of the headlines that I chose.
Before entering the headlines into the Wordle, I would have expected those two terms to be among the biggest words in the cloud, however, this was not the case.
Yet while many of the headlines had similar words or phrases in them, I felt as though they all did a very good job at shaping their own way of headlining the story, by ordering the words differently, and including different terms such as “CIA,” “drone,” or “Muslim” here and there.
Every headline was slightly different in its own way.
This past week, a major corporation and the technology world as we know it lost an icon.
Steve Jobs, Co-founder and former CEO of Apple, Inc., who has introduced many of the gadgets that have become a mainstay in society today, passed away at age 56 after succumbing to pancreatic cancer.
In a tribute to the passing of the Apple Chairman, The Economist published an article yesterday entitled, “Steve Jobs: A Genius Departs.”
Within the article, the magazine included a time-line of Jobs’ many accomplishments from his co-founding of Apple in 1976, to his resignation from Apple’s CEO position in August of this year.
This time-line did, in fact, enhance the article’s credibility as it added a valuable visual element to the already detailed text portion it contained.
The article spent a lot of time discussing Jobs’ many different accomplishments, and innovations he brought to the technology world during his career in the business.
It included great detail to go along with each accomplishment in order to educate the reader about just the type of man Jobs’ was, and how valuable he had been to our society’s technological revolution.
With the inclusion of the timeline in the article, it allows the reader to take a break from the long, detailed text, and lets them see all of his accomplishments listed, by date, in one simple chart.
This makes it easier for people to read the article (as it basically bullet points a good portion of it), and it allows the reader a visual representation that helps them to better understand Jobs’ progression through his life and career, and his influence over the current state of the global technology world.
Steve Jobs was an innovator, and through the use of this timeline in The Economist‘s tribute article to him, now everybody can see just how innovative he really was.