Thursday, April 30, 2015

Club Sports Roundup

Hofstra Men’s Club Lacrosse won the New York Metro Conference Championship and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen with an emphatic 14-4 victory over Fordham on Wednesday, April 22nd. A raucous Shuart Stadium set the scene for the squad's final conference fixture, in which Joseph Baker netted five goals. Martin Beer and Dylan Wills also registered multi-goal games, each notching two, while Ryan Cook, Sam Juris, Bodie Pate, Greg Stengel, and Dennis Costa took the tally to 14 with one goal a piece. Brad Griminger and Amit Nath both had assists. The team traveled to Rutgers University on Saturday, April 25th, with the prospect of a win placing them in the Elite 8. Unfortunately, despite a hat-trick from Moner Mosa, and goals from Joe Baker, Ryan Cook, and Dylan Wills, Rutgers advanced with a 12-6 win, bringing the Pride’s exciting season to a end.

Hofstra Men’s Club Soccer had their second game of the season on Saturday, April 25th, making the short trip to take on local rivals Stony Brook. Chibuzo Nwosu broke the deadlock and gave the Pride a 1-0 lead at halftime, but a second half surge from the opposition ended the match 4-1. Hofstra Women’s Club Soccer had better luck, and topped off a sunny Sunday morning with a 2-1 win over Adelphi on April 26th.

Hofstra Women's Club Soccer after their 2-1 win over Adelphi.

Hofstra Club Baseball traveled down to Towson University on Saturday, April 25th for a weekend series against the Tigers. The Pride fell short 12-8 in game one, but showed great resilience to turn their fortunes around, winning the next two games 10-9 and 7-2. Justin Cusano and Joe Zapata both impressed from the mound, each securing a complete game win. Nick Cavallino went 4-10 with a double, two RBIS, three runs, and a walk. Aaron Brown went 5-10 with a pair of doubles, two RBIs, four runs, a stolen base and two walks. Thanks to this latest victory, the club remains in the running for a spot in the North Atlantic Regional Playoffs.

With the 2014-2015 season coming to a close, Hofstra Quidditch took second in the Big Apple Quidditch Conference Tournament. The conference is made up of ten teams from the tri-state area, including NYU, Stony Brook, and New Haven. The team will next be in action on Saturday, May 9th in the Mercenary Tournament on the Hofstra Intramural fields.

Hofstra Quidditch celebrates their 2nd place performance in the Big Apple Quidditch Conference Tournament.

Hofstra Women’s Rugby Club hosted the Gohring Tournament on Saturday, April 25th, which included an Alumni team and LIU Brooklyn. The highlight of the day was the Pride's thrilling 17-14 victory over LIU Brooklyn. 

Hofstra Women's Rugby Club in action in the Gohring Tournament held on the Intramural Rugby Field.

Hofstra’s 29 Club Sports are always looking for new members and welcome all experience levels.  If you would like to find out more information about joining one of our clubs, please visit and click on the ‘Club Sports’ tab, or feel free to visit us at the Hofstra Fitness Center with any questions you may have!
Ruby Staplehurst, Guest Blogger
Graduate Assistant, Recreation and Intramural Sports

Friday, April 24, 2015

2015 Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month Reception

Reflecting on this past Spring semester, we want to highlight our last heritage month reception. On April 22, 2015, the Multicultural & InternationalStudent Programs Office (MISPO) held the reception to celebrate the 2015 Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

“Many Traditions, One Voice.” Allie Koo, junior year Korean-American student at Hofstra who is majoring in Linguistics and student worker at MISPO, brought the theme to our audiences at this event. As Allie said in the reception "When people hear the terms Asian or Pacific Islander, they think about one specific country or culture instead of the many cultural variations that exist in the community.  Our theme for this month explores the diversity that exists in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities."
Next followed traditional Japanese dances from the Long Island Japanese Cultural Center. Two performers performed the congratulatory dance which is using crane as a symbol to wish everyone a long life and good fortune and the Noh dance “Shiki Sanban” to celebrate the great harvest. 

Dr. Ying Qiu, Director of Asian Center at Hofstra University, was this year’s key note speaker.  She shared her experience in the past 17 years in different countries and fields.  Her speech touched on two different cultures that influence large populations in Asia – Confucianism and Buddhism.  She shared her father’s story to tell the audiences “Education can change people’s life.”  She also shared her experience of her 1st day in Thailand about the kindness of the Thai people.  At the end, she encouraged everyone to take advantage of all the diversity programs offered by Hofstra to learn more diversity.  It will benefit everyone’s life in today’s global world. 

At the end of the events, Jason Spradley, the graduate assistant in MISPO, had an explanation and presentation of our takeaway item – the flowering tea.

Please share your stories and experiences on social media using #HUAsianPacific.