Compensation for College Athletes

College athletes have recently been in the public eye more than usual. Since the Northwestern University football team has been granted the right to unionize, there has been an intense debate whether college athletes should receive more compensation then college tuition. While some believe college athletes should be compensated for the revenue they bring to their school, others believe that college athletics still is not professional and tuition is enough compensation.

Elizabeth Clemente, Oluwa Falodun, Nihal Hameed and Mallika Choudhary and I created a video, slide roll, Storify and infographic to look deeper into the debate about college athletes receiving compensation.

The following article is an profile of Leslie Jackman, a college football player from Rutgers. Jackman also played football for Hofstra University and still dreams to play in the NFL one day.

Long Island Football Player Dreams of Joining NFL

A lot of people daydream of what it’s like to be a professional athlete, someone who is able to perform feats of strength and speed that the average person could not fathom. Leslie Jackman is that kind of athlete. Born and raised on Long Island, Jackman has always been at the peak of competition on every level. “Football is just something I’ve always loved and held very dear,” says Jackman. “It taught me the importance of putting everything you can give in to something you love. I can point back to football with just about anything good that either I represent or anything good I’ve ever done.”

Leslie Jackman attended Freeport High School. He was an All-Long Island recipient, an award to recognize the best football player in the region. He helped lead his team to a Long Island championship. “Just from the way he played in high school, you can tell how much he loved the game,” said Natalie, his sister. “If they lost, his entire personality changed… His face dropped.”

Leslie Jackman chose to attend Rutgers University, where he played for three out of his four years of college (scouting report). While attending and playing football at Rutgers, Jackman was roommates with Ray Rice, the running back for the Baltimore Ravens, one of the best RBs in the NFL. “Rutgers was surreal. Even though I didn’t play a lot, I got to see other elite players and how hard they worked,” said  Jackman. “Watching Ray work, that really blew me away. He’s a different beast.”  Jackman says that nothing helped his athletic prowess more than practicing with NFL caliber players. It became clear to Jackman  that college players were worth a lot of money, even in the span of seconds, as seen with Aaron Harrison’s shot in the NCAA tournament (Forbes).

Leslie Jackman transferred in his senior year to Hofstra University, where he started in each of the 12 games he played. Jackman says, “Hofstra ended up being more of a home to me than Rutgers, I felt more in the spotlight, more welcomed…I think athletics at the college level improved my skill.  We put our blood, sweat, and tears into the game, literally, it’s a full-time job on top of school.  There should be some pay-out for that.”  Today Leslie Jackman is working with professional trainers to prepare for NFL tryouts.

Check out this video to hear what Hofstra students have to say about college athletes receiving compensation.

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Below is a slideshow of photos of college athletics from around Hofstra University.

Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 11.55.08 PMCheck out the storify we created. The disparities between opinions are clear; some believe college athletes should be paid, while others are strongly against it.

Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 11.57.57 PMLastly, check out the infographic we made displaying different statistics ranging from the amount of athletes living below the poverty line, to the amount of money coaches make.

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Controversial Obamacare reaches 7 million enrollment goal

The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010. The law, which aims to reform the health care system in America, has been the center of controversy between Republicans and Democrats. Due to enrollment difficulties and a faulty website, the rollout of the law was not as successful as planned. However, a surge of sign-ups in the last week before the deadline of April 1 allowed the White House to meet its initial enrollment goal of 7 million.

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What do Hofstra Students know about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

The mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has gripped the attention of the world. The plane was traveling with 239 passengers on board from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared over 30 days ago. After weeks of searching and no answers, Australian officials are confident they are finally searching in the right area. Signals have been picked up that are believed to be from the black box from the Malaysia Airlines Flight.

People all over the world have been intrigued by the story of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The story has been breaking news for weeks. How informed are the students at Hofstra University?

Check out this video I made of students’ answers and their understanding of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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Donna Sloan, the Assistant Director at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center

The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is a leading center for children and adults with autism. Donna Sloan, an Assistant Director, has been working at the center for 13 years, and does not plan on stopping anytime soon.

The center is specialized to work with students who have an autism spectrum disorder or behavioral issues. The school program has students ranging from the ages of 3 to 21, while the adult program is for clients 21 and older. Sloan is the assistant director of the adolescent and adult program so she works mostly with students and clients from the ages of 14 to 40.

Although Sloan does not work directly with the students on a daily basis, watching them accomplish their individual goals is the best part of her job. Sloan has been working with adolescents and adults with autism for over 25 years and could not imagine her life doing anything else.

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A St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration wearing green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Visitors enjoyed food, fun and traditional Irish music, while taking a step back in time.

The Old Bethpage Village Restoration, located in Nassau County, gives people the chance to experience what a village on Long Island would look like during the mid-19th century. Actors, dressed in clothing common to that time period, walk around the village and complete tasks reminiscent of 19th century farm village work.

It was a beautiful sunny day for the St. Patrick’s Celebration. The village was decorated with Irish flags, shamrocks, and balloons with traditional Irish music playing from outdoor speakers. At O’Malley’s Inn, children enjoyed getting their face painted and learning about the wild animals brought to the celebration by Tackapausha Museum and Preserve.

A short walk down the hill from O’Malley’s Inn was the Restoration farm, called McLaughlin’s Public House for the day. Visitors ate traditional Irish food like corn beef and cabbage, and adults enjoyed different Irish beers. As people sat at the long tables spread throughout the barn, they enjoyed music by the live band.

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Facilities at Hofstra’s School of Communication

Hofstra University’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication enables students to prepare for a career in communications. State of the art technology, currently used by professionals, is available for student use.

Check out this slideshow I made of Hofstra’s awesome facilities.

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The Sights and Sounds of Artist David Jacobs at the Emily Lowe Gallery

Erika Genova, a junior at Hofstra University, viewing David Jacobs's "Dream Frame" created in 1986.

Erika Genova, a junior at Hofstra University, viewing David Jacobs’s “Dream Frame” created in 1986.

Hofstra University’s Emily Lowe Gallery will be the temporary home to the artwork of David Jacobs for the next two months. Be prepared to not only see Jacobs’s work, but to also hear it.

When I first arrived at the gallery, it felt cold and empty with random pieces of metal stuck together and hung on the wall. But the pieces in the gallery are more than what you immediately see. At first they appear to be nothing more than metal welded together. When I got a closer look, the artwork started to come to life.

"Big Dipper", 1987. The image is created by the lines on the larger metal pieces.

“Big Dipper”, 1987. The image is created by the lines on the larger pieces of metal.

David Jacobs's "Wah Wah" sculptures take up the left side of the gallery. The columns emit a low humming sound.

David Jacobs’s “Wah Wah” sculptures take up the left side of the gallery. The columns emit a low humming sound.

The most striking and largest piece of work takes up the entire left side of the room. They are called “Sound Columns Environment.” Five large columns of black rubber are suspended from the ceiling with rows of aluminum pipes stretching onto the floor. The aluminum pipes are all different sizes and the columns are staggered so they are not in a single line. They are the most interesting sculptures in the gallery. Not only do they catch your attention because of their size, but because of the low humming noise coming from them.

Visitors of the gallery can borrow an iPod from the front desk, and listen to commentary about each piece of artwork narrated by David Jacobs.

Jacobs explains how the columns of the “Wah Wah” sculptures create sound. “The sounds are from air breaking on lips of aluminum pipes, which are varying lengths to be slightly out of tune,” Jacobs narrates.

As I walked around the “Wah Wah”columns I could hear different sounds. At certain spots the humming was more prominent compared to other spots. In an article by the New York Times, Jacobs calls those spots, the “sweet spots.” As I walked around the “Wah Wah” columns identify the “sweet spots.” For that moment, I felt like it was less about the physical sculptures and more about the sounds I heard.

“Originally I thought the columns were interesting, but it didn’t affect me much,” said Erika Genova, a junior at Hofstra University. “But once I walked around the columns I began to like that piece because it made different sounds and it made me close my eyes to see where the sound would take me.”

Another interesting piece of work is the “Head Columns I, II,” which are two separate pieces of metal but when viewed head on, create the outline of a head. “We see the image not in metal, but in nothing,” Jacobs says on the commentary track.

“It didn’t look like anything until I looked straight at it,” said Jennifer Corbett, a junior at Hofstra. “It felt like I was part of the piece.”

 An eye-level view of the "Head Columns I,II." The image of the head is suggested from the outline made by the metal pieces.

An eye-level view of the “Head Columns I,II.” The image of the head is suggested from the outline made by the metal pieces.

David Jacobs’s artwork is more than what first meets the eye, or the ear. Artwork does not have to be big and colorful to grab the viewers attention. I first thought the pieces were just metal, but they were so much more than that. Because the pieces are not that exciting to look at, I could hear them even better.

"Ursula," 1959,  is an assemblage piece made of scrape metal. It is placed lower to the ground because it is meant to be viewed from above.

“Ursula,” 1959, is an assemblage piece made of scrape metal. It is placed closer to the ground because it is meant to be viewed from above.

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