After the heavyweight prizefight of the second of three presidential debates, supporters on both sides of the aisle were out in full force in Spin Alley on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Hofstra University. Unsurprisingly, Democrats commended President Barack Obama for coming out strong during the second go-around with challenger Mitt Romney, while Republicans lauded the former Massachusetts governor for what most right-wingers called a formidable performance in the left-leaning state of New York.
What at times mimicked a fight over a turn on the playground slide amongst school children, the two debaters were on the offensive from the get go. This may have been due to their ability to essentially roam freely on the debate hall platform.
“Parents and the old people will remember this—the debates matter. This one coming up on Tuesday and the one last week certainly do,” Matthews declared. “This is either going to have things swing towards Romney or it’s not. A draw will not stop the swing toward Romney. Last week, 67 million people watched the first presidential debate. People will watch to see if Romney will be as good as he was last week. They’re going to watch to see if Obama can come on strong this time. They want to see how Romney is prepared to meet him knowing he’s going to come on headstrong. So it’s going to be quite the climactic event—Romney knowing that Obama has to win and Obama knowing he has to win.”
The campus pumped up its volume for awareness and student outreach, creating various panel events and talks leading up to the second of three presidential debates. The typical college student is undoubtedly influenced by their peers, professors and parents. Political alliances aside, students have expressed both positives and negatives about the possibility of a re-election of Obama or a Romney victory.
If Woody Allen’s fictional Leonard Zelig had a comedic counterpart, it might be Paul Scheer. With his bald pate and trademark gap between his teeth, Scheer has a unique look that’s made him easy to pick out of the various projects he’s worked on since he made his first televised appearance as a character named Toad & Elephant Man in an episode of the defunct Comedy Central sketch comedy series Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB). Younger pop culture fans might know him from his two-season run alongside Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) and Paul Huebel (Childrens Hospital) on MTV’s Human Giant. Or if you watch Nick Jr.’s Yo Gabba Gabba! with your little ones, you’ll see Scheer appearing alongside 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer in the regular segment, “Knock-Knock Joke of the Day.” He was also a regular talking head on VH-1’s weekly pop culture overview Best Week Ever. But currently, Scheer’s highest profile gigs are as nerdy Dr. Andre Nowzick on the FX, fantasy-football driven sitcom The League, and as tough guy lead Trent Hauser, on Adult Swim’s police procedure parody NTSF: SD: SUV::. But given how huge fantasy football has gotten, it is the Nowzick role that has catapulted Scheer and also got the lifelong Jets fan hooked on a sports phenomenon that shows no signs of abating.
When I last had the honor of sitting down with bestselling author and Garden City resident Nelson DeMille, in December 2011, he was nearing completion of his sixth John Corey novel, The Panther. After years of research and long hours holed up in his Garden City office characteristically writing his manuscript in longhand on yellow legal pads, DeMille will see his latest thriller hit bookstore shelves on Oct. 16.
A Book-of-the-Month Club selection, The Panther takes readers on a precarious journey through Yemen with Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, to hunt down the mastermind behind the USS Cole bombing. As with all of his books, there is some truth, some fiction. The setting, which is in one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East, is offset with Corey’s nonstop dry and engaging wit. Even better? The dueling wit that ensues between Cory and Paul Brenner. DeMille fans will remember Brenner from The General’s Daughter and Up Country, and will be delighted to see these two characters brought together for the first time.
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