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Letter From the Editors: Olivia Wicik

Dear Readers,

As we get back into the grind of things after the mess that Hurricane Sandy brought upon us, I would like to say that I hope you and your family and friends are all re-cooperating well. The devastation that Long Island endured is something that will surely not be forgotten anytime soon. Although the past few weeks have created excruciating and unwelcome circumstances for many of us — the sense of community I have seen among us Long Islanders has been overwhelming, in a very heartwarming way. I’ve heard countless stories of students helping those in need, even when their own personal situations weren’t ideal. We should be nothing but proud that we go to this school and are surrounded by so many great people. And of course, we’re New Yorkers and will get through this. Good try Sandy, but we’re still standing.

Due to the severe weather conditions and inaccessibility to many of our resources, the Pioneer was unable to publish an issue during the weeks we didn’t have class. We sincerely apologize that you weren’t able to pick up a copy of your campus newspaper for two weeks. However, we do hope that you were able to check our website,, and stay informed. We’re also pleased to announce that we will be publishing an extra issue this semester, on December 12, since so many students will be on campus making up classes that week.

It’s been a hectic semester and the chaos of finals is right around the corner. Remember to stay positive and try not to get overwhelmed. With Thanksgiving being next week, I think this year we can truly be appreciative of how fortunate we are. The losses that some families experienced from the Hurricane have been incredibly sad and now more than ever, it’s important to be thankful for what we do have. Personally, I am thankful for our hardworking staff, having a Co-Editor-in-Chief who is literally the ying to my yang, and the most thoughtful advisor possible. The Pioneer has come a long way this semester and I’m proud and thankful for what we were able to accomplish. We wish you the best — with Hurricane recovery, finals and everything in between! As always, we appreciate any and all feedback. Reach us at

Olivia Wicik

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