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Happy Thanksgiving 2013!

autumnal scene
autumnal scene

Whether it’s turkey and football at grandma’s house or Chinese takeout on the couch, Thanksgiving is about family – however you celebrate. We asked some members of the Hofstra family to share their Thanksgiving traditions:

anna pendleton.jpeg Anna Pendleton ’15
Major: Linguistics and Spanish
Orono, Minnesota

“My family always makes this thing called bubblegum. It’s a dish with cranberries  and marshmallows. It’s so tasty!”



Roberto Hernandez.jpeg Roberto Hernandez ’17
Major: Marketing
Roosevelt, New York

“We eat traditional foods from El Salvador like pupusas and empanadas. We just  wait for Black Friday.”



Martin Melkonian.jpeg Prof. Martin Melkonian
Department of Economics
Uniondale, New York

“We start the morning with a football game with my sons and friends at Grove  Street Park. We usually do Thanksgiving at my house, but this year my daughter- in-law offered to give my wife a break. If we can, we like to play pinochle.”


alexandra engelson.jpeg Alexandra Engelson ’15
Major: Public Relations
Great Neck, New York

“My mom eats her oatmeal and we sit on the couch to watch the parade.”




Mallika Hall.jpeg Malika Hall’15
Major: Engineering
Brooklyn, New York

“We all meet at my grandma’s house. We always watch the home videos from  when we were little kids.”



christina russo.jpeg Christina Russo ’15
Major: Vocal Performance
Levittown, New York

“Sparkling cider is always on the table.”




Justin Maciera  Justin Maciera ’15
Major: Photography
Washington, D.C.

“We get sushi for dinner.”




Melody Torkian.jpeg Melody Torkian ’15
Major: Speech Pathology
Great Neck, New York

“I’m Persian so we make different kinds of Persian foods and we make the turkey a  different way like with curry spices.  We have different ways of cooking the  traditional meal.”


Anibel Vargas.jpeg Anibel Vargas ’17
Major: Business
Manhattan, New York

“Instead of turkey for Thanksgiving, we do pork. We also usually go to the movies  during the day.”



anthony scarimbolo.jpeg Anthony Scarimbolo ’17
Major: Business and Finance
Jericho, New York

“I go to my grandma’s. The guys watch football and she cooks. Very Italian style.”




Ashley Barnes.jpeg Ashley Barnes ’15
Major: Music
Central Islip, New York

“We watch the parade and before the meal, we pray. Then we say what we are  thankful for, and after dinner, we sit around telling jokes and stories.”




Andrew Spieldenner.jpeg Prof. Andrew Spieldenner
Department of Rhetoric
New York, New York

“It is traditional to see family and we enjoy Chinese delivery like most other New  Yorkers.”




Crystal Rivero.jpeg Crystal Rivero ’17
Major: Journalism
Mineola, NY

“We watch the parade and we do a big meal. We like to eat a lot of food!”




Reporting by Emilie Yonan ’15

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