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The Other Marist Colleges Around the World

When I first applied and got accepted to Marist College four years ago, I had not heard much about what the school was like. Sure, I had heard of the renowned Marist Poll, and I was blown away by the beauty of the campus (and the antics of one Art Himmelberger at Accepted Students Day); however, I had heard little about what the campus was like, aside from a few scripted experts from tour guides. Of course, after I accepted my application to Marist, everyone seemed to know about Marist. “Oh, I have a friend who went there and loved it!” and “My son is currently enrolled, and he really fits in the campus,” are phrases I heard all too frequently. You can stop me if you have also experienced this phenomenom as well.

Imagine my surprise, then, to find out that Marist College in Poughkeepsie is not the only Marist College. And it is not the Florence campus I am talking about. Continue reading

Hidden Gem: Shelly’s Deli

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Shelly’s Deli has become one of the best and most undervalued restaurants in the Hudson Valley since opening earlier this year.

Located at the corner of Violet Avenue and West Dorsey Lane, Shelly’s Deli is just a short drive from the campus of Marist College. However, not many students have had the privilege of venturing through the deli’s doors. This can easily be attributed to the fact that Shelly’s Deli is still less than one-year old, having first opened its doors in January of this year.

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The ‘ME’ Generation Gets Proactive about Social Media Habits

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Ah, social media. Not a day goes by where we are not constantly checking our news feeds for status updates or new photo posts, despite various studies and news reports that correlate social media use with lowered self-esteem. Like most millennials, Marist students as a whole can’t live without social media, but are still very much aware of its downsides and some have even gone on social media cleanses, so to speak.

Kelly Stohr, a sophomore, initially stood up for millennials and their frequent use of social media. “For our generation, it’s less bothersome. It’s part of our society, it’s a part of our life every day, and it’s unavoidable. I believe that it’s more bothersome for those who grew up in a different generation.”

Even though she was quick to defend social media, Stohr also pointed out its drawbacks and reflected on something her friend went through online. “Someone called him out on a certain part of his lifestyle, I believe it was on Facebook, and that was kind of alarming. It kind of made me realize how easy it is to be bullied on social media. It’s one of the downsides to using it.”

Senior Abby Prowant believes that the media tends to exaggerate social media’s negative impact on society, but there is some truth to what they say. 

TED Talk on one man’s year-long social media sabbatical

“Although I would say that the effects are not as negative as the media says they are, there are times when it’s too much and I need a break. But generally, it helps me. I like that it helps me stay informed.”

Stohr mentioned that she took a complete break from social media over the summer. “I kind of decided that I would sort of separate myself from it, lay back and just enjoy nature,” she explained. “And it was freeing, being way from it all, not hearing my phone buzzing all the time. I did it for a month, and when I went back I realized how much I missed it.”

Sophomore Ariana Held says that she often takes short breaks from social media, especially during the summer. “It becomes stressful trying to keep up with everyone and when I start comparing myself to other people,” she explains. In the summertime, she says “it seems like everyone is doing fun activities and I’m working.”

She describes the breaks as “a refreshing experience because I stop comparing myself to what everyone else is doing and it gives me a chance to focus on myself.

A Storify on the “Can’t Live With or Without” Mentality of Social Media

Senior Alex Spiess does not find social media to be particularly stressful,  referring to it as a “form of entertainment.” He especially likes scrolling through photos on social media, claiming that “people can relate to images. They like seeing photos, they like looking at videos.”

Stohr and junior Jamie Durso also enjoy looking at apps like Instagram as budding photographers, with the latter stating that “the appeal of Instagram is simply that it is a great place for me to share my photos, with friends, classmates, family members, and other people. I love taking photos and documenting my adventures, so it’s nice to have a place where I can edit them and keep them together.”

While some touted the benefits of posting photos online as a tool for expressing oneself, many female students were open about their negative experiences scrolling through photos on social media. Sophomore Alyssa Hogancamp says that looking at photos on Facebook is generally more stressful for her than looking at people’s status updates. “Photos say a lot that a status can’t,” she demurs. Lili Yurch, also a sophomore, agrees with Hogancamp, stating that “no matter what the photos are of, it’s hard not to compare them with some aspect of your life. Whether it’s how you looked or what you did over the weekend, a lot of the times you’re like ‘damn, I wish I looked like that’ or ‘damn, I wish I went to a party like that.’”

Prowant recalled a recent incident where she stumbled upon pictures of a friend at a party without her. Of the experience, she says, “it was upsetting to see pictures of him with friends having a good time. I just got mad and deleted his number after I saw the photos.” 

Alyssa Pitonzo, a junior, says that “looking at people’s pictures either Facebook Ariel Mememakes you feel left out or like you’re missing out on something.” Another concern for her when looking at photos is the possibility of stumbling upon an ex-boyfriend with a new girlfriend, she says. All of these concerns made her decide to cancel her Instagram account a year ago briefly, and while she called the experience, “pretty nice,” she also reported feeling “a little disconnected.”

Fellow juniors Kerry Coughlin and Colleen Lampe also talked about how this feeling of being left out caused them to take breaks from certain social media sites for a period of time.

“I deleted my Snapchat for a period of time and felt extremely relieved not knowing what my friends were doing 24/7. I did not miss it at all,” says Coughlin. “I took the break because I felt as though I was overexposed.  I did not want to reveal every aspect of my life over a social media platform.”

Lampe took her break from social media back in high school. “I had deleted my Facebook for a few days and it was definitely a weird experience for me. I never realized how much I was addicted to it because I was constantly thinking about it.” Social Media Meme 2

Coughlin also states that social media has become addicting for her, and that “they are distracting and make time pass in an abnormal way.” She has considered deleting either her Instagram or Twitter accounts as well but has “yet to act on it.”

Yurch describes herself as “a little less wired then some other people my age,” especially nowadays. She often shares posts from other websites more on Facebook than posts any original content such as status updates and photos. “I really don’t care that much about seeing what other people are up to,” she proclaims. “Over the years I feel like I’ve learned how to ignore some stuff and just not care about it.”

This week in news: 11/23-11/30

As the semester comes to an end, I think it’s safe to say that for many Marist students this past Thanksgiving “break” consisted of just us as much studying as it did eating. (Ok, maybe not THAT much studying.)

Whether your head was stuck in the books all week or you were in a food-induced-coma for a few days, you might have missed whats been going on in the world. Lucky for you, The Red Fox Report is here to catch you up with everything thats happened in the news this week.

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Marist College HuMarists: from preparing to performing

At the end of every academic semester, the Marist College HuMarists, the school’s official improv and sketch comedy group, perform their “Big Show” that they prepare and practice for throughout the months leading up to it. The club is the longest reigning student-ran organization on campus at over twenty-five years and counting. This semester the group’s main event show will be taking place on December 10th at 9:30 P.M. in the Nelly Golleti Theater on campus. Continue reading

Paris attacks give sports leagues worldwide a rude wake up call

On November 13th the world received a wake up call. The city of Paris was under attack as terrorists slaughtered 130 people in an array of attacks including the death of 89 people at an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan theater. Further attacks took place outside of cafes and restaurants throughout the 10th and 11th arrondissement. At around 9:20 p.m. local time the attacks started. Three suicide bombers detonated outside of the Stade de France, an 80,000 plus capacity stadium that was holding a friendly between European powerhouses France and Germany. Continue reading

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New Women’s Basketball Rules Affect how Band, Dance, Cheer Units Operate

Last Thursday was the home opener for the Marist College Women’s Basketball regular season, but for those who attended that game, it could have just as equally been a completely different event that they were attending. It wasn’t because the team played unusually bad, or that the ambience was completely different with the band away to practice for an upcoming concert. No, it was something else that seemed off. Even if the fans could not put their finger on it, they would come to figure this curious sense of change in due time. Continue reading

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Marist in Paris and moving forward

While the world mourned the lost lives in Paris after terrorist targeted various spots through the city, the Marist community worried about our own 24 students who are currently studying abroad in Paris. As families and students felt the panic of worrying about their loved ones, the students in Paris tried to make sense of what had just happened. Continue reading

In wake of Marist lockdown, five acts of terrorism you should know about this month so far

Superstitions are sometimes mocked, but this month on Friday the 13th, Marist implemented a lockdown on campus after receiving threatening posts from a Poughkeepsie teenager via an unknown twitter account at the time.

Skeptics’ fears of bad luck and catastrophe were alleviated for a bit, but became much more real after a string of organized terrorist attacks were carried out in Paris leaving 129 dead.

This makes us recognize how prevalent terror is in the world on both smaller-scales, like the lockdown at Marist, and larger-scales, like Paris. Here are only some of the numerous attacks that took place already this month.

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