Shawn C. Best leads an engaging discussion about our values and the impacts of being emotionally intelligent 

Marist students jumped out of their seats to participate in an interactive leadership workshop led by guest speaker Shawn C. Best. This lecture sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Affairs as a part of their intersectionality and access series.

Best, university director for the CUNY black male initiative, defined emotional intelligence simply as, “Awareness, transparency, and risk. All three are important because it’s not comfortable necessarily to delve into emotions all of the time.”

To kick off the workshop, attendees were instructed to line up in order of their birthdays without speaking to each other. The goal of this activity was to illustrate how society communicates with one another through verbal and nonverbal cues. Through this activity, participants had to increase their own level of self-awareness.

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Increasing self-awareness is the first step towards becoming emotionally intelligent. Growing up, kids are taught right from wrong in the world, but they may not have been taught how to respond or react when faced with difficult situations or emotions.

“As a kid, I saw difficult conversations that my family wasn’t willing to have openly, such as money issues or to be involved with the religious services in our church.” Best explains that growing up in a strict household he wished he could have been open and honest with his family to discuss these difficult topics and then offer his opinion. Through this, he might have been able to establish transparency within his family and lend a helping hand.

He believes, “The more you are aware, the more you are able to actually identify where your actions come from and why they happen.”  Best explained that at one point during his college career he observed other students relationships with their parents and the open dialogue they shared. That sparked him to think, “Maybe I should try this, even if it means the risk of failing or being spanked as a twenty-one-year-old.” Best took a risk without fear of failure, to be emotionally intelligent you need to take risks without fear but accept that the outcome might be rejection or acceptance.

The next step to increase emotional intelligence is finding balance. “I had come to this place of equilibrium. To understand there are moments where I need to be hardline and tell you what needs to happen logically. And there are times where I need to open up and share myself emotionally.”

After the workshop concluded, attendees stayed to continue conversations. Many students and faculty members were inspired by the concept of emotional intelligence and how impactful it is in our everyday life.

Robin Torres, Assistant Dean of Student Engagement and Leadership, was amazed by the workshop and felt that it was a game changer for many students. However, what resonated the most with her was how “our earliest memories make such a key impact on us and can be traced back to our values.”

Sophomore Durashahwar Ahmed learned that “it’s okay to ask for what you want.” Although, sophomore Aicha Sylla, seemed to really enjoy how, “interactive and engaging the workshop was.”

Claudette McCullers, a sophomore, felt like, “you have to invest in yourself, even if you fail. At least you tried.” Seems like McCullers understands what it means to take risks without fear of failure.

 

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Frasca Saves Best for Last in ‘Hello, Dolly!’

Marist College’s spring musical is a show that comes from an age as golden as the girl who plays it’s lead. Hello, Dolly! will premiere in the Nelly Goletti theater on Feb. 27, and play through March 3. Liana Frasca, a senior journalism major, will bring the role of Dolly, a widowed match-maker, to life. This coming-of-age Broadway musical is fun, bright, and true to the time it was made. “On top of manipulating these relationships and looking out for herself, Dolly is such a huge personality and she is a strong woman,” said Brian Powers, a senior who is appearing in his eighth and final show with Marist College Club of Theater Arts. “Liana is going to do such an amazing job”, said Powers.

This will also be Frasca’s final performance with MCTAA, and according to her cast mates, she has saved the best for last. “We all knew Liana was talented, but I don’t think anyone knew she was this talented. She is so perfect for this role.” said senior cast mate Quincy Brown, who is playing Cornelius Hackl.

For Frasca, this part and the responsibility it carries has been a long time coming. “I started doing shows in ninth grade and haven’t stopped since,” said Frasca. “Landing this role has caused a major shift in my perception about acting. I’m learning to take emotional risks.” Compared to some, she is still rather new to the game of acting, despite this being her sixth main stage performance at Marist.

In her final performance, it’s only the experience she has gained as an actor over the past eight years that shows. “You cannot believe how perfect she is for the role,” said Powers. “The past four years our grade has been incredibly strong. Liana has been type-casted as very small, principle roles. But this show, she is really able to show her strengths and how far she has come. She is really able to show how amazingly talented she is. No one could have been cast better.” With blonde hair, a bright, unmistakable smile, and a personality that outshines any physical attributes, Liana is taking on this 1964 musical with confidence. Dolly Levi is one of the most iconic roles in Broadway history, previously portrayed by Hollywood veterans such as Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Shirley Booth and Carol Channing. “[Dolly] is a self-made woman whose career is built around her intelligence, wit, and charisma…she’s really one of the most complex characters I’ve been lucky enough to play,” said Frasca.

Tara Kinsella, a senior playing Irene Malloy, is excited to see all of the elements come together in the show, but makes it clear that the main element is Frasca. “Liana is truly one of the most effortless performers I have ever seen,” said Kinsella. “She captures Dolly’s essence through her humor, tenderness and confidence throughout the show. She understands what it means to be honest on stage and how to communicate with an audience.” In a show that is so heavy on costumes, music, and dancing, Liana has learned what it means to be honest in a character. Kinsella credits Frasca’s performance in her ability to bring the audience through the story with her, despite external, theatrical distractions. “She’s very expressive,” said Frasca, referring to Dolly. “Whatever she’s feeling, she shows it in her whole body. It’s been an awesome learning experience getting out of my head and into my body for the sake of the character. She’s very different from me in that way, and I have a lot to learn from her.”

In just a few weeks, what Frasca has learned will come to life on stage in what will be her final show at Marist College.  What she’s most excited for? Sharing the spotlight with her cast mates for a final time. “It’s especially cathartic, because I’m sharing the stage with some of my absolute best friends.” Reserve your tickets now at http://www.marist.edu/box-office, and see Frasca take her final bow in Hello, Dolly!

Salsa Fresca spices up Marist area

For years, Marist students have been begging for a Chipotle to be built close to campus, as the closest one is in Fishkill – a 30-minute drive away. While they didn’t exactly get the Chipotle they were looking for, they got a very close alternative with the brand new addition of Salsa Fresca.

Salsa Fresca is a Mexican cuisine fast-food restaurant that opened near the Marist campus in late January. It was one of two restaurants to be opened in Dutchess County, as the other is located in LaGrangeville. Notably though, Salsa Fresca specializes in making burritos and burrito bowls – which now is the only option for that type of fast food within the area for Marist students.

In addition to burritos and burrito bowls, Salsa Fresca offers other types of made-to-order TexMex cuisine as well, including quesadillas, tacos, nachos, and salads.

The new Salsa Fresca replaced an old Quiznos in the mini complex off of North Rd., right across the street from the Beck parking lot and new science building. The addition has Marist students buzzing not only about the food, but the convenient location.

“Having a made-to-order burrito place so close to campus is awesome because the 30-minute trip to Chipotle has always been such a hassle,” said senior Nick Derosa. “No one ever wanted to make the long trip [to Chipotle], but now I guess they won’t have to. Plus the food is actually really good, it’s a perfect alternative to Chipotle.”

Senior Brandon O’Sullivan agreed.

“The location of Salsa Fresca is perfect, it’s virtually right on campus,” said O’Sullivan. “It’s convenient not only for off-campus students like me, but also for the underclassmen students still living in the dorms.”

While the proximity to campus has gotten many people talking, perhaps the most unique thing about Salsa Fresca is the promotions they run for students. For example, they offer $5 burritos and burrito bowls from 2-4PM every weekday for customers that present their student ID at the register.

“For me, the best thing about Salsa Fresca is the $5 burrito promotion for students that they run everyday,” said senior Nick Palumbo. “Money is always an issue for college students when choosing a place to go out to eat, so having a cheaper option makes Salsa Fresca all the more appealing.”

Another creative promotion Salsa Fresca ran was on January 25th, when every 50thcustomer they served earned free burritos for an entire year. Promotions like these have gotten the student population talking quite a bit, which has quickly turned Salsa Fresca into one of the most popular off-campus eating spots.

“I love all of the promotions that Salsa Fresca has been running, they have gotten a lot of people to the restaurant to try it” said sophomore Nicole Dencker. “Specifically, the ‘every 50th customer’ promotion was really cool, as that day everyone was going just to try to get free burritos for a year.”

It may not be a Chipotle, but Salsa Fresca has quickly established itself as one of the most popular, convenient, and cheapest food options for Marist students.

Manhattan College Professor Talks Self Driving Cars

Poughkeepsie, New York- In an ever-expanding technological world we have seen the rise up machines being able to do things all by themselves and this even more evident in cars.

With cars such as the Ford 2019 Escape, 2019 Focus, and 2019 Volkswagen GTI being already able to park themselves it raises the question are we close to self-driving cars? Well we aren’t anytime soon, and it’s because of one simple thing, and that’s because we need to think of is what are the ethics of Autonomous vehicles, and that’s what Heidi Furey talked about at Marist College this past week.

IMG_1427.jpegFurey a professor, a Professor of Philosophy at Manhattan College, came to Marist College on Feb. 7, 2019, to give a lecture on the Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles and talked about the many philological theory’s that goes into an autonomous vehicle. The simple method she used for her presentation was the trolley car theory.

If you never heard of this theory its straightforward theory to understand. Say there is a runaway trolley car and it’s about to kill five people but you had to option to pull a switch to put the trolley on a different path but it kills one person would you do It? In the case of moral action, you would make the sacrifice one’s life to save five, and that’s what most the room went with when Furey asked the question what you would choose?

Furey also explained some significant factors that might go into an autonomous vehicle “we might want to know whether a vehicle should swerve to avoid a tree or avoid a trash can” said Furey.
“We might also want to know how if it should merge into a faster lane on a busy highway or keep to the safer yet less efficient lane.”
Furey said that these factors are important but are also more complicated because they bring in unknown factors.

In the case of that, she gave two more trolley case theories to give too think about. The first one was the “Large Man“ case where if you had five people stuck on the tracks would you push a large man off a bridge to stop the trolley car to save the people what would this mean? “Perhaps numbers aren‘t the only morally relevant factor morally,“ said Furey. When it came time once again to approach the room to see what they did they would sacrifice the large man to save the peopleIMG_1429.jpeg

(Professor Furey talking to students at Marist College)

The last trolley case she used was also the most exciting theory out of that was discussed during the lecture. This trolley case was called the “Nearest and Dearest” Trolley Case. This case approached the same as the first theory five people are in danger of being killed you have the option to save them by flipping the trolley to a different track, but this time a loved one dies, in this case, Furey used the example your child what would you do? “ If you say you shouldn’t turn onto your child, then perhaps numbers aren’t all that matters relationships do too,” said Furey.

Autonomous car won’t be here anytime soon but the trolley cars theories discussed make for a compelling case and showed how much morality must go to a vehicle. If a situation were to break out in where the car needed to stop does it plow into the five people to stop it self-killing all five or does it crash into a brick wall ending itself while in the process killing its passenger or passengers?

What would you do in that situation?

SNAP Students Assist Security

If a student ever feels unsafe at night walking on the Marist campus, there are students available to help make the other students feel safe. Marist College’s SNAP or Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol, is a program designed to improve the safety of the Marist Community, especially at night. SNAP employees are students who are being utilized by the Security Office to assist in mobility impairments and escorting students who feel unsafe walking on campus at night.

“SNAP helps the community because I’m making students and faculty feel comfortable walking around at night,” said Phil Egloff, a Junior and SNAP employee.

According to the SNAP brochure, published by Marist Security, “(SNAP Employees) are held to the highest of Marist standards and are equipped with radios, flashlights, and safety jackets in addition to specialized training.”

 

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(Left) Phil Egloff  with his partner Justin Kirsh, both class of 2020

In order to be hired under SNAP, Junior Sandra Akariza said all she had to fill out the application and go in for an interview if they make it past the initial application process. Then, after being hired, each student goes through a training session. Carly Heintz, a senior, said: “In addition to an intro meeting to explain all the rules, we shadowed experienced SNAPers in all of the campus areas.”

Golf carts are also available for SNAP employees to use, particularly when escorting a student around campus during the day that is injured, therefore it is difficult for the student to walk from class to class. Heintz also stated that when students begin using the carts, there are additional training sessions for it, and if an employee does not feel comfortable driving, they do not have to drive until they feel comfortable doing so.

It has become a common opinion for students to view the SNAP job as easy because there is not much work associated with it because employees are often seen just walking around the campus at night and passing through different buildings. However, the job is more than that and can become serious at times if a situation arises.

Akariza emphasizes that apart of the information session, each SNAP employee made well informed on the purpose of SNAP and how it will benefit the Marist community. The increase of a presence on campus will make students feel safer and that there are more options to go to rather than security. Hopefully, this can lead to a friendlier environment where more students know students and are comfortable going to one another and walking on campus at night.

While one of the main functions of SNAP is to escort students on campus, it is a rarity to see a SNAP employee walking with someone. Akariza mentions the importance of staying visible to students, however, the number of people want escorts to differ a lot and varies month to month. “(Number of escorts) add up between shifts. Numbers rose during the clown scare”, reported Heintz.

 

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Marist Office of Safety and Security

There could be an unnerving feeling that students are hired to take care of other students. However, all SNAP employees work in pairs, so there is never just one person, and the Office of Safety and Security are there as well, if assistance is ever needed beyond the SNAP employees, or if there are questions about what to do in a situation.

Safety and Security emphasis that SNAP is not there to enforce policies by the school, rather act as increased eyes and ears on the grounds. They are able to report dangerous situations or potential situations to the Office of Safety and Security, in order to maintain a connection between the student body and the office. Student SNAP escorts are available beginning Sunday night through Friday morning. However, when the student escorts are not available due to the time of the day security officers will take the place of SNAP employees in escorting students.     

“Upstate” Charm of a Theater with the Same Name

As you pull out of Marist College, you can turn two ways.

Turning right will take you in the direction of the Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall, a shopping center that houses one of the country’s 558 Regal Cinemas. The theater is a dime a dozen, with uniformed staff members and police officers guarding the back entrance in case of any high-schooler induced chaos. It offers a copious number of showtimes for films like “What Men Want,” “Aquaman,” “Escape Room,” and more.

Turning left will greet you with a scenic and winding 25-minute drive to Rhinebeck and its crowned jewel, Upstate Films. Showtimes begin around 3:00 p.m., on most days, at least. It is so delightfully modest and valued that its size of facility and staff is misleading. The town is one that shuts down around 6 p.m. It’s pristine and pleasing; that’s the way everyone likes it. It also wouldn’t be what it is without this particularly charming entity.

“I mean, there’s no question that Rhinebeck without Upstate would not be Rhinebeck,” said Joel Griffith, an employee of Upstate Films for 23 years. “Because it’s unique and because it’s not a chain… it’s local flavor. You can go to a Regal anywhere in the country and everything is the same… this is not a commercial experience.”

Founded in 1972 by Steve and DeDe Lieber, Upstate Films has been a staple in the culture of Rhinebeck for 47 years. Since the beginnings of the humble, non-profit arthouse theater, the Liebers has expanded to two theaters, another housed in an old church in Woodstock. Their screens have doubled from one to two in Rhinebeck, giving them the opportunity to showcase more of the art that inspired them to start this project in the first place.

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The Woodstock Theater, housed inside an old church

In 1972, Rhinebeck was nowhere near what it is today. Now, its main stretch of road is filled with shops that are pictured next to the dictionary definition of the word “kitsch.” It’s the type of town that TV-producers love to film in and people love to say they’ve been. It wasn’t always. Once, there was a tavern and a few shops that would be accessed on occasion by those close by.

“Rhinebeck really only had a couple stores… and [the town] was like, ‘well, either try a Chinese restaurant or a movie theater. We’ll try it for, like, a year, maybe. That’s their story,” Griffith said of the Lieber’s, his bosses for two decades. “They didn’t do the Chinese restaurant, obviously.”

The decision has worked. Beyond the aesthetic appreciation of their community, the film community as a greater population has congregated from bordering towns. It’s a humble home for these moviegoers, one that acts as more of an experience than anything else. Membership nears 3,000, because of the people’s desire to, according to Griffith, “see good movies” and the Lieber’s desire to show good movies.

“They want to show good movies. They want to show movies that are thought-provoking, and beautiful, and from all over the world,” Griffith continued. “All the mall movies are the same. Whether it’s Iron Man or Spider-Man, it’s just a lot of explosions. For the cinephiles, this is the place.”

Students Devour Meatless Mondays

At the beginning of the Spring 2019 semester, the Marist College Dining Hall added five new vegetarian and vegan initiatives. From Meatless Mondays to vegan smoothies served on “Thirsty Thursdays” the options are tasty and environmentally-friendly.

“There were many requests for a greater vegetarian and vegan presence on our menus, and when students talk, we listen,” noted Celeste Gigliotti, Sodexo’s marketing intern.

A vegetarian diet means that someone doesn’t eat meat for moral, religious, or health reasons. Whereas, someone who is a vegan doesn’t use or consume any type of animal product. So, a vegan can’t eat cheese or eggs, whereas most vegetarians do.

“I eat vegan because I believe every life is valuable and I can easily survive without killing animals and the environment,” Sara Craft, a dedicated vegan expresses. “Being a vegan saves 400,000 gallons of water and 365 animals per person, per year. Growing up with animals I realized that their life is just as valuable as mine and I shouldn’t make another species suffer.”

Livestock agriculture generates more greenhouse gases than cars and trucks combined. That is half of all man-made carbon emissions. Eating a plant-based diet can reduce people’s environmental footprint. This reason, along with many other ethical and economical ones, has converted over 16 million Americans to go vegan or vegetarian. The student feedback from the Fall 2018 Dining Satisfaction Survey reflected that trend. There was an immense level of concern and passion for having more vegetarian and vegan entrees served.

“It’s beneficial to the environment to cut back your meat consumption. The economic benefits lead to when people support local or organic food providers, by frequenting local farmers’ markets or shopping organically,” Gigliotti states. On top of that, “studies have shown that vegetarians and vegans often have lower body mass indexes [BMI’s] than those of meat eaters and they are at a lesser risk for all cancers.”

Sodexo’s addition of Meatless Mondays, vegan smoothie Thursdays, and an avocado toast bar on Friday mornings are just a few of the ways the Dining Hall is getting students interested in eating more veggies. They have even started serving cauliflower wings in North End dining—Millennials favorite vegan trend this year. A twist on traditional chicken wings with fried cauliflower dipped in buffalo sauce instead.

“I love trying all the vegan food options because most of them are new to me. I especially love Meatless Monday,” voices Candice Rivera, student supervisor at the Dining Hall. “It is important that people know their options and are able to eat the foods that their diet contains.”

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Students line up at the Meatless Monday station in the Dining Hall.

In addition, the Dining Hall’s Simply Servings station features unique side dishes that are vegan. This week they were serving up vegetable risotto and spinach sautéed with caramelized shallots. In addition, they always offer vegan and vegetarian options during special events. For example, this Valentine’s Day they are offering a full three-course meal, accommodating meat-lovers, lobster enthusiasts, and veggie loyal’s.

“The zucchini noodles, referred to as “zoodles,” were recently featured at Chef’s Table and have been a crowd favorite,” Kate Cole, Sodexo marketing coordinator points out. “These options are a collaborative effort between the culinary team and our new on-campus dietitian, Marie Murphy. She received her master’s degree in Nutrition from Hunter College.” Also, “here at Marist, we serve the Beyond Burger in the dining hall on weekends, sister to the impossible burger. These plant-based burgers are critically acclaimed for looking, tasting, and satisfying like beef, as their slogan says.”

If you want to learn more about these initiatives and new meals on campus, follow @MaristEats on Instagram or visit maristdining.com.

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Meatless Monday vegan side dishes.

Women’s Lacrosse Off to Promising Start

The Marist College Women’s Lacrosse team made a statement on Saturday with a 14-5 win against Colgate.

Senior captain Logan Boyle commented, “I think as a team we played very well, especially for our first time this season playing against someone that wasn’t ourselves.”

Marist closed out the scrimmage at Tenney Stadium with nine more goals than Colgate, making the final score 14-5. The girls started off strong by securing the first goal of the game. At half-time, Marist was up 5-1. In the second half of the game, the team found a good rhythm and scored nine more goals.

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Marist attackers getting ready to rush to the net

Among those scorers was captain Samantha Mehalick, a junior attacker who stated, “There wasn’t any point in the game where we had a lull or stopped trying, which was awesome!”

The team went into the game with the strategy of playing hard for 60 minutes. “We put two full halves together and didn’t ever really let up,” said Boyle, reflecting on their strategy execution.

Senior midfielder Hailey Wagner played an impressive game by dominating most draw controls. This gave the team a better chance of running the ball to the net. Another strong performance came from sophomore goalie, Delaney Galvin, who had multiple saves throughout the game.

Nine of the Marist players scored goals, one including Audrey Cerrone, a senior midfielder who just came back from an ACL injury from last year. It was her first goal since returning. The team had high energy when she scored, running to give her high fives and hugs, screaming in excitement at the same time.

Marist worked hard together as a team on the field, which the girls believe is a big advantage. “The unity and connection we have on the field is one of our biggest strengths and that honestly comes with the relationship we have with each other off the field,” said Boyle.

Mehalick also agreed that the team had such a strong performance because of their connection. “We all work really hard to make each other better every day at practice. We are very good at communicating with one another and have great team chemistry,” Mehalick said.

The Marist Women’s Lacrosse team has been training all fall and winter. They pushed through 6 a.m. practices in the fall and did lots of conditioning, working on their technical game, and discovering more of their strengths and weaknesses before heading into the season.

Junior defender, Emma LeMay admitted, “We’ve worked really hard this preseason to be competition-ready, so it was really rewarding to finally play against another team.”

After their nine goal win, the women’s team feels excited and ready for their upcoming season.

“I’m looking forward to competing and really putting everything we worked on all fall and preseason into real games” said Mehalick. She also commented on the upcoming games saying, “We have a pretty challenging schedule this year so it will be awesome to compete against some teams we’ve never seen before.”

The next Marist College Women’s game will be home at Tenney Stadium on Wednesday Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. where the Red Foxes take on the Army West Point Black Knights.

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The team walking off the field happily after a big victory

Funk Leads Marist to Tenth Win

Marist got funky on Friday night with their tenth win of the season in a 79-58 victory led by a dominant performance from senior Ryan Funk.

Coming off a big road win over Canisius in overtime, Marist was looking to keep the momentum against a Niagara team that was hoping to rebound back to .500 after a tough home loss to Quinnipiac. Chris Casey’s squad never really looked comfortable at any point in the game, allowing a mirage of backdoor cuts and easy layups for Marist on the defensive end.

 

Marist started the game off red hot from three with Ryan Funk leading the way and never looked back. The senior came alive off the bench and tallied 27 points while tying a season high in three pointers with 7. His first miss from the field wouldn’t come until more than 15 minutes into the first half. “When we’re moving the ball around, it really helps me get open,” Funk said following his big outing. His teammates soon joined in as the Red Foxes went on to hit 14 shots from deep and shoot 59.6% from the field. “When Ryan shoots the ball like that, we’re tough to beat,” said head coach John Dunne.

It wasn’t all shooting that led to the victory as the Red Foxes combined for 21 assists on the night. Marist’s 21 assists compared to only 7 converted by Niagara soon became a focal point in the game. Coming off a 17-point outburst against Canisius, Aleksander Dozic was an unexpected playmaker for Marist as he dished out 7 assists to go along with 11 points and 7 rebounds in the win. “I’m really proud of the effort,” Dunne said. “Offensively, I thought we were extremely unselfish.”

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After seeing very little action during the second half of his last outing, leading scorer Brian Parker scored only 8 points and continued to see his minutes dwindle as he only played in 21 minutes in the win. The senior is averaging 28.6 minutes per game, the team’s highest so far this season.

Fans in attendance were thoroughly pleased with the performance from the team. A great atmosphere from the supporters helped create the backing that Marist needed to get the victory.

“The atmosphere was contagious and you could tell the guys fed off of it,” said Tom Martinelli, a fan in attendance. “It was a sight to behold and everyone seemed like they were having a blast.”

The students also expressed their delight in the win. The band, cheerleaders, and dance team all helped energize the crowd throughout the rout.

“It was really awesome to see them play as such a team and to watch Ryan play the way he did,” said junior John Sasso, a student in attendance. “A performance like that is all you can ask for as a fan coming to these games.”

The Red Foxes will be looking for revenge next Friday as they travel to Quinnipiac to take on MAAC leading scorer Cameron Young and the Bobcats.

After the game, Funk wanted anything but to make it about himself. “I feel like we’re getting better,” the senior said. “I’m happiest to do this in front of the fans

Broadway Deals and “All That Jazz”

Students at Marist College were given the old razzle dazzle through Marist SPC’s trip to see Chicago this past Sunday. Through these trips, students get the opportunity to see a Broadway show, explore the city and be exposed to new cultural experiences.

A view from the Ambassador Theatre where students saw Chicago

Marist College gives students an opportunity thrice a semester to see a Broadway show for $25 This ticket includes the ticket to the show and bus transportation to and from Marist into the city. In comparison, the Washington Post lists that the average Broadway ticket is estimated at over $100. It would be an understatement to say these shows are popular. Students like Emily Jones, 22, explained “This [the ticket sale] was one of the deciding factors in me coming to Marist”. Other students like Gianna Figueroa stated “I learned about it freshman year through talking to upper classmen and have gone on every one ever since”.  

With tickets going on sale at the end of the week, some students lined up early to get the tickets. Caroline Fiske, 21, explained that she arrived to purchase the tickets at 3:15, one and a half hours before tickets even went on sale. With the show’s popularity gradually increasing, lines for shows have also grown large. Following the Chicago trip, the SPC’s trip for Phantom of the Opera sold out an hour and a half of original sale time.

Students were photographed waiting in line to buy tickets for the shows

With the increasing popularity of the tickets, a high volume of students attempt to get the tickets. As a response, SPC has taken new measures to ensure that all students have a fair and equal opportunity to see the show. As of the Fall Semester, students have the opportunity to return tickets should they be not able to attend. Furthermore, students not on a waitlist have the opportunity to purchase tickets same-day of the trip should tickets remain unsold. Finally, anyone who did not return a ticket and did not show for the trip will be unable to attend a future trip. When asked about this, students were aware of the policy and thought it was very beneficial. Catherine Feren, 21, stated “Its fair for students who actually show up, and only hurts those who are delinquent. It’s part of being accountable for your responsibility”. Paul Ippolito, 21, thought differently explaining “It depends. Like if someone gets sick and someone buys the ticket, it’s beneficial. If not, it isn’t helpful. Its fifty-fifty”

The updated ticket policy

The trips do come with their downfalls. To some like Ippolito, the ticket sale times can be inconvenient. “I work during activity hour” he explained, “I could get pushed over if they’re sold then”. Other theatregoers wanted more time afterwards. “I wish we had more flexibility” said Figuero “We are only given an hour and a half in the city. For it to be advertised would be helpful”.

Apart from that, the trips are primarily praised by students. Fiske explains “I really do believe that $25 is such a good deal for Broadway shows. Especially when you get the physical ticket and see the real price on it compared to the price that you paid for. That is always such a beautiful moment that I cherish”.