Marist Knocks Down the Wall

Poughkeepsie, NY- Immigrants at Marist and the subject of immigration is not something typically explored within the student body. On November 8, 2017, in the Henry Hudson Room on 3rd floor of Fontaine at Marist College, the presence of Dan Buzi, Dr. Maria Höen, Anish Kanoria, Ignacio Acevedo, and Renee T. Oni-Eseleh commanded the attention of the student, faculty filled audience.

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Marist Is Not Excluded From Rape, Sexual Assault

[Edit: A picture, which showed the routes for SNAP safewalkers, was removed upon request by the Security Office due to concerns about on campus safety.]

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – When Marist’s Office of Safety and Security published its 2014-2016 crime report this semester, students were shocked to discover the following statistics: 12 rapes, one fondling, three aggravated assaults, one domestic violence case, and seven dating violence incidents.

Students who sought out this information were shocked, but based off the lack of observable student activism or discussion, a large majority of students remain unaware of these statistics.

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Marist’s Ethical Fashion Initiative Club, Changing the World One Garment at a Time.

As of 2017 The Business of Fashion has ranked Marist Fashion Program as 38th globally in their annual ranking of fashion schools, but how much are these students learning about the ethical aspect of fashion.  In 2016, alumni Rebekkah Coclasure started her senior year of college with one goal in mind, to startup the Ethical Fashion Initiative Club.  By the end of her senior year she had succeeded, but has anyone stopped to wonder where are they now?  With that stood other looming questions, what have they done for ethical fashion and where are they headed for the future? Continue reading

Marist Faculty Petition vs. Bill O’Reilly

Poughkeepsie, NY – Bill O’Reilly is Marist College’s most famous alum, but some would say the most infamous alum.  The recent news about sexual harassment lawsuits that O’Reilly has settled has put him under fire and was released by Fox News earlier this year in April.  In response to these developments, the Marist faculty has taken action by starting a petition to remove the honorable degree that O’Reilly was given in 2001.   Continue reading

From Underdog to Internationally Recognized, Marist Fashion Flourishes

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Marist Fashion, a program housed within the School of Communication and the Arts, has garnered significant recognition from a multitude of media outlets within the last year. The program, however, had modest beginnings, according to a Sep. 1977 edition of the Marist Circle, which states that the school’s first inkling of a fashion program originated when nearby women’s school Bennett College closed and Marist agreed to “take in” Bennett Fashion students. Since then, the program has grown exponentially; as of Fall 2017, 563 Marist students are either majoring or minoring in Fashion Design or Merchandising, as stated by Jared Todisco, the Marist College Reports Manager for Institutional Research and Planning. In this year alone, the program was ranked within the top 50 fashion programs internationally by Business of Fashion, students in the program have appeared on national television as part of an “upcycling competition” on Good Morning America, and Marist’s “FM/AM” magazine has been awarded multiple prestigious honors by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication as well as the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The cumulative message of these accomplishments is obvious: Marist Fashion is thriving, and will continue to do so in the future. Continue reading

The Hudson Valley’s Fight for Documentation

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Undocumented immigration has become one of the most prevalent societal issues in recent years. In the Hudson Valley specifically, there is a growing movement both to have open discussion about the issue and to take action to address it.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, Marist College held a forum on refugees and immigrants in the Hudson Valley. The event was run by the Marist Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership. The panel of speakers consisted of activists as well as members of various organizations meant to help undocumented immigrants in the Hudson Valley. Most panel members were immigrants themselves and shared some very enlightening information on their own experiences with the process. The panel was clearly very passionate and showed that there is a clear will within the Hudson Valley to address the issue of undocumented immigration. Continue reading