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Poughkeepsie, NY – ESPN personality Pablo Torre made a pit stop to the Marist campus on November 9th and was met with a fully packed audience made up of college students.  Torre was the first of many speakers to come to Marist this year as the annual Center for Sports Communication Speaker Series gets started.

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Marist College Granted Approval For Doctorate Program

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Marist College’s plan of bringing its first ever Doctor of Physical Therapy program to campus has finally come to fruition.

According to a Marist College press release, the program received approval from the New York State Board of Regents, which is required to begin the process of enrolling students. The institution is also waiting to hear back from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education regarding its application for Candidate of Accreditation status. Continue reading

The Morgan Center: Still Going the Extra Mile

LONG ISLAND, NY—The Morgan Center still continues to work wonders for children diagnosed with cancer.  If you don’t remember, The Morgan Center is the first ever pre-school for children with cancer in America. It is located on Long Island, New York, created and named after Morgan Zuch, a current sophomore at Marist College. When Zuch was just two and a half years old, she was diagnosed with Leukemia and because the chemotherapy was so strong, Zuch was not able to live life like a normal pre-school child. Unfortunately, this is the usual situation for children diagnosed with cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy. To make a long story short, The Morgan Center was started up shortly after Zuch finished chemotherapy and was declared free of cancer. This pre-school is specially designed for young children who went through exactly what Morgan had to go through, but gives them the closest chance they’ll ever get to having a normal childhood.  The pre-school was started by Zuch’s parents and is over the years growing to become an amazing organization.

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Marist Basketball on ESPN3

Poughkeepsie, NY — With November coming to a close the college basketball season is in full swing. The Marist men’s and women’s basketball teams each have three games under their belts as the calendar approaches Thanksgiving, but there is something different going on behind the scenes this season.
Marist Athletics announced earlier this year that they have partnered with ESPN3, and all home basketball games will be live streamed on the WatchESPN App. ESPN 3 is currently available to approximately 70 million homes and 21 million U.S. college students via computers connected to on-campus educational networks at no additional cost to fans. This app can be accessed from mobile devices, gaming consoles, and smart televisions. Continue reading

Just Lock Your Doors

POUGHKEEPSIE N.Y.–  Right up the street from the campus of Marist College is a newly built suit style apartment building, “Fox Run at Fulton.” These apartment style suites are filled with mostly Marist students along with a few public residents. Although these apartments are filled with a majority of Marist students, it is considered off-campus living. Marist does rent out one floor in Fox Run for Marist students, because of a new building not being built on time for this semester.

Fox Run: Street View with Gate

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Hudson River Housing Continues Commitment to Revitalizing Local Area

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Nestled on Mill Street is an antiquated house with new purpose. Hudson River Housing, a local non-profit organization, resides here. This incorporation “improves lives and communities through housing with compassion and development with vision,” according to their website. With the group’s unwavering dedication to bettering the Poughkeepsie area and helping the community reach its full potential through not only housing but also programming, this organization does not receive a fraction of the recognition it deserves for the meaningful work it does.   Continue reading

Marist College Walks Over Hunger

 

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – One of Marist College’s signature annual campus events was once again a huge success.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, Marist held its annual Hunger Walk in an effort to both raise awareness about the issue of hunger in the community, and raise money for several hunger relief organizations including Bread for the World and Dutchess Outreach. The event was organized primarily by Marist Campus Ministry and the Marist Honors Program. Those participating in the walk conglomerated for pictures on the Champagnat Green at approximately noon and the walk eventually commenced at about 12:30. Continue reading

Kingston Stockade Look to Implement Promotion and Relegation

The Kingston Stockade, a lower league soccer team based in Kingston, have been making waves in the world of soccer after writing a letter to the United States Soccer Federation regarding the implementation of promotion and relegation into the US Soccer pyramid. If the request is denied by US Soccer, owner and chairman Dennis Crowley says that he will file a lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation.

The United States of America’s soccer league system is one of the few in the world that do not use the system of promotion and relegation. The concept is simple. The worst three teams in the top division are dropped down a step on the league pyramid, and the best three teams from the league underneath on the pyramid. Take England for example. In the English Premier League last season, the three worst teams were Sunderland, Hull, and Middlesbrough. These three teams were sent down to the second division (Football League Championship) and replaced by the three best teams from the second division last year, in this case being Huddersfield, Brighton, and Newcastle. Every year, the Premier League has three new teams replacing the ones relegated the year before, while all other lower leagues have six new ones, as three teams are promoted to the league above and three are relegated to the league below in every other league.

Setting up promotion and relegation allows players to showcase their talents at a higher level. In the current setup in the United States, players can be stuck in the lower divisions for their entire careers, never getting the chance to play at a more elite level, and some truly talented players have fallen through the cracks. Others believe that promotion and relegation would allow more teams to get more money to pump into youth soccer academies, which would raise the future talent level in the USA. This would likely raise the credibility of U.S. soccer in the eyes of the rest of the world, which view the American National Team as underachievers after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Promotion and relegation also allows teams to participate at a higher level, giving them a better chance to make money. In every country, including the US, the top league gets the lion’s share of the revenue from ticket sales, media rights, and publicity. What Crowley argues is that the teams in Major League Soccer are using the league and its exclusivity as a form of monopoly over the market of soccer in the United States. He argues that promotion and relegation create more of a meritocracy, which is one of the fundamental aspects of capitalism. Most teams in the United States’ second division, the North American Soccer League, most likely wouldn’t beat the big guns in the MLS, but they might be. For instance, Leicester City was promoted to the English Premier League in 2014 after winning the second division. After a middle of the road 2014-15 season that saw them narrowly escape relegation, they would go on to win the league title at 5,000 to 1 odds in 2015-16. They were also able to build elite level youth training programs with the revenue that they brought in from the Premier League.

However, promotion and relegation in the United States doesn’t come without problems, and it has been met by critics both on and off the field. “I think promotion and relegation is a strong solution to bringing more attention to the game in this county, but I don’t think it’s the best solution to developing into a bigger soccer nation” said Ernest Mitchell, a defender on the Kingston Stockade last season.

One of the major problems of promoting smaller teams into bigger leagues is the problem with finances. While rich owners like Crowley can afford to move his team up to a higher league, many other teams cannot. “There are not enough teams, and there’s not enough money in US Soccer,” said Enzo Petrocelli, a midfielder who has spent time playing soccer in both the United States and Italy. Lower leagues on the soccer pyramid are broken up into regional conference so that the travel costs for the teams is kept to as low as possible. If a team from a regionalized league, like the Stockade, gets promoted to the NASL, which is a nationwide league, the team’s travel costs would increase exponentially. Rather than Kingston traveling by bus to close locations like Brooklyn or Portsmouth, N.H., they would instead be traveling cross-country to Phoenix and Las Vegas, which would require airfare. Not many teams would be able to afford that, especially in the first season in the new league.

Whether or not promotion and relegation should be implemented in the United States soccer leagues is one of the most hot-button issues in soccer. Supporters of promotion and relegation will often cite the Leicester City story, while detractors echo the sentiments of Petrocelli and Mitchell. Either way, a good majority of diehard fans of US soccer have a strong opinion on the matter.

Marist College to Rename the Red Fox Mascot

After waking up the morning after the Las Vegas shooting and turning on the news, Tim Murray, Director of Athletics at Marist College decided to make a change. “The gunman was not yet identified on the news so he was only referred to as “the shooter”…that’s when I realized that’s our mascot’s name and decided it should change,” said Murray. Continue reading