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Behind the scenes of Mporium from an advertising student’s point of view

Walking through Donnelly Hall is somewhat an observers dream. Walking specifically through those glass doors directly next to “Mporium”, is the route for someone looking to purchase or browse a totally unique experience. “Mporium” opened in Donnelly Hall on September 22, 2016. Many Marist students know what this organization is, but not many know what goes into it, from an advertising student’s involvement. When sitting down with two students on the advertising committee for “Mporium”, Brianna Crocco and Maria Piscitella, they reveled how they personally benefit from such an enterprise.

“Working on the advertising team is really interesting. It’s so great to have real world experience before actually graduating”

“Working with “Mporium” as a client has been nothing but educational.” Brianna Crocco states as a Marist Senior enrolled in Kathy Boyle’s “Mporium” Marketing communication class, and has nothing but positivity to report about her experiences thus far. Within her advertising major, Brianna has the desire to be a creative director in her future endeavors. “Mporium” is a great way to continue her focus, to give her more real world applications.

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“As a Creative, I’m given a schedule, budget, and creative brief to work under. I have to come up with concepts, execute the campaigns, then present them and (hopefully) they get picked.” This truly gives her an edge in starting these very important experiences, and continues to giver her responsibilities that mimic those of what she realistically wants to do after leaving Marist.

When asking the basics of this organization in order to have a better understanding, Brianna had some interesting insights. As far as the transformation from the name “Fashionology” to “Mporium”, she states, “The name Mporium was created before I was in the class, however, I do know that they chose it because an “emporium” actually means that there’s something for everyone, which is what the store is all about.”

There was one point in talking to Brianna where I did call “Mporium” a Boutique, and she happily corrected me in saying, “Mporium is not a boutique. It’s a student run enterprise.” I think she made everyone in this organization mutually nod in agreement because of how specific she was in making sure I knew this.

One thing many seniors and students in general are looking for is the real world experience. Classes in communications only teach you so much, until you really desire to apply it professionally. When asking Maria Piscitella, also a Marist Senior in this class, if she feels she benefits as well she stated, “Absolutely. This class has been nothing but beneficial. Although it’s extremely time consuming, I’m getting a lot of great material that’s going to be really impressive on my portfolio.”

“I also am understanding how to work with clients and strict deadlines, which can only benefit me in the future.”

After leaving my conversations with these students they truly made me understand how Marist gives students excellent experiences. Both had great things to say and Maria summed it up best when she stated,

“I think it’s awesome that our school allows us as students to have such a great enterprise that mimics the real world. It gives us such great experience and allows us to grow in our preferred industry.”


In the midst of a transitional period, Marist security and administration reflect on college community safety

In the wake of the recent attacks on Chelsea, N.Y., and Seaside Park, N.J., the nation feels a sense of bittersweet relief that the potential 42,000 combined members of those communities escaped those attacks without a single casualty. By comparison, Marist College is home to only a fraction of those totals, but the over 6,000 members of the community still live in a world where the news is littered with reports of mass school shootings and domestic terrorism.

In these times, security remains a key component of college life, particularly at Marist over the past 12 months. The school has had a handful of high-security incidents and events and is also going through a transitional period. As President David Yellen assumed office from the hands of Dr. Dennis Murray in early July, Security Director John Gildard also announced his retirement after 14 years in the role and over 25 years working with Marist. Dozens of qualified individuals convened as members of a national committee who interviewed over 120 candidates for the vacant job, eventually settling on John Blaisdell, the Associate Dean of Students at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. Blaisdell will assume the position in the middle of October, with Senior Assistant Director of Security Al Aldelrahman acting as director in the interim time.

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Marist Dining Hall Serving Thousands of Meals A Day

Throughout the school year I have managed to cook a nice meal for myself maybe once or twice a week. Finding the time and devoting energy into preparing a plate of food in which I would consume in less time than it took to make, is difficult. So how does one produce say 43 to 44 hundred meals a day? When I say meal, I am not referring to the easy mac that most of us have eaten at one point in our college lives, but rather a scoop of vegan rice with a side of roasted sesame salmon, topped off with fresh green beans.

Most likely working in a college dining hall will prepare you for a job this ambitious.

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This week in the news: September 19th-25th

It’s time for this semester’s first addition of Outside the Bubble, where the Red Fox Report gives a quick overview of the news of the week. This week’s hot topics range from celebrity break ups to politics to the royal family to yet another senseless shooting. Take a look.

1. Angelina Jolie officially files divorce from Brad Pitt


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One of Hollywood’s most distinguished marriages is over.

On Monday, it was shockingly announced Angelina Jolie Pitt filed for divorce from husband Brad Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences. Continue reading


“September Senioritis” strikes Marist swiftly

What would you be if you stayed a college senior forever?

For many Marist College students, the answer to this question would probably be happier, less stressed, and more youthful. But staying a senior forever just won’t happen. This fear has caused an outbreak in “September Senioritis,” a combination of anxiety due to increased schoolwork, yearning for senior year festivities, and no grasp on the direction their life is going in post-graduation.  Continue reading


Former Marist Athletes Going Pro

POUGHKEEPSIE – With an undergraduate enrollment of about 5,500 students, Marist College is certainly not the first place professional scouts look for future major league athletes. But when standout defensive end Terence Fede became the first Marist football player to be drafted by an NFL team in 2014, the whole school felt a “sense of pride,” said Red Foxes head coach Jim Parady.

“It was so exciting,” Parady said. “For a smaller program like ours, you only have maybe 20-25 I-AA kids make it each year in the NFL. So for him to hear his name called on selection day was very exhilarating for everybody on this campus.”

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A Mystery In Midrise

Everyone knows that the older you get, the better housing you get. Not just because of the singe rooms or kitchen appliances, but because of the heating and air conditioning as well. At Marist, none of the freshman dorms are air conditioned, so when the new freshman class was a little too big to fit into the strictly freshman dorms, they were forced to move into the big bad sophomore housing complex, “Midrise.” Some believe that Midrise is the lowest on the sophomore housing totem poll, but its more or less agreed upon that it’s a step up from any of the freshman dorms. That includes cooler air too.

Rumor has it, many of the freshman parents complained that the freshman on the fifth floor of Midrise were receiving air conditioning and that this was not fair to their kids who didn’t have a choice and were stuck in the heat. So, allegedly, housing shut off the air on the fifth floor where the freshman were.

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Amici's Late Night Pizza Window

Hidden Gem: Amici’s Late Night Pizza Window

Known for its 10-12 inch slices, Amici’s Pizzeria Late Night Window is a saving grace for the very few drunk, hungry Marist students that know about it.

Amici's Late Night Window appears closed, but just needs to be pulled up by the customers.  Photo by Jackie Venuti

Amici’s Late Night Window appears closed, but just needs to be pulled up by the customers.
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Located in the waterfront district of Poughkeepsie in Dooley Square, the same parking lot as the Poughkeepsie Train Station, Amici’s Late Night Window has been serving its customers for nearly a decade.

The Late Night Window is open from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The window offers giant plain slices for $3 each and any specialty slices that were left over from the day for $4 each. Continue reading


Marist Abroad Students’ Thoughts on Past Mild Winter


With more than normal warm temperatures this past winter for the college, Marist students return for another year with a weird feeling that their weather predictions might not be exactly uniform. Several abroad students were actually surprised about this past winter when they returned to Marist from countries such as the U.K. and Italy.

“I was a little weirded out by the warmer weather during the winter here at Marist when I came back from the fall semester in Florence,” said Annie Callaghan, a junior at Marist. “Compared to the past two winters…this winter felt weird. I would wear a light jacket sometimes when I was in Florence but this winter I would wear a light jacket around campus.”

According to the Poughkeepsie Journal the average temperature for this past winter was above normal with the average high temperature in February being 45.4 degrees which was 6 degrees above the normal high temperature of 39.4 degrees. The average low being 23.5 degrees, 5.7 degrees above the historic low of 17.8 degrees.

“I was definitely surprised to hear that this past winter was more mild than the past two winters here,” said Adriana Belmonte, a senior who went abroad last spring to Florence. “The temperature in Florence was normally about 70 degrees and when I visited Germany I think there was only a 20-degree difference between Italy and Germany.” Belmonte mentioned how her first two years at Marist, the winters were extremely cold and long.

According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space the period between January and June was the world’s hottest half-year recorded with the average temperature being  2.4 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the late nineteenth century.

Colleen McDermott, a senior, studied in London two years ago and she seem to noticed that the winter climate was not too far off from her winter spent in London. “The normal temperature in London was pretty mild. Around 50-60 degrees and cloudy. When I came back last year the winter did not seem that different from the climate this past winter in London.”

“Being from a much warmer country that was more tropical and then coming to Marist where the winters were pretty cold was a big change for me,” Ange Uwimana, a senior from Rwanda said. “The normal temperature in Rwanda is 70 degrees and it was weird that this past winter was definitely warmer than the past winters here.”

Josh Mark, an English professor at Marist, also voiced his concerns after coming back from a trip to Ireland last year. “After coming back I was expecting Poughkeepsie to be cooler.” Mark said. “When Poughkeepsie actually had warmer temperatures than in Ireland I was a little freaked out.”

According to The Weather Network, El Niño is the cause of bringing warmer temperatures to the Northeast region and these temperatures may increase. El Nino may also increase in intensity in future years. Overall, the Hudson Valley had a warmer winter than normal as well as many other countries around the world.




Too much heat in the Fox den

Autumn is often associated with many things. Things such as going back to school, football, sweatshirts in the brisk, cool air. But Summer is starting to look like a party guest who has over stayed it’s welcome. Just yesterday, September 13th, the temperature reached the high 80’s with a humidity that felt more like 90 degrees. Sweatshirts may have to stay in closets and as for athletics such as football, there have been some actual issues with Summer’s overdue departure.

Here in Poughkeepsie, NY, Marist holds many of it’s sporting events at Tenney Stadium with some well structured seating and a nice turf field. What people fail to realize, is that the turf at Tenney is actually 10-15 degrees hotter than an average grass field, according to head football coach Jim Parady. Coach Parady has been with the Red Foxes for twenty-four years, and says that the heat this year is caused preseason practices to be earlier in the morning, the days where they had double practices were less padded than usual, and some were even allowed to go back to their respective apartments for air conditioning. Coach Parady also spoke to how it impacts the games as well. Ice towels were offered on the sidelines, and they would only warm up a half hour before a game opposed to the typical hour before.

It doesn’t just effect football however, the soccer team plays on the same field. Senior Connor Shearer and junior Kevin Kappock said a new thing for them was applying sunscreen at practice. Practices have been a lot tougher to get through and “all you think about is that water break” Shearer said. Like football, when the field was physically too hot, they too would have to move around their practice times away from the heat of the day.

Jeff Carter, head athletic trainer and Coordinator of Sports Medicine spoke on actual health concerns saying that many players are experiencing fatigue and dehydration and the athletic trainers have had to provide more water than usual and treat heat illness. Not only do the athletic trainers have to treat the normal injuries that they’re used to seeing, but they’re dealing with players suffering from heat related illness as well. It impacts the trainers and players in different ways too due to the fluctuating practice times. Some teams are changing practice times, which will not only then interfere with their class schedules, but the regular schedules of the athletic trainers as well.

It seems one of the only teams unaffected by this weather however, is basketball. When speaking to senior captain Kentrall Brooks, he said practice has been totally fine. “We actually have more energy due to the nice weather.” But Brooks proceeded to chuckle when asked if they ever have to worry about practicing outside saying “no way, we’re always inside.”

It seems as if many people are being impacted by this heat, but a key factor is staying hydrated, and only active when the sun is not at it’s strongest. Here’s to Autumn!