Where to go when the heat shuts off

While walking through the Rotunda I found a student who would actually rather be at school than home right now.

Junior Dave Schneider has been spending extra time away from his off-campus home recently due to the heater breaking this past Thursday.

Being left without heat in late November is something most people would try to avoid, so Schneider and his housemates have slept in friends’ on-campus living rooms at night to stay warm. While in the Rotunda, Schneider was basking in the central heating while waiting for his friends to get out of class.

He says that the oil provider should be coming by his home at 7pm today in order to fix the broken heater, and hopefully he will be able to sleep in his house the night before leaving for Thanksgiving break. “”Ïts just been too cold the past few days, it makes me want to stay out of the house as much as possible” said Schneider “the space heater we just got isn’t nearly big enough (to keep them warm).”

With hope that the problem should be fixed within a few hours, Schneider plans to return home tonight and be ready to leave for Long Island by tomorrow afternoon.

Students need to plan where they will be living next semester.

Imagine showing up to campus on the first day of the new semester, bags packed and parents beaming proud, only to realize that you didn’t have a place to live for the next four months.

This is a potential scenario for students if they are not savvy in planning out their housing arrangements for when they return from a semester abroad.

It happens every year, somebody goes abroad without having guaranteed housing for when they return, the off campus house search is started very late, and then there’s the dilemma of potentially not having anywhere to live next semester.

In order to properly prepare for having a place to live students need to understand the difficulty of preparing exact numbers of available on campus housing spots. Sarah English, Director of Housing & Residential Life, explained the near impossibility of predicting how many rooms will be available for on-campus housing from semester to semester. Continue reading

Marist community unites in Hunger Month

"Buck Hunger" stand set up in Dyson for donation collection.

“Buck Hunger” stand set up in Dyson for donation collection.

During your next trip to the grocery store, you might want to consider picking up a few extra cans of soup or peanut butter. The extra food won’t be for you to eat but it goes towards feeding the many people that go hungry in Dutchess County each night. We are nearly halfway into November which means that Hunger Month is under full swing here at Marist College. A program ran through Campus Ministry, Hunger Month is a month-long event dedicated to raising awareness of hunger at both a local and global scale as well as raising awareness of our ability to help.

Students are asked to make donations throughout the month through the many activities set up by the members of Campus Ministry. All donations obtained during Hunger Month go to the Dutchess Outreach Food Pantry, which has been running since 1974. Continue reading

Weekly recap: seven news stories students should be aware of

As we move past Halloween and into a new month most students are probably looking for a way to make the school year stop going by so fast.  With the stress of planning out your next semester and subsequently your life probably hanging over many people’s heads, it can be easy to lose sight of what else is going on in the world around us.  To help keep students in touch with national and international news we will break down what has been going on during the past week.

  1. European Spy Agencies Worked Together on Mass Surveillance

In wake of the recent whistleblowing actions of Edward Snowden we are now becoming increasingly aware of the lack of privacy that we actually have due to the government’s hidden surveillance programs. Multiple foreign leaders, including those of our Allied nations, have expressed outrage at the revelations that the American National Secuity Agency (NSA) had conducted secret surveillance on them through phone and internet taps. The documents released by Snowden also indicate that Spain, Germany, Sweden and France all have intelligence agencies that are involved in the practice of mass surveillance through screening phone and internet traffic. Continue reading