This week in news: 11/16-11/23

With another week in the books, it’s time for your latest addition of Outside the Bubble. Many topics could have been covered this week but this article narrows it down to five, ranging from a popular singer’s new album to terror threats in both Europe and Africa with some politics and sports in between. Take a look.

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Hidden Gem: Staatsburgh State Historic Site

Just 10 miles up Route 9 from Marist, Staatsburgh State Historic Site rests peacefully on the Hudson River, secluded from much of the surrounding area of Staatsburg, NY. Getting to the mansion takes you up a winding road, with colorful trees overlooking the path and leaves scattered about, ready for footsteps to crunch them.

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Marist lockdown lifted after threat on Twitter, teen arrested

Co-written by Adriana Belmonte, Derek Rose, Brennan Weiss and Kelsey Bradley

The Marist community was informed Friday morning through the Marist Alert system that an anonymous threat had been made on Twitter against the college. After Marist locked down campus and canceled classes, local Poughkeepsie police reported that a 16-year old boy from the City of Poughkeepsie had been arrested.  

After the threat was deemed illegitimate, the lockdown was lifted early Friday afternoon, although classes remained canceled for the rest of the day. The campus grounds re-opened for other school-related functions.

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Marist junior prepares for meeting O’Malley

Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, a Democrat from Maryland, currently stands in third place in polls for the Democratic nomination but for one Marist student, he is the top choice. Marist junior Owen Condon was recently invited to O’Malley’s upcoming fundraising dinner next Thursday, Nov. 19, in NYC after donating to the former Maryland governor’s campaign.

Invitation that Condon received

Invitation that Condon received

“I’m excited to attend the event as a fan, a journalist, and a Marist student,” Condon said. “I know that O’Malley doesn’t have the biggest following so I’m excited to see h2015-11-11 15.53.18ow big of a crowd turns up. It’s an opportunity that I haven’t had before and I’m looking forward to writing about it and representing Marist.”

While many college students are leaning towards Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders as their presidential picks, Condon found himself drawn towards O’Malley, especially after seeing how he conducted himself during the first Democratic debate. “He managed to separate himself from Clinton and Sanders in a good way,” Condon said.

What makes O’Malley such a good candidate? According to Condon, it is because of his track record on issues he’s passionate about. “Not only did he create thousands of jobs for the people of Maryland but he also is big on gun reform and environmental reform,” Condon said. “His plan is to put an end to the U.S.’s dependency on fossil fuels by 2050 and while that might seem a stretch, it’s at least something. He has such a great attitude on getting things done.”

High rate of Marist students go abroad but at what cost?

Each year, a large portion of the Marist College student body studies abroad in various countries across the world, ranging from Italy to South Africa to Australia. According to Marist Public Affairs, “the college ranks 13th in undergraduate participation in studying abroad among Master’s degree-granting institutions, 18th in terms of total students studying abroad, 6th for participation in semester programs, and 3rd for the number of students participating in long-term study abroad programs.”

According to President Dennis Murray, the May 2015 graduating class had nearly 75% of their students study abroad somewhere during their time at Marist. The Marist program in Florence, Italy, at the Lorenzo de’Medici Institute is by far the most popular one among students. As a result, Marist International Programs (MIP) has the most expertise about the Florence program. This can come at a price, though.

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Lack of female sports communication majors shows Marist has room for growth

When Janie Pierson first came to Marist College, she knew right away that she wanted a career in sports broadcast journalism, specifically for a hockey team. However, she realized she would have to change many things about herself in order to get there. “I learned that at a lot of places, you’re forced to cut your hair a certain way and dress a certain way, and I was not about that,” she said. After interning with Marist Athletics during her sophomore year, Pierson realized that she enjoyed doing what Sports Information Directors do every day, which made her rethink her major. She decided to change her second concentration from broadcast journalism to public relations. Now, one year later, her dream position is to work for an NHL team in their public relations or social media department.

So why was there the shift from broadcast journalism to public relations? As Pierson indicated, as a female, she knew that she would be expected to change her appearance if she chose the broadcast route. Dr. Tim Mirabito, Assistant Professor of Sports Communication at Marist, believes that it is a strength-in-numbers mentality. “Females can get self-conscious of the broadcasting aspect,” he explained. “Sports communication in general is such a male-dominated field.” He believes that this also explains the lack of female sports communication majors at Marist.

As of October 2015, there are a total of 138 sports communication majors. According to the Marist School of Communication and the Arts, only 27 of them are females. “I suspect that the glass ceiling that exists in the industry either consciously or subconsciously provides an obstacle for women to enter into it,” Mirabito said.

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Marist Poll thrives on democracy

Since 1978, the Marist Institute for Public Opinion has been a fixture on the Marist College campus. Started by Dr. Lee Miringoff as a way to teach his political science class about voting behavior, it has evolved into a national opinion poll, covering an array of issues ranging from politics to sports to technology and beyond. Known as the Marist Poll around campus, the organization works year-round, employing students as their survey research interviewers.

The Marist Poll grows especially busy during election season and Dr. Miringoff believes that there are a number of reasons for why they have become so successful during these specific times. “There are several aspects which contribute to our success,” he said. “First, we always use the most scientific, rigorous methods in conducting our surveys, including live interviews speaking to people on landlines and cell phones. Second, we are fully transparent in releasing our methods and results. Third, our secret sauce is the Marist students who do an excellent job conducting interviews and supervising in the phone center.”

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Rainstorm takes Rowan University students by surprise

Students at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, found themselves caught in a fierce rainstorm last Thursday, September 10, as torrential downpour flooded the area. The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings throughout the area until approximately 8 pm but for some students that did not see the alert, the night got ugly. They were caught in the storm on the road.

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