For the first time in a long time McCann was packed to the brim with enthusiastic and eager attendees. Crowds of students, faculty members, and Hudson Valley locals gathered onto the rolling hills of the arena parking lot hours before the event was set to take place. The turnout was so immense some people feared school officials would turn them away because there would be no room for them in the tightly packed gym. Although to many outsiders this might have looked like a normal occurrence for a school with Division I sports teams, for the vast majority of attendees this was not a typical night. Bernie Sanders was set to grace a small stage on Marist’s campus before facing off with Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, and everybody who’s anybody showed up to the campus patiently waiting to witness history as it was about to unfold.
Marist College’s Art Gallery hosted their second gallery exhibition on Thursday November 10th. This sculpture show exhibited the artwork of two faculty members, Ed Smith and Donise English, alongside Italian artist Bruno Liberatore. Students, Faculty, and Poughkeepsie locals attended the exhibition to enjoy the artwork and show their support. Much of the artwork was based on sculptures and statues, ranging from abstract shapes to more defined visuals, such as busts and torsos.
Have you ever wanted to hear random funny pop-culture references at a hockey game? Well, you’re in luck. Seniors Matt McNamara and Casey Bryant have created The Marist Moller Calls for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, an idea that started around last year in the fall that has since garnered much attention. It’s an idea that was inspired by Austin King, a forward on the hockey team who missed his entire season while fighting Hodgkin’s lymphoma during his sophomore year. Continue reading
Now that September has come to a close and October has officially begun we’re kicking it off this week with the long awaited Presidential Debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, breaking the record for most watched debate in U.S. history with 84 million people tuning in on Monday night, followed by a series of scandals later in the week involving Samsung’s exploding smartphones and washing machines to Wells Fargo’s dishonest employees and illegal backdoor dealings deliberately targeting U.S. servicemen and women in the military. It’s been a whirlwind of a week with many events taking center stage in the news, but here are some of the highlights. Take a look.
- The first presidential debate takes place.Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off in the first of three presidential debates Monday night at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The topics at the debate, moderated by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, ranged from birtherism to Donald Trump’s refusal to release his income taxes to fact checking on both sides. Trump was on the defensive for the majority of the night, coming under fire from Clinton on his sexism and lack of experience in national security to his stance on policing and support of “stop and frisk.” Many zingers were used throughout the night on both sides as well, but no clear winner came out in the end as both held the stage during different points of the night, with Clinton coming out on top towards the end of the night and Trump coming out with a strong start towards the beginning of the night. The next two debates will be held on Tuesday, October 4 at Longwood University, Farmville VA and on Sunday, October 9, at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
2. Houston police responded to a report of an active shooter at a shopping center.
It happened in an affluent neighborhood of Houston around 6:30 AM. The shooter was dressed in a vintage military coat adorned with a Nazi symbol toting a “Tommy Gun” and a handgun, opening fire on shoppers in their cars, injuring 9 in total before being shot dead by police. The man was a disgruntled lawyer from the Houston area, and according to interviews with his father was upset over the failure of his law firm, McDaniel & DeSai LLP, which closed down within the last year.
Everyone intrinsically feels that “signal” when summer is drawing to a close and fall is beginning to commence. That one week in September that has picture perfect weather, the perfect amount of sun and breeze that leaves everyone asking themselves, “why can’t this last forever?” That is exactly how a day like September 11 started out both fifteen years ago and now- a brisk, picture perfect September morning full of hope and wonder as to what the rest of the year will bring.
It’s weather like this that has everyone on their feet, whether it is in anticipation for a successful school year or getting into a new routine. The familiar sounds of school bags jostling in succession to the bus stop and cars backing out of the driveway are coming back in full force, and much like the weather signaling that a change is about to occur.
For those who woke up on September 11 fifteen years ago, today’s weather is very similar to what the weather was like back then- full of life and curiosity.
A senior at CUNY Hunter who lived in Pennsylvania as a youth recounted his memory of that fateful morning. “As a six year old boy living in Pennsylvania at the time, I don’t remember much about 9/11. But I remember that it was very beautiful. The skies were incredibly blue, and the sun was bright. In hindsight, it almost seemed like a cruel joke.” Another senior at CUNY Baruch, Michael Skok, stated that he “didn’t remember much of that day, just a specific feeling.” A junior at the same school, Mary Grace Donohoe, said that there was “a feeling that was permeated by the frantic looks of older individuals.” Anna Bautista, a senior at City College at CUNY, said that the “the bright blue skies seemed to add to the surrealness.” Her brother, Christian Bautista, a sophomore at Stuyvesant highschool, said “9/11 was a normal, beautiful day for most kids, but it was one of the only days that I was told to never leave the house.”
Despite the dreadful stone cold facts we know now, there is an inner peace that can be felt between the glistening of the trees and the rustling of the leaves.
The summer haze that has blanketed our minds begins to shed itself. The lethargy that is a classic symptom of summer begins to dissipate, and we find ourselves awakening between the eclipse of night and the dawn of day. Those that wake up for the early morning grind and endure the perils of rush hour inevitably curse their misfortune as the sweaters they brought for their morning commute become useless by the day’s end- but that is a misfortune that can easily be afforded.
The weather, it seems, is the perfect complement to an incredibly important and emotionally moving day. It uplifts the spirit and the hopes humanity has for a better tomorrow. As the morning chill lapses into the warmth of the sun, today’s weather marks a fitting transition from one season to the next.