Non-citizen Marist students fear President Elect Donald Trump

The 2016 Presidential election has been the main topic across the United States since Donald Trump was named our President Elect. Trump has promised his supporters many things over the past year during his campaigning but one of his more fearful plans is to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants. Although Trump has promised to keep his efforts to undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes, his deportation numbers are still far above reputable estimates of these criminals.

All around the country it has become a real fear for undocumented immigrants that friends, students and family members will be deported once Trumps plans fall into place during his candidacy. Sophomore at Marist College David Cantu, is originally from Venezuela and has been dealing with these deportation fears since Trump was elected.

“It’s scary. I’ve been in this country for over ten years and it is hard to listen to Trump speak about deporting immigrants and not be able to do anything about it.”

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Are those bruises?

After the 2016 Summer Olympics, Michael Phelps had yet again collected an incredible amount of gold medals. However, during the games instead of asking how is race went, reporters were asking why was he covered in bruises? The answer is called ‘cupping therapy.’ Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine that is commonly found in traditional Chinese Medicine. This therapy includes special cups that suction on your skin for a few minutes. This heated-suction helps with pain, inflammation, blood flow, and relaxation. These cups stay in the same place anytime from five to fifteen minutes in order to draw blood to the area, allowing the overworked muscles to heal quicker.

According to the research coordinator at the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Anna Colacino explains cupping can be very helpful for athletes. “Athletes tend to overuse their bodies which can create tight muscles and spasms. Cupping can help reduce these issues because it works deeper by loosening muscles, deep tissue release and increase in circulation.”

As Michael Phelps and the US Olympic team spiked the conversation about cupping therapy, it seems to have taken the athletic training world by storm with other Olympic, professional and collegiate athletes. This interesting new therapy has even been brought to Marist through our athletic training facilities.

Marist Lacrosse player Frank Brier reacts to his first cupping experience this fall, “I had a few buddies of mine try it after they were very sore from a hard lift and they had great success so I decided to give it a try. Honestly it felt amazing, I felt as if I had more movement after a work out than I ever had before.”


Swimmer prepares for practice after getting Cupping therapy

Marist College Coordinator of Sports Medicine, Jeffery Carter explains that after the 2016 Olympics everyone was talking about cupping and he decided to do some research. “I reached out to a friend of mine at Michigan University training facility for some more information about cupping. He explained all the benefits and that student-athletes have responded very positively to the new-found magic cups.”

All the Athletic trainers and athletic training students have been trained to perform cupping therapy because it has become such a high demand, especially with the Marist swimming team.

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Long Island ‘Oyster Fest’ and upcoming Hudson Valley fall fun!

Tis the season for apple picking, leather jackets and fall festivals! It is the perfect time of the year to eat as much as you want and enjoy the warm weather that we have left! As all the college kids take their hometowns for fall break, they are all preparing for their hometown fall festivals! My hometown Oyster Bay, Long Island has it’s own fall festival with everything you could dream of called the “Oyster Fest.”

The 33rd annual Oyster Festival was this weekend which brought over 150,00 people to the historic hamlet of Oyster Bay. I was lucky enough to explore this incredible food filled festival over fall break!

Oyster Bay community committee member, Roseann Denning believes that this is the best event they put on all year. “Not only is it a great event for the town of Oyster Bay but for all of Long Island! We look forward to making the festival better and better each year.”

As I walk down the multiple roads of the oyster festival I hear people buying beers,


Marist Students Sarah & Kate Mosca attend Oyster Fest.

shucking oysters and little kids crying of excitement over cotton candy. Although I am still a little kid at heart, I went straight for the most famous raw oyster line. Naturally I waited in line for over twenty minutes with other oyster-lovers until I finally get my dozen raw oysters with hot sauce. As raw oysters are an unusual food to have at a fall festival, on Long Island it is the main attraction. Don’t you worry; the Oyster Fest has every classic festival food you could think of. The festival was filled with fried Oreos, funnel cakes, Philly cheese steaks, fresh squeezed lemonade and twisted pretzels.

Marist Student Athletes Sarah and Kate Mosca, live over seven hours from Marist, decided to spend their fall break closer to school in Long Island with some friends. “We live in the middle of a farm, so we have never seen anything like this before! It’s my first Oyster fest and now  I can check off eating raw oysters off my bucket list” Kate explained.

These closed-off streets were flooded with long island residents listening to the festival musicians playing everything from the Beatles to Katy Perry. There are parents everywhere trying to shuffle their children away from the festival rides and push their strollers into the Oyster Bay Brewing Company for some happy hour.

Frequent Oyster Fest goer Shannon Lampe, enjoys her first experience being twenty one at the Oyster Bay Brewing Co. “This is the best place to celebrate my 21st birthday. The oyster fest is my favorite place to eat, drink and spend the day with friends and family while I am home from college for the weekend.”


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Marist Women’s water polo gets new head Coach

Marist College Women’s Water Polo Coach Chris Vidale has accepted the incredible task of taking over the water polo team after the tragic loss of water polo player Courtney Fisher.

“People ask if I wish I did not meet the team at Courtney Fisher’s funeral and my answer is always no. I have never seen a team with such a sense of community and care for one another, I knew right then and there that this team was special.”


Coach Vidale (Via Marist Athletics)

Vidale replaces former head coach Natalie Benson, who resigned in June to take a position as the women’s water polo head coach at Fresno State. Vidale explains, “It is a huge responsibility taking over a team as electric as this one to begin with, but it is even more important coming in as the new head coach after this team has been through such a horrible loss this year.”

Senior Water Polo player Amanda Amorosa, was impressed from the moment she met Coach Vidale. “After learning that Coach Benson was leaving, we were all pretty upset because our coach to team dynamic was unstoppable. However after the grace and excitement that Coach Vidale has shown these past few weeks really gets me excited for the rest of the season.”

The Marist Water Polo team thrived under the control of former Olympic water polo medalist Coach Benson for many years; sadly Coach Benson knew it was time for a change. “I have enjoyed the amazing opportunity that Marist Athletics has given me and the bond that I created with my former athletes. It all came down to wanting to settle down and start my own program at Fresno State. That was something I could not pass up.”

Starting as the new head coach after the loss of Courtney Fisher wasn’t the only factor on Coach Vidale’s mind. Vidale was very aware of the close knit family that the players and Coach Benson had over these past years. “I want to have that great connection with the girls that Natalie had, I want to be their Coach of course, but friendship has to be in the mix in order to maintain their respect.”

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Hudson Valley Out of the Darkness Walk

“It was a pivotal experience to see I was not alone.”

Marissa Ruff, one of the key members of the Out of the Darkness Community Walk expresses her tragic loss. Marissa Ruff lost her husband to suicide and she found her calm in working for the Out of the Darkness Community Walk.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walk, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

Maria Idoni, the Area Director for the Hudson Valley shared some history about the walk, “At first the walk in Duchess County was done at local high schools for 3 years. We moved it to the walkway in 2020 because it’s a historical site that joins 2 counties. It was a great location for an event that needs awareness.”


In 2015, 30 Dutchess residents died by suicide, while nationally over 41,000 died by suicide. It’s the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S and Maria Idoni is graciously trying to help spread awareness about this disease.

Unfortunately for Maria, it has been difficult starting the conversation about suicide. “The most difficult part is that there is a stigma associated with mental health and suicide, so the public in general doesn’t want to talk about it. It’s hard raising money for a topic that people don’t want to openly discuss.” Maria was clearly saddened by the stigmas that are constantly surrounding the topic of suicide.

Although the efforts in the Hudson Valley have been strong, the suicide rate has continued to over the years. AFPS has set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate by 20% by 2025. This increased rate is all the more reason for people to get involved, and Marist College Athletes are taking notice.


Marist College students ready to walk!

Many Marist Athletic teams came out to support the walk and they all were very excited to be here to support the Hudson Valley. The Marist Swimming & Diving team is the Out of the Darkness Walk’s number two team with over $4,000 raised!

Captain of the Marist Swimming team, Robert McDowell, was excited about his teams accomplishments, “Originally we had the hope to raise five hundred dollars for the walk and our feedback from our friends and family has been uncanny that we continued to receive more and more donations!”

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Marist College athletes try to beat the heat this preseason

Marist College coaches, athletes, and athletic trainers have been taking precautions this preseason for the intense heat that has taken over the Hudson Valley. It has been a hot, humid, and steamy summer, which left Marist College preseason athletes begging for the chill of winter! In the short amount of time in August since Marist student athletes arrived to begin preseason, the average temperature was between 85 and 90 degrees. Think that sounds like a perfect day on the beach? How about trying to enjoy that beautiful beach with 35 to 45 pounds of football gear on, like our friends on the Marist football team.

Marist College Head Football Coach Jim Parady had some great ideas when it comes to the heat affecting his athletes and keeping their heads in the game. During the Marist Football preseason, which began on August 10th, there was a seven to ten day stretch where the temperature exceeded 90 degrees.

“The heat 100% affects my athletes. I honestly believe it affects them before they even get on the field. As a coach you can feel the stress that they have about it.”


Marist Football getting ready for practice

Parady was clearly aware of the effects that the extreme heat was having on his athletes and was ready to make some changes.

Parady explained, “Once the contest or practice begins on those days when we have extreme heat we take different avenues to cool our athletes down. This was our hottest preseason camp that we had so far. We were scheduled to practice in the afternoon and then changed it to early mornings to try to beat the heat.”

Marist senior running back Leon Cummings expressed just how hot it was this preseason, saying that, “the whole team usually stays in Champagnat Hall together to bond as a team. This year Coach sent the upperclassmen who have off-campus housing with air conditioning home at nights because it was just too hot for anyone to handle.” Continue reading