Meet the buildings of Marist College

Editor’s Note: The following story has been updated to delete the entry on the McCann Center. That building is named for James J. McCann, not James F. McCann. The Red Fox Report regrets the error.

Marist students often come to identify with the buildings on campus that they spend the most time in. English majors adore the quirkiness of Fontaine. Computer science students revel in the high-tech modernity of Hancock. Freshman in Champagnat tend to exude the, um, vivacity that permeates throughout the dorm’s nine floors.

Yet, little is known about the people for whom the buildings are named for. In most cases, these people helped spur the creation of the offices, dorms and academic buildings that Marist students have grown so fond of.

Here are just a few of the people behind the buildings at Marist:

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8 Marist employees with stories to tell

The daily routine of a Marist student involves many people who they may never notice: security guards, Sodexo workers, mail room employees, etc. These are the people who grease the wheels and keep the Marist community running smoothly; yet, they are often kept on the periphery. Here are eight Marist employees that you might come across every day without knowing who they really are.  Continue reading

Local pet shop shut down, owner arrested

On Sept. 29, it was announced that American Breeders: Puppies and Kittens—a popular pet shop among Marist students—will close. This news is the result of a nearly seven month investigation by the state animal control officers from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture into the store’s alleged misconduct.

The impetus for the closure occurred in July of 2015, when the owner of American Breeders, Richard F. Doyle, 55, was charged with three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

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Can weather predict crime?

Over the past several years, the relationship between weather and crime rates has emerged as a major focus in the field of criminology. The overall consensus among researchers is that severe weather—high temperatures, large amounts of precipitation, etc.—leads to more crime. According to the Department of Justice, burglaries are 10.5 percent more likely to happen in the summer than in the winter and violent crimes such as murder, rape and aggravated assault are also “significantly higher.”

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“Many studies show a correlation between weather and crime, with crime increasing during hotter weather,” said Dr. David McDowall, a criminology professor at the University of Albany. “I believe these findings are valid as a set because they appear consistently over many studies using different data and methodological approaches.”

One of the prominent theories as to why crime rates seem to rise along with the thermometers can be summarized in two words: scarcity and aggression. The former term is more commonly used in low-income areas, where drastic weather can render people fighting for survival; the desperation of these circumstances often results in crime. The latter term is based on the idea that people experience pent up anger and agitation as temperatures become more stifling and are then more likely to release these emotions in violent ways. Continue reading