The hidden life of a design student

A lot of people think fashion design is easy, but little do people know the amount of sleepless nights these students have. Jenna Dickinson, senior design student, said “I slept in my car in McCann one-time last year because I was scared to drive home without having slept for almost 6 days.” The commitment these students make often interferes with their college social life, but the outcome they are getting with the Fashion Design Program at Marist is preparing them well for their future as designers.

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The name behind the building

Many students roam the Marist campus going from class to class without thinking to him or her self, “who the heck is Donnelly, Fontaine, or Hancock.” This article is in dedication to those great philanthropists and leaders whose names are on the buildings of our beautiful home at Marist College.

To learn about the process of naming a building, I spoke with Chris DelGiorno, Vice President of College Advancement. DelGiorno explained that in order to have a building in your name, you either have to be a really important person to the college or a philanthropist who makes a substantial gift to the college. Buildings like Dyson, Hancock and Lowell Thomas were in honor of generous donors. Fontaine, Donnelly and the Murray Student Center were named after important people in Marist history. The college promotes substantial donations for this though conversations with the board of trustees.

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Outside the bubble (October 17-23)

In news this week, Trump and Clinton faced off in their 3rd and final presidential debate, the Giants and Rams fly to London for week 7,  Europe sends a probe to mars, Japan has a 6.2 magnitude earthquake, ISIS uses humans as shields as they enclose on Mosul, AT&T strikes a huge deal with Time Warner Inc., and Trump plans to sue the women who accused him of sexual assault.

Take a look:


Photo courtesy of KITV

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The Dutchess County SPCA: A volunteer opportunity

While at college, it’s normal for students to miss their fury friends back at home. Luckily, just an 8-minute drive from Marist College is the Dutchess County SPCA. The DCSPCA relies heavily on their volunteers and are always looking for help, so, if you want to spend some time with an animal in need of love, volunteering at the DCSPCA is the right fit for you.

To volunteer at the shelter and work directly with the animals you must be at least 18-years-old. The first step in becoming a volunteer is to attend the orientation where you will learn about the DCSPCA. The next step is to attend three to four scheduled training classes, depending on how much you are able to learn in the scheduled time. After you pass the training classes, you have to compete 10 hours of mentoring for cats, and 20 hours of mentoring for dogs before you can be fully on your own with the animals. To compete these hours, you will shadow an experienced volunteer, watching how they socialize with the animals and assisting them hands-on. Depending on how well you do with the training, you may not have to complete the full 10 or 20 hours. As a volunteer, some of your possible activities include cat/dog socializing, behavior modification, dog walking, office assistance and off-site events. Continue reading

The Angry Orchard brewery: an overview

Autumn has arrived, which means it’s time to head out the door in your boots and flannels to adventure in some seasonal activities. A 45-minute drive from Marist College is Angry Orchard Brewery in Walden, New York. It’s an easy and peaceful drive with numerous family-owned apple farms along the way. When you approach the Angry Orchard Brewery, you’ll see an old red barn with the Angry Orchard logo; that’s where you’ll pull in. As you drive up along the road to the main entrance, you’ll drive through the apple orchards. The apples are ripe and crisp, so you’ll start craving sweet cider before you even step out your car.

When you walk in have your ID ready, there is a little table with a staff member who will check your ID and give you a wooden token for cider tasting at the end of the tour. (Don’t lose it; it’s the best part!) The self-guided walking tour of Angry Orchard’s history and the process of the cider making is proximately 30 minutes, and it’s free! Before you start the tour, you might want to stop and take a picture with the old red pickup truck with the Angry Orchard Brewery Hard Cider sign when you first walk in. Staff members agreed it’s a signature photo spot at the brewery.

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The weather and your mood


Beautiful sunny day in Interlaken, Switzerland. Photo by Erica Gusick

Beautiful sunny day in Interlaken, Switzerland. Photo by Erica Gusick

As spring and summer is around we find ourselves being more active. Hiking, swimming, and taking road trips are some of the many outdoor activities we partake in while the sun sizzles. Then as fall and winter come, we tend to stay in more, binge watch shows, and eat heavier dishes. This could be due to our body’s need for warmth, but it also could be our unconscious affecting our mood without us realizing.

Wanting to stay home and do nothing on a rainy day may not be because it’s relaxing, but because its your mood switching into a state of sadness. Tecsia Evans, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist practicing in San Francisco stated that there, where it rains an average of 67 days a year, its common to see moods changing to feelings of sadness or low self esteem when it rains.

This was true for Fordham Law student, Marisa Rametta, who did a year teaching Second Grade as part of an AmeriCorps program. “On nice days I was outside a lot, hiking but on rainy days I didn’t really go out. I felt a little lonely, missed home friends and family more than usual.”

 Marist College student Hannah Miller, who recently studied abroad in London, had a similar experience. “I felt lonely on rainy days especially when my roommate wasn’t home,” said Miller.  She explained how she felt less motivated on those London rainy days and when it was nice out she definitely did more sight seeing.

The winter blues stood true for Marist College student, Kyle Wurzel, who is from Austin, Texas. Wurzel’s first winter in New York was one of the worst winters in the state’s history. “I was certainly shocked. I was constantly sick and hated the cold-hot transitions between inside and outside. I was constantly complaining, you’ll never hear me say I’m a fan.”

Ali Welish, a Marist College student from San Francisco, like Wurzel, faced one of the worst New York winters her first semester at college. “I hate the cold and barely went out on weekends during the winter. I spent a lot of time video chatting with my family back in California, I was homesick.” “ Now that I’ve gotten used to the New York weather these past three years I don’t think the winter is going to affect me as much now.”

According to an article reviewed by Mark R Laflamme, MD, exposure of sunlight is believed to increase the hormone called serotonin, which boosts your mood and helps a person feel more relaxed.

Chris Coppola, a freshman at SAE in Miami, Florida, felt an upbeat change in his mood being in Florida rather than his hometown in New Jersey. “I’m more outgoing at college, when I was home I kept to myself more.”  Coppola explained that he’s an independent kid who likes to do his own thing, but in Florida, the sunshine state, he feels a positive energy and wants to spend more time with people rather than on his own.

Weather has the ability to mess with our moods, and the numerous accounts just gives proof to the science.