Did the polls and data journalists get it wrong?

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On Wednesday, November 2nd, the Chicago Cubs proved that anyone can come back and win on the world’s biggest stage. That following Tuesday, November 8th, Donald Trump did what was also thought to be impossible, by becoming the 45th president of the United States.

As election day got closer and closer, the media, and therefore the public, depended more and more on polling predictions and data visualization, often using digital savvy maps and charts to illustrate the many winning paths Hillary Clinton had, and the many obstacles Trump would have to face. It was safe to say that there was an overwhelming consensus amongst pollsters and data journalists that Hillary Clinton would emerge victorious Tuesday night.However, what was supposed to be a relatively early election night, ended up being a late night apocalypse, leaving people across the country wondering, how the hell did this happen? Continue reading

Business majors struggle with the hardest professor on campus

 

Fighting through a semester with a hard professor is a right of passage in college.

Often before meeting a difficult professor, anxious students depend on RatemyProfessor’s 1 to 5 rating scale and other student’s comments to set the precedent for the class.

But you don’t need RatemyProfessor to find a brutally honest opinion about Zu-Hsu Lee, or who business majors better know as Professor Jason Lee. In fact, many of his students were in utter disbelief, and even took issue with the validity of his ratings, “There is no way this many students have had a positive experience in his class. He must have written these reviews himself.” said senior business major Harrison Felman.

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Local coffeeshops offer a unique experience you can’t find at Starbucks

Whether you are tired of Starbucks’ Pike roast, experiencing cabin fever studying in the library or just seeking a more hipster-esque space to lounge in, there are some cool local coffee shops worth checking out. Independent coffee shops like Cafeteria and The Crafted Cup offer a rich brew and a certain ambience that is hard to find at a generic coffeeshop chain. Although both places are overseen by the same owners, each offer a friendly, unique atmosphere of it’s own. Continue reading

Pollster by day, cult member by night

During daylight hours, you can usually find Junior Iulia Ionesco on the third floor of Hancock, busily answering the phones and assisting directors at the Marist Poll. But once the sun sets, you will find Iulia in a seemingly abandoned building, praising demonic statues and speaking in tongues amongst her other cult members. The poll’s head coach is seemingly unrecognizable with her slashed wrists and sleep deprived eyes peaking out from under her black cloak.

No, Iulia is not a part of an actual cult. But, her second job does entail scaring the brave souls that dare to enter the Headless Horseman Haunted House, the Hudson Valley’s spookiest fall attraction. Continue reading

This week in the news: September 19th-25th

It’s time for this semester’s first addition of Outside the Bubble, where the Red Fox Report gives a quick overview of the news of the week. This week’s hot topics range from celebrity break ups to politics to the royal family to yet another senseless shooting. Take a look.

1. Angelina Jolie officially files divorce from Brad Pitt

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One of Hollywood’s most distinguished marriages is over.

On Monday, it was shockingly announced Angelina Jolie Pitt filed for divorce from husband Brad Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences. Continue reading

Marist’s football team struggles to deal with scorching heat

Some of the team poses between afternoon practice, where temperatures reached the high 90s.

Some of the team poses with Coach Poveromo between afternoon practice, with temperatures reaching the high 90s.

With sizzling hot temperatures rolling into the early days of September, the Marist College Football team continues to be challenged by the scorching heat and high humidity. The team confesses that this late August’s preseason was their hardest yet, from the intensity of their practices, to the unbearable, sleepless nights in Champagnat Hall. But due to climate change, there has been a culture change taking over college football, this especially hot season. The sport’s tradition of having multiple practices a day for conditioning purposes, is becoming a questionable practice.

According to the NCAA, recent years have marked an increase in player injury and death due to heat-related causes, and as a result, “two-a-day” practices are becoming an antiquated ideal for collegiate football teams. To address heat concerns, in 2003 the NCAA  prohibited two-a-days on consecutive days and during the first five days of practice. But despite this fact, this year members of Marist’s team experienced first-hand some of the dangerous effects of multiple practices a day in the grueling heat.
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