Hidden Gem: The Pandorica

First things first: this hidden gem may not actually be considered that “hidden.”

The Pandorica in Beacon went viral last August due to its overall theme and is one of the few Doctor Who themed restaurants in the United States. Originally The Cup and Saucer Tea Room, the business went under renovation in the spring, when owner Shirley Wenlock-Hot first decided on the theme change, officially opening on July 7 in its new incarnation. A little over a month later the business went viral, popping up on social media and news sites while being shared by avid “Doctor Who” fans, affectionately called Whovians.

Pandorica Outside

The entrance to 165 Main Street, Beacon, NY – The Pandorica.

However walking along Beacon’s Main Street the restaurant looks like one of the many other shops in the town. Housed in a small brick building, with thirteen tables and bar seating, it’s the type of spot you either stop in because you know what type of place it is or you looked in the window and figured it looked like a neat place to try.

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Marist College Student Center lounge quiet and empty despite upcoming finals week

One lone student sits among the whirring noise of the fans from the Student Center lounge’s heating system and the entire room looks like it’s going to be deserted all night.

Despite upcoming deadlines for final projects, exams and last-minute assignments, few students seem to be using the excellent study space in the well-lit basement area. The dance studio adjacent to the main area is dark illustrating that club activities are coming to end, if they have not stopped already, while only two groups are making use of the meeting rooms on this particularly bitter and chilly night.

“Right now I’m going over some sight-singing,” freshman John Royak said. Royak is also studying for a class final in his Music class tomorrow, a class he’s taking to fulfill his core requirement for Fine Arts.

“I’m a singer so I wanted to learn more about the different keys and majors,” Royak explained as he pointed at his sight-singing handouts, “I wanted to take the class so I could sing and understand what I’m singing.”

Freshman John Royak has the entire main lounge area to himself as he studies for his Music class final.

The two televisions on the walls display two different channels with muted sound, on one New Channel 4 anchor Janice Huff talks about the upcoming evening forecast while predicting the rest of the week’s weather. With empty couches, empty chairs and even empty chess tables it raises the question: is the lounge always this empty?

College Activities employee, Sophomore Kristie Licursi, went on the clock at 4 p.m. today and indicated that the lounge will get busy.

“I was here yesterday and now I’m here today,” Licursi explained, “A lot of students use the lounge and meeting rooms, and I see a lot of them come in and out. I think a lot of them are using the space for capping.”

When asked the average amount of students Licursi has seen using the lounge she responded, “Today maybe fifteen but maybe more.”

Until the rush later tonight though, Royak has the entire lounge to himself to study for his final. And right now it seems like he’s got the prime spot.

Coping with stress 101: the best methods for college students

Now that registration is complete at Marist most of the student community’s focus has been on surviving through the Thanksgiving “death march,” and that can only mean one thing – the Fall 2014 Semester is coming to a close.

Thanksgiving will offer the entire student body and faculty a chance to relax before the final stretch of the semester. And it’s a guarantee that most students are already worrying final project deadlines, final essays, final assignments and final exams.

And despite the excitement of being so close to Winter Break, the workload is probably beginning to pile up which can normally result in a sense of panic and stress. First step is to take a deep breath and calm down.

Stress is nothing new in college lifestyles, whether you’re a freshman facing your first finals week, or a senior realizing you only have one semester left when this one ends. Stress is a very typical and normal part of life. But stress can be harmful to your health and most students try to de-stress with methods that may not be very “health-friendly.”

In a 2012 article, “Effective Lifestyle Habits and Coping Strategies for Stress Tolerance among College Students,” in The American Journal of Health researchers Paul D. Welle and Helen M. Graf found that younger students have to deal with more stress then older students. Freshman students will tend to feel more stress because they have more stressors in their lives like beginning college, dealing with living away from home for the first time, having to participate in new social circles and especially having to deal with the stressors of the academic environment at school.

Despite younger students having more stressors than older students, Welle and Graf found that most students exhibit similar symptoms when they feel “overwhelmed.” Most students report mood swings and emotional ups and downs; difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep; and general feelings of being anxious.

So then what’s the best way for students to cope with stress?

Nothing new here it’s the same old advice:

  • Have a supportive friend group: talk to your friends or make plans to take a study break and grab lunch.
  • Stay in contact with family: talk with mom and dad if you’re feeling stressed out.
  • Make sure you get enough hours of sleep: that’s 8+ hours for students, so it’s better to sleep then pull an all-nighter.
  • Eat a balanced diet: so pizza all the time might not be a good idea during finals week, aim for a little bit of everything. Vegetables, meat, dairy, the works!
  • Get active! If you’re stressed go for a run or hit the gym, exercise will help you de-stress and keep your body feeling healthy.
  • Get some alone time: try going for a walk or spending some time in private, sometimes you just might need to think in private.
  • Take some time to do something fun: if you have a hobby take a little time to do it. It’s a great thing to do in a study break. So draw, paint, write, throw a football around outside or play an instrument, it’ll be a nice change of scene.
  • Take study breaks: try to pace the time you spend on things and then take a break and do something fun. It gives you the chance to take control of your learning environment.
  • Don’t try to avoid stress by using substance: drinking will not help you relax and cope with stress, it will only cause you more stress. One crazy night of drinking will not help you finish that essay.
  • Don’t let stress build: try to take care of things one at a time. Break major assignments into smaller pieces and don’t sweat the small things. There’s no reason to get stressed over an everyday hassle.

It’s best to know that these tips are not effective for everybody and there is a definite difference in which coping methods work better for men and women. Welle and Graf found that only five items from their list of coping methods were shared between the sexes.

Welle and Graf found that men cope with stress by having more control over their personal life and environment, getting enough sleep and having regular contact with family. Women on the other hand applied a wider variety of the coping methods and contact with family wasn’t as important for females as it was for men.

So as the semester comes to a close remember to take a break, try not to stress and above all focus on your end goal. If you feel you’re getting too overwhelmed reach out for help, call a friend or find a YouTube video to laugh at.

Good luck on finals!

This Week in News 11/3 -11/10

After a long enjoyable Halloween weekend, and a day or two to recover, news was probably the last thing on Red Fox Report readers’ minds so we’ve recapped last weeks newsworthy events for you! This week’s news includes landslide election results, the return of two detained American citizens from North Korea, more airstrikes against ISIS, the scoop on upcoming cold winter weather, the oldest human photograph and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Sommer lecturer successfully engages students

On Oct. 29, Marist College’s English Department hosted the Annual George Sommer Lecture that was originally established after the Marist Professor’s retirement to allow the English Department to bring a top scholar to Marist to engage with the students.

Currently Marist’s English Department uses the lecture to highlight various scholars in a cycle. Normally the college will host a Chaucer or Shakespeare scholar one year, choose to highlight any English Scholar the next year and then to highlight a Modern Language Scholar the third year.

This year’s George Sommer Lecturer, Dr. James Shapiro of Columbia University, not only enlightened attendees about the influence of Shakespeare but also took time to interact with students through a Master Class on the Shakespearean Sonnet. Continue reading

Halloween guide for the Hudson Valley

Tis the season for mischief, fear and plenty of treats. Halloween is right around the corner here at Marist and while some of you may be bummed that you didn’t get tickets for FrightFest there is good news.

Going to school in the Hudson Valley has many perks and one is that we are living in what can be considered a Halloween Mecca. The beauty of the Hudson Valley paired with the historical sights makes it the perfect area to experience hauntings, enjoy local legends and have fun this Halloween.

If you want to get off campus this Halloween there are a variety of attractions in the area ranging from typical family-approved events to cult movie showings and haunted houses guaranteed to scare. Continue reading

Cool summer affects regional businesses

Students are back at school, leaf-peepers will soon be out in full force as the Hudson Valley trees turn into a blazing inferno of color, pumpkin-flavored everything is starting to appear in stores and colder nights are only supposed to just start to become the norm.

But the summer of 2014 seemed to segue into fall much sooner than anticipated; the only real “summer” temperatures felt in the Hudson Valley and surrounding regions were during the past few weeks when the mercury finally crept past 90 degrees.

The unusual 2014 cold spell has affected not only everyday summer activities but has also affected local farmers, sleep away camps, Delaware River rafting companies and even local restaurants. Continue reading