Marist Intramural Basketball playoffs have begun

This semester’s intramural basketball season at Marist began with 30 teams split up into two conferences. 15 teams played their regular season out on Monday nights while the other 15 played on Wednesday nights. Each team plays one game per week over the span of the semester, but do not play every team in their conference. They also do not see any of the teams, which play on the opposite night until the playoffs.

Intramural basketball is definitely one of the most competitive intramural sports here at Marist College. There is an abundance of talented basketball players in this league who most likely played high school ball, and maybe are even capable of playing at the Division 2 or 3-college level. Most of the more talented players in this league, with a few exceptions of course, are upperclassmen. Over their years at Marist many students spend some time trying to put together a team that has a chance to win a championship. What ends up happening often is that players jump around from team to team through a few seasons and find themselves matched up against friends, housemates, and former teammates. This makes for great competition. There may not be glory and fame that comes with this championship, but what does come is bragging rights and a pretty sweet t-shirt.

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Player Profile: Madeline Blais

Marist Women’s basketball season opener is right around the corner, and they will be looking to get the production they have come to expect out of junior Madeline Blais this season. Blais is a 6’1 small forward from Exeter, New Hampshire. She attended New Hampton high school and now is going into her third year playing under head coach Brian Giorgis, and her second year as a starter.

Coming out of high school Blais was the top-ranked player in the state of New Hampshire. In her junior year Blais averaged 18.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and four assists per game. As a senior she was the captain of her team and was named the team’s MVP after a 23-2 season for New Hampton. In both her junior and senior seasons she was selected to the First Team All- NEPSAC. Not only was she a star on the court, but also off the court as she was awarded a place in the cum laude society upon graduation.

Blais did not get very many minutes in her freshman year at Marist, only averaging 7.8 minutes per game. She did make the most of her minutes, however, averaging 2.8 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in 32 appearances. She was very efficient from the field shooting it at .419 on 31-74 shots. she also shot .375 from three-point land making 15 of 40 three-pointers. Her high game in the points column of her freshman year came on the big stage, in the MAAC Quarter Finals against Manhattan College.

In her sophomore year, Blais started 32 of 34 games and proved her worth. Her minute per game average jumped up to 28.5 per game and she led her team with 63 three-pointers made. She averaged 12.9 points per game and shot 53.8 percent from the field. She also shot a tremendous 48.1 percent from the three-point line and 85 percent from the charity stripe. Her career high in points came on December 14 at Boston University, and then she tied it onJanuary 17 at Niagra with 27 points. Last year was a great year for Blais, but coach Giorgis thinks this season will be a breakout year for her in her junior year.

“Maddy is a great player,” said Giorgis. “She can shoot the lights out and we need her to do what I know she can do if we want to be successful. She’s a leader on this team and I think it is going to be an even better year for her than last year.”

This team only has four returning seniors and one of them, center Tori Jarosz, is currently injured. With Jarosz to miss at least a few weeks and only three other seniors on the roster, some of the younger girls will need to step up, which puts Blais in a leadership role for this squad. She will most likely start at power forward and will be relied on to score points from behind the three-point line. Blaisunderstands her role and has the utmost confidence in her team to be successful this season.

“I think we have a great team this year,” Blais remarked. “Even though we only have four seniors, we have some freshman and sophomores with a lot of talent and it all seems to be clicking well at practice so far.”

Blais is the only returning starter on this year’s team and she will surely need to carry most of the load offensively for the team, and she has proven to be capable of that. Look for Madeline Blais to have a great season and make sure you get out to some games to support Marist Women’s Basketball this year. They open up on Sunday November 16, at Delaware. Their Home opener is on November 24 against St. John’s at 7:00 pm.maddy blais

The development of Marist’s traveling Intramural Basketball Team

For the past six years Marist College has been sending an intramural basketball team to an annual tournament hosted at Boston University. Every year during the fall, tryouts are held by head coach Freddy Garcia to put a 12-man team together for the tournament in February. This team gives students who do not play varsity ball the opportunity to keep playing the game they love.

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This Week in News

Struggling through midterms week and enjoying a long weekend at home for mid semester break, you may have missed some things that happened in the world this past week. Of course this includes more Ebola news along with a controversial College Football game and the start of this year’s World Series.

1. Breakthrough Replicates Human Brain Cells for Alzheimer’s Research.

Researchers have accomplished a feat that has shocked some people around them. Under the lead of researcher Rudolph E. Tanzi of Massachusetts General Hospital l in Boston a team of researchers have created Alzheimer’s in a petri dish. This advancement will help with the previous problem of how to study this disease and it will help with the search for drugs to treat it. Before they came up with this their best method of research was studying mice who developed an imperfect form of the disease. Tanzi said that the key to the success of this project was an idea that came from his colleague Doo Yeon Kim to grow the brain cells in a gel to simulate the creation of networks as in an actual brain. They then gave them the genes for the disease and sure enough it worked.

2. W.H.O. Chief Calls Ebola Outbreak a ‘Crisis for International Peace’


Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the World Health Organization said that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is “unquestionably the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times.” She described the outbreak as progressing from a public health crisis to “a crisis for international peace and security.” Dr. Chan stresses that she has never seen a disease outbreak that is threatening the survival of societies and governments like this. She also stressed that there are major risks involved in neglecting poorer countries who have outbreaks like this. She understands that if no attention is paid to an outbreak in a poor country it will eventually spread to the whole world, which has already begun.

3. San Francisco Giants win in walk-off fashion toadvance to World Series.

San_Francisco_Giants_hat_and_helmet_logoTravis Ishikawa hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Giants past the Cardinals putting them in the 2014 World Series. They will face the Kansas City Royals, who have not yet lost a game in this playoff run. The Series begins Tuesday night and it should be a good one. Madison Bumgarner will get the start on the mound for the Giants against the Royals’ right hander James Shields. Bumgarner finished the season with a 18-10 record and Shields finished 14-8. These are two good arms going up against each other in game one and it should be exciting to watch.

4. No. 2 Florida State stays perfect with comeback over No. 5 Notre Dame


This might have been one of the most anticipated College Football games of the year and it left Irish fans disappointed to say the least. Florida State was down 17-10 at halftimeand rallied back to win in the second half behind star quarterback Jameis Winston. The play of the game came in the final seconds of the game on fourth down. Notre Dame put together a great drive to get them down to Florida State’s two-yard line. Everett Golson threw a touchdown pass to Corey Robinson with 13 seconds on the clock to put Notre Dame in the lead. However, the play was called back due to a pass interference call on Notre Dame. it was definitely a controversial call and Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly was not happy with the refs, as I’m sure Fighting Irish fans also were.

5. Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions

In March an architecture firm owned by Bob Foreman ran up a phone bill of $166,000 in just one weekend. The interesting thing is that the company is run by just seven people and neither Foreman nor any of his workers were in the office that weekend. Obviously there had to be a mistake. It was not a mistake but hackers breaking into the firm’s telephone network and routing $166,000 worth of phone calls. The call records showed that calls were made to several premium-rate telephone numbers outside of the country. This type of fraud is one that mostly hits small businesses and this Georgia firm was hit hard. Last year this crime cost small businesses $4.71 billion around the world.

6. Pentagon Signals Security Risks of Climate Change


Last Monday the Pentagon released a report saying that climate change poses some threats to national security. The report stresses increased risk of terrorist attacks, infectious disease, and global food shortages. There are also worries of increases in extreme weather requiring military disaster responses. There is a road map in the report showing how military will respond to rising seas levels and storms. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed concerns about the loss of glaciers straining water supplies and destruction caused by hurricanes. In the past the military looked at climate change as a future risk but this report is shifting the view to be a present problem that requires immediate action.


Hidden Gem: Joe Cristiano’s

At 518 Salt Point Turnpike, about 15 minutes from Marist College campus, there is a restaurant that is just starting to get some recognition among the Marist community. Joe Cristiano’s is a pizzeria with a specialty dish that will blow your taste buds away.

The one thing on the menu that people are going crazy over is the meatball slider. For one dollar apiece you get a pretty nicely sized meatball inside of a garlic knot bun. The meatball is a specialty at Joe Cristiano’s and for any Italians out there; they are just like grandma’s meatballs. The best part? Free delivery

You have to wonder, where did they come up with such a brilliant combination? So I asked the manager of the restaurant, Brian Antonucci, if he knew where it came from. “Alex (one of the owners) came up with it about two years ago and it stuck. Everyone loved them so we kept serving them.”

Seven years ago this restaurant was opened up by three guys who worked together at a pizzeria called Amadeo’s, near Arlignton high school. One day they decided that they wanted to open up their own restaurant and I am gald that they did. The three owners are named Alex, Jeremy and Jim. Jeremy and Jim are brothers and their grandfather’s name was Joe Cristiano, hence the name of their pizzeria. The restaurant has three locations so the owners are very busy. They have one place in Poughkeepsie (which is obviously the one closest to Marist), one in Hyde Park and one in Wappinger Falls. Antonucci said that Jeremy and Alex are more of the inside guys who actually run the place while Jim does the bookwork. They seem to make a pretty good team and their food is fantastic.

I spoke with Marist senior Jack Young, who is a regular at Joe Cristiano’s. “They changed my life,” he said of the meatball sliders. “I normally only eat my mom’s meatballs, but these are incredible.”

So besides the sliders, what else is good on the menu?

“Anything with meatballs,” said Antonucci. “The meatball parm sub is probably my favorite thing on the menu. But besides that, the wings are also good, the calzones, and of course the pizza is good too.”

This is definitely a place that Marist students need to try out because it is great food and it is not very expensive. If you go on their website you will see that there are a few promotions that are actually very good deals. You can get a large pizza and 10 wings for $13.99, a large pizza with 20 wings for $19.50, two large pizzas and a two liter bottle of soda for $18.50, and any two subs for $9.99.

It is open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 10pm, and from 12pm to 10pm on Sundays. So next time you and your friends are wondering what to get for dinner, order yourselves a nice big tray of meatball sliders or maybe some subs from Joe Cristiano’s. The number is (845) 454-4020. You won’t regret it.

Cold weather dealing out common cold

The temperature is rapidly dropping in the Hudson Valley area and it is affecting its residents.

It is getting toward the end of the summer now and in the past couple of weeks we have had some scorching hot, beautiful days. Suddenly starting last week we have had some pretty cold ones and it is only getting colder. Last week we hit highs up to 82 degrees and the forecast for Wednesday the 17th is a high of 72. When the Sun goes down is when the cold really hits. Wednesday’s forecast predicts a low of 42 degrees. The sudden drop in temperature has locals concerned.

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