POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — The 36th president of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, was quoted in a 1963 speech at the University of Michigan as saying, “Poverty must not be a bar to learning, and learning should offer an escape from poverty.” Those words certainly held true for Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY). Cuomo has now put into place a play to make Johnson’s quote a reality in the State and City University of New York systems. Continue reading
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.—Marist College sits 2,549 miles away from Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s approximately a 38 hour ride drive. Yet, on the morning of October 2nd, the aftershocks from what had transpired the night before had rippled into the Marist community. The wounds caused by what can only be described as a senseless act of unprecedented violence were so fresh at Marist it felt as though it had happened in the area.
Stephen Paddock was responsible for the murder of 58 concert goers at a country music festival, with 546 additional injuries being reported. Like many Marist students, junior Dylan Reilly woke up to a mixture of shock and disbelief. “More than anything, I was just stunned,” said Reilly. “I sat on my bed for probably an hour just refreshing Twitter. I just couldn’t believe something like this happened.”
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Christa Hines sat in her quiet, isolated office on 313 Mill Street, pondering what the immediate next steps for her company would be. When asked about the fact that the Department of Veteran Affairs would not be renewing their annual grant, her response was exceedingly dour. “That’s correct”, Hines said. She replied with a simple “no” when asked if she had been in direct contact with Veterans Affairs. In her responses, one could easily pick up a somber, defeated tone. In a way, she serves as a personification of the views of both her organization and the community at large, as a force that provides a great many services for a large number of people now faces an incredibly murky and uncertain future.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.—When asked about Hurricane Harvey, and the Houston Area in particular, Rev. Susan Fortunato’s infectious stream of positivity and cheerful smile ceased immediately. Her office, already an isolated, exceedingly quiet abode, fell so quiet one could hear the proverbial church mice pottering around as Rev. Fortunato called to memory her family in the Houston area. Her brother and sister-in-law reside in the suburban area around Houston, but were luckily able to weather Harvey without seeing their home flood or be damaged in any significant way.