PFL Ruling Leaves Marist Out of Playoff Qualification

When the Marist College football team won the final game of the 2013 season, 33-7 against conference rival Mercer, they had officially done everything in their power to receive the Pioneers Football League’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division I football tournament. Yet, just days after the victory, it was announced that Butler had won the league’s final ranking tiebreaker, and as a result, received the tournament’s final bid.

Both Marist and Butler finished the season with 7-1 conference records to end the year tied as the leagues co-champions. The teams never faced in the regular season and had the same record against common opponents, leaving the tiebreaker up to the discretion of the College Sporting News’ Gridiron Power Index as well as the NCAA’s Simple Rating System.

After deliberations it was announced that Butler beat Marist in five of the seven GPI components.

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The Very Best Smartphone Apps For Any College Student

Now that the age of the smartphone is officially upon us, it’s safe to say that the majority of college students have some form of mobile telephone that does more than simply place calls and send messages. Whether it be iPhone, Galaxy, HTC One or Droid, these mobile computers have the capability of being used for extreme academic efficiency and assistance. Through either the iPhone app store or Google Play,  students have millions of applications at their fingertips. The sheer volume of choices can be overwhelming, especially to the new user. So, as a means of assistance, I have combed through thousands of apps on both platforms to discover the very best options available to college students.

As a college student myself, I have a pretty good gauge of what my peers are looking for when it comes to their phone. However, as a senior who was not aware of the many technological resources available during most of my collegiate career, I figured it would be best to go to the underclassmen to see how much they know.

“The only apps I have are Twitter, Youtube and a couple of games,” said sophomore Michael English. “I wouldn’t even really know where to start when if I were to try to find new apps.”

“I want an app that will help me study and keep me organized so I can do well,” said sophomore Chris Deisenroth. “I’m also extremely interested in social networking and communication. Those types of sites are my main news and communication outlets.”

So let’s start with the big three. I figure it’s best just to acknowledge these behemoths just in case you live under a rock, and then move to some of the lesser-known downloadables.

Twitter

Get it. Figure it out. Learn to like it. Twitter has become a big deal in the past few years, and odds are you’re going to have to use it professionally at least once in your life. It’s one of the best sources for breaking news, sports updates and social interaction. Twitter has become so much more than a social media site. Lives have been changed in merely 140 characters. Get accustomed to Twitter. You’ll need it.

Youtube

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Youtube is the go-to source for all videos on the web. With your smartphone you can have instant access to a plethora of educational and recreational videos at the tip of your fingers. Youtube is what you make of it. But with some digging and an active interest, it can be a valuable resource to any college student.

Weather

Fire the weatherman because built-in to most smartphones is a gps based weather app. This app grabs your location and gives you various weather forecasts for the hour, day, week or month. It’s a critical feature to have at your fingertips when running to class or heading home.

Back To Academics

Now this is where things get interesting. The world of academic apps is a competitive field filled with learning aids vying for your download. There are a few leviathans that dominate the industry, but there are some gems among them. Luckily, most are free, so any decisions can be made without consequence.

iStudiez Pro – $2.99, Lite Version Available.

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The absolute, hands-down best application for academic assistance is the iStudiez Pro application exclusive to the Apple app store.

It is essentially a digital planner. It tracks your class schedule and records upcoming assignments, sending the user push notifications to alert them to any upcoming events or responsibilities. You can prioritize your work and update all of your devices simultaneously. This is the modern age planner and it comes with the many benefits of living in the future.

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While there is a free edition of the application, it is limited.

Evernote – Free.

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A very close second, yet oddly unique, Evernote on the App Store and Google Play, is a digital cloud to track and organize all of your media across multiple platforms.

With an Evernote account, users can edit text documents, pictures and files on the go from their smartphone, and have their work saved across every synced device. Evernote

“I’ve actually used Evernote for about a year,” said Senior Emily Marchesano. “It’s really useful and handy when I want to complete some work and have it saved universally.”

In Evernote, users can save voice memos and file attachments to multiple devices, while sorting and categorizing your files ubiquitously.

“I had never heard of Evernote. I can’t believe something like that exists,” said sophomore Thoman McArdle. “For some reason I feel like people don’t really care about applications that will help in school. But, from the sounds of it they should, because it sounds extremely hepful.”

Author’s Choice – If This Then That

This novel little application does something so unique and interesting that I feel it needs to be mentioned. If This Then That (IFTTT) lets the user create a unique sequence or “recipe” for the phone to follow. These “recipes” are often conditional events that the application will look out for. Once detected the application enacts the resulting commands in the “recipe”. For example you could input “If I receive a tweet, then send me a text message,” or  “If it’s snowing tomorrow, then wake me up early for class.” I think this is just a cool idea that, once mastered, can be extremely useful. There are quite a few bugs, as it is a lesser known application, but I didn’t experience any that couldn’t be fixed by a simple application restart.

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Marist Students Amp Up For 2013 World Series

The 2013 World Series kicks off on October 23 with the St. Louis Cardinals facing off against the Boston Red Sox, and Marist campus is buzzing with excitement and speculation on the intense action to come.

After a ridiculous month of postseason baseball the Red Sox and Cardinals have fought their way into this year’s Fall Classic. The Red Sox took the American League pennant after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays three games to one in the AL Division Series, before defeating a dangerous Detroit Tigers pitching squad in the AL Championship Series. The National League favorite St. Louis Cardinals walked through a bolstered Pittsburgh Pirates squad in five games, before stunning the surging L.A. Dodger in six.

“I think both teams had quite difficult paths,” said Marist sophomore Mike English. “The Cardinals had to go against the Dodgers who were the best second-half team in the Major Leagues and the Red Sox had to go against prolific pitching in Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. They also had to face former Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera.”

It doesn’t hurt that Marist is home to more than a few deeply invested viewers.

“I’ve been a die-hard Red Sox fan for all of my life,” said Marist senior John Campoli. “The fact that the Sox are in the World Series is a huge deal to me. This is what sports fans dream about.”

The intensity of the action leading up to this matchup has drawn in fans, who would otherwise have shown little interest.

“I’m usually not all that interested in baseball, but when it’s the World Series it’s impossible not to get excited.” Said Marist junior Zach DeWeese. “Everyone on campus is talking about it and figuring out where to watch the games. It’s fun.”

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Author Joel Goldstein Speaks To Marist College About Traumatic Brain Injury And The Conspiracy Behind It All

A caravan of support followed author Joel Goldstein as he filed into the Henry Hudson Room at Marist College’s Fontaine Hall. A crowd of onlookers filled the catered opening, pulling additional chairs along the walls to accommodate excess appearances. Scattered around were Marist students, teachers, children and elders. Survivors and supporters sat quietly, waiting to hear Joel’s inspiring words. They gathered to hear the story of his son’s struggle with traumatic brain injury and the process of regaining a life.

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Joel’s son, Bart, was only 16 years old when he was involved in a massive car crash on Christmas Eve that left him with a traumatic brain injury.  Through his book “No Stone Unturned”, Joel recounts his son’s struggle from a father’s point of view. He detailed the many highs and lows felt when attempting to recoup brain functionality, and the struggles and setbacks many TBI survivors often face. It was the story that earned him the love and admiration of the thousands of reader whom he gave hope and inspiration.

On Wednesday, October 9, Joel took the stand to talk about his book No Stone Unturned: Traumatic Brain Injury and the Conspiracy of Decency. His soft, caring face scanned the audience looking for familiar faces. Even from the back of the room, deep lines of worry were carved deep in his mustached face. He had clearly gone through hell, it was visible in his eyes and in every word he spoke, and yet there was a glow to him. He was addressing a serious issue, one that crippled his son and nearly stole his life, and yet he seemed happy. He seemed to be enjoying himself with a company of friends, speaking casually with a group of individuals he has always known.

Joel opened by immediately asking the room who knew someone affected by traumatic brain injury, to which the majority of hands shot up. Then he asked, who individually is a survivor of traumatic brain injury, to which a still significant number of people responded. Joel established that he was talking to people fighting his very same fight. And even though it wasn’t the scheduled topic of the talk, Goldstein spoke to those affected and attempted to inspire hope.

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His main focus was raising awareness of traumatic brain injury, as well as promoting forward, unconventional thinking and problem solving. According to the CDC, 1.7 million people suffer from some for of traumatic brain injury every year.

In an interview with New Paltz Public Access Bart said,” I would actually like to accomplish with this book, besides notoriety, just getting the mass media to understand that there is traumatic brain injury everywhere.

“I really hope that my experience will help other people.”

Through his talk, Goldstein attempted to convey the rollercoaster of life that we all ride upon. Noting, that the effects of Traumatic Brain injury only added to these challenges.

“[Bart] was always a firecracker, but he was prone to angry, violent outbursts seemingly over nothing.”

During these outburst, Joel often received help from complete strangers, bus drivers and lunch attendants lending a hand out of nothing but kindness.

These random acts by total strangers are what helped inspire Joel to think up the “conspiracy of decency”. The idea that no matter how much evil you hear in this world, there are still many good people who are willing to help. Through the time spent rehabilitating his son, these acts were proof to Goldstein of the divine spark in all of us for “without it, this journey would be too bleak and unbearable.”

Bart’s story has spread across the country giving traumatic brain injury survivors inspiration and a reason to fight on. His actions have made such waves that on Joel’s website, tbibook.com, former professional football player George Visger even felt the need to reach out and speak of his appreciation.

His post read, in part:

“Bart,
 I know what you are going through better than most. I have survived 9 VP shunt brain surgeries since developing hydrocephalus while playing for the 49ers during the 81 Super Bowl season. You and your family are true inspirations to me. Keep up the good work, you are impacting lives.”

The implications of Joel’s work have even been felt here, on campus. Senior Michael Naeem has a family member who has experienced a traumatic brain injury and was at the event.

“Bart’s story gives me hope. I feel through hard work and perseverance TBI can become more well-known and the treatments more advanced.” he said.

Even those who have no personal experience with traumatic brain injury claimed to have gained something from the talk.

“It was truly touching to hear the story of Bart’s fight and his success,” said Nicholas Pepe. “It gives me hope because if something this extreme can be overcome, anything can.”

(photo credit: tbibook.com)

Weekly Recap: Seven News Stories You Should Know About

This week was an intense  stretch for American politics that saw turmoil all throughout the nation’s capital. The U.S. government has been active in both domestic and foreign affairs, while the mayhem continues to grow in the Middle East.

1. Shutdown

At 12:01 a.m. on October 1, the United States government officially shut down due to congress’s inability to pass a spending bill to fund the government. Opposing political parties in the Senate and House of Representatives failed to come to terms on a new budget by the start of the new fiscal year.

House Republicans demanded the bill include anti-Obamacare amendments, something Senate Democrats refused.

2. Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded to two Americans and one German-American for their discoveries of the machine that determines when and where the body’s cells should deliver the molecules they produce.

Their work could be used to further research in epilepsy, diabetes and other metabolism deficiencies.

3. Strikes on Terror

The United States military attacked two high value targets in two raids nearly 3,000 miles apart. In the first raid, U.S military forces seized Abu Anas al Libi in the Libyan capitol of Tripoli. Al Libi is one al-Qaeda leader key in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. The second attack occurred in southern Somalia, when U.S. Navy Seals went after an Al-Shabaab commander, the group involved in last months siege of a Narobi mall. The result of the second strike is still unconfirmed.

4. Biker Gang Attack

A group of angered bikers chased and attacked a father who was transporting his family on New York City’s West Side Highway. After the man appeared to bump a biker in his SUV, the gang swarmed the vehicle, causing the driver to speed through the crowd in defense. The bikers followed the van on a high speed chase before cornering it, bashing its window, and dragging the driver from the car before beating him.

Most of the incident was captured on video.

NYPD investigations have led to numerous arrests.

5.Bloodshed In Iraq

Recent terror strikes throughout Iraq have killed scores of people, including women and children, causing increased turmoil and tension throughout the region.

Attacks occur daily, killing indiscriminately in Iraq’s deadliest string of attacks since 2008, with attacks even occurring today.

6. Clashes Continue In Egypt

After a blood-filled summer that saw over 500 protesters killed at the hands of their newly appointed government, it seems the violence may not be ending anytime soon.

7.Raceway Catastrophes

A Mexican monster truck drove into the stands, killing at least 12 people and hurting dozens of others. The truck was performing at a show when it hit a bump and drove directly into a crowd of people.

A massive wreck left three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti and 13 spectators injured at Sunday’s Grand Prix of Houston.