Are College Realtionships Good For You?

IMG_1625.JPGPoughkeepsie, New York With relationships in college it is already hard enough to balance your day with going to class, working on assignments and studying for upcoming tests, and most of finding time to eat is there really time to have a relationship while also balancing everything else?

According to Heather Fishel Article from entitled 7 Surprising College Dating Statistics gives seven facts about college dating. A few of the facts in the article are 1/3 of College Seniors Have Been on Fewer Than Two Dates, and that 25% of College Seniors are Virginsbecause it shows that college students are waiting for the right moment and not just looking for a one-night stand.

“The way I perceived this generations “dating” norms, where going on actual dates doesn’t even seem to be a thing anymore” said Sam Barnes a junior at Suny New Paltz “however with the 25% of college seniors are virgins is a much higher number than I thought.”

“I am not surprised as college is a high-pressure situation where you have to manage your time well” said Marist Senior Jack McNicholas “sometimes people do not have time for a relationship”

Looking at these facts are surprising because it makes us look at college relationships in a totally different way. We look it as a time if students are in relationships that they are going on dates and are sexually active. Which leads to another fact from Fishel article that1-in-4 One in Four College Students Has an STD.

“I do not find it surprising I have witnessed and have associated with college kids that love to party and have sex” said Ashley Albright a senior at Suny New Paltz “since they don’t have parents around they see it as a chance to enjoy life and enjoy the freedom they have to experience the world.”

“STDs I’m not surprised, due to the fact that most of the culture here at Marist College has a strong hook up culture” Donal Coakley “a lot is without the students thinking of the repercussions of engaging in risky behavior

Looking at college relationships we can look at in many different ways. First there is the on-campus relationship where you see each other more often because you both live on campus and that if you are the same major you plan on taking the same classes together or that you plan to see each other threw out the day depending on yours and their schedule for the day.  But with on campus relationships is letting you be close to your significant other there is also another type of relationships that can occur during your time in college and that is long distant relationship.

The long distant relationship is hard in itself depending on where you are going to school and where your partner goes you could be 50 miles away from each other or you could be 550 miles from each other. Now the question here is how do you make the relationship last? With Apps that allow you to have a face to face conversation with someone anywhere in the world you able to see them even though they are far away. second the word trust is thrown into the long distant relationship because you have to trust each other that you won’t cheat on them or they will cheat on you while you two are so far part.

According to Fishel “32.5% of college Relationships are long distance” this is something positive to note and that college students are trying to make the long-distance work.

“I am surprised as somebody who has been in a long-distance relationship I thought it was very uncommon that number seems as though it is a lot more” said McNicholas

So, the answer to if a college relationship can work the answer is up for interpretation because you can look at statistics and numbers but at the end of the day it is up to college students to make it work and make it last.


Marist Basketball Manager Talks Experience So far

If you were to walk around the Marist College Main campus located in Poughkeepsie New York you would see many students in athletics attire with backpacks with their jersey number on it and what sport the student plays. But what you don’t see is who are the managers of the team

IMG_1578Sean McGee the 20-year-old Sophomore just conclude is second year as a manager for the Marist men’s basketball team and there many duties he must due as a manager for the Men’s Basketball team.

“My duties as a manger are that I have to film games and practices when they happen and after games conclude I have to make sure that both coaches get the game film” said McGee “Also I have to make sure that all the players have all their equipment”. Another duty that must McGee must do is making sure all the players and coaches food orders are in for when the team is on the road away.

.Also, in those two years McGee was part of two different coaching staffs in his freshman year he was part of Former head coach Mike Maker final season. McGee said regardless of the record that happen that he still really enjoyed the season and that he learned a lot under coach Maker. He recalls his best memory from that season “The best memory from that season was when we went down to Manahan after losing to them at home in overtime” said McGee “Ryan Funk hit a game winning three and the locker room was so intergenic and we knew that winning wasn’t a fluke.”

Now with his first year under new head coach John Dunne he reflects on the season. Under Dunne McGee says there were stressful times threw out the season especially when it came to traveling. But with Stressful times comes the positives the Men’s Basketball team won the Samson Bracket Championship in the Belfast Classic. With Marist winning the tournament Senior Guard Brian Parker was named the MVP of the tournament.

McGee is also happy with the culture that Dunne has brought in and that the staff he has brought in welcoming and he knows if he has any questions that he knows he can go to them with them.  he also reflects on what is like being part of the team and being a manger.

“You get to build these special bounds with the players they are like your second family” said McGee “As a manger we are seen as equal people as part of the team it makes us feel important to the program.” McGee later went on to say the it’s a learning experience you can like every day and see in practices in what they do and take away and gain valuable knowledge.

McGee is a 100% sure they he will return is junior year and be a manger once again and say that he might be getting more responsibility’s some include setting up practices with opposing teams when they go on the road this includes calling the Director of Men’s basketball operations and it would be vice versa.

When McGee is not with the basketball team or in class he spends time with his friends working on a brand-new music streaming app called Haven Music. “It will be a app that uses blockchain technology to give artist royalty payments instantaneously, eliminating a 6-12 month wait time for mere dollars” said McGee “We want to give artist more tools to be successful in the music streaming industry. McGee said that him and his friends thinks there is a problem with the music industry and they want to fix it.



McGee and his partners after their bussiness meeting back in March






Pro Shop in Shed Fits Your Hand to Bowling equipment​

Sheds and bowling you may think that they don’t go together, but for Jonathan Kalbfus it does. His pro shop is out of this own shed at his house in the Hudson Valley, instead of your typical bowling center.


Kalbfus (Left) and his fiancée Allison (Right)

Only in its first year of business, Kalbfus has started to change people game and how their hand fits into a bowling ball. Kalbfus has been drilling is own stuff for the past five years and decide to open his pro shop to spread the love he has for the sport of bowling and to make sure bowlers get their hand fitted adequately to make sure the bowler is comfortable bowling and not having any problems when bowling. 


“Opening my pro shop was out of the love of the game,” said Kalbfus “with my knowledge of the game I also want to better other bowlers game as well.”

Also, what makes this a unique pro shop is that it is not found in your typical bowling center with bowling balls and other bowling appliances. Kalbfus runs it right out of his house in a tiny shed that is just able to fit a rack for bowling balls, a drill press, a table and two people which is all he needs to get the job done. The pro shop he runs is named after is Underground Bowling Association name Jkizzle with the drop of the J Kizzle’s pro shop Is born.

“It is a unique situation unlike other pro shops I can be open all hours of the day when other pro shops are only open for a certain period,” said Kalbfus

Kalbfus threw his bowling career at one point was also on staff for one of the top bowling ball companies in the world.

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Kalbfus table where he layouts customers span on the ball

“For the past ten years I was a part of Storm bowling,” said Kalbfus “with having my pro shop I am available to throw any bowling ball from any company I want.” with being part of Storm bowling, he was only able to use bowling balls that were made by Storm.


Kalbfus has fixed many people game so far in the first year of his pro shop. One of those people was Tom Morgan.

Morgan was going to a different pro shop in the area, and it seemed that he couldn’t find a way to get his equipment to work. That was until he was referred to Kalbfus by Kalbfus teammate Matt Milkins.

“When I met Kalbfus he mentioned a few simple changes to my equipment,” said Morgan “this was a simple change of my pitches in my thumb, and after the change, there was admitted results after he drilled that first ball for me.”

After the changes, Morgan who bowls in two leagues has had a 290 game and 773 series on his Monday night team and on his Wednesday night team a 278 game and a 702 series.

But if you’re not a bowler and have fun with friends and you grab either that bright pink or orange ball for bowlers, there is a different science that goes into drilling a ball.


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View of his table and drill press for when it comes time to drill the ball 

“There is lots of math with finding positive axis points and Vertical Axis Line (VAL)” said Kalbfus “this helps the bowler get the most out of their ball of choice and to get them the best shape that the bowler is looking for.” When it comes to lefty vs. righty drilling, the same rules apply because a ball laid out for a left-handed bowler will be far different from a right-handed bowler.


With running a pro shop out of his house, for now, the dream is still there for one day for Kalbfus to run his pro shop out of a bowling alley. “ I would love for one day to have my pro shop in a bowling center,” said Kalbfus “ but I will always keep my little shop at my house for my convenience.”

Manhattan College Professor Talks Self Driving Cars

Poughkeepsie, New York- In an ever-expanding technological world we have seen the rise up machines being able to do things all by themselves and this even more evident in cars.

With cars such as the Ford 2019 Escape, 2019 Focus, and 2019 Volkswagen GTI being already able to park themselves it raises the question are we close to self-driving cars? Well we aren’t anytime soon, and it’s because of one simple thing, and that’s because we need to think of is what are the ethics of Autonomous vehicles, and that’s what Heidi Furey talked about at Marist College this past week.

IMG_1427.jpegFurey a professor, a Professor of Philosophy at Manhattan College, came to Marist College on Feb. 7, 2019, to give a lecture on the Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles and talked about the many philological theory’s that goes into an autonomous vehicle. The simple method she used for her presentation was the trolley car theory.

If you never heard of this theory its straightforward theory to understand. Say there is a runaway trolley car and it’s about to kill five people but you had to option to pull a switch to put the trolley on a different path but it kills one person would you do It? In the case of moral action, you would make the sacrifice one’s life to save five, and that’s what most the room went with when Furey asked the question what you would choose?

Furey also explained some significant factors that might go into an autonomous vehicle “we might want to know whether a vehicle should swerve to avoid a tree or avoid a trash can” said Furey.
“We might also want to know how if it should merge into a faster lane on a busy highway or keep to the safer yet less efficient lane.”
Furey said that these factors are important but are also more complicated because they bring in unknown factors.

In the case of that, she gave two more trolley case theories to give too think about. The first one was the “Large Man“ case where if you had five people stuck on the tracks would you push a large man off a bridge to stop the trolley car to save the people what would this mean? “Perhaps numbers aren‘t the only morally relevant factor morally,“ said Furey. When it came time once again to approach the room to see what they did they would sacrifice the large man to save the peopleIMG_1429.jpeg

(Professor Furey talking to students at Marist College)

The last trolley case she used was also the most exciting theory out of that was discussed during the lecture. This trolley case was called the “Nearest and Dearest” Trolley Case. This case approached the same as the first theory five people are in danger of being killed you have the option to save them by flipping the trolley to a different track, but this time a loved one dies, in this case, Furey used the example your child what would you do? “ If you say you shouldn’t turn onto your child, then perhaps numbers aren’t all that matters relationships do too,” said Furey.

Autonomous car won’t be here anytime soon but the trolley cars theories discussed make for a compelling case and showed how much morality must go to a vehicle. If a situation were to break out in where the car needed to stop does it plow into the five people to stop it self-killing all five or does it crash into a brick wall ending itself while in the process killing its passenger or passengers?

What would you do in that situation?