BSU gives Thanks

 As the harvesting season was already amongst us and Thanksgiving was fastly approaching it meant that the end of the semester was in sight. As we go home to be with our families we leave behind the family that we have made here at Marist College.

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Marist students engaged in a game of Foosball.

For some students, the Thanksgiving holiday was first experienced here at school, as it is an American born and only holiday.

 

When the Black Student Union here at Marist College spread the word of their Potluck dinner that would be happening before the first-holiday break, there was a different reaction amongst some of its members. With the Black Student Union accepting students from all different types of backgrounds, races, and coming from different places around the world. Sophomore board member, Alycia, stated “From last year up until this year the number of international students we have within our club has grown tremendously”. Ranging from a variety of activities that the club participates in and around the Poughkeepsie community they value what they have within themselves before anything else. “You know some of these students have never heard of Thanksgiving until they get to Marist” said Alycia. “Me being Dominican but from the Bronx, I have always celebrated Thanksgiving and going home is something I look forward to” shared Alycia. With only two weeks of the semester remaining when we return from the Thanksgiving break, it would be pointless to return home internationally for such a short time. “Family is very important to me and thankful for the friends that became family while I have been here they mean a lot to me, so sharing my culture and giving them the opportunity to feel at home was important to us” added Alycia. 

  For freshman Da’Shon, who is an athletic training major said that “Leaving Marist for only about a week, I can’t lie it was kind of hard”. Da’Shon who was in attendance of the Potluck dinner was just so accustomed to his routine and being around the same people for the last couple of months that if it stopped it would feel weird. “I worked with football this semester sometimes throughout the week, I didn’t really know the guys but just being there you get that family vibe.

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Social activity is shared amongst the Potluck dinner guests.

I knew that Thanksgiving approaching just meant that this season had to come to an end sooner or later” Da’Shon shared. To many students, it seemed as if they were going to miss school and their friends after all. Besides the fact that day in and day out there are complaints about this and that, and how students should receive this instead of that, the feeling of togetherness was going to be gone once everyone made their separate ways back home. 

 

Senior international student, Nathalie, who is from the Dominican Republic enjoys the Thanksgiving holiday here in America while she can. “During this break we get, I got back home to my country because it is the only time I get to see my family again until the summer”. Nathalie shared. While countries outside of the United States do not celebrate Thanksgiving like we do as a national holiday, it is just another Thursday in the week for them in the month of November. Many students who come to America for the first time ever for a college education can get here and be in for a huge culture shock. Adjusting to how fast and rapid things move and how many different holidays different parts of our country celebrates. 

  The Black Student Union here at Marist College accepts any and everyone because it is who they are and what they stand for. Being thankful for the people that have crossed their paths while they all work towards reaching their lifelong goals.

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Friends gather around the table to enjoy the variety of different cultures’ foods.

Sharing and embracing one another’s cultures and telling stories along the way. The Potluck dinner was home to many students from a various amount of different ethnic cultures to come together and celebrate as one.

 

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Heat of Conference Play

When the season started for the ladies of the Marist College Women’s Soccer team there was something in the air that triggered them. With only ten returning players who would be upperclassmen for the Red Foxes, they knew that they would have to prove themselves. After finishing fifth last season in the conference standings, the ladies knew that with a young bunch there would be little room for error. As the regular season play is winding down, the Red Foxes have not let their foot off the brake after defeating Siena last night at Tenney Stadium.

With the temperatures reaching about forty degrees last night, it wasn’t anything but a speed bump for the soccer team. Standing only in second place within the conference they know that the title is well in reach. As fans entered the gates with heavy coats on while carrying blankets, to them as well the weather would not play a factor to them. The chill in the air gave the fans in attendance just that much more of a reason to get to their feet at any exciting play. As I was able to watch the team warm up, there was something missing in action you could get the sense that things were a little more mellowed out but not to the point where the fire inside dimmed down. Using crutches to keep her up stood starting junior forward Keri Bradley, who is done playing for the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL. “This is just something you can’t avoid. If you go out there playing thinking you’re going to get hurt, then you end up getting hurt. I was just giving it my all and I was unfortunate” said Bradley. Leading the team in points with eleven on the season, the loss of Bradley was huge for the Red Foxes. Going down with a season-ending injury can take a toll on you not just physically but emotionally as well. “Everything happens for a reason and I have always been told that but also believed it as well. I wish for nothing but just to be back out there with my girls but I trust that they will take care of business. We got here and better together” stated Bradley. Injuries have plagued the Marist College athletics community recently as women’s soccer is unfortunately not the only team to succumb this outbreak.

The game was full of energy from start to finish, and luckily there were no injuries. But it wasn’t until the eighty-third minute, that a shot was able to reach the back of the net. Katey Samarro was able to get the Red Foxes on the board first and only. The team never looked back as just three minutes later in the eighty-fifth minute, was where Nicole Sasso headed in a corner kick to make the final score 2-0 in favor of Marist College.

As Keri Bradley looks on from the sideline for the remainder of the season, she has a voice in her ear that’s encouraging her to keep her head up and keep pushing. Midfield redshirt freshman Kristen Prevosto knows the exact pain, as she would say her big sister feels. “You could say soccer is all we know. It is what has gotten us all here playing together now” says Prevosto. Kristen came into Marist last year as a freshman who would be able to contribute right away. But a season-ending injury came her way as well, in fact, the same injury. A torn ACL over the summer while prepping for team camp, cost her her freshman season. “It’s just so crazy how God works. The same thing happened to me last year and all season Keri was in my ear just keeping me and positivity on the same page. Now that this has happened, it is only right to be there for her as she was for me when she barely even knew me” said Prevosto.

The game took off at a fast pace as shots from both teams were being fired on goal. Luckily, Marist’s goalkeeper junior Frankie Guzzo was able to deflect and defend all eleven shots that were sent her way pitching a shutout to opposing Siena. “Just coming out here and doing my job is what keeps us in games,” said Guzzo with a ton of emotion. “Keri is one of my best friends and ever since her going out a couple of games ago it has been different but we have to keep fighting. We can win our conference tourney and people don’t think so, so we’re just going to have to keep proving them all wrong” continued Guzzo.

The Red Foxes have two more regular season conference games left before tournament play begins. Tournament play is where the team will eye winning the championship to earn an invite to the NCAA Women’s Soccer playoffs.

 

Returning Back to Marist

Back to school for Marist students can bring a variety of many different feelings. For some, it may be the best time of the year when they can reconnect with their friends again. While for some it may be the toughest thing they will ever have done in their life up to this point. Moving halfway across the country, maybe even all the way from coast to coast, or for some students to a whole new country. Student-Athletes though, they have it a little different and some say tougher as well.

August eighth was the report date for football players. A long journey that the returning players had been anxious for. “This is what we have been waiting for. I know it sounds cliche and you hear it all over every time something that has been anticipated on is approaching. But all the work we put in over the winter and spring, it should definitely pay off” said Marist Running Back Areg Nazarian. For Areg the trek back to campus is not an easy one, hailing from Los Angeles, California. It is about a six-hour flight and then totaling about eight hours once he is in Red Fox territory. The trip is not all that bad being that he is used to it and has made friends along the east coast who are teammates of his. One thing that Areg says that has thrown him off was the construction to the McCann sports arena. “Teams are going to have to focus and adjust this whole school year. McCann is like every team’s home base. Everything we do is based on McCann or revolves around McCann in some way, shape or form. But with the intelligent student-athletes, we have here at Marist, it shouldn’t be that much of a strenuous task”. The reconstruction here at Marist on the McCann sports arena is enhancing all of the facilities that we the student-athletes use to further enhance our performance. The demolition of the weight room has cost regular students who had free access to any Marist College workout facility has thrown a wrench into plans. Regular students may not use the South Field Tent until 6PM. A Marist College student Casey Yamamoto has said: “Even though I didn’t really use the weight room that much and often last year myself, that is all you hear about is that how it is not fair that we “NARPs” only have from 6PM till midnight to workout. Not everyone can work their way around that, some people even made their schedule so that they can work out in the earlier half of the day and then this project rolled around.

For another Marist College student-athlete, linebacker Maliek Carr is taking this school year with a different approach as well. Being that it is his first time being off campus for housing. “When we moved out of Marian for camp it just made the ‘camp life’ that much harder. We still had to be everywhere the same time as everyone else, just coming from further away. I wouldn’t say it is complaining, I just wish that the people could have thought of a more efficient way and also safer in case someone wakes up early”. Being off campus with teammates makes it much easier for Maliek he says, because he doesn’t have to really rely on himself, but he feels all the ripping and running he has to go back and forth from building to building especially after football takes more of a toll on his day than it did the previous two years.
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