Unexpected Snow Storm Strikes Poughkeepsie

Last week, Robert Haley, a senior at Marist College, was expecting snow flurries.  However, he hadn’t anticipated the magnitude of this snow storm, which called for a “Winter Weather Advisory” in Dutchess County, Thursday night.

“I was shocked.  The forecast all week said we were going to get, like, just a few inches,” said Haley.

Haley was correct, the forecast hadn’t foreseen the severity of this storm.  In fact, on Monday the forecast predicted 2-4 inches. Then, on Thursday the forecast was raised to 4-8 inches.  However, this still wasn’t indicative of Thursday’s snow fall. In fact, Poughkeepsie accumulated up to 12 inches of snow, and some neighboring communities, such as Fishkill, saw up to 14.5 inches of snow.

“The storm ended up being more intense than we thought…The forecast we put out is based on the best science and the best analysis we have,” said meteorologist Ray O’Keefe in an interview with the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Many students and residents in the Poughkeepsie area were caught off guard by the  unexpected snowfall last Thursday. And, like Haley, it appeared that students and residents struggled to drive safely during the storm.

“It was mayhem on the roads.  I actually was hit by a car that couldn’t slow down in time in the snow.”  Haley continued, “But there were accidents left and right. Everywhere. The roads were definitely not safe.”

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Snow plows attempt to clear the roads during Thursday’s storm.  (Photo courtesy of poughkeepsiejournal.com)

This being said, not everyone was had unfortunate experiences due to the snow, especially Marist students.  

“I was ecstatic.  I had a project due Thursday night, but my class got cancelled.  This was a blessing in disguise,” said Matthew Bannon, 22, a student at Marist.

Bannon, like many others, was happy to see classes cancelled on Thursday night, as well as throughout Friday.  Other colleges in the area closed their campuses, as well, including Vassar College, the Culinary Institute of America and Dutchess Community College.

Some students even decided to make their snow day by sledding on campus.

“Me and my friends went sledding on the hill behind behind Hancock.  It’s really steep,” said Will Smith, 19, a sophomore at Marist. “Hey, I may be 19, but I can still enjoy the snow.”


McManus Named Director of Sports Communication Program

The Center for Sports Communication buzzed with excitement as students were introduced to the newly appointed Director of the Sports Communication Program at Marist College, Jane McManus.

McManus was named the Director of the program on October 2, and is set to begin her tenure on December 1. She will replace the Interim Director of Sports Communication, Leander Shaerlaekens, a lecturer of sports communication at Marist College.

She will bring a wealth of experience to this position from her many years as an active journalist and sports media expert,” said Lyn Lepre, Dean of the Communication and the Arts, in a statement regarding McManus.

McManus has had an expansive career in journalism, writing for ESPN, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and various other news outlets.  During her career, she covered a variety of professional and college sporting events, most notably the Super Bowl, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.


McManus reporting for ESPN’s Sports Center.  Photo Courtesy of centerfieldmarist.com

Marist will not be McManus’ first experience as an educator.  Aside from her career as a sports reporter, she has also worked as a professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, the same school where she received her master’s degree.

Students are eager to learn from McManus, citing her impressive background in sports reporting.

Senior Marco Schaden, Editor-At-Large for the campus sports publication Center Field, looks forward to meeting McManus.  “I’m really excited to learn from her, her career speaks for itself. I think she has a lot to offer Marist College, and that she’s really going to improve our sports communication program,” said Schaden.

“In my opinion, it’s just really cool to that she worked for ESPN.  I can’t wait to meet her,” said another student, Conor Griffin.

Professor and Interim Director of Sports Communication Leander Shaerlaekens expressed excitement via Twitter, writing, “In case you missed it yesterday, we made a monster signing @Marist in @janesports. She’ll head up our Center for Sports Communication @SportsComMarist. Exciting events and projects ahead!”

McManus also took to social following her appointment, jokingly tweeting, “I need some advice: Where can I find those corduroy jackets with the elbow patches? I’m going full academic! @Marist.”

McManus looks forward to enhancing the educational experience of students in Sports Communication department, telling marist.edu, “Marist’s Center for Sports Communication is committed to that conversation, and developing unique ways for students to learn to see above the X’s and O’s even as they get hands-on experience with the technology required for the next generation of professionals.”


Marist Poll Gears Up For Midterm Elections

As nationwide midterm elections approach, the Marist Institute is of Public Opinion (MIPO) has increased polling for media partner, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC).

Since March, MIPO has polled twelve states about the upcoming elections.  Most recently, releasing the poll results for Indiana, Missouri and Texas.  MIPO has also released the results for Ohio, Florida, Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas and Pennsylvania. In the coming weeks MIPO will be polling in nine other states as well.

The Founder and Director of MIPO, Dr. Lee Miringoff, noted the organization “hasn’t broken out of electoral mode since 2016…because so much has been going on.”  However, he did mention that in the past “4 or 5 months” they have revved up their polling in light of the upcoming midterm elections.

Student-workers at the Marist Poll, tasked with cold calling citizens to take surveys, have felt an increase in their workload due to the election season.  Emma Bussetti, 21, a student worker at the poll, said, “Typically we do a poll one week, and then we have three or four weeks where we don’t work.  But now, we’re polling every week.”  

Each poll comes from a sample of one thousand participants who are asked a series of survey questions over the phone.  Surveys include a variety of questions regarding gender, age, race, income, political affiliation, and likelihood of voting. According to the Marist Poll website, “Data collection is typically conducted over a three to five day period depending on the sample size, length of the questionnaire, and incidence of the target population.”

On top of polling for the midterm elections, MIPO has performed various national polls, as well.  Most recently, MIPO released a public opinion poll about President Donald Trump in conjunction with National Public Radio (NPR).

The results of these polls are used and disseminated by MIPO’s partners, NBC and NPR.  MIPO began their partnership with NBC in 2011, or since “the Romney Campaign” as Miringoff puts it.  Previously, MIPO has also completed polls for the Wall Street Journal and HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

MIPO has also been busy with the release of their new Podcast series, “Poll Hub”, which features Lee Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, Barbara Carvalho, Director of The Marist Poll, and Jay DeDapper, Director of Innovation at The Marist Poll. Maringoff stated, “Since last August, we’ve started doing podcasts…and we just did our sixtieth.”  He went on to explain that each episode is about twenty to thirty minutes long, and has included distinguished guests, such as political journalist Harry Enten and New York Senator Charles Schumer.

The Marist Poll is located on the third floor of the Hancock Center on the Marist College Campus in Poughkeepsie, New York.  The organization currently employs over 300 Marist students.