Five reasons why you should use GrubHub

Have you ever just felt so stressed about a test the next day that you just want to relieve that tension with some restaurant-style pizzas or cheeseburgers without leaving campus? That is where GrubHub has got you covered, GrubHub is an online and mobile food-ordering company that connects its users with restaurants in their local areas. According to The Wall Street Journal the company went public in April 2014 and has achieved an increasing profit by charging restaurants a commission on order booked through its service. People in the Marist community were asked if they ever used GrubHub and many replied that they hadn’t really ever used the service. If you’re part of the Marist student body or faculty and searching for other alternatives from Sodexo food here are some reasons GrubHub is the right choice.

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Outside the Bubble (October 31-Nov 6)

To put it gently a lot happened this week, from the Cubs’ first World Series victory in over a century, South Korean President Park Geun-hye apologizes from political scandal, Iraqi Special Forces launch full assault into Mosul and some American schools are cancelling classes on Election Day due to fear of violence at the polling sites. Two days before Election Day and the influx of news has not stopped.

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Why students and student-athletes are turning away from gatorade

PepsiCo. Inc, the maker of Gatorade decided to go organic with the release of their new version of all-natural sports drinks, G Organic, this past September because they feel many amateur athletes are swaying more to the organic side rather than the sugary side when it comes to sports drinks. PepsiCo Inc. stated that G Organic will consist of seven ingredients: water, organic cane sugar, citric acid, organic natural flavor, sea salt, sodium citrate and potassium chloride and nothing else. G Organic, however, still has the above normal amount of sugar, across Marist, student-athletes and students input their view and choices of drinking a sports beverage or just water before competition or exercise.

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Marist Student-Athletes vs. Communication Internships

NCAA athletes have to a great deal on their plate when it comes to commitment whether it’s with their schoolwork, practices, competition or other extra-curricular activities. To add an internship into the mix can cause significant stress and an exhausting amount of time management. After reaching out to some Marist athletes it became clear that competing on a NCAA Division I team while balancing an internship and coursework was not in any means an easy feat. Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of Living In The New North End Complex According To The Residents

As the 2016 Spring Semester at Marist came to a close in May, the old Gartland Commons in the North End area of campus faded into rubble. In late August the first new building of Marist’s new housing complex in the North End called “Building A” has been opened to Marist undergraduates.

According to Marist Housing this new residence area fits a total of 291 students on five floors in either a four-person bedroom apartment, a limited three-person bedroom apartment or a one-person studio. Both the four person and three person apartments feature single bedrooms, a common bedroom, a living room, a kitchenette and functional air conditioning. The first person studio comes with a bathroom and a kitchenette.

Building A comes with a community lounge, study lounges on each floor, a laundry facility, and elevators. The first Marist student residents which are all upperclassmen  in the complex have various thoughts on “Building A” many commenting about the positives and negatives with living in the complex in which many of the students have now collectively nicknamed “New Gartland.”

“The positives of living in New Gartland are so many.” said fourth floor resident and Marist junior Joseph Iradukunda. “It is like living in a hotel, everything in the building is new: the oven, the store and more.”

When asked if there were any possible downsides to living in the new building Iradukunda replied “I cannot think of any negatives about New Gartland. And if he could have a request to put something in he stated “It would be nice to have a gym.”

Many of the students love the hotel atmosphere Building A brings to the campus and love the new furniture and kitchen appliances. However, even though many of the students love Building A, they feel there are some negatives to living in the new residence area and believe that some changes could be made.

“The gym is a very long walk away and palace diner is even further.” said fourth floor resident and Marist junior Jacob Levinson. “I think the apartment looks finished, we had an issue with the central air but it was resolved within the first week.”

When asked if he wanted any changes made to the building Levinson replied that the only things that he would like to have in New Gartland are an actual oven, since some of the food he likes to cook requires baking and maybe a bigger couch, in case he wanted to have a friend sleep over for a visit.

“I like the dorm atmosphere to New Gartland,” said Josh Selkowitz, a third floor resident and a junior at Marist. “There’s always negatives to any housing, with  New Gartland there’s the long distance from the gym and the other upperclassmen, the hard mattresses that I slept on for the first two weeks and the thin blinds.”

Selkowitz’s roommate, a Marist junior, James Lavelle, mentioned how the oven takes about 20 minutes to heat up if the temperature is above 350 degrees. Lavelle just remembered living in the Foy Townhouses last year and the oven would take less time to heat up.

“Living in a space that no one has ever lived in is pretty nice.” third floor resident, and Marist junior,  Muitat Alagbala, said, she does mention how there are a couple of problems with New Gartland, she agreed that the oven takes 20 minutes to heat up to 350 degrees while a normal oven would take at most half that time to heat up to that temperature. When baking, the oven takes 15-20 minutes which might be a problem if you’re in a rush.

Also, she recalls how the paint on the walls is really thin and unlike Gartland Commons if you scratch something or pull a command strip the wrong way the paint will chip. In addition, she feels that the apartment is a little congested when living with four other people and a little rushed when being constructed since the handle for the toilet paper in the bathroom can be easily attached from the wall.

Marist student juniors and first floor residents Ray Greene and Anthony Tucciarone all live on the first floor in New Gartland and seem all in agreement when it comes to the style of their apartment. Green and Tucciarone specifically like the granite countertops, the nice size of the refrigerator the quality of the central air, and the smoothness of the dishwasher.

Greene believe that one of the negatives is that the wall can be thin and can easily have conversation from one room to the other. Tucciarone and Greene both stated that the oven takes about 15-20 minutes to heat up around 350 degrees and that it could be a nuisance when in a rush and the blinds are thin.

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Marist Abroad Students’ Thoughts on Past Mild Winter

With more than normal warm temperatures this past winter for the college, Marist students return for another year with a weird feeling that their weather predictions might not be exactly uniform. Several abroad students were actually surprised about this past winter when they returned to Marist from countries such as the U.K. and Italy.

“I was a little weirded out by the warmer weather during the winter here at Marist when I came back from the fall semester in Florence,” said Annie Callaghan, a junior at Marist. “Compared to the past two winters…this winter felt weird. I would wear a light jacket sometimes when I was in Florence but this winter I would wear a light jacket around campus.”

According to The Poughkeepsie Journal the average temperature for this past winter was above normal with the average high temperature in February being 45.4 degrees which was 6 degrees above the normal high temperature of 39.4 degrees. The average low being 23.5 degrees, 5.7 degrees above the historic low of 17.8 degrees.

“I was definitely surprised to hear that this past winter was more mild than the past two winters here,” said Adriana Belmonte, a senior who went abroad last spring to Florence. “The temperature in Florence was normally about 70 degrees and when I visited Germany I think there was only a 20-degree difference between Italy and Germany.” Belmonte mentioned how her first two years at Marist, the winters were extremely cold and long.

According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space the period between January and June was the world’s hottest half-year recorded with the average temperature being  2.4 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the late nineteenth century.

Colleen McDermott, a senior, studied in London two years ago and she seem to noticed that the winter climate was not too far off from her winter spent in London. “The normal temperature in London was pretty mild. Around 50-60 degrees and cloudy. When I came back last year the winter did not seem that different from the climate this past winter in London.”

“Being from a much warmer country that was more tropical and then coming to Marist where the winters were pretty cold was a big change for me,” Ange Uwimana, a senior from Rwanda said. “The normal temperature in Rwanda is 70 degrees and it was weird that this past winter was definitely warmer than the past winters here.”

Josh Mark, an English professor at Marist, also voiced his concerns after coming back from a trip to Ireland last year. “After coming back I was expecting Poughkeepsie to be cooler.” Mark said. “When Poughkeepsie actually had warmer temperatures than in Ireland I was a little freaked out.”

According to The Weather Network, El Niño is the cause of bringing warmer temperatures to the Northeast region and these temperatures may increase. El Nino may also increase in intensity in future years. Overall, the Hudson Valley had a warmer winter than normal as well as many other countries around the world.