Students with Roots in Puerto Rico Worry from Afar

Tragedy has struck the island of Puerto Rico, and the damage only seems to be building.  But the heartache doesn’t stop at the island, several Marist students with family still on the island are worried and awaiting responses from their loved ones.  From a personal standpoint, both of my parents grew up on the island, and the majority of their family is still there.  The most painful part is the waiting.  Waiting to see if they are okay, what the damages are if they have enough to provide for themselves until provisions can be sent over, whether they’ll stay in their homes or go visit family they may have anywhere else. Continue reading

Marist College Student From Texas Gives Insight Into Hurricane Harvey

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Taiina Ayala, a student from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, is from Dallas Texas. At 1,600 miles away, she can only hope for a promising recovery for her home state.

“I feel sad and helpless. Since I’m so far away it is hard for me to do anything. If I were home, it would be easier for me to help,” says Ayala heartbroken. “At the same time, I am also happy to see all of the positive articles and news about people reaching out to Houston. Texans in general are very hospitable, so it is not surprising to see the amount of love and support they are giving to each other.”  Continue reading

Marist Sororities Help Those Hurt by the Hurricanes

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Three of Marist College’s own sorority chapters; Sigma Sigma Sigma (Tri Sig, ΣΣΣ), Kappa Kappa Gamma (KKG, ΚΚγ), and Alpha Sigma Tau (AST, ΑΣΤ) have arranged ways to help those affected by both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

University Tees, an online custom apparel business, specializes in adding sorority letters to custom designs. They recently designed two separate t-shirts, one for Texas and one for Florida. A percent of the profits goes directly to relief efforts in the areas hit by the storm. 15% of the sale price goes to those hit from Harvey and 100% to those hit from Irma. All of the profits go directly to the Red Cross. Both shirts are being sold at the sale price of $27.  Continue reading

Eclipse City

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – A city in Southern Illinois is prepared for a huge intake of people in the latter days of summer and did not know what to expect. The population of this small city, 25,000 people, more than doubled during this cataclysmic event.  This was an eclipse migration to a city that most Americans have never heard of.

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The College Hurricane Experience

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — No one in Florida was prepared for a storm as sudden and as harsh as this, hence why there was a call for a state evacuation.  This may have been somewhat of the norm for Florida natives who have witnessed the severity of tropical hurricanes before, but to a young girl from northern New Jersey with her family back home and all alone, it was overwhelming to say the least.  “This was the first time in the university’s history that campus has been evacuated… But the school took too long to cancel classes, making it hard for us to realize how serious Hurricane Irma actually was,” Elyse Waterman, junior at University of Miami studying Journalism, Photography, and Public Relations said.  This resulted in it being extremely difficult for Waterman to get a flight back home so last minute.  Continue reading

To Drive or Not to Drive

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – While people all through Florida state have been forced to evacuate their homes and find shelter anywhere else, for Marist senior Luke Langston he was thinking about going right into the eye of the storm.  Already far away from the danger but fearing for the safety of his home, the temptation to make the drive all the way from Poughkeepsie, New York back down to Miami, Florida lingered in his mind.  With their house on a marina there was increased fear that the water would rise and damage their home, so they needed to act fast. With no relatives near their Miami home, Langston’s brother at school and parents out of the country, he looked to his family to see if he should make the drive.  After a conversation with his mother the decision to drive down was nixed and they decided to call a team to secure the interior of their home, as well as the boat on their dock of the marina.

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Unexpected Earthquake in Mexico leaves Millions Speechless

 POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – On Sept. 8, 2017 at precisely 12:00 a.m., residents living in Mexico were unexpectedly fearful of their lives as they experienced the country’s strongest earthquake in 100 years. Natural disasters are a common topic of discussion on the news today and Mexico’s recent earthquake incident is no exception. Continue reading

How One Miami Family Weathered The Storm

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — When Peter Delatour left his Miami home to begin his sophomore year at Marist College, he never expected that it would the last time he saw his childhood home as he remembers it. In mid-September of 2017, Hurricane Irma devastated the state of Florida. The extremely powerful and catastrophic hurricane was the most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the United States since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Hurricane Irma caused widespread destruction throughout Florida, and this led to many families evacuating the state in search of shelter. Continue reading

Reverend Lauds Compassion, Empathy from Parishioners Donating to Hurricane Relief

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.—When asked about Hurricane Harvey, and the Houston Area in particular, Rev. Susan Fortunato’s infectious stream of positivity and cheerful smile ceased immediately. Her office, already an isolated, exceedingly quiet abode, fell so quiet one could hear the proverbial church mice pottering around as Rev. Fortunato called to memory her family in the Houston area. Her brother and sister-in-law reside in the suburban area around Houston, but were luckily able to weather Harvey without seeing their home flood or be damaged in any significant way.

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