Why McCann can’t seem to get a full house


courtesy of Amanda Bradley

For the first time in a long time McCann was packed to the brim with enthusiastic and eager attendees. Crowds of students, faculty members, and Hudson Valley locals gathered onto the rolling hills of the arena parking lot hours before the event was set to take place. The turnout was so immense some people feared school officials would turn them away because there would be no room for them in the tightly packed gym. Although to many outsiders this might have looked like a normal occurrence for a school with Division I sports teams, for the vast majority of attendees this was not a typical night. Bernie Sanders was set to grace a small stage on Marist’s campus before facing off with Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, and everybody who’s anybody showed up to the campus patiently waiting to witness history as it was about to unfold.

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The hidden life of a design student

A lot of people think fashion design is easy, but little do people know the amount of sleepless nights these students have. Jenna Dickinson, senior design student, said “I slept in my car in McCann one-time last year because I was scared to drive home without having slept for almost 6 days.” The commitment these students make often interferes with their college social life, but the outcome they are getting with the Fashion Design Program at Marist is preparing them well for their future as designers.

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Professors’ views on the 2016 election in the classroom setting

Chelsea Dua entered Intro to Women’s Studies class the day after the election full of outrage and despair.

“Words cannot begin to express how frustrated I am that we have become so selfish and ignorant as a country,” said Chelsea Dua, an Intro to Women’s Studies student. “I cannot sit here and support a man who is about to strip women of their reproductive rights and ultimately control of their bodies. I cannot sit here and support an overtly racist candidate who will continue to ignore the cries of the silenced Asian, African American, Muslim, Latino, LGBTQ and other minority-based candidates.”

Women’s Studies classes were on the wired side regarding reactions to the election results.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2016, America elected a new president: Donald Trump. News of Trump becoming president generated a variety of reactions from people across the country, especially from professors and students here at Marist College. Continue reading

Non-citizen Marist students fear President Elect Donald Trump

The 2016 Presidential election has been the main topic across the United States since Donald Trump was named our President Elect. Trump has promised his supporters many things over the past year during his campaigning but one of his more fearful plans is to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants. Although Trump has promised to keep his efforts to undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes, his deportation numbers are still far above reputable estimates of these criminals.

All around the country it has become a real fear for undocumented immigrants that friends, students and family members will be deported once Trumps plans fall into place during his candidacy. Sophomore at Marist College David Cantu, is originally from Venezuela and has been dealing with these deportation fears since Trump was elected.

“It’s scary. I’ve been in this country for over ten years and it is hard to listen to Trump speak about deporting immigrants and not be able to do anything about it.”

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A look at people we see everyday

Attending a private liberal arts college, it’s easy to think we know everyone we go to school with. However, as Gabriella Gamba, an editor of The Circle at Marist College, mentioned, “When it comes down to it, everyone is confined to their own friend groups. We thought if we could highlight all those people we don’t know, it would give [everyone] a new perspective.” Alongside sophomores, Adler Papiernik and Kerry Tiedemann, Gamba launched the Instagram account known as Marist Stories.

Inspired after the original Humans of New York, and later the capping project that became a Facebook page, Humans of Marist College; Gamba, had been talking about restarting something like this at Marist for months with her Circle colleague, Bernadette Hogan. As she pitched the idea to Papiernik and Tiedemann, “[the three of us] just spearheaded it,” she mentioned. Trying to get students to have a better understanding of the culture around campus, Gamba, Papiernik, and Tiedemann began walking around campus acquiring content and developing ideas.

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Before the “Marist Tree” can glow on Instagram, Marist grounds crew work to light it up

The wind rages at roughly 15 mph outside of Marist College’s chapel on a Friday afternoon. Timoteo Perez, a middle-aged Hispanic man, is slowly elevating himself on a mechanical lift to about midway on the school’s massive holiday tree. He grabs each branch individually, wrapping each one with a line of lights.

“I’m usually higher on the tree at this point during the day, but it’s only me today and the boss told me not to go any higher than halfway,” says Perez.

Along with his co-worker Aurelio Tapia (who called out sick on this day), Perez has been working on this tree for the past seven years. Every December, the tree radiates throughout the campus, signaling the end of the fall semester and the beginning of the holiday season for the community.

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The origin of The Way to Wisdom statue

In the fall of 2015, Dr. Kevin Lerner was invited to a conference where he would be a member of an awards panel along with a number of other professors from across the country. One in particular was a professor from Niagara University. Not knowing a lot about the school, Dr. Lerner decided to do some research on the college, specifically by visiting the university’s Wikipedia Page.

In a photo on the website, Dr. Lerner discovered that Niagara University had the same exact statue that Marist College has in front of its chapel; a statue of a priest talking to a young man and woman. “I was really confused when I saw their campus had the same statue as ours,” said Lerner. “Except, they claimed that it was a different priest and the girl’s sweatshirt said ‘Niagara’ on it instead of ‘Marist.’ That’s what made me very curious about the origin of this statue.’” Continue reading

The name behind the building

Many students roam the Marist campus going from class to class without thinking to him or her self, “who the heck is Donnelly, Fontaine, or Hancock.” This article is in dedication to those great philanthropists and leaders whose names are on the buildings of our beautiful home at Marist College.

To learn about the process of naming a building, I spoke with Chris DelGiorno, Vice President of College Advancement. DelGiorno explained that in order to have a building in your name, you either have to be a really important person to the college or a philanthropist who makes a substantial gift to the college. Buildings like Dyson, Hancock and Lowell Thomas were in honor of generous donors. Fontaine, Donnelly and the Murray Student Center were named after important people in Marist history. The college promotes substantial donations for this though conversations with the board of trustees.

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Business majors struggle with the hardest professor on campus


Fighting through a semester with a hard professor is a right of passage in college.

Often before meeting a difficult professor, anxious students depend on RatemyProfessor’s 1 to 5 rating scale and other student’s comments to set the precedent for the class.

But you don’t need RatemyProfessor to find a brutally honest opinion about Zu-Hsu Lee, or who business majors better know as Professor Jason Lee. In fact, many of his students were in utter disbelief, and even took issue with the validity of his ratings, “There is no way this many students have had a positive experience in his class. He must have written these reviews himself.” said senior business major Harrison Felman.

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