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

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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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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Is There a Disparity in Hurricane Preparation Between Native and Non-Native Floridians?

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Concave roofs on homes and businesses, streets submerged in water, and remnants of walls, windows, and other materials littering the ground—only some of the horrifying, nearly post-apocalyptic imagery to emerge in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

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Marist College Professors Speak On Climate Change After Recent Hurricanes

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — In searching for an explanation for the nearly simultaneous occurrence of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many people are focusing on the issue of climate change.

Having to withstand two storms of such great magnitude in less than a month is certainly an unprecedented and difficult task for people all over the country, including the Hudson Valley. In the wake of the storms, professors at Marist College weighed in on the role that climate change has played in the emergence of these storms and how to address the issue going forward. Continue reading

The Continuing Impact of the Hurricanes

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — As 19 trillion gallons of water pummeled southeast Texas, causing an estimated $190 billion in damages and excluding the innumerable emotional wreckage, we watched. The impact of Hurricane Harvey is physically visible in Texas, but locally, drivers in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. are just beginning to feel the effects at the pumps. Continue reading

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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Outside the Bubble: Nov.7-13

In this weeks news, five states consider legalizing marijuana, Election Day is held, Trump is announced as America’s next president, the global market crashed, Trump meets with Obama, Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian welcome a baby girl, a 108-year-old Cubs fan dies, and Trump Protests explode throughout New York.

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