Best Buddies Host “Superhero” Event

Laughter and chatter filled the room at Marist on Sunday as Batman and Superman faces piled up on the table as part of the Best Buddies event. 

Best Buddies Marist hosted their superhero event where Marist students and their buddies could do a series of superhero-themed arts and crafts.

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization that is dedicated to ending the social, physical, and economic isolation of over 200 million people with both intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Best Buddies Marist is one of 2,500 chapters worldwide that exist within this organization.

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Pictured: Best Buddies Superhero Event

 

There was an overwhelming sense of community and friendship in Student Center Room 3104 on Sunday afternoon, as the students helped their buddies complete their activities so that they could be awarded with their certificate of completion.

 Marist students and buddies worked together to complete the crafts. These crafts included making a superhero symbol on a plate, making superhero masks, making wooden superheroes, and others. made as part of the Best Buddies Marist event.

The club works with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The buddies are from the community and they are paired with Marist college students. The bond that is formed is unbreakable.

According to Melissa Fletcher, the Vice President of Best Buddies Marist, many students remain in contact with their buddies after graduation. She recalls that there are numerous members of the Class of 2018 who are now graduate students who still come back to the monthly events to see their old buddies.

Each month Best Buddies Marist hosts an event. In addition to this, they do events on campus to raise awareness and fundraise for the international Best Buddies organization.

Secretary of Best Buddies Marist, Bianca Gibbons-Morales, describes it as “a nice break in the flow of college to help other people.”

“The purpose of this club is to build these relationships and friendships between people with disabilities and the college students on campus. It’s mostly to get them aware of each other and to build friendships,” said Fletcher.

There are over 40 students who are a part of Best Buddies Marist. Of those interviewed, each described the club as one that is unlike any other.

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Pictured: Jon Newfield and Dave Wallace and their buddy, Joe

“The people that come to this event are just some of the best people in the world. They really bring positivity into your life, so it is really a great thing to do,” said new member and senior, Jon Newfield, “There’s a wholesome feeling that you get. It’s a great thing to do.”

“When you come into this club, it is just a happy environment. Everyone in here is always having fun, playing games, and being happy. Other clubs it’s more you do informational things, it’s not really interactions with people. This is very interactive,” said Fletcher.

Best Buddies Marist leaves a lasting impact on all parties involved.

 

“These events brighten my day because it is truly heartwarming to see the positive impact I have on a buddy by simply setting aside a part of my day to spend time with them,” said freshman, Caroline O’Handley.

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Pictured: Caroline O’Handley, Marist freshman, with her wooden superheroes

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Study Abroad: “Complex but Worth it”

Colleges and Universities across the globe offer numerous study abroad programs and even encourage this form of study.

“I think it is important for young adults to get out and see the world.  So many of us are stuck in a little bubble without even realizing it,” said Maya Guzman, Marist College Junior.

Colleges and Universities aren’t the only types of schools that offer overseas programs.  Many high schools offer the opportunity as well through a certain Rotary club.

“I was so young when I decided to leave my home for a year to study in Brazil.  I had barely just turned 16 years old and I walked onto a plane knowing I wouldn’t be home for a year; it was the most surreal moment of my life.” said Christina Schumchyk, Stony Brook University Junior.  “I just knew there was more to see. I come from such a small town and I felt so isolated, I knew I needed to get free and explore,” continued Schumchyk.

According to research conducted by NAFSA, roughly 325,339 U.S. students studied abroad for college credit in 2016.  The enrollment increased by 3.8 percent from the previous year.

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The Power of International Education organization conducted research that concludes more women than men study abroad each year with an approximate 70 to 30 ratio.  There is also a higher number of undergraduate students going abroad compared to graduate students with a rough 90 to 10 ratio.

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So where are these students going?  The U.S. Study Abroad Data from the 2017 Open Doors Report claims about 12% of students choose to study in the United Kingdom, nearly 11% in Italy, and 9% in Spain.

“Going to London was important to me because it seemed to be the most centralized destination.  I figured from there I had pretty easy access to every other country and city I wanted to visit, which is exactly what I did,” said Erin Greco, Siena College Graduate.  

“I would do it all over again and I am a huge advocate for current students going abroad.  There is nothing like it.” said Greco.

Rachel Thayer, a Junior at Marist College, described the process of going abroad “complicated but worth it.”  “There is just so much that goes into it and so much I didn’t fully understand. So many government documents are needed and you really have to take everything into consideration.  I mean you are leaving your home country for a full semester.” said Thayer.

Thayer expressed that the process shouldn’t discourage students from traveling and studying abroad.

“Once you are here, once you sit in a class, once you are eating your first meal, it all just falls into place.  You take a sigh of relief and just feel grateful for the opportunity.” continued Thayer.

Students Stay Up ‘Til Dawn for a Cause

While most college students were out partying or hanging with friends, on Sat., Nov. 11, Marist students traded in a night of sleep to participate in the 12th annual Up ‘Til Dawn event, which raises money for the pediatric cancer patients of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. 

Located in Memphis, TN, St. Jude’s is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer and treatment centers. With the help of the donations it receives through events like Up ‘Til Dawn, St. Jude’s covers the treatment, travel, housing and food expenses for all of the roughly 7,500 patients it treats each year. 

This year’s Up ‘Til Dawn Executive Director, Casey Jaeb, cannot remember a time when St. Jude Children’s Hospital was not a part of her life. She made her first donation- the contents of her piggy bank- at the age of six, and in high school organized a night-long zumbathon event, the proceeds of which went directly to the children’s hospital.

Now, as a college senior, Jaeb led the organization’s efforts to ensure its participants were fulfilling their fundraising potential, and would all make it to sunrise on Sun., Nov. 12.

“I don’t know about anybody else, but this moves me,” Jaeb gushed. “To see college students give up a night when they could be going out or doing other things with their friends, and [instead] giving their night to raise awareness about St. Jude’s, is amazing.”

The event kicked off at 11 p.m. with interactive games in the student center, followed by a karaoke session in the cabaret. In between activities, students watched video montages of St. Jude patients and their stories, and took photos at the decorated backdrop. Food and refreshments were provided throughout the night to keep the participants well fueled.

Jaeb explained how the event’s brainstorming process usually starts in April, while the actual planning begins about three weeks into the start of the new school year. Although a portion of the funds for the event are provided by Marist’s Student Government Association and St. Jude’s, some of the expenses come directly out of the board member’s pockets.  

While students who participated were encouraged to fundraise at least $100, many went above and beyond that goal, with some raising over $1000 each. For those who struggled to fundraise, however, the St. Jude executive board hosted several events and donation challenges throughout the semester to give students a head start, including the “Halloween No-More-Cancer-Rally,” which took place on Oct. 24.  

Sophomore student Alexa Fisher participated in the event with her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. The fundraiser struck a personal chord in Fisher, who has several family members affected by cancer.   

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The members of Kappa Kappa Gamma participated in this year’s Up ‘Til Dawn

“[Living] in the college bubble, you often times don’t think about anything but yourself and your problems,” Fisher said. “So [realizing] that there’s other people that are struggling more than you but are powering through, shows that you can power through too.”

Similar sentiments inspired Ava Hanlon to become involved in Up ‘Til Dawn during her freshman year, when a close family friend’s 11-year-old daughter was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Leukemia.

“My passion [for Up ‘Til Dawn] comes from the hope and spirit these children have to fight this disease everyday,” Hanlon, a junior, said. “To me, it is my job to to help in any way I can, to one day see these children home and healthy again, cancer free.”

According to the St. Jude website, approximately 75 percent of the hospital’s budgeted costs are covered by public contributions. Since its conception more than 50 years ago, St. Jude’s has helped increase the childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent in 1962 to 80 percent in 2018.

“St. Jude is one of the greatest charities in the world,” Jaeb said. “They provide treatment for kids with life threatening illnesses at no charge to the families, and on top of that they do top-of-the-line research that they share with every hospital and every doctor around the world who wants access to it. St. Jude is just amazing.” 

Enthusiasm was still high among the participants as the night neared dawn, and reached a crescendo when, at 5 a.m., the executive board members gathered on the third floor of the Rotunda to reveal the total amount fundraised: $61,567 of their initial $65,000 goal.

This year marks the first time Marist’s chapter of Up ‘Til Dawn fundraised over $60,000. Since the event, the total has climbed to $62, 342, and continues to grow even now.

“The outcome of the event is one thing, but the fundraising we were able to achieve is astounding,” Hanlon said. “That one night of sleep is incomparable to the sleep parents and children lose when battling cancer, so every ounce of me is beaming with pride of how incredible the turnout was.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heat of Conference Play

When the season started for the ladies of the Marist College Women’s Soccer team there was something in the air that triggered them. With only ten returning players who would be upperclassmen for the Red Foxes, they knew that they would have to prove themselves. After finishing fifth last season in the conference standings, the ladies knew that with a young bunch there would be little room for error. As the regular season play is winding down, the Red Foxes have not let their foot off the brake after defeating Siena last night at Tenney Stadium.

With the temperatures reaching about forty degrees last night, it wasn’t anything but a speed bump for the soccer team. Standing only in second place within the conference they know that the title is well in reach. As fans entered the gates with heavy coats on while carrying blankets, to them as well the weather would not play a factor to them. The chill in the air gave the fans in attendance just that much more of a reason to get to their feet at any exciting play. As I was able to watch the team warm up, there was something missing in action you could get the sense that things were a little more mellowed out but not to the point where the fire inside dimmed down. Using crutches to keep her up stood starting junior forward Keri Bradley, who is done playing for the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL. “This is just something you can’t avoid. If you go out there playing thinking you’re going to get hurt, then you end up getting hurt. I was just giving it my all and I was unfortunate” said Bradley. Leading the team in points with eleven on the season, the loss of Bradley was huge for the Red Foxes. Going down with a season-ending injury can take a toll on you not just physically but emotionally as well. “Everything happens for a reason and I have always been told that but also believed it as well. I wish for nothing but just to be back out there with my girls but I trust that they will take care of business. We got here and better together” stated Bradley. Injuries have plagued the Marist College athletics community recently as women’s soccer is unfortunately not the only team to succumb this outbreak.

The game was full of energy from start to finish, and luckily there were no injuries. But it wasn’t until the eighty-third minute, that a shot was able to reach the back of the net. Katey Samarro was able to get the Red Foxes on the board first and only. The team never looked back as just three minutes later in the eighty-fifth minute, was where Nicole Sasso headed in a corner kick to make the final score 2-0 in favor of Marist College.

As Keri Bradley looks on from the sideline for the remainder of the season, she has a voice in her ear that’s encouraging her to keep her head up and keep pushing. Midfield redshirt freshman Kristen Prevosto knows the exact pain, as she would say her big sister feels. “You could say soccer is all we know. It is what has gotten us all here playing together now” says Prevosto. Kristen came into Marist last year as a freshman who would be able to contribute right away. But a season-ending injury came her way as well, in fact, the same injury. A torn ACL over the summer while prepping for team camp, cost her her freshman season. “It’s just so crazy how God works. The same thing happened to me last year and all season Keri was in my ear just keeping me and positivity on the same page. Now that this has happened, it is only right to be there for her as she was for me when she barely even knew me” said Prevosto.

The game took off at a fast pace as shots from both teams were being fired on goal. Luckily, Marist’s goalkeeper junior Frankie Guzzo was able to deflect and defend all eleven shots that were sent her way pitching a shutout to opposing Siena. “Just coming out here and doing my job is what keeps us in games,” said Guzzo with a ton of emotion. “Keri is one of my best friends and ever since her going out a couple of games ago it has been different but we have to keep fighting. We can win our conference tourney and people don’t think so, so we’re just going to have to keep proving them all wrong” continued Guzzo.

The Red Foxes have two more regular season conference games left before tournament play begins. Tournament play is where the team will eye winning the championship to earn an invite to the NCAA Women’s Soccer playoffs.

 

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.

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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.”

 

The Eight-Legged Threat on Campus

Marist Alumni, Mary Beth Pfeiffer, came back to her roots last Wednesday, Oct 17, to speak about the growing issue of Lyme Disease and climate change.

Speaker Pfeiffer, a former investigating reporter at the Poughkeepsie Journal and author of her book Lyme, spoke largely about how although climate change has directly impacted the number of ticks and tick borne illnesses in the nation, there are still doctors that will still hesitate to diagnose a patient with Lyme.

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Pfeiffer’s book, which was sold at the talk.

“Science is telling us that ticks can now live where they once have not” said Pfeiffer, who believes that the recent issue with ticks can be attributed to a combination of climate change, and government funding refusing to be spent on lyme disease and ticks.

Pfeiffer compared the illness of Lyme Disease to the AIDS epidemic, and how, although Lyme patients are not “dying by the score,” there could be thousands of deaths that could have not been diagnosed as lyme disease, but are related to tick borne illnesses.

Stepping into the Nelly Goletti Theatre Wednesday night, at first glance, it seemed as if the theatre was filled with students simply attending because they were assigned to in class, but eventually, it was clear that over half the room had been personally impacted by Lyme Disease.

“I have had Lyme disease for years, and have spent thousands monthly on treatment, and I have had doctors that I still have doctors refusing to treat me for Lyme,” said a visitor, who preferred to remain anonymous.

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Author Mary Beth Pfeiffer

Marist College, is often known for its beautiful open grass lawn, and nature setting. Although standing in the grass, looking at the Hudson River, is an popular pastime for Marist students, are they in danger for contracting a tick borne illness right on campus?

According to Pfeiffer, based on research she conducted, Dutchess county is known as one of the top tick-infested counties in the nation. Although this danger, caused my minuscule, eight-legged bugs, seems not to be as large as a threat as AIDS, Lyme Disease is still a large issue that lacks awareness and can often unknowingly impact students right here on campus.

“I’m here to paint the big picture of Lyme Disease,” said Pfeiffer. It is time to be aware of how ticks can impact the lives of many, even right here on campus.

Beaten, Battered, Bruised: Marist Sports Injuries

Action and excitement packed the stands at the Marist Red Foxes vs. Dayton Flyers football game. Fans roared from the stands as athletes made daring catches at the end zone, followed by the blares of the Marist Fight Song emanating from the band. One enthuastic fan nearly tumbled over the rope barrier as he congratulated a player following his game-winning catch.

Despite all the activity and fanfare that make any sporting event fun to watch, there have been reports of six to 10 concussions, six to eight ACL tears, and three to four fractures in the Marist 2018 fall athletic season.

Data on the specific number of injuries is not clear due to ongoing testing on recent injuries, according to Jeffery Carter, the Coordinator for Sports Medicine at Marist.

Carter explained that there have been approximately 200-300 injury reports made to the Athletics Department this fall, but a majority of injuries reported are those such as bruises, sore muscles, and other minor injuries.

He additionally stated that each year the number of injuries that Marist athletes endure fluctuate inexplicably.

“I would say that recognition of injuries is always getting better so that might be a reason for an ‘increase,’ but the overall rates haven’t increased here at Marist, or Division I as a whole,” Carter said.

Carter believes the number of injuries is actually decreasing due to the installation of new turf.

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Jeffery Carter, Coordinator for Sports Medicine at Marist College

Since 2004, male and female college athletes reported approximately 12,500 injuries per year to the NCAA and the National Athletic Trainer’s Association.

The NCAA presently does not require sports teams to release injury reports, according to an SB Nation article. But this may change due to the legalization of sports betting.

Dr. Justin Feldman is a physical therapist and owner of Feldman Physical Therapy & Performance, with locations in Poughkeepsie and Fishkill. Feldman has treated student athletes for almost 12 years with clientele from Marist and other local colleges such as Vassar College, Dutchess Community College, Mount Saint Mary College, and West Point.

Feldman has had student athletes visit his office for concussions, ACL tears, and ankle sprain injuries so far this fall.

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Dr. Justin Feldman, physical therapist and owner of Feldman Physical Therapy & Performance

He also listed many factors that may contribute to the rise in sports injuries among college students, one of these being that the student specialized in their sport while they were too young.

“By the time they hit college, [the students] have been doing only that sport year round for too long and the stress adds up,” said Feldman. “Also, their bodies become less adaptable, and therefore more at risk for injuries.”

He additionally listed sleep deprivation as another factor in injuries related to athletics, stating that student athletes, “aren’t great at the rest and recovery aspect of sports.”

Feldman also advised student athletes to get eight and a half to nine hours of sleep each night and to work on strength and conditioning in the gym.

“I see too many athletes that don’t do the strength and conditioning part, and that sets them up for injuries,” he said.

Carter and his staff of certified athletic trainers also offer resources to college athletes when they sustain injuries.

He and his team will rehabilitate injuries that occur during any type of athletic participation, including club and intramural sports, oftentimes both with members of the Marist staff and a local physical therapist.

Carter stated that prevention of serious injuries occurs at multiple levels, including “overall safety and awareness of fields and courts; pre- and post- activity stretching and flexibility work; pre-participation physicals and health history reviews; working with our strength coach to identify weakness [and] deficiencies that can be corrected with exercises, etc.; and education and instruction with coaches to identify risky drills, etc.”

Ellie Petraccione, a member of the Women’s Lacrosse team, suffered from a fractured sesamoid bone. She stated that, throughout her rehabilitation process, her athletic trainer at Marist consistently checked with her pain levels and ensured she was progressing well towards recovery.

“I am so thankful for my experience [with the athletic training staff] because I felt valued and important,” said Petraccione. “Every single athletic trainer knew who I was, what I was going through, and they were always willing to help.”

Carter is currently working to add additional staff members for the Division I, Club, and Intramural sports leagues to further help injured athletes.

He said, “I think the only thing I would add is that although our staffing is minimally sufficient, we as a department could offer better care and more services if our staffing numbers were increased.”

 

“Frankenstein” Revived Through Storytelling and Visual Art

Despite the otherwise light atmosphere of the Marist College Art Gallery, its graphic contents can only be described as bleak, eerie, and haunting. Directly opposite the display’s unique mixture or grays and blacks are 10 chairs on which visitors can sit and contemplate the work; no matter which chair is sat in, however, the painting’s phantom acrylic eyes always seem to follow.

These paintings make up only one part of Professor Tommy Zurhellen’s “Frankenstein: Könfidential” exhibition, a project that combines traditional storytelling and visual art to recreate Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

“My first impression walking into the gallery was that of feeling tremendously cold,” Professor Zurhellen’s student Kevin Hudson, a senior, said. “The room was spacious, and the cool/monochrome color scheme of each of the paintings created this feeling. I believe Professor Zurhellen was creating a strong introduction through intense feelings of discomfort.”

Professor Zurhellen’s decision to pursue a recreation of the original Frankenstein was prompted by the 200th anniversary of its publication this year. Despite its age, the professor believes its central themes of creation and ethics are as timely as ever.

“[Frankenstein] is 200 years old yet the writing is still fresh and new,” he said. “It’s creepy and spooky and dark and weird, and it could have been written yesterday.”

Professor Zurhellen’s narrative is told in serial form and split into 24 episodes, mirroring the number of chapters found in the original work. Each week one installment is released, accompanied by a visual art graphic that pertains to the story’s timeline. The artwork was created by Hyeseung Marriage-Song, a New York-based artist the professor collaborated with for the project.

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The painting that accompanies Chapter 1: In the Cemetery

“Once people understand that it’s a celebration and recreation of the original story in a collaborative way, they get it,” Professor Zurhellen explained. “It takes a little bit of imagination to get the whole project, but once [people] do, they love it.”

Like the original work, Professor Zurhellen’s project centers around Victor Frankenstein and his vicious creation, but the similarities stop there. In “Frankenstein: Könfidential,” the doctor is a Jew living in Nazi-Germany during the final months of WWII.

The new narrative opens much like the original version, with American Capt. Robert Walton’s cryptic letter to his younger sister Margaret, which is provided as part of the exhibition, complete with rips, creases, coffee cup stains, and a US Army Examiner Stamp.

“The inclusion of this letter in the exhibit was really cool to see as it brought Zurhellen’s story to life among the accompanying artwork,” senior Sarah Howard said. “It looked like a real artifact that you would see in a historical exhibit in a museum.”

Many of the characters within “Frankenstein: Konfidential” are taken from Shelley’s original work, like Dr. Frankenstein’s childhood friend Henry Clerval, but are infused with Professor Zurhellen’s personal twists. Others, however, are entirely based on actual historical figures. One painting depicts the character “Lilo,” who was involved in the resistance movement against the Nazis during the war, and the story’s antagonist is based on real-life Gestapo agent Robert Mohr.

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From left to right: “Lilo,” “Ode to CDF,” (Below) Capt. Walton’s letters to his sister, “Henry Clerval”

“Adding that kind of historical flare [to the characters] helps make the story feel more authentic,” Professor Zurhellen explained.

“I think that Zurhellen is trying to reinvent the Frankenstein story in a new light and give it a newer and more current life,” Howard explained. “I got the sense from the exhibit that he wanted onlookers to question everything they previously knew about the original Frankenstein story, as well as dispel their concept of reality to really transport themselves into the world he has created.”

Since its grand opening on Sept. 27, the exhibit has garnered positive reviews from The ChronogramHudson Valley Magazine, and The Poughkeepsie Journal, among others. Much of the project’s success, Professor Zurhellen said, is owed to his collaboration with Marriage-Song.

“Trust in the power of collaboration [because] you’ll get something that normally by yourself you’d never get,” the professor said. “You get more than just your own work. It’s almost easy, because someone else is working just as hard [as you] and you create something no one else would ever think of. [This project] wouldn’t have happened unless these two powers came together and did something unique.”

In November the exhibit will appear at the Gowanus Industrial Arts Complex in Brooklyn, in front of a much larger audience. Once all 24 installments of “Frankenstein: Könfidential” are released, Professor Zurhellen plans on grouping the chapters together into a printable version.

 

 

 

 

Educational Nonprofit for Students Struggles to Find Visibility

In a small auditorium in New York City’s Union Square, the sound of pounding rain competed with the clacking of laptop keys. Max Robins, President and Executive Director of the Center for Communication, stepped up to the microphone, and students of every age tore their attention away from their screens to listen.

Robins introduced himself, his esteemed panel, and the topic of that night’s discussion: Storytelling Through Virtual Reality. Robins ended with the Center for Communication’s mission statement, “We want to open the doors for the next generation of diverse media leaders” said Robins.

Based in Brooklyn, New York, The Center for Communication is a nonprofit centered around providing free seminars for students during which they can listen to and meet influential leaders in the media community. The Center offers between 25 to 40 events per year, all free for students.

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Storytelling Through Virtual Reality event on Oct. 11

Prior to becoming the president of the Center for Communication, Robins worked as a journalist,  a childhood dream of his. “I wanted to write for great magazines and newspapers, but that world has shrunk now,” said Robins.“But, it’s ever-changing.”

Marcelle Hopkins, Co-Director of Virtual Reality and Deputy Director of Video at The New York Times, was one of the panel members. She revealed to the student audience, “Every job I’ve had since graduating college didn’t exist when I was a student.”

During the seminar Hopkins spoke to students about the importance of learning to tell a story. She claimed anyone can learn to use the technology necessary for virtual reality, but not everyone can tell a story well. “Events like these are important because they show students what’s out there for them, what they can do.”

One problem the Center for Communication currently faces is outreach. Farrah Thomson, a student at The New School in Manhattan, saw a flyer for the event and decided to go. “This is my first time going to one of their events,” said Thomson, “but I want to attend more in the future. I’m surprised the organization isn’t promoted more.”

One upcoming event Robins is particularly excited about is the Diversity and Media Career Summit on November 19. Based off the popular Women and Media Career Summit the Center has hosted for the past two years, the day-long event features keynote speakers, panels, and workshops. “We decided to create this because we have seen a growing need for diversity in media careers,” said Robins.

Past seminar topics have included journalism, filmmaking, public relations, publishing, and First Amendment issues. “We want to break down barriers between students and the industry,” Robins commended. “We encourage people to be lifelong students.”

In the future the Center for Communication hopes to offer events across the United States and, eventually, internationally.

Robins’ favorite aspect about the Center’s panels is the wealth of knowledge displayed before him. “If I run a panel, not only am I learning from the speakers, but I’m learning from the questions our attendees ask,” he explained, “The students inspire me with their eagerness to learn.”

 

Returning Back to Marist

Back to school for Marist students can bring a variety of many different feelings. For some, it may be the best time of the year when they can reconnect with their friends again. While for some it may be the toughest thing they will ever have done in their life up to this point. Moving halfway across the country, maybe even all the way from coast to coast, or for some students to a whole new country. Student-Athletes though, they have it a little different and some say tougher as well.

August eighth was the report date for football players. A long journey that the returning players had been anxious for. “This is what we have been waiting for. I know it sounds cliche and you hear it all over every time something that has been anticipated on is approaching. But all the work we put in over the winter and spring, it should definitely pay off” said Marist Running Back Areg Nazarian. For Areg the trek back to campus is not an easy one, hailing from Los Angeles, California. It is about a six-hour flight and then totaling about eight hours once he is in Red Fox territory. The trip is not all that bad being that he is used to it and has made friends along the east coast who are teammates of his. One thing that Areg says that has thrown him off was the construction to the McCann sports arena. “Teams are going to have to focus and adjust this whole school year. McCann is like every team’s home base. Everything we do is based on McCann or revolves around McCann in some way, shape or form. But with the intelligent student-athletes, we have here at Marist, it shouldn’t be that much of a strenuous task”. The reconstruction here at Marist on the McCann sports arena is enhancing all of the facilities that we the student-athletes use to further enhance our performance. The demolition of the weight room has cost regular students who had free access to any Marist College workout facility has thrown a wrench into plans. Regular students may not use the South Field Tent until 6PM. A Marist College student Casey Yamamoto has said: “Even though I didn’t really use the weight room that much and often last year myself, that is all you hear about is that how it is not fair that we “NARPs” only have from 6PM till midnight to workout. Not everyone can work their way around that, some people even made their schedule so that they can work out in the earlier half of the day and then this project rolled around.

For another Marist College student-athlete, linebacker Maliek Carr is taking this school year with a different approach as well. Being that it is his first time being off campus for housing. “When we moved out of Marian for camp it just made the ‘camp life’ that much harder. We still had to be everywhere the same time as everyone else, just coming from further away. I wouldn’t say it is complaining, I just wish that the people could have thought of a more efficient way and also safer in case someone wakes up early”. Being off campus with teammates makes it much easier for Maliek he says, because he doesn’t have to really rely on himself, but he feels all the ripping and running he has to go back and forth from building to building especially after football takes more of a toll on his day than it did the previous two years.
Liek