Lights, Camera… Marist!

Red Fox Films is the latest club to hit Marist College campus. The fresh club offers students a chance to pursue their ideas with a camera and a crew team lined up to help. This club has come a long way from thought to fruition, and Steve Ciravolo has been there every step of the way.

“The idea really sparked around October of 2017,” Ciravolo said when remembering how the film club got its start. “When I came to Marist, I joined Marist College Television (MCTV). The club did not exactly offer what I was looking for with camera work and ideas… it was a lot of in-studio productions.”

Ciravolo went on to describe the careful process the Student Government Association (SGA) implements to charter a club. The first step was a petition of 50 signatures from students who have interest in club. The executive board of the film club, including Blake Mackey, Emma Tizzano, Michael Perdios, and Joe Hernandez, quickly took note of the enthusiasm students had for an organization like this on campus when the petition was filled up in less than a week.

For a club to be established on campus, SGA mandates, very early in the process, a set of by-laws to ensure the club’s continuity after its establishers graduate. RFF’s by-laws were submitted in March of 2018. By May of 2018, a new student administration had taken control of SGA. The administration who had reviewed the club’s by-laws would not be the same administration to give the final approval of the club. Despite a change of administration and a summer between submission and approval, the Red Fox Films club was finally chartered in October of 2018.

The purpose of the club is to “provide a diverse network of creative students who want to make their own projects, such as, music videos, short films, sketches, packages, etc.” according to the club’s submission presentation.

For a student to produce their idea in the film club, they must submit a project application that includes details about crew members, equipment needed and shoot schedule. The project is reviewed by the executive board and an email is sent to the club’s members advising them of a new opportunity. Members sign up for the project, and the video goes into production.

In accordance with SGA’s aspirations for the film organization, club secretary Blake Mackey says, “My biggest hope [for RFF] is that it outlasts the current administration so that when we walk out the door, the club is still here and going.” Legacy and impact are the inevitable goals of all executive board members for Red Fox Films.

As noted by the club vice president, Emma Tizzano, the club’s greatest impact is the creative outlet it provides to students. Freelance work on campus is not supported by the college media center, the role of RFF is to provide an outlet to make visions into a reality for students outside of the media program. 

Ciravolo explains that the Marist media center restricts their equipment for students enrolled in media classes. Similar to a library, the RFF allows members to loan out cameras, sound, and lighting equipment regardless of what classes they take.

According to Ciravolo, “My hope is that the club includes members of all majors and fields of study, so that every student’s idea has a chance of being made into a masterpiece.”


Steel Plant Studios leaves classrooms vacant

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51 Fulton Street has been vacant of art and design classes since the new Steel Plant Studios were constructed at the beginning of 2018-2019 academic year. (Kenneth Guillaume Photo)

After renovating the Steel Plant, adding 35,000 square feet of new learning spaces, (on top of the previous 12,000 square feet) Marist College students are wondering what’s going to be happening with the now empty classrooms.

With the completed renovation of Steel Plant Studios, fashion and art students will be abandoning their old rooms in Donnelly and 51 Fulton Street to fill creative working spaces in the new building. In turn, they will also be leaving behind spaces that are largely unused across the Marist campus.

Students expressed concern and curiosity about the seemingly empty classrooms.

“I don’t know what’s happening to the spaces in the buildings [Donnelly and 51 Fulton], but I hope they are getting put to use since fashion and art has been moved to the Steel Plant,” Emilie Hocter ’20 said.

Students believed it would be counter intuitive to not fill those rooms with other classes or for administrative purposes.

Around campus students have been wondering where classes in Dyson will be displaced to when the planned renovations start. “There are people worried where all the classes in Dyson are going to go. That’s a lot of classes and not a lot of spaces,” Hocter said.

At the current time, the rooms remain empty, or without the purpose as they used to have. However, soon they will be back in use and students will be frequenting them. This will be due to the renovation of Dyson for next semester.

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Fashion rooms in Donnelly will soon house the School of Behavioral Sciences and School of Management when Dyson is remodeled at the beginning of next school year. (Kenneth Guillaume Photo)

“The space opened up in Donnelly and 51 Fulton will be used as temporary space for School of Behavioral Sciences and the School of Management while Dyson renovation and expansion is under way,” Dr. Geoffrey Brackett, Executive Vice President of Marist College said.

On under ‘President’s Cabinet’, Dr. Brackett “. . . directly oversees many of the key operating areas of the College, including Information Technology, Human Resources, Student Affairs, Institutional Research and Planning, Buildings and Grounds, and Safety and Security.”

Since the new Steel Plant has opened, the classrooms have been filled with very little activity, but soon they will be full of students once again and all empty spaces on campus will be in use.

Once Dyson is done, which could be at least one to two years, the classrooms will go back into an undefined circumstance – but for the time being they will be housing two different Schools within Marist.

Backyard Workout

By Jonathan Kanda

There is a wide range of new year resolutions with the most popular one being  fitness. The student population at Marist College, will have to find a new resolution. With the McCann Renovation and the demolition of the old gym, Marist College opened up a  temporary gym (tent) which is three times smaller than the old gym and could only hold a small capacity of people.

Despite the size of the gym, what killed most students resolution hopes is the gym hours. “I love working out at 3pm and now I can’t anymore because us regular students have to wait until after 6 to use that tent.” Senior Diwani Cummings majoring in Biochemistry said.


Marist College athletics passed a rule that only gives student athletes access to the tent from its opening hours to closing time,  leaving non-athletes without the ability to use the gym before the sunset. Aaron Suma, a strength and conditioning coach said, “The reason why only our athletes have access to the gym during daylight is because space and the amount of athletes we have play a big role.” Aaron Suma, Strength and conditioning coach said.


Although it would be a dream of every student athlete to possess their own facility, a tent is not what they were looking for. “The risk of injuries are high especially during those snow days because all the platforms get wet,” an anonymous athlete said


To avoid over packed gyms, Marist has opened a couple small gyms in different locations across campus. Although the idea of doing so is quite admirable, those small gyms do not contain all the materials a real gym is supposed to have. “Dude, I am 145 lbs, my new year resolution was to gain 20lbs of muscles not to lose 20, those small gyms on campus only have treadmills and things of that sort, last time I checked you can’t gain muscle weigh on a treadmill.” Isaiah Guischard said.


Marist college, a college known for its luxury has, failed to meet the luxury standard because of their innovative but poor idea of building a tent which cannot hold more than 150 people. “The idea was not bad at all, but the result is not what we expected.” Rhys Henry, an athlete on the rugby team said.


A wise man once said that promises are the sweetest lies, and believe or not, a majority of students here at Marist when it comes to the opening of the new McCann are skeptical. Marist announced that the McCann construction is going to be over by Fall 2019 and will have a new gym center open for all the students. “Well I think they hear us complain a lot and to calm us down, they just gave us a random ultimatum to calm us down. I don’t think it will be done by fall.” Dymond Wright said.


The End of Priority Points at Marist?

Marist College’s famed priority points system’s time at the school may be up, as ideas for implementing a new way of assigning housing gain traction. The current system, which allows students to earn points for choosing their own housing through a variety of criteria, has been a controversial topic within the Marist community. Now, the school’s administration is proposing to transition to a more traditional lottery system, similar to the ones found in the majority of colleges across the country.

The priority point system is based on the concept of assigning points to students according to four categories: academic average, involvement with extra-curricular activities, disciplinary history, and residence area condition. At the end of a semester, each student is given a report where they can see the total number of points they earned. This number is what is used for determining a student’s placement in the housing process. Students with a higher number of points are more likely to get their preferred housing than those with a lower amount, as they are given an earlier time slot to apply.


Throughout the time priority points have existed at Marist, there have always been a number of complaints from students about the system. For students like sophomore Courtney Fallon, one of the main issues they have is the commitment required to get a high number of points. “If you want to have the first spot on the housing list, you have to do everything and put so much time and effort into things like clubs,” she said. “For something like community service for example, if you don’t do it every single week you don’t get those points.”

Many students find that balancing time to do schoolwork and be actively involved in clubs is an increasingly difficult task. Fallon sees how difficult it is for students to get these points firsthand in her work as the secretary for the Social Work Association Board. “I’m in charge of assigning priority points to the members of the club, and so many of them didn’t get the points because you have to at least go to 75 percent of the meetings and events,” she said. “That’s too much and no one really has that time. If you miss one, you basically get nothing.”

In order to address student concerns, a town hall meeting hosted by Marist College President David Yellen, Student Body President Ted Dolce, and Student Government Association Vice President Ankofa Billips took place Feb. 6.


One of the main issues touched upon surrounding the priority points system is how students from lower socio-economic backgrounds are adversely affected. Students that have to help their families or work other jobs do not have time to be involved with activities such as clubs, therefore having a negative impact on their ability to choose housing. “This is one of the main reasons why we are considering making a change to the housing system, either modifying the way priority points work or just switching to a lottery system all together,” said President Yellen. “The current system is detrimental to these groups.”

One of the proposed changes to the current system would be to remove the academic portion of priority points, putting the emphasis more on activity participation. This is because the school’s administration believes that the priority points system should be used for cultivating campus culture. However, a number of students disagree with the fact that their GPA’s should not affect their ability to get the housing they want. “You go to college to do work and further your education, not join a club,” said senior Alexandria Burnell. “If your grades are suffering because you are spending so much time participating in activities, it kind of defeats the purpose of why you’re going to school in the first place.”

On switching to a lottery system, there is a variety of opinions among students. Some, like Burnell, are in favor of implementing it. “My sister went to Quinnipiac University and they had a lottery system,” she said. “I think it’s a simpler and fairer way to assign housing, and that way you can live with whoever you want instead of being judged on how many priority points you have.”

Others though, believe that a lottery system would not be an ideal way of assigning housing. “With a lottery system you have no control over where you get to live, which is one thing I like about priority points,” said sophomore Cameryn Fontana. “Why would I put such an important part of my college life in the hands of chance like it’s a game of bingo?”

Whether the priority points system stays as is, gets substantial changes, or is removed entirely, the decision will not take effect until the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester at the earliest.




Abroad Students: Welcome Back to Housing Bummer

Students are slamming their doors at Marist Housing after many juniors and seniors are left with underclassmen housing and separation from friends.

“Before I went abroad I had requested to be placed back on campus. Marist did not inform me where my housing placement was until two days before I was planning on moving in,” said junior Maya James. “I was placed in sophomore housing as a junior. I ended up finding an off-campus house last minute and moved there for this semester.”

After studying abroad for a semester, Marist students have been left at the bottom of the list when coming back to Marist this spring semester. Not only were abroad students left with poor housing, but the situation has further resulted in perspective abroad students fearing this problem may happen to them as well.

“It was really frustrating to return from abroad to find out that Marist couldn’t put me with any of my friends and in sophomore housing. Marist encourages studying abroad so much and it felt like they were punishing me for going,” said junior Morgan Colwell. “As a junior I would’ve liked to live with at least one of my friends and not have a roommate. They were very disorganized and the problem could have easily been avoided.”

Not only is Marist not confronting the issue, they are leaving students to move off campus unless they want to settle for underclassmen housing. James now lives with graduate students and is considerably far from her friends that live on campus, while Colwell settles for sophomore housing.

According to Marist Housing, about 300 students went abroad in the fall, while only 100 went in the spring resulting in numerous individuals not having spots in upperclassman housing. Although some feel that being placed in an underclassman house is worse than no housing at all, another argument that is being made is “Do we really have bad housing at Marist?,” said sophomore and tour guide Skyler Caruso.

Marist does not guarantee housing after freshman and sophomore year, but they have been able to accommodate anyone who sought housing 100% over the past few years. Yet, based on the numerous abroad students looking for housing when coming back to Marist grounds, this embedded line in the Marist Tour Guide Script leaves major questions when coming back to Marist after being abroad.  


Caruso stressed that there shouldn’t be much to fuss about due to the fact that the different housing options are so similar. “However, I do feel that being with your friends is important. I would be very upset if I was a junior and couldn’t live with my friends. Thankfully, I am not going abroad and won’t have to deal with this issue next semester,” said Caruso.

With a much larger percent of the Marist population going abroad in the fall, it has resulted in fewer spots in the upperclassman housing for the spring. Junior, Emily Sommer’s, continues to share her story after being rejected to live in two vacant spots in New Gartland due to inaccurate priority point counting from Marist Housing. 

“My roommate and I were heart broken and distraught over our new room placement, we weren’t even put in the same room and in an area that was nowhere close to anyone we knew. We were separated and isolated from all of our friends. This was incredibly difficult for us to swallow and still is difficult for us to deal with. It has caused us both to have major anxiety and depression behavioral attitudes already on top of what we had to deal with and feel when coming back and adjusting from living in another country for four months,” said Sommers.

Although many recent abroad individuals are outraged, Marist is doing their best to prevent this issue from recurring. Although individuals will always find a negative with housing, reassuring spots for incoming abroad students will decrease the stress for housing and the students coming back to Marist the following semester.

Thrift Store Thrives in Dorm Room

Established only five months ago and launching from a dorm room, the thrift store Old Newzz is already shipping across the country. Caroline Ricci, founder and a senior at Marist College, combined her love for fashion and the environment and created a business in doing so. With each article of clothing being hand selected by Ricci, her store is truly one of a kind.

When most people think of fashion, they think of designer brands and famous logos. To Ricci, this was never the case. “Thrifting is something that I really like because it has a story from someone previous and there’s a story that you can tell with it. That’s something that I really like about fashion,” said Ricci.

Her passion began at a young age and was strongly influenced by her mother. “My mom is an art major so she’s super artistic and creative and when I was a kid she would always dress me. In elementary school, we started thrifting together and I always just had thrifted clothing. From there it just became my own passion,” said Ricci.

More than just a love for unique clothing, Ricci founded her store to do her part in leaving less of a carbon footprint. Her thrift store promotes sustainable fashion, which is essentially fashion that attempts to leave little to no impact on the environment. “In 2050, fashion actually is going to become 25% of the reason why we have global warming. It’s crazy to think that just one industry is going to be 1/4 of the problem. If this is one little thing that can make a difference and I already like doing it, the benefits work well together,” said Ricci.

A frequent customer of Old Newzz and Director of Community Engagement for the on-campus club, Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI), Caroline Verdic also values the importance of environmentally friendly shopping. “Sustainable fashion is a way to give clothes a new life to someone else, whether it’s buying from thrift shops or donating old clothes to organizations,” said Verdic. She also said her club, EFI, attempts to promote the same awareness and mindfulness of recycling your clothing and reducing your waste.

Lacy Catto, another customer of Old Newzz and senior at Marist, said she does her best to be sustainable, yet it is not always easy. “I do my best to avoid supporting fast fashion, but as a college student on a budget, and with a Forever 21 down the street it honestly can be hard,” said Catto.

The fact that Old Newzz is on campus makes shopping sustainably a little more convenient. “I love purchasing clothes from [Ricci] because it’s casual, usually through Instagram DM, and I am able to pick them up or she drops them off the same day. Nothing like instant gratification,” said Catto.

So how does it work? As Catto mentioned, shopping at Old Newzz is very easy and laid back. Ricci markets all of her items on Instagram, under the brand’s page @OldNewzz. If customers see an item they like, all they have to do is send her a direct message. Ricci then reserves the item in her dorm, ready for pick up at any time. She also holds pop up events a few times a month, which are advertised on her Instagram account.

Items range from vintage t-shirts to cropped puffer jackets to corduroy hats. Anything that catches the eye of Ricci makes the cut. Not afraid of the hunt for items, the pieces come from all over the country. “Name a state and I’ve probably thrifted there,” said Ricci. She also prefers hole in wall places rather than pre curated thrift stores, because she said it makes finding the pieces more fun. “This is something I enjoy doing and it makes me happy, so I might as well make other people happy and help them start shopping sustainably,” said Ricci. 

As far as the future for Old Newzz, Ricci plans to move to San Fransisco after graduation and continue to pursue her childhood passion there.

New Club Hopes to End Stigmas About Sex

As students peruse the rows of club posters at the Activities Fair, they begin to notice a new club, STARR. All the officers of Students Advocating for Reproductive Rights as well as students, are excited to see the club finally sanctioned for the Spring 2019 Semester.

“It’s been a long time coming,” says president Kelsey Beresheim.

During her sophomore year at Marist, three seniors approached Beresheim with the idea of starting a club to bring awareness to sexual health. There was no particular club advocating for sexual education at the time and the students wanted a place to address the topic and bring awareness.

Beresheim explains they began with a series of “underground” events. During one event, students placed going-out survival kits outside dorms. These kits consisted of water, snacks and condoms.

Now a junior, Beresheim is delighted to see STARR become an official club. The first general members meeting is this semester, which is pretty exciting she says.

The mission of STARR is to create a safe community to address the issues of sexual health and reproductive rights on campus. The club wants to bring awareness about the importance of sexual health and eliminate any stigmas surrounding sex.

“I definitely think sexual health is an important issue because it really affects college students and students should have a place to talk about it,” says Beresheim, “We always hear about STDs being a problem on college campuses so we wanted to do something more.”

According to Washington and Lee University, one in four college students has an STD. The Center for Disease Control also stated Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease on college campuses. In 2017, 1.5 million cases of Chlamydia were reported and about two-thirds of those cases were among individuals 15-24 years of age.

With the alarming number of STDs on college campuses, STARR hopes to help students prevent the spread of more diseases. “Education is key,” says Beresheim. Knowing how to practice safe sex is incredibly important. Beresheim plans to bring guest speakers to the campus to discuss sexual health and reproductive rights. STARR wants to educate students about safe sex and provide them with resources such as free condoms.

Learning about safe sex is crucial for students but it can also address other issues. Beresheim explains, “Sexual health can also stem into relationships, such as domestic violence. Someone might not even know they’re in an abusive relationship.”

In addition to bringing awareness about sexual education, the club also hopes to break any stigmas about reproductive rights. “Unfortunately there are stigmas around sexual health but STARR can combat those,” says Beresheim.

Erin Connolly, the secretary of STARR, agrees the club will be able to clear misconceptions about sex by educating and bringing awareness to students. “Sex in general is a taboo subject,” Connolly says. “It is important to talk about sex. A lot of people downplay it, but it is really important.” She believes the club will be able to foster a community on the Marist College campus, opened to talking about sex.

As well as discussing and answering questions about sexual health, STARR hopes to provide students with a variety of resources. Connolly says the club will inform students about birth control options, including Planned Parenthood and its services. “The club is also for sexual well being,” Connolly explains, “We also want to remind people to get screened and stay healthy.”

For its first semester as a sanctioned club, STARR is hoping to organize a variety of events. Along with bringing in guest speakers, Beresheim wants to create more going-out survival kits, host a potential movie night and reach out into the community. The club has been in contact with the Vassar Chapter and hopes to collaborate with other colleges as well, such as Bard and the Culinary Institute.


Students signing up for STARR at the Club Fair on Feb. 6. Free condoms were also available to take.

Fall Semester Closing Notes and McCann Center Update

As the semester comes to a close, there are lots to reflect on about this past semester and also things to look forward to for the upcoming spring semester.

One of the biggest things happening around campus this semester was the renovation at the McCann Center. With construction starting over the summer and a projected completion date set for the fall of next year, there are lots to look forward to for students who will still be around.

Darren McCormack, Associate Atheltic Director For Facilities and Operations, shared that the renovation is on schedule for a fall 2019 completion date.

“The renovation appears to be on schedule,” McCormack said. “Pylons, which will support the new building, have been drilled into the bedrock and the foundation has been laid down.”

From there, the framework of steel will be installed around the building, which should be completed around the middle of the spring semester. After that is completed, the building will be enclosed with walls and ceilings going up shortly after.


Ariel view of McCann Center, from

The new building is going to contain many new features for current and future students to enjoy. Some of the highlights of the new building are going to be two new weight rooms, one on the first floor and one on the second floor. The one on the first floor will be reserved for student-athletes only, while the one on the second floor will be for the general student body.

Additionally, there will be artificial turf and additional meeting rooms for teams and other conferences/groups on campus as well as well as additional performance spaces for the dance ensemble and other performing arts groups on campus.

Perhaps the most notable addition will be a second basketball arena that will allow for more flexible scheduling for basketball practices.

As far as the facilities that are open now to students, such as the north and south field fitness, not much is going to change.

“We don’t anticipate that we will be changing the hours,” McCormack said. “Right now everything should stay the same.”

As of now, on basketball game nights, all of the facilities in McCann will be shut down, with students being able to utilize the South field fitness center.

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McCann Center Rendering, from

The Athletics Department has also been providing updates on their website,, where renderings for the new additions are also available for viewing.  

On the academic side of the semester, the Registrar has said that registering for the spring semester went well. All of the processes for registering for classes will remain the same for the foreseeable future.  

“For those students who have not completed their schedules, they may still come into the Registrar’s Office to do so,” said Kathy Coomes, Administrative Coordinator at the Registrar, in an email.

Beacon Bicycle Menorah celebrates members of the community

This week, Beacon Hebrew Alliance (BHA) and BeaconArts partnered up to bring the community Illumin8tion, a public menorah-lighting ceremony located in Polhill Park.

This year, Illumin8tion presented the Beacon Bicycle Menorah, a giant menorah in which the “candles” are comprised of bicycle tires wrapped in colored lights. According to the Dutchess Tourism website, each night is dedicated to honoring different members of the community. The first night, which was last Sunday when Hanukkah began, was a celebration of the town’s educators, but on different nights of the week Illumin8tion will honor activists, first responders, volunteers, and other notable members of the community.

On Wednesday, the lighting was dedicated to the children of Beacon. Children and their parents gathered around the menorah and sang ‘This Little Light of Mine.’  The kids then formed a line leading up to the menorah, and passed the newly lit bicycle tire down the line to place atop the menorah. The activity was meant to show the children how they can work together to bring light into the world.  Then, the group recited prayers around the menorah. .

According to Ellen Gersh, the cantor from BHA, the idea for bicycle tires came from a local artist named Ed Benavente.  Benavente does a lot of work with recycled materials; in particular, he frequently uses bicycle parts in his art. Gersh said that Benavente first came up with the idea for the bicycle menorah about four years ago. Since then, the menorah has gained popularity throughout the community. Benavente even traveled to Washington D.C. to give a smaller bicycle menorah to President Obama during his tenure in office.

The event is meant to be a celebration of hope and light.  The Dutchess Tourism website reads, “Hannukah tells us that we can hope against all reason and sometimes, we will prevail. Sometimes, the mighty will fall before the weak, and sometimes, just a little bit of fuel will get us through the darkest night — or even eight of them, if need be.”

Illumin8tion will conclude on the last night of Hannukah on Sunday, December 9th.  BHA and BeaconArts will host a community Hanukkah party at 11, followed by the menorah lighting at 5:30. The final night will be a celebration of the community’s artists and musicians.

“I love seeing the community come together,” Gersh said. “In times of darkness, we have to have hope.”

Student-Athlete: Easier On or Off the Field?

Don’t be afraid to ask if you have questions- coaches, CSAE, professors, anyone they are more than willing to help you figure things out and make sure you can succeed,” says Beatrix Bradford, a member of the Marist College Women’s Rowing Team, when asked what advice she would give to prospective student-athletes.

According to, there are more than 460,000 student-athletes this academic year across the nation which is a record high number.  

So what is the reason for so many students participating in athletics?  Some may say it’s for the scholarship opportunities.

“More than 50% of parents push their children to compete at the collegiate level…because there is potential for money off the tuition price,” says Daniel Stevens, Athletic Trainer at Performax Physical Therapy.

According to, Marist College sponsors NCAA Scholarships for 21 of Marist’s 23 men’s and women’s Division I programs.  

However, many student athletes say that it can be overwhelming being on both a sports team and being a college student.

At Marist College, most athletes, when in season, can have practice as early as 6 a.m. meaning they have to arrive at least by 5:50 a.m.  The early waking calls for an early night to bed, but due to homework and other projects, sometimes that can be hard to do.

“We practice for 3 hours everyday and that doesn’t even include lift, team meetings, film, and prehab/posthab. Not only is playing a sport physically exhausting it’s also mentally exhausting but we’re still expected to perform at the highest level in the classroom regardless of that,” says Stephanie Stone, Marist Women’s Volleyball.

So the stress of high performance on and off the court is inevitable.

Athletes don’t necessarily have to be roommates with other athletes but there are pros and cons to doing so.  A popular comment made by many athletes is that a pro to living together is you have the same morning and night routine such as when you wake up and when you go to bed.  Because of this, there is less worry of waking up your roommates and making them agitated.

But some athletes also say it’s good to have more than one friend group.  “I would tell a future athlete to make friends outside of the team. You’re with your teammates everyday and although it’s important to get along well with your teammates it’s also important to get that separation. A lot of times what happens/the emotions in practice or in a game get carried off the court,” says Stone.

“If anything, sports has helped me create a plan and stick with it which has been very helpful,” says Bradford.