Neil Simon Classics are Coming to Marist College this Fall

Poughkeepsie, New York– Marist College Club of Theater Arts (MCCTA) will be entertaining audiences with two back to back Neil Simon plays on the Nelly Goletti stage this coming fall. Jim Steinmeyer has been in charge of directing the fall mainstage plays at Marist College for the past nine years. This year, however, Matt Andrews, associate professor of English/Theatre, will also be sharing the limelight with Steinmeyer as a director.

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Election Day: How It Affects You

With many students who don’t hail from the area, many of the local elections simply go over our heads. Here is a quick look into the races that directly affect us as Marist students, and how these elections may affect us in the future.

1.   New York State Governor


Incumbent Governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo held his seat against Republican Rob Astornio in this month’s race for State Governor of New York, winning 54-40%.

How Does This Affect the Marist Student?

Cuomo has proven that he is committed to helping improve the economy of the upstate area of New York. Along with pledging to give 1.5 billion dollars in state funding to Upstate New York, Cuomo also has lightened up regulations on alcohol and has made a push for an expansion of casino gaming. Cuomo intends to grow the Alcohol manufacturing industry in New York, which only means more alcohol for us Marist students!

2.   New York 19th Congressional District


Incumbent Congressman, Republican Chris Gibson defended his post against Democrat Sean Eldridge. Gibson beat out Eldridge 65-35%.

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Gibson is known for his ability to get things done in Washington. He tends to have a very strong focus towards local issues and genuinely cares about the population he represents. Recently, Gibson sponsored a bill to lower the excise tax on hard alcohol, so as college students, it might be worthwhile to have this man in our corner.

3.   New York 41st State Senate District


Republican challenger, Sue Serino knocked off Incumbent Terry Gipson for the position of representing New York’s 41st State Senate District.

How Does This Affect the Marist Student?

Serino is steady in her belief of repealing the NY Safe gun control act as well as lowering all of the taxes in New York. One specific tax she has opposed is the Dutchess County Energy tax. She intends to repeal this tax, which would help save those of us students who live off campus a whopping 3.75% on our energy bills!   

4.   New York 106th State Assembly District


Incumbent Democrat Didi Barrett defeated her opponent Republican Michael Kelsey for the right to represent the 106th state assembly district.

How Does This Affect the Marist Student?

Barrett is extremely committed to bringing more life back into the Hudson Valley. She strongly supports business growth in the Hudson Valley which will only help the current revitalization of our Waterfront District in Poughkeepsie, a place where many Marist students frequent for nightlife in our area.

Weekly Recap: Seven News Stories You Should Know About

This week was an intense  stretch for American politics that saw turmoil all throughout the nation’s capital. The U.S. government has been active in both domestic and foreign affairs, while the mayhem continues to grow in the Middle East.

1. Shutdown

At 12:01 a.m. on October 1, the United States government officially shut down due to congress’s inability to pass a spending bill to fund the government. Opposing political parties in the Senate and House of Representatives failed to come to terms on a new budget by the start of the new fiscal year.

House Republicans demanded the bill include anti-Obamacare amendments, something Senate Democrats refused.

2. Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded to two Americans and one German-American for their discoveries of the machine that determines when and where the body’s cells should deliver the molecules they produce.

Their work could be used to further research in epilepsy, diabetes and other metabolism deficiencies.

3. Strikes on Terror

The United States military attacked two high value targets in two raids nearly 3,000 miles apart. In the first raid, U.S military forces seized Abu Anas al Libi in the Libyan capitol of Tripoli. Al Libi is one al-Qaeda leader key in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. The second attack occurred in southern Somalia, when U.S. Navy Seals went after an Al-Shabaab commander, the group involved in last months siege of a Narobi mall. The result of the second strike is still unconfirmed.

4. Biker Gang Attack

A group of angered bikers chased and attacked a father who was transporting his family on New York City’s West Side Highway. After the man appeared to bump a biker in his SUV, the gang swarmed the vehicle, causing the driver to speed through the crowd in defense. The bikers followed the van on a high speed chase before cornering it, bashing its window, and dragging the driver from the car before beating him.

Most of the incident was captured on video.

NYPD investigations have led to numerous arrests.

5.Bloodshed In Iraq

Recent terror strikes throughout Iraq have killed scores of people, including women and children, causing increased turmoil and tension throughout the region.

Attacks occur daily, killing indiscriminately in Iraq’s deadliest string of attacks since 2008, with attacks even occurring today.

6. Clashes Continue In Egypt

After a blood-filled summer that saw over 500 protesters killed at the hands of their newly appointed government, it seems the violence may not be ending anytime soon.

7.Raceway Catastrophes

A Mexican monster truck drove into the stands, killing at least 12 people and hurting dozens of others. The truck was performing at a show when it hit a bump and drove directly into a crowd of people.

A massive wreck left three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti and 13 spectators injured at Sunday’s Grand Prix of Houston.