Health Services Not Offering Flu Shot On Campus

As the temperatures drop and it gets deeper into fall we are starting to enter flu season. Flu season starts in the fall and hits its peak in January or February.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported high rates of hospitalization and death among people between 18 and 64 years old. 60% of the deaths caused by flu have occurred between the ages of 25 and 64. According to flu.gov this is the first year since 2009 that the flu is spreading so widely throughout the U.S. Flu symptoms include a fever, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, headaches, chills, and nausea.

College campuses are filled with people making it an easy target for the flu. “All college students should be aware of the potential dangers of getting the flu and get their flu shot to help prevent any outbreak.” says Meghan Murray, a pharmacy technician for CVS. “There is so much interaction between people on a college campus between classes and extracurricular activities the flu can easily be spread around quickly.” says Murray. “Especially in dorms that have a whole floor of students share a bathroom, students have to be careful” Murray added.

Getting the flu shot reduces the risk of seeing your doctor for flu-like symptoms by about 60%. It is still possible to get sick after getting vaccinated but it reduces the risk a lot and usually does not cost too much.

Right now Marist is not offering the flu shot to students at Health Services. Instead of doing it on campus they have an agreement with the Rite Aid across the street where students can go. Students over the age of 18 with a valid Marist ID can get a flu shot for only ten dollars. Not having the flu shot available on campus has left students with mixed emotions.

The shirts that all Rite Aid employees wear to promote getting the flu shot.

The shirts that all Rite Aid employees wear to promote getting the flu shot.

“I already got my flu shot the other day.” says Matt Sokoloff, a senior at Marist. “I have been getting my flu shot every year since freshman year and have yet to get sick.” “I go to my doctor at home so not having it available on campus doesn’t impact me but I do think they should have it at Health Services to make it easier for students.”

“Last year I didn’t get a flu shot and I didn’t get the flu but I did get sick and have some symptoms so I am going to get one this year” said Allie Soderholm who is a sophomore at Marist. “I wish Marist would do it at Health Services and think that they should to help prevent the flu from going around campus. I feel that if the shot was available on campus a lot more students would go to get it and even though Rite Aid is not far it will stop students from getting their shot” added Soderholm.

While some students are not impacted by not having a flu shot available on campus some students do not want to have to go through Rite Aid.

Taber Rueter, a senior at Marist College said that if a flu shot was available on campus he would probably get one but since it isn’t he will not get one. “For me it is about convenience and Health Services would be very convenient. Having to go to Rite Aid is not ideal so I will probably just skip getting the flu shot. I think it is good that they do have an agreement with Rite Aid and that it is only ten dollars but it would just be a lot easier for me personally if I could walk to Health Services, get my flu shot and be done with it”.

According to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center only about 20% of college students get their flu shot as it is so making it less convenient for students will only make it drop. It was even thought of to have flu shots available at sporting events or day-long campaigns at Wake Forest to increase the number of their students getting their shots.

The CDC stated that it is estimated that more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications each year. 200,000 people throughout the U.S. are not astronomical but it is a big group of people to be effected by one infection.

Although Rite Aid is across the street from campus students do not want to deal with having to go there. With Marist not offering the flu shot on campus the percentage of students getting their flu shots is expected to drop.

Marist community unites in Hunger Month

"Buck Hunger" stand set up in Dyson for donation collection.

“Buck Hunger” stand set up in Dyson for donation collection.

During your next trip to the grocery store, you might want to consider picking up a few extra cans of soup or peanut butter. The extra food won’t be for you to eat but it goes towards feeding the many people that go hungry in Dutchess County each night. We are nearly halfway into November which means that Hunger Month is under full swing here at Marist College. A program ran through Campus Ministry, Hunger Month is a month-long event dedicated to raising awareness of hunger at both a local and global scale as well as raising awareness of our ability to help.

Students are asked to make donations throughout the month through the many activities set up by the members of Campus Ministry. All donations obtained during Hunger Month go to the Dutchess Outreach Food Pantry, which has been running since 1974. Continue reading

REDFOXRUMORS.COM SHUTDOWN

Did Marist College just get Zuckerberged?

With the recently shutdown website RedFoxRumors.com dominating the gossip last week both on and offline at Marist College, many students are quick to draw the comparison of this website to the now infamous scene in the motion picture The Social Network.

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Author Joel Goldstein Speaks To Marist College About Traumatic Brain Injury And The Conspiracy Behind It All

A caravan of support followed author Joel Goldstein as he filed into the Henry Hudson Room at Marist College’s Fontaine Hall. A crowd of onlookers filled the catered opening, pulling additional chairs along the walls to accommodate excess appearances. Scattered around were Marist students, teachers, children and elders. Survivors and supporters sat quietly, waiting to hear Joel’s inspiring words. They gathered to hear the story of his son’s struggle with traumatic brain injury and the process of regaining a life.

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Joel’s son, Bart, was only 16 years old when he was involved in a massive car crash on Christmas Eve that left him with a traumatic brain injury.  Through his book “No Stone Unturned”, Joel recounts his son’s struggle from a father’s point of view. He detailed the many highs and lows felt when attempting to recoup brain functionality, and the struggles and setbacks many TBI survivors often face. It was the story that earned him the love and admiration of the thousands of reader whom he gave hope and inspiration.

On Wednesday, October 9, Joel took the stand to talk about his book No Stone Unturned: Traumatic Brain Injury and the Conspiracy of Decency. His soft, caring face scanned the audience looking for familiar faces. Even from the back of the room, deep lines of worry were carved deep in his mustached face. He had clearly gone through hell, it was visible in his eyes and in every word he spoke, and yet there was a glow to him. He was addressing a serious issue, one that crippled his son and nearly stole his life, and yet he seemed happy. He seemed to be enjoying himself with a company of friends, speaking casually with a group of individuals he has always known.

Joel opened by immediately asking the room who knew someone affected by traumatic brain injury, to which the majority of hands shot up. Then he asked, who individually is a survivor of traumatic brain injury, to which a still significant number of people responded. Joel established that he was talking to people fighting his very same fight. And even though it wasn’t the scheduled topic of the talk, Goldstein spoke to those affected and attempted to inspire hope.

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His main focus was raising awareness of traumatic brain injury, as well as promoting forward, unconventional thinking and problem solving. According to the CDC, 1.7 million people suffer from some for of traumatic brain injury every year.

In an interview with New Paltz Public Access Bart said,” I would actually like to accomplish with this book, besides notoriety, just getting the mass media to understand that there is traumatic brain injury everywhere.

“I really hope that my experience will help other people.”

Through his talk, Goldstein attempted to convey the rollercoaster of life that we all ride upon. Noting, that the effects of Traumatic Brain injury only added to these challenges.

“[Bart] was always a firecracker, but he was prone to angry, violent outbursts seemingly over nothing.”

During these outburst, Joel often received help from complete strangers, bus drivers and lunch attendants lending a hand out of nothing but kindness.

These random acts by total strangers are what helped inspire Joel to think up the “conspiracy of decency”. The idea that no matter how much evil you hear in this world, there are still many good people who are willing to help. Through the time spent rehabilitating his son, these acts were proof to Goldstein of the divine spark in all of us for “without it, this journey would be too bleak and unbearable.”

Bart’s story has spread across the country giving traumatic brain injury survivors inspiration and a reason to fight on. His actions have made such waves that on Joel’s website, tbibook.com, former professional football player George Visger even felt the need to reach out and speak of his appreciation.

His post read, in part:

“Bart,
 I know what you are going through better than most. I have survived 9 VP shunt brain surgeries since developing hydrocephalus while playing for the 49ers during the 81 Super Bowl season. You and your family are true inspirations to me. Keep up the good work, you are impacting lives.”

The implications of Joel’s work have even been felt here, on campus. Senior Michael Naeem has a family member who has experienced a traumatic brain injury and was at the event.

“Bart’s story gives me hope. I feel through hard work and perseverance TBI can become more well-known and the treatments more advanced.” he said.

Even those who have no personal experience with traumatic brain injury claimed to have gained something from the talk.

“It was truly touching to hear the story of Bart’s fight and his success,” said Nicholas Pepe. “It gives me hope because if something this extreme can be overcome, anything can.”

(photo credit: tbibook.com)

As the Advising Period Begins, Class Registration Looms

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A long month of planning, decision making  and anxiety, will ultimately lead to frustration amongst Marist College students, once again.

This week, students will begin meeting with their academic advisers to talk about course selections, in preparation for the Spring 2014 class registration period; a period of the semester, which students dread more than anything.

Although course selections do not take place until November 6th, registration has increasingly become a topic of conversation across campus.  Every year, students get all worked up, and continuously ask themselves the same questions:

What if I don’t get into this class, what am I going to do? Or, what happens if there are only 8 AM classes left and I don’t want to wake up that early? Or, what if I am required to this class, but I looked on ratemyprofessors.com and the reviews were horrible? What do I do then?

Who knew that something, which seems so simple and easy, could become so stressful and taxing.  Continue reading