Which capping course at Marist is the most stressful and difficult?


The capping course at Marist College is where students put together all that they have learned in their previous classes. This class is required to graduate and can take a serious toll on students throughout the school.

Whether it’s writing a 25 page paper for communications or 100 pages in business, students still have other classes on their plate along with this intimidating course. Each student handles capping in their own way. However, some students believe that they are worse off than others. Who really does have the most demanding course? Continue reading

Pollster by day, cult member by night

During daylight hours, you can usually find Junior Iulia Ionesco on the third floor of Hancock, busily answering the phones and assisting directors at the Marist Poll. But once the sun sets, you will find Iulia in a seemingly abandoned building, praising demonic statues and speaking in tongues amongst her other cult members. The poll’s head coach is seemingly unrecognizable with her slashed wrists and sleep deprived eyes peaking out from under her black cloak.

No, Iulia is not a part of an actual cult. But, her second job does entail scaring the brave souls that dare to enter the Headless Horseman Haunted House, the Hudson Valley’s spookiest fall attraction. Continue reading

Dr. Geoffrey Brackett builds a path to success



Taken at construction site on Marist College campus

For years now Marist College has been known for its grey stone buildings with red brick accents and the ever-evolving infrastructures on campus. Most students currently at Marist College would agree that the campus has changed significantly since their freshman year. From the major renovation of the Student Center, to the brand new dorms on North Campus and the science and allied health building across the way of Route 9.

Many of the recent construction has been done under the watchful eye of Dr. Geoffery L. Brackett, who serves as Executive Vice President of the school since August 2010. He has overseen projects around campus that include the Student Center, Lowell Thomas Communication Building, the McCann Arena and even the pedestrian walkway under Route 9. With so much construction constantly occurring, many students wonder how the school decides what gets renovated next. Luckily, Dr. Brackett was able to answer all these questions and even discuss some of the projects expected to be done this school year, and what freshman now can hope to expect by the time they graduate. Continue reading

Student EMT service being pitched to Marist administration

Marist College could soon have a new task force to answer the call.

A group of Marist students, headed by senior Tyler Robinson, are looking to formulate a student-run Emergency Medical Service group based on campus. The group would consist of student volunteers with Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) licenses or official Basic Life Support training.

Robinson has toiled with this concept for two years and is finally working to make it happen before his graduation. His plan began simply, recruiting interested students on Facebook and creating a private group, now 22 members strong. Now it appears to be gaining traction, as talks between the group and Marist Administration have been ongoing for several weeks.

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The cultural diversity of one team


Photo of the 2016 tennis team, courtesy of head coach Tim Smith with his players.

When people think and hear of Marist College, diversity is not always the first aspect that comes to mind. But ever since Tim Smith started head coaching the men’s tennis team he has created a melting pot of sorts since the early 2000’s. It really is something unique to have one of the smallest sport teams have one of the most diverse population on campus.

Many times this fact goes unnoticed on campus, but that doesn’t bother any of the international student-players. Most are thrilled to be playing in the United States so close to one of the largest cities in the world. For some of the players this experience of attending college in the United States is their first time in the country ever.

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Marist looks a little different for Parents’ Weekend…

The Marist green in the center of campus has been used to study, relax or even just use as Marist beach; however, on one weekend a year it is used for much more than that.

Parents’ weekend took place this weekend September 30 and October 1. Families of students from all over the country, and even other countries, come to the campus in Poughkeepsie, NY to visit. Marist College was full of people throughout the two days most likely because of all the events that Marist has to offer for students and their families.

For this particular parents’ weekend, Marist brought in rock climbing, a trampoline and a petting zoo to put on the green this year along with a minor barbecue. It does sounds great, but many parents, and even some freshman, may get the idea that this type of weekend is the norm for Marist College. For the people who do think that, they would be mistaken. Marist’s campus does not have all these attractions, events or amount of people on its campus on a typical weekend. Continue reading

“September Senioritis” strikes Marist swiftly

What would you be if you stayed a college senior forever?

For many Marist College students, the answer to this question would probably be happier, less stressed, and more youthful. But staying a senior forever just won’t happen. This fear has caused an outbreak in “September Senioritis,” a combination of anxiety due to increased schoolwork, yearning for senior year festivities, and no grasp on the direction their life is going in post-graduation.  Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of Living In The New North End Complex According To The Residents

As the 2016 Spring Semester at Marist came to a close in May, the old Gartland Commons in the North End area of campus faded into rubble. In late August the first new building of Marist’s new housing complex in the North End called “Building A” has been opened to Marist undergraduates.

According to Marist Housing this new residence area fits a total of 291 students on five floors in either a four-person bedroom apartment, a limited three-person bedroom apartment or a one-person studio. Both the four person and three person apartments feature single bedrooms, a common bedroom, a living room, a kitchenette and functional air conditioning. The first person studio comes with a bathroom and a kitchenette.

Building A comes with a community lounge, study lounges on each floor, a laundry facility, and elevators. The first Marist student residents which are all upperclassmen  in the complex have various thoughts on “Building A” many commenting about the positives and negatives with living in the complex in which many of the students have now collectively nicknamed “New Gartland.”

“The positives of living in New Gartland are so many.” said fourth floor resident and Marist junior Joseph Iradukunda. “It is like living in a hotel, everything in the building is new: the oven, the store and more.”

When asked if there were any possible downsides to living in the new building Iradukunda replied “I cannot think of any negatives about New Gartland. And if he could have a request to put something in he stated “It would be nice to have a gym.”

Many of the students love the hotel atmosphere Building A brings to the campus and love the new furniture and kitchen appliances. However, even though many of the students love Building A, they feel there are some negatives to living in the new residence area and believe that some changes could be made.

“The gym is a very long walk away and palace diner is even further.” said fourth floor resident and Marist junior Jacob Levinson. “I think the apartment looks finished, we had an issue with the central air but it was resolved within the first week.”

When asked if he wanted any changes made to the building Levinson replied that the only things that he would like to have in New Gartland are an actual oven, since some of the food he likes to cook requires baking and maybe a bigger couch, in case he wanted to have a friend sleep over for a visit.

“I like the dorm atmosphere to New Gartland,” said Josh Selkowitz, a third floor resident and a junior at Marist. “There’s always negatives to any housing, with  New Gartland there’s the long distance from the gym and the other upperclassmen, the hard mattresses that I slept on for the first two weeks and the thin blinds.”

Selkowitz’s roommate, a Marist junior, James Lavelle, mentioned how the oven takes about 20 minutes to heat up if the temperature is above 350 degrees. Lavelle just remembered living in the Foy Townhouses last year and the oven would take less time to heat up.

“Living in a space that no one has ever lived in is pretty nice.” third floor resident, and Marist junior,  Muitat Alagbala, said, she does mention how there are a couple of problems with New Gartland, she agreed that the oven takes 20 minutes to heat up to 350 degrees while a normal oven would take at most half that time to heat up to that temperature. When baking, the oven takes 15-20 minutes which might be a problem if you’re in a rush.

Also, she recalls how the paint on the walls is really thin and unlike Gartland Commons if you scratch something or pull a command strip the wrong way the paint will chip. In addition, she feels that the apartment is a little congested when living with four other people and a little rushed when being constructed since the handle for the toilet paper in the bathroom can be easily attached from the wall.

Marist student juniors and first floor residents Ray Greene and Anthony Tucciarone all live on the first floor in New Gartland and seem all in agreement when it comes to the style of their apartment. Green and Tucciarone specifically like the granite countertops, the nice size of the refrigerator the quality of the central air, and the smoothness of the dishwasher.

Greene believe that one of the negatives is that the wall can be thin and can easily have conversation from one room to the other. Tucciarone and Greene both stated that the oven takes about 15-20 minutes to heat up around 350 degrees and that it could be a nuisance when in a rush and the blinds are thin.

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Marist’s football team struggles to deal with scorching heat

Some of the team poses between afternoon practice, where temperatures reached the high 90s.

Some of the team poses with Coach Poveromo between afternoon practice, with temperatures reaching the high 90s.

With sizzling hot temperatures rolling into the early days of September, the Marist College Football team continues to be challenged by the scorching heat and high humidity. The team confesses that this late August’s preseason was their hardest yet, from the intensity of their practices, to the unbearable, sleepless nights in Champagnat Hall. But due to climate change, there has been a culture change taking over college football, this especially hot season. The sport’s tradition of having multiple practices a day for conditioning purposes, is becoming a questionable practice.

According to the NCAA, recent years have marked an increase in player injury and death due to heat-related causes, and as a result, “two-a-day” practices are becoming an antiquated ideal for collegiate football teams. To address heat concerns, in 2003 the NCAA  prohibited two-a-days on consecutive days and during the first five days of practice. But despite this fact, this year members of Marist’s team experienced first-hand some of the dangerous effects of multiple practices a day in the grueling heat.
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4 ways to make a difference during the holidays

With finals approaching and the craziness of the holiday season beginning, it is imperative not to forget about the importance of giving. This year, count your blessing and turn your christmas list into something that makes a difference in the lives of those in need. Here are a few simple ways to make a global difference during the holidays:

1. Buy One, Give One

In need of a winter hat, some new glasses, or a pair of fresh kicks? There are various organizations that follow the “buy one, give one” philosophy, allowing shoppers to make an impact with each purchase. Since the philosophy took off in 2011 with Tom’s “One-for-One shoe campaign, companies have joined the bandwagon by targeting their markets to shop towards a cause. Here are few you might not know about:

Warby Parker offers up stylish, quality eyewear – glasses and sunglasses – at a reasonable price. The best part: for every pair purchased, they donate one pair to someone in need, through their partner, VisionSpring. Harley Chase, Marist Senior was seen rocking Warby Parker frames on campus.“Give one, get one brands are a great idea to spread awareness, and I appreciate that these companies acknowledge their social corporate responsibility,” says Chase.smile-squared

Smile Squared is a buy one, give one company that highlights the often overlooked importance of items we might deem mundane, like a toothbrush. Smile Squared offers a high-quality, biodegradable toothbrush to a child in need for every brush sold.


Hats delivered in hospitals by college superheros

Love Your Melon is an apparel brand run by college students across the country with the mission to give a hat to every child battling cancer in America. For every hat sold, another hat is donated in person to hospitals nationally by Love Your Melon college ambassadors dressed as superheroes. There are even Love Your Melon ambassadors on campus at Marist. Lily Hickey, a Marist Senior joined the program with 20 friends to spread awareness about the company it’s mission. “Cancer has affected far too many people in my life, as well as the lives of countless others. Jumping at the opportunity to start something in the Marist Community that could make a difference for those facing cancer was no question” says Hickey. You can select “Marist College” at checkout to support their group.

2. Give a Microloan 
I’m sorry, what? That’s right. Think less about your student loans for a second and more about the spare change in your pocket right now – it has the potential to reach someone in need and make a significant personal, community and economic impact. Microfinance companies have popped up around the world to help give money directly to people who not only need it most, but also have the least amount of access to loans. Microcredit is an extension of very small loans called microloans, which give money to impoverished borrowers who typically lack collateral, steady employment and a verifiable credit history.
It is simpler than it sounds: the operation is designed not only to support entrepreneurship and alleviate poverty, but also in many cases to empower women and uplift entire communities and economies at the same time. kiva-slide-001
Organizations like Kiva and Zidisha are just two of many microfinance companies that allow you to scroll through specific people in need of loans, like “Yusuf, in Nigeria, in need of help to buy food and clothing, eliminating the pressure to sell maize for low prices” (KIVA) or “Jasmin, in the Philippines, who needs help to buy new supplies for her sewing machine.” (KIVA). Kiva also sells Kiva Cards which are essentially gift cards you can give to friends and family to empower them to help those in need. With the card, you choose a borrower, make a loan, get repaid, and repeat. It is the only gift that lets you truly keep on giving.

3. Start a campaign
When your friends and family, significant other or parents start bugging you about what is on your Christmas list, don’t go searching the web for cool gadgets on Amazon that you definitely don’t need. Instead, think about what you might already have that others might need. Start a campaign to raise money for a cause you feel passionate about – from wildlife preservation to world hunger. You can use GoFundMe to create a page and an easy link to send to all your loved ones. If you have a specific charity in mind, you can even make a page that sends money directly to the cause. There, they can donate money in lieu of buying you a horrific sweater you’d never wear or a necklace you’d have to pretend to love. This past September, a boy used his birthday to raise $1,290 on GoFundMe for bullet-proof vests for the local police dogs. Learn about his story here. Some charities even give you an option to start a campaign directly through their website, like charity:water and St. Jude.

4. Skip Secret Santa 

The Secret Santa tradition is often shared amongst friends, families, and even in the workplace. The finite moment of unveiling who you must purchase a gift for can be dreadful: What do they like? What do they need? How much do I spend? The entire ritual can add unnecessary stress to the already hectic holidays. “If you get someone you don’t know then you have to resort to guessing their taste or getting something generic,” says Erin Marcinkiewicz, a nursing student who found herself in 3 different Secret Santa groups last winter.


“School in a box” UNICEF gift

Here’s an alternative to the painstaking task of secretly buying someone a bottle of wine or set of lotion or bubble bath they will likely re-gift next year: pool together the money each person would have spent on a gift and vote on a charity to send it to. There are countless local, national and global organizations in need. UNICEF has a section on their site that highlights inspired gifts.This allows you to look for specific gifts (within different price ranges) needed for various causes around the world. Once you choose the gift and personalize a card, UNICEF says that “Each lifesaving gift is sent to where children need it most, GUARANTEED.” (inspiredgifts.unicefusa.org). Lisa Richards, a secretary at a small dental office in Morristown, New Jersey opted out of Secret Santa last winter and together with her coworkers, purchased a UNICEF inspired gift called School in a Box for about $200. One of those kits meets the needs of 1 teacher and 40 students to carry on classes for 3 months in a conflict-affected country. “I would trade every Christmas gift I get if it means making that much of an impact.” says Richards.

With the season of giving upon us, it is time to choose how you will make a global impact this winter!