The origin of The Way to Wisdom statue

In the fall of 2015, Dr. Kevin Lerner was invited to a conference where he would be a member of an awards panel along with a number of other professors from across the country. One in particular was a professor from Niagara University. Not knowing a lot about the school, Dr. Lerner decided to do some research on the college, specifically by visiting the university’s Wikipedia Page.

In a photo on the website, Dr. Lerner discovered that Niagara University had the same exact statue that Marist College has in front of its chapel; a statue of a priest talking to a young man and woman. “I was really confused when I saw their campus had the same statue as ours,” said Lerner. “Except, they claimed that it was a different priest and the girl’s sweatshirt said ‘Niagara’ on it instead of ‘Marist.’ That’s what made me very curious about the origin of this statue.’” Continue reading

MCCTA: A driving force on campus

At Marist College, there are a great many clubs, 95 to be exact, that students participate in on a daily basis. Whether this be to receive those precious Priority Points to get good housing or simply for the love of the ideals presented in the club, it is clear to see that the Marist community feels that student clubs and organizations are an important part of college life. Of all the clubs on campus, however, one organization praises itself as the club with the most active membership of them all.

This club is the Marist College Club of the Theater Arts, or as it is most commonly known, MCCTA. Why is this organization such a force on campus you may ask? Well, a look into the club’s past and how it has evolved is the first step to answering this question. Continue reading

In the midst of a transitional period, Marist security and administration reflect on college community safety

In the wake of the recent attacks on Chelsea, N.Y., and Seaside Park, N.J., the nation feels a sense of bittersweet relief that the potential 42,000 combined members of those communities escaped those attacks without a single casualty. By comparison, Marist College is home to only a fraction of those totals, but the over 6,000 members of the community still live in a world where the news is littered with reports of mass school shootings and domestic terrorism.

In these times, security remains a key component of college life, particularly at Marist over the past 12 months. The school has had a handful of high-security incidents and events and is also going through a transitional period. As President David Yellen assumed office from the hands of Dr. Dennis Murray in early July, Security Director John Gildard also announced his retirement after 14 years in the role and over 25 years working with Marist. Dozens of qualified individuals convened as members of a national committee who interviewed over 120 candidates for the vacant job, eventually settling on John Blaisdell, the Associate Dean of Students at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. Blaisdell will assume the position in the middle of October, with Senior Assistant Director of Security Al Aldelrahman acting as director in the interim time.

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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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Marist College HuMarists: from preparing to performing

At the end of every academic semester, the Marist College HuMarists, the school’s official improv and sketch comedy group, perform their “Big Show” that they prepare and practice for throughout the months leading up to it. The club is the longest reigning student-ran organization on campus at over twenty-five years and counting. This semester the group’s main event show will be taking place on December 10th at 9:30 P.M. in the Nelly Golleti Theater on campus. Continue reading

Meet the buildings of Marist College

Editor’s Note: The following story has been updated to delete the entry on the McCann Center. That building is named for James J. McCann, not James F. McCann. The Red Fox Report regrets the error.

Marist students often come to identify with the buildings on campus that they spend the most time in. English majors adore the quirkiness of Fontaine. Computer science students revel in the high-tech modernity of Hancock. Freshman in Champagnat tend to exude the, um, vivacity that permeates throughout the dorm’s nine floors.

Yet, little is known about the people for whom the buildings are named for. In most cases, these people helped spur the creation of the offices, dorms and academic buildings that Marist students have grown so fond of.

Here are just a few of the people behind the buildings at Marist:

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FFE students open up about what it’s really like coming to Marist

One of the many things that make Marist’s Study Abroad Program stand out is the Freshman Florence Experience (FFE), in which students are offered the opportunity to spend their entire freshman year at the Marist-affiliated campus, Lorenzo de Medici, in Florence. An entire school year of delicious food, breathtaking views, and exploring one of the most beloved cities in Europe, what could go wrong?

The biggest issue amongst FFE students that seems to occur has nothing to do with their time in Florence, but rather, the reverse culture shock when they attend Marist for their sophomore year.

“Leaving Italy and having to adjust to Poughkeepsie was hard for us. You would think that the culture shock of going to Europe would be worse, but our group adapted so well,” said Morgan DeBaise, a current senior at Marist who participated in the FFE program. “Italy became our home, even the lifestyle became home to us.”

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