The Red Fox Report travels “Back to the Future” of Marist

Fans of the “Back to the Future” movie referred to this past Tuesday, October 21, as “Back to the Future Day.” This was the exact day, in 2015, that the characters visited from the movie’s present day of 1985. 30 years ago, the film’s creators envisioned a 2015 with hoverboards, flying cars, Pepsi Perfect and the Cubs winning the World Series. Fans now see that certain parts of these predictions are more accurate than others.

To much disappointment, hoverboards are not a 2015 commodity, however some of the technology in the movie, such as tablets, video calls and fingerprint recognition, can be found in modern day. Society has come a long way in 30 years. The real 2015 finds itself somewhere between the fantasies of the science fiction movie, and the simpler times of 1985. To celebrate the collision of present and future, Pepsi released a limited edition line of Pepsi Perfect collectible bottles, fans dressed up like Marty McFly and the Red Fox Report took a look at how far Marist has come since 1985. Continue reading

Marist holds on to its Catholic roots

Pope Francis has captivated audiences of all religions and nationalities across the world since being elected to lead the Catholic Church in 2013, but the pontiff’s six-day, three-city tour of the U.S. late last month was especially inspiring for many Catholics at Marist College.

Although Marist is an independent institution, its Catholic origins are undeniable. The college was established in 1929 by the Marist Brothers, an international community of Catholic priests, and remained affiliated with the Church until 1969 when it was sold to an independent board of trustees. Today, the campus is full of reminders of the college’s Catholic legacy, including the chapel in the center of campus, a grotto and a statue of St. Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers.

“There is a Catholic presence on campus,” said Dr. Sally Dwyer-McNulty, an associate professor of history at Marist. “For people paying attention, it is stronger, but for others, they might not notice it quite as much.” Continue reading