Marist Sororities Help Those Hurt by the Hurricanes

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Three of Marist College’s own sorority chapters; Sigma Sigma Sigma (Tri Sig, ΣΣΣ), Kappa Kappa Gamma (KKG, ΚΚγ), and Alpha Sigma Tau (AST, ΑΣΤ) have arranged ways to help those affected by both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

University Tees, an online custom apparel business, specializes in adding sorority letters to custom designs. They recently designed two separate t-shirts, one for Texas and one for Florida. A percent of the profits goes directly to relief efforts in the areas hit by the storm. 15% of the sale price goes to those hit from Harvey and 100% to those hit from Irma. All of the profits go directly to the Red Cross. Both shirts are being sold at the sale price of $27.  Continue reading

Unexpected Earthquake in Mexico leaves Millions Speechless

 POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – On Sept. 8, 2017 at precisely 12:00 a.m., residents living in Mexico were unexpectedly fearful of their lives as they experienced the country’s strongest earthquake in 100 years. Natural disasters are a common topic of discussion on the news today and Mexico’s recent earthquake incident is no exception. Continue reading

Storm Crosssed Couple Detail Harvey Reaction

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Amidst today’s heated political climate lies a more tumultuous, literal climate. The coinciding of several hurricanes- Harvey and Irma- has left a wake of devastation, displacing tens of thousands in the greater Texas and Florida areas.

“My grandma lives in Corpus [Christi], but she moved to Mexico while all of this was happening,” said Sarah Santiago. “The only things she lost were stock pictures she had of my grandpa.”

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Is There a Disparity in Hurricane Preparation Between Native and Non-Native Floridians?

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Concave roofs on homes and businesses, streets submerged in water, and remnants of walls, windows, and other materials littering the ground—only some of the horrifying, nearly post-apocalyptic imagery to emerge in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

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Marist College Professors Speak On Climate Change After Recent Hurricanes

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — In searching for an explanation for the nearly simultaneous occurrence of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many people are focusing on the issue of climate change.

Having to withstand two storms of such great magnitude in less than a month is certainly an unprecedented and difficult task for people all over the country, including the Hudson Valley. In the wake of the storms, professors at Marist College weighed in on the role that climate change has played in the emergence of these storms and how to address the issue going forward. Continue reading

The Continuing Impact of the Hurricanes

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — As 19 trillion gallons of water pummeled southeast Texas, causing an estimated $190 billion in damages and excluding the innumerable emotional wreckage, we watched. The impact of Hurricane Harvey is physically visible in Texas, but locally, drivers in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. are just beginning to feel the effects at the pumps. Continue reading

Marist Abroad Students’ Thoughts on Past Mild Winter

With more than normal warm temperatures this past winter for the college, Marist students return for another year with a weird feeling that their weather predictions might not be exactly uniform. Several abroad students were actually surprised about this past winter when they returned to Marist from countries such as the U.K. and Italy.

“I was a little weirded out by the warmer weather during the winter here at Marist when I came back from the fall semester in Florence,” said Annie Callaghan, a junior at Marist. “Compared to the past two winters…this winter felt weird. I would wear a light jacket sometimes when I was in Florence but this winter I would wear a light jacket around campus.”

According to The Poughkeepsie Journal the average temperature for this past winter was above normal with the average high temperature in February being 45.4 degrees which was 6 degrees above the normal high temperature of 39.4 degrees. The average low being 23.5 degrees, 5.7 degrees above the historic low of 17.8 degrees.

“I was definitely surprised to hear that this past winter was more mild than the past two winters here,” said Adriana Belmonte, a senior who went abroad last spring to Florence. “The temperature in Florence was normally about 70 degrees and when I visited Germany I think there was only a 20-degree difference between Italy and Germany.” Belmonte mentioned how her first two years at Marist, the winters were extremely cold and long.

According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space the period between January and June was the world’s hottest half-year recorded with the average temperature being  2.4 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the late nineteenth century.

Colleen McDermott, a senior, studied in London two years ago and she seem to noticed that the winter climate was not too far off from her winter spent in London. “The normal temperature in London was pretty mild. Around 50-60 degrees and cloudy. When I came back last year the winter did not seem that different from the climate this past winter in London.”

“Being from a much warmer country that was more tropical and then coming to Marist where the winters were pretty cold was a big change for me,” Ange Uwimana, a senior from Rwanda said. “The normal temperature in Rwanda is 70 degrees and it was weird that this past winter was definitely warmer than the past winters here.”

Josh Mark, an English professor at Marist, also voiced his concerns after coming back from a trip to Ireland last year. “After coming back I was expecting Poughkeepsie to be cooler.” Mark said. “When Poughkeepsie actually had warmer temperatures than in Ireland I was a little freaked out.”

According to The Weather Network, El Niño is the cause of bringing warmer temperatures to the Northeast region and these temperatures may increase. El Nino may also increase in intensity in future years. Overall, the Hudson Valley had a warmer winter than normal as well as many other countries around the world.



Too much heat in the Fox den

Autumn is often associated with many things. Things such as going back to school, football, sweatshirts in the brisk, cool air. But Summer is starting to look like a party guest who has over stayed it’s welcome. Just yesterday, September 13th, the temperature reached the high 80’s with a humidity that felt more like 90 degrees. Sweatshirts may have to stay in closets and as for athletics such as football, there have been some actual issues with Summer’s overdue departure.

Here in Poughkeepsie, NY, Marist holds many of it’s sporting events at Tenney Stadium with some well structured seating and a nice turf field. What people fail to realize, is that the turf at Tenney is actually 10-15 degrees hotter than an average grass field, according to head football coach Jim Parady. Coach Parady has been with the Red Foxes for twenty-four years, and says that the heat this year is caused preseason practices to be earlier in the morning, the days where they had double practices were less padded than usual, and some were even allowed to go back to their respective apartments for air conditioning. Coach Parady also spoke to how it impacts the games as well. Ice towels were offered on the sidelines, and they would only warm up a half hour before a game opposed to the typical hour before.

It doesn’t just effect football however, the soccer team plays on the same field. Senior Connor Shearer and junior Kevin Kappock said a new thing for them was applying sunscreen at practice. Practices have been a lot tougher to get through and “all you think about is that water break” Shearer said. Like football, when the field was physically too hot, they too would have to move around their practice times away from the heat of the day.

Jeff Carter, head athletic trainer and Coordinator of Sports Medicine spoke on actual health concerns saying that many players are experiencing fatigue and dehydration and the athletic trainers have had to provide more water than usual and treat heat illness. Not only do the athletic trainers have to treat the normal injuries that they’re used to seeing, but they’re dealing with players suffering from heat related illness as well. It impacts the trainers and players in different ways too due to the fluctuating practice times. Some teams are changing practice times, which will not only then interfere with their class schedules, but the regular schedules of the athletic trainers as well.

It seems one of the only teams unaffected by this weather however, is basketball. When speaking to senior captain Kentrall Brooks, he said practice has been totally fine. “We actually have more energy due to the nice weather.” But Brooks proceeded to chuckle when asked if they ever have to worry about practicing outside saying “no way, we’re always inside.”

It seems as if many people are being impacted by this heat, but a key factor is staying hydrated, and only active when the sun is not at it’s strongest. Here’s to Autumn!