Hitting through the heat

Despite the summer season coming to an end next week, it doesn’t seem like Mother Nature seems to care that in Poughkeepsie, NY, September 21 is the beginning oft he fall season. Changing leaf colors, cooler temperatures, pumpkin picking and all the other wonderful Hudson Valley perks occur during this time of the year. At Marist College, September is not usually as hot as the other summer month of the year, but students and staff and community members continue to prepare their days for nearly 90-degree weather and severe humidity.

For the tennis team at Marist College this means staying hydrated, keeping the rally of the tennis ball going and somewhat faking it until they make it to the end of practice. Or at least that’s what the coaches think they are doing to battle the unexpected heat during the third week of college. On such a hot day (nearly 15-degrees above average temperatures) for this time of year, the coaching staff had some tips to playing smart in such conditions. “Preparing before the day, hydrating in the morning before practice is necessary for a successful day,” said head coach Tim Smith. By the time players reach practice they need to have already been drinking water to battle the heat and sun. While the head coach worries about hydration the assistant coach Ron Lane discussed “making sure players take breaks ever 20-30 minutes after intense work outs.”Quick breaks throughout the practices can ensure that no one gets exhausted and keep seach session efficient enough to complete without any serious injuries.

The weather and your mood


Beautiful sunny day in Interlaken, Switzerland. Photo by Erica Gusick

Beautiful sunny day in Interlaken, Switzerland. Photo by Erica Gusick

As spring and summer is around we find ourselves being more active. Hiking, swimming, and taking road trips are some of the many outdoor activities we partake in while the sun sizzles. Then as fall and winter come, we tend to stay in more, binge watch shows, and eat heavier dishes. This could be due to our body’s need for warmth, but it also could be our unconscious affecting our mood without us realizing.

Wanting to stay home and do nothing on a rainy day may not be because it’s relaxing, but because its your mood switching into a state of sadness. Tecsia Evans, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist practicing in San Francisco stated that there, where it rains an average of 67 days a year, its common to see moods changing to feelings of sadness or low self esteem when it rains.

This was true for Fordham Law student, Marisa Rametta, who did a year teaching Second Grade as part of an AmeriCorps program. “On nice days I was outside a lot, hiking but on rainy days I didn’t really go out. I felt a little lonely, missed home friends and family more than usual.”

 Marist College student Hannah Miller, who recently studied abroad in London, had a similar experience. “I felt lonely on rainy days especially when my roommate wasn’t home,” said Miller.  She explained how she felt less motivated on those London rainy days and when it was nice out she definitely did more sight seeing.

The winter blues stood true for Marist College student, Kyle Wurzel, who is from Austin, Texas. Wurzel’s first winter in New York was one of the worst winters in the state’s history. “I was certainly shocked. I was constantly sick and hated the cold-hot transitions between inside and outside. I was constantly complaining, you’ll never hear me say I’m a fan.”

Ali Welish, a Marist College student from San Francisco, like Wurzel, faced one of the worst New York winters her first semester at college. “I hate the cold and barely went out on weekends during the winter. I spent a lot of time video chatting with my family back in California, I was homesick.” “ Now that I’ve gotten used to the New York weather these past three years I don’t think the winter is going to affect me as much now.”

According to an article reviewed by Mark R Laflamme, MD, exposure of sunlight is believed to increase the hormone called serotonin, which boosts your mood and helps a person feel more relaxed.

Chris Coppola, a freshman at SAE in Miami, Florida, felt an upbeat change in his mood being in Florida rather than his hometown in New Jersey. “I’m more outgoing at college, when I was home I kept to myself more.”  Coppola explained that he’s an independent kid who likes to do his own thing, but in Florida, the sunshine state, he feels a positive energy and wants to spend more time with people rather than on his own.

Weather has the ability to mess with our moods, and the numerous accounts just gives proof to the science.

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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Record High Temps Send Fans Away, Constricts Players

With a kickoff temperature of 85 degrees, the Marist College football team battled the heat at the hottest recorded game time temperature in the 10-year history of Tenney Stadium at Leindoff Field.

The Red Foxes faced Georgetown on Saturday, September 10, 2016. The original start time of 6 p.m. for the game was delayed 42 minutes due to heat lightning within 10 miles of Tenney Stadium.

The average humidity in Poughkeepsie on Saturday was 78 percent, but reached up to 97 percent throughout the day.

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Poughkeepsie Galleria a safe haven from intense summer heat

Escaping the Heat; One Purchase at a Time

Poughkeepsie residents escape the intense summer/fall heat at the local Poughkeepsie Galleria. Original Photo by Dylan Gordon

Poughkeepsie residents escape the intense summer/fall heat at the local Poughkeepsie Galleria. Original Photo by Dylan Gordon

On a hot summer day, one of the best places to go and cool off is the beach. For the people of Poughkeepsie and the Hudson Valley area, this luxury is not an option. So where, one might ask, can someone go to cool off and escape the summer heat? Why the mall of course.

The Poughkeepsie Galleria is one of the biggest attractions in the Poughkeepsie area, both for Poughkeepsie residents, as well as Marist students. It is a place regularly visited by hundreds of people per day, but on a day where the heat reaches the upper 90s, more people surge into this tiled oasis.

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Camping out in the Student Center to avoid heat

It’s not too often students blame the weather for a majority of their complaints. Recent weather reports display temperatures in August and September were surprisingly higher than average. As global warming continues to become a prominent issue, we notice the effect our environment has on Marist campus and students.

Marist College, located in Poughkeepsie, New York is a highly selective private liberal arts school. Currently facing a period of rebirth as we embark on new construction projects, it seems as though even Marist can’t escape the weather complaints that come with living in upstate New York.

As I sat with Justin Butwell, Director of Physical Plant at Marist, who oversees all grounds maintenance and construction projects; he gave me an overview of how the buildings function during this time of year. We have hit the awkward period where one week is blazing heat and the other is filled with chillier nights. Taking a closer look at the campus, a majority of the buildings are equipped with air conditioning and heat making the summer and winter months more bearable. But it is those in-between weeks that get Marist students riled up. About 65% of student dorms are furnished with AC systems, while the rest are unfortunately missing this. Continue reading

Marist College athletes try to beat the heat this preseason

Marist College coaches, athletes, and athletic trainers have been taking precautions this preseason for the intense heat that has taken over the Hudson Valley. It has been a hot, humid, and steamy summer, which left Marist College preseason athletes begging for the chill of winter! In the short amount of time in August since Marist student athletes arrived to begin preseason, the average temperature was between 85 and 90 degrees. Think that sounds like a perfect day on the beach? How about trying to enjoy that beautiful beach with 35 to 45 pounds of football gear on, like our friends on the Marist football team.

Marist College Head Football Coach Jim Parady had some great ideas when it comes to the heat affecting his athletes and keeping their heads in the game. During the Marist Football preseason, which began on August 10th, there was a seven to ten day stretch where the temperature exceeded 90 degrees.

“The heat 100% affects my athletes. I honestly believe it affects them before they even get on the field. As a coach you can feel the stress that they have about it.”


Marist Football getting ready for practice

Parady was clearly aware of the effects that the extreme heat was having on his athletes and was ready to make some changes.

Parady explained, “Once the contest or practice begins on those days when we have extreme heat we take different avenues to cool our athletes down. This was our hottest preseason camp that we had so far. We were scheduled to practice in the afternoon and then changed it to early mornings to try to beat the heat.”

Marist senior running back Leon Cummings expressed just how hot it was this preseason, saying that, “the whole team usually stays in Champagnat Hall together to bond as a team. This year Coach sent the upperclassmen who have off-campus housing with air conditioning home at nights because it was just too hot for anyone to handle.” Continue reading

Hudson River Housing helps homeless through hot & cold

The bunk beds and fan-cooled housing corridors of Webster House. Photo by Andrew Auger

The bunk beds and fan-cooled housing corridors of the Webster House . Photo by Andrew Auger


The temperature reads 86° but it feels like 91 as Friday rush hour traffic roars in both directions on route 9W in Newburgh. Standing near the side railings at a busy intersection are two men, approaching oncoming traffic with signs that read, “Need food and water. Please Help.”

Eddie, an older African-American man with missing front teeth, and Chez, twenty years younger than Eddie with a frailer figure, stand here for about an hour a day. Both stay hydrated with water, utilizing the shade of the nearby woods and the turnpike underpass. The money that is donated to them by the passing drivers pay for meals at the local Burger King.

These two reside just miles outside of Poughkeepsie, but their situation is a reality of almost 1,500 other homeless individuals in the Hudson Valley area, a problem that is made even more complicated by extreme weather conditions.

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Extreme temperatures killing car batteries

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Hudson Valley went through quite the heat spell this past summer. There was a nine-day streak from July 21-29 in which the temperature breached 90 degrees, and in three separate instances, the barometer read 97.

It was the kind of temperature that caused plenty of headaches – broken air conditioners, dead plants/grass, and much more. And while the excruciating heat projects to just about be over for 2016, it won’t go without a fight; it’s causing one more issue – dead car batteries.

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9/11: A morning that no one will ever forget

Everyone intrinsically feels that “signal” when summer is drawing to a close and fall is beginning to commence. That one week in September that has picture perfect weather, the perfect amount of sun and breeze that leaves everyone asking themselves, “why can’t this last forever?” That is exactly how a day like September 11 started out both fifteen years ago and now- a brisk, picture perfect September morning full of hope and wonder as to what the rest of the year will bring.


It’s weather like this that has everyone on their feet, whether it is in anticipation for a successful school year or getting into a new routine. The familiar sounds of school bags jostling in succession to the bus stop and cars backing out of the driveway are coming back in full force, and much like the weather signaling that a change is about to occur.

For those who woke up on September 11 fifteen years ago, today’s weather is very similar to what the weather was like back then- full of life and curiosity.

A senior at CUNY Hunter who lived in Pennsylvania as a youth recounted his memory of that fateful morning. “As a six year old boy living in Pennsylvania at the time, I don’t remember much about 9/11. But I remember that it was very beautiful. The skies were incredibly blue, and the sun was bright. In hindsight, it almost seemed like a cruel joke.” Another senior at CUNY Baruch, Michael Skok, stated that he “didn’t remember much of that day, just a specific feeling.” A junior at the same school, Mary Grace Donohoe, said that there was “a feeling that was permeated by the frantic looks of older individuals.” Anna Bautista, a senior at City College at CUNY, said that the “the bright blue skies seemed to add to the surrealness.” Her brother, Christian Bautista, a sophomore at Stuyvesant highschool, said “9/11 was a normal, beautiful day for most kids, but it was one of the only days that I was told to never leave the house.”

Despite the dreadful stone cold facts we know now, there is an inner peace that can be felt between the glistening of the trees and the rustling of the leaves.

The summer haze that has blanketed our minds begins to shed itself. The lethargy that is a classic symptom of summer begins to dissipate, and we find ourselves awakening between the eclipse of night and the dawn of day. Those that wake up for the early morning grind and endure the perils of rush hour inevitably curse their misfortune as the sweaters they brought for their morning commute become useless by the day’s end- but that is a misfortune that can easily be afforded.

The weather, it seems, is the perfect complement to an incredibly important and emotionally moving day. It uplifts the spirit and the hopes humanity has for a better tomorrow. As the morning chill lapses into the warmth of the sun, today’s weather marks a fitting transition from one season to the next.