Alumni Series: Kait Lanthier Discusses What Your Online Presence Says About You

By Makena Gera

Opening her presentation with the display of her Bitmoji and a small tangent about her love of tacos, Kait Lanthier, current Brand Journalist at Babson College and proud Marist alum, discussed her experience with branding and crafting digital identity.

Lanthier returned to Marist College on Oct. 6 to give a lecture on the importance of one’s online brand and social media presence for the Emerging Leaders Certificate Program. She shared advice on branding, developing your own digital identity, and using social media to your advantage, as well as the importance of the “Deep Creep” and the dangers of internet “#FAILS.”

The overall message of the lecture, entitled “You Are What You Tweet,” was to display the opportunities that we have in a digitally-centered age to develop our own online brand.

Lanthier defined “personal brand” as being comprised of your personality, your goals, your passions, and your objectives in life. Defining this statement of who you are is important, and by “making sure that it comes across in everything that you do, both in person and online,” you can shape this image of yourself before someone else can shape it for you.

Lanthier believes that with the Internet and social media “we are choosing how we want to curate and develop our own identity.” She expressed that no one is truly who they appear to be online, but as students beginning to enter the job market and young professionals who are already a part of it, we can use this opportunity to tailor our image to our utmost advantage.

By choosing to share only the best moments of our lives on social media, we are curating our image so that we appear to others in the exact way that we want to. This is part of our personal brand and our digital identity.

When a potential employer views you online, they make snap judgements about who you are. Lanthier emphasized the importance of this idea and the significance of making sure others get the right impression of you, both personally and professionally.

She shared guidelines about how one should present themselves online, including the idea that there is truly no difference between public and private; once something is online, it is there forever.

Additionally, Lanthier stressed that, just because you can post something online, it doesn't mean that you should.

One of the most engaging aspects of her presentation, however, was the live-action “Deep Creep” Lanthier did of herself. In order to showcase the lengths to which a potential employer, or even a complete stranger, will go to discover more about who you are, Lanthier Googled herself and members of the audience, critiquing the ways that they appear online.

On her own social media pages, Lanthier is sure to include her professional aspirations and desires as well as aspects of her personal life; specifically important articles about Babson and images of her favorite craft beers and restaurant dishes.

Lanthier closed with a request of the audience: audit our own social media accounts and “Deep Creep” on ourselves to determine if we really are effectively communicating our own personal brand.

So, what does your digital identity look like?

Overcrowding Persists As Marist Continues To Accept Too Many Students

By Tara Guaimano, Brian Edsall & Isabella Duenas-Lozada

“The freshman class currently is a little larger than we wanted—and that is not by design,” said Sean Kaylor, Vice President of Enrollment, Marketing and Communication at Marist.

Graphic by Goodman Lepota

Graphic by Goodman Lepota

The amount of students on campus at Marist right now seems borderline unmanageable, and that seems to be the reason why. Overcrowding has persisted immensely as Marist’s student body continues growing, inflicting crippling growing pains on the inner workings of campus life all together.

Kaylor continues explaining that the school is now approaching 5,000 undergraduate students—a number he believes will not get much larger moving forward.

“The increase in enrollment has been fairly consistent over the last 30 plus years,” said Kaylor. “I can speak very directly to the last five to ten. In our strategic plan, it calls for one to two percent growth in the undergraduate population each year.”

By 1992, Marist carried about 2900 full time undergraduate students within a campus of 120 acres, reaching to 150 acres by 2003. In 2003, Marist continued to increase their undergraduate count— reaching about 4000, along with about 1100 adult students and over 1000 full and part-time graduate students, as determined by Marist Archives and Special Collections.

One of the reasons for student population growth on campus, aside from admitting more students, is a higher retention rate. According to College Factual, Marist College’s freshman retention rate is currently at 91 percent. The average among universities in the United States is 73 percent.

Kaylor said that although having too many students can cause some issues, having too few students would cause even more.

“If you have fewer students, and you’re not meeting your budget goals, all of a sudden your institution is in a little bit of trouble,” said Kaylor. Having less students ultimately means having less revenue—revenue which helps to pay for programs, construction and other projects at Marist.

Marist’s recent housing issues have heightened the college’s problem of overcrowding. Building D of the North Campus Housing Project was set to be completed in August 2017. However, due to damage of key architectural panels, Building D will not open until the spring 2018 semester.

“We’re never going to accommodate 100 percent of the students,” said Kaylor. “Most schools - even the better one’s - only house 80 to 85 percent of students on campus...if the enrollment ever shrunk, financially speaking, you would not want to have empty beds...With this new housing I believe we’re approaching 80 percent, which is a pretty solid number.”

Despite construction complications, the college has managed to significantly improve housing for students. According to Kaylor, Marist has successfully removed all students from the Marriott Hotel as well as prevent build-ups in freshman dormitories.

Kaylor hopes that Building D’s dining facility will alleviate overcrowding in the main dining hall as well, stating that it will accommodate more than 200 students.

Still, many students feel that parking at Marist College is abysmal—a problem which will not be solved through the completion of the North Campus Housing Project.

“Parking is an issue at every college and university I know, and we’re no different for sure,” said Kaylor.

Building a parking garage has been discussed by the Board of Trustees; however, budgeting has always favored improvements in housing, the creation of academic programs, and more—rather than parking.

Kaylor feels that some parking issues can be solved by the simple will to walk.

“In reality, there probably is additional parking but no one wants those spots because they’re too lazy or they just don’t want to walk that far,” said Kaylor. “I think there is a little bit of a balancing act between having the community understand that maybe we just need to walk a little more and find available parking instead of the one that’s right next to the building.”

Kaylor explained that Marist will definitely have to address parking, but he does not foresee that happening in the near future. “Will it be in the next 10 years? Probably not. Will it be in the next 30? Probably at some point.”

To squash the rumors flying around about Building D’s construction, Director of Housing, Sarah English, explained that the official Marist website includes a section for “Campus Developments” where students can access the progress being made on the new building, which was set to open up in late August. There have been no updates since August 3, 2017.

Students that were supposed to move into the new building this past August were sent an e-mail towards the end of the summer explaining how Fox Run at Fulton, located behind Upper West Cedar, was rented out to accommodate all of the students, and they would be able to move back to campus at the end of the semester.

“The last time I spoke to Fox Run, they told me that the building would be one hundred percent Marist students” Director English said in an interview. The Housing and Residential Department do not have a say in the amount of students that are admitted to the college, but they are involved in the Housing and Enrollment Committee, which meets monthly to discuss plans to accommodate the incoming freshman class.

This year, the college faced minimal build-up rooms that we eventually able to be broken down. This could be caused by Midrise Hall opening up a new floor for freshmen, totaling two floors. There are no current plans to make Midrise an all-freshman dorm.

Director English reiterated that housing is not guaranteed for four years, only the first two years are. After sophomore year, the priority point system will allow residents to select housing based on how many points they have accumulated throughout the year.

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Welcoming CBS Producer, Alvin Patrick, to Marist Board of Trustees


By Tara Guaimano

There was something particularly fresh about Champagnat Hall in 1982.  

“The Champagnat Freshmen” was a term coined by the freshmen class of 1982—defining a new era as the first freshmen to occupy the dorm that had only housed upperclassmen prior. The coining of this term included the concurrently fresh mind of Marist’s newest member of the Board of Trustees, CBS News producer and long-time television professional, Alvin Patrick.

Patrick graduated Marist in 1986 with a B.A. in communications, citing the undying charm within his undergraduate experience at the college. “The campus is beautiful now, but it really was then as well,” he said. “The Hudson River was always a magical backdrop.”

Such a ‘freshness’ is preserved in Patrick’s entrance to the board, as he is due to enter his 30th year in television with the start of 2018. “I’ve really had a wonderful career, and I’m still in the middle of it,” he said.

Patrick currently works as the Specials Producer for CBS where he works on high profile stories with CBS News Special Correspondent James Brown for 60 Minutes, CBS Evening News, Sunday Morning, CBS This Morning, and 60 Minutes Sports on Showtime.

“I’ve covered it all—from presidential elections to Olympics, from Super Bowls to tragedies,” he said.

Directly after earning his graduate degree as a Master of Fine Arts in Television Production at Brooklyn College, Patrick got his first gig with Local Channel 5 in New York. He describes his “big break” having been held with ABC News/Sports.

Before joining CBS, Patrick was a Senior Producer for The Daily, News Corporation’s digital news magazine, as he has produced news and sports during his career at ABC, CBS, ESPN, HBO, and MTV.

While working with MTV, Patrick began his series of strides to “give back” to the college, as he piloted bringing MTVU (MTV ‘University’) to Marist in 2001. “I remember getting the same feeling when I returned then,” he said.

He explained his personal awe and particular draw to Marist after his undergraduate years have  forgone, catalyzing his desire to keep coming back. “It is the hallmark of Marist—that collegiality of everybody.”

Patrick attributes a great deal of his personal growth to his undergraduate involvement at Marist, as he served on the Executive Board of the Black Student Union (BSU) and as a member of the “Progressive Coalition” on campus. He marched on campus and through Poughkeepsie with the group, protesting the South African government’s acts of institutionalized racism at the time.

Since then, Patrick’s self-proclaimed former “rabble rouser” attributes have led him to receive six National Association of Black Journalists Awards. He has also received six National Emmy award nominations, a Gabriel Award and a Freddie Award, and a shared Edward R. Murrow Award with his colleagues at CBS News.

“I was really a part of the fabric of the college,” he said. He also served as a writer for the Marist Circle, a DJ at their ‘WMCR’ radio station, and member of MCTV. “I had a great time.”

“I have an affection for Marist because of how I feel that it has kept its moral compass as it has grown,” said Patrick.

Patrick has been a member of the Communication Advisory Board for 15 years now, as he also received the Distinguished Alumni Medal—the highest award given to a Marist graduate.

"Alvin is a great addition to the Marist Board,” said President David Yellen. “He brings valuable perspectives both as a dedicated alumnus and as a veteran of broadcast and cable television.”

Yellen holds confidence in Patrick’s vast field experience and ability to contribute to the values of the college. “I know the Board will only be strengthened by the ideas and experience he brings to the table,” he said.

Patrick claims that his consistent love and respect for the college has preserved and further catalyzed his desire to contribute to its growth, specifically citing the constant changes in modern communication.

“I have stayed engaged with the college all these years,” said Patrick. “I really do feel that Marist is one of the few institutions that has done a great job with keeping their core culture while still growing exponentially.”

Marist Campus Experiences Brief Power Outage

By Madison Zoey Vettorino

Portions of the Marist College campus experienced a brief power outage at 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, due to a situation with a utility pole in front of the interim Steel Plant Building, 51 Fulton, on Fulton Street. Power was restored on the North End of campus at approximately 4:15 p.m. the same day.

Image Credit: Patrick Wrynn 

Image Credit: Patrick Wrynn 

“A wire fell, a couple of birds got blown up,” said Gary Ritter, a Marist employee who works for the Maintenance department.

According to Greg Goodwin, one thing led to another and the power went off. “We had a phase wire down, a bird landed on the pole…” said Goodwin, a Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation employee who responded to the incident. “It wasn’t a transformer. The fuses popped and disconnected.” This resulted in several buildings and residential areas on-campus temporarily losing electricity.

Gemma Tebbutt, a sophomore Digital Media major, was in her Basic Painting class at 51 Fulton Street, and witnessed the scene firsthand.

“We were in the main studio center, which is the second floor,” she said. “One of the entire walls is a window, so you can see Fulton Street and the pole. I was painting, and I was facing the window with my easel in front of me. All at once there was a bang, the building shook, and all the lights went off. From behind my easel, I saw a tiny little spark of light. The light was miniscule compared to everything else that was happening. My professor went to the window, to asses.”

Rachel Sumner, a sophomore who lives in the Lower New residential area, believes that many students did not initially realize the vastness of the issue. “I thought that one of my housemates blew a fuse,” she said. “Then, I realized that everyone else was walking out of their house wondering what happened, so I thought it was just our residential area. I then saw everyone on Snapchat talking about the power being out, so I realized it was more campus-wide at that point. It was spooky.”

Image Credit: Madeline D'Entremont. 

Image Credit: Madeline D'Entremont. 

According to John Doerr, also an employee at Central Hudson, this incident did not only impact buildings on Marist’s campus. The incident affected “the whole circuit, all the way up to the Culinary Institute.”

Tebbutt said that the occurrence was alarming. “I was scared, because the entire building shook. It was startling. My first thought was that somebody drove a car into the building. At first, I never thought it was something outside.”

Since the incident, everywhere on-campus has once again regained electricity. “All the power is restored, everywhere on the campus,” said Marist Security Officer Rodriguez.

Upper West Kitchen Fire Leaves Residents Displaced

By Kenneth Guillaume

Fire alarms were triggered on Monday, November 27 at approximately 7:15 p.m. in the T-block of housing in Upper West Cedar, requiring the response of three fire engines and a large number of firefighters from the Fairview Fire District. However, this alarm was not a drill.

A large fire was supposedly caused by an unattended stove in the kitchen of T-3. Fortunately, firefighters were able to successfully contain and eliminate the strong blaze. No injuries were reported.

A Marist security official stated that the large number of responding crews was normal for a situation located in this area.

Sophomore John Port, a resident of T-1, witnessed the fire firsthand. “I was shocked to say the least—it was kind of surreal in the moment,” said Port. “You always have in the back of your mind that things like this can happen, but never necessarily see them happen.”

Port feels that this was a wakeup call for college students to be more aware of their stove-tops.

The students of T-3 in Upper West Cedar will not be allowed into their townhouse until it is cleaned, and safety is ensured – requiring relocation for an undetermined amount of time.

Sophomore Ethan Carpenter, resident of T-3, stays hopeful about being able to move back in come spring semester, but the actual timeline is unknown. “The hope is that they will be done with T-3 by the start of the spring semester, but the real date of when they will be finished is unknown.”

The residents of T-3 will be allowed, briefly, into the house in the following days with the mandatory accompaniment of a security official to claim belongings that are necessary for the following weeks of school. The director of security noted that all locks will have to be changed and the kitchen will need extensive repairs.


Photo taken by Owen Polzello

Photo taken by Owen Polzello

“That’s when it kind of set in as being real,” Carpenter said when he saw the condition of his belongings after the fire. “Everything inside smelled like smoke and had a layer of soot on it.”

Residents of T-3 are still in the process of cleaning all of their belongings.

Cleaning crews were dispatched to the two townhouses on either side of T-3 due to water damage caused by the extinguishing of the fire. Neighboring residents have subsequently been allowed back into their residencies as no further action or relocation is needed.

The official press release of the Fairview Fire District can be read here.

Donaldson Teaches Peers how to Utilize Social Media

By Alexandria Watts

Social media can, truly, either make or break someone. It is a tool that highlights the light in the world and the good that people do, but it can also bring out ugliness and the sides that not everyone finds attractive. But where is the balance between maintaining professionalism and staying personal? To address this debate, class of 2020 member Claire Donaldson is hosting the first of a series of social media and self-branding workshops sponsored by Marist College’s new Center for Social Media for students. 

The Yorktown Heights, N.Y. native is majoring in psychology and minoring in communication with an emphasis in public relations. She is an active member of the Marist cheerleaders, Campus Ministry, the Honors Program, and the president of Psychology Club.

“I wanted to make it available to everyone on campus. To graduate students, undergraduate students, just anyone who thought ‘I know social media, but I don’t really know how to use it in a professional manner.’ That’s where my project came in,” said Donaldson

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Social media has become one of the most substantial determinants in the job application process. According to a study reported by Forbes, “about two in five companies browse your social media profiles to evaluate your character and personality.” Forbes additionally projects that a third of employers who use social media to determine the acceptance of an individual said they have found content that has caused them not to hire a candidate.

A 2014 Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey, according to Time, reports similar data.

Factors that contribute to not being recruited include provocative photographs, evidence of drinking and drug use, an illustration of poor communication skills, the posting of a derogatory message concerning a prior employer, discriminatory posts involving race, religion, and gender, and content that suggests the candidate lied about their qualifications.

According to Donaldson, the goal of her workshop series is to show people how to use social media effectively and to create their own brand, or how they want to be known to the world. She plans to accomplish this by teaching her attendees on how to create a bio and providing tips on how a person can market themselves in a professional manner, as opposed to connecting with friends and sharing adorable animal videos.

The first workshop was held during the evening of Nov. 13 in the Lowell Thomas Screening Room. The focus of this workshop was to, as stated by Donaldson, give information that will help the audience in figuring out, “how people see themselves, how others see them, and how they want people to see themselves.”

Her workshop included a 20-minute presentation discussing her journey in her brand creation, in addition to some tips so others can create their own. She also provided attendees with helpful worksheets to guide them in developing their brands when they left the event.

Donaldson during her first in a series of workshops for the Center for Social Media

Donaldson during her first in a series of workshops for the Center for Social Media

Donaldson will be hosting a second workshop concerning social media and how someone entering the job market can make the most out of it for a positive outcome in their careers. This session will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 29 during activity hour in the same location as her prior event on branding.

Donaldson created her workshop series for her Honors by Contract project, which requires Honors students to perform research or create an additional project in an area they are interested in. Before she figured out her specific topic, she knew she wanted to collaborate with communication professor and director of the Center for Social Media, Jennie Donohue.

Donohue teaches an Honors course titled "Leadership, Communication, and Social Media," where Donaldson first met her. “She’s super enthusiastic, ambitious, so calm and poised and knows how to talk to people,” explained Donaldson. “She just captures you when she talks.”

“The fact that I get to work with students who are also really passionate about [social media] and help [them] not only figure out how to use it for personal purposes, but on behalf of organizations for strategic purposes, is really exciting,” commented Donohue on working with Donaldson.

Donaldson’s love for her social media class and the inspiration she draws from it is also apparent. “I wish everyone would take the class that [I’m] in now. But it’s just so limited, so it doesn’t get that far. Since [my class is] so proactive about it, I feel like other people could also do the same thing.”

Once she found the professor she wanted to partner with, Donaldson then began to combine her passions for psychology and social media to create her workshop series. She wanted to incorporate her social media studies into psychology topics like individual’s thoughts, their thought processes, and reactions to certain words and colors.

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The most interesting aspect about social media to Donaldson is people’s reaction to the content they see.

“I guess it’s just the word of mouth it creates,” she explained. “[The Internet is] just so big. People always say, ‘everything you post online stays there forever.’ How much of it do people actually talk about, and what makes them talk about it?”

Aside from studying reactions, Donaldson was also motivated to create her workshops to connect populations polarized by generation gaps. She draws inspiration from her younger friends and their slang that she describes as something difficult for her to grasp.

“We need to have something that’s cohesive, or show something that we can all relate to and understand and be able to use to communicate with one another,” Donaldson said. “I feel like the generation after us and the generation before us will never connect, unless there’s something that brings them together and that they can both use.

Social media is just not a project Donaldson is doing to complete a requirement, however. She aspires to help businesses, especially older and more traditional companies who don’t know a lot about using social media effectively, with developing and growing their social media, in branding themselves, and in, overall, connecting the younger generations to the older ones.

“I’m currently in the process [of branding myself] and I don’t really know where I’m going with it yet,” stated Donaldson. “I feel like it’s super relatable because I’m not coming in as a professional and being like, ‘I have a million subscribers to my YouTube channel, everyone knows me, I’m getting paid how much money’…I think it’s just trying to connect the points to lead [people] to a goal.”

Image above provided by Jennie Donohue

Image above provided by Jennie Donohue

Marist Band Feature: Juliann Negron

By Caroline Chan

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Juliann Negron has been in band since the third grade, and specifically, in marching bands since eighth grade. So, when she started her higher education at Marist College, she knew that was something she wanted to continue.

“I just wanted to try it, ended up loving it, [and] ended up wanting to stay with the band because I met some amazing people and they’re super talented,” Negron said.

Negron, a junior Applied Mathematics major from New York, plays the clarinet and has been a member of the Marist band since her freshman year.

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She chose the clarinet in third grade because she thought it wasn’t very complex. “Sure, there’s technique that goes along with it, but you essentially just blow into it,” Negron said.

According to Negron, there’s about 130 band members total and she’s one of 12 clarinet players. She’s actually in all three main bands - marching, pep and symphonic - but she explained that that’s just part of joining the Marist band.

“Most people have never had a problem with this situation,” Negron said. “It’s not like it’ll take up your entire life...In my opinion, it’s not that bad.”

The three bands also have different purposes - marching band plays during football games, pep band plays during basketball games, and symphonic band plays at one sit-down concert per semester. So because basketball season starts up after football season is over, members are only involved in, at most, two bands at a time.

In addition, “pep band doesn’t really rehearse - we just warm up when we get to the [basketball] games,” Negron explained. The music that the pep band plays “is music that we would play during marching band.”

Furthermore, marching band rehearsal only happens during the fall semester, since that’s when football season is and thus, when the marching band is needed. For these rehearsals (which have since ended for the year, since football season is over), the band warms up for about 10 minutes, then they get into an arc and do drill exercises and practice their marching for about 10 to 15 minutes, and then for the rest of rehearsal they practice the halftime show.

These rehearsals were over whenever Arthur (Art) Himmelberger, the director of music and director of bands, wanted them to end. Sometimes they practiced until the lights on the field turned off, which is usually around 11:30 p.m.

“The lights turn off and it’s pitch black and it’s very scary,” Negron said. “Sometimes we’re in the middle of marching and playing, so everyone just stops - you don’t want to bump into anyone.” However, sometimes the band was let out at the scheduled time, which was 11 p.m.

On the other hand, symphonic band rehearsals happen during both semesters, but they’re more regulated in that those rehearsals only last two hours from when they start (taking into account if rehearsal starts late), so they usually run from around 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The reason that the majority of marching band rehearsals focused on the halftime show is because, for the football games, the band doesn’t get too many chances to play outside of the halftime show.

“When it’s not halftime...we only have about two or three opportunities, maximum, that we can play a song,” Negron said. During the short breaks, someone is usually making sponsor announcements or music is playing over the speakers.

The band did have to stay for the entire football game though. “Whenever there’s a first down, we do a little bit of the Marist fight song and when there’s a touchdown, we do the entire fight song,” Negron said.

However, basketball season has now started and that means pep band is happening. Another difference between marching band and pep band is that the latter is split into two smaller bands - red and white.

“It’s because when basketball season really starts up, they’ll have three or four home games a week. That’s a lot - that’s a big commitment for a student,” Negron said. This way, the students only have to play at about half the number of games.

However, this division doesn’t happen until the spring semester, since by the time basketball season starts up for the fall semester, there’s only about a month or so before the semester ends. So, for the fall semester basketball games, students are just assigned certain games based around their night classes.

The band is more involved during the entirety of the basketball games. They show up a half hour early to play while the teams are warming up and practicing, as well as during timeouts and between quarters.

The band also travels occasionally. “We do some sort of marching band festival in the fall...and then in the springtime, we go to the MAAC tournaments up in Albany with the basketball teams,” Negron said. The band is at the tournament as long as Marist’s basketball teams stay in the league.

Negron added that “it’s fun - we get to see other pep bands. Apparently Art Himmelberger started that trend [of] bringing your pep band along with you to the games.”

While Negron loves band overall, she has a clear order - 1) pep band, 2) marching band and 3) symphonic band.

“I love marching band - it’s the reason I joined [the Marist band] - but pep band reigns supreme,” Negron said. “[W]e’re always on our feet, we play fun songs and we also sound really good.”

She also added that because a lot of basketball games happen during the week, not many students attend the games since they’re busy studying or doing homework. “We’re essentially the spirit section most nights,” explained Negron. “We try to make our time worthwhile and we come up with funny chants.”

She mentioned that symphonic band rehearsals haven’t been going too well lately. “For one thing, Art goes off topic a lot - he doesn’t really use our time wisely,” commented Negron. She also said that, “some of the music we’s not very challenging music and I wish that they chose music that [the band members] wanted, over what Art chooses, because he essentially has final say. [However,] they’re open to recommendations and sometimes people do get their recommendations put in.”

In general, Negron said that “there’s been a lack of excitement sometimes. The band morale has been low lately...We also aren’t believing in ourselves as much as we used to.” Some of that is due in part to Himmelberger and the drill captains being a little too demanding or wasting time, in addition to not having a ‘hype man’ this semester. As Negron explained it, that’s usually a stellar student who will keep the band motivated, but they’ve all graduated.

As of recently, Negron said she doesn’t know if morale has gotten better or not - but it definitely hasn’t gotten worse. She explained that since marching band - and marching band rehearsal - has ended, the band members haven’t been voicing their concerns nearly as much as before.

Regardless of this, Negron still enjoys being a part of the Marist band. Not only is it a nice way to relieve stress, but she’s also made a lot of friends through it. “There’s something about the sense of community in the band...there’s this overall sense of acceptance.”

‘Shooter the Red Fox’ Renamed in Light of Recent Tragedies

By Brian Edsall and Tara Guaimano

Shootings have become disturbingly frequent.

Such tragedies have generated fear and sorrow throughout the United States and the rest of the world—considering recent events, Marist College has decided to rename ‘Shooter the Red Fox.’

Marist College’s mascot of nearly four decades has been renamed to ‘Frankie,’ a move which Assistant Athletic Director Andrew Alongi says was necessary considering the “influx of violence.”

“The thing that made the change necessary in our minds was the shooting at Las Vegas’s country music festival,” Alongi said. “Multiple members of the athletic administration continued hearing in the coverage ‘the shooter’ before they could identify the assailant by name—I think that was where the association was made.”

Marist released their official statement through their Office of Marketing and Communication regarding the name change on Tuesday, Nov. 14—this is after students already discovered the news through a Poughkeepsie Journal article.

"We felt this was the right time to make a change: Marist wants its athletics program to be associated with positive experiences and not in any way linked to the incidences of gun violence that have sadly become too common,” it stated.

The name ‘Frankie’ was chosen to “honor President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whose childhood home and Presidential Library and Museum are in close proximity to our location and whose digital archives the College is proud to host,” according to the statement.

“I think that when you make a change of this magnitude, there’s going to be naysayers. There’s going to be the traditionalists who feel that things should remain the same,” said Alongi. “It will take some adjustment from the entire campus community, including myself, but I think it’s something that will be inherently positive moving forward.”

Alongi and the athletics administration believe that the name ‘Frankie’ will be more encompassing of the Marist community as a whole, in contrast to ‘Shooter’ which only referenced basketball.

Earlier this year, the SGA released an April Fools joke stating a mascot name change from ‘Shooter the Red Fox’ to ‘Gary the Groundhog,’ owing to the significant amount of groundhogs inhabited on campus. Unknowingly, a similar situation would soon follow.

How Some Students Reacted 

Senior Anthony Tucciarone also stood outside of the James A. Cannavino library on Nov. 15 for the majority of the day, urging students to sign his petition.

Senior Anthony Tucciarone also stood outside of the James A. Cannavino library on Nov. 15 for the majority of the day, urging students to sign his petition.

An online petition was formed by senior Kathleen Zdankowicz on Nov. 14, expressing concern with the name change.

An online petition was formed by senior Kathleen Zdankowicz on Nov. 14, expressing concern with the name change.

How The Media Reacted 

This change was made exclusively by Marist College’s athletic department—Marist’s Student Government Association (SGA) and Marist’s general student population were not informed about this decision, according to Student Body President, Matt Marotti.

The SGA released an article and held an open forum for students in the days following the decision.

The decision process—particularly the neglect of student input at a college which values a sense of community—has sparked considerable opposition from the student body.

An online petition was formed by senior Kathleen Zdankowicz on Nov. 14, expressing concern with the name change and frustration regarding intercommunication between the administration and students.

“A mascot represents a body of students—to change the name of our mascot without even telling anyone just seemed unfair,” said Zdankowicz.

She emphasized that the student body is simply upset with abruptly changing a beloved part of Marist College. “[Shooter is] an icon on campus—changing his name is breaking a Marist tradition, and this school is rooted in tradition,” she said. “I am proud of us as a student body for coming together to defend something we feel strongly about.”

Senior Anthony Tucciarone also stood outside of the James A. Cannavino library on Nov. 15 for the majority of the day, urging students to sign his petition.

“I’m a little upset that the athletic department didn’t confront any of the students about it, or take a poll,” said Tucciarone. “It is a shame that this name has to be tied to thoughts of violence, when it clearly hasn’t been that way for the past 38 years.”

More than 800 signatures have been collected from the two petitions as of November 16.

“I think it was unnecessary,” said Billy Hild, class of 2014. “The name change was made for sensitivity reasons, and the amount of people who ever had an issue with it is probably negligible to nonexistent.”

“‘Shooter’ refers to to shooting baskets, or shooting goals,” added Zdankowicz. “It has no correlation to gun violence...we can differentiate between ‘Shooter’ referring to sports, and a political issue, such as gun violence.”

“I get the sense a lot of alumni are going to always refer to [the mascot] as Shooter anyway,” Hild added.

In Nov. 2015, Marist College encountered a shooting threat of its own, causing the college to enter a lockdown. A City of Poughkeepsie teenager was accused of posting threats via Twitter to “shoot up” the college. He was was sent to Dutchess County Jail on $50,000 bail or $75,000 bond on a charge of making a terroristic threat, a felony, according the Poughkeepsie Journal. Ironically, his name is Frank.

Marist has made many politically-associated decisions in recent years, ones which have been controversial amongst students and alumni alike, including the men’s basketball team’s decision to play Duke’s Blue Devils in North Carolina last November and the marching band’s decision to play at President Trump’s inauguration.

Controversy involving mascots has previously reached the national level. In June 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled six federal trademark registrations for the Washington Redskins, stating that the name and logo were “disparaging.” Mascots such as the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Blackhawks, Cleveland Indians, and Florida State Seminoles have also sparked debates.

This year has witnessed a horrifying number of mass shootings. As of Nov. 16, the United States has witnessed 318 mass shootings within the first 320 days of the year with 13,619 reported deaths resulting from gun violence - on pace to surpass the 15,083 gun-related deaths in 2016, according to the nonprofit corporation Gun Violence Archive (GVA).

According to a CNN report, the United States owns nearly half of the estimated 650 million civilian-owned guns worldwide. Additionally, the United States makes up less than five percent of the world’s population, but holds 31 percent of global mass shooters.

“I think our philosophy at Marist is that we want every touch point of our mascot to be positive,” said Alongi.

This story has gained national and international attention, receiving coverage from Sports Illustrated, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, NowThis News, the Chicago Tribune and the Toronto Star.

Exploring Her Roots: Brianna Mancuso’s Story


By Madeline Casalino

“I feel very lost,” said Brianna Mancuso, a student at Marist College. “No one speaks English.”

Mancuso has recently made the trip to Frosinone, Italy, a quiet town that is about an hour east of Rome to visit her mother’s older sister, Antoinette, a woman she has never met and whom her own mother has never lived with due to their twenty-year age difference.

Mancuso has a unique upbringing. Her grandmother gave birth to three children in Giglio, a small village within Frosinone, and then to another three children, including Mancuso’s own mother, Lucia, in the city of Caracas, Venezuela. Mancuso’s grandmother, the woman who traveled across the globe to help her family, tragically passed away in her early 40s due to ovarian cancer.

She has always felt as though she had a missing piece to her life, thus, she chose to take advantage of the opportunity to meet new family members while studying abroad in Europe.

Courtesy of Brianna Mancuso.

Courtesy of Brianna Mancuso.

Mancuso is currently studying at Lorenzo di Medici in Florence and has done most of her traveling outside of Italy. Barcelona, Split, Amsterdam, London, and Dublin are just a few of the breathtaking cities she, along with many of her classmates, have spent their weekend getaways at, making this trip within Italy a nice break from packing, flying, and dealing with customs.

“If I could take a train anywhere, I would,” she joked. “It is so easy in Italy and the views from the train are incredible.” Mancuso’s Italian train rides are certainly a big change from the scene she is used to looking at while riding on the Metro North from her hometown in Westchester, N.Y., to Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

While approaching her aunt’s apartment, she was not sure what to think. “All of my cousins have been here before and they told me not to expect much,” Mancuso explained. “They live in a one floor apartment above a pizzeria and a stationary shop that they own. They drive little cars and they do not speak English.”

Luckily, she had another aunt visiting from Canada who speaks both English and Italian. She helped Mancuso communicate with her relatives, people that, although she is related to by blood, seem like distant friends or “something else”.

“Compared to Florence, I actually felt like I was in Italy. It was authentic,” reflected Mancuso. The only time she practices Italian in Florence is with her Italian teacher. Anytime she goes to purchase her morning cappuccino, an afternoon panino, or a late-night indulgence of gelato or a chocolate croissant, she does so in English. Florence is an incredible metropolitan city, but, as most people who visit will agree, you can be there without knowing basically anything about the Italian language.

Courtesy of Brianna Mancuso

Courtesy of Brianna Mancuso

Mancuso and her cousins toured Rome, made homemade pasta with their aunt, and took a bike ride through the village where their grandmother had her earliest memories. “I’ve met cousins I never knew existed. I ate amazing food that is truly authentic Italian cuisine.” Besides the food and the history, this trip was especially significant to her because, with everyone’s occupied lifestyles and the demanding needs and requirements for travel, her immediate family is unable to visit her this semester.  

Courtesy of Brianna Mancuso.

Courtesy of Brianna Mancuso.

Although the area was beautiful, Mancuso elucidates that a part of the visit felt disappointing, a feeling that is challenging and heartbreaking to admit. “I am so close with all my family in the states. My aunts feel like second mother’s and my cousins feel more like siblings. It was difficult to realize that I may never get to experience that sort of special bond and relationship with these relatives because they live so far.”

In addition, with many students having their family members visit for upcoming weekends and the fast approaching Thanksgiving Day, her time abroad, as incredible as it is, has begun to feel rather lonely. However, she knows that going through this endeavor alone will only make her more independent and allow her confidence to grow in unimaginable ways. Mancuso also hopes to someday return to the town of Frosinone with her mother so they can experience the power of family with each other.

As sad and bittersweet as it was to leave her aunt and uncle in Frosinone, she ends with a pleasant tone by adding, “I finally got to explore my roots, which was something so worthwhile.”

Courtesy of Brianna Mancuso.

Courtesy of Brianna Mancuso.

For the remainder of her time in Florence, Mancuso is traveling within Italy. She plans to visit Monte Carlo, Milan, and the Statue of David.

Mancuso will be returning in the spring to finish her Business degree and Sociology minor in the hopes of one day working with Human Resources or another field that allows her to make the most of her honest and pure personality, one that never fails to comfort the ones closest to her heart.

Courtesy of Brianna Mancuso

Courtesy of Brianna Mancuso

Poughkeepsie’s Crafted Kup Offers Quality Coffee and Unbeatable Atmosphere


By Madison Zoey Vettorino

There is something decidedly unpretentious about The Crafted Kup. Perhaps it’s the subtle, inviting coffee scent that perfumes the air or the barely audible alternative music that sings in the background. Maybe it’s the eclectic combination of materials present in the makeup of the shop – metal, wood, exposed brick and pipes – or maybe it’s the comic pop-art-esque pieces that adorn the walls as decoration that evoke memories of childhood nostalgia. Whatever it is – there’s nothing commercial feeling about The Crafted Kup. Instead, walking in (even as a first-time customer) seems more like visiting a home-away-from-home, a place of tranquility.

According to Crafted Kup team member Julia Farese, who has been employed at the store for “five or six months,” the look of the shop was a very conscientious decision. “We’ve worked very hard on the aesthetic,” she says.

The space itself, situated on Raymond Avenue, seems to inherently lend itself to a coffee shop; walking in, customers first purchase their coffee and then may walk up a small flight of steps to a lofted landing where tables and chairs are situated in several dining rooms. Each of these rooms have slightly varying décor; the establishment itself is a splattering of different types of furniture, lighting, and styles of decoration that somehow cumulates perfectly, resulting in a shop that is loaded with character and can best be described as perfectly imperfect.

Nothing in the space is overwhelming, however, from the pale ocean blue walls that connect all of the dining rooms together, to the dim lighting. If it wasn’t for the occasional hiss of the espresso machine and the sound of chatter from strangers’ quiet exchanges, a customer could easily forget they are in public at all. And despite the fact that the Crafted Kup is obviously a local hot-spot for individuals of all ages to work on assignments, draft emails, and read in a comfortable setting while enjoying a tasteful cup of coffee, the place doesn’t have an underlying frantic energy to it.  

One of the dining rooms in the Crafted Kup. 

One of the dining rooms in the Crafted Kup. 

Farese believes this easy-going vibe is buoyed by the physical space itself. “We’ve got a lot of space for it, and it’s chill,” she says. “…Even if we’re super busy, it doesn’t get stifled up. It’s a lot of space, so it’s good for it.”

A two-minute drive from Vassar College and a slightly further drive for Marist College students, Farese states that she does see a lot of repeat customers, which she declares is her favorite part of her job.

“It [The Crafted Kup] has a really nice community,” she says. “Like, the people that work here, but also, we have a lot of regulars, and that’s how we function. So, when I come into work every day, it’s the same people coming in most of the time and so it’s a good environment to be in because you build up a relationship with the people.”

Vassar College student Lizzie Snyder is a loyal customer and loves the shop due to its winning combination of quality coffee, the distinctive, home-grown atmosphere that simply cannot be achieved at a chain coffee store, and the kind people that work there.

"My favorite part of the Krafted Cup is definitely the environment,” Synder says. “It’s my favorite study spot where I can cozy up with a book and a great cup of coffee. The employees are all so nice and friendly and really make the experience so wonderful.”           

Eating Clean at Marist: More Feasible Than You'd Think


By Sarah Lynch

The “freshman fifteen” is a commonly-used expression to describe the seemingly inescapable weight gain freshmen face as they assimilate into collegiate life. With access to an unlimited buffet of treats, grease, and more, students are tasked with managing their own diets, many for the first time.

In reality, the average weight gain for college freshmen is not so egregious and usually lies between two and five pounds, according to US News. But the nutritious choices students make from freshman year through the duration of their college career can drastically impact their long-term health. With Sodexo food services and an on-campus nutritionist, Marist College provides students with options to manage their diets and eat clean.

Gary Coyne, the Food Service Manager for the Sodexo dining team, said Sodexo strives to provide tasteful and nutritious food for students with a variety of dietary concerns.

“We always try to find the most nutritious food that we can to give our students. For example, if you look on the menus there’ll be on all the menus all the ingredients, what they are, the fat content, the calories, what’s in it, and so on and so forth,” Coyne said. 

Coyne added that Sodexo is conscientious regarding the quality of food delivered to Marist to ensure its nutritional value. 

“Sustainability is what we’re looking for in foods so that we know exactly where they come from, where they’ve been and we keep a record of that from California all the way to New York,” Coyne said. “From...each vendor it stops at we know where it stopped, how long it was there, and how long it took to get here so it’s as fresh as possible.”

Raquelle Rocco, a freshman from Parsippany, New Jersey, said eating clean at Marist is not as difficult as she predicted, even with the temptation of unlimited meals swipes.

“I thought at first, coming here, I was going to be eating like five meals a day....because it’s there all the time. The most I’ve had is three meals a day,” Rocco said. “No matter what, you have the salad bar so if you really want to eat healthy everyday you could.”

A Marist College student enjoys the salad bar in the Marist Dining Hall. 

A Marist College student enjoys the salad bar in the Marist Dining Hall. 

Rocco’s peers chimed in requesting a greater variety of fruit, including berries, and vegetables at breakfast.

For students with special diets, the dining hall includes an area called My Zone that includes “7-Allergens-Free hot lunch and dinner free of dairy, soy, nuts, tree nuts, gluten, eggs and shellfish,” according to the Marist Dining Services website. This swipe-access-only kitchen serves bread, desserts, cereals, and gluten-free chicken tenders, french fries, and pizza.

Despite these offerings, some students still have trouble finding dishes that align with their needs. Freshman Katie Kristoff from Colchester, Connecticut, is allergic to fresh fruits and vegetables and said eating healthy at the dining hall is difficult.

“Sometimes [I’ll eat] a sandwich or I’ll go get pizza because that’s convenient, or if I make a salad it’s just lettuce and cran raisins.”

Coyne said Sodexo’s mission is to try to supply everyone “from the vegetarians to the vegans to students who have allergies” with good, wholesome food, though “it’s not always possible on a daily basis.”

“We try to make everything as pleasurable and tasteful as possible,” Coyne said. “That’s what the students want, that’s what the faculty wants, and that’s what the college wants.”

Marist Globally Ranked in Top 50 Fashion Schools


By Makena Gera

Marist has been ranked number 11 in the United States and number 38 globally for their fashion design program in major fashion publication, Business of Fashion, annual listing.

Every year, Business of Fashion, world-renowned fashion publication and a daily news resource for members of the industry, release what they consider to be the top 50 schools for fashion design. This global ranking is an “objective assessment of fashion schools around the world,” according to their website, and it is considered a go-to resource for the entire fashion industry.

This ranking of global fashion schools is based off of three main criteria; global influence, learning experience, and long-term value, such as career readiness and alumni employment satisfaction. In each category, Marist scored high enough to be ranked in the global top 50.

SOURCE: Marist Department of Media Relations Flickr Album

SOURCE: Marist Department of Media Relations Flickr Album

According to a press release from Marist’s department of Media Relations on Nov. 8, the fashion program’s impressive statistics throughout the past decade are what has set it up to achieve such high recognition. Growing from 200 to over 500 students, the program has increased exponentially.

Since 90 percent of fashion majors at Marist study abroad, there is increasing emphasis from the fashion department for students to do so in places such as Florence, London, Paris and Hong Kong—Business of Fashion has recognized Marist’s global influence in this aspect. They continue acknowledging its long-term value, as over 88 percent of fashion majors being employed in the industry within six months of graduation, according to the press release.

“It’s an honor to be named one of the top fashion colleges in the world,” said Radley Cramer, director of the Fashion Program. “This recognition acknowledges how far our program has come.”

Countless opportunities to get involved in the industry, whether it’s an internship through Marist in Manhattan or studying abroad, help students gain a “global perspective on design, merchandising, and the supply chain,” as Cramer stated.

The various other schools that Marist is ranked with are extremely large, international institutions that have the opportunity to attend countless international design competitions and gain recognition.

SOURCE: Marist Department of Media Relations Flickr Album

SOURCE: Marist Department of Media Relations Flickr Album

For Marist, a significantly smaller school in comparison, it’s wonderful just to be “on the radar” said Cramer. “These other institutions have many multiples of the number of the number of students that we have, so for us to get in there is a really great honor.”

It is the second year in a row that Marist’s fashion department has been ranked with the best fashion schools in the world. According to Business of Fashion’s report, Marist students who were surveyed “rated their work placements above average compared to other schools ” and identified the school’s strengths in resources, teaching, and career preparedness. Marist has been growing the department tremendously over the past decade, and “as they’ve been seeing the results [internally] for a while, it’s great to get some external validation” said Cramer.

The Marist fashion program will continue growing and improve in the coming years, specifically with the addition of a new 50,000 square foot facility dedicated to art and fashion set to open in 2018. According to the press release, it will house “a high-tech makerspace, digital, textile, and product development labs, gallery spaces...and a fashion archive facility.” Additionally, with the expansion of the fashion design program and the ability for students to complete it in it’s entirely at the Florence campus, Marist is on track for increased international recognition.

Food Recovery Network Finds Use for Marist’s Uneaten Meals

By Isabelle Christie and Makena Gera

Have you ever considered what happens to the leftover food in the dining hall? Have you thought about the pounds of chicken, vegetables, or soup that could go to waste? Or have you considered what impact these uneaten meals could have on a hungry person? 

Last year over 1,700 pounds of that uneaten food was recovered by the Food Recovery Network. Established at Marist in November of 2015, the Food Recovery Network is an on-campus organization that donates the dining hall’s leftovers to outreach programs in the surrounding area. Marist’s dining hall is Food Recovery Network certified, which means it receives grants and is recognized for its impact on the community. 

Marist students help the hungry through their participation in this program. Image courtesy of Food Recovery Network on Instagram. 

Marist students help the hungry through their participation in this program. Image courtesy of Food Recovery Network on Instagram. 

Youth Mission Outreach and Dutchess Outreach in Poughkeepsie are among the programs that benefit from the Food Recovery Network. Four times a week, students make group meal runs in which they collect uneaten food from the dining hall and deliver it to these programs.

The importance of these meal runs cannot be understated. Often times children rely on the Food Recovery Network’s donations as a main source of their meals. And as students in Poughkeepsie,  it’s important we recognize the difficulty that many families face in feeding their children.

“We go to a huge school and we don’t really think about how much we’re taking,” said Kelsey Seiferth ‘17, President of the Food Recovery Network. “You swipe in, you can eat as much as you want. It’s just more about being conscious about how much you’re wasting and taking what you need and not necessarily what you think you’re going to eat.”

Image courtesy of Marist Food Recovery Network on Instagram. 

Image courtesy of Marist Food Recovery Network on Instagram. 

Although students in the Food Recovery Network often just drop off the food, seeing the reactions of the children and their families through photos inspires them to get involved in other ways as well. They have participated in book drives and taken the kids roller skating with Youth Mission Outreach, for example. Recently, the organization ran a fundraiser at Applebee’s where students paid $10 to sponsor a child’s meal.

The Food Recovery Network’s efforts, however, are not just limited to the while school is in session. The dining hall continues to donate uneaten food as well as leftovers from the Cabaret throughout the summer.

Becoming a member of the Food Recovery Network is a great way to get involved, get off campus, and help the community. By transforming food that would otherwise go to waste into meaningful meals for the people of Poughkeepsie, you can make a difference in the lives of many families.

Students interested in joining the Food Recovery Network, email

Image Credit: Marist Food Recovery Network on Instagram

Illnesses on College Campuses

By Caroline Chan

Syracuse University has an outbreak of mumps cases on their campus, which started back in late September. In early October, a message was sent out to the community, saying that the number had risen from two to eight; however, that increased rapidly to 24 confirmed and 26 probable cases by mid/late-October. As of November 1, the numbers were still rising, with 34 confirmed and 73 probable cases.

“Mumps are definitely a hot topic in college health,” Dr. Melissa Schiskie, the director of Health Services at Marist College, said.

While mumps seem to be on the rise on college campuses across the nation, all kinds of illnesses can be found at college. Since students are eating, learning, studying, sleeping and living in one area with thousands of other students, it’s not surprising that many, if not most, students get sick over the course of the year.

Caroline Chan, Staff Writer

Caroline Chan, Staff Writer

“Given the college environment, there’s a lot of potential for viral infections and such to linger,” explained Dr. Schiskie. Marist’s Health Services, “tends to be fairly busy all the time and it just varies in the complaints of what people are coming in for.”

While there are no mumps cases as of yet that the Health and Wellness Center at Marist has encountered, SUNY New Paltz was not so fortunate in 2016. In early October - and lasting until early March 2017 - SUNY New Paltz experienced an outbreak of mumps. The New York State Department of Health confirmed that at least 63 people were affected, according to an abc7ny article.

The most common symptoms of mumps include a fever, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite, as reported by the CDC.

“Interestingly, a lot of the cases that have been seen...have occurred in folks that have been fully immunized,” Dr. Schiskie said. “Some of that may be due to, what we call ‘waning immunity’, where people were immunized, but over time, their immunity has declined.” However, Dr. Schiskie did point out that for those that had been immunized, if they got mumps, their cases were milder than those that had not been immunized.

While mumps may be a top-of-the-mind college campus illness, it isn’t the only one that students should be on the lookout for.

Katie Murray, a junior public relations major at Marist, has been sick at least once every semester. Freshman year, it was a cough that was likely bronchitis and sophomore year it was pink eye and a cold. This year, it looks like she had bronchitis again.

Caroline Chan, Staff Writer 

Caroline Chan, Staff Writer 

Murray started feeling sick the last week of September. “I woke up and I had that sore throat, and I had a fever and I was just miserable all day,” said Murray. She went to a walk-in clinic off-campus, where they told her it was either bronchitis or pneumonia, although she assumed it was bronchitis because she’s had that before.

The doctor, “said that she heard a rattle in my chest - in my lungs - and she knew it had to be one of the two,” explained Murray. “So it wasn’t even worth exposing me to the radiation of a chest x-ray to figure out which one it was...if she was going to give me antibiotics anyways.”

Seasonal allergies could still be affecting students, especially those who aren’t used to the environmental allergens of the area. It’s also common now to have a viral respiratory infection or sore throat - and it’s getting close to cough and cold season, too.

It’s also around middle of the semester, so students are feeling stressed. “A lot of times, folks are coming in for a lot of fatigue symptoms or getting worn down - that can certainly wear on the body,” Dr. Schiskie explained. “Sleep deprivation can increase your risk for infections as well.”

Murray thinks she got sick because of all the illnesses that are happening on campus. “College campuses are kind of like a breeding ground for germs,” Murray said. “It’s inevitable you’ll get sick...We don’t mean to spread germs - it just kind of happens.”

That’s why Dr. Schiskie emphasizes the importance of washing your hands. “You’re in such close quarters as college students, so hand hygiene is very important,” commented Dr. Schiskie.

To hopefully avoid getting sick, she advises keeping your products to yourself and not sharing things like water bottles and utensils. However, if you do get sick, pay attention to what your body is telling you.

“Part of it is listening to your body and paying attention to it,” said Dr. Schiskie. “So knowing if you are feeling under the weather, that’s a good time for you to pay more attention to your sleep, to your nutrition and your fluids...Help your body focus on healing.”

Caroline Chan, Staff Writer   

Caroline Chan, Staff Writer 


Digital Storytelling and Branding with Adam Bryant


By Alexandria Watts

“Whatever you’re doing, whether you’re reporting hard news and you’re trying to get out information, or if you’re marketing to try to convince them to watch your TV show or buy your brand, communicating that idea always starts with writing”

These were the words of Adam Bryant as he spoke to an intimate crowd of students and community partners in the Lowell Thomas Screening Room on Oct. 18, 2017 as part of the new Center for Social Media guest speaker line-up.

Titled Speaking Your Audience’s Language: The Heart of Digital Storytelling, this event was led by senior professor and the director of the Center for Social Media Jennie Donohue in Q&A style. Her and Bryant’s themes of discussion included the importance of understanding an audience, using the human experience or emotional appeal to frame a story, the marriage between writing and visuals, and, most importantly, the true weight the written word holds.

Alexandria Watts, Features Editor 

Alexandria Watts, Features Editor 

Bryant is currently the Director of Digital Media at AMC, a cable channel most notably known for its hit series The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men. He and his team work closely on the program Better Call Saul, where they created the Emmy-award winning “Los Pollos Hermanos” spoof training videos to promote the Breaking Bad prequel in addition to bringing fans of Breaking Bad to the new series.

Before his career at AMC, Bryant briefly wrote for Maxim and eventually resettled to TV Guide, where he rose to the position of the website’s Executive Director. At TV Guide, he was also tasked with reinventing the company’s brand while respecting the brand’s origins.

“Everyone thought of their grandmother’s magazine lying on the coffee table. We were doing daily news stories covering the business of entertainment and also the celebrities,” explained Bryant.

Throughout the event, Bryant always brought the conversation back to how significant writing truly is in almost every field.

He stated, “The written word and communicating larger ideas has served me in terms of understanding how to use those techniques I used for reporting hard news, or making guys laugh at Maxim, or whatever it be. Communicating whatever that idea is making an impact.” Bryant later went on to say, “It all starts and ends in writing in whatever you’re doing”

During his undergraduate career at the University of Tennessee, Bryant picked up a journalism major, enabling him to follow his passion with words but in a more practical, real-world sense. He was never one for hard news stories or inverted pyramids, but he was fascinated by the fast-paced news flow of doing something new every day and wanted to combine this aspect of journalism with the creative side of the industry.

Bryant’s passion for creative writing spans all the way back to kindergarten. With a bright smile, he reminisced how he taught himself to read and read to his peers of four and five years old. Impressed, his teacher allowed him to bring a tote bag of approximately his height filled with books home with him for the summer.

His kindergarten teacher was not the only educator that inspired Bryant to pursue writing. His fifth-grade teacher as well as Dr. Lyn Lepre, Dean of Communication at Marist and one of Bryant’s professors at the University of Tennessee, has also inspired him to keep writing and to challenge himself in taking on internships.

“As I get older in my life and realize whatever the second half of my career might be, I’m drawn towards the classroom in a way to come back and share whatever I may have learned,” shared Bryant.

Alexandria Watts, Features Editor 

Alexandria Watts, Features Editor 

Aside from stressing the gravity writing holds and branding, Bryant also spoke about the importance of angles, specifically that of the emotional appeal. He gave the example of a piece he wrote concerning the release of the XBox. Instead of focusing on the console and how quickly it sold out, Bryant began his piece with a description of a mother sobbing in the store because she could not purchase the XBox for her son.

“It’s reporting the news but with that filter of the human experience or telling an actual story,” explained Bryant.

Bryant additionally shared some advice to current college students. He encouraged that students do as much as they can while they are still in school, to keep busy, to never say no to anything, and to keep being hungry in working towards their goals.

“Ambition is taught as a dirty word,” Bryant remarked. “But I think if you’re working in this business, which is a fast-paced business, I think people want you to know that you have a drive and they want to see your hunger for it. So the best way to do that is to show up, be there, take on any task, and ask for more. Show them that you are passionate and that you want to be there and that will be respected.”

Superwomen: The Marist Women's Rugby Team


By Caisi Hecht

Many of us have been asked, if you were to be a superhero, who would you be? Or what would your superpower be? For a select group of young women at Marist, their superpowers range from strength, to speed, to endurance, and much more. They are a group as strong as The Avengers, and each one is as powerful as Wonder Woman herself. They are MCWR.

The Marist College Women’s Rugby (MCWR) team was founded in 1996 and has exuded excellence ever since. Aside from just winning matches, championships, tournaments, and being nationally ranked throughout their history, the team is a tight knit group of young women that are always bettering themselves as a team and as individuals.  

The group competes in the Tri-State Conference, playing other New York teams from colleges such as RPI, Siena, Vassar, and University of Albany. So far this fall season, the team has gone 3-2 in the conference and is now headed towards conference championships playoffs. They have earned their way to compete in the quarter-finals against Binghamton University, who they recently defeated 54-17.

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MCWR is a very competitive team that pushes their opponents and ensures that they remember the MCWR name. The team began the season mastering their basic skills, and have now developed into a highly skilled lineup with a mix of experienced players and talented rookies.

Aside from just competition, the team also focuses on growing the game, building a strong community, and creating lifelong friendships. Joining a new sport can be especially hard when you’ve had little exposure to it before, but MCWR is an all inclusive group that turns players with no prior experience into rugby fanatics and experts.

“I was intimidated by the sport at first because I had seen it before and I thought I wouldn’t understand the rules,” said Camryn Lowndes, a current freshman on the team. “But as I continued to learn the game, I realized I underestimated myself. It’s exciting to see how much I can grow over my next four years.”

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It’s this growth and learning together that really emphasizes the bond that the girls develop. “As they welcomed us more, it became more and more like a family” shared Izzy Dick, another current rookie, who has had some past rugby experience.

The best part may even be that this all-inclusive atmosphere takes girls of all different experiences, athletic backgrounds, skills, abilities, and personalities, and molds them together as one, unified team. Another rookie, Jordan Vozeh, commented, “Everyone on the team are all different people that all fit together.”

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It's not The Circle, it's the Marist Circle.

By Editorial Board

Where we come from. 

Our school newspaper – founded in 1941 as the Greystone Gazzette – has undergone many changes over its 76 years. In 1961, it was renamed to The Record. Five years later, in 1965 it underwent another name change, becoming The Circle. Today, 40 000 plus alumni, students, and parents call it MARIST CIRCLE. 

As technology developed, so too did The Circle. In 2000, The Circle developed its first ever website, balancing content between traditional print and modern online media. In 2015, The Circle joined the communications department in its launch of the Marist Media Hub – bringing all media outlets on campus together on one site. At this time, the Marist Circle disbands its print newspaper completely.


Where we are going.

In 2016, a group of dedicated students began planning initiatives in an effort to revive the Marist Circle. Utilizing social media, these students created a branch of the Marist Circle known as Marist Circle Initiatives.  The students created For the Record and Marist Stories. Marist Stories was modelled after the Humans of New York while For The Record was named after the school newspaper of 1961-1964, this initiative would highlight some of the best and brightest which Marist had to offer – detailing stories of inspiring students at Marist College both in print and online. With over 40,000 unique visitors online, this initiative would win “Club Event of the Year,” in 2017 becoming one of the most successful initiatives in the history of the school newspaper.


What we believe in. 

There have been many changes over the newspaper’s 76 years. However, our mission has remained constant: we have been – and always will be – a newspaper for the students, by the students. With articles published daily, we aim to provide unbiased, engaging and professional news to the Marist community. As we push into the future, we will continue improving upon the Marist Circle, and we promise – there are many more changes to come.

Through the years.

Image source: Marist College Archives 

MCCTA: Neil Simon Duo

By Raphael Beretta

This weekend marks the start of MCCTA’s 2017-2018 season, with an exciting new venture. Jake’s Women will be held on October 5th and 13th at 8 p.m., and October 8th and 15th at 2 p.m. Lost in Yonkers will be on October 6th, 7th, 12th, and 14th at 8 p.m.

Jake’s Women, a lesser-known play written by Neil Simon, focuses on a writer talking to the real and imaginary women in his life as he battles severe writer’s block, psychosis and the mourning of his late wife. The semi-autobiographical work depicts a somber and morose side of the legendary playwright, all while maintaining his signature humor.

Raphael Beretta, Staff Writer 

Raphael Beretta, Staff Writer 

Lost in Yonkers, also written by Simon, is centered around two young Bronx boys, Jay and Arty, who are forced to move in with their cold grandmother and youthful aunt when their mother passes away from a lengthy battle with an illness. The 1991 play garnered Simon his one and only Pulitzer prize, and is seen by many as the pièce de résistance of his work.

This ambitious undertaking of the Simon classic matched with one of his darker, more personal works in repertory-style is a “new experience for everyone involved,” Julia DiMarzo ‘18, the chairperson of show publicity, said.

The crew is essentially operating two productions at the same time, with two completely different sets and wardrobes. This undertaking is driven by the work of directors Jim Steinmeyer (Jake’s Women) and Matt Andrews (Lost in Yonkers).

“They have very different styles and approaches to directing, and both are excellent people to work with,” DiMarzo said. Steinmeyer has typically run the mainstage in the fall, while Andrews has helmed the musical in the spring; the dual-show, dual-weekend setup is a welcome change of pace.

Raphael Beretta, Staff Writer

Raphael Beretta, Staff Writer

“It has been a very interesting process for everyone involved,” DiMarzo said.

Coming in November, the MCCTA Children’s Theatre production will be a re-telling of the fairy-tale Hansel and Gretel. Children’s Theatre productions typically offer two nights of performances for Marist students to attend and five daytime-performances for local preschoolers and kindergartners.

“Sometimes Children’s Theatre can be the most fun,” DiMarzo said, “They are usually sillier, with more opportunities for improvisation and jokes on-stage. It also feels great to hear the adorable reactions of the children in the audience.”

In the Spring, MCCTA’s lineup includes Rodgers and Hammerstein’s hit musical The King and I, experimental theatre’s presentation of The Dining Room, another installment of the Me Too Monologues, featuring anonymous student-submitted stories, and the annual production of “Festival”, a series of five to six 15-minute student-written plays.

Submissions are soon being accepted for the Me Too Monologues and “Festival”, the latter of which has a potential scholarship opportunity.

Come see MCCTA kick off their year with two weekends of Neil Simon: Jake’s Women and Lost in Yonkers!

Marist Alum Running Michelle Obama's Social Media


By Margaret Price

“We work in an amazing place where we do incredible things,” was Kelsey Donohue’s, a Marist alumna of the Class of 2013, mantra during her time working in the White House as First Lady, Michelle Obama’s, Assistant Press Secretary.

Citing the opportunity she had working in the White House within two years after graduation helped Donohue to get through days that “felt more like an episode of Veep than real life.” She never imagined she would be telling stories of corralling two Stormtroopers, Darth Vader, and R2D2 from the cast of Star Wars across the White House colonnade.

The network she built in Washington led her to her position on First Lady Michelle Obama’s communications team. The team was small, only four individuals. Donohue recognized she saw more effective results from running around and going to events, than sitting behind a desk all day.

Donohue visited Marist on Monday as the inaugural speaker for the new Center for Social Media, an exciting addition to the School of Communications and the Arts.

Kelsey Donohue with Marist communications professor Jennie Donohue. Photo courtesy of Margaret Price.   

Kelsey Donohue with Marist communications professor Jennie Donohue. Photo courtesy of Margaret Price.   

The Center aims to educate students on both using and consuming social media. Monday’s event was the first of a variety of speakers and workshops the Center is planning to host for the semester.

Donohue was originally at Marist as an education major—she sought to combine communications with her passion for working with students to create a career.

Prior to her time in the White House, Donohue interned for the Department of Education in Washington D.C. Her internship led to a full-time job at the Department of Education. She also gained experience at EMILY’s List, an organization determined to elect Democratic women into higher, leadership roles in government.  

The goal of the First Lady’s communications team was to “peel back the curtains of the White House” through all of Mrs. Obama’s social media platforms. The Obama’s often referred to the White House as, “The People’s House.”

The First Lady worked closely with the team from the start—as she  often suggested ideas or tweaked ideas the team presented.

During Donohue’s time in the White House, the team created a Snapchat account for Mrs. Obama, in order to align with the Michelle Obama’s vision to “preserve authenticity” in the White House. Instagram, Twitter, partnerships, and influencers were the primary channels for reaching the public prior to Snapchat. Along with providing a look into the White House, the accounts served to promote initiatives, like “Let Girls Learn” and “Reach Higher.”

As for branding, Donohue explained the concept of “buckets.” The First Lady played a variety of roles in her life, for example, being a mom and a politician and an activist. These are just a few of her buckets. Before posting anything the communications team asked, “does this fit in a bucket?” Donohue encourages us to find out what our buckets are and to discover issues we are passionate about.

Donohue attributes many of her management and teamwork skills to her experience working as an orientation leader and tour guide at Marist.

She offered students the advice of “always moving forward and being mindful,” continuing with sharing her own  method of following journalists involved in every issue she touches and keep an eye out for influencers.

Staying connected and offering support to the Marist community is valuable to Donohue, as she is eager to lend a hand to current students and recent graduates by reviewing their resumes.

Marist Post Office Plans to Combat Long Lines

By Caroline Chan

If you’ve gotten a package from the post office this school year, you’ve probably noticed that the system has changed—you now use your student ID card to swipe in and get your packages. However, these recent changes are just the beginning—there are more to come.

In mid-August, the Marist post office implemented a system where students come in and swipe their card, the post office workers read the package information off the computer screen and then they get the student’s package(s) from the back.

This is a change from the old system, where students would go to the counter and tell the employee their mailbox number.

The new sign at the post office indicates that students should have their student ID ready when coming to pick up packages. SOURCE: CAROLINE CHAN

The new sign at the post office indicates that students should have their student ID ready when coming to pick up packages. SOURCE: CAROLINE CHAN

“The software we were using for the last eight to nine years just wasn’t keeping up with the times,” Raymond Lane, the manager of postal services, said. “So, we had to make a change.”

Tom Quinn ‘18, a business marketing major who works at the post office, loves the new system. “I got very used to the old system and it got very slow,” Quinn said.

“We also wanted to grow in different ways and the software we had didn’t have any growth abilities,” Lane said. “Plus, we’re always looking to improve our services, because the student is our prime customer...We’re trying to take steps to make the process better for the student.”

The new system leads to a “lot less error in communication,” Quinn said. Before the change, 30 percent of the time there was an issue where the student would think they had a package at the post office and they didn’t, or they would think that they had more packages at the post office than they actually had.

“We are getting more accurate information as far as what is actually on site for the student to pick up,” Lane said, regarding both if the student does have any packages at the post office in the first place, or if they do, how many they have.

While he does think the new system is working effectively, he also understands the frustration from the students about the long lines.

When the system was first introduced during the summer, there were fewer students on campus and they had positive responses to it. However, now that the school year has started, the number of people using the post office has sharply increased.

“Down the road, there’ll be an actual tablet where the students will swipe their cards before they get to the service counter and a ticket will be printed behind the scenes, so we can start the delivery [of bringing the packages to the service counter] while the student is standing in line,” Lane said.

He hopes that the tablet system will be implemented in a month or so. However, he said that it’s not the software that’s causing the issues. “It’s the back end,” Lane said. “We just don’t have the proper space to store student packages, so we end up digging through a lot of packages in cramped areas, which takes a long time.”

Lane’s also noticed that there a lot more packages—especially in the first few weeks with students ordering their textbooks. Additionally, the packages themselves are getting bigger, with students ordering things like bicycles and carpets. “We have a very small facility here, so it’s becoming an issue,” Lane said.

Kevin Costello ‘20, a computer science major and student post office worker said that the new system is great and speeds up the process—but, he mentioned an additional issue of actually finding the packages on the shelves.

Lane said this problem is not specific to Marist, as it is apparently happening in colleges across the country. “Society has changed to buying packages online and the Marist student is no different,” Lane said.

Given that, he’s trying to fix this issue. It “seems to be the trend of colleges now, [where the other colleges are] getting away from the actual student mailbox,” Lane said. “The students don’t receive much mail anymore, so they’re converting that space over to larger service counters and bigger package areas.”

He said that if the students do get mail, it’s treated like a package where they get an email notification and then they pick it up from the counter.

He wants to see that happen at Marist. “I do have a proposal out there and I’m getting a lot of good management support as far as making changes here so we have more room,” Lane said. “We are always here trying to better serve our students.”