Health Services Gets a Check-Up

Audio Interview Edited by Nicholas DePaul

Marist freshman Jake Litts was not feeling well. His newfound stomachache led to pains, nausea, and vomiting: not a nice combo for a working college student. Like many undergraduates before him in the same position, Litts decided to go to Health Services to try and get some help. But when he entered the office for his first visit, he was met with a closed door.

According to Litts, upon entering Health Services as a walk-in and telling them of his symptoms, they responded by instructing him to return tomorrow. He agreed to come back the next day, even though he knew he was going to feel better by then. “Me, generally, I really don’t get sick,” said Litts. “I usually get sick for a day and then the next day I’m fine. I just needed that immediate help on that day instead of the next day.”

Litts was grateful that his condition was minor enough when they turned him away. He said if the situation had been more serious he would have been upset with Health Services’ reaction. Litts was lucky.

In the Fall 2016 semester, a Marist student who does not wish to be named came down with what she described as a horrible throat pain along with symptoms of congestion and exhaustion. She made an appointment with Health Services for the following day. They tested her for mono and strep and both tests came back negative. Health Services diagnosed the student with a bad head cold and gave her aspirin for the pain. After over a week, the student was still not feeling any better, was losing sleep due to her illness, and decided to make a second appointment. Upon this consultation, Health Services told her she had a virus and wrote her a prescription cough medicine with codeine to help her sleep.

A week following this appointment, the student went home and, while her symptoms were not as bad as they were prior, she was still not feeling well. She visited her regular practitioner and was told, after being in his office for not even four minutes, that she had a severe case of walking pneumonia and a badly infected right lung.

The student’s doctor put her on heavy antibiotics in response to her condition. After his treatments, she regained her health by the time she returned to campus.

“The experience made me very wary of Health Services,” shared the student. “I will still go to them if another situation arises in which I don’t feel I can adequately care for myself, but I take everything with a grain of salt now.”

When asked about these two cases, Health Services declined to comment.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 83.6 percent of adults had contact with a health care professional in the past year. Applying this statistic to Health Services, out of the 5,576 undergraduate students U.S. News projects Marist to have, roughly 4,662 of them will be treated by Health Services in one year alone. We have no record of how many employees work at Health Services, but hospitals combine activity analysis with measures of utilization and workload to determine staffing requirements, known as the Workload Indicators of Staffing Need (WISN) method.

Conversely to these students, freshman Kaeden Andrasko also faced a serious health scare but witnessed what he describes as a more positive and friendly encounter with Health Services.

Andrasko came into Health Services perturbed by multiple headaches. He made a Saturday appointment where, after examination, an employee told him to come back the next day and they would go from there. He did as the doctor said and returned the next day complaining of the same problems. The doctor gave him a physical and told Andrasko to come back the following day, as that was when the “real doctor” would be in. Andrasko returned once again, underwent more tests, and received good results. Health Services then decided to take his blood, and these tests came back reporting high amounts of hemoglobin and iron. Due to the test results, the employee told him to come back so they could schedule an appointment with a neurologist in his hometown.

This collaboration to schedule an appointment was the last time Health Services acted in his case. Andrasko returned home, visited the neurologist for a check-up and two MRIs, and was told they had found nothing there.

“[The employee] was so nice,” commented Andrasko, a big smile sweeping across his face as he recounted the story. “She called me on various separate occasions just to see how everything was and to follow up.”

When asked about the negative comments students had shared about Health Services, Andrasko responded, “I could see how maybe different problems have different outcomes. I know someone that went there for a stomachache and they were angry with nothing being done. But there’s some things you can’t do anything about. What would you expect Health Services to do for a stomachache? There’s not much they can do except tell you that’s what it is and you’re going to have to deal with it. I went there for a pretty serious health problem and they were absolutely great, they did everything.”

(Hype)Beast in Me: What It Was Like To Go To My First Supreme Drop

By Dylan Dinho

This March, I had the opportunity to attend my first streetwear clothing drop in Manhattan amongst my fellow ‘hypebeasts’. Hypebeasts are individuals that are obsessed with owning expensive, flashy, limited edition variations of clothes, shoes, hats, and other accessories, often for brands that are sought after due to the scarcity of the products themselves ( think Yeezy’s).

Most streetwear brands unveil their new clothing lines much differently than conventional clothing companies. Take for instance the company that essentially created the hypebeast: Supreme. 

Supreme is a skateboard and clothing brand that is without a doubt one of the most well-known streetwear brands. They release new products from their seasonal collections once a week on their website & physical stores at 11 a.m. They sell an extremely finite amount of their stock at prices well above what one could pay at commercial outlets such as Journeys or Zumiez. Yet, the reason for their success is exactly why they are so different from those aforementioned stores. They sell a limited stock of clothing and accessories, priding themselves on stocking merchandise that is a cut above what is found on the shelves of conventional stores.

Supreme has 10 physical locations worldwide. While there is an online store, the supply is just as finite as the stores themselves. There is only one other retail establishment that is certified to sell official Supreme merchandise: the Dover Street Market, which is a high-end boutique created by the founder of Comme des Garçons, Rei Kawakubo and her husband, Adrian Joffe.

The line at Dover Street Market at 12:14PM Courtesy of Dylan Dinho

The line at Dover Street Market at 12:14PM

Courtesy of Dylan Dinho

Every Thursday after the first release of the season at 11 a.m., the doors open. For most of Supreme’s history this meant that there would be people camping outside, sometimes for several days just to get a shirt or a hoodie. This incredible dedication to purchasing a shirt solely for the brand was largely inspired by fans of individuals like Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt of the rap group Odd Future who often wear the brand. Yet, what truly got people to stand in crazy long lines was the fact that Supreme became an easy way to make money--the reason being that Supreme only has a limited stock of products and they never re-make the same item (save box logo tees and hoodies, which they make every season). So every item is a limited edition, and therefore, if you want it, you need to act and get it before it sells out forever. Consequently, people started purchasing the highly-sought after products, going online to resell these coveted products for at least twice what they paid in store. People were just that desperate (because the demand was/is so high), that they would pay obscene amounts of money for clothes solely because of what the tag says. The resale game has become so prevalent that the higher-ups at Supreme realized something needed to be done. Now, if you want to wait in line to go to the Supreme store or the Dover Street Market on the day of a drop, you need to be a part of an email list that will send you a location that you need to go to at a certain time on a Tuesday. At this location, you will pick up a ticket that gives you a number, which determines your position in line. Even if you’re in the top 20-100 people (the numbers often exceed 100 people), there’s a distinct possibility that some well-established re-seller has already paid off the bouncers, ensuring they get to the front of the line. These individuals are akin to powerful people at a nightclub who can cut the line and have access to information that most are not privy to. They will indubitably purchase all of the most sought after products, not because they want to wear them, but because they are going to try and flip them to make a profit.

What the person in front of me in line purchased. Gosha Rubchinskiy x Kappa sweatpants Courtesy of Dylan Dinho

What the person in front of me in line purchased. Gosha Rubchinskiy x Kappa sweatpants

Courtesy of Dylan Dinho

So after spending the night in the Upper East Side with a friend, I set my alarm for 9:30 AM and after figuring out which train stop I would be taking to the Dover Street Market, I was en route. Being that I did not have a ticket to Supreme section, I decided to check out the Gosha Rubchinskiy section (a streetwear brand from a Russian designer which has been growing in popularity). I was particularly interested in purchasing something at the store, but thanks to Murphy’s Law, the one thing that truly got my attention was from the Supreme drop. I had already fallen in love with shirt nearly a month prior when they released their Spring/Summer 2017 lookbook. The moment I laid eyes on it, I knew that I would somehow obtain the shirt, although I truly wanted it to be the first thing I had ever purchased at a drop. It was a Golden Kung Fu shirt and nothing else stirred my desire like the thought of dressing like David Carradine in the 1970’s.

Again, since I didn’t have a ticket, I knew if I wanted to get it, my only chance would be having someone proxy-buy it for me. Proxy-buying is having someone ahead of you in line purchase a product that you want to ensure does not sell out. While technically against the rules, proxy-buying goes on as long as both parties are smart and covert. I told a man (who had the most intricate sunglasses I have ever seen) my measurements and that I would pay him an additional sum of cash to purchase the shirt for me. After paying him and walking around the store for about twenty minutes, I waited outside for my plug, who seemed for some time as though he had simply taken my money and ran to arrive with the goods. He burst through the doors and instructed me to help him walk with his bags. We walked about two minutes away and he handed me my item, and also an out-stretched hand asking for more. Luckily, I was prepared for this sort of highway robbery, and had already moved what remained of my cash from my wallet into my jacket so I showed him an empty wallet. Rather than angry he simply shrugged his shoulders, walked away, and began hailing a cab to Lafayette Street. 

Attending this drop was a fascinating experience. I met a wide array of people and learned so much about an entire culture of shoppers with a cult-like dedication to a brand solely due to the red rectangle with white typeface. My recommendation is this: If you ever have the resources to be in Manhattan for a Supreme drop and you find great joy in people watching or an appreciation for street fashion (or if you are like me and have a healthy balance of both) definitely give it a try. This experience truly was one of the most unique events I have witnessed and I ended up getting a shirt I liked out of it too. Sometimes you just have to follow the immortal words of Tom Haverford from Parks and Recreation, and ‘treat yo’self’. 

Marist Sponsors Local Grocery Delivery Service

By Alexandria Watts

Want some new options for your on-campus dining?

Starting in late summer, Marist College introduced the Farms to Table, or F2T, grocery delivery service to its students and faculty. According to Steve Sansola, co-president of Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee and initiator of the partnership, the goals of this service are to bring students together in the art of food, reduce carbon footprints among Marist community members, and encourage students to learn how to cook and be creative with it.

The F2T box is a grocery delivery service that dispatches food items from over 85 farms scattered in and around the Hudson Valley. Products contained in the boxes range from dairy and produce to protein and miscellaneous pantry items like condiments and snacks. The company additionally offers dietary options with vegetarian and gluten-free goods, as well as online recipes for those who are new to cooking to follow.

Buyers have a choice in what foods they can select, as the box is ordered “à la carte”-style, therefore setting the overall subscription price at whatever the student is willing to pay. Boxes can also be ordered on a weekly or biweekly basis and are dropped off twice on Mondays, once for the students on the east side of campus and once for those on the west. Additionally, purchases can be altered or cancelled entirely with ease.

This grocery delivery service is sponsored by the Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee and in co-partnership with the Office of Human Resources and Wellness. In past years, the college had a community-supported agricultural farm share; however, they failed in providing service to the students this fall. Sansola, who originally brought the farm share project to Marist, then decided to begin a collaboration with the Farms to Table program in place of the farm share.

One obvious positive about the grocery service is that it gives students who have no way to get around the Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park areas an opportunity to broaden their palates and substitute their meals with other local options. “Even though we have great dining, there’s still a need for our students, particularly sophomores who fall below 50 credits…and can’t have a vehicle, to [be provided]…with [the] opportunity to access good foods,” shares Sansola. “This was a great way to bring the service right to campus.”

“I like that the service comes to campus and that I can just pick it up on my way home,” says Alicia Plevritis, the administrative coordinator of Student Affairs who has ordered from the service and is satisfied with the partnership overall.

“I love to cook,” explains Grace George, a Marist student who saw the F2T advertisement on myMarist and thought it would be a great opportunity for her to purchase groceries. “They sent a lot of interesting things that I didn’t really work with a lot, so that was fun to experiment with.”

“Not everyone likes to cook, or they haven’t had a great experience,” comments Sansola, “but it’s a great way to socialize with your roommates, some of whom you may know or not know. It’s a great way to meet other people to break bread and be social with food.”

The F2T boxes seem to have many positive aspects, but there is one serious problem that the program must deeply consider. According to Sansola, the number of subscriptions has increased from 30 at the start of the fall to 45. Although therein lies an improving trend, why are these subscription numbers so low?

Sansola believes that the main reason student subscription is so low is because they have not read the emails that have been sent out nor seen the small advertisement on their myMarist pages.

Price can also come to be a downfall for student participation in F2T boxes. As Sansola explains, “buying foods that are free from chemicals, refrigeration, and processing [tends] to be a little more costly.” But it could be worth a try if individuals are interested in eating healthier options during their time here.

While the Farms to Table company seems to be versatile with its options, one thing it is not versatile with is its timing. “The one thing you have to be careful of is that you have to fit into their schedule,” warns George. “They’re not overly flexible about times for when you can pick up.” The reason she cancelled her box was due to having a class right after the company was going to deliver her box and not being able to get to it all the time.

George, who bought a medium-sized box before the introduction to the “à la carte”-style, says, “I would recommend the box if you like to cook because it’s going to send you a lot of things to experiment with. But if you’re a very basic, subsistence cooker, then you’re not really going to like it that much because you’re going to spend a lot of money on produce you’re not going to know what to do with. But if you have the inclination to cook like that, then yeah, I would recommend it.”

The Farms to Table grocery delivery service is definitely a subscription with its ups and downs, but there is potential for enjoyment within the overall subscription if individuals are interested in eating healthier and becoming independent from a meal plan.

Feels Like Home: Marist Fashion Ethical Initiative

By Brianna Epstein

For those who entered the Dennis Murray Student Center on Wednesday, Feb. 22, there was a nostalgic feeling of home in the air. Members of the Marist Fashion Ethical Initiative offered a Clothing Repair Shop, where students could bring their damaged garments and learn basic sewing techniques.

In addition to teaching the skills to repair the clothes, the goal of the event was to facilitate the establishment of a relationship between the wearer and their clothing, with the hope that if we develop a greater connection with the clothing we wear, there will be a reduction in the amount of clothes thrown out and thus fewer garments going into landfills. Due to a variety of reasons, such as mass manufacturing and fast fashion, clothing has become widely disposable. 

A workshop volunteer repairing Katherine Maradiaga’s hat.

A workshop volunteer repairing Katherine Maradiaga’s hat.

The Marist Fashion Ethical Initiative is striving to change the way people view fashion, along with their decisions.

The event’s initial announcement was received very well by the student body. President of Marist Fashion Ethical Initiative, Rebekkah Colclasure, said, “I received a lot of positive feedback about how awesome and helpful people think this is! Hopefully we will help people gain a deeper sense of appreciation for their garments and enable them to apply what they learn in this workshop into their life.”

“It makes me feel like I’m at home, and I’m glad that this is available on campus because she doesn’t have to look elsewhere to repair my clothes,” said workshop attendee Katherine Maradiaga. Similar to Maradiaga, many students do not have the skills to fix their clothes and would normally discard them.

Katherine Maradiaga wearing her repaired hat.

Katherine Maradiaga wearing her repaired hat.

Technically, The Marist Ethical Fashion Initiative is still a committee, but that is only motivating members to think bigger. The committee intends to become an official club with an elected board in the near future. Emphasizing it to be “a place for everyone,” they are pushing for increasing collaboration between fashion and non-fashion students. 

The committee stresses that the apparel industry is increasingly relevant to other industries because of the many detrimental ramifications it poses for many issues such as global health and the environment. The Marist Fashion Ethical Initiative claims that they will continue to promote innovative thinking and reform that will only take place if students and professionals from all backgrounds come together.

Lulu in Fashion Land

By Madison Zoey Vettorino

If you ask senior Lulu Colon about the most noticeable difference between Fashion Week in New York and Fashion Week in Paris, her answer is sure to fascinate you. “Paris Fashion Week is more relaxed! The fans in New York are really chaotic, but in Paris, it’s more casual. I was literally standing next to these big supermodels. They were just doing an open event. It’s really fun to compare,” Colon laughs.

Just a few weeks ago, the senior fashion merchandising major, originally from Puerto Rico, found herself helping to put the finishing touches on an internationally recognized event: The New York Fashion Week. However, this was not Colon’s first rodeo. The first time she participated in one of the most prestigious events in fashion was the spring semester of her freshman year.

“Here at Marist, there is a fashion show production class. Not that many freshmen get selected, because you need to apply, then get an interview…hundreds of people apply. So, I did it, and I got accepted into the class. I was one of three freshmen, and the class got invited to work with Betsey Johnson that year in New York Fashion Week. Then I went again my sophomore year…I went every year,” says Colon.

Since her first experience with New York Fashion Week, Colon has expanded her resumé in impressive ways. Last semester, Lulu interned at LDJ Productions in Manhattan, a company owned by a Marist alumni that specializes in event production and show direction while offering creative services. Colon can’t say enough about the spectacular hands-on experience she gained during her days as an intern.

“I loved it! It was more of what I want to do…I like working events, planning, being backstage. LDJ also has its own charity foundation; it’s not only all fashion things. You get to work with Yahoo, the New York Times, Reebok, do conventions for pharmaceuticals…it’s cool that it’s not only fashion.”

Photo courtesy of Lulu Colon

Photo courtesy of Lulu Colon

Of course, the experience she gained her freshman year was different than that of her senior year, and she says that there definitely isn’t a typical day when it comes to Fashion Week. “I can’t compare what I did my freshman year to this year. Last season, when I was interning, I did a lot of pre-Fashion Week things…like set up, and put decals on things. You have to make sure every little detail is good with your supervisor. You want to make sure the sponsors are happy. You run errands, get to see the shows, make sure people are on time. Just little things like that.”

It’s a transformative experience for any fashion student for sure. “I just love being present and observing. Last year, Marist got the opportunity to work with (designer) Francesca Liberatore, and this year we got invited to help again, me and a few girls on my team. We did her fittings, because we got so close with her last year. She was so proud of us. We altered garments, did all the layout, made sure all the shoes fit the models, made sure hair and makeup was on time. I got so many opportunities here. We actually got to work and learn from the actual designers and the people that run Fashion Week instead of just dressing models.”

With all of this going on, it’s no surprise that Colon’s one piece of advice for other fashion students looking to go backstage at Fashion Week is to remember to drink water! “The pace is so fast. Once you get there, you have to remember to even drink water! Even if you’re not thirsty…drink water! We get to the venue at 5 p.m. and all of a sudden it’s 10 p.m.…it’s crazy!”

“Crazy” is probably the best way to describe Colon’s schedule, thanks to her involvement in innumerable activities on campus. Her years at Marist have been colorful, thanks to her participation not only the fashion program, but in the Marist Ambassadors club and the on-campus sorority Alpha Sigma Tau. Nevertheless, Colon says that it’s important to get involved. “Always volunteer! And always build up your resume. The fashion department is always sending emails for volunteers, just for little things. There are so many opportunities, and we have an internship coordinator, too. Just be on top of it; always help and volunteer. You’re not going to be paid probably, but it’s worth it.”

With that go-getter attitude, this fashion aficionado that cites the illustrious Italian Dolce & Gabbana as her favorite fashion house growing up is sure to be an asset to the fashion industry in many aspects when she graduates.