Alex's Today. Photo courtesy of Christen Sblendorio.

A historic hidden gem

At the corner of Main and Market Street in the City of Poughkeepsie sits Alex’s Restaurant, a quaint breakfast and lunch bistro. Alex’s website describes its interior as art deco, but Front of House Manager Michael Pertesis says that the mellow green walls, white accents, brick floor and exposed radiators are meant to be “reminiscent of an old-fashioned place that has been here for one-hundred years.” Continue reading

Students at the Marist Fashion Brunch. From left to right: Sabrina Mattera, Kira Melendez, Audrey Maysek, Brianna Sherlock and Jill Hub/ Photo courtesy Maria Catalano

Why Leave Sports for Fashion?

Students at the Marist Fashion Brunch. From left to right: Sabrina Mattera, Kira Melendez, Audrey Maysek, Brianna Sherlock and Jill Hub/ Photo courtesy Maria Catalano

Senior fashion design students at the Marist Fashion Brunch. From left to right: Sabrina Mattera, Kira Melendez, Audrey Maysek, Brianna Sherlock and Jill Hub/ Photo courtesy Maria Catalano

Jill Hub and Kira Melendez have a lot in common. They are both fashion design majors. They are both athletes. And they both left their Division I teams for fashion.

Jill Hub tried to walk on to the Marist Women’s Basketball team when she arrived in the fall of 2011 for her freshman year at Marist. The roster was full, but the team kept her on as manager with the expectation that she would try out next season when the position she played on the team was open.

As a manager, Hub lifted with the team, attended practices from 9:30 to 11 am six days a week and travelled with the team to games in places like Buffalo and Florida.

Jill Hub and Shooter Fox at the MAAC Championships in 2012 where the Marist Women's basketball team won/ Photo courtesy Jill Hub

Jill Hub and Shooter Fox at the MAAC Championships in 2012 where the Marist Women’s basketball team won/ Photo courtesy Jill Hub

Melendez rowed on the Marist Women’s Division I Rowing team in the 2V event starting when she walked on to the team her freshman year.

Melendez woke up Monday through Saturday for 6 am practices in the Marist boathouse and on the river. As the weather got colder, the rowers moved inside to the ergometers. “We generally have a workout every day and a YOYO (you’re on your own) workout every day as well. We have to life twice a week in our off season too,” she said.

Crew, according to Melendez, is one of the most competitive team sports as far as competition within the team itself. “We are constantly competing against our teammates in order to earn spot in the boat, which is very demanding as well as draining.”

“The commitment to any sport in college is like a full time job,” said Melendez.

Marist's Women's Rowing Spring 2014. Melendez is second after coxswain/ Photo courtesy Marist Atheltics

Marist’s Women’s Rowing Spring 2014. Melendez is second rower after the coxswain/ Photo courtesy Marist Athletics

The basketball season runs from October to March, taking Hub away from the studios and classes to travel to and practice for games. Fall and winter are the training periods for rowing “A.K.A. the most intensive parts of the sport,” according to Melendez. Competition season is in the spring for crew.

Fashion design is an intense major, with classes in apparel construction and portfolio building each semester, along with the traditional core classes, all culminating in three capping courses senior year. “Fashion is a full-time commitment,” said Hub.

Both said teachers were accommodating to their sports schedules but that they still ran into problems now and then. “. It’s just very hard to work around a fashion schedule. If teachers have something planned like fittings, runway ready reviews or the fashion show and you have a commitment to your team it is very hard for them to be understanding. It is our responsibility to make it up even if it is something that is out of our hands,” said Melendez.

It was hard to keep up with school, said Hub, because she could not bring her homework along on bus rides. “Other majors can bring their textbooks on the bus and study, but I couldn’t bring my sewing or paints on the bus to finish my homework,” she said.

“There is so much to do in fashion, especially in our senior year. We have the lookbook and photoshoots in the spring on weekends. Since crew is a spring sport, I would be missing most of my crew meets in order to stick to my fashion curriculum. It seemed pointless to practice all year and get very little sleep and not even be able to fully commit to my team or show up to my races,” said Melendez.

Hub’s decision to leave the team came at the end of her freshman year when she realized that she was putting “50% into basketball and 50% into fashion.”

“I kind of realized that I’d never be great at either. Would I rather be happy for the next four years of my life [playing basketball] or the next 30 years of my life [in fashion design]?”

Melendez decided not to return to row her senior year, “because I was never sleeping and getting sick too much.” Fashion caused her to be up into the early hours of the morning working in the studios. Crew demanded she was up and practicing by 6 am. “Trying to manage both commitments and only sleeping an hour or two a night just became too difficult,” she said.

“I’m not planning on being a professional rower so I feel like fashion was the obvious choice. It was pointless to give up a profession for a college sport,” said Melendez.

When asked if anyone could do it successfully, Hub mentioned Marist Women’s Basketball All-star Rachel Fitz. Fitz was one of the best basketball players to come through Marist and lead the team during her seasons with the Red Foxes. “She made the choice to be the best basketball player,” said Hub,

Melendez says she thinks there could be success in doing sports and fashion design. “It would be really difficult and they would probably get very little sleep,” she said.

Melendez says the hardest part of leaving the team was saying goodbye to that part of her life. “My team was very important to me,” she said, “I miss being part of the team and I miss being able to have that in my life.”

“I especially miss being in shape,” Melendez said with a laugh.

“I definitely made the right decision in choosing fashion, although I do wish I could choose both. I miss being on the crew team, but I just don’t think I could handle the little amounts of sleep and amounts of work anymore,” said Melendez.

“Don’t get me wrong,” said Hub, “I don’t regret it, I just miss it. I loved the girls, the game, everything.”

“I didn’t leave with a bad taste in my mouth, I just left because I wanted to be good at one thing [fashion design],” said Hub.

Most Marist Eateries Affected By Student Absence

Most Marist College affiliated restaurants and eateries that thrive during the school year will be greatly affected by the absence of the student body, while one in particular will greatly thrive during the upcoming winter break.

Significantly visited eateries and restaurants around the Poughkeepsie area by Marist College students include places like Campus Deli, Red Fox Eatery, Pleasant Ridge, and Rossi’s Rosticceria. All of these places will have their revenue greatly affected by the absence of the student body during winter break, except for Rossi’s. Rossi’s has deeply rooted itself into the Poughkeepsie and Hudson Valley region so significantly that they have been able to thrive during the times that the students are not at school during the extensive winter break.

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Red Fox Eatery is located directly across from the Marist College campus, on the other side of Route 9. It is a family owned restaurant that specializes in making sandwiches, paninis, wraps, and burgers. Recently, they have added Korean food to the menu as a dinner option. Owner of Red Fox Eatery, Steven Lee, closes the restaurant for all of winter break. He says, “We have the same schedule as the students do during the school year. When they are off, we close. We make no revenue during the month off for winter break.” Continue reading

Marist Concert To Benefit The Wounded Warrior Project

“Please sit back and enjoy our concert dedicated to the heroes of America”. These were the words said by Arthur Himmelberger, the Director of Music and the Director of Bands, before conducting his band to play.

This past Saturday the Marist College Band held an event called “Red, White & Blue: We All Thank You” to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project in the Nelly Goletti Theatre in the Marist College Student Center.

It consisted of the Marist College Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, and Orchestra tickets were five dollars for students and senior citizens, and ten dollars for the general public. There were two concerts held on Saturday with the first being at one o’clock and the second at five. Before the concert there was a video playing showing the heroes that received the Medal of Honor and telling their story as well as raffle tickets with the winners announced in between the two concerts.

The Marist Band getting ready to perform for the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Marist Band getting ready to perform for the Wounded Warrior Project.

A portion of both the ticket sales as well as the raffle ticket sales were donated to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The organization was founded in 2002 and is a veteran service that offers different services, programs and events to aid wounded veterans of military actions after September 11th, 2001. The Warrior Wounded Project serves three main purposes. Those purposes are to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. Their vision is “to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history” as reported on their website. The organization has five core values which are fun, integrity, loyalty, innovation, and service.

By 2017 the Wounded Warrior project plans to have helped 100,000 families from the donations received. “We have to take it upon ourselves, the public sector, to reach and help out these wonderful people who risked their lives to help us” said Himmelberger. “One story that I read about that really sticks out to me is that there was a mother who served living in a car with her baby in North Dakota. Wounded Warrior found her and granted her $11,000 of the money she was supposed to receive but never did and she said ‘Now I can get a hotel room to sleep in, but first I am going to get a warm meal for my baby’. That story really makes me love what the Wounded Warrior Project does, they found this woman and changed her life” Himmelberger said.

It is a great cause and the band had a little extra emotion knowing what they were playing for.

“I think that with any concert there is a certain level of joy that reaches you as a musician; not matter what you play you’re always reaching an audience, and that in itself is a fantastic feeling. But this concert was such a pleasure, not only because our ticket proceeds are going to the wounded warrior project, but because we touched the hearts of the people in the audience that may have served or have a loved one currently serving” said senior clarinet player Rachael Black.

The people in the audience were definitely touched. Throughout the performance at any point you could see somebody getting emotional. During one of the song’s Himmelberger shouted out the branches of the United States Armed Forces and anybody in the audience who served for that branch or had a close loved one currently serving would stand up as the band played in their honor.

“I served in the army so the Wounded Warrior Project is something special to me, but I also wanted to give recognition to the people in the audience who have fought for our country” said Himmelberger. “They came to see us perform and I wanted to show them that we respect what they did and put them in the limelight” he added.

The concert provided the band with a great feeling knowing that they are helping, but audience members and people who served also love what they did.

“My father served as a marine, and my brother followed in his footsteps so I am here on behalf of both of them. I think it is really great that the band does this. I feel like the troops do not always get the recognition they deserve but today was great and the band did a fantastic job” said Amy DeYoung, a Hyde Park resident.

Roy Durocher Jr. was a cavalry scout in the Army. The cavalry scout is responsible for being the eyes and ears of the commander during battle. They engage the enemy in the field track and report their activity and direct the employment of weapon systems to their locations as explained on goarmy.com. Roy was shot overseas and loves when people do things to benefit the wounded warrior project.

“I was lucky that when I was shot that it was not very severe, but people that I knew have been horribly wounded and killed” said Durocher. “It is terrible that these families have their lives changed by losing a loved one or having one injured physically or mentally, but the Wounded Warrior Project is great and I love everything that they do. Hearing about the Marist Band hosting a concert to benefit the organization makes me very happy. It’s always great to hear about people giving us support it makes it feel like I did something that people really appreciate and that is an amazing feeling”.

This also is not the first time that the band has done this. Every fall they put together a concert and donate to the project. It is something close to Arthur Himmelberger as he and his daughter have both served in the Army so putting together this concert and donating every year is special.

Ticket and Program from Saturday's concert.

Ticket and Program from Saturday’s concert.

Although the band is very proud to be a part of this and see’s the importance in it, the preparation is still the same.

“The Marist Band is a very dedicated group of people and we rehearse quite a lot for every show we play. Though the amount of time spent rehearsing for this concert was just as much as we usually rehearse for a concert, a lot of hard work went into perfecting these songs to be the best they can be” said Black.

The Marist Band has six recitals and concerts left this semester all during December for anybody that would like to show support. They do a lot for the community and put in a lot of hard-work to deliver a satisfactory show.

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This week in news: 11/17-11/24

As the semester draws to a close, students are scrambling to get their work done in order to have a relaxing and peaceful Thanksgiving break. With their heads in the books, it might have been hard to keep an eye on what’s happening in the world. Lucky for you, the Red Fox Report has you covered on any major news you might have missed. This week included an immigration speech from President Obama, a massive snowstorm, a shooting at FSU, a massacre in Jerusalem, the troubles of Bill Cosby, and Katniss Everdeen’s return to the box office.

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A retelling of the rise & fall of men’s basketball

Marist vs. Wagner, 1986 (courtesy  of Marist Athletic Department)

Marist vs. Wagner, 1986 (courtesy of Marist Athletic Department)

When Marist first successfully transitioned their sports programs to the Division I level in 1981, total student enrollment hovered around 2,000 students, the then-McCann Center was four years old, and a young executive named Dennis Murray prepared himself to begin his third year as President of the up and coming college. Yet of the many sports teams the Marist Athletic Department prepared in response to the new competitive landscape, a focus was placed on the men’s basketball program.

In order to actively contend for the championship in what was then a very competitive league, the Marist men’s basketball coaching staff had to become creative in their pursuit for talent. Led by head coach Mike Perry, the coaching staff was one of the first college programs in NCAA history to recruit international players. By the 1984 season, the roster featured six players who were not American.

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Mens Basketball 2014: What To Watch For

The Marist men’s basketball team has not finished the season with a winning record since the 2007-2008 season when they went 18-14. Despite losing their first game of the season the Red Foxes showed that they are a competitive team ready to take Marist back into the hunt and continue the success of new Head Coach Mike Maker. Coach Maker is known for his winning and with him taking over the team here is a list of things to look for during the 2014-2015 season.

• Khallid Hart
Although Marist lost their first game to Bucknell 75-72, red-shirt sophomore Hart had a great game scoring a career-high 33 points. Last year he averaged 14.7 points a game under Coach Jeff Bower. Hart is really taking control of the team after winning the MAAC Rookie of the Year last season. He is a very exciting player offensively and plans on focusing more on defense this year to become a threat on both sides of the ball. As the season progresses people should watch what Hart does on the court to help lead the Red Foxes to a winning season.

• Coach Maker

Coach Maker (left) after signing to be Head Coach of the Marist Men's Basketball Team

Coach Maker (left) after signing to be Head Coach of the Marist Men’s Basketball Team

Head Coach Mike Maker is in his first season with Marist after spending six years at Williams College. While there he had a record of 147-32 and made it on College Insiders list of the top 25 non Division-1 head coaches. “He’s a really gifted coach. He’s a teacher, and players will develop and get better. He’s someone that I think is very professional, and people at the school will enjoy working with him” said Oregon Head Coach Dana Altman who was assisted by Coach Maker during his time at Creighton. Maker is excited to be at the Divison-1 level and the players are excited to have him. “There’s been receptiveness to the new coaching style. “The whole coaching staff has been great, being demanding with us and bonding with us and creating trust from us” said senior Chavaughn Lewis who is the 7th all-time scorer in Marist history.

• Chavaughn Lewis
Lewis is the 7th all-time scores in Marist history and is 537 points away from being first. Lewis is a senior and Maker is happy to have him on his team. “When you look at our senior class, certainly Chavaughn Lewis is an All-MAAC player. I’ve been totally impressed with his ability, his toughness, his competitiveness. He’s lightning in a bottle” said Maker. “We feel so blessed to have him. I wish I had him for more than one year” he added. Being a senior Lewis is ready to win “I’m just ready to get out after it with those guys” he said, with those guys referencing his teammates. While 537 points is no easy feat, with another great season it is possible for Chavaughn Lewis to become Marist’s all-time leading point scorer after having 544 points last season.

Marist’s home opener is this Saturday, November 22nd, against Army at 7 p.m. The first 1,000 students to attend will receive a free Marist T-Shirt. Make sure to watch Hart and Lewis as they are looking to be a top five team under Coach Maker in what is sure to be an exciting season.

This Week in the News

As everyone was bundling up trying to keep warm on this early week in November there was some news that I’m sure you college students missed. This week’s news includes breaking stories on the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and Humankind’s first landing on a comet to a big upset in college football. News that will keep you updated on what you missed.

Investigation of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 begins

Wreckage of MH17.  Courtesy of NBC News.

Wreckage of MH17. Courtesy of NBC News.

This story dates back to this summer, July 17th, when a scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was presumed to have been shot down, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. The plane lost contact when it was about 30 miles from the Ukraine-Russian boarder and crashed near Torez in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, just 25 miles from the border over territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists. The tricky situation here is that this crash occurred at the wrong time. The plane crashed during the Battle in Shakhtarsk Raion, which is part of an on-going war in Donbass. According to American and German intelligence sources, the plane was shot down by the pro Russian separatists using a surface-to-air missile in territory in which they controlled. Continue reading

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Marist College Radio struggles to gain listenership

“Wait, Marist has a radio station?”

That is the question that various Marist students said when asked about WMAR, Marist College’s student-run radio station.

Despite being recognized as an official club at Marist, WMAR still struggles to gain a significant following due to a lack of promotion and marketing at the school.

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Steel Plant Studios Presents: Topographic

Students of all majors gathered at Steel Plant Studios the evening of November 13th to admire the artistic talents of their classmates, Carly Stewart and Erin Kerbert. The two senior art majors transformed the lobby of Steel Plant Studios, home to Marist’s Department of Art and Art History, into an enlarged 3D version of a topographical map.

Carly Stewart and Erin Kerbert posing with their masterpiece.  Photo by Samantha Fusco

Carly Stewart and Erin Kerbert posing with their masterpiece.
Photo by Samantha Fusco

“I didn’t know what to expect when going to the exhibition. As Carly’s roommate, I knew she had been working on the project for weeks and spent several hours a day at the studio,” said Jaclyn Sanderson. “When I saw the final product, I was sincerely impressed. She truly displayed her artistic capabilities and it was clear that her hard work really paid off.”

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