Marist lockdown lifted after Twitter threat, teen arrested

Co-written by Adriana Belmonte, Derek Rose, Brennan Weiss and Kelsey Bradley

The Marist community was informed Friday morning through the Marist Alert system that an anonymous threat had been made on Twitter against the college. After Marist locked down campus and canceled classes, local Poughkeepsie police reported that a 16-year old boy from the City of Poughkeepsie had been arrested.  

After the threat was deemed illegitimate, the lockdown was lifted early Friday afternoon, although classes remained canceled for the rest of the day. The campus grounds re-opened for other school-related functions.

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Lack of female sports communication majors shows Marist has room for growth

When Janie Pierson first came to Marist College, she knew right away that she wanted a career in sports broadcast journalism, specifically for a hockey team. However, she realized she would have to change many things about herself in order to get there. “I learned that at a lot of places, you’re forced to cut your hair a certain way and dress a certain way, and I was not about that,” she said. After interning with Marist Athletics during her sophomore year, Pierson realized that she enjoyed doing what Sports Information Directors do every day, which made her rethink her major. She decided to change her second concentration from broadcast journalism to public relations. Now, one year later, her dream position is to work for an NHL team in their public relations or social media department.

So why was there the shift from broadcast journalism to public relations? As Pierson indicated, as a female, she knew that she would be expected to change her appearance if she chose the broadcast route. Dr. Tim Mirabito, Assistant Professor of Sports Communication at Marist, believes that it is a strength-in-numbers mentality. “Females can get self-conscious of the broadcasting aspect,” he explained. “Sports communication in general is such a male-dominated field.” He believes that this also explains the lack of female sports communication majors at Marist.

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Marist’s Society of Professional Journalists meets with news organizations

On November 21, Marist’s Society of Professional Journalists took a trip to New York City to visit three news organizations: Democracy Now, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Daily News. The trip provided the students the opportunity to meet with journalists and learn more about the field of journalism and the media for their future careers.

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Jeremy Schaap provides inspiration for aspiring sports journalists

Students piled into the Nelly Goletti Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 11 to see renowned sports journalist, author, and six-time Emmy Award winner Jeremy Schaap speak to the Marist community. Schaap was interviewed by Center of Sports Communication Director Keith Strudler about his career as an ESPN host and shared some personal stories and offered bits of advice to students hoping to follow a similar career path to his.

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