Diversity and its many layers at Marist College

Co-written by Adriana Belmonte and Ali Ayers 

Diversity is a multi-faceted issue that has been brought to the forefront of discussion within the Marist community in recent years. However, for some students, it is not the answer to all the problems that come with it. “Diversity is important but not the end-all-be-all,” sophomore Danisha Craig said. “Marist has this idea that with a diverse classroom, those of privilege will become non-prejudicial. But in reality, if we’re not recognizing what affects who, we’re not fixing anything.”

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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 Poll thrives on democracy

Since 1978, the Marist Institute for Public Opinion has been a fixture on the Marist College campus. Started by Dr. Lee Miringoff as a way to teach his political science class about voting behavior, it has evolved into a national opinion poll, covering an array of issues ranging from politics to sports to technology and beyond. Known as the Marist Poll around campus, the organization works year-round, employing students as their survey research interviewers.

The Marist Poll strives to maintain their integrity and prevent any kind of bias. Interviewers must always stick to their script and maintain composure when it comes to dealing with difficult interviewees. This ensures that all of the collected data is as accurate as possible, in order to preserve the reputation of the Marist Poll with the general public and the media. When it came time for the first two GOP debates, the Marist Poll’s integrity was put to the test. MIPO decided to conduct their surveys without asking the head-to-head questions that would have been used in determining debate eligibility.

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