There’s More to College Life Than The Campus: How to Engage with the Community and Why It’s Important

by Megan Mirabito When people go off to college it is easy to get trapped in the “campus bubble.” Between classes, making new friends and adjusting to dorm life, the idea of getting involved in the surrounding community is often far from students’ minds. But getting involved in your college town has several benefits. For one, it can help to make college feel like home. Whether it’s going out on the … Continue reading There’s More to College Life Than The Campus: How to Engage with the Community and Why It’s Important

New deputy department chair of journalism talks changes to the program and what is to come

by Megan Mirabito The Digital Media and Journalism department at SUNY New Paltz has undergone several changes over the past few years and Professor Lisa Phillips has been right in the middle of it. Phillips, an assistant professor of journalism, was recently appointed to deputy department chair. Phillips began teaching at New Paltz in 2003 and worked in radio for 12 years prior to that. … Continue reading New deputy department chair of journalism talks changes to the program and what is to come

Chenango United Way

  During the summer of 2017, from May through August, I interned at Chenango United Way in Norwich, New York. This non-profit organization focuses on the needs of Chenango County. According to its mission statement, “Chenango United Way builds partnerships and maximizes resources to improve the quality of life for local residents.” Chenango United Way currently operates with three major community goals: income, education and health. … Continue reading Chenango United Way

President Trump threatens arts funding, American people speak up

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. — President Trump’s national budget blueprint could rip away more than $17 million in annual funding for the arts in New York State, a devastating blow to regions across the state like the Hudson Valley. But the art community is not going down without a fight. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is one of several federal agencies for the arts—including … Continue reading President Trump threatens arts funding, American people speak up

Hudson Valley proves the arts can transform a community

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. — An interesting idea to improve the economy has spread through communities in the Hudson Valley. The idea is simple – if you want people to buy things, attract them with art first. The concept is simple enough. The communities pick a day during which artists put their wares on display near the street – paintings, sculptures and other works of art … Continue reading Hudson Valley proves the arts can transform a community

Norwich High School hosts annual Spirit Night

Nothing builds school spirit like a night of stumbling through obstacle courses, pelting classmates with dodge balls, a plate of whipped cream to the face, choreographed dancing and a little bit of vomit. The Norwich High School seniors and freshmen faced off against the juniors and sophomores in the culmination of a week’s worth of competitions—the time-honored tradition of Spirit Night. On Friday, March 24, … Continue reading Norwich High School hosts annual Spirit Night

LGBT community continues to express love in wake of Orlando: A young couple’s path to engagement

“Yeah, it’s been over two years! We can say that now,” Tyler Brown exclaimed while grinning at his new fiancé, Ryan De Tomi. Despite De Tomi’s wayfarers and Brown’s aviators, the loving gaze they exchanged was crystal clear. Brown, 20, and De Tomi, 18, announced their engagement on their two year anniversary, just two days after the grisly Orlando night club shooting. “I almost felt … Continue reading LGBT community continues to express love in wake of Orlando: A young couple’s path to engagement