I Am a Human Being First

At 7 p.m. on a Thursday night Cassie Thomas pulls into the parking lot of the Titusville Plaza in Poughkeepsie, New York. In the pitch black of the late-November evening, light from a storefront window illuminates the spinning figures within. Black leotards, white tights, hair pulled taught. The small-framed figures cross polished wooden floors in a series of twirls. Cassie, bundled against the cold in … Continue reading I Am a Human Being First

Scenes from a Poorly-Lit Coffee Shop

At 6:30 on a cold November night, the familiar yellow glow from several green-hooded bankers desk lamps and some vintage lamps whose bell-shaped shades wore dangling tassels, lit the nearly empty coffee shop, Cafeteria. The brick building, whose red-orange window frames and newly-painted black door complement the orange and black colors of the business sign hanging above the sidewalk on Main Street, is a popular … Continue reading Scenes from a Poorly-Lit Coffee Shop

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