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By Joe Brosnan

Marist is such a tease. There they go, letting me practically major in sports and television. And yet, when I try to combine the two, I can’t, unless of course I want to get alcohol involved. Marist does not offer its students two television channels: YES and SNY, thus denying its students the chance to watch either the Yankees or the Mets. Now why anyone would want to watch the Mets, I’ll never know. But I guess those are just some people I’ll never understand – kind of like those people who watch “The Bachelor” or “Dancing with the Stars”. But to each one’s own, I guess.

Anyway, back to the baseball. If Marist students want to watch the Yankees put a spanking on the Red Sox, they have to pray that it’s ESPN’s Sunday Night Game of the Week. It’s either that, or go to a local bar to watch the game, where more times than not, alcohol is consumed. And trust me; any student who goes here knows that at least half the students at any bar at any given time are underage. This seems like a lot of illegal activity just to watch a simple ball game.

Baseball season starts in mid-April every year. It runs throughout the end of October. Fortunately, FOX and TBS have the rights to all Major League Baseball Playoff Games. Those can be watched. But let’s say that it’s September and the Mets are in the middle of another late season collapse. For any fan, those are must watch games! But for Marist students, those games are impossible to view unless you want to try and find a low-quality streaming feed online that buffers more than it plays. This then turns those sweltering four hour games into five hours of choppy, delayed garbage. The only other play is to go to a bar. For Marist students, I recommend Darby’s. IRISH NACHOS all the way.

We pay enough tuition at Marist. We’re not asking for box seats. Hell, we’re not even asking for the bleachers. We just want to be able to flip on our televisions and watch our favorite players hit some balls. It is our national pastime after all. And that’s History 101.


PGA Masters Championship

By Kevin Shoemaker

After finding out that his wife Amy had been diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2009, Phil Mickelson announced he would leave the game of golf. Less than a year later, he stood at the 18th hole of the PGA Masters Championship, wearing the green jacket.

Although he has two past Master’s victories, Mickelson’s third win at the August National was by far the most emotional one of his career. After sinking a final eight-foot birdie putt to complete the 4th lowest tournament score in Master’s history, Mickelson made a direct path to his wife who put off her diagnosed bed rest to support her husband on the final day.

In recent months, the struggle Mickelson and his family have gone through (his mother, Mary, was diagnosed with breast cancer six weeks after Amy) has been overshadowed by the scandal surrounding Tiger Woods.

I regret to say that this weekend was no different.

From the start of the tournament, everyone had tabs on where Woods was on the course. But by Sunday evening, people finally recognized one of the best Master’s performances in its 73-year history.

The Master’s Championship, in my eyes, has always been the most riveting major championship in golf. The goal of wearing the green jacket after four days of golf on August National always makes for an exciting Sunday. As an avid golf fan, Mickelson’s success this weekend left a sweet taste in my mouth.

His triumph was more impressive than anything Woods could have accomplished this weekend. While Woods has struggled in his personal life due to his own selfish actions, Mickelson faces forces beyond his control with honor and courage, as shown this weekend.

I must also acknowledge the moral justice that came with Mickelson’s win. With the return of Woods, many wondered if he could come out and win his first tournament in 144 days. Instead, it was Mickelson, the husband who has sacrificed a substantial portion of his golf schedule to dedicate his time to his wife’s cancer treatment.

It seems to me that the universe made sure the right man took home the championship.

I applaud you Phil Mickelson. You and Amy deserved this one.

Eating Out Can Spell Disaster for the Health-Conscious

By Christine Savoia

The first time I saw the ad for KFC’s new Double Down sandwich, I could only stare blankly at the screen. Advertised as the product that is “so meaty, there’s no room for a bun,” this concoction features a gooey mixture of bacon, cheese, and sauce slathered between two pieces of chicken, fried or grilled.

On a personal note, I seriously doubt anyone with the strength to order this monstrosity is actually going to opt for the healthier grilled chicken.

In any case, this anti-culinary creation was just one more reminder of how food disturbed our country really is. According to KFC’s website, the fried Double Down will cost you 540 calories, 32 g of fat, and 1380 mg of sodium. Not great, but what can you expect from something that’s practically dripping with grease?

Disturbing as it is, the Double Down doesn’t worry me. I know fast food isn’t healthy, so I avoid it.

What does worry me are the “real” restaurants, where some of the choices are so much worse. Making good choices when I go out to eat is often a guessing game, one that usually ends up with me ordering whatever I want since I don’t have to look at the nutrition facts.

That is, until I started doing some digging online.

Olive Garden was the first website I hit. My world came to a screeching halt when I learned my go-to dish, the fettucine alfredo, contained a whopping 1,220 calories and 75g of fat. TWELVE HUNDRED calories? That’s like a whole day’s worth of food for me –not even counting those irresistible breadsticks!

Then I found out that if you truly want a “healthy” meal at Outback Steakhouse, you need to ask them not to use butter when cooking your meal. I always knew the Bloomin’ Onion was bad news, but I never expected that I would shave 25g fat off of my salmon simply by requesting “no butter.” Not even the steamed veggies escape this fate.

And desserts? Ha. Forget it. Looking to top off your meal at Chili’s with a scrumptious brownie sundae? This baby packs 1,340 calories and 68g fat, more than most of the entrees on their grilled menu. Or how about the Applebee’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae? Try 1,780 calories and 48g fat. These pale in comparison, however, to what has been labeled the Worst Dessert in America: pulling in 1,660 calories, 97g fat, and 30g saturated fat, Romano’s Macaroni Grill New York Cheesecake with Caramel Fudge Sauce tops them all.

I get that the savory taste is what restaurants get you to keep coming back, but knowing what I do now tends to make me break out in hives anytime my friends want to go to a diner – where even the cooks probably have no idea how many calories they’re serving me.

For the love of unclogged arteries, can we please stop the madness? It’s no wonder the world is calling us a “fat” country when we remain oblivious to what’s really in our favorite indulgences.

Don’t get me wrong – I love food. In my perfect world, I would happily gorge on milkshakes and double bacon cheeseburgers without an ounce of guilt.

Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way. Unless you’re ordering a plain salad every time, eating out frequently can pack on the pounds. Let’s not even get into the havoc the high levels of sodium and saturated fats are wreaking on our bodies.

Maybe I’m a bit of a control freak, but eating out is generally expensive, so this really bothers me. I feel like I’m shelling out extra cash for a meal that tastes good for five minutes, but sticks to my hips forever. It just doesn’t seem worth it.

SIDEBAR:

Best and Worst

Want a better idea of what you should be ordering? Take a look at these five worst offenders, then consider some of the healthier options.

Worst

  1. Outback 14 oz Ribeye: 1,193 calories may not shock you, but how about 99g fat?
  2. Cheesecake Factory Pasta Carbonara with Chicken: 2,290 calories, 81g fat. Ouch.
  3. Denny’s Grandslamwich: 1,320 calories and 90g fat for breakfast. Without hash browns.
  4. Red Lobster Chocolate Wave: Shellfish may healthy, but with 1,490 calories and 81g fat, this dessert is not.
  5. Chili’s Jalapeno Smokehouse Burger w/ Jalapeno Ranch: 2130 calories, 139g fat. That one pretty much speaks for itself.

Best

  1. Applebee’s Cajun Lime Tilapia: Only 310 calories, 6 g fat, I must admit this is a personal favorite. And those numbers include the sides of rice and broccoli.
  2. Olive Garden Venetian Apricot Chicken with Pasta e Fagioli Soup and Fresh Brewed Iced Tea: All of that for just 510 calories, 6.5g fat.
  3. P.F. Chang’s Wild Alaskan Salmon with Shanghai Cucumbers, Egg Drop Soup: 374 calories, 33g fat. Coming from salmon, at least this is “good” fat. If there is such a thing.
  4. IHOP Two Eggs Breakfast for Me: Only 380 calories, 11g fat for a decent egg substitute, turkey bacon, toast, and fresh fruit.
  5. Applebee’s Dessert Shooters: 300 calories and…well, no one seems to know. Applebee’s hasn’t divulged the real numbers, but these petite treats won’t set you nearly as far back as that Triple Chocolate Meltdown.

“Lost” Nears Finale with Many Questions Unanswered

By John Enright

As an avid fan of the hit television show “Lost”, it is safe to say that I am excited for the series finale on Sunday, May 23. But as each day creeps closer and closer to the finale and less answers are revealed to me, I begin to wonder if the writers will ever get to them all.

Executive producers Damon Lindeolf and Carlton Cuse have advertised throughout the season that “questions will be answered”, but with only four episodes remaining, one of those being the two-hour series finale, there are still a boatload of questions left to be answered.

Back in seasons one and two, it was revealed that ten-year-old Walt Lloyd seemed to have some psychic abilities, but not once has this been clarified to the fans or even mentioned in the past two seasons. As far as I’m concerned, if the writers do not solve that mystery before the series ends I’m going to feel like I was played for a fool. Walt’s “powers” were a main storyline during the show’s second season and for them to never even say what it all meant is really aggravating.

But probably the biggest question I have for the creators of “Lost” is what is up with the alternate/flash-sideways timeline. Throughout the final season, the writers have implemented a storyline to go along with the main one, where the fans get to see what would have happened had the island not existed and had the characters’ plane not crashed. Although it is a nice sub-plot to the main story, I and many fans of the show do not see how it has anything to do with the ending of the series. At this point all I want to know is the fate of the characters on the island, not of the characters in the flash-sideways timeline. So unless the writers prove to me that the alternate storyline has a deeper meaning, I will get increasingly upset as each episode with the flash-sideways timeline airs.

Although there are still many questions left unanswered on “Lost”, there are quite a few that have been answered throughout the sixth season. They answered questions that had been lingering since the first season, including what the “monster” and “whispers” were. So with that being said I plan on giving the writers the benefit of the doubt.

But let me make myself clear: As a fan who’s been waiting six years to find out what the island really is and whether or not there is a purpose to everything, I believe that if “Lost” ends without answering the important questions, it will be remembered as one of the biggest wastes of time in human history instead of one of the greatest television shows of the last decade.

Snuggies: The Blanket that People Love to Hate

By Addie DiFrancesco

I still cannot get over the simple fact that a blanket with sleeves has managed to take the nation by storm.

Snuggies are cropping up everywhere. You can buy Snuggies for your dog, Snuggies with your favorite teams’ emblems on them, and Snuggies with special exotic prints. Basically, there is a Snuggie for every occasion. You want a Snuggie designed with pictures of your husband or boyfriend all over it? Well, that may be coming next!

As Scott Boilen, CEO of the company that sells Snuggies, stated to the Chicago Tribune, “It is a simple solution to an everyday problem. People want to feel warm and comfortable yet still be able to use their hands. Snuggie answers the call.”

Um…it’s called a sweatshirt. Maybe Americans should invest in one of those. Oh and a pair of sweatpants. There you go - functional and warm.

And when did shoveling popcorn in your face while watching a movie become a problem? I’m guessing right when laziness hit its apex in the American public.

However, the Snuggie has gone beyond the simple As Seen on TV genre and is taking over stores around the nation. CVS, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, and several other stores now carry the favorite “blanket”.

When I previously interviewed the manager of a Waterbury CVS for a product review he stated: “They are selling quickly. The majority of consumers are women. Also, the most popular Snuggie is the pink one. They send me 75 percent compared to the leopard print.”

So people are buying. I mean, why not? I guess it’s one more novelty to throw in the closet and then out with the trash during spring cleaning.

My own housemates have embraced the Snuggie trend as have parents.

And now, I must admit that I myself own one. Christmas morning, I unwrapped the paper that enfolded a particularly garish leopard print Snuggie. I didn’t get to try it out though because my younger brother managed to swipe it and run to watch a movie. He later hid it in the hopes I might forget he took it. Nice try. I found it. I decided to test it out and wear it while reading a book on a chilly December afternoon. Honestly, I preferred the regular blanket. The Snuggie left me falling asleep mid-sentence and waking up covered in sweat. Not to mention the brief moment of claustrophobia I experienced upon waking up and finding this blanket tangled around my body. Not a fan.

At this point, I’ve decided to just use it as a regular blanket. But really, I don’t see how the company can make so much advertising a blanket with sleeves. If Americans are so focused on keeping their arms warm while watching TV, pull the blanket up higher or wear warmer clothes.

If anything, I feel people, like my own mother, buy them as a joke. They’re a ridiculous novelty that are selling out of pure humor. People give them as gifts and laugh about how ridiculous the receiver is going to look when wearing it.

So bravo to you, Snuggie! You have become possibly the biggest and most lucrative joke that I have yet to see. Although I’m pretty sure the creators are laughing all the way to the bank.

Security’s Honda Pilots: Marist’s White Elephants?

By Brian Rees

Marist Security’s SUV’s are a ubiquitous sight to any student attending the college. Whether cruising around the campus’ roads, or responding to a call, it’s hard to miss them.

But are they the right choice for a college that prides itself on sustainable living concepts?

The fact of the matter is that Honda’s Pilot averages about 17 miles per gallon for city driving, the kind experienced by these vehicles on a daily basis.

For what reason? These SUV’s are some of the largest available on the current market, offering a spacious interior and ample cargo room.

Unfortunately, Marist Security has few opportunities to take advantage of these features, since simply patrolling the campus requires neither of these assets.

A smaller SUV could easily do the same job, while offering better fuel economy and lower cost to operate.

The 2010 Ford Escape, employed by other universities, gives 22 miles to the gallon, and costs $7000 less at base price.

Marist College operates four Honda Pilots, and exchanging the fleet for a smaller alternative could save the school over $30000 at initial cost, barring such current luxuries as an updated stereo and leather interior now enjoyed by security staff.

The switch would doubtlessly prove beneficial to the Marist’s image, as it shows that the college is truly committed to sustaining the local environment.

Certain SUV’s are now available as hybrids, such as Saturn’s Vue.

A hybrid SUV would not only offer lower fuel costs over the entire semester, but be representative of the charges that Marist is trying to bring to it’s community.

While the security at Marist plays an important role in protecting students on a daily basis, a change in their choice of transportation would not hinder their operations in any conceivable way.

As the college continues to address the concerns of waste on campus, they should look first to improving the existing infrastructure, cutting unnecessary expenditures.

Security’s white elephants are certainly worthy of a second opinion.

The Chaos that is Marist Housing Selection Day

By Melanie Lamorte

Marist housing selection is finally over!  We all know how it works:

Step 1:  Stress about earning enough priority points for two semesters.

Step 2:  Complain when your priority point report comes out-surely they’ve made a mistake.

Step 3:  Choose your friends. Try to tell them that “it’s housing, nothing personal” if you decide not to live with them.

They take it personally.

Step 4:  Cry.

Step 5: Second guess your decisions.

Step 6:  Look into transferring because no other school could possibly have a system more complicated than this one.

Finally, after weeks of confusion, guilt, and hurt feelings, housing selection day comes.

This year, it was a little different than usual.  Instead of the multiple days of selection, this year everyone chose on the same day in the McCann Center.  There’s just something a little bizarre about the whole situation.  As people’s hopes of living with their best friends get crushed, Marist provides snacks.  They give us the whole day off.  Free food and fun was offered almost everywhere on campus while many people were upset about their living situation.

I really want to hate the priority point system.  It forces us to choose our friends by the number of clubs they join and their GPA.  It stresses us out.  It is an incredibly confusing, long and stressful process.  But when  I stop to think about it, priority points are actually great.  Think of how many activities you really would have done freshman year if priority points weren’t in place.

The system forces us out of our comfort zone.  It encourages us to make tough decisions about friendship and our own self interest.  It teaches us the value of hard work.  And though it is a hassle, we are very lucky.  While some of our friends at other schools are still living in regular style dorm rooms, we here at Marist get to enjoy huge houses.  We have common rooms with couches, kitchens and even dishwashers.  We can have riverfront property, rooms with a view and even a balcony.

In my opinion, these things are worth working hard for.

ABC has a video featuring some deluxe college living situations, guess which school was featured.

Managing Your Online Reputation

By Kaitlin Vogel

Before a job interview your checklist should include: updating your resume, finding a professional outfit to wear and most importantly, please do not forget to make your Facebook profile private.

According to CareerBuilder, two in five employers admitted that content on a profile stopped them from hiring a candidate. Appropriate disclosure on social networking sites is a must, especially with an increasing number of employers checking Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace to screen job applicants.

A Marist student, who wishes to remain anonymous for personal reasons, experienced the devastating consequences first hand. After successfully completing the interview and not hearing back for several weeks, she inquired as to why she was not hired. Surprisingly, she was told it was because of inappropriate photos on Facebook.

“The interview went so well I was confident I had the position,” said an anonymous source. “When I heard the reason why I wasn’t hired, I couldn’t believe it.”

Business, her field of study, is extremely strict and most companies stress the importance of projecting a professional image. As a result, she deleted her Facebook, and encourages other prospective job applicants to do the same.

The recruitment site www.onrec.com provides a list of the top ten turn-offs for employers on social networking websites:

1. References to drug abuse
2. Extremist/intolerant views, including racism, sexism
3. Criminal activity
4. Evidence of excessive alcohol consumption
5. Inappropriate pictures, including nudity
6. Foul language
7. Links to unsuitable websites
8. Vulgar jokes
9. Silly email addresses
10. Membership of pointless/ridiculous groups

If your Facebook profile, Twitter or MySpace page contains any of the above you are taking a serious risk. It’s worth cleaning up your profile to give a good impression and avoid any potential problems.

“The competition for jobs is fierce and you can’t afford to have anything working against you. So be smart and manage your online reputation,” said an anonymous source.

96-Team Tournament Would be a Nightmare Come True

My original idea for this post was to talk about how close the NCAA was to facing Armageddon, how it was on the brink of destroying what I feel is the most entertaining event in all of sports. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then clearly you weren’t paying attention during this year’s NCAA tournament when all you heard when you tuned in was talk regarding expanding to the tournament to 96 teams in the immediate future. I was disappointed when I went online today to find out that the NCAA and CBS had stolen some of my thunder. As it turns out, the NCAA is close to a deal with CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting Systems that would give the networks exclusive rights to broadcast all tournament games. An indirect, but certainly related part of the agreement, is that the tournament will expand itself to 68 teams, three more than the current format. Stupid? Absolutely. Pointless? Obviously. Is there a set plan as to how these extra teams will fit into the field? Of course not. This plan, however, is not as bad as what could have been, or what may be in the future. There are those out there who will stop at nothing to see the tournament expand to 96 teams and beyond, and although we appear safe for now, I feel it is necessary to remind fans of the dangers of such as scenario ever occurring. This is what life would be like with a 96 team field:

If you like underdogs making deep runs, you can stop reading now, because one inevitable result of such a huge field is that these Cinderella stories will die very quickly. For one, more teams means more necessary wins, and talent gap between mid-majors and the big guys will become glaringly obvious relatively early on. 8 teams in each 24-team region would receive byes. That’s the top 32 teams in the tournament. In today’s field, that’s every team 1-8 in each region. This means that those 12 over 5 and 13 over 4 upsets will become increasingly unlikely when the higher seeds are given time to rest and the lower seeds already had to win a game to get to that point. On that note, why do that many teams deserve byes? That would have meant this year’s Clemson and Texas teams, who did their best to throw their seasons away, would have been rewarded with an automatic trip to the second round.

I know what you’re thinking. What’s wrong with underdogs being thrown out of the mix early? Isn’t the tournament supposed to produce the best overall team? Well, the answer to that is yes.

My question, in return, is why are you expanding the field in order to “give more teams a chance” when the best teams in the country are already in the tournament under the current system. My sympathies to Arizona State, Dayton and Mississippi State. They’re good teams, and one or two more wins in the regular season might have given them an opportunity to play in the tournament. These, however, are not national title contenders, and they are technically the top of the field that narrowly missed making it to the Big Dance. Imagine the 29 teams below them, or to make it simply, imagine inviting the rest of the NIT field. Who does that include? I’m not sure, exactly. I, like most of the country, didn’t watch the NIT. I kind of wanted to stick to watching the best teams, not the mediocre ones.

Luckily, we are safe, for now. This isn’t over yet, however. More teams means more money, and that’s all that these television networks care about. The tournament is perfect at 65 teams. It will be a little weaker at 68, but manageable nonetheless. Perhaps the NCAA realized that polls revealed that the vast majority of fans are against such a massive expansion, 84 percent if you listen to ESPN (which I find more reliable than political polls conducted by news networks).

So for the next few years, at least, enjoy the tournament, and hope that Armageddon holds off just a little longer.

A Game of the Ages

By: Vinny Ginardi

This is why I love sports. At any time of any day of any month of any year, history can be made. That’s how a meaningless April meeting between the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals turned into my entertainment for a Saturday night.

On Saturday, 43,709 fans in attendance at Busch Stadium witnessed history in the making as the Mets defeated the Cardinals 2-1 in 20 innings. That wasn’t a typo. 20 innings.

For just the 42nd time in Major League Baseball history, and just the 3rd time since 1994, a game lasted at least 20 innings (interestingly enough, in 1974, these teams played against each other in a 25-inning contest, with the Cardinals winning 4-3). But what is even more interesting about this game is that the first run wasn’t scored until the 19th inning when Jose Reyes scored on a sacrifice fly hit by Jeff Francouer.

How can two teams each go 18 innings without scoring a run? That just doesn’t seem possible. And then after the Mets score their first run in the top of the 19th, the Cardinals tie it with their first run in the bottom half of the inning? Are you kidding me? At this point, it seemed like the game was destined to last forever.

Of course, it wasn’t. The Mets retook the lead and won the game in the 20th inning. But that’s why baseball is so great: it can technically last forever. Clearly this game didn’t last forever, but it did last 6 hours and 53 minutes. That’s long enough for a person to watch Titanic. Twice. That’s long enough that in a game that started three hours later, Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies was able to complete a no-hitter before the Mets-Cardinals game ended. And just like that, on the same night, even more fans witnessed history.

Next time I go to a baseball game, I want to witness history. I don’t want to see an 8-3 win where nothing happens. I want to see a perfect game. I want to see someone hit four home runs. I want to see a 20 inning game. Too bad I won’t know when that will be.

But that’s exactly why I love sports.

Here are some interesting facts about the 20-inning contest:

Fr           Francouer entered the game batting .457 and left the game batting .381 after going 0-for-7 on the night.

Albert Pujols walked four times, and still went 2-for-5.

Cardinals’ shortstop Felipe Lopez pitched a scoreless 18th inning.

Utilityman Joe Mather played centerfield, third base, and pitched for the Cardinals. He got the loss in his MLB pitching debut, becoming the sixth position player to earn a decision since 1988.

Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse played three innings in left field.

Yadier Molina caught all 20 innings.

Just two days after pitching seven innings, Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey pitched a scoreless 20th for his first career save.

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Sustainability Day

By Sarah Keating

With Earth Day quickly approaching this up-coming Thursday, Marist has been working to promote sustainable living on and around campus, whether you were aware of this or not.

Last Thursday was sustainability day, which featured many stations promoting “green” and sustainable living. There were movies being played throughout the day featuring work by both students and well known directors. And finally, there was a “dumpster dive” which allowed students to bring their trash to an outdoor station for other students to go through. The purpose of this was to see what was recyclable, compost, and actual trash.

All of these things are great, but a lot of students had no idea this was even going on. This may have to do with lack of publicity, it also may have been due to lack of student interest.

“It looked kind of empty when I was there,” junior Rachel Serafin said, an environmental science major. “I was expecting more people to be there.”

This comes as a surprise, considering it’s “cool to be green” these days. Serafin thinks lack attendance might have to do with lack of student interest.

“My housemates wouldn’t have known about it without me telling them, and they still didn’t go” junior Jillian Corley said, an Environmental Policy major.

It is sad that today people still can’t pay better attention to the environment. Both students felt it should be required for classes to attend at least one movie, or visit the different stations. It would help spread knowledge and make students more aware.

It’s about time that students and people our age in general got more involved in improving the environment.

Five things you may not know, but should:

1. There is a sustainable house in Gartland

2. Every Tuesday from 11-2 there is an organic cafe in the cabaret prepared by Anthony Legname, head chef for Marist College and CIA graduate

3. The salad bar in the cafeteria consists of locally grown, organic produce

4.  There will be a local farmers market occurring on campus regularly, starting next fall

5. Being environmentally friendly is not just for hippies! Anyone can do it!