Youth Night Provides a Safe Space for Poughkeepsie Kids

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. –A local non-profit serving over 75 inner city youth comes together in downtown Poughkeepsie to provide safe night of singing, dancing, sports, and activities. The Poughkeepsie non-profit Youth Mission Outreach (YMO) holds a Youth Night every Friday from 5:00-8:30 p.m. for kids and teens located in and around Poughkeepsie. The program started in 1996 and has continued to serve the community every Friday … Continue reading Youth Night Provides a Safe Space for Poughkeepsie Kids

The Layers of New Orleans

I reach the outskirts of the French Quarter as I walk off of Bourbon Street. The angular grid system of the quarter opens out onto the business district. I cross Canal Street and simultaneously exit downtown and enter uptown. I’m now standing on Carondelet Street looking across the two-way intersection at where I just was, and await the transportation to take me where I’m going. … Continue reading The Layers of New Orleans

Tutor Volunteers to Inspire Poughkeepsie Youth

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. –Football aired on the television, pie was served at the table, and this traditional Thanksgiving dinner acted as the catalyst for Arlene Dyer’s future. Dyer works as a special education teacher during the day. She spends her afternoons and nights volunteering as the coordinator of the Bridges to Hope tutoring program in Poughkeepsie. Bridges to Hope runs under the non-profit organization Youth Mission … Continue reading Tutor Volunteers to Inspire Poughkeepsie Youth

Book Review: “The Only Street in Paris”

Of the 6,100 streets in Paris, the Rue de Martyrs is the only one that matters. Nestled within the 9th arrondissement of France’s capital city, and just below Montmartre, home to Moulin Rouge, is the Rue de Martyrs. In her book, “The Only Street in Paris,” former New York Times Paris Bureau Chief Elaine Sciolino describes the everyday occurrences and complexities of life on her … Continue reading Book Review: “The Only Street in Paris”

Parisian Storybook

The book begins with the acknowledgements; an homage to those who influenced the production and experience. To the audible murmurs of eavesdropping strangers who said, “Everyone in Paris is rude.” To trusted family members who informed me that, “I’ve never heard anything good about Paris. All I know is that the city is dirty and everyone smokes.” And lastly, to my close friends who said, … Continue reading Parisian Storybook

Music Review: 1989-One Year Later

During the fall of 2014 the leaves in New York City were changing, and so was Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift released “Welcome to New York” five days before my 20th birthday and almost two months after I had moved to New York City. I had a physical copy of the Target Deluxe Version of “1989” on preorder and eagerly awaited the release of her new … Continue reading Music Review: 1989-One Year Later

Eating Disorders in College

Over the summer of 2013, Jenna Brown* would sit in her small purple bedroom in Connecticut, open her laptop, and spend two hours a day looking at and saving recipes on Pinterest, not completely realizing how obsessive her habits had become. In January of 2014, Brown, a now senior at Marist College, began to develop an eating disorder that would affect the future of her … Continue reading Eating Disorders in College

Visual Arts Review: The David

When you study abroad, you have the opportunity to visit a plethora of churches and museums that are filled with priceless works of art. Some house extremely average works of art and some are lucky enough to be home to some of the world’s most famous pieces. Albeit after four months it can get old, but some pieces do stick with you, for better or … Continue reading Visual Arts Review: The David