Current Issue: March 12, 2014

Ed Carroll ’85 to be featured speaker for Spring 2014 Distinguished Speaker Series

February 24, 2014
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Ed Carroll ’85 (Communication & Media)

As the Chief Operating Officer of AMC Networks Inc., Ed Carroll ’85 (Communication & Media) has built some of the most successful brands in television. He has overseen the development of some of television’s most successful series, including “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “Inside the Actors Studio,” “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” and many others. During his remarks, which will be given at 7:30 p.m. March 27 in Lecture Center 100 & 102, Carroll will discuss his belief that television has entered a second “golden age” and is quickly replacing movies as a medium for thoughtful...

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Ottaway Professor introduced during Q&A on campus

February 24, 2014
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Sonia Shah, New Paltz’s 2014 James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professor of Journalism

The campus community was introduced to award-winning science and human rights journalist Sonia Shah, New Paltz’s 2014 James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professor of Journalism, with a Q&A session at the Honors Center on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Shah joins the New Paltz faculty this semester to teach the seminar “Science, Environment, and Disease: New Approaches to Science Journalism.” She answered a host of questions about her career, life, and creative process from both President Donald Christian and an audience of students, faculty, administrators, and local residents. Since her first post-college job at the Nuclear Times, Shah has authored several...

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Absolut A Capella takes first place in international competition

February 24, 2014
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Absolut A Capella, New Paltz’s premiere co-ed a capella group, took first prize in the 2014 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) quarterfinals for the Northeast region. The competition took place at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, on Jan. 25. Absolut A Capella faced off against nine other a capella groups from various schools around New York State and received accolades for Outstanding Arrangements and Outstanding Choreography. The group now moves on to compete in the Northeast semifinals in Boston on March 29.

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New Paltz hosts “Poetry Out Loud” competition for high school students

February 24, 2014
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Poetry Out Loud Event

Students from 12 area high schools were among those competing in the Mid-Hudson Region’s Poetry Out Loud competition at New Paltz on Thursday, Feb.6. Before a live audience, 45 top regional high school students recited poetry, and a panel of judges evaluated the entrants’ performances. Scores were based on voice and articulation, accuracy, level of complexity, evidence of understanding, and overall performance. The Hackley School’s Isabella Ampil took home first place; and Elizabeth Cory, a student at Bronxville High School, second place. The State Finals will be held at SUNY System Administration in Albany, N.Y., on Tuesday, March 4....

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Forum explores LGBTQ Task Force findings

February 24, 2014
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The President’s Office hosted an open forum on Monday, Feb. 10, in Student Union 62/63. The forum included remarks by President Christian, an overview of the findings and Q&A with a panel of five task force members, and an open discussion. Professor Benjamin Junge (Anthropology) summarized the data collected in a 2011 campus survey and through several focus groups, sharing the conclusions that: the overall climate on campus is very LGBTQ-friendly; there is very little explicit homophobia and infrequent bullying incidents; the homophobia and bullying that does occur is more likely to be experienced by students than faculty or...

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Winter skies explored in this semester’s Astronomy Nights

February 24, 2014
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New planetarium shows that explore the mythology of the winter constellations and the physics of the stars and galaxies will be featured in this semester’s Astronomy Nights, which began on Feb. 6. “At this time of the year we can see the great hunter Orion looming in the east. His slayer, the Scorpion, has set in the west, in effect hibernating until summer returns,” says Raj Pandya, the planetarium’s director. Typically, a show features the night sky for that day and discusses the stars, constellations, planets, galaxies, and other objects that may be visible, as well as the mythology...

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