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Idris Tawfiq was once a Roman Catholic priest and teacher in Britain. Today, he is a devout Muslim living in Egypt. Since his conversion, he has spent his time traveling around the world to tell his story and promote interfaith dialogue and religious understanding. On March 3, during Tawfiq’s first […]

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The sheep, cows, horses, goats, ducks, turkeys and pigs soaked up the warmth of the sunshine, seemingly unaware of where they had come from. The rabbits were keeping cool in their wooden houses. In the past six months, most of these animals were forced to leave their homes because of […]

SUNY New Paltz gained notoriety last year when it was rated the nation’s hottest small state school by the 2008 Kaplan/Newsweek “How to Get into College” Guide. This could be a blessing and a curse for students living in the school’s residence halls. The increased prestige led to an additional […]

Many upper division language courses at SUNY New Paltz have been cancelled due to this year’s budget cuts. Most language classes are now only offered in two different levels and some have been canceled entirely. This year the budget cuts have led to the cancellation of Arabic, Latin and Russian. […]

The New Paltz Cultural Collective is attempting to make a comeback. Since the group’s beginning in 2004, the collective has had a turbulent run filled with its fair share of ups and downs. At its core the collective has always been a place fostering a sense of culture within the […]

Demian Steltz, 27, is an aspiring music producer and rapper from Kingston, N.Y. Ian Kane takes an inside look at his music and what motivates it: examining Steltz’s troubled past and how he’s using it to push himself and his music career forward. Click here to listen to “Sweet Sounds […]

In the midst of two important file-sharing trials, students at SUNY New Paltz are still losing their internet access for illegally sharing files on campus. Steven Pomoryn, a third-year business major, lost his internet access for two days after he accidentally left BearShare, his peer-to-peer program on, and uploaded “The […]

Students at SUNY New Paltz scheduled to finish their degrees in December 2009 will not have the option of commencement at the end of the year. According to Director of Media Relations Eric Gullickson, the college has been faced with multiple cuts in its base operating budget and financial action […]

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Although various groups on campus put up a fight against the state’s recent budget adjustments, they ultimately failed. Because of recent cuts, SUNY New Paltz was forced to cut roughly $6 million, causing the administration to eliminate the nursing program, suspend admissions for 10 graduate degree programs and to lose […]

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Listen to ” Gender-Neutral Housing ” here: The club’s name may be GAMES, but when it comes to advocacy, they’re all business. Gender Awareness Movement Enacted by Students, GAMES, is a student advocacy group raising awareness about gender identity and expression to meet the needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, […]

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The limited availability of housing on the New Paltz campus has left students with two options: live on campus for four years or move off campus. Transfer students do not even currently have the option of living on campus because there is simply no room for them. Plans for new […]

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Andrew Lipkowitz is a Dec. 2008 graduate of SUNY New Paltz’s journalism program. Since graduating, he has applied to over 100 jobs, from journalism to public relations, marketing, advertising and even secretarial positions. Only recently did he find a part-time job at an insurance company. In New York State, the […]

You have to be passionate about what you do. This seems to be the age-old mantra for getting ahead in life. And it is, perhaps, even more necessary for student journalists. Holding the title of “journalist” is not to be taken lightly as you hold the irreplaceable task of informing […]