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By Tiffany Riccio What does springtime mean? The mild weather of mid-April makes hearts, hardened by cold winter weather, fill with desire. Flowers push their way through soil to finally breathe air and soak up some sun. Baby animals are everywhere, inspiring coos of delight. So are floral print dresses, […]

It was strange. Well, maybe just unexpected. I slowly made my way into the car-jammed parking lot at 2:33 pm the Friday after Thanksgiving, hating myself for choosing to do a story on shopping malls, or America, depending on how you look at it. I was hoping to catch a […]

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It’s difficult to open a business in today’s economy. In a time when many are cutting back on extra spending, it’s especially hard to open a restaurant and even more so in a college town. One New Paltz eatery, however, is thriving. Rock Da Pasta opened its doors last January […]

He sat down at the bar and ordered a pint. Removing his gloves, he turned and nodded at his pals. “You seen any of my brothers?” “Not since yesterday,” replied the bartender, serving him his Budweiser. “But it’s not even noon so I expect them soon enough.” Chuckling, he buried […]

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Brittany LaChausse is looking at more than $45,000 in student loans when she graduates in Spring 2010. Instead of graduating with bright economic prospects, the SUNY New Paltz student from Beaver Falls, N.Y. will be looking at a Cadillac Escalade-sized debt, with no idea how long she will have to […]

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One of the biggest problems I had transferring from a two-year community college to a four-year school was finding housing. As transfer students, many of my friends and I were not granted housing for this school year. We were scared, we didn’t know where we were going to live, and […]

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Pity for smokers has been low on the list of society’s concerns, especially in New York. Not only is smoking banned in all public indoor areas throughout New York, but smokers are also branded with a stigma. Now, on top of the already extreme New York state tobacco tax, smokers […]

Ronald Yurista described his son as “wild.” Few would probably argue after hearing the story of the time TrevorYurista rode a motorcycle down the hallway of his high school as part of a senior class prank. One of his former principals echoed this view, saying that while Yurista was always […]

To understand why a runner runs, you really have to be one yourself. A lot of people see running as an unpleasant exercise routine they try their hardest to avoid, turning to gym appliances as supplements. For many, running is just a chore and they can’t comprehend why someone would […]

When two planes crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, America was forever changed. America invaded Iraq and the president soon declared “Mission Accomplished.” But over five years later our troops are still there and the mission remains unfinished. No weapons of mass destruction were found, but […]

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It’s almost 1 a.m. on a Friday and Mike Christianson is just waking up from a much needed nap. He hops into his ‘90s Chevy Lumina Minivan sporting a picture of a donkey with a line through it and heads into town. His mission: help people who shouldn’t be driving […]

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Presidents generally don’t get a break. The comment President Obama made while sitting on Jay Leno’s couch about his bowling being “…like the Special Olympics or something,” encouraged yet another knee-jerk reaction from the media. His comment was unprofessional and unnecessary and he immediately apologized for it. Ever since Obama […]

In August 2008, the Harold Independent School District in northern Texas announced that it was considering allowing certain teachers to carry concealed weapons during school hours. The small school with a little more than 100 students said it was to prevent violence, although they have never had an incident. The […]

Lisa Phillips is a freelance writer for the New York Times, Boston Globe and several other media outlets. She has a four-year-old daughter; her husband is an artist and a museum consultant who works for contractors at various museums across the country. He also runs his own Web design business. […]

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Many professors may seem to live quiet lives. But Dennis Doherty, the creative writing program coordinator at SUNY New Paltz, has taken his experiences in the Navy in the late 1970s and applied them to his teaching and poetry since he began working for the school in 1987. Doherty, 52, […]

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Santa sits with sunglasses on as children get their picture taken on his lap for free. Wood burns in a fire pit a few feet away. Later, there will be a tree lighting ceremony and Christmas carols will be sung by a local singer/songwriter. Parents and children gather with hot […]