As I’m struggling to zip up my long winter jacket while balancing my backpack and cell phone, I realize the only time I have to call my mom for her birthday is during my walk to my 8 a.m. class. I dial the home number. When she softly answers, “Hello,” […]

We Are All Children of 9/11 I “We should find a way to send them pre-cooked meals, or maybe just gift certificates.” The class was discussing ways to help the family of a boy in the town over who lost his father a day earlier. We heard the news of […]

My father’s arms are crossed, his shoulders erect. His 6 foot 4 inch body towers over the kitchen counter that creates a barrier between him and us. “Dad, this is Connor.” They don’t shake hands. I had spent the last hour and a half chewing my fingernails as we drove […]

My sister and I are waiting in our mother’s empty hospital room. We’re both too tired to speak, so we stare at our Blackberrys. It’s been a rough 36 hours. As my sister sits up against the wall, furiously texting my cousin updates we don’t have, I’m sprawled out on my […]

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It was a beautiful fall day, and my college buddies and I were out enjoying the nice weather by shopping in town. We stopped in the boutiques and head shops that line the streets of New Paltz and finally made our way to the candy store. A sign on the […]

3:30 a.m. I’m up drinking one of those cold Starbuck’s drinks with two shots of espresso in them that I bought at Hawk Station. I sit at my desk determined to revise the pile of papers to my right and read the pile of sociological research to my left, all […]

“Does anyone have any questions?” “Yeah, how quickly can I drop this ball-buster of a class,” Leighann muttered in as she flipped through the seven-page syllabus. Professor Salerno continued talking about the importance of reading textbooks and actively participating in class. She stared straight out into the lecture hall, not […]

Lisa patiently waits to enter room 306 in Van den Berg Hall for her appointment.  She needs to sign up for classes for next semester, but must get them approved first by her adviser. As a girl with an orange backpack rushes out, Lisa rises from the uncomfortable metal seat […]

I’ve got deadlines and places to go, people to interview, you know, being a journalism undergraduate. Alex is a junior studying physics at SUNY New Paltz. We’re dumpster-diving through New Paltz streets during garbage week instead of doing homework. “I’m going to get my insurance policy tomorrow, go to the […]

“I understand the loathing, but what really bothers me about this novel is the word fear. It’s just so ambiguous.” “Oh, I completely agree. The ambiguity is really the issue. This guy has nothing on real academics.” A friend sitting in the next desk over looks at me and rolls […]

My cousin was driving me back to school from visiting her in New Jersey for the weekend. We were somewhere up the Thruway when she said it. “It’s cool that you love your guy friends so much, but what are you going to do later?” Later? I thought. All I […]

“What classes are you going to today?” My roommate Elizabeth is daubing on her makeup, glancing at me in the mirror.  I’m maneuvering myself through the tiny room, simultaneously getting dressed and stumbling over the rain boots of our third roommate, Michelle. “Uh, French and English,” I respond finally, shucking […]

Enter the girl I used to see.  Ignoring the caution lights and wild oncoming traffic, I walk towards her with the confidence of James Dean’s last words: “That guy’s gotta stop… He’ll see us.” This will end badly. We’re beyond the age when honesty worked, so I’m being coy.  She’s […]

“What do I call her?” Amanda asks. “I think she changed her name again” Emily whispers across the table in the college library. “She shouldn’t be allowed to do that. It’s confusing. Why does she have to be so ballsy?” “Well, what did she write on the project last time?” […]

The lamp light shines too bright through my eyelids, waking me up before morning. I look over expecting my best friend Mike to be walking to the bathroom. Nope. He’s naked and pacing through the two-room studio apartment, talking on the phone. “Hellah! Hellah! Yeah, yeah, what’s good?”  Mike slurs. […]