Poetry slams began in Chicago in the mid 1980s, becoming nationwide by 1990. Marc Smith, aka “Slam Papi” is credited with its birth. Tell this to a slam poet, however, and you’ll be met with a chorus of “So what!” The creation is not the focus. The beginning is not […]

A couple dozen people gathered in the Student Union Feb. 15 to watch the second televised showdown of man vs. machine onJeopardy!. IBM’s latest technological advancement, a supercomputer named Watson, was again pitted against human opponents.  Watson emerged triumphant against its competitors, Jeopardy’s greatest champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.  After the three day […]

I’ve always been rather fond of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. From her brief tenure as a U.S. Congresswoman through her appointment by Gov. David Paterson to fill Hillary Clinton’s vacant U.S. Senate seat, Gillibrand has struck an impressive and independent chord in the political arena. She has a streak of fiscal […]

I love bands that create atmospheric sound. To listen to an album and become totally transfixed by its sound can bring you to another time and place. Cue Woodsman, an ambient psych-rock band from Denver, CO., who offer a unique blend of guitar-driven drone that create a very warm, relaxing, yet otherworldly quality. […]

Online Journalists Burn Out Younger by Emily Atkin, Jackie Northacker, and Jenn Von Willer Students of Howard Good’s fall 2010 Media Ethics class explore the ethics of online journalists’ commitment to immediacy and their financial obligation to page views. They discuss the effects on both journalists and consumers using the […]

Inquiring Minds, a local discount bookstore located off Church Street, hosted a poetry reading on Friday, Feb. 4.  The event featured the works of SUNY New Paltz professors Frank Boyer and Howard Good.  Due to anticipated inclement weather, poet Barbara Blatner postponed her participation in the event. “I didn’t want to […]

Directed and produced by Alex DePinto, Deanna Dibenedetto and John Mingione This documentary on homosexuality looks through the lives of five individuals, explains struggles that homosexuals have gone through and still are going through in order to be treated equally. Directed and produced by Alex DePinto, Deanna Dibenedetto and John […]

The Inaugural Mr. New Paltz: Male Beauty Pageant fundraiser was held on December 8, 2010 at 9 p.m. in the Student Union Multi-Purpose Room. Sponsored by Student Association and Residence Hall Student Association, this is the first male pageant hosted by SA. This event was created as a fundraiser for Pakistan […]

Students in England attacked Prince Charles’ car this week because of a proposed tuition hike. They smashed a window and threw paint on the car. No one was hurt. Considering SUNY’s current situation, maybe we should follow suit? Suits are the staple of business attire. But if you’re a philosophy […]

Bill O’Reilly is offensive?  Surprise, surprise. The political commentator caused Whoopi and Joy Behar to walk off set on The View when he said that “Muslims killed us on 9/11.” A porn star’s positive HIV test result has scared many in the industry, as the clinic will not reveal the […]

Sarah Palin said this week that she might be forced to run for President in 2012 “if nobody else wanted to step up.” Seventy-five percent of Americans will be overweight by 2020, according to a new report released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. We’re still the fattest […]