Call me uncultured, but I’m usually not one for movies with subtitles. I don’t want to read a movie. I want to watch it. This past week, I decided to give open-mindedness a try, and called up “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, a Swedish film, on Netflix. Within 15 minutes […]

If you’ve read any of the New York Times articles covering the classified Afghanistan war documents, Iraq war documents, and diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, you may have noticed many of the articles have one reporter’s name attached: Andrew W. Lehren. On Wednesday, March 30, Lehren visited SUNY New Paltz to speak about […]

New Paltz is renowned for its stone houses on Historical Huguenot Street and its sumptuous Hudson Valley scenery. Hidden within the crevasses of history, however, are many places which, while perhaps lesser-known, are well worth a visit. Among these little wonders are a bridge from the 1800s, a forgotten slave burial […]

As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo defends his proposed state budget for the coming fiscal year, a debate is brewing over whether the governor should extend an income tax increase, dubbed the “millionaire’s tax,” on the wealthiest New Yorkers. This tax hike, which, despite its name, would affect individuals earning […]

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Muffled sounds stay hidden behind a whitewashed wooden door, but as soon as the door opens the sound of a live blues jam band reverberates through this dimly lit sanctuary. There stands broad-shouldered Jahmaine Fergus, 22, of New Paltz, in his familiar red t-shirt. Underage drinkers fidget around in their […]

I asked my good buddy, Dean Engle, who co-runs the cassette record label Responsible Records, based in New Paltz, for some upcoming local releases. He turned me onto Breakfast in Fur, a five-piece ambient bedroom-pop band that is on the rise in the New Paltz scene, and who are gearing up to […]

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Before Brian Dyroff can answer a question, he has to pull his earplugs out. With a pinch in each ear, he eases out two small purple pieces of foam, shaped like miniature grain silos. The earplugs go into a small plastic carrying case that he slips into his pocket. But […]

The Springtown Truss Bridge is an enchanting place. The view of the Wallkill River from the bridge makes you feel like you are in one of those famous Hudson Valley River paintings from the 1800s. The river cuts through the temperate New Paltz forest. Trees curl over the river banks […]

Looking back, there have been countless people and events which fueled my interest in politics. Among them are the engrossing train wreck that was the 2008 primary between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and, perhaps first and foremost, my utter bewilderment over how George W. Bush prevailed on election night […]

The weather-worn guardrail with the graffiti, “I will love to the end BMS + KLS 12-21-09” is the only barrier between you and the freefall on the overlook on Route 44/55, outside of New Paltz.  Brushes of white cover the land that once was filled with the oranges, yellows and reds of fall.  A […]

Tall snow banks surround the roadside stand at Dressel Farms, on Route 208 in New Paltz.  It’s the middle of winter, and the usual fall flock of customers are shopping in the warmth and comfort of a supermarket, where the prices are low and temperatures are high. Their patrons are elsewhere, […]

Slashroot, a coffee house and music venue located on Main Street, has become a platform for local bands to perform. Concert goers, young and old, go to listen to live music, and can also use Slashroot’s computer technology station and web development center.  This audio story was created by Brenna […]

Okay, I’ll admit it. The only reason I saw “I Am Number Four” is because Dianna Agron of the “Glee” fame is in it. Sure, the trailer looked interesting, and the movie had a decent amount of potential, but if I’m being honest, she is the main (only) reason I went. […]

I called it. Natalie Portman. Christian Bale. “The King’s Speech“. The King himself, Colin Firth. Heck, I even listed Tom Hooper as my sentimental favorite to win Best Director. My point is, with the glaring exception of Best Supporting Actress, my Oscar predictions in last week’s column were spot on. So, it’s time now […]

Avant-Garde Magazine is breaking ground as a new women’s magazine and website that contradicts the mainstream media’s portrayal of women. Much like the Operation Beautiful movement created by blogger Caitlin Boyle that has gone viral, Avant-Garde magazine promotes positive body image and self-worth in its pages and special events on the SUNY […]

It’s hard for me to fathom that this March marks three years since former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, amid a scathing prostitution scandal, resigned from office. After all, since his stepping-down, we’ve been treated to two new governors, not to mention the exhausting 2008 presidential race and the recent 2010 […]

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