The Olde

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Byline-Michele Paser

The Olde is SUNY Purchase’s oldest on student living.  The Olde has been a part of the Purchase community for the past 30 years, and is known as being one of the most spacious, yet most antique housing options for students.

The opinion of living in The Olde varies from amazing to dreadful.  The question many ponder, is what makes The Olde, The Old, and is it a benefit or a disadvantage for the students living in it?   When asking students about the joys and sorrows of living in The Olde, everyone seemed to be able to reflect on the positive aspects just as heavily as they reflected on the negative.

One common positive response about living in The Olde was the sense of community.

“All my friends live in The Olde,” said Laura Diliberto, 21, a resident on G Street.  “It’s close to important things, like the Hub, classes…”

The Olde’s location, unlike other apartment complexes, is in close vicinity to dinning areas as well as buildings where classes are held. In addition to location, some students felt that the overall atmosphere was better than that of Almuni and The New.

“It’s just disheveled enough that I don’t mind living in it,” said Joe Izzo 21, a resident on J Street.   “Alumni and The New are too sterile.”

The feeling of a rustic home, make some students feel more at ease. Some students commented that they felt Alumni and The New had a synthetic feeling to it.  The overall space in The Olde was also another benefit that students commented on.

“It’s very spacious, Alumni doesn’t have as big of a living room…overall The Olde is just more spacious!” Ms. Diliberto added when reflecting on the benefits she felt The Olde had to offer over Alumni.

However, despite The Olde being popular for it’s space and hospitality value. The Olde also seemed to be notorious for being too old.

The number one complaint students had about living in The Olde, was how aesthetic and maintenance issues, could at times be problematic to a comfortable lifestyle.

“G-string…nasty,” commented Annalisa Alfani, 21, a resident on G Street.

“The water is either boiling hot or cold. I can cook pasta and oatmeal without putting water on the stove.”

“It looks like an angry person used to live here,” commented Melissa Ortiz, 21, resident on G Street. “There are holes that have been punched and graffiti tags.”

Other complaints about maintenance all follow a similar trend to appliance damages.

“Everything breaks…Everything.” Robbie Flato, 21, resident on J Street said. “Our whole apartment has been wet.”

Flato’s roommate explained how he they discovered that their sink’s drain was being held together by a cinder block

“The kitchen drain was propped up by a cinder block and when the pipe moved the kitchen flooded.” Said Joe Izzo, 21, Flato’s roommate.

When comparing The Olde’s maintenance issues to that of Alumni’s, residents in Alumni commented about the matter.

“The Olde is more run down than Alumni, but they both have a lot of the same problems,” said Christalea Panzironi, 21, resident of Alumni.

Panzironi explained that both complexes were different in being modernly up to date, but the issues faced were both similar in terms of maintenance.

Other Alumni residents felt similar on the matter while some felt indifferent.

“It’s pretty good,” said Chris Hoorax, 21, when asked about living in Alumni in comparison to The Olde.  In response to how Hoorax felt about maintenance in Alumni, his complaint was, “The water doesn’t taste very good.”

In situations regarding maintenance, students are required to put in what are known as “work orders” to get the problem resolved.

Community Associate (C.A) Rosa Jaffe, 21 explained how the work orders are filed.

“We report it, and then the admins (Administrators) put in a work order for the damages,” explained Jaffe.  “…And then the C.A admins will put in work orders for maintenance regarding the issue.”

The process seemed easy when Jaffe explained how it was done.  In asking students if they filed the work orders, some students responded, explaining how doing so affected them.

“I’ve put in work orders for half of these things,” said Aiyana Knauer, 19, resident on G Street. “They were dealt with pretty quickly.”

Director of residence life and associate dean of student residence affairs, John Delate, has been a part of the Purchase community and a resident in The Olde, for 12 years.  Mr. Delate commented on the complaints in which students expressed.  GOOD

“A number of work orders for various things malfunctioning,” Delate said when being interviewed. “They are all facility related because of the age of the building.”

Delate expressed, that he felt great empathy because he himself is a part of The Olde’s community. When asked what changes he felt should be made, he smiled and spoke about an idea for a renovation project that could be taking place in two apartments over winter break.

“I’m excited about the pilot renovation project. Two apartments on J Street will be undergoing renovations and if the end result is good we won’t have to shut down The Olde.”

Delate, like many residents of The Olde, expressed that he understood that The Olde suffered many maintenance issues due to its vintage state.

“Sure I have problems with heating. I can relate very well to understanding the students,” Delate expressed.

However, student were not shocked by their share of maintenance issues, some even expected them.

“The Olde is called the Olde for a reason,” said C.A Rosa Jaffe.

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Doran-Miller Rosenberg

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By Michele Paser

The phrase, “There’s more that meets the eye,” is almost too accurate when referring to Doran Miller-Rosenberg.  On the surface, this 21 year old’s trendy style (usually wearing a baseball cap over curly brown hair and rocking a giant pair of headphones), goes well with his image after learning he’s a native to Brooklyn’s Park Slope. Although his demeanor screams nothing but modest, one may wonder what type of enigma Mr. Rosenberg really is.

After getting to know Rosenberg a little better, Rosenberg touches on all the important factors of his life.  He reveals that he went to The Brooklyn High School of Technology, for the full duration of his high school career.

He recalls his high school days, and becomes nostalgic when referring to the fires his classmates would plot. He then goes into detail about the elaborate fights he witnessed walking down the halls. He then jumps forward in time to his high school graduation, and his short-lived career in the Marines.  However after this trip down memory lane, Mr. Rosenberg explains what his real passion is.

“My dream is to sell this movie, Miracula,” Rosenberg explains with a lot of enthusiasm.

“Jesus comes back in present day as a vampire. The story’s not about him though,” says Rosenberg.  “ The protagonist is a vampire slayer who is also a devout Christian. So he (vampire  slayer) can’t kill Jesus because he is the lord savior.”

Where anyone would ever get such an idea, is quickly explained by Rosenberg.

“…Miracle fruit, it messes up your taste buds. Sweet foods taste sour and sour foods taste sweet.” Rosenberg then clarifies where he is going with his comparison.

“Everything tastes different, and that’s where the idea came from.”  Rosenberg further explains how this lead to the idea of irony which is exemplified in his movie.

So how does a rebellious teen, come see ex Marines soldier, become interested in writing?



Rosenberg answers the question by getting into more detail about his recent past. He clarifies that his high school career was similar to any other teen.

“I feel like a lot of kids go through a rebellious stage,” Rosenberg says.

“But it wasn’t as simple as that. I didn’t really like high school that much.”

Rosenberg goes into how he landed himself in the Marines instead of college, after his high school graduation. He then explains why his marine’s career was so short lived, and how it was ended.

“I went to boot camp for a month. I had read about military history and got into the war in Iraq.” Rosenberg pauses before going into the incident.

“It was going to be very hard. I don’t even mind someone hitting me when I’m standing up. Or if it’s about someone teaching me how to fight,” Rosenberg’s face tenses up after the sentence. He then tells the real reason why he left.

“… But bullying, I don’t respond well to that kind of stuff,” Rosenberg explains.

After explaining that the trainers at the boot camp were abusing their powers, Rosenberg tells how this helped him in convincing them to let him go.

The detailed accounts of Rosenberg’s past bring him back to the present, and how he ended up at SUNY Purchase for his college career.

Rosenberg explains that he entered SUNY Purchase with a major in Journalism, for a reason.

“I chose journalism as a major because it’s more practical,” Rosenberg says.

“I want to write comic books and movies, but there was no major for that.”

Rosenberg explains that he wrote a lot since he was a little kid, and that he’s been working onMiracula, for the past year.

“I definitely think about writing more than I sit down and write. But I definitely like it.” Rosenberg says with a smile.

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By Michele Paser

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While walking on campus at SUNY Purchase, one may hear a variety of different instruments. These instruments can vary, from an edgy electric guitar, to a calm cooling harmonica. The eclectic sounds echoing across the campus exuberate the unique feel of the music scene.

Taking a dive into the core of the music at Purchase, “ Mal Blum Accompanied by Simon Olsen,” discuss their musical successes, and past journey while making music and attending classes.

Mal Blum, 21, a music production major, and Simon Olsen, 21, a media, society, and the arts major, have been playing together as a folk duo since their sophomore year at Purchase.

Now in their senior year at Purchase, Olsen and Blum are releasing their E.P album, “For Making Art,” while preparing to go on tour the second week of October.

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The New York Times, has a very interesting blog series called One in eight million. The series illustrates different people living in New York, with images and narration.

Being a native to New York myself, I found it interesting to be able to take a look into the lives of other people  living in my very same city. The stories exemplify how diverse New York is. Each story told by the New Yorkers, are inspiring, and mind blowing in their own way. Each story is a reminder of how important it is to take yourself out of the  bigger picture and observe the world from a different perspective.

Check it out!     

http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion/1-in-8-million/index.html

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