Courtney Deeren

Courtney Deeren
Lifestyles Editor

Time at The Stylus: One Year
Major: English, Creative Writing
Interests: Reading, writing, cooking, and hiking
Personal Quote: "Better an oops than a what if."

 

                                                                         Articles by Courtney Deeren:  


  • Rochester high school drama program tackles sexual assault case

    The Harley Upper School Rochester Drama Program opened Wednesday, Nov. 6, with its fall production of "Good Kids," a play which explored themes of rape culture, slut shaming and toxic masculinity. Written by Naomi Iizuka, "Good Kids" loosely follows the events that occured throughout the Stuebenville, Ohio, rape case. 

  • California wildfires exhaust first responders

    Two fires are wreaking havoc on the state of California. Both the Maria fire, which is affecting Sonoma and Los Angeles counties and the Kincade fire, which has been contained mainly to the northern parts of the state, have first responders working tirelessly to put out the blaze. With the autumnal winds fanning the flames, this has been no easy feat.

  • "OCD" Logic ft. Dwn2earth

     On Monday, Oct. 28 while I was working, listening to my usual Spotify playlist I thought to myself, 'I haven't heard anything new from Logic lately,' which is a bit surprising after the year he's had. The next day I was in the darkroom listening to some generic radio on Spotify when I heard a familiar voice. I went out of the darkroom where it was safe to look at my phone and saw I was listening to the newest single by Logic. 

  • The Stylus' favorite fall pastimes

    Nestled between a pumpkin patch, an apple orchard and a 20-plus acre corn maze sits Zarpentine Farms, a small shop with several fall offerings.

  • Keynote speaker calls audience to action at 2019 Diversity Conference

    On Thursday, Oct. 17, The College at Brockport President Heidi Macpherson welcomed Francisco Cantú to a full field house in the SERC. Cantú was responsible for closing out the Diversity Conference as the keynote speaker. 

  • Town Hall held to discuss progress of Brockport's Strategic Plan

    On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the McCue Auditorium hosted a Town Hall meeting to discuss Building a Better Brockport. 

  • "El Camino : A Breaking Bad Movie" Netflix

    **SPOILER ALERT** To say the ending of "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie" was lackluster would be generous. During the opening scene when main character Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) stands beside a lake with Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) I knew, somewhere in the back of my head, this movie would end as disappointingly as popular FX series "Dexter."

  • Revitalized ASL club looks forward to future growth

    Three years ago five girls went to the Brockport Student Government (BSG) with an idea for a club. After following the whole process of getting it approved by the senate and becoming an official club, the members never held a meeting.

  • Grab a plate: Kirby's farm market serves community

    Kirby's Farm Market on state route 104 was the host of Building Excellence in Students Today's (BEST) third annual fundraiser. The fund raiser, adequately named Farm to Table, was set up behind the market. Working alongside Garnishes, Kirby's supplied farm-fresh produce that would be turned into hors d'oeuvres and a five course meal. 

  • Scientists research wetland-based methane emissions

    Professor Rachel Schultz, Ph.D. and graduate student Courtney Scoles, as well as a few undergraduate students, have been studying the effects of wetlands on climate change. The study began in the summer of 2019 when Schultz and her students began collecting readings of methane emissions in wetlands along Braddock Bay in Rochester, New York. 

  • Village parade kicks off homecoming festivities

    The Village of Brockport crowded Main Street and College Street Saturday, Sept. 28 to watch as The College at Brockport's Homecoming Parade processed toward Alumni House.

  • Brockport celebrates Constitution Day with Naturalization Ceremony

    There were 102 people gathered in the Ballroom of the Seymour College Union to officially become citizens of the United States of America on Tuesday, Sept. 17. These people were joined by their family, friends and other loved ones to celebrate the occasion. The energy of the room was optimistic and happy overall when U.S. Customs and Immigration officer Jack Fenplace approached the podium to begin the ceremony. 

  • "No.6 Collaborations Project" Ed Sheeran

    Summer 2019 was a host to many new releases, both in TV/ movies and music. One of my most anticipated releases of the summer was Ed Sheeran's "No.6 Collaborations Project." As a long time fan of Sheeran I was expecting his next album to be something totally different. With the release of "No.6 Collaborations Project" however, it left me with a pretty big question. Following the release of his "No.5 Collaborations Project" in 2011, back when he was trying to get signed with a label, I am wondering where No.1-4 Collaborations Projects are.

  • San Francisco stands against NRA

    With mass shootings in the United States increasing, people are left wondering why. While some tip-toe around the idea, many call this out as domestic terrorism. The resistance seems to come from those who fear their second amendment rights being revoked.

  • Teleportation: getting across campus in the blink of an eye

    In light of recent student complaints about the parking situation, Brockport officials have decided to implement teleportation stations across campus to aid students in getting back and forth after parking their cars. With the number of commuting students rising and the parking lots filling fast, Brockport had to figure out a new way to allow students to easily get around campus at will. 

  • Is the government watching us?

    Anyone can go on various social media sites nowadays and see people theorizing that we are being continuously monitored by the government. Memes litter the internet talking about the "FBI guy," the member assigned to surveilling you. This theory stretches far and wide and has brought on some of the craziest beliefs about who is watching us and how.

  • Marketing Club opens platform for students' hidden talents

    On Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. students funneled into the Seymour College Union Ballroom West for the very first Brockport's Got Talent. Upon entering the room, students chose from the rows of seats set up in front of the stage. The overhead lights were off and multi-colored disco lights were dancing across the room. The Brockport Marketing Club, who was hosting the event, had the event flyer projected on the screen. Members of the club greeted guests at the door with playbills listing the acts.

  • PRIDE gives students a second chance at Prom

    The New York Room in Cooper Hall was decked out in all things pride on the evening of Friday, April 19. Rainbow balloons floated across the floor, streamers attached to air vents fluttered around and a flag representing each group of the LGBTQ community hung from the large windows. Garnishes set up a buffet-style spread opposite the flags and music boomed over the speakers. All this was a product of Brockport Pride Association's event, Second Chance Prom.

  • New policy bans transgender community from military service

    On April 12, 2019, President Trump implemented his long awaited ban on transgender military members. For those who don't remember, Trump initially tweeted about this two years ago, saying the military "will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity."

  • Over $1 billion in taxpayer money stolen in scam

    For most people, when a number pops up on their phone screen and it's either a number they don't recognize or a number they think could be a telemarketer they ignore it. Unfortunately, not everyone does.

  • President Trump posts incorrect statements regarding Puerto Rico

    United States President Donald Trump recently tweeted misinformation about the aid provided to Puerto Rico in after the devastating Hurricane Maria that occurred in 2017.

  • Presidential race heating up as candidates are announced

    As we move further into 2019, many people are looking forward to the 2020 elections coming up within the next year. A recent report in The New York Times has highlighted all the candidates, ranging from who will and won't be running to the several who are likely and unlikely to run in the 2020 race.

  • Violence strikes Mississippi: multiple dead in two seperate standoffs

    A 12 hour standoff in the early hours of Saturday, Feb. 16 lead to the deaths of five people. The suspect, 34-year-old Nam Le, was shot before being taken to the hospital where he later died.

  • Karl Marx burial vandalized with anti-communist graffiti

    Karl Marx's grave in London has been vandalized for the second time in two weeks. The first occurrence was in early February, when the gravestone was hit with a blunt metal object causing serious damage to the engraving, according to The Washington Post. The caretakers of the cemetery at Highgate are unsure of when the attack occurred. Police were notified but have no leads on suspects.

  • Measles outbreak in Monroe County

    Monroe County has been experiencing a recent influx in measles cases being reported. Most recently, two unvaccinated siblings spread the disease to an unvaccinated neighbor, according to 13 WHAM News. Monroe County Health Commissioner Michael Mendoza believed that it was an isolated incident. On the contrary, three weeks after the first case was reported, two more were confirmed in the Spencerport school district. The school district could not be reached for a comment. 

  • Body found in suitcase following "accidental" murder

    The body of a young woman was found in a suitcase after she had been reported missing a week earlier. According to CNN, the body of Valerie Reyes was discovered on the side of a Greenwich, Connecticut road Tuesday, Feb. 5. The bag was found 15 to 20 feet off the road by a group of road workers who were doing a routine sweep of the area.

  • Polar vortex plummets temperatures

    A cold snap swept the nation last week causing the northern part of the United States to experience dangerously low temperatures. The polar vortex was the cause of 23 deaths, according to CNN. Locally, temperatures were predicted to dip into single digits with some areas calling for negative temps. Combine the already low temps with the wind chill and the Rochester area was scheduled to feel roughly negative 25 degrees. 

  • U.S. missionary killed by uncontacted tribe

    A Vancouver, Washington man was recently killed by an uncontacted tribe on the Andaman Islands. John Chau was a missionary traveling to the Indian island to spread Christianity to the Sentinelese people.

  • Christmas cheer takes over Main Street

    The Parade of Lights lit up Main Street in the village of Brockport on Sunday, Dec. 2. Fire trucks from both Brockport and Hamlin, as well as police cars from the village and many local businesses adorned their vehicles in Christmas decorations to make their way up town. Kids and adults alike lined the streets to watch and collect candy. The parade even included a horse drawn carriage and the Brockport high school marching band. The final vehicle in the parade was a tractor decorated like Rudolph, carrying Santa and Mrs. Claus. "Rudolph" stopped in front of the Brockport Diner and Santa and Mrs. Claus made their way over to light the tree in Sagawa Park. Once the tree was lit, a fireworks display was set off over Main Street. 

  • Locals crowd main street for Small Business Saturday

    In 2010, the credit card company American Express came up with an idea to support small, local businesses. This campaign was meant to get consumers to do their holiday shopping in their own communities rather than online shopping, which has become popular over the years. One year later, in 2011, Washington State mayors, governors, senators and President Obama showed support for the day, making it official. One year after that American Express encouraged local business owners to promote their businesses. 

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