Amanda Copkov Reflects On Her Time at The New Paltz Oracle

I will never forget my first day at The New Paltz Oracle. I was nervous about joining because I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Continue reading “Amanda Copkov Reflects On Her Time at The New Paltz Oracle


Music Review: “Heartworms,” The Shins

It’s been five years too long since Albuquerque-based indie rock band The Shins put out their last album. Continue reading “Music Review: “Heartworms,” The Shins”

More Than Your Average Bookstore

New Paltz is a town built on its history. From being home to Huguenot Street, one of the oldest streets in the United States, to being mere miles away from the Mohonk Mountain House, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of the longest standing bookstores in the Hudson Valley resides within the village’s confines as well.

A chipper, light blue house at 3 Church St. is home to Barner Books. Continue reading “More Than Your Average Bookstore”

Notable Women Offer Career Advice

Preparing for life after graduation is inevitable. SUNY New Paltz students are lucky enough to get some perspective from alumnae who have already been in their shoes.

SUNY New Paltz alumnae and other distinguished women came to shed some light on students and soon-to-be graduates at the College’s third annual Women’s Leadership Summit this Wednesday. Continue reading “Notable Women Offer Career Advice”

SUNY New Paltz Builds a Wall of Its Own

Meg Tohill contributed reporting to this story.

Students, alumni and faculty of SUNY New Paltz decided to take things into their own hands regarding President Donald Trump’s proposed wall for the border between the United States and Mexico this past Monday: by building a “better” wall of their own. Continue reading “SUNY New Paltz Builds a Wall of Its Own”

Humans of New Paltz: Volume I

“I always wanted to be a mom, probably since I was in my late teens. I just knew. My son is amazing, he’s the best thing in the world. I love being a mother, I feel like I was destined to be his mom. It’s unexplainable, it’s something that you can’t explain until you’re in those shoes, and people say the love you have for your child is unexplainable. It’s just everyday they’re growing and they’re moving and you’re looking at them like, ‘Oh my God, I created this person.’ And you see little things that you do and you see little things that their father does in them, and ya know, it’s wild. It’s a wild ride.

To be a good parent I think you just take it one day at a time. You do what’s right in your gut but it’s okay to take advice, it’s OK to listen, but every child is different, in every, every  aspect. And what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another. It’s trial and error, really, when it comes to raising a child. You might try things one night if he’s not sleeping and you might try something else the next night that someone else suggested, and it works, or you could take the suggestion and it was the worst thing that you could have done, so you really don’t know.”

This piece first appeared in The New Paltz Oracle on September 15, 2016.