• The evolution of cannibalism in Lake Minnewaska

      O’Brien, Brenna (2020-05)
      Cannibalism is the evolutionary anomaly where an organism consumes individuals of the same species. Through literature analysis, the conditions that foster cannibalism are introduced and explained with principles of evolution. The different types of cannibalism are identified with examples that cover a variety of invertebrate and vertebrate organisms. The cultural and biological evolution of cannibalistic practices observed in humans are also discussed. The scope of cannibalism and its adaptations are narrowed by case studies of fish, and specifically the largemouth bass. An experimental design was proposed by the Richardson lab in order to determine the health of largemouth bass in the New York lake, Lake Minnewaska. The largemouth bass were the only fish species to inhabit Lake Minnewaska since 2014, so the health of this population was determined from data acquired by mark and recapture, scale analysis, and standard measurement techniques. The relatively stable population trends and below average growth of the largemouth bass were consistent with the literature on cannibalistic largemouth bass and supported the hypothesis that cannibalism was an evolutionarily adaptive means of survival for the largemouth bass in Lake Minnewaska. The evolution of cannibalistic practices under starvation environments was exemplified in the largemouth bass population of Lake Minnewaska and may be used to understand the state of natural ecosystems.
    • Jamie’s Italian ice business plan

      Ericksen, Jamie (2020-05)
      Italian ices is a popular frozen dessert that is not yet offered in the town of New Paltz. This document outlines a business plan to sell Italian ices by day and a frozen alcoholic treat by night. This product will be distributed from a push cart located in the heart of New Paltz. Through data, research, and my own personal findings, a complete breakdown of the company is discussed in detail. This breakdown includes the company overview, the marketing and management plan, the financial plan, and everything in between to realistically start this business venture. The purpose of this establishment will be to accommodate a frozen dessert to customers with dietary restrictions as well as bring an American staple to the Hudson Valley.
    • Navigating cultures: immigrant mothers’ parenting beliefs

      Mangione, Heather (2011-09-12)
      Parenting beliefs of immigrant mothers typically emerge from their culture of origin; each woman negotiates the new challenges that are presented in parenting their “American” children through her own cultural lens (Bornstein & Cote, 2004). A mixed-methods study of nine immigrant women living in New York State was conducted. The present research examined the parenting beliefs of immigrant mothers who arrived in the United States after the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. The “developmental niche” model (Super & Harkness, 1996) and Bronfenbrenner’s (1986) “ecological” model provided the theoretical basis for this study. Qualitative themes that emerged included the importance of social support, the formative experience of immigration, and hybridized discipline styles. Findings suggest that immigrant mothers do hold unique parenting beliefs as a marginalized group.
    • New York State’s fragmented emergency medical services system: an exposé

      Arus, Sydney (2022-05)
      EMS is the backdrop of our lives. It’s something that we don’t need to think about, until a moment arises where there are no other thoughts. In and out of the shadows, they hide in plain sight in wait of a situation to do what they’ve been trained for. They’re there when we need them, even should we refuse their help. But when it comes down to it, do we really know that much about them? How can an industry that serves as the backbone of society exist so mysteriously, even almost anonymously? The organization of the EMS industry in New York State is flawed. It has evolved into a fragmented system that disadvantages rural and non-urban communities, and EMS providers across the state. We’re on the verge of a reckoning with the current EMS system, and it’s long overdue.
    • Throw with us: stories from the New York yoyo community

      Koen, Jonah (2022-05)
      My name is Jonah Koen, and this book serves as my senior thesis project in Graphic Design at SUNY New Paltz. I’ve been a member of the yoyo community for 8 years now, and it has been a wonderful journey. I first picked up a yoyo around the age of seven, when I got one as a gift for the holidays. I learned some basic tricks on responsive yoyos, like rock the baby. One of my fondest memories is standing on my couch or other elevated surfaces to play with the yoyo, since the string was long and I was short, and I didn’t know you could just cut it to length. My yoyoing phase at this age didn’t stick around for more than a year, if that, and I had no idea I would re-discover it later on.