May 6th, 2014
Last weekend Student Activity Council (SAC) and Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) hosted their annual Springfest. It is that time of the year that all students wait for in the spring term.
This year they were featuring rock bands Mayday Parade, New Politics, We Are in the Crowd and Transit. The attendance to the concert this year was not like the previous years, but some people managed to have a good time at the concert.
During the past few months, Mercyhurst University’s English Department has worked hard on the college’s annual Literary Festival, which ended this past week with the capstone event: the unveiling of the Lumen Literary Magazine.
The Literary Festival is an important celebration on campus that consists of multiple events. Faculty members of the English Department are the main contributors and the ones who put on the festival each year.
Most of the events are poetry readings by poets picked by Gregory Brown, Ph.D. For this year’s festival, Brown brought in poets Ann Fisher-Wirth, Mohja Kahf and author Karen Joy Fowler. The final capstone event of the festival was the unveiling of the Lumen Literary Magazine.
The magazine, although supervised and managed by Kenneth Schiff, Ph.D., of the English Department, is run entirely by students.
This past weekend Amazing SpiderMan 2 hit theaters in America, and personally I don’t know how I feel about the film.
Due to terrible advertising, director Mark Webb’s marketing team gave a false impression that makes it hard to like the finished piece.
According to the trailers, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and Petter Parker (Andrew Gaurfeild) appeared to be trying to keep their relationship going despite her moving to a school overseas.
The ‘Raw Edges’ performance, last weekend, was innovative but did not alienate classical roots.
With beautiful performances from both current and former Mercyhurst dancers, the show was dynamic and exciting.
From the music choices to music and lighting, the performance was more than simply dancers on a stage.
The opening dance, Inscriptions, featured a spoken verse of the poem “Fox Trot Friday” by Rita Dove.
Only the lines of the poem and the movements of the dancers broke the silence. The dramatic piece drew the audience in and the following dances kept the members captivated.
On April 23, two students from Mercyhurst, Matt Vendeville and Rebecca Cratty, took a step towards making the world a better place by presenting their ideas at the Erie Collegiate Innovation Showcase.
It was the first annual competition where two team finalists from Penn State Behrend, Gannon, Edinboro and Mercyhurst come together with their ideas for future innovations.
Vendeville, a junior Public Health and Intelligence Studies major, came up with an idea called Drop-let.
It is a filtration system that can filter large quantities of water for impoverished areas.
A year of anniversaries, the Raw Edges dance performance is a celebration. It is the 40th anniversary of the Mercyhurst Dance Department and the 20th anniversary of Artistic Director Tauna Hunter and Production Manager/Resident Designer Michael Gleason.
For Hunter, there is an additional, personal anniversary being celebrated. “I am celebrating five years of being cancer free,” she says with a smile. This showcase was emotional and will be remembered for years to come for there is a lot to remember and celebrate.
Next year’s tuition will increase by 3.89% of the current base fee of $31,485.
According to Jane Kelsey, vice president for finance and treasurer, and Gary Brown, Ph.D., senior vice president and chief financial officer, the “3.89% increase over the current year is the lowest total cost increase in 24 years.” The increase for 2014-15 is continuing with the goal to maintain low cost increases.
On a daily a basis, we wear personal beauty products without knowing what chemicals are in them. Most of the chemicals we use are harmful for our bodies. We might use them and feel like nothing is wrong with them, but in the long run, we will see the effects this chemicals are having in our bodies. Cancer and other chronic diseases may be prevented if we use more natural products instead of the generic ones.
Maybe I’m a bit odd about this, but I’ve always thought finals week is the least stressful week of the semester (or term, prior to this year).
By the time you hit finals week, all the information you’ve retained should already be inside your skull.
It’s very unlikely that cramming for 12 hours prior to that Math/Biology/Chem/History/Intel/whatever-class-owns-your-soul-this-semester final is going to be very effective.
The Mercyhurst University men’s rowing team finished its regular season at the Mid-America Collegiate Rowing Association (MARCA) Championship in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
The championship was hosted by the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.
Here, the Lakers raced against some of the best crews in the nation which was a good preparation race for the most important race of the season which they will be attending next.
The race was an experience for the teams as weather conditions delayed the tournament for several hours.