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May 6th, 2014

Students have mixed opinions about this year's Springfest weekend

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.

Lumen unveiling, perfect way to end academic year

mercyhurst.edu photo: As the Literay Fest draws to an end, students and staff were excited for the unveiling of the Lumen, the student edited literary magazine.mercyhurst.edu photo: As the Literay Fest draws to an end, students and staff were excited for the unveiling of the Lumen, the student edited literary magazine.

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.

New Spiderman fails

moviesofhollywood.com  photo: New Amazing Spiderman 2 movie failed to be a big hit at the box offices this past weekend.moviesofhollywood.com photo: New Amazing Spiderman 2 movie failed to be a big hit at the box offices this past weekend.

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.

'Raw Edges' impresses audiences.

Alison Ockasi photo: Raw Edges is filled with artistry and acrobatic dance numbers, focusing on the edges of movements, which wowed audiences.Alison Ockasi photo: Raw Edges is filled with artistry and acrobatic dance numbers, focusing on the edges of movements, which wowed audiences.

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.

Vendeville and Cratty showcase inventions

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.

"Raw Edges": Dance pairs with Regional Cancer Center

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.

Tuition increase to be the lowest in 24 years

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.

The negative impact of the beauty products we wear on a daily basis

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.

Finals week survival guide

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.

Men's rowing travels to Dad Vail Regatta

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.