Admiral Laker apologizes for not publishing last week. He was busy bribing intelligence students with pizza.
Mercyhurst was racked with crime this last week and Admiral Laker knows it has something to do with the lack of snow and the relative heat wave. Temperatures hit the 50s and all the baddies came out to play. Well Admiral Laker wants to issue the Mercyhurst community a stern warning: You better get ship shape fast.
MSG voted to approve their 2015-2016 budget of $450,900.00. This is an increase from the $447,700.00 budget for this year. The upcoming budget increases club funding by $750 to $16,750 and $25,000 allotted for the newly established MAC.
With the addition of the MAC Chair, Committee budgets decreased this year. Last year $3,000 was allotted to Committee projects and for the 2015-2016 year only $1,500 will be available.
“This budget has been approved unanimously by the Budget and Finance Committee and the Executive,” said Treasurer AJ Zahuranec. An MSG majority approved the budget.
Mercyhurst will begin its first cohort of 20 Physician Assistant Masters students on June 1.
Physician Assistant Studies Program Director Catherine Gillespie, DHSc, said the program will be the first two-year graduate program for this field in the region. It is designed to cater to students who have field experience under their belts.
Graduate surveys evaluating employment or placement into graduate programs from the classes of 2013 and 2014, as well as an increase in companies presenting at career fairs around northwest Pennsylvania, show hopeful signs for undergraduate students.
Carolyn Hermann Student Union will be converted into a swimming pool for the 2015-2016 school year.
Mercyhurst officials have announced that due to the unsalvageable conditions left by a broken water pipe that flooded the student union on Feb. 21, the lower level area will be transformed into swimming pool for students’ recreational use and sporting events.
This week, newspapers reported that Taylor Swift’s team has purchased the domains of two internet sites which would have associated TSwift’s name with pornography.
The domains purchased were taylorswift.porn and taylorswift.adult, and more purchases are likely to follow.
Ashton Kutcher made a similar move to prevent his, and his daughter’s name from being associated with smut.
I do not typically praise Hollywood celebrities, but I like the proactive nature of these two.
While many girls are obsessing over Benedict Cumberbatch, David Beckham or Harry Styles, I fell in love with James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, three middle-aged men who constantly fall over, occasionally drive cars and almost always accidentally set things on fire.
Currently in its 22nd season, the BBC’s hit show “Top Gear” was halted mid-season after Jeremy Clarkson punched a producer, landing the producer in the hospital and Clarkson on suspension.
Just last week, the BBC announced that Clarkson’s contract would not be renewed, and my heart broke.
Last week, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law.
Under the law, businesses are able to cite their religious freedom as a legal defense for if they get sued for discrimination.
The law also states that the government cannot “substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion” and if a proprietor feels that his or her religious beliefs have been burdened he or she can cite the law to fend off lawsuits.
A study commissioned by Feeding America in 2014 showed that 82,000 people in Erie County are served annually by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern Pennsylvania.
The study found that 20 percent of those served by Second Harvest Food Bank in Erie County are 65 and older.
As part of the University’s Mercy Week, Mercyhurst students and faculty traveled to Second Harvest Food Bank, March 18 to help out the cause and volunteer their time creating boxes of supplies to be sent to older citizens in the extended Erie community.
Mercyhurst hockey players Matthew Zay, Ryan Misiak, Tyler Shiplo, Daniel Bahntge, Grant Gettinger, and Zac Frischmon have signed professional contracts, continuing their hockey careers.
The Mercyhurst University women’s rowing team took first place at the 33rd Memorial Murphy Cup Regatta in Camden, N.J., on Saturday.
The Lakers, ranked fifth in the nation, only saw one other Division II competitor: nationally ranked eighth place Philadelphia University. The team also faced several Division III teams including Bates College, ranked second in the nation, Hamilton College and Franklin and Marshall, both tied for 13th in the nation.
Today, the Snapchat app is up and running and has reached over 600 followers after Chris Norris, director of Marketing and Caitlin Ewing, a Marketing team member, decided to undertake the task, launching the app Feb. 25. Their goal was to provide students with a chance to tell their own “campus story.”
The fair provided students with information and activities centered on health and wellness. The Wellness Fair drew more than 300 people to 20 health-centered educational stations set up in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center.
Steven Martz has filled the recent MSG Senate vacancy. In high school, Martz participated in a lot of clubs and as a representative for his student government. Martz said, “I’m used to the formal aspects of it [student government] and debate.”
Martz knew he wanted to be involved at Mercyhurst as well. “Senate is really involved with students and administration and from my experience when you have that connection with administration, things get done,” Martz said.
Anyone interested in running for a MSG Senator position, letters of intent are due April 8. Elections will follow April 14-16. “It [the election] is open to everybody so your seats here are not permanent,” Public Relations Coordinator Garret Erwin, said.
This week, candidates will be interviewed for the appointed executive board positions Multicultural Activities Chair (MAC), Student Activities Chair and Public Relations.
Exonerated death row inmate Joe D’Ambrosio and Father Neil Kookoothe spoke to a crowded Taylor Little Theatre about D’Ambrosio’s experience on death row on March 19.
Maria Garase, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, organized this event and said that it was inspired by the Ethics and Criminal Justice class she teaches.
Garase said that D’Ambrosio’s case has multiple elements of wrongful convictions the class examines.
Molly Card, captain of the Mercyhurst equestrian team and sophomore Exercise Science major, placed second at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Regional Finals in West Virginia this Spring. She will now advance to the Zone Equestrian Competition April 4 in New York.
Though many students on the team have advanced to the Regional finals in the past, Card will become the first to advance to the Zone equestrian competition since Mercyhurst University sponsored its first equestrian team during the 2005 to 2006 academic year. She will compete with riders from across Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ontario, according to the team’s advisor, Mary Ann Owoc, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Mercyhurst.