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Reading room sparks interest

Lauren Abbott, Staff writer

January 31

Filed under Opinion

Thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation of Pittsburgh, Mercyhurst intends to construct the Ridge Reading Room and Gallery in the Hammermill Library. This reading room will house the collection of Thomas...

Trump presidency prompts promise and concerns

Mathew Jury, Staff writer

January 31

Filed under Opinion

Well, it is official. Donald J. Trump is the new U.S. president. To some, he is the perfect leader to “Make America Great Again.” To others, he is perceived as a threat to human rights worldwide and will plunge us into...

Celebrating Christmas using Catholic traditions

Mathew Jury, Staff writer

November 29

Filed under Opinion, Showcase

That time of year is coming again.  After finals, we will be gearing up for the most wonderful time of the year, which is, of course, Christmas. Christmas, or as I shall say, “Christ’s Mass,” is the yearly celebration...

Higher prices, smaller portions

Caitlyn Lear, News writer

November 29

Filed under Opinion

For my first two years at Mercyhurst, I could pretty much count on the same prices and large portion sizes in the Laker.  My burrito bowl was always overflowing out of the to-go containers.  The bun of my sandwich could never...

‘Gilmore Girls’ makes a comeback

Jordan Pendel, Staff writer

November 29

Filed under Opinion

Gilmore Girls has been on my Netflix “to-watch” list for a long time, and my friends have always mentioned how I would love the series. When I heard they were making a four-episode revival I knew it was finally time to start...

Mercyhurst campus would benefit from being smoke free

Caitlyn Lear, Staff writer

November 15

Filed under Opinion, Showcase

We all know the downfalls of smoking and how it affects our health.  Between asthma and lung cancer, the health outcomes can be pretty severe.  Yet there are many people on campus who continue to smoke anyway. According to...

Yoga Club offers stress-free zone

Sarah Miller, Contributing writer

November 15

Filed under Opinion

After the first few weeks of class and a killer cold, I desperately needed some form of replenishment to reclaim my sanity. Though it may surprise you, I did not discover the peace I needed through a church service. I did not...

Students celebrate NaNoWriMo through writing their own novels

Miranda Miller, Copy editor

November 15

Filed under Opinion

NaNoWriMo, or for plebeians, National Novel Writing Month, takes place annually from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30. Each year, thousands of people all over the world get together with a common goal: write 50,000 words. It does not have...

Election Day celebrations and fears

Amber Matha, Opinion editor

November 8

Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Being an opinionated person is a blessing and a curse and the current presidential election has been testing both of these extremes. I am very proud of my liberal views; and as such, I am not afraid to speak my mind on issues...

PA driver’s licenses mess up lives

Miranda Miller, Copy editor

November 8

Filed under Opinion

The REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005.  While it does not look like it is going to be a pain in the tuckus at first glance, for Pennsylvania residents it may require doling out extra money, time and energy. I, for...

Wonder Woman is a bad choice for UN ambassador

Lauren Abbott, Staff writer

November 8

Filed under Opinion

Last week, the United Nations held a ceremony to showcase their new honorary ambassador to champion the empowerment of women and girls, Wonder Woman. This reveal came with both criticism and praise. While many people support...

Grade scales confuse students

Caitlyn Lear, Staff writer

November 1

Filed under Opinion, Showcase

On the first day of class the most important paper you will get all semester from your professor is the syllabus. It outlines all the important exams, projects and papers that will be graded throughout the semester.  Yet,...

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