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Uncovering the X-Files

March 27, 2011

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This week, I’m going to take a break from politics and social issues and talk about something fun. I was recently on my favorite fan site for the “X-Files,” a show from the mid-1990s about a team of FBI special agents wh...

Dreams are possible

March 21, 2011

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When I was younger, I dreamed of many things. And one of them was going to Ireland. I used to read any book I could about the country and always dreamt of actually going. My best friend from high school and I even tried to pl...

Obama's health care plan mimics Nixon's

March 20, 2011

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On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law what was arguably the most historic piece of legislation passed by the 111th Congress: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As liberals rejoiced and conservatives gr...

Assisting during a crisis

March 20, 2011

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Shortly after midnight Eastern Standard Time on March 11, one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded, a magnitude of 9.0, triggered a devastating tsunami that destroyed entire cities on Japan's eastern coast. Among the long ...

Helping the mentally ill

March 20, 2011

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Here is an issue that frustrates the you-know-what out of me. On this campus, I guarantee that there are students suffering from a mental illness. Whether it's bipolar disorder or depression, they shouldn’t have to suffer. W...

Time to prepare for Easter

March 14, 2011

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It is common knowledge that Easter has become a “popularized” holiday in many communities. It seems to have been written off as another holiday stepping stone between Christmas and the tantalizing future of summer, lining up...

Program benefits, prepares students with Asperger's

March 13, 2011

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I’m not usually the person to comment about campus happenings, but today I decided to give it a shot. As you know, Mercyhurst College has many academic and support programs. Today’s topic is about one of the more beneficia...

Commuter parking frustrates

March 7, 2011

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This is for all of the commuters out there. Have you ever been running late to class (or even on time), pulled onto campus to park in the lot next to the Hirt Center and realized that there are no open spaces? The only other choic...

Lady Gaga speaks out against intolerance

March 7, 2011

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As I eagerly waited in line with thousands of other little monsters outside the concert last Saturday, politics was the last thing I expected to be thinking about after an evening with Lady Gaga. Despite an unforgettable night wit...

Gays deserve Catholic acceptance

March 7, 2011

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So, my last three columns were about the economy and spending. But it’s time to dwell on one of the most controversial issues of our time: homosexuality. As a Catholic college, Mercyhurst holds a special meaning to Catholics...

Bad manners bother

February 7, 2011

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It's a fact that winter weather in Erie can be horrible. With days of cold temperatures, blustery winds, and snow and ice, most people I know dislike it or at least dislike walking in it. Still, this is not an excuse for rude ...

House Speaker cries on camera

February 7, 2011

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We have all seen it. Those baby blue eyes that well up with shining tears as the mouth crumples and he gallantly tries to hold back the impending flood of pseudo emotion that is about to be unleashed. Yes, I am talking about the...

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