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Gay rights demand attention

December 12, 2010

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I was reading an article this week about the Senate’s failure to pass a measure which would help dissolve the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gay members of the U.S. military. It feels as though this topic is just th...

Writing becomes personal

December 6, 2010

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Some people love math, some people love science, and some people love history. But I love words. Each and every word in this piece of writing was put there for a purpose. Every single sentence that you may feel is repetitive is...

Driving becomes dangerous

December 5, 2010

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As Erie weather becomes increasingly obnoxious, driving likewise proves more hazardous. However, this doesn’t seem to pose a problem to drivers on Briggs Avenue. Even in the best of conditions, Briggs is a problematic and poten...

TSA deserves credit, not criticism

December 5, 2010

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With so many people traveling for the holidays, the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has been in the media spotlight. In addition to being sued, it has received various complaints concerning their security policies. ...

Floor mates cause problems

November 29, 2010

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Have a question? Need advice? Ask Shel, The Merciad's new advice columnist, and she will answer. DEAR SHEL: There’s a boy on the third floor of my apartment building who has recently been causing problems. At the beginning o...

Memories outweigh sleeping in

November 29, 2010

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Like most college students on break, I tried to sleep in as much as I possibly could. Studying for finals had taken a toll, so I took this chance to rejuvenate. When Wednesday evening rolled around, I stayed up as late as on the...

Love your life

November 29, 2010

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I will start by acknowledging that I have had hard times in my life just like everyone else. I’ve faced the death of people who meant the world to me, I’ve had heartbreak, I’ve been confused. Everyone has to go through th...

Re-examining Black Friday

November 29, 2010

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Over break I had the honor of going shopping on Black Friday. It was the first time I had actually braved a mall on this day that is infamous for cutthroat bargain hunters and overall general mayhem. Personal circumstances re...

Facebook group offers 2 ways for people to cope in crisis

November 29, 2010

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“May God bring Jenni-Lyn Watson home to her family and friends.” This prayer has become customary among the more than 27,000 people who are members of the Facebook group, “MISSING: JENNI-LYN WATSON.” As many of us know,...

Musical deserves large audience

November 1, 2010

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Regardless of the results of the midterm election yesterday, I am focusing on a topic closer to home here at Mercyhurst: this week’s production of “The Secret Garden.” For more than a month, nearly 30 Mercyhurst students,...

Animal abuse causes distress

November 1, 2010

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Every single time I see one of those commercials with the abused animals staring at the camera, I tear up a little bit. They look so helpless and sad, and I can’t handle it. The only time I ever make it all the way through w...

Partisanship seems problematic

November 1, 2010

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As I thought about what to write about this week, I found myself remembering a conversation I had with a friend a few weeks back. Oddly enough, it relates to yesterday’s election remarkably well. We were considering the idea ...

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