The Merciad

Everything I need to know I learned in elementary school

February 8, 2010

Jordan Zangaro This past week, members of the Merciad, including myself, started to work with elementary school students at Lincoln Elementary hoping to start their own school newspaper. In all honesty, I was nervous, and I found that a little odd consider...

Finding a balance between school and personal life

February 8, 2010

Victoria Gricks After taking a deep breath and zipping my coat as high as possible, I pushed the door open and held it for my friend. I wished I could stay inside a little longer to keep warm, but I was starving. Stepping outside, I noticed that the temperature ...

Don't ask and don't tell: Homosexuals in the U.S. military

February 8, 2010

Devin RuicI entirely, wholeheartedly, unequivocally agree with President Barack Obama, and I think I just heard a few people’s heads explode from my apartment. Sorry to disappoint – but a 2008 Washington Post poll found that 66 percent of so-called conservat...

Disgusted by plastic surgery addict

February 1, 2010

Jordan Zangaro Confidence is a tricky thing, but when you have it — you have everything. How far should you go to solidify your reassurance in yourself? Heidi Montag Pratt, from the TV show "The Hills," thinks the answer to that question is 'by any means...

Chivalry lives: Go find it

February 1, 2010

Devin Ruic Chivalry and romanticism need not be dead. It always amuses me when yet another woman describes her boyfriend as crude or chauvinistic, and then claims that chivalry is dead across the board. The incompetence of your boyfriend does not prove anything o...

God, free will and golden retrievers

February 1, 2010

My good friend and colleague Penny Hanes is one of the several dog owners I join for lunch each day. She and her dog Gus hate people like me who walk their dogs off-leash in suburban neighborhoods. They have a point, but we di...

Bathroom bonding: Letting it all out

February 1, 2010

Victoria Gricks Even though I had awakened an hour before, I still hadn’t gotten out of bed. I was just way too comfortable, and I couldn’t bring myself to leave the warmth of my blankets. I lay there for a while, staring at the magazine pictures on my wall....

Response to 'Why Blackout?' article

February 1, 2010

While the Laker Spirit Club understands Mr. Baranowski’s question about the origin of the Blackout at the women’s hockey game against No. 4 Clarkson University on Jan. 15, and agrees that black is not one of the school co...

Living off campus not what it seems

February 1, 2010

(EDITOR'S NOTE: When submitted to The Merciad, this article contained the name of the landlord firm the writer was criticizing. The Merciad staff considers it important to warn students about the downside of living off-campus. Ev...

Accepting and embracing others

January 25, 2010

Victoria GricksIt was a typical Friday afternoon: Class just ended and I had a lot to do before leaving for Holiday Valley. Knowing that, I grabbed my things and rushed out of Hirt, because there was no time to waste. Walking slightly faster than usual, I made m...

Problems increase with student loans

January 25, 2010

Thomas KubicaEver complain to a counselor about tuition hikes? The typical answer you get is: “You can just get a loan.” This type of thinking is hiking up rates horrendously. As unemployment rates continue to rise, they're rising particularly rapidly among ...

Hiding behind technology

January 25, 2010

Jordan ZangaroThink about the big moments in your life, both good and bad. Think about your biggest mistake and when you finally had to tell someone. Or, think about when a beautiful girl or handsome boy that caught your eye and you wanted the chance to tal...

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