As January slowly schleps off of the calendars, some students may begin to come to the unfortunate realization that their resolution to get into shape this year had about the same lifespan as their childhood goldfish, Bubbles. May he rest in peace.
It is at the heart of winter in Erie, and if staying physically active as a university student was not difficult before, many students are now faced with the added trials of below freezing temperatures and multiple feet of lake effect snow encouraging them to put off that resolution for another year.
Mercyhurst University enrolled the largest international class in its history this year as it welcomed 80 undergraduates from 25 different countries. This is an increase from 44 international admissions in 2012, and 53 in 2013.
As the school continues to embark on its 4-1-4 academic calendar, some international students are left on campus with little to do.
Jenbli Cox, a freshman intelligence major from Jamaica, had to stay on campus during the week of Thanksgiving break this year.
Bradley McGarry, director of Asperger/Autism Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM) will begin the jouney to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro on February 5 in an effort to raise awareness for Autism.
McGarry said he hopes this journey to the summit of Kilimanjaro, the largest free-standing mountain in the world, will “raise awareness for the lack of vocational resources for qualified adults on the Autism Spectrum.”
The Mercyhurst and Erie communities celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day this past weekend with meals, a peace march and several service projects.
The MLK Center held its annual MLK Peace March on Monday, Jan. 19, in downtown Erie. Mercyhurst Service Learning provided transportation to students who wished to attend. There are typically 15 to 45 students who attend this march and the Mercyhurst service projects every year, according to Bethany Brun, coordinator of Service Learning.
Five Mercyhurst students working with the Mercyhurst Archeological Institute have been given the opportunity to work on The Old Vero Man Site, otherwise known as “Vero,” in Florida over J-Term.
The students, freshmen Steven Martz, Ele Hein, sophomore Amelia Bell, junior Clara Summa and senior Lauren Osmialowski were able to assist in excavating a site where animals and vegetation can be traced back to 22,000 years ago.