Opinion

Dausey speaks on CNN news

On Friday, Oct. 17, David Dausey, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Public Health, appeared on CNN to share his expertise on the rising Ebola concerns in America.
He has also been featured in the Washington Post, USA Today, Fox News Radio, the BBC and CTV. He received his Ph.D. at Yale and is now an international authority on public health.
“Erin Burnett’s staff was wonderful to work with and they made the experience very enjoyable,” Dausey said.
He only wishes there had been more time allotted to debate and discuss Ebola because it is such a significant issue.

Student produces MU theme song

In September, student Alan Abramek produced Mercyhurst’s theme song entitled “It’s Gonna Be A Good Day.” Abramek is currently a junior communications major from Poland.
Along with several other music students, he made this piece possible. The end product is a mix of pop and rap that reflects Abramek’s view of our school.
He “love[s] it here,” because of the campus, “the students, the talent, the work ethic [and] the energy.”

Social media impacts environmental organizations

Social media and the Internet dominate today’s society and our generation. As research shows, each day, 25 billion tweets are read and sent 2 billion YouTube videos are watched; and 600 million people log onto Facebook. These numbers will only increase as time goes on and social media becomes more readily accessible.
Now, in 2014, about 1 billion people are active daily on Facebook; 500 billion tweets are sent a day; and 8 billion hours of videos are watched a month.

Correction on the Blues Brothers opinion piece

The report on the opinion page of the current paper is incorrect. The Blues Brothers Revue opinion piece stated that the event was supposed to take place in the Taylor Little Theater. This is incorrect, the event will actually take place in the PAC. We apologize for this gross error.

A student's view on President Gamble's coming retirement

On Monday, Oct. 13, President Gamble made a difficult announcement in front of students, faculty, and the news media.
He revealed that he would be retiring at the end of this academic year after being president for nine years.
Though it may seem early for him to make such an announcement, Gamble said, “it [was] important to [him] that [we] are among the first to know.”
He wanted to ensure Mercyhurst has enough time to accomplish the difficult task of finding a new president, a noble decision on his part.

US is not appropriately addressing Ebola

Amid the chaos of potential Ebola cases among citizens of the United States, there have been calls to respond in a meaningful way to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.
This was exacerbated by the case of Thomas Eric Duncan, who travelled from Liberia to the United States and eventually died in a Texas hospital.
Then two hospital workers who had had contact with Duncan while he was in the Houston hospital also contracted the disease, one only confirming this after she had made a flight to Cleveland, Ohio.

Apple's iPhone release lowered expectations

In the years since Apple has been releasing the iPhone, it has had a good track record. Each release has provided an update or feature which (arguably) warranted a new purchase.
The newest iteration, the iPhone 6, and its Plus variant, seemingly continued this trend. This was true until a number of cases of weak construction and software problems.
The problems with the iOS 8 update were not solely in new phones, and things like Wi-Fi problems, Bluetooth connectivity issues, performance problems and battery life complications are all easily reproducible problems.

October's not only about the pumpkin spice latte

About one in eight U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes, and this number increases nearly every year.
Because of this, October has been recognized worldwide as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Most people have heard of the Susan G Komen foundation, which has invested more than $2.1 billion to breast cancer research since its inception in 1982.
In fact, this year Komen is actively putting over $300 million into research across the country. Those who join the cause become “passionately pink” while having bake sales and “jean days” to help raise funds.

Litter has negative effects on environment, marine wildlife

Eighty percent of marine litter begins as litter on land. Most of this litter is plastic, which is not biodegradable.
Marine wildlife such as whales, seabirds, and turtles and fish die from choking, intestinal blockage, and starvation due to this litter.
Thousands of these animals also become disfigured and seriously injured from being caught in or cut by this plastic pollution.

The hidden truth behind fracking

I always rolled my eyes when my dad would go on rants about how terrible fracking is. I also used to roll my eyes when my dad would constantly ask where certain foods came from and what they were made with when we would go out to eat. But I don’t roll my eyes at either anymore, and for very good reasons.