Opinion

Social media has changed the concept of communication

Social media has become a powerful tool of marketing in recent years. More companies are joining social media platforms every day and are expanding their strategies to best reach their target audiences.
One of the things that surprise not only me, but many others, is the increasing amount of older adults that are joining social media sites. Now, marketers can focus their media content not only for the millennial generation through social media, but also the baby-boomer generation, now that they have now joined social media.

Online housing contracts: step forward or backward?

Mercyhurst, like most universities, is moving toward the technological age. With modernization comes reliance on technology.
One of these technological advances on our campus is electronic housing contracts instead of a hard copy that you physically sign. The question is whether this change necessary?
The newest debate considers whether or not online contracts benefit the student body.
According to Mercyhurst’s webpage, there are more than 3,000 students enrolled at the university.

One Direction fans become upset after Malik's leave

“Does it ever drive you crazy, just how fast the night changes?” Well, for One Direction fans across the world, it does.
One Direction was in the midst of their “On the Road Again” tour when after their show in Hong Kong on March 18, member Zayn Malik released a statement he was taking a break from the tour, but was planning on returning in two weeks.
Speculation of Malik’s reason came after rumors began to circulate that he was cheating on his current fiancé, Perrie Edwards. There were also rumors of the star having a drug habit.

Swift move: Taylor keeps name ‘Clean’ by buying porn domains

This week, newspapers reported that Taylor Swift’s team has purchased the domains of two internet sites which would have associated TSwift’s name with pornography.
The domains purchased were taylorswift.porn and taylorswift.adult, and more purchases are likely to follow.
Ashton Kutcher made a similar move to prevent his, and his daughter’s name from being associated with smut.
I do not typically praise Hollywood celebrities, but I like the proactive nature of these two.

Top Gear’s fan disappointed by Clarkson being fired

While many girls are obsessing over Benedict Cumberbatch, David Beckham or Harry Styles, I fell in love with James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, three middle-aged men who constantly fall over, occasionally drive cars and almost always accidentally set things on fire.
Currently in its 22nd season, the BBC’s hit show “Top Gear” was halted mid-season after Jeremy Clarkson punched a producer, landing the producer in the hospital and Clarkson on suspension.
Just last week, the BBC announced that Clarkson’s contract would not be renewed, and my heart broke.

Fear of discrimination arises after act was passed

Last week, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law.
Under the law, businesses are able to cite their religious freedom as a legal defense for if they get sued for discrimination.
The law also states that the government cannot “substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion” and if a proprietor feels that his or her religious beliefs have been burdened he or she can cite the law to fend off lawsuits.

Companies miss out on foreign talent

Even though the Laker Inn is no longer a dining option, Egan Dining Hall, the bookstore and the C-Store have compensated with temporary perks.
The problem is that these are only going to last for the duration of reconstruction of the Student Union.
At this point, we have all gotten so used to having them that taking them away would be almost cruel.

Students enjoy dining perks after Union closure

Even though the Laker Inn is no longer a dining option, Egan Dining Hall, the bookstore and the C-Store have compensated with temporary perks.
The problem is that these are only going to last for the duration of reconstruction of the Student Union.
At this point, we have all gotten so used to having them that taking them away would be almost cruel.

Congregation saddened by Pope Francis' potential leave

On March 13, Pope Francis told a Mexican television network he did not expect his role as Pope to last long. With regards to quantifying the remaining time, he was quoted saying it might last “four or five years.”
He believed God wants him to lead the Church for only a short time. To many this may not mean much, but to others, this is very meaningful, but why?

Spring Break or student breaker?

We have all counted down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until spring break.
While this is one of the most exciting times of the year for most college students, spring break fun can be deadly.
ABC News states the biggest danger during spring break is binge drinking. Orbitz says Las Vegas retained its rank as the most popular spring break destination for 2015.