The Merciad

Summer allows retrospection

May 9, 2011

For better or worse, we have at last reached the end of the year. For some of us, this means the end of our college careers and the beginning of a new stage of life: graduate school, apartment living, work or marriage. For others, t...

Analyzing immigrants' effect on America

May 2, 2011

The Associated Press carried a story this past week about an incentive supported by President Obama to help illegal immigrants become American citizens and graduate college. This underlying concern over the rights and privilege...

Overcoming lifestyle differences

April 12, 2011

This weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a silent retreat at the Abby of the Genesee in Geneseo, N.Y. This lifestyle was something I had never encountered before; life revolved around Holy Hours, when the monks and interested re...

Water crisis remains as a global threat

March 28, 2011

Our planet is faced with various crises, many of which are far-reaching or long-lasting. It often feels as though new situations are springing up daily. Wars are waging; people are starving or have nowhere to live; the AIDS ...

Time to prepare for Easter

March 14, 2011

It is common knowledge that Easter has become a “popularized” holiday in many communities. It seems to have been written off as another holiday stepping stone between Christmas and the tantalizing future of summer, lining up...

Gay rights demand attention

December 13, 2010

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...

Driving becomes dangerous

December 6, 2010

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...

Re-examining Black Friday

November 29, 2010

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...

Partisanship seems problematic

November 1, 2010

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 ...

Defending the arts

October 25, 2010

As I read last week’s article on the varsity athletes’ new weight room, I found myself flashing back to high school. At Our Lady of Mercy in Rochester, N.Y., the arts were considered unworthy, left to dwindle away as the sp...

Changing perspectives

October 19, 2010

Ever since the temperature dropped a few weeks ago, a horribly familiar phrase has crept back into our vernacular – ‘it is so cold.’ It should come as no surprise that at least one of those complaints comes from yours truly. M...

Test-taking habits cause distress

October 4, 2010

Now that we are bravely entering the wonderful world of midterms, I decided it was appropriate to complain about a favorite topic – tests and the pet peeves that go with them. Aside from the obvious question of ‘why do we h...

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Kathleen Vogtle