Page 3September 11, 2013
Evive bottles refresh campus
As summer vacation ended andstudents returned to our university,there were a number of changes that were evident around campus.One important change that sup-ports Mercyhurst’s continuing effortto promote a more sustainablecampus environment, was the instal-lation of its ﬁrst Evive Station. Theﬁrst station is located on the secondﬂoor of Old Main, with plans forinstalling many more around campus. This addition represents a way todecrease the use of bottled water oncampus by providing a station thatboth ﬁlls and sanitizes reusable bot-tles. The Evive unit has two sections. The ﬁrst section will ﬁll any sizereusable bottle with chilled, ﬁltered water. The other section is designedexclusively for the Evive bottles. Thissection sanitizes the Evive bottle by using UV light and then ﬁlls it withﬁltered, chilled water. While this90 second process is occurring thestation’s screen will display campusnews, ask you survey questions anddisplay other useful information. The Evive bottles are sold at theMercyhurst Bookstore and on themanufacturer’s website.Student response to the Evive bot-tles has been positive. Art educationstudent Megan O’Polka believes theconcept motivates people to join theinitiative.“I’ve been using the Evive sta-tion since it arrived on campus thissummer. I think it is a cool conceptand I deﬁnitely drank more waterbecause of it. I hope they add morestations around campus throughoutthe year,” she said. These bottles are made of BPAfree plastic and have Passive RFID Tags on the bottom. The tags allow you access to the sanitizing sectionof the station. Evive also has a smartphone app that enables you to track your average consumption of wateras well as the estimate of the numberof plastic bottles that you have notused. The Evive system is clearly abetter alternative to using and recy-cling plastic water bottles.Some students, however, considerthe idea to be somewhat silly.
Junior Gary Loo said, “it is a very ridiculous idea. It’s nice, but it’s just ahuge water fountain.”Plans have been made to addmore stations to the Mercyhurstcampus throughout the year, starting with three new stations, tentatively dated for installation by the end of November at the latest.For more information on thebottle system, visit www.evivestation.
By Zach Dorsch & RyanKushner
Managing editor & Staff writer
Welcome Week ushersin new academic year
Welcome Week is a week set for stu-dents coming back to campus to takethe ﬁrst few days that they have off before classes begin and enjoy eventsthat are sponsored by various organiza-tions on campus. This year’s welcome week includedevents such as the Blacklight Bash, day of service projects, Toga Party, Minute- To-Win-It, Casino Night and the very anticipated Hypnotic Intoxication. A lot of the Welcome Week eventsare heavily attended by the incoming freshmen, but most of the events arealso open to the upperclassmen.Student Activities Council Chair Vic-toria Lewis could not have been happier with how the activities went that weresponsored by the SAC. “Welcome Week was a huge success this year, and wehad a ton of energy from the freshmanclass and also the upperclassmen,” saidLewis. Along with the major events,the incoming freshman students sitthrough various presentations aboutgetting involved in campus life as wellas becoming the best well-roundedstudent that they can be. Following Welcome Week is the annual CampusInvolvement Fair. All RSCOs and organizations oncampus set up a table in and outside of the student union that give the oppor-tunity for all students on campus to walk around and see what the campushas to offer to students looking to getinvolved.Freshmen use Welcome Week as a way to connect and form friendships with other students.Freshman Taylor Rider, used the week of welcoming to defuse theintimidation that some may feel at thebeginning of college. “I was honestly really intimidated coming into college,but having a schedule of really fun andgreat events kept my mind off of being away from home and made the transi-tion much easier and more fun than Iever imagined,” said Rider. “I met allof my current friends through my Wel-come Week activities.” Welcome Week is always full of freeevents for new students and existing students on campus to take a short
break and relax before the pressure of school begins.Often times, there are constant give-aways from the various organizationsthat work to extend their reach to thestudent body.“We love to see everyone on campusenjoying themselves and having a goodtime,” said Lewis. Welcome Week is an annual happen-ing and is open to all students as a wel-come back to campus.
By Garrett Erwin
Students and faculty alike havereacted positively to the Evivebottle system.
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The freshmen class of 2017started off their experience at Mer-cyhurst with a service project onSept. 3, which involved volunteering at 25 nonproﬁt agencies across Erie.These jobs entailed many typesof service, ranging from cleaning upPresque Isle beaches, handy work atmany area farms and aiding Erie’ssenior citizens by spending timehelping the elderly in local nursing homes with technology. Though these jobs are simplein nature, the large scale efforts of the freshman class were gauged tohave $30,000 value equivalency from volunteer time. Through the ser- vice project, 1,500 hours of service were provided through the 750 vol-unteers (including staff, chaperonesand Laker Leaders that participated),over 2,000 pounds of produce pickedfrom Mercyhurst’s farm for SecondHarvest Food Bank of Northwest-ern Pennsylvania and over eight trashbags worth of garbage were removedfrom Presque Isle beaches.In order to reach out to the com-munity’s elderly, volunteers were sentto local nursing homes and weretasked with aiding the residents withany technological difﬁculties. Prob-lems ranged from difﬁculty withthe television remote to inability touse certain applications on the latestiPhone were short work for Mer-cyhurst freshmen and provided anoutlet for assisting and socializing with Erie’s senior citizens. When asked about the student’sgeneral reaction to the service proj-ect, Director of Service-Learning Colin Hurley stated, “The students were able to learn the joy of ser- vice and the most universal reactionof the students was regret that they were only able to give two hours of service.”For more information on thefreshman service project and otherservice learning opportunities, con-tact Colin Hurley at email@example.com.
By Will Bickelmann