Remembering j college High fidelity sinks
better to regret
you did than
somebody with noregrets and
show yousomebody who's really figuredout this whole life thing.But
have plenty of
It doesn't mean that you'vewasted your life away livingin a bubble; it just meansyou're human.Forget about trying to makeup for your past balks andscrew-ups.
Coming to terms with thefact that you never stood upto the fourth
orchased down your firstunrequited love, are mattersthat you should deal with atyour next
the certified assistance of abest selling self-help book.In the meantime, we canfocus on the present.Falling into a rut is easy to
especially around here./With so much nonsense tooccupy our time, it's nosurprise that so many of usend up looking back on ourcollege careers at Mercyhurstand wondering where the hellit all went.
yourcollege experience, are yougoing
will your collegememories be?Some us of will remember
adventure, packed fullof
anticipation of the daywhen our kids are old enoughfor
to tell 'em all about it
Others will recall
haze:a pathetic and depressing blurof classes, television and AIM.Most
be somewhere in'between. (College is packed full ofobligations.Most of us have schedulesthat hold
responsible for far
than just academics, be itpractice, work or whatever.All of that responsibility canbe a downright drag on what
to be the
wildest years of our lives.
Blow it all
a good idea onoccasion, but it's probably notin your best interest to make ita
One of the prerequisites forhaving a blast at college isactually staying
Keeping your crap
together iskey unless you really want tocut loose and
romp about inthe real world.
collegeis a waste of their time, butrarely do you see them justpack up and get the hell out.So unless you decide to roll
ever lookingback, that leaves you right
Mercyhurst.College is what you make ofit, wherever you are.Plenty will spend four yearshere, bitching that they never
they alwaysexpected.Fun and adventure generallyhang out right under our nosesand are
or the picking by
andgo for it.Sure, throwing
outthere is risky sometimes.Whether you're going after
throwinga party or jumping into thatGator idling next to themaintenance shed, there isalways the looming possibilityof
burned.The thing to remember is"Who cares?"
it truethat your worst of mishapshave made the best of stories?
retrospect you mightdecide that
the bestof taste to pour cafeteria soupall over your buddy, but damn- how funny
Nobody sits around drinkingbeers with their
drove up to Canada instead ofgoing to class.Nobody wants to hear about
the time you
streaking across the footballfield.Live your life in such a waythat people need to see it to
it.Go the extra mile. Redefineyour limits.Have a blast and make noapologies for itGet silly. Get in a fight. Getthat girl
Now get going.
Because I was involved inthe
announcement concerning[the movie screening at thePAC]
would liketo explain
announce-ment was made.Student attendance at theGuelcher
until recently, quite low.It is the outside community,many of us senior citizens,who have been the main sup-port of
series through theyears.
We are a
theblatant sexual openness of
day's films was unacceptable.We are certainly matureenough to handle such open-ness, we just find that suchopenness is often of no artisticor redeeming value.|Shock value, perhaps, but intoo many films, often of no ar-tistic value.It was to this audience thatthe announcement was direct-ed.
I might add
thefilms that have been presented
subtitles" displaysa high degree of sophomoresophistry.Some of
films, like theRussian
poi-gnant; some like the Iranianfilms,
'GazaStrip,' shocking and eye-opening; the Chinese orphanstory, heart-warming; and theartistry of the Japanese car-toon, awesome!Perhaps an appreciation ofthese films is where true ma-turity lies.
In the past several weeks, anumber of people
people are reading the news-paper.
need to point
howev-er, the difference between"news" and "opinion."
News, as practiced by thenewspaper, is the attempt topresent information of valueand/or interest to our readers.Every effort
made to in-
. • ,.
sure that the
* information is
factual, relevant and present-ed in an objective
The articles on these pages
subjectiveview of life on and off cam-
availableto students, faculty and staff
decid-edly unflattering look at
school and which sometimesmake others upset.Such views, as noted, arethose exclusively of the writer,and do not reflect the views of
have opinions, andmost times, our opinions con-flict with others.Case
regarding the cautionary an-nouncement prior
the show-ing of a movie at the PAC.In his editorial, Mr. Pirrelloreflected his belief that collegestudents should have enoughmaturity
be instructed asto what may or may not be of-fensive.
the announce-ment was made for the benefitof
non-students in atten-dance
For that segment of the audi-ence, the announcement wasappropriate.
Mr. Pirrello wasexpressing the students' per-spective.
He was voicing his opinionthat too often on campus, weeattempt to "shelter"
dents from certain informa-tion. This is exactly what our
do - give one person's opin-ion.Now, the PAC was perfect-ly within its right - and mayeven have felt obligated - toprovide the "cautionary an-nouncement" for audiencemembers.Conversely,
other students attending the
announcement.In presenting the situationon our Opinion pages, we
We presented how one ofthe attendees felt (that would
hespirit and get people interest-ed in voicing their own opin-ions.
As such, our Opinion pagesseem to have done just that.—
increase in student editorials appearing in thesepages,
would like to reiterate
opinion expressed via
letter to the editor is the sole
of its authors). |
not reflect the views
Mercyhurst, et al.
and all opinions expressed on these pages are neither right nor
taken as such. Thank you
the rants coming.
bar-lit encounters cheapened
Liquor has been a social lu-bricant
the Weeklywalk of shames by many ahung over undergrad, onewould think that the issues of
would not be met with
heads held low
become acommodity?When did the act of flirtingbecome a stratagem, a parryand joust between the sexes
that results into
but nonetheless practical,things:
Maybe it is spring fever, orthe last few weeks of collegeand the last three terms of
grets adding up, but I feel a
will just for
having someone that
discarded at will.Everyonegripes,
ex-cessively long away messagesor drunken cell phone calls,about being alone or wantingsomeone to
breakfast forin the morning.Nothing worse then a lonelyapartment to come home to?But these persons who lookfor love, or gripe about lostchances for it, are the peoplewho forget that the best friendor
And Another Thing
to are most likely more than
spacein bed.So shut up.It's cynical and it's coarse,but it's true.;: |Romance, that tuning forkthat goes off in your chestwhen infatuation settles in, is,for the most
dreamon college campuses.It ranks up there with suchcollegiate
drinksmake the lusting go longer."I've had the sweet and the
sweet is never as sweetwithout the
watching the probability of agood thing implode to realizethat there is a routine to thesweet and the sour.Every
A new eye-candy to brag to
pinefor when stumbling for thelight switch at the LonelyApartment.Expectations are lowered
you've grown tired of peoplebeing
and inhibi-tions are, for one
un-customary instant, let loose.
idealist becomesthe aspiring player, the jerkhopefully
girl will wantto take home. And that mo-ment of swapping
forfalseness is, sadly, becomingcommon practice.Fidelity as social
this cannot be the fu-ture. Can
ing another Cameron Crowemovie.
t sadthat I once prided myself
being a pragmatic optimist
sensibilities.Now, it seems those virtuesare nothing in the wake of
really cool sound systems
in cars bought by mommyand daddy. *
the only comfort is that the
guy still finishes last.Whoever said "looking forlove in all the wrong places"obviously had a
big question: What happens now?
As graduation looms,
At a recent appointment, mydentist asked me what I wasplanning on doing after gradu-
My response was: "Crawlinto my bed, hide under theblankets and sob."The big unknown of whatcomes after college life can bequite intimidating, but no col-lege student can ignore it; nomatter how many Springmaidcomforters we may try to hideunder.It's that time of year again,kiddos,
classmen'smind: What happens
What to do, what to do?For juniors and seniors, thisis the time of
year that webegin to ponder our respectivefutures.Do we plunge headlong into
market?!Do we stay, for a while, withthat summer job that has beenso faithful to us?Do we continue on to highereducation, graduate school orbeyond?
each has its own benefits, but
how do we
The search for
option is similar, inmany ways, to the collegesearch that many of us em-barked on three or four years
mom or dad and
be sure to have an opinion, so
the career services stair,your professors and anyoneelse that knows of your plight.
they have all been there
selves.However, it is important tokeep in mind that they madethe decision that was right forthem, not
Just like you had to choosethe
college, you will also
post-collegepath that is
that you have held forthe past four years?My advice is to rememberthat there is a difference be-tween being happy some-
youmay be perfectly content towork your way up the ranksat Toys-R-Us.Are there openings in thefield that you have beenstudying for all of your col-lege life and you just can'twait to get started?
byall means, swan
pool!Do you love to learn andwant
special-ized aspect of your major?
Then graduate school
what's right for you.It's
but remember that no choiceis permanent.
stay with that sum-
but after awhile de-cide that you would ratherpursue your Masters degree,then do it.But most of all do whatmakes you happy.This is what college hasbeen teaching you to do forfour years: make your owndecisions.
you on the other side.