dream, facing reality
Mercyhurst College is
small.I would hope that by thispoint in the year that we have
come to accept this fact.If you haven't, I'm
there is a lovely
program available, just contact
a disease.So anyway, Mercyhurst issmall and Erie is boring.*
Tinseltown is expensive, so
and there is only somany times that one can walkaround
peninsula for enter-tainment
What is a
bored collegestudent to do?
it would seem. At leastfrom a casual glance of someFriday night activities here oncampus.
However, that river of BudLight will not
eternally, sowhat do you do then?Would you believe that thereis stuff
do on campus?I'm serious.
Don't look at me that way.If I have to listen to onemore students whining abouthow there
nothing to do inErie on a Friday night exceptstay in and watch "America'sMost Talented
will notbe responsible for
actions.So, here's some advice forthose of
will be return-
next year:get involved.Seek out organizations thatinterest you. There are
clubs on campus that wouldappreciate your membershipand involvement.There are even clubs that ca-ter to certain majors, such asthe Anthropology or Psycholo-gy club, but all students areusually welcome.There are organizations thatsupport certain causes, such asPax Christi or SPAN (Studentsfor the Protection and Aware-ness of Nature).Don't be afraid
join, espe-cially if you consider yourselfyour apartment's resident ac-tivist or environmentalist.Who knows, you might evenget to go skydiving.
Don't have enough time
hands to be a full-timemember?You can still show your sup-port for your organization ofchoice by attending theirevents.
many timesI have enjoyed cookies andjuice
or attended a Diversity
dance.If nothing else, these eventsserve as a way of getting youaway from MTV's "Sorority/Fraternity Life" and out
about on a Friday night.Many departments sponsortheir own events, such as bookdiscussions or lecture series.What better way to ingratiateyourself to a
than toshow up at an event that
Who knows, you might ac-tually learn something as well.So please, get out there anddo something next year.
is a great
education wepay so much for.It looks great on a resume.
even better on
grad-uate school application.Best of all, you learn without
that you are
when you read this column.
Quotations, maxims, prov-
erbs;these things are only as
as the arguments
that back them up.
L*;All too often we will take
something as truth simply be-
it is well
o We live in
a nation full of peo-
who condense theiraware-
to David Let-
monologue, their phi-
to a bumper
It is easier to define a belief
in terms of a snappy phraserithan it is to bother
all of the "how's" and"why's" of the matter. JIt is really a symptom of ourcollective ignorance as a soci-ety.So few people bother to un-derstand important
issues in any
canrelate to each other is to fire
jokes and sling slogans.Just listen to the average op-ponents of George
to how much
theyreference actual policy as op-posed
making fun of
Most people will tell
thathe is an idiot, but can they citeany evidence besides a mis-spelling of potato?
Discuss Bill Clinton and try
get past the sex.You won't get far.
think that the
population would have atleast a vague understanding ofwhat is going on. but we
as a whole, any-
just getting lazy.How many people do
think open this page of
every week but havenever gotten beyond
It is just plain easier
list of bullet points or skimheadlines than it is to dive intoa whole article of words, wordsand more words.Check out national coverageof the war.
As readers and viewers, we
like charts and lists. We wantthe hard news equivalent ofreading the cover of a book
glancing at the
picturesinside.Of the newspapers on cam-pus, the one least touched is,by far,
The New York Times,
never greetsthe readers with a front pagethat is made up of blurb- filledmargins and a three-quarter-page photo
instead, you get the typicalmedia consumer's worst fear:wall-to-wall text.There is information and tons
That intimidates people these
But forget about that for asecond. This is about howmuch we understand and
quickly we are willing to
into what someone else is say-
The media knows how sus-ceptible we are to their tech-niques and tricks. Everythingfrom advertising to campaign-ing will live
or die by how well
it is presented to the generalpublic* i
It is rare that we
around in its purestform.Most of
orig-inal, unadulterated state ofideas. What we see is the endproduct of countless brain-storming sessions, revisions,and think tanks.We see the spin.
toyou.Then the anti-smoking orga-nizations
you.Then their opponents lie toyou.Then your favorite late nighthost sums it all up in a waythat will make you laugh and
you are able to
youhave an informed and wellthought out position when youtalk to your friends the nextday.Most of
play this game. Itmakes us feel comfortable.
at the dinner
somewhere in the back of ourminds is the nagging thought,"Does anybody here have
what they are talkingabout?"
Probably not, but as long aseveryone is equally unin-formed, there is plenty of
Conversation like this is agreat help in perpetuating anelaborate illusion of under-standing.The illusion isn't enough.
need to strive toward theheart of
and ideas rath-er than regurgitating nonsensethat sounds nice.
There are two things I hate:Mary Kate and Ashley Olsonmovies and sell-outs.The former speaks for
the latter, well, I may have be-come.
Strike that.As a senior, I have two op-tions: career or prolong the ca-reer (and more importantly thefear of not getting the one Iwant) by attending grad schoolin the field I want to have mycareer in.Again, the latter option fitsme. I applied and got acceptedto two schools: one here, inErie, for a fall-ride and a sti-pend.The other
in sunny Califor-nia, Chapman Film School, atthe cost of the stuff debts arebuilt with:$60,000.
One teacher said "You onlylive once" when I told her of
options. As soon as Ivoiced the price tag, her tunechanged.
$60,000.That's a small home. A
worldthat is keeping my dream ofbeing
Does that make me a
sell-out?That's right, boys and girls.This
advo-cated going with the gut asmuch as he has lamented the
is taking thesafe bet. The smart way, themore affordable way."Take a loan!" my one friendgleefully muses, half seriously.I want to. iI desperately want to throwyears of cautious penny-pinch-ing to the wind, give double-finger
he windowseat of a JetBlue, create anoth-er low-interest rate friendshipwith PHEAA and see, as thesongsays,if "it never
insouthern California."Instead, like another songsays,
am facing my "quarter-life crisis'* with my safety netin tact, finally starting to
getused to the
timeon my side, that it is muchhealthier in
the long run to have
a Masters in something thenbasking under the sunshinewith
and debt in tow."What price tag are you gon-na put on your dream?" "Howmany
is your dreamworth?"
All of these Tony Robbins-sounding lines came from afriend, the only
hasever made me listen to suchcliched-sounding
the level of analysis and rela-tivity they deserve.For college grads, decisions
TheDream, seem dire and apoca-lyptic no matter what the out-come.But they really aren't. In thegrand scheme of things, all ofus still have to ask someone tomarry them, decide where toand how to raise a family ormourn a loss.
We have a college degree
andprecious life experiences thatwill
make us smile
movie soundstage or class-room life finds us in.Giving in to what mommyand daddy
the same as doing whatyou want5 Going with
isnot necessarily better than thepractical one.And I don't know whatmakes anyone but me happy,or what anyone else feels theyshould do to ensure their re-spective happiness.All I know is that there arenow
things I hate:1) Olson Twin movies, 2)sell-outs and
those that con-fuse themselves as sell-outswhen
they are doing is tak-ing the scenic tour down theroad less traveled.
Style goes vintage
at last we are free to shop forshorts, skirts and sandals with-out having to worry about thepossibility ofsnow.But before you head out toyour favorite shop, consider
of he latest trends pickingup speed
year: vintage.Now, while most retailers arenot specialized enough to car-ry actual vintagepieces,popu-lar
and trends of
pasthave had a great influence onspring seasonal assortments.Vintage silhouettes, colors,
patterns and designs can
be justas cool and authentic
as the original, as long as youknow what to go for.The
are par-ticularly important decades, as
see much of society return-ing to the simple, toned downelegance of
country at war.Just as in the forties, WWIIhad an impact on fashion, es-pecially because of rationing.Gulf
has also led to adecrease
flashy appearancesby movie stars and the like.' But for
isbeginning to look to ChristianDior's "New Look" of the1950s.
The New Look was com-prised of either very full skirtswith fitted bodices
tight, tapered skirts.But if you aren't the skirt ordresstype,next time you slideinto those cute and comfycuffed Capri's, just rememberthey're not new.Other looks that go great forthis decade include: pointedshoes with kitty heels, narrowbelts and puff
sleeves.For guys, the 1950s offersome great styles from thegreaser James Dean types to
preppy kids.Very dark rinsed denim isback in action. It can be pairedwith a plain white tee or plaidbutton down to achieve
vintage look.From the '60s,
empire waistlines coming
are also seeing the returnof mini skirts, short
dresses, very bright colors andpop-art images.|V The "Jackie O." look is alsohuge, with simple belted dress-
small lace and bow detail-ing, shorter, boxy jackets andthe
inspired pieces in-
halter necklines, jump-suits (denim!),
and hotpants.The disco decade is alsobringing
big,funkysunglasses and even costumejewelry.
But perhaps the
decade mak-ing the biggest splash thisspring is (gulp) the
80s.As scary as it might seem tolook back at what
all woreduring our childhood or teenyears, the
have impactedrecent fashion trends andstyles.Vintage pieces can add afresh look to your closet withunique and original items.Vintage is also a great sug-gestion for any important orspecial occasion (Senior Din-ner Dance!!) approaching inthe near future.
assured that noone else will have your dress.
Kristin PurdyAdam DuShole
N icholasPhil Pirrello
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