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-THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER
OP
MERCYHURST COLLEGE SINCE
1929
4
-i
yol.
No|I
News:
Page
2
,New
MSG column focuses
on Home
coming King and Queen candidates
^
Opinion:
Page
3
Who needs counseling?Features:
Page
4
Senior Stacy
Pastva
goes to Hawaii
to
be Miss Hawaiian Tropic
Arts
and
Entertainment:
Page 6
Aiook at the nevrmovie7 Matchstick
Men, that opened
in
theaters
this
pastweekendSports:
Page
8
Fall 2003 Sports Calendar
Homecoming
events
J
{FRIDAY, SEPT.
19
7:30p.m.-9:30p.m.
Homecoming courtpep rally and bonfire near the football field.There will be
a give
away
to the
most
spirit*
ed sports team.10 p.m.-11
p.m. — SAC
comedian MarkReedy at the student unionSATURDAY, SEPT.
20
3 p.m.-??
Brustes ice cream
in
GarveyPark
:
\
7:30 p.m.
—The
Clark s concert will takeplace
in
the rec center.
Opening
band startsat
8
p.m.; concert closed to public.
Upcoming SAC events
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17— Rudy shownat 9 p.m.
in
the student unionTHURSDAY, SEPT.
18 — MSQ lecture
se-
ries featuring Rudy
at
8
p.m. in the PACTUESDAY, SEPT.
23 — SAC
general meet-ing
at 9
p.m.
in the
student union; signupsfor PhiladelphiaFRIDAY, SEPT. 26 — Fall formal
at
Sabel-las. Doors open
at
7:30 p.m.; dance ends
ai
midnight. Tickets
are
$15
and are now on
sale.
Index
News
«|
1
News
2
Opinion
3
Features
4
A&E....
i
5
A&E.
6
Sports
7
Sports
8
Mercyhurst College 501
&38<l^^%il^f%i.
§P||
i^^raHl
*m\J\J
/Contributing photographer
Mercyhurst
Is
listed in the Princeton Review s Mid-Atlantic Colleges.
It Is
now 10th
In
U.S. News
&
World Report rankings.
{
Mercyhurst makes
the
Princeton Review
By Holly
Burns
Contributing writerStudents, faculty, arid
staff, pat
yourselves
on the
back.
You
can beproud of your school.According
to the
Princeton
Re-
view, Mercyhurst
has much to
bragabout!
The
college
was
recentlyincluded in the Princeton Review
s
first
edition
of
The
Best
Mid-Atlan-
tic
Colleges.
Mercyhurst
was one of
98
Mid-
Atlantic Schools from
six
statesshowcased in this edition, includingDelaware,
Maryland,
Pennsylvania,Virginia, Washington
D.C., and
West
Virginia.
The book presents
statistical
infor-
mation and student opinions about
issues on
their campuses. The opin-
ions fa11
under
three
categories:Ac-ademics, Life,
and
Student Body.The book aims
to
provide informa-tion about colleges
to
prospectiveStudents in
order
to give them a
tasteof what life at a particular
college
is
likeT *
I*
In order to be included in the Re-view, Mercyhurst
had to
meet
the
criteria
for
academic excellencewithin its region Also, the Prince-ton Review had
to be able to
surveyMercyhurst students anonymously,through online survey
or paper
sur-vey distributed on campus.One of the
areas
reviewed
was
ofcourse academics.
Out of
a
scoreof100.Mercyhurst received
a 77.
Students described
the
classes
as
challenging
but not
impossible,and referred
to the
professors
as
ex-
tremely excellent.
The
Review
noted the strength of the social sci-ences, anthropology, and
dance
de-partments,
and
mentioned that
the
Research
Intelligence
AnalystPro-gram
(RIAP)
is the only one of itskind.Students may have noticed
a dif-
ference
in
the grading
scale
of someprofessors lately.
As a
result,
the
Review points
out
that students
have to work
much harder for
a
A.
Mercyhurst Senior
Kara
Fink feelsthat, If they want
to
crackdown onthe grading
so
that students have
to
work harder
for
their grades, theyshould
still give A s
to
students who
deserve them, instead
of
giving
them
B s.
The survey also asked
students
how they felt about the administra-tion
in
general. Their answers var-
ied^
with everything from
ap-
proachable, very helpful,
and
friendly
to
incompetent, rude,and uncaring.
One
student
re-
marked, If
papers
need
to be signed
by more than one individual, start amonth
in
advance^Another area included
in
the sur-vey was campus life, which earnedMercyhurst
a
score of
74.
Studentssaid that
movies were a
popularpas-time
for
them.
|
The Review also
alluded
to the
factthat although Mercyhurst does
not
have fraternities
or
sororities, stu-dents still have
no
problem findingparties;*Students
felt
that security
is
real-ly strict; almost every party getsbusted.
Please
see
Princeton
Review
on page
2.
Changes
to
Mercyworld
Radio
show
for
students
set to air
By
Jonelle
DavisContributing writer
The new walkway across Briggs and Lewis avenues offer land-scaping, benches and lights to the campus.
Summer is
theseason forchanges
around campus
'
hard
(or
working
on
their tans)
at
[home,
the
administration have im-plemented many changes
to
yourMercyworld.There
are
changes
to
physicalbuilding
and
places
on
campus
as
well
as
changes
to
personnel
and
academic
programs.
Either
way,
the
administration
has been hard at work
this summer
to improve
Mercyhurstfor
us.
One huge change
is the
excitingnews that
Mercyhurst
will soon have
a new bookstore.
Please
see
Campus
Changeson page
2.$
By Kelly Rose DuttineNews editorSo,
you ve
been back
at the
Hurstfor almost
two
weeks now. Yourroom
o>
apartment
is
finally
un-
packed,
the
bookstore
has managedto
drain your bank account
from
allthose summer job dollars and yourclasses
are
back
in the
swing
of
things with reading assignments,quizzes and papers.
1
Have
you had a
chance
to
lookaround
the campus? As
Mercyhurst
students
spent
the summer working
The Communication Departmentat Mercyhurst College continues to
grow
every
day as
it introduces
new
and improved learning tools
for
Communication students.After being approached with
the
idea
for a
student produced
radio
show last spring, CommunicationsDepartment director,
Dr.
RichardWelch,
has
created
a new
radioshow for
the
students.Mercyhurst
will now air a student
produced radio show
on
Fridaynights from
8
p.muntil
10 p.m.
According
to
Dr. Welch,
the
showwill give
our
students
the
oppor -
tunity
to do
programming they
won kin t
get to do otherwise.The show will also give students
a venue to talk about campus events
and play
the
music they want
to
hear.Although starting
a
radio showmay seem easy,
the
Communica-tions Department
was
faced withmany obstacles before
the
showwould be approved to
air.
One
of
the problems was
compet-
ing with
the
actual Mercyhurst
ra-
dio station WMCE.| Since
the
for-
mat on WMCE is linearts,the stu-dent show format could
not air. In
order
to
solve this problem, the de-partment will
air
the show as back-ground music
on
Mercyhurst
s ca-
ble channel
19.
Another step
the
department hadto take
was
getting
the
musiccleared. According
to
Dr.
Welch, themusic
that would
air
on the show hadto be
approved
by BMI
and ASCAP.
He
stated that
the
department wouldalso
be
very careful
to
adhere
to
communications standards
in the
music.
Dr.
Welch managed
to get
the
clearance for
the music
and nowthe show is set to air.With
all of
the technical aspectsworked out,
the
department preced-ed
on to
find
a
host
foi
the
show.The first host
of the
show, nick-named
Dre,
is a sophomore com-munications major.According
to Dre, she
plans
on
bringing some diversity
to
Mercy-hurst. Right now the type
of
mu-sic I plan
to
play
is
a type
not
trulyrepresented in Erie, much less
Mer-
cyhurst.
I
hope
to
give those thatenjoy hip-hop
and
R&B
a
place
to
listen to the stuff they love.In order to make the show
a
suc-cess,
the
communications depart-ment is looking for student influenceand help
Please see Radion Show onpage
2.
 
PAGE
2
THEMERCIAD
SEPTEMBER
17,2003
NEWS
To
More
than
68o
freshmenexperience new orientation
By Kait ReifContributing writerThere s a certain excitementin the air as summer days arebecoming shorter and thewind s
chill
is a bit stronger.With a pit in their stomach,the freshmen are undeniablylooking forward to a new be-ginning and the
unexpectedThis
year,
like past years, the
freshman
class participated in
freshman
orientation.The faculty and students ofStudent Activities Committeeand Student Government keptthe freshman busy with a fullitinerary and the beginning ofFreshman Year Initiative (F.Y.I)class.In previous years, the F.Y.Iclass was taken once per
week
over a span
often
weeks. Nowthe class is taken over theweekend and now meets in
small
groups once
per
week forthe next four weeks.Gathering what
I have
heardfrom the previously existingprogram,
I
prefer
the setup this
year.
Having F.Y.I, all weekend
is a
good
ice
breaker
and a great
way to meet a lot of
the
otherfreshman, says freshmanAmanda Keller.
One
of the
activities the
fresh-men joined in was the manda-tory volunteer work donearound the city of Erie. Somestudents were assigned to pick
up
trash
in local
neighborhoods
,
and at the beach, while others
Jody
Mela/Photo «Jrtor
The freshman class participated in a new
kind
of orientation, completing 60 percentof their
FYI
class in one weekend.
helped
by cleaning houses,
such
as the center for battered wom-an. Students also went
to
nurs-ing homes
to
visit with the eld-erly.I thought
the
community ser -vice put Mercy hurst aside fromother colleges because others
aren
t as involved in the com-munity. Not
to
mention
we
mettons of
new people
and
it was
a
good
bonding experience. Saidfreshman Cara Nelson.
F.YI
is intended to familiar-ize freshmen with the campus
..and
make the transition from
Princeton Review
Continued from page 1.
Opinions varied on the strictalcohol policy that Mercy hurstupholds. One student com-plained, They keep
us
so busy
during the
week, just let us havefun on the weekends! Otherstudents appreciate the policy.Junior Sarah Beth
Kingery
says, I agree with the alcoholpolicy because no one shoulddrink underage. That
s all
thereis to it.The article also mentionedseveral of the restrictionsplaced upon freshmen, such asthe fact that they are not al-lowed to have cars on campus.Although a freshman last
year.
Sophomore Tiffany Black
now
understands
why this is
ap-
propriate. She says, I thinkthat it is a good idea that fresh-man don
t
have
cars on
campusbecause of the parking situa-tion. If they did, it would onlyget worse.Another
reshman
estrictionmentioned
was
dorm visitationhours for the opposite sex.Surely,
a
lot of students are un-happy about this rule, but oth-ers see the need for regulation.Sophomore Paul Green feelsthat, the visitation hours arereasonable. As freshmen, it snot absolutely necessary tohave the opposite sex stay
past12
or 2, and in the apartments,it makes sense to increase thefreedom.Diversity
was also
consideredin the Review. Some studentscomplain that there is notenough diversity on campus.Senior Lindsey Weber pointsout, Obviously there is no di-versity when you look aroundyour class and see all White-Middle-America.
However,
another student toldthe Review, Granted, Mercy-hurst doesn t have an extreme-ly diverse population, [but] Istill
find
that my interactionwith those few people havemade my experience thus far agreat one.Financial Aid was a categoryin which
Mercy
hurst receiveda score of
76.
The article ex-plained the requirements forstudents to be able to receivefinancial aid from the college.Along with that, it listed thevarious scholarships
and
grantsavailable to them, with a men-tion of good opportunities forwork, both on and off campus.The article went
on to
explainimportant factors taken intoconsideration
by the
admissionscommittee of the college. Thisarea of the Review awardedMercyhurst a 74. Factors foradmission include class rank
and test
scores,
as well as
thingslike character, personal quali-ties,volunteer work, and work
experienced
It also clearly defined highschool course requirements forthe prospective
student.
Advicefrom the Princeton Review onhow
to
gain admittance
to
Mer-cyhurst was to, impress upon
the
admissions committee yourdesire and ability
to take
advan-tage of
the
school
s
varied aca-demic opportunities.Mercyhurst s own Admis-sions Office described exactlywhat they are looking for inprospective students. In se-lecting
a
student for admission,Mercyhurst looks for evidenceof academic ability and readi-ness as demonstrated by highschool course work, gradesearned, performance on stan-dardized tests, and personalcharacteristics that relate to astudent s ability to succeed.The Admissions Office alsocommented, Our 120 majors,both traditional and unique,have helped Mercyhurst drawstudents
rom
 40 states
and earnnationwide respect. With areputation like that, no wonderMercyhurst
is
considered
one of
the best!for more information
on
Mer-
cyhurst, as well as otherschools, log on towww.PrincetonReview.com. high school to college
easier.
It
s
almost
like a
peer
mediation
group along with communicat-ing what resources are avail-able.F.Y.I was good for makingfriends and
having a
peer group.But I wasn t really introducedto the campus all that much
even
through orientation, saysfreshman Megan Murphy.Another
reshman,
 StephaniePerkins, comments that orien-tation
wasn
t very helpful
at
all,It didn t seem like much of anorientation
to
me; it ust
seemed
like there
were a
bunch of guestspeakers.Orientation and F.Y.I weregreat places for freshmen tostart oft their year. Although
there were mixed opinions
con-cerning these events, overall itwas a good experience.The future looks bright forthese new freshmen, and it allstarted with a positive begin-ning.
ti
ji^tb
Changes all over campus
Katie McAdams/Merclad
photographer
Soon,
the football field
will
have new lights, so all
^
sports that use the field will be able to play nightgames.
I
J*
Kalie McAdams/Merciad
photographer
Several of the old Baldwin Townhouses were razedto make room for the new bookstore.
'"
fc
Katie MtAdmrm/Mercwd
photograph*
The Cohen Health Center and Counseling Center hasrelocated to the old Baldwin Townhouses, a morecentral campus
location
for students.
By Jess TobinContributing writerAs usual, along with the end-
less list
of festivities that comeswith Homecoming, there is aroyal pair to be crowned. This
year the
Homecoming
King and
Queen
will
be announced
at
thefootball game against SaginawValley during half time.This year s Homecomingevents kicked off
last
week forseniors who were allowed tosubmit their nominations forHomecoming King and Queen.The four girls and four guyswho racked up the most nomi-
nations
were named candidates
on
the Homecoming
court.
Se-niors, juniors, and sophomores
can place
their votes
this
Thurs-day and Friday; however, be-fore placing your vote, here s
a
little information about oureight outstanding candidates:Jared Adams comes to Mer-cyhurst from Twinsburg, Ohio.Jared is a Business Financemajor with a Management In-formation Systems minor. Hehas been
a
member of the foot-ball team for four years andvolunteers much of his time tothe Special Olympics.Next on our roster we
have
David Del Vecchio
a RIAP
ma-jor
 from
 Westlake, Ohio. Dav-id
has been the
President of Stu-dent Government for two con-secutive years now and hasbeen building the student gov-ernment program for four years
straight,
longer than any otherpresent member.
jj
Dave
Fredrick
is a native ofCleveland, Ohio and is
a
Crim-inal Justice major at Mercy-hurst. He is a member of thecross country team, as well asa senior representative on stu-dent government. Dave is also
the
chairperson for
the
facilitiesuse committee.The fourth male candidate isJosh Hack. He comes to Mer-cyhurst from Pittsburgh, Penn-sylvania and is also a
RIAP
major. Josh has been the trea-surer of Student Governmentfor
two
years now and is also amember of the Senior GiftCommittee steering committee.Josh can also be found servingup gourmet entr es at the Ol-ive Garden.The first female candidate isDeanna Blose.
a
native of Punx-atawney, Pennsylvania. Shecomes to Mercyhurst for
an
El-ementary Education degree.Deanna is a public relationscoordinator
for the
Student Ac-tivities Committee and is serv-ing her second year as a mem-ber of Student Government.Topeka, Kan., native MaryKate DeMeo came all the wayto the Hurst as an English ma-jor and Religious Studies mi-nor. Mary Kate serves as Sec-retary of Student Governmentand is a member of the ambas-sadors club, cheerleadingsquad, and dance team.Tracy Heranic comes fromAllison Park,Pa.and is major-ing in Elementary Education.She is the chairperson of theSpirit Club and the fall formal.Tracy is also a member of theambassadors club and StudentGovernment.Lastly we have
Carta
Valykowho
is a native
of
Mentor,
Ohio.She is a marketing major atMercyhurst College. Last year.
Carla
was a chairperson of thesenior week committee. She iswell known around campus forher passion for pink!Upperclassmen, don t forget
to
pick
a
pair
this
Thursday
and
Friday in the Union. Votingbegins Thursday at
1
p.m. and
'ends >at'0 p40«i
and on
FrMay
from
11 am
until
3
p.m.Good Luck to those on the-Homecoming court!
Campus changes
Continued from page
I
If
you
have noticed the hugehole
in the
ground near the HirtAcademic Center and theWarde Townhouses, then youhave seen the future home ofthe Bookstore, which will be astand-alone building on cam-pus.The new building will be aNeo-Tudor style, similar to theStudent Union and the HirtCenter. The interior
is
being
de-
signed by Cheryl Sodar-
Spomer,
an instructor for theCollege s
Interior'Design
de-
partment
The Bookstore
will
feature
a
coffee shop,
to
be runby Sodexho.
The
college
hopes
for
the
newBookstore to act as a studentcenter, bridging the
freshmen
and upper-c lassmen areas ofcampus.The new Bookstore will alsofeature more space for leisurereading and clothing racks and
space foi
textbooks. The cam-pus
ATM
will also be relocatedto the building.Hopefully,
the
Bookstore willbe completed in time for stu-dents to purchase books
for
winter
t
emv,Another added benefit of thenew bookstore
is the
expansionof the Laker Inn. The Laker
will
acquire the space current-ly occupied by the bookstoreand will increase kitchen andseating facilities.Another change
on
campus iswith the Cohen Health Centerand Counseling Center. Both
centers have
relocated
to the old
Baldwin Townhouses 1-4,which were converted into asingle
building.?I
An added benefit of thischange brings both the Coun-seling Center and the CohenHealth Center
to a
central loca-tion, closer to both freshmenand upperclassman areas/Other changes include thenew walkway between Briggsand Lewis Ave that provideslights, benches and new treesand bushes to campus. The
football
field will soon get newlights to play night games also.The
R/IAP
departmentgained
much
needed space witha move this year to the AdultEducation Center on WayneStreet The new space will al-low for even more advance-ment opportunities for thegrowing major.Take a few minutes to notice
all
the changes that have beenhappening all over
campus
dur-ing the summer months andlook for more to come in thenear future.
New radio show
Continued from page J
According to Dre, one minorproblem she is faced with issecuring enough music for theshow. Because I
am
havingsuch trouble getting largeamounts of music,
I
have nofinancial backing,
I
would lovefor any student, faculty mem-ber, or any person who
reads
this or hears of my show tosend me any music they feelwould
be
an asset
to my
show.Once the final touches are puton the show it will begin
air-
ing,
<The
Communications De-partment hopes to have it upand running within
the
next fewweeks.
\
1
y
 
September
17,2003THEMERCIADPAGE
3
OPINION
4,
Campus Question:
Was moving-in day
for
freshmen and upperclass-men well-organized
or
chaotic? Why?
|
It was
not as bad as
lastyear. Last year
it
seemedlike people and boxes wereeverywhere.
-
Eric Valyko,SophomoreI felt that
it
was madechaotic
due to the
factthat
for
every studentthere were
at
least
two
other people helping themmove
in.
There
was
justnot enough room
to
have
t\
so many people runningaround
at
the same time.-Sheens Kieffer,SophomoreChaotic! There werepeople everywhere.Every time
I
turned
a
corner
I was
runninginto people.
:--Tawnya
Robinson,FreshmanWhenever you havethat many people tryingto move in televisions allat the same time,
it s not
going to be pretty.-ClaireWhaley,Senior
JjMt
was
chaotic becausethere was
no
specific
time
for
each
of
us
to
come in.
If
they
has
assigned each letter
of
the alphabet
a
time
to
show up
it
would haverun more smoothly.-Chris Aloshen,FreshmanThis year I m living in
a
townhouse
so
moving
in
was pretty simple.
I
*
didn t have to deal withtons of people carryingboxes
to
the same placeas
me
which was
nice.|
-Vesta Klein,Senior
I
got to move
in
earlydue
to
cheerleading so
I
didn
t
have to deal with allof
the
craziness that goes
on
during movie in day.-Kim Lawrence,SophomoreAs
a
senior
I
found
it to
be much easier. You knewwhat you were doing andyou also knew what
to
expect.-Kate Horn,SeniorIt was simple because
^
everyone
one
just tookcare
of
their ownthings. If you stayed
out
of other people
s
waythings were
fine,
f-Katy
Losco,FreshmanI only had one realcomplaint. Trekking
up
three flights of stairs
in
Egan was
a
real bigpain.-Sarah James,
|
FreshmanMove
in
day wassimple
for
me because
I
got
to
come earlyenough that
I
avoidedtheconfusion.
-Carrie
Cedro,SeniorBetween organizing
our
own apartment
and
watching everyone elsemove
in
day
was
crazy!-Dave Wozny,Junior
Who needs counseling:
Why somepeople don
tseek
help
r*'By*EHen
Fteckensttein1
Contributing Writer
Who needs counseling!
Who
needs counseling? Dependingon
how it is
punctuated, thissentence
can be
read
two
verydifferent ways.
One has a
strong negative connotation di-rected
at
the stigma attached
to
psychological counseling whilethe other simply asks the ques-tion of who might benefit fromit.
| *.
Perhaps
the
better phrasewould
be, Who
doesn
t
needcounseling!? However,
it is
precisely the stigma associatedwith
it
mat inhibits
so
many
of
us from ever getting
the
helpwe need.Though psychological coun-seling
has
proven
to
remediatesymptoms
of
distress, suchstigma continues
to
prevent
in-
dividuals from getting
help.
Re-cent findings suggest that thishelp-seeking stigma is strongerthan
ever.
On a
college campus,the impact
of
this notion
may
be more profound then
we
think.Counseling services
to
collegestudents
are
free
of
charge;however,
a
small amount
of
those suffering from psycho-logical distress pursue themHere
at
Mercyhurst, thismeans that many
of
our stu-dents
may be
suffering alone
with symptoms that might have
been remediated through
the
free counseling offered
on
cam-
pus.
Let
s
face
it,
college
is a
stressful time.
I
distinctly
re-
member
the
personal
and
pro-fessional stresses
of my own
college experience. Although
I
knew
a
counseling center wasavailable
for
students like my-
self, I
always questionedwhether
my
problems warrant-ed counseling.I also wondered what
my
peers would think
if
they knew/
needed
it.
I
was worried thatI would look weak or someonewould figure
out
that
I
didn
t
necessarily have it all together.Would they think
I
couldn
t
control
my
emotions? What
if
someone thought
I was
men-tally ill?
I
The truth
is
that
as a
culture
we
are misinformed
about
men-tal illness.
It
is not necessarilyas abnormal
as we
think.
As
mental health professionals, oneof the first things
we
learn
is
that nearly
everyone
can be di-agnosed.
J ust look
at
those Paxil
commercials
we
are all
too
fa-
miliar with,
who
doesn
/feellike that
at
times? Does this
mean we
are all mentally ill?To
be ill
implies there
is
something
wrong
with
us as a
person when
in
actuality thereis
no
such thing.
&
Such pains do not inhibit ourhumanness
by
making
us
ill.
Rather
,
they offer oppor-tunities
for
growth
if
we
are
willing
to
face them. Seekingcounseling
for
mental healthissues
can
help facilitate
the
journey that
enables us to
groweven
in
times
of
adversity,'The greatest falsehood
in the
mental health field
is
that psy-chological counseling
is
for
the
weak.
It
takes
a
great deal
of
courage and strength
to
admitthat
as
human beings
we
are
imperfect
and
experience emo-tional pain.It
takes
even more courage toask for
help during
these times.It
can
be dangerous
to
attemptto suffer alone because doingso can intensify
all
the uneasi-ness we feel inside.The Mercyhurst CounselingCenter would like
to
help easethe burden
of
those sufferingin silence.The counseling center
is
nowlocated
in the old
BaldwinTownhouses.
Our
office hoursare
8:30 to 5:00
Mondaythrough Friday. Making an ap-pointment
to
talk
is as
simpleas dialing 824-2468
or 824-
2561.
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he Merciad
welcomes
submissions
 from
Mercyhurst student body, faculty and
staff.
Please
submit
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to:
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The Merciad
retains the right to
editsubmissions forlength.If possible,
the
author ofthe
article
will
be
contacted before
any
changes are made.
Ethno-Centricity:
The^vorld
doesn't
revolve around
you
You would think that
five
weeks
in
England would
be a
momentously life-changing ex-perience. You would think thatI would
be
attempting
to see
everything,
do
everything
and
try everything that
I
possiblycould
in
that short amount
of
time.You wouldn t think
that,
fourdays after my arrival,
I
wouldbe standing outside
my
flat,nodding agreement
as one of
my classmates sniffed
at the air
derisively and said,
Y
ou know,this country smells like feet.Oddly enough,
ladies and gen
-tlemen, that statement
sums
up
the entirety
of my
first
two
weeks in England.
This
country smells like feet.This soda tastes like mayon-naise.
Why
can
t
these peopledrive
on the
right side
of
theroad
like
the rest of
the
civilizeduniverse? And where
can
I findsome decent Mexican
food?
What
are you
people, barbari-ans?
^
Americans are often accusedof
being
completely ethno-cen-
tric.
In
short,
we
think thatworld revolves around
us and
our culture. Everyone needs
to
walk,
talk
and
act
like
an Amer-ican.Before
my
stay abroad,
I
didn
t
believe that. No, no,
I
would say to my friends over-
ButlCouldBe
Wrong
Jaime Rinne
seas.
Americans are generallya lovely
lot
of people mat
can
adjust
to
almost anything
{Re-
ally
and
sure,
I
would love
to
try the black pudding.My Americans
are
lovely
and
well-adjusted
attitude
last-ed
for
about
a
whole five min-utes after
I
arrived
at
Gat
wick.
It didn
t
take long
for me to
start whining
for
a
Taco
Belfor
a sandwich
that
didn t
taste
like
it had
been marinated over nightin mayonnaise.
So,
what
was
this poorstranded college student to do?Adjust, that
sr
what.
Two
weeks
of
non-stop whiningonly proved that Mothejr>En-
gland changes
for no American.No matter how much
I
com-plained,
they were
still
going
todrive
on the
left side
of the
road,
use
strangely colored cur-rency
and eat
crisps
\
not
po-
tato chips. This was the way
it
was going
to
be.
J
Final
ly
I realized
that,
while
I
was wasting
all
my time com-plaining,
I
was missing
out on
something truly amazing:
the
English experience. It
s
difficult)to see
a
country
for
what
it is,
when
you won t see
beyondwhat
it
isn t: home.
So,
I
learned how to
use theirmoney, eat their food
and
close
my
eyes while riding
in
a vehi-cle because,
no
matter
how
hard
I
tried, I just couldn
t
getused
to the
left side of he road.While I was learning how
to
do all these
seemingly mundanethings,
I got to
visit Oxford,ride
in a
double-decker
bus,
meet Princess Diana
s
brotherand
shop at Harrods
departmentstore.
?
It s difficult learning that theworld doesn
t
revolve aroundyou or, more specifically, yourculture.Finally, everyone
I was
studying
with had to
realize thatwe were being ethno-centricbecause we were
afraid.
Over-coming that fear was the hard-est part.It s a tough lesson, no doubt.However, traveling overseasloses part
of
its charm
if
you
only
eat a
McDonalds, stay
at
the Hilton and shop
at the
Gap.
Just remember that there
s re-
ally
no reason to be
afraid. Usu-ally. There
s
always
an
excep-tion
to
the rule.Oh,
but
don
t eat the
blackpudding. Just trust
me on
this
one.
*
Really.I
am an
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Love advice from
the
perpetually single
experf
on
love.Why?
Be-
cause
I
have seen
Jerry
Maguireat leasttwice,
jp
¥
watched
12-year olds
make outwith great fervor
at
variousamusement parks
and
movietheatres, and I have made hun-
dreds
of
thousands of pink andpurple construction paperhearts between Kindergartenand present.You know those little happy-go-lucky single girls
who go
around analyzing everyoneelse
s
relationships like
Dr.
Ruth? Don
t
you wonder whatthey
say
about
you? Here s your
chance
to
find
out. Now you
can hear al I the great advice that
your
little single
friends are tooafraid to give you.Suspect your boyfriend
s
cheating?
f
Think you
re'girlfriend is
too
unadve nturo
us?Madam Malarky
can help youout
Submit your love and rela-tionship questions
to:
Madam_Malarky@yahoo.com.
Disclaimer:
Madam Malarky
does
not
have
a
PhD.,
or a
master s degree, or
even a
bach'
elor
s
degree
yet.
And even
when she
does, it will not be inpsychology.
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