Have a red and especiallyGreen Christinas season
By Michelle Brewer
writerEnvironmental concerns areconstantly gaining attention withour
application (orlack thereof) of their knowledgetoward the planet Earth.The stereotype of hippie greenparty members may stand strong
haveto start to
importancethat our actions have, especiallythe negative ones such as globalwarming, increase in watte pro-
and pollution^As I
a group of students,administration, staff and
members who have gathered
together to work to better ourenvironmental situation
MercyhurstGreen.This organization, thoughes-tablished in '99-*00, is really juststarting to pick up momentum.Members from the team in-clude Dr. Chris Magoc, Cathy
togetherand possibly with MercyhurstPrep to collaborate on somegoals they all have*In addition, they are workingon compiling a program similarto
Celebration thatwould involve the students intheir classes with environmentalprotection, not
academicsand service learningAs most students
know, Mercyhurst is a schoolwhose effort to recycle is no-ticeable.The 3000
generatethe most waste here on campusand we are only recycling about
of Mercyhurst Greenis to raise that to at least 50
recycling bins RIGHT
to most of the garbage bins sosimply put your recyclables intoa
and throw them
the recycling bin.Mercyhurst Green is trying to|get more bins around campus,as well as generating
with the housing staff and otherfaculty about things they can
to recycle.There are some things to do(to recycle during this holidayseason, and everyday,For those with fireplaces athome, use gas logs instead ofwood. It reduces air pollution.Use gift bags that can be usedagain and again instead of mul-tiple boxes and
tree and put it out inthe yard after Christmas for thebirds. After that, your city prob-
ably has a
recycling program thatyou can take it
Use cards printed on recycledpaper and recycle the bows anddecorations you use next year.If saving money and express-ing
ur holiday spirit are
your"to-do list," why not decorateusing pine cones or sprigs ofberries from outside?
free and you
have tobuy a scented candle.To find out more about Mer-cyhurst Green you can check outtheir
accessiblefrom the La
site.Here you can find theirhistory, some
tips,how to get involved and more.
Don't wait for spring, give wintercleaning a try with roommates!
Layout assistantSpring cleaning seems so cliche,especially when it is winter. Butwhy not get an early start?Very early, yes, I know.
cleaning" may in-deed be the very thing that couldjumpstart your holiday spiritNow, I understand that manythink "oh that's so lame" or "Idon't
spring clean;" but, thinkof
reward in having a cleanroom
more space, better luxury,more "party" room.So,grab that trash bin - or bag
yourself with some Cloroxwipes and get ready to clean!Now,
far as freshmen go, youeither live in the dorms or thesuites, varying only by one differ-ence: a bathroom.So, those of you living in thedorms, be happy you don't haveto put up with going through thatmess.But for those of you
enough to acquire
a suite—a Brillo
pad, equipped with Comet can bean amazing thing for those grungybathrooms that probably
notbeen cleaned since move-in day.Upperclassmen, you have
too — don't deny it
- makesure you clean in the same fashionto avoid the spread of germs anddiseases.Looking past the bathroom,however, we come to the
the primary cleaningtargets for all students.Now, it's understandable thatwe at times are messy - I meanwe're college students -
Katie McAdams/ Photo editor
mess! Try avoiding
by having a regularcleaning routine in your living
A few hours a monthcan produce wonderful results.
However, when papers arestrewn everywhere, clothes inhabitevery square inch of the carpet andthat pop tart you were looking toeat for breakfast appears to havegathered mold - you've got someproblems.
start with that pop tartToss it, unless you want a dis-ease.Next, all those papers that seemto have no sort of order, pile themup - DO NOT throw them out
you probably have no idea whatthey are and don't want to tosssomething important <Once they
in some form of apile, shuffle through them: separateby class and rank their importance(Le.this term or last term).
If the papers are from last term,they probably can be discarded,unless you wish to keep them
And as for this term's papers,well I advise keeping them andplacing them in an appropriatefolder for the correspondingclass.Now that the papers have beencleared, the
next on thelist to tackle.
know all college students arelazy.
So, when goingto bed, we would rather just takeoff our clothes and throw themsomewhere, anywhere, but thelaundry basket
than searching for the thingl
eventually thoseclothes begin to
and pile andpile and pile until your carpet be-comes unrecognizable.
having used the phrase
get to laundry tomorrow" about
dozen times now, leaves you withtwo problems: a messy and nowsmelly room. First and foremost,pick up all the clothes and place
them into a
im-mediately wash them
take off your clothes, dispose of
torefrain from putting off laundry.Well, you are almost there,
you still have
My guess is that laundrythat
supposed to do daysago or it could have been thosepop tarts.
either way, there is nothingthat a vacuum and Clorox wipescannot handle. Any vacuum willdo; simply sweep the length of theroom from wall to wall.Next, believe me when I tellyou that these Clorox wipes areamazing.They can be used for cleaning
about anything from yourdesk to your coffee maker to yourelectronics.Depending on the dust and dirtin your room, you can use as littleas two to as many as 20.
J Wipe down
just about everything
lamp, window ceil, TV, ra-diator
and when you
room now has the
wonderful smellof "freshness."Well, you did it, you are allcleaned
No more randompapers, no more acrid smells andthe carpet is clearly visible.Winter cleaning
maybe an hour of yourday every three weeks
but theend result is wonderful.
Contributing writerNeed some unique gift ideas for
budget?Everyone knows that college stu-dents are broke.
be afraid to shop at dis-count stores, especially those withthe word dollar in their name.These
are great for buyingitems ranging from essentials suchas wrapping paper to
The Merciad recently visitedDollar Tree at the Keystone Plaza,Dollar General at
Street Hereare some of the goodies found:
Wrapping paper: D&K 99centsCards: D&K 88 cents for packsof 6 and 15; Dollar Tree $1 forpacks of 10-15PhotoHolder Cards: Dollar Tree$1 for packs of 4 or 6Musical Christmas Cards: 2/$lCurly Christmas ribbon: D&K88 centsGift bags: D&K 88 centsBows: D&K 68 cents for a 3packTissue paper: D&K 2 for
Giant Gift Bag with easy drawstring: Dollar General $1Holographic CD Boxes: 3 PackDollar General $1Holiday tins: Dollar Tree $1
Plush Stocking Cap: D&K$1.79
Velvet Sparkle Christmas Stock-ing: Dollar General $3
Christmas paper cups, plates andnapkins: Dollar Tree $1 eachSanta and Elf Hats; Dollar
| Novelty notebooks: D&K 39centsChristmas Coloring Books:D&K 19 cents
Little Debbie Snacks: Dollar
Season Greetings holiday pen-cils:Dollar General $1
Spiderman stickers: Dollar Gen-eral $1Buttercup
Girls pop-toppers candy: Dollar General 50centsHair Accessories: Dollar Gen-
Frames: Dollar Tree $1
clothing: Dollar Tree $1
Disneypillows:D&K $5.99Animal Slippers: D&K sizes
$3.99 E;| Kid umbrellas-choose fromladybug, panda, and frog designs;D&K $1.59
Various Calendars: D&K 88centsPowerpuff girls and
Toons mylar pictures: D& K
IVarious porcelain dolls: DollarGeneral 50 cents -$5Barbie of Swan Lake Game:Dollar General $5George Foreman Grill
Dollar General $6
Assorted dishware (bowls, nap-kin holders, pitchers): D&K 88centsChristmasmugs:Dollar General
Foil cake pans: 3 pack Dollar
$1Square cake pan or cookie pan:$3
; | •>'?
Muffin and cookie pans: Dollar
Tree $1 - M f
Be creative.Design and personalize a
basket using odds and ends foundat the various stores.For example, put a brownie mixinside an oven mitt or place cook-ies on a festive
plate.Try putting a bag of gourmetcoffee, tea or hot chocolate with
mugUse your imagination and youwill be surprised at what you comeup with.
Keep in mind that merchandisecan vary among stores, so try shop-ping at more than one location.With patience and some creativ-ity, you can make this Christmasunforgettable without spendingtoo much money.
Brewin'up another review
By Joshua WilwohlLayout assistantWell,
again! The coffee afi-
this timetraveling to
shop that isright here on campus. No, not thebookstore. That will come later;right now it's Cafe Diem.
in the heart of the li-brary
break from the books andthe constant grind of school.The
aromas were not
as pleasur-able to the nostrils until entering
glassed complex that separatesthe
from the bookshelves andthe humming computers.Decorated
Citytheme that includes photographsof streets, bistros,
hework environment of the library.Employees seemed calm, eitherdoing some kind of work orwaiting to
"How can I helpyourWe were served by a friendlybarista, (coffee talk for waiter)who showed us the menus.And yes, I mean menus, whichoffer about
different cold coffeedrinks and one that offers about20 different hot drinks.Overwhelmed by the menu andtaking
recommendations, Iordered a grande rocky road.It was a rather tasty espressodrink that contains toasted marsh-mallow,
who has the menu al-ready memorized, ordered a smallturtle mocha
of thebest drinks offered. It
the perfectbalance between chocolate andcaramel that makes it delicious."Ashley took a seat at one of thejazzy tables that contain sketchesof a steaming coffee cup thatblends nicely with the colors ofthe chairs and carpetStriking up a conversation withone of the managers, junior BobRuggeri,we caught up on somecoffee talk
pio-neer cafe, first discussing the bestselling drink of the shop caused astir amongst employees.
'Tm not sure
have just one
I were to
choose, rocky road wouldbe good."However, freshman employeeBen Van
the turtle mocha.Putting an end to the dispute,they came up with the top three:rocky road, caramel chai and thenturtle mocha. Sorry, Ben.As for popularity, Ruggeri saysthey easily get
people per day
hat "...thereis sometimes a line out the door."A regular of the shop, freshmanKatie Cahill,
"It's so deliciousand I love how it is right there inthe library. The
amazing!"An extra perk to this venue isthat money on campus cards canbe used to make purchases, so ifyou are out of cash you can stillstop in
get something warm.Also, after
coffeeis going to be offered as a choiceat a slightly higher price. It
bebrewed in small amounts to startwith
this is a new procedure ofthe store, but to those concernedfor human rights, the choice willbe available.So, next time visiting the libraryand needing a place to relax whilehitting the books, Cafe
theplace to be, and
Ashley and I can see,serves a superb cup of coffee.Rating;
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