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THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF
MERCYHURST
COLLEGE SINCE 1929
Vol.
"7tMiih
The Merciad
is
also availableatmerciad.mercyhurst.eduf
NEWS:
New pool tables inthe Student Union
PAGE
2
FEATURES:
Is your room amess? Try thesetips to clean it!
PAGE
3
OPINION:
Fond offruitcakes?
PAGE 4
ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT:
ChristmasCabaret
PAGE 6
SPORTS:
Wrestling upsets
No.
4 UPJ
PAGE
8
mm
!
Upcoming Campus Events
Wednesday Dec. 15Film: The Return, 2 p.m. and 8p.m.,
PAC.
Annual
Mercyhurst
ChristmasConcert: 7 p.m.,
St.
Mary'sChapel, Mercyhurst North East.Ice Skating: 9:30 p.m.
-10:45
p.m., MIC.Thursday Dec. 16Christmas
Cabaret:
8 p.m.,Walker Recital Hall.Friday Dec. 17Christmas break begins
Index
iiil&IEfc'UI UBSBlii SLt
Erie-
Pd.
mm
December
15.
2004
5
Hurst welcomes winter
Katie McAdarns* Photo
editor
First snowfall of
the
winter arrives on campus and is continued in the forecast for
the
next several days.
Who
got your (campus number?
Students
receive
anonymous phone calls asking for
more than
just
names
By Joshua
Wilwohl
Layout assistantHate having trouble with
those
pesky telemarketers? One wouldguess in college you would not haveto deal with themanymore;however,lately, there
has
been a non-stop spreeof calls to dorms and apartmentson campus that keep pestering stu-dents.
|;
The caller - a foreigner - asks forsimple information including name,phone
number,
and address, but thenasks for your social security
number.
When asked what
this is
for,
the
callerquickly hangsup.These irritatingcalls have been angering students tono end and they want them to stopimmediately.Freshman
Chris
Geer, who receivesat least six calls daily said, "I am justsick of these people. I told themseveral times I was not
interested,
but they just keep calling." Geer isonly one of several victims of theseirritating marketers.Freshman Christine
Ferranti
said,
'1
get
Calls
pretty much every otherday asking for a variety of people. Weshould not have to put up with thiswhen we are in college."Supposedly, these marketers arewith some sort of credit card com-pany, but
will
not specifywho.Policeand
safety's
Sergeant John Pattersonwarns everyone of thesecalls.
"Stu-
dents should be weary. I advise thatno student ever provide informationover the phone, especially when
it
involves their
social
security
number,"
said Patterson.
'These types
of casesevolve to be identity theft, thoughwe cannot prove that is what thesetelemarketers are after."As for obtaining student's informa-tion, Patterson remarked that it isrelatively available.
"Anyone
can walkin and
obtain a
student handbook thatcontains student information. Theinformation is even posted on ourInternet site."Nonetheless, students just wish for
the calls
tostop.
"I
want
to be able
to
pick up
the phone
and
not hearsome-one try and pronounce myname,thenask for
a
social security
number,"
said
Geer.
According
to
Patterson,
Police
and Safety is
"working
on it/'
,
"The number is not on our
'hot*
or *watch' list and therefore cannotdetermine whether or not it is areputable
company,'?
said Patterson.But students may come to Policeand Safety if they have a problem.We have already dealt with about adozen complaints."Tips for avoiding telephone scams:•Hang up if the caller
calls
before 8a.m. or after
9
p.m.Resist high pressure sales tactics.
Just
say "NO!" I
If
•Keep information about your bankaccounts and credit card numbers to
yourself;;
9
izza, cookiescake? No thanks!
Prevent
weight gain by
following healthy nutrition tips
By Holly Burns
Contributing
writer
News
News,..
2
Features
............ ..
......3
OpinionOpinion
A&E,
4
5,6
Sports
Sports.78
Now that the warm weather haspassed and the winter season isuponus,there is nothing better thansnuggling up with a warm blanketindoors.However, along with this comfort
comes the risk
of weight gain becausestudents are not as active and, as aresult, they are eating more.First-year college students knowthis all too well and it's called the
"Freshman
15."However, if you are a freshman,there is no reason that you have tosuccumb to this phenomenon.
You
can avoid gaining those unwanted
15
pounds by following
a
few simplerules.First of all,
don't
panic if you no-tice yourself gaining weightPanicking causes you to try short-term diets and restrict yourselfcompletely from eating the foodsthat
you
love.As a result, you end up making alate-night run to a fast food place ordonut shop. Instead, you can take amore logical approach.Allow
ime
o eat three solid mealsduring the day to keep your energyup and then you won't feel the needto binge at nightSecondly, as with anyone, youshould only
eat when
you
are
hungry.You may eat on study breaks, make
a
late night pizza run or eat simplybe-cause there is nothing better to do.However, these are all times whenyou are not physically hungry. So,
you
should
always make
sure that
youare
actually hungry and not eating forother reasons.There are many other study breakhabits that students can get into in-stead of eating.For example, you can go for aquick run and a breath of fresh
air
for a change of scenery and a bit ofexercise.Also, you
may
want to put on yourfavorite CD
and practice deep
breath-ing or yoga. These are all ways toprevent you
rom
 eating when
you are
not hungry. They are also activitiesthat can reduce stress.Of course, one of the best waysto prevent the "Freshman
15"
is towatch what you eat and drink.Fruits and veggies are key to ahealthy diet and are great
alterna-
tives to other snacks high in fat
and
sugar.
2
Baby carrots with a low-fat dipor strawberries with a spoonful ofyogurt
are
low-calorie, high nutritionfoods that make great snacks forstudy breaks.Women need at least
ive
 servingsof fruits and veggies each day, whilethe recommended intake for men isat least seven servings.
Please see Weight on Page
2.
Erie police officertells of shooting
By
Elisabeth
JohnsonContributing writerTerry
Dawiey,
a former Eriepolice officer, and LieutenantLes Fetterman, spoke to Mercy-hurst students about their expe-rience on the force.
"Surviving
an Armed Confrontation" washeld Thursday night, Dec. 9,at
8:15
p.m. in the Taylor LittleTheatre.The evening focused on Daw-ley, who was shot on two sepa-rate occasions and, as a result,was forced to retire from thepolice force.
Dawiey,
who was shot in thechest on March 14, 1991, dur-ing a drug raid, said it felt
like
someone had whacked him
in
the chest with
a
baseball batThe second incident, whichoccurred on July 7, 2000,
left
Dawiey with gunshot
wounds
tohis knee, thigh and hand.
"It
all started over a
traffic
stop, but in policework,
you
never know who
you're
stop-
ping-you
just never know.
And
these are things that you have
to
think
about"
said Dawiey.Fetterman
emphasized thedifference
between a struggleand
a police
ight.
 "If you're
in
a
police
ight,
 you're in a fight for]your life" Dawiey agreed
"not
wanting to be handcuffed
isn't
the same as actually fighting apolice officer, If
^somebody's
crazy enough to fight a policeofficer, I mean to really fightthem, then you are in a fight foryour life," said Dawiey.
'It's
not
the
best out of threeor Vow, you got me this
time JFil
get you next time,
1
You rein a fight for your life.
They'rq
gonna try to get your gun. Thething about having a gun is thatgun can belong to either one of|you," Dawiey said.
>i
The event was sponsored by
the
Mercyhurst Civic Instituteand the Criminal Justice Club.The
club's-adviser,
Dr.
Art^
Amann,
Director of the CivicInstitute,
said the goal
of thelec-ture was to increase the knowl-edge of the police work
force
amongst students."We wanted to expose thestudents to the
realities
of
police
work by having actual street
of-
ficers
come In
and talk to themabout some real horrific thingsthat happened to them on the
job "
said
Amann.
Vice
president
Jortlanna
Lehman said, "We think it'sgood to get
the
students that
ate
interested in the
criminal
justice field to see
officers thatare
actually
in
the field and
have
gone through the
different kind
of scenarios that we could
be
facing in the future when we
do
get out in the workforce."
^\
 
PAGE
2THE MERCIADDecember
15.2004
NEWS
Weight gain can
betprevented^by
nutrition tip
To
contact:
Continued
rom
Page 1.
Studies show that people whoeat these foods
weigh
less.
So,
make it a point to include someof these foods in your daily dietto avoid gaining unnecessary
weight
-1
Also,
a good way to
reduce
your
calories
is to stay
away
fromalcoholic
drinks.
They ate a major source ofextra calories that can causeweight gain. Freshmen, as wellas any students underage, arenot permitted to drink alcoholanyway.The extra calories that itcon-tains are
a
good reason to avoidthem.If you
are 21
andovet,
althoughyou are of age to consume
alco-
holic drinks, you should still
fol-
low the same rules as those whoare underage.
Also,
you should drink a glassof water after every alcoholicdrink. This will rehydrate youand slow down your drinking.Most importantly,
do
not focuson the numbers on the
scale.
Instead, place your focus on ahealthy lifestyle.
\
In addition to good
nutri-
tion, be sure to stay active andexercise.Bundle up and take a
walk
across campus.Incorporate some higher in-tensity cardio activities aboutthree to five times a week andadd weight training two to
three
times
a
week.Make your exercising fan andpractical. If you don't enjoy it,you are not likely to stick
with
itYou can also get exercise byjoining an intramural team or anactivity-based student club.There are many benefits that
•_
-_
come from getting involved in
i* »
Besides weight control, stu-dents who spend some time
away
from their studies involved inother activities are less stressed,feel more energetic and feel
bet-
ter about themselves.
So, as
winter approaches, beatthose winter blues and say
good-
bye to the "Freshman 15"All
you
have to do
is
stay
active,eat only when you are hungry,and maintain
a
healthy diet Youwill be able to enjoy the seasonand feel good about
yourself.
Blockbuster plans to do away
with
late fees
4t
By Dan FillerKnight
Ridder
NewspapersFORT WORTH, Texas
£
Blockbuster is tired of beingthe butt of jokes on Leno
and
Letterman. And, even closer to
home,
it wants to eliminate whatthe
company's
president calls
(those
unpleasant conversationsat the register."
So>
beginning Jan. 1, the videochain
is
ending
late
ees
 on video
and
game
rentals.
Of course,
lag-
gard renters
won't
get an entirelyfree pass:Past due on that Chuck Nor-|
ris
video?
You'll
have a seven-day grace period to return latemovies, DVDs, or video gamesbefore Blockbuster duns youraccount for the price of the item,less the rental fee.
So,
what if you really don'twant to own "Delta Force 2"?
MATHLAB
Located in the
LIBRARY
304
A&B
OPEN:
SUNDAYSTHROUGHTHURSDAYS
CALL
EXT: 2078
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TUTORIALHELP FOR
ALL
YOURMATH 1NEEDS!
Bring it back within 30 days.The purchase
price,
charged toyour credit card or Blockbusteraccount, will be credited backand you'll be charged a $1.25"restocking fee."The fee elimination
will
reducethe Dallas-based company's rev-enues by up to $300 million nextyear, but it hopes to make up forit by generating more traffic fromcustomers, Blockbuster CEOJohn Antioco said Tuesday.
"We
hope that customers' per-ception of us will improve, andthat they'll spend more time with
us,"
Antioco said.In test markets, Blockbusteremployees reported
a
huge surgein their morale
when
they no lon-ger had to give
customers
the badnews on their late fees. The feeswere so reviled that consumerssued over their legitimacy and,earlier this decade, Blockbustersettled several lawsuits.The end of the fees is
Block-
buster's
latest effort to protect itsembattled movie and game rentalstore empire from competitionby online subscription services,led by Netflix, and mass
mer-
chandisers. Blockbuster and twoother suitors are also bidding toacquire the rival Hollywood En-tertainment video rental chain.
1
For the first nine months of
2004,
video rentals, which makeup 75 per cent of Blockbuster'ssales at its
4,500
stores, fell 3.1percent to $3.28 billion. Thatcompared to $3.39 billion for thesame period in
2003.
In compa-rable
stores,
those open at least a
year,
rental revenues declined 6.6percent
as
a result of weak rentaltraffic industrywide.
"Based
upon our continuedbelief that the size of the videorental market has contractedas a result of the simultaneousavailability of rental and retailproduct, we expect the rentalmarket to decline throughout theremainder of
2004,"
Blockbustersaid in a third-quarter securitiesfiling.One industry
analyst,
Jim Hur-ley of Bear Steams, questionedthe timing of Blockbuster's an-nouncement"Why
now?"
he said. "The in-dustry has known of the late feeproblem for the entire history ofthe rental business."Antioco acknowledged thatthe rise of video
subscription
businesses such
as
Netflix, whichdon't charge late fees, played amajor role in
Blockbuster's
dcci-sion to scrap its own late fee.
['"
Reed Hastings, the founder andCEO of Netflix, said Tuesday inresponse to Blockbuster's move
that "I'm
not
sure
that customerswill consider it an improvementif they are charged a purchaseprice for the entire product."
Police and Safety
Crime
Log
Theft
.*•
McAuley Hall
IUJUQJ
mli4v
5-December-!
2004,
 rb.il
Electronic equipment taken from
dorm
room.InvestigatedCollege Violations
Lewis
Ave
_
5-December-2004
Student
was
under the influence of analcoholic beverage in public creating adisturbance and being verbally abusive to acollege official.
-r
InvestigatedCollege ViolationsBaldwin Hall4-December-2004Two male students entered the dorm after visitinghours and refused to leave.InvestigatedLiquor Law Violations3809
Briggs
Ave
3-December-2004
Students while being under the age of
21
years
old
were in consuming alcoholic beverages.Investigated
j r
BurglaryLower Level Baldwin29-November-2004
|
Unknown person(s) took cash and checks fromthe
ootball
 office.
J
InvestigatedCriminal MischiefParking Lot
#15
29-November-2004'Plow marker broken from plow truckinvestigatedCriminal MischiefParking
Lot
#1529-November-2004Eggs thrown on a student's vehicleInvestigatedControlled Substance3808
Briggs
Ave
./<
28-November-2004
*
Student
was
in possession of suspectedmarijuana and paraphernaliaInvestigated
Criminal Mischief3810
Lewis
Ave
21-November-2004
Windows, screens broken
In
basement
nvesti gated
Theft
;:
Parking Lot #10
18-November-2004
Unknown person(s) removed the license platefrom a vehicle.investigated
Play
pool?
Students
can
now
play pool
on
campus
Katie
McAdams/Photo
editor
Elizabeth Bates
takes
a shot at the Student
Union.?
By Jaime
Myers
Contributing
writer
If
you
ate
sick
of paying moneyto play pool off
campus,
you
cannow enjoy playing for free righton campus.Two pool tables are now lo-cated in the lower level of theStudent Union for students toplay without spending all of theirquarters.
Mercyhurst
Student Govern-ment purchased the new tablesfor all of the students' enjoy-mentStudents must sign up to usethe pool tables in the Union atthe main desk. Time slots areavailable for 45 minutes, but ifno one signed up in
the
next
slot,
students can stay as long
as
theywant to play.Students can play betweennoon and midnight Sundaythrough Thursday. On Fridays,students can play from noon un-til 10:30
p.m.
And on Saturdays,the tables
are
open between noonand 8 p.m.The idea for a pool table hasbeen under discussion since lastyear. Because the Bookstore re-located last
year,
space opened updownstairs in the Union, and theplans were set in motion.Until the beginning of Decem-ber, the room was used for din-ing. But those tables and chairshave made their way up to theGreat Room to free up space forthe pool tables.
Dan
Schuler,
treasurer of JV1SG,worked to finish
(he
plans andgot the job done.If pool table use continues likeit
has,
there
is
also
a possibility offuture additions including an airhockey table or a foozball table.About 100 groups of studentshave signed up to play pool inthe three weeks since winter termhas started.
I V**;'-'
Names in the news
By Tirdad
Derakhshani
Knight Ridder NewspaperHe's like the Trojan horse, thisRegis Philbin guy. We showerhim with adjective-laden acco-lades for stepping in for an ailingDick Clark to host
ABCs "Dick
Clark's New
Year's
Rockin' Eve
2005."
And before you knowit, he's nabbed a job
cohosting
the live part of Thursday night'sthree-hour finale of
"The
Ap-prentice 2" (yes, this show
is I
THAT important).And
when
Reege gushes aboutit all, you can just see the excla-mation marks fly like red-hotsparks off an anvil:
"Me
and theTrumpster, what a team!" Threewhole hours of Reege ANDDonald Trump? That's probably]the one thing this holiday season
:
that'll make us shuffle off
this]
mortal coil.Pamela Anderson, who
has
dis-tinguished herself as an author
("Star:
A
Novel"),
will grace theboob tube again! According tothe Hollywood Reporter, she'llstar in a Fox sitcom being devel-oped by "Just Shoot
Me"
writer-producer Steven
Levi
tan.This
one'U
force
Pam
to stretch!her acting skills: She'll play awoman who's trying to break thehabit of falling in love with irre-sponsible rebel
dudes.
Like
Tom-my Lee
of
Kid
Rock,
maybe?
PURE
VALUE.
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equipped.
You can
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lor
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Simple, straightforward menu pricing.
Scions "Pure
Price"
purchase experience
means No
haggle.
No
hassle.
Price starting atPrice as shown
M.195
*16.070
Standard
\
features iwHuHn.
160-watt
Pioneer CO stereo with six speakers, including
two
tweeters and Scion Sound
Processing
/
MP3
capable and XMsatellite ready /
Air
conditioner / Choice of three wheel
cover
designs / Anti-lock brakes / Power windows, door locks,
and
outside mirrors /
5-year,
60,000-mjle
Powertrain warranty
1
Locate your nearest Scion
Dealer
at
 or
call
1-866-70-SCION.
* MSRP includes delivery processng
and
Handng
fee*
excudes
taxes, title,
license
and
optional
equipment.
Actual denier price
may
vary.
TRO USA Inc.
IToyoaRacng
Development),
an
aftermarket
performance parts company,
markets
a
line of parts
through some Scon
dealers.
These
aftermarket
parts
are
not
Genune Scon
parts,
and
cannot
be
utilized
for
Scon warranty
replacement.
TRD
parts
are
warranted by
TRD
(
not
Scion.
Note that certain aftermarket equipment
may not be
street
legal
in all
states
and may
impact
your vehicles performance
or
safety.
"EPA Estimates
for
xB
manua
5-speed.
Your meage
may
vary 'Seeyour Scion dealer
for
additional details
on the
Scon limited
warranty.
 
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Scon
and the
Scon logo
are
trademarks
of
Toyota Motor Corporation
and
Toyota
is
a registered trademark
of
Toyota Motor
Corporation.
For
more
information,
call 866-70-SCION (864-707-24661
or
visit
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December
15,2004
THE MERCIAD
PAGE
3
Features
To
contact:
Have a red and especiallyGreen Christinas season
By Michelle Brewer
Contributing
writerEnvironmental concerns areconstantly gaining attention withour
generation's
application (orlack thereof) of their knowledgetoward the planet Earth.The stereotype of hippie greenparty members may stand strong
in
your
mind,
but
face
it,
we
haveto start to
realize the
importancethat our actions have, especiallythe negative ones such as globalwarming, increase in watte pro-
auction
and pollution^As I
recently
learned,
Mercy-hurst
has
a group of students,administration, staff and
faculty
members who have gathered
I
together to work to better ourenvironmental situation
on
cam*pus.They
are
known
as
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
Pedler,
and student
leader
JoEl-
len
Taylor.The group
is working
togetherand possibly with MercyhurstPrep to collaborate on somegoals they all have*In addition, they are workingon compiling a program similarto
the Academic
Celebration thatwould involve the students intheir classes with environmentalprotection, not
just in
academicsand service learningAs most students
probably
know, Mercyhurst is a schoolwhose effort to recycle is no-ticeable.The 3000
students
generatethe most waste here on campusand we are only recycling about
'
30 percent
The goal
of Mercyhurst Greenis to raise that to at least 50
percentI
If you
don't
know, there
are
recycling bins RIGHT
NEXT
to most of the garbage bins sosimply put your recyclables intoa
separate bag
and throw them
in
the recycling bin.Mercyhurst Green is trying to|get more bins around campus,as well as generating
awareness
with the housing staff and otherfaculty about things they can
do
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
paper.
i
Get
a live
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
to
where
it
will
be
composted*
Use cards printed on recycledpaper and recycle the bows anddecorations you use next year.If saving money and express-ing
yo
ur holiday spirit are
on
your"to-do list," why not decorateusing pine cones or sprigs ofberries from outside?
It's
free and you
won't
have tobuy a scented candle.To find out more about Mer-cyhurst Green you can check outtheir
Web
page that
is
accessiblefrom the La
kerne
site.Here you can find theirhistory, some
eco-friendly
tips,how to get involved and more.
Don't wait for spring, give wintercleaning a try with roommates!
By Joshua
Wilwohl
Layout assistantSpring cleaning seems so cliche,especially when it is winter. Butwhy not get an early start?Very early, yes, I know.
:
'"
;
But,
"winter
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
even
spring clean;" but, thinkof
die
reward in having a cleanroom
more space, better luxury,more "party" room.So,grab that trash bin - or bag
—equip
yourself with some Cloroxwipes and get ready to clean!Now,
as
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
privy
enough to acquire
a suite—a Brillo
pad, equipped with Comet can bean amazing thing for those grungybathrooms that probably
have
notbeen cleaned since move-in day.Upperclassmen, you have
this)
problem
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
bed-
rooms
-
the primary cleaningtargets for all students.Now, it's understandable thatwe at times are messy - I meanwe're college students -
we
define
Katie McAdams/ Photo editor
Look at
this
mess! Try avoiding
this
by having a regularcleaning routine in your living
area.
A few hours a monthcan produce wonderful results.
"messy"
'
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.
Let's
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
are
in some form of apile, shuffle through them: separateby class and rank their importance(Le.this term or last term).
I
If the papers are from last term,they probably can be discarded,unless you wish to keep them
as
referencetools.
A
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
clothes are
next on thelist to tackle.
1
know all college students arelazy.
That's
a
fact.
So, when goingto bed, we would rather just takeoff our clothes and throw themsomewhere, anywhere, but thelaundry basket
heck it's
easier
than searching for the thingl
^However,
eventually thoseclothes begin to
pile
and pile andpile and pile until your carpet be-comes unrecognizable.
I <$Ancl
having used the phrase
"111
get to laundry tomorrow" about
a
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
laundry basket
and
im-mediately wash them
— no
waitinguntil "tomorrow."Secondly,
rom
 now
on
once you
take off your clothes, dispose of
them in
your
wash
basket and
try
torefrain from putting off laundry.Well, you are almost there,
butj
you still have
a problem—the
roomreeks
I
My guess is that laundrythat
you were
supposed to do daysago or it could have been thosepop tarts.
But,
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
just
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
desk,
lamp, window ceil, TV, ra-diator
and when you
inish,
 your
room now has the
wonderful smellof "freshness."Well, you did it, you are allcleaned
upl
No more randompapers, no more acrid smells andthe carpet is clearly visible.Winter cleaning
involves
littleeffort
~
maybe an hour of yourday every three weeks
but theend result is wonderful.
Thrifty Holidays
By Elizabeth
Johnson £
Contributing writerNeed some unique gift ideas for
Christmas?
Shopping
on a
budget?Everyone knows that college stu-dents are broke.
| -Don't
be afraid to shop at dis-count stores, especially those withthe word dollar in their name.These
stores
are great for buyingitems ranging from essentials suchas wrapping paper to
inding
 one-
of-a-kind
specialty items.
|
The Merciad recently visitedDollar Tree at the Keystone Plaza,Dollar General at
824
State Street,
and
D&K at
826 State
Street Hereare some of the goodies found:
.
Essentials
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
$ 1
Giant Gift Bag with easy drawstring: Dollar General $1Holographic CD Boxes: 3 PackDollar General $1Holiday tins: Dollar Tree $1
Accessories:
I
Plush Stocking Cap: D&K$1.79
I
Velvet Sparkle Christmas Stock-ing: Dollar General $3
fr^
Christmas paper cups, plates andnapkins: Dollar Tree $1 eachSanta and Elf Hats; Dollar
Tree
$1
f
Various Christmaseds:DollarTree
$1 S
Stocking Stuff
err.
| Novelty notebooks: D&K 39centsChristmas Coloring Books:D&K 19 cents
\
Little Debbie Snacks: Dollar
General $1-$2.50
Season Greetings holiday pen-cils:Dollar General $1
X
Spiderman stickers: Dollar Gen-eral $1Buttercup
Powerpuff
Girls pop-toppers candy: Dollar General 50centsHair Accessories: Dollar Gen-
eral
$1
| £^Picture
Frames: Dollar Tree $1
J .Infant
clothing: Dollar Tree $1
Giftr.
Disneypillows:D&K $5.99Animal Slippers: D&K sizes
5-11
$3.99 E;| Kid umbrellas-choose fromladybug, panda, and frog designs;D&K $1.59
¥&
Various Calendars: D&K 88centsPowerpuff girls and
Looney
Toons mylar pictures: D& K
$3.99
IVarious porcelain dolls: DollarGeneral 50 cents -$5Barbie of Swan Lake Game:Dollar General $5George Foreman Grill
Play-DohPlayset
Dollar General $6
Dishes and
Cookware:
Assorted dishware (bowls, nap-kin holders, pitchers): D&K 88centsChristmasmugs:Dollar General
50cents-$1.50 v
Foil cake pans: 3 pack Dollar
General
$1Square cake pan or cookie pan:$3
; | •>'?
Muffin and cookie pans: Dollar
Tree $1 - M f
Be creative.Design and personalize a
gift
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
Christmas
plate.Try putting a bag of gourmetcoffee, tea or hot chocolate with
a
mugUse your imagination and youwill be surprised at what you comeup with.
I
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,
ifs us
again! The coffee afi-
cionados
of
Mercyhurst;
this timetraveling to
iaCtSoFfee
shop that isright here on campus. No, not thebookstore. That will come later;right now it's Cafe Diem.
Nesded
in the heart of the li-brary
—the
second
loor—this
ittlecafe
is a
break from the books andthe constant grind of school.The
aromas were not
as pleasur-able to the nostrils until entering
the
glassed complex that separatesthe
cafe
from the bookshelves andthe humming computers.Decorated
with a
New
York
Citytheme that includes photographsof streets, bistros,
signs
and build-ings,
the
cafe
breaks away
rom
hework environment of the library.Employees seemed calm, eitherdoing some kind of work orwaiting to
ask,
"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
20
different cold coffeedrinks and one that offers about20 different hot drinks.Overwhelmed by the menu andtaking
varying
recommendations, Iordered a grande rocky road.It was a rather tasty espressodrink that contains toasted marsh-mallow,
chocoIafiPand
hazelnut
[.Ashley,
who has the menu al-ready memorized, ordered a smallturtle mocha
that
is,"..
.one
of thebest drinks offered. It
is
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
about Mercyhurst's
pio-neer cafe, first discussing the bestselling drink of the shop caused astir amongst employees.
'Tm not sure
if
we
have just one
'best
seller*,"
Ruggeri
said.
"But
if
I were to
choose, rocky road wouldbe good."However, freshman employeeBen Van
Balen
disagreed, sayingthat
It is
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
100
people per day
"but
the
majority come
at
night,"
he said.
*
\-»«*^
fy^Vjm
Balen noted
theyget
socrowded come
inals
hat "...thereis sometimes a line out the door."A regular of the shop, freshmanKatie Cahill,
said,
"It's so deliciousand I love how it is right there inthe library. The
chai is
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
and
get something warm.Also, after
break,
fair
trade
coffeeis going to be offered as a choiceat a slightly higher price. It
will
bebrewed in small amounts to startwith
as
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
Diem is
theplace to be, and
a
wonderful shop
that,
as
far
as
Ashley and I can see,serves a superb cup of coffee.Rating;
7.8/10
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