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Women’s wellness fair sparks interest
Students celebrate Women’s History Month by learning about the different aspects of women’s health
By Jen Ciccone
Contributing writerOn Friday, March 13, the Stu-dent Union was the site of aninformational fair in honor of Women’s History Month.Open to the entire campuscommunity, the ﬁrst annual fair went off without a hitch andattracted well beyond what thecreators had hoped for.Darcey Kemp, director of theStudent Union, Kathy Thorton,secretary of the Student Union,and Heather Hosu, Graduate Assistant for the Student Union, wanted to celebrate Women’sHistory Month as well as createawareness on different aspects of a women’s life.Knowing that in order to makean event as best as it could bethey would need to contact otherresources, and they wasted notime. After a two-month periodof brainstorming and planning,the fair was ﬁnally ready.Hosu and Thorton were ableto recruit Tim Harvey, from theSports Medicine Department, as well as many of his students to work the event.Hosu credits them with “really making the fair amazing.” There were also other campus organiza-tions present including personnelfrom the Cohen Health Center.Counseling was also an ad- vertised attraction but due tothe tragic loss of a Mercyhurststudent the previous night, coun-selors were unable to make theevent. The HRIM program also pro- vided a free stir-fry demonstra-tion.Area businesses also partici-pated in the fair, hoping to spark interest in what they can offer toa healthier way of living. Whole Food Co-Ops and Women’s Health Connectionboth had displays and represen-tatives to help answer any ques-tions one may have. Membersof the Great Lakes Massagecompany were also on hand togive free messages.Students as well as faculty and administrators were invitedto attend the event, and many of them took advantage of theinvitation.Students and faculty alike wereintrigued by the different presen-tations and vendors. Pre-phar-macy major Bryar-Leigh McClureis interested in attending medicalschool and later becoming an ob-stetrician, attendted the fair.“A woman’s needs and healthhave always interested me andthis fair is an excellent opportu-nity for students to get a glimpseof the beneﬁts of living a healthy life.”Other students were there to work and see the different dis-plays and demonstrations.Carolyn Schroeder, a sportsmedicine major, was recruited tohelp man a booth but since theamount of students that wantedto contribute to the fair was sogreat, she was not needed. To her delight, she was ableto walk around the exhibition with her friend and fellow sportsmedicine major, Alicia Abbey.“I was excited to have thechance to walk around the show looking at what information ithad to offer,” states Schroeder.“We learn about all this mate-rial in class, and this is a chancefor us to see it in real life appli-cations,” Schroeder continues. Abbey also agreed and felt thatthe assessments were a majorplus and “a good opportunity for women to be able customizetheir way of living.”The Women’s Health Fair wasa deﬁnite success in the eyes of the creators as well as those whoattended. Thorton and Hosu both havehigh hopes for the fair’s future.“The response is tremendousand the entire campus has beenso welcoming to the idea,” ex-claims Hosu. “It just amazing the amount of help we havereceived.”When considering their maingoal, “I just hope that we areable to attract women and spark an interest in a healthier way of living,” says Thorton. And by the looks of it, an interest in Women’s History Month hasdeﬁnitely been sparked.
Student Union Graduate Assistant Heather Hosu organized the fair.
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It’s that time of year again.Round up your roommates andstart thinking about housing op-tions for next school year.Alice Agnew, Assistant Direc-tor of Residence Life and Stu-dent Conduct, says the processis the same this year as it hasbeen for many and that contractsand tally sheets are available forstudents to pick up now.“They will need to pick upone tally sheet per group andone contract per person,” Agnew said. “Then they’ll look at theirchoices and decide.”Options for upperclassmenhousing include the Briggs andLewis apartments, Wayne Streetapartments, Duval apartmentsand Warde, Lewis, and E. 41
St.townhouses.Once you decide on a living area, your housing packets aredue to the Residence Life ofﬁceby Monday April 25.“Contracts are due whetherthe apartment is full or not,” Agnew says.“As long as your contract isturned in you will get housing.”Shortly after packets are turnedin, you get your point total anda lottery number according to Agnew.“We post the point totals basedon lottery. Those numbers deter-mine the order you will sign upin,” she said.Agnew also notes that it isimportant to check your pointtotals as well so that if it is wrong,it can be corrected. Studentscan to make sure they have thecorrect point total then go to theappropriate sign-up.Sign-up dates are separate forstudents applying for preferredhousing such as triples, honorsand townhouses, and studentsapplying for full occupancy Briggs and Lewis apartments. Townhouses and honors sign ups will be May 2, triples on May 5and standard four person apart-ments will be on May 12.There will also be some chang-es for sophomore housing thisyear. Residence life is looking tomake special sophomore hous-ing areas to gradually transitionthis group into upperclassmenhousing.“We pay so much attention tothe freshman class housing so when we send them over to otherhousing we wanted an intermedi-ate step” Agnew explains.She says that the pilot forsophomore housing went wellthis year and as long as there isinterest, they hope to have allsophomore areas full for nextschool year.These areas include 3937Briggs and 3939 Briggs, which will be triples, and there is a pos-sibility that Duval will be addedas quad apartments as well. Thispossibility all depends on theinterest of sophomores hoping to live there.“Our goal is to have a greatersense of community,” Agnew says. “I think we will havethat.”Juniors and seniors need not worry though. Agnew says, “Just putting aspeciﬁc class there will not takeaway housing from the otherclasses.”Many students may not be worried about where they aregoing to live though, but whothey are going to live with. Notto worry, Agnew says that Resi-dence Life is there to help.There will be meetings forstudents looking for potentialroommates coming up. “Thereis one early and one a little laterfor students who still need room-mates,” Agnew said.Although housing contractsneed to be turned in whether theapartment is full or not, she adds,“If they ﬁnd someone to live with they can still let us know.”If roommates are not found,you will still get housing, butmay be placed with additionalroommates as needed. Agnew says, “We will let them know who will be placed with them when we ﬁnd out.”So what else do you need toknow? Tally sheets and housing con-tracts are available now to bepicked up from Residence Life.Housing packets are due onMonday, April 25, point totals will be posted shortly after, andsign-ups will take place May 2through May 12, depending on what housing you are signing up for.Students should begin thinking about housing now. “When westart classes in September almostevery space is full,” Agnew said.“There are few complaints aboutliving on campus.”For more information you can visit the Residence Life and pick up your tally sheet and contracts,and a list of important datesto remember and informationabout preferred housing.On March 10 through 13, agroup of political science ma-jors, minors and other interestedstudents traveled to the nation’scapital on a Pi Sigma Alphasponsored trip.The trip, organized by seniorpolitical science major KristenHudak, showcased many of D.C.’s most popular attractions. Twenty-three Mercyhurst stu-dents, along with Dr. JosephMorris, professor of politicalscience, packed into vans onMarch 10 and traveled six hoursto experience our nation’s capital. Among the sights visited by thegroup were Capitol Hill, the Na-tional Archives, the White Houseand Mount Vernon.The tour of Capitol Hill,organized through the officeof Congressman Phil English,focused on the House of Rep-resentatives. Students were ableto sit in the gallery in the Housechambers, where important law making procedures are held and where the State of the Union Address is delivered annually by the president.Following the tour of CapitolHill, students visited the National Archives, where they were able to view and read the original docu-ments that deﬁne this nation: theConstitution, the Declarationof Independence and the Billof Rights. This was a thrill forpolitical science lovers, for theirentire ﬁeld of study has stemmedfrom those documents.Saturday March 12, began witha tour of the White House.Students were able to visitseveral key rooms in the House, where important diplomaticbusiness is still conducted on aregular basis.Because the president was outof town, more rooms were openfor the tour, which was a delightfor students. As a bonus, many students hadan encounter with Mrs. Beasley,the president’s four-month-oldpuppy and were allowed to petthe Scottish terrier.While in D.C., students hadample amounts of free time toexplore the city and see sights notplanned on the itinerary.Most students went to seeall the major monuments andmemorials. Other activities in-cluded various museums like theSmithsonian or the InternationalSpy Museum, and Arlington Na-tional Cemetery. Students alsohad time to visit graduate schoolsand inverview for internships. The last day of the trip took students to Mount Vernon, thehome and ﬁnal resting place of George Washington.Students toured his home, which showcased many amazing items such as the actual key to theBastille Prison in France, givento Washington by Lafayette, Washington’s study and the bedin which he passed away. Stu-dents also explored the groundsof the plantation, which has astunning view of the PotomacRiver and visited Washington’stomb located on the grounds of the estate.
’Hurst students take trip to Washington D.C.
By Allison Moore
The entire group poses for a picture after touring the Capi-tol building.
Photo courtesy of Allison Moore
Where will you live next year?
Residence Life works to satisfy student needs
By Jenny Allen