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The Merciad, Nov. 4, 2009

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 As a staff member of more than 15 years, Betty  Amatangelo, clerk at the Registrar’s Office, has struggledto find a position in which she can help students in a way not covered by other college organizations, such astutoring and Campus Ministry.“I’ve always had a ministry bone in my body,” Amatangelo said.She remembers that a senior staff member once askedher, “What do you have to offer that no one else has?” At the time, Amatangelo did not have an answer. Now she does, and that answer is yoga.She now teaches a weekly class held every Thursday at7:30 p.m. in the Rec Center.“The kids love it,” Amatangelo said. In every classof the past four weeks, 40 to 60 students have partici-pated as well as five to seven faculty members, although Amatangelo hopes more faculty will show interest in thefuture.“It’s relaxing and inspirational,” freshman Jenna Das-canio said, using two words that were repeatedly used inother students’ responses as well.“We’re making this a weekly thing,” said Dascanio’sfellow freshman, Kaitln Wrona.Besides the obvious physical benefits of yoga, Amatan-gelo explained that the class provides students with achance to unwind and deal with issues in their lives. Eachclass consists of a short discussion, which helps studentsemotionally and spiritually; asana, the movement portionof the class; and a motivational reading, which Amatan-gelo reads while students do a relaxation exercise.“Yoga is a nice break from my hectic schedule as astudent,” junior Taleisha Johnson said. “It’s a challengefor my body, and I feel really good.” While the class has met with great success at theRecreation Center, Amatangelo hopes to offer a secondclass every week at another location.“There are a lot of students who would like a classin the dorms, and I’d be willing to do a class one nighta week at the dorm for free,” Amatangelo said. Sheexplained that the common area of Baldwin would beideal as the majority of her students are female. Two major factors play into Amatangelo’s offer.“Some students are intimidated by the Rec center,” shesaid. “There are people who have always wanted to try yoga but are too self-conscious in this setting.”In addition, scheduling prevents some students andfaculty from attending the class. Someone with a Thurs-day night class could not make it to class, but two classesa week might solve that problem, provided that thesecond class does not take place on Tuesday.Students widely encourage the idea of a second yogaclass and hope the administration will soon approve andimplement the plan.
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 Yoga instructor stretches bodies, heals minds
By Jennifer McCurdy
Contributing writer
CVS and C-Store:Comparingprices
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Dance Departmentplans ‘35 Years’celebrationStaying healthyin workaholicenvironmentStudents attendPower Shift
Lakers learn the lotus
Page 2November 4, 2009
Panel discussion highlights poverty in past, Erie
Nearly 25 percent of Erie’spopulation today lives in pov-erty, a figure that dredges upimages of the Great Depressionof the 1930s. As part of its yearlong exami-ination of the Depression, Mer-cyhurst College presented a paneldiscussion on “Lessons and Leg-acies of the Great Depression”on Thursday, Oct. 29.During the panel discussion,six faculty members shared theirthoughts on the effects of theGreat Depression on variousaspects of American life. Thesix speakers were Dr. Allan Bel-ovarac, Dr. Juan Argaez, Dr.Peter Benekos, Dr. Randy Clem-ons, Dr. John Olszowka and Dr.Christina Riley-Brown.Riley-Brown began the dis-cussion by examining the“images and icons” of the GreatDepression.Literature and photography showed “an important anddecisive break in American opti-mism,” Riley-Brown said.Before the Depression, the American dream had been oneof “financial independencethrough hard work,” but afterthis period, “We have a sense of the American dream…turnedinto the American nightmare,”she said. Argaez followed this discus-sion with an exploration of how economic thought influencedbehavior.By exploring Neoclassical Theory, Keynesian Theory andother economic trends of thepast 130 years, Argaez demon-strated that economic behaviorcomes in cycles of demand-sideand supply-side economics. By studying these cycles, an econo-mist can use the Great Depres-sion as a model to examinetoday’s recession, Argaez said. According to Olszowka, New Deal policies brought about a“transformation of the Ameri-can working class.” This timeperiod saw the rise of workerunions, which became recog-nized by the government underPresident Franklin D. Roos-evelt. After World War II, per capitaincome jumped and unions con-tinued to thrive. In effect, the working class evolved into themiddle class of today, Olszowkasaid.Not only did the dynamics of the working class change, but the“collective mindset about pov-erty” changed as well, Benekossaid. Benekos compared poverty to a coastline. He said, few peoplecare about the gradual erosionof the tide line, or day-to-day poverty, but funds flood in fromthe public when a tidal wave, oreconomic disaster, strikes.Clemons told the audience,“Almost one in four people inErie live in poverty.”“I didn’t realize Erie was soimpoverished,” junior SarahHlusko said. After comparing the recentrecession to the Great Depres-sion, Clemons concluded hispresentation by saying, “Whenthis storm hit, thanks to theNew Deal, we already had insti-tutions in place.”Commenting on the otherspeakers’ presentations, Clem-ons said, “It’s always interest-ing to take an interdisciplinary approach to problems like this.”Hlusko said the discussion was “well-rounded” and thatshe enjoyed the presentation,particularly the “popular photo-graphs.” The film, “The Grapes of  Wrath,” will be shown on Tues-day, Dec. 15, in the Taylor Little Theatre as the next installmentof the yearlong series.
By Jennifer McCurdy
Contributing writer
Dr. Juan Argaez spoke at the panel discussion, “Lessons andLegacies of the Great Depression,” on Thursday, Oct. 29. Thisdiscussion was part of the yearlong series, “Fear Itself: TheGreat Depression, New Deal and Today’s Search for EconomicSecurity.”
Ethan Magoc photo
200 Miles-a-Term Challenge
For an even bigger challenge, register for “The Big 300.”
To register, e-mail Nola Hessomat nhessom@mercyhurst.eduby Wednesday, Nov. 18.
Participants must walk, runor bike 200 miles duringthe winter term tocomplete the challengeand earn a free T-shirt.
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H1N1 infects 13
As of Friday, Oct. 30, healthauthorities have confirmed 13 casesof the H1N1 virus at Mercyhurst.Two of these cases are atMercyhurst North East.
Mold situation unchanged
The group of students is stillwaiting to set a date for the tour ofthe worst apartments oncampus.
Comparing prices: C-Store and CVS
 The C-Store located in Fran-ces Warde Hall is a convenientplace for Mercyhurst Collegestudents to purchase snacks,coffee, frozen foods and itemssuch as shampoo and tooth-paste.Despite its convenience, theC-Store does not always offer itsitems at the lowest prices.Prices of items offered atthe C-Store were compared toprices of identical items soldat CVS. The results showed that many items were more expensive atthe C-Store. Even so, someitems cost the same at bothstores or were cheaper at the C-Store than the items at CVS. According to Director of Food Services Kim Novak, thedifferences in prices betweenCVS and the C-Store are dueto CVS having a larger buying power and the fact that they sellmore items. The C-Store only sells about12 boxes of Kleenex a month,but CVS sells thousands, Novak said. This in part explains why aKleenex box with 200 tissuescosts $3.89 at the C-Store asopposed to $2.39 at CVS. The C-Store does not havethe “volume that CVS does,”Novak said. Therefore, CVSis able to charge less for theiritems. According to Novak, theprices in the C-Store are basedon the cost of the item, the costof labor to put the item on theshelf and the costs of lighting the store.Novak explained that the pur-pose of the C-Store is to offeritems that suit the students’needs.“The store is there for con- venience for students,” Novak said.She said that not all students walk by the C-Store on a daily basis, but she hopes that during the winter the C-Store will be aconvenient place that studentsfrequent when they run out of an item they need or want tograb a snack.Novak encouraged stu-dents to share suggestions with Parkhurst about itemsthey would like the C-Store tooffer.
By Kelly Luoma
News editor
Campus TV station receives new name
 At the beginning of this schoolyear, the Mercyhurst College’sCommunications Departmentrevamped its former televisionstation, Hurst TV, and devel-oped it into the new Laker TV.Laker TV is a comprehen-sive entertainment station thatinforms and entertains the sur-rounding communities. The name change will be offi-cially adopted at the beginning of the winter term when thestation receives a new logo.Students of all majors havethe chance to participate in theproduction of TV shows, whichare shown between 6 and 9 p.m.every day of the week.Freshmen Victoria Gricks, Jules Sheehan, Billy Kraus,Megan O’Polka and Alex Keenerare among the staff members of Mercyhurst’s new version of thecampus TV station Laker TV. Together with 25 other stu-dents, these students work withprofessional TV equipment. The students work behind andin front of the camera on showslike “MC Charts,” “The MovieShow” and “Gossip Girls.”Laker TV, which is on Chan-nel 19 in Erie and Corry, is avail-able to be viewed by thousandsof cable customers. This year, production man-ager Nadine Bower supervisesa total of seven shows and isdeveloping new ideas in hopesof producing more shows forLaker TV.“We have such a high numberof students who are interestedin being on camera this year,”Bower said. The majority of the students who work at Laker TV havenever worked with professional TV equipment before, Bowersaid.In short training sessions,Bower trains them in the mostimportant features, “and the restis learning by doing,” she said. To become involved, eitherbehind or in front of thecamera, contact Nadine Bowerat nzinra44@mercyhurst.edu.
By Bryan Parker
Contributing writer
The C-Store located in Warde Hall is open from 4 to 11 p.m.every day.
 Tyler Stauffer photo
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