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By Nick Glasier
When most Mercyhurst students are partying or studying Friday night, George Hyek will step into a ring at the Avalon Hotel, hoping to knock out the fighter standing across from him. At 7 p.m. Hyek will square off against Jeremiah Gurley at the 165-pound-weight class, looking to notch another professional win in mixed martial arts. Mixed martial arts (MMA) matches are some of the most intense, entertaining and brutal fights you will ever watch. Fighters pummel each other with fists, legs, knees and elbows, and that is just when they aren’t on the ground wrestling or being put into submissions. The other factor that makes being an MMA fighter tough, other than the physical punishment, is hte perception of the sport, especially on campus. “The culture around here about MMA is normally very negative. People have told me how it disgusts them and how they
view it as barbaric and all sorts of negative things,” Hyek said. Hyek takes this criticism and relative negligence of his career in stride and knows it will change if current trends in the fighting world continue. “The fact is, people may not konw much about MMA now, but we are slowly but surely overtaking boxing, and many people in the fighting industry are really starting to embrace this fact,” Hyek said. Despite opinions of his classmates, Hyek has made it to a very high level in his career as he looks toward his first professional bout. The pressure is apparent, but a sense of hope is more evident. “All I am looking to do is go out there and knock this guy out. There is no feeling like knocking someone out, and it does pay extra,” Hyek said. Hyek has it harder than most fighters in his quest for a knockout. Most of the fighters only have to fight one opponent at a time. Hyek, on the other hand, combats two opponents for every fight.
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Wecksell brings College comes together for Mass humor to ’Hurst
By Jennifer McCurdy
Contributing writer Following his show in Taylor Little Theatre on Friday, Sept. 11, comedian Evan Wecksell tweeted, “I heart Mercyhurst.” Apparently, Mercyhurst “hearts” Evan Wecksell, too. “I’m a big fan of comedians with guitars,” junior Amber Kissman said after the show. She thoroughly enjoyed the act, which combined elements of comedy and improvisation with music. “He was very original,” junior John Veltre said. Wecksell, a native of Great Neck, N.Y., created an act inspired by the performances of some of New York’s most renowned comedians. Wecksell has appeared on VH1’s “I Love the 80s 3D,” “I Love the 70s II” and “I Love Toys.” He has also released his comedy songs to radio outlets including the Dr. Demento Radio Show, Sirius and XM. Along with taping the fourth season of “America’s Got Talent” and working on his ﬁrst feature ﬁlm, “Columbus Circle,” Wecksell continues to tour college campuses across the nation. Wecksell’s comedy highlights the college experience. In a new song which debuted at Mercyhurst College, Wecksell pokes fun at the college experience of drinking: “Staggering drunk girl, a lightweight in every sense, thinks the world revolves around her, but that’s only dizziness.” However, he warns of the dangers of drinking halfway through his song, cautioning that “you do have to be responsible.” Although Wecksell adThe Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Smith walked into Christ the King Chapel for the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, Sept. 10.
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After the mass, the Mercyhurst College community enjoyed a picnic lunch in front of Old Main.
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Comedian Evan Wecksell performed in Taylor Little Theatre on Friday, Sept. 11. He combined elements of comedy and improvisation with music.
Campus minister position restructured
By Kelly Luoma
News editor The Protestant campus minister position, formerly held by the Rev. Lyta Seddig, has been restructured. Director of Campus Ministry Greg Baker said, “The model of a part-time campus minister was not as effective [as it could be].” Seddig, who came to Mercyhurst College in 2001, worked 15 to 16 hours a week. “Several people, including myself, tried to look at the effectiveness of the position,” Baker said. According to Baker, the ﬁrst priority of the restructuring was to ﬁnd someone who was more accessible to students by being available both mornings and evenings. The Rev. Christine Brotherson was chosen as the full-time Protestant minister. The departure of Seddig did sadden Baker, he said. “It was not an easy transition for me, personally,” Baker said. However, Baker is pleased with how the transition has gone so far. “I’m extremely optimistic about our future and our ministries,” Baker said.
libbed a fair portion of the show, the comedian had obviously done his homework. Wecksell visited the campus, and after touring the new residence hall Friday afternoon, he joked, “When I say Warde, you say hotel.” He also topped his list of “Top Ten Things about Mercyhurst College” with, “You’re not Gannon!” The comedian supplemented his act by pulling volunteers onto the stage and holding a contest inspired by fmylife.com, which ended in one student winning one of Wecksell’s CDs,
titled “For The Mortgage.” After the show, Wecksell sold these CDs to raise money for the New York City Marathon for Fight for Kids, a charity which attempts to prevent abusive psychiatric treatment and over-drugging of children. For any new Wecksell fans, or any of those who did not attend the show but wish they had, this fall the comedian will continue to tour colleges not only as a single act but also as a part of “College The Musical: A Musical About College,” an original musical comedy set to debut in October.
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These nonproﬁt organizations include large, national organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Booker T. Washington Center. Organizations such as the Ophelia Project and CHAMPS, which emphasize mentoring, are included as well. Colin Hurley, director of Service Learning, said the Service Fair is important because it helps students to know “how and where to serve for service learning classes, and how they can make great connections for future careers.” Another service emphasized at the fair was Americorps VISTA, headed at Mercyhurst by Amanda Hamorsky. Americorps VISTA provides such services as transportation to service sites and opportunities
for 24-hour service events. “The service fair went well, although we had less trafﬁc this year,” Hamorsky said. Hamorsky believes attendance was lower this year because of the changes in the Laker Inn. Students are no longer able to use board plans at the Laker Inn, and this has caused a decline in student trafﬁc throughout the Student Union. Alicia Cagle, one of the students who did make it to the service fair this year, said the Service Fair was a “great opportunity to ﬁnd out how to get involved in the Erie community.” Students who are interested in serving others are encouraged to contact Colin Hurley in the Service Learning ofﬁce on the ﬁrst ﬂoor of Egan.
Service Fair highlights local volunteer opportunities
By Kelly Dempsey
Contributing writer The annual Service Fair makes Mercyhurst College students more aware of volunteer and service opportunities available throughout the school year. Whether students are interested in volunteering simply to help out or need service hours for classes or major requirements, the Service Learning Department dedicates one day at the beginning of each academic year to educate students on the different service organizations available. Mercyhurst’s annual Service Fair, which hosts 26 local nonproﬁt organizations, took place Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Herrmann Student Union.
Freshmen Emily Salone and Andrea Lisowski spoke to Britney Cerrie from Habitat for Humanity at the Service Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 9. The annual Service Fair informs Mercyhurst students about volunteer opportunities in Erie.
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Police arrest suspect in armed robbery
By Kelly Luoma
News editor Erie police have arrested a suspect in the Sept. 9 armed robberies of CVS and Little Caesars. Erie police apprehended the suspect, Jayme Smith, on Friday, Sept. 11. According to Erie police, Smith, 31, of Erie, is charged with robbing Kmart, Tops, CVS and Circle K, and is under investigation for robberies at VIP Laundry and Dry Cleaning and Little Caesars, police said. Smith’s charges include robbery, terroristic threats, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen possessions, according to Erie police. He was charged with the CVS and Circle K robberies on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Some portions of the stolen money have been recovered, police said. No one was injured during any of the robberies. Smith is currently in the Erie County prison in lieu of bail. Following the robberies, chain text messages and rumors drifted among students until Chief of Mercyhurst Police and Safety Ken Sidun sent a campus-wide email Thursday afternoon. “I want students to be aware of what’s going on in the neighborhood,” Sidun said.
Ways to help protect yourself:
• Keep your vehicle locked at all times. • At night, try to park in well lit areas. • If someone is following you, create a disturbance and run towards an open building. • When leaving a building, look around the area outside before exiting. • Promptly report any suspected criminal activity to the Police and Safety Department. • Travel in pairs or in groups.
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Game of the Week: ‘Restaurant City’
By Charles Wheaton
Contributing writer a great game to pass the time in your dorm room. I personally am slightly addicted to it. The restaurant practically runs itself. All you really have to do is make new combinations of food and decorate your restaurant as well as keeping “employees” energized and customers happy with your service. The game seems to be a mash-up of a massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) and a strategy game. Because it is on Facebook, you can play with any of your friends. You can compare, cooperate, and compete with your friend’s restaurants. You can also personalize your “Avatar” (your character in the game) to look as similar or different to you as you want. The strategy in the game is in how you set up your tables and stoves. This determines how well your restaurant will do. A very spacious and open restaurant, for example, may make your waiters take longer to get to tables. This makes your customers impatient and leave, making your restaurant rating go down and, of course, you get no money. You will also restrict how many customers you can serve. Potential customers will leave if there is a lack of seating. So the game is a little bit of a balancing act between what looks nice, what is practical, what is too much, and what is too little. However, the downside to this game is, because it is so simple, it has a tendency to be very glitchy at times and sometimes it won’t work at all. The
Charles Wheaton’s weekly computer video game review
Pros: Fun, free, simple, social Cons: Tends to glitch Overall: 4 of 5 stars
Here is a small jewel you may not have heard of on Facebook. “Restaurant City,” made by PlayFish, is a fun little game about restaurant management. You would think that a game about restaurant management would be boring but, surprisingly, it is very fun and it’s FREE!! After playing it, I found it is
This easy-to-play game on Facebook gets four stars from reviewer Charles Wheaton.
Screen capture from Facebook’s Restaurant City
best way to avoid this is to have a good Internet connection. The game does not have the best artiﬁcial intelligence (AI) so you will ﬁnd yourself wondering why your waiters won’t clean the table that is sitting
right in front of them. If you want contact me, get tips, tricks, or just meet other people who have an interest games, Go to the Mercyhurst game geeks group on Facebook.
No car, no problem! EMTA rides through Erie
By Javi Cubillos
Features Editor Did you dread that yellow school bus ride during high school? Ever wish you had a car to get around instead? Well, if you’re a freshman, you can’t have a car yet, but at least you can ride a bus that won’t make you feel like a middle-schooler anymore. Mercyhurst College provides students with an EMTA shuttle that takes them to various places on Peach Street and downtown. With student IDs, Mercyhurst students can get free rides on any of the EMTA busses. Route 17 covers Mercyhurst’s main campus, the Summit shopping area and downtown Erie. This means you can go to the mall, supermarket, the movies, restaurants and more. You can catch connections to other routes at any of the other EMTA bus stops. Busses pass through each stop every hour on the hour, so make sure you are waiting at the stop on time; if you miss the bus, you’ll have to wait another hour for pick-up. I can tell you from personal experience that a bus ride on the shuttle can sometimes be the highlight of your day or night. “I love the shuttle rides with my friends. It lets me relax while getting to my destination,” junior Felicia Guerra said. As you will soon realize, unlike many other places, owning a car at Mercyhurst College is not a necessity. The shuttle provides transportation to students without the hassle of having to get gas, getting directions or having to ﬁnd parking. This is quite a commodity since parking is expensive and hard to ﬁnd on-campus, especially when it is snowed under. Bus drivers are friendly and always ready to answer any schedule or route questions for students. Route 17 has daily rides to different locations. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, the bus takes students to the mall, Target, Giant Eagle and other stores on Peach Street. Night routes run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For more information on routes and schedule, visit www.emtaerie.com/routes.html.
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Wait for the EMTA buses at the stops marked by these signs.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
showing that different extremes of media can still produce successful art. Jodi Staniunas-Hopper, assistant professor of art and creator of the beaded work, stated she bought the beads at a garage sale for a quarter and her portraits “prove that you can make art from any object.” Art Professor Daniel Burke used familiar childhood boardgames and a few pizza boxes to create his famous bird artwork, often in display around campus. “The individual bird forms are made out of cut-out and recycled painted boards…I’ve noticed that increasingly my work relies on reclamation, recycling and the reuse of mate-
Beads, boxes recycled in faculty art
By Sam Williams
Graphics editor Numerous styles that all art students have to apply to their work, such as Zeitgeist, content, composition, technique and craft were shown off at the Art Faculty Exhibition now on display in the Cummings Art Gallery at Mercyhurst College. The exhibit, which opened on Wednesday, Sept. 9, was embraced by students, alumni and community members alike. They were greeted by a visually appealing variety of thoughtprovoking artwork. Portraits made from ironon plastic beading are situated next to a precious gem collage, and other mixed media on canvas. The imaginative application of these mediums is welldeveloped in each work and assists in the reﬂection of the artists’ own individual sense of design. Many of the art students who showed up to the opening were not disappointed in their professors’ work. Junior Ryan Matthew Lanzel, a graphic design major with a minor in photography said, “The aesthetics of the art work shows the diversity and potential of the Mercyhurst art program.” Indeed, the art faculty represented the 4.0 quality of artwork that all art students strive for in their projects.
Juniors Samantha Williams and Ryan Lanzel admire artwork in the Cummings Art Gallery in Zurn Hall.
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rials,” Burke said of the choice of medium. The diverse range of media
on display includes stoneware, porcelain, photography, watercolor, ink, acrylic paints
Wait is over: 3eb makes comeback
By Kyle King
Copy editor The wait is over. Third Eye Blind, the preeminent band of choice on college campuses nationwide, ﬁnally released its long-delayed fourth studio album, “Ursa Major,” on Aug. 17. Playing on campus in May as part of Mercyhurst’s annual SpringFest itinerary, vocalist Stephan Jenkins, drummer Brad Hargreaves and guitarist Tony Fredianelli tested some of their new material, including “Bonﬁre” and “Don’t Believe a Word.” The album has some of the tenacity and aggressiveness of earlier albums, especially in the opening tracks, “Can You Take Me” and “Don’t Believe a Word.” The latter song follows in the vein of the ever-popular Contributed photo concert encore, “Slow Motion,” Third Eye Blind recently released their fourth studio album, feigning irony and naivete about which is titled ‘Ursa Major.’ the middle class’s fascination with gangster life, explicit in such lyrics as “We like thugs when they attack / And we like crime when it’s black on black.” In other places, Jenkins’s overtly political bias shines through. His ode to the working class, “About to Break,” is a bit overwrought, as is the charmingly sad “One in Ten,” but such silly stretching with lyrics didn’t keep their single “NonDairy Creamer” from becoming a minor hit. It comes as no surprise when he croons about all the things his loved one can’t be in “Why Can’t You Be”: There’s a generational gap too large to bridge, the same bridge that exists between Jenkins’s adroit lyricism and what passes as radio-friendly music today. Jenkins writes of ideals not highly sought after in today’s culture, associations with “art house foreign movies,” “red balloons and ennui” and “J.D. Salinger.” Critics of Jenkins point out that his narcissism sometimes overwhelms his lyrical greatness. He is charismatic, but it’s a self-indulgent charisma. It’s still solipsism, but at least Jenkins ﬁnally knows it. And that, even if “Ursa Major” doesn’t garner major airtime, still constitutes something of a ‘minor’ breakthrough.
Fall term dance events
• Trey McIntyre Project Friday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. in the PAC The Trey McIntyre Project deﬁes classiﬁcation of style while they dance to music from Beethoven to the Beatles. McIntyre uses classical ballet to create emotionally charged dances that dazzle audiences. The full version of ‘Trey McIntyre coming to the PAC’ can be found online. • 35 Years: A Celebration Saturday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m.
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Did Mercyhurst forget September 11?
By Victoria Gricks
Staff writer I remember everything as if it happened yesterday. I was 10 years old and in ﬁfth grade. By lunch, half of the kids in my class had been taken home. None of the teachers would tell me what was going on, but I could tell something was wrong. When I ﬁnally got home, I asked my mom what happened. Because she was crying, she couldn’t respond. She grabbed my hand and led me to our family room. The TV was on, and she pointed to the screen. I saw the recurring video of a plane ﬂying into a tall building. I glanced back at her, because my adolescent mind couldn’t understand what I was seeing. She took a deep breath before responding: “Honey, some people don’t like the United States…” Even though she continued to talk, I had already stopped listening and started to cry. I may have been too young to grasp the severity of the situation, but I was old enough to know that something awful had occurred. It wasn’t until months later that I fully understood the crisis that later became known as the September 11 attacks. For the ﬁrst anniversary, every student in my middle school decorated the halls with red, white and blue stars, showing their pride in being American citizens. For the second, we had a moment of silence to honor those that had died and those that were ﬁghting to defend our country. With each passing year, recognition was made for the events that took place on that fateful day. But this past Friday, nothing happened. In fact, had I not looked at the date on my cell phone, I would have looked right past it, never have known that it was the eighth anniversary of the attacks. I was surprised that our college, with its advocacy of military science and the ROTC program, made no mention of the day. I’m aware that an announcement over a
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loud-speaker might not have reached all students, but something could’ve been done. How about a bulletin through e-mail? Or a posted tribute for all fans on Facebook? If I can think of ways for us to recognize September 11, why can’t Mercyhurst do the same? Maybe next year the college will put more effort into reminding us to commemorate the men and women who passed away, as well as those who have gone to war to protect America. Hopefully, this article is the wake-up call that they need.
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Staff writer Would you believe me if I told you more than 1 million, some say even near 2 million, people marched on Washington, D.C., this past Saturday? Glancing at the front pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, MSNBC, CNN and Fox News on Sunday, you would not. Thankfully for the integrity of The New York Times, you would enjoy a wonderful story about Federer, a professional tennis player, and you’d hear claims about U.S. military contractors shooting in the midst of Iraqi city streets without regard for civilian lives. The latter story is listed directly next to an in-depth investigative argument regarding an interesdting, rousing pep talk made to the Jets.
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I recently had the pleasure of viewing the wonderful freedom-seeking documentary, “The Motorhome Diaries.” It is the story of three friends, Jason, Adam and Pete, who hit the road this spring to search for freedom in America in a real-time documentary. They chronicle their journey as they travel throughout the U. S. and interact with diverse groups at college campuses, businesses, homes and organizations. They unite over their desire to increase individual freedom and decrease the inﬂuence of government in their lives. Driving from the urban jungles to small towns, they connect with those who reject government violence in favor of a voluntary society.
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Football...................................................Sept. 12, L 7-17 Bloomsburg Men’s Soccer.............................................Sept. 9, W 2-0 Ohio Valley Sept. 11, W 4-0 California (PA.) Men’s Tennis............Sept. 12 L 2-7 Allegheny, L 1-8 Case Western Water Polo................Sept. 12 W 23-18 OT Queens, W 9-6 Gannon Field Hockey..............................................Sept. 12, W 3-0 Mansﬁeld Woman’s Soccer...............................................Sept. 8, W 2-0 Clarion Sept. 12, W 3-2 California Woman’s Tennis........Sept. 12, W St. Vincent, L 4-5 Case Western Sept. 13, W 7-2 Baldwin-Wallace Vollyball...............................................Sept. 11, L 2-3 Wheeling Jesuit W 3-1 Anderson-Braddus Sept.12, W 3-0 West Virginia Wesleyan
Mercyhurst College junior Michael De Rose ﬁghts for control of the ball from an Ohio Valley University defender. To read more about the Lakers’ 2-0 victory, visit merciad.mercyhurst.edu and click sports.
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Hyek clashes after classes
Continued from Page 1 The more obvious of Hyek’s opponents is the actual ﬁghter looking to take his head off with every mistake or opening that Hyek gives him. Hyekalso contends with his commitments outside of the ring. Hyek is a second-year intelligence studies major and resident assistant at Mercyhurst and has to divide his time between these two commitments and his professional career, which puts him at a disadvantage in every ﬁght. “[With most] of the ﬁghters I face, MMA is their sole source of income. They train six hours a day getting prepared for any given ﬁght because this is how they put food on the table, but for me it is totally different,” Hyek said. “Fighting is a hobby for me. It just so happens I turned out being pretty good at it,” Hyek said. Hyek transferred into Mercyhurst last fall after two years at Indiana University of Pennsylvania to pursue a degree in intelligence studies. Despite the transfer, Hyek never considered dropping his MMA career, even with some underwhelming experiences. “When I checked out Mercyhurst I looked into what I could do here and how I could continue my MMA career. I was put in contact with some individuals at the college who promised me a lot, but not much of it came to fruition,” Hyek said. “I essentially gave up on the ﬁghting until I got a call from an old coach saying that he could get me a ﬁght in Virginia and I took that ﬁght and ended up knocking out my opponent 40 seconds into the match, and afterwards, we decided I should go pro,” Hyek said. “The nerves are there, but being able to show all the hard work out there makes it worth it. Hopefully this can open up some more doors for me, but if not, my real goal is to get a job in law enforcement intelligence,” Hyek said. When Hyek ﬁnally steps into the cage Friday, it will be the only time that he is truly only ﬁghting one opponent at a time. For the full version visit merciad.mercyhurst.edu.
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of pancakes while my friend ordered the Frittata omelette: a scramble of three eggs, sausage, pepper, onion, potato, and mushroom topped with mozzarella cheese and banana peppers. My friend and I were very impressed with the service because the waitresses were friendly and frequently asked if we wanted reﬁlls. Additionally, our food took less than 10 minutes to arrive. Both of our meals were extremely large, so make sure to come with an appetite or order small portions. My pancakes were thick, ﬂuffy and well worth their price of $2.35. Equally tasty was the Frittata. Flavorful and ﬁlling, the Frittata was priced at $6.99 because of its large portion size. Despite the somewhat long wait to be seated, our trip to The Breakfast Place was very pleasurable.
An Erieite Appetite: The Breakfast Place
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By Liz Maier
Staff writer Just over two miles from Mercyhurst, The Breakfast Place is an easy, ﬁve-minute drive down 38th Street. Arriving at 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning, the parking lot to The Breakfast Place was almost completely full. A line of hungry customers waiting to be seated streamed outside the door. After about a 15-minute wait, my friend and I were directed to sit in a big booth. Locally owned and operated, The Breakfast Place has a smalltown atmosphere. Pictures of local professional and college sport stadiums, teams and players cover the interior walls. A Mercyhurst College softball jersey was framed above our booth. Starting off, we order coffee and then glance over the menu. Eggs, omelettes, breakfast sandwiches, pancakes and more were all priced below seven dollars. I decided to take Headley’s advice and order a half stack
If you are new to Mercyhurst College and unsure of what to do in this small, soon-to-be-cold city, I will be your guide to all the hot diners, restaurants and shops Erie, Pa., has to offer. Over the course of this year, I will be asking veteran members of the Mercyhurst community their favorite places to dine as well as shop in Erie and then personally critiquing each place on the basis of price, quality and service. Since breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, I was recommended by head softball coach and Associate Athletic Director Sara Headley to The Breakfast Place at 2340 E. 38th Street. “I love their pancakes and their home fries,” Headley said. “Their hash is pretty delicious as well – although I try not to eat it!”
The Breakfast Place’s Frittata omelette consists of a scramble of three eggs, sausage, pepper, onion, potato, and mushroom topped with mozzarella cheese and banana peppers. This large sized portion is only $6.99.
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Freshmen learn the meaning of college life
Part 2 of a 3-part series on students’ transition from high school to college
By Faye Clark
Contributing writer Balancing the new curriculum with all aspects of campus life is a challenge many freshmen have already encountered in their short time at Mercyhurst. The thrill of being on their own mixes with the sudden weight of responsibility for both their possessions and their school work. “It’s college,” freshman Miranda Flores, an archaeology major from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., said. “It’s to be expected to have a larger work load.” Flores said she actually enjoys it, because the subject matter is covered much more thoroughly than in high school. An English major from Redwood City, Calif., Katie Felong said she enjoys how her classes have expanded on and added to subjects she already knew something about. “It’s more conversational,” Felong said of one of her classes. “The discussions [aren’t] like in high school.” While most freshmen are adjusting well to campus life and were eager enough to be away from their parents, they are ﬁnding they still miss some of the comforts of home. “I miss my parents, more than I would have thought,” Amanda Schmeltzer, an interior design major from McMurry, Pa., said. Even though she said she is enjoying her classes, she said it is hard to be away from home. Also high on the list of missed comforts are pets. Students passing a pet store in the mall will linger there, wishing they could take one or all of them back to their dorms. Others have found the new independence of college life restricting. “[I miss] my car,” Sarah Judge, a social work major from Scranton, Pa., said. “I could go places whenever I wanted and didn’t have to wait for the bus or walk.” “I guess I’m still adjusting,” Felong said.