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The Gwynmercian

Volume 62, No. 4

Gwynedd-Mercy College

May 2011

GMC Students and Faculty Embarking on Dublin Pilgrimage By: Beth Harrison

The quote “the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page” by St. Augustine implies that traveling creates memorable experiences that people will treasure throughout their entire lives. Ten GwyneddMercy College students have received the opportunity to add more pages to their life stories this summer. They will embark on a Dublin Pilgrimage from August 5August 14 learning how to show mercy towards others, just as Catherine McAuley did. The students selected to experience this pilgrimage are Katie Kane, Kellie Delhagen, Amy Vandegrift, Mary Ashmore, Katherine Klinges, Regina Sellman, Kate Taylor, Ashley Scheiber, Beth Harrison, and Steven Rufe. These fortunate pilgrims, along with faculty members Brigid O’Brien and Mary Jo Pierantozzi, will travel in the early evening on August 5 from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City to the Dublin Airport around five o’clock in the morning on Dublin’s time. They will all be traveling on the Aer Lingus flight

from the United States to Ireland and also from Ireland back to the United States at the end of our journey. Once these individuals all arrive as a group at the Dublin Airport, they will then be transported by bus to Northern Ireland, and stay at the Farset International hostel in Belfast. This Gwynedd-Mercy College group will tour Northern Ireland from Saturday, August 6 until Tuesday, August 9. The Northern Ireland experience includes a tour of Belfast as well as a trip to Giant’s Causeway. Belfast, which is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, is mainly known for its industrial work and conflict between its Protestant and Catholic citizens. The RMS Titanic liner was also built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Even though Northern Ireland has experienced great civil problems with the religious issue between Protestants and Catholics in the past, Belfast is a much more peaceful and safer city nowadays. Continued on Page 8

An Irish shamrock (picture courtesy of free Google images)

Money Main Issue for New Campus Building Featured Stories Inside This Edition of The Gwynmercian:

*Honors Program 15th Anniversary (p.2) *Alternative Spring Breaks (p.2) *Saly Glassman’s Workshop (p.3) *Math is Everywhere (p.3) *GMC Loves the Nineties (p.3) *Fashion Show “Masqueraded the Night Away” (p.4) *GMC Student’s Book Blog Receives Recognition (p.4) *Upcoming Music Releases (p.4) *Commentaries: (pages 5-6) >Service Brightens with Mercy Neighborhood Ministries >Where is the Cure--Any Cure? >Drinking Alcohol--Know the Facts >Student Perspective on GMC Speed Bumps *Summer Bucket List (p.6) *Griffin Take 10: Student Edition and Faculty Edition (pages 6-7) *Other Boxes of GMC Information

By: Rob Gregor and Beth Harrison

There is an architectural rendering for a state-of-theart new facility to house the Schools of Education and Business, but Gwynedd-Mercy does not yet have all the funds to build it. The College wants to put up the building on the current site of Gustav Martin Hall and hired the architecture firm Burt, Hill to design it. However, the original plan hinged on money from Pennsylvania’s state-backed Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Governor Tom Corbett has been reviewing the program as part of his efforts to reduce government expenditures. He also plans deep budget cuts for education. Meanwhile, Gwynedd-Mercy waits. The College expects word on the availability of

funds from the Commonwealth any moment now, but so far still has not received a definitive answer. This has put the building project in a kind of limbo. “If we were to not receive the RACP funds, the process would take a large step backwards,” said Kevin O’Flaherty, Vice President of Finance and Administration. An alternative plan of receiving funds from Gwynedd-Mercy College’s publics and other potential donors with large amounts of money would be put into action if the school was not going to receive RACP funds. The new building is a major initiative for GwyneddMercy College. It would provide improved space with enhanced technology for two major schools at the college, as well as the availability for use by other programs. It would also serve as a centerpiece of the campus situated in a high profile location.

The front of Gustav Martin Hall, which may or may not be torn down soon, at Gwynedd-Mercy College (Picture courtesy of Beth Harrison)

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Honors Program Celebrates 15th Anniversary Shakespeare Style

(From left to right) Carol Breslin, Keynote Speaker Dr. Geffrey Kelly, GMC President Kathleen Owens, and Dr. Ed Miller pose for a picture on April 9 at the First Annual Undergraduate Research Conference of the Honors Program. (Picture provided by Lauren Halupke) By: Justin Boyer

On a crisp Friday evening on April 8, 2011, soprano vocals reverberated throughout the Julia Ball Auditorium. If you were to have focused in on the lyrics, you would have heard familiar names like Ophelia, Romeo, and Cleopatra being sung. On that evening, Opera North were invited for a performance that was essentially the opera interpretation of many of Shakespeare’s works. This group interestingly has been Pennsylvania’s only African-American opera company for the past thirty years. Both Carol Breslin and Carol Evans worked hard to make the performance a reality. Evans particularly felt that it would a wonderful way to celebrate the honor program’s fifteenth anniversary since Shakespeare, in many ways, is the epitome of high learning. One of the main purposes behind the Honors Programs has always been to continually promote higher critical

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thinking skills with many of the different classes offered. These classes cover literature, art, and other intellectual features of many different moments in our world’s history. During the Renaissance, Shakespeare was one of the premier poets and playwrights. Even today, we are accustomed to seeing numerous adaptations of nearly all Shakespeare’s works. Within the past twenty years alone, we have seen Helena Bonham Carter and Kate Winslet as the woeful Ophelia in two different Hamlet film adaptations. During the actual performance, the audience was noticeably silent and appeared to be very enraptured with the spectacle on the stage of Julia Ball Auditorium. For this one night, faculty, students, and community members could pretend that our campus’ small auditorium was the Kimmel Center. After the performance, the stunned audience was eerily silent for about thirty seconds until thunderous applause followed. An exit poll would have been unnecessary to gauge the audience’s reaction given the volume and intensity of the clapping. “Its worth the standing ovation,” said Don Duclow, a retired professor. As audience members slowly shuffled out of Julia Ball’s auditorium, some of them looked back towards their seat as if to wish the magic of the performance could be prolonged. “It was absolutely fantastic and was a great interpretation of Shakespeare’s works,” said Rosaleen Gilmore, an alumna. Once everyone walked out of St. Bernard’s, the lobby returned to its former silence. It was hard to believe that just moments ago, the audience had been treated to such a great performance. Evans hopes that the magic of this evening could continue with future performances of this caliber at Gwynedd-Mercy. “ We need support for the arts at Gwynedd and more performances like this one,” she said.

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Alternative Spring Breaks Bring The Gwynmercian, Eye-Opening Moments

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Team Baltimore group photo during Alternative Spring Break (Picture courtesy of Lauren Halupke) By: Dan Freed

When spring break rolls around each year, most students greet it with open arms, then spend the entire week sleeping in, relaxing, and heading south to warm, sunny beaches. But for a group of Gwynedd-Mercy students, spring break was about sharing their time with people who are less fortunate. “I knew I couldn’t graduate without doing an alternative spring break trip,” says senior Katie Kane. She was part of a team that descended on Cincinnati, doing “an immense amount of work for the Mercy Sisters.” The team helped at a local grade school, helped to set up a St. Patrick’s Day party for Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, and cooked the Bethany House, a shelter for children and women. Steven Hull helped to distribute flyers that promoted the Mercy Ministries Center. “I chose to go on alternative spring break because I wanted to have an experience like none other,” he says. Although their mission was to help the Sisters of Mercy, Hull also admits that the group acquired a taste for Graeter’s ice cream, a popular ice cream chain in the Ohio Valley. Jessica Woodring was among several students who went to Baltimore on ASB working for several different community service groups. “I love helping people and

being able to make a difference in someone’s life, even if it is in a small way,” Woodring says. The Baltimore team helped special-needs adults to prepare for working jobs; some of the team was even fortunate enough to attend a Special Olympics basketball game. Another highlight while in Baltimore was a trip to Paul’s Place, a local soup kitchen and provider of free clothing for needy people. At Paul’s Place, some of the group cooked while others helped men to find clothing for themselves. Hezekiah Movement, an addiction support center, was another stop the team made. Woodring says that the team helped to organize Hezekiah’s food pantry and also cooked meals for the residents. According to Christine Eberle of campus ministry, alternative spring break has grown from one group in 2005, to a 27 student event with a budget of $27,000, which she notes is all fundraised. Not only does Gwynedd-Mercy send out teams over spring break, but a group of eight students also went to Philadelphia on winter break to help several local charities. The students spent a lot of time at Project HOME, helping to organize clothing that would be sold to homeless people. “Anyone can read about the homeless, the hardships they face and all of the statistics surrounding these issues,” says Meghan Wells. “It is a

totally different experience though when you are actually helping these people and talking to them.” The group also got a chance to work with Manna on Main Street, a group that packages meals for sick residents. Morgan Birtch estimates that they made over 2,000 meals of meat, potatoes, and other vegetables. “I just love the feeling you get when you know that you might have made a small difference in someone’s life,” she says. Both Wells and Birtch recall seeing a group of homeless men at Project HOME greeting Sister Anne of the Sisters of Mercy with wild enthusiasm. The men “gave her the biggest hugs,” says Wells, while Birtch adds that “it was just so awesome to see the difference and impact someone had on their lives.” ASB is not just another way to pass the time during a week off; it can also change your life. Brandon Ellis, who participated in the trip to Cincinnati, shares that the experience has motivated him to looking into joining the Peace Corps after graduation. Steven Rufe says that ASB gives him plenty of hands-on experience; he also adds that the new friends he makes each year are worth far more than the $50 deposit to go on the trip. He also enjoys learning about new cultures and lifestyles that exist even within our own country. These simple ways of helping others made students’ experiences very memorable and eye-opening. All of these accounts from various Alternative Spring Break trips showed the Mercy Mission being proudly exercised in different parts of the country.

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Interactive Professional Development G M C L o v e s t h e Nineties with Saly Glassman By: Cassie Towler

Saly Glassman presenting an interactive professional development workshop for GMC Business Students. (Picture Courtesy of Megan Gilmore)

By: Dan Ressler

March 31st was a valuable new experience for the GMC Business Club students who attended Saly Glassman’s Professional Branding Workshop. Glassman is the managing director of investments at Merrill Lynch and author of It’s About More Than the Money. The students in Fatima Hall room 4 started off in what Saly referred to as a “safe” space. There was no judgment of character, and the goal was to bring out the “best” in all of us. First, students were asked to write down their strengths. Little did anyone know, some of their strengths quickly showed themselves as weaknesses. Students were then instructed to jot down their weaknesses. In some cases, these weaknesses now became students’ strengths. You might be asking yourself, how could this be? Here is an example: Saly took the so called strength of “hard worker,” and explained how this can be viewed from a business perspective, as “taking a long time to complete simple assignments, or struggling and trying harder than the average person.” Saly informed us that better personal “branding” meant you should revisit your language, and say instead that you have a “powerful work ethic.” That says that you won’t let go of your goals, and or give up on anything important to you. When developing your “brand,” you should think of your most distinguished and unique attributes. When you think of your weaknesses, you should ask yourself, “why is this my weakness?” If you are a worrier, ask yourself “why am I always worrying?” It could be because you put yourself before others. Perhaps you are a perfectionist, and you have high personal expectations. This is how you can turn your weaknesses into strengths, and present

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your character in the most appealing light. This workshop was vital for helping us learn to make a strong positive impression on prospective employers, network contacts, etc. As you apply for positions, you may wish you had the knowledge from this kind of workshop, so that you could now beat the competition! Here are some remarks from the Business Club members: Mike Ginley: “I thought this was going to be just another corporate speech, but it was actually an enjoyable experience. Saly interacted with us and brought us into the discussion. It made the event so much more dynamic. I had a great time.” Tom Reed: “I really appreciated her taking her time to come and talk to us. She is a great inspiration.” Alexis Bohr: “I learned how to evaluate my strengths and weaknesses, and find the strengths of my weaknesses. Saly’s perspective was very interesting.” David Nagel: “It was very personal and informative!  Saly mysteriously read our minds and formed strengths out of our weaknesses.” Rich Karaschkat: “I thought it was very informative and kept us in tune”. Jon Meley: “She helped us understand branding and its role in personal development.” Glassman’s workshop highlighted the benefits of an innovative program hosted by a professional with so much experience in the “real” world. We should be open to stepping outside our academic comfort zones, in the interest of increasing our preparedness for the business world. The GMC Business Club is committed to the highest standard of learning and welcomes your feedback and involvement. For further information about the GMC Business Club, contact Dan Ressler at ressler.d@

The Lawn in front of Keiss Hall was transformed into a carnival-like atmosphere on Thursday, April 14th for the Student Activities Committee’s annual Spring Fling event. This outdoor event is a very popular one among students, and provides entertaining activities before the stress of finals week takes over. This year’s theme was ‘GMC Loves the Nineties.’ The fair included 90’s themed games and a continuing soundtrack of 90’s pop music. In addition to traditional carnival games like a dart throw and a ring toss, students could paint mugs, make sand art, take pictures in a photobooth, and participate in a watermelon eating contest, among many other activities. The winner of the watermelon eating contest was Mark Zeigler who ate nine watermelon slices in three minutes. Students spent the afternoon playing on inflatables, and soaking in the sun, which was a rare sight during the rainy April. “Spring Fling was so much fun this year, I loved the theme and how they played music from the 90’s. It made me feel young again,” said student Amanda Fischer. As students reminisced about boy bands and girl power they had the opportunity to win tickets to put into raffles for larger prizes such as tickets to a Phillies game, a Broadway production of The Lion King, and a Katy Perry concert, among many more. “I really enjoyed the psychic at Spring Fling as well as the food this year,” says junior Pat Reeves. Students ate dinner outside on the lawn rather than in the cafeteria. Some crowd favorite foods were the meatball sandwiches and the fried macaroni and cheese. Spring Fling also provided Rita’s water ice for everyone. “Spring Fling has always been one of my favorite GMC annual events. This year’s Spring Fling has been my favorite by far because the games and music helped me to recall happy childhood moments I experienced,” says S@C secretary Beth Harrison. Overall, the event was well-received by students, and Spring Fling provided a fun afternoon for the GMC community.

By: Anastasia Ness

Professor Judy Blohm’s EDU371 and MTH104 classes are learning how to make middle level students understand mathematics in an entirely different light. These classes are tackling mathematics by making connections between tricky skills and real life applications. The goal is to show students that math is a key element that shapes, changes, and surrounds our life every day. While many find most math projects seem to be boring and intense, these students are having fun with the creativity fundamental to earning their grade. “I am showing how the slope of the ocean floor affects the size and break of ocean waves for surfing,” says freshman student Maura Gifford. While using fun and attractive topics like this one, students are incorporating a vital mathematic technique that will be taught to middle level students. After creating their unique learning methods, the EDU371 and MTH104 classes are able to strengthen their knack for creativity and originality in preparation for their future prospective students. Another student, Richard Levy, is using a tessellation table (or gambling table) to show students how to apply simple shapes in a multifaceted way. This challenges students to apply geometric shapes with patterns that form tessellations. “You can also show students tiles in a bathroom shower wall, kitchen floor, or the back splash of you kitchen sink. As long as it is in a pattern using geometric shapes with no gaps, it is considered a tessellation,” says Levy. By using these interesting techniques, students are able to see math used in everyday aspects of life.

Spring Fling 2011 director Kate Taylor (left) and S@C President Katie Kane (right) posing together at this year’s Spring Fling event. (Picture courtesy of Beth Harrison)

Geometric shapes, like those found in the picture above, are all around you! (Picture courtesy of free Google images)

Such techniques offer a world of difference when educating an impressionable and eager child through middle school. So whether it is seen out at sea, or just sitting at the bottom of the tub, Blohm’s classes want every person to realize that math is everywhere, surrounding you at this very moment.

The Gwynmercian would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2011 for their academic achievements!

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Upcoming Music Releases By: Dan Freed

A group picture showing some of this year’s Fashion Show Models. (Picture courtesy of Beth Harrison through Tom Friel)

Fashion Show “Masqueraded the N i g h t Aw a y ”

By: Beth Harrison

Twenty-four Gwynedd-Mercy College students worked the runway at this year’s masquerade-themed Fashion Show event on March 24 in Waldron Board Room. The models, audience, and show committee members thoroughly enjoyed this Student Activities Committee (S@C) sponsored annual event. The show’s slogan “Masquerade the Night Away” was clearly depicted through a light green, blue, and purple color scheme with masquerade-themed decorations, delicious cake and drinks served in colorful margarita cups, masks that the models could wear, and the show’s giant mask as the runway background. Fashion Show’s female models showcased dresses from the DEB shop while the male models walked the runway in their own suits. All of the models at this year’s event were chosen from various criteria, such as diverse campus involvement, personality, seniority, and enthusiasm to participate in this type of college event. “I can never turn down a chance to get dressed up,” said sophomore model Sarah Tefft. “Being a model in a fashion show was something I never thought I would do, but it was so much fun!” In addition to the display of fashion, prizes were

also raffled off during one of the show’s intermissions. Attendees received the opportunity to win prizes such as a Gwynedd-Mercy College themed gift basket, a Movie Night themed gift basket, a Starbucks gift basket, a Phillies Phever themed gift basket, and two tickets to Student Government Association’s Dinner Dance event. These prizes were created by hard-working Fashion Show committee members Erin Walter, Becky Shigo, Alysia Torres, and Rashonda Dickens. With an estimated sixty people in attendance, the Fashion Show was a very successful S@C event. The fundraising event received close to $200 for the Student Activities Committee. Abigail Crisp, a freshman student who was this year’s director at Fashion Show, showed determination throughout the whole planning process to see that this fundraising event come together really well. “I thought the Fashion Show was perfectly executed and instructed,” said senior male model Paris Adolphus. “The committee made the evening a success, and I thought each model did fantastic.” The Fashion Show proved to be a wonderful and memorable night for the attendees and all of those involved. To learn more about S@C, contact acerba.v@

GMC Student’s Book Blog Receives Recognition By: Dan Freed and Rebecca Avery

Justin Boyer, a junior communication major at Gwynedd-Mercy College, started his own book review blog in 2008 that has caught the attention of a few wellknown authors and publishers. Three years later, Boyer’s blog called “A Bibliophile’s Reverie” has risen from obscurity to become a notable literary site in the fantasy novel world. After he first started reviewing books in 2008, Boyer joined multiple Blog Tour groups, which involve various bloggers who link their blogs together and review books at the same time. By placing the links to their blogs on each other’s websites, the writers are able to publicize their blogs. Several authors began to notice Boyer’s blog and the quality of his reviews. As a result, his blog now gets about 2,000 hits a month, and his posts have been shared multiple times by popular fiction writer Anne Rice on her website. He has also established a relationship with other writers such as Sue Dent, John Sprunk, and Maria Snyder. “It was never meant to be a professional blog,” said Boyer. However, he has enjoyed some perks from being involved in the book review world. Boyer receives free books from publishers to review, and he does his best to read each one. If he finds a book worth reading in its entirety, he will review it. After he is finished reading books, Boyer generously donates these books to his local library. He has also established an advertising relationship with Amazon. If a reader buys a book from the “Highly Recommended” section of the blog, Boyer receives a percentage of the profits. Additionally, Boyer has earned passage to the annual Book Expo America, which is one

of his favorite events to attend. Book Expo America is an event gathering booksellers, retailers, librarians, and industry professionals to network and relationship build. Boyer’s blogging experience has shaped his career endeavors as well. He hopes to work in the publishing industry after graduation. Even though Boyer is currently a full-time student, working full time at his local library, and writing his own novel, he plans to continue updating his blog and enjoys seeing its success. To read Boyer’s blog, check out www.fantastyfreak.

Check out Boyer’s book blog today! (Picture courtesy of free Google images)

Summer is coming! It’s time to kick your boring old school books out of the way and bring in the jams with some brand new music! The middle of 2011 is packed with loads of fun new albums from artists like Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga, and 3 Doors Down. If finals week drains the energy out of you, a summer of great releases is sure to put some life back into your body as you relax somewhere nice and warm. If you can find the strength to endure just a few days after finals week, you will be rewarded with Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne’s newest album. The fourth in Weezy’s legendary Tha Carter series was originally set to be released on May 24, but will now be put out on May 16, a welcome treat for his fans. The first Lil Wayne album since his release from prison, Tha Carter IV already has a top 10 single (“6 Foot 7 Foot”). Lil Wayne has stated in interviews that he hopes fans will recognize his growing maturity as a songwriter. May 23 will be the release date for pop sensation Lady Gaga’s much anticipated second studio album, Born This Way. Lady Gaga has already proclaimed that this will be the best album of the decade, adding to the hype surrounding the release. The album’s first single, “Born This Way” went straight to #1 on the U.S. music charts, and is also the fastest selling single in iTunes history. With a start like that, it’s hard to argue that Born This Way really could end up fulfilling Lady Gaga’s promise that the decade’s greatest album is already upon us. The first major release of June will come on the 6th day of that month as English indie rockers Arctic Monkeys (best known for their 2006 single “I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor”) are set to deliver their fourth studio album, Suck It and See. As colorful as the album title may be, it could have been even more bizarre. The band told British magazine NME that one of the other titles they were kicking around was “The ThunderSuckle Fuzz Canyon.” The band also has reported that they have been practicing together more frequently and promise a tighter, better organized sound than previous albums. Additionally, drummer and singer Matt Helders told NME that the album will be more based off of pop music than the garage rock the band tried to emulate in the past. The date of July 19 marks the release of 3 Doors Down’s newest album, Time of My Life. The first single from the new album, “When You’re Young,” was released in February and is the tenth song by the band to reach the Top 10 on the mainstream rock charts. According to lead singer Brad Arnold, the song’s meaning refers to how many unhappy moments one can have during youth. 3 Doors Down promises that the entire album will be something that listeners can easily identify with, continuing the band’s trend of writing simple, commonman types of songs. Although this may seem like a relatively small group of new releases, fear not—there are still tons of artists who have yet to announce official release dates for new music, but are still planning on putting out albums sometime in the second half of this year. Nineties rock band Jane’s Addiction, rock/rappers Limp Bizkit, British R&B singer Amy Winehouse, and rapper 50 Cent are all reportedly preparing new albums for release later this summer and fall. A full list of upcoming releases can be found at

Make sure to check out these music releases this summer! (Picture courtesy of Google free black and white images)

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Commentary: Service Brightens with Drinking Alcohol-Know the Facts Mercy Neighborhood Ministries By: Beth Harrison

Sometimes, the words “community service” may be considered as a required chore for people to do, but other human beings consider helping the community as a blessing. My recent experience with Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia left a meaningful impact on how I view community service. I travelled with a group of six other GwyneddMercy College students to an organization called Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia to interact with people in its Adult Day Services, which provides many services to older adults who have difficulties doing daily tasks due to age, disabilities, or health problems. This organization, founded by the Sisters of Mercy, provides specialized care for each individual requesting its services. Mercy Neighborhood Ministries offers a personalized care plan for each older adult, which includes “nursing services, social services, health and wellness activities, music and crafts, socialization and community, recreational and cultural enrichment, healthy balanced meals, and computer activities,” according to the organization’s official website. When our group arrived at the organization, we were clearly aware of the fact that Mercy Neighborhood Ministries was located on a run down, inner-city street. But once we entered the building, I was shocked to see that it was an open, clean, welcoming, and environmentally friendly space for the community.

Gwynedd-Mercy College students interacted with older adults who were members of the organization’s Adult Day Services. After their delicious lunch, we made Easter related crafts with them. Every older adult enjoyed creating and seeing the craft come together. After our crafts, we played bingo with them. Each adult thoroughly enjoyed the enthusiasm brought to the game. Winners of the bingo games received various prizes like blankets, clothing, nightlights, and many more useful items. After bingo, we provided the adults with cupcakes for a treat. Being able to spend the day with older adults who have various needs helped me realize that doing a simple, compassionate act can positively change other people’s lives. I spent my time with an elderly woman who reminded me of my own grandmother because of her sweet and gentle personalities. This comparison taught me how to better connect with my own grandmother. Another realization I had was the fact that doing something simple, such as crafts and games, can completely brighten someone else’s entire day. Even though other Gwynedd-Mercy College students and I only spent about two hours there, we knew that many happy memories were created that day to participants in the Adult Day Services program. To learn more about Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia and how you can help, visit their official website at

Commentary: Where is the Cure--Any Cure?

By: Greg Tornetta

I remember lining up with my family in my South Philadelphia elementary schoolyard waiting to get my free sugar cube laced with the oral vaccine for polio. Although polio could not be cured, it could finally be prevented. That was the early sixties and I was only in first or second grade. I was old enough to understand that this illness would never inflict me or my family. I appreciated the promise of medicine and believed that this was only the first of many diseases to be conquered in my lifetime. Since those days of hopeful possibilities we have neither cured nor prevented any debilitating or deadly disease. I recognize that some forms of cancer, when caught early enough, can be successfully treated, as well as encouraging progress in other areas. I am also thankful and amazed at the advances in surgical procedures and pharmaceuticals. However, I question the acceptability of sending a message of realistic hope for a cure and delivering neither a cure nor prevention. Explanations are often vague or understandably complicated, but the fact remains that we still don’t have a cure. Additional funding is often given as the most important thing necessary in finding a cure for anything recently. I continue to support research organizations, from the first dime I gave to the March of Dimes when I was just a child, to the latest donation to Lymphoma Research Foundation in lieu of flowers for the passing of the father of a close friend. It is not that research efforts are not being funded. In fact, in 2009 the National Cancer Institute (NCI) spent $150 Million on Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma alone, and the NCI is only one public agency dedicated to cancer research. Additionally, public and private monies continue to support research efforts in spite of economic challenges. Of course money alone cannot provide the answers we seek, and there is little, if anything, more complicated than the human body. I am not attempting to pretend that I understand the challenges that we must overcome in search of a cure, nor am I pretending that I understand the science surrounding medical research. I am just saying that debilitating and deadly diseases affect virtually everyone directly or indirectly. I count on those who are more intelligent and gifted than me to excel in those fields that effect medical advancement. I suggest, however, that maybe our approach can be improved to help move research to a higher plane. Here is an approach that is more focused and logical. First, create a committee consisting of the best and the brightest minds within the fields of medical research. Have them identify one disease that they believe we are closest to realistically developing a cure or vaccine. Set a success date based on their best educational guess. Channel all public research funding to research only that disease up until the successful discovery of a cure or vac-

cine, or when the original established success date has been reached, whichever comes first. The goal is a cure, but if no cure is found by the established success date, then the disease with the next most promising efforts would begin to receive all public research funding under the same conditions. This provides maximum financial support so that funding is virtually removed from the research equation and researchers can concentrate on finding a cure instead of finding the funding for one. Funding reverts to zero if no cure is discovered by the established date. Of course that date will be years out; however, it should not be decades out because that time period alone would disqualify it as being the most promising effort. This might also motivate other researchers to help with the find so that they may be the next one to receive the concentrated financial public support for the disease they are most qualified to cure. The final motivator is the cure itself. I have a personal preference which disease I would like to begin with, but it really doesn’t matter to me, as long as it is the most promising one to cure. Once a cure is found the disease will no longer devastate individuals and families and no one will have to spend another penny on its cure. When a cure is discovered, the treatment must be available to all equally and if possible freely as a return on the concentrated investment of public funding. Dr. Jonas Salk, who invented the polio vaccine, believed that the vaccine belonged to the people, so he essentially gave it away for free. In the sixties we were challenged by President Kennedy to safely send a man to the moon and back before the end of the decade. I believe it is time for America to once again challenge itself to turn science fiction into science fact. Let’s find a cure for a disease soon so that our children neither have to question medicine’s lack of a cure, nor have to suffer and die from a terminal illness.

By: Cara McArdle

The common question asked whenever a weekend is approaching is “what are your plans?” Nowadays, many young people will be faced with opportunities to drink throughout the weekends. Will you be one of them? Before deciding yes or no, here is some valuable information that could affect your answer. “About one-half of all fatal traffic crashes among 18 to 24-year-olds involve alcohol, and one in three 18 to 24-year-olds admitted to emergency rooms for serious injuries is intoxicated,” according to Screening for Mental Health. These statistics can make young adults think twice before choosing to drink. There are also many myths about drinking alcohol. One myth is that many people believe they can drink and still be in control, which is untrue. The fact of the matter is that drinking impairs your judgment, which increases the likelihood that people will do something they’ll later regret such as having unprotected sex, being an innocent victim of date rape, damaging property, or being hurt by others. There are four types of drinkers: probable alcohol dependence, high-risk drinkers, low-risk drinkers, and abstainers. A person with probable alcohol dependence is also known as an alcoholic. These drinkers will experience uncontrollable drinking, craving, physical dependence and tolerance. Alcoholics will be unable to stop drinking, despite severe physical and psychological consequences. People are classified as high-risk drinkers depending on how many drinks they consume. Men are considered high-risk drinkers when they have five or more drinks in a single sitting. Women are high-risk drinkers when they have four or more drinks in a single sitting. Low-risk drinkers have a maximum of two standard drinks a day, and do not drink alcohol at least two days per week. The definition of a standard drink is one 12oz beer, 8.5oz malt liquor, 5oz table wine, or 1.5oz 80 proof of hard liquor. Abstainers are those who completely refrain from having any drinks at all. Human beings who drink alcoholic beverages do not realize all the negative effects drinking can create, but it is especially troublesome if they are high-risk drinkers. “High-risk drinking may lead to social, legal, medical, domestic, job and financial problems. It may also cut your lifespan and lead to accidents and death from drunken-driving,” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Realistically, very few young adults completely abstain from drinking alcohol, even though it may be the best action to take. Fortunately, there are safer and better ways for young adults to drink. Small changes, like limiting the amount of alcohol you plan on consuming, can make a big difference in reducing your chances of experiencing alcohol-related problems. Here are some ways to think smarter and safer: 1. Keeping Track—Keep track of how much you drink. 2. Counting and Measuring—Know the standard drink sizes so you can count your drinks accurately. 3. Setting Goals—Decide how many days a week you plan to drink, and the number of drinks you’ll limit yourself to on those days. 4. Pacing and Spacing—Whenever you drink, pace yourself. Sip slowly. Have no more than one alcoholic drink per hour. 5. Include Food—Never drink on an empty stomach. Drinking on an empty stomach leads more quickly to a higher blood alcohol level, which is obviously unhealthy to experience. 6. Avoiding “Triggers”—What triggers your desire to drink? If certain people or places make you drink even when you don’t want to, it is best to avoid them. 7. Planning to Handle Urges—When the desire to drink hits you, try reminding yourself of reasons for changing your drinking habits, or talking it through with someone you trust. 8. Knowing Your “NO”—You are likely to be offered a drink at a time when you don’t want one. Have a polite, convincing “no thanks” ready. But the simplest, yet best advice concerning alcoholic drinking is the fact that the legal drinking age is twenty-one. Please drink safely and responsibly.

Picture on left: If you drink alcoholic beverages, please consider the advice from the above article, and consume any alcoholic drinks responsibly! (Picture courtesy of free Google images)

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Summer Bucket List By: Rashonda Dickens

Summer time is almost here, meaning that its time to surf, relax on the sand, stay up even later at night, and so much more. But if you find yourself without official plans for the summer, you can still make it awesome. Listed below is a bucket list of ideas that can make any summer unforgettable (Results may vary). Summer 2011 Bucket List: 1. Host a great summer bash 2. Go to a music concert 3. Sleep under the stars. 4. Lay out on the beach for the entire day 5. Try all 31 Baskin Robbins flavors 6. Have a paint fight 7. Teepee a house 8. Walk around with a free hugs sign for a day 9. Make a difference in someone’s life 10. Sit on your roof to watch the sunrise 11. Save 1,000 dollars 12. Go to a drive-in movie theater 13. Go on a random unplanned road trip 14. Spontaneously dance in the rain 15. Have a crazy water balloon fight 16. Go bungee jumping or sky diving 17. Ride a mechanical bull 18. Go to Disney World 19. Learn sign language 20. Attend a surfing competition 21. Go hiking 22. Conquer your biggest fear 23. Attempt to get in the Guinness Book of World Records 24. Appear in a music video or be an extra in a flim 25. Have a starry night bonfire 26. Take pictures everyday of your summer If you finish your list before the end of the summer, you can make an even longer list so the summer fun will never stop. And if you don’t finish everything on your bucket list by the end of the summer, there is always next year. Have a good summer!

Student Perspective on GMC Speed Bumps By: Sarah Tefft

Gwynedd-Mercy College is notorious for the amount of speed bumps the small campus contains. When I have friends come to visit me from other schools, the first thing out of their mouths is not “Hi! How are you?” but rather, “Oh my God, I cannot believe how many speed bumps there are!” There is even a Facebook group called “GMC Speed Bumps Have Caused More Damage To My Car Than I Have.” If designed correctly, speed bumps should not damage a car, unless a person decides to drive fast over them, resulting in a car soaring through the air. “I have had to replace my tires within a year and half since coming to Gwynedd, and the alignment of my tires is always messed up,” says student Katie Pierzga detesting the speed bumps. Gwynedd-Mercy College’s campus has a total of eighteen speed bumps. Most of them were already constructed in the past, but three more speed bumps were added due to the newer creations of Alexandria Hall and the turf field. But why are there so many speed bumps? “Their purpose is for pedestrian safety,” says Jim McNesby, director of Public Safety, “If you were to observe student drivers especially in the area of the resident halls, you will see they operate too fast with a lack of concern for others.” I have also noticed the College’s effort to fill in the numerous pot holes, but there are still many speed bumps that continue to create great concerns with cars. “We are currently seeking bids to repair and repave the sections of roadway that are in poor condition,” says Joseph Guckavan, director of Physical Plant, “The work should take place after graduation and before June 30 (the end of our fiscal year). We do intend to continue replacing speed bumps with speed humps as we repair each section, although it may take a few more years before we get through the whole campus.” Even though I was able to understand some of GMC’s reasons for the speed bumps and how they are going to be improved, I was left wondering about another thought that popped into my mind. Are the speed bumps

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May 2011

G r i f f i n Ta k e 1 0 : Student Edition By: Rebecca Avery

Have you ever seen a familiar face around campus and wanted to know more about the person? Well, now is your chance to get to know the people in your neighborhood. Griffin Take 10 is a new feature in which The Gwynmercian spotlights individuals in the GMC community with short 10-question profiles.

Sean Carney GMC Senior

1.) Major: Biology 2.) Clubs & Activities at GMC: Representative of the Student Association of Science to the Student Government Association, Honors Program Committee, student member of the Library Committee, and has participated in two Alternative Spring Break Trips. 3.) What He Likes Best About GMC: “I like the closeknit community that we have as a college. This creates a friendly environment that is very easy to get involved in.”

Picture on Left: “Griffin Take 10: Student Edition” individual Sean Carney. (Picture provided by Rebecca Avery through Sean Carney)

Dr. Timothy Lent

5.) Three Things He Can’t Live Without: His friends, oxygen, and Lord of the Rings references 6.) Favorite Food: Cheese 7.) Favorite TV Show: Seinfeld 8.) Favorite Movie: Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death

9.) Future Plans After Graduation: A career in 4.) Favorite Class: The science as a researcher or Healing Journey, taught by Rev. possibly a teacher here at Gwynedd a possible hazard if there was ever a need to evacuate campus quickly? Would our departure from campus take a longer time because of the number of speed bumps in place on campus? Even though the chance of this happening is very rare, these questions are still legitimate concerns to think about. Speed bumps are intended to slow a car’s speed while in motion to protect other people’s safety, but they should not be causing damage to any cars. As for right now, owners of vehicles who drive frequently throughout GMC’s campus need to be more cautious when they encounter numerous speed bumps. Relief based on the changes from speed bumps to speed humps will be coming soon. But whether you see bumps or humps, the number of them does not appear to be increasing nor decreasing.

10.) Best Advice for Other GMC Students: “Get involved. By joining clubs or participating in offered activities, you can make new connections as well as develop interests and skills.”

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G r i f f i n Ta k e 1 0 : Faculty Edition

May 2011

By: Rebecca Avery

Have you ever seen a familiar face around campus and wanted to know more about the person? Well, now is your chance to get to know the people in your neighborhood. Griffin Take 10 is a new feature in which The Gwynmercian spotlights individuals in the GMC community with short 10-question profiles.

Rebecca Krause GMC Professor

1.) Classes Taught on Campus and Other Campus Involvement: This semester I am teaching Group Processes and Social Psychology, although I have also taught Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Ethical Issues, General Psychology and Psychology of Fitness and Motivation at Gwynedd. I am involved with leadership on campus. I help with the SGA weekend workshops and I recently went on the LYLS retreat. I sometimes give some talks sponsored by the psychology club. This spring I gave talks on dream analysis, handwriting analysis and flirting.

3.) Years at GMC: Almost 20 years. 4.) Three Things She Can’t Live Without: Being with people I love, doing work that I love, and being able to laugh about something every day. 5.) Favorite Food: I love trying food from other countries in restaurants that offer a cultural experience. I recently went to an Ethiopian restaurant with some friends. We each ordered a different entree but they brought everything out on one big round platter. Instead of using utensils, we scooped food out of the platter with pancakes called injera...that way we got to try all the foods on the platter. Our server encouraged us to feed food to each other. I loved that. I also love Indian food and sushi.

8.) Favorite Band/Musician: I like a variety of music. If I look at the music that I own, I have more CDs by Jamiroquai than any other band. But, I like Eminem, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts and Adele. 9.) Goals to Achieve in the Future: I want to be an artist. I want to create something that is beautiful and amazing. When I graduated from high school I wanted to study art, but I also wanted to study psychology. I decided on psychology as a career, and I’m very happy that I did, but my inner-artist is calling.

10.) Best Advice for GMC Students: Since I’m a psycho2.) What She Likes Best therapist, I hesitate to give adAbout GMC: I love the vice to anyone, but I’ll tell you campus itself. It’s in a beautithe best advice I give myself. I ful setting. The students here saw this on a t-shirt earlier this are wonderful. I have met year and it really spoke to me: so many remarkable students over the years. They are moti- 6.) Favorite Movie: Any Coen “Practice truth. Fear nothing.” vated, compassionate, and fun Brothers movie: The Big Want to nominate to know. I like the small class Lebowski, Blood Simple, O students and faculty/ size, too. I can teach more Brother Where Art Thou?, staff members to be effectively in a small classroom Fargo, Barton Fink are and I think the students can get favorites. But my all-time featured in “Griffin more out of a course when they favorite is the Wizard of Oz. Take 10” segments in have an opportunity to be more future editions of The interactive with their professors 7.) Favorite TV Show: Any and with other students. I also show about ghosts: Ghosthunt- Gwynmercian? Contact like my colleagues; the faculty ers and Ghost Adventures. My and staff are remarkable people favorite series is Flight of the for more information. and I enjoy working with them. Conchords (sadly, this isn’t on anymore.)

Page 8 The Gwynmercian “Dublin Pilgrimage” Continued from Page 1 Giant’s Causeway is located at the very northern coast of Northern Ireland that features an estimated forty thousand interlocking basalt columns. These unusual looking columns were a result of ancient volcanic eruption, with most of them being hexagonal shaped. After exploring Northern Ireland, the GMC group will then travel back to Dublin, Ireland to stay there from Tuesday, August 9 until Saturday, August 13. In Dublin, they will stay at the Abbey Court hostel, which is located in the most central part of the city along the River Liffey. From August 10 until August 12, the pilgrims will attend a conference called the Dublin Pilgrimage for Young Mercy Leaders. This conference is located at the Mercy International Centre, which is the worldwide home for the Sisters of Mercy organization founded by Catherine McAuley. At this three day Pilgrimage, many students and adults from Mercy institutions around the world will participate in a variety of breakout sessions. Representatives from many countries will be attending this conference, such as the United States, Australia, New Zealand, England, and Ireland. The presentations will help participants understand Catherine McAuley’s mission, communicate the Sisters of Mercy story, ways that the Mercy organization and institutions are helping others worldwide, and the meaning of Mercy leadership in today’s society. These sessions include elements of prayer, ritual, and fun. There are a total of twenty-one different offerings for sessions at the conference. For example, one of these workshops titled “Are We Human or Are We Dancer?” relates this question that the musical group, The Killers, asked in one of their songs to connect it with being a person of faith. Another session called “Ways to Enhance Your Prayer” includes movement meditation along with journaling or drawing in order to focus on spiritual connection. Gwynedd-Mercy College’s faculty members, Brigid O’Brien and Mary Jo Pierantozzi, will also be presenters at this conference. O’Brien’s session titled “Mercy Volunteer Corps (MVC) in the United States,

Gwynedd-Mercy College Guyana, and South America” provides information about MVC for Mercy students to continue being Young Mercy Leaders. Pierantozzi’s presentation called “Keeping Mercy Alive Throughout Our Lives” uses meditation, journaling, drawing, and clay to reflect how the Mercy mission will be active in our lives now and in the future. These are just some of the interesting breakout sessions, among many more, which offer Mercy Leaders creative ways to grow in spiritually in accordance with McAuley’s goals. After the three day Pilgrimage ends, the GMC group will have a free day to explore the city of Dublin on Saturday, August 13. Dublin has many attractions to offer, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College, and Dublin Castle, along with many more. As with all journeys, all things good must eventually come to an end. The Dublin Pilgrimage will conclude on Sunday, August 14 when the GMC group travels from the Dublin Airport to the John F. Kennedy Airport and return back to Gwynedd-Mercy College. Thanks to many sponsors from Gwynedd-Mercy College, these ten students have received better financial opportunities to go on this Dublin Pilgrimage. The generous sponsors include Resident Life, the School of Nursing, the School of Arts & Sciences, the Alumni Association, the School of Education, the Education Clubs, the Honors Program, Campus Ministry, the Mission and Values Committee, Academic Affairs, Dr. Kathleen Owens, and many other kind people from the community. “I feel so lucky to have been chosen to represent Gwynedd-Mercy College at the Young Mercy Leaders Conference,” says sophomore Kate Taylor. “This is truly an incredible experience and I cannot wait to actually be there. I still cannot believe that this is really happening. Every time our group gets together, we start to plan all of the awesome experiences we will be having. After each meeting, I just think, ‘Wow, this is one step closer to actually being in Ireland’.” Everyone in the Gwynedd-Mercy College community will be able to follow the pilgrims’ journey in

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Ireland and Northern Ireland through a blog. On this blog, individuals will be sharing their experiences each day along with pictures of their adventures. The blog’s website address is http://gmcdublinpilgrimage.blogspot. com/ for those interested in the Dublin Pilgrimage.

The Gwynmercian Staff would like to wish all students good luck on their finals, ending this 2010-2011 school year. Have a relaxing summer!

Join the Facebook Group “GwyneddMercy College Student Media” to stay connected regularly with the latest news from The Gwynmercian Staff! The Gwynmercian Staff Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437 Volume 62, No. 4 May 2011 Editor-in-Chief.............................................Beth Harrison Editorial Staff..............................................Dan Freed Writers........................................................Rebecca Avery, Justin Boyer, Rashonda Dickens, Rob Gregor, Cara McArdle, Anastasia Ness, Dan Ressler, Sarah Tefft, Greg Tornetta, and Cassie Towler

Volume 62, No. 4 was written and developed by students of the Basic Journalism class and other GMC students interested in journalism during the 2010-2011 school year. We hope you enjoyed reading this edition, and continue reading many more editions! If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail


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