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Banks project moves, improves The Student Recreation Center is open for staff offices and student enjoyment.

Spring break trips to focus on service

Dozens of students will embark on one of three service based trips to Miami, Fla; Philadelphia, Pa and Savannah, Ga during spring break

By Andrea Orton Reporter Sr. Jean Messaros, vice president of Academic Affairs, wants to incorporate the turquoise, lime green and gray color scheme of the new Student Recreation Center into the lobby of Banks Student Life Center. It’s that good. “For many years I was asking for changes and it finally happened. I’m happy with it,” said Messaros. And that’s just the start of the trendy and tireless transformation in Banks. The staff seems to be pleased with their new accommodations. This is especially true for Residence Life. The department planned to move into Banks a year after being situated in a trailer behind the building. The plans for their new office are finally coming together after the staff spent five years in tiny digs. The Student Recreation Center is close to completion, according to Darcy Brodmerkel, director of Student Activities. “We are waiting for soundproof glass to be installed for the radio station and odd-sized glass for the newspaper room. This is a big job and will be done over spring break when students aren’t around,” said Brodmerkel. There are two phases of construction to the student center. The new addition to Banks was a part of phase

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Nearly 70 MU students will perform service projects, help others and learn valuable life lessons while in Miami, Philadelphia or Savannah in less than one month. Students have worked sideby-side with service groups such as Habitat for Humanity to help families rebuild after natural disasters—and they will do it again in March. Students taking the trip to Miami will work with Habitat for Humanity. “We will most likely be finishing up housing projects, painting, building and uplifting the spirits of those who have lost everything,” said Miami trip coordinator and senior Danielle Cino. Students who travel to Savannah will work with the Sisters of Mercy performing various service-based projects. The Philadelphia and Savannah trips will focus on the Mercy charism of service. Students will be able to visit inner-city schools and interact with school-aged children. “These inspiring trips would not be possible without the dedication of our student coordinators,” said Dan Kimbrough, MU communications professor and

spring break trip chaperone. “They are the motivation behind these trips. They plan, run and coordinate everything.” As one of many student coordinators, Cino helped boost student interest and planned fundraisers to ease the cost of traveling. Past spring break service trips have been to Jamaica, Peru, Guiana, Louisiana and Mississippi. Kimbrough and Cino have been personally touched by earlier trips. “After spending a week in either Miami, Philadelphia or Savannah, I know my peers will come back to MU as changed students,” said Cino. “These trips are life altering and really powerful. Our work has a greater effect than we will ever realize.” Kimbrough said these service based trips “give MU students the ability to see the world.” He said the student community “learns the importance and impact of giving back.” Anyone can attend, and students can receive credit for their service. Students should contact Campus Ministry for more information.

Candid safety cameras to be installed (cont. on page 5)

Sophomore Megan Hoppy lines up her cue ball during a game of pool.

Officials are set to install cameras throughout campus to increase safety. By Elizabeth Davis Reporter Freshman Jaqui Novick realized something wasn’t right as she drove home from the Anderson Sports and Health Center on the morning of Friday, Jan. 29. After taking her car to a mechanic to find out what was wrong, she received news she needed two new tires – hers were slashed. Novick said if there had been security cameras on campus, she would have been able to find the person or people who

vandalized her car and she would not have had to spend her own money in order to replace the tires. Security cameras are set to be installed on campus as early as this semester. Student Government Association (SGA) and Peer Advocates have brought the issue of security cameras up Paul Murphy, director of Facilities and Campus Safety, several times and now the campus

has decided that security cameras would benefit both the students and faculty. Dean of Students Kit Foley is proud that students have advocated for this measure. She feels student involvement was critical to prompt the installation. She said both the SGA and Peer Advocates have worked tirelessly to help increase student safety. “As the campus grows and expands, it is necessary that (cont. on page 4)

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Freshman Jaqui Novick’s tire was marked at the site of the slashing by her mechanic.

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Concert for a Cause 8 to benefit veterans The Highlander is proud to support Concert for a Cause 8. The event, was founded in April 1999 as Concert for Karen, a tribute benefit for a local woman who died of Leukemia, and benefited the Leukemia Society of America. The event was renamed Concert for a Cause in 2003 and supported local charities such as VISION, Children’s Service Center, Luzerne County Head Start, Wyoming Valley Children’s Association, Child Development Council of NEPA, United Way Autism Programs and the United Way Leukemia Fund. This year the event will take place April 22 at The Woodlands Inn & Resort, and it will benefit the United Way Veterans Services. The concert will feature over 30 local bands on four stages. Bands such as 40-Lb. Head, k8, Bad Hair Day, The Five Percent, Flaxy Morgan, Pancea, and M-80 will be shredding for service. Admission is $7. The Highlander will profile a different band each issue along with a series covering Concert for a Cause 8. MU’s Cougar Radio will be part of an hour-long program to be played on college radio stations in the Wyoming Valley, where students will interview the bands performing at the show.

Local band amped up for charity concert Graces Downfall lead singer believes Concert for a Cause is ‘the best thing going.’ By Craig Zielinski Reporter Ken Norton, lead singer of Graces Downfall, said local promotion isn’t the only reason bands are lining up to play at Concert for a Cause. “The most important reason [is] that 100 percent of the proceeds go to the cause each year -- not a portion -- all of it,” he said. “Another reason is this is the biggest of the big events in the area.” Thirty-four bands will perform on four stages during the ninth annual Concert for a Cause April 22 at the Woodlands Inn & Resort. Local bands such as Graces Downfall will entertain large crowds while volunteering to benefit the United Way Veterans Service. Graces Downfall is humbled and honored to be able to take part along with 33 other

local bands. “I don’t believe you’ll get a bigger event than Concert for a Cause. I mean, if you could get big events like this all the time it would take away from it. There are hundreds of benefits every year. This just grew into the biggest one after 10 or so odd years.” Norton is pleased his band got the invitation to return to the Concert for the Cause. “Last year was our first year on the bill. It was a huge privilege for us. We play 20 to 25 benefits a year and we really wanted to be on this one.” Norton said his band made meaningful relationships with many other musicians. “The atmosphere of this event is unbelievable too,” he said. “Most of us play every

About the Bands: Michael Sharkey formed the Pittston band with Anthony Giamusso (lead vocals and guitar), Sam Chiarelli (lead guitar), Stephan Martin (bass) and Mark Lieback (drums) two and a half years ago. This pop/rock quintet is influenced by a wide variety of musicians spanning several decades, including Prince, Genesis, Michael Jackson and Metallica. This will be the band’s third year performing at Concert for a Cause. The Highlander: What would you classify your sound as? Michael Sharkey: We are everything that we feel rock/pop music should be: meaningful, melodic, and musically entertaining. We blend a lot of our favorite influences together to create a signature sound. We get frustrated with what’s on the radio and what the industry is completely missing these days, so we write music that we are truly passionate about. Our

weekend and don’t get to see shows, so this is like the best thing going.” ‘Concert for a Cause 8: The Album’ is also on sale, and it features tracks from many of the acts on the bill. The album was released Feb. 4 and can be found at Gallery of Sound stores. The cost is $5. This album has hit number one on the local album charts the past two years. The shelf life of this album is shorter than most because only 1,000 copies are pressed for the event. “We donated our song ‘Always the Victim’ to Concert for a Cause 8: The Album. It is the first song on our new album, which is [also] titled ‘Always the Victim.’ We felt it was one of the stronger songs on the album so we should use it,” said Norton.

This edition, The Highlander spoke to Michael Sharkey, keyboardist, of The SilenTreatment.

sound combines everything that we, and many of our fans, love about music. H: Is there a significant meaning to your band name? How did you decide upon it? MS: The silent treatment is one the most powerful forms of emotional warfare, and that same kind of deep emotion is found in our music whether it’s love, lust, or turmoil. There’s a phrase that refers to the sounds of silence as being deafening, and this is what we like to present to our fans. Whatever connection they make with our name and our music is up to them to decide. As for the one T thing, we felt it made the name a little more unique. H: Who writes the majority of your music? Describe your writing process. MS: Anthony is our primary

songwriter. The way the writing process works is Anthony will come up with a musical idea. He’ll then present Sam and I with the idea and the three of us will work on it until it’s

reached its full potential. Then it’s on to recording. There have also been a couple instances where our music has come out of a full band jam session. Writing is the best part about being a musician. It’s your chance to be creative and create

Work study goes web Payroll for MU’s workstudy program switches from paper to the portal. By Jake Rakestraw Reporter MU’s work study program is “in with the times and new technology,” according to Stephanie Winsock of the Insalaco Center for Career Development. With a new, web-based payment system, gone are the days when clunky masses of handwritten time sheets and painfully tedious payroll entries complicate the process. “I find it’s much easier,” said Winsock. “It’s also less costly and saves paper.” Students will now manage their hours via a brand new web-clocking feature that has been incorporated into the OASIS tab on their e-MU accounts. The basics remain intact even as the methods change.

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Students will be responsible for entering their own hours and requiring a supervisor’s approval. The biggest advantages of the web-based system come into play after students have done their part. Matt Hornak of the controller’s office said he used to have to sit behind a desk and manually enter all of the data. Now all he has to do is “export to payroll and the new program will generate checks,” he said. He described the new method as “linear and better with tracking student’s hours.” The new system provides a more accurate and simplified process that saves time, he said. The first two pay periods will still require students to

use the outgoing paper method with the new system to assure a comfortable transition. The arrangement won’t be fully implemented until February. Students who have questions or concerns regarding changes to the system should contact the Insalaco Center for Career Development.

something that’s never been heard before. H: Do you have any advice for people considering forming a band? MS: Find people you know you are going to work well with (musically, friendwise, business-wise). Before you get started, lay the groundwork for how the band will be run. Have a plan. Always be open-minded and never lose sight of your goals. H: Did you know each other before creating the band? MS: Yes. Anthony and Mark used to play in the local band Electric Candy Shop. Sam and I went to high school together and were actually big fans of their music. We all knew each other from being on the local music scene. H: What are your future plans? MS: New music. Touring.

Fan interaction. There’s a lot in store for the future. We’re currently in the studio writing our next full-length album. So far, it’s turning out to be our best music yet. When we finish writing and recording we’ll be announcing national tour plans. You can stay in the loop by checking out our weekly Internet updates. Every Monday we host a podcast answering questions sent in by fans all around the world. Every Wednesday we post a brand new video, which gives fans a sneak peek into new songs, the writing process, and live shows. Every Friday, we write a weekly blog that gives a little insight into the history of our songs and music as a whole. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes right now. When the new album drops, a whole series of events will be set into motion. 2010 is going to be an exciting year.

— Compiled by Will McHale

Steps for the new payroll system: 1) Log into workforceportal.elabor.com 2) Enter your ezLM Database Name: MisericordiaUniversity 3) Hit Submit 4) Enter your e-MU log-in and password 5) Click Clock-in at the beginning of your shift 6) Click Clock-out at the end of your shift 7) Contact your work-study supervisor with any problems or concerns.

Above, screen-shot from e-MU depicts the new electronic payroll system.


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Gildea residents up for the challenge

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By Highlander Staff Reports students were tested at the end of the challenge. All participants were awarded medals at the beginning of the spring semester. The winners received large medals that said “Campus Fitness Challenge 2009, #1.” Students are still striving for fitness even though the challenge is over. “I have their baseline data,” said Madras, who is working with the participants to meet new, more challenging goals this semester. “Some have flexibility goals, weightlifting goals, body composition goals – whatever they really need to work on,” she said. Madras hopes the challenge will inspire more students next semester. “I want a couple of people on this campus as the poster children for health.” Madras plans to conduct the challenge again in the fall. “Students come up to me and say, ‘I have friends who want to participate.’ I’m going to have to do it again.”

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The Campus Fitness Challenge was successful, said Diane Madras, associate professor of physical therapy.

Cougars for Change looking for a few good cubs The environmentally conscious group needs to find some younger members. By Kate Bunton Reporter For a club with so much potential, there is one foreseeable problem for the environmentally conscious group Cougars for Change -- almost every member is a graduating senior, with no underclassmen successors. The current members urge younger students to join Cougars for Change to help the group continue to pursue visible, sustainable improvement in the community. Senior member Rachel Roa doesn’t seem to be worried about the transition from cougars to cubs. “I’m not nervous because I know a lot of students want to be involved and it’s just difficult right now because of class schedules,” she said. “Now that a lot of people know about us, I don’t think it will be difficult to keep [the club] going.” Club officers plan to keep the group busy this semester to continue their eco-conscious mission on campus, and also

to attract potential members. “We hope that through our activities on campus and using resources like CougarCast and The Highlander we can get more people involved,” said Roa. Cougars for Change is a group of MU movers and shakers. After attending a Mercy student leadership conference in 2008, MU’s nine representatives birthed the club to bring real change to the community. The group focused on environmental sustainability, including a project called “Trayless Tuesdays” in its first two years on campus. The project started as a weekly attempt to cut back not only on water wasted in cleaning the plastic trays, but also to bring awareness to the enormous food waste of 20 to 30 pounds in one lunch. Trays have been removed from the cafeteria entirely, hopefully encouraging students to take only what they can consume and carry.

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Gildea Hall residents show most improvement in the first ever campus Fitness Challenge.

The results are in – a series of health conscious events, including before and after strength, endurance, flexibility and body composition tests, determined Gildea Hall to be the official winner of the first-ever Campus Fitness Challenge. Diane Madras, associate professor of physical therapy, and four senior physical therapy students conducted the challenge last semester. “(Participants from Gildea Hall) made the most progress between the pre-test and the post-test,” said Madras. Residents of McHale Hall, Alumnae Hall and McGowan Hall also took part. There were no competitors from the townhouses, and commuters were not allowed to participate. “Each dorm had at least two people (as representatives),” said Madras. Twenty-two students underwent a strength, flexibility, endurance and body composition pretest in September. Fourteen

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Metz Corp. has also made some changes in the Cougars’ Den, presenting food choices in more environmentally friendly recyclable containers. Students are given the opportunity to purchase a reusable travel mug, the use of which rewards them with discounted beverages At the Intermezzo Café in the Sandy & Marlene Insalaco Hall. The Residence Hall Association has also started paper recycling in the dorms. Cougars for Change participated in a nationwide event last March called “Earth Hour,” during which the entire campus was asked to turn off unnecessary electricity. Outdoor activities and games were planned during the temporary blackout. Other campus clubs, such as Peer Advocates who passed out glow in the dark bracelets, got involved as well. “We went around the dorms to give out extra hot dogs, and there was one room full of

about 20 guys. All the lights were off but they were crowded in front of one TV. ‘Sorry, the game is on!’ they said. I was surprised and happy they were participating at all!” said senior member and group leader Ashley Ballard. “Earth Hour” will be held again this year in March, and Cougars for Change is looking for other student clubs and individuals to participate in any way they can. They are looking to make this year’s event even more successful than the first, and any participation helps. Cougars for Change has made a big impact on MU’s campus, even though the group is a young organization. “Being a part of Cougars for Change is actually being able to see change” says senior member Rachel Roa. For more information contact Ashley Ballard ballarda@misericordia.edu or Megan Baker at bakerm3@ misericordia.edu

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Rain, rain, go away – but not when your pair of tall leopard wellies can make a big splash. Fashionistas don’t let drab weather drench their duds, especially when prints like Hello Kitty, Burberry plaid and Juicy Couture posh pups cover their pedicures. With drab Back Mountain weather approaching, gray Coach pixie rain boots with hot pink hearts and the edgy italic signature are a fashion double do. I own a pair of Juicy Couture “Tickle Me Pink” – yes, I am referring to the most stylish color to ever grace my couture crayon box – rain boots with gold buckles and chocolate brown stripes on the back. Even a dismal drizzle gets me excited to pull out my chic boots. They are like a burst of sunshine – pink sunshine, to be exact. Coach, Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, Burberry – bring on the dingy droplets. These names all make boots to brighten up any rainy day. Hunter Originals (not the guys with the guns) are the wellies of choice for most celebs and even fashionistas on campus. Style-savvy sophomore Shana Weinstock rates them a plus for any puddle stomper’s wetweather wardrobe. “My favorites are the Burberry rain boots because they are light and comfortable. Recently I just got a pair of green Hunter rain boots from Bloomingdale’s and they are fabulous,” said Weinstock. Haute Hunter boots come in different lengths and colors – they’re in like Uggs on snowy days, or even summer days if you’re Pamela Anderson. Rain boots are the perfect accoutrement – even when umbrellas and cloudy skies aren’t a dilemma. Sometimes you don’t have to “blame it on the rain,” as Milli Vanili would lip sync. Weinstock said she wears rain boots just for a cute touch to any hot pink tote. “I love my rain boots.

Begins Feb. 23rd for 6 weeks of bowling at Back Mountain Bowl. Sign-up in Student Activities, cost is $30

Honestly I don’t know what I would do without them,” said sophomore MK Baran. Rubber boots are no longer just for frumpy fishermen – they’re a fashion guru’s catch of the day. The second best part about chic rain boots (besides, of course, their role as the accessory a la mode) is that they won’t break the Tiffany’s piggy bank. This is true unless you’re buying Jimmy Choos, which might be too much money for those muddy days. A pair of designer duo Juicy boots cost $108, which won’t hurt your brown leather Marc Jacobs wallet too much. Celebs sport these trendy rain stoppers everywhere, even when they’re “stylin’ and profilin’” down the busy city streets, in the words of www.hipgirlie.com. Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Lord & Taylor – they all have that stylish stash. Beautiful boots are a must have to maintain style street cred when puddles get in the way of a stylish day. I’ve got the complete 411 on two fashionistas who have started a couture career from scratch and talked designer dish. I’ll share my detailed fashion dirt (mixed with a few Chanel sweaters gone too far) – next time.

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Drago shows off her Juicy Couture rain boots her matching umbrella.

What’s your style? Let’s talk fashion! E-mail me at dragom2@misericordia.edu.

Look for these exciting events coming up this semester… National Nutrition Month March Madness

Ultimate Campus Chef Competition


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Men’s basketball to clinch division, players say Cougars hope boost of morale will spell success on the court. By Rob Lopez Reporter Starting off with four straight wins going into the final month of regular season play is a good morale boost for the Cougars basketball team. The team has been on a big climb with three seniors, Marcus Little, Dom Del Prete and Mark Williams -- leading the squad on a good push. They are above .500. Del Prete scored his 1,000th point in a game against Kings in a losing effort, but it was hard fought. Little, a team captain, has

says longevity is a key. “I’ve seen a lot of players come and go over the years and to still be on the team as a senior is an accomplishment in itself,” he said. Little added that players support each other, especially during this final stretch of the season. Last year’s 11-4 record was not definitive for the men’s team. “Other teams in the league [doubt] us after a disappointing season last year but I feel our team is better

this year and so far our record has shown that,” said Little. Freshman play has been scarce, but one first-year player jumping up from the bench is Sean Bieski from Nanticoke. Bieski wanted to make an impact not only on his team, or the conference, but also in the whole league. “I had high expectations for myself, but the biggest one I had was to make sure people knew that I was going to help this team win,” said Bieski. The team looks like they’ll

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make a big impact in the MAC championships. Two of the bigger games remaining for the team are the last two games against King’s and Manhattanville. Bieski has faith as the team battles for basketball greatness. “The team and I are ready to win and ready to win the division. It will be hard, but we are a good team and I think we can pull through and clinch the division for Misericordia,” said Bieski.

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we take all possible measures to keep our students and faculty safe,” she said. “More college campuses are having serious problems that put their students in danger. With the installation of cameras, we will provide safety on our campus.” Foley said installation is a slow process and cameras will be sporadically placed around campus. One will be installed this semester outside of Alumnae Hall. Others will be placed outside of the Anderson Sports and Health Complex and near parking lots. Cameras will increase the odds that security offers will nab rule breakers. Novick hopes that increased

surveillance will prevent other students from being crime victims. She said she plans to investigate, and she hopes whomever slashed her tires will come forward. Officials say the cameras will also help safety officers monitor who is going on and off campus. “When I was in college, we did not have cameras. They were not needed. We did not even have the resources to install security cameras,” said Foley. “With the changes in society today, it is important that our students feel safe on campus and that we do everything we can to ensure that we can do make sure they are safe.”

Super Bowl Fundraiser becoming tradition Students had a chance to help those in need as the Saints and Colts clashed in Super Bowl XLIV. By Dom Dellos Reporter MU students feasted on unlimited food and drink while getting in the zone for another grid-iron showdown between the best of the American Football Conference and National Football Conference. The $3 admission covered more than the pizza – students provided funds for those suffering more than 1,500 miles away. The Residence Hall Association (RHA) teamed up with Campus Ministry to

donate the money raised to Haitian relief efforts. “We’re just trying to get as much as we can,” said sophomore RHA member Stephen Burnett. The RHA set up a wall projection television, so there wasn’t a bad seat in the lounge, as students were scattered about but still able to see the action from any angle. Students sat and munched on pizza, sandwiches and a variety of snacks while focused on the game.

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“The food selection is nice,” said Burnett. The atmosphere was lively as students piled in to see who would be crowned kings of the National Football League. Cheers for both sides went back and forth all evening long. “I came for the food and to help the people of Haiti,” said freshman Will Minderjahn. “The big screen is nice, too.” The RHA, which is in its second year of existence,

offers other similar activities, and President Caitlin Doi encourages students to look for announcements of upcoming events posted around campus. “This is a nice event we have here. We’re trying to make this a tradition for every Super Bowl,” says Doi. Facebook, campus flyers and announcements on the e-MU portal are all ways to keep up on what’s new with RHA, according to Doi.

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Proposed locations are of the new security cameras, abovebehind McHale Hall, and below, by the baseball fields.


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one. Phase two is anticipated to start after graduation in May and will be complete by fall 2010. This phase includes the reconfiguring and reconstruction of the old Student Activities office and Messaros’ current office, which will accommodate Donna Ellis, director of Residence Life; Angelo Nudo, assistant director of Residence Life and Annmarie Narcum, senior secretary. “My hope is to carry the carpeting and the color scheme on the walls into the lobby to make it more comfortable and welcoming,” said Messaros. Thanks to the new space from the old offices, the post office will also have some new improvements. The plan is to expand the size of the post office to give the workers

more room. UPS and Fed-Ex will now be able to deliver the mail straight to the post office on campus rather than to the Facilities building down the street. The mailboxes by Campus Ministry will be moved closer to the mailroom. Other plans include moving Messaros’ office to the area where the old newspaper and radio offices were situated. Dean of Students Kit Foley, whose current abode is in the Student Success Center, will also have a new office where Campus Ministry is located. Sophomore Jessica Grant loves the contemporary design in Banks. “The color scheme is very modern and new. I think that the new Student Recreational Center will bring the student body closer together.”

Sophomores Kyle Katchur, Drew Ward and Matt Scott enjoyed a game of pool this week to take a break from schoolwork. “They really turned this place around and gave us something to do around here,” said Katchur. Messaros is working closely with Student Activities and Brodmerkel to improve campus nightlife. Students will be able to make use of the recreational center until the late hours of the night in the near future. “We want to extend hours for the rec center and the Cougars’ Den to keep Banks open longer.”

Right, a student relaxes and watches the Los Angelos Lakers basketball game.

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Above, students can rent sleds, DVDs and video-game consoles for use.

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Darcy Brodmerkel sits at her desk while working on booking new activities for students to enjoy in the new Student Recreation Center.

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Senior Tom Snyder, right, and sophomore Chelsea Williams, left, enjoy their lunch from the Cougars’ Den while in the Student Recreation Center in Banks Student Life Center.

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Sophomores Jeff Salvatore, standing, Mark DeStefano and Becca Charnitski relax between classes.


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