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How to Travel (Cheap)

How to Travel (Cheap)

Michele DeBella, Features Editor

May 9, 2013

The reasons why people should travel the world a bit barely need to be explained, and understanding how to travel seems to be an innate skill. Just hop on any given mode of transportation and hit the big wide world. But some of us develop a never-ending desire to keep seeing the world, and when that...

Why to Travel

Why to Travel

Michele DeBella, Features Editor

April 18, 2013

For some college students, a rite of passage after graduation involves embarking on a Grand Tour before settling into the mundane tasks of salary earning and scouting around for a life partner. For some, the classic destinations are still the best, and for people who feel the pull of Europe calling them,...

Crowdfund Your Life

Crowdfund Your Life

Michele DeBella, Features Editor

April 18, 2013

We live in an era when people who dream big can sometimes bypass the traditional suffering artist phase. Writers are finding success publishing their own books, and reality shows are creating opportunities for talented young people to leap past years of scraping by in small, seedy venues and heading...

International Students Easily Merge With Mercy Community

International Students Easily Merge With Mercy Community

Michele DeBella, Features Editor

April 16, 2013

International students flock to New York City colleges every year for good reason. The world’s cultural capital has been planted into the psyche of anyone who has ever watched a Hollywood movie, and on top of that, if things ever get to be too glaringly American for visitors from abroad, chances are...

New York City’s Payphones Are History

New York City’s Payphones Are History

Michele DeBella, Features Editor

April 5, 2013

A new two-part exhibit from the New Museum functions as both a history lesson and an exercise in either nostalgia or retro-novelty, depending on what generation you’re a member of. The first part of the exhibit, “Recalling 1993,” has transformed thousands of Manhattan payphones into living time c...

Taco Bell: America’s Shame/Savior

Taco Bell: America’s Shame/Savior

Michele DeBella, Features Editor

March 21, 2013

Taco Bell has dropped another food bomb on American culture with the launch of their Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco earlier this month. This newest creation made of beef, lettuce, tomato and cheese stuffed into a taco-sized Cool Ranch Dorito has once again sent junk food lovers into a state of gluttonous...

Exonerated Mercy Alum Helping Others Gain Freedom

Jeff Deskovic (left) and Willie Lopez have forged a life long friendship. Both men have served extended periods in time in prison, and were later released when their innocence was proven.

Michele DeBella, Features Editor

March 17, 2013

Murder suspect William Lopez spent 23 years in prison fighting to prove his innocence. Letters and appeals fell on deaf ears. Then on a cold day in January, a judge finally believed him, and said, “You are free to go.” Suddenly, after years of adjusting to the rules and accepting the unfairness...

Alternative Spring Break: Beyond Beaches and Body Shots

Alternative Spring Break: Beyond Beaches and Body Shots

Michele DeBella, Features Editor

March 15, 2013

A collective sigh of relief usually erupts in mid-March, when spring break begins rippling across the nation. Flocks of college students head south for some much needed sunshine after months of rain, snow and general bleakness. Airplanes unload masses of study-weary co-eds in Jamaica or Florida or Mexico,...

Why We Still Need Women’s History Month

Why We Still Need Women’s History Month

Michele DeBella, Features Editor

March 15, 2013

If a middle-class housewife in the 1950s wasn’t satisfied with tending to her suburban three-bedroom home, her apple-cheeked offspring and her salary-man husband, people assumed there was something wrong with her. If she wanted anything beyond a good vacuum cleaner and an electric washing machine,...

Facebook Game Aims for Real-World Change

Facebook Game Aims for Real-World Change

Michele DeBella, Features Editor

March 7, 2013

In his 2009 book, “Half the Sky,” Nicholas Kristof described a conversation he had with an Indian border official who was patrolling a busy crossing between Nepal and India. The officer described to Kristof the contraband he was regularly on the lookout for: mainly pirated or smuggled goods, and...

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