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Getting To Know Mercy’s President Hall

Getting To Know Mercy's President Hall

Taylor Ryan, Impact Staff

November 2, 2014

Before now, he had probably already done a few interviews, answered monotonous questions about his visions for Mercy, and spoken into tape recorders while wincing for flashing cameras. As Mercy’s new president, Timothy Hall knew media attention was part of the job. Yet, with a friendly energy one...

The Secret Life of a Simple Man

The Secret Life of a Simple Man

Taylor Ryan, Features Editor

May 18, 2014

It’s always easiest to write about a person once you’ve met them. Proper interviews are embellished with personal quirks, ambiance, and body language. Without these things, getting a firm grasp on ones personality becomes a bit of a challenge. Writing about a person before you’ve met them seems...

Killing the Messenger

Killing the Messenger

Taylor Ryan

May 18, 2014

Marketing gurus will tell you that customer service is a product. And if you really think about it, they are absolutely right. A slow or sassy waitress has just as much potential to disappoint as the side of runny eggs she is serving up. Lucky for her I’m the benefit of the doubt type--the 'don’t...

Pulling up truths in America’s Garden

Pulling up truths in America's Garden

Taylor Ryan, Features Editor

April 26, 2014

Becoming a singing icon happens quickly, but becoming a retired singing icon sometimes happens even faster. The good ones become multiplatinum record holders, dabble a bit in Hollywood, rock a few tours and then decide to become a judge on America's Got Talent before coming back for a “final tour”…and...

It’s too early for a cat fight…how about some controversy?

It's too early for a cat fight...how about some controversy?

Taylor Ryan, Features Editor

April 17, 2014

Every Tuesday morning starts like a bad dream. I routinely hit snooze on my alarm clock three times and debate on whether today school is a need to go type of situation before hitting it a fourth time. Around the ten minute mark, the one that decides whether  I’ll catch the train or a cab to my ...

What a Drag: The Dangers Of E-Cigs

What a Drag: The Dangers Of E-Cigs

Taylor Ryan, Features Editor

March 24, 2014

It is one day before Spring Break and Richard Handler cannot get out of Main Hall fast enough. He would’ve seemed out of place in his pajamas had the rest of Mercy’s dormers not been wearing variation of his exact outfit. But he gains an element of separation in a South Carolina Gamecock sweatshirt....

Taking Away My Anxiety

Taking Away My Anxiety

Taylor Ryan, Features Editor

March 21, 2014

The ones who normally recognize the unforgiving speed of life are normally ones who have lived through most of theirs. They have gray hair and children. They've paid a few bills and can shed some light on the importance of living in the moment. We’ve heard it a million times. “Live for now.”...

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Why Can't We Be Friends?

Taylor Ryan, Features Editor

March 8, 2014

Growing up with three brothers meant I spent more time playing in dirt than primping my Barbie’s hair. Star Wars took precedence over Hannah Montana, and climbing in trees with the neighborhood boys was not yet classified as inappropriate for a maturing young lady. I later came to learn that having...

The Kegs Been Tapped

The Kegs Been Tapped

Taylor Ryan, Features Editor

February 21, 2014

It has been long after the music died and Baby Booming young bloods are now grandparents, reprimanding our choice of song and griping of better days. They have given up their poodle skirts and 1970’s pants suits for us millennials to claim as vintage finds with the hopes that we will also inherit their...

Reclaiming V-Day

Reclaiming V-Day

Taylor Ryan, Feature Editor

February 14, 2014

 Christmas came and went and then Valentine’s Day arrived to claim whatever was left in our wallets. As college students, one can only assume that there wasn’t much in there to begin with. Yet still, Kay Jewelers and Godiva commercials served as a merciless ode to failure in just about every de...

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