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Tuition hikes and increased student fees: in dragon year, no economic relief for Mercer students

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Chinese New Year, also known as the “Spring Festival,” marks the end of winter for China and other parts of the world. The exact date of the festival is based on the cycles of the moon but generally falls in late January or early February. The Chinese zodiac rotates on a 12-year cycle with each…

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Neil Simon’s Laugher on the 23rd Floor has successful run at Kelsey

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By Emily Lukasewycz & Miranda Horn Local theater company Maurer Productions staged a revival of Neil Simon’s classic comedy Laughter on the 23rd Floor at Mercer’s Kelsey Theatre from January 27 to February 5. The generational tone of the piece did not seem specifically intended for current college students, but the opening night audience, made…

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Soccer star Irene Calabria learned to play with the boys

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On a balmy fall day outside of the Mercer County Community College athletics building, Mercer women’s soccer team standout sophomore defender Irene Calabria sits down for an interview. Just having completed one of her rigorous offseason workouts, she is breathing heavily but doesn’t appear sapped of energy. Friendly and quick to laugh, several of her…

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Fewer language levels offered at Mercer

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Most majors at Mercer require two consecutive semesters of a second language. Lately, it seems like the variety of languages has become slimmer and going beyond a 100 level classes has become even more rare. Prof. Daniel D’Arpa, the director of the Foreign Language Department, has some theories as to why the foreign language selection…

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Good times at Colonial Quoits Club in Hamilton

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“Quit your bitchin’ and start pitchin’.” In May of 2000, this became the slogan for the Colonial Quoit Club, a quoiting league based in Hamilton, New Jersey. The Colonial Quoit Club, now one of the most established quoit leagues in New Jersey, has just wrapped up their 2011 season with Mike Cech taking the championship…

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Locals turn out for second annual First Amendment 5K race

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By: Anna Bosted and Laura Pollack The VOICE held its second annual First Amendment 5K Run-Walk on October 1.  Nearly seventy participants arrived to race that supported Mercer’s award-winning paper and the first amendment. For Stephanie Nawracaj, the first place overall woman’s finisher with a time of 22:41, the themes of freedom and charity were…

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