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New Accelerated Social Work Program Soon Available

Destiny Anderson, Reporter

November 20, 2017

Filed under Campus Life, News, Top Stories

Beginning next year, Misericordia University's long-standing social work department will offer a new accelerated degree program to earn a Bachelor's of Social Work to offer flexibility and open doors for students to earn Master's degrees. The new program began in response to feedback from students and alumni, most specifically...

FAFSA Changes Allow Students to File Earlier

Samantha Midkiff, Reporter

November 15, 2017

Filed under Campus Life, News, Top Stories

Students have more time to file the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, thanks to federal law. President Obama made changes in 2016 to filing FAFSA forms. Changes include expanded application dates and the tax information that is required. The changes allow students and parents a longer time period to apply f...

Campus Communication Problem Raised at Open Discussion

Megan Oldak, Reporter

November 15, 2017

Filed under Campus Life, News, Top Stories

Campus communication – or the lack thereof – was a topic of discussion during an Open Discussion forum sponsored by Student Activities Oct. 25. Despite multiple channels of communication and publicity about campus events, such as Cougar Radio, MY MU Weekly, and MU alerts, the consensus among those in attendance was that thes...

Officials Stand By Sexual Assault Policy in the Face of Government Changes

Lena Williams, Reporter

November 15, 2017

Filed under Campus Life, News, Top Stories

Officials say they will not restructure the sexual assault and misconduct policy as a result of changes to an Obama-era sexual assault policy. Late September, Education Secretary Betsy Devos released a new federal Title IX guidance, reversing the Obama-administration’s policy of colleges using a lower standard of proof when ar...

Voices Project Carries On

Melissa Milbut, Reporter

November 3, 2017

Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Campus Life, News

Organizers of "The Voices Project" plan to move forward with future performances. The latest installment wrapped up last spring with "The Voices Project: Mental Health," a student and faculty-written performance about of mental health disorders with the goal of removing stigma. Psychology professor Dr. Alicia Nordstrom began "T...

New Bioethics Center Aims to Impact Medical Policy

Annette Ritzko, Editor-in-Chief

November 3, 2017

Filed under Campus Life, Health Sciences, News, Top Stories

The recent "Deadly Medicine" speaker series sparked the creation of the new Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Medicine and Health. Dr. Stacy Gallin, the Director of the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Medicine and Health, said the Center's aim is to raise awareness for the importance of the concept of human dig...

Nurses: Time is Now for Flu Shot

Samantha Midkiff, Reporter

November 3, 2017

Filed under Campus Life, Health Sciences, News

Nurses at the Health and Wellness Center want everyone to get a flu shot. Now. “The number of students who present for the flu vaccine is not what we hope it would be,” said Anita Yurek, RN, Staff Nurse.   The flu shot usually costs $20 outside of the Center's usual annual fee, but as an attempt to entice people to get...

Officials Reassure Students After Marywood Gun Incident

Officials Reassure Students After Marywood Gun Incident

Lena Williams, Reporter

November 3, 2017

Filed under Campus Life, News, Top Stories

While a firearms incident on the campus of Marywood University raises questions about emergency notific...

Diversity Numbers Grow, Strengthen Culture

Diversity Numbers Grow, Strengthen Culture

November 3, 2017

New student numbers are increasing, and that is having a positive effect on campus culture, officials...

Alumna to Pen New History

Annette Ritzko, Web Editor

October 18, 2017

Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Campus Life

Agnes Cardoni, a 1969 graduate, is writing a continued history of the university. Cardoni, who is Associate Professor of English at Marywood University in Scranton,  co-wrote the first history of the university,  “At the Edge of the Centuries, Misericordia University 1913-1999,” with the late Sister Regina Kelly, RSM,...

Work Study Hours Cut

Work Study Hours Cut

October 18, 2017

Work Study students are receiving fewer hours and smaller paychecks. Officials have cut the number of hours that work study students may wo...

Huge incoming class requires housing flexibility

Huge incoming class requires housing flexibility

October 18, 2017

The university welcomed  the third largest class in history this year, with 435 new first year students and 77 transfers and officials ha...

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