Finding Your One

By Brianna Ostwinkle
Staff Writer

(Originally published in issue 8 of 2018-2019)

The What’s Your One Involvement Fair took place to get people involved in the many campus clubs and organizations as well as to create a place for each student to feel welcome and comfortable.

On Feb. 6, students gathered in the University Center to find a club to fit their interests.

Tiffany Leschke, director of student engagement, was in charge of the fair, and she collaborated with Nate Klein, vice president for student success. She said they decided to do a fair in both the fall and spring.

“As Nate met with each first-year student, he found out students would be more likely to get involved within their second semester so they would not be overwhelmed, which is our main reason for organizing the fair for the second semester,” Leschke said.

One student said two fairs is a good idea. “It is important to have two events because transfer students who did not have the opportunity to get involved in the fall still deserve the chance to be a part of something on campus,” said Kaycee Howe, a freshman chemistry major.

“I am interested in finding out more about MMAP Board as well as Dance Marathon” Brittney Scherbring, a freshman nursing major, explained as she looked at each club that was available.

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Food, Friends, and 90’s Game Fun

By Orlando Clark
Staff Writer

(Originally published in issue 8 of 2018-2019)

The Mount Mercy Activities Programming Board, M2AP, sent the halls of the University Center into a retrospective frenzy with the 90s game night on Saturday, Jan. 29, with their rendition of games students recall from elementary school.

Approximately 30 Mount Mercy students spent two hours of their weekend playing a variety of elementary school games including hula-hoops, scooters, dodgeballs, skip-it, sharks and lifeguards, and so much more.

“We were trying to come up with events that got everybody involved, especially the guys, because we’ve known that our past events have not had many male people there,” said freshman M2AP board member, Justina Blasi.

“I came up with throwback games because I thought it would have multiple choices for everyone to be involved.”

And involved they were, male and female students both had their fair share of fun.

This 90s game night was the first of its kind to be held at the institution. Other clubs have planned events similar to the 90s theme, but the idea of incorporating childhood games was only done by the M2AP board.

Paige Toomer, a M2AP board member and freshman English and psychology double major, found that the turnout was better than she had expected despite it being planned quicker than normal.

“It turned out better than I thought it would, especially planning it in such a short amount of time, having the break just happened and all the cold weather.”

The joy of the 90s game night went far beyond the boundaries of the UC. One set of students took it upon themselves to stretch a game of hide-and-go-seek all the way down to the Regina basement. While some students hid behind couches and in bathrooms, others chased each other in a game of freeze tag.

Not everyone was high spirited as this group was. Some students sat and enjoyed from the outskirts, finding contentment in the music and seeing their fellow schoolmates at play. Others’ interest was caught by the chips and salsa that was open to who wanted to grab a bite. From hide-and-go-seek to freeze tag, the students embraced the childhood games.

Times Asks MMU Publications Board to Ask Big Questions About Our Future

(Originally published in issue 7 of 2018-2019)

These days, it seems as if the world is going digital. Heck, you can even pay at various restaurants and stores using your phone. People use mobile banking, order pizzas online, read on their phones and most publications have a digital copy as well as a printed copy.

In recent years, The Mount Mercy Times had been committed to the world wide web, but lately our site has languished this academic year, partly because we’ve been planning a transition to an exciting new site based on the WordPress platform.

On our new website, set to launch later this month, we plant to feature additional stories and images that are not included in the print issue.

Our transition to a new web site comes at an important point in the life of the MMU Times. We’re located in the lower level of the library, and although we don’t expect to be swept up in the changes that are taking place in that building, we’re not sure of our geographic future. But whether we remain in the smaller library or get moved somewhere else, our mission to serve the Mount Mercy community with news written and reported by students remains.

Which brings us to another point. This month, at our request, the Board of Student Publications is initiating a long-term conversation about the future of student media at MMU. We know that this campus is a richer place due to the presence of the Times, but there is also a strong impression that today’s young people don’t want to read our print product.

That’s an impression that needs some data. After all, two staff members volunteered this month to review books they had recently read and enjoyed—clearly some young people do still read. But media in general outside of MMU are placing increasing emphasis on their efforts to provide news via mobile platforms—mobile phone apps and internet sites.

How much emphasis should the Times place on itself as an electronic source of information, and what does that mean to our future as a print outlet?

We invite you to join in that effort. If you have input or ideas for student news media at MMU, let us know. Attend one of our meetings. Talk to Dr. Nate Klein, find out who is on the board and provide your ideas.

We’re not sure where this bigger conversation will lead the Times, except we are sure that we remain committed to you, the MMU community, and, in particular, the students of MMU.

Final thought: A student newspaper is run by students who understand the importance of their own media and are willing to invest their time and effort in creating content. If you’re interested in writing, photography, shooting video, working on an internet site or mobile app—join us. We need you, and MMU needs an ongoing, vibrant student news media.