Alyssa Mercante

Senior Columnist

Senior English

28 Articles


Binghamton’s Four Noble Truths, the way I lived them

Senior Columnist Alyssa Mercante sums up her time at Binghamton in four verses. Warning: It isn't all pretty. ...


Greek Life had it coming

The recent drama surrounding Binghamton University’s fraternities and sororities is certainly discussion-worthy, as Pipe Dream’s recent headlines have made obvious. While Greek Life here may not be as hardcore as campuses in,...


“The Hunger Games”: Were the odds in the movie’s favor?

Book-to-movie adaptations are tricky little buggers. Fans of the books are usually die-hard purists who analyze and overanalyze casting choices, and producers almost always change something in order to make the movie...


“Mass Effect 3” revolutionizes the video game industry

You should buy “Mass Effect 3.” I don’t care if you’ve never played a video game in your entire life. You could pick up an Xbox controller and not know which side...


I need my iFix

Steve Jobs, even in the afterlife, you can still get me to buy just about anything. I think there are many people out there who would buy iCat-Poop-in-a-Bag if it had a...


Fair-weather fans know no bounds

Everybody knows that the Giants won the Super Bowl last weekend. And any true die-hard fan knows about the phenomenon that follows after a team wins a championship. Out of nowhere, legions...


The GOP is a Four Ring Circus and we’re sitting in the big top

Ever since I started writing for the opinion section, I have steadfastly avoided writing a political piece for a multitude of reasons. The opinion section tends to be the Gauntlet of political...


"Twihards" need to die, hard.

I have a theory that I’ve been letting marinate for quite some time now. It’s one into which I’ve put hours of observation. I’ve executed quite a few field tests and taken...


Keep your friends close and your drinks closer

I am almost done with the first semester of my last year here and I couldn’t be more in denial. I’ve become increasingly lazy and increasingly more of an alcoholic. I haven’t...


Frights and delights: Your new TV diet

Most of my columns tend to be bitchy diatribes about the suckiness of people. But not today! No, today I have decided to give all you noobs a guide to a few...