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The Merciad, Feb. 06, 2013

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Page 2February 6, 2013
 Thursday, Jan. 31 Theft3908 Briggs Ave.(2) Students referred for disciplineSaturday, Feb. 2Liquor law violationBriggs AvenueReferred for disciplineSaturday, Feb. 2Liquor law violationWarde HallRes-life incident
MercyhurstUniversityPolice & Safety
Police Log
Saturday, Feb. 2 TheftIce CenterReferred for discipline
Lack of interest results in
 With Senior Week events commenc-ing this week, many seniors are count-ing down to graduation.However, with the week of tra-ditional senior-focused events justgetting started, some seniors are ques-tioning Student Life and its decision tocancel the yearbook.“I think it’s crap and I’d be willing to work in producing a student-led year-book,” senior Jeremy Dickey said.Dickey also questioned, “Then, where does our senior portrait feego?” According to Laura Zirkle, Ph.D.,associate vice president for StudentLife, “For last three years we had beenlooking at whether students were inter-ested in the books. Graphic designerfor the public relations departmentSteve Perkins was in charge of year-books, and noted that yearbooks wereno longer being covered by studentfunds anymore.”Based upon numbers and sales, overthe last several years there has been ageneral lack of interest from students when it came to purchasing yearbooks.Student life started throwing year-book kick-off parties and events to seeif that would help, but after attending acollegiate conference, Student Life haddiscovered that a lot of schools werecanceling the yearbook, so this yearMercyhurst just followed the trend anddecided that would be the plan.Zirkle noted that “there has beenno student response to the cancella-tion; the lack of interest was so clearly there, but we did let Mercyhurst Stu-dent Government (MSG) know.”Many seniors are also questioning  where their $10 sitting fee is going thisyear since there is no yearbook.“The sitting fee has always gone
toward senior events, not specifically 
the yearbooks. Some years, more of those funds may have gone towardsthe yearbooks,” Zirkle said.Zirkle also points out that “the fee
 was never specifically designated to the
yearbook. We (Student Life) kept thesenior portraits because of LinkedInand resumes. Whether or not studentstake interest in it, it is still an inexpen-sive resource that they can take advan-tage of.” Though the yearbook may haveseemed like a gift, it was neverintended to be a gift. Students paidfor what they were doing, whetherthey had contributed or addedphotos, or even purchased them, itsupplemented the money that theschool paid. This does not have to be the end of tradition when it comes to the year-book. If students have any suggestionsas to what could replace the yearbook,contact Zirkle at (814) 824-2262 orlzirkle@mercyhurst.edu.
By Jaslyne Halter
Staff writer
no yearbooks for seniors
ROTC students honored with award
Hard work and dedication are twocharacteristics one must embrace whenentering the armed services.For three Mercyhurst students, theirtriumphant efforts are being acknowl-edged for placing within the top 25percentile of the national Army ROTCranking system for their performanceduring the summer session of the 2012Leadership and Development Assess-ment Course (LDAC).Seniors and intelligence studiesmajors Lindsey Bostwick, Matt Ter-rigno and Adam King earned theLDAC honor from their excellent per-formances during a 28-day summerassessment course in Fort Lewis, Washington. Those in the ROTC pro-gram complete the evaluation aftertheir third year of education and aretested on their skills involving educa-tion, leadership and physical capability. The ROTC program is not foreveryone and each cadet usually has hisor her own reason for getting involvedin the program. For Bostwick, her
grandfather was a huge influence on
her decision to join.“I got involved in ROTC mainly because my grandfather was in the Army and he was always a role model/
father figure for me growing up,” said
Bostwick. “I knew the Army wouldbe a good career path for me being an Intelligence Studies major and alsoan opportunity for me to set myself above my peers.”Others know right away that theROTC path was for them, like Terri-gno.“There were times during my child-hood in which I wanted to join the Army in order to serve a country thatpromises its citizens many rights,” Ter-rigno said.His hopes of becoming a part of the military were then sealed when hereceived a scholarship in the spring of 2009.Roughly 5,500 cadets completedthis assessment this past summer.Bostwick is very proud to be one of the top cadets.“I feel extremely accomplished andproud that my hard work and commit-ment paid off. I know I can speak formy peers when I say the extra effort is
definitely worth it in this career,” Bost-
 wick said.For Terrigno the program isn’tabout winning awards, but ratherhaving respect and a bond betweenhim and the rest of the cadets.“Personally, awards mean little tome. I’m not suggesting that I’m toogood for an award,” said Terrigno.“Rather, awards are a physical rep-resentation on your chest to suggest what type of soldier you are. It is my belief that an individual truly winsan award when he can have his menbelieve in his actions and his role as aleader.” The award is based on GPA, physi-cal training test scores, extracurricularactivities and LDAC performance.Placing in the 25 percentile givesthese three cadets top choices of branch in the Army, including military 
intelligence, field artillery and aviation,
respectively. This is only the beginning of theircareers, for the future of these cadets will still be focused along the ROTClines.
“When I commission as an Officer
I will go to Ft. Huachuca, Arizona,
for my Basic Officer Leader Course
(BOLC) in Military Intelligence, whichis my basic branch,” said Bostwick.“After that I am not sure where I willbe stationed but I have a four-yearactive duty commitment.” Terrigno has plans of his own.“Currently, I am planning onmoving to Fort Rucker, Alabama in
order to become an Aviation Officerin the greatest fighting force on the
planet. I plan to attend Grad School by 30 and hopefully retire after 20 years inthe Army,” Terrigno said.Other cadets who participated inthe LDAC assessment from Mercy-hurst are seniors Alyssa Ciehanoski,Dillon Lynch and Cameron Kunkel.
By Stacy Skiavo
News editor
Seniors Lindsey Bostwick, Adam King and Matt Terrigno placedin the 25 percentile of their session of the 2012 Leadership andDevelopment Assessment Course (LDAC).
Mercyhurst photo
 Mark Vidunas contributed tothis story.
Page 3February 6, 2013
Professor wins award
Perhaps you’ve heard of an operantconditioning chamber, or skinner box, which is a laboratory apparatus used inthe experimental analysis of behaviorto study animal behavior. An award after the name of its cre-ator, B. F. Skinner, has been recently awarded to Mercyhurst University’s Assistant Professor of Psychology Matthew T. Weaver, Ph.D. Weaver is the 2013 recipient of theB. F. Skinner award for his efforts todiscover why nicotine, the addictivecomponent in tobacco products likecigarettes, is so addictive. Particu-
larly, he wants to figure out why some
people get addicted to nicotine yetothers walk away from the drug.“I had a group of friends who scat-tered after high school,” said Weaver,“and some abused drugs, but somedidn’t, even though they had similarbackgrounds. I wanted to know why that was.” Weaver came to Mercyhurst fromthe University of Pittsburgh where he
and colleagues first started to ponder
and research why nicotine was soaddictive. This turned out to be quitea complicated answer and led Weaverto be awarded the B. F. Skinner award while he continues his research.“It’s very humbling and gratify-ing,” said Weaver, about the award,“It is really nice to be recognized by my peers.” Weaver said that being therecipient of this prestigious award val-idates his research, especially because
Skinner greatly influenced his work.
“It validates what I came to [Mer-cyhurst] to do, validates what the uni- versity wants to do,” said Weaver, “andalso includes student assistance.”Currently, Weaver and several stu-dents are in the process of setting upa lab in order to study nicotine addic-
tion. They have placed fliers all around
the university seeking people whosmoke to participate in their studies. Jessica Braymiller, psychology stu-dent and research assistant, set up the
lab’s first study and anticipates the
beginning of several other studies asthe lab grows.“I’m glad to be working underDr. Weaver,” said Braymiller. “It’shands-on experience and exactly whatI want to do with my future.” Weaver and the students focus on abehavioral mechanism known as impul-sivity, and how that affects nicotineaddiction. Along with environmentaland other factors, they seek to discover what leads people to abuse drugs andother not so great practices in society.“Impulsivity is of interest to us
(and psychology as a field) because it
is relevant to socially important pat-terns of behavior such as substanceabuse, pathological gambling, eating disorders, etc.,” said junior JordanKist. “I am very interested in the study of behavior, addiction, and the brainmechanisms involved.”Senior Josh Kimm is one of two“team leaders” running the researchproject that focuses on the effects of nic-otine. His interest in Weaver’s researchand psychology in general concerns themental disorder known as schizophrenia.“You mention the disorder [schizo-phrenia] and everyone has heard aboutit. It’s one of the most widely knownand occurring disorders yet it is able
to baffle almost everyone as to why it
occurs/what causes it,” said Kimm,“I just want to know more about thedisorder and maybe understand whatcauses it. Hopefully my research heremight be able to tell me a little bit moresince it has been found that schizo-phrenic [people] have a higher smoking rate than non-schizophrenic [people].” The lab runs simple experimentssuch as using an eye tracker to see if smokers look at images of ashtrayslonger than non-smokers, and plans oncontinuing to run tests in the future. Weaver hopes that by keeping studentsinvolved in the journey, conceptslearned in the classroom will be trans-
lated into field research.
By Kierston Bromley
Staff writer
News Brief 
Enter the 2013 C-CUE student video contest
 The Consortium for Computing in Undergraduate Education, Incor C-CUE, is running a student video contest for the best creativesolutions to real world problems. Winning videos will be awarded on April 26, and will receive ashare of the $1,000 cash money.Student videos should include: background of the research, clearoutline of the real world problem and demonstration of creativesolution. The videos should involve creative use of technological basedresources such as social media and other similar technologies.Entries should be no less than three minutes, and should beemailed to ccue.video.contest@gmail.com by Monday, April 15.
Springfest DJacts revealed
 This week, Mercyhurst students were pleased with the revealing of this year’s Springfest performers, The White Panda and Super MashBros. The event, planned in conjunctionby Mercyhurst Student Government(MSG) and the Student ActivitiesCouncil (SAC), is a student favorite,and this year will hopefully not be anexception. The decision is a sharp turn fromprevious performers, which includedPlain White T’s, Hellogoodbyeand Sean Kingston, who are morerenowned in the pop scene than theDJs set to perform this year. Both art-ists scheduled for this year are knownfor their mash-ups, which combine various Top 40 hits into one track.“[Top 40 hits] are songs people listento when they go out,” said SAC Chair Adam Borgman. “We want people tocome out to dance and have fun at thisyear’s Springfest.” A major difference regarding thisyear’s announcement was the mannerin which it was done. As opposed tohaving a reveal party like they have thepast years, SAC decided to cut on costsso they could add to the production of the event itself.“Last year for Sean Kingston, wehad a low turnout. Around 30 peopleshowed up to the reveal party and, within an hour, the entire schoolknew. Since the rumor mill runs atthe speed of light, we decided to usethat instead,” added Jenna Dasciano,events coordinator for MSG.“We told one of our MSG Sen-ators, Emily Carrier, who the per-former was. She was the only one who knew, but we wanted to test how fast [word] spread. We really wantedpeople to guess who it was, so this was a great way to see it happen,”Borgman said.Student response has mainly beenpositive, with students excited to seea different kind of performance atSpringfest.“It’s a hundred times better than what we’ve had in past years. I’m
definitely attending the concert this
year,” sophomore Brendan Mortimersaid.Sophomore Damir Demirovicexpressed growing interest with theannouncement of this year’s perform-ers.“I’ve gotten into White Pandaover the last year and can’t wait tosee them at Mercyhurst,” Demirovicsaid. Although they have not faced any negative feedback regarding the deci-sion, Borgman encourages students toattend MSG meetings. The meetingstake place in the MSG Chambers inthe Student Union on Mondays at 8:30p.m., and are open to the students to voice their opinions, positive or nega-tive.Springfest is scheduled for Friday,May 3, and the ticket release date willbe announced closer to the event.
See review of The White Panda and Super Mash Bros. on page 6.
By Juan Mendez
Staff writer
Sami Rapp photo
Matthew T. Weaver Ph.D., wonthe 2013 B. F. Skinner awardfor his nicotine research.

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