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THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF
MERCYHURST
COLLEGE SINCE 1929
1
Mercyhurst
College
501E.
.381
The
Merciad
is also available at
merciad.mercyh
 urst.edu* NEWS:.
Career Servicesoffers
more than
just
resumes
for students.
Page
2
OPINION:
The Dating Game
discusses
the art of acollege relationship.
Page
3
FEATURES
Through summerinternship DavidFredrick findsdream career.
Page
4
ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT
Father of he Bridecomes to the EriePlayhouse.
Page
6
SPORTS:
Football
falls inHomecoming gameto Saginaw Valley
Page
8
UpcomingCampus Events
FRIDAY SEPT. 26
^^^
Stefon Harris Quartet, 7:30
p.m. in thePAC.DAY,
SEPT. 26Fall formal at Sabellas. Doors open at7:30 p.m.; dance ends
a
t
mid
night.
Tickets are
S15
and are now on
sale.&
SATURDAY, SEPT.
27
SAC
Off
Campus trip to Philadelphia,leave at
2
a.m
WEDNESDAY OCT.
1
Film: Whale
Rider,
2 p.m.
and
8
p.m
in the PAC
•'
HE;
Index
News
1
News
2
Opinion
„.3
Features
4
Features
5
A&E.
6
Sports
7
Sports
8
'Hurst alumni
head
home
Homecoming 2003
a success
for students and alumni
By
Holly Burns
Contributing writer
a
Well,
that special weekend foralumni has once again come andgone for another year. Mercyhurstcelebrated
its
Homecoming
this
pastweekend aand the Laker
spirit
wasin the air.The theme was A Celebration ofFriends, and what a celebration it
was.
According
to Pat
Liebel, Direc-tor of
Alumni
Services,
several
nun- Idred alumni returned to thecollege to rekindle memories, re-new friendships, tour the campus,enjoy class reunions, as well as thetailgate, football game and other
sports
events/visit
with
the
Sisters
of
Mercy and
faculty'and'experience'once
again theplace where they spent some of thebest years of their
lives.
They had a chance to participatein the ninth annual James R.
McK-
eever Scholarship
Go I f
Tournamenton Friday morning at the RiversideGolf
Club.
F
The tournament was followed bya An Evening of Memories ban-quet in the Courtyard at the Marri-ott hotel. The highlight of theevening
was
the presentation of theDistinguished Alumni and Out-standing Young Alumnus awards.This year s recipients for the Dis-tinguished Alumni award were Dr.Barbara Behan,
Vice 'President
ofAcademic Services and Dr. Chris-topher Coffey, Senior ResearchChemist for the National Institutefor Occupational Safety
and
Health.Behan graduated from Mercy-hurst in
1964
with a bachelor s de-gree in Math. She spent her next
five
years
teaching high school math
and programming computers for aGE missile and space manned or-biting lab in Alexandria, Virginia.After holding several positions at
Ed inboro
University during her ten-ure she went
on to
receive a Masterof Engineering Degree from
Perm
State University in
1971,
and thenan MBA from Gannon three yearslater. Finally, she returned to hercollege alma mater as a professorand chair of the math and computersystems
department,
as
well
as
chair
of
the
division of natural
science
and
math. The Class of
1953
presented
$
13,500
to the
college for
a
reading
software program and five comput-ers for the Learning DifferencesProgram.*Dr. Christopher Coffey graduat-ed with honors from Mercyhurst in1977 with a bachelor s degree inchemistry and a concentration inmath. He now resides in Morgan-town, West Virginia. Coffey hasbeen involved with over twenty
pro-
fessional publications, two bookchapters, and thirty-three scientificpresentations. In 1986,
 from
 WestVirginia University, he received amaster s degree and then went onto achieve his Ph.D. in Industrial
Scott Blasey of
the
band The
Clarks
rocks out at the REC center owere just one of thae hit Homecoming activites.
Engineering, with a minor
in.
occu-
T
pational health and safety engineer-
ing and
industrial hygiene. He laterreturned as an adjunct professor ofindustrial engineering and systemsmanagement. His professionalachievements, memberships tomany different organizations, andbeing
a
recipient of
15
awards
in
his
field,
awards
Christopher Coffey
the
honor of being a distinguished alum-
nus.
*This
year
s
recipient of
the
Young
Alumnus award is Dr. Michael
Coco,
math instructor
at
LynchburgCollege in Virginia. Coco graduat-ed magna cum
laude
from Mercy-hurst six years ago with a B.A. inMath Education.This year, he received a Ph. D. inMath from the University of SouthCarolina. Coco has received sever-al awards for excellence
in his
field,including the MSC Math Depart-
ment Outstanding
Graduate StudentAward and the USC Office
oi
Stu-dent Disability
Services Two
Thumbs
Up
Award.He is also acknowledged for hiswork
in
peer tutoring, as well
as
his
service
on the
algebra/trigonometry
textbook selection committee. Hereturned to Mercyhurst in
1999 as
aguest lecturer in several differentmath classes. Only
in
his twenties,Michael Coco certainly has gottena great start on his professional ca-reer, thus
well-deserving
of thishonor.After
this
memorable evening, theMercyhurst alumni were treated to
Jody MeOo/Ptxrto admx
n Saturday night. The Clarks
a
Coni inental.Break
fast
in
the Cum-
in
ings Gallery the next morning.The day was also complete with
tours
by the
Ambassadors
Club,
lec-tures by the
Research/Intelligence
Analyst Program director, RobertHeibel, information on the Anthro-pology Department at Mercyhurstby
Dr.
Dennis Dirkmaat, as
well
asa performance
of£On
Your Toesby
the-Mercyhurst
dance depart-ment in the Walker Recital Hall.Then,
the
alumni enjoyed a
reunion
luncheon at noon.On Friday night, there was also abonfire and Pep Rally
to
get thecrowd ready for the Homecoming
football
game.
S
The
excitement continued
on
Sat-urday with the fifth annual
Tailgate
Party, which got
I
he
crowd of alum-ni and students ready for the face-off between the Mercyhurst Lakersand the Saginaw Valley Cardinals.Although the game ended up
as
Mercyhurst s first loss
of
the sea-son, this did not put a damper on
the
crowd
s
enthusiasm. Accordingto Mercyhurst Junior Katie
Walker,
Homecoming was a great timeagain this year. The
Mercyhurst
Spirit
was
certainly shown all week-,end!
|
During halftime, the
reigning
Mercyhurst royalty had to onceagain give up their thrones. Con-
gratulations
go to
J a
red Adams andTracy Heranic for being crownedHomecoming 2003 King andQueen.Festivities continued throughoutthe day with the alumni Comfort-able Cup of Tea with the Sisters ofMercy at
the.
Motherhouse. Theywere also able to participate in theAlumni Rowing Race at FindleyLake throughout the entire
day,
aswell
as
an Alumni Lacrosse game atFamily First Sports Park.And it was a great day for icecream. Junior Rachel Beck com-mented, The weather was great onSaturday and the free Bruster s icecream was definitely a
hit!
Satur -day night on campus, the loud,
pulse-pounding'sounds
of TheClarks radiated from the Mercy-hurst REC center.
|
The band Mercury opened forthem with fast-paced, rock rhythmsthat many students
enjoyedi
JuniorElizabeth Tasker felt that, Mercu-ry was a really good choice for anopening
band !*f
They really got thecrowd psyched and excited! Withmany Mercyhurst students original-ly from the Pittsburgh area, whichis where the Clarksoriginate,
-
thefree concert opportunity was welltaken advantage of by the studentbody:,Before
the
alumni returned home,
they were
invited
to a
10
a.m.
Limr-|
gy at (
lirist
the King
Chapelj,
y
fol-
lowed by A Taste of Mercyhurstbrunch in the Egan Hall cafeteria.A great
time
was
had
by
all and Mer-cyhurst Homecoming proved onceagain a success!
Daniel
'Rudy'
Ruettiger motivates students
By Katie
McAdams
Contributing writerWhen you were a child, did youdream of being a doctor, a teacher,a famous athlete or even
a
rock androll star? What made you stop
be-
lieving that you dream would cometrue? Did people in your life shootyou down with their negative
feed-
back?On Thursday evening at theD Angelo Performing Arts Centerhundreds of students and commu-nity members gathered to hear thewords of
a
person, who despite thediscouragement of friends, familyand teachers accomplished hischildhood dream of playing footballfor the University of
Notre
Dame.Even before
he
stood at the
podi-
um, the audience, fans of
I
he
now-classic
1980
sfilm, chanated Rudy,Rudy, Rudy in anticipation of
words
of motivation and encourage-ment that would
fill
the packed lec-ture hall. From the time he was 10
years
old, Rudy, one of
14
childrenraised in a working class neighbor*hood of Gray, Indiana, dreamed ofplaying football at
Notre
Dame.
Hislegendry
 rise
rompoverty, medio-
cre
school achievement and
tedious
manual labor
in an oil
refinery
to
theclassroom and playing fields of oneof
the
most prestigious colleges inAmerica provided the backdrop for
Jody
Mfollu/PhoUj (slilor
Daniel Rudy Ruettiger
a timeless story that touches thehearts of anyone who views thefilm.Rudy stressed the
importance
ofsurrounding
yourself
with positivepeople.
He
stressed
the
need
of
gel-
tiny
rid
ol
the negative energy thatkeep you from accomplishing yourdreams.It might be hard for some of yourstudents who have not had the chal-lenges in
the'classroom
or on theplaying field to
realize
how power-ful Rudy s words truly
are.
A large group of students
from
Mercyhurst
College
s Learning
Dif-
ference Program
were especially
af-fected
by
the message of this speak-er, a man who has struggled
with
dyslexia. Like Rudy, many of thesestudents have been told by
well
meaning teachers,
coaches
and
guid-ance counselors that they will neverhave what it takes
to
succeed in col-
lege,
i
|
i
Please see
Rudy
on page
gf
 
PAGE
2
THE
MERCIAD
SEPTEMBER 24,2003
NEWS
To
Career Services creates
marketable!
employees
By Jonelle Davis
Contributing writer
The economy is currently in
a slump and many
college grad-uates are finding out that it isnot
always
easy to secure a jobafter graduation.The reason
for this is
becausecompanies have their choicefrom
many
college graduates.The companies will select themost marketable candidate for
the
job.Since
the job
market is com-petitive in order to secure bet-ter
jobs,
students have to makethemselves more marketable.The Career Service Depart-ment at Mercyhurst Collegeoffers many services to help
make
students
more
marketable
and
competitive.
What
studentsdo not always know is that it isnever too
early
to start the
pro-
Cess of becoming marketable.
In
actuality,
the
earlier the start,the better.It is suggested
by
Career Ser-vices that students follow afour-year guideline to becomemarketable. According
to
Rob-ert H vezda, Director of CareerServices,
the
guideline consistsof five key elements.These elements include thatstudents must keep their GPAabove 3.0, they should demon-strate leadership, they shouldget involved in as many cam-pus activities as possible, they
should participate in
communi-ty service, and finally theyshould participate
in
internships
or as much hands on
experience
in,
jthejr field
as possible.
-
..| .
£,V£n
though it
may.s.eem
ear-ly, freshman
should
start pre-paring themselves for their ca-reers after graduation.In order to help students pre-pare,
Career
Services has set
yearly goals
for students
as
theyprogress through their collegecareer.
rhe
goal
for freshmen shouldbe to become aware of theircareer options related to theirinitial or tentative
major.
Sophomores should deter-mine their preliminary majorand
careei
choice
along with
preparing for a Co-op/Intern-ship/Externship.Juniors should experience andconfirm their career
choice andalso
consider graduate or pro-fessional school.
|
Finally, seniors should final-ize their career choice and es-
Kalie McAdams/Meroad
photographer
Students receive valuable help from Career Services. Some of the services Include:Internships, resumes and goal setting.
tablish contacts. By
following
these guidelines, students will
be
prepared
to
start their careersupon graduation.Along with goal setting, Ca-reer Services offers many pro-grams to
benefit the
growth ofstudents. One program
offered
by Career Services is the Builda Resume program. This pro-gram is a. free resume writingservice.
;i:
^,
.-.This does not mean that
a
stu-dent can send in their informa-tion and then stop in later topick up their resume.Students can call Career Ser-vices and schedule an appoint-ment to go to the
office
and beassisted in creating a resume.The student must be prepared
to
help,
but
the
office will guidethe student and even type theresume proper format for thestudent.Along with the resume build-ing
service,
VTareer
Servicesalso
offers
a Credential
file
ser-
vice.
5
This service is a free serviceusually used by juniors and se-niors.The credential
file
ser-
vice is a
file
of
letters of rec-ommendation
for the student.Students
can
also
receive
helpwith
learning
how to deal withthe interviewing process. Ac-cording to Robert Hvezda, thestudents can sit down with acounselor and discuss how toact during interviews, what towear, and how to approach theinterviews. They
will
be givenhelpful tips that
will
allow
themto
feel
prepared for the inter-viewing process.According to Hvezda,
anoth-
er key in becoming marketableis experience.
Students
cangain hands on
experience
intheir future job field by partici-pating in internships.Internships not only
give
stu-dents hands on
experience, butthey
also
allow students
to see
if they
really like their future ca-reer choice.Internships can also be ob-tained through the
Career
Ser-vices Department. In order toparticipate in an internshipthrough the office, studentsmust attend an informationalsession about internships.Career Services also has
job
fairs for students. The job fairsare set up for all students to at-tend.Any college level student canbenefit from
the
job fair. Forseniors,
the job
fair is regionalcompanies coming on campusto recruit future employees.For underclassmen, the jobfair is an opportunities for stu-dents to
talk to
people workingin their future field.
K.This
gives
students
an
oppor-tunity
to discuss the pros
and
cons about the job and decide,if a career in that field is rightforthem.The next job fair willbe on November 6.In order to be successful stu-dents have to prepare them-selves for the competitive jobmarket in
today
s society.
Students should
remember
that
in order to get the best job
they
have to make themselvesmarketable and competitive.
Students
must
take
full advan-tage of all of the many pro-grams
offered
by career servic-es to help them secure profes-sional employment.
f
Therefore, students
should
participate
in
as many opportu-nities that they
 find
hrough
out
their educational careers.Students can start the guid-ance process by contacting
the
Career Services Department.
International News Briefs
2nd suicide attack onU.N. compound inIraq kills
officer
BAG I IDA
D,
Iraq _ A
suicidebomber detonated
a
car packedwith explosives outside theUnited Nations headquartersMonday in Baghdad, killing;
himself
and
an
Iraqi
policemanand wounding
17
people,
offi-cials and
witnesses said.The attack was the second
on
the U.N. compound, whichwas devastated
last month
when a
large
truck
bomb
killed
23 people, including the topU.N.
envoy
in Iraq,
andwounded more than 100.
Iraqi militants have usedbombings and
assassinations
in
an apparent
campaign
to
convince
Iraqis
that the
U.S.-
led
coalition can t keep themsecure, to punish Iraqis whocooperate
with
the American-led occupation,
and
to
discour-
agc
other nations from sendingtheir officials and soldiers toassist
the
United
Nations
or the
United
States.Monday s incident tookplace a day before
PresidentBush
was
set to
speak to theU.N.
General
Assembly inNew York to
appeal
for more
international aid
and foreigntroops for Iraq.The bomber detonated an ex-plosive device just after 8 a.m.as police were conducting a se-curity check on his vehicle in aparking lot about 250 yardsaway from U.N. headquarters,
Iraqi
police,
military
officials'
and
witnesses said.Many foreign U.N.
workers
have left Iraq,
but the
remain-ing staff
had
continued to workat the
headquarters,
in a formerhotel.
\
Bush to make requestto United Nationsfor Iraq aid
WASHINGTON
_
Six
months after President Bushfailed to win United Nationsapproval for
war
in
Iraq, he willbe back at U.N. headquartersTuesday asking
for
help in re-building the country.He may find the going
j
ust astough this time.Critics of
U.S.
policy,
led
byFrance,
are demanding
that theUnited
States share power in
post-wai
Iraq
in return for in-ternational assistance.Bush has given no indicationthat he is ready to
make
con-cessions.The stakes are high,
and
theoutcome could make a big
dif-
ference in
U.S.
efforts to trans-form Iraq into a stable democ-racy. U.N. backing
would
en-courage countries around the
world to
send troops,
money
and technical expertise to Iraq.It would also
add
legitimacy inthe eyes of many Iraqis andArabs
elsewhere
who suspectthe United States wants to in-stall a
puppet government and
control
Iraq
s
future
for
its
ownends.Foreign military reinforce-ments would relieve some ofthe
aprcssure
on
beleaguered
U.S.
troops, who are
under
al-most daily
attack.
Financial as-sistance
would
help U.S. ad-ministrators come up with
the
$30 billion to $55 billion theysay they need to rebuild Iraq,on top of
the
$20 billion thatBush previously requested fromCongress.Before the war, Bush bluntlytold the
I nited
Nations
that the
organization would become ir-relevant if
it failed to endorse
his
hard-line policy toward
Iraq.
3 U.S. soldiers
die!
Iraq opens to foreigninvestors
Three U.S. soldiers werekilled in two separate over-night attacks as Iraq s financeminister announced Sunday apackage of reforms
that
will:
open
up the country to sub-
slantial
foreign
investment forthe first time since before the
1991 Gulf
War.
f^
One soldier with
the
Army
s
3rd
Armored
Cavalry Regi-ment died after
his
vehicle
wasstruck by
a roadside
bomb
around
9:30 p.m. Saturday
in
the town of Ramadi.Two soldiers with the Ar-my s
205th
Military
Intelli-gence Brigade
died
and
13
were
wounded
less
than
a
half-
hour
later
when Iraqi
guerril-las
 fired
wo
mortar
rounds
on
their camp at
Abu
Ghraib
pris-on,
20
miles
west
ol
the capi-tal.The latest deaths
bring to
304
the
number
of troops
whohave
died in
Iraq since the warbegan March
19,
according toU.S. Central
Command in|Tampa,
Fla.
Information
provided
by
KRT
This week I would first like to say
Congrats
to the eight fresh-men who have been elected to our
wonderful
student government.The eight freshman include:
Bryar-Leigh
McClure, Jen
Krupa,
Megan Flanagan,
Kaitlyn
Reif,
Mike Nichols,
Adam
Hicks, Dan
Ischuler
and
last
but not
least,
Ryan
Palm.
I
am sure you
all
will bea wonderful addition to
MSG.
The eight representatives
will
besworn in at next weeks MSG meeting.Homecoming weekend turned out to be one
of
our bests yet, orthat
s
what our numbers show at least! We had a fabulous turn outfor the football game, the
CI
arks concert, and especially the lec-ture series featuring Rudy
. "This
is a really great thing for MSGand all students here in mercyworld because with such great suc-cess,
MSG
can
bring us many
more
big
name bands
and
speakers.So students, look out for more exciting activities and lectures atupcoming events, and Spring Fest.
s
'#
This weekend SAC is holding the Autumn Nights
Fall
For-mal . So get your formal gear on
and
head to
Sabe 11
as this Friday.Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the dance will start at eight.Transportation will be provided by the shuttles for those studentswho need it. Don t forget to buy your tickets this week in the Stu-dent Union, they are
$15.
Just a nice reminder, all proceeds fromthe winter, fall, and spring
formals
will go to a charity. The moneyis for a really good cause, so help out and have lots
of
fun. Previ-ous charities include the September
11*
fund, and the breast can-cer fund.Also this coming weekend is a trip to Philly in which SAC isalso sponsoring. The first stop
will
be the King of Prussia Mall,which is one ofthe biggest
malls
in the country.
So,
guys and girlsbring those hard earned summer bucks!
The
next
stop will
be downtown Philly where there are lots ofshops,restaurants, and historicsites. The bus will leave
 from
 behind the union at 2:00 a.m. Satur-day. There are only 97 spots, so hurry up and reserve your spot.
For
more info on the trip, talk to SAC Chair Kelly Behr. She canbe found on the third floor ofthe Union.Other things to look forward
to:
The Freedom Zone has permis-sion to start up again. There are also plans being worked for aHaunted Egan Hall around Halloween.
|
Don t forget, all MSG meetings are held on Monday nights at8:30
in the
MSG chambers located
on
the third floor ofthe Union.Have a good week.
Police and Safety Log
Sept. 5 2003
Student Union
College violations:Underage drinkingSept. 6 2003
j£j
3808 Briggs Ave.
College violations: Large'gathering involving underagedrinking, disorderly conductand failure to comply withPolice and Safety officers.Sept. 7 2003
f
3938 Lewis Ave.College violations:Providing false informationto Police and Safety officers.Sept. 12 2003
Mercy Apartments
Liquor Law Violation:Underage drinking by a
non
student.
\
[Sept.14 2003
4009
BriggsAve.jCollege Violations: Publicurination, publicdrunkenness.Sept. 9 2003
Mercy Apartments
M i ssing
person: Student didnot return from previousnight. Parents werecontacted and student waslocated.
Football locker room inBaldwin Hall
-
!
0h
Theft: Money taken fromwallets by an unknownperson.Sept.
10
2003
Off Campus
Harassment Studentcomplained that anotherMercyhurst student washarassing them.Sept.
14
2003
Football locker room inBaldwin HallTheft:
Money taken fromwallets by an unknownperson.Sept.
18
2003
J
Adult Education Center
Criminal
Mischief:
AdultEducation sign wasdamaged.
J
Sept. 20 2003
3938 Lewis AveTheft: Theft
of
DVD
movies, pizza.
East Main Drive
Theft: Stop sign
stolen
fromEast Main Drive.Sept. 20 20033829 Briggs AveDisorderly conduct:Intoxication male becameverbally abusive to
staff.
Rudy motivates
Continued from page 1.
Yet over seventy-five stu-dents
here at this college are
liv-ing proof that with very hardwork they can
achieve
just asRudy did. The Whole point ofRudy s speech
was
never togive up on your hopes anddreams.
fc
Listening
to
Rudy s
words of
encouragement
and
motivationprovided these students with thecourage
to
take photographs for
our college s
yearbook, write
for
the
Merciad
compete on the
athletic
fields or strive for
bet-ter
grades in the classroom.
On
or off the playing field,
Rudy
is living proof of thestatement that Ifthere is
a
will,
there
definitely is a
way.
Pre-Major
FairTalk with faculty
and
administrators to find acareer that
\$
right
for
you
IAcademic
Divisions that will be participating:
Buisncss/HRIM
EducationHumanities
Fine and
Performing ArtsSocial and Behavioral SciencesNatural Sciences
and
MathematicsTuesday, October 7, 2003
8:00-9:30
p mHeritage Room, Sullivan Hall
i
 
September 24, 2003
THE
MERCIADPAGE
y
Campus Question: | j
How
do
you
feel
about this year's homecoming
and how
do
you plan
to
celebrate
it?
"My
roommates and I areplanning to go to the dancetogether.
Girl's
night out for
sure."
-Kim Grabelski,junior
"I'm
going to the Clarks.The rest of the week I planon sitting at
home
and
hang-ing with my friends."-Josh Brown,junior"I made plans to go homethis weekend long before Iknew about the dance. I'mkind of bummed. I woulddefinitely be going to thedance if
I
were around.*'
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-Colleen Flanagan,freshman
a?"I went
to
the game and
the Clarks. I'm still
decid-
ing whether or not I
want
to go to the
dance."
-Bethany Kurina,freshman
UTl.
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[I
ve got
to
get
to
the
mall
before the big dance. Otherthan that I'm looking
for-
ward to the concert and thefootball game."-Jamie Fox,sophomore
"The only thing
I'm look-ing
orward
o
is the
Clarks.
They are
my favorite band!"-Brandy Weber,sophomore
"Some
girls on my floorare planning ananti-home-coming dance party thenight of
the
dance. It's go-ing to be free and lots offun."
-Elyse
Burns,freshman"All the things this weekseem interesting. I went tothe game and then to theClarks and I am definitelygoing to the dance."-Rachel Beck,junior"I am
going
to
the Clarkswith a bunch of my friendsand, unfortunately, goinghome the weekend of thedance."-Amy Turner,junior"Actually, this year, I'mgoing home for homecom-ing weekend."-Lisa Kirschman,freshman"I am looking forward toeverything this
week.
I amgoing to all of the events."-Kelly
Brag
an,junior
"The
Clarks coming to
Mercy
hurst made thisyear's homecoming weekso much better than lastyear."-Andy Gratehouse,sophomore
"I'm
in the pep band so Igot to watch the wholefootball game. Later on inthe night I got to do some-thing I was really lookingforward to: seeing theClarks."
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-Jessie Watson,freshman"Me and my roommateswatched the game on TVand are thinking about go-ing to the dance. It shouldbe fun."
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-Ben Burges,sophomore"I don't go to the
home-
coming events because it'stoo cold out."-Ashley DuBose,senior
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This week:
A guidefor the
college
stalker
DearMadam
Malarky
I like aguy onc a m p u sand he
doesn
't-\
know
who I
am.
I
[
W
h a
if BB
1
should I
do
to get
to
know him
?I
don
/
know where to drawthe line between trying to gethis
attention
and
stalking
him.Thanks,
Restraining Order
on
Briggs
Dear Be straining Order,First of
al
I,
you
say
"stalking"as if it's a bad thing! A littlecloak and dagger
fun
never
hurt
anyone. Oh
wait...;maybe it
has.
But that's okay. How elseare you supposed to get toknow your prey - I mean, fu-ture mate?Lucky for you,
Mercyhurst
is quite conducive to stalkingbecause we have what is fond-
ly
known
as the
"Stalker Guide"or the "Student Directory."
11s
everything you
need
to
know all
wrapped up in a little spiral-bound book. Names, address-
es,
phone numbers, birthdays,majors, everything but photos,which,oddlyenough,
are
avail-able on the
Lakernet
(if yourprey is an athlete, that is).Now you can begin the "fol-lowing like a shadowy figureand hiding in bushes" proce-
dure.
;
Small schools
like
Mercyhurstare great for "chance" encoun-
ters^
Stand outside Zurn and havea cigarette at exactly 12:30when he gets out of
class!
Sowhat that you don't actuallysmoke!
He
doesn't
have
to
know
that!For all he knows, you couldlive in his building
too! So
you
can
follow
him
all the
way hometo Lewis and into his building.If you're
really
swift, you canfollow him all the way into his
actual
apartment,
crafting somekind of great excuse like, "Ihave to see your roommate.We're in a class together."When he asks which room-mate you need to talk to, sayMike. Every
male
apartment hasa Mike. Just hope that "Mike"isn't home at the time, or else
you'll
have to craft another ex-
cuse.
"Hi
Mike!
It's me!
I'm
in your
psych class, remember? We'redoing that group project?"
"You
don't look familiar
at
all,
and I took psych two years
ago."
£ I
Of
course,
stalking somebodyand getting that person's atten-tion are two different entities.One can effectively stalk an-other without ever actuallystriking up a conversation, oreven being noticed.Once you're confident thatyou've stalked for
quite
enoughtime and are ready to make a"move" you should considerthe next
phase:
"Dressing
Like
a Freshman on the First Day of
n_
If
Spring.
Men like naked women.We all know from such epic
tales
as
Grease
that
the
best wayto find everlasting love is tochange yourself completely
and
toss
your
code
of ethics out the
window
to
become a
hot
blonde
in stretch pants.It also helps if you can drop
20IQ
points
or so.
(Some greatexercises for IQ loss includereading Danielle Steele novelsand watching Lifetime Televi-sion Original movies.)
Once
you're ready
to
embark
on the
"attention grabbing"
seg-
ment, you need to
find
thesmallest tube top possible, andthe shorts that reveal the mostbutt-cleavage. That's just thebeginning.Don't forget the lifting,
curl-
ing, thickening, growing, non-clumping
$27
mascara
or the
8-inch heels that you swear arecomfortable.Fix your hair like you're go-
ing to the
prom.
Use
lots
of hair-spray. Men love
it
when theytouch your hair and it goes"crunch."^Once you've got your "out-fit" put together, you can re-
sume
following
him
home
from
class.
This time, however, pullout your
cell phone
and
pretendyou're talking to one of yourfriends.Say things that make yousound enticing such
as,
"I'm
soglad I dumped him! He neverappreciated the fact that Ibought
him
beer
all the
time
and
served
11
to him
naked while hewatched the football game
on
my big screen TV."In no time he'll be asking foryour number and you'll be allset!
-V
*Happy
Sta I
king!Madam
Malarky
OPINION
Sands through the hourglass: 1
Why you need to make the most out
of
your college experiencelwhile
you can
They say that distance lendsperspective.Now, I'm not actually surewho "they" are, but what theysay is true and I was given thechance to experience this firsthand when I worked with thefreshmen during orientation
just
a few weeks ago.As I sat on an
over-crowded
bus on my way back from theservice learning project,
I
over-
heard two freshman girls dis-cussing their impending fouryears of higher learning. I hadto raise an eyebrow when Iheard one of the girls say tothe other.
"You
know, it makesme sick when I think of howmuch school we have left. It'sgoing to take forever!"
Heh.
Pardon
me
while
I
sniff,
snort and laugh in a decidedlypatronizing upperclassmenmanner and say, "Child, youhave
no
idea,
do
you?"Forgive me if I sound nostal-
gic, but
it
seems like
it
was
only
yesterday that
my'<parents
dropped me off
at
Egan whileI clung tightly
to
their
legs
andclaimed that if they
cared
aboutme at all that they wouldn'tleave
me
here.Ah, memories.Anyway,
the
point
is
that that
memory,
which seems like only
moments ago, actually hap-But
J
Could Be Wrong
JaimeRinne
pened over three years ago.Now
I
sit
here
a college senior-older, wiser and more experi-enced.All
right,
maybe just older.
^However,
all the underclass-men need to be aware that fouryears go by much more quick-ly than you would anticipate.Four years in high school andfour years
in
college
are
not thesame thing. You're busier, for
starters.
You're
busy with
class,
with work, with
friends.
Mostly, you're
just busy
withgrowing up. It's a lot to do infour years and so it seems likeevery moment
is
occupied
with
something. Soon, those mo-ments began to fly by.Enjoy them.There's more to the collegeexperience than just staringdown the wrong end of a cupof been No, seriously.There
are
clubs, concerts, lec-
tures
and dances. Did youknow that Erie has a theater?
An v
art
museum?
Antiqueshops? If
not,
men there's a lotthat you've
been
missing.
There
are books to be read, sports toplay and articles to
write.'For
awhile, it will seem like youhave all the time in the world.However, keep in mind that,when you are in my position, itwill seem
like
you
have
no
time
left
and,
in some
ways,
it's very
true.
|
There really is no more time
for some things that
I would liketo
do,
but it's fine because I'mhappy with what I've done inmy years here at Mercyhurst Ifeel as if I've accomplished alot and I will gladly take thatfeeling with me when I go.Will you be able to say thesame?
So,
my dear underclassmen,I beg you to
find
something
anything ~ that
you
think couldmake your college experienceworthwhile. College
is
only
fora short period of your life andthen it's gone forever.Oh, and seniors?
Do you
hear
that?
*
li-
lt's
the
sound of our
time
run-
.
ning
out.Think about it.
The Dating Game:
The art
of
the
college
relationship
By Angela Pascoe
Contributing writerWe have all been in it at onetime or another. No, I'm not
talking about
getting
in
trouble
with
the RA's;
I'm
talking about
being
in a
college relationship.Relationships are much easier
said than
done, especially if youare a college freshman.Leaving your loved one forthe first time can be a particu-larly trying experience. Livinghere for the last three weeksand being a freshman
myself,
I have heard and experiencedsome of
these
cases firsthand.Therefore, I have narrowed itdown to
five
scenarios.First, there is the couple that
misses each
other
so
much
thatthey sit on the phone and talkall
day.
This causes the persongoing to college to neglecthanging
out^with
their newfriends and going to schoolfunctions. This is a huge mis-
take.
They are sitting in their
dorm room while everyone else
is having fun. Who says thetwo in the relationship will betogether forever, anyway? Ifthey do break
up,
the person atcollege
gets
the
short
end
of the
stick.
Another common varia-tion Of
this
example is wherethe boy/girl does not want toput any time or effort into
meeting
new
people,
so
they gocrawling
back
to
their ex-*s
theyleft at home.Next, there are the couplesthat try to stay together, but,after the first week, cannot doit and are forced to break it off.The relationship is usually
ter-
minated because of
the
jealousperson at home.I think it is worse on the guys
than
on the
girls
in
this
situation.
We
all
know
how
some girls
getwhen their man starts makingnew friends, especially if theyhappen
to
be of
the
female gen-
der. Now,
I'm
not
saying that all
girls
are
like
this,
but the
majori-ty of
 girls
in
relationships, not built
off
of
trust,
can be catty.This next scenario may beconsidered
a
continuation of helast. Many
freshmen come
into
college single
and
eady
o
min-
gle,
and
"mingle"
is definitelywhat they try to do.
Many
justwant to hook up. However,anyone
who
is familiar
with
thegame can pick up on those in-sincere pick up lines, and theplayers get
no
play.
On
the brighter
side
ofcollegerelationships,
there
are
those thathave
a
long
distance
sweetie, butknow how to have fun withoutthem. It's not that they go outand cheat on their significant oth-er, but they definitely do not sit
around
and mope.
Also,
there
are
those
lucky
individuals
that havealready found someone here atthe
Hurst
who they care aboutThese couples usually end updating for at least a couple ofmonths and are the envy of allthose previously mentionedclassmates.
%
As
in any elationship, t willnot work
if
both parties do notput in their blood,
sweat,
and(usually) tears. It can be an
amazing
growing experience ifyou
take
the time to learn
from
the mistakes. Relationships aremainly built off of trust andcommitment. Whether or notyou both can handle the com-mitment while in college, nowthat's the
question
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