Page 2September 16, 2009
Wecksell bringshumor to ’Hurst
By Jennifer McCurdy
Following his show in TaylorLittle Theatre on Friday, Sept.11, comedian Evan Weckselltweeted, “I heart Mercyhurst.” Apparently, Mercyhurst “hearts”Evan Wecksell, too.“I’m a big fan of comedians with guitars,” junior Amber Kiss-man said after the show. She thor-oughly enjoyed the act, whichcombined elements of comedy and improvisation with music.“He was very original,” junior John Veltre said. Wecksell, a native of GreatNeck, N.Y., created an actinspired by the performancesof some of New York’s mostrenowned comedians. Wecksell has appeared on VH1’s “I Love the 80s 3D,” “ILove the 70s II” and “I Love Toys.” He has also released hiscomedy songs to radio outletsincluding the Dr. DementoRadio Show, Sirius and XM. Along with taping the fourthseason of “America’s Got Talent” and working on hisﬁrst feature ﬁlm, “ColumbusCircle,” Wecksell continues totour college campuses acrossthe nation. Wecksell’s comedy highlightsthe college experience.In a new song which debutedat Mercyhurst College, Wecksellpokes fun at the college experi-ence of drinking: “Staggering drunk girl, a lightweight in every sense, thinks the world revolvesaround her, but that’s only diz-ziness.” However, he warns of the dangers of drinking halfway through his song, cautioning that“you do have to be responsible.” Although Wecksell ad-libbed a fair portion of theshow, the comedian had obvi-ously done his homework. Wecksell visited the campus,and after touring the new resi-dence hall Friday afternoon, hejoked, “When I say Warde, yousay hotel.”He also topped his list of “Top Ten Things about Mercy-hurst College” with, “You’re notGannon!” The comedian supplementedhis act by pulling volunteersonto the stage and holding acontest inspired by fmylife.com, which ended in one student winning one of Wecksell’s CDs,titled “For The Mortgage.” After the show, Wecksell soldthese CDs to raise money forthe New York City Marathonfor Fight for Kids, a charity which attempts to prevent abu-sive psychiatric treatment andover-drugging of children.For any new Wecksell fans, orany of those who did not attendthe show but wish they had, thisfall the comedian will continueto tour colleges not only as asingle act but also as a part of “College The Musical: A Musi-cal About College,” an originalmusical comedy set to debut inOctober.
Comedian Evan Wecksell performed in Taylor Little Theatreon Friday, Sept. 11. He combined elements of comedy andimprovisation with music.
Campus ministerposition restructured
The Protestant campus min-ister position, formerly held by the Rev. Lyta Seddig, has beenrestructured.Director of Campus Min-istry Greg Baker said, “Themodel of a part-time campusminister was not as effective[as it could be].”Seddig, who came to Mercy-hurst College in 2001, worked15 to 16 hours a week.“Several people, including myself, tried to look at theeffectiveness of the position,”Baker said. According to Baker, the ﬁrstpriority of the restructuring was to ﬁnd someone who wasmore accessible to students by being available both morningsand evenings. The Rev. Christine Brother-son was chosen as the full-timeProtestant minister. The departure of Seddig didsadden Baker, he said.“It was not an easy transi-tion for me, personally,” Bakersaid.However, Baker is pleased with how the transition hasgone so far.“I’m extremely optimisticabout our future and our min-istries,” Baker said.
By Kelly Luoma
The Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Smith walked into Christ the KingChapel for the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, Sept. 10.
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College comestogether for Mass
After the mass, the Mercyhurst College community enjoyeda picnic lunch in front of Old Main.
Tyler Stauffer photo