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The Merciad, April 18, 2012

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page 3
 Studentsfreeze for OneDay Without Shoes
pages 7-10
Ecodemia:Environmentalhero to speak on campus
page 15
Mercyhurstbaseball teamhas sights seton postseason
Page 2April 18, 2012
’Hurst createsband to increaseschool spirit
 Those who attend Mercyhurstfootball games may have noticedsomething missing that other uni- versities and even high schoolshave: a marching band. Starting next year, that will no longer bethe case.Mercyhurst University is in theprocess of creating a marching band through the athletic depart-ment. The school has hired JohnMarszalek, marching band directorat General McLane High School, tostart next year with a 30-memberpep band consisting of current andnew Mercyhurst students. The band will play the nationalanthem and a few songs at footballgames, while also attending othergames to support sports like bas-ketball, lacrosse and hockey. While it won’t do the traditionalhalftime performance at footballgames next year, the program isplanned to expand over the nextfour to six years. The ultimate goalis a full, 110-member marching 
band with twirlers, ags and perfor
-mances before the game and during halftime. Junior Louise Wiest thinks amarching band is a much-neededaddition to the university.“Starting a marching band willbe great for the school, and it islong overdue,” said Wiest. “I justhope people don’t expect too muchtoo soon. It will take a few yearsbefore we actually have a band thatmarches.”Mercyhurst Athletic Director JoeKimball discussed how the schoolcame to the decision to start amarching band.“When I interviewed for the ath-letic director’s position, I was asked what I thought could be improvedupon. I thought Mercyhurst wasmissing school spirit and a march-ing band,” he said.“At some schools, marching bands are as important as the foot-ball team. It really gets people inthe mood, adds school spirit and itsgreat game-time atmosphere. It justmakes sense at a university or smallcollege,” he said. To test this, this past year Kim-ball invited the band directors fromEdinboro University and IndianaUniversity of Pennsylvania (IUP)to bring their marching bands toMercyhurst football games and per-form. According to Kimball, “the fansand the administration loved it,” sothe athletic department moved for- ward to creating a band for Mercy-hurst.“We need to get people out of the dorms and in these contests. This could really help school spiritand increase game attendance, which has been somewhat lacking,”Kimball said.Kimball thinks a marching band will help attract students to Mercy-hurst.“This will help create a draw toMercyhurst for prospective stu-dents, especially those who were inmarching bands in high school,” hesaid. This will also help current stu-dents who were in high school bandbut are not involved in the musicdepartment.Student reactions to this newshave been mostly positive.Sophomore Hunter McCabe wasn’t entirely convinced butthought it was a good idea.“I used to be in marching bandin high school. I’m not sure how involved people are going to be at
rst. The program will need time todevelop, but I denitely think it’s a
good idea,” McCabe said. Junior Erin Lindell wasn’t asexcited with the news.“Mercyhurst having a march-ing band would make me feel likeI’ve regressed back to high schoolyears,” Lindell said. Junior Nikki Sherretts was moreenthusiastic when she said, “Having been in marching band at my highschool, I think Mercyhurst having one is a great idea, and it’ll be agreat addition at football games.I’m seriously debating on going outfor it next year.” To learn more about joining themarching band, email John Marsza-lek at marszalek.j@generalmclane.org.
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By Mark Vidunas
Contributing writer
Page 3April 18, 2012
Students freeze forOne Day Without Shoes
News Briefs
 The ofcial Mercyhurst University clothing line will bereleased through a fashion show on Saturday, April 21.Staff from the Mercyhurst Bookstore will sell clothing thenight of the show, with a 20 percent off discount. As well as a fashion show, there will be rafes, desserts,dancing and music provided by TJ the DJ.Performers include sophomore Sara Fox, junior Bethany Schaffer and seniors Tori Scott, Alexa Bradley and JessicaStachelrodt.If you are interested in performing in the show, email ClareMeccariello at cmecca77@lakers.mercyhurst.edu.
Fashion show presents new university apparel
Survey examines ofce efciency
Students from each Mercyhurst University campus have beenasked to complete the University Services Evaluation (USE)survey. The USE survey evaluates students’ experiences with variousofces on their respective campuses.Due to the number of ofces, only half are covered on thissurvey. The second installment of these surveys will be sent tostudents in the fall. The rst survey looks at Academic Support, Career Develop
ment, the Recreation Center, Police and Safety, the Registrar’sofce, work study, Multicultural Center, International Center,Service Learning and Campus Ministry. The surveys will be issued each year during fall and spring terms in order to improve these services. The importance of the survey is stressed and students arestrongly encouraged to complete the survey.Surveys must be completed by Wednesday, May 2. Those who participate are entered into a drawing for a $50 VISA gift card. Jason Wahl, a 21-year-old Gannon University student, acci
dently fell off the second oor balcony of the Alpha Phi Deltafraternity house located in the 200 block of West 3rd Street onFriday, April 13. Wahl was a junior engineering student from Harmony, Penn
sylvania. According to goerie.com, Wahl was declared brain deadSaturday afternoon but stayed on life support at UPMC Hamotuntil Sunday. A moment of silence was dedicated to Wahl at The Fray con
cert at Tullio Arena on Sunday, April 15, by lead singer, IsaacSlada.
Gannon student dies ater accident
TOMS Mercyhurst Campus Club Vice President Garrett Stolzparticipates in the freeze mob by holding a sign that reads“We go barefoot so kids don’t have to.”
 Alicia Cagle photo
Cold and rainy weather didn’tstop TOMS Mercyhurst CampusClub and other supporters of OneDay Without Shoes (ODWS) fromshedding their shoes and going barefoot to bring awareness to theneeds of children in less fortunatesituations.ODWS is an annual, interna
tional event promoted by TOMSShoes. TOMS is an organization thatbases its efforts on a “one for one”policy: for every pair of shoes pur
chased, TOMS donates a pair to achild in need. TOMS stresses the importanceof giving shoes instead of othernecessities. According to theirGiving Report, “Shoes have valuebeyond being critical for physicalhealth. Many schools in develop
ing countries require shoes forattendance. And some soil-baseddiseases not only cause physicalsymptoms but create cognitiveimpairment too, crippling a child’slong-term potential.” TOMS Mercyhurst Campus Clubdidn’t stop its efforts at not wear
ing shoes, they also got the campustalking about their ash freeze mobin front of Zurn Hall. At 12:30 p.m. students and faculty froze for 10 minutes in any posi
tion, from a passionate embrace toplaying Twister. This attracted theattention of students, faculty andlocal news media.In the frozen positions, somestudents held signs or offered infor
mational material that those walking by could take. TOMS Mercyhurst CampusClub President Adrianne LaGruthrecognizes the importance of  TOMS, ODWS and the awarenessit spreads.“TOMS does One Day With
out Shoes to show how people inother countries have to live with
out shoes,” said LaGruth. “If wecan appreciate for one day whatthey have to go through for a life
time, then it gives you a little tasteof why we do what we do and why it’s not okay to turn the blind eyeto it.” Junior Alyssa Ross was impressedthat despite the weather, studentsstill went barefoot in support of the cause.“In my three years at Mercyhurst,I have never seen a campus clubrooted in humanitarian awarenesspull off an event as impressively asthe TOMS club did with ODWS,”said Ross. “Adrianne (LaGruth), with her dedication and leadership within the club, worked relentlessly to put together the club’s involve
ment with ODWS, and it is appar
ent that her love and passion for the TOMS organization and its mission was the driving force behind thesuccess of the event.” Junior Lisa Guest agreed withRoss.“The event went extremely welldespite the cold and rainy weather.It was great to see so many peoplego without shoes even if only for apart of their day,” she saidLeading up to ODWS and during the day, LaGruth commented thatmany people began sharing infor
mation against the campaign and TOMS organization. She did not letthat stand in her way.“To every cause there are twosides, and I think that it is betterto have given and told not to thennot give at all,” said LaGruth. “I’drather see people embrace some
thing good than not try it and neverknow.”Students are looking forward tofuture events and ODWS at Mer
cyhurst.“I hope this is the rst of many  well-recognized ODWS on theMercyhurst University campus foryears to come,” Ross said. To learn more about TOMS andits cause, visit toms.com/our-move
By Alicia Cagle
Staff writer

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