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Vol. 79 No. 20
Come to Garvey Park for organic fruits and vegetables
Men’s lacrosse claims victory over NYIT 8-6
Spring has sprung on campus
Students take advantage of warm weather and sun to melt away stress
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Shakespeare once said, “Love’s gentle spring doth always fresh remain.” Now that the nasty weather has gone, the warm weather blooms fresh ﬂowers, outside recreation and, of course, love. To the left, senior Michael McLellan and sophomore Chris Petrillose enjoy playing daily basketball on the court behind their Wayne Street apartment. Above: sophomores Stephanie Alward and Dan Sterle “playfully talk” outside their Lewis apartment.
Rotaract club helps eradicate polio
By Sarah Sheehan Contributing writer
The fourth annual 5K Walk/Run for Polio will be held on April 22 at 9:30 a.m. The Mercyhurst Rotaract Club is working with the Rotary International to help eradicate polio from the world. This event will commence at the Mercyhurst Football ﬁeld and end in front of Baldwin Hall. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., the actual race starts at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at about 10:30 a.m. Everyone in the community is invited to come out and participate. There are many runners involved in the club as well as the rotary members from the local branch. The ﬁeld hockey team also always participates. Faculty and students always comprise the majority of the participants. It is $15 for Mercyhurst students and faculty and $20 for all other participants. Prizes are handed out to the winners of the race. A prize is given away to the winner in each category of people which is subdivided into eight groups by gender and age. Each participant is given a rafﬂe ticket for participating and then they may buy more throughout the event. The rafﬂe is held after the race inside Baldwin Hall and the Rotaract Club will be rafﬂing off prizes such as gift certiﬁcates and sweatshirts from the bookstore. Sara Houston, who helped organize the event, commented about how much Rotoract club hopes to raise. “We hope to raise as much as possible, what is important about this walk/run is not the prizes or the fastest time but the PolioPlus cause,” she said. “There is a vaccine for polio. We can get rid of polio and we just need the funds to do it. Any little bit counts so any money that we raise will be helpful.”
Author Thomas Fleming has written numerous historical books.
Aerobathon combines workouts with wishes
By Alecia Guerra Contributing writer
The Mercyhurst College sportsmedicine department will sponsor the second annual aerobathon that will begin on April 24 and continue until April 30. The main day to participate is April 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will take place in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center. The event is going to beneﬁt the Make A Wish Foundation in memory of Matthew Milgate. This year the sportsmedicine department is trying to raise money to send a young boy from Erie on a Disney Cruise. Through the Make A Wish Foundation, terminally ill children can choose anything in the world they would like to do or see. The people at the Make a Wish Foundation will then do everything they can to fulﬁll the wishes of these young people. Through fundraising efforts, the
Award winning historian Thomas Fleming will discuss his new book
By Jessica Kocent Contributing writer
Critically acclaimed historian Thomas Fleming, will speak at the Walker Recital Hall on April 26, at 7 p.m. Fleming is a critically acclaimed author of over 40 books. He is the senior scholar at the National Center for the American Revolution at Valley Forge, a fellow of the Society of American Historians and former chairman of the American Revolution Round Table. He is also a contributing editor to several magazines, including the Quarterly Journal of Military History. Fleming has written nonﬁction studies on the battles of Yorktown and Springﬁeld and prize-winning biographies of Jefferson and Franklin. Fleming is brought to Mercyhurst through the Teaching American History Grant directed by Dr. Michael Federici, professor of political science. The grant is facilitated by Mercyhurst College, the Corry Area School District and Erie School District. Federici explained that this lecture is a way to “Provide the Erie community with the opportunity to hear ﬁrst-rate nationally recognized American historians discuss important aspects of the American experience.” This same grant will also bring Pulitzer-prize winning author Walter A. McDougall, who will speak on May 12, at 7 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall. Both lectures are free and open to the public. Fleming’s talk will focus on his new book, “Washington’s Secret War.” The book takes away the mythology of the events at Valley Forge and is sort of an expose on proﬁteers and ideologues who had failed to recognize the severity of the weather and were plagued by supply shortages. Federici believes that it is important to build educational excellence. “We cannot judge the events of the day with the benefit of experience broader than our own,” Federici said. He feels that “we exist to search for truth about historical reality…and that his presence on campus will be an inspiration of what higher education should be.”
Students will fulﬁll their donations by working out in the Rec center.
sportsmedicine department has already raised $1,500 towards purchasing the Disney Cruise for this young man. The boy has been diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer. To participate, please ask sponsors for donations and then work out for the equivalent amount of time for each donation. All participants should pick up a sponsor form in the sportsmedicine classroom area (MAC).
All donations sheets should be turned into the sportsmedicine department before your chosen date to work out. Another way to help out with donations is by purchising a t-shirt. The t-shirts are $10 and can be found in the sportmedicine department classroom area. Please help sportsmedicine raise money for the aerobathon and help this young man achieve his dream of going on a Disney Cruise.
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Tel Aviv bombing
Israel holds Hamas responsible for a deadly suicide bombing in Tel Aviv on Monday, but will not hit back against the Palestinian Authority, ofﬁcials say. A special cabinet meeting ended with agreement to increase security efforts but not launch a military strike. Instead it backed plans to revoke the Jerusalem residency of several Hamas M.P.s, adding to the group’s isolation. Hamas described Monday’s bombing by Islamic Jihad, which killed nine people, as an act of “self-defense.” Israeli forces also arrested more than 20 Palestinians in raids across the West Bank. The father of the Tel Avivi bomber was reported to be among those detained.
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Financial and economic journalist Stuart Varney spoke to a large audience of the Mercyhurst community on April 10. Varney spoke about the global economy and its numerous implications on society.
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Baghdad cafe explosion adds to violence
At least six Iraqis have been killed in a bomb explosion near a cafe in the capital, Baghdad, police say. Ofﬁcials said the target of the attack was a passing police patrol. Two of those killed were policemen. More than 20 people were injured in the blast. On Monday, Iraqi and U.S. troops clashed for seven hours with insurgents in Baghdad’s Adhamiya district. U.S. troops were also involved in intense ﬁghting in the city of Ramadi after an attack on a government building. The violence comes as talks are stalled on a new national unity government.
Edinboro University hosts job fair for teachers
By Jessica Kocent Contributing writer
Edinboro University is holding a teacher job fair on April 28. Students are reminded that the registration deadline is April 21. Students attending the job fair should receive an average of three interviews. In the past, some have received as many as 10, while others may only get one interview, depending on the demand for a student’s specialty area. These interviews are mostly screening interviews, not decision-making interviews; however, a few students have been offered contracts at this job fair. Students are reminded that this is only one method of job searching. Students should arrive early, know which schools they would like to interview with and be sure to concentrate on those schools that are high in demand for their
The people of San Francisco have been marking 100 years since a catastrophic earthquake levelled the city. Sirens were sounded across the city at 5:12 a.m., the time the 1906 quake struck, as people, including several survivors, gathered to observe a minute’s silence. On April 18, 1906 a quake of about 7.8 magnitude shook the San Andreas fault for just under a minute. About 3,000 people died, most of them in fires that spread quickly through the ruins. Speaking at a pre-dawn memorial ceremony, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom paid tribute to both the city and those caught up in the disaster.
Numerous school districts will conduct screening interviews at the teaching job fair.
area ﬁrst. Schools participating in the job fair are as far away as Florida and the Carolinas, as well as local schools such as Millcreek Town-
ship School District, Crawford Central School District and Pressley Ridge Schools in Pittsburgh. Any student who has additional
questions or would like to see the full list of participating schools is encouraged to check out the website at www.collegecentral. com/edinboro.
China trade talks
China’s fractious trade relations with the U.S. are likely to dominate President Hu Jintao’s agenda on the ﬁrst day of his U.S. state visit. The high-proﬁle four-day visit comes as anger grows in Washington about the size of its trade deﬁcit with China. Many U.S. politicians want strong action unless China revalues the yuan, which they say enables it to export cheaply. Hu’s visit, during which he will hold talks with President Bush and U.S. government ofﬁcials, will turn the spotlight on SinoU.S. trade relations, one of the main areas of dispute between the two powers.
Harvard scholar lectures on segregation
By Zoe Contes Contributing writer
Dr. Gary Orﬁeld, a prominent scholar from Harvard University, will lecture on his study, “Racial Transformation and the Changing Nature of Segregation” today at 8:15 p.m. in the Walker Recital Hall. The Professor of Education and Social Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education is also the co-founder and director of Harvard University’s Civil Rights Project. In addition to his study of civil rights, he is interested in educational policy, urban policy and minority opportunity. Orﬁeld will discuss his ﬁndings he researched with colleague, Chungmei Lee, which examines segregation in public schools after the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education. Although the lecture will examine the changes that segregation underwent over the past four decades, it will primarily focus on the 2003-04 school year. Ignoring the issue of segregation is extremely dangerous and one that Orﬁeld feels needs to be addressed; therefore, he will discuss some measures that can be taken to increase integration during his speech. In addition to his involvement in the study of segregation, Orfield has also written several books, among them “Higher Education and the Color Line: College Access, Racial Equity and Social Change.” He has also lent his expertise in several court cases involving civil rights, such as the University of Michigan Supreme Court case that upheld policy of afﬁrmative action in 2003. Quite notably, Orfield was
Segregation expert Dr. Gary Orﬁeld will speak today.
Chernobyl deaths severely undercounted
The health effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine 20 years ago have been grossly under-estimated, says an environmental charity. Ofﬁcial U.N. ﬁgures predicted up to 9,000 Chernobyl-related cancer deaths. But Greenpeace says in a report released on Tuesday that recent studies estimate that the actual number of such deaths will be 93,000. Stressing that there is a problem with diagnosis, it adds that other illnesses could take the toll to 200,000. “Our problem is that there is no accepted methodology to calculate the numbers of people who might have died from such diseases,” Greenpeace campaigner Jan van de Putte told Reuters news agency.
awarded the American Political Science Association Merriam Award for his “contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research” in 1997. Orﬁeld’s lecture is sponsored by the political science and soci-
ology/social work departments and funded by a Mercyhurst College Diversity enrichment grant. The speech is free and open to the public.
AdPro recruitment party set for April 27
By Kelly Cofrancisco Contributing writer
The AdPro group on campus will be holding a Recruitment Party on April 27 in the Student Union Great Room (Time TBA). The club is for all students majoring in or interested in the ﬁelds of Advertising, Marketing, Graphic Design, Art or any other Business or Communications majors. AdPro will be discussing the plans for next year including talk about national design contests, art competitions and much more. Election of new ofﬁcers will also take place at this meeting, so please come out and see what the club is all about. Free refreshments will be served, and the club will feature a special guest presentation on “The Lucrative Field of Direct Marketing” after the club meeting. We encourage all students interested in learning more about these creative fields to attend this party. If you have any questions they can be directed to Alecia Guerra at ext. 3822 or AGuerr01@mercyhurst.edu
Six people, including a mother and her newborn baby, have been injured in two incidents in eastern Afghanistan, reportedly by American forces. Both the incidents took place in Khost province. A six-year-old boy was also injured in one of the incidents. The reports come as President Hamid Karzai has ordered a probe into the killing of seven civilians by coalition forces over the weekend. The U.S. military has also launched an investigation into the deaths.
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Even the smallest ecological improvement impacts the world that surrounds us. Students at Mercyhurst are learning that through a new way of life. A more ecologically healthy and environmentally friendly way of life has inﬂuenced many students to live in Green Living. The building at 3807 Briggs Ave., is known as Green Living. This apartment is speciﬁcally designed to allow students to live more ecologically responsible. “I have really enjoyed my experience with green living. I have learned a lot about sustainability and grown more aware of my own social responsibilities,” said Angela Phillips. She added that there is no difference between living anywhere else on campus. It is what the individual person makes of the experience. “Our vision was to provide students to live environmentally responsible and to model sustainable practices living on campus and have a good time doing it. We (Green Team) believe that this is ultimately the way more and more Americans want to live. It is a healthier way to live. It is more energy conscious and over time it will be more and more cost effective as well. That was our hope to give students an opportunity to point the way towards the future here,” said Dr. Chris Magoc, faulty advisor for Green Team. “There are not many campuses around the country that have this kind of a program,” said Magoc. He said that this gives students an opportunity for their daily living. This also allows the Green Team to encourage and educate more students about this lifestyle. Green Team provides these students with alternatives. “We were provided with bikes to encourage alternative transportation, recycled goods such as paper towels and toilet paper, eco-friendly cleaning supplies: bathroom cleaner, kitchen cleaner, dish soap and laundry detergent, a membership to the
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The lessons Green living students learn... Composting catastrophe
Though successful, some aspects of green living get off to a rocky start
Green Living on campus has turned out to be a very successful project in the eyes of the beholder. Green Living has given students on campus more appreciation for the world that surrounds us. Every day the residents live a life more environmentally healthy and another day to be thankful for. This was the ﬁrst academic year with Green Living apartments on campus, and not everything went smoothly. One major upset was composting. In the pre-planning of the apartments, Dr. Magoc and his team were trying to ﬁgure out a good composting system for the residents. “We purchased interior composting systems, because there are problems with doing it outside during the winter,” said Magoc. The inside systems they bought were too small, he said. They could not handle all that vegetable waste. The worm composting system originally planned for Green Living called for a system in which students placed all their waste into a separate bin, along with the earthworms. “The worms help assist in the decomposing of the wastes which can than serve as food for soil,” said Angela Phillips, resident of Green Living apartments. Imagine how much waste is actually produced in those apartments? Apparently, the residents produced more waste than predicted. This created a bigger problem than expected. First of all, many of the residents were very new to the whole concept of composting so they had to be taught what to do. Second, the amount of food waste that would be produced in the building was underestimated. When the residents emptied their waste into the worm bins, they actually suffocated the worms. Each resident also had small bins located in their individual apartments that they were suppose to empty their own waste into. Again, many underestimated how frequently they needed to do that, which then brought the fruit ﬂies. The next step taken was to spray the building to get the fruit ﬂy infestation under control. “The severity of the situation was somehow blown out of proportion,” Phillips said, “and while I am sure those who decided to spray the building were in fact trying to help us, we (the residents) felt that spraying the Green Living apartment building with pesticides was very contradictory and counterproductive.” Even though this year composting seemed like an unmanageable task the green team is rethinking their plans for next year. The residents though, will continue to recycle throughout the reminder of the year.
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The style of Green Living apartments do not differ much from a traditional Briggs apartment.
Whole Foods Co-op, organic food, vitamins and supplements,” said Phillips. There is also a vegetable garden that is located behind their apartment. Growing vegetables of their choice would give the people that live in the apartment the opportunity to use what they want to grow. Green Living has made more people conscious of their decision-making around campus. The organizations involved also learned from it. Organizations such as the Green Team, Residence Life and maintenance all made this happen. Many people do not realize who is involved with this project. Much support comes from the students who live there and from the Maintenance department which helps create the proper atmosphere. Green Living has made a 15 percent reduction in energy consumption rate compared to other
apartments on campus. “This translates to about the same reduction in cost for electricity,” said Magoc. “If you prorated that over a full academic year the reduction equals these savings: 180 pounds of nitrogen oxide, 588 pounds of sulfur dioxide, 80,107 pounds of carbon dioxide. These are numbers then that green house gas emissions that are not going into the atmosphere because of the students’ conservation,” he said. These numbers indicate that Green Living here at Mercyhurst College is working. “We are pretty strict about recycling whatever we can, as well as separating our recycled goods appropriately to make sure that maintenance and work studies do not have a difﬁcult time, and to be sure our recycled goods do, in fact, get recycled and does not get mixed up with garbage,” said Phillips.
No rabbit fur will be used for these rugs
An unﬁnished lounge is like a blank canvas for an artist. A 13’ x 23’ room was an opportunity for two students to design their own masterpiece to share with others. This idea was under a joint direction with Dr. Chris Magoc, the faculty member advisor for Green Team on campus, and Analida Brager, an adjunct faculty with Interior Design. The idea was to design an environmentally friendly lounge for the Green Living apartments. “The idea for the Green Living Lounge was to come up with a design solution that utilized materials that are friendly to the environment. This meant doing research on items like carpeting, paint, fabrics, countertop material that ﬁt the eco-friendly criteria,” said Brager. Senior Kaitlin Robertson, and Junior Kelly Sigmund, helped design the Green Living Lounge. Robertson and Sigmund were able to use the techniques and skills they learned during the architectural rendering class and apply it o common use. They also had to consider the budget. These people understood the metaphor money does not grow on trees. “Money always plays a major role in any design project. It was my task to create a pleasing environment with limited funds. Nevertheless, I feel that I accomplished what I set out to do,” said Brager. “The project was a great learning experience from an academic standpoint as well as from a practical one. The students enjoyed seeing how the project developed from the initial design concept to fruition. Learning tools such as these that address concrete issues that a student can readily identify with are invaluable and in my opinion should form part of the curriculum whenever possible,” said Brager.
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The lounge in the apartment complex was designed by two interior design majors.
Green pledge: seniors have a ‘Hurst tradition
By Jen Helbig Contributing writer
The coming month will be a busy one for graduating seniors. Amid all of the preparations, students occasionally can ﬁnd a moment to reﬂect on where they have been and where they are going. If the students have truly earned a Mercyhurst education, they will be able to extend the college’s mission statement into their careers, holding “in highest esteem the qualities of excellence, compassion, creativity, and service to others” while promoting “the values of truth, individual integrity, human dignity, mercy, and justice.” This may seem to be a lot to ask for a student to commit to for life. However, for those who have embraced the importance of a morally and socially responsible college career, they should have no problem committing to a professional career which supports similar standards. Since 1998, Mercyhurst has participated in the Graduation Green Pledge, a national movement to call students to environmental and social responsibility. Those graduates who sign promise: “I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organization for which I work.” The pledge’s Website, www. graduationpledge.org suggests green employment opportunities from working for a governmental regulatory agency to a grassroots environmental group. If working in a large agency, being environmentally aware might be as simple as voicing an opinion which stands against the norm and questions current policy. One person’s questions and ideas can blossom into a new policy for the entire company. Even jobs such as lawyer or doctor can turn environmental by representing the environmental side of an issue in a courthouse or lab. For a person who is shy or does not aim at global changes, local work is always needed in any community. A grassroots environmentalist can assemble and guide a community to support an environmental cause just by holding a few meetings in his or her home or incorporating an environmental issue into conversation with fellow employees. No effort is too small when dealing with an environment which ranges from enormous mountains to microscopic pathogens. All graduating seniors are invited to consider their role in the world by signing the Graduation Green Pledge. For more infor mation on pledge signing dates and locations, please see signs on campus, check email, or visit Sr. Michele Schroeck.
Farmer’s market to grace Garvey Park
By Katie McAdams Contributing writer
In honor of this year’s Earth Day, the Green Team is bringing a farmer’s market to Mercyhurst’s campus for one day. On April 24, from 1-5 p.m. in Garvey Park, eight different kinds of produce will be sold on a ﬁrst come, ﬁrst serve basis. Students, faculty, administration and Mercyhurst neighbors are all welcomed to come check out the organic fruits and vegetables brought by the Erie Coop. Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, strawberries, bananas, and gala apples will all be offered. Along with pesticide-free produce, this event will also include a brief speech by Bob Sonnenberg who is a local Erie environmentalist and is involved in the Erie Whole Foods Cooperation. Sonnenberg will be discussing the health and environmental beneﬁts of organic produce from 2-2:45 p.m. “From Joni Mitchell to Bono, everyone wants healthier produce. We (the Green Team) want to help provide Mercyhurst students with easy access to fabulous food. This is not about the money. This is about education and helping support those who are helping our environment,” said junior Chelsea Boothe, who along with Green Team president JoEllen Taylor and academic advisor Dr. Chris Magoc, helped put together the
Fresh fruits and vegetable stands will crowd into Garvey Park on Monday.
farmer’s market. As Boothe said, this is not about raising money; in fact, the Green Team will not be making any money on this event. All the proceeds will go towards paying for the food. If successful, the Green Team plans on having a farmer’s market on campus several times a year. They are using this Earth Day celebration as an opportunity to see who is interested and how much would be purchased. The goal is to have such an amazing turnout that in the future they will need more food and more selection. Thus the growth will be directly affected
by the amount sold. They are also hoping in the future to add free-range beef to the market from a local Erie seller whose wife works at Mercyhurst.
Hopefully, organic fruits and vegetables will be a big selling point for all those who are both environmentally and health conscious.
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Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been the target of military scrutiny regarding his policies and planning in Iraq.
This week in Washington, the wave of dissent continued to rise within the Bush administration. This time, however, the mutiny is focused on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, not our Commander in Chief. Six retired generals, including two Army generals who saw combat in Iraq, have gone public voicing criticisms regarding the planning and execution of the Iraq war. These highly decorated, well respected, men have accused Rumsfeld of ignoring and stiﬂing differentiating opinions during the decision making process. The genOpinion editor erals cite Rumsfeld’s abrasive and argumentative behavior Allison as creating Moore a difficult work environment resulting in ineffective tactics and our military/political situation. The six generals are all calling for Rumsfeld’s resignation. Some of the accusations have been harsh. Retired Gen. Charles Swannak, described Rumsfeld as carrying “way too much baggage. ... Rather than admitting ... mistakes, he continually justiﬁes them to the press ... and that really disallows him from moving our strategy forward.” Retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton was even more blunt, stating “Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is not competent to lead our armed forces. ... (He) has put the Pentagon at the mercy of his ego, his cold warrior’s view of the world and his unrealistic conﬁdence in technology to replace manpower.” Remarks such as these have sparked a media ﬁrestorm along with reaction from an already jaded public. With a large majority of Americans now questioning American involvement in Iraq and President Bush’s approval ratings tanking, these remarks have understandably created debate and have raised the question: Should Rumsfeld resign? The American people seem to think so, according to a QUICKVOTE poll on CNN.com indicating that 85% of those polled feel Rumsfeld should be replaced. This week however, several generals and the president expressed their full support of Rumsfeld. Four retired generals published an Op-ed piece in the Washington Post stating, “Much of the acrimony expressed by Secretary Rumsfeld’s military critics appears to stem from his efforts to ‘transform’ the military by moving to a joint
War of words
Families come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Some are spread out vastly across the country and the world; while some live within ﬁve miles of each other. Regardless of geography, our families are what keep us connected to home and sometimes even our sanity. One’s family unit inﬂuences all facets of peoples’ lives, from the choices they make, to physical traits. When you meet a friend’s family for the ﬁrst time, you Ellen gain a better Koenig understanding of the person. How they were raised and the physical and behavioral characteristics they share with their parents, give an outsider a new understanding of the person. The family and its members can explain certain vices an individual has and even their outlook on life, politics and humor. Each person’s family may be unique in their own sense, for example, some people ﬁnd their relatives to be obnoxious and strange while others view relatives as their closest comrades. No matter how one views their family, in the end they provide the foundation of our upbringing. If the foundation is faulty, an individual
Whether you like them or not, the family unit is important
may lead a life of uncertainty ﬁlled with questionable tactics on an unsteady path. Persons who are close with their families often have a chance to lead a more stable lifestyle. Being away at college we often lose contact with our extended families, leaving the holidays as a time when multiple parties are attended in order for friends and relatives to catch-up and reconnect. While every family may be different in its own way, most are similar in their structure and makeup. At family gatherings portions of the family are usually seen as individuals or as a group. A prime example of this is the crazy aunt/uncle/grandparent that no one takes seriously. Then there is the relative that decides it is a good idea to have one more glass of wine, when really, it isn’t. There are groups of middle-aged men who try and out do each other in the football game, despite warnings from their chiropractors not to participate, while the women usually convene in the kitchen doing the dishes as tens upon what seems like hundreds of cousins run around rampant. This may not be true for every family, but it is for most gatherings. Although each family has their eccentricities and quirks, they are ultimately essential to our existence and always make for interesting conversation with friends when school reconvenes.
expeditionary force that is lighter and more mobile in nature to meet the nation’s current and future threats. Many senior ofﬁcers and bureaucrats did not support his transformation goals -- preferring conventional weapons of the past ... which prove practically useless against lawless and uncivilized enemies engaged in asymmetric warfare.” Rumsfeld’s supporters admonished the generals saying it was “inappropriate” for generals, retired or not, to speak out against civilian leadership during a time of war. President Bush, taking time out of his Easter vacation, also expressed his support for Rumsfeld. He forcefully expanded on his position Tuesday when questioned during a Rose Garden ceremony concerning the growing criticism of the secretary. “I hear the voices, and I read the front page and I know the speculation,” the president said. “But I’m the decider, and I decide what’s best. And what’s best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense.” This shouldn’t be a shock to anyone, considering the president credited Michael Brown, or Brownie, with doing a “heck of a job” handling Hurricane Katrina and made Joshua Bolten, the former leader of the budget ofﬁce and designer of the nation’s $9 trillion deﬁcit, the new chief of staff. Sometimes it seems as if failure or mistakes are rewarded in this administration. As Jon Stewart candidly stated on the Daily Show, “If someone were to walk into a staff meeting and throw their feces at the wall, Bush would probably name a state after them.” All joking aside, the Bush Administration is facing some major challenges with the Rumsfeld debate being the latest in a string of embarrassing events. Putting aside the war of words surrounding this debate, some things are rather clear. The American intervention in Iraq has not turned out the way it was designed on paper. Critical errors were made in planning and execution; I just don’t see how that can be debated. Inadequate troop numbers were on the ground during the initial invasion, allowing a massive insurgency to take hold. The Iraqi Army was disbanded and rampant looting was permitted allowing for disorder to rule. Whether these problems should be credited to Rumsfeld is still being debated. One thing, however, should not be up for debate. If the accusations made by these six generals are accurate, Rumsfeld should resign. The fate of American troops on the ground in Iraq rest in the hands of policy makers at the Pentagon. If Rumsfeld is not the most qualiﬁed, he should not be in charge, period.
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Police and Safety has issued a Timely Notiﬁcation Bulletin concerning the campus ﬂasher.
It took Police and Safety 29 days from the last occurence and 41 days since the ﬁrst, to ofﬁcially notify the student body of the existence of a campus ﬂasher.
There is a sicko running around Mercyhurst. Enough said.
Anchors away: A solo woman on evening news
By Karen Heller Knight Ridder Newspapers
Here it is 2006, and the big news is the old networks have gone and picked a woman to read the news all by herself! Many publications have devoted reservoirs of ink to the business of Katie Couric jumping ship from NBC’s ``Today’’ show to the CBS ``Evening News.’’ This, mind you, is 85 years after the ratiﬁcation of the 19th Amendment. Apparently, it takes that long for Americans to accept hearing the news from someone in a skirt, pearls and heels without a man sitting next to her in case she gets the vapors and faints. Couric, 49, will replace the estimable Bob Schieffer, who is 69 and has ﬁlled in since the retirement of Dan Rather, now 74. That’s TV math for you: XX-20 = XY. Gawker.com, the ne plus ultra of snarky Web sites, has something of an obsession with Couric and Couric’s fantastic, never-to-be-encased-inhose-even-in-the-dead-of-winter legs and Couric’s vacations and whether they include surgical touchups. Designed by founder Nick Denton as a superb procrastinating tool for people who love to loaf on the job, gawker.com loves being nasty about pretty, successful, relatively youngish women (well, Couric looks young) doing far better in life than the people with not-so-great jobs and the time to cruise snarky Web sites. On gawker.com, there’s never any mention of Schieffer’s ties, though there is furious love for Anderson Cooper. With a dwindling audience for broadcast evening news, totaling about 29 million, and many of the viewers candidates for Levitra, Couric seems a smart, fresh move. It’s unclear whether this will be enough to get younger people to detangle from their devout love affair with the Internet, especially when Couric may appear oldish to them but a network exec can dream. Still, it’s amazing that Couric is news. Women are all over the place on the tube, covering wars, ﬂoods, you know, the traditional guy ﬂak-jacket stuff, but back in the studio there’s a need to hear the lead-ins from daddy or an avuncular sort in a sweater vest. It’s hoped that Couric will be judged as her male colleagues have been, by her work and not her wardrobe decisions (she has fabulous taste, anyway), though I have my doubts. Life is a locker room, as I’ve remarked before, and it’s hard for many people not to get catty about women doing better than they are, even those who are deserving of such success. Couric has put in her time, and she’s shown intelligence, tenacity, charm and, yes, a certain amount of sparkle required for the trade. Sure, she’s done her share of dumb things on ``Today’’ but, then, hasn’t everyone? In an ideal world, if she does her job well and the ratings improve, Couric should be allowed to keep the post well into late middle age, when most women tend to mysteriously vanish from screens small and large. The true news would be that Couric is allowed to mature, even wrinkle, and still be doing the news at the same age as Schieffer.
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By Christina Ferranti Contributing writer
The Academy Award nominated film “Good Night and Good Luck” has been praised and acclaimed by many. Chris Barsanti of FilmCritic. com elaborates on the occurrences of a 1950’s political battle and the magniﬁcent cinematography utilized to keep this ﬁlm clear-cut and interesting. “Edward R. Murrow taking on Senator Joe McCarthy (at the height of his power), crisp blackand-white cinematography, the clink of ice cubes over scotch, voluptuous clouds of cigarette smoke hanging in the air, a nation’s conscience dangling in the balance. “So it is with George Clooney’s ‘Good Night, and Good Luck,’ a ﬁlm where the mood – just shy of too cool for its own good – sets the scene for Murrow, the patron saint of journalism, to cajole and castigate the audience in a time of complacency.” Shot in black-and-white, direc-
tor, George Clooney captures the 1950s bitter conﬂict between renowned CBS television broadcaster, Edward R. Murrow, and Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy. Clooney wanted to pay particular attention to the historical facts of the time period and the details of how the studio appeared. The title, “Good Night and Good Luck,” is taken from the phrase Murrow closed his CBS television show with every night. The ﬁlm has several pivotal men and women that used television to reveal the intentions of McCarthy. Murrow, played by David Strathairn, confronts the audience with a bold statement against McCarthy’s c ommunist accusations. For these confrontations, Clooney decided to incorporate a large portion of the original broadcasts of Murrow. Plus, Clooney opted to use the archive footage of Joseph McCarthy instead of using an actor to portray the senator to continue with his focus on the historical
facts of this debate. Clooney remarked that when the movie had undergone test screenings, audience members felt that the McCarthy character was overacting the role, not realizing that it was the actual McCarthy through archive footage. Among the various themes in the movie, Clooney concentrates on the importance of the media and how these sharp, aggressive professional news reporters research and gather information, evaluate its merits, and determine the important aspects of news to portray to the public. Since television was a fairly new commercial medium, there were many risks such as ciphering through material to judge what the media should reveal to the public and what not to, and at what point the media has the power to disclose information without the government overshadowing them. Murrow viewed McCarthy’s House of Un-American Activities Committee as abusing the power of television and radio by creating a crusade to destroy the
Clooney and Strathairn star in ‘Good...’ the ﬁlm adaption of Murrow’s ﬁght with McCarthy.
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infiltration of communists in America by terrorizing anyone who criticized McCarthy’s tactics of pinpointing speciﬁc people. This ﬁlm is a riveting depiction, of what occurred in the
1950s and the chaos it surged throughout the nation with the power of one man from Wisconsin and the strength of the media. It is coming to the Mary D’Angelo Performing
Arts Center on April 26 at 2 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are as follows: Adult: $5; Student/Senior Citizen: $4; and Mercyhurst Student: FREE w/ ID (one ticket per ID).
‘Thank You for Smoking’ snuffs out criticism
By Sarah Caram Contributing writer
Director Jason Reitman brings to the screen the novel by Christopher Buckley, “Thank You for Smoking,” a witty, intelligent and politically incorrect comedy about the tobacco worlds’ war against the health industry. Aaron Eckhart’s plays divorcé Nick Naylor, a lobbyist, “the face of cigarettes,” for The Academy of Tobacco Studies. Naylors’ main job is “spin control,” he “spins the truth” about cigarettes in a very entertaining, hilarious, but smart fashion. Naylor works for “BR” (J.K. Simmons), a controlling and demanding man who takes all the credit for Naylors’ ideas. When Senator Finistirre of Vermont (William H. Macy) decides that he wants to put a poison sign (consisting of skull and crossbones) on every cigarette package to tell users and potential smokers that cigarettes will deﬁnitely kill you, Naylor comes up with an idea in response. He tells the board that Hollywood needs to sell cigarettes as a sex symbol by smoking on-screen. To make this happen, they will bribe the actors’ producers. Taking credit for Naylors’ Naylor and Joey meet some very unique individuals along the way, who includes Jeff Megall (Rob Lowe), who works with movie stars and has the power to book a famous actor or actress as the campaigns’ spokesperson, and his quirky assistant, Jack (Adam Brody). But, most importantly, Naylor and Joey meet “The Morlboro Man” (Sam Elliot), who, after developing lung cancer from the product that made him famous, asked “BR” to lessen the advertising of cigarettes in the past and was refused. Naylor presents “The Morlboro Man” with a case full of “hush money” from “The Captian” to keep him from talking against the people of The Academy during the campaign. During Naylors’ whole experience with creating the campaign, he is sought out by reporter Heather Holloway (Katie Holmes) of The Washington Probe who, after interviewing many people who have anything but good things to say about Naylor, “…wants to know how [he] sees himself…[and] what motivates him.” Despite the fact that his friends have warned him that Holloway will seduce her interviewees to get information, Naylor lets his guard down and has a repeated affair with her. This affair results in a printed story that reveals and blackens the name of all involved in the campaign. Holloway’s story accuses Naylor of “…grooming his son for the job…” and it causes him to lose his job and to be named “The Sultan of Spin” by Newsweek. Even though Naylor is faced with bad publicity, he continues to keep his face known by going on television shows, one of which he receives a death threat from a caller while on the air because of all the people his product has killed. Naylor’s image soon changes when he survives a kidnapping in which he is taken in a van, covered in nicotine patches (resulting in an overdose) and left in a humiliating state to be discovered. Naylor learns that if he were a non-smoker, the amount of nicotine he received from the kidnappers would have deﬁnitely killed him, so he claims that cigarettes saved his life. This whole experience gives Naylor “…public sympathy on our side,” as “BR” puts it. After recovering from his ordeal, Naylor goes to the meeting by the U.S. Senate, in which it will be decided whether or not Senator Finistirres’ plan to put a poison label on cigarette packages will be enforced. It is during this meeting that Naylor must stand up for himself and straighten out his image. This humorous meeting changes Naylors’ life and the lives of others in a very unique way (you will have to see the movie to discover how). “Thank You for Smoking” is a very interesting and smart comedy that has a strong and witty plot about a real life issue, as well as an all-star cast. “Thank You for Smoking” is a ﬁlm that everyone can appreciate and enjoy in one way or another and it is deﬁnitely worth seeing.
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Light up with Aaron Eckhart in ‘Thank You for Smoking.’
answer to their new threat of their industry presented by the Senator, “BR” sends Naylor on a plane to see “The Captain” (Robert Duvall), a big cat who holds the power to get The Academy’s $50 million campaign off the ground. In the midst of being in charge of this campaign, Naylor is trying to get closer to his son, Joey
(Cameron Bright), and decides to take him along. Joey sees this trip with his father as a learning experience. Naylor tries to build a good relationship with Joey by trying to teach him how his job as a lobbyist works and that it takes “ﬂexible morals” to be successful in his business. While building the campaign,
Walk away from ‘Footprints’
By Joe Fidago Contributing writer
When I listened to “Footprints,” I expected to hear a CD that was full of “a mix of moods and styles about obsession and mortality…songs of unrequited love and loss;” as the PR card for David W. Jacobsen described his music. This CD may very well have been full of that type of music, but instead of ﬁnding myself listening to a Dashboard Confessional replica (which I could deﬁnitely deal with), or even a second rate Death Cab for Cutie, I found myself struggling just to understand what David was saying half the time. I listen to all kinds of music, so I’m not going to try and tell you that Underoath’s Spencer Chamberlain has the most crystal clear vocals, or Alex Varkatzas of Atreyu is easily understood either. However, this CD could be compared to John Mayer’s “Inside Wants Out,” or a Dashboard Confessional CD in most places, so clear vocals are pretty important; however, you can’t chill out and be intently listening to try and decipher the lyrics at the same time. Besides that, the disc does clock in at just over 70 minutes, which seems to be a little overkill. To his credit, he does have a very creative take on songs, throwing in many different styles on the CD. The instrumentals are pretty strong for the most part. Also, the CD does have a very clever and funny song, “Batteries,” which has the premise of David trying to pick up different girls at a bar, and continually getting shot down. The girls tell him that rather than going on a date with him, or going home with him, they would rather stay home with their batteries…I’ll let you piece together what that really means.
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Final Four bound?
Men’s lacrosse ranked in top four for the ﬁrst time this season
By Jim McCann Contributing writer
For the second week in a row, the Mercyhurst men’s lacrosse team took the field against a team that was ranked No. 3 in the nation. For the second week in a row, they beat the No. 3 ranked team and moved one step closer to their goal of competing in the Final Four in May. Coming off of an upset of then-ranked No. 3 Adelphi, the Lakers set their sights on Long Island when they took the ﬁeld against the defending National Champion and current No. 3 NYIT Bears. After the Lakers fell behind 1-0, Jim Mullaley scooped up an offensive ground ball and fed Andrew Schuster, who hit the back of the net to knot the game at one. Fortunately for the Lakers, this would not be the last big goal that Schuster would have on the day. That goal started a string of four consecutive scores for the Lakers and, during the same time frame, Mercyhurst stepped up its defense, holding the Bears scoreless for the next 26 minutes. Greg Stocks gave the Lakers their ﬁrst lead of the game, 2-1 at 11:08 of the second quarter off of a feed from Mullaley. Adam Mulherin then teamed up with Mullaley as the West Genesee combination scored two consecutive goals less than 40 seconds apart to give the Lakers a 4-1 advantage. The Bears refused to go down easily though, as they battled back and scored three straight goals at the beginning of the second half to tie the game at four. The see-saw battle waged on as B.J. Lindner and Mike Bartlett each scored goals to give the
Dan Kick sets school assists record in loss
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Senior Dan Kick recorded 45 assists against Juniata Thursday, making him Mercyhurst’s alltime assists leader with 3,467 in his career. Unfortunately for Kick and the Lakers, the record came in a 3-2 loss to Division III Juniata in Mercyhurst’s ﬁnal game of the regular season. Nate Keegan performed well in the loss with 18 kills which moved him into fourth place on the school’s all-time kills list with 634. The loss dropped the Lakers to 3-20 overall. The Lakers will enter the MIVA tournament as the No.6 seed and will play the third-seeded Ball State Saturday. Flood places 23rd Junior Brendan Flood led the men’s golf team with a 23rd place ﬁnish at the District 4 Regional Qualiﬁer held at the Timberlak golf course in Edinburgh, Ind. Flood ﬁnished with a 76-70146, 11 strokes behind ﬁrst-place Chris Robertson of Ashland. Other golfers participating for the Lakers were Sal Vella (37th), Kyle Waddell (54th), Steve Barr (77th), and Craig Bishop (94th). The Lakers ﬁnished 14th overall out of 19 teams with a 600.. Indianapolis won the event with a 575, one stroke ahead of second-place grand Valley State. Women’s golf second after one day of competition Lynn Hylwa ﬁred a 96, good enough for seventh-place, to lead the Lakers to second-place after one day of competition at the four-team Cal Golf Tournament at Cedarbrook Golf Club. The Lakers are 36 strokes behind host California (Pa.). Amy Natalie and Kaitlin Brody are one stroke back of Hylwa and are tied for eighth place. Alanna Kirwin is tied for 10th place with a 98. Mattye Lauer rounds out the Mercyhurst participants and ﬁnished with a 104. Men’s rowing sweeps University of Buffalo The Mercyhurst men’s rowing team were close to perfect in a sweep of the University of Buffalo at Findlay lake Saturday. The Lakers won all ﬁve events which included the varsity 8, Freshman 8, Varsity 4, Freshman Novice 4, and Lightweight 4. Both the men and the women’s team wil ltravel to Indianapolis, ind. this weekend for the Indianapolis Invitational. Women’s water polo headed to Western Division championships The women’s water polo team will ﬁnish their season this weekend at the Western Division Championships in Bloomington, Ind. The Lakers enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed, behind powerhouses Indiana University and Michigan University, and will open play against sixth-seeded Grove City. The Lakers have defeated Grove City three times this season, the most recent being a 5-0 win in which goaltender Gina Mieras stopped 12 shots. Coach Robinette’s squad enters the tournament winners in 11 of their last 14 games. No. 4 Slippery Rock, No. 5 gannon, and No. 7 Washington and Jefferson round out the participating teams.
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Andrew Schuster (2) was named the Division II Offensive Player of the Week by the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) after scoring three goals in a win over NYIT.
Lakers a 6-4 lead with just under three minutes remaining in the third quarter. Tech then notched two quick goals to set the stage for a dramatic and pivotal fourth quarter that allowed the Lakers to utilize a mixture of late-game heroics and spectacular goaltending to come away with a crucial NYCAC victory. Andrew Schuster scored the only two goals of the quarter as Mike Bringley made three of his eight saves on the day as the Lakers spoiled Tech’s alumni weekend and championship celebration with an 8-6 win. Schuster and Bringley were honored as the
NYCAC Player and Goaltender of the Week for their efforts. When asked to comment about the win, Bringley showed his enthusiasm, but remained cautious saying, “We are all deﬁnitely excited about the win, but we realize that we have to look at what got us to this point and make sure that we continue to prepare for each game like it is the biggest of the season.” With the win, the Lakers moved from No. 5 to No. 3 in the National Rankings that were released on Monday. The Lakers will now have three home games in a row as they face Wheeling Jesuit on Wednesday at
4 p.m., No. 2 C.W. Post on Saturday at 1 p.m. and No. 7 Molloy a week later. ------The team will be without the services of freshman John Paige, who has been suspended from the team for disciplinary reasons for the remainder of the academic school year. The suspension was conﬁrmed Tuesday by Mercyhurst Director of Athletics Pete Russo. “The suspension will last until we see the dispensation of the case,” said Russo. Paige has seen limited action in eight games this season, tallying three ground balls and one shot on goal.
Softball drops three of four conference games in Michigan
By Andy Tait Contributing writer
Mercyhurst softball returned from Michigan this weekend with mixed feelings regarding their performances this past week. After two solid performances in midweek against Clarion, the Lakers had high hopes of winning two tough doubleheaders in Michigan. However, it wasn’t meant to be as the Lakers lost the ﬁrst three games before grinding out a win in the weekend’s ﬁnal game. The Lakers cruised past Clarion in Tuesday’s home opener, winning both games comfortably, 9-1 and 5-1. The Lakers opened their home season in spectacular fashion. They ﬂew out of the blocks to take a 6-0 lead by the end of the second inning. This superb Lakers start did not end there as they relentlessly continued to tear apart their opponents. Junior Kim Grifﬁn stiﬂed any offensive efforts the Golden Eagles tried to muster, while Melissa Rizzo and Erin Ratajczak hit three runs apiece to help put the runs on the board for the Lakers. The game ended swiftly by means of the eight-run rule. Something the Lakers themselves would fall victim to only a few days later. In game two the Golden Eagles responded instantly with a solo homerun. A bright start faded quickly for Clarion as the Lakers went on to win 5-1. Despite a great start to the team’s home campaign the celebrations could only be short-lived as the team traveled to Michigan for four crucial GLIAC conference games. Third-year coach Sara Headley knew the games were going to be tough, but felt if her team played to its potential they could be successful. Unfortunately, the team was brought crashing back down to earth as Grand Valley State overpowered the Lakers by scores of 10-0 and 4-0. An incredible period of play in the ﬁrst game for GVSU saw the home team score all 10 runs in the last of the fourth. The Lakers masterminded their own downfall in this contest as nine of the runs they conceded were unearned. Some strong hitting from the GVSU offense and some poor softball on the Lakers part led to the fourth inning blowout. The Lakers raised their game in the second contest but couldn’t muster the offense to really threaten GVSU. GVSU scored off of four singles all coming in different innings. The Lakers hit seven singles but were unable to ﬁnd a way to put runs on the board against their opponent’s stubborn defense. The win improved GVSU to 31-13 overall and 5-3 in the conference. On the back of a tough pair of games on Friday, the Lakers faced a Ferris State team that has enjoyed mixed fortunes themselves this year. The Bulldogs scored a pair of unearned runs in Saturday’s opening game that proved to be all that were needed to condemn the Lakers to a third consecutive loss. Despite the loss, the Lakers showed great character in the day’s second game and rebounded well. After three scoreless innings the game sprung to life. The Bulldogs scored another unearned run and from this point on many would have predicted another Lakers defeat. However, despite showing the frailties that had cost them in previous games, the Lakers bounced back with a run on a pair of bunt singles, a double steal and an RBI base-hit by Grifﬁn. In the bottom of the sixth the Lakers picked up the split after scoring two unearned runs of their own to restore conﬁdence ahead of another big week of games. The 3-1 win meant the Lakers left Michigan with a 1-3 record, which was not ideally what the team was hoping for prior to the trip. But coach Headley has a lot of belief in her team and is optimistic about the remainder of the season. “If we raise the level of play and rid half of the errors we are making at the moment then we could do damage,” said Headley. Junior Kim Grifﬁn echoes the sentiments of her coach and she too feels this team has the potential to be successful. “It’s just a matter of bringing our ‘A’ game to the ﬁeld each day and executing, and being conﬁdent in our ability to win,” said Grifﬁn. Grifﬁn, like fellow pitcher Jen Feret, has shouldered a lot of responsibility for the team this year according to Headley. The Lakers play host to four doubleheaders this week. They take on Wheeling Jesuit on Wednesday in a non-conference match up. The games are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
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Laker Sports “Quick Hits”
This Weeks Results...
Men’s volleyball...........................................April 13, L 3-2, Juniata Women’s water polo...............April 12, W 5-0, Penn St. Behrend Baseball....................................................April 14, W 5-1, Hillsdale April 14, W 3-2, Hillsdale April 15, W 6-4, Hillsdale April 15, W 8-2, Hillsdale Men’s lacrosse.........................................April 15, W 8-6, NY Tech Women’s lacrosse.......................April 15, W 15-10, Philadelphia Men’s tennis...............................................April 14, W 5-1, Findlay April 14, L 5-3, Lake Superior State April 15, L 5-1, Wayne State Softball......................................April 14, W 10-0, Grand Valley St. April 14, L 4-0 Grand Valley St. April 15, L 2-1, Ferris State April 15, W 3-1, Ferris State Men’s golf.......................April 14, 17 of 19, NCAA Regional Qual. April 14, 14 of 19, NCAA Regional Qual. Women’s golf.......................April 13, 2 of 3, Behrend Invitational April 17, 2 of 3, Calif. Univ. Invitational Men’s rowing..............................................April 15, 1 of 2, Buffalo
Red-hot baseball wins six straight
Team sweeps doubleheaders from Hillsdale and Clarion
By Bjorn Alnaes Contributing writer
On Easter weekend the Mercyhurst baseball team found six straight wins in their Easter baskets. The Lakers were superior to both Hillsdale and Clarion and thereby racked up their third winning weekend in a row. Their record is now 25-11, and the Lakers have already matched their total number of wins from last year’s season. The Lakers started their weekend Friday, with a trip to Hillsdale, Mich. for a four game series against their GLIAC rivals the Hillsdale Chargers. In their ﬁrst game the Lakers came out on top with a narrow 6-5 win. After being down 3-1, the Lakers managed to turn the game around and create a 6-3 lead with a pair of doubles from Joe Luli and Walter Wieczorek. The Chargers then came back with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to reduce the Lakers lead to 6-5. This was as close as the Chargers got to the Lakers, Mercyhurst celebrated their ﬁrst win of the series. In the second game of Friday’s doubleheader, Mercyhurst again found themselves behind from the start. This time the Lakers were down 2-1, but the determination and winning instinct from the ﬁrst game seemed to kick in again and the score was quickly
Playing small ball has been successful for the Lakers in winning close games.
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Men’s volleyball heading to playoffs
The men’s volleyball team will take on Ball State University in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) playoffs on April 22. Ball State is ranked No. 3 in the tournament, boasting a 20-6 overall record. Mercyhurst is currently ranked No. 6 in the tournament, concluding the regular season with a 3-20 record. The winner of the contest will take on the winner of the IPFW/Carthage match-up on April 27.
Athletes of the Week
The Mercyhurst Athletes of the Week award went to two lacrosse players, Andrew Schuster and Breanna Haggerty. Schuster took home the Male Athlete of the Week Award for his play in the Lakers’ upset of No. 3 New York Tech on Saturday. Schuster scored three goals on only four shots, including the ﬁnal two goals of the game which gave the Lakers the 8-6 win over NYT. Haggerty also played a major role in an upset, with the Lakers upending No. 10 Philadelphia University 15-10 on Saturday. She scored seven goals on the afternoon. She also set a Mercyhurst single-season record with 73 points, eclipsing the previous record set in 2001 of 71 points. She now has 44 goals on the season, just six shy of that single-season record of 50 set in 1998. The red-hot baseball team took home the Team of the Week award. The Lakers have won six in a row, including four conference games. They now stand at 23-11 overall, 11-5 in the GLIAC, and were recently positioned in the No. 6 spot in the region.
turned to 3-2 win in favor of the Lakers. Junior Adam Nine (5-1) worked the ﬁrst six innings to pick up the win while sophomore John Morris closed out the Chargers in the seventh for his sixth save. The two teams met again Saturday for the second and last doubleheader of the weekend. Mercyhurst remained hot and looked convincing as they swept Hillsdale again with a 6-4 win in the opener and an impressive 8-2 win in the nightcap. After resting Sunday, the baseball team was back in business on Monday with a road doubleheader against the Eagles from Clarion University (10-26). The Lakers proved that they are on a roll and dominated the
Eagles in both games. In the opener, sophomore David Lough had two homeruns for the Lakers. Mercyhurst went on to win the game comfortably by a score of 7-4, with good performances by Sean Weayant, Joe Fuli and John Morris. Lough’s multi-homer game was the ﬁrst for a Laker since Tim Stacey hit a pair against Indiana (Pa.) on April 6 of last season. In the second game of the day it seemed like the Lakers were cruising on the conﬁdence and momentum they worked up during the last three weekends. Jamie Pochatek, Adam Stewart and Greg Tellex all combined on a seven-hit shutout as the Lakers picked up the sweep with a
9-0 win. Josh Schmidt recorded a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with three doubles, and Lough continued his good form and went 2-for-3 at the dish with three runs scored, a double, a triple, a stolen base and a pair of runs batted in. The Lakers are now 25-11 overall and 11-5 in the conference. The team’s recent run of good results has converted into a jump up to No. 6 place in the North Central Region. The baseball team continues their busy week on Wednesday when they go off to play archrivals Gannon with a doubleheader.
Women’s lacrosse upsets No. 10 Philadelphia
By Jimmy McCann Contributing writer
The Mercyhurst College Women’s Lacrosse team walked away with two victories this past week and improved their record to 8-7. On Tuesday the Lakers traveled to Latrobe, Pa. to take on the Bearcats of St. Vincent College. Mercyhurst held a 5-2 lead at intermission and were seemingly on their way to a convincing victory. But St. Vincent opened the second half by scoring four successive goals to grab a 6-5 lead. The Lakers then took the game over by scoring ﬁve goals in just under four minutes. They took a commanding 10-6 lead that would never be surrendered as the Bearcats mustered only two more goals against a stingy Mercyhurst defense. Breanna Haggerty led Mercyhurst with four goals, including the game-winner. Kelsey French and Kristen Toomey scored twice while Jessie Horeth and Courtney Olevnik bined for 11 goals and an assist as the Lakers celebrated “Senior Day” with a 15-10 win. Mercyhurst opened two-goal leads twice in the ﬁrst 30 minutes, 4-2 and 6-4, before settling for a 7-6 advantage at intermission. Haggerty and French combined for six of the Lakers seven markers, three each, after freshman Jessie Horeth opened the scoring at 25:47. The Lakers owned a slight 2120 advantage in shots. Haggerty’s seven goals gives her 44 on the season, just six behind Nadia Shabanza’s one-year record of 50 set in 1998. Her 73 points surpassed the prior one-season high of 71 set by Amy Perry in 2001. French ﬁnished with ﬁve points (4g, 1a) and moved into fourth place for points in a season with 61, just one back of Laurie Sienkiewicz’ third-place total of 62 set in 1999. Mercyhurst will close the season Monday and Tuesday, April 24 and 25, with contests at Gannon and IUP respectively.
Men’s lacrosse moves up to No. 4
After two straight weeks of upsetting the No.3 ranked team, the Mercyhurst men’s lacrosse team has moved up again in the polls. In the most recent United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll the Lakers moved up to No. 5, up one spot from last week and two from where they stood at the end of March. For the second straight week Mercyhurst upset the No. 3 ranked team. This week it was New York Tech; last week it was Adelphi. The team is now 8-2 overall, and 2-1 in the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC).
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Freshman Breanna Haggerty scored seven goals in the Lakers’ 15-10 upset of No. 10 Philadelphia.
Baseball at No. 6 in region
The Mercyhurst men’s baseball team has moved up to No. 6 in the North Central Regional poll released April 17. The poll is conducted by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association (NCBWA), and the ranking is two spots better than last week’s standing. Mercyhurst swept games from Hillsdale and Clarion over the Easter weekend. The team now stands at 23-11 overall, 11-5 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
each added solo markers. Freshman goaltender Megan Foley was credited with nine saves and the victory. On Saturday the Lakers celebrated “Senior day” at Tullio Field when they hosted Nationally ranked No. 10 Philadelphia.
Kathryn Ball, Kim Johannigman, French and Lindsay Jackson could not have asked for a better gift from their teammates than the upset victory that they received in the last home game of their careers. French and Haggerty com-
Laker tennis programs wrap up regular season
By Brady Hunter Contributing writer
but ultimately fell. Likewise, sophomore Jennifer Daly stayed close in her second game, but ﬁnally lost 6-4. Junior Jamie Sutyak, sophomore Christine Mersch and freshmen Maria Franco and Kassie Leuschel also suffered losses in singles play. The Lakers fared no better in doubles, with the pairings of Mersch/Sutyak, Daly/McLean and Franco/Leueschel all dropping at the hands of Carnegie Mellon. The women’s team finished the regular season with a mark of 11-10. They will be anxiously awaiting a forthcoming decision as to whether they will be participating in the playoffs in early May or not. The men’s team found a bit more success at the end of their season, traveling to Michigan for the GLIAC Tournament. On Friday, they squared off against Lake Superior State in the quarterﬁnal round. The match would end in a 5-3 loss for the Lakers, but saw the continuance of a theme that has run through their season. Sophomore Mariano Fava was exquisite, winning his singles and doubles (pairing with graduate student Dan Hersh) sets. Fava continued to play well throughout the day, as the Lakers faced Findlay in the ﬁrst consolation match. En route to a 5-1 win, Fava, Hersh, seniors Lucas Krasowski and Rick Fowler and sophomore David Smith all picked up victories. Doubles play was also quite successful, with only the team of Smith and Fowler failing to put away their opponents. Saturday brought another score of 5-1, but this time with Mercyhurst on the losing side. Only Fava and Hersh pulled out a victory in doubles play, and the Lakers were blanked in singles competition against Wayne State. Strangely enough, three singles sets were left unﬁnished, with Krakowski, Fowler and junior Lee Michael Marnik left high and dry. In the end, these three sets could not have swung the match at any rate, but they would have made the ﬁnal more respectable had they culminated in Laker victories. All in all, the men took sixth place at this weekend’s tournament, and ﬁnished the season with a record of 10-10. Like the women, they are on the edge of their seats, waiting for a decision as to whether or not they will be competing in the GLIAC postseason.
The men’s and women’s tennis teams have officially finished Men’s volleyball senior setter Dan Kick broke the program’s all- their regular seasons, and both time assist record last week the team’s non-conference game stand near the .500 mark. against Juniata. With an assist on a Nate Keegan kill in the The women’s team concluded third game Kick tallied his 3,451st career helper. Greg Beato their campaign with a match held the old record from 1998-2000 with 3,450 assists. against a formidable Division III opponent, while the men’s season Kick has at least one more game in his career to add to his was capped by the Great Lakes record; the Lakers square off against Ball State this week in Intercollegiate Athletics Conferthe MIVA Playoffs. ence (GLIAC) Tournament in Midland, Mich. On Tuesday the women faced Russo contract extended off against Carnegie Mellon University, ranked No. 14 in Division Mercyhurst President Dr. Gamble announced recently that the contract of Pete Russo, Director of Athletics, has been renewed III competition. Carnegie Mellon proved too three years through 2009. Russo has been at the position for much for the Lakers, completing 17 years, the longest tenure of any AD in school history. a nine-set sweep. Freshman Jaclyn McLean put Quick hits are compiled by sports editor Ryan Palm. Anything worthy of being a “quick hit” should be emailed to up a ﬁght in her ﬁrst game, forcing her opponent to seven points, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kick sets assists record
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