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Jazz singer Sara Gazarek to perform Saturday, Oct. 21 in PAC
Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie Pa. 16546

Women’s volleyball meets rival Gannon Friday

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Vol. 80 No. 5

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October 11, 2006

Mercyhurst adopts plan to improve campus life
By Jessica Kocent News editor
Are you a student living with five other people in an apartment built for four? Do you hate the food in the cafeteria? Is there something about Mercyhurst you want changed? Well, the administration is listening. One of Dr. Thomas Gamble’s goals when he came to office was to implement Strategic Planning, a formalized ongoing professional planning process to make Mercyhurst College better. According to Dr. Heidi Hosey, Vice President of Strategic Planning, the plan will “build out of the community that lives it.” Mercyhurst College has had some formalized planning before. However, Hosey says the administration would usually make plans first, then gauge the response from the students, staff and faculty. But with this new plan, the Mercyhurst community will have a say in what is changing from the ground up. The first step in this 14-month plan is strategic dialogue. This first stage is centered on hearing the ideas of those who want change, including all of the students, staff and faculty. During the week of October 9, Erie Consulting firm, an outside company hired to work on the process, will conduct 2 12-14 student focus groups. These students were chosen completely at random and are supposed to represent the mix and balance of the Mercyhurst community on three different campuses. The next forum will be a town meeting held in the PAC on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. The Strategic Planning group will be asking the students what the strengths and weaknesses of Mercyhurst College are and what they want the campus to look like in five years.

If students are unable to come to this town meeting, they can also voice their opinions on the Website at http.//suggestions.mercyhurst.edu. Students will be involved in the entire 14-month process. So will faculty, administration, alumni, staff and community members. They will comprise a part of the strategic planning committees and help to draft the plans. Please see Plans on Page 3


Alcodemically speaking
Alcohol poses lifethreatening risks to college students
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-chief
Recent alcohol-related tragedies on college campuses around the nation are raising concern about student drinking. According an article in the Boston Globe, three students plummeted to their deaths in the past three months. One fell from a roof, one fell off a bridge after trying to perform a handstand, and another fell while trying climb a fire escape. All were intoxicated. Catherine Bath, the executive director of Security on Campus Inc., a nonprofit agency in Pennsylvania, said that alcohol is a leading factor in deaths on college campuses. “Half of the student population (on college campuses) drinks to access,” she said. “College campuses, on some level, are dangerous because kids are finally on their own.” According to Associate Vice President for Student Life and Director of Residence L i f e Laura Zirkle, Mercyhurst College had one alcoholrelated death in the past 10 years. Bath, whose son died from an alcohol-related incident at Duke University, says her organization works closely with colleges and high schools, constantly informing them about the affects of alcohol. “We support AlcoholEdu as the best tool to educate incoming freshmen,” said Bath. “We also use college-trained peer educators that inform high school students on alcohol.” Zirkle says Mercyhurst uses similar techniques to keep students informed. “All incoming freshmen have to complete AlcoholEdu,” she said. “We also discuss information at building meetings, we hang up signs, and we deal with Security on Campus Inc. keeps college campuses informed about rape, she said. “We talk about the connection between alcohol and acquaintance rape,” she said. Bath stressed that most college campuses do not address acquaintance rape. According to the University of Buffalo’s Counseling Services We b site,

Stop the Hate campaign begins
By Sarah Caram Contributing writer
With the goal of making students aware of hate crimes and bias in today’s society, Mercyhurst held its first Stop the Hate campaign last year as a step toward achieving this goal. The masterminds behind the creation of the campaign were Assistant Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct Dara Zirkle, along with other Residence Life and Student Conduct assistant directors who, through the Diversity and Enrichment Grant, were able to take their ideas and make them a reality. “The Residence Life & Student Conduct Office started this campaign to educate college students about hate crimes and bias-based acts. The intent was to provide a way for students to learn about, respond to, and take a proactive approach in preventing these crimes,” Zirkle said. According to Zirkle, the first Stop the Hate campaign started in March 2005 and ended on May 8, 2005. Residence Life and Student Conduct offices sponsored this campaign “…in an effort to promote tolerance, foster dialogue, and address issues of bias and hate,” said Zirkle. Residence Life and Student Conduct plans to add to the message this year. “While last year the overwhelming message was focused on promoting tolerance campus-wide, this year we are taking it a step further and encouraging Mercyhurst to go beyond tolerance,” Zirkle said. Residence Life and Student Conduct held a poster contest for Mercyhurst Students to start off the campaign last year, which was very successful with over 30 poster entries. “We encouraged students to submit posters that would serve as a visual tool to help educate and inform individuals about the prevalence and danger of hate-related acts and crimes,” Zirkle said. Celebrity judges chose the top three winners. According to a flyer announcing the deadline for submissions of the posters, the celebrity judges included: Scott Wolf and his wife Kelley Limp, Jeff Probst, David Lewis, Renee ByrdMullins and Sue Bea Montgomery. “Posters were judged based on the expression of them, artistic merit, originality, relationship of (the) poster and message and visual impact,” said Zirkle. The winning poster would be used as an inspiration to students. “It was our hope that the winning poster would innovatively and creatively express a message of tolerance and community through an original artistic medium,” said Zirkle. The top three posters were announced by Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble. The artists of the winning posters received a prize of cash, ranging from $500 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place, according to Zirkle. Please see Poster on Page 2

Dying for Halloween
“Date rape and acquaintance rape are forms of sexual assault involving coercive sexual activities perpetrated by an acquaintance of the rape survivor.” Bath said only one in every 20 rapes is reported. Tobin said there are 100,000 cases a year in which victims don’t remember if sex was consensual. According to a pamphlet by the Community Oriented Policing Services, alcohol does play some role in acquaintance rape. “Alcohol appears to play a large role in acquaintance rape, although it is not the cause,” states the pamphlet. “Research indicates that in over three-quarters of college rapes, the offender, the victim – or both – had been drinking.” Please see Alcohol on Page 3

discipline.” Bath stressed that the problem is not the people who have a few drinks, but those who have 10 or 15. According to Bath, alcohol kills six times as many people than any other drug. Mercyhurst College Vice President of Student Life Dr. Gerard Tobin cited statistics that there are 1,400 drinkingrelated deaths a year. Alcohol-related tragedies, however, extend beyond deaths alone. Alcohol has a high connection to rape and other crimes. Bath said Security on Campus Inc. puts out a newsletter that spends three pages listing alcohol-related tragedies on campuses.

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Senior Adam Hicks became one of the dead during his trip to Eden Run Farms for a Halloween hayride. Hicks shares his experience and anticipation for Halloween in his article “I Love Erie” on page 5.



October 11, 2006


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World Briefs
Compiled by Jessica Kocent From BBC News

Police and Safety Log
October 2 Theft Preston Hall Open Pending Investigation October 3 Theft D’Angelo Performing Arts Center Open Pending Investigation October 7 Liquor Law Violation Lewis Ave. Closed State Citation October 7 Liquor Law Violation 3830 Lewis Ave. Closed State Citation October 8 Liquor Law Violation Student Union Closed State Citation October 9 Criminal Mischief East 41st St. Open Pending Investigation

International news
Somalia declares holy war on Ethiopia
Somalia’s Islamists have accused Ethiopian troops of attacking a town and have vowed a “holy war” in revenge. The town of Bur Haqaba lies on the road from the government base in Baidoa to the Islamistheld capital, Mogadishu. Ethiopia denies that its troops have crossed the border but does support the government against the Islamists. “Heavily armed Ethiopian troops have invaded Somalia,” said Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, Contributed by Amy Zielinski seen as a moderate within the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC). Students on study abroad trip pictured in front of the “They have captured Bur Haqa- International Mercy Center on Baggot Street. ba. History shows that Somalis always win when they are attacked from outside.”

Mogadishu is controlled by Muslims.

Controversial Iranian cleric arrested in Tehran
An Iranian cleric, Mohammed Kazemeini Boroujerdi, has been arrested amid clashes between his supporters and police outside his house in Tehran. Police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of his followers, who had formed a cordon around his residence. In his sermons, Boroujerdi advocated a traditional interpretation of Islam, which separates religion from politics. He is accused of misinterpreting Islam.

Students travel abroad to get a global perspective
By Amy Zielinski Contributing writer

North Korean nuclear tests condemned
The UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea’s claim to have tested a nuclear weapon underground. It will also consider what steps to take next, including sanctions that could be mandatory and enforceable. President George W. Bush branded it a “provocative” act threatening peace and stability. Bush said he and regional leaders agreed North Korea’s actions were unacceptable and deserved an immediate UN response. Current Security Council President Kenzo Oshima of Japan urged North Korea to refrain from further testing and return to six-party talks.

Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il.

Castro not terminal
The interim leader of Cuba has denied U.S. media reports that his brother, President Fidel Castro, has terminal cancer and will not return to power. Raul Castro said the president, who had intestinal surgery in late July, was “getting better all the time.” The comments came after Time magazine reported on Castro’s alleged terminal illness. Castro handed temporary power to his brother in July, prompting speculation that his 47-year rule was nearly over. Cubans were told that details of the ailment would be kept secret to prevent Cuba’s enemies from taking advantage of them.

Castro will return to work.

Singh makes an appeal to end child labor in India
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has urged Indians to support his government’s efforts to end child labour. In his appeal, Singh said, “Our nation has solemnly pledged that children in our country are not engaged in any form of work at the cost of their right to education. He was speaking on the eve of a new law banning children under 14 from working as domestic helps or in food stalls. The order also bans child workers in teashops, restaurants, hotels, resorts, spas and other recreational centres. According to official estimates, India has more than 12.6 million child workers.

This past May 17 students and four professors from Mercyhurst College traveled to Europe for a study abroad program. On the 16-day trip, students and professors visited Rome, Assisi, Florence, Dublin, Belfast and Galway. Dr. Daniel McFee, assistant professor of religious studies said, “Studying abroad meets the mission of Merychurst College. It helps students understand the roots of the institution and get a global perspective.” Students were able to choose from two of three courses that were offered during spring term. All students were required to take social ethics and could choose from either Western Christian heritage or British classics. Each of these classes were specifically geared to where the students were about to travel. About 80 percent of the work was done in class, while the other 20 percent was done during the trip. In the Western Christian heritage class, taught by Dr. David Livingston, students were asked to become experts on a significant monument or church. While in Europe, students were able to see the monuments and churches they studied and gave a tour to the class. “I was so proud to see students standing before the basilica of St. Francis or the Lateran and tell the other students the history behind the church and the things they should not miss while inside,” Livingston said. Genevieve Hammer agreed this acquired knowledge made the experience worthwhile. “Studying abroad was beneficial because you saw what you were

learning. You got to go there and experience it,” Hammer said. “It makes a difference looking at a place and knowing information and the history behind it.” Dr. Brian Reed, assistant professor of English, had students read poetry by Yeats and short stories from the book “Dubliners” by James Joyce. Students visited Yeats’ house in Ireland while they recited his poetry to the class. “Since many of the poems describe what Yeats encounters daily in his castle home, going there was immensely rewarding,” Reed said. “I will be unable to read Yeats again in the same way.” Students in the social ethics class spent a great amount of time reading and discussing the book “Globalization” by Manfred B. Steger. McFee also wanted students to study Michael Collins to enhance learning on the Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, Ireland. Reed believed that, in addition to traveling while fulfilling core class requirements, the most enjoyable part of the trip was the bonds formed by the group. “We have incredibly intelligent and interesting students here at Mercyhurst. The best part, other than the wonderful experience of seeing the world, was getting to know the people better on the trip,” said Reed. “It is profoundly rewarding to get to know the students as co-explorers on a journey together. After a few days together, students become true leaders in shaping the group’s experience,” added McFee. Students can contact either Dr. Reed at breed@mercyhurst. e d u o r D r. M c Fe e a t dmcfee@mercyhurst.edu for more information about this year’s trip.

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Last year’s first place poster, submitted by Melissa Jack, Marann Curtis and Kelsie Smith.

Poster campaign will challenge thinking
Continued from page 1 According to second place winner Michelle Ellia, who worked with Alex Bonamo and Colleen Davis, individualism was the inspiration for their poster. “We are all different and have our own unique characteristics. In my poster I included the phrase, ‘What if Picasso only used one color?’ If he only used one color, his art would be bland and meaningless. However, the combination of colors in his artwork created a sense of beauty. Together, as a society, our differences combine to make beauty.” “I hope that my poster encourages people to think. I hope that it calls people to challenge the preconceived notions they have on diversity. Most of all, I hope that people allow themselves to carry out the message and help others to understand it,” Ellia said. Due to the great success and wide participation of the Stop the Hate Campaign and the poster contest, Residence Life and Student Conduct is planning its second running for the 20062007 academic year, which will start in the winter term. “The overall goal with this campaign is to provide a way for our students to learn about, respond to and be proactive in preventing biased-based acts and crimes. Furthermore, it is our intention to encourage our students to go beyond tolerance and embrace diversity, work to overcome biases and speak out against injustices,” said Zirkle.

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Denmark rocked by more cartoon scandal
The Danish prime minister has denounced the drawing of new cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad. Ander Fogh Rasmussen intervened in an apparent effort to prevent a repeat of the widespread protests over similar cartoons a year ago. Danish People’s Party activists were shown on TV drawing the images, which were condemned in the Muslim world.

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Democrats and Republicans ready for elections
By Sarah Caram Contributing writer
The College Democrats: An Expanding Group with an Ever Expanding Purpose. The College Democrats of Mercyhurst College is a growing, student-run political group that holds the ideas of political mindfulness and political action very highly. As such, they are seriously preparing for the November Election. According to Dr. Alice Edwards, director of the Mercyhurst College World Languages and Cultures Department, the group first began as the Young Democrats around the year 2000, when two political science students “…wanted to organize on campus.” The Young Democrats formed for college students who are “…eager to be active in politics in some way,” said Kyle Foust, Director of Career Services and the current advisor of the group. Historically, as well as currently, participation and voter turnouts by everyone is lower than it should be. However, the College Democrats are here to change that. Senior political science major and Spanish minor Maeve Kelly, is not only the president of Mercyhurst’s College Democrats, but also the president of the College Democrats of Pennsylvania. Kelly has been the president of this group for two years. “Politics is one of those things that affects everyone,” Kelly said. “In today’s society, there are not a lot of citizens that have civic virtue, that is, the drive to want to participate in government and feel the duty to take on the duties of being an American citizen, i.e., voting.” Like Foust, Kelly believes that it is important to have student as family, etc.,” Kelly said. Currently, the club has about 40 members. But after the RSCO fair the organization gained 30 new members. Kelly believes joining the College Democrats has many advantages. “Students will get the opportunity to work with the coordinated campaign office in Erie County, local officials, and passionate students by going door knocking, participating in voter registration drives, and phone banking. The knowledge they gain from these experiences will help them in future campaigns across the country,” she said. There are several main goals that are the focus of the young Democrats this year. According to Kelly, two of the goals are to elect Bob Casey to the U.S. Senate and to help Rendell remain as Pennsylvania’s governor. However, the main goal is preparation for the November elections. “We will be holding voter registration drives until October 6, participating in numerous statewide canvassing days and holding GO TV (Get Out The Vote) events,” said Kelly. The organization wants “To ensure that Erie County always remains blue, encouraging students to embrace politics, and teaching the young people of the importance of their vote,” said Kelly.

By Sarah Caram Contributing writer
The Young Republicans: a Group with a Purpose. The Young Republicans at Mercyhurst is a relatively new group that not only has a purpose, but also many hopes for the future. According to Dr. Michael Federici, Professor of Political Science and Advisor of the Young Republicans, the Young Republicans began at Mercyhurst in 2002 when he was approached by Republican student Rick Antin who wanted to start a branch of Young Republicans here on campus. Federici believes that having student-run political groups in colleges is important because it provides students with political experience. “It gives students an opportunity to get their feet wet in politics…it supplements what they learn in the classrooms, especially those who are political science majors,” said Federici. While joining political groups on campus provides students with experience and opportunity, there are disadvantages. ‘The Development of the Mind’ is the main focus of higher education and many times students who become “seduced” by the world of political power sacrifice their development for political power,” Federici said.

There is, however, one main advantage that students who join student political groups receive. According to Federici, this advantage is that these groups help students attain a greater understanding of politics. According to sophomore poltical science major Adam Hammer, current president of the Young Republicans, the club provides its members with the chance to meet new people who

run political groups at colleges. She also believes that political groups help students to decide to which political group they want to belong, rather than simply being a Republican or Democrat just because their parents were. “It’s healthy to have two political competing groups on campus because it fosters a sense of political belonging. It allows the student to see the two different sides and make decisions on their own about their political views without others influences, such

share a common interest. Like Federici, Hammer also believes that it is important to have student run political groups at colleges. “I think a lot of people don’t find (politics) particularly interesting…it is important to have these groups because it’s important to know the world around you,” said Hammer. Even with the advantages that the Young Republicans offer, there is always room for improvement and change. According to Hammer, one

factor that is hoped to change this year is the number of members. Currently, there are about 10 to 15 members involved in the Young Republicans. A main goal that Hammer has for the Young Republicans is that he wants people to realize the issues and that they have a choice in their outcomes. A sub goal of the group is for its members to become more “diverse” people, said Hammer. The main focus of the Young Republican meetings, according to Hammer, is to have its members attain an understanding of what the Republican Party stands for and also to promote republican candidates and ideas. “The Young Republicans work on presidential and local elections, as well as campaigns. They do such things as hand out leaflets, hold up signs and deliver yard signs for candidates,” said Federici. Students who are interested in the Young Republicans can get information on the group through the RSCO fair, by talking to Federici or members and by reading the organization’s constitution, which is on file with Darcey Kemp in the Student Union. While the Young Republicans at Mercyhurst have goals and changes that they want achieve, ultimately, they want their party to winas many elections as possible.

Alcohol poses life-threatening risks to students
Continued from Page 1 Zirkle says the Office of Residence Life gives students information on the statistics so they stay aware about alcohol and rape. She also noted that Mercyhurst, Gannon University and Penn State University Behrend are part of a group known as C-COMPASS: Campus and Community Partners Advocating for Safe Students. C-COMPASS ensures that all three schools have the same behavioral expectations for students no matter what campus they are on, Zirkle said. Mercyhurst is also hosting the semi-annual Alcohol Awareness Week from Oct. 10-13. According to program director Sarah Allen, the week is designed to increase student awareness of the potential consequences of alcohol abuse. “Our hope is to increase students’ awareness of the potential consequences of substance abuse and to encourage healthy decision making regarding the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs,” she said. The event is hosted in the fall and in the spring each year. “During the spring term we host our second Alcohol Awareness Week, which is held the week prior to St. Patrick’s Day,” Allen said. “We feel that this is an opportunity for us to remind students of the decisions they are making during a time when the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs are at a peak.” Chris Dimperio, director of the Cohen Health Center, said students should always be aware of the effects of alcohol. “If a person is out and goes unconscious, you have to suspect something,” she said. “If breathing slows, vomiting occurs and the skin turns color, seek immediate help.” Dimperio stresses that if students are at a bar and these symptoms occur, they can call 911. If on campus, they can contact campus security or call 911, she said. According to Dimperio, students can also use CPR if they know the proper technique, but she emphasizes to seek help. “In these situations, you have to get the intoxicated person to the emergency room fast and get IVs into them,” she said. “Depending on what the blood levels show, a person could be in the hospital overnight or for days.” Dimperio also warned against exercising drunken students, feeding them caffeine or giving them a cold shower. “Just keep the person awake,” she said. She also said certain drinks can make a person sicker. “Drinks mixed with 7-UP, Coke, or Pepsi intoxicate a person more because of the sugar content,” she said. Dimperio said the health center gives out tips on alcohol by making a bulletin board and passing out pamphlets to students. Students say, however, they are already aware of the effects of alcohol and take precautions when drinking. Junior Trevor Mattice says the programs dealing with alcohol awareness get excessive. “The awareness programs Mercyhurst has instituted in relation to alcohol are, to say the least, over the top,” he said. “If you think of how many college students drink alcohol across the nation, and how many deaths there are in relation to it, it’s a very small percentage.” Mattice also noted that colleges across the nation need to realize drinking is a part of the atmosphere. “Alcohol is a part of college and they need to embrace that,” Mattice said. Senior Katie Miller said she is aware of all the effects of alcohol. “I learned the basics of the har mful effects of alcohol through DARE in middle school and high school health classes,” she said. “But, through my dietetics major I have learned more in greater detail what kind of serious damage alcohol can do to the body.” Miller also said she takes precautions when drinking. “I like to go out with at least one other person for safety reasons and to have more fun socially,” she said. Senior Deanna Kramer says she witnessed alcohol effects firsthand. “I’m sure I’m not aware of every single effect, but I have seen many effects of extreme alcohol consumption,” she said. Kramer says she always takes precautions when going out as well. “I try to be as safe as possible when I’m out with my friends. Even if it becomes a bother its still worth it,” she said. “I try not to drink more than I can handle and I stay with my friends, and don’t go off with strange men.” Bath said, however, the number one way to stay safe and avoid any alcohol-related tragedy is not to get drunk. Dimperio stressed to not let friends drink that much. Tobin said the students of Mercyhurst live in a community of caring where friends care about friends. He emphasized that the best solution to avoid an alcohol-related tragedy is to have a designated friend. “A designated friend is one who will make sure you are safe and will make sure you don’t do anything you’ll regret,” he said.

Parents’ weekend
By Merissa Frank Contributing writer
Most college students thank heaven they do not have to deal with their parents much more than nine months out of the year But to give mom and dad a break, Parents’ Weekend is here again. According to Pat Liebel, Director of Alumni Services, about 250 parents called in an RSVP for the upcoming weekend. Liebel said, “This is a really great opportunity to reconnect with the students.” Heather Schwager, Vicky Fleisner, Haylie Starin and Zach Pekor, of Student Activities Council, have a few big events planned. Friday the Thirteenth kicks off the weekend with the traditional Family Bingo Bonanza, where students and parents gather in the REC Center for bingo with tons of great prizes. Saturday evening wraps up college sponsored activities with Fall Family Festival and Haunted Hurst Tours. At the Fall Family Fest, everyone can enjoy carving pumpkins, sampling festive pies, munching on caramel apples and sipping apple cider. Have a devilishly good time on the haunted tour led by Mercyhurst ghouls, rehashing horror stories of the past. Of course, parents are also welcome at mass on Sunday morning. After church, it’s time to say bye to mom and dad and see them again in just a few more weeks for Fall Break.


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Plans ready for 2007
Continued from Page 1 Hosey hopes the official plan will be implemented by October 2007, and for the next few years, the new changes will be monitored by Hosey and a committee. Then the process will start again. The Strategic Planning team wants to get as many ideas as possible. It will basically be an open forum with no particular topic in mind. Hosey, describes the process as a large idea funnel, beginning with brainstorming, then becoming a more refined plan as the process goes on. Hosey, says that administration “owes it to the students to do it right” and she would like to stress that there is no cap on the possibilities.

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Soul warming recipes
Presentation is Everything Halloween is just around the corner, and this disgusting-looking, but great tasting, treat will be a great way to set the mood. When I first saw this dish I did not think I would be able to eat it, but Halloween is all about adventure. And you need to be adventuresome to partake in this dessert. The scale of your presentation is up to you and how much you think your guests can stomach. Though unnecessary, the cat box and pooper scooper as serving utensils is a great touch. Tootsie Rolls are also optional. However, the effect is truly disgusting, which makes this recipe great for Halloween parties. Some even go as far as to set the cat box on newspaper and sprinkle cookie crumbs around this box. As with any recipe, you can improvise a little. If you are not a fan of Tootsie Rolls, you could heat and shape Snickers mini candy bars. How real you want it to look is up to you… there is a lot of room for creativity with this Halloween treat.

With Meg and Kyle

Fashion trip to the big apple
By Kate Collins Contributing writer
In mid November, some Mercyhurst students will attend a fashionable trip to New York City. Put on by the fashion department, students will be able to attend a five-day trip to the city to see some of the most widely known fashion venues in the industry. Marilyn Smith, director of the Family and Consumer Science Department, will head the trip. Students from all majors are able to attend and may also bring friends and family members. “I went on the trip last year and it was a really good experience,” said junior Laura Pusateri. “Those that went brought friends and family members too. It’s not just for the students.” The trip is estimated to cost about $535 total, but is well worth the money spent. Those who attend will be staying at a hotel located right in the heart of Manhattan. On Thursday, the first full day there, students will be visiting Times Square and Rockefeller Center, all the really big attractions of the city. The group will also eat dinner at Planet Hollywood and have time to shop. Friday, the students will be introduced to the fashion portion of the trip. They will start off by visiting AGX Textile Printing Firm. The firm provides for some of the biggest names including Tommy Bahama Swimwear and Tommy Hilfiger. They will then visit Warnaco, a licenser for designers such as Calvin Klein. After the visit, Warnaco is providing a nice lunch for the group. “One of our graduates, Sarah Greenlee, is actually the assistant to Kayla LaGrange, the president of Warnaco,” said Mariyln Smith. Following lunch on Friday, the group will visit Nicole Miller Headquarters and B & J Fabrics. On Saturday and Sunday, they will be visiting the Fashion Institute of Technology, where many Mercyhurst students are currently studying. A Meatpacking District tour is also on the schedule which will be in SoHo by Greenwich Village, along with a Broadway Play that will be announced later and a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “I’m excited to visit the different fashion headquarters and visit with the girls who go to Mercyhurst but are spending the year at FIT,” said senior fashion merchandising major Angela Pascoe. “And I’m obviously happy about going shopping somewhere a little more exciting than the Millcreek Mall!” Some of the other stops on the list include Fairchild Publications, which publishes one of the most widely known fashion magazines, Women’s Wear Daily, Couture on Madison and Parsons: The New School for Design where there is also a Mercyhurst student, Natalie Justi senrio, studying fashion. “It should be a really neat trip for all who attend. We’re getting a chance to see a lot of really spectacular places,” said Smith.

‘Cat Litter’ Dessert
Ingredients 1 Chocolate cake mix 1 White cake mix 2 Lg packages of vanilla pudding 1 Lg package vanilla sandwich cookies 12-15 Tootsie Rolls Green food coloring Eggs, milk...as needed by cake mix
Directions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Prepare cake mixes and bake according to directions. Then allow cake to cool. Prepare pudding mix and chill until ready to assemble. Crumble white sandwich cookies in small batches in blender/food processor, scraping sides often. Set aside all but about 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup cookie crumbs, add a few drops green food coloring and mix until completely colored. When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble into a large bowl. Toss with half the white cookie crumbs set aside (uncolored) and the chilled pudding. IMPORTANT: Mix in just enough of the pudding to moisten it. You don’t want it too soggy. Combine gently. Line a new, clean kitty litter box. Put the cake/pudding/cookie mixture into the litter box. Put three unwrapped Tootsie Rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until soft and pliable. Shape ends so they are no longer blunt, curving slightly. Repeat 1 or 2 more times. Then bury them in the mixture. Sprinkle the other half of cookie crumbs over the top and scatter the green cookie crumbs lightly on top of everything-- This is supposed to look like the chlorophyll in kitty litter. Heat three Tootsie Rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake; sprinkle with cookie crumbs

Equipment 2 cake pans (any size) Utensils to prepare pudding Microwave Blender/food processor New cat box and liner New pooper scooper Lg mixing bowl

Is the freshman 15 really as unavoidable as we think?
By Courtney Stuempges Contributing writer
Thousands of high school seniors across the country prepare for an unknown journey ahead of them: unfamiliar faces, a difficult curriculum, no parents, a brand new social scene, and … the “Freshman 15.” When dealing with life’s new stresses and changes many students turn to food, but the “Freshman 15” is not unpreventable. According to the Nemour’s Foundation, “Researchers at Cornell University found that students gained an average of four pounds during the first 12 weeks of their freshman year - a rate of gain that is 11 times higher than the typical weight gain for 17- and 18-year-olds.” A study done at Tufts University states that: “on average, men gain six pounds and women gain four and a half during their first year of college.” There are not many students on Mercyhurst campus that would turn down chocolate, Laker Inn cookies or french fries, the café’s ice cream or late-night CVS runs. The café and the Laker Inn are filled with both healthy and unhealthy choices alike, but students have that decision to make, which will either put on the weight or cut back. How can the “Freshman 15” be avoided? According to the Cable News Network, first and foremost, before you choose to eat decide if you are even hungry. Many people eat when they are bored, tired, homesick or stressed. Therefore, these people gain weight from simply eating when their not hungry. Keeping a journal of the food you eat can help you decide what foods are “empty calories,” what kinds of foods get you full faster and which keep you feeling full longer. CNN also says to go heavy on the vegetables, fruit, wholegrains and lean meats. Go light on the dressing and other condiments, desserts, gravies and bread and butter. CNN also says that you do not have to give up sweets all together, but reward yourself. Putting self-restrictions on certain foods only make them more tempting to eat. Let yourself eat sweets, but put a limit on the snack before you start eating it. According to the Nemour’s Foundation, staying on a regular sleep pattern may help because staying up late leads to large amounts of caffeine intake, which then in turns leads to more calories, more caffeine and less sleep. And the cycle continues. Many people eat when they are stressed. And many people are stressed because they do not get enough sleep. It takes about 20 minutes for food to reach your stomach and eating slowly helps your food digest. Eat your meal portion, wait 20 minutes, then decide if you are full or not. Keep healthy foods on hand in your room, like fruit, so you can eat that instead of walking to the vending machine. Alcohol holds many calories, and after consuming alcoholic drinks, many people go for the ‘late night munchies,’ which greatly adds on to the calorie intake. Nemour’s says that just 30 minutes of exercise three to four times per week can help with seeing and feeling the weight loss. Signing up for a scheduled class time can help you stick to a routine. CNN says that if you are serious about losing or maintaining a certain weight, that “commitment must be your middle name.” There are many areas in everyone’s life that can either cut back on food intake or increase exercise. For example, when at the Hammermill Library take the stairs instead of the elevator.

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MAC offers an excellent place to burn those extra lbs.

Keeping the weight off is not impossible, but coming into college as a freshman can lead to ups and downs both mentally and physically. Not trailing from normal eating habits can help avoid the infamous “Freshman 15” with a few painless changes in a student’s daily routine.

CNN says “The secret is to forgive yourself for one missed exercise session or eating one piece of chocolate cake. “Don’t let your failures undo all your efforts. If you go overboard, pick yourself up and start over again at the next meal or the next day.”

Math major competes with big dogs
By Jen Helbig Contributing writer
If you think that math is only for the classroom and balancing your checkbook, think again. A passion for math recently brought senior Brittany Parker, a mathematics education major, to Tomar, Portugal, for four days in September. There she presented a statistics research project on the topic of determining levels of harvest of Pacific Halibut. “I started the research this summer in an undergraduate research program at Penn State Behrend,” Parker explained. “It was my first experience with research so it was definitely challenging.” At the conference, Parker won the award for outstanding presentation. Parker estimated that there were about 25 universities represented, and she was one of 35 students involved in the undergraduate and graduate competition. “I was nervous to be among students from such prestigious schools at Berkeley,” Parker said. “After seeing a few presentations, I began to feel more comfortable. I knew I had done enough preparing to have a successful presentation.” Parker used her experience in Portugal to get a feel for what she would like to do after her time at Mercyhurst. “The reason that I was so eager to participate in research was so that I would give myself options after Mercyhurst. I am currently student teaching at Harbor Creek high school. I still have to make the huge decision between going to graduate school for statistics or continuing my teaching career.” “I already completed my GRE’s and will be applying to graduate schools within the next month. After I see what sort of offers I get from graduate schools I will be better prepared to make a decision.” Parker’s attendance at the conference is something for the Mercyhurst community to be proud of. “As far as I know, there has never been a Mercyhurst math student that presented at an international conference,” she said. “I was the only student to ever attend this one.” “I hope that more Mercyhurst students in every major will participate in student research. I am joining a research committee through student government that is going to look into having funds available for students to complete research at Mercyhurst.”

CEC makes children’s lives better
By Amy Zielinski Contributing writer
The Council for Exceptional Children Club expects many changes this year, including attracting new members and providing better services for the children it seeks to serve. CEC is an organization where students work with individuals with disabilities, exceptionalities, and/or the gifted. Peter Glumac, a junior special education major, says, “Knowing that I have helped someone, especially children or adults in need, is the best feeling I get as a future educator. I am fortunate to be a part of CEC and to have the ability to collaborate with equally passionate education majors.” Students can become involved in the Expanding Social Opportunities dances which are held at Mercyhurst College, Penn State Behrend and Gannon Universities. “When I go to the ESO dances, I am always excited because I know that I will have a great time. I give it my all, dance like no one’s watching, and leave with a smile on my face. I only with more people were involved wish this wonderful event,” says Glumac. CEC faculty advisor Dr. Richard O’Dell likes working with the students and their goals. “I work with the best students on campus. We are always improving the quality of life in Erie County. “We do things humbly and with very little cost,” O’Dell said. “The best part is to be able to see the joys of what you are doing not only in the faces of the children we support, but in the parents and other CEC members that work together to provide such awesome opportunities,” says Amanda Bandurak, a senior special education major. Other events that CEC plans include the Special Olympic ski meets, Winter Fest and speakers. Students who help out at the Special Olympics ski meets give individuals with exceptionalities one-on-one attention. Mercyhurst students also participate in the Crohn’s walk and attend state conferences. “Volunteers can look forward to creating solid relationships with peers, other CEC members, the exceptional community and their friends and families,” Bandurak said. “It is worthwhile to anyone looking to make a difference in the lives of many.”

October 11, 2006


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Internship numbers skyrocket in ‘06
By Lakyn Bianco Contributing writer
Mercyhurst students shattered Career Services’ internship placement record last year with 370 students, completing co-ops and internships 20 different states and five different countries. Students exceeded the 2004-05 school year internship placement record of 305, a growth of 65 additional placements. Among the internship sites this past year were Omni International Hotels, U.S. Coast Guard, Pompano Beach Club (Bermuda), Northrop Grumman, Lord Corporation, Laurelwood Hospital, Marriott International, Edmund L. Thomas Adolescent Center, Logistics Plus, Saint Vincent Health Center, Boston Dance Company and International Truck and Engine. “We are very proud to let our students know that Mercyhurst College has one of the premier internship programs,” said Robert Hvezda, Director of Career Services Cooperative Education/ Internship Programs. Career Services strongly encourages students to begin the preparation process as early as sophomore year in order to successfully compete against students from other colleges and universities. In order for students to become involved they need to attend mandatory internship information sessions. Dates and times for those sessions are posted outside Career Services. The office is located in 204 Old Main and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30. Career Services also provides construction and formulation of professional resumes.

Mercyhurst had a record number of students, 370, complete internships in 20 states and five countries

and North East Coordinator David DeSante. “Faculty also play an important part in the internship process

The buzzword nationally is for students to ‘network, network, network.’


The support staff types the resumes for students which can eventually be e-mailed to individuals for immediate access. Along with Hvezda, the Career Services Department includes Frank Rizzone, Kyle Foust, Dolores Griswold, Cindy Waidley

because students have to be first approved by them, and without faculty having strong trust in our department we wouldn’t be able to have Mercyhurst students have the exposure to such qualitiy local, regional, and national experiences,” said Hvezda.

Students may question if they can participate and complete internships in their hometown. Any potential internship site is possible as long as students provide a job description from the site to be approved by the college. In addition to experience students can also earn academic credit from the internship that can be applied toward graduation requirements. Students can review already secured internship sites on the bulletin board outside Career Services or in binders in the office. Hvezda explained that students should seize the opportunity to become engaged in the internship process so that they can have substantial practical experience to put on their resume and to talk about in the interview

process. Hvezda also stresses the evergrowing importance of letters of recommendation. The buzzword nationally is for students to “network, network, network,” making valuable contacts for future internships or employment. “I have had excellent feedback from internship employers on academic and personal maturity of Mercyhurst students, and employers continually comment on how students want to contribute and produce during the internship experience,” said Hvezda. Career Services’ motto is “Today’s quality service for tomorrow’s success.” Students should realize that it is never too early to prepare.


Prepare yourself for a Halloween hayride you won’t forget

iPod: friend or foe?
By Chelsea Boothe Campus Living editor
At the spin of a finger we have access to every song we love. Gone are the times when we carried around bulky CD cases and Discman players. Now, thanks to Apple, we can hear anything we want in a compact and sleek iPod. They have taken over campuses everywhere, and the ‘Hurst is no exception. According to senior Jessica Lamb her iPod is not just a friend, but “a lover.” Ultimately, it is questionable whether or not iPods are helping to create a community of music lovers, or a group of individuals who walk around in their own music world. Obviously, iPods create convenience and are space savers. However, it is an unspoken rule that you never disturb a person who has plugs in his/her ears. It would be as though you were interrupting their own personal world, a world into which you are obviously not invited because you aren’t listening. Potentially the iPod could be away to avoid all human contact, unless absolutely mandatory, such as class or checking out at the grocery store. Although, even in a checkout line there are plenty of people who are listening to music and tuning out the rest of the world. The question seems to be what are we missing when we aren’t being disturbed? Perhaps nothing. Or, maybe we miss a conversation with a friend, an opportunity to help someone who is struggling or the beauty of a sunny day in Erie (which are being numbered). Music is a wonderful thing, and iPods allow us to take sound-art everywhere we go. This is not an iPod hater article, or anything of the sort. But upon reflection it occurred that perhaps there is a time and a place for zoning out into a world filled with the Beatles greatest hits, and there is a time to truly be a part of the human race.

By Adam Hicks Contributing writer
As the temperature drops and the amount of daylight continues to decrease daily, dark cold nights set the eerie mood perfect for celebrating the Halloween season. In an attempt to open the eyes of students on campus to scarier opportunities in the Erie area, I plan to showcase different styles of frights. In North East, Pa., a farm Photo courtesy of Chelsea Boothe has opened a new haunted Left to right: Danni Lockerbie, Kyle Hicks, Chelsea house style of interaction. Boothe, Adam Hicks, Witch, Kyle Scully and Megan At Eden Run Farms, for Doleny. the second consecutive year, the farm is offering haunted to warm up and share scary perience with Mad Max in one hayrides. stories. word, “AHHHHHH!” Eden Run Farms, located Eden Run Farms also sells After Mad Max, the ride also at 11610 Cole Road, was purfall-themed foods to enjoy encountered such frights as chased by George Devenny while waiting, including hot an executioner, a toxic waste in 1999. chocolate, french fries and dump, a pack of werewolves The farm currently cares for deep fried pickles (a unique, and a witch. about 500 head of cattle and yet enjoyable taste). The ride utilized unique has recently begun offering In order to judge the props like chainsaws, smoke horseback rides to patrons for scariness of the ride on my machines and a REAL cow $25 an hour. haunted journey this week, I heart from their butcher shop To celebrate the Hallowwas accompanied by sophoto create even scarier effects. een season, the farm offers mores Kyle Hicks and Danni Based on a vote from my haunted hayrides every Friday Lockerbie, juniors Kyle Scully “Scare Evaluators,” they rated and Saturday night from dusk and Megan Dolney and senior the ride as a five out of ten, until 11 p.m. for $8 a person. Chelsea Boothe. scary but not terrifying. The rides are in large hay Each ride takes you deep Although it was not the wagons drawn by the farm’s into the haunted woods of most heart stopping ride, it tractors, which lead you on a Eden Run Farms, where eight offered enough excitement to scary ride around the propdifferent scenes await you in be creepy and enjoyable. erty. the lurking shadows. According to Carol, the Each ride lasts about 45 First, the ride stopped by ticket seller, 2,000 people atminutes and, for the more the butcher shop of Mad tended the chilling adventure daring, they also offer rides Max, who was cutting up last year, and Eden Run Farm led by the Grim Reaper in real something human looking in plans to increase the fright coffins for an additional $4. a blood spattered robe. When factor of the ride. To add to the Halloween he noticed the hayride, Mad Every weekend they change atmosphere, there are also Max jumped into the wagon the scenes and add scarier multiple booths set up to yelling in guttural tones and content. occupy patrons’ time while shaking his bloody knife in Carol encourages any waiting for the next ride. the air, which prompted a students from Mercyhurst Photo opportunities i a who are interested in terrifychorus of screams from the real coffin are available for ing people to stop by, because riders. those who dare. And there is Eden Run Farms is always Dolney summed up her exbonfire for those who want looking for more people to assist as monsters in the weekend haunting. With Halloween rapidly approaching, and families coming to visit the campus for Parents’ Weekend, I would recommend a trip to Eden Run Farms for a scary Halloween experience. As Carol put it, “The haunted hayride is excellent, it is a great time for everyone and it is very scary.” For more details please see the Website, located at www. hauntedhorsefarm.com Photo by Chelsea Boothe Kyle Scully took the oppertunity to lay in a coffin.

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Nukes, guns and Iraq . . . oh my
Recent headlines reveal unsettling realities
When considering a topic for this week’s article, I found myself sifting through countless headlines, each one more troubling than the next. I try to stay up on current events; I like to know what’s going on around me. But, lately the news is so depressing, I find it hard to stomach. If school shootings, the escalating death toll and violence in Iraq and the testing of a nuclear weapon by North Korea aren’t enough to bring you down, then I don’t know what will. The past few weeks have exhibited a dramatic increase Allison in school vioMoore lence. Multiple school shootings and failed attempts have Opinion editor rattled parents and students across the country. In response to the shootings, President Bush held a summit for educators, saying that he hopes that grief is turned into aggressive action to prevent more violence. The summit focused largely on improving communication between students, parents, teachers and police and stressed that better communication will be more effective in preventing violence than more cameras or metal detectors. The summit concluded that changing school culture would be the most significant; however, it is very difficult to do. I find it interesting, but not surprising, that the issue of gun control did not come up. It is an election year after all, and everyone knows the NRA has the government, especially Republicans, by the you know what. Compared to other countries, gun violence in the United States is appallingly high, yet no one wants to address the elephant in the room . . . no pun intended, Republicans. As mentioned before, another warm and fuzzy story making headlines comes out of a now nuclear North Korea. Yes that’s right, North Korea, headed by Kim Jong Il, who is a couple crayons short of a full box, now has nuclear capabilities. If you don’t remember, North Korea is the third installment of what President Bush calls the “axis of evil” and was on the receiving end of some pretty harsh rhetoric in the past. However, with the international community, most notably China, overwhelmingly condemning the nuclear test, it seems as if diplomacy and sanctions will be the course we choose this time. Funny how we invade a country we suspect to be developing weapons of mass destruction and then want to pursue diplomacy with one who has already tested its new toys. Why the change in heart? Oh yeah, that’s right, Iraq is a complete disaster. This brings me to the final component of my trifecta of bad news. The war in Iraq has been particularly bloody the past few weeks, and American soldiers are being killed and wounded at an increasingly staggering rate. Seventy-two American soldiers were killed in September and just about two weeks into October, 34 have been killed. The patterns unfolding in Iraq are clearly fitting the mold for civil war and even ethnic cleansing. But we must stay the course, of course. With all of the bad news, it’s no wonder people are so eager to detacch themselves from reality. In today’s world, reality truly does bite . . . hard.

Why I refused to go back
By Camilo E. Majia MCT newspapers
In 2004, I was sentenced to 12 months in a U.S. Army jail because I refused to go back to Iraq. Even then, I knew that our military presence there was fueling a national resistance while boosting terrorism across the world. And I knew our commander-in-chief was not being straight with us. Now the National Intelligence Estimate confirms that the Iraq war has become a “cause celebre” for terrorists. And Bob Woodward’s latest book, “State of Denial,” confirms that the president has consistently gotten a negative picture of Iraq in private only to turn around and give a positive picture in public. When I became a prisoner of conscience for refusing to return to my Florida National Guard unit in Iraq, morale among my unit was already low. But I’m sure it’s much lower now for all the troops who are there, or for those who are about to deploy, some for up to a fourth time. President Bush did not tell us, or the American public, the truth about weapons of mass destruction or about the strength of the insurgency. And Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld keeps extending the tours of our already-exhausted troops. Add to that the fierce resistance and it’s all guaranteed to corrode morale. We need to face up to the problems in Iraq. According to the U.S. military’s own admission, less than 6 percent of attacks on U.S. troops are conducted by foreign fighters. We are facing off against a national resistance. A new poll by the Program on International Policy Attitudes shows that 71 percent of the Iraqis want us out of their country within a year, and a staggering 61 percent of them approve of attacks on American troops there. Even those who support the war should be able to see that our military cannot prevail under these conditions. General John Abizaid, head of the Pentagon’s Central Command, said that the U.S. military had done all it could, Woodward writes. In no uncertain terms, Abizaid said we need to get out. Bush and others, including the authors of the National Intelligence Estimate, say it is crucial for the United States to stay in Iraq because otherwise we will lose standing in the world. But Lt. Gen. William Odom, former head of the National Security Agency, recently told members of Congress that getting out of Iraq would have the opposite effect. He noted that as soon as we left Vietnam, our standing dramatically rose around the world. The American people should demand the end of the occupation of Iraq and the immediate return of all troops. I don’t want any other member of our military to have to face the dilemma I confronted: whether to refuse an order and go to jail, or whether to go to Iraq and fight -- and perhaps die -- for a deceitful and illegitimate occupation. We owe it to our military to bring them home now, and we owe it to the people of Iraq to end the war. It will make the world safer, and it’s the right and decent thing to do.

Everyone that knew James, knew that his nickname was Poop, which he wasn’t too fond of. Well one day, we were all in the lobby and he said, “the next person who calls me Poop is going to get it.” Right after that, Joey, completely oblivious to what was just said, walked our of his room and said, “Hey Poop have you seen my shirt?” James got mad and took off after him down the hall and did this 10-foot flying squirrel leap into the air, losing his shoes in the process of tackling Joey. We all looked at each other and all I can say is, “Damn, I’m glad I didn’t call him Poop.” That was the great thing about James, he couldn’t stay mad at anyone, his heart was so big that even if he was it would only last a minute or two. To me, it seems like he just hasn’t moved in yet, until I go to bed each night and say goodnight and there’s no response. There won’t ever be, no matter how much time passes. Life hurt him so much, but this place and the people here made him happy. So that’s how you’ll stay in my heart Poop, happy at Mercyhurst. I miss you and I know you’ll be waiting for us with those big open arms like you always have. We will be roommates forever, James. Daniel Eiermann

Celebrating a life: Roommates remember James Jones
bed every Saturday and Sunday morning to wake me up for brunch. I miss our duets when we would sing Josh Groban in the halls. I miss you jumping out of your shoes to tackle me down the hall. I miss duct taping your shoes to the ceiling and looking for a shirt in my drawer only to find you walking down the hall wearing it. I miss working out, when you would dominate the gym, and I would let the gym dominate me, but you treating me like I was just as huge as you. I miss going to see you wrestle and being simply amazed. I miss you getting really mad at me and then coming into my room ten minutes later and giving me a hug. I miss running around campus in nothing but a wrestling single. I miss playing football; you were like a short Jerry Rice diving all over the place. I miss how I didn’t think anyone could be worse at basketball than me, until I met you. I miss you smiling at everything. I miss going to the library trying to be studious. I miss you constantly laughing and being able to cheer me up, because no matter what, I could never stay mad at you. I miss over the summer when we would constantly talk about living together, because our apartment was going to be unstoppable. I miss you in the front row of every one of my concerts, singing along to every song even if you didn’t know all the words. I miss our meaningful conversations; I would tell you things I wouldn’t tell other people. I can’t take looking into your room and not seeing you lying in your bed. You were, and still are, my best friend. I’m not sure of God’s whole plan, or how everything is supposed to work out, but I know that He gave me a guardian angel on August 18th, and I thank him everyday for sending me you. Joey Jablonski

I miss you Bud, and I know that you got mad at me when I wrote that song and didn’t show you first. But here’s a song, not one I wrote, but one that expresses everything I feel right now. I love you, Bud.

I miss you Bud. I miss our late night walks at the beginning of the year when we would try and pick up girls. I miss you not throwing cold water on me while I’m trying to take a shower. I miss you kicking my butt on the wrestling matt, while teaching me a few moves in the process. I miss you waiting to eat lunch with me, even though sometimes I wouldn’t be able to wait for you. I miss you jumping on my

When looking at James’ tombstone, there are two dates on it. But the thing that matters the most in the dash between those two dates, for that dash represents all the time he spent alive, blessing our lives with his. That is what matters most, how he lived and spent his dash. James was special to me like he was to many. He touched the lives of many in the short time he spent at Mercyhurst. Looking back on that year with James, I can recall some of my fondest memories. James came into my life at the very beginning of my freshman year, and it’s never been the same since. Jokingly, I used to call him my son because of the sheer size difference between us, but in reality I always saw him as a brother. Although one can never fully recover from the loss of a brother in life, looking back on how he spent his dash, brings us so many good memories. I can honestly say that I have never met anyone like James nor will I ever again. I wish I could thank James for blessing my life and influencing my dash with his, although it was cut short. I know that his dash between the two dates has meant more to me and many others than he could ever imagine. Thank you so much, James, for touching all of our lives. I miss you. Zachary Rhodes

If you build it, they’ll still come
I find the recent talk about securing the borders and building a wall along Mexico somewhat unsettling. About 15 years ago there was a wall built by the Soviets; however, their wall was to keep people in the territory. On Sept. 21, Boeing was awarded the contract with the Department of Homeland Security. T he proposal relies heavily on a network of some 1,800 Ellen towers which Koenig are to be erected along the Mexican and Canadian borContributing writer ders. The towers will be equipped with a variety of sensors, including cameras and heat and motion detectors. Essentially robots will be protecting the American people from harmful and threatening migrant workers. Additionally, last week President Bush signed the 2007 budget and approved an unprecedented level of funding for components of the Secure Border Initiative. This includes 1,500 border patrol agents, 6,700 detention beds, and $1.2 billion for border fencing, vehicle barriers, technology and tactical infrastructure. Another lesson from history: whenever the government makes something illegal, someone will find a way to go against regulation. There is a need for secure borders and passage ways in order to keep the homeland safe. However, there is a long history between the citizens of Mexico and the job market in the United States. The history is one that the media does not like to touch on, while the U.S. State Department is calling for an understanding and investment for stability of the country, Department of Homeland Security is calling for 6,000 miles of fences to be built. Another fun bit of information: if you hear gun shots on Lake Erie it is probably just the Coast Guard with armed vessels. An institution which is primarily responsible for saving lives and apprehending drug contraband is now being given an added task. With the constant focus on the U.S., a simple reminder of our neighbor to the south is being overlooked. Citizens from Mexico have been coming to this country as seasonal farm workers for the last 600 years, in some states of Mexico, Texas is still considered a part of their country, aggressively seized by their neighbor to the north. While at times it seems like Texas is in some ways a world of its own, we must unify the North American countries with cooperative governments to develop civilized means of immigration control. Another factor to consider: undocumented immigrants come from many other countries, including many parts of Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. Walls and guns boats will not keep people out forever. In a recent lecture by the Mexican ambassador to the U.S., Carlos De Icaza, a question was posed about border relations. Being a diplomat, he chose no position on the issue, but rather stated that, “the U.S. and Mexico should be building bridges instead of walls.” While such a suggestion in unlikely, the U.S. government must work cooperatively to gain control while still maintaining dignity in the process. How are actions are viewed is essential to success, because, quite frankly, no one likes to work with a raving lunatic.

Are you wondering…
What is appropriate to do in a particular situation? How might you act or respond? How do you decide what is right or best? ??? Do you have tough dilemmas right here on campus? In your dorm…In a class…On a team… Or… Do you have big questions about world events?

Ask the Ethicist!
The purpose of “Ask the Ethicist” is to provide insight and reflection on everyday ethical dilemmas facing individuals on campus. The “Mercyhurst Ethicist” is not one person, but a group of Mercyhurst faculty, administrators, and staff who will take turns responding to submitted questions. To submit a question, e-mail lseddig@mercyhurst.edu. Your e-mail address will be removed to ensure anonymity.

October 11, 2006


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Three’s company:
Sharing your space with a roommate’s boyfriend
My roommate and her boyfriend lock themselves in the room we share a lot and I can’t get any of my work done. I’m a freshman and my room is the only real space I have. I’ve tried going to the library but I’m just not comfortable there; I don’t feel relaxed and “at home”. I know it’s important for them to be alone together sometimes, but it really inhibits my ability to get my homework done in a timely fashion. What can I do without making myself seem like a prude? Dear Shut-out-of luck, First of all – you’re not a prude. It’s OK to want to get your homework done, it’s what we’re here for right? Well, that and hooking up . . . j/k! You don’t seem to mind their relationship; you just want your share of the space, right? Here’s what you do first: pull up the Merciad link on our college website and find in the archives the issue that came out last week. Read my article about the roommate that was talking on the phone a lot and apply it here. If you want them to stop locking you out, lock them out every chance you get. Then, scream and moan and then. . . wait, that might not be all that necessary. Just lock them out and ignore their knocking. Then, proceed to talk to your friends on the phone in a bellowing voice. . .oops, that’s exactly the same as last week and I don’t think they’ll want to pay me twice for the same article. If you’re not comfortable with shutting them out first and don’t want to do to them what they do to you, no pun intended, leave leaflets about abstinence taped to your door, the fridge and your bathroom mirror. Maybe they’ll reconsider their actions and you can get your work done while they’re talking with the local counselor. If they don’t go often enough, though, you might not be able to do all your assignments this term. So in all actuality, you just need to take your roommate aside and tell her gently that you guys need to work something out, like a schedule of events for the room. Say that you need this much time during certain times of the day to be able to be studious and catch up in your classes. Tell her you don’t mind that she has the alone time and remind her that her boyfriend has a place to stay as well. Bascially, bring up the fact that it’s a problem for you, she might not know that it is. Often people

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
The Good
Thanks to all the complaints last year, the dean’s list reception was changed to a dinner. Though it was still held in Egan Cafeteria, the food was good and the desserts were even better. The Strategic Planning Committee is seeking opinions from all segments of the college community -- even the students. It’s great to see that students’ opinions count and that a level headed process is being used to plan the college’s future.

The Bad
According to the Weather Channel, it is supposed to snow on Friday. So enjoy the last few days of warmer weather until winter sets in for the next several months, unless of course the weather man is wrong -- considering past inaccuracies, this is definitely not out of the realm of possibilities.

The Ugly
The garbage men opted to take out the trash at 4 a.m. waking everyone on Briggs and Lewis Avenues. Maintenance decided to cut the grass at 7 a.m. every morning making it difficult for residents on the Mercy Suites to sleep in. Not everyone has an 8 a.m. class and believe it or not, college students value their sleep.
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The Mercyhurst football team lost 49-17 to Grand Valley this past weekend.

just get so wrapped up in their activities that they don’t realize the agendas or concerns of others. Let her know that you need some of the space that you’re forced to share with her for the rest of this year and will consider living with someone else next year-- if this continues to be a problem. Also, don’t forget that it is her space, too. She’s free to use it as she pleases, just as long as it doesn’t interfere with your schooling. In this case, her actions are causing academic problems, so you have every right to be anxious. Just have a little roommate-to-roommate chat and see where that goes. If it doesn’t work, think about finding a boyfriend for yourself, preferably one bigger than hers, or ask your RA about another more appropriate plan of action. Peace, ~Tempest~ The Tempest is the new advice column for the Merciad. Questions, comments, fears, gripes, if you have a problem I want to hear about it. Let me tell you about the world and the way I see it. Ask me anything, I’m all ears. . .submit your problems or questions to tell_it_to_tempest@yahoo.com.

Friendly skies a little friendlier for passengers
Orlando Sentinel editorial MCT newspaper
The performance of the Transportation Security Administration the federal agency in charge of protecting airline passengers hasn’t always inspired confidence. But in revising its rules last week against passengers carrying liquids on airplanes, the TSA struck a reasonable balance between passenger safety and convenience. Last month, after British authorities foiled a plot to bomb U.S.-bound airplanes with liquid explosives, the TSA understandably acted quickly to ban passengers from carrying on liquids, gels and lotions. But the rules led to a sharp increase in checked luggage, putting a bigger burden on the system that screens it for explosives. And air travelers were subjected to yet another hassle. Now that FBI tests reportedly have indicated that small quantities of liquid explosives would not be enough to bring down a plane, the TSA’s decision to let passengers carry on liquids, gels and lotions limited to 3-ounce containers in a 1-quart bag makes sense. Ideally, screeners will redirect the effort they put into locating and confiscating toothpaste and mascara to looking for more dangerous items and spotting suspicious behavior. The TSA will need to monitor carefully the impact of its new guidelines. More adjustments will be needed if either safety or convenience turns out to be unacceptably compromised. Ultimately, the best way for the TSA to protect passengers is by making use of more effective technology to screen passengers and their luggage, and by better training its employees.

Students comment on alcohol
“Yes, through high school and college education.” Andreana Simone ‘07 “Yes, through seeing my friends intoxicated.” Amanda Kaiser ‘08 “Yes, through personal experience.” Gina Christoffersen ‘07

Are you aware of the effects of alcohol? How did you become aware?

“I turned 21 on Saturday. Other than that, I did not know until then.” Don Smith ‘08

“Yes, by growing up and experiencing it.” Chris Meacham ‘10

“I am aware. It’s engrained in everyone’s mind from childhood.” Seth Taha ‘10


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ENTERTAINMENT tHe Soulful songbird leads jazz quartet
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OCT. 12. New Found Glory, Early November. House of Blues, Cleveland. OCT. 12. Mercyme, Audio Adrenaline. Wolstein Center, Cleveland State University, Cleveland. OCT 13. Comedy Central Live: Demetri Martin. House of Blues, Cleveland. OCT. 14. Super ‘60s Spectacular with Contours, Cryin’ Shames, ? and the Mysterians, Shades of Blue. Palace Theatre, Cleveland. OCT. 14. Drive-By Truckers, Drams. House of Blues, Cleveland. OCT. 15. KIDS. “Doodlebops.” Warner Theatre, Erie. OCT. 18. James Blunt. State Theatre, Cleveland. OCT. 18. Silverstein, Aiden, It Dies Today. Town Ballroom, Buffalo. OCT. 18. James Blunt. State Theatre, Cleveland. OCT. 19. Silverstein, Aiden, It Dies Today. House of Blues, Cleveland. OCT. 19. Drive-By Truckers, Drams. Town Ballroom, Buffalo. OCT. 20. Cowboy Junkies. Dowe’s on Ninth, Pittsburgh. OCT. 20. Ian Anderson. Palace Theatre, Greensburg. OCT. 21. Wish You Were Here. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale at Ticketmaster. OCT. 21. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Valient Thor. Agora Theatre, Cleveland. OCT. 22. Zappa Plays Zappa with Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio, Napoleon Murphy Brock. Canton Palace Theatre, Canton, Ohio. OCT. 24. Bob Weir and Ratdog. Agora Theatre, Cleveland. On sale at Ticketmaster. OCT. 26. Heather Headley, Governor. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale at Ticketmaster. OCT. 27. Hellogoodbye, Reggie and the Full Effect. House of Blues, Cleveland. OCT. 30. Frank Black. House of Blues, Cleveland. OCT. 31. Virginia Coalition. Club Cafe, Pittsburgh. OCT. 31. Red Hot Chili Pe ppers, Mars Volta. Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. OCT. 31. Black Label Society. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale at Ticketmaster. NOV. 1. Atreyu. House of Blues, Cleveland. NOV. 2. Michael Schenker Group. Rex Theatre, Pittsburgh. NOV. 2. Reverend Horton Heat, Legendary Shack Shakers. House of Blues, Cleveland. Courtesy of Goerie.com

By Megan O’Hare Contributing writer
By the age of 23, many of us hope to have graduated from college, found a place to live,and landed a job in our field of study. Sara Gazarek, the PAC’s next breakthrough performer, was on the same path attending the University of Southern California majoring in Jazz Performance. In 2003, everything changed. She received the Downbeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Collegiate Jazz Vocalist. Gazarek did not yet understand what she had achieved until she was asked to perform at the Concord Jazz Festival with legendary jazz super stars, Karrin Allyson, Aeta James and Diane Schuur. Gazarek also became a client of Stiletto Entertainment that manages Allyson, Schuur and

Barry Manilow. A year after graduating from USC, Sara Gazarek had collaborated on her first CD with Grammy Award-winning American Jazz and classical bassist, John Clayton. Her debut album, “Yours,” was released earlier this year and incorporates the influences of Sarah Vaughn and Ben Folds Five into her already unique compositions and lyrics. Gazarek says she is extremely proud of this album. “I made a record with a producer and musicians whom I share a deep emotional connection with - an album that is filled completely with songs and arrangements from my heart. “My band and I were able to incorporate our strong backgrounds in jazz, without neglecting the modern musicians who have also influenced us. “To have this kind of freedom on a debut recording is mind-

boggling! It’s what every artist strives for!” said Gazarek. Sara Gazarek has been praised by the press and has taken the jazz world by storm. Her performance has been described by The New York Times as “Professionalism isn’t the word; this performance was sublime.” Sara Gazarek’s singing has been described by Shelton Berg, a legendary jazz pianist, as “…unique, soulful, musical, enchanting. She is a voice and talent to be reckoned with, and she will leave her imprint on jazz.” Many jazz musicians dream about the career Gazarek has accomplished and the future she has ahead of her. This breakthrough jazz artist will perform at the Walker Recital Hall on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Mercyhurst College Students with Mercyhurst ID (one ticket per ID).

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‘Employee’ worst movie of the month
By Jessica Nulph Contributing writer
Ten minutes into the movie I was asking myself, “Haven’t I seen this before?” “Employee of the Month” is yet another attempt to reveal the lighter side of working class jobs, a storyline which has definitely been played out. Unlike “Waiting” and “Office Space,” though, the movie provided little comedy and an overwhelmingly predictable plot. Employee of the Month is set in a Super Club warehouse, similar to Sam’s Club or Costco. Slacker box boy, Zack, (Dane Cook) falls for the new cashier, Amy (Jessica Simpson), who seems to only belong in the movie for her ample cleavage. After bribing the plump secretary with a candy bar, Zack finds out that Amy left her old job because she had a thing for the employee of the month. When he sees that Amy is flirting with head-cashier, Vince (Dax Shepard) who happens to have been employee of the month for the past 17 consecutive months, he knows what he has to do; quit his slacker ways and win the title, no matter what it takes. The movie’s anticipated release resulted in severe disappointment. Besides the poor writing, the casting posed a huge problem. The actors chosen really did not offer much unity in the movie. Each person simply used their own personalities, instead of creating a character for the film. Box boy Jorge (Efren Ramirez), Vince’s devoted sidekick, seemed to carry on his role as Pedro in “Napoleon Dynamite.” Jessica Simpson played up her breasts as always and Dax Shepard looked like he stepped out of the “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” series. Dane Cook, however, was surprisingly convincing as box boy Zack. Marcello Thedford could not have been more effective as Semi, a slow, dim-witted and overweight security guard. Overall, though, the cast was poorly choosen and definitely needed revising. There were some side-splitting jokes, but most were revealed in the trailer and often followed by boring scenes leaving me checking my watch. The movie seemed to drag, and never offered a reason to watch—besides Jessica’s boobs. It could have had some potential, but the writers did not even seem to try to outdo the others. They put together a midget, homosexual overtones and a

Sara Gazarek performs with her jazz quartet in the WRH.

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Try your best to avoid Dane Cook’s new movie, ‘Employee of the Month.’

few racist jokes and then called it a comedy. I cannot say I didn’t laugh, but I was undeniably more bored than anything.

The plot was weak and the ending was expected. Had the director not cast wellknown stars in the film, “Employee of the Month” never

would have hit theaters. Save your money for the dollar theater and even then wait until discounted Tuesdays.






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ENTERTAINMENT Local band, ‘Paper St.’ releases new CD
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By Joe Fidago Contributing writer
If you are like most of us here at the Hurst who aren’t from Erie, hearing the phrase “Erie music scene” doesn’t get you very amped up. However, that feeling very well may be erroneous. Local band Paper Street are set to release their third album, “Whiskey and Push-ups,” on Saturday Oct. 14, with a release party at Docksiders. Paper Street may not be new to anyone familiar with the music scene in Erie, as they have been together since 2001, releasing their first CD, “Here to Stay,” in 2002. “Music for the Desperate” soon followed, solidifying the band as one of the most popular

in the area. Picking up on Paper Street’s popularity, Labatt Blue began sponsoring the band, and continues to do so. Lead singer and guitarist Ryan Ray refers to many different musical influences that Paper Street draws from, including everyone from Shooter Jennings and Pantera to Phish. Ray is also very excited by the re-emergence of rock and metal into mainstream music, a feeling echoed by many fans of bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Hinder, whom Paper Street has played. In reference to the aforementioned bands and the Erie scene, Ryan says, “[Hinder] are good guys and have a great set and Avenged can really play…we have been pretty fortunate to have been somewhat accepted by

metal and hardcore fans. I think its all blues based anyway.” Of course, when you play a show in New York and one of the audience members who come to see you is David Draiman, lead singer of Disturbed, that gives you some recognition as well among metal fans. As far as the future of the band, Ryan’s goals are simple. “Hopefully [we can] continue doing what we love to do and maybe make just enough money to continue to do it…and hopefully make some music that doesn’t suck,” Ryan said. Fair enough. The CD Release party starts at 10 PM, and it’s an over 21 shindig, but if you want a copy of their CD let me know and I’ll pick it up for you. Cover charge is $3. Photo courtesy of www.paperstlive.com See you there. Paper Street’s third album ‘Whiskey and Push-Ups’ will be formally released Oct. 14 .

Fact or fiction: ‘Eerie’ tales that spook
Erie County Historical Society hosts horse-drawn mystery tour through the city for the month of Oct.
By Merissa Frank Contributing writer
Do you think you know all there is to know about Erie? Are you afraid of things that go bump in the night? Legends and Ghost Stories of Erie County can fill you in on what you may not know while giving you some goose bumps at the same time. The Erie County Historical Society has several events planned for the month of October to scare you. The most exciting experience this month, though, is the Horse Drawn Mystery Tour. During the summer, you can take a shorter version of the tour on foot. Melanie Stankey of the historical society took a keen interest in the ghost stories of Erie and began this project in the mid 1980s. According to her, all of the stories have some basis in truth. She mentioned the UFO found on Presque Isle to illustrate this. It is true that a UFO was seen at Presque Isle, but whether you choose to believe it was a practical joke or not is up to you. But just how do these tours frighten patrons? Stankey said, “We don’t feel the need to dress up. Costumes are distracting. You can’t make anything up better than this.” The tour begins on West Sixth St. at Watson- Curtze Mansion. For an hour, the carriage takes thrill seekers on a ride through Erie, down dark, obscure streets and alleys, while one of three tour guides orates local legends and bizarre stories. Stankey also said that there have been some freaky coincidences while she was giving the walking tour. One instance that sticks out in her memory is about a house built on an old cemetery. As Erie grew in size, the outskirts of town kept getting pushed back. As the people on the tours pass this house, she doesn’t tell them about it until they’re across the street. One year, some ladies were having a girls’ night out and one woman decided she was going to knock on the door. As she got ready to approach the house, she tripped and fell, taking her friend with her. Another person on the tour said that maybe someone was buried under the sidewalk and didn’t want them there. The next year, Stankey retold the tale. One woman in the group was particularly skeptical of the happening, and as she vocalized her opinion, a bat swooped at her head…coincidence? The carriage tours are Oct. 13, 20 and 27 only, at 6:30 and 7:30 pm. The cost is $18 a person. For upcoming events and more information, visit the Erie County Historical Society website at www.eriecountyhistory.org.

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Interested in Erie’s eerie past, check out the Haunted horse-drawn tours Oct. nights.

Film highlights intolerable Bush administration
By Christina Ferranti Contributing writer
At the inception of the film, “Why We Fight,” several people, including children, are asked why we fight in wars such as the one in Iraq. The children’s response is “freedom,” some adults stated that the United States is fighting for “ideals, the core values and liberty,” and yet others have no idea, but hope that our nation fights to strengthen what the country stands for. The entire film takes various viewpoints into how the United States is currently operated by the Bush administration, and it propounds aspects of the government that are not always brought to the forefront. J. Hoberman of the Village Voice succinctly summarizes the documentary film “Why We Fight” and how the influences of several different people affect the militaristic mission of the United States to spread capitalism and democracy. “Winner of the Grand Jury Prize last year at Sundance, Eugene Jarecki’s documentary analysis of our imperial war machine is considerably more sober and self-contained than Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. “Jarecki, best known for ‘The Trials of Henry Kissinger,’ juxtaposes a number of talking heads—smug members of the policy elite, assorted dissidents, a recent enlistee, and a Vietnam veteran ex-cop whose son died in the World Trade Center—to give U.S. militarism a human face,” Haberman said. The title of this film comes from a well-known World War II propaganda series by Frank Capra and reflects why the United States’ duty to the world is to maintain peace and democracy in a world full of inherently intolerable leaders. Jarecki uses testimonials of a wide variety of people across the nation including people from Gore Vidal to Richard Perle; Dan Rather to John McCain; former CIA consultant Chalmers Johnson to Anh Duong, whose family left Vietnam just prior to the collapse and who now manages the Navy’s Indianhead Explosive Center, which develops massive weapons. This film provides viewpoints that will leave the audience questioning their trust and faith in the government as well as the capabilities of this nation. One story is of a Vietnam veteran/retired sergeant on the New York Police force. He relates how his son died in the World Trade Center. This man was truly horrified that something of this magnitude could occur in the wealthiest and strongest country in the world. His overall goal was to do something for the memory of his son, to punish those who maliciously took several innocent lives. He knew from when he served in Vietnam that people could put the names of deceased loved ones on missiles and other armament to be dropped on Iraq and decided that this would be an excellent tribute to his late son. Altogether, the truth of why the United States went to fight Iraq is to spread democracy and

Take a look into country’s motivations and justifications for engaging in war in the PAC film, ‘Why We Fight.’

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capitalism, people, especially this man who lost his son, became enraged and betrayed by the government because the people believed this war was to punish the terrorists and to maintain the nation’s security. The different opinions of those who are interviewed shed insight into how the government conceals many occurrences overseas from the public eye. Bush, in an interview, states that media is necessary for the public to have some knowledge of what is going on outside the country.

What many people do not know is that the United States is spending in excess of a quarter of a trillion dollars on defense per year, which far exceeds what any other nation is willing to pay to maintain a line of defense. Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned Americans against using military force to achieve goals of democracy. Does the government strictly declare war to help the world or is it for self-enhancement, for oil or maintaining peaceful foreign relations? The United States benefits economically by the build-up of war;

plus, according to Eisenhower, the “military-industrial complex” will overcome the process of creating a government and force the American military to secure the valuable natural resources that the United States covets, even if it means destroying innocent lives. This pressure could have disastrous effects on the nation and already manipulation by the Bush administration as well as the role media has played is an important factor in the current Iraqi occupation. Many factors go into keeping a nation united However, could

this militaristic dream of not only spreading democracy and capitalism, but also securing inaccessible resources, to achieve an “ultimate state of peace” around the world only have negative consequences. Come see this film for yourself and see if this unique perspective will alter how you view the military. This show is playing at the PAC on Oct. 18 at 2 pm and again at 8 pm. Ticket prices include: Adult: $5; Senior Citizen/Youth: $4; Mercyhurst College Student w/ ID: Free (one ticket per ID).



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Mullane Yankees’ payroll leads tennis fails to pay off again to three wins
By Phil Rogers MCT newspapers Compiled from Sports Information Web site
The Mercyhurst women’s tennis team completed a successful weekend, winning three matches, two of which were GLIAC contests. The Lakers won all six singles and the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches in a 8-1 win over Michigan Tech Friday, but the higher quality win came over Lake Superior State on Saturday. Elizabeth Mullane won a threeset match for the second consecutive day to fuel a 5-4 Mercyhurst win. Mullane, a freshman, jumped out to an early lead on Lindsey Adams of Lake Superior, taking the first set 6-1, before dropping the second set 6-1. Mullane bounced back in third set with a 7-5 win, the eventual difference of the match for Mercyhurst. The win extends the Lakers’ win streak to four games overall and three straight against conference opponents. The third win of the weekend for the Lakers was a 6-3 win over Charleston (W. Va.). The Lakers N No. 3-6 singles players (Mullane, Meghan Raynor, Chelsea Downing, and Jaclyn McLean) finished the weekend 3-0, as did the No. 3 doubles team of McLean and Jamie Sutyak. Coach Ray Yost’s squad faces a tough challenge in its next two opponents, both of which are Division I teams. The Lakers will travel for a match with Duquesne Friday and will then return home for a match with St. Bonaventure Saturday. Duquesne downed the Lakers 8-1 last season while St. Bonaventure was a 4-2 winner over Mercyhurst, however win or lose the matches should be good warmup matches heading into the GLIAC Team Championships in two weeks. Spoerndle leads women’s golf at Allegheny Invitational Mercyhurst freshman Alex Spoerndle tied for sixth place with an 87 at the Allegheny Invitational Tuesday. Spoerndle’s sixth place finish led the Lakers to a fourth place finish as a team, 38 strokes behind first-place Allegheny. Spoerndle had either the first or second best score for her team in all seven events of the fall season. The tournament was the final event for the Lakers until the spring season which begins April 9 at the Ashland Invitational. Water polo wins nine straight The Mercyhurst men’s water polo team is near the tail-end of its most successful regular season in school history. Coach Curtis Robinette’s squad has won nine straight contests including a 15-12 win over Penn State Behrend Oct. 4. Andrew Schonhoff scored four goals in the win, extending his team-leading total to 39. The sophomore also has 11 assists and leads the team with 50 points. Jorge Montero (35 points), Zach Bell (34 points), and Oscar Calderon (30) are the next three on the team’s scoring list this season. DETROIT- When will we learn? When will they learn? After a season-long flow of adjectives running in their direction, which turned into a flood of praise after they acquired Bobby Abreu at the trade deadline, the New York Yankees were supposed to make their bats ring all the way to the World Series parade. Yet here they are again, stuck with another less-thanmagical ending. It took only a little more than 72 hours for the Detroit Tigers’ powerful pitching staff to prove this wasn’t the best $200 million that George Steinbrenner has ever spent. “I think we’re still the best team,” said Yankees center fielder Johnny Damon, sounding as if he were in denial, if not delusional. “We just got beat three straight games. ... I just hope that people, my teammates, look around and see what great players are in this clubhouse, because it’s going to be a different team next year. ... The star power in this clubhouse is pretty awesome. Hopefully we don’t forget that as players. You don’t find teams this good too often.” Every October, it seems, you find a few teams that are more successful. This time it was the upstart Tigers who buried the Yankees under the weight of their monstrous expectations. “They pretty much kicked our (butt),” said Alex Rodriguez, who in Game 4 became the highestpaid player ever to bat eighth. “They pretty much dominated us in every aspect of the game. ... They were a lot better team.” Jeremy Bonderman, following the example set by Justin Verlander and Kenny Rogers, finished off the Yankees in an 8-3 victory Saturday at Comerica Park. The Tigers, seemingly crushed when Minnesota surged past them to win the American League Central on the last day of the season, advance to meet Oakland in the AL Championship Series. Bonderman had failed to protect a 6-0 lead against Kansas City in his last start, allowing the division title to get away from the Tigers. This time he retired the first 15 hitters as Detroit took control with second-inning home runs from Magglio Ordonez and Craig Monroe. The lead was 8-0 before the Yankees finally scored in the seventh inning, ending a streak of 20 consecutive scoreless innings. This lineup_so powerful manager Joe Torre found himself choosing between Gary Sheffield and Jason Giambi_hadn’t gone more than 13 innings without scoring during the 97-win regular season. “If you pitch, you’re going to have a chance to win,” Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. “Good pitching is going to beat good hitting. ... Just because you have a great lineup doesn’t mean you’re going to win. You have to go out and produce.” This marks the third year in a row the Yankees have been stopped short of the World Series. They have won only three of their last nine playoff series, beginning with the Game 7 World Series loss in Arizona in 2001, and failed to make it out of the first round in 2002, `05 and `06. Rodriguez will be the face of defeat for the second straight year. He was 0-for-3 and had a throwing error, and now he faces a flood of trade speculation after

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Derek Jeter was unable to make up for the rest of the Yankees offensive woes in their ALDS loss to the Tigers.

going 3-for-29 in the last two Octobers. Torre did not apologize for dropping Rodriguez from fourth to eighth in a lineup that had Melky Cabrera in left field, Sheffield at first base and Giambi on the bench. “As far as Alex hitting eighth,” Torre said before the game, “he’s hitting eighth and we’re trying to win a ballgame.” Rodriguez’s lone hit in the 2006 postseason came in the Yankees’ Game 1 victory over left-hander Nate Robertson. Afterward, he was left to compare himself to John Elway, who had to play 15 seasons with the Denver Broncos before winning the Super Bowl. “I don’t know how to explain it,” Rodriguez said about his 1for-14 series. “I hit some balls hard and they got caught. The

frustrating part is I felt comfortable, felt relaxed.” Rodriguez, jeered by Yankee Stadium fans and criticized by teammates, used his postgame interview to make it clear he will not ask the Yankees for a trade. He repeatedly said he hopes to be “part of the solution” and said he’s not looking for an easy way out after three disappointing seasons in New York. “I’ve never run from problems,” Rodriguez said. “My commitment is 100 percent unconditional. ... (New York) is the only place I want to play.” Rodriguez stopped short of saying he would use his no-trade clause to block all possible trades. He indicated he would consider going elsewhere “if they’re dying to get rid of me.”

Chronicle reporters should be lauded, not sent to jail for doing their jobs
By Steve Kelley MCT newspapers
Once upon a time the Bush administration seemed serious about finding and punishing the cheaters in baseball. In a State of the Union address, President Bush even sandwiched his concerns about the abuse of steroids in the game inside all of his optimistic fluff about the direction of the Iraq war. For mer Attorney General John Ashcroft was so proud of the 42-count indictment he was handing out against individuals tied to San Francisco Bay-area laboratory BALCO that he made the announcement of those indictments on television. Yes, this was the administration that was serious about bringing down the heavy hitters and heavy users who were sullying the good name of this great game. Catching the steroid abusers was a big deal in the Bush administration. But then again, catching Osama bin Laden was important to this administration. And just as bin Laden remains at large, Jason Giambi was in uniform on Saturday as the New York Yankees’ designated hitter in the American League Division Series against Detroit. And his teammate Gary Sheffield, who, like Giambi was mentioned in the grand jury testimony against BALCO, played first base for the Yankees. And San Francisco left fielder Barry Bonds just finished a season where he moved only 21 home runs behind career recordholder Hank Aaron. But there is news to report in the war on steroids. Maybe the Bush administration can’t capture Bonds or bin Laden, but a judge Bush nominated has bagged Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada, the San Francisco Chronicle reporters who broke the story on BALCO, then properly refused to name their sources. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White has sentenced them to 18 months in jail because they have refused to divulge the name of the person (or persons) who leaked the grand-jury testimony in the BALCO investigation. If a Circuit Court of Appeals upholds White’s ruling (the deadline for filing their appeal is Oct. 25) Williams and Fainaru-Wada will serve up to 18 months in jail, more time than all the drug makers, pushers and users in the BALCO case. White is upholding the letter of the law, a law that says it is a crime to reveal grand-jury testimony. But historically the federal government hasn’t gone after journalists unless it’s a national security issue. And while Giambi looks menacing in the batter’s box, he isn’t a national security risk. Instead of catching steroid cheats, this story has morphed into plugging leaks. This case should be about the public’s right to know. Not about the whistle-blowers. But while the BALCO ballplayers play on, the messengers face jail time. A non-partisan issue the obvious abuse of steroids in baseball has been turned into an attack on the First Amendment. Instead of jumping on the cheaters who have slimed the game, the administration has jumped on the only people it could get. Like the old hidden-ball trick, the focus of this case has switched from BALCO and the athletes it has illegally aided, to another attempt at tightening control of the press and eroding more media freedoms. The work that was done by Williams and Fainaru-Wada was heroic. They legally obtained information that exposed the fraud in baseball. They let us know that some of the record breakers also are law breakers. They exposed the BALCO bad guys. They should be celebrated in every civics class in America. This is what an aggressive free press can do. They did what Bush said he wanted done. Instead of being demonized, they should have champagne dumped on their heads like pennant winners. They put BALCO’s Victor Conte in jail. They put Bonds’ personal trainer, Greg Anderson in jail; he was released on a technicality Thursday. This story is important to sports, but its ripple effect transcends the games. If Williams and Fainaru-Wada go to jail, other reporters will be less inclined to tackle these stories. They’ll be less likely to promise confidentiality to their sources, and those sources will dry up like the dirt around home plate. Stories will go unreported. Government secrecy will continue unabated. Corruption will thrive.


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hosted Saginaw Valley and took them into a fourth game, unable to seal the deal. Matson ended with a team-high 15 kills and Peterson added 13. Butler finished with 40 assists and Nelson had 17 digs. On Friday, the Lakers will take on cross-town rival Gannon at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center at 7 p.m. The first time the Lakers played Gannon this season they lost in a 3-0 sweep, even though they hung with the Knights in each game. This time Patton thinks the situation will be a little different. “There will definitely be a lot of emotion when we play Gannon, but this time we’ll be ready,” Patton said. Nelson agrees. “We want to be Erie’s team. Gannon is always big competition and we definitely want to be known in the area. More importantly, we want to represent our school well and think positively to accomplish our team and personal goals,” she said. If the Lakers can carry their energy and dynamism from this past weekend into Friday, they have a very good chance of pulling out their first victory since the beginning of September. And who better to do that against than Gannon?


Volleyball hosts Gannon on Friday
Team seeks to pick up second conference win of season in rivalry game
By Kelly Oldach Contributing writer
This past Saturday the Mercyhurst women’s volleyball team came two points shy of clinching its first win after nine consecutive losses. Challenging Northwood on their home court, the Lakers drove the Timberwolves into a fifth game that ended in a gutwrenching 15-13 loss. The Lakers came out strong and won the opening game 30-25. Northwood then took charge and played all of game two without an attack error and carried that momentum into game three, winning 30-19 and 30-20. Catching their second wind, the Lakers hung with Northwood in the beginning of game four before going on a 13-1 run winning 30-24. In the deciding game Northwood got out to a 12-5 lead, but Mercyhurst fought back again. The Lakers went on an 8-2 run, closing the gap to 14-13 before Northwood finally slammed down the winning point. Sophomore co-captain Jenna Matson led Mercyhurst with 14 kills and 19 digs, while freshman Julia Butler added 42 assists and

Sophomore Jenna Matson (in air) goes up for a kill against Northwood University on Friday.

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18 digs. Senior co-captain Cara Nelson posted 15 digs, which moved her into an all-time second place in career digs at Mercyhurst. Junior Kristen Peterson also moved up in the record books

with 10 kills on the day, moving her into fifth place overall. Coach Ryan Patton did not seem upset with the loss. “Northwood served real tough at the beginning of game five and we were in a spot where if we had

one point more to play with we would have been in pretty good shape,” he said. Despite leaving the Lakers with a 6-14 overall record and 1-11 in the GLIAC, Patton was very pleased with how the team

played. “As we progress as a team we have to actually be in a position to win. This game was definitely a positive step and we are now in that position,” he said. The night before, the Lakers

Women’s soccer falls to No. 19 after Friday’s loss
By Andy Tait Contributing writer
All good things must come to an end. Unfortunately for the Mercyhurst women’s soccer team, it was their 11-game winning streak that reached its conclusion this past Friday. On the back of some fantastic results, the No. 12 Lakers traveled to West Virginia for a pair of games with the hope of cementing their position as one of the top three teams in the region. On Friday, the Lakers battled against a very strong and physical team from West Virginia Wesleyan. Despite dominating proceedings and playing some great soccer in the process, it was the Bobcats who stole the win. The Lakers lost key players Lisa Melander and Adrienne Sluga during the game through injury. It proved to be one of those days for the Lakers as a 37th minute goal from Katie Schubert importance of bouncing back on Sunday and that is exactly what the team did with style. The Lakers powered past the University of Charleston, 4-0. Maria Amicone notched her third goal of the season off an assist from freshman Karla Vogt to give the Lakers a one-goal lead at halftime White knew how important that first goal was to his team, as it restored confidence and provided a platform for the team to push on in the second half. The Lakers did exactly that as they scored three more goals on their way to a comfortable win. Sarah Powell added to her goal tally for the year as she scored unassisted to make 2-0. The goal was Powell’s team leading 12th of the year. Midfielder Christine Rehnert added the team’s third goal off an assist from Amicone. The game’s scoring was completed by Lisa Casement, who received a pass from freshman midfielder Jessie Roberts, before firing past the Golden Eagles keeper. The result lifted the Lakers to 12-2 for the season and got them back to winning ways. With five games remaining, the team is still firmly in the hunt for the playoffs. White his hoping his team can win out the rest of the way to guarantee a playoff berth and possibly host the post-season tournament. The team will be without the services of influential midfielder Adrienne Sluga. Sluga will sit out the next game as she serves a one-match suspension after picking up her fifth caution of the season on Sunday. The team has five games left on the schedule, all on the road, four of which are against conference opponents. Next up for the Lakers is a trip to Michigan to face GLIAC rivals Northwood. The two teams will go head-to-head on Sunday, with the kickoff at noon.

Senior Lisa Casement tracks the ball in a recent game against Grand Valley State

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was all that was needed to seal the victory. The Bobcats (7-6) managed to shut out the Lakers, ending a remarkable 35-game streak in which Mercyhurst has scored at least one goal dating back to

2004. Mercyhurst out shot the Bobcats 19-10 and held a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal. Savannah Dempsey was in fine form in goal for West Virginia Wesleyan and shut down the

Laker’s offense. Laker coach Dale White was not too downbeat about the result. “We played some great stuff, we just didn’t get the break we needed,” said White. He stressed to his players the

Football loses to No. 1 Grand Valley State
By Chris Van Horn Contributing writer
The Grand Valley State Lakers scored early and often as they buried Mercyhurst before the Lakers ever had a chance. Grand Valley scored touchdowns on six of their first seven possessions in the game to build a 42-3 lead going into the half. Mercyhurst managed two touchdowns from Ben Jennings in the second half, but still fell by the count of 49-17 in front of more than 10,000 fans at Lubbers Stadium. Grand Valley State has won 76 of their last 81 games, including 19 in a row, which is the longest active winning streak in all of college football. The Lakers were out-gained by the count of 568-222, including surrendering 273 yards on the ground on 35 carries, an average of more than 7.5 yards per carry. “They came out and hit us hard and quick. Grand Valley is a very athletic team and they used their athleticism to exploit some of our weaknesses,” coach Marty Schaetzle said. much better in the second half,” Schaetzle said. Solid individual efforts were made by linebackers Bryan Boyce and Jim Kokrak, who each racked up nine tackles. Boyce also picked off a pass in the first quarter and had half a sack. Tim Herbener also picked off a pass in the fourth. Mercyhurst will prepare to take on Findlay next weekend, who is also sitting at a record of 1-5. “We feel that Findlay is a team like us in that they are a lot better than their record indicates. We have been competitive with some of the toughest teams in the conference and the most important thing right now is that we continue to improve every week. I feel that we have done that since week one,” Schaetzle stated. Findlay is coming off of a 3114 loss last week to powerhouse Saginaw Valley State. Findlay sits 13th in the GLIAC, whereas the Lakers currently is in eleventh place at 1-5. Parents’ Weekend should bring out a big crown to Tullio Field as the Lakers will be looking to rebound and pick up conference win number two.

Twenty teams are competing for the title of Intramural Champions and the competition is fierce. Leading the pack with 3-0 starts are the following teams: Jamie Walczak, Pat Osborne, William Rottenborn and Nick Gialloriakis. Holding steady at 2-1 are the following teams: Dom LoPresti, Dennis Coughlin, Richard Larson, Brian Folland and Tony Dorchak. Look for the other 11 teams to make an impact as over half the season is left to play. Playoffs will take place in November with the top teams from each division playing for all the marbles. Fans are encouraged to come out and cheer on the teams Monday nights from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Freshman Ben Jennings

Sophomore Bryan Boyce

Run defense has been the thorn in the Lakers’ side for the last two seasons and Grand Valley State took advantage. Grand Valley scored three touchdowns that went for more than 40 yards while holding the Mercyhurst offense in check. Mercyhurst could not get anything going on the ground as they managed just 46 net yards on 22 carries against a stingy Grand Valley defense that gave up just three yards per attempt on the season and allowed just 13 points per game. The Lakers managed some success moving the ball through the air as Mitch Phillis and Joe Laffey

combined to go 15 of 27 for 176 yards with one interception, the lone turnover of the day for Mercyhurst. Mercyhurst won the turnover battle against Grand Valley, but that was about the only battle the Lakers managed to win in this game. Despite the amount of yardage they yielded, the Lakers defense played hard all game against the best team in the GLIAC and the country. “At halftime we talked about going out and trying to win the second half, and play as hard as we could. We wanted to play for pride, and I felt that we did play



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Laker Sports “Quick Hits”
This Weeks Results...
Field Hockey.................................................Oct. 7, W 5-0, Catawba Oct. 8, L 5-2, Bellarmine Women’s tennis................................Oct. 6, W 8-1, Michigan Tech Oct. 7, W 5-4, Lake Superior State Oct. 8, W 6-3, Charleston Women’s soccer..................Oct. 6, L 1-0, West Virginia Wesleyan Oct. 8, W 4-0, Charleston Men’s soccer.........................................Oct. 4, W 4-2, Oakland City Oct. 7, W 2-0, Tiffin Women’s volleyball...........................Oct. 6, L 3-1, Saginaw Valley Oct. 7, L 3-2, Northwood Football...............................................Oct. 7, L 49-17, Grand Valley Men’s golf.......................Oct. 6-8, 9 of 10, GLIAC Championships Women’s golf..............Oct. 7, 5 of 8, California Univ. of Pa. Invite Men’s water polo....................Oct. 4, W 15-12, Penn St. Behrend Women’s cross country.................Oct. 7, L 26-19, Gannon Invite Men’s cross country......................Oct. 7, W 20-42, Gannon Invite Men’s hockey...........................Oct. 7, W 8-1 (ex), St. Clair College

Men’s soccer 5-0 in GLIAC
By Finella Annand Contributing writer
It was another winning week for the Mercyhurst men’s soccer team as they improved their record to 13-2 with two vital wins over Oakland City and Tiffin. With just five games left in the regular season, the men’s team is tied for fifth in the region and remain undefeated in the GLIAC. The men cannot afford to lose any more games if they want to make it to the coveted playoff tournament at the end of the regular season. Even if the men win all five of their remaining games, they may still fail to claim one of the top three spots in the region due to strength of schedule issues. Senior defender Zach Hiltner remains very confident about their chances. “I have no doubt that we will finish the season 18-2. We have been playing very well, the team spirit is great and we have a lot of rest time coming up. I don’t see how the tournament board will be able to ignore us if we have the best record in the region.” The three teams currently sitting in the spots that the Mercyhurst men so desperately want are SIU-Edwardsville, Northern Kentucky and Wisconsin Parkside. Northern Kentucky, which is second in the region is one of only two teams to have defeated the men this year, narrowly winning 1-0 in a close contest held at the Mercyhurst field earlier in the season.

Jeff Powell (19) looks to move upfield as teammate Andy Tait (5) looks on.

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In the news...
Mercyhurst Athletes of the Week
The Mercyhurst Department of Athletics named Kenneth Foster and Jaclyn McLean its Athletes of the Week on Monday. Foster is a junior cross country runner who led the Lakers to a victory over Gannon Saturday at Family First Sports Park. He won the overall race with a time of 28:16 to pace Mercyhurst to a 20-42 victory. McLean is a sophomore tennis player who went 6-0 on the weekend against two conference rivals and one nonconference team. Against Michigan Tech on Oct. 6, McLean won both of her matches without losing a game, picking a 6-0, 6-0 win at singles and an 8-0 win at doubles.

Pedra honored by GLIAC
A pair of goals and an assist gave Jason Pedra from men’s soccer the nod as the Player of the Week from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) on Monday. Against Oakland City on Oct. 4, Pedra assisted on the opening score and scored the game-winner in the Lakers 4-2 win. He also added a goal in a 2-0 win over Tiffin on Oct. 7.

The Lakers are hoping that the defeat will not come back to haunt them as the season begins to draw to its close. However, if this past week’s form is anything to go by, then there is a good chance that the two teams will meet again in the playoffs, enabling the Mercyhurst men to get their revenge. The men started off the week’s games well on Wednesday with a 4-2 win against Oakland City. The win was particularly inspiring, as four different players got on the score sheet. Matt Richards scored first for the Lakers on 29:15, only for Oakland to equalize before half time. Mercyhurst took the lead again early in the second half as Kurt Young tallied his 13th goal of

the season. However, Oakland had a reply four minutes later to bring the score level at 2-2. It took an important goal from senior captain Jason Pedra to break the deadlock in the 76th minute. From there on it was all Mercyhurst and Sean Spangler added an insurance goal late in the game to ensure a green and blue victory. The men then traveled to Ohio on Saturday to defeat a strong Tiffin team 2-0 and earn their eighth shutout of the season. It was a hard fought game for the Lakers and the first half went by without a goal. The men showed character in the second half to battle to a 2-0 victory. Senior Andy Tait scored a

captain’s goal six minutes into the second half to spur his team onto victory. Fellow captain Jason Pedra supplied the icing on the cake in the 81st minute as he buried a pass from Kurt Young. “It was a good win for the team. It was a close game and both teams had good chances. I think Andy Tait’s goal really spurred the team on and we never looked back after that. “The win on Saturday was typical of a lot of our wins this year where our games are close and we had to show character to pull through,” said sophomore Steven Duggan. The team’s next game takes place on Sunday as they make the long trek to face Northwood at 2 p.m.

Cross country having successful year
By Ryan Palm Sports editor The Mercyhurst cross country programs are having a terrific fall season thus far in 2006, something that has come through hard work and dedication from both the men’s and women’s programs. Coach Mike Fraley has had nothing but positive comments about the men’s team. “This team is a coach’s dream, they work hard seven days a week, no matter if its 90 degrees sunny or 45 degrees and raining,” said Fraley. Those conditions are no stretch of the imagination; those who have lived in Erie for any length of time are well aware of the variety of weather conditions that are experienced during the fall months. The men’s team has a trio of senior captains in Matt Deragon, Nate Smith and Jon Lyons. These captains have played an integral role in the team’s success, not only by posting competitive times during meets and matches, but also during practices and training sessions. That level of commitment has produced some impressive results from the men’s side so far this year. From finishing first at the opening invitational, the California University of Pennsylvania. Invitational, to the 3rd of 13 finof 34 at the National Catholic Championships at Notre Dame on Sept. 15. Unfortunately, the team came up just short against Gannon on Saturday, losing 26-29 in a heartbreaker. The team’s results have been especially impressive considering the team’s injury problems. Junior Victoria Caruso and freshman Morgan Walsh have had injury troubles all season, with Caruso finally making her season debut against Gannon. “Our team is improving every week and has shown tremendous heart by overcoming injuries to two of our top runners,” said women’s coach Kathryn NobleFraley. The team has been helped significantly by individuals such as Katie Jarocki, Carrie Franze and Laura McCarthy. “The goal for the remainder of the season is to get everyone healthy and compete in the GLIAC Conference Tournament at full-strength,” said NobleFraley. Coming up next for both teams is the Slippery Rock Invitational held Oct. 14 in Slippery Rock, Pa. Following that event are arguably the two biggest events of the year in the GLIAC Conference Championships on Oct. 21 and the NCAA Great Lakes Regionals on Nov. 4.

Senior Jason Pedra

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The Lakers are now 5-0 in the GLIAC, and have received the POW honor four out of the seven weeks it has been awarded.

Idle women’s hockey remains No. 3
Although they were idle over the weekend, the women’s hockey team held on to its No. 3 ranking in the USCHO.com poll released Oct. 9. The Lakers are 2-0-0 on the young season, having notched a pair of wins over Maine Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. The team begins three straight weekends of home games on Friday night when they entertain non-conference foe Clarkson. Clarkson is just outside the top-ten in the rankings, sitting two spaces behind No. 10 Boston College. This week’s rankings are listed below: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Wisconsin (4-0-0), 117 New Hampshire (4-0-0), 106 Mercyhurst (2-0-0), 85 St. Lawrence (2-0-0), 73 Minnesota (1-1-0), 71 Minnesota-Duluth (2-0-0), 61 Dartmouth (0-0-0), 60 Harvard (0-0-0), 45 Princeton (0-0-0), 19 Boston College (2-0-0), 17

Contributed photo by Mike Fraley

The men’s cross country team following their 20-42 victory over Gannon University on Oct. 7 at Family First.

ish at the LeMoyne Invitational on Sept. 30, the Lakers have consistently proven themselves to be contenders in the region. That same commitment came into fruition this past weekend when the Lakers faced Gannon University in a dual-match at Family First Sports Park. The Lakers dominated the race, winning handily, 20-42. Leading the pack for the Lakers was junior Kenneth Foster, who finished first overall with a time of 28:16, 26 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Laker Josh Peterson finished

second at 28:42 and Deragon finished fourth at 29:29. “This win against Gannon was exactly what this team needed to propel us into the post season. As a team we have come a long ways and will continue to improve as the middle runners continue to push for position on the team,” said Deragon. On the women’s side, results have been just as impressive. The Lakers posted a second place finish at the California Invitational, a fourth place finish at the LeMoyne Invitational and finished a respectable 20

Men’s hockey No. 27
The men’s hockey team is ranked No. 27 according to the latest poll distributed by the USCHO.com/CSTV voters. Mercyhurst received more votes than any other team in Atlantic Hockey, but Holy Cross and Sacred Heart join Mercyhurst in the “others receiving votes” category.

Rowing opens fall season at Genesee Regatta
By Ryan Palm Sports editor fying round would participate in a second shorter race in the afternoon. The men’s lightweight boat was the only boat that qualified, and it finished second of three teams in the lightweight championship round with a championship total time of 29:19:10. “We are pretty pleased with our first race as an individual performance, and really like the effort from the freshmen on board,” said captain Jeremy Ivey. The team is back on the water this weekend when they travel to Photo contributed by Jeremy Ivey New York for the Head of the The men’s rowing team finished 2nd of 3 teams on Saturday. Chautauqua on Oct. 14.

The Mercyhurst rowing programs opened their fall season The Lakers open regular season play this weekend when they this past weekend at the Genesee travel to take on the Bulldogs from Ferris State University. Regatta. The event was hosted by the Students wishing to follow along should go to the Mercyhurst Rochester Institute of Technolathletics page and then to the hockey schedule to find the link ogy in Rochester, N.Y. for the Gametracker website. Mercyhurst sent three boats to the event, a men’s lightweight and open weight, and a women’s eight boat. Quick hits are compiled by sports editor Ryan Palm. AnyThe regatta featured qualifying thing worthy of being a “quick hit” should be emailed to rounds in the morning, where sportsmerciad@mercyhurst.edu. the top teams from each quali-

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