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Vol. 74 No. 2

Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie, Pa. 16546

September 20,2000

Officials crack d o w n on parking
By Heather Cvitkovic Merciad Writer


•'.' Annie Sitter/Merciad Photographer Officer Lawson of Mercyhurst Police and Safety puts a locking tire boot on an illegally parked vehicle in front of the Baldwin Townhouses last week.

will result in a fine, vehicle booting and/or towing at the owner's expense. This policy applies to all members of the college. Students had better make time this week to " If fines are not paid or begin to accumuget parking permits or face citations and late, police and safety reserves therightto booting of their vehicles. use vehicle immobilization, better known as Come Friday morning we are going to "booting." This method has proven successbegin really looking and tagging cars that ful in the past in collecting unpaid fines. It don't have permits and those parked in can also be used to correct and control unauthorized lots or in restricted areas,** said undesirable parking habits. Ken Sidun, director of security services. Citations will be issued as a first step, 'The tags are free for all Mercyhurst wheel boots will be the second step and students," Sidun explaned. towing will be the last resort. While the school year is hitting trailWhere a boot has been attached because blazing levels in enrollment, security hopes of unpaid fines, the violator will have to to earn high marks for its newly implemake financial arrangements to pay the mented parking program. unpaid fines with the business office, and be Each student receives a color-coded able to show proof of payment to police and sticker which corresponds to a specific safety before the boot is removed. The parking lot Each parking lot has a color key violator will also be required to pay the boot to let drivers know if they can or cannot removal fee. park there. V Parking in the underground ramp next to v For example, commuters receive an ™ Old Main is not permitted to students. grangg Sfjckej and are, therefore, permitted Between 1 a.m. and 6 p.m., any vehicle^^^ to park in lots that have an orange parking found in the underground parking ramp that sign. Those with blue stickers park in lots is unattended and does not have the proper with a blue sign. 1 registration will be towed at the owner's Failure to park in the assigned areas, and/ expense. The parking ramps on East Briggs or parking in restricted zones or other parking areas not assigned to the vehicle See PARKING/ page 2

Alcohol task forceffinds Mercyhurst 'typical'
By Sara Seidle Merciad Writer In November 1999, a group of Mercyhurst College trustees, administrators, faculty members and students formed a task force to investigate Mercyhurst's party scene. In May 2000 the group presented the results of their research to Dr. William Garvey, Mercyhurst College president. Their report concluded that, when it comes to alcohol use on campus, Mercyhurst is typical for a school of its size J Despite finding that Mercyhurst does not have outrageous problem with alcohol on campus, Catherine Anderson, dean of student development and head of the alcohol task force, said the report brought to their attention that, "We needed refinement in policy and procedure and we needed to really look at activities and support that are available." ^Students will notice, if they haven't already, that discipline procedures and campus activities have been revamped to 1 reflect the conclusions drawn by the task force. Some of these changes are stricter punishments for alcohol offenses as well as more Student Activities Committee events on weekends. Weekend events will also be held later at night, some until 2 a.m. See TASK FORCE/page 2

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'Hurst Pub to open and close on alumni weekend
By Zack Venable Merciad WriterJ On Homecoming weekend this year, faculty, administration and returning alumni can attend the newly established 'Hurst Pub, but students cannot. I The grand opening takes place Friday at 6 p.m. to midnight and will be open again on Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight. The 'Hurst Pub will be in Mercy Heritage Room in Sullivan Hall. Described in the 2000 alumni Homecoming Bulletin as "a great place for alumni, faculty and staff of Mercyhurst to reunite," the Pub will be open only on these two nights and will be serving a wide variety of beverages, such as wine, beer and flavored coffee, along with a selection of food and snacks. Response to the 'Hurst Pub has been somewhat mixed. Robert Causgrove, a former student of Mercyhurst and a faculty member of the Erie School District's Gifted Program, thought that the pub was a good idea, yet questioned why something like this could not be arranged for the 21 -and-over graduating seniors. See PUB/page 2
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SEPTEMBER 20. 2000

More students sticking around after first year
By Dave Hermenau Merciad Editor If you think campus is crowded now, just wait. J f On top of welcoming the largest Mercyhurst fresher class ever, administration announced this fall that retention rates have again increased. That means more students are venturing onto the hill than ever before and that more are sticking around once they complete their first year. | Increasing five percentage points over last year, 85 percent of last year's fresher class returned for another go-around at the Hurst this fall. Retention rates measure the number of students who return after their first year in college and thus are good indicators of how institutions are treating their attendees. Monitoring the lives of Mercyhurst students is the job of Catherine Anderson, dean of student development According to Anderson, high retention rates are a sign of good health for colleges and universities. 66 As dean of student development, Anderson oversees, among others, counseling services, academic support, campus ministry, the student union, and health services.' In the three years since mat grouping, the Hurst's retention rate has jumped steadily each year. In the fall of *98, retention was at 77 percent. Last year it jumped to 80 percent and now sits comfortably at 85 percent. "It's the strongest trend that I've seen,** said Anderson who attributes the college's high retention rates to both improved admissions practices and increased attention to the entire (not just academic) life of$. students. According to Anderson, numbers are now indicating mat students choosing Mercyhurst) are choosing it for the right reasons. "Retention is about connection,*' she added. Anderson also sees the 2-year-old freshman year initiative course and certain changes to improve student life as contributing to the better numbers. Garvey agrees with Anderson regarding the roll admissions plays in keeping students on campus. It's a reflection of good admission standards, he said. "There is a direct link between the quality of the kids you bring and how much they stay.*' While administrators are enjoying better retention numbers, they have no plans of letting l£5percent become the status quo. According to Garvey, the very top northern) liberal arts schools retain 85 to 88 percent of their students. Ninety percent, he said, is ideal. For now, however, Garvey *s next goal sets the standards a little bit higher than last year. The faculty and staff have the academic year to convince 88 percent of thefresherclass that Mercyhurst is indeed the place for them.

CAMPUS NEWS ROTC take s on the rope s Retention! rate s show ri]se

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Catherine Anderson

"I think its just another indicator, like blood pressure and pulse rate,** she said in a recent interview. Three years ago, the college was losing almost a quarter of its freshmen class. That number was much too large for administration who then set out to change things. College President Dr. William P. Garvey 's solution was to group all the student support services together and name Anderson to oversee the groups.

A combined ROTC unitfromMercyhurst and Gannon participated in repelling and rope-bridge training last weekend. A gorge^ located just east of North East, PA proved to be a perfect location where students and Army instructors could set u^rt20-fdot repelling ropes as well as a waterway in which students could shimmy across on a constructed rope-bridge. Senior ROTC cadets set up and taught! students how to repel as well as how to construct a rope bridge using knot tying. Junior ROTC cadets furthered their!* leadership skills by assuming leadership roles over other cadets&.

Sophomores andfreshmenwere introf duced to basic military training. But above all, the training gave them an opportunity to leave the college environment, have fun and face their fears. | Hk Senior Daniel Marsh stated, "It was great seeing the younder cadets who were nervous facing their fears and successfully repeling down a 120-foot wall. They all had fun.' Students interested in ROTC or participating in training like this can call 871-7524 for more information. Paul Ickes, Merciad Correspondent


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"Yes, it's great to host something like this for the returning alumni, but I think that a number of students may feel some resentment toward it. Most senior-orientated activities usually are off campus and students are bused back and forth. It would be nice if they could have something like this here for the graduating seniors," he said. Carlos Zambrano, a graduate student from the University of Florida now attending Mercyhurst, said "Most colleges, like my old college, have similar functions for their alumni. It is nothing new.*' Zambrano also added "Yes, the 21 and over crowd might be frustrated with it, but it is not like it hasn't happened before." Patricia Liebel, director of alumni services, said, "The *Hurst Pub would be a great gathering spot for the alumni." Both Liebel and Ken Sidun, director of security services for Mercyhurst, assured that it would be a controlled situation.


partying on the weekend. The change in weekend events is a response to this. "We want to encourage responsible decision making," said Anderson. She said that to do this it was necessary to offer more choices to students. At the request of Dr. Garvey, the task force will be reconvening in October. "We will be looking at what we said needed done last year, what actually got done and what else needs more attention," said Anderson. "We want to do more to make Mercyhurst the kind of place we all want it to be, healthy, safe." The goal of the task force will be to look at the college as a whole this year. "By creating a healthy community, every area will be enhanced, spiritual, learning and relationships," Anderson said.


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Dance to be part of homecoming festivities
By Charon Hribar Merciad Writer

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include a series of experts from the upcoming concert, All American; Jazz, Tap and Swing, The audience will also be entertained by Spirituals by Mercyhurst dance departare only for students who have paid the $130 In participation with the Homecoming r!S weekend festivities, the dance departml ment director, Tauna Hunter; Joplin, by fee and possess a blue sticker. During the hours of 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. this will perform On Your Toes 2000 this 1 5 | dance instructor Mark Schneider and by the Saturday in the danceSpace. The homecom- work by Milton Tatum of Dallas Black area, will be open for parking any vehicle. ing performance will begin at 11 a.m. and is Dance Theatre, which premiered last i Anyone who is cited for a parking violation free and open to all. On Your Toes 2000 will February in Raw Edges //, again will be has 72 hoursfromthe date of the violation to file an appeal or pay the fine at the police host a variety of dance styles including gk performed at Mercyhurst. contemporary ballet, Negro spirituals, tap, i; On Your Toes 2000 Homecoming Perforand safety department. After 30 days the and jazz. % mance will be a wonderful morning of amount of the fine will be charged to the The Homecoming performance will premier dance works. Admission is free. student's account.



SEPTEMBER 20. 2000



New talent and administrator at 'Hurst
By Kristin Elizabeth Purdy Arts and Entertainment Editor The new chair of fine and performing arts as well as director of the D'Angelo School of Music has arrived and is ready to begin a "new challenge " Dr. Michael E. Cerveris has taken overjGlen Kwok's position as director of D'Angelo School of Music as well as Dr. Joseph Gower*s four-year position as chair of fine arts. "I am committed to the idea that* in the contemporary arts world, the lines between the disciplines are blurring,? and to prepare students for the future, it is prudent to^make that clear to them," said Cerveris. Cerveris brings his talents as a pianist and J if " S i . . . . administrator, plus a particular interest in musical theater, the newestfinearts program developed at Mercyhurst College, i ' "It is a reality that demonstrates the pluralism and multi-culturalism of our society through a fluidity that encourages the blurring for the boundaries between music and dance, between dance and theater and between visual art and performance,'* said Cerveris. Cerveris was the founding chair of the department of interdisciplinary arts and performance at Arizona State University, a position he held for a decade. "I'm delighted to have an educator with his experience and vision," said Dr. Gower, vice president of academic affairs, h L &j His background includes work as a director of the Institute of the Arts at Duke University in Durham, N.C., Marshall University, Huntington, W. Va., professor of music at Marshall University and Webster College, St. Louis, Mo. "Cerveris has a deep background in administration and strong commitments to work in the arts," said Dr. Gower £ £ i Cerveris began his musical education at Julliard School of Music, where he earned his bachelor of science in 1959. Since then, he has earned his master of arts at the Catholic University of America, his doctoral degree from West Virginia University and attended Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. "It is important to understand that, in addition to shaping the arts here at Mercyhurst into a comprehensive adacemic unit— I also have the responsibility of guiding the D'Angelo School of Music along its path. {This highly successful and very visible department, which owes so much to the generosity, the vision and not to mentionfthe passion, of Dr. George D'Angelo, will be the centerpiece for the whole constellation of the arts at Mercyhurst." Kwok, remains affiliated with Mercyhurst until Sept. 29, when he will begin a new position as executive director of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.



Dinner and fa movie
What's in a name? (food)
By Annie DeMeo Merciad Writer

'Nurse Betty'
Just the Ticket
Brandon BoyIan

As I drove down State Street searching for a new, different, and possibly exciting place to Betty (Renee Zellweger, "Jerry Maguire") is eat, I came upon the new deli, Fat Boys. I initially thought (in my most stuck up way) stuck in a DEAD END waitressing job and "I would rather eat at McDonald's than a res- wants more out of her small town life. Married to an unfaithful car salesman, she taurant called Fat Boys." But then I started to think or my stomach growled for an embar- is waiting for something significant to change rassingly third time since pulling out of the her life. Two cocaine dealers (Morgan Freeman, gates and I realized what the name entailed: huge portions. I put my blinker on and instan- "The Shawshank Redemption" and Chris Rock) arrive at Betty's house to confront her taneously decided the place wasforme. & * As expected, the restaurant satiated my ap- husband on a drug scam. After some "words," Betty's husband gets petite and I intend to return sometime soon. The restaurant itself is a cute corner street scalped "Last of the Mohicans" style. All the while, Betty is watching her favorite delfwith plenty of windows, a few tables and chairs and a full bar with nightly drink spe- soap opera starring her most adored actor, cials. The menu offered a large array ofchoices Dave (Greg Kinnear, "As Good As It Gets'*) but my choice was simple and food was de- in the next room.* Oblivious at first, she notices the brutality livered promptly without much more that had just occurred in the kitchen a few embarassing tummy talk. There are two basic sandwiches at the deli. minutes prior, with no sign of the murderers. The Fat Boy, (for which the restaurant is But here's the catch: Betty is so much in shock named) and die Fat Chic^Each sandwich con- after witnessing her hubby's murder, she essists of grilled meat (steak for boys, chicken capes into the daytime drama's reality. She leaves her [dead] husband a little note, for chicks) sauteed mushrooms, green peppers, red peppers and onions piled high on a sub gets into her Buick and heads for Hollywood roll. Then, provolone cheese is melted on top to meet her soap star Dave, fe Sound weird? Try sitting through two hours (Are you drooling? Because I am ....) The restaurant also offers traditional cold of it, wondering why you chose this instead w deli sandwiches. Portions are definitely huge of "The Watcher."' er ec™ r e r e a s deand prices are relatively cheap ($6.95fora full ^Zellweger^vas P f * f° *h °l Fat Boy) and half portions are Just $3.95 each ranged nurse Betty. Kinnear was phenomenal and are available for die appetite challenged. as the "I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV, |Fat Boys is located at 1201 State St. and over-emotional, yuppie actor. That's about the By Phil Pirrello payment and delivery of the conversation un- opened Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m.- only good thing I can say about this inconsisMerciad Writer til "The Director" can pay in person. Ford 1:30 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 tent, overdone, delinear piece of film trash. Rock, surprisingly disappointing and incredwarns Harry to be careful, prompting Harry to a.m.- 1:30 a.m. ibly unfunny in his role as one of the cocaine For aspiring filmmakers seeking tips how to wonder what's really on those tapes. The plot dealers who chases Zellweger across America, make a simple, yet complicated movie, rent thickens when Harry sees those he recorded obnoxiously overacted in every scene he was Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation. It working in "The Director's" office. Harry lis* is an intricate thriller that ironically juxtapo- tens to the tapes and hears what one may inter- says. He quizzes ones motive for getting him in. sitions how a man who watches for a living pret at a plan for murder. jjHaving his work a birthday present. \ He even spies on his girl, The audience doesn't even know where the can live a life in a world that is suddenly harm others in the past, Harry vows not to let Teri Garr, for loving him more than he loves film is headed by the middle of the movie, let it happen again. It's a race against time as himself. jThe plot and Harry work as one to alone cares by that point Delusional and farwatching him. * *THE PLOT: Gene Hackman portrays Harry tries to spy on those who are spying on deliver an unpredictable twist ending that leads fetched, the film has no basis or reasoning to |jj to an even more tragic denouement for Harry. it, leaving its audience with an ending even Harry Caul; a paranoid, isolated man who is him. £ $• v I THE GOODtfEveiything. Coming off The The Conversation is one of the few films in more disappointing than Freeman's perforinfamous in the world of free-lance surveilu Godfather\ Coppola writes and directs a tech which the plot is the twist, which serves more mance as Rock's partner/father. lance, but a nobody in the world he survails. The plot was meandering, lacked a solid under surveillance tone. Distorted sounds than just shock value. Harry has been hired to spy onjgtwo people THE BAD: The film ends. base and was boring. Even for the nonunder "The Director's" employment. Once echoing over the soundtrack evoke a feeling Just **watching" The Conversation is a cin- traditional movie buffs, the film is a major the job is complete, Harry goes to claim pay- of being watched^ ment for his servicesfrom"The Director, but r Hackman goes against type with a subtle, yet ematic injustice. It requires one to recognize let down. I gave it a D. "Nurse Betty," is greeted by his assistant; played with vil- compelling portrayal of Caul. Harry's para- the symbolism in order to decipher what it is rated "R," is playing at Tinseltown daily at lainous glee by Harrison Ford. Harry declines noia comes through what he does, not what he we need to hearfromwhat we think we heard. 1:50 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 10 p.m.



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Native American art featured in Cummings Gallery to mid-October
By Sarab Crawshaw Merciad Writer Mercyhurst's Cummings Art Gallery \fi opened on Thursday, Septjl 4 for its 20002001 season with "Haudenosaunee/ •: an exhibit of Native American art. This exhibit features the work of three artists: Peter Jemison, Peter Jones and Carson Waterman, who are all members of the Iroquois nation and actively foster art on reservations. jpThe art itself is a combination of drawings, paintings and ceramics. Each of these artists has been exhibited widely throughout the United States, in places such as the New Museum and Studio Museum in New York City, the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. "I think the work is very exciting. It's in the vein of contemporary American work^ and is very colorful and literal," said Dr. Michael Cerveris, the new director of the fine and performing arts division at Mercyhurst^ "Haudenosaunee" will be exhibited until October 15.

"Soft Fruit* a film at the PAC Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. Lectures on Indian Philosophy and Religion in Heritage Room Sept 25-29 at 7 p.m. "Any Given Sunday* at the Student Union Sept 22 at 10 p.m. and Sept. 23 at midnight "The Water Boy* at the Student Union Sept. 22 at midnight and Sept 23 at 10 p.m. Tailgate Picnic in Garvey Sept. 23 at 11:30 a.m.-l p.m.

Digital Photography art exibit at Erie Art Museum Tuesdays-Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m College ID Night at the King's Rook Sept. 20 starting at 7 p.m. ekoostic Hookah playing at Forward Hall Sept. 21 doors open at 7 p.m German Passions* Erie Philharmonic at Warner Theater Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. Gloss playing at the Wine Fest in Gibson Park in N. East Sept. 24 at 4-6 p jn

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2000

• Ground maintenance crews did a nice job covering up the cafeteria's grease trap on the west side of campus. The bushes surrounding the trap camouflage it nicely.


MSG takes issue with work
Union. As representatives of the students, it was our understanding and our observation^ that the Great Room was highly underused. Sure, it looks beautiful, but there were hardly ever more than 10 people in that room at a time, which is a generous estimate. < | M In addition, students had been complaining that there is nothing to do on this campus, w As a result, MSG decided that it would be within the best interests of its constituents to remove the carpet and install an all-purpose floor. By doing so, the Great Room will finally be functional. Already, the Laker Inn has set up an? express lunch line there to alleviate the overcrowding usually found downstairs at lunch. Also, SAC has purchased a retractable screen, a new projector and a new sound system for the room to show movies and other programming. A removable stage will also serve to host bands, comedians and other entertainment in the room, rather than crowding activities into the less than? adequate space in the Laker Inn. Finally, the Great Room will get the use it should. Besides putting a negative spin on a project that will enhance student life at Mercyhurst, The Merciad also misquoted Fischer in the article, "Union, Mercy" apartments grow to accommodate larger student body." After interviewing both Cass Shimek, MSG adviser, and Fischer, the reporter who covered that portion of the article apparently failed to recognize the difference between the Game Room and the Great Room, implying that the Game Room™ will be m the Great Room. \ This, again, is not the case. The Game Room has been set up in the Laker Inn at President Garvey's request to not destroy the beauty of the Great Room with pool tables. These are two different projects designed to address the problem of student boredom on campus, and MSG would like them to be recognized as such. MSG realizes that The Merciad is not a „ "free and independent press, however, they also recognize that that fact should not deter them from printing accurate news. In the future, we hope that the angle of the slant on each article it prints is not so visible. Lindsay M. Christopher, MSG secretary

Though it is not a free and independent press, and we all recognize it as so, The Mericad has already seemed to fail us after • Due in part to this column, Student Accounts has changed its policy on the All-Campus claiming that this year it will be allegedly card. Students can now put any amount they want on their cards, eliminating the $200 unbiased and accurate. minimum. I am writing on behalf of Mercyhurst Student Government, the organization that • The new multi-purpose room in the Union is making the lunch hour a lot easier for many struggled through last year as a rather students by serving an express lunch. Students can come in and get their lunch without ineffective body with poor leadership and an having to wait in the lines downstairs. Pizza, bagel sandwiches and pretzels are just some apathetic student representation. This year, of the items that are served. I however, beginning this summer, MSG has overcome the past and is striving to become the strong voice of the students that it needs • The dumpster behind the Mercy apartments has received a fence-lift. A fence was put to be. around the dumpster in the parking lot to hide it The dumpster behind the parking garage It has been rather particular in the issues will soon receive the same treatment that it supports and has even implemented change already, i.e., the Great Room and the Game Room. However, The Merciad has done a little less than support that, let alone • Despite a freshmen class of 18 students in the fashion merchandising major, the print accurate information about their classroom space has not been improved in many years. Several freshman girls enrolled in activities. an intro class have to sit at sewing machines during class due to lack of space. First, MSG in no way ever gave support to the grills that have appeared on the Briggs • The sound system in the chapel is not up to par these days and it showed at the Mass of tennis courts. Though this summer Mr. the Holy Spirit In the middle of Bishop Murphy's homily his voice become muddled and Moore did bring the idea up to Tracy Fischer hard for the crowd to hear. Maybe someone should look into enhancing the system when and Billy Byrnes, MSG president and vice important people come to visit. >, president, respectively, Fischer and Byrnes did not promise either financial or student • Saturday's 14-6 loss to Edinboro was not a pretty sight. The Scots, our cross-county support. rival; dominated much of the game, hardly leaving the Lakers any chance to move the ball. Because the students and MSG body were away for the summer, the executive board had no power to grant such support. In addition, at the Sept. 11 meeting of MSG, the body looked quite unfavorably on the • Despite the fact that cigarette bins are placed strategically around campus there are • 'a £ none by any of the apartments on Briggs and that is where they appear to be needed most. project, voting down any financial backing The outside of several of these buildings is littered with cigarette butts, making the mulch | of the barbecue, their budget already tied inJ ,their own projects. ^A ,*L * * L ^ H look like one big ashtray.* ^ ^ ^ j * jMjgigj||g|§'jgg^ However, despite the desire of MSG tonot "TT be involved whatsoever in the issue, The ge, red numbers have been posted to the sides of buildings on South Briggs, most Merciad informed the student population notably the Baldwin Townhouses. These numbers are to denote parking lots and to incorrectly of their alleged involvement by help security in patrolling the parking situation, but did they have to be so bold and ugly? stating that, "Tyrone Moore... and Couldn't we have used nice signs with scroll numbers? These numbers just don't fit in Mercyhurst Student Government representawith the rest of campus. ' tives got together and brainstormed ... [and] as a result of their deliberations, the tennis* • Several signs from the front hall of Main have been removed or taken. If they can't be court... was converted to a picnic area and replaced couldn't the tape at least be taken off the walls? % < basketball court." This is far from the truth of what happened, and MSG would like to remain unattached to Mr. Moore's project. • MSG elections will be held Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Union Secondly, The Merciad cites the changes The voting is to elect two freshman representatives and two Resident representatives. made to the Great Room as "Controversial" and questions the "fake wooden floor" in the







College guide: How to survive a guest
Have you ever seen the movie "House Guest," where the owners get shoved out of their home and are forced to live in their backyard? Well, living outside is not a good idea, and more importantly, it is always unpleasant to have your familiar surroundings taken over bya^guest" X Many students have felt like their campus home has been yanked outfromunder them because a roommate invites a significant other to spend the weekend.^ Often times you don't really care for this person who moves in and takes over your space, but you put up with it because you get along with your roommate. < * This can truly be a sticky situation. What if, one day, you have a "love bug" wanting a to stay with you? You do not want to | become a hypocrite, so you put up with your roommate's guest so they won't mind it when your guest stays. \ When your roommate hints to you that the happy couple wants some privacy. This means sleeping in your own bed is not an option, so how bad could the couch be? OK,

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so you lose your bedroom, your privacy and possibly some of yourfood(like the piece of chocolate cake you were saving for after the statistics test). You try to stay positive and happy so your roommate's boyfriend/girlfriend does not think you have some issues. Yet you are annoyed with the fact that you can't see the bedroom floor, the family room is cluttered with snacks and the kitchen sink has so many of their dishes that you can not even wash your own! Before I get carried away with past guest experiences, the point of this article is to suggest some advice on how to use proper roommate etiquette. Make them earn their keep. Suggest jokingly, that they cook dinner one night

Who knows, they might be excellent cooks! Also, use the guest as a chance to catch up with your studies. Go to the library and work on some of the homework that you have been putting off for weeks. The unexpected visitor can also give you personal time. Take a walk or go down to Presque Isle. Or take the time to catch up with some of your friends who don't live with you by going and visiting them. If you are truly fed up, suggest the couple get a hotel room, If they really want ultimate privacy. Finally, talk to your roommate. Let him or her know how you feel. For example, you don't mind company, but you do mind being "put out". If you are still having trouble, counselors on campus should be helpful in your situation. In the meantime, try to relax about the whole thing^ You want to remain friends with your roommate after the guest leaves; after all you do have to live with one another the whole year. | If all else fails, tell yourself the guest will eventually be leaving ... you hope. k


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How do you feel about SAC events being held only on weekends?

Gold rush
Hot or not?
Megan Cvitkovic
Calling all gold diggers... J f. The world is suddenly aglow this fall with the shiny sparkle of gold. That's right ladies, gold, only it's what you'll be wearing, not "digging" for. \ I I * And after the rage of silver and platinum jewelry and accessories that has had the fashion world in its grip for the past couple of seasons, gold makes its long-awaited comeback. U From bangles to beads, from tops to tights, from denim to dresses, gold h as "rushed** into the fashion world and lit it up like the city of El Dorado. * Drawing from sexy 70s disco wear and the flash dance looks of the 80s, designers the world over have created an array of golden girl wearables. \ Jewelry is, of course, the easiest way to wear gold. Try an oversized pair of gold hoops, reminiscent of Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera. Or stack on a wristful of bangle bracelets. There are also gold lariat necklaces, gold rings and belts with chunky gold belt buckles. I r But do stay awayfromcheap gold jewelry, like the kind that you wore in ninth grade. That jewelry is definetly not hot. £ If you don't have the bucks to shell out for the real deal, believe me there are some fake subsitutes that no one will be able to tell aren't
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"I think that there should be more stuff to do during the week because there are a lot more options for students on the weekends. They probably wont get as many people on the weekends as they would during the week. And they don't broadcast what is going to happen on the weekends very well." i — Holly B isceglia, sophomore "I've never really even heard much about SAC events even when they were during the week. They are not well publicized. And that could be a problem.] — CJ Ireland, sophomore

"It would be great but I don't think that SAC will get the participation they would like. I might go. I'm up late anyway. I'm a communications major, how much homework could I have?" Jeremy Verdi, junior "I think that it's a waste because people" would rather do other things on the weekends. They will be losing out ona5 lot of people who might come during the week." — Maura Donahue, sophomore M *T ve never really gone to any of the events before. It's hard because we have practice during the week, road trips on the weekends. So we have never really been able to go at all." j — Seanna Murphy, junior ;^

"I think that it is a good idea because more people can attend who couldn't have attended during the week. Maybe we can now have bigger and better events." Thorn Reznik, senior "Events during the week were fun, gave a break from work. Stuff on the weekends will be hard for students to go toj^ especially if it's only Coffeehouse. * College kids don't want to go to Coffeehouse on Fridays. That's just college.** — Rob Long, junior "It will be good on the weekends. A lot of people have homework during the week. If it's on the weekends more people might come." Jen Jeffrey, sophomore

"I feel great about having Karaoke on the weekends. The other stuff I am not too excited about.'* ~ — Eric Schmitz, senior
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Stores like Express and The Limited have tons of items that achieve the glamour of gold at a price that will not hurt your budget. They have gold tops, bracelets, earrings and rings in a multitude of styles. !*| But again, beware of cheap, scary gold. Watch out for items like Express* gold jeans which run for a whopping $75 and look more mustard yellow than gold, F So if it sparkles, shines, shimmers or glows golden, wear it And unlike logos, the key with gold seems to be the more the better. So here's to the new breed of gold diggers!

Alcohol policy meant to help, not hurt
The rumor mill is grinding away on campus. Every student has heard at least one rumor about the new alcohol policy and they are not happy about it. I am not here to clear up those rumors, nor am I here to start anymore as some might claim is my style. I just have an opinion on the whole thing and I thought I would share it Binge drinking has become a problem across the country. Kids are going out with their friends and consuming large amounts of alcohol in short periods of time. And then things happen to them that they, and no one else, can believe happened. It's a problem and it's scary. Thefreshmenwere shown a video at Orientation that told several stories about binge drinking. One told the tale of a girl who went out with herfriends,drank heavily, went home and passed out. In the middle of the night she woke up, still intoxicated, opened the window, which she thought was the bathroom and fell out.' I A Hopefully, that video hit home. These things do happen and to people that we know. I hope that the message reached thefreshmenand they are more careful. \ I am not saying that they have learned not to drink alcohol. They are on a college campus and it is a fad that they will consume alcohol at some point in their college careers. But hopefully they will do it more responsibly and know their limits. I don't know about anyone else but a wasted, pukingfreshmenis not my favorite thing to see on a Friday night.

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Heather Cvitkovic
I appreciate the fact that our school officials have taken an active role in trying to curb the drinking problem. I think that they, too, realize that they cannot erase the problem, only bring it down to a smaller, more manageable scale. But by caring enough to look into the problem, they will have fewer students with problems. ;^ The Alcohol Task Force was created to help this problem and I think a fact that many students forget is that it consists of faculty, administrators and students. So it is not just the higher powers deciding our future. There was a student opinion on the force. And who would know better than a student what is happening on this campus and what needs to change to protect the student. This new policy is not meant to hurt us or anger us. It's not meant to spoil our college fun. Its meant to protect us. To stop us from being the girl who falls out her window, or the kid who chokes on his own vomit It says, have fun, but please do it carefully. Of course this is just my opinion, hut maybe someday others will share it

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C h o p s t i c k s , c h o w m e i n a n d t h e G r e a t W a l l : LA. l e s s o n i n c u l t u r e
By Adam DuShole Features Editor Maybe your favorite Chinese buffet comes to mind, with it's chopstick-wielding waiters and indecipherable English. Perhaps you recall the poorly dubbed Bruce Lee kung-fu films that we've all seen. But China is more than rice paddies and pagodas, as one Mercyhurst student learned. Nathan Wallace, a religious studies major and more relevantly, an Asian studies minor, spent nearly four months in Beijing, China, leaving last February and returning home midThe city of Beijing presented quite a few cultural obstacles for Wallace. "I definitely recommend it, you have to put up with a lot of inconveniences, it can also be fun if you take it with the right attitude." Speaking of inconveniences, "there's no word for 'privacy' in Chinese," Wallace explained, "public toilets are just a hole in the ground, and youjust squat and try to mind your own business." The city is currently in a state of great change, Wallace commented. 'There's a lot of construction, the city's changing very quickly; you see all tall apartment buildings next to "hutongs"(tiny one-story homes) which is the way they've been living for centuries." The duality is more evident with the increased adoption of more conventionally "Western" methods and attitudes. "There are huge shopping centers, it looks just like any other city in the world," Wallace elaborated. But what about Chinese food? "Chinese food, at least the food in Beijing, is oily. Most of it was tasty, but I was getting a little tired of all the oil," Wallace said. The hands-down most odd food sampled while in China was, believe it or not, fried scorpions, locusts and cocoons. "The locusts and scorpions were good, the cocoons were not. Actually they kinda tasted like potato chips, I was just worried about the stinger." Upon graduation, Wallace plans to return to China and continue an in-depth study of the rich culture and history, an interest he has fostered for many years.







The jtrip was sponsored through the appropriately monikered Educ Asian program. Wallace matriculated at the Beijing Language and Cultural University, fulfilling his minor language requirements by speaking, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese. Mandarin is the most commonly spoken of China's several linguistic dialects. Wallace even earned a traditional Chinese name, "Wang Lin Tsun," loosely translated as **King of the Forest." While in China, Wallace had a few opportunities to travel outside of Beijing. Visiting the Great Wall was a particularly memorable experience. "We traveled to a rural, non-touristy area of the Wall, it was great," he said. Wallace traveled to Xian, a 14-hour train ride to the center of mainland China and the most ancient capital of the country. Most people know Xian for its famous handsculpted terra-cotta soldiers, each intended to escort the then Emperor into the after-life.






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R e s p e c t e d s c n o l a r o t l n S i i a n t h e o l o g y to; l e c t u r e o n
By David Her men au Merciad Editor Over the next two weeks, the college community will receive a crash coarse in Indian theology from one of the most esteemed scholars in the field. Though Sanskrit passages and Hindu prayers will fill the air, Dr. Mudumby Narasimhachari will be satisfied if he reaches the college community with just one message: that although we have different names for God, our belief in one deity unites us allf Narasimhachari looks forward to sharing his Hindu vision of reality, convinced of the importance of unity in diversity, both in the divine and in the relationships between religions. "The 'art' of nature is diversity," he said, "and the 'heart' of God is unityf N arasimhachari is professor and chair of the department of vaisnavism, University of Madras, India. He arrived on campus Sept 18 and will be with the college community through the end of the month. In October he will deliver a series of lectures at Oxford University in England, before returning to India* the World Association of Vedic Studies.* In his words, Narasimhachari*s presentations will, "cover the entire gamut oflndian Philosophies." \ In his career at the University of Madras, Narasimhachari has taught Sanskrit, Indian philosophy and religion. In addition to being an award winning scholar, Narasimhachari is also a well established poet He grew up in a small south Indian village, speaking Tamil and studying Sanskrit It was in this > childhood environment, said Narasimhachari in a recent interview, that his love of Indian religion and philosophy was born. "The interest in these things was natural in me, in-born," he explained. He was quick to come back, however, to his central belief that :although different religions may have different names and visions of God, that they are all inspired by the same divine force. In the early 80s, Narasimhachari attracted the interest of many students in Malaysia, his first foreign teaching experience.;His classes were well attended and Narasimhachari built


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Narasimhachari and Forsthoefel pose for the camera. His three presentations at Mercyhurst are being sponsored by the office of the president, Friends of South Asian Arts, the Department of philosophy and religious studies, the Asian studies Program of Mercyhurst College and

a strong reputation as respected scholar and teacher. Though this is only his second foray into teachmg students of other national and religious followings, the 61 year-old scholar is confident that Mercyhurst students will agree with his message. ] "Narasimhachari's visit to our community is valuable for students since they gain the opportunity to see an outstanding scholar and man of faith from a non-Western tradition. The fact that his own context is quite different from our own gives all of us an opportunity to expand our horizons and think creatively abou t what is common in our humanity and what is common to our various religious traditions," said Dr.Thomas Forsthoefel, assistant professor ofreligious studies. Forsthoefel was a main force behind.getting Narasimhachari to Mercyhurst. [^Narasimhachari will give three presentations to the college community Sept 25,27 and 29. Each talk wili.be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Mercy Heritage Hall. The college community is invited to attend.

N e w c l u b a d v o c a t e s a n i m a l frights; to b e c o m e P E T A c h a p t e r
By Adam DuShole Features Editor While many Eastern philosophies have long established the importance of animal rights awareness, Western society is finally arriving at that realization, l l u s y e a ^ a new club will be joining the ranks of Mercyhurst's other politically active student groups. The club will provide a forumforindividuals to express their disdain for the slaughter, abuse and exploitation of animals. „; Gary Cardot, administrative adviser of the club, appropriately dubbed "Students for Animal Rights," attributes the sudden surge of student interest to "influences from Eastern religions, New Age and also political awareness." According to Cardot, many individuals are now questioning the "quality of meat being consumed, especially in light of recent information about growth hormones and unsanitary conditions; the factory farming." The group held a number of organizational meetings during the spring term to plan its full list of activities for this year's fall term. The club intends to stage a number of open lectures and videos concerning the ethical treatment of animals and improving the current conditions of animal rights, and of course, some prolific distribution of literature. I W* Wi W(S lOOki fOY~ - (PETA)ia nationally recognized and politically active organization, responsible for increasing the American understanding of animal rights. While many interested students are vegetarians ofcyegans, it is not a prerequisite for club membership. The only requirement is a commitment to spreading awareness of animal rights. "Our cause is as important as civil rights pary Cardot^ and women's rights, we look forward to the day when we see all animals absolutely free The club plans to hold their first organizational of cruelty," says Cardot. \ W i\ meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Zurn 11 Students interested in becoming involved The club also intends to become the local with the club can contact Cardot by at 824chapter of People for The Ethical Treatment 2529 or by stopping by his office in Zurn 11.
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Football prepares for H o m e c o m i n g after E d i n b o r o loss
By David Hermenau Merciad Editor Homecoming is usually a pretty big event for high schools and colleges. This year, the Laker football team needs the hype to be exceptionally big. | After struggling on the road in the first part of the season, if homecoming weekend and the advantage of playing on your own turf means anything, a Laker win this weekend could be possible. A win this Saturday would be an important turningpoint to setting the Hurst's gridiron boys back on the road to a winning season. After losing to Edinboro University last weekend, the Lakers are now 1 -1 in the GLIAC and 1-2 overall. Controlling the pigskin for the majority of the contest Saturday, Edinboro came out ahead, 14-6. Though the Lakers only controlled the ball for less than 20 minutes (about the same amount of time it took to complete their road trip down 1-79 to Edinboro), they were able TO put some points on the board. The Hurst's six points came in the second quarter when sophomore quarter back Mac McArdle connected with senior wide receiver Ed Bailey on a 68-yard TD pass. For most of the game, however, the Laker's defensive unit battled attack after attack by the Edinboro offense. The Hurst gave up a total of 358 rushing yards to the Scots. In the first quarter, Bernard Henry took the ball into the end zone from 68 yards out. The Scots second scoring campaign came in the third quarter, when Henry again took the ball into the end zone, this time from 61 yards out. Though the Lakers only got 82 rushing yards, they did better taking it to the air than Edinboro. The Scots only completed 14 passes for 106 yards while the Lakers completed 18 passes from 266 total passing yards. f j Standing in the Lakers way this weekend will be the Northwood Timberwolves. At 20, they stand atop the GLIAC. If they hope to have any chance of coming out victorious this weekend, the Lakers must hold the bal 1 more and force the Northwood offense to throw the ball. & Northwood likes the ground and with an offensive line jam-packed with returning



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Sophomore quarterback, Mac McArdle was under plenty of pressure last week against Edinboro and will be under even more at the Homecoming game this*. Saturday. I (AFCA) Division II poll. players, they do it pretty, well. So far this The first Mercyhurst homecoming game of season, Northwood has been averaging 304 the new millennium will be a challenge, but rushing yards per game and has scored an context is everything. On homecoming average of 39.5 points per game. weekend, amidst throngs of cheering In addition to sitting a top the GLIAC, Northwood is the No.U 4 ranked team in the Mercyhurst students and alumni, anything is possible. American Football Coaches Association

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By Annie DeMeo Sports Editor The cross country teams were very successful at the Penn-State Behrend Invitational Saturday. It was a perfect day for running; temperatures were cool, but not cold, and sun was shining and the sky was clear. In these conditions and only five minutes from home, the cross country team's good showing is no surprise. Both the men and women's team (coached by spouses Mike and Kathy Fraley) have 4 been *running better than they have in the last 3-4 years," says Coach Mike. Coach Mike is responsible for coaching the men's team. Last weekend at Behrend the men finished sixth in a field of 14 teams. Coach Mike remarked on the performance of his team, "I'm very proud of how we did last weekend. At Behrend we had seven guys get personal best times, including Ciaran." Ciaran Brewster, a junior from Ireland, led the men's team with a time of 27:49 coming in seventh of all runners. He improved his time by nearly 20 seconds. Freshman Erie native Joe Vacanti and Brewster earned individual awards for finishing in the top 10. Vacanti came in 10th overall with a time of 27:59. : The women's team fared extremely well at the Behrend meet,finishingthird overall as a team. Coach Kathy was pleased with her girls' finish and commented that Mercyhurst "lost 2-3 very strong seniors, but the returners have improved, we got some good freshmen in, and overall the team is very strong.** v i Mindi Lauterbach and Kate Cy winski

Women s soccer goes 2-0-fl for the week W
By Mike Tanner Local Exchange Editor Last week the Lady Lakers had a shot at redemption; Sunday they were pitted against fourth ranked Northern Kentucky, the team that knocked them out of the elite 8, and ended their run for the NCAA title last season.*. The Norse's Bessie Black scored the first goal six minutes into the game. Sophomore forward Melissa Poliseno evened things op. At the half, however, the opposition led 2 -1. | NK's Besty Moore was ejected 55 minutes into the game due to an obstruction charge, but not before she popped in three more goals. Her dismissal allowed O'Shea to give the Lakers another goal. But revenge was not to be had, as NK ended the day up 6-2, Conference-rival Slippery Rock University hosted the Lady Lakers last Wednesday, as the ladies moved on. This was the seniors last shot at defeating a squad that has triumphed at every meeting since their freshman year. The Rock managed a goal in the first 30 seconds of the game, but junior Tuesday Kastner tied it up in 5 minutes. By half time she had given the Hurst a 2-1 lead. The trip home was a jovial one, as the Lakers squelched Slippery Rock 3-1. The girls headed to Michigan for the weekend. The 'Hurst played Northwood \ University last Saturday, after a tough 90 minutes and double overtime, the score was nil. Despite outshooting Northwood 20-2, the Hurst finished with a tie. Next the girls headed further north for a match against Northern Michigan University. Junior co-captain and goalkeeper Meghan Frey played a phenomenal game, completing hex second shutout of the season (Edinboro, NMU). Junior Jen Smolenski and Poliseno gave the team some offense. O'Shea, who had a goal of her own later in the game, assisted both teammates. The women beat MNU 3-0. The Mercyhurst women's soccer team has a 3-1-2 record (1-1 in the GLIAC). This Wednesday the girls will host Indiana University of Pennsylvania at 4 p.m.


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Above: Senior cross country runner Laura Chrulski helped the Lakers earn third place in a field of 13 teams at the Penn State Behrend Invitational Saturday. Below: Ciaran Brewster, a junior from Ireland, was the top runner for the Mercyhurst men on Saturday and finished seventh individually with a time of 27:49.
earned individual awards for the women's team. Lauterbach came in third with a time of 20:09; Cy winski finished sixth in 20:20. Senior Laura Chrulski stepped up and helped the team overcome some nagging injuries, running an incredible race. "Laura ran extremely well for us, she is very focused for her senior year and has improved a great deal." Both the women's and men's teams will travel to South Bend, Ind., to compete in Notre Dame's Invitational Cross Country meet. The runners and the coaches are very excited about the trip this weekend. "Last year was the first time in nine years that we went to the Notre Dame race. It's a first class race and is very exciting for our runners. They have the opportunity to compete at a very high level of competition, commented Fraley.





SEPTEMBER 20. 2000



The women's tennis team had a tough weekend filled with extensive GLIAC competition. The Lady Lakers kicked off the weekend Friday at the University of Findlay where they shut out the host school, 9-0. Saturday, the women traveled to Hillsdale where they lost a tough match 5-4. The schools were deadlocked after singles matches with Hillsdale picking up two of three doubles matches and edging out Mercyhurst. The Ladies lost another tough match (7-2) in Detroit to Wayne State on | Sunday. The tennis team is 2-4 overall and 1in the GLIAC. ? M

Antonette tassists volleyball team
By Jessica Kapusta Merciad Writer Every competitive team needs a strong leader. They need someone that will step up and play even when it seems like all odds are against them. They need somone that can motivate their teammates to do the same. When it comes to the sport of volleyball, this role is often, very literally, in the hands of the setter. Setting on the volleyball court can be most closely compared to the quarterback on a football team: they lead the offense, control the pace of the game, and most importantly, unite the players on the field as one unit. A setter is expected to do just the same. | The Mercyhurst women's volleyball team is lucky to have a setter on its side that has stepped up to the challenge of leading a* « team. Sarah Antonette, a junior marketing X major with a minor in computer systems, is the Lakers starting setter, and has been so for the past two years.! This year she is also co-captain of the team along with senior Missy Miller. Antonette takes her position as captain*. just as seriously as her role of starting setter. She says, "There's a need to create a lot of positive energy on the team. You need to mesh incoming players with the rest of die returning players*Not only that, there's the responsibility of communicating with coach Sobeleski and with the rest of the team." Antonette's positive attitude and work ethic started when she was still a student at North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pa. "I came out of a strong program at North Allegheny. Three out of four years our team went to states and our coach is recognized throughout Pennsylvania and has been named coach of the year," she says. Coming from such a strong high school program and entering into a college program that has been struggling to become competitive, Antonette found herself frustrated and discouraged on the court. "It becomes frustrating because there's so much talent on this team and so much talent on the court that when things aren't in sync it is tough to make excuses," she commented. This year Antonette has high hopes for the l\ season* The ladies have been working hard and they are slowly reaping the benefits. "We just want to have fun this year. We need to continure to be hard working and aggressive ^ and not settle for anything less than what we consider our best." |j Although this season has only begun there is undoubtedly a winning attitude prevalent on the court and on the team as a whole. Under the leadership of their veteran setter who has amassed over 1700 assists in under three years, the team has the potential to be competitive while enjoying themselves. Antonette sums up her goals as captain and setter by saying, "Every time we go into a match my main goal is to make each girl on the team smile. My second is to make our opponent bow down and respect Mercyhurst as a competitive team."

Thefieldhockey team traveled to Springfield, Ohio, for the Wittenberg University Tournament last weekend. The Lady Lakers began the tournament by shutting out Ohio Wesleyan 3-0 Saturday and then won the tournament Sunday by defeating host school, Wtaenberg,3-ljAJ|gLgi^^ji^ & Sophomore goalkeeper Summet Kraatz was named goalie of the week!! She allowed only two goals and made 13 saves. The 3-0 week improved the team's record to 6-2-1; the Lakers are currently ranked seventh in the nation among j?t Division II schools. T

Lang leaves Mercyhurst
By Heather Cvitkovic Merciad writer I Head men's lacrosse coach Vinnie Lang announced fie was leaving MercyhursHSept. :

Lady golfers begin 2000 season
By Annie DeMeo Sports Editor The Mercyhurst women's golf team has a full two team deep squad for the first time in a long time. Another first for the Lakers, the nine member team has a chance to be highly competitive in the GLIAC this year. Head coach Tom Simmons says, "We '11 be a very strong team with the new players I recruited. This year we have six girls who have broken 80 and five scholarship athletes." ^ 1 \ S ;; v The new recruits join four returning players, as a team they should be very competitive this fall. The ladies have already proved that they are capable of high levels of competition. The Lakers could receive a major boost for their spring season if things work out as Coach Simmons anticipates. "I'm 99 percent sure that Fiona Lockhart, a phenomena] amateurfromScotland, will be 0 joining the team in November. Lockhart is currently ranked ninth among amateurs and has set numerous course records. She would provide the team with impressive talent and also years of experience.She is 23-years-old but will bring four years of college eligibility. g| . i 11% The Lakers have already demonstrated their ability to be successful. Last weekend the ladies attended the Pitt-Bradford Invitational Golf Tournament, earning second place overall. The champion team, Baldwin Wallace College, edged the Lakers out by a lone stroke. Molly Dugan, a freshman Erie native and McDowell product, shot the low score for the team and the tournament, winning the individual competition with an 81. The Lady Lakers are preparing to see just how tough they are as they take on the * GLIAC this weekend at Findlay.


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Last weekend the women's volleyball team dropped two games on the road. Friday night the ladies took on Hillsdale College, losing in three matches by scores of 13-15,9-15, and 6-151 Freshman • | middle hitter Jenn Barba led the team with 10 kills. Saturday, the ladies had another tough GLIAC game against Wayne State. The Lakers lost in three close matches with scores of 9-15,18-20, and 11-15. Once again Barba led the team in kills, amassing 12 in Saturday's game. Tuesday, the Lakers took on Daemon University. They lost In a grueling five match game3

The men's soccer team traveled to Kirksville, Miss, last weekend and took on some tough Division II competition. On Saturday the Lakers dropped a game to Rockhurst University 1-0. The goal was elusive for the men who outshot Rockhurst 14-7? On Sunday, the Lakers took on host school Truman State, and dropped another tough game, 4-1. Mercyhurst's lone goal of the weekend was scored by Mark Fitzgerald.

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Lang, head coach for three seasons, received a position in Springfield, Ohio at Wittenburg University and left for his new position Sept. 17. ^JThere was no way I ever wanted to leave here," said Lang. "I had a great thing here, great kids on my team, a good school. But I have a 6 year-old son and now I will be closer to him," At Wittenburg University Lang will be assuming the role of head men's lacrosse coach. "I wouldn't have left for any other position," said Lang, who looks forward to his job at Wittenburg University. "I'm going to miss Mercyhurst. IT] miss all the friends that I have made here, my team. I'm leaving for one kid but I'm leaving 33 behind. I'm going to miss everybody. There are a lot of good people here."! Lang began his career at Mercyhurst as assistant men's lacrosse coach under Pete Ginnegar in the 1997-98 season. In the middle of the fust year, Ginnegar left and Lang was the interim coach. He was eventually named head coach. In h is three seasons as head coach Lang compiled a 21-15 career record. "After my first year we hired Chris Ryan... and cleaned house a bit. We took our lumps together that first year going 6 and 7. But then last year we went 8 and 3. We actually kicked off two captains and a goaltender our first year and went 6 and 7 partially because of that But we figured we are going to do this with good kids and if we have to do it with 15, that's fine." ft Lang has high hopes for the team that he is

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Former head lacrosse coach, Vinnie Lang.

leaving behind, anticipating that the team could be finals bound. 'They've got a tough schedule. If they go 9 and 3 and win out in the region, they are looking to play the defending national champs, which is Limestone University. They are looking at semifinals play here. And we have the kids to do it" The team is returning two All Americans (Steve Pecori, junior, and Luke Little, senior) and a goaltending situation that was thought to be shaky has turned out to be pretty solid. "We've always had a good team with good players, but now we have good people. Last year we had three kids with 4.0s, and the team cumulative GPA is up to 2.78. We have a good solid team, that is* looking to go far." Ryan, who served as an assistant coach under Lang for two years, was named bead men's lacrosse coach by Pete Russo, director of athletics, shortly after Lang announced his departure.


Football kicks off against North wood at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Men's soccer also hosts Saginaw Valley State Saturday, game time is 4 p.m Women's soccer plays Saginaw Valley State at 11 a.m. Saturday. Women's soccer also hosts Hillsdale Sunday, at 1 p.m.


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