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Vol. 74 No. 20
Mercyhurst College 501
E. 38th St. Erie, Pa. 16546
Roth appointed^ Dean, V P for academic
By Sara Seidle Merciad writer Dr. Andrew Roth, vice president of enrollment and information systems for Mercyhurst, has been appointed to the position of vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. Roth will take over the position currently held by Dr. Joseph Gower beginning July 1, 2001. The appointment was announced at the board of trustees meeting April 25. "This was an easy appointment," said Dr. William P. Garvey, college president, citing Roth's experience with the college over the past 27 years and his success as both a faculty member and administrator as reasons for the appointment. "Middle States and the new academic building create a need for continuity," said Garvey. "Appointing Roth keeps continuity going," adding that part of his responsibilities as dean will include planning how best to utilize the new academic building. Roth joined the college as a member of the English department in 1974. He founded the communications department in 1977 and served as director of the department until 1981. Roth founded and directed the "Summer on the Hill" program, a series of band concerts, dance performances and film festivals held throughout the summer months. The program served as a precursor for Merc y hurst' s current annual Fourth of July celebration. In addition, Roth was also responsible for founding the women's soccer program. Roth is currently a tenured faculty member of the business department and teaches a few courses a year in marketing and strategic thinking. He has served as an administrator in the admissions department for the past 20 years File photo as well. I IS senior most faculty rrTember an ^Roth described his role as vice president academic affairs as an administrative position cate for faculty issues." while he sees his position as dean to mean he "A college is its faculty and students," said
Roth. He added that some of the responsibilities and challenges he anticipates as dean include, "getting a sense of what the faculty and student concerns really are and ensuring that the college has adequate educational resources to meet the burgeoning growth." According to Roth, "The dean's job is to make sure the faculty have the resources needed to do their job, including a sense of mission and purpose." He explained that it is important for faculty to have a sense of Mercyhurst's mission statement and the values of the. Sisters of Mercy as well as an understanding of the college's liberal arts tradition and academic standards. Garvey explained that Roth will be filling the position for the next two years. At the end of those two years, the decision will be made whether to mount a full scale search or to have Roth continue as dean. He added that if Roth
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Record^ snowfall fto record highs
' Hurst to grant Mayor Joyce S avocchio honorary! doctorate
When the 454 members of the Mercyhurst College class of 2001 receive their degrees Sunday, May 20, they will be joined by a very special guest. Erie Mayor and Mercyhurst graduate Joyce Savocchio will be presented with an honorary doctor of letters degree during the graduation ceremony, part of the ongoing 75th anniversary celebration of the college. •; • Dr. William P. Garvey, college president, will confer the honorary degree on Mayor Savocchio during the ceremony, which begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Warner Theatre. "In keeping with a great tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, who founded the college, service to the community has always been an essential part of a Mercyhurst education," said Garvey. "In a career that has spanned 35 years—first as an educator and then as mayor of Erie—Joyce Savocchio has epitomized that spirit of service. Through her many achievements, which she carried out with a gracious personal style, she has brought honor to her alma mater and has left our community a better place in which to live, work and raise a family." Savocchio, who is in her last term as mayor, graduated trom Mercyhurst College in 1965 with a bachelor of arts degree in history. She went on to earn her master degree in education from University of Pittsburgh and her secondary school administration certificate from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Although best known as mayor of the city of Erie, a position she has held since 1990, Savocchio influenced her hometown as an
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Temperatures are expected to reach record highs today. With temperatures remaining in the 70s all week and into the weekend, many Mercyhurst students have found that an afternoon in Munson Plaza is the perfect cure for cabin fever.
educator long before she took office as mayor. Her career began in the Erie School District in 1965, where she taught social studies until 1985. Savocchio then served as vice principal of her alma mater, Strong Vincent High School, and was the teacher coordinator of the High School Task Force. Savocchio first took public office in 1981, when she won a seat on the Erie City Council. She retained the seat until 1990, serving as president of the council in 1983. Since being elected mayor in 1990, Savocchio, a Democrat, has been re-elected twice. In addition, Savocchio sits on the board of the Erie Historical Museum, Erie Area Job Partnership Training Inc., and the Community Task Force on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
MAY 2. 2001
Commencement week activities announced
and the Bishop's Award of Excellence, given By Heather Cvitkovic to the graduating senior who ranks first in the Merciad writer class of 2001, having taken all courses at Mercyhurst. Saturday, May 19, the campus will be alive In honor of its 75th anniversary celebration, Mercyhurst has planned several special events with activities, including the family picnic in for the commencement week of May 18-20, the Grotto, from 11:30a.m. to 1:30 p.m., sponsored by the Student Activities Committee; and 2001. ? Of the 454 graduates earning associate, bach- the Senior Sports Awards Recognition banquet elor and master degrees on the main campus, at noon in Egan Dining Hall The 75 th Anniversary Year Graduation Eve more than 380 are expected to participate in the traditional walk up State Street to the Dance will be held Saturday evening from 9 Warner Theater on Sunday, May 20 at 2:15 p.m. to midnight in the ballroom of the Avalon p.m. for the 2:30 p.m. commencement cer- $Hotel on State Street. There will be a buffet emony. Graduates will gather at the historic •pfrom 10 p.m. to midnight and the Doug Boston Store building before parading to the JDressler's Orchestra will provide entertainment. Graduates are complimentary and each Warner Theater. i ^ In the three days prior to graduation ceremo- tguest is $15. Sunday, May 20, commencement events nies and the State Street walk, various events will be held on campus for graduates and their jbegin with the Baccalaureate Masses celebrated at 9 and 11 a.m. Commencement families and friends to attend. At 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, the Adult and J"Brunch for graduates and their families will Graduate Students Reception and Awards will ^follow both Masses and tickets are required be held in the Mercy Heritage Room in '"for all, including graduates. Cost is $7 for Sullivan Hall. Presented that evening will be * adults and $4 for children under the age of 12. In addition, a Commissioning Ceremony the Adult Achievement Awards, the Graduate Student of the Year Award and the Sister will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Catherine Eustace Taylor Adult Student Award. This McDonough Walker Reading Room of award is given to an exceptional adult student Hammermill Library for the five seniors who will be commissioned second lieutenants in in recognition of superior academic work. ^ t Friday, May 18, Mercyhurst will begin a the U.S. Army. new tradition by holding a Senior Awards Din- **' Commen"cemerit ceremdhies^wilrbeglff at ner in the Mercy Heritage Room. Awards pre- 2:30 in the ^Warner Theater. Mayor Joyce sented during the 6:45 p.m. dinner include the Savocchio, a Mercyhurst alumna, will be President's Awards for excellence in each of speaking at the ceremony and will be awarded eight academic divisions — business, educa- an honorary doctor of letters degree, the first tion, hotel restaurant and institutional manage- given since 1987. ment/human development, archeology/anthroTwo other awards will be presented at the pology, humanities, natural sciences, perform- ceremony: the Carpe Diem Award, given to ing arts and social sciences. the senior who made the most positive impact Other awards will be the Sister Carolyn on the Mercyhurst College community; and Hermann Service Award, given to a graduat- the Teaching Excellence Award, given to the ing senior who has contributed to the spirit of outstanding faculty member of the year. £ the college and shown a genuine concern for Both Dr. Garvey and chairman of the Board social justice issues in the Erie area and be- of Trustees, Attorney William C. Sennett, will yond; the Prank Barry Leadership Award, be making remarks at the ceremony. given to a student for leadership and outstandFollowing the graduation there will be a ing personal qualities associated with this past Commencement Farewell reception in Garvey president of Mercyhurst student government; Park, i <
New security gate installed
By Sara Seidle Merciad writer Vehicles will no longer be permitted to pass through the roadway that leads from the maintenance building parking lot to the front of Hammermill Library. A security gate has been installed to block, traffic. Dr. William P. Garvey, college president, said that the decision to install the gate was a safety issue. "Anything that interferes with convenience is viewed as a problem, but in this case, our first concern is safety," said Garvey. "We have had many close calls in that area. Vehicles often speed through the area, almost causing accidents. We can't afford to have people get hurt.'J'Said William Kerbusch, director of the physical plant. He added that the roadway is also a heavy traffic area for maintenance'vehicles, causing more safety concerns. "We tried.a speed bump, but it wasn't effective," said Kerbusch. Plans for the gate have been in the works for almost a year, according to Kerbusch. He added that the gate would have been up sooner if not for the weather. | , Kerbusch said that temporary signs have been placed infrontof the gate and will remain there until people become aware of it. He added that a camera was installed by the gate to hinder vandalism as well. The new gate will have no effect on the main tenance building parking lot. It will remain a student parking area.
WalkAmerica teams raises $802
18 students participated in nine-mile walk
The Mercyhurst team was supported by stuTwenty Mercyhurst College students participated the 2001 March of Dimes WalkAmerica dents involved in MSG, the Ambassadors and event Sunday, April 29, at Presque Isle State the Circle K club. In addition, Dr. William P. Park.^ f III Garvey supported the team by donating The team, captained by Gennifer Tyson, di- Mercyhurst College WalkAmerica "I am a rector of media relations, and Erin Hero" T-shirts for each of the walkers. Those who walked the nine-mile course Cunningham, a freshman student, collected were: Tyson, Cunningham, Tanya Trombly, $802 for March of Dimes, which supports reKatie Krupka, Elizabeth Pettit, Beth Amati, search for healthy babies. That total included Alicia Anthony, Mikalah Thompson, Heather funds raised by selling booties in the Carolyn Richmond, Justine O'Hara, Lauren Griglak, Herrmann Student Union, a $ 150 donation by Katie Billig, Kristen McCaskeyjMCrfjtdff Mercyhurst Student Government and the Brown, Melissa Springer, Mindy Gates, Sara pledges gathered by the walkers. Seidle, Susie Stier, Megan Flanigan.
Mercyhurst's Web site updated, college e-mail made more accessible
By Zack Venable Merciad writer M Students, faculty and administration can now look forward to utilizing a bigger, faster and better organized Mercyhurst College Web site. To meet recent technological demands the col lege's Web site has been redesigned to feature an improved visual presentation and a much faster load time. Other changes include a site map, which is a graphic model of the entire site's content and can be compared to an interactive table of contents. This new feaure allows users to navigate through the site to searchforspecific bits of information. With this new feature in place users will be able to search the entire site just by typing in a desired keyword. 3^For students, a searchable e-mail directory is now available. If one wishes to contact a particular person all one has to do is type in a last name. Students are encouraged to either update or create their own college e-mail accounts through this directory. Students with outside e-mail accounts, such as Hotmail or Yahoo, can update their existing Mercyhurst directory listing by logging on and typing in their commercial e-mail address. The recent improvements were made possible by Dr. Kathleen Noce, director of acadmic computing, and Mercyhurst College Web master Oto Hlincik. M
Attention Mercyhurst Students
Nominate a Mercyhurst faculty |member xorthej 2000-2001 leaching Excellence Award P?orms can be obtained id Dr. Joseph Gower's office, Main 104 The deadline for nominations is Monday, May^7,2001
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MAY 2, 2001
Giselle" gives the "Wilis"
by their passion tor dancing. Giselle is comBy Robin Carpenter manded by the queen of the Wilis to kill the Merciad writer man she loves when he visits her grave. She This weekend the Mercy hurst dancers will is overcome by her undying love for him and be presenting "Giselle," a full length ballet cannot carry through with the queen's orders. The production features a in two acts. "Giselle" has a B J _J I large ensemble cast from not been performed by the I the Mercy hurst dance dedepartment since 1997. partment with a special apThis year's cast and guest pearance from Ralph artists add a whole new Perrico, associate professor feeling and technical level of English and Latin, as the to the ballet. & > Duke. $k i The story unfolds with a In the ongoing chat room village maiden, Giselle, lecture series, there will be who loves a man meant to a backstage tour with marry another, who dies of Michael Gleason, the techa broken heart. In the secnical directorforthe Dance ond act, set in the depths of Department the forest, the spirit of 1 "Giselle" will be preGiselle is accepted into the band of Wilis. The Wilis are spirits of maidens who die before sented May 5 at 7 p.m. and May 6 at 2:30 at their wedding day, driven beyond the grave the Mary D * An gel o Performing Arts Center.
Dinner and !a movie
By Phil Pirrello Movie critic
'Bridget Jones' Diary'
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There is something about England-based romantic comedies that have a sense of never-ending charm and sophistication to them. Their stars tend to be nothing less than perfect and their words are those we wish we could say. The creators of'"Bridget Jones' Diary" have filled their film with the above criteria, taking a "Notting Hill" approach to singles and dating in the 21 st Century. The plot: Renee Zellweger plays Bridget, a publisher's assistant who arrives at her 32nd birthday determined to reel in her life, which has spiraled into excessive drinking, smoking, eating, and dating the wrong kinds of men with the best of intentions. A running gag in the film begins as she monitors her daily intake of vodka, menthols, and crumpets. Her self-induced makeover hits a bump when her mother introduces her to the typical stifflipped, handsome Brit and divorcee, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). Darcy's rude comments about Bridget at a Christmas party prompt our heroine to pursue her boss, Daniel (a rascally cad portrayed by Hugh Grant). Daniel ends up having a tryst with a Yankee that Bridget describes as "an American stick insect," thus |to re-examine her love life while facing her "mum's" mid-life crisis. The good: "Diary" has too much going for | it to fit in this section. The dialogue comes at a quick pace, sharply delivered and always funny. Zellweger goes back to "Jerry Maguire" territory, gaining 20 pounds and constantly reminding us how perfectly cast and effortlessly adorable she is in the sappy Snow White-like role ofBridget. Grant shows a nasty side that makes us snicker and Firth is a revelation. Scenes of note are the "Prostitutes and Priests" costume party, any scenej with Grant and Zellweger, and the finale's birthday dinner scene. The bad: Why must all Hugh Grant comedies end with a pointless car chase, whose aim is to get to one's love before they go away? This tacky scene, and the oddly placed andflowofa street brawl between Daniel and Collin, are too American for this import. They distract, rather than entertain. But a movie this close to perfection has to have some spoils here and there. Some pages can be skipped and it can use touches of whiteout, but overall, this "Diary" is worth a look. j "Bridget Jones' Diary" is playing at Tinseltown daily at 12:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:40 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.
By Heather Cvitkovic Merciad writer On a hot day when the sun is shining brightly and you have spent the whole day basking in the sunlight, nothing is better than an ice, cool margarita from Chi Chi's, for those of us that are old enough to partake in such beverages. They are seriously the best. At Chi Chi's they refer to them as Mexi Margarita and they come in a variety of flavors, and they even have a flavor of the month. The reason I think that I like them so much is because they are huge. Sometimes just one fills you up and makes you very happy. My favorite flavor is Wild Berry. It is absolutely yummy. They also have Strawberry, Original Lime and Tropic Ole, a new flavor, and also this month's featured flavor. Each Mexi Margarita is $6 for the regular and $6.25 for the flavors. If you think that these prices are a little steep for your broke college butt, have no fear Chi Chi's does have specials. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday all margaritas are half-priced in the Cantina from 5-9 p.m. On Tuesday and Thursday they are half-priced all day. And just in case you get hungry while sipping on the Mexi Margaritas, I Monday through Friday from 8-11 p.m appetizers are half-priced in'meUSrltina. An specials apply only to the Cantina and cannot be applied if you are eating in the main dining room. Don't forget that Cinco de Mayo is this Saturday. And Chi Chi's is going to celebrate the occasion in style. They are a Mexican restaurant after all. .' Rocket 101 will be on hand to liven up the crowd. They are going to make one of their DJs a human pinata and offer people the chance to hit them for $50. All proceeds that they make will go to charity, so it's like hitting someone for a good cause. ^ There will also be a band playing music. The Key West Band will provide sounds that a genuine Cincb de Mayo carnival would have. Corona will be served in cans for about $3 and you have to be 21 to be served. For the kids in the crowd there will be a carnival, y So if you are looking for something to do on Saturday, look for the tent outside of Chi Chi's and join them in celebrating the fifth of May. And while you are there, why not step inside and out of the heat, to try a nice big Mexi Margarita. You won't regret it. Ole. Chi Chi's is located on upper Peach Street acrossfromWendy's.
Earnest dresses injsheep's skin at Playhouse
Dubbed "a trivial comedy for civilized people," by its author, "The Importance of Being Earnest" earns its reputation as the wittiest play in the English language. The plot line concerns arichand idle country dweller Jack Worthing (Jim Lanegan), who has "invented" a city brother named Earnest in order to have excuses for taking excursions to London when life gets boring. His friend, Algernon Moncrieff (David McNeil), is a thoughtful young man who has likewise invented a sick friend named Bun bury on whom to blame his own shortcomings. Hilarity ensues when these polite gentlemen both pretend to be Earnest to please the ladies in whom they are interested. This explains the title of the piece, winch is actually contradictory since nothing serious or "earnest" is involved in the play whatsoever. If you can smile at contradictions, chuckle at absurdities, laugh at truth and nonsense so mixed you can't tell one from another, "Earnest" is your treat. "The Importance of Being Earnest" is playing at the Erie Playhouse May 3 at 7:30 p.m. and May 4 and 5 at 8 p.m.
Spring Fiesta Schedule for May S
Cookout in Garvey Park from noon to 1 p.m| Higgledy Piggledy will be playing in Garvey Park from 1 pan. to 3 pan. Los Caribes will be playing in Garvey Park from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Clarks will be playing in the MAC beginning at 9 p.m. & Other activities will include Inflatable Fun, the Rock Wall, tattoos^ie-in-the face and a dunk tank.
"Requiem for a Dream" awakens at the^VC
By Phil Pirrello Movie critic Controversial. Unbelievable. Unavoidable. I Those words best describe director** Darren Aronofsky's intricate tale of drug addiction in "Requiem for a Dream." But those three words are the last things you would hear about a film showing at the PAC, Wednesday, May 9th. The fact that such a taboo film (it was released unrated) is playing at the 'Hurst is a sign that the PAC knows what the students want to see and what the movie going public must see. The film is a very accurate portrayal of the depths drug addicts will go to and how almost impossible it is to save them from their abysmal addiction. We follow Harry (Jared Leto), his mother (Academy Award nominated Ellen Burstyn), and his girlfriend ("Inventing the Abbots'" Jennifer Connelly) as all three meet in a vicious triangle of love, hate, and depravity. Their stories intertwine, eventually yielding to Burstyn's character's addiction to diet pills, which in turn make her addieted to eating. Burstyn delivers a heart aching, and mind blowing, performance in the film,. Her actions, and those of the people around her, all come together in a virtuoso climax where all three characters" outcomes are feverishly cut together. $ As many people will agree, "Requiem" is a must see film that reminds one to appreciate the good side of life by forcing them to watch the darkest side ofhumanity, one life at a time. "Requiem for a Dream" will be screening at the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center May 9 at 8 p.m.
The Street Beat!
Whack a car during Spring fest May 4 and 5 Spring Formal at Sabella's May 4
Adam Ferrara — comedian at Jr.'s Last Laugh May 3-5 "The Importance of Being Earnest" at the Erie Playhouse May 3-5 Play girl Male Revue Cast at the King's Rook Club May 4 at 7 p.m. ESL Trio —jazz ensemble at the Erie Museum's Annex May 7 at 8 p.m
Annual Literary Kung Fu Battle in Zurn 214 May 3 at 8 p.m
Patricia Schroeder— lecture in the Heritage Auditorium May 5 at 7:30 p.m
MAY 2. 2001
THE GOOD ...
• Seniors, your cap and gown is in the bookstore and waiting for you to pick it up. Your tickets are also in the bookstore. Keep in mind if you pick them up now and lose them, they cannot be replaced so put them somewhere you won't lose them but remember where you put them! f • It is registration time and finally seniors do not have to stand in the long lines and hope that they can get in the classes they need. Never again will they have to deal with the hassle of a Mercy hurst registration. • As spring approaches and the weather warms up, this is the perfect time to walk around Erie and take in the sites. There are some pretty flowers and trees in the lawns of houses around campus and on upper State Street. It would be a shame to waste a pretty day by sitting inside. • The communications department is starting a film production company headed by Dr. Welch, Phil Pirrello, Jeremy Verdi and Nick Folino. Its goal is to start a PR agency for local and regional companies, a film festival to showcase student talent and to allow students' to have a venue to explore their creativity side.
Introducing Kiki's corner, where yo^ can|ask aJvariety of questions ranging from Dersorm^datinMroommateland other life iuestions.^Tftink of thip as your quick, witty and anonyinforma mous. 2 Eachiweek| drop of%our question^ the MoKiad's rSpbox^48& at the Merciad officefyocated on tiielthird^feorfoitoldtMain, or email i t | o <email@example.com>f The following week, you'll find your answer in the Opinion pagef No guilt, no shame, no fear. Just dropSrline analask any question that's been|on youcjmind, whetheMt has to do |with$xiends, family, school or whatever else is rattlihg in your brain^Kiki asks that you keep the questions appropriate and she'll keep her end of the deal with somefreeadvice. Here's the first question to give you an idea about what's going into Kiki's Corner:
Question: Kiki- My|boyfriend treats me like dirt. He makes fun of me in front • The baseball team won all four of its games this past weekend and has won nine out of of ourfriends,sees*me only when we have class together, andflirtswith other the last 10 games that they have played. Congratulations, guys, and keep it up. We want to beat Gannon next week. dump Used and abused, Jenny THE BAD Answer$Reality check, Jenny. Even though the campus population is swarm• Everybody knows that graduation tickets are scarce but do we really need to be selling ing with more chics than guy^it's not that small of a campus. There has to be them to our classmates at twenty bucks each. Couldn't we give each other a break? These somebody out there better suited fofyour needs. This guy sounds like he's on are people that we have gone to school with for four, some five, years and most of us -are all the road to Bachelor TOWTI. Are youjsure^you are^lating? Maybe he's&got a friends. Maybe we should be a little more generous with our friends. different perspective on the relationship than you do. Make sure you're on the • It is that time of year again. Time for the ever-pleasant smell of mulch to assault or same page before you dump this sorry excuse for a male.
senses as we walk through campus or sit in Garvey Park. But what can we do, we do value the beauty of our campus.
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• We know that it is warm out and everyone is eager to get some sun on their pale limbs, but is it necessary for girls to walk around campus, like to classes and the Laker Inn, in string bikinis with no tops over them. It is warm out but it is not the beach. Put some clothes on, please.
The Financial Aid office will be conducting EXIT INTERVIEWS for any student graduate ing from a program of study who has borrowed from the Stafford Loan Program at any time v while atMercyhurst College. ? T; T These exit interviews are mandated by the Department of Education. A bank representative will be in attendance to answer any questions students may haye. The dates, times and room numbers are as follows: , 4 *:a i ^ jok. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Monday May^ May 8 May 9 May 14 Student Union/Gov. Chambers Sullivan/ Heritage Room Student Union/Gov. Chambers Student Union/Gov. Chambers 1-4 p.m. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 12-3:30 p.m. 5-7 p>m.
•Is it really that hard to learn how to use a garbage can? Maybe the administration should consider giving a class on how one is used and the benefits of using it. First it was the cigarette butts, then the spew and now people are refusing to use the garbage can in both the Laker Inn and the cafeteria. The workers are there to serve you your food not to clean up after you. If you are that lazy, it is a wonder how you even managed to get off your couch and walk over to these places. Have some respect for the people who work at both places and start cleaning up after yourself.
These sessions will run in half-hour increments. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, please stop by or call the Financial aid Office at Ext. 2288 to make other arrange ments. Remember: This is a critical part of your graduating process.
T h e b e s t t i m e o f t h e y e a r a n d t h e w o r s t t i m e t ob e
It is the end of the year, about three weeks left to go. It's the time of year when you want to have fun, hang out with your friends, party a bit more than usual. I don't know about anybody else, bat this also seems to be the time of year when it is almost impossible to do because you are broke, I have no money to my name. Not a dollar, not even a penny. Well, I could-probably scrounge up fifty cents worth of pennies if I really tried, but what will that get me? A big, fat nothing. I do not even have $2 to get into Park Place or Sullivan's, and we all know how important that is these last days of school. I am a sad case* Not that I want anybody's charity nor am I askingforit I have been poor like this before. It is nothing new to me. Last year in New York, I had no money. I lived paycheck to paycheck. There were times when I couldn't even afford a plain bagel. Sometimes I had to pay with change to just get on the subway to get from one place to the other. It was a ridiculous way to live but what could
Broke as a joke at the end of the yeartwhen everyone\else is-having fun
Famous last words
with your friends*! Point well taken. So let's take another example. It's Thursday, I haven't eaten for, oh, about two days. Starving, I open my refrigerator to find one lonesome Brita pitcher and some random ketchup packets. OK, I think, I will head down to good old CVS to get something to eat. But wait, they do not give away food there based on looks and personality. They do require some form of monetary payment for their goods. Well, I guess that I can just ignore the rumbling in my stomach for another two weeks. |j Does mis scenario sound familiar to anyone else? I know some of my friends have the same problem. I go to them hoping for some scraps of food and find them licking the inside of a bag of potato chips hoping the flavor will fill them up. I cannot ask my parents for another dime. At my age I should starve before begging my parents to get me out of another jam. I am starting to get upset about this whole situation* More upset than I got last year because I knew in New York if I had no money that I was not doing anything. And that was OK withroebecause there were other things to see that required no money. But it is graduation time and there are all kinds of activities going on^Not all of them cost money, in fact most of them are free, but I did not wait for three college years to turn 21
T thought that things would be different this year. Things are much cheaper in Erie. But I never got a job, something that I did have in New York, but in all honesty with everything that I was involved in this year I just didn't have the time to have an outside job. I never
ever saved money. The second I had money, I also had it spent about 10 different ways. I retrained from going on spring break this year even though my friends begged me to go. I thought that it would be a good way to save money for the rest of the year. Instead of going on spring break I would have money to party with when no one else would. Instead of being the DD, someone else, someone who had gone on spring break, would have to drive me. Boy, was I wrong about that business. So here it is the best part of the year. The days when the sun is out in all its glory and all I want to do is get a case of beer and sit out on my lawn and relax with my friends. But by the time I scrounge up enough money to pay for a case of beer or even a can of beer, the sun has set and the beer distributors are closed. Some would say that you do not need alcohol to have a good time when hanging out
to sit around with a bunch of drunk people having a good time. And there are some occasions when a beer or a glass of wine would be nice. They serve alcohol at the senior dinner dance, but I will not be partaking in any of that since it is a cash bar. And it is dot only alcohol that is an issue. I need a new dress for, like, four different occasions. There are all kinds of events that I need to dress up for and, yes, I do have a lot of dresses but I want new things. I want a new dress for the senior dinner dance and for the Saturday before graduation. But again the money situation pops up. Some of my friends say that I should stop being so selfish, that there are people who have it worse than I, people who cannot even afford to go to school or whose biggest concern is whether or not they will be able to feed their family, not whether or not they will get that black Ralph Lauren dress. I know they are right but these last few days are a senior's shining moment on campus and I want to look and act the-part But without money I don't think I will be able to. Wait, I do have that little blue Ralph Lauren dress in the back of my closet and my friend just bought a new black dress, maybe...
MAY 2. 2001
Death row facts in Pennsylvania
Sr. Geri Rosinski
As we continue this Easter season celebrating Jesus's resurrection, I am struck by the coincidence of the call for a moratorium on the imposition of the death penalty in our state while a thorough investigation of the application of capital punishment is examined. You may recall hearing that the Governor of Illinois made such a declaration on behalf of those on death row in his state, iWhy, you may ask? Well, here are some facts about people on death row in our state of Pennsylvania: 232 Pennsylvania^ are currently waiting on death row. 90% are too poor to afford private legal counsel. * 70% are people of color (one of the highest percentages in the USA. *j 50% are form one city alone, Philadelphia. These facts alone reveal that a very unpleasant climate exists for citizens of our state, particularly if they are poor or of color and live in Philadelphia. It is also a fact that while the state provides no funds for these indignant prisoners for any of their post-conviction defense, the state simultaneously allocates half a million dollars to the Attorney General's office to oppose such capital appeals. Such facts are not acceptable in a truly just society. How can you take a stand on the death penalty in Pennsylvania? Currently there is a Resolution in Support of Senate Bill 25 that calls for a moratorium on the death penalty in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a thorough investigation of the application of capital punishment. Support it by writing or calling: Governor Tom Ridge, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17020. Telephone (717)787-2500. £ p^ Let your voice as a citizen and a person of faith, speak in behalf of such injustice in our state. Use the power of your citizenship for those in need. Remember the words of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Birmingham Jail: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Act today. Don't remain silent.
It's a black and white issue
While spring has always been, and is still, infused with all the pretty colors that bring us out of mundane winter, we are currently experiencing a return to the two-tones. The biggest two-tone trend is black and white. That's Megan Cvitkovic right, just when you thought you could take no more reminders of winter, the black and white combo is back! d Retailers have taken this trend and run with are also carrying different shaped handbags it, creating black with white combinations on with a black and white wingtip configuration. everything imaginable. You' 1 see it on skirts, The Gap has black and white pants and tops 1 pants, capri's, cardigans, dresses, tee's — you in the basic, classic Gap style that we have all name it, they are probably going to make it! grown accustomed to. And while it may seem like such a boring Almost everything in Lerners this season is way to dress for spring, it is actually right in black and white as they try to appeal to a line with many of the more colorful creations younger and more hipper crowd, rather than in that it has simplicity. selling to an older crowd. The theme of the How can black and white be simple, you may front of the store is devoted to black and white. ask yourself. Well, that is an easy question to They have everything from simple black or answer. It is simple because black and white white button down shirts, to black and white are two very basic colors, and it is also simple dresses in geomteric patterns. There are two because clothes of these colors will not have a really cute items in the store. One is a white lot of details added to them, but even when shirt with a black burst of color in the center. they do it is easy to pull off because of the The other is an outfit consisting of white capri color combination. pants with a black and white fitted, button Black and white is also going to be a good down floral shirt. It is one of the cutest outfits trend because while the main articles of cloth- I have seen this season ing are black and white, accessories can be any So keep your eyes peeled for the wingtips, color. *j plaids, stripes, and polka dots in black and This is where one can be extra creative add- white if you are at all interested in keeping up ing red sandals and jewels, or a camel hand- with the latest trends. bag and shoes, or a purple, blue, green handYou'll be surprised how classy and elegant bag, shoes, earrings or necklace! You get the the two colors look together even in a simple point, you havefreedomwith black and white! tee! For the accessories, just go with colors that And guys this is a definite for you also! How compliment you, and, since most people can much easier can it get? Surely you have a few easily pull off black and/or white, this is the items in black and white (no, wifebeaters don't trend for the masses! J count), so pull them out. Girls will swoon over Some of the retailers that have begun to carry your classic Hollywood look, and hot too many the black and whites are The Gap, Nine West can make a mistake matching these two coland Lerners, who have begun to be a little nip- ors together, though I'm sure some will. But per than their stirrup days. Nine West has a please stay away from putting Miami Vice get variety of wingtip type shoes in black and * ups together like white pants with... anything! white, and some also in black and beige. They
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Finding th© qwan
Zack "Doc Bones" Venable Heather "Jenny JLo" Cvitkovic Sara "Sassy" Seidle Kristin "Kiki" Purdy % Adam "Shutup Stupid" DuShole Annie "Cinco" DeMeo * Annie "Pooch" Sitter | Leslie "Achin"' Echan Mike "No Show" Tanner Zack "Daddy" Venable PnJi^A^Pirreilo Editor in Chief Executive & Administrative Editor Managing News Editor Arts & Entertainment Editor Features Editor Sports Editor Photography Editor Copy Editor Local Exchange Editor Business/Advertising Manager Movie Critic Kate "School Nazi" Cywinski 1 Megan "Heather's Sister * Cvitkovic The Merciad is the student-produced newspaper of Mercyhurst College. It is published throughout the year with the exception of mid-term and final weeks. Office at 314 Main. Telephone 824-2376. Fax 824-3249. E-mail <email@example.com>. The Merciad welcomes letters to the editor. All letters must be signed, but your name can be withheld on request under certain conditions. Letters are due on the Monday before publication and should be no longer than 500 words. All letters should be submitted to Box 485.
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Last weekend, I discovered the meaning of life. But I am getting ahead of myself. I must go back in time to tell all of you how and when I made such an epiphany. Ironically, this film critc discovered thcRosetta Stone of existence while watching a film. Thai film was "Jerry Maguire." Ever since I saw Cruise and Cuba say their now cliched catch phrases from Cameron Crowe's think piece, I have tried to come up with a similar mental mission statement to that of the tide character's. With every viewing, I see something new in the film and learn something new about myself. ^ [•""This past weekend's viewing, I caught the "qwan." It is like the Force. It is the word that Cuba Gooding's Rod Tidwell needs to discover in order to be completed by more than a hello. It is the thing that makes Jerry see how much he misses his wife, no matter how warm the waters of his nightmare are. Most importantly, it is what I found this weekend at the most unlikliest of places: the back table at Perkins. * I was sitting there, with my friends from the play, only minutes after completing prac-
tice and hours after watching "Maguire" for the eleven millionth time. As a water with lemon arrived, the conversation began to drip out of our voices like the condensation dripping down our glasses. J We laughed at the most trivial of topics: 80s sitcoms, the deal with chopsticks, why good guys never finish last and why die Nate Q. Jock Straps, whose daddies buy them their own SUV, always finish first. After ranting for minutes about the trials and tribulations of the typical college student, among people who are anything but typical, my mind began to drift. * It drifted into a echoless vacuum. The surrounding patrons faded into a gray void. All that existed was myfriendBetsy's laugh, my pal Carrie's awkward glare and a single tear rolling down my cheek. As the tear trickled off my face, it came to me. \ * The discussions over our favorite "Lubbock Babe," the decisions on what to buy for dinner, and our constant quips about anything pop culture, all became significant They became thefoundationof the "qwan." "This is what it is all about, guys," I said, looking at my friends and feeling honored to be in their company, let alone in the same nopm. I realized that life is about just that, the little things. I' Until more people begin to not take that for granted, it'll take zero people to change a lightbulb, for we are all perpetually in the dark. '-\
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MAY 2. 2001
Rocking out for Tibetan relief
By Kate Cy winski Merciad writer Mercy hurst's Free Tibet students raised over $300 for a Tibetan children's village at their festival in Garvey Park Saturday, April 7 28. : ^ Many Tibetan children are refugees in India while their parents are unable to leave Tibet, said Richard Troast, the Free Tibet member who organized the event. According to Troast, the money will be used for food, clothing, toys and other needs of the children.
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Five new bands: Ever Half Awake, Years From Now..., Sticky Neko, Alexander's Way, and PeaBodys, donated their time for the fes-| tival from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Each band played about 45 minutes, Troast said. Seth Lucas, a Mercyhurst student, plays the guitar for Ever Half Awake. There was no charge for students to attend the festival and listen to the bands. 'The turn out was alright," said Troast. "There was about 75 to 100 people at one time." According to Troast, the group had hoped that members of the Erie community would come to the festival, but that was not
successful. Free Tibet members passed out informational fliers and the PeaBodys band took a stack of fliers to disperse on their tour, Troast said. Channel 35 also showed up. "Hopefully we got the message out to the Erie community," Troast said. Free Tibet members sold pizza for $ 1 and pop for fifty cents to raise money. According to Troast, the pizza was donated by Papa Johns, Barbados, Little Anthony's, Domino's and Maria's. He added that the pop was donated by the father of Mercyhurst student Dodie Hammond. There was also a rummage sale containing videos, clothes, toys and odds and ends donated by Prometheus, SPAN and other students, Troast said. The Gay/Straight Alliance had a table set up, as well. MSG and SAC, particularly Rob Kosko, Richard Johns and Perry Wood, helped point the group in the right direction and they helped financially, Troast said. A lot of thanks goes to Thomas Forsthoeful, Free Tibet adviser, who was at the festival throughout the day, Troast said. According to Troast, Lindsay Christopher and Jessica Jones, who are not members of Free Tibet, helped bring a few bands to Mercyhurst? Troast^said he would like to thank all of the Free Tibet members and everyone who helped organize and run the festival. "I am happy that information about Tibet got out further, though I wish we could've received more money to send to the Tibetan children,'! Troast said. The group plans to set up a table, probably in Zurn Hail, to sell the pop and rummage sale items that were left over, in order to raise more money. Troast said that they would also continue to accept donations. *This festival was a learning process," said Troast. "Next time, we will know what to do and who to talk to.** According to Troast, more clubs should get involved with human right's issues. "People should get out there and get involved" with problems not only in the United States but also around the world, for "we are a global community," Troast said.
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Although it didn't look like much in the beginning of the year;' the new garden located next to the Taylor Little Theatre hasfinallycome into full bloom, offering students an escape from the afternoon heat and quiet place to study. Now that spring is here, ifs hard to remember the harsh winter weather that haunted our little spot on the* lake only a few weeks ago.
Do you know...?
You are at the biggest basketball game of the year. The crowd is pumped and there is a lot of cheering and chanting going on. But one voice rises above the rest. It is the voice that is leading the crowd and pumping them up even more. You lean through the crowd the try to and catch a glimpse of the rowdy rooter but you can't see. Well, crane your neck no more. Here at Mercyhurst that leader of cheers at most sporting events is none other than Eric Schmitz. *• Most people know Schmitz, as he is called by friends, as the life of the party, the class clown, the loudest person at the sporting events. But there is more to Schmitz then meets the eye. Underneath the funny exterior is a guy who is truly a people person. Schmitz, a senior social science education major, has devoted a lot of his time in college to such events as the Special Olympics and coaching flag football to 8 year olds. "One of my most rewarding moments came when I was helping out at the Special Olympics my sophomore year. One of the kids that I was helping fell and sprained his ankle during the 100 yard sprint and so he couldn't walk. So I carried him across the finish line." iSchmitz has always been active in sports, playing football in high school and here at Mercyhurst as a starting center. This is where! his love of sports and watching different games comes from. And he attends pretty much every sporting event on campus, stating mat the reason he does so is because he likes to cheer on his friends and support his school. Schmitz's says that basketball is the most fun to cheer at and hockey is the most run to watch. Aside
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from football he cares the most about lacrosse because his roommate plays. As students complain that student apathy runs high on this campus, Schmitz proves that there are still students out there that care about their fellow athletes and want to show their support. But the best part is that Schmitz does it in a fan-friendly way, never being too obscene or rude to the opposing sides' fans. | * Instead of complaining that there is nothing totlo on campus or complaining that students never attend sporting events, maybe someone should take a look at Schmitz and then thank him for all the support he has given over the years.
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MAY 2. 2001
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season concludes on sour note
By Matt Jensen Merciad writer £4 The men's lacrosse team defeated the ASt. Andrew's Knights (7-8) 13-8 this past Saturday behind a great fourth quarter. The win puts the Lakers (9-3) into a tie for second place in the Southwest Region and leaves them in contention for the NCAA playoff berth. In the first quarter both teams contributed to an offensive outburst as they combined for 10 goals. Mercyhurst managed to pop more goals in the net, however, taking a breather with a 64 lead. •& St Andrew's gave the Lakers a bit of a scare in the second quarter. The Knights began to
By Mike Tanner Merciad Writer It was a whirlwind tour of the glove state for the softball team, as they took on three Michigan colleges in six games last weekend.% Friday, April 27 the Lady Lakers were at Saginaw Valley State for a double-header with the GLIACrival.Despite their 14 hits in two games against SVS, the girls couldn't manage to send any across home plate. Saginaw Valley took the first game with a score of 6-0.j The Lakers hit nine, but the opposition drilled 11 and only had only one error to the Hurst's three. More disappointment came in the second game, where the Lakers lost a close one, 10. ] ™ f |v* | Saturday was more of the same when the Hurst met Northwood for another doubleheader. In the opener, Mercyhurst was up 2-0 until the bottom of the sixth, where the Timberwol ves sent three home to win the game. Thefinalgame of the day also had the Hurst on top, but this time the seventh i nning is where they lost it, allowing two runs in to steal the game, 2-1. Finally Sunday, April 29 at Lake Superior State University in northern Michigan, a little light shone on the Lady Lakers. They split a doubleheader. LSSU took the opener, 4-1, but the nightcap was all Mercyhurst Freshmen Becky Onyshko and Rachael Confer both smacked run producing doubles, while freshman pitcher Stacy Pastva only allowed four hits. The softball team holds an overall record of 5-33 and a GLIAC record of 2-18. This weekend it's back to Michigan for the GLIAC tournament, the last games of the season. "It's really frustrating to have all this talent and not be able to put it together," said senior Megan Fisher. "This is our last chance to prove ourselves as seniors to all the other teams in our league. This is the last college game some of
"The players worked very hard this year and should be rewarded for their efforts. Wefeel we should be invited.' ' §.
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Junior attack Ted Jenner tries to get around three defenders in the Mercyhurst win overStAndrews Saturday, April28. j' i
The Lakers had 34 shots on goal in the game, while St. Andrews could only muster 20. The Laker's freshman goalie Mike Rispoli made nine saves for the win.? Junior attackman Ted Jenner led the team in scoring, netting three goals (two. in the first period) and one assist. f; % Junior midfielder Steve Pecori also scored three goals, followed by senior midfielder Owen Jones and freshman Troy Ledbetter with two scores a pieced Rounding out the scoring for Mercyhurst, with one goal a piece, were sophomore Jim Detwiler and juniors Trevor Johnson and Tim Garbach. First year head coach Chris Ryan believes that his team is qualified to make the playoffs, and that they have the strength of their schedule to back up their claim. " The players worked very hard this year and should be rewarded for their efforts.-. We feel we should be invited," said Ryan. For the time being the team and their fans remain hopeful that their great season will continue into the NCAA Division II championships.
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catch up, but the Mercyhurst defense held on, helping the lacrosse team stay ahead, 7-6 at halfdme. * In the third quarter, both the Lakers and Knights netted two goals to keep the score close at 9-8. Mercyhurst's defense toughened up for the final period, while the offense continued to produce/helping the Lakers to finalize the victory in the fourth quarter. The Hurst out scored the Knights of St. Andrews 4-0 to take the 13-8 victory.
Laker coaches teach valuable lessons
My dad was the first coach to teach me something valuable. He has actually taught me many valuable lessons over the last 20 years. I have learned that its important to just let the chips fall as they may, and not worry Annie DeMeo about things out of my control. More than anything, my dad taught me how to laugh. Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting Fogel, saying hello and chatting for a few my dad, can surely appreciate this. moments. I value that coach Fogel values me. He taught me to appreciate and respect all This year as sports editor of The Merciad, people, however small a role they play in what I have had the opportunity to interact with you do. coach Fogel's appreciation and remany of the coaches on campus. Some of them have taught me really valuable lessons spect for me as well as the basketball fans of that I would like to pass along. Coach Kevin Mercyhurst College is a true testament to his character. Cooke taught me that you can have fun at - Coach Mike Sisti and coach Rick Gotkin yourjob. I've never met a person who seems to enjoy himself while working than he does, have taught me about class. Both demand r ve tried to emulate this, coach Joe Kimball class from their players. Traveling to bigger, taught me that numbers don't tell stories. Division I schools, these coaches realize mat Relying on records to tell a story has the same they can either give people a good impression affect as assuming. This year, I've attempted of unknown Mercyhurst College, or create a bad connotation with our school's name. Someto go beyond records when writing stories. ThefirsttimeI met coach Karl Fogel was times, little things make a big di fference. Li ke, in the admissions office. I was about to give cleaning up a locker room after a tough loss. Sometimes, its bigger things like nearly beatwhat he called* "the most important tour of my lifc"I was giving a tourtoa boy wholcan ing Michigan in the playoffs. Whether in big only assume from this build up, was the next or small ways, these coaches demanded class Battier, and by some miracle, Mercyhurst of players, which has led to Mercyhurst gethad a chance of getting him, if only my tour ting a positivereputationin many areas of the was good. I could not have been more intimi- country. This taught me to exude class at all times, dated by a person than I was at that moment I got a little bit of courage, however, and I just in case someone happens to be taking notes. The habit of classiness is one I hope I said, "Every tour I give is the most important" I would like to think that for a split don't shake. Last year, when I was trying to get the second, coach Fogel was afraid of me. From sports editor position I was assigned to write that moment on, all fear was gone, on both sides. I lookforwardto bumping into coach two stories about the baseball team.coach Joe
Spano took the time to explain what was going on with his team and allowed me to make a story out of it. He has been incredibly cooperative since that day. Because of a budgeting snafu, thefinalissue of The Merciad did not get printed, so these stories were left out of the publication. I felt terrible about it, because I knew that the baseball team could really have used coverage for the upcoming regional playoffs that they ended up hosting. In what I felt to be a vain attempt to reconcile, I mailed a brief note explaining this situation to coach Spano and a copy of the stories. Coach Spano's appreciation was evident when prior to the most important game of his coaching career he came up to the stands to thank me. Coach Spano taught me that I really do make a difference, however small, to some people. This made me approach my job with trepidation and respect,realizingthat things I say matter. Thank you to all of the coaches, who have made my job a very positive experience, I wish there was space in this publication to thank all of you personally. Thank you to the players who have treated me with respect when I have calledforinterviews. Thank you to the players for making this an exciting year to write about Thank you to everyone who has written stories for the sports page, your perspectives have made pages seven and ei ght more diverse and interesting to read. Thank youforthe opportunity to cover sports this year, I wish next year's editor the best of luck, and hope that working with Mercyhurst coaches is as positive an experience for you as it was for me.^
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THE ME ROAD
MAY 2, 2001
L a d y Lakers hope to k n o c k off G a n n o n
By Annie DeMeo Merciad writer The women's lacrosse team hopes to capitalize on the momentum from last weekend in its bout with Gannon Wednesday, May 2. The game with the cross-town rival is the final of the season for the team, and the final of five seniors careers. This game has implications for Mercyhurst, Gannon and women's lacrosse playoffs. The women's team has a chance to finish ranked in the top five nationally. With a win, Gannon will go to the playoffs, and with a loss they will be eliminated from contention. The playoff picture for all of women's lacrosse depends largely on this game. The weekend's games gave the Lady Lakers plenty of positive momentum for the upcoming game. The women's lacrosse team earned two impressive victories on campus this weekend. The Lady Lakers clobbered Lock Haven Saturday, April 28,17-2 and beat East Stroudsburg Sunday April, 29,14-6. Saturday the Lakers put Lock Haven away before their opponents knew what was happening. Mercyhurst scored 11 unanswered goals in thefirsthalf. Senior attack Amy Perry led the Lakers in in the 17-goal effort. j Senior Nicole Bon voulouir and sophomore Diana Rapacki each spent a half in goal and combined for six saves. Sunday the Lakers out shot East Stroudsburg 32-22 and Bonvouloir managed 10 saves to give the women's lacrosse team a 14-6 advantage. Senior attack Perry had another impressive day, netting two goals and three assists. Perry has 98 goals, 113 assists, and 211 career points. She is first all time in Laker history in all three categories. Perry will attempt to get 100 career goals in Wednesday's game and Bonvoulouir will attempt to get 600 saves. May 2 is also "Senior Recognition Day," the five senior women's lacrosse players will be honored for the role they played in building the young program, "We havefiveseniors who have played four years of a five year program. These are special, irreplacable girls," said head coach Kevin Cooke. "Each has an intangible quality, whether it's reading the game well, contributing an unbelivable spirit or leading fellow players." • Cooke is confident that if the team shows up they will compete fiercely with Gannon, which is ranked second nationally. He is also hoping that there will be a lot of student support for the season finale.
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Senior Nadia Shabanza attempts to score in the Lakers game against East Stroudsburg Sunday, April 29. Shabanza had a goal in each of the Lakers victories over the weekend. scoring with three goals and seven assists. goals, while junior attack Laurie Sienkiewicz Amy Plumley also helped the Lakers in their added two. Sophomore midfield Jennifer offensive onslaught, scoringfivegoals in the Meyers, senior midfield Elizabeth Roberto, freshman attack Shannon Griffith and senior game. Junior defender Vanessa Turner had three midfield Nadia Shabanza each added a talley
Rowers put on a good show in Philadelphia
By Mike Tanner Merciad Writer The rowing team headed south to Philadelphia Saturday, April 28 to compete in the 34th annual Kerr Cup Regatta. This was an important race for the team, as top finishers are more likely to be invited to the Champion Intercollegiate Regatta in May, The varsity four represented the men's team well, finishing a strong second to Villanova University. Strong crosswinds hindered course navigation off the starting line, but the Lakers managed to straighten the boat, and break from the six-boat pack alongside the Wildcats. Though Villanova held a three-boat length lead for much of the race, the Hurst shortened that to a three-seat lead in the final meter of the race. Villanova held on in the end, however,finishingfiveseconds ahead of the Lakers. The University of Virginia finished several seconds behind the Mercyhurst four. The women did a phenomenal job in the varsity four and lightweight eight races, placing first and second, respectively. The varsity four pulled out a win against crewsfromVirginia Tech, Geneseeo and Delaware. By the first 1,000 meters, the Lakers had a half boat length lead on Virginia Tech, while the other boats trailed several lengths behind. In the second half of the race, the Lakers increased their lead to four boat lengths in open water by the finish, crossing the line 15 seconds ahead of the Hoakies. "We raced very well. It felt powerful, even in the fierce crosswinds," said senior oarswoman Laura Rush. The lightweight eight had steering problems more severe than crosswinds. For the majority of the race, Mercyhurst had the lead, with only the University of Delaware challenging. With 600 meters left, an underwater buoy jammed the rudder, rendering it useless. Delaware capitalized on this opportunity and caught up to the Hurst eight. In the last 10-15 strokes, the Delaware boat had drawn even.
Baseball tops Northwood* * in four games
By Annie DeMeo Merciad writer
The baseball team got its groove on this weekend. The team won all four games, beating Northwood University in back to back doubleheaders. The Lakers have won nine of their last 10 games, improving to 22-18-1 overall and 17-7 in the GLIAC. Annie Sitter/MenHad photographer Saturday, April 28 in game one Mike Palano Two members of the women's varsity four Nicole and Natalie Senese compete in the Mercyhurst Invitational. The women's varsity four was victorious this weekend in pitched a four-hitter to pick up the win on the mound and improve his record to 6-3. MercyPhiladelphia. hurst won the game 3-1, overcoming a 1-0 Both bow balls inched ahead, vying for the finish in that close a race and with no rudder is deficit with two runs in the fourth inning and nothing to pass over lightly. lead as they crossed thefinishline. another in the seventh. The Laker navy travels to Athens, Ohio for But, the Delaware ball crossed the finish The Lakers managed to win game two Satline sixth tenths of a second faster than the the Mid American Collegiate rowing champi- urday 2-1 in an extra inning with an RBI single Lakers. While disappointing, a second place onships Saturday, May 5. by Dustyn Risner. John Hall and Nate Goodrich combined on the mound to hold Northwood to four hits, with Goodrich picking up the win. Sunday, April 29 was more winning for the Lakers. The explosive hitting of the Mercyhurst squad enabled the Lakers to defeat the Timberwolves 9-5 and 13-4. Mark Mattson homered twice and Rico Santana had one home run. Nick Schnarrs homered in the second game. Overall, the Lakers had 26 hits, six doubles and four home runs in Sunday's doubleheader. "Hitting is finally coming around," said Ryan Nietupski, "we are starting to swing the bats a lot more consistently than we were early on.n With continued improvement, the team is likely to have a strong finish. The baseball team is back in action at Edinboro University Thursday May 3.
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