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Vol. 74 No. 21

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

May 11,2001

Cabinet decides top awards
Winners selected from Record number of nominations
By Annie DeMeo Merciad writer The sheer volume of nominations for senior awards suggests the impressive leadership of members of the class of 2001. This year there were 96 nominations with 65 of those going for the top five senior awards, both of these numbers were record-breaking. Senior Tracy Fischer was awarded this year's Carpe Diem award. Carpe Diem is the highest award given to a member of the senior class. It is in recognition of intellectual competency, personal integrity, and especially leadershipimpact. It is presented to the outstanding graduating senior who has made the most positive impact on the life of the Mercyhurst community and who best exemplifies the college motto, "Carpe Diem*' to "seize the opportu- • nity." The recipient delivers the student address at the graduation ceremony. Fischer served as Mercyhurst Student Government president this year. She was nominated for all major awards, and received the most nominations of any other nominee. The Bishop's Award for Academic Excellence is presented to the graduating senior who has attended Mercyhurst College for at least four years and who has acheived the highest QPA. £. £J Three students achieved a perfect 4.0 through theirfouryears of college. This is the firsttimein the history of the college that three individuals received the award. Kara and Kelly Beirbauer earned perfect quality point averages while persuing dual degrees in elementary and special education. Amber Vance also earned a perfect mark for herfouryear career while persuing a degree in sociology. Julie Weems was recognized for embodying die qualities of service associated with Sister Carolyn Hermann. The award is presented to the graduating senior who gives unselfishly of time, energy, loyalty and talent in the spirit of the president of Mercyhurst College who served from 1962-1970. She has served the Mercyhurst community through the Ambassdors Club as well as serving as a resident assistant and the co-chair of the senior gift committee. In addition, she has actively participated in Habitat for Humanity and went to Honduras on a mission trip through campus ministry. English major, Lindsay Christopher, and political science major, Perry Wood, were selected as co-recipients of the Frank Barry Leadership Award. The award is presented to the graduating senior who has exemplified superior leadership and involvement while a student at Mercyhurst College. The award is named after Frank Barry, class of 1975, and is

SENIOR AWARDS
Carpe Diem Tracy Rscher Bishop's Excellence Kara Bierbauer, 4.0 Kelly Bierbauer, 4.0 Amber Vance, 4.0 Sr. Carolyn Herrmann Service Julie Weems Frank Barry Leadership Lindsay Christopher Perry Wood Outstanding Scholar Athlete Nate Goodrich Mari DeMarco Alumni Recognition Thorn Reznik Amy Wipkowski Sr. Eustace Taylor fe Adult Student Beth Sheldon Cynthia Sharrer PRESIDENT'S AWARDS Business: Stephanie Trenn Creative Arts: * Kathleen Dwyer St Agnes Mutest Education Gina Gottuso Humanities: ^ Nathan Wallace HRIM/Human Ecology: Stephanie Bisbee Science & Mathematics: James Rosswog Dave Hermenau Social & Behavioral Science Michael Jones

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(From top left, clockwise) Thomas Reznik, Alumni Recognition, Tracy Rscher, Carpe Diem; Perry Wood, Barry Leadership; Amy Wipkowski, Alumni Recognition; Lindsay Christopher, Barry Leadership; and Julie Weems, Sr. Carolyn Herrmann Service.
funded by his classmates. The student chosen for this award exhibits student leadership and personal qualities associated with Barry, who lived life to the fullest and treasured each friendship to the maximum. •Christopher served as MSG secretary this year and also was editor in chief of The Freedom Zone. Wood served on the SAC executive board and as a student government representative as a senior. $ The Alumni Recognition Award is presented to the graduating senior who demonstrates loyalty and strong ties to alma mater and whose undergraduate days have been filled with the spirit of the Hurst. The cabinet named two recipients for this award. Thomas Reznik, biology major, and Amy Wipkowski, human ecology major, were chosen for the Alumni Award. Reznik served as MSG senior representative and president of Tri-Beta. (biological honors society). He also worked as a resident assistant this year. Wipkowski served as president of the Ambassadors Club this year, secretary of the club her junior year and was named "Ambassador of the Year" as a sophomore. Senior awards will be presented at a private dinner for honorees and their parents in the Mercy Heritage Room Friday evening before graduation.

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Tracy Fischer, a business major, is the recipient of this year's Carpe Diem Award. Fischer served as MSG president for the 2000-01 academic year.

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CAMPUSNEWS
Three faculty members MercyHurst gladiators.. earn tenure and promotions
By Sara Seidle Merciad writer Three Mercy hurst faculty members reached a milestone in their teaching careers April 25. The board of trustees decided to grant tenure to Dr. Brian Ripley, associate professor of political science. Dr. Melissa BarrangerMathys, associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. David Hyland, associate professor of biology, an honor that serves to seal their position at Mercyhurst. All three were also promoted to associate professors. "For me, it means that I have a much more significant connection to the college, one that can last the rest of my professional career," said Ripley. Both Barranger-Mathys and Hyland said they viewed tenure as an academic achievement. "I view it as just another level, like another stepping stone in my professional career," said Hyland. Each faculty member was strongly endorsed by Dr. Joseph F. Gower, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college, to receive tenure and the promotion to associate professor. Gower said that Ripley "has established himself as one of the best teachers at Mercyhurst" He added mat Ripley's" influence on his students is vast and his contributions are highly valued by the majors in political science, history and R/IAP. His students look to him for expert knowledge, guidance and intellectual direction." According to Gower, Barranger-Mathys is noted for the personal attention she gives to students as well as her professional style. "She is a strong student advisor and mentor," said Gower. Commenting on her vast experience' with research, he added, "Dr. BarrangerMathys has been exceptional in including undergraduates in her research." In recommending Hyland for tenure and promotion, Gower commented, "Dr. David Hyland is the most productive young scholar at Mercyhurst. He also added that Hyland is an "energetic, challenging and successful teacher." iBoth Hyland and Barranger-Mathys have been assistant professors at Mercyhurst since 1995. Ripley joined the Mercyhurst community as an assistant professor in 1996. Hyland will serve as director of the biology department next year. Servin g as director of the chemistry department this year, Barranger-Mathys has been involved in many areas of the college life. Ripley also serves as co-director of the Model United Nations program.

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Seniors leave legacy with 75th anniversary granite marker T
By Annie DeMeo Merciad writer Can you smell what the senior class is cooking? "The Rock" will finally come to Erie. It will be a class gift impossible to miss however—not a wrestler. The new granite marker at the entrance to the college will be given an official dedication at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 18. The 454 seniors leave their legacy to greet every visitor to campus. Made of four tons of rough-hewn granite and bearing the etched seal of the college, the senior gift is sure to become one of the landmarks for which Mercyhurst is known—such as Munson Plaza fountain, the Canterbury clock, the Grotto, and Garvey Park. Seniors Julie Weems, Marcello Vavala and Danielle Reid, chairmen of the senior class gift committee, began their efforts nearly a year ago. "We came up with some of our own ideas, but then, because we knew this was the anniversary year and we wanted to do something special, we asked what the college really needed," explained Weems. "We saw the anniversary year as our opportunity to do something out of the ordinary." After raising $4,022 from 120 seniors— achieving some of the highest fund-raising numbers of any graduating class in the history of the Hurst—they have attained their goal. The rock will leave the quarry located in North Dakota on Friday, May 11. It is scheduled to arrive on campus around Monday, May 14. After careful consideration, the committee felt that a new location, the northern part of the circle at the top of the entrance drive, was a more natural location for the rock. It will be placed there shortly after its arrival on campus. For committee members, the opportunity to truly leave their mark on the campus is a once-. in-a-lifetime chance.. "I personally love the history of this college, and I am very excited that we are the class graduating in the anniversary year," said| Weems. "I think that only adds to the excitement our class has about this gift, and their enthusiasm is clear when you see how well our fundraising is progressing."

Junior Erin Scully attempts to take out jurijojr Ejian Colaizzjin an Ihtense jousting match-[The Inflatable fun" activity waa^sfone of many held iff.. Garvey Park Saturday,itoay 5^SACs annual Spring Fest featured performances by local bands, Higgledy Piggledy apd lbs Caribos during the day with Pittsburgh'sJl~he Clarks headlining the even? in an evening performance at the MAC. In addition to the musical entertainment, students had the chance to douse their peers in a dunk tank, take or^fellow students in an inflated boxing ring or grab a camival-esque k snadl? ofcottoncandy of popcorn! i

SPAN plans community cleanup
Students will tackle heavily polluted creek
By Annie DeMeo Merciad writer Students for the Protection and Appreciation of Nature (SPAN), Mercyhurst's non-profit environmental organization, will be hosting a community-based cleanup at the mouth of Mill Creek Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 4r The site, littered with plastic bottles, cans, tires and other materials (most of which can be recycled), is in dire need of a communitysupported cleanup effort. "The site was recommended by Dr. Michael Campbell," said Dave Adams, organizer ofthe event and current president of SPAN. 'It's basically the vein of the city; it goes right through the heart of Erie and everything ends up there. The place is filthy and really needs to be cleaned." SPAN has had a hard time fundraising for the event According to Adams, the organization sent out over 40 letters to various Erie businesses and ended up with one $10 gift certificate to a restaurant 'Trying to get donations from larger industries was really disappointing,'* said Nevan Welte, current vice president and Adams' suecessor. "It was particularly hard when you consider that the industry's environmental record suggests they are major pollutants." Since the initial disappointing results several groups and individuals have stepped in to help with the effort. Erie Sewer donated a waste bin to collect the trash. Mercyhurst Student Government approved a request made by SPAN for $450 to help with supplies and fust aid. In addition, Cathy Pedler of the Watershed Arts Project provided the club with money in exchange for full documentation of the event. Adams notes that in a way SPAN is "creating art on a different scale." SPAN hopes the cleanup Saturday will provide an example of the effects of avoidable pollution as well as showing Erie how a group of concerned local citizens can solve these problems and restore aesthetic and biological values to an area in need. Refreshments will be provided (Marriott is catering the event)forall individuals who show up to help with the cleanup. In addition, the first 100 volunteers will receive free T-shirts. "I'm nervous and excited," said Adams. "It's been a long process. We have funding and logistics taken care of; now its a matter of people showing up."

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Hey, Mi siter DJ...
By Adam DuShole & Kristin Purdy Merciad writers For fans of electronic and techno music, it has often been a hassle to enjoy the music scene without traveling great distances to Erie's surrounding metropolitan areas, sometimes as far as Cleveland or Pittsburgh. For a while now, Erie has had a noted absence of this specific genre of music. Three Mercyhurst students are seeking to create an atmosphere that focuses on the simple enjoyment of dance music. Anthony Lang, Joe Kodba and Heather Adams have created Mynespent Productions, a music label that promotes a variety of events and music "Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo have this type of music scene where people from Erie usually have to travel to it. Erie used to have this type of music scene and it got shut down," said Lang. \ Under the Mynespent label, the trio has contracted six DJs to perform at their many planned events. Mercyhurst*s own Chris Krupar, a graduating senior, is one of the accomplished DJs on the label. "We are eventually going to throw more events in Erie," Lang said. "We want to take a socially active role by encouraging clothing donations for Goodwill as part of admission." | On May 12,18 and 28 the students are holding digital music conceits at 5840 E. Lake Rd. in Harborcreek from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. There will be a $8 cover charge before midnight, and $10 regular admission. In addition, on May 17 and May 28 they will be holding an after-hours party at Erie's own King's Rook Club from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. "The possibilities are endless, but the success of Mynespent depends on the initial support of the Erie community and Mercyhurst students," Lang said. "Ultimately, we would like to move into the city and find a more permanent and convenient location." For more information and directions to Mynespent Productions' digital music concerts, call451-2559.

Dinner and a movie
* Fazoli's
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By Kate Cywinski Merciad writer After spending the entire 20 years of my life in Erie, I've seen many new fast food restaurants come and go. Erie has many fast food places with the same basic thing, hamburgers and trench fries. There are also several places to get chicken, pizza or tacos. Fazoli's, however, is the first Italian fast food restaurant to arrive in Erie. It is obviously not comparable to Olive Garden, but the food is better than my cooking and probably that of most students. The cheap food and fast service is perfect for the typically busy and broke college student. Fazoli's has the selections of pasta common to any Italian restaurant. They come in both a small size, averaging $3, and a large size that runs about $4. The small was filling for me, but I suggest the large for football players. On a scale of I to 10, I'd give the fettuccini marinara, ,and the spaghetti a 7. The best part of the spaghetti is the meatballs, which are quite yummy. The best features of Fazoli's are the unlimited garlic breadsticks and Italian ice. The breadsticks are awesome, but the bread carrier may not come around as fast as you can eat therruThe lemon Italian ice is only $.99 for a small, and $1.59 for a large* You can; choose between a raspberry or strawberry topping for $.30 more and believe me it is worth an extra dollar— it's delicious. -Fazoli's also has a variety of sandwiches under $5 to choose from, along with pizza, different salads, and your other basic Italian dishes. If you're in the mood for dessert, you can choose between plain, chocolate or turtle cheesecake, or a chocolate chunk cookie. If you have a big group offriends, they have family meals to go. The great thing about Fazoli's is you don't have to get dressed up and look nice to enjoy a good Italian meal. You can eat in or simply go through the drive-through. Best of all, there is no tip necessary. Fazoli's is located off Peach street in front of the Wal-Mart plaza. It is open from 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

"The Mummy Returns
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By Phil Pirrello Movie critic "The Mummy Returns" is thefirstsequel ever to be a complete Xerox of the original. The only difference is that the effects are* bigger (and cheesier), the scares are fewer, and the acting is, well, about as dead as the title character. But is it the dumb, summer movie fun all audiences expect this time of year? Judging by its weekend box office, I'd say all signs point to yes. The plot: 'The Mummy's" story, like the first film, is just random nuggets of dialogue strung together that yield to exploitations of action scenes and special effects. The blockbuster is set in 1933, where our heroes (Branden Frasier and Rachel Weisz) are now a married team of archeologists, who take their son with them on their adventures. (Think "Spy Kids" meets "Indiana Jones.") Via an elongated and graphic opening .battle, we learn that the Scorpion King (WCW's The Rock) and his soul belong to the evil gods that a rouge cult is trying to resurrect, along with Imhotep, the "mummy" from the first film, again played by Arnold Vosloo. Together, these two evil forces will destroy the world (how original) unless they are stopped by Frasier and Weisz's wisecracking, fist- throwing characters, [if The bad: I am skippingrightto this because there is not enough positive things about the film deemed worthy enough to have labeled as "The Good." Director Stephen Sommers is a master storyteller, as long as he has plenty of corny one-liners and CG effects at his disposal. Sommers relies heavily on the tools and not his talent. (Maybe the tools are all he has.) -*The action scenes are exciting and fastpaced, but there are too many to be in one movie. They are entertaining, but because there are so many of them, I got worn out watching this assembly line of action. And that is what "The Mummy" is: A well-assembled piece of generic, old fashioned, B-movie entertainment The good: If there is one thing good, it is Sommer's ability to create what the summer audience wants to see — mindless fun. It insults our intelligence, but it looks good while doing it

AnifDifranco: Reckoning & Revelling
As the new arts and entertainment editor, I've decides it's high time that The Merciad include a place to discuss, review and find out about J the dynamic and constantly changing world fi of mtfslck^Withs&at st&kF'd like tcx introduce^ the newest addition to The Merciad, WreckChords. Hopefully, with the support of the students, this column can provide the campus with information on the latest CD releases and reviews of Erie area conceits (yes, Erie does in fact have a music scene). So, if you, the reader, are dying to let everyone know about your favorite band or if you know about | any shows coming up, drop me a line up here at The Merciad in Box 485 or call at ext, 2376. •

For my first CD review, I decided to take a chance leap and try something new. I picked up Am Difranco's newest release,'a two disc Adam DuShole set titled Reckoning and Revelling. Now, I have to admit up front that I've never owned an Ani CD, and have listened to a scant hand- something you might want to listen to if your ful of her songs. So, I don't need any nasty dog died or you broke up with your mate. In letters from all you Ani-heads out there if I contrast, Revelling featured a number of fastpaced and emotive tracks. ' get some information wrong. Essential TVacks: In general, I preferred the |J Ani Difranco, despite multiple big-name record deal offers and the potential for main- overall feel of Revelling over the darker beats stream success, has chosen to remain in the on Reckoning, so it's no surprise that my perunderground music scene. Of course, even a sonal favorite tracks were "o.k." and casual listener can taste the contempt for cor- "kazoointoit." The outright funkiness of the porate, multinational. American capitalism in guitar riffs in "o.k." won me over, while the sampling on "kazoointoit" was just a flat out Difranco's lyrics. j h The Lowdown: I was pleasantly surprised cool jazz-feeling track reminiscent of Cake by this CD. As I hear from some of my Ani- or Beck, but better. Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down? Don't exhead friends, Difranco's musical style has changed quite a bit from her initially folk-pop pect to see this CD in the discount/used releases. Difranco's latest sampling of musi- records section anytime soon. I will definitely cal sty lings ventures into a variety of genres, be keeping this CD — the variety and diverincorporating gospel, blues, hip hop, funk and sity of musical styles, Difranco's voice and punk elements. I was immediately struck by outright originality earn Reckoning and RevDifranco's stength and range of voice; her elling four out offive stars!! This is an excelvoice was equally capable of a torch-singer lent choice for both first-time listeners of Ani and her long-time fans. f style and a low blues growl. / p The two CD set, titled Revelling and Reck- Well, that's it, I hope you enjoyed this first oning, was an added bonus. Each CD had a installment of WreckChords. Remember, the unique sound. The majority of the vocal and success of this column depends on your supinstrumental tracks on Reckoning were slower port, so feel free to drop me a line with comand moodier with thought-provoking lyrics; ments or suggestions. See ya' next year.

WreckChords

Mercyworld
On Friday, May 18#Dr. William PjGarvey will host the Senior Awards dinner in the Mercy Heritage Room. Mercyhurst's own Sarah Crispo will be perforrning at the Mary D' Angelo Perform ing Arts Center on Saturday at 8 p.m. tier recital will include a number of romantic, y Spanish and French pieces. Lindsay Terrizzi will also be performing in the D'Angelo, Sunday at 8 p.m. Terrizzi will sing operatic, classical and musical theatre selections^

Around Town
"Corpus Christi ,f billed as one of the most t controversial plays in decades, will be performed at the Roadhouse Theatre, Friday & Saturday. 8 p.m. through June*! 6. Dark Star Orchestra, the Grateful Dead cover band, will be performing at Forward Hall this Sunday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. May 10 to 27, 'The Vagina Monologues" will be playing at Cleveland Music Hall Little Theater, Cleveland, Ohio. Tickets are on sale at Tlcketmaster. Saturday, May 12, Original Soul Project, a funk/soul/hip hop band, will be performing at The Docksider, 1014 State St k

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OPINION
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**• This will be the last time we will have to scrounge for quarters to do our laundry. Next year Mercyhurst is picking up the tab. ' • Those who worked on promotions for the women's lacrosse game should be commended. There were signs and chalk writings plastering the campus that let us all know about all-you-can eat burgers and dogs for a dollar. The trick worked and a great crowd showed for the thrilling one goal loss to Gannon. • The play "Assassins" debuted last week at Taylor Little Theatre. The performance went on for sold out crowds four out of the five shows. It was good to see so many students there to support the cast. * The college will be honoring Mayor Joyce Savocchio at graduation. For the past decade, she has been closing State Street so the graduates can walk in the academic procession. Thanks, Mayor, it's become a Mercyhurst tradition!

Exit, stage left
A letter to the graduating class
Well seniors, just as the greatest performers must end the show, we, too, must take our bow and exit, stage left. But, despair not, for as we embark on this journey we do have a significant part to play outside of these walls. We will no longer be students of the college, but of the world. With this new role comes much responsibility. We must make an attempt to stay informed, be aware of what goes on around us and, more importantly, realize that we are still students. Four years of college mean nothing unless we proceed into the world with caution and humility. With this in mind, I would like to mention a few people who have made my time here at Mercyhurst a truly enjoyable and interesting experience. ^ First, I would like to thank Julie Hofmann in the department of financial aid. Without her help, understanding and concern I would not been able to attend Mercyhurst.^ Second, I want to thank David Pedler, Dennis Dirkmaat and the Other members of the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute. They have all been like a family to me these past four years. They have given me support, guidance and a perspective that I may not have achieved otherwise. |> Third, I wish to thank all of the Sodexho-

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Marriott employees, past and present. They know who they are (Ted, Scott, Lois, Gary, Edna, etc.). I am grateful for the time I spent working with them all. They should be recognized and commended for helping a poor college student with his education. \ Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank Mary Daly, adviser ofThe Merciad, its editors and staff members. Thanks for taking a chance on me. You all have made this year a truly enjoyable and interesting experience. Good luck to you all next year.; I close here with the hope that this year's seniors will move out into the world to make a difference in whatever role they choose to play. — Zack Venable v "All the world's indeed a stage, and we are merely players- performers and portrayers. Each another's audience, upon the gilded stage." — Neil Peart*?• m.

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* With the end of this school year, the Mercyhurst Community will lose one of the corner stones of the administration. Dr. Joseph Gower, dean of academics, is leaving his post to take over as president of a Catholic college in Iowa. His quick wit and good nature will be sorely missed. * * In the chapel foyer, above the door where the sound system was removed, there is a noticable difference in color — we hope that by graduation, a little paint will touch it up.

THE UGLY ...
* Possibly the most heinous act of fashion in the history of Mercyhurst College was displayed this weekend. Junior Adam Billingsley donned a blue bikini, top and bottom, for the Clarks performance in the MAC. If there has ever been something more revolting, we haven't seen it. V • The Clarks performance on Saturday was going great, but was stopped short as a result of an unruly crowd. There were problems with people pushing and moshing. The climax came when a female fan was dropped from crowd surfing and injured her head. The show lasted about an hour. f \ Was what seemed like excessive and offensive language in last week's 44 Assassins'* really necessary?

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The final walk ithrough the fabled gates of Mercyhurst
I ve been afraid of changing because 1 built my life around you. But times make you bolder, children get older, I'm getting older, too.'* Those few lines from Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide** pretty much sum up how I am feeling right now as I stare graduation in the face. And it's true. For the past five years, even including the year that I spent at FIT, my world, my life, has revolved around Merychurst And I didn't want things to change. But the time has come for me to face that change. I remember my freshman year like it was yesterday, even though it was five years ago. I had to leave my .comfortable high school existence behind and make new friends and form new groups. Despite the fact that I was outgoing in high school, I was still seared. I was starting all over again, from the beginning. But eventually I found my own comfortable niche. I made new friends and had a new group. It was a nice pi ace to grow, to leam more about myself, to mature. Slowly, I began to drift further from my high school existence and began to become a true Mercyhurst student. 1 made some great friends my first year here. I am still close with most of them, although the majority of them made it out of here in four years instead of five. With their help I got through the transitionfromhigh school to college. They were there through the homesickness. They were .there through the broken hearts. We were mere for each other. And I always thought how lucky I was that 1 had met them. When I went to FIT I thought that I would
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Famous last words
Heather Cvitkovic never miss Mercyhurst. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to get away from the school and be on my own. Too much time spent in any one place can start to drive you crazy, I guess. But it wasn't until I went to FIT that I realized just how much I had become a part of Mercy World and how much Mercyhurst actually meant to me. I missed it so much. I missed everything — the dose knit structure; knowing your professors and your professors knowing you; having a campus with trees and grass instead of dirt and concrete. I even began to miss all the stupid rules and regulations and seeing security walk around campus. I didn't miss that too much, but I did have a moment when I missed it atittlebit. The thing is, I grew up at Mercyhurst. I stopped being a teenager and became an adult I no longer shunned myresponsibilitiesbut took them head-on. I became more mature. I became more involved in school and took an active role in my education. I have had my fair share of embarrassing moments but I think that my good and great memories far outweigh them. I have had some really crazy times and fun moments here. I learned some of the most important, and some of the hardest, life les-

sons while at Mercyhurst. I have also had the privilege of watching my little sister go through the college experience. Although I was not here last year, this year I have been able to* watch her grow up and become her own, strong, determined and sometimes (but very rarely) crazy person. Being at the same school has made us closer and also made us see that despite our differences we still have some things in common. I have some of the best friends I could have ever hoped for. They have been there for me through everything that you could possibly imagine. Some people I will be friends with for the rest of my life. I can see me and Katie 20 years from now making an annual trip to New York and talking about Suzanne the whole entire time*, Most of myfriendshave changed my life in so many ways. There are a few, the ones that I consider my best friends, that I do not know what I would do without They have made the hard times bearable and the good times even better. No matter how much distance we put between each other I will never lose touch with them or ever forget them. So now it is easy to see why Mercyhurst has such a big impact on me and why I am slightly apprehensive about leaving. I have a comfort zone here, a place andfriendsto turn to. But out there in that big, bad, scary real world I will be by myself. Time has made me bolder and I am definitely older but I am not so sure that I am old or bold enough to go at it alone. Of course, I can't stay here forever just because I

feel safe. I have to show off my newfound maturity and take that final walk through the gates. .^There's another line in "Landslide" that also helps sum up how I am feeling: " ... Can the child within my heart rise above? Can I sail through the changing ocean tides? Can I handle the seasons of my life? I don't know. • And I don't know. I don't know how I will handle the real world, the change of leaving school and going out on my own. I think that I can handle it, but in all honesty, I don't know, no onereallydoes until they are out there dealing with it. I think that I am ready for the challenge. I know that I will miss Mercyhurst and my friends who are staying and my sister. This has been a great experience for me, one that I wouldn't change for the world. I'll never forget this place no matter how far away I end up, no matter how old I get. I am who I am be-, cause of my time at Mercyhurst I don't want to say good-bye, it sounds so final. My old roommate (now graduated herself) said I am not saying good-bye to Mercyhurst but welcoming a new opportunity that Mercyhurst prepared me for. She thought the Beatles said it best when they said, "You say good-bye and I say hello." .. ?' 3§ [ j*So, hello.

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If at first you don't succeed...
communications major, it was a requirement Ifiguredwhat better way to get involved and gain a little more experience that would eventually help me get that spot on the paper as editor. It wasn't exactly as successful Sara Seidle as I would have hoped though.; Due to miscommunication between my Finally, F ve made it After three years of per- adviser and myself, as well as a slight lack sistently trying to become a part of The of effort on my part, I didn't finish that Merciad, with plans to eventually aspire to practicum in time. So, therefore, I failed. The the top, I've done it. It took a lot of time, first "F* I had ever received. Needless to say dedication and even some bouncing back I was devastated, although, since then the from rejection, but I stuck it out and now matter has been worked out and I no longer here I am, writing my first column as editor have a big fat "F' on my transcript. in chief. jf Once again, I didn't let it get me down. Many might be wondering how it could That spring, I gave the editor position a third be so difficult just to get a position on The try. And the third time was certainly the Merciad. How could it have taken me three charm in this case. I became the news edi; attempts to finally get here? Well, I really tor. don't know how either, but it did. As I prepare to embark on my adventure I started writing for the paper at the end of as editor in chief of The Merciad, I have my freshman year. I remember my first as- given a lot of thought to where I want this signment I was to write a story about that newspaper to go, the changes that need to year's senior class gift. I diligently worked be made and the strengths that need to be to contact those involved and got the infor- emphasized*- But, I feel like I have been premation, wrote the story and submitted it to paring for this position from day one. Not the paper only to be informed that it wasn't from the day I found out I would be editor going to be printed anyway. £ fin chief, but from my first assignment, the Despite that small set baek, I decided to one that never got published. apply for an editor position that year. AlAfter so many tries, I kind of wonder if though I had experience working with my , they really thought I deserved the position high school paper, it wasn't quite enough. I or if they just felt sorry for me. Maybe I just was not given a position. 'impressed them with my persistence. Either I continued to write for the paper on occa- way, I got what I wanted. sion during my sophomore year. Then, near Now I look forward to another year of the beginning of winter term, the news edi- Tuesday nights in the office on the third floor tor.resigned and The Merciad was again of Old Main until 2 a.m., sometimes later, looking for another editor. Of course, I ap- with my roommates wondering if I'll ever 1 plied, but once againwas' rejected ."'$ till, I^come' homeVChanging stories at the last continued on, writing for the paper when- minute, rewriting stories until 1 feel like I • could never look at a computer screen again, ever I got a chance. * & t Actually, I did my first practicum with The dealing with computer problems, late stoMerciad later in my sophomore year. As a •.jries and missed deadlines and loving it alii:

Fads fadingpnto thefellseason
The school year is finally coming to an end and with its passing are also the passing of many good and bad trends. We will remember many things about this year, and forget quite a few, too. Some I trends will stay with us and become classics, and others will fade away, thank goodness! Some things I definitely think we will be seeing for a little while longer are the plaids, the black and whites, and the gold jewelry and clothes, to name a few. A few of the things that I think may soon be forgotten are the cowgirl and the rocker chic looks. They may not fade away completely but the end is in sight. We've already been inundated with tons and tons of T-shirts emblazoned with cowboy phrases and rocker star looks. While I do like most of these tee's, enough is enough already! Yet baby tee's will continue to be a big trend for a while. They're perfect because they are casual, comfy, and can be printed, painted, studded, pinned, poked, in endless ways. And the biggest bonus, they're usually cheap! But soon it will be time for the summer wears, and as with the summer, anything goes. For me the most important way* to dress in the summer is any way that will keep me cool!

The Golden Quill

Hot or not?
Megan Cvitkovic Just remember to have fun, play with new styles, and be comfortable in what you wear. Oh and please try to avoid dressing too scandalous when it's not appropriate, like anywhere besides the beach.? Then as summer wanes and fall approaches it will be time for the big back to school shopping blitz! Which is always so much fun. For the fall, start looking out for argyle prints, dragon/Chinese prints and probably some more animal printed things. There will be many more trends to look out for, of course, so keep those eyes peeled this summer, fall styles will start appearing midsummer or, ahh, even sooner! Next year, I will have to send my trend hot and not greetings from a brand new place, the grand central, hub of fashion, New York City. I have decided to spend the year, with several other fashion students, studying in the Big Apple. So hopefully I will be able to report the latest and greatest in fashion before it even reaches good old Erie! In the meantime, keep stylin' and profilin*! And always remember what's hot and what's not!

Megan is transfering to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City next yeatand will not be renewing her column fHot or Not.'i i £ X

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Student expresses disapproval of immaturity at "The Clarks"
Sara Seidle Kristin Purdy Annie DeMeo Adam DuShole Leslie Echan Mackenzie Dexter Nick Folino Annie Sitter Danielle Prokop Billy Elliot Kelly Froelich Editor in Chief Assistant Editor in Chief News Editor Arts & Entertainment Editor Features Editor Sports Co-Editor Sports Co-Editor Photography Editor Assistant Photography Editor Technical Manager Copy Editor I would just like to state my disapproval of tuition and they ruined it for all of us. And my fellow students at The Clarks concert an apology should go to The Clarks. Their These students ruined the entire conceit for show had'to be interrupted and eventually those students who were trying to enjoy the ended because of the rudeness of the students show. Last time I checked I was attending a here. college, but on Saturday night I felt like I Do students really think mere is a chance was in kindergarten.« I 1 of getting a bigger band here after what hapPeople were very immature. The decision pened last Friday? If there was a bigger band, to ask students to not crowd surf was for die the turnout would probably be much bigger safety of the students. and the chances of people getting hurt would One girl was hurt pretty badly and was be greater. Would the administration even taken to the hospital because she was crowd allow the school to invite any more bands surfing. To prevent it from happening to after the actions of those students? And even someone else, it was requested that the stu- if we could get a bigger band, why would dents to stop. Instead ofjust simply not crowd they want to come here after the way we surfing again, the students responded with acted? The Clarks might go and tell other rude chants and-eventually the band had to bands about how we acted and that their perleave. formance had to be cut short Our school will I would like to apologize to Marvin Jones become the laughing stock of these bands and and the rest of SAC for the actions of the no big name bands will want to come play students. All your time, money and effort here. So thank you to those students for ruwere a waste because of a few stupid, imma- ining those chances. ture, drunk students. The actions of those students are an emIt is sad that college students could not fol- barrassment to this school. The actions dislow the two simple requests of not crowd played by some of the students were some of the most inconsiderate, disrespectful and surfing and not smoking. I think an apology should also go to the childish. I am embarrassed to even be assostudents who were trying to enjoy the show. ciated with them. That's our money that those drunken people Thanks. wasted. We pay for these events through our — Mackenzie Dexter

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Kate Cywinski Phil Pirrello Megan 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 <merciad @ mercyhurst.edu>. 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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FEATURES Gower offers sincere farewell to ' Hurst
By Sara Seidle Merciad writer As most people know by now, Mercyhurst's vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college, Dr. Joseph P. Gower, will be leaving the college in the next few weeks. He is headed to Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa to take over the position of president. In his final weeks at Mercyhurst, Gower had many kind words for the students, faculty and administration of Mercyhurst while reflecting on his past six years here. "It makes me sad to contemplate my final weeks as dean of Mercyhurst College. I will always treasure my years here," said Gower. "Mercyhurst is a great place with wonderFile photo ful people and a special mission," said Gower. He added that he will miss "the real energetic academic climate and future oriented thrust" istration and faculty. That's its greatest asset. of Mercyhurst. "Mercyhurst is very lucky to I wish them the best." have a high quality, committed staff, adminMost of all, Gower expressed his fondness

Senior Spotlight?...
By Heather Cvitkovic Merciad Writer
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There is always one player on a sports team who embodies what it is to be a player whose heart is in the game. That person is often the leader, pumping up the rest of the team when they are down, leading them through the hard tunes. He or she lives for the sport played and would do anything for it, staying involved during the off season. Many people call that kind of leader the glue that holds the team together. The women's soccer team has several players that fit this description. One of those players, however, will not be returning to the team next year as her eligibility is up. But she has been there with the team through thick and thin, playing in the snow, the rain and even when the odds of winning did not look good. She has given her all in every game that she has played and will be missed by the team and the coaches. That player is Suzanne Baur, a senior marketing and management major. Her sopho-

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Dressed and ready to play, senior Suzanne Baur has played soccer since age 4. more and junior year Baur held the captain role, which meant that she was responsible for the motivation of her team. "I had a motivational role both on and off the field but it was my role on the field, when

for the students. '1 have taught in several colleges, but the students I like the most are the ones at Mercyhurst. They .are open and curious, diligent and genuine. Mercyhurst students are among the finest in the world. I extend my best wishes to all of them." Despite his fond memories of Mercyhurst and the emotions he feels while preparing to leave, Gower seems optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead of him as president of Loras College. "Leadership of a Catholic college is an exciting opportunity," said Gower. "I have learned a great deal while at Mercyhurst, particularly from Dr. Garvey, that will help me in my presidency." 5 He explained that Loras has a lot in common with Mercyhurst. It, too, is a small, private liberal arts college, with around 1500 stuAnnie Sitter/Merciad photographei dents. He characterized Loras by saying it has "a spirit of open inquiry in an ecumenical community," a characterization he said applies to By Leslie Echan Mercyhurst as well. "Like Mercyhurst, Loras Merciad writer has a strong faculty and staff with teaching as its top priority," said Gower. This year's Teaching Excellence Award will 'be awarded to Dr. Heidi Hosey, associate professor of English and director of the English department at Mercyhurst College. Hosey was chosen from a pool of 15 nomiI lead the team in the way that I played, that I nees by a committee of former award winenjoyed the most about being a captain. If I ners. played well, it motivated the girls to play According to Dr. Joseph F. Gower, vice equally as well or better." president of academic affairs and dean of As a captain her junior year, Baur helped lead the college, "Dr. Hosey embodies the best the team to the Elite eight quaterfinals of the qualities of a college teacher; knowledge NCAA, winning the game against Ashland, one of her field, high regard for students, an of the team's biggest rivals. Although she was not a captain this year, she engaging and challenging teaching style was one ofJthe starters on theieam. This; vear I and an overall love of learning6?j;ufc£ trfiffai Gower added that "her teaching abilities is had one of their best seasons ever, the girj have been recognized for years by students making it to the Elite eight after once again and colleagues alike." beating Ashland University in a game that came It seems that students would agree with down to penalty kicks. "One of the best moments of my career was Gower on this point. Junior English major this year's game against Ashland. It was a good Annie DeMeo said, "Dr. Hosey's inventive game and everyone was very excited when the teaching style makes me look forward to score was tied at the end and we knew that we going to class." were going to have to shoot penalty shots to Adam DuShole, a sophomore English win the game. That puts a lot of pressure on major, added "Dr. Hosey somehow always the players and the goalie," said Baur. In true manages to make the classes as exciting, Laker fashion, the team pulled through, get- engaging and fun as possible. She never ting four of the allotted goals, while junior hesitates to take time out of her day to talk goalie Megan Frey blocked two of Ashland's with her students despite her busy schedattempts. ule. Dr. Hosey is no-holds-barred and one Baur's dedication to the sport shows in her of the most considerate and caring individucareer record of 57-16-5. As an integral part of als I ever met." the team structure she will be missed on the Hosey said, 'It is an incredable honor and field next year. She plans to support her friends and teammates from the sidelines at all of their tradition of great teachers. I think of the games next year. Maybe she will even pitch in people who have received the award and view them as my mentors. I would like to and be a ball girl. thank die students, I think they are why I do this." t
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Baseball team splits double-header
Cross-town rivals each pick up win at the Uht
By Mackenzie Dexter and Nick Folino Merciad writers Mercy hurst's baseball team went head to head against Gannon in a double-header Wednesday, May 9 at Jerry Uht field. Mercy hurst won game one with force, beating Gannon 13-4. Matt King had a triple in his three for four showing and Ryan Bogert went two for three with two stolen bases. The Lakers unfortunately lost game two in extra innings, falling 5-3 in 9 innings of play. Rico Santana went two for four, both hits being triples. The split with Gannon followed a very successful weekend for Mercy hurst. The Lakers ended* up winning three out of four games against the University of Pitt-Johnstown at Northeast's Hirtzel Field. The Lakers won both games on Saturday, winning 3-1 in both contests. Sunday didn* t provide the same fortune however, with the Lakers splitting the two meetings. Saturday's first game had Laker pitcher Steve Strohm giving up only one hit in the first inning and recording 12 strikeouts. Game two had Lakers Ryan Nietupski and Nick Schnarrs both going 2 for 3 with an RBI. Game one on Sunday was won by PittJohnstown 3-2, following suit with Saturday* s low scoring and good defense. John Hall for the Lakers had eight strikeouts in the contest despite the loss. In game two, the bats were flying as the Lakers beat Pitt 10-9. Centerfielder

SPORTS
Mercyhurst's King plays key role
By Mackenzie Dexter Merciad writer Have you ever wondered who the second baseman for the Mercy hurst baseball team is? Well, you don't have to wonder any longer. Sophomore Matt King is filling the position. King has become an important asset to the team in his two years here. When asked why he chose Mercyhurst, King said in his strong New York City accent, "Because of Coach Spano." He also said he wanted to get awayfromthe city. Second year head coach Joe Spano is from the same area as King's hometown. Spano is from Queens, N. Y. while King isfromBrooklyn. As for a major, King is currently undecided, but is planning on taking HRIM classes in the fall. When he's not out on the diamond, you may find King in the Rec Center where he spends a lot of time lifting and training for the season. King began his baseball career around age 4. Since then it has always been a part of his life and he loves to play it. As a freshman, he was named the GLIAC Rookie of the Year. King bats and throws right-handed. He has a fielding percentage of .937 with only 10 errors. He has a batting average of .3 31, with a slugging percentage of .426. The team has a very good chance of making it to playoffs. With a record of 27-20-1, they are ranked seventh in the NCAA Division II North Central Region. If they w in three out of their last four games, then the Lakers will most likely go on to play in the regionals. So, if you get the chance, go out to North East's Hirtzel Field and look for #3, the 6*3" second baseman, Matt King. Cheer for King and the rest of the Mercyhurst baseball team as they try to make their way into the postseason. This weekend the team takes on Ashland at home. Games at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12 and 12 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

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Sophomore Matt King connects with the pitch for a triple at Wednesday nighfs match-up against the Knights. Ben Wiandforthe Lakers went three for five with six RBIs. Designated hitter Bryan Ice went 2 for 2 scoring two runs for the Lakers. The Lakers close out their season with a weekend of double-headers at home against Tar J <T ° Ashland this weekend. Coach Joe Spano, on the upcoming weekend, said, "If we win three but of four of the games against Ashland, we should have a pretty good shot for postseason play. We've lost some key players due to injury this season, but other players have stepped up and helped out greatly. This team shows a lot of character." Hie weekend series starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday's action starts at 12 p.m.

'Hurst crew golden at MACRA championship
By Mike Tanner Merciad writer Last weekend, the Laker navy traveled to Athens, Ohio for the 37th Annual Mid-American Collegiate Rowing Association competition. The MACRA Championship Regatta, hosted by Ohio University, provides all Division II/III varsity teams, and Division I club teams in the Mid-west a chance to compete for regional dominance. The rowing team put on a good show, with two first place showings, one second place, and one third. The men's varsity four trounced big names Northwestern University and Michigan State in their race, taking home the gold medal for the first time since the men's varsity eight did inn 1999. The men's varsity eight came in fifth in a close race this year. The lightweight women pulled off another win this year, winning the second gold medal of the day and beating the University of Cincinnati. That makes three years in a row for the lightweights. Due to a lack of heavyweights, the lightweight boat was entered in the heavyweight women's race where they took home the bronze medal. £ The women's varsity four came up just shy of first place, finishing behind Northwestern University, but good enough for a second Annie Srtter/Merciad photographer place finish and a silver medal. Later this month, the rowing team heads to Above: Bob Furgai not only strokes the men's varsity crew, he is also an asset to fi * Gainesville, Ga. for the Champion Intercolle- the team's morale. giate Regatta, raced on the Olympic Course. Below: Rowing with heart and conviction, the varsity women never let up.

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Women lacrosse; team has strong? finish
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By Nick Folino Merciad writer Mercyhurst women's lacrosse has come a long way since its first season of varsity play in 1997. Since then, coach Kevin Cooke, also coach of the women's field hockey team, has posted a 33-28 record with the women's lacrosse team. The last two years have been the best of his career with the Lady Lakers posting double-digit victory seasons of 10-5, in 2000 and 11-5 in 2001. » g j | ; \ | M 2 The Lady Lakers had their best year ever, finishing ranked sixth nationally in Women's Division II lacrosse competition. The team's highest rank was third during the week of March 12th after starting the season ranked eighth nationally. The overall points leader of the team was senior Amy Perry. She was the "Offensive MVP" of the 2000 Lady Lakers, and her 2001 senior season proved no exception. She led the team with an incredible 50 assists, and her 21 goals complimented the 16 game, 71point season. Their only real disappointment was in the loss column. Versus the top 10 nationally ranked teams, Mercyhurst was 3-4. However, those four losses were only by a combined six goals. The four setbacks came by margins of two or fewer goals. Their loss to number one ranked West Chester came in two overtimes. In the three wins, they outscored their opponents impressively by 21 goals. Personal accolades go out to sophomore Amy Plumley, who led the team in goal scoring with 41. •? < *, The lacrosse team hopes to build on this Danielle Prokop/Merciad photographer successful season next year, under the direcLady Lakers lacrosse regroups after attacking the goal. tion of coach Kevin Cooke,

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I would like to take the opportunity to thank all those involved in Dr. Easter's sport marketing class this year. It was an absolute pleasure to see so many fans at our women's lacrosse games against Bloomsburg and Gannon. These were the biggest games of our program's life. The atmosphere at both contests was an exciting thing to be a part of. More importantly for the players, playing in front of several hundred fans makes the adrenaline pump a little harder. For the fans, I firmly believe that sponsorship by the sport marketing class of "nontraditionaT sports brings a sense of appreciation for what our student athletes accomplish each year. I Again, the players and I would like to thank you for everything. 1 Coach Kevin Cooke, women's lacrosse

Mercyhurst names Kuntz as new women's basketball coach
By Matt Jensen Merciad Writer Kevin "Bo" Kuntz, a former associate head coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was introduced as Mercyhurst's newest head coach last Wednesday. He succeeds Jim Webb, who gttfded the wbraen's. basketball team, tp 96 wins over the past seven seasons. . >v Kuntz will become the 11th coach in the history of the program, and he promises that the Lady Lakers will be ready to play come next season. TheformerIUP conditioning and recruiting coach said, "I believe in conditioning, and F11 get them in the best shape of their lives." Kuntz was hand picked out of 53 applicants vying for the position. He believes mat he can turn last season's 9-17 into a team with defense and an up-tempo style of play. The Cleveland native spent his last five seasons at IUP, and prior to that he produced wonderful recruiting classes at Ferris State. In his very first season as a part of the Bulldog coaching staff, he saw his team achieve a number six ranking in Division E L Before becoming a part of the Ferris State, program, Kuntz was an assistant at college in Windham, Maine. At St. Joe's, he helped post five 20- plus win seasons with four conference titles. Kuntz received his bachelor's degree in physical education and health at St. Joesph's College. While attending Ohio University, he

Freshman focus:
By Mike Shannon Merciad writer The Mercyhurst women's lacrosse season ended last Wednesday in a nail-biter against Gannon. The team did not qualify for post season play but freshman Shannon Griffith is looking to the future. tr 1 think next year we have a good chance to make the National Tournament," said Griffith. Although she is very excited about next year's possibilities, the freshman biology major currently has her mind set on this summer. She is moving from the cold weather of Erie to the sunny beaches of Ocean City, New Jersey. "I have lived there with my sisters almost every summer of my life and I can't wait to see them," she said. Griffith is from Bedford, New Jersey but spends her summers in a house owned by her parents on the beach about forty minutes away. She is looking forward to the relaxing atmosphere of the family-orientated community. "I love it there, it's so peaceful with kids running around and families just enjoying their vacations," said Shannon. She is a beach per* son and said that when she "grows up" she will definitely live near the ocean. Mercyhurst may seem like an odd choice

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served as a student coach for four years with the women's basketball team. Before coaching became his passion, Kuntz was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds and played shortstop at the AAA level before an elbow injury sidelined him for good. In high school, Kuntz was a three-sport standout in basketball, baseball and football.

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