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THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF
MERCYHURST COLLEGE SINCE 1929
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Vol 75 No. 7
Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie, Pa. 16546
November 8; 2001
Anthrax threat turns out to be
By Annie DeMeo Staff writer The "Mercyworld" bubble was decidedly popped Tuesday. Oct. 30 when a Mercyhurst employee opened an envelope postmarked Cairo, Egypt containing a suspicious white powder. * The Federal Bureau of Investigation notified the college at about 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 with test results revealing that the powder was not anthrax. Despite the fact that the letter was a hoax, it was successful in upsetting the routine of the college. Thirty seven individuals that came in closest contact with the letter were quarantined immediately. F ™ t* About 500 students, faculty, staff; and administrators that were believed to be at risk of exposure were instructed to undergo testing and, in most cases, prescribed to take the antibiotic Cipro as a preventative measure. * Classes in Old Main were cancelled for both Wednesday and Thursday, further disrupting the campus. | According to officials, the letter contained a threatening note asserting that the white powder was anthrax. Individuals in the admissions office, where the letter, addressed simply to "director," was forwarded, promptly alerted Mercyhurst Police and Safety of the situation,
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Effects of the national crisis touched Mercyhurst College Tuesday October 31 after a letter, threatening that it contained anthrax, was received in the admissions office. The letter, postmarked Cairo* Egypt, was later determined to be a hoax, testing negative for anthrax.
'The staff acted very quickly as they were trained to do," said Dr. William P. Garvey, college president, at a forum held that Tuesday evening. Local emergency management teams arrived on scene quickly. They secured the "hot zone" which was defined as the east-west hallway on the first floor of Old Main. AH entrances to the college were also blocked off. Additionally, Hamot Medical Center established an emergency testing site in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center and provided nasal swabs to students, faculty, staff and administrators mat passed through the affected area. * •?, £ All those being tested were req uired to shower and hand over the clothing they were wearing as well as any belongings that could have come in contact with the powder. All belongings were returned once the test results were confirmed to be negative. 'The response of the local authorities has been wonderful," said Garvey. t $ Counseling and medical assistance has been made available to the students through both the Cohen Student Health Center and the Counseling Center. Students with concerns about paying for either the nasal swab or the Cipro prescription can contact Roberta Bukowski, who is handling all paper work related to the college's payment for the prescriptions and services.
Other colleges share similar anthrax
and the air circulation system in the By Kristin Purdy area was disconnected to ensure Managing editor safety. Three employees and three students In the past few weeks, other colleges came into direct contact with the and universities have experienced powdered substance and were deconanthrax hoaxes similar to the anthrax taminated following appropriate prohoax that occurred Oct. 30 at Mer- cedures. Senior Andrew Theodorakis of cyhurst Col lege. Two suspicious envelopes contain- Dickinson College was taken into ing white powder were discovered in custody and arrested for the events the student mailroom of Dickinson that led to the college's anthrax scare. College Oct 30. The envelopes had He was arraigned on six counts of been sent through inter-campus mail simple assault, two counts of terrorOct. 29. i-fy Y istic threats and one count of causAccording to Dickinson a web site, ing a catastrophe. Unable to make the the college responded immediately set bail of $250,000, Theodorakis with emergency measures in accor- was committed to Cumberland dance with established procedures County Prison. that have been developed and enMayor Kirk Wilson said, "In the hanced since the Sept. 11 attacks. The course of the investigation, police mailroom was sealed and taped shut spoke with two witnesses who said
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were found. The University of Pittsburgh had two anthrax hoaxes on October 13, 2001. These two incidents were reported via a phone eall that anthrax had been or would be placed inside a building. *$In light of these events, the University of Pittsburgh has taken precautionary measures including posting information on the college's web site on how to decipher suspicious mail- The web site also stresses the importance of procedures if a student or faculty member receives any type of biological, chemical or bomb threat by telephone. Information compiled in part from the Dickinson College web site, Cornell University web site and the University of Pittsburgh web site.
Dickinson, Cornell a n d University o f Pittsburgh h a v e also been targets o f hoaxes in recent
die,* and placing what was believed to be baking soda inside.** On October 31, Cornell University •Police received a call about possible - contamination of a suspicious letter from Pakistan that was received at the college's library. Environmental Health and Safety examined a wrapped journal containing a suspicious powder. After consulting with the sender, it was determined that the powder was residue from a silicone material routinely used by printers to protect the printed material. \ ._ * File photo Prior to the October 31 incidents, Dickinson College recently dealt there have been over 30 reports of with an anthrax scare similar to suspicious mail or materials on the situation at Mercyhurst Cornell campus, which have been they saw the accused preparing the thoroughly investigated by the proper envelopes, the cards, which read, authorities. No instances of bacterial 'You now have anthrax; prepare to anthrax or other dangerous materials
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NOVEMBER 8. 2001
Mailroom precedes with MSG Studjent forum format changed!c a u t i o n sinC e Oct. 30 event to allow for anthrax questions f .
By Sara Seidle Editor in chief anthrax event were answered, an attempt was made to address some of the more common forum questions submitted by students, but not all of the questions that student government received could be answered. According to Annie DeMeo, secretary of MSG, "Questions about parking or any other issue that may normally seem important were just hot at the forefront of students* minds.'* She added that some of the administrators that normally sit on the panel were busy dealing with other aspects of the anthrax situation and could not be present at the forum, making it more difficult for certain questions to be answered. DeMeo said that all questions will be compiled and submitted to college administrators and the respective MSG committees for follow-up. DeMeo added that for students that wish to voice their concerns to MSG at other times, the first Monday of each month the student government meeting is held as a town hall meeting in the Student Union Great Room. A microphone is set up for students to pose their questions or concerns to student government. As with all student government meetings, it is open to the Mercyhurst community. The next student forum is scheda.-t uled for February.
By Melissa Newell Merciad writer
In light ofthe anthrax scare Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Mercyhurst student government student forum scheduled for that evening took on a new purpose. The forum, usually used as an opportunity for students to voice their concerns to college administrators, was still held despite the scare, but the focus moved from gripes about parking and the cafeteria to the specifics of the response to anthrax on campus. Although many college administrators were still present, most of the questions were answered by representatives from Erie County's Hazardous Materials Response Team and Dr. David Kruszewski, college physician. HAZMAT representatives discussed the procedures that they followed to secure the potentially contaminated letter and area of Old Main as well as the steps that would be taken to test the substance found in the letter. ^ Kruszewski answered questions concerning the symptoms and dangers associated with anthrax as well as questions about Cipro, the antibiotic prescribed to combat anthrax. After all questions concerning the
In response to the anthrax threat, the Preston Hall mailroom has increased awareness and precautionary measures pertaining to the handling of correspondence on campus. Sorting and distributing hundreds of envelopes, packages, and parcels: on a daily basis is a task that can easily become mundane, however, increased security procedures assure that the mail is safe to open. Annie Sitter/Merciad photographer According to new security meaA HAZMAT representative dis- sures, work-study students employed cusses prosedures used to se- by the mailroom are no longer permitted to sort through letters. Stucure the contaminated area. dent sorting duties are limited only to items such as catalogues, magazines and all are required to wear rubber gloves when handling items. Letter mail is carefully sorted through the cooperative efforts of Jean Coffey, who is in charge of the mailroom on the lower level of Preston Hall, and members of Mer-
cyhurst Police and Safety. Coffey stated that all items are screened and then distributed either to student mailboxes or to a secured area for further inspection. Mail that is separated and turned over to campus security is done so for several reasons. According to Coffey, some of these reasons could include the absence of a return address, suspicious foreign postage that has not been canceled by the post office, or a distorted hand printed address. Items that are addressed without a department name or specific box number are also carefuHy examined. Mercyhurst police and safety may feel the need to open an extremely suspicious piece of mail, however, all mail that has been screened in this manner will be stamped, notifying that it was opened for security purposes. Coffey said, "We are not trying to invade anyone's privacy. We're just trying to take the precautions to make sure everything runs smoothly."
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Dr. David Kruszewski, college physician, addresses anthrax concerns.- i 4 -f> M
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Attention Students A Message from Career Services
Last weekithe^Tenth Annual Mercyhurst College Career/Job Fair 2001 had to be postponed because of the anthrax threat to the college. After much discussion and deliberation, it was decided that the career/job fair should not be held as planned. The decision to postpone the Career/Job Fair was not an easy one because the planning for this event began in May and the Fair's appeal, once againt attracted more than 100 local, regional and national organizations. In an effort not to succumb to the inappropriate actions of the "Anthrax Hoax^-culprit, the Career/Job Fair has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 11,2002. r | $ & \ * £ W$ W ' The Spring 2002 Career/Job Fair will give Mercyhurst College students plenty of time to discuss full-time employment, internships and summerjobs with employers. The date of April J I was selected for various reasons, including the unstable economy, winter weather for travel, college recruiter availability and space on campus. Between now and April, what are Mercyhurst College students to do regarding career plans or concerns? Students who are graduating are strongly encouraged to open a senior credential file, start or update resumes, sign up for on-campus interviews, contact employers via cover letter or e-mail, explore reliable.job search web sites, develop effective interviewing techniques, attend a regional job fair, network and meet with members of the Career Services staff. If students are internship eligible, they should attend an internship information session, receive approval from their academic advisors, construct a resume and be prepared to engage in a professional interview. As director of Career Services, I am deeply saddened on how the events of the world have affected us at Mercyhurst. It is my commitment and the commitment of our star! to maintain our reputation for "Today's Quality Service for Tomorrow's Success." We welcome students to our office. We welcome your ideas and we will welcome the knowledge that you have become gainfully employed, accepted to graduate/law school or selected into an excellent internship placement, 1 It is the mission of the Career Services staff to assist all students in this trying time. It is our hope that students will share their ideas and concerns with us so together, we can right the wrong and seize the opportunity.
International 'students subj ect to INS sear ches
By Sarah Mcclellan Daily Skiff (Texas Christian U.)
(U-WIRE) FORT WORTH, Texas — Immigration and Naturalization Services will implement a database tracking the background of international students, while American students do not face such scrutiny because of protection under federal law. Laws that protect students* privacy don't apply to international students, said Eyleen Schmidt, an INS spokeswoman. Schmidt said the Coordinated Interagency Partnership Regulating International Students (CIPRIS), a pilot program designed to collect information on international students without their consent, was developed as a pilot program in 20 higher education institutions. U.S. citizens are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which states the "eligible student shall provide a signed and dated written consent before an educational agency or institution discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records." Previously, international students had assumed privacy rights under FERPA, Schmidt said. However, new immigration laws would create programs that.would provide governmental agencies with background information without forcing the U.S. attorney general to obtain a subpoena. * The program will be implemented as the Student Exchange Visitor Program in December of 2002, as a result of an anti-terrorism bill the Sen-
Last month, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, ate passed Thursday, Schmidt said. Schmidt said INS will collect visa (D)-Calif., proposed a six-month information from the Department of moratorium on issuing new student State, such as addresses, date of ar- visas as a result of the Sept.til atrival, degree plans and credit hours, tacks on the World Trade Center. The as well as information on people who' Pentagon also put pressure on INS don't show up for classes, change to finish the CIPRIS database, said Jim Hock, press secretary for their major or drop out. That information will then be for- Feinstein. One of the Sept. 11 hijackers was warded to the INS where it will be in the country on a student visa, ABC compiled into the SEVP database. "We're not sure yet how this infor- News reported. Hock said INS was "charged by mation will be used," Schmidt said. "We're working with Congress and Congress" in the Immigration Reeducators to outline the protocols of form Act of 1996 to set up this data-l what (information) we're looking for base. "(She dropped the proposal beand what to do with it." Manochehr Dorraj, a Texas Chris- cause) she's been assured by educatian University associate professor of tion and university officials that political science who specializes in they'll make sure they provide the international politics, said the pro- INS information to get the database, or tracking system, on foreign stugram could be misused. 'The immigration office being able dents up and working," Hock said. to track every international student John Singleton, director of internais acceptable," Dorraj said. "But an tional student services, said the daintrusive monitoring of their lives tabase will be a good system if its would be objectionable on the purpose is to track an international grounds of their civil liberties. I don't student's travel and not their personal like the idea of treating every inter- lives. Robert J. Hvezda, M.Ed.. M.S.J national student as a terrorist, if that's "I am afraid they will do more than simply monitor the travel of students! Director, Office of Career Services what it would entail." Di mi tar Petro vski, a freshman busi- with that system," he said. "It will Cooperative Education, Internship/Externship Programs ness major from Sofia, Bulgaria, said be used to store information on inthe database will be a way to spy on ternational students regarding anything the government wishes to colinternational students. Mercyhurst Student Government \ "It's unfair to focus on student vi- lect." is currently looking to fill one senior representative Petrovski also said the program will sas," Petrovski said. "We come (to make it harder to attain a student visa, position and two junior representative positions. the U.S.) to study, not terrorize.*' CIPRIS was designed to provide but it won't affect the number of forLetters of intent are now being accepted. Be sure to INS with "Information on interna- eign students that come to the United include name, telephone number and position. States. ? | *j I tional students in response to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing/) "Even if they spy on me, I don't Submit letters to Kristen Brown, vice president of One of the men involved in the mind," Petrovski said. "I don't have student government, in the MSG office located on the bombing was in the country on a stu- anything to hide, and it might make third floor of the Student Union. everyone feel safer." dent visa, Schmidt said.
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NOVEMBER 8. 2001
Recycling efforts not a waste
By Maureen Nebel Merciad writer The statistics are in and it seems as if Mercyhurst is getting greener by the minute. ^According to Dr. Chris Magoc, professor of history and leader of the college's environmental efforts, last year, from November to March, the campus sent 1,001 bags of recyclable material to the recycling center. Each of these bags measures an average of six to seven feet, creating a total of 6,500 cubic feet of waste that did not have to be added to the Lake Erie landfill. Magoc stated, "When each of us at Mercyhurst takes a small step to lighten our impact on the environment, we help the college community make an important difference in Annie Sitter/Me re iad photographer the health of our regional watershed Members of the Erie County Hazardous Materials Response and the fragile, complex and sacred Team were immediately on the scene to handle the contami- planetary systems upon which all life depends." nated letter and secure the area. Adding to its list of recycling successes, last week Mercyhurst sent 350 outdated phone books to the Second Harvest Food Bank, according to Magoc. Not only is this effort suporting the enviornment, the recycling of the phone books will result in a sizeable donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank asjwell. The books will be delivered to a local company that uses them as an energy efficient home insulation. Magoc offered some statistics on m* recycling and the environment. He commented that over half of the Lake Erie landfill is filled with recyclable Annie Sltter/Merciad photo graphei garbage. Recycling steel cans reduces related energy use by 74% and Students watch from a window in the library as emergency water pollution by 76%. Creating officials work to control the situation, barring doors and new aluminum from already recycled material consumes 95% fewer raw materials, 90% less energy, and produces 95% less air and water pollution than making aluminum from scratch. Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil. For more information on how to support the "Greening of Mercyhurst College" contact Dr. Chris Magoc at ext. 2075 or email@example.com.
Police and Safety
10-30-01 Egan Hall: Theft
Male student left his identification card at the Egan Hall sign in desk around 12:30 p.m.. When student departed aound 4 p.m. his identification card was missing from the sign in desk.
"What can I do to green the campus?"
* Recycle tin cans, plastic and glass bottles •Recycle office paper and double side copies * Report water leaks and drafts immediately
10-30-01 Baldwin Hall: Controlled Substance
Female student was in possession of marijuana and rolling papers. Student was also smoking the marijuana in the restroom.
10-28-01 Briggs Avenue: Alcohol and College Violations
Police and Safety responded to an * Refuse a bag at the store when j excessive noise and abuse of quiet hours complaint. The resident was you don't need one also in possession of alcoholic beverages and was under the legal age * Avoid Styrofoam to be in possesssion.
10-27-01 3829 Briggs Avenue: Liquor Law and Col•Refuse to take more than youj lege Violations can eat in the dining hall •Reuse envelopes •Make communications elec-J tronic whenever possible •Buy products in bulk •Try a reusable mjug for coffee purchases
•Turn off lights when leaving a room
Police and Safety responded to a noise complaint at above address, it was determined that two non-students in the apartment had been drinking along with a resident. All were under the legal drinking age.
10-26-01 Egan Hall: Harassment by Communications
Student has been receiving harassing phone messages on the answering machine.
other entrances with yellow tape.
Belovarac called to duty
By Sara Seidle Editor in chief While Mercyhurst deals with the effects of the national crisis at home, Dr. Allan Belovarac, professor of history at Mercyhurst and Commander in the Naval Reserves Office of Naval Intelligence, was called to active duty and is now in Japan. • Belovarac was given short notice that he would be on his way to Japan. After receiving the news, he informed his classes that he would be departing, and left within two days for active duty, according to Dr. William P. Garvey; college president. Garvey, along with the other professors in the history department, is covering Belovarac's classes for the rest of the term. They will continue to do so for winter term as well. As for Belovarac's spring term classes, Garvey commented that they would wait to see if he will be returning before making any decisions. He added that Belovarac could be gone anywhere from six months to two years depending on the status of the current situation. "We are all hoping that he will be home soon. Not only because he is a very good teacher, but it will be an indication that the national crisis has been resolved," said Garvey. In response to taking over Belovarac's class, Garvey commented that teaching has always been a passion of his. "I regard teaching as a pleasure," he said. He continued by saying that with the capital ampaign at its pinnacle and due to his other civic obligations, there is little time left for teaching. Garvey added that upon retiring from the position of college president, he hopes to return to teaching.
10-26-011 Mercy Apartments: Controlled Substance/College Violations
Female student was in possession of a controlled substance being marijuana fr and smoking paraphenalia. Several knives of various sizes were also in the student's possession.
10-24-01 McAuley Hall: College Violations/Underage Consumption
Underage posession and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
10-24-01 Parking lot of Athletic Center: College Violation/Underage Possession
Possession of 18 cans of Miller Light Beer in bookbag. Throwing unknown objects at new portion of Athletic Center.
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10-13-01 McAuley Hall: College Violations/Underage Consumption
Possession of candle. False identification. Consumption of alcoholic beverages. Use of controlled substance.
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Emergency officials quickly and efficiently acted to secure the contaminated area and deal with the questionable white powder.
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NOVEMBER 8, 2001
Bad to)the bone, Dayna Behm
SABAH Stars take to the ice
Internship offered Behm first hand experience in her field Making Waves
Whose to say that too much from the golden age of television will rot your mind? Definitely not sophomore forensic anthropology major, Dayna Behm, who practically based her career move on the television show "Matlock." Behm first wanted to become a lawyer, but found forensic anthropology much more interesting than the profession portrayed on theon "Matlock." \ Finding crime investigation intriguing takes a particular type of person and Behm definitely has it. Behm decided to attend Mercyhurst College because of the department. "It is one of the only schools in the country that offer forensic anthropolog. You really can't go anywhere else and get this good of an education," said Behm. "I enjoy working closely with Dr. Dirkmaat and I enjoy being able to have a hands on work study. The opportunity to go to a crime scene with your professor is an excellent learning experience." L J o make^sure Behm wanted to plda career in anthropology, she took an internship in Manattee County, Florida." I learned about autopsies. I think that they are interesting. I see the person once they are
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SABAH volunteers help mentally and physically challenged children learn toteestate at the Mercyhurst Ice Center each Thursday from 6:15-7:45 p.m. The program started October 1 and will run until April 15.
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Aftrue Mercyhurst sptiriWremembered
By Megan Eble
Sophmore Dayna Behm takes a break and smiles with a skeleton. Behm is pursuing a degree in forensic anthropology at Mercyhurst. » dead as just a body. I do the work andjust separate the feelings from the work, said Behm. * * *P * Behm went to crime scenes in Florida and was able to learn their techniques and how the evidence was collected. "My internship was the most interesting experience with forensic anthropology, so far," said
Behm is keeping here options open after college, but she is interested in graduate school and possibly medical school.
She entered the gates of Mercyhurst 32 years ago and now it has come time to say goodbye to the woman who put Mercy hurst's best foot forward. Dorothy Kirk, defined the meaning of a professional, a true friend and a compassionate woman. Although her physical being cannot be seen, her spirit will always shine at Mercyhurst College. During her 32 years at Mercyhurst she served as secretary to three college presidents, Sister Carolyn Hermann, Dr. Marion Shane and finally, Dr. William P. Garvey. Now, her desk sits empty, for a replacement is impossible to find. "Kirk was a major part of the president's office,'* said William P. Garvey, current president of Mercyhurst College. "She left a gapping hole which is why she is so hard to replace. We keep looking for another Dorothy." Garvey began his term as president July 1, 1980 and Kirk was ready to accept her third president, the new leadership style and work to full potential. Despite the demanding and stressful days Kirk faced, she always remained calm. "Dorothy treated the student's as well as the faculty. She treated everyone with dignity," explained Garvey, " I can not remember her mistreating anyone in 21 years." With her strong sense of compassion and willingness to help. Kirk's duties exceeded far beyond secretary. She became a friend and built strong relationships with many.
Annie Sitter/Merciad photographer Kirk served as the administrative assistant to the president for 32 years..
Among those relationships, Pat Wieser, became one of her closest Wieser, whose office sits opposite of the President's office, said "Dorothy was very helpful to me when I started here, she was very professional and knowledgable. She had a way of working with people that was very graceful. I'm going to miss her." Kirk not only worked at Mercyhurst, she carried a part of Mercyhurst J inside her soul. Kirk was present for over three decades and witnessed some of the most important changes in Mercyhurst history. She was among the first to witness the conversion to a coeducational instituation in 1969, ending her career with visions of Mercyhurt in 2005. *• t ; w: Dorothy felt the essence of Mercyhurst "She was a consummate professional,** said Garvey. "She was an example of the best qualities of Mercyhurst**
NOVEMBER 8. 2001
Counseling available to students
After the anthrax scare, many feel uncertain^
By Megan Eble Merciad writer On Sept. 5 classes began with high hopes of a promising year. However, after the September 11th attacks and an anthrax scare that hit home, something once so promising has subsided into fear. Students tested for anthrax waited in a line longer than 6 hours. They were required to shower from head to toe, forced to wear a decontamination suit and encouraged to take Cipro, This type of experience is unexplainable in words, but recognized through facial expressions.'; Dr. Gerald Tobin, director of the Counseling Center, explained that in the midst of a crisis people seek out one another because they are going through the same things. Some students came to the Counseling Center with concerns about the traumatic event. However, "almost no one comes here with one specific problem. There are many building up and usually something puts you over the edge," explained Tobin. In this case it happened to be the anthrax scare. Counseling is generally concerned with helping people cope with all types of problems. "I think one of the things we do is help student's normalize their experience," Tobin continued, "Feelings of anxiety, stress, ambiguity- they are all symptoms of something else happening. We try to help students change the conditions in life or accept them, because there are some we cannot change."
College students are considered the largest group of smokers
vestigator for the project, who joined the Acting Commissioner in address-] ing the Presidents* Council. Dr. DiFerdinando concluded with a four-point call-to-action for the presidents: First, to appoint a person at every college or university with the authority to enforce tobacco control policies; second, to create smoke-free dorms and restrict outdoor smoking to a few areas; third, to prohibit the sale of tobacco products on campus; and fourth, to promote the cessation services offered by DHSS to all residents of New Jersey: New Jersey's Quitnet, Quitline and Quitcenters. To help implement a strong campus effort, Commissioner DiFerdinando provided the presidents with samples of materials that will be sent to all campuses over the next few weeks. The materials include a compelling video of two New Jersey students discussing why they started smoking and their experiences in trying to quit, as well as posters and leaflets about New Jersey*s Quit services. The presidents also received a series of posters that are part of a social norms campaign currently in operation on three New Jersey campuses. DHSS has long recognized the need to address certain risky behaviors among college students, including tobacco use. More than a decade ago, DHSS established a forum for New Jersey colleges and universities, The New Jersey-Higher Education
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SeddigKnvites spiritual change
By Megan Eble Merciad writer Campus Ministry, located on the second floor of the Hermann Student Union, serves as the spiritual presence for an entire campus community. With open arms, Campus Ministry offers a welcoming atmosphere and serves to help students from all religious backgrounds deepen their | relationship with God. Paul Macosko, campus ministry member, explains how seeing the diversity of all types of people and helping to get them involved is the most rewarding aspect of Campus Ministry. "You don't have to worry| about fitting in," says Macosko, "Everyone is welcome." % In addition to individual guidance, Campus Ministry organizes many spiritual events throughout the year. Last week, Campus Ministry organizes many spiritul events throughout the year. In addition, Campus Ministry finished their traditional food drive, which they recieved fourth place in last year. Hopefully with the help of the Mercyhurst student body, Campus Ministry will beat last year's record, hitting thirf place for this year. ^ Campus M inistry has also planned a Praise and Worship session which is a dynamic prayer that is student-j led. It is dominated by a variety of spiritual songs performed by Cam-
(COLLEGIATE PRESSWIRE) NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS) Acting Commissioner George T. DiFerdinando, Jr., MD, MPH, urged presidents of New Jersey's colleges and universities to implement strong tobacco control policies on their campuses. Addressing the New Jersey | Council Presidents (NJPC) at their regular,fall meeting, the Acting Commissioner stressed the urgent need to change social norms among college students. Noting that the 18-to-24 age group has the highest prevalence of smoking compared to any other age group, Acting Commissioner DiFerdinando stated: "The tobacco industry spends f Annie Sitter/Merciad photographer billions of dollars each year marketStudents discuss the unexplainable event that took place Oct. 30. ing to these young people. Because tobacco is a legal drug, there may be With the anthrax scare, the general ence specific to working with Col- a tendency to dismiss its lethal efpopulation ofMercyhurst has calmed lege students. The counseling center fects. But let me emphasize that to- somewhat. "Although the medical is open Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m. - bacco is the number one preventable scare is over, the terrorism makes 5 p.m. In the case of an emergency cause of death — both in New Jereither Dr. Tobin or Dr. Davenport are sey and in the nation.** you vulnerable," explains Tobin. The counseling Center is always on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The Acting Commissioner emphaopen to all students. Especially now, For anyone else who has additional sized that results from the New Jerwhen terrorism hits home, our services they would like to see the sey Higher Education Consortium awareness is heightened with a level counseling center focus on, please Tobacco Social Norms Project, 1 notify the counselors. This is a serof insecurity and anxiety following.' funded by DHSS, underscore the If anyone is feeling the need for vice provided for the students, and if additions or changes are needed the need for immediate and strong action. any type of counseling, don't hesicounselors will do whatever they can The study, which tracked trends in tate, the door is always open. The to meet your needs. And remember, tobacco use by college students and Center is located in Preston, room "The counseling Center is a safe analyzed New Jersey collegiate to103. To make an appointment you may call ext. 2561 or ext. 2468. Both place, and we have strict rules of con-1 bacco policies, reveal most college Dr. Gerald Tobin, director of the fidentiality which we take very seri- I students overestimate tobacco use counseling center, and Dr. Rebecca ously. We hope anyone would feel among their peers and underestimate Conrad Davenport are full- time psy- free to talk about any concern, large the health effects associated with smoking. chologists with training and experi- or small," said Tobin. Students estimated that only 3 percent of their peers have never tried tobacco, when actually 56 percent of students had never tried it. Furthermore, nearly 60 percent of college students underestimated the number of deaths related to tobacco use by 25 percent. At the same time, students pus Ministry members. It begins Oct. overestimated by the same percent23 at 8 p.m. in the Great Room. "It is laid back, spiritual and fun, age the number of deaths related to with refreshments following," said illicit drugs. £ Macosko. "All students are more "These results affirm that New Jerthan welcome to attend." Macosko sey students have the perception that is one of the six perfomers who will smoking is normal. If we want to reintrigue the audience with his experduce the number of smokers in the tise in guitar. state, we have to start by changing In addition, Mercyhurst is pleased the community's views about toto welcome Reverend Lyta Seddig to bacco," said Linda R. Jeffrey, Ph.D., Campus Ministry. She is the campus Director, Center for Addiction StudMinistry for Protestants. Rev. Seddig ies, Rowan University and lead inis the first woman to be ordained by the United Church of Christ. Rev. Seddig is a Presbyterian Minister and has been for 19 years this month. Her ministry focus- is International Intern Pastor and she is a spiritual director. Rev. Seddig has background training in crisis management and domestic violence. She served as a Protestant chaplin at the Cambridge Springs Prison for Women for five years. In addition, Rev. Seddig has organized a Protestant Worship Service that meets every Wednesday evening from 6:30-7:30 in the Prince of Peace Chapel. Plans for the future include putting together a domestic violence awarness group, a Bible Study about peace making issues and starting a national network of Presbyterian college women. Rev. Seddig's office is located on the third floor of the Hermann Student Union inside the Prince of Peace Chapel. So far. Rev. Seddig says she
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Consortium, to discuss issues surrounding substance abuse. Since then, the Consortium has established a number of activities across university campuses through funding from DHSS, including the social norms study. In addition, DHSS recently announced a grant for party drug research among New Jersey's high] school and college students. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently ranked New Jersey as 11th among the states in committing a substantial portion of MSA funds for tobacco control programs. New Jersey's Comprehensive Tobacco Control,Program is designed to reduce the sickness, disability and death among New Jersey folk associated with the use of tobacco and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.
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Reverend Lyta Seddig joins campus ministry as the campus minister for Protestants.
has felt more than welcome here, "It fits perfectly with my background and I love it.** If anyone is interested in talking with Rev. Seddig, her phone number is ext. 3348 and office hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 38 p.m. For anyone interested in Campus Ministrty, stop in and introduce yourself. "Campus Ministry is a place of hospitality for everyone who walks through the door/* said Father Jim, "And that is what we want.**
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posit was later decreased to $50, but most people went the cheaper route and bought their own grills. Besides, the picnic area is going to be torn down anyway. The ten year plan for the campus shows that the picnic area will be destroyed for more parking. Now, the new grills and picnic tables in the picnic area sit there unused. This year, during a conversation with my fellow students about this very topic, I found out that the school spends over a million dollars a year on landscaping alonei Yeah, one of the reasons I chose Mercyhurst was because of the beautiful campus, but a million dollars seems a little extreme. And a lot of that money (our tuition money) is wasted on things like the flowers and picnic area. Why can't we spend some of that money for educational purposes? Instead of wasting the money ,jj we should be putting it to good use for the education of the students. First, the money could go towards buying new books for the library. The information in the library seems to be lacking. New books with updated information woukfreally help with research papers. Also, students with science or art majors have to pay lab fees for supplies, but there never seems to be any new equipment. So, where does that money go? Last time I checked, I went to college to receive an education. It seems that the administration is more concerned with making the school look nice rather than giving the students the best education possible. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'd like to get my money's worth at this school.
About two weeks ago, I noticed some freshly planted flowers on my way to class in Old Main.^I thought to • By far the best news to come to Mercy hurst was that the tests on myself, who plants flowers in the middle of October? It could only be the letter supposedly containing anthrax were negative. 5. the Mercyhurst administration. Shouldn't they realize that it snows • The immediate response of Erie's emergency services, including by the end of October and the flowthe police department, fire department and hazardous materials re- ers would die? What's the point of sponse team, as well as Hamot Medical Center, was a comfort to the planting flowers two weeks before entire Mercy hurst community during the recent anthrax scare.jj they're going to die? These flowers are just one of the many ways our & • Mercyhurst College faculty, staff and administrators worked to tuition is wasted. ease students tensions and fears during the scare. The kind, calming . The first time I realized how much money this school threw away was words and gestures helped many students cope with a difficult situwhen I came back last year in the fall ation that intensified by the fact that many students are so far from and noticed a new picnic area where parents and family. the tennis courts used to be. My roommates and I thought this was a * The performance by Yamato in the D* Angelo Performing Arts great idea J That is, until we decided to go over and try it out. We found Center Tuesday, Nov36 has been receiving rave reviews from the doors locked. We called security Mercyhurst students and faculty alike. It is nice to see credit beto ask them about it and were ining given to the quality culturaliperformances that often take formed that a $100 deposit had to be given in advance to use it! The deplace in the PAC.
• It is frightening to think that even Mercyhurst College, guarded by its legendary gates, is not safe from the acts of terrorism that are currently plaguing this entire nation.
Image building: No pain, no gain?
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pressured to look like Kate Moss, when all they want to do is veg out to Rosie O'Donnell proportions. Even I'd rather lift the remote than a twenty pounder. So what still compels us to do endless series of crunches and five mile so-called "fun runs?" One thing: image. Sure, we'd like to say because we want to be healthy. But anyone who says that is lying behind their new issue of Cosmo. M Does anyone actually see that baker's dozen of kids "working out?" Instead,*I see these students just hanging out, like it's some post-modern mall for the Susan Powter set. When did the Rec Center become 1 such a popular "nite spot?* Pretty soon we are gonna see people at the rec. wearing their clubbing gear instead of Adidas wind pants. Now, I am not knocking all those who attend the gym on a regular basis. I actually admire the kids who do the things I go there to try and do: Kke try to look like my arms aren't going to combust, that large vein bulging in the middle of my forehead is normal, while I am getting my Schwarzenegger groove on. Working out implies actually trying to get into shape, no matter how foolish you look to the girl on the mini-tred that you are trying to impress. It is okay to go there solo, without a handy social agenda. Just be prepared to go spotter-less if you are the one lifting two plates on the "plate machine." . ,* In today's society, actually being physically fit is not as important as projecting an image of physical fitness. Wearing sweat bands, ankle socks and carrying a water bottle is all that is needed these days to tell others, and fool yourself, into believing that image, not milk, does a body good. Eventually, buying tight Structure shirts ain't gonna cut it. Someday, gasp, the adage of "No pain, no gain" might actually come true.
• Once again, according to student government officials, the ques- There are some trends that overstay tions submitted for the student forum were cluttered with concerns their overly hyped welcome: parachute pants, Vanilla Ice, the WB. and complaints over parking. Will the gripes ever end?
• Each day, the dark and gloomy, seemingly never-ending days of Erie winter seem to creep closer. • It is the end of the term once again, the time that papers, reading and studying pile up with no end in sight, and all with finals only a week away. • Why is it that students feel it necessary to decorate the campus with beer cans? Instead of throwing them on the ground, follow the lead of Mercyhurst's **Green Team" and recycle them instead.
Then there are those that fizzle out instantly: Clear Pepsi, NKOTB, those Taz and Bugs Bunny shirts. But one fad that shows no sign of dying on campus is going to the gym, en masse. This trip to the gym 4s one taken by the bandwagon, rather than individuals. I go there sometimes, trying to get some abs of steel and beef up the pecs. But getting a six pack to most of the gym patrons there means going to Wines and Spirits for some O'Douls. Young adults everywhere are being e-mailed and Fed-Exed to death about how important it is to lose weight and feel great. Students feel
What if there was a federal Department of Peace?
Rev. Lyta Seddig
This week I learned that Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio) has introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to create a Department of Peace, a cabinet-level agency dedicated to peacemaking and the study of conditions conductive to both domestic and international peace. The legislation provides for the creation of a Peace Academy whose graduates would be dispached to troubled areas around the world to promote nonviolent dispute resolution. The Department of Peace would be headed by a Secretary of Peace appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The bill, Il.R. 2459, sets forth the mission of the Department as: 1. holding peace as an organizing principle; 2. endeavoring to promote justice and democratic principles to expand human rights; 3. national and international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, meditation, peaceful resolution of conflict and structured mediation of conflict. H.R. 2459 also provides for the establishment, within the Deparment of Peace, of the Intergovernmental Advisory Council on Peace, which would provide assistance and make recommendations to the Secretary and the President concerning intergovernmental poicies relation to peace and nonviolent conflict resolution. It also establishes a Peace Day, urging "all citizens to observe and celebrate the blessings of peace and endeavor to create peace". When Rep. Kucinich introduced H.R. 2459, which already has 41 congressional cosponsors, he commented, "The time for peace is now. Peace is not only the absence of violence, but the presence of a higher evolution of human awareness with respect, trust and integrity toward humankind." I find the introduction of this legislation a si gn of hope; it introduces a new paradigm for addressing violence. The terrorism our nation has experienced and is continuing to face, challenges people of good will, especially religious and spiritual people, to find new ways of handling conflict and dealing with difference. I see H.R. 2459 as a sep in this direction. For those of us in the Christian tradition, it reflects a process of reconciliation suggested in Matthew 18:15-17. To help ensure passage of H.R. 2459 so that a healthy peace for all, a just peace, can become a reality in our time, take these action steps: 1. Contact your representative immediately and encourage him/her to support H.R. 2459. (Capitol switchboard: 1-202-224-3121. Web sites and e-mail addresses: www.house.gov); 2. Although the Senate version of H.R. 2459 has not yet been introduced, you also may contact your senators and urge them to become familiar with and support this legislation, (www.senate.gov/ senators/senatorJ>y_state.cfm to link to your senator* web sites)
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"I think the RAs are all really nice people, but I wouldn't want to live right next to them." - Sam Wells, freshman r "I don't mind the RAs, as long as they don't annoy me or try to act all superior.'^ ^Danielle Stein, freshman
*like some of them»but soma |eould be^icer * . Jftephanie DiCamillo, freshman IthinlclheRAyctowiHiikejthe mosHs the one who is iiices| to you. The nicet$they arev«the more yoit will like jhem/^ — Meghan Murphy, freshman The RAs should be chosen more carefully because a majority of them do not seem to know what they're doing." — Jason Staley; freshman "Some try to get too involved in other's business.** — Justin Farione, sophomore?
"I like most of than, but one keeps saying that our drying rack is a fire JMelaimie Smith, junior The RAs are nice and die job would be nice^o have next year because of^all the eprks you get# — Jessica Wafcelee, freshman I haven't had any bad experiences with the RAs because most of them are pretty cool about things.** ~ Jen Boysko, sophomore — '$The RAs are cool, but I don't really listen to them that much." Matt Holmes Junior -
|What has been your experienceWith the Resident Assistants at Mercyhnrst?
"I think that everybody has a bad experience with at least one of the 1 RAs at some point in college.* - Ryan Jurewicz, freshman "As long as the RAs are cool with me and what I do, then I am cool wfththem." ptc|Perkms, junior
"RAs are there to solve problems, 4 not to create them. My RA has been *My RA has been really good to^ me^She gives us the right amount great, she's there when we need of space and respect." her." ;&8$ii 2 * I - Carrie Davoli, sophomore HgBetsy Donner, sophomore "I love the RAs! They do a good job." | ! M *$ - Bekah Thompson, sophomore "The RAs are okay. I don't bother them and they don't bother me." -Steve England, freshman
Accepting our history's diverse
migrantsfromEurope seeking a betBy Maceo Carriilo Martinet ter life in America, as good a life as Daily Lobo those gold-covered television back(U-WIRB) ALBUQUERQUE, drops you see on religious channels. N.M*.—We live every day in this so- Most of these immigrants were ciety, whether we like what is going forced into economic slavery,? also on or not Just because we have to known as indentured servitude. They shop for clothes at K-Mart or at were treated the same way people are some fancier place doesn't mean we treated in the sweatshop armpits all have accepted how these clothes are across U.S. cities and across this made or accept the economic sys- world. £ tem that lives on cheap labor ofother Those who think like U.S. Attorcountries. ney General Ashcroft, who leads this For a change, let's try to be hon- anti-immigrant stance, do not want est about our history, ^ i ^ ^ ^ , us to remember that Jhis country was •First of all, this country^was founded on the sweatshop and cotfounded on something I did not have ton-field labor of millions of immithe opportunity to live through. Nev- grants and slaves, which created the ertheless, I still see it being played worst experience of genocide on the out today, in a tragic drama unlike indigenous' nations of the Western any episode seen on "Days of our Hemisphere. I am not inventing anything, but Lives." - 3 * si have learned about waves of im- simply pointing out some relevant
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entertainment." Contradictions go as deep as commercials with Phillip Morris showing it's wrongforkids to smoke only after going to court in which they won over the government but whose image was tarnished. Then you have Budweiser, showing that drinking is the only way to fun, even though it is killing more people than all overdoses on drugs and has destroyed generations of families. Add to that Shell, a company that is still polluting the Nigeria delta coast which Ken Sawo Wiwa was killed trying, to protect, hanged by the Shell-controlled government, saying they are taking care ofthe environment. Baby, don't make no fast moves tonight.
history that the 6 o'clock news easily seems to forget. Whether or not we accept to speak out against these economic injustices we see everyday, we still must live through it and learn from it. Young people cannot be shadows of the older generation or silent echoes for the future. It is like that great saying, "We must understand history in order to know how to live in the future." This could not ring truer than in today's times. I think it is appropriate to mention another, one of Bush's quotes that weighs as heavy as a Styrofoam cup: "The terrorists want us to stop flying and buying, but we will not give in to these evil-doers." What is amazing, first of all, is how does!he know what the terrorists want if we don't even know where Osama bin Laden is? What also is
incredible to me is how far we are able to reduce this war on terrorism to a celebrity death match between "our?economy" and "evildoers" whilefourto 5 million Afghans are facing starvation. J What this logic translates to is that on an everyday level, the act of shopping or getting on a plane is more important than how people are treated around you or treated when they made your nice pants. It is as if culture has been reduced to one Big Mac of entertainment with a side of MTV fries. May we work toward being more conscious of our history? As the great rapper, Mos Def says, "Shine a light on the world, for the world to see." Then maybe we can truly stand united. ' :Eduardo Galeano once said, "Culture nowadays is largely reduced to
LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
Restoring our campus freedoms
SaraSeidle Kristin Purdy Adam DuShole Leslie Echan PhilPirrello Mackenzie Dexter Annie Sitter Billy Elliott 9 Kelly Froelich fa Sarah Antoinette " Annie DeMeo When going away to college, almost the first thing you hear from everyone is that you are going to have so Editor in Chief much fun^hey obviously haven't Managing Editor been to Mercyhurst in a while. Arts & Entertainment Editor At other institutions, students freely go about their weekends... having fun Features Editor and doing the things that college stuOpinion Editor dents do. When friends come to visit Sports Editor J: Photography Editor I Mercyhurst, and we tell them that Technical and Production Manage! they have to keep their beers inside the building, they give you this Copy Editor dumbfounded look and ask why. Advertising Manager Well, that's the same question that I Staff Writer am asking... WHY? | The more that security is enforced to crack down on this issue, the more students are going to try to overthrow it. Instead of trying to turn Mercyhurst into a "day care center," let's try and turn it back into a college. Don't get me wrong, this is an impeccable institution for academics. But there is something that this college is lacking in its atmosphere. Not all students see a night of fun as sitting in the union watching a play. Instead of working against the students having a goodtimeon the weekends, work with them. Rather than having security write | you up in their "little book,** why not help the student home by offering a 1 ride? Another colleges, security works with the students to help them back to their dorms or apartments...What seems to be the problem with why Mercyhurst cannot operate like this? What kinds of people are against students having fun? There is not a spot on this campus that is not under the surveillance Of a camera. Do you really need to know what I am doing every second of the day? Let's think about turning this place back into a college with a great atmosphere, rather than a maximum security prison. Justin Farione^sophomore
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In the October 24,2001 issue of The Merciad, Sr. Geri Rosinski was listed as the author of the article appearing in the column on page five of the opinion section, "Questioning Faith." The author of the article was not Sr. Geri| but^rather Rev. James Piszker. The Merciad apologizes for the misprint and any confusion it may have caused.
NOVEMBER 8, 2001
By Leslie Echan Features editor
Movie Drumming up a storm
By Phil Pirrello Opinion editor
Yamato proved that even traditons can rock out
By Adam DuShole Arts & Entertainment Editor If you spent Tuesday night watching "Stomp," trust me, you wasted your money. Yamato, playing to a sold-out audience, surpassed even the highest expectations for the evening, delivering a performance that was all at once, visually lush, comical, dramatic and an ultimately dynamic experience: ' Its difficult to find words that ac- J curately describe the pure emotional vigor of the Yamato performance. With their Okedo daiko (hemp drum) beating into a sudden hypnotic frenzy and then, just as suddenly, falling still, only the faint notes of a shakuhachi flute would carry through the silence — it was an emotional experience. But the young drummers were not about to be all business on stage — the performance was punctuated by a number of light-hearted moments |jumping, spinning and playing file photo with the audience as much as they The drummers from Yamato bringing ancient Japanese forms to were playing for them. Their second to last act, Hayate, life with dedication and youthful vigor. featured the women of the group at center stage, playing traditional Japa- Nara. It signifies the ancient traditionl somethings. nese stringed instruments with such of Taiko drumming in Japan —- a Despite performing over 800 conenergy you would've sworn that sound that reminds many Japanese of certs in the last eight years, across the you'd stumbled into a hardcore punk the "good old days" in the country's globe, in Western Europe, show. Scandanavia, Israel, Brazil, China, rich history. A healthy dose of Yamato was in After the concert I had an oppor- Korea and Indonesia, the band said . high demand that night — the dozen tunity to join the members ofYamato that they never really tire ofperformor so people waiting outside the for dinner. ing. I D'Angelo Performing Arts Center Their larger-than-life stage persoAs Naoko Kotera explained, "It's holding signs with "can you spare a nas were immediately shattered, re- a fun life, we travel and they [the ticket PLEASE?" can attest to that. placed instead by an incredibly ami- Yamato group members] are like a Yamato," in ancient Japan, was able and playful atmosphere that you family. And, I love to play the Taiko the original name of Yamato's home, would expectfroma group of twenty- drum." 1
Picture this, you are driving around Its not as good as "Toy Story," or Erie, your stomach is grumbling and even "Toy Story 2," but "Monsters, you are in need of a good meal. That Inc.," in all its spunky, digital aniis, you're sick of eating greasy food mated glory, does manage to enterfrom the Laker Inn and the same old tain long enough for us to forget we creationsfromthe cafeteria and cook- are watching a kiddie movie dising your own dinner would require guised as an adult crowd pleaser. And a teaser for episode II makes it too much work. You pull onto French Street just all the more watchable. about desperate to order fast food, The Plot: Telling one of Pixar's when you see a beautiful wooden most convoluted ofplots, "Monsters, door and huge windows, the build- Inc." introduces us to Sulley, a furry, ing attracts you enough to pull over. cute monster that happens to be a At last, it's a restaurant! But not just closet door-to-door professional in an ordinary restaurant, an oldfiresta- the Scare Because We Care business tion that was turned into PufTerbelly's of frightening little children to harness their screams, for their fear fuin 1907. The structure of the building may els Monstropolis, the monsters' engive that fact away, but in case you ergy crisis plagued city. Sulley somehow miss all of that, there is (voiced by John Goodman) is chalfirehouse memorabilia all over the lenged by the slithery chameleon Randall (a sly Steve Buscemi) in a restaurant. It is the perfect place to go for din- scream-off, may the best monster' ner, as long as you're willing to spend win. Sulley wins, naturally, but mansome money. The atmosphere, along ages to take back a kid with him, the adorable Boo. Human kids, like Boo, with the food, will consume and disare hazardous to monsters (or are tract you enough that by the time the they?) so Sulley and his partner, Mike bill comes, it will be worth it. i (a surprisingly unfunny Billy CrysIf you are going to start with a tal) must protect Boo from the evil salad, it will probably be one of the Randall's true plans and save the city best you have had in a while. I ordered a large Caesar salad to start. from its crisis, a rescue which may When they say large, they mean lie in the very thing the monsters are large. f f afraid of: children:* It was delicious, finally a restauThe Good: With every new fearant who adds olives to a Caesar ture, Pixar and Disney up the ante on salad! Bacon was included as well, the digital animation barrier. This but it wasn't Bacos, it was fresh ba- time, with the textured fur that covconfromthe back and was still warm. ers Sulley's body and gets ruffled in The salad cost $5.25. $ a snowy breeze, they have broken For my meal I ordered a Hearty that barrier, creating the most photoBurger, a half pound of meat sea- realistic character since "Final soned to stimulate your taste buds Fantasy's" Aki. With Mike, they and Engine House Potatoes to en- have managed to animate a charachance the meal's already good taste. ter with no facial features, save for Though there are many entrees to one eye, into an intriguing characture, choose from, there is something but not an engaging character. The about eating a hamburger in an old story lags in its middle act, but comes fire department The hamburger cost back in an explosion of adrenaline in $5.95 with cheese and $5.75 without the climatic third, where the protagonists chase Randall in a roller coaster cheese. For dessert, I wanted to try the Pea- maze of closet doors, each one a pornut Butter Pie, but I was just too full tal into a new realm of cinematic to make room for it But I will defi- chase scenes. The film has giggles, nitely make a trip back to the old fire but not belly laughs. It entertains, but don't replace your well worn copies house. I i* of "A Bugs Life" anytime soon, t So when you are in need of a good meal make your way to 414 French The Bad: 1 found myself scratchStreet, Erie PA or call (814)454- ing my head, wondering where ail of the 1557. Pufferbelly is open Mon - Thu> adult in-jokes and blooper out11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.;, Friday and Sat- takes have gone, both welcomed urday, 11:30 a.m. -11 p.m. and Sun- staples to the Pixar films. ; "Monsters, Inc." focuses more on day, 11 a.m. - 8p.m.. l^w , achieving it's cutesy quota than tryTIME MAGAZINE SAYS ing to tell a story kids and adults will '"GETTYSBURG* is a cinematic love to see again. It relies on laterarity-an intelligent epic." breaking technology, forgetting about EXCELLENT cinemas true tool: refined story-telling. I am not saying I expect Oscar winners to come out the gate every) JAW-DROPPING time Disney and Pixar team up, but I do expect them to keep up their pedigree. £ "Monsters, Inc." says there is nothing to fear but fear itself. So don't be afraid, Pixar will bounce back. But be very afraid if they don t, for no one else can come close to being at the top of their game like Pixar's creative geniuses can, even if those geniuses hit slumps once and awhile.
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(Mercyhurst College) Erie, PA — Since 1976, the Mercyhurst College D'Angelo Young Artists Competition has annually drawn musicians from across the globe to demonstrate their talent. Competitors ranging in age from eighteen to thirty compete in a variety of mediums that cycle from piano to voice to strings. Musiciansj are required to construct a repertoire of two to three hours to be played entirely from memory.' The college funded the entire cost of the competition, which is close to $30,000. The $18,000 in prize money, which includes a$10,000 first prize is funded by an endowment from Dr. and Mrs. George D'Angelo, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Furr, Dr. and Mrs. Peter Scibetta and Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Shivers. Despite 25 extremely successful years, the Young Artists Competition will be put on a one-year hiatus in order to review the format and future ofthe program. Dr.Garvey stated that "We believe it is time to take a short break to review the current status of the competition and then determine what are the best directions for the future." The review of the program will be headed byjjDr. Michael Cerveris, Creative Arts Division chairman and director of the D'Angelo School of Music. vMany facets ofthe competition will be under review, including the possibilities of making the competition more regional, focusing it on one medium, perhaps piano or voice, or altering the minimum age requirement for competitors. After all aspects of the program haye been reconsidered, decisions will be made that might range from drastic alterations to the program to maintaining the old status quo ofthe competition. Whatever is decided, the proposed changes will be presented to the college president, his cabinet, and those who have supported the competition so loyally over the last 25 years. Cerveris' said, "This is an appropriate time to take a break and make certain the competition is serving the most compelling constituencies." Cerveris' goal is to reach a decision by the spring 6f 2002. This would allow potential contestants to have plenty of opportunity to prepare for the next competition.
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"Trainspotting*'author Irvine Welsh is at it again
raising passages from "Glue." In many ways, "Glue" is perhaps his least cohesive work, with a novel at work in the first half almost reminiscent of a Dickens classic, then moving into the second half into a bunch of preposterous coincidences. Not comparing the first part to "Trainspotting" is impossible, as the shocking story unfolds of mayhem in the scheme and young boys learn early that working will not get them much out of life and easily slip into a life of crime. The book closes with what amount to a bunch of short stories like the ones found in' the "Acid House" collection. Nevertheless, Welsh is delighted at the reception his works get. When asked how long it took him to gain recognition for his work he humbly replied "I was lucky, 'Trainspotting' sold right away." Was he happy with the film version starring Ewan McGregor? "Well, it made me a lot of cash, so yeah, it made me very happy." More laughs and a few more questions followed. He went on to say that "The*Maribou Stork Murders" and one story from "Ecstasy" have been optioned for afilmand that "Filth" is being converted into a screenplay as we speak. u "Filth" is the story of a dirty policeman who is afflicted with a 40 foot tapeworm. Welsh says "I wanted to play the 40 foot tapeworm myself. I made the tapeworm bigger than the character because 1 felt it had more value."
(Reel Goddess) Ruth Smerling — The author of the ground-breaking novel "Trainspotting," giving a glimpse into the life of heroin addicts in an Edinburgh scheme or housing Nov|i7 fe t£ project, visited Barbara's Bookstore Janeane Garofolo—Lakewood on Well Street with his new book Civic Center, Lakewood, OH. about neighbors of the •Trainspotting" gang, "Glue." \ Nov, 21 f jjj You may want to pull out your old George Clinton and Parliamnet copy of "Trainspotting" to read Funkadelic are performing in "Glue" because the book is written Pittsburgh. in heavy Scottish brogue in a patois foreign and unintelligible to Americans. "Trainspotting" has a helpful B Nov. 23 Barenaked Ladies will be ap- glossary. Flipping back and forth for pearing in Erie at the Tullio a couple of chapters will enable a Arena. /,. reader to tackle the entire Welsh canon. "Glue" is the story of four boys who grow up in a scheme, an EkoostiK Hookah is performing overcrowded low income housing aCtheiAgora "Theatre in Cleve- development in Edinburgh, Scotland. land^ The people that populate the scheme are largely poor, suffering from alcoholism and unemployment and Nov$&7 | i f Kenny Rogers,, "Christmas make their living through burglary, from the Heart"—Tullio Arena arson and selling drugs. The most imin Erie? Kenny Rogers in Erie? portant thing in their lives is "fitba," Oh, he's fallen so far! or soccer. The story follows the four boys as they grow up. Two leave the scheme, one through soccer, one as Hey guess what? Regular classes an internationally renown DJ, one start up again today. Yippee! dies of AIDS and one just lives off You'll be sick ofall your relatives the dole, continues to pull burglaries by now anyway, trust me. and grows grossly overweight. I Welsh began his reading saying tti* like to read the most important Nov. 27-29 | I'd The Musical "Rent" is showing part, on the back cover, where it says at the Warner Theatre. Tickets are $14.95." The room rocked with $47, $37 or $27. Call 452-4857 laughter as he selected a few hairor 456-7070 for further information.; Nov, 28 ' Suzanne Vega is showing at the Odeon in Cleveland.
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By Josh West Contributing writer By Melissa Newell the struggle to combat the apathetic Contributing writer attitudes towards Mereyhurst sports in general. | ,The women's team plays at the I Calling all writers, artists, poets, phohighest level of college athletics. tographers, and other creative types: Brown does not see why these Mercyhurst's literary magazine, the women should not be drawing a Lumen, is seeking submissions for larger, more excited, and more di- publication in its next issue. The Luverse crowd. The goal is to draw men is accepting a range of varied crowdsfromon and off campus, in- and diverse submissions, specifically, cluding young girls that are interested photographs, poetry, short fiction as in the sport to senior citizens;who well as illustrations. 1 would enjoy the opportunity to come This is a particularly special year out and enjoy some exciting compe- for the magazine, because it will be tition. I sponsoring its very first campus-wide Brown hopes that his short-term short fiction and poetry contest. A goal of boosting attendance at his women's ice hockey games will carry over into his long-term goal of increasing interest and support for the other Mereyhurst sports. Brown's Available 10 p.m. to 1a.m. committee searches for inexpensive 'techniques to keep interest in all sports. Ideally, ail of our athletic Monday events, especially those that are traMozzarella Sticks ditionally under attended, will see some growth in the coming years.
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Whoops... -i A retraction is in order here —in the October 25th edition of The Merciad I mistakenly reported that tickets for the Yamaro concert would be free to students. In reality the tickets were $10 for Mereyhurst students. 1 apologize for any serious inconveniences this may have caused students or the D'Angelo Performing Arts Center.!
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Laker fans at all levels of our college community,fromstudents to faculty members, to administrators, say that they have noticed a real apathy towards Mereyhurst sports programs. Dr. Ludlow Brown is now leading a serious effort to do something about it Brown has formed a committee that aims to boost attendance and interest in * Hurst sporting evens. The committee is made up of a number of individuals closely associated with women's hockey, including Brown, Maria Lewis (assistant women's ice hockey coach), Amber Natali (marketing and productions intern and former player), Dr. Eric| Easter. Penny Hanes, Gary Brumbaugh (co-founder of Erie women,s youth hockey), and Carolyn Brumbaugh. Brown sees the strength of Mercyhurst's women's ice hockey team as valuable tool in
$ 100 prize will be awarded to the finest fiction piece, as well as $100 to the author of the most^superlative poem, and winners will be announced early next year. On April 18, 2002, The Lumen staff will be holding a reception and release party to announce the winners of the contest, and will invite all contributors to attend the event. Those interested in being a part of the magazine must submit their works by December 20, 2001 on disk at Box #479 orby email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any additional questions can be answered by contacting Dr. Schiff at extension 2461, the Lumen's advisor.
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W o m e n ' s h o c k e y splits g a m e s with Princeton
By Mackenzie Dexter Sports editor sophomore forward Lindsay Barch. Mercyhurst outshot Princeton 36-14 but the Tigers had stellar goaltending. Junior Tiffany Ribble played the first two periods in goal for Mercyhurst while freshman Desirae Clark saw her first collegiate action in the final period. Mercyhurst's record is now 4-5-0 overall. The Lady Lakers were defeated the week before in overtime by University of Minnesota 2-1 Friday, October 26, but came back with a 3-0 win over Niagara Sunday October 28. The Lady Lakers were able to keep up with the quick Golden Gophers of Minnesota throughout Friday's] game, holding them to only one goal in regulation play. That Minnesota goal began the scoring on a power) play 11:57 into the first period. Mercyhurst tied the game with 5:59 left in the second period. Barch scored the goal, her third of the season, when her 60-footer from right wing slipped past the. Minnesota goalie. Mercyhurst, in the middle of a line change, got assists from Yule and Betteridge. Despite timeouts taken by both teams, neither Minnesota nor Mercyhurst would score in the third period. The game then went into overtime with the score tied 11. Minnesota just barely trickled the puck by Ribble and past the goal line to score the game-winning goal with only; 1:04 left. Playing well for the Lady Lakers were McDonald and sophomore forward,Britney Millar.
(10/25)"Mercy who?" was the question'from the Upper Peninsula to The Mercyhurst women's hockey] Kalamazoo — and across the hockey team split a pair of games with hollows of America — when the Princeton over this past weekend. NCAA pairings were announced last The Lady Lakers defeated Princeton March. Saturday afternoon 5-2, but lost to the The University of Michigan, a Tigers 3-1 the next day. mainstay in postseason play with 22 Junior forward K.C. Gallo began the appearances — including 19 Frozen scoring in the first period on a power Lindsey Wilber/Contributing photographer Fours and nine national titles — play assisted by junior forward would play in the opening round of Seanna Murphy and sophomore forLyndsay Dellow fights for theft the West Regional^as the "home" ward Jessica Dillabough. Princeton puck against Minnesota. | team against Mercy hurst College. then tied the game 1-1. But, the Lady Ribble was outstanding in goal, stopThe 11-team Metro Atlantic Athletic Lakers scored three more times in the ping 27 shots. Mercyhurst outshot Conference was completing its third Minnesota 32-29. first period to give them all they year in a Division I league under the With a .917 save percentage and would need to win the game. FreshIn their Sunday afternoon game 13-year leadership of Commissioner 2.49 GAA for Aubry, and 43 man forward Sara McDonald, freshagainst Niagara University, Rich Ensor. A year before, the NCAA pointslast season for Goulet, each has man forward Chrissy Yule and junMercyhurst won 3-0. Mercyhurst's approved an automatic invite to the pro potential and should get some at- ior defender Liz Betteridge all scored first goal came from Dillabough, her NCAA Tournament for the MAAC tention when pro teams go free-agent as Mercyhurst took a 4-1 lead in the second of the season, at 13:10 of the playoff champion with the four es- hunting. first period. Freshman forward first period. Junior defender Natalie tablished leagues—WCHA, CCHA, The MAAC, while not stockpiling Lyndsay Dellow scored Mercyhurst's Schembri and Dellow assisted the ECAC and Hockey East—bringing NHL rosters, can look to Army's Dan final goal with just eleven seconds' goal. Junior defender Randi Pilger the number of automatic invitations Hinote, who played a pivotal role in left in the second period. Princeton scored a power play goal, her first of to five, and seven at-large.r the Colorado Avalanche's Stanley scored one more time in the third the season, in the second period at Michigan vs; Mercy hurst in the Cup run last spring, as an indication period to make the final score 5-2. 14:03. Gallo and junior forward C.J. NCAAs? Could the Lakers from of the opportunities out there for the Mercyhurst outshot the Tigers 35-26. Ireland assisted Pilger. Barch added Erie, PA, really play with the Wol- Aubrys and Goulets of the confer- Sunday, the game remained scorethe final tally, assisted by Dellow and verines? less until the second period, when ence. .Betteridge, at 8:16 ofthe third period. "The bottom line is the best teams But first, there is-business at hand. Princeton was able to score two goals Niagara outshot Mercyhurst 26-19 should be in the tournament,'* Michi- "When we had the lead at 3-2 in the to take the 2-0 lead Princeton scored but couldn't score against Ribble. gan coach Red Berenson said last third period," reflected Goulet, "there again 7:54 into the third period. Mercyhurst improved its record to 3winter, two months before his team wasn't much talk on the bench. We Mercyhurst junior forward Tracy 4 while Niagara dropped to 3-1. drew Mercyhurst. "If a team does kind of looked at each other and said, Logan scored her first goal of the The Lady'Lakers will travel to 4 embarrass itself, then [the NCAA] We can do this.' We had the MAAC season at 14:31 in the third to avert Wayne State for a pair of 2 p.m. has to revisit the whole system and on our back, so we knew we had to the shutout The goal was assisted by games this Saturday and Sunday. maybe you don't have any automatic make a good showing. We were at bids! such a high level that now we have No revisiting needed. Mercyhurst to come back to earth and regroup almost pulled off the NCAA version for this season. We'll be alright." of The 1980 "Miracle On Ice" last "Michigan was a step above us, no March 24th. >| doubt about that," said Aubry, who By Mackenzie Dexter Fourteen-year coach Rick Gotkin's has played in only one game due to a Sports editor charges entered the third period dead- slight abdominal strain. "We felt that, locked at 2-2 and took a 3-2 lead Yeah, we're not at the big school. But The men's and women's cross-counwhile Peter Aubry stood the Wolver- let's show these guys we can play try teams competed in their last race ines on their ears on the way to 47 with them. I've skated with guys like of the season Saturday at the 2001 saves. Two late Michigan goals, how- Adam Graves in the summer. So that NCAA Great Lakes Regional Cross ever, spelled relief for Berenson and gave me a little preparation for that Country Championships. Michigan. And the end of a level. I look at it that we're all col- The men's team finished 19th out ""T*Si i * o -. lege players. Playing with Michigan of 20 teams beating Gannon with a Cinderella run for the Lakers. "They came in without tournament for 57 minutes until they scored the total score of 491. Senior team capcredibility, and we didn't know a lot winning goal is a motivator for the tains Brian Coliazzi and Ciaran •^A&U Brewster finished first and second, about them," Berenson reflected last season and for us to get back to the Kathy Noble-Fraley/Contributing photographerf respectively, for the Lakers. Junior week. "But they sure proved they tournament." Stephen Gerics finished 107th over- Brian Colaizzi and Ciaran Kate Cywinski finishes in the top were legitimate. If the next [MAAC] "The bottom line is the MAAC is all, freshman Scott Bishop was 110th team comes in and gets blown away, fighting for respect every single day," and senior John Campbell came in Brewster finish first and second, five for the Lady Lakers. its takes away from their perfor- Gotkin said. "1 remind myself and my 113th. Also finishing for the Lakers mance. They showed a lot of class. I players of that every day. An upset were senior Jeremy Verdi at 123rd j ners, placing 64th overall. Freshmen Stephanie Schnacke in 124th place. told Rick he had to be proud of their over Michigan would have been a overall and junior Daniel Fairbanks Julie Dickinson, Heidi Irons and "Our season ended on a good note. fairy-tale ending. In the end, the bet- in 128th place. Katie Mieczkowski finished 81st, We were really excited to beat play." % ; < Said Ensor: "I don't think anyone ter team won. We now need to learn The women finished 15th out of 20 91st and 93rd, respectively. Junior Gannon," coach Kathy Noble-Fraley imagined they'd take a team like how to deal with the success we had [teams and also beat Gannon. The team captain Kate Cywinski placed said. last year and the expectations that go women ended with a total of 434 105th overall. Also finishing for the The men's team will be losing five Michigan down to the wire. [That points. Sophomore Mindi Lauterbach Lady Lakers were freshman Karen seniors, while the women will return game] showed how far the MAAC with it. We have to learn how to win finished in the top half of all 134 run- Thomas in 115th place and freshman all of its runners next year. after winning. Hopefully we will be league has come in three years. That performance helps legitimize the one of the top teams in the country." MAAC as a viable option for recruits When the NCAA invites are anlooking to play on a national stage." nounced this March, Mercyhurst About to begin another run to the should repeat as MAAC champion national stage, Gotkin still replays the and enjoy a trip to the East or West bounded Saturday to defeat Lake and 5-6 in the GLIAC. Five of the David-Goliath nature of that game Regional that goes with it. If not, By Mackenzie Dexter Superior State 5-3 for seventh place. Mercyhurst victories were won by a six months later in his effervescent look for Iona, Can is i us or Sacred Sports editor The win assured Mercyhurst of its score of 9-0. Hughes had a fall style and with excited humor. Heart to take its place. Which would highest finish in the conference since singles record of 16-4 while The Mercyhurst women's tennis becoming a member in 1995. Sopho- Petricone was 12-7. The #1 doubles "I'm standing behind our bench be alright with Gotkin. before the game begins," Gotkin said. "You need the Gonzagas of college team entered the GLIAC Champion- more Alison Hughes and freshman pair of Hughes and Petricone ended "I look across the ice and say to my- hockey to move the sport to where ships Friday, October 26, ranked sev- Brianne Petricone, the #1 and #2 with a record of 9-4. Also finishing self, 'Wow, that's Red Berenson from you want it to go," he said. "It's nice enth and finished the tournament singles players, respectively, were well for Mercyhurst this fall was both honored by the 14 conference Joanna Olmstead with a fall singles Michigan.'And I wonder if he's say- to have some new emerging teams Saturday in the same spot. ing, * Wow, that's Rick Gotkin from and the expanded national interest Mercyhurst lost an opening round coaches. Hughes made the GLIAC record of 10-8.' Mercyhurst. * * * that goes with it. In the end, it's all match Friday to Ferris State 5-0. Rel- Second Team while Petricone was The women's tennis team will beWhile the surname Gotkin isn't rec- about dealing with kids, and anytime egated to the loser's bracket, the Lady Honorable Mention. gin their spring season February 2 at ognized nationally like Berenson or you can give them a better experi- Lakers then dropped a 7-2 verdict to ^ The Lady Lakers finished their fall the Brie Westwood Racquet Club Michigan Tech. Mercyhurst re- season with a record of 9-8 overall against Slippery Rock. • ; Michigan State's Ron Mason or Bos- ence, it's good for all of us.**
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ton University's Jack Parker quite yet, few coaches have traveled the base camps to the NCAA Everest like Gotkin. He may likely be the only college coach to bring his team to Division II and III national championship games and a Division I tournament appearance. His Mercyhurst totals entering this season are 232132-21. His team returns significant talent led by Aubry and fellow senior captain Louis Goulet to complement returnees Brad Olsen, Tom McMonagle, Mark Chambers, Marc •Varteressian and Adam Tackaberry. Notable newcomers include T.J. Kemp, Mike Kirby, Rich Hansen and David Wrigley.
Cross country teams defeat Gannon
Women's tennis finishes seventh
OCTOBER 8. 2001
Football loses Hasfchome g a m e of season
By Tony Crui Merciad writer The Mercyhurst football team lost its final home game of the 2001 season 24-14 against Findlay Saturday, November 3. ^Findlay scored all their points in the first half, scoring first with a 38-yard return touchdown on a Mercyhurst rumble 5:24 into the game. Findlay then kicked a 23-yard field goal with 5:06 left in the first quarter to increase their lead 10-0 over the Lakers. Findlay scored their second touchdown of the game on a 16-yard pass just 1:08 into the second quarter. With the extra point kick blocked, Findlay took the lead 16-0. Findlay's final Annie Sitter/Merciad photographer points of the game came late in the second quarter on a 20-yard pass for Mercyhurst defense goes to tackle a Findlay player in Saturday's the touchdown. Findlay rushed for game. The Lakers lost 24-14. 1 the two points to take the lead 24-0 at halftime. Junior quarterback Mac Freshman'Andrew Grant caught'a Mercyhurst coach Joe Kimball said McArdle gave the Lakers a late charge personal best ten passes for 77 yards. either McArdle or Farison could have in the second half to close the gap. Junior Ike Morrison led the Laker played in the game, but he didn't .McArdle scored Mercyhurst's first defense with eight solo tackles and want to risk further injury to either of touchdown on a 3-yard run with 1:55 assisted on five others. The Lakers, the quarterbacks. He gave the start to left in the third quarter. In the fourth now 2-6, came into the game with Weidig because he was the healthiest quarter, junior Phil Provenzano ran two straight home victories, but re- of the three quarterbacks. 42 yards for the final points of the mained winless at home against The opening proved to be the differgame, making the final score 24-14 Findlay in three tries. ence for the Lakers against Hillsdale. in favor of Findlay. JJ The Lakers defeated Hillsdale 44- With a stiff wind at their backs, the Junior Brett Weidig had his second 31 Saturday, October 27 to earn their Mercyhurst defense and special teams start of the season at the quarterback second GLIAC win of the season. continually gave the offense great position against Findlay. Weidig With quarterbacks junior Mac field position. . passed for 41 yards and was sacked McArdle and senior Scott Farison Junior running back Phi 1 Provenzano three times in the first half. McArdle nursing injuries, junior Brett Weidig scored the first two touchdowns early replaced Weidig late in the second got his second career start at the po- in the first quarter. For the first touchquarter. McArdle completed 18 of 31 sition and responded by throwing four down, Provenzano caught a short pass ^passes for 170 yards but was injured touchdowns and running for one as from Weidig and scored from eight late in the game. Senior Scott Farison well. Weidig, knocked out ofhis only yards out with 13:51 left in the first became the third quarterback of the other career start last year against quarter. Mercyhurst only needed two game for the Lakers, but the Findlay Findlay, directed the Lakers to three plays to score their second touchdefense allowed no further damage. touchdowns on their six first quarter down of the fust quarter. Weidig Provenzano racked up 164 total yards possessions. Weidig also completed completed a 31-yard pass to on offense including 101 yards on the 18 of 31 passes for 220 yards and ran Provenzano to the Charger's 10-yard ground and nine catches for 63 yards. for 43 yards on 12 carries. line. Provenzano scored on a 10-yard
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Mercyhurst blocks the Findlay defense as quarterback Mac McArdle passes the ball downf ield. * run on the next play to put the Lakers up 14-0 in the first quarter. The Lakers recovered a fumble on Hillsdale's opening possession and scored a touchdown on two plays. Hillsdale then fumbled a pitch in the endzone, but recovered it for a Laker safety. This extended the lead to 16-0. Weidig scored on a 1-yard run with 24 seconds left in the first quarter to put the Lakers up 23-0. Junior wideout Faheem Williams scored on an 18-yard scoring pass in the second quarter. Hillsdale would score their first points on a 27-yard field goal with 1:13 to play in the first half. The Lakers led 30-3 at halftime and held a 237-72 advantage in total yards. Williams scored his second touchdown of the game from a 10-yard pass from Weidig only 3:40 into the second half/Hillsdale scored their first touchdown with 5:00 left in the third quarter to make the score 37-10 in favor of the Lakers.(« Mercyhurst led 44-10 in the fourth quarter, when junior wide receiver Tim Siemon caught a 28-yard pass from Weidig for the touchdown. Hillsdale scored three more touchdowns behind their backup quarterback to decrease Mercyhurst's lead, but the Lakers would win with a final score of 44-31. Provenzano had six receptions for 49 yards and Williams added six receptions^tbr 97 yards. Defensively, senior Garrett Patty led the Lakers with twelve solo tackles and assisted : on : seven pothers. Sophomore Tim Smith, junior Chad Fout and sophomore Terrence Patrick each had one sack. Smith's sack set Hillsdale back twelve yards in the first quarter. Sophomore Rob Keefe had an interception for the Mercyhurst defense. The Lakers will finish their season at Ashland Saturday, November 10. The game begins at 1 p.m.
Field hockey ends season with a win
By Mackenzie Dexter Sports editor The Mercyhurst women's field hockey team closed out the 2001 season Wednesday, October 24 with a 40 shutout over visiting Slippery Rock. Senior forward Laurie Sienkiewicz began the scoring with a goal in the first half. The assist to Sienkiewicz came from junior midfielder Joanna Hartmann. Junior Sarah D'Emilio scored the second goal for the Lady Lakers with her shot just inside the circle. DfEmilio's goal gave Mercyhurst the 2-0 lead at halftime. In the second half. Hartmann scored only needed to make two saves/Junior Summer Kraatz played the fust 55 minutes in goal for Mercyhurst and was credited with one save. Freshman Jennifer Coffman then played 10 minutes before freshman Heidi Fetters finished the contest and made one save. The victory improved Mercyhurst's record to 11 -7 overall. Mercyhurst ended the season with four straight wins, including three straight shutouts. The team said goodbye to Sienkiewicz, the only senior on the team.
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Mercyhurst shoots on goal. giving the Lady Lakers a 3-0 lead. D'Emilio then scored her second of the game to finish the scoring. Mercyhurst was so dominant that the Lady Laker goalies
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Men'siennis competes imGreat Lakes championship
By Mackenzie Dexter Sports editor The annual Great Lakes Men s Singles Championships took place Saturday, November 3,'fat the Westwood Racquet Club in Erie I Mercyhurst College #1 singled player, freshman John Nichols, dominated play with four solid wins. Nichols defeated his first opponent 6-0,6-0. He then won against the #2 player from Edinboro, 6-0,6-0. In the semifinals, Nichols won 7-5,6-3 over Edinboro's #1 player. He then completed the four-match sweep with a 6-1,6-0 victory in the finals. Junior Dan Smoulder also played well for the Lakers defeating his opponents 6-1,7-5 and 6-4,6-3, respectively.*' The team will return for the spring season playing against Edinboro February 2.
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OCTOBER 8. 2001
Men s o c c e r i n p u r s u i t ? o f c h a m p i o n s h i p t i t l e
By Mackenzie Dexter Sports editor The Mercyhurst men's soccer team defeated Gannon 3-2 Sunday, November 4, at Gannon. The victory was Mercy hurst's 13th in succession, matching its longest winning streak since 1986. Mercyhurst entered the game ranked seventh nationally and first in the Great Lakes region. Gannon took a 1-0 lead at 34:03 in the first and maintained the advantage for the rest of the half. The Lakers tied the game on senior forward Anthony Maher's goal at 55:11. The score resulted from a corner kick and was assisted by junior midfielder Chris Whalley and senior midfielder Brian Jankowski. But Gannon came back just three minutes later and scored on a breakaway for a 2-1 Gannon advantage. Junior forward Rory Hussey's goal at 81:24, off a direct kick and with help from sophoscored at least one point in 15 of the 16 games he's played this season and has scored at least one goal in 13 of 16. Hussey's score was his third of the season while Kitcho's was his sixth. The game-winner was Kitcho's third of his career. He had one in 1999 against Alderson Broaddus and another earlier this season against Slippery Rock. W Freshman Matt Sullivan played the entire game in goal for the Lakers and was credited with two saves. The H Lakers outshot Gannon 15-8. Mercyhurst now leads the all-time series against Gannon 15-12-1 and has won the last eight meetings. The Lakers are now 16-1-0 overall and 6-0-0 in the GLIAC, assuring them of their seventh straight conference crown. Mercyhurst also handed a loss to twelfth ranked Findlay Wednesday, October 24 at Mercyhurst with a final score of 3-1. Sophomore midfielder Shane Hogan started the scoring with his 10th goal of the season 6:35 into the game to give the Lakers an early 1 -0 advantage. Junior midfielder Brian Jungeberg assisted Hogan. Findlay tied the game with their only goal of the game at 14:41. Mercyhurst senior forward Anthony Maher took over at that point. Maher scored his 22nd goal of the season on a penalty kick at 25:01 to regain the lead for Mercyhurst. Maher then added his second of the game and 23rd of the season at 84:32, assisted by junior midfielder Chris Whalley, to finish the scoring. Hisfirstgoal of the game made him 5 of 5 this season in penalty kicks. Junior Mike Franks started in goal for Mercyhurst and played the first half making two saves. Freshman goalie Matt Sullivan played the final 45 minutes and also made two saves for the Lakers. Mercyhurst outshot Findlay 21-6. Mercyhurst will begin playoffs hosting Ashland Saturday, November 10 at 2 p.m. Ashland will enter the contest with a record of 11-4-1.
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Anthony Maher passes the ball to teammate John Kitcho during Sunday's game against Gannon.
more defender Oliver Woodward, tied the contest again and set the stage for the game-winning goal scored by senior forward John Kitcho at 85:02. "Shane Hogan deserves a lot of credit," said Kitcho. "He ran into the bleachers on therightside to save the ball, got it to Brian Jungeberg who then crossed it with his left foot to me. I was able to trap it and send it into the far side. It was a great game." Maher's goal gave him 24 on the season and 63 points, both Mercyhurst one season records. Maher, last week's GLIAC Player-of-the-Week for the second time this season, has
W o m e n ' s soccer wins ninth straight inf7-o shutout against
By Tony Cruz Merciad writer The Mereyhutst^Cbllege wdmen"£ soccer team won its ninth straight match Saturday, November 3, by defeating visiting Gannon University 70. Mercyhurst came into the contest ranked eleventh in the nation and second in the Great Lakes region. Freshman midfielder Julia Kowzan scored the first goal of the game at 3:42 and the Lady Lakers never looked back. Senior Kara White scored twice, the first coming off a corner kick at 27:11 and the second at 29:50 to increase the lead to 3-0. White's goals were both assisted by Kowzan. Senior forward Tuesday Kastner scored the Laker's fourth goal at 41:38, assisted by junior midfielder Melissa Poliseno. Senior forward Jessica Krueger and senior midfielder Dawn Langevine added single tallies at 54:21 and 62:36, respectively. Kastner finished the scoring with her second goal of the game at 69:21, assisted by Kreuger, making the final score 7-0. Mercyhurst) outshot Gannon 18-3 and had more penalty corners 12-1. The Lady Lakers are now 15-2-1 overall and 8-0-1 ihffietjLIAC? * "'"'"^ Kowzan leads Mercyhurst with nine goals, seven assists, five game-winning scores and 25 points. Senior goalie Meghan Frey, last week's GLIAC PLayer-of-the-Week for the second time this season, played the first 54:21 in goal before being relieved by sophomore Stephanie Roddy who preserved the shutout; Mercyhurst is now 16-0-1 lifetime against Gannon. The win assured the Lady Lakers of no worse than a tie for the GLIAC championship. The Mercyhurst women's soccer team shocked Northern Kentucky in a 1-0 victory to win the Northern Kentucky tournament Sunday, October 28. f 4 Kowzan scored on a free kick 12:06 into the second half for the Mercyhurst win. The goal was Kowzan's eighth of the season and her fourth game-winning tally. Frey recorded her tenth shutout of the sea"•
Melissa Poliseno attempts to take a ball away from a Gannon player in Saturday's game.
son, making three saves. Frey's ten shutouts have come over the last twelve games and she has given up only one goal in the last 881 minutes of action. The Lakers were outshot 9-1 by Northern Kentucky, but they capitalized on their lone opportunity. The loss was the first of the season for Northern Kentucky (17-1), dropping them to #4 in the rankings^
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"The win over Northern Kentucky was one of the biggest wins ever to our program because we gained a lot ofrespect that we haven't had yet this season. I think it has given us the confidence to do well in playoffs," commented junior midfielder Jess Hoppe. Mercyhurst also defeated Indianapolis 1-0 in the Northern Kentucky
tournament Friday, October 26. Kastner scored the only goal of the game 26:14 in the first half for the Lady Lakers, assisted by Kowzan. Frey got the win in goal stopping three shots. Mercyhurst outshot Indianapolis 6-3. The Lady Lakers defeated the University of Findlay 3-1 Wednesday, October 24. Senior defender Lindsay Cook scored the first goal of the game, her first goal of the season, with 10:35 left to play in the first half giving Mercyhurst a 1-0 lead. Kastner scored 1:13 into the second half, assisted by Poliseno. Findlay scored their first and only goal of the game 74:49 into the game to decrease Mercyhurst's lead to 2-1. Langevine finished the scoring with only 2:00 left to play. Freshman defender Julie Brickman earned the asssist on the last goal. The Findlay goal was the first allowed by Frey in over 600 minutes. Mercyhurst will begin playoffs when they host the winner of the first round game between Ashland and Northern Kentucky this weekend.
W o m e n ' s volleyball m a k e s play-
Men's water polo season ends
By Mackenzie Dexter Sports editor The men's water polo team lost to Princeton and Gannon but defeated Penn State Behrend Saturday, November 3 in the opening day of the College Water Polo Association's Southern Division Championships at the U.S. Naval Academy. The Lakers finished the championships in tenthj place. Princeton outscored Mercyhurst 21 in every quarter while dealing the Lakers an 8-4 setback. Freshman team captain Matt Carroll and senior Todd Conklin had two goals apiece for the Lakers. Gannon jumped to a 4-0 lead after a quarter and went on to finish the Lakers 9-3. Freshman Ryan Jakubczak, junior Darren Forgea and Conklin scored for Mercyhurst. Mercyhurst then won its second match of the season, coming from behind to defeat Penn State Behrend 6-5. The Lakers trailed 5-3 entering the fourth quarter, but scored three unanswered goals. Jakubczak scored three goals, Carroll scored twice and sophomore Ryan Moton added a single tally. Mercyhurst was handed another loss the next day by Washington & Jefferson. The final score was 15-7. The Lakers end their first season in 2001 with an overall record of 2-20.
offs for the first time since 1995
By Mackenzie Dexter Sports editor The Mercyhurst women's volleyball team ended the regular season with five straight wins after defeating Gannon 3-1 Friday night, November 2, at Gannon. The scores were 17-30, 30-26. 3025, and 30-23. Junior Leslie Macko had 18 kills and eleven digs, freshman Lyndsi Hughes finished with 17 kilts and seven digs, while sophomore Jenn Barba had eleven kills and four blocks. Senior Sarah Antonette contributed 51 assists. Antonette and junior Carrie Borowski had nine and eight digs, respectively. The Lady Lakers snapped an eight-match losing streak to the Lady Knights earlier in the season. Mercyhurst finishes their regular season with a 19-15 record overall and 10-7 in the GLIAC. The Lady Lakers travel to Michigan for the GLIAC playoffs which begin next Thursday. This will be the first time Mercyhurst has made the Annie Sitter/Merciad photographer playoffs since joining the conference in 1995. They will face Ferris State Jenn Barba jumps to make the kill against Gannon. Thursday afternoon, November 8.