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Vol. 75 No. 15

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

March 14, 2002

Six months.

Visitation issue resolved
For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and ern L, _ hances thefreedomof others Nelson Mandela Students and sisters of mercy compromise
By Annie DeMeo Staff writer 1 T o visit or not to visit" that is the question administrators, trustees and students have been grappling with since the freshman extended visitation policy approved last spring was put on hold by the chairman of the board of trustees, Bill Sennet, at the December meeting. The issue was resolved through a compromise posed by the student government executive board to the sisters ofMercy over spring break between winter and spring terms. w |The compromise is that there will be unlimited visitation for siblings and parents of freshman students L with the approval of the roommatej said Rob Kosko, student government president. Despite the fact that he is rounding out the end of his term as president of student government, Kosko is hopeful that student government will see the issue of accommodation of the guests of freshman through in coming years. "As part of the compromise, we asked that the issue of accommodations for overnight guests (including

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friends) be examined next year," said Kosko. i Kosko explained that this will conclude the work of the ad-hoc committee formed by Sennet to gather information about the visitation policy. 'There won't be a March 7 meeting because a suitable policy was acceptable to al 1 of the parties investigating the situation," said Kosko. Kosko also commented on the feeling of discontent that the policy aroused for members of the board of trustees. "Some board members felt that the extended visitation policy approved last year by the college was a violation of Mercyhurst's mission statement, and the Catholic tradition that the school was founded upon," said Rob Kosko. * Members of the administration, student government and board of trustees comprised the ad-hoc committee formed to investigate the visitation issue and present a proposal to the entire-board of trustees at the meeting scheduled for late April. Reaching a compromise prevented the issue from dragging on to late spring.

Daniels Named Soccer Coach Student survey shows surprising results
An excess of 18% never read a newsBy Katie Putnev paper, and never, watch TV news. Contributing writer Over 24% of students watch the news A recent tele I phone survey conducted less than weekly, and close to 36% by the Communication Theory and of students watch 0 to 5 hours of TV Research students, who randomly per week;, a mere 5% of students selected 119 participants from the watch more than 20 hours of TV in a student body, has revealed surprising week. In the breakdown of the five secresults about campus wide thoughts and ideas relating to The Merciad.. tions of The Merciad: News, FeaThe respondents included 41 fresh- tures, Opinion, Arts & Entertainment, man, 27 sophomores, 29 juniors and and Sports, the most popular sections 22 seniors. Over two-thirds, about (where the respondents claimed to 67%>were female, and the remain- "always" read that section) were ing third were male. Readership was Opinions among women (48.3%), lowest among freshmen, and also in and Sports among men (75%). More than 50% of students read the News males from every class. Close to onesection "sometimes." The Features third of males have never read the section is regularly read by 66% of paper, compared to 14.7% of feboth males, and females. However, males. a high number*-of sophomores The surey consisted of thirty ques(13.6%) never read this section. Gentions, and was administered to anonyerally over 48% of women, and 41% mous respondents randomly selected of men, always read the Opinion arfrom the Mercyhurst student directicles, but 17% of males, and 20% of tory. The questions were mainly alt freshmen, claim that they never based on student opinions about The read this section. Merciad. 'Students were also asked Close to 30% of males, and over to respond to queries about their other 10% of females, never read the Arts media habits. Over 32%.of students said that they & Entertainment section. However, read a newspaper less than weekly. about half of women and men alike say that they read this section sometimes. The cross-tabulation of Art & Entertainment readership shows that over 13% of feshman and sophomores, 20% of juniors, and over 22% of seniors never read this sectoiin. Nearly 75% of male respondents "always*' read the Sports section, compared to 43.1 % of females. Over 22% of sophomores, and over 16.7% of seniors, never read Sports. Females found the newspaper's relevancy to be low, in relation to the male consensus. Men and women shared similarity favorable opinions on the newspaper's overall accuracy and clarity, although both sexes, and all classes, thought it was difficult to find a copy of the newspaper. This survey was conducted so that The Merciad staff could find out what a part of the "Greatest Bowling Party of the Year" on April 19th and Be type of news students are most inter20th by participating in Bowl for Kids' Sake, which benefits the Big Brothested in. The college newspaper, The ers/Big Sisters program. Merciad, wishes to present news that There are a couple of ways to participate: students form teams of five is relevant and interesting to all students. Presently, the newspaper's bowlers in which each team member collects at least $60 in pledges, or staff is thinking of ways to appeal to participants may sponsor someone who is bowling. freshman and males, in particular, in There will be. a meeting in the Student Government Chambers on Thursorder to gain higher readership) day, March 14th at 6 p.m. For more information please call ext. 3106, email agardner@mercyhurst.edu, or stop by the Box Office at the Mary throughout the entire campus. D'Angelo Performing Arts Center. Mercyhurst College director of athletics, Pete Russo, announced the appointment of Austin Daniels as head men's and women's soccer coach on Feb. 19,2002. Daniels succeeds John Melody, who resigned last month to pursue other interests. Daniels comes to Mercyhurst from the University of Colorado, where he started the women's program in 1996, and completed his sixth season last fall. His teams finished as high as fifth in the Big XII and achieved a Top 10 ranking in the Central Region in 1999. Prior to that, he served as head women's coach at the University of Hartford, and was a Division I member of the North Atlantic Conference, from 1989-1996. While there, his teams produced six AllAmericans, were NCAA Tournament participants from 1989-1992, and 1994-1995. Additionaly, his team made the Final Four in 1992, and earned a #2 national ranking. "We had a very strong list of candidates and I'm delighted to have someone with Austin's Division I credentials and NCAA Tournament experience. I know he'll provide new and fresh leadership to our soccer programs while maintaining our teams' local, regional and national reputations," said Russo. Daniels began his coaching career in 1986 when he worked three years as an assistant women's soccer coach at Colorado College. The women's team participated in the NCAA Tournament in 1986,1987, and 1988, and was a Final Four competitor in 1986. While at Hartford, he also served as interim head coach of the men's team. :


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cerns of immigrants, and the milita- Scholarship, to be awarded for study rization of the U.S./Mexico border. abroad, are now available./. By Stacey Abbott District 7280 is offering one AmStories fromU young Mexican Staff writer woman who is employed by a bassadorial Scholarship to study maquila factory, which are infamous abroad for one academic year. It proSpring Break offers a much-needed for extremely low wages ($30-$40 . vides funding up to $25,000 for tureprieve from the grind of winter l/.S-jWeekly), harsh worHing condin ition and fees, round-trip transportaterm? Many Mercyhurst students tions, and almost no opportunity for tion, room, board, some educational sought respite in warm locations with advancement, provided a real face supplies, and language training (iff friends, while others retreated to the and voice to associate with the prob- necessary). | comforts of home in order to rejuvelems we'd been hearing about from Applications can be obtained from nate for the spring trimester. Seven secondary sources. There are over the district scholarship chairman, Mercyhurst students and two Sisters of Mercy chose to travel to the United 350 maquilas in Juarez, which pro- Nick Binder, 116 Nesbit Rd. Apt. 19, States/Mexico border to learn about, duce the things many of us use here New Castl PA 16105. The phone R: and experience, the complexities and number is (4) 654-1434. Applicain the U.S. } % injustices of immigration policy, livThe experience left a deep impact tions must be completed and returned ing conditions and environmental \ \ on the entire Mercyhurst group, by June 1,2002. concerns there. ^r^^TTT^^^^T^X ' ^ u ^taoav Abbott /Contributing Photographer which Sr. Michelle Schroeck^feels During their studies abroad, the The sister cities of El Paso, Texas The Spring Break Border Awareness group in JuarezJ! Mexico. 'lead the group to work for systemic Ambassadorial Scholars act as "amand Juarez, Mexico represent a mi- (Lto R) Sr. Kathleen Marie Leap, Sr. Michelle Schroek, Chris McKee, change." Junior^Brandon Boylan bassadors of goodwill." Through apcrocosm of the difficulties plaguing Jen Kons, Brandon Boylan, Sarah Millevilie, Stacey Abbott, Mindy thought the Border Awareness Expe- pearances before Rotary clubs', the entire length of this desert bor- Gates and Joe Betz. rience was 'Informative and power- schools, civic organizations and other* \ der. The students had the chance to ful.*' He adds that it "educated our forums, the scholars represent their actually stand at the fence that^divides Mexico, which is run by Kathleen acting with these women and stay- group about not only bordei|issues homeland and work to improve inr the two nations to fully realize the Erickson, RSM. This center provides ing in their homes. Many of these that the United States has with ternational understanding. contrast between the quality of life a venue for Mexican-American families live in two or three-room Mexico, but also our country's role I Next Week: J on both sides.. $ women to-come together and inter- houses made of cement, while oth-^j in the global network of economic It was quite shocking to stand on act with other • women who share ers are forced to use whatever mate- problems." TheMerciadYnR feature American soil and look through a similar concerns and hardships. Here rial is available in order to provide These students will present a disan update on the % chain-link fence, and families who the 'Hursters aided with a construc- basic shelter.*. cussion about their trip during the continuing are barely eeking out an existence, tion project at the Center and assisted There is no running water or elec- week of Academic Celebration, to campus-wide debate: living in make-shift shacks without in English classes being taught to the tricity in the majority of homes in this raise consciousness and share their 'f * running water or electricity while the women. colonia. and yet residents were ex- experiences on the border. Also, Sr. iHeads vs. Feds indulgence and abundance of the The students also experienced life tremely accommodating and warm. Kathleen Erickson, director of the U.S. watches a few inches away. on the Mexican side of the border, at They extended an extreme amount of Women's Intercultural Center in AnThe Mercyhurst group was affili- a colonia in Juarez, Mexico A Here, hospitality towards the visitors from thony, NewTMexIco along with Unless you've been living ated with women's centers on'both the students were affiliated with an- Mercy hurst,'and were very eager to Dolores Jamison will deliver a pre- under a rock for the past sides of the border./The first part of other women's center, Centro de share their lively Mexican culture.! sentation entitled, "Achieving Peace fewweeks, youll want to the trip was spent at the Women's Santa Catalina and got to experience The week was also dotted with in a World with Borders," on|8un> check this out! Intercultural Center in Anthony, New the hardships of life there by inter- talks concerning human rights con- day, April 14.




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M e m o r i e s o f aS p r i n g B r e a k in Greece
By Courtney Nicholas Contributing writer Traveling is a wonderful as well as rewarding thing, at least in my opinion. Traveling to a different country expands the mind and empties our pockets but, every tourist comes back with a new found thought on themselves of of another culture. I know that this was true for me upon returning from the Greece Spring Break trip. Thirteen complete strangers began the trip and then ended it as a family. By the time that we were flying home from London we were a close knit bunch of comrades that had either discovered an important aspect about our own selves or helped someone else discover a part of their own self) It is hard to put a finger on which one of my traveling companions Annie Sitter/Merciad photographer helped me the most, each one forced Mercyhurst College students spent their Spring Break over seas traveling around Greece. Leaving as peers, coming home as friends. me to look inside myself and to start ] to make changes that would be beneficial for the future. One particular temples that honored Athena and ful sunsets while I was on this student taught me -not to worry so Apollo were some of the most amaz- trip. On an overnight stay in Nafplia much and to just go with the flow of ing structures that I have ever seen. I Maria, Mike, Annie, Adam, and I things, another taught me to laugh at do believe that--the most beautiful decided to climb the steps of a castle the dumb things .instead of taking temple that we saw on the whole trip Ithat the Turks built right after they | them so critically, and another helped was the Temple of Poseidon that was invaded Greece. This was one of me realize that I was only in Greece located in Cape SounioiL This temple those opportunities that allowed me once and that 1 should take ad van- was built in a hill that was overlook- to bond with some individuals that ing the Agian Sea. Going from were on the trip. The steps that led tage of the opportunity.^ On the whole each one of the stu- temple to temple one noticed a dif- up to the balcony where we sat to see dents that was along on the trip taught ference in the structure and the pres- the sunset numbered 1800.,. I have never wanted to give up and me to have a good time, and that was ence of the temples. the best lesson, that I could have taken The Parthenon, which was exquis- cry more in my life, but the other stuaway from this trip. The Greek land- ite site, to behold, was very different dents with me.offered encouragement scape* was breath taking. I believe from Poseidon Temple and the and praise when i finally did reach that hone of us were prepared to see Temple of Apollo. Some of us in the the top of the stairs. The sunset was such beauty. As we would tour an- group had come to the conclusion well worth all the agony, and the walk cient archaeological sites, such as the that the Parthenon was built to show down was so much easier!! one in Mycenae', a few of us would off and the other temples, such as the This Greece Spring Break trip was sit and just stare into the sapphire sky.'one dedicated to Apollo and Poseidon a wonderful experience. I am so glad Our cameras were not able to cap- were built to worship. The'temples that I was given the opportunity to ture the mystery and the awe of the that were built to worship were so go and I am sure that all the other landscape; these will only remain in stunning and this fact made all the students feel the same way. The our hearts and minds. difference to the group.. Maria men- memories and friendships that came Mycenae as well as the other ar- tioned that there was a certain ore out of this trip will forever live in all chaeological sites were breath around the other temples that was not our minds and souls. taking. The back-breaking work that felt while she was at the Parthenon. the ancients put into some of the I observed one of the most beauti* *


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Naples, FL is like the geriatrics version of "Gilligan's Island." There, the town has pulled a "Gattaca" and cloned an entire population of Thurston Howells, with some geeky, D&D Masters-turned-dot-com yuppies added for good measure. I have been to Naples twice for Spring Break. My aunt and uncle have a condo down there. The weather is great. But ifyou were not alive when cars started with hand cranks, then you are about as welcome as a foot of snow. Here is my report on what one will find during a week in Naples, the largest open-air retirement community in the U.S. 1) The beach. It is less than three miles from the condo, hell, less than three miles from any place hi Naples. (But, given the fact that everyone drives Lincolns at 5 RPM, it might take you about as long as the flight to get there.) The sand, unlike Presque Isle's, is surprisingly void of stones, glass, IV needles, etc. The water is a tad on the shark-infested side, but it provides refugefromthe real terrors on the beach: oldfolkin

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Spring term is here, which means summer is not too faraway.

• May the Force be with all those at Lucasfilm who thought to air the "Episode II!' trailer on TV this past Sunday. As much as we all like lining up to pay $6.75 just to see a preview with a movie wecould give two Yodas about, putting the anticipated 2 minute clip fest on national TV made it accessible, and affordable, for everyone. < • Career Services has gone* above and beyond what most colleges do for their undergrads and graduating^. seniors. Having so many opportunities for employment and internships give students some hope when it comes to future career choices. > At the SAC coffeehouse, Sherry Richards did a great job performing some cover songs. Unfortunately, there was a poor turnout of only 1 % students.

Speedos, aka hairius backus. * There is nothing more frighteningly runny than the sight of a tanned septuagenarian strolling up the shore in a blue Speedo, oblivious to both the public health issue he violates and the mental well being of nearby small children. | I *m sorry, but when your belly acts as a natural concealer for your bitsand-pieces and is competing for Jabba status, its time to wear trunks and a shirt. 1 2) Restaurants. Tons of 'em. But some cost more than the GNP ofPeru. Why the high priced dishes and drinks? It's not the quality of the food, but rather the "presentation." Yeah, apparently a thirty dollar undercooked Fillet tastes better when arranged as a post-modern work of art. fe) Driving. Some streets, it's like a f i funeral progression. Others, it's like 'Hurst. the Autobahn with* palm trees. But Unless, of course, harius backus is you'll never see anything cheaper still strutting his stuff. *.*j

than a Lexus or BMW. I think I did see some guy driving a Taurus, but he was quickly removed from existence. ^ 4) Yuppies. Yuppies on cell phones. Yuppies on cell phones, tapping away at Palm Pilots while pondering which vomit-patterned, PGA tour endorsed golf shirt they should buy on the company's dollar. (And scene!) The most revolting thing about Naples is the air of arrogance the yuppies and locals evoke. They think that just because they have customized golf carts and only wear shirts embroidered with their country club emblem that they are the pinnacle of sophistication. Last time I checked, FLA was one giant landfill for tourists, incompetent voters and straw hats with Hawaiian shirt trim. For all its negatives, Naples does provide the college student with one plus: R&R. I'll take a day in the sun, surrounded by Metamucil addicts and Geritol poster children, anytime after wrapping up a«winter tern) at the


Have we gone too far with technology?

emergency, then they are useful, but The other day I was sitting in class it seems to me that 90 percent of the listening to a very exciting lecture Left to Write time cell phones aren't used for emerabout the digestive system (don't • At a recent concert benefit, President Bush attended a worry, I'm kidding!) when gencies. Mainly, they are used for fun. performance by Stevie Wonder. After the performance, someone's beeper started going off Mackenzie Dexter We also tend to get much of our inAnd this isn't the only time that formation from the internet, yet not the President waved to Stevie. When made aware of something like this has ^happened. sacrifice sleep and school work for the all of that information may be true. his error, Bush turned to his wife and said, "Geez, I One time I was sitting in a movie sake oftalking to friends on the com- The internet is expected to be a key hope he didn't see that." theater and a man talked on his cell putet: It's almost an obsession. source of information for research phone through the entire movie.] At other times, I may be walking | papers and projects, but we don't even • What is the deal with Erie weather? First it is sunny, So my question is, have we gone with a friend and her phone will ring know who put the information on too far with technology? and, all of a sudden, I'll become in- there in the first place. There are so then it is snowy, and then it is sunny and snowy and Don't get me wrong. I also love visible. First of all, I feel it's kind of many books in this world that we rainy! How 'bout we just pick a climate and stick with the internet, email and AOL's instant rude because I may be in the middle don't really need the internet. It does messenger. But sometimes I wonder of having a conversation with a per- have its advantages, of course, but we it? 2 * 1 that we may have gone too far. son and I'll be interrupted by the I seem to rely on it way too much. In today's society, we seem to rely phone. I feel like the time spent with Maybe I 'm alone in these thoughts, • A huge brawl broke out at the hockey game last week. on these things to get by in life. For me is less important than having a but I still wonder why we have come Thefightbroke out onlhe ice and half of each team ^ example, a friend of mine is con- conversation on the phone. to rely on these things so much to the had to be pulled out. Aside from that display of male stantly on instant messenger. Some- Is it really necessary to have a phone point of obsession. times, she' 1 sit for hours on the com- at all times? We tend to think we are It is possible to live without them. I 1 angst, the game was pretty solid...we won. puter just talking to people on IM. so important that people may need to might be the only one who is old-fashShe will even talk to the same people get in touch with us all the time, at all ioned and believes this, but I really • SAC's mentalist cancelled at the last minute and was every day for hours. She seems to times. I understand that if there is an hope not, \

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• File under "When Bad Networks Go Really Bad," the FOX network will broadcast a three round boxing bout between Tanya Harding and Paula Jones. This special will rank in the upper echelon of such crap fests as "Glutton Bowl"-;and anySproposed "90210" reunion movie. Personally, I'd like to see ^Webster" and "ALF" duke it out. Webster be down in three!

Editor's Note: A recent Letter to the Editor by a Mercyhurst student was printed without^ the student's name to protect the author's identity because of circumstances outside thef matters discussed in the article. Although The Merciad believes in protecting the rights of students and faculty who wish to present their opinions, all Letters to the Editor will be published with the author's name, unless there is a significant privacy issue at stake. i-C $ |

• Who thought putting aflagon the decidedly phallic academic building was a good idea? • Students still harassing and threatening other students on campus? Umm. last time I checked, we have enough to worry about asidefrom having to put up with drunk kids wanting to get their fight oh of girls cat fighting, "Jerry Springer" sty le. So knock this crap off. Play Mario Cart or something.




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By jingoism
Thomas Mitchell Rutgers U. (U-WIRE) NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J&— We sit nestled in the corner of a smoky London pub, sipping our warm beer and stuffing down our awful British food. I have marmite on toast while watching Manchester United win again on the big-screen television. We turn our attention back to the Sunday newspapers, Struggling to concentrate while a rowdy group of privately educated males discuss England's cricketers and their exploits down under. My thoughts turn to.writing this column. An article in The Sunday Telegraph caught my attention. "Why do we think anti-American senti£


the Americans... again
international affairs. This willful pulling of the blankets over the national head is, of course, one reason why most Americans still seem to find it impossible to understand why their citizens should be targeted by Islamic extremists, and why their country is so widely disliked.** My friends agree and suggest that Europeans* continued love for Bill Clinton is based on his intelligence and understanding of world affairs, and his willingness to get his hands dirty working abroad. Alternatively Bush is detested for his ignorance of the world and his isolationist foreign policy. Rather predictably, it was only U.S. special envoy Tony Blair who showed any enthusiasm for Bush's "Axis of Evil" speech. g As Colin Flint, political geographer Simon Barnes, the London Times at Penn State University, recently sports columnist, continues this re- pointed out, it is vital that the impact flection on why America is so dis- of Americanihegemony on the liked by focusing on the Olympics. world's population is researched. He Barnes states that, "six out of the last questions whether Americans can 13 Olympics have been in North objectively undertake this research. America, and that's too many.** He 1 don't agree. Americans can do remembers the Atlanta games as hav- this research and in doing so reduce ing "chaotic organization, a resent- the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S. ment of criticism, uninformed and interests. pig-ignorant volunteers and security "Every American can do this.^r that was both in-your-face and inept." Go out and make it your task to find My personal annoyances centered out about the world beyond your boron NBG's coverage and inability to ders. Don't listen to network news, focus on the gold medal winner if the it does not tell you the whole truth! bronze^medallist, or the eighth- Do you need to be protected from the placed cold sufferer for that matter, truth? v was American. I concede NBC has Right, back to my warm beer and improved thistimearound. marmite.

ments are so strong across Europe? I ask my friends. Unsurprisingly to me, they have a lot to say. Many of the reasons they cite surround a lack of understanding of American customs. High on the list is the death penalty, held as barbaric in European sensibilities. This is closely followed by a perception of American isolationism and arrogance. Europeans usually equate this with stupidity and are relativelyforgiving.Others may be less so. T Having lived in America for two years, I know where to lay the blame. John Simpson, the BBC's World Affairs editor, agrees with me. "American domestic television news does not systematically report

Privacy iniUncle Sam's crosshairs
Patriot Act shows Big Brother too much, students not enough
Megan Mover U. Virginia Kristin Purdy Phil Pirrello Adam DuShole Leslie Echan Mackenzie Dexter Scott Mackar Annie Sitter Billy Elliott ? Megan Fialkovich Kristin Smith Megan Eble Annie DeMeo Stacey Abbott Editor in Chief Opinion Editor Arts & Entertainment Editor Features Editor Sports Editor Assistant Sports Editor Photography Editor Technical and Production Editor Copy Editor Copy Editor Advertising Manager*. Staff Writer Q; Staff Writer (U-WIRE) CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —'One of the best things about college life is newfound independence. Finally, our parents aren't here to look over our shoulders and watch everything we do. They might not be able to see what we're reading and whom we're talking to, but now the government can. Thankstothe so-called Patriot Act, the FBI now faces fewer legal obstacles in obtaining personal information via electronic media. Passed in October, the act has prompted confusion all around, particularly on college campuses, where its application is anything but clear. What is clear is that the bill raises concerns over what colleges can and must share with federal authorities and what they should do when faced with such inquiries. To ensure the privacy of students as far as it is legally possible, colleges and universities need to develop concrete plans for dealing with federal inquiries. According to the law, federal agents can access stored voicemai I without a warrant. If asked by an Internet pro- lenges to its constitutionality. The power the law grants to federal agents vider, they also can follow all elec- is fairly minor, but it is a step toward tronic movements of a hacker and less privacy and more federal moniinstall technology to follow Internet toring and, as such, should be viewed traffic. The law also forbids the dis- with extreme caution. closure that federal agents have reThe first step toward limiting the quested "business records," which law's power is to raise awareness. could include library records. Colleges and universities tradition-1 Staff also must be aware of the law, ally have been staunch defenders of and they must know what to do if privacy and the Patriot Act is raising information is requested under the concerns, particularly among librar- law. Cornell University is one of few ians. According to a March 1 schools with a concrete policy to deal Chronicle of Higher Education ar- with such inquiries. The University ticle, librarians are concerned that the and colleges around the country must government will be able to see what develop similar plans so that the law their patrons are reading, looking up is not abused. A plan for how records are kept, and checking out.' and when they are destroyed, also This concern is legitimate. Most students have little to hide in should be in place; Most libraries terms of what they do at the library. destroy records soon after books are The specifics of what their records returned. If this is policy — and it show are not troubling. What is trou- should be — there must be an effort bling is that the student would not to ensure mat records are destroyed even be informed that the govern* regularly and thoroughly. ment was watching his records.- For The Chronicle reports intense ina bill that seeks to encroach on pri- terest in this area. Such an effort is vacy itself, this is overly secretive, the only way to make sure that the and it opens the door to other world of higher education remains a searches.^" M place of free discourse. Otherwise, The Patriot Act has been passed the government will know more and, presently, there-are no chal- about our actions than our parents do.

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MARCH 14, 2002



Andrews rises from a sea of competition
March 15,16 1 Ekoostik Hookah* Agora Theatre, Cleveland.


Out on the town... Behind "Who I Am":
A nother Round
By Stacey Abbott Staff writer *

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Jr.'s Last Laugh Comedy Club, lo- The tagline for Dreamworks' "The cated at 1402 State Street, is a nice Time Machine" reads: * Where Would] March 17 $ change of pace from the dinner-and- You Go?' After sitting through this Sno Core Icicle Tour with Karl By Kristin Purdy a-movie routine and the getting- Industrial Light and Magic-less 93 Denson, Nikka 'Costa, Editor in Chief drinks-spilled-on-your-shirt-in-a- minute fest of compromised screen Blackalicious, Saul Williams. crovvded-bar scene (not that both of writing and really crappy movie makAgora Theatre, Cleveland. On Quickly rising on the music charts, these options don't have their re- ing, my answer to the tagline would sale at TicketMaster. i 18-year-old Jessica Andrews is flooddeeming qualities). Jr.'s takes the be anywhere but here. ing the country music industry with best features of both of these week- The Plot: If anyone doesn't.know Marchl9 $ £ i her hit singles and gold album, Who end habits and kicks it up a notch: the plot to H.G. Wells' classic science Drowning Pool, Coal Chamber. I Am. S live entertainment to laugh at (instead fiction novel, swing by the Merciad M, Pittsburgh. 1 In 1998 she made her debut on the of teenage shenanigans with pies on and I j 1 beat you over the head with 1 Prince of Egypt soundtrack with the the big screen), as well as a nice bar an anvil. | March 19 song "1 Will Be There For You." Imf e photo U But, for the uninitiated, here is the Sugar Ray, Simple Plan. Junker mediately following the soundtrack's each telling a story that most fans can with no cover charge (you even get Cliffs Notes version: Scientist deCenter, Penn State-Behrend, release, she was submerged in com- identify with. As Andrews explains, real glasses!). Erie. $20 for Behrend students, petition with the introduction of teens "I just go in [to the recording studio] Jr.'s offers two main avenues of tun vises a time machine to travel back $24 general public. On sale at LeAnn Rimes and Lila McCann to with the attitude that I want to find throughout the week: dueling pianos and forth through time. But for some Reed Union Building and Dig the country music industry. Almost songs that I relate to and hopefully every Wednesday night, and live reason, this was too simple for the Dios in Yorktown Centre. immediately, Rimes, McCann and other people will relate to. I give it comics on Thursdays, Fridays, and filmmakers, prompting them to come Saturdays. Dueling pianos performs up with a real stretch of a plot. Andrews were compared to each everything I have." Guy Pearce plays scientist and inother, yet Andrews continued to deMarch 23 jgL ! Overall, Andrews' second album on Wednesdays from 7:30-11:30 Jagermeister Music Tour with velop and market her music to the explores new-found love, regrets, p.m., and it's a great deal because ventor, Alexander Hartdegen, who is Drowning Pool, Coal Chamber, industry, and to her fans.}" bliss, reluctance and an overall sense there is no cover and no reservations determined to prove that time travel 111 Nino, Chimaira. Odeon, "I can't expect people not to com- of self-worth. The music fluctuates are needed. And no hidden tricks, ei- is possible. His determination is Cleveland? pare. People are going to put labels along her wide vocal range and fluid ther; they don't make you buy drinks turned to desperation by a personal on everyone," said Andrews. country style. To her credit Jessica or food or anything! You just stroll tragedy that now drives him to want March 25 f Competing in the fresh market of Andrews toggles with a variety of in, find a seat and enjoy the show. to change the past. The show consists of two keyboard Testing his theories with a time maEnrique Iglesias. Benedum Cen- teen country singers took time away tempos on her album." ter, Pittsburgh. On sale at (412) from production and created ob- "Karma" floats between the realms players who take requests from the chine of his own invention, 456-6666 and online at cc.com. stacles for Andrews, but the fans were of pop and country; carrying on a audience, via slips of paper provided Hartdegen is hurtled 800,000 years supportive of her music. funky beat unique to country music, at each table. Each patron walks their into the future, where he discovers March27 I Her optimistic spirit kept her driven which the track serves as the central request, up to the stage, along with a, that mankind has divided into the I Wu Tang Clan. Agora TheatTC,| to supersede ail comparisons and set-1 music'bedVthe ba,Ss sets theinood for couple bucks to change.the current hunter (the Morloks)- and the hunted | Cleveland. backs she didn't initially expect when the lyrics about a girl setting her stan- song. The piano players are very (the Eloi). _ 5 | launching her professional career. dards in her relationship. "Karma" is engaging and feed off of the mate-1 Jeremy Irons plays the leader of the March 28 Andrews struggled, but she Andrews' latest single and is steadily rial that the crowd gives them. When Morloks, promising an anti-climatic Puddle of MudcL 30 Seconds to emerged triumphant and strong after gaining popularity among critics and 1 approached the stage, they said, fist cuff between his blue albino mon"Hey look everybody, it's Chelsea ster and Pearce's 18th century Marty Mars. Agora Theater, Cleveland. touring with Tim McGraw, Trisha listeners, alike. Yearwood and Faith Hill. She admits, An established vocal artist and Clinton!" They poked gentle fun, McFly. | '£ ~ March 28 J ; "For someone who has never been Academy of Country Music Award and lots of other guests added to the The Good: Under the direction of Eels. Odeon, Cleveland. out on the road, I picked up on so Winner (2000 Top New Female Vo- laughs. Wells' great-grandson, Simon Wells, many things and took it all in pretty calist), Jessica Andrews is soaring The pianists also promote audience and with a script by "Gladiator") March 29 quickly." through the charts with every con- participation with an interactive ver- scribe John Logan, one would expect A-F Records Mobilize for Peace She gained a valuable advantage secutive single released. "I'm in this sion of. "Joy to the World" (not the more from this well advertised CGIShow with Anti-Flag, Good Rid- from touring with these country ti- for the long run. I want people'to love Christmas carol), and a somewhat X- laden film. Instead, we only get some dance, Strike Anywhere. Club tans, honing in on her live perfor- my music," she promises. rated and racy, but very laughable very impressive set designs, an elaboLaga, Pittsburgh.* mance skills. For more information go to the Of- rendition of "The Twelve Days of rate and cool title character (complete Released in February 2001, her sec- ficial Jessica Andrews website: Christmas" (yes, the Christmas with whirling lighthouse lenses and March 30 6 I ' carol). They select audience mem- blue lights) and some brief moments ond album, Who JAms has 12 tracks, www.jessicaandrews.com. Anti-Flag, Thought Riot. Agora bers to perform the funny hand mo- where effects and story are not comBallroom, Cleveland." tions to "Joy to the World" on stage, peting for screen time. and divide the room into twelve sec- Pearce is on a roll lately, with imApril 6 ~ ] tions to shout out original, more col- pressive turns in "Memento" and Cash Brothers. Club Cafe, Pittsorful lyrics to the tune of "The "Count of Monte Cristo." He has it burgh. Twelve Days of Christmas'* (you'll in him to headline a big budget event probably blush). pic, just not this one. AprfiiS Thursday through Saturday nights The only 'good' on his side is that Accepting job MTV 2 Tour. Club Laga, Pittsfeature a headlining stand-up come- his fans will easily forgot this attempt dian and generally two other "open- for Hollywood status and eagerly burgh. applications ers." Jr.'s also allows the locals to await his next try. get in on the act by holding Comedy April 10 t The Bad: Like the "Mummy" Five for Fighting. Odeon, CleveWorkshops once a monthfromwhich movies, "Time" seems to be more Located atj land. On sale March 8 at they select a host for the show; focused on what envelope they can 2618 Parade Street Ticketmaster, 1 Thursday nights feature one show push with special effects whose sur^456-4598 at 7:30 for an $8 ticket, while shows j prises audiences have become numb April 12 begin at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. on Fri- I too over the years. No Doubt. University of day and Saturday nights at 10 beans P Wells and Logan need to realize Buffalo's Alumni Arena, Buffalo, a pop. A special non-smoking showT that the only reason why FX heavy Monday - Thursday^ii^ooam - 11:00pm N.Y. On sale March 9 at Tops and is offered at the 10:30 Friday show movies like "The Matrix" and "Star Friday and SaturdayMi :00am - Midnight www.tickets.com. every week (leave the Camels at Wars" work is that there is a story to home). Advanced ticket reservations be told using, not just having, speSunday:^3:oopm -lijoopm are a good idea, but you can always cial effects. April 17 i . I show up a half hour early and get put Kids in the Hall. Cleveland State And at less than 2 hours long, AMAZING DEAIS on a waiting list and enjoy Doug's "Time" feels like the Griswold's endTheatre, Cleveland. On sale Punchline Bar in case ticket holders less drive around Big Ben and ParMarch 9 at 10 a.m. at tickets.com 15 Wings only I 2 W Sub just $3.98 don't show. and (800) 766-6048. liament in "European Vacation," an Choose from Combo, Ham Jr. 's Last Laugh is definitely above insipid little gag that all too quickly April 20 & Cheese, Turkey, Meatbal I a ten on the Stacey Fun-o-meter for wears out its welcome. & Hoi, BBQ, Ranch, and Butter and weekend enjoyment—you gotta find Garbage. Agora Theater, CleveWatch "Crossroads." Watch paint or Pizza Garlic wings available something to do when the library dry. Anything is better than this land, On sale March 9 at With coupon—expires June 1 With couoon- expires June 1 closes! Ticketmaster. waste-o-time. v i
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Justin Mautz (Blue Rock, OH/Philo H.S.) became Mercyhurst College's first wrestling Ail-American with a 5th place finish in the NCAA Division II national Championships held in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on March 8th and 9th. Mautz, a true freshman, was 4-2 on the weekend. He started the tournament by gaining a major decision over Jake Anderson of Minnesota-Moorhead University, 9-0 Mautz then wrestled #2 ranked Chad Wallace of the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the quarterfinals. After falling behind early, Mautz made a comeback falling just short of a spot in the semi-finals as Wallace defeated him 7-6. The loss dropped Mautz into the consolation bracket and forced him to have to win to become the first All-American. He faced off against the University of Pitt-Johnstown's, Ben Kuntz, a sehold it as Mautz hit a headlock with :33 seconds left before being called for a technical violation to make the score 8-5 with twelve seconds- left. Kuntz escaped but Mautz caught him again and pinned him with one second left in the match and became an All-American. Saturday morning, Mautz faced off with #8 ranked Drew Dunbar of San Francisco State University, and won a wild match, 13-12. He then squared o ffagain st #6 ranked Brian Scislo of the University of Findlay, the East Regional champ who owned two wins over Mautz already. In another hard fought match, Mautz lost 3-2 and thus dropped into the 5th place match against #3 ranked and hometown favorite, Luke Goral of Wisconsin-Parkside. Mautz thoroughly dominated the match for a 53 decision and the 5th placed trophy and more importantly his place in

history as Mercyhurst College's first wrestling All-American. Mercyhurst College finished 22nd in the nation. Jake Squire (Valley City, OH/Buckeye*H.S.) and Ben McAvinew {Clinton, OH/Northwest H.S.) both lost their two matches and failed to place. Squire lost to #2 ranked and eventual national champion Matt Dodgenofthe University of Central Oklahoma and then lost a 7-5 overtime heartbreaker to returning AllAmerican, Lucas Christanson of North Dakota State University. McAvinew, after learning only the day before he would be medically cleared to wrestle becasue of a skin condition, lost to returning AllAmerican and #8 ranked Andy Sistek of the University of NebraskaKearney; 8-4 and was defeated by Minnesota-Moorhead's Ryan Kopiasz, 13-7.


Justin M a u t z b e c o m e s M e r c y h u r s t College'sffirst wrestling All-American

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Justin Mautz takes on an opponent in a match earlier this year. Mautz became Mercyhurst's first wrestling All-American. nior, who had defeated Mautz in the ary 30th, 4-3. Kuntz took a 5-2 lead dual between the two teams on Janu- into the third period but could not

L a d y Lakers lose last three g a m e s M e n ' s b a s k e t b a l M o s e s last three g a m e s of season
M a x i m , Usher
By Krista Ross Contributing writer The Mercyhurst women's basketball team ended their season Saturday, Feb. 23 after losing three straight league games. ~ The Lady Lakers faced rival Gannon University Saturday, Feb. 16 in front of a sold out crowd. Mercyhurst started out strong leading 19-15 in the first 6 minutes of the game but Gannon opened up a 35-26 lead at ha I ft i me and went on to defeat the Lady Lakers 60-48. Mercyhurst was led by sophomore Krista Ross with 12 points and junior guard Katie Lorincz with 11 points. The Lady Lakers were out rebounded 49-34. Mercyhurst went on to face the Ashland Eagles Thursday, Feb. 21. The Lady Lakers came out strong but the Eagles scored the final seven

m a k e history reaching 1,000 m a r k
points of the first half to take 30-25 Lead at halftime. Ashlandpulled away in the second half and went on to defeat the Lady Lakers 84-69. Senior point guard Jodie Maxim became the tenth women's player in history to reach the 1,000-point plateau when she cashed a jumper with ten minutes left to play. Senior center Krista Usher and Ross both added 17 points. The Lady Lakersfinishedout their season Saturday, Feb. 23 against the Findlay Oilers, losing 78-56. Usher became the eleventh women's player in history to reach the 1,000-point plateau as she scored 16 points for a career total of 1,012. Maxim contributed 16 points andfinishedher career with 1,020. Usher and Maxim were the only players in doublefiguresfor Mercyhurst. The Lady Lakers ended their season 6-20, and graduated seniors Bridget Donovan, Maxim and Usher.

Shouse, H e l m a n d Melle n a m e d to All-GLIAC South second
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Men's Lacrosse 2/28 Mars Hill 3/2 Lees-McRae 3/11 Pfeifer Softball 2/22 St. Thomas 2/23 St. Thomas 2/23 Saginaw Valley 2724 Saginaw Valley 2/24 Ohio Northern 2/25 Siena Heights 2/25 Johnson & Wales 2/26 St. Michael's 2/26 Rose-Hulman 2/27 Adrian 2/28 St. Michael's 2/28 Adrian 3/1 Alma Augustana 3/1 Men's Volleyball 2/17 Lewis 2/21 CSU-Northridge 2/23 UC San Diego 2/24 La Verne 2/28 Lewis Clarke 3/1 Quincy 3/2 Quincy 3/6 Loyola 3/9 Women's Water Polo 3/11 Gannon Wll-7 W23-6 W 13-9 W 5-4 L 8-0 W 9-6 T 6-6 L 1-0L 5-4 W18-8 W 5-1 W 3-2 W 4-3 W 6-2 T 1-1 L 2-1 L 8-7 L 3-0 L 3-0 L 3-1 L 3-0 L 3-0 W 3-2 L 3-0 L 3-0 L 3-1 L21-2 Women's Lacrosse 2/24 Pfeiffer $g 2/26 Limestone 2/27 Greenstone

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The. Mercyhurst men's basketball teamfinishedtheir season losing the last three games to Gannon 48-66, Ashland 68-81 and Findlay 64-106. The Lakers finished 13-13 overall and 6-11 intheGLIAC. t Gannon jumped to a 35-21 halftime lead and went on to defeat Mercyhurst 66-48 Saturday, Feb. 16, at the MAC. The Knights hit 13 triples in the game, shot 62 percent from beyond the arc, and led by as many as 21 in the second half. Mercyhurst cut the deficit to 11 with seven minutes left but could get no closer. Sophomore Josh Helm was the only Laker in double figures. He finished with 22 points and had 12 of Mercy hurst' s 35 rebounds. The Lakers were 0 for 11 from three-point land. Ashland University started quickly Thursday, Feb. 21, built a 12-point halftime lead, and went on from there to turn back Mercyhurst 81-68 at Kates Gymnasium. The Eagles led by as many as 14 in the first half before settling for a 38-26 lead at halftime. Junior Dion Brown scored 13 points for the Lakers in the opening 20 minutes. Mercyhurst was still

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Sophomore Justin Shouse looks for a teammate to pass to. Shouse was named to the All-GLIAC and All-Defensive teams.

Sophomore Mike Marshall goes up for the layup against Gannon Feb. 16. The Lakers were defeated 48-66.

within twelve at 49-37 with 13:34 to sophomore Justin Shouse had 13, play when Ashland went on a 14-0 Helm finished with 12, while junior 1 run to put the game away. Brown Scott Melle chipped in with 10. The finished with 20 points, including the Lakers were outrebounded 52-27. IS first two triples of his career. FreshMercyhurst's Shouse, Helm and man Steve Horner came offthe bench Melle were named to the All-GLIAC to add 17 points^: South Division second-team by the Mercyhurst closed its season Sat- GLIAC men's basketball coaches, urday, Feb. 23, with a 106-64 loss at Shouse was also named to the South Findlay. The Oilers raced to a 59-31 Division All-Defensive Team, lead at halftime and never looked The team will have all of its players back. Mercyhurst had four players in back for next season. f * double figures. Brown led with 16,

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The Mercyhurst Lakers continued their drive for a second successive MAAC Hockey League Championship with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Army before nearly a thousand fens Saturday night, March 9, at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Lakers will play Connecticut Thursday in the semifinals at Holy Cross. Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac will meet iathe other semifinal contest. p Army scored first when senior forward Josh Marino beat Mercyhurst goaJtender Peter Aubry at 14:38 of the first period.,Morino was assisted by sophomore forwards Jon Boyle and Dustin Healey. Mercyhurst tied the game late in the period when senior captain Louis Goulet scored his ninth of the season at 19:39. Sophomore forward Peter Rynshoven had the lone assist. Rynshoven then scored what proved to be the gamewinner at 10:18 of the second, getting bis 12th of the year with help from freshman linemate Rich Hansen and sophomore wing Adam Tackaberry. Army senior netminder Scott Hamilton and Aubrey closed both, doors'•thereafter. The Black



Men's hockey defeats Army in MAAC Quarterfinals Upcoming
'Hurst Sports
Men's Volleyball
The men's volleyball team will be hosting D'Youville Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in the MAC. They hit the road to play Princeton and St. Francis Saturday, March 16 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. They wiH host MIVA opponent Ohio State at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. W

Women's Lacrosse
The women's lacrosse team will Dave Charbonneau/Contributing photographer '* Dave Charbonneau/Contributing photographer host Merrimack at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14 and Geneseo at 4 Senior Louis Goulet takes a shot on goat for Senior goalie Peter Aubry passes to a teammate. p.m. Thursday, March 21 on Tullio Mercyhurst. The team defeated Army 2-1 in the With Aubry's leadership, Mercyhurst has a 23-9-3 Field. *4r

MAAC quarterfinal game.

overall record.


Knights pulled Hamilton for an extra attacker with under a minute to play but Aubrey stood his ground. Mercyhurst outshot Army 30-22 in winning for the sixth time in seven

tries against the Black Knights, including a three of foyr slate this season. Referee Jeff Fulton was kept busy, calling 31 penalties in the game, 16 to Army, for a combined 86 min-

Men's Lacrosse utes. Mercyhurst improved its record to 23-9-3 overall and head "east" for The men's lacrosse team travels to the semifinals in Worcester, Massa- New York Tech Saturday, March 16 chusetts. Army closed its year 9-17- for a 1 p.m. garnet 6 and will head back to "West" Point. Women's Water Polo
The women's water polo team will take on Penn State Behrend Friday, March 15 in-an away match beginning at 6 p.m. »•

2002 Winter Olympics Recap
By Scott Mackar. Assistant sports editor
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The United States concluded their 2002 Winter Olympic run by placing second in the overall medal count with 34. They were outdone only by Germany, who received 35 medals, six more than any country has won at a Winter Olympics. Before these Winter Olympics, the U.S. had never finished in the top five since the 1984 games/The United States' team goal going into the Salt Lake games was for twenty medals. They set this goal for the media and fans, but they anticipated winning twenty-six to thirty medals. Many firsts were set by the Americans. ThefirstAfrican-American to win a medal in the Winter Olympics, Vonetta Flowers, was part of the women's bobsled team that took the gold medal. Derek Parra, winner of gold and silver medals in speed skating, was the first Mexican-American to win a medal. Parra also set a world and Olympic record in the men's 1500 meter race. The U.S. also had the third generation of an Olympian family, Jim Shea, winning

the gold medal in men's skeleton. Amazingly, the United States won five medals, three of which were gold, in one day during this year's games. This feat was just one medal shy of what the U.S. accomplished during the 1988 games. Having the U.S. succeed on home turf has been gratifying to many U.S. citizens. The games weren't perfect. A judging scandal during the doubles ice skating competition; three cases of illegal drug use, including two gold medalists; and threats by Korea and Russia to pull out marred the otherwise exciting sportsfest.? These Olympic games gave many people a positive thing to see after the tragedy that happened Sept. 11. "People of America, Utah and Salt Lake City, you have given the world superb games," IOC president Jacques Rogge said. "You have reassured us mat peoplefromall countries can live peacefully together.** The top five'Countries in the final medal count were Germany with 35, United States with 34, Norway with 24, Canada with 17 and Russia with 1.6. K The next Winter Olympics will take place in Torino, Italy in 2006.

Women's water polo loses first match to Gannon 21-2
By Mackenzie Dexter Sports editor The Mercyhurst women's water polo team played its first match ever Monday, March 11 at Gannon University. Gannon opened an 8-0 lead after a quarter and went on from there to defeat Mercyhurst 21-2. The Lady Lakers would not score until sophomore Lindsay Spiegel got a goal with 1:17 left in the second quarter to make the score 14-1. Freshman Ann Markley had the assist. The Mercyhurst defense played better in the third quarter only allowing two Gannon goals, giving Gannon a 161 lead going into the fourth quarter. Spiegel scored for the second time with 3:48 left in the last quarter to make the score 17-2. Gannon went on to score four more goals to win 21-2. Markley played goal for the first and third quarters for Mercyhurst


The baseball team will travel to Columbia Union and West Virginia Wesleyan this weekend to play in a couple of noon games. The Lakers will finish up the road trip at Edinboro Tuesday, March 19 at 1 p.m.

Annie Sitter/Merciad photographer


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The softball team travels to West Junior Barb Bartoszek looks to Virginia Wesleyan Sunday, March pass to a teammate Monday night 17. The doublehcader begins at 1 against Gannon. The team is in p.m.

their first season.
while junior Michelle Mazur played the second and fourth periods. The Lady Lakers will look for their first win when they visit Penn State Behrend Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m.



The tennis teams will be hosting Carnegie Mellon University Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. at the Westwood Racquet Club.

Women's hockey wins GLWHAjchampionship Lady Lakers defeat Findlayfor the fifth time this season
The Mercyhurst College women's hockey team won the Second Annual GLWHA championship with a 4-2 win over visiting Findlay Sunday, February 24, at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Lakers, eighth-ranked in Division I, closed their season with a record of 24-8-1 while the Oilers dropped to 8-22-2. The Mercyhurst win avenged a 2-1 loss to Findlay in the GLWHA championship game last year. Findlay scored first as sophomore forward Traccy Lowell beat Mercyhurst freshman netminder Desi Clark at 11:57 of the first period. It was Lowell's fourth of the season. Sophomore forwards Melissa Oliver and Sherrie White assisted. The score stayed that way until Mercyhurst freshman forward Lindsay Del low scored her eleventh of the season as she deflected junior defender Randi Rilger's shot from the left point behind Findlay junior goalie Erin Blair at 9:52 of the second. Junior forward CJ. Ireland also assisted. The game opened up dramatically early in the third. Mercyhurst took its first lead as sophomore forward Britney Millar notched her eighth of the year, from freshman Sara McDonald, at 2:03. Lowell wasted little time tying the game, getting her second of the game from White at 2:37. Mercyhurst freshman Chrissy Yule then scored what proved to be the game winner at 4:29. It was Yule's eleventh of the year and was helped by Millar and junior defender Jenn Jeffrey. Millar then put the icing on the cake with her second ofthe game and ninth ofthe season at 17:13. Jeffrey and McDonald assisted. For her efforts, Millar was named playoff MVP. \ Mercyhurst outshot Findlay 43-35. The game featured only three penalties to the Oilers and two to the Lakers. Mercyhurst is now 10-2-2 lifetime against Findlay and won all five meetings this season. Defender Jenn Jeffrey, forward Sara McDonald, and goal tenders Tiffany Ribble and Desi Clark were I named to AU-GLWHA First Tcain.1

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