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FEBRUARY 20,2003

[Broken water pipe forces I clean-up at Hirt Center
Special to The Merciad The quick and thorough work of the Mercyhurst College maintenance and housekeeping staff allowed classes to meet as usual in the Audrey Hirt Academic Center despite a water During the month of rem ruary, Erie has had 19.4 pipe break that flooded all three Inches of snow. Due to the floors of the building early on snow storm, there have Thursday, Feb. 13. After a water pipe in the south been five deaths in Pa. this season. wall of the tower of the buildKrt ing broke a little after 5 a.m., the entire Hirt Center was temSports Scores porarily closed by Mercyhurst officials for safety reasons and W. Basketball 80-63 cleaning, k Nearly 2 Vz inches of water (win), 93-57 (loss) Jody Meflo/Mertiad photc tapher covered the third floor of the Center include many Damages in the Hlrt building after a water pipe that M. Basketball 92-68 is part of the sprinkler system ceilingtiles,like the ones In The Merciad office. (loss) froze and cracked, triggering an staircases to the lowest level of supply had been an important automatic fire alarm in the build- the building. J factor in limiting damages to the ing at 5:01 a.m. that brought The impact of that flooding building, he added. W. Hockey 6-3 (win) Mercyhurst security to the Hirt seemed to have been limited to By 8 a.m., classes were in sesCenter, t •! wet carpets and floors."This sion in the Hirt Academic CenM Hockey3-2 L After responding to Ihe fire " could have been much worse," ter and the general contractor ' alarm, the Erie Fire Department, said Stepherson, who has only for the building, Building Sys(loss), tems Inc., was evaluating the Mercyhurst physical plant direc1-0 (win) situation along with Stepherson. tor Kenneth Stepherson and Damage assessments will be college security checked the released at a later date. The building for any hidden dangers. three-story, all-brick Hirt AcaFirefighters then helped pump demic Center was designed by water from the center before Weber Murphy Fox architects leaving campus about 7 a.m. and houses 16 classrooms, 20 and turning the clean-up effort faculty offices and several labs. over to Mercyhurst housekeepThe education and psychology ing and maintenance. Those efdepartments are on the top floor forts went smoothly and 8 a.m of Hirt, with the Gabreski Honclasses went on as scheduled. | ors Suite and the entrance to the According to Stepherson, -Ken Stepherson Walker Recital Hall on the main damages will be evaluated after floor. The college's communicleanup is complete, however early indications are that a hand- been plant manager at Mercy- cation department, a graphic arts ful of computers might have hurst College since the begin- laboratory, the studios for Hurst TV and offices for the Merciad been impacted, and several ar- ning of February. Current-$1,702 eas of the third floor will need He explained that the water and senior annual are situated on onday-$1,693 L new ceiling tiles. flowing through the sprinkler the ground floor of the ]nuary-$1.5f& 1 system to maintain pressure had center.The Hirt Academic CenCleanup stretched throughout year ago- $1,159 automatically activated the fire ter, which cost $7.5 million to the building since the Hirt Acaalarm. With several thousand build, was officially dedicated on demic Center is an open stairgallons of water being pumped Sunday^ Oct. 27, 2002, after way building and water flowed through the building, finding the construction started in early easily off the third floor balcobreak and turning off the water summer 2001. ny and down through the main

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Changes to affect students
By Kelly Rose Duttine News editor Several changes will soon be mplemented on Mercyhurst's ampus that will affect all stuents. Changes to accessing Inancial aid information, notfication of grades and the lumber of credits needed to raduate will all affect Mercyurst students in the near fuure.l Billing and financial aid information can now be accessed through your web advisor ccount. You must have a user D and a password to access his information. All informaion will be available for the burrent academic year. The account will present a sumnary of your financial information. Students are reminded that liming is not instantaneous with web advisor and it may take some time for items on the account sum males to change. If students ave any questions, they can jpntact the Student Financial [Services at ext. 2288. ?r Another change for students blso involves web advisor. trades, which were previousH mailed to homes, will now ply be available on WebAdisor. | Since the 2002 spring term, indents have been able to view heir grades online and then ere also mailed a copy of heir grades from the Regis* rar's office. Grades will still fee mailed after the 2003 winter term, kit after this term the office will only mail grades to those ttudents who request it_ Students who would like a grade report mailed to them after every term must complete the request which will be included with their winter term grades. As always, students can requests paper transcript from the Registrar's office. The registrar's office hopes to cut down on time, money and resources by using WebAdvisor more effectively and not mailing grades to homes. Since many students view their grades immediately, there is not a need for additional grades sent to the home. As each instructor submits their grades electronically or by paper, the grades are available to students as soon as they are processed^The registrar's office will cut down onStime, money and resources by having grades available only online. Another change for students concerns the number of credits needed to graduate. Students that began their Mercyhurst career in 2000,2001, or 2002 are required to complete a minimum of 122 credits in order to graduate. Previouslythe minimum was 123 credits. The administration changed the number because it is no longer mandatory to take a one credit computer course, as it had been for previous classes. If students can not meet this requirement, then they can purchases any two "zero" credit courses, such as FYI, a setence lab or a computer course. This change does not affect any seniors, or those who entered the college in or before 1999. Anyone with questions should contact Dr. Breckenridee at ext.. 3035.


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Gary Bukowski 73, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Steve Zlnram, Director of the Annual Fund present Michelle Logsdon, senior with the 2003 Eric J. Barr Memorial Fundraising Award f calling alumni and parents to "J was pretty much there all plead with them to donate mon- the time," said Logsdon. The By Kelly Rose Duttine ey] to Mercyhurst College and phonathon is a lot of fun though, News editor 7 i i the 2003 Phonathon. Single and I love helping out the colSenior Michelle Logsdon re- handedly, Logsdon raised lege and the Ambassadors' Club. cently put her persuasive skills $9,755 from 91 pledges. Although Logsdon did not pass to the test. Her hours of hard The new award for fundrais- up Barr's total pledges, she is work have paid off, however, ing efforts is in the memory of commended on an excellent as she is the first ever recipient Eric Barr, a Mercyhurst junior commitment to Mercyhurst. of the Eric J. Barr Memorial who passed away in a tragic car The Eric Barr award will be accident last year. Barr secured given annually to the student Fundraising Award. £ The dedicated ambassador the highest amount of pledges who secures the highest numspent morning, noon and night in the 2002 Phonathon. ber of pledges in the phonathon.

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FEBRUARY 20,2003

INTERNATIONAL U.S. officials saying little about plans for post-war Iraq
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Professor wants to ban porn from campus computers By Ryan Huff Knight Ridder Newspapers Academic freedom and workplace propriety are clashing at Cal Poly, as a professor is pushing for a campus ban on viewing pornographic computer images. Linda Vanasupa's proposal comes after her ex-boss, former Materials Engineering Department chairman Robert Heidersbach, was convicted on a misdemeanor charge last year for improperly using the computer at his Cal Poly office to download more than 13,000 adult pornographic images over a two-month period, according to court records. "It's not (an) appropriate and responsible use of state equipment to use it for your own sexual entertainment," Vanasupa said. "Why should taxpayer money go toward professors viewing pornography? This would never fly at private businesses." The proposed cam pus ban, which the faculty Academic Senate is expected to vote on as early as next month, is fueling debate among some campus officials who say viewing pornography is protected under the First Amendment.? "Academic freedom allows you to pursue truth in your field of study,*' Vanasupa said. "It doesn't give you thefreedomto do whatever you want to. As a university, we have freedom of thought and a broad range of ideas. We try not to ban things. But we're struggling with this issue, because we might be infringing on an individual's First Amendment rights. It's tricky finding the right answer."

By William E. Gibson Knight Ridder Newspapers All sorts of cynical theories have been raised about the real motives behind President Bush's relentless pursuit of a war against Iraq. Securing oil supplies. Completing his father's unfinished businessfromthe 1991 Persian Gulf War. Creating a distraction from economic troubles at home. Rousing a patriotic cause, a rallying point for the next presidential election. Secretary of State Colin Powell appeared to put these theories to rest, at least in the minds of much of the American pubic and a number of skeptics in Congress, when he laid out the case for war before the U.N. Security Council this month. Powell argued that U.S. objectives were pure and simple: oust Saddam Hussein, cut his ties to terrorist groups, liberate the Iraqi peoplefromhis brutal regime and destroy his capacity for inflicting dangerous weapons on the rest of the world. An unanswered question, and perhaps a final cause for pause on the way to war, remains: What are the long-term objectives of a U.S.-led invasion, assuming military victory. What are we righting for, once the fight is won? U.S. officials, while planning exhaustively for the occupation of Iraq, have been nearly silent about what happens next, partly because of competing visions within the administration. Many independent observers and some foreign leaders warn that the United States should resolve this debate and fully explain its objectives to allies and the


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American public before making a final plunge into war. Failure to think through and debate the consequences, they fear, could jeopardize the war on terrorism and prompt lasting resentment, perhaps even retaliation. Asked about potential fallout from U.S. occupation of Iraq, Powell urged the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee to balance potential problems against the advantages of ridding the world of Saddam. "There is another approach out there in the administration that basically/ says^regime change in Iraq is a good model for other places in the region. It is a much more forceful ap-

proach to transformation," said Kenneth M. Pollack, former director of Persian Gulf affairs at the National Security Council and now a scholar at the Brookings Institution. Leaders from surrounding countries would welcome Saddam's removal, Pollack said, but they remain wary of a strong U.S. presence as conquerors of Iraq. "They say, 'Everybody knows Saddam Hussein is evil,'" Pollack said. '"But what we are really nervous about is what are you going to do here."' IS The answers to this question and a stream of others could determine whether Bush is able

to line up a broad coalition of enthusiastic allies. "How long are we going to be there? What is it going to cost? Who is going to be with us? What is the long-term strategy? How many troops do we need? What are we going to do with Israel and Palestine?" asked Ivo H. Daalder, a National Security Council official during the Clinton administration. "Frankly, this administration has been completely and totally silent on this issue. And we cannot accept as a nation the notion that we go to war without any of these questions debated, let alone asked or answered bv the administration."

Some critics, fear an invasion of Iraq would draw attention and resources away from the wider war against terrorism, and some warn that it could prompt terrorist acts. Through most of its short history, the I nited States has been reluctant to establish a global empire in the Roman or British tradition, preferring hit-and-run invasions while setting up military bases and dispensing the balm of foreign aid. A lengthy occupation of Iraq, along with commitments to re build Afghanistan and patrol other parts of the world, would thrust the United States into a more i in peri a I role, like it or noi

Grading jinconsistencies frustrate students
A-minus. In a third, a B-plus. Across academia, the process of grading depends on the idioOne English instructor grades syncrasies of the professor. essays without a blueprint, That's as it should be, say a looking mostly for the big ideas. chorus of professors and even Another employs a detailed some students. checklist, including "smooth "All classes can't be evaluattransitions" and "properly ed in the same manner," said placed modifiers." A universi- Elsie M. Barnes, acting vice ty offers ^plus and minus president for academic affairs grades, but one of its profes- at Norfolk State University. sors decides not to use them. "How can you tell fine-arts peoA 90 in one course can net a ple that you've got to use the student a final grade of A. In same grading standard as peoanother class at the same col- ple in criminal justice?" lege, she would end up with an Michael J. Smith, a UniversiBy Philip YValzer Knight Ridder Newspapers ty of Virginia professor of political thought and chairman of its Faculty Senate, said the variety provides good experience for students. "These kids are going to have a range of work environments to which they have to adjust," he said. "Some bosses will be easy; some bosses will be hard. I don't think it's appropriate to approach grading any differently." The lack of consistency bedevils some undergraduates, who have to adjust to a new grading style with every faculty member. "And I'll do half the work and get a better grade," his Ability levels vary widely, friend Ryan Kelly, a senior fromeven among sections of the Pennsylvania, finished the same class. Archibald recalled thought. two sections of macroeconomAmong the faculty, "nobody ics he taught in the same sehas really challenged this," pro- mester: In one, nine of 20 stufessor William H. Alexander dents received A's. In the othsaid. "From the point of view er, one of 35 did. of the student, they ought to be "Academicfreedomis someable to know an A with one thing that's given to professors teacher is similar to an A with so they can profess their views another teacher." without reprisal," said Johnson, Should it go university-wide? a professor of biostatistics at "It would be useful," he said, the University of Michigan. "To "but it would be a difficult bat- characterize grading as a form tle to fight. Some people are of academic}freedomis nonused to certain scales." sense."

Media's catering to Bush ignores * overwhelming global anti-war sentiment By David BiancuHi Knight Ridder Newspapers "I'm a uniter, not a divider," said George W. Bush during his presidential campaign. He got that one right. He has managed to unite the whole world against him and the war he proposes to wage against Iraq. From New York to Johannesburg, millions of people hit the streets last weekend in the largest collection of anti-war demonstrations since the Vietnam War. The biggest, record-breaking protests were in the countries whose governments have allied themselves with Bush: Rome, where one to three million peace lovers turned out, and London, where an estimated 750,000 to one million showed up. So much for the "coalition ofthe willing" that Bush has promised to lead to war if the U.N, Security Council won't back him. The peopie who live under the NATO governments that are backing Bush, according to European polls* are overwhelmingly against a war without U.N. approval: Britain (90 percent), Italy (73 percent), Spain (90 percent), and Turkey (94 percent). Even in the "new Europe" of the East, whose cashpoor ^governments have wasted billions on weaponry so they could join NATO and curry favor with Washington, large majorities are against the war. The truth is that if the world were made up of real democracies, Bush wouldn't have one single country on his side.

Fraternity apologizes for goose's death
By Howie Paul Hartnett Knight Ridder Newspapers The Davidson College chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity has apologized for the recent beating death of a goose and promised to make amends with the community. "As members of an extended community, we stand in ihe bright glare of its judgment," chapter President Benjamin Skurek said in a written statement Thursday. The chapter also will contribute to a wildlife preservation organization. One fraternity member and six pledges have been arrested and charged with felony cruelty to animals and conspiracy to commit a felony. The beating death occurred Feb. 7 at Roosevelt Wilson Park, police said. A town employee saw a group of men lure a goose away from a group of others with bread before one of the men hit it repeatedly with a golf club, police said. When the goose stopped moving, another man tossed it into the trunk of a car and they drove away. Police found the car a short time later, with the dead goose in the trunk. The fraternity's Supreme Executive Committee will decide whether to revoke the chapter's charter next month.


Emergency personnel rush victims from the Epitome night club in Chicago, early Monday morning, Feb. 17. More than 20 people died and dozens were injured as patrons were caught In a stampede trying to leave the club following a small fight. The exit door was locked leaving everyone trapped.

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U.N. resolution on Iraq considered
By Editorial Staff Knight Ridder Newspapers j U.S and British officials weighed the risks and benefits of sponsoring a new U.N. resolution as President Bush insisted Tuesday that neither worldwide protests nor diplomatic] obstacles would hinder his drive against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.' "War is my last choice," he said. "But the risk* of doing nothing is even a worse option, as far as I'm concerned. I owe i it to the American people to secure this country. I will do so." Consultations pressed forward in Washington, at the United Nations and overseas, as U.S. and British diplomats considered the purpose, content and fate of any new resolution that might be oi lered to the U.N. Security Council. 1000 by Ron HuUheson at the White House, Diego Ibar-j guen at the United Nations, Warren P. Strobel at the State Department and Martin Merzer in Washington.



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Communication students work in local media Painting for service
By Scott Mackar Contributing writer


Along with the overall increase in the number ofstudents at Mereyhurst College over the past few years, there has also been a large increase in the number of communication majors at Mereyhurst. Not only has administration noticed this increase, but the media in the Erie market has taken notice. % As many as 20 to 30 Mereyhurst graduates are currently employed throughout the media industry in Erie. Many students have found jobs in the television industry as well as in public relations. There are also -Leslie Echan a number of graduates who are currently working in the Instate area. The main person in charge for teach them how to look for this dramatic increase is Dr. jobs he said. He also stated that Richard Welch, Director of it is important for students to Communications. Dr. Welch get involved with the industry replaced Dr. Reagan three years before they graduate because ago and has been instrumental course work can only get you in increasing the number of so far. In the communications Communication students at field students can learn a lot by Mereyhurst. being in the field, and if they Dr. Welch said the Erie mar- do that before graduation future ket is a great stepping-stone for employees will notice. students who are interested in "Most of our graduates have the field of media. It is a small got their jobs relatively quickmarket for graduates to get their ly, usually in three to four feet wet in the industry, and months after graduation," he students will gain the knowledge said. to pursue a job in a larger marOne student that is enrolled ket, he said. at Mereyhurst and is currently Currently, there are a few stu- working at WICU 12 is senior dents who have already landed Leslie Echan. jobs in the Erie market before She has been working there they have actually graduated. for one year and is the producMedia in Erie has taken notice er of the 10 a.m. morning to what the communications show for the department She program at Mereyhurst is do- found out about a job opening ing, and has begun to pursue at the station and applied for it. students even before they have After a second interview she was hired and has been with the graduated. "A lot of students in the com- station for a year and plans to munications department will stay for a bit longer after she have the skills to work in Erie graduates this February. and in larger markets right afEchan said the classes she ter graduation," Dr. Welch said. has taken from Dr. Welch has Instead of finding students prepared her very well for her jobs throughout the market I current job. She also said that

I am constantly learning something newM and it never gets boring because the media is constantly changing!*'


wail mural illustrating a children *s bedtime story. The mural, which is featured Irf J Mercyhurst seniors in a children and parent meetrecently completed a cha 1 leng- ing room at the Office of Chiling and unique service project dren and Youth on West Ninth for their Art Therapy V Senior St., depicts a calming and Seminar. dreamlike picture which adds Under the instruction of color and liveliness to the Cathlyn Hahn, M.S., A.T.R, room. The hard work of all Stephanie Balaban, Jessica students involved helped to Butler, Carrie Frank, Beth make the meeting room more Hauck, Holly Horton, Morgan comfortable and uplifting in Gunter and Carla Sabatowski nature. -^ spent hours working on a serThe students chose to aim vice learning project where their service towards the they painted a 12 by eight foot youth of Erie.? By Kelly Rose Duttine News editor

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Dr. Welch and Mr. Shannon shpuld get a lot of the credit because they prepared her for life in the media. **Dr. Welch has been a mentor to me, and has guided me through all of this, she said. "Sometimes I call him out of the blue and stop into his office for advice and guidance." Echan said she loves her current job because it is something new. One might think that this love would soon fade, but she said that in the media everyday is different. ^ "Every show is such a rush!" said Echan. "I am constantly learning something new, and it never gets boring because the media is constantly changing," she said. Eventually Echan would like to be a reporter, and that may not be too far away. She said she is starting to make some demo tapes for companies and has already gotten the opportunity to report during this past summer. Eventually she would like to move to a larger market, but for now she is getting a valuable

experience at Channel 12. She plans on staying in the Erie market for at least one more year and then trying to pursue larger markets. "I took the job for one reason, to get an early start on my career and move on to a larger market,** Echan said. Echan said she works along side a few Mereyhurst graduates. Her morning director is a graduate; the evening director and a few camera operators have also graduated from the Mereyhurst Communication department. Dr. Welch is not reluctant to praise Echan on her potential in the media. He said she is very smart and has gotten an abundant amount of experience in the field at a very young age, which is very important. "I think she is capable ofmaking it production or reporting in a larger market than Erie," he said. As the communications department continues to grow, it may not be too long before we see a familiar face on a national news program.

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Ait Therapy V students spent service learning hours transforming a meeting room for parents and children into a more exciting and uplifting place with a mural.

Diversity 101 helps Erie community
By Scott Mackar Contributing writer There are many clubs in which students can get involved at Mereyhurst, but one that is often overlooked is Diversity Club 101. This club is home to minority students on campus. The Diversity Club currently has about 40 active students involved in programs such as community service, education programs and volunteer work. ^Director of Diversity 101, Marvin Jones said these students often organize coat drives and other services for the community of Erie. They are not only active in the community, but they are also responsible for bringing a number of guest speakers to the college and often organize tutoring programs for students who are in need. "I think it's great for Mereyhurst and the Erie community what this club does for them," he said. Jones said the experience these minority students receive through the club is unprecedented. Their main objective is to help people while educating themselves on real life problems. "What students get out of this experience is being a leader in special programs. The skills they learn in this program will help them in the future," Jones said. This opportunity not only helps the college as a whole, but it also provides students with job opportunities after graduationl He said when students volunteer, or participate in community service, many employers take notice. Jones also stated working in this club provides students with exposure within the work force and gives them leadership qualities, something all employers look for. "It not only gets the college's name out throughout the community, but it also provides these students with job opportunities in the future," Jones said. These 40 students are taking full advantage ofa program that is offered at Mereyhurst College. There is no doubt that with the skills they are learning, in the community and with fellow students, they will make a difference where ever they decide to work in the near future. Diversity 101 Treasurer D'Andrea Greene feels that participation in the club is very beneficial and fun. "To me, Diversity 101 is a sense ofunity, coming together to make our college experience more cultural and more enjoyable," Greene said. To find out more information aboui Diversity Club 101 you can contact Marvin Jones
at ext, 2089.

News of the weird from around the world
London, U.K.: From the land Workshop in Kalona. (Source: of "murder most foul" comes Reuters) a tale most twisted: a British citizen with a Blockbuster card London, U.K.: Mozart will be New York, NY: The young man jump-started the hunt for one turning in his grave this week with the most annoying catch- of America's 10 Most Wanted, when a Viennese orchestra dephrase since, 'Can you hear me gangland boss James Bulger, scends on London to make a now?* was arraigned Monday after he recognized the man's meal out of playing the on charges of purchasing and photo in a scene from 2000's carrot.The First Vienna Vegepossessing a misdemeanor Hannibal. It turns out that Bulg- table Orchestra says it will cook "use-amount" of marijuana, er, wanted for 19 murders, had up a storm with its carrot twenty-two year-old Benjamin shown his face around the lo- flutes, leek violins, celery bonCurtis, (in)famous for his spir- cal gym and theater enough gos and aubergine cymbals. ited portrayal of Pentium-pan- times that the Briton easily Supported by the occasional derer "Steven," was arrested on picked out his face from a clip use of kitchen utensils such as the Lower East Side late Sun- showing the F.B.I.'s website spoons and food processors, day, along with 19-year-old and current Big 10. As movie- the orchestra has been a hit in Omar Mendez. Dell executives goers may recall, Hannibal its hometown Vienna. The inare concerned and awaiting the "The Cannibal" Lecter was spiration for veggie music came possibility of the dismissal of nearly apprehended in the film from listening to the sound of charges against Curtis, who by an observant Italian police- vegetables being chopped. Bewas advised by District Judge man; now, it seems Hollywood Ellen Coin to remain low pro- has done something positive for file for one year, after which the real world. The F.B..I. is the charges wil 1 be dropped and currently working in concert his record wiped clean. (Source: with Scotland Yard to follow Bulger's fresh trail in London. AP) (Source: Reuters) Compiled By Megan Fialkovich and Kelly Rose Duttine Berlin, Germany: Frightened villagers and sheepherders watched this week as a mob of 50-60 ravens attacked and killed nine sheep; as the ravens are a protected species in Germany, herdsman Juergen Fritz could do little to prevent the beaks and talons of the swarming birdsfromtargeting the eyes and soft parts of the livestock. Local policeman Dietmar Ernst recalled that this behavior is not unheard of in crows, but rarely with such ferocity. Like sharks whipped into a feeding frenzy, the starving birds gathered en masse to procure live prey when there was nothing left to scavenge. Poor winter weather and encroaching human settlement may also explain the birds' behavior. Juergen Fritz has subsequently decided to count his $2,000 in losses and leave his farm with the remainder of his 500 sheep. (Source: Reuters) Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Praying for a slimmerfigure?You may be on the right track to weight loss, according to new programs that look to the Bible as a diet book. There's "What Would Jesus Eat? The Ultimate Program for Eating Well, Peeling Great, and Living Longer" and "Step Forward," a Bibleinspired program. "The focus of this is not on food, it's on God, said Mary Dyck, a member of "The Weigh Down Workshop," another faith-based program. Dyck, who's tried a variety of diets, is 29 pounds lighter thanks to her new regime. Weigh Down doesn't require a set eating plan — just eat whai you crave. The key is I istening to God. "God designed our body and he gave us the signals to obey. If we overstuff ourselves, we are disobeying him," said Dorothy Miller, cofacilitator of the Weigh Down fore each performance, the band tours local markets to find fresh vegetables ofjust the right caliber and quality. The gurkophone is one of their classics, madefroma hollowed cucumber, a pepper and a carrot. Once the instruments are worn out, the musicians, and a conductor who doubles as cook, toss each one into a stewpot to make soup — to be enjoyed by the audience after the concert. The orchestra is due to play at the Puree 1 Room at London's 1 South Bank arts complex Tuesday and Wednesday. A taste of their music is on Web Site www.gemueseorchester.org. (Source: Reuters)

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MSG position filled
By Jen Ruffa Contributing writer The Mercy hurst Student Government welcomes Josh Hack to their staff after receiving the resignation of Mike Foglio, previous treasurer. MSG sent out word to juniors who may have been interested in submitting a letter of intent for the available position. Hack, a junior RIAP major, was chosen for the position of treasurer to fill Foglio's place. Hack put in his letter of intent and sat in on meetings to get a feel for what the job encompassed. He has been a member of the Merc) hurst Student Government for almost a year. When asked what his responmeetings, as well as numerous other tasks. Originally from Pittsburgh, Hack participated in his high school student government and was one of the representatives for years. As treasurer, Hack is also the chairperson of transportation and must make sure that those students needy of the shuttle service will be transported back and forthfromthe airport Jody Mello/ Merciad photographer when necessary. Junior Josh Hack, the newly MSG is currently working on appointed MSG treasurer. a proposal to maintain a permanent, full-time shuttle driver to sibi 1 ities as treasurer are, Hack transport students more often ; that what is presently being ofreplied, "Tons!" j As treasurer, Hack is respon- fered, If accepted, the proposal will sible for writing checks for both MSG and SAC functions, be implemented in the 2003running/managing the budget, 2004 school year. scheduling ^Friday finance

Pax Christi helps campus
Teachers discuss war in Iraq with students
By Sarah Milleville Contributing writer

Mercyhurst dancers take the stage
The dance department choreograph their own work for audience
By Amanda Orendorf Contributing writer Members of the dance department put on a concert in the Walker Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 13 to show off their personal talents. Several of the dance students choreographed pieces in order to fill a requirement for their Reflection of Choreography II class. The students who choreographed the pieces in the program included Tiffany Burgess, Randall Crame, Lana Forgensi, Bethany Kwasniewski, Nancy Nahser, Helena Papadopoulos, Amanda Walker, Brian Walker, and Allison witter. Each student held auditions to cast fellow dance majorsJibr parts in their work. ; Hie students had freedom to choose any type of music and style of dance for their program. It was a way to display their creativity through expressive dance. Throughout the process, however, their instructors did provide them with helpful input. Bethany Kwasniewski choreographed a piece she called "Metamorphic Illusion."
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Lana Forgensi performs her piece entitled "Giuocare" Thursday Feb. 13th In the Walked Auditorium.!

"I chose solo pieces to show off each dancer's individual talent," said Kwasniewski. Extensive floor patterns where combined with "a type of music that was both round and angular." The music Kwasniewski chose combined strings with a chorus to make a picking and round effect. Lana Forgensi chose a piece based on her nationality. Hie title of her piece was "Giuocare," which is Italian for "Playful." V

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Bethany Kwasniewski and other dancers perform in her piece "Metamorphic Illusion" on Thursday, Feb. 13th.

Forgensi spent time talking to her mother about her piece and about making the costumes for the production. "I wanted to do something fun for the stage, I wanted something lighthearted," Forgensi said. Almost half of her cast was freshmen dancers, and they "really did a beautiful job." "They danced very well," Forgensi said. Forgensi decided that she did not want any soloists in her piece, so each dancer had a specific character to play. Amanda Walker choreographed a romantic ballet. Her work was entitled "Dance of the Sylies." § For her music, she chose the composer PDQ Bach. "I wanted my piece to show the backstage that the audience does not see," Walker said. Walker composed a piece that made fun oi ballet and of the dancers. The students performed on Thursday Feb. 13. Congratulations to all those who participated, it was a wonderful show.

On Feb. 4 and 5, more than 40 Mercyhurst professors participated in a teach-in, the goal of which was to raise awareness about the potential war in Iraq, Professors spent 10 to 15 minutes of class time discussing how the conflict in Iraq relates to the subject matter they are teaching.v The teach-in was organized by the members of Mercyhurst's Pax Christi, who hoped that students would take a more active interest in the potential war if it were associated with a subject they were studying. Professors approached the topic in a number of different ways. Dr. Chris Magoc's United States History III class discussed the parallels between the Iraq conflict and the Vietnam War, including connections to the military-industrial complex and to chemical and biological weapons. Other professors, such as Dr. Douglas Boudreau of the French department and Dr. Alice Edwards of the Spanish department, addressed' the current conflict in terms of its historical context. In her General Physics II class, Dr. Candee Chambers facilitated a discussion about the technology behind stinger missiles and other modern weapons. She also brought up issues of


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Dr. Chris Magoc, one of the teachers that took time out this week to discuss with his History class the issues that Pax Christi brought to the Mercyhurst Faculty.

weapons accessibility, noting that an editor of Scientific American was able to order ingredients and directions for sarin nerve gas from the internet for only $ 130. In the philosophy department, Dr. Bud Brown and Dr. Kevin Sullivan facilitated discussions that led in several different directions.! Dr. Brown's students examined the potential war from aphilosophical perspective and debated the moral arguments for and against going to war. Dr. Sullivan's Applied Ethics class considered whether or not they would be willing to personally serve in a war; his Aesthetics and Criticism class determined that no one,

even artists, are immune to the effects of war. The students also reflected on artists\ wartime responsibilities*! Dr. Sullivan reported, "Several students pointed out those artists have the unique ability to capture the 'truth* about war in images that are all the more powerful because they need not be committed to any side or ideology.*' Overall, the teach-in was enlightening for both sIndents and professors. Several professors remarked that they were surprised by the lack of factual information that the students had about the Iraq conflict, and all felt that the students benefited from the discussions.

Find you passion and a job
By Carol Kleiman Chicago Tribune Passion. Enthusiasm. Excitement Energy. Most people wouldn't connect those attributes with a job hunt, but employment experts say they are exactly what are needed for a successful job interview. Especially passion. "Passion is important because in any job interview you have to be persuasive _ and you can demonstrate that emphatically by showing your passion for the job," said Gregory D. Hayes, executive director of the career services center at the University of Dayton. "Show your passion by talking about your experience, education and skills with a clear love of what you do and what « you want to do.| i i- Hayes, who has a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in education, has been in career services and human resources since 1972. Over the years, he has seen the positive effects of being positive. "Passion shows your love of the business you're in," he emphasized. "It's a means of convincing the job interviewer this is the job you really want to do and that you can do it." The director, who has a staff said. "Being passionate about of 12, says he specifically looks what you do can be a deciding for job seekers who convey factor in getting a job." passion about their work durDuring the years he worked ing interviews. as an accountant,financialcon"Most candidates don't have sultant and human resource it," Hayes said. "If I talk to five manager, James F. Fitzgerald deadbeat people and have one has hired thousands of people, v who is upbeat, that's the one he says. I'm going to hire. I don't find Since 1996, Fitzgerald has it offensive for people to talk been chairman of the board of about their passion for their field Career Transitions Center of or profession. I interpret their Chicago, a nonprofit organizaenthusiasm as a sincere love of tion that gives support in findwhat they do and that they re- ing jobs to administrative, proally want to do it. It's a con- ressional and managerial peovincing argument." ple. T Hayes says he knows firstAnd passion for the job al hand the power of passion in a ways is a plus, according to job interview. "From the feed- Fitzgerald, who has a bacheback I got afterwards, I know lor's degree in accounting and I got all of my jobs because of a master's in industrial relations. my passion for what I do," he "Enthusiasm for the work said. and excitement for the challenge "I prepared thoroughly, re- and the opportunity to solve any searched each company and problems the potential employarticulated my skills in a con- er has I that makes you stand vincing and positive way. I like outfromother people who have career services. I can talk about the same skills," Fitzgerald said. it al I day. And I talk about it with He suggests that to prepare passion and try to communicate for the interview, you should the fact that it excites me to help "talk to yourself in advance and peoplefindjobs." he said. £" say, * I love this business!' EmAt the university center, ployers want to hire people Hayes videotapes mock job in- who feel as passionate as they terviews with students seeking do about the work." employment and then plays the But he does advise a bit of tape back and analyzes it. restraint: "The real challenge is " I always urge them to state to be enthusiastic without exactly why they want the job sounding desperate," Fitzgerald and to say it with passion," he said. "And don't be gushy." ^

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Aries (March 21-April 20). Business negotiations are annoying this week. Even though new information may be needed from authority figures, vital communications or messages will be delayed, 'j Some Aries natives may also find that short-term financial decisions are unusually complex. Workable choices will arrive later in the week. Remain patient and avoid public discussions. After Friday, a close friend may request detailed family or romantic advice. Be supportive. Strong opinions are needed.

and colleagues are cheerful or optimistic, recent policy changes or workplace improvements may be bothersome. Watch for unexpected emotions or subtle criticisms. Take none of it personally. Tensions will soon be forgotten. After Thursday, attitudes and group opportunities improve. New workplace challenges and social introductions will be worthwhile. Stay open to fast emotional changes.

Taurus (April 21-May 20). Wisdom and social diplomacy are strong assets this week. After Tuesday, expect a friend or lover to present an unusual problem for consideration. Family history, conflicting values or complex social disagreements may be on the agenda. Realize that change is unlikely. Respond with caution and wait for signs of acceptance. Thursday through Sunday, love relationships require serious discussion and new emotional rules. Listen to your instincts and ask for more time.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Over the next few days, romantic seduction will captivate your time and attention. For many Virgos, a new attraction or surprising proposal may soon arrive. Emotional energy is positive and rewarding this week. Trust your instincts and work to expand romantic and social commitments. Some Virgos may also encounter a key announcement from a family member. Watch property documents and financial proposals for valuable clues. Relocation may be a key theme.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Family and romantic pressures are intense before midweek. No lasting effects can be expected, so not to worry. Do, however, watch for lovers and close relatives to strongly disagree concerning schedules, traditional roles or fam i ly functions. After Thursday, opinions and attitudes will shift. Key positive influences may include changing group events or public displays of affection. An oddly deGemini (May 21-June 21). manding week. Stay alert and Money and long-term family find positive outlets for strong security require detailed discus- emotions. sion this week. Monday through Thursday, a Scorpio 1 sudden financial choice or new route to success may arrive. Many Geminis will expand their workplace responsibilities or fe»t«2|.lm*«tf begin planning a secondary source of income. Listen carefully to the advice of friends. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Social messages will be conAfter Friday, a new attraction may be distracting. Passionate fusing this week. Before encounters are delightful but Wednesday, expect friends or loved ones to be misinformed brief. Stay balanced. or unclear about their priorities. Quick disagreements or group tensions may be amusing. Watch for giddy moments of conflict or fast reversals. For many Scorpios, this unusual social energy will initiate an intense period of romantic increase or new introductions. Cancer (June 22-July 22). Private passions will be high. Business partnerships may seem abrupt or strained this Accept all invitations and watch week. Pay close attention to es- for subtle changes in key friendtablished power struggles be- ships. tween authority figures. After midweek, many Cancerians will increase their private knowledge of workplace tactics or long-term corporate agendas. All is well, so not to worry. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Late Tuesday, a colleague may ask for personal advice or special favors. Although no long-term ai fects can be expected. Expect business conflicts or subtle power struggles to be revealed in the next few days. If possible, avoid public state-

I am often asked, "What | does the V stand for?" Treaopia ("tree-O-pee-uh"), a name with roots in ancient Egypt that is uncommon everywhere but on the isle of Crete. I am not ashamed of my first name, but life has been simpler without it. It elicits Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. wide-eyed confusion, stutter20). Romantic flirtations are ex- ing and mangled pronunciatremely distracting this week. tions like "tapioca." Although all is well, do avoid I also grew up with the fear mildly unethical romantic over- of being called Opal one day tures or workplace complica- like my grandmother, for tions. whom I was named. Over the next few days, priBecause she loved our name vate relationships may interfere so much, in her honor, I use a with important public or busi- first initial, which has had ness events. Pace yourself and some advantages. To a potenreact with polite, calculated ges- tial employer, "T. Shawn Taytures. lor" could be male or female, After Friday, watch for a black or white. People usually quick flurry of financial infor- assume I'm a white male. mation. Past agreements may Why an advantage? Because contain mistakes. Verify all doc- as an African-American womuments before submitting final an, I realize some people have applications. biases against people like me, judging before they ever get to know me. A recent study by two economics professors supports my suspicion. They found that resumes randomly assigned whitesounding names such as Emily Walsh and Brendan Baker elicited 50 percent more callbacks Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 19). than resumes assigned AfriEarly this week, revised work can-American-sounding assignments may demand extra concentration. Apply new mental energy to ongoing team problems and all will be well. Some Aquarians will also encounter a series of By Courtney Nicholas newly assigned projects. If so, Features editor stay alert and expect detailed reports and written proposals to be complicated by faulty Imagine being from Ireland numbers for the next three and coming to the United weeks. States, not only to visit but to After Friday, a quick moment attend college. of passion may trigger romanCaroline McGrath and Amy tic decisions. Careful ly consid- Cosgrove are two Mercyhurst er the feelings of all involved. juniors that originate from Dublin, Ireland. McGrath is a contract major in International Affairs and Cosgrove is a Marketing major with a French minor. They are the only two Irish juniors attending Mercyhurst. fitrnqrll'Virthll The course of applying to attend Mercyhurst from the high school in Ireland is a long proPisces (Feb. 20-March 20). cess. The admissions counseLove and long-term relation- lor, Eric Evans travels to high ships will soon be back on schools in Ireland and presents Mercyhurst College to the stutrack. Late Tuesday, expect close dents. Evans then conducts infriends to no longer influence terviews with interested stuthe feelings or actions of loved dents. ones. Private romantic promThe students must write an ises and new intimacy are essay, the topic changes yearstrongly accented over the next few days. Enjoy the genuine attention of romantic partners and wait for meaningful change. After Friday, unexpected re- By Jen Ruffa :; Contributing writer versals in a recent financial agreement are highlighted. Someone close may have overMercyhurst College welextended his or her finances. comes newcomer Kenneth Stay calm. Stepherson, who has been employed as the Mercyhurst ColIf your birthday is this week lege Physical Plant Director. ... Private romantic attractions Stepherson was invited to wil 1 soon become publicly chalvisit the college once the polenging. sition of Physical Plant DirecOver the next 10 weeks, extor became available. During pect new relationships to dehis visit in December, Stephermand fast social changes or inson spoke with Dr. Garvey, creased access to your home Tom Billingsley, and Tyrone life. Trust your instincts and reMoore and decided to accept act with caution. the position. Before May, emotional prom-. • _ .

ments or unusual requests. After Thursday, hidden romantic attractions will be made obvious. Don't overreact. Social acceptance may be a key concern.

By T. Shawn Tayler Chicago Tribune

names like Lakisha Washington and Jamal Jones, For applicants perceived as white, high-quality resumes with impressive skills, experi-| ence, academic degrees and honors received 30 percent more callbacks than those with low-quality resumes, but high credentials didn't elicit) more callbacks for blacks. Marianne Bertrand, assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, who co-authored the study with Sendhil Mullainathan, assistant professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, said one way to interpret their finding is "when employers see a certain honor or skill, they don't put as much weight on it for African Americans as they do for whites." The professors, who sent nearly 5,000 resumes in re-1 sponse to more than 1,300 job ads in Chicago and Boston, found that federal contractors bound by affirmative-action rules and employers who list themselves as "Equal Opportunity Employer" in their ads discriminated just as much as others. In Chicago, employers in African-American neighborhoods discriminated less. The study concluded that discrimination is an important reason why African Americans do poorly in the labor market. The unemployment rate for blacks is 10 percent; for

whites, it's 5 percent, according to government statistics. "Clearly, there are so many things just below the surface,'] said Carolyn Nordstrom, president of Chicago United, a group dedicated to diversifying America's workplaces J "People have fallen into these patterns and we need to help people change them." I The study also suggests the absence of African-American involvement in the hiring process, said Preston Edwards, chief executive officer of IMDiversity, which publishes] The Black Collegian magazine and runs a career Web site that targets underrepresented minorities. "If you're pursuing aggressive recruitment of diverse candidates, do you have people who look like and can relate to the people you want to recruit? In most cases, (employers do) not," said Edwards, adding the study rein-; forces the idea that African Americans have to oversell! themselves. "We have to be; more aggressive because they don't believe we can do the



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"We have to let them know; we're proud of our heritage and the name we have. We only want to work for those companies that accept us," Edwards said. My niece is named Lakesha Shawntai, in honor of her auntie. No potential employer will mistake her for white.

Making it at Mercyhurst
ly, and they must take the American SAT's in addition to their own final exams. "Dr. Garvey fully supports the Irish students here at Mercyhurst," Cosgrove said. "The JFK scholarships are specifically for the Irish students. It is one type of academic scholarship the Irish students receive." Coming to Mercyhurst was a huge adjustment for both young women. The weather, especially the snow was something to get used too. "I still do not have clothing appropriate for the snow," McGrath said with a chuckle. The attendance policy at Mercyhurst was another adjustment that came as a surprise. Cosgrove explained that the attendance policy in Ireland is totally different. Another aspect of living in the United States is that there is no mass transportation for students that do not have cars on campus. The social atmosphere here at Mercyhurst and the social atmosphere in I reland is very different., "In the United States the students are all about beer bongs, keg stands and at home students go out and have a few drinks but also play card games," McGraff said. Being so far away from home it is sometimes difficult to maintain communication with friends and family in Ireland. "E-mail is wonderful. However, the first year that I was here it was hard for me; luckily I had a brother that was attending Mercyhurst," Cosgrove said. "It made the distance easier to deal with." All in all Cosgrove and McGraff have enjoyed their three vears here at Mercyhurst. They look forward to getting to know more students and having a great time during their remainder time here at Mercyhurst.

Mercyhurst welcomes Kenneth Stepherson
As plant director, Stepherson will be in charge of running the maintenance crew, making sure all of the buildings are running properly, producing recommendations for improvement, and staying within budget. Originally from Waco, Texas, Stepherson was formerly a project manager at Baylor University where he was involved in multi-million dollar projects, including constructing a museum facility as well as building a sorority house. Before his employment at Baylor, Stepherson worked as the facilities manager for two real estate companies. Stepherson is married with four children, three of which are adults and one who is nine years old. He also has two grandchildren. "This is a wonderful college and a great opportunity for me," said Stepherson. "I am hoping to help work out the problems with the new building as well as renovate the old." \ On behalf of the student body, welcome to Mercyhurst College, Mr. Stepherson.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22). Work discussions are misleading this week. Even though officials

ises and fresh romantic proposals may be easily reversed. By mid-June, however, stability and lasting decisions will arrive. Early this summer, watch also for unexpected workplace advancements or job promotions. Ask for new responsibilities. Almost three years of sluggish career ambition is fading.

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• On Mar. 20, ail students and majors are invited to an information seminar regarding the Walt Disney World College Program's co-op positions. So let me get this straight: Disney, Florida, for five months and duties range from food service to life guarding? Any excuse to get out of Erie, I'm down. • The battle royale between Gannon and Mercyhurst's men's basketball teams may have left many a Laker fan pissed, but the Lady Lakers managed to score a victory. Kudos to both teams for giving the best they could, regardless of the score. • With less than a week left until finals, it is nice to see the library's 3R stocked with more 'Hurst students and less LECOM docs-in-training. Maybe they finally took the hint after all the hot tar we dumped on them, er, I mean ...nevermind, it is too late to save this half-joke. (But sympathy laughs are welcome.) I

Stop taking it up the tail pipe
Senior gift? Yeah, ifs called paying tuition. And Another Thing. And when was the last time you were almost required to give a gift? This year's is a park, which gives each class after Phil 2003's consistent gift ideas: Pirrello Benches. It is bad enough we have to pay a "ransom" for our diploma, so the gift of voiding that last May and did not get any fee should be bestowed upon word on it until / brought atten us. tion to it myself, for the powYes, yes - Mercyhurst gives ers-at-be "lost" my letter, with us great classroom tools in the "lost" being a direct quote. Hirt Center and a seemingly end- And to add insult to injury, a less supply of "Mentalist" ap- prominent individual within Fipearances, but where is our re- nancial Aid gave me and my faward for four years of mostly ther attitude when we were sent hard work and good grades? to his office from Dr. Garvey's Some will say that reward is office. just being a 'Hurst student But After many weeks of teeth after maintaining anywhere pulling and bartering over scholfrom a 3.875 to a 3.9 GPA all of arships and whatnot, my debt to my years here at Mercyhurst, I Mercyworld was lessened. think myself and other students But how sad is it that students of similar academic prowess with similar circumstances like deserve more than a pat on the mine have to make their presback. | ences known to an institution For some, the cost of this ed- which prides itself on knowing ucation hits near the high six- "who's who?" J 7 | j digit mark. Academics come very easy to So, in addition to that, we got- me. For others, athletics is their ta shell out extra money to pay forte and for the most part, our ridiculous fees the school athletes deserve the scholarships knows damn well they can af- and rewards they receive. ford. (Take it out of the flower But because we "scholars" fund, maybe?) spend more time in 3R than we Don't seek a break at Finan- do on the Tullio Field, does that cial Aid. I wrote an appeal letter mean we deserve any less compensation than our athletic counterparts? %f Col leges say they pride themselves on academics first, but always seem to show that pride more generously to athletes man Honor Roll-era. Reciprocation is a very fuzzy, if not foreign, concept on this campus. Give campus security a valid reason to gain access to a classroom and they deny; do more than enough "A" level work for a teacher and they give you less than a desirable grade - damned if we do, damned if we do not and damn those who don't take notice. '•• Debt is an evil reality of college, but a school as financial blessed as ours should be more than welcome to help alleviate that debt. We are paying for a service, and it should service us entirely, not when more times than not its self-serving interests happen to coincide with our own. So if I am paying for a senior gift, we better get call boxes or something this school and its students really need, and not some decorative granite or perennials. Last thing this school needs are more excessive aesthetics... God knows they have enough of us unsatisfied students to fit that bill.

• On Monday, as of 1p.m., the walkways and paths to andfromclasses were neither shoveled or plowed. And for that matter, the streets were even worse. Now, I know the snow storm did happen fast, but it did not come without any warning. I mean, we all have access to "Weather Channel" and windows. «look outside if you have to, crack out the John Deere and clear those pathways. It's Erie. Snow is a permanent resident and therefore there is no excuse to not be prepared for it.£ • Funny, yes, but drawing phallic symbols in the snow, infrontof Zurn, is so trying too hard. (Read: Keep it up, it's hil-freakin'-larious). • Some students are still voicing complaints about Campus Security and their conduct in response to individual students' parking concerns. I know the parking situation will never get truly fixed, but giving attitude to students (read: adults) about it is not going to make it any better.!

• Speaking of the Hirt Center, nice of its structural integrity to give way and cause a minor flood on the third floor, a flood which spread all the way down to this paper's office on the first floor. But the ceiling decided to give way and piss Just on my work area; Hirt, I am sorry your "portal" is sinking, but don't take it out on me.

the American suburbs: the you find yourself rolling out of dream of having 2.5 kids, a bed later than anyone and watchBy Rob Keefe house with a lawn and that lov- ing television all day. Contributing writer able, obedient dog. Ladies and gentlemen, I am 1 am proud of my parents for just a regular guy with big I recently woke up one Sun- their work ethic and accom- dreams. day morning with the typical col- plishments, but that is not my Maybe my stomach is too lege male state of affairs. It was dream. small for my eyes, but I want a early afternoon, my head hurt Graduation is less than four life where I am feeling exciteand there were a lot of issues months away, and I am still ment and happiness at the same flowing through my brain. searching for incentive in col- time, all the time. Now, like everyone else on this lege. Over Christmas break, I went community-oriented campus, I I look back on my four years to Florida to visit my grandfahave many opinions regarding here in Erie and I see great ther who is dying of cancer. Mercyhurst College, but for the times, although I find myself Watching him struggle to get most part I real ly enjoy it here. I constantly thinking of how I comfortable in his chair, I asked have good friends, play sports can take it all back; to do it again him what advice he had for a and have the benefit of taking and make the most of my time. young man with no apparent quality classes. For the last four years, I have knowledge of what to make of ^However, I can't help but think said that I want to do this, this life. that there has to be more to life and this; but I never took ad- He answered, "Son, live in the vantage of the fact that I was moment and enjoy everyday to than this. j *No, I am not depressed or up- free from the real world. No the fullest." | i set with how my life has gone house payments or kids to take Life goes quick, folks, and it - I believe that God has a plan to soccer practice. is not to be toyed with. for every living thing and this is The advice I am giving to the The emotions that we have inmine. student body of any college is side reflect how strong and pasWhat I am feeling is a lack of take advantage of life. sionate of a soul we truly have. satisfaction. How many of us have sat on So this college senior would My mother and father have the couch, say on a Wednesday like to end with a piece of adworked in their respective fields night, and discussed with our vice for the future mothers and for over twenty-five years. But, roommates about doing some- fathers on this earth: We must when I focus upon their life to- thing run and exciting for the recognize that living in the mogether, 1 automatically think of weekend — I mean really make ment is a good thing - we just the cliche that revolves around use of a whole Saturday? Yet, have to get off the couch.

\Ready-to-wear: Counting No satisfaction? Try life, it pays down to Spring break \
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r% may not seem like it, but it is about the time when many students will be ditching their books and backpacks for suntan lotion and cocktails. That's right- it's countdown time to spring break! Naturally, not everyone will be heading off to the beaches this break, but assuming this is the major hot spot for vacationers, what better than to check out some sizzlin' gear that will go light on your suitcase and wallet? While most can't really afford to purchase an entirely new wardrobe for our beach ventures, we would like to spice up last year's dusty do's. With most heading to the beach, there is one item that is absolutely essential: The bathing suit. Let's face it; you're in the thing about 90 percent of the time, so you've got to have a couple of cute suits! I'd suggest looking at some inexpensive stores. T.J Maxx, Marshal's and even Gabe's all have a great selection with suits priced under $30. And in case you are worried about quality, most of I he offprice stores carry established brands like Polo, Tommy Hiltiger, etc. L, I also suggest taking your time and rinding a suit that fits you best Everyone has a different shape, and most manufacturers have created custom fit bottoms and tops for a wide variety of body types. Retailers, such as Victoria's Secret, carry seven different bottoms, and an even larger selection of tops. p'These suite are a little more expensive, but if they fit well, then the price is worth the investment. Unfortunately, bathing suits aren't the only thing that will adorn spring breakers' bodies; we do have to plan for clubbing activities.! For the ladies, this can be a big issue. The best thing to keep in mind when packing for evening events is to keep things simple. M

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The bikini: Eye candy for boys, spring break fashion for girls. Sfe Taking along the basics is always best. Stay focused on something I ike your best/favorite basic color and plan around that. Don't get caught up in your funky colored platforms or rainbow striped pants. You'll only wear them once if you're lucky. So what is hot and what's not for spring break you ask? I'd say pretty much anything goes, but there are a few things that are very break worthy. Hats are huge. i
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Big brimmed hats, visors, cowboy hats - you name it, they're in. And not only do they add a little more sauce to evening attire, but hats are also the best way to cover up beac h hair and protect your face from the sun. Sundresses and cotton t-shirt dresses are also great pieces for day and night Suoh pieces are light, loose and generally comfortable. Guys, you usually have more r leeway with clothes, But there are a few styles that are rockin' the stores this year. Muscle tees are always run, but how about a change with a funky-printed button down?

Collared shirts are sporting crazy patterns, which bring a little more attention to an everyday kind of shirt. More stylish bottoms have also been cropping up more often. These can range from the washed, rinsed and faded jeans, to more recently popular styles like loose and light linen pants. And as much as I stress accessories for the ladies, guys should also start focusing on them. Men's sunglasses and belts are two of the trendiest categories of accessories with a huge variety of styles. Remember to stay with the things that suit you best. Because, when it comes down to it, you seriously have to consider whether a micro mini skirt is a logical choice for club crawls. And though it may be hard, let's make an effort to stay out of the "Girls Gone Wild" videos! Other than that, soak up the sun and enjoy a most excellent spring break!

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Campus! Question: American patriotism
How should weprepare or respond to the threat of terrorist attack?
"I really don't know what is going to happen. 1 think that if they are going to attack, it will be soon. But I am not really scared about it I'm on the softball team and we're going to Florida in two weeks for spring break. I know my mom is really worried about us flying and stuff and she really doesn't want us to go. My dad kind of makes jokes about it. but I don't think?he is worried, either." —Sherl Greena uer, freshman "Our military is strong and I know that they are keeping an eye on the country. I don't believe much will happen and if something does occur, then it will be taken care of by the government. We probably won't have to deal with it because there is so much national security." — Jeff Ping, senior "It scares me very much that we might be getting attacked any day now and that we just have to deal with it." —Amy Harrington, freshman N think that it is all pointless. We should defend our country and retaliate in some sort of way, but at the same time, we are going to do to them what they did to us...Take all of those innocent lives—it's not worth it It's scary because I have a few friends who would possibly have to fight. — Amanda Rostocil, junior 1 think it is good that we are taking precautions, but I do not think they are going to attack us. I'm not really worried because I still feel so removed from| the * initial terrorist attacks. I think we should just trust in our government and security to make wise decisions and hope that peace will find a way into the situation before destruction does." "1 think the nation should be — Emily Roach, freshman ready and prepared for the possibility of an attack, and peo- "I'm not concerned at all. I am ple should be on alert, but mere confident in the U.S.'s ability to is no need to get paranoid and secure the points of national inI panic. The government is do- terest. Our police and military ing what they can to prevent power are unrivaled." such an act from happening." — Brian Aagard, freshman — Matt Beck, freshman "I don't think anything is going "I don't really get worried to happen because they've been about stuff like that. There threatening;, us for a long isn t much we can do about time now and they really have it^If it is gonna happen, it's done nothing yet" gonna happen." — Paul Green, freshman?— Larry Wolf, sophomore "Won't think anything will "I am really nervous because happen. They haven't done anyI think they will attack and if thing yet and I don't think they they do, it will be soon." will." M If —Missy Mulvihill, freshman -— Karen Irvin, junior By Dana Moderick Contributing writer On Sept 11, the lives of every person in America were altered. The way we lived was changed by terrorists. Rebuilding has not been easy, and slowly but surely we are regrouping from the massive blow that was shot at this country a little over a year ago. We have dealt with the fear of more terrorist attacks on planes, the threats of bombs in malls and movie theaters, with the anthrax scare and so much more. When will we be able to stop living in fear? The feeling of security and comfort has just begun to spread across the country. Confidence has begun to return to the U.S. But now our confidence is being broken down again. Just when we thought the terrorists were going to give it a rest and leave us alone, military intelligence warns us ofthe high alert on terrorist attacks. Paranoia is spreading back throughout the country like wild fire. Not only do we fear an attack from outside the country, but also from within. Everyone around us could be a terrorist; it is unnerving. We do not know when and if we will be hit by yet another terrorist attack, and that is quite possibly one of the scariest factors in the whole situation. We must carry on in our everyday lives, pretending that nothing is the matter when, inside, we are terrified. I myself have not yet decided how I feel about it. Last week, when I sat in my room watching the warnings on all the news stations, it was not fear mat ran through me, but rather disgust. Why won't they^leave us alone? Are thev animals?

Campus Question: Second Opinion

is preparation enough
The terrorists say their **god" has clearly stated that what Americans believe in is wrong, but what kind of "god** would say that because they live in sin, kill them? It isn't right and I will no longer live in fear. Our military is strong. The U.S. is considered basically the "protector" of the rest of the world. If we cannot protect ourselves, then how are we supposed to protect anyone else? ,; ;. |j*§ ] -America is strong and ready to fight for what we and our forefathers have fought so hard to create and maintain. We will fight and we will win, that is just the way America feels and if that is what it is going to take to protect the country, then God bless the U.S.! I am proud to live in a country where there is so much patriotism and pride and that both of those are what will keep America strong.

Humanity nears an expiration date
"The Dinosaur's Prayer: 'Lord, a little more time.'" Arthur Koestler The end is coming. Didn't you know? Ask anybody, it's true. I'm not talking about World War III. I'm not talking about global biological warfare or ^some horrific nuclear misunderstanding (though these would all seal our fate just the same). I'm talking about humanity hitting a wall when it comes to just how much of our excess this planet can take. * The average American consumes at such a level that it would take three Earths to support mankind if everybody lived that way. And no, all those impoverished nations across the globe do not offset the gluttony of the richest countries, fl'll say this for those who live in this world, knowing nothing but what we would call poverty; at least they aren't eating the planet out from under themselves like we are. A poor town in Mexico, or a village of Aborigines across the ocean, living simple lives is doing a hell of a lot more to save the planet than our multimillion dollar government

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grants to build more fuel-efficient cars. The most powerful industries in the world are built around producing crap that nobody really needs. pCorporate empires gobble resources at an unimaginable rate so that we can enjoy pocket televisions, cellular telephones and leaf blowers, t Most of us work empty, planet destroying jobs so that we can earn enough money to buy empty, planet destroying stuff. ?J We sink our hard earned money into food that we can proudly say has comefromsome distant corner of the country or globe. We like our steaksfromOmaha, our cheese from Wisconsin and our waterfroma bottle filled at a distant (though imaginary) spring. It isn't our fault. We were raised to live this dream. Since we were old enough to be propped up in front of the television, our first and greatest teacher, we've been bombarded with ads glorifying our excess.

••The world powers of this planet are leading the charge of consumerism and encouraging everybody else to try and cateh up. We imagine a world where we all work hard, so we may accumulate as much stuff as possible - and where everyone's toothbrush vibrates. You could say that this is humanity at its finest moment of history. You could call what we are riding the wave of the future. You could also call it a freight train to hell. Human consumption is growing every day. So is the human population. Our natural resources are not growing every day. Changes need to be made. But if you really want to make a difference, make it personal Change your own life and quit passing the buck. Go beyond the soapbox and make the small difference when you can. Look around your apartment and think about how badly you really need all of your crap. How much of what you buy is excess, wasteful or environmentally unfriendly? How long would the planet hold up if everyone lived like you? ;Are you helping to buy us a little more time?

Not necessarily the news: Having funjat Mercyworld's expense
'Hottie' freshman adjusts to college life the hard way
By Robbie Bahl Contributing writer
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Hot Mercyhurst freshman Stacy Blake recently expressed grief over her astonishingly low number of friends. "I lived at the gym all summer long and even worked 90-hour weeks at the Country Fair to buy my extensive Abercrombie wardrobe," sobbed Blake as she slowly assumed fetal position. Blake's hourglass figure and gleaming smile would usually come accompanied by an ar-

ray of pals, including hunks and study buddies. "I have a ton of 'what's up'friends,but that's as far as it goes. We just never seem to say anything except, *what*s up' or 'how's it going' to each other." Blake has also been keeping her trips to the cafeteria to a minimum, with recent meals resulting in awkward eating friends and random strangers. Mercyhurst sophomore, Ricky Wesery, describes his recent cafeteria encounter with

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"She was so freaking hot. She was definitely out of my league. 1 didn't know what to

say to her. Damn, she was hot," testified Wesely. The 18-year old bombshell spends the majority of her college life reminiscing about the glory days of high school, where the boys gazed and the girls beckoned in awe. A recent phone to an old high school sleepover pal, Patty Duffy, was representative of such behavior. "Hanging out in the parking lot after school was so much better than chilling at the Mercyhurst Student Union. Seriously."

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Since myfirstday as a freshman, there have been many events, ideas, slogans and people I have wanted to kick in the face with cleats and yell editormerciad@mercyhurst.edu Editor-in-Chief Kristin Purdy "Goddammit, shut up!" entertainmentmerciad@mercyhurst.edu Managing Editor Adam DuShole Yet for some inexplicable News Editor -£ newsmerciad@mercyhur8t.edu j Kelly Rose Duttine reason, I have simply mutAssistant News Editor smackarl@hotmail.com Scott Mackar featuremerciad@mercyhurst.edu tered curses to myself or Features Editor Courtney Nicholas yelled them at scattered peoopinjonmerciad@mercyhurst.edu Opinion Editor Phil Pirrello ple walking down the street. sportsmerciad@mercyhurst.edu Sports Editor Mackenzie Dexter photomerciad@mercyhurst.edu Let the record state then that Photo Editor Jody Mello ecrofo81 @mercyhurst,edu for the first time, I intend to Copy Editor Emily Crofoot yell at everyone. prodmereiad@mercyhurst.edu Well, not really yell so much Production Manager Billy Elliott as write. admerciad@mercyhurst.edu Advertising Manager Megan Eble My origina I intent had been to write an editorial in regards to Mr. Elliott's Abortion artiThe Merciad is the student-produced newspaper of Mercyhurst College. It is published cle. throughout the school year, with the exception of midterms week andfinalsweek. Ou. You know what? I agree. office is in the Hirt Center,roomLL114. Our telephone number is 824-23 76 In fact, 1 think that babies should be aborted, then ground up and used as food for catThe Merciad welcomes letters to the editor. All letters must be signed and names will be tle, only to have this cattle • I Triwith the letters Although we will not edit the letters for content, we reserve the ground up and used for burg^!lJm letters to fit Letters are due the Thursday before publication and may not be ers at the Laker. Taking this as you wish, it toCSX. words. Submit letters to box PH 48* is possible to HAVE AN OPIN-


ION and not feel bad because everyone else orbits. This is the of it. I don't, and neither should Alpha. Around her circle those who are closest to her (still you. I realize that this might sound wearing fashionable clothes, just like Mr. Pirrello's article, which not as fashionable as her's - this chastised the school for having usually means the same style, no balls - but ya know what? I just different colors.) don't give a s***. On the outside exist the girls Moving right along with the who are now cool by associanext ideas up for bid: Music. tion. Again, in regards to Mr. Pir- I want to be cool like that, rello's article about it, I agree. except I don't want to get Yet, I do not think that he took knocked up or have my makeit quite far enough. I'm sorry up smeared. folks — pop music and country As I close this first of hope* suck; I don't like bubble gum fully many articles, I will leave or having sex with a cow. More with a few more thoughts. troubling is the LACK of respect Hey, no smoking advocates paid to Metal (and its cousins smoke a cigarette. Black Metal, Death Metal, If you don't like it, THEN Thrash and Speed Metal) BITCH, In fact, smoke a pack. What about fashion? I I was walking to a party the As for cloning, some people other weekend and saw a tribe say it goes against God's plan. of no's. Oh yeah? * I What is this? How do you know? It is a group of girls that walk Did you ask me? around. There is a definite leader - the girl in the middle that — Brandon Mahoney, senior



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Straight out of Reykjavik to your ears
S i g u r R o s p r e s e n t s t h e e n i g m a a n c t b e a u t y of I c e l a n d i n t h e i r l a t e s t r e l e a s e , ()

By Robbie Bahl Contributing writer I tend to see two reasons for people adoring this band. One, they sink into the Icelandic dreamscapes and simply bond with the immaculate music. And two, they think that the name is dope and that they will get laid more if they tel I people they're down with the Sigur Ros. Yet the dopeness doesn't stop with the name, the dopeness continues with their art, sound, and flawless technique. Where shall I begin. Sigur Ros hail from Reykjavik, Iceland, and produce the ultimate in spiritual, musical bliss. The vocals teeter on the brink of climax, making one question the singer's male gender. The guitarist plays his guitar with a bow while singing. Their expressive artwork is tagged in the streets of Iceland, and litters their unique album layouts. The group's latest release, Q, doesn't have a single word printed in the layout. No song titles, no lyrics, and not even the group's name on the side of the casing. Promotional cop-

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No, you're not hallucinating, the cover of Sigur Ros' latest album is simply a set of parentheses. Very deep, man. Just think about it.

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The boys of Sigur Ros show us that not all products of Iceland come packaged In bizarre swan-shaped gowns (ahem, note to BJork).

ies of 0 were not released to any forms of media because the band felt as though a significant amount of time was needed for one to accurately grasp the power and raw emotion contained within the release.

Summarizing the complete cals. Tracks off Q could be sound of Sigur Ros is relative- imagined as background music ly difficult. They are ambient for a futuristic space shuttle and dark, with long instrumen- launch, or even a solar eclipse. tal buildups, climaxing with a And yes, the title of their new barrage of percussion, strings, album is two parentheses. and everlasting pioneering voInitial listeners of the sound

tend to lack patience for the band, yet after spending numerous weeks drilling Q into the m i nds of my roommates, they ultimately succumbed to Sigur Ros addiction. I sleep with my Sigur Ros tickets under my pil-

low every night for their upcoming performance at the Odeon Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio on March 23,2003. Why are these Icelandic prodigies coming to the land of crap and dirt? We should be honored.

Neo-soul singer Cody T h e M o o n e y S u z u k i ' s latest r e l e a s e Chesnutt says he puts m a n a g e s t o m a k e u s ' S w e a t

By Reggie Royston Knight Ridder Newspapers When I istening to Cody Chesnutt speak, one might mistake the neo-soul's newest phenom for just another Bible thumper from Atlanta. Last month at an opening set for Erykah Badu at the Minneapolis club First Avenue, the singer/guitarist came off more as a revivalist preacher with a rock band than a poetry beau from "Love Jones" when he exhorted the crowd to "Put God first in your life." When his wife, Sabrina, picks up the phone for an interview, she answers with "Praise the Lord," and when Chesnutt gets on, he's no less spiritual about his views on music. "I'm 34 years old. It does me no good to get up there and just try to go for strictly entertainment and see how many people I can pull for my own glory," said Chesnutt. "I got to go out there and glorify God and say, 'God is the most high.'" However, Chesnutt's college radio hit, "The Seed," may be a little too racy for the congregation. «• The song, originally appearing on his debut, "The Headphone Masterpiece" _ since funked up with help from the Roots on their album "Phrenology" _ proffers an image of love that might border on the blasphemous. In fact, though, it's one of the tamer tracks on the album, which was released in November with little fanfare but since has created a buzz, with Rolling Stone dubbing him one their best "Best of 2002." But lest he offend some in his audiences and the "positive," incense-wielding set with whom he's aligned, the singer says there's a message amid the uncouthness. "All that stuff, it's very political. It's going straight to the jugular," he said. "Truth is the

most conscious thing. Just raw truth is most positive thing in this world." While the album's delicate balance of high- and low-brow may not score any points for political correctness, the compilation of acoustic blues, lowfi hip-hop and gospel rock breaks new ground for R&B. Chesnutt produced the album almost exclusively on a fourtrack recorder in his Los Angeles apartment, pounding out folk and blues ditties over the course of six months and, later, mixing in keyboards, programmed beats and his voice, which favors Lenny Kravitz's softer moments. Though sounding at times like a parody of beat-heavy teen pop with its gritty drums, the result is an ambitious two-disc record that manages to be as poetically and sonically challenging as De La Soul. It's a leftfield approach to soul but one born out of necessity, according to Chesnutt, who was dropped by his band, the Crosswalk, and Hollywood Records for not molding that sound into something that could compete with Limp Bizkit or Britney Spears. But you're not likely to see that same eclecticism live. At the Badu show last month and for the Roots' tour, Chesnutt's simple trio of guitar, bass and drums cracked through rock 1 n' roll dance tunes like an amped-up Sam and Dave, complete with soul-stirring "yeahs." It's a sound truer to his spirit, and one he says more African-Americans need to hear, in a climate where Jay-Z and B2K. are king. "God has blessed us with range and not just that one corner we've been painted into," he said. "I'm playing live because 1 want people to understand that before machines _ all the stuff came around, it was about the most natural vibrations with instruments. That's how I found comfort in music."

By Adam DuShole Arts& Entertai nment editor There isn't much question that The Mooney Suzuki are four of the coolest guys from New York to grace the indie garage rock scene. Since 1996, they've wowed even the most jaded hipsters with their disarm ingly simple three-chord rock and slightly nostalgic upbeat tempo In my opinion, the point here isn't "breaking new ground" or "being innovative" (which often means being insufferably pretentious), it's about going as fast as possible, working up a sweat, and bathing in the holy water of good old fashioned rock and roll redemption. If you need a little sonic baptism by fire, The Mooney Suzuki is the place to go. The backbeat is constant the trebly guitars slash and singer Sammy James Jr.'s ragged, itchy vocals get under your

The Mooney Suzkis really rock

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skin. Electric Sweat, their latest, sophomore album, released in 2002, was recorded in Detroit, the birthplace of dirty rock *n' roll. Jim Diamond (of soul punk outfit the Dirtbombs) has

brought a gritty recording aes- ki have certainly soaked up the thetic to the group. Electric atmosphere of Motor City. Sweat was created at Ghetto Electric Sweat is an infectious Recorders, where the White collection of grooves that Stripes, Jon Spencer, and the proudly utilizes the traditional Come Ons have cut tracks re- vocabulary of rock V roll and cently. And the Mooney Suzu- blues.



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Daredevil' is neither daring nor devilish, discuss
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By Phil PirreUo Opinion editor Why are comic books so hard to adapt into satisfying movies? Don't look to director/writer Mark Steven Johnson's 'Daredevil' to answer that question. His attempt to blend the Gotham of 'Batman' and the sleek run of 'Spiderman' just comes off as Ben Affleck in red pleather, striking poses for posters instead of excitement in actionstarving moviegoers. The "man without fear" is also the movie without plot, conflict or a worthwhile villain. The Plot: In between the now-stock comic book movie set pieces and action scenes (beginning with an origin story and progressing along to a 'Matrix'-ed fight scene or 30), we learn that Matt Murdock was a bullied geek and is now a lawyer who defends the innocent by day and, as Daredevil, beats the hell out of the guilty by night. Daredevil broods and bleeds, something few superheroes dare to do on screen so honestly as Affleck's Daredevil does. In between rain-soaked ninja heroics and confusingly shot fight scenes, we learn that Murdock loves Elektra (Jennifer Garner), a bad-ass with (naturally) martial arts tendencies. She seeks revenge for the death of her father at the hands of Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan) and his hired assassin, Bullseye, played by Colin Farrell with just the right mix of comic book camp and menace. M —J

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Elektra (Jennifer Gamer) and Daredevil (Ben Affleck) face off in deadly, but oh-so-sexy, combat

FThe Good: What starts off as a gloomy, promising movie about the human flaws of a superhero, degrades into an uninspired, all-too-short trailer for a comic character deserving a better Hollywood entrance. Affleck is suitable, if not downright likeable, as Daredevil and Murdock. His brooding charm and vengeance-laced pathos work best when sparring wits and fist cuffs with Garner's 1 lektra; the two's "getting-to-know-you" scene, set at a playground and substituting courting with roundhouses, is arguably the film's most successful moment.

Chemistry exists between the two leads, but Elektra is on screen less than the ads would have you believe. Farrell makes more out of his character than what is written, using a less-is-more approach, whereas Duncan is left with nothing^The comic's Kingpin was the epitome of larger-thanlife villains. Duncan plays Kingpin to the point of cameo, giving our hero an enemy not worth his time; and at less than two hoursj|the movie needs more than trying-too-hard iconic shots and trite dialogue to hold our attention spans. The BacUToo bad Daredevil's hyper senses, resulting in a

cool "radar vision," aren't heightened enough to save this franchise wannabe. 'Daredevil' is way too short...an extra 30 minutes is more than enough time to fledge out the story. And where is the hero's musical theme or a confrontation between his nemesis? Instead of a "World's Collide" showdown between Kingpin and Daredevil, we get a jump-cut happy fight that leaves us scratching our heads and begging for more At least Batman had the Joker, Spidey his Goblin - Daredevil only gets his own vendetta, lackluster antagonists and a costume that seems to be wear-

ing him. "Stub's" Bottom Line: I wanted to like 'Daredevil,*.but the trailers promise more than what is really there. Johnson lets the fan boy inside prevent him from making a truly satisfying, insightful look into the mind of a vigilante whom we actually believe could suit up And fight crime by night. Johnson succeeds only in giving Affleck another "almost there" attempt at solidifying leading man status, and giving comic book/action movie fans nothing more than an excuse to get out of the house on a Friday nightj;


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Men basketball team falls to Gannon 92-68
By Krista Ross Contributing writer The Mercyhurst men's basketball team fell to cross-town rival Gannon University Knights 92-68 Saturday, Feb. 15 before a capacity crowd.



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The Lakers dropped their seventh straight game as their records fell to 12-13 and 4-11, respectively. Mercyhurst finished its road campaign in the GLIAC at 0-8. The Golden Knights would lead at half 45-32. The Lakers came to within 10 in the second 20 minutes (48-38), but that was the closest they got throughout the night. Junior forward Josh Helm led Mercyhurst with 22 points on 11 of 20 shooting. Freshman guard Tory Mitchell added 13,

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Lakers!defeat Niagara, women lose
several Division I opponents, as we have had in a long time." By Bryan Christopher The Lady Lakers did not fair well as wins over nationally . 1 l i t Contributing writer quite so well, as they were ranked Division II Slippery ers swept the doubles competition, as the combinations of handed a loss by Niagara Sun- Rock. Despite the schedule, The Mercyhurst men's tennis Nichols and Vadnal, Veverka day, Feb. 9. The setback drops Mercyhurst finished fifth in the GLIAC.f 1 team excelled against Edinboro and Redband, and Krasowski them to 13-10 overall. while the women fell to Niaga- and Hambleton each won their "We go looking for the tough Sophomore Joanna Olmstead matches. ra in an 8-1 loss. was the only singles winner (6- stuff," said Yost. "And the comWinners in the men's matchSaturday's 6-3 victory im- 4, 6-2), and she improved her petition within our conference es on Saturday, Feb. 15 were proves the men's overall record season record to 11-13. All three is unreal." sophomore John Nichols (6-2, to 7-1. J Both teams will face Walsh doubles teams lost. 6-2), sophomore John Vadnal "It was a good match," said "The ladies have an opportu- and Allegheny Saturday, Feb. (6-0,6-3), junior Tom Redband head coach Ray Yost. "The nity to finish 15-10 for the sec- 22, before heading south to Hil(6-3, 6-0) and junior Joe De- guys are off and running. They ond year in a row," said Yost. ton Head for matches during Fazio (4-6,6-3,6-2). The Lak- are one of the strongest teams The women's schedule featured spring break.


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A Wild ride to the elite for expansion team
By Neil Milbert Knight Ridder Newspapers ST. PAUL, Minn. _ In an era when contraction has become the buzzword in hockey and baseball, the Minnesota Wild has emerged as an exemplary expansion franchise. From the time it came into the National Hockey League in 2000-01,fillingthe void left by the desertion of the North Stars, who went to Dallas in 1993, the Wild has been playing before capacity crowds at the Xcel Energy Center. And now, in only its third season, the Wild has evolved into an artistic success as well as a financially robust venture. Defying the notion that money is needed to buy a playoff berth, the team with the lowest payroll among the NHL's 30 franchises is in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. Whiz kid Marian Gaborik and a collection of no-name teammates, with an aggregate income of $20,491,250, have been skating neck-and-neck with defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit, with a $68,005,506 payroll and a roster studded with future Hall of Famers, and 2001 champion Colorado, which shells out $60,070,926 in annual salaries and flaunts several of the world's finest players. "On paper we're not as good as other teams, but when I step on the ice I feel confident in our team because we have a system that gives us the opportunity to be right there," said center Cliff Ronning, a 17-year NHL veteran who came last summer in a trade with Los Angeles and whose $ 1,850,000 salary makes him the Wild's highest-paid player. The second coming of the NHL to Minnesota has a strong Montreal accent. Executive vice president and general manager Doug Risebrough, coach Jacques Lemaire and assistant coach Mario Tremblay were part of the Montreal Canadiens' dynasty of the 1970s. After stints as a player-coach in Switzerland and with Longueuil of the Quebec Junior League, Lemaire returned to the NHL and became the Canadiens' coach late in the 198384 season, remaining with them through the following year. He then moved into the front office. Lemaire returned to coaching with New Jersey in 1993, spending five years there and leading the Devils to the 1995 Stanley Cup championship. Lemaire, 57, was semi-retired and working as a senior consultant with Montreal when Risebrough asked him if he wanted to come to Minnesota and help start a team from scratch. "I had a few reservations," Lemaire said. "First of all, 1 lie general manager was very important for me. I needed a person who would share my feelings, my thoughts about the game, somebody I knew in the-past. I knew the way he played. I figured I could get along easily with Doug. I knew his thoughts. He would see the players the way I see them, which is important. "The second part is get 1 ng to 1 a new team bothered me. I love to win, but when I lose my 1 i fe is different. I shouldn't bring my work home, but I do. If we don't play well, I don't have a good day until we do. It's not only not having a good day at work; it's everywhere.*' Risebrough began building the team in September 1999, more than nine months before he hired Lemaire. Previously, Risebrough had worked as an assistant coach, coach and general manager in Calgary and as vice president of hockey operations in Edmonton where he worked under Glen Sather. "I was a head coach for about a year and then became a GM and fired myself," recalled Risebrough. "The day I left coaching I knew I wasn't going back but I really respected coaching. I started to try to figure out: What makes a good coach? In this unknown process that went on for six or seven years, I always asked a lot of questions about coaching. I'd ask a player, 'Who was the best coach you ever had and why did you like him?' I couldn't believe how often two names surfaced: Jacques Lemaire and Pat Quinn." I I The Wild's next major move came at the 2000 draft when it took Gaborik, a precocious teenager who'd demonstrated a flair for scoring in his country's Senior League. "We got lucky in two ways," said Risebrough. "We got the player we liked the most, and it was a really good draft year. As your team develops, the toughest thing is offense. So to get a key component in our first pick was really hopeful." When Gaborik came to training camp mat September he was a one-dimensional offensive player, and Lemaire didn't think he'd make the team. But when Gaborik also showed a willingness to work on his defense, Lemaire decided to keep him. Gaborik had an outstanding rookie season and a brilliant second year. Now, in 56 games, he has 26 goals and 26 assists. "He is just scratching the surface/ Lemaire said. At the All-Star Game, in which Gaborik had a goal and two assists, Pittsburgh's president and resident superstar, Mario Lemieux, called the right wing who turned 21 Friday "one of the four or five best players in the game." Three other draft choices are on the Wild's roster. Ten players were signed as free agents, seven came in trades, three in the expansion draft and another on waivers. Throughout his coaching career, defense has been a hallmark of Lemaire's teams. And the Wild, which excels in the neutral-zone trap, has by far the best defense in the Western Conference. Deviatingfromhis past practice^Lemaire has been alternating goalies. It's bringing out the best in Dwayne Roloson (1.93 goals-against average and .930 save percentage) and Manny Fernandez (2.27 and .925). f I "Their coach has structure and a system and their players have bought into it," Chicago Blackhawks coach Brian Sutter said. "They're one of the quickest teams in the league. They give everybody trouble, not just us. It doesn't surprise me one bit to see where they are^ They had one of the best records in the league the second half of last season." The ability to win close games has been a key to Minnesota's success because only four teams in the conference have scored fewer goals. Pascal Dupuis, a 23-year-old left wing signed as a free agent in September 2000 after playing in the Quebec Junior League, is the team's second-highest goalscorer with 14. He is followed by left wing Andrew Brunette, a 29-year-old free agent who arrived in 2000 after having played in Washington, Nashville and Atlanta.

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Lady Lakers stay perfect in conference
By Bryan Christopher Contributing writer It is starting to look like a pretty special season for the tenth-ranked Mercyhurst women's hockey team, thanks to another win and an undefeated finish to conference play this weekend.



The Lakers picked up their 23rd victory and capped off an undefeated season of play in the College Hockey America conference versus Niagara Saturday, Feb. 15. *The team went down early," said head coach Michael Sisti. "They showed a lot of heart and chemistry to come back and win." Despite freshman forward Samantha Shirley's 13th goal of the season and assists from sophomore forward Chrissy Yule and senior defender Jenn Jeffery at 8:16 in the first period, Niagara took a 3-1 lead into
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Senior goalie Tiffany Ribble makes a save.

the middle period. Then the Lakers came alive. Scoring four goals in the second, senior forward Tracy Logan started the run with her second of the season at 5:40, followed by sophomore forward Sarah McDonald's teamleading 14th of the year. Junior forward Lyndsay Barch followed with her ninth ofthe season, and the Jefferies found the net again less than a minute later. > ' Barch also scored again, and

sealed the 6-3 victory at 3:10 in the third. Sophomore goalie Desi Clark picked up her eighth win a row, stopping 30 shots. Both teams took 36 shots on goal. "The win gets us rolling again," said Sisti. "One of our goals was to be regular season conference champs, and finishing undefeated is a nice bonus. It is great to go into a big series confident and feeling good about ourselves." Mercyhurst hosts fourth-

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Sophomore Chrissy Yule takes a shot on the Niagara goalie as teammate sophomore Sara McDonald waits to tip it inJ The Lakers honored 12 seranked Dartmouth this week- week, they can still make it in. end in a key series that could With a little help from other niors before the game. 1 n their re-establish them in the NCAA teams, Sisti said, the Lakers can last conference opponent of the playoff picture. pull off a miracle and slide in year, Mercyhurst raised their overall record against Niagara "We're down, but not out of somehow. the NCAA playoffs," said Sisti. "For a team like us to beat to 5-3. The team currently Dartmouth currently has a Dartmouth we need everyone's stands at 26-3-1 overall and a strong hold on the fourth play- best effort both games," said perfect 6-0-0 in College Hockoff spot. Two big wins this Sisti. "We're definitely capable ey of America play. The Lakers next take on Dartweekend can change that pic- of it, but we'll need everyone ture, and if the Lakers move up dialed in and focused for it all mouth at the Mercvhurst Ice Center this weekend. in the national rankings this to fall in place."

Wrestlers lose to No. I Pitt-Johnstown
By Mackenzie Dexter Sports editor The men's wrestling team fell to No. 5 Pitt-Johnstown 36-5 Friday, Feb. 14. £ Mercyhurst took the first two out of three matches with wins coming at the 125 and 141 weight classes. i Sophomore Ricky Randazzo won the first match at 125 7-|

3. Freshman Darren Yaple was pinned at 3:29 for thefirstLaker loss and freshman Will Tedder | won at 141 5-4. Pitt-Johnstown would take all the rest of the matches. "Randazzo and Tedder both wrestled great matches against very good competition and it's) no wonder that they are our

two winningest wrestlers this year," said coach Cipollone. At 149, sophomore Jake Squire lost 7-4,freshmanEric Squatrito was pinned in 4:34 at 157, sophomore T.J. Fera lost 3-1 at 165 and sophomore Jared Snyder was pinned in 1:11 at 174. J The next three matches were close as both sophomores Ben McAvinew and Justin Mautz were defeated 4-3 at 184 and 197, respectively. Sophomore Angelo Caponi was pinned during the last minute at 4:08 to lose the heavyweight match. The Mountain Cats improved to 14-2 in dual matches while the Lakers saw their record fall to 8-7. About the match, Cipollone stated, "I thought we wrestled

well and the score was not indicative ofhow we wrestled. A couple of questionable calls by the referee didn't help us but we can't put ourselves into these kinds of situations where referees have the opportunity to decide matches." Mercyhurst will host the University of Findlay Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. % % '•."We are looking forward to pur home finale against 15th ranked University of Findlay. This will be our fourth home match this season and all four teams were ranked in the top 16 at the time oftheir match with us," said Cipollone. "We would really appreciate all the Laker fans coming out for what should be a great match!"

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A Mercyhurst wrestler attempts to put a hold on a Pitt-Johnstown opponent!

Tennis' John Nichols is 'tougher than nails'
By Bryan Christopher Contributing writer Sophomore John Nichols wasted no time showing Mercyhurst and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Association what he could do. But the reigning GLIAC freshman-of-the-year is far from satisfied with what he has accomplished so far. "Personally, I want to improve my overa 1 game. There 1 are lots ofnew number one singles in the conference this season, and there should be good new competition. To contend in the conference would make me pretty happy." "As a team, we are hoping to improve on last year's record, and we are already well on our way," said Nichols. "We also would like to improve on our eighth place finish in the conference. I think the additions of John Vadnal and Lucas Krasowski will help." "So far we're a 1 playing well 1 together and it's working out," he said. , Nichols believes the team s consistent hard work every day at practice, and their chemistry creates a good atmosphere at matches, since everyone pulls for each other. Nichols also feels head coach Ray Yost's leadership is important. . "Coach Yost has a very impressive background," said Nichols. "He has a great knowledge for the game, gives good advice, and is always trying to





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John Nichols is one of the best on the men's tennis team.

help out. He's a great guy to play for and lots of fun." Yost holds Nichols to a similar regard. \ "John is tougher than nails in the clutch," said Yost. "He's a great kid. He wins all the close ones, and only the international players with pro experience have the upper hand. Besides them, he can play with anybody." **j Motivation has never been a problem. John's father has been his personal coach throughout his career, and he says that watching his teammates' hard nosed work ethic helps him work that much harder. A Pittsburgh native, John plans on majoring in business. He also enjoys following Pittsburgh sports teams and playing golf.




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L a d y Lakers defeat rival G a n n o n
Senior Katie Lorincz surpasses assist record with
By Krista Ross Contributing writer The Mercyhurst women's basketball team rallied from the very start on Saturday Feb. 15 to defeat cross-townrivalGannon University Knights m front of over 2100 fans.


Women's basketball
The win snapped a three game losing streak for the Lady Lakers and was Mercy hurst's first victory over Gannon since an 80-74 decision at the Athletic Center on Feb. 14, 2000. Mercyhurst improved to 6-18 Junior forward Krista Ross makes a pass to a teammate overall and to 3-12 in the GLIAC. I I percent and scored 80 points surpass Hall-of-Famer Teresa Senior guard Holly Horton both of which were season Szumigala (1992-95) with 365 opened the night with a three bests. career assists. Freshman forfrom far beyond the arc, and Mercyhurst senior guard ward Cassie Seth added 18 the Lakers would never lose Katie Lorincz led three players points, 14 of which came in the control on the night. Mercy- in double digits with 25 points. first half. Senior center Jess hurst led 41 -27 at ha 1 ftime. (lie Lorincz also registered three Weir also added 11 on the night. The Lakers will close the regMercyhurst women shot 52 assists against the Knights to

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ular season with three games next week: an independent game at Pitt-Johnstown on itgraptw Tuesday, Feb. 18, and then home conference games Senior forward Jessica Weir takes a free throw shot in against Ashland and Findlay Saturday's game against Gannon. The Lakers took the I next Thursday and Saturday, win 80-74. respectively.
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L a k e r s seal 1-0 victory o v e r S a c r e d
By Bryan Christopher Contributing writer The Lakers bounced back from a sloppy loss Friday with a dramatic overtime win Saturday night versus Sacred Heart. Playing host to the Pioneers, Mercyhurst fell behind 2-0 after the first period. Early in the second,freshmanforward Erik Johnson scored his fifth goal of the season, but Sacred Heart answered soon after with another goal to retain their lead. After the Pioneer's third goal, freshman goaltender Andy Franck was called for a 10minute misconduct and was forced to leave the game for most of the period. Freshman goalie Ryan Kobel. the team's new backup after Matt Cifelli left the team two weeks ago filled in for Franck, but Sacred Heart rallied and scored three more times before the close of the middle period, and Mercyhurst only managed one extra score to leave them faced with a four goal deficit heading into the final period.


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Freshman Erik Johnson traps an opponent against the boards as he takes the puck away. Freshman goalie Andy Franck prepares for a Sacred Heart shot.

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and sealed the 8-3 victory. The Pioneers outshot Mercyhurst 41-29 and snapped five and seven-game scoring streaks by junior center Mike Carter and senior winger Adam Rivers. The Lakers rallied with a score Saturday night brought a from freshman defenseman much different game. Both Conrad Martin found the net for teams were held scoreless his third time this season, but through regulation, thanks to Sacred Heart again answered outstanding goal tending from with two final goals in the game Sacred Heart's senior Eddv

Ferhi and Mercyhurst's Franck. One minute and twenty-seven seconds into overtime, Laker freshman forward Dave Borreli capitalized on assists from Rivers and sophomore forward David Wrigley and scored his fifth goal of the season. "Overtime victories are the best way to win," said head coach Rick Gotkin. "Once again, it was a matter of find-

ing a way to come out on top. The win was Franck's first career shutout, as he stopped all 38 of Sacred Hearts shots. His season record improved to 13-4-0^13-1-0 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Association play. The win improves Mercyhurst's season overtime record to 2-1 -2 and their overall record to 15-11 -2, raising their conference slate to 15-4-2, The Pio-

neers dropped to 9-12-6 overall and 9-9-3 in the MAAC. I The win captured a guaranteed playoff spot, and one more victory would give the Lakers an additional point, which would quality them for a post-season home game. The regular-season championship, said Gotkin, is also well within reach. "We must continue to keep

improving, getting better every day for the playoffs that arrive in just 21 days," said Gotkin. The Lakers also regained sole possession of first place in the league, knocking Quinnipiac down to second place heading into the final stretch of conference play. Mercyhurst next heads to lona as part of a four-game road trip Friday, Feb. 21.

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