Vol. 78 No. 2 Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St., Erie, Pa. 16546 September 29, 2004
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Won’t you be my neighbor?
Mercyhurst neighbors question expansion of new parking lot
By Jason Endress Contributing writer According to some, Mercyhurst clearly plays a positive role in its immediate community. In addition to the scholarly and cultural boons it contributes to Erie, the college also sends passes to immediate residents, fostering neighborhood attendance to campus events such as performances and films. Area residents can be seen taking strolls through the campus at all hours of the day. “It creates a park for them,” President Dr. William P. Garvey said. Recently, the relatively smooth relationship Mercyhurst has enjoyed with its neighbors hit turbulence. The college, which is still reaching for its optimal enrollment of 3,300 with current enrollment of 3,100, is going through what could be described as growing pains. It becomes difficult to accommodate both campus and its neighbors when there is not any unused land in the area. As Garvey described the situation, “You’re in a catch-22.” Mercyhurst College has already expanded this year, by purchasing apartment complexes on Wayne street for student housing.



Dr. Chris Lachapelle experiences the Olympics”

PAGE 4 “Check out the return of Madam Malarky”

PAGE 5 “Innovative modern dance company to perform at Mercyhurst”

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The west end of campus is at a standstill until the Oct. 12 zoning decision.

’Hurst celebrates homecoming
By Jen Allen Contributing writer The Lakers may have come up short on the scoreboard for Saturday afternoon’s homecoming game, but the homecoming weekend had no shortage of fun and excitement. Students and alumni gathered on Mercyhurst campus Friday, Sept. 24 ,through Sunday, Sept. 26, for a chance to spend time with friends and enjoy the annual homecoming events. Students had a chance to enjoy several activities hosted by the Student Activities Committee and Mercyhurst Student Government. The first event was a homecoming pep rally which took place Friday night at 8 p.m. on the football field. The football team, along with the women’s soccer team and the cheerleaders, were there to show their homecoming spirit. “There were different challenges that the teams did,” SAC chair Laura Hearn said. She added, “Women’s soccer won the most spirited team.” Along with the fun and games, the candidates for homecoming court were announced and introduced. Queen Carla Okorn and King Jason Staley were then crowned at half time of the football game. Hearn commented on the pep rally. “There were a decent amount of people that came.” It was a fun time for those who did attend. Following the pep rally was comedian Craig Carmean, who entertained students in the Great Room of the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union. Carmean performed for a packed crowd of students for about two hours. Merissa Frank was one of the students who went to see the performance. “He was pretty funny. I’m glad I went,” she said. “It went very well,” Hearn said of the comedian. “The Great Room was full of people.” The annual homecoming formal was the big event of the weekend for students. The theme of the dance was

PAGE 7 “Women’s soccer off to a good start”

Walkers make new lab possible
By Jonelle Davis News editor Another generous donation from Dr. Barrett C. Walker was marked by a formal dedication of the Hammermill Library L100 Walker computer lab on Friday, Sept. 24. Walker and his wife Catherine, who is a former Mercyhurst graduate, have donated many times to Mercyhurst. This time they donated all the funds for the new Walker computer lab. The new lab includes 24 new Dell computers for students to use and one new computer and Smart board for the instructor. Since The Walker School of Business now includes the HRIM and communication departments, the school decided to move the original Statler funded HRIM computer lab from L225 to L100 for the use of the new school. The room will be used for classes for the Walker School of Business and Communications, but when the school is not using it, it will be open for all Mercyhurst students to use. A special ribbon cutting ceremony marked the opening of the new lab. Dean Michael Victor, Dr. William Garvey and Dr. Walker all made brief speeches at the dedication. Garvey gave thanks to the Walkers. “If Mercyhurst becomes one of the finest schools of the land, it will be because of efforts from people like Dr. Barrett Walker,” said Garvey. After the speeches were made and the opening ribbon cut, Dr. Walker made a brief speech. With a smile on his face he said, “I’m glad to be here and help. It is my pleasure to help Mercyhurst.” A special bronze plaque was designed and placed outside the door of room L100. The plaque reads, “In grateful appreciation to Dr. Barrett and Mrs. Catherine Walker for their generous gift of a computer classroom dedication to the use of the students of the Walker School of Business. ‘Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.’ ”

Upcoming Campus Events
Thursday, Sept. 30
8 p.m. -Civic Institute and League of Women Voters E-voting forum, Taylor Little Theatre. 8:30 p.m. -Pi Sigma Alpha, Young Democrats and Republicans present a viewing of the first Presidential debate, Student Union Great Room.

Friday, Oct. 1
7:30 p.m.- Cleveland Jazz Orchestra performs, PAC.

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The Friday night pep rally helped kick off homecoming weekend.

Tuesday, Oct. 5
8:30 p.m.- Jaime-Lynn DiScala, actress from the “Sopranos,” discusses Hollywood fame and eating disorders, PAC. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.- Film: Osama, PAC.

Wednesday, Oct. 6

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“Saturday Night Safari,” and it was held at Sabellas from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m. Sabellas was decorated in animal prints . “There were 615 people who came out,” Hearn said of the formal. “It seemed to be a lot of fun, everyone had a good time.” Junior Sheena Kieffer was just one of the many students who attended the formal with her friends on Saturday. “It was a really fun night,” she said. “Sabellas really needs a bigger bathroom because you spend half the night waiting in line.” Overall, she was pleased with the evening and homecoming weekend. Pat Liebel, the Director of Alumni Services, was in charge of many of the events that took place for the alumni last weekend. She was assisted by Steve Zinram and Gary Peterson, who also work with Alumni Services for the college. The Tenth Annual McKeever

Golf Outing at the Riverside Golf Course in Cambridge Springs kicked off homecoming weekend for many of the alumni. Later on Friday, alumni had a chance to mix and mingle with former classmates and friends. The big events for Saturday began with the tailgate party and football game. About 150 alumni turned out for the annual tailgate party, which included a picnic buffet at Tullio Field. Liebel said, “The tailgate is a big event, young alums like to come back for that.” A more traditional event was the dessert tea which took place in the Walker Reading room from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. This event was in honor of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy. The main event for the weekend was the alumni dinner, which about 140 people attended.

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Neighbor’s fight expansion
But the east end of campus was not the only side treated with expansion. There is a newly empty lot on the west edge of campus, which is the planned site of a parking lot for the Parade street entrance. This new development on campus has alarmed some neighbors, immediate and otherwise. In the case of Mercyhurst, any sort of growth constitutes an intrusion into otherwise occupied space, which is exactly how it is seen by those who live on Parade. Garvey maintained that the new lot will be modeled after the McAuley lot, stating, “It’ll look more like a golf course.” Garvey also said that while all growth requires a certain amount of intrusion, in this particular instance it will be a ‘managed intrusion.’ On its surface, the matter seems straightforward enough. Land was purchased by Mercyhurst and its use is at the college’s discretion. It seemed a foregone conclu-

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Alina speaks of her hard life as Castro’s daughter.

Daughter describes life with Fidel Castro
By Jaime Myers Contributing writer Alina Fernandez spoke at the Taylor Little Theatre on Tuesday night about her experiences growing up as the daughter of Fidel Castro. Students, faculty and the Erie community showed up for the free event to see the first speaker of the Mercyhurst Student Government 2004-2005 Speaker Series. The local television stations also showed up to cover the event. Fernandez made jokes throughout her speech, even mentioning her uncertainty with the English language. One of her first questions was if anyone in the audience spoke Spanish. Fernandez grew up with frequent visits from Fidel Castro. She saw him on TV then in her living room. She only found out that he was her father when she was 10 years old. She was not surprised to find this out. She had a rough childhood. She witnessed an execution in her living room. She thought it was only her imagination, but on that day, “life went from white to black,” Fernandez said. From then on, life was not normal. Her mother gave everything to the revolution, including their property. As she got older, she decided Cuba was no longer safe and fled to the United States. She wanted to raise her daughter in safety. It was hard for her to move away. Fernandez had to learn a new language at the age of 40. People tried to relay messages or petitions through her. She tried to escape this by hiding her identity and keeping her mother’s last name, but it did not work. Her speech was opened to questions from the audience. One man began talking about being a sailor in the Merchant Marine, in Cuba, in the 1950s. He was apparently disgusted with what Fernandez had to say. The man was eventually escorted out after other audience members began yelling at him, and he was greeted with cheers from the audience when he walked out. Today, Fernandez speaks out about her father’s regime. She lives with some fear, but she still has faith in the rebuilding of Cuba. She believes that the Cubans outside are learning so that they can go back and help rebuild the road to democracy. The next lecture in the MSG series will feature Jamie-Lynn DiScala on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 8:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center. DiScala, the actress who plays Meadow on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” will discuss her struggles with an eating disorder, which almost lead to the end of her acting career.

sion to neighbors that they would be living next to a parking lot, until the issue of zoning became a snag for the college. The residential area surrounding the campus is designated R-1 zone, for single family homes, which does not allow for parking lots. To rectify this, the college is seeking a variance from Erie’s zoning board. The request was placed on Sept. 14, and the board’s decision will be made on Oct. 12. Some residents may not have been aware of the need for a variance when they gave tacit approval in mid-August, when the issue was brought before the campus’ neighbors. Additionally, despite the uncut red tape, the campus began efforts to build a parking lot before it had been cleared through the zoning board. The houses on Parade street had been demolished by the time classes began, almost two weeks before the variance request. “How could you spend hundreds of thousands before you had permission?” asks Rick Adams,

who lives across from the now vacant lot. A neighbor who has enjoyed the campus for 22 years, Adams did not question the college’s efforts until the issue of the variance came up. Residents, upon discovering that Mercyhurst needed a variance, had found solid grounds to protest the college’s actions. Adams noted that it was “freshmen parkers” that would be unaffected, regardless of the new lot’s impact on campus parking issues or the neighborhood. Despite the fact that the majority of freshmen are not permitted to have cars on campus, many still do, and they park them on nearby streets like Parade. Adams added that requests that the college take action on this matter have been largely ignored. The issue is not merely a single parking lot either. Mercyhurst College owns 12 houses scattered along the east side of Parade, four of which were located on the now empty lot. Residents are leery of the prospect of multiple parking lots. Adams believes that

the impact of having parking lots line the Parade entrance area would constitute the destruction of the neighborhood. Area residents have organized to prevent the variance from going through by seeking legal counsel. The flier announcing the meeting prods neighbors to “Join together to keep your neighborhood from being rezoned to accommodate Mercyhurst College’s parking lots,” and charges that Mercyhurst may also plan to pave over the softball field and playground on Sunset to allow for access from Old French Road. Garvey disputed this, saying that there currently were no other major plans for campus expansion. Garvey did, however, mention repairing the softball facilities at the park in question, which Mercyhurst is leasing. When asked about future campus expansion, Garvey responded, “There may come a day when we’re ready to go up the hill,” meaning the hill behind Mercyhurst Prep.

Walker computer lab dedication
According to Dean Michael Victor, The Walker School of Business and Communication is the first experimental school of Mercyhurst. “Because Mercyhurst has grown so much, the administration and Faculty Senate started a two-year joint effort to divide Mercyhurst into independent schools,” said Victor. Victor discussed how the new schools will help students. “This benefits students because they are grouped into logical schools. There’s more collaboration. It’s an overlap and students get the talents of more professors, which means a better education for the students,” Victor said.

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The newly opened Walker computer lab will serve approximately 700 students in the Walker School of Business and Communication. Some of the past donations from the Walkers include a speaker series, scholarships, the Walker Reading Room, the Walker Recital Hall, the Walker business for graduate and undergraduate award for top in program and many other great contrbutions. The contributions that the Walkers and other donors make help Mercyhurst excel and give their students the best education possible.

From left to right are Dr. Thomas Gamble, Dr. Barrett Walker, Dr. William Garvey and Dean Michael Victor

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Clarification of Academic Honesty Policy
The Merciad would like to clarify issues outlined in the Academic Honesty Policy, that were not clear in the article printed on September 23, 2004. 1. Faculty members will not discuss a case of cheating and/or plagiarism with anyone except the student involved, the department chairperson, and/or the appropriate representative in the Office of Academic Affairs. 2. Faculty members will be asked to substantiate accusations of plagiarism with documentation as to the original source of material; however, in the case of other forms of academic honesty, a full description of the event may stand as substantiation. 3. Disciplinary action taken by a faculty member with regard to academic honesty in his or her own courses is separate from disciplinary action taken by the Office of Academic Affairs with regard to multiple offenses. Disciplinary action at the course level takes place whether or not a report of the incident in filed in the Office of Academic Affairs and is not tied in any way to that process. 4. Finally, while the Office of Academic Affairs will not, as a general policy, pursue disciplinary action on a student’s first reported offense, it reserves the right to do so. The Merciad apologizes for this inconvenience.

Homecoming weekend
Aside from dinner, there were speeches, entertainment and awards presentations for the alumni. “For the first time this year, the president of student government will be giving the welcome at the alumni dinner,” Liebel said. This was a new addition to the alumni dinner. During the dinner there was also a presentation of annual awards to Mercyhurst alumni. Theresa Sanders from the class of 1985 received the Sister Carolyn Hermann Award, the highest award given to alumni. Jeffery Jones, class of 1984, Lt. Col. Michael Schellhammer, class of 1984, and Sister Dominica DeLeo, RSM, class of 1959, all received the Distinguished Alumni Award. The Outstanding Young Alumni Award went to Richard “Bo” Porter from the class of 1989. To close the evening, Liebel said there was, “a quartet of singers from the D’Angelo School of Music who sang the alma mater and the Celtic blessing.” “It is nice to have them as a closing,” she added. Other events for the alumni included “Hot Coffee- Hot

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Topic,” a panel discussion on the presidential elections with Dr. Randall Clemons, Dr. Michael Federici and Dr. Joseph Morris, which took place Saturday at 10 a.m., campus tours with the Mercyhurst Ambassadors, Sunday Liturgy and more. “It seems like we do more and more every year,” Liebel said of the weekend’s packed schedule. “You try to cram everything in.” “Everyone comes back to recall all of the memories,” she said. “They come back to see their friends and the sisters. Others enjoy coming back to see the faculty; they just love being on campus.” With great weather and many fun events Homecoming 2004 was a successful event for the alumni and the college. “If everyone turns out and has a good time we are happy,” Leibel said.

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Lachapelle guides at summer Olympics in Greece
a.m. until eleven p.m., so he did not arrive back at the hotel until late in the evening sometimes. Lachapelle explained how busy the events were. “We wore ridiculous bright colors,” Lachapelle said. “That made it easy for clients and other providers to find each other in the crowds of thousands of people,” he said. Once inside of the arena the clients were left on their own, but Lachapelle had to make sure they got from event to event. Despite the busy work schedule, Lachapelle was able to do a little site seeing also. “I saw the Acropolis, the temple of Zeus, and the temple of Poseidon,” he said. Lachapelle watched the tennis, swimming, water polo, baseball, volleyball, opening ceremonies, field hockey and rowing. “Sometimes I would have t o l e a ve 2 0 m i n u t e s b e fore it ended to meet the clients at the doors,” he said. Lachapelle was able to dine well on the trip. “I didn’t have one American thing in my 40 days there,” he said. “The closest thing to American was a Greek Mac, which is like the big Mac, but in pita bread instead.” The pastry shop around the corner from the bed and breakfast where he stayed provided him with baklava and plenty of pastries. In the lower part of Athens, the city Plaka provided great night life. There, Lachapelle enjoyed shopping at the stores and sightseeing. During his visit, Lachapelle wrote as a guest columnist for the Erie Times-News. In his column he told a story of how his friend Steve lost his

Dr. Chris Lachapelle is the director of the Sports Business and Management program at the Walker School of Business and Communication. This past summer, he worked at the Olympic Games in Greece for Sports Mark, a corporate hospitality provider. He worked with clients that stayed at the hotels and provided them with guides, maps and information. Lachapelle said that there were six tour buses that required guides. “There were 50 people to each bus, and each went to a different event,” Lachapelle said. “Sometimes they would wait at each event, and sometimes they would go pick up and drop off other people.” Events were held from eight

wallet. A local Greek man found it, searched the city hotels, and finally hand-delivered it back to Steve personally. “The man wouldn’t accept compensation for the return of Steve’s wallet safely, that’s how nice they are,” he said. Clearly, Lachapelle gained worldly experience in Greece and brought it back to his students. “If asked I would go again.”

Experience the world through MISO
By Jason Endress Contributing writer A new face has been added to the Mercyhurst club roster this fall. It is not as new as it seems; the Mercyhurst International Students Organization (MISO) was heavily active throughout the 80s, but dropped off the map in the mid-90s. President Kasia Tarczynska wasn’t aware of this when she came up with the idea of an international students’ club over the summer. After inquiring about forming such an organization, she was surprised to see that it had already been done, and considerably disappointed that it had fallen apart. Tarczynska, along with the rest of MISO leadership, has set out to form a lasting incarnation of MISO. The club has alreadymade substantial gains; the International Student Center is a direct result of MISO’s efforts and operates as both the office for international students and the headquarters of MISO. The center, adjacent to the Health Center, was the site of MISO’s first meeting last week. Plans for the club are ambitious. Though Tarczynska and much of the leadership will graduate soon, they feel that it is important to establish the groundwork for what they hope will be a major feature of Mercyhurst extracurricular activities in the future. Foreign film night, guest speakers and informal studentled talks are all on the agenda for MISO. Tentative plans to take a small number of students to Toronto over fall break are also in place. Most significantly, MISO plans to make the student body aware of foreign holidays by inviting the campus to join in celebrating with its foreign students. This is precisely what the main goal of the club is: Promoting general awareness on campus of the rich and vibrant cultures living next door. Additionally, many already involved in the club want to bring awareness of global issues to campus. The recent tragedy in Russia, which many students still are not aware of, is the topic of a planned MISO lecture. At a college where many students hail from the suburbs of Cleveland, Buffalo and Pittsburgh, it’s not a far stretch to say that many have been isolated from the myriad of different cultures in existence. Foreign students represent a group able to enlighten the students of Mercyhurst. Furthermore, these internationals can help to dispel the crude stereotypes that are unfortunately often attached to foreigners. All students are welcome. By no means is this organization ‘foreigner-only.’ Several Americans have already become active in MISO, and it is hoped by the leadership that more will take advantage of the club soon. MISO stands as an open invitation to anyone interested in learning to how to hold down a conversation in a foreign tongue, experience international cinema and, perhaps most alluring, try foreign cuisine. MISO has already had a bake sale, selling Irish, Polish, Italian and Russian deserts. Similar activities can be expected from MISO in the near future. MISO will work with other clubs to increase awareness of foreign culture and to give students a good time. Any students interested in MISO can come to the next meeting, which will be held in the International Student Center on Oct. 7 at 8 p.m.

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Dr. Chris Lachapelle of the Walker School of Business traveled to Greece this summer to be a guide.

Venezuelan pediatrician to speak regarding her role as peacemaker
By Rev. Lyta Seddig Protestant Campus Minister Dr. Loida Gaffaro deValera, a Presbyterian peacemaker from Venezuela, will visit Mercyhurst on Wednesday, Oct. 6, and speak at 3:30p.m. in the Student Government Chambers in Herrmann Union. Her presentation will include slides and be followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion. All students, faculty and staff are invited. Dr. deValera will address the geographic, social, political and economic character of Venezuela and how these impact both church and society. This beautiful country, rich in oil, gold and hydroelectric power is experiencing chaos in its government, freedom of speech is deteriorating and oppression is increasing. This summer, President Chavez, viewed as a dictator, defeated a national referendum to recall him from office. Dr. deValera is a medical specialist in pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology at Children’s Hospital in Caracas where she has worked for 30 years, serving some of the poorest people in the country. Presently she is head of pediatric and endocrinology services. Through her work in the hospital and in both the local and national church, she is able to have contact with organizations, individuals, institutions and systems striving to establish a new model for the country based on justice, equality and respect for fundamental human rights. Dr. deValera is also a member of the Latin American Council of Churches and presides over the Advisory Council for the United Bible Society of Venezuela. She is a member of the Presbyterian Church of Venezuela, serves as Executive Secretary of the National Synod and has served on the Commission of Liturgical Work for the national church. In her local congregation, Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church, she has been choir director for 24 years. Married for 29 years, Dr. deValera and her husband Jesus are parents of three young adults: Luida, 27, studying industrial engineering; Gustavo 24, studying data analysis; and Ana Marie, 19, studying veterinary medicine. This is the fourth year that Mercyhurst has had the opportunity to host an International Peacemaker participating in the International Peacemaker program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) International Peacemakers are leaders who are engaged in peacemaking in their own areas of the world. They are invited by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program to share their experiences and further understanding of the peace and justice concerns of others around the world. In an increasingly violent and unjust world, we are called and challenged to understand and address the root causes of violence and injustice as we seek to build a culture of peace and nonviolence for all people. Dr. deValera’s visit is sponsored by Campus Ministry. For more information, please contact Rev. Lyta Seddig, Protestant Campus Minister (ext.3348,

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September 29, 2004

By Allison Moore Opinion editor

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Politicians: It’s time to ‘sterilize’ dirty politics
I love this country. I am honored to live in a society that allows us to elect those who govern us. However, if there’s one thing that turns me off to this whole process, it’s dirty politics. I realize smear campaigns for politicians have been around as long as media itself. But it is abundantly clear that with the stronghold of the media growing everyday, politics and politicians have used this as a license to get dirty. Living in a swing state, we are constantly reminded of why each candidate is not right for the job. I, for one, am tired of these vicious attacks on character. While this year the main focus is on the presidential election, other offices are up for grabs in the political arena. I attended the fiery debate held right here on campus between Congressman Phil English and Steve Porter. While the debate itself was a bitter display of personal attacks, it didn’t stop there. Steve Porter has been in the education field for nearly 20 years. Some of that time was spent at Mercyhurst as a professor in the performing arts field. During his distinguished career, Porter has written and published 17 text books ranging in subjects. It was his philosophy book, however, that would provide his adversaries with ammunition. Attacks have recently been made on Porter due to content found in his philosophy text, “The Ethics of Democracy.” According to Porter, the book is meant to, “stimulate the discussion of many issues critical to democracies today, and it offers an ethical standard by which those issues may be judged.” The section of the text that has been twisted deals with sterilization of individuals that are unable to care for their children. Porter proposes a situation in which people with a poor track record of childcare due to issues such as poverty and addictions should be prohibited from reproducing. This scenario would be given to the students in a class and thoroughly discussed within the guidelines of democracy and ethics. According to The Erie Times-News, Congressman English is denying involvement in the smear campaign, but Porter and the Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Bob Casillo don’t buy it. Casillo points out several examples throughout English’s political history in which dirty politics were used to win elections. According to the Democrats, the English campaign decided to take this out of context and twist its meaning. Now English’s people are trying to convince voters that Porter believes in and supports sterilization. This has no solid evidence to back it, other than a situation created in a text book purely designed to stimulate conversation within a classroom. This unsupported attack on Porter’s ethical beliefs is sickening. It’s not only an insult to Porter, it’s an insult to voters as well. English is not the only politician guilty of dirty politics; I just used this particular situation to cite a local example. Candidates from all political offices, whether they are Democrat, Republican or Independent, have probably all been culprits and victims of these low tactics. The American people deserve more. We deserve to hear the facts and not the doctored “truth.” In my opinion, it means one thing and one thing only when a candidate resorts to morally abusing their opponent. They know they themselves don’t have what it takes to win, so they rely on lies and fabrications to get what they want, no matter the lack of morality. It’s as simple as that. I take it as a warning when a candidate centers his or her campaign around dirty politics. If they are willing to lie about their opponent, what will stop them from lying to you? It’s high time politicians paid attention to their conscience as much as they do an opinion poll. Now that’s the kind of person I want in office. How about you?

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Everyone has the right to register, not just one side’s supporters
By Corrie Thearle Contributing writer

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
The Good
The fall formal went off without a hitch this past Saturday. The atmosphere was great, the musical selections were diverse and appealed to many tastes and everyone appeared to have a blast. The night was complemented by appetizers and alcoholic beverages for the lucky ones over 21. The turnout was promising and everyone looked great for the occasion. Kudos to SAC for organizing and pulling off yet another great formal. SAC’s organized trip to Chicago is this coming weekend. This is a great, free opportunity to get off campus and explore unknown territory with your friends. If you’re going, have a great trip!

The Bad
This week marks the fourth week of the fall term. To any other college students in the Erie area this means absolutely nothing. However, in Mercyworld, this means brace yourself for midterms. So open up those books and get ready for sleepless nights filled with futile last-minute attempts to cram half a term’s information into your tired brain. Good luck!

The Ugly
We all know how Mercyhurst takes pride in its well-groomed landscape. While its appearance is important, so is sleep. We understand the need to cut the grass, but why must it be done at 8 a.m.? Those of us who don’t have any early morning classes like to sleep as long as possible. An alarm clock is annoying enough. We don’t need to start the morning with the sound of a tractor engine echoing in our ears.

The Next Era of Madam Malarky
Dear Madam Malarky, “What now?” Former Madam Malarky Greetings fellow Mercyhurst students. After a few weeks of settling on campus with empty checkbooks, you are now ready to begin life as a college student. There are three common accuracies that students have. You will 1.) be broke as a doornail, 2.) be buried under a mountain of homework (or in some cases by foam), and 3.) be conflicted with the trials of roommates. But, there can be some relief during this anguish. “How?,” you may ask yourself. Why, of course by writing to me. You can seek the answers to such questions as, “How do I know he/she likes me?,” “How can I handle a roommate that drives me crazier than my classes,” or “How reliable is the Mercyhurst internet?” There are a variety of questions just like those, waiting to be released from your troubled minds. On an unrelated note, I merely “borrowed without permission” the question for example purposes. Another thing you may ponder is how I am qualified. I have a vast experience in watching movies such as “Moulin Rouge” and “Titanic.” I possess a general knowledge on how to strike a possible love match. With the help of such fine companies as and, everyone is bound to meet the perfect someone even though it may not be possible on this particular campus. Another reason why I’m qualified is because I’ve heard tales about roommates that would make Edgar Allen Poe roll in his grave. Finally, the last reason why I’m a perfectly reliable source is because I am 100 percent full of malarky. Every once in a while, a good dose of gibberish does a body good. In case you do not completely understand what I mean by anything, I shall provide you some further subjects of possible interest. It can be about a cat you desire, a fifth or in some cases a seventh roommate, teachers in general, and last but not least, general annoyances including embarrassments of everyday life. If upperclassmen do not know of this legendary column in the odyssey of The Merciad, shame on you. Most importantly, if you have not read a single issue of this paper until now, you should bow down in humility every time you pass the Merciad office. Freshmen are, of course, granted lenience from this punishment, merely because they are freshmen and have not had the opportunity to explore this masterpiece. Hopefully, I have proven my point beyond a reasonable doubt. Due to some general prepping from the former Madam Malarky, I came prepared for the worst: the worst being general mass riots bigger than the ones against the president, with people breaking into the Merciad office and symbolically desecrating issues of the newspaper by feeding them into the Old Main shredder. Now that the case has been pleaded, the email address is to submit your questions. Happy Reading, Madam Malarky

This election year the stakes are high, the race is close and the heat is on. The effort to register and educate American voters is now entering its crucial stage. Pennsylvania is one of the most vital swing states, prompting an enormous barrage of campaigning from both political parties. The effort to register young voters is one of the prime targets of many different political associations, from television ads on MTV, to campus events at Mercyhurst. Unfortunately, this important task has been undercut by events which occurred during the second week of the term and has provoked an outcry of complaints and frustration amongst many clubs and students on campus. People working with the group “Project America Vote” (affiliated with the Bush/Cheney Campaign of Erie) canvassed the freshman dorms, seeking out students to register for the upcoming election. Unfortunately, this partisan endeavor was targeted towards registering Bush supporters and bypassing any other students who are not going to vote for G.W. Students were approached by workers and immediately questioned about their political affiliation. Freshman Nick Bradford explains that he was approached by a young woman and asked, “Do you support George Bush?” and when he replied no, she politely but frostily thanked him for his time and turned away. Students who did, in fact, voice support for Bush/Cheney were welcomed by the workers and offered a registration form. Many students were left angered and upset over the highly partisan and biased attitude of these members; many felt they were being denied their right to register. Rumors began to fly around campus linking this event with Mercyhurst clubs such as the Young Republicans and Young Democrats. However, the truth of the matter is that neither group was associated or affiliated in any way with the members of “Project America Vote” and are now unfairly subject to the backlash of this unwanted solicitation. It only takes the actions of a few to ruin the efforts of the many. Despite the heated battle lines drawn between the candidates this election, the hostility and antagonism has not seeped onto the campus. The Young Republicans and Young

Democrats are working and consulting together in a joint effort to educate and register Mercyhurst students. Unfortunately, this collaboration is now being hampered by the rogue campaigning of “Project America Vote,” which has alienated and angered many people on campus. The goal of the political clubs at Mercyhurst is not to compete to register as many Bush or Kerry supporters as possible, but to educate all students about the extreme importance this election plays on their lives and future. On Thursday, Sept. 30, the Young Democrats and Young Republicans are hosting a debate viewing party in the Student Union at 8:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity for all students on campus to come together to watch the first presidential debate, discuss the election issues and to find some common ground concerning topics that directly impact young voters (not to mention another opportunity to register if they already haven’t). Food and drink will be provided and the Political Science Department will also conduct a fundraiser by selling election t-shirts. Apathy, democracy’s most lethal killer is an epidemic amongst many college students and other young Americans. The lack of interest and indifference can be linked to numerous causes; a recent example is the cynicism and resentment felt by many students after the careless efforts of “Project America Vote.” College students, who feel election issues do not concern them or that their vote doesn’t count, are as disillusioned as someone who believes “abstinence” is a type of expensive perfume. Unless some students have discovered a magical way to completely eliminate the cost of college, the issue of rising tuition costs across the nation is a direct concern for young voters. There are not many college students who do not have a family member, friend or other acquaintance they know who is overseas stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Your vote directly impacts the future outcome of these issues. Pennsylvania and Ohio are just a few of the critical swing states and after the election is all said and done, you don’t want to have “coulda, woulda, shoulda” running through your head. Many of you forget that the people ultimately hold the power; you have the chance to remove or reelect the President of the United States! (Not to mention congressmen). Wake up, get yourself informed, registered and exercise your power on Nov. 2. Don’t forget that “We the People of the United States” means you.

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September 29, 2004

ENTERTAINMENT Gravity-defying dance company tHe BuZz Pilobolus to perform at Mercyhurst
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OCT. 1. Vote for Change tour with the Dixie Chicks, James Taylor. Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. On sale online at or by phone at (412) 323-1919. OCT. 1. Sinbad. University of Buffalo Center for the Arts, Buffalo.

By Jennifer Camodeca Contributing writer

OCT. 1. Lou Rawls. Bears Den, Seneca Niagara Falls Casino, Niagara Falls, N.Y. OCT. 2. Alabama. HSBC Arena, Buffalo. Note: Rescheduled from Feb. 21. Original tickets will be honored. On sale at Tops. OCT. 2. Vote for Change Tour with Pearl Jam, Death Cab for Cutie. Toledo Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio. On sale at OCT. 3. R. Kelly, Jay-Z. CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland.OCT. 6. Al Kooper. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland. OCT. 6. Usher, Kayne West. Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh.

The Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center is once again bringing an innovative dance company to the Mercyhurst stage. On Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m., Pilobolus Dance Theatre will entrance the audience with their weight-sharing partnering skills. Pilobolus originated in 1971 in a Dartmouth College dance class. What began as mere experimentation launched into a nationally recognized company with six full-time dancers and four artistic directors: Robby Barnett, Alison Chase, Michael Tracy and Jonathan Wolken. Pilobolus is a touring company, which can be physically exhausting for the dancers. The season begins in August and does not end until May. Throughout these months, the company will travel from California, to New York, to Arizona, to Texas and other

Pilobolus dancers intertwined in their Quatre Jeux move.

states to display their talents. One of Mercyhurst Dance Department’s own faculty members, Mark Santillano, had the honor

of dancing with this company for three years. Santillano has been intrigued with the work of Pilobolus

since the first time he saw them perform on a video tape while in college. He was “amazed at their creativity, physicality and outrageous humor… No wonder they have been around for over 30 years and sell out all over the world.” Upon joining the company in 1995, Santillano was a soloist, dance captain, master class teacher, and choreographic collaborator on five new works. During this time, the company performed in 10 different countries including Italy, Germany, Greece, Bermuda, The Dominican Republic, Korea, Brazil, Israel, Canada and the United States where the company made annual appearances at the American Dance Festival and the Joyce Theatre in New York City. Dancing with such a prestigious company definitely comes with its rewards as Santillano appeared on the “Regis and Kathy Lee Show” and even did some partnering steps with Regis. However, nothing can compete with the Emmy Award presented

to the company for a performance at the Kennedy Center’s 25th Anniversary gala concert. Santillano has described his time with Pilobolus as “one of, if not THE, most creative and exciting times of my life.” Sadly, being on the road constantly is not good for a family, therefore Santillano left the company to be at home with his wife, Solveig, and daughter, Ella. Thankfully, being a full-time faculty member, husband and father has not taken the performance driven dancer out of Santillano, as he will be performing with Pilobolus in a signature piece, “Day Two” when they appear on the Mercyhurst stage. This piece is “one of my favorite pieces in their repertoire… is lots of fun to perform.” There is no doubt that with the talents of Pilobolus and Santillano combined, this evening will be as wonderful to watch from the audience as it is for Santillano to perform once again.

Hogan performs at the student union
A cup of java and a dimly lit, serene stage sets the perfect tone for an introduction to a veteran singer who is not shy to show off his talent. Playing and singing for more than 11 years, student Mike Hogan, lead singer for the band Streamline, is not one to back away from the limelight. Inspired by such bands as Dave Matthews, Phish and Tool, Hogan produces an unbelievable talent that few Mercyhurst students could even dream of. Performing this past Monday at the Student Union, Hogan played for more than two hours and entertained over 50 fans. Upon viewing a man of great talent and ability, I wanted to know what made such an incredible singer tick. Josh: What drew you to music? Mike: When I was young I always watched movies, and I realized the meanings of movies. Then later, in fifth grade when I was 11, I developed a sense for music and realized I could do what movies can in three to four minutes, as compared to two or three hours. Josh: What and who inspired you as a musician? Mike: Well, I always enjoyed music, and the guitar was just my seen live; they taught me what to strive for. Hogan’s performance at Mercyhurst was his first performance in the Union, solo from his band Streamline. Josh: So, what do you categorize your music as? Mike: Alternative rock. I try to aspire to such bands as Dave Matthews and Phish. Josh: I did notice your music had a Dave Matthews appeal to it. Do you have a fan club? Mike: (Laughing) Well, we want to start something called the Stream Team where people would promote us and sell our endorsed products, once we have some. Josh: I noticed a lot of fans at your concert on Monday. Are there any big-time, obsessive fans or favorite fans? Mike: (Laughing) No, no obsessive fans. And as for a favorite end, I felt inspired by such a talented student. Fan of Hogan’s music and band Chris Spinelli said, “He (Hogan) is an amazing singer and has an incredible ability that I have not seen anyone else accomplish.” Friend Chris Geer agreed. “I think he is unbelievable. No one else could possibly aspire to Mike’s level; he is a god.” So next time you swing by the Student Union, keep your eyes posted for signs signaling the next performance of Streamline or Mike Hogan solo. You never know, you may be walking to class one day and you might mistake a passer-by for a regular student, and you may be walking by the Student Union one night and mistake the music inside for Dave Matthews or even Phish, but don’t let your eyes and ears fool you: it’s the one and only Mike Hogan.

2 0 0 4 - 2 0 0 5 Lead singer of Streamline entertains captivated crowd Guelcher calling. As for the people who ing at the Student Union once By Josh Wilwohl inspired me, well, I would have a month. Contributing writer Film Series to say everyone I have heard or As our interview trickled to an
The Guelcher film series starts its second week with “Osama.” This foreign film that is playing on Oct. 6 is completely in Pashtu. In “Osama” 12-year-old Afghan girl and her mother lose their jobs when the Taliban closes the hospital where they work. The Taliban have also forbidden women to leave their houses without a “legal companion.” Feeling she has no other choice she disguises her daughter as a boy. On Oct. 14 “Twilight Samurai” will be showing. This drama is set in the late 19th century as the feudal Shogun period was giving way to the Meiji Restoration, Seibei Iguchi is a low-ranking samurai of the Unasaka clan in Shonai Province of northeast Japan. His wife has died of tuberculosis, and with two daughters, Kayano and Ito, and an elderly mother to support, he and his family must survive in austerity. Seibei, who is more concerned with looking after his family than the warrior way of life, nevertheless steps forward to protect a young woman from her abusive husband. Information provided by the Performing Arts Center

Mike Hogan performs to crowd in the student union.

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fan, everyone who comes to hear me sing becomes my favorite fan. Josh: Do you have any upcom-

ing events or concerts? Mike: Yes, we have one Oct. 9 at Fall Fest at Mercyhurst, and I am going to continue perform-

1st Annual Scriptwriting Contest
Sponsored by the Department of Communications Rules
1. Contest open to all currently enrolled Mercyhurst College undergraduate students of any major. 2. Scripts must be type-written using Microsoft scriptwriting template found at: http://office. aspx. No scripts will be accepted in any other format. 3. A panel of three judges (both academic and professional) will evaluate scripts using a masked review process. Winner will be announced December 1, 2004. 4. The winning script will be produced by students in the Department of Communication in Winter and Spring 2004/2005 terms. 5. Scripts must keep in mind the limitations of existing equipment (limited special effects), number of shooting locations, and the expertise of the actors. 7. Because the film will be shown on Mercyhurst campus, the winning script must be appropriate in content and language. 8. All scripts must be received by November 1, 2004 to Mr. Dennis Lebec, Assistant Profess o r, D e p a r t m e n t o f C o m m u n i c a t i o n , 1 0 8 H i r t .

$100 Cash Prize



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September 29, 2004



Defense puts points on board
Struggling offense bailed out by defense and special teams play
Through five games, Mercyhurst has three punt returns for scores, two interceptions, one kick return and two fumble recoveries. To give perspective on just how amazing this feat is, the other 12 teams in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference have combined for a total of 11 defensive and special teams touchdowns, just three more than the Lakers alone. No other team in the GLIAC has more than two total defensive and special teams touchdowns, so that means that junior Ben Bluemle, with his two punt returns and one interception return for touchdown, is beating every other team in the GLIAC with his stats alone. Junior Marcus Patton has the other punt return for a touchdown, while sophomore Neil Harris, on top of leading the team in interceptions, has the other interception for a score. Katie McAdams/Photo editor Sophomore Chris Williams has The defense has scored eight touchdowns so far compared to 11 by the offense. the lone kick return for a touchIn last Saturday’s contest, the down, taking it back 47 yards more Mark Watson both scored even helped the Lakers to stay against Northern Michigan in via fumble recoveries. in a few of their contests despite Lakers went into halftime against week two. These touchdowns scored on being out-gained in yardage by a Ferris State down only 17-14 despite trailing in total yardage Senior Brian Smith and sopho- defense and special teams have significant amount. By Matt Jackson Contributing writer We’ve all heard the old football cliché that “the best defense is a good offense.” Well how about the best offense is a good defense, or even special teams? It might not be too catchy and probably won’t be said too often, but it fits this year’s Mercyhurst Laker football team, perfectly. The Lakers have scored either a defensive or special teams touchdown in all five of their games this season. Their total “non-offensive” touchdowns is now eight, while the offense has only accumulated 12 touchdowns this season. The offense has struggled, partly caused by an injury to starting quarterback Jeff Nowling. Freshman Mitch Phillus has been thrown in to the fire, a similar situation that Nowling, a sophomore faced last year. Phillis made his first start the past week, struggled in the first half but fared better in the seonc half.

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255-36. And in the first game of the season it took the Gannon Knights overtime to defeat the Lakers despite out gaining them on the ground 219-42. Another aspect of special teams that the Lakers have excelled in is the punting the football. Senior punter Jim Schuler is having his best season ever as he entered Saturday’s game ranked fourth in Division II and first in the GLIAC. He broke his own school record on Saturday against Ferris State, as he had a 76-yard punt to break his previous record of 70-yards. Mercyhurst (1-4) will look to extend their streak of defensive scores this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. when they travel to play the Eagles of Ashland University (1-3, 1-3). If the Lakers are successful in extending their streak against Ashland, they will have the chance to prove that this streak is caused by execution and not luck when they take on Saginaw Valley State the following weekend. SVSU has not allowed a defensive or special teams TD yet this season.

Men’s soccer wins first conference match
By Justine Adams Contributing writer The Mercyhurst men’s soccer team has always been at the top of their game. The players are talented athletes who come from all over the world just to don the blue and green for Mercyhurst College. This year the team is better than ever and ready for action. Although the team was very successful last fall, making it to the second round of the NCAA playoffs, they were missing a few key players due to injuries. Trying not to jeopardize any plans for the future, some, such as Shane Hogan, had to sit out the entire season. Hogan was diagnosed with two stress fractures in his back which were inhibiting his ability to perform any kind of physical activity. The excruciating pain placed Hogan on the bench for his junior year. Upset and disappointed about not playing, he knew that if he did not rest his back would not have time to heal. As they say, “patience is a virtue,” and it has paid off for Hogan. He came back in 2004 and earned the title of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors during the first week of September. That feat is quite shocking considering the extended rehab time Hogan faced. He and the other team members have been defeating almost every opponent they challenge. The Laker’s first and only loss this season happened on Sept. 21 against Northern Kentucky. “Sometimes all it takes is one slip up and you’re done,” said Hogan. Although they put up a good fight, the Lakers just couldn’t come through. The offense stalled on the day, as they fell by the score of 2-0. That game was especially significant because it was the team’s first regular season loss since Oct. 11, 2003, when the Lakers were defeated at Saginaw Valley State. This past weekend the Lakers came up against Saginaw yet again, but this time the team brought victory back to Erie instead of defeat. Senior Mike Blythe and sophomore Jason Pedra both notched two goals in leading the team to a 4-3 win. The Lakers trailed 3-1 late in the second half, but scored three times in the final 10 minutes to win the contest. Senior goalie Marty Ruberry continued his good play of late, tallying six saves to earn his seventh win of the season. Blythe was named GLIAC Player of the Week on Sept. 27, and is now four goals short of the all- time goal record of 51, currently held by Anthony Maher. With the win the teams stands at 7-1-1, and tied atop the GLIAC at 1-0. Right now the team is ranked ninth in Division II, and second in the Great Lakes region. Although they have some tough teams coming up, the players are looking to dominate in the playoffs and are striving for a national championship. The team travels to Lewis University on Wednesday, Sept. 29, for a non-conference match. Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams host Salem International on Saturday, Oct. 2, with the women playing at 2 p.m. and the men at 4 p.m.

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Women’s rowing honored for title
By Ryan Palm Sports editor The women’s rowing team was honored this past Saturday, Sept. 25, at halftime of the homecoming football game. The team was honored in commemoration of their division II National Championship. The tournament was held in Sacramento, Calif., on May 30. It was a 3-day event, and the Lakers led all teams with 18 total points, edging Humboldt State by one point to take the crown. The varsity eight won their section, finishing with a time of 7:02.90. The varsity four finished second in their division, with a time of 8:04.40. Competing for the Lakers were senior Kristen Ficorilli (All American); juniors Kerri Kanaley, Rachael Ely, Lillian Gehres, Katie Hamilton, and Maria Furno; sophomores Courtney Oke (All American), Jill Natale, Lisa McAllister, Tere Miller-Sporrer; and freshmen Naomi Petendra, Chel-





Freshman Chelsea Boothe

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sea Boothe (All American), Meg Bryant, Megan Holloway, and Kristin Best. The Lakers entered the championship tied for number one in the national poll with Western Washington University. The team is in action next on Oct. 10 when they travel to Rochester, N.Y., to compete in the Stonehurst Invitational. Their next event of the fall is the Head of the Charles, which is held in Boston, Mass. and takes place Oct. 24.




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By Matt Jackson Contributing writer After a 6-2-1 record in the first part of the season, the Mercyhurst College women’s soccer team is set to begin their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule. The conference doesn’t seem to have a clear favorite, but based on last year’s results, Ashland and Grand Valley State appear to be the teams to beat. Grand Valley State, which finished second in the Great Lakes Regional tournament last season after a 4-3 loss to Northern Kentucky, is boasting one of the top defenses so far. Grand Valley is 6-2 to open the season, in all six of their wins they have shutout their opponents. Ashland is currently the only team from the GLIAC ranked in the nation. They have opened the season with a 6-1-1 record, good enough to be ranked No. 17 in Division II. Ashland has scored with little


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Women’s soccer looks strong
difficulty up to this point, outscoring their opponents 27-5. Despite these impressive and somewhat intimidating numbers, the Lakers are very much a team that could prevail if they play to their ability. Last season the Lakers tied with Grand Valley and lost to Ashland by just one goal. This means that the Lakers were just one goal away from making it to the Great Lakes Regional tournament. The Lakers will look to take that final step towards the playoffs this season, they have already taken a step in the right direction by avenging two of their non- conference losses from a year ago. The first came in a double overtime victory against SIU-Edwardsville, who just happens to be the only team to defeat Ashland this season. SIU- Edwardsville defeated Mercyhurst 2-1 last year, but was stifled by the Mercyhurst defense this season in a 1-0 shutout. The second table-turning victory for Mercyhurst came in convincing fashion with a 4-0 victory over West Virginia Wesleyan. Wesleyan handed Mercyhurst a 2-1 loss in last year’s contest. It will definitely be a tough road in the GLIAC for the Lakers though. Eight of the nine teams in the conference have a winning record in their non-conference play. Playing in such a competitive division, few wins will come easy. The Lakers will have to play nearly flawless to ensure that they reach the Great Lakes Region tournament. Besides the obvious goal that everyone on the team stays healthy, there are a few other keys to a successful season for the Lakers. A huge key to the Lakers good start is the amazing play from sophomores Finella Annand and Lisa Casement. If these two can continue their stellar play, the Lakers have a chance against any of their competitors this season. Annand leads the team with 13 points, while Casement is right behind her with 11 points. Casement has been playing well as of late, and has significant numbers despite missing the first four games of the season due to injury. Recently, the Lakers battled to a tie in the renewed rivalry game with Edinboro Unviersity on Sept. 22. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie in regulation, and the contest was not decided in the two overtime periods. The team was also in action this past week when they took on Concord on Saturday, Sept. 26. The Lakers dominated from the start and kept on the pressure the entire game. The final was 6-0, with sophomore goalkeeper Karen Eade notching her fifth shutout of the season. Another key for the Lakers will be winning on the road. Last season the Lakers won only four of their eight road games. A big challenge on the road this year will be their contest against GVSU. If the Lakers can stay healthy and build off the momentum they have going into their GLIAC contests, we could very well be seeing them surprising the conKatie McAdams/Photo editor ference and playing deep into the Sophomore Lisa Casement scored four goals and tallied postseason. three assists in the four games she played this year.

Women’s golf win Pitt-Bradford Invitational
Justine Adams Contributing writer With only weeks into the season, the Mercyhurst women’s golf team look like they are ready to take on anyone who gets in their way. On Thursday, Sept. 16, the Lakers traveled to Peek n’ Peak for the Penn State Behrend Invitational. Out of four teams, Mercyhurst placed second with a score of 350. The winner that day was Gannon University, with a score of 326 strokes. This year’s team consists of six talented young women, all of whom are confident and ready for a successful season. Sara Jaecks, Angela Biagini, Hilary McCall and Amy Natalie are leading the team this year with their incredible scores and impressive stroke records. The first four places belonged to Mercyhurst women last week at the Pitt-Bradford Invitational. McCall walked away with first, while Biagini took second with a difference of four strokes. The women’s team score was 258, which is lower because the format of the tournament was based on the lowest three scores, as opposed to the standard of counting the lowest four. The women battled rival Gannon University at the Gannon Invitational on Sept. 23. The five-team tournament ended with Mercyhurst and Ashers were placed sixth of seven teams. The women gave it their all, but unfortunately could not advance upwards. Junior Angela Biagini was disappointed with the team’s finish at their home invitational, but has a good outlook on the season. “We started the season strong, now we just have to keep it up. I think we’ll have a successful season, especially with our freshman. They are both great additions to our team,” she said. File Photo File Photo The team’s confidence comes Junior Angela Biagini Junior Hilary McCall from their coach, Dave Hewett, who graduated from Mercyhurst land tied for first. The Lady Lakers hosted their in 1987, and was inducted into Both teams finished with a own Mercyhurst Invitational Fri- the Mercyhurst College Athletic score of 347, but the Lakers won day and Saturday, Sept. 24-25. Department Hall of Fame at the the tiebreaker on the fifth score. By the end of day one, the Lak- end of 2003 school year. This is Hewett’s second year as the women’s golf coach, and he is trying to turn the program around. “He puts a lot of time and effort into our team. He believes in us, and has made us better athletes,” Biagini said. Biagini’s positive attitude is just what any team needs. She and the other team members are optimistic about the rest of the season. With only a few more invitationals to go, they are looking to finish on top. The team hits the road on Oct. 3-4 traveling to the University of Findlay. The match at Tiffin on Oct. 11-12 are the final events of the fall season.

Old age signals end Women’s lacrosse of an era, or does it? to host invitational
By Ryan Palm Sports editor Anyone who has followed the sports world for the past five or 10 years knows it has become synonymous with names such as Clemens, Testaverde, Farve, Bonds and, for the golf fans out there, Singh. These men have been around for what seems like decades, and, in these particular cases, it really has been. Clemens has been playing in the Major Leagues since 1984. For those non-math majors out there, this is Roger’s 20th season. TWENTY YEARS! I personally am 19 years old, so Clemens has been playing professional baseball at the highest level longer than I have been on the Earth. Hmph. You’re right, baseball isn’t a physical game; those guys don’t run, don’t hit people. All there is to it is hitting a baseball. Well what about Vinny Testaverde? He, at the ripe age of 40, threw touchdown number 253 on Monday Night Football this past week against the Washington Redskins in a thrilling win. Is football a physical game? How about taking hits as a quarterback for 18 years? Tell me that’s not physical. And then there is golf, the easiest sport in the entire world.

Anybody can play, but nobody is good enough to beat the young phenom Tiger Woods, who breaks records like it’s his job. Instead of looking down at everybody else, Woods is looking down this year, at an “old geezer” for that matter. Vijay Singh, who is 41 years old, is on pace to shatter Woods’ record for earnings in a year. By the end of the season, Singh could have $10 million in earnings for 2004 alone. But golf is easy. All you have to do is practice once in a while and you’re a star right? Each and every guy hits range balls everyday on the PGA Tour, but nobody hits them like Vijay. Vijay hits balls until his hands bleed, takes a break and hits more. Ask anyone who follows the tour closely and they will emphatically say that is why he is at the top. Clemens is in the same boat. His workout program was featured in Muscle & Fitness magazine during the spring. It rivals that of a bodybuilder or Olympic athlete. Did I mention that he is 42 years old? How about a record of 18-4 with a 2.89 earned run average? One more time: Clemens is 42 years old. Brett Farve has only been in

the league for 12 years, which is still a very long career for any player in the National Football League. The amazing thing is that he has not missed a start in that time, giving him 212 straight starts. But he is washed up right? How many washed up quarterbacks throw for 360 yards and four touchdowns in a duel with the league’s best quarterback? I don’t really need to go into Barry Bonds do I? He turned 40 this season and is hitting an astounding .372 with 45 homeruns and 101 runs batted in. Once again, 40 years old. This day and age of sports is all about high school players going pro, college kids leaving early and rookies starting at quarterback or first year guys cracking the starting lineup in the outfield. They all have more money than they know what to do with, have mansions the size of three normal houses put together and could probably buy this entire city a Happy Meal from McDonald’s and not even feel it. But they still play; they still have a great passion for the games they love. Some care about records, others really do want the money, but for the majority of these guys, they just cannot stay away from the game.

By Ryan Palm Sports editor The women’s lacrosse team, along with the team from Gannon University, is hosting the inaugural Lake Erie Shootout, a Fall Ball Woman’s Lacrosse Tournament. The tournament will take place on Sunday, Oct. 3 here in Erie, Pa. The event marks the first time that Mercyhurst College has hosted a women’s lacrosse tournament. The tournament’s games will be split between Tullio Field and Gannon Field. The games will be every halfhour and run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Lakers are in action at 9

a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. All of their games are played at Tullio Field, and likewise Gannon plays theirs at the Gannon Field. The tournament boasts a total of 12 NCAA Division I/II/III institutions including Mercyhurst College, Gannon University, Robert Morris University, Canisius College, Niagara University, Le Moyne College, St. Bonaventure University, Bloomsburg University, Lock Haven University, SUNY Fredonia, Buffalo State College and the University of Pittsburgh. The team returns 12 seniors from last year’s team, which finished 5-10 last year. Senior Kristen Jankowski returns as leading scorer, with 24 goals and 14 assists for 38

points. Senior Dara Liberati returns as points leader, tallying 18 goals with 22 assists. This will also be the debut for new head coach Cecil Pilson, who takes over the program this season. Pilson comes to Mercyhurst from Longwood University in Farmville, Va. Stacey Gaudette, head coach for the previous season, is turning her duties primarily to the field hockey program, although she will be helping with lacrosse as well. The team begins regular season play in February, when they travel south to Myrtle Beach, C.A. Their first regular season contest is scheduled for Feb. 27 against Lees-McRae .

Cross country wins ‘Race in the Park’
By Matt Jackson Contributing writer The men’s and women’s cross country team swept the “Race in the Park” held Sept 25, at Frontier Park. The invitational featured three teams, Mercyhurst along with Gannon and Lake Erie College from Ohio. Senior Leif Schmidt paced the men with a time of 27:58, which was the best in the field. Following right behind Schmidt was freshman Ken Foster at 28:20, senior Scott Bishop at 28:40, and tal of 18 points. Gannon finished second with 43, and Lake Erie third with 90. The women’s victory was even more dominant, as they too finished with 18 points. Gannon was even farther back with 48 points and Lake Erie far behind with 131. Senior Shannon Morton set a course and meet record with a time of 18:53 and was followed File Photo by Beth Kenniston with a time Senior Shannon Morton of 19:33. in fourth place sophomore Matt The team is in action again at Deragon at 28:43. the Slippery Rock Invitational on The team finished in first place Oct. 9, which is held in Slippery by a significant margin, with a to- Rock, Pa.