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Vol. 78 No. 3 Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie Pa. 16546 October 6, 2004
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By Holly Burns Contributing writer If you are a student at Mercyhurst, you have probably been experiencing some problems with the campus network. However, the Information Technology (IT) department is working hard to keep them from happening. The campus Internet is currently being expanded to a larger capacity to improve the quality of the connection for Mercyhurst students. However, there has been a delay in the expansion process because of problems that Verizon and Global Crossing have had with coordinating the delivery of a ﬁber connection to Mercyhurst. Both vendors have said that they are back on track, but a completion date has not been determined as of yet. Pat Benekos, Director of Information Technology, says, “Students need to realize that even with a bigger connection, we will still prioritize trafﬁc while allocating bandwidth.” This means that students are still expected to avoid causing trafﬁc in the network as much as possible. Benekos cited two steps that students should take to ensure that they are not contributing to the problem. The ﬁrst step is to make sure that your Windows updates are current. Secondly, make sure that your antivirus is current. Benekos says that these two steps can prevent most PC problems from occurring. However, if students have not
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Students may stress when work needs to be done and the Internet is down. taken these steps and are contributing Also, in some instances, student nected. If a student has been disconnected to the problem, the IT department ports are being disconnected as a rewill notify them, saying that their sult of excessive trafﬁc due to viruses more than once, the situation will be referred to Residence Life for computers are vulnerable to viruses, or peer-to-peer downloading. requiring that they perform the upThese students must then call the review. Please see Network Page 2. dates immediately. Help Desk in order to be recon-
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New grad progams put ’Hurst on map
By Holly Burns Contributing writer The graduate programs at Mercyhurst College have always been a success, but they are about to enhance Mercyhurst’s reputation in a big way. In addition to the graduate programs offered in Administration of Justice, Special Education and Organizational Leadership, the college now offers two additional programs in Applied Intelligence, as well as Forensic and Biological Anthropology. The Master of Science Degree program in Applied Intelligence is a 33-credit program designed to provide the framework for the study and application of intelligence. Students will take a variety of courses in a basic core, which includes exposure to the fundamental concepts and techniques related to intelligence. They will also take elective courses, which focus on areas such as law enforcement, national security and competitive intelligence. Students participating in the program will experience state-of-the-art learning resources and exposure to an accomplished faculty with a variety of expertise. The program also allows them to network with potential employers in the government and the private sector, as they will be working on projects within the department that are contracted with the federal government. “There was a need for a more intensive, in-depth study on research analysis and how it relates to intelligence,” said James Breckenridge, director of the undergraduate Research Intelligence Analyst Program (RIAP). “I saw that in my travels to New York and Washington, D.C.” The Applied Intelligence program builds on the nationally renowned RIAP program, but enrollment is not limited to graduates of the undergraduate RIAP program. Alyssa Sundy, a student currently enrolled in the Applied Intelligence program, came from Penn State where she studied International Politics. She says that Mercyhurst made the transition between the two programs very easy and the program, thus far, is living up to her expectations. The Applied Intelligence program is the ﬁrst program in the country to focus on the study of research and intelligence analysis. The second addition to Mercyhurst’s graduate programs is the Master of Science Degree program in Forensic and Biological Anthropology. This is the first program in the country that focuses on the combined ﬁelds of forensic and biological anthropology. Students will take courses in all the major components of forensic anthropology, including forensic osteology, forensic archaeology, forensic taphonomy and skeletal trauma.
Upcoming Campus Events
Saturday, Oct. 9
Oktoberfest: 12 p.m. until 6 p.m., Garvey Park.
Sunday, Oct. 10
Music: Paul Groves, 2:30 p.m., PAC.
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Geography institute is eye opener for students
By Elizabeth Johnson Contributing writer Mercyhurst students use geography daily; whether it’s ﬁnding their way to class, the dining hall or bars, according to Ed Grode, director of the new Mercyhurst Institute for Geography Education. “Not a day...goes by when not everyone on the planet uses geography,” said Grode. Because students are taking his Introduction to World Geography class to fulﬁll a requirement, Grode strives to make Geography relate to everday life. He points out that football players use geography to ﬁnd the end zone and that rock group managers use geography when scheduling concerts. Since the majority of his students are education majors, Grode likes to show them hands-on projects. Having them break into small groups and make landforms like islands, archipelagos, isthmuses and straights from construction paper, is one such activity which can then be used in their classrooms. Drawing from his personal experience as a principal for the Erie School District, Grode recalls that when American students were given the opportunity to question German
Monday, Oct. 11
McHale Distinguished Speaker Series: William Kristol, 8 p.m., PAC.
Wednesday, Oct. 13
Film: Twilight Samurai, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., PAC.
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Ed Grode offers students a different look at geography in class.
students, they asked, “Do you guys have cars in Germany?” Questions like these “emphasizes the fact that we know nothing about the rest of the world,” said Grode. Grode remembers another incident
which occurred before the fall of the Soviet Union. Soviet students were put in front of an honors class and a girl asked, “Was it a long drive over from Moscow?” “Now you have to be fairly sharp
to be in an honors class. ... It says nothing about her; it says what she was never exposed to. So I blame us and not the kids,” Grode said.
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Students plan Dean’s list students honored demonstration
By Jaime Myers and Kelly Rose Duttine Students from Mercyhurst Peace and Justice Club, in recognition of National Indigenous Resistance Day, will hold a peaceful, non-violent demonstration outside of the Taco Bell on Peach Street on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Students are protesting the unfair treatment of tomato pickers in the United States by YUM Inc., owners of Taco Bell. If you are interested, meet in the Student Union at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12. For more information visit www.ciw-online.com. Peace and Justice meets every Monday at 7 p.m. in Campus Ministry. The annual Dean’s List dinner took place Sunday night in the Egan Hall Cafeteria to honor the students at Mercyhurst who achieve academic excellence, but there were fewer students honored than ever before. One reason for the lack of students was an increase in the standards for making the Dean’s List this year. Students had to have a grade point average of 3.6 for the previous academic year. In previous years, students only had to have a 3.5 to be honored. Sue Johnson, who works in the Academic Affairs ofﬁce, says that there are just too many smart students that attend Mercyhurst. According to Johnson, they will have to either raise the standards again or look for a larger place to hold the dinner. Another reason that some students were not invited to the dinner was because of a glitch in the system with students who studied outside of the gates of Mercyhurst College during the previous academic year. Senior Tim Krysiek was one such student. Krysiek called the ofﬁce of Academic Affairs after he didn’t get an invitation to the dinner because he thought his grades were high enough for the Dean’s List. “It’s not really that important to me, but I was curious why I didn’t get an invitation,” said Krysiek. The ofﬁce of Academic Affairs told him that it was because he did not complete enough credits at Mercyhurst this year. Krysiek feels that this is one problem of many that students face after they return from studying abroad. “Mercyhurst advocates studying abroad, but then they don’t show support for the students,” said Krysiek. Johnson and the Office of Academic Affairs just discovered this problem last Friday morning, too late to do anything about the students. “We didn’t notice that this was the policy until right before the dinner,” said Johnson. “Those students were just not included in the parameters of the search that we give to the Registrar’s Ofﬁce because their credits come up as them not taking the class at Mercyhurst.” Johnson and the Office of Academic Affairs hope to change this policy for next year. “We do think that studying abroad is a good thing. We don’t mean to penalize for it,” said Johnson. “It is something we will absolutely take care of for next year.”
New geography institute at ’Hurst
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Grode said that when National Geographic conducted a survey among industrialized countries to test geographic knowledge among adolescents and adults, Americans scored last in most categories. In 1995, he started the ﬁrst geography theme-based elementary school at Perry Elementary School in Erie. “I thought at the elementary level we could really make a difference,” Grode said. In November 2000, Perry students were recognized in the National Geographic Magazine. The Mercyhurst Institute for Geography Education, located in 314 Main, is in its ﬁrst year. The program’s primary goal “is to espouse the best practices in teaching geography,” said Grode. One of the main duties of the Institute is to publish a newsletter/journal called “The Geography Teacher” twice a year. The ﬁrst issue comes out Oct. 10 and costs $10, but is available to Mercyhurst students for $5. Grode will give a speech on the subject in Kansas City at the National Council for Geographic Education’s annual conference on Oct. 19. The opening article is “Encouraging Girls to be Geographers.” According to Grode, all studies on gender differences show that males perform better in the study of geography; the theory with most credence for this is that girls are dumbing themselves down at the elementary level because of peer pressure. The Institute will also establish a geography Website and will serve as a clearing house for informational materials from the Pennsylvania Geographic Alliance, The Pennsylvania Geographical Society and the National Geographic Society. A Geography Championship, sponsored by the Institute, will be held Nov. 6 in the Little Theater for 7th and 8th graders in all Erie County schools. The preliminaries will begin at 9 a.m. and the ﬁnals at 1 p.m. The winner and runner-up will be ﬂown to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. Possible future plans for Mercyhurst students include a club for geography. “The whole goal is to have people think geographically,” said Grode.
Dr. Michael Federici delivering speech to Dean’s list
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The most prestigious award given at the dinner was the Academic Excellence Award. This award was given to the students with a perfect GPA of a 4.0. Thirteen students at Mercyhurst have a perfect 4.0 GPA. Besides the students, faculty members of academic affairs, as well as chairs of the different academic departments and the President of Mercyhurst, Dr. William Garvey came to honor the students. The guest speaker was Dr. Michael Federici, of the Political Science Department, who spoke
about student involvement in the upcoming election. He said that voters were in favor of George W. Bush after the Republican convention. But then things changed some after the first presidential debate, when John Kerry was calm and in control. He believes that Bush has the advantage because history seems to side with the incumbent president. Only nine out of 28 incumbent presidents have lost to their opponent. Students are urged to vote in the presidential election or send in their absentee ballots.
Network changes in the works
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Information Technology provides students with more than just reconnections after trafﬁc problems. The Help Desk also assists students in resolving other network connection issues. Unfortunately, because the number of student computers on campus is near 2000, the Help Desk cannot perform computer repairs, like hard drives or power supplies. There are simply not enough resources to perform repairs on that large amount of systems. However, the Help Desk can assist students over the phone or in Preston 15. In some cases, a student may be authorized to bring their PC or laptop in by appointment, but that will not be necessary for everyone. According to Benekos, “Most of the problems that students have are software related and are the result of spyware, Trojans and viruses. We can assist in resolving those problems and we do every day.” For student convenience, the Help Desk is expanding their hours until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. In addition, changes have been made to the Mercyhurst Webpage. It has been redesigned by the Public Relations ofﬁce to be an information source for people outside of Mercyhurst. The Webpage is now focused on a broader, outside audience. On the other hand, Lakernet is also being enhanced to contain more information from more offices to communicate with students. “The focus is on developing Lakernet to become the information resource for students,” says Benekos. Lakernet, which can be easily accessed through the Mercyhurst Webpage, is a helpful tool for Information Technology updates and virus assistance.
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Graduates of the program are encouraged to go on to receive a Ph.D. within the forensic and biological anthropology discipline. The mixture of academic and hands-on abilities the students will possess at the close of the program will allow them to compete with other graduate students for teaching assistantships, as well as earning grants and scholarships. Other students wishing to seek employment with local, state and federal agencies upon graduation from the program will not have a problem doing so. Graduates of the program will have extensive case experience, having worked on about 30 cases with the police. They will be able to perform professionally in crime scene data collection, as well as conduct preliminary analyses of human remains recovered from forensic scenes. “We’re excited because I truly believe that we have the best program in the country,” says Dennis Dirkmaat, Director of the Forensic and Biological Anthropology program. “In fact, we could have the best one in the world.” Chris Rainwater, a graduate of the study of anthropology, came all the way from the University of Florida to participate in Mercyhurst’s new graduate program. Coming from a large school, Rainwater is very impressed with the personal attention and interaction that he receives from Mercyhurst faculty. He also says that the new, stateof-the-art processing lab presents many opportunities for students of the program. The program is highly competitive, accepting only five students per year. Dirkmaat says that Mercyhurst can expect to produce only the highest caliber of students from this program. In the words of Dirkmaat, “Mercyhurst is on the map.” According to Missy Breckenridge, the Associate Vice President for Adult and Graduate Programs, the implementation of these two new graduate programs is a result of a combined student and faculty interest. It has been a project two years in the making. Breckenridge says, alluding to a statement by President William P. Garvey, that Mercyhurst graduate programs have always been in response to the mission of meeting local community need. However, the new programs are now meeting a larger, national community need. There is no doubt that the new programs will be a positive addition to the college and enhance its reputation nationally. However, as a member of the administration at Mercyhurst College, Breckenridge recognizes the impact that the expanded graduate programs may have on the campus. She says that there is no interest in moving away from the undergraduate focus, but she admits that the increased enrollment of graduate students will present issues that will need to be addressed, such as housing and the question of the necessity of further expansion to the college. Breckenridge stresses that, “the trajectory of the college will not be changed.” The focus of further administrative discussion on the issues surrounding the new programs will be the ways in which the college will be able to provide a good culture for the graduate students, while still maintaining a focus on undergraduates. The goal of the administration is to make the graduate students and the undergraduate students work together to make Mercyhurst College an even more successful institution for higher education.
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October 6, 2004
NEWS Bush, Kerry debate who can best lead in wartime
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By Steven Thomma and James Kuhnhenn Knight Ridder Newspapers CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Sen. John Kerry accused President Bush of making a “colossal mistake” in invading Iraq, hoping a sharp attack in their ﬁrst debate Thursday would shake up the presidential campaign ﬁve weeks before voters go to the polls. Bush countered that Kerry was a political opportunist who voted to authorize the war, then denounced it and thus discounted his effectiveness as a potential commander in chief. “What message does that send?” Bush asked repeatedly. The 90-minute face-off was the first debate over national security between the leaders of the country’s two major political parties since the United States was attacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001. Kerry needed to score against Bush, facing the incumbent 32 days before Election Day, with Bush holding a slight lead in most polls but the race still close enough to swing either way. With as many as 60 million Americans watching, the debate offered the single best chance for Kerry to gain ground or for Bush to solidify his lead. Though many voters have already made up their minds, Thursday night’s audience still was likely to be the largest of the three debates and its subjects of war and national security the most pressing. Indeed, news from Iraq Thursday competed with the debate and underscored the stakes. First, terrorist car bombings killed 14 adults and at least 35 children accepting candy from American soldiers at the grand opening of a sewage treatment plant in Baghdad. Another 200 people, many
children, were injured. Later, U.S. and Iraqi forces launched a major attack against the insurgent stronghold of Samarra. Kerry stayed on the offensive throughout the showdown, held at the University of Miami, labeling Bush as a careless leader who let terrorist Osama bin Laden escape in Afghanistan, led the country precipitously into war in Iraq without proper planning and ignored vital security needs at home, such as securing ports. Bush defended his record as a determined and steadfast leader who’s taken the ﬁght to enemies abroad. Even when Americans disagree with him, he said, they know where he stands. Kerry said Bush wrongly took his focus off the war against terror in Afghanistan to invade Iraq and that he went to war there too quickly, without enough troops, allies or planning for how to secure the post-war peace. “This president has made, I regret to say, a colossal error of judgment, and judgment is what we look for in the president of the United States of America,” Kerry said. Of bin Laden, Kerry said Americans should’ve captured him in the Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan in late 2001. “We had him surrounded,” Kerry said. “But we didn’t use American forces, the best trained in the world to go kill him. The president relied on Afghan warlords that he outsourced that job to.” The Democratic Presidential nominee said Afghanistan has slipped backward since an American-led coalition invaded in retaliation for the Sept. 11 attacks. He said Afghanistan now produces 75 percent of the world’s opium and that elections have been postponed three
times. Turning back to Iraq, Kerry said Bush doesn’t acknowledge how bad things are. “It’s getting worse every day,” Kerry said. “More soldiers killed in June than before, more in July than June, more in August than July, more in September than in August. And we see beheadings, and we got weapons of mass
ent set of convictions about how you make America safe. I believe America is safest and strongest when we are leading the world, and when we are leading strong alliances. “I’ll never give a veto to any country over our security. But I also know how to lead those alliances,” Kerry said. “This president has left them in shat-
been brought to justice. The rest of them know we’re after them. The Taliban is no longer in power. Ten million people have registered to vote in Afghanistan in the upcoming presidential election. “In Iraq, we saw a threat, and we realized that after September the 11th, we must take threats seriously before they fully ma-
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Students gathered in the Student Union last Thursday, Sept. 30, to view the Presidential Debate live from the University of Miami. The student event was sponsored by Mercyhurst’s Pi Sigma Alpha, Young Democrats and Young Republicans.
destruction crossing the border every single day, and they’re blowing people up.” Kerry insisted he would be a strong defender of the United States. “I can make America safer than President Bush has made us,” Kerry said. “I believe President Bush and I both love our country equally, but we just have a differ-
ters across the globe, and we’re now 90 percent of the casualties in Iraq and 90 percent of the costs.” Bush countered strongly that he’s led a successful war against terrorism. “We pursued al Qaida wherever al Qaida tries to hide,” Bush said. “Seventy-ﬁve percent of known al Qaida leaders have
terialize. Saddam Hussein now sits in a prison cell; America and the world are safer for it. We continue to pursue our policy of disrupting those who would proliferate weapons of mass destruction.” Bush acknowledged that many Americans disagree with his policies. “I understand everybody in
this country doesn’t agree with the decisions that I’ve made,” he said. “And I’ve made some tough decisions. But people know where I stand. People out there listening know what I believe, and that’s how best it is to keep the peace.” On Iraq, Bush pointedly noted that Kerry had seen the same intelligence and had declared Saddam Hussein a threat. He also reminded people that Kerry once observed that anyone like Democratic primary rival Howard Dean who believed the capture of Saddam didn’t make America any safer didn’t have the judgment to be president. “I agree with him,” Bush said, turning Kerry’s words against him. Bush also reminded viewers repeatedly that Kerry has criticized the Iraq war as “the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time,” saying that stance would make it next to impossible for Kerry to get more allies to participate as he’s promised. “I don’t see how you can lead this country to succeed in Iraq if you say wrong war, wrong time, wrong place,” Bush said. “What message does that send our troops? What message does that send to our allies? What message does that send the Iraqis? No, the way to win this is to be steadfast and resolved and to follow through on the plan that I just outlined.” Bush also insisted that bin Laden, while still free, is no longer an effective leader of terrorists against the United States. “He’s isolated,” Bush said. “Seventy-five percent of his people have been brought to justice. The mastermind of the September the 11th attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, is in prison. We’re making progress.”
October 6, 2004
FEATURES Stay ﬁt, have fun at the athletic center
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By Amy Landphair Contributing writer Students must endure miles of monotonous treadmill running and sweating on their dorm room floors to dull workout videos no longer. The Mercyhurst Fitness Center offers a diverse schedule of physical ﬁtness classes for the campus community including kickboxing, pilates, spinning, step aerobics, hip hop and martial arts. No previous training in these areas is necessary to participate. The classes, which are free and open to all Mercyhurst students, faculty and staff members, take place in the practice rooms inside the Fitness Center. Most sessions run on a ﬁrst come-ﬁrst serve basis because space is limited. “You’ll want to get there at least 10 minutes early,” says Caitlin Miller. Miller, a junior, is one of many people around the country who has found satisfaction through the recently popular Spinning program. This indoor cycling program uses stationary bikes with adjustable resistance levels. Classes run for approximately one hour and consist of a 40minute workout with a warm-up and a cool-down. Instructors must be certiﬁed in technique by the trademarked Spinning program, but each ses-
Training is open to beginners, hobbyists and participants with previous advanced training. The instructor implements a comprehensive style of teaching and building upon skills. Interested beginners should come at the start of a session to receive an orientation of the program. Since times of classes are changing during the upcoming week, interested participants may contact John Bruno at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. If martial arts is too aggressive, one might enjoy the slower tempo of Pilates. Floor stretches and controlled leg and abdominal exercises comprise much of the hour long work out. Pilates methods tone and slim muscles, strengthen the abdomen, increase flexibility and Katie McAdams/ Photo editor improve back posture and moThis year, the ﬁtness center offers an assortment of classes. It provides fun opportunities for students and faculty to bility. stay in shape, especially during this upcoming Erie winter. Pictured are PJ Mastylak and Neil Fucci (standing). Pilates is not a high intensity aerobic workout, but its toning results are comparable. Classes meet on Sunday at 7:30 sion may incorporate different with their technique. while working at their own in- typical aerobics class. p.m., Monday and Wednesday at routines at the discretion of the This term, classes run at the tensity level. Classes meet on Monday and instructor. following times: Sunday 7:30 Kickboxing classes are Tuesday Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Tuesday and ThursMany people, Miller explained, p.m., Monday and Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at 4:30 day at 8:40 p.m. Schedules for all ﬁtness classes have an instructor they prefer 4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday Step aerobics meets Monday, p.m. because of their attitude and 12:10 p.m. and 4:30p.m. and Wednesday and Friday at 4 p.m. For those people who like can be picked up at the front music. Friday 4 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. kickboxing, but do not need the dePJsk of the Fitness Center. While Mercyhurst charges These high energy classes use Other loud, high energy workThe hip hop class is new to the dance music, martial arts classes students thousands of dollars loud, fun music as motivation, out options are kickboxing, step fall schedule. may be a good solution. alongside shouts of encourage- aerobics and hip hop classes. It was formed to serve the These sessions teach boxing, during the year to exercise their ment from the instructor, who These hour-long aerobics many people who find them- kickboxing, grappling, self-de- minds each week, exercising their will periodically walk around the classes allow the participant to selves wanting to dance rather fense, flexibility and physical bodies is free. room to help individual cyclists build strength and endurance, than perform the routine of a ﬁtness.
Is there McDonald’s in Poland?
By Ola Powazynska and Kasia Tarczynska Contributing writers One of the first questions that I was asked after coming to Erie, apart from the one in the title, was, “What are the differences between the United States and Poland?” I remember that it was hard for me to answer right away. There aren’t any great differKatie McAdams/ Photo editor ences between life in Poland and life in Erie (since I haven’t From left, Ola Powazynska, Kasia Tarczynska, and Anna lived anywhere else in the U.S. Dunin are three of Mercyhurst’s Polish students. for a long period of time). The ﬁc and cuts down the pollution on one exam only, so it makes difference lays in details. of the environment. studying a lot more stressful First, the climate of Poland is That’s what I miss while in than in the U.S. similar to that of Erie. Erie, as well as having restauImagine having one combined Therefore, long winters and rants and stores within walking exam in U.S. History I, II and short summers were nothing distance. III and you’ll get a feel for a new to me. Which, unfortuIf you don’t have a car here, Polish ﬁnal exam. nately, doesn’t make it less you’re grounded, which I found A lot of times, the exams are irritating. out while staying at Mercyhurst held orally, which was particuSecond, the ﬂora and fauna over this past summer. larly nerve-racking for me. of Erie doesn’t differ a lot from From my own experience of Also, you need to wear a suit that of Poland. spending one year at a Polish or at least a white button-down The difference in the land- university, I can say that the shirt to an exam, even if it is a scape lays more in its urban main difference between the written one. No baseball caps or make-up. higher education in Poland and pajamas are allowed to be worn Driving through the streets of in the U.S. is that the teaching in class, even on a normal day. Lublin, you will see rows and style at Polish universities at These are only a few of the rows of tall apartment build- the B.A. level resembles the interesting aspects of Poland. ings, an ugly remainder of the American style at the graduate If you are interested in learncommunist era. school level. ing more, feel free to talk to the You will also notice numerous At a Polish university there are representatives of Mercyhurst buses and trolleys packed with either one or two exams in each International Student Organipeople commuting to work or class, and they are either at the zation. school. end of a semester or at the end They will introduce you to the Poland, as in other Euro- of two semesters. Polish students living on campean countries, has a highly Each class lasts for a semester pus, who might help you to betdeveloped public transportation or two semesters. ter understand the differences system, which reduces the trafGrades very often depend between the two cultures.
Lights, camera, action: communications department to sponsor 1st annual scriptwriting contest
By Natalie Jo Vindivich Contributing writer Attention all writers, actors and anyone interested in ﬁlming or editing; the Communications Department is sponsoring the ﬁrst annual scriptwriting contest. The winning script will be made into a student-produced movie with production taking place in the winter and spring terms. Although Mercyhurst has produced ﬁlms in the past, this is the ﬁrst opportunity for students to submit scripts. In the spring of 2003, the Communications Department delivered a black and white Photo courtesy of the Communications Department 1940s style ﬁlm titled Synaptic Students from last year’s production of Love is Blind. Conundrum. This past spring, the depart- process. Nov. 1 by Mr. Dennis Lebec, Asment presented Love is Blind; a Scripts must equal 25-40 min- sistant Professor, in 108 Hirt. contemporary college piece. The winner will be announced utes in length, or approximately Dr. Richard Welch wrote both 30-50 pages in length. Dec. 1 and one 100 dollar prize scripts. When writing, students are will be awarded to the author or Due to the success of the asked to keep in mind the limi- authors of the script. previous two movies, a sequel tations of existing equipment, Opportunities are also availto Synaptic Conundrum will be number of shooting locations able for any student interested ﬁlmed in addition to the winning and expertise of the actors. in helping with or acting in the script this year. Because the ﬁlm will be shown sequal to Synaptic Conundrum. The script writing contest is on the Mercyhurst campus, the Please contact Dr. Gibson in open to all students currently winning script must be appro- the Communications Departenrolled at Mercyhurst College. priate. ment for more information or Undergraduates of any major All scripts must be received by to get involved. may enter; involvement with the movies is not restricted to com1st Annual Scriptwriting Contest munications majors. Scripts must be type-written Sponsored by the Department of using a Microsoft scriptwriting Communications template. Scripts typed in other formats Rules will not be accepted. A panel of academic and pro1. Contest open to all currently enrolled Mercyhurst College fessional judges will evaluate undergraduate students of any major. scripts using a masked review 2. Scripts must be type-written using Microsoft scriptwriting template found at: http://ofﬁce.microsoft.com/en-us/temStudent Travel plates/TC010186361033.aspx. No scripts will be accepted in any other format. Services 3. A panel of three judges (both academic and professional) will evaluate scripts using a masked review process. WinSpring Break 2005. Travel ner will be announced December 1, 2004. with STS, America’s #1 4. The winning script will be produced by students in Student Tour Operator the Department of Communication in Winter and Spring to Jamaica, Cancun, 2004/2005 terms. Acapulco, Bahamas and 5. Scripts must keep in mind the limitations of existing Florida. Now hiring onequipment (limited special effects), number of shooting campus reps. Call for group locations, and the expertise of the actors. discounts. Information/ 7. Because the ﬁlm will be shown on Mercyhurst campus, Reservations: the winning script must be appropriate in content and language. 1-800-648-4849 or 8. All scripts must be received by November 1, 2004 to Mr. Dennis Lebec, Assistant Professor, Department of Comwww.ststravel.com . munication, 108 Hirt.
SAC keeps students occupied with a myriad of activities
By Katie Goodwin Contributing writer If you thought that college was all fun and games then you’re right. At least this is the message that Mercyhurst’s Social Activities Committee (SAC) stands by. Each weekend, SAC puts on events aimed at all students. SAC is made up of 10 students who make sure they are providing the students with what they want and what they’ll enjoy. The committee members are aware that not every event will appeal to all, but that doesn’t stop them from dedicating a serious amount of free time to this committee. “We have big competition coming from people going home on weekends, playing sports or just wanting to go out on a Friday or Saturday,” Laura Hearn said. “What we try to do is plan events so that each student would be interested in going to three events per term.” Another mission of SAC is to provide students with events that complement their academic lives and allow them to unwind for a few hours. Events such as “Food for Finals” are usually the term’s biggest turnout with students, and they are always met with great success. The annual fall fest will take place Oct. 9. This year’s theme is ‘Oktoberfest.’ The days events will go from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Four bands will get the fest started with appearances from Mercyhurst’s own students. Food and activities will be going on all day. The Fest will include a pig roast, a cookout, dip’n’dots ice cream, and pudding wrestling. SAC will also team up with the Ambassadors on Oct. 30 to give haunted campus tours around the college.
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By Kaitlyn Reif Contributing writer Fall is here and the Residence Life Office at Mercyhurst is busier than ever. The department is striving to achieve many goals this year and has many interesting issues it is working on right now. “The main goal this year is to promote an environment in which students can be successful, comfortable, learn well in and enjoy,” said Director of Residence Life Laura Zirkle. Residence Life is a speciﬁc area within the college dedicated completely to the student’s lives. They focus on helping students with their problems and creating a comfortable and productive environment. Also, they are involved with discipline, scheduling and ﬁlling desk-worker positions in McAuley, Baldwin and Egan Residence Halls. “Different seasons bring different concerns with the department,” Zirkle said. “In the fall we have small issues to deal with,” Zirkle said. “Tons of paper work always needs to be completed because the system in which the college does things is always changing. We mostly deal with freshmen
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Residence Life Ofﬁce vital Gasse makes singing to students all over campus debut in New York City
in the fall though. But we are always dealing with programming for different things.” Zirkle said that the aspect of the student’s lives they deal with most is discipline. “Discipline is always a constant,” she said. This year’s newest accomplishment of Residence Life is the new Student Handbook. This handbook not only has an introduction to Mercyhurst and other important information pertaining to the college like the many rules and procedures, but also includes a planner. “We worked really hard on those Student Handbooks and we are just so excited about them,” Zirkle said. Other new updates include the Mercyhurst Website. The department constantly updates the Website to make it easier to navigate and include all the information that someone could possibly want from it. The newest adjustment on campus was the sophomore living area on 3937 and 3939 Briggs Ave. It was created in order to make the adjustment from living in the freshmen dorms to living in apartments easier. The sophomores will have to periodically ﬁll out surveys and complete mini tests to see how they are adjusting. In these special designated apartments the students get more attention so they have a smoother transition from freshman to sophomore year. So what’s next on Residence Life’s agenda? They are always trying to improve all the programs at Mercyhurst. The next big activity will be Christmas on Campus. After that, they will be busy picking RAs and beginning to get organized with student housing. Zirkle said, “We try to get things up and running and off to a good start. This always takes a lot of time.” The department is trying to help students who live offcampus, helping to get them adjusted to living in their own house for the ﬁrst time. They are making programs to help these students and make them become aware of what they should be paying attention to when living off campus, Zirkle said. So whether a resident or not, students can beneﬁt from the programs and services that Residence Life has to offer. Keep your ears open for upcoming activities around campus by Residence Life. By Jen Helbig Features editor This past weekend, sophomore Nicole Gasse sang her way one step closer to her dream in New York City. “I sang in a one act opera called ‘The Ruined Maid’,” Gasse said. “It was one of three acts in a show titled ‘Maids, Mischief and Mayhem’.” Gasse, a music education major, has had her mind set on opera singing since her childhood. “My grandfather and I used to sit in the basement and listen to opera records,” Gasse recalled. “He would ask me what I wanted to be, and I would tell him, ‘an opera singer’.” Gasse’s dream came true this weekend with much help from her singing instructor, Ms. Louisa Jonason Jonason found a place for Gasse in the After Dinner Opera Company, which was recently revived after 50 years in existence. “This is the first show that reactivated the company,” Gasse said. Gasse is the only Mercyhurst student to perform with the company thus far. “Ms. Jonason became the leader of the company and helped resurrect it,” Gasse said. “Hopefully a lot of other Mercyhurst students will have the opportunity to be part of it.” Gasse’s trip to New York City is actually a great accomplishment. “There aren’t a lot of 18-yearolds who have the opportunity to perform in New York,” Gasse said. The experience was real to what Gasse hopes to do for a career. “I found out about the part in late June,” Gasse explained, “and I rehearsed it alone over the summer.” “I came to Mercyhurst to practice a few times, and we have been rehearsing since school started.” Gasse was not the only perlearn when to be reserved and when to be out of this world with emotions.” Gasse was able to take aspects of Mercyhurst with her to New York. “I beneﬁted greatly from Ms. Jonason’s teaching and guidance. Also Dr. Glinsky’s and the D’Angelo School of Music’s support. My family, too, has always provided love and support, necessary to help me fulﬁll my dreams.” Jonason accompanied Gasse to New York along with Mr. Robert Frankenbury, the musical director. Gasse’s parents were also able to drive from Peters Township, Pa. to see her. Gasse learned from the experience and will be able to use her skills at Mercyhurst. “Now I know what it’s like
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Sophomore Nicole Gasse traveled to New York City for her opera singing debut.
former. “Catherine Zona, a Mercyhurst Alumni, was also in ‘The Ruined Maid’,” Gasse said. “There were also four other
“This entire experience
reinforced how much I want to pursue opera as a career and perform for life.”
- Nicole Gasse
singers, two of which were from Erie. They were Luka Glinsky and Stephanie Gandolfo.” The experience provided Gasse with new acting skills of transforming into a different character. “I played a 40 year old snooty woman who runs into her former kitchen maid,” Gasse said, “and the kitchen maid had an affair with my husband. The opera was basically an interchange of conversation between the two characters.” The opera takes place in the 1890s, so Gasse had to learn how to prepare for her part. “At ﬁrst it was difﬁcult part to play,” Gasse explained. “I had to learn how to move around, and it was hard to get used to being proper. I had to to perform for an appreciative audience,” Gasse said. “This entire experience reinforced how much I want to pursue opera as a career and perform for life.” Gasse’s opera career has just begun. In December, Gasse will be appearing as Antonia in Mercyhurst’s production of Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffman.” “Antonia is one of Hoffman’s three loves,” Gasse explained. “She is in her late teens or early 20s, and she is dying of a disease where every time she sings, she gets worse.” Gasse said that she will take the experience from New York to better herself.
The question is, why Mercyhurst?
By Justine Adams Contributing writer Since the college opened in 1926, Mercyhurst has been working to build and develop a strong campus with a diverse student body. 75 years later, the college has done just that. Each year, the entering freshman class seems to get larger. National and international students ﬂock to this small liberal arts college. Katie McAdams/ Photo editor The question is, why MercyThe appeal of a campus’ appearance can determine stuhurst? The college is located in a com- dents’ comfort at the school. petitive area. Gannon University According to the 2004 New is only minutes away. Penn State around here, and that is extremely Student Enrollment Report, the Behrend is about 15 minutes east comforting for parents.” Another perk that Lindahl freshman class has come from 29 of the college and Edinboro University is only 20 minutes south. mentions is the rewarding hous- different states and 10 different With all of those schools to ing situation Mercyhurst offers. countries. For the ﬁrst year on campus One thing Lindahl stressed was choose from, why choose Merstudents are required to live in the college’s goal to be diverse. cyhurst? The school is both religiously and According to Travis Lindahl, the college dorms. After that, students move over geographically diverse. Associate Director of AdmisEven though the college is sions, there are many different to the Briggs, Lewis and Wayne a private, Catholic institution, areas that the admissions ofﬁce Street apartments. These apartments can ﬁt up only 59 percent of students are focuses on to attract prospective to four people, but triples and Roman Catholic. 18 percent are students. Protestant, leaving the other 23 When trying to interest a stu- doubles are also offered. At most colleges, students live percent to other religions. dent to attend Mercyhurst, he In addition to the diversity the likes to tell them about all the in dorms for at least two years college strives for, it also requires many interesting and unique pro- or more. It is liberating for the students academic excellence. grams the school has to offer. Mercyhurst students’ high Programs one would not ﬁnd to move into an apartment after at any college might be those just one year because they have school scores have been improving each year, making it harder such as RIAP, HRIM, dance, more space and freedom. Aside from all that Mercyhurst and harder to turn students forensics, sports medicine and has to offer, Lindahl explained away. archaeology. This year’s acceptance rate “Not only does the college the newest technique used to went up from 77 to 78 percent, offer those programs, but the reach prospective students. The Admissions Department however, the average SAT scores faculty is well credited and exhas recently been contacting and average class rank have intremely helpful to the students,” schools and students electroni- creased also. he said. This proves that the students In addition to the programs cally through personal e-mail. By doing this, he can reach out being accepted into Mercyhurst and faculty, Lindahl stresses Mercyhurst’s beautiful campus to 67,000 prospects at once and College are well deserving of this link them to the Mercyhurst Col- opportunity. to prospective students. Currently, 3,157 students at“It has a way of making stu- lege Website. The Mercyhurst Admissions tend Mercyhurst’s main campus. dents and their parents feel at Department sends representa- Each year the school continues ease when they visit,” he said. One of the ﬁrst things people tives to at least 17 different states to grow, producing well rounded, notice on a college visit is ap- and ﬁve or six different countries educated individuals. to urge high school students to With 50 different majors and pearance. 67 concentrations to choose If the college looks welcoming attend Mercyhurst. According to Lindahl, those are from, Mercyhurst graduates leave and friendly, they will be more impressive numbers considering feeling fulfilled and confident likely to attend. Lindahl complimented the similar colleges may only reach having a degree from this establishment. Mercyhurst students on their half of that. It looks like it is working. With everything the Admisfriendly and welcoming behavior This year’s freshman class sions Department has done and when on campus. He said that when he is giving reached a record number of 717 will continue to do, Mercyhurst tours, it’s not uncommon for students, of which only 112 are will have no problems with atstudents to offer their assistance from Erie County. This beat last tracting and convincing prospecyear’s record of 681 incoming tive students that this school is to the newcomers. the right choice for them. “It’s sort of like a big family freshmen students.
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Do you feel a draft?
Contributing writer A rumor has been spreading of the possibility of the reinstatement of the military draft through forwarded emails, links to various Web-sites and editorials in newspapers. With the issues of Iraq and the war on terrorism as primary areas of hot debate this election, the buzz of a draft is beginning to circulate as we draw closer to Nov. 2. Although there have been two bills introduced into the House and Senate for reinstating the draft, the general consensus in Congress and the White House is that the possibility is remote. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has voiced his negative opinion on the draft, stating in a speech earlier this year, “I don’t know anyone in the executive branch of the government who believes that it would be appropriate or necessary to re-institute the draft.” Most recently during the ﬁrst presidential debate President Bush exclaimed that the military would remain an “all voluntary army” and John Kerry described his commitment to end the “back-door draft” taking place in the Middle East. However, these are the judgments and deductions for the present moment, and conditions and attitudes can change quickly in response to imminent threats and catastrophic events such as Sept. 11, which would then bring the possibility of a draft into sharp focus. The introduction of bills S. 89 and H.R. 163 into Congress on Jan. 7, 2003, by New York Rep. Charlie Rangel and South Carolina Sen. Fritz Hollings have been viewed more as anti-Iraq protests than actual attempts to reinstate the draft. However, what is signiﬁ are the changes in draft criteria. While all men are registered in the Selective Service, reforms at making the draft more just and unbiased are aimed at women and college students. The opening line states that the draft is “To provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes.” The young persons are deﬁned as people 18 to 26 years of age. Efforts at dodging the draft (perfected by both Bill Clinton and Dick Cheney) will be much harder this time around. College underclassmen would only be able to postpone service until the end of their current semester, seniors until the end of the school year. Escape to the north is also an impossible feat after Canada and the U.S. signed a “Smart Border Declaration” in 2001, which will help to keep draft dodgers in. Nevertheless, both bills have gone virtually nowhere in Congress, sitting idle in the Committee on Armed Services. Keep in mind, however,. that they are in Congress, just waiting to be called up if the need should arise. Another event that has escalated the issue of a draft is the $28 million dollars added to the Selective Service System budget and the advertisements posted by the Pentagon looking for volunteers for local draft boards. Because neither candidate would dare to directly discuss such a taboo topic, the public is left to draw its own conclusions from the suspicious information made available. Spokesman Pat Schuback from the SSS has explained that the advertisements for draft board positions have been going on for the past couple years due to the retirement of a majority of employees. The bad timing of these ads and the war in Iraq has helped ignite the scare of a draft. But there is also the request from the Department of Defense for the SSS to look into drafting skilled people in the areas of healthcare, linguistics and computer technology. If a draft would be implemented at all in the near future, it would more likely be a “Skills Draft” than the one currently proposed in Congress. What is important about the possibility of a draft is that it is yet another issue in this election that is speciﬁcally geared towards college students. Once again, for those apathetic, uninformed students who don’t care about politics or consider it a taboo subject, this is your wake up call: this election directly affects you!! Although the draft is not considered an immediate threat at the moment, people need to be aware of the direction each candidate in this election is intending to steer the U.S. and the implications it may have on our military. Without a doubt, the U.S. military is stretched thin. Reservists and National Guard units are continuing to be deployed. Service in Iraq and Afghanistan is being extended for all those in the military months longer than anticipated. Troops are being taken out of Europe and sent to Iraq. The death toll in Iraq has been rising each month since June this year. Frequently throughout the presidential debate Bush spoke of “spreading freedom” and that “millions plead in silence for liberty in the broader Middle East.” Unfortunately, giving another country freedom entails the use of military campaigns and consequential armed forces having to remain stationed in the newly “liberated” nation. If the U.S. is to embark upon the noble and sacred quest of giving the world democracy and freedom, wouldn’t that require more troops? Apparently, despite how technologically superior our military is in the world, we still remain mired in the struggle in Iraq and Afghanistan. What is to stop this same pattern from repeating in other countries we decide to “spread freedom” to, such as Iran or North Korea? John Kerry also expressed his unwavering commitment to the war on terrorism and the war in Iraq. Let’s think back here for a moment and consider the momentous events that have occurred in the past four years and what events can conceivably take place in the years to come. No one expected 9/11 to happen and no one could have imagined that such a “rapid victory” as President Bush describes Iraq could have locked so many of our troops into the Middle East. Where we go from here is, once again believe it or not, up to you. Although a draft is not an imminent threat at the moment, the option looms on the horizon.
Which candidate do you support and why?
“I’m happy with what he’s done for the past few years. He’s had a lot of tough decisions and he’s done well.” -Andy Lapiska, sophomore “I like his policies, he’s up-front and there’s no questioning, and I agree with what he’s doing in Iraq.” -Jen Ciccone, sophomore “He’s a strong leader and what he believes in doesn’t change in any situation.” -JoEllen Taylor, junior “He actually incorporates his values and he’s not afraid to show morals and stick to them.” -Sara Lutz, junior “I grew up in a military family, and I’m a strong Republican.” -Brittany Snyder, sophomore
“I don’t want Bush.” -Kelly Bragan, senior “I hate Bush, and I lean towards Kerry’s policies more in general.” -Kriste Barone, junior “Bush is too much of an idealist and his foreign policies don’t do anything for me. He’s too idealogical about democracy and the world.” -Sarah Wagner, senior “The deﬁcit has gone sky high, jobs have been lost, and I don’t think we should be in Iraq.” -Emily Pahon, sophomore “I’m against a lot of Bush’s ideas for the war. I don’t totally agree with Kerry, but I don’t agree with Bush at all.” -Katie Lish, sophomore
Practice what you teach
By Corrie Thearle
You diligently stayed up until 3 a.m. to ﬁnish your research paper. Groggily you hand it in to your professor the next morning, exhausted but happy that you won’t lose any points for handing it in late. Slowly the weeks go by as you wait patiently for your work to be returned to you. Finally, after three weeks the paper you had worked so hard to turn in on time is ﬁnally given back. As you stare at the comments the teacher made and realize that during the past three weeks you have made the same mistakes on the past two papers you have handed in, you look dumbfounded at your professor and begin to see red. Why is it that teachers demand and expect that students turn in work on time, and yet students do not receive the same consideration in return? Disorganized, unsystematic professors are a recipe for disaster in the classroom for many college students. For these teachers you might as well throw the syllabus in the trash at the beginning of the term because there isn’t the slightest chance assignments and lectures are going to be on schedule. As you walk into the classroom with no idea what is due or whether the exam is going to be that day or during the next class, your fellow classmates return the same bewildered expression. Opening your notebook and looking at the jumbled mass of incoherent thoughts you managed to glean from the last lecture, you realize the futility of attempting to use the notes to study. The teacher went from
using Power Point to writing on the board and then organizing the class into groups for discussion, with no one really understanding what they were supposed to do. As the teacher walks into class in a rush, you sit back in your chair praying that maybe, just maybe, you will get back the exam that he or she accidentally misplaced the previous week. After sending multiple e-mails without a clear response, you make an attempt to approach the teacher after class to clear up some of your confusion. Nothing is more frustrating than having the professor have no idea what you’re talking about or not knowing who you are. For the fourth time you have to repeat your situation and ask the same questions. Leaving the class, you feel angry and discouraged, and the prospect of even trying to make sense of the assignment you are supposed to hand in on time is inconceivable. Students know that professors are extremely busy outside of the classroom, and not only do they have to teach multiple classes, they have to try to remember every single student they are teaching during that term. We understand that waiting at home is a family or other important issues that professors need to concern themselves with. But don’t forget that as a teacher you are a model to your students. If you want assignments handed in on time show the same courtesy and return them to students on time as well. Teaching students in an unstructured, confusing environment can only lead to poor student performance. If teachers expect students to achieve in their class, then they need to start by setting a good example.
Vote for Change Tour, music to my political ears
By Allison Moore Opinion editor This past Saturday I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Bright Eyes, R.E.M., John Fogerty and Bruce Springsteen and the East Street Band in concert. This was no ordinary concert, however. These bands were on a mission: Defeat President Bush in November and send this country in a new and better direction. The Vote for Change Tour, organized by Bruce Springsteen, is a coalition of bands ranging from Dave Matthews to the Dixie Chicks that have set out to be heard. The evening was full of amazing musical performances accompanied by strong political messages. Some of you may think that celebrities should keep their mouths shut when it comes to politics, but I strongly disagree. I think it is refreshing and uplifting that artists care enough to voice their opinions. Even more encouraging was the soldout crowd of concerned and motivated citizens that feel the same way. Music is such a powerful and inﬂuential outlet. It conjures up emotions and provokes thought, but more importantly, it shapes entire generations. The Vietnam era gave birth
Madam Malarky: Anyone have any questions?
Dear Madam Malarky, Why hasn’t anyone e-mailed me? From Madam Malarky That is a very good question. I must ask myself why as I try to ponder the facts without mentioning the obvious; everyone has the capability to e-mail. From the time you learn to read, you are sufficiently able to email. Even though typing in the simple address of email@example.com isn’t hard, I’ve decided to try another old fashioned way, AIM. Under the screen name mmalarky04 you will yet have another way of getting in contact with me. I am confident that this alternative method will work, regardless of the unstable internet connections we are forced to suffer with. It is well-known knowledge that 99.9 percent of this campus has at least one screen name. Perhaps this is a façade; time will only tell. In an effort to try to become more persuasive, I shall continue to make my case. “Why is she being so difﬁcult when it comes to this matter?,” as some lone student may wonder. Well, it is because it takes an extremely agonizing FIVE minutes or less to write a quick question. As an example, someone may want to ask, “Why are some fellow Mercyhurst students so tone deaf when it comes to their choice of music to blare on the weekends?” The answer to that is they lack the musical taste to have acquired the ability to choose between good music and bad music. Clearly, someone who would choose Beyonce over JoJo has some internal issues. Another instance of horrible selection would be the preference of Eminem over the appetizing Usher. Now, do we fully comprehend the seriousness of this situation? I do not wish to erupt like Mt. Saint Helen’s for the following issue. Nor do I wish to beg others for questions or make up questions for future articles. Self-exploration once a week is far too much for your Malarky, even though it is a fairly mediating thing for a person to do. This is not pity; I would rather it be classiﬁed as an attempt of desperation. It is October. We have been back in school since Sept. 7. Going into the fifth week of classes, it is not unreasonable to think that something has happened. Whether it is good, bad, irritating, a crush or two, kissing, behavior as a whore of Babylon and a million other activities, I need to be aware of something. Even though this article may be smaller compared to the others, rest assured that this equally ranks in importance. There are some limits of desperation that I am not capable of. For instance, I will not ﬂip-ﬂop like a well-known politician. I will not bend to the opinion of the masses just to receive an e-mail or instant message notiﬁcation. But, of course, I will not give up without a ﬁght. Nor will I go quietly into the following week. I will ﬁnd a way to obtain a question. For this year, this is your chosen Madam Malarky! Now, put on your thinking caps. Write to madam_ firstname.lastname@example.org or the less preferable means of AIM’s mmalarky04. With no excuse acceptable, Madam Malarky
Bruce Springsteen has been the big star of the Vote for Change Tour with hopes of unseating President Bush.
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to some of the best music ever made that became anthems of the time. The songs’ anti-war and political messages are still relevant to today’s world. Most of the songs performed on Saturday were decades old, yet their lyrics and meanings apply to the present just as much as they did 35 years ago. Funny how that works isn’t it? I guess history really does repeat itself. Some would argue that these artists are unpatriotic for voicing their opinions and disgust for this administration. I beg to differ. In fact, I believe that they are more patriotic than most. Those who roll over and accept everything the government says
and does are accepting a body that was designed to be called into question. The purpose of living in a democracy is allowing the people to have a voice. In my opinion, those who use that voice to demand change are the patriots that want America to live up to its great ideals. My message to all readers is never settle for anything less than you think is possible, raise the bar and expect more from your country. If you’re unhappy about our current situation, then use your rights, speak up, and do something about it. The Vote for Change Tour represents political unrest at its best. All I have to say is, rock on.
October 6, 2004
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The left and right face off:
This Week: healthcare
On the left: Government can do more to help.
By Allison Moore
Healthcare is one of the biggest issues concerning the presidential election this year. Too many people in this country are unable to get the care they need, and this administration has done nothing about it. According to www.johnkerry. com, there are 44 million people in this country that do not have any form of healthcare, and more than 80 million have gone without healthcare at least once over the past two years. These are disgusting statistics. America is the richest nation in the world, yet our people do not have the care they need. There’s no excuse for that. Health insurance has increased dramatically under President Bush. The average American family has endured about a $2,600 increase in their health insurance over the last three years. This is bad enough on its own, but combine that with an average loss of $1,500 in income and you have a serious ﬁnancial burden. The increase in healthcare costs is not only devastating to the American family, but also a major problem for the American economy. Small businesses can’t afford to insure their workers, and larger businesses are ﬁnding it more difﬁcult to compete in the global economy. The people of this country are not getting the aid that they deserve under President Bush. At an event in Erie a few weeks ago, a man stood up and told Teresa Heinz-Kerry about a fellow coworker’s position. She has Lupus and under the Bush administration, she receives $600 a year to help her pay for her prescription drugs. This is all well and good, until the man continued his story and revealed that this woman’s prescription drug bill was $900 a month. That $600 isn’t getting
her very far at all. Prescription drugs are a vital part of healthcare. If any of you are on medication, then you’ve probably encountered the rising costs. It’s a good thing we have a president that cares so much about our situation. In fact, he has showed his concern by siding with the big prescription drug companies and HMOs over the needs of the American people. It’s also nice to know the president has forbidden the American people from getting their prescription drugs from Canada. Canada provides prescription drugs at a fraction of the cost, but if you take advantage of this opportunity the president sees you as a “criminal.” The only thing criminal about this situation is the American people being robbed of choices. Children are the future of this nation. Sen. Kerry and Sen. Edwards understand that. That’s why, under their program, children will be signed up automatically at hospitals, community health centers and schools for health insurance. The best part is the Kerry-Edwards plan pays for all 20 million children in the Medicaid program. This way the burden is taken off struggling parents and children don’t go uninsured. The Kerry-Edwards plan is designed to provide everyday people with the same coverage that the members of Congress receive. It provides tax credits ranging from 25-75 percent, depending on your age and situation, to Americans to help pay their healthcare premiums. Finally, the Kerry team will pass a real Patient’s Bill of Rights that President Bush has blocked repeatedly. This bill would give decision making power back to doctors and nurses and out of the hands of powerful HMOs. The Bush administration even went to the Supreme Court to side with HMOs by denying a patient the right to sue a HMO that
was in the wrong. The bill will also give the patients the right to choose their own doctor, a right that is often decided by HMOs and insurance companies. So I bet the burning question in all of your minds is, “How is he going to pay for all this?” Well, I’m glad you asked. Do you remember that nice tax cut the president put in place for his friends? You know, the one that only beneﬁts the wealthiest one percent of Americans? Well, Sen. Kerry is going to get rid of it and use that money to help the struggling people of this nation. Sure the rich people aren’t going to like it, but that’s why 95 percent
On the right: Government should reduce its role.
By James Mikulec
As seems to be the case with many issues in this election, the differences between President Bush and Sen. Kerry on the issue of healthcare illustrate a fundamental difference in operating philosophy. President Bush stands for a smaller federal government and a greater role for the individual in their own decisions. Sen. Kerry, on the other hand, stands for the expansion of big federal government, despite differing local circumstances and one-size-
of them are Republicans. In the debate last week, Sen. Kerry summed up President Bush’s policies in Iraq by saying it will be “more of the same.” Well, the same is certainly true on the health care front. Judging by the statistics and the rising number of uninsured Americans, I don’t think what President Bush has done is working, and I don’t want “more of the same” over the next four years. Americans deserve to have healthcare. We can’t be divided into categories of poor and rich, connected and neglected. John Kerry wants to eliminate these class lines when it comes to healthcare. America is the land of opportunity, but it’s our government’s job to create those opportunities. John Kerry will make that possible.
ﬁts-all solutions. The most potent example of this is in healthcare coverage for seniors. Instead of simply talking about making prescription drugs more affordable for seniors, President Bush signed into law a bill passed by Congress doing exactly that in December 2003. The bill was endorsed by AARP, the nation’s largest organization of senior citizens. Where was Sen. Kerry? He was one of only two members of the Senate who decided not to show up for the vote that day. Sen. Kerry’s own plan for seniors, on the other hand, seeks to put the health of our grandparents in the hands of other countries. Kerry’s solution is to literally outsource prescription drugs by forcing seniors to buy drugs from Canada in hopes of saving money. As an American, I would
much rather see a solution to the high cost of prescription drugs that keeps money here in the U.S., rather than one that by its very natures ships the beneﬁts of growth north across the border. The issue of insuring the currently uninsured also illustrates a difference in operating philosophy. Sen. Kerry claims to want healthcare for everyone in America and I have no reason to doubt that he genuinely does. The way in which he proposes to do so, however, will expand the federal bureaucracy to previously unseen levels. Sen. Kerry wants to offer everyone in America “access to the same coverage plan that members of Congress give themselves,” which on the surface seems like a great idea, until one takes into account that such a program would mean government-run healthcare for America. Is socialized medicine really the answer to America’s healthcare problem? I would argue that it is not and would even caution that it may hurt individuals in need because of the massive red tape that such a program is bound to create. President Bush’s healthcare plan, however, concentrates on giving individuals ultimate control over their healthcare coverage. The President’s plan would help people help themselves by establishing Health Savings Accounts through which Americans could save for healthcare tax-free. The President would also help curb the growth of crippling federal bureaucracy by expanding state healthcare programs that are more closely tailored to local needs. President Bush would also strengthen healthcare by lowering the latent costs. While healthcare in America clearly involves many up-front costs, the cost of healthcare is also greatly affected
by a number of expenses that lie below the surface. The largest of these comes from medical malpractice suits. While Americans ought to receive compensation when they are wronged by doctors, the number of frivolous medical lawsuits in America is staggering. President Bush has proposed steps whereby medical malpractice procedures will be made faster and more efﬁcient, thus limiting the ever-growing medical liability premiums that make healthcare more expensive for all Americans. Sen. Kerry, whose running mate made his millions as a medical malpractice attorney, has proposed no reform in this area. Finally, President Bush has proposed a plan to ensure that each of America’s poorest communities has a health center. President Bush has expressed concern about the lack of basic healthcare in rural and urban communities, which is why he is proposing to create a health center in poorer American communities to provide basic care to at-risk groups such as migrant workers and the homeless, regardless of their ability to pay for such care. Sen. Kerry, on the other hand, offers no plan to speciﬁcally ensure that these groups receive even basic levels of healthcare. On the issue of healthcare, the choice between President Bush and Sen. Kerry is quite distinct. On the one hand, Sen. Kerry’s platform advocates big government solutions to healthcare problems in which healthcare will fall under a one-size-ﬁts-all federal program. President Bush, however, believes in a system in which individuals and local communities hold the ultimate responsibility for making healthcare decisions that best ﬁt their own individual circumstances.
Hooked into paying more dough for the same cup of joe
By Tanya Barrientos
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PHILADELPHIA The news broke last week. Right there on early morning television, between reports about Middle East bombings and the ﬁnal few weeks of the presidential campaign, came the headline that would truly affect America. The price of Starbucks coffee is going up. About 11 cents a cup. Oct. 6. Sure, people in Haiti are clamoring for food and water. Homes and lives in Florida have been destroyed by the hurricane season from hell. But the Cappuccino Crisis is the news-you-can-use. I don’t mean to sound cranky, but that’s a heck of a thing to tell a person ﬁrst thing in the morning. Politics. Trafﬁc. A local ﬁre. I can handle these in my bathrobe with my eyes half-closed.
But a sudden hike in Mocha Valencia? I need a shower and a good swig of nonfatfoamed-milk double espresso with vanilla, a swirl of caramel, and a dash of ground cinnamon to digest a news bite like that. Apparently, $3.40 for vanilla latte doesn’t bring in enough cash for Starbucks to offset the rapidly rising cost of coffee beans and milk. And that extra buck we’re shelling out for a shortbread cookie isn’t helping either. I called the coffee corporation’s headquarters to ask a few questions about the hike, and I got an e-mail reply from spokesman Matthew Mors. It explained that prices haven’t gone up in the last four years, and the rise was due to “increased cost throughout the business,” but he wasn’t speciﬁc. According to CNN.com, the price of high-quality coffee beans has jumped to an all-time high. And, something I didn’t know, coffee is the most actively
traded physical commodity in the United States after crude oil. (Which, at $50 a barrel, might be cheaper by the cup than Starbucks.) So, while we’re taking a hit at the gas pump, we’ll also be facing a smack-down at the coffeehouse. Hey, who am I to question? I’m no Milton Friedman. But when I looked up Starbucks’ 2003 annual report, I learned the company made $4.1 billion in revenues and $268.3 million in proﬁt. From drinks that are essentially water, ground beans, and a splash of milk. And crumb cake. Still, nobody seems to be complaining. Because we’re hooked. We’re completely strung out, passively lining up in front of that burnished wood counter every morning like glazed-eye methadone
addicts. “I’ll keep coming no matter what they charge,” said Robert Vigderman, who told me he buys two double tall cappuccinos at a local outlet every day, at $3.29 a pop. “Sometimes I think they’re taking advantage of my addiction,” he said as he sipped. “But I’m beyond the guilt phase.” Hieu Tran, an optometry student, said he didn’t care about the price hike, either. Even though he’s on a tight budget. “What I get costs only like five dollars,” he shrugged. “And I don’t eat. I just drink coffee. So I don’t spend on groceries.” So is this a case of naked greed, or brilliant business practice? I’ll go for a nice brisk walk in my $100 Nikes and decide.
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October 6, 2004
By Mark Donlin Contributing writer
Beauty and the Beast deﬁnitely stands as a crown jewel in the Disney crown of animated classics as any six-year-old girl can tell you. It has a plot that most college students could still recall from their youth. The ﬁlm that our generation remembers with such affection has also been reworked into a spectacular Broadway musical that was nominated for a Tony Award in 1994. In just under two weeks, the Erie Playhouse will present this “tale as old as time” with Mercyhurst College’s Kate Amatuzzo in the leading role as Belle. I was lucky enough to have a conversation with her about the much talked about musical. Mark: How have rehearsals been coming along? Kate: The cast is terriﬁc. We started rehearsing the last week of August and things have come together quite well. There’s a large sense of anticipation and
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Gandalfo. There are also a lot of cast members from the other colleges and high schools in the area. Mark: “Beauty and the Beast,” makes most people think of the 1991 Disney animated ﬁlm. Are there any major differences between the musical and the ﬁlm? Kate: Added music. Although the movie was very music oriented, in order to adapt the ﬁlm into a full scale musical, more songs were needed. There will be a few songs that will be unfamiliar to people who have only seen the movie. Mark: This is a technically demanding show. What does the Playhouse have in store as far as special effects are concerned? Kate: I’m anxious myself to see it all come together! At each rehearsal something new is added. Although I can’t say too much, the show does rely heavily on the special effects. You’ll just have to come see the show for yourself to ﬁnd out! Mark: Belle is a role that many girls have always wanted to play. Has this always been your dream? Kate: This has deﬁnitely been a dream role for me. Ever since I was little I’ve loved the movie. I even saw it in the theatre eleven times! I can still remember seeing the musical for the ﬁrst time in Toronto. It’s always been a favorite musical of mine. I’m thrilled to be able to perform this role on stage with so many talented individuals. The cast will blow you away! Mark: What’s your favorite scene? Kate: I think it’s the Act One Finale, “If I Can’t Love Her.” John Burton will give you chills as the Beast. Beauty and the Beast features music by Alan Menken and Tim Rice and runs for the ﬁrst time ever in Northwestern Pennsylvania Oct 14-17, 20-24, 28-31 and Nov 4-7, 11-14. Ticket prices are $10 for students, $20 for adults, and $19 for seniors. Call the Playhouse Box Ofﬁce at 454-2852, or online at www. erieplayhouse.org.
OCT. 6. Al Kooper. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland. OCT. 6. Usher, Kayne West. Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh. OCT. 6-NOV. 7. Musical. “Phantom of the Opera.” Allen Theater, Cleveland. OCT. 7. Brian Wilson (performing “Smile” in its entirety). Music Hall, Cleveland. OCT. 8. Barry Manilow. Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh. OCT. 8.Dave Coulier. Cole Auditorium, Edinboro University. $10. OCT. 9. Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors, Big & Rich, Warren Brothers. HSBC Arena, Buffalo. On sale at Tops, online at www. tickets.com, by phone at (888) 223-6000. OCT. 10. Metallica, Godsmack. HSBC Arena, Buffalo. On sale at Tops, tickets.com, by phone at (888) 223-6000. OCT. 10. Incubus, Ben Kweller. A.J. Palumbo Center, Pittsburgh. OCT. 13-17. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ Hometown Tour. Tullio Arena, Erie. $11, $17, $31. On sale at Ticketmaster, Tullio Arena box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 452-4857 or 456-7070. OCT. 14. Flickerstick. Hard Rock Café, Pittsburgh. OCT. 15. Barry Manilow. Gund Arena, Cleveland. OCT. 15. Ministry, Life the Thrill Kill Kult, Hansel und Gretyl. Mr. Small’s, Pittsburgh. OCT. 16. Stylistics. Shea’s Theater, Buffalo. OCT. 17. Third Day, Toby Mac. A.J. Palumbo Center, Pittsburgh. OCT. 17. Cake. Ice Garden, Pittsburgh. On sale at www.ticketmaster.com only. OCT. 17. Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts. Rock Club, Pittsburgh. OCT. 19. Toby Lightman, Ben Arthur. Odeon, Cleveland.. OCT. 22. Carrot Top. Warner Theatre, Erie. OCT. 23. Guided by Voices (ﬁnal tour). Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland. OCT. 26. Social Distortion, Explosion, Tiger Ar my. Ag ora Theatre, Cleveland. OCT. 27. Switchfoot, Format, Honorary Title. Agora Theater, Cleveland. OCT. 30. Sarah Brightman. Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh. NOV. 1. Lecture.Ken Burns. Warner Theater, Erie. $45, $35, $25. Sponsored by Erie County Historical Society. NOV. 5. Hopeville Music with Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin/ State Theater, Cleveland.
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Mercyhurst student Kate Amatuzzo stars as Belle.
excitement surrounding the show. Disney just released the rights to the show and the Playhouse is one of the ﬁrst theaters in the country able to present the show. Mark: Have there been any bumps along the road? Kate: We just starting rehearsing in the theatre last week, so
there’s not really any glitches yet. Costuming might pose a problem, but what I’ve seen so far is spectacular. Mark: Are there any other Mercyhurst students involved? Kate: Yes, Greg Wilczynski is hysterical as LaFou, and the ensemble includes Marann Curtis, Caitlyn Dubsky and Christian
Interpol releases new album Interpolantics
By Jason Endress Contributing writer
Whenever a band like Interpol is discussed, the fact that they are a New York band rarely goes unsaid. Obviously, this is no exception. The fact is, New York bands have garnered something of a reputation, if only for the fact they are from New York. It just makes them so darn hip. It’s no surprise that music lovers have come to expect a great deal from NYC. Musical touchstones like Television, The Ramones, Patti Smith and The Velvet Underground were all orbits of the NY scene. The legend of scruffy rock club CBGB (where many future rock saints played) has spread to the point where kids can pick up t-shirts from the local mall without actually making the pilgrimage to Bowery. In recent years, New York has bestowed upon the world the (apparently forgotten) Strokes, the bombastic Yeah Yeah Yeahs and, of course, Interpol. On top of hailing from the Big Apple, Interpol is on the Matador imprint, arguably one of the coolest around, making them labelmates with indie all-stars Yo La Tengo and Pavement. This in itself is enough to get some modicum of attention, regardless of the music itself. However, their 2002 debut, Turn On The Bright Lights, was one of the year’s best albums. The moody, propulsive guitars and cryptic lyrics of the down-andout four-piece propelled them into the limelight and critical acclaim. The question is, does their new album, Antics, rest on their laurels? Have ‘the New York kids’ become an end unto itself for indie pundits? The album begins with the sweet sounds of a Sunday organ on “Next Exit,” a plodding, slowdance hymn about returning to a home that’s become a strange place. The entire album seems to be treading awkwardly over old ground, speciﬁcally in the land of star-crossed romances. Lyrics like “Feast your eyes I’m the only one, control me console me, cause that’s just how it should be done” (“Narc”) make this a perfect album to play while sorting through yellowed love letters. The bluntly love-addled lyrics border on tacky, but Paul Banks’ vocals gives them a nervy and self-conscious quality. Sprinkled throughout the album are new wave-ish strings and choral harmonizing. Bittersweet indeed. The album maintains Interpol’s signature taut sound; the drumplay of Sam Fogarino providing a bouncy punch, with Dan Kessler’s guitar skipping around Carlos Dengler’s meaty and relentless bass lines. The overall feel though is more subdued than on Bright Lights. The album lends itself more to quiet introspection rather than selling words and drinking wine. Interpol, while not exactly boldly going where no band has gone before (“A Time To Be So Small” is off of an early EP), certainly can’t be accused of a cookie-cutter album. Slick as they sound, Interpol has actually moved away from the frantic, high-speed gloss of their debut, going as far as to toy with feedback on several tracks, notably the delicious ﬁnale to “Public Pervert.” The only sore spot was the cheesy triumph of “Not Even Jail,” redeemed only by the driving rhythm section. Flying in the face of a sophomore bomb, these pretentious New York kids have clearly established that they know how to rock. Will this satisfy their swelling fan-base? They’ll certainly say so, all the cool kids do. The only reason Interpol has reached so many ears in the ﬁrst place is because everyone and
Cover from Interpol’s newest album Interpolantics.
their scenester brother has picked up on the fact that NYC bands are a hot ticket. Does this make the music less worthy? Obviously, when image precedes the music, yes. As with all lackluster acts pushing trademarked punkrawk, anger and da bling like cocaine, there’s nothing behind the meticulously selected
clothing. It can be tough to sort through all the ultimately forgettable acts out there. But it’s safe to say that Interpol is doing justice to NYC. But who really cares about New York when you’re experiencing great music.
Fallon ﬂops in Taxi
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Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” just wasn’t the same last week without Jimmy Fallon’s loose-limbed antics. Seeing him with Queen Latifah in “ Taxi,” the lame action-comedy , is a poor substitute. Fallon plays Washburn, a Gotham cop who’s also a lousy driver. After smashing up more than his allotment of cars, he loses his drivers license. That’s where Latifah, as a cabbie named Belle, comes in. Belle’s a great driver with a souped-up taxi and a dream of competing in NASCAR. After Washburn persuades her to drive him around, the two of them take on the city’s latest menace. “Taxi” is based on a 1998 French ﬁlm, as if some people needed another reason to be ticked off at the French. The domestic remake is clumsily directed by Tim Story, who also made the much-preferable “Barbershop.”
This “Taxi” moves in ﬁts and starts, and it’s often headed in the wrong direction. There are tiresome car chases, an overcomplicated narrative and tedious banter between Latifah and Fallon. Both of them seem to be working very hard to convince us that they’re having a good time. Occasionally, Latifah almost succeeds. But in the end you have to ask yourself: Has there ever been less chemistry between the stars of a “buddy” movie? Rounding out the cast are hunky Henry Simmons (“NYPD Blue”) as Belle’s constructionworker boyfriend, Jennifer Esposito (“Don’t Say a Word”) as Washburn’s ex-girlfriend and current boss and Brazilian super model Gisele Bundchen as the head bank robber. The movie’s only real laughs are provided by Ann-Margret who, as Washburn’s tipsy mom, turns out to be a funny drunk. Clearly, she’s feeling no pain and I wish I could say the same.
October 6, 2004
By Jennifer Camodeca Contributing writer
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Lake Erie Ballet to perform with Mercyhurst Dancers
Dance history may not be a topic of interest for some, however, in an effort to make it more entertaining, the Lake Erie Ballet and the Mercyhurst Dancers will be performing Dance Through Time II. This will be an experience to learn where dance originated from through the visual art of dance instead of through a textbook. Christine Hay, Mercyhurst College faculty member and knowledgeable dance historian, will begin the evening. She will perform as the guest speaker, advising the audience on the basic history of dance and even inviting some surprise guests straight from the history books to attend! Pamela Swaney and Danielle Downey will then take the stage as the White Swan in excerpts from Swan Lake. This role, coveted for centuries by all prima ballerinas, is performed with grace and balance by the two. The soft idiosyncrasies that are necessary to perform this role to the utmost potential are evident in the dancers through the coaching of Lake Erie Ballet Artistic Director, Gina RiberaIllingworth. The technical and dramatic abilities of the dancer are put to and Katie Finger or Abby Henniger. The performers are to be entertainment at a party. This duet is challenging, yet clearly a joy to perform as the dancers bring a playful atmosphere to the stage. La Sylphide brings a corp de ballet of dancers together to create an entrancing effect. Swaney and Amanda Mountain are the lead Sylphs who dance with Walker and Michael Patterson. Patterson is a former member of the Lake Erie Ballet, currently dancing with the Pennsylvania Ballet. Both Patterson and Walker complement their partners beautifully. Another historic piece is called Pas De Trois. Bonnie Hair, Randall Crame, Mountain, Finger, and Randy Prill will alternate in performing this classical ballet for three. “It is always fun to perform classical works in the ballet repertoire. It is an educational and enjoyable experience to perform such wonderful ballets….the stories and choreography are timeless,” said Finger of her time rehearsing and performing in this production. The ballet will be at the Harding Elementary School Auditorium Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are only $5 with a Mercyhurst I.D. For tickets, call the Lake Erie Ballet at 814-8714356.
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Dance Through Time will play Oct. 9-10.
the test with this role. Neapolitan, from Act III of
Swan Lake, is a light and fun piece danced by Brian Walker
In the spotlight with composer Dr. Albert Glinsky
By Matt Rendulic Contributing writer
I find it interesting how we choose to remember objects or events in our lives. Most often we frame these events around milestones or large events that happened in our lives. I can remember one of my ﬁrst “milestones” like it was yesterday. It was a Saturday morning almost 13 years ago when my parents bought a piano for our house. I had been studying for a few months and they decided it was time to own our own piano. To further celebrate the occasion they had purchased tickets for us to see the Erie Philharmonic that weekend where a piano concerto was being performed. I of course was excited from the moment they had told me about it. I remember walking in and taking
Dr. Albert Glinsky
Picture courtesy of Matt Rendulic
my seat in the large Warner Theatre and just being taken aback by the sweeping melodies that the orchestra and piano seemed to ﬁght over until they combined in an illustrious sound that made my little body quickly cover with goose bumps. I never dreamed then that the man that wrote that piano concerto was going to be my future
guru in composition, Dr. Albert Glinsky. Dr. Glinsky has been writing music since he was a child and has heralded performances not only in Erie, but in New York, the Aspen Festival and all over the world. He began his studies at the School for the Performing Arts and eventually went to Julliard to complete both his bachelors and masters degrees in music composition. Glinsky studied under two titans of American music Joan Tower and David Diamond. It was while pursuing his Ph. D at NYU that he began to research and write about the topic in which perhaps he is most known for, the Theremin (an electronic musical instrument that is played without actually physically touching the instrument). Dr. Glinsky’s book on this subject entitled: Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage was published ﬁve years ago and is sched-
uled to be put to paperback sometime this spring. In 2001, Glinsky won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for his book. Since writing his book Glinsky has been featured on numerous television and radio interviews on NPR, BBC and A&E. Last fall Glinsky was extensively interviewed for a Discovery Channel produced documentary on espionage in the United States. He has composed over 40 works in his career that range from symphonic orchestral music to ballets and choral music to art songs. Composing is what drew Glinsky to Mercyhurst in the ﬁrst place. He was ﬁrst hired here as the Composer in Residence for the D’Angelo Young Artist Competition in the late 80s. Since Glinsky’s appointment here he has composed numerous works for our ensembles including the Mercyhurst North East Alma Mater and the open-
ing brass fanfare for the Walker Recital Hall. A comprehensive concert of Glinsky’s chamber music was sponsored last May by the D’Angelo School of Music’s Faculty Recital Series. It featured all of our music students in some way, and I was privileged to conduct his epic Mass for Women’s Choir, Celli, and Piano. At Mercyhurst, Dr. Glinsky has a number of responsibilities. He is currently the director of the D’Angelo School of Music. Glinsky also still commits to a busy schedule where he teaches Music Theory, Music History and private Composition Lessons. I had my next experience with Dr. Glinsky on a huge, but more negative milestone. It was 10 on the morning of September 11th, 2001 when we were to meet for my ﬁrst composition lesson. We both had heard the cataclysmic news of the plane crashing into the ﬁrst tower; however we
decided to proceed with our lesson. I found it hard to express through words the pain I was feeling and shared with our nation at that time. Dr. Glinsky began teaching me how to ﬁnd my voice as a young composer and then shape my voice in a way that could help me and my audience cope together. Today much of the pain is gone and Dr. Glinsky is still helping me to reﬁne my voice to express many sentiments through the various media of art music. As my ﬁnal milestone at Mercyhurst College (graduation) is quickly approaching I know that it will be slightly hard to leave my guru as well as all my opportunities and experiences at Mercyhurst behind me. However I take solace in knowing that Dr. Glinsky will still be helping other young artists ﬁnd their voice and he has trained me to do the same.
This week in reality: let the drama begin Featuring 18 prized performers from around the world
By Amy Ruminski Contributing writer
PAC unveils 2004-05 season
the winner of the 1995 Richard Tucker Foundation Award made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall. Gold Circle $22.50, Adults $17.50, Seniors/ Students $15, Youth $5. Wednesday, Oct.13, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Film: Twilight Samurai. A widower samurai who is more concerned with looking after his senile mother and two young daughters than the warrior way of life steps forward to protect a young woman, who he loves, from her abusive husband. Mercyhurst College, Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. Adults $5, Seniors/Students $1. Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Film: Before Sunset. Nine years after Jesse (Ethan Hawke) met Celine (Julie Delpy) on a Eurail train in Italy, they meet again – this time in Paris, and ﬁnd that their connection is no less real than it was nine years ago. It’s a timeless romantic story of two questing hearts and minds whose powerful bond deﬁes time and place. Mercyhurst College, Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. Adults $5, Seniors/Students $1. Wednesday, Oct.27, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Film: I’m Not Scared. A chance discovery leads a 10year-old boy to think that his parents may be behind Italy’s most wicked crime. Mercyhurst College, Mary D’Angelo Per-
I’m sure you have all seen at least one of the new reality TV shows. After all, they are the hottest things since the new age of Instant Messenger. From Survivor winners showing up on talk shows everywhere to Real World members making guest appearances at college campuses everywhere, the stars of these shows are just like everyone else, and that’s what attracts us to these shows. One of the longest-running reality series in history, Real World is in its 15th season with as much drama as the first season. Set in Philadelphia, Pa., these seven strangers are getting to know and like each other, as well as getting to dislike each other. Recently, Karamo starts having problems with MJ and Landon, Shavonda develops some money problems and Melanie voices her opinion. Landon and Shavonda both have crushes on each other, and things are still confusing between MJ and Sarah. Willie runs into an ex-sort-ofboyfriend from the past and opts to see if there is a future there. To see the next episode and all of its juicy happenings, watch MTV on Tuesday nights at 10. It will be sure to leave you hanging on the edge of your seat. As for Survivor: Vanuatu, the two tribes are off to a good, competitive start. The Lopevi tribe almost successfully started a ﬁre… until the skies send down an abundance of rain. The Yasula
tribe was under the impression that they got lucky when they found a banana tree, until they discover the fruit is infested with maggots. Survivor is on CBS every Thursday at 8 pm., so if you want to see what happens at the Tribal Council, or who gets voted off, be sure to tune in. Trying to switch things up a bit on The Bachelor, a new, innovative twist is added this season. Instead of having one eligible bachelor given to the women to ﬁght for, they are now given two different men to choose from at the “Ladies Choice Ceremony.” The two lucky male contestants? Byron, a bass ﬁsherman from Nevada; and Jay, an entrepreneur from New York. The ceremony is held where Byron wins with a large majority, 18 roses to Jay’s seven. Another change this season is the Bachelor will be living with the ladies. This gives the opportunity for intimacy. Watch The Bachelor on ABC Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. You can tune into America’s Next Top Model and see Mercyhurst senior Ann Markley! Be sure to support her as she competes in New York City against 13 other beautiful girls for a modeling contract with a top agency. You can see the show on As you can see, many interesting events are happening on these three shows, as well as the countless other reality tv series. So the next time you turn on the tube, give one of the shows a chance. So, stay tuned reality tv junkies for the next weekly update on all your favorite shows.
The Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center of Mercyhurst College unveiled its 2004-05 cultural arts series and the popular Guelcher Film series. This year’s performing arts season line-up, boasting a 50 percent increase from last season, will feature 18 prized performers from around the world. Wednesday, Oct 6, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Film: Osama. Under the Taliban regime, where women are permitted no public role, a mother is driven to disguise her 12-year-old daughter as a boy in order that they may ﬁnd a way to survive. Mercyhurst College, Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. Adults $5, Seniors/Students $1. Sunday,Oct 10, 2:30 p.m. Tenor: Paul Groves. Paul Groves,
forming Arts Center. Adults $5, Seniors/Students $1. Friday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. String Quartet: Invert. Invert is a New York City-based string quartet, with two cellos, violin and viola. They will collaborate with students of the D’Angelo Music Department on a Beatles’ tune, Tomorrow Never Knows, written by Lennon and McCartney, as part of the Visiting Artists Series. Mercyhurst College. Walker Recital Hall. Adult $12.50, Senior/ Student $10, Youth $5. Information from Performing Arts Center
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Men’s hockey set to skate
By Ryan Palm Sports editor
Mercyhurst College boasts 25 varsity athletic teams, ranging from the traditional sports such as football, to the unique ones such as water polo. Not many would argue the fact that the men’s hockey program has been the most successful of those teams over the past 25 years. As the team preps for yet another campaign, much is expected out of the 24-man roster and Head Coach Rick Gotkin, who begins his 17th year at the helm. This group is yet again picked to win their conference, Atlantic Hockey, which is an occurrence that has happened the last three years. This may look great on paper, but, as Gotkin would say, it doesn’t mean much for what happens down on the ice. “It shows that the coaches have a great deal of respect for our hockey program, the tradition and the players that we have here,” said Gotkin. With a chuckle added, “Polls are great, but really they are for the fans, it matters most where you ﬁnish the season at, not where you start.” The biggest thing that the Lakers have working for them is the 19 returning players they have,
only losing four from a team which ﬁnished second in Atlantic Hockey last year. “We’re excited, we like our returning players a lot,” says Gotkin of the returning group. “We have a good core of players which can take us to where we want to be.” The team ﬁnished last season with a record of 20-14-2 overall and 16-7-1 in the conference. Those numbers are certainly impressive, but much more is File Photo commonly expected out of such Junior Scott Reynolds a solid program like the one that hits the ice year in and year out at Johnson and Reynolds both the Mercyhurst Ice Center. had 26 points last season, while “We measure everything in Borrelli was not far behind championships and first-place with 24. Borrelli’s 14 goals were ﬁnishes, many would like to ﬁn- among team leaders. ish second, but we’re disappointA trio of super sophomores reed because we didn’t win the turn on the offensive front with championship,” said Gotkin. Scott Champagne, Jon Asselstine Returning for the Lakers are and Kyle Gourgon. two players who ﬁnished tied for The trio put up big numbers in second in scoring on the team, their ﬁrst year in college hockey, senior forwards David Wrigley with Champagne taking AH and Rich Hansen. Freshman of the Week honors The pair ﬁnished last season twice. with 36 points apiece, with WrigHe ﬁnished the year with 26 ley leading the team in goals with points, tallying eight goals to go 18 and Hansen ﬁnishing second along with 18 assists. in assists with 24. Asselstine was also dubbed The duo looks to lead an of- with the Freshman of the Week fense which was tops in the honor, and Gourgon was near conference last year, averaging the top with 12 goals on the over four goals per game. year. Alongside the pair will be juThe defense looks to improve niors Erik Johnson, Scott Reyn- yet again, as they return the Atolds, Dave Borrelli and Mike lantic Hockey Defenseman of Pochatek. the Year in senior T.J. Kemp.
Senior T.J. Kemp
Kemp not only held opposing offenses in check, he also was tied for ﬁrst in scoring by defensemen with 17 points. Alongside Kemp will be senior Mike Kirby, juniors Preston Briggs and Conrad Martin, and sophomores Jamie Hunt, Pat Henk and Denis Kirstein. Hunt was a two-time Freshman of the Week award winner, and with only one senior defensemen, this defense can only get better with time. Junior goaltender Andy Franck returns with a vengeance to improve on his numbers from last year, seeking to better a 14-8-2 record. He boasted a .903 save percentage and gave up an average of 3.25 goals per game. He was three times named the conference Goaltender of the Week. He will again seek competi-
tion, as the Lakers have a pair of capable sophomores in Jordan Wakeﬁeld and Mike Ella. Wakeﬁeld had his share of action last year, ﬁnishing the season with a 6-6-0 record. Ella saw no action last season, but has been impressive in practices since day one of last year. Big things are expected out of this young trio. Gotkin and his staff have recruited ﬁve players this season; realizing their wealth on the defensive side they snatched up four forwards and one defenseman. Ryan Toomey, Kerry Bowman, Matt Warren and Ben Cottreau will all try to match or better the impressive play exhibited by last years freshman class, and Gotkin expects much of the same. Freshman defenseman Jamie Coughlan looks to follow the steps of Hunt, who impressed all with his play last season as a freshman. “We addressed our needs, and we think our recruits are outstanding people who we believe will make an immediate impact,” said Gotkin, who is emphatic that the bulk of freshmen in this program get plenty of responsibility. “I’d be disappointed if the bulk of our freshmen did not get a signiﬁcant amount of responsibility.” The team is anchored by captain Reynolds, who as a junior sets an excellent example for
players on and off the ice. The two alternate captains are seniors Hansen and Kemp, both of whom are leaders on the ice. Without a doubt, the sights are set on the Atlantic Hockey championship at the end, but the coaching staff pushes their guys to get better every single day. The out-of-conference schedule which the Lakers have is one of the toughest in the land, not helped by the fact that each and every non-conference game is on the road. While the non-conference games look tough, those contests scheduled in the Atlantic Hockey conference are not much easier. The Lakers play in one of the best in the country. with eight other teams who can beat you on any given night. While their regular season schedule does not begin until Oct. 15-16 when they travel to Wisconsin, they will square off against Brock University in an exhibition match Saturday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. Since Brock is not from the United States, they can accept players from the Ontario Hockey League, which the Erie Otters are a member of. It is a rare opportunity for college-level players to take on men who have played professionally, which makes for an exciting tuneup game for the Lakers.
Women’s hockey to begin Men’s soccer keeps winning, year with high expectations sights set on the postseason
By Eric Meacham Contributing writer By Amy Ruminski Contributing writer
It is hard not to be looking for the best season in school history when you look at what the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team is bringing to the table. Coach Michael Sisti and the Lakers are returning 17 players from the team that won 26 games last year, the most in the brief history of the program, File Photo and ﬁnished the season ranked Senior Chrissy Yule sixth in all of Division I women’s and junior Co-Captain Sam hockey. Sisti, the College Hockey Shirley. Marchese, a transfer from America 2003 Coach of the Niagara University prior to last Year, enters his sixth season as head coach of the women’s season, led the CHA in assists hockey team and 12th year over- with 25 and was second with all as a part of the Mercyhurst 37 points. Leading the team with goals hockey programs. last year was Shirley, the other A good reason for the Lakers to repeat their success starts in ﬁrst-team member. Joining them up front will be the net. the leadership of captain Chrissy Senior goaltender Desi Clark ﬁnished last year with 26 vic- Yule, co-captains Lindsay Deltories, the most by any goalie low and Sara McDonald, and in Mercyhurst history, male or other offensive returnees Jackie Jarrell, Stefanie Bourbeau, Julia female. Clark, the Preseason Player Colizza, Sarah Kurth and Justine of the Year selection for Col- Jackson. “From top to bottom, we have lege Hockey America (CHA), great depth,” Yule said. “Anystarts the season just 10 wins away from setting the record body on our team can put the for the most wins by any Laker puck in the net.” On the blue line, the Lakers goalie in the history of the two return four defensemen who programs. Backing up Clark this year played in all 36 games last seawill be junior Shivaun Siegl and son, recording nine shutouts. Leading that group will be freshman Laura Hosier. preseason All-CHA selection Up front, the Lakers return four forwards who had at least junior Danielle Lansing and 10 goals a year ago, including sophomore Michelle Bonello. Lansing, who is coming off two First Team All-CHA selecfrom shoulder surgery in the tions in senior Teresa Marchese
Junior Samantha Shirley
off-season, brings back a defense that was ranked third nationally giving up less than two goals a game. “This year we have a little more experience, seeing how we had 11 new players last year,” Lansing said. “But we still had a great year last year.” Bonello, voted to last year’s All-CHA Rookie Team, led the defense with 17 points. Also returning to the defense are sophomores Ashley Pendleton, Jill Nugent and Lesley McArthur. Losing only three players last year, the Lakers only had to bring in four new recruits. The newcomers for this year’s team are defenseman Danielle Ayearst and forwards Stephanie Jones, Sherilyn Fraser and Kristen Erickson. The Lakers open up the season with a home weekend Oct. 9 and 10 against Bemidji State and will host this year’s College Hockey America’s Playoffs at the Ice Center during the second week in March.
The Mercyhurst men’s soccer team is off to a strong start this season. With their record at 8-2-1 thus far , they are showing they are out to achieve something that they fell short of last year. The tie on their record was to Slippery Rock, and their two losses were to Northern Kentucky and Lewis, which happens to be their biggest rival, as well as the undefeated second-ranked team in Division II. The tension level was high on Sept. 29, as Mercyhurst traveled to Lewis.With less than two minutes left to play, the Lakers were winning 2-1. Lewis then scored a controversial equalizer, which made the score 2-2 and pushed the game into overtime. Early in the overtime period, Lewis scored a goal to win the game. The numbers were pretty even, with Mercyhurst holding a small advantage over Lewis in shots, 24-21. Both teams also had ﬁve corner kicks apiece. Marty Ruberry, a senior goal keeper for the Lakers, had six saves. Sophomore Andy Tait said about the loss, “We were left shell-shocked.” But overall, Mercyhurst brought their A-game. “In general, we played our best soccer of the season, we deserved so much more from the
Senior Shane Hogan has anchored a midﬁeld that has kept the Lakers on the offensive throughout the season.
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game,” Tait said. During that game, sophomore Zach Hiltner, a left midﬁelder who played defense for this game, rose up for the team. Sophomore Matt Richards said of Hiltner, “He shut their forward down completely throughout the whole game.” More recently, the Lakers shut out Salem International 5-0. On Saturday, Oct. 2, Kyle Jackson, Blythe, Pedra and Sean Cordova all contributed goals to lead to victory. Mercyhurst had control over Salem International the entire game, out-shooting them 23-11. The Lakers also held an 8-3 advantage in the penalty corners. Ruberry stopped all four shots that came his way en route to
earning his eighth win of the season. The Lakers were also in action on Oct. 5, when they hosted rival California University of Pennsylvania. They tallied another win, this one coming by the ﬁnal of 2-0. They then receive a break until the following Sunday, Oct. 10, when they again play at home against Saginaw Valley State. With seven seniors on the team this year, they are hoping to advance further in the playoffs this year than they did during the 2003 season. With only one month left of regular season play, now is the time that the team wants to prove to themselves, as well as everyone else, that they can do it.
Wrestling coach Cipollone honored
During his career, he claimed 13 individual tournament championships (which is also a school record) and placed second nine times. Overall, he placed in 25 tournaments in his career. As a coach he led Muskingum College to the OAC Wrestling Championship in 2000, the ﬁrst men’s championship at the school in 15 years and the ﬁrst wrestling championship since 1979. He was named OAC Coach of the Year for his accomplishments. Last season he led the third year Lakers to a second place ﬁnish in the East Regional Championships and his team qualiﬁed eight individuals for the Division II National Championships. For his accomplishments, he was named the East Regional Coach of the Year. In three seasons, he has had ﬁve All-Americans, 14 National Qualiﬁers, 2 Academic All-Americans and a 28-20 overall record. - Courtesy of Sports Information
Intramural Football Standings
Eastern League (7:00 p.m.) TEAM W-L-T PTS Falcons Jets Cowboys Bears Patriots Jaguars 2-0-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 4 2 0 0 0 0 Central League (7:45 p.m.) TEAM W-L-T PTS Chargers Eagles Browns Bills Vikings Colts 1-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 2 2 2 0 0 0
Mercyhurst College Head Wrestling Coach, Tony Cipollone, will be inducted into the BaldwinWallace College Hall of Fame in Western League (8:30 p.m.) ceremonies this coming weekend TEAM W-L-T PTS on campus in Berea, Ohio. Cipollone ranks second in Oilers 1-0-0 2 All-Time wins at the school, Packers 1-0-0 2 compiling 110 victories in his Giants 1-0-0 2 four seasons. Dolphins 0-0-1 1 He twice qualiﬁed for the DiviSteelers 0-0-1 1 sion III National Championships Ravens 0-1-0 0 and was named an All-Ohio Lions 0-1-0 0 Athletic Conference performer Chiefs 0-1-0 1 three times.
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Water polo at .500 for ﬁrst time
By Matt Jackson Contributing Writer
Since its formation as a Division II sport at Mercyhurst College in 2001, the men’s water polo team has not experienced a large amount of success. Actually, let’s face it, they have been down right atrocious. Just look at their team picture from last season, with the players all wearing various colors and one member of the team wearing a backwards hat. From this it’s easy to tell they have been the “Bad News Bears” of Mercyhurst College. Coach Curtis Robinette took the difﬁcult task of coaching and recruiting for a water polo team in 2002 and suffered through 1-48 record in his first two seasons. “My ﬁrst year of recruiting was tough because I spent most of my time introducing Mercyhurst to the water polo community,” said Robinette. “With the lack of schools locally, this forces you to look well beyond Pennsylvania.” And recruiting well beyond Pennsylvania is exactly what Robinette has done, and it is ﬁnally paying off this season, the
third of his coaching career. Robinette added players from California, Illinois, and Michigan this season to help boost his team’s talent. Through six games this season the Lakers have a .500 record for the ﬁrst time in the program’s history with a 3-3 record. One particular new face on the team, junior Brad Armstrong from Carlsbad, Calif., has made a huge difference by scoring 29 of the Lakers’ 62 goals this season. “Going into the season, we knew Brad Armstrong was going to make a huge impact. He has put up big numbers everywhere he has played,” said Robinette. It’s this kind of play that Robinette hopes will encourage more athletes to choose Mercyhurst for water polo. “The importance of Brad, junior Nick Arvanitis and freshmen Kevin Riordan, Kyle Bogucki and Trevor McIlwaine are vital to the team, not only in the pool, but also for the future of recruiting,” Robinette said. The Lakers started the season off 1-3 with their lone win coming against Penn State Behrend, which was also the only win for the Lakers under Robinette in the previous two seasons. It was a lopsided defeat to Slip-
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Junior driver Kyle Wilson led the team last year with 32 goals and has seven this year.
pery Rock University, in a contest which both coaches and both refs were all alumni of SRU, that triggered a change in the Lakers’ overall mentality.
“We feel that we are a different team since the SRU game last Wednesday. We were lacking pride in every aspect of the game, and since then we have a
new intensity during practices that has carried over into games so far,” said Robinette. This change resulted in a rare two-game win streak for the Lak-
ers this past weekend. In the ﬁrst game of the weekend the Lakers were in a position very uncommon to them, the winning side of a one-sided game, in a 20-5 victory over Grove City College. However, it was the second game of the weekend that really showed the Lakers’ improvement which has made them into a legitimate team this season. The Lakers handed Washington & Jefferson their second loss of the season with a 9-7 win. W&J defeated the Lakers earlier in the season by a 15-8 score. Robinette does not take full credit for his team’s recent success, but instead lauds the inﬂuence of a newcomer to the Laker squad. “The quick turnaround can be directly accredited to our new assistant coach Josh Buckley,” he said. Of course, now that the team is becoming more of a contender, the question on most of the Mercyhurst students’ minds will be, “Are they good enough to beat the rival Gannon?” “Even the new players are getting caught up in the rivalry, but I know better than to guarantee anything,” said Robinette. “Gannon is a well-established team
Women’s soccer defeats Salem 3-1
By Ryan Palm Sports editor
The women’s soccer team split a pair of contests this past week, falling to Ashland in a nail biter and pouncing on the Tigers from Salem International. The Lakers traveled to Ohio to take on the Eagles on Sept. 29 in the ﬁrst match of their conference schedule. The Eagles entered the game ranked ﬁrst in the Great Lakes Region and ninth in Divison II. The Lakers stood at seventh in the Region coming in. The Eagles took an early lead as they scored just 10 minutes into the ﬁrst period. Sophomore Lisa Casement tied the contest 16 minutes later when she beat the Ashland goalie on a score from the right side. Casement’s goal was assisted by senior defenseman Jessica Lamb. The game remained tied until Ashland scored from 15-yards out at 76:59. The Lakers were unable to get
another past a tough goalie in Delilah Martinez and fell by the ﬁnal of 2-1. Later that week the team played host to Salem International, a non-conference school from West Virginia. The Tigers came in with a solid record of 4-1 and appeared very strong as they scored right off the bat, notching a score only three minutes into the contest. From that point the game would take a complete turn, as the Lakers took to the offensive and shut the Tiger defense, allowing only three more shots for the remainder of the match. The Laker defense was solid, allowing the offense to control the pace of the game and keep it on the Mercyhurst side of the ﬁeld. Casement evened the game with her team-leading sixth goal of the season 15 minutes into the second period, as she put in a rebound of a corner kick past Salem goaltender Jess Jones. Just three minutes later freshman Jacque Sluga would put back
Junior Julie Brickman has been crucial in the defensive front for the Lakers.
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a rebound off a save, giving the Lakers a 2-1 edge. The goal was the eventual game winner, as the defense remained
strong throughout the second half of play. Sluga’s number was called again just 10 minutes later, as
she scored from seven yards out with an assist from her sister Adrienne. The score put the Lakers out
in front 3-1, which is where the contest ﬁnished. The goals were Slugas ﬁrst two talleis of her career, quite an accomplishment for the ﬁrst goals to come as a pair. Sophomore goaltender Karen Eade made two saves to notch her seventh win. The team now stands at 7-3-1 overall and 0-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with their loss to Ashland. “Our team’s main goal is to make the playoffs, so it’s what we’ve been working toward and the next two games are big for us,” said Jacque Sluga, “It shows a lot for the team that we could come back out after halftime and put goals on the board.” Ahead, the Lakers will return to Ohio to take on the Oilers of Findlay on Oct. 6 for a 3:00 p.m. game. They then return home to host Saginaw Valley State University on Sunday, Oct. 10, with the game starting at noon at the Mercyhurst Soccer Field.
Fantasy football bad for game
By Matt Jackson Contributing writer
Volleyball continues to stuggle
By Justine Adams Contributing writer
team when you are too busy rooting for opposing players to perform with greatness just so you can ﬁnish at the top of your fantasy league? Professional football has now been narrowed to just stats of the most important players, rather than the more important aspect of who won the game and where that team is positioned in the standings. So who is to blame for this problem? It starts with the NFL itself which has now begun promoting these fantasy leagues with commercials during the televised games This is basically promoting gambling, since that’s what most fantasy football leagues are all about: the money. Fantasy football began in 1963 and its popularity was never very high until the National Football League decided it would indeed be good for business. The television stations that televise the games have also recently
While the NFL season has opened with excitement and surprises, there is one thing ruining the game. No, it’s not the steroid problem that Major League Baseball has. And no, it’s not rumors of a lockout that the NHL is going through. What is ruining the game in a sort of moronic manner is the increasing craze of fantasy football. Yes, fantasy football is helping the NFL to draw record numbers of fans to tune in to televised games this season, but are these really the type of fans that the league wants to attract? These fans aren’t true fans of the game. They aren’t the type of fans that are willing to watch their favorite team play weekly, even if their favorite team hasn’t had a winning season in a decade. In fact, many so-called fans of the game nowadays don’t even have a favorite team. How can you have a favorite
fell under the spell of the craze. Watching the Pittsburgh Steelers game this past Sunday I couldn’t help but notice that the television screen was constantly littered with stat updates of games around the league and the stats of the game itself that they were televising. These stats wouldn’t be such a nuisance if it wasn’t for the fact that the television producers have made the stat updates so large that they actually overlap the view of the game. None of this would even happen if it wasn’t for the actual people themselves pouring their money into this fantasy business. Those fans that are true fans should not participate in these pay-to-play fantasy leagues and should instead play in the free, just for fun, ones. Don’t get the wrong idea. I’m not saying fantasy football should be done away with altogether. All I’m really asking is that fantasy football go back to being just another fun thing to do, just a hobby that doesn’t take over professional football.
The women’s volleyball team is off to a shaky start, as 19 games into the season they are 4-15 overall and 0-7 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The women’s volleyball team at Mercyhurst has a reputation of being explosive and very talented. In years past, the team has had very successful seasons, but it looks like this could be a rebuilding year for the team. Going into the season the women were looking for their fourth consecutive winning season under head coach Missy Soboleski. The Lakers have yet to earn a win in the GLIAC this season. The team is stacked with extremely talented players and returning letterman and starters. There are three seniors leading the team this year who all are great assets to the team. Senior outside hitter, Lyndsi Hughes, a four-year starter and this season’s team captain, is
looking to lead the team to victory. Last year she led the team with 402 kills, 1,167 total attempts and 464 digs. In addition to Hughes is senior libero, Kerry O’Brien. She played in 106 games last year and recorded 344 digs and six assists. Hughes and O’Brien are only two of the 17 women that make up the 2004 Mercyhurst women’s volleyball team. Each and every member has something significant to offer and is vital to the team’s performance. However, they are not playing well together at this point in time. According to O’Brien, they have a lot of very talented players, but they are a young, inexperienced team. This year the Lakers have two or three starting freshman, in addition to the ﬁve sophomores on the team already. “We’re not playing together as well as we could. It’s going to take time, but we’ll get there,” said O’Brien. In addition to that, the Lakers
lost starting middle hitter Jenn Barba. She was a huge asset to the team, and was the team’s “go to” player. Struggling without her this year, the team is trying their best. Although the Lakers are dealing with these losses, the attitudes are still very positive and the girls are determined to make this season just as successful as the previous ones. O’Brien seems conﬁdent that things will start looking up for the girls. “When we get our ﬁrst win, it’ll jump start us for the season,” she said. O’Brien said that support from the student body is a major help. Since the season kicked off, most of their games have been away. She and the other team members are looking for support from their peers, and hope to turn this season around. This weekend the Lakers are home on Friday, Oct. 8, against Grand Valley State at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday Oct. 9, against Ferris State at 4 p.m..
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By Eric Meacham Contributing writer
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Football offense roars back
Once again, the Lakers defense stepped up and put points on the board to keep their offense in the game. But this time, the offense showed signs of awakening, helping the defense by putting up three touchdowns of their own. The offense has struggled of late, looking to the defense to bail them out with multiple scores. The Laker defense made their statement early with a fumble recovery on the second play of the game. Senior William Shealey picked up the fumble by Ashland’s Antwan Hart, and proceeded to return it 45-yards for the touchdown. The point after by Phil Scanlon was no good, leaving the score 6-0. The scored stayed like this until late in the ﬁrst quarter when Ashland blocked a ﬁeld-goal attempt by Scanlon and recovered the ball. From there, Ashland’s quarterback Nick Strance went to the air, completing a 57-yard pass for the touchdown. Mercyhurst came back and answered on the next possession with a touchdown of their own. Quarterback Jeff Nowling, who missed last week’s game because of an injury, completed three passes on the trip to the end zone, ending with a two-yard completion to sophomore tight end Dan Salupo. The point after was blocked. Ashland responded with a touchdown right before halftime on Strance’s only other touchdown pass of the day. Ashland led Mercyhurst at halftime 14-12. Shealey again stepped up for the Mercyhurst defense with an interception deep in Ashland territory. The Lakers converted this turnover into six points on a oneyard touchdown run by senior tailback Justin Adams. The two-point attempt failed when Nowling threw an interception. Mercyhurst then ﬁnished the scoring for the game on their next possession, with a 55-yard touchdown pass by Nowling to John Egbert. The Lakers ﬁnally converted a point after making, the ﬁnal score 25-14. Jim Schuler set a new Mercyhurst single game record, recording 11 punts in one game. Last week Schuler punted nine times and set a new Mercyhurst record with a 76-yard punt, topping his own mark of 70 yards. The Laker punter is ranked ﬁrst in the conference and third in Division II in punting average. He averaged 38.5 yards per punt this past week. Last week’s homecoming game against Ferris State saw the Mercyhurst comeback fall just a ﬁeld
The Laker offense, listening to Head Coach Marty Schaetzle, continued to keep the team in the games, as the defense came to life for a victory over Ashland. The offense scored three touchdowns against the Eagles.
goal short. Ferris State opened the scoring late in the ﬁrst quarter on a three-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ryan Kaul. The Laker defense recovered a fumble deep in the Bulldog’s territory and was picked up by Mark Watson for the touchdown.
Mercyhurst then took the lead early in the second quarter on a blocked punt which was recovered by Marcus Patton and returned 42-yards for the touchdown. Ferris State then answered with 21 straight points before the Lakers put a ﬁeld goal on the board
by Scanlon. Mercyhurst then took the lead on their ﬁrst possession in the fourth quarter on a touchdown pass by Mitch Phillis to senior Jeff Thiel, which extended Thiel’s record of consecutive games with a reception to 36. The Bulldogs closed out the
scoring with a two-yard touchdown run, which was set up by a 55-yard completion from Kaul to Carlton Brewster. The Lakers host GLIAC powerhouse Saginaw Valley State this Saturday. The kickoff at Tullio Field is scheduled for 1:30 p.m..
Staph infections spreading among football players
By Ryan Palm Sports editor
The experience the football program at Mercyhurst went through this past summer makes Head Coach Marty Schaetzle happy he has a good staff in order to avoid having the bad staph. During the ﬁnal week or two of training camp, several football players were diagnosed with staph (pronounced “staff ”) infections. Staph is a medical short-term for staphylococcus aureus bacteria. This bacteria is very common, many even have it on their bodies at all times. About 30 percent of humans in the United States are carriers of the bacteria, commonly found in the nose. When the strain enters through an open wound, it can cause infection, most noticeably on the arms. Staph infections tend to be
pus-producing, which makes for a not-so-pretty sight. Once staph has been diagnosed, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics that are known to work on that speciﬁc strain of the bacteria. This medicine treats the infection and helps prevent it from developing into anything worse. The football staff realized that they were dealing with a serious situation and acted quickly. Marty Schaetzle gives tremendous praise to the staff of trainers and doctors who handled the situation. “The staff of doctors and trainers did a great job to keep it under control. It could have been real bad, but they have stopped it,” he said. In all, around 20 players have shown signs of having the infection, and the number is still growing. Despite the strenuous efforts to control the bacteria, it still continues to spread. “We gave antibiotic swabs in
everyone’s noses - doctors, trainers, coaches and players,” said head trainer Mary Ann Love. They were given the swabs for ﬁve days, twice a day in order to keep the strain from spreading. It develops through cuts, and especially among Mercyhurst players, turf burns. “When we went to Michigan they cleaned everything, bathrooms, showers, ﬂoors, everything,” she remarked, “Guys were complaining that stuff they had left behind smelled like cleaning supplies, so it should really help out.” The infection develops by looking like a bug bite or even a zit, but it is common for anyone to just ignore it and not think anything of it until the pus develops under it. Love says that the players have been good about making sure the trainers are aware anytime they think that something is suspicious on their bodies, a measure which will certainly help towards prevention.
Men’s golf ﬁnishes strong at Northwood Invitational
By Ryan Palm Sports editor
The men’s golf team has been busy of late, competing in three tournaments over the past two weeks. Back on Sept. 26-27, the team took part in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Tournament in Coldwater, Mich. The Lakers ﬁnished in a tie for 14th place with Ashland University with a score of 612. The winner of the tournament was Ferris State Universtiy, which had an impressive two day total of 575, which was one under par, good for a 15 shot victory. Freshman Kyle Waddell paced the Lakers with a two day total of 148. His rounds of 72-76 left him
at four over par and in a tie for 20th place. Following Waddell was sophomore Craig Bishop who ﬁnished in a tie for 26th with a two round total of 149. Just five days later the team was back in action, this time at the Northwood University Invitational, held Friday, Oct. 1 in Midland, Mich. Of the 11 teams in the ﬁeld, the Lakers ﬁnished seventh. Their rounds of 307-306 left them at 615, trailing winner Saginaw Valley State’s winning score of 589 by 26 shots. The team received an impressive performance from sophomore Brendan Flood, whose rounds of 71-74 left him in a tie for second place. Bishop again was right there for the Lakers with a two day total of
151, good for a tie for 17th. There was to be no rest for the weary, as the Lakers traveled south to Bay City, Mich., which was the site of the Saginaw Valley Invitational. Mercyhurst shined on this weekend, as the men ﬁnished one shot back in second place of 11 teams with a total of 602. The team led on the ﬁrst day, before being overtaken by Ferris State who won the title. Waddell again paced the team, this time earning a second place ﬁnish with scores of 73-72. Freshman Steven Barr was not far behind as he earned a top-ten ﬁnish with his total of 151. The team will rest until they travel to Hillsdale, Mich. for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships taking place Oct. 9-10.