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Vol. 78 No. 5 Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie Pa., 16546 October 27, 2004
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Special to the Merciad The political science national honors society and campus club, Pi Sigma Alpha, will host a debate between the Mercyhurst Young Democrats and the Mercyhurst Young Republicans on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 8:30 p.m. at the Taylor Little Theater. According to Pi Sigma Alpha President Kristen Hudak, the event will be open to all students. Dr. Brian Ripley will moderate, but all of the political science professors were instrumental in planning the event. “It will be both fun and informative” said Hudak. “This is a great opportunity for students with unanswered questions about the presidential candidates and the ongoing campaigns to get some answers. The format is professional, and the questions will be partially provided by the political science faculty and partly by students who attend the debate,” she continued. Mercyhurst Young Democrats will be represented by the club co-presidents, Albert Veverka and Michael Foglio, both seniors and political science majors. Mercyhurst Young Republicans will be represented by club president J.J. Mikulec, a senior political science, history and intelligence major, and member Jo Ellen Taylor, a junior citizenship education major. Students attending the debate are

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NEWS:
Students react to accusations against Garvey PAGE 2

Your choice, your vote
Students plan debate six days before presidential election

FEATURES:
The scariest place to be this Halloween? PAGE 5

OPINION:
Halloween stirs up devilish feelings PAGE 6

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Members of the Young Republicans and Young Democrates will debate election issues.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
String trio Invert performs at PAC PAGE 8

encouraged to wear their “My Vote Counts” shirts being sold by Pi Sigma Alpha this month. The back of the shirts read: “There are no red states, there are no blue states. There is only the United States.” According to the Pi Sigma Alpha president, this motto speaks to the efforts of both the Young Democrats

and the Young Republicans to work together to educate and ignite the political spirit of Mercyhurst Students. Young Democrats, Young Republicans and Pi Sigma Alpha worked together to plan the debate party in the Herman Student Union for the first in the series of three presidential debates. They also worked together in a co-

operative effort to register students to vote, inform students about the current political issues and to bolster support for their respective party candidates. “You don’t have to be a political science major to get excited about this race” said Hudak. Pi Sigma Alpha requests that students do not bring signs or rally gear to the debate.

SPORTS:
Men’s soccer unbeaten in GLIAC PAGE 12

Mercyhurst hosts job fair
Local, regional and national employers set to attend
By Jonelle Davis News editor More than 100 employers are registered as Mercyhurst gears up to host the biggest job fair in Northwestern, Pa. on Thursday, Nov. 4, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center. The job fair is a way for all Mercyhurst, Gannon, Edinboro and Allegheny students, freshmen through seniors, to network with possible future employers or seek guidance about career or internship options. Local, regional and national employers will be at the fair. According to Robert Hvezda, Director of Career Services, this job fair has a lot to offer students. “Out of all my years here at Mercyhurst, this is the best job fair ever assembled,” said Hvezda. “With the economy the way it is, we are very fortunate to have the caliber of these employers who seriously want to discuss full-time jobs and internship possibilities with students.” Hvezda also added that all seniors should attend the fair. “Seniors should come out no matter what their major. Often times, we’ll have students who look at the list registered companies and don’t see of anything there for them and decid not to go, but they should always come anyway, dressed professionally, with a resume, and talk to employers,” said Hvezda. “They have to understand that even if it isn’t exactly what they are looking for; a representative might have suggestions and can help them network into a job.” Hvezda also stressed the importance of all students attending the job fair. “The job fair is for freshmen through seniors. Freshmen and sophomores should come and network for future internships,” he said.

Upcoming Campus Events
Wednesday, Oct. 27
Film: “I’m Not Scared”, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., PAC. Student debate: 8:30 p.m., Taylor Little Theatre

Please see Job Fair Page 2.

Parent’s weekend festivities
By Jaime Myers Contributing writer The Mercyhurst campus was crowded this past weekend for the annual Parent’s Weekend festivities that took place all day Friday through Sunday. Between the athletic events, the activities at night and the prizes given away, the weekend was a big success. Close to 200 parents registered for the weekend’s events, but even more families came to spend the weekend with their children. The first event took place at the Taylor Little Theatre. The play, “You Can’t Take it With You,” was performed Thursday through Sunday. It is a comedy play with a moral: Do what you want to do in life. Student Activities Committee also hosted nightly events for the students and their families. Approximately 150 people came to see juggler Josh Casey perform on Friday night in the Performing Arts Center. Casey is from Ann Arbor, Mich. He was brought in through Rubber Room Productions. SAC has brought in others from this company, including the Mind Readers that performed in the past. Saturday was full of food and sports. Continental breakfast was available in the Cummings Art Gallery for faculty, parents and students in the morning. An Italian luncheon was available in the Egan Hall Cafeteria as well. Football and soccer both had victories on Saturday playing at their home fields. Before the football game, senior football players and cheerleaders were honored. Laker football finished ahead of Indianapolis University 24-21 in a close game. Men’s soccer beat Roberts Wesleyan 2-1 for their sixth straight win. The dancers and musicians showed their talents in a performance on Saturday night in the PAC. Tables and chairs were rented for Family Bingo on Saturday night in the Katie McAdams/Photo editor Great Room of the Student Union. Josh Casey performed for parents and students. There were about $900 worth of prizes given away to the lucky win- and a leaf blower for fathers. Two the SAC special events chairperson. ners. other students won a DVD player and She and the other SAC members About 250 people placed chips on a stereo system. worked hard to plan the weekend and their bingo cards trying to win prizes The previous three years, SAC they believe that everyone enjoyed like Halloween candy, gift certificates, brought in a hypnotist to entertain the themselves. movies, CDs, calling cards and school families on Saturday night. “People were actually thanking me supplies. The prizes were convenient “It was nice to see something new. on their way out,” said Burns. She and helpful to the typical college My parents and I have seen the same was happy with the turnout for all of student. hypnotist show for three years in a the events. The big prizes included a 19-inch row,” said senior Robyn Mast. On Sunday, families attended Mass color TV, which a mother won. Also Mollie Burns is the one to thank in Christ the King Chapel. This was given away was a foot spa for mothers for the SAC hosted events. She is followed by brunch in the cafeteria.

Friday, Oct. 29
SAC: Halloween costume party, 10 p.m., Student Union. Visiting Artist Series Performance: Invert, 7:30 p.m., Walker Recital Hall.

Satuday, Oct. 30
SAC and Ambassadors: Haunted Ghost Tours, 10 p.m. until 1 a.m., Student Union.

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Senior gift Garvey accusations, student voices
Seniors choose spirit bell as gift
By Libbie Johnson Contributing writer The Senior Gift Steering Committee has announced the class gift for 2005: a spirit bell in memory of Sister M. Damien Mlechick, who died earlier this year. Sister Damien served Mercyhurst College for 20 years, answering the phones in the foyer of Old Main and greeting students, faculty and alumni. She was well-known for her school spirit. She attended athletic games, ringing her signature cow bell in support of the Mercyhurst sports teams as well as throwing Holy Water on the ice at hockey games. She used to be a Times Old Newsie and would ring bells to collect money. “The Class of 2005 felt that it would be only fitting if we did something to commemorate Sister Damien...an avid supporter of students here at the school it’s in her memory that we’re erecting this bell,” said senior Tim Krysiek. Stephen Zinram, Director of the Annual Fund, is adviser to the Senior Gift Steering Committee. He said that the Class of 2005 wanted their gift to commemorate school spirit, not just for athletics, but for every aspect of college campus. The class also wants to remind people of the Mercy spirit as well as Sister Damien and how much she cared By Joshua Wilwhol Layout assistant Over the past three weeks, students reading the Erie TimesNews couldn’t miss seeing articles pertaining to Mercyhurst President Dr. William P. President Garvey. Whether it was the original article on Oct. 10 detailing the accusations in Chuck Rosenthal’s book, “Never Let Me Go,” the Board’s support of Garvey, or letters denouncing the article, there was always something to keep the issue in the news. The Times-News, however, never reported on students’ reactions to the issue. Many of the undergraduates on campus wanted their voices to be heard, but the forum held Oct. 14 in the Athletic Center did not give enough time for all to be heard. Some students still wish to voice their opinions on the matter causing so much controversy. Elizabeth Mitchell believes the current situation has not changed the college’s reputation, but needs to be dealt with in an appropriate manner. “My attitude towards Mercyhurst or my decision to go here has not changed one bit,” said Mitchell. “However, I think that it is a good idea for the school and Board of Trustees to conduct an objective and thorough investigation of the situation before continuing to make any moves.” Agreeing with Mitchell, Sam Romito said, “I feel that the article was intended to damage President Garvey’s name. And in no way has it affected my coming here. This is a good school and the issue at hand should not change its atmosphere.” Students around campus primarily seem to be taking the same stance. Still, there are a few that feel the accusations are “troubling,” as student Molly Stanton put it. “I feel that the issue has caused

Student reactions
outbursts among students,” Stanton said. “Nevertheless, I believe the issue should be handled seriously. It has been handled well so far, but the Board should get more student opinion on the matter.” Students’ thoughts are what seem to be the most dominating matter in the current situation. Taking note of this, Board of Trustees Chair Marlene Mosco said during the Oct. 14 the student forum that students will have a voice, noting that Student Government President Mike Mancinelli would represent the body during any voting proposed by the Board. During the Oct. 21 board vote, Mancinelli abstained due to “not being informed enough in advance about the situation.” Nonetheless, Mancinelli reiterated that the student body still has a voice. “We are currently in the process of a constituency that will be submitted to the board as soon as it is finished,” he said.

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A spirit bell has been chosen as the Senior gift of 2005.

about the school. The bell can be used at convocations, graduations, the lighting of the Christmas tree and pep rallies to ring in the Mercyhurst spirit. The committee is looking at a bell that is 26 inches across and weighs 350 pounds. Plans include a plaque to tell future classes what Sister Damien meant to the school. Senior Thera Gaston hopes for 100 percent participation. “It’s important for the entire senior class to give a token of appreciation in remembrance of Sister Damien,” said Gaston. Krysiek also has high expectations for this year. “We expect to

raise over $10,000, and we intend to break all the records set by the Class of 2004.” So far, within 48 hours of fundraising, 46 pledges totaling $2,640 has been raised. The Class of 2004 holds the record for having the most donors raising $9,286, for their senior gift of The Pavillion. “Seniors can help by either donating money or helping out with the committee.” “Committee participation includes putting together social events, helping attain funds and generally promoting the Spirit Bell,” said Gaston. Donations can be made by cash, check, credit card or a portion of the housing deposit.

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“It’s an opportunity for them to talk to company representatives and find out what they need to be doing while they’re attending Mercyhurst to best prepare themselves to be marketable when they graduate. Dolores Griswold, career and job fair coordinator, also added that a lot of hard work goes in to making this job fair possible for students. “The job fair is a year-round project. We really start focusing on it in June with a mailing to over 400 employers,” said Griswold. “We have to schedule everything: security, food services, maintenance, etc. The only major problem we always run into is not having enough parking, but the job fair is definitely worth walking a little bit to get to.” Griswold also added that students will not be disappointed with the job fair. “I’m really proud of what we do. It’s amazing that a small college like this is getting these great companies to come to its job fair,” said Griswold. According to Hvezda, great companies come to Mercyhurst because of the quality of the job fair, and it is important for students to attend so they continue to come back to Mercyhurst in the future. This job fair will be the 13th annual fair held on the Mercyhurst campus. Some of the employers include American Express Financial Advisors, Cohen & Company, Defense Intelligence Agency, Drug Enforcement Agency, Erie Insurance Group, FBI, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts Internal Revenue Service, Millcreek Community Hospital, Nextmedia Operating, Inc., Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, Pennsylvania State Police, Susquehanna Health Systemand, the U.S. Border Patrol, and and U.S. Marine Corps, Officers Program. Students are reminded that this is the only job fair held at Mercyhurst during the course of the school year.

Is the ’Hurst haunted?
By Jennifer Ciccone Contributing writer Attention all paranormal investigators. Do you prefer nightmares instead of sweet dreams? Are you forever seeking the strange and unusual? Well then, this is your nightmare come true. A group of brave souls is preparing to tell you of Mercyhurst’s frightening and mysterious past. Mercyhurst Ambassadors Club, along with SAC, will be putting on a ghoul fest this Halloween eve. This joint event, on Oct. 30, will include haunted tours given by members of the Ambassador Club that will feature ghost stories about our college. Our own self-proclaimed paranormal investigator, senior Mike Foglio, will share his knowledge about Mercyhurst ghost stories and paranormal happenings with fellow ambassadors, so you may rest assured that this will be an evening you will never forget. Weber Hall, Egan Hall and other familiars are all stops in the tour, and for the first time we will take a closer look at their haunted pasts. For all those who are not willing to take the plunge into the Hurst’s haunted past, SAC will also offer games and food in the Herrmann Student Union. If, however, you are feeling brave-and you will certainly need to be- the ghoulish tour will commence promptly at 10 p.m. in the Student Union and run until the stroke of midnight, provided that there are no complications. Show off your pride to any ghosts who may stray across your path by purchasing one of the shirts that will be sold the week prior to the haunted tour. You may pre-order these badges of courage, because, after all, if something should happen to you, we’d still appreciate your patronage. The shirts are a vibrant jacko-lantern orange, and they state clearly across the front that you are with the “Mercyhurst College Department of Paranormal Studies.” On the back you’ll find the seal of the college being invaded by one of the many ghosts that reside on our campus. Along the haunted tour you will discover many frightening things about the college you love so dearly. Mercyhurst’s mysterious past may well give fuel to your bad dreams for many nights to come. However, you may also hear some rather familiar tales of the crypt, such as the famous (or rather infamous) Ring story. Along the way, the more interesting bits of the spooky stories will be performed, although we can’t guarantee that it will only be the Ambassadors who get into the act. So come one, come all. Gather your courage, take a deep breath, but don’t close your eyes, and prepare to delve into the paranormal.

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Students will get more sleep
By Amy Landphair Contributing writer College administration pushed 8 a.m. classes Monday through Friday to 8:20 a.m. in an effort to accommodate students’ needs. The Office of Academic Affairs proposed the idea early last spring, which college President Dr. William P. Garvey later approved. After researching past class schedules of Mercyhurst, along with the schedules of other successful universities, the college administration determined the change would work well. They also studied classroom utilization and the meeting and practice times of student organizations and sports teams. Some students, however, question the change. Junior Kathryn Kirchendorfer says 20 minutes is not a great enough difference to be beneficial. “It’s pointless,” Kirchendorfer said. “Why not make it 8:30?” Associate Vice President of Academic Services, Barbara Behan said the committee’s first proposal was for an 8:30 a.m. start. That scenario was ruled out due to concerns of heavy campus traffic. “Most of the staff and administration start at 8:30, and classes starting then would greatly increase the traffic coming (into the school),” Behan said. Still, students like sophomore Kaitlyn Huver feel uneasy about the new times. “It is going to be confusing because all the classes start at different times now,” said Huver. Kirchendorfer agreed that students may not adjust easily to the new class times and could come late to class. In regard to the adjustment Behan said, “I’m hoping students won’t be seriously impacted by this.” She said that students will have to pay attention to the new schedule. Behan asked the Registrar’s Office to place a notice of the time change on all student schedules. The additional 20 minutes of sleep in the morning excites many Mercyhurst students. Denny Porter loves the idea. As a freshman, Porter hopes this move is a small step to pushing the times back even further in the near future. Although the Office of Academic Affairs discussed some ideas for much later times, they felt the 8:20 a.m. start fit best with the present situation. Behan said Garvey and the administration believe the students will benefit from the time change. With a motherly smile Behan said she hopes that students “can catch a few more Z’s.”

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Capital campaign celebrated
By Holly Burns Contributing writer Celebrations are in the works for the closing of the Mercyhurst Capital Campaign four years in the making. Begun in October 2000, the Capital Campaign Fund “Preserving the Legacy” started with a goal of raising $15 million. The support and interest of the Mercyhurst community increased the goal to $20 million. Four years later, on June 30, the campaign closed at two and a half million dollars more than expected at $22.5 million. “It has been an incredible journey and an incredible effort for the college and its trustees, faculty, staff, and administration,” said Gary Bukowski, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. The campaign came at a difficult time and fund-raising was no small task for the Mercyhurst community. The tragedy of Sept. 11, an economic downturn, and alarming rates of unemployment were just some of the factors that could have been detrimental to the success of the campaign. However, in the words of Bukowski, Mercyhurst “stayed on course.” Having shepherded the campaign from the start, Bukowski says that it was nothing short of a “phenomenal success.” The campaign’s success can be attributed to 95 percent of the Mercyhurst Erie community and 93 percent at Mercyhurst North East. Mercyhurst Trustees alone contributed about $9 million. Mercyhurst faculty, staff, and administration participated in the campaign by donating about $585,000. In addition, students were instrumental in the success of the campaign by deciding that Mercyhurst Student Government would commit $1 million to the campaign, toward the construction of the physical fitness center. There are many things on campus that have been made possible by the money raised from the campaign. One of the college’s largest goals was to build the Audrey Hirt Academic Center. It would not be standing tall on the Erie campus without the support of all who contributed to the campaign. The Hirt Center provides 45,000 square feet of space for Mercyhurst students and faculty, including the 244-seat Walker Recital Hall for lectures, movies, and recitals. With a growing student enrollment each year, the Hirt Center was a necessity for academic success on campus. Other projects made possible by the campaign have included renovations to Old Main, Zurn Hall, and Egan Hall. The installation of 430 windows, some with a new lighting feature, is just one of the projects in the works right now. Another remarkable achievement made possible by the campaign is the construction of a new state-of-the-art DNA lab located in Zurn Hall. In addition, on the North East campus, construction is underway on the Tom and Michele Ridge Health and Safety Building. Some benefits of the campaign are less tangible, however very important and worthy of recognition. Just ask the students who are beneficiaries of close to $10 million in scholarships and endowments. For some, it is the reason that

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The new DNA lab located in Zurn hall is being put to good use by students.

they are enrolled at Mercyhurst College today. The celebration for this phenomenal achievement will be on Nov. 6 and 7. It will begin with a dinner on

Saturday night. Then, on Sunday, there will be performances by the Mercyhurst Music and Dance Departments. Bukowski says, “It will be a celebration of the success of the

campaign and a thank-you to all the people who gave.” It was the most successful fundraising effort in the college’s history and will forever be remembered for “preserving the legacy.”

Intelligence program recruits
By Jenny Allen Contributing writer Students in the Research/ Intelligence Analyst Program have been finding out what job interviews are really like over the past weeks as organizations have come to campus to recruit R/IAP students for future employment and internships. The Office of Career Services at Mercyhurst has been working with the R/IAP program and setting up recruitment weeks for about five years now. This year recruiting took place from Oct. 10 through Oct. 28. Frank Rizzone from Career Services helps to set up many of the appointments with the students and bring in employers to interview those looking for jobs and internships. “The goal when we first started was to bring these people in to give the students experience and internships,” Rizzone said. “Initially it began out of practicality.” The students had many opportunities to interview for jobs and internships this year during R/IAP recruiting weeks. About 20 organizations came to Mercyhurst during the three week time span including the International Atomic Energy Commission, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, the National Security Administration, the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, The FBI lab, CIA and more. “Since 9/11 there has been an explosion in government service so the demand for intelligence interns is great,” Rizzone said. Mercyhurst is one of the few colleges in the country that offers a major in intelligence studies. Government agencies now look to Mercyhurst for students in this area because their education is something that most prospective employees do not have. “Kids can come right out of Mercyhurst and not need any training,” Rizzone said. “In the R/IAP program they are required to do one internship,” Rizzone said. These internships add to the experience that the students have upon graduation. Rizzone added that while doing their internships, “They do some pretty amazing stuff.” Students in the R/IAP program are helping these agencies do support work, research and bring criminals to justice. Some students have gone overseas for research, had work sent to Congress and even been involved with nuclear projects or research. “Some of the projects these kids are doing just knock your socks off,” Rizzone said. These internships and job opportunities are a big credit to the program and Career Services. The interviews are all set up beforehand and students are notified of their times. Career Services helps to put together the students’ resumes and prepare information for the agencies. “We present them with resumes, transcripts and letters of recommendations,” Rizzone said. “The students don’t even have to worry about bringing them.” Rizzone added that the agencies get everything ahead of time so that they are prepared for the interviews with the students. “The average student does not see what goes on in the background here,” Rizzone said. R/IAP recruiting is open to anyone in the program and this year somewhere around 400 interviews took place for the 254 students from 12 states and three countries. These students are learning and experiencing the growing world of intelligence studies world wide. “All the different government intelligence agencies have different standards and Mercyhurst helps to bring that together,” Rizzone said. Brooke McNierney, a sophomore in the program, began interviewing for internships this year during the recruiting weeks. She explained that “usually the night before the interview there is an information session. That gives you time to learn about the agency and develop whatever questions you would have.” McNierney said that usually these sessions last about half an hour and that the length of the interview can vary. “Basically you get a lot of questions about projects you’ve done, extra curricular activities, your GPA and what you would be able to add to the company,” she said. Although the interviews can be somewhat scary at first, McNierney said, “I think that it is an excellent process.” She added, “You get a lot of opportunities.” “A lot of interns end up working for the agency after they graduate,” McNierney said. McNierney recently got offered an internship with Northrop Grumman, one of the agencies she interviewed with. “Northrop Grumman is a big agency,” she explained. “We work for the part called mission systems.” “We work on contracts and grants given by government agencies and we get to pick from six sub categories dealing with intelligence that we can work on,” McNierney said. McNierney will have to wait until 2006 to complete her internship because of security clearances within the government. “We get a top secret security clearance which is why it takes so long,” she said. Nick Proy, a junior, was also one of the many students who interviews for employment opportunities during R/IAP recruiting. Proy said, “Career Services sends you an email to tell you who is coming. If you are interested, you can go to Career Services and sign up for an interview.” Proy signed up for several interviews this year even though he had already done several during his sophomore year as well. He said that mostly sophomores, juniors and seniors go to the interview but “they strongly recommend that you go to the information sessions freshman year.” Proy said of the interviews, “They start by asking you questions and you can ask questions during and after.” He said that these interviews are typically one or two people, but some like Northrop Grumman had a panel of interviewers. “They ask you questions and you ask them questions,” Proy explained. “I think that it is very useful,” Proy said of the recruiting process. “For students, most of these places are out of the area and we would have to travel to them.” He said, “It is much easier for them to come to us.” R/IAP recruiting is meant to be helpful to the students and gets them employment opportunities that they may not get otherwise. With the growing need for intelligence and the growing program at Mercyhurst, many government agencies find Mercyhurst to be a valuable resource. Proy very easily sums the program up with two words, “Vive R/IAP.”

’Hurst news briefs
Students deal with stress
Julie Brieger, a psychology intern at the Counseling Center, confirmed that several types of stress have begun to affect many students at Mercyhurst College. Currently, the Counseling Center is seeing about 60 students, half of whom are being treated for stress. Brieger said that leading causes of stress right now are relationship issues, family conflicts, roommate issues, uncertainty in one’s future and depression. She also mentioned that almost none of the students have included the situation concerning Dr. Garvey as a stress factor. Brieger said, “If a student doesn’t learn how to cope with stress and find appropriate ways to deal with it, it can lead to other disorders later on.” Anxiety disorders and depression are the most common disorders linked to stress. Brieger mentioned stress relief tips, which include talking with someone, exercise, generally being around other people, and better time management.

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Hunter takes leave of absence
Tauana Hunter, Chair of the Dance Department at Mercyhurst College, will be taking a leave of absence in March of 2005. After 11 years in her position, she is planning on traveling to Denmark and Europe to do guest choreography and teaching, renew old acquaintances and bring new information to her students. While on her journey, Hunter will attend the Bournonville Ballet Festival in Denmark and then the Royal Ballet School in London. She also expects that this will create new relationships that will provide more study abroad opportunities. Hunter said, “Expanding in an international way is important because I’m looking at the college’s directive to expand into more global learning for the students.” This will be the first time in 11 years that the dance department will have to do without the leadership of Hunter. However, she believes that this will be a good opportunity for them. “I hope that my absence will open up new opportunism for growth both with the faculty and with the dance majors.”

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International club plans events
The Mercyhurst International Students Organization (MISO) meets every Thursday at 8:15 p.m. in the International Students Center to plan events for the international students. MISO is currently planning events for this term. Some of the events include a trip to the Falcon Club in Erie for a traditional Polish meal, a trip to Toronto, designing t-shirts activity and a country day with food and music. They are also currently working to create a symbol for MISO. Katarzyna Tarczynska, the president of MISO, is very enthusiastic about the club. She wants all of the international students to get involved the organization will have an impact on the campus. “We want to give the American students an idea of the differences between cultures, show them our traditions and basically organize something for them so we can all have fun together,” said Tarczynska.

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FEATURES
By Jen Helbig Features editor
Are you a science major who needs an extracurricular? Are you undecided and pondering what you want to do as a career? You should try stopping by an Anthropology Club meeting. Gabe Kenton is the president of Mercyhurst’s Anthropology club. A senior anthropology major with an archeology concentration, Kenton has become very involved in the major. “The club’s purpose is to give students a feel of anthropology and the different diversity in it,” Kenton said. “Anthropology is the study of people and different cultures,” Kenton said. It is so broad, and it can go in so many different directions.” Kenton said that about half of the anthropology majors are also in the archeology minor. “Archeology involves taking the geology classes.” Kenton described how lucky Mercyhurst students are to have the anthropology program that is available to them. “Dr. Adovasio is the head of the archeology and geology departments,” Kenton said. “He has really made a lot out of this program at Mercyhurst.” Kenton said that one of the club’s larger activities is to go to the national meeting for archeology. “About 25 students are plan-

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Try the Anthropology Club for an alternative science

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Anthropology students pose in one of the labs in Zurn. For a unique science experience, try visiting them at an Anthropology Club meeting.

ning on going this year. Our club has about 30 members in it.” “The meeting will be held in Salt Lake City,” Kenton continued. “We volunteer for about four hours a day for three days.” He explained the impact of Mercyhurst on this national organization. “We are the biggest volunteering group that goes to the conference,” Kenton said. “They know Mercyhurst there.” At the meeting, the students are able to go to lectures and learn about the latest research

and theories. The club also is planning a trip to the Natural History Museum in Pittsburgh. “We try to have a few big activites each year,” Kenton explained. “We also want to go to the National Museum of the American Indian, which has opened recently in Washington D.C.” In past years, the club has gone places, but also stayed near home. “We have gone to lectures around Erie and Cleveland in

years past,” Kenton said. “Also we participate in the Highway Cleanup on I-90. Now we do the cleanup in conjunction with the Forensic Science Club,” Kenton said. “It’s a way that our club can do community service.” Kenton said that Mercyhurst’s anthropology major is one of the best in the nation. “Most major universities probably have an archeology department,” Kenton said. However, he said that Mercyhurst’s program has been

around for some time, and with outstanding professors like Dr. Adovasio, it has become known around the nation. Kenton said that one of the best experiences of his life was doing his summer field work during the summer after his sophomore year. “We were in the Alleghany national forest in Pennsylvania,” Kenton said, “working six days a week for about 10 hours a day.” Even though the work was difficult, Kenton said that the experience was wonderful

To see what it is all about, stop into one of the meetings. The club meets every other week, generally on Thursday evenings around 5 p.m. Interested students can look for signs posted around campus. Anyone is welcome to join, whether an anthropology major or not. “It is good to get involved,” Kenton said. “You can meet upperclassmen and fellow classmates through the club. Also you can get to know the professors and make connections.”

Senior interns in Bermuda Learn about Afghanistan from one of your peers
By Meghan Smith Contributing writer
Sitting poolside on a beautiful beach. Feeling the cool breeze under the shade of a palm tree. Waking up every morning and doing what you love. These all seem like things out of one’s wildest dreams, but for one Mercyhurst student it was a reality. Mercyhurst senior, Chris “Kit” Fraundorf traveled to Bermuda this summer for the internship Photo courtesy of Chris Fraundorf of a lifetime. As an HRIM major, it is part Senior Chris Fraundorf spent the summer interning in of the curriculum to fulfill two Bermuda. internships while at the col- multitude of roles he was going the best way to truly understand lege. to portray during his stay. how something works.” After completing an intern“I had the opportunity to try Fraundorf enjoyed his time in ship in Chicago two summers my hand in almost every job of- Bermuda so much that he has ago, Fraundorf was looking fered,” Fraundorf explained. even considered returning after forward to a more exciting opDuring his time there Fraun- graduation. portunity. dorf worked at the pool bar, “The owner told me when I “I approached the head of boathouse, club restaurant and graduate to send in a resume the HRIM department, Dar- front desk. and I shouldn’t be surprised if rell Georger, and told him I He also got to try his hand at I’m the first they call,” explained was willing to travel anywhere maintenance and housekeep- Fraundorf. in the world to conclude my ing. “I loved it there. It’s beautiinternship requirement,” recalls While at the Pompano Beach ful and I would go back in a Fraundorf. Club, Fraundorf used skills that heartbeat.” Luckily, Georger went to col- he learned on campus in the “It’s a once in a lifetime lege with the owner of a beach HRIM department. chance. I’m sure other resorts, club in Bermuda and had no No matter what job he was clubs and restaurants are all just trouble setting Fraundorf up assigned that day, the organiza- as exciting, but how many times with an internship. tional expertise he acquired in in your life will you be paid to Fraundorf left for Bermuda class came in hand. go on vacation.” shortly after school ended last Likewise, the situations he Fraundorf is also looking year. encountered in Bermuda have forward to a trip in the coming His travels landed him in helped him in his studies at months sponsored by the ProSouth Hampton, Bermuda, Mercyhurst. fessional Convention Manageat the Pompano Beach Club, Fraundorf said, “A person can ment Association on campus. “A.K.A. paradise,” jokes Fraun- learn a lot in a classroom, but This year they are heading to dorf. first hand experience is always Hawaii. Upon arriving he realized the

By Narvan Shorish
Contributing writer

I remember once I asked one of my school teachers how we can get to know our own culture perfectly. She answered me, “With traveling. If you go outside of your own culture and become familiar with others’ culture, you will know your own very well.” Now I realize that she was right. Since I came to the United States, I have seen strong differences in cultures. I realize how much people are different from the Eastern part of the world compare to the Western part of the world. I am from Afghanistan, a country that is located in the center of Asia. It borders Iran, China, Pakistan and newly independent countries such as Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Living in Afghanistan is completely different from life in the United States. These differences are not only economical, but also cultural. In my culture, which is a Collectivist culture, people live in groups. They work together and live together.

But in the United States there is more emphasis on individual goals. Members of this culture value self-independence and self-fulfillment.

Living in Afghanistan is completely different from the life in the United States.

- Narvan Shorish

However, 23 years of war keeps Afghanistan as one of the poorest countries in the world. Afghan people, much like Americans, want to know more. They love to travel and seek knowledge. The education system in Afghanistan is different from

here. Students cannot choose their college. There is an examination called the Great Test. All the students are required to take it. It includes questions from many fields. The field that a student answers the most successfully in is the one that he/she would continue it for his or her major and future profession. All the universities and colleges have the semester system. Another large change for me to adjust to is the weather. I come from a mountainous country. Although we always have snow on the top of the mountains, we do not see much snow during the winter in the cities. We only have it about twice a winter. Afghanistan has a very moderate climate. But, in contrast, the United States has the chilliest winters. Having snow week after week is something unusual for me, but I like it. It is very difficult to study abroad with another language and live with different kinds of people in a different culture. However, as an international student in the Mercyhurst College community, I feel at home and I enjoy studying in the United States.

Surge control: Use extension cords and power strips safely
Knight Ridder Tribune News Service Extension cords and power strips have been known to handle heavy loads especially with all of today’s technological devices. They may be able to support items such as computers, printers, flat-screen monitors and CD players, but they can’t do everything. Different extension cords and power strips are made to handle specific tasks. Some can take care of most of our home-entertainment needs. Others manage the high-power loads required to operate large appliances. When selecting and using extension cords and power strips, follow these guidelines: Make sure the cord bears a certification label from an independent testing lab such as UL (Underwriters Laboratories) or ETL (Electrical Testing Laboratories). This indicates that the product meets current industry safety standards. On extension cords, the label should be permanently attached on the cord near the plug. With power strips and surge protectors, the testing lab information should be on the underside of the casing. Electrical cords, power strips and surge protectors must come with polarized plugs (one blade is slightly wider the other) or grounded, three-pronged plugs. Insert plugs fully when plugging them in. No part of the prongs should be exposed when the cord is in use. Use heavy-duty extension cords to handle high-wattage appliances, such as air conditioners and freezers. Outdoor extension cords should be specifically designed for such use to prevent shock. While in use, don’t cover an extension cord with rugs or other objects. Heat cannot escape from a covered cord, so it could result in a fire. Avoid overloading a cord. To keep this from happening, use a higher-rated one or unplug and relocate electrical items, especially appliances, to other outlets. Cords should not dangle from a counter or tabletop. They can be accidentally pulled down or tripped over. If a cord feels hot to the touch, stop using it immediately and discard it. If you have a cracked or worn cord, replace it.

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building on campus. Built in 1926, the gothic architecture and ancient styling personify the stereotypical horror movie setting. Because of a fire in Egan that once killed a girl and badly mauled another, chilling occurrences such as unexplained broken mirrors, cold spots, and apparitions in windows have been occurring in the building ever since. Taylor Little Theater is also an accepted haunted spot on campus. Mercyhurst students have heard the story of the doomed maintenance worker that fell to his death on the pointed spout of the fountain below the stairs. When the fountain was turned on after years of the accident, the water ran blood red. A few days later, a dance major fell from the balcony in a trance and broke her hip on the fountain. While the girl had no recollection of her plummet or motive leading up to it, the ghost of the maintenance worker was blamed. With such legends surrounding the college, ghost tours of the campus will be held this Halloween. After reviewing the previous legends, it’s tempting to ask questions. Where does fact end and fiction begin? Are ghost stories merely created tales spun around Halloween to enhance the holiday? Or does something truly call to us from beyond, enticing us to make the unknown known?

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The scariest place to be this Halloween? Eeeerie, Pa!
By Natalie Jo Vindivich Contributing writer
“Ghost: the disembodied spirit imagined as wandering among or haunting living persons.” Imagined? Many skeptics believe that all things paranormal are nothing more than the result of overactive imaginations. With Halloween just around the corner, even normal everyday occurrences can take on a spooky aura. American history has a tradition steeped deep in folklore, and tales of ghostly apparitions are no exception. In the spirit of Halloween, here are a few local stories unique to Erie, PA. First, the Erie cemetery is said to be haunted. A few locations are particularly notable. The first is a mausoleum that appears blackened, as if it were burned. There is no name on it, although traces of one can be found among the vampire-like designs on the mausoleum. Another area is referred to as the Witches’ Circle. It is a group of tombstones that are arranged in the shape of a circle. Some of them are burnt black. Legend has it that when Satan came to collect his loyal followers, fires from hell left lasting impressions on the stones. Although workers have repeatedly tried to remove the scorch marks, they do not come off. Upon closer inspection, it can be seen that the tomb stones have rather strange things written on them. People have also reported hearing footsteps and chilling noises behind them while walking in this cemetery. The next local attraction is Axe Murder Hallow. A legends says that a man chopped up his entire family with an axe because of his suspicions of his wife and a farm hand. A few years later, a car with a young couple in it got stuck in the mud. The boy went for help and told his girlfriend to stay in the car. Within a few minutes, the girl heard someone outside the car saying, “Get out.” She stepped out in the pouring rain and saw her boyfriend hanging by his ankles with his throat slit. She tried to run for help, but a figure with an axe in his hand grabbed her. The next attraction is Penn State Behrend. In the late 1970’s, a student named Henry lived on the third floor of the West wing in Niagara Hall. He died horribly after freezing to death on a cold winter night. It is said that he tried to turn on the heater when the door jammed. No one heard his screams as he frantically tried to escape the room. The next morning his body was found clinging to the heater in hopes that it would turn on. Students who stay in this haunted room have said that on cold nights you can hear Henry shaking the heater and the door in attempts to escape his frigid death.

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You may be suprised by the tales behind the Taylor Little Theater.

And, of course, the next story is the famous legend from Mercyhurst College. A woman who was once engaged was told that her former lover, whom she presumed was killed in battle, had returned. Because she believed he was dead, she had become a nun to give her life to God. Eagar to rekindle their love, the woman left the convent, marking her decision by leaving a ring by a statue of the Virgin Mary. Soon after she had done this, her lover was killed in a terrible accident on State Street. Devastated, the woman lived

out her days in misery and eventually went insane. Many years later, a young couple found a ring on the statue of Mary. The girl placed the ring on her finger, only to learn later that day that her boyfriend had been killed in an accident on State Street. Infuriated and confused, she ran into the chapel of Old Main and flung the ring in front of the alter, hysterical as to why God would take her boyfriend’s life. Some say the ring was locked away, while others say it has never been found.

All agree, however, that there have been sightings of a vanishing ring in the chapel throughout the years. It is said that bad fortune or death will follow anyone who touches the mysterious ring. People have also claimed to see the nun’s spirit roam the halls. Whether you believe the legend or not is up to you… but if you ever see a ring in Old Main, don’t pick it up! Mercyhurst College is home to many other legends and ghost stories. Egan Hall is said to have the most paranormal activity of any

Presque Isle offers an outlet for relaxation in Erie’s backyard
By Jen Helbig Features editor
Are you looking for something to do other than study for your finals? As we all know, the Erie winter is coming soon and the chances to enjoy the outdoors without frostbite will be few and far between. A few weeks ago, Presque Isle began the first of its winter transformations. The leaves are beautiful orange, reds, and browns, and they cover the walking path and the ground. The beaches are cold and windy, but there’s something special about walking on them when the sky and lake are both grey and rough. Although Mercyhurst offers a beautiful campus, it is sometimes difficult to escape the pressures of schoolwork and activities and just sit back and enjoy the scenery. Whether you are an athlete or someone who wants to sit in the car with the heat cranked, I recommend heading up to Presque Isle before the winter sets in. Although there are too many leaves on the path to rollerblade without falling, biking and walking are perfect alternatives. There are two locations on road” policy. Bikers are permitted to ride in the road if they want to, so if you are annoyed by walkers and dogs and leashes, you can spend time riding in the road. The bike path stretches around the entire park for about 13 miles, so you can plan on spending awhile on the bike without getting bored of the scenery. Also, there are mile markers on the paths, so if you only want to walk for a little bit, you will know when to turn around. After a brisk walk, there are restaurants and bakeries and a market on the way back to I-90 or along West 12 street. The trip is only a 15 minute drive, and once you are there, you will be enticed to wander around and explore. On many weekends in the summer and fall there are organized events such as bike races, walks or runs. The island is settling in for the winter, and swimming is out of the picture at this point. However, if you feel like getting out for the day and enjoying the weather that Erie has to offer, try taking a drive up to Presque Isle. Although Mercyhurst provides the Athletic Center and ample space to wander around campus, there’s nothing else like enjoying a fall day outside.

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Students should take advantage of what Presque Isle has to offer. Athletes and poetry writers alike are sure to enjoy.

the island that rent bicycles in case if you do not have one on

campus. Also, the park has a “share the

Erie’s famous dead come alive
By Dr. Belovarac History department
ovarac will also provide insights into some of the early settlers and civic leaders whose lives and careers made Erie what it is today. Included will be such notables as Col. Seth Reed, Erie’s original settler, Daniel Dobbins, who began construction of the fleet that won the Battle of Lake Erie and Col. Strong Vincent, Erie’s hero at the Battle of Gettysburg. Transportation will be provided, leaving Garvey Park at 3:30 pm. If you’d like to drive yourself, meet Belovarac at the Main Gate to the cemetery, located at 21st and Chestnut at 4 p.m.. The tour should take about an hour.

Chemistry department welcomes newest faculty member Dr. Spudich and his expertise
By Courtney Nicholas Contributing writer If someone asked you a question regarding analytical chemistry would you be able to give them an informed answer? The newest chemistry professor at Mercyhurst College, Thomas Spudich would be able to offer an informed answer. Spudich comes to Mercyhurst from Penn State-Behrend where he taught as assistant professor for six years. He grew up in Crystal Lake, Ill. and completed his bachelor’s degree at Truman State University. He then went on to complete his master’s degree at Northern Illinois University. Mercyhurst’s reputation for being student-centered was one aspect that attracted him to apply for the position. “I was interested in being at a college where teaching undergraduates was the number one priority,” said Spudich. Spudich, along with the other professors of the chemistry department, hope to expand the classes in the department and focus more on analytical chemistry. They hope to focus on analysis techniques that will be necessary for preparing the chemistry majors, as well as applied forensic science and biology majors, for the future. Another way the chemistry professors will attempt to do this is by coupling teaching with state of the art research regarding analytical chemistry that the student will assist with. Spudich offers two aspects of analytical chemistry to Mercyhurst. “I am an instrument builder, so I bring some engineering and design components to the college, especially within the chemistry major.” “Second, I am an atomic (elemental) spectroscopist interested in different environmental issues, such as lead and mercury content in Presque Isle Bay.” Spudich explained the new class would be structured so the students would have to think on their own while completing a quantitative analytical laboratory work during their career.

If you’d like to kick off the Halloween weekend with a visit to Erie’s dead, come join us. Dr. Allan Belovarac will host a tour on Friday afternoon of the original section of the old Erie Cemetery, located at West 26th and Chestnut streets. Sponsored by the newlyformed History Club, the tour is designed to give participants an overview of the landscape design and the types of funerary art that was characteristic of the mid-nineteenth century. In the course of the tour, Bel-

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“I would also like to continue research on the lead and mercury content in Presque Isle Bay because they compliment research currently being done in the chemistry department,” Spudich said. Spudich is teaching general chemistry lab, chemistry of life I, general chemistry I and II and chemistry principles. “The courses I am teaching are ones that I have never taught. I have a little bit of

lecture material to prepare,” said Spudich. He said that his classes are going well and that it is taking some time to get accustomed to the trimester system. Spudich and the chemistry faculty are getting to know each other. “The morale is very high with adding a new faculty member. We all get along very well,” Spudich said.

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OPINION
Political endorsements contradict the supposedly ‘unbiased’ media
By Allison Moore Opinion editor
Elections in this country are like juicy steaks to the carnivorous media. The media tirelessly covers presidential elections, and the public tends to believe what they hear. As most people already know or realize, the media is not completely unbiased. While the media usually tries to be bipartisan, it doesn’t always work out that way. It’s one thing to lean to one side or another, but it’s quite another to go out of your way to label yourself. This is what many newspapers in this country are doing. The trend of making political endorsements is long established. While the First Amendment guarantees free press, the press has an obligation to report the news without deliberately adding political bias. This weekend, the Erie-Times News endorsed President Bush and recommended to the public that he be re-elected for a second term. Across the country, newspapers have been endorsing either Sen. Kerry or President Bush. I find something very wrong with this. While it has been shown that these endorsements do little to change public opinion, it’s the point that counts. The press is supposed to be unbiased. That is the only way the American people will get the best and most accurate information. Endorsing a specific candidate labels your paper as liberal or conservative. If a reader had suspicions of the paper’s political orientation before, the newspaper makes it easy to confirm or disprove the reader’s theory. As a Democrat, I was instantly turned off to the Erie-Times News when I read their endorsement of President Bush. While I had already believed the Times to be a conservative paper, its endorsement was a very blunt way of proving me correct. Now there is no doubt in my mind the Erie-Times leans to the right in its views. As a result of this endorsement, I will no longer rely on the Erie-Times for my news because I feel as if the paper does not represent me fairly. The same thing goes for papers siding with Sen. Kerry. Republican readers may find this endorsement too blunt and feel alienated by the paper. This feeling of alienation and insensitivity by newspapers can have a negative effect. As a Democrat, I will gravitate towards newspapers that share my views, and the same goes for a Republican. The problem is, people will only hear their side of the story, and biased reporting will shape political ideas and feelings in this country. If the media were unbiased, people could have each side represented fairly without the influence of the press on your political opinions. As a citizen, I’m tired and discouraged by the news media. I would love for the media to give me nothing but the honest facts and keep their political bias under-wraps. While it is one thing to have the opinion section of the paper represent politics in a more partisan manner, it is quite another for the entire paper to endorse a candidate and, in turn, a political party. The media is meant to be an oasis of facts, knowledge, and news . . . not a tool for furthering a political agenda.

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‘War is hell’ and Iraq is no exception
By Corrie Thearle Contributing writer
General William Tecumseh Sherman once stated years after the Civil War to a group of cadets that “War is Hell.” Many Americans have heard this comment before, but few people in our generation can actually relate to this statement. As you read this newspaper, sitting in comfortable surroundings, your only impending worries might range from finishing a paper for class tomorrow to planning out your weekend around your work schedule. The thoughts farthest from your mind are that people across the world are being killed, ripped apart from their families, their worlds shattered after yet another bombing or insurgency attack. For once, imagine that these atrocities had happened to you. Your home is in ruins, family members dead or missing and although you are the only one to survive, you have incurred physical and emotion wounds that will irrevocably never heal. The burning question racing through your shell shocked mind can only be: “Why?” What would you tell an Iraqi citizen as the answer to the simple question “Why?” You might say “Don’t worry now; everything will be alright in the long run.” Or maybe we can shrug and simply reply, “War is hell.” The fact of the matter is that the American people have no significant and justifiable response to the question of “Why?” Could it possibly be because Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction? Faced with the resounding evidence that we have yet to find these weapons this possibility has been ruled out. A popular response is that Saddam was linked with Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. In case you might have forgotten, the 9/11 Commission Report states that there is no connection between the two. Maybe it could be that the Iraqi people are much better off now than they were before. That sounds like a great explanation to tell an innocent Iraqi citizen who is lying in a hospital bed recovering from multiple wounds they suffered during the “liberation of Iraq.” To the American public, it seems undeniably true to state that the world is much safer without a dictator like Saddam Hussein. If this is the case, the American people should gear themselves up for spreading liberty to all countries that are ruled by dictators, where people are being persecuted and innocently killed. From the astounding evidence that the war in Iraq is going as smoothly as planned, why should the American people blink an eye when the U.S. military is spending billions or that more American soldiers have been killed after President Bush declared “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq? It seems to me that a “safer” world without Saddam Hussein has, in fact, been filled with more terrorist activity and a rising level of hate and fear aimed at the United States. In our attempt to wage a war on terrorism, we are in fact creating more terrorists. With the Pentagon banning any news coverage of returning U.S. soldier coffins, or the lack of footage from the inside of Iraqi hospitals or the images of demolished buildings in Baghdad and surrounding areas, the carnage and chaos that has occurred in Iraq is the farthest thing from the American psyche. I’m not saying that the news should show clips of mutilated bodies or pry into the lives of families of injured or killed soldiers. The point is that these events are happening, and what the news media portrays to the public is a distorted view of this reality. We have ultimately become desensitized to the fact that “War is Hell.” The war in Iraq is not a game; it is not something Americans can view with detachment watching FOX news on their television screens. It is no surprise that the United States is viewed with disdain by many people around the world. When we casually view the war as just another reality television series (it appears real, but we just know that it’s not actually happening) we invite disgust for our callousness. American citizens are given the chance to vote for the next President of the United States on Nov. 2, a choice that directly impacts the policies and strategies the U.S. will pursue not only in Iraq but the rest of the world. For those who are still “undecided” or for the apathetic voters that believe neither candidate is the better choice, it’s time to step outside of your self-involved lives and get a glimpse of reality. Apathy is a crime against humanity. For democracy to survive, citizens must be active participants. If the United States is promoting democracy, we must first practice what we preach. It is not unpatriotic to question the government or to express your opinion on any issue. Millions of people have fought and died over the centuries to protect the political freedom American citizens enjoy. Americans cannot turn a blind eye on the rest of the world; we cannot toy with the lives of millions of people because we did not cast a vote this election. The moment has come for a political check. Next week it is time for Americans to pay their dues.

Trick-or-treat?
Halloween is fun for some, but for others it’s a living nightmare
By Josh Wilwohl Layout assistant
Ever since the Wicked Witch of the West donned her cape in “The Wizard of Oz” and Freddy Kruger terrorized Elm Street, I have feared Halloween. As Oct. 31 rolls around each year – the day of ghosts, goblins and ghouls – I cringe when young Trick-or-Treaters ring the doorbell ready to screech those horrifying words: “Trick-orTreat.” Last year, the neighbors terrorized me with their rendition of Jason and tried to provoke fear in my eyes as they reared-up the chainsaw. Although everyone else just laughed and I knew that everything was phony, just the thought of Halloween brought chills down my spine. Trying to ease myself of the terror on the streets and constant nagging of the piercing doorbell, I attempted to flip through the TV channels – NBC, TBS, CBS, ABC – nothing to watch. It seems that every station focuses on any gruesome “Tales of the Crypt” or “Shocktober” imaginable. As I anxiously wait, the constant irritating screech of the skull mural hanging on the porch squeals “Happy Halloween” as loud as it can. It rambles in a piercing laugh as each witch, goblin, G.I. Joe, Frankenstein, material girl and blood-sucking demon flaunts by with his or her bag full of candy. As Halloween slowly but surely reaches its end mark, the frustrating repetition of “Happy Halloween” makes me want to give in and chuck candy at the kids who want it so badly. However, my mom sits on the porch dressed as a witch, literally, and nicely hands out Kit-Kat bars, her favorite, to the little munchkins. I walk onto the porch, loathing every second while dressed in civilian clothing, and I am asked by every passing Trick-or-Treater “Where is your costume?” After about 20 minutes, I can hardly hold myself back from giving the Halloween fan a real taste of the “Exorcist” – since my head is almost ready to spin and explode. Then, as I pick up one of the Kit-Kat bars and prepare to toss it into a goblin’s bag, I hear the fire whistle. Time is up you devils! Victory is mine…until next year.

Madam Malarky
Dear Madam Malarky, As a senior, I find time passing by ever so quickly and yet I seem to be alone after these past three years. All I see surrounding me is cute little freshmen girls. How would you recommend I go about getting to know a few on a more personal level? Sincerely, Lonely and Longing Dear Lonely and Longing, Now that we’re all recovering from being sick, we’re ready to snuggle down for the winter. But more importantly, I give props to this man. It takes an act of great desperation to want to venture into the likes of freshmen college girls. For it being nearly impossible to find any age group of women without traveling in packs, the burden falls heavily on my stressed shoulders. I would whole heartily suggest you trying a Russian mail order bride before tackling a freshman girl or two. But that wouldn’t be much fun to write about. Having been a freshman girl at one point in my life, I am going to dive deep into my memory bank to pull out what I found cute about an older male. My first thought is the athletes. Being a little naïve child, I thought the athletes were highly sought after. They appeared to be ultra-manly with their bugling muscles. Of course, it didn’t hurt to think that most of them were on scholarship, which leaves them having plenty of money to spend on a devoted girlfriend. Now read closely. From my understanding about the lack of attendance at sporting events, it should be fairly easy for you to deceive. Of course, that would be starting the relationship off on a lie. But what does that matter? You would still have a girl clung to your arm to satisfy your needs. A second thought is to appear as a smart, sexy

Her advice for Mercyhurst this week: Snag a freshman and cure your lonely blues
man ready to lend a helping hand unselfishly to a poor female student. If you’re not that attractive to most women, having brains will win a freshman over. Tutoring a freshman in college writing may be a boring task, but the benefits will roll right in. Invite her to your apartment when your roommates are gone (you having paid them to disappear beforehand). Relate a few stories about your troubles with college writing and the unfair biases the professors have against your magnificent essays. If done successfully, she will be completely in tune for you. Her advantage to the situation will be bragging rights to have hooked up with a senior. My third thought is to pretend to be gay. Yes, it may be embarrassing for you. Especially the thought of a pink Mercyhurst hoodie that you will be required to wear. But, the results will be none the less rewarding for you. Have you seen how fast women become best friends with gay men? Better yet, how they have lusted over them? Personally, I have heard many exasperations over “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” Many women have chanted, “Oh if only Kyan Douglas was straight! It’s a shame that he’s gay.” Once you have this girl longing for you, make her believe that she turned you straight. Don’t forget to add in little gripes about men during this process. You will have her reeled in no time. Hopefully, my bit of advice will help you sniff out the freshman female before another alpha senior takes a hold of the awaiting prey. Remember to e-mail madam_malarky@hotmail. com. Or AIM mmalarky04 some questions. If mmalarky04 isn’t online, just email. Also remember it’s completely confidential and there’s no invasion of privacy.

Madam Malarky

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OPINION

The left and right face off:
This week: ethical issues
By Allison Moore Opinion editor
Ethical issues such as abortion, gay marriage and stem cell research are playing a large role in this election. Both Sen. Kerry and President Bush have personal beliefs and different ways to legislate these sensitive issues. Both men are guided by their faith and personal values, but each one has a different approach and plan for the country. Abortion: Kerry was born and raised a Catholic. He believes in a higher being and respects the Church. Kerry is against the practice of abortion personally, but, unlike our president, he refuses to impose his beliefs and faith onto people that do not share his views. He believes abortion should be between the mother, father and the doctor -- not the government. In his debate, Kerry made it clear he would never appoint a Supreme Court justice that would overturn Roe v. Wade; the president made no such promise. The right to choose was given to women because the court felt that a woman has a right to privacy. The government should not prohibit personal matters such as abortion from being performed. Some of you reading this right now are against abortion. There’s nothing wrong with that view. However, while it’s easy for one to judge, it is unfair to do so. Everyone has a right to make important choices in their life, choices that are only their own to make. John Kerry understands this. A teenager that was raped and impregnated by her father should have the option of abortion open to her. How can one judge someone in this, or a similar situation, unless you’ve been in it yourself. The answer is, you can’t. John Kerry can’t either. He doesn’t want to reverse progress made in women’s rights. If Roe v. Wade is ever overturned, it could spur a regression in women’s rights and that would be detrimental to the progress of this country. Same-sex Marriage: Both Sen. Kerry and President Bush believe marriage is defined by a man and a woman. However, while President Bush has proposed an amendment to the Constitution, Sen. Kerry believes this is a state’s issue. A constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage is nothing but a political tool. This president uses his religion excessively in his policy making, which not only blurs the line between church and state, but it is downright dangerous. The president has singled out the homosexual population to strike fear in the extremely conservative and religious section of his voter base. Even Dick Cheney disagrees with his policy. John Kerry believes that homosexual couples should be permitted to commit to “civil unions.” He believes these couples should receive the same benefits such as health care, insurance, etc. that married heterosexual couples are entitled to. He doesn’t believe gays should be punished for their sexual orientation. President Bush implied in the debate that gay people chose to be homosexual. In my opinion, that is a naive, old-fashioned view. When Sen. Kerry mentioned Mary Cheney in his answer, he was simply trying to point out that she was loved very much by her parents despite her sexual orientation, and that she wasn’t treated like an outcast. While Sen. Kerry’s remarks were perceived to some as crude, I truly believe that, while the reference was unnecessary, it was not meant to be in poor taste. The reactions from Republicans were extreme and very hypocritical. These people have been singling out gays and lesbians and trying to push harsh legislation on them via the Constitution for months, and one reference to Mary Cheney makes John Kerry the anti-gay enemy. Give me a break. Stem Cell Research: Stem cell research is quite possibly the answer to some of medicine’s most haunting mysteries. With proper funding and few restrictions, stem cell research could prove to be the solution to diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. While the President approved funding for research involving adult stem cell research in 2001, he is ignoring the possibilities of embryonic stem cells. John Kerry has made clear his position on this issue. He supports funding for all types of stem cell research that will be done with ethical guidelines in place. The embryos used for the research come from frozen eggs in fertility clinics that will be thrown away or sit in a freezer for years. Why would you let these eggs be wasted when they could be used to make great scientific strides? John Kerry believes in science and the possibilities of stem cell research, and he’s not alone. Nancy Reagan, Ron Reagan Jr., Michael J. Fox and the Reeve family all stand behind him. In fact, Dana Reeve decided to make her first public appearance after her husband Christopher’s death at a rally for family friend,

On the left: Government has no right to legislate our personal lives
John Kerry. Dana stated she supports John Kerry and his position on stem cell research. She also stated that she attended the rally because it’s what Christopher would have wanted. Dana is continuing Christopher’s work by pushing publicly for stem cell funding and policy. President Bush is ignoring the possibilities of science and stem cell research. Instead, he is catering to the religious right, and he is very much in the minority compared to the opinions of this country. The Republicans like to scare the American voter with ideas that John Kerry will thrive on “big government.” They try to say that the government will have more of an impact on your everyday life. To me, this is complete hypocrisy. At the same time they

On the right: Government can use morals to affect legislation
By James Mikulec Contributing writer
President Bush and Sen. Kerry have vastly different views of the role that a set of issues collectively know as “ethical” or “moral” issues play in American policymaking today. President Bush has made the promotion of traditional family a fundamental part of his policy platform in this election. Sen. Kerry, on the other hand, seems less certain of the role that these issues play in American society and, more importantly, what the role of the president is in determining American policy in these areas. Abortion: President Bush has made no secret of the fact that he is against abortion. He has not, tion, but Sen. Kerry believes that he cannot force this belief on someone else and, therefore, cannot support anti-abortion legislation. Sen. Kerry is clearly trying to have it both ways and in the process is accomplishing neither. What would have happened if in the 1860s Americans had said that while they were personally opposed to slavery, they could not push this belief on others? Same-sex Marriage: The issue of governmentsanctioned marriage by homosexuals, commonly referred to as “gay marriage,” is another issue on which President Bush’s position is clear. The president firmly opposes efforts to make gay marriage legal because he believes this to be an assault on the definition of this most fundamental of institutions that has provided stability throughout the course of human history. The president has made it very clear that this policy is NOT discrimination against homosexuals and has said that it is not the government’s business to allow or disallow homosexual relationships between consenting adults. President Bush helped to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would define marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman. I do not believe that he did this out of any inherent angst against homosexuals, but rather because activist judges have abandoned their constitutionally-mandated role of interpreting the law and have sought to rewrite law to conform to their own personal beliefs. The President believes that this should not happen and a Constitutional amendment would be the best protection against such action. The President believes that a state who has voted against governmentsponsored gay marriage should not have to recognize such a marriage from another state. Gay marriage is another issue where Sen. Kerry’s position is somewhat unclear. Sen. Kerry claims to be against gay marriage. He claims to support a sort of hybrid model in which homosexuals can engage in “civil unions,” but not in marriages. Sen. Kerry’s record does not entirely agree with this position. Sen. Kerry voted against the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that Congress passed and was signed into law by President Clinton. The Act sought to uphold the traditional definition of marriage. In this election, the candidates were asked about this issue in the final debate. Instead of debating the issue itself, Sen. Kerry chose instead to take a cheap shot at Vice President Cheney’s daughter, a homosexual. While the Kerry camp has often accused the president of not admitting that he was wrong, Sen. Kerry did not apologize for these unfair remarks and his campaign manager went so far as to say that the sexual preference of Cheney’s daughter is “fair game.” Stem Cell Research: Future therapeutic uses of embryonic stem cells have gained prominence both because of their immense potential and because of the intense advocacy of notable figures such as Nancy Reagan, Michael J. Fox and the late Christopher Reeve. President Bush realizes that despite the immense opportunity for good that embryonic stem cell research can create for Americans living with degenerative diseases, it presents equally important moral consequences because human embryos can be destroyed during the process. Based on this information, the president decided in 2001 to extend federal funding to those stem cell lines already in existence on the date of the act, but to none created after that date. The president believed this to be a balance between the potential good of stem cell research and the moral consequences caused by the destruction of further embryos in expanded stem cell lines. Sen. Kerry believes in almost unfettered stem cell research. Sen. Kerry brushes aside the moral arguments and believes progress to be key on this issue. In perhaps one of the most tasteless political maneuvers in recent memory, Sen. Kerry preyed upon public sympathy for the death of Christopher Reeve by using Reeve’s wife Dana as a campaign prop at a rally less than two weeks after the actor passed away. The views of the two candidates on moral and ethical issues show clear differences. President Bush has committed himself to defending traditional family values and compromising where possible by seeking to ban partial-birth abortion, pass a Constitutional amendment halting government-sanctioned gay marriage and by taking into account the moral dimensions of stem cell research. Sen. Kerry’s record indicates a certain ambiguity on these issues combined with a general resistance to compromise. Sen. Kerry believes abortion to be wrong, but refuses to put this conviction into practice, supports homosexual “civil unions,” but voted against the Defense of Marriage Act and proposes stem cell research almost without limits. The differences are clear.

are accusing “John Kerry and the liberals in Congress” of enlarging the role of the government, they are conceiving ways to intervene in our personal lives. If I had to choose between increased government involvement in programs such as health care or keeping my personal liberties guaranteed to me by past Supreme Court rulings and the Constitution, I’d rather have my right to privacy. Or if I had to choose between losing a tax cut and finding cures for terrible diseases, I would rather have the cures. The same goes for homosexual couples. I’m sure they would rather be accepted in society rather than singled out by an outrageous constitutional amendment. When examining these ethical issues, it is clear that each candidate has their own beliefs. John Kerry has a more open, modern and progressive view, while President Bush has a narrower, old-fashioned view. It is up to the voter to decide how they view these ethical issues and take their opinion to the polls on Nov. 2.

despite what the fear mongering tactics of Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice groups would have citizens believe, attempted to outlaw abortion nor has he attempted to reverse Roe v. Wade. The president, like most other citizens against abortion, recognizes that this policy would not be possible at this time because of the opinions of most Americans. President Bush has, however, fought to stop the most brutal abortion practices, most notably the procedure known as partial-birth abortion. With the help of both Democrats and Republicans in Congress, the President was able to pass a bill banning this cruel procedure in November 2003. As seems to be a recurring trend, two of the three Senators who saw fit not to show up for the vote on the bill were Sens. Kerry and Edwards. Surely, the bipartisan support for this bill shows that there is at least some room where both those in favor and against abortion can compromise for the greater good of the country. Sen. Kerry’s position on abortion is somewhat less clear. As a Catholic, Sen. Kerry claims that he is personally against abor-

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OCT. 27. R.E.M. E.J. Thomas Hall, Akron. OCT. 27. Switchfoot, Format, Honorary Title. Agora Theater, Cleveland. OCT. 29. Godsmack (acoustic). Akron Civic Theater, Akron, Ohio. OCT. 30. Sarah Brightman. Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh. OCT. 31. Camper Van Beethoven. Odeon, Cleveland. NOV. 1. Lecture. Ken Burns. Warner Theatre, Erie. $45, $35, $25. Sponsored by Erie County Historical Society. NOV. 3, 4. “Stomp.” Warner Theatre, Erie. On sale at Tullio Arena box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 452-4857 or 4567070. NOV. 6. Taking Back Sunday, Atreya, Funeral for a Friend, the Varsity. Agora Theatre, Cleveland. NOV. 6. KMFDM. Odeon, Cleveland. NOV. 6. Ralph Stanley. Rex Theater, Pittsburgh. NOV. 7. Jethro Tull. Warner Theatre, Erie. $43.50, $37.50. On sale now at Ticketmaster. NOV. 7. R.E.M. A.J. Palaumbo Center, Pittsburgh. NOV. 7. Tim Conway & Harvey Korman. Benedum Center, Pittsburgh. NOV. 7. Blues Explosion with Jon Spencer. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland. NOV. 11. Jimmy Eat World, Razorlight. Rock Club, Pittsburgh. NOV. 12. Finger Eleven, Local H, Burden Brothers. Odeon, Cleveland. NOV. 13. Keith Urban, Katrina Elam. State Theatre, Cleveland. NOV. 14. Something Corporate. Steele Hall, Fredonia State University, Fredonia, N.Y. NOV. 15. Los Lonely Boys, Marc Broussard. Rock Club, Pittsburgh. NOV. 16. Papa Roach. Odeon, Cleveland. NOV. 16. Bob Mould. Rex Theater, Pittsburgh. NOV. 17. Newsboys. Warner Theatre, Erie. $29.50. On sale now at Tullio Arena box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 452-4857 or 4567070, online at www.ticketmaster.com. NOV. 17. Derek Trucks Band. University of Buffalo Center for the Arts, Buffalo. NOV. 18. Authority Zero. Odeon, Cleveland. NOV. 19. Slayer, Killswitch Engage, Mastadon, Dog Fashion Disco. Agora Theatre, Cleveland. NOV. 20. Comedy. Ron White. Warner Theatre, Cleveland. $33.75. On sale at Tullio Arena box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 452-4857.

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String quartet ‘Invert’ to perform
By Leonard Komula Contributing writer
Innovative, avant garde, creative; in a word “Invert.” Invert is a New York based quartet with two cellos instead of the traditional two violins. Invert will perform the Mercyhurst College Performing Arts Center, for the first time ever, on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Invert was conceptualized in 1998 by cellist Chris George. Originally an electric bass guitar player, George formed a rock group in 1985 while he was attending the Berklee College of Music. He also found an interest in the sitar, a traditional Indian guitar, and studied with sitarist Michael Segai. George did not begin to show interest in the cello until 1992. For the next two years he studied cello and attended composing and cello master classes at the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1994 George moved to New York and devoted himself to studying the cello. He began to seek other string players to student at Berklee School of Music. The next member was violinist and New York native Helen Yee, who graduated from Yale University. Yee was followed by violist Asha Mevlana. By 1999 Invert was performing at New York venues such as Collective Unconsciousness, The Cutting Room and Irving Plaza. Since 1999 Invert has changed violists twice. The newest is Chris Jenkins. Jenkins earned a B.A. in Music from Harvard University where he studied viola. He also earned a master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music a Professional Studies degree at Manhattan School of Music. Invert had been reviewed as “fighting against the deeply rooted conceptions of quartet music.” Their newest CD includes improvisations, original compositions and arrangements of Herrmann’s soundtrack to ‘Psycho’ and the Beatles’ ‘Tomorrow Never Knows.” A genre defying and quality performance is guaranteed.

Invert performs in the Performing Arts Center on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

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Crass comedy ‘Team America: World Police’ mirrors U.S. culture
By Jason Endress Contributing writer
“South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone can add a new notch to their career of consciously offensive humor. “Team America: World Police,” directed by Parker and co-written with Pam Brady and Stone, has succeeded in illustrating the inherent problems in American culture, foreign policy and the ‘war on terror’ with vicious satire, while remaining easily digestible for the everyman. America’s gung-ho unilateralism is depicted as the cowboy gun slinging it truly is, and the movie does not neglect showing (albeit comically) the impact of America’s lack of subtlety in handling threats; in the opening scene, several terrorists are stopped in Paris, which results in the Eiffel Tower falling on top of the Arc D’Triomphe, while Team America patronizingly announces to the Parisians that they’ve made the world safer. While some may believe this movie to be inane, foul and sophomoric, it’s statements are completely true. To simply write this movie off marionettes, based loosely off of “Thunderbirds,” with Parker and Stone noticeably shouldering most of the vocal duties. The puppets’ wires are painfully obvious, and there is little attempt made to make the marionettes move smoothly. One ‘fight scene’ consists of two puppets bumping and flailing into each other while fight music plays. The dialogue is horribly cheesy and could have easily been ripped out of a Vin Diesel movie. There is little, if any, subtlety in this movie, which mirrors over-the-top box office hits. The conspicuously two-dimensional construction of the movie can be annoying at times, but the movie is almost ceaseless laughs. Even the typically serious scenes of action movies rendered absurd by the soundtrack, which includes Parker’s own warped satirical creations. For those who enjoy cheap laughs, “Team America” does the trick. And for those who ask a little more out of their entertainment, beyond prolonged puppet sex scenes, “Team America” offers an interesting, if not abrasive, commentary on America itself.

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“Team America: World Police” directed and written by creators of South Park.

as a long train of fellatio jokes and insensitive caricatures of Middle Eastern and Asian people would be writing off America as well. Furthermore, the caricaturized language of America’s enemies illustrates the fact that America is one of the most linguistically limited countries on the planet. In the movie, the Arabs say only “durka durka durka” or “Mohammed jihad,” the Koreans

“chin chang choong” in a purposely nonsensical manner. As with “South Park,” they have used mass entertainment as a tool to draw into question everything they see as ridiculous. America’s ignorance of other cultures, gunpoint diplomacy and holier-than-thou Hollywood war protestors are all put on the chopping block. TIndeed, Michael Moore is unmercifully lampooned in several

scenes. Additionally, President Bush does not show up in the movie, either through dialogue or in actual appearance. This movie is not politically motivated, at least not in its foundations. It is rather a critique of America itself. Looking at “Team America” in a broader sense, it is an attack on American popular culture. For those who haven’t seen the trailers, the movie is done with

Shock jock Howard Stern heads to satellite radio
By Daniel Rubin Knight Ridder Newspaper
If you want to hear Howard Stern, starting in January 2006, you’ll need to shell out $12.95 a month for satellite radio. Sirius, the No. 2 of orbital radio companies, announced Wednesday that it had lured the nation’s most popular morning jock to an exclusive, five-year deal that, all told, will cost it a staggering $500 million. “This is about as big as it gets for satellite radio,” said Josh Bernoff, an analyst with Forrester Research in Cambridge, Mass., who described Stern as “the killer application or killer content.” Stern, 50, who has spent years pushing the line of what’s permissible on broadcast radio, told his millions of listeners Wednesday he was “tired of the censorship.” With its porn-star confessionals and his crude talk, Stern’s show has cost broadcasters more than $2 million in settlements with the Federal Communications Commission since 1995. Little is out of bounds on satellite radio, which, like cable television, has escaped federal regulation for indecency. “I’ve decided what my future is,” Stern said Wednesday. “It’s not this kind of radio anymore.” Bernoff said the move would make Sirius, with 600,000 subscribers, more competitive with its rival, XM Radio, which has 2.5 million. Stern’s weekday morning program airs in 46 markets, including in Philadelphia on WYSP-FM, and is heard by between 8 million and 12 million people. Joe Clayton, Sirius’ chief executive officer, noted in an interview Stern’s hold on the key 18-to49-year-old male demographic, which he is counting on to pay for his investment in the shock jock. To break even, Sirius says it needs to sign up 1 million new subscribers at $12.95 a month, and keep them until Stern’s contract expires in 2010. Sirius’ stock closed Wednesday at $3.87 a share, up 52 cents, or 16 percent. XM Radio closed at $29 a share, down 48 cents, or 2 percent. A national debate on objectionable content has brewed since the FCC staff decision last fall later reversed not to penalize NBC affiliates after the singer Bono used the F-word during the 2003 Golden Globes award show. Janet Jackson’s breast-baring on the Super Bowl halftime show in February raised the volume. That month Clear Channel dropped Stern’s show from six stations after pledging “zero tolerance” for indecency. Stern recently said on the air that Jackson’s exposure could cost him his job. Actually, it may have made him millions. Sirius executives would not disclose what Stern would be paid, only that he will get money and stock options that he can keep should he leave after five years. Sirius’ projected $100 million yearly cost for Stern includes staff salary, studio construction in New York, and production expenses. Stern talked of developing two more channels in addition to his morning talk show, and Sirius executives suggested he could develop a music show. The deal does not address the cable television broadcast of Stern’s show, which has been the most popular offering on the E! network for a decade. Stern is the latest and bestknown radio host to flee to satellite radio in the face of government pressure. Shock jocks Opie & Anthony dumped by Infinity after they broadcast audio of people having sex in public places, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York moved to XM Radio on Monday, the same day that former NPR “Morning Edition” host Bob Edwards began his own interview show on XM. Stern’s show will be available to subscribers of Sirius, which, like XM, plays through special car or indoor receivers and can be heard coast-to-coast. Clayton told investors that most listeners will be able to block stations they find objectionable a feature not now available in many satellite car-radio receivers. For Infinity, the news comes as “psychologically a blow,” said Tom Taylor, editor of Inside Radio, a Trenton, N.J.-based industry newsletter. “We’ve heard him in Philly since 1986. In many ways it is his most loyal market. WYSP’s general manager, Don Bouloukis, did not respond to calls for comment. Infinity released a terse statement: “We at Infinity have enjoyed our years with Howard. We wish him well in his new foray into the world of pay subscription radio, beginning in 2006.” Sirius and XM are engaged in an intense battle that so far has cost each more than $2 billion and produced no profits. With Stern’s hiring, Sirius makes another strong play for the male audience. Sirius paid $220 million for the rights to air pro football games. It also carries games of 23 colleges, and has added a channel programmed by Maxim magazine. Bernoff wondered how Stern’s show would change on satellite radio, where fewer subjects are off-limits. “You can say anything you want on satellite radio. ... He can go anywhere, and it’s going to be really raunchy,” Bernoff said. “Here you will see for the first time someone who combines a complete lack of regard for rules, correctness and taste with an unerring instinct for what attracts an audience. I don’t know if it will be worth $500 million, but we’ll see.”

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into his piece as he feels this transition greatly affects our lives. This piece can also be considered an autobiographical concoction of Santillano’s life as much of the film that will appear behind the dancers was taken in his hometown of suburban St. Louis. He incorporates this footage and monologues, performed by Arian Keddell, that are “true from my own life, but hopefully a universality… people can relate to,” said Santillano. I am sure that we will all be able to find some similar aspects of our own neighborhood portrayed in this work. The cast for Suburban Suite consists of 33 dancers, with some double casting; the amount of dancers for each show is roughly 23. Santillano needed a vast range of talent as he uses tap, modern and jazz, along with scattered ballet steps throughout his piece. In order to be in this piece, the dancers needed to be able to do a little bit of everything. Brian Walker, otherwise known as “Lord of the Lawn,” pokes fun at the Irish dancing and, of course, those inevitable people who will mow their lawn at the most inappropriate times. Walker found his experience in this piece to be, “challenging because he [Santillano] has us do new things that we aren’t used to doing and that challenge us to go past our normal technical training.” He encourages us to push past our personal threshold and move into a whole new venue of movement,” Walker said. Raymonda Suite with music by Glazunov and choreography by Dance Department Director Tauna Hunter is also included in this evening. This is a classical ballet with a Spanish flair. Inevitably, this evening will prove to be a mixture of the classical repertoire and a new modern approach to dance. The students have been rehearsing since the beginning of September to prepare for this performance. Therefore, it is quite close to perfection. The performances will be Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. For more information, call the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, 824-3000. Ticket prices are $12.50 for adults, $10.00 senior/student, $5.00 for youth and only $1.00 with a Mercyhurst I.D.

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Dancers perform Suburban Suite this weekend
By Jennifer Camodeca Contributing writer
The saying “Life is a stage” sums up this weekend’s performance of Suburban Suite. This “hour long multi-media interdisciplinary dance production” takes you directly into life in suburbia as we know it. Mark Santillano’s creative mind has yet again pushed the limits of the dancers in the Mercyhurst Dance Department. The piece covers many of the aspects of our daily lives, from the office, to housekeeping, to morning traffic, to recreation. The overall growth of the suburbs in society is addressed as Santillano incorporates dancing and his own “Dance for Camera” to portray this new concept. A prominent theme in the choreography is taking things very literally. A demonstration of life in the office titled, “Thinking within the box,” portrays a day in the life of a businessperson who has to “jump through hoops,” deal with “pencil pushers and paper shufflers,” and “gets tied up in red tape.” Another segment deals with the “Daily Do.” This is an example of when you feel like you are doing the same thing every day and the monotony of it all can become overwhelming. To illustrate this, the dancers begin a chant while they are dancing, “cook-eat-cleanup”, saying this three times until they say sleep. This shows what a day can be like for those who stay at home to cook breakfast, cook lunch and cook dinner for their families; it becomes a routine in which there is little time left for recreation. A game of charades with a lighthearted tap dance also appears, as does a slight poking of fun at the usual home exercise video. An old record of “Good Housekeeping,” a plan for getting in shape the sporting way, proves to be humorous and brings back memories of the exercise videos. We all have watched at least one member of our family struggle through these at least once. This exercising then goes into high gear with the Taebo craze. The last section, “Scattered”, has to do with the changes that occur in the neighborhood. Everyone goes off and does their own thing, which inevitably involves moving away from your

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Brian Walker as “Lord of the Lawn” Irish dancing.

family and friends. Everyone is “out looking to buy their quarter acre slice of

the American dream,” said Santillano. This view gave Santillano the vision to incorporate this part

Broadway throughout the decades That ‘stupid club’ of rock saints
Erie Playhouse salutes Broadway music of the 1970’s
A favorite of Erie Playhouse music lovers, this popular series will visit Broadway musicals from every decade beginning with the 1960’s. Favorite Playhouse vocalists share their talent in a very informal and informative concert setting. The Composer/Lyricist Concerts continue this year with an exciting lineup of concerts saluting the decades leading up to the new century on Broadway. The closest upcoming concert focuses on the era of the 1970’s. Musical selections from the “what we did for love” decade are highlighted. Featured Broadway musicals include: Annie, Two By Two, Chicago, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Shenandoah, A Chorus Line and many more. The biggest change this season is a musical foray out of the theatres onto the streets of New York. Each concert will feature a selection of hit songs of the era that did not come from Broadway. Marvelous talent, wonderful music and, of course, those eagerly anticipated comments from Playhouse Managing Director, David Matthews, the concert host, all add up to wonderful weekday respite. Joining David is Andrew Rainbow at the piano, assisted by Jim Griffey on drums. Onstage audiences will thrill to the talents of Playhouse newcomers Kate Amatuzzo (Belle in our current hit Disney’s Beauty and The Beast), Caitlin Dubsky and Mary Jo Laupp. They are joined by Playhouse favorites Karen Brennan, Cindy Johnson, Lisa Slezak and Eric Marshall. This celebration of Broadway musicals through the decades concert series is sponsered by the Erie Playhouse Wing. There is no reserved seating and tickets are available at the door for $10.00 each. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Make sure you reserve the dates on your calendar for Music of the ‘70’s. No advance reservations are accepted. The performance are Nov 8 and 9. For more information visit www.erieplayhouse.org. Information provided by the Erie Playhouse

By Jason Endress Contributing writer
Rock, like any other religion, has its saints. It has, and will continue, to endure, despite the untimely ends many of these saints have met. If anything, the theft, the sudden loss of a great musician is a part of the music and culture, adding to its legacy. Elliott Smith is the most recent musician (to paraphrase Kurt Cobain’s mother) to have “joined that stupid club” of saints. Smith died at age 34 on Oct. 21, 2003, the result of an apparently self-inflicted knife wound in his chest. Some believe his girlfriend, whom he was fighting with at the time, may have been involved. At the time of his death, Smith was working on the follow-up to his 2000 album, “Figure 8.” That material, as well as some older tracks, has ended up on Smith’s posthumous release, “From a Basement on the Hill,” made possible by Smith’s family and friends. The album opens with “Coast to Coast,” ethereal strings, serving to bridge the gap left by Smith’s death, then plunging headlong into a disarmingly catchy orchestral ode to disintegrating relationships. The album’s subject matter isn’t surprising. Depression and ad-

This week in reality: Riding the emotional roller coaster
By Amy Ruminski Contributing writer Welcome back fellow reality TV fans. Since our last update two weeks ago, much has happened in the world of reality television. On “The Real World,” Sarah and MJ are still flirting, but things stop when Melanie tells Sarah that MJ doesn’t like Sarah sleeping in his bed. Sarah surprisingly understands this and views the news as a wake-up call. Shavonda and Shaun are fighting about the status of their relationship, while Landon admits to Shavonda that he is crushing on her. The gang is all getting fed up and annoyed with Melanie because she is too bossy and highstrung. Everyone wishes she would just calm down. Willie sees Dan again when he stops in Philly after job hunting, and Willie also states his adoration for Dan. Karamo finds Dorian, and they go on a date after both establishing they are gay. Karamo is afraid and shy, so Dan talks to Karamo about how it is okay to open up and share is feelings. Karamo then loosens up a bit, and even makes out with Dorian on the couch! To find out what happens with the crew next week, watch MTV on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. On “The Bachelor,” things are heating up with Byron and the girls. Byron and Tanya go on a romantic date where their car morphs into a boat! They watch the sunset, then enjoy dinner. Tanya starts to be able to see herself with Byron. The next day, Byron takes Elizabeth on a date where they eat dinner at an aquarium under the water, surrounded by fish. After the date, Byron throws the girls a slumber party, which practically gets ruined when Mary gets emotional. Jayne then yells at Byron, explaining how every girl is on an emotional roller-coaster and telling him to not run off with the more emotional girls. A t t h e Ro s e C e r e m o n y, B y r o n c o m p l i m e n t s t h e wo m e n a n d t h a n k s them for being there, and again informs everyone that he is looking for his soul mate. He then hands roses to Mary, Tanya, Andrea, Cyndi, Cheresse and Jayne. To find out which lucky lady will be Byron’s soul mate, be sure to catch “The Bachelor” on ABC, Wednesdays at 9 p.m. On “Survivor” the tribes are re-aligned, which causes drama as well as new alliances being formed. The Yasur tribe is now mainly women, with only two men; and the Lopevi tribe only has two women, with everyone else being male. The Lopevi tribe wins three challenges in a row, with rewards varying from Pringles, to beer, to steak, to eggs. Travis and Lisa are both voted off due to being un-true to their tribes. To find out who will be the next victim to be voted off, check out “Survivor” Thursdays on CBS at 8 p.m.

diction have always been Smith’s muses throughout his career The album’s sound isn’t a terrific departure from previous albums, with its shimmering production and layered guitars. What is revealing about “From a Basement” is the overall development of the Smith’s career, from the stark arrangements of his early lo-fi albums, to his widespread acclaim for “Miss Misery” off the “Good Will Hunting” soundtrack, to the sonic landscapes of “XO” and “Figure 8.” It’s clear Smith had a good deal more music left in him. Straightforward poppy nuggets like “Let’s Get Lost” and “Memory Lane” are a testament to Smith’s songwriting credibility. Though the album is tinged with melancholy and dark lyrics, there is a hopeful feeling to the album. Even “Fond Farewell,” with lyrics like “a little less than a human being/ a little less than a happy high/ a little less than a suicide/ the only things that you really tried” is anchored by an almost bouncy guitar. The album dependably delivers songs which evoke classic Smith tunes. But, it also adds a greater depth to a musician heralded as a modern-day Nick Drake. Notable moments include the

overdubbed poets at the end of “Coast to Coast,” the amusing interlude of “Ostriches & Chirping” (a 30-second track which consists of, yes, chirping), and the warped guitars of “Shooting Star.” “From a Basement” ends with the refrain, “Shine on me baby, cause it’s rainin’ in my heart.” Despite downer lyrics like these, as well as the grief over losing a brilliant musician in their prime, it’s vital to remember what Smith had to say about his music: “Everybody gets a tag. If you listen to a Velvet Underground record, you don’t think, ‘Godfathers of Punk.’ You just think, ‘This sounds great.’ The tags are there in order to help try to sell something by giving it a name that’s going to stick in somebody’s memory. But it doesn’t describe it. So ‘depressing’ isn’t a word I would use to describe my music. But there is some sadness in it -- there has to be, so that the happiness in it will matter.” The happiness, the defiant hope is there. On the final track, “A Distorted Reality Is Now A Necessity To Be Free,” Smith sings, “there’s no in between/ and all you ladies and you gentlemen/ between is all you’ve ever seen or been,” suggesting a weeping heart is better than the alternative, losing better than breaking even.

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By Chris Van Horn Contributing writer The Mercyhurst women’s soccer team is ready to face the toughest part of its schedule after finishing a tough week. The Lakers played four games in a seven-day span and managed to win three of them. The team still has a lot of work to do if they hope to make the NCAA Playoffs at the end of the season. In the last week, the Lakers earned hard-fought victories over Saginaw Valley State by a score of 5-0, Wheeling Jesuit University 1-0, and Ferris State 2-1. The team’s only setback of the week was a 4-1 loss against Grand Valley State, one of the teams atop the GLIAC. Five different Lakers scored in the win over Saginaw Valley State including sophomore forward Lisa Casement, who leads the team in scoring and earned CoPlayer of the Week honors in the Eastern College Athletic Conference for the week of Oct. 10. Casement also had the gamewinner in the contest against Wheeling Jesuit, and scored one of two goals in the win over Ferris State on Oct. 17. Senior midfielder Elin Minge added the other goal against the Bulldogs.

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Rough stretch for women’s soccer
The team most recently squared off against Northern Kentucky, an annually ranked team, which currently ranks third in the region. The Lakers fell to the Norse by the score of 2-0, as they were unable to get anything past goalkeeper Lauren Piening, who saved each of the four Mercyhurst shots-on-goal. The Lakers were outshot handily, 19-11, and the Norse scored two goals late in the second period to take the win. The Lakers now have an overall record of 10-6-1 and most likely need to win all three remaining games to have a chance at making the playoffs at the end of the season. The team has had a very up and down season despite being ranked fourth in the region and maintaining a winning record. “Our biggest problem this season has been playing at a consistent level every game. We have overachieved at times and other times we have made poor defensive mistakes and looked flat physically,” Coach Keith Cammidge said in a recent interview. The team needs to find that consistency that they have shown flashes of this season if they are going to win their final three games, all of which are on the road.

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Junior Ashley Casey is one of many who will be heading north this weekned for a pair of road games.

The final games on the schedule are all conference opponents: Northwood, Northern Michigan and rival Gannon. The Lakers have a record of 2-3 in the conference this season. The Lakers also have the issue of fatigue facing them as they

make the home stretch. After playing four games in seven days the team will now play three more in the next week. “Playing this many games in such a small amount of time certainly doesn’t help us. As a team we have less time to prepare

physically and travel time can take a toll on us mentally,” Coach Cammidge said. The Lakers will travel to the less-than pleasant upper peninsula of Michigan this coming weekend, as they have a pair of back-to-back road games.

On Saturday, Oct. 30 they square off against Northwood University, and will take on Northern Michigan the following day. Both contests have a 1 p.m. start time.

Men’s hockey drops pair to Wisconsin
By Ryan Palm Sports editor The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team opened their season on Oct. 15 to the No. 6 team in Division I, the Badgers from the University of Wisconsin. The Lakers stayed with the Badgers on Friday night, but came up short with a 3-2 loss. Saturday’s contest was a different story, however, as the Lakers were pummeled 8-0. On Oct. 23, the Lakers packed their bags and traveled to play the 10th ranked University of New Hampshire. The Wildcats scored three goals in the first period, which led to a 5-4 win over the Lakers in front of an announced crowd of 6,501 at the Whittemore Center. “We had quite a few opportunities to put the game away, but we just couldn’t get it done. We generated some offense as a team which is good, now we just need to get better as a team defensivel,” said UNH head coach Dick Umile. Mercyhurst broke up UNH goaltender Jeff Pietrasiak’s bid at a shutout just 21 seconds into the second period. Dave Borrelli drove into the Wildcat zone with the puck from the blue line, beating Pietrasiak cleanly to cut the New Hampshire lead to 3-1. The two teams added three more power-play goals before the end of the second, as the Lakers collected two to the Wildcats’ one. Sophomore Scott Champagne scored for Mercyhurst at 5:30, but New Hampshire would score soon thereafter. Freshman forward Ben Cottreau gave Mercyhurst the final tally of the second, thanks to help from Champagne and senior alternate captain T.J. Kemp at 14:51, making it 5-3 UNH after two. The Wildcats stepped up the intensity in the third period, but Franck put on a goaltending showcase in the final frame, as he would not allow a score during that final 15:00. Mercyhurst didn’t go as quietly as the Wildcats would have hoped, as Borrelli scored his second goal of the game on the power-play in the final minute of the contest. The Lakers looked for the equalizer after pulling within one, but a late penalty call against Mercyhurst dampened its chances. Jeff Pietrasiak finished the evening with 23 saves for the Wildcats, while Franck stopped a total of 45 shots on the evening. Both teams benefited on special teams, as Mercyhurst was 3-for-4 on the power play, including a shorthanded goal, while the Wildcats were 3-for-8 with the extra man. “We’re disappointed that we didn’t win, but I thought our guys showed a lot of determination and character,” remarked Mercyhurst Head Coach Rick Gotkin afterwards. “When we undertook this

The puck dropped on 2004-2005 home season on Tuesday night, Oct. 26.

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portion of our schedule, playing two at Wisconsin last week and one here at New Hampshire, we knew that we could be 0-3 at this

point of the schedule.” Tuesday Mercyhurst (0-3-0) will host its first home game of the season against Robert Morris

at 7:00 p.m., before going aboard on a 10-game road trip, the Lakers have one final home game prior to the end of the year.

Cross country finishes in middle Volleyball picks up first GLIAC win against Saginaw Valley State of pack at GLIAC tournament
By Ryan Palm Contributing writer The men’s and women’s cross country teams are winding up their seasons, as both teams competed the past two Saturdays at the same event. On Oct. 16, the teams headed to Rochester, N.Y., where they took part in the Roberts Wesleyan Invitational. The women’s team finished first, bettering the host team, Roberts Wesleyan College, who trailed the Lakers by 13 points. Senior runner Shannon Morton set a new school record at the Invite, running a time of 18:43 to finish second in the field of 98 runners. Following close behind Morton was junior Beth Kenniston, who ran a 19:14 to finish in fourth place. Senior Karen Thomas also finished in the top-ten, with a time of 19:36. The men did not fare as well, but finished in the upper half as they took fourth place of the nine teams. Leading the men was senior By: Paul Coffey Contributing writer On Oct. 16 the Mercyhurst women’s volleyball team traveled to University Center, Mich. to take on the Cardinals from Saginaw Valley State. The Ladies broke their 11 match losing streak with a 3-0 win over the Cardinals. The scores were 30-27, 34-32 File Photo and 30-27. The Lakers improved to 5-18 Senior Lyndsi Hughes overall and 1-11 in the GLIAC, 3-2 match to the Warriors. while the Cardinals dropped to The Lakers won the first match 2-22 and 0-12 in the GLIAC. 30-28 and lost the second one Sophomore Michelle Krob 30-24, before coming back to win and senior Lyndsi Hughes led the third game 30-23. the team with 18 and 17 kills The Warriors then swept the respectively. fourth and fifth games, by the Hughes also produced 18 digs, scores of 30-25 and 15-10 to take while junior Kari Clapham had the match. 50 assists. “This was a tough loss, We “It felt really good to come out played really well but just came with a GLIAC win. We have been up short,” said Hughes. working really hard and it showed Krob led the Lakers with 20 during this game” said Hughes. kills on 52 attacks. After the win at Saginaw Valley, Clapham engineered the Lakers the Lady Lakers hosted Wayne attack with 56 assists. State on Oct. 22. Hughes tallied 15 kills, while The Lakers lost a tough-fought Kristen Peterson added 13. On the Warrior side, Elisa Joris led her team with 20 kills and 12 total blocks as they improved to 11-10 and 6-7 in the GLIAC. The Lakers fell to 5-19 and suffered another GLIAC loss which brought them to 1-12 in the conference. On Oct. 23 the women’s volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss at the hands of the Hillsdale Chargers. All of the games were close: 30-24, 30-26 and 30-24. Hillsdale improved to 16-6 overall and 9-4 in the GLIAC, while the Lakers fell to 5-20 and 1-13 in the conference. Hughes led the Lakers with 14 kills, while Peterson added 11. Clapham also added 36 assists. This year is the first losing season for the women’s volleyball team in the last four years. The ladies have four games left against Gannon, Edinboro, Findlay and Ashland. “We really hope to finish up this season strong, these teams are definitely beatable and I really want our hard work to pay off,” said Hughes.

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Leif Schmidt who ran a 26:30 to finish third of 92 runners. Following Schmidt was Ken Fostor, who finished in thirteenth place with a time of 27:11. The next weekend the runners headed north to Allendale, Mich., for the GLIAC Championships. The women again finished the better of the two, as they placed seventh of 13 teams. Shannon Morton led the Lakers, as she finished fifth with a time of 22:49.9. Morton’s finish in the top seven qualified her for First Team All GLIAC, an honor which no female Mercyhurst runner has ever

accomplished. “It is really great what Shannon did, something that has never been done before,” said coach Kathy Noble-Fraley of Morton, “to finish that high of 150 runners is quite an accomplishment for her and for the program.” The men finished in a similar spot, finishing in eighth place of 13 teams. Schmidt again paced the finishing 40th with a time of 27:10.1. The two teams are off until Nov. 6, when they travel to Edwardsville, Ill. to compete in the Great Lakes Regional hosted by Southern Illiniois University.

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Joining the senior standouts from Saturday’s contest was punter Jim Schuler, who broke another school record in the punting column. Schuler booted an 82-yard punt, which broke the previous record he set earlier in the season of 76-yards. Schuler now owns the top three places on the record list, as the two record-breaking punts this season bested his previous school record of 70-yards. He currently ranks fourth in Division II in punting average with an average of 43.4 yards per punt. The Lakers are finished at home for the season, as they travel out of state for the next two weekends, beginning with a trip to Hillsdale to avenge last season’s 35-19 loss on the final game of the season. The Chargers are currently on a five-game losing skid, and stand at 2-6 in the GLIAC. The Lakers will look to notch just their fourth win in 21 chances in Michigan, as they ltry to improve upon their GLIAC record of 4-4, seeking to match last season’s win total of five. Kickoff for Saturday is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Waters Stadium in Hillsdale, Mich.

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Football hangs on for win
By Ryan Palm Sports editor After jumping out to an early 17-0 lead, the Mercyhurst football team hung on to survive three Indianapolis touchdowns in the fourth quarter to tally their fifth win of the season 24-21. The Lakers got on the board late in the first quarter when sophomore quarterback Jeff Nowling found sophomore tightend Dan Schuler for a 35-yard reception that got the offense down to the Greyhound fiveyard line. Justin Adams would take it in three plays later from the one, putting the Lakers up 7-0. Early in the second quarter sophomore place-kicker Phil Scanlon takced on a 26-yard field goal, pushing the Lakers further ahead at 10-0. Later in the quarter the Lakers had the Greyhounds pinned on their own five-yard line facing heavy pressure from the defensive line. The Lakers forced a fumble from Indianapolis quarterback Matt Kohn, and senior Will Shealey picked it up and found the end zone to put the Lakers further ahead. Indianapolis was limited by a stingy Laker defense to only 38 yards in the first half, finishing the day with on 12 yards on 37 rushes. Mercyhurst took a commanding 17-0 lead in the locker-room at halftime, coming out fired up for the second half. The latter half was not nearly what the first was, as neither team put up points during the third period. Just when it appeared the excitement had faded, the game got interesting very quickly. The Greyhounds put up two scores early in the fourth, tightening the game to 17-14. Adams added his second touchdown of the day soon thereafter, as the pressure from the Greyhounds was certainly heating up. Adams’ four-yard score came with just under two minutes left in the game, giving the Lakers a more comfortable 24-14 lead. The Greyhounds were not to be deterred, as they marched downfield and scored, using up under a minute of clock time. The on-side kick attempt by the Greyhounds failed, however, and the Lakers were able to kill the rest of the clock with Nowling kneeling on the ball three times

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Senior tailback Justin Adams ran for 159 yards on 31 carries against Indianapolis.

to wipe it out. The defensive line caused Kohn havoc all day, registering eight sacks as a team, four of them coming from senior Ter-

rance Patrick. Patrick was sure to make his final game at Tullio Field a special one, as he in addition to the sacks, registered 10 tackles and

recovered a fumble. Fellow senior Mike Cikra added two sacks of his own, along with seniors Brian Smith and Mike Krahe each adding one.

Women’s hockey finishes 1-1 against St. Lawrence
By Eric Meacham Contributing writer After stringing together three wins, the women’s hockey team headed north to take on the sixth ranked St. Lawrence University Saints. The weekend was not what the Lakers were looking for. On Friday night the Lakers had to come from behind to with a late goal to pull out an overtime tie. The Lakers did get on the board first, midway through the first period on a goal from sophomore Stephanie Bourbeau. The assists on the goal came from freshman Sherilyn Fraser and sophomore Justine Jackson. Freshman Stephanie Jones put the Lakers up two, as she was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down by a Saint defender. Jones could not convert, and the Lakers maintained their slim 1-0 lead. The Lakers had the lead until very early in the second period, when the Saints finally answered with a goal of their own. St. Lawrence sophomore Chelsea Grills tied the game on the power play just one minute into the second period. But Grills wasn’t done there. She then added her second goal of the game halfway through the second period, again on the power play. The Lakers did not, however, go away easily. Freshman defender Danielle Ayearst picked a good time to score her first collegiate goal. Ayearst tied the game on the power play with just under four minutes left in regulation, drawing an assist from senior Teresa Marchese. The game ended in a 2-2 tie, after no team could find a way to score in overtime. On Saturday afternoon, Mercyhurst again let a lead slip away, but could not muster the same comeback as the night before. Bourbeau came up big again for the Lakers, scoring her second goal of the weekend on a rebound from Fraser with about five minutes left in the second period. But that is all the Lakers could come up with on offense. The Saints tied the game on the power play a minute into the third period, on a goal from senior Christin Powers. Grills came through again for the Saints just over a minute later, again on the power play, scoring the eventual game winner, as she skated through the center ice and drilled a shot just over the right shoulder of Laker goalie Desi Clark. For the second game in a row, the Lakers outshot the Saints. St. Lawrence freshman goalie Meaghan Guckian would stop 48 of 49 shots, to record her second win of the season. The previous weekend saw a different story for the Lakers as they hosted College Hockey America foe Quinnipiac. On Saturday, the floodgates were opened early as the Lakers beat Quinnipiac 11-1. Mercyhurst first got on the board in the first period on a short-handed goal from senior Sarah McDonald, with assists from sophomores Julia Colizza and Ashley Pendleton. The Lakers scored six times more times in the second period, also adding the last four in the third period. Quinnipiac scored their only goal early in the third period, nullifying any chance for the shutout. Jones scored her first career goal, and first career hat trick, as she ended with three goals. McDonald, Marchese and sophomore Jackie Jarrell would add two apiece, while Fraser and freshman Kristen Erickson would add solo tallies. On Sunday, the game was a totally different story, but had the same end result. All the scoring for Sunday’s game would be scored in the second period. Jackson put the Lakers on top early in the second frame, with assists from Bourbeau and sophomore Lesley McArthur. Jarrell scored her fourth goal of the season late in the second period, which was be the eventual game-winner. Colizza and senior Danielle Lansing drew assists on the second goal. Quinnipiac again wrecked the shutout opportunity for Clark with a goal late in the second period on a goal by Gillian Gallagher. Mercyhurst now has a record of 3-2-1, 2-0 in CHA play. The Lakers will host Clarkson University this Friday and Saturday at the Mercyhurst Ice Center, with games starting at 7:05 p.m. and 4:05 p.m. respectively.

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Field hockey snaps eight-game losing streak with 3-2 victory over Houghton
By Ryan Palm Sports editor The Mercyhurst field hockey team ended its losing streak of eight games with its recent win over Houghton on Oct. 21. Junior Kelly Costanzo led the way in the 3-2 victory, with two goals, her third and fourth of the year. Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Smith made six saves for the Lakers, who outshot Houghton 14-13. The team also held a 8-4 advantage on penalty corners, one of which was converted by Misty Dennis for the gamewinner. Six days later the Lakers were back in action, this time against No. 5 Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The Indians dominated the game, but only managed to score two goals on Smith. IUP outshot Mercyhurst by a total of 35-3, a clear indication of the pace of the game. The Laker’s lone goal was scored by Constanzo, with the assist going to Lindsay Jackson. Smith faced 21 shots on goal, saving 19 of them. Unfortunately, the Lakers could not strike another score, and fell by the final of 2-1. The team now stands at 5-9, and are back in action this Wedensday, Oct. 27, when they take host Washington and Jefferson College for a contest set to start at 6:00 p.m.

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By Amy Ruminski Contributing writer The Mercyhurst men’s soccer team is rolling through their season, picking up numerous wins along the way. On Oct. 17, the Lakers faced Bloomsburg on a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon. The weather didn’t dampen the team’s ability to win, however, as they eanred another win with a score of 6-1. Five players scored that game: Mike Blythe with two and Mike Lamm, Jason Pedra, Ilmari Niklander and Shotaro Itaya all contributing one goal to the victory. Kyle Jackson also tallied two assists for the day. This made the Lakers 1-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, as well as 11-2-1 over all. On Wednesday, Oct. 20, the Lakers faced the Oilers from the University of Findlay. Findlay happens to be a fierce conference rival, and the Lakers walked away with another win at their opponent’s home field, outscoring them 5-1. The Lakers and the Oilers haven’t met up since last November in the playoffs, where Findlay won on penalty kicks after a no score double overtime stalemate.

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Men’s soccer 4-0 in GLIAC
This meeting between the two teams proved to the Oilers that last year might have been Findlay’s time, but this year is the Lakers’ time. At half-time, the Hurst was leading 3-0. The goals were scored by Shane Hogan (two), Niklander, Blythe, and Pedra. Mercyhurst goaltender, Marty Ruberry, almost had a shutout, until a goal was scored on a penalty kick. Ruberry had three saves that day. The next game for the victorious Lakers was this past Saturday, Oct. 23. The men faced Roberts Wesleyan, and again, proved their strength and talent with another win, with a score of 2-1. Although this was an independent game, this sixth straight win helped the Lakers improve their record to 13-2-1. Wesleyan, a NAIA team, came into the match up with a record of 15-1-1. Mercyhurst scored both goals in the first half, with Blythe and Pedra contributing to the score. The Raiders scored on a fluke when a Mercyhurst defender accidentally headed the ball into his own net. Individually, Mike Blythe is standing out on the soccer team. He was named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC)

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Senior Mike Blythe became the all-time leading goal scorer with his two goals against Bloomsburg.

Division II Player of the Week last week, and earlier in the month was GLIAC Player of the Week. Blythe’s two goals against Bloomsburg pushed his career total to 53, which passed former Anthony Maher for the career lead at Mercyhurst.

Blythe still has three more regular season contests to add to his lead, along with the possibilities of the Lakers reaching the postseason. The next games on the Lakers schedule are both away, at Ashland on Tuesday, Oct. 26, and Northwood on Saturday,

Oct. 30. Both of these are GLIAC games, which the Lakers hope to improve their conference record to 4-0, and also improve their overall record to an outstanding 15-2-1. The team continues to strive towards their goal of clinching

their playoff spot, and hopefully clinch a Division II title. A pair of wins this coming week would do wonders for the chances of getting revenge for last year’s efforts which came up short a the end, when they fell to Findlay during the NCAA Playoffs at Gannon Field.

Women’s tennis finish fall season on good note
By: Eric Meacham Contributing writer The Mercyhurst women’s tennis team finished up their fall season this past weekend at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championships. The Lady Lakers, who were the fifth seed in the tournament, ended up placing sixth in the tournament that was held this past weekend in Midland, Mich. On Saturday, Mercyhurst faced off against Lake Superior State in the fifth place game. Junior Natalie Paparella and freshman Charity Siegmund would lead the charge for the Lakers, as they would both win their singles matches in straight sets. Both Siegmund and Paparella were be honored by the GLIAC, as Siegmund would be named First Team All-Conference, with Paparella named to the Second Team All-Conference. Senior Joanna Olmstead was named Honorable Mention. Olmstead was also named GLIAC Player of the Week for last week. “Even though we finished fifth overall, I would say we had a great season,” Paparella said. “Since we finished fifth, we got a bid to Regionals in the spring season.” The freshmen tandem of Siegmund and Jennifer Daly would be the only other win for Mercyhurst as they beat the doubles pair of Sophie Bedard and Megan Smith 8-1. Mercyhurst ended up falling to Lake Superior State 5-3. On Friday, Mercyhurst’s chances of winning the GLIAC were ruined early, as they fell to fourth-ranked Wayne State 5-1 in the first round. File Photo File Photo Wayne State swept through the Senior Joanna Olmstead Freshman Charity Siegmund singles matches, with the lone win coming from the doubles Siegmund. “But we were able Mercyhurst, as the Lakers beat pairing of Siegmund and Daly. to rebound and win our next them earlier this month 5-4 in “It was disappointing to lose to match.” Detroit. Wayne State after we had beaten This win for Wayne State But the Lakers bounced back them earlier in the season,” said would be a little revenge against later on Friday, as they would take on Saginaw Valley State. The Lakers would nearly sweep Saginaw, with Saginaw’s lone point coming in a doubles match. Siegmund, Paparella, and Daly all won their singles matches in straight sets. Paparella was teamed up with Olmstead to win one doubles match, as the team of Siegmund and Daly would add another point for the Lakers. Before the GLIAC tournament, the Lakers hosted St. Bonaventure at the Westwood Racquet Club for a tune-up. The Lakers ended up taking all the matches, as they completed the sweep on the day and win 9-0.

Baseball may be at its prime this postseason
By Ryan Palm Contributing writer When was the last time you heard mention of the alleged use of steroids by San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds? Have you seen any articles recently about the sky-high salaries of Major Leaguers? What about the increase in fighting? The day and age we live in is FULL of negative stories churned out by the media at rates so fast we can’t even blink before a new allegation is made. Well, here is the best news of all, this October has been much different. The postseason in baseball has been one of the, if not the most, thrilling in the game’s storied history. The Red Sox-Yankees series has to be ranked at the top of the list when it comes to a rival series in any sport, not just baseball. The thrill has not ended; the fun is not over now that the Yanks have bowed out. Just pick up Tuesday’s issue of USA Today, where you will find

Water polo gearing up for Divisional Championships at Princton University
By: Matt Jackson Contributing writer After completing its most successful regular season in its brief existence, the men’s water polo team is set for the Southern Division Championships at Princeton University which takes place Oct. 29-31. The seedings have been released and the Lakers, with their 4-6 Southern Division record, received the eighth seed out of the 12 teams in the competition. The number eight seed is both good and bad news for the Lakers. The bad news is the Lakers will open play against host of the tournament and No. 1 seed, the Princeton Tigers. Princeton completed Southern Division play with a perfect 100 record and always finds a way to win. Six of their 10 division games were decided by three goals or less. The good news is that the third team in the Lakers preliminary bracket is the 12th and last seed, Grove City College (0-10), who the Lakers will play in their first game on Saturday. The Lakers already defeated Grove City this season twice by a combined 25 goals. The second round will then be broken up into four four-team brackets. The first seeds from the preliminary bracket will be vying for the first through fourth places, the second seeds will be playing for the fifth through eighth places, and the third seeds the ninth through twelfth places. The Lakers are going into the tournament losing five of their last six games, including a couple of very disappointing losses; a double overtime loss to Fordham and an 11-4 loss to a weak Penn State Behrend squad. A realistic expectation of the Lakers squad is a fifth through eighth place finish, which would by far exceed any expectations that anyone besides Coach Curtis Robinette and the players themselves, had for the team prior to the season. Coming off of past seasons, this season has already been a great one for the team. The turnaround made by Coach Robinette and his players is one which will certainly not go unnoticed around campus and the athletic community in general. Great things will be expected as Robinette continues to recruit plays to build upon the foundation he has established at Mercyhurst.

COMMENTARY
11 full-length stories about the World Series. The ALCS series between the Bo Sox and the Bronx Bombers is one which will likely be remembered for ages. Granted, the series draw an interest whether it’s played in April or October, but the seven games they played earlier this month were legendary. The series captured newspaper headlines everyday for the entire series. Not once did you hear a peep about Bonds, about fighting, about anything but how great the series itself was. It was, in my opinion, a reality check that baseball really needed, for people to realize that baseball is America’s pastime and there is so much more to it than steroids and rumors of the balls and bats being juiced. In his column dated Oct. 4, Sports Illustrated’s Rick Reilly comes out and speaks of the controversy that Ichiro beat George Sisler’s record of 257 hits in a season only because Suzuki had eight more games on

his schedule than did Sisler. This whole issue could have easily developed into so much more, as often happens when stats or records are debated. In this case, however, baseball itself took away the spotlight, highlighting a postseason when not only did Boston get back to the World Series, they beat the Yankees to get there! This is a prime example of just exactly what I am talking about. The excitement of the playoffs and the great quality of games that we have seen thus far is, in my opinion, bigger than ever. Finally, I would venture to push by support behind the Bo Sox for all the strong criticism they have taken all these years, for all the times hearing about the curse and, worst of all, the astronomically high number of times of watching Bill Buckner let that ball go through his legs. The game of baseball is flying high right now, at a peak where it may have never reached before. While at this very moment Boston is up 2-0, I feel that regardless of how it ends up this will be a postseason to remember.

Coach Curtis Robinette

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Particularly pleased with the match-up with Grove City will be junior Brad Armstrong. Armstrong scored 13 total goals in the two contests between the two teams this year, although he did not compete in the final two games in the regular season. Despite missing those games, Armstrong still led the team in goals with 60, 36 tallies ahead of Kevin Riordan, so the Lakers will want the ball in his hands as much as possible if he competes in the tournament. The tournament’s opening round is set up into four brackets, labeled A through D, with three teams in each bracket. Each team then plays the other two teams to determine the first, second and third seed from each bracket to set up the pairings for the second round.

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