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Vol. 78 No. 7 Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie, Pa. 16546 November 10, 2004
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What are you doing for break?
By Holly Burns Contributing writer As fall Break approaches, Mercyhurst students are trying to decide how to spend their time off from classes. Some students will go home, rest up, spend time with their families or work. However, some students will be traveling to other states, and even other countries, to participate in mission projects through Service Learning, Campus Ministry and the Mercy Institute. One group of students will be participating in the SOA Rally in Fort Benning, Ga. This is a protest outside of the School of the Americas to ﬁght for its closing. Often referred to as the “School of the Assassins,” the School of the Americas is a military school in Fort Benning that trains foreign militia leaders. Every year, approximately 10,000 people from all over the United States come to protest against the school. Several years ago, research showed that some of the world’s most brutal dictators had graduated from the School of the Americas. Moreover, some of them had been trained for terrorism. In today’s society, with terrorism being such a constant issue and threat, many people feel that this school should not be in existence. This is why Mercyhurst students have decided to participate in the demonstration. The students will undergo non-violence training before leaving on the trip because it is important that they understand that this is meant to be a non-violent protest. Students will leave for the trip on Nov. 19 and will be returning on Nov. 22. Another group of students will be spending their fall break in Honduras. There will be 12 students going on the trip, along with several faculty members.
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Final thoughts on election 2004 PAGE 6
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
El Arranque comes to Mercyhurst PAGE 8
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Recruiters ﬁlled the gym for the annual job fair.
Job Fair brings employers to ’Hurst
By Jonelle Davis News editor The booths have been torn down and the Mercyhurst Athletic Center is back to normal, but the success of this year’s job fair has left the Career Services department excited about their work and ready to make improvements on the next job fair. According to Robert Hvezda, Director of Career Services, the fair was a success. “Overall, I thought it was excellent. I had a lot of complements from recruiters. I even had some students stop and tell me how nice it was,” said Hvezda. “I also had a recruiter from Hyatt, who recruits from major universities, tell me that we here at Mercyhurst are the best career service department. That’s quite a compliment.” One major aspect of the job fair that needs improvement is student attendance. This year a total of 623 students attended the job fair, which is only a little over 10 percent of Mercyhurst students. According to Hvezda, students should take hold of the opportunities given to them through this job fair. “When students say that there is nothing for them at the job fair, it’s not understandable to people who know how important it is to network and expose themselves to the corporate world,” said Hvezda. Although the Job Fair takes extensive planning, Hvezda feels that “it’s our mission and our passion to do this for Mercyhurst students.” The Career Service Department starts the planning a year in advance with intense planning six months prior to the event. They have already set the date for the next Job Fair, which will be on Nov. 4, 2005. One student who did attend the job fair was sophomore premed student, Melissa Vasquez. Vasquez felt that, overall, the job fairs at Mercyhurst are beneﬁcial to most students.
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Upcoming Campus Events Wednesday, Nov. 10
Film: When the Cat’s Away, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., PAC. Ice Skating: Open Skate, 9:30 p.m. until 10:45 p.m., MIC.
Future plans for ’Hurst
Master plan will create more opportunities for students
By Jason Endress Contributing writer Though most of the charges leveled at Mercyhurst College during the Council meeting on Oct. 12 concerned boisterous college students, the notion that the college has some sort of nefarious ‘master plan’ to alienate and irritate its neighbors arose. This idea hearkens back to the neighborhood campaign earlier this year against the college’s efforts to build the Parade street parking lot, which, among other things, charged that Mercyhurst had designs on properties stretching all the way to Pine Avenue. The future Parade street park was portrayed by one neighbor at the council meeting as part of a systematic effort on the part of the college to encourage its neighbors to move away from the area, leaving Parade street clear for further expansion. President Garvey dismissed this charge as “nonsense,” stating that the new park “has nothing to do with the neighbors, it’s to take care of the students.” Garvey noted that between the Mercy apartments and Baldwin Hall there are around 800 students that do not have access to outdoor recreational facilities, like the volleyball courts and basketball court in the Briggs/ Lewis area. In fact, the only outdoor facilities of that kind are in that area, leaving the entire freshman area with the MAC as the only outlet for activity. Garvey also noted that the new gate on Parade street is the response to a student government request to help deal with increased trafﬁc. Garvey noted that “the student input here is certainly signiﬁcant” and that “students will have input into the Parade site.” Beyond the park, there are no major developments or projects for the 2004-05 academic year. The main campus has nearly reached its target enrollment, as well as overall plan. There are, however, a number of loosely deﬁned long-term plans in place. One of the more exciting plans as far as students may be concerned is Katie McAdams/Photo editor the potential addition of a 24-hour restaurant in Spencer’s Plaza, opposite The Mercyhurst master plan can be found in Old Main. of CVS. in the area, causing complications Garvey stressed that such a venture quiring more space,” Garvey noted. Eventually, McAuley will be used as for housing (each pair of buildings would be a partnership with the curofﬁces for Student Services, and there houses around ﬁfty students). rent owners. In the distant future, there are also Students returning for the 2005-06 will be a new female dorm, and male plans to knock down some apartacademic year will not, however, have will be moved to Baldwin Hall. Another part of the overall plan is to ments in the Briggs and Lewis area expanded housing options. Those who have seen the 2005-10 add another parking garage adjacent to build larger four or five story plans for the campus may note certain to the garage next to the Hirt Center. housing facilities, but not for at least additions and wonder when they will Garvey pointed out that to construct ﬁve years. the garage the college would need take shape. “All of these ideas depend on ac- to tear down the apartment building Please see future onPage 2.
Sunday, Nov. 14
Performance: Claremont Trio, 2:30 p.m., PAC. Ice Skating: Open Skate, 7:45p.m. until 9:15 p.m., MIC. SAC: Food for Finals, 8 p.m., Student Union.
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Federici not surprised with election outcome
After a long night of waiting on Tuesday, Nov. 2, Sen. John Kerry called President George Bush late Wednesday morning to concede the election to the President, who was likely to win. After many long months of campaigning and close votes in the battleground states, President Bush successfully earned a second term in the White House. This year’s presidential election was a hotly contested race which brought many voters to the polls. The Associated Press reported that about 118 million people voted in this election. This equals nearly 60 percent of registered voters. This was the highest turn out since the 1968 election between Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey. Of the voters who came to the polls on Nov. 2, exit polls estimated that about nine percent were in the 18-24 age range. This is the same percentage of young voters as in the 2000 election, but the actual number was up significantly. Many of these people were college students and ﬁrst time voters. Though ﬁrst time voters were expected to help Sen. John Kerry and polls leading up to the election gave him a slight lead, President Bush took more young votes than expected and capitalized on the strong Republican vote in the South and Midwest. Dr. Michael Federici, professor of political science at Mercyhurst College, said that it looked like the election was leaning toward Kerry in the ﬁnal days. “I’m not surprised Bush won, but I thought Kerry would,” he said. “I think that it was so close it could have gone either way.” With how close the candidates were, many were worried about a repeat of the last presidential election, but Federici said, “I didn’t think we would have a repeat of 2000. It can’t happen two times in a row. That is like lightning striking twice.” Not only was a second close win important for President Bush, but it was important for the United States Senate and House of Representatives as well. Federici said, “While the election was not a realigning one, it was a large sweep for the Republican party.” “The Republicans picked up seats in the Senate and House,” he said. “In all the main categories they won.” The Republican sweep of the federal government forces the Democrats to look at their party and ideas. “There is a crisis of leadership in the Democratic Party caused by a crisis of ideas,” Federici said. “The Democratic Party needs to think about their relationship with Middle America.” Federici said that the Democrats need new ideas and changes in order to be a more successful party. “More Americans consider
President George W. Bush will remain in ofﬁce for four more years.
themselves more conser vative than liberal,” Federici said. “There needs to be a new kind of liberalism.” He added, “Politicians are not the people to develop the ideas, intellectuals are.” Federici said we need to be teaching students
these ideas in college to educate the leaders of the future. As far as President Bush’s plans for the next four years, Federici thinks that the war on terror will be his main focus and the paramount of his presidency. In the next four years Federici
thinks Bush will also, “Push more aggressively on his domestic agenda, speciﬁcally social security.” He added, “He will also continue some of his major policies such as No Child Left Behind.”
Relieved or disappointed, students reﬂect on election
By Jenny Allen Contributing writer Many Mercyhurst students went out to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to vote for their favorite candidate in the tightly contested presidential election. Republicans and Democrats were fighting for their candidates and waited anxiously before hearing the ﬁnal results on Wednesday morning. Liz Cartwright was very excited after President George Bush won a second term in ofﬁce the day after elections. Her entire family is Republican, and all were pulling for the President. “Overall, I voted for Bush because I believe in the Republican values,” Cartwright said. She also believed in many of the issues Bush was pushing in his campaign. “I think one of the biggest issues we are dealing with right now is the war in Iraq,” Cartwright said. “I by no means agree with war, but I did not think that Kerry would get the job done.” She also mentions tax cuts as an important part of this election and said, “Bush gave tax cuts to the middle class, but most went to the upper class. These went to businesses that created jobs, and that is very important to me.” Cartwright said, “The idea of a draft deﬁnitely affects our age group also.” She adds, “In one of the three debates there was a question about reinstating the draft and Bush said they would not have a draft. There is no need for a draft because there are so many people willing to ﬁght for our country. With today’s technology, you can’t just throw someone into war.” After hearing about the issues and voting, Cartwright said, “It was deﬁnitely very nerve-racking, I was stressed out just watching the election. The whole country was on pins and needles.” She added, “I stayed up and watched until all the stations gave Ohio to Bush.” “I expected it to be really close,” Cartwright said. “I was surprised that we knew so soon. I ﬁgured that every vote would be counted again because it was so close.” Cartwright thought the end of the election and concession was very appropriate. “There was no mudslinging at the end, and I really felt bad for John Kerry. No matter who won or lost it was going to be tough because they had both put so much of their lives into it.” Cartwright’s final thoughts were on our divided nation. “It is sad how divided our country is,” she said. “I think Bush will need to make people like him more before he can unite the country,” Cartwright said. “But there are a lot of people who will still be against him for the next four years.” “There are so many people that want the separation to say ‘I am a Democrat’ or ‘I am a Republican’,” Cartwright said, but she believes that something still needs to be done to unite the country and those two parties. Maeve Kelly also became very involved with this year’s presidential election. She said, “For the past two months of my college career I have been working as an intern for the Kerry/Edwards campaign in Erie. I began as a volunteer and eventually rose the ranks to Co-director of Canvassing for Erie.” She added, “Though it was a tiring two months, with 30-hour work weekends, I would do it again in a heartbeat.” Kelly’s strong passion for politics and the Democratic Party gave her the opportunity to meet many important people as well. She said, “I had the ability to meet many politically inﬂuential people. Some of these people included Sen. Kerry, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Chris Heinz, Sen. Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards and Rep. Gephardt. I was able to have conversations with each and every one of them, and that is an opportunity that I am fortunate to have received.” “I wanted John Kerry to win not so that I could say ‘My guy won,’ but rather because I knew that he was a man who could change America for the better,” Kelly said. There were a number of issues that were important to Kelly in this election. She said, “Above all, the war in Iraq and the thousand men and women whose lives were lost over the past two years were great concerns of mine.” Along with the war she said, “The fact that during a time of war, citizens were receiving tax breaks! Whatever happened to making sacriﬁces during a time of war? This president never asked us to sacriﬁce anything. And that large tax cut?” “Only 13 percent of it went to middle class families The rest went to the wealthiest one percent of our nation. As a young person, another issue that bothered me was the large deﬁcit President Bush has been racking up these past four years. And this is the party of ﬁscal responsibility?” As far as domestic issues she said, “The idea that 2.5 million Americans were without healthcare coverage troubled me.” This was a concern of many voters both young and old. Many polls were expecting record numbers of young voters to turn out at the polls this year, but that did not happen. Kelly said, “I was disheartened to hear that the amount of young people that voted in this election was almost the equivalent to the number who voted back in 2000.” “The most important thing to remember is that it is our generation that now carries the burden of this $ 413 billion deﬁcit thatbegan as a 2 trillion dollar surplus,” she said. Kelly also speculated on why George Bush came out on top again this year. “George Bush won this election because his campaign was able to mobilize evangelical Christians and one-issue voters to the polls.” She said, “For these people the main concerns were abortion and/or same-sex marriage. Sadly, for one fifth of the voters, issues of morality mattered more to them than Iraq, healthcare, education or the economy.” For Sen. Kerry’s agenda, Kelly said, “John Kerry was prepared to ﬁght for the working and middle class, ensure that all Americans receive adequate healthcare, that all citizens had the ability to receive a college education and to strengthen America’s place in international affairs.” But after long months of campaigning and waiting, Kelly said, “I thought it was very admirable of Sen. Kerry to concede when he did. One characteristic of a strong leader is integrity and the ability to be a ‘good’ loser. He showed great character during his speech in which he gratefully and emotionally thanked his family and the thousands of volunteers who believed in what he believed in.” Kelly does not want young voters and Democrats to give up hope on their party though. She said, “Though Nov. 2 was a disappointing day for many Americans, they need not worry. There are ups and downs to every political party and we will once again prevail.” Kelly added, “These past months have been the experience of a lifetime and I would not take it back even if I had known the outcome ahead of time. Today I am proud to be a Democrat and even prouder to be a Kerry supporter.”
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Board announces Garvey reviewer
Three weeks after the sexual misconduct allegations against Mercyhurst President William P. Garvey were published in the Erie Times-News, the Mercyhurst College Board of Trustees announced Nov. 5 that retired President Judge of Erie County, Michael M. Palmisano will review the allegations, according to a press release on the Mercyhurst College Website. According to Marlene Mosco, chair of the 35-member board of trustees, “The executive committee of the board strongly endorsed the recommendation of engaging Judge Palmisano, who has the utmost respect and integrity, to assist us in this most important matter.” Palmisano has no ties with Mercyhurst. “I have no personal connection with Dr. Garvey or Mercyhurst College and, right now, all I know about the allegations is what I have read in the newspaper or heard in the other media,” said Palmisano. Palmisano vows to do a genuine, thorough, objective project of inquiry and investigation and then report his ﬁndings to the board. Mosco also added that the board and Palimisano would have no interactions now that the allegations have started, and the review is expected to be completed within 60 days. Information provided by Mercyhurst College press release found on the Mercyhurst College Web site.
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Another part of Mercyhurst’s “Master Plan” is the addition of an art building, located in the orchard. Garvey noted that the permission of the sisters is needed to pursue this venture, and that it will be done in cooperation with Mercyhurst Prep. Garvey also pointed out that departments like biology and chemistry have doubled this year, overloading Zurn. Moving the art studios to a new building would “open Zurn up to more science,” Garvey said. Garvey addressed the fact that the college is boxed in, saying that trying to solve problems on campus is “like dominos,” and because of limited space, solving one issue can create another. Garvey believed that the college was essentially done growing, adding, “many would say the college is out of breath.
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What are you doing during your break?
to the United States they will have improved decision-making processes. She hopes that this experience will then cause them to begin to consider the issues such as water use, air pollution and electricity use in the United States and what they can do to contribute to conservation. In addition to fall trips there are also four options for students for Spring Break. One of the options is the “Border Awareness Experience.” This program is run through the Women’s Intercultural Center, which focuses on helping Hispanic women to identify their needs and understanding how they can come together to have those needs met. According to Rosinski, “It is about empowering women.” In addition to the trip’s focus on women’s needs, it is also an opportunity for students to get educated on what takes place on the border of Tx. and Mexico. In El Paso, Texas, the students will be learning about the history of the area. Then, they will cross the border into Juarez, Mexico, where they will be staying with host families. They will then have an understanding of what it means to be on both sides of the border. One of the things that the students will be learning about and experiencing is the situation in factories. They will hear stories of how people risk their lives crossing the border from Mexico into Texas to ﬁnd work in the factories. They will see how the people in the factories are treated badly and not given beneﬁts. They will also see the poverty of the city with no electricity or running water. According to Rosinski, the trip’s purpose is to “educate students in justice and broaden their understanding of how people live in other cultures and how their lives are impacted by American culture.” The trip runs from Thursday, Feb.24 to Wednesday, March 2. The cost of the trip is $375 per student. Applications are due to Sister Michele Schroeck in Preston 107 by Dec. 13. Space is limited, as they are only able to take 10 students. For more information, call Sr. Michele at 824-2471. The second Spring Break option for students is called the “Urban Challenge.” This program is run out of the Oscar Romero Center in Camden, N.J. It is a Catholic center that works with the Philadelphia Catholic Diocese. Students going on the trip will be visiting soup kitchens and homeless shelters. It is a chance for them to interface with the homeless themselves and, ultimately, learn that they are just like everyone else. The purpose of this trip is to educate students on the issue of urban poverty and to get them to realize and appreciate their good fortune. The trip will take place from Thursday, Feb. 24 to Wednesday, March 2. The cost of the trip is $200 and applications are also due by Dec. 13. This trip is also limited to 10 students. Those wishing to get more information may contact Sisiter Michele Schroeck. A third option for students is a trip to the Navajo Reservation in Fort Deﬁance, Ariz. Ten students will be going to St. Michael’s Special School. Here, they will work with the people and learn about the uniqueness of the Navajo culture. As with the other trips, the focus of the trip is to understand how the lives of the Navajo are impacted by American culture, legislation and choices. Rosinski says that it will “educate, broaden, and sensitize.” The trip will take place from Feb. 26 through March 7. The cost of the trip is $350 and applications are due to Schroeck by Dec. 13. For more information on this unique opportunity and to get an application, see Schroeck in Preston 107. Lastly, there will be a “Habitat for Humanity” trip during Spring Break that is available to students. This year, the students will be helping to build houses in Dade City, Fla. This is one of the sites of immense hurricane damage. Students that have gone on the trip in the past say that it is an incredibly rewarding experience that is a lot of fun. The trip is from Feb. 28 to March 7, and the cost to participate is $250. Twenty-five students will be chosen to go on the trip.
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They will be staying and working in San Pedro Sula in the village of Chamelecon. The students will spend some of their time at a children’s home for AIDS babies, along with several
other sites. At the end of each day there will be a debriefing time where the students will get the chance to reﬂect on the day’s events and discuss what they observed and learned. According to Sister Geri Rosinski, it is a time for “under-
standing the roots of economic and social problems there and ﬁguring out the ways we need to inform ourselves about the ways in which our culture and what we buy impacts their culture.” Rosinski says that it is her hope that upon the students’ return
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“I think that the job fairs that the school has for students in Mercyhurst are helpful for those of us looking for internships or summer jobs. Since not all students have cars to go to meetings and not all of us have time to sit down on the computer for hours and hours looking for internships, having people from different companies and institutions allows us to talk to the representatives of a certain institution and get to know if we really want to form part in their program(s) for undergrads,” said Vasquez. “They also help you relate to people who you will be dealing with in the future and allow you to open up and be able to talk to a professional without being shy. You see yourself being forced to talk to them and ask questions about their job opportunities in order to know if what they have is what you want to do.” Vasquez was, however, disappointed with her personal ﬁndings at the fair. “My goal for the job fair was to go and meet people who could offer me an internship in the premedical ﬁeld. However, I was unable to meet this goal since most of the institutions had programs for medical students but not for premed students. The only center that would give me something that might work was St. Vincent’s hospital, which still did not have a summer program or internship for premed students,” said Vasquez. Although Vasquez did not have luck at the Job Fair, many employers come to the Mercyhurst job fair to recruit students. Whether they are alumni or they just hear of the reputation of the school, all of the recruiters come with advice and possible opportunities for students. Rob MacKinlay, an accounting and finance graduate of Mercyhurst was one of the many company representatives at the fair. MacKinlay was representing Cohen and Company, which is a regional accounting ﬁrm based out of Cleveland, Ohio, with eight ofﬁces and 180 employees in northeastern Ohio. MacKinlay said that he pushes Cohen and Company to attend the Mercyhurst job fair because of its reputation. “I’m proud of where I come from. Every year we come and have historically hired one person each year from the job fair,” said McKinlay. MacKinlay spoke about students being prepared for the job fair adding that a good attitude is one of the most important qualities they look for. “I look for students who are dressed professionally and are conﬁdent when they speak. It’s important to make eye contact when they shake hands and to be able to carry on a conversation. We look for a person with a decent GPA and experience, but most importantly we’re looking for someone with a great attitude and work ethic,” McKinlay said. Jeffrey Johns, a criminal justice graduate of Mercyhurst, is another Mercyhurst alumni recruiting students for the Ocean City Police Department. Two years ago while attending Mercyhurst, Johns was recruited by the Ocean City Police Department, through the Criminal Justice program, as a seasonal police department. After working seasonally, Johns was hired as a fulltime ofﬁcer at the department. He now returns to the Job Fair satisﬁed with his experience and wanting to help offer students the same opportunity he was given. The Ocean City Police Department is currently recruiting for 105 seasonal and part time jobs. “We offer a seasonal opportunity for students who want to go into law enforcement. It’s a really good stepping stone experience. The law enforcement field is so competitive that if someone wanting to go into that ﬁeld comes and works for a season, they enhance their chances of getting a fulltime job,” said Johns. “In a nutshell, students should see what we have to offer, they get to live in a get the best experience while living in a beach town and getting credits for school.” Additionally, Johns stressed the importance of attending the Job Fair. “The availability at this fair is good and the presentations are good. Even if a student isn’t looking for a job they should still come. After all what school is all about is ﬁnding a job,” said Johns. Although many of the employers at the Job Fair are former alumni of Mercyhurst, many employers come to Mercyhurst because of the reputation of the school. According to Chiquita Weaver, recruiter for the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency comes to the job Fair because of the strong Research Intelligence Program. “We heard of the Research Intelligence Program at this school and realized that the program graduates the caliber of students that we want working for us,” said Weaver. The Defense Intelligence Agency is cur rently hiring through the entry level and Weaver is prepared to make job offers for students that meet the criteria. “We are currently hiring through the entry level. We are hiring basically anyone with a bachelor’s degree or higher. We are looking for a person with the skills that line up for the job and we’ll make an offer,” said Weaver. Along with the Defense Intelligence agency, Northrop Grumman is another company that attends the Job Fair because of the reputation of Mercyhurst. Kate Peerman, recruiter for Northrop Grumman, said that they found Mercyhurst last year. “We found Mercyhurst on the Internet. We were searching for schools with intelligence programs,” said Peerman. “We decided to come during RIAP week last year and check the program out. We found out that what is taught at Mercyhurst is a perfect foundation for future employees of our company.” Northrop Gumman hired students graduating from Mercyhurst in 2004 and decided that they should come back and hire more. “We hired seven people from the graduating class of 2004 who are all doing great, so we decided to come back and offer more jobs,” said Peerman. Peerman’s experiences with Mercyhurst have always been high-quality. “Every single time we come to Mercyhurst, the students are great. I can’t say enough good things about Bob Hvezda and Dr. Heibel. They treat us like gold and it’s a positive experience,” said Peerman.
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“Many of the athletes lost their legs, or ability to use their legs, in car accidents and similar misfortunes.” “The members of the NWBA are competitive and extremely athletic. No measures are taken to ‘simplify’ the game of basketball. Hoops remain the same height, and courts remain the same length.” “There is a beauty to the game of basketball,” Hvezda explains. “I love being a part of this organization. I am contributing to the game of basketball in a way I never expected.”
Hvezda ofﬁciates paralympic basketball
By Meghan Smith Contributing writer
All of the members of Mercyhurst’s faculty are excellent in terms of their endeavors on campus. Many also exhibit excellence off campus as well. By volunteering in the community and becoming members of local and nationally recognized organizations, they prove that the Mercyhurst community is a caring one that strives to be involved. One faculty member, in particular, has become involved with the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) by taking time out of his schedule to serve as an ofﬁciator for the games. Robert Hvezda began his career in high school, becoming a scholarship athlete in basketball. He moved on to become a head coach for a high school team, and eventually received the honor of assistant coaching at the college level. For years now, Hvezda has enjoyed ofﬁciating typical basketball games and tournaments. It wasn’t until about eight years ago that he got involved with the NWBA. “A friend once asked me if I would like to help out with the games,” recalls Hvezda, “and
I am contributing to the game of basketball in a way I never expected.
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ever since I’ve been dedicated.” Hvezda is now a nationally certiﬁed ofﬁciator for the sport. In fact, he had the distinction of ofﬁciating the woman’s championship game in March at Slippery Rock University. At the end of the tournament, try-outs were held to select the women’s Olympic team. Hvezda was selected, along with two other referees, to ofﬁciate the try-outs. Eighty women were narrowed down to 15 and sent to Greece to compete in the paralympics. The women selected here went on to receive the gold medal in wheelchair basketball. Hvezda has worked in the
Career Services Ofﬁce at Mercyhurst College for 18 years and has been noted as director for eight. He feels that his involvement with the NWBA translates into his work everyday at the college and vice versa. “The inspiration I receive from the athletes motivates me to excel in my life every day,” he said. Many of the athletes have amazing stories to tell about their past. All of them are able bodied, healthy humans. Their only “disadvantage” is having a wheelchair. “Some of their stories are so touching,” explained Hvezda.
Brace returns to Mercyhurst as art faculty
By Courtney Nicholas Contributing writer
It is often said that “Home is where the heart is,” and for Peggy Brace, the newest instructor in the Mercyhurst Art Department, this phrase rings true. Brace grew up in Hermitage, Pa. and has moved from Erie to Philadelphia, Chicago and Cincinnati before returning to Edinboro and Erie. Brace earned her B.A. in art and a K-12 teaching certiﬁcate from Mercyhurst College. She has various experiences that aid her in successfully Katie McAdams/ Photo editor teaching art at Mercyhurst. Peggy Brace is a working artist and a professor. “I have taught in a variety of situations and have been a roster After graduation with a Master Her paintings and drawings artist for the state of Pennsyl- of Fine Arts in Painting from have been exhibited regionally vania. I had wonderful training Edinboro University in 2000, and nationally and have won from the Pennsylvania Council Brace did an independent study awards. on the Arts on infusing art into in artistic anatomy at Lake “My children and I have done the traditional curriculum,” said Erie College of Osteopathic several community art projects. Brace. Medicine. We have done seven chalk walks and two GoFish,” Brace said. “Last summer my daughter did ‘The Big Blue Frog that I Love,’ and my twin sons did ‘Welcome to Frogaritaville’ and I did ‘Paddy O’Day,’” Brace said. “During the summer of 2002 I was given the honor of a residency at Ragdale Artist Community in Lake Forest, Ill. And last summer I had a month residency at The Vermont Studio Center, among 50 artists living and working there during August,” she said. Before coming to Mercyhurst, Brace taught at the State University of New York (SUNY) Jamestown. She was awarded with two Scholarly Achievement Awards and two Faculty Enrichment grants. While at Mercyhurst she has gotten to study Forensic Facial Reconstruction taught last June at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Brace is ecstatic to be a faculty member at Mercyhurst. She remembers being a student herself. “It feels like being home,” she said. Brace’s mother used to bring her to Mercyhurst when she was a little girl and try to prepare her for college. “I don’t think anything would make her happier than her daughter teacher at Mercyhurst. My daughter feels fantastic about that as well,” Brace said. “The faculty and students have been terriﬁc,” explained Brace. Being a working artist in the Erie community, Brace has a great deal of respect for the Mercyhurst Art faculty. “They are fine artists and amazing teachers,” said Brace. Brace feels honored to work with them and they have all been very kind and supportive. “I hope to be an asset to the Art department and the college as whole and contribute meaningfully to the good work that has been done here before me,” said Brace. Brace feels that she will learn a considerable amount from the other faculty members and will work to be the best teacher she can be. “I believe art is about continually being open to growth,” Brace said. “It is about being attuned to our physical, mental and spiritual selves and to the world around us and, ultimately, to God.” “I hope I can help students love art and enrich their lives, help them be discerning thinkers and express their deepest thoughts, help them contribute to the betterment of the world and feel satisfaction in their accomplishments and help them more fully experience their connectedness with the Divine.”
Corrigan cooked up a summer internship at a Colorado resort
By Justine Adams Contributing writer
A requirement for some graduating seniors is to complete an internship or entrepreneurship in order to receive a diploma. Many students choose to complete that requirement the summer before their senior year. Many students do not know what to expect before going into their internship. Senior HRIM major, Megan Corrigan, shared her experience from this past summer. A native of Westlake, Ohio, Corrigan’s family recently moved to Denver, Colo. Her father, Jack Corrigan, was the TV announcer for the Cleveland Indians for 17 years. After transferring to become the radio announcer for the Colorado Rockies, Corrigan met Christopher Rybak, CEC of Keystone Resort. Mr. Corrigan asked if there were any internship opportunities for his daughter and, luckily, there were. Rybak helped to get Corrigan the position she wanted, and by June she packed her bags to live at the resort for three months. She had the opportunity to work as a cook for the fourdiamond, four-star restaurant, Alpenglow Stube. The restaurant is named because of its high altitude. It sits 11,444 feet above sea level at the top of the north peak. The name Alpenglow literally means, “under the stars/sun.” There, she prepared warm spinach salads on a daily basis as part of the six-course meals served at the establishment. The six-course preﬁx menu had a ﬁxed price of $85.00 per plate, improved her skills as a cook also. “My knife skills improved. I’ve learned to work very fast because of the environment I was in this summer.” She also learned how to address the customer with the utmost respect by referring to them as a guest. Her supervisor explained that their customers are the ones who give them their business; therefore, they should be treated with the highest respect. Corrigan would recommend this experience to anyone interested. “It was a very rewarding experience to work with professionals in a high class establishment. I learned so much and had fun doing it,” Corrigan said. “Plus, I got paid!” Corrigan earned $8 per hour while working June through August – not bad for an internship Photo courtesy of Megan Corrigan position. She will graduate in May and Senior Megan Corrigan (right) spent the summer preparing would like to continue working food for a resort. for resorts or catering and banso the food had to be nothing explained that it was stressful at quet halls. She also expressed interest in short of excellent. times because the management’s working as a restaurant manager In addition to preparing the number one concern is customer salads, she helped out the pastry, satisfaction. The meals needed and/or trainer. Eventually, she would like to grill and sauté cooks whenever to be prepared correctly, but in open her own catering business needed. a timely fashion. She also spent ﬁve weeks cook“This definitely was a life so she can set her own hours. “When I’m older and settled ing for weddings and working changing experience, and it down, I would like to have the at the fondue restaurant called helped me to decide what I want Timberidge. to do for the rest of my life,” convenience of setting my own hours to spend more time with Her duties for the weddings in- Corrigan said. cluded preparing appetizers, soup After having worked in a busy my family,” said Corrigan. She knows now what to expect and cutting wedding cakes. resort kitchen she said, “I learned from ﬁne dining resorts such as “Weddings are very popular that I’d rather be working in the at Keystone. One weekend, we front of the house rather than Keystone, and it has helped her decide where she wants her life did four weddings in one day,” the back.” explained Corrigan. The back of the house refers to go. She is very happy with her deShe was kept busy all summer to the kitchen staff, while front because of all the business the refers to the ones who directly cision to intern there and would highly recommend it to all who resort received. interact with the guests. “It got a little crazy sometimes, She learned very much from are interested. but it was still fun,” she said. She the crew she worked with and
Christian women’s group join for support on Thursdays
By Zoe Contes Contributing writer
Faithful Sisters, a newly formed Christian women’s group met on a recent Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to discuss issues of concern to females. The group of students gathered in a circle at the Prince of Peace Chapel to continue their discussion of the previous week’s topic, “women and food,” as well as anything else the students had on their minds. Faithful Sisters is a part of the National Network of Presbyterian College Women. They seek to understand what it means to claim a Christian faith that empowers women. The NNPCW works to nurture young women’s spiritual development through study, discussion, prayer and action. The Rev. Lyta Seddig, mentor of the group, approached sophomore Amy Krebs last spring about bringing Faithful Sisters to Mercyhurst College. Krebs willingly agreed because of her prior involvement in a Bible discussion group back home that she enjoyed. She, along with two other students, Sara Lutz and Katie Dlabola, founded Faithful Sisters at Mercyhurst last March. The topic that the students discussed recently was about how our culture differs from others’ in the way that women perceive body image. The group, however, does not solely focus on just one topic, but rather a variety. From midterms to dating, the Faithful Sisters discussed an array of different concerns young women are faced with during their busy lives. The relaxed and open environment allows those in the group to speak about the stress they may encounter throughout college while feeling at ease knowing everything is kept conﬁdentially. After concluding with a vote, the group decided on “Claming Our Own Identity” as the topic for the next meeting. Faithful Sisters meet weekly and welcome everyone interested in joining them. All women, regardless of religious afﬁliation, are invited to join the group.
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By Christina Moschetta Contributing writer
Living in the surreal microcosm of college life, our idea of money in a macroeconomic sense becomes severely warped. In fact, our mere identity as college students is based upon a status quo of pathetic poverty. We cling to our campus cards like monopoly money, are lured into lame campus events with the magic words “FREE FOOD” written in life-size script and ﬁnd ourselves frantically scouring the ﬂoor, and even under the couch cushions, for loose change to spend at “quarter draft night.” In this state of ﬁnancial lacking, college students often place personal appearance and fashion
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Dressed to kill on a less than killer budget
places like Salvation Army and Goodwill are good for more than just Halloween costumes and super soft, worn-in tee shirts. What people generally don’t realize is that the majority of people who donate to thrift stores are often elderly and are donating quality items that are out of style or don’t ﬁt anymore. Fashion works in a circle and always repeats itself. Therefore, the items that were out of style 20 to 30 years ago are now considered “vintage,” and, lucky for you, the vintage look is back in full force! Guys can find tweed sport coats and wool suits for less than $20. Ladies should look for sweaters and accessories like costume jewelry and leather handbags. Another great way to find pieces for next to nothing is at yard and garage sales. Usually people are willing to sell their items to you inexpensively, just to get them out of their hair. If you are really interested in vintage fashion things like estate sales, then auctions and ﬂea markets like the one held monthly at The Meadows in Washington, Pa. are fabulous places to look. Still not convinced? Too lazy or just hate shopping? Too poor to even think about shopping? Raid your parents’ and grandparents’ closets to ﬁnd treasures beyond your wildest dreams. Even if they were fashion deﬁcient, I can guarantee that you will ﬁnd throwback styles that are in style, unique and…FREE!
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last on the priority list. However, I think you can give those ancient and beloved hoodies a rest and enter the world of fashion! The resources to be welldressed and in style are right in
front of you; you just need to know where to start. The ﬁrst place is off-price retailers like Gabriel Brothers, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. These stores carry designer and brand name merchandise at
deeply discounted prices. For guys, you can’t beat their deals on neckties, and for the ladies, the shoes are incredible. Another avenue is the world of vintage and thrift stores. Contrary to popular belief,
Christmas is coming; here and to Honduras
By Esther Claros and Francia Aguilera Contributing writers
It’s almost time for Thanksgiving break, and besides the long awaited rest that everyone needs, one of the biggest celebrations of the year is coming. Christmas, even though it is more than a month away, is one of the most important occasions in all of Latin America. It’s not just Christmas where you can get presents, go on major shopping sprees, go for the mistletoe bit or eat excessive amounts of fruitcake. Well yes, it is all of these things, but most importantly is the ﬁrst time that Honduran students get to see their families after an entire term of being away from home. For 10 days we get to go back home. Yes, sadly leaving the snow for fairly warmer weather, and we get to catch up on three months worth of absence. It really doesn’t come down to presents, as nice as they may be. It’s the excitement of getting off a long flight, loaded with stories and overwhelmed with the desire to hug your parents with a real hug, not a hug over the webcam or a kiss you express through emoticons. It’s about standing there ﬂabbergasted when you see your younger sibling appears to have grown a couple of inches, or running across the airport to throw your arms around your best friends or your signiﬁcant other and never wanting to let go. Sometimes that is the only thing you really want for Christmas. You cannot sit still while trying to catch every little thing that has changed since you left, whether it be a new building, restaurant or even noticing how everyone has changed slightly. All those little things amaze you, and you can’t believe it’s been that long since you last saw them. Trying to comprehend that your life back home goes on without you is at times one of the hardest things to face. However, being able to spend your ﬁrst night catching up on all the things you’ve missed out on in the lives of your friends and family is the best of times. Speaking your native language, seeing your own neighborhood, being back in your own room and a million other little things are things you appreciate greatly and never imagined you could miss. Christmas trees, lights, wreaths and a plethora of other ornaments have slowly been collected and put up since the end of October. People are making their Christmas lists, invitations for parties are being sent and by the end of November you have your secret Santa. Once December begins, so does the entire Christmas season. There is no limit to the variety of food, drink and desserts there are when it comes to Christmas in Honduras. Among the traditional meals, there is stuffed fowl, pork leg, ham, tamales, (which are made out if corn and ﬁlled with meats, sweet peas, raisins, olives and rice), turkey, mashed potatoes, meat pies, rice and salads and many other good things. For dessert there are torrejas, which are pastries dipped in molasses, rosquillas en miel, which are similar to donuts dipped in honey, fruitcake and all sorts of tantalizing sweets you wish you could bring back to school. Christmas Eve is slightly different back home than it is here. In our case, we stay up all of Dec. 24, eating, drinking ronpopo (eggnog), catching up on stories and usually entertain ourselves most of the night with ﬁrecrackers and lights. When the clock strikes midnight, the younger children are usually told that Santa Claus came in, had a drink and a torreja and left when they were outside watching the ﬁreworks. Then it is time to open the presents, kiss and hug everyone wishing them a merry Christmas and the night goes on like this. You feel as if you are right where you should be, surrounded by your loved ones and appreciating what it means to be a family.
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Francia Aguilera (left) and Esther Claros love Christmas for more than the presents.
Barbatos walk does not go unrewarded
By Josh Wilwohl Layout assistant
It was a long walk to the restaurant named “Barbatos.” I would say a good mile and a half from campus, but Jess, Jamie, Colleen and I fought through the coldest night of the year – so far – and made it, only to ﬁnd that this restaurant was nothing but take-out. Frustrated and freezing, we made a treacherous walk back, only to decide that the night was not a total failure: we called up Barbatos, ordered our food, and waited for its arrival: Jamie: Josh! When is this food to arrive? It’s 7:45 p.m. Josh: I just got off the phone. They are at the door. Arriving just before I was going to lose my head over dinner, the deliveryman handed me $37 worth of food, made some very quick chit-chat and left. Josh: It’s finally here. Calm down people. Jess: I’m starved, good thing it smells delicious. Good thing indeed. It was about 6:45 p.m. when we ordered and three hungry girls equal trouble. During the one-hour wait, their stomachs, I swore at times, were growling at me. But, it was over quickly and I began to call out orders. Josh: Pasta? That’s me. Ravioli and meatballs? Jess: Me. Josh: Calzone? Jamie: Me. Josh: I am guessing the stuffed shells are yours, Colleen? Colleen: You guessed right. Pulling the remaining breadsticks and garlic bread from the delivery bag, I joined the girls in the other room to watch “Hook” and to indulge in fantastic Italian food critiques. Jamie: I have no idea how I am going to eat this calzone; it’s too big. Jess: I think your mouth is big enough to take it.
So much for fantastic critiques. Colleen: These stuffed shells are really good, even if they are delivery. Josh: My pasta is magniﬁco! Jess: Oh please, Mr. Italian. Josh: Now girls. Anyway, how are your meals? Jamie: Very good. It is so big, but I love it; mmmhmmm, cheesy and delicious. Josh: Jess? Jess: My ravioli is, as you say, molto buon. Colleen: Coming from an Italian family and growing up with Italian food, I am able to truly tell good and bad Italian cuisine. I suppose since the next Mary Ann Esposito is speaking, I should listen. Colleen: The marinara sauces are a bit runny, but still hearty and the noodles may be cooked a bit long, but not too much. However, it does appease the hungry appetite. Jess: I agree. Despite the walk (an inquiring evil eye glares from the corner towards me) and my starving stomach, I give Barbatos’s food a “B.” Jamie: My calzone was good, the breadsticks were delicious and the fact that they deliver means I am saving their menu; on a scale of one to ten, Barbatos is an easy seven. Colleen: I can consent with a B or in numerical terms, seven, despite some inconsistencies with their “authentic” Italian cooking. Josh: I am always a fan of good Italian cooking, and Barbatos has showed me that they can perform that task to an extent. It’s no Olive Garden or DaNico’s, but I give it thumbs up, for the pasta anyway. Barbato’s delivery is located about a mile from campus on East 38th Street with several branch locations throughout Erie that do not deliver but offer a more sit-down, relaxed dinner for any student that is not on the go.
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Try the ski club for a winter lift
By Andreea Neagu Contributing writer
Even if the signs of winter we have had so far have been intense and freezing winds and a few minutes of snow showers, the Ski Club at Mercyhurst is ready for the fun times of winter. While most of us are still melancholy about the nice and warm summer days, the students involved in the Ski Club dig out their winter clothes, and are getting ready for snowboarding or skiing. This spirit of winter-time adventures has been surrounding the club ever since its start around 1970. Once headed by Professor David Thomas from the geology department, and later by the head of the chemistry department, it seems the Ski club continues its history of close ties with the science department, since for some time now its advisor is professor Ray Buyce, who is also a geology professor. The consistency that characterizes the club is also noticeable in the set-up for this year. “We usually ski at Peak’n Peak,” Buyce said. “They [management of Peak’n Peak] have an arrangement with various schools around the area for skiing, which also includes snowboarding.” He mentioned that the arrangement is relatively inexpensive to students, since it requires a $5.00 fee for joining the club, and an additional $135 for the actual skiing time. This price guarantees the of having too many students, at which point, in the past, students solved the problem by car-pulling. The Ski Club seems to be popular around Mercyhurst students. “We typically get between 20-40 students, both skiers and snowboarders, and we have a range of abilities,” Buyce said. “Typically there are a few really good skiers, some who can get around, and a certain amount of those who are beginners,” he also mentioned. For anyone interested in an activity, but who may not have much time for meetings during the week, Ski Club is the perfect ﬁt. “We have usually one meeting to inform everyone of what is going on and another meeting when someone from Peak’n Peak comes to talk about safety issues and to collect applications, so students can get their passes when we go up to ski,” Buyce said. The meetings are usually held on Thursdays. He mentioned as other positives of being involved in the Ski Club the fact that students “leave around 5:00 p.m. and come back by 11:00 p.m., so it doesn’t take too much time away from the students.” Also, he said it provides a way to “stay away from the drinking stage, while still having fun.” Ultimately, the Ski Club is a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
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student a speciﬁc evening on which they can go and ski for the entire season, and eight lessons. There are also additional rates for students who want to get a season pass which would allow them to ski anytime for the whole season. Buyce mentioned that “prior to Christmas the pass the students have, instead of being good for one day a week it becomes a seasonal pass, the same being true for the time starting in spring time around March.” Transportation is provided mostly by the school, by the use of a van, except in the case
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Apathy reigns: Voter turnout for our generation still very low
By Corrie Thearle Contributing writer
With the 2004 Presidential Election now over, many people across the nation feel that their lives will return to some semblance of normalcy. Political signs, bumper stickers and buttons will be tucked away or thrown out, television will no longer be clogged with political advertisements and heated political debate will slowly be taken over by discussion about football and other issues. Politics will be put on the back-burner once again for millions of Americans across the country. Unfortunately for our generation, people between the ages of 18 and 29, politics have always been an arena that few people engage in. Once the polls closed on Nov. 2, the voter turnout amongst Americans was dramatically higher than previous elections. Although the youth vote was the highest it’s been in the past decade, only half of our generation made it to the polls this November. That means that half of our fellow peers didn’t make the slightest effort in concerning themselves with the direction the country was going to take in the next four years. Ultimately, only half of our age group exercised their roles in determining what type of future we will all inherit. When I heard that John Kerry had conceded the election and congratulated President Bush on his victory, I was naturally disappointed and upset. Nothing has been on my mind more, since the Democratic presidential candidates began campaigning last year, than this election. Although I was dismayed about the Presidential election outcome, I realized that the American people had made their choice and that Bush had, in fact, rightly won the election. I was pleased that turnout was high this election and that all the hard work that was done to get the vote out had succeeded. It was not until I found out the percentage of people who voted under the age of 30, that I became shocked, disillusioned and furious. Junior Katie Cain commented in response to these results that, “I cannot believe that so many young people did not care enough about our country, to take a little bit of time out of their lives to go out and vote.” After the bombardment of voter registration efforts on campuses throughout the nation and the constant efforts of popular cultural icons such as P. Diddy chanting “Vote or Die,” apathy and indifference continues to plague our generation. Classic examples of “My vote doesn’t count” or “I was too busy” are some of the frequent excuses ﬂying out of young people’s mouths after the election. To the ﬁrst common response that “My vote doesn’t count,” I have to reply that the people who believe this explanation are in one respect correct. It doesn’t take a genius to ﬁgure out that their votes do not count, due to the fact that they never even VOTED. Of course your voice won’t be heard when you won’t even attempt to go out on Election Day and choose who will be running the government. Politicians will not concern themselves with appealing to an age group that probably won’t end up voting anyhow. The second most common reason that young adults did not vote this election was that they were “too busy,” which can also be interpreted as “I was too lazy.” I know it’s so hard to take ﬁve minutes out of a busy schedule to ﬁll out and mail a voter registration card. It must be nearly impossible to squeeze into a busy schedule the tedious time consuming task of both requesting and sending an absentee ballot or going to your local polling place to decide the next leader of the country. It’s amazing the numerous people I talked to on Election Day and how they were planning their entire day around voting. One woman in my class left early so she could go and vote, pick her kids up from school, prepare dinner and then go to a night class. It seems that half the people in our generation couldn’t seem to ﬁt voting in between playing Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 and watching reality television series. Our grandparents belong to the age group known as “The Greatest Generation.” These people embodied the spirit of national pride, civic duty and community conscientiousness. These active citizens actually cared about what was going on in the country and the direction it was headed. Since 1960 voter turnout has declined in the U.S. only to be revived recently this past election. However amazing and uplifting these new developments are, our generation is simply not doing enough. We are the people who are going to inherit the deﬁcit, enter the narrowing workforce, worry about rising interest rates and paying off student loans and ﬁnally wonder how we will still continue to pay for Social Security but eventually never receive it. It’s a shame that a large part of our generation is ﬁghting the war and dying in Iraq and people don’t care enough to voice their opinion on what will happen to these soldiers. Supporting the troops and voting go hand-in-hand. If our generation continues to ﬂagrantly relinquish the one power bestowed and guaranteed to the people of America, the right to vote, an ominous future looms ahead for all of us. To those of you in our generation that actually care about our nation and voted this election, I want to say thank you. You attest to the fact that there are still rational and intelligent individuals in our age group. To the other half that didn’t cast a ballot in one of the most important elections in recent history, you not only infect the democratic process, you also betrayed the rest of us. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t want to be known as “The Apathetic Generation” a.k.a. “The generation that didn’t give a sh*t.”
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An Open Letter To The Mercyhurst Community: I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone on this campus for the truly monumental outpouring of enthusiasm, effort and hard work by so many members of the Mercyhurst College community during the election season this fall. To see so many people excited and involved in the political process warmed my heart as well as, I am sure, the hearts of all of those concerned about how our nation is governed. You should truly be proud of your efforts, regardless of whether your candidate won or not. It was amazing to see the Mercyhurst community come together during the course of such a divided election. Whether it was to register people to vote, watch the Presidential Debate in the Union, discuss the issues facing the country or any of the countless other political events held on campus this fall, Mercyhurst proved yet again that while we may disagree on issues, we can still be courteous to one another and discuss our positions in an academic environment of ideas. I think that the phrase on the back of the t-shirts said it best that despite the country is divided between red and blue, in the end “there is only the United States.” The thing that most impressed me about Mercyhurst during the election season was its refusal to sit on the sidelines and its insistence that it should be involved in the process. Students from Mercyhurst had the opportunity to meet with both President Bush and Sen. Kerry throughout the course of the election and to bring to their attention issues facing Mercyhurst students today. Our campus itself had the opportunity to host numerous prominent ﬁgures from both campaigns including Chris Heinz, Elizabeth Edwards and James Carville from the Democratic camp and Dr. Bill Kristol and Governors Frank Murkowski of Alaska and Bill Owens of Colorado on the Republican side. Furthermore, Mercyhurst students directed both the Bush and Kerry camps’ efforts regarding college students in Northwest Pennsylvania. The Mercyhurst community truly lived out its motto and seized the day, or more accurately, seized the election. In closing, I would like to thank a few ﬁgures who particularly went the extra mile these past months. From the Young Democrats, I would like to thank Albert Veverka, Mike Foglio and Maeve Kelly for tirelessly working for their candidate and with us in the spirit of compromise. Thank you to the members of Pi Sigma Alpha and its ofﬁcers, Kristen Hudak, Dana Hyland and Ashley Litwin for bringing a bi-partisan spirit to the election and tempering both the Young Democrats and the Young Republicans at times. Thank you to the faculty of the Political Science Department, Drs. Clemons, Federici, Morris and Ripley, for lending their expertise to the on-campus events this fall. Thank you to Allison Moore of The Merciad for undertaking the point/counterpoint debate. Finally, thank you to all of the Young Republicans …you guys deserved every minute of last Tuesday. Most especially, thank you to the students who attended the oncampus events. Finally, thank you to Alyson for putting up with all of my election-related quirks. I am sure that I have forgotten people. If so, I apologize. Thank you again! Sincerely, J.J. Mikulec President of the Mercyhurst Young Republicans; Vice-President of Pi Sigma Alpha
A Frustrated commuter vents
I am a commuter student and ﬁnd it extremely difﬁcult sometimes to ﬁnd a parking spot. It seems that you have to come at the right time to get a spot on campus. What I ﬁnd interesting though, is that Police and Safety, while acknowledging the lack of parking spaces for commuters, refuse to take common sense procedures. Last week, while arriving the traditional 15 minutes early to search for a spot, I spotted a vehicle the Police and Safety had “booted.” The car has been there for almost ﬁve days now-taking up a valuable parking space! Also, I notice that sometimes maintenance vans or the new expensive looking decked out vehicles of “Mercyhurst Crime Lab” are taking up three or four spaces and they never seem to use these vehicles. I know we have a small campus and space is limited,;solution: build up. Build a parking garage on campus that would be able to accommodate all of the students’ vehicles. (I ﬁgured that one out, and I am not even an architect!) Also, sometimes as a commuter student, I feel left out. I try to involve myself in clubs and activities, but still feel something is missing. How about a place solely intended for commuters, a place where we could go between classes (instead of going home, or to the library). Penn State Behrend has a small section of one of their buildings designated to commuters, where we can watch TV, get a snack, check our e-mail and talk with other commuters. Mercyhurst needs to accommodate everyone, even the students who pay a little bit less because they can’t afford to live on campus. Dan Koziorowski
This Veterans’ Day show your gratitude to a vet
By Allison Moore Opinion editor
In case you all didn’t know, Thursday is Veteran’s Day. While this is always an honored holiday, this year it will be even more prominent with the United States engaged in a gruesome war with Iraq. For many, myself included, this war is hitting close to home. People you’ve grown up with are being sent over to fight a persistent and elusive enemy. Thursday is a day to acknowledge and thank these men and women for their service, despite your own personal feelings concerning the war. While the war in Iraq is fresh in our minds, we as a nation must also remember the sacrifices made by soldiers of the past. Our nation has been deﬁned by war. The signiﬁcance of the Revolution, the turmoil of the Civil War, the carnage of World War I, the triumph of World War II, the forgotten war in Korea, the deﬁning war in Vietnam and the ﬁrst Gulf War have all shaped this country. In every war there is personal sacriﬁce. Lives are changed, ruined or lost, all for the sake of the United States and her citizens. As Americans, we realize that our very way of life and rights have been defended by these brave warriors time and time again. Stop and imagine how the world and this country would be today if it wasn’t for these brave men and women. Thursday is a day to put aside personal feelings and honor those that served, are serving or are never coming home. So if you have a friend or relative that served or is serving, take the time to thank him or her. If you see a random veteran out in public, go up to him and let him know you appreciate what he did for you. Finally, if you believe in a higher being, say a prayer for all those that are risking their lives right now as you read this very article. You’d be surprised how far a little appreciation can go.
Feeling ﬂush? A high-tech bathroom may be just the thing
By Lenore Skenazy Knight Ridder Newspapers
Why am I standing at the sink in a public bathroom, waving? Do I think I recognize the sink? Am I that desperate for company? Or am I simply attempting to wash my hands? The answer, of course, is “all of the above.” But most of all, it’s C, the hand-washing one. That’s because this sink happens to be “fully automated,” i.e., fully equipped not to spout any water at all, no way, forget it bub, unless somehow its high-tech infrared beam deigns to notice I’m standing there. Yeah, and Ben Afﬂeck deigns to act. Don’t hold your breath but feel free to gnash your teeth. If you, like me, are a person who savors the simple joy of turning on and off a faucet, who still prefers to dry your hands with paper towels, who fully expects a toilet to refrain from ﬂushing until you’re good and ready, you are living in a dream world. Or at least a dream bathroom. “We’re convinced that in the next ﬁve years, every public rest room will have moved to automation,” says Mark Lewis, director of market development at Technical Concepts. That’s the international company behind most of the infrared beams and motion sensors now telling public bathroom ﬁxtures what to do, and when. Lewis is the ﬁrst to admit that the public may not be quite as psyched as he about the prospect of what he calls “touch-free rest rooms.” “It’s a challenge,” he says, “because when people think of automation, they think of those early versions of the faucets, when you had to ﬁnd that sweet spot in front of the sink.” Yup. What’s more, Lewis further acknowledges (when probed), in the toilet realm there really was a problem with premature evacuation. Or, as the industry prefers to call it, “inadvertent ﬂushing.” “This goes back to the infrared beams not hitting the right part of a person’s body,” says Lewis. “They were off to the side and they would hit somebody’s arm. So if you moved your arm,” to do something wacky like reaching for the toilet paper, “it would ﬂush. What we’ve done now is angled the lens so it hits somebody in the small of the back.” So if you’re on a brand-new toilet, remember: No wiggling, and the toilet should be able to contain itself for a few more seconds. The good thing about all this automation is that the new sinks really do boast water savings of up to 70 percent. But the automatic toilets are not automatic to save water. They went high-tech because legions of women, yes, sisters, us, used to kick the ﬂushers in a desperate attempt to keep our hands germ-free. This resulted in a lot of broken toilets. And shoes. But now, since the automatic toilets don’t have ﬂushers to break, they require less maintenance. Steve Bronson, owner of a bathroom supply company called Air Delights, had an automatic toilet installed in his home to see if he could really endorse them. “They’re nice!” he says. Now he’ll never go back. Perhaps, once we are all high-tech-toilet-trained, we will look back on manual bathrooms the way we look back now on chamber pots. But I do believe I will always have a soft spot for sinks that don’t think. And toilets that aren’t watching my back.
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The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
This past weekend, Mercyhurst College had a reason to celebrate. A $22.6 million reason. Students from the arts organized several events to thank generous donors for their contributions. Mercyhurst’s Preserving the Legacy capital campaign has raised $22.6 million over a four year period. The money from the campaign has been used to make several renovations and modiﬁcations to our campus and North East. The ceremonies concluded with the ringing on the new Sister Damien spirit bell, followed by a reception in the PAC lobby and the Cummings Art Gallery.
This week: To pay or not to
pay? That is the question. . . .
Dear Madam M, I was wondering what your opinion was regarding the issue of picking up the tab when dining with a woman. I am a very poor college student who can barely afford to treat himself to a nice meal, but I like to take my girlfriend out every once in a while. I open the car door, open the restaurant door and pull her chair out. When the check comes maybe I am not such a “gentleman.” I wish I could take her out all the time if I had the money, but I don’t. I have to be frugal. Am I too cheap? Who pays? He or She? From, Possible gentleman/poor boy Listen here ladies, this many be one of the very rare true men on campus. He attempts to be chivalrous, but lacks a full checkbook. I grant him the fullest props possible. Therefore, we should be devilishly jealous of his beloved girlfriend. Most students are in the same situation as this poor boy. The fortunate ones with rich benefactors do not matter for various reasons not related to this week’s column. In this great modern day age, feminism is a popular idea. We ladies like to think we are completely equal with the opposite sex. This includes the idea that we are subject to the same expectations. However, there are many exceptions. One of those immunities includes the idea that we are not supposed to pay for our meal. Why is that? Simply put, because of our inﬂated lecturing about the cheapness of men. We are supposed to suck a man’s pocketbook dry to prove he is worth our compassion. Now that the idea of a lady’s mindset is clear, it is time to provide solutions. My malarky sense compels me to state that during one of these fancy adult setting dinners bring up the topic of 20th century feminism. It can be in the form of an Oprah Winfrey approved book, a poet or a songwriter. Being a man of your certain characteristics, this can either go well or very poorly. Discussing the importance of modern day feminism should encourage your lady to be ﬁlled with oppressed strength. This innocent disguise on your behalf should provoke the girlfriend to offer to pay for the night’s dinner. Bear in mind that this does not allow you to order an additional $50 of food. Just play it cool like you have internally struggled to allow her to pay for your meal. Even if you have trouble accepting her night’s ﬁnancial assistance, just remind yourself that you are not cheap. You have earned this night for the 100 times you have spent an unaccountable amount of money on her behalf. Another solution to this problem of yours would be to stop taking her out to overpriced restaurants. It is a proven fact that you must not overly spoil a girlfriend. Each time you treat her like a princess just raises her bar an even higher impossible standard. A healthy way to treat her like a normal college student is a trip to the cheapest fast food drive through. The dollar menu supplied by many monopolies is the perfect money saving way to go. If she puts up a mild fuss about the greasy display on her tray, just tell her she needs to gain weight. For example, just tell her an extra ﬁve or 10 pounds will make her the most beautiful lady on campus. All women like to be told that they are too anorexic anyway. Her face should glow a new texture with the next few visits. Her face will be fuller, but so will your wallet. A third, and ﬁnal, solution is to make a homecooked meal. A quick shopping trip to the Aldi’s or the closest Wal-Mart will have two amazing effects. One will be that your girlfriend will become more in love with you. A man that can cook will make a lady’s heart throb rapidly. The mere thought of being able to spend time out of the kitchen can have many unimaginable effects on this lady. The second everlasting consequence will be the cost savings in the long run. Even if you do not know to cook anything but spaghetti, it will merely be the thought that counts. This is the only risk free option that I can provide to you. Most importantly, do not let her know you are trying to be a responsible spender. If you do, this will immediately lower your rank above typical college men. Most ladies like to be pampered with lavish, expensive items. This is a proven undeniable fact. On that note I conclude this week’s malarky. Be a conscientious person and email or AIM all your questions. Madam_malarky@hotmail.com or mmalarky04 are the two means. Good luck with ﬁnals, Madam Malarky
You have 10 minutes before your 9:30a.m. class and, like most college students, you’re barely awake yet. So, you decide to go to the bookstore to get a simple cup of coffee. However, when you arrive there is a huge line and only one person working the coffee bar. So you stand in line, becoming more frustrated with each passing minute. All you want is a cup of regular coffee, an order that would take about 30 seconds to fulﬁll, but everyone in front of you is ordering the most complex drinks on the menu. Finally, it’s your turn. You place your order, receive your treasured caffeine and head to the class that you are now late for. Why during the morning rush for coffee is there only one employee working at the coffee bar? It’s come to the point that students have to choose between being tardy or being able to stay awake in class.
A student needed a temporary parking pass for a week, so she headed to Police and Saftey. While asking for a pass, she was treated with little respect. The people working at Police and Saftey didn’t seem to know what they were doing and refused to give her a pass. After minutes of questioning and confusion, she ﬁnally received a parking pass, but was told to return the next day to make sure it was valid. Police and saftey is supposed to be a helpful body for Mercyhurst students. It’s not their job to belittle students when they have a completely reasonable and logical request.
You may not respect the winner but respect the process
By Daina Klimanis Knight Ridder Newspapers
At the close of this campaign and all its bitterness, a lot of people including about 48 percent of voters face spending four more years under a president they did not want. This one goes out to them. If your guy lost, well, he lost. If you voted (or would have were you legally allowed to register), you have every right to complain about what happens next. But please, realize that the voters have spoken, and Bush is your president, too. You don’t have to like him, or take what he does lying down. Go on contesting, protesting and demanding more from our country’s leader; that’s what a strong democracy is built on. But now is the time to respect our country’s decision and the democratic process behind it. This is a country where anyone can vote, no matter how uninformed. In 2003, about a third of the country held the false belief that the United States had already found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, according to a University of Maryland survey. A 2002 National Geographic Society survey found that 70 percent of U.S. youth ages 18 to 24 could not identify New Jersey on a map, and 11 percent could not ﬁnd the United States. I remember my shock when, in ninth grade, a couple of my classmates admitted they didn’t know where Canada is. Yet these people have a right to vote, too, and their ignorance does not make their votes less valid. That said, there were a lot of informed people on all sides as well, and if you can’t understand how anyone could make a thoughtful choice for a particular candidate, you need to get out and talk to people more. Not only are there people out there who value different things than you, there are people right in your town or school who voted for someone else. These are voters who may value different things than you, or who have different priorities, or who made a different judgment of a man neither of you know. This is a country where all of that matters. Hooray for the democratic process, even if it means someone you hate won. If you can’t deal with it, you could try moving to a more homogenous nation where people would have more respect for the things you value. But if you choose to stay, you’re going to have to live with that other half of the population (or the other 99 percent, if you voted for a third-party candidate) who voted the other way.
Sports in Overtime
Editorial from the Chicago Tribune Knight Ridder Newspapers
All baseball fans have moments when they wish the season would never end. Sometimes it seems as though they’ve gotten their way. This year’s World Series was a short one, consisting of only four games, but it didn’t end until Oct. 27. Back in 1954, by contrast, the Series wrapped up on Oct. 2. On Oct. 2 of this year, the World Series hadn’t even begun partly because the regular season still hadn’t ended. A seven-game series with a couple of rainouts could have forced some teams relying on Mr. October to seek out a Mr. November. It’s not as though the season has merely been pushed back. It has also been pushed forward. Ted Williams played his ﬁrst Opening Day on April 18, 1939. This year, the ﬁrst pitch of the year was thrown on March 30. Our warm-weather sport now lasts from the chilly mists of April till the frost is on the pumpkin. If Roger Kahn were writing a book about the Dodgers today, he’d call it “The Boys of Non-Winter.” Baseball is not the only offender, or even the worst. The NFL now begins in early September and sometimes doesn’t play the Super Bowl until February. In the days before the Super Bowl, the championship was settled by New Year’s Eve. The ﬁrst Super Bowl, for that matter, was played on Jan. 15, 1967. The NBA well, we suspect there are convicted killers who go to jail at the start of the NBA season and complete their sentences before it has ended. The regular season tips off the ﬁrst week of November and the title series doesn’t wind up until the middle of June three months later than in the 1950s, and long after most people have exhausted their interest. The ceaseless expansion of playing seasons breeds boredom. It also lowers quality. More games mean more wear and tear on players. By the time this year’s Series started, the St. Louis Cardinals were running on fumes. Or maybe they just had trouble swinging the bat while wearing thermal underwear. Baseball was not designed for bracing winds and frigid temperatures, but they’re what often prevails by the time the postseason rolls around. The sight of parkas, mittens and fur hats is now as much a part of the World Series spectacle as the victory champagne. Why do the leagues keep extending the season? The obvious reason is money. The more games, the more opportunities to sell tickets. But the logic of that approach would be 52 weeks of competition in every sport. In any case, it’s about time professional sports traded a little quantity for quality. If three rounds of postseason competition are needed to produce a World Series champion, ﬁne keep the postseason as it is, but shorten the regular season. Old-timers can recall that 154 games was good enough for Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. They ought to be enough for modern players. Some fans will complain that abbreviating the regular season would put some single-season records out of reach. (Roger Maris needed a longer season to break Ruth’s 60-homer record.) Maybe so, but that might merely balance the effects of modern nutrition, training, videotape and even illicit substances. And what’s wrong with starting a new record book? Contrary to the prevailing assumption, fans can get too much of a good thing. Samuel Johnson’s remark about “Paradise Lost” is also true of the modern professional sports season: Nobody ever wished it were longer.
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NOV. 11. Jimmy Eat World, Razorlight. Rock Club, Pittsburgh. NOV. 11. Good Charlotte, Sum 41. A.J. Palumbo Center, Pittsburgh. NOV. 11-28. Christmas show.”Radio City Music Hall Christmas Special with the Rockettes.” Shea’s Theater, Buffalo. NOV. 12. Good Charlotte, Sum 41, Hazen Street, Lola Ray. Rhodes Arena, Akron, Ohio. NOV. 12. Magna Fi. Agora Ballroom, Cleveland. NOV. 12.Finger Eleven, Local H, Burden Brothers. Odeon, Cleveland. NOV. 13.Wailers. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland. NOV. 13.Keith Urban, Katrina Elam. State Theatre, Cleveland. NOV. 14.Something Corporate. Steele Hall, Fredonia State University, Fredonia, N.Y. NOV. 16.Papa Roach. Odeon, Cleveland. NOV. 17. Newsboys. Warner Theatre, Erie. $29.50. On sale now at Tullio Arena box ofﬁce, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 4524857 or 456-7070, online at www.ticketmaster.com. NOV. 17. Derek Trucks Band. University of Buffalo Center for the Arts, Buffalo. NOV. 18. Voodoo Glow Skulls. Agora Ballroom, Cleveland. NOV. 18. Authority Zero. Odeon, Cleveland. NOV. 19. Moonlight Drive. Odeon, 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 or 456-7070. NOV. 20. Ron White. Warner Theatre, Erie. $33.75. (Note: 5 p.m. show).On sale at Tullio Arena box ofﬁce, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 452-4857 or 456-7070. NOV. 21. Dolly Parton. Bryce Jordan Center, State College, Pa. On sale at (800) 863-3336, online at www.bjc.psu.edu. NOV. 27. Hoobastank, Three Days Grace, Letter Kills. House of Blues, Cleveland. NOV. 27. Christmas show.Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas. Byham Theatre, Pittsburgh. NOV. 28. Korn, Chevelle, Breaking Benjamin, Skindred, Instr uction. CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland. NOV. 29. Marilyn Manson. House of Blues, Cleveland. DEC. 1. Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show. Warner Theater. $36, $30. On sale at Ticketmaster outlets, Tullio Arena box office, by phone at 452-4857 or 456-7070, online at www. ticketmaster.com.
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El Arranque comes to Mercyhurst
By Christine Seuffert Contributing writer
The eight-member tang o orchestra from Argentina, El Arranque will perform at the Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst College on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. El Arranque has won the hearts of the tango community in Argentina and earned itself a worldwide reputation as being the most vibrant young tango orchestra in decades. Since their formation six years ago, Argentine’s premier tango orchestra has toured to venues which have varied from playing in theatrical settings to heating up the most popular milongas (tango dances). Not only has this Tango Orchestra played a concert with Wynton Marsalis and the LinInternacional de Tango de Buenos Aires,” one of the biggest festivals in Buenos Aires to close the event. In July 2004, El Arranque Tango Orchestra received a Grammy nomination for the best Tango Album. With these credentials the show promises to be sensational. This concert is also a great opportunity for those Spanish majors and those taking Spanish class to experience the sounds and culture of Buenos Aires. Thanks to the Ohio Arts Presenters Network and the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, El Arranque Tango Orchestra will perform at Mercyhurst College. There is a limit of four free tickets per person. They can only be picked up at the Mary D’Angelo PAC Box Ofﬁce. For infor mation call 8243000.
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El Arranque performs on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
coln Center Jazz Orchestra at the Lincoln Center and in Paris at the National Theater of the
Palais Chaillot, but they have also managed to become a vivacious part of the tango scene in
Buenos Aires. The group has been invited numerous times to the “Festival
Ringtone trends cause cell phone personalization
By Jenee Osterheldt Knight Rider Newspaper
When Cassie Keller gets a phone call, a lot more happens than an archaic “ring, ring.” Instead, her cell phone launches into this: meow-meow-meowmeow, meow-meow-meowmeow ...Right. The “Meow Mix” TV jingle. That’s how it rings for the unidentiﬁed callers, says Keller, a senior who attends Fort Hays State University via the Internet from her Fairway, Kan., home. Just about everyone in her cell phonebook has been assigned a distinct ring. For her mom, there’s a rodeo song and her boss has an ambulance siren. She even has the Kansas Jayhawks ﬁght song, and snippets from the movie “Ofﬁce Space” and “Chappelle’s Show.” Then there’s her personal favorite, “Build Me Up, Buttercup” by the Foundations. “I like the fact that I can tell who is calling,” Keller says. “If the phone is in the other room you can hear it and tell who is calling. It’s funny. I have even had people request ringers; it’s like you can give different personalities to different people.” Keller gets her ringers from her wireless provider, Sprint, as well as from Web sites like www.3gupload.com and www. matrixm.com. Most Web sites have a yearly fee that gives customers access to unlimited ringers, games and screensavers. Some even let you make your own ring tone. At www.3gforfree. com, you can pay $7 a year for unlimited downloads. Other sites, like matrixm.com, sell individual ring tones, starting at $1; a few are offered for free. You can access the sites from your PC or your cell phone, if your phone has Internet access. U.S. cell phone owners spent more than $75 million on ring tones in 2003, according to research by In-Stat/MDR, a digital communications research ﬁrm. Researchers predict cell users will spend $146 million this year. They won’t see any of Kristen Vincent’s money. “I think I would have a hard time paying for ring tones,” says Vincent, 39, a Hallmark associate product manager. “You have to pay to download music already, gas prices are already higher and with people just trying to survive, it’s just hard to see myself paying for a ring tone.” Vincent says younger, hipper people might think differently and she thinks it is a great option to have. But she’s happy with the 40-plus tones standard in her Verizon phone. “I have never heard anyone with the same ring as mine,” Vincent says of her Dragnet-like tone. “I’m unique, and it gets a lot of laughs when people hear it. I like that.” Keller says it’s the individuality that fuels the ringer trend. “It has to be in the same vein of expressing yourself through fashion and stuff,” Keller, 23, says. “When you have a ringer and it makes people go `What is that,’ it’s fun.” Wireless providers are broadening the alternatives to give cell users plenty of creativity when it comes to customizing their phones. Sprint, the ﬁrst mobile carrier to offer master recording tones, just released two new ring options this week: pro football player voice ringers and BlingTones. For $2.50 a ringer, you can download (www.sprintpcs.com) the voices of NFL hot shots like Tony Gonzalez and Daunte Culpepper. That same price will get you a BlingTone. Sprint has partnered with some of hip-hop’s hottest producers and DJs like Rockwilder and Hi-Tek to deliver the BlingTone ringers. Hip-hop is not only dominating the Billboard charts, but it also dominates the ringer world as well. At Sprint, Beyonce has achieved platinum status, with ringers like “Baby Boy,” “Crazy in Love” and “Naughty Girl” being downloaded more than a million times. And 50 Cent has been downloaded more than 500,000 times, giving him gold status. Cell phones are even developing their own jargon. Most phones that can accept ringers are “3G” (Third Generation). This means that your phone has the latest technology, such as enhanced multimedia, e-mail, text and picture messaging, and all the things that go way beyond making a simple telephone call. In the future we’ll see even more innovative ways to customize cell phones, says Nancy Beaton, Sprint general manager of wireless music and personalization. The next step in mobile customization is AAC sound, which has CD-like quality, Beaton says. In addition, there will probably be video ringers that not only play your favorite song, but also show a short clip of the video as well. “It’s all about personalization,” Beaton says. “People buy ringers to customize their phones. They want ringers that are popular, the songs that they enjoy and they want ringers that have a special place for them.”
Celebrate Polish Indepence Day!
By Katarzyna Tarczynska Contributing writer
Mercyhurst International Student Organization (MISO), and the group of students from Poland, would like to invite everyone to celebrate with them Polish Independence Day on Nov. 11. You will be able to taste Polish homemade food with the accompaniment of Polish music. If you are brave enough to try you language skills, you will be able to win some Polish prizes!!! If you feel a little bit Polish, if you want to learn “Hi” in Polish or simply if you want to have fun and learn something more about Poland, stop by in Great Room of Student Union on Nov. 11, between 8 and 10 pm to celebrate Polish Independence Day!
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ceramics. Her favorite type of art is twodimensional and acrylic. When asked why she chose art as a major, she replies, “Ever since I was young I always enjoyed art, it is great to be able to major in something I love.” Many successful students have a role model. Kenniston’s is her mother. This is because “she is hardworking woman and a very selfless person.” Many of us can relate to this, as we turn to our mothers for advice and approval, even if we do not necessarily inform them of this. After graduation in 2006, Kenniston plans to look for a job in the teaching field; she will be certiﬁed in K-12, but plans on teaching K-6. Just as all other graduates, Kenniston hopes to get a job teaching right away. However, she is keeping her options open and may consider going to graduate school. Kenniston has no specific school in mind, and, therefore, is very open minded about her choices. Clearly, whatever path she takes, with the hard work that Kenniston is known for she will definitely be happy and successful.
In the spotlight with art major Elizabeth Kenniston
By Jennifer Camodeca Contributing writer
Maintaining a 4.0 GPA with an Arts Education major, being part of the cross-country team and dealing with all the other stresses of a college student would seem a bit too taxing for some. However, Beth Kenniston does all this and still ﬁnds time to hang out with friends for fun. Kenniston, is a junior this year and 21 years old. She is from Grove City, Pa, where she lives with her parents, Michael and Nancy, and older brother Ben who attends Pitt. Ever since she was young she Choosing Mercyhurst was easy for Kenniston because it has a good cross-country team, a great art program and the overall campus atmosphere was truly welcoming and made Kenniston feel that this was the place for her to spend the next four years. Kenniston has been part of the cross-country team since middle school. While attending Grove City High School, Kenniston was part of the cross-country team for four years and participated in track and ﬁeld. She was a twotime state qualiﬁer. Kenniston has been quite successful as part of the Mercyhurst team as well. In this season, 2003-2004, she has been part of the GLIAC All Academic Team, and the CoSIDA All-District II Second Team Academic All America. On Saturday, Nov. 6, the Lakers competed in the Great Lakes Regional Championships and scored 233 points to put them in ninth place to ﬁnish off a very good season. Kenniston is ﬁnishing classes in art education and art history this term. Georgia O’Keefe is one of her favorite artists as her use of colors and shapes are very attention grabbing. She is looking forward to next term in when she will have more studio classes, including
has always enjoyed art; therefore, it seems only natural that she would pursue a degree in the ﬁeld.
‘Napoleon’ is di-no-mite
By Jason Endress Contributing writer
Throughout recent movie history, there have been a slew of movies targeted towards teensthe “American Pie” trilogy and the parody/homage to every ‘teen-movie’ since “Pretty in Pink” with “Not Another Teen Movie.” The popularity of these movies clearly shows that many regard these modern-day ‘breakfast clubs’ as part of a cinematic canon founded on the humor that goes with coming of age. In many ways, “Napoleon Dynamite” (written and directed by Jared Hess) ﬁts in with these movies, although as somewhat of a black sheep. Amongst the ﬂuffy feel-good hits of the summer, “Dynamite” was selectively released, making it to indie movie houses and a few multiplexes early in the summer. However, its popularity steadily grew, and by late summer it had gone through a second, wider release. “Napoleon Dynamite” is a disjointed peek into the life of a charming if not bizarre teen, for which the movie is named. Napoleon (Jon Heder) is instantly recognizable as a misﬁt, clad in puffy winter boots (in summer weather) and t-shirts featuring helicopters and horses. On its surface, the physical humor of Napoleon and Pedro (Efren Ramirez) is the force behind the laughs in the movie, and characters like Uncle Rico (John Gries) and Deb (Tina Majorino) help ﬂesh out a darkly humorous satire of life that the viewer might want to remain satire. This is where “Dynamite” departs from its scantily clad and aesthetically pleasing cousins. The actors are not pretty. The gawky Napoleon and dumpy Pedro shuffle around with mouths perpetually agape. Some shots in the ﬁlm are so unﬂattering that they serve as cinematic hyperbole. The ﬁlm has a dark and ugly undercurrent, gracefully hovering over familial dysfunction and the tortures of high school. One scene with never-was football star Uncle Rico actually hints at a molestation of Deb, before sliding like a hummingbird back into innocent laughs. Another scene involving Pedro and the principle skirts racism, as the principle impatiently asks if Pedro understands English. Most revealing is when Pedro, as a gimmick for his seemingly
Summer release has slow popularity explosion
hopeless presidential campaign, puts up a piñata of his opponent, a bubbly blonde. After the speedy destruction of the efﬁgy, the principle forces Pedro to take down his ﬂiers, the implication being that an underdog’s situation is, in fact, hopeless. Even the awkward triumphs of Napoleon hint at deeply-seated mental illness, and he generally runs away with a sort of hobbled sprint afterwards. At points, laughing at Napoleon quickly turns to guilt and empathy. The ﬁlm can sag for this reason and is never completely a dark comedy nor teen-movie. Additionally, some scenes are too real, the exaggeration becoming an end rather than the means. For those that have been forced to, for one reason or another, go solo at dances, eaten at the ‘loser table’ or dependably been pushed around, this film will strike several chords. Despite being released by MTV ﬁlms, “Napoleon Dynamite” has next to nothing to do with the MTV culture. A bleakly humorous interpretation of high school, “Dynomite” is more a black comedy rather than a teen movie, and an impressive one at that.
This week in reality: Things heat up as the ‘Survivor’ tribes combine
By Amy Ruminski Contributing writer
The reality TV shows are all heating up, as the ﬁnal episodes are happening, and some ﬁnal decisions are being made. As always, the drama level is high, as well as tension, anxiety, stress, as well as some relief as well. On the “Real World” (MTV, Tuesdays at 10 p.m.), Shavonda yells at Shaun and claims she doesn’t have a crush on Landon anymore due to his excessive drinking habits. Landon is crushed, but he is happy with just being friends. Mel ﬁnds her own bar, and refuses to tell anyone the name of it because she likes to get away and be by herself. Sarah and Willie note that she Mel gives her opinions at times when it is not necessary, and Karamo, being the voice of reason, tells the two to talk it over with Mel. Landon is also confused about his love life, and longs for a relationship, possibly with Becky, his ex-girlfriend who conveniently pops into town. Unfortunately for Landon, Becky is happy with her current boyfriend, Jason, who also happens to be Landon’s old roommate. Watch next week as the world in Philadelphia unravels even more. On “The Bachelor”, Byron is being forced to make difﬁcult choices, as always. What’s a guy to do when there are so many lucky ladies for him to choose from? Jayne is having problems with the fellow contestants, due to her outburst at the slumber party, as well as her mischievous ways and how she presents herself. Byron enjoys numerous lovely dates with the six remaining women, and when it comes down to it at the end of episode number seven, he gives roses to Cheresse, Cyndi, Mary, and Tanya. Jayne and Andrea are the two picked to leave, who are both upset about his decision. The following episode, Byron gets to go on overnight dates with the four remaining ladies. Byron spends the night with everyone but Cheresse because she feels that her family would look down on her and it wasn’t the right decision, since technically they have only been on about four or ﬁve dates. At this Rose Ceremony, Byron chooses Tanya, Mary and Cyndi to stay. Cheresse is sad about his choice because she thought they had something special. To ﬁnd out what lucky ladies get to stay and are forced to leave, watch “The Bachelor”, Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC. Things are always changing on “Survivor: Vanuatu” (CBS, Thursdays at 9 p.m.). From alliances, to the weather, to the rewards, there is never a dull moment. Yasur wins the challenge with the coconut juice and is rewarded with coffee and croissants at the coffee house, “Home Café Vanuatu.” In the end, John Kenney is voted off of the Lopevi tribe, due to the alliance with the elders. A twist is also involved in this next episode, when both tribes get together to form a new tribe, called Alinta. This causes some tension, because now the alliances are all up in question. In the end, Rory is voted off due to an alliance of the women. To ﬁnd out what the Alinta tribe conquers and victimizes next, tune in on Thursday.
‘The Incredibles’ matches its name
By Joshua Wilwohl Layout assistant
“The Incredibles,” without question, is incredible. The creators of “Finding Nemo,” “Toy Story” and “Monsters Inc.” bring you a cinematic experience like no other that adults and kids alike will enjoy. The premise of the film – civilians no longer wishing to be saved – creates a world of havoc for distressed superheroes who now must work among normal beings. The greatest hero of the silver screen is the astonishing Mr. Incredible, voiced by Craig T. Nelson. Not escaping the limelight is Elastigirl, (Holly Hunter) and Frozone, played by the man who could do the opposite of cooling down any movie, Samuel L. Jackson. As always, humans seem to have something to complain about, and this time they are simply unsatisﬁed being saved by these caped crusaders. Instead, they wish for them to be court martialed for all the damages they bring upon the city and its people. Therefore, stripped from using their powers for any reason whatsoever, the Supers – properly named – must now conform to society’s norms. Mr. Incredible, having a crush for Elastigirl, pops the big question and nature takes its toll on the newly named Bob and Helen Parr family, later accompanied by three children, Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Spencer Fox) and JackJack, two of whom possess superpowers; Violet can become invisible and Dash can run at a highly fast speed. As time passes we see that Mr. Incredible works as a boring insurance broker and at night joins up with old friend, Frozone, renamed Lucius Best, to scan the police radio for trouble that they can discreetly help with. However, when a freak accident happens at work and Mr. Incredible is ﬁred, he is secretly called to duty ag ain by a mysterious woman named Mirage. Leaping at the opportunity, yet concealing ever ything from his family, he begins to get back in shape and calls on Edna “E” Mode – a rather quirky and humorous fashion designer for the superheroes of the world and performed by the director himself, Brad Bird – to reshape his suit and gadget inventory. Set and ready to carry out his ﬁrst assignment in 15 years, Mr. Incredible travels into treacherous territory to do what every hero does and save the world. However, on this particular mission, not everything is what it seems. Now, of course, no heroic movie is complete without a devious villain. And just like the incredible Mr. Incredible, Syndrome is also an incredible character. Portrayed by Jason Lee, Syndrome has the ultimate plan of taking over the world: eliminating all the superheroes on the planet. Enough said. Revealing any more would destroy the fun that any well-plotted ﬂick has of guessing up to the very end. “The Incredibles” is a cinematic success, simple as that. It contains the good-hearted fun, combined with the satire found in all Disney ﬁlms that equals an amazing movie experience that makes you want to dawn a cape and save the day. Grade: A
‘The Story of the Weeping Camel’
Playing in the PAC Nov. 17 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Performing Arts Center
“The Story of the Weeping Camel” focuses on the exploration of a distant and exotic culture in which legend, tradition and family unity are all vital elements of every day life. The plot follows the adventures of a family of camel herders in Mongolia’s Gobi desert when one of their camels rejects her newborn calf after a difﬁcult birth. Wit out its mother’s milk, the new baby camel will die. In accordance with an ancient belief, a musician must be beckoned from a far away village to perform a ceremony to convince the mother camel into nursing her baby. Legend has it that besides the effect of coaxing the mother to feed her baby, the ritual causes the mother camel to weep. “The Story of the Weeping Camel’ is playing at 2 and 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on Nov. 17. Information provided by the Performing Arts Center
November 10, 2004
By Ryan Palm Sports editor When it comes to the Mercyhurst women’s basketball team, things can only get better. Coming off a 1-25 campaign last year, the team is looking forward to a fresh start with 10 returning letter winners, five new faces, and perhaps the biggest change in head coach Karin Nicholls. The team only lost one letterman from last year and looks to use the experienced gained from last season’s struggles to have a much bigger impact on the GLIAC this season. Leading the way for the Lakers will be their dynamic duo from last season, current junior Cassie Seth and sophomore Julie Anderson. Seth returns this season coming off an all-conference selection last season and looks to improve on the ball-handling of the Lakers as a team. Seth averaged 13.0 points per game last season, and dished out 2.5 assists per contest. Her counterpart Anderson led the Lakers last season in both scoring and rebounding, at 13.3 and 7.1 respectively. These two will look to lead a group of experienced younger players, highlighted by the eight other returning letter winners
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Nicholls ready to take the reigns
that the Lakers have. Possibly the third tier in the triangle of the Lakers offense would be junior Mary Clare Harlan. Harlan averaged 9.1 points per contest last season and pulled down an average of 6.0 boards per game. Coach Nicholls comes to Mercyhurst from Youngstown State University in Ohio, where she served as recruiting coordinator. It will not be too difﬁcult for Nicholls to adjust to her new players, as she brought two of them with her. Joining the Lakers this season is senior Jessica Olmstead, who last season averaged eight points and nearly six rebounds per game. Along with Olmstead came sophomore Katlyn Petit, who is known as a three-point shooting threat. She saw only limited action in just nine games for the Penguins. Returning to the post for the Lakers will be the Solada twins, Erin and Samantha, who both saw signiﬁcant time under the basket for the Lakers. Erin saw more time of the two until she went down with an injury 10 games into the campaign. Erin averaged four points per game, Samantha notching just over two per contest.
First-year head coach Karin Nicholls hopes to improve on last year’s record of 1-25.
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Also returning for the Lakers will be juniors Coco Sommers, Jody Sabo, Kayla Lazor and sophomore Laura Calabrese. Sommers will see time at the guard spot and is seeking to improve on her average of 5.3 points per game last season. Sabo missed considerable
time early on due to injury, but bounced back to be a key contributor late in the season, averaging just over ﬁve points a game. Lazor and Calabrese both played limited roles, and each will seek to earn playing time when starters are pulled to catch
a breath. The Lakers will be challenged right off the bat, as they face a tough non-conference schedule that will be played primarily on the road. The team plays at home just one time before 2005 rolls around and will be out of town
for 17 contests, including three invitational tournaments. Based on the idea that new faces and new coaching staffs commonly do not ﬂow immediately, it will be a challenge to the team to see how well they can all mesh and what gains they can make from last season.
Volleyball ﬁnishes 6-23, 2-15 in GLIAC
By Paul Coffey Contributing writer Despite a long and rough season, the women’s volleyball team rallied from two down to stun Gannon 3-2 on Wednesday, Oct. 27. The game, which was played at the Athletic Center, went in our favor 22-30, 28-30, 30-28 and 15-13. This was only the sixth win for the Lakers in their last 26 matches. This game moved the Lakers to 2-13 in the conference. Gannon fell to 13-15 and 4-11 in the conference. Senior Lyndsi Hughes and freshman Kristin Peterson led the team with 24 kills. Sophomore Michelle Krob also contributed 19 kills. Sophomore libero Cara Nelson had a match high 37 digs. Krob also assisted the team with 10 blocks, while junior Kari Clapham led with 67 assists. On the other side of the net, Gannon had four players with double digit kills. Sophomore Katie Flower led the Knights with 27 kills and 37 digs. Sophomore Mallor y Kam contributed 50 of the team’s 53 assists. This win ended a three match losing streak for the Lakers. The Knights previously beat Mercyhurst earlier in the season by the count of 3-0, this time at Gannon. This was the ﬁnal home contest for the Lakers. “It was really great to beat Gannon on senior night at home. We really picked up our playing at the end and came together as a team,” said Lyndsi Hughes. On Oct. 28, the Lady Lakers fell by the score of 3-1 to the Fighting Scots from Edinboro. The scores were 24-30, 32-34, 30-27 and 24-30. With the loss Mercyhurst dropped to 6-21 overall and Edinboro improved to 11-19 the conference match 3-1. The scores were 30-17, 30-19, 23-30 and 30-18. The Lakers ended there season 6-23 overall and 2-15 in the GLIAC. Ashland improved to 24-4 overall and 13-3 in the GLIAC. Hughes ended her senior season with 11 kills and 17 digs. Hughes ended the season with 387 kills, considerably ahead of Krob, who has 308. Clapham and Krob tallied up 20 kills. Clapham also contributed with 29 helpers, and Nelson ﬁnished with 28 digs. “We all had a really good time together this season even though we didn’t win as much as we would have liked. We have a really young team with a lot of potential for the future. I really hope they can put it together in years to come,” said Hughes. The team graduates three seniors, Hughes along with libero Kerry O’Brien and outside hitter Missy Hunt.
Junior Kari Clapham and sophomore Michelle Krob are statistical leaders for the Lakers
overall. On Friday, Nov. 5, the Lakers traveled to Ohio to take on Findlay. The Oilers beat the Lakers 30, with scores of 30-22, 32-30,
and 30-21. Findlay advanced to 22-7 overall and 10-6 in the GLIAC, while the Lakers fell to 6-22 and 2-14 in the GLIAC. Hughes led the Mercyhurst
with 11 kills while Clapham contributed with 25 assists. On Saturday Nov. 6, the Lakers made their way to Ashland for their last match of the season. In their last match the Lakers lost
Duke gearing up for tough ACC schedule
By Josh Robbins Knight Ridder Newspapers Whenever Duke students leave their dorms or the library on mid-January evenings, they might encounter below-freezing temperatures and ice and snow beneath their feet. But for a blissful time this upcoming January, J.J. Redick, Sheldon Williams, Daniel Ewing and the rest of Duke’s basketball players won’t wear parkas or ski hats. They’ll be in warm, toasty South Florida to play the Miami Hurricanes for the first time since 1988. The game, Jan. 19 at Miami’s Convocation Center, came about for one reason: the expansion of the Atlantic Coast Conference to add Miami and Virginia Tech this academic year and Boston College next year. The ACC, the league that has spawned some of college basketball’s best rivalries and most dominant teams, will change this season and not necessarily for the better. The expansion is for football reasons, and detractors say the league has cheapened the quality of its basketball product, which has existed since 1953 and featured a “Who’s Who” of college basketball greats, players such as NC State’s David Thompson, North Carolina’s Michael Jordan, Maryland’s Len Bias, Duke’s Christian Laettner, Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan and Virginia’s Ralph Sampson. While the additions of Miami and Virginia Tech dramatically strengthened the ACC in football and helped the league secure a $263 million multiyear TV deal for football the Hurricanes and the Hokies add little in basketball, at least in the short term. Both enter the 2004-05 season amid potentially long and difﬁcult rebuilding efforts, and most analysts expect the Hurricanes and the Hokies to ﬁnish at the bottom of the league. The ACC was the nation’s premier basketball conference year-in and year-out, and that brand has been diluted. “The ACC can still be great, but it’s not going to be as great as it once was,” said Jay Bilas, an ESPN college basketball analyst who played for Duke. Many purists are troubled that the expansion has forced the ACC to abandon its hugely popular double round-robin scheduling format. Previously, teams played every league foe twice each regular season, once at home and once on the road. Now, there will be two games against six league opponents but only one game against four league opponents. “I’ll miss the double roundrobin,” Wake Forest Coach Skip Prosser said. “I think that’s a collateral damage I would rather not have had, but that’s also a reality when you have 11 or 12 teams in a conference.” Once, Tobacco Road denizen could count on two regularseason games between North Carolina and Wake Forest. The fans benefited last year when the teams staged one of the most memorable games of the season, a 119-114 triple-overtime victory by the Demon Deacons. This regular season, the teams meet just once, on Jan. 15 in Winston-Salem, N.C. “That’s so unfortunate,” said college basketball analyst Dick Vitale, who works for ESPN and ABC. “I really believe that that’s the chaos that’s happened now. You’re asking the wrong guy about some of the alignments that are taking place with leagues because I just really think it’s wacky. “It’s all about greed. It’s all about cash. It’s all about dollars. The bottom line is some of the matchups make no logical sense geographically when you look across the American landscape.” Georgia Tech fans, meanwhile, won’t get to see North Carolina play in Atlanta. “The main thing for me with expansion is I regret that we won’t have a true regular-season champion,” Krzyzewski said. “That will never be done in an equitable fashion.” Tar Heels Coach Roy Williams says the only way to make the regular-season conference race equitable would be to hold a double-round robin, but he acknowledges that’s not practical When Boston College joins the ACC next year, the league will have 12 teams, and a double round-robin would force each ACC member to play 22 league games. For a school such as Florida State, expansion could help in the short term and the long term. The `Noles, who have not played in the NCAA Tournament since 1998, should improve their record by having two games against Miami and one against Virginia Tech, while dropping one game against Duke, NC State and Maryland. Coach Leonard Hamilton also might ﬁnd it easier to recruit in the Northeast with the addition of Boston College. In addition, the ACC now has two teams in Florida, and it’s possible that exposure will help raise interest for college basketball in the state. In the short term, Miami and Virginia Tech should ﬁnd life in the ACC particularly difﬁcult. There are six league teams Wake Forest, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Duke, Maryland and NC State in the top 19 of the preseason USA Today/ESPN coaches’ poll, and three of the top four. “Just because we’re a great football league now doesn’t mean we have to lessen as far as being a great basketball league,” Prosser said. No. 4 Georgia Tech returns four of ﬁve starters from last season’s NCAA Tournament runner-up team. No. 16 Maryland returns four starters from a team that shockingly won the ACC Tournament title. “I think it’s the best the league has ever been, in my lifetime anyway,” Williams said. “The team that wins the ACC Tournament loses one player, and people are saying they’re ﬁfth or sixth (in the league) or something like that. It’s just never happened before.”
November 10, 2004
New faces for men’s hoops
By Matt Jackson Contributing writer Coach Gary Manchel will deﬁnitely have his work cut out for him in only his second year as head coach for the Mercyhurst Lakers. His Lakers are returning only ﬁve players total and two starters from last year’s postseason bound team. Gone are GLIAC ﬁrst-teamers Justin Shouse and Josh Helm. Gone is defensive leader Mike Marshall. And gone already is perhaps the team’s top recruit, Darrell White. What the Lakers do have are nine new players to help ease the signiﬁcance of those losses. Despite all the new faces, Manchel is not ready to call this a rebuilding year yet. “I think everyone’s going to think that this should be a down year, that this should be a rebuilding year, and we’ll probably be picked last in the league, but that’s not the way I approach it,” said Manchel. “Realistically we have no margin for error because of our kids coming back and the amount of guys we lost, but when we walk into a game, we are still going to expect to win,” Manchel said. Manchel noted four of the new additions to the team that should play a key role in the team’s fate this season: 6’6’’ F Kyle Jeffery, 6’3’’ G Roland Andris, 6’1’’ G Terry Smith, and 6’7’’ F Roberts
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Ali and Steve Horner. Ali played a big role in the offense last season, leading the team in shooting percentage, and may step up to be even more of an offensive threat this season. “I expect for them [Ali and Horner] to be leaders in the locker room and on the court, and not really care about their minutes or their points,” said Manchel. “Right now they are doing everything I’ve asked them to do, but leaders are dictated when bad things happen, what they do then and how they put the team over themselves.” Last season the Lakers qualiﬁed for the playoffs but bowed out after a 65-54 loss to Findlay. Manchel will not speculate on a goal for his team this season concerning a record or postseason showing. “I don’t really know a lot about this team yet,” said Manchel. My only goal is that regardless of who we play, regardless of who we lost, regardless of our tough breaks, we need to approach every game with the expectation of winning the game.” The season will open for the Lakers on Nov. 15 when they host Urbana in a non-conference match-up at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. The team also hosts a invitational tournament, Nov 19-20, with times to be announced.
Newcomers to the men’s basketball program might face difﬁculty adjusting to Coach Manchell’s offense. Jansons. sively over the last couple of large amount of scoring they lost forced to leave school for per“Those guys all have a chance weeks and we need to address from last season. sonal reasons. to be in our top seven or eight,” that, but we are going to rely on “I don’t think there is one “We thought he was going to said Manchel. our defense.” player that can make up the take Josh Helm’s place so that Last year the Lakers ﬁnished “With all the new guys I think points we lost, but what we will was deﬁnitely a major blow to ﬁrst in the conference and fourth it’s going to be difﬁcult, because need to do is share the ball a little us.” in the country in points against, I think my system is not the most more and try to get ﬁve guys in Manchel did stress though but ﬁnished dead last in the con- simple system, neither offen- double ﬁgures.” that White was a “great kid” and ference in points scored. sively or defensively,” Manchel “In all honesty that’s my favor- leaving school was something he Manchel does not believe this said. ite kind of team.” had to do. season will be any different. While Manchel does stress deThe Lakers already lost a player With all the young players on “Our offense needs to be fense, he is looking for his players they hoped to be a huge part of the team, what the Lakers will picked up a little bit,” said Man- to step up on the offensive side their offense this season when need is team leadership from the chel. “We’ve struggled offen- of the ball and make up for the freshman Darrell White was two seniors on their roster, Jawad
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Women’s soccer ﬁnishes season with win at Gannon
By Matt Jackson Contributing writer The Mercyhurst women’s soccer team closed out their up-anddown season this past Sunday with a 3-0 win over Gannon University. Usually the Mercyhurst vs. Gannon games in any sport are huge rivalry contests where anything can happen and all records and stats can be thrown out the window, but it seems the women’s soccer team does not get caught up in the hype. The Lakers are unbeaten against the Golden Knights of Gannon in their 20 contests, going 19-0-1 over the span. An even more signiﬁcant number for Mercyhurst against Gannon is zero, which is the number Senior Brooke White scored the third goal for the Lakers late in the second half. The goal was White’s third of the season and the ﬁnal of her career. The win ﬁnished the Laker’s season at 13-6-1 overall and 5-3-0 in the conference, while Gannon ﬁnished at 5-12-1 and 0-7-1 with the loss. This is the third year in a row Coach Keith Cammidge’s squad has fallen short of the postseason. Ashland, ranked No. 9 in the nation, and Grand Valley State will both represent the GLIAC in the NCAA Division II Championships. White was one of seven seniors to finish their soccer careers at Mercyhurst in the Gannon game. Julie Brickman, Elin Minge, Katie Dobson, Jessica Lamb, Cheryl Wright and Chelsea Fearnley were the others. The Lakers only had 18 total players on their roster this past season so a large recruiting class will be expected from Cammidge. One of the biggest losses of those players for her on and off the ﬁeld accomplishments is Lamb. Lamb, a senior defender, started in all 20 games this season and was a huge part of a defense that gave up only 18 goals in 20 games. Even more impressive is that Lamb manages to carry a 4.0 GPA, which any college athlete can attest is nearly impossible to do. Lamb’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. It was recently noted by the Mercyhurst Sports Information Department that Lamb has been selected to the District II Women’s Soccer CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, possibly the most impressive accomplishment by a Mercyhurst athlete so far this year.
Senior Jessica Lamb of goals Gannon has accumulated in the past three games between the two teams. The Lakers have scored seven goals in those three contests. It was no surprise who the standout in this year’s Mercyhurst vs. Gannon game was. Lisa Casement ended her stellar
Senior Brooke White sophomore season with a dominant performance, scoring two of Mercyhurst’s three goals, both tallies coming in the ﬁrst half. Casement ﬁnished the season with a team high in goals 13, assists with six, and points 32, despite starting in only 13 of the team’s 20 games.
Football blanked by Ashland 44-0
By Ryan Palm Sports editor The Mercyhurst Laker football team suffered a sound defeat from the Oilers of Findlay, this past Saturday, Nov. 6, at Donnell Stadium in Findlay, Ohio. The loss was very disappointing, as with high hopes following the upset over Saginaw, the Lakers looked to ﬁnish the season over .500 for the ﬁrst time since joining the GLIAC. The momentum the Lakers had three weeks ago has completly disappeared altogether. Consecutive losses to teams they could have beaten have taken the sails right out of the ship. The Lakers were coming off a 21-17 loss to a Hillsdale team that was 2-6 entering into the game and was on a six game slide. Saturday’s outcome was not nearly as pleasant, as the Oilers pounded the Lakers 44-0, the ﬁrst time the Lakers have been shutout since Saginaw did it back in 1998. While the offense was certainly stagnant, they would have needed career days from a few players to tack up 44 points. Findlay tailback Michael Simping and freshman Mitch Phillis, although neither had much success. Nowling was 6-16, for 72 yards and an interception. The majority of Nowling’s yardage came on a 45-yard strike to freshman David Lough in the fourth quarter. Phillis did not better his elder, as he completed four of 17, for just 26 yards and one interception. Both quarterbacks were under pressure the entire game, as Phyliis was sacked three times, and Nowling two. A bright spot again shined on senior defensive back Ben Bluemle, who registered 11 tackles, ﬁve solo. The total should keep aﬂoat Bluemle’s lead in Division II, where he stood last week with an average of just over eight tackles per game. Also on the defensive side, senior Terrance Patrick got into the record books, finished in ﬁfth place all-time with tackles for loss, totaling 31 over his four seasons. Senior Brian Smith moved up to fourth all-time in tackles, with his seven, bringing his ﬁnal count to 317. Senior Jim Schuler became the all-time leader in punts in a season and also in average per punts, with 84 on the season and an average of 42.8. Schuler punted six times against Findlay, averaging 42.2 yards. Senior tight-end Jeff Thiel finished his career catching a pass in every game he played, amassing 42 straight games with a reception. Thiel will go down in the Mercyhurst books as one of the most successful receivers in the history of the program. His streak is now a school record, and is two short of the NCAA Division II record. While the 4-6 record in the GLIAC still betters ﬁve other teams in the conference, it is increasingly disappointing when you look at what could have been. The Lakers dropped three contests by less than a touchdown, which is a considerable difference when you look at 4-6 compared to 7-3. Despite losing such standout seniors as Thiel, Adams, Schuler, Bluemle, Patrick and others, the Lakers still have a good core returning for next season, including three underclassmen quarterbacks.
Sophomore Jeff Nowling son had a ﬁeld day on the Laker defense, rushing for 262 yards and four touchdowns, three coming in the ﬁrst half. Simpson’s 30 attempts left him with an astounding 8.7 average yards per rush. Oiler quarterback Kevin Crooks only needed to throw the ball 10 times in the game, connecting on six of them. Two other Oilers rushed for touchdowns as well as the Laker defense gave up six rushing touchdowns total. Mercyhurst senior tailback Justin Adams snapped his two-game streak of rushing for over 100 yards, as he was limited to just 60 yards on only 18 carries. The quarterback duties were shared by sophomore Jeff Nowl-
November 10, 2004
By Amy Ruminski Contributing writer The Mercyhurst men’s soccer team went out with a bang to conclude their season, notching a 3-0 victory over long time rival, Gannon University. The game was on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Mercyhurst Soccer Field. This win not only improved their record to 14-3-2 overall and 3-1-1 in conference play, but it also gave the ‘Hurst the GLIAC Regular Season Championship. The rivalry record now between the two schools is in the Lakers’ favor, with 17 wins, 13 losses and one tie. The Lakers found it very easy to get pumped up and excited for this big game. Sophomore Bjorn Alnaes said, “It’s always easy to be ﬁred up when we play Gannon because of the rivalry between our two schools. Even though we knew we were a better team then, we knew we were meeting a team that could save their season just by beating Mercyhurst.” The Lakers started off strong, with Jason Pedra scoring in the 24 minutes into the contest, with an assist from Shane Hogan. Although this was the only goal for the ﬁrst half, the Lakers out-shot the Knights 19-13 and 12-4.
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Men’s soccer wins GLIAC
Pedra’s second goal of the contest was from a corner kick midway through the second period from the near side that entered the net in the far upper corner. The ﬁnal goal was scored by Kyle Jackson unassisted 82 minutes into the game. Pedra was fresh off being named the GLIAC Player of the Week on Oct. 25, and was named the Mercyhurst Male Athlete of the Week this past Monday, Nov. 8. His 11 goals on the season included four game-winners. Senior goalkeeper Marty Ruberry was credited with a shutout, saving all four shots that the Knights attempted on the Lakers. Ruberry ﬁnished his ﬁnal season with a goals against average of 0.97 and had a save percentage of .791. The victory for the Lakers was a full team effort that proved to be successful. Despite their impressive record of 14-3-2, they fell short of making it to the playoffs. The losses that the Lakers did have proved to be detrimental to their hope at a postseason. They needed to win those key games in order to see past the regular season. Alnaes said of the playoffs and the conference championship, “It’s always nice, but we are still
Sophomore Jason Pedra was named the Mercyhurst Male Athlete of the Week on Nov. 8.
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disappointed with not making it into the playoffs. We can’t be totally happy with our performance this year.” The team faltered down the stretch in two crucial GLAIC games, with the ﬁrst coming on a 2-1 loss on Oct. 26 to the Eagles from Ashland.
Couple that with a 1-1 tie to Northwood on Oct. 30 eliminated any playoff hopes. This win also proved to be extra memorable for the seniors on the team. Not only did they beat Gannon at their own home ﬁeld, but what a game to go out on. This was seniors Marty Ru-
berry, Dan Wagner, Mike Lamm, Shane Hogan, Mike Blythe, Sean Cordova and Ryan Wagner’s last career game at the Hurst to proudly wear the blue and green of Mercyhurst. Blythe concludes his career as the all-time leading scorer in the history of the program at
Mercyhurst. Blythe’s 56 goals tops Anthony Maher, who stood atop the list formerly with 53 scores. Though the seniors will be missed, next season looks promising with a good amount of upcoming underclassmen.
Men’s hockey wins pair on the road
By Paul Coffey Contributing writer The Mercyhurst Lakers hockey team has been perfect as of late in Atlantic Hockey. On Friday, Nov. 5, the men traveled to West Point, N.Y. to take on the Army. The Lakers prevailed with a 2-0 win before 1,561 fans at Tate Rink, the sight of last year’s conference playoffs. Coach Rick Gotkin notched win number 300 in the contest, an impressive accomplishment in his 17 years with the program. Gotkin received his ﬁrst milestone on Nov. 4, 1994, with win number 100 over Canisius, and his second milestone was received on Jan. 15, 2000, with win number 200 over American International. This was also the program’s number 100 since joining Division I. This win snapped a two-game losing streak and the team moved to a 1-0 mark in the conference. Army fell to 1-4-4 and 0-2-1 in the conference. Freshman Bed Cottreau scored his second goal of the season at 13:18 of the ﬁrst period, with an assist going to Conrad Martin. Junior Dave Borelli scored the second goal aof the game with his team leading ﬁfth goal of the season at 7:45 in the second period. Borreli’s goal was assisted by Cottteau and Pat Henk. The Lakers out-shot Army 32-15. Junior goaltender Andy Franck notched his ﬁrst shutout of the season and improved the Lakers to 2-4-0 overall. On Saturday, Nov. 6, the Lakers traveled to Storrs, Conn., take on UConn. The Lakers defeated the Huskies 6-3 in the contest. Mercyhurst scored power play goals in the first period from junior captain Scott Reynolds and senior alternate captain Rich Hansen. The win was the Lakers’ second consecutive win and improved joint effort ﬁve goal third period to win. Freshman Kerry Bowman and Ryan Tomey got their ﬁrst points of the season by scoring goals at 7:21, and 11:33 to put the Lakers up three goals. Toomey scored his goal while the team was shorthanded. After the Huskies scored to make the score 5-3, Borelli scored with his team-leading sixth of the year at 19:09. The Lakers improved their overall all-time record against the Huskies to 14-4-1. The Lakers also remain unbeatable in the last 13 games against the Huskies. Franck made 30 saves while receiving his third victory of the season. The Lakers will continue there season with a 10-game road trip next Saturday with a conference game at American International. The team will then take on UMass-Amherst on Sunday. The team is not at home again until Dec. 10 against Canisius.
Senior alternate captain Rich Hansen lit the lamp against UConn on Nov. 6.
the team to 3-5-0 overall and kept them undefeated in the conference with a 2-0 record. The Huskies fell to 1-5-1 and 0-1-0 in the conference. The Mercyhurst offense had six different goal scorers.
Senior David Wrigley made the score 3-0 after the second period and also contributed 3 assists on the night. This performance put Wrigley over the century mark to 104 points in his career at Mercy-
hurst. The Huskies came back and scored the last goal of the second period and the ﬁrst goal in the third to make the score 3-2. The team came back and scored three of the ﬁnal four goals in a
Browns have chance, but falter at the end
By Terry Pluto Knight Ridder Newspapers For Cleveland Browns fans interested in doing an autopsy, where do you start? Maybe with the 7-yard punt by Derrick Frost that set up the only touchdown for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night. Or perhaps with the Browns’ embarrassing clock management, as they had squandered all of their timeouts with 4:56 left in the game. Then there was the touchdown pass that could have been caught by Browns tight end Aaron Shea. Instead, it became an NFL record 106-yard interception touchdown return by Baltimore’s Ed Reed. The Browns will be feeling more than the pain of a 27-13 loss to the Ravens, more than a depressing 3-5 record and more than the bumps, bruises, cuts and scrapes this morning. They’ll know that their chance of making the playoffs took a bigger hit than the slams delivered by the Baltimore defense. There was a possible passinterference penalty that could have been called with 26 seconds left, the Browns trailing, 20-13, and the ball on the 5-yard line. Garcia delivered a very catchable pass to the usually reliable Shea, who had just crossed the goal line. As the ball arrived at Shea’s ﬁngertips, Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis grabbed Shea. The ball went through Shea’s hands, was grabbed by Reed and he was gone. Make it 106 yards as the Browns stood and watched Reed like a man walking out of a store and seeing a thief drive away with his new car. The game opened with a 93yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Richard Alston, the ﬁrst and last time the Browns would reach the end zone. Don’t see that every day. Garcia did his best to hold the offense together under enormous pressure from Baltimore. line. The officials thought otherwise, the Browns burning a timeout on what became a futile challenge. They couldn’t do a thing on offense, had to punt from their own 2-yard line and Frost nearly kicked and missed sending the ball sideways like a feeble foul ball off the bat of a hitter swinging late on a Randy Johnson fastball. Baltimore took over on the Cleveland 9-yard line, and Lewis bulled his way with the ball three times before ﬁnally scoring. Then the Browns blew another timeout when Baltimore tried for a 2-point conversion. With Baltimore leading 20-13, Garcia tried to rally the Browns one more time, starting a drive at the Cleveland 41 and taking the team down to the Baltimore 5 then came the interception. In the end, the Browns will know they did a lot of things right in this game, but not nearly enough to make up for some serious mistakes at the worst possible moments.
The Browns struggled to get the job done when they needed it most.
He was sacked three times, but a less mobile quarterback would have been down at least a dozen. In fact, he was the team’s second leading rusher with 25 yards, never a good sign. Baltimore was determined to
make up for the Browns’ stunning 20-3 opening day victory in Cleveland. The Browns were just as steadfast in proving they could stop star running back Jamal Lewis. But want to know how the Browns really lost this game?
With 10:04 left, the Browns had a 13-12 lead. A Baltimore punt was downed on the Cleveland 1-yard line. The Browns thought the ball had rolled into the end zone, and that they should have been able to start at their own 20-yard
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