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begins interim presidency
On the first day of the 2005 spring term, Dr. Michael J. McQuillen, professor of history, former vice president
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Textbooks, too expensive?
Students face cost increase, bookstore tries to help
$350 or more," said Reeners. Reeners dreads her trips to the Mercy hurst bookstore, but can they help the high price of textbooks? It's the last day of spring break and Dan Cullen, general manager of the junior biology major Karhryn Reeners is Mercyhurst bookstore, works hard to balancing her check book. After spendkeep the prices of text books down ing $6,000 on tuition, she is dreading her for Mercyhurst students. However, trip to the college bookstore to purchase it's impossible to keep the prices down her books. when the publishers raise their costs. "After paying for my tuition, I had to Cullen figures, by taking the total take money out of my savings to pay amount of book sales divided by the for my text books. I was lucky this term number of students, that the average because I had a friend who took one of student at Mercyhurst pays $520 per my classes last term so I bought some year on books. books from her and only spent a total of "The prices of text books have gone about $250. Normally, I spend around up. It's ridiculous how high they are and By Jonelie Davis News editor how they are justifying it is beyond me," said Cullen. In a recent study, Ripoff 101: How the Current Practices of the Publishing Industry Drive Up the Cost of College Textbooks, released on Feb- 1, the Oregon Student Public interest Research group found that the cost of college textbooks has steadily increased. The study shows publishers have increased the costs of textbooks by 62 percent since 1994. (Tie study also found that during the 2002-03 school year, students spent $898 on average on textbooks compared to the $642 in 1996-97. |
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Intelligence Studies awarded contract from Department of Homeland Security
stated that the DHS sent analysts to By Brent Vlcek Booz Allen's certificate program and Contributing writer then sought to establish one on their own. The Department of Homeland SecuHeibel, founder of the IIS, attributed rity (DHS) awarded Mercyhurst's Insti- the new relationship to the Institute's tute of Intelligence Studies (IIS) a originality and primacy in the field of no-bid contract to establish a certificate intelligence analysis. "It is the first and only program of its kind," said Heibel. program in intelligence analysis. f he purpose of the program is to According to James Breckenridge and Robert Heibel, the DHS sought educate analysts in a basic understanding to copy a similar program Mercyhurst of intelligence analysis. The certificate (established with defense contractor program consists of three courses - Intelligence Theory and ApplicaBooz Allen Hamilton. I Breckenridge, director of the IIS, tion, Intelligence Communications and Advanced Analytical Techniques. Kris tan Wheaton, IIS professor, stated that DHS came to Mercyhurst out of a basic need to learn analytic techniques. "DHS analysts need this type of education. We fill in the missing gaps," said Wheaton. Initially, Breckenridge and Wheaton taught the courses to Booz Allen analysts. The increasing number of Booz Allen analysts passing through the course and the new contract awarded by the DHS necessitated the hiring of adjunct faculty.
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new role as Mercyhurst College's 10th president Though McQuillen does not anticipate major changes at Mercyhurst, he does have several goals for his tenure as interim president. "One of my primary goals is to try to help the college focus fully again on our primary mission, which is to provide the best quality education for our students that we can," said McQuillen in an interview March 8. "What I hope is that I can assist the faculty, administration and staff in developing that focus again, and to get people thinking in a positive fashion about the future and recognizing what a strong position Mercyhurst College is in," he said. | McQuillen went on to say that as interim president, he hopes he can create a positive atmosphere for the presidential search and the next incoming president. "And what we want to do, to my mind, is create as vibrant an atmosphere as possible in the fall, so that when we bring candidates for the presidency in, they feel an excitement about Mercyhurst that I felt when I came here (in 1971 at age 27). We want candidates to feel that (excitement) and see this as a community they want to lead." Although McQuillen is not a member of the Presidential Search Committee, he feels his job is to create the atmosphere at the college to get ready for the next president "To find the right person with the vision and the leadership skills that Dr. Garvey had, which is why we made such great progress in the last 25 years ... finding that person is a challenge. But I am confident that the college is in a very strong position and that we will be an attractive match for such a person" said McQuillen. "We have had
an impressive past and we have a bright future ahead of usJ The six years that McQuillen spent as academic dean helped him most prepare for his term as president It helped me understand how complicated an institution this college is, and how much work it takes to make it run smoothly," he said. Working closely with Dr. Garvey during those six years helped McQuillen prepare for this next step. "As many issues and things I was responsible for, Dr. Garvey was responsible for the whole thing. I still remember thinking at die end of those six years that I wanted no part in it," he said Through his years in the dean's office, McQuillen has a feel for the complexities of the president's job and is also able to recognize how many other people it takes for the college to run smoothly. McQuillen is not teaching this term, but hopes to teach in the fall, if he can. "I wanted to this term, because I love the classroom, but my wife convinced me otherwise, and I realized she was right in the first day. It wouldn't be fair to my duties as president or to my teaching," said McQuillen. Even though he does not have any plans for major changes, McQuillen will see through any existing college projects, like the West County initiative which would put another branch campus, similar to Mercyhurst North East in Girard. "I don't have any bold new initiatives, but there were some already in the planning stages. I think the West Country initiative has exciting possibilities, but it needs some further study as we look ahead as how to proceed," McQuillen said. Currently, McQuillen does not anticipate any new major construction on campus. The ongoing semester vs. trimester battle will be fought by the next presi dent, as McQuillen does not think it would be fair for him to decide. "It requires a great deal of study, as it involves calendar and curriculum," said McQuillen.
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Students said their final goodbyes to former President Dr. Wflliam P. Garvey March 7 during a Student Government meeting held in the Union. The farewell, led by the MSG's executive board, honored Garvey as honorary advisor of the council and Founder of the Third Spring, the latter a reward recognizing Garvey for his efforts while in office. Garvey addressed the students following the presentation, emphasizing the greatness of Metcyhurst and its continual growth that will follow him. "Mercyhurst has a story," Garvey said. "And it keeps getting richer by the decade." Garvey also held strong his commitment to the students. 'The students are the reason we 9 are here, he said. "I hope that
student lives continue to be enriched by what die sisters started; for they deserve the best" MSG President Michael Mancinelli said that though Mercyhurst is losing such a leader, the school will remain strong. "We will grow and expand," he said. "Dr. Garvey set a standard that future presidents will have to live up to with the continual growth and maturation of the college." Garvey said his interim successor meets those demands, adding that McQuillen is an exceptional substitute. "(McQuillen) is a wonderful man," said Garvey. "He epitomizes the Mercyhurst spirit and understands its story." Agreeing with Garvey, Mancinelli said that McQuillen will help Mercyhurst to grow and expand. "Dr. McQuillen is a teacher that has aided students and will continue to do so to help the college remain strong.0 The presentation, which ended
with a 32-minute video arranged by student representatives, left no dry eyes in the audience. -Freshman Representative Jeff Allen said that Dr. Garvey's sendoff was a high point on the year for MSG. "He offered his thanks to the students and instilled a few more words of wisdom while we gave our thanks for all his years of service and dedication to Mercyhurst,0 said Allen. "He has helped build programs and sports teams, and academics in general to such a great extent that Mercyhurst is thankful for." Garvey stated that he has had a wonderful 43-year journey. "The best is yet to be and the school's momentum will move it forward," he said. "I hope to see that the story (of Mercyhurst) Katie McAdams/Photo editor will continue and strive to be the best it can be and allow the col- Former Mercyhurst College President Dr. William P. Garvey stands with the MSG exlege to take its place among the ecutive board March 7. From Left: President Mike Mancincelli, Vice President Meghan Morse, Dr. William Garvey, SAC Chair Laura Hearn, Secretary Ryan Palm, and Treasurer best in the country."
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By Kristen Piquette Advertising manager Rev. Thomas Goeklet; a Maryknoll missionary who ministers to the impoverished of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, visited Mercyhurst on March 9 and 10, sharing his experiences and speaking on "Globalization First Hand from a Third World Country." Goekler met with students in various classes and organizations and delivered his presentation to interested members of the college community on March 9 in the Mercy Heritage Room. Goekler was able to visit Mercyhurst through the initiafive of' senior Melissa Smith of Erie. Smith met Goekler when she participated in the Mercyhurstsponsored Honduras Mission She said the mission experience made her aware of the need to do more to help the poor of Honduras. She returned in 2004 as a part of a study abroad program. Smith spent a month volunteering in Chamelecon, a very poor sector of San Pedro Sula, working beside Goekler. As part of the study abroad experience, Smith, who majors in elementary education with a Spanish minor, completed a research project on globalization and invited Goekler, to Mercyhurst to share his personal insights on the subject "I think it is important to show students how our actions can affect other people's lives in the global community and consider what we can do to assist all humans in having a better life," Smith said. According to Smith, there were multiple reasons she wanted to bring Goekler to mercyhurst. "I wanted to bring Fr. Tom to Mercyhurst for several reasons. First, Katie McAdams/ Fr. Tom has had ex- Rev. Thomas Goekler. tensive experiences in Honduras by asking sevdealing with the p6or * and how globalization truly af- eral departments on campus For" fects their lives." donations. These include: die "Second, I wanted the Mercy- World Cultures department, the hurst community to understand Communications department, that our actions, such as shop- the Special Education Graduate ping at stores whose manufac- Program, the Mercy Institute, turers support sweatshops, do and Campus Ministry," said affect others. As citizens of a Smith. first world country, we have the In repayment for all of her power—the ability—to help hard work, Smith hopes Geokler those who are less fortunate than would spread knowledge to the us in third world countries," said Mercyhurst community. Smith. "I hope this led to a greater In order to bring Goekler to awareness that the concept of Mercyhurst, Smith had to orga- globalization, as it is practiced nize the event and raise money. today, is not healthy for the "I; had to schedule his event global community. I also hope when he was already coming to it motivated students to look at the U.S. on other business, which their own lives and discover that doesn't happen very often," said some of their own actions support globalization at most times, Smith. "In addition to scheduling, 1 unknowingly," said Smith. also raised $500 for his efforts
this type of education. For Mercyhurst students, it opens up opportunities for internships and maybe future jobs," said Breckenridge. Heibel echoed Breckenridge's statement stating that recognition of Mercyhurst and the quality of its students is becoming better known in the intelligence community and private sector. The recent contract awarded to Mercyhurst is a step in the right direction for the Institute of Intelligence Studies. Breckenridge offered the Merciad a glimpse into the Institute's future plans. "We are in discussion with a large aerospace company" to do a simila^^^WfP'* •s;- ffi The IIS shows no signs of resting. The ambition of the faculty has placed Mercyhurst on the tongues of many inside the D.C. Beltway. "We want to be the Harvard Medical School of intelligence analysis," said Wheaton.
According to Breckenridge, many of new faculty are retired analysts or have extensive analytic experience. The selection of Mercyhurst to establish the program has ruffled a few feathers in the D.C. area. Justin Rood, writer for the Congressional Quarterly, wrote, "Georgetown University's Security Studies program, for instance, and George Washington University's Security Policy Studies program were both founded more than 20 years ago and boast hundreds more graduates than Mercy hurst's 105 intelligence program alumni." -. s $ 9 ^ r P MercyJ»w$t chpsen over other potential candidates? Speculation surrounded Tom Ridge and whether he had any influence on the contract Tom Ridge was former director of the DHS, governor of Pennsylvania and an Erie resident. According to an article in the
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Erie Times, a spokesman for the DHS was quoted as saying there was "absolutely no connection." The same article featured a quote from Homeland Security spokesman Tom Burke stating that, ''Mercyhurst was the only one able to meet our timelines and bring the program to D.C. at no additional cost." Although the contract has caused displeasure among D.C. area universities, Breckenridge, Heibel and Wheaton are ecstatic. "Mercyhurst gets a big reputation within the Beltway and we get more exposure in Washington, D.C Moreover, the Mercyhurst alumni network expands, whicft could facilitate greater\ contact between various agencies," said Wheaton. Breckenridge offered similar statements. "Not only is this additional revenue for the college, but we're also able to influence the intelligence community through
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time or another, of off-campus By Jason Endress activities. Contributing writer Many of these parties violate the Erie fire code, as houses go Over the years, Mercyhurst well over their capacity. College has generally enjoyed In addition, many of these a healthy relationship with houses create a general disrupits neighbors. In the past few tion of the area stretching from months, this harmonious part- the houses in question back nership has had its share of to Mercyhurst, as boisterous students urinate on lawns and discord. For one, the major dispute discard empty beer cans indisover the property on Parade criminately. Street enraged locals as far as Mercyhurst due to the increase Sunset Boulevard and beyond. in its general student body, has issue has largely been had to deal with the off-campus deal t with, and there will not be population exploding this year, a much-needed 60 space parking from some 40 students to well lot adjacent to the new Parade over 100 students. Street gate, much to the dismay Residents have charged that the of students. college has not been taking an Students have most likely seen active enough role in 'reining in' the large open space; while plans its off-campus students. are still very flexible, the space After several emotionallywill, as former.President Gar- charged council meetings, where vey described, provide a green everyone from the elderly to an space for both students and area eight-year-old child expressed their anger and disgust at sturesidents. Precisely what facilities this dents' actions, Councilman Jim park will include will be decided Thompson assumed the role of mediator between Mercyhurst in the coming months. A somewhat more enduring and the City of Erie. Since the Mmiod first covered problem Mercyhurst has had to deal this year, more so than in the this issue in October of 2004, past, is the issue of off-campus Thompson has been working closely with Mercyhurst to reach housing. Many students are aware, if and understanding where both not active participants at some students and residents can live together in peace. "There has been a marked decrease in complaints recently," said Thompson, adding that this was likely due to the winter weather. "The school has been very proactive," Thompson stated, and he explained that the school has been working out procedures to address complaints made on off-campus students. The effectiveness of the new outlook on off-campus conduct code violations will most likely be tested as Erie thaws out in the coming weeks. Thompson also noted that Mercyhurst is putting together a new handbook, with an eye on off-campus issues in particular, as well as methods for dealing with violations. Thompson emphasized that the school has been very cooperative and is actively addressing the issue. As head of Residence Life Laura Zirkle stated at a council meeting some months ago, "Pd like to emphasize that Mercyhurst is committed to educating students to be good neighbors and citizens and we want to work with city officials and our neighbors to reach those goals."
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N e w s McQuillen addresses faculty a n d staff
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By Jonelle Davis News editor On Tuesday, March 8, Interim President Dr. Michael McQuillen addressed faculty, staff and student leaders of Mercyhurst, reassuring everyone that the college has a bright future ahead. During his address, McQuillen touched many areas including his excitement for the future of the college and changes the college may see in the future year, such as class schedules and new programs. He also focused on the importance of the Mercyhurst faculty and staff to continue to educate. McQuillen focused the beginning of his address towards a new chapter in the history of and issues/* said McQuillen. "It's sons for this change were to be time to turn the page and write able to get enough class periods the next chapter in Mercyhurst's in during the day to meet course history." I J demands andfixscheduling conMcQuillen added that it's time flicts, especially for athletesHe also focused on creating to "set sights on the future and let go of any anger or resentment a new program that will work about die recent past" on the problem of diversity at Although McQuillen assured Mercyhurst the audience that there would "As many of you may be aware, be no major new programs, he one of die important observasaid that there still may be some tions made by die Middle States changes. * He went on to talk evaluation team in its November about the first decision he has 2002 report was that, in its words, made as president cultural and racial diversity as a "My first decision as president mission centered value is highly was to approve a recommends desired, but to date unsatisfactotion from Tom Gamble and rily achieved. I urge the college David Livingston to return next to continue giving attention to fall to the 8 a.m. starting time this important goal," said Mcfor our first class period," said Quillen. McQuillen, "While we continue to look for He went on to say that the rea- ways to diversify Mercyhurst*s faculty, administration and student body, we can also seek creative ways to bring Mercyhurst students to the diverse world they will operate in when they graduate. If we haven't yet brought as much diversity to Mercyhurst as we would like, perhaps we can do more to bring Mercyhurst students to the diversity they will encounter in the future," he said. "I am proposing to create a new diversity enrichment grant program. A $35,000 program that would provide grants to members of the Mercyhurst community for projects that expose our students to, or will help them experience the diversity of the world they will be entering upon graduation," said McQuillen. "I hope it will become a reality in the year ahead " The last major focus of McQuillen's address was to new students and faculty "Many of you, I know, are relatively new to Mercyhurst I'm sure you're somewhat bewildered and even overwhelmed by the events of recent months and you may be wondering what did I get myself into by coming to Mercyhurst," said McQuillen. "Over the months ahead I hope you will come to find what I did when I came to Mercyhurst and why I stayed here for 34 years: a loving community of learners, excited about the search for knowledge and committed to the values imbued in this institution by the sisters of Mercy" said McQuillen.
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Increase in textbook prices can't b e helped b y
money is by repeatedly publishing new editions of a book. Cullen added that in recent According to the Washington years he has seen publishers Post, the $3.4 billion-a-year highconsolidating and this had caused er-education publishing industry monopolies to form. For in- says that it must keep its material stance, Brooks/Cole, Wadsworth, current to win schools' support Duxbury, South*Western, Del- and that prices are competitive in mar, Heinle and Schirmer all each market used to be separate publishing Industry officials defend new companies. Now, they are all part editions, arguing that texts must of Thomson Publishing, lead- be continually modernized if ing to less competition among publishers want to keep the publishers. attention of today's college "Publishers are paying for students, who are used to the their merging costs through an graphics and interactivity of the increase in book prices," Cullen Internet claimed. Cullen, however, noted that Another way publishers make most of the time the text hardly
keep tuition down. In some areas we've seen a decrease in sales, which will affect students in the long run. We work to keep the prices down and the college counts on our income, and if they don't have it they'll have to make it up somewhere." Until more is heard from Congress, Cullen will continue working tofindused books for classes and keep costs down for students saying, "I can't control what's going on with the publishers all I can do is continue to work with the teachers and keep them aware of what's going on."
changes, adding that new editions are simply a way for the publishers to make money. According to the Washington Post, high prices and constant new editions has led to publishers battling in Congress, where Congress asked the Government Accountability Office to launch an investigation of college textbook prices. As for Mercyhurst students, Cullen tries to keep prices as low as possible. The teachers and I work closely together; everyone is realty conscious about prices. That's why you see a lot of paperbacks," said Cullen. "I have teachers call me and
say There are two books that would be great for my class, which one is cheaper?' and then well order the one that is the lower price." While they are trying to keep prices at a minimum, Cullen mentioned that sometimes they have to order the more expensive book. "Students are here to get an education and that has to be taken into consideration. The teachers have to pick the best book, the best tool for the student to learn from. You have to look at it as the tool of the trade. It's a tool you need for the class and sometime the more expensive tool is
better," said Cullen. Cullen said that the bookstore only profits 20 percentfromtextbook sales, 5 percent lower than the average college bookstore. The Mercyhurst bookstore is independendy owned by the college, meaning the money profited benefits the college. To save money, some students have turned to the Internet to buy their books, which affects the sales at the bookstore. When asked about the effect of students buying their textbooks online instead of in the bookstore, Cullen said "the income from the bookstore is used for college expenses, which helps
Pay parking fines or miss graduation
rule also applies to uiid&classBy Amanda Orendorf man, who will not be able to | Contributing writer register for the fall 2005 term if fines are not paid. Mercyhurst Police and Safety is An important change for stuknown for the bright, fluorescent dents to note: parkingticketscan parkingticketsthey hand out like no longer be applied to school candy. Unfortunately, these tick- bills. (This change was put in ets are not so sweet and may be place by the federal government causing problems for many. which does not want school Any students with outstanding funding used on tickets. Cash parking tickets had to pay up by and college Smart Cards are acceptable forms of payment March 15,2005, or else. According to Ken Sidun, Police and Safety is also lookMercyhurst's Police Chief, se- ing for cars to boot Any person niors who do not pay their fines who has five or more tickets will have their official transcripts will have a boot placed on their withheld and will not be able to car. When a car is booted there participate in graduation. This is a $50 charge applied to the tickets. Any students that park on Parade Street are pushed to find alternative spots because residents have been complaining Sidun suggests coming to Police and Safety and getting a parking permit for the campus. Police and Safety wants students withticketsto know about these changes and are encouraging students to pay their fines. They will be sending letters out to any students with outstanding bills to inform them in writing. Believe it or not Police and Safety is not out to punish students. Sidun says that they are simply trying to "correct bad parking habits. He is ehcouraging students to pay their bills so that they can graduate and register for fall classes. Payments can be made through Police and Safety. If students have any questions concerning unpaid tickets please contact Sidun. Additional information concerning city ticketing: • Parking fines are now $25 instead of $15. After 60 days the fine increases to $73.50 • Meters are now increasing overtime charges from $5 to $10. I i >
Chad Kister speaks on Arctic National Refuge
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By Jaime Myers Contributing writer Chad Kister of Athens, Ohio and author of "Arctic Quest," held a powerful presentation last Tuesday in Zurn Hall in attempt to raise awareness and help save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. ? In 1991, Kister traveled 700 miles through this stretch of Arctic coastal plain in order to grasp why this area was worth protecting This is die only section of the United States Arctic coastline that is not open to oil and gas development. Just like the destruction of the rain forests, the oil and gas industries could kill off thousands of animals and destroy the precious land, j According to the U.S. Department of Interior, estimates show that 40 percent of the Porcupine Caribou herd will be destroyed, which is approximately 70,000 caribou. Kister showed a number of
FBI historian Dr. John Fox speaks at 'Hurst
siFox detailed the history of challenged organization to the the attacks, and current director By Ryan Palm the FBI in various stages, begin- prominent, well-respected group Robert Mueller proposed in his Sports editor ning when the organization was we think of today. budget report last week that over founded in 1908 under Theodore Thefinalportion of his lecture 500 more be added for the fiscal I This past Monday night saw the Roosevelt Thatfirstgroup, who detailed the considerable struc- year of 2005. Institute of Intelligence Studies did not have an actual name, was tural change the FBI has under- • ?. Mueller also added over 600 bring in FBI historian Dr. John just 34 members. "The men gone since 9/11, most notably special agents to the list of now Fox. Fox, who came to the FBI who created the group were not the increase in the Intelligence over 35,000 employees in many different sectors. in 1999 as a paralegal, has served even sure that it would work," Analysis division. "The focus has changed, but The final primary increase Fox in the position of historian since claimed Fox. Fox spent a significant amount it does not handicap other areas. spoke on was therisein comput2003. The focus of Fox's lecture was of time reflecting on the enor- We have drawn back a bit on er crimes, brought about by the on the history of the Bureau, mous change the FBI went bank robberies, and also with increasing amount of personal but focused in on the central through under the tutelage of the drug trafficking due to the computers available, a crime topic that the organization has J. Edgar Hoover, who served as increased role of the Drug En- which the FBI lists third on its priority list behind countetterror"always been focusing on intel- chief for nearly 49 years. Under forcement Agency" said Fox. ligence, not just after 9 / 1 1 " as his service the Bureau went from j The FBI has hired nearly 1,000 ism and counterintelligence. being a scandal filled, ethically new intelligence analysts since he described.
slides of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge at Mercyhurst as well as at the Moonsense Cafe on Peach Street. On his trip he captured pictures of the wildlife as well as the landscapes. He did everything from confronting Arctic grizzlies to rafting through the rivers. He even came close to death when his raft flipped over in the freezing Kekiktuk River and he developed hypothermia. Kister went on this trip to make others aware of what is being destroyed. He has presented this information in a number of other states. He encourages people to help protect the Arctic Refuge, Kister has another book, "Arctic Melting," coming out in December. He also speaks out about other environmental issues including greenhouse emissions in the Arctic and Alaska, Ohio's Dysart Woods and a number of state and national forest preservations.
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bring Mercyhurst students to point The Warner, because of the diverse world they will see in renovations lost 200 seats, would £. limit seniors to three tickets," said 'That will be one of the first the future." McQuillen would like to put McQuillen. important issues that the next McQuillen hopes that "stupresident will have to come to more grant money aside for Diversity Enrichment grants to dents will begin to recognize grips with." encourage programs and groups that as attractive as the Warner One new program that Mcto think about creative ways to was as a setting, if most of the Quillen would like to implement get the student body involved people that you know and care during his presidency is to help with a meaningful experience about couldn't see graduation, Mercyhurst become more culturthat exposes them to a more then what good is it? At least this ally and racially diverse, as per the way more people can share the diverse world. recommendations of the Middle Finally, one change that Mc- graduation experience with you. States accreditation team. Quillen made on his,first day as We will do our best to make the McQuillen recognizes that this President was to move the May Civic Center look very appealing is hard to accomplish. [ graduation ceremony from the and attractive," he said. 'While we must look for ways Warner Theatre to the Erie Civic HMcQuillen would like all stuto make the student body, fac- Center. dents to understand the imulty and administration more "We have to go from the War- portance of working with him racially diverse, we can also ner to the Civic Center at some and the college to create a more begin thinking about ways to
positive atmosphere. "For those who are graduating, you can continue to look back at Mercyhurst and be proud of what it is. And we want for those who are still going through to feel that they get a quality education that we are still providing. "I would ask the students to be positive in their spirit and attitude, as well I know, based on the experiences that have transpired, there are a number of people who would have liked to see things done differendy, but it is time for us to move ahead and think about the future."
8:15 p.m. - Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center In keeping with Mercyhurst ]» College's commitment to instill in its students environmental awareness, pledging sustainability on its campus and in the greater Erie community, the McHale Distinguished Speakers Series and Mercyhurst Student Government will sponsor this special lecture on die environment by a man whose message supercedes his golden name.
regular box office hours for the Mercyhurst College g£ Community on March 22,23, 249 26 with student ID or the President's Card and to the general public on March 26,29, 30, 31. Tickets limited to two (2) per person, ft ^' J* il& Box office 824.3000.
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By Josh Wilwohl Layout assistant Last year, after a friend from Italy — una signora giovanc bella (a beautiful young girl) — came to spend three months in Pittsburgh, I suddenly began to show special interest in Italian culture, I read a few "Learn Italian" books, bought a few Andrea Bocelli CDs and explored just about every Italian restaurant in the city. I ^ Along the way, I became interested in, what seems like an art vested in the Italian blood: the making of espresso. Every night of the three months, Maria and I would return home to enjoy the delicious delicacy that puts a cup of Maxwell House to shame. As I watched her brew espresso, I thought it looked so easy, so
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Either way, it takes anywhere between five to ten minutes to complete. Step Four. Serve and enjoy. Once the machine has finished brewing the espresso, you will hear a click. When pouring, make sure to use espresso cups, not coffee mugs. Espresso cups - about onefourth the size of a coffee cup — should be warmed by tunning them through hot water and drying themrightbefore serving the caffe, for a more exhilarating and refreshing coffee experience. Suggestion: Serve biscotti as a snack with the drink. But, most importantly, serve your own cup of coffee for once. Savor the moment. Do not worry about Starbucks or street cafes anymore. After all, we've all bean there, done that. .
Hey man,want to go shopping?
By Christina Moschetta Contributing writer If you are a woman with a brother, father, boyfriend or husband, keep reading. If you have ever been shopping with one ofithese men, continue on. If your last root canal was more pleasurable than your most recent shopping experience with these men, you are not alone. If you continue to shop with them, you deserve a medal. Ever since the dawn of time, the age-old debate of the origin of men and women, from M^r$i ,or, *Yenu$;-i<has caused a-j significant divide in gender role identification. The "Me Tarzan, You Jane," mentality has become one of wisdom and wonder, ultimately possessing universal truths. One of the most daunting of these truths is that the male species detests the act of shopping, a pastime that could pacify even the crankiest and dejected of women. An enigma that is unfathomable to females, most males work to avert a superfluous jaunt to the mall with the same alacrity and dexterity with which a pre-menstrual woman reaches for a chocolate eclair. So why is it that men hate to shop? In my quest for an answer to a conundrum that has been perplexing generations of women, I did some market research on male shopping patterns and conducted interviews exposing their opinions. I was enlightened and in* trigued by the results. Over 90 percent of the male participants revealed that it wasn't the act of "shopping" that they despised, it was shopping withfemalecompany that was so cumbersome. Contrary to popular belief, most males enjoyed shopping, with the stipulations that a) it was for things that they were interested in (i.e. sporting equipment, music, power tools, alcohol) and b) it was done in a focused and timely fashion (Le. no window shopping or fantasizing about things they could not afford or fit into). If you have ever noticed, the stores targeted toward a male consumer are always located near an accessible entrance or exit to the mall. A coincidence this is not The simple fact is that men are traditionally "hunters" by nature, devoid of frivolity and on a' quest to satisfy their "hun-' J This allows them to enter a mall, get what they want and exit with a sense of satisfaction and contentment without brooding over if it is the "shirt of their dreams." It is when the female shopper is thrown into the mix that males become irritated and plagued with boredom. Hence the conglomeration of strategically placed couches, benches and chairs with men of all ages affixed to them all over the mall, , It's not that men hate shopping, it's that they don't understand the psychology of consumerism. They are simply presented with too many choices, and their confusion leads to feelings of withdrawal, aggression, aloofness and social detachment that causes the default answer to the classic female question: "Does this make me look fat?" "No, get that one!" For men, the retail world is loathsome because of its sheer complicity. Why have 17 kinds of polo shirts displayed when one will do? > .| ; M Furthermore, why try on things that you aren't going/
Psychology department needs volunteers to act as experiment subj ects
By Jen Helbig Features editor This spring, the psychology department will need a few volunteers for their cause. The 27 students in the two sections of Research Methods II are each conducting their own experiment in the field of psychology. "At Mercyhurst, we like to emphasize the scientific aspects of psychology/' one of the Research Methods II professors, Dr. Gerard T. Barron said. "This is a chance for them to design and conduct their own-projects:" — | Barrofttsaid the students- will be giving professional presentations at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Conference at Chatham College this year. He said each project is unique. "One student is working on media images and the impact on a women's body image. Another is working on the impact of song lyrics," Barron said. The projects were all chosen by the students in accordance to their personal interests. One student, junior Stephanie Millin, is conducting her experiment on "Transdermal Nicotine Effects on Cognitive Functionwith Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. i "I chose this experiment because I think drugs are really fascinating," said. "The more that we can learn, the more we can help." I Millin explained that she took Statistics of Psychology in the fall of this year, and then followed with the Research Methods I course in which she wrote up the experiment to be conducted this term. "We developed a structure last term, and it had to be approved by the institution." She explained that the instituJ tion'is^ Rtttffcf i&tfiprised ctf various pfofesstxr^fend highly regarded alumni. One of the functions of the board is to certify that there are no ethical problems with the 9 students experiments. The psychology department needs Mercyhurst students to stop by and sign up to participate in the students* experiments. "A lot of the students are doing theirs with the influences of music or media. Some others are looking at stereotypes or religion/- Millin said. 'The experiments themselves are on clipboards outside of 314 Hirt," Barron said. "The descriptions and contact information is on them." i "The students' experiments extend the opportunity to students to see ht>w science is conducted in the field of psychology," he added. He added that students who volunteer will be able to get back the results from the experiment
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Freshman Kyle Jackson Is Just one of the many males who actually likes to go shopping every once In awhile.
to buy? Ultimately, what is the answer to this battle of the sexes? One male.participant suggested installing PlayStations in women's stores to give men something to do while they wait for their female companion Or maybe women should take a lesson from the practicality of men and realize that sometimes, less is definitely morel
'There arc four types of memory tests in the experiment," Millin said. i In her experiment, she wants to support the "hypothesis that nicotine improves cognitive performance." The results can be beneficial in the direction of those who suffer from memory loss, such as those
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Spiritual direction week going on now
By Melissa Brandt Contributing writer The season of fish frys and fasting is here. Asidefroma time of preparation for the resurrection of Christ, Lent serves as a time for introspection. With the hopes of providing some guidance and clarity to the Mercyhurst community, Campus Ministry is sponsoring a Spiritual Direction week from March 14-18. J 3[ Committing to a one-hour private appointment will offer individuals an opportunity to speak with one very seasoned spiritual director from a panel of leaders consisting of Sister Teresa Okonski, RSM, Sister Rita Panciera, RSM, Michelle Tobin, Ft Jim Piszker, the College Chaplain, Sister Geri Rosinski, RSM, Campus Ministry Director and Rev. Lyta Seddig, the Protestant Campus Minister. The reflection appointments have met with great success in the past, and it is hoped more will attend this year. | Sr. Geri Rosinski notes the importance of the sessions, "Although we can help ourselves to a degree, we always reflect more with someone who is objective. The process helps individuals dig deeper to understand how God is moving and present in our lives." The \retreat, previously at a different time, has now moved to the second week of the third trimester for both convenience and for the opportunity to take full advantage of the Lenten season. "I hope people who have not had an opportunity to pause will give themselves this gift," said Rosinski. 'This gift is a chance to become better attuned to God in their life through spiritual 1 reflection/ | Everyone is welcome and encouraged to invest one hour of time during this week ror spiritual direction. Contact for appoint* ments should be made directly to the spiritual leader of choice. Appointments may be made for both campus and off campus sites. Contact Campus Ministry for more information.
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offered a view into the home place and culture surrounding still prominent pieces of ancient Greece, such as the Parthenon Not every studentfindsa class and Mt. Parnassus. in ancient history intriguing. Once considered to be the However, living remnants "omphalos," or center of the of history found in locations world, Mt Parnassus has housed such as Greece and London the famous shrine of the Oracle inspired the participation of 26 of Delphi from times dating individuals to go on Dr. Randall back to 1400 B.C. 8|§ Howarth's fifth annual spring The sites allowed for a unique break trip. nexus of learned thought and p Not associated with any par- actual experience. ""Putting real life places and ticular class, the Europe bound journeys started in 2001 as a people into the concept of unique extension of Howarm's history that individuals have learned allows it to come alive," contribution to the college. This year, adventurous stu- said Howarth. Immersed in Greek culture dents visited relics of ancient cultures in Greece and Lon- and food for most of spring don. break also aided the travelers in The first leg of the journey re-creating the feel of ancient By Melissa Brandt Contributing writer times. In addition to visiting Greece, the travelers were able to see artifacts from ancient civilizations at die British Museum when they traveled to London. The influence of the places and items in ancient times is undeniable, but rather than being constrained to a specific period, their influenceflowson as documented in the reactions of any person who has the opportunity to experience them. Sophomore and biochemistry major, Meghan Pascuzzi shared her reaction to the trip, saying, "It was definitely the best experience IVe had.'* Although new to many people on the journey, the pieces of history still provided an exciting experience for the well-traveled Howarth. "Of course Fve been to these places several times, but when traveling with the students its like seeing it again through their eyes," he said. Next year, Howarth hopes to travel to Egypt on the spring break trip and encourages anyone interested in attending to sign up. "The benefits of travel outweigh the risks," he said. "On every trip you can't help but be changed^ from the moment you get your first [passport] stamp." I Anyone interested in next year's trip should contact Howarth via e-mail. The trips are not associated with any major or specific course, so no class prerequisites are required.
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the online challenge this year. Urban Challenge has partnered with Division II NCAA athletes across the country to help raise Student athletes at Mercyhurst awareness of the event as well as will have die opportunity to join funds for charity people from across die country "The student athletes are doto participate in a one of a kind ing an email promotion to tell game and raise moneyforcharity people about Urban Challenge by working with die people of Online? Yaw says. "Two dollars Urban Challenge, i of thefivedollar registration fee Urban Challenge has pioneered every person that Mercyhurst for intelligent outdoor gaming over students register will go to the the years and has now created die Make a Wish Foundation." biggest online challenge that alYaw says that the NCAA has most anyone can participate in. worked with the Make a Wish "Urban Challenge Online is the Foundation for many years and is rare opportunity for everyone, hoping that their help in registerincluding those of us who aren't ing people for the challenge will deranged enough for today's help to raise a great deal of funds reality shows, or who may lack a for the charity as well. specific talent or look to compete In conjunction with the launch in contests like Jeopardy, Survivor, Urban Challenge Online, anof or American Idol to be part of other game will be taking place. something huge/' says Kevin The creators of Urban Challenge McCarthy, creator of the Urban announced that they will be By Jenny Allen Contributing writer
Spring break on a Navajo reservation
By Courtney Nicholas Contributing writer Spring break is not just a time for traveling to the Bahamas or other tourist destinations. For a group of Mercyhutst College students, their spring break was working on the Navajo Reservation in Fort Defiance, Ariz. [Mercyhurst College was invited to the Navajo Reservation by alumna Sara Stepinski who started as a Mercy volunteer and has continued working at the special school J Eight students and Sr. Mi? j chele Schroeck, Director of Service Learning, went to Fort Defiance, the capital of the Navajo Nation, from Feb. 26 to Mar. 5. They flew into Albuquerque, N.M. and drove three hours to the NJtfL/Ariz, battier whereSt Michael's Mission is locate^ J Students were housed at the Good Shepherd Mission and tjvolunteered daily at St Michael's Association for Special Education (SMASE). * J**The learning environment there seemed to be quite relaxed," said sophomore Mike Allen. "Students called their teachers by their first names, and the teachers would wear very casual clothing. It is not like here in the Northeast at all It was just a very *go with the flow' attitude that everybody
tional dress. It was fascinating," English. On Sunday, the group attendsaid Allen. Fort Defiance, Ariz, is in the ed a church service at Blessed high desert, 7,000 feet above Sacrament Parish where all the songs and some of the prayers and readings were in Navajo. Some of the women dressed in traditional clothing, Students also visited Canyon de Chelly, often known as the little Grand Canyon. They hiked the White House trail to see some of the oldest ruins of the Anasazi who inhabited the area around 1040
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Traditionally Navajo are nomadic They are sheepherders who lived in hogans which are wooden, octagonal homes. In the evenings students visited the Navajo Museum and Photo courtesy of Sr. Michele Schroock Sophomore Katie Clletti worked with a student from St. Window Rock Park. They ate traditional fry bread, Michael's Association of Special Education at the Navajo Navajo tacos, met with a weaver Reservation, from the school and had a party **+ % * * with Mercy Volunteers in the > They spent a half day. assisting sea level There was frost or snow on area. children with varying disabilities On the last day, students in the classrooms and another the ground every morning, but half doing work outside to it usually melted by mid-after- visited Sky City, in Old Acoma, improve the grounds were the noon when the sun came out one of the Pueblos in the area. into blue skies. There they got a taste of Pueblo school is located. Three-fourths of the staff at culture. "The first day we were there "I would definitely return to we were able to attend a tra- the school is Navajo. Navajo ditional Navajo Mass. This is one of the most difficult the reservation again. I am was very interesting because languages to learn, and con- thinking of doing a year of they used a lot of their Navajo versing in it is encouraged for service with the Mercy Corp," language and one of the alter the students and often among said Alien. servers was wearing their tradi- staff. Classes are conducted in
Border experience opensi students' eyes
She acknowledged that American side lacked houses ByJenHelbig "America" is not just comprised and begging children. Features editor She explained the policy of of 50 states. The sign that said allowing Mexican residents in "100 percent Americanism" tailed to recognize Central and "100 percent Americanism." to visit the States. No, this is not a slogan on a "Only the rich families are ac- South America. "I got angry and I felt like patriotic ribbon-shaped magnet tually able to travel into Ameristuck to the rear of an SUV. ca. They need to pay $100, and the most horrible person in This was a phrase that upset they receive a little card. With the world when I read that," senior accounting major Alexa that, they're only able to travel Allen said. "And I didn't even Allen during her recent trip to the border. pf The dividing line between El Paso in Texas and Juarez in Mexico is a distinct physical barricade. Over spring break, a group of eight Mercyhurst students including Allen went to the border with philosophy and religious studies professor, Dr. Thomas ForsthoefeL They began the trip from the perspective of American students looking from North America into Central America. Photo courtesy of Abby Wayman "The [section of the] border was a fence that the United Freshman Abby Wayman and Matt Kampman with the States put up around 1997 " daughter and son in their host family.] freshman Abby Wayman explained. "When we first saw 26 miles into El Paso. I'm not put it up. it, we drove down and got out sure how they monitor it, but Wayman described the people of the car. Kids ran up to the you can see that not many she met as generous, loving, fence, and they were saying people are able to make that trip caring and excited that students from the United States had 'money.' We were just basically to just go shopping." J "I don't understand how come to visit them. in shock." y,| "We split into groups of two," Allen described a similar sense our government can do what of astonishment, flf they do to these people," Al- Wayman said, "and at night we stayed with a family. Matt "When we saw it from the len said. The group was able to visit Kampman and 1 stayed with a Mexican side, we saw it from a very different perspective," a Border Patrol museum while woman and her two children." Wayman described the family's they were there. Chat is where she said. leisure time. She described trash on the Allen was offended. "The first night we played a "Americanism was just such Mexican side. Also, she said a disgusting term for them to card game with the family. The that houses were ail around on second night we played a sort use," she said. the Mexican side, whereas the of educational game," Wayman said. She said that the educational game was a little confusing because her high school experience with Spanish did not make her fluent, but she mentioned that it is not necessary to have a knowledge of the language
"I heard that the border trip was a great experience" Wayman said. "I heard there was a lot to take from it After seeing it, Td like to learn more, and I plan to travel again, maybe back to Juarez." Allen came out of the exfj penence with similar positive feelings. She described being surprised about how the people take care of each other. "They shared their bed with us. Most Americans cannot imagine putting a stranger in their house, much less in their own bed," Allen said. "When we went to church, it was very powerful. We went in and had to clean the church before the service. I have never had to clean a pew before, but to these people it's normal. If they want anything for themselves, they have to do it for themselves." "Even though the people were economically poor, they are rich in family values," Wayman said, "Seeing their situation made me realize how lucky I am to have the things I do have " she added. "Visiting made me want to become more educated and to educate people."
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seeing your partner or making contact with them over the phone or Internet, you need to start realizing the people and things you have forgotten or have pushed aside while spending all this extra time with your significant other. I ; Atfirstyou may not notice the difference in your As your relationship begins to evolve into a focal friends or roommates; you still talk about the same point of your routine, time for your friends begins things and hang out as usual, but soon enough, you to dwindle and you inevitably place them on the back burner. When the terms honey, baby or babe will begin to •—-———---——-_———-—— begin to replace your real name or when these types detect a sub* j of endearments flow freely from your lips, then tie difference maybe it's time for a much needed intervention in their daily Corrie before its too late. patterns and Thearle mannerisms. Now before I get stoned and or clipped by angry YouTl think couples holding hands on campus as I walk to class, it odd when I'm not saying that having a boyfriend or girlfriend they talk on necessarily makes you ditch your friends and bethe p h o n e come part of an obsessive relationship. at night in hushed whispers before they go This isn't a question of only having one or the to bed. other, because you can most certainly be in a kfYou might laugh your a** off when you see them healthy relationship and still spend time with your put up an away message that contains sappy love friends. song lyrics and then, appallingly, you sober up when When you like someone, of course you want to you realize they are serious. spend time with that person. But be careful, even Then the shocking and horrifying revelation as you convince yourself that you won't become begins to come clear when instead of going out one of "those couples" you may not be aware with their friends on die weekend, they stay in and of how your life has evolved from just '^Jack" to I I watch a movie and snuggle with their girlfriend or "Jack e^-Jill." *-SM boyfriend on the couch. When your friends call you to hang out and you Slowly but forcefully the transformation is com- choose to be with your boyfriend or girlfriend plete, your friend has fallen victim to the Attack of whom you've just spent the last couple of nights the Clingy Couples. with, then you might be heading down the road of ; There is nowhere to turn and no one you can alienating people who care about you. trust Lurking under your friend's farnili^r visage is These are the instances where you need to step a co-dependent, needy boyfriend or girlfriend just back for a moment and for once give your time waiting to unleash a tidal wave of sickening PDA and energy to something else besides your relathat will engulf everything in its path. tionship. There is nothing more despairing than witnessing This does not mean bringing your boyfriend or one of your former close friends slowly drift from girlfriend along to hang out with you and your independent and outgoing to predictable and bor- friends. Although this type of situation combines ing. It's unfortunate when friendships are pushed the best of both worlds, you have to realize that aside and replaced by relationships. your friends may not necessarily always want to hang What is it that causes so many healthy relation- out with your partner. Beware of over-extending ships to evolve into co-dependent couples? Maybe the "two-for-one" deal; it only works at larger social it's the fact that as your life is being taken over gatherings not with a small group of friends. by a boyfriend or girlfriend; you are temporarily Just remember that your friends are the same anesthetized and blinded by the warm fuzzy feel- people who will be there long after your relationing of having someone care for you (or it could ship is over. simply be the sex). They will be the ones you will want to turn to 1 While you're in this state of euphoria, it becomes for support when ydttt' relati^ship ttiay«131BP2 hard to notice that you spend less time hanging turn down the One Way Street headed for Breakup out with your friends and more energy is spent on Town. typing small messages such as "Love you, babel" You don't want to be left standing alone amongst or your partner's initials with a heart into your the smoldering wreckage of your once "perfect" AIM profile. relationship, hoping the friends that you didn't When there isn't a day that goes by without either alienate and replace with your previous partner, will I feel as if lately I have been trapped inside of a B-rated honor flick. It's almost like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" has become a reality for many people across campus (and yes maybe even the world).
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I went to California with a group of my friends. We visited LA, Santa Barbara, Hollywood, and did all the stupid things tourists are supposed to do. It was a great final spring break with an amazing group of friends and amazing, sunny I weather. S
Sarah Dowden, Senior, English
Represented Mercyhurst in the Bahamas...So many things happened! I drank rum like it was water, I got my nipples pierced, wasted, helped assist in a wet t-shirt contest... much more happened! I
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The Bahamas was the best time of ign&life, even if for some reason 151 resembled the taste of water. Due v to censorship and protecting others identity all I gotta say is what happens in Bahamas stays in Bahamas.
Frustrationsfroma member of the student body
ivieraaa. There were many valid points made in the article that one could not argue. For example, <c We are a collective sigh. We are a shrug of the shoulders," and 'There are so many willing to complain and so few willing to do anything'' This is absolutely true. Mercyhurs t students are lade luster when it comes to voicing opinions. But what was failed to be mentioned were the reasons why we aren't an active student body. We all find ourselves swamped in massive debt and yet we ate still being asked for more money. Every time I turn around, I'm being asked to spend more for any and every reason you can think of. The most amusing part is, when I actually questioned the finance office why another random $50 lull was tacked onto my latest tuition bill, they "apologize'' for the mistake and it's mysteriously no longer a problem. What exactly does Mercyhurs t College do with the endless amounts of housing fines they rake in every weekend. Do you know? Does anyone know? No one gets any answers. Then when someonefinallydoes take the time to pursue the answer, we find a lackadaisical attitude from any housing official and/or no answer at all. Mercyhurst has apparently so much money to throw around, they can begin to build a parking lot on Parade Street without the essential zoning rights or permission. The residents of that street took our institution to court and tbty won. Now we are left with a half-built parking lot (soon to be a "study park") and a few thousand less dollars in the Mercyhurst bank account Everything at this school essentially comes down to monetary value. This is probably a huge factor in why the student body shows no interest and rarely voices their opinions. College students ate notorious for having little to no cash. So the last thing we want to argue about with our college is money. We're having enough trouble buying groceries to feed us for a week. The accusations against Dr. Garvey last term obviously brought out more student voices. It was actually a surprise that the school welcomed an open-forum at the MAC. Yet after that, did we hear any more of what was to be done with the entire situation? newspaper oecause it was pnysicauy taKen rrom the entire campus. Being in college is supposed to broaden your horizons, shape you as a person and help you to develop what you stand for in life. However, we aren't encouraged in any way, shape or form to do so here. The Board of Trustees doesn't want to hear i t They have their own agenda and they're not about to change what Mercyhurst, "a prestigious Catholic community," has stood for since 1926. * I'm sure each and every student probably has had one or two things to say at some point, but they can no longer be bothered. If only the Board would accept that without us, the students, there would be no Mercyhurst The student body does not possess a strong desire to help out because they never get the same attitude in return. The article also said **We need to get upset, riled up and ticked off." We are exactly that In fact, that may be #//we are lately. If I had confidence that I would be heard, I might pursue voicing an opinion, but it's gotten me, as well as my parents, nowhere but frustrated in the past three years. We students have been drained of our school spirit and pride for the school The students play a huge role in why Mercyhurst has such an outstanding academic reputation. But it's as if we are given no credit Our student body, as a whole, is comprised of very intelligent people. People who are smart enough to know that some things will never change and smart enough to know when things are better left unsaid, especially when no one is truty %&*tii%* Sincerely, Kate Baumann
Letter to the Editor:
Mike Graham, Senior, HRIM
I went to Dade City, Florida with Habitat for Humanity. It was an amazing experience and I can't wait to do it again next year.
Missy Mulvihiil, Junior, Communications
I went home to wonderful Providence, Rhode Island, and visited my friends at their colleges. We hung around, shared crazy stories, and other activities that all college students love to do. It was nice to escape Erie, PA but nice in a way to return and visit with all the friends I've made here so far.
J.P. Rcbello, Freshman, English Secondary Education
It was a very exciting spring break. I read my textbooks for spring term. I also built my resume and stuff like that to prepare myself for the ' real world'
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A speaker's words found offensive by some
ByJenHelbig Features editor Last Wednesday evening, a group of about 100 students, faculty and Erie area citizens found themselves in the same room. As they took their seats in Weber Hall, they were all expecting to learn a little bit about globalization from a kind-hearted priest. I The Rev. Thomas Goekler, or more commonly, Fr. Tom, is an American priest who has spent part of the past decade in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. For those of you who do not know, Hpnduras is a country in the south of Central America. Mercyhurst has 18 international students who call it their home. I was near the door as the audience was streaming in, and I said hello to fellow chemistry students who were attending the event because it was honors certified. Many others came in asking, "Do we need to sign in?" They were obviously there for the class or honors credit, rather than being willing students with a fierce interest in globalization. As for my intentions, I was reading an article about globalization for a class, and I am also a Spanish minor, so I try to become educated outside of the classroom for my interests. At first appearance, Fr. Tom seemed to be the interesting and kind man that I had heard stories about before. A senior Spanish minor had done much work to bring him to Mercyhurst after doing a'project on globalisation. ? I have been in classes with her where she had mentioned his great deeds, and I was excited to finally meet him. I thought that withluckhe might rub off a little on me. He ended up rubbing me the wrong way. As he began speaking, I was on the edge of my seat trying to listen to his soft voice. He almost whispered, talking about the situation that he lives in and some of the people that he has met All of a sudden, he asked by name for one of the Honduran students to stand up - in Spanish. She politely stood up and he asked her, "<jFue a la escuela publica o pttvada?" Maybe you understood that, and maybe you didn't years of laborious studying. If someone is going to give a The students I talked with have speech to an English-speaking very intelligent parents who have audience, maybe he should speak worked up from desperate condiso that everyone can understand tions to be where they are today. But now that they are here, why the point that he is making. At that moment he found out should they do anything less than that the Honduran student had give their daughters and sons the attended a private school But I education that they desire? would estimate that only a fifth After about 45 minutes of of us in the room really under- listening to him talk, I began stood it * to feel offended, and a little bit He was saying that those from nervous. I cannot imagine how the lower class of Honduras are the Honduran students felt the ones who need to be brought In a school where the populaup from their situation through , tion is predominantly white and education and support ." derived from the middle and upI think I am safe to say that per class, it was sick to watch a a common stereotype is that man go on about who he thinks students of the upper-class are is worthy of betterment the ones who attend private However, if the students in the schools. room were educated on actual However, if we would open globalization, they would have our minds to hearing the stories been able to walk out in a whole of other individuals, we might different perspective. > be able to see where they actually They would have seen that this stand economically. > * was just one man's opinion on a sector of people who come from a continent with one of the greatest histories of turmoil and oppression in the world. I am not criticizing the student who brought Fr. Tom to this campus. She did a beautiful job of organizing the event and allowing a kind man who has dedicated his life to service to come to Mercyhurst and share his thoughts. However, I think that with every future event that is to come, especially those that address distinct people on this campus, we need to be much mote selective in choosing speakers so that everyone will be respected. Perhaps n. i the event would have been-better f l l 'ft a'debate -•''J* One of the Honduran students tried to address Fr. Tom when his speech was over. She wanted to share the story of how her father came from nothing to being an eye doctor for the poor. She wanted to tell him that her I talked with a few Honduran parents have always encouraged students after his speech and self-sacrifice and service. He turned his back to her and was surprised to hear where they walked out the door, saying over come from. One student has a father who is his shoulder; "I serve the poor." an ophthalmologist However, he Too bad the Mercyhurst stuprovides his services for free to dents who attended that event those who are needy. Her mother have no idea that he has closed is a psychologist his mind off to those Hondurans Another student has two doc- who have already succeeded in tors for parents. The last time bringing the world to Mercythat I checked, a person needs an hurst *\ education in order to be a doctor. The degree is only obtained after
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voices. Mary Hembrow Snyder keeps quoting to me Juan Segundo, "Where we stand determines what we see," and I find myself standing in multiple places. I am writing this as a teacher of Hispanic language and cultures, as a teacher who has led six student groups to do mission work in Mexico, as an activist and as a mother. First, the teacher. This year I have been privileged to work with Melissa Smith, an education major and Spanish minor who spent her summer volunteering with the poorest of the poor in Honduras. Melissa decided to organize last week's lecture bringing Father Thomas Goekler, the priest from the Honduran mission, to campus, in order to speak about the effect of globalization on what is commonly known as the 'Third World," but which is actually the "Two Thirds World," in terms of population. Melissa sought financial support from a variety of departments, purchased and prepared food for die reception, arranged for F t Tom's housing and meals and made sure that he interacted with the students who had volunteered with him in previous alternative breaks, with faculty and administrators. This experience is what most teachers dream of: having a student who understands, who "gets it," and who works to share her vision with others. I was also gratified as a teacher to see the huge turn-out, some of them Spanish majors and minors, some students who have done service in othep contexts, some members of our vibrant international student community. As a volunteer group leader, I was moved by the lecture imitate the very world we're when it touched the memories resisting and experiences I have had in As a mother, I wonder how I Mexico and Guatemala. This can create a secure, stimulating, fall, I stood with five students wholesome world for my kids, in the hallway of a hospice even as I try to encourage them run by the Sisters of Charity to be concerned for others, to in Merida, Mexico, reading the care about the environment, to admonition of the founder to resist injustice, to understand the nuns, to always be kind and our imerconnectedness. like loving to the needy so that "the it or not, my children are wildly poor will forgive us the bread privileged compared to the that we give them." Ft Tom majority of the people on this rightly reminded us that charily earth. I believe that all children —while necessary in the present deserve a safe home, enough - does not ultimately transform food, a challenging education, the structures that have cre- an opportunity to do meaningated an unjust distribution of ful work in the world and a resources. That what we "give" mountain of love and tenderis often not really ours to begin ness. I try to guard against the with, we just ended up with it tendencyforme to want to save through birth, geography, luck, the "good stuff" only for my or, often, blindness to the needs children, trying always to see my child in the faces all over of others. As an activist, the lecture the world. Moreover, I know challenged me in my busy life, that some day my children will to renew myfocuson the politi- be called to account for their cal activities in Washington, to privilege, a privilege that they see connections between Latin themselves have not created, America and the Middle East, but which some day they will in terms of our policies in these need to negotiate as they make places and our nation's attitude their way into the world. I hope - which is both so gready gener- someone will challenge them to ous and outrageously arrogant be responsible, will ask for their - in the world. It also reminded best selves, with respect, with me — very clearly—that in order love, and with every expectato struggle for those in our tion that they will listen to the world who are not seen or who call. And I hope they turn out are seen as "non-people," we a little like Melissa Smith, or Ester Claros, or Joe Betts or must never fall into the trap of turnAdam ing others into non-people ourselves. Davis, Then I'll have First, we must create a safe done my job right place for people to come together, a respectful way to have Sincerely, the conversation, and we must always hold each other with Alice Edwards, Ph.D great sensitivity, so we don't dehumanize with stereotypes Chair, Department of World and misconceptions, mocking languages and Gdkurea,,' *; a!§sj( or silencing each other. O u r struggle should model the world we want to create, not
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Fighting spies in cyberspace: Bill gets tough on Internet crooks
Editorial from t W Dallas Morning News Knight Ridder Newspapers Think you're the only person looking at your bank account on your computer screen? Think again. And chalk it up to spyware, which amounts to someone peering into your private life online. ^ Spyware is a software code that unscrupulous advertisers and criminals secretly dump on computers to learn more about online users. Once there, it can KRT do an incredible amount of mischief, gi It can crash your computer, allow a crook to hijack your system, steal your financial records or who secretly install spyware or don't give users the even your identity. And you may be none the wiser chance to keep their online activities private. until it's too late, This hasn't been an easy road. California Republican Rep. Mary Bono is takBono's earlier attempt to craft anti-spyware leging direct aim to outlaw this unethical, ruthless islation inadvertently was written in such a way as practice. * , , to impair legitimate tracking technology known as We applaud this much-overdue legislation, backed "cookies." Those are generally harmless files that by Texan Joe Barton, who heads the House Comallow a Web-site to recognize the computer whenmittee on Energy and Commerce. ever a person revisits it Unlike spyware, cookies The measure takes a hard line against malicious don't divulge personally identifiable information access to computers without crippling technology but do allow advertisers to track the effectiveness that is useful to online advertisers. Thafs no small of their online advertising. ^ balancing act | „ The legislation now goes to the full House for a The bill bans any deceptive attempt to collect vote later this year. personal information or to hijack a computer. It Tough legislation is needed to control this ruthalio requires users of tracking technology to tell less sector of cyberspace; this bill is a step in the consumers in plain English mat they are tallying tight direction. broad marketing information. The bill empowers the Federal Trade Comma.don to levy hefty fines against Web-stte operator.
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State Fair' opens this Friday
MARCH 16. Marc Broussard, Will Hoge. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland. MARCH 17. Jerry Seinfeld. Palace Theater, Cleveland. MARCH 18. Styx, REO Speedwagon. Tullio Arena, Erie. $40.50. On sale at Tullio Arena box office, Ticketmastcr outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com., by phone at 452-4857 or 4567070.: MARCH 18. David Sanbom. Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State University, Buffalo. On sale at (716) 878-3005. MARCH 18. Jimmy Cliff. Rex Theater, Pittsburgh. MARCH 18. Motorhead, Corrosion of Conformity. Agora Theatre, Cleveland. MARCH 19. Clarks. Sherlock's, Erie. $15. MARCH 19. Nelly. State Theatre, Cleveland. MARCH 19. Eddie Money. Bears Den, Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, N.Y. MARCH 19. 'Comedy. George Carlin. Warner Theatre, Erie. $39.50. On sale at Tullio Arena box office, Ticketmasterv outlets, by phone at 452-4857 or 4567070, online at www.ticketmaster.com. MARCH 19. Wish You Were Here. House of Blues, Cleveland. MARCH 22. Ashlee Simpson. Playhouse Square, Cleveland. On sale at ticketsxom, by phone at (800) 766-6048. I * MARCH 22-26. Dance. "Riverdance " Warner Theatre, Erie^$37.50 to $59.50. On sale at Tullio Arena box office; on sale at Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 4524857 or 456-7070, online at www.ticketmaster.com. MARCH 23. Jill Scott State Theatre, Cleveland. On sale at tickets.com, (800) 7666048. i MARCH 23. Steve Earle and the Dukes, Allison Moorer. House of Blues, Cleveland. MARCH 24. Indigo Girls. Odeon, Cleveland. MARCH 26. EkoosrikHookah. House of Blues, Cleveland. 1 MARCH 26. Collin Raye. Niagara Fallsview Casino, Niagara Falls, Ont On sale at (888) 836-8118.} MARCH 27. B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland. Palace Theater, Cleveland MARCH 29. Duran Duran, CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland. MARCH 29. Maroon 5, Donnas. Bryce Jordan Center, State College. On sale at Ticketmaster, by phone at (800) 863-3336. MARCH 31. New Found Glory, Reggie and the Full Effect, Eisley. Junker Center, Perin State Behrend, Erie. $18, $20 at the door. On sale at Behrend's Reed Union Building, More on-sale sites TBA. Information provided by GoEm.com
One such student was pointed By Meghan Sullivan out by many of the students Arts & Entertainment editor involved with the show. Senior composition major Matthew Reindulic steals the limelight in hisfirstrole in a musical as Abel, This Friday Rodgers and Hammers tein*s "State Fair" from the male lead. the D'Angelo school of music "Matt has never done a musiopens at Mercyhurst Prep. This cal before so it's amazing to see production is die second annual how much he has learned in the student run musical performed process of memorizing lines, by Mercyhurst students. learning dances and polishing The masterminds behind this songs. His voice is really goryear's production are director geous" said Rockage. Jennifer Coffman* producer "State Fair" also stars stuBlake Gority, musical director dents Mark Donlin, Jonathan Richard Rockage and choreogFisher, Emily Roe, Leah Zahner, rapher Jessica Provensano. Michelle Thompson and Joe This musical is unique in its Zamora. With intent of carrying on construction. It wasn't even on the student produced musical Broadway until both Rodger and tradition Jessica Provensano Hammerstein were dead. "State and Richard Rockage are already Fair" was jigsawed together scheming away for next year. mostly from songs from other Meghan SuBivan/Conlribuling photographer As of right now the two are musicals and trunk songs (which Featured above are leads Michelle Thompson, Jonathan Fisher, Matt Reindullc and Emily considering Kander and Ebb's are songs that were cut before Roefromthis year's student run musical. 1 "Chicago." Rockage, majoring shows opened on Broadway). in compostion while minoring "State Fair" takes place in Iowa with a hard-working cast and my reeds are diverse and talented of the Gershwins, cWho could in "connections," is attempting in the 1940s. It is criticized and to get the rights. praised for its sweet and corny exceptional pit These talented on many instruments, my strings ask for anything more?*" "State Fair" starts at 7:30 p.m* The cast is a motley mix of Rodgers and Hammerstein's instrumentalists bring the miss- are very lush, my brass is full, ing piece to this musical puzzle and I have a trumpet player that music majors and various actors at Mercyhurst Prep this Friday plot. "State Fair" is expected to during the show's final week of makes the angel Gabriel sound from other majors. The show and Saturday. Tickets for stulike a second rate Klezmer play- offers the opportunity for many dents are $1. top last year's premiere student rehearsals. production of "Anything Goes" "My rhythm section is tight, er," said Rockage. "In the words Mercyhurst students to shine.
The story of one woman's struggle with having anlabortion
By Christina Ferranti Contributing writer Vera Drake, a quiet, pleasant roman, lives life happily in Engand around the 1950s, despite e post-war hardships that surounds and remains a reoccurg issue for the Drakes. She brings a bit of cheer to Everyone she encounters. She risks invalids to fix them a cup 3f tea and keep them company; she cleans a rich family's house, then returns home to her husband and her grown son and daughter where they live a quaint family life. What is so interesting about Vera Drake's normal life, one knay ask; she performs illegal abortions once or twice a week to women in need of her help. Everything in Vera's life confines wonderfully until one of her 'patients" falls seriously ill due to e abortion she performed. The olice trace these events back to Sera and suddenly interrupt the [stability in her life. This is a story, not about abortion, but rather the struggles that ire faced by people who decide o have abortions, the difference n the rich and poor class obtainng an abortion and the conseing these women out because] they have no where else to turnj they are of a poor background and cannot substantiate the unborn child or they may have been raped. Keeping this in mind, Vera i scorned by her sister-in-law who is attempting to establish hei name in society; her family, in general, has mixed reactions tc discovering her secret life. Mike Leigh, the director of thi film, establishes a picturesqud family living happily despite theii circumstances. He chose each character accordingly for his oi her naturalness in the role each individual plays. Actually, he chose the actors) and actresses and allowed them to adapt to the role and create the sort of believable image of family life during the 1950s. I : J As you will discover, this suc-l cessfully works and the audience believes and feels as if they are a part of this family, participating in the emotions that arise throughout the film. I Thisfilmis a memorable some what controversial one elucidating the realities of abortion i accordance with the differenc in class and how a family cope with the absence of their mos precious family member.
Vera Drake' today at the PAC
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"Vera Drake" plays in the PAC today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
quences, during thattimeperiod, that Vera could possibly be facing for her illegal secret life. Along with Vera, there are a few subplots, which are portrayed within the family and also outside of the family. The wealthy people that employ Vera have a young adult daughter who is raped by her boyfriend and becomes pregnant Her story parallels that of everyone else in the film in that she obtains an illegal abortion from a private clinic where she spends quite a bit of money to have the procedure done, . [^ Another subplot involves Lily, Vera's lifelong friend that sells sugar via the black market, organizes and arranges the time of each abortion that Vera performs and slips her the addresses of these desperate women each week when Vera comes for the sugar. u. What Vera is unaware of is that lily charges two pounds for each abortion. So, when the police apprehend Vera they realize that she has been doing this for over 20 years without charging any money and doing it for the goodness of others. Considering abortion was an illegal act, the police interrogated Vera and asked why she has continually broken the law. Her response is that she is only help-
'Suessical: The Musical' delights audiences
What rhymes with "smash hit musical?" Suessical, of course. "After all my years being stuck on a page, would you ever imagine you'd see me on a stage?" With these words, one of the most beloved Dr. Seuss characters, the Cat in the Hat comes to life at the Erie Playhouse. "Seussical: the Musical," by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, brings together the most famous tale characters from Dr. Seuss' many children's books in a brand new, exciting story. "Seussical: the Musical" is a wonderful theatrical experience for the entire family. Both children and adults will be enraptured with the tale. Some characters will fall in love, some will have desperate adventures and some will save the world. Erie Playhouse favorite, Charles Corritore puts on the trademark cap as the Cat in the Hat, popping into the imagination of a young boy named Jojo, played by Dominic Barbara in his Mainstage debut The Cat in the Hat introduces him to H or ton the Elephant (Dave Edmunds), who just discovered the planet Whoviile. ^An array of characters spring to life, including Gertrude McFuzz (Jean Malthaner), Mayzie La Bird (Karen Nasca), Sour Kangaroo (Brenda Sanford), General Genghis (Kevin Feyas) and the Wickers ham Brothers (John Burton, Kev. Cooncy, and Richard Davis). Steve Ropski plays the Mayor of Whoviile, with Susan Baxter as his wife, Don Baxter is Judge Ycrtle, Derrick Ulmer is Vlad Vladikoff and Allen Smith fills the shoes of the Grinch. Camellia Tatara, Kate Amatuzzo and Sarah Sesler perform as the Bird Girls. The chorus of Whos features Eddie Baxter, Shelly Benjamin, Dan Boyer, Mag Cooney, Julian Decker, Stacey Dias, Jeremiah Gibbons, Jerry Gill, Juanita Kleckner, Allison Martin, Susan Mul Colleen Prittie, Tom Wager and Leah Walters. Director/ Choreographer Almitra Clcrkin brings the characters from page to stage, with Brenda Evans serving as vocal director Dr. Seuss could tell. Information provided by the Ed ne and Andrew Rainbow leading "Seussical: the Musical" runs Playhouse a full orchestra that brings the March 10-13 and 16-20. Tickets ebullient score to life. are $10 for students. The team behind "Seussical: the Musical," composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens, conceived the show along with Eric Idle of "Monty Python" fame. Flaherty and Ahrens also col* laborated on the musicals "Once on Island," "My Favorite Year," and "Ragtime," as well as the animatedfilm"Anastasia." The duo have won a Tony, Drama Desk * 2627 Parade Street and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Convenient to Mercyhurst and received two Grammy nomi(Corner of 27th and Paradeinsidc Reel Entertainment Video]] nations. "Seussical: the Musical" is an exciting, uplifting story that ONLY $5.00 keeps with the tradition of Dr. (7 consecutive days in our Sold Series) Seuss' works. Dr. Seuss believed in helping New customers only - limited time offer No appointment needed! a friend in need, not giving up Open Every Dayl and keeping a promise. He also believed in the pure power of imagination. "Seussical: The Musical" brings imagination to life. Bring your children or just your inner-child to a dazzling adventure that only
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companies perform abstract pieces that leave the audience wondering how to interpret what they just saw. Not so for the Koresh Dance Company who pride themselves on offering a story to the audience so that they can relate to what's happening on stage. Another aspect Koresh is known for is the strong athleticism of the dancers who exhibit mind-blowing flexibility and incredible endurance, which is taken to a new level of contemporary dance. The finesse of this show will keep the audience on the edge of their seats and even may want you to join in with the electrifying feel. The enthusiastic energy that surges through the entire show animates the audience and the captivation never ceases. Koresh Dance Company will be coming to Mercyhurst College's Mary D'Angel o Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Box Office or by phone, 814-8243000. Prices for Mercyhurst College students with ID are $10.00.
Sexually charged Koresh Dancers to perform
By Christina Ferranti Contributing writer Koresh Dance Company to perform at $ Mercyhurst's Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center The Koresh Dance Company was founded in Philadelphia by Israeli native Ronen Koresh in 1991. Koresh's choreography combines jazz, ballet and modern dance to form an innovative style, which sets this company "East of Podunk" conjures up apart from most contemporary a different perspective of rural dance companies in America. life that contains unexpected The Koresh Dance Company's twists and allows the audience powerful technique and expres- to invoke emotions of humor sive ability fulfills their mission because we begin to see the aswhich is to break through bound- sociation between our lives and aries of traditional choreography those being portrayed on stage. and offer audiences an exciting One of the most unique asexperience. pects of this program is the There ate nine incredibly ver- connection that could be made satile dancers that make up The here to Mercyhurst College. Koresh Dance Company. Their Students are always yearning to suggestive and vibrant style of have an invigorating experience dance, which often plays up whenever the opportunity arises, the flirtation element between but inevitably there always seems people, is handled in a curiously like there is nothing to do. tactful way. This is exactly how these dancIt's this sexually charged tightrope dance that makes the audience sit on the edge of the seats with great anticipation. Ronen Koresh hired American choreographer Donald Byrd to set a dance piece on the dancers that portrays a story set in ordinary everyday life. I had the opportunity to view this piece entitled, € c living in East Podunk," which depicts rural life in any small town in America. The piece can be quite evocative at times and exposes life among college aged people in rural south.
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The Koresh Dance Company performs at Mercyhurst on March 19 at 7:30 p.m.
ers come across on the stage; they blundy focus on men attempting to attract women and vice versa in a typical southern style. The dancers portray the jealousness and viciousness of girls when it comes to attracting, or in this sense, preying on a guy. Just the tide of the three numbers offered in the program,
'^Twisted Pleasures/' "Living in East Podunk," and "Backtracks," offers the impression of something not seen danced on stage before. You may not personally find yourself in the sort of situations that are revealed by the dancers, but you will get a few laughs out of it and maybe think of times
that this has happened to you. By depicting ordinary life, the audience, who can easily relate to the characters on stage, can be lured into the dance's powerful message that there's always something more complex and meaningful to life than the eye sees. Most contemporary dance
College really could b e all?fun a n d g a m e s w i t h video g a m i n g
lar to a major in film studies. History of Games 204? Quick as a mouse click, Columbia hopes to cash in on the gamPromising it as a way into the ing industry's winning outlook. future and maybe stoking the Across the country, schools worst fears of college parents have added courses and even Chicago's Columbia College will academic majors in video game decide this spring whether to let design. The academic offerings students major in video games. have joined a $7 billion industry As early as next fall, the school in which single games can have could start the course program budgets up to f30 million and for designing games, not playing creative staffs of 200. them. *^ft ) "We are confident that this The curriculum would be simi- would become^very big for \is," By James Janega Knight Ridder Newspaper said admissions executive director Murphy Monroe. Student Peter Martinez builds his perfect woman. She has blue hair and red eyes. She fights unjust authority. Her name is Reflex, and she has the ears of a mouse. 'It's a story I've always had in mind," Martinez said, his words hurried and his slenderfingersa rapid blur. "A lot of comic book guys have that, where they have a story in mind for a long time." Growing up in Chicago, he knew when he was 6 that he loved video games. At 10, he knew he could make them better than anyone else. At 22, he is about to graduate with a degree in interactive multimedia. "At the time, it sounded tike the closest thing this school had to a game development curriculum," he complained. No more. Now. the games are more complicated, the applications more widespread, and the appeal to create them more broad-based, he said. f The University of Illinois at Chicago offers a video game design course, while the Illinois Institute of Art offers a bachelor of fine arts^DePaul University started offering a game design major last fall. A master's program in gaming is available at Georgia Tech and at Carnegie Mellon University. rfln the bigger programs, the course load is technical and broad, and needs to be, say game designers. "1 kntrw the tools. That's no
problem," Martinez said. "But a lot of the important things like tweaking your game, where to start from, what people to pick to help you on a project I didn't know any of that "You're not picking up kids off the street to do that You need people with specialized knowledge and experience and a certain level of education," Delia Rocca said ^"With any luck," Gerding said out of Martinez's earshot, 'Teter portends the future." . #.J
'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
By Matthew Reindulic Contributing writer It's the year 2021. As if a world wide nuclear war didn't kill enough of humanity, the uranium infused air constantly radiates all Irving creatures and causes mutations to the point of mental illness and then death. All of the rich, and most of the intelligent, earthlings emigrated to Mats. All that is left are those who are too comfortable to move, or those who are affected by the nuclear "dust" so much that the government won't allow them to breed or emigrate. Among those left on Earth life is cherished above all. This results in semi-worship of all life, even animals. The leader of this new religious movement is Wilbur Mercer and all of the citizens frequently turn on their empathy boxes to relive Mercer's hard ascension up the hill of life until he, and consequently they, reach death. However, there are not enough animals to be distributed to all Earthlings, so they begin to construct electronic facsimiles of animals (even though they are blase). Not only replicas of animals were made though; Androids were constructed in human form to work as slaves for the upperckssman of Mars. It is when a rogue group of androids go on a killing spree to leave their lives of servitude on the Red Planet to escape to Earth that San Francisco police officer Rick Deckard is called upon to "retire" (meaning in the Sci-Fi/Beatnik tongue to "deep six") these androids before they can end another precious and sanctified life Deckard begins questioning the tool that he uses to judge whether these extremely humanlike androids are really artificial, a f scale based on empathy. ?] But as technology develops, this test is proving to become futile. Deckard easily offs the first two of this murderous crew of scoundrel androids.. but the
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By Ryan Palm Sports editor After splitting a pair of games during spring break, the men's volleyball team went 1-1 this past week after dealing with a near two-week layoff. After returning from a two game trip at Quincy Feb. 25-26, the Lakers traveled to Buffalo, N.Y. to tangle with DYouville University. It tookfivegames, but the Lakers were able to hit nearly lights out in the fifth game to take the 3-2 decision. Senior Dave Schmidt led both teams with 27 kills, adding four block assists and three aces to finish with 32 points on the evening. Following Schmidl in the point column was senior Austin Siewart, whose 10 block assists coupled with 12 kills added 19 points. Junior setter Dan Kick was errorless setting the ball, as he converted 63 assists with no mistakes. Sophomore libero Dennis Telaak added 13 digs for the Lakers. Later that week the Lakers returned home for the first time since mid February, as they hosted the Mastadons from IPFW. The Lakers hung with IPFW all night, but the 32 team service errors cost them in the end as they fell in five games by the score of 3-2. Playing in front of 228 at the Athletic Center, the Lakers got out to a hot start hitting .405 in the opener, which they won 30-28. f The serving woes were ever present in the second and third games, as they Lakers soon fell behind 2*1 by dropping a pair of dose games by the scores of. 31-29 and 30-27. | Facing a possible 3-1 defeat, Mercyhurst came out and hit .500 in game four, as they nothced 20 kills with just three errors in winning the most lopsided game of them all, 30-25. In the tiebreaking game five, only played to 15 points, the Lakers got out to a red-hot start by jumping out to a 5-0 lead. That lead soon vanished, as the Mastadons went on a run to eventually tie the game at 12-12. The five service errors in the final frame proved extra costly, as the Lakers fell 15-17. § T f *i IPFWs Matt Zbyszewski led all scorers with 32 kills aand five blocks, and the Mastadons only had one other player in doubledigits in the kills column. Mercyhurst was again led by Schmidl, as his 29 blocks proved to be not quite enough. Junior Justin Waas chipped in 22 blocks with just five errors, and also added four service aces and nine digs. Freshman Dan England added seven block assists up front for the Lakers. Kick had another good night setting, adding 79 assists with only one error in his 132 attempts, good for a .598 percentage. The team traveled two days later to Ohio to tangle with the Buckeyes of Ohio State University. • The Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 13 and boasted a 7-1 record in Midwestern Intercollegaite Volleyball Association play coming into the contest The men fell in three games, 30-16,30-26 and 30-24. Leading the Lakers was Schmidl again, as he tallied 12 blocks and picked up two points courtesy of four block assists. Nate Keegan was close behind Schmidl with nine kills. Kick was able to notch four aces for the team, which led everyone, in addition to his 31 assists. The service errors were not nearly the thing to blame this afternoon, as the Lakers only had 16 errors for the match. The struggle came from the overall hitting as a team, as they struggled to a .075 hitting percentage compared to their team average of .324. I The Lakers, who are now 7-8 overall and 4-8 in MTVA play will Colleen Reiner/Contributing photographer continue on the road on Friday, March 18, when they travel to The blocking of senior Austin Siewart (left top) has been something the Lakers have dePcnn State. pended upon In their recent strech against MIVA foes such as IPFW and Ohio State.
W o m e n ' s lacrosse upended by No. 1 Adelphia
By Ryan Palm*Sports editor ,$> The No. 9 women's lacrosse team has gotten off to a shaky start to begin their ninth season of play under first year head Coach Cecil Pilson. Pilson was named head coach of the women's lacrosse program by Director of Athletics Pete Russo in early July of last year. Pilson came to Mercyhurst after several seasons as an assistant at Longwood University. Pilson will also work with the field hockey team. This season is unique from last year as that the field hockey and lacrosse programs shared the same coach, Stacey Gaudctte. Gaudette now primarily works with field hockey, assisting with lacrosse. The Lakers opened their season in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where they played Lees McRae on Feb. 27. The Lakers dominated from the start, as they were cruising 10-1 at half The second half was much of the same, as they would claim victory in their opener by a score of 14-4. Leading the way for Mercyhurst was senior Kristen Jankowski, who tallied five goals and an assist Close behind Jankowski was Kelsey French who added six points of her own with four goals and two assists. Seniors Carrie Kramer and Amanda Bement each notched two scoxes to finish the scoring Senior goalie Jessica Bunker made 13 saves in the win. The return to northern part of the country has not been kind to the Lakers, as they have fallen in both games they have played thus far in the Keystone State. On March 4 the Lakers squared off against the RamsfromPhiladelphia University. The Lakers were upset on this day, as the Rams got out to a 10-4 lead that Mercyhurst could never bounce back from. Despite outscoring Philadelphia in the second half by a score of 7-5, the Lakers fell by a final of 15-11. W/ Leading the Lakers was French with four goals and an assist, while senior Dara Liberati scored three goals and tallied an assist Bunker again made 13 saves for Mercyhurst In their most recent action, the Lakers took on the No. 1 ranked Adelphi University on March 12£ The Panthers were on top from the get-go, as they shot out to a 12-1 lead at halftime. The Lakers showed some life in the second half to score five goals, but it was not nearly enough as they fell 16-6. Six different women scored for the Lakers, who were led by French who tallied a goal and an assist Bunker made 12 saves in the loss. Elizabeth Undsey/Conlnbutlng photographer The Lakers return to action on March 16, when they host Junior attack Kelsey French (21) was the lone Laker to tally two points against Adelphi. St Vincent for a 4 p.m. game at Tullio Field.
Wrestlers finish ninth at NCAA s, McAvinew takes second place
By Chris Van Horn Contributing writer The Mercyhurst College wrestling team put the finishing touches on a great season at the NCAA Division II Nationals. The Lakers placed ninth at the tournament, which was held in Omaha, Neb. The team also placed four grapplers in individual competition of the eight wrestlers that qualified. Senior Ben McAvinew placed second in the 184 lb weight class, falling in a 12-2 decision to a now two-time national champion. Sophomore Zach Shafer placed fourth in the 165 lb class. Freshman Don Cummings placed fifth in the 141 lb class, and senior Ricky Randazzo placed eighth in the 125 lb class. nd | Afterfinishing2 at the NCAA Division II Bast Regional, the Lakers wrestled hard and came out with four All- Americans. Their performance capped a season which the Lakers finished 13-7 in dual match competition, including victories in their final four matches. The Lakers shouldfinishin the top 10 in the final polls, as the team was ranked #7 in the final poll before Nationals. "Overall we had a very solid season. We battled through some tough times and overcame some key injuries," assistant coach Doug Cumes said "The guys worked hard all season long and although we would have liked to finish higher at Nationals, we are not at all disappointed with our 91 effort, Curnes said. ! *The second place finish from McAvinew and the fourth place finish by Shafer were the two highest individual finishes that the Lakers have ever had. Their 13 victories in duel comth petition were the most under 4 year coach Tony Cipollone, who has been the only coach in program history. The Lakersfinishedthe regular season on a tear as they were unbeaten in their final four contests. Their last two victories came against No. 11 Findlay on Feb. 11 by a score of 25-13, and No. 19 Gannon on Feb. 19 by a score of 30 7. | It was the second time this season that the Lakers pounded therivalGolden Knights. Looking ahead to next season, the Lakers will be losing seven seniors, including All-Americans McAvinew and Randazza However, the team is confident that they can fill the holes left by their graduating teammates. "We should have one of the top recruiting classes this year. Last th year we had the 11 best class in Division II and this year should be even higher. Our freshman and sophomores from this year are more than capable of filling holes as well, so we should be in solid shape," coach Curnes said.
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Women hockey NCAA bound
By Ryan Palm Sports editor This past weekend was a historical one at the Mercyhurst Ice Center, as with their pair of wins in the College Hockey America Women Tournament the women's ice hockey team was able to qualify for its first NCAA Tournament in the program's history. The Lakers are now traveling to Harvard University for the NCAA Tournament opener, where they will square off at 4 p.m. | The team was able to cruise through the second half of their regular season schedule, as the Lakers won eight straight heading into the CHAW Tournament The tournament, held at Mercyhurst as a result of Mercyhurst winning the regular season crown, featured two semi-final games on Saturday and the championship game on Sunday. The Lakers played in the opener on Saturday, squaring off against the Bobcats from Quinnipiac, The Bobcats entered the postseason tournament on a six-game skid, falling in nine of their last 10 contests. The Lakers got on the board with :54 left in the period. Sophomore Stephanie Borbeau was 2-0 late in the period on a pair of goals from the same skater. Not to be upended by linemate Bourbeau, Marchese scored twice in a span of five minutes put the Lakers ahead 2-0 heading into the first intermission. The first Marchese tally was assisted by sophomore defender Lesley McArthur, and the later score by Shirley and McDonald. Five minutes into the third period the Lakers were given a power play opportunity after a hooking call on Marchese, although the Lakers failed to convert on the power play, soon thereafter Julie Colizza executed a textbook give-and-go with Shirley. Thefinalscore of the tide bout was 4-1, a strong signal of the Lakers stellar defense. The All-Tournament Team featured plenty of blue and green, Elizabeth Undsey/Contributing Photographer as Marchese was named Tournament MVP. Earning First Team Danielle Lansing honors were Bourbeau, McDonJust over a minute later the ald, Ayerst and Lansing. Lakers scored again, this one The Lakers also cleaned house courtesy of the stick of Yule. in the CHA post-season awards, The scoringfinishedup just 11 as the Lakers claimed four of seconds later when Sarah Kurth the six spots on the CHA Firstbeat the goalie for her second Team. goal of the campaign. Marchese took home not only In the CHA tide game, the a spot on the First Team, but was Lakers squared off against Ni- also named the CHA Player of agara, who defeated Wayne State the Year. 3-0 in Saturday's other semifinal Accompanying Marchese on game. the First Team were a pair of re After getting off to a slow start sophomore defenders, Pendleton for the second time in as many and Bonnelo. Also earning Firstdays, the Lakers again went up Team status was Clark.
The leadership of the five seniors will be crucial to upset the Crimson on Saturday.
fed right outside the crease from year was assisted by seniors Sara sophomore Stephanie Jones and McDonald and Chrissy Yule, freshman Danielle Ayerst | The second goal of the peBefore PA announcer Dave riod came from Bourbeau, who Leisering could even finish an- matched her hat trick in last year's nouncing the first Laker goal, semifinals with one in this year's tournament Bourbeau struck again. Her second goal of the conSenior Teresa Marchese and test came off of another Ayerst sophomore Michelle Bonnello assist, and in a matter of 18 were credited with the assists. seconds the Lakers went from The final goal of the middle being in a scoreless tie to having session came from senior fora two goal advantage. ward Lindsey Dellow, whose & The Lakerfirstgoal was scored eighth goal of the season came by junior defender Danielle Lan- courtesy of Yule and McDonsing Lansing's fourth goal of the a l d . ^ Wl % The third period saw yet more scoring from the Lakers, as by the time thefinalhorn sounded, the Lakers triumphed over Quinnipiac by a final of 9-1. The Lakers, leading 5-0 heading into the final frame, added four more scores in the third period. Ashley Pendleton got the scoring going when she scored almost just underfiveminutes into the period. Mercyhurst continued the scoring barrage a couple minutes later when Shirley lit the lamp at 12:04 with the assist credited to
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By Matt Jackson Contributing writer Coach Gary Manchel and his Mercyhurst Laker basketball team came into the 2004-2005 season with fresh memories of a fairly successful 03-04 campaign, w •. Manchel's team qualified for the conference tournament, produced two All-GIIAC players, and finished near the top of the nation in defense, all in just his first year as head coach at Mercyhurst The catch this season was that the majority of the men that helped to create those successful memories for Manchel were no longer on the team. Jawad Ali and Mitch Brennan were the only returning starters from the 03-04 team. This obviously means the Lakers were young and inexperienced as a team, but it wasn't just the inexperience that would lead it appears in hindsight that this they played at the Mercyhurst worries weren't ,far off. . Athletic Center. Ali showed signs of excelAny athlete will tell you that lence at different points in the support from the crowd can reseason, including three 27-point allyfirea team up and push their performances in a four game game to another level fueled by span, but seemed to lack the determination. consistency the other top scorers A third, and possibly the most in the league possessed. crucial, problem for the Lakers Ali completed the season with this season was they put the a 12.9 scoring average, which is other team on the foul line too by no means a poor season, but much while not getting to the line if you take a look at some of the enough themselves. top teams in the league such as The Lakers were called for 111 Findlay, Ferris State, Michigan more fouls than their opposition Tech and Gannon, you will see I in the 27-game season. that they all possess a leading Only Saginaw Valley State scorer of 16 ppg or higher and a was called for more fouls in the second option with about 12 or GLIAC, and it should be noted more ppg. that they also finished on the Another possible problem outside looking in come time for this season for the Lakers could postseason play. The large amount of fouls be put on the shoulders of the Mercyhurst College students committed by the Lakers led to and surrounding community and an incredible difference in the free throws they attempted and their lack of support Attendance averaged nearly converted than that of their optwo times higher when the Lak- ponents. Mercyhurst opponents scored ers played on the road than when 105 more points from the charity stripe than the Lakers. .^. -i. - v You can look on the opposite side of the spectrum to put this in better perspective. Gannon scored 197 more points from the line than their opponents. Despite these problems, Manchel has reason to be optimistic going into the offseason. Unlike last year the Lakers will be returning the majority of their lineup, with the exception of Ali and senior Steve Horner. I Next season the Lakers will have back their second, third and fourth top scorers, their top rebounder Andy Kubinski and their leader in assists, freshman Terry Smith. Manchel, going into his third season, will also be bringing in his own recruiting class for only the second time at Mercyhurst and will have more players on the team hand picked by him for his style of play.
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By Ryan Palm Sports editor The Mercyhurst men's hockey team has been blazing as of late, winning five in a row and seven of their last eight contests, A spark has been lit since Coach Rick Gotkin swapped junior Andy Ftanck for sophomore Mike Ella in between the pipes back in mid February. Ella has won five straight, including crucial wins over Holy Cross and Sacred Heart, the top two teams in the conference when the games were played. Ella was named Mercyhurst Athlete of the Week for two consecutive weeks during that span, and he also received consecutive honors from Atlantic Hockey for his stellar play Mercyhurst took a pair of games from Sacred Heart as spring break was finishing up, Mar. 4-5, to secure the hosting of a conference playoff game. At the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals, the Lakers entertained the Huskies from UConn, who finished the regular season with a 11-22-3 overall record, and 1012-2 in Atlantic Hockey, good for sixth place. Uncharacteristic to Ella's play of late, UConn lit the lamp two times in the first two minutes of play in the first period. Bill Magnuson and Chris Uber of UCONN both scored early, even-strength goals to put the Huskies ahead quickly by 2-0. The Lakers were able to gain back some confidence after killing a Matt Warren penalty at 6:26. Mercyhurst got on the board midway through the period when T.J. Kemp executed a perfect give-and-go to tally his eighth goal of the year. Kemp fed the puck from the blue line down into senior Rich Hansen, who made a pictureperfect pass back to a charging Kemp who beat UConn goaltender Scott Tomes. The Huskies avenged the goal four minutes later when B.J. Crum beat Ella after a previous shot deflected off the Laker goalie's leg pad. The Lakers went on a power play when Kemp was hooked deep in the UConn goal behind the net The Huskies appeared to have killed the power play until junior Dave Borrelli found the net on a one-timer with only four seconds left with the extra man. Borrelli's goal, number 15 on the year, was assisted by juniors The stellar play of goalie Mike Ella (35) has proved to be a spark for the Lakers. Kyle Gourgon and Scott Champagne. :.U Mercyhurst jumped ahead on defenseman Jamie Hunt tally with three of their own. The first period was a calm Freshman Ben Cottreau scored David Wrigley's goal at 12:47, The final goal of the night one in comparison to what the an unassisted goal, his 16th, at his team leading 17th goal put the came courtesy of an empty net middle session would bring, as 9:41 to bring the Lakers back to Lakers ahead 5-4 heading into the goal from Borrelli, his second the two teams would score four within one. third period. tally of the night goals in a six minute span, with Wrigley's score was assisted by That score gave the Lakers a 7The power play score came three of them coming from the after the two teams engaged in Scott Reynolds and Jamie Hunt 4 cushion, good enough to finish blue and green. In the third period the Lakers off the Huskies and send them a small fight following a UConn UCONN's Crum scored his cross-check. would added two insurance goals, packing for the season. second of the game six minutes >\ Kemp scored his second of the as Rich Hansen scored with six Ella rebounded nicely after into the game, as he would beat contest two minutes later when minutes to play in the period. allowing some early scores, and Ella on a one-on-one break- he connected on a one-timer Hansen's sixthgoalof the cam- finished with 20 saves on the away. from the left circle, tying the paign was assisted by freshman night The Lakers countered Crum's contest at 4-4. Matt Warren and sophomore The Lakers will travel to top
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seed Quinnipkc, located in Hamden, Conn., where they will take on the third seeded Crusaders from Holy Cross. Should they win that game, they will be in the conference championship game against the winner of the Bently/Quinnipkc Winner of that game gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs, where the Lakers faced University of Michigan back in 2001. I
By Kelly Rose Dutrine Editor-in-Chief The No. 4 ranked men's lacrosse team continued their undefeated season after dominating home wins against Mars Hill on Saturday and Lees-McRae on Sunday at Tullio Field. On Saturday, Mercyhurst saw goals from 10 different players, making thefinalscore 20-4, after a slow start for the Lakers, who were leading with just 10-4 at half time. Senior Mike McLellan scored seven goals and had three assists in the contest, tying the Mercyhurst record for goals scored in a single game for the second time in two years.
The Lakers outshot the Mars Hill lions 60-13 and junior goalie Mike Bringley only faced six shots on goal The Lions fell to 0-5 for the season. On Sunday, the next victims for the Lakers proved to be the Lees-McRae Bobcats, with a final score of 21-3. This time, the Lakers had an impressive lead throughout the game, with 10 goals in the first quarter alone. Both senior Jerod Felice and sophomore Adam Mulherin had three goals each, Mercyhurst outshot LeesMcRae 47-13, as the Bobcats fell to 4-0 for the season. Ledbetter led the Lakers with four goals. These four, combined with the three goals from Saturday helped Ledbetter jump to second alltime in total career points while at Mercyhurst This season, Ledbetter will continue in his pursuit of Paul Fullerton's C00) career mark of 142 points for the Lakers. "I'm excited about it. It is something that I never really set forth as a goal, but now it is here, its something that I am glad to try to achieve," said Ledbetter. So far, Ledbetter feels confident about the Laker's performance this season. "Overall, I feel like we are off to a really great start this season. We have a few tests coming up within a short week that will prove to make a difference in our season," said Ledbetter. Last Tuesday, the Lakers beat Catawba 22-6 at home. Mercyhurst had an impressive second half with nine goals in the third quarter, after a slow start in the first quarter. ^ The Lakers scored three unanswered goals with two minutes left to play in the half, securing their lead. Once again, 10 different Lakers scored, with Senior Mike McLellan and junior Bryon Lindner scoring three each. The Catawba Indians fell to 0-3. Needless to say, with a 4-0 record and the last three wins at home, morale is high for the Lakers, who have two games at home in the next two weeks. "It was a good start, and we are on the right path, but we still are holding our ultimate goal of winning a national champion-
Seniors Jason Lappies and Troy Ledbetter each had three goals. "It is nice to achieve personal accolades, but I realize I couldn't have done it without such a great team around me," said McLellan. "Records like this don't mean as much as playing in Philadelphia on Memorial Day (for the National Championship)," said McLellan.
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Senior Troy Ledbetter Is currently second In all-time points at Mercyhurst.
ship for this year," said senior captain Dan James. "We still realize though, that in order to accomplish this goal, we need to take things one practice and one game at a time," said James. On Saturday, March 19, the Lakers host St. Andrews at noon
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Women hoops end campaign with a win
By Matt Jackson Contributing writer For many consecutive years now the Mercyhurst women's basketball team has struggled, suffering losing season after losing season. In the 2003-2004 season the Lady Lakers went through about as bad a season a team can have, winning only one game which didn't happen until their last game of the season. But those that paid attention to that dismal season quickly found it impossible not to notice that there was one bright spot in the otherwise dull team performance. In that season freshman Julie from the All-GLIAC team to go along with winning only one game the whole season. It Is known that many players that have great freshman seasons are vulnerable to the sophomore jinx where they are unable to match their rookie year performance. Anderson did not fall under that category and this time people noticed, resulting in an AllGLIAC South Division Second Team honor. Sophomore Julie Anderson!! Junior Cassle Seth Under the new guidance from coach Nicholls, Anderson was Anderson from Verona, Ontario, coach. Anderson led the team in scor- able to improve her ppg to 15.6 was quickly establishing herself as the player to build around in ing average, rebounding average her rpg to 7.5 and her spg to 2.7, all good enough to be tops on the seasons to come, which prob- and steals per game, ably was pleasing news to Coach In the end Anderson had noth- the team. Anderson would also improve Karin Nicholls who was entering ing to show for her great freshherfirstyear as Mercyhurst head man year stats as she was snubbed her ball control skills dropping her turnover average to just 2.7 a game compared to the 3.8 she averaged last season. Most importantly, the Lady Lakers amassed eight wins, seven more than the previous season, and are well on their way to achieving a long overdue winning record in the next couple of seasons. With two seasons of eligibility left, Anderson still has a great chance to leave quite a legacy here at Mercyhurst. Although Anderson has put up the best numbers for the Lady Lakers, she is by no means the only reason for the steps of improvement the team took in their first year under Nicholls. Cassie Seth and the other starters and role players for the Lady
Lakers have made it possible for Anderson to put up the stats she has. Seth, just a junior this past season, has also had her fair share of success statistically. In the 2003-04 season Seth's 13.3 ppg helped her land Second Team All-GLIAC honors just as Anderson did this past season. The Lady Lakers will lose only one senior this season in Jessica Olmstead, and although she was a significant part of the team, Nicholls is already pursuing a recruiting class with hopes to fill the spot This will be Nichols first opportunity to bring in her own recruiting class, as she did not have the entire season to recruit.
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