Vol. 78 No. 21 Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie, Pa. 16546 May 4, 2005
began when Fairview and Girard High School superintendents, who, according to McQuillen, spoke to Mercyhurst about mirroring a North East to students in the west county. “They were an important voice in urging the college to offer programs (in that area),” he said. McQuillen feels that with the expansion of such programs will help increase the student population. “With this new campus, we hope to attract a regional and national student population,” he said. However, in contrast to North East, which has around 1200 students, Mercyhurst West plans to only begin with 500 to 600 students and “later expand,” said McQuillen. Even with the buying of such a large property, McQuillen noted that there seemed to be “no opposition,” just some concern. “There was some concern in the beginning, but the board wisely decided it was best to buy the land,” he said. “We now just have to work on the major plans and decisions for the campus.”


Mercyhurst buys land for $1.8 million
By Josh Wilwohl Layout assistant
With the decision to purchase 400acres of land in the western county for the new Girard campus, Mercyhurst set into motion only the beginning stages of a lengthy and difficult process. Last week, the board of trustees voted to pay $4,500 per acre, or $1.8 million, to the Society of the Divine Word, in order to purchase the land. According to Interim President Michael McQuillen, the purchase was financed by transferring monies to the endowment fund. The idea, according to McQuillen, is to sell a part of the land to regain the money. “We can sell a portion of the property to other developers and form more money from the land in the endowment, instead of cash,” said McQuillen. According to McQuillen, there have been enough studies to warrant the purchase. “There was sufficient information to buy (the land) and now we just need to plan ‘Mercyhurst West.’” The idea of Mercyhurst West campus

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The rendering above shows what a Mercyhurst West building would look like.

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Neighbors speak out
By Kelly Rose Duttine Editor-in-chief
Real world neighbors are complaining once again about “MercyWorld” to the City Council. According to the Erie Times-News in an April 30 article, nearly 200 neighbors of Mercyhurst College attended an Erie City Council public hearing last Friday at St. Luke’s School to complain about the destructive nature of Mercyhurst students, including students that live off campus and those traveling to and from off campus parties and bars. Neighbors cite everything from the littering of beer cans to students ruining flowers and plants in their yards from passing out or vomiting, said the article. City Council President Jim Thompson, along with the Erie Police Chief Charles Bowers promised to crack down on students based on a growing number of complaints by neighbors, according to the article. Mercyhurst College’s Office of Residence Life is also trying to crack down

Over 200 neighbors of Mercyhurst voice concerns to Erie City Council
on the situation, according to Assistant Director of Residence Life, Joe Howard. Howard attended the meeting last Friday, along with other members of the Mercyhurst College Residence Life staff, Administration and some concerned students. “It was mostly the same complaints of inconsiderate behavior that we have heard all year,” said Howard. The city has already proposed some changes to pacify neighbors for the remaining weeks of school. One way the city will try to help neighbors is through a Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) who will patrol the area around Mercyhurst College. Typically, a NAT is used in inner-city neighborhoods to deal with drugs, crime or violence. The NAT is only responsible for a particular neighborhood, and does not have to answer other police calls, so they can devote more time and attention to one area. “The NAT will be used where neighbors complained most heavily,” said Howard. Please see Neighbors on Page 3

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Jesse and Ricardo are regularly seen riding around campus. Find out all about them on page 4.

Seniors pledge to stay green at heart even after graduation
By Jennifer Ciccone Contributing writer
Underclassmen are ready for classes to be done and for summer to begin. Seniors, on the hand, are packing up their belongings for one last time at the Hurst. The truth is they will not be returning come fall, they will be in the “real world,” working to make a living and executing the skills that they have learned through their four years at Mercyhurst. But getting a job is not the only thing seniors are considering at the moment. There are a lot of loose ends and final commitments that are in need of some serious attention. The Graduation Green Pledge is one of those things seniors are being asked to reflect on as they embark on the new stage of their lives, what life is like after Mercyhurst. According to Sister Michele Schroeck, “The Graduation Green Pledge is a national effort to promote civic responsibility among graduating seniors. It was started by a student at Mercyhurst in 1998.” In early May, seniors will receive a letter explaining the origin of the Graduation Green Pledge and what exactly it entails when committing the pledge. Seniors will soon be among millions of Americans that are working to make a living and the letter explains why they want people to sign the pledge prior to graduation. “The college hopes that you will continue to carry out the social and environmental responsibility that you learned as part of your liberal arts education at Mercyhurst,” states the opening paragraph of the letter all seniors are soon to receive. This year’s pledge committee has been working hard trying to get the word out to inform graduating seniors of their options. The pledge committee consists of: Amelia Vanessa Diaz, Matt Goodrich, Jen Helbig, Ashley Herrmann, Dana Hyland, Tara Tellerito, JoEllen Taylor, and Sister Michele Shroeck, RSM. Schroeck reinforces the concept by saying, “It is an excellent opportunity for seniors to put the values they learned at Mercyhurst into practice.” The mission statement complements Mercyhurst’s own mission statement and goals for what it wants to instill in it is students. The Green Pledge mission statement reads as follows: “I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work.”

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inside this issue


New programs, summer courses? There is a lot going on with the Mercyhurst graduate programs. Page 2 It’s almost time to move out, but your garbage may be someone else’s treasure. Page 3


Find out what some ’Hurst seniors have planned after graduation.


Arts & Entertainment

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Learn about the differences between school in Poland and the U.S. Page 4

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Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ will be performed by the Erie Opera Theatre, featuring many Mercyhurst students, faculty and alumni. Page 9


Softball finishes with 7-1 stretch to make GLIAC Playoffs.

Index News...............................2 News...............................3 Feaures..........................4 Feaures..........................5 Opinon............................6 Opin................................7 A&E................................8 A&E................................9 Sports...........................10 Sports...........................11 Sports...........................12



May 4, 2005

By Missy Mulvihill Contributing writer

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Students help with Special Olympics
On Wednesday, April 27, education students, members of the Council for Exceptional Children and volunteers alike, came together to take part in the Special Olympics Track and Field meet held at Penn State Behrend’s Junker Center. The event was organized by Special Olympics coordinator, adjunct professor Kim Whalen, and junior Kelly Dombrowski, the Special Olympics officer for the Council for Exceptional Children, or CEC. “It’s great to be able to be a part of something so special to so many students with disabilities,” said Dombrowski. “I think it’s also a great opportunity for Mercyhurst students to be involved in something off campus, helping out the Erie community and spending some quality time with the population around us.” About 40 volunteers from Mercyhurst joined with other volunteers from Gannon and classes, as well as at other community events we volunteer for (E.S.O. Dances and SABAH),” said Dombrowski. “We are able to develop greater relationships with the students we teach at our practicum placements, because we get to know their interests and are able to connect with them at more events instead of just within their classroom.” The students competed in events such as the 50-meter dash, 100-meter run, softball throw (similar to the shot-put) and the long jump. “The athletes were so proud of themselves no matter what place they took. They wanted to show everyone their award ribbons,” said senior volunteer Ashley Vuono. Competing in an athletic competition was not the only thing for the students to take part in. To occupy the students between events, Mercyhurst volunteers set up an Olympic village where they helped the student athletes with arts and crafts. Some activities included noodle necklaces, noisemakers, sidewalk chalk, artwork, making s’mores and much more. The hardworking volunteers also grilled hot dogs and made lunches for all of the hungry athletes. Not only did the student athletes have a great time, the volunteers did as well. “It was a truly successful track meet,” said Dombrowski. The track and field meet is not the only Special Olympics event held annually. Every February, volunteers participate in the Winter Olympics at Peak ‘n Peak Resort and volunteers are always welcomed and needed. You do not have to be an education student or member of CEC to volunteer. After all, these events would not be successful without them. “The volunteers make a huge difference just by talking with the athletes and hanging out with them; every one of them feels important,” said Vuono. “The volunteers really made the day possible, without them it would be complete chaos.”

For the Special Olympics Track and Field meet student volunteers prepare lunch.

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Penn State Behrend to help the 75 students (ages ranged from kindergarten to adult) who came from all over the Erie School

District to participate in the track and field meet. “I think this Special Olympic Track Meet touches the hearts

of many of our education students, as we see many of the participants in our practicum placements for our education

Graduate programs continue to expand
By Jamie Myers Contributing writer
The Mercyhurst Adult and Graduate program is getting more popular by the day. Mercyhurst offers five graduate programs. In 1978, the Administration of Justice program was started, the first-ever graduate program at Mercyhurst. In 1982, Special Education, and in 1998, Organizational Leadership were launched. This year, Mercyhurst was put on the national map with two more graduate programs: Applied Intelligence and Forensic and Biological Anthropology. More than 50 applicants from all over the country are hoping that they get one of the few spots for each of the new programs. Because so many applied, no more applications will even be accepted. Applied Intelligence has 25 available spots and Forensic and Biological Anthropology has only eight spots to fill. “The word is out now and wow,” said Dr. Michael Lyden, director of adult and graduate programs. The success of the Intelligence Studies Program has helped to spread the word and get Mercyhurst on the map. Before these programs can get any bigger there needs to be more faculty and more facilities, such as labs. It is hard to recruit faculty because Mercyhurst has some of the best. “We have major league people,” said Lyden. “We’re lucky.” The Intelligence program is spreading its wings to reach Washington D.C. for distance programs. This summer, people that work in our nation’s capital will be taking part in an online course taught to those who cannot be taught in Erie. These people will work through Blackboard to interact with each other and do an independent study. The course will be interactive and not just reading. It will include links to videos, archives and references. The Special Education program is growing as well. This year, the application record was broken. Many of these students come from a 50-mile radius. This is the same for the Administration of Justice program. If you go down to Erie’s county jail, social services or the parole or corrections offices, many of these people are participating in Mercyhurst’s graduate program. The Organizational Leadership program is small and has a more intimate setting. There is a fair amount of Mercyhurst graduates that go on in this program and the Special Education program. Recent graduates usually become established somewhere and come back to take graduate courses. Mercyhurst also has 275 adult students. Whether they are parents whose children have graduated from college and now it is their turn, or people who were in the military and now have their chance to get further education, they are coming here. Other students come back after graduation to get a post-baccalaureate advanced certificate. Most of these students at Mercyhurst are young, coming back to get a degree in another major. Some come to get teaching degrees so they can teach biology or psychology for example. Mercyhurst is not advertising these programs, but people are finding out about them. They are seeking them out. Lyden explained it is easy when we have a good foundation. Mercyhurst has the dynamics and diversity of programs like bigger schools, just on a smaller scale. “These are very different people with very different purposes,” said Lyden.

Student housing update
By Kristen Piquette Advertising manager
The housing department has been making some minor changes to both on and off-campus housing. Though the housing process has stayed primarily the same, there is some new information to inquire about when looking for housing in the upcoming years. “The process for housing has not changed much; turn your papers in, sign up in the Student Government Chambers. However, we are always tinkering with the process for improvements,” says Justin Ross, Assistant Director of Freshman Housing. Due to the number of neighborhood complaints, the housing department is making it their priority to be more involved with off-campus housing. Next year students must inform the school that they are living off campus and where their housing arrangements will be. There will also be a new student handbook especially designed for commuters. “The same rules from the previous years apply to commuters; however, they are now written in an actual document,” says Ross. “Only one-fifth of the handbook actually consists of written rules for off campus students the other half is full of helpful tips and guidelines for first-time renters.” Some of the helpful guidelines consist of “Things to look for in a lease” and “How to look for the best deals when renting,.” This book will be the off-campus version of the on-campus guideline. There is also a new “Commuters Club,” so if there are any problems or issues that need to be raised, that is the place to do it. “These tips would have been a big help to us before signing our lease this past year,” says Amy Hopta, a junior business advertising major. “We learned the hard way about what to look for in a lease.” There are also some changes to on-campus housing. Next year will be the first year for Mercyhurst’s Green Apartments. The Green Apartments are a result of the Green Team’s’ ef-

Residence Life issues guidelines for off-campus commutforts to provide students with a chance to live more economically. “We have one apartment building already full of students who wish to participate in the Green Apartments,” says Ross. “The students living in these apartments will receive a weekly report on their energy usage so that they can be more aware of their efforts.” According to Allison Moore in the April 20 issue of the Merciad, “Some perks to living in the Green Apartments are that students will receive a Whole Foods Co-op membership, recycled paper and other green products. There will also be an environmentally designed lounge in the basement for all residents to share.” “A vegetable garden is being planned for the future,” says Ross. “This will allow students to grow their own food.” So be sure to look at all your options before choosing your housing arrangements for the upcoming year.

Graduate school offers summer classes
By Brent Vlcek Contributing writer
Despite the exodus of the majority of the student population, classes will remain in session at Mercyhurst over the summer. This summer the college will be offering several new graduate courses. These courses will compliment the five graduate programs already offered by the college: Special Education, Administration of Justice, Organizational Leadership, Applied Intelligence and Forensic and Biological Anthropology. The Special Education graduate program will make available two courses: Culture of Disability and Curriculum Based Assessment and Instructional Planning. These Special Education courses begin June 20. The Administration of Justice graduate program is offering a week-long seminar this summer. The seminar in Organized and White Collar Crime begins June 13 and concludes on June 17. The Organizational Leadership graduate program will offer a new course titled Organizational Communication for Leaders. Students of the Applied Intelligence graduate program will be working on various projects and internships. While the undergraduate Anthropology program offers summer courses, the Forensic and Biological Anthropology graduate program will not host summer courses. Regular faculty and adjunct professors will teach the new graduate courses. Academic Dean Mary Breckenridge is enthusiastic about the new graduate programs. According to Breckenridge, graduate programs offer students further venues of study and academic progression. “Students consider the graduate programs because they want to accelerate their progress,” said Breckinridge. The summer graduate programs also offer students a convenient opportunity to complete their studies. “Most of the Special Education, Administration of Justice and Organizational Leadership students work during the day and they usually take only one or two courses a semester,” Breckinridge said. According the Breckenridge, Mercyhurst’s graduate programs, while limited in number, are progressing. “They are becoming more and more well known both regionally and nationally,” said Breckenridge. “Our goal is to bring more people into these programs from around the country,” said Breckenridge. Mercyhurst’s graduate programs are a definite part of the college’s future. According to Breckenridge, the college has been considering expanding the graduate programs. “We have been engaged this whole time in a task force to look at graduate education and its role at Mercyhurst college,” said Breckenridge. The primary issue for the College is how graduate programs fit into a primarily undergraduate institution. “We are waiting for the results of the task force before we move. We probably will add a few programs over the next couple of years,” said Breckenridge. For those interested in graduate programs contact Susan Smith of the Adult Education Department at (814) 824-3363 or

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Literary festival comes to a close, with Espada
By Chelsea Boothe Contributing writer
Internationally renowned poet and translator Martin Espada did an outstanding job bringing the third annual Literary Festival to an end on Thursday, April 28. Espada was both inspiring and enthusiastic. He captivated the audience with one poem after. While some have referred to him as a political poet because of the issues he writes about, he believes that he is just like any other poet, writing his feelings and concerns. He said of his poetry, “I give history a human face. I try to individualize and humanize by being particular about certain things.” All who attended would agree that his poetry has both real life and real feeling. Espada is a Puerto Rican from Brooklyn. He has worked as everything from a bouncer to a gas attendant to a legal pad factory worker to a tenant lawyer for people living in substandard housing. In each one of his poems his life is somehow reflected in it. He read from a collection that dealt with his experiences in Puerto Rico, his many various occupations and his horrifying in-laws. Each one was filled with humor, love, honesty, truth and devotion to the art. He moved and swayed with the words of his poems, and the audience could feel his excitement and willingness to share. Richard Roth, a junior at Mer-

Student’s participate in Trash to Treasure
By Allison Moore Opinion editor
For the past three years, the Trash to Treasure program has been in operation at Mercyhurst. This innovative program, started by Stephanie Davison (’04), was created to reduce the amount of waste produced by students at the end of the year during move-out. Davison, an environmentally conscious student, noticed that much of this so-called ‘trash’ was actually reusable. Hating to see so much go to waste, Davison created the program Trash to Treasure. The program places bins in the basements and lounges of campus housing. These bins are filled with unopened food, clothing and other useful household items that are in good condition. Volunteers collect the items in the bins and distribute the goods to several charities in the Erie area. Over the past three years, Trash to Treasure has grown in participation and awareness. Local organizations are extremely grateful for the donations and students get to see first hand the difference that can be made by recycling certain goods and keeping them from being added to the waste in a landfill. Students are encouraged to participate, either as donors or volunteers. There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, May 4 in Hirt 103, where further specifics such as dates and times will be discussed. If you are unable to attend the meeting, or have further questions, contact Dana Hyland (dhylan78@mercyhurst. edu, x3955) or JoEllen Taylor (, x3715). Trash to Treasure is a great way to help the environment and the Erie community. Students are encouraged to help make a difference this may.

Neighbors complain to Erie City Council
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“The Erie community has now committed themselves to respond to these complaints,” Howard said, of the meeting. “Mercyhurst is committed to do the same.” Mercyhurst already has rules in place for students who want to live off campus. Currently, you must be a junior or senior. Only about 280 students live off campus, and Residence Life expects about the same number next year, although the official number has not yet been calculated. Also, the necessary paperwork must be completed. A new initiative that Res Life is working on for off-campus students is an off-campus living guide, similar to the current student handbook for on-campus residents. The off-campus living guide will be an essential tool for anyone planning to live off campus. The guide covers everything from handling a lease for the first time, to a guide to neighborhood life, Mercyhurst’s off campus living policies and tips for keeping safe. It even offers a checklist for those who live off-campus, with things to do for Mercyhurst, a landlord and neighbors. Even recent graduates and non-students will appreciate the sections such as how to handle a lease, including definitions of confusing terminology and easy recipes. Off-campus students will have to attend a brief orientation to off-campus living at the beginning of the school year. Howard believes the meetings will last about an hour on one evening. In the upcoming weeks, students living off campus and traveling to and from parties should be on their best behavior and watch out for the extra patrols and upset neighbors. Howard believes that just a few students will be affected by the changes of the city council. “ninety-five percent of our students are good neighbors,” said Howard. “Most students won’t have any problems with what Erie is doing.”

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Martin Espada

cyhurst majoring in English said, “Espada’s enthusiasm for his poetry is contagious.” Espada’s poetry is a beautiful blend of Spanish and English. Words, phrases and customs are intertwined magically within each poem. He has been called the Pablo Neruda of North America because of all he has offered the world of poetry and the world in general. Dr. Karen Williams, a Spanish

teacher at Mercyhurst, said she has always taught Espada’s work, but it had become a list of facts on the man, and not the poet. After hearing Espada read, Williams said, “He made it real for me again.” Espada has the ability to make everything real, and he takes that reality and sometimes blurs it, but most of the time he illuminates it to give it life.

Green Pledge to be made before graduation day
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It is important to remember that “signing the pledge is a voluntary action. If you should decide to take part in this pledge drive you will be asked to sign your name in a pledge book. This will indicate that you are willing to make the commitment to lead a socially and environmentally conscious lifestyle.” But if you do choose to sign the Green Pledge, “You will also receive a green ribbon to wear on graduation day and a pledge card to keep in your wallet to serve as a reminder.” If you would like to participate there will be a table located in the Bookstore May 9 through May 13, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. or 7 p.m., where you can sign the book or ask any questions you may have. You may also stop by the Service Learning Office, Preston 107, and see Sister Michele Schroeck any time during the month of May. You must sign the book before graduation, as there will be no opportunities on the day of graduation.

College purchases land for new branch campus
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According to McQuillen, the campus will focus on one and two year programs. “It (Mercyhurst West) will mirror that of North East in programs,” he said. “But, the campus will have its own unique programs as well.” McQuillen plans to build a group of “internal” members that will help to organize the campus’ programs. “There are two questions that the group will undertake,” he said. “What programs are most valuable? And most viable?” The campus’ programs, however, seem to be moot when the concern rises about draining resources from the main campus. “It will obviously take away some of the college’s resources,” said McQuillen. “But I do not feel it will drain them.” McQuillen stated that other sources such as government and state funds will also be used. “Though some resources will be taken away from campus, in the long run, it will be an asset and we will be paid back in the future handsomely,” he said. Former Faculty Senate President David Livingston, who feels the purchase is “fine” and will help diversify the endowment portfolio, said that “resources need to be supplied for a plan, and I do not see any strain on them from the main campus.” Resources, however, will be needed in the next year (September 2007) if, according to McQuillen, “we decide to start the Girard campus as an interim by leasing facilities.” Some of these resources McQuillen mentions include faculty, which, according to Livingston have “mixed” views. “We (the faculty) believe it is very important to have a plan in place about the degrees and classes offered at the west county campus,” said Livingston. McQuillen agrees the faculty has a “variety of viewpoints.” According to McQuillen, “some strongly support to bring in students from the west county and northern Ohio,” he said. “I feel that the faculty believes this is part of the Mercyhurst mission.” Livingston believes that even though there are no definitive plans yet, “people should wait and see if it will work before making opinions.”

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Next Fed action unclear after raising rates again
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The Federal Reserve hiked its benchmark interest rate by another quarter-point to three percent on Tuesday and hinted that further rate increases may be needed to curb inflation even if they further slow the U.S. economy. Tuesday’s rate increase was the Fed’s eighth consecutive quarterpoint hike in the federal funds rate, which banks charge each other for overnight loans, since last June. Mortgage rates and consumer loans tend to rise and fall with the fed funds rate. The Fed is at a fork in the road after 10 months of credit tightening: The rationale for raising rates further is balanced by the argument for pausing, an issue the Fed will have to address at the next meeting of its policy-making body, the Federal Open Market Committee, on June 29-30. “There is no clear direction. We are not `obviously’ going to continue in a tightening cycle, and we are not `obviously’ at the end of one,” said Stephen Wood, a portfolio strategist for the Russell Investment Group in Tacoma, Wash. Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan and his fellow central bankers are struggling to check rising inflation without stalling a slowing economy. They’re trying to get to a “neutral” zone, where credit policy neither stimulates nor slows the economy. Their work is complicated by conflicting, even contradictory, trends. High oil prices are sparking inflation throughout the economy, prompting the Fed to raise interest rates. Core inflation, not including volatile food and energy prices, continues to rise worrisomely, according to government measures of wholesale and retail prices, as well as the gross domestic product deflator, a broad inflation barometer the Fed favors. The trend argues for raising interest rates further to curtail borrowing and thus slow economic activity. But other data indicate that economic activity already is slowing, and there are ample warnings that too much credit tightening by the Fed could trigger a recession. Business spending is down sharply. Consumer spending drives two-thirds of all U.S. economic activity, but inventories are growing in warehouses and stockrooms, signaling consumer retrenchment. And first-quarter growth in the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced, slowed to a 3.1 percent annual pace. That was well below expectations, as the Fed acknowledged Tuesday. Although job growth is improving, it said, inflation pressures “have picked up in recent months and pricing power is more evident.” Central bankers promised to continue pushing up rates “at a pace that is likely to be measured.” At the same time, the Fed hedged by issuing a follow-up statement two hours after its initial one. That suggests that the Fed believes inflationary pressures are temporary. Many analysts say the Fed now faces a conundrum. The Fed could go either way at its June meeting.

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Get inside the minds of the dynamic duo
What life is more admirable than the one devoted to the pursuit of scholarly knowledge? With so many complaints concerning school work it is refreshing to see two adult students on campus who are here to learn because they want to, not because they feel obligated or forced by the system. They are Ricardo and Jesse. They do not go by last names. “We get our mail as Jesse and Ricardo. . . people know us in Paris as Jesse and Ricardo,” Ricardo explained. Many of you have probably seen them around Erie or the Mercyhurst campus riding their tandem bicycle in their matching clothing. It is difficult not to notice them, with their unique array of hats and accessories. Ricardo, against most stereotypes, is white and comes from what he calls “the ghetto.” He was born in Harlem in New York City. Jesse, on the other hand, is in Ricardo’s words a “very nice, upper-class, African American man” from Erie. How did these two men, one from the ghetto of New York City and the other from Erie, happen to cross paths? Much to Ricardo’s dismay, his father was adamant about getting him out of the city, so, instead of enjoying all the cultural and artistic events New York City had to offer, he was in Ohio “milking cows and butchering hogs.” Ricardo then made his way to If your mind wants to University, they enhance their pursue it, it’s there to be learning by taking classes at pursued.” Mercyhurst. While neither of them “Mercyhurst offers courses claims to be making a that Gannon does not offer, fashion statement, the especially in the language departpair realizes that everyone ment. . . and we love Dr. Edwill believe what they wards,” they said. “We also love want to believe. the art department, the warmth Now, about that bike. of Peggy Brace and the stimulaWho in their right mind tion of Daniel Burke.” would want to put themThey also used to enjoy meals selves through the hard- in the Grotto, which they said are ship of bicycling around delicious, until it got too expenErie in the winter, or sive. “The meals are wonderful. even during the pleasant They’re bordering on gourmet, months? but they should really have a “We’re a couple,” said discount for students,” Ricardo Ricardo. “I could go my said. way and Jesse could go They adore Mercyhurst for some other way, but we Melissa Jack/Contributing photographer have sort of decided we want to do things together, be together, and have used that term,” said Rithat means we’ve realized cardo. at this stage in our life that those “The matching clothing began are the important things. We from making a world statement could go buy a Chrysler or Volvo, about identity, sameness, differ- but we don’t do those things. We ence: What is your identity? Do own a bike.” you know? Don’t you know? Next, they think of themselves Does it make a difference?” said as non-consumers and ecologiRicardo. cally-minded citizens. “We only Photo courtesy of Ricardo and Jesse It eventually evolved into spend money on the necessi- Jesse and Ricardo in the desire to stimulate, surprise ties: food, shelter and scholarly Bilbao, Spain. and provoke. They consider knowledge,” Jesse said. themselves to be like an abstract “We do not have regular jobs bringing cultural events to the painting. because most of our time is campus like the Literary Festival, Ricardo said, “Not everything spent in study,” they said. dance performances and the can be explained, and certainly Still, they do have some oc- Guelcher Film Series. not to the viewer’s satisfaction, casional odd jobs. At one point “We like the fact that the school so, therefore, it’s your interpre- while they were in Buenos Aires, is pushing the boundaries to tation and there is a message Argentina, they had an installa- bring things to campus that aren’t there. There’s something being tion art piece in a museum there normally seen,” said Ricardo. said, but your mind has to ferret – and the installation was them. “We are here to stimulate, to it out. It can just be enjoyed on It was called “At Home in the surprise, to provoke, to bring the surface: you don’t know what Gallery,” and it featured them some kind of joy, negative or it means, and you don’t have to. actually living in a gallery room positive to the public,” said for a month. Ricardo. Since they enjoy art, they someThey are interested in leaving times get requests from some of an impression on everyone who their artist friends to help with a sees them. “Vivons de vivre la project. At one point they were vie culturelle,” said Jesse. (We live even the subjects in a painting to live the cultural life.) that sold for more than $3,000. They both see art as the mechatoward the college student. “We So, what do these “world trav- nism through which this works. are always packed with tons of elers” think of Mercyhurst Col- “Art is the joy of life and being college students studying durlege? open to whatever confronts you,” ing the day – before and after Though they will be receiv- said Ricardo. “What can be more classes,” she said. ing their degree from Gannon progressive than living art?” Students wishing to do work at the jazzed café may want to bring their laptops since wireless internet service is provided, free of charge. “We are geared more toward college students and teenagers,” I just wanted to say good-bye and good luck to all of said Arquitt. you. I wish you the best with your future endeavors. “The owner opened it (the I really enjoyed getting to know a lot of you: your café) for teenagers to ‘hang out’ families, friends and, of course, listening to your daily and this is a great opportunity events. for them to do so.” I think each of you are very special and I will miss Located directly beside the you. Ford dealership on Peach Street, I am moving on to start my own business, so please Moonsense opened on Decemwish me luck! ber 13. Thanks for all the fun, laughter and wonderful It is open Monday through friendships. Wednesday, 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday Take Care. 7 a.m. until 12 a.m., closed on Sundays. Love, An incredible selection of Laker Express Lady foods, coffees, and activities Kathy that anyone – kids, parents, students alike – can enjoy, surely makes Moonsense anything but nonsense.

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Ricardo and Jesse on their tandem bicycle.

Erie to visit his sister, and also to distance himself from his previous, narcotic-addicted, probasketball partner. This was about 12 years ago, and while Ricardo was in Erie he met Jesse at the Erie Jazz and Blues Festival at Frontier Park. Now the two are committed to each other. Two of the things in life both men are passionate about is art and culture. To sate their curiosity and quest for knowledge, they not only take classes in these areas, but travel around the world to get firsthand experience of what they’ve been learning. Together they have traveled to every continent except Australia and have seen most of Central and South America. “We have climbed Macchu Pic-

chu to see the ruins and flown over the ancient etchings there in the Earth known as the Nasca Lines,” Ricardo said. Jesse, who is talented with languages and is multi-lingual, was also interested in honing his Spanish speaking skills. The two recently returned from a trip to Italy where they tracked down much of the Renaissance art they had learned about. They visited Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan, where they viewed the original “Last Supper.” Their next stop will be Vietnam where they can practice the classes they are taking now: French. Many observers on campus are curious about their unique choice of clothing and transportation. “We don’t think of ourselves as ‘out there,’ but other people

Moonsense coffee shop review
A new coffee shop arrives on the scene for college students
By Josh Wilwohl Layout assistant
It seems that it is always hard for college students to find the “right place” to hang out, study or even do work in general. However, it seems lately that the student population is rising in the coffee shop scene. But it’s time for Starbucks to make room for a new competitor is in town. Moonsense – a locally owned café – is reeling in students from Starbucks and offering more than just a selection of coffees. “We have a lot to offer,” said store manager Shannon Arquitt. A lot to offer indeed. From a wide selection, one can choose to stay for breakfast, lunch and even dinner. There is an assortment of baked goods from donuts to muffins for the breakfast crowd. For later customers, lunch and dinner offers include turkey basil pesto, veggie sandwiches, roast beef gorgonzola, chicken salad, grilled cheese and even homemade soups. Arquitt’s personal favorite includes the turkey and basil pesto, priced at about $5.75 with tax. If you do not wish to chowdown on any of Moonsense’s delicatessens, then a coffee can easily be arranged. “We can make anything with the espresso machine,” said Arquitt. “Cappuccino, espresso, mocha…we offer such a variety.” And if you are not a lover of the Italian javas, a regular cup of coffee can be arranged for $1.44 a cup. Once you decide upon your food or beverage, the café’s surroundings begin to seep-in: an elegant, yet jazzy atmosphere that juxtaposes with its soothing wall colors and paintings. In addition, its New Orleans ambiance is complemented by the sounds of bands from all over the states, and even amateurs on certain nights. “We offer a variety of entertainment,” said Arquitt. “Thursday is karaoke. Friday is ‘open mic night,’ and we also have bands that play.” Among Moonsense’s selection of singers include KevRowe and the Mulligans from Michigan. Moonsense also offers a variety of kooky, yet interesting entertainment in case the suave music scene is not your cup of tea. On Tuesdays, the café hosts “Star Trek” night when anyone interested in the television saga is welcomed to meet and join others who share their interests. Additionally, on the third Monday of every month is ladies night, with the café open for the ladies to relax and talk “girl talk.” The café also offers a children’s hour on Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. where kids participate in reading and other activities. Moonsense, however, according to Arquitt, seems to cater

Farewell from Kathy

Student has internship with NBC
By Missy Mulvihill Contributing writer
Junior communication student (concentration in production), Lindsay Kezlarian, is getting a chance of a lifetime. This summer she will be an intern on the set of “Last Call with Carson Daily,” which airs on NBC at 1:35 a.m. “I honestly could not believe that I got the internship...I think it still really hasn’t set in yet!” she said. The process of applying for an internship with the NBC network was long and competitive, but Kezlarian stuck it through and found out that it was worth the time and effort. To start with, she went on-line and filled out an online application. After this, Kezlarian received an e-mail telling her that she would receive a phone interview. “I tried to prepare myself as much as possible for the questions they could potentially ask, and w h e n it came down to the interview day I was pretty well prepared,” Kezlarian said. The phone interview lasted about 45 minutes and right up front, they informed Kezlarian that around 3,000 people applied for a summer internship and NBC usually only takes on 100 interns. Each show that offers an internship usually takes about 10

I know this will help me so much with my future plans.

- Lindsay Kezlarian

interns. The interview ended and NBC said they would get back to her if she were to receive a second interview. Two weeks later, the call came and lasted only about 10 minutes. But, it still wasn’t over. There were still 15 more people to interview. Three weeks later, the call came and Kezlarian was in! From May 29 through August 24, Lindsay will live in New York City. She will stay at Marymount College, which is located only a few blocks from Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan, where she will work.

“I know this will help me so much with my future plans...I originally wanted to go to film school after this…” Kezlarian said, “…last year Teresa Gardner and I produced and directed the school film, ‘Love is Blind.’ But maybe this internship will make me look into TV production.” Of course, Kezlarian gives credit to the communication department for helping her out. “Pretty much all of my classes in communication helped me because they all focused on the basics, which are writing and producing.” “I hope to learn a lot about the ins and outs of TV production. I will be around a lot of people who have been in the business for awhile, so I know they will have a lot of knowledge to offer. Also I hope to get some connections for a future job!”

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to join. “The groups are specific to your college and there are discussion boards for some of them,” Sharick says. “I think some of them show stuff about your personality too.” Mercyhurst has groups for several of their sports teams, groups for people from Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Cleveland, and other places, and groups that let everyone know what kind of music and movies you enjoy. Sharick says that there is even a group for all those who detest the cold snowy Erie winters. Because of their specific nature, people from outside your college cannot be a part of your groups. “You can’t have people from outside Mercyhurst in your group, but they can see what groups you are a part of,” Sharick adds. So how did this all come about? The high school searches, profiles, friends and even the poking, are the work of a 20-year old college student. Mark Zuckerberg, a student at Harvard University, came up with the idea in January 2004 with four friends. Harvard had facebooks for different residential houses, but students were not able to search those that they did not belong to, so Zuckerberg thought that it would be a good idea to put an all-school facebook online for anyone to access. The site was launched February 4, 2004, and since then more than one million people have joined. “When it took off at Harvard I thought it’d be cool to make it a multi-school thing,” Zuckerberg said in an interview with Wired News. “I expected that a few people would do it at Harvard and they’d tell their friends,” he continued. “I didn’t expect it would take hold as this all-inclusive directory.” Though the popularity of the site is booming, and the creators are doing all they can to keep up, Zuckerberg isn’t worried yet. Although there have been offers from people interested in buying the site, the creators are not interested in cashing out just yet. If you are not a member already you need only a valid college e-mail address to join at


An education in America is very different from one in Poland
By Jonelle Davis News editor
Students travel from all around to attend Mercyhurst and most never think twice about their education. But, what is it like for students from another country and better yet, why don’t they just go to school in their country? Diana Osak, Mercyhurst communications major from Lublin, Poland, knows exactly what it is like studying at Mercyhurst compared to studying in Poland. Transferring from Poland, Osak noticed many differences between education systems immediately. Osak came to Mercyhurst after finishing one year of college. “I finished my first year of university in Poland and then I was offered a scholarship to study at Mercyhurst. In Poland, universities are public and you don’t have to pay for school,” said Osak. “That’s the first major difference. In Poland, it doesn’t really matter how much your family earns or how rich you are, everyone has the opportunity to get into college. But the exams to get into the university are really hard. In the end, only the best students can get a higher education.” She went on to describe the university system in Poland. “We start college when we are 19. We have to choose a major when we start and then it takes us four to five years to get a diploma. We can’t change our major. If someone would decide to change their major, they would have to start all over again,” said Osak. Along with not being able to change majors, students in Poland face a different class schedule. “Classes are divided into lectures and practice sessions. An example would be for one class you would have one lecture and “They expect much more from students in Poland. You have to read five books for an exam and do 200 exercises for the next week. They do this to eliminate students who they feel aren’t smart enough to be at the university,” said Osak. “We are never really able to do all of our stuff on time because

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go there, you usually won’t get the information you’re looking for. It’s your own responsibility to get the information elsewhere. Also, we usually avoid giving gifts to teachers because they think you just want a better grade.” Osak feels that, in the end, the two systems are incomparable. “I wouldn’t say that college is harder in Poland or the U.S., it’s just completely different for me. There are just different priorities and you learn different things. You have to depend on yourself more in Poland, so I would say it prepares students for the real world better,” said Osak. There may be a difference in the college systems, but Osak likes studying at Mercyhurst. “I like it here because I can study what I really want, which is communications. We don’t have a communications degree in Poland,” Osak said. “When I finish college here, if I would go back to Poland, I would have a better chance of getting a job.” “There is a huge level of unemployment and even people who finish universities in Poland have difficulties finding jobs,” Osak said. “We still have the ‘American Dream’, so we believe that a person who is studying abroad is better prepared, they have more experience and they obviously know another language.” Osak has noticed the differences between college systems. After she graduates Mercyhurst, she plans to head to London to pursue a master’s degree and find out what it is like to once again study in a new country.

Learn a little more about Thefacebook
By Jenny Allen Contributing writer
More than 1,000 students at Mercyhurst are poking each other on a regular basis. Are they getting annoyed? Not yet. Poking is just one of the many features on the new website Thefacebook, which is now being used by over one million college students at nearly 300 colleges across the country. On Thefacebook, poking is nothing more than a way of saying hi to your friends and acquaintances without actually talking to them. “Poking just tells people that you poked them,” Greg Tellex explains. “It really isn’t used for anything else.” Tellex is just one of the many students at Mercyhurst who have joined Thefacebook over the past few weeks. “I heard about it and joined just to see what it was about,” Tellex said. “Most people joined just to get information about other people.” Although Tellex checks his profile daily to see if anyone has requested him as a friend or left a message for him, he says that The facebook isn’t that exciting. “It’s really not that fun,” he said. “You can spend a long time on it searching for people, but it’s basically for sending people messages, kind of like e-mail.” Kelly Sharick feels much more enthusiastic about Thefacebook. “I found out about it a long time ago through friends at other schools who had it,” Sharick explained. “I just heard people talking about Mercyhurst having it about a week ago and thought I would check it out.” So what did Sharick find on Thefacebook? “It’s like a directory of students,” she explains. “You can put up a picture, post a profile and look up other people and learn about them. You can also send messages to your friends.” “You can see the profiles of anyone from your school, but you have to be friends with someone from another school in order to see their profile.” Aside from posting a profile, sending messages and showing everyone else who your facebook friends are, there are also groups that many people choose

“ The crucial word in the Polish education system is respect. ”

- Diana Osak

two practice sessions per week,” said Osak. “The lectures usually have around 200 people. You just take notes and then, after six months, you take a test and your final test is your grade. Professors do not usually care if you attend lectures or not. During practice classes groups are smaller with around 30 students and the professors notice who attends and who doesn’t.” Osak also said that students in Poland have many more classes per week then students in the U.S. “We have many more classes in Poland than students in the U.S. It probably averages out to 40 classes per week, each class lasting 45 minutes.” More classes usually means more work, but for students in Poland getting the work done is not always a priority.

there is so much, but teachers often change their mind about assignments, so it’s okay,” Osak said. “It’s usually better to start projects last minute than to start it early and have to change it 10 times. The work system is definitely different in the U.S. because usually you have a syllabus that doesn’t change.” Another major difference Osak saw when she first came to Mercyhurst was respect for professors in the classroom. “The crucial word in the Polish education system is respect. We never eat or drink in class, even water is disrespectful to teachers. Whenever we want to talk to the professor, we have to say ‘professor, excuse me’,” said Osak. “The professors also have their own offices, but they don’t really have office hours. If you

Mikulec attends political conference
By Kacie Rea Contributing writer
James A. Mikulec, Jr. is a senior majoring in history, political science and intelligence studies. He had the honor of representing Mercyhurst College at the 45th annual U.S. Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC). It ran from April 12 through 14. NAFAC brought together students interested in international affairs from all over the world to the Naval Academy campus in Annapolis, Md. Mikulec had the opportunity to present his paper “U.S. Relations with Libya: Policy for the PostWMD Era.” “It was really great because almost half of the people on the committee were from Africa including Nigeria, Niger and Kenya” said Mikulec. The conference included a distinguished body of speakers including Her Excellency Barbara Joyce Masekela, Ambassador of South Africa to the U.S., former NATO commander and presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark, Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) and former Senior Advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq Dr. Larry Diamond among others. Mikulec commented positively on his interaction with the speakers. “The great thing about the conference was that it was small enough where you could actually ask questions of these speakers,” Mikulec said. Mikulec had the opportunity to ask Sen. Joe Biden about the crisis in Sudan and another to Lee Hamilton, Vice-Chairman of the 9/11 commission, about the restructuring of the U.S. intelligence community. Mikulec not only had the opportunity to meet and hear from distinguished professionals, he along with the other students, also had the chance to experience what life in the Navy was like. The students ate alongside the midshipmen (the name for students at the Naval Academy) in what Mikulec describes as “by far, the largest cafeteria I have ever seen.” The students also witnessed a dress parade of about 4,000 midshipmen complete with military bands, dress uniforms, rifles and swords. Students also had the chance to step aboard the 60 foot “Yard Patrol Craft” one afternoon, upon which the midshipmen are taught how to work on a ship. This is, without a doubt, a

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Senior James Mikulec had the opportunity to listen to many distinguished speakers in politics.

memorable event for a student interested in international relations. “NAFAC was a great experience. It was really great getting

to meet people from all over the country and all over the world who are interested in the same things that I am,” Mikulec said.


“Style in the City” will provide ideas for all
By Jen Helbig Features editor
The fashion merchandising majors in the Fashion Promotion Class are putting on a fashion show titled “Style in the City”. It will be held on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the PAC. Patrons at various stores in the mall have allowed the students to borrow clothing for the show. “We’re basing the show on the show ‘Sex in the City’,” junior Jaime Fox said. “We’re doing a venue on each of the characters.” The styles will be fashionable, yet practical. “We wanted to have styles that students can re-create, and to show them that there is a look for everybody,” Fox added. Volunteer students from Mercyhurst will be modeling for the show. The money raised from the tickets will be donated to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition.

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If you attend the fashion show on May 10, you will be as fashionable and happy as these Sex in the City stars.



May 4, 2005

Dear Madam Malarky, Are there any real fun summers? From, Only has work and classes to look forward to

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Madam Malarky on summer:
With work and class, summers just aren’t what they used to be
mention bringing food, unless charcoaled seaweed tastes good. Instead of the beach, lying in front of the apartments seems to be a popular thing for some females to do. They lie out in their bikinis. I wish I had their bodies and the ability to tan; although, it does seem really boring. However, as one of my friends pointed out, bring a friend or two and make this a ritual. Females can gossip about the men walking by and they will have no clue. If you’re not in the mood to not check out our lack of selection, bring a book. It could be your school book or that book you’ve been dying to read but haven’t had time to. Enjoy the few nice days Erie has. This morning when I woke up, wet snow flakes were falling! My next subject is jobs. If your lucky enough to get one, be happy. Do not complain about getting up at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. You now have the time to work 30 hours a week without a bucket load of stress. You’re making beaucoups of bucks. For those three months, and you will feel rich. Now, that is the greatest feeling in the world. Not caring about the thousands you owe in student loans, credit cards, and car payments is a luxury. It will soon be summer, and we should all learn to appreciate it. With a somber end, this is the last article of the year. I’ve decided to stay on as Madam Malarky for another year. I’m honored to take the position once again. I did have fun with column. Next year’s Mr. Malarky, whoever that may be, will have a good time writing malarky as well. To review, this year ends with me having ‘malarked’ on love, student behaviors, stress, crushes, holidays, clichés, gender differences, dating rituals, roommates, big fish in small ponds, future generations, women, men, anime, school problems, shyness, and finally motivation. A pretty impressive list, if I do say so myself. The ending, of course, doesn’t bring up my usual request for questions. However, if your inclined to comment will still be the e-mail. As well as AIM’s mmalarky04. Thanks for reading. Hoping to finish the end of the term projects, Madam Malarky

Campus Question
What are your plans after graduating Mercyhurst College?

T.J. Fera, Senior, HRIM

Hopefully attending graduate school for Elementary Education/Special EducationWhatever is paid. Otherwise, I will be working in a field with troubled youths.

Kristy Badamo, Senior, Criminal Justice (Juvenile Justice)

Remember the brave this Memorial Day
By Rick Antin Contributing writer
Since 1863, when Private Jacob Parrott and five others were awarded the first Congressional Medal of Honor, 3,460 brave soldiers have earned this prestigious award. This number may seem large at first glance, but when put into perspective it is actually very small. Since the American Civil War over 40 million Americans have served either in direct combat roles or through logistics, which means only .00009 percent of all who served can claim ownership to the Medal of Honor. This Memorial Day (May 30) one soldier’s family can feel an added sense of pride knowing their loved one was the most recent recipient of the medal. United States Army Sergeant First Class, Paul R Smith (B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division) was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Bush on April 4, 2005, for his selfless, heroic actions that occurred exactly two years prior at Baghdad International Airport. Smith distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity that were above and beyond the call of duty when he and his men fell under attack from an enemy force of over 100 Iraqis. Understanding that roughly 100 fellow Americans were at risk, Smith quickly organized a defense plan that called for the creation of two platoons of soldiers, a Bradley fighting vehicle and three other armored vehicles. Throughout the ensuing conflict Smith fought bravely, leading his men in combat by firing anti-tank weapons, throwing grenades and positioning his men, while also overseeing the evacuation of three wounded soldiers. Later in the battle, Smith saw that his forces were becoming overrun after a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) and a 60mm mortar shell hit one of the armored vehicles essential to the defense plan. Placing his own safety aside, Smith exposed himself to the strongest concentration of enemy fire in order to mount the .50 caliber machine gun atop the damaged vehicle. Still vulnerable to enemy fire, Smith fired the machine gun (reloading three times) until he was mortally wounded. Smith’s actions resulted in 50 enemy soldiers’ deaths and the safe evacuation of more wounded Americans, in addition to preventing the enemy from overtaking his unit’s position, thus saving the lives of more than 100 U.S. soldiers. With so many negative insights regarding our military on the news today, it is important to take time and remember those brave men and women that sacrifice their lives for the sake of others. Regardless if one agrees or disagrees with governmental policies that lead to military action, the stories of personal sacrifice and brotherhood that come from the battlefield cannot be overlooked. This Memorial Day take time to think about those who didn’t take time to think about themselves.

Hopefully finding a job somewhere, get drunk and look for the meaning of life.

Josh Brown, Senior, Marketing

Move back to Cleveland and hopefully find a well-paying job.

Meghan Lang, Senior, Advertising

Working to pay for a backpacking trip in Europe.

-Do you consider yourself to be knowledgeable? -Think you have all the answers? -Do you want to share your advice with the student body? -Want to get paid an extra $10 a week?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you’re in luck! Next year, The Merciad is establishing a Mr. Malarky column to go along with Madam Malarky, in order represent the male population and give them a chance to state their point of view. If interested, email Allison Moore at opinionmerciad@ for all the details!

Matt Hambleton, Senior, Business Chemistry

Right now I have no plans. I hope to get a bartending job to pay off some bills and have some money. Other than that I plan to enjoy my last summer of freedom!

Kerry O’Brien, Senior, Fashion Merchandising

Calling the men of Mercyhurst:

Ah, the joy of summer. Spending days in the sun and getting tans to look like the California raisins years from now. Well, that is the ideal anyway. Once people have moved back home, the search for summer jobs begins. However, since we attend Mercyhurst, other college students most likely have taken the jobs already. So, what is a person to do? Summer classes, of course. It’s Madam an excuse to stay on camMalarky pus with only a few other students. The Lewis apartments only hold three people instead of the four. The days are warmer, although the lack of central air could be bothersome during the few days of intense heat. The benefit is only having the maximum of two classes to focus on. There is another positive to summer classes. They benefit you in your senior year. With a greater selection of electives and the possibility of needing eight and nine classes in the last year, what is there to lose? Now, what is there to do without spending a lot? The beach could be a good place to spend days. However, tourists may make the beach unappealing. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be surrounded by a 100 other people in the water. The water may also be a deterrent. How it looks, the seaweed and the rocky sand could be a major “ick factor.” The positive side is that you’re at the beach! Nine months out of the year the lake is frozen or just too cold to visit. Bring a towel, sunscreen and a good book (or many friends if you prefer). Spend the worry free days next to the sounds of soothing waves. If you have many friends, plan a beach party. Bring a volleyball, charcoal and a portable boom box and you’re all set. I shouldn’t need to

Becoming a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, going to the 82nd Airborne in Ft. Bragg N.C.

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What’s your opinion?
There are always two sides to every story. Maybe there are even three, four or five versions as well. When an event occurs and it is seen or heard and reported to someone else, there is always room for variation or bias. A person’s personal opinion on the matter greatly affects and colors their perception of an incident and how they will interpret the situation. knowing full well that the Steelers suck. The point is, opinions are neither right nor wrong, and they are open to agreement, refutation and modification. Another important aspect regarding opinions is that you can state them whenever you want. Freedom of speech is granted to every American citizen in the United States, and it is through this medium that we convey our opinions on every issue. You may be alarmed over the influence of the religious right in the political process, or you may praise the efforts of congressmen to enact moral legislation. You might feel that Mercyhurst should continue to expand and build more facilities, or that we should stop the influx of freshmen and renovate and fix what we already have. You may think cuddling after sex is sweet and romantic, or your thoughts might be along the lines of “It’s hot, get off me!” There is even a heated debate over whether carbonated drinks are called “pop” or “soda,” and according to recent Facebook opinions, I hear that “its called pop, not soda…b*tch.” Speaking of Facebook, there may be many of you who believe it’s a sad waste of time for people who are obsessed stalkers, or a way to meet new people with shared interests and to catch up with old friends from different schools. If there is one thing that I have noticed while looking at Facebook or even hearing comments amongst college students, it’s that as a group, we are extremely opinionated! Finally, I have arrived at the point that I’ve been driving at (and no, this is not another “liberal leaning” directive): Voice Your Opinion! You are probably thinking to yourself, “Well, I do that all the time,” but does anyone really hear what you have to say? There are plenty of outlets on campus to turn your thoughts, ideas, complaints, praise and opinions into tangible forces of change! Instead of criticizing or applauding the procedures and actions of Mercyhurst College amongst your friends or roommates, how about going to a MSG meeting and making your thoughts become a reality. If you have an opinion on a religious, political, social or any other issue, here’s an idea: write an article in The Merciad or the Freedom Zone! The voice of Mercyhurst is expressed through these publications; don’t let your freedom of speech be silenced by giving up your right to share your opinion with others. Write a letter to the editor in response to an article you read (even this one! My articles have been hit numerous times). Better yet, write an article expressing your views rather than simply responding to others, don’t let others jump the gun on an issue and dominate the page. Writing a 500-word article is not that excruciating, most of us are currently writing 5-10 page papers pertaining to subjects we could care less about. You don’t have to be a literary genius to convey a valid argument concerning the parking situation here on campus. With the academic year coming to a close, there have certainly been hundreds of issues and events that have provided fodder for articles in The Merciad and other campus publications. Next year promises to supply even more controversial and contentious issues just waiting for your comments. There is always a story or issue lurking about for a voice or pen to bring it to the surface; claim ownership of that voice! However, if you don’t agree with what I have written, just remember: it’s just my opinion, what’s yours?

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This may occur when your best friend tells you about her “lying, cheating, good-for-nothing exboyfriend” who was seen driving another girl in his car late at night. His defense to his “paranoid, psychotic girlfriend” involves giving a ride home to his biology lab partner after a late night study session. Both of these stories concern the same event; yet, they are on completely opposite sides of the fence. Which one are you going to agree with? This classic case of “he said, she said” occurs everywhere in society. It is not limited to male versus female, but applies to each and every individual. The world is not simply black and white, but a highly diverse spectrum of thoughts, ideas and opinions. What is amazing about this wide array of views and attitudes is that usually no two are exactly alike. You may agree with your roommate that the Steelers are the greatest football team in the AFC (which is, of course, true) but disagree over whether Duce Staley or Jerome Bettis is the better halfback. If you’re from Cleveland or Buffalo you might be fuming as you read this article,

American soldiers in Iraq are responsible for countless acts of generousity and humanitarian efforts done in order to help the citizens of the war-torn nation.


Iraq: a different view
By Rick Antin Contributing writer
When one turns on the news to hear about our soldiers in Iraq, there is usually a story like Abu Ghraib or the controversial execution of an unarmed Iraqi in a Fallujah mosque. This anti-Iraq mindset has no doubt been the template for most stories regarding our soldiers. The public has been reminded of civilian casualties and told heartwarming stories of Iraqi children affected by the war. However, this is only one side of the story emanating from the Middle East. The post-war U.S. occupation has many positive effects as well, from rebuilding the shattered infrastructure to overseeing the first democratic election in Iraq in decades. One issue of particular interest to many people is the military’s treatment of civilians. Traditionally, unreported by monguls such as CNN and MSNBC, our soldiers are making a positive impact on the lives of thousands of Iraqis but, unfortunately, that news continually fails to make headlines. A simple search on Google led to a non-profit organization called Operation Iraqi Children. The Website quotes letters from American soldiers saying, “I have seen their smiling faces and their attempts to say ‘I love you’ in broken English...I saw hope in their eyes and gratitude in their hearts for what was done for them.” The organization works to collect school supplies and finances for our soldiers to aid in the reconstruction effort. To date, the group estimates 200,000 school kits (that include notebooks, pencils, rulers etc.) for young Iraqis have been sent to U.S. soldiers and have been distributed to some of Iraq’s poorest children. Continued Internet searching led to other reports of humanitarian efforts in Iraq as well. One story mentions Army 1st Lt. Brian Cyr, who led an effort to collect over 3,000 pairs of shoes and sandals for Iraqi children that were distributed to many poor areas where the children often walk about barefoot. Moreover, an added story mentions SSG Michael J. Sanow who actively labors with thousands of Iraqi workers (laborers, engineers, etc.) who are only employed because the U.S. military offered them paid jobs. He reminds Americans that these people tell him frequently they are thankful for their liberation from Saddam Hussein and for their first well paying job in their life. A different commentary tells of Lt. Col. Drew Ryan overseeing the military’s reconstruction efforts in Albu Hassan, an area taken by Sadam Hussein for construction of airfields with no compensation given. In an area with no electricity, plumbing or sewers, Ryan’s crew installed water heaters, running water, electricity as well as rebuilt and supplied the local elementary school. Students were even given small gifts like soccer balls and dolls. A local mother in Albu Hassan, Imman Habbeb A’acka was a single mother of two, one of which is named Saffa, was affected with cerebral palsy. After the Army doctor examined Saffa, she was given a wheelchair; a device she could have only dreamed of owning under Hussein. The Iraq issue can offer a wide range of opinions on both sides of the fence, but, unfortunately, the biased media seemingly prefers to offer only a dreary perception of how our soldiers interact with Iraqi civilians. Not denying that the Iraq war has brought hardship to some Iraqis, it is clear that our soldiers are responsible for far more positive changes in Iraq, some of which have left Iraqi families forever grateful to the red, white and blue. Before one makes a judgment of the conflict in Iraq, it is imperative to consult all news sources coming from Iraq, not just liberally leaning ones such as CNN or the New York Times. A simple Internet search will offer hundreds of Websites that provide accounts like these from the people on ground in Iraq, not a secondary source from a studio in New York. One could argue the soldiers are speaking in their own interests, but there is an undisputable addition to these Websites, photography. A picture is worth a thousand words, and one look at the photos offered by our heroes will prove that.

Let the countdown begin
By Ellen Koenig Contributing writer
Well, let the countdown begin. The spring term is winding down and before you know it, we will be spazzing out for the last time this year over exams, projects, etc. However, three months of separation from friends can, for some, cause anxiety and a yearning to get back to school to see those friends you left. Wait. I am getting ahead of myself. With the days growing longer, but the number of them running out, this is the most pertinent time of the year. Whether it be finishing the school year with the effort that you may have lacked in the first half., confronting a friend about an issue that has been the “fat elephant” between you the past few weeks or even getting back in touch with friends from home that you have not spoken to all year. Take the time in these last few days to introduce yourself to that person that you see everyday at the caf or the Laker, the one you have made eye contact with and even exchanged expressions, or you will have to wait another year for such an opportunity. This is the time to step out of that comfort zone. Yes, most of us are stressed with all of the end of year assignments, but when is the next time you will have a chance to enjoy yourself ? So if something is stopping you, like your fear of taking a chance, swallow it and act, do not regret the actions you take. At the same time, however, please do not act like a fool by doing something you know is idiotic or stupid. Enjoy the next two weeks within reason. For graduating seniors, enjoy what time you have left in college before you get to the ‘real world.’ For everyone else, enjoy yourself, hit up SpringFest, go see Reel Big Fish perform and enjoy the weather, when it is not raining, or snowing, of course. But overall just live life like it was meant to be enjoyed.


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Guitarist Bill Frisell to perform
By Christina Ferranti Contributing writer
Bill Frisell, nationally acclaimed guitarist and Grammy winner, will play at the PAC on Saturday, May 7. The contemporary jazz music in his new CD, “Unspeakable,” has created a sound so genuine and new to the interpretation of music that whenever someone talks about famous guitarists his name inevitably comes up. He combines the sounds of jazz, folk, country, rock and blues to create a relaxed atmosphere and coffee shop feeling. He will be coming to Mercyhurst College to serenade us with his modern beat. Guitarist Bill Frisell explores the musical possibilities of his own multi-faceted compositions and time-honored jazz and folk and talents provide a wide-open climate to interpret the full spectrum of Frisell’s repertoire where an integration of many musical directions become possible. He will be accompanied by his “Unspeakable Orchestra” that hails not only from all over the United States but places such as Brazil, Serres (a province in Greek Macedonia), Toronto and Mali, each contributing their own style and sound to this pioneering music. Frisell has worked with various artists all over the world and his music appears in soundtracks for movies such as, “Million Dollar Hotel” and “Finding Forrester.” He has established his reputation and he knows no limits when it comes to inventing new sounds and rhythms for the guitar and the instruments that accompany him. He is known for combining the sounds of the guitar, the trumpet, drums and saxophone with the classical sounds of the violin, viola and cello. No one has ever made this collaborative effort to unite the sounds of classical music with jazz and folk music, so you could imagine how interesting this may sound. The tickets are available for this performance at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center box office at 824-3000. Ticket prices are Gold Circle: $27.50, Adult: $22.50, Seniors: $20.00, Student: $20.00 and Mercyhurst Student with ID: $10.00. You won’t want to miss the last show of the season at the PAC, so take a break from your rigorous schedules and come to the show.

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Bill Frisell performs at the PAC on Saturday, May 7.

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‘The Sea Inside’ plays next Wednesday at PAC
By Christina Ferranti Contributing writer
“The Sea Inside” is a film capturing the battle for the “right to die” concerning the life of quadriplegic, Ramon Sampedro. This is a tragic and heartwrenching true story set in Spain documenting the endless struggle Ramon put up in order for the courts to allow him to die with the assistance of another person without that person being prosecuted. Ultimately, we see how the film unravels and how Ramon handles his own situation by making it impossible to pinpoint blame, legally, religiously and mentally, for his eventual death. We are introduced to various characters from the inception of the movie. There are people close to him that do not want Ramon to take his own life, such as his father, brother, sister-in-law, who cares for him for 29 years and his nephew. Also, his story attracts other various friends who come to enlighten and keep Ramon updated with the occurrences of their lives, which is always warmly received by Ramon. One woman, who saw his story on a mainstream Spanish news channel and terested in this case just recently because it has been seven years since the actual death of Ramon Sampedro. This is significant because anyone that could be held responsible for the death of Ramon cannot be punished due to statute of limitations. New information has been released about the case, but the movie does a fairly accurate portrayal of what actually happened. The movie focuses on the aspects of life and death and on the relationships made throughout the film. This film is extremely controversial in nature and stirs a lot of different emotions in reaction to the decisions made by each character in the movie. The actors perform remarkably well, especially in their roles dealing with not having access to their own bodies to dealing emotionally with this person. This movie earned the Best Foreign Film in the 2005 Academy Awards, the Best Foreign Film in the 2004 Golden Globes and 14 Awards Including Best Film at the 2005 Goya Awards. It is highly recommended for anyone who is interested in the case itself or anything surrounding euthanasia and just in general for anyone who wants to enjoy a good movie.

“The Sea Inside” will be playing next Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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kept up with the developments of the court proceedings, comes to comfort and sympathize with Ramon; in the process she “falls in love” with him. As the film unfolds, we gain insight to how Ramon deals with his quadriplegia and how he forms somewhat of an intimate relationship with his lawyer, Julia, who has a degenerative disease caused by a series of strokes. Julia plays a crucial role to Ramon in that she is fighting for his

case to die legally, and she slowly understands that even her life is not worth living. The actor that portrays Ramon Sampedro, Javier Bardem, does an excellent job of elucidating the life of Ramon and how he yearned to be free from his entrapment, his bed. To take on this role, Bardem spent time with people who have disabilities in order to accurately depict someone who has no use of his body whatsoever.

This dedication is definitely shown throughout the film by maintaining the same disposition that Ramon did while he was still alive. Ramon always kept a warm smile on his face, welcomed everyone, kept up with the daily occurrences of the outside world and honestly enjoyed the company of everyone who came to talk with him. The director of the film, Alejandro Amenabar, became in-

Ferrell: kicking and screaming his way to success
Saturday Night Live comedy star releases new movie May 13
By Michelle Ellia Contributing writer
Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member, Will Ferrell, has come to be a household name which many have come to love. From his off-beat sense of humor to those memorable impressions, Will Ferrell has become a staple in anything and everything funny. With the release of his newest film, “Kicking & Screaming” coming up, it becomes clear that Farrell has no signs of slowing down. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Ferrell became interested in performing while a student at University High School in Irvine, Calif. where he made his school’s daily morning announcements over the public address system in cleverly disguised voices. Ferrell began his career as a member of the Los Angeles comedy/improve group, The Groundlings, along with fellow “Saturday Night Live” cast members Ana Gasteyer and Maya Rudolph. It was there Ferrell met Chris Kattan and the two became good friends, not knowing that they would both go on to “SNL” later. Farrel went on to appear on several television programs, including “Strangers With the only cast member to ever receive a farewell from all the current cast members at the end of the season finale show. Since his time at “SNL,” Farrell has stared in movies such as “Zoolander,” “Anchorman” and the college cult classic “Old School.” In his latest flick “Kicking & Screaming,” Farrell provides audiences with his signature comedy as he portrays family man Phil Weston, a lifelong victim of his father’s competitive nature, who takes on the coaching duties of a kids’ soccer team. However, Farrell’s character soon finds that, despite his best efforts, he’s also taking on his father’s dysfunctional way of relating to others. Farrell’s sure to keep the laughs coming when “Kicking & Screaming” opens nationwide on Friday, May 13.

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Candy,” “Grace Under Fire” and “Living Single” during his time at The Groundlings. However, it was in1995 that Will began his climb to the top when he became a feature cast member at “Saturday Night Live” during the show’s rapid recasting. Ferrell was declared quite possibly the worst cast member ever

during his first season. However, his talents of impersonations and range of characters shot him forward to making him arguably the greatest “SNL” cast member ever. He’s appeared in every “Saturday Night Live” movie since his premiere on the show in 1995. In 2002 he left “SNL” and was

CelebrateErie 2005 seeks photographic entries for juried exhibition included within Faces of Erie, a photographic exhibit of the many diverse faces of Erie. Images selected by the panel of judges will be exhibited during CelebrateErie 2005, Aug. 19-21 in downtown Erie. Images will be seen by approximately 100,000 festival visitors and possibly included in Faces of Erie publicity in the Erie-Times News. Photographs should reflect the many diverse faces of Erie –a journalistic approach to the “day-in-the-life” of the not-so-well known faces of Erie. Photographers should submit a maximum of three photos on 35mm slides to Tammy Roche, City Hall, 626 State Street, Erie, 16501. Slide images should be labeled on the back of the slide with the title of piece and photographer’s name. CelebrateErie will print and mount selected images for display in the Faces of Erie exhibit. Entries must be received by Wednesday, June 1. Entrants will be notified of their selection by Wednesday, June 22. For Additional Information: Contact CelebrateErie at 814-870-1269 or visit online at

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joins Frasquita and Mercedes who are telling their fortunes with cards. The mood turns somber, for she turns over the Death Card and resigns herself to her fate. When Don Jose discovers that the toreador has come in search of Carmen, the two men get into a fight. Carmen intervenes and Escamillo gratefully invites everyone to his next bullfight, before returning to Seville. Micaela, finding Don Jose, tells him that his mother is dying and begs him to come home. He agrees, but only after promising to return to Carmen. The day of the bullfight has arrived. Carmen walks to the stadium on Escamillo’s arm. The pair sing a love duet before Escamillo disappears into the stadium. Don Jose arrives pathetically pleading for Carmen to take him back. Carmen’s disdain grows until she finally throws the ring Jose once gave her in his face. Clouded by his rage, Jose stabs Carmen to death, as cheers for the triumphant bullfighter rise from the stadium. If you are a stranger to opera, then this is a good introduction. “Carmen” is dramatic and captivating. It is full of well-known, famous melodies. Although, originally written in French, this version is being performed completely in English. As always, the Erie Opera Theater productions are free to the public. It takes place this Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.


Famous opera ‘Carmen’ performed in Erie
By Meghan Sullivan Arts & Entertainment editor
Each year the Erie Opera Theater brings us a cultural experience with their spring opera. This year’s production is the well known story of “Carmen.” Written by the French composer George Bizet, “Carmen” is a tale of love, lust, seduction and eventually death. Bizet composed 30 or more operas in his time, but “Carmen” unquestionably remains his greatest success as it is the most performed opera in the world. It’s a really exciting experience to work with some amazing professional singers. Bruce Morton Wright is a great conductor that I have learned a lot from,” says junior music education major Mark Donlin who is playing El Dan Ciairo in this production. This production is the first professional opera role for Donlin, junior voice performance major Kimberly Foradora playing Frasquita and sophomore music education major Nicole Gasse playing Mercedes. Morton Wright has the pleasure of conducting the Erie Chamber orchestra. Among many other talented musicians, the orchestra contains Mercyhurst faculty member Mark Marchant and adjunct faculty member Holly Stackhouse-Sydow. “It’s really an amazing opportunity for Kim, Mark and I because we are able to work with a professional orchestra and conductor in which we learn entire roles that may be performed in the future,” says Gasse. “I hope more Mercyhurst students will audition for these operas and take advantage of the audition process and singing with a professional orchestra.” The stars of “Carmen” are actually three Mercyhurst alumni. Mary Beth Sederberg plays the sultry and seductive “Carmen.” Alum and former voice faculty member Kelly Lynch plays the role of Micaela in this production. Alum and current music faculty member Robert Frankenberry plays Don Jose. “Mary Beth is incredible as Carmen. She can sing through the entire opera without her voice sounding winded. All three of them are doing such a fantastic job. It makes me happy to say they went to Mercyhurst,” says Foradora. The chorus of “Carmen” also includes voice performance majors Kasia Nowak, Amitabha Chakrabarti and Katherine Henninger. The story is set in Seville. Morales and his soldiers wait around the square outside of a tobacco factory for the cigarette girls to come out. Micaela, a country girl, searches for Don Jose but is told to come back later. The changing of the guards brings Don Jose and his commander, Lieutenant Zuniga, to the square. The cigarette girls come out on break and the seductive gypsy beauty Carmen emerges from

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Above is Mary Beth Sederburg as Carmen (bottom), accompanied by supporting cast members Kimberly Foradora (right) and Nicole Gasse (left).

the crowd. Carmen dances the habanera and tosses her rose to Don Jose. Micaela then returns. She brings with her a letter from Don Jose’s mother suggesting he marry Micaela. Just then, a painful scream is heard. Zuniga discovers that Carmen has attacked a co-worker and Jose is ordered to arrest her immediately. Carmen promises Jose a passionate rendezvous at Lillas Pastia’s tavern if he aids her in escaping. Intoxicated by her, Jose agrees. Two months have now passed.

Carmen leads a wild and seductive dance entertaining soldiers at the tavern. Zuniga flirts with Carmen and reveals that Don Jose, who was imprisoned for helping her escape, will be released this evening. The famous toreador Escamillo arrives in a flurry of excitement. He flirts with Carmen but, she decides to wait for Don Jose. Two smugglers enter and ask Carmen and her friends Frasquita and Mercedes to help them with their trade. Carmen hears the voice of Don Jose and

makes the smugglers hide before greeting him. After a touching reunion, Jose is summoned by a distant trumpet call. Displeased, Carmen questions if Jose really loves her. She claims that if his love was true he would join her and the smugglers. Zuniga then arrives intending to seduce Carmen. Don Jose tries to attack Zuniga and is left with no choice but to join the smugglers. In the smugglers hideout, Carmen has already grown tired of Don Jose and they argue. She

‘Steel Magnolias’ closes a theatrical year at Mercyhurst
Drama directed by David Matthews to be performed in Taylor Little Theatre
By Michelle Ellia Contributing writer
This weekend, Mercyhurst College will be presenting, “Steel Magnolias” which will close out the college’s theatrical productions for the academic year. Under the direction of David Matthews and assistant director Eleanor Logan, an all student cast presents the humorous and tender tale of a mother and her courageous daughter who cope with illness, marriage, childbirth and early death, which is sure to draw tears from the most skeptical eyes. When “Steel Magnolias” first debuted on Broadway in 1987 it became an instant success. The show soon became one of the most often-produced plays in the world. After its initial success, the play went on to become a high-profile movie starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field and Shirley Maclaine. Set in Lousianna, “Steel Magnolias” is the tale of a close-knit group of female friends who spend their days gossiping in a Southern beauty parlor. Freshman Allison Sturik stars as Truvy, the owner of the beauty parlor who acts as hostess of the show and the center of town gossip. Truvy’s new assistant, Annelle, played by sophomore Meghan Smith, is converted from a wild child to a simple-mined southern girl and acts as the butt of much of the script’s humor. Truvy and Annelle provide the gossip to regular parlor visitor Ouiser, played by senior Jeannie Jyurovat, and eccentric town millionaire, Miss Clairee, played by junior Caitlin Dubsky. However, the main plot of the show revolves around the town’s social leader, M’Lynn, played by junior Lisa Kirschman and her beautiful daughter, Shelby, played by freshman Natalie Vindivich. The production strikes a wide range of emotions, starting with the humorous family preparations for Shelby’s wedding to the town’s best Southern boy. However, the show turns to tragedy when Shelby, cursed with diabetes, refuses to accept the limitations of her disease. Although her life weighs in the balance, she risks her health to persue a potentially problematic pregnancy. Ultimately, her decision results in trajedy. With the death of her only daughter, M’Lynn turns to her beauty parlor girlfriends for support. “Steel Magnolias” will run in the Taylor Little Theater at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. Tickets for Steel Magnolias are available through the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center box office. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or by calling 8243000. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7.50 seniors/students/President’s Cardholders, $5 youth and $1 for Mercyhurst students with identification. For more information call 824-3000 or check out www.

Choir to preview Italy concert In a rock band? Sign up for the Garage band blowout!
By Meghan Sullivan Arts & Entertainment editor
On Sunday, May 15 at 2:30 pm. there will be a preview concert given by the Italy Tour Choir to raise funds for their rapidly approaching trip. The choir will be traveling through Italy from May 24 through the 31. The choir will perform a collection of sacred songs that will be later sung at a Mass in St. Peter’s. Such pieces include the “Exultate Justi in Domino” by Viadana and “Misere Mei” by Allegri. “Misere Mei” will prove to be a powerful piece in the Vatican since it known for its historically elusive overtone. The choir is thrilled to have been given the special honor of performing a mass at the Vatican during this period of transition in Vatican city. “Many choral groups sing in the square at the Vatican, but to sing for a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica is extraordinary,” said choir director Rebecca Ryan. The group will also be performing various concerts throughout Italy in such cities as Rome, Orvieto, Siena, Pisa, Florence and Lucca. Ryan brings the spirit of Erie on this Italian adventure as the choir performs two works of Erie spiritual composer Harry T. Burleigh. The choir will perform in such famous venues as Teatro Comunale in Tuscany’s quiet medieval town of Montecarlo where Puccini had graced the stage. Along with their repertoire of choral music, they will also be featureing opera solos by some of the students. The diligent accompanist throughout the entire journey is Janet Bischoff, the Mercyhurst piano department chair. Ryan has guided her students through Ireland and Honduras in previous years. She looks forward to the memories she will take back with her after this trip. Already thinking ahead to next year, Ryan is planning to take the choir on a tour of Czechoslovakia, Poland and Prague. A few selected students will be given the opportunity to take a master class from former opera singer and well-known conductor Herbert Handt, a resident of Lucca. The choirs concert on May 15 will be perfomed in Walker Recital Hall. The performance is free, however the choir would greatly appreciate any contributions to their tour fund. You can appear LIVE on stage during CelebrateErie on the Localpalooza Stage! Enter and your band may appear live on stage for the Garage Band Blowout during CelebrateErie 2005. Entries will be reviewed by a team of music professionals from CelebrateErie. All decisions are final. Requirements: 1. Majority of band members must be 20 years of age or under. 2. All musical genres; NO profanity. 3. Submit one song minimum; three song maximum on CD or cassette tape. Studio recording NOT necessary. 4. Cover and original songs accepted. Entry forms available at City Hall, 626 State Street, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Send submission to Garage Band Blowout, 626 State Street, Erie, PA 16501, deadline is May 1. Information courtesy of Gen Biggs.

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Dr. Richard Welch’s sequel ‘Another Conundrum’ premieres on May 12
By Katie Walker Contributing writer
Missing: Mad Scientist, last seen in Erie, Pa. looking for the Loch Ness Monster. Well, that may not be true, but it is the case the Mercyhurst cast attempts to solve in this year’s Hurst Production. “Another Conundrum” will premiere on Thursday, May 12, in the Taylor Little Theatre on the campus of Mercyhurst College. “Another Conundrum” is a short screen play written by former Mercyhurst professor Dr. Richard Welch. Executive Producer Teresa Gardner and Producer Esther Claros have brought the script to life with the help of some Mercyhurst actors and actresses. The movie stars Mercyhurst freshman Kody Hiner and sophomore Katie Goodwin, and it also features several other Mercyhurst students along with the professors from the communication department. “Another Conundrum” is the third student-produced movie that has been developed by ‘Hurst Productions. “Another Conundrum” is the sequel to “Synaptic Conundrum” which premiered in May 2003.

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By Brady Hunter Contributing writer As happens every year, there were a few surprises, intriguing decisions and disappointing oversights in the 2005 NFL Draft. Here is a brief rundown of some of the interesting tidbit. Some players, like quarterback Aaron Rogers, dropped quite a bit from the spots they were projected to be picked. Green Bay took Rogers with the 24th pick, but at one point, Aaron Rogers topped many mock drafts as the number one selection. Instead, Alex Smith went to the San Francisco 49ers with the first overall pick. The Packers may have picked up quite a gem here, someone capable of taking over for Brett Favre, should the super-human quarterback decide to hang up the cleats any time soon. One strange note about quarterbacks who went late in the draft has to do with Heisman Trophy winner Jason White. White went undrafted, but was invited to the Kansas City Chiefs’ minicamp this weekend to tryout. White completed the tryout, but was not offered a contract. One team that made more than one interesting pick this


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Draft Day has some surprises
year is the Philadelphia Eagles, who picked running back Ryan Moats from Louisiana Tech in the third round. This choice is intriguing because the team reportedly turned down a trade offer that would have sent that third round selection to Buffalo for running back Travis Henry. At a third round price, Henry is an absolute steal; in just his second year in the NFL, he amassed 1,438 yards and 13 touchdowns and had another solid season in 2003 with 1,356 yards and 10 touchdowns. Last year his numbers suffered from injuries and the emergence of Willis McGahee, but Henry is still an elite back. Perhaps the Eagles knew what they were doing, however, when they turned down this proven commodity. Moats gathered a staggering 49er’s first-overall pick Alex Smith proved to be a surprise to many on Draft Day. 1,774 yards on his way to 18 touchdowns last year, and run- roster and need someone to act Philadelphia. Mankins, continuing their tradining backs traditionally make as more of a power runner. The defending Super Bowl tion of finding and selecting the easiest transitions into the Also, the Eagles selected a champion New England Patriots quality players of whom no one NFL. player who should be familiar to had only one pick in the first two has ever heard. The only problem that might many at Mercyhurst, at least on rounds this year, which is a low Tampa Bay is hoping that this arise is that Moats, at 5-8 and 210 the football team, that person number considering they have year’s draft will pay great divipounds, is an elusive, scat-back being Todd Herremans. had at least three in the same two dends, as well it should, given the type who relies on speed. Herremans played offensive rounds since 2003. Bucs had 12 picks this year. The Eagles already have at least tackle for Saginaw Valley and was With their first pick, New Those 12 are a league high, and two of that type of runner on the selected in the fourth round by England selected guard Logan they include an impressive four

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in the first day and seven in the first five rounds. The true test for all of the teams involved, however, will come over the next three years. If players from this draft do not make an impact on their team by then, they may be seen as busts.

Women’s lacrosse finishes GLIAC Tournament signals campaign with 6-9 record the end for women’s golf
By Jimmy McCann Contributing writer The Mercyhurst women’s lacrosse team closed out its 2005 campaign this past weekend when they hosted the Knights of Gannon University for the Senior Day. This game marked the last time in which seniors Carrie Kramer, Michelle DeLong, File Photo Kristen Jankowski, Dara Libera- Senior Kristen Jankowski ti, Kelly Beck, Steph DiCamillo, Andrea Bement, Holly Sienkie- themselves in the driver’s seat. The Knights never looked wicz and Jess Bunker would put on a Mercyhurst jersey and take back as they opened an 11-3 lead before the Lakers scored the the field together. The Lakers were given a re- final two goals of the game. Jankowski finished with three sounding Mercyhurst farewell to the tune of nearly 300 fans goals on the afternoon and 32 for the season, while fellow in attendance. The Knights, however, were seniors Liberati and Bement out to play spoilers on the day rounded out the goal scoring as they scored four of the first for the Lakers. Bement totaled 23 goals for five goals of the game to put the season, while Liberati led the team with 36. Bunker was credited with nine saves between the pipes for the Lakers and finished the season with 140. The Lakers finished their season with a 6-9 record while nationally ranked No. 6 Gannon finished 10-4. The Lakers will return 12 of their 21 player roster next season and hope to continually improve with each season to come. Next season comes with a great deal of promise as Coach Cecil Pilson will bring in his first recruiting class as he completes his first season, Nevertheless, each of the nine seniors will be missed by coaches and teammates as they all brought their own special skill to the program and each contributed in any way that they could. By Chris Van Horn Contributing writer The Mercyhurst women’s golf team concluded their season on April 29 at the GLIAC Championships. The Championships were held at the Ashland Country Club in Ashland, Ohio. The Lakers sent three golfers to the championships this year, each placing in the top 40 for individual competition. Junior Hilary McCall finished tied for 22nd with rounds of 91 and 89 for a total of 180. Freshman Jennifer Halinda finished tied for 32nd with rounds of 92 and 97 for a score of 189. Junior Amy Natalie finished in 37th place with rounds of 98 and 97 for a score of 195. Grand Valley State took home the team title with a score of 613. Mercyhurst was shorthanded for was not thrilled, but was not disappointed by the team’s performance this spring. “We had problems with injuries. The weather played a big factor too. It’s tough to be consistent when you can’t play consistently, and that’s what the weather did to us this spring,” Coach Hewett said. The team’s two best finishes were a second place finish at the Behrend Invitational and a third place finish at the Westminster Invitational. Looking ahead to next year, the Lakers will have four new recruits coming in, which will add depth to a team that desperately needs it. “We’re excited about next year. Everyone will be healthy and we are adding new players. Hopefully the weather will cooperate more with us so we can get out and play some golf,” Coach Hewett stated.

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the team championship, as they have been most of this spring. Freshman recruit Abby Letson missed the entire spring season with a wrist injury. The team’s only senior, Sarah Jaecks, was unable to participate in the GLIAC Championships because she had to attend to personal matters the day of the tournament. Overall, coach Dave Hewett

Two new inductees selected for membership in the Athletic Department Hall of Fame
Former Mercyhurst College women’s soccer player Noreen Herlihy and football quarterback Matt Kissell will be inducted into the Mercyhurst College Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, May 21, when the Department holds its annual Senior Student Athlete Recognition Luncheon at the college’s Egan Hall Dining Room. Noreen Herlihy played soccer for two years at Mercyhurst (1990, 1991) and was a twotime All-America, an Academic All-America and an All-Region selection. She led Division II in assists in 1990 and was a member of the 1991 Mercyhurst College NCAA playoff team. She graduated from Mercyhurst in 1992 with a degree in Sports Medicine. Following graduation, she remained at Mercyhurst as an assistant women’s soccer coach and admissions counselor from 1992-94. She helped the 1993 and 1994 Lakers to the NCAA Division II final four before becoming the women’s head coach at Slippery Rock in 1995. Four years later, she led SRU to its first-ever trip to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference playoffs. In 2001, Herlihy’s women’s team earned an NCAA regional tournament berth, scoring an opening round win and earning a spot in the regional final. Herlihy recorded her 100th career win on September 16, 2001, during The Rock’s sweep of a women’s/men’s doubleheader against PSAC-rival Shippensburg. She led The Rock to a PSAC championship and the NCAA playoffs for the second time in the team’s history in 2003 and was named Northeast Region “Coach of the Year”. The Rock followed that with a PSAC-West title last fall. SRU finished 13-3-2 last season. Herlihy owns a 10-year mark of 114-60-8 with the women. Matt Kissell owns nearly every career and one-season passing record at Mercyhurst. He played football from 1995 through 1999 as the Lakers made the transition from Division II non-scholarship football to the scholarship Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). He moved into the starting QB job in the fifth game of his sophomore season and started every game thereafter. In just 25 games as the starter, he completed 488 passes for 6524 yards and 56 touchdowns. Matt had one 500-yard game, three 400-yard, four 300-yard and two games of 250 yards-plus. He owns the three longest pass plays in school history – 95 yards against Gannon, 90 yards against Hillsdale and 86 yards versus Michigan Tech – all for touchdowns. As a junior, he directed Mercyhurst to victory in its first game at the D-II scholarship level, a 24-17 thriller at Wayne State. He finished second in the conference in total offense, third in passing average, and was chosen Honorable Mention. In his senior year alone, Kissell completed 231 of 446 for 2983 yards and 27 touchdowns, all one-year records and, with four rushing TDs to his credit, factored in 31 of 38 Mercyhurst offensive touchdowns. He established new one-game marks for most plays (75), most pass attempts (60), most completions (35), most passing yards (512) and total offense (508). He was USA Football’s Division II Player of the Week in mid-September but, to illustrate just how strong GLIAC football is, he was chosen only as conference Honorable Mention. Following his senior season, Kissell was invited to play in the Division II All-Star Game. He graduated with a B average in accounting/ finance. Mercyhurst began an Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. Herlihy and Kissell will be the Hall’s 28th and 29th members. Article courtesy of Mercyhurst Sports Information.


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Lakers fell by the score of 4-1 to Saginaw Valley in game two. The loss in the final regularseason game dropped the Lakers to 20-19 overall and 10-10 in the GLIAC. “We are twice the team Saginaw is,” Feret assured, “I think we just laid back for the second game.” Whatever the case may be, the Lakers take their 7-1 finish into the GLIAC playoffs next weekend at Midland, Mich., to face the Northwood Timberwolves. The Timberwolves enter the playoffs as the first-place team, but Feret is confident in her team. “I believe that we can tear up this tourney this weekend. We have what it takes. Northwood got lucky last time, they’d better be ready for us.” The game is set to start at 11 a.m., and the winner of that contest will play the winner of No. 4 Gannon against No. 5 Hillsdale at 3 p.m. With a loss the Lakers fall into the losers bracket and play at 1 p.m. “I’m proud of how we came together this weekend,” Feret said, “It was a team win, we didn’t lay down and die.” Indeed, the women have showed a remarkable amount of vitality in the last eight games; hopefully they can keep the blood pumping as they move on to post-season play this weekend.


Softball makes GLIAC Playoffs
By Brady Hunter Contributing writer The Mercyhurst softball team finished the season with a 7-1 final push this weekend to reach the GLIAC playoffs. For the second season in a row, the first two of head coach Sara Headley’s career at Mercyhurst, the Lakers had a strong finish to cap off their season. On Saturday, the women defeated Ashland twice, 1-0 and 2-1, in their first of two doubleheaders this weekend. This was the first time that Mercyhurst has ever swept the Eagles. “Our past record against Ashland was 2-23 until this weekend,” said sophomore Jen Feret. “But we came out to play and they definitely didn’t.” In the first game the only score came from senior Kim Roberts, who scored on a Feret single. Two unearned runs, via two infield errors and one outfield error, helped the Lakers overcome their rivals in the second game. Feret had a stellar weekend to conclude a remarkable season for the Lakers. On her way to being named the Mercyhurst Female Athlete of the Week, she allowed only three hits in pitching both games against Ashland. It was a memorable perfor-

Team wins seven straight games to earn seed in tournament

The defense of the infield was crucial to the Lakers’ seven-game winning streak.

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mance for Feret, as this was the first time that she was able to take the mound in six years, including high school, on the Eagle’s field. “It definitely helped pump me up. After six years of waiting, I was determined to take out Ashland from the mound this time,” she explained.

But she was very quick to point out that it was not an individual effort that brought home the wins: “I am nothing without my defense,” Feret said. “I rely on them and they give me the confidence I need on the mound, knowing that they are right behind me. Our defense is spectacular.”

On Sunday at Saginaw Valley, Feret racked up another win, making it five in a row and 13 on the season. This gave her sole ownership of the record for most games won by a Mercyhurst pitcher since the Lakers joined the conference in 1995. In game one, Roberts and

senior Shanna McDowell each recorded three hits. McDowell also logged her second homerun of the year. Although the first game was quite a spectacle, an 11-0 Laker victory, the second game was disappointing. However, with no one player attaining more than one hit, the

Baseball sweeps Gannon, splits with Northwood
By Michelle DeLong Contributing writer The Mercyhurst baseball team traveled to Midland, Mich., this past weekend to partake in a pair of doubleheaders against Northwood. The weekend ended evenly with Mercyhurst and the Timberwolves picking up two wins each. Mercyhurst is now 21-22-1 and 9-14 in the league after splitting the weekend series. The first night of the conference series ended with the Lakers following their 5-3 loss with an 11-3 win. Although Mercyhurst out-hit Northwood by three in the first lead to only one. That was as far as the Laker comeback would go as Northwood took the first game with a score of 5-3. Retaliation was on Mercyhurst’s mind for the second game. As early as the second inning the Lakers were able to jump out to a 4-0 lead, courtesy of Dan Bertolini’s double up the middle that brought Jamie Pochatek and Devin Kowalski in to score. Two batters later, freshman David Lough doubled down the right-field line to bring Bertolini and Joe Mariano onto the scoreboard. Lough continued to produce for the Lakers, ending the game going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. “We were really able to pick it up in the second game. We were not going to leave with two losses that night,” said junior Matt Echan. Mercyhurst closed the game with an 11-3 win on top of a 5-3 loss. The Lakers pounded out 17 hits in the two games against the Timberwolves. The second night of the conference series produced similar results with the Lakers and Northwood splitting another doubleheader. Mercyhurst won the first game 10-7, before falling in the closing game 8-3. Mercyhurst recorded an impressive 15 hits in the first game. Unfortunately, those hits were followed by only three hits in the second game. Both Matt Echan and David Lough were 3-for-5 in the first game with three runs and three RBIs between them. Sophomore Greg Tellex was able to pick up his first win of the season. After pitching four innings, he allowed only two runs on six hits. Junior Mike Cahoon relieved Tellex for the remainder of the game. Entering the bottom of the sixth inning of the second game, the Lakers were tied with Northwood, 3-3. However, Northwood was able to force out five runs in the sixth to pull out the victory. Mercyhurst is now 21-22-1 and 9-14 in the league after splitting the weekend series. Northwood is 17-25 and 10-12. “We have been doing well this season. We all worked really hard on the field and in the weight room, and it has definitely shown thus far,” Echan commented. As many other Mercyhurst spring sports have already come to a close, the baseball team will continue to play. “I am very impressed with how our season has gone so far,” remarked Echan. “I am confident that we are going to continue playing well for the rest of the season.” They will host Allegheny College at 3 p.m. on May 3.

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game, the Timberwolves were able to obtained two runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to take a 4-0 lead. The Lakers mustered three runs in the sixth and seventh innings to push the Northwood

Hockey coaches Gotkin, Sisti get contract extensions until 2008-09
By Ryan Palm Sports editor Director of Athletics, Pete Russo, extended the contract of both ice hockey coaches through the 2008-2009 season last week. Men’s Head Coach Rick Gotkin and women’s coach Mike Sisti both came off stellar seasons behind the bench and look for many more to come. Gotkin steered his Lakers to the Atlantic Hockey title this past season. Although they finished second in the regular season standings, the Lakers were able to win the postseason tournament, including playoff wins in overtime against Holy Cross and Quinnipiac. Mercyhurst was also well recognized by the conference for their play this season, as they had one All-Conference First Team selection, two Second Team choices and the Rookie of the Year in Atlantic Hockey. Earning an automatic NCAA bid by winning the AH Tournament, the Lakers got into the playoffs for the third time in five years. Mercyhurst took on the perennial powerhouse Boston College in an semifinal game March 25, and skated toe-to-toe with them for 60 minutes. The Lakers came up just short, losing 5-4, but made their presence known. Under Gotkin’s tenure, Mercyhurst owns a six-year Division I record of 129-75-17. Earlier this season he tallied his 300th win, the only coach in Mercyhurst history to do so. His 316 total wins is by far the most by any coach in school history. Sisti completed his 12th year coaching the blue and green. Until early 1999 he was an assistant under Gotkin. In March 1999 he was given a new task, to create a Division I women’s program and make it successful as quickly as possible. Sisti has done more than anyone could have expected in the short six-year span, especially when this past season is taken into consideration. In what was perhaps the greatest contest in Mercyhurst athletics history, Sisti’s club qualified for and traveled to the NCAA Playoffs in mid-March. The team took on last year’s runner-up Harvard and jumped ahead of the Crimson 3-1 after the first period. The two teams played to a tie in regulation, and then remained tied for two overtimes before a Harvard skater scored in the third extra period to send the Lakers packing. The effort put forth by the Lakers on that Saturday was not unnoticed, as honors were plentiful following the game. Sisti was honored by his fellow coaches as the Division I Coach of the Year in early April. Senior goaltender Desi Clark made 78 saves in the epic, and her efforts all year long were recognized when she was named a CCM First Team All-American. The award was the college’s first ever at the Division I level. Sisti’s record over his tenure as women’s coach is 140-55-11. The Lakers have won five regular season conference championships, two in the Great Lakes Women’s Hockey Association and the last three seasons in College Hockey America. The Lakers also have won the CHA Postseason Tournament each of the last three years as well. The team was also ranked in the top 10 in the country for then entire campaign, getting as high as sixth in the polls.



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Men’s lacrosse drops third straight
Team slips to No. 5 in polls, but still has postseason goals
By Kelly Rose Duttine Editor-in-Chief The Mercyhurst men’s lacrosse team’s record fell to 10-3 this weekend when they played the C.W. Post Pioneers at Hartwick College, in Oneonta, N.Y. The Pioneers handed the Lakers their third loss of the season when they fell 17-10. Additionally, Mercyhurst fell to a No. 5 ranking nationally, after being ranked No. 3 since the end of March. C.W. Post improved to 8-4 and climbed to a No. 4 ranking, after previously being tied for No. 5. New York Institute of Technology fell into the Laker’s third place ranking after previously being ranked No. 4. Post led 5-0 before the Lakers could get on the board in the second quarter. With 6:31 left to go in the first half, the Lakers scored two goals within a minute of each other, and the score was 5-2. C.W. Post answred back with three of their own goals and Mercyhurst then scored with just 44 seconds left in the half. Post squeaked another by the Lakers and the score was 9-3. In the beginning of the third quarter the Pioneers were able to score four more goals before Mercyhurst could score two. C.W. Post put in two more and the Pioneers lead 15-5 at the beginning of the final quarter. Despite five goals scored in the last quarter by Mercyhurst, the Lakers could not edge out the Pioneers and fell to a final score of 17-10. Mercyhurst was still able to outshoot the Pioneers by 43-31, but C.W. Post won 15 faceoffs, compared to the Lakers’ 13 wins. C.W. Post was also able to make 17 saves, compared to only four by the Lakers. Senior Mike McLellan led the team with five total goals, while senior Jason Lappies had three goals in the contest. Joe Poole and Simon Stocks each tallied one goal. Jerod Felice, Andrew Sands and Ted Winslow each had one assist for the Lakers. The loss compromises the chances for the Lakers to host the first round of the playoffs and have home field advantage, Senior Jason Lappies tallied three goals in the 17-10 loss to C.W. Post. but it is still a possibility for the St. Paul’s, in Baltimore, Md. season for the Lakers, and many men to make the playoffs this 21 for the NCAA semifinals. The Lakers take on longtime riThe No. 2 ranked Saints have a Mercyhurst student fans will year. travel to the game on a fan bus to The team will find out this val, the Limestone College Saints perfect 14-0 record on the line. The game will close the regular cheer on the Lakers, courtesy of weekend if they will play on May this weekend at a neutral site at

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funding from MSG, the athletic Department and Dr. Michael McQuillen. The game is scheduled for a noon start time.

Rowers train hard to get Men’s and women’s tennis the desired level of success given bid by NCAA committee
By Matt Jackson Contributing writer After results from the past few years it would be hard to argue against the notion that the Mercyhurst rowing squad, both men and women, is one of the most successful athletic programs at the college. Last season the women’s team capped off a tremendous year with an overall NCAA Championship in June and just a week previous to that the men’s team had two of their competing teams finish second at the ECAC National Invitational. Despite this success, the majority of campus, including this writer, is still unaware of what it takes to be a rower. It is still a mystery to many how much time and effort it has taken for the rowing program at Mercyhurst to achieve the success it has. To get a better idea myself, and to inform others in this article, I recently talked to the head coach of the rowing team, Adrian Spracklen. Spracklen has been a part of the Mercyhurst program for many years now, attending the school himself in the mid-80s. “To be good you have to train and we train very hard,” said Spracklen. “We get a lot of people who like the sport, but they’re not in love with the sport, which is what it takes to be successful.” The training for the Lakers rowing team begins in September, when the students first arrive on campus and from there on is a grueling season of early morning and midday workouts to get in shape for the championships in June. The current workout schedule for the rowers consists of an early morning two hour practice on Findlay Lake in New York, about 30 minutes from campus. The rowers meet at McAuley Hall at around 4:50 a.m. for this workout. For some of the squad a second two-hour practice takes place at around 2:30 p.m. “They are pushed very hard,” said Spracklen. “If you look at it collectively, we train about sixteen hours for every one minute of a race.” Erie weather has proved to make things even more strenuous and difficult for the rowers this season, setting back the team’s schedule and also making practice even more painstaking due to the cold windy weather. “This is the worst spring we’ve ever had,” said Spracklen commenting on the weather. All of this hard work for the rowers does not amount to any individual success stories. Instead, it is a team success story with each individual playing a part. “In rowing you usually get people that don’t want attention,” said Spracklen. “They like being a part of something that is bigger and greater than what they are.” Judging by the results it’s easy to see that this mindset should continue to payoff for Spracklen and the Mercyhurst rowing program in the future. By Ryan Palm Sports editor The words NCAA-bound are becoming familiar around the Mercyhurst College campus, and the tennis programs are no stranger to the phrase. For the second time in as many years, Coach Ray Yost is taking both of his teams to the NCAA Division II Tennis Championships. The announcement came this past week, as the Lakers were chosen by the Division II Selection Committee. Both teams will be traveling to Midland, Mich. for the action, with the men playing the earlier of the matches. The men’s team finished their campaign at 13-8 overall and finished the regular season at the No. 4 seed in the Great Lakes Region They will square off against conference rival Wayne State at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 5. The Warriors are 13-10 and ranked No. 4 in the Great Lakes Region. The women will play later that afternoon, as they will square off against the University of Indianapolis at 3 p.m. The Lakers finished the season 15-10 overall and No. 5 in the Great Lakes Region. Coincidentally, Indianapolis is also ranked No. 4 in the region and stand 17-11 overall. “This is quite an accomplishment having both teams chosen now for two straight years,” noted Head Coach Ray Yost. The Lakers and the Warriors squared off twice during the regular season, where both ended in wins for the men’s team. The Lakers won 5-4 during regular season play and also topped Wayne State 5-3 in the GLIAC Championships in mid-April. “It will be a great challenge to defeat a very good team three times in one season,” cautioned Yost. On the women’s side Mercyhurst has never seen Indianapolis, but welcomes the challenge. “Our women are looking forward to the challenge of playing an out-of-conference team – and a very strong one – in the University of Indianapolis,” said an excited Yost. Both matches will be played outside, weather permitting, with indoor courts available should the Michigan weather not cooperate. Mercyhurst boasts several postseason accolades, most notably from Yost, who was named the GLIAC Coach of the Year. John Nichols and Mariano Farva both earned First-Team nominations, and on the women’s side Natalie Paparella was given a Second-Team award. The women’s team has not been in action since April 2, when they defeated Indiana University of Pennsylvania 8-1 on the Mercyhurst home court. Rust should be less of a factor for the men’s team, who played last in the GLIAC Tournament against Grand Valley State on April 16.

‘Joe’ will forever be a legend at Mercyhurst
By Ryan Palm Sports editor Few people are as passionate about Mercyhurst College as Joe Hepfinger is. For those who think you do not know Joe, you probably already do. Take a look at the older gentleman in the middle of this picture, and I am sure his face rings a bell. He is an employee of the college and has been keeping the Mercyhurst Athletic Center looking good for more than twenty years. He is by far one of the friendliest employees of the college, especially once he gets to know your name. In addition to his normal duties on a weekly basis, he attends nearly every home athletic event, whether he is working or not. For some teams he makes sure that their uniforms are washed, or perhaps gets the officials a bottle of water after each period

during a hockey game. Joe knows all the athletes, and they know him as well. He will be the first to say hello when they walk by, and he’ll never shy away from striking up a conversation about last week’s game. Joe also serves as the Sergeant of Arms for Mercyhurst Student Government, a position he has dutifully held for longer than most can remember. He keeps our body in check on a weekly basis, and keeps us up-to-date on what is going on in Mercyhurst athletics. He knows when everyone is Katie McAdams/Photo editor playing, who they are facing and Joe Hepfinger (sitting, center) pictured here with the new MSG Executive Board, has what they did last week. been a fixture around the Mercyhurst campus for over 20 years. He knows every coach by name and never is bashful about very soon. fixture in the athletic department and early ‘80s. saying hello. John Leisiering, who himself for a long time. I met him initially “His loyalty, dedication and The man has a heart as big has been with the athletic de- when I did play-by-play for Mer- support of all our athletic proas anyone on this campus, and when given the 10 minutes to partment at the college for many cyhurst College football and grams have been greatly apprecitalk to him, you will find that out years, remarked, “Joe has been a basketball games in the late ‘70s ated. Thanks, my friend, for a job

well-done.” In my two years of Student Government work, I have been privileged to et to know Joe very well. Also serving as a work-study in the Sports Information Department, I would often talk to Joe before, during and after the games. He always would want to chat about the games, about Student Government or about the college in general. Joe Hepfinger has been a great worker for this college for many years, not only in his daily duties in athletics maintenance, but in uplifting the spirits of students and more specifically student athletes. Just about anyone can do the job, but no one can do the job like Joe does. In my book, he goes down in Mercyhurst as a legend, someone I, for one, will never forget. Next time you walk by Joe in the MAC or see him getting a sub from the SubConnection, be sure to say hello and strike up a